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Windows 2000 on new hardware, is it a good idea?

Question: Windows 2000 on new hardware, is it a good idea?

I plan to build a system with an Intel Core 2 E6600 with a NVidia 8800 GTX and was wondering if there is any big problem with running my copy of Windows 2000 Professional I already have. I still use it with my 3Ghz Pentium 4 and it's been perfect for me.

If it's not wise to run Windows 2000 on this new hardware is it better to get Windows 2003 64-bit or Windows XP 64-bit and why? I pretty much use my computer to play games like Half Life 2, Flight Simulator 2004, Doom 3 and to watch movies and look at pr0n.

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Preferred Solution: Windows 2000 on new hardware, is it a good idea?

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Answer: Windows 2000 on new hardware, is it a good idea?

FM 3370 said:

I plan to build a system with an Intel Core 2 E6600 with a NVidia 8800 GTX and was wondering if there is any big problem with running my copy of Windows 2000 Professional I already have. I still use it with my 3Ghz Pentium 4 and it's been perfect for me.

If it's not wise to run Windows 2000 on this new hardware is it better to get Windows 2003 64-bit or Windows XP 64-bit and why? I pretty much use my computer to play games like Half Life 2, Flight Simulator 2004, Doom 3 and to watch movies and look at pr0n.Click to expand...

Boy that pr0n is gonna look great with that 8800GTX. </heavy_heavy_sarcasm>

2K had it's time in the sun, now it's past. Get XP SP2 on there and you'll be fine. As most others will tell you, with any 64 bit OS you're going to encounter issues with gaming and drivers. I personally don't have any issues at all on this Core 2 Duo running at 1.66 GHz and using Intel GMA950 onboard graphics, so that monster you're going to build would absolutely scream with XP or Vista for most intents and purposes.

But sticking with 2K at this stage in the "game" of Windows and computer hardware would be like putting racing stripes and a Recaro seat on a Segway...

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I've been kickin around the idea of making a website and I want to host it at my house. I don't expect many hits realistically, I can't see their being more than 10-30 hits a day at it's peak. I'm not too concerned about bandwidth and upload speed. It's not going to be more than 1-3 pages with mostly text with some pictures, so I won't be hosting any downloads.

Do any of you host websites at your house? What are the major security concerns? I plan on using Ubuntu 9.04 for it. This is the hardware I was thinking of using, I didn't think it needed to be that powerful and I wanted it to use the least amount of energy possible since it'd be 24/7. - Winsis Wi-01 Black SGCC &#47; ABS Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 200W Power Supply - Computer Cases - Intel BOXD945GCLF Intel Atom processor 230 Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard&#47;CPU Combo - Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo - Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 &#40;PC2 5300&#41; Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory - Seagate ST9120817AS 120GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5&#34; SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - Laptop Hard Drives - Sony Optiarc Black 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-R 24X CD-RW 24X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA Slim Combo - CD / DVD Burners

I would assume an Atom would be sufficient.

Answer:Hosting a website at your house. Good/Bad idea? Hardware questions as well.

really to host a website it isn't difficult at all, grab a good copy of ubuntu server edition and apache. the only thing that really limits you is bandwidth. Also if you don't plan on getting many hits then hardware is a minimum. The atom processor would do just fine in that case, but if you ever got a lot more traffic then it might become a problem.

I used to host a website from my house on a modded xbox...worked fantastically.

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Dropbox + Sugarsync - running both at the same time - good idea or bad idea?
Will they both be thrashing my machine and eating up lots of CPU like a hungry monster?


Answer:Running Sugarsync + Dropbox at the same time - good idea or bad idea?

You can be specific about what each actually synchronizes so I don't see that as a CPU issue. However if using both over the Internet with one of the more substantial data plans to sync, I would wonder which gets priority or how well they share the upload bandwidth. Wouldn't be so good if one was always grabbing it to sync in the off-load times and the other just kept waiting and waiting for its turn.

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Is it good to upgrade my Windows 8.1 to Windows 10?
The part after 1 year, I don't really understand.
After 1 year, do you have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10 or do you have to pay to update (security stuff, bug, fix, etc) your computer???

Answer:Upgrading to Windows 10, good idea or not?

You shouldn't upgrade to Windows 10 before the official release. For now, its still a technical preview and unless you know exactly how to use Windows and troubleshoot your own issues, you might not be able to use it properly or if it crashes, you won't be able to troubleshoot it yourself. Also, for what we know right now, every Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 in the year its released (on the official release day), after that, people that want to upgrade to Windows 10 will have to buy it. But once you're upgraded to it, you have it.

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This PC didnt come with Windows XP on a disc, nor is part of the hard drive partitioned for it. So i may install Windows 98 on it after i format the hard drive. (i wont use this pc, its just for my sister to use and she only wants the internet)But my reliable friend said Windows 98 wouldnt work well with a 2GHz processor and that i'd get blue screen crashes once a week or so. Whats everyone else opinion on Win98 running on a 2GHz Pentium 4 with a 40GB HDD

Answer:Windows 98 and 2000MHz. A good idea or not?

I have never heard that there was an issue running 98 on such a machine. I know many people who are doing so on this and faster machines as they are happy with this O/S and do not want to upgarde.

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why"""raptor^^^^^^^    interesting as to the reason and this theory--------------------------------------------------------------------does it ruin your system?-----------------------------------------------------------------------does cure your problems?----------------------------------------------------------------------does it do nothing but cause problems?========================================or does raptor no more than he is telling us..............soap------- mssoappc... poll next on this

Answer:Overwriting Windows isn't a very good idea.

I actually overwrite Windows once and I agree, it's not a good thing.Feel better now, Merlin? Hurry up and you may catch up with my amount of posts. You all seem to have a problem with that. Maybe I'll ask the adminsitrator to reset it so you won't feel threatened.. Or whatever the darn *censored* it is you people are, sjeesh.

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I'm sure y'all think I post too much on here and the Windows 8 forums as well. But, y'all are the only people available to help me, it seems like.

Anyhow, my question is. Is it a good idea to download the Windows 7 ISO to a disk or USB, just in case my computer ever fails?

Answer:Is it a good idea to download the Windows 7 ISO?

Y`all ????

Y`all ????

Of course it`s a good idea, how will you ever re install windows

I have 16 iso files of different OS on this computer alone.

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Yesterday, I re-installed windows 8.1 on my computer, and have since re-installed most of what I use regularly. This morning, shortly before I was set to head out, I decided to have windows update download and install all the important updates for me. It downloaded them, and seemed to be installing fine. When it prompted me to restart, I let it.
That's when things sort of went sideways. At the Blue shut-down screen, it gave me the normal "Working on updates" with a percentage complete. After a bit, my computer restarted and returned to same blue screen with same message, and then a message "Windows could not complete updates, undoing changes".
All of this took a considerable amount of time, and I was anxious to leave, but I waited anyhow. After a while of "undoing changes", my computer rebooted again and didn't make it past the splash screen for my Bios. There was a message of "checking system" or "verifying hardware" (I can't remember exactly what it said) and a percentage, that was at 0% and apparently not changing. I waited I would say about 10 minutes for it to change to at least 1%, but it just stayed at 0%.
So, in short, I think I need to do a repair install, or maybe system restore (which I had turned on, but I don't know if I have any restore points or not.) Can anybody guess as to what happened, what the best course to fix it is, and how to avoid this happening next time my PC updates?
I am currently away from home and it will be several h... Read more

Answer:Updating windows seemed like a good idea at the time...

It's a bit of a stab in the dark from me but you 're-installed most of what I use regularly' before updating Windows updates. Could one of those programs have caused a problem?
A refresh might solve the problem but of course it also removes programs.

