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10 GbE starting to become reasonable for home?

Question: 10 GbE starting to become reasonable for home?

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?

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Preferred Solution: 10 GbE starting to become reasonable for home?

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 http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: 10 GbE starting to become reasonable for home?

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

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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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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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Hi thereCan someone please help. My neighbour has a laptop running XP Home and its stuck in a startup loop. As it runs up you get the screen telling you that it didn't shut down properly last time and the start options. I have tried Safe mode,normal and last known good and no joy either way. You get the XP start up screen and then it shuts down and starts again.I have put the XP disc in and started it up and gone to repair. I tried to do a DIR,but wouldn't even do that. Came up with some excuse about not been able to enumarate it!!. So I tried to run CHKDSK..Again this fails by getting stuck in a loop and carrying out further tests,all with 0% done.He can;t afford to loose the info.. and PC World are rubbish.. Any ideas???Sat

Answer:XP HOME not starting

Have you recently installed SP2 ?We have a similar problem,after installing SP2, computer will not boot up if anything is connected via USb.

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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.

Temperatures:

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.

Charles
 

Answer:Temperatures Reasonable?

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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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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 password...now 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 Passwordhttps://www.raymond.cc/blog/how-to-...

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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,

James
 

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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 6.0.0.74
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 2.20.0.831
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

Miscellaneous:
* 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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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 6.0.0.74anti-malware blocker:..........................SpywareBlaste r 4.2anti-malware scanner / removers:..........Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44 freeware....................................... ................SUPERAntiSpyware freeware 4.33.1000clean-up utility:..................................Glary Utilities 2.20.0.831browser:....................................... .....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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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

NO WAY

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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.
 

Answer:Would you consider this advice to be reasonable?

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My computer refuses to start telling me it is missing windows\system32\config\system and suggests I start setup and type r to repair.
I have done this and get a menu of commands which I dont have any idea how to use.
I would be grateful if someone can give me step by step instruction on how to proceed.
Instruction to do this followed by do next would get me through but it may help me in the future if an explanation of each step is given.
Best wishes
phil
 

Answer:Solved: Non starting XP home

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I recently Upgraded my Motherboard and Processor after my old Motherboard blew. I got a Soyo CK8 Dragon PLus Motherboard with a Athlon 64 3000+. I got everything hooked up and all (cept for one of my CD drives isn't working), but when it gets to the point where it should start up windows it gives me a choice of safemode, previously working configurations, and Normal, I've tried all of them and no change. It acts like it's going to start up but before it gets to the start up screen it flashes a blue screen for a split second that I can't read then resets my computer.

I used to have a Athlon Thunderbird 1.2ghz, and I assume that windows won't start because it is configured to start with my old specs, I've tried booting from the Windows CD (both XP and 98se) and it won't. I thought I'd most likely need to reformat, but I can't find out how without getting windows to start.

Does anyone have any ideas of what the problem might be? At this point I believe it is a software problem. Please Help! I have to use a P233 32mb Ram Laptop until I get it fixed.
 

Answer:Windows XP Home Not starting up

Welcome to the TSG forums.

It won't boot from the CD unless you go into the CMOS settings and change the boot-order so that the system looks for the optical drive BEFORE it looks for the HDD.

While you're in the CMOS, see if you can find a way to have the system DETECT or RE-detect the IDE drives.

Save your settings and exit. Let the system reboot, and see how much progress it makes. If you can't get into Windows, reboot and try to go to Safe Mode. If all else fails, try booting from the CD again. If that works, wait until the CD stops loading, and DON'T try to repair or re-install WinXP. Just shutdown, remove the CD from the drive, and try to boot Windows again. Make notes of any error messages you encounter, and post your results here.

Good luck - HTH

- slingshotter
 

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Hiya Folks,I downloaded the beta version of SP3 the other day and it failed part way through the installation.When it had uninstaled and rolled back I was warned that things may not work properly, true enough windows wouldn't load and I tried a system restore prior to the installation but none of them worked.As all my documents and favourites are on a speparate disc I reformated and Installed XP, downloaded all the updates, installed all my software and everything was fine.I then turned off system restore to delete all the saved points, defragmented the drive and turned system restore on, went to go into help and support to create a restore point except help and support wont load, all I get is the small hour glass and then nothing happens...Sorry it's a bit long for such a trivial matter, I just wanted to make sure I'd covered aeverything I'd done, all suggestions as to what to do next are greatly appreciated.

