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[SOLVED] End ofThis is a general question regarding the end of support for XP support

Question: [SOLVED] End ofThis is a general question regarding the end of support for XP support

This is a General question regarding the end of support for XP. I realise at the end date the computer should be backed up in case you have to format the disc at any time after the end of the support period.

My question is does the built in Windows back up in XP when backing up the system include the installed updates? Or is it best to use third party software to do this.


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Preferred Solution: [SOLVED] End ofThis is a general question regarding the end of support for XP support

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

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

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

Answer: [SOLVED] End ofThis is a general question regarding the end of support for XP support

I believe Windows just backs up your personal files and won't do the entire OS. You'll need a 3rd party program to do the entire HDD.

Also you really should think about upgrading to Windows 7. Staying on XP after the end support date is not recommended as you will lose security updates from Microsoft as well as patches.

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Hi All, I own and operate a computer repair shop and I am always ending up on sevenforums finding answers to the many varied problems I encounter. So thank you to all the information that you post here, and all the free help you offer people.

I want to know how you learn to do what you guys do? I would love my staff to have the skills that you guys do. Where do you learn what you know? Can we learn from some of the admins here at a cost to our business? I am always looking for better ways to repair computers rather than the format/reinstall option that everyone in our area subscribes to

Any information or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:General Question about support


The just need to tinker and get some experience. Set up a bench of old computers in your store and have them play around a bit.

Also, have them read some of the tutorials - we have a vast collection:

Tutorials - Windows 7 Support Forums


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Question: General Support

How to do a hole system diagnostics just like the professionals do i mean what is what they do when you take it to a computer repair shop when thye say its a free system diagnostic?

Also, how do i do a computer optimizing,firewall optimizing and a broadband optimizing.

I have a computer which is a windows xp home edition suppendly it crashes when it just start i mean i cant even log on when it crashes i also try to get into safe mode but crashes before i can log on also.

If anyone can answer me this questions that would be great. Thanks!

Answer:General Support

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i currently have a dell Inspiron 5558 laptop for over an year now but the screen stop working over 6 months ago, i looked up the warranty information at the time of screen stopped working and was re-assured that it showed February 18, 2017 therefore i did not consider that it is very urgent to call tech support since i have other laptops. today when i call the support service, i was informed that product was not registered and i have to pay $233 to replace the LCD screen, they still argued that dell warranty website showed the correct information but when i looked it up, the website still displays the same.  did anyone else encounter this issue??
below is the warranty service which is still display at this time

Answer:Dell Warranty is reflecting incorrect data as per technical support and support manager

Was the system purchased direct from Dell, or at retail - or on EBay, Amazon, etc?

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 I bought TPS230U in may2013, and one monthe ago, the laptop just turned off by itself and wont turn on anymore. I had tried troubleshoop refresh and resetting options but it doesnt work.
My warranty certificate is still valid for itnernational support (now I live in  Brazil), so that, I called Brazil´s support (My laptop ID is: Type 3347 2GU S/N xxxxxxx 13/02.
At the first time I contacted by phone, the attendant asked me to (once again) turn off the laptop  and call back again. Well, I did it, adn (of course) it didnt work. So I called once again. The second the new clerk said I should buy a cd or dvd ( which could not be via USB stick ) , download from other computer and copy  an image file  that lenovo would understand the problem . I explained that I had not cd to record that moment. But he was very rude, and told me that it the  support goes to my house and concludes that there is a software problem and not hardwa, I was supposed to pay for the visit. So, I went to a store and bought a recordable CD , recorded the ISO file and got home to insert it into the laptop and....for my surprise,  my laptop doenst have any  entry for CD ! I feel that lenovo has been really disrespectfull with me and all I want is to have a simple support to my laptop, but I still couldnt have. Pleaase let me know how can I solve this problem before my waranty term expires!!! 
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Does lenovo has a plan to support  intel ac 7260 for yoga 2 13? I have read this thread. bios(v1.15) is still not support. And Where is old bios version link about V1.09?It seems can support Lenovo-branded  ac 7260 netcard.    

Answer:Does lenovo has a plan to support intel ac 7260 for yoga 2 13? Current bios(v1.15) is not support.

Dear Web32
Welcome in lenovo community
The only supported card on this model is Intel 7260 2x2, 802.11 BGN .and the applicable BIOS version is 96CN29WW (V1.15)
Can you please explain more what is the issue with your Wifi 

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I have a T430s laptop and it is less than 6 months old. It starting getting blue screens within a month of purchasing it. Technical support has been helpless in trying to fix the laptop. First, tech support told me to turn update my computer daily. Then another tech support employee told me to turn OFF my auto updates. This did nothing and over a few weeks the blue screens progressively got worse. Next, tech support told me to run a diagnostic on my computer which turned up nothing. Then, they tried giving me recovery discs and a new hard drive. After that failed they took it in to replace the system board which made the blue screens worse. Then they sent me MORE recovery CDs to try to fix the problem and that also made the blue screens worse. I called tech support after this and they said they would send in a request for a replacement laptop. I was told I would hear from someone in a couple days. FIVE days later I got a called from someone asking if I wanted a replacement and I said yes. Then I was told I had to wait two more business days to get contacted about it. Another 3-4 business days later, someone called me to tell me that they would NOT be replacing the laptop despite the fact tech support could not fix the laptop. After calling tech support once again, I was told that they wanted me to send in my laptop again for up to 7 business days! This is completely unacceptable. I have had problems with this laptop almost the entire time I have owned it and no one knows... Read more

Answer:T430s constant blue screen and no help from customer support or tech support. Help!

What are you running when you get the blue screens?  (operating system and applications)
Are there messages in the event log when it crashes?

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i bought a lenovo thinkpad edge which is missing the model sticker from the bottom left of screen
all i need is a link to the most recent windows 7 drivers including bios update
and i would like to know a list of processors i could upgrade to current cpu is i3 m370 @2.40ghz
this website does not recognise serial number or product so i will post all th details i can below .... please help !!
TYPE 0319 - 2AG
S/N LR - xxxxx     11/10
Mod edit: S/N removed

Answer:Unknown thinkpad bios support and processor upgrade support needed

Welcome to the forum!
Your model is a ThinkPad Edge 15
ThinkPad Edge 15 0319-2AG
i3-370M(2.4GHz), 4GB RAM, 500GB 5400rpm HD, 15.6in 1366x768 LCD, Intel HD Graphics, CDRW/DVDRW, 802.11bgn wireless, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Camera, 6c Li-Ion, Win7 Pro 64
You can get the drivers from the EOL page: 

Since you have an Intel model, you can upgrade to any of these CPU's:

Intel Core i3 370M, 2x 2,26 GHz, 3MB Cache
Intel Core i5 450M, 2x 2,40 GHz, 3MB Cache
Intel Core i5 460M, 2x 2,40 GHz, 3MB Cache
Intel Core i5 480M, 2x 2,66 Ghz, 3MB Cache


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I keep receiving calls from fake MICROSOFT Tech support with various telephone numbers. Strange, they do not show up in my phone on line logs. They wanted me to go to FASTSUPPORT\763721586 ( do not use  these numbers). It is a company  called they also give you a complaint department where you can enter the number that you feel is causing you problems, the number of the LOGMEINRESCUE type remote access code. of course it is clear to them that you are suspicious and they will get rid of the  phone operator who didn't succeed. So do not bother to leave any complaint.


