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Would you consider this advice to be reasonable?

Question: Would you consider this advice to be reasonable?

I keep hearing people who have fairly modern PC's (although perhaps lacking a good graphics card) talking about buying a PS3. I would like to tell them that they should really consider spending $200 to $250 for a new video card and using their PC to play games thereby saving themselves the much larger cost of a PS3.

Is this reasonable advice? If they were to upgrade an Intel P4 (3.2 MHz with adequate memory, hard drive, sound quality, etc.) by buying a fairly good quality video card, would that put the machine into a comparable quality such that it would run most games available for the PC such that it would compare fairly well to those same games running on the PS3?

It doesn't have to be extremely high quality. I'd just like to know if it would be reasonably accurate to say that upgrading a fairly modern PC (with a P4 CPU - not a Celeron) with a good quality video card would put it into roughly the same level of performance for playing games as the PS3.

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Preferred Solution: Would you consider this advice to be reasonable?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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in attempting to update AVG to the 2011 version click here but have reached a point where I am now looking for a competent replacement. I know there are several around but having not used them I would appreciate information on the experience of others.I am considering Comodo and Avast at this stage but any advice would be welcome.Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:I have been more than reasonable

We have been using MS security essentials and windows own firewall since we purchased a lap top seems to work very well no problems and does not slow the l/top down. will be changing over the desk top next as this works well.

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OK, I did my homework, so is this all I'm gonna need (in addition to safe surfing)?

OS: Windows XP Pro (version 5.1) SP3
anti-virus: Avast Free 5.0.418
firewall: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free
anti-malware blocker: SpywareBlaster 4.2
anti-malware scanner / removers: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44 freeware
SUPERAntiSpyware freeware 4.33.1000
clean-up utility: Glary Utilities
browser: Internet Explorer 8

Assuming IE8 is like IE7, here are the security settings I'll use:

Trusted sites security level: Medium-high
Internet security level: High <-- Medium-high to download^

ActiveX controls and plug-ins:
* Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
* Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disable
* Initialize & script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disable
* Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Enable
* Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting: Enable

* Installation of desktop items: Prompt
* Launching programs and files in an IFRAME: Prompt
* Navigate sub-frames across different domains: Prompt

^ For some reason, IE7 requires me to do this even at a Trusted Site and even with:
1. "require server verification..." unselected, and
2. Security level for Trusted sites zone set at Medium-high.

And if my NetGear WGR614v6 wire... Read more

Answer:Is this enough to keep me reasonable safe?

Moved your thread to software considering you are not crying out directly for malware removal

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Question: Reasonable prices?

What would be a reasonable price to "reimage" a machine?
(ie wipe off all the trojans/adware/spyware)

Reimage including databackup and a reinstall of the os and drivers.

Data backup being a loose sense of the term and including just music, photos, documents, email, and favorites, and just to be nice also throwing on a few apps that are essential...itunes, aim, firefox, spybot,antivirus of choice.

I know geek squad's prices...and they are...about on par I'd say for the amount of time it takes to do all of the above but what do you guys think?

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Hi all,

I'm currently looking into buying a new server for the company I'm interning at. The issue is I'm somewhat clueless about IT in general, so I'm concerned an offer I've received for a Dell PowerEdge T430 server which I've pasted below is a rip off. The price I've been quoted is $4020,10.

Here are the specs:
"Server Dell PowerEdge T430 8B, (1)*Intel Xeon E5-2630v4 Processor (2.2GHz, 10C, 25MB, 8.0GT/s QPI, 85W), 32GB (2x16GB) 2400MHz RDIMM, PERC H330, DVD+/-RW, (2)*1TB SATA 6Gbps 7.2k 3.5" HD Hot Plug (up to 8x3.5"HDD), Broadcom 5720 GbE Dual Port on board, IDRAC8 Ent., (2)*750W, No Rails, 3y NBD"

Any advice would be very much appreciated!

Also if it helps the initial uses of the server would be secure data storage, hosting an email service for 12 staff members, and if possible setting up a hybrid disaster recovery solution, for instance linking the service to a cloud based service like Microsoft Azure.

If anyone out there can suggest a cheaper and viable alternative that would be ace!

Best regards,


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Hey all,

I've been running my system under full load for twenty minutes.

I've got RMClock, CPU-Z and ATITool open to monitor, and I'm also using Orthos to stress my RAM and my CPU.


LeadTek 7950GT TDH 256MB -- 90 degrees
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4GHz -- 48 degrees [won't let me overclock yet, it's running at stock speeds with a Zalman heatsink].
Transcend 1066 2 x 1GB -- 64 degrees

These temperatures seem all right for twenty minutes of full load? I'm scrambling to find a VGA heatsink at a local store, but I've been told a graphics card of this power can safely handle temperatures of up to 100 degrees.


Answer:Temperatures Reasonable?

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Do you think it`s possible?My friends mother is asking me if i can get a PC with the usual extras (ie modem, keyboard, mouse, speakers etc) with reasonably good graphics, cd re-writer, dvd rom, 17" monitor & printer....I`ve been looking but I don`t seem to get [email protected] the moment I`m trying to build another very basic computer for my wifes friend....(she only wants to pay £150---no monitor) & that`s been hard enough.Thank you in advance for any feedback

Answer:Looking for reasonable PC with extras around £400


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OK, I did my homework, so is this all I'm gonna need (in addition to safe surfing practices)?OS:....................................... ...........Windows XP Pro (version 5.1) SP3anti-virus:....................................... ..Avast Free 5.0.418firewall:....................................... ......PC Tools Firewall Plus Free blocker:..........................SpywareBlaste r 4.2anti-malware scanner / removers:..........Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44 freeware....................................... ................SUPERAntiSpyware freeware 4.33.1000clean-up utility:..................................Glary Utilities .....Internet Explorer 8Assuming IE8 is like IE7, here are the security settings I'll use:* Zone: Trusted sites   * Security level for this zone: Medium-high* Zone: Internet   * Security level for this zone: High <-- Medium-high to download^   * Custom Level button :      * ActiveX controls and plug-ins:         * Download signed ActiveX controls??????????????????????..Prompt         * Download unsigned ActiveX controls????????????????.????..Disable         * Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe for scripting?..Disable         * Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins????????????????....?????Enable   ... Read more

Answer:Is this enough to keep me reasonable safe?

You're fine.

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I put a bios password on my harddrive and it isn't accepting it and it accepts the hdd user password and they the same my hdd Is saying frozen in the bios...I have my dead family member pics on there and music...I can prove it's my harddrive please someone help...I can't erase my stuff off...I also bought a external hard drive case so I can back up my data. I will be off work.....thanks and God blessedited by moderator: Removed phone #

Answer:can someone please help me...I will gladly pay reasonable

No money or phone numbers needed, I'm in Australia.How To Remove, Clear, Reveal, Unlock or Reset BIOS Security Password

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Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,
I am sorely, at least I think so, of the sound advice that you hand out, on a very regular basis.
I have had an Acer Aspire One 722-C62kk with an 11.6” screen and 4GB for a couple of years. And it has done – and is doing – the job I wanted it to do; namely to take on holidays with us so we can keep in touch with friends whilst on the holiday. But we are just back from 2 weeks in Lanzarote and I must admit that I have found it s-l-o-w. I do not know anything about chips and, therefore, would be very grateful if someone could recommend a notebook with a faster chip in it. This is where I will probably annoy some of you: I would like one that is 5 to 10 times faster!! Also I am not looking for a new notebook – these all seem to come with Windows 10 which I do not like – but a second hand one with Windows 7 preferably 64Bit Home Premium or similar with USB 3.0 port(s). I am quite willing to go to £100, but for a good one am willing to stretch up to £200. If a company that trades in second hand notebooks has options and any of you know a reasonably reliable one that would also be helpful.
I know I am being picky, but at my time of life I am getting more and more specific and that is why I am asking you gentlemen.
Any and all – no matter how rude – replies will be very gratefully received.

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Some folks may have read my other thread... About a Dell laptop that needs $1,000 of repairs 25 months after purchase.MOST products, you would expect to last at least five years before wearing out - washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, should last even longer, and they take serious abuse!... A quick inventory of my house has The same EQ I bought in 9th grade (I won't say how old it is, ahem, but it was Made in USA, and "Tattoo You" and "Moving Pictures" were the new albums I played on it!) A VCR I bought in 1994, playing through A TV I bought in 1990 Guitar amp bought in 1979 Now, I understand that technology becomes obsolete pretty quickly, but really... How long should the hardware last? I had a cassette player go bad after 12+ years - it was a bummer, but 12 years seems reasonable.So, I'd like to open up this question:[size=16]HOW LONG should a piece of computer hardware REASONABLY last?[/size]

Answer:Reasonable Obsolescence - A Survey

Well, that depend on how well made it was... If you got a "cheepie" laptop, then usually, you get what you pay for...[glb]Flame[/glb]

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This is NOT a serious problem, just more of an annoyance which is intriguing me.
With 4gb ram, a reasonable dual processor and graphics card, one would expect a reasonably good performance whatever the case.
My automatic startup consists of just Avast AV, Java, and Malwarebytes although l also get additional icons on the taskbar for the Network and Sharing Center and Action Center.
I use Firefox as my main browser.
I also use SuperAntiSpyware, CCleaner, and Defraggler reasonably frequently, so l know that my system is clear of any junk, malware, spyware, and that no viruses are present.
I fire the system up in the morning, bring up Firefox and all is fine, and reasonably quick.
Do a fair amount of downloading using the MiPony download manager to access rapidshare files, but with my crap connection, the max download speed seems to hover around the 280kbs mark.
I may also have two FF sessions on the go, as well as the downloading, so whatever l do after that seems to really slow the system down.
I have even run ConvertX at the same time as all of the above and the system came to a near grinding halt.
Now l know that all of the above are processor/ram hungry but surely with my specs the computer should more than cope?
Maybe l'm missing something obvious or my dual processor system just cannot cope with more than two ram hungry programs running at the same time.
Has anyone got any ideas or do l just have to live with it.

