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Non GAA Discussion => General discussion => Topic started by: Armagh Cúchulainns on January 11, 2009, 01:20:58 PM

Title: Computer Help
Post by: Armagh Cúchulainns on January 11, 2009, 01:20:58 PM
Having a problem with a computer, when its turned on, a message onscreen says

In Power Save Mode
Press any key or move or mouse

After hitting all buttons on the keyboard and moving the mouse, still nothing??

What Can i Do
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armagh Cúchulainns on January 22, 2009, 06:38:10 PM
Bump

Really stuck here.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: C_Berg_316 on January 22, 2009, 07:07:52 PM
Is it a laptop - if so try taking the battery out and connecting it to just the AC power and running it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on January 22, 2009, 07:15:17 PM
Try looking in the BIOS to see if there is a Power Save option.  If there is, disable it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: laceer on January 22, 2009, 09:10:16 PM
When i load an internet page there is a clicking sound as if i've clicked on the page 2 or 3 times - does anyone know what that is? Hopefully nothin mailicious
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on January 26, 2009, 10:27:03 PM
I am trying to connect my laptop to my tv to watch downloaded movies, i have managed to get my laptops wallpaper/background on the tv screen but nothing else is happening. Any ideas? It is probably something simple i am not doing.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tyrones own on January 26, 2009, 10:35:50 PM
It's the external monitor setting, I had the same problem when I first got the Setanta broadband, my wallpaper would flash
on to the screen but wouldn't play anything either.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: stpauls on January 26, 2009, 11:14:47 PM
When i load an internet page there is a clicking sound as if i've clicked on the page 2 or 3 times - does anyone know what that is? Hopefully nothin mailicious

sounds like you have a bit of lag in your pc, it might not be a bad idea to do a de-frag and clean up of your machine to see if it makes a difference, and possibly increasing your virtual memory.

I am trying to connect my laptop to my tv to watch downloaded movies, i have managed to get my laptops wallpaper/background on the tv screen but nothing else is happening. Any ideas? It is probably something simple i am not doing.

not sure how to sort this one, but check your monitor settings, and see if you can extend your desktop!! right click on your desktop, select properties, and go to display settings.

Having a problem with a computer, when its turned on, a message onscreen says

In Power Save Mode
Press any key or move or mouse

After hitting all buttons on the keyboard and moving the mouse, still nothing??

What Can i Do

all i can suggest here is what the rest of the guys have said, and if they don't sort it, as a last resort, you can open up the pc, and reseed the BIOS battery. this may cause you to lose some data and settings so only use it as a last resort.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Pangurban on January 26, 2009, 11:53:51 PM
I have a Desktop Computer with Wireless Router and a Lap-Top which is Wi Fi enabled, do i need to connect anything to the Desktop  to get them to speak to each other and share Broadband etc. Any Advice appreciated. Have Googled the problem but find the explanations jargon heavy and difficult to understand
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tyrones own on January 27, 2009, 03:59:29 AM
http://chinese.giga-byte.com/FileList/Image/comm_diagram_b41g_flow_chart_300.jpg

That's how mine is hooked up, it's a shared network... if that's what you mean by speak to each other.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: stpauls on January 27, 2009, 10:46:23 AM
I have a Desktop Computer with Wireless Router and a Lap-Top which is Wi Fi enabled, do i need to connect anything to the Desktop  to get them to speak to each other and share Broadband etc. Any Advice appreciated. Have Googled the problem but find the explanations jargon heavy and difficult to understand

Pangur, you should have gotten software with the router, which will need to be installed on the laptop first of all. the router will obviously have to be connected to your modem as well (should have said this first).  :-[
you can then connect your pc to the router, and you both machines can use the connection. if you want, you can then set up a sharing network so you can access your files on the laptop from the pc, and vice versa, as well as printers and scanners etc.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: thebigfella on January 27, 2009, 11:18:32 AM
I have a Desktop Computer with Wireless Router and a Lap-Top which is Wi Fi enabled, do i need to connect anything to the Desktop  to get them to speak to each other and share Broadband etc. Any Advice appreciated. Have Googled the problem but find the explanations jargon heavy and difficult to understand

Pangur, you should have gotten software with the router, which will need to be installed on the laptop first of all. the router will obviously have to be connected to your modem as well (should have said this first).  :-[
you can then connect your pc to the router, and you both machines can use the connection. if you want, you can then set up a sharing network so you can access your files on the laptop from the pc, and vice versa, as well as printers and scanners etc.



That makes no sense at all. What is you fascination with wireless printers, scanners ect.. SP

Pangur does you wireless router connect directly to your Internet(broadband) connection/Phone socket/Cable .....? If so you have a wireless ADSL/Cable router which is little bit different to a wireless router.
Is your Laptop able to access the internet through your wireless router already?
How is your desktop connected to the router? Wireless or through a network cable (ethernet)?

You should not need to install any software either, Windows (if your using it) will have all it need to share connections, communicate with the router already.


 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: stpauls on January 27, 2009, 11:25:02 AM
I have a Desktop Computer with Wireless Router and a Lap-Top which is Wi Fi enabled, do i need to connect anything to the Desktop  to get them to speak to each other and share Broadband etc. Any Advice appreciated. Have Googled the problem but find the explanations jargon heavy and difficult to understand

Pangur, you should have gotten software with the router, which will need to be installed on the laptop first of all. the router will obviously have to be connected to your modem as well (should have said this first).  :-[
you can then connect your pc to the router, and you both machines can use the connection. if you want, you can then set up a sharing network so you can access your files on the laptop from the pc, and vice versa, as well as printers and scanners etc.



That makes no sense at all. What is you fascination with wireless printers, scanners ect.. SP

Pangur does you wireless router connect directly to your Internet(broadband) connection/Phone socket/Cable .....? If so you have a wireless ADSL/Cable router which is little bit different to a wireless router.
Is your Laptop able to access the internet through your wireless router already?
How is your desktop connected to the router? Wireless or through a network cable (ethernet)?

You should not need to install any software either, Windows (if your using it) will have all it need to share connections, communicate with the router already.


 

well, the router i bought had software, so i suppose it depends on the type of router you have!!
the way i have mine setup is the broadband connection runs directly into my wireless router. my pc and printer are then also connected into the router using standard networking cables.
i then setup a home network, where i could share my files and printer, so they can be accessed from either machine.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on January 31, 2009, 09:38:11 AM
problem with the fan, its been getting noisier over the past few months and its getting that its annoying everyone when its on at the same time as something good on the TV. Is it that the processsor is heating up too quick or the fan is fecked or something, in fact it s very noisy even when you switch it on
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on January 31, 2009, 12:46:06 PM
It probably just needs cleaned SB. I take it you are talking about the system fan and not the one on the CPU?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on January 31, 2009, 01:16:10 PM
Yip, well I think so, is there 2  :o? whats the best way to clean it?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: stpauls on January 31, 2009, 01:34:22 PM
Yip, well I think so, is there 2  :o? whats the best way to clean it?

there should be one at the back of the pc, and a smaller one on the inside on the system board.
if it won't void your warranty, take off one of side covers and give it skite with the hoover. should do the job!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on January 31, 2009, 01:51:29 PM
Ok will give it a bash later on, any thing I shouldnt do?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: stpauls on January 31, 2009, 02:27:49 PM
Ok will give it a bash later on, any thing I shouldnt do?

not really, just be careful where you put the nozzle, in case you knock or break something with it, but there shouldn't be much to it!!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on January 31, 2009, 02:47:16 PM
I wouldn't use a hoover, unless it's one of the small hand-held ones, there are too many loose wires and small cables that could get sucked away. 

I would wipe the dust away by hand, making sure I was grounded first.  To ensure that you are grounded, take the side off the case while it's still plugged into the wall and touch the power supply with both hands.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on January 31, 2009, 02:49:07 PM
I wouldn't use a hoover, unless it's one of the small hand-held ones, there are too many loose wires and small cables that could get sucked away. 

I would wipe the dust away by hand, making sure I was grounded first.  To ensure that you are grounded, take the side off the case while it's still plugged into the wall and touch the power supply with both hands.

and I wont get  shock
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on January 31, 2009, 02:51:04 PM
No  :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on February 07, 2009, 11:31:05 AM
It probably just needs cleaned SB. I take it you are talking about the system fan and not the one on the CPU?

holy god there was some dust in the front of this, couldnt get the cover off so just cleaned the dust away from it. it was about half an inch thick so no bloody wonder the fan had to work overtime to keep it cool.

Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 12, 2009, 08:49:28 PM
In the very bottom right hand corner of my screen i have maybe 7 small icons that continuly pop up to tell me stuff bout my computer,how do i get rid of them or uninstall them??

Plus does anyone have a good system restore/clean/help that i could use to speed up my computer???
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 08, 2009, 08:32:02 PM
heeeelllllppppppppp

I think my computer is dieing, it keep freezing. I get these messages
Google update.exe application error.
the exception breakpoint
a breakpoint has been reached (0x800000003) occured in the application at location 0x00000006eof

adaware keep running and fining a mal;aware problem but it wont clean it. the it freezes and wont close properly. there is no recent restor point

help

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 08, 2009, 08:33:51 PM
posting differently to incase itt freezes again

also get Updclient.exe-application error. thr instruction at 0x7c884lee
ref mem 0x000000 the memory could not be written
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 08, 2009, 08:45:56 PM
First, go to the windows update site and get all critical updates for your machine

Then download HijackThis.  Install it, then post the log file here and I will go through it and tell you what to remove

Also install CCleaner - run it and let it fix problems it finds
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 08, 2009, 08:54:31 PM
Every Window update is a critical update  ;D

Used Spyware Doctor last night
available here for evaluation
http://rapidshare.com/files/246033883/Spyware.Doctor.with.Antivirus.6.0.1.445_by.tano1221.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/246033883/Spyware.Doctor.with.Antivirus.6.0.1.445_by.tano1221.rar)
 it hovered up and exterminated every last critter lurking around the registry in one of our computers
and it's breathing normal now.
I don't know how good SWD is at border control but very good in the round up and mass slaughter.
I used adaware once, it did not work. All song and dance but ultimatly useless.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 08, 2009, 09:04:54 PM
fuccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkk

everytime I go into google and search it gets hijacked an i ger redirected
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 08, 2009, 09:11:39 PM
You will have to use a clean computer to download the  detection and repair stuff
And disconnect from the internet on the dirthy computer when you are trying fix things.

One other alternative is to manually delete what adaware finds.
That might give you some breathing space.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 08, 2009, 09:13:13 PM
fuccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkk

everytime I go into google and search it gets hijacked an i ger redirected

What is it redirecting you to?

Can you post the address?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 08, 2009, 10:04:46 PM
log file at last

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 22:00:09, on 08/07/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\mscorsvw.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UAService7.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\DLA\DLACTRLW.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 5200 series\lxbtbmgr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 5200 series\lxbtbmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\Detector\CTDetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\Install\NDP20SP2-KB958481-x86.exe
c:\d3739c74fc7bd8b0c0066d5a\HotFixInstaller.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\msiexec.exe
c:\WINDOWS\system32\MsiExec.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,Default_Page_URL = www.google.co.uk/ig/dell?hl=en&client=dell-usuk&channel=uk
R3 - URLSearchHook: thechatterbox.cc Toolbar - {00b8e20c-5c71-4c2f-85a5-6ad541500df0} - C:\Program Files\thechatterbox.cc\tbthe1.dll
O2 - BHO: thechatterbox.cc Toolbar - {00b8e20c-5c71-4c2f-85a5-6ad541500df0} - C:\Program Files\thechatterbox.cc\tbthe1.dll
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer - {3049C3E9-B461-4BC5-8870-4C09146192CA} - C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dll
O2 - BHO: WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgssie.dll
O2 - BHO: DriveLetterAccess - {5CA3D70E-1895-11CF-8E15-001234567890} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\DLA\DLASHX_W.DLL
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {a1b2f3fa-dd1d-470b-a23e-a133b2f8ef60} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\5.1.1309.15642\swg.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Dictionary Compression sdch - {C84D72FE-E17D-4195-BB24-76C02E2E7C4E} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\Component\fastsearch_A8904FB862BD9564.dll
O2 - BHO: CBrowserHelperObject Object - {CA6319C0-31B7-401E-A518-A07C3DB8F777} - C:\Program Files\BAE\BAE.dll
O3 - Toolbar: thechatterbox.cc Toolbar - {00b8e20c-5c71-4c2f-85a5-6ad541500df0} - C:\Program Files\thechatterbox.cc\tbthe1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Google Toolbar - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [igfxtray] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [igfxhkcmd] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [igfxpers] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISUSPM Startup] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\isuspm.exe" -startup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISUSScheduler] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe" -start
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DLA] C:\WINDOWS\System32\DLA\DLACTRLW.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Lexmark 5200 series] "C:\Program Files\Lexmark 5200 series\lxbtbmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LXBTCATS] rundll32 C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\LXBTtime.dll,_RunDLLEntry@16
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [FaxCenterServer] "C:\Program Files\Lexmark Fax Solutions\fm3032.exe" /s
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG8_TRAY] C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Ad-Watch] C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ZoneAlarm Client] "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe"  -osboot
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Creative Detector] "C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\Detector\CTDetect.exe" /R
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [updateMgr] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\AdobeUpdateManager.exe" AcRdB7_0_9 -reboot 1
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BitTorrent DNA] "C:\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe"
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'Default user')
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - (no file)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {0F733F27-5BBB-4D03-8D6B-19E2143880BF} (SkillGround Game Manager) - http://www1.skillground.com/cab1805/SkillGround.cab
O16 - DPF: {4ED9DDF0-7479-4BBE-9335-5A1EDB1D8A21} - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcinsctl/4,0,0,101/mcinsctl.cab
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1153919685862
O16 - DPF: {67DABFBF-D0AB-41FA-9C46-CC0F21721616} (DivXBrowserPlugin Object) - http://download.divx.com/player/DivXBrowserPlugin.cab
O16 - DPF: {69EF49E5-FE46-4B92-B5FA-2193AB7A6B8A} (GameLauncher Control) - http://www.acclaim.com/cabs/acclaim_v4.cab
O16 - DPF: {77E32299-629F-43C6-AB77-6A1E6D7663F6} (Groove Control) - http://www.nick.com/common/groove/gx/GrooveAX27.cab
O16 - DPF: {8D9563A9-8D5F-459B-87F2-BA842255CB9A} (Whale Client Components) - https://portal.belfastmet.ac.uk/InternalSite/WhlCompMgr.cab
O16 - DPF: {B1E2B96C-12FE-45E2-BEF1-44A219113CDD} (SABScanProcesses Class) - http://www.superadblocker.com/activex/sabspx.cab
O16 - DPF: {BFF1950D-B1B4-4AE8-B842-B2CCF06D9A1B} (Zylom Games Player) - http://game11.zylom.com/activex/zylomgamesplayer.cab
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {FDDBE2B8-6602-4AD8-946D-94C5A32FA6C5} (GameDesire Snooker) - http://67.15.101.3/g_bin/eng/snooker_2_0_0_28.cab
O18 - Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgpp.dll
O18 - Filter: x-sdch - {B1759355-3EEC-4C1E-B0F1-B719FE26E377} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\Component\fastsearch_A8904FB862BD9564.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: avgrsstarter - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\avgrsstx.dll
O23 - Service: AVG Free8 E-mail Scanner (avg8emc) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG Free8 WatchDog (avg8wd) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Creative Service for CDROM Access - Creative Technology Ltd - C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1c98b7a52299e60) (gupdate1c98b7a52299e60) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Software Updater (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service - Lavasoft - C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
O23 - Service: lxbt_device - Lexmark International, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\lxbtcoms.exe
O23 - Service: Intel NCS NetService (NetSvc) - Intel(R) Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\PROSetWired\NCS\Sync\NetSvc.exe
O23 - Service: SecuROM User Access Service (V7) (UserAccess7) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\UAService7.exe
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Check Point Software Technologies LTD - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe

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End of file - 10444 bytes


Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 08, 2009, 10:05:58 PM
fuccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkk

everytime I go into google and search it gets hijacked an i ger redirected

What is it redirecting you to?

Can you post the address?

ezquestion.com

and efucking fecking bay and windowsfuckingclick.fuckingcom

they open in new windows
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 08, 2009, 10:38:17 PM
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {a1b2f3fa-dd1d-470b-a23e-a133b2f8ef60} - (no file)

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - (no file)

Remove those and then re-scan.

Did you run Ccleaner?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 08, 2009, 10:46:43 PM
how do you remove them?

also do i just let CCleaner run and delete what it finds?

I run it on analysas and the entire thing shut down.

I have Braviax.exe and its apparently a ballox to get rid off
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 08, 2009, 10:51:48 PM
Sorry SB, I should have been clearer.

Re-scan with HijackThis and remove the entries I highlighted.

Then run Ccleaner and let it do its thang - it's very good at what it does so the trick is to trust it

Will have a look for a fix for braviax.exe for you here
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 08, 2009, 10:57:07 PM
Taken from http://www.411-spyware.com/remove-braviax-exe#how-to-remove

Quote from: 411-spyware.com
How to Remove Braviax.exe Manually
 Before we get started, you should backup your system and your registry, so it’ll be easy to restore your computer if anything goes wrong.

To remove Braviax.exe manually, you need to delete Braviax.exe files. Not sure how to delete Braviax.exe files? Click here, and I’ll show you. Otherwise, go ahead and…

Stop Braviax.exe processes:

braviax.exe
Detect and Remove Braviax.exe files:

cru629.dat
Note: In any Braviax.exe files I mention above, “%UserProfile%” is a variable referring to your current user’s profile folder. If you’re using Windows NT/2000/XP, by default this is “C:\Documents and Settings\[CURRENT USER]” (e.g., “C:\Documents and Settings\JoeSmith”). If you have any questions about manual Braviax.exe removal, go ahead and leave a comment.

How Do You Remove Braviax.exe Files?
Need help figuring out how to delete Braviax.exe files? While there’s some risk involved, and you should only manually remove Braviax.exe files if you’re comfortable editing your system, you’ll find it’s fairly easy to delete Braviax.exe files in Windows.

How to delete Braviax.exe files in Windows XP and Vista:

Click your Windows Start menu, and then click “Search.”
A speech bubble will pop up asking you, “What do you want to search for?” Click “All files and folders.”
Type a Braviax.exe file in the search box, and select “Local Hard Drives.”
Click “Search.” Once the file is found, delete it.
How to stop Braviax.exe processes:

Click the Start menu, select Run.
Type taskmgr.exe into the the Run command box, and click “OK.” You can also launch the Task Manager by pressing keys CTRL + Shift + ESC.
Click Processes tab, and find Braviax.exe processes.
Once you’ve found the Braviax.exe processes, right-click them and select “End Process” to kill Braviax.exe.
How to remove Braviax.exe registry keys:

 Because your registry is such a key piece of your Windows system, you should always backup your registry before you edit it. Editing your registry can be intimidating if you’re not a computer expert, and when you change or a delete a critical registry key or value, there’s a chance you may need to reinstall your entire system. Make sure your backup your registry before editing it.

Select your Windows menu “Start,” and click “Run.” An “Open” field will appear. Type “regedit” and click “OK” to open up your Registry Editor.
Registry Editor will open as a window with two panes. The left side Registry Editor’s window lets you select various registry keys, and the right side displays the registry values of the registry key you select.
To find a registry key, such as any Braviax.exe registry keys, select “Edit,” then select “Find,” and in the search bar type any of Braviax.exe’s registry keys.
As soon as Braviax.exe registry key appears, you can delete the Braviax.exe registry key by right-clicking it and selecting “Modify,” then clicking “Delete.”
How to delete Braviax.exe DLL files:

First locate Braviax.exe DLL files you want to delete. Open your Windows Start menu, then click “Run.” Type “cmd” in Run, and click “OK.”
To change your current directory, type “cd” in the command box, press your “Space” key, and enter the full directory where the Braviax.exe DLL file is located. If you’re not sure if the Braviax.exe DLL file is located in a particular directory, enter “dir” in the command box to display a directory’s contents. To go one directory back, enter “cd ..” in the command box and press “Enter.”
When you’ve located the Braviax.exe DLL file you want to remove, type “regsvr32 /u SampleDLLName.dll” (e.g., “regsvr32 /u jl27script.dll”) and press your “Enter” key.
That’s it. If you want to restore any Braviax.exe DLL file you removed, type “regsvr32 DLLJustDeleted.dll” (e.g., “regsvr32 jl27script.dll”) into your command box, and press your “Enter” key.

Did Braviax.exe change your homepage?

Click Windows Start menu > Control Panel > Internet Options.
Under Home Page, select the General > Use Default.
Type in the URL you want as your home page (e.g., “http://www.homepage.com”).
Select Apply > OK.
You’ll want to open a fresh web page and make sure that your new default home page pops up
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 08, 2009, 11:03:07 PM
ran ccleaner and then hijackthis again, new logfile and seems a lot smaller and doesnt contain the ones you said to delete.

unning processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\mscorsvw.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UAService7.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\DLA\DLACTRLW.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 5200 series\lxbtbmgr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 5200 series\lxbtbmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\braviax.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\Detector\CTDetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,Default_Page_URL = www.google.co.uk/ig/dell?hl=en&client=dell-usuk&channel=uk
R3 - URLSearchHook: thechatterbox.cc Toolbar - {00b8e20c-5c71-4c2f-85a5-6ad541500df0} - C:\Program Files\thechatterbox.cc\tbthe1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: thechatterbox.cc Toolbar - {00b8e20c-5c71-4c2f-85a5-6ad541500df0} - C:\Program Files\thechatterbox.cc\tbthe1.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Google Toolbar - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [igfxtray] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [igfxhkcmd] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [igfxpers] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISUSPM Startup] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\isuspm.exe" -startup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISUSScheduler] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe" -start
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DLA] C:\WINDOWS\System32\DLA\DLACTRLW.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Lexmark 5200 series] "C:\Program Files\Lexmark 5200 series\lxbtbmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LXBTCATS] rundll32 C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\LXBTtime.dll,_RunDLLEntry@16
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [FaxCenterServer] "C:\Program Files\Lexmark Fax Solutions\fm3032.exe" /s
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG8_TRAY] C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Ad-Watch] C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ZoneAlarm Client] "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe"  -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [braviax] C:\WINDOWS\system32\braviax.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Creative Detector] "C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\Detector\CTDetect.exe" /R
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [updateMgr] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\AdobeUpdateManager.exe" AcRdB7_0_9 -reboot 1
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BitTorrent DNA] "C:\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [braviax] C:\WINDOWS\system32\braviax.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'Default user')
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - (no file)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {0F733F27-5BBB-4D03-8D6B-19E2143880BF} (SkillGround Game Manager) - http://www1.skillground.com/cab1805/SkillGround.cab
O16 - DPF: {4ED9DDF0-7479-4BBE-9335-5A1EDB1D8A21} - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/mcinsctl/4,0,0,101/mcinsctl.cab
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1153919685862
O16 - DPF: {67DABFBF-D0AB-41FA-9C46-CC0F21721616} (DivXBrowserPlugin Object) - http://download.divx.com/player/DivXBrowserPlugin.cab
O16 - DPF: {69EF49E5-FE46-4B92-B5FA-2193AB7A6B8A} (GameLauncher Control) - http://www.acclaim.com/cabs/acclaim_v4.cab
O16 - DPF: {77E32299-629F-43C6-AB77-6A1E6D7663F6} (Groove Control) - http://www.nick.com/common/groove/gx/GrooveAX27.cab
O16 - DPF: {8D9563A9-8D5F-459B-87F2-BA842255CB9A} (Whale Client Components) - https://portal.belfastmet.ac.uk/InternalSite/WhlCompMgr.cab
O16 - DPF: {B1E2B96C-12FE-45E2-BEF1-44A219113CDD} (SABScanProcesses Class) - http://www.superadblocker.com/activex/sabspx.cab
O16 - DPF: {BFF1950D-B1B4-4AE8-B842-B2CCF06D9A1B} (Zylom Games Player) - http://game11.zylom.com/activex/zylomgamesplayer.cab
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {FDDBE2B8-6602-4AD8-946D-94C5A32FA6C5} (GameDesire Snooker) - http://67.15.101.3/g_bin/eng/snooker_2_0_0_28.cab
O18 - Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgpp.dll
O18 - Filter: x-sdch - {B1759355-3EEC-4C1E-B0F1-B719FE26E377} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\Component\fastsearch_A8904FB862BD9564.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: avgrsstarter - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\avgrsstx.dll
O23 - Service: AVG Free8 E-mail Scanner (avg8emc) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG Free8 WatchDog (avg8wd) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Creative Service for CDROM Access - Creative Technology Ltd - C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1c98b7a52299e60) (gupdate1c98b7a52299e60) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Software Updater (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service - Lavasoft - C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
O23 - Service: lxbt_device - Lexmark International, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\lxbtcoms.exe
O23 - Service: Intel NCS NetService (NetSvc) - Intel(R) Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\PROSetWired\NCS\Sync\NetSvc.exe
O23 - Service: SecuROM User Access Service (V7) (UserAccess7) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\UAService7.exe
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Check Point Software Technologies LTD - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe


by the way thanks for your assistance and patience so far,  the red circle with an X in it is away from the toolbar, but adaware is still trying to delete the infection
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 08, 2009, 11:12:20 PM
SB, can you run HijackThis again and remove

C:\WINDOWS\system32\braviax.exe ?

HS, I do  ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 08, 2009, 11:25:49 PM
SB, can you run HijackThis again and remove

C:\WINDOWS\system32\braviax.exe ?

HS, I do  ;)

I tried that I think its disappeared, but adawre is still finding it but cant delete it. I will try again tomorrow evening or get a carry out and try on Friday

again thanks for your help, and watch this space.

good night all
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 09, 2009, 12:12:50 AM
It's easier than it looks really - if you know what's safe then you can go through any list fairly quickly
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 09, 2009, 06:34:13 PM
still fecked but it doesnt freeze as often >:(, going to try and manually remove the bastard tomorrow when I have time and beer
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 09, 2009, 08:49:38 PM
If you get really stuck and you are in severe dire need of assistance, PM me for my landline no.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gnevin on July 09, 2009, 10:51:27 PM
still fecked but it doesnt freeze as often >:(, going to try and manually remove the b**tard tomorrow when I have time and beer

SQ you seem to have a fair bit of computer knowledge . Have you considered formatting?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on July 10, 2009, 03:29:52 PM
Problem on my side now.

For some reason my sound has completely vanished. There is no audio device at all. Don't know if it's related but Symantec found 'bloodhound.exploit.196' this morning and quarantined it.

Any help greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 10, 2009, 06:32:23 PM
Problem on my side now.

For some reason my sound has completely vanished. There is no audio device at all. Don't know if it's related but Symantec found 'bloodhound.exploit.196' this morning and quarantined it.

Any help greatly appreciated.
It's probably related to that as that particular one can damage/remove system files.  I would suggest reinstalling the audio drivers either from the disc or failing that from the manufacturer's website.  Do you know whether your sound is onboard or if it's a separate card?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 10, 2009, 08:29:40 PM
still fecked but it doesnt freeze as often >:(, going to try and manually remove the b**tard tomorrow when I have time and beer

SQ you seem to have a fair bit of computer knowledge . Have you considered formatting?

was thinking about a clean install, this is driving me mad, I also have a UACd.sys trojan which is a bastard to get rid of, i think I have managed to do it. its a hijacker with this discription
Redirect to windowsclick.com site is a result of UACd.sys trojan activity. The trojan horse may represent security risk for the infected computer and uses rootkit-specific techniques designed to hide the software presence in the system.
Once infected, UACd.sys trojan blocks user access to security websites, search results in Google, Yahoo, MSN and other redirect you to windowsclick.com and other non related sites.

f**k its annoying
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 10, 2009, 09:09:55 PM
Anyone know why my computer is not picking up usb devices? 

Quote
USB Device not Recognized. One of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it

I love the way the computer accepts responsibility, the printer, hard drive, mp3 player, camera cant all have malfunctioned altogether!!!!


Someone had me uninstalling the universial controlers and restarting, think it worked once.  anything else worth trying?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 10, 2009, 09:17:03 PM
Reinstalling the USB drivers can't hurt pints.

Did anything odd electrical happen to the pc recently?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 10, 2009, 09:22:47 PM
Reinstalling the USB drivers can't hurt pints.

Did anything odd electrical happen to the pc recently?

Yeah I've done that.

I use an external cd drive and it wouldnt pick it up an odd time when I put in the usb lead and I'd have to restart to get it to pick it up.  Then I bought a printer couple of weeks ago and couldnt get it to pick up the printer at all, then I reinstalled the drivers (at least I think that's what I done, someone was instructing me) and it picked up the printer.  Printer working well etc and then I disconnected it and now it wont pick it  up agian, won't pick up mp3 player, camera or nothing.  External harddrive doing ok but I think if I disconnect it it wont pick it up again. Weird thing is I use a usb mouse, not one problem with it. 

Nothing unusual happened it though.  Apart from the printer seeming to send it haywire but that might have been a coincidence.  however! for weeks there it kept making the sound as it a usb device had been connected when it hadnt been - all very strange.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on July 10, 2009, 09:58:33 PM
Problem on my side now.

For some reason my sound has completely vanished. There is no audio device at all. Don't know if it's related but Symantec found 'bloodhound.exploit.196' this morning and quarantined it.

Any help greatly appreciated.
It's probably related to that as that particular one can damage/remove system files.  I would suggest reinstalling the audio drivers either from the disc or failing that from the manufacturer's website.  Do you know whether your sound is onboard or if it's a separate card?

Tis onboard. I'd imagine you're right about the bug.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 10, 2009, 10:01:55 PM
It sounds as if there has been a general USB failure - you could try totally uninstalling USB altogether and then reinstalling, it could be a simple case of that.  If not I would maybe think of getting a USB card and sticking it in (you get a CD with the relevant software on it normally as well)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 10, 2009, 10:07:49 PM
Problem on my side now.

For some reason my sound has completely vanished. There is no audio device at all. Don't know if it's related but Symantec found 'bloodhound.exploit.196' this morning and quarantined it.

Any help greatly appreciated.
It's probably related to that as that particular one can damage/remove system files.  I would suggest reinstalling the audio drivers either from the disc or failing that from the manufacturer's website.  Do you know whether your sound is onboard or if it's a separate card?

Tis onboard. I'd imagine you're right about the bug.
You will need to go to the motherboard manufacturer's website and download the audio drivers for your motherboard.  If you need help in identifying that, a program called Belarc Advisor should get the information you need
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 10, 2009, 10:35:33 PM
It sounds as if there has been a general USB failure - you could try totally uninstalling USB altogether and then reinstalling, it could be a simple case of that.  If not I would maybe think of getting a USB card and sticking it in (you get a CD with the relevant software on it normally as well)

Done that there now again.  Restarted and I plugged in mouse (picked it up as normal), plugged in cd drive, picked it up, plugged in mp3 player and it was unrecognised.  Plugged out cd drive, tried mp3 player again - recognised.  Tried cd drive - not recognised.  Tried external harddrive - not picked up.  Just bizarre. 

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 10, 2009, 11:06:53 PM
Hard to say whether it's hard or software related pints.

Could you check your event log for any errors relating to USB?

To do that, go into the control panel then administrative tools then event viewer
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 10, 2009, 11:58:20 PM
Hard to say whether it's hard or software related pints.

Could you check your event log for any errors relating to USB?

To do that, go into the control panel then administrative tools then event viewer

Think I've sorted it, I've been messing with it for last hour, came very close to losing the head on several occasions.  Basically I think I'd too much hooked up to laptop (which wouldnt be the most powerful in the world).  I discovered it's picking up the printer when I've just the printer (and mouse) connected to it, no problems.  Picking up the harddrive/cd drive if I take them one at the time etc.  Seems to be working if I stick to that now. 

Bad news is I've just lost my justification for a new laptop! (for now anyway) Damn!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 11, 2009, 12:10:47 AM
How many USB ports are on it ?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 11, 2009, 12:12:55 AM
3

Wouldnt run the cd drive and mp3 player there, will run one on it's own.   :-\

There was never a problem before, is it posssible for it to be losing power or something?  As I say, it's getting on a bit.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 11, 2009, 12:21:54 AM
It's hard to pinpoint pints.

There's a possibility it's actually the power supply giving different voltages to what it should be.  It's also very possible that one of the ports have failed or that there is a corruption in the operating system somewhere.  It could also mean that the physical USB bus is damaged, in which case it's irrepairable damage
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 11, 2009, 01:01:13 AM
Might be a pertinent Q to ask how old that laptop is?
USB 1?
MP3 player not recognised because it depends on USB power?
Fewer problems with self powered peripherals?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 11, 2009, 01:16:52 AM
It's hard to pinpoint pints.

There's a possibility it's actually the power supply giving different voltages to what it should be.  It's also very possible that one of the ports have failed or that there is a corruption in the operating system somewhere.  It could also mean that the physical USB bus is damaged, in which case it's irrepairable damage

I havent a clue, with any luck they'll all fail and I can justify a new one. 


It's 4 year old Mainstreet. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 11, 2009, 11:53:40 PM
Has your ext  usb drive  got it's own power supply or does it depend on the usb power output to mount and run?

A usb powered hard drive needs a good working usb port to mount on the desktop.
It would be a good device to use to check that each individual usb port functions to satisfaction.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 12, 2009, 12:00:39 AM
Has your ext  usb drive  got it's own power supply or does it depend on the usb power output to mount and run?

A usb powered hard drive needs a good working usb port to mount on the desktop.
It would be a good device to use to check that each individual usb port functions to satisfaction.

The external hard drive and external cd player, both have their own power supply.  Doesnt seem to be a problem with any individual port.  Computer just wont pick up two devices at the same time.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 12, 2009, 12:45:11 AM
I am beginning to suspect a dodgy power supply even more now

Have you noticed anything else strange with it ?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gawa316 on July 12, 2009, 01:29:15 AM
ardmhachaabu you seem to know your stuff. Don't know what happened yesterday but my google tool bar has disappeared. I've clicked on view, then tool bars, then google toolbar. A screen then pops up asking me, do I want to disable it but it isn't there to disable. Any help would be great.

On another note why when I try to 'safely remove' my USB it sometimes tells me I can't because of the volume? Thing is it only happens sometimes
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 12, 2009, 01:56:03 AM
I am beginning to suspect a dodgy power supply even more now

Have you noticed anything else strange with it ?

No.   ???
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 12, 2009, 11:51:03 AM
Guys

i had problems and got a lot of help here, but the one that finally cracked it for me was from a error report that kept coming up, I always hit don't send, but I was that frustrated I hit send report. the report went and a new window opened giving me possible solutions for the problem and other links to follow. Used these and got it fixed.

do you get these reports?

 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 12, 2009, 12:11:54 PM
It never ever dawned on me in all the years to click that   - send to microsoft -   option.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 12, 2009, 08:03:09 PM
ardmhachaabu you seem to know your stuff. Don't know what happened yesterday but my google tool bar has disappeared. I've clicked on view, then tool bars, then google toolbar. A screen then pops up asking me, do I want to disable it but it isn't there to disable. Any help would be great.

On another note why when I try to 'safely remove' my USB it sometimes tells me I can't because of the volume? Thing is it only happens sometimes
reinstall the toolbar and/or check their help section

usb problem is probably because you have windows explorer open accessing it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 12, 2009, 10:03:55 PM
I stil have a dirty we bastard of a hi jacker somewhere, whenI search on Google and click a link i am redirected, but I can cut and paste the link and it works fine.

I have run avg, adaware, malawware and its still happening, any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 12, 2009, 10:39:03 PM
Where is it redirecting you to?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 12, 2009, 10:53:22 PM
Where is it redirecting you to?

blinkx at the minute
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 12, 2009, 10:56:00 PM
Does it change?

Reason I am asking is I am trying to identify what you are infected with before suggesting a course of action
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 12, 2009, 11:02:55 PM
Does it change?

Reason I am asking is I am trying to identify what you are infected with before suggesting a course of action
say i google the gaa board and click on the link it starts and then it comes up redirected, not all the time but the majority of the time, other times it brings me to a file download, of course i havnt downloaded the file
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 12, 2009, 11:41:28 PM
now going to PIECEOFCAKESEARCH.COM
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 10:18:06 AM
Download this piece of software and run it

http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Network_and_Internet/Remote_Computing_Tools/Browser_Hijack_Recover_BHR_.html (http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Network_and_Internet/Remote_Computing_Tools/Browser_Hijack_Recover_BHR_.html)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on July 13, 2009, 10:20:48 AM
The sound came back today all of a sudden.

Also getting redirected at times to some crazy search engine or also to download a file. Only sometimes though.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 10:31:24 AM
Check the connections ONeill, I know it sounds like the most obvious in the world... and the software I linked to should sort your problem out as well
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 13, 2009, 10:32:34 AM
The sound came back today all of a sudden.

Also getting redirected at times to some crazy search engine or also to download a file. Only sometimes though.

welcome to my world.

got the blue screen earlier on again at start up, had to reboot 3 times, its still saying that a piece of hardware or software isnt installed properly. I have even looked at a system restore, there were no points available which is strange as i have never turned it off
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 10:34:11 AM
What message is the BSOD giving SB?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 13, 2009, 10:45:30 AM
diddnt write it down, but no doubt it will occur later on and i will do it, looking like a full refresh soon >:(
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 10:52:32 AM
Depending on the error, it may be fixable. 

I am assuming XP, may I ask which version and what the most recent service pack you have installed is?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 13, 2009, 10:58:25 AM
version 2002 and the service pack that is showing on system properties is service pack 3
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 11:04:44 AM
XP Professional or Home?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 13, 2009, 11:07:03 AM
XP Professional or Home?

the home one
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 11:26:56 AM
ok

Do you know whether there is a i386 folder other than the ones in C:\WINDOWS\ and do you have a windows cd?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 13, 2009, 11:49:24 AM
then i search for i386 i got a few, those not beginning with C:\windows

3 in lib and one in c:\f41e3493b1d8b0069d6273c2b is this the offending one?

theres a few in c:\programfiles\jave

I have no idea where the windows disc is, it wasnt well a proper one  ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 12:17:58 PM
ok do you know if the recovery console is installed?

If it is you should see reference to it when you start the computer
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 13, 2009, 12:24:58 PM
ok do you know if the recovery console is installed?

If it is you should see reference to it when you start the computer

No idea, would that be a similar menu as safe mode? I dont want to re boot at the minute in case I dont get back on? do you think its a single file that I can reinstall from a disc?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 12:45:41 PM
Yes it's similar - if you can get into recovery console then there are commands you can try, depending on what your BSOD is...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on July 13, 2009, 01:01:35 PM
Have you tried combofix to get rid of them infections?

What do you think of that tool ardmhachaabu?

Used it on quite a few computers and it has got rid of any bad infections with one scan. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 13, 2009, 01:26:09 PM
On Windows advanced menu I have:

Safe mode
safe mode with networking
safe mode with command print
enable boot logging
enable vga mode
last known good configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory services restore mode (windows domain controllers only)
debugging mode
disable automatic restart or system failure

when i restarted i got loc.sock32,dll error. the specific module could not be found... thats a new one  :(
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 02:21:03 PM
Have you tried combofix to get rid of them infections?

What do you think of that tool ardmhachaabu?

Used it on quite a few computers and it has got rid of any bad infections with one scan. 
I think it's excellent and have used it myself a right few times, only thing is I am not sure if it is for an ordinary user, I think it would frighten most people
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 02:23:09 PM
SB, it may be better and quicker to solve these problems by reinstall windows from scratch.  Would this be an option?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 13, 2009, 02:49:25 PM
SB, it may be better and quicker to solve these problems by reinstall windows from scratch.  Would this be an option?

looking more and more like it. I have aload of pictures i need to save so i may do it after that.

I have just found the reinstillation disc i got with the computer, so when i get the photos onto a disc, have a few hours to spare and a few tins of beer I will have a blatter at it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 13, 2009, 04:07:32 PM
Make a note of the BSOD next time you see it and I will make one last suggestion when I know what it says
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 13, 2009, 04:42:10 PM
Make a note of the BSOD next time you see it and I will make one last suggestion when I know what it says
will do
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 13, 2009, 07:23:49 PM
Assuming that one has activated System Restore and a few stage posts along the way.
Does it work to undo virus infected circumstances or does it just restore partially backwards undoing any changes to drivers?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 14, 2009, 11:30:17 AM
turned the computer on this morning and for the first time in a while I diddnt see the BSOD, touches wood, but i am still being redirected to blinkx.com and a few others, i can live with that. also noticed that zone alarm was disabled, it used to automatically start up but not anymore.

thanks for your help ardmhachaabu
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 14, 2009, 01:42:24 PM
Zone Alarm has a very poor reputation. I wouldn't go near it based on its reputation
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 14, 2009, 02:25:44 PM
Zone Alarm has a very poor reputation. I wouldn't go near it based on its reputation

I have been using it for ages, never had a problem with it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 14, 2009, 05:54:44 PM
So you have not a problem with your firewall recently?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 14, 2009, 08:24:35 PM
So you have not a problem with your firewall recently?

yes big style, but in the years I have been using it I have never had a problem with it. what else is out there thats free and easy to use and effective?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 15, 2009, 11:56:21 AM
Zone alarm is not freeware and according to many user reports, has not adapted well to Vista 64.
I presume you are using an older OS.
When it fails with what it's supposed to do, protect, detect and eliminate when you need it, then I would question its effectiveness, just like I would question adaware's impotency in times of need.

I don't know what is more effective to ZA as I have limited experience with these things, Ardmhachaabu has suggested a few protection applications, but as I posted earlier (plus providing a free downl link) Spyware doctor freed up an XP we have, from very similar corruption that you experienced, after a quick scan. User reports are very positive about it. I had tried quite a few of these applications previous to using SD and all failed to do what SD did.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on July 24, 2009, 09:27:11 AM
Oh dear. Continually reboots. Gets to a blue screen then restarts. Has it passed over to the other side?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on August 07, 2009, 06:20:37 PM
Right, I get the BSOD a lot, the cd rewriter doesn't work and out of the blue I get an email and a call form a bloke from Dell. this bloke goes onto say that my 3 year warranty expired 3 days ago and would I like to extend it for £72 plus vat for 1 year. well this was a surprise to me as I dont have a warranty, I did take it out initially but cancelled it after 2 days and we refunded the full amount of £95. is it Worth it to pay the money now? and if I take the "Extended"warranty then they figure out I dont have one can they charge me for parts and labour?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gnevin on August 07, 2009, 06:25:26 PM
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614271#msg614271 date=1249665637
Right, I get the BSOD a lot, the cd rewriter doesn't work and out of the blue I get an email and a call form a bloke from Dell. this bloke goes onto say that my 3 year warranty expired 3 days ago and would I like to extend it for £72 plus vat for 1 year. well this was a surprise to me as I dont have a warranty, I did take it out initially but cancelled it after 2 days and we refunded the full amount of £95. is it Worth it to pay the money now? and if I take the "Extended"warranty then they figure out I dont have one can they charge me for parts and labour?

A 3 year old pc is coming to the end of it's days really. You could get a decent unit (assuming you just go on the net , do the odd document) for about 300 inc vat now


http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/desktop-inspiron-545_headless_rec?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&ref=dthp
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on September 08, 2009, 09:59:32 PM
all was well in then.....

I have a Rootkill tdss virus, which I have tried to get rid of on numerous occassions with various tools, but it hasnt got it.. any one recomment one that will get the wee fecker, or how to go about manually.

I think it may require a total re install, but the drive is broken, any suggestions?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on September 08, 2009, 10:08:22 PM
all was well in then.....

I have a Rootkill tdss virus, which I have tried to get rid of on numerous occassions with various tools, but it hasnt got it.. any one recomment one that will get the wee fecker, or how to go about manually.

I think it may require a total re install, but the drive is broken, any suggestions?
If it's just the CD drive that is broken, stick a different one in and then reinstall...

If you are comfortable with opening a computer and changing parts that is
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on September 08, 2009, 10:25:08 PM
all was well in then.....

I have a Rootkill tdss virus, which I have tried to get rid of on numerous occassions with various tools, but it hasnt got it.. any one recomment one that will get the wee fecker, or how to go about manually.

I think it may require a total re install, but the drive is broken, any suggestions?
If it's just the CD drive that is broken, stick a different one in and then reinstall...

If you are comfortable with opening a computer and changing parts that is

I should be able to stick a new one in, just trying to avoid doing it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on September 08, 2009, 10:26:56 PM
all was well in then.....

I have a Rootkill tdss virus, which I have tried to get rid of on numerous occassions with various tools, but it hasnt got it.. any one recomment one that will get the wee fecker, or how to go about manually.

I think it may require a total re install, but the drive is broken, any suggestions?
If it's just the CD drive that is broken, stick a different one in and then reinstall...

If you are comfortable with opening a computer and changing parts that is

I should be able to stick a new one in, just trying to avoid doing it.
If you have any bother give me a shout (assuming you have access to internet otherwise)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: kumquat on September 08, 2009, 11:02:59 PM
My pc is looking to "validate my windows os". I can't log on until I validate it.  I can't find the product key that came with the system (have the pc bout 6 years), can I just buy windows vista os & reinstall? If so how do I do it?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bensars on September 08, 2009, 11:22:35 PM
If there is an "unoffical" windows version it will do this. However a quick google search will allow you to find a validation removal software.

youtube is your friend
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: AbbeySider on September 09, 2009, 12:13:52 AM
My pc is looking to "validate my windows os". I can't log on until I validate it.  I can't find the product key that came with the system (have the pc bout 6 years), can I just buy windows vista os & reinstall? If so how do I do it?

I know where you can get an anti-activation hack. Ill PM u the details tomorrow.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 09, 2009, 12:36:35 AM
Best to use an unactivated and unhacked version of VISTA iso,   install it then use the Vista Activator like Vista Loader 4.9.7 or newer.
An uncracked Vista is easier to activate
eg an unmodified VISTA  with a  title like
 Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (x86)(x64) - DVD - MSDN

MSDN means it is authentic DVD ISOs, direct from Microsoft's MSDN technet website. They require an authentic product key to activate.  But they respond to activation  using Vista Loader 4.9.7 or newer.

All just theoretical information of course
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: AbbeySider on September 09, 2009, 09:29:19 AM
My pc is looking to "validate my windows os". I can't log on until I validate it.  I can't find the product key that came with the system (have the pc bout 6 years), can I just buy windows vista os & reinstall? If so how do I do it?

I know where you can get an anti-activation hack. Ill PM u the details tomorrow.

kumquat,
Google AntiWPA and your SP number.
[ "antiwpa sp2" ]
Download the Zip File, Read the instructions.

Unzip and put it on a floppy or USB key
Restart in Safe Mode, Run the crack.

Hey Presto....
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: kumquat on September 09, 2009, 12:54:52 PM
My pc is looking to "validate my windows os". I can't log on until I validate it.  I can't find the product key that came with the system (have the pc bout 6 years), can I just buy windows vista os & reinstall? If so how do I do it?

I know where you can get an anti-activation hack. Ill PM u the details tomorrow.

kumquat,
Google AntiWPA and your SP number.
[ "antiwpa sp2" ]
Download the Zip File, Read the instructions.

Unzip and put it on a floppy or USB key
Restart in Safe Mode, Run the crack.

Hey Presto....

thanks abbeysider i got he file youmentioned but i cant log on to windows even in safe mode to run the programme, can i do it through command promp, and if yes how do i?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: kumquat on September 09, 2009, 01:55:59 PM
a quick google search told me how to load from cmd prompt AbbeySider, up and running again.  Manys thanks   ;D

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: AbbeySider on September 09, 2009, 04:29:26 PM
a quick google search told me how to load from cmd prompt AbbeySider, up and running again.  Manys thanks   ;D

Excellent!
Only saw the previous message now.  ;)

*ahem*
I know someone who uses Dell XP installation CD's (of which there is one in nearly every house on this island)
to install XP on any PC, Dell or otherwise.
After 30 days it asks you to activate. But if you follow the steps you did, you never have to activate it again.
Not even after XP SP3...  ;D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: TacadoirArdMhacha on September 24, 2009, 04:20:43 PM
I need a DVD decoder to run DVD's on my laptop (windows vista). Microsoft are looking me to pay $15, is there anywhere I could get something similar for free?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 24, 2009, 06:59:03 PM
I need a DVD decoder to run DVD's on my laptop (windows vista). Microsoft are looking me to pay $15, is there anywhere I could get something similar for free?
You need a media player.
VLC is freeware and has most everything (already inbuilt) that you need in a media player.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on September 26, 2009, 12:18:17 AM
OK, here's one that has me stumped. For some reason I can only open firefox in safe-mode. If I click on the firefox desktop icon it'll act as if it's loading, then stop. When I check the usage, it's at 50% for the firefox app that I tried to open. I have to stop that and then open it in safe mode to activate firefox. Tried deleting and installing but still the same. Is it a firewall/security issue?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on September 26, 2009, 12:22:25 AM
Pull up Task Manager (right-click on the bottom bar -- sorry, if teaching you to suck eggs) as you try to open it Shane, and click the 'Performance' tab just to see if it's a case of the CPU maxing out because of the add-ons. When you say "50%", what's that, CPU, memory?