Appears you are dealing with a well known scam.Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls, display pop-up alerts in your browser to call a support number or send unsolicited email messages to request personal or financial information or to fix your computer.Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulentlyIs that call from Microsoft a scam?Tell Your Relatives: No, Microsoft Won’t Call You About Your ComputerMicrosoft calling? Mind the tech support scammer!Tech Support Scamming through unsolicited phone calls, browser pop-ups and emails from "so-called Support Techs" advising "your computer is infected with malware", “All Your Files Are Encrypted" and other fake "alert messages" has become an increasing common scam tactic over the past several years. The scams may involve web pages with screenshots of fake Microsoft (Windows) Support messages, fake reports of suspicious activity, fake warnings of malware found on your computer, fake ransomware and fake BSODs all of which include a tech support phone number to call in order to fix the problem. If you call the phone number (or they called you), scammers will talk their victims into allowing them remote control access of the computer so they can install a Remote Access Trojan in order to steal passwords and other sensitive personal information which could then be used to access bank accounts or steal a person's identity.These are a few examples.Call Windows Help Desk Immediately Tech Support Scam Fake Your com... Read more

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I have just sent a thinkpad back for repair for the first time in over 20 years of owning  Thinkpad.  I have had 8 thinkpad  series laptops in my time as well as a few desktops and now lenovo phones. I am absolutely horrified with the diabolical Thinkpad support. This is meant to be business level support. I feel like I am phoning up Curry's.  Laptop sent back with hard disk in it and I am being told now that it "turned up without a hard disk in it". Now undercurrent of me lying. Original problem had not been assessed and I still don't have my laptop back after 3 weeks. Customer service agents just tell you anything they want to get you off the phone. I suppose all things come to an end but my loyalty to the Thinkpad brand is probably over now.  I am sure I am not the first. Has anyone else come across this?

Answer:Terrible Thinkpad Support Premium Prices for Sub-Standard Support. Business users avoid now.

Oh, yes. I'm going through something similar over the last few weeks. Here is my thread on it.Been updating it every week. All I ever get is blown off no matter who I talk to. Good luck getting your situation resolved. I'm guessing it was sent to their depot in Tennessee?

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We are Dell resellers and had placed an order for 43 Laptops - Dell Latitude 3560 with Dell on 13th June, 2016. We delivered them to our customer on Friday 17th June, 2016. On Monday 20th June we discovered that all the Laptops are faulty and are not functioning properly. They have not been able to use a single system due to touchpad issues in the entire lot
We have made innumerable calls Dell to resolve the problem, but the team is unable to identify and rectify the problem. 
We have spoken to our partner account manager, regional account manager, Service Specialist and Escalation Team, requesting them to provide us with a solution at the earliest as their work is getting hampered. Our customer has to deploy the same by 1st July however they do not have any Dell Laptops functioning correctly.  
How do we escalate this to the Dell management and get a replacement ASAP

Answer:Who do you contact if the DELL India Escalation and Support Team fails to provide support for brand new Laptops

Hopefully one of the Dell rep see your post and be able to help. If no one answer your question then I suggest you contact Technical or Customer Support in the link below.

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Someone told me in another thread, and I also read here, that

All Wireless N routers support dual-band 802.11nClick to expand...

implying that any wireless N router can use the 5 GHz band as well as the 2.4 GHz band. Isn't that the implication?

Then why is it that when I browse routers, only some of them list both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency, while others list only 2.4 in the specs? I want to switch my network over to 5 GHz in order to get away from all the interference I'm getting, as discussed in this thread.

So what's the real answer? Will any cheap "wireless N" router be able to do 5 GHz, (e.g. this one?) or do I need a more expensive dual band one?

Answer:Confused about router support for 5 GHz band. All wireless N routers support it??

No. The 802.11n standard supports 5GHz, but does not require it. Now if a device was 802.11ac, it will have a 5GHz radio since that standard only works on that freq.

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Hello there, I'm interested in finding out more about the X220 - In particular the actual bandwidth available to the i7 Version of the X220 with it's USB 3 port. I'd like to be able to use the Black Magic Design Intensity Shuttle with this laptop, however it requires a Super Speed USB 3.0 Port. It's common for laptops to only use a single PCIe lane interconnect, giving the USB3 Port only 2.5gbps of available bandwidth. This won't be enough to allow that capture card to work  A similar situation also exists for the Expresscard slot - To be able to support Expresscard v2.0, It needs to provide 5gbps (2x PCIe v1 lanes). If it does this, It's possible I can buy an USB 3 Expresscard which will have enough bandwidth to use the card. In short I would like to know if the super speed USB 3 port can actually function at the intended speed, and is not crippled to half rate. 

Running an 4286CTO - X220 i7 2620m, 4gig Ram, 320gig HDD. 6 Cell battery


Go to Solution.

Answer:X220 - Expresscard 2.0 Support / Full Super Speed USB 3.0 (i7) Support?

hey SuperRoach,i recommend getting in contact with Lenovo Australia via the link below >>

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I clean installed windows 7 on my Y650. Then camera is not working, microphone is not working (even if I use external microphone, it is not working). I tried using vista driver but not working. is there any way to make them work? really frustrated ...

Answer:IdeaPad Y650, no microphone support, no camera support in windows 7

same problem here, internal AND external microphone are not working after a clean install of Win7?Does anyone knows where can I find the driver for the microphone?

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The Microsoft Product Support Reporting Tool facilitates the gathering of critical system and logging information used in troubleshooting support issues. This information helps diagnose problems in the software quicker and provide solutions. Download.

Answer:Use Microsoft Product Support Reports Tools for troubleshooting and support

Thanks for the link,,Very useful..

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I paid for 3 years of support and accidental damage in home support. Together, it cost around $400 on my new XPS laptop. Afew months after I bought XPS 15 9560, I pulled out the charging cord, and a round piece of plastic that was inside the port came out too.
I called technical support at 5 pm EST, and received someone in Southern India. I gave them my information, and they confirmed that I had service. They then fought with me for 15 minutes, telling me I could NOT have any in home service. The representative, who kept calling me by my first name (no respect)  said I had to send my laptop to a depot in Texas for them to identify the issue. Finally, after I insisted, the representative, S. Sirya Kiran, FINALLY allowed me to get in home support IF I sent him photos of the damage. I did. Finally, I received an email telling me to select a date for service, which I did, 12/18/17 between 9 am and 1:00 pm .
I took time off and waited. No one came by 11:30, or called. So I contacted World Wide Tech Services. They then told me they didn't have enough techs to handle my area, so they were NOT coming. I asked why no one gave me the courtesy of a phone call and they had no answer. They said a new company, Unisys, would contact me. (I doubt they ever will.)
Is this what Dell gives people for their money as far as support and accidental damage in home service for $400? This is an outrage.

Nelson Timken

Answer:Laptop Charging Port Broken---Paid for Support---Got No Support

repeat of his earlier post from this morning

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Started about a month ago - pops up over and over and over and over - about every five minutes or less.  I've got a Dell Studio XPS with Windows 7 Professional.  Another forum said to just uninstall Dell Support Center (Support Center Software) - but when I try to uninstall it - THE SAME STUPID WINDOW POPS UP ASKING ME TO INSERT THE SOFTWARE.  I tried doing a Browse and it's looking for DSC20.msi.  I haven't managed to find it yet.  I have at least found \Program Files(x86)\Dell Support Center but there's so many sub-directories...
I shouldn't have to be jumping through so many hoops just to uninstall a program.  This is driving me crazy and I haven't found an answer online yet.

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So I am sitting here on my MacBook Pro which in my opinion does not have any wireless issues whatsoever, it works. I still own this ThinkPad with a garbage wireless card, and I feasted my eyes on an Intel 7260 but lo and behold, it isn't on the whitelist! Scouring eBay and Amazon I did find a FRU, but would the number of that FRU be the same on the Hardware list? Lets see, well I cannot even find it. All I get are Page Not Found errors which to me is a hilarious joke of Lenovo's support. What does this mean for me? Is my X230 at a very very unnecessary end of life? Should I like, fork out £1400 for an "upgraded" model that probably won't fix most of my problems? My problems is money and saving money. Should i now look elsewhere? No, because I'd rather keep my money to actually FIX my current laptop's problems (the N2200 is a garbage card and would like to replace it with something that's up to date to todays technology but that isn't happening by the sounds of it) I am frustrated with my current laptop's problems and it's having a large effect on my studies. And possibly you can also lose customers by inadequate non-existent support and failure to give us the freedom to actually let us upgrade for those who do. For those who don't, more like.