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Hey Guys! I have bought a Lenovo Z580 recently and I was thinkin of upgrading it to Windows 8.Please help me on weather I should go ahead with this upgrade.Are all the essential drivers available?What will be the features that I will hav to sacrifice on?Will my feather touch pannel i.e. Volume up-down ; Dolby home theatre system ; One key recovery work?Will the exclusive lenovo softwares like veriface etc work?Will my touchpad work in d same manner? I.e. 2 finger scroll etcIf Yes, where can I download these drivers from?If someone could help me wid it, it would be of immense help. Thank You!


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Answer:Is it a good idea to install Windows 8 on my Z580?

Vatsalchoksi wrote:Hey Guys! I have bought a Lenovo Z580 recently and I was thinkin of upgrading it to Windows 8.Please help me on weather I should go ahead with this upgrade.Are all the essential drivers available?What will be the features that I will hav to sacrifice on?Will my feather touch pannel i.e. Volume up-down ; Dolby home theatre system ; One key recovery work?Will the exclusive lenovo softwares like veriface etc work?Will my touchpad work in d same manner? I.e. 2 finger scroll etcIf Yes, where can I download these drivers from?If someone could help me wid it, it would be of immense help. Thank You! HiIts's entirely upto you, i will though tell you what you asked so that you could decideThere are drivers available for z580 windows 8 on both the us site and chinese site  (open this in google chrome only)The voum buttons and the touch button wold work, though you will have to install the windows 7 version of Lenovo energy management since there are problems with the windows 8 version like the keys not working or settings not savingAfter installing windows 8 on windows 7 pre-installed sytem, one key recovery would stop working. You should make recovery disk in advance though i do not assure that they would work after installing.Veriface  is not compatible with wind... Read more

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I recently cleaned out my PC (there was enough dust to sink a battleship) and then I came across a problem. After putting it back together exactly (I'm almost 100% certain) the same as it was before I pulled it apart, it stopped loading Windows fully. It would be happy until it came to the black Windows XP Home edition screen with the blue bar (the one that shows before the welcome screen). The blue bar would move across, but when the num lock, caps lock and scroll lock lights flashed on the keyboard, it would stop loading and the blue bar would freeze in the one spot. After a few restarts, unpluggings etc Windows would load properly. Once booted, the PC was like its old self and everything worked correctly.
If more information is needed I am happy to tell all...
Just as long as I can get this computer to work properly!


Answer:Good idea Mr Windows...stop loading!

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Guys, i will be receiving my first windows 10 desktop tomorrow.
I keep reading lots of complains on spying and constant auto updates that cause rebooting and performance loses.

Seems like there are tools + settings that can more or less fix these problems, but with updates some of the settings can be pushed back, (seems like anniversary update is bad one)

I like to configure system 1 time, create acronys back up, and have system run more or less smoothly for at least 6 months.
If problems - acronys restore.

So what i am thinking is:
Disable all updates on the first boost of the system
Remove all bloatware
Install shut10/anti-beacon
Install antivirus
Install all work related software
Acronys Back-up

And hopefully forget about all these settings/updates for at least 6 months/year.

Is it good idea?
I know i compromise some security aspects with this, but i don't see other choice and honestly i updated my windows 7 machine last time 1 year ago, and it's stable as rock. I have reliable antivirus and don't use shady sites/tools.

I just want to have more or less stable environment so i can concentrate on work.

p.s. i was putting aside switch to windows 10 as long as i could, but my windows 7 machine is dying,
and it's cheaper to buy new PC than upgrade the old built, so i decided to pull the trigger.

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l haven't owned a Windows computer in years
but I'm looking forward to 7. I have only heard
good things.

Is it good advice to reinstall 7 over Vista on a two
year old system?

The advice will b 4 a non-techie (not myself). I'm
buying a new machine.

Answer:Upgrading From Vista to Windows 7 a Good Idea?

Yes if you do a clean install
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

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I have a file server box at home that currently runs Ubuntu. Since there are 8 drives in that box and I couldn't find any power save features to turn off the drives, i've decided to move into Windows that offer better power saving features.

I do not have a copy of Windows 2003 serverbut I do have a legit copy of Windows XP x64. I am wondering if that OS will give good and stable performance for my file server needs.

My system specs are of the following:

Dual Core Opteron 1.8Ghz
1GB of RAM

Answer:Windows XP X64 Edition as a file server - is this a good idea?

The stability is fine, the question is how many simultaneous connections will you be making to this box?

XP's limit is 10.

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

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I'm working on building a new network inside an office of about 150 clients. The server administrator has setup their server to be the DNS server for the building. It's running Server 2008 right now with plans to upgrade to 2012 shortly. My question is:

1. Is it a good idea to do this? It seems to me that this should be handled by the router in the event that the server goes down. It also seems like it would be a hassle to have to manually configure each machine for this in the network settings.

2. Are there advantages or good reasons to "roll your own" DNS server when there are so many good ones out there to chose from? Is there maybe a performance benefit or a special function of Active Directory that needs this to work?

I have a suspicion that our server admin isn't that gifted with networking principles and may be causing more trouble than its worth.

Answer:It it a good idea for a windows server to be running DNS services?

Active Directory uses DNS right to the core. It's dependent on it.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a Windows DNS server. If you are worried about DNS lookups when the server is down, push a secondary external server in your DHCP leases.

You shouldn't be manually configuring IP settings on workstations. Do everything via DHCP including printer. Use static DHCP leases if you need a "static IP" on endpoint devices like workstations and phones.

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Is it a good idea to migrate from Windows Server SBS 2003 SP1 to SP2?

Answer:Is it a good idea to migrate from Windows Server SBS 2003 SP1 to SP2

Yeah I would say so. We've updated all our servers without any problems although people have experienced some problems, in particular the Help and Support files going missing. But a quick google will show up a fix for this.

Like all updates, I would create a backup before you do anything.

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Hi Everyone,

I am wondering,Is more secure if you remove applications that you don't what it is from windows firewall?


Answer:Is a good idea to remove applications that you don't what it is from windows firewall

Hi Stuckfree,

I am sorry for the delay in responding. What are the name(s) of the program(s) that you want to remove?

DonnaB aka bbbluz

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Why is not a good idea to store files inside c:\windows folder?

Answer:Why is not a good idea to store files inside c:\windows folder?

Hello Stuckfree,

Usually, it's best to keep your files in either your user folders or another drive location. This is because of permission issues that could arise since C:\Windows is a restricted system folder, and your "C:\Users\(user-name)" folder or other location isn't.

Hope this helps some,

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I recently gotta new note book and it has a HDD of 80 GB and the tech guys from where i bought it has made 4 partitions which are as follows

C: - 5 GB
D: - 20 GB
E: - 20 GB
F: - 30 GB

And my windows are located in the C drive, but after installing windows XP with SP3 update there's only abt 600 MB left of out of the 5GB So my questions are,

1. Does windows XP 2002 Pro with SP3 update takes 4GB out of your HDD...???

2. As you can see im not having enough space to install my other softwares on the drive C, and would it be a good idea to install them on another partition (Drive E)...?

3. And by installing them on a different drive other than the drive C it self, will it improve the speed or the performance of my notebook..??

4. Any other advantages of having the Windows OS in a small, separate partition while having other programs on a different one?

5. And if it's not a good idea to install the Windows OS in a small, separate partition while having other programs on a different one, how can i increase the quota (Disk Space) on the drive C? Is there an easy way to do this through windows it self by using Computer management > Storage > Disk management feature...???

Pls Help me out
Many Thanks

Answer:Solved: Is it a good idea to install the Windows OS in a small, separate partition?

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I do really like Windows 10, I test it on a Virtual Machine on my laptop (my principal computer) and I love it. So I want to install it to be my principal OS too, but as it is a preview would it be a good idea to install it or not?

Answer:Would it be a good idea to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on my principal computer?

As a general rule, it is a really bad idea, While it can work out, and I am certain people will chime in with how wonderful their experience has been, Microsoft has given the disclaimers and warnings for a reason. It is incomplete pre-beta software designed for testing. Even if your VM experience has been good, you never know when you may run into a hole or bug. Keep in mind as well that while the TP will be updated: 1) some of those updates can have unintended effects since everything is pre-release, and 2) if Microsoft follows previous practice both the eventual CP and release will require a new install instead of an upgrade.