Answer:Help and Support not starting up on XP Home

Perhaps click hereIncidentally, you should be able to access System Restore from Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 28 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2039 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset Family, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152616 MB, Free - 113176 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1468
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Until three days ago, after being functioning near perfection secondary to Hijack assistance by you, I have been getting at start, too long the two usually fugitive empty black screens before first organge circles colured one appears. Also at getting off time si longer again. The only change I have done is start using JetClean together with CCleaner. No register touching..., OF COURSE. I am including the current HiJack report, just in case. Many thanks and friendly regards

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:32:12 a.m., on 22/07/2012
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Archivos de programa\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
c:\archivos de programa\idt\wdm\STacSV.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
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I recently Upgraded my Motherboard and Processor after my old Motherboard blew. I got a Soyo CK8 Dragon PLus Motherboard with a Athlon 64 3000+. I got everything hooked up and all (cept for one of my CD drives isn't working), but when it gets to the point where it should start up windows it gives me a choice of safemode, previously working configurations, and Normal, I've tried all of them and no change. It acts like it's going to start up but before it gets to the start up screen it flashes a blue screen for a split second that I can't read then resets my computer.

I used to have a Athlon Thunderbird 1.2ghz, and I assume that windows won't start because it is configured to start with my old specs, I've tried booting from the Windows CD (both XP and 98se) and it won't. I thought I'd most likely need to reformat, but I can't find out how without getting windows to start.

Does anyone have any ideas of what the problem might be? At this point I believe it is a software problem. Please Help! I have to use a P233 32mb Ram Laptop until I get it fixed.
 

Answer:Windows XP Home Not starting up

Welcome to the TSG forums.

It won't boot from the CD unless you go into the CMOS settings and change the boot-order so that the system looks for the optical drive BEFORE it looks for the HDD.

While you're in the CMOS, see if you can find a way to have the system DETECT or RE-detect the IDE drives.

Save your settings and exit. Let the system reboot, and see how much progress it makes. If you can't get into Windows, reboot and try to go to Safe Mode. If all else fails, try booting from the CD again. If that works, wait until the CD stops loading, and DON'T try to repair or re-install WinXP. Just shutdown, remove the CD from the drive, and try to boot Windows again. Make notes of any error messages you encounter, and post your results here.

Good luck - HTH

- slingshotter
 

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Is this all I need to start a home network? I have cable modem for my desktop. I have a laptop without a network card. Is this a good product for me or is there something else I should purchase to start?

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10373622&loc=101&sp=1&adid=17662
Thanks.

J
 

Answer:starting in home network

That is all you should need.
 

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Here's my problem.

When I start up this appears on my screen for about 30 seconds or so.

Novell Netware Ready Firmware v1.00 (940 889)

No one was able to help me in here the other day so I scoured the web and I found this guy had the same problem I have.
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What is Novell NetWare and how to get rid of it?
Today I set out doing a clean reinstall on WindowsXP Pro
on my 2.5 year old desktop machine. After
installation is complete and Windows is up and running
whenever I start the computer after the boot screen I see
this:

Novell NetWare Ready Firmware v 1.00 (940810)
(c)Copyright 1991-1994 Novell Inc. All Rights Reserved
)

Now, where could this Novell
thing come from and how do I get rid of it? It's really
annoying having to wait over 5 minutes for the computer
to start! Thanks for any help!
This was suggested

Go into the BIOS and set the Primary Boot Device as the Floppy, the
Secondary as the CD and the Tertiary (third) device as the Hard drive.
Currently it's set to look for another PC on the Network to boot from.
And this was his answer.

Turned out I made a mistake and specified IDE-1
instead of IDE-0 as my boot device. Now it's all cool!
Now, given this information, can somebody help me out? I don't even know how to get into BIOS.

Thanks-
 

Answer:problem when starting up XP Home

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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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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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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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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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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-PROBOO...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-250-G1...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649
 

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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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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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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,
Shawn

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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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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 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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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

regards,

Korrupt
 

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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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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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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my upgrade was home but with having a million issues decided to run a clean install now it asks pro or home? Do i have to use home or can i switch to pro with automatic activation from the upgrade?

Answer:starting a clean install pro or home

ms plzfixit said:

my upgrade was home but with having a million issues decided to run a clean install now it asks pro or home? Do i have to use home or can i switch to pro with automatic activation from the upgrade?



If you upgraded as Home, that's what you have a digital entitlement for, i.e., that's all that will activate for clean install. No free upgrade from Home to Pro.