______________________________________________________Owner of: ThinkPad SL510, X131e, X230 (not fond of)Other systems: MSI GT640, Sony Vaio PCG 709K, Dell Latitude D430,

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Answer:Lack of X230 information on Lenovo Support, where's my old support?

GLaDOSPulse wrote:
All I get are Page Not Found errors which to me is a hilarious joke of Lenovo's support.

Seems to work for me...
System service parts: click here!
X230 FRU: click me!

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When I installed Win8 on one computer I need a H.P. printer driver. So I went to H.P. support/download did not find the needed driver so I called their Tech. support. A friendly support guy looked at my system and told me my copy of Microsoft Win8 bought at Best Buy was not a legit copy, also my system had been infected and they needed to remove my Win8 clean my system and reinstall Win8. made me a deal of a reduced price of $250US I knew this was not right so I begged them good buy went to Best Buy where I have good friends in the Geek Squad. they got the needed driver and printer works fine.
Today my Netgear routher died, called Netgear to get my lifetime warranty. This also was a support in India guy said it would cost $39US to make sure it was the router I said thanks but no thanks. Took my old Netgear router back to Best Bye where I bought it three years ago and they gave me a new Netgear router. I needed setup help so called Netger as new user also in India guy was friendly looked at my system and helped me get it setup. Then he informed me my computer was under attack and my files were being read he could fix my system and protect my files for the small sum of just $85US. Well I was using a small backup H.P. computer on the Net. hardwired and it was almost never used. So I knew it was a India Tech. support scam again.
I think these guys in India do support for many Mfg.s and software makers, and it's an easy way to gleen a lot of fast cash from people who trust the br... Read more

Answer:Tech. Support Scam from India support bases.

Are you sure you were using legitimate HP/Netgear phone numbers? Where did you get the numbers from?

Are you sure it wasn't just a variation of the scams the FTC are starting to crack down on?
How Windows tech support scammers walked right into a trap set by the feds | Ars Technica

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Answer:Comcast Technical Support By Email Support Number

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What is wrong with MS Tech Support, they say they dont support One Drive. I cannot connect to One Drive with any of my Windows phones, iPhone, or Android cell. I called tech support and they told me they are not trained to support One Drive for cell phones. I have spent lots of money on my equipment to be told they do not support it.

Answer:What is wrong with MS Tech Support, they say they don't support One Drive?

Did you go here?

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Some how my old friend managed to upgrade my PC from Windows XP to Windows 7 with that chipset driver CD I gave him. I don't know how he did it. I would ask him but he moved to Germany. Anyway I've heard you can run the setup with Windwos Vista compatiblity mode but I don't know if it is safe. Anyone know?

Answer:Motherboard support CD does not support your operating system

Download the drivers from the manufacturers website. The driver CD is likely outdated anyway.

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Dial 0800-098-8590 for HP Technical Support, our technician are here to give best solutions for your issues at any time. Feel free call us for your HP your issues, HP Printer Support.
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Tech was unable to set up network printing for my 6835 and I was promised a call back. Have not received one. 

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As we know Dell is one of the most reputed Brands in the field of information technology because of it provides high-quality services to its customers. But still sometimes some products of Dell might face some technical issues and due to these type of issues, some important work may get stuck. So if you don?t want to face such kind of situation then contact us we will help in keeping your Dell product Error-free. So for that, you have to dial our toll-free Dell Support Number +1-888-989-8478. For more details please visit our website-

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I have a Thinkpad T450s and it is just over a year old. It still has 3 more years of warranty. Edit: Warranty type: TPJ (This product has a four year limited warranty which includes a warranty upgrade. This product is entitled to parts and labor and is entitled to Depot service).Recently the lenovo solution center gave an critical error for the HDD (Read test failure) and I submitted an online request reporting it. Without even sending me an email or contacting me, they sent me a new part and gave me zero information about it. Apparently every other person can replace a HDD now!  I have created 3 more cases calling their tech support to send the laptop for a depo repair. Everytime the request is rejected 'at the vendor' according to the customer care. Neither the customer care people or tech support can tell me why. Every time they create a new case, tell me I will receive a depo bag nect day, and I dont receive anything, have to call depo customer care and on hold for minimum 40 minutes, only to hear that the case has been rejected they dont know why.One tech support told me now I have to send the new part back before creating a new case, otherwise it will be rejected again. but he does not know how I can send the new part back. The return label sent to me was for the faulty HDD.Can anyone help? What is the point of paying for warranty if I receive this type of service? 

Answer:HORRIBLE tech support and warranty support

You do not state which type of warranty you currently have, there are a few which will affect how TS will or can respond. I hope you get this resolved to your satisfaction...

T61, 6465, Vista

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Call Technical support. Thank you! Support +1(877) 210-0840

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
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 - 111770 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1468
Antivirus: Avira Desktop, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled I HAVE MICROSOFT ESSENTIAL AND NO TRACES OF AVIRA ANY WHERE. Cannot understand why appears Avira.

After having troubles to update AVG 2013, I uninstalled-imstalled-uninstalled it and tried both with Avira and currently Microsoft essentials. After that, I have had anykind of troubles as generel alleatorilly slowness, crashing PC at tyring to close programs, unusefullness of upper right usual three butons (being necessary to go to task administrator), unfilling of desk icons, Revo charging extremely slow, etc. The last troublle (this is not new) that I cannot update net work frame and it appears a windows asking me for looking for a path (the file they need is in C:\ but in a different chain that proposed by them [I cannot fix it]).

Cookiegal, a wonderful person and most acquainted people has been helping me with all types of fixing, cleaning, etc., but I think these troubles above should be asked here.

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Answer:General troublesTech Support Guy System Info Utility version OS Version: Micr

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I have a MSI K9A2 CF v2 wich with a bios update will support AM3. I am just wondering how this works...Don't AM3 processors need ddr3 ram? My board only supports ddr2 up to 1066...

How would this work?



Answer:AM3 support question

Taken from Wikipedia:

Socket AM3 is a CPU socket for AMD processors. It follows directly from Socket AM2+. AM3 was launched on February 9th, 2009, alongside the initial grouping of Phenom II processors designed for it.[3] The sole principal change from AM2+ to AM3 is support for the AM3 processors' integrated memory controller, which now supports DDR3 in addition to DDR2.Click to expand...

Link to whole article:

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Emachine, I have two for my kids. It is common for the psu to blow these mobo's they are 4 years old. The first I am rebuilding because it blew out. My son's I am replacing the psu before this happens. I put in a thermaltake 430w. It is a little bigger size than the one I pulled however it does fit. The rear fan has some room against my dvd player but not as much as the old one.1- Is this a major problem? 2-Should I go with the kind where you only plug in the wires you need so as to leave more open space when I replace the one I'm rebuilding for my daughter?

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Alright, here's the problem my MSI P6N Diamond is only a few years old. However, the modern Core 2 Duo's and Core 2 Quad's are NOT supported by it, even though it boasted quad core support. And the CPU's that are supported have been cut out of stock because they are a bit dated like the board, and the standing state of the economy proves them to be less profitable to keep hardware like that in stock.So, does anyone know of any workaround for this or am I going to have to replace my motherboard? If that's the case I'll just sell this whole computer sans the drives and build me another. I don't like the tower, I got this thing in a trade, and I'd have to replace the power supply, CPU, GPU, possibly the RAM, and definitely replace the hard drive to play any modern games worth a crap. The GPU is a big bottleneck but if I replace it my overclocked E4500 would then become the bottleneck. So I'm in a bit of a bind here because when I get a job here soon I won't be pulling that much cash and I'd really rather not have to shell out for a new rig. I'm hoping on working on getting my license this summer so money will be going to a car (an old one, I hate new cars, I can't work on 'em and theres too much electronic crap to go wrong). So if anyone has any workarounds, tell me, this is driving me nuts, my board isn't that old but its already outdated. I've looked around to see if places sell the older CPU'... Read more

Answer:CPU Support question

Quotethe modern Core 2 Duo's and Core 2 Quad's are NOT supported by it, even though it boasted quad core support. What do you mean by "modern"?   Your board supports socket LGA 775, and virtually any processor supported by LGA 775 is compatible with the board..QuoteAnd the CPU's that are supported have been cut out of stock Your board supports these LGA 775 processors and as far as I can see, they are available for purchase:Core 2 Extreme Core 2 Duo Pentium 4 Pentium D Pentium XE Celeron DCore 2 ExtremeCore 2 DuoPentium 4Pentium DCeleron DIf you look around you more than likely find some Pent. XE (extreme edition) processors available as well..Edit: If the board doesn't support any LGA 775 quad-core CPUs it's because the chipset on the board doesn't support them..