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Answer:The mouse pointer is not color managed. Even in Windows 8.1. Who thought this was a good idea? [EOM]

Hi AeronSophus,
This is the only configuration I can figure out to manage the mouse pointers.
As far as I know, the mouse pointer will be changed automatically in some programs especially when we played a full screen game. So this behavior may be supported by specific API and the Windows system only support the basic configurations at present. Different
people have different needs, it is a little hard to meet all the needs.
Demand is the motivation of the development and we are concentrated on making the Windows system better and better. The Windows 10 will be released on July 29. If there are so many people expecting this configuration, we could try to submit a feedback about
this configuration. But a new feature should be multifaceted evaluation before it is actually added into the system.

Updates and feedback (The feedback tool is an app included in the Windows 10 Preview)
Best regards

Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact [email protected]

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Hi all,
I have a system with the following properties:
Processor: Intel i5 2.27 GHz
System Type: 64 bit
Is upgrading to Windows 10 from 7 a good idea? How about to windows 8?
And I am not a profi in this, I suppose I need to back up only my files in the windows drive right? not all my data in all the drives.
Thanks a ton.

Answer:Upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7, is this a good idea?

The specifications of our systems are similar. Back up all your user files (documents, music, photo, videos) in a separate drive before the upgrade, just in case something goes wrong, but you don't need to backup your Program Files for example.
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I'm having problems with Windows Live Messenger. Half the time it won't send Offline Messages and sometimes now even online ones bounce.

My system is spyware and virus free, I have the latest version installed and I've tried all the obvious fixes?uninstalling and reinstalling, rebooting etc. Nothing seems to solve it and various tech forums I have posted in haven't been any help at all.

I don't want to go back to the old style of MSN Messenger, if you do that the sounds don't work in it. It's a known problem and there is a fix but it's a hassle and if it doesn't work I may have messed up my system (nice one MSN!!!).

So it's down to this?.MSN tech support have said they can look into my account and see if anything is wrong. But that means taking my account offline, changing my password and then sending me a new one to a different e mail address. Lots of potential for making a complete mess out of it there and for me to lose my main e mail address, my contacts?the lot and permanently.

Has anyone ever done this with MSN? Did it work? In short, is it a good idea? Offline messaging I could live without but I just want the basics to work. I am not really confident of MSN's ability not to lock me out of my account permanently though. What if their e mail to my back up address saying "Here is your new password" goes astray?

Any advice guys?

Answer:Good idea? Bad Idea?

I have never used Windows Live Messenger so I am unsure of all its' capabilities, but if you can't solve your problem, to your satisfaction, you might try Trillian.

Instant Messenger type programs.
Can be used for multiple Messenger type programs. Bazza

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I have determined to learn something about spam and spammers. My ISP catches quite a bit of it and Norton Catches a lot, but some still finds its way to the inbox. I have been moving quite a bit of it into a separate folder, without opening it. I intend to examine the headers, using file/properties, and record the originating ISP. In some cases I will also look at the content, using properties.

My incoming e-mail is scanned by Norton for viruses, but nothing is 100 per cent foolproof.

Am I being stupid and should I just delete all the spam, or am I being reasonably prudent?

Answer:Good idea? Bad idea?

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I always used Windows XP on my machines because of INTEL's Hyperthreading. I'm upgrading to a AMD Athlon 64 3700+ on a NForce4 mobo. Can I use Windows 2000 now and take advantage of all the features, etc? I love 2K because it's less bloated.

Answer:Windows 2000 & New Hardware

You can easily make XP run as quick and snappy as Windows 2000. In my opinion, I would think XP would run faster on that hardware, simply because the drivers have all been optimized for XP for the hardware in question. In addition to this, on the hardware you are referring to for your old computer, if you think XP is running sluggish compared to Windows probably have bigger issues, like forgotten chipset drivers, etc. On new or somewhat recent hardware, XP is your best choice.

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Answer:Windows 2000 /new hardware

What is the problem? Will the machine start? Does it detect the hardware? What happens?

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So I held off till now until most of the bugs were cleared, and major issues were addressed ( drivers and what not ), and I have to say, I like the fact now 3 of my devices across 3 form factors all have the same look, feel, and layout.
Game rig ( waiting on new video card, running Intel built in atm), Acer Iconia W3 Tablet ( snappy and fun now), and my Nokia Lumia 1020...I'm even thinking Windows 10 would run very well on my Acer Revo 3610 Nettop ( Upgraded RAM, running Win 8.1 ).
The tablet is where I have been most impressed, as it was good under 8.1, but just didn't seem to have any way to improve or let me push the edges.
Under 8.1 at times it would just bog down, and I was expecting that when I bought it. Now under Windows 10 it is no super hi-way speed demon, but it is a whole bunch faster switching between apps. It still has it's slow down when first booting up, but once everything settles down it runs quicker then under 8.1
Add I searched for ways to give myself more space on the SSD, and I now have about 12 Gig free ( of 32 Gig ), and a good class 10 Micro SD for added space also 32 Gig
By removing prior install, and set up files I swear it seemed to add a little speed ( but maybe that is just a mind trick, and always make sure you have an original back up before you ever remove what I did, so you have a way back in case of crash, SSD failure, or any other disaster)
Now if only Bamboo would help out with some cheaper pen/stylus support it would make my W3 into a Bud... Read more

Answer:So Windows 10 on older hardware is quite good!!!!

So I'm about half way through upgrade on my Old beat up Acer Revo 3610 Nettop ( Intel Atom 330, 4 Gigs Ram, Nvidia ION Graphics)
Lets see how good Windows 10 is on this.....if there is any improvement I will let you know!!
Anyone out there put 10 on a Netbook?

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I have just tried to install a usb2 card in my pc running windows 2000.The problem is when the hardware wizard has run it saya that 'an error occurred during the installation of the device.the data is invalid'.When i then enter the hardware manager the message reads'The device is not configured correctly[code1] to reinstall the drivers click reinstall drivers' which I do but then it goes back to the origional 'an error occurred' message.Is anyone able to help?

Answer:hardware conflicts in windows 2000

'This any good?click herehope this saves some time for someoneWhy do I get a "data is invalid" error when installing a driver in WindowsXP or 2000?This error appears to be due to a protection problem in the Windows registry and can occur with a variety of drivers (sound cards and SCSI drivers have been reported). To fix this problem, go to Start, Run... and type "regedt32" without the quotes to run the Registry Editor. Navigate toHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\ENUM\PCIand you will see a number of keys of the form "VEN_xxxx", where xxxx are strings like "1102&DEV_0004&SUBSYS_00011103&REV_04". Under each of these folders will be another folder with a long numerical name. Open each folder and look for the "DeviceDesc" which matches the hardware you are trying to install. Right Click on the "VEN_xxxx" for that device and select 'Permissions' and then tick "Allow" for "Full Control". Close Regedit and then continue with the installation of your device.

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I upgraded my computer from Windows 98 to Windows 2000, now my VGA hardware and Sound Card hardware look like there isn't a driver and it is using default settings, whick doesn't let me play audio out of software and my monitor can only show a 16 color display?

Answer:Hardware Issues With Windows 2000

you will need to reinstall the driver either from the cd that came with the gear, or from the manufacturer website. make sure you use the win2k drivers, not win 98

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This is my last hope before I return everything back to the store,I recently brought a Belkin HIGH -SPEED MODE WIRELESS DESKTOP NETWORK CARD. 802.11g MODEL NUMBER F5D7001. VERSION 1000
I was running window 98 then upgraded to SE didn't work, so then I upgrade my BIOS so i am now running Phoenix award vg.00pg.(not sure if that is configured right yet) still nothing, so i upgraded to windows 2000.and still nothing. my processor is intel celeron 460mzh. 440 chipset family.

windows is not finding the new network card. I am not currently up to date on my updates on 2000 cuz somehow i keep download the online updates, My motherboard is an Asus p2-99(way out of date but since i just upgraded the Bios really hate to go and get a new one, can i update that more so i can down load the card.)

one more thing tried to install my cable modem on that computer and still nothing I got the card installed but cant get the modem installed. so download everything directly to the other computer is out.

