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Recommendations for a reasonable 15" CRT Monitor?

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

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

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

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

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

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This is not technically a "support" question, and I hope it doesn't break any rules! I'm looking to get a 17" monitor (I have a 14" - yes, those still exist) and I was wondering if I could get some recommendations on good quality brands....I know Sony Trinitrons are generally considered to be the best but I'm looking to go a little cheaper if possible. Also, if anyone has any opnions about the wisdom of buying factory recertified/refurbished monitors.......Any help is much appreciate!

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I use ViewSonic monitors (almost all of them are 17") here at work and they're not expensive. I would do a couple of searches on the web regarding monitors for a price comparison. Your general run of the mill monitors really don't need to cost alot and refurbished will also work. I would check out the guarantee they would offer with that. Just my opinion and I hope it helps you a little.

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Hey guys my CRT is showing signs of going south. I was wondering what types of LCDs you are using and how you like them. I am trying to decide between a 17" and a 19" currently I am using a 22" CRT with 20" viewable.

I am going to be using it for light gaming [UT2004 is about all I play] and general apps / video recording and watching.


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I've always used my computer from across the room using my keyboard and mouse on a tray with my pc hooked too my 42 inch tv. At the moment I can hit 1080p but with a refresh rate of only 50. I'm hoping to upgrade to something that is easier to use at around 10 feet away. Hoping for something that can get me 60fps at least with a nicer resolution but I'm completely at a loss at finding something! Samsung would be nice as I could hook up to my mobile / tablet but not a must. Hoping someone could help me out as it would expect very much appreciated! Wouldn't like to spend much more than ?600 but I'd be willing to push! Thanks!

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To Any and All Photography Enthusiasts,

I'm thinking of buying an LCD Monitor.. you guys use them for PP (post processing)? if so, what's a good model you'd suggest?

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Hi folks.

I'm going to need a monitor for my second pc. This is going in my bedroom and will be used for watching TV/ gaming/ movies etc.
On my main pc I'm using a Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP and I love it to bits but I can't afford another one of those unfortunately.

My limit would be about ?250 and I think I'll need a 24" as I'll be viewing it from about 7 feet away.
I imagine my budget would mean a TN panel but if I get it at the right height that should be ok when I'm sat in bed.
Current monitor is 1920x1200. Is there any advantage to having 1920x1080 as there seems to be a lot of those currently?

So basically I'm asking for recommendations. Thanks for listening, John

Answer:New monitor recommendations please

Most of the lesser expensive panels are 1920x1080 that is what HDTV standards are. I've got an Acer that was 23" and was around the $170 mark. It's fine for what it is...but in no way shape or form will compete with that 24" Dell that you have.

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I'm looking to spend around 100 on a new monitor - 140 at the very most. I need at least 17" screen size, good dot pitch (0.24mm or less), 1024x768 resolution and good refresh rate - at least 85Hz, but preferably 100Hz if that's not too much to ask for the price. Also a flat screen!Found an LG one at Micro Direct (black and silver), but it's got speakers in which I don't want, and I think this is pushing the price up (it's around 135).There was also one on offer there, but not quite as high spec. What's the best monitor I can get at the moment?

Answer:Monitor Recommendations?

if you can get into MAKRO Warehouse, they have a 17" for about 67 plus vat and a 19" for 89 plus Vat CRT

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Hey Major Geeks, I'm looking into purchasing an HD Monitor to use in conjunction with my laptop. I'd really prefer a 24" monitor, although pricing is an issue. I'd like to keep it close to $200, even though that probably cuts out a ton of options. $250 would be my max but there would need to be a really good reason for me to spend that much.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:HD Monitor recommendations

Here are a few good monitors at good prices that you are looking for.

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For anyone who happens to be around in Western Europe/Belgium, I'd like your recommendations for a monitor. My dear old Sony Trinitron 17" is nearly 6 years old, and I'm looking for a flat screen monitor, 19" (or above?) for between 300 and 500 euro.

I can easily find them online, of course, but I'm not sure where to go in the vast choice available? Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Recommendations for a monitor?