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Question: Support question

Hello i send a e-mail to a company called sold out.

They send me this e-mail to help me with a game

Please send us your DxDiag.txt file so we may see your system
specifications in more detail to try and help us solve the problem, this
can be done in the following way...

1. Click the Start button

2. Click Run

3. Type in dxdiag

4. Click the OK button

5. Click the Save All Information button

6. Save the file to your Desktop

7. Attach the saved file to your email when you reply.


Tech Support

There alot of information in a dxdiag file, should i send it?

The game is very old aswell but does run under windows 95 and 98.

But am using windows xp sp2.

Answer:Support question

I don't really understand your question, but yes if they ask for the DXDiag.txt file then just attach it to an e-mail?

Which game is it you are trying to get working? You may have some luck by right clicking on the game shortcut, going to properties and then picking some Win98 compatibility settings.

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Hi Dell
My PC Dell Aurora R4 won't update properly due to it not being on the list of windows 10  creator supported drivers PC from dell. Does anyone one know if dell is going to correct this matter.
This is urgent as this leaves me as a customer vulnerable, due to the W10 System of queuing downloads and there is a security one that is waiting.
I have checked directly with Microsoft Technicians and they confirm this is the issue "No Driver support for Aurora R4 Listed, W10  Creators edition. Can dell Update an then inform us a the machines cost a pretty penny and are meant to be future proofed with drivers even without a warranty. Thank you. The link to the support statement on dell site is below.

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if you are suffering with AVG products then your have to get AVG technician support who squad remove technical issues ever in reliable time.

Answer:AVG technical Support | AVG Antivirus Support

Spam, reported to FEW

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Dell Support "Assist" just ran without giving me an option to stop, pause, or control in anyway.  It was using nearly all computer resources (I could barely save the word document I had open at the time).  This isn't "assist" more like computer take over.

How can I control the S. "Assist"?  How can I adjust the time between it's runs (currently it looks like monthly)?  After finishing it's scan or whatever it finally closed (cuz it wouldn't close the 20 times or so I clicked the "X").  I then opened it, looking for some results of the scan, and found none.  How can I view results?

Right now, seems like worthless bloatware.

Also, there is not a [New Post] button on the Laptop Forum (at least for me).

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I think the revamped Support Assistant is brilliant - especially for drivers where it checks your PC, rather than give you a list of driver updates for your model, as the old website-based Driver Update checker did. It has an "Add a device" facility but it doesn't find my HP DCP_J315W printer, connected via wireless. Does Support Assistant support printers? edited 08:07: typo

New Envy 15-AH151saOlder Compaq Presario CQ71-320SA screwed up by Microsoft's free upgrade from Win7 to Win10

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Hey guys:

I believe your Product looks really promising but I'm having some challenges while deploying the Trial in my Environment. We have 200+ DCs globally and 17 Domains. Does your solution support a multi-domain environment? How many DCs per gateway are you able
to manage?

Thanks. Regards,

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Hey guys I have acer laptop. I got some issue with USB ports so acer service center engg came to my house and after opening the screw he said hings are broken. That's it and fix the USB ports issue and went. After 2days my laptop's back body start breaking and when I call acer support they said we are not allowed to register on hardware issue. It took a month to register one compliant . And they never bother about that. They are like it's hardware issue you have to pay.. My laptop is in warranty period and It not my mistake boz I never had issue of hing n ol. Now it's almost 3 month over still they are like we will update you in 2 days.Worst services ever I seen is acer.

Answer:Acer support is worst support ever I seen

Hi Nitin1,
I'm sorry to hear about your experience with Acer. I hope I can help at least get you in touch with the right people and foster appropriate communication towards your issue and get it resolved.
Could you send me a private message with your Serial Number and contact information? I'll be out of the office tomorrow and Friday, so if I don't get your response today, please excuse any delay I may cause.

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hello to everyone!!

im working as a tech support agent for one of the biggest ISP in the US.. its a good paying job and also very challenging.. i use to troubleshoot internet connection issues for residential accounts (1 pc only) and for all other issues that i get, i browse for similar issues on the forums of this site.. well, most of them came pretty handy (esp for the security forums).. now, i got transferred to the networking department and im in a total loss!! i can do simple troubleshooting and install assists for new networking users but i really need help in issues like:
1. remote access/ port forwarding
2. invalid IP addresses on the wireless devices
3. file and printer sharing
i was browsing through all the topics but i cant find any.. if there is someone out there who can help me with this issue and give me some pointers on how i am going to do this in an easier way.. i would really appreciate any assistance..

thanks in advance!!

Answer:tech support in need of extra support

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I purchased the Lenovo brand because it offered many more features then the competitors within the price range we needed.  My son needed it for school so of course we went with the i7 processor because we were told it was the best and wanted to ensure we didn't have an outdated computer within the next few years when our other children would begin to use it.
Our computer is not charging and I have contacted every department I could think of and was referred to some others along the way.  I am very stressed and upset on how my problem/question is being handled.  I was hoping to get everything resolved before school starts again on Jan 3rd so my son doesn't fall behind. 
The history of my purchase:
I purchased my lenovo ideapad y560 in 2010.  Upon arrival it did not work and I had to send it back for a replacement (this order# 2FL8RF  S/N ******** was ordered 9/13/2011 shipped 9/17/2011 a return authorization generated 9/23/2011 and you received the unit back on 10/23-10/24/2011).
 My new one came and the start date of warranty was 10/6/2010.  A few months in I called in again for the blue system screen and was told I had to restore my computer with the restore button which I did even though I lost all of my work and applications. 
I called in on Friday December 23,2011 to technical support because my computer was 100% functioning and it wouldn't charge.  The computer then turned off due to non... Read more

Answer:Y560 Warranty * Sales/Sales Support/ Entitlement/ Hardware Support - No one can give me an answer

hey dorissanchez3,welcome to the forums.could you PM to me the following details : Name:Country:Mobile:Email:MTM [machine type model]:(To locate MTM - Number (S/N):Date of Purchase:Case/Order Number : (if any)Screenshot of Error(if applicable) : (upload it to a hosting site and paste the link here)Location of unit : Home / Repair Center (delete where appropriate)Description of issue :Troubleshooting Taken : (if any)

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I did a "Help & Support" search for "Superfetch" and came up with something to do with IE. Did a search for "Prefetch" and got a correct answer.
However, in "services" (services.msc), there is no "Prefetch" service, but there is a
"Superfetch" service. Am I missing something ??
Just a curious question, again.

Answer:Windows 7 HP (OEM) Help & Support Question

Prefetching functions are handled by a different Windows component.

Although, "killing" Superfetch service will prevent system from creating the ".pf" files necessary for the Prefetching function.

You can read more about the whole business here.

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I have a foxconn 661-m03 motherboard.


Ive never really thought about this problem, but on the manual for my motherboard it says it supports ram modules: 128/256/512.
But it has two ram slots and supports up to 2 GB. Will it be able to read x2 1 GB sticks?

Also is it good to push your motherboard to its max.
For example my motherboard support P4 up to 3.0ghz. Is it fine to get a 3.0ghz cpu and 2 GB of ram? Or is it bad to max out your cpu. Ex.Will it have heating problems?