It's doubtful that's it's a firewall/security issue if it works OK in Safe Mode.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on September 26, 2009, 12:24:33 AM
It's CPU
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on September 26, 2009, 12:28:42 AM
OK, 50% isn't maxing out though on CPU.

If you click on the 'Processes' tab within Task Manager, and then click on 'Mem Usage' twice so that it sorts from highest usage to lowest, is Firefox grabbing the lion's share? And is it more than 220,000K in full mode?

At a guess, I'd say that Firefox in Safe Mode isn't exhausting your PC resources, and in Full mode it is. What's your machine spec: CPU, memory?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on September 26, 2009, 12:34:58 AM
Up to 200'000 with the closest to that 20'000
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on September 26, 2009, 12:40:03 AM


At a guess, I'd say that Firefox in Safe Mode isn't exhausting your PC resources, and in Full mode it is. What's your machine spec: CPU, memory?

Is there a shortcut to find that out instead of heading up the stairs?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on September 26, 2009, 12:41:12 AM
Firefox in safe mode is 0-1%
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on September 26, 2009, 12:41:52 AM
Is there a shortcut to find that out instead of heading up the stairs?

Yes...  ;)

What's your machine spec (My Computer (right-click) --> Properties --> General)?

I'd say it's simply just a matter of full Firefox depleting your processing power to zero, whereas Safe Mode isn't half as heavy on the CPU or memory. I'm not a Windows expert, but maybe your virtual memory could do with some tweaking (My Computer (right-click) --> Properties --> Advanced).

If you have a look at the loading on CPU and  memory during both full and safe modes, just to compare. And 200,000 isn't excessive.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on September 26, 2009, 12:45:31 AM
mem is 3gb
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on September 26, 2009, 12:50:48 AM
Thanks a million for your help, btw. Will eventually buy you a stout.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on September 26, 2009, 12:53:36 AM
OK, try exiting completely and starting Firefox in Safe Mode, and ticking all the options except the add-ons -- does that run quickly?

And what are your CPU details (from the General tab too)?

Thanks a million for your help, btw. Will eventually buy you a stout.

No prob at all, see you for the All-Ireland Final next year (and we won't be there as 'neutrals')!  ;)

And sorry, the old usual with Windows, if you haven't shut down since you've noticed it going slow, could you try that too (shutting the machine down completely).
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on September 26, 2009, 12:57:58 AM
8%, 47'000
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on September 26, 2009, 01:00:19 AM
8%, 47'000

OK Shane, it's one or more of the add-ons, not Firefox itself. But shut down the box and restart first to see if it's just as bad.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on September 26, 2009, 01:09:12 AM
That seems to have mended it. Have lost all bookmarks but no big deal. Running at 51k. Thanks million.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on September 26, 2009, 01:15:45 AM
That seems to have mended it. Have lost all bookmarks but no big deal. Running at 51k. Thanks million.

Good stuff. Hate Windows, but sometimes love that on-off button!  ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on September 26, 2009, 01:24:46 PM
ONeill, check that you have the most recent version of firefox, if you don't update and it should pull your bookmarks back for you in the upgrade
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 26, 2009, 01:54:20 PM
Firefox has only one bookmarks file at it's disposal.
If he updates his firefox appl, surely the updated firefox will only pull the bookmarks that are currently used?

I think, before doing anything, he should do a search for a Firefox bookmarks file.
If there is one then he can direct Firefox to import it.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: omagh_gael on September 26, 2009, 02:54:53 PM
I have recently downloaded a few movies off the net, does anyone know any programmes that I could download that would enable me to convert the movies into a format that can be burned onto a blank DVD?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on September 26, 2009, 04:41:41 PM
Firefox has only one bookmarks file at it's disposal.
If he updates his firefox appl, surely the updated firefox will only pull the bookmarks that are currently used?

I think, before doing anything, he should do a search for a Firefox bookmarks file.
If there is one then he can direct Firefox to import it.
Upgrading worked for me  :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 01, 2009, 06:55:56 PM
Lads I'm looking to wipe my laptop and boot it back to scratch but i don't wanna lose info that on it (family photos/music etc). So i was thinking of getting an external hardrive and transferring it across before i restore the laptop...Is there a better way and could someone possibly guide me to a cheap and reliable ex hardrive if this is the way to go??????????

Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 01, 2009, 07:18:11 PM
Cheap and reliable?  Did you use that in a personal ad once.

If you don't want to take your ext hard drive around with you then get a powered 3.5" drive, Seagate or Western Digital.

If you do want to take the ext drive around with you, even on the odd occasion, get a 2.5" usb powered portable drive. WD do some neat models that come in cute colours, including pink.
 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 01, 2009, 10:20:19 PM
Cheap and reliable?  Did you use that in a personal ad once.

If you don't want to take your ext hard drive around with you then get a powered 3.5" drive, Seagate or Western Digital.

If you do want to take the ext drive around with you, even on the odd occasion, get a 2.5" usb powered portable drive. WD do some neat models that come in cute colours, including pink.

No Main Street i'm just looking it to transfer data too so i can format the laptop, it will not be carried around. Something cheap and simple (like myself)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 01, 2009, 10:49:29 PM

This would be as cheap as you can get from a brand name, for an ext drive.
http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-500gb-expansion-usb-3-5--5K35.html?refs=47120000-47610000-47210000 (http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-500gb-expansion-usb-3-5--5K35.html?refs=47120000-47610000-47210000)

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 01, 2009, 10:58:14 PM

This would be as cheap as you can get from a brand name, for an ext drive.
http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-500gb-expansion-usb-3-5--5K35.html?refs=47120000-47610000-47210000 (http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-500gb-expansion-usb-3-5--5K35.html?refs=47120000-47610000-47210000)

Thanks for your help chief...whats the difference between the 2.0 as seen in the following link....http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Expansions-500GB-External-Desktop/dp/B0020FVKO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1254433917&sr=8-1-catcorr (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Expansions-500GB-External-Desktop/dp/B0020FVKO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1254433917&sr=8-1-catcorr)

And the 3.5 you showed in the other link?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on October 01, 2009, 11:26:40 PM

This would be as cheap as you can get from a brand name, for an ext drive.
http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-500gb-expansion-usb-3-5--5K35.html?refs=47120000-47610000-47210000 (http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-500gb-expansion-usb-3-5--5K35.html?refs=47120000-47610000-47210000)

Thanks for your help chief...whats the difference between the 2.0 as seen in the following link....http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Expansions-500GB-External-Desktop/dp/B0020FVKO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1254433917&sr=8-1-catcorr (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Expansions-500GB-External-Desktop/dp/B0020FVKO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1254433917&sr=8-1-catcorr)

And the 3.5 you showed in the other link?
They are both the same product.
The 2.0 is referring to the USB 2.0 standard connection. 
The 3.5" is the size of the hard drive.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 02, 2009, 09:28:34 AM

This would be as cheap as you can get from a brand name, for an ext drive.
http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-500gb-expansion-usb-3-5--5K35.html?refs=47120000-47610000-47210000 (http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate-500gb-expansion-usb-3-5--5K35.html?refs=47120000-47610000-47210000)

Thanks for your help chief...whats the difference between the 2.0 as seen in the following link....http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Expansions-500GB-External-Desktop/dp/B0020FVKO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1254433917&sr=8-1-catcorr (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Expansions-500GB-External-Desktop/dp/B0020FVKO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1254433917&sr=8-1-catcorr)

And the 3.5 you showed in the other link?
They are both the same product.
The 2.0 is referring to the USB 2.0 standard connection. 
The 3.5" is the size of the hard drive.

Thanks lads for your help...i thought they looked the same  but wasn't to sure...i'm sure you can tell i'm not into all this PC stuff :D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 10, 2009, 05:54:21 PM
ffs
My laptops keyboard and mouse pad stopped working few days ago
I uninstalled the mouse pad and everything started working again when I rebooted and mouse pad was installed again
Today the mouse pad isnt working again and there is some keys not working

Anyone any advice
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on October 10, 2009, 05:59:01 PM
ffs
My laptops keyboard and mouse pad stopped working few days ago
I uninstalled the mouse pad and everything started working again when I rebooted and mouse pad was installed again
Today the mouse pad isnt working again and there is some keys not working

Anyone any advice

Did you install new software or add any new hardware to your laptop recently?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 10, 2009, 06:00:46 PM
ffs
My laptops keyboard and mouse pad stopped working few days ago
I uninstalled the mouse pad and everything started working again when I rebooted and mouse pad was installed again
Today the mouse pad isnt working again and there is some keys not working

Anyone any advice

Did you install new software or add any new hardware to your laptop recently?
no
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on October 10, 2009, 06:02:30 PM
right click my computer, properties, device manager. Any yellow exclamation marks beside any of the listed items.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 10, 2009, 06:07:40 PM
right click my computer, properties, device manager. Any yellow exclamation marks beside any of the listed items.
No, and when I looked at them from display it says they are working

Theres nothing stuck under the keys either
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on October 10, 2009, 06:13:47 PM
Is it a new laptop? Something wierd happening if a reinstall of drivers fixes the problem but it happens again. What happens if you do a disable on the device manager of the mouse pad and then plug in and use a usb mouse? If that works it would isolate the mouse pad as the problem.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 10, 2009, 06:19:50 PM
Is it a new laptop? Something wierd happening if a reinstall of drivers fixes the problem but it happens again. What happens if you do a disable on the device manager of the mouse pad and then plug in and use a usb mouse? If that works it would isolate the mouse pad as the problem.
No, its 4 year od.
Im using usb mouse now, its fine. Dont care about the mouse, its the keyboard thats doing my head in.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on October 10, 2009, 10:22:32 PM
Is it a new laptop? Something wierd happening if a reinstall of drivers fixes the problem but it happens again. What happens if you do a disable on the device manager of the mouse pad and then plug in and use a usb mouse? If that works it would isolate the mouse pad as the problem.
No, its 4 year od.
Im using usb mouse now, its fine. Dont care about the mouse, its the keyboard thats doing my head in.

Did u try to disable the mouse pad in the device manager? If uninstalling it fixed the problem for a moment then maybe it may cure it? If you reboot the laptop without your usb mouse will the keyboard work?

One other thing I just thought of. Restart your pc and get into bios set-up (usually by pressing F12, should get a hint on the screen as it starts), often there is an option in there  to disable/enable mouse/keyboard or other peripherals. Have a look and see if something looks astray.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 10, 2009, 10:35:50 PM
Quote
Did u try to disable the mouse pad in the device manager? If uninstalling it fixed the problem for a moment then maybe it may cure it? If you reboot the laptop without your usb mouse will the keyboard work?
already tried that, doesnt help

Its been acting up for ages now, its 4 year old, think its time for a new one.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 11, 2009, 08:18:20 PM
Is there much difference between windows vista home basic and the premium one?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on October 11, 2009, 08:26:57 PM
Quote
Did u try to disable the mouse pad in the device manager? If uninstalling it fixed the problem for a moment then maybe it may cure it? If you reboot the laptop without your usb mouse will the keyboard work?
already tried that, doesnt help

Its been acting up for ages now, its 4 year old, think its time for a new one.
An XP reinstall might sort out your issues and then again it might not.  If the hardware is knackered no amount of troubleshooting would resolve any issues. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 11, 2009, 08:32:34 PM
Quote
Did u try to disable the mouse pad in the device manager? If uninstalling it fixed the problem for a moment then maybe it may cure it? If you reboot the laptop without your usb mouse will the keyboard work?
already tried that, doesnt help

Its been acting up for ages now, its 4 year old, think its time for a new one.
An XP reinstall might sort out your issues and then again it might not.  If the hardware is knackered no amount of troubleshooting would resolve any issues.
Ive given up on it, cant say a bad word about the old girl, but I going to order a new one
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on October 12, 2009, 10:09:47 AM
Is there much difference between windows vista home basic and the premium one?

Vista is a ball of shit and I would go out of my way to avoid it if I were you - Microsoft have even given up on it. It won't be easy but I suggest you try and buy something with XP on it and then upgrade to windows 7 when it is out a few months and is deemed to be running well.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on October 12, 2009, 12:03:13 PM
You can laptops now with a free upgrade to Windows 7 when its available.  Release date is supposed to be the end of this month so it might not be too far away.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on October 12, 2009, 12:10:06 PM
I've been very impressed with Windows 7 so far.  I have the full release version running on a machine which previously ran Vista.  It boots much faster than Vista.  Win7 is less of a hog on memory.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 12, 2009, 07:56:09 PM
Is there much difference between windows vista home basic and the premium one?

Vista is a ball of shit and I would go out of my way to avoid it if I were you - Microsoft have even given up on it. It won't be easy but I suggest you try and buy something with XP on it and then upgrade to windows 7 when it is out a few months and is deemed to be running well.
Ordered one with it.  All I do on the computer is browse net, store photos, watch downloaded stuff - Im sure it'll be fine for me.  This one I ordered has a 4gb ram so should be good for running vista, or so Im told?
how much would it be to upgrade anyway?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on October 12, 2009, 08:06:13 PM
4GB is plenty for Vista.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on October 12, 2009, 08:09:50 PM
Is there much difference between windows vista home basic and the premium one?

Vista is a ball of shit and I would go out of my way to avoid it if I were you - Microsoft have even given up on it. It won't be easy but I suggest you try and buy something with XP on it and then upgrade to windows 7 when it is out a few months and is deemed to be running well.
Ordered one with it.  All I do on the computer is browse net, store photos, watch downloaded stuff - Im sure it'll be fine for me.  This one I ordered has a 4gb ram so should be good for running vista, or so Im told?
how much would it be to upgrade anyway?

Not sure but i think its around €200 or so if you do it legally.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 12, 2009, 08:16:56 PM
Is there much difference between windows vista home basic and the premium one?

Vista is a ball of shit and I would go out of my way to avoid it if I were you - Microsoft have even given up on it. It won't be easy but I suggest you try and buy something with XP on it and then upgrade to windows 7 when it is out a few months and is deemed to be running well.
Ordered one with it.  All I do on the computer is browse net, store photos, watch downloaded stuff - Im sure it'll be fine for me.  This one I ordered has a 4gb ram so should be good for running vista, or so Im told?
how much would it be to upgrade anyway?

Not sure but i think its around €200 or so if you do it legally.
I wont be paying that
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on October 12, 2009, 08:22:18 PM
Where did you buy it?
Did it not say about being able to upgrade for free?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 12, 2009, 08:23:28 PM
Where did you buy it?
Did it not say about being able to upgrade for free?
Ordered it from argos, nothing about being able to upgrade no
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on October 12, 2009, 08:25:09 PM
What was the make/model?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 12, 2009, 08:30:03 PM
Acer Aspire 5535
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: armaghniac on October 12, 2009, 09:02:22 PM
Quote
4GB is plenty for Vista.

A 32 bit operating system can only use 4GB anyway, so you'd need Vista 64 if you had more RAM.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on October 12, 2009, 09:34:16 PM
Acer Aspire 5535

Your laptop not eligible.
http://www.acer.com/windows7upgrade/eligible.html
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 12, 2009, 09:56:33 PM
Acer Aspire 5535

Your laptop not eligible.
http://www.acer.com/windows7upgrade/eligible.html
Ah well, I'll have to do without
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 14, 2009, 05:06:37 PM
Folks when i open up a message that someone has sent me it opens thru "Microsoft Office Picture Manager" but the problem is that if i use the arrows to flick to the next picture it will open a picture that i received on an email months ago. Recently my boss and i were looking at some site photos on my screen and i flicked to the next picture and there was the the image that i didn't want him to see and he wasn't pleased.

I right clicked on the image and went into properties and it gave me the path...i.e C/Doc & settings/tem internet files...that type of crop but i still can't find the file to delete it...i done a search and told it to search hidden files too and still it's not there so how can i delete a file thats not there but the fecker still appears thru the picture manager...

HELP!!!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on October 14, 2009, 05:09:17 PM
Download and Run http://www.ccleaner.com/
It should clean out alot of them temporary internet files.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: SidelineKick on October 14, 2009, 05:09:40 PM
Folks when i open up a message that someone has sent me it opens thru "Microsoft Office Picture Manager" but the problem is that if i use the arrows to flick to the next picture it will open a picture that i received on an email months ago. Recently my boss and i were looking at some site photos on my screen and i flicked to the next picture and there was the the image that i didn't want him to see and he wasn't pleased.

I right clicked on the image and went into properties and it gave me the path...i.e C/Doc & settings/tem internet files...that type of crop but i still can't find the file to delete it...i done a search and told it to search hidden files too and still it's not there so how can i delete a file thats not there but the fecker still appears thru the picture manager...

HELP!!!

x2
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on October 16, 2009, 07:20:41 PM
is anyone else having troubles retrieving emails from virgin via outlook?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on October 22, 2009, 07:41:48 AM
just incase someone looking for help on external hardrives.  i can confirm that they do not bounce if dropped onto the floor from a height of about two feet by children, this also includes media players with about 480 gig of films, TV shows and music.

BTW the hardrive was the backup to the media player
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 22, 2009, 09:55:55 AM
just incase someone looking for help on external hardrives.  i can confirm that they do not bounce if dropped onto the floor from a height of about two feet by children, this also includes media players with about 480 gig of films, TV shows and music.

BTW the hardrive was the backup to the media player

I'm assuming from your sarcastic tone that it is no longer working...thats kids for ya saan
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 22, 2009, 09:59:05 AM
Download and Run http://www.ccleaner.com/
It should clean out alot of them temporary internet files.

Is this safe to do and won't f**K up anysoftware as this PC is my work PC and def can't take any chances with it...don't mind the Laptop at home but it has to 100% risk free for the work PC?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ziggysego on October 22, 2009, 10:02:09 AM
Download and Run http://www.ccleaner.com/
It should clean out alot of them temporary internet files.

Is this safe to do and won't f**K up anysoftware as this PC is my work PC and def can't take any chances with it...don't mind the Laptop at home but it has to 100% risk free for the work PC?

What you trying to clean off your work PC? ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 22, 2009, 10:05:11 AM
Download and Run http://www.ccleaner.com/
It should clean out alot of them temporary internet files.

Is this safe to do and won't f**K up anysoftware as this PC is my work PC and def can't take any chances with it...don't mind the Laptop at home but it has to 100% risk free for the work PC?

What you trying to clean off your work PC? ;)

A bored woman with a bottle stuck up her ass. (it's not filthy as you cannot see her blurt)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on October 22, 2009, 10:05:56 AM
just incase someone looking for help on external hardrives.  i can confirm that they do not bounce if dropped onto the floor from a height of about two feet by children, this also includes media players with about 480 gig of films, TV shows and music.

BTW the hardrive was the backup to the media player

I'm assuming from your sarcastic tone that it is no longer working...thats kids for ya saan


yep, both of them fecked.  youngest kid dropped the backup hard drive on thursday which was ok as it was a backup and then on saturday night the eldest dropped the media player
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on October 22, 2009, 10:47:30 AM
Download and Run http://www.ccleaner.com/
It should clean out alot of them temporary internet files.

Is this safe to do and won't f**K up anysoftware as this PC is my work PC and def can't take any chances with it...don't mind the Laptop at home but it has to 100% risk free for the work PC?

Yep, just removes temp files etc.
On the registry side of things it asks you to back up the registry before it cleans that.  So you can restore that if need be, but I've never had any need to after using it many times.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 22, 2009, 10:48:33 AM
Download and Run http://www.ccleaner.com/
It should clean out alot of them temporary internet files.

Is this safe to do and won't f**K up anysoftware as this PC is my work PC and def can't take any chances with it...don't mind the Laptop at home but it has to 100% risk free for the work PC?

Yep, just removes temp files etc.
On the registry side of things it asks you to back up the registry before it cleans that.  So you can restore that if need be, but I've never had any need to after using it many times.

cheers Mhic
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on October 26, 2009, 06:59:58 PM
Guys I want to download a muppet show (manamana) video to my laptop, which the little fella loves, before it is completely removed from the web due to copyright etc. It was on youtube but now seems to be only on dailymotion.

Any ideas greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Caid on October 26, 2009, 07:15:47 PM
Guys I want to download a muppet show (manamana) video to my laptop, which the little fella loves, before it is completely removed from the web due to copyright etc. It was on youtube but now seems to be only on dailymotion.

Any ideas greatly appreciated.

You could download something like Limewire or BitComet and download it using those file sharing programs
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on October 26, 2009, 11:34:55 PM
Guys I want to download a muppet show (manamana) video to my laptop, which the little fella loves, before it is completely removed from the web due to copyright etc. It was on youtube but now seems to be only on dailymotion.

Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Download utorrent (http://www.utorrent.com)

Go to www.piratebay.org

Search for your movie (of course if it is a copyright movie it would be very naughty and illegal to go any further)

You should get a list of item.

Click one to open and then select download

Download will only take a few seconds, open that file and it should open utorrent automatically.

Now hit download or whatever you are prompted to within Utorrent and wait for a few hours for it to complete.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 29, 2009, 11:29:13 AM
Lads, my PC in work has been starting up a software package (Hydraulic calculation package) as soon as i boot up in the mornings without me clicking on it. When i close it down it does not come back again until the next morning, do you know why this would be happening and how can i stop it. As far as the software package is concerned i saved the job and then closed it down properly, i have also tried canceling it out but it still opens up like clockwork as soon as the PC is booted up...WTF
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: thebigfella on October 29, 2009, 11:34:23 AM
Lads, my PC in work has been starting up a software package (Hydraulic calculation package) as soon as i boot up in the mornings without me clicking on it. When i close it down it does not come back again until the next morning, do you know why this would be happening and how can i stop it. As far as the software package is concerned i saved the job and then closed it down properly, i have also tried canceling it out but it still opens up like clockwork as soon as the PC is booted up...WTF

Is it in your startup folder?

Start>All Programs>Startup

C:\Documents and Settings\******\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 29, 2009, 11:44:14 AM
Lads, my PC in work has been starting up a software package (Hydraulic calculation package) as soon as i boot up in the mornings without me clicking on it. When i close it down it does not come back again until the next morning, do you know why this would be happening and how can i stop it. As far as the software package is concerned i saved the job and then closed it down properly, i have also tried canceling it out but it still opens up like clockwork as soon as the PC is booted up...WTF

Is it in your startup folder?

Start>All Programs>Startup

C:\Documents and Settings\******\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Cheers Bigfella...there was one of my saved calculations in the start up WTF and i've no idea how the hell it got in there but i deleted it anyway...thanks ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on October 31, 2009, 11:17:36 AM
Guys going to wipe the computer as its way toooo slow, def something wrong with it, the problem is that I have alot of photos on it that I want to keep, my rewriter was broken so I got another one, and guess what it aint working, it will read discs but not burn them. so to the point, if I do the restore will it only do the C drive so I can put the stuff I want to keep in the backup D drive?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 31, 2009, 11:23:10 AM
You can safely save the stuff you want onto your D drive as long as you do not wipe out the D partition when you reinstall the OS.
Have you tried turning off the anti virus software, even removing it?

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on October 31, 2009, 11:27:34 AM
You can safely save the stuff you want onto your D drive as long as you do not wipe out the D partition when you reinstall the OS.
Have you tried turning off the anti virus software, even removing it?
tried everything, uninstalled, reinstalled, ran scan after scan, it now takes 10 to 15 mins to boot up, and a few times I have to turn it off at the switch because it wont turn off.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 31, 2009, 11:33:50 AM
Well as i wrote, in the OS install process,  do not make any changes to the partition set up, only format the C Drive and the D drive will be untouched.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on October 31, 2009, 11:51:49 AM
cheers MS, gonna do it later, me a computer and a few tins of beer... hope it works  :D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 31, 2009, 11:52:19 AM
cheers MS, gonna do it later, me a computer and a few tins of beer... hope it works  :D
What could go wrong!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 31, 2009, 12:01:47 PM
That would depend on his definition of a few.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on October 31, 2009, 12:24:31 PM
You could also buy USB key for about €30 with 16GB space and back everything up onto it them you can reformat everything.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on October 31, 2009, 01:13:53 PM
getting an mem stick from a mate and gonna stick them on that and do the lot.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on October 31, 2009, 08:46:35 PM
cheers MS, gonna do it later, me a computer and a few tins of beer... hope it works  :D
What could go wrong!
managed to break the other one as well, the drawer wouldnt open so I deceided to give it a helping hand with a screw driver, it wont budge now  :( and I have only started drinking
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on October 31, 2009, 10:36:28 PM
cheers MS, gonna do it later, me a computer and a few tins of beer... hope it works  :D
What could go wrong!
managed to break the other one as well, the drawer wouldnt open so I deceided to give it a helping hand with a screw driver, it wont budge now  :( and I have only started drinking

The drawer on the computer? Do you mean the cd drive? and you went at it with a screwdriver?

That's frank spencer stuff.  Are you sure you just started drinking?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on November 01, 2009, 01:14:28 AM
cheers MS, gonna do it later, me a computer and a few tins of beer... hope it works  :D
What could go wrong!
managed to break the other one as well, the drawer wouldnt open so I deceided to give it a helping hand with a screw driver, it wont budge now  :( and I have only started drinking

The drawer on the computer? Do you mean the cd drive? and you went at it with a screwdriver?

That's frank spencer stuff.  Are you sure you just started drinking?

yes it was the cd drive

 yip, honestly I had only half a tin, it was only a wee screwdriver  >:( it needed a wee bit of help to open
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 01, 2009, 08:35:54 AM
I was tempted to make a joke about your name but I won't kick a man when he's Down :)
Did you try to insert the screw driver into the pin sized hole ?
It's just the right size for a  stretched out paper clip, carefully manouvered to apply pressure on the mechanical lever. The drive should simply pop open.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on November 01, 2009, 10:07:32 AM
after seeing if external hard drives can bounce (which they can't) i now need to free up space on my hard drive on my pc.  is there any ways to see that is hogging all my space



Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on November 01, 2009, 10:13:42 AM
http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml (http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml)

top man, cheers
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on November 01, 2009, 10:27:32 AM
Quote
It's just the right size for a  stretched out paper clip, carefully manouvered to apply pressure on the mechanical lever. The drive should simply pop open.


The yoke he is trying to open is not a D drive, it is a paper cup holder.  I also use it for holding the plastic type that come with the water dispensers but I find the cut-out on some a bit large. You can resolve this by stuffing a sock down through the hole that is cut out for the cup and this helps to keep the coffee warm while you are typing. It also gives the added benefit of catching crumbs that may cause jamming of the mechanism as has probably happened in this case.  The paper clip idea is great if you are not using the computer and you can still have your cuppa and read the paper opened out on your desk by sticking in the old paper clip.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on November 01, 2009, 12:28:34 PM
I was tempted to make a joke about your name but I won't kick a man when he's Down :)
Did you try to insert the screw driver into the pin sized hole ?
It's just the right size for a  stretched out paper clip, carefully manouvered to apply pressure on the mechanical lever. The drive should simply pop open.

the drawer would only open a wee bit no matter what I tried, it did open the full way once but closed immediately. it came out about half an inch and went back in after that, i did try the wee hole thing as well as I had to do that with a previous computer years ago. took the whole thing off to make sure there was room and put it all back in... shit happens just seems its my computer all the time
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bacon on November 01, 2009, 12:31:24 PM
How old is the computer Square Ball?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on November 01, 2009, 12:49:12 PM
How old is the computer Square Ball?

3, which i suppose is old in computer terms
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 01, 2009, 12:55:49 PM
Those dvd drives are a relatively cheap component (ca £17) and easy enough to replace, especially seeing as the only tool you need is a screwdriver.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on November 01, 2009, 01:32:21 PM
Those dvd drives are a relatively cheap component (ca £17) and easy enough to replace, especially seeing as the only tool you need is a screwdriver.

two tools needed  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on November 08, 2009, 10:17:19 PM
Bit of a problem -

In the last day or so "Cyber Security" keeps flashing up saying my laptop is full of malware, trojans etc and i need to give them $80 to fix it. I went to "add/remove programmes" and when i go to remove it the f**ker keeps flashing up. How else can i terminate this boyo. I have Avast anti-virus and ran Spybot yesterday and today.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 08, 2009, 10:19:22 PM
Try downloading Malwarebytes: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
the free version is grand.

If have trouble running in normal mode try it in safe mode.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on November 08, 2009, 10:37:40 PM
Try downloading Malwarebytes: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
the free version is grand.

If have trouble running in normal mode try it in safe mode.

When I try and start the scan it keeps flashing off the screen
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 08, 2009, 10:38:29 PM
Reboot in Safe mode and try it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on November 08, 2009, 10:59:22 PM
Bit of a problem -

In the last day or so "Cyber Security" keeps flashing up saying my laptop is full of malware, trojans etc and i need to give them $80 to fix it. I went to "add/remove programmes" and when i go to remove it the f**ker keeps flashing up. How else can i terminate this boyo. I have Avast anti-virus and ran Spybot yesterday and today.

Reboot in safemode as said above and go to add/remove programmes and do it again. If that doesn't work you may need to go in and manually delete any folders belonging to "cyber security" from the registry.

To do this go to start, run
type in regedit and hit enter.

Browse to Hkey CUrrent user, software and look for any folder with "cyber security" on them. Right click on them and select delete.

Do the same on Hkey Local Machine, Software

That should do the trick -

Note: be very careful in registry not to delete the wrong folder!

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ross4life on November 08, 2009, 11:29:56 PM
OK some help please my browsers on my laptop are not working, everything else internet wise is working
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 08, 2009, 11:42:55 PM
How many have you installed?
Have you done scans for virus/malware?
How do you know internet is fine if none of the browsers are working?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ross4life on November 08, 2009, 11:46:47 PM
firefox & explorer, done scans found nothing! i must have turned off some setting? internet is working as i can work Msn messenger & yahoo messenger
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 08, 2009, 11:51:02 PM
Sounds like a firewall issue or something. 
Port 80 might be blocked. 
What antivirus have you installed?  Try disabling it, or the Firewall on it. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ross4life on November 09, 2009, 12:08:59 AM
antivirus i have are Avast & i have malwarebytes & super anti spyware

i did try disabling them but no change, whereabouts is port 80?

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 09, 2009, 12:12:35 AM
Reboot in Safe mode with networking to see if you can access the internet with the browsers.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ross4life on November 09, 2009, 12:23:03 AM
Reboot in Safe mode with networking to see if you can access the internet with the browsers.

just did & browsers are still not working?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 09, 2009, 12:30:45 AM
You don't have an old copy of Norton or any other antivirus installed?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ross4life on November 09, 2009, 01:23:16 AM
You don't have an old copy of Norton or any other antivirus installed?

i may have? i'm running all my antivirus in safemode now to see will that work
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 09, 2009, 01:29:57 AM
You should only have 1 antivirus program installed.  If you have more than 1 they conflict with each other.
Go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall any other Anti-Virus you have,  keeping Avast.
Malewarebytes, Superantispyware etc are ok as they are not antivirus programs. 

You can't have Avast, running along with Norton or McAfee etc etc.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on November 09, 2009, 08:27:25 AM
Thanks for the help last night lads bit still no luck. Ran a scan on Malwarebytes and it is still there, went into the registry as Myles said, there was an enter for "Cyber Key" bit not "Cyber Security", I removed it anyway but alas is still there. Any other options?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyrone86 on November 09, 2009, 08:37:27 AM
Thanks for the help last night lads bit still no luck. Ran a scan on Malwarebytes and it is still there, went into the registry as Myles said, there was an enter for "Cyber Key" bit not "Cyber Security", I removed it anyway but alas is still there. Any other options?

Do a system restore from before when the Cyber Security stuff started to appear and run a virus check as soon as you get rebooted and that should get it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 09, 2009, 09:21:55 AM
Thanks for the help last night lads bit still no luck. Ran a scan on Malwarebytes and it is still there, went into the registry as Myles said, there was an enter for "Cyber Key" bit not "Cyber Security", I removed it anyway but alas is still there. Any other options?

You could try combofix which can be downloaded from:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix

Details there on also how to use.  There is a warning though that it should only be run by advanced users.  I've run it on many computers without any trouble.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ross4life on November 09, 2009, 07:13:48 PM
You should only have 1 antivirus program installed.  If you have more than 1 they conflict with each other.
Go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall any other Anti-Virus you have,  keeping Avast.
Malewarebytes, Superantispyware etc are ok as they are not antivirus programs. 

You can't have Avast, running along with Norton or McAfee etc etc.

all ok now thanks  ;D i uninstall Norton
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on November 09, 2009, 07:21:02 PM
Thanks for the help last night lads bit still no luck. Ran a scan on Malwarebytes and it is still there, went into the registry as Myles said, there was an enter for "Cyber Key" bit not "Cyber Security", I removed it anyway but alas is still there. Any other options?

Do a system restore from before when the Cyber Security stuff started to appear and run a virus check as soon as you get rebooted and that should get it.

Did the job, cheers.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on November 09, 2009, 07:21:54 PM
Norton seems to be a liability.  Was it ever any good?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on November 09, 2009, 08:49:19 PM
Norton seems to be a liability.  Was it ever any good?

Won a few fights in the 70s but a disaster since.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on November 09, 2009, 09:05:24 PM
Norton seems to be a liability.  Was it ever any good?

Won a few fights in the 70s but a disaster since.

His son, Ken Norton Jr, won Super Bowls with the Cowboys and 49ers in the 90's. So it hasn't all been bad.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: kumquat on November 12, 2009, 02:13:59 PM
Here lads, my download speed is very slow, and the wireless connection to the ps3 keeps quitting. But i can still browse the web on my pc. Is there any way of finding out if the problem is my router or the bt line?

(sky broadband by the way)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 12, 2009, 02:26:06 PM
Here lads, my download speed is very slow, and the wireless connection to the ps3 keeps quitting. But i can still browse the web on my pc. Is there any way of finding out if the problem is my router or the bt line?

(sky broadband by the way)

Have you got filters on all the phone sockets in the house, including any for sky tv etc?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Rafa on November 12, 2009, 02:33:03 PM
Here lads, my download speed is very slow, and the wireless connection to the ps3 keeps quitting. But i can still browse the web on my pc. Is there any way of finding out if the problem is my router or the bt line?

(sky broadband by the way)

Not sure if this is similar but my friend had Sky broadband and his Fifa kept cutting out online when he played and a lot of the time he couldn't connect to the server.

It turned out it was something to do with the 'ports?' Like his broadband was programmed to block the Fifa server (for firewall purposes, I'm certainly no expert). Anyway after a bit of googling he found step by step instructions of  how exactly to 'open the ports'.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: kumquat on November 12, 2009, 02:36:01 PM
Here lads, my download speed is very slow, and the wireless connection to the ps3 keeps quitting. But i can still browse the web on my pc. Is there any way of finding out if the problem is my router or the bt line?

(sky broadband by the way)

Have you got filters on all the phone sockets in the house, including any for sky tv etc?

yes there is a filter at the telephone point, it worked fine for ages then just slowed down to feck all. (plus ive just bought Modern warfare 2 n i cant get online)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 12, 2009, 02:46:02 PM
Here lads, my download speed is very slow, and the wireless connection to the ps3 keeps quitting. But i can still browse the web on my pc. Is there any way of finding out if the problem is my router or the bt line?

(sky broadband by the way)

Have you got filters on all the phone sockets in the house, including any for sky tv etc?

yes there is a filter at the telephone point, it worked fine for ages then just slowed down to feck all. (plus ive just bought Modern warfare 2 n i cant get online)

Yep could well be a Port issue then as Rafa said. 
You would need to configure your router to open the ports to the ipaddress that the Playstation has picked up.
Or you could put the playstation IP in the DMZ of the router which takes it away from all firewalls.   
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: kumquat on November 12, 2009, 02:58:42 PM
Here lads, my download speed is very slow, and the wireless connection to the ps3 keeps quitting. But i can still browse the web on my pc. Is there any way of finding out if the problem is my router or the bt line?

(sky broadband by the way)



Have you got filters on all the phone sockets in the house, including any for sky tv etc?

yes there is a filter at the telephone point, it worked fine for ages then just slowed down to feck all. (plus ive just bought Modern warfare 2 n i cant get online)

Yep could well be a Port issue then as Rafa said. 
You would need to configure your router to open the ports to the ipaddress that the Playstation has picked up.
Or you could put the playstation IP in the DMZ of the router which takes it away from all firewalls.   


thanks lads

yeah could try that, but will that help my download speed on the pc?
can i try another router on my pc? ive tried my laptop connected to it and the download speed is the same (i have to leave it overnight to download iphone update that should take 10mins to download normally) so i think its either the phone line or the router  ??? ???
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 12, 2009, 03:06:06 PM
Do you have any additional torrent software running or possible infections?

Sometimes when I have torrent software running, the general internet browsing etc would be slow.

Is the internet as slow in safe mode with networking?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: kumquat on November 12, 2009, 03:08:29 PM
Do you have any additional torrent software running or possible infections?

Sometimes when I have torrent software running, the general internet browsing etc would be slow.

Is the internet as slow in safe mode with networking?

i dont have torrent software on my pc. i havnt tried it in safe mode but will when i get home. Is it difficult to try a different router?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 12, 2009, 03:12:30 PM
Have you got another router?  No its easy set up. Just need your browdband username and password.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: kumquat on November 12, 2009, 03:35:30 PM
cheers ill try that when i get home, if the download speed is still shite is it a problem with the phone line then?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on November 12, 2009, 03:40:36 PM
I have a 7 year old laptop which now runs like a dog due to all the crap on it and has a battery shot to hell. It is used for simple stuff like word, excel etc. In light of this would I be better reformatting and maybe upgrading a bit?

The missus reckons a new one would be better but for all it is used for I couldn't justify the outlay of even a few hundred quid. What yis reckon?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 12, 2009, 03:54:45 PM
I have a 7 year old laptop which now runs like a dog due to all the crap on it and has a battery shot to hell. It is used for simple stuff like word, excel etc. In light of this would I be better reformatting and maybe upgrading a bit?

The missus reckons a new one would be better but for all it is used for I couldn't justify the outlay of even a few hundred quid. What yis reckon?

How much RAM does it have?  If it is low some more would help alot. 
You could try a few things before reformatting:
1. Start>Run>type in msconfig and remove unneeded items from the Start Up Menu that don't need to be starting all the time on bootup.
2. Download and Run ccleaner.  Would make slight difference with some registry cleanup and dleeting temp files. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on November 12, 2009, 06:12:29 PM
I have a 7 year old laptop which now runs like a dog due to all the crap on it and has a battery shot to hell. It is used for simple stuff like word, excel etc. In light of this would I be better reformatting and maybe upgrading a bit?

The missus reckons a new one would be better but for all it is used for I couldn't justify the outlay of even a few hundred quid. What yis reckon?

Laptops are as cheap as £250 these days. RAM and the like could cost £100. I don't see any point in upgrading a 7 yr old laptop. Buy a new one.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on November 12, 2009, 06:32:30 PM
I have a 7 year old laptop which now runs like a dog due to all the crap on it and has a battery shot to hell. It is used for simple stuff like word, excel etc. In light of this would I be better reformatting and maybe upgrading a bit?

The missus reckons a new one would be better but for all it is used for I couldn't justify the outlay of even a few hundred quid. What yis reckon?

Laptops are as cheap as £250 these days. RAM and the like could cost £100. I don't see any point in upgrading a 7 yr old laptop. Buy a new one.
Cheers lads. I'll clear the tat off it and see where that leaves us. The desktop is full of crappy wee programs installed to keep the kids amused.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Dougal on November 12, 2009, 06:48:57 PM
i downloaded paddypowerpoker the other day and when i opened it,it started using 99% of my CPU and didnt drop after 10 mins,my CPU is 2.8ghz so im sure this shouldnt be happening,anyone any suggestions?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on November 13, 2009, 08:29:20 AM
i downloaded paddypowerpoker the other day and when i opened it,it started using 99% of my CPU and didnt drop after 10 mins,my CPU is 2.8ghz so im sure this shouldnt be happening,anyone any suggestions?

Quit playing poker!

Seriously, I could be wrong but I don't think you actually downloaded the program. You instead download a small file that does an on the fly online installation. Perhaps it is actually installing as it downloads and that is what is hanging your system. I'd just leave it for an hour and see if it dissappears. If not uninstall it, do full anti virus, spyware, malware scans and then reinstall again.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: TheGreatRambo on November 18, 2009, 02:19:30 PM
My msn stopped working yesterday (won't let me log in), ran the troubleshooting thingy and it reports a "key ports" problem. Have googled this and its a known issue but none of the suggests fixes work. Any of u techies help??
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on December 03, 2009, 07:13:31 PM
I want to hook my laptop up to the TV, which is striaght forward. However is it possible to keep the screen on my laptop active while the TV one is on as well.

Someone said it's called mirroring a desktop, but not sure much about it.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on December 03, 2009, 08:05:29 PM
I want to hook my laptop up to the TV, which is striaght forward. However is it possible to keep the screen on my laptop active while the TV one is on as well.

Someone said it's called mirroring a desktop, but not sure much about it.

Thanks.

Yep should be possible alright.  You would need to change the output of the laptop.  On my hp laptop I have to press the fn+F4 key to change it.  It has 3 cycles, display laptop only, display tv only or display on both. 
Or if you go into your display settings you could have the tv as an extended monitor as if it was sitting beside your monitor and be able to drag items from the left of your laptop screen onto the right of your tv.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: LeoMc on December 03, 2009, 08:20:27 PM
I have a Desktop Computer with Wireless Router and a Lap-Top which is Wi Fi enabled, do i need to connect anything to the Desktop  to get them to speak to each other and share Broadband etc. Any Advice appreciated. Have Googled the problem but find the explanations jargon heavy and difficult to understand

Pangur, you should have gotten software with the router, which will need to be installed on the laptop first of all. the router will obviously have to be connected to your modem as well (should have said this first).  :-[
you can then connect your pc to the router, and you both machines can use the connection. if you want, you can then set up a sharing network so you can access your files on the laptop from the pc, and vice versa, as well as printers and scanners etc.

Separate query from above and related (i think) to this stuff being talked about at the start of he year.
This is where I am at. I have cable coming into my wireless router. PC (XP) is hard wired to the router and Laptop (Vista) connects wirelessly so I have internet at both.

I have recently bought a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device as I wanted a central point to back up photos, music, etc, rather than have to have the PC on all the time but am really struggling to get it set up. The instructions are in chinese with some badly dubbed English alongside and I cannot make head or tail of it.

Does anyone know how these things work and how to set  them up?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on December 03, 2009, 08:35:08 PM
Have you googled for instructions for the particular model?

I've not used one however in theory I guess what you do is plug ethernet into router. You should then be able to see in admin what IPs are connected to router (should be 192.168.0.x) and you could connect via that. Not sure about authentication but I guess that you should be given a password with it.(Do start > run and enter \\<IP>

All in theory mind - going to buy one of these yokes sometime so let us know how you get on.

<Edit>
Also there will potentially be a HTML page for it so try http://<IP> in browser too.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on December 03, 2009, 09:28:22 PM
I want to hook my laptop up to the TV, which is striaght forward. However is it possible to keep the screen on my laptop active while the TV one is on as well.

Someone said it's called mirroring a desktop, but not sure much about it.

Thanks.

Yep should be possible alright.  You would need to change the output of the laptop.  On my hp laptop I have to press the fn+F4 key to change it.  It has 3 cycles, display laptop only, display tv only or display on both. 
Or if you go into your display settings you could have the tv as an extended monitor as if it was sitting beside your monitor and be able to drag items from the left of your laptop screen onto the right of your tv.

Deadly. Will try that tomorrow. Thanks.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: LeoMc on December 03, 2009, 09:42:35 PM
Have you googled for instructions for the particular model?

I've not used one however in theory I guess what you do is plug ethernet into router. You should then be able to see in admin what IPs are connected to router (should be 192.168.0.x) and you could connect via that. Not sure about authentication but I guess that you should be given a password with it.(Do start > run and enter \\<IP>

All in theory mind - going to buy one of these yokes sometime so let us know how you get on.

<Edit>
Also there will potentially be a HTML page for it so try http://<IP> in browser too.

HAve it plugged into Router with an Ethernet cable. From what I can make out of the instructions you set up via a 192.168.XX web page (http://nas) but this one seems to hang up or freeze during set-up and I end up re-setting.
Not sure if I need to be doing something with the Computer settings regarding networks.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on December 03, 2009, 10:46:44 PM
Do you know the IP address?

If you go in and run cmd can you ping the address? (Type ping <IP> in and the result should be readable). This will test if your NAS server is "network capable".

If the above is ok then to run the HTML stuff it'd need to run it's own web server - maybe something has went wrong there.

If you can ping the IP then your web server is the problem. You could still maybe log in via samba. (using the run method I talked about before) and do something from there. Not sure of the interfaces...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyronefan on December 04, 2009, 11:40:24 PM
need a bit of help with my laptop

the touch pad mouse is messing about   

it is hopping all over the screen, when i try to point onto something it will jump across the screen  then it jumps about all over the screen by itself

any ideas
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on December 21, 2009, 10:57:37 AM
Folks whilst watching a match yesterday on the Laptop i sort of cracked with the Laptop for going slow and f**king about so i hit a few buttons in a temper and slammed the lid down hard. after i calmed down i tried to turn it on again and that wasn't going to happen. The laptop looks as if its about to boot up normally as it shows the "Windows XP" start up screen but within a few seconds it then goes to the following page:


We apologize for the inconvenience, but windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly or is automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose last known configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interupted due to a power failure or because the power or reset button was pressed or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose "Start Windows Normally":

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)

Start Windows Normally


Use your up and down arrows keys to move the highlighter to your choice.
Seconds until Windows starts: 15
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: TheGreatRambo on December 21, 2009, 11:01:38 AM
And did you try any of these options??
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on December 21, 2009, 11:04:34 AM
And did you try any of these options??

Yes, i tried them all. It throws up the Windows XP page and I think it's going to start and then it goes back to that page with those list of options. I thought starting it in the safe mode would have worked but no.

I really need to get family photos of it as thats the only important stuff i have on it...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: TheGreatRambo on December 21, 2009, 11:15:02 AM
If none of the options work, its possible you have cracked the hard drive or unseated it at the very least. On the bottom of the laptop you can probably screw it out and put it back on. See if that works. I'm sure ur photos can be salvaged even if machine can't
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on December 21, 2009, 11:27:40 AM
If none of the options work, its possible you have cracked the hard drive or unseated it at the very least. On the bottom of the laptop you can probably screw it out and put it back on. See if that works. I'm sure ur photos can be salvaged even if machine can't

Cheers, i'll have a go at it during lunchtime although i bet there are special screwdrivers needed to do this
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on December 21, 2009, 12:05:52 PM
If none of the options work, its possible you have cracked the hard drive or unseated it at the very least. On the bottom of the laptop you can probably screw it out and put it back on. See if that works. I'm sure ur photos can be salvaged even if machine can't

Cheers, i'll have a go at it during lunchtime although i bet there are special screwdrivers needed to do this

Or a chkdsk /f /r from Windows Recovery Console might do the trick.
Windows Recovery Console might be installed, or you would needs a Windows Disk.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on December 21, 2009, 12:35:58 PM
Did you try thumping it again :D

Don't panic anyhow. There is a yoke you can get that will let you plug the laptop into a normal pc. I also have some software that will boot up a version of windows from a disc and will let you look around your pc harddrive and save stuff onto a usb key.

Start by having a look at your HD and see if connections came loose. Also, get some anger management classes.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on December 21, 2009, 02:30:58 PM
Not healthy to react to your laptop's shortcomings as if it were a female.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on December 21, 2009, 03:23:45 PM
Not healthy to react to your laptop's shortcomings as if it were a female.

I know lads...i have to say i've a bit of a short fuse and i should'nt react like that but as i've got older i thought i'd calmed down a bit considering when i was younger i've replaced windscreens, stud walls, internal doors and the odd light switch but that bastid laptop was getting on my nerves and when Hearts scored against Celtic i just cracked like an egg (you'd think i'd have got used to teams beating Celtic...lol)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on December 21, 2009, 04:14:46 PM
Not healthy to react to your laptop's shortcomings as if it were a female.

I know lads...i have to say i've a bit of a short fuse and i should'nt react like that but as i've got older i thought i'd calmed down a bit considering when i was younger i've replaced windscreens, stud walls, internal doors and the odd light switch but that bastid laptop was getting on my nerves and when Hearts scored against Celtic i just cracked like an egg (you'd think i'd have got used to teams beating Celtic...lol)

Large dose of valium needed!!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on December 22, 2009, 09:44:53 AM
Lads i checked the hardrive last night and it appears to be OK. I ran chkdsk and it only went to 50% from my recovery disk and stopped saying there was a problem with the volume. I tried to run the recovery disk to repair but it kept jumping stages 6 & 7 and went to stage 8 which was to format the laptop and reinstall windows (which would obviously loose all my pictures)

Is my best option to remove the hardrive and link it up to another PC and then format and reinstall Windows?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on December 22, 2009, 10:07:59 AM
Looks like you fu*cked up your HD so. You have to go into salvage mode now!