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OK folks, time for me to spend again. I need an LCD monitor. I don't want built in cheesy speakers but I do want one that has height and tilt adjustments. This is my first LCD for home use and I'm not familiar with some of these brands; Hanns-G, Sceptre, FugiPLUS, LG and NG Neovo. Probably others too.

I'd like to stay under $200.00 and want DVI and analog. I don't play games and use it mainly for photo editing (not professional) and general use, Office and internet. I really don't care about wide screen either. 19 inch is fine.

I can read the specs and the always excellent reviews for every brand on Newegg but I'd like some real power user's opinions on brands and this is where we live so.......

See my specs for graphics and OS.

Thanks, Griffin

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I'm looking for the best 19" LCD monitor that is available. I've only got less than AUD$600 to spend (strictly no overbudget).

At the moment checking a few newspaper ads, I've seen some nice 8ms monitors:
Hyndai L90D+
Phillips 190b6fb,fs
Samsung 193b
Acer AL 1922R

Will look at other monitors, and try to get them if possible.

Oh yeah, they must be 8ms, and if possible, pls give me the link to a review. If you have a monitor and you're recommending it, pls give reasons why.

I'm deathly afraid of ghosting (heh) which is why I'd prefer an 8ms monitor, although I'm aware 12ms monitors may sometime be better.

Answer:Anyone with recommendations for a monitor?

I've seen the Samsung 913n & it is one fine monitor, one I would certainly recommend over the 193b (especially if you're a gamer).

The only things that could've been added to it is a digital connection (it only has one analog) & it doesn't have a 0-pixel warranty. Other then that it's very good & almost perfect for fast gaming.

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Wow its been a while since I posted on here but hopefully the insight on this forum is still as good as it used to be. Been out of the game for a minute but looking to jump back in. I am rebuilding my pc keeping just my case and peripherals. Basically what I am looking for is a slim 3d led high res monitor greater than 22in. Can you guys point me in the right direction?

Answer:3d Monitor Recommendations?

Nvidia has a list of supported 3D displays (including projectors) here: 3D Glasses and Displays

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My aged 23" HP 2311x monitor died. My PC is a loaded HP ENVY. I am not a gamer. Considering going from a 23" to 27". Please recommend a high quality name brand monitor. My budget is from $250 to $300.


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Im about to purchase an LCD monitor. Any recommenations?

Ive seen a few Benq models. Are they any good?

Want something with good image quality.

thanks as always

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its come to the point where i need a new monitor. i currently have a 19" CRT which is getting darker and darker, loosing lots of its quality. i have done some shopping and i originally intended on getting an LCD monitor. but, i am a gamer mostly and with a radeion 9800XT i want a good monitor. to my understanding, LCDs do not refresh nearly as fast as a CRT unless you spend lots of money. so i was looking at an NEC 22" CRT monitor shown here:

anyone have any suggestions on whether it is good or not?
or should i go with an LCD?

Answer:Recommendations for a new monitor?

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Getting and LCD for my wife's office--she uses the puter just for e-mail and web--no graphics of any signfiicance so I'm going to get one in the $200 to $300 range, 17 inch. Here's the choices at Newegg:

Any recommendations? I've always been partial to Viewsonic myself.

Answer:LCD Monitor Recommendations?

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Looking for a 24 inch matte finish monitor for around the 200 mark, main usage is games. A litle web surfin photo editing etc.

Please advise.

Answer:Recommendations for monitor please.

Come on people, no one has an opinion on this?

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Hey everyone,

eventually I am going to try the eyefinity 3x monitors thing, looks sweet and It would be great for 3d imaging, rendering stuff in autocad as well as gaming. But, I really dont know where to start on monitors, I would like to stay under 600$ (200$ for each monitor or even one setup already) and I was hoping for some recommendations.

what should I be looking for? I would like the monitors to be at least 23.6in, newegg has alot of selections but I have no clue which ones are best, nor the size or their bezels.

any help would be great,


Answer:eyefinity monitor recommendations

Samsung are my favorite

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I am in the minority in that I vastly prefer glossy screen monitors to matte screen. I am looking to upgrade my current 17" NEC Multisync 70GX2 to something larger, preferably 22". So I am wondering if someone can recommend a good glossy monitor in the area of 19-22" ?