Answer:Motherboard support question..

In my opinion, it's perfectly alright. As long as you have a good psu and sufficient cooling, there's nothing to worry about. Go mad!

And just so you know, your link is just a url to the microsoft website, not the mobo lol.

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Does the KT333 chipset support the new Barton core Athlon XP's or does it just support the TBreds???

Answer:Just a quick question on CPU support.

as far as I know the KT 333 does not support the 333 FSB so it doesnt support the bartons.

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Is there any application or any developer that could develop an app that will support the RMT protocol for the Windows Phone?
Thanks for any replies.

Answer:A question about RMTP support

I'm not sure if I understand your question. Any device that is able to communicate over TCP can support RMTP. You'd just have write the library that supports that protocol. If you are looking for a complete library, I'd probably start here:FluorineFx | Home

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2 questions! First how do I contact a Lenovo support person here in the US? Second, is it possible to go back from 7 Home to the original 7 Starter?  S10-3, upgraded to 2 G/Ram  thanks, Bill

Answer:Lenovo support question?

to go back to the original Windows 7 starter edition, just hit the One Key Recovery...

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Hello!Does anyone know if there is hardware encryption on the Sandisk SSD used in T440P. SSD Model SD7UB3Q256G1001Also, does it have E-Drive support? Thanks!

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What's the difference between 1st, 2nd & 3rd line technical support?Thanks in advance...

Answer:Technical Support (IT) Question

1st line = poorly trained, reading from a script that usually begins "OK, so first format your drive and reinstall Windows"2nd line = more experienced, writes own script that usually begins "Boot to DOS, fdisk, format, then reinstall Windows"3rd line (usually reserved for corporate account customers only) - doesn't need a script, says "Install a new server, buy another 400 workstations, I'll send you a patch that you can apply to your new network that will solve the problem"(With apologies to those who actually provide a decent level of customer support.)

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I'm trying to logging into an old account I had on Dailymotion, my password wasn't working and trying to reset wouldn't work so I contactd support. The support is partially in another language and is asking me for my full name, address, identity card scan -- none of which I used to sign up with-- to delete my account or change my password for me. It's confusing me because it looks a lot like a phishing scam but maybe they had a lot of attacks or something? I'm not sure how to reply back and I just to see what kind of playlists I had before I delete it. It's so weird! 

Answer:Is this a normal support question?

If the information they are asking for wasn't in the account to begin with, what are they attempting to verify (assuming that is the reason for all of the questions)? Verifying you are you before resetting the password.

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Is Acer going to commit to, eventually, supporting Windows 10 on the myriad of laptops it sold that are not (yet?) eligible for the upgrade...  Or, do we just up and throw these away and go to a different manufacturer?

Answer:Simple Support Question

If a machine isn't eligible for the upgrade, it's most often because there is hardware in the machine that is too old for the manufacturer to support. An example would be an 8 or 10 year old video card from ATI. In those years the company was sold and the new owners don't particularly want to spend money on support for those few users who are still using hardware that old. Most machines from the last few years work without any effort except to make sure all updates have been completed before starting the upgrade. In those cases Acer doesn't have to do special drivers to allow them to be used with W10 and the machines aren't on the list of who is getting new drivers.

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I hav a peogram thar finds program updates ant it is showing a version of HP Support Assistant. Does this version exist and if it does how do I get it?!? The download version you get from HP website is the version I have  (

Answer:Question on HP support Aggistant

Hi, You can simply open HPSA and click check for update    In my case, which is a laptop, I get the result      Regards.  

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I have Gigabyte GA-7vaxp motherboard with a AMD Athlon 2200 Chip in it and everything has been working fine for about 2 months.

Then last night I decided to format my computer and reinstall my OS. After I was all done I had gotten my computer all the way back up and everything reinstalled. I went to windows update and did all my updates and then went to go restart.

My computer would get to the post and then took a long time for it to see the cd rom drive and hard drive. And after it found them it wouldn't boot it would just hang so I restarted again.

And went into bios to change to boot order so hard drive would be first also why I was in there I hit the load optimized defaults and then top performance and then saved and exit

When I went to go reboot the computer now it only goes to a black screen with a flashing _ in the top left hand corner and I cant get past that it wont post or anything I have tried putting the jumper I think is the reset bios on and booting up and then taking it off and still nothing.

When I start it it just goes straight to a black screen no post or anything. Also when I took my hard drive out and put it into another computer of mine it wouldn't boot up its like its toast. if anyone could help me with figuring out what to do next I would really appreciate it.

Answer:GA-7vaxp support question

Hi There!

It sounds like the drive may in fact be toasted.

If the BIOS sees it correctly, go to the Drive Maker's website and download the diagnostic utilities. If it's a Western Digital drive, you can download "Data Lifeguard" from thier site. run the tests and see if anything fails. it almost sounds like the boot sector or the S.M.A.R.T. is shot.

Also, have you tried changing the data cable and resetting the jumper? might be a simple case of corrosion!
Good Luck!


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Hi,I'm trying to look at a friends website but when I try to go to it through my favourites I just get the 'webpage cannot be found' page.When I google the address it comes up with this underneath it 'Sorry, you don't appear to have frame support'This has only started happening a few days ago.I know her website is ok because she's been on it today on her Vista laptop (I'm on XP)Any ideas please?Regards, Chris.

Answer:No Frame support question

I think you mean NetFrame ?

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I purchased tickets from Groupon but they won't print due to connnection issues.  It states that the page will not reload. 

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I wasnt sure where to post this but here's my question.
I can't get a screensaver to come up, if i'm in display properties i can force it up but it will never go up on its own. Any ideas? I cant seem to get it to work

Answer:Computer tech support question

Check to see how long the delay is for, Also make sure there are no weird processes running that could be making the computer seem active

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I am an 82 year young person. I have windows 10 on a Lenova desktop computer. I just downloaded Driver Support software. In my control Panel, I list realtek. Is this a redundant system with Driver Support? If so , can I just delete realtek?? Thank you

Answer:Windows 10 Driver Support question

Not sure what you mean. Realtek is the company that has lots of hardware, such as onboard sound cards, Ethernet and Card Readers. If you have any of those on the computer I wouldn't delete the drivers as it would stop the functionality of the device.

I recommend not using 3rd party driver support software. Some are good, but some are programs that can put viruses on the computer. It's always recommended to get the drivers from the lenovo support website or download the latest drivers from each individual vendor.

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Hi ~  I have a case number for battery replacement for my daughter's laptop.   We have been waiting for a couple of weeks for it to arrive.  I have tried to call to get the status or a tracking number and am unable to get through now because our warranty expired Jan 1 (but the problem was assigned the case number and resolution before the warranty expired).   I cannot get through on the phone because I do not have a valid in-warranty s/n anymore.  I cannot get through on the chat because I do not have a valid in-warranty s/n anymore.   Even though I have a current and valid case number.   I tried an email that I  had for them and it is no longer in use.   Ugh.  Any suggestions to get through to Acer and see where the battery is??? Thank you for reading and for your help!Denise

Answer:Acer Technical Support Question

Shout out to Acer Support -- they heard my plea for help even though I could not get through via their automated systems and the problem has been solved!!  Thank you, Acer -- great customer service!!

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Hi, Sorry if Ive posted on the wrong forum but laptops looked like the closest option. Yesterday I clean installed the Dell factory image using reset PC.
All went well but when I checked Reliability History it showed an unsuccessful application reconfiguration warning for Dell Data Vault when Dell Support Assist was installed. During Dell Support Assist installation there was an earlier successful application installation and reconfiguration of Dell Data Vault (version but that was successfully removed 15 minutes later for Dell Data Vault (version ...this was when the unsuccessful application reconfiguration warning was flagged.At the same time  a successful application removal message for Dell data Vault (version is also shown. Im not sure if that means now that I don't have Dell Data Vault installed.
Is this anything to be concerned about? Im not even sure what Dell Data Vault does. Is there anything I need to do or will it successfully update itself later on?