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When I start computer the loading stops at the green loading bar and I have to switch off. Then a repair comes followed by a system restore. Only started on monday but is such a pain that will leave computer on 24/7 from now. Does anyone else have a startup problem like this.

Answer:Home Premium 32 Starting Problem

Nope, try running sfc utility to repair damaged files.1st run a disk check. Computer, Right click C drive, properties, tools, error checking. Make sure both boxes ticked and restart. Takes around 50 minutesThen when it's re booted click the start orb, type cmd.exe and right click to run as admin.Type exactly,sfc /SCANNOW and press enter to run a system files check. Takes around 30 mins +Nothing to lose doing this.

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Hi allI have had to re-install Windows XP Home and to my annoyance I now have to click my name to get started.As I didn't before the crash, I must have done something to allow me to go direct to my screen without doing it.Trouble is I cannot remember what. I gather Tweakui will do it but, search as I might, I cannot find where, although I have the updated version so it may only be available in the earlier versons.Please can someone guide me?

Answer:Removing login box on starting XP Home

Start, Run, type incontrol userpasswords2and click OK.On the users tab untick "Users must enter a user name and password..."

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my upgrade was home but with having a million issues decided to run a clean install now it asks pro or home? Do i have to use home or can i switch to pro with automatic activation from the upgrade?

Answer:starting a clean install pro or home

Originally Posted by ms plzfixit


my upgrade was home but with having a million issues decided to run a clean install now it asks pro or home? Do i have to use home or can i switch to pro with automatic activation from the upgrade?



If you upgraded as Home, that's what you have a digital entitlement for, i.e., that's all that will activate for clean install. No free upgrade from Home to Pro.

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I keep having problems at s/u, sometimes everything is ok and other times I have to shut down and s/u about 4 or 5 times. I have run spybot, adaware se, webroot spy sweeper and panda titanium av, but it still keeps happening. I am thinking of reinstalling xp home if anyone has a clue why it is doing these things then I would really appreciate any help, Dojo
 

Answer:Solved: Problems starting up XP Home sp1

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I reformatted a friends notebook with the original Windows XP Home SP1a cd.

After that i installed original drivers and then i applied SP2.

Now everytime i start Windows, i dont have networking, windows installer, computer browser, DNS client, DHCP client, just to name a few of the services.

I have to go to Computer Management and start all the services manually, just to have internet access and stuff.

What could be causing this strange behaviour?

The whole time the computer was behind a Linksys Router, so no worms/virus i am sure.
 

Answer:Windows XP Home: Services not starting

Your router can protect your computer of worms, but not virus, try running a virus scan with AVG, and spyware scan with SUPERantispyware, download both latest versions from filehippo.com, if it scans clean, try running a repair install of windows.
 

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I loaded XP Home on a new hard drive for an old laptop this weekend. I had a few problems loading it to begin with, but finally got it on. However, the Home Network Wizard will not start up to allow me to link it to my broadband router. I have a Linksys 802.11b PCMCIA card in the side of the laptop which is showing a network connection presence, but I can't get any further than that. (The internet connection is through a 2Wire router).

One of the problems in loading XP seems to be that IE didn't load properly (the name but not the icon was showing on the Start menu), and I wonder if this is related to the networking fault. (In the end I loaded Firefox on instead.) I have tried to use the repair function using the XP CD ROM as a boot disk, but I was asked for the administrator password (which I don't have) and I am, at this point, totally out of my depth on this one!

Can anyone advise a new course of action? Can I create the network manually without usiung the wizard?
 

Answer:XP Home Networking Wizard not starting up

Not sure I have a good understanding of what your problem(s) is(are). You don't need the Setup a Home or Small office network wizard to connect to your router, and in fact it probably will tell you "no network detected" until you do get a connection.

Have you checked the Linksys web site to make sure you have the latest driver for the adaptor? Are you using Linksys utility or Windows' Wireless Zero Configuration to manage the wireless connection? Some people have had trouble when both are running, so best to use just one at a time. Can you see your router's signal when you scan for wireless?

Since Microsoft has entagled IE into the guts of their OS, you probably don't want to go too long before resolving that issue, or try a new install.
 