I would suggest you buy a laptop usb enclosure like this one...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/USB-2-0-Enclosure-Case-for-2-5-Laptop-IDE-Hard-Drive_W0QQitemZ300376652632QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Collectables_HardDriveEnclosures_RL?hash=item45efd7fb58

Just make sure it is compatible with your hd. You should be able to copy the stuff onto another pc with it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on December 22, 2009, 10:14:21 AM
Yep doesn't sound healthy at all.
I'd try and get the data backed up before doing anything else. 
You could try plugging it into another computer to see if it picks it up, otherwise get a device to plug it into.  This one might actually be better as it should be compatible with your hard drive whther IDE or Sata. 
http://www.amazon.co.uk/SATA-Adaptor-Cable-Power-Adapter/dp/B000Q5YW76
I've got one and has been a great job for different things. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on December 22, 2009, 10:35:04 AM
Thanks for the great news :D. Its a HP Laptop and is about 4-5 years old so i know it's quite outdated, it runs on XP. Sounds like a 2llb lump hammer is required :(
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on December 22, 2009, 11:13:34 AM
Thanks for the great news :D. Its a HP Laptop and is about 4-5 years old so i know it's quite outdated, it runs on XP. Sounds like a 2llb lump hammer is required :(

Its a 2,5" HD so, the yoke I gave you a link to above will work with it. Put the hammer away, thats how you got into this mess!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on December 23, 2009, 10:04:34 AM
Lads i had my bro in law take a look at the Laptop last night and he has told me the HD is damaged and that i need to formatt the HD and then see what sectors i can salvage but of course that means i loose all the pic's of my 2 kids that i have not backed up.

If this is the case and the HD is damaged is there no way of extracting data from the HD?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: AbbeySider on December 23, 2009, 10:48:50 AM
Lads i had my bro in law take a look at the Laptop last night and he has told me the HD is damaged and that i need to formatt the HD and then see what sectors i can salvage but of course that means i loose all the pic's of my 2 kids that i have not backed up.

If this is the case and the HD is damaged is there no way of extracting data from the HD?

Yes you can copy the hard drives raw data onto another HD.
Use some Data Recovery software to copy the data and it will do so byte by byte.

It happened to me before but I copped a PC HD onto and external HD (using another PC).
You may have to get the HD out of the laptop, put it into an external case and plug both that and another HD into a separate PC and leave the software running for a few hours.

For all this to work, the software may insist on re writing the boot sector of the bad disk but that should be Ok.

Now, you could get a Computer/PC shop to look at it instead. I think PC World and even the smaller shops provide such services so shop around for a price if you dont want to attempt it yourself.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on December 23, 2009, 11:07:38 AM
AbbeySider describes it well but I would change
"if you dont want to attempt it yourself"
to
do not attempt this yourself !

Is there not s a windows repair software on a cd that you could boot the laptop from and would try to repair the hard disk?

If not then you are going to have to have the HD replaced, install windows and get up and running.
It's a 2.5" drive.
You can buy a cheap 2.5" usb external enclosure, place the damaged HD inside it and use that to connect to a computer and try and salvage the data on it with suitable software.

After you do that, you can chuck away the damaged HD and replace it with a new one and use the external usb 2.5" HD for back up.


Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on December 23, 2009, 11:21:22 AM
AbbeySider describes it well but I would change
"if you dont want to attempt it yourself"
to
do not attempt this yourself !

Is there not s a windows repair software on a cd that you could boot the laptop from and would try to repair the hard disk?

If not then you are going to have to have the HD replaced, install windows and get up and running.
It's a 2.5" drive.
You can buy a cheap 2.5" usb external enclosure, place the damaged HD inside it and use that to connect to a computer and try and salvage the data on it with suitable software.

After you do that, you can chuck away the damaged HD and replace it with a new one and use the external usb 2.5" HD for back up.

Main street i have already tried the recovery disk that gives you the repair option but it will not work all it wanted to do was reinstall Windows. I also ran chkdsk on it and it got to 50% and then stopped saying there was a fault with the volume???. It also appears that the HD was blank (nothing on it) as it states there is 57345 bytes and there are 57345 free bytes (i may well have left a digit out there :-[) so dunno what to make of all that. My bro in law ran the most basic command and it wouldn't do that either!!!

I'll certainly try the option of trying to link it up to another PC and see if it is transferable...If and when i get this sorted is it wise to buy a new HD and then reinstall Windows and continue with the old Laptop or is it worth binning the hoor and buying a new wan?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on December 23, 2009, 11:28:50 AM
As someone on the board said, why don't you ring PC World or other computer place and see if they can recover the data and how much it would cost.

You said the laptop is quite old so It may be cheaper to buy a new one. 

Find out how much it would cost and let someone else do the work.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on December 23, 2009, 11:37:02 AM
AbbeySider describes it well but I would change
"if you dont want to attempt it yourself"
to
do not attempt this yourself !

Is there not s a windows repair software on a cd that you could boot the laptop from and would try to repair the hard disk?



Main street i have already tried the recovery disk that gives you the repair option but it will not work all it wanted to do was reinstall Windows. I also ran chkdsk on it and it got to 50% and then stopped saying there was a fault with the volume???. It also appears that the HD was blank (nothing on it) as it states there is 57345 bytes and there are 57345 free bytes (i may well have left a digit out there :-[) so dunno what to make of all that. My bro in law ran the most basic command and it wouldn't do that either!!!


I wasn't thinking of the windows install disk. Usually the repair utilities that come with an install disk are limited in scope.
But if there was a 3rd party software utility software on a cd that you can boot up the laptop and do repair.

For Mac OS, I have Disk Warrior and Tech Tool Pro on a cd, can boot up with them and repair bad sectors etc on a hard drive.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: AbbeySider on December 23, 2009, 12:01:21 PM
I'll certainly try the option of trying to link it up to another PC and see if it is transferable...If and when i get this sorted is it wise to buy a new HD and then reinstall Windows and continue with the old Laptop or is it worth binning the hoor and buying a new wan?

HD Recovery software will read all sectors byte-by-byte and copy them to a new space on another HD.
You will then be able to transfer files and format when your finished.

If it seems to be reading sizes then its suggesting the the boot sector is corrupt and doesnt sound like a total hard drive failure (or physical problem). 

All is not lost and I would be confident you can get those photos back.

Price the job in the various PC repair and outlets, then price the HD recovery Software and decide what to do.

Best of luck dude
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on December 23, 2009, 12:19:09 PM
Typical PC/Laptop lifecycle

Buy new PC
Shortly after, Critical Windows Update (CWU) --> no perceptible performance penalty
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
...
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU, but it  seems not to be as fast as it was when new, but perhaps only your imagination
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
...
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU, but these days it definitely seems to be under strain, maybe it's just too old 
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
...
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU, but these days it's impossibly slow at times, mustn't be powerful enough for these 'modern' programs
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
Shortly after again, CWU --> no perceptible performance penalty from most recent CWU
...
Shortly after again, CWU --> Unusably slow, no option but to buy a new PC

Don't you just love Critical Windows Updates!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on December 23, 2009, 12:36:15 PM
RIGHT LADS THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND ADVISE...I'M AWAY NOW FOR CHRISTMAS...

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on December 23, 2009, 09:00:48 PM
What is the name of the lead or wat should i be lookin for/asking for if i wanted to link my laptop up to my tv..been watchin Peter Kay stand up and other things and would be cool if could put it on for everyone to watch


thanks and merry xmas
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on December 23, 2009, 10:37:49 PM
been watchin Peter Kay stand up and other things
like sitting down?


Do you have a hdmi input on the tv?

Quote
What is the name of the lead or wat should i be lookin for/asking for if i wanted to link my laptop up to my tv

depends on your laptop video out  -  rgb  or dvi?
and your tv  input -    Hdmi ?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on December 24, 2009, 12:16:41 PM
So its not just a straight forward purchase then...laptop only about a month old if that helps... i ge santa claus to sort it then :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bensars on December 24, 2009, 12:24:25 PM
Buy a Divx DVD player with a usb port frank. Just copy whatever you want onto flasg drive and play.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on December 24, 2009, 12:28:36 PM
Actually it more depends on your tv. Many of them have ports that you can plug a laptop into. Have a look at the back of the tv and see if you have what looks like a standard pc monitor port.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on January 06, 2010, 11:25:15 AM
Lads just to let you know, i left the laptop with a guy i know who fixes these things on a regular basis. He's very good at what he does but unfortunately he's not very reliable and when he tells you he'll have it done in 2 days that means 3 weeks...he phoned me to tell me that the HD was completely mangled but he was able to salvage most of the photos i had on the HD but unfortunately it had to be binned. He said he has installed a (almost new HD) HD on the laptop and has wiped the laptop clean and Windows reinstalled, he also said it was a good we laptop and was worth holding onto for another year or two.

His charge to me is £70 which includes the HD and all his labour but i still have not collected it yet as he is yet to call me to come and collect it...that sound reasonable enough but i don't know how much a 60G HD would cost for a loptop even though it is 2nd hand (better not have any porn on it...lol or def no Gary Glitter stuff)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on January 06, 2010, 12:13:07 PM

The s/h 60gb disk he used probably cost him nothing, you just paid for all the work involved and got a good deal.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 06, 2010, 01:13:09 PM
Lads just to let you know, i left the laptop with a guy i know who fixes these things on a regular basis. He's very good at what he does but unfortunately he's not very reliable and when he tells you he'll have it done in 2 days that means 3 weeks...he phoned me to tell me that the HD was completely mangled but he was able to salvage most of the photos i had on the HD but unfortunately it had to be binned. He said he has installed a (almost new HD) HD on the laptop and has wiped the laptop clean and Windows reinstalled, he also said it was a good we laptop and was worth holding onto for another year or two.

His charge to me is £70 which includes the HD and all his labour but i still have not collected it yet as he is yet to call me to come and collect it...that sound reasonable enough but i don't know how much a 60G HD would cost for a loptop even though it is 2nd hand (better not have any porn on it...lol or def no Gary Glitter stuff)

That lad is very cheap, there is a couple of hours work in all that.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: thebigfella on January 06, 2010, 01:44:14 PM
Lads just to let you know, i left the laptop with a guy i know who fixes these things on a regular basis. He's very good at what he does but unfortunately he's not very reliable and when he tells you he'll have it done in 2 days that means 3 weeks...he phoned me to tell me that the HD was completely mangled but he was able to salvage most of the photos i had on the HD but unfortunately it had to be binned. He said he has installed a (almost new HD) HD on the laptop and has wiped the laptop clean and Windows reinstalled, he also said it was a good we laptop and was worth holding onto for another year or two.

His charge to me is £70 which includes the HD and all his labour but i still have not collected it yet as he is yet to call me to come and collect it...that sound reasonable enough but i don't know how much a 60G HD would cost for a loptop even though it is 2nd hand (better not have any porn on it...lol or def no Gary Glitter stuff)

That lad is very cheap, there is a couple of hours work in all that.

Not really I installed a new drive in my mates laptop (44 quid for a 300 gig SATA), 5 minutes to replace the drive and pop in a CD to install the OS, no real work in that apart from entering a license key.
The hard work would have been in the recovery of data, for my mate I dropped the broken drive into a external case and copied what I could (was nothing of much importance he wanted). Really only 10 mins work too, the rest is waiting on the files to copy. Alternatively you can boot Linux from the USB port, if the bios supports, then copy accross all the files to the USB key. It all depends on how much damage the drive has though.

One point though as hard drives are so cheap now, it really is a false economy to replace it with a 2nd hand one. You will have no manufacturers warranty if something goes wrong and if it does out of pocket again.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on January 06, 2010, 02:19:43 PM
Fair enough point but he'd fix it if something did go wrong with it...or else he'll meet B A Baracus...lol :D

He did say the HD was really messed up and was quite difficult or should i say it took him longer to retrieve the data, he asked me did i hit it with a hammer :D :D. TBH i thought a new HD would have been better and as they're not that expensive it would have made more sense but I'll just be glad to get the Laptop back and we'll see how it goes after that...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on January 22, 2010, 03:27:36 PM
I am not too sure if my computer is on the blink, or the monitor. Is it possible to hook a lap top up to the computer to use the laptop screen as a proxy?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ziggysego on January 22, 2010, 03:31:46 PM
I am not too sure if my computer is on the blink, or the monitor. Is it possible to hook a lap top up to the computer to use the laptop screen as a proxy?

Yes.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html (http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on January 22, 2010, 04:31:42 PM
I am not too sure if my computer is on the blink, or the monitor. Is it possible to hook a lap top up to the computer to use the laptop screen as a proxy?

Yes.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html (http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html)


Thanks Zig.
I think she's cooked. Sometimes it'll boot up so far, others it'll fully load and you can use it but the PC then freezes up, and won't let you do anything at all.

Any ideas>
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on January 22, 2010, 06:55:54 PM
I am not too sure if my computer is on the blink, or the monitor. Is it possible to hook a lap top up to the computer to use the laptop screen as a proxy?

Yes.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html (http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html)


Thanks Zig.
I think she's cooked. Sometimes it'll boot up so far, others it'll fully load and you can use it but the PC then freezes up, and won't let you do anything at all.

Any ideas>
Hard to say without other troubleshooting on the  machine itself...

Are there any errors when it is booting? Or when it is in windows?

If you can, check the system event log and post any errors you see
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 22, 2010, 07:04:06 PM
I am not too sure if my computer is on the blink, or the monitor. Is it possible to hook a lap top up to the computer to use the laptop screen as a proxy?

Yes.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html (http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html)


Thanks Zig.
I think she's cooked. Sometimes it'll boot up so far, others it'll fully load and you can use it but the PC then freezes up, and won't let you do anything at all.

Any ideas>

She could be overheating. Suggest you open it up and check the fans are blowing, clean out dust and make sure the vents on the pc are not blocked up. Sometimes in Bios you can check temperatures of your processor too.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on January 22, 2010, 08:12:12 PM
My system idle process has been going a dinger for ages now, any reason for this?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on January 22, 2010, 08:49:59 PM
I am not too sure if my computer is on the blink, or the monitor. Is it possible to hook a lap top up to the computer to use the laptop screen as a proxy?

Yes.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html (http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html)


Thanks Zig.
I think she's cooked. Sometimes it'll boot up so far, others it'll fully load and you can use it but the PC then freezes up, and won't let you do anything at all.

Any ideas>

She could be overheating. Suggest you open it up and check the fans are blowing, clean out dust and make sure the vents on the pc are not blocked up. Sometimes in Bios you can check temperatures of your processor too.

The fan thingy is a possability. I think I'll open it tomorrow, and check it out.

I haven't a clue about checking for errors, or bios or things like that! Sorry!

When it does the windows disc check it reports a few errors, but it's errors that has been there for a while. Don't think they are anything serious. Hopefully.

Thanks as usual gents.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on January 22, 2010, 10:06:16 PM
If it's dust blocking the fan get a can of compressed air. 

My old laptop was shutting itself down a couple of years ago, overheating, I got a can of that stuff, put it in at the fan and blew the f**k out of it.  The fan made a zooooooom noise and a load of dust hit me in the face.  Never a problem with the fan again.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 22, 2010, 10:11:09 PM
I am not too sure if my computer is on the blink, or the monitor. Is it possible to hook a lap top up to the computer to use the laptop screen as a proxy?

Yes.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html (http://www.ehow.com/how_2180599_hook-up-laptop-external-monitor.html)


Thanks Zig.
I think she's cooked. Sometimes it'll boot up so far, others it'll fully load and you can use it but the PC then freezes up, and won't let you do anything at all.

Any ideas>

She could be overheating. Suggest you open it up and check the fans are blowing, clean out dust and make sure the vents on the pc are not blocked up. Sometimes in Bios you can check temperatures of your processor too.

The fan thingy is a possability. I think I'll open it tomorrow, and check it out.

I haven't a clue about checking for errors, or bios or things like that! Sorry!

When it does the windows disc check it reports a few errors, but it's errors that has been there for a while. Don't think they are anything serious. Hopefully.

Thanks as usual gents.

It is the most likely problem cos your system is shutting down at different times or booting at all. Pints is right, blow the shite out of the fan and check the wires back to the power supply.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on January 22, 2010, 10:32:21 PM
Norf, are there any slots at the back of the PC which are empty?  What I mean is, can you see any part of the PCs insides from the back of it?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on January 22, 2010, 10:42:49 PM
Norf, are there any slots at the back of the PC which are empty?  What I mean is, can you see any part of the PCs insides from the back of it?

Not really. I can take the casing off easilly enough though, as it has been off once or twice in the past.
This may sound silly.... would a hoover help it??   :-[
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on January 22, 2010, 10:55:13 PM
If it's a dust problem, you would be better with a tin of compressed air to blow it out of it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on January 28, 2010, 11:52:51 PM
Anyone know the difference between BO Enterprise and Crystal Reports Server?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Treasurer on February 02, 2010, 11:12:46 PM
My laptop has a firewire connection - much smaller slot than the pc firewire card.  I need to get a cable online and am not having any luck - anyone know the correct term for such a cable?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on February 02, 2010, 11:55:41 PM
This is for the connection on my laptop: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000747OIK/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=471057153&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0000YQ3P2&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=1ADHPNDJ6QJ35P2R88AD

think it can either be 4 pin or 6pin.
I've used 4 pin to 4pin for Camcorder to my laptop.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Treasurer on February 03, 2010, 12:12:30 AM
Think that's it alright Mhic, thanks!  Don't know why I wasn't finding it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 03, 2010, 10:25:22 PM
I'm trying to download and install openoffice from download.com but when it downloads it just disappears from the download queue so I can't open it to install.  Where does it go?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 03, 2010, 10:26:53 PM
I'm trying to download and install openoffice from download.com but when it downloads it just disappears from the download queue so I can't open it to install.  Where does it go?
Check My documents/downloads or just do a search for it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 03, 2010, 10:28:40 PM
I'm trying to download and install openoffice from download.com but when it downloads it just disappears from the download queue so I can't open it to install.  Where does it go?
Check My documents/downloads or just do a search for it.
I did, it's no where to be found.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on February 03, 2010, 10:44:10 PM
Check Temporary Internet Files folders, there are usually a few of those folders and also check wherever your temporary directory is, usually c:\temp or c:\tmp or something like that

Make sure when you are searching that you are searching for hidden and system files as well - if not sure open up my computer, go to 'tools' then 'folder options', click on view tab, scroll down and select 'show hidden files and folders' and also 'hide protected operating system files' - you can just reverse that afterwards
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Duine Eile on February 09, 2010, 05:15:54 PM

Have a printer problem, driving me bananas now! I had 2 HP printers installed on my laptop but both have completely disappeared, when I go to add printer this message pops up, "windows cannot open add printer, the local print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler or restart the machine." what the hell does that mean? I've restarted peinter and computer but makes no difference.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 09, 2010, 09:05:20 PM
Check Temporary Internet Files folders, there are usually a few of those folders and also check wherever your temporary directory is, usually c:\temp or c:\tmp or something like that

Make sure when you are searching that you are searching for hidden and system files as well - if not sure open up my computer, go to 'tools' then 'folder options', click on view tab, scroll down and select 'show hidden files and folders' and also 'hide protected operating system files' - you can just reverse that afterwards
Thank you! Sorted.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 09, 2010, 10:04:24 PM

Have a printer problem, driving me bananas now! I had 2 HP printers installed on my laptop but both have completely disappeared, when I go to add printer this message pops up, "windows cannot open add printer, the local print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler or restart the machine." what the hell does that mean? I've restarted peinter and computer but makes no difference.

Try and download the drivers from the net, install them and plug in your printer. Ignore the add printer thing. Possibly it won't work but at least rule it out 1st.

After that try this.

Right click on My Computer, go to manage, down left hand side click on services. Now scroll down till you find Print Spooler. Double click and select start if it is not on.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Duine Eile on February 10, 2010, 12:25:43 AM
I tried downloading the drivers before but that didn't work. :-\  Found print spooler in My Computer and clicked start but get the message  "windows could not start the Spooler service on local computer. Error 1053:The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion." Any other suggestions, I'm tearing my hair out here! :'(



Edit: was messing with command prompts and something seems to have worked, hopefully that'll solve my problem. Thanks for your help Myles!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on February 10, 2010, 06:51:59 PM
Duine Eile, assuming you are running windows xp, try using a known good system restore point

If that problem continues, potentially you are looking at a hardware error, it would be hard to pin-point what's wrong unless you start replacing components until something actually fails and then it's a lot easier.  If you have any spare compatible RAM for the machine, I would try replacing the RAM first as bad RAM can do weird things
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Duine Eile on February 10, 2010, 10:11:21 PM
No using Vista. Got a new laptop a while back and the printers were working fine but just disappeared off it. Seems to be working ok for now anyway so hopefully that's the end of it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: BenDover on February 16, 2010, 01:03:45 PM
The mother in law to be has an "old" computer and has just got talktalk broadband into the house but the modem they sent doesn't fit into the back of the PC tower. Are you able to get modem's that have mix and match ends i.e. one with the broadband connection and the other with dial-up (i'm not sure if this is right)? Or is the computer that old its no longer any good?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on February 16, 2010, 01:11:31 PM
The computer needs an ethernet port I imagine.
You can get a usb ethernet adaptor which would probably do the job. 

Something like: http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?moduleno=46792
Or
http://www.dabs.com/products/startech-com-usb-to-ethernet-network-adapte-5JSH.html?q=usb%20ethernet%20adaptor
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on February 25, 2010, 09:58:01 PM

Sometimes (quite often) when I'm playing a Youtube video it starts and stops; anyone help?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on February 25, 2010, 10:01:25 PM
It's just simply not downloading quick enough.  Are you watching it at the lowest quality.
Is your broadband connection slow?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on February 25, 2010, 10:04:40 PM

Sometimes (quite often) when I'm playing a Youtube video it starts and stops; anyone help?
http://download.cnet.com/YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html (http://download.cnet.com/YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on February 26, 2010, 08:29:24 PM

Sometimes (quite often) when I'm playing a Youtube video it starts and stops; anyone help?
http://download.cnet.com/YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html (http://download.cnet.com/YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html)

Thanks Ardmhachaabu; I downloaded this but the problem's still there!?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on February 26, 2010, 09:42:09 PM
There are too many things that it could be Sandy to say anything one way or the other.  It could be a piece of hardware malfunctioning - maybe the RAM, maybe the soundcard, if you have onboard sound it could be the motherboard, it could be the hard drive.  On the other hand, it could be a software issue - you might have an old driver installed, windows may have spyware on it

There's definitely something going on with your system though if the software I gave the link to didn't solve the problem.  You did install it and download the youtube videos to your machine, right?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Lar Naparka on February 26, 2010, 11:27:59 PM
It's just simply not downloading quick enough.  Are you watching it at the lowest quality.
Is your broadband connection slow?
I too think that this could well be the problem. To see if it is, Sandy might try playing a video from another site to see if the problem persists. It definitely sound like a buffering problem, doesn't it?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 27, 2010, 07:46:22 AM
For a general download speed test  you can check your general broadband speed on this site
http://www.speedtest.net/ (http://www.speedtest.net/)

Restarting the modem sometimes helps.


 

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on February 27, 2010, 08:08:25 AM
It's just simply not downloading quick enough.  Are you watching it at the lowest quality.
Is your broadband connection slow?
I too think that this could well be the problem. To see if it is, Sandy might try playing a video from another site to see if the problem persists. It definitely sound like a buffering problem, doesn't it?
It's nothing to do with his connection if he installed the software I linked to.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on February 28, 2010, 01:28:35 PM
It's just simply not downloading quick enough.  Are you watching it at the lowest quality.
Is your broadband connection slow?
I too think that this could well be the problem. To see if it is, Sandy might try playing a video from another site to see if the problem persists. It definitely sound like a buffering problem, doesn't it?
It's nothing to do with his connection if he installed the software I linked to.
Yep that will download the actual video file to his computer to play in a player and that will work fine. Although a pain in the ass if just watching alot of youtube videos at random and you had to download each.
I think he want's youtube to work the way it is supposed to work but his broadband speed may be preventing this.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on March 01, 2010, 01:02:56 PM

Thanks for your help fellas but I feel I'm out of my "computer" depth! I think I'll have to hitch up with some local techie to solve the problem.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 01, 2010, 01:59:01 PM
If using IE there is something built in. 
Go to tools - Ineternet options, then the content tab and enable the content advisor.
This will only work on the IE Browser. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: AbbeySider on March 01, 2010, 02:05:04 PM
Young fella came back from his friends house yesterday to say ur man had been showing him "sex" websites on the house pc. After a bit of an interogation he just said he'd seen grown ups privates.. The other wee bollix had just typed "porn" into google.. The pair of buckos are eight. I guess its time to put some parental controls on our computer.

Anyone got a suggestion of something downloadable thats good and preferably free??

I remember when I was 10 or so, a friend of mine did the same thing and went on my PC and was looking at a load of porn when my parents were out of the house.
Anyway there was major panic as I didnt know how to remove it from the URL history or address bar.
I asked my older cousin, who lived next door and she didnt know either, but she went down home to her own house and told the whole story in front of my uncles and their whole family that I had nudey women on the screen and couldnt get it off (the screen).
I still havnt lived it down and it was brought up again lately in conversation. Im 26 now  :D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on March 01, 2010, 02:14:47 PM
Wee fecker probably knows more about computer than me

That's your problem. I think the only way to be completely assured that he's not exposed to inappropriate material is to supervise all computer access - effectively meaning he can only use the computer in the family room.

Of course, when he's in his mates' houses, you're at the mercy of their parents' access policies or lack thereof.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: cash4gold on March 01, 2010, 02:26:03 PM
Hardy's correct - laptops and PC's in bedrooms etc are to be avoided, have computer in a main room only.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: RealSpiritof98 on March 01, 2010, 02:56:20 PM
when i search on google my internet warps to another search site called searchwebway8,com, its really cracking me up, it was the same when i tried it on yahoo, bloody lost and very time consuming
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 01, 2010, 03:00:32 PM
when i search on google my internet warps to another search site called searchwebway8,com, its really cracking me up, it was the same when i tried it on yahoo, bloody lost and very time consuming

Try a scan with the free version of Malwarebytes: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Title: Re: Blue Screen - shold I be worried?
Post by: Denn Forever on March 02, 2010, 12:50:41 PM
Hi all.  I'm using a Samsng Notebook and periodically it is going to Blue Screen.  I know something is wrong but the error message it gives me means nothing to me but it seems to be the same problem.  Does anyone here know what they mean?

24/02/10
BCCode : 1000007e     BCP1 : C0000005     BCP2 : A9F1E071     BCP3 : F6E21C54
BCP4 : F6E21950     OSVer : 5_1_2600     SP : 3_0     Product : 768_1   
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERd1d8.dir00\Mini022510-01.dmp
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERd1d8.dir00\sysdata.xml
BCCode : 100000d1     BCP1 : 00000028     BCP2 : 00000002     BCP3 : 00000000
BCP4 : A9F2FE75     OSVer : 5_1_2600     SP : 3_0     Product : 768_1
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERd2ca.dir00\Mini022510-02.dmp
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERd2ca.dir00\sysdata.xml

02/03/10
BCCode : 100000d1     BCP1 : 00000028     BCP2 : 00000002     BCP3 : 00000000
BCP4 : A9F0AE75     OSVer : 5_1_2600     SP : 3_0     Product : 768_1     
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERc42b.dir00\Mini030210-01.dmp
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERc42b.dir00\sysdata.xml
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: BenDover on March 02, 2010, 01:09:30 PM
The computer needs an ethernet port I imagine.
You can get a usb ethernet adaptor which would probably do the job. 

Something like: http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?moduleno=46792
Or
http://www.dabs.com/products/startech-com-usb-to-ethernet-network-adapte-5JSH.html?q=usb%20ethernet%20adaptor

Got sometihng similar to what you recommended of amazon and it worked a treat so cheers Mhic
Title: Re: Blue Screen - shold I be worried?
Post by: ardmhachaabu on March 02, 2010, 06:47:11 PM
Hi all.  I'm using a Samsng Notebook and periodically it is going to Blue Screen.  I know something is wrong but the error message it gives me means nothing to me but it seems to be the same problem.  Does anyone here know what they mean?

24/02/10
BCCode : 1000007e     BCP1 : C0000005     BCP2 : A9F1E071     BCP3 : F6E21C54
BCP4 : F6E21950     OSVer : 5_1_2600     SP : 3_0     Product : 768_1   
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERd1d8.dir00\Mini022510-01.dmp
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERd1d8.dir00\sysdata.xml
BCCode : 100000d1     BCP1 : 00000028     BCP2 : 00000002     BCP3 : 00000000
BCP4 : A9F2FE75     OSVer : 5_1_2600     SP : 3_0     Product : 768_1
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERd2ca.dir00\Mini022510-02.dmp
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERd2ca.dir00\sysdata.xml

02/03/10
BCCode : 100000d1     BCP1 : 00000028     BCP2 : 00000002     BCP3 : 00000000
BCP4 : A9F0AE75     OSVer : 5_1_2600     SP : 3_0     Product : 768_1     
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERc42b.dir00\Mini030210-01.dmp
C:\DOCUME~1\Eamonn\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERc42b.dir00\sysdata.xml
No idea, it's a load of programming malarkey, even if I did understand it, it wouldn't fix your problem as you would then have to debug the code of the O/S (whatever it is)
Try a scan with the tool Mhic Easmuint recommended for someone else a few posts up to potentially fix what's wrong
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Puckoon on March 02, 2010, 07:48:37 PM
I would call Eamonn myself, see if he knows anything.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on March 02, 2010, 07:50:21 PM
I would call Eamonn myself, see if he knows anything.

lol, you're evil
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: cash4gold on March 03, 2010, 10:02:17 AM
DOS wouldn't be my forte, would anyone know is it possible to write a batch programme that connects to various UNIX Servers where one could issue commands and check if Oracle databases are up and running?  I am currently writing a shell script that emails certain people each morning with this information but just want a belt and braces approach.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: thebigfella on March 03, 2010, 10:36:06 AM
DOS wouldn't be my forte, would anyone know is it possible to write a batch programme that connects to various UNIX Servers where one could issue commands and check if Oracle databases are up and running?  I am currently writing a shell script that emails certain people each morning with this information but just want a belt and braces approach.

Have a look at 'Cygwin' and 'Putty SSH tunneling'. Simplest way would be to schedule the script or ssh onto the your Unix server and run it. Maybe your overthinking the problem?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on March 06, 2010, 05:14:10 PM
trying to connect my laptop to 32 in tv.  when i do this i get "no signal through pc" message.

what am i doing wrong
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: FL/MAYO on March 06, 2010, 08:31:53 PM
trying to connect my laptop to 32 in tv.  when i do this i get "no signal through pc" message.

what am i doing wrong
Gerry this is how I get it working,

Right click on  desktop, click properties, click settings,click on the #2,click on the box that says extend my windows desktop onto this monitor,click OK on the bottom, your desktop picture should appear on the TV screen, drag the screen you want to use from the laptop over to your TV screen (click the box with the 2 screens on the top right hand corner of your laptop before you drag the screen over)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: flantheman82 on March 16, 2010, 09:12:34 AM
Hi, just wanted some advice on external hard drives.
Was wanting to buy one to have a back up of movies, photos, music, etc and also to free up room on the laptop.
At the minute i can connect a normal 8GB memory stick to my dvd player and play movies. Will it be the same for one of those external hard drives?
Also, can anyone recommend somewhere to buy one and what size should i be looking at?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 16, 2010, 10:18:13 AM
Was wanting to buy one to have a back up of movies, photos, music, etc and also to free up room on the laptop.
At the minute i can connect a normal 8GB memory stick to my dvd player and play movies. Will it be the same for one of those external hard drives?
Not the same, but similar.

Quote
Also, can anyone recommend somewhere to buy one and what size should i be looking at?
Depends where you live, buying in a shop? buying online?

You have a basic choice between usb powered external drives (- more portable -  but a bit more expensive)
and an external powered ext. hard drive  ( cheaper, less portable).
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: flantheman82 on March 16, 2010, 03:18:00 PM
Live in Belfast and not too bothered as to where I buy it. Not too bothered about whether it is USB powered or not as I don't really need it to be portable as such.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 16, 2010, 03:36:17 PM
Then buy an external powered one.
Get a brand name, Seagate, WD, Lacie etc.
If you have a lot of movies or plan to, get at least a 1TB
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 18, 2010, 06:51:37 PM
So I had to get set up with virgin media again - after they disconnected me for no reason - so I've got a new router and it went on today but when I try to connect under the network it says "the settings saved on this computer for the network do not match the requirements for the network"

How do I fix this? I really really really don't want to ring them!


So I got that sorted, some how.  But now it's not letting me connect because I have the password wrong but it's the password they give me. Can I set up a new password myself without having to ring the silly c***ts.
Title: Re: computer help
Post by: Dougal on March 18, 2010, 07:46:19 PM
Lads can ne f ya help?cant connect 2 the internet.on the modem or router or whatever you call it,the ethernet and wireless lights are on,and dsl light flashing,no internet light though.comp says it's connected.ive turned it on and off and reset it with no progress.weathers quite bad at the min but never had problems before,mite it be the problem?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 18, 2010, 07:53:06 PM
So I had to get set up with virgin media again - after they disconnected me for no reason - so I've got a new router and it went on today but when I try to connect under the network it says "the settings saved on this computer for the network do not match the requirements for the network"

How do I fix this? I really really really don't want to ring them!


So I got that sorted, some how.  But now it's not letting me connect because I have the password wrong but it's the password they give me. Can I set up a new password myself without having to ring the silly c***ts.


All sorted, all by myself - amazing what turning on and off things can do!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on March 18, 2010, 07:59:17 PM
Dougal - can you connect directly with your ethernet? i.e. plug your laptop into modem via ethernet cable rather than rely on wireless?

Could be your computer or your actual connection...

If ethernet works then potentially your wireless on your computer is shot.

Can you view available wireless networks and is yours one of them?
Title: Re: computer help
Post by: Dougal on March 18, 2010, 08:03:33 PM
Sorry,im not using wireless,the lights jst on.i am conected straight to the computer.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 18, 2010, 09:02:00 PM
Lads can ne f ya help?cant connect 2 the internet.on the modem or router or whatever you call it,the ethernet and wireless lights are on,and dsl light flashing,no internet light though.comp says it's connected.ive turned it on and off and reset it with no progress.weathers quite bad at the min but never had problems before,mite it be the problem?
If the internet light is not illuminated  on the  modem, then that is the problem. It means you have to internet signal to pass onto the computer.
The computer will still say it is connected to the modem.
Try (the Pints shot in the dark trick) restart your modem.
If you still have no internet light, contact your provider.
Title: Re: computer help
Post by: Dougal on March 18, 2010, 09:12:35 PM
I tried restarting it.i would have thought the fone shouldnt work either,but it is.could there be a problem with the filter?
Title: Re: computer help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 18, 2010, 09:19:26 PM
I tried restarting it.i would have thought the fone shouldnt work either,but it is.could there be a problem with the filter?
Ring the ISP - I had that on mine, with virgin (c***ts)  a few months back and rang them and I'd to go and make changes to all these settings to get it back again.
Title: Re: computer help
Post by: mylestheslasher on March 18, 2010, 09:22:08 PM
I tried restarting it.i would have thought the fone shouldnt work either,but it is.could there be a problem with the filter?

Was it working before or is this a new connection. Did you recently install any new wireless stuff in your house of late? Who is your isp?
Title: Re: computer help
Post by: Main Street on March 18, 2010, 09:25:17 PM
I tried restarting it.i would have thought the fone shouldnt work either,but it is.could there be a problem with the filter?
Phone can work and internet can still be on the blink.
Smells like a provider issue as Pints wrote.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Dougal on March 18, 2010, 09:26:32 PM
yup,problem was the filter,i bypassed it and im back up and running...no phone though but im not too bothered.and to top it all off,my keyboard just went dead.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ludermor on March 18, 2010, 09:42:35 PM
With the talk lately of virus and trojans etc what is the best anti virus packages out there ( and are the free ones ok?)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on March 18, 2010, 09:43:41 PM
With the talk lately of virus and trojans etc what is the best anti virus packages out there ( and are the free ones ok?)

avgfree is grand and is free. Norton is often bandied about as being the best but it is a total hog and will slow your pc down.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bensars on March 18, 2010, 10:10:36 PM
Not true anymore. The New norton packages are much more streamlined and bear no comparison to the norton products of the past. In no way a hog of sytem resources it once was.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tbrick18 on March 19, 2010, 07:32:14 AM
I find avg slows the system down too, particularly when running scans.
One I have been using is called avast.
It's very good.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on March 19, 2010, 11:46:40 AM
I use McAfee and it grand but not free.

I note of caution about Registry Boosters and Speedupmypc.  I don't know alot about computers so I tried the free versions of these and they showed up a lot of problems/issues.  Not knowing much I went oh fiddle sticks and thought I should get the full versions.  Resolved all the problems it highlighted.  But it messed up my virus protection.  So it had to go.

Also installed it on the laptop I use periodically.  Messed this up bigtime resulting in the bluescreen with the error message

hive (file) :\SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE cannot load this file.

Is this terminal or can it be resolved?  Remember my standard is computers for dummies.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tbrick18 on March 19, 2010, 12:15:36 PM
This indicates a corrupt registry.
Note easy fixed (and indeed might not be fixable at all) unless you know what you're doing.
Easiest option would be to re-install your operating system from your system discs.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 08:20:29 PM
I need to format an external drive to FAT32 - it will only give me the options to format to exfat or ntssomething32

Is there anyway to get it to FAT32? (so the xbox will pick it up)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 09:05:43 PM
I need to format an external drive to FAT32 - it will only give me the options to format to exfat or ntssomething32

Is there anyway to get it to FAT32? (so the xbox will pick it up)

and I was f**king around with it and now the computer won't even pick it up!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on March 19, 2010, 09:11:38 PM
First things first, try it in a different USB port.

When windows picks it up again, open my computer, right click on the drive, go to 'format', change the 'file system' to FAT32 and click Start
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2010, 09:12:14 PM
I need to format an external drive to FAT32 - it will only give me the options to format to exfat or ntssomething32

Is there anyway to get it to FAT32? (so the xbox will pick it up)

and I was f**king around with it and now the computer won't even pick it up!

It can be done in DOS for disks over 32GB.
I done it with one before. Follow the instructions here:

http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/formatting-external-hard-drive-to-fat-32/

You need to know the drive letter though for the DOS.
It's not displaying in my computer now?

If you right click on My Computer and select Manage does it display it there under disk management?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 09:17:01 PM
I need to format an external drive to FAT32 - it will only give me the options to format to exfat or ntssomething32

Is there anyway to get it to FAT32? (so the xbox will pick it up)

and I was f**king around with it and now the computer won't even pick it up!

It can be done in DOS for disks over 32GB.
I done it with one before. Follow the instructions here:

http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/formatting-external-hard-drive-to-fat-32/

You need to know the drive letter though for the DOS.
It's not displaying in my computer now?

If you right click on My Computer and select Manage does it display it there under disk management?

No mhic it's not there but it's appearing in device manager under disk drives - how do I get it back?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 09:22:34 PM
actually it's showing there under "disk 1" but it doesnt have an icon at the top if you know what I mean
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2010, 09:23:48 PM
does it have a latter assigned to it under disk 1? e.g. (e:)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 09:24:31 PM
it says unallocated
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 09:26:33 PM
Mhic I think I've deleted a partition on it is that what's causing this. and when I right click on it it's giving me an option to create a "new simple volume"

And no I dont know why I f**king couldn't have left it alone!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2010, 09:28:27 PM
What are the options when you right click? 
Make Partition Active? or Can you change drive letter and path?

Is Create a new simple volum the only option available?  If so give it a lash.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 09:33:27 PM
Right, I got it back, thanks Mhic! I was having visions of going back with it tomorrow to argue I never touched it...

Right for the reformatting...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2010, 09:42:07 PM
Just follow the instructions on that link I gave to format to FAT in DOS
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 09:47:19 PM
mhic it says access denied as I have insufficient priviledges and I have to "invoke this utility running in elevated mode"
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2010, 09:49:51 PM
You on Vista then?
When you click cmd into the search bar it should list cmd.exe at the top.
If you right click Run as Administrator then try it again.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 09:52:59 PM
now it says "enter the current volume label for drive f"??
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2010, 09:54:30 PM
Can you enter anything there? Maybe give it a new name Maybe give the model of the disk. 
See if it accepts a new name.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 09:56:03 PM
Can you enter anything there? Maybe give it a new name Maybe give the model of the disk. 
See if it accepts a new name.

nah, says it's incorrect
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2010, 09:57:31 PM
In Disk Management Does it have a label in there?
Or Does it dosplay in My Coimputer Your c drive might say Local Disk, what does that one say?
Try entering that.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 10:01:08 PM
In Disk Management Does it have a label in there?
Or Does it dosplay in My Coimputer Your c drive might say Local Disk, what does that one say?
Try entering that.

Yes, got it - now it's sitting saying formatting 0% complete but it doesnt look like it's doing anything.
how long does it take?


ok ten minutes later and it's moved to 1% - leave the computer on tonight job then....
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2010, 10:12:05 PM
I think when I done it, it was pretty quick. 
But can't remember 100% exactly which way I done it. 
Hows it progressing now?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 19, 2010, 10:14:42 PM
1% - it is a 1tb drive.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2010, 10:20:16 PM
Thats going to take a while. 
There is probably software which could do it quicker which is only a quick format.

Full probably better so you may leave it overnight.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 20, 2010, 01:14:18 PM
so it was formatting for about 14 hours and then it said it was too big to format to fat32.

and I can't get that swissknife thing to work, download and install it and it won't open - getting message about there being a problem and windows will close it blah blah blah
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: thebigfella on March 20, 2010, 01:27:30 PM
so it was formatting for about 14 hours and then it said it was too big to format to fat32.

and I can't get that swissknife thing to work, download and install it and it won't open - getting message about there being a problem and windows will close it blah blah blah

If you using windows to format it, I think it imposes a limit on the size of a FAT32 drive you can format. You may need to get a third party utility to do it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 20, 2010, 01:47:10 PM
so it was formatting for about 14 hours and then it said it was too big to format to fat32.

and I can't get that swissknife thing to work, download and install it and it won't open - getting message about there being a problem and windows will close it blah blah blah

If you using windows to format it, I think it imposes a limit on the size of a FAT32 drive you can format. You may need to get a third party utility to do it.

I have a 500gb drive formatted to FAT32....
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 20, 2010, 01:52:59 PM
How did you format it then?

Life is a lot simpler in Mac Os,  even Windows fat32 formating is a one click formality for drives and partitions greater  than 32gb in size
You have my sympathy.

 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 20, 2010, 01:57:53 PM
How did you format it then?

Life is a lot simpler in Mac Os,  even Windows fat32 formating is a one click formality for drives and partitions greater  than 32gb in size
You have my sympathy.
It was an option when I went to format it - FAT32 or that NT one. Now all I get is that NT one and exfat.

It's not that big of deal, I've the 500gb one that I can connect to the xbox and watch downloads on the tv, I can put stuff I dont watch that often on to the new one and store it there but it would be handy to be able to use them both through the xbox.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 21, 2010, 11:57:19 AM
What make/model of external hard drive is it? May be tools on the manufacturers website to allow you to format to FAT
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 21, 2010, 03:23:11 PM
What make/model of external hard drive is it? May be tools on the manufacturers website to allow you to format to FAT


http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/6758624/Trail/searchtext%3EHARDDRIVE.htm (http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/6758624/Trail/searchtext%3EHARDDRIVE.htm)

It's that one.

I'll look later when my patience builds up again. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 21, 2010, 03:31:31 PM
Instructions on how to do it: http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=200895&NewLang=en

The DiscWizard it refers to: http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/discwizard
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 21, 2010, 04:49:18 PM
Yeess!!! It works! Amazing, and all it took was a restart! To think I let it sit for 14 hours....

Anyway, thank you very much mhic!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: flantheman82 on March 23, 2010, 03:28:08 PM
I posted this on the xbox thread but am posting here again in case somebody who can help me doesn't have an interest in xboxes.
Hey there,
being a member of the hard of hearing community, I have become reliant on the use of subtitles when watching movies.
I have some movies in avi file in hd quality on a memory stick that i also have the subtitle (.srt) file for.
I can watch the movies on my laptop with the subtitles but would love to be able to make use of the hd by watching it through the xbox. However, it doesn't seem to recognise the subtitle file.
Can anyone shed any light on how to rectify this or even suggest how i can hardwrite the subtitles into the movie without losing any quality.
thanks,
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bensars on March 23, 2010, 03:46:28 PM
Have you already performed the software upgrade to alow you to play avi. files etc on the xbox yet ?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: flantheman82 on March 23, 2010, 03:57:57 PM
yeah, I can watch the movie ok. and if the file was smaller, i could put it onto my dvd player which has the usb drive on it which does recognise the subtitle files.
its just that the file is in HD so i'd like to watch it through the xbox but cant for the life of me get the xbox to recognise the subtitle file.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bensars on March 23, 2010, 04:01:11 PM
Donagh would be your man here.  Some say hes like the stig, he could be around the board in another guise.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: flantheman82 on March 23, 2010, 04:04:32 PM
thanks bensars.
how would i get in touch with donagh? is he an uncontactable? do i wait til he finds me?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 23, 2010, 05:05:41 PM
do you wait til he finds you?

Not many happy stories happen after Donagh finds you.
I hope you are not of a nervous disposition.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on March 23, 2010, 05:08:59 PM
thanks bensars.
how would i get in touch with donagh? is he an uncontactable? do i wait til he finds me?
PM Ulick (The Artist Formerly Known as Donagh).
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on March 23, 2010, 05:29:48 PM
Lads tell me this when using Outlook what way can i delete or get rid of someone trying to email me??? i know how to block him and then it goes into the junk email folder but surly there is a way to actually stop his emails coming thru at all...if there is a way could someone please tell me.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on March 23, 2010, 07:49:47 PM
Lads tell me this when using Outlook what way can i delete or get rid of someone trying to email me??? i know how to block him and then it goes into the junk email folder but surly there is a way to actually stop his emails coming thru at all...if there is a way could someone please tell me.
It depends, is this a work email account or a personal one?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on March 23, 2010, 11:10:06 PM
Lads tell me this when using Outlook what way can i delete or get rid of someone trying to email me??? i know how to block him and then it goes into the junk email folder but surly there is a way to actually stop his emails coming thru at all...if there is a way could someone please tell me.
It depends, is this a work email account or a personal one?

It's for my sister and i will guess thats it's a work email as i've never had an email from her other than her work email
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on March 23, 2010, 11:17:42 PM
She would need to ask her IT team to block that address from sending mail to her

Oh and couldn't you have come up with a better excuse than 'it's for my sister'?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on March 23, 2010, 11:22:30 PM
If its work surely if they are unwanted emails and they still come in is that not stalking and are there not laws about that.

Get the IT and HR people at work on to it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on March 23, 2010, 11:24:16 PM
She would need to ask her IT team to block that address from sending mail to her

Oh and couldn't you have come up with a better excuse than 'it's for my sister'?

 :D :D I'm deadly serious it is for her...sure i couldn't care less who emails me if i don't like them i just block them...which is what i told my sister to do...

But basically what you're saying is that you can't stop someone emailing you unless you have IT to do it for you...i plundered around outlook today but couldn't find anything and was very surprised that a simple command like that is not available ???
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on March 23, 2010, 11:29:47 PM
yeah illdecide, IT will have to do that for her, there are no simple fixes to that particular issue, other than marking mail from the sender as junk
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on March 23, 2010, 11:37:43 PM
yeah illdecide, IT will have to do that for her, there are no simple fixes to that particular issue, other than marking mail from the sender as junk

No baw saan
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: supersarsfields on March 30, 2010, 11:49:30 AM
Wondering if anyone can offer some help with this? I have a Dell A960 3 in 1 printer/scanner. However at the minute when ever I connect up to it I can print ok but I can't scan?

Cant seem to work out what's wrong with it? any ideas??
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: J OGorman on March 30, 2010, 12:53:02 PM
Wondering if anyone can offer some help with this? I have a Dell A960 3 in 1 printer/scanner. However at the minute when ever I connect up to it I can print ok but I can't scan?

Cant seem to work out what's wrong with it? any ideas??

have you added the 3 in 1 as a printer using a generic driver or the full 40 odd MB driver / software package? If you have the full package installed, maybe uninstall and reinstall:

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=PRN_ALL_A960&osl=en&os=WLH

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: supersarsfields on March 30, 2010, 12:56:49 PM
Yeah managed to just reinstall and it's working again here now. Thankfully!!

Cheers for the help.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: derryhero on March 30, 2010, 01:06:12 PM
bunch of nerds
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on April 14, 2010, 09:10:26 PM
all of a sudden I am getting "internet explorer is currently running with add ons disabled. Click here to manage, disable or remove your add ons"
how do i re-able these?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on April 14, 2010, 09:30:00 PM
What version of IE are you running?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on April 14, 2010, 09:44:00 PM
What version of IE are you running?