What am I missing ,where can I download it.

thanks ahead of time for a very baffled mother who just want her son to have a computer and leave mine alone.

Answer:windows 2000 wont detect new hardware

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free would be nice

Answer:what is a good firewall for windows 2000 prof

The windows firewall works quite well and it's free.Comodo also has a free one if you absolutely want a software firewall.Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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I already have Eset Nod32 Antivirus 4 and Malwarebytes installed on the computer. Is it worth installing HitmanPro as well, or is one on demand scanner enough?

Thanks all

Answer:Is this a good idea?

Hitman Pro Should not cause any problems with Eset,Having Hitman Pro is not harm I have it as a free scanner,

Its quick uses cloud has Good detection(False Positives to) no need for updates too!

Its handy tool ,I think you should keep it!

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I have a 20gb HDD fitted to my system and have just fitted another 20gb HDD as a slave. Will the computer automatically write to the slave if the master is full. If not, is there a way around it?

Answer:Second HDD - Good Idea?

No it will not automatically write to the second drive. However, a second drive IS a good idea. What you need to do is move all your data onto it and direct your programs (word etc) to save their files to a folder you create on the scond drive (which must have jumpers set to "slave" position.Two reasons for this: 1. It keeps all your data in one easy to back up place. 2. If you have a serious windows problem and need to reformat and reinstall, you can do so safely as you will only be reformatting C: and not D: where your data is.

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click hereIs this a good idea? All thoughts would be good!Regards,Bally

Answer:Is this a good idea?

Is it like bigfix?

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Question: What a good idea

I found this while ploughing through the mail and thought I might just make a couple of them up, in case.

How to Use An Antivirus Boot Disc or USB Drive to Ensure Your Computer is Clean

Answer:What a good idea

Is it really a good idea??

It sounds good, but...

A Rescue CD is normally based on the Linux operating system kernel. A Linux OS can mount an
NTFS partition, however loading the Windows Registry is another story. In this day and age, accessing the Registry is necessary when doing a scan for malware.

The Antivirus included on the Rescue CD scans the file system, but not the Registry.
Many types of malware use the Registry in order to launch. Both the malicious file and the malicious Registry entry need to go. However, the Rescue CD only detects and deletes the file. This action has serious consequences depending on the Registry location of a malicious entry.

An example is the ZeroAccess rootkit which hijacks the Windows value in the HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\SubSystems key. If a scanner deletes the file associated with this key, without adjusting the Windows Registry value data, the computer will no longer boot.

Another issue to be aware of when scanning with a Rescue CD is that it can delete any file, including those that are critical Windows system files. Normally there is a Windows mechanism that attempts to prevent the deletion of such files. This will not happen using a Rescue CD. If a system file is infected, it needs to be identified and replaced. Deletion may lead to an unbootable system.

On the other side of the coin, a Rescue CD has its uses. If its scanner detects an infected file, investigate what it detected, and if y... Read more

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Question: Good Idea?

I have ZoneAlarm Pro right now on my computer, its a firewall program. Is it neccesary to have it when I already have a ADSL Firewall Wireless router?

Answer:Good Idea?

The firewall router should be able to import the settings from Zone Alarm Pro . Then you would have no reason to leave it running on your computer if you did not want to.
In reality, the NAT of a basic router is enough security for the average user at this time; especially if you have the built in windows firewall active. Although I personally do like the added security of having a full software firewall so that I can check my firewall logs and so that I can be warned not only of incomming but of outgoing traffic.

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Question: Good idea?


8-SpeedUp WindowsXP deleting a key

Open Regedit
Goto HKEY LOCAL MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace

delete the key named {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}.

Restart your computer.


When you close an application, Windows keep dll used in memory and it sadly slow down your computer...This tips consists in forcing the operating system to get rid of them when the DLL is not any more used.

Go in the registry base of windows ( Start , Execute , RegEdit )

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Explorer

Make a new Dword valor named AlwaysUnloadDll clicking with the right button in the right section , then choose the command New and Dword Valor.

Allocate to this chain the value 1
Restart your computer to save the changes.

9-Access fastly to HTTP servers

This tip consist in configuring the Registry to open more connection per server.
Open Regedit

GoTo HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Internet Settings

In the right pannel , Make or Modify these Dwords valors :

MaxConnectionsPerServer : 4 (by default 2)
MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server : 8 (by default 4)

Restart Your Computer

I was told this works, but is this a good idea?

Answer:Good idea?

i dont see why not.

but i wouldnt do it.

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Whenever I want to find a site for somebody and their keywords pick up nothing in a search engine I often try another technique. Trying to guess what the domain will be. For example I was searching for the website for KATE FEAST MANAGEMENT and I tried KATEFEASTMANAGEMENT KATEFEAST and KATE-FEAST and even though this didn't work this time this does work for me most of the time.

Is it possible to make some kind of script that will automatically try out different domains and illiminate the dead links and select working links and present them to you? E.g. if you typed in KATE FEAST MANAGEMENT it would automatically try all those options an alternative to web searching. Can anyone suggest a method of doing this or how I could go about making this script with cgi or php perhaps?

Thanks for any replies!

Answer:Good Idea, Possible?

Check out google's programming tools and API.

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Hey I'm currently a computer science major but also looking to expand into networking so i can keep my options broad. I'm currently reading the cisco books for my CCNA, but i my question has to do with practice. So far i know how to run cables(capping and setting up cable cable boxes) and have done professional work with this. But i was wondering if it would be worth making my next computer a server so i can work with software/Hardware networking. When i ask that, do you think its worth the experience or is it better to try and pick it up during training(job)? And if i do this what kind of stuff do you guys work with software/hardware wise? - thank you

Answer:Is this a good idea

any practice is always good. if you have the opportunity to mess around with stuff, do it. also, what you install depends more on what you are looking to do. In my job, I work mostly with actual networking equipment (switches, routers, vpns, firewalls, proxies, etc), while some people who work in the SMB market seem to do more with things like AD and the like.

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Ok so i bot a vista machine yea!!! I hate vista so much i am about ready to through my laptop out the window see i searched on google Windows Xp and i got this site i'm not sure if it is a scam or here

Answer:Is this a good idea?

my guess is that this is a rip off copy with one of the stolen cd keys.

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Question: good idea??


Is it a good idea to have a setting in the "Power Options" of the control panel to turn off hard disks and the monitor. If so what is a good setting


Answer:good idea??

desktop? laptop?

For the monitor, i would say yes.

For the Hard Drive, i would say no. It's much easier on a hard drive to keep spinning rather than to start/stop constantly. Windows is constantly indexing files, checking for updates, running diagnostics etc so it's likely that your disk won't shut down anyway from constantly being accessed. It's quite normal.

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Question: Not a good Idea?

I have a friends computer that was clearly infected with a virus and does not have any antivirus or antispyware software installed. (First bad idea)
I could barely turn the computer on more or less run any applications. Before (2nd bad idea) joining this site, I ran Malwarebyte Anti-Malware and ComboFix and these appear to have cleaned up most (if not all) of the virus activity. The computer seems to be functioning normally so it doesn't seem like I broke anything. My question now is that the ComboFix log contains "Reg Load Points" entries that I am not sure if I need to do anything with. The keys listed still exist in the registry. I understand that asking for help here should have been my first step (3rd bad idea). Can you help with what I should do next to verify that this computer is clean? I will install Antivirus and Antispyware after it is clean. Right now I have it isolated on it's own network/internet connection.