Answer:Any way of speeding up a pc with reasonable specs?

Hello Willy,

You could pick and choose between the options in the tutorial below to try and speed up the performance of your system some.

Optimize Windows 7

Hope this helps some,

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I'm getting about 40 min. running time from my Vaio laptop with NO energy saving features enabled, and frequent HD access. Is this about what you'd expect?

Answer:reasonable battery capacity?

It sound kind of short are old is your battery if more then 2 years it's time for a change.....

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I have scanned this site with no results plus tried putting ISP/costs/availabilty in Google to no avail. Can someone suggest an ISP for my daughter who wants one to use from say 8pm to 8am? As she can only access it at these times a 24/7 supply is not wanted. Broadband is not an option because of the cost.

Answer:Reliable ISP at a reasonable cost.

Hi.How about Freeserve Pay As You Go? click here

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I realize that this is a bit of a vague question as it depends on so many things, I would just like a guideline.Pent4 2g/768mem/XPpro/quite a few progs run on startup.How long from pressing the restart to up and running again?Any comments pleaseRay

Answer:What is a reasonable restart time?

About 2 minutes in total here. Four users.If the PC hasn't been shut down or restarted for several days, it takes more time for Windows to shut down all running processes.Once Windows has actually shut down all processes, it takes about 45 seconds for it to go through the restart/boot-up before getting back to the Welcome screen.

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I subscribe to Norton 360 but have got the trojan Antivirus XP 2008 with its annoying porn popups and messages. Via the chat facility, Norton advisors have removed part of the problem remotely but the popups have come back and other irritations, like slow running remain.They have now escalated my call to their virus specialist and want to charge me £70 for a detailed consultation plus check of the PC and clean up. Am I being reasonable thinking that Norton 360 should have stopped the trojan in the first place and it's a bit much having to pay them to clean up. The adviser was quite aggressive saying that I should have this done straight away otherwise I might spread the virus on the internet and my ISP will cut me off.I'd be grateful for views on Norton's stance.

Answer:Antivirus XP & Norton 360 - Reasonable?

Do a quick Google for "Antivirus XP 2008", have a look at the first hit from bleepingcomputer, should be able to sort it yourself.Google is your friend.

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I have four rather old HDDs that are either not recognized by the system or that cause computer shut down when connected.

Is it reasonable to attempt to repair these? It is my understanding that the majority of all HDD failures are electrical and not mechanical. If this is true, then I would conclude that most problems are caused by the replaceable control board on the HD.

BTW I have a circuit board on order to attempt the repair of a 250GByte Seagate HD (a Barracuda 7200.10).

This HD seems to be an ideal candidate for home repair because it immediately shuts down the computer when power is applied. There is a direct short from the HDs' 5 volt input pin to ground. That short circuit exists even when the board is removed from the HD.

Obtaining an exact replacement seems to be the trick. I 'think' I have done that.

Answer:Is It Reasonable/Sensible to Attempt to Repair a HDD

It's not as simple as replacing the PCB on most modern drives, you may also have to move the original ROM chip or firmware that contains the specific drive parameters to the new PCB. Unlike older drives, new drives are all slightly different and unique. With the 7200.10 a PCB swap may work because its an older drive.

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Noticed today that switches with 10 GbE ports are starting to become quite low in price on eBay. Is this a sign that the price is finally starting to move or are these switches junk, lacking features or not usable to attach a server or two and start playing with the speeds?

I'm mostly seeing HP 2900's but there are others too.

edit: maybe there are just rear stacking ports? The fronts must just be sfp 1 GbE?

Answer:10 GbE starting to become reasonable for home?

ProCurve 2900s have normal gig ports for connecting to clients.

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I wanted to hear some opinions about the situation in the office I work in.

Recently we changed accounting software and my advice to change to Office 365 was rejected. Still all 15 employees want their emails to be safe and backed up.
Some employees don't delete their emails, so I end up with approximately 10 GB PST-file size per year per user. Of course I split them year by year. The problem is that they want to keep even pst files from 5 or more years ago. Always available. My idea is now, that I make a one time backup copy of recent years and a daily backup of the actual year.
I made some tries already with EaseUS. But I'm not satisfied.
I'd prefer not to schedule it and leave it up to the employee to decide when to make the backup. So, let's say the employee leaves earlier for some reason why leaving the PC on until 7 pm or so? Also a power cut could prevent that scheduled backup entirely from happening.
Here's a list of what I need the backup software to be able to do:

- Start the whole backup process with a double-click on an icon (on the desktop). EaseUS needs more steps incl. always having to set the Shutdown option manually.
- On the destination file storage or NAS I want to overwrite the previous file, not to create version after version. Or even better: Create a new version but delete the old version afterwards. PSTs are really a hard case since you can't really make incremental backups. I also doubt that some employees will understa... Read more

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This morning yet again I found it impossible to open my Broadband although eventually it staggered into life sufficiently for me to open a Broadband Speed check wherein I obtained 55.27 Download and 9 Upload.
Could someone please tell me if that is a good, bad or indifferent speed?
I contacted my Broadband supplier and the system is at the moment great.

Answer:What is a reasonable Broadband speed?

Sorta depends on what you're paying for. Faster than anything I get

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Hello Everyone, I have a compaq 5wv-280 machine that has an AMD Athlon 900mhz processor in it. I'am able to go as high as a 1.4gig athlon thunderbird processor. My machine has 200mhz (FSB) I see that this processor is pretty expensive yet. Can anyone tell me where i can save a few dollars on one of these? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank You, E J FITZ

Answer:Looking for a reasonable place to buy a processor.

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A long tale of woe that ends with some questions. Please bare with me in the background explanation.

For over a year I've been having occasional flurries of crashes, hangs and (rarely) BSODs. Months would go by with no problem, then dozens of crashes or hangs in a week. The event logs and rare dumps have not been helpful. People here said it sounded like hardware problem, but no diagnostics I ran could find a problem.

I took it to a pc repair shop which could find no hardware problem (and of course it would not crash or hang for them). The suggested (as did people on this forum) that it probably was ZoneAlarm Internet Security. They installed the Kaspersky Internet Security product (for a fee, of course) and said that should fix the problems. 2 days later it froze 3 times and did automatic reboots 5 times.

I took it back. It still wouldn't crash or hang for them. They said Windows probably needed to be reinstalled - that my update from Win7 Home to Pro corrupted something. Rather than mess up the installation again I asked them to do it (for a fee, of course).

During their attempts to reinstall Windows it started crashing for them. They succeeded on their 3rd attempt, ran some more tests, checked the configuration, and found problems with the ram. They said ram I had was incompatible with the mother board and buggy, but the problems could not be detected by the diagnostics. They also said they had to reinstall Windows a 4th time because the 3rd reinstallation ... Read more

Answer:Reasonable explanation for crashes?

OCZ is high quality, but it is also one of the least compatible memories on the market (meaning it works properly with the fewest hardware configurations)
I use it personally and have for years with no complaint. ...and certainly without the problems you describe, though I always verify the motherboard/ram compatibility before I purchase a motherboard.

If the ram is actually bad it can cause any number of seemingly unrelated problems and errors. Since basically everything processes through the ram and it can be only one stick or one specific memory address on a stick that actually causes the problem. It's possible this bad address can go for months without being used until a specific set of circumstances pops up.

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Is this a reasonable graphics card?

ATI RADEON 9800 Pro 256Mb AGP

It will be used with a Gigabyte 8VM800PMD-775 mobo

on a 2.8ghz celeron with 1gb Ram, 200gb hdd



Answer:Is this a reasonable graphics card?

How much does it cost?
I recommend a 6600GT video card. It should costly almost the same, and you get a lot more performance.

The two bad things are these:

a) You must have a good, quality 300-350 power supply, from a good, well-known manufacturer, with at least 20 A on the 12V rail, in order to have a stable computer.

b) The performance of a 9800 PRO or a 6600GT will be limited by your current CPU (is it a Celeron D or a Celeron?).

Good luck!

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A four month old mid-range factory built computer.Functions exactly as it should, but ignoring the sound advice "If it aint broke don't fix it" i would like it to sound less like a collection of busy fans, which it has!I am prepared to spend some more and replace the PSU, CPU's fan and even the case fan.The video card fan seems blameless, stalling for one moment doesn't change the rushing noise.The PSU is probably the most justifiable replacement. It is a bog standard ATX of 300w.I wonder if click here will do the trick. (5th down the list) the 435W job)?The case fan is a standard affair drawing warm air and pushing it out of the back. It is possibly an 8cm fan (approx 7cm between screws) and draws its power from the mobo.Probably not contributing much windrush but suggestions welcome?The CPU fan sits naked on a sort of 4 legged gantry over a very elaborate dome of fine fins and Intel trade mark. Doesn't seem responsible for much noise, but again, any comments.