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Glossy monitor recommendations?

2010gal said:

So what about this AOC 2236Vw 21.5" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor, many good reviews.Click to expand...

hi, thank you for the recommendation. however i am having a hard time determining if this monitor is glossy or matte. do you have this information?

Edit: the bezel is indeed glossy but im not sure about the screen.

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Okay, I have decided to ask techspot a question about what computer monitor to buy. For the past 4 years I've owned a 17" medion LCD monitor. It's old, but reliable. recently with new games, they resolution needs to be changed in game to support more monitor's max LCD resolution. I use my monitor for everything, including my XBOX 360.

What I am looking for is a monitor with a MAXIMUM price of 260 USD. Preferrable I would like an HD monitor. Though I have heard that computer monitors have a better resolution than TVs. Which means I'd like a monitor that will display HD so I can use it with my XBOX 360. I'd like to use my Xbox 360 at a 1080i resolution at least. But I do realize that computer monitors are better resolution that TVs. I DO see Computer monitors on newegg that are more expensive than normal monitors, and say they are HDMI. Could someone explains why these monitors are more expensive if computer monitors already display better resolution than an HDTV, wouldn't 1080p and 1080i be low resolutions?

Can anyone recommend a monitor that I may use with my XBOX 360 to achieve HD or better images? If I need an additional cable if the monitor does not say HDMI, can you link me to one?

In short I am looking for a monitor that will: Play my XBOX 360 games in HD resolution, take full advantage of my 8800GTS 640, and is widescreen.


Answer:Computer Monitor recommendations

OH! sorry for the double post, but I am hoping for the console to be able to display a 1080p or 1080i resolution, which I know the 360 can do. thats all

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Hi,A colleague's daughter has her own PC but the monitor has gone on it. She wants to replace it with a TFT - 15" will do.I looked around and they seem to be around 80 pounds if you want a new one. I was wondering if she is better off getting a very very low value new PC that includes one, as I know there have been some good deals around.What is the cheapest new PC around? At a tesco near you? Dell? Or elsewhere.If she could get one for say 299 with a flat screen I think she might consider it, it doesn't need to be high spec at all as it is just for visiting web sites and using some kids cd roms.

Answer:15" monitor / "cheap new PC" recommendations


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Greetings all!

I'm wondering if I could get any recommendations for a new monitor for my workstation. I'm currently running an older (mfr date 1999) 22" Mitsubishi Diamondview Pro at work which I really enjoy. It's made my old MultiSync 75 at home feel really blah.

I've considered going LCD or Widescreen LCD, but as this workstation is primarily for graphic design purposes, the Wide LCD aspect issues come into question, as does LCD color reproduction and viewing angle. I don't like tilting my head a half inch and all the colors on the screen change.

I've been searching through the net for new CRTs that are available and cost effective (sub $300) but have come up with few results -- it seems that LCDs have definitely dominated the marketplace at this point and sub $7k these displays just don't render anywhere close to the 100% NTSC, RGB etc that one seems to see with a CRT. (I'm aware that CRTs aren't 100% either - but they're closer).

NEC and Viewsonic seem to have the same CRT product lines that they've had for the last several years - and Viewsonic has recently been getting a lot of negative reviews for customer service and product reliability.

Does anyone have any ideas for a good flat monitor other than the NEC FE992? Not that I have anything against the FE992 -- but I'd like to find more options...


Answer:Recommendations for New Monitor / Display?

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Hi all, just want some recommendations on a few things. I am looking to go wireless and currently have a wired linksys router, was wondering what kind of router (wireless) is reliable and have good responses. Also am looking to get a new monitor, at least 17" and below 180, possibly 19"? I have seen an acer 19" widescreen for about 180 but what do you guys and gals think? thanks all.

Answer:recommendations for wireless and monitor

I have Linksys wireless router and (I am asking for trouble here) it has been very reliable.It is made by cisco and all the phones and network at work are cisco that is why I went for it.