7 I think, I can find the manager bit and they are all enabled
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on April 14, 2010, 09:56:32 PM
It couldn't be that important to the browser then, don't worry about it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: flantheman82 on April 14, 2010, 10:55:37 PM
I have a few series of 24. All separate zipped files.
Is there any way of unzipping these all in one go rather than tediously going through each one? Using winzip at the moment.
Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on April 24, 2010, 11:36:48 AM
Does anyone have any experience of using SWF files - I have a compiled swf that I looking to remove/amend an image from and dont have the original fla - sothink costs so if anyone has the software already maybe I could send the swf?

I did have one installed once. Will check the computer to see if it's still installed when I get back to it. Think I probably got it from a torrent site at that time.

Don't really use flash any more. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on May 07, 2010, 12:51:32 PM
In the past few days a few keys on keyboard have stopped workin for a while and then a few more different ones stop working when other ones start working again if that makes sense......is keyboard f$$ked or is there a way of re installing it or fixing it that i wouldnt know about..............cheers
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on May 07, 2010, 01:01:10 PM
Doesn't sound like the after-effects from a coffee spillage.

Could be a few ball bearings rolling around under the keys  ;D

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on May 07, 2010, 02:04:53 PM
Judges Ruling please....can that we counted as a joke.....
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Carmen Stateside on May 07, 2010, 02:06:42 PM
Just go buy a new keyboard!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on May 07, 2010, 07:44:26 PM
I seem to have a nasty virus that prevents me from downloading or installing anti-virus software. When I try to connect to any anti-virus website - Avast, AVG, McAfee, etc. my browser tells me he URL is unavailable. Same for Microsoft.com.

My existing antivirus (Avast) doesn't find anything wrong in a scan and of course it can't update its virus database because it can't contact the website.

Spybot and Malwarebytes don't find anything either.

Has anyone experienced anything like this?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on May 07, 2010, 08:40:00 PM
Judges Ruling please....can that we counted as a joke.....
A keyboard is a delicate piece of engineering that facilitates the action of a key pushed on the board to be represented with effect on a computer screen. 
It is not absurd to consider that there may be some foreign matter moving around under the keys affecting the contact and would account for different keys being affected at different times.
If it were a software problem with your OS,  then the simple thing is to plug the keyboard into another computer and see how it functions.  If it still does not function and there is no obvious dirt under the keys, then replace it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on May 07, 2010, 09:23:25 PM
I seem to have a nasty virus that prevents me from downloading or installing anti-virus software. When I try to connect to any anti-virus website - Avast, AVG, McAfee, etc. my browser tells me he URL is unavailable. Same for Microsoft.com.

My existing antivirus (Avast) doesn't find anything wrong in a scan and of course it can't update its virus database because it can't contact the website.

Spybot and Malwarebytes don't find anything either.

Has anyone experienced anything like this?

Did you try in Safe mode?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on May 08, 2010, 12:10:16 AM
I seem to have a nasty virus that prevents me from downloading or installing anti-virus software. When I try to connect to any anti-virus website - Avast, AVG, McAfee, etc. my browser tells me he URL is unavailable. Same for Microsoft.com.

My existing antivirus (Avast) doesn't find anything wrong in a scan and of course it can't update its virus database because it can't contact the website.

Spybot and Malwarebytes don't find anything either.

Has anyone experienced anything like this?

Hardy

seems similar to one I had. I had to do a restore to get rid of it. are you able to update malaware? I wasnt able to and kept getting an error code
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on May 08, 2010, 11:31:49 AM
Thanks for the suggestions lads. I'm really stymied with this one. I'd tried system restore, safe mode and installing antivirus SW downloaded on another PC to no avail. I hadn't tried MSE, Mac Eoghain but tried it this morning with the same problem as the others: all these require access to their website, either as part of the system install or to update the virus definitions, without which they won't run the first scan . And that's the bit the virus is preventing them doing. I've tried Avast, AVG, McAfee and maybe some others I can't remember.

I can't check it in safe mode because I can't access my internet connection in safe mode. I've system restored back to the oldest available point (February) and the problem persists - obviously the bastard was around a long time before I noticed it.

There's nothing dodgy-looking visible in the registry, at least not in the Run keys.

I've searched help forums all over the place but can find nothing similar.

I don't want to do a complete re-format if I can at all help it.

Any ideas would be very welcome. For instance - does anyone know anti virus software that will install and run without having to access a website first?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: aontroim on May 08, 2010, 12:32:34 PM
System restore can be a bit of a con with a lot of viruses now, as they can copy themselves into the system restore folders meaning they will still be there when you restore to a previous date.  Once the problem is sorted create a new restore point and delete all the old ones. 

I have used this site for extreme cases where the normal AV / malware apps couldnt shift the problem, though it can be painfully slow to get the first reply (but stick with it)

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum79.html
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on May 08, 2010, 01:30:12 PM
You could try combofix:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix

Used it many times with great results.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: J OGorman on May 08, 2010, 02:03:36 PM
As was mentioned before, download malwarebytes or avg onto a usb stick from a different pc / laptop. Also, download the latest definition updates for malwarebytes or avg to the memory stick. These should be available from the respective websites as a manual download.

The key then is start in safe mode and RENAME the avg or malwarebytes application afore you attempt the install. Call it anything you want as more than likely this virus / malware will block the install of all the popular av applications. By renaming you fool the hooer and it should install. Then manually update whatever application you have installed and nuke the ba$tard

Sounds a bit long winded but is worth it if you do not want to rebuild the machine

Hope this helps
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on May 08, 2010, 02:16:37 PM
Thanks all. Trying some of these later (when the day's racing is over and I can free up the yoke).

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: anportmorforjfc on May 28, 2010, 09:22:54 PM
When i turn the laptop on i get a message saying the specified module could not be found. There was a problem starting .dll file. Antivirus has run out so im guessing thats a virus. Internet not working, when i open it it just says internet cannot display the webpage. Anybody any ideas what is wrong? :-\
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on May 28, 2010, 09:52:52 PM
When i turn the laptop on i get a message saying the specified module could not be found. There was a problem starting .dll file. Antivirus has run out so im guessing thats a virus. Internet not working, when i open it it just says internet cannot display the webpage. Anybody any ideas what is wrong? :-\
Download HiijackThis, install it, run it and post the log file to me
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: anportmorforjfc on May 29, 2010, 05:25:02 PM
When i turn the laptop on i get a message saying the specified module could not be found. There was a problem starting .dll file. Antivirus has run out so im guessing thats a virus. Internet not working, when i open it it just says internet cannot display the webpage. Anybody any ideas what is wrong? :-\
Download HiijackThis, install it, run it and post the log file to me

I cant get on the internet to download it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on May 29, 2010, 07:17:55 PM
Get someone else to download it then or download it yourself from a different computer and stick it on a USB pen/External Hard drive
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: eggy bread on June 01, 2010, 10:04:18 AM
Running various Oracle databases 9.2.0.6 to 11g, Oracle Apps running, I believe there are database calls that you can make to Apache servers, so that it can check every 30 minutes or so that Apache is definatley running, been investigating this for some time to no avail, any Apps DBA's out there who can point me in the correct direction?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on June 03, 2010, 02:58:41 PM
Folks i have a 8GB memory card on my mobile phone and when i take it out and load it onto the PC to take photos of the kids of it it keep asking me do i want to format it..."er no i don't" but it won't let me access it in anyway. When i put it back into the phone it works away fine but still can transfer the data from it.

Are these cards meant to be formatted 1st before you use them? can anyone help? I suppose i could blue tooth them across to the Laptop but that would be one at a time and would take days...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: eggy bread on June 03, 2010, 03:04:14 PM
Folks i have a 8GB memory card on my mobile phone and when i take it out and load it onto the PC to take photos of the kids of it it keep asking me do i want to format it..."er no i don't" but it won't let me access it in anyway. When i put it back into the phone it works away fine but still can transfer the data from it.

Are these cards meant to be formatted 1st before you use them? can anyone help? I suppose i could blue tooth them across to the Laptop but that would be one at a time and would take days...

Has your PC got any type of encryption on it?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on June 03, 2010, 03:26:31 PM
Folks i have a 8GB memory card on my mobile phone and when i take it out and load it onto the PC to take photos of the kids of it it keep asking me do i want to format it..."er no i don't" but it won't let me access it in anyway. When i put it back into the phone it works away fine but still can transfer the data from it.

Are these cards meant to be formatted 1st before you use them? can anyone help? I suppose i could blue tooth them across to the Laptop but that would be one at a time and would take days...

Has your PC got any type of encryption on it?

Like what? I'm not that computer literate so you'll have to explain...sorry
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on June 03, 2010, 06:18:33 PM
Folks i have a 8GB memory card on my mobile phone and when i take it out and load it onto the PC to take photos of the kids of it it keep asking me do i want to format it..."er no i don't" but it won't let me access it in anyway. When i put it back into the phone it works away fine but still can transfer the data from it.

Are these cards meant to be formatted 1st before you use them? can anyone help? I suppose i could blue tooth them across to the Laptop but that would be one at a time and would take days...
Sounds like your memory card has some damage.
If the damage is not too serious, you can try to recover the images to the computer by using a utility
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/ (http://www.z-a-recovery.com/)
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/digital-image-recovery.htm (http://www.z-a-recovery.com/digital-image-recovery.htm)

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on June 03, 2010, 10:42:53 PM
illdecide, I agree with Main Street though I would suggest trying Recuva out before paying for other software.  Do a google search for it  :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on June 03, 2010, 10:46:47 PM
Folks i have a 8GB memory card on my mobile phone and when i take it out and load it onto the PC to take photos of the kids of it it keep asking me do i want to format it..."er no i don't" but it won't let me access it in anyway. When i put it back into the phone it works away fine but still can transfer the data from it.

Are these cards meant to be formatted 1st before you use them? can anyone help? I suppose i could blue tooth them across to the Laptop but that would be one at a time and would take days...

Save your data onto the phone memory and then format the card in the phone. Take it out and double check it on your PC, if you are still getting problems, set it to reformat with FAT16 or FTA32. Should sort you out.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on June 04, 2010, 09:52:09 AM
Cheers lads...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Catch the high ball on June 05, 2010, 08:59:54 PM
Not really computer but anyway. My phone was in my pocket when it unlocked itself and formatted the memory card. Is there any way I can get the files back.
Cheers
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: eggy bread on June 05, 2010, 09:44:36 PM
Not really computer but anyway. My phone was in my pocket when it unlocked itself and formatted the memory card. Is there any way I can get the files back.
Cheers

I would say no unless you have a backup.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyrone86 on June 21, 2010, 10:27:12 PM
Is there anywhere online one might obtain a vintage version of Microsoft works? I'm trying to access something from an old .wks file and excel (03&07) doesn't want to know.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on June 21, 2010, 10:33:45 PM
My phone was in my pocket when it unlocked itself and formatted the memory card.

That's some phone. What other tricks can it do?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on June 22, 2010, 12:34:13 AM
Is there anywhere online one might obtain a vintage version of Microsoft works? I'm trying to access something from an old .wks file and excel (03&07) doesn't want to know.

http://cgi.ebay.ie/Microsoft-Word-2000-Works-2000-unused-sealed-/260622076557?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Computing_Software_Software_SR&hash=item3cae494a8d#ht_500wt_1154 (http://cgi.ebay.ie/Microsoft-Word-2000-Works-2000-unused-sealed-/260622076557?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Computing_Software_Software_SR&hash=item3cae494a8d#ht_500wt_1154)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: armaghniac on June 22, 2010, 01:10:10 AM
Quote
Is there anywhere online one might obtain a vintage version of Microsoft works

try this kind of thing first

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=BF41401E-70FA-465D-AE2E-CF44DBF05297&displaylang=en

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Puckoon on June 27, 2010, 02:43:23 PM
Hi Folks,
Having a little trouble with the lap top. The computer crashes now and then (maybe once a day). Browsing session collapses and the computer gives me a blue screen with some information about it having to shut down to protect the comuter. After I restart this computer, I am prompted to install a file called "jucheck.exe".

I have googled this and there is some debate as to whether it is a genuine java file, or a trojan virus.

Do I need to remove this file? If so, could I get some lay man instructions for an idiot to do this?

Also, can anyone recommend some free protection materials for the computer? I am currently running a version of McAfee and Microsoft security essentials.

Much appreciated in advance.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on June 27, 2010, 07:11:17 PM
Hi Folks,
Having a little trouble with the lap top. The computer crashes now and then (maybe once a day). Browsing session collapses and the computer gives me a blue screen with some information about it having to shut down to protect the comuter. After I restart this computer, I am prompted to install a file called "jucheck.exe".

I have googled this and there is some debate as to whether it is a genuine java file, or a trojan virus.

Do I need to remove this file? If so, could I get some lay man instructions for an idiot to do this?

Also, can anyone recommend some free protection materials for the computer? I am currently running a version of McAfee and Microsoft security essentials.

Much appreciated in advance.
jucheck.exe is safe, nothing to worry about.  Try googling for anti-malware software
Title: Permissions error when dragging Notes into Outlook
Post by: BenDover on July 01, 2010, 11:36:15 AM
I'm having trouble with Outlook 2003 notes, I've changed jobs recently and copied all my personal notes to a USB pen and from there to My Documents folder thinking that i should just be able to drag and drop them into Outlook again and be able to read them no problems. Thing is in my new job I've Outlook 2007 and I'm getting a permissions error when dragging the notes into the Outlook window. I've ensured that i have full permissions and retried and I'm still getting the same error. Anyone any ideas?

Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyrone86 on July 04, 2010, 01:45:33 PM
Thanks for the help last night lads bit still no luck. Ran a scan on Malwarebytes and it is still there, went into the registry as Myles said, there was an enter for "Cyber Key" bit not "Cyber Security", I removed it anyway but alas is still there. Any other options?

Do a system restore from before when the Cyber Security stuff started to appear and run a virus check as soon as you get rebooted and that should get it.

Just after getting caught with a new variation of this w**ker of a virus - AV security suite - and it doesn't let you access anything at all.

Needed to reboot and go into safe mode before doing a system restore to solve the problem.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 19, 2010, 05:02:21 PM
got a virus on a laptop, was able to download malaware and cleaned it, but now I cannot connect to the internet, I have traied explorer and safari, but it wont connect, I can connect to spotify, any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on July 19, 2010, 05:33:39 PM
If you can connect to Spotify you CAN connect to the internet. If it's just certain sites you can't access (Microsoft and all the Anti-Virus companies - AVG, Avast, Norton and Spybot, Malwarebytes, etc.) it sounds like something I had a few weeks ago.

I couldn't find any cure for it after a LOT of research and enquiries and had to re-format the HD and re-build the system. System Restore didn't work for me because the earliest restore point available still had the problem, but that's worth trying.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyrone86 on July 19, 2010, 06:39:37 PM
got a virus on a laptop, was able to download malaware and cleaned it, but now I cannot connect to the internet, I have traied explorer and safari, but it wont connect, I can connect to spotify, any ideas?

Had that problem as well - never check if spotify worked though. Go to control panel - internet options - open the connections tab and then open LAN settings. Make sure the 'use proxy server for your LAN' is unchecked. That should get you back up and running temporarily at least. I wouldn't be sure the virus is completely gone though regardless of what your AV/malwarebytes tells you I keep having bother with that AV security suite from 3 weeks ago every couple of days.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 19, 2010, 08:49:32 PM
cheers Hardy and Tyrone, the LAN setting was it, never thought of looking there, again thanks guys
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on July 25, 2010, 01:30:19 PM
hopefully this is a easy one,  how do add a second computer using a ethernet cablle to my bt hub.  currently i have one pc connected using a ethernet cable and i want to add another via the second slot on my hub.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on July 26, 2010, 08:00:15 PM
 ???
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: magickingdom on July 27, 2010, 06:38:10 PM
hope i have more luck then you gerry!

i got a new lap top and want to hook up to the net at home where i have wireless broadband. anyone know how i find the security code (about 15 characters) for my own wifi?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 27, 2010, 07:21:47 PM
If you are down south and it eircom, then it is on the bottom of  your router, thought it was more than 15 characters
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on July 27, 2010, 08:27:07 PM
hopefully this is a easy one,  how do add a second computer using a ethernet cablle to my bt hub.  currently i have one pc connected using a ethernet cable and i want to add another via the second slot on my hub.
Does the second computer have a network card?  If not, get one, install the drivers for it, then install it physically and connect with network cable
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on July 27, 2010, 09:50:06 PM
Should be trivial Gerry and just a plug and play job as long as you have the network card (which most things do these days anyway) and the cable.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: magickingdom on July 27, 2010, 09:59:03 PM
If you are down south and it eircom, then it is on the bottom of  your router, thought it was more than 15 characters

ta, found it...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Doogie Browser on July 28, 2010, 11:58:58 AM
Does anyone know how to save a Microsoft publisher file as a pdf?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: aontroim on July 28, 2010, 12:35:28 PM
Does anyone know how to save a Microsoft publisher file as a pdf?

On my version (Publisher 2007) if you click on the File menu, one of the options is 'Publish as PDF or XPS'
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Doogie Browser on July 28, 2010, 12:39:06 PM
Does anyone know how to save a Microsoft publisher file as a pdf?

On my version (Publisher 2007) if you click on the File menu, one of the options is 'Publish as PDF or XPS'
Cheers, using 2003 so will have a gleek.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Dougal on July 28, 2010, 08:08:33 PM
just got a new computer,used to have xp and now have 7.whats the story with outlook express?its not compatible with 7.is this the end of my email address?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on July 28, 2010, 08:34:57 PM
Outlook Express has been replaced by Windows Mail on Windows 7.  You will be able to setup your old email address in Windows Mail.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on July 28, 2010, 09:23:28 PM
Just did it today on my new laptop. You can import your Outlook Express accounts, contacts and email folders. Just Google "import Outlook Express to Windows Live Email". Doesn't affect your email address at all.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on July 29, 2010, 01:52:53 AM
hopefully this is a easy one,  how do add a second computer using a ethernet cablle to my bt hub.  currently i have one pc connected using a ethernet cable and i want to add another via the second slot on my hub.
Does the second computer have a network card?  If not, get one, install the drivers for it, then install it physically and connect with network cable

fecking hoor has me beat, googled it to death and still no joy
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 29, 2010, 08:10:19 AM
Does anyone know why when I turn on the laptop refuses to connect to the wireless broadband - it says something about some time out.  If I turn off the router and turn it back on the laptop connects without a problem.  It has done it every day this week but may not do it now for another month.

There's no problem with the broadband - I've checked connecting the DS during these down times and there's no issue.

It's doing my f**king head in.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: J OGorman on July 29, 2010, 12:56:05 PM
hopefully this is a easy one,  how do add a second computer using a ethernet cablle to my bt hub.  currently i have one pc connected using a ethernet cable and i want to add another via the second slot on my hub.
Does the second computer have a network card?  If not, get one, install the drivers for it, then install it physically and connect with network cable

fecking hoor has me beat, googled it to death and still no joy

Gerry,
does your 2nd computer have a slot that an ethernet cable will connect into?
is it a BT homehub or an older voyager? model number if possible
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: J OGorman on July 29, 2010, 01:03:08 PM
Does anyone know why when I turn on the laptop refuses to connect to the wireless broadband - it says something about some time out.  If I turn off the router and turn it back on the laptop connects without a problem.  It has done it every day this week but may not do it now for another month.

There's no problem with the broadband - I've checked connecting the DS during these down times and there's no issue.

It's doing my f**king head in.

pints, sounds like a 'channel' issue if its initially connecting and then dropping out.

try changing the wireless channel on the router. to do so,

if you have a network cable, connect the laptop to the router to avoid it dropping mid fix

open internet explorer and type in the IP address of the router eg http://192.169.1.254 (if you dont know the IP of the router, click start --> run --> type in cmd and press OK. Type ipconfig in the command window. The Gateway IP is the router ip)

type in the username and password to enter the interface of the router (should be on the documents that came with the router, if not, tell me the make and model and i will send you there default credentials). Go to the wireless section of the menu where you should find the 'channel' bit. By default the channel is usually set to 'auto'. Change it to 7 or 8 and save changes.

test is wirelessly, if it bombs out, try another channel..should hopefully do the trick sir
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 29, 2010, 06:22:47 PM
But if it was a channel issue how come the DS can connect ok?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on July 29, 2010, 09:56:51 PM
I have seen this problem a few times.  Usually updating the drivers for your wireless adapter sort it.  Right click on My Computer and select properties. If you on XP click the hardware tab and select device manager.  If you are on Vista/Win7 just click device manager on the right hand side.  When in device manager expand Network Adapters.  Right click on your wifi adapter and select update driver.  Allow it to download the latest driver from the net.  Make sure you are connected to the net before you do this.  Hopefully Windows update will have a new driver for your device otherwise you would have too start looking on the manufacturers website.  If you are still having problems get it looked at by a professional, I know a good one!  ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 29, 2010, 10:09:28 PM
Thanks - though the other thing is it will connect to some shitty BT network (you know the sort you get in airports and that, I must be near something that has it) so it will connect to a network - just not the one it's suppose to. Would this still suggest the driver problem?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on July 29, 2010, 10:57:42 PM
In my experience it can be to do with the type of security a wifi network is using.  Some networks will work some won't, updating the drivers is usually a good bet.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 29, 2010, 11:07:34 PM
Ok thanks, will give it a go at weekend.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on July 30, 2010, 09:57:43 AM
Pints - Is your router one of the new N Type (Old ones were type G or B). N Type give better signal strength but has been known to cause some problems with older devices. I got a new modem from my internet service provider that worked with 3 devices in my house but not my own smart phone, had the same issue as you describe. Had to buy another one. So, is your modem new?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 30, 2010, 01:33:50 PM
I dont know what type the router is but it's not six months old - the laptop is about 8 months old. 
When you open up the wireless networks it has full bars - I do sit only about ten ft from the router normally. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on July 30, 2010, 02:37:15 PM
I dont know what type the router is but it's not six months old - the laptop is about 8 months old. 
When you open up the wireless networks it has full bars - I do sit only about ten ft from the router normally.

Wouldn't matter, you could have full bars and still not be able to access the net. Try the latest drivers of the router and try changing the channels and if that dont work it could be the problem above. Is your router Netscape? Can you post the model name?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 30, 2010, 05:59:02 PM
It's a netgear.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on July 30, 2010, 08:20:01 PM
Yip - same as what I had. Found there support pure shit and I would be money it is the same problem as mine had. I doubt it is the channels. Can you return it and get another. Belkin seem much more reliable. For me I had an old BT one and I am with UTV internet. They offered me a New free modem when I upgraded the package telling me the old BT one was known to cause problems but the bloody Netgear one was way worse. Searched online for weeks trying to sort it out and ended up just jacking it and buying a new one.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 30, 2010, 08:55:20 PM
Aye, how long would I need to spend on the phone to the stupid c***ts in virgin to get that. 

I've actually got two others, one I got from virgin the first time and one I had from O2. Do you have to reset them or soemthing though to get them to work?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on July 30, 2010, 09:12:58 PM
There is a couple of settings, username and password that u will need. You should be able to get them from your isp. It's a big pain in the hole.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 30, 2010, 09:14:08 PM
There is a couple of settings, username and password that u will need. You should be able to get them from your isp. It's a big pain in the hole.
Be turning on and off the router for the near future then...

Still don't understand how the DSI will connect but the laptop won't during these times...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on July 30, 2010, 09:15:39 PM
I suppose they call it a compatibility problem
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 31, 2010, 12:40:57 PM
tell me this, has anyone received any calls from some firm stating they are an authorised Windows operating system company and are wanting to know about your computer? I have got a few, got one this morning and this fella asked me how long it took my computer to boot up, I told him it was hard to say, but its an oldish computer so would be slower than newer ones, he then replied very ignorantly I didn't ask that, please answer the question Mr Ball, I hung up.

But did anyone get any calls, seems its about a file or something like that
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on July 31, 2010, 03:06:22 PM
tell me this, has anyone received any calls from some firm stating they are an authorised Windows operating system company and are wanting to know about your computer? I have got a few, got one this morning and this fella asked me how long it took my computer to boot up, I told him it was hard to say, but its an oldish computer so would be slower than newer ones, he then replied very ignorantly I didn't ask that, please answer the question Mr Ball, I hung up.

But did anyone get any calls, seems its about a file or something like that
You're worse than my ma, why would you speak to someone who cold calls you like that?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 31, 2010, 09:59:52 PM
tell me this, has anyone received any calls from some firm stating they are an authorised Windows operating system company and are wanting to know about your computer? I have got a few, got one this morning and this fella asked me how long it took my computer to boot up, I told him it was hard to say, but its an oldish computer so would be slower than newer ones, he then replied very ignorantly I didn't ask that, please answer the question Mr Ball, I hung up.

But did anyone get any calls, seems its about a file or something like that

I had problems with Windows 7 and always took the option to send an error report, I did get a call like the one you mentioned and for a while I thought it genuine and because of my problems. I got suspicious and hung up
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on July 31, 2010, 10:13:41 PM
tell me this, has anyone received any calls from some firm stating they are an authorised Windows operating system company and are wanting to know about your computer? I have got a few, got one this morning and this fella asked me how long it took my computer to boot up, I told him it was hard to say, but its an oldish computer so would be slower than newer ones, he then replied very ignorantly I didn't ask that, please answer the question Mr Ball, I hung up.

But did anyone get any calls, seems its about a file or something like that
You're worse than my ma, why would you speak to someone who cold calls you like that?

i had a hangover and haddnt got an idea what was going on, and i couldnt understand him
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on August 01, 2010, 12:19:19 AM
tell me this, has anyone received any calls from some firm stating they are an authorised Windows operating system company and are wanting to know about your computer? I have got a few, got one this morning and this fella asked me how long it took my computer to boot up, I told him it was hard to say, but its an oldish computer so would be slower than newer ones, he then replied very ignorantly I didn't ask that, please answer the question Mr Ball, I hung up.

But did anyone get any calls, seems its about a file or something like that

theres a surprize, the entire thing was a scam. gonna see what happens the next time they call
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyrone86 on August 05, 2010, 04:03:45 PM
Can some of you do me a favour and see if you can access the windows update site -  I haven't been able to access it for a couple of days. Even stranger - the connection to the server keeps reseting when I attempt to post the address as a URL in this post
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hereiam on August 05, 2010, 04:18:05 PM
Its working fine. You have a VIRUS/SPYWARE on your computer that is blocking access to windows update. Had this a while back took me awhile to get rid off the little bastard. Perform a full scan using ur anti virus software
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on August 05, 2010, 05:42:46 PM
Can some of you do me a favour and see if you can access the windows update site -  I haven't been able to access it for a couple of days. Even stranger - the connection to the server keeps reseting when I attempt to post the address as a URL in this post
There are any number of reasons why you wouldn't be able to access it from your ISP's bandwidth, your own bandwidth, the various routers your ISP uses, spyware/malware on your system and that's just some of them

Can you hit anti-virus sites?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyrone86 on August 06, 2010, 01:08:35 AM
Can some of you do me a favour and see if you can access the windows update site -  I haven't been able to access it for a couple of days. Even stranger - the connection to the server keeps reseting when I attempt to post the address as a URL in this post
There are any number of reasons why you wouldn't be able to access it from your ISP's bandwidth, your own bandwidth, the various routers your ISP uses, spyware/malware on your system and that's just some of them

Can you hit anti-virus sites?

The anti-virus sites seem to be working ok - I'm using AVG and it still picks up the occasional virus. However I ran LiveOne scan and it found 9 threats that it couldn't remove.There are other problems that I wasn't having previously and I'm wondering are they related? I can't access my firewall settings in Control Panel and I keep getting the 'Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close' on a very regular basis and it freezes the system.

I reckon the whole thing is stemming from the virus I got a month ago and I'm going to have to go down the Hardy route of a re-format and re-build to solve the issue - only problem is god knows where the XP CD is at this stage.

I still think its really weird that if I try to put the correct Windows Update URL into this reply it won't let me post it, but as soon as I take it out the message goes no bother.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Muzz on August 06, 2010, 10:53:17 AM
Download Malwarebytes and give it a run.  See what it finds and remove.  Its probably one of the best free programs out there.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyrone86 on August 07, 2010, 04:11:48 AM
Got it sorted eventually with a Microsoft malicious software thing - killed 1 dll file and sorted it out - unreal
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on August 07, 2010, 08:44:51 AM
My toddler has had a fever this past few days, sorry I didn't get back to you.  Glad it's sorted.  Did the malicious software tool tell you what you were infected with?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: FL/MAYO on August 07, 2010, 03:33:46 PM
Can some of you do me a favour and see if you can access the windows update site -  I haven't been able to access it for a couple of days. Even stranger - the connection to the server keeps reseting when I attempt to post the address as a URL in this post
There are any number of reasons why you wouldn't be able to access it from your ISP's bandwidth, your own bandwidth, the various routers your ISP uses, spyware/malware on your system and that's just some of them

Can you hit anti-virus sites?

The anti-virus sites seem to be working ok - I'm using AVG and it still picks up the occasional virus. However I ran LiveOne scan and it found 9 threats that it couldn't remove.There are other problems that I wasn't having previously and I'm wondering are they related? I can't access my firewall settings in Control Panel and I keep getting the 'Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close' on a very regular basis and it freezes the system.

I reckon the whole thing is stemming from the virus I got a month ago and I'm going to have to go down the Hardy route of a re-format and re-build to solve the issue - only problem is god knows where the XP CD is at this stage.

I still think its really weird that if I try to put the correct Windows Update URL into this reply it won't let me post it, but as soon as I take it out the message goes no bother.

I am having the same problem, I cannot access Microsoft update page, I cannot do a system restore and I keep losing my wireless connection, can you post where you found the "Microsoft malicious software thing" or a link..Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on August 10, 2010, 11:50:01 PM
The laptop is acting up again lads (going slow etc) so i remember you guys talking about Malwarebytes so i downloaded a version of the internet and ran a scan, it found loads of errors but i needed to purchase it for it to remove the corrupt/damaged files.

I then tried another programme and exact same situation...blah blah it wanted money to fix the problems. I'm sure you IT or Computer guys could supply me a link that will fix the problems for free ;) the old funds are low guys :(
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on August 10, 2010, 11:52:31 PM
Malwarebytes is free
Download the free version: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on August 16, 2010, 08:57:02 PM
so got wireless internet few months ago and set it up right away without really thinkin....its been insecure since then...and now i kinda know people are stealin it from me as i live in a housin estate :( is there a quick way of puttin a pin on it so only i can use it??? thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: viiv on August 16, 2010, 09:01:09 PM
so got wireless internet few months ago and set it up right away without really thinkin....its been insecure since then...and now i kinda know people are stealin it from me as i live in a housin estate :( is there a quick way of puttin a pin on it so only i can use it??? thanks

What make is your router?, I think you can access its menu through a web browser and create a password.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on August 16, 2010, 09:14:13 PM
its a belkin...tried sortin it yesterday through the icon on the my computer tab....was too many options to know what to pick....it seemed like i had to get the 8 digit number from router..enter it and possible pick a password
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Muzz on August 17, 2010, 11:23:22 AM
Just go to browser type in 192.168.1.1 (might be 192.168.2.1 for belkin)

Should bring you to a login page.  Defualt Username and Password is normally admin and password (check your manual if this doesnt work)

Once in there you will be able to see encryption and select one!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on September 06, 2010, 01:49:54 PM
My free edition of Avast anti virus had expired so I tried to download AVG. Was told I needed to uninstall any conflicting programmes such as Avast so I did so but when I try to download AVG It still says I need to remove/uninsall Avast. Any help appreciated
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 06, 2010, 02:05:37 PM
Many AV programs are a virus in themselves.
Is AVG going to be any different?
Why not do some research and find some AV software that is user friendly, effective and does not park itself like an elephant, cluttering up your computer's performance.


Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on September 06, 2010, 02:55:29 PM
My free edition of Avast anti virus had expired so I tried to download AVG. Was told I needed to uninstall any conflicting programmes such as Avast so I did so but when I try to download AVG It still says I need to remove/uninsall Avast. Any help appreciated
With Avast, you just needed to re-register each year to keep it free. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on September 06, 2010, 03:06:24 PM
My free edition of Avast anti virus had expired so I tried to download AVG. Was told I needed to uninstall any conflicting programmes such as Avast so I did so but when I try to download AVG It still says I need to remove/uninsall Avast. Any help appreciated
With Avast, you just needed to re-register each year to keep it free.

That's what I did but it was coming up in the Avast control centre yoke that it wasn't turned on. It gave a tab to click to "fix the problem" but when I did the egg timer went for about 2 seconds then nothing happened.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Billys Boots on September 06, 2010, 03:24:14 PM
Quote
Why not do some research and find some AV software that is user friendly, effective and does not park itself like an elephant, cluttering up your computer's performance.

Does such an animal actually exist?  I've got rid of all AV programmes on the home computer and just installed spy-bot - it's probably madness, but I've had no issues in six months.  The AV programmes had slowed the machine down to a point where it couldn't do its job at all. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 06, 2010, 03:31:15 PM
I only use Windows (connected on line)  for watching sport on sopcast when there are no alternatives.
I forget the name of what I installed, spy something? anyway you can control the fecker and it does not slow you down that much.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on September 06, 2010, 06:56:01 PM
Quote
Why not do some research and find some AV software that is user friendly, effective and does not park itself like an elephant, cluttering up your computer's performance.

Does such an animal actually exist?  I've got rid of all AV programmes on the home computer and just installed spy-bot - it's probably madness, but I've had no issues in six months.  The AV programmes had slowed the machine down to a point where it couldn't do its job at all.
Do you have a firewall?  Depending on what you do on the internet, you may be ok without anti-virus.  If you are downloading files you would be better with anti-virus for certain
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: concrete_boots on September 06, 2010, 07:33:43 PM
anyone know how to get around the problem with megavideo where it only alows you 2 watch 70 odd minutes and then have to wait an hour 2 continue watching???
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: trileacman on September 07, 2010, 11:17:18 PM
Firefox/Explorer keeps crashing on me when I open it. Only way I can work is when I use safe mode. Avg is picking nothing up but I think I got a virus off that p***k Aussie rules site, justfooty.com. Any idea's/help??
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on September 08, 2010, 12:07:19 AM
Firefox/Explorer keeps crashing on me when I open it. Only way I can work is when I use safe mode. Avg is picking nothing up but I think I got a virus off that p***k Aussie rules site, justfooty.com. Any idea's/help??

Try the free version of this: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Great tool.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: anportmorforjfc on September 08, 2010, 10:20:18 AM
Computer keeps not responding for about 5 seconds every 10 minutes maybe. Anyone know why this could be? Scanned by computer with avast and there is no virus :-\
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: J OGorman on September 08, 2010, 12:04:32 PM
Computer keeps not responding for about 5 seconds every 10 minutes maybe. Anyone know why this could be? Scanned by computer with avast and there is no virus :-\

as mhic easmuint says above, download malwarebytes and scan.

also hit control alt del and go into 'task manager', slect the 'processes tab'..click the 'CPU' headed column once and see what processes are using all yer power lad
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 08, 2010, 03:53:07 PM
I really don't know how you tolerate all this malware etc activity and having to take counter measures constantly
This must be the number one reason why folk leave Windows to use Linux or Mac OS.

There is some malware deviant on my Windows partition. I don't know if it is something dormant, waking up now and again to try to do mayhem or it came just after installing and running a virus like program called Real Player to listen to RTE.
Spyware Doctor did not see much so I deleted it and tried Spybot (freeware), so far so good. I got rid of what was bugging now.
Before trying Spybot I ran a utility called 'Hijack this', it collected a rake of dubious Registry entries.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on September 08, 2010, 08:23:54 PM
are any of you being hijacked, not able to go to some sites? I had a problem like that and it was difficult to locate, i found it using http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.aspx (http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.aspx)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 08, 2010, 10:00:04 PM
That's called a Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Is there anything left after you use it? ;D

They should call it 'Last Man Standing' software
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on September 08, 2010, 10:10:52 PM
That's called a Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Is there anything left after you use it? ;D

They should call it 'Last Man Standing' software

it only looks for bad boys
I had Alureon which it found but couldnt remove, I had to use another one TDSSKiller. I had Aluren for weeks and tried all sorts of things to see what was going on, that was the only thing that found it. give it a whirl
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on September 10, 2010, 11:09:14 PM
Folks tell me this if there was a chorus of a song i liked but didn't want the rest of the song what type of software would i need to take care of that and would it be available to download free of charge
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Niall Quinn on September 10, 2010, 11:11:25 PM
Agadoo?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on September 10, 2010, 11:11:57 PM
Folks tell me this if there was a chorus of a song i liked but didn't want the rest of the song what type of software would i need to take care of that and would it be available to download free of charge

link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK2tWVj6lXw&ob=av2n)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on September 10, 2010, 11:13:01 PM
Agadoo?

How'd you guess saan :D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on September 10, 2010, 11:14:50 PM
Folks tell me this if there was a chorus of a song i liked but didn't want the rest of the song what type of software would i need to take care of that and would it be available to download free of charge

link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK2tWVj6lXw&ob=av2n)

 :D :D :D Serious question ya messing hoors
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on September 11, 2010, 12:04:04 AM
Thanks for the help ::)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on September 11, 2010, 01:54:13 PM
Try http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)

I've never used it but it is free.

If you have a mac use GarageBand.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on September 11, 2010, 04:00:18 PM
Use Audacity.  Its free and fairly self explanatory.  There are tutorials on YouTube that can help when getting started.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 14, 2010, 05:40:10 PM
Once upon a time I asked for some hints on how to clean crayon scribbles off an old  TFT laptop screen.
Well I found the perfect solution, WD40.
As it says on the back of the tin, "cleans crayons off washable surfaces".
Works like a treat and leaves the screen glistening as new.



Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on September 14, 2010, 06:45:53 PM
Anyone had any problems with Spybot? Anytime I run it my laptop turns off.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on September 14, 2010, 06:55:07 PM
How far into a scan does Spybot get before the PC crashes?  Could be corruption on your hard disk.  To sort your disk out open My Computer, right click on your hard disk (C: drive) and select properties.  Click on Tools and Click Check Now.  Tick both tick boxes and click start.  A dialog box will come up saying that the disk is in use and asking you if you want to schedule a disk check.  Say yes to schedule the disk check.  Reboot and the disk check will kick in when the PC starts to boot.  This usually takes between 40 mins to 2-3 hours.  If you disk is in really bad nick it can take much longer and once this has started you shouldn't interrupt it.   When the scan is finished windows will continue to boot to your normal desktop or login screen. 

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on September 14, 2010, 07:25:53 PM
Minder, does it reboot or turn off?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on September 14, 2010, 07:29:45 PM
Minder, does it reboot or turn off?

Just turns off. I am doing the scan Amallon has instructed me to do.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on September 14, 2010, 07:33:27 PM
I'd do the scan anyway though I'd say it's an issue with the power supply on it if it's turning itself off
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 14, 2010, 10:09:25 PM
It's possible that the laptop is turning itself off to protect itself.
Overheating issue?
Is the fan working?  is the fan working overtime?
Spybot is intensive enough on the cpu and if there are other issues   like fan not working or years of dirt clogging  up the laptop vents/fan, the laptop can overheat and shut down.
Just my 2c worth
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on September 14, 2010, 10:16:10 PM
Your fan is most likely screwed and you're turning off to protect from overheating.

Any full scan stuff uses a lot of CPU. More CPU and less fan means more heat quicker so you'll turn off sharp enough when that happens.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 14, 2010, 10:23:08 PM
So you concur?  ;D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on September 14, 2010, 11:01:12 PM
Ha, yes I concur ;D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: downgirl on September 16, 2010, 11:16:54 PM
Hey everyone could really use some help...spilt wine over my friend's mac last week, mopped it up and turned it upside down to get as much off as possible, was still working fine that night but the next morning it wasn't working at all (in hindsight probably should have turned it off to let it dry but you don't think of these things when you have been drinking), but later that day he tried it again and everything was fine except the keyboard wasn't working, all his documents etc were still there. 

So he brought it to an Apple store and they said that the motherboard, keyboard and other parts are unfixable and it would cost more to replace them than it would to buy a new computer (£999).

Is it worth me asking him to try bringing it to a different shop to get them to fix it?  If all the docs etc are still there would it not just be something to do with the keyboard, like would it just need to be cleaned??

Any advice appreciated as I don't want to have to fork out that amount of cash!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Puckoon on September 16, 2010, 11:23:02 PM
That cheeky little bottle of Chateneuf du cowp will cost you dearly it sounds like. Liquid and electronics dont mix?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 16, 2010, 11:24:47 PM
Hey everyone could really use some help...spilt wine over my friend's mac last week, mopped it up and turned it upside down to get as much off as possible, was still working fine that night but the next morning it wasn't working at all (in hindsight probably should have turned it off to let it dry but you don't think of these things when you have been drinking), but later that day he tried it again and everything was fine except the keyboard wasn't working, all his documents etc were still there. 

So he brought it to an Apple store and they said that the motherboard, keyboard and other parts are unfixable and it would cost more to replace them than it would to buy a new computer (£999).

Is it worth me asking him to try bringing it to a different shop to get them to fix it?  If all the docs etc are still there would it not just be something to do with the keyboard, like would it just need to be cleaned??

Any advice appreciated as I don't want to have to fork out that amount of cash!
Contents insurance?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: downgirl on September 16, 2010, 11:38:20 PM
I know like I dropped my phone in a pint of beer a month ago, let it dry and it works perfectly so I was hoping another miracle would happen here...

So could I put it through my contents insurance and pretend it's mine? Would the premium go up I don't know how these things work?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on September 17, 2010, 12:16:01 AM
The claim can surely be put it through your contents insurance, if it covers items like a laptop.
Normal enough and sensible claim to make. I don't think I could ever fully trust a friend who spilled wine over my laptop. A topic worthy of its own thread perhaps?

On a related matter, the main reason why I put the lid back on the toilet after using, is precisely that small devices can fall in there. As soon as I see a toilet - lid up, I just have a vision of all the things that can fall in there and get mutated.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: screenexile on September 17, 2010, 01:18:06 AM
I know like I dropped my phone in a pint of beer a month ago, let it dry and it works perfectly so I was hoping another miracle would happen here...

So could I put it through my contents insurance and pretend it's mine? Would the premium go up I don't know how these things work?

You need to check that you have accidental cover.  . . if not you'll struggle!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on September 21, 2010, 10:11:43 AM
the two usb ports on my daughters laptop are fecked, is it something i could replace myself or better get it fixed professionally.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on September 21, 2010, 10:46:37 AM
the two usb ports on my daughters laptop are fecked, is it something i could replace myself or better get it fixed professionally.
Are they physically damaged?
Getting it fixed professionally could cost a bit.
A PCMCIA USB card could be the ticket for you if the laptop supports them:
http://www.google.co.uk/products?hl=en&q=pcmcia+usb+slot&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=dX6YTIqeOsqNjAeGwdwt&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CD4QrQQwAw
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on September 21, 2010, 11:27:04 AM
the two usb ports on my daughters laptop are fecked, is it something i could replace myself or better get it fixed professionally.
Are they physically damaged?
Getting it fixed professionally could cost a bit.
A PCMCIA USB card could be the ticket for you if the laptop supports them:
http://www.google.co.uk/products?hl=en&q=pcmcia+usb+slot&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=dX6YTIqeOsqNjAeGwdwt&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CD4QrQQwAw

i have no slot for it.  if it was a standard pc i would give it a go but i reckon the laptop it will be a bit harder
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on September 23, 2010, 12:54:47 PM
me again with a problem. i have virus on my pc that i cannot get rid of.  how hard is it to reload vista as i have the disk and product key, as i think its the easiest way to get the virus of

the computer is only used for streaming onto my telly so i have nothing to backup.


this is the wee fecker

AntiSpy Safeguard (http://www.wiki-security.com/wiki/Parasite/AntiSpySafeguard/)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: screenmachine on September 23, 2010, 01:28:23 PM
Try googling it Gerry and you will more than likely get a forum where someone has had the same virus to remove and normally has a step by step guide. It might take a bit of reading but it'd be handier than installing windows again i'd imagine.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on September 23, 2010, 01:53:38 PM
tried all that but no joy
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: J OGorman on September 23, 2010, 02:54:53 PM
tried all that but no joy

Gerry, flicked back there to find this post from a wee while back..jeez, you dont have much luck with 'puters sir!

"As was mentioned before, download malwarebytes or avg onto a usb stick from a different pc / laptop. Also, download the latest definition updates for malwarebytes or avg to the memory stick. These should be available from the respective websites as a manual download.

The key then is start in safe mode and RENAME the avg or malwarebytes application afore you attempt the install. Call it anything you want as more than likely this virus / malware will block the install of all the popular av applications. By renaming you fool the hooer and it should install. Then manually update whatever application you have installed and nuke the ba$tard

Sounds a bit long winded but is worth it if you do not want to rebuild the machine

Hope this helps"
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: deiseach on September 23, 2010, 03:20:40 PM
The key then is start in safe mode and RENAME the avg or malwarebytes application afore you attempt the install. Call it anything you want as more than likely this virus / malware will block the install of all the popular av applications. By renaming you fool the hooer and it should install. Then manually update whatever application you have installed and nuke the ba$tard

Christ, that is pure evil
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on September 23, 2010, 06:22:57 PM
Done that earlier today but malware saying nothing there and computer is clean which is a load of s.hit
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on September 24, 2010, 12:19:37 PM
I hear a lot about Safe Mode but what is it?

 How do I get to it as I am having problems when starting my Samsung 130 net book. It sometimes goes to Blue Screen and then flicks to a blank screen.  Can I use function keys to navigate to a mode where I can do something e.g. reseting it to its original settings.

Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on September 26, 2010, 04:39:23 PM
Denn, safe mode means that drivers for devices you have installed from graphics card, sound etc are not initialised when you get into windows.

Using XP you press F8 on boot to get to safe mode, not sure about other O/Ses
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyssam5 on September 26, 2010, 08:43:58 PM
Done that earlier today but malware saying nothing there and computer is clean which is a load of s.hit

If Malware not finding it try Spyware Doctor, it is good for those fake security viruses. Cost $30
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on September 26, 2010, 09:01:53 PM
Done that earlier today but malware saying nothing there and computer is clean which is a load of s.hit

If Malware not finding it try Spyware Doctor, it is good for those fake security viruses. Cost $30
Worst piece of advice I have seen on here yet.  There are many pieces of software which cost nothing that will do the job, just try doing a search on here or Google!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: DirtyDozen12 on October 31, 2010, 11:10:47 AM
Big problem with my laptop, i turned it on and now the keyboard and the tocuhpad are not working at all, just no response whatsoever.  When i plug in an external mouse it works ok scrolling around but again the keyboard still doesnt work, tried reading online but such a lot of technical jargon i dont really understand.

Anyone any ideas how I could have this fixed?  Its a HP Pavilion dv9500 laptop.  Any help would be highly appreciated.  Also, seems to be taking longer than usual to load up.  I have used the on screen keyboard to type in my password and get to the dektop screen
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: DirtyDozen12 on November 01, 2010, 10:19:09 AM
Big problem with my laptop, i turned it on and now the keyboard and the tocuhpad are not working at all, just no response whatsoever.  When i plug in an external mouse it works ok scrolling around but again the keyboard still doesnt work, tried reading online but such a lot of technical jargon i dont really understand.

Anyone any ideas how I could have this fixed?  Its a HP Pavilion dv9500 laptop.  Any help would be highly appreciated.  Also, seems to be taking longer than usual to load up.  I have used the on screen keyboard to type in my password and get to the dektop screen

BUMP, would anyone have any idea how to rectify the above?  Any help greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 01, 2010, 11:03:05 AM
Big problem with my laptop, i turned it on and now the keyboard and the tocuhpad are not working at all, just no response whatsoever.  When i plug in an external mouse it works ok scrolling around but again the keyboard still doesnt work, tried reading online but such a lot of technical jargon i dont really understand.

Anyone any ideas how I could have this fixed?  Its a HP Pavilion dv9500 laptop.  Any help would be highly appreciated.  Also, seems to be taking longer than usual to load up.  I have used the on screen keyboard to type in my password and get to the dektop screen

Could try reinstalling the drivers for each.
Right click on My Computer and select properties. Depending on version of Windows you might have a hardware tab with Device Manager or Device Manager will be listed.
Go into Device Manager and you will probably see Mice & Other Pointing Devices, if you click the + beside that, then right clikc on the Touchpad driver and select uninstall.
Do the same with the Keyboard. Reboot the laptop and they should reinstall themselves.
(If in the Device Manager and any items have a yellow icon with exclamation mark there is a problem with the driver)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: DirtyDozen12 on November 01, 2010, 11:35:47 AM
Big problem with my laptop, i turned it on and now the keyboard and the tocuhpad are not working at all, just no response whatsoever.  When i plug in an external mouse it works ok scrolling around but again the keyboard still doesnt work, tried reading online but such a lot of technical jargon i dont really understand.