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Hi all :) I am currently in the process of starting my own holiday home classifieds business online. I wish to have a website that runs in a smilar manner to a current website called Owners Direct click here. I know this is a large business and therefore to keep costs down i wish to simplify it somewhat, such us:1. Simpifying the property search engine and database to just country and number of rooms, rather than selecting the country and then individual regions and locations within the country and other advanced options.2. Reducing the overall number of pages and features, such as removing specialised pages e.g. golfing locations, city breaks, special offers etc.3. Removing featured properties from the home page, as I would not like to implement this feature until the site has been running for a while.However a vital feature is for the website to have the ability for the owner of the properties to log on to a user page where they will be able to make changes to their advert if neccessery, and to edit a calander of availability for prospective customers to see when reading an advert.1) I was just wondering if anyone had an idea how much it would cost to have such a site designed as cheap as possible? 2)I have also seen a website template for this type of business for sale on a website design website:click hereWould purchasing this site and then having it adjusted and built upon reduce the overall cost?Apologies for so much text, but this will be my first website and i'm despe... Read more

Answer:Starting a new website / home business

Hi DanIf you are thinking of doing this as a hobby good luck but if as a business, might be worth more thought:You are proposing to enter one of the most competitive areas of the web with no experience and presumably without a suitable budget. This is also an area of the web which is struggling due to the economic situation.Presumably you wish to work with major search engines, at a time they are giving less and less support to directories. That model is historic and the only way to see them hold on is by adding significant user value, preferably involve users in the site and expand the content way beyond the directory itself. Despite this, you are suggesting a limited version.Property directories in truth are often not much use to property owners, they could spend their marketing budget in better ways. Perhaps a small site featuring their property/properties with the URL used well in ads, possibly but not too often a little search traffic, depends on how hard they work and their focus. Regardless of that, many are now wise to the directory push and not keen. You should know that the average property owner receives dozens of requests a year to list in various places by email or tele-sales.Over the last two years, a significant number of holiday property directories have gone under, many professionaly run. Can vouch for that, although my work is basically search engine work, one of the sectors I have been involved in before this is the one you are proposing to enter. Had a few... Read more

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hi a friend has bought a second hand p/c,which has had the hardrive wiped,he wants to load win xp home but is not sure what to do, 2 questions please.1 dose he load the disk in the p/c first and then reboot, ( i believe the xp disk is bootable)2 or dose he start the p/c and then load the disk,any help at all would be appreciated in plain english for a newby please many thanks

Answer:starting from scratch to reload xp home help

Just put the disk in and it might start up from disk or you may have to go into bios and change the start-up sequence so that it starts on the cd drive then follow the promps.

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I loaded XP Home on a new hard drive for an old laptop this weekend. I had a few problems loading it to begin with, but finally got it on. However, the Home Network Wizard will not start up to allow me to link it to my broadband router. I have a Linksys 802.11b PCMCIA card in the side of the laptop which is showing a network connection presence, but I can't get any further than that. (The internet connection is through a 2Wire router).

One of the problems in loading XP seems to be that IE didn't load properly (the name but not the icon was showing on the Start menu), and I wonder if this is related to the networking fault. (In the end I loaded Firefox on instead.) I have tried to use the repair function using the XP CD ROM as a boot disk, but I was asked for the administrator password (which I don't have) and I am, at this point, totally out of my depth on this one!

Can anyone advise a new course of action?
 

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Hello,
I have an elderly ('95) desktop which runs fine (XP SP3), and a not quite so elderly laptop(also XP). The desk top is used for broadband connection (Phone line - BT) which gives me 2.3 Mb/s. I would like to construct a home network that would allow a second user to share internet access on the laptop wirelessly any where in the house. How do I start?
Thanks in advance

george
 

Answer:Starting a home network from scratch

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I am a novice in creating networks and wish to build a very small one(one pc and one laptop) in my home. Both have XP Home and at least 256mb of RAM. The laptop is wirelessly enabled. I have a dear option and a cheap option. Please tell me if any one of them is wrong or at fault. Thanks.Dear Option:1.Buy Wireless router and plug into and set up on Desktop.2.Press wireless button on laptop and it detects the router and establishes a connection3.I am able to share broadband connection with the laptop and desktop able to go on different things at different times. Am also able to share files and printer.Cheap Option:1.Buy 802.11g USB 2 network adaptor plug into desktop pc and set up.2.Press wireless button on laptop and it detects the adaptor and establishes a connection3.I am able to share broadband connection with the laptop and desktop able to go on different things at different times. Am also able to share files and printer.Thank you very much for your help :-)

Answer:Starting a small home network - Please help

The cheap option: you won't be able to use the net, share files or printers whilst the desktop is switched off

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Recently I used the task manager to schedule some anti-virus and anti-spyware programs
at different times of the week, now, when i awake in the morning my computer is running,
even though it is not a scheduled run, it automactically comes on every day, even during
the course of the day ? My OS, Home XP V2002 SP2........How can I prevent this from
happening ?