Answer:In the name of silence or reasonable quiet

are you positive it aint the graphics cooler as mines noisy as hell! you could always invest in some heat pipes that will cut out most of the noise!

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I have a very annoying issue wherein the small rubber V-shaped or triangular pegs attached to the base of the extended battery of my U150 have come off; so now the laptop wobbles when I type. I've called the service center (Philippines not India), they were very nice and courteous, but had no replacement part number so they cannot replace the part even if I am under warranty! How ridiculous is that?!?!  It would be so easy to mail me a pair of pegs and I would simply superglue it on the base.  What they offered is even more absurd!  They want me to give them a $90+ deposit to send them my whole battery pack (that is working just fine) which they are willing to replace in order to get the new legs on it.  We're talking about a pair of pegs worth no more that 25-US-cents!!!  Does anyone have any solutions? Or is there some other mystical resource to get these rubber pegs replaced? This issue has been going on for two months, and Lenovo has not replied, emailed, nor called as promised by the customer service receptionist who said they would refer my claim to Lenovo.

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Currently I am unemployed and so when I found out that my PC broke (this is a friend's) I was devastated to realize that Windows XP (Pro or HE) both range around $100 for the standard full edition. I am currently running it off of Bart PE but that isn't much help because I can't even view pics or access the internet. My other friend told me however that you can get Windows XP as cheap as $70 for the stripped down, "No Manual, No Colorful Box," edition. Problem is... I can't find this mythical store/site. Is he bluffing or does this place exist (and where?) Thanks heaps

Answer:I need a complete XP Reinstallation... at a reasonable cost

I found it for $89.99 at:

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Hello all,

Just wondering whether any of you guys out there can recommend a reasonable free text editor for Windows for knocking out some Perl in - I just dislike Notepad for this kind of thing...
Im sure there are loads but just wanted some recommendations...


Answer:Reasonable Free Text Editor

and I only know this because I'm stuck having to learn this horrible language this quarter.

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I believe that I have an on-board graphics card installed on my computer. Previously I was able to use Google Earth, but for some unknown reason I was no longer able to use this programme. Various alternatives was advised via Google help and error messages, but none seem to work.My remaining alternative (according to Google) is to get a 'better' graphics card.Any suggestions for a straight forward replacement. Not into high speed gaming or fancy high capacity 3 D's. Something cheap and simple, with possible links would be ideal.Final question: Is it possible to fit an additional graphics card to on-board system!.

Answer:Cheap and reasonable graphics card

Yes it is possible for you to have additional graphics, you will have to disable your onboard graphics once you have a new graphics card.Do you know what expansion slots you have available so that suggestions for graphics cards can be suited to your needs.

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My other question is how much does it cost to upgrade Vista 32bit to Vista 64bit? My software source (school) only sells the 32bit versions (for hella cheap).

Should I suck it up and get Vista Home 64bit from Newegg for $99 or try to upgrade from 32bit to 64bit (which hopefully would be cheaper)?

Answer:what's a reasonable price for vista home 64?

Buy the 32bit version from your school, and acquire a 64bit disc by other means. Your serial will work on either (Vista/Win7 are both this way).

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I' running Vista an a new HP Pavilion Laptop, with Firefox as my browser. Everything is falling into place, but when I open this Forum it is so small that I must Zoom in at least three times to get it large enough to read! I don't have this problem with anything else, that I know of. How can I get this site to open in readable size??

Answer:How to open this Forum in a reasonable size

there is a little drop down tab at the bottom left of this forum that may help

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I have Comcast cable. The Motorola Surfboard modem is connected to my desktop via Ethernet cable. I occasionally have to work with friend's laptops, and need to connect to the Web wirelessly, so am considering getting a wireless router. Trouble is, I can't find much info on the Web that tells me what I need, and prices go from $25 to $1200. I figure I only need something very simple, since I have no home network or multiple computers throughout the house.

So, can anyone recommend a good and relatively inexpensive router? Review in PC World liked the Belkin N, but have no idea if that's suitable or overkill or what.

Answer:Best reasonable cost wireless routers

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Ok, I am basically new here and have a system I built in the middle of 2007. I am trying to see if it is viable to upgrade any of the components to make it a little more competitive for the rest of this year, but I don't know that there is much I can do with it without buying multiple components.

I have:

MSI AM2 Athlon 64/X2, PC6400 mem. capable motherboard
4600+ Athlon X2
NVIDIA 9600GT 512mb
2 gb PC6400 DDR2

I am currently running 64 bit Windows 7, and despite 2gb of memory it runs well.

Basically, I don't know if there is much that can be done with this. It's kind of stuck where it is. I could get a little faster dual core X2 processor, but I don't know that it would make much of a difference. Obviously a quad core CPU would require a new motherboard and CPU, so might as well do that with a whole new computer build. I could upgrade to 4gb of dual channel memory, but I don't know that games/programs would utilize it enough to be worth it. Video card wise, I have a 19" 1280 x 1024 monitor, so I whether or not a better video card would get a huge difference in framerate at that resolution I'm not sure.

I am primarily looking at this in regards to games like Bioshock 2, etc. coming out this year. I would just like to run those newer games a little better for this year until I anticipate building a new system in 2011. I have heard a lot of people say that 4gb of memory isn't totally used by most applications yet. I have heard that un... Read more

Answer:Possible reasonable upgrades for my 2 year old system?

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i have been told 1155 is going away, but i was told that just under a year ago and its not proving to be true. i just came into a little extra money, and am considering the best mother board i could get my hands on for 1155.

this is what i am looking at. and im hoping to get some suggestions and hopfuly hear from someone who has it- - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb&#47;s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Answer:help picking the best reasonable 1155 mobo available

Eventually, all sockets go away, but I haven't heard anything particular about 1155. Are you mistaking that for 1156, which is about gone?

As long as you have a good brand and a little bit of luck, I'd just shop on the basis of desire features and price/support.

What does "best" mean in this context?

That particular board is certainly more than you need for most purposes and would be a waste of money for a typical installation. But you may need each and every one of its features. I don't know.

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My wireless router does not seem to be working for Internet connectivty despite many reboots. It's (Netgear fm114p) been in use for less about 10 months. The only thing I can think of is I had some wiring work done to an electrical outlet. Since then, it started requiring power reboots during the day (due to losing a signal); then within the week (yesterday), the lights are not working correctly.


Answer:What's the Reasonable Life of a Wireless Router?

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My nephew suggested recently that I buy some extra memory for my Dell Dimensiion 8250 computer, which is a couple of years old. Knowing that I have Rambus RD-RAM, he searched the Net and told me RD-RAM was both harder to find and more expensive than he expected.

He went to PrimeWatch and found only two websites which had RD-RAM available. Then he went to eBay and told me I could pay $400 for 1G of CD1066 RD-RAM or $256 for 1G of PC 800 RD-RAM.

I have two slots of 256 RD-RAM -- PC 1066, unless I'm mistaken -- which means I have two open slots. My nephew told me I could fill the two open slots with 512 PC 1066, which would give me 1.5 G total. Or, he said, my PC could hold up to 2 G of PC 800 RD-RAM. (All of this terminology is new to me, but my nephew appears to understand it quite well.)

I remember hearing a while back that the price of memory was dropping rapidly, but my nephew told me that seems to have changed. Is it possible that I could find better prices for RD-RAM than those shown on eBay?

Answer:How easy is it to find RD-RAM at a reasonable price?

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I am trying to find a touchscreen monitor that is actually priced reasonably. It needs to be between 10 and 12 inches and the pixel resolution needs to be at least 1024x768.

I can't find any for a fair price. They make all kinds of good ones though... for $250 and up! They can't be THAT expensive since you can buy android tablets for like $150. Even mouser doesn't carry touchscreen LCD panels anymore that have a greater resolution than 640x480.

I have managed to find ONE that has a somewhat reasonable price but it's sold by a shady looking seller. Half of the reviewers didn't receive a working unit and the other half did.

I call ******** on these prices. They don't cost that much to produce. Something like that shouldn't cost more than $100. I'm not willing to spend more than $150 on a touchscreen monitor unless the resolution is 1280x720 or greater and even then I'm not spending more than 175-200.

So where is a place you can buy these from that are priced reasonably? If there are none, can I buy a $100-$150 android tablet just for the LCD panel, take it apart and somehow re wire everything up for use with a PC?

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This is after being on for over 12 hours, mostly idle.

Meant Q6600

Answer:Is my e6600 running at a reasonable temp?

After 20 minutes of playing a game:

Should I re-seat my CPU, maybe get a new heatsink fan?

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Pulling my hair out here...

I just got a new monitor, and while installing that accidentally uninstalled the network card. Whoops. Talked to tech support and they said I had to do a reinstall of Windows to get it back, pretty much. So I did, checking "keep files". All went well, until I tried to get into my files. I used to share this computer with others so all of my files under "My Documents" were unshareable under the old system - I'm assuming that's why, when I tried to get to *my* user data, it kept telling me no. After some searching, I found a webpage telling me to reboot in safe mode, go into the folder properties, and reset the owner of those files to my new profile. I did, and everything was restored - except that the files in My Pictures and My Music are all still unaccessible. I can get to them, I can view them, the properties show that they have sizes which seem reasonable for full, normal files - but when I open any of my photos I get nothing - in the Windows Picture and Fax viewer, for instance, I get "no preview available". I've tried renaming the files, moving them, copying them, e-mailing them - nothing. The music files are the same - look normal, but when I try and play them they open up as a 0 second music file. Name and info is available, but no music.