Anyone any ideas how I could have this fixed?  Its a HP Pavilion dv9500 laptop.  Any help would be highly appreciated.  Also, seems to be taking longer than usual to load up.  I have used the on screen keyboard to type in my password and get to the dektop screen

Could try reinstalling the drivers for each.
Right click on My Computer and select properties. Depending on version of Windows you might have a hardware tab with Device Manager or Device Manager will be listed.
Go into Device Manager and you will probably see Mice & Other Pointing Devices, if you click the + beside that, then right clikc on the Touchpad driver and select uninstall.
Do the same with the Keyboard. Reboot the laptop and they should reinstall themselves.
(If in the Device Manager and any items have a yellow icon with exclamation mark there is a problem with the driver)

Cheers Buddy, i will try this when i get home.  There is definately an exclaimation mark on the touchpad icon and keyboard icon when you go into device manager.  I remember seeing that.  Also read online that if you take out the battery pack for a few minutes and put it back in and turn the computer on should fix the problem but that didnt work for me.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 01, 2010, 12:34:07 PM
Big problem with my laptop, i turned it on and now the keyboard and the tocuhpad are not working at all, just no response whatsoever.  When i plug in an external mouse it works ok scrolling around but again the keyboard still doesnt work, tried reading online but such a lot of technical jargon i dont really understand.

Anyone any ideas how I could have this fixed?  Its a HP Pavilion dv9500 laptop.  Any help would be highly appreciated.  Also, seems to be taking longer than usual to load up.  I have used the on screen keyboard to type in my password and get to the dektop screen
Could try reinstalling the drivers for each.
Right click on My Computer and select properties. Depending on version of Windows you might have a hardware tab with Device Manager or Device Manager will be listed.
Go into Device Manager and you will probably see Mice & Other Pointing Devices, if you click the + beside that, then right clikc on the Touchpad driver and select uninstall.
Do the same with the Keyboard. Reboot the laptop and they should reinstall themselves.
(If in the Device Manager and any items have a yellow icon with exclamation mark there is a problem with the driver)

Cheers Buddy, i will try this when i get home.  There is definately an exclaimation mark on the touchpad icon and keyboard icon when you go into device manager.  I remember seeing that.  Also read online that if you take out the battery pack for a few minutes and put it back in and turn the computer on should fix the problem but that didnt work for me.
If exclamation mark at them items then definately a problem with the driver. 
Uninstalling both then rebooting should sort it.  They should reinstall automatically.

Otherwise the drivers can be downloaded from the manufacturers website.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaaman on November 01, 2010, 01:29:13 PM
I have an old laptop, 6 years old, that no longer boots. The problem was that it was left for about a month without being switched on, then whenever I did it got as far as the setup screen and then it goes to a black screen with a blink crusor in the top left hand corner. If you leave it nothing happens. I have read online about how to boot it, and have done all these solutions including booting from CD which never worked.
Is this a hardware problems or can anyone think of anything different?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 01, 2010, 02:29:22 PM
The first thing I would suspect is the CMOS battery - similar to a Watch battery. It stores all the BIOS info that your laptop needs in order to boot up. Sounds to me that the laptop has lost its BIOS settings.

Can you open up the BIOS settings on power up?
Check the boot sequence in BIOS.
 the first - CD drive,
the second-  Hard drive
and refer to the manual for other settings.
Maybe in this way you can manually set the BIOS and continue with booting up into the OS and the laptop will work okay until you shutdown.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: DirtyDozen12 on November 01, 2010, 02:46:08 PM
Whats BIOS and how do you find that on a computer?  Ive heard about it but have no idea what it is or what it does?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 01, 2010, 03:35:55 PM
After doing a search,  for eg   'Dell laptop BIOS'  the first site that comes up is
http://michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm (http://michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm)

Do other searches -  eg 'BIOS what does it do'   

You do not need to know 99% of the web info relating to BIOS.

It is good to know how to access the BIOS settings, good to know what settings are there - already set in the menu, good to know that these settings are important and important to know you don't go into the BIOS menus and mess around. It is good to be familiar with the BIOS menus, flick through them, just noting what is there with reference to your manual and you don't make any changes until you are familiar, fully confident and have determined that you really need to changes some setting.

The first question for Gaaman to find out in regards to his old laptop is, does it store the BIOS settings on a motherboard chip or on a battery?



Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyssam5 on November 01, 2010, 04:28:00 PM
Done that earlier today but malware saying nothing there and computer is clean which is a load of s.hit

If Malware not finding it try Spyware Doctor, it is good for those fake security viruses. Cost $30
Worst piece of advice I have seen on here yet.  There are many pieces of software which cost nothing that will do the job, just try doing a search on here or Google!

Why don't you tell the guy the name of the 'many piece of software' then? He's already stated the googling it did not help him. Sorry for my worst advice ever, but all I can tell you is it is worked for me on a similar problem last year and $30 seemed like good value for it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaaman on November 01, 2010, 04:30:36 PM
Done that earlier today but malware saying nothing there and computer is clean which is a load of s.hit

If Malware not finding it try Spyware Doctor, it is good for those fake security viruses. Cost $30
Worst piece of advice I have seen on here yet.  There are many pieces of software which cost nothing that will do the job, just try doing a search on here or Google!

Why don't you tell the guy the name of the 'many piece of software' then? He's already stated the googling it did not help him. Sorry for my worst advice ever, but all I can tell you is it is worked for me on a similar problem last year and $30 seemed like good value for it.

Meow.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 01, 2010, 05:08:52 PM
I suppose I can take that 'meow' as a heartfelt thanks for my considered efforts to offer advice to you.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on November 01, 2010, 05:23:44 PM
Done that earlier today but malware saying nothing there and computer is clean which is a load of s.hit

If Malware not finding it try Spyware Doctor, it is good for those fake security viruses. Cost $30
Worst piece of advice I have seen on here yet.  There are many pieces of software which cost nothing that will do the job, just try doing a search on here or Google!

Why don't you tell the guy the name of the 'many piece of software' then? He's already stated the googling it did not help him. Sorry for my worst advice ever, but all I can tell you is it is worked for me on a similar problem last year and $30 seemed like good value for it.
You were stupid enough to pay for software when free stuff would have done the job and you want others to do the same?  The information is already on this forum, if gerry is too lazy to look, it's not my concern.

Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on November 01, 2010, 05:41:57 PM
thats me told
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ardmhachaabu on November 01, 2010, 06:42:05 PM
Sorry gerry, I am sick typing the same thing over and over again. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 01, 2010, 09:08:17 PM
If we had more requests for help from somebody like this, at their wits end, I'm sure we would lend a supporting sympathetic hand.






Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on November 01, 2010, 09:43:10 PM
This makes me laugh everytime.

A frustrated DELL laptop user is trying to get help with switching his Mums laptop off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNPzgPhHeWQ&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNPzgPhHeWQ&feature=related)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on November 03, 2010, 09:25:46 PM
It's possible that the laptop is turning itself off to protect itself.
Overheating issue?
Is the fan working?  is the fan working overtime?
Spybot is intensive enough on the cpu and if there are other issues   like fan not working or years of dirt clogging  up the laptop vents/fan, the laptop can overheat and shut down.
Just my 2c worth

The problem with my laptop turning itself off is happening more often now. The fan does sound as if it is under pressure. If it is fucked is it just a matter of replacing the fan? Cheers
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 03, 2010, 11:47:47 PM
If the laptop works as it should after replacing the fan, then we can say it was just a matter of replacing the fan ;)

I have some utility software which monitors the cpu temp. I don't for the life of me know how a piece of software can detect the cpu temperature but somehow it seems accurate enough. The varying temp figures displayed do seem to reflect the usage of the computer at that time eg. the cpu temp when the fan kicks in and out. Something like that might be useful as part of the diagnosis.
Should you decide to install a new fan yourself, do some research beforehand re the work involved and the screwdrivers/bits needed for your laptop. You can be sure that somebody has had to do this before and probably there are few graphic web pages explaining the process simply.


Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: leenie on November 13, 2010, 11:51:10 AM
i have a card from camera that will show on the camera but not p.c...... why?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: seafoid on November 13, 2010, 02:00:05 PM
My puther keeps on crashing and I think it because there is too much shite on the thing. What is the best way to go through the files and see where the heavy duty programs are? It's a windows system. Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 13, 2010, 02:20:39 PM
Just revert to a time when the computer worked before it started to crash.
On Windows, you do that in  Control Panel/ System Restore

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 13, 2010, 10:02:39 PM
Just revert to a time when the computer worked before it started to crash.


Pity we couldn't do the same with the economy
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: deiseach on November 13, 2010, 10:14:00 PM
My puther keeps on crashing and I think it because there is too much shite on the thing. What is the best way to go through the files and see where the heavy duty programs are? It's a windows system. Thanks

Ctrl - Alt - Delete -> Enter Task Manager (skip this part if you are using XP) -> Processes -> Click on Mem Usage and you'll see what is eating up your Ram.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on November 13, 2010, 10:20:56 PM
It's possible that the laptop is turning itself off to protect itself.
Overheating issue?
Is the fan working?  is the fan working overtime?
Spybot is intensive enough on the cpu and if there are other issues   like fan not working or years of dirt clogging  up the laptop vents/fan, the laptop can overheat and shut down.
Just my 2c worth

The problem with my laptop turning itself off is happening more often now. The fan does sound as if it is under pressure. If it is fucked is it just a matter of replacing the fan? Cheers
My Old laptop was doing that and I got a can of compressed air and blew the f**k out of it - not a bother after that.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on November 14, 2010, 01:03:08 AM
My puther keeps on crashing and I think it because there is too much shite on the thing. What is the best way to go through the files and see where the heavy duty programs are? It's a windows system. Thanks

Run your system config utility and have a look for non essential apps in your startup/boot.ini file. Shud be somthing like Start/run/<type 'msconfig'>. That will show all the shite loading on your machine when you switch it on. Google the apps one by one and uncheck the ones you don't need.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: RealSpiritof98 on November 18, 2010, 11:36:27 AM
Buying a PC for the house this xmas, only have had a laptop till now. Anyone know the best route to go down, i know you get tortured at currys etc to buy loads of extras but surly a lot can be downloaded for cheaper. any advice welcome.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on November 18, 2010, 02:03:59 PM
Can anyone give me a quick fix for this. My laptop went bang dother day and I had to get a new one and I reinstalled most of the programs. I installed Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2010 and in Outlook Express when I click on a link that is contained in an email it does a Francie Bellew on me, wont let me get through at all, blocks every attempt.  It says the operation has failed because of restrictions placed on this computer.  The first thing I did when I got it was uninstall McAfee and I only have windows security and AVG on it.  Can anyone help.  Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on November 18, 2010, 02:43:19 PM
Hi guys - does anyone here have the capability to crack into a PDF file - there is a watermark I need removed from a document I want to print but it seems to be password protected. Cheers

Is it removeable with the Acrobat software?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on November 18, 2010, 04:10:25 PM
Thanks MacEoghain, I tried it but it is outside my scope.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on November 18, 2010, 04:16:35 PM
Sorry, I meant to qualify that it is Microsoft Outlook I am using.  It is not just websites, if there are pictures and there is a prompt to "Right Click to download pictures" it wont let me do that either,
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on November 18, 2010, 06:47:25 PM
Ah Bud, did you delete the Oki thread? That was brilliant! You're de man!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on November 18, 2010, 07:09:39 PM
Hi Orior,

Oki are a good company after all. I got a promise from the head man that a new Oki Printer is on its way free of charge for all the hassle I had and under the terms agreed I removed the thread and cancelled all other actions relating to same. Bud is in effect, Stood Down.  :D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Jimmy on November 25, 2010, 01:25:51 PM
Bought a new USB (Sony Vaio) of ebay (from Hong Kong if that has any effect) to take files back and forward between work and home computer. If I copy files onto in from one of the computers and when I go to open them on the other computer it comes up "file not valid." It would only do it form some files and seems to be pretty random in the files that are affected. Have tried re-formatting the USB but the problem re-appears after a while.

Anyone got any solutions or know what is going on?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on November 25, 2010, 06:43:33 PM
is there any must have software u computer people insist on having......have laptop nearly a year now and its goin grand but just want to have it fully kitted out....

thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on November 25, 2010, 07:59:03 PM
Bud - Outlook Express hasnt been available for ages now - do you mean Microsoft Outlook? If so, Microsoft's workaround is:

(1) Exit Outlook if it is running.
(2) Click Start, and then click Run. Copy and paste (or type) the following command in the Open box, and then press ENTER: regedit
(3)Verify that the following registry key for your version of Outlook exists. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Security
If the registry key exists, go to step 5.
If the registry key does not exist, follow these steps to create it:
Locate, and then click the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft
Under Edit, click New, and then click Key.
Type Office, and then press ENTER.
Under Edit, click New, and then click Key.
For Outlook 2010, type 14.0, and then press ENTER.
Under Edit, click New, and then click Key.
Type Outlook, and then press ENTER.
Under Edit, click New, and then click Key.
Type Security, and then press ENTER.
(4) Under Edit, click New, and then click String Value.
(5) Copy and paste (or type) the following name for the new value: Level1Remove
(6) Press ENTER.
(7) Right-click the new string value name, and then click Modify.
(8) Type the file name extension of the file type that you want to open in Outlook. For example: .exe
To specify multiple file types, use the following format: .exe;.com
(9) Click OK.
(10) Exit Registry Editor.
(11) Restart your computer.

Its actually easier than it looks!

Got this sorted today. Was just about to throw the laptop out the front door.  I tried your fix and a few others. I did 'everything I was bid' as me mother would say but in the end it was resolved by downloading Google Chrome. Google Chrome seem to use this ploy to force themselves on us it seems.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on November 25, 2010, 10:00:48 PM
was that for my benefit budweiser????
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on November 25, 2010, 10:07:48 PM
Absolutely not, you are not that important that I would aim a post at just you.  The query I put up was there before you, I only got it resolved today and I thought it would be a kind idea to put the resolution to the problem there in case it helped someone else. I take it you are too smart for that and beyond needing help. Right?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on November 25, 2010, 10:32:05 PM
Muppet!!! zzzzzz  ;D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on November 28, 2010, 01:52:44 PM
Muppet!!! zzzzzz  ;D

Muppet is awake now. For the time being anyway.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on November 28, 2010, 04:58:23 PM
is there any must have software u computer people insist on having......have laptop nearly a year now and its goin grand but just want to have it fully kitted out....

thanks

- Free anti virus software such as AVG
- Free anti spyware software such as superantispyware
- Free photo opening, resizing software - Irfanview is my fav
- Torrent downloading app such s Utorrent
- Microsoft Office (hint, one of the apps above could help you get this at great value)
- DVD copying software - DVDfab is a good one but cost $50 dollar or see microsoft hint above
- Some would have a mp3 ripper but to be honest its quicker to download the songs most times.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: blewuporstuffed on November 29, 2010, 04:35:41 PM
right, my laptop seems to have went up the left lately, to the stage were it no will switch on but i cant do anything, open any files/folders or start an programmes.

is there a way to restore it to factory settings, and wipe everything off it.

I have everything of value backed up anyway
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: concrete_boots on November 29, 2010, 06:13:28 PM
is there a quick way to get rid off unwanted/unused programs without goin throught them all individually through control panel??
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Dougal on November 29, 2010, 07:40:22 PM
not the usual computer help but...i do a bit of cad drawing at work,and the auld lad does it full time,and he was wondering if there was a kind of a touch screen that you can connect to the computer and hand write comments on drawings.so instead of printing off a drawing,writing on it,and scanning it back on,you can just write on the pad?(i can imagine this will sound like gibberish to anyone apart from me  :))
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: RMDrive on December 12, 2010, 09:19:00 PM
My Maxtor External Hard Drive was dropped during the week and while it will power up, my laptop cannot read from it. I'm hoping that the data is ok.

Is it possible to connect it directly to a computer using the connector in the images below? I'm hoping to use the current power supply but bypass the PCB. Is this feasible?

Can you buy a cable that will have this connector on one end and a USB connector on the other?

Sorry about the poor quality of the images.

Cheers.


 (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=67&u=13551759)


 (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=68&u=13551759)


 (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=69&u=13551759)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on December 12, 2010, 09:56:06 PM
You should be able to get a docking station from maplin and a USB lead - that's if I understand what you are trying to do correctly.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?criteria=hard+drive+interface&page=2 (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?criteria=hard+drive+interface&page=2)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: RMDrive on December 12, 2010, 10:33:23 PM
You should be able to get a docking station from maplin and a USB lead - that's if I understand what you are trying to do correctly.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?criteria=hard+drive+interface&page=2 (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?criteria=hard+drive+interface&page=2)

Thanks Bud Wiser. I'd say what I need is on Maplins all right but what is that type of connector called? SATA????
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: RMDrive on December 12, 2010, 10:52:22 PM
Thanks lads.  ;D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on December 13, 2010, 12:48:52 AM
Something like this should do the job.
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=48965#spec
It is for usb to IDE(your drive) (supports both types) and SATA
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on December 15, 2010, 10:00:02 PM
So have manager to break my laptop some how.says no bootable device please insert boot disk.bought laptop in states and don't have discs anymore.tried other various reboot attempts that made it worse as they never got completed and it's now saying other stuff.think it's time to leave it with someone to fix :(
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on December 21, 2010, 11:20:37 PM
Soooo quick update...left laptop with guy my brother knows..rang yesterday to say the hard drive is away on laptop and that we was goin to oder one online and install it for me..is this a big job??? one minute laptop workin fine and then this..does this happen.... :(

also have fotos on my laptop that i wana keep and told man all this...he not sure if he will be able too...bad times :(
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on December 22, 2010, 12:07:53 AM
Ask him to save the files from the hard drive for you  - and give you back the old hard drive whether it is damaged or not. If he cant save them there will be somebody who can, bring it to Maplin like we told you in the first place and they will either do it for you or give you an interface. What make is the HDD? It will be written on it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on December 22, 2010, 12:39:59 PM
I have already left my laptop with this guy my brother swears by....laptop was £1000 a year ago so getting it fixed wasnt an issue...for that kind of money i had to be willing to do what i could to get it fixed. Laptop was never dropped...just kind of stopped workin..was askin me for disc i didnt have to get it to run or something...Laptop was bought in New York which kind of makes the bringin of it back to supplier or place of purchase expensive and not likely
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on December 22, 2010, 03:41:07 PM
Most probably, your man the brother swears by, will be able to get it up and running.
It's good that you are so willing to support the local economy by paying other people for their know how :) 
You can have a number of causes for the  laptop booting problem and a smart computer lad should be able to suss it out for you. It might be as easy as repairing the boot file or replacing the memory sticks. Even if the most expensive repair is needed - replacing your hard drive and salvaging your files, it will be worth it on a £1,000 laptop.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on January 03, 2011, 07:14:54 PM
This may or may not be related to dropping the the Laptop but since i have it hasn't been going good at all, in the middle of using it a blue screen would appear out of no where and tell me Windows detected a problem and then it shuts down...playingpoker on facebook it would regularly freeze on me and now evertime i start it up it says there is a problem with windows and starts up running chkdsk...it's telling me there is a corrupt file somewhere...WTF

P.S. The hard Drive had been hanging out when i opened the back cover as i suspected when i dropped it that maybe something had come loose, i pushed it back into place but it never made any difference to the performance of the laptop...

Help as i can't believe i haven't put my fist thru it so far...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on January 08, 2011, 05:03:52 PM
I'm working with someone at present with an acer laptop. The registry is however corrupt.

This is easy to restore however...

MS Office is on this. When we got the laptop it had no disk (s) or anything with it and there is no drive anyway. The laptop was received via a "third party". If I do a restore to factory default I would assume that it will just restore the OS and thus the MS Office suite will be wiped? I would like to retain the user data and can do this no problem and reinstall all other apps.

However what will happen MS Office? I can only assume it will be deleted? The point of this laptop is to run an application which requires MS Access so without Office it serves no purpose.

(No restore points were ever created... This will now be rectified)



Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Abble on January 09, 2011, 10:45:01 PM
bro-in-law's computer is bukked. It was running windows xp and all of a a sudden was coming up with error message:
 "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
\windows\system32\config\system

You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd rom.

select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"
etc, etc

now, 80% of time i can try my hand at most friends pc problems but this one has thrown me. for start even when attempting to use safe mode it always comes up with the error dialogue screen, then to make matters worse (as there are google resolutions about to resolve this) there is no original windows xp cd !!!

so, as the bro-in-law doesnt care much about whats on the machine, he's happy enough if it got wiped and we maybe got our hands on a windows cd he's happy.


any suggestions ?
1. its a painstaking process without the original windows cd and can only be repaired by the professionals ?
2. how can i wipe the machine to install windows again ?

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Abble on January 10, 2011, 11:24:33 AM
bro-in-law's computer is bukked. It was running windows xp and all of a a sudden was coming up with error message:
 "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
\windows\system32\config\system

You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd rom.

select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"
etc, etc

now, 80% of time i can try my hand at most friends pc problems but this one has thrown me. for start even when attempting to use safe mode it always comes up with the error dialogue screen, then to make matters worse (as there are google resolutions about to resolve this) there is no original windows xp cd !!!

so, as the bro-in-law doesnt care much about whats on the machine, he's happy enough if it got wiped and we maybe got our hands on a windows cd he's happy.


any suggestions ?
1. its a painstaking process without the original windows cd and can only be repaired by the professionals ?
2. how can i wipe the machine to install windows again ?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on January 11, 2011, 09:48:40 PM
So finally got my laptop back after 3 weeks...workin well now..ended up costing 70 quid for new hard drive installed etc....lost all my photos tho which the guy said was liabale to happen :( He however gave me back the old hard drive that was in laptop and said there is a way of gettin fotos from it??? Anyone know how much it would cost and would somewhere like pc world do it????

thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on January 11, 2011, 09:53:30 PM
So finally got my laptop back after 3 weeks...workin well now..ended up costing 70 quid for new hard drive installed etc....lost all my photos tho which the guy said was liabale to happen :( He however gave me back the old hard drive that was in laptop and said there is a way of gettin fotos from it??? Anyone know how much it would cost and would somewhere like pc world do it????

thanks

Google 'hard drive data recovery'. There are lots of companies that recover data from damaged hard drives, so you'll be unlucky if you don't get at least some of your photos back - depending on the extent of damage of course.

I used a company in Belfast a few years ago - can't remember their name. It was quite expensive - a couple of hundred quid as I remember, but I got everything recovered.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on January 11, 2011, 10:14:56 PM
thanks hardy...i heard it was big money and u have kinda now confirmed that for me...few people mentioned sendin it off to belfast..like u say there should be loads online...google is my friend so to speak!! not sure of the extent of the damage as wasnt speakin to guy who fixed it..was some guy my brother knew...thanks for help

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on January 20, 2011, 08:53:58 PM
done full system restore on a laptop, wont connect to the internet atall. Should look for connections automatically but it isnt, any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on January 20, 2011, 10:44:17 PM
Have you checked the device manager to see if the drivers are ok for the Networking/Wireless Adapter?
there should be none in there with a yellow exclamation mark
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 20, 2011, 10:48:00 PM
If not, turn it off and turn it on again. works for me ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on January 20, 2011, 10:50:20 PM
If not, turn it off and turn it on again. works for me ;)

Always start at the simple ones.  Got phone call the other day, laptop just turned off, no lights on or anything, asking was it fecked?

It wasn't feckin plugged in and the battery had run down.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on January 21, 2011, 09:41:08 AM
bro-in-law's computer is bukked. It was running windows xp and all of a a sudden was coming up with error message:
 "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
\windows\system32\config\system

You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd rom.

select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"
etc, etc

now, 80% of time i can try my hand at most friends pc problems but this one has thrown me. for start even when attempting to use safe mode it always comes up with the error dialogue screen, then to make matters worse (as there are google resolutions about to resolve this) there is no original windows xp cd !!!

so, as the bro-in-law doesnt care much about whats on the machine, he's happy enough if it got wiped and we maybe got our hands on a windows cd he's happy.


any suggestions ?
1. its a painstaking process without the original windows cd and can only be repaired by the professionals ?
2. how can i wipe the machine to install windows again ?

Lads has anyone got an answer to this query as mine is coming up with the exact same screen and what do i do
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on January 21, 2011, 10:41:12 AM
I have come across a similiar problem before.  The resolution was similiar to this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Don;t know if you would want to try that.  The Recovery Console Can be downloaded here: http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/150212-boot-to-recovery-console-wo-xp-cd/

To wipe and install windows you will need the recovery disks for the computer or else a windows disc.
If just installing by Windows Disk you will probably need to download drivers for different components of the computer.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on January 21, 2011, 12:16:08 PM
I have come across a similiar problem before.  The resolution was similiar to this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Don;t know if you would want to try that.  The Recovery Console Can be downloaded here: http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/150212-boot-to-recovery-console-wo-xp-cd/

To wipe and install windows you will need the recovery disks for the computer or else a windows disc.
If just installing by Windows Disk you will probably need to download drivers for different components of the computer.

I have the origional windows disks with the laptop, if i insert it in will it try and fix the problem or will it wipe windows and re-install it. Also (sorry for asking stupid questions) will this format the laptop or can windows be installed again with wiping c drive...thanks for your help
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on January 21, 2011, 12:23:55 PM
I have come across a similiar problem before.  The resolution was similiar to this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Don;t know if you would want to try that.  The Recovery Console Can be downloaded here: http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/150212-boot-to-recovery-console-wo-xp-cd/

To wipe and install windows you will need the recovery disks for the computer or else a windows disc.
If just installing by Windows Disk you will probably need to download drivers for different components of the computer.

I have the origional windows disks with the laptop, if i insert it in will it try and fix the problem or will it wipe windows and re-install it. Also (sorry for asking stupid questions) will this format the laptop or can windows be installed again with wiping c drive...thanks for your help

If it's a normal windows disk there might be an option for a repair install.  which won't delete any files. 

If you go through the windows setup it will give you the options on screen there might be one for repair, but there will be an option to format and there is plenty of warning before you would wipe anything. 

To backup before hand if you had one of these:
http://www.usbnow.co.uk/Adapters_&_Connectors-USB_to_IDE_Adapters/c42_46/p52/USB_2.0_IDE_&_SATA_Cable_(with_Power_Supply)/product_info.html
You could taske the hard drive out and plug into that and into another computer to backup the data.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on January 21, 2011, 12:26:09 PM
Thanks a mill ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on January 21, 2011, 08:35:26 PM
Have you checked the device manager to see if the drivers are ok for the Networking/Wireless Adapter?
there should be none in there with a yellow exclamation mark
connected it directly to the internet and got 108 updates, installed them and it worked, thank god
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on January 24, 2011, 10:50:29 AM
A guy is fixing the laptop at the minute, he says the hard drive is not damaged as he's taken it out and tested it but there seems to be a bad file corruption somewhere. He said he's run a test and it cannot find the "Windows" file anywhere, he said he's never came across this...ever. That could only happen with me :D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on January 24, 2011, 10:56:10 AM
I have come across a similiar problem before.  The resolution was similiar to this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Don;t know if you would want to try that.  The Recovery Console Can be downloaded here: http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/150212-boot-to-recovery-console-wo-xp-cd/

To wipe and install windows you will need the recovery disks for the computer or else a windows disc.
If just installing by Windows Disk you will probably need to download drivers for different components of the computer.

I have the origional windows disks with the laptop, if i insert it in will it try and fix the problem or will it wipe windows and re-install it. Also (sorry for asking stupid questions) will this format the laptop or can windows be installed again with wiping c drive...thanks for your help

If it's a normal windows disk there might be an option for a repair install.  which won't delete any files. 

If you go through the windows setup it will give you the options on screen there might be one for repair, but there will be an option to format and there is plenty of warning before you would wipe anything. 

To backup before hand if you had one of these:
http://www.usbnow.co.uk/Adapters_&_Connectors-USB_to_IDE_Adapters/c42_46/p52/USB_2.0_IDE_&_SATA_Cable_(with_Power_Supply)/product_info.html
You could taske the hard drive out and plug into that and into another computer to backup the data.

Hi Mhic

Does that USB cable fit standard desktop PC's hard drives?

MY PC freezes upon boot up, and if I could access the hard drive I'd just dump it!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on January 24, 2011, 01:20:59 PM
A guy is fixing the laptop at the minute, he says the hard drive is not damaged as he's taken it out and tested it but there seems to be a bad file corruption somewhere. He said he's run a test and it cannot find the "Windows" file anywhere, he said he's never came across this...ever. That could only happen with me :D

aye pain in the ass of a thing, could need to do that long process listed on the Micorosft site I posted earlier.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on January 24, 2011, 01:22:44 PM
I have come across a similiar problem before.  The resolution was similiar to this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Don;t know if you would want to try that.  The Recovery Console Can be downloaded here: http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/150212-boot-to-recovery-console-wo-xp-cd/

To wipe and install windows you will need the recovery disks for the computer or else a windows disc.
If just installing by Windows Disk you will probably need to download drivers for different components of the computer.

I have the origional windows disks with the laptop, if i insert it in will it try and fix the problem or will it wipe windows and re-install it. Also (sorry for asking stupid questions) will this format the laptop or can windows be installed again with wiping c drive...thanks for your help

If it's a normal windows disk there might be an option for a repair install.  which won't delete any files. 

If you go through the windows setup it will give you the options on screen there might be one for repair, but there will be an option to format and there is plenty of warning before you would wipe anything. 

To backup before hand if you had one of these:
http://www.usbnow.co.uk/Adapters_&_Connectors-USB_to_IDE_Adapters/c42_46/p52/USB_2.0_IDE_&_SATA_Cable_(with_Power_Supply)/product_info.html
You could taske the hard drive out and plug into that and into another computer to backup the data.

Hi Mhic

Does that USB cable fit standard desktop PC's hard drives?

MY PC freezes upon boot up, and if I could access the hard drive I'd just dump it!

Yep it does.
It will both old IDE Drive and SATA Drives. Can even connect CD Drives to it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on January 26, 2011, 09:31:19 PM
My HP wireless printer wont print wirelessly today even though it is connected to the hub and the lights ao the panel are as they should be. Can t figure it out. Have it connected to 2 laptops in the house and up to today everything was fine.

Anyone any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on January 29, 2011, 05:21:50 PM
My HP wireless printer wont print wirelessly today even though it is connected to the hub and the lights ao the panel are as they should be. Can t figure it out. Have it connected to 2 laptops in the house and up to today everything was fine.

Anyone any ideas?

Got this sorted if anyone's interested. Turns out , the wireless printer wouldn't work cos my phone was out of order. ( Didn t realise this when I was posting)  Anyway, as soon as BT had sorted my phone , my printer worked again.

Never would have thought that would have caused ithe problem. Even though the phone was out of order the Broadband continued to work and the printer was always connected to the Hub

Just in case it ever happens to any of yous !
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on January 29, 2011, 07:21:56 PM
My HP wireless printer wont print wirelessly today even though it is connected to the hub and the lights ao the panel are as they should be. Can t figure it out. Have it connected to 2 laptops in the house and up to today everything was fine.

Anyone any ideas?

Got this sorted if anyone's interested. Turns out , the wireless printer wouldn't work cos my phone was out of order. ( Didn t realise this when I was posting)  Anyway, as soon as BT had sorted my phone , my printer worked again.

Never would have thought that would have caused ithe problem. Even though the phone was out of order the Broadband continued to work and the printer was always connected to the Hub

Just in case it ever happens to any of yous !
That sounds truly weird. Was your phone out of order and replaced or was some configuration adjustment made to the router by your provider?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on January 29, 2011, 07:51:25 PM
There were loose wires at the BT box which knocked my fone off, according to the BT engineer.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on February 03, 2011, 06:38:08 PM

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 03, 2011, 07:20:00 PM
can you restore ur computer to yesterdays settings??? when i got my computer back fixed the guy said just leave it as it is and dont update it....was working great...altho windows kepy saying updates available...wee brother updated it last night...was 64 of them when he went to shut down....it dont seem to be going as well this evening when i tried to watch a horse race earlier...am i being paranoid?? Possibly the weather we are having??
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on February 03, 2011, 07:34:09 PM
can you restore ur computer to yesterdays settings??? when i got my computer back fixed the guy said just leave it as it is and dont update it....was working great...altho windows kepy saying updates available...wee brother updated it last night...was 64 of them when he went to shut down....it dont seem to be going as well this evening when i tried to watch a horse race earlier...am i being paranoid?? Possibly the weather we are having??

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306084
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 03, 2011, 07:52:07 PM
thanks minder...am i speaking nonsense here or should i listen to the guy and not update settings etc??? surely windows daily updates etc are helpful???
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Karl Kennedy on February 05, 2011, 09:03:19 PM
Folks, I am going to sell my laptop on ebay.

Just wondering would it be possible for any buyer to be able to get any details from my laptop such as credit card details, bank accounts etc that I have looked at on the net?

I have deleted all my documents and programs that I installed and deleted my Internet explorer history but should I clear the hard drive?

Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on February 05, 2011, 09:13:27 PM
If you Restore to original settings, will that not clear out the works?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Karl Kennedy on February 05, 2011, 09:17:46 PM
But would they not be able to then just click restore to the date I restored i.e. restore to February 5th 2011 settings?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Groucho on February 07, 2011, 02:22:04 PM
Lads, I keep getting a message saying Security Shield Warning (virus detected, trojans etc) and can not get rid of it.

I have run my antivirus scan and it shows everything ok.

Any help greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on February 07, 2011, 02:24:58 PM
But would they not be able to then just click restore to the date I restored i.e. restore to February 5th 2011 settings?

He means a Factory restore which formats the hard drive and leaves it as it was when you first got it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on February 07, 2011, 02:25:45 PM
Lads, I keep getting a message saying Security Shield Warning (virus detected, trojans etc) and can not get rid of it.

I have run my antivirus scan and it shows everything ok.

Any help greatly appreciated.
Download the free version of: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
And run a scan.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Groucho on February 07, 2011, 02:34:20 PM
Lads, I keep getting a message saying Security Shield Warning (virus detected, trojans etc) and can not get rid of it.

I have run my antivirus scan and it shows everything ok.

Any help greatly appreciated.
Download the free version of: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
And run a scan.

It will not allow me to download/scan
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on February 07, 2011, 02:36:20 PM
how? why? you getting error message?

Could try downloading in Safe mode.

turn computer off, then when you turn it on, keep tapping the F8 key and you will get advanced start up options. Select Safe mode with networking.  Try downloading and scanning from there.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Goldengreen on February 07, 2011, 04:47:51 PM
Lads, I keep getting a message saying Security Shield Warning (virus detected, trojans etc) and can not get rid of it.

I have run my antivirus scan and it shows everything ok.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Sounds like one of them fake warning too, sister got it so just removed the app.

is it something like this you are getting:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-security-shield

removal instruction in the link also

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Groucho on February 07, 2011, 06:51:42 PM
Lads, I keep getting a message saying Security Shield Warning (virus detected, trojans etc) and can not get rid of it.

I have run my antivirus scan and it shows everything ok.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Sounds like one of them fake warning too, sister got it so just removed the app.

is it something like this you are getting:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-security-shield

removal instruction in the link also

Got it sorted thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on February 09, 2011, 12:42:59 PM
Folks I'm trying to connect a wireless printer thru the router and then print from the laptop but i can't get it connected. I'm going thru the process from the book, the printer searches for the router and finds it OK i then insert the 13 digit code from under the router and the printer then goes into a process where it tries to connect but after about 2-3 mins it then says "unable to connect". Has anyone had trouble for what should be a simple process like this and any ides what I'm doing wrong...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on February 09, 2011, 10:38:53 PM
http://www.ehow.com/how_4783954_connect-wireless-printer.html

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on February 11, 2011, 04:32:33 PM
AMD 640 Quad Core Processor
8GB Premium Branded DDR3 Memory
Premium Branded 1000GB SATAII Ultra Fast Hard Disk
NVIDIA GeForce 7025 256MB SMA Graphics
Ultra Fast Samsung DVDRW
Biostar N68S3 Motherboard
Black Deluxe Tower Case
Quality True Power PSU
5.1 High Definition Surround Sound
10/100 Ethernet LAN
8x USB2 Ports
3 Year Classic Bronze Warranty
wireless keyboard and mouse
25" Full HD Widescreen TFT


All this on a desk top PC for £453 inc delivery and VAT

Is this a good spec and good value folks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on February 11, 2011, 05:43:36 PM
AMD 640 Quad Core Processor
8GB Premium Branded DDR3 Memory
Premium Branded 1000GB SATAII Ultra Fast Hard Disk
NVIDIA GeForce 7025 256MB SMA Graphics
Ultra Fast Samsung DVDRW
Biostar N68S3 Motherboard
Black Deluxe Tower Case
Quality True Power PSU
5.1 High Definition Surround Sound
10/100 Ethernet LAN
8x USB2 Ports
3 Year Classic Bronze Warranty
wireless keyboard and mouse
25" Full HD Widescreen TFT


All this on a desk top PC for £453 inc delivery and VAT

Is this a good spec and good value folks

It's a budget machine and despite all the cool sounding features isn't really telling you much. What the f**k is "8GB Premium Branded DDR3 Memory" - is that like 'Premium Brand' cornflakes? Why would anyone need 8 UBS ports these days? NVIDIA IMO make the best graphics cards but you should really be looking closer to a 1GB card these days - plus I'd be expecting the spec to tell me the type of digital outputs I can get from that e.g. DVI, HDMI, mini display port. AMD quad core processor - personally I'd go for a dual core Intel with hyper-threading which would be a better brand and faster unless for are doing some really heavy duty crunching. 25" screen looks good but there is no specifics about that either. Any wireless? What operating system are they giving you? All in all it's not super deal but in and around what you would expect to pay over the counter for that spec. If you are not in a rush to buy you could probably do a little better. Keep an eye on the likes of http://www.hotukdeals.com/computers/deals/ (http://www.hotukdeals.com/computers/deals/) or the clearance offers on play, scan, amazon etc...

Have you considered the likes of these yokes as well:

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/3230/2497/-/16586657/Lenovo-C200-Intel-Atom-D510-1-6GHz-2GB-320GB-DVD-SM-18-5-inch-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Desktop-All-in-One-PC/Product.html (http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/3230/2497/-/16586657/Lenovo-C200-Intel-Atom-D510-1-6GHz-2GB-320GB-DVD-SM-18-5-inch-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Desktop-All-in-One-PC/Product.html)

They are more than adequate for the average home use. Lenovo computers are built by IBM - effectively the Volkswagen or Audi of the PC world. Good mileage and very reliable even if they don't have some of the fancy sounding trimmings.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 11, 2011, 06:02:08 PM

All this on a desk top PC for £453 inc delivery and VAT

Is this a good spec and good value folks
Price wise if you bought the components separately, that lot would cost you about £330.
So it's not a bad deal, to have it already put together and with Windows OS installed.
As Ulick pointed out,  better components are available, but you might well pay more.
That graphic card wont be up to handling high end games.
Figure out what you need, what you would like the computer to do.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on February 14, 2011, 10:19:28 AM
Thanks for the help there folks...when i seen that spec i thought it was the dogs bollocks so it's easy to see how gobshites like me buy the 1st thing they see without giving it much thought. That PC didn't include windows 7 either...

I'm looking a PC or a laptop to use AutoCAD (for engineering drawings) software and microsoft Office and the obvious internet browsing. Maybe throw the odd DVD into it for the kids to watch a movie, other than that its all i need it for...

what sort of spec should i be aiming for
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on February 17, 2011, 02:51:08 PM
I have come across a similiar problem before.  The resolution was similiar to this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Don;t know if you would want to try that.  The Recovery Console Can be downloaded here: http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/150212-boot-to-recovery-console-wo-xp-cd/

To wipe and install windows you will need the recovery disks for the computer or else a windows disc.
If just installing by Windows Disk you will probably need to download drivers for different components of the computer.

I have the origional windows disks with the laptop, if i insert it in will it try and fix the problem or will it wipe windows and re-install it. Also (sorry for asking stupid questions) will this format the laptop or can windows be installed again with wiping c drive...thanks for your help

If it's a normal windows disk there might be an option for a repair install.  which won't delete any files. 

If you go through the windows setup it will give you the options on screen there might be one for repair, but there will be an option to format and there is plenty of warning before you would wipe anything. 

To backup before hand if you had one of these:
http://www.usbnow.co.uk/Adapters_&_Connectors-USB_to_IDE_Adapters/c42_46/p52/USB_2.0_IDE_&_SATA_Cable_(with_Power_Supply)/product_info.html
You could taske the hard drive out and plug into that and into another computer to backup the data.

Hi Mhic

Does that USB cable fit standard desktop PC's hard drives?

MY PC freezes upon boot up, and if I could access the hard drive I'd just dump it!

Yep it does.
It will both old IDE Drive and SATA Drives. Can even connect CD Drives to it

Bought one of these gizmos... and it works! Fantastic. Some stuff saved that I thought was lost!

Where do the old emails from outlook express go? Do they be saved in sub folders or anything?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 17, 2011, 07:11:13 PM
small problem i hope :( turned on laptop only to be notified my windows had expired...didnt even know this could happen....it starts asking for me to activate and that the code can be found on the computer???? it seems to be a huge number with maybe 25 digits in it. also gives me the option to buy an activation code online...do i need to do this and if so how much are they??? I have this laptop about 18 months now.....any help be good
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on February 17, 2011, 07:46:50 PM
I have come across a similiar problem before.  The resolution was similiar to this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Don;t know if you would want to try that.  The Recovery Console Can be downloaded here: http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/150212-boot-to-recovery-console-wo-xp-cd/

To wipe and install windows you will need the recovery disks for the computer or else a windows disc.
If just installing by Windows Disk you will probably need to download drivers for different components of the computer.

I have the origional windows disks with the laptop, if i insert it in will it try and fix the problem or will it wipe windows and re-install it. Also (sorry for asking stupid questions) will this format the laptop or can windows be installed again with wiping c drive...thanks for your help

If it's a normal windows disk there might be an option for a repair install.  which won't delete any files. 

If you go through the windows setup it will give you the options on screen there might be one for repair, but there will be an option to format and there is plenty of warning before you would wipe anything. 

To backup before hand if you had one of these:
http://www.usbnow.co.uk/Adapters_&_Connectors-USB_to_IDE_Adapters/c42_46/p52/USB_2.0_IDE_&_SATA_Cable_(with_Power_Supply)/product_info.html
You could taske the hard drive out and plug into that and into another computer to backup the data.

Hi Mhic

Does that USB cable fit standard desktop PC's hard drives?

MY PC freezes upon boot up, and if I could access the hard drive I'd just dump it!

Yep it does.
It will both old IDE Drive and SATA Drives. Can even connect CD Drives to it

Bought one of these gizmos... and it works! Fantastic. Some stuff saved that I thought was lost!

Where do the old emails from outlook express go? Do they be saved in sub folders or anything?
Not 100% sure but you could try this: http://www.insideoe.com/files/store.htm
It says the folder there where it may be stored.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on February 17, 2011, 07:55:01 PM
Thanks Mhic. I'll give that a lash, and thank for the tip re the USB cable.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: WaterBoy on February 17, 2011, 08:02:13 PM
I have come across a similiar problem before.  The resolution was similiar to this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Don;t know if you would want to try that.  The Recovery Console Can be downloaded here: http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/150212-boot-to-recovery-console-wo-xp-cd/

To wipe and install windows you will need the recovery disks for the computer or else a windows disc.
If just installing by Windows Disk you will probably need to download drivers for different components of the computer.

I have the origional windows disks with the laptop, if i insert it in will it try and fix the problem or will it wipe windows and re-install it. Also (sorry for asking stupid questions) will this format the laptop or can windows be installed again with wiping c drive...thanks for your help

If it's a normal windows disk there might be an option for a repair install.  which won't delete any files. 

If you go through the windows setup it will give you the options on screen there might be one for repair, but there will be an option to format and there is plenty of warning before you would wipe anything. 

To backup before hand if you had one of these:
http://www.usbnow.co.uk/Adapters_&_Connectors-USB_to_IDE_Adapters/c42_46/p52/USB_2.0_IDE_&_SATA_Cable_(with_Power_Supply)/product_info.html
You could taske the hard drive out and plug into that and into another computer to backup the data.

Hi Mhic

Does that USB cable fit standard desktop PC's hard drives?

MY PC freezes upon boot up, and if I could access the hard drive I'd just dump it!

Yep it does.
It will both old IDE Drive and SATA Drives. Can even connect CD Drives to it

Bought one of these gizmos... and it works! Fantastic. Some stuff saved that I thought was lost!

Where do the old emails from outlook express go? Do they be saved in sub folders or anything?

open my computer, ensure hidden folders are shown (click the 'tools' option at the top of the window, select folder options then the 'View' tab and select 'view hidden files and folders'

Old emails will probably be saved as archive.pst (this can only be opened using outlook) in the following location

C:\Documents and Settings\'your username ie Norf Tyrone'\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

you could also just do a search of the drive for '.pst' and it will show you where all the outlook files are saved
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on February 17, 2011, 08:19:50 PM
I have come across a similiar problem before.  The resolution was similiar to this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Don;t know if you would want to try that.  The Recovery Console Can be downloaded here: http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/150212-boot-to-recovery-console-wo-xp-cd/

To wipe and install windows you will need the recovery disks for the computer or else a windows disc.
If just installing by Windows Disk you will probably need to download drivers for different components of the computer.

I have the origional windows disks with the laptop, if i insert it in will it try and fix the problem or will it wipe windows and re-install it. Also (sorry for asking stupid questions) will this format the laptop or can windows be installed again with wiping c drive...thanks for your help

If it's a normal windows disk there might be an option for a repair install.  which won't delete any files. 

If you go through the windows setup it will give you the options on screen there might be one for repair, but there will be an option to format and there is plenty of warning before you would wipe anything. 

To backup before hand if you had one of these:
http://www.usbnow.co.uk/Adapters_&_Connectors-USB_to_IDE_Adapters/c42_46/p52/USB_2.0_IDE_&_SATA_Cable_(with_Power_Supply)/product_info.html
You could taske the hard drive out and plug into that and into another computer to backup the data.

Hi Mhic

Does that USB cable fit standard desktop PC's hard drives?

MY PC freezes upon boot up, and if I could access the hard drive I'd just dump it!

Yep it does.
It will both old IDE Drive and SATA Drives. Can even connect CD Drives to it

Bought one of these gizmos... and it works! Fantastic. Some stuff saved that I thought was lost!

Where do the old emails from outlook express go? Do they be saved in sub folders or anything?

open my computer, ensure hidden folders are shown (click the 'tools' option at the top of the window, select folder options then the 'View' tab and select 'view hidden files and folders'

Old emails will probably be saved as archive.pst (this can only be opened using outlook) in the following location

C:\Documents and Settings\'your username ie Norf Tyrone'\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

you could also just do a search of the drive for '.pst' and it will show you where all the outlook files are saved

Yep thats for Outlook.  I think he is looking for Outlook Express which I think is different.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on February 18, 2011, 10:59:18 AM
This is not my week for computer problems.

Noticed last night when I went to open an email attachment that it goes through the whole process as normal but the email never opens. There is no error message, or nothing.

I also noticed that when I went to take something down from torrent that again it went through the motions but never started to dload.

Now I installed a new anti virus last week (Avira), and I am assuming that this might be a factor. So I de installed that, and the AVG that was dormant on the PC with the plan to reinstall them and see if that helped.

Anyone with half a brain will be a head of me on this one.. you guessed it. I can't dload new anti virus due to the problems as above!

So now... I can't dload anything and worse have no antivirus on my PC. I am assuming I can dload an anti virus programme onto a memory stick and install it that way, but any ideas to the former problem?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on February 18, 2011, 11:41:35 AM
This is not my week for computer problems.

Noticed last night when I went to open an email attachment that it goes through the whole process as normal but the email never opens. There is no error message, or nothing.

I also noticed that when I went to take something down from torrent that again it went through the motions but never started to dload.

Now I installed a new anti virus last week (Avira), and I am assuming that this might be a factor. So I de installed that, and the AVG that was dormant on the PC with the plan to reinstall them and see if that helped.

Anyone with half a brain will be a head of me on this one.. you guessed it. I can't dload new anti virus due to the problems as above!

So now... I can't dload anything and worse have no antivirus on my PC. I am assuming I can dload an anti virus programme onto a memory stick and install it that way, but any ideas to the former problem?

Thanks.