Thanks,

Billjh
 

Answer:Home XP-Computer starting up automactically

Hi,

There is some advice here: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/428890-computer-switches-itself.html?highlight=switches
 

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Hi all.Just powered on for 1st time my note and boot on Windows 10 Home configuration. It asks for language, standard settings, than after few seconds it reboots and prompts from the start.Only the first time, after language and settings, it asked for wireless AP and password searching for important upgrades, but shortly it rebooted and entered the pre-described loop.Any chance to solve this issue at home?

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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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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...

Cheers
 

Answer:Reasonable Free Text Editor

and I only know this because I'm stuck having to learn this horrible language this quarter.
http://open-perl-ide.sourceforge.net/
 

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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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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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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.

Thanks
 

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

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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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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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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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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-
Newegg.com - 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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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: http://www.ztechsoftware.com/servlet/the-61/Microsoft-Windows-XP-Home/Detail
 

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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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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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Need to uninstall Windows desktop search can not find it? All I could find was the icon in control panel with version info. But need to find the software to remove and then reinstall it again.

Answer:Get error after starting computer XP sp3 home edition

add/remove programs? how do you plan on reinstalling it?larry

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Hi
I am a student and to make a bit of dosh for uni, I thought I might carry out General home computer repairs around my area. I have a some experience with computers, software and hardware. Is this a good idea? Any tipps or advice Im sure there is alot of people doing this?

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everytime I try to start my computer it comes up with a bunch of words and a crash dump ,We alraedy had to have the motherboard replaced after we had it as short time and now this is there somethingI needto do to fix this problem

Answer:windows Vista home premium not starting

Do I need an update onmy bios or something?

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Last night, I was uploading CD?s to my iTunes and I was about to attach a USB cable to the computer when it froze.  The music which was playing froze on spot and would play the same note in a pulsating manner; I was unable to move the mouse pointer and the <CTRL-ALT-DELETE> would not respond?thus, I was forced with no choice but to do a hard shut-down (which I don?t like to do).I left the computer off for five minutes before turning it back on.  The computer appeared to be coming on normally:?   The E-machines logo came on (normal when turning on)?   Next screen was normal too (can?t describe it)The next screen was one I?d seen before but this was when I realised there was something wrong.  There were five options but only three I remember off my head:?   Start in Safe Mode?   Start using most recent settings?   Start Windows NormallyFirst, I select ?Start Windows Normally? and this is what happened?   The Windows logo came one with a status bar underneath showing it is process/loading up (normal)?   At one point I see the bars going across the status bar pause once or twice?   Windows logo disappears and a blank black screen appears?   Nothing happens after this and I shut down the computerAfter 10 minutes I turn the computer on again following the same steps above but this time I select ?Start in Safe Mode??  &... Read more

Answer:Problems with starting Windows XP Home Edition

Do you have the Windows Disc handy? You might need it.QuoteAfter 10 minutes I turn the computer on again following the same steps above but this time I select ?Start in Safe Mode??   A screen with DOS prompts and what either looks like commands or file names appear in a long list show up on the screen?   Nothing happens after this?   Turn computer off after 10 minutesAre you sure you waited 10 minutes? The list of code is normal and it sometimes 'freezes' for quite a while before entering Safe Mode.

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Hi folks I am writing this via safe mode which is the only way I can get any sense out of this machine at the moment.
I have an ACER 7730 laptop with Vista home basic, 2 backup disks which I made years ago and that's it no boot disk etc.

The problem: when I started my machine last night it seemed to get stuck on the black microsoft screen with the moving bar so much so that after about 15 minutes the disc access light stopped however I left it for an hour or more and still nothing happened. I have had the startup repair screen up but it does what it can but cannot repair the system.
I have tried reseting it to a previous incarnation of which there only seems to be one of which coincides to a microsoft update. I suspect I have a corrupted file somewhere but am unsure how to even identify which one it is let alone fix it

I would appreciate any help you could give me please , heck i would even put my data on my portable hard drive if i could and reset to factory setting problem no (disc it didn't have one when i bought it new This is a last resort however!!)

Please help I'm lost without it

Answer:Vista Home basic not starting properly

Hello Delanie,Have you also tried Last Known Good Configuration ?Please power on the computer and start tapping the F8 key to bring up the Advanced Boot Options Menu.If successful:Do you have a Repair Your Computer option listed? Please let us know.
Next, arrow down to Last Known Good Configuration and press <Enter>. Reboot.Any change?