In short: any help vastly appreciated. This is the second time in two years I've lost my vacation photos, last year my camera got stolen Maybe I need to ... Read more

Answer:files present, have a reasonable size, do not open

As an aside, save all your pictures to CD or some other source, and then you can access them with almost any viewer...

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I essentially skipped Vista completely (bought it with the hardware, installed it, then discarded it) and started with the 7000 beta. Am currently toying with 7077 on a new, 3-week-old monster machine that needs to shift into productive use very soon.

Moving the "Documents and Settings" folder was easy back in XP days. It appears to be a lot more complicated now. However, after a bit of reading, I've come up with the following:
Clean install (in this case, 7077 x64) as user 'username'
Enable 'Administrator' account
Log out of 'username' and log into 'Administrator'
Continue with computer setup using the 'Administrator' account
Delete both the account and files for 'username'
Hack the registry to alter the location for new user accounts
-- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList]
-- Replace '%SystemDrive%\Users' with 'D:\Users' for the 'ProfilesDirectory' key
Create a new account for 'username' with admin privileges which appears as D:\Users\username\...
Log out of the 'Administrator' account (leaving it active and located in the C:\Users folder)
Log into the new 'username' admin account and go about business as usual.
(There will be four additional non-admin accounts created on this machine -- all of them located in the D:\Users folder.)
My question is: Does this seem a valid approach to separating the Users folder from the system drive? Or, am I setting myself up for problems?

Answer:Moving \Users folder ... Is this a reasonable approach?

Hello Weh,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You might take a look at this
Personal User Shell Folders - Move Location - Vista Forums[11]=File Folder Settings

and this
Relocating your user account to another drive


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I have installed Windows 7 on my unit, but Sound Blaster 5.1 Live is not compatible. Any suggestions? Thanks

Answer:Reasonable priced Windows 7 sound card

Take a quick look at this post

Sounds like you might be able to download the XP drivers and then right-click and run in compatibility mode using XP SP2 as your choice.

Might be worth a quick try.

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I am using a Laptop with Vodaphone 3 G Data Card to pick up my E-Mails when I am on the road and am finding it very expensive. It is a pay as you go Does anyone have any idea if there are any that are reasonably priced to use? My definition of "very expensive" is £46.50 for a period 12.4.2009 to 28.4.2009.Two examples of my messages are as follows.216.514 KB = 0.4233.167.904 KB = 6.188 I use BT Yahoo ISP when at home.

Answer:Is there a reasonable cost 3G Data Card Service?

I have a Mobile Broadband 'dongle' using pay-as-you-go on the "3" network. A £10 top-up is valid for 30 days and allows up to 1 Gigabyte of data to be transferred. A £15 top-up is valid for 30 days and allows up to 3 Gigabytes of data to be transferred. click here

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Hi, I've planned to buy  a  good LTE WWAN adapter for my T440 recently, but going though many negative opinions on officially supported EM7345  I think it's point less to spend many on it. I really like EM7455 but I am sure I will fall into the problem with "unsupported WWAN card ..."  which I know I can work around, but would prefer a clean solution instead. Is there any good alternative to EM7345 for T440 to get it working out of the box? Ideal would be official BIOS with EM7455 enabled in BIOS whitelist, which I believe is unlikely.             

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What is a reasonable bite rate (i.e. keep as much quality as can be) to convert CD to MP3. My ears are not very musical.

Answer:Reasonable bite rate convert CD to MP3 files?

128kbps at 44kHz is the norm and sounds good enough to my ears.

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I currently have the following set installed:

* AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic
* COMODO Firewall Pro

* SpywareBlaster
* SpywareGuard

* HijackThis
Anything I should get in addition? Or get rid of?
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Recommended programs (freeware) for reasonable safety?

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I need to replace a TP-Link N600 router that is constantly dropping G-wifi. The N seems stable enough but TP-Link customer disservice is working at it's peak. Totally hopeless. I have been trying to get them to to take it back for warranty-repairs and all they keep telling me to do is update the firmware.

I had done that before I even contacted them the first time. I am now using some of their Beta firmware and still no change. I have had it with TP-Link.

So, looking for 4 x Gigabit LAN, G and N wifi at 450 to 600 Gb. An AC-wifi might be nice, but when N is working right, it does all I need. I still need G for my windows phone. {sigh}

I have just tried Zyxel, Edimax and Netgear. Returned them all as the TP-Link when running right had much better power output on both G and N ate distances. Linksys, not even slightly interested in, so what's left? If a Buffalo, I'd want a non-DD-Wrt version. DD-Wrt is great but too time consuming to configure.

Anyone with personal experience of a router they love that doesn't cost a $100+, care to chime in here.


Answer:Decent Router at reasonable price? NOT TP-Link

I got a little-known Router from Western Digital [yeah, the hard drive company] over a year and a half ago, cost $60. When I first got it I'd have to turn the Wi-Fi off [switch on the front] about once a week to re-establish it. After about a month I got a firmware update for it and haven't had a problem since. It's been running 24/7 since 9/11 but we had a transformer blow down the road that day and were without power 6AM until about 7PM that day. Didn't help to also have 10" of snow.

I've set up D-Link and Netgear Routers and haven't had call-backs on them yet.

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My hard drive has crashed and my local computer store was unable to recover any of my files. I was wondering if there is a reasonably priced data recovery company that can recover lost files that the local computer stores might not be able to recover.Thanks

Answer:Is There a reasonable priced data recovery company

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Hi guys!!

Okay, my camcorder is a Panasonic GS-150 (I bought it 1 year ago and still not for sure if that was a good purchase or not, but oh well i'm stuck with it now) and I mostly use it to make movies w/friends and family. I write screenplays and direct them, act in them, what not and I'm hoping to finally upgrade to a better video editing software besides Windows Movie Maker. Now, I have no big complaints about WMM, its been very kind to me and user friendly, but I've way over-used all the transitions and video effects they have to offer. Also, my ideal software would have the ability to put a clip on top of a clip. I don't even know if that's possible, but it sounds like a neat idea to me sense I don't have a green screen handy! I am just a meager wanna-be M. Night Shyamalan here My budget is minimal and I'm hoping not to exceed $80.

Any advise, opinions, tips & tricks and what-not is very appreciated!! THANKS GUYS! YOUR AWESOME!

Answer:Best Video Editing Software @ A Reasonable Price

Hi mightyflail.On an $80.00 budget, you won't do much better then Pinnacle Studio Plus 10.5 Titanium.Looks like it's on sale as well.

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Yes, I have a Window's Vista Toshiba laptop, Service Pack 2.  We have fibre optic service through our local phone company and a router in the house.
I have my browsers set to open to  for the sole purpose of phishing prevention.  If this is not what I think it is, please correct me on this first point.  When I don't have a secure connection, a message pops up saying the connection isn't secure.  I've assumed this was phishing.  Again, is that a correct assumption?  Second, when I have that message appear, often I've disconnected the router and plugged it in later, and for the most part that has 'solved' the connection problems......but, that gets old.  Especially since these issues happen often multiple times a day.  
My current security is Microsoft Security Essentials, which I know went obsolete with XP, but is still good with Vista (?).  I also have as a back up, Emisoft Anti-Malware (free) for scanning purposes.  I tried their 'Protection' which is given in the beggining on trial with Security Essentials deleted, but stopped it before it's time trial was up because of how slow it made the computer.  Also, I've tried Malwarebytes Real Time Potection with similar results.  I then used HitmanPro, first on free trial, than after that was over for awhile, I decided to buy into it's annual cost.  HitmanPro, I have found, scare's off the 'phish'er's most of the t... Read more

Answer:Phishing trouble concerns. How do I best prevent them within reasonable costs?

I forgot to add something that happened today.  
I was trying to scare the 'phisher' away by using HitmanPro as I've done before, and noticed in the screen where PUP's appear a very very brief message saying something about SUN CLOUD UPLOADING.  Of course, it was so brief, and I wasn't really watching closely anyway, so it may have said something else........I'm just telling what I think I saw.  I tried googling that, and come up with zero.  

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Hi all,
I am on dial up connection now, i pay $20 a month for unlimited use to another internet provider on top of my normal Telstra bill and its been ok as far as $$ & speed for what i have been using it for, but my new computor will have a DVD & CD in it and i would like to be able to sometimes download movies and songs with it and the dialup i think will be far to slow for that type of use.
Its not only that, but when i use the internet on the same line as phone calls, i am missing a lot of calls and others in the house are getting pretty irrritated with me being always on the net.
I am a bit restricted as far as money goes because i am on a diability pension,
so i am looking for a reasonable priced provider that will suit my needs without going to overboard with the prices and will keep the phone clear for all other normal phone calls.
I have been looking at a few differant deals but i see that if you go over a certain amount of m'bytes they get stuck into you for excess, which looks like a bit of a trap to me.
I would even be happy with normal dialup speeds during the day [ when i can get on it] and downloading stuff at off peak times or during the nights.
Or am i asking for to much for to little?
Thanks in advance for any idea's.