Hard to say, but the symptoms would put the antivirus software high on the suspect list, I'd say. The easiest solution might be a system restore.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 18, 2011, 12:21:56 PM


open my computer, ensure hidden folders are shown (click the 'tools' option at the top of the window, select folder options then the 'View' tab and select 'view hidden files and folders'

Old emails will probably be saved as archive.pst (this can only be opened using outlook) in the following location

C:\Documents and Settings\'your username ie Norf Tyrone'\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

you could also just do a search of the drive for '.pst' and it will show you where all the outlook files are saved
Why not just open up Outlook and export all mail and contacts onto the desktop and just back up those files onto ext drive.
Then if he has to reinstall the OS, he can simply import those files into the new Outlook.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 18, 2011, 08:03:05 PM
small problem i hope :( turned on laptop only to be notified my windows had expired...didnt even know this could happen....it starts asking for me to activate and that the code can be found on the computer???? it seems to be a huge number with maybe 25 digits in it. also gives me the option to buy an activation code online...do i need to do this and if so how much are they??? I have this laptop about 18 months now.....any help be good

Cough....Cough  :'(
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Boycey on February 18, 2011, 08:15:14 PM
small problem i hope :( turned on laptop only to be notified my windows had expired...didnt even know this could happen....it starts asking for me to activate and that the code can be found on the computer???? it seems to be a huge number with maybe 25 digits in it. also gives me the option to buy an activation code online...do i need to do this and if so how much are they??? I have this laptop about 18 months now.....any help be good

Cough....Cough  :'(

Usually you will find actication code on base of laptop, looks a bit like this




Not sure why'd ask you for it after all this time? Maybe a virus has deleted your activation status or its not a genuine copy?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 18, 2011, 08:46:48 PM
i think it may be the later boyce...flashs up not genuine an odd time this past few days :( Guy fixed it a month or two ago...thought maybe he put a trial on laptop and it had expired....what happens when it runs out??? what does window 7 home premium actually do??? does it run my computer...also that barcode u showed me is all faded and couldn make it out even if i wanted too :(
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Boycey on February 18, 2011, 09:08:37 PM
i think it may be the later boyce...flashs up not genuine an odd time this past few days :( Guy fixed it a month or two ago...thought maybe he put a trial on laptop and it had expired....what happens when it runs out??? what does window 7 home premium actually do??? does it run my computer...also that barcode u showed me is all faded and couldn make it out even if i wanted too :(

Windows 7 premium IS your computer without it you just have a box full of circuits and wires. There used to be ways of cracking these codes and I assume there still is, it wouldn't be my area of expertise but I'm sure there are computer heads on here who can point you in the right direction.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 19, 2011, 12:17:05 AM
i think it may be the later boyce...flashs up not genuine an odd time this past few days :( Guy fixed it a month or two ago...thought maybe he put a trial on laptop and it had expired....what happens when it runs out??? what does window 7 home premium actually do??? does it run my computer...also that barcode u showed me is all faded and couldn make it out even if i wanted too :(
He put up a trial or a pre-activated version and now you are fecked.
You have to get rid of it and install an untouched unactivated W7 Ultimate, one that you can activate yourself with a separate activation program just after the W7 install and then it becomes as good as genuine, ready and able to receive updates.
Or else just pay for activation, ring them up and do it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 19, 2011, 01:50:23 AM
thanks main street...it gives me the option to make windows genuine in a pop up at the start when i turn on the computer...its 79.99 but looks like it what i have to do right???? Can i restore the computer back a few months and make it work that way???
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 19, 2011, 11:28:28 AM
Can i restore the computer back a few months and make it work that way???
No, you are totally fecked,  you're cornered and your balls are in a vice grip.
You either activate  or reformat and install the OS from scratch

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 19, 2011, 12:27:30 PM
ur the bearer of bad news main street lol.....will buyin the package at 79.99 fix that problem??? Is the windows 7 premium home package the one for me or should i be lookinh else where...and finally what a cow boy i let fix this laptop :(
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on February 19, 2011, 12:33:14 PM
can you not take it back to the boy who "fixed" it and see what the f**k he done and tell him to put it right?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 19, 2011, 12:38:19 PM
it was all thru my brothers 'mate' but def gona have to get him to make a call....i presume he is in mexico or something by now :( He must have put a trial version or something when he changed the hard drive.....down to about 25 days now to renew it or sort something....
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 19, 2011, 01:20:16 PM
He used the wrong version of Windows, the equivalent of a trial version, a type that comes pre-loaded with a new computer but that can be activated through the computer company, if it has been registered.

He could/should have used an unactivated version of Windows 7 Ultimate  and activate it with Windows 7 Loader v1.7.1
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 19, 2011, 01:40:55 PM
Most likely your brothers mate downloaded a version of windows from Piratebay where the activation routine had been disabled. However, he probably made the fatal mistake of leaving automatic updates turned on when he installed it. After Microsoft cop on to an illegal version floating around cyberspace they often include a bit of code in some of their updates that checks for the illegal windows version which then turns the activation back on. It normally sets a clock ticking again for 30 days worth of time to pay for your activation code, sometimes it puts a big black border around your desktop for a while. There are "cracks" out there to re-disable activation but to be honest you would have to know what you are at to do that. If you are going to have to spend money on an activation code I suggest you consider buying the package from scratch cos that version you have installed could be missing some features and also might show up again as a pirate version at some other date when microsoft updates go poking around in your pc.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 19, 2011, 05:37:00 PM
this aint lookin very good here but many thanks for the help...well i cant do without windows so goin to have to buy it i guess....it gives me this option below to resolve the issue in a pop up from windows. £79.99....is that was i need...guess they send me 25 digit code that i enter into laptop???

http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate/ValidationResult.aspx?displaylang=en&Error=52&OSV=6.1.7600.2.00010300.0.0.003.09.1033&GenuineInfo=C004F063&ls=3&PageName=validate&Product=Wga
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 20, 2011, 07:16:24 PM
someone call a spade a spade for me please so i can get this sorted....what should i buy in pc world 2moro if i get time to go...i was thinking this below:

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/microsoft-office-home-and-student-2010-05018180-pdt.html
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 20, 2011, 08:04:15 PM
Did you not say it was windows you had a problem with, that link is for office which is totally different.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 20, 2011, 08:19:13 PM
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-03612469-pdt.html

that make more sense mylestheslasher and yeah its a windows problem...is home the best one or most suitable for me??? dont have much documenst in laptop etc..just use it for internet and watchin games etc
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 20, 2011, 08:25:47 PM
That's an upgrade which means you need to have vista or xp installed previously. I have no idea if it would work by upgrading a previous pirate version of win 7. You would be taking a chance with that so consider getting a full version instead. Hone version is fine for the home user.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 20, 2011, 08:43:39 PM
could u provide me with a link for this full version myles....sorry for being a pest too....just this is annoyin me and am willin to pay to get a package that sorts it. like a few said there may be away around it...gettin a product key somewhere somehow but i dont have the answers to this problem lol
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 20, 2011, 09:03:32 PM
No problem...

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-03351305-pdt.html

or if you fancy ebay..

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BRAND-NEW-SEALED-WINDOWS-7-HOME-PREMIUM-32-BIT-GENUINE-/120686999275?pt=UK_Computing_Software_Software_SR&hash=item1c198176eb#ht_5069wt_1139
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 20, 2011, 09:05:21 PM
120 quid gone it seems lol....pc world mite be handier as i live close enuf to one...might to 2moro evening and just get it...dont see any other way around it..im sure it cant be that hard 2 install and will keep the laptop right. Laptop was quiet expensive so would like to look after it as best i can....
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 20, 2011, 09:16:26 PM
Before you start copy any files you want to keep to a cd or usb key cos new install will prob delete the files you have. Install itself is handy, just follow instructions.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 20, 2011, 09:34:38 PM
thansk for the help myles...have next to nothin stored on this computer as lost it all with my last hard drive. Prob just buy this package from pc world and get on with it....bit hateful but what can i do!!!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 20, 2011, 10:09:32 PM
That's expensive shít, Frank.

Do you not feel motivated to learn how to download stuff?
Theres an untouched version of W7Ultimate on Pirate Bay
Windows 7 All Versions x86 And x64 RETAiL DVD-CLONE

I'm sure Myles will be more than willing to guide you though the process  ;D








Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 20, 2011, 10:14:45 PM
i hear ya main street and not a great start to the week but apid alot for the laptop and guess i kind of just want to get it sorted. Im sure there is ways around this and i did try for a few hours at the start...i googled loads...read forums...watched youtube videos...tried a ball of stuff but nothing seemed to work. Bought laptop in New York but cant really see how that would matter...maybe i am panicking a bit...have maybe 25 days or so still to sort it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 20, 2011, 11:01:26 PM
The problem with downloading a pirate op system is that Microsoft will engage you in a technology battle where the restart your activation period via automatic updates. You then have to find a crack for that before the cycle starts again. Been there and done that and while it can be done it just starts to be a real pain in the ass. So now I have genuine windows but all my other software is em less genuine.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Abble on February 21, 2011, 10:57:22 AM
The problem with downloading a pirate op system is that Microsoft will engage you in a technology battle where the restart your activation period via automatic updates. You then have to find a crack for that before the cycle starts again. Been there and done that and while it can be done it just starts to be a real pain in the ass. So now I have genuine windows but all my other software is em less genuine.

surely myles then the sensible thing to do is just turn off automatic updates ?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: BenDover on February 21, 2011, 11:21:35 AM
This is a MS operating system you're talking about ffs I'm still getting updates for XP SP3, there will always be updates if not just to leave the likes of you behind to battle with the bugs Abble  :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 21, 2011, 11:28:59 AM
The problem with downloading a pirate op system is that Microsoft will engage you in a technology battle where the restart your activation period via automatic updates. You then have to find a crack for that before the cycle starts again. Been there and done that and while it can be done it just starts to be a real pain in the ass. So now I have genuine windows but all my other software is em less genuine.

surely myles then the sensible thing to do is just turn off automatic updates ?

Yes indeed, if you can get a pirate version on a recent Service Pack then thats exactly the best thing to do. However, Windows will constantly be at you to turn them back on and all you need is someone to follow what windows says to do and hey presto your windows stops working.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on February 21, 2011, 11:34:12 AM
An alternative would be to install a free distribution of Linux which would solve your woes.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on February 21, 2011, 06:11:00 PM
Sorry for asking tommy but Linux is what exactly and how would it help???
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on February 21, 2011, 06:21:20 PM
Sorry for asking tommy but Linux is what exactly and how would it help???

Linix is an alternative operating system to Windows.  Don't know if you can convertt Word Documents/Excel/Power Point etc directly into Linix based programs.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on February 21, 2011, 09:15:00 PM
Sorry for asking tommy but Linux is what exactly and how would it help???

Linix is an alternative operating system to Windows.  Don't know if you can convertt Word Documents/Excel/Power Point etc directly into Linix based programs.
Openoffice would do it.

To be honest reading back Frank I would say pay for your OS and then use everything else free. It has sounded more trouble than it's worth.

Linux is an alternative however it would be difficult enough to install etc if you didn't know what you're doing.(Not saying you don't but it's mostly techy geeks who use it)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: supersarsfields on March 07, 2011, 11:25:10 AM
Having a problem with my computer. Evertime I open Internet explored it opens up but then after a couple of seconds I get an error message. It's connecting ok so would it be a virus or anyone have any idea how to fix it?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: AbbeySider on March 07, 2011, 12:40:02 PM
My friends home PC is very sick at the minute and I cant seem to get rid of the Virus / Spyware.

Its called System Tool, and when you startup the PC and log into any profile a fake Virus Scan starts and tells you your PC in infected and to upgrade the software to fix it. When you decline the offer it hogs the processor and changes your desktop background to a warning message, as well as pop up again and again with the fake scan. It also effects IE and Firefox.

So far I have restarted in Safe Mode with Networking and the Virus has defeated updated Virus Definition versions of:
- Avast
- Malware Bytes Anti Malware
- Spy Bot Search and Destroy

Im running out of ideas and dont want to fcuk around with the registry, is there any removal tool out there? Has anyone heard of this one yet?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: RealSpiritof98 on March 07, 2011, 01:28:34 PM
I cant get into google, everytime I enter it says that my server cannot locate the address, has some rival put a block on?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on March 07, 2011, 02:13:14 PM
Screen Brightness??? how do u adjust it?? prob really easy so sorry for asking......
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on March 08, 2011, 06:36:49 PM
seems to be a problem a day with me and this laptop...after installin the new software...windows 7 home premium and gettin laptop back to its best i now have the fan constantly blowing/humming....seems like its workin way too hard if that makes sense???? I can hear it quite clearly...can i turn it off...change timer or something....
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on March 08, 2011, 08:38:03 PM
BigFrank - The cooling fan will kick in when the CPU is working hard and at its hottest.  If its an older laptop which you have upgraded to Win 7 it might be that its not up to the job of running Win 7.  How old of a machine is it?  If you could tell me what type of processor and how much Ram it has that would be even more useful.

A couple of things you could try. 

1) Disable Windows 7's fancy aero graphics interface.  Right Click on My Computer, Click Properties, Click Advanced System Settings, Click the Advanced Tab at the top, Click the Settings button in the Performance section.  Tick the Adjust for best performance button, click ok and ok again.  This will give your CPU a slightly easier life your desktop won't just look as fancy.

2) Google CCleaner and download and install it.  Run CCleaner, click Tools on the left hand side, then click Startup.  Disable programs which are starting when the PC boots which you don't need.  These programs are still installed and you can start them manually if you need from your Programs menu.  They just won't load automactically when the PC boots and eat up RAM which you might be short of.  Skype for example can take up 60-90MB of Ram which if you are short on RAM is a fair bit.  Make sure to Disable programs don't delete the entry.  If you turn something off which you find out later you need you can just run CCleaner and enable it again.

3) Check if you need a RAM upgrade.  Go to http://www.crucial.com/uk/ (http://www.crucial.com/uk/) and tell it to scan your system.  It will tell you how much RAM and how many free slots you have and what the costs of different upgrades are.  If you are running 1GB of RAM thats not enough.  2Gig is just ok, three is good, four is great.  RAM chips are generally easy to install on laptops.  There is usually a small panel on the bottom of the machine which you screw off and slide your new chip in. 


AbbeySider - If MalwareBytes and Spybot aren't taking out your infection you need to run a tool called ComboxFix
You can download it from here http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/protected/c9d42fc81e991b8542872d809cf80214/4d7691e4/ComboFix.exe (http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/protected/c9d42fc81e991b8542872d809cf80214/4d7691e4/ComboFix.exe)
When its downloaded just double click the file.  It will give you a spate of warnings about not being compatible with Avast but just ignore this, i've never know it to cause a problem.  Let it run through.  This should get you going.



Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on March 09, 2011, 08:30:12 PM
Thats about as good and thorough answer as anyone could have hoped for AMALLON....thanks for taking the time. Laptop is about 16 months old and was bought for what i thought was a fair amount of money in New York. Have little or no idea how to find out what processor it is or how much RAM it has on it. Will work through ur ideas here and see what works..i do have skype programmed to log me in as soon as i turn laptop on which prob dont help. Thanks again
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 09, 2011, 09:50:49 PM
Skype should not bogart much of the processor, no more than 0.1%.
Maybe there is a utility with which you can see what applications are running and what % of the processor they are grabbing.
A browser with a Flash Plug In running, sucks about 50%- 60% of the processor and the fan will surely be in overdrive.
Once the processor heats up to a certain temp, the fan kicks in until it cools down. The memory should not be a factor here. The fan activity is hitched to the temp of the processor.
Make sure the fans are clear of grimy dust. Also make sure that some air can circulate under the laptop while you use it.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on March 09, 2011, 10:40:07 PM
No bother BigFrank- Right click on My Computer or Computer if you are running Vista and click properties.  Under System it should tell you what Processor and how much RAM you have.  A 16 month old machine should have a fairly decent spec. 

Run taskmanager by right clicking on the taskbar across the bottom of your screen.  Go into the processes tab.  Click show processes from all users.  Click the CPU heading at the top, this will sort the processes into order.  The ones using most CPU time will be at the top.  When you fan is going flat out make a note of which process is at the top of the list.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 15, 2011, 07:12:01 PM
Ok my problem is this, we have a laptop, Ipod touch (my wee girl never off it) and i have the Playstation (big kid i know)

With all these devices using the wireless router I think the speed of the internet and the online gaming can be slow or in the case of the Playstation loose it's connection, while I'm kicking ass!!!

What can I do to stop this happening? I'm with talktalk, If only one device is on its usually fine
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on March 15, 2011, 07:26:04 PM
I would check the speed you are getting by going to this site and doing a test.  www.speedtest.net (http://www.speedtest.net)

I don't know much about playstations but does it give you any sort of error message when it looses connection?  Is the playstation far from your router?  Could it be a weak signal?  If the signal is weak even people walking about a room can knock the connection out.  If possible I'd move the PS closer to your router and see how that goes.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on March 15, 2011, 09:51:41 PM
If you have 3 people on the net in your house at the same time you will reduce the speed to all three. This would be very evident if one person was downloading something and another was doing on line gaming. You are all using the same line so what one does will effect the others. By all means though do a line check and make sure you are getting the speed you should be and if your not use some anti spyware/walmare sofware to do a scan of your pc.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 17, 2011, 07:45:45 PM
9MB/sec download speed??
and you are being driven nuts  ;D

 
Quote
a G card should still be giving me up to 54Mbps

Isn't that 54 megabits per second?
divide by 8 to get MB/sec
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on March 18, 2011, 11:06:14 AM
I think with BT Infinity you are supposed to be getting at least 15 mb/sec . Otherwise there is a problem with it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on March 18, 2011, 12:36:49 PM
4.32Mb/s download = poor?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 18, 2011, 01:38:45 PM
I'm sure you know what I meant - the small b! 9Mbps. The non-solution to the problem is whats driving me nuts!
As I sorta wrote, your card is choking the download speed.
Afaics, you don't have a configuration problem as your G card is operating at optimum.

54 Mbps  Megabit-per-second =54000 Kbps  =6.75 MB/sec



 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: armaghniac on March 18, 2011, 03:46:50 PM
You can't blame the BT service unless you are using the network cable. On the wireless there are several potential issues that might restrict your speed, the card, wireless interference from something else, even distance to the hub.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: kumquat on March 21, 2011, 09:05:58 PM
Right folks, I have a laptop which is a few years old. Today I turned it on and it went through the usual noises but nothing appeared on the monitor. I connected it to my pc monitor and it appeared on it. You can just make out the faint windows desktop on the laptop. Is there anyway of getting it fixed?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on March 21, 2011, 09:18:13 PM
Right folks, I have a laptop which is a few years old. Today I turned it on and it went through the usual noises but nothing appeared on the monitor. I connected it to my pc monitor and it appeared on it. You can just make out the faint windows desktop on the laptop. Is there anyway of getting it fixed?

Hate to tell you the obvious but your monitor is probably fried. You could get a replacement one and fit it but depending on your model it could be tricky and could cost you maybe €100. New laptops available for €350 these days so maybe it is time for an upgrade. You could also consider claiming on your house insurance if it covers contents?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyssam5 on March 21, 2011, 09:37:49 PM
Right folks, I have a laptop which is a few years old. Today I turned it on and it went through the usual noises but nothing appeared on the monitor. I connected it to my pc monitor and it appeared on it. You can just make out the faint windows desktop on the laptop. Is there anyway of getting it fixed?

Your light isn't coming on, 2 possible reason. One is the inverter board (small board in your monitor casing) is done the other is the light itself. The first is most likely as easiest to fix. Go to ebay and look up inverter board for your particular model, should be able to get one <$20. It is not too hard to replace, if you google it you might get lucky and find step-by-step guide for your model, I did for mine recently.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 21, 2011, 09:46:19 PM
Is anyone else's internet slow tonight?
Everything fine here internal in the house so checking if it maybe a wider network issue, BT or the likes if anyone is having similiar problems. 
It does load very slowy, like this page but if try to download a file it is virtually impossible
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: armaghniac on March 22, 2011, 12:37:41 AM
Quote
s anyone else's internet slow tonight?
Everything fine here internal in the house

your neighbour is tapped into your wireless.....
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 22, 2011, 12:39:14 AM
Quote
s anyone else's internet slow tonight?
Everything fine here internal in the house

your neighbour is tapped into your wireless.....
Nope, know my own network and its fine. 
Had disabled the wireless earlier and it was the same, even tries using an old usb modem and it was the same craic.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 22, 2011, 07:52:52 PM
Right folks, I have a laptop which is a few years old. Today I turned it on and it went through the usual noises but nothing appeared on the monitor. I connected it to my pc monitor and it appeared on it. You can just make out the faint windows desktop on the laptop. Is there anyway of getting it fixed?

Your light isn't coming on, 2 possible reason. One is the inverter board (small board in your monitor casing) is done the other is the light itself. The first is most likely as easiest to fix. Go to ebay and look up inverter board for your particular model, should be able to get one <$20. It is not too hard to replace, if you google it you might get lucky and find step-by-step guide for your model, I did for mine recently.
Yep, the inverter board is an easy enough job but if that doesn't do it,  changing the bulb is beyond the capabilities of most.   
Revert to insurance policy is advisable at that stage.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: turkey+ham on March 22, 2011, 08:48:15 PM
Need to get an external hard drive to store movies and photos. Don't know much about tech, aprt from I'll need at least 7gb to begin with. Anyone using these, or advice on what to buy. Could spend up to £100 :-\
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on March 22, 2011, 09:06:48 PM
we got a terrabyte external hard drive from currys for £45, no bother from it what so ever
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 22, 2011, 09:29:29 PM
Need to get an external hard drive to store movies and photos. Don't know much about tech, aprt from I'll need at least 7gb to begin with. Anyone using these, or advice on what to buy. Could spend up to £100 :-\
You'll not need to spend £100! I've got couple of seagate ones and they're grand, could go for that make.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: AbbeySider on March 23, 2011, 09:59:27 AM
Any php experts in here? I am receiving the following code from a Wordpress page and I head is wrecked reading code:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '{' in (site address goes in here) layout_contact_page.php on line 310

Thats just saying in line 310 of the file layout_contact_page.php, you have an extra or non corresponding closing bracket
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: theskull1 on March 23, 2011, 10:08:56 AM
Is anyone else's internet slow tonight?
Everything fine here internal in the house so checking if it maybe a wider network issue, BT or the likes if anyone is having similiar problems. 
It does load very slowy, like this page but if try to download a file it is virtually impossible

My internet was really slow Monday evening. Pipex
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: AbbeySider on March 23, 2011, 10:10:24 AM
This is the thing - it is working perfectly well on localhost - it was purchased as part of a theme and has worked right up to being hosted externally. I have counted the { and corresponding } and they seem to match which suggests to me something else aint quite right.

Clear your browser cache, and then contact the company who supplied the theme.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: AbbeySider on March 23, 2011, 10:28:13 AM
Cleared the cache which made no odds - support on the theme is atrocious - are there any websites out there where you could post the code and somebody could 'examine' it or any tools out there which validates or checks php?

I suppose you could trawl through forums... I would start a new thread here and ask for Php experts.
Im a J2EE Engineer  :(
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 23, 2011, 01:25:30 PM
Is anyone else's internet slow tonight?
Everything fine here internal in the house so checking if it maybe a wider network issue, BT or the likes if anyone is having similiar problems. 
It does load very slowy, like this page but if try to download a file it is virtually impossible

My internet was really slow Monday evening. Pipex

Cheers Skull, using Pipex as well so maybe they are having problems.
It was down completely last night for about 20 minutes around 1am.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: screenmachine on March 25, 2011, 07:36:39 PM
Not strictly speaking computer help but it'll fit in here grand.

Getting broadband set up in a new build for the first time.  After a bit of shopping around the main big players in broadband I'm thinking of going for O2 (about £20 all in for unlimited broadband and line rental).  They are telling me though that I have to get BT to set up the line for an initial connection which costs  around £120.  I'm happy enough to pay the one off fee but I then heard that BT may try to commit you for 12 months after this initial set up?

Firstly, has anyone any experience of this initial phone line connection set up?  Builder has said the phone cable is ducted to the house whatever that means if that helps any?  Secondly, has anyone any experience of the broadband experience with O2 or would you have any other recommended companies?

I had a price with BT last night for around £23 for unlimited broadband, free evening and weekend calls and line rental but after phoning them back today this has mysteriously disappeared so I'm thinking of avoiding BT altogether bar the initial set up which I think is unavoidable.  Sounds more like BT Fraudband to be honest... ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: armaghniac on March 25, 2011, 07:43:33 PM
Probably wise not to rule out BT packages for the first few months perhaps? Take their free 3 months or whatever and change provider later.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 25, 2011, 07:48:56 PM
Not strictly speaking computer help but it'll fit in here grand.

Getting broadband set up in a new build for the first time.  After a bit of shopping around the main big players in broadband I'm thinking of going for O2 (about £20 all in for unlimited broadband and line rental).  They are telling me though that I have to get BT to set up the line for an initial connection which costs  around £120.  I'm happy enough to pay the one off fee but I then heard that BT may try to commit you for 12 months after this initial set up?

Firstly, has anyone any experience of this initial phone line connection set up?  Builder has said the phone cable is ducted to the house whatever that means if that helps any?  Secondly, has anyone any experience of the broadband experience with O2 or would you have any other recommended companies?

I had a price with BT last night for around £23 for unlimited broadband, free evening and weekend calls and line rental but after phoning them back today this has mysteriously disappeared so I'm thinking of avoiding BT altogether bar the initial set up which I think is unavoidable.  Sounds more like BT Fraudband to be honest... ;)
It's a one off payment of 120 quid to get BT to put in the line, I got them to do it for me about 18  months ago and I went with virgin (useless c***ts)
I've had o2 before and they were excellent - I'd be straight back to them if I could get broadband with them here. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 27, 2011, 01:29:36 PM
Can anyone tell me where to get a free version of malwarebytes or suggest a similar thing that's just as good?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on March 27, 2011, 01:41:43 PM
http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Malwarebytes-AntiMalware/1186760019/1

I also use Spybot - run them both in case one of them misses something.
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: pintsofguinness on March 27, 2011, 02:04:32 PM
Great stuff, thanks hardy.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: townof12 on March 28, 2011, 02:16:07 PM
Hi everyone, i'm looking for some help re joomla websites.  I want to put some short video clips online and make available for streaming.  They are currently in flv format but can be changed if necessary.  I have tried a couple of free plugins, but they dont seem to play.  Have any of you out there any experience of joomla CMS and video?  Any help would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: DuffleKing on March 31, 2011, 12:37:28 AM

I have a mass storage device for all kinds of work - it's vitally important for me.

Anyway, when i save documents to it, they inexplicably are not there when i next go to look for them. What i have to do is save them to the computer and then drag it into the MSD to save it there.

Am i missing something?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: fitzroyalty on April 01, 2011, 03:36:48 PM
My Toshiba laptop has started to play up, I think it's something to do with the main fan which I'm almost certain has  completely stopped working.

Basically if I turn the laptop on I get about max. ten mins usage before it turns itself off. Would it be related to the fact I recently replaced the original damaged power cable (cheap £12.50 job off Amazon)?

Anyone else experience anything similar? I googled it and one solution is to open it up and clean away dust, lint etc from the fan bit but I wouldn't know how to take it apart/reassembe.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on April 07, 2011, 05:51:01 PM
So i had to go into safe mode to get this far on my laptop so i can get ask wtf is going on :( when i load it up the ordinary way...the wee loading icon keeps spinning and it wont load up...it also wont let me get the start up bar uo i can maybe restore or something....any help please??
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hereiam on April 07, 2011, 09:49:28 PM
Coulld be a number of things, but the main culpurt would be a faulty hard drive. Go into event viewer and see if any errors are coming up relating to the hard drive.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on April 07, 2011, 10:37:40 PM
My Toshiba laptop has started to play up, I think it's something to do with the main fan which I'm almost certain has  completely stopped working.

Basically if I turn the laptop on I get about max. ten mins usage before it turns itself off. Would it be related to the fact I recently replaced the original damaged power cable (cheap £12.50 job off Amazon)?

Anyone else experience anything similar? I googled it and one solution is to open it up and clean away dust, lint etc from the fan bit but I wouldn't know how to take it apart/reassembe.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
 

The fan on your processor is probably frigged and the CPU is over heating and shutting off. Open it up and try to clean around the fan, if that doesn't work get a new fan.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on April 07, 2011, 10:41:22 PM
So i had to go into safe mode to get this far on my laptop so i can get ask wtf is going on :( when i load it up the ordinary way...the wee loading icon keeps spinning and it wont load up...it also wont let me get the start up bar uo i can maybe restore or something....any help please??

Did you install something new just before this happened? If you did uninstall it when in safe mode. If that doesn't work id use safe mode to get your important files of the machine and then reinstall windows. Probably windows got corrupted, more likely than a hard drive failure.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on April 08, 2011, 05:50:02 PM
After what can only be described a fumble in the dark i have managed after some trial and error to restore my laptop till a few weeks ago...it kind of seems like it is working fine now...i have installed AVG...Malwarebytes that hardy recommened above....was going to re install google chrome as thats what i was using and liked how it stored everything as u went along...maybe i should just stick with internet explorer for now.....in my action center it is suggesting i 'set up backup' but im not even sure what that means....is there anything else that i shoudl download....thanks for everyones help above too...

ps windows update are also suggesting i have 63 important available and 5 optional updates are avaiable??? what am i supposed to do with this????
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on April 08, 2011, 08:37:30 PM
After what can only be described a fumble in the dark i have managed after some trial and error to restore my laptop till a few weeks ago...it kind of seems like it is working fine now...i have installed AVG...Malwarebytes that hardy recommened above....was going to re install google chrome as thats what i was using and liked how it stored everything as u went along...maybe i should just stick with internet explorer for now.....in my action center it is suggesting i 'set up backup' but im not even sure what that means....is there anything else that i shoudl download....thanks for everyones help above too...

ps windows update are also suggesting i have 63 important available and 5 optional updates are avaiable??? what am i supposed to do with this????

Install the updates and do a backup as suggested.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on April 08, 2011, 09:41:06 PM
A back of up what myles??? I have next to nothing that i need to save...ie documents/photos...installed updates and downloaded internet explorer 9 and hoping it works fine...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Dave on April 14, 2011, 04:59:10 PM
Not exactly a computer problem but sort of is.

I have a Acer laptop that I want to connect to my TV.
I have a VGA output on the laptop but no s-video output but on my old SD TV I have a s-video but no VGA..
I have bought numerous leads and looked and various websites but can't find a solution to what I'd imagine is a simple enough problem.
Can anyone help?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Radda bout yeee on April 27, 2011, 11:06:22 PM
Similar problem to above:

I have a Toshiba Sattelite L350D and I want to connect it to a panasonic tv. I dunno if i have the correct ports on either product but was wondering if anyone knows which lead i should buy??
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on April 28, 2011, 07:13:28 AM
If your tv is new it should have a vga port just like what's on your laptop. Then buy a vga to vga connection cable. If not you will need a unit called a tv scanner or pc to tv converter which is a box that can convert signals and provides some connections. The latter is more expensive
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Radda bout yeee on April 28, 2011, 09:28:47 AM
If your tv is new it should have a vga port just like what's on your laptop. Then buy a vga to vga connection cable. If not you will need a unit called a tv scanner or pc to tv converter which is a box that can convert signals and provides some connections. The latter is more expensive

Thanks for the reply!
I got a VGA to VGA cable with the tv but when i connect it from the laptop to the tv it shows the picture but the sound won't come through the tv - it only comes through the laptop!  :(
Any idea why this is or what i'm doing wrong?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on April 28, 2011, 10:20:44 AM
Your doing nothing wrong, VGA will not transfer sound, video only. You still could be able to get a "headphone" jack and use it to transfer the sound into the TV (red and white connection I think). For a opne cable solution you would need a DVI out on your laptop, a HDMI connection on your TV and a DVI to HDMI connection cable.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on April 28, 2011, 10:21:08 AM
If your tv is new it should have a vga port just like what's on your laptop. Then buy a vga to vga connection cable. If not you will need a unit called a tv scanner or pc to tv converter which is a box that can convert signals and provides some connections. The latter is more expensive

Thanks for the reply!
I got a VGA to VGA cable with the tv but when i connect it from the laptop to the tv it shows the picture but the sound won't come through the tv - it only comes through the laptop!  :(
Any idea why this is or what i'm doing wrong?

Sound doesn't pass through the VGA cable.  You will need another cable to go from your laptop to the TV as well.  From your Headphone socket on the laptop to the audio rca ports on the tv (Red and White) ones. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Radda bout yeee on April 28, 2011, 11:23:30 AM
If your tv is new it should have a vga port just like what's on your laptop. Then buy a vga to vga connection cable. If not you will need a unit called a tv scanner or pc to tv converter which is a box that can convert signals and provides some connections. The latter is more expensive

Thanks for the reply!
I got a VGA to VGA cable with the tv but when i connect it from the laptop to the tv it shows the picture but the sound won't come through the tv - it only comes through the laptop!  :(
Any idea why this is or what i'm doing wrong?

Sound doesn't pass through the VGA cable.  You will need another cable to go from your laptop to the TV as well.  From your Headphone socket on the laptop to the audio rca ports on the tv (Red and White) ones.

Cheers.
Would the following cable work?
http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?storeId=10001&catalogId=1500002701&langId=-1&searchTerms=jack rca audio cable#pdpProductReviews
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on April 28, 2011, 11:26:27 AM
If your tv is new it should have a vga port just like what's on your laptop. Then buy a vga to vga connection cable. If not you will need a unit called a tv scanner or pc to tv converter which is a box that can convert signals and provides some connections. The latter is more expensive

Thanks for the reply!
I got a VGA to VGA cable with the tv but when i connect it from the laptop to the tv it shows the picture but the sound won't come through the tv - it only comes through the laptop!  :(
Any idea why this is or what i'm doing wrong?

Sound doesn't pass through the VGA cable.  You will need another cable to go from your laptop to the TV as well.  From your Headphone socket on the laptop to the audio rca ports on the tv (Red and White) ones.

Cheers.
Would the following cable work?
http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?storeId=10001&catalogId=1500002701&langId=-1&searchTerms=jack rca audio cable#pdpProductReviews

Yep thats the job!!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Goldengreen on April 28, 2011, 05:59:23 PM
Not exactly a computer problem but sort of is.

I have a Acer laptop that I want to connect to my TV.
I have a VGA output on the laptop but no s-video output but on my old SD TV I have a s-video but no VGA..
I have bought numerous leads and looked and various websites but can't find a solution to what I'd imagine is a simple enough problem.
Can anyone help?

have this box myself, does the job perfectly  VGA -> Converter -> S Video,  composite, RCA, AV
http://www.amazon.com/PC-To-TV-Video-Converter/dp/B001CJOLBW
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: FL/MAYO on April 28, 2011, 11:10:11 PM
Just bought a new laptop that had Intel Wireless Display on it. I bought the push to TV adapter shown below, works very well.

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&XID=O:ngptv1000:dg_ggldf&productId=8198552921666214653
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on May 02, 2011, 10:22:39 PM
I have a Toshiba Satellite at home (64 bit Windows 7). Last week, the wireless stopped working. The facts are

- wireless works okay on other laptops
- toshiba ethernet cable works okay
- F8 wireless switch does not appear. The F8 function is missing when I hit the FN button

So, I down loaded and updated a couple of drivers (Realtech lan, wireless client, wireless manager) but no joy.

Could be a hardware issue?

Anyone any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on May 02, 2011, 11:09:51 PM
Folks my laptop is running on Windows 7 and has been running like a dream up until this morning, the internet is fine and so are all the rest of the software with the exception of Microsoft Outlook. When i click on it to open up the tab alerts you that you clicked on it but the page won't extend itself up, when you hover over it it's showing like a blank outlook page but Outlook still won't open up. All the rest of the software opens up within Office like word and excel etc no problem...

Does that sound like a corrupt file or some sort of virus? I ran a antivirus check earlier and it found nothing and also ran the malwarebytes and it found one corrupt file and safely removed it.

P.S. i have emails on it i don't wanna lose or i would just remove it and re install Office
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on May 03, 2011, 09:41:31 AM
Folks my laptop is running on Windows 7 and has been running like a dream up until this morning, the internet is fine and so are all the rest of the software with the exception of Microsoft Outlook. When i click on it to open up the tab alerts you that you clicked on it but the page won't extend itself up, when you hover over it it's showing like a blank outlook page but Outlook still won't open up. All the rest of the software opens up within Office like word and excel etc no problem...

Does that sound like a corrupt file or some sort of virus? I ran a antivirus check earlier and it found nothing and also ran the malwarebytes and it found one corrupt file and safely removed it.

P.S. i have emails on it i don't wanna lose or i would just remove it and re install Office

Dont know why you're getting the problem, but before you start mucking about you should take a backup of your main Outlook file, called outlook.ost
You will find it in the folder .....\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on May 03, 2011, 01:24:16 PM
I have a Toshiba Satellite at home (64 bit Windows 7). Last week, the wireless stopped working. The facts are

- wireless works okay on other laptops
- toshiba ethernet cable works okay




- F8 wireless switch does not appear. The F8 function is missing when I hit the FN button

So, I down loaded and updated a couple of drivers (Realtech lan, wireless client, wireless manager) but no joy.

Could be a hardware issue?

Anyone any ideas?
Can you turn on the wireless manually, in network settings?

Does the problem exist when you have the laptop on ac power?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on May 03, 2011, 06:14:37 PM
System restore done the trick
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: screenmachine on May 04, 2011, 09:46:09 AM
Lads, does anyone know anywhere you can get Screen magnifiers that sit on top of your screen and increase the size of the print, etc.?  Somewhere local (NI) would be handy but anywhere within the UK would do really?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on May 12, 2011, 04:54:53 PM
What is Virtual Memory?

I am getting a message that Virtual memory is low so what does that mean?

The computer is used only as a giant mp3 player and for downloading mp3s.  It is about 5 years old and it is running continuously playing mp3 on shuffle. Have I to get rid of some tracks or what?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 17, 2011, 05:08:05 PM
Lads I appear to have something on my laptop called Windows Antivirus Pro. It looks like an antivirus programme but my friends at google inform me it is malware. Coincidentally or not I cannot access the Internet nor will my iPhone logon to the wireless router as it says the password is incorrect.

Are these things linked, anyone know about the rogue programme and how to get rid of it? As I can't access the Internet via the laptop I cannot download the required tools to remove it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyrone86 on May 17, 2011, 05:52:57 PM
Lads I appear to have something on my laptop called Windows Antivirus Pro. It looks like an antivirus programme but my friends at google inform me it is malware. Coincidentally or not I cannot access the Internet nor will my iPhone logon to the wireless router as it says the password is incorrect.

Are these things linked, anyone know about the rogue programme and how to get rid of it? As I can't access the Internet via the laptop I cannot download the required tools to remove it.

The reason you can't log onto the internet is that the malware has changed the settings in your internet options > connections > LAN settings so that the use a proxy server box is checked. Uncheck it and you should get your internet back.  System restore followed by a virus check should do the trick to get rid of the virus, but I find it strange that the iphone won't log on to the wireless.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 17, 2011, 09:19:44 PM
Lads I appear to have something on my laptop called Windows Antivirus Pro. It looks like an antivirus programme but my friends at google inform me it is malware. Coincidentally or not I cannot access the Internet nor will my iPhone logon to the wireless router as it says the password is incorrect.

Are these things linked, anyone know about the rogue programme and how to get rid of it? As I can't access the Internet via the laptop I cannot download the required tools to remove it.

The reason you can't log onto the internet is that the malware has changed the settings in your internet options > connections > LAN settings so that the use a proxy server box is checked. Uncheck it and you should get your internet back.  System restore followed by a virus check should do the trick to get rid of the virus, but I find it strange that the iphone won't log on to the wireless.
All boxes were unchecked so that doesn't appear to be the issue.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on May 17, 2011, 09:34:00 PM
Are you sure you're using the correct password?

Do you think that your router password has been changed by this virus?(I find that hard to believe) If you think so reset your router to factory settings - a google will find you details on this - and you will be able to log on it. Also clear all browser etc cache on your laptop. Have you the likes of malware bytes or the like?

Also do you have restore points for your machine? You may find you have them by default.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 17, 2011, 09:55:29 PM
Are you sure you're using the correct password?

Do you think that your router password has been changed by this virus?(I find that hard to believe) If you think so reset your router to factory settings - a google will find you details on this - and you will be able to log on it. Also clear all browser etc cache on your laptop. Have you the likes of malware bytes or the like?

Also do you have restore points for your machine? You may find you have them by default.
I went through a whole handling a couple of weeks ago getting wifi back up again as my ISP gave me a new modem but forgot to mention that the DNS had changed. It has been working fine. I blame the wife. I have tried connecting straight to router via Ethernet cable and still no luck. I need to get rid of this malware before I do anything but with no access I'm stuck!

If I check status of either wifi or LAN I am sending and receiving packets and all lights on router are as they should be. I just cannot access any web pages.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on May 17, 2011, 10:11:49 PM
What are you doing at present ? 3g/gprs through iphone / whatever mobile device?

How are you verifying you are sending packets out of interest? If you stick an ethernet cable in can you check the IP address?

You don't have any backup laptop per chance?

I understand that a virus may block you from router but I find it hard to believe it has locked your wireless out. Not to ask the obvious but have you done the old restart etc?

What is the manifestation of your iphone problem? I assume since DNS changed it's been working? (I haven't got an iphone but am assuming DNS has to be configured at some level)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 17, 2011, 10:31:07 PM
I'm back in business. Did an old system restore, rebooted modem and router and I'm back online.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 17, 2011, 10:34:04 PM
What is the best anti-virus, protector against malware, Internet security application out there? Any of these freebies like avast any good?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on May 17, 2011, 10:34:47 PM
I'm back in business. Did an old system restore, rebooted modem and router and I'm back online.

Cheers.

Thanks for wasting everyones time.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: imtommygunn on May 17, 2011, 10:36:47 PM
AVG free has always been grand for me.

Malware bytes should be downloaded and spybot. Run them every once in a while.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 17, 2011, 10:38:11 PM
I'm back in business. Did an old system restore, rebooted modem and router and I'm back online.

Cheers.

Thanks for wasting everyones time.
Screw you. Was BK after you earlier? Jokeman was ringing to say thanks for the prize.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tbrick18 on May 18, 2011, 11:40:33 AM
What is the best anti-virus, protector against malware, Internet security application out there? Any of these freebies like avast any good?

Avast is very good....its also a lot less memory intensive than AVG.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: anportmorforjfc on May 22, 2011, 04:04:56 PM
Lads, laptop was working fine this morning. Went to turn it on there now again and it won't turn on. It's fully charged, anyone know what the problem is? Tried taking the battery out didn't work.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: lurganblue on June 04, 2011, 04:02:16 PM
i'm having some trouble with my laptop at the minute.  It constantly loses connection to our home WIFI.  There is def nothing wrong with the WIFI as other devices run ok.  The laptop connects for a while then says there are no networks available.  I try to diagnose the problem and it says it cannot find a problem?  When the laptop is charging it cannot connect at all.  any suggestions?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Don Johnson on June 13, 2011, 09:18:21 PM
Something is up with my browsers these days.

Firefox is constantly crashing on me for some reason. Same happens though if I use Safari or IE too.

I downloaded Chrome but it isn't loading pages.

When I open Firefox I can only really go on Facebook, if I go on any other site it crashes.

Though sometimes, like now, if I disconnect my external hard drives and close a lot of other running programs it lets me in?

I dunno what's wrong with it. Think it could be time for a new laptop.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: on the sideline on August 06, 2011, 11:55:38 AM
Lads hoping someone can help!  My computer has lost sound/has no volume coming from any internet sites, ie youtube, facebook, radio 1 etc, but i can still play music through i tunes or watch matches using my p2p and the sound works grand.  Anybody any ideas as to why or what i needa do to sort the problem? Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on August 06, 2011, 12:01:26 PM
Lads hoping someone can help!  My computer has lost sound/has no volume coming from any internet sites, ie youtube, facebook, radio 1 etc, but i can still play music through i tunes or watch matches using my p2p and the sound works grand.  Anybody any ideas as to why or what i needa do to sort the problem? Thanks

Try downloading your browser again (chrome, IE explorer) and do a reinstall and see if that helps.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on August 06, 2011, 01:15:07 PM
Lads hoping someone can help!  My computer has lost sound/has no volume coming from any internet sites, ie youtube, facebook, radio 1 etc, but i can still play music through i tunes or watch matches using my p2p and the sound works grand.  Anybody any ideas as to why or what i needa do to sort the problem? Thanks

Check your volume settings for IE. What OS are you ising? Windows 7? It would have a volume control for each application, so the one for your browser may be turned down.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: on the sideline on August 06, 2011, 04:52:03 PM
Thanks for the advice lads, finally got it sorted but to tell u the truth i couldnt explain how!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on August 14, 2011, 12:16:04 PM
my sons laptop wont connect to the internet, it was working when he went to bed and the next day it wasnt. states that it cant find any networks when there are.the other laptops all work as do the phones.

I have disabled it then enabled it, repaired it and all that.

any ideas.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on August 23, 2011, 12:32:29 PM
my sons laptop wont connect to the internet, it was working when he went to bed and the next day it wasnt. states that it cant find any networks when there are.the other laptops all work as do the phones.

I have disabled it then enabled it, repaired it and all that.

any ideas.

Did you try sticking in a cable, instead of using wireless?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on August 23, 2011, 12:35:52 PM
My   laptop         is          running like a dog            today. A very                slow dog, with       three legs,              pulling a sleigh, on grass, not              a greyhound.

If I find any of you have               infected my laptop with                some beastly thing, then I will                 seriously kick your shit in.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on August 23, 2011, 12:49:39 PM
my sons laptop wont connect to the internet, it was working when he went to bed and the next day it wasnt. states that it cant find any networks when there are.the other laptops all work as do the phones.

I have disabled it then enabled it, repaired it and all that.

any ideas.

Did you try sticking in a cable, instead of using wireless?
Yip, it works when i do that, still diesnt work,done a restore as well. Looking like a complete restore
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: extra time on August 23, 2011, 01:47:53 PM
i can only get avg free for 30 day trials. is this the norm or can you get it for a longer period?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on August 23, 2011, 02:29:54 PM
my sons laptop wont connect to the internet, it was working when he went to bed and the next day it wasnt. states that it cant find any networks when there are.the other laptops all work as do the phones.

I have disabled it then enabled it, repaired it and all that.

any ideas.

Did you try sticking in a cable, instead of using wireless?
Yip, it works when i do that, still diesnt work,done a restore as well. Looking like a complete restore

It will be interesting to see if a complete restore works. The wireless on my laptop at home stopped working. I can still access the Internet by cable.

I tried re-installing the wireless drivers but to no avail, and I have assumed it is a hardware issue. I've a Toshiba Satellite Pro.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on August 23, 2011, 02:35:12 PM
my sons laptop wont connect to the internet, it was working when he went to bed and the next day it wasnt. states that it cant find any networks when there are.the other laptops all work as do the phones.

I have disabled it then enabled it, repaired it and all that.

any ideas.

Did you try sticking in a cable, instead of using wireless?
Yip, it works when i do that, still diesnt work,done a restore as well. Looking like a complete restore

Is the wireless light showing on your router?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on August 23, 2011, 02:37:20 PM
my sons laptop wont connect to the internet, it was working when he went to bed and the next day it wasnt. states that it cant find any networks when there are.the other laptops all work as do the phones.

I have disabled it then enabled it, repaired it and all that.

any ideas.

Did you try sticking in a cable, instead of using wireless?
Yip, it works when i do that, still diesnt work,done a restore as well. Looking like a complete restore

It will be interesting to see if a complete restore works. The wireless on my laptop at home stopped working. I can still access the Internet by cable.

I tried re-installing the wireless drivers but to no avail, and I have assumed it is a hardware issue. I've a Toshiba Satellite Pro.

Have you enabled wireless on the laptop and checked it's switched on? Should be a button on the front.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on August 23, 2011, 03:16:43 PM
my sons laptop wont connect to the internet, it was working when he went to bed and the next day it wasnt. states that it cant find any networks when there are.the other laptops all work as do the phones.

I have disabled it then enabled it, repaired it and all that.

any ideas.

Did you try sticking in a cable, instead of using wireless?
Yip, it works when i do that, still diesnt work,done a restore as well. Looking like a complete restore

It will be interesting to see if a complete restore works. The wireless on my laptop at home stopped working. I can still access the Internet by cable.

I tried re-installing the wireless drivers but to no avail, and I have assumed it is a hardware issue. I've a Toshiba Satellite Pro.

Have you enabled wireless on the laptop and checked it's switched on? Should be a button on the front.

Yeap, done all that. My work laptop can pick up the wireless at home no problem.

Think I'll get a tape measure and then beat the Toshiba to within an inch of its life.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on August 23, 2011, 04:34:05 PM
the router is working as the other laptop can conect to it, in settings the wireless is switched on.

No idea wtf is going on
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: RMDrive on August 23, 2011, 06:25:12 PM
i can only get avg free for 30 day trials. is this the norm or can you get it for a longer period?

You can get it forever! The "free" botton is usually small and dwarfed by the big flashing "buy this now" stuff. Just take your time and you'll find it on the web page.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Radda bout yeee on August 25, 2011, 03:01:54 PM
I have a problem with my microsoft outlook contacts if anyone can help!
I manage some people - however as staff have transferred and some have left the e-mails I get through from them are still coming through with the name of the old employee.