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I am writing this on behalf of my partner. He used the MS restore program; when it restarted the computer, it seemed to "stick" so he restarted it again. When he got to desktop, all the programs seemed to be there except Windows XP itself. When he clicked restore, there was nothing there, and the same with everything to do with Windows XP. He can't go online at present because he has no anti-virus cover (but that's another story). His first concern is to get Windows back. The Windows is an upgrade from Windows 98 2nd Edition added about a year ago. How can he get Windows to start?Thanks. Suzie.

Answer:Problem starting Windows XP Home Edition

Try a repair click here

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Desktop just before everything settles to load like System tray etc i am getting this error twice.Windows cannot find C:\WINDOWS\inet20001\winlogon.exe& Also getting thisCould not load or run C:\WINDOWS\inet20001\winlogon.exe specified in the registryI couldn't find anything with a google search, but if I type in winlogon.exe it gives me links to places that say it is a hack of the machine.Can anyone confirm if this also applies to the whole string error above. Is it another reisntall of XP ?

Answer:WinXP Home Error message when starting into

Go to click here and do an online scan with Ewido. I think your computer might be infected with a Trojan, and if I'm right hopefully Ewido will find it.

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Ok, the printer on my computer (which is running XP Pro) runs out of ink, so I decide to use the printer attached to our computer (running XP Home) in the other room via a network share. This computer isn't on the same workgroup as the other one so I change it and share the printer. After a few problems (I had some services turned off that needed to be on on the XP Pro machine) everything seems to be working dandy...until I reset the XP Home machine.

Some weird shit starts to happen such as...
When restarting or shutting down it just hangs at the "Saving Your Settings" screen
Cannot access Network Connections folder
When I open Internet Explorer it doesn't come up but it is in Task Manager

I narrowed the problem down to the fact that the Server service gets stuck on starting, but I have no idea why. I tried changing it from Automatic to Manual but that didn't work. The only thing that fixes the problems mentioned above is to disable the Server service, which of course prevents me from networking my two computers.

If you have any idea what the problem might be I'll be happy to hear it, and if need more info I'd be glad to provide it. This is really aggravating me. Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:XP Home: server service stuck on starting

Sounds like svchost.exe (Generic Process for Win32) is corrupted on that box or you may have a virus. Do you have any firewall software running on any of these machines or the internet connection firewall?

Any other strange issues occurring?

I'd do a full sweep: A/V scan, Adaware / Spybot, Registry Cleaner, then try to extract and overlay the svchost.exe file or do a repair of the installation.
 

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I'm Looking for some advice ,I want to start a home business in pc repair and networking. With amobile van I can work from I'm going to target home desktops, and small business in the cummunity. It seems to me if I can reach them directly in a short amount of time I can have some success.I'm starting with these certificates A+/Networking+/Sever+.
 

Answer:Starting Home mobile pc repair business

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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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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 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 http://nerdfortress.com/2009/06/06/no-sound-get-sound-blaster-live-and-windows-7-to-play-nice/

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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Hi,

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.

Thanks

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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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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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

http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

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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

Gary

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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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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 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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I've read a number of threads on this but most seem old and slightly different. I have an HP machine (1 year old and fully loaded) running Vista Home Premium. Had zero issues .... until .... Sunday night when I s--- the PC down and it started installing automatic updates. I let it do it's thing and when I came down in the morning it was frozen. I hard booted it but it then would load until the screen saying 'Configuring Updates - 0% complete' after which it would reboot within a few seconds ... and it would do this again and again and again ....I have researched extensively and so far tried:System Repair - it fails and says it can not find OS filesSystem Restore - it hangs for 12+ hours (after which I shut it off) on the 'finalizing restore' phasesafe Mode - does not work, still tries to configure updates and reboots.At this point I do not want to reinstall Windows as I have a ton of data on my drive that I would lose.Any help much appreciated.

Answer:my dell , windows vista home starting problem

Hi.Try this. Boot your pc and then press F8 key. When the menu appears select where it says "Last Known Good Cinfiguration" and then press enter. Let Windows start and it may help to solve your problem. If you succeed please email me on [email protected] to let me know

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I turned on my Dell XPS L702X this morning and Windows would not load. I get an error message in Windows Boot Manager ( 0xc000000d ) asking me for the Windows installation disc which I no longer have.
 