Answer:Any Aussies know of a reasonable priced cable connection provider

Try Optus ADSL I think they have packages that include your phone and some free local calls. I'm not sure about ADSL but with cable when you exceed your limit they don't charge extra they just limit you to dialup speed.

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My Computer recently broke down to an irreparable level, this could not have come at a worse time since I will be cash strapped for the next 6 or so months. Though I have found an AMD Athlon 3800+ X2 system for sale for only $125AUD. Pretty much a barebones system with XP SP2, I can swap my hard drives and Graphics card to this computer.

The question I'm wondering is, due to my non-experience with AMD, I'm not sure how it will handle compared to my other ancient system.

Main uses for the computer were: Browsing, Photo-editing, Occasional Video-Editing and some light Gaming(Crysis/COD/Oblivion, only with settings set to medium and not planning to purchase any more graphic intensive games) Not sure if this computer will handle them.

Oh and incase this post doesn't already show the specs for my last computer, the basics were.

Pentium D 2.8GHz Processor
320GB Hard Drive
160GB OS Hard Drive
250 Watt PSU (Yes I know, very bad considering the video card)
Asus ATI Radeon 4670

Answer:Reasonable cheap upgrade for fried Pentium D system?

Sure, it'd work fine; you'll need to reformat though.

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Right now with the current set of GPOs (like three dozen or so) and configuration it takes approximately 1-3 minutes for users to login. Our old computer system with terminal servers would take 2-3 minutes for users to login, or if about the same time -- there were other issues such as horribly under-specced and overloaded servers with 40 users per terminal server.

With a brand new set of GPOs (about a dozen or less) and OU structure that I carefully made and designed after spending several hours analyzing the existing GPOs and OU structure, it takes on average 16 seconds to login (best being 12 seconds, worst being 22 seconds). This uses VMware View Persona management storing profiles at \\srv-persona1\EXP_Profiles$\%username%. This is currently not being used by our North American environment.

If we use a persistent local profile through VMware View, login time is 2 seconds flat. Our Asian environment of at least 100 users uses this + the brand new set of GPOs and OU structure I created, but without VMware View Persona management (again -- persistent local profile).

At minimum, my supervisor is wanting to get the login time below 10 seconds -- aiming for 2 seconds, while using Persona management. He told me he would like to get rid of all of the GPOs (or as much as possible). I responded saying this is unrealistic and wrong, defeating the purpose of why GPOs as a feature exists and would also result in higher maintenance time and more frequent reprovi... Read more

Answer:Logon times -- what is reasonable for a 300 person remote VDI environment?

I'd shoot for 5 seconds, but 10 seconds is about the limit I'd accept.

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I have a brand new W530 with the 500 GB HD -- 445 GB actual total space in C: ("Windows7_OS"), including about 85 GB of OS, pre-installed applications, and Lenovo bloat-ware).  I plan to create a separate user-data partition by stealing space from the OS partition, call it E:, and to re-direct user Documents, Pictures, etc. directories plus the Outlook PST file there.  Thus C: will be reserved mainly for Windows, Page File, Crash Dump, Restore Points, and new software installation. Any thoughts about a reasonable division of drive space between these two partitions?  Coming from Windows XP 32bit on a much smaller HD, I have little idea what to expect in terms comfortable space requriements for Windows 7 64bit.  (I realize I can re-size the partitions later, but it seems best to start with realistic allocations...) -- JCW2


Go to Solution.

Answer:What is a Reasonable Tradeoff Between System and Data Space in Windows 7 64bit?

It is hard to comment without some idea how the machine will be used. Some applications are not very well behaved and install on the c: drive regardless of what you do. Some functions, like the briefcase functions in windows 7 are harder to get off c:, although it can be done. (I got it right the second time I tried) If you share files using briefcase, you end may up with most of your data on c:. I decided I wanted to boot from an SSD, but I needed more data, so I put in a 256GB mSATA drive and moved my boot partition there. I used my entire HD for data. That worked out well for me.

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My Nokia Lumia 1520 screen got cracked recently, i already visited one Nokia care, they quoted me 21500/-. Please suggest me a good reasonable service centre in Mumbai

Answer:Is there a way to replace my Nokia Lumia 1520 screen for a reasonable price?

i cant suggest you something there since i am from another country but the most inexpensive way is to change it yourself... there are a lot of videos where you can find out how to do it... like this

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I received the new Thinkpad x61s yesterday, ordered 3 weeks ago. I had chosen the Intel wireless wifi link 4965AGN for it, but when I received it yesterday I found they actually installed a 4965AG. This is shown in all the places: the system information, the device manager, as well as the sticker on the bottom of the laptop. I have created screen shots to show the information, though I don't see anyway to attach the files here. I called Lenovo yesterday as soon as I found the problem. I thought the two obvious solutions would be to either send back the laptop for replacement of the wireless card by IBM/Lenovo, or to have them send me the correct card and I replace it by myself. Since the model is still being offered on sale, they certainly have the 4965AGN card. I was transferred back and forth on the phone between various depts. The last rep yesterday said they couldn't replace the card for me (why? "because it's just not how we do it." Instead they do put the wrong card?), nor can they send me a replacement card (said it would void warranty if I install it myself, which contradicts another rep. Could someone please confirm either way?). He said I had to either return the laptop for refund or get credit for the difference between the two cards. Neither of these is what I would like to accept. And I find it neither reasonable nor necessary. I called them today again. The rep I got today looked at my order and claimed what I ordered was exactly what I have received! He cl... Read more

Answer:Lenovo messed up my wireless card on my new laptop and refuses a reasonable solution?!

I understand your frustration, but there is a thing I don't get it. By the fact that Intel doesn't have pcie network adapter card model 4965AG. They have only 4965AGN, which is the one you are supposed to get, and 3945BG/ABG for 802.11b/g or 802.11a/b/g consecutively. I suspect 4965AG is typo or something? but this way it's pretty hard for Lenovo to believe you as well. The question is how you can identify your network card then? If device manager really says that, you may like to update driver.I recommend you get into this card properties in device manager and check for Hardware Ids, for 4965AGN it should be VEN_8086&DEV4230&SUBSYS_11108086. If it's really a wrong one, I don't see that you couldn't get a replacement. The worst case is you may have to ship your unit back to repair center, I guess. note: I'm not related to Lenovo in anyway! I was pissed about their service too/ Edited: I was totally wrong. There is 4965AG. It's basically the same one with 802.11n disabled. However, it's not the same part number. 42T0865, 42T0867, 42T0869, 42T0871, 42T0905 : Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN (11n enabled)42T0873, 42T0875, 42T0877, 42T0879, : Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN (11n disabled) First, you have to check this part number on the box to see if it matches 11n disabled. Then check with your order and it's time to call them again. Message Edited by sipp11 on 01-21-2009 01:56 PM

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2 weeks ago my Yoga 900 stops charging and the power cord starts making a popping sound from the wall socket (thank god it didn't start a fire).  So it's obvious the power cord is bad.  I call support and the agent says it's not the power cord and he can fix it (yes I did try to explain about the popping noise and small arcs of electricity it is making from the wall socket) so he remotes in and tries making some changes and even goes so far as to say the wall socket is the issue and not my power cord.  Finally after an hour of testing he is finally convinced that it's the power cord.  He puts in the order for a new cord to be sent out and tells me 3 business days (I'm finding out by reading through the forums that he lied directly to me as there are complaints about the cord being on back order about a month before I called) and of course after 3 business days nothing.  I then try looking up online to see if I can track the order and I find out that the ticket number they emailed to me doesn't exist.  After 3 or 4 calls and 1.5 weeks I finally get an agent who states that everything is put in correctly, they have the cord and she can't find out why it just hasn't been shipped and has escalated to management.  
So...  I decide to start my own research and after reading through these forums and attempting to order a power cord from the Lenovo store (which told me will ship in greater than 5 weeks) that there is no power cord and th... Read more

Answer:Yoga 900 - 2 months to receive a power cord?This is not reasonable or acceptable, manager?

Hi Joe,
I do not work for Lenovo, so I cannot check into your issue internally.  It may be that you have not been lied to but simply that the agents you spoke with were not informed of progress on backorders or whatever the problem is. I am sorry that you and others have had to wait so long. I hope you will hear good news soon.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU N2815 @ 1.86GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 55 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 8080 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 945914 MB, Free - 888993 MB;
Motherboard: DSG Retail Ltd, 079114
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled
Hello, please forgive me as I believe the answer to my problem may already be posted, however, I'm not confident enough to be sure. I'm also struggling with basic computer language and concern about doing more harm than good to my laptop.
My problem - My homepage always opens with I can't remove it although I can go on a dropdown to google.I tried to disable it but the homepage still appears albeit without the searchassist name. I also have something appearing which says it protects against malware - Trusteer IBM.? Finally, I think, there is a site that keeps popping up with free spyware downloads. I also thought my laptop backed up my files however, I will now back them up to a CD. I would really appreciate any help or advice. If you can assist me please be patient if I do not understand all the instructions; I don't even understand what the box underneath this one is asking - Tags? Sorry

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I hope someone can help me. I currently work as a Field Support Engineer for the Post Office, but I will soon be changing jobs and working for a local secondary school as Network Manager.
There appears to have been no documenting of the network as it has grown, as many different people have been administering at different times.
I would like your views on how to approach this situation, causing the least amount of disturbance to the network but enabling me to gather as much info as possilbe.

many thanks to you all in advance


Answer:{Advice offered} - Advice needed


My advice: Go in on a weekend and re-install everything

Ok, now onto more practical advice:

Firstly, get a picture of the network. This means getting a floorplan of the buildings, walking around going from room to room, and writing down the number of PCs, the software OS (and service pack level, if applicable) installed, current hardware installed and the router they connect to.