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I'm wanting to add another 2gigs of memory to my XP machine, but I don't know how XP will react to 4gigs.

would it work or no? if not, I suppose I could dig out my copy of Vista which does support 4gigs, right?

please comment on either one.

Answer:dumb question: does XP support 4GBs of RAM?

Is that version of xp 64 bit? 4gb wouldn't matter on 32 bit.

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Hi, I´m new to the board an have some questions about my beloved Thinkpad R60. It served me very well for a good time (upgraded my RAM to 3 Gb some time ago), but I fell now it´s time to get my system a little updated. First of all I only have a 80GB HDD, which is way too small, so I want to replace it with something bigger. I was thinking about the Western Digital WD5000BEVT Scorpio Blue 500GB. Will my Thinkpad support a HDD that big? I made a BIOS update a couple of minutes ago, is there anything else I would have to do? Furthermore I want to upgrade to Windows 7 (running XP at the moment). Got a Radeon X1300 and the Win 7 Upgrade Advisor told me it will do fine.Is there anything important I have to know or do before installing Win 7? Can I just buy a new HDD and Win 7 (think I need the 32-bit version since I have a Core Duo T2400, right?), put the HDD in and install my new Windows right away?  Thank you very much for your help!Jan

Answer:R60 HDD size support and Win7 question

Welcome to the forum!You're on the right track.Current CPU in your R60 will only run a 32-bit version of any OS.ATi X1300 will do just fine in W7.Your machine will take a 500GB SATA laptop drive, as long as it's 9.5mm/2.5" format with no issues.Enjoy the upgrade.

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Hello All ---

Looking at purchasing this board (Asus P4P800-E Deluxe) and want to use most/all of my existing hardware. Can someone tell me if it supports Single Channel Memory (i.e. PC3200). I am currently using Corsair XMS3200.

thanks for any and all replies.

Answer:MOBO Question - Support Specific RAM

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When helping with the xp driver post, I went to other systems, link as follows: Look at all the updates and support. Is the K100 not being supported anymore? The bios of this system is 2/14/07, almost 1 year old. Also, many of the drivers are older, which means they are first run releases for Vista.

Answer:Looking for XP drivers, a question about support for the K100

Check out, may have better drivers there.
Note from Moderator:  Converted to clickable link.Message Edited by nonny on 02-07-2008 06:59 PM

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I am an 82 year young person. I have windows 10 on a Lenova desktop computer. I just downloaded Driver Support software. In my control Panel, I list realtek. Is this a redundant system with Driver Support? If so , can I just delete realtek?? Thank you

Answer:Windows 10 Driver Support question

Not sure what you mean. Realtek is the company that has lots of hardware, such as onboard sound cards, Ethernet and Card Readers. If you have any of those on the computer I wouldn't delete the drivers as it would stop the functionality of the device.

I recommend not using 3rd party driver support software. Some are good, but some are programs that can put viruses on the computer. It's always recommended to get the drivers from the lenovo support website or download the latest drivers from each individual vendor.

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Sorry, 2 problems here.1) I have an old microphone i found in the attic, used to have software i believe, but i cant find it. Anyway, i connected it in the appropriate slot at the back of my pc and then restarted to see if the effects had been made. But with no success, no programs could pick up speech through the mic (i even tried connecting the mic through all appropriate jacks at the back). So, could anyone proprose a solution to make this work?2) Im a software developer running Visual Basic 6, ive got a second hand Mouse Wheel here (which came with no software or anything). Anyway from the IDE of VIsual Basic apparently you can get new driver files for the mouse to make the Scrollbars within the Visual Basic IDE react to the Mouse's wheel. (The IDE is basically take MS Word for example, code/text trough the middle with Scrollbars).Would appreciate any info regarding to either problem.CHeers

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I'm no longer using XP, and haven't been for a few years now, but I was wondering something. On the MS website, it says that XP has entered the extended support phase, meaning that if someone needs tech support they'd have to pay. It says that XP mainstream support is totally done, but it says something about SP2 and 3 being supported until 2010. What's the difference here? If SP2 and 3 are still being "supported" until 2010, then how can XP support be dropped? Am I missing something here?

I guess I'm asking how can sp2 and 3 be "supported" if XP is is in extended phase? Or is there something I'm missing? Any clarification would be appreciated, thanks.

Support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. This date was established when Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) was released on April 21, 2008.

This announcement is in line with the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy for Windows service packs. This policy states that when a new service pack is released, Microsoft will provide 24 months of support for the previous service pack for products that belong to the Windows product family.

Note The release of a service pack has no impact on Mainstream Support and Extended Support end dates. Therefore, there will be no change to the previously announced end of Mainstream and Extended Support dates for Windows XP. Windows XP will transition from the Mainstream Supp... Read more

Answer:Windows XP extended support question(s).

Mainstream support for an OS is 10 years - 5 of which is mainstream support where all updates (security or otherwise) are free, then 5 years of extended support where all of the extra, nice-to-have, cute stuff stops coming out and only security updates and service packs are free.

Pinched within that 10 year OS lifespan are the OS service packs. Each OS service pack is supported (as an OS + SP combination) until the end of life of the product (in this case, the end of WIndows XP's 10 years) or 24 months after a newer service pack comes out.

Since XP SP3 was released, it put SP2 on a 24 month death watch until it is no longer supported at all. At that point, no updates (security or otherwise) will be provided for XP SP2 - only the newer SP3.

In turn, SP3 will be supported until the end of Windows XP's 10 years.

Theoretically, if they came out with SP4, SP3 would be have only 24 months to live - and SP4 would live until the end of XP's 10 year lifespan.

But since the end of XP's 10 year lifespan is so near, it's safe to say SP3 will be the last service pack - so there's no chance of an SP4 (which would have a very short lifespan anyhow since it would quickly bump up against the overall 10 year lifespan of the XP operating system).

That's probably as clear as mud, but that's how it works. I hope it helps...

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I am about to graduate with a computer science degee, and always enjoyed tech support.
I worked as a part time sys admin for a 60 employee company for 9 months, and now
I do it as a part time thing and only have a handfull of small businesses as clients.
I would like to give it a shot as a career, and would like some advice from those altruistic techies out there.... well you all are altruistic or else you would not be reading this....

basically my question is what resources do you recommend and what tools should i have?

i am reading a big book about the A+ certification... learning a few things about OLD computers... and don't forsee a reason to pay 350 for the certification soon...

and my tools are:
a computer repair kit (screwdrivers...!)
a power supply tester
a post decoder card (just got it, still learning to make the most of it...)
Norton Ghost
Partition Magic

i feel i lack diagnositc tools
is there an essential diagnostic kit out there that i do not know about it?
i've heard of a few very expensive ones...
(i don't mind putting together a collection of free tools instead of one expensive one)

any tips from you guys would be great.

Answer:question for experienced tech support ppl

Hmm, where to start.

As for certifications, the A+ is a good place to start. It might be a bit archaic, but my workplace (major IT tech support company) does the training and requires that you have it to progress, and tons of companies still regard it quite highly. And anyway, knowing about the older stuff really helps with understanding a lot of the newer stuff. So I'd go for that. Microsoft certifications don't hurt either. After those maybe a couple of linux ones, or a CCNA if you're into networking.

Your diagnostic tools are a good start. Generally so long as you've got a good set of screwdrivers you're laughing. As for software, I'd highly recommend you get some kind of bootable diagnostics disc. Two I'd recommend are Insert (, which is a small and primitive, but potentially lifesaving bootable Linux disc, or if you're more of a Windows boy I'd strongly suggest Ultimate Boot CD ( Bit of a pain to make the disc, but once done it's invaluable, full of really useful utilities. Both of those will serioualy come in handy for systems that no longer boot. The Windows one even lets you clean off spyware and viruses. Not bad for free.

I'm sure there's many more things that you could be doing, but that's my

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I'm going to buy a GTX8800 for my pc, but before that I will need to upgrade my PSU because it has only 250W ( i-cute china brand ), it definetly not sufficient to run GTX 8800. I have found this PSU on ebay

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I'm not sure does it fit for my new video card or not.