Answer:Not a good Idea?

Combofix is an extremely powerful tool which should only be used when instructed to do so by someone who has been properly trained. ComboFix is intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again.I will ask a moderator to move this topic to the Am I Infected forum where it can be properly addressed.

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I found this site the other day and have been considering the advice, but I want to make sure it is safe first, and I feel comfortable asking advice from this site.

Especially the deleting the dll cache, because that is a full folder. I don't think I'll delete the restore folder, either.

Some expanded info on what these folders actually do would be of great help.

Thanks fellas!!

Answer:Is any of this a good idea?

I wouldn't. Reasons are your not gonna gain that much space, and its all system stuff. If your hruting for space so bad that 200 meg is a different, then your probably in need of a new hd or more storage space. I do recommend running crap cleaner as it will safely delete many temp files and such.

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Question: Good or Bad idea?

Is it wise to run one system off of 2 seperate power supplies? Both of theses are pretty old power supplies...

Answer:Good or Bad idea?

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I'm new to win10 and wonder whether to launch VPN. Is it a good idea or not?

Answer:VPM or no VPN is it a good idea

I am not sure why you want a VPN. My grand daughter is in China for 3 months, where Google, Facebook, Skype are stopped by the Great Firewall, she has a VPN in use, bought for 3 months, which enables the use of the above. I think the free VPN's are of limited use. If you are a normal UK user, I would not bother.(I assume you are discussing A Virtual Private Network?)

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Question: Got a Good Idea?

Hi , I'm trying to find an auto installer for CD ROm project I'm building on the mini CD (185 mb). Does anyone know of an installer, reasonably priced, that, when you place the CD rom and self installs without prompts and the user ends up with an icon (shortcut) on the their desktop that they can right click to unistall, but runs that small 185 mb file off of their hard drive .
Please email me at [email protected] if you have info on that and thanks for your time


Answer:Got a Good Idea?

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Do Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional have the same minimum hardware requirements? If no, could you please explain the differences...

Answer:Solved: Windows 2000 and XP minimum hardware requirements?

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can i install windows 2000 advance server on a p4 pc.If yes than what more will b required to add in it.any link guiding how to install windows 2000 serverstep by step. what configuration i will b needed for?


You'll find all the answers to your questions by Googling for them.W2k minimum requirements: W2k...

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Hey guys, whats good tape backup software for windows 2000/2003 servers besides Veritas Backup Exec.. I dont like Veritas and on top its too expensive..

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Okay, I need to put stuff on the desktop computer at my wife's business. The desktop is running Windows 2000 Professional. I didn't see a firewall settings under the control panel... I can only assume it has one and I didn't see it?

What about 3rd party software? Best firewall for it?

What about antimalware software? Would A Squared, MBAM, or MSE run under Windows 2000 Pro?

Thanks for the help!

Answer:Good stuff for a standalone Windows 2000 Pro desktop?

Quote: Originally Posted by ctt1wbw

Okay, I need to put stuff on the desktop computer at my wife's business. The desktop is running Windows 2000 Professional. I didn't see a firewall settings under the control panel... I can only assume it has one and I didn't see it?

What about 3rd party software? Best firewall for it?

What about antimalware software? Would A Squared, MBAM, or MSE run under Windows 2000 Pro?

Thanks for the help!

Strange place to ask about win 2000. I am not sure what is installed but you can try installing MSE, and it may work. I would suggest you ask the question on a forum that handles win 2000 for more accurate information.


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Hey gang,

It's come to my attention that my Seagate has gone ker-plunk. I'm not completely sure what is wrong with it. I ran Hitachi's Drive Fitness test on it and the test ran into a hiccup.

Let me backup. This all started when I was rebooting my computer because it was in the process of crashing (music was skipping/playing the same .5 second clip for a few seconds). Not that this happens all the time, but normally, a reboot fixes the problem. While the computer was booting up I ended up running into a chkdsk (I think that's how it was spelled) screen. It, as far as I know (scrolled by kind of fast), only looked at my storage drive. It did a couple of things with a few files on there and then booted up like normal. So I wasn't worried. This morning I wake up to a BSOD saying that XP was shut down in order to protect it from yadda yadda. So I run the DFT on my raid 0 array and they come up clean but the Seagate storage drive did not pass the DFT.

Alright, so if I unplug the bad HDD and boot, the system boots just fine. With the bad HDD connected the system boots but takes about ten minutes and the hdd cannot be found. So, a friend suggested that I rewrite the MBR of the bad HDD and go from there. Is this logical/smart or stupid/ignorant? If it does seem like a halfway decent idea, I'd like to make sure I know how to rewrite the MBR.

1) unplug raid array (as to not rewrite that MBR)
2) boot from xp disc
3) repair mode

From my un... Read more

Answer:Rewriting MBR Good Idea?

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I decided to read more about open dns after I read Evertons article “Does open dns really speed up web pages” on his great website connected internet. He was trying to find out why a dns service that was using servers in the United States would be faster than the dns service offered by his own internet service provider. The connection to the latter is of course faster than the connection to the open dns servers - so, why would it be faster or even more reliable ?

This was partially answered in the comments by John Roberts (according to the Open DNS website the VP of Product Development) who confirmed that the connection itself naturally takes longer (in milliseconds) but that the open dns servers were optimized to make up for it. This would of course only be an advantage if the servers of the ISP would not be that optimized. The open dns team soon opens a new server location in London which should speed up things for European users. (not saying that they are slow at the moment, they will just be some milliseconds faster with the server in London). You see what I mean if you traceroute a server in the United States and Europe.

But it is not speed that I would like to talk about. Speed is important but not everything. Open Dns offers two features that your normal ISP does not offer. First, it has a automatic phishing detection routine which warns if you attempt to visit a website that was marked as a phishing website. They do rely on more than one source for up to date ... Read more

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Hi I was considering buying an Eaton 9PX UPS for running my virtualised servers is this a good idea?
click here

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I have recently downloaded Avast 4.1 free edition. I have been using AVG for quite some time, but some features in Avast appealed to me. I still have AVG running. I have two concerns:
1) Can I run AVG and Avast simultaneously without creating problems for myself, and
2) After scanning with Avast, it says that I have no infections, but the results of the last scan show 65 files that 'cannot be scanned' because they are 'password protected'... not by me, as far as I am aware. What are these files and what I am supposed to do with this list of files? (I would like to have included a sample of this list, but don't know how.)

Answer:AVG and Avast: A good idea??

You cannot have two anti virus programs running at the same time More is not better in this case They will conflict and cause a lot of problems for you .

2. Problem two---- Update and use AVG to scan and see if it duplicates the list . Shut Down Avast first

You can always get a second opinion by doing an online Panda Active Scan as well .

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I'm dual booting in Xp so it shouldn't be a problem...

But will there be anything that would be a problem?

On this machine, I'm not really using much... Just Nod32 for virus protection, a-squared for trojan protection, windows defender, um...

G5 (Would there be issues with logitech software?), audigy 2 zs, p5nd2 sli (upgraded to newest bios, the one that supports everything)...

7600 gt, about to upgrade to a 8600...

And a linksys usb adapter...

It's my pentium d system...

Would it work in vista 64 bit?

Would it run slower then 32 bit? Would the ram work more? I have 2 gigs of ram...

Answer:Good idea to go 64 bit Vista?

Didn't you already start a thread asking pretty much this same exact question?

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Now you can get Windows 10 on a $139 Lumia phone but at the same price you are getting L925! is it a good idea to buy a L925?

Answer:is it a good idea to buy a Lumia 925 now?

Depends what you need. Is that price for brand new phone? If not, it's too much.
If you want great camera, great estetics and not-so-big phone with ok battery, and no on-screen buttons then go for it.
If you want bigger screen, better battery life and newer phone, 640 you can grab. It may be even cheaper depending on where you are.
If you want AMOLED as in 925, compact phone, simmilar low light capabilities buth without OIS, but with better battery life and better selfie camera, 735 it is. I have it and it's great device.
If you want bigger, 830 and 640xl are there, with 830 as maybe closest to 925 as we can get now.
All of these are great phones, I would love 925 but it's battery life isn't enough for me.