Do the same for your servers. It is vitally important to know what hardware is in each PC, and what the specs of the PC are.

Next, you need to get a Logical map of your network. This is a picture of the IP addresses of the Routers, printers and servers (and workstations, if you are not using DHCP), and where the different subnet's are situated. You need to see what services are installed on your Servers (WINS, DNS, DHCP, IIS, Proxy etc). At this time, it is also a good idea to get a list of the accounts on the Server. You need to see which accounts are being used to run certain services, and make sure that only Service accounts are running those services. Next, you need to take away any user accounts that no longer correspond to people using the system (ie. if Mr Bradshaw last worked at the school 5 years ago, it is time to delete his user account). Ditto with any user home drives assigned to defunct users.

Lastly, you need to compile a list of discepancies. Look at your list created in the forst step, and get an idea of what a standard PC is (ie: Standard PC = at least Pent 200,... Read more

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I need to theoretically network 4 PC computers for a class. The computers are currently running Win95. The specs of the computers are:

486/25 MHz processor, 80 MB hard drive, 8 MB RAM

486/66 MHz processor, 120 MB hard drive, 16 MB RAM

Pentium 75 MHz Processor, 120 MB hard drive, 16 MB RAM

Pentium 133 MHz processor, 1 GB hard drive, 32 MB RAM

Security is not important. Trying to find an inexpensive solution. The users will not be technical wizards.

Questions - What type of network would you recommend and why? What role would you assign to each of the four workstations and any other equipment you recommend? What type of upgrades might the workstations require to make your solution work?

please help me, thank you

Answer:{Advice Offered} - need advice for network

Well, I would put in one NIC per computer, use standard Windows 95 peer to peer networking. I would try to upgrade all machines to at least 32 meg RAM, but 16 would do if I couldn't manage 32.

Hell, I guess 8 would work, but it sure would be slow.

I would go with CAT5 patch cables and a small, inexpensive hub, to physically connect the machines. You could use BNC (coax type) cable and skip the hub, but hubs are so cheap now that I don't think that is a good idea.

As for roles - put all the shared files on the P133 since it has the most space and is the fastest.

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech:
LarryCore begs for money

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I have an emachines T3624 that I bought brand new from Best Buy in 2005. It has Windows98 XP on it of course. All I basically use my pc for is (1) to sell a few postcards on ebay, so I have a printer/scanner too.(2) a little emailing(3) looking up info/checking the news(4) store a few photos and some music(5) check my bank account infoI do not play games online and even though I have AT&T DSL internet service, I find that I can seldom watch a video without waiting for it to keep loading up (buffering), so I give up.I know that Windows98 XP is now all but dead. Money is really tight at my house (and getting tighter!)   However, if 98XP makes my pc websurfing dangerous b/c of security glitches, I'm assuming that I need to get another pc and soon! Sigh...   Can someone advise me of a few things here? I'm still really dumb about pcs for the most part.I will have to buy a used one, but want to do so through a reputable dealer like walmart where I can at least get some kind of warranty!I need to know if most desktop pcs still have ports for a telephone line as it looks like I will be having to switch to a dial-up ISP like netzero or such to save money. I only need the pc itself as I have a great dell monitor already.When I was looking on walmart's site about buying a used pc, they mentioned trading in your old pc and getting money for it. What can I do to get as much of my personal info off of my pc as possible before doing something like that? I don�... Read more

Answer:So My PC Is 9 Years Old And I Need Advice... A LOT of Advice!

Pretty much any new/refurbished PC with Windows 7/8.1 will be a good upgrade from your current one.  Unfortunately not that many computers now come with Dial Up modems, your current computer has a modem on a PCI expansion card you can always take it out and put it into your new system assuming it has an appropriate slot.As far as clearing your personal details off you can use - You burn that software to a CD and start the PC from it, it will securely erase everything on your hard drive (This will take a long time so you may need to leave it overnight).  After this everything will be gone (including Windows) so depending on the trade-in programme it may be fine like this or you may need to reinstall Windows XP from a CD (although they will likely be fine with it completely wiped).Also, just to clarify - Windows 98 and Windows XP are different versions entirely, you are running Windows XP.

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Our office is currently running a NT4 peer-to-peer network. It includes four worksations and an FTP server. I am wondering about the pros/cons of migrating to a server based network.

I am proficient with TCP/IP and WNT4 Workstation. Would NT Server be a tremendous difference?

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Need advice on migrating from peer-to-peer


If the server is a Domain Controller, then it wioll be different. If you run it as a member ser, then you will still be in a workgroup mode.

Ok, if it is a domain controller then the difference is that you will have centralised accounts. You only need to create an account on the server, and then it can be used on any of the workstations. All the sercurity is centralised, to the accounts created on the server.

As far as a 4 workstation network goes, this is the main difference.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

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Hi,I just bought my first pack of CD-RW's. I went for a Packard Bell Brand for quality (I hope).The problem is, I don't really know how to use them. I burned some of my work onto a disk last week and today, I wanted to add more to the disk as it wasn't full. I couldn't burn anything! It kept bringing up:'Error copying file or folder: Cannot create or replace (file name): Access is denied.Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.'The disk is not full, the files i'm trying to copy isn't in use and I don't remember putting any kind of write protection on.The first time, I simply put the disk in the drive and dragged a folder of work onto it. Should I of prepared the disk or something before using it?I can't even delete the old data. It says the files on the CD is read-only.can Anyone offer some advice?ThanksJohn T

Answer:Need some advice on Using CD-RW's

From experience, my advice would be to dump the CD-RWs and use CD-Rs instead. I wouldn't trust any of my data to CD-RWs, they're just too unreliable, tran1. Seriously, mate.

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Hello all,My CPU fan has definitely given up the ghost.So I need to buy a new one...but I am not too sure which one to get!My processor is a P4 3.2 Ghz with HT technology.Socket 478 according to 3DMark03.So can someone tell me which fan I need?As I play a lot of games and I think the CPU is often under a fair amount of strain I am prepared to pay a little more than the standard fan would cost.Cheers.

Answer:Need new CPU fan...advice please :-)

How about this?click hereNo personal experience but.....

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I was reading one of your old threads to find a solution for my Toshiba laptop, which did not turn on. I followed one of the advices you gave to one of the members, and it fixed my problem. I held the power button for 10 seconds and the computer worked once again.
However, I'm wondering if there's a hidden problem in the computer since it does not turn on with a sincle push of the button.


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Question: Need some advice

Okay so i aquired this old school gateway pc from my parents.

Its a
533mhz celeron processor
3gig hard drive
32 mb ram

now i want to buy some parts of ebay maybe, and soup it up a tiny bit, so it runs faster and my sister can use it on the internet to keep intouch with my family.

some one told me that the system bios might not beable to handle to much.

any suggestions?

Answer:Need some advice

If you could get the model number i might be able to find out how much that system can hold.

You probly could upgrade the memory to 128 or 256 and get a bigger Hard drive.

That would make a good system to surf the net, and do some word porcessing ect.

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Question: OEM Advice

Dabs are offering an OEM Version of Vista Home Premium at a reduced price, certain the restrictions of OEM software licensing.I can't work out exactly what I would have to buy to qualify for the OEM copy. Also, what is the difference between Vista Home Premium and Vista Home Premium 32-Bit? Ran the upgrade advisor and it doesn't state the difference.Many thanks (apologies if this is in the wrong forum.)

Answer:OEM Advice

As far as I know they are both the same, you do get a 64 bit Vista Home Premium which is different.OEM has to be installed on a new blank PC and it dies with the PC you cannot delete it and put it on another PC. I think it just has to be hardware you buy and that can be almost anything, memory, a new hard drive, etc

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Question: New PC Advice

I would like to get some advice on what OS to go with on a new laptop for a college student (the school has no preference).

Is Vista stable enough at this point or would it be better to go with XP and upgrade to VISTA after a service pack or 2 are released? I guess MS office 2003 and ITunes would be the two major apps used.

Answer:New PC Advice

All depends on what your needs are. I'd say, unless you really need to be on the cutting edge, there's no real need to choose Vista just yet- there are more programs that don't work for it than that do. It's probably stable enough, though, if you're dead set on using it.

Have you ever tried Linux before? I've found that a new computer or a new hard drive are both excellent opportunities to try it out for the first time. I installed Debian on a Dell laptop I bought for 20 dollars, and since then I've been using it almost 100% of my time spent on a computer. It's really that good.

iTunes might not be an option, but with so many awesome media players for linux, I don't see why anyone would want to use iTunes. MS Office should work under Wine, but if not there's always OpenOffice...