Experts please help me !!

Answer:Question: Which PSU to support GTX8800? PSU upgrading

You're better off getting a branded PSU from Corsair, OCZ, etc. I doubt that one from eBay will actually output 650W...
Also is the 8800 GTX even in production any more? Even if it is you're better off spending your money on a Radeon 5750 or something, which would probably cost about the same.

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Hello I want to buy Edge E550 and I don't kow if lenovo have in plan upgrade it with Quad Core i7 CPUs (Broadwell) when it come out or i7 5500U (two cores) is strongest CPU which E550 will get? What you think?

I Have this Lenovo Computers1. Think Centre M58 from 2008 an it is still good (Intel Q9550, 8GB DDR3, Radeon 6970, Intel SSD)2. ThinkPad E5403 ThinkPad Tab 2 (with it I have many problems)4. Lenovo Vibe Z2

Answer:Question about Edge E550 CPU Support

I had the same question, also will the GPU be upgraded? AMD Radeon R7 M260 is to little IMO

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Hello, I bought the Dell XPS 9350 Intel core i5 model on Amazon less then a month ago and it worked perfectly until I started noticing a very annoying buzzing coming from the fan with little pressure on the internals. I contacted two different del support reps and they both suggested sending it to the Dell depot. I already shipped it and it is en route but my question is regarding their part replacement. In the notesI requested that they only use brand new parts in my system and not refurbished or used parts. I have a good amount of doubt that they will do that but I am wondering if there is a way I can tell if they put a refurb part in or not? And after reading the horror stories of the depot if my laptop continues to have issues what steps can I take to get a full refund or replacement? (Dell warranty is good for around a year still, Amazon return is not possible anymore)

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Hi everyone
I have a Toshiba M30 Satellite Pro with a nVidia go5200 graphic card. The nvidia webpage states that this graphic card has DVI support ( but I have been unable to connect my apple cinema screen to the computer.
The screen is connected through a vga to dvi plug but I don't have a "real" addaptor.

Does anyone have a solution to my problem?


Answer:Satellite Pro M30: Question abou the DVI port support


According to the specification this unit has no DVI-D port and there is no possibility to connect it directly to the unit. This unit has Video VGA 15pin port only. Google a little bit around. Maybe you find a ?real? adaptor.

If you find something interesting please let us know. It can be useful for other forum members.


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Hi there,I just want to know if thinkpad T430 has support of SATA III or only SATA II version, bcs i cant find there any technical specs about interface (only about drives which come with it).My Vertex 3 SSD is operating only in SATA II so thats why i am asking this. Thanks.


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Answer:Question about T430 SATA type support

main and secondary SATA ports are SATA III capable. mSATA port is SATA II.

---T430s (i7 / HD+ / Intel 520 SSD / 16 GB Ram)Previous: X60s, Portégé R100

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I bought Lenovo IdeaPad S206 before circa 1,5 years over Amazon Germany.I am living in Vienna, Austria. The device got broken and it needs repair.I tried to check the warranty over Lenovo web page, however I couldn't find the serial number on the S206.So the first question is -> where can I find the serial number of S206? Furthermore, I got two papers/books when I bought the device - on the first stands "Begrentzte Herstellergarantie von Lenovo" (sthg like "Limited Warranty from Lenovo") and the second one "Notice Regarding Extenden Warranty".On the second paper stands "Your computer is covered by 2-year (extended) warranty..."Therefore, I suppose, since I bought the device appx 1,5 years ago, that the warranty is still usable. Third question - where can I send the device for repair? I am living in Vienna - is there any Lenovo Service Center in Vienna? If yes, can somebody please provide the contact? Thx!If not, where is the nearest lenovo sevice center, and can somebody please send the contact info?Furthermore, is there any Lenovo Service Center in Sarajevo (there is a possibility I could take it for servicing over there as well)?Looking forward to your answers. Best regards,A.

Answer:Lenovo S206 Waranty & Support Question

Hi Adammm,            
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with your system as the it is damaged.
1.You can get the serial number in command prompt.
Type wmic bios get serialnumber or type wmic csproducts in command prompt.

Please click here to visit the Lenovo support link and select your region to get the contact number.

Hope this helps! Do post us back for further queries.                                     
Best regards,    

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this seems like just a way for MS to create traceable audio CDs...but then again it may just be a paranoid fantasy. Is this patch safe and privacyish to setup?

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Newegg has some ram I'd like to order, it's listed as:
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)Click to expand...

My motherboard is listed as supporting:
DDR3 1866(OC)*/1333/1066
* To reach DDR3 1866MHz or above, you must install two memory modules and install them in the DDR3_3 and DDR3_4 memory sockets.Click to expand...

Will my motherboard be able to handle the DDR 1600? I thought that maybe it would since it falls between DDR 1866 and DDR 1333. Am I right to think that?

Answer:Question about ram/motherboard compatibility. Will my mobo support this ram?

Someone? Anyone?

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Yeap, apparently there was an update for trim support with RAID 0, 1, and 10 (not 5).

Now, this is really interesting news to me, as I want to buy a couple of SSDs for my new build, and put in RAID 0.

Now, this update is apparently only for Intel Rapid Storage Technology. Reading around, I can't figure out of this would include the P55 chipset.

Can anyone answer this?

Answer:Trim support and RAID - update question

Any Intel I/O controller hub that supports RAID from ICH7R onwards (so from 945P chipset), including the P55 family (which has an integrated Platform Controller Hub).

For any other thread viewers interested:
Driver here
All drives in the array must of course support TRIM

Definitely a step in the right direction !

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Lets me start off by saying I really hope someone can help me with this. Have been trying so many forums and just can't seem to get the information I need. (and I thought it was simple question )

So here it goes...

I want a cheap laptop to connect to my receiver with an hdmi cable. The receiver has 5.1ch surround sound (so it outputs the audio to the 6 boxes). The video output of the receiver is going to a 1080p projector, also with hdmi.
And if I'm right, this setup should work cause the audio and video can all go through the hdmi cable. And pretty much every new laptop has an hdmi port.

But my question is: how good does the laptop have to be to be able to produce the 1080p signal and the 5.1 surround sound (the output would go to external devices). Can every new bought laptop do that (even the cheaper ones)? Or does a laptop need a bit better specs for that?

For example: alot of the cheaper laptops have an 'Intel Celeron' processor and an 'Intel HD Graphics' videocard. Also the screen of the laptop itself is 720p most of the time. Could a laptop with these specs produce 1080p and 5.1 audio, or are the processor and videocard (or something else) not strong enough for that?

An example of those cheaper laptops I'm talking about:

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Hi! i have a linksys 3200 router and i am wondering what all External USB HDD work with it. I have a WD 1 TB but it doesn't seem to work with it. I know that with the latest Firmware the router supports drives upto 3 TB so i know my capacity is not the issue but rather it seems that the drive itself just isn't recognized at all.

Anyone know of any drives they know work with this model?

Answer:Routers with built in USB storage support question

If you are running stock firmware on the 3200 check out this guide -

Also is your external drive USB powered or external powered? I know that some of the newer e series linksys routers don't supply enough power to the USB port for the 2.5 inch drives (at least none that I have seen yet... check online thought for additional confirmation)

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I am currently running windows xp, and linux suse as my Operating Systems. XP is 32 bit and Suse is 64 bit. I was wondering if I installed windows vista ultimate 64 bit edition, does it take more advantage of dual core processors? My cpu is an Athlon 3800+ X2 (dual core). Basically will the 64 bit edition make a difference. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Answer:Vista question (dual core support)

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Can anyone please tell me how to find out if my Hp Desktop Computer pre-loaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit. Has a built in display and supports HDCP or not ? I bought terminator genisys on blu ray DVD Digital copy I have redeem the code in iTunes Store. But can not get the movie to play for me. Thank you for any help on this.