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Since it was just announced, I basically jumped at the idea of being able to get it, but I don't know very much about NEXT, although I hear it's like T-Mobile's Jump. After using the 521 on PCS, I think it's time for an upgrade, would getting this on NEXT be a good idea? If anyone could specify the different between 182 (or 18, not sure if it was a typo in the article) and 12, that'd be swell.

Answer:Lumia 830 on AT&T Next-good idea to get it on NEXT?

I use att next. Basically if you do the 18 month next plan the installment you pay is lower. On the flipside, you have to wait 18 months before you can trade in for a new phone.
On the 12, you may slightly more. But you upgrade earlier at 12 months.

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I just bought a new PC. It was a pre-build machine. It came with two disk drives using Raid 1, making it look like one disk drive. I bought 4 years PC support for help with problems. I am told that if one disk drive goes down, that the PC keeps running, the data is still good on the other drive, the manufacturer will send me a new drive to replace the one that went bad, and they will talk me through replacing the bad drive. I have an external drive to do backups with. Someone I listen to on the radio does not recommend Raid 1 because of its complexity. I can disable Raid 1, but worry that I am making a mess out of something that is working. I Raid 1 a good idea? Is my approach ok? What else might I consider?

Answer:Is Raid 1 a good idea?

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Hi Lenovo! I've been using a T420 laptop and I've a idea about the trackpoint. I think you should replace it with a touch trackpad similar with the trackpad on Blackberry's phone. I think it will control the pointer faster and easier than current trackpoint, and you and also intergate single/double tap/press action with it too. I hope you will consider this idea and hope it will appear soon on a thinkpad product

Answer:[A good idea for Thinkpad]

I hope they leave my beloved TrackPoint alone. I like it just the way it is. If you want it to move faster, you can adjust the sensitivity. Some models do allow you to use it to tap-to-click, but I have no idea why you'd want to enable that.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 & Multi-media remote w/ Keyboard (N5902) do have optical TrackPoints. I've never used it on the TPT2, but I think it works out well for the format of the remote. 

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Just picked up the October issue of "PC Advisor"
It has a Windows XP Service Pack 2 free disc attached, in your opinion, would this be a better proposition to use this, than the lengthy d/load for my narrowband connection.
To me, it seems ideal, in the mag there is a lot ot info about the disc, & it's installation.
I know you guys will tell me if you think that there are any snags, the disc is in an official M/Soft, blue sleeve, I wouldn't think that this well known mag would use anyting but genuine software items.

Wary, as ever,

Answer:Is mag's SP2 disc a good idea?

Hiya Maurice. Yes it`s ok mate it will be genuine Microsoft have released it to loads of publications. I think it`s a better idea to have it on disc and it should be much quicker to install. I got mine from Microsoft`s web site free of charge took about ten days to arrive. Regards Howard:grinthumb

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while i was at work, my mind really wanders while im at work

anyways, you know those fridges in convenience stores that have the glass panel on the front (for pop and such)?

well, take one of those, remove all the insides and build a computer inside of it!!!

your computer wouldn't freeze since the fridge meant for pop and other canned drinks and is thus at a little higher temps than regular mini fridges..but still cold!!

maybe for air intake some fan holes could be drilled in the front where the glass is and some holes in the top could be drilled for exhaust

or has this already been done? if it has, can someone post me a link?? cause i really want to try this...

Answer:i just thought of a good idea!!!

I have read about this on some forums in the past, and they all pretty much say it won't work. I am not a HVAC person, but I think it has to do with the computer constantly generating heat as opposed to a can of Coke, that absorbs the cold.

Let me look for links... This one says a minifridge won't work. Not sure about a larger one, but you could always try it!


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I have been thinking of some really good idea of programs and i've never programmed any applications before...

First, is it as hard as it seems?

Second, what would be the best program to use for beginners

Third, Where can i find tutorials about it


Answer:New to programming but have really good idea!

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hi guys,

is the use of third party DNS server such as google / open DNS a good idea?

i have read articles for and against...and posts got quite heated

the info was a bit old though 2012/13 etc

whats your guys take...and also explain if its different for different parts of the world
(one user said you shouldnt use in US,and in Europe you should) etc etc

looking forward to this...

Answer:Third party DNS a good idea?

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Hello! (First post here)

My roommate has a Linksys BEFW11s4 v.4 router. I moved into this townhouse a few months ago and I recently found a problem that is most likely associated with the router.

I use Trillian for instant messenging. However, the latest versions of AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger ("gateway offline") do not work. I can not access my new e-mail account from Outlook/Thunderbird ("connection refused") or connect to internet to update programs like Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, et cetera ("unable to connect to servers" I believe). I use Firefox and it runs fine. The latest version of Avant browser can not connect to the internet.

Every time I open a file online to be used by Windows Media Player and Real Player, the router disconnects.

I disabled my Windows firewall.

I do not have an anti-virus software running (shame on me, I know).

I spent a while on the phone with Sharp (maker of my laptop) and Linksys. None their support assistants helped. The support assistant from Linksys made me forward (or open?) ports that are blocked by the NAT firewall. That did not work.

So ...

I ordered a new router (Zyxel P-330W).

Would a new one solve the problems I am having (not having the ability to use many programs that require internet connection)?


Answer:New Router - Good Idea?

have you tried to use that serivce without the router in -place
I have not had issues with msn services with linksys
not that model ??
and my adobe updates fine again not that model
it should not be blocking http port

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Hi guys I really want to get into a decent game and I have been reading up on Wikipedia with regard to second life: any of you play it or have you seen anybody play it? This games looks really exciting to me  

Answer:Is having a Second Life a good idea?

If you want to play a game like that but better i would recommend World of Warcraft, but it's your choice.

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I currently have a

MSI Neo2-f mb
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
160GB Seagate Hdd
1.44MB Fdd
LG 16x DVD Burner
LG 52X CD-r drive
ATI Radeon 9600 Sapphire Edition
Conexant V.92 56K Modem

I want to upgrade my board to a Neo4, and my ram to 2gb and my vc to a nvidia geforce 6800GS not to mention a dual core 4400+ but i want to know if the upgradfe are worth the price. Any input is appreciated. thanks

Answer:I want to upgrade, is it a good idea?

I think the X850XT is the same price as the 6800GS but has 16 pixel pipelines and 256-bit memory so it's kinda better.

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hey, is 384mb ram a good idea? I'm planning on fitting 256 into a motherbaord with space left - kg7-raid - and I already have 128mb. The ram type is identicle CRUCIAL stuff, so what do you think? - I'm running XP prof

Answer:384mb ram a good idea?

hey, is 384mb ram a good idea? I'm planning on fitting 256 into a motherbaord with space left - kg7-raid - and I already have 128mb. The ram type is identicle CRUCIAL stuff, so what do you think? - I'm running XP profClick to expand...

No problem whatsoever!
This board can support up to 2gb of ram.
XP loves more memory.....go as high as you like.

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Sorry, not sure if this is the right place to post this question but seems as good as anywhere. My screens saver randomly picks photos from the thousands on my computer. When a particular photo comes up is there a way to have ity stop and identify where that particular photo is located? I have many photos that come up that I would like to use or forward to friends but I don't know where i can find it among all the folders I have. I am sure XP will not do it but is there a commercial screen saver that has this feature? seems like too good of an idea that someone has not done this already. Thanks for any help.

Answer:Too good of an idea not to exist already.

The screen saver uses one particular folder of pictures, of your choosing, to use for it's slide show. It does not pick pictures from all over your C: drive. (ex) C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Pictures. You can also create a folder and just put the pictures you want to be the slide show and have your screen saver use that folder instead.
If you know the name of the picture, or the date it was uploaded or taken, you can do a search for it using that criteria. Or you can just go to My Pictures and look around.