Whatever you choose, best of luck. Have a great freshman year! I just finished mine last semester :)

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I have 768mb pc3200 ram on my computer at the moment, one 265mb and one 512mb.
Im going to buy some more, a lot more and I need you to help me.
I would like to know if I should get get:

-2gb of corsair pc3200 value ram (2x1gb sticks)
-1gb of corsair xms4400 twinx ram (2x512mb sticks). Im not sure if this is 184pin dimm which my mb will take.

Also, would two different types of ram work, being the pc3200 and pc4400. Or ultimately any two different speeds of RAM?

Theres also OCZ which make some ram, 1gb of pc4200 ddr2 but I also dont know if this is 184pinn :S. Ive pointed out this because its actually £60 cheaper than the other ram modules I mentioned.


Answer:Advice on which RAM is best..

What D3m3nt3d said is true.

I'd just go with Corsair Value, unless you want to do gaming and overclock your RAM (I doubt that is the case here) then you'd want to go with the XMS.

CVS is good RAM, and so is OCZ's VS.

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Question: Advice on RAM

I have a job oppertunity but it requires 512 MB of RAM. I currently have 504MB.

The company says:"I noticed you only have 504mhz RAM. If you started with 512, that could mean some of that memory is burned. Would you be willing to upgrade your RAM to meet our requirement of 512?"

What do you suggest and how should I go about doing this??


Answer:Advice on RAM

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Question: I need advice/help

So it's been 2 days since my hp dv6000 notebook failed to boot windows. Before this I'm experiencing freezing and hang ups while watching movies or just normal browsing, the mouse pointer is not responding and also the keyboard but it will recover itself like 10-30 secs. I ignored the problem until I tried to turn it off and just stayed on shutting down for a couple of hours when I try to turn it on again it wont start up. I got stuck on a blank screen and it will restart itself and the prob will happen again, it also sometimes i get stuck on the green bar that goes from left to right, in this case the green bar isnt moving. just stuck. So i cant use my computer at all. I tried booting it to my windows vista cd but still getting stuck on the windows vista loading bar. I tried calling HP about this problem and they said it might be the hardrive and ask me to ship the unit to them. This is where the real prob started. I have some couple of illegal copyright on my hardrive. Im worrying that they might find it and get me in trouble. All i wanna do is delete all those files but i cant since i cant use my laptop at all. I dont know what else to do. Ill appreciate any help and advice from you guys. Thank you

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Question: Need Advice

Recently, while I was playing a full-monitor game (takes up the whole thing) my monitor turned blue. Not the blue screen of death that goes with XP, but just pure blue. Resulting in shut down. Would this be from the game, or a virus or what? I've ran all the anti-virus programs I can find and found nothing. Should I just report it to the game admins, or just reformat my hard-drive to make sure there's no malicious software?
Or possibly a hard-ware issue?

-Windows Vista Home Basic, SP1 -

Answer:Need Advice

First of all, list your specs including your power supply watts and brand name. Then, go in to the bios and report what the temperatures and voltages are listed as. Post back with questions/concerns/temps/voltages.

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I just started a new position at a great company. For the past few years I've just been working with basic desktop support in a non-networked environment. Now I've just seen the other side of the fence and I'm at a place where there are cisco routers and switches, fiber optics, blade servers, you name they probably have it.

My issue is that I don't have experience with any of that stuff, and I kind of feel out of place because everyone else know's how to use that stuff but me. I'm sure the manager has a good reason to have hired me and hopefully I'll pick up the material pretty fast but I've never been a network guy.

What suggestions can you guys provide me with tips on how to get up to speed on learning networking. I mean I can't even make my own cable, and there was a chance to learn but I had to shadow someone else...

Answer:New IT job, need advice

Ask questions and learn to master Google.

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Question: need advice

i have a 2200 amd tbred cpu, i am pretty sure the chip is locked, because when i go to change the multi on the m/b, it gets crazy anyway i am going to pull it and see if it is i will use the pencil trick
my question to all of you is what is a safe setting to start with i am using 2100 ddr which runs at 266 i am using a gigabyte 7vaxp 1.1 m/b ahd have 1.5g memory,xp pro i have more than enough cooling to overclock so what are recommendations

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Question: in need of advice

i recently installed windows xp on my toshiba equium p200d-139 laptop, before the format and installation the laptop was running perfectly fine. i did do some research before i started the install and found that no xp drivers existed for my model, however, did learn that these drivers work fine for the equium p200d-139 (Toshiba Support Forums: Can I install XP on Equium P200D-139? ... <is where i learned that it was possible to put xp on my laptop using toshiba satellite A210 PSAFGC-MS708C drivers) so i downloaded them all and began by installing the wireless network drivers. in conclusion, i cannot connect to the internet, however, i am connected to my wireless network (the internet is working on another windows 7 laptop connected to the same network). do you believe that my problem is driver related or do i have to do something special to connect to the internet?

please note, i'm not amazing with computers so if you ask me to provide you with some information tell me where i can find that information or if you give me some advice write it in english, not computer-language, ha. thanks very much and awaiting your help.

Answer:in need of advice


Try installing this driver:
ATI SMBus.rar - Windows Live

You need to unrar the files first.

Then try reinstalling your Wireless LAN Drivr or your LAN Driver (Make sure it is the 32bit versions if you installed a 32bit version of XP)

Laptop Driver Downloads:


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I need some advice and hopefully someone will have some knowledge on wirelesss routers here to help me. I have 2 roomates and they use my wireless router including myself. So we always have 3 wireless computers conected to it. I like to play WoW in the evenings after work but 1 of my roomates starts dowloading lots of stuff from itunes. When he starts downloading I can tell right away because my ping to the server will go from 150 all the way to 2000. The third roomate is not much of an issue, all he does is email and surf the web but somtimes he uploads web pages that he creates on his macpro. Right now I have a Belkin G+ router but it cant handle what we are doing so any advice will greatly be appretiated. Thanks for any advice. Maybe a router where I can say pc on this mac address can only download no more then 300k to avoid me having issues while playing WoW?

Answer:Please help me with some advice

martinje said:

I need some advice and hopefully someone will have some knowledge on wirelesss routers here to help me. I have 2 roomates and they use my wireless router including myself. So we always have 3 wireless computers conected to it. I like to play WoW in the evenings after work but 1 of my roomates starts dowloading lots of stuff from itunes. When he starts downloading I can tell right away because my ping to the server will go from 150 all the way to 2000. The third roomate is not much of an issue, all he does is email and surf the web but somtimes he uploads web pages that he creates on his macpro. Right now I have a Belkin G+ router but it cant handle what we are doing so any advice will greatly be appretiated. Thanks for any advice. Maybe a router where I can say pc on this mac address can only download no more then 300k to avoid me having issues while playing WoW?Click to expand...

Do you have the ability to do QoS on that router? If not, and you have a space computer laying around, you could try a linux firewall (eg, smoothwall, ipcop, m0n0wall, endian) and set that up.

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Question: I Need some advice

Hey guys, I am really confused about something in my life, my carrer. I really like computers but I dont know what field I should go into, so here are some things I need for a good job and maybe you guys can help me figure out what I should go into.

60% unstressful (or really stressful but on rare occasions)
make atleast 60k a year
Work with people
I like to build things (DIYer etc.)
Working Inside

I have done some internship for a computer administrator and that was really cool, but I am wondering how much do those guys really make? I am actualy debating college or not, thinking maybe I should go into trade school just because of all the unrelated stuff I am learning in college right now. I like networks and helping people so maybe a network administrator.

Any thoughts as to what field would be a fun one to work in?

Answer:I Need some advice

We need network engineers and NOC employees pretty badly in the Seattle area right now. If you are a good NOC candidate (CCNA, some experience, can apply them together), you could easily get 50 right off the bat up here. 60 would not take long. Obviously im not aware of how the job market is in your part of the country, however.

People ask the trade school vs. college question alot, and I will always, always recommend it like this (in order of preference): 4 year college, then community college, then trade schools like ITT tech. Whether its fair or not, people will take you more seriously with a 4 year degree than something from a technical school. The best bet is to go through a 4 year degree program, and pick up some solild technical internships over the summers and during your senior year.

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Hi all.. I am just planning to install SSL VPN on my office network. When I have discussed with the cyber security soluions, NCI in Toronto they told about SSL Portal VPN and SSL Tunnel VPN. But I don't get it much. What is the difference between these two? Which one would be better in terms of security? Please reply me as soon as possible.

Answer:SSL VPN... Advice please


Originally Posted by aime44

Hi all.. I am just planning to install SSL VPN on my office network. When I have discussed with the cyber security soluions, NCI in Toronto they told about SSL Portal VPN and SSL Tunnel VPN. But I don't get it much. What is the difference between these two? Which one would be better in terms of security? Please reply me as soon as possible.

Hey aime I'm very sorry for this very and extremely late reply. If you do see this can you post to what I'm about to mention.

The question is not a simple one as from what I can tell you must be in a position of authority of own a business.

Trying to keep it simple.

A SLL Portal VPN allows a user to use a single standard SSL connection to a Web site to securely access multiple network services because SSL portal VPN the basic idea is that the SSL VPN gateway proxies web servers on the inside network and rewrites the URLs on the fly.

SSL Tunnel VPN allows a user to use a typical Web browser to securely access multiple network services through a tunnel that is running under SSL. Requires that the Web browser be able to handle specific types of active content (e.g., Java, JavaScript, Flash, or ActiveX) and that the user be able to run them.