Answer:HDCP support/ built-in display question

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My sister has a Lenova all in one pc running Windows 8.1.  For the last several weeks, she keeps getting these pop ups wanting her to call them to fix a problem which I don't think is there,  I think it is a scam, but can't find the source to stop the messages.  I have run her AVG as well as Malwarebytes and iobit malware scan and it finds nothing.  I went to the startup file in Task manager and don't see anything there either.
I hope someone has info on this..I have teir 800 number but don't want to call it.

Answer:PC support (Microsoft Certified Partner) pop up question

DO NOT call the number or allow that scammer to connect to the computer remotely.
It is definitely a scam.
Uninstall ALL IObit to use Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware in Advanced Mode.
Could be the ad is only appearing at a certain website or more likely some adware has gotten installed. Use the programs below to find
and remove ALL adware.
Use CCleaner to remove Temporary files, program caches, cookies, logs, etc. Use the Default settings. No need to use the
Registry Cleaning Tool...risky. Pay close attention while installing and UNcheck offers of toolbars....especially Google.
After install, open CCleaner and run by clicking on the Run Cleaner button in the bottom right corner.
CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download
Download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.
Close all open programs and internet browsers.
Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
Click on Scan button.
When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.
download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse click JRT.exe and select "Run as Administrator".... Read more

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Hello, I  just clean installed W7 and I've found a missing driver and I have found the hardware ID ACPI\ENE0100*ENE0100  Another question, I installed the new HP support assistant and is it supposed to find missing and outdated drivers? I know some are outdated, but I'm not sure on how many. Neither windows update or the HP support will find any.

DV4 1430US

Answer:Missing driver/// support assistant question

 HI, Install: ENE CIR Receiver Driver

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Hello all, I spent 30 minutes on the phone with support today. When they couldn't answer my question I was abruptly disconnected. Question: How can I verify whether my B575 is running in a single memory mode or dual channel mode?(Memory modes are not discussed in any B575 documentation and no information is available from the BIOS) So here's how our conversation went (cut to the quick): My question:  Is dual channel memory operation supported in the B575?Support response:  Yes.My question:  How can I verify my memory mode of operation (eg, single or dual channel)?Support response:  (After 15 minutes on hold) That is an upgrade question and we do not support upgrades.My response:  The verification of your (installed) memory operation has nothing to do with an upgrade.Support response:  (Placed on hold for another 15 minutes) Then support either hung up or disconnected me. Since I cannot get a straight answer from Lenovo support, I am asking this community's administrators to intercede and get this question answered properly. However, if there is no easy way to verify the B575 memory mode of operation, I am requesting a BIOS upgrade that will reveal such information so it is visible on the BIOS screens. Note: I have already tried CPU-Z and the channel information is "grayed out."  I also tried the new MemTes86 v4.20 and the information provided in the memory ID section is in... Read more

Answer:B575 - Lenovo Support Can't Answer My Question

if you have two memory installed, try one by one.

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hamlius, dc3, anybody -- do you know if the following scenario is true or not?  Both an OEM Windows 7 owner [license-holder] and a Microsoft Windows 7 owner [license-holder] receive Windows Updates, and both go to various Microsoft web sites to add things to their OS.  Does Microsoft have a shorter time period of support for OEM W7 folks than for Microsoft W7 folks?  Reason for asking:  Over a year and a half ago, when I had OEM W8, when I searched Microsoft web sites, it seemed to me that OEM Windows offers just did not "last" as long as Microsoft Windows offers.

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I'm a bit confused with the 'support software' that came with my new laptop. It doesn't seem to be clear what the various programs are for.

As an example, I opened up TEMPRO and it specified a bios update which I duly installed.
Then I looked at SERVICE STATION which also seems to be for updates.
Is there some duplication in all this?

Can someone recommend which of these programs needs to be active?
Is there a brief explanation on what they do and whether there is any 'overhead' in running them?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

Answer:Question about Toshiba support software for Satellite C850

I can imagine that you are a bit confused about that.
Both of them are nice applications especially Tempro. More about Tempro and Tempro service you can read on

To be honest I don?t use any of them and both are removed from my system. Generally speaking when you get new notebook you will have perfect configured OS and everything will work stabile so some not so important updates will not be needed at all. Both applications run in the background and just slow down the system.

If you have some time check other postings about these applications. You will find a lot of them here on this forum.

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Basically, has anyone tried to see if the Xbox 360 controller will work to navigate the Metro UI? For desktop use, I don't care, but as a potential HTPC, this would be excellent.

Answer:Question for Win8 users, does the Metro UI support X-Input?

I just tried it and it does not work in metro. (At least I could not get it too.) However, the windows media center remote does work in metro.

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So far in my looong computer professional life, I've managed to avoid having to get too deep into the virus (etc) world. Maybe just luck. Well, that ended about two weeks ago. With the help of this site, I was able to finally cure (I hope) the infected system. The experience here was mostly good, but I have a few questions in the spirit of perhaps making things better, especially for those of us who don't live in the world of infection & cure.

- why ask users to post their logs right into the message body? this clutters up the messages and makes it hard to find responses as many logs are quite long. why not always ask for logs to be attached?

- why the substantial variety of suggested system log & fix tools? is this just the individual preference of the person offering to help? hijackThis is sometimes suggested, other times dds, sometimes adAware, sometimes ComboFix, and on and on and on. Especially in the beginning stages of investigation why so many choices? I would think one protocol would do for most.

- why so many scan programs? is it really necessary, as some posts have suggested, to run 5 or more scan programs? is this just superstition? why can't one just do it all?

- as many of the more insidious problems seem to be addressed with ComboFix, why not just suggest that as a first step? and why the caution regarding running comboFix? if it can really mess things up, then what sort of problems can it cause? if the caution is not based on anything real, then it... Read more

Answer:Infection support protocols ---- question from an experienced newbie

Hello Ron.why ask users to post their logs right into the message body? this clutters up the messages and makes it hard to find responses as many logs are quite long. why not always ask for logs to be attached?We want all the content to be visible for future reference. Old attachments can be deleted (I'm not sure if this particular forum does so automatically). The content of the posts are preserved.I find it easier to read the logs directly in the post. You will notice we do ask for certain logs to be attached, to, as you said, reduce clutter.why the substantial variety of suggested system log & fix tools? is this just the individual preference of the person offering to help? hijackThis is sometimes suggested, other times dds, sometimes adAware, sometimes ComboFix, and on and on and on. Especially in the beginning stages of investigation why so many choices? I would think one protocol would do for most.Yes, a lot of it is the helper's preference. Many of the logging tools give similar information about the computer, but the output is different. Some will output registry entries directly, while others (like HJT, shorten the registry entries.)There are many, many types of infections. Some tools you see deal only with one type.why so many scan programs? is it really necessary, as some posts have suggested, to run 5 or more scan programs? is this just superstition? why can't one just do it all?You will notice that in almost every fix, the helper will request atleast one onli... Read more

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HiNo idea what the problem really is with a Windows 7 device driver.I have been delving into areas of my computer where I have no business going (Happy Fingers) and I came up with this:First, how I got there:Control PanelSystemPerformance Information and ToolsAdvanced ToolsGenerate a system health reportWhat I found:Device is not present, not working properly, or does not have all of its drivers installed.Cause: A device has a configuration problem that prevents it from working properly.Details: The device, A2 Direct Disk Access Support Driver, is reporting "tv_ConfigMgrErr24". This device will not be available until the issue is resolved. The Plug and Play ID for this device is ROOT\LEGACY_A2DDA\0000.Resolution: 1. Verify the correct driver is installed. 2. Try updating the drivers using Windows Update. 3. Check with the manufacturer for an updated driver. 4. Attempt to uninstall and then reinstall the device using Device Manager.Related: Explanation of Error Codes Generated by Device Manager Manage Devices in WindowsCan anyone tell me what this means and what I should do about it? Thanks.

Answer:Question about Win 7 A2 Direct Disk Access Support Driver

See the following:

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