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I am upgrading my videocards soon (i sold my 7950GX2's in august 07, and ive had a 8400GS since). I am wondering if the HD3870x2 would be a good idea - I like the DX10.1 and its 450$ price and the ability to have crossfire and multiple going at the same time. HOWEVER, Like i said, I had 7950GX2's and got burned on that (terrible terrible support). So Im looking for advice - would the HD3870x2 be a good idea? should i wait for the R700? should i ignore dx10.1 and go with nvidia? Thanks!

Edit: forgot to say that i have multiple monitors, and i just found out that Crossfire X can power multiple monitors which is a big plus for me. Thanks again!

Answer:HD3870x2, good idea?

Yes, it's a very good idea...especially for the price.

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I recently installed a new SSD. I?ve been reading a lot about how having many programs installed on the SSD will decrease its life time. So I?m thinking about reconfiguring the set up. I?m not sure if I should change to mounting the drive to a HD or creating junctions is better?
I presently have all the data storage pics, music, documents stored on the HD. Is that good enough?
What would you do?
I attached a few screen shots of my installed programs which ones should I move?
Why don?t the ones on top show the folder their installed to?

Thanks all

Answer:Reconfigure my Rig? Is it a good idea?

Hello Gerry,

Personally, I wouldn't worry about it. There is no great risk to having programs, pictures, documents, or whatever installed to your SSD. Whoever told you that was making it up, or was taking something so small and irrelevent and blowing it out of proportion. The problem comes when you start doing SSD testing, you can begin to wear it out with constant benchmarking.

But as SSDs are expensive, I would take all my music and put it on an HDD along with programs that I do not need to open instantaneously. I would leave the OS, OS files, and system files all on the SSD. Some people try to move the paging files and other stuff, but I wouldn't recommend it (especially not the Paging files), so long as you have enough room.

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i've got an old CPU that crashed a while back and i want to take the 64M RAM from it and put in my new CPU for a total of 128M RAM. could fry my system if the old chip is incompatible?

Answer:transplanting RAM...good idea or not?

what type of system is the one you want to put the RAM into (more specifically, what motherboard) and what were the specs of the old system?

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Alls i know is that iv done some research on a 'windows - no disk' problem that lead me to hijackthis that lead me here. much help would be appreciated.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:24:22 AM, on 10/8/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)

Running processes:
I:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
I:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
I:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exe
I:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVCOMSER\LVComSer.exe
I:\Program Files\Eset\nod32krn.exe
I:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\type32.exe
I:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\point32.exe
I:\Program Files\ASUS\WLAN Card Utilities\Center.exe
I:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
I:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
I:\Program Files\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
I:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LComMgr\Communications_Helper.exe
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Answer:No idea whats good or bad....

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I have an OLD Fujitsu HDD (MPD3084 AT) 8G that I would like to use as a file storage/backup for my Dell DIM 3000 XP SP2 computer.

I'm planning on reformatting my HD and would like to save money by just moving/saving the important stuff. My Dell has an 80G HD and I've used 37G of it.

Is this a:
a) good idea
b) wasting time
c) are you nuts

Help / suggestions are always welcomed. Thanx in advance

Answer:Slave HDD- Is this a good idea...?

Backups are always a good idea. Might be quite slow moving the files to an age-old drive, and it might fail pretty soon, but hopefully they won't both fail at the same time Just keep a copy of the files on both drives.

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I'm pretty new to networking. I have two desktop pc's and a laptop pc. I decided to set up a small wireless network so I bought myself a linksys wireless broadband router. While goin through the set up I kept running into this MAC address thing and was wondering what exactly it was and if it would be a good idea to set it up.

Any info is appreciated.


Answer:What is MAC addressing and is it a good idea?

Every ethernet network device has a unique MAC (Media Access Control) address. It is 12 bytes long and expressed in hex. The first 6 characters are the manufacturer ID, and the last 6 characters is the host ID. No 2 devices are ever supposed to have the same MAC address.

What you are coming across is the ability to filter based on the MAC address. When you turn it on only the wireless cards with the MAC addresses you specify will be able to associate with your access point. You should turn it on if you only want your own devices connecting. If you frequently have new devices on your wireless, then you would have to add the MAC's every time which can be a pain.

It helps with security but it does not protect against someone who really wants to get in. It is fairly easy to sniff the MAC's of your wireless devices and then clone them.

Brian Taylor

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i want a gaming pc

Answer:im getting a pc and i have no idea whats good

The usual rules apply as with anything you buy. The more expensive the machine the better it is. Intel's i5 chips are good and maybe the i7 is over the top possibly. Have a browse on Chillblast site for starters. Overclockers is another good site. Both have telephone numbers that can help with your queries. Just remember that if you have a budget to stick to then if you're tempted to go over a bit just don't go overboard. Good hunting.

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I've genuine win 8 installed on my machine with activation. i've received reccomendation from MS to upgrade it to 8.1 for free. The prob is that once i've already tried it before, and when i did the upgrade and tried to go on win store and plan to make a purchase of some software, it asked me for the key. Then i went back to my system and checked the activation status, it shown up with the message "activate windows". I had no rating anymore.
Can anybody come up with some good help and better suggestion?

Answer:Is it good idea to upgrade win 8 to 8.1?

Hello Rein, and welcome to Eight Forums.

When you update via the Store, it'll now update you to the newer Windows 8.1 Update released on April 8th 2014 instead of just Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8
If you have your product key written down before doing the update, then you should be able to activate online or by phone afterwards if it does this again.

Hope this helps,

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Here is my issue...
My computer is about 2 years old got it because it was supposed to be awesome for gaming. For the past month now its just been randomly shutting down....or i should say it is randomly shutting off, completely. No warning no shut down procedure just straight to the always scarey blue screen of death. All thats left on is the power button light on the front of the tower, no green power light on the back of the case. Ive taken it up with verizon since i have their security suite and according to them it is not spyware or a virus. At first I thought it was over heating so i cracked the case and gave a little help with a regular household fan on a low setting giving it a bit more air flow, but even with that i figure couldnt be overheating because at times it will shut down minutes after powerup.Could it really just be that it needs a good cleaning physically? Or am I going to have to shell out money for a new power supply? How can I diagnose the power supply of that is the issue? Ive rolled it back to a restore point and so far its run ok for ten minutes. Any ideas? What could be the problem? Hardware, software, spyware? Any help is seriously appreciated.

Answer:Hardware, software, syware..... no idea

Well, clearly, one of the steps here is to clean out all the dust, expecially in the processor and video card heatsinks. Also, while you're in there, reseat ALL the cables, expansion cards, etc.

Next, I'd give it a memory test, at least a couple of hours on one of these. Any failures are a problem, these should run error-free for as long as you let them run.

Microsoft Memory Diagnostic


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I have a problem trying to install Windows 2000 Pro ever since I got my new motherboard: After it reboots to inspect my computer's hardware configuration, it freezes. It does not respond to any of the function keys. I've unplugged all the cards on the motherboard and the CD-ROM and there is no effect, so none of this hardware seems to be causing problems.

I have a Gigabyte 7IXE motherboard with 128 MB DIMM. Windows 2000 Pro install and ran perfected on my old, but now defunct, board.



Answer:Windows 2000 install problem: freeze on inspecting hardware configuration

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I have a problem trying to install Windows 2000 Pro ever since I got my new motherboard: After it reboots to inspect my computer's hardware configuration, it freezes. It does not respond to any of the function keys. I've unplugged all the cards on the motherboard and the CD-ROM and there is no effect, so none of this hardware seems to be causing problems.

I have a Gigabyte 7IXE motherboard with 128 MB DIMM. Windows 2000 Pro install and ran perfected on my old, but now defunct, board.