I have searched for solutions online and it seems that installation files can be downloaded onto a USB drive - but it seems that this is only for Windows 8, not Windows 7.
 
I cannot access Safe Mode.
 
I did not add or modify anything on the laptop in recent days / weeks. The battery was running low and I did not shut down the laptop - but I have done this many times before without causing an error like this.
 
Can someone help with this please?
 
I have downloaded an installation file for Windows 8.1 but I suspect that this will not work as my PC is Win 7. As well as that, the product key for Windows on the underside of my laptop is no longer readable.
 
Is there any way I could pay for an upgrade to Windows 8 and install that without losing data?
 
Thanks a lot - I really do appreciate any help on this!

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Hi guys,

This is my first post.

I have been reading through tutorial 61 (Starting Windows In Safe Mode) as I am having a problem accessing Safe Mode via F8.

The problem I am having with the tutorial is understanding the fifth paragraph on page 7, the one that starts:- Once the file is renamed, you can then......... The part of the paragraph I don't understand is the line:- "When you get back to normal Windows mode, you can then rename C:\Boot.ini.bac to C:\Boot.ini" How do I input that command when I am back in normal Windows mode?

I would be most grateful if someone could clarify this for me.

Regards,

Cottage

Answer:Starting Windows In Safe Mode, Xp Home Edition

Hello cottage and welcome.

Could you provide a link to the tutorial?

Without reading the tutorial its difficult to comment on. But from what you have posted I would imagine it is referring to right clicking the file in question and then selecting the rename option.

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I hope someone can shed some light on this one for me!

I've been helping out a friend whose PC was badly infected with viruses and trojans - they were connected to the 'net with no firewall or anti-virus running

I've cleaned up most of the problems (I think) by loading, updating and running: AVG, Ad-Aware, FxIstBar and CWShredder.

The only irritant now is that when any user logs on, Notepad opens a blank document, and the user needs to exit this window.

The PC is running XP Home, SP1.

I've installed and run HiJackTis 1.99.0 and the log is:

Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\HiJack This\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.euro.dell.com/countries/ie/enu/gen/default.htm
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.euro.dell.com/countries/ie/enu/gen/default.htm
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.euro.dell.com/countries/ie/enu/gen/default.htm
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.euro.dell.com/countries/ie/enu/gen/default.htm
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Answer:Solved: XP Home - Notepad starting up when user logs in

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nvsv32.exe] nvsv32.exe

Forbot / Wootbot worm
http://computercops.biz/startuplist-6953.html
http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/virusencyclo/default5.asp?VName=WORM_WOOTBOT.FP&VSect=T
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows ServeAd] C:\Program Files\Windows ServeAd\WinServAd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows ControlAd] C:\Program Files\Windows ControlAd\WinCtlAd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Admanager Controller] C:\Program Files\Admanager Controller\AdManCtl.exe

trojan downloader (windupdates variant)
http://castlecops.com/startuplist-5134.html
http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/virusencyclo/default5.asp?VName=TROJ_AGENT.BF
Go to Add/Remove Programs Control Panel.
Look for any of the following (or similarly named) and uninstall them:
Windows ControlAd | Windows ServeAd | Admanager Controller

Close all windows
Fix the following entries with HJT:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nvsv32.exe] nvsv32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows ServeAd] C:\Program Files\Windows ServeAd\WinServAd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows ControlAd] C:\Program Files\Windows ControlAd\WinCtlAd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Admanager Controller] C:\Program Files\Admanager Controller\AdManCtl.exe
O23 - Service: ZESOFT - Unknown - C:\WINDOWS\zeta.exe (file missing)
Boot into Safe Mode
Delete the following files/folders:

c:\windows\system32\nvsv32.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows ServeAd (delete folder)
C:\Program Files\Windows ControlAd (delete folder)
C:\Program Files\Admanager Controller (delete folder)
Reboot into normal mode
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I was cleaning up some space and after deleting a few old programs, ny system would hang except in safe mode. A search of the web on another PC showed up your resources and fixes and I am impressed no end. I have run all 5 steps and can already run in normal mode. Hoping to get the last bugs out of my system. As a side issue, when I was checking the Add/remove programs I had to Remove against the suggested list, only 20 - 40 items show so I could not go over the full list?

Did as much as I could and hope you can help.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:07:57 PM, on 23/08/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcdetect.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcshield.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mctskshd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wdfmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP PrecisionScan\PrecisionScan\HPLamp.exe
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Answer:XP Home only starting in SAFE mode after uninstalling programs

Hello Beef and welcome to TSF,

Please copy this page to Notepad and save to your desktop for reference as you will not have any browsers open while you are carrying out these instructions.