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Looking for a 24 inch matte finish monitor for around the 200 mark, main usage is games. A litle web surfin etc.

Please advise.

AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core 6400+
Nvidea 8800gts 512
4 gigs RAM

Answer:Monitor for gaming recommendations please?

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Hello TS,

I've recently decided I would like to try out multi monitor computing. My idea is to buy two 25' - 27' monitors to use in conjunction with my 32' monitor I currently own. I'd keep my 32' on my desk and mount the other two above it. I wouldn't necessarily be gaming on the two monitors. I would keep that on my 32'. They would mainly be used for multitasking when browsing,microsoft office work, photo editing, and programming.

So, my question to you all is this:

What are some good 25' to 27' monitors? I don't need anything top of the line. I would just like to get a feel for multi-monitor computing. Also, do any of you know of any decent dual monitor wall mounts?
Budget: $600.00
I'm using two 7950 boost cards - if anyone needed to know.

Edit: I also prefer purchasing my parts from Newegg.
Thanks in advance!

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I can help you with the monitors, but maybe not the mounts. My first question is why do you want them to be on top of each other? I would recommend going horizontally. Monitors are kind of annoying if you have 3 and they are different sizes. But this really only a problem if you gaming along all 3. Is the 32"running at 2560x1440? Because if that is so, the resolution would be wierd if you have 2 1080P monitors + a 32" 2560x1440 one.

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I have 2 internal and 3 external HDD's that I want to monitor. I have lost HDD's in the past and it has been a terrific PAIN! and while I know that monitoring software wont prevent this altogether, it could help.

I have tried a couple but for whatever reason the programs could not read the SMART data of my 2 internal drives.

Anybody have a recommendation for a good program?

Answer:Want recommendations for HDD monitor software

Other than SMART software included with drives, I'm not aware of any real-time hard drive monitoring software, but there may be some.

For temperatures, I use HWInfo.

For general health, I rely on SMART, Intel SSD toolbox, and occasionally Checkdisk or the drive manufacturer's own utilities. I usually use HD Tune as a benchmark when I first install a drive.

Frankly, I'm not sure how useful the monitoring tools would be in detecting an impending failure.

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It is my understanding that shutting down little used programs in the Startup Menu by using Selective Startup is not the recommended way to disable those little used programs. I am looking for any recommendations for Startup Monitors that safely disable little used programs in a manner that lets Windows operate normally i.e without the StartUp monitor doing the same thing as using Selective Startup. Am not looking for anything exotic or fancy, just a basic program that would allow me to disable and latter enable those programs if I needed them in the future.

Any suggestions or personal experiences with such programs appreciated.

Answer:Startup Monitor Recommendations ???

Are you talking about programs or services?

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Hi all. I recently picked up a desktop running Windows 8.1 with the theory that I would use it with my TV in the living room. After a couple of weeks, I'm finding that I'm just a little too far away to see things comfortably, and don't have a good place to use my mouse and keyboard. So, I'm contemplating moving it into my office to use it a bit more up close and personal. With Windows 8.1, up close and personal works best with a touch screen. And that's where you all come in. Anyone have a good recommendation on a good standalone touchscreen monitor to go with it? I'd really rather spend no more than 300 dollars on it, with a size somewhere between 23-27 inches.

Answer:Looking for recommendations on a good touchscreen monitor

The 23"-27" range might be a difficult find for that price limit. Here's one within your budget albeit 21.5"....
I bought the Dell S2240T HD 1920x1080 touch monitor ($280 US via Dell) awhile back and have had great success with it. Good reviews by others as well.Dell 21.5" Touch Screen Monitor With Touch Capability
I ended up getting it for a bit cheaper on 3rd party site(tho Dell support is not included via that route), but I've had zero perfectly.
Fwiw the adjustable 'slide' stand is REALLY nice to position monitor for gaming if you're into that end of things from time to time.
Thought I'd pass the option & review along to consider.
Edit to add (10/10/2014)
currently $255 at Best BuyDell 21.5" LED HD TouchScreen Monitor S2240T - Best Buy

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Does anyone have any video baby monitor recommendations?