Answer:Windows 2000 install problem: freeze on inspecting hardware configuration

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There's this deal that has recently just started that involves signing up for BT Broadband before the 31st of this month. You save £60 with free connection,as well as £30 on the price of your broadband modem,thats normally £80.A flat monthly fee of £27 with direct debit is included in your BT phone bill.So here is my enquiry: would any of you either reccomend or sign up for BT Broadband or any other broadband service. Is it a good idea to sign up?

Answer:Is it a good idea to sign up for BT Broadband?

click hereA cheaper package and a good service. Been with Pipex for almost a year and no regrets at all.Regards

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Is it a good idea to install McAfee firewall plusI am not on Broadband and I wonder how good an idea it is to install, for instance, the freebie with this month's mag of the McAfee firewall plus? I have internet banking and am getting more alarmed by the stories one reads. My son, who knows more about these things, says that if I install the McAfee it will slow down my computer too much and that the basic anti-virus system that I have already got should suffice. Any comments would be most welcome. Thanks.

Answer:Is the McAfee firewall a good idea for me?

it will not slow down the PC much, another alternative (favoured by many forum members) is zonealarm, free to use click hereyour son can quit ZA if he thinks the PC is slowing downthe need of a firewall for dial-up is more important than BB. You do no want a dialer program get into PC and dial expensive phone number of run up phone bill of thousand, do you?

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I saw a used one online that sells for like 160 ... Should i get it ? I know it is not getting The full Windows 10 update ... But The price is tempting for such a beautiful hardware... Or should I just pay a little more and get an iPad air 1 ( it has a waaaay better app collection ) ? Any advices? Anyone has the 2 tablets ? Can u tell wich is better ?

Answer:Lumia 2520 now ? Still a good idea ?

Help ? Anyone out there ?

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hello, i have a question and it might came up in the past. but i am gonna post it any way. is it a good idea or do any good having two anti virus. say both avg and avast running but one is shut down all the time and only run when its updating or scanning. so what do you think

also is avast and avg free edition compatible with 64 bit vista?

thank you again

Answer:is it a good idea to run two anti virus

Hi kakkalo,

It is not a good idea to have 2 antivirus apps. as they can conflict. Their Resident protection tends to burrow deep into the registry.

A/V apps also usually have antispyware built-in , but it is fine to have separate antispyware app. as well.

Avast, AVG, AVIRA and Clamwin are popular choices.

Many of us use Avast Home free edition as it seems to offer more complete protection.

Download FREE antivirus software - avast! Home Edition

Free antivirus - Avira AntiVir

Download ClamWin Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows

AVG Free - Download antivirus and antispyware software for Windows XP and Vista

Popular antispyware apps. include Spybot and Ad-Aware.

If you use Spybot for manual scans, you may wish to untick "Teatimer" during install - this is it's resident protection module, which is quite large.

I am using the new free Anniversary Edition of Ad-Aware, as it seems fast and light on resources.

Ad-Aware Free - Lavasoft

The home of Spybot-S&D!

If you suspect something has got past your normal protection , my suggested free on demand scanners are Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware. - Downloads
EDIT: The ones I am using all work fine on my 64 bit Vista.

Hope it helps


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Hi everyone,

I have a Dell Latitude D620 with Win XP, and want to beef up its RAM.
Mainly due to the fact that the graphics card shares the RAM, and so with more RAM will come more graphics power (512mb instead of 128-256mb).

I am looking for:
2x 2gb SO-DIMM pc5300 533/667Mhz (200 pins)

But i was wondering if I used pc6400 800Mhz RAM, which i can find cheaper, if there would be backwards compatibility and it would simply run at the lower speed? Or if this would cause problems....

A friend of mine a while ago told me that doing something like this should work, and might even improve latency timings, as you are effectively underclocking. Although he might have been talking about CPU's....

Also, out of interest, would anyone recommend A-Data RAM?

Answer:Using faster RAM than needed.... Good idea?

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Ok, I've uleashed my previous opinions and am starting to come around on the whole should I do Vista, yes, no maybe wait all that. I wanted to ask anyone if they have downloaded the OS rather than going out and purchasing it AND would you be able to burn the download so you have the DVD to install it later etc?

Good Idea or Go Fish?


Answer:Downloading Vista - Good Idea??

Well yeah, that's the whole point of downloading it after you purchase it: burning it to blank DVD media.


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i have come across a program that can resize a new partition when if the primary disk is too full. and wondering how would resizing a partition benefit me in the long run? -not to say iam running low in memory, but "just in case"

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I've had to fix the mother in laws windows 7 laptop which was in a right state. I've installed the 10 technical preview and it runs sweet, found all drivers, easy peasy. No waiting forever to download faster etc.
When it comes to windows 10 RTM/release for free upgraders does anyone know if the official new version will allow an over install onto the existing Technical Preview setup, keeping existing installed programs and settings?
Its set to the slow ring for updated builds - I presume when the updated builds come out they are optional? Wouldn't be good if they auto install as she wont know whats happening. I'm assuming what is essentially a test OS is still a viable replacement OS even though is not obviously designed for 65 year computerphobes like her. Any comments appreciated.

Answer:10 on an oldies laptop. Good idea?

W10 TP is a beta/test OS. It is not meant to be a production system for normal use. Many people use it this way and mostly have been 0kay but the next build release could break something significant, you never know.

I do remember reading somewhere that RTM will install over TP but I'm not sure of that.

I think you would have been better to do a recovery to factory state of Win 7 on that laptop and wait for the free RTM upgrade when it's available.

Just my $.02 worth

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I'm a new member of this community and need a little help.

About a week ago I got a virus are some spyware on my computer and foolishly downloaded and installed Stopzilla. I found out about mid-week that stopzilla itself malware and since have been battling it trying to remove it from my computer. I've gotten a good portion of it [I think] using Hijack this, AVG and my other anti-malware programs that I trust and had on my computer before the incident.
A number of is3 and SZ dll.s were deleted and I lost Internet connection for about a 15 to 16 hours and finally got it back up finding and deleting a certain is3 dll.
However, it seems that it was at a loss.
Half of the games that I played and ran very well [BF2 and Cod4] are now unplayable and I cannot access the Steam Network any longer. This is not videocard issue because games like Company of Heroes and World of Warcraft are running perfectly.
I'm running out of options and will be reinstalling XP somewhere in this or the coming week.A Stopzilla service is still running, only find one function with Hijack this that keeps coming back every time I delete it.

I'm wondering if DSRM could somehow restore my PC back to the way it was before this all happened.

Please tell me if this is a bad idea.

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Is it a good idea to click the option, "compress this drive to save disk space"? What are the pros and cons in doing this?

Answer:Is Compressing My Drive a Good Idea?

Hello Sileebo,

Pro = Saves HDD space.

Con = Will take longer to read data from drive.

Be sure not to compress the Windows or boot drive. Doing so will cause issues.

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Hi,Is there way just update all installed drivers to latest versions from Lenovo website as a pack, instead of one by one?

Answer:Update drivers - is it good idea?

Have you tried Thinkvantage System Update? All you have to do it's to check all the drivers you want to install and SU will take care for you.

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I have a couple of applications on my pc that will receive no further updates (including security). I may/may not use these programs again.

In order to avoid any security threats, I was wondering if I should put a # or remove_this in front of the exe files in order to stop the programs starting (the exe files will not be found).


Answer:Is This a Good Idea, or A Waste of Time

anon_private said:

I have a couple of applications on my pc that will receive no further updates (including security). I may/may not use these programs again.

In order to avoid any security threats, I was wondering if I should put a # or remove_this in front of the exe files in order to stop the programs starting (the exe files will not be found).

ThanksClick to expand...

Your best bet would be to completely uninstall those programs. I see in your signature you're still running Firefox 26. It's currently at ver. 28 final and they're working on ver. 29.

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i install go back and i loosed all windows?

Answer:norton go back is a good idea?

Not quite sure what your trying to say or ask. Could you clarify please?

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