Their are security issues with both but for me being paranoid type of person the the proxy in the middle of a Portal VPN is a no no as this service can keep logs ECT and track a users history.

Hope that he... Read more

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Question: Advice please.

I am running on a Dell studio 1555. It won't let me connect to the internet and when i check my device manager i have exclamation points on my Base Driverx3, Ethernet controller, Network controller, SM Bus Controller and Video controller. Please if anyone can give me some advice i would GREATLY appreciate it. thanks

Answer:Advice please.

goto dell website under support enter your service tag number and dowload the all the drivers for the divices with the exclamation points on them

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my rig consists of the following

msi diamond k8n nf4 skt 939
amd 3500+ venice
2 x gt6800 xfx graphic
2 x 1 gb xms pro corsair 3200 ram (matched pair)
2 x 160 maxtor diamondmax 10 sata drives (striped raid array)
m$ digital media edition
thermaltake 680w psu
enough fans to keep it all cool

im only scoring around 4000 on the futuremark 3dmark05 , does this sound right because i was thinking it was a little low

Answer:just a little advice please

Welcome to MG
You got 4000 point for SLI 6800GT is not good at DF?
Do you set them at SLI already ?

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Question: ISP advice

Hey gang,
I am using DSL as the backbone for an ISP setup. I am using Win2000 server for RAS, RADIUS, DHCP and multiple modems as dial up access ports. I wonder if u guys would recommend any stand-alone device as well as external multiport high speed modem that would provide a high degree of reliability and scalability for external customers.
Thanks for the help.

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Question: Need advice

Ok here is the problem. I have had the same router for a few years, the Microsoft MN-700. I got it right before MS ditched their networking hardware. It is fully updated with the last firmware MS did.

When I do speedtests with the router, I get around 5000-6000kbps download with around 700kbps upload. My line is from comcast and I do pay for the higher speed 8000/768kbps.

Whe I plug the computer straight into the cable modem, I get anywhere from 9000 to 21000kbps download and around 700kpbs upload.

First off, should a router kill that much download speed? And if yes, are there better routers out there that can handle the speed?

Answer:Need advice

It looks like the MTU size for the router is set smaller than the MTU size your PC is set to.
MTU = Maximum Transfer Unit size and is the size of packets.
If you send packets bigger than those your router has been set to use, it will split them into 2 packets before transmitting them to your modem.
This has the effect of lowering data transfer rates.

You should be able to find the MTU setting in your modem and in your router.
Set the MTU in your router to the same as the MTU in your modem.

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I currently have a AMD Athlon 64x2 4200+ 2.20 GHz. I am running Vista Ultimate 32 bit,4 gb RAM. ACPI X86 based PC. I am thinking about upgrading my CPU. Are there any parameters I need to follow or will any AM2 socket CPU work?

How about this one: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor

I am not very computer literate and my concern is that if I just find a more impressive sounding CPU, it might not work with my setup.

Do the GHz matter? is 6400+ too high? Do I need to take the type of RAM I have into consideration?

Thanks. -John in San Antonio

Answer:looking for new cpu advice

To be honest, unless your doing video editing or using graphic programs and such, you really do not need an upgrade. What you have at the moment will suffice practically for every program out at the moment and is capable of multi-tasking.

If you still want to upgrade regardless, you can get practically any AM2 socket processor and put it in there. edit: forgot to mention as below, there will be certain BIOS limitations, depending on the exact motherboard.

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Question: psu advice

need to kno good make of 600w psu

Answer:psu advice After you send in the rebate it ends up at $49.99 Good PSU...

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Question: ram advice please

Need 2GB Ram for gaming PC. Whats the best buy? Money no problem...

Answer:ram advice please

Depends on the system specs.
Post them and we can give you advice.

In general though:
AMD PC : Low Latency RAM
Intel PC : High Speed RAM

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I built my computer last summer and got a 40 GB WD Hard drive for it. After a couple of months, the HD started clicking and freezing the computer and after a while the computer wouldn't even start. I found that I lost the reciept so I bought a new 80 GB WD Hard drive and it worked fine. after about a month or two it started doing the same thing! I am pretty sure that there is something wrong with my computer because two faulty WD hard drives in a row would be a really wierd coincidence. I tried switching the IDE cables around but that didn't work. I put the HD in my brother's computer, then ran a disk check and it fixed it for a bit, but after a week or two in my computer it did the same thing again. Now it gives me the error: "Windows could not start because the file ntoskrnl.exe is missing or corrupt." I can probably format it and get it to work again for a while but I would like to hear what anyone has to say about it, because, like I said before, I don't think it's the hard drive's problem.

I checked my ram with memtest and it was fine. I am thinking it might be a power supply problem, so I downloaded speedfan and here's what it gave me: (I think you have to copy and paste this in the address box) I don't know what any of those voltages mean, so I would appreciate any help or if anyone can interpret the voltages or if anyone knows how I can fix my computer.

I'm running windows XP PRO
2.0 GHZ AMD athlon XP processor... Read more

Answer:Would appreciate any advice/help

how many fans? sounds like your over heating or you need a good spyware removal tool

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Question: Advice Please

I am wanting to buy a laptop computer. Here are the specs on the laptop that I have my eye on:

Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T5550 (1.83 GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB)
3GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
240GB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (120GB x 2)

Would that processor be able to handle graphic intense games such as World of Warcraft? Or should I upgrade? I was just wondering because I heard that I might not have to upgrade since the processor is a Core 2 Duo.

Thanks for any and all help.

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Question: Need advice...

I installed a program that took over and changed my file associations. After fussing with it for a while, I just uninstalled it thiking that would solve the didn't...I've tried reassigning the associations in the "folder options">"file types" box, but it didn't put them back correctly...

My question is: Does W2KPro have a setting anywhere that can be reset to put file associations back to the original default setting?

I hope this made sense....Any ideas?

As always, all help is very appreciated...OLW

Answer:Need advice...

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Question: advice

im wondering about buying this

- Milj?gebyr 80 pr stk kommer i tillegg.Varenr.: 326409
Lagerstatus: 1 stk p? lager
Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2
Gainward GeForce 7950GT 256MB,1,2ns DDR3
Str?mkabel PC m/Jord 2m
Nero 7 Essentials
CyberLink DVD Solution 3.0, 6Channel,OEM
Norman IC,1 ?r lisens, Virus Control,
Musmatte Bl? 4/6mm
St?tsikker PC-eske
SoftThinks Installasjons og recovery
Corsair Value S. PC4200 DDR2 1024MB
Corsair Value S. PC4200 DDR2 512MB
USB2 multikortleser 3.5" sort/s?lv, (multi card reader)
Support 3 ?r - Komplett sin egen support
In-Win C603 Midi Tower ATX Sort
MSI P965 NEO-F, P965, Socket-775, ATX,
Sony DVD-brenner AWG170AB2 IDE OEM (dvd burner)
Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 920N TCO-99
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz Socket /4mb cache
MS Royalty Microsoft Win XP Home
MS Coa Label Microsoft Win XP Home SP2 N
MS XP Home SP2 Norsk
Manualer Microsoft Win XP Home SP2 Norsk
Garanti 3 ?r - Sende inn

is that one good for playing games with and stuff like that?


Better find the specicications on the power supply being used in the system if you plan on gaming.

Thats alittle hard for me to read, what other language is it written in?

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Hello People,

Iím looking at buying a complete new pc. This is what I think Iíve decided on let me know what you think.

Coolmaster Cosmos S Case
Asus Striker II Extreme
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 (2.66mhz)
Thermaltake Golden Orb II CPU cooler
4GB Corsair DDR3 1600mhz DHX CL9 (2x2gb)
2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1GB (or o/c version)
Asus Xonar D2X PCI-E 7.1 Soundcard
2x 1TB Barracuda Hard-drives
LG Blu-Ray 4x RW
1200W Thermaltake ToughPower Modular PSU
Killer M1 Gaming Card

Am I wasting money on any of these or are there any substitutes you would recommend. As for the operating system I was thinking of Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit. I know that 32bit operating systems will only recognise 3.2ish gig of memory, but I REALLY donít want the 64bit equivalent!! (because of compatibility problems) Would you recommend only getting 3gb of memory?

I would possibly looking at over-clocking the CPU, so let me know what CPU cooler you would recommend (I would prefer not to have liquid cooling).

My machine will mainly be used for Gaming, Video Editing/encoding.

Anything you wanna know just ask me, thanks in advance.

Answer:New Rig...Looking for advice

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ok look i instaled xp profesional 1 week ago today . its a love hate relationship !
i love xps look and feel !
but ive noticed a couple little bugs
manly with ie6 i mean wow what crap!
sometimes it works great and other times it just completely crashes
i was just checking out
and i was reading other peoples reviews
and they all seam to have the same problem!
anyway... i read netscapes reviews and decided to try it out." hey its free!"
man im telling you the best advice for the new xp os is.......DONT USE IE6---download netscape and try it out
i garantee youll never look back!

Answer:best XP advice ever!!!!!

For some weird reason (possibly alien
interventions) Version 6 of anything
seems to really suck.

IE 6 ---> sucks

Netscape 6 ---> sucks

AOL 6.0 -----REALLY sucks

I don't need my browser to be all things
for me; walking the dog or boiling water,
etc. I just don't want it to crash.

I recommend Netscape 4.08 bare browser.

Never crashes.

Good Luck,

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