I've been seeing alot of reviews where many aren't secure and you can see other peoples kids.
and the reviews for the ones that say theyre secure, aren't very good.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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On a very strict budget of $600, trying to build the best possible system for under that amount. I intend to keep the Monitor (19 inch 1440 x 900 LCD), HDD, optical drive, keyboard and mouse from my existing system.

The computers MAIN use will be for Photoshop (CS6 for my wife's business), but I would like to have the ability to play games at medium high to high settings, specifically Skyrim, Starcraft 2, Witcher 2 and Mass Effect 2 and 3.

My only caveat about brands is with GPU, I insist on nVidia chipsets.

1) I was thinking about getting a 27-inch monitor (2560 x 1440) next year, so it would be great if the build could support a monitor that size and resolution.
2) SLI ready. Probably won't ever use it, but would be nice to have the ability.

Here's what I assembled last night on newegg:

Antec tower, $55

ASRock Micro ATX MOBO - $60

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 - $159

550W Antec PSU - $65

8GB G. Skill DDR3 1600 RAM - $45

Phenom 2 X4 965 (3.4Ghz) - $120

Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Heatsink - $30 - Read more

Answer:Advice/recommendations for new build under $600 (minus monitor and HDD)

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Dear all, your assistance is greatly needed! I've been going through Newegg, Amazon, and Bestbuy's product pages trying to find something that fits what I'm looking for and have been coming up empty. Here are the parameters I've been trying to search in:
budget of ~$1knon-curvedG-sync and/or > 60hz refresh rate (Free sync wont work, because it's a Nvidia build)ideally > 30"> 2K resolution

I would think that's a pretty easily doable search, but maybe my google-fu has gotten too rusty. Something like this (the Acer Predator X34) would be perfect, except that I don't want a curved screen. Perhaps every monitor 30" or over is curved though. Any insight or recommendations would be greatly appreciated! I'm happy to "over-buy" and wait on a price alert if that's what's necessary.

Answer:Monitor Recommendations needed for a 4k gaming build

Something I never considered until I was given an ASUS 27" monitor, the Inputs. This one has 4, DisplayPort, VGA, DVI and HDMI. I work on computers and have had 2 clients bring me Notebooks for repair, both had broken screens and only the HDMI output port available [not the traditional VGA Projector port]. I was able to use that big monitor to recover data from both. I have it connected to a Desktop with VGA but only need to press a button on the monitor to change Inputs as needed [without disconnecting others], quite handy.

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I'm in the market for an LCD monitor. Any recommendations? I'm looking for one that is 17-inches and silver in color. Right now I have my eye on the Dell UltraSharp 1707FP or the Dell SE177FP 17-inch Flat Panel LCD. I'm looking to spend around $200.00 and only need it for web browsing and text editing. What is the difference between Dell Ultrasharp and Dell regular?

I bought an LG from Best Buy, but will be returning it tomorrow. For some reason the display flickers wherever there is text. I have not seen this on any other flat panel LCD monitors--any thoughts one why my text is flickering and shaking?

I'm currently using the factory recommended settings of 1280 X 1024 at 60 Hz. Is it possible it could be my old integrated graphics card? I had no problems on my old CRT.

Also, I noticed the display model had the same problem with flickering--however I assumed this was either their signal or just that particular unit. Seems as though I was wrong...


Answer:Recommendations for new LCD Monitor and Problems with Flicker/Shaking text

The flickering is probably the LCD, and not your PC. Occasionally, factories will produce a lemon

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

Answer:I have been more than reasonable

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

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

Answer:Is this enough to keep me reasonable safe?

You're fine.

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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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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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Hey all,

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

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


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

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


Answer:Temperatures Reasonable?

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

Answer:Looking for reasonable PC with extras around £400


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Hi all,

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

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

Any advice would be very much appreciated!

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

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

Best regards,


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And if my NetGear WGR614v6 wire... Read more

Answer:Is this enough to keep me reasonable safe?

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:What is a reasonable restart time?

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

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

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

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

Answer:10 GbE starting to become reasonable for home?