It is IMPORTANT that you don't miss a step & perform everything in the correct order/sequence.

***************************************************

Before we begin, please move HiJackThis to it's own folder, like c:\HJT. When we're done 'cleaning' off your system, we're going to 'flush' the temporary folders which, with HiJackThis in it's current location, we'll lose both the program and the backups it creates. These backups are important in case we need to restore any 'fixed' entry(s) later.

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Download ewido anti-spyware from HERE and save that file to your desktop.
This is a 30 day trial of the programOnce you have downloaded ewido anti-spyware, locate the icon on the desktop and double-click it to launch the set up program.
Once the setup is complete you will need run ewido and update the definition files.
On the main screen select the icon "Update" then select the "Update now" link.Next select the "Start Update" button, the update will start and a progress bar will show the updates being installed.

Once the update has completed select the "Scanner" icon at the top of the screen, then select the "Settings" tab.
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Answer:"No string table Found" when starting WinXP Home

Has anyone with Win XP Home ever had a error messege come up on every boot into Win XP.A Dialogue box comes up and has "GS4" as the title, & the text says "No String table found"Is this a memory problem ?. MS site has no answers in K/base.

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Often my Win 7x64 os hangs during start up at the "starting windows" screen.
The only way to get out of it is to push the reboot button.
Upon rebooting the system will ask if I wish to run the diagnostic and repair procedure.
I've done this multiple times with no errors being found. The system suggests that I restore the pc to an earlier system restore point. The system always reboots the second time if I select the boot windows normally choice.

I see red error messages in the Windows application logs event viewer, but non associated with the times when I've booted up and experienced this problem.

The pc is about 10 months old and the Win 7 has been installed for about 9 months.

This has been going on for quite awhile (3-6 months) and I've just been tolerating it. But I finally decided to dig into it.



I've attached the Seven Forums.zip file.

Answer:Win 7x64 Home prem hangs at windows starting

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Caramelo


Often my Win 7x64 os hangs during start up at the "starting windows" screen.
The only way to get out of it is to push the reboot button.
Upon rebooting the system will ask if I wish to run the diagnostic and repair procedure.
I've done this multiple times with no errors being found. The system suggests that I restore the pc to an earlier system restore point. The system always reboots the second time if I select the boot windows normally choice.

I see red error messages in the Windows application logs event viewer, but non associated with the times when I've booted up and experienced this problem.

The pc is about 10 months old and the Win 7 has been installed for about 9 months.

This has been going on for quite awhile (3-6 months) and I've just been tolerating it. But I finally decided to dig into it.



I've attached the Seven Forums.zip file.



No DMP's included in upload please try this method
When upgrading your graphic driver you MUST remove all traces of the current driver. In order to do that we recommend using Guru3D - Driver Sweeper

Or Phyxion.net - Driver Sweeper

When it is removed then download and install the fresh copy.

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I deleted some unwanted programs from the add and remove program,and when I restarted the computer it came up with the following:----can't find script engine"vbscript" for script"c:\program files\support.com\client\lserver\server.vbs"----need help please
 

Answer:Solved: windows xp home script error when starting

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Helping a friend of my wife from where she works, thought I could fix it for him but now not sure.
He had his computer sitting on a front porch for I guess quite awhile so it got cold and warm and cold and warm etc.
He had a bunch of spyware viruses etc
I did a clean install and everything is good except for starting.

If you press the front button to start it like normal nothing happens, absolutly like it is dead.
However, if you turn the surge protector off and take out the battery and put it back in then turn the surge protector switch back on it starts right up, I guess it is like draining all the power and then starting it. You can then run xp and do anythng normally and then go to start and shutdown and it will shut down but then if you press the button on the tower again it acts like it is dead again.

So if you do the battery thing again it will start right up or if you unplug the power cable from the back of the computer and wait about 10 sec like draining the motherboard then plug it back in and it automatically starts the computer right up and everything is normally and it runs great. BUT when you got to start and shut it down the you cannot start it with the switch button ;you have to do the power drain again.

Does this mean the switch is bad or could there be something else wrong or what? Can someone help me, I am rreally stumped here and I would like to get it running so it starts up the right way. Thanks in advance for anyone who will help with this.

It is an... Read more

Answer:Windows XP Home SP2-Starting problem with front switch

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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.
Tuby

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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Hi,
 
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 https://www.google.com  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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