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

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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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Is this a reasonable graphics card?

ATI RADEON 9800 Pro 256Mb AGP

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

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



Answer:Is this a reasonable graphics card?

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

The two bad things are these:

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

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

Good luck!

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

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

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

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

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

Hello Willy,

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

Optimize Windows 7

Hope this helps some,

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

I have:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:help picking the best reasonable 1155 mobo available

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

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

What does "best" mean in this context?

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

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Hello all,

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


Answer:Reasonable Free Text Editor

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I found it for $89.99 at:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Answer:Is There a reasonable priced data recovery company

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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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Pulling my hair out here...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello Weh,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

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

and this
Relocating your user account to another drive


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

Answer:Reasonable priced Windows 7 sound card

Take a quick look at this post

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

Might be worth a quick try.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Reasonable cheap upgrade for fried Pentium D system?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have HP Desktop Tower Pavilion with windows 10, I had two HP S2031 monitors in dual mode, worked fine. One of them died, I got a good deal on a larger HP 27er monitor.  I hooked it up, they were both working fine ... it was using a default monitor
setting ... and then yesterday the computer downloaded some updates, and in doing so, it downloaded the driver for the HP 27er and installed.  The next thing that happens is the older HP S2031 starts to go dark ... like it is going into sleep mode, and
then it is totally black.  On reboot, it starts up with both monitors working, but within seconds of reboot the HP S2031 goes black again. The HP S2031's buttons do nothing, other than the power button, which turns it off and on, but that is it.  
I have done all troubleshooting, I did not even have them set up to sleep, all settings are at NEVER.  In coming here, I have done all the fixes I can find for similar  that are posted for similar issues, the Windows Key + W... nothing. 
The create new power plan ... nothing.  the device manger>display adapters>disable then enable ... nothing.  and lastly Start>Control Panel>System>Device Manager>display adapter>driver tap>update ... still nothing.  HOW
DO I GET THE HP S2031 MONITOR TO NOT BE IN SLEEP AND HAVE BLACK SCREEN.  I can not figure this out and am not finding any fix.

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Hi,  I'm trying to setup dual monitor for my lenovo T61P laptop. I want to use one external monitor which is connected to my Thinkpad docking station and the laptop lcd monitor. I'm using windows vista x64. Does any one else have it setup this way? When I connect the laptop to the docking station, only the external  monitor displays data. I've tried going into desktop settings to extend my desktop but only one monitor is present. Please help. I've spent an entire two days playing with BIOS settings, searching forums....  


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Answer:T61P - dual monitor with docking station (laptop lcd monitor) and one external monitor

This started working fine when I installed the video drivers below: Display (NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M / Quadro FX 570M) driver for Windows Vista 64-bit - ThinkPad  It looks like I had installed the wrong video drivers (32-bit)  previously. Now fn+F7 works fine and I am able to extend my desktop to mulple monitors (dual-monitor). 

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Hi folks. New here.  Sorry if this has  been asked/answered, but I searched and didn't find it. My company got me this great new W500 laptop.  Came with minidock and external monitor. I have the monitor plugged into the minidock, and have it to the right of the laptop. Laptop is monitor #2, and external LCD display is #2.  works great.  UNTIL.... If I lock the console, and fold the laptop monitor closed (to have it power off - i.e. at lunch break, etc...) When I come back, the external monitor is now monitor #1 (has the windows task bar, Start menu, etc...) and it thinks the laptop monitor is monitor #2.  I can't figure out how to switch them back without rebooting.  It's very frustrating, b/c the 'sides' are swapped too.  Meaning the external LCD display which is physically to the right, is "on the left" as far as Windows is concerned, so if I drag the mouse off-screen to the right of the external display, it arrives on the left side of the laptop (which is physically to the left). Is there a simple solution to this?  I can't live with having to reboot every time I lock my monitor. I'm using Windows XP if that makes a difference.

Answer:Dual Monitor issue. Lock console & external monitor becomes monitor #1

more information... It's the 'advanced minidock' with keys. The monitor is connected via the DVI port, not the plain old VGA port.

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