How do I change this or does it have to be changed on their end?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on September 04, 2011, 02:05:51 PM
my sons laptop wont connect to the internet, it was working when he went to bed and the next day it wasnt. states that it cant find any networks when there are.the other laptops all work as do the phones.

I have disabled it then enabled it, repaired it and all that.

any ideas.

Did you try sticking in a cable, instead of using wireless?
Yip, it works when i do that, still diesnt work,done a restore as well. Looking like a complete restore

It will be interesting to see if a complete restore works. The wireless on my laptop at home stopped working. I can still access the Internet by cable.

I tried re-installing the wireless drivers but to no avail, and I have assumed it is a hardware issue. I've a Toshiba Satellite Pro.

Have you enabled wireless on the laptop and checked it's switched on? Should be a button on the front.
went for one last look yesterday and downloaded the manual and guess what, found the wireless button and bobs your uncle. :-[
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: NP 76 on September 05, 2011, 09:45:37 AM
Does anyone know what would of caused the controls which work the mouse in the middle of the computer to freeze can only work it with a mouse plugged in . It only seemed to happen over night dont know anthing about computers but got a Toshiba Satellite at christmas for the wee girl
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on September 05, 2011, 10:20:28 AM
On some laptops there is a button beside the touchpad which you can press to disable the touchpad.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: NP 76 on September 05, 2011, 10:36:27 AM
Thanks A Mallon worked 100% havent a clue about laptops can just get it turned on andd the basics . Thanks again the Bridge can rely on my support at the weekend lol
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Radda bout yeee on September 07, 2011, 11:34:59 AM
I have a problem with my microsoft outlook contacts if anyone can help!
I manage some people - however as staff have transferred and some have left the e-mails I get through from them are still coming through with the name of the old employee.

How do I change this or does it have to be changed on their end?

Anyone any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on September 07, 2011, 11:42:16 AM
I have a problem with my microsoft outlook contacts if anyone can help!
I manage some people - however as staff have transferred and some have left the e-mails I get through from them are still coming through with the name of the old employee.

How do I change this or does it have to be changed on their end?

Anyone any ideas?

I'm not 100% clear on what you are asking but what I think you need to do is:

FOR OUTLOOK 2007 +
Open Outlook
Go to tools menu select Account Settings
Double click on the email account you want to change
In the Your name field type the new name.

FOR OUTLOOK 2003 (From memory)
Open Outlook
From tools menu select Email Accounts
Double click on the email account you want to change
In the Your name field type the new name.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on September 07, 2011, 01:13:20 PM
The search button on GAA Board does not work. How is it for everyone else?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on September 07, 2011, 03:46:00 PM
The search button on GAA Board does not work. How is it for everyone else?

It says to contact an administrator.

Contact those CCCC boys.

Oh and start with : 'I'm sorry but.....'
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on September 07, 2011, 05:36:23 PM
Not workiing for me either.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Radda bout yeee on September 09, 2011, 10:48:32 AM
I have a problem with my microsoft outlook contacts if anyone can help!
I manage some people - however as staff have transferred and some have left the e-mails I get through from them are still coming through with the name of the old employee.

How do I change this or does it have to be changed on their end?

Anyone any ideas?

I'm not 100% clear on what you are asking but what I think you need to do is:

FOR OUTLOOK 2007 +
Open Outlook
Go to tools menu select Account Settings
Double click on the email account you want to change
In the Your name field type the new name.

FOR OUTLOOK 2003 (From memory)
Open Outlook
From tools menu select Email Accounts
Double click on the email account you want to change
In the Your name field type the new name.

Thanks for that.

I have another e-mail issue. In the past when I sent an e-mail once to somwhere it automatically stored in the memory, then if I typed the first letter of that address again in the future it will appear automatically however lately this has stopped working and I have to go to the bother of looking up e-mail address and typing the whole thing in again!!  >:(

Can anyone advise?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Radda bout yeee on September 09, 2011, 04:16:41 PM
I have a problem with my microsoft outlook contacts if anyone can help!
I manage some people - however as staff have transferred and some have left the e-mails I get through from them are still coming through with the name of the old employee.

How do I change this or does it have to be changed on their end?

Anyone any ideas?

I'm not 100% clear on what you are asking but what I think you need to do is:

FOR OUTLOOK 2007 +
Open Outlook
Go to tools menu select Account Settings
Double click on the email account you want to change
In the Your name field type the new name.

FOR OUTLOOK 2003 (From memory)
Open Outlook
From tools menu select Email Accounts
Double click on the email account you want to change
In the Your name field type the new name.

Thanks for that.

I have another e-mail issue. In the past when I sent an e-mail once to somwhere it automatically stored in the memory, then if I typed the first letter of that address again in the future it will appear automatically however lately this has stopped working and I have to go to the bother of looking up e-mail address and typing the whole thing in again!!  >:(

Can anyone advise?

Any ideas anyone?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on September 09, 2011, 04:44:32 PM
Something has happened your Outlook.nk2 file.
It might be deleted or renamed as a bak file or something.

On My Computer on Windows 7 it is loated at:

C:\Users\(user)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook

Or on different version it might be:
drive:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Abble on September 10, 2011, 09:33:39 PM
camera / pc related

me and the woman were looking thru photos on her camera earlier via the card reader on my laptop, a few of the photos had to be rotated for viewing purposes but on exit of each photo it did a save (on telling the g/f she assumes the save was on the laptop, big mistake)

well anyway, after disconnecting the reader she proceeds to do bit of deleting !!!

i've tried pandora recovery for deleted files but it doesnt recover the few we wanted ie the few that needed rotating while we were viewing and got saved, so maybe they got daved with different filename or file type or something, not sure


anyone any advice ?

 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on September 10, 2011, 09:37:09 PM
camera / pc related

me and the woman were looking thru photos on her camera earlier via the card reader on my laptop, a few of the photos had to be rotated for viewing purposes but on exit of each photo it did a save (on telling the g/f she assumes the save was on the laptop, big mistake)

well anyway, after disconnecting the reader she proceeds to do bit of deleting !!!

i've tried pandora recovery for deleted files but it doesnt recover the few we wanted ie the few that needed rotating while we were viewing and got saved, so maybe they got daved with different filename or file type or something, not sure


anyone any advice ?

A long shot but have you tried recycle bin?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Abble on September 10, 2011, 10:07:50 PM
camera / pc related

me and the woman were looking thru photos on her camera earlier via the card reader on my laptop, a few of the photos had to be rotated for viewing purposes but on exit of each photo it did a save (on telling the g/f she assumes the save was on the laptop, big mistake)

well anyway, after disconnecting the reader she proceeds to do bit of deleting !!!

i've tried pandora recovery for deleted files but it doesnt recover the few we wanted ie the few that needed rotating while we were viewing and got saved, so maybe they got daved with different filename or file type or something, not sure


anyone any advice ?

A long shot but have you tried recycle bin?

nah, she done the deleting on her camera after putting the memory card back in
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on September 10, 2011, 10:20:06 PM
camera / pc related

me and the woman were looking thru photos on her camera earlier via the card reader on my laptop, a few of the photos had to be rotated for viewing purposes but on exit of each photo it did a save (on telling the g/f she assumes the save was on the laptop, big mistake)

well anyway, after disconnecting the reader she proceeds to do bit of deleting !!!

i've tried pandora recovery for deleted files but it doesnt recover the few we wanted ie the few that needed rotating while we were viewing and got saved, so maybe they got daved with different filename or file type or something, not sure


anyone any advice ?

A long shot but have you tried recycle bin?

nah, she done the deleting on her camera after putting the memory card back in

SD cards are fixed memory so you should be able to recover them but obviously your camera will no longer recognise them. Do NOT take anymore pictures with that particular SD card.


Pandora recovery is a good tool for recovering images accidently deleted.

http://www.pandorarecovery.com/
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Abble on September 10, 2011, 10:27:20 PM
I should have said, we tried a free version of pandora but this is the thing, it will pull up deleted photos but because while we were viewing we rotated some photos on the laptop and they got saved on the card again when moving to next photo....its these ones that we cant recover
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on September 10, 2011, 10:41:00 PM
I should have said, we tried a free version of pandora but this is the thing, it will pull up deleted photos but because while we were viewing we rotated some photos on the laptop and they got saved on the card again when moving to next photo....its these ones that we cant recover

So you can only save them onto your card, not your computer?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on September 11, 2011, 01:12:18 PM
Recuva is also good for recovering files:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on September 11, 2011, 01:22:15 PM
along the same lines, external hard drive went tits up and everything disappeared. The problem is we cant get into it, we cant format the drive we have tried many diffent ways any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on October 02, 2011, 09:32:42 PM
Folks i need some of your expert help...I recently downloaded a bit of software from "Piratebay" which was virus free and installed fine, it was Civils 3D from Autodesk and is an excellent peices of software for my line of work. The problem i have is activating it...the instructions that came with it tells me after instalation then go to activate and be ready to insert the activation codes so it tells me to start up XFORCE Keygen 32bits version if you are installing a 32bits application and 64bits if you are installing a 64bits application. It then says to Click on Mem Patch (you should see succeeded) and then the usual stuff of getting the codes and paste them into the software and hey "Presto".

My problem is that there is only a 64 bit keygen with the download and my laptop is 32 so when i use the 64 bit keygen and i click on "Mem Patch"(whatever that means) it says with a warning sign "make sure you can write to current directory" (what does this mean). Now this keygen will still spit me out an activation code but when i paste them into software it doesn't work...

So is it the software hasn't been properly hacked with right codes or is it all i need is a 32 bit keygen and if so how do i get one of those...

Thanks...

illdecide
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on October 02, 2011, 11:09:53 PM
Nothin you can do but go back to pirate bay and check comments under the download and see us there anyone with same issue. If not search pirate bay for a activation crack for your software. If you are really desperate why not upgrade your windows to 64 bit, pirate bay could help you with that too. Of course I don't condone your heinous behavior here.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 02, 2011, 11:38:44 PM
Download the 32bit version only, it's a 3.1gb iso.
Probably you only downloaded the 64bit version.


Both 32bit and 64bit versions, that's a 6.2gb download.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Cold tea on October 05, 2011, 10:22:55 AM
Can anyone tell me how to boot a windows xp computer up in dos?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Billys Boots on October 05, 2011, 10:38:52 AM
If I remember correctly, you had to switch on the computer and hold down F5 (for HP computers anyway) while Windows was booting and the DOS selection menu would come up.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: BenDover on October 08, 2011, 11:46:09 PM
any recommendations for free software to convert downloaded movies to dvd?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerry on October 09, 2011, 07:54:11 AM
any recommendations for free software to convert downloaded movies to dvd?


http://extratorrent.com/torrent/2512706/ConvertXtoDVD.v4.1.19.365c%2Bserial.html (http://extratorrent.com/torrent/2512706/ConvertXtoDVD.v4.1.19.365c%2Bserial.html)

great bit of kit and easy to use
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: EC Unique on October 09, 2011, 01:36:22 PM
OK people. I am far from a computer wiz so please talk in language I can understand. Lately my computer has become very slow at opening pages, downloading etc. How do I speed it up again. I have deleted any un-needed files, photos etc but no improvement. I have deleted cookies but also no change. What can I do bar buy a new PC? Thanks.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: armaghniac on October 09, 2011, 02:31:11 PM
When you say slow, do you mean slow when the Internet is involved or slow even when the Internet is not involved, e.g. when it is not connected at all and you open a Word file.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 10, 2011, 12:51:13 AM
Sounds like the slowness is not just with the computer.

How many actually reply back and say thanks for replying, or thanks for the advice, that worked grand?

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: BenDover on October 10, 2011, 09:02:54 AM
any recommendations for free software to convert downloaded movies to dvd?


http://extratorrent.com/torrent/2512706/ConvertXtoDVD.v4.1.19.365c%2Bserial.html (http://extratorrent.com/torrent/2512706/ConvertXtoDVD.v4.1.19.365c%2Bserial.html)

great bit of kit and easy to use
Cheers Gerry! on a side note I tried using a DVD-R disc to burn a movie to but ConvertXtoDVD never recognised the disc do I have to use DVD+ type discs?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on October 10, 2011, 09:12:45 AM
Sounds like the slowness is not just with the computer.

How many actually reply back and say thanks for replying, or thanks for the advice, that worked grand?
You've met EC?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: EC Unique on October 10, 2011, 09:24:59 AM
When you say slow, do you mean slow when the Internet is involved or slow even when the Internet is not involved, e.g. when it is not connected at all and you open a Word file.

Both but maybe more evident whilst doing stuff online.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: J OGorman on October 10, 2011, 10:38:41 AM
any recommendations for free software to convert downloaded movies to dvd?


http://extratorrent.com/torrent/2512706/ConvertXtoDVD.v4.1.19.365c%2Bserial.html (http://extratorrent.com/torrent/2512706/ConvertXtoDVD.v4.1.19.365c%2Bserial.html)

great bit of kit and easy to use

try freemake..free and the best converter software Ive come across

http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: J OGorman on October 10, 2011, 10:43:41 AM
When you say slow, do you mean slow when the Internet is involved or slow even when the Internet is not involved, e.g. when it is not connected at all and you open a Word file.

Both but maybe more evident whilst doing stuff online.

Im assuming you have AV software running. When a computer is running slow, hit ctrl + alt + del. Select task manager. Click the 'process' column a couple of times until the processes using most cpu power are @ the top. You may have a process hogging all the power needlessly.

Worth running malwarebytes also, great a picking up rogue apps etc running in the background

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

see how that goes
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: EC Unique on October 10, 2011, 11:57:45 AM
When you say slow, do you mean slow when the Internet is involved or slow even when the Internet is not involved, e.g. when it is not connected at all and you open a Word file.

Both but maybe more evident whilst doing stuff online.

Im assuming you have AV software running. When a computer is running slow, hit ctrl + alt + del. Select task manager. Click the 'process' column a couple of times until the processes using most cpu power are @ the top. You may have a process hogging all the power needlessly.

Worth running malwarebytes also, great a picking up rogue apps etc running in the background

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

see how that goes

Thanks. I will try that. ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Boycey on October 10, 2011, 12:12:41 PM
that malware bytes is a good yoke alright.

This does a kind of MOT of your machine... It'll remove are junk/temperory files etc and give everything a bit of a springclean if you like..

http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: EC Unique on October 10, 2011, 03:41:23 PM
I run both of the above and has def made a difference.

Thanks lads. :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: BenDover on October 20, 2011, 09:59:10 AM
the home PC has finally kicked the bucket after 7 years. Looking for a bit of advice on a replacement nothing too exceptional it is only used for general surfing and a few of the MS Office tools mainly word and excel, not much downloading or playing games. Had a look on ebuyer.co.uk (http://www.ebuyer.com/283001-extra-value-desktop-pc-7873-1046) about buying a tower and then installing windows 7 onto it.

My mum went to Currys looking a new PC and was told that she can have one for £389 inc a 20" monitor. There's a 19" monitor at home which I'm assuming will connect to a new Tower with no problems.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 20, 2011, 12:04:49 PM
You can also just buy the computer without the monitor from Currys.
Check out 'desktops', not the 'all in one'.

Is your 19" monitor a LCD?  It could be on its last legs as well?
Is your Mum just nosey or is she putting up some of the cash?
What do you want to pay? how much money is on the table for this?

The £190 affair is using a dog slow processor.
Even if you don't use a computer for much, buy a bit better than that
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: BenDover on October 20, 2011, 12:11:46 PM
She'll be buying it I'm just trying to give her some advice on what to buy, the monitor is LCD. She seemed happy enough forking out the £390 or so that currys were asking for a PC though I'm not sure what the technical info is on that I'll try to find out later.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 20, 2011, 12:21:46 PM
The better advice is go for newer stock.
This one here I think is better as they are getting in computers with updated components for the christmas.
These ones have the i3 processor

£350 for the tower and the option of a Samsung 20" for a £100
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/hp-pavilion-p6-2010uk-desktop-pc-black-11264361-pdt.html (http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/hp-pavilion-p6-2010uk-desktop-pc-black-11264361-pdt.html)

This one, same price,  has smaller a HD but an extra bit of memory
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/lenovo-h420-desktop-pc-11290847-pdt.html (http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/lenovo-h420-desktop-pc-11290847-pdt.html)

screen option for £85





Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tbrick18 on October 20, 2011, 12:39:42 PM
the home PC has finally kicked the bucket after 7 years. Looking for a bit of advice on a replacement nothing too exceptional it is only used for general surfing and a few of the MS Office tools mainly word and excel, not much downloading or playing games. Had a look on ebuyer.co.uk (http://www.ebuyer.com/283001-extra-value-desktop-pc-7873-1046) about buying a tower and then installing windows 7 onto it.

My mum went to Currys looking a new PC and was told that she can have one for £389 inc a 20" monitor. There's a 19" monitor at home which I'm assuming will connect to a new Tower with no problems.

If you only do some browsing and some word processing, why not go for a netbook instead of a pc? You can do all your word processing, excel type stuff on Google Apps/Zoho which means you do all that on the web too requiring less software to be installed on your pc.
Just an option....would be cheaper than buying a pc anyway.
My personal opinion is you dont need a high powered pc for simple web browsing and word processing, but if you go into currys or pcworld they'll baffle you with jargon on processors, RAM, HD space etc etc, so that you think you need to buy the top of the range.  I would look at what I'd be using it for, and then buying something that will fulfill that need rather than buying top of the range with all the latest components. I know a lot of people disagree with this and say you need to buy the latest for longevity and all that, but I  that's my opinion anyway.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 20, 2011, 01:20:26 PM
the home PC has finally kicked the bucket after 7 years. Looking for a bit of advice on a replacement nothing too exceptional it is only used for general surfing and a few of the MS Office tools mainly word and excel, not much downloading or playing games. Had a look on ebuyer.co.uk (http://www.ebuyer.com/283001-extra-value-desktop-pc-7873-1046) about buying a tower and then installing windows 7 onto it.

My mum went to Currys looking a new PC and was told that she can have one for £389 inc a 20" monitor. There's a 19" monitor at home which I'm assuming will connect to a new Tower with no problems.
If you only do some browsing and some word processing, why not go for a netbook instead of a pc? You can do all your word processing, excel type stuff on Google Apps/Zoho which means you do all that on the web too requiring less software to be installed on your pc.
Just an option....would be cheaper than buying a pc anyway.
My personal opinion is you dont need a high powered pc for simple web browsing and word processing, but if you go into currys or pcworld they'll baffle you with jargon on processors, RAM, HD space etc etc, so that you think you need to buy the top of the range.  I would look at what I'd be using it for, and then buying something that will fulfill that need rather than buying top of the range with all the latest components. I know a lot of people disagree with this and say you need to buy the latest for longevity and all that, but I  that's my opinion anyway.
Curry's don't appear to be successful in trying to sell the top of the range in this instance but what they are doing is tying to sell off years old stock.
So why not get the newer stock for a similar price, which will still retain basic function after 5 years?
Even using web browser software consumes processor power and memory. And the likelihood is that those demands will increase. Software updates do not progress along a path of minimalistic use of computing resources.
 A netbook is not satisfactory for home use as compared to desktop functionality.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: BenDover on October 20, 2011, 01:28:42 PM
i put the option of a laptop/netbook to her and she was having none of it lol "I need to print stuff out etc" was the line I got think its her mindset as well as her PC that needs changing, thanks for the advice MS I'll let her see the 2 links and see what she thinks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gawa316 on October 22, 2011, 09:47:36 AM
The last few days when i search anything it redirects me to monstermarketplace or variable. Anyone know how to get rid of this or fix the problem?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on October 22, 2011, 10:23:07 AM
Get MalwareBytes on the job.  If you are a more advanced user download comboxfix from bleeping computer.  Depending on which AntiVirus you have installed Combofix might throw a load of warnings but ignore these.

If you want to fix the problem manually do the following:

If you browse to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc there should be a file called hosts   If you don't see the file then System files are hidden, so go to tools folder options and go to the View tab.  Tick Show Hidden Files and Folders, Untick Hide Protected System Files.  If you can see hosts Open it and check if there are a whole load of websites listed in there.  I have posted a sample hosts file below if you have more than this then you need to clean it.  To edit it click on hosts and select properties and remove the read-only attib.  Click Start, Programs, Accessories and right click on Notepad, click Run As and select Administrator.  Browse to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc and open the hosts file.  Delete all the entries and leave the file looking like

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
 # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
 # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
 # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
 # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
 # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
 # space.
 # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
 # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
 # For example:
 # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
 # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host
 127.0.0.1 localhost
 
Save the hosts file.
Click start programs, acessories, and find command prompt, right click it and select Run As and select Administrator
Type the command nbtstat -R

Open Control Panel and Internet Options
On the connections tab click Lan Settings
Make sure Use a Proxy Server is Unticked
Go to the advanced tab and click the Reset button
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on October 22, 2011, 10:31:06 AM
Is there a device where you can show your computer screen on your TV  screen?

Someone mentioned someting about a wireless device you can buy but I can't track down anything anywhere.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on October 22, 2011, 10:44:26 AM
Is there a device where you can show your computer screen on your TV  screen?

Someone mentioned someting about a wireless device you can buy but I can't track down anything anywhere.

Yeah, its called a cable. You plug one end into the computer and the other end into the tv.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on October 22, 2011, 10:50:12 AM
Some TV's have a VGA input and can be linked to your PC in just the same way a monitor can.

If you want to watch downloaded movies on your tv you go setup Windows Media centre on your PC and use an XBox to stream to the TV. 

If you want to see the PC desktop on the TV then these look like they might do they job
EZAir - http://www.amazon.co.uk/EZAir-Wireless-EZVIEW-Ready-Transmitter/dp/B004RG6Z16/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1319276718&sr=8-11 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/EZAir-Wireless-EZVIEW-Ready-Transmitter/dp/B004RG6Z16/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1319276718&sr=8-11)  £109
KanaaN PC VGA to TV Composite Video http://www.amazon.co.uk/KanaaN-Composite-Video-Converter-3-5mm/dp/B003U0PHC8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319276718&sr=8-2 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/KanaaN-Composite-Video-Converter-3-5mm/dp/B003U0PHC8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319276718&sr=8-2) £15
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on October 22, 2011, 11:11:56 AM
Is there a device where you can show your computer screen on your TV  screen?

Someone mentioned someting about a wireless device you can buy but I can't track down anything anywhere.


Yeah, its called a cable. You plug one end into the computer and the other end into the tv.


Where would I get a wireless cable, Ulick?  :D

Thanks amallon. That's what I'm after.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on October 22, 2011, 11:29:51 AM
Wireless desktop streaming?  ;D  Remember to come back and let us know how you got on with that.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on October 22, 2011, 11:43:09 AM
Wireless desktop streaming?  ;D  Remember to come back and let us know how you got on with that.

Ah, but  I never mentioned desktop at all. You see, it was for my laptop that I wanted it for and the device caters for that which is why I would be interested in it.

 Read product description below....


"Ideal for both home and office, EZVIEW by EZAir Wireless allows you to take whatever you see on your laptop or PC and view it on a large screen HDTV or projector. Boasting wireless connectivity with no latency, EZVIEW eliminates wire clutter and cable limitations while providing owners with the highest quality in-room picture and sound. Whether you're viewing content such as downloaded movies, Eurosport Player, YouTube, LoveFilm, and personal photos, or whether you're using it at work to show presentations, powerpoints, and documents, or just plain surfing the web on your sofa, EZVIEW is a simple and affordable solution to your connectivity needs...and it's all done Wirelessly."
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on October 22, 2011, 03:07:37 PM
As I said, let us know how it works out for you.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on October 22, 2011, 04:09:47 PM
Instead of acting the smart fella Ulick why can't you add something constructive to the conversation.   
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on October 22, 2011, 04:37:30 PM
As I said, let us know how it works out for you.

No bother, Ulick
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on October 22, 2011, 05:34:33 PM
Instead of acting the smart fella Ulick why can't you add something constructive to the conversation.

Aidan, I've already been described as a buffoon by him on another thread but hey this buffon will offer some free advice anyway for what its worth. Move more than spitting distance away from the reciever  and that device or any other you could buy over the counter will be useless. Even if you a standing next to the reciever it might stream a HD resolution but not a hope in hell of getting a full frame rate or colour depth and forget about any kind of decent audio. Now obviously a buffoon such as myself can't see the obvious logic in paying £100 for a yoke which will only work when placed next to the telly when a £5 cable woud do a better job, but I'm sure there is some.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on October 22, 2011, 05:46:10 PM
Who described you as a buffoon, Ulick?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bennydorano on October 22, 2011, 08:46:00 PM
Think I denied a Spybot change earlier today and some of my regularly visited sites have turned to shite- facebook, Gumtree, couple of bike sites.  they are appearing as a series of links (or what I imagine is like the building blocks of a website), like the site's bucked - but it's obviously something I did (or didn't do) any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bennydorano on October 23, 2011, 05:08:56 PM
Done a System restore to well before it started acting up and no change.  Anyone?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: J OGorman on October 23, 2011, 06:52:09 PM
Done a System restore to well before it started acting up and no change.  Anyone?

Maybe reinstall / upgrade flash player
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: FL/MAYO on October 23, 2011, 06:58:48 PM
Is there a device where you can show your computer screen on your TV  screen?

Someone mentioned someting about a wireless device you can buy but I can't track down anything anywhere.

This is what I use

 http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/intel-wireless-display.html
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bennydorano on October 23, 2011, 07:01:47 PM
Done a System restore to well before it started acting up and no change.  Anyone?

Maybe reinstall / upgrade flash player
That's what I ended up doing and it seems to have sorted it ok.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on October 23, 2011, 07:03:39 PM
Is there a device where you can show your computer screen on your TV  screen?

Someone mentioned someting about a wireless device you can buy but I can't track down anything anywhere.

This is what I use

 http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/intel-wireless-display.html

Thanks for that. How do you find it?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: FL/MAYO on October 23, 2011, 07:43:44 PM
Is there a device where you can show your computer screen on your TV  screen?

Someone mentioned someting about a wireless device you can buy but I can't track down anything anywhere.

This is what I use

 http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/intel-wireless-display.html

Thanks for that. How do you find it?

It works very well, it works well from my kitchen which is about 15-20 feet away. I also use it for wireless streaming of music from my laptop through my surround sound system via the TV.
 When I bought my laptop it had the Intel Wireless Display program already installed, I'm not sure if this program can be installed on an older laptop.  The adapter cost about $100.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyrone exile on October 23, 2011, 09:32:21 PM
Ive been trying to get some films from my imac onto my external hard drive so i can watch them on my laptop, however my external hard drive must be formatted to windows as nothing from imac will go onto it, does anybody know any way round this, or any other way i could access this stuff from my laptop?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 24, 2011, 01:18:24 AM
Format the ext. drive with Disk Utility  on your Mac, choose the MS dos fat32 option.
When that is done, you can read and write to the ext. drive on the Mac and you can at least read the files from the same drive on Windows.

That's the standard procedure.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bennydorano on October 26, 2011, 07:58:16 PM
Anyone know/link where I could get Microsoft Word free? 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on October 26, 2011, 09:27:41 PM
Anyone know/link where I could get Microsoft Word free?
Some of ye Nordies are ungrateful feckers who haven't the manners to say thanks when a fellow board member goes out of their way to offer assistance to directly answering their questions. Tyrone Exile being the latest example of this rampant display of bad manners.

Now you are trying to entrap us.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bennydorano on October 26, 2011, 10:13:07 PM
Thanks for taking the time to help me cheat microsoft. :P Speedboats order of the day round the Moy? Out past it today, looking well. Yourselves & Collegeland should diversify into the Water Polo during the Autumn/Winter.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bennydorano on October 29, 2011, 11:11:53 AM
Had a phonecall from some shitpots trying to sell my some IT clean up package (a distrubing phonecall that I am complaining about btw).  It did highlight a lot 'Registry' errors and warnings (400odd), they reckon my laptop could crash at any minute. I found out after about 30 minutes of messing about that they were trying to flog me - 1 click Pc fix along with some support package for an unmissable one of fee of £280 ::), and without the theatrics and underhandedness of the call I might have bought it, but anyway - is it worth it ?  Are there any free versions (I have CCleaner already) or alternatives.  Thanks in advance to the contributors who feel unloved. :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on October 30, 2011, 12:55:46 PM
I have AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 on my computer which I think, tends to slow things down? Have been offered a year's free subscription to McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012 with a second year for £24.99. Any suggestions on whether it would be wise to change?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyroneman on October 30, 2011, 05:52:00 PM
Any idea how to get rid of Win32.PMax.gen and Win32.ZAccess.e ???

They have stopped all my anti-virus software form running and apparantly are very damgerous, near impossible to get rid of.

All help welcome please...

I have been advised to try Combofix but then various tutorials suggest this is for real techie folks only (i.e. not me) - anyoine know if it can be isedn by a real know nothing?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyroneman on October 30, 2011, 09:44:11 PM
Ok. Ran rkill. Ran TDSS Killer. Neither worked. Ad aware, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee etc all blocked.

Also tried system restore to various points. Again no good.

Eventually managed to get Avast going at the boot up stage.

Finally seemed to do the job. (serious crossed fingers)

Tried rkill and TDSS again and both worked ok with no sign of the 2 viruses.

Reinstalled Malwarebytes and am now running full system scan to see what happens.

Will run all my other anti viruses after that and hopefully that's that.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Just_Browsing on October 31, 2011, 12:36:17 PM
I would recommend anyone if its there own personal laptop/pc to just run Linux on it (ubuntu is the one I use personally).  You dont have to worry about any Anti-Virus software.  :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tbrick18 on October 31, 2011, 12:42:25 PM
Anyone know/link where I could get Microsoft Word free?

Use google docs....online word processor.
The docs it create are MS Word compatible so if you needed to give your doc to someone with word they could open it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: shezam on October 31, 2011, 12:49:26 PM
Use OpenOffice - does everything you should need.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on October 31, 2011, 12:52:32 PM
To Benny & Sandy Hill.

Not wise on both counts.

Sandy - McAfee can be a drain on resources too. I am personally running Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Lavasoft Ad-Aware - all free and touch wood great so far. NO software is 100% guaranteed to keep malware/viruses at bay but those 3 will catch 99% of any shite.

Benny - cant believe you wasted half an hour of your life on that call - I use Advanced SystemCare Free - touch wood hasnt wrecked anything on me yet.

Thanks Mac; I'm currently running Microsoft Security, AVG 2011 and Spybot Search and Destroy and so far so good. It was suggested to me that McAfee didn't slow things as much as AVG does but I'm not a computer expert and so will defer to your superior knowledge!

Just Browsing, don't understand what Linux does or would replace--thanks anyway.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on October 31, 2011, 12:59:48 PM
Linux is just the operating system that runs how the computer works.  Its is not Microsoft so Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc won't work, you just get packages that are similar and do the same job.

The benefit of Liinux for internet use is that you wouldn't need Anti Virus ware or is that just an urban myth?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bennydorano on October 31, 2011, 01:38:48 PM
To Benny & Sandy Hill.

Not wise on both counts.

Sandy - McAfee can be a drain on resources too. I am personally running Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Lavasoft Ad-Aware - all free and touch wood great so far. NO software is 100% guaranteed to keep malware/viruses at bay but those 3 will catch 99% of any shite.

Benny - cant believe you wasted half an hour of your life on that call - I use Advanced SystemCare Free - touch wood hasnt wrecked anything on me yet.
Uninstall CCleaner than if I downlad ASC?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Just_Browsing on October 31, 2011, 01:59:26 PM
Linux is just the operating system that runs how the computer works.  Its is not Microsoft so Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc won't work, you just get packages that are similar and do the same job.

The benefit of Liinux for internet use is that you wouldn't need Anti Virus ware or is that just an urban myth?

Correct - ubuntu comes with OpenOffice already on it - you can do everything with it that you can with word and you can save your documents in all the formats .doc etc so you can still work on them with Microsoft if needed.  Its correct you dont need virus software - the main reason is that Linux wont allow any programs to download/run in the background with the user authorizing them to do so with password.

You can go here http://www.ubuntu.com/tour/ if you want to see what ubuntu is like.  The only negative with it is that iTunes doesnt work on it - I have iPod and quite collection of music in iTunes library so i could made my computer dual boot and can decide on startup whether to load windows or load Linux - the best of both worlds.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Christmas Lights on October 31, 2011, 05:26:17 PM
Linux is just the operating system that runs how the computer works.  Its is not Microsoft so Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc won't work, you just get packages that are similar and do the same job.

The benefit of Liinux for internet use is that you wouldn't need Anti Virus ware or is that just an urban myth?

Why dont people use this rather than Microsoft products then?  Is this Linux stuff free to download or what? 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyroneman on October 31, 2011, 08:50:03 PM
Dual boot?? Eh???

What does this mean and how do you get Linux installed?

I have been advised to save all my mp3 etc and reformat the PC as many of the windows programs seem damaged eg won't install updates even though anti virus scans showing the all clear.

 Is this A bit extreme? Or better safe than sorry given how dangerous the viruses were??
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Seamroga in exile on November 01, 2011, 06:33:34 AM
Dual boot?? Eh???

What does this mean and how do you get Linux installed?

I have been advised to save all my mp3 etc and reformat the PC as many of the windows programs seem damaged eg won't install updates even though anti virus scans showing the all clear.

 Is this A bit extreme? Or better safe than sorry given how dangerous the viruses were??
Go to http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download. Download on to your desktop. Copy on to a cd. Place cd into cd drive. Reboot your pc/laptop from the cd drive. You don't need to install it as you can try it from the cd. It is free. If you like you can install it from the cd.

I had installed on my old pc for a couple of years until it f**ked up and stopped working. It's not as pc friendly as it used to be. The system requirement have been upgraded. But if the pc is only 2 or 3 years old it'll work fine.

In the end I found an old copy of XP. Works fine.  :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Just_Browsing on November 01, 2011, 08:16:13 AM
Linux is just the operating system that runs how the computer works.  Its is not Microsoft so Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc won't work, you just get packages that are similar and do the same job.

The benefit of Liinux for internet use is that you wouldn't need Anti Virus ware or is that just an urban myth?

Why dont people use this rather than Microsoft products then?  Is this Linux stuff free to download or what?

Yeah its free to download and all the software from the download centre which is easy to use is free.  Most people have been too used to Microsoft products all there lives from using PC's probably first during school and have either neither heard of Linux or think its too complicated to use/install.  Dual boot means you just either pick when you turn on your machine whether you want to load windows or ubuntu.  The steps on the site are easy to follow.  And if you run into any problems there is a great forum -ubuntuforums.org - basically ask anything about any problems you are having on here and you get an answer quickly and again no charge.  for me personally Ive been using ubuntu now for 4 years and have no problems with it at all - always useful to have windows 7 on the laptop in case need to boot into it but 90% of the time I just load ubuntu.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyroneman on November 06, 2011, 09:13:59 PM
Ok had to completely reformat my PC

As soon as I started  installing the BT total protection mcAfee a "windows security alert' popped up.

It has now disappeared and malwarebytes, ad aware and McAfee say the PC is clean.

Is this a genuine Windows Security Alert? I have seen a very similar virus but surely it couldn't have got on my PC so quickly - and now has gone once mcafee installed???

Or where has this gone?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on November 06, 2011, 11:24:50 PM
Ok had to completely reformat my PC

As soon as I started  installing the BT total protection mcAfee a "windows security alert' popped up.

It has now disappeared and malwarebytes, ad aware and McAfee say the PC is clean.

Is this a genuine Windows Security Alert? I have seen a very similar virus but surely it couldn't have got on my PC so quickly - and now has gone once mcafee installed???

Or where has this gone?

It was probably an alert telling you that you had no anti virus software installed. Once it was installed Windows would recognise that and the warning would clear.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on November 16, 2011, 07:13:30 PM
Having problems with Safari, when I click on a download link from a torrent site I get "Safari unexpectedly quit". Any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on November 18, 2011, 12:24:27 PM
I have a PDF file which has the print function disabled.

Is there any way to hack around it to print the document?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on November 18, 2011, 07:10:03 PM
Flash sites are telling me to install flash but i have it installed, Mac OS Lion, browser is Safari.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: heganboy on November 18, 2011, 08:35:46 PM
I have a PDF file which has the print function disabled.

Is there any way to hack around it to print the document?

printscreen is the easy option
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on November 23, 2011, 07:19:41 PM
Lately when i go to watch stuff on my laptop like red zone nfl on sunday evenings..bbc iplayer for the young apprentice and other various shows it buffers every few seconds and wont play continously..my laptop has very little memory in use other than footy manager..is there any free software i should have downloaded or upgraded...i am workin off a wireless internet connection but it usually aint too bad
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on November 23, 2011, 07:21:43 PM
Lately when i go to watch stuff on my laptop like red zone nfl on sunday evenings..bbc iplayer for the young apprentice and other various shows it buffers every few seconds and wont play continously..my laptop has very little memory in use other than footy manager..is there any free software i should have downloaded or upgraded...i am workin off a wireless internet connection but it usually aint too bad

What speed is your broadband ?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on December 10, 2011, 05:39:14 PM
not a problem but a question

can you figure out how much you download in a given month? I have three laptops, xbox live and a PS3. Just curious as I was think of moving to sky and the free one they offer may not be enought
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on December 10, 2011, 09:51:58 PM
not a problem but a question

can you figure out how much you download in a given month? I have three laptops, xbox live and a PS3. Just curious as I was think of moving to sky and the free one they offer may not be enought

BT let you check how much you have downloaded online. I think the free Sky one only let's you download about 5GB per month.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on December 11, 2011, 09:46:05 AM
Lately when i go to watch stuff on my laptop like red zone nfl on sunday evenings..bbc iplayer for the young apprentice and other various shows it buffers every few seconds and wont play continously..my laptop has very little memory in use other than footy manager..is there any free software i should have downloaded or upgraded...i am workin off a wireless internet connection but it usually aint too bad

What speed is your broadband ?

Not quite sure minder..where should i look to find out? the simpleadblock software i was advised to use helped but only blocks 200 ads before it wants you to buy the real thing..so when i was watchin nfl off p2psports or somethin..no ads came up and i could watch the game alot better
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Seamroga in exile on December 11, 2011, 10:09:10 AM
Lately when i go to watch stuff on my laptop like red zone nfl on sunday evenings..bbc iplayer for the young apprentice and other various shows it buffers every few seconds and wont play continously..my laptop has very little memory in use other than footy manager..is there any free software i should have downloaded or upgraded...i am workin off a wireless internet connection but it usually aint too bad

What speed is your broadband ?

Not quite sure minder..where should i look to find out? the simpleadblock software i was advised to use helped but only blocks 200 ads before it wants you to buy the real thing..so when i was watchin nfl off p2psports or somethin..no ads came up and i could watch the game alot better
Have you cleaned your temporary files recently? 

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on December 11, 2011, 10:14:11 AM
I have cccleaner downloaded and run it from time to time..i just delete everything..nothing really on laptop to lose...i have to retype in my passwords etc but thats no big deal..
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 11, 2011, 10:16:14 AM
I had a similar issue a while back and I cleaned out all temporary files, cookies, run antivirus and malware scans, reinstalled my wireless router etc. The thing that made most difference was uninstalling a bloody Lego game one of the children installed.

Just go through everything systematically if you haven't changed anything lately that is obvious.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on December 11, 2011, 12:01:26 PM
I had a similar issue a while back and I cleaned out all temporary files, cookies, run antivirus and malware scans, reinstalled my wireless router etc. The thing that made most difference was uninstalling a bloody Lego game one of the children installed.

Just go through everything systematically if you haven't changed anything lately that is obvious.
Do a Ctrl + alt + delete.

Go into Task Manager and select the processes tab.

Click on the top tab where it says "memory", do this again so that he largest figures are on the top, getting smaller going down the page. These are the processes that are hogging your memory. If you posted a screen shot of this or maybe just typed in the top 5/6 I'd say we would get to the bottom of it. As Tony says, most likely some annoying piece of software or some spyware.




Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on December 11, 2011, 12:10:56 PM
I had a similar issue a while back and I cleaned out all temporary files, cookies, run antivirus and malware scans, reinstalled my wireless router etc. The thing that made most difference was uninstalling a bloody Lego game one of the children installed.

Just go through everything systematically if you haven't changed anything lately that is obvious.
Do a Ctrl + alt + delete.

Go into Task Manager and select the processes tab.

Click on the top tab where it says "memory", do this again so that he largest figures are on the top, getting smaller going down the page. These are the processes that are hogging your memory. If you posted a screen shot of this or maybe just typed in the top 5/6 I'd say we would get to the bottom of it. As Tony says, most likely some annoying piece of software or some spyware.

Just did that myself and found that the top two were the same' iexplorer,eve ' with 1 about 250.000 K and the other about 325,0000 K

 Should there be only one of them?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on December 11, 2011, 01:05:01 PM
some one one here remommended this, http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html
i used it and it got rid of a lot of gunk and tidied it up.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on December 11, 2011, 02:41:17 PM
Gadget, that doesn't look right. Try and end those processes from within task manager. Close task manager, wait 10 mins and open it again and see have they reappeared. If they have I'd guess that you have spyware problem. If they stay gone I'd consider updating internet explorer to newest version.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on December 11, 2011, 03:10:06 PM
I had a similar issue a while back and I cleaned out all temporary files, cookies, run antivirus and malware scans, reinstalled my wireless router etc. The thing that made most difference was uninstalling a bloody Lego game one of the children installed.

Just go through everything systematically if you haven't changed anything lately that is obvious.
Do a Ctrl + alt + delete.

Go into Task Manager and select the processes tab.

Click on the top tab where it says "memory", do this again so that he largest figures are on the top, getting smaller going down the page. These are the processes that are hogging your memory. If you posted a screen shot of this or maybe just typed in the top 5/6 I'd say we would get to the bottom of it. As Tony says, most likely some annoying piece of software or some spyware.

Just did that myself and found that the top two were the same' iexplorer,eve ' with 1 about 250.000 K and the other about 325,0000 K

 Should there be only one of them?
I have two running as well 1 is 8,228 and the other 233,340
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on December 11, 2011, 04:03:36 PM
with one internet window open the box reads:

iexplore.exe*32    31,192k
dwm.exe              19,864k
explorer.exe         14,164k
iexplorer.exe*32   5,284k

i have a total of 19 things on the list which even to me who dont know wat it all means...that seems alot..a few that seem weird are:

winlogin.exe
csrss.exe
igfxtray.exe
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on December 11, 2011, 04:06:53 PM
go on to google and put them in, it will tell you what they are and if they are needed. usually Bleeping computer gives you a good idea
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on January 02, 2012, 08:40:03 PM
A friend gave me their laptop there as it's not powering up. I swopped the battery round with my own, but still no joy.

Any ideas technos?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on January 02, 2012, 08:51:58 PM
Could be any number of (internal) components or connections from the battery terminals onwards Norf -- it'll need to be opened up I'd say.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 02, 2012, 09:59:49 PM
A friend gave me their laptop there as it's not powering up. I swopped the battery round with my own, but still no joy.

Any ideas technos?

Any life in it at all, lights flashing or fans whizzing.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on January 12, 2012, 10:10:57 PM
Has anyone come across anything like this? A friend, who uses Facebook for business, has had it invaded by an app called "Click and Flirt" which is sending, shall we say inappropriate messages to her clients. She removes the app, but next time she logs in to Facebook  there it is again. It doesn't seem to be malware or a virus - Spybot, Malwarebytes and an AVG scan have found nothing.

I've logged into her account on my PC and there's no problem, which seems to indicate it's not Facebook related but is a problem on her PC.

She's running Google Chrome. There's nothing visible in Chrome, but could it be a Chrome app? Would it be worth uninstalling and re-installing Chrome? (Can't check this now or try it in another browser as she's temporarily without internet access due to a  fault.)

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on January 13, 2012, 01:19:33 AM
A friend gave me their laptop there as it's not powering up. I swopped the battery round with my own, but still no joy.

Any ideas technos?

Any life in it at all, lights flashing or fans whizzing.

Sorry lads. Meant to repost to say thanks.

Took it to one of the gurus at work. Motherboard is dead. RIP!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: FL/MAYO on January 13, 2012, 05:41:46 PM
Clouds of confusion as Galway councillor tells another to 'go f..k himself"

A GALWAY councillor has refused to apologise for swearing at a County Council committee meeting after he told a fellow councillor to "go **** himself" Local area councillor Seamus Tiernan made the amazing outburst after he wastold he was a "feckin eejit" for thinking that cloud computing was only suitable in areas with lots of rain. He had told the Infrastructure Committee meeting this week that his native Connemara would be ideal for cloud computing because it has heavy cloud cover for nine months of the year." The Independent councillor said that the Government should be doing more to harness clean industries for the Connemara area and he named wind energy and cloud computing as two obvious examples. "Connemara in particular could become a centre of excellence for wind energy harnessing, as it is open to the Atlantic. Also in terms of cloud computing, we have dense thick fog for nine months of the year, because of the mountain heights and the ability to harness this cloud power, there is tremendous scope for cloud computing to become a major employer in this region." However his mistake was pointed out by an incredulous Cllr Martin Shiels who said that "this is taking the biscuit. I've heard it all now. You must be a fecking eejit to think that the cloud computing had anything to do with climate." Cllr Tiernan took umbrage at the remarks of his colleague and called for them to be withdrawn. When Cllr Shields refused to do so, Tiernan said "go **** yourself, Cllr Shields." Chairman Sile Ni Baoill asked for both councillors to withdraw their comments, but Cllr Tiernan was repentant that Cllr Shields was wrong and that cloud computing is
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on January 13, 2012, 06:39:34 PM
Apparently the UK Telegraph fell for that spoof, or was that another spoof?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 03, 2012, 09:01:23 PM
This should be an easy one.

I had the laptop rigged up for watching Sky Go on the TV via a HDMI cable - usually I dragged the screen I wanted to use off the right hand side of the screen and it appeared on the TV. When I hooked it up today I had to go through the whole setup again for some reason and when I was finished and disconnected the cable and my laptop display went black and it was a session getting it back again. This didn't happen before so have to assume I didn't set it up correctly.

Someone want to tell me what the correct setup is in Control Panel > Display >Screen Resolution in terms of Display, Multiple Displays etc!

Much appreciated...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on February 06, 2012, 06:14:35 PM
Does anybody here know anything about working with MySql in PHP? I've installed Apache 2.2, PHP 5.3 and MySQL 5.5. As far as I can see, I've configured PHP  correctly in the PHP.ini but it won't communicate with MySQL - mysql commands are not recognised. When I run phpinfo, there's no entry for MySQL in the output file.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: aidanmcg33 on February 06, 2012, 11:52:45 PM
use xampp
It will install it all for you in one easy package.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on February 07, 2012, 02:59:24 PM
Thanks aidan. That worked. I chose to install everything individually to learn as much as possible as I went. What I learnt was that I couldn't sort out the problem that arose.

Thanks again.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: DownFanatic on February 08, 2012, 02:05:30 PM
Error message: "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded”, when logging on to Windows 7 or Windows Vista

How is this sorted?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Seamroga in exile on February 08, 2012, 07:22:16 PM
Error message: "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded”, when logging on to Windows 7 or Windows Vista

How is this sorted?
Have you tried rebooting?

You'll find what you need to help you here (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215).
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 08, 2012, 09:54:22 PM
That's a fierce complicated fix process for something so mundane.



Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on February 11, 2012, 12:23:58 AM
After cheap eternal hard drives. Any recommendations? Nothing that big (TBs etc)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Minder on February 11, 2012, 12:30:17 AM
After cheap eternal hard drives. Any recommendations? Nothing that big (TBs etc)

One that will last forever?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on February 11, 2012, 12:50:18 AM
2 years would do.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 11, 2012, 12:54:35 AM
Take your pick of the 500gb ones on the maplin or amazon websites for about 50 quid. I need one myself.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on February 11, 2012, 01:01:41 AM
£50 sounds a lot. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Core-1TB-External-HD-USB-2-0-/180813279716?pt=UK_Computing_HardDrives_RL&hash=item2a194fb1e4
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Lar Naparka on February 11, 2012, 01:56:19 AM
£50 sounds a lot. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Core-1TB-External-HD-USB-2-0-/180813279716?pt=UK_Computing_HardDrives_RL&hash=item2a194fb1e4


Yes, it does but the one  on EBay you refer to one is second-hand. Furthermore, it isn’t for sale at £50; it is being auctioned so £50 was probably the highest bid on offer when you came across it.
I just checked it out and the leading bid at present is £53. I think the winning bid will be around £75 or so.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 11, 2012, 02:51:40 PM
Hard drives have risen in price since floods in Thailand.
Buying 2nd hand is risky.
I would not do it without a full health report, which includes hours of use.
New HD's are covered by a decent guarantee, sometimes 3 years, sometimes 5 years.
Buying new from a local enough place, that is easy to return a defective drive (should that familiar enough situation arise)  makes good sense.

USB powered external - I have had 4 failures in a row.
External powered 3.5" is better and faster than USB powered external, if portability is not an issue and you can always use a flash drive for portable transfers.


Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on February 12, 2012, 09:22:09 AM
Harddrives fail more frequently than you'd think. Save the few extra pence and buy it new. Make sure you back it up too. I had 2 brand new hardrives fail on me in the last 6 months and they were both top end models.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 12, 2012, 12:26:15 PM
Harddrives fail more frequently than you'd think. Save the few extra pence and buy it new. Make sure you back it up too. I had 2 brand new hardrives fail on me in the last 6 months and they were both top end models.
I'm buying one to backup my laptop which is a sitting duck at the minute if it crashes. Do I have to backup my backup? When can I stop?!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 12, 2012, 12:28:05 PM
This should be an easy one.

I had the laptop rigged up for watching Sky Go on the TV via a HDMI cable - usually I dragged the screen I wanted to use off the right hand side of the screen and it appeared on the TV. When I hooked it up today I had to go through the whole setup again for some reason and when I was finished and disconnected the cable and my laptop display went black and it was a session getting it back again. This didn't happen before so have to assume I didn't set it up correctly.

Someone want to tell me what the correct setup is in Control Panel > Display >Screen Resolution in terms of Display, Multiple Displays etc!

Much appreciated...
Bump ;)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: blewuporstuffed on April 01, 2012, 10:15:45 PM
Anyone know how I can recover data off an external hard drive? It just comes up that it needs formatted when I plug it in. Have a lot of photos  and stuff on it I don't wanna loose
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on April 02, 2012, 01:47:30 AM
Anyone know how I can recover data off an external hard drive? It just comes up that it needs formatted when I plug it in. Have a lot of photos  and stuff on it I don't wanna loose

Give this a try: http://www.piriform.com/recuva
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Abble on April 09, 2012, 02:00:49 PM
anyone advise on router boosters ?

have someone here asking me if their broadband signal / range can be improved. They have an outhouse/shed which doubles up as an office and they want some kind of a router booster so that internet can be got on their laptop out there. its approx 25m away from the router in the hall of their house. at the minute that signal is not strong enough to give an internet connection outside the house.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerrykeegan on May 31, 2012, 11:45:03 AM
Lads

Broadband speed on laptop has collapsed, was 6mb down to less than 1mb, something is hogging it, when I use the mobile phone to test its at 6mb. Eircom asked had I used any torrents, Yes I said, he said that's most likely your problem. Deleted Utorrent and itorrents, no improvement, ran full scan on laptop from Mcafee package, nothing, after reading this spotted Amallon recommended combofix and ran that, no improvement.

Anyone any ideas?

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Billys Boots on May 31, 2012, 11:46:50 AM
Try running Malwarebytes - free download.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerrykeegan on May 31, 2012, 11:53:25 AM
Thanks Billy I will give that a go this evening.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on May 31, 2012, 05:22:29 PM
Gerry I wouldn't be a big fan of McAfee it gets quite poor ratings in a lot of reviews.  I'd stick Avast (Free) on and let it scan.  Before you scan with avast set the sensitivity to high and tell it to scan for pups in the scan settings.

Are you using speedtest.net to test the speed?  It can be eratic at times depending on which server its testing from.  Make sure the phone and PC are using the same server. When you start a speedtest.net test you can actually pick a server on the map.

Do you have an ethernet cable for your laptop?  If so you could temporarily hardwire your laptop to the router and run the test again to eliminate any problems with the wifi on the laptop.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: nifan on May 31, 2012, 05:41:35 PM
Id get ccleaner as well - its free also - it will try and clear out a load of the old files that hang round and slow things down.

How much free disc space do you have, and how much memory do you have and are you using at the time?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on May 31, 2012, 06:05:42 PM
If anyone is interested Queens University's Psychology department are selling computers cheap.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerrykeegan on May 31, 2012, 07:30:10 PM
Gerry I wouldn't be a big fan of McAfee it gets quite poor ratings in a lot of reviews.  I'd stick Avast (Free) on and let it scan.  Before you scan with avast set the sensitivity to high and tell it to scan for pups in the scan settings.

Are you using speedtest.net to test the speed?  It can be eratic at times depending on which server its testing from.  Make sure the phone and PC are using the same server. When you start a speedtest.net test you can actually pick a server on the map.

Do you have an ethernet cable for your laptop?  If so you could temporarily hardwire your laptop to the router and run the test again to eliminate any problems with the wifi on the laptop.
Id get ccleaner as well - its free also - it will try and clear out a load of the old files that hang round and slow things down.

How much free disc space do you have, and how much memory do you have and are you using at the time?

Thanks lads, I ran Billys malwarebytes it didnt pick anything up, however the speed has immediately gone back over the 6mb

I'm going to download the ccleaner later and run that. The laptop has loads of free space 77gig, ram 4mb

Aidan is that Avast just like Mcafee? Does it do pretty much the same thing.

Thanks again I was worried the laptop was going to die and I have a tax assignment to finish!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tbrick18 on June 01, 2012, 09:31:41 AM
If anyone is interested Queens University's Psychology department are selling computers cheap.

Spec? Who would you contact about them?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on June 01, 2012, 09:40:09 AM
Yes Gerry supposed to do the same job but McAfee misses too much.  Don't leave both Avast and McAfee on the computer longer than necessary they will slow the pc even more..  A
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on June 01, 2012, 12:20:45 PM
If anyone is interested Queens University's Psychology department are selling computers cheap.

Spec? Who would you contact about them?

Chassis: Dell Optilex 755 SFF
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8200(2.66GHz,1333MHz,6MB)
Memory: 4.0GB NON-ECC DDRII Memory(4*1GB)
Hard Drive: 250GB (7,200rpm) SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Optical Drive: 8x DVD+/- RW Drive
Monitor: 19in 1908WFP UK/Irish Black Widescreen UltraSharp (1440 x 900) TCO99 DVI-D Height Adjustable
Graphics: Integrated Graphics with DVI Adapter Card (Low Profile)
Mouse and Keyboard with speakers built into system.
Operating System: Windows Vista home basic

Contact Paul Coulter: +44 (0)28 9097 4351
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on June 05, 2012, 11:34:54 AM
been having a few space problems in the D drive, I have found some folders in both the C and D drives including a Windows file which is 5.38 GBs and was created in Feb last year when I thought I had reformated the computer. can I delete the ones in the D drive without messing the computer up?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: heganboy on June 05, 2012, 01:36:12 PM
look at the properties of the folder and check the date the folder was last modified, that will tell you if you are using it...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on June 05, 2012, 01:56:15 PM
look at the properties of the folder and check the date the folder was last modified, that will tell you if you are using it...

there is no modified date on them, only dates created, D 12/02/11, C 20/07/2006
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on June 05, 2012, 03:07:48 PM
Right-click anywhere in the column title bar (the bar at the top where it has the column headers Name, Type, Size, etc.). Select "Date Modified" from the list and this will then appear as a column header.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on June 05, 2012, 05:06:54 PM
In the D drive the dates are created dates with only a few have modified dates
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on June 14, 2012, 11:01:38 PM
I have been tryin to watch the us open golf online this past hour but any decent link is being ruined with pop ups and stupid links..slowin up the stream and being very annoyin.im watchin on internet explorer..does anyone use a free blocker to stop this? or should i change to google chrome or firefox etc as i heard they stream faster and maybe a free blocker is available with them..thanks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: spuds on June 15, 2012, 12:35:11 PM
Laptop crashed earlier and eventually got it back up running OK, only thing is that it all videos are not playing as in Youtube etc. Any suggestions ?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on June 15, 2012, 01:01:44 PM
Laptop crashed earlier and eventually got it back up running OK, only thing is that it all videos are not playing as in Youtube etc. Any suggestions ?

Possibly need flash player installed.
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on June 15, 2012, 01:18:43 PM
Found an add on for firefox called freecorder. You can rip audio from youtube videos, download videos and convert them
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: spuds on June 15, 2012, 01:43:29 PM
Laptop crashed earlier and eventually got it back up running OK, only thing is that it all videos are not playing as in Youtube etc. Any suggestions ?

Possibly need flash player installed.
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Installed that Adobe yoke link and the laptop slowed down to unusuable levels. Started uninstalling the Adobes starting with the one above and checked after this and is working again, even if saying plugin needed to see all features. Thanks Mhic Easmuint.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Abble on July 30, 2012, 01:51:15 PM
Currently experiencing a problem with my youtube.
I'd be starting some video of anything in youtube but i can then hear this other background noise. it's other video's (video ad) opening up elsewhere on the page, so i either have to try and close them down or try mute on them individually. by time i get all that done the original video i wanted to see is half over !!!!

anyone know what's happened or how i can stop this ?! only started v recently.

i should add, it is only occurring on my machine at home while logged in, it's working perfectly elsewhere while logged in, eg in the office or at friends, etc
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Abble on July 30, 2012, 08:17:38 PM
Currently experiencing a problem with my youtube.
I'd be starting some video of anything in youtube but i can then hear this other background noise. it's other video's (video ad) opening up elsewhere on the page, so i either have to try and close them down or try mute on them individually. by time i get all that done the original video i wanted to see is half over !!!!

anyone know what's happened or how i can stop this ?! only started v recently.

i should add, it is only occurring on my machine at home while logged in, it's working perfectly elsewhere while logged in, eg in the office or at friends, etc

IGNORE
got this sorted, ran my malwarebytes and it found a couple of trojans and some ad software/virus. cleaned it up and now running normal again.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: downgirl on August 05, 2012, 05:42:09 PM
Hi all,

I was trying to put some new cd's onto my itunes on my laptop today however it seemed to recognise some cd's ok but others it isn't recognising at all; when I put the cd's in they whirr around and then stop a few times but when I go into my computer it isn't showing a disc being in the drive.  I tried it with loads of different cd's and dvd's but it's still the same.  I have checked the device manager for updates to the CD-ROM driver but it came back saying windows has determined the driver software for the device is up to date.  I also checked to see if the device has been disabled but that wasn't the case either, so I am a bit stuck, if anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it!  :)

If I have to bring it to someone to fix it roughly how long should it take and cost?

Laptop is Dell Studio 15, Drive is Optiarc DVD+-RW AD-7640S ATA Device.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on August 05, 2012, 06:33:21 PM
Hi all,

I was trying to put some new cd's onto my itunes on my laptop today however it seemed to recognise some cd's ok but others it isn't recognising at all; when I put the cd's in they whirr around and then stop a few times but when I go into my computer it isn't showing a disc being in the drive.  I tried it with loads of different cd's and dvd's but it's still the same.  I have checked the device manager for updates to the CD-ROM driver but it came back saying windows has determined the driver software for the device is up to date.  I also checked to see if the device has been disabled but that wasn't the case either, so I am a bit stuck, if anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it!  :)

If I have to bring it to someone to fix it roughly how long should it take and cost?

Laptop is Dell Studio 15, Drive is Optiarc DVD+-RW AD-7640S ATA Device.

Is it recognising some cds and not others or is it not recognising any at all. Some CDs have extra protection to prevent them being read on pc's.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on August 05, 2012, 06:57:01 PM
Have you checked the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter?
Though the claimed ability to troubleshoot is a bit of an exaggeration.
Control Panel  --> Hardware and Sound -->Troubleshooting --> Configure a device.

These components, like Dell Laptop cd/dvd devices (if faulty) aren't repaired, they are the lowest build quality, You can find a replacement on eBay and then it has to be installed.
Other option is to buy an external cd/dvd drive, connect to laptop by usb.  Same price probably and no need to pay to have it installed. Samsung make some reliable externals.


Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: downgirl on August 05, 2012, 08:01:47 PM
Myles it recognised 2, then of a 2 cd set it recognised the 1st cd straight away and I had to put the other cd of the set in and out a few times before it picked it up.  Now it doesn't seem to be recognising any.  As for the DVD's I tried they are ones I have played on the laptop plenty of times before and they now aren't being recognised.

Thanks for that Main Street will have a wee look now see if I can get anywhere with that!   :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on August 05, 2012, 08:17:52 PM
Myles it recognised 2, then of a 2 cd set it recognised the 1st cd straight away and I had to put the other cd of the set in and out a few times before it picked it up.  Now it doesn't seem to be recognising any.  As for the DVD's I tried they are ones I have played on the laptop plenty of times before and they now aren't being recognised.

Thanks for that Main Street will have a wee look now see if I can get anywhere with that!   :)
Laser on the drive is fcuked now doubt.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: downgirl on August 05, 2012, 08:25:55 PM
Myles it recognised 2, then of a 2 cd set it recognised the 1st cd straight away and I had to put the other cd of the set in and out a few times before it picked it up.  Now it doesn't seem to be recognising any.  As for the DVD's I tried they are ones I have played on the laptop plenty of times before and they now aren't being recognised.

Thanks for that Main Street will have a wee look now see if I can get anywhere with that!   :)
Laser on the drive is fcuked now doubt.

Oh no  :( So go for the external disc drive?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: JUst retired on August 06, 2012, 07:50:34 AM
You could try a cleaning disc,to clean the laser before you take it for repair.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: supersarsfields on August 06, 2012, 12:01:32 PM
Just wondering if anyone could help. my laptop had been playing up and was slowing down something serious. So I (thought) took a backup of all my files and was going to do a factory reset as thereb was a load of stuff on it that I never used. So did the reboot but my backup didn't work. I do have other backups but not the most recent. Is there anyway of getting the recent stuff back again or is it completely gone?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on August 06, 2012, 01:33:36 PM
You've probably Quinned your recently acquired assets.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: supersarsfields on August 06, 2012, 02:04:04 PM
Awww feck it. And I had signed confessions from Anglo as well.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on August 06, 2012, 03:08:55 PM
Myles it recognised 2, then of a 2 cd set it recognised the 1st cd straight away and I had to put the other cd of the set in and out a few times before it picked it up.  Now it doesn't seem to be recognising any.  As for the DVD's I tried they are ones I have played on the laptop plenty of times before and they now aren't being recognised.

Thanks for that Main Street will have a wee look now see if I can get anywhere with that!   :)
Laser on the drive is fcuked now doubt.

Oh no  :( So go for the external disc drive?

You don't need to go external although you can. Externals I find are awkward to carry around if you need to be mobile. Just go to ebay and try and buy a internal drive to suit your laptop. You may need to get someone a bit handy to put it in as some laptops are a pig to open up.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on August 06, 2012, 03:12:09 PM
Just wondering if anyone could help. my laptop had been playing up and was slowing down something serious. So I (thought) took a backup of all my files and was going to do a factory reset as thereb was a load of stuff on it that I never used. So did the reboot but my backup didn't work. I do have other backups but not the most recent. Is there anyway of getting the recent stuff back again or is it completely gone?

Did you actually do a reformat on your laptop - I mean have you wiped it. If not and it just won't start you can use a method called slipstreaming to get access. Before I spend time telling you how maybe first just confirm whether the machine was reformatted.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on August 10, 2012, 07:41:50 PM
My laptop takes ages to start up and then ages to connect to the internet.

Its a Dell Windows 7 and there are no viruses on it and no heavy programmes installed on it.

A fella beside me who works at computers part time can t source the problem

Anyone any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on August 11, 2012, 09:58:11 AM
My laptop takes ages to start up and then ages to connect to the internet.

Its a Dell Windows 7 and there are no viruses on it and no heavy programmes installed on it.

A fella beside me who works at computers part time can t source the problem

Anyone any ideas?

Could be ram. Remove each stick of ram one at a time and restart your PC each time. See can you identify bad ram stick. As long as your certain you have no viruses or spyware, spyware would be the mist likely culprit otherwise.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on August 19, 2012, 11:01:03 AM
my pc has died, ithr problem which i believe is a motherboard problem. i have stuff i need on it, will it be able to be recovered?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on August 19, 2012, 11:20:13 AM
my pc has died, ithr problem which i believe is a motherboard problem. i have stuff i need on it, will it be able to be recovered?

Yes. Because everything is stored on the HDD. Just take that out and put it into another computer.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Square Ball on August 19, 2012, 12:46:22 PM
my pc has died, ithr problem which i believe is a motherboard problem. i have stuff i need on it, will it be able to be recovered?

Yes. Because everything is stored on the HDD. Just take that out and put it into another computer.
cheers,






Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: armaghniac on August 19, 2012, 05:03:18 PM
Quote
Just take that out and put it into another computer.

you can put the HDD into one of those external disk yokes, and if just plug it in when you get a new computer.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on August 20, 2012, 10:24:28 AM
Unless of course the motherboard is grand and it's the hard disk that's fécked.

Could be just the power supply that's burned out.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: supersarsfields on August 20, 2012, 10:45:05 AM
Just wondering if anyone could help. my laptop had been playing up and was slowing down something serious. So I (thought) took a backup of all my files and was going to do a factory reset as thereb was a load of stuff on it that I never used. So did the reboot but my backup didn't work. I do have other backups but not the most recent. Is there anyway of getting the recent stuff back again or is it completely gone?

Did you actually do a reformat on your laptop - I mean have you wiped it. If not and it just won't start you can use a method called slipstreaming to get access. Before I spend time telling you how maybe first just confirm whether the machine was reformatted.

Hi Myles, Sorry only seeing this now. I did a reset factory settings on the system. So I'm assuming that's most likely a complete reformating? I wouldn't be too into my computer stuff so unsure if it means everything's gone for good?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on August 20, 2012, 08:48:40 PM
You would have to bring it to a data recovery company, they will normally be able to salvage most files but you might lose the folder structure and file names so its a real pain to sort through it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ThroughTheLaces on August 25, 2012, 07:36:01 AM
Folks, a little help please. Thinking of buying the new iPad, which has wifi and 4G. Where I am it does not have 4G, am I right in saying that 3G won't work here and I'd be better off buying the iPad 2 with 3G? Bit confused by it all.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on August 25, 2012, 12:28:17 PM
While iPads are good I wouldn't buy one for the simple reason that it will be cosidered old after a year or so.

If you can't get 3g then you probably won't get 4g so you would be spending the extra money for no good reason.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: take_yer_points on August 25, 2012, 01:21:18 PM
Folks, a little help please. Thinking of buying the new iPad, which has wifi and 4G. Where I am it does not have 4G, am I right in saying that 3G won't work here and I'd be better off buying the iPad 2 with 3G? Bit confused by it all.

Do you have an iphone? I'd thought of getting a 3G ipad2 but went with the Wifi version instead - if I need to go online on the ipad for anything when I'm not in a wifi zone (not very often) I create a personal hotspot on my iPhone and join it on the ipad. That way you'll save money on not buying the more expensive 3G version and you don't need a separate data plan for the ipad.

On a separate note, I've noticed a few people on here using UK/Ireland based VPN services for accessing RTE player/Skygo etc... while not in the UK/Ireland. I was abroad last week and setup a VPN on my Windows 7 PC in the house. I had to leave it on while I was away but I was able to get it working and RTE player worked perfectly when I was away. Might save some of you a few quid as doing it yourself is free
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on August 27, 2012, 10:52:11 PM
Anyone know who's offering the best phone & broadband deals in the south. My line is only good to 3mb so no point me paying more for faster.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: theticklemister on August 27, 2012, 11:13:18 PM
my youtube and iplayer have been running very slowly when the player gets enlarged and only runs normal when in small mode. anyone any ideas how to fix this?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: theticklemister on August 28, 2012, 03:51:05 PM
Thank you Mac Eoghain ill have a look when I get home. I only have the 1 browser.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: armaghniac on August 28, 2012, 05:49:23 PM
Quote
I only have the 1 browser.

Now there is a man with a trusting relationship with his other half!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: take_yer_points on September 01, 2012, 08:40:18 PM
Any techies know exactly in what directory in IOS 5 is Wallpaper stored, I have turned this iPhone 4S inside out and cant find it, Google isnt turning much up either.

var/stash/wallpaper.hjscDP/iPhone ?

Or I think library/wallpaper/iPhone will take you to the same location.

I'm not sure if that's what you're after or not
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Jimmy on September 18, 2012, 12:19:23 AM
Anyone able to help me with a problem I'm having.

Got BT infinity installed. Works great for laptops, iPhones , iPads picking up decent signal where ever I'm at in the house. PC on the other hand seems to be struggling. It can pick up the wireless signal but no where near the down load speed of the other devices and the signal will drop off eventually.

I originally had to install a wireless card in order to make the PC wireless in the first place so my first theory is that the wireless card (Ralink RT61 Turbo Wireless LAN card) is just not good enough for infinity.

Any thoughts would be appreciated?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: boojangles on September 20, 2012, 03:07:29 PM
I have just bought a 2nd hand Sony Vaio laptop for college. It has Windows Vista home premium and I am trying to download Microsoft Office 2010 onto it from disc but I'm having problems. It seems I might need Windows 7. Will I have to purchase Windows 7 or is there another way around it? Any help would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on September 20, 2012, 03:18:08 PM
Anyone able to help me with a problem I'm having.

Got BT infinity installed. Works great for laptops, iPhones , iPads picking up decent signal where ever I'm at in the house. PC on the other hand seems to be struggling. It can pick up the wireless signal but no where near the down load speed of the other devices and the signal will drop off eventually.

I originally had to install a wireless card in order to make the PC wireless in the first place so my first theory is that the wireless card (Ralink RT61 Turbo Wireless LAN card) is just not good enough for infinity.

Any thoughts would be appreciated?

I would say that your wireless card is useless based on a quick google search. For my desktops I wire them straight to the router because wireless isn't really needed on it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on September 20, 2012, 03:23:37 PM
I have just bought a 2nd hand Sony Vaio laptop for college. It has Windows Vista home premium and I am trying to download Microsoft Office 2010 onto it from disc but I'm having problems. It seems I might need Windows 7. Will I have to purchase Windows 7 or is there another way around it? Any help would be appreciated.

Has the license already been used for microsoft office 2010?
It could be that old microsoft files are interferring with the installation and the Hard Disc Drive needs to be wiped.
I have not come across a problem with installing office software on Vista, dont think you need to buy windows 7.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: boojangles on September 20, 2012, 03:40:20 PM
I have just bought a 2nd hand Sony Vaio laptop for college. It has Windows Vista home premium and I am trying to download Microsoft Office 2010 onto it from disc but I'm having problems. It seems I might need Windows 7. Will I have to purchase Windows 7 or is there another way around it? Any help would be appreciated.

Has the license already been used for microsoft office 2010?
It could be that old microsoft files are interferring with the installation and the Hard Disc Drive needs to be wiped.
I have not come across a problem with installing office software on Vista, dont think you need to buy windows 7.

Thanks for the reply. No there isn't a problem with the license. It has been downloaded to desktop but I can still use it once more on another device. How would I go about wiping the HD drive? It has Photoshop which I wouldn't mind holding onto.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on September 20, 2012, 03:44:07 PM
I have just bought a 2nd hand Sony Vaio laptop for college. It has Windows Vista home premium and I am trying to download Microsoft Office 2010 onto it from disc but I'm having problems. It seems I might need Windows 7. Will I have to purchase Windows 7 or is there another way around it? Any help would be appreciated.

Has the license already been used for microsoft office 2010?
It could be that old microsoft files are interferring with the installation and the Hard Disc Drive needs to be wiped.
I have not come across a problem with installing office software on Vista, dont think you need to buy windows 7.

Thanks for the reply. No there isn't a problem with the license. It has been downloaded to desktop but I can still use it once more on another device. How would I go about wiping the HD drive? It has Photoshop which I wouldn't mind holding onto.

It was a bit risky for the person selling it to hand over the laptop without having it wiped (but even still it would be possible to extract stuff from hdd anyway) as all their private information would be on it.
Photoshop isn't that difficult to get a hold of online but it is illegal. Usually there is an option on the computer to wipe the HDD and a restore disc which comes with the computer when bought new.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: boojangles on September 20, 2012, 04:15:08 PM
I have just bought a 2nd hand Sony Vaio laptop for college. It has Windows Vista home premium and I am trying to download Microsoft Office 2010 onto it from disc but I'm having problems. It seems I might need Windows 7. Will I have to purchase Windows 7 or is there another way around it? Any help would be appreciated.

Has the license already been used for microsoft office 2010?
It could be that old microsoft files are interferring with the installation and the Hard Disc Drive needs to be wiped.
I have not come across a problem with installing office software on Vista, dont think you need to buy windows 7.

Thanks for the reply. No there isn't a problem with the license. It has been downloaded to desktop but I can still use it once more on another device. How would I go about wiping the HD drive? It has Photoshop which I wouldn't mind holding onto.

It was a bit risky for the person selling it to hand over the laptop without having it wiped (but even still it would be possible to extract stuff from hdd anyway) as all their private information would be on it.
Photoshop isn't that difficult to get a hold of online but it is illegal. Usually there is an option on the computer to wipe the HDD and a restore disc which comes with the computer when bought new.

The following is coming up when I try to install it.

Set-up is unable to proceed due to following errors.

You must be running one of the following operating systems.

*86 platform

-windows 7

-windows vista SP1

Windows XP SP3

Windows server 2003 SP2

or *64 platform

-Windows 7

-Windows Vista SP1

-Windows server 2008
Title: email Help
Post by: passedit on September 20, 2012, 05:49:17 PM
Not sure if this is the right place for this or not but here goes.

The catchall email for my is picking up a lot of Postmaster undeliverable referring to emails from addresses such as C239AB1B@mydomain.com. Obviously someone is spamming using my domain. Simple question. how do I stop this?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on September 20, 2012, 05:55:17 PM
I have just bought a 2nd hand Sony Vaio laptop for college. It has Windows Vista home premium and I am trying to download Microsoft Office 2010 onto it from disc but I'm having problems. It seems I might need Windows 7. Will I have to purchase Windows 7 or is there another way around it? Any help would be appreciated.

Has the license already been used for microsoft office 2010?
It could be that old microsoft files are interferring with the installation and the Hard Disc Drive needs to be wiped.
I have not come across a problem with installing office software on Vista, dont think you need to buy windows 7.

Thanks for the reply. No there isn't a problem with the license. It has been downloaded to desktop but I can still use it once more on another device. How would I go about wiping the HD drive? It has Photoshop which I wouldn't mind holding onto.

It was a bit risky for the person selling it to hand over the laptop without having it wiped (but even still it would be possible to extract stuff from hdd anyway) as all their private information would be on it.
Photoshop isn't that difficult to get a hold of online but it is illegal. Usually there is an option on the computer to wipe the HDD and a restore disc which comes with the computer when bought new.

The following is coming up when I try to install it.

Set-up is unable to proceed due to following errors.

You must be running one of the following operating systems.

*86 platform

-windows 7

-windows vista SP1

Windows XP SP3

Windows server 2003 SP2

or *64 platform

-Windows 7

-Windows Vista SP1

-Windows server 2008

Right click (my) computer and look at properties. Copy and paste information relating to windows system
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: mylestheslasher on September 20, 2012, 10:45:59 PM
Boojangles- I am guessing you may not have the latest vista service pack. Right click on the. My computer icon, select properties and it should say what service pack you are on. If you need a copy of Photoshop pm me and I'll sort u out.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on October 14, 2012, 04:39:13 PM
Looking for a battery for my Inspiron 1525 Laptop.

The official Dell ones are £80 odd.

The ones on Ebay are around £16.

Can anyone recommend a battery that won't fleece me, but has a decent power life?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bigfrank on November 15, 2012, 06:39:06 PM
am i the only person still using internet explorer as my web browser? been told lately that there are much better available,anyone care to recommend one? google chrome i hear is decent?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on November 15, 2012, 07:19:41 PM
Internet Explorer has improved a lot with the last few versions.  IE 10 came out in October and is a decent enough browser.  I use Chrome myself.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on November 15, 2012, 11:31:02 PM
IMO Internet Explorer is the best browser out there at the moment especially for HTML5 support. Me I'm still using Firefox as IE is still a little bloated and buggy unless you are running a high end machine.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 16, 2012, 05:23:49 PM
Whatever browser you use, use Adblock.
For me, it's the single most important 'de-clutteriser' enhancement.



Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: nifan on November 16, 2012, 05:28:59 PM
IMO Internet Explorer is the best browser out there at the moment especially for HTML5 support. Me I'm still using Firefox as IE is still a little bloated and buggy unless you are running a high end machine.

HTML5 support on chrom, opera and firefox all beat IE 10 as far as i am aware.
http://html5test.com/results/desktop.html
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on November 17, 2012, 12:33:51 AM
IMO Internet Explorer is the best browser out there at the moment especially for HTML5 support. Me I'm still using Firefox as IE is still a little bloated and buggy unless you are running a high end machine.

HTML5 support on chrom, opera and firefox all beat IE 10 as far as i am aware.
http://html5test.com/results/desktop.html

Try playing this (www.contrejour.ie) in Firefox or Chrome and then try it in IE - 9 or 10. No comparison. Don't forget HTML5 standard hasn't been finalised yet so those browser test sites aren't really comparing the full spectrum of what will be in HTML5. IE is the only browser at the moment coming close to the breath of the canvas tag.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 17, 2012, 10:42:29 AM
What differences do you notice?
I tried that Contrejour (first game) on Mac OS  10.7.4 
The only noticeable difference between Chrome,  Safari and Firefox is with the loading.
Chrome loads in a flash, I barely notice the 'Loading' on Chrome,  whereas the other 2 take about 2 seconds to load.

Running Windows 7, Contrejour (first game) I don't notice much (if any) difference between Firefox and IE10

As an aside, I find IE to have the poorest user interface of the lot, by far.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on November 18, 2012, 12:11:25 AM
Forgot to say its a touchscreen HTML5 game. IE is by far the most responsive and fluid out of all the browsers.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 18, 2012, 08:49:20 AM
Forgot to say its a touchscreen HTML5 game. IE is by far the most responsive and fluid out of all the browsers.
"They" say that contrejour is a game Microsoft designed to showcase its iOS

'Microsoft announced today that it has participated in the porting of a hit iOS game, Contre Jour, to the web with Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. Described as the most ambitious use of HTML5 to date, Contre Jour needs to be experienced with a Windows 8 (or RT) tablet to be fully appreciated.'

http://winsupersite.com/blog/supersite-blog-39/internet-explorer2/contre-jour-10-multitouch-gaming-web-144457 (http://winsupersite.com/blog/supersite-blog-39/internet-explorer2/contre-jour-10-multitouch-gaming-web-144457)

Could be comparable to saying iPod works best with iTunes, therefore iTunes is the best interactive media software.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on November 18, 2012, 10:52:45 AM
No its not HTML5 is a non-proprietary standard iTunes, iPod etc are all Apple stuff.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 18, 2012, 12:34:50 PM
No its not HTML5 is a non-proprietary standard iTunes, iPod etc are all Apple stuff.
The iPod can be used to (almost) complete satisfaction with other software, on Media Monkey for example. In that sense it's not true to say it's "All Apple stuff".

is there no validity in that press release by Microsoft?
"that it has participated in the porting of a hit iOS game, Contre Jour, to the web with Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. Described as the most ambitious use of HTML5 to date, Contre Jour needs to be experienced with a Windows 8 (or RT) tablet to be fully appreciated."

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Ulick on November 18, 2012, 02:30:12 PM
No its not HTML5 is a non-proprietary standard iTunes, iPod etc are all Apple stuff.
The iPod can be used to (almost) complete satisfaction with other software, on Media Monkey for example. In that sense it's not true to say it's "All Apple stuff".

is there no validity in that press release by Microsoft?
"that it has participated in the porting of a hit iOS game, Contre Jour, to the web with Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. Described as the most ambitious use of HTML5 to date, Contre Jour needs to be experienced with a Windows 8 (or RT) tablet to be fully appreciated."

Still proprietary software. Microsoft doesn't own HTML5, just that they built a bowser which makes full use of it's current capabilities and they are using that game to show it. I've been porting quite a bit of stuff over to HTML5 this past year or so and out of the three I mentioned IE, is the one that gives me least problems.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 18, 2012, 03:30:23 PM
No its not HTML5 is a non-proprietary standard iTunes, iPod etc are all Apple stuff.
The iPod can be used to (almost) complete satisfaction with other software, on Media Monkey for example. In that sense it's not true to say it's "All Apple stuff".

is there no validity in that press release by Microsoft?
"that it has participated in the porting of a hit iOS game, Contre Jour, to the web with Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. Described as the most ambitious use of HTML5 to date, Contre Jour needs to be experienced with a Windows 8 (or RT) tablet to be fully appreciated."
Still proprietary software. Microsoft doesn't own HTML5, just that they built a bowser which makes full use of it's current capabilities and they are using that game to show it. I've been porting quite a bit of stuff over to HTML5 this past year or so and out of the three I mentioned IE, is the one that gives me least problems.

Fair enough, your experience is more than valid enough reason.

I wouldn't make a claim that iTunes is the best media player because of its superior compatibility with the iPod, likewise I wouldn't claim that IE10 is superior at html5 because of its superior ability to run Contre Jour on a touchpad  ;)


Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: BenDover on November 18, 2012, 04:02:47 PM
Anyone know what do i need to look up to see if i can increase the amount of RAM in my laptop?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on November 18, 2012, 04:10:05 PM
Anyone know what do i need to look up to see if i can increase the amount of RAM in my laptop?

You need to get rid of processes that are running on your computer. If it is new and you don't think you have enough RAM you will need to get extra ram installed.

http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/pc/how-to-free-up-ram-899817
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: BenDover on November 18, 2012, 04:28:48 PM
its not new can i check anywhere online to see the max amount of ram that can ben installed for this model?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyroneman on November 18, 2012, 04:34:42 PM
Realistically what GB IPad do you need - is the basic 16 too small?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on November 18, 2012, 04:46:22 PM
www.crucial.com
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on November 18, 2012, 04:47:04 PM
its not new can i check anywhere online to see the max amount of ram that can ben installed for this model?


www.crucial.com
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: take_yer_points on November 18, 2012, 06:30:47 PM
I'm having a bit of a laptop problem - it's a 16 month old HP 625. It's a good wee laptop but there's a few things giving me bother at the minute:

1) A few keys of stopped working (escape, control in the bottom left of the keyboard, tab and some audio/video control buttons)

2) The speakers have kind of packed in. If I plug in earphones the sound works through them. Also, the sound still works for Skype. And to add some more confusion... If I play something using media player, for example, the speakers don't work. However, if I initiate the Skype audio test then I hear the Skype test coming through the speakers as well as the audio playing on media player. Very strange.

These problems both started happening around the same time. I've tried everything I could with it (having checked round google) but couldn't fix it. I tried updating various drivers but still couldn't fix it. In the end I reinstalled Windows 7 but the problems are all still there. Has anyone ever had anything like that before?

Could there be a lose connection causing the keyboard issue? I've read around and it seems the keys are wired up in blocks and that can happen sometimes.

For the speakers, does it sound like they've packed in? I can't see how it's anything other than a hardware issue following a completely fresh install of the OS. Or could there be an internal connection problem there too?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: DickyRock on November 18, 2012, 09:32:38 PM
Realistically what GB IPad do you need - is the basic 16 too small?

16GB definitely too small. I've one and it annoys me that I didn't spend the extra money
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: No Soloing on November 26, 2012, 06:33:36 PM
Does anyone know of any decent laptop deals? I am looking at getting a new one for Christmas. It would be just for everyday stuff - the internet, music, photos - so I am thinking around the £300 mark
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Eamonnca1 on November 26, 2012, 06:36:01 PM

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 26, 2012, 09:34:25 PM
I'm having a bit of a laptop problem - it's a 16 month old HP 625. It's a good wee laptop but there's a few things giving me bother at the minute:

1) A few keys of stopped working (escape, control in the bottom left of the keyboard, tab and some audio/video control buttons)

2) The speakers have kind of packed in. If I plug in earphones the sound works through them. Also, the sound still works for Skype. And to add some more confusion... If I play something using media player, for example, the speakers don't work. However, if I initiate the Skype audio test then I hear the Skype test coming through the speakers as well as the audio playing on media player. Very strange.

These problems both started happening around the same time. I've tried everything I could with it (having checked round google) but couldn't fix it. I tried updating various drivers but still couldn't fix it. In the end I reinstalled Windows 7 but the problems are all still there. Has anyone ever had anything like that before?

Could there be a lose connection causing the keyboard issue? I've read around and it seems the keys are wired up in blocks and that can happen sometimes.

For the speakers, does it sound like they've packed in? I can't see how it's anything other than a hardware issue following a completely fresh install of the OS. Or could there be an internal connection problem there too?

The most common cause for keyboard key malfunction is spilled liquid. Less likely is that some object has fallen in there to jam the connection. 

If you hear Skype loud and clear through your speakers that means they are still working.
Try VLC to play any file (music or video) and select the VLC preference for audio device ->  internal speakers,
otherwise it 'sounds' like a freaky problem.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on November 26, 2012, 10:20:26 PM
Does anyone know of any decent laptop deals? I am looking at getting a new one for Christmas. It would be just for everyday stuff - the internet, music, photos - so I am thinking around the £300 mark

Have you looked at Netbooks?  They'll do everything you've outlined.  I am currently using a Samsung N110 for the last 3 years and only now is the battery not holding it's charge. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: TacadoirArdMhacha on November 26, 2012, 10:44:30 PM
Will they work fine for printing and that Denn?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on November 26, 2012, 11:22:51 PM
Piles of laptops about around the £300 mark. Have bought an Advent for my ma for Christmas.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Denn Forever on November 26, 2012, 11:29:07 PM
Will they work fine for printing and that Denn?

I've had no problems. Have used it with 2 different printers (Dell) and they  have had the drivers.  I assume so as I just pluged them in and they worked.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on November 30, 2012, 11:06:09 AM
I’m having a problem getting HTML5 to work in IE9. It showed up as a failure to execute the <video> tag. <video> works fine in Firefox, Opera and Safari but I just got a blank screen in IE. Then I ran the HTML5 compatibility test at http://html5test.com (http://html5test.com) and I also got a blank screen in IE, so it’s more than the <video> tag that’s at issue.

I’ve reinstalled IE – no joy. I’m presuming it never worked but I’m not sure - I hadn’t tried it before and I don't normally use IE.

One possibly relevant item – my Chrome crashed a little while ago (before this problem arose) and I can’t reinstall it. I’ve uninstalled everything and downloaded the latest install, but it crashes when I try to install it. I haven’t had the time to figure out how to fix this, but I wonder could there be a link?

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 30, 2012, 11:57:17 AM
I assume you uninstalled Chrome using the Control Panel utility,  prior to reinstalling?
If so, and it still didn't work, the first thing I would try is to manually uninstall Chrome from everywhere, before reinstalling.

If you need to, look up instructions on how to do the manual uninstall of Chrome.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on November 30, 2012, 12:42:42 PM
Thanks, MS, I did that and was able to install Chrome. However, as soon as I ran the newly installed version it crashed again. After I uninstalled Chrome and before reinstalling, I checked and the HTML5 problem was still there in IE9.

I don’t know if there’s a link (and I don’t know what it could be) between the two problems. I can live without Chrome (though I’m worried about what could be causing it to crash and I need to sort that out at some stage), but I need the website to work with IE.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on November 30, 2012, 01:09:08 PM
My first (uneducated) guess would be that the 2 issues are separate, I don't use Windows that much.
Trying to find out why a Chrome crash issue persists even after a manual uninstall has been performed, could be a frustrating and distracting experience and not help you with your main issue.

Here's one user's experience on the >video<  tag issue with IE9 and html5
IE9 AND THE MYSTERY OF THE BROKEN VIDEO TAG
http://geekswithblogs.net/Wessty/archive/2011/03/13/ie9-and-the-mystery-of-the-broken-video-tag.aspx (http://geekswithblogs.net/Wessty/archive/2011/03/13/ie9-and-the-mystery-of-the-broken-video-tag.aspx)



Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: nifan on November 30, 2012, 01:24:45 PM
Hardy you could try  uninstalling the chrome again then try running a tool like ccleaner - it has a tool which will try to check the registry for rogue entries etc.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on November 30, 2012, 04:44:03 PM
Thanks lads. I'll get back to this over the weekend.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyssam5 on November 30, 2012, 09:02:25 PM
Realistically what GB IPad do you need - is the basic 16 too small?

16GB definitely too small. I've one and it annoys me that I didn't spend the extra money

What do you store on it? Don't think I've anything on mine. Watching online TV and web surfings about all I do on it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: supersarsfields on December 06, 2012, 02:55:39 PM
Been looking at Laptops around the £300 mark as well. Was looking at these two. For my mum so will just be for browsing and the odd letter. any reccommendations? Or indeed any other good offers?

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/asus-x501a-xx277h-15-6-laptop-white-17056518-pdt.html?intcmpid=display~RR~Laptops+%26+Netbooks~17056518

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/acer-aspire-v5-571-refurbished-15-6-laptop-silver-17291947-pdt.html
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Cold tea on December 06, 2012, 03:07:26 PM
You can't beat dell

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n0015m32&model_id=inspiron-15-3520&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1 (http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n0015m32&model_id=inspiron-15-3520&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1)
 
If you take all the standard items when going through this, including 15 months security, 1 year warranty etc it's 29 quid more expensive that your refurb.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: FL/MAYO on December 06, 2012, 04:38:36 PM
Interesting show on NPR yesterday about online security

http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio-player?nid=16963
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Gaffer on December 09, 2012, 08:47:10 PM
Anyone know how to download a video off YouTube.

Zamzar was great for it but it can t be one from there anymore!!!

I actually want the backing tracks off songs. MP3 I think they are called.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on December 09, 2012, 09:07:40 PM
Anyone know how to download a video off YouTube.

Zamzar was great for it but it can t be one from there anymore!!!

I actually want the backing tracks off songs. MP3 I think they are called.

Orbit downloader.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyroneman on December 17, 2012, 05:41:47 PM
I have an old HP Laptop which was very slow. Today couln't even get it going - system error.

Have lost the recovery Cd and HP have discontinued them.

Do I need to buy a new cd of Windows XP (which is what it came with) or some later version of a Windows OS and install it new?

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on December 17, 2012, 07:04:21 PM
I have an old HP Laptop which was very slow. Today couln't even get it going - system error.

Have lost the recovery Cd and HP have discontinued them.

Do I need to buy a new cd of Windows XP (which is what it came with) or some later version of a Windows OS and install it new?
You just need a Windows xp installation disk, install it and you should have basic function, afterwards you can download the specific drivers you need from the Dell support page for your particular laptop.
Or you can download the drivers on another computer  and have them ready before you install windows xp to your laptop,  or you can get a friend to do it, once they know the laptop model.
There are abundant choices and none of them require you to have the Dell installation cd's.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: tyroneman on December 17, 2012, 07:20:22 PM
Cheers Main Street - I looked on Amazon etc and windows XP is around £90-100

EBay has it for £15.99 - would this be safe enough you reckon?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on December 17, 2012, 08:10:22 PM
If buying a copy is your only option, then  you will get a safe enough version from the eBay (rated) sellers.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on December 18, 2012, 05:40:59 PM
I have an old HP Laptop which was very slow. Today couln't even get it going - system error.

Have lost the recovery Cd and HP have discontinued them.

Do I need to buy a new cd of Windows XP (which is what it came with) or some later version of a Windows OS and install it new?
You just need a Windows xp installation disk, install it and you should have basic function, afterwards you can download the specific drivers you need from the Dell support page for your particular laptop.
Or you can download the drivers on another computer  and have them ready before you install windows xp to your laptop,  or you can get a friend to do it, once they know the laptop model.
There are abundant choices and none of them require you to have the Dell installation cd's.

I'm sure the Dell drivers would be right and useful considering its an HP laptop :)
;D
I can't even blame semi blindness for that one.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Archie Mitchell on January 03, 2013, 01:47:32 PM
Anyone any experience of setting up a 2nd wireless router onto a network (via ethernet cable) to increase wireless range?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerrykeegan on January 03, 2013, 01:53:46 PM
I know i'm not answering the question but I used a range expander to that job once, it worked fine.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Archie Mitchell on January 03, 2013, 02:01:53 PM
Seen them but already have cable ran for something else, and would be handy using another router for the wireless and as a switch for hard wired connections for other stuff.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on January 10, 2013, 11:43:32 AM
Folks my four year old son has changed the password on a tablet and the we sh1te can't remember what he changed it too...is there any way of disabling it and removing the password? Your help is appreciated.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on January 10, 2013, 12:11:04 PM
Folks my four year old son has changed the password on a tablet and the we sh1te can't remember what he changed it too...is there any way of disabling it and removing the password? Your help is appreciated.

If it is an android tablet, you will have to go through gmail to unlock the tablet after blocking it. That is what happened with my android tab.

If it is an ipad I don't have a clue, but you may have to go to apple store.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: armaghniac on January 10, 2013, 12:36:42 PM
Quote
If it is an android tablet, you will have to go through gmail to unlock the tablet after blocking it. That is what happened with my android tab.

Don't tell the offspring that you've unblocked it though!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on January 10, 2013, 02:26:50 PM
Folks my four year old son has changed the password on a tablet and the we sh1te can't remember what he changed it too...is there any way of disabling it and removing the password? Your help is appreciated.

If it is an android tablet, you will have to go through gmail to unlock the tablet after blocking it. That is what happened with my android tab.

If it is an ipad I don't have a clue, but you may have to go to apple store.

Yeah its an android 10" tablet...bought from amazon, not sure of the make tbh (don't have it with me)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Fuzzman on January 10, 2013, 03:57:58 PM
Anybody live in Lurgan and are IT savvy?

My brother needs a little support and wants to upgrade from XP to either Win 7 or Win 8?

I'd say he'll find it hard going if he moves straight to win 8.

Another idea for increasing yer wifi range is to use those homeplugs to connect yer router to your electrical cabling via the power sockets. Its much better than wifi from one side of the house to the other.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: JUst retired on January 13, 2013, 01:06:20 PM
 Help! the writing on my computer has gotten smaller. I`m running on windows xp. I think my grandson did something yesterday but I dont know what. Any ideas.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on January 13, 2013, 01:10:11 PM
If it's in your browser, try Ctrl- (Ctrl and the hyphen key) to reduce text size , Ctrl+ to increase. Otherwise check screen resolution in Control Panel.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: JUst retired on January 13, 2013, 01:20:36 PM
Thanks Hardy.worked a treat. I will never critise Meath again. :D
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 14, 2013, 11:46:40 PM
Not strictly computer help, but anyway. If I were to burn a movie onto a blank DVD I know it will play on a computer but if I want to play them on a standard domestic dvd player what format do I need to download or regardless do I need to encode the file? Help much appreciated as getting my ear bent by the missus to download and burn Homeland season 2 for her sister.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 15, 2013, 08:02:03 AM
1st of all, alot of DVD players will play avi files so a simple data disc would work. If not try something like this:

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVDStyler (http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVDStyler)

Direct install link: http://www.videohelp.com/download/AVStoDVD_251_Install.exe (http://www.videohelp.com/download/AVStoDVD_251_Install.exe)
Cheers sir.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on January 15, 2013, 09:09:50 AM
I got a new laptop. Its AC Adaptor says:
    Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60 Hz 1.2A
    Output: 19V == 4.22A

Can I still use my old AC Adaptor, which is:
   Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60 Hz 1.5A
   Output: 20V == 4.5A

Or would the old adaptor damage my laptop in some way or other?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on January 15, 2013, 10:13:09 AM
Thank you
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on January 15, 2013, 10:34:09 AM
Are there any good apps or sites for streaming footy on Samsung 2 tablet? The sites I would use on my laptop dont seem as slick or compatible.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerrykeegan on January 16, 2013, 05:47:10 PM
http://www.thesaurus.ie/

Two of my mates use it, one 3 employees the other 5. They love it, neither would have one iota about payroll and can use it. About 160 per annum.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on January 16, 2013, 10:23:20 PM
I've gone up to Windows 7 from XP.


How do I get Windows Explorer to retain unique view/layout settings for each folder? When I exit a folder and come back later it seems to adopt global settings.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Archie Mitchell on January 17, 2013, 02:28:50 PM
Are there any good apps or sites for streaming footy on Samsung 2 tablet? The sites I would use on my laptop dont seem as slick or compatible.

Try this site. Its subscription, £6 per month but can get other packages. I use it and its great.

http://premieradlive.com/ (http://premieradlive.com/)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on January 29, 2013, 09:34:25 PM
Someone has sent me an Outlook Distribution list as an attachment in email (e.g. dlist.msg)

Is there a way in Outlook to save it as my own Distribution list, or do I save it to a specific location?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: theticklemister on February 08, 2013, 07:31:46 PM
I got a new laptop; what are the major things I need to put on it to get her up and going?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: theticklemister on February 08, 2013, 08:09:08 PM
Do ye see these new famcy tvs where ye record on the oul usb disk. Csn ye put the usb in the compųter to watch your recorded tv program?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 08, 2013, 09:13:40 PM
I got a new laptop; what are the major things I need to put on it to get her up and going?
Power adaptor.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on February 14, 2013, 02:09:10 PM
My laptop is about 5/6 years old, has Windows Xp on it and I'm running Explorer 7. Should I or can I upgrade to Explorer 9 or 10 or would Safari, which I have on my ipad, be a better option?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 14, 2013, 02:52:30 PM
Safari is the standout browser option to use on the iPad, because Apple blatantly slanted the odds in its favour.

Google Chrome for XPpro 32bit, it's a no brainer, imo.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on February 17, 2013, 10:11:30 PM
guys this going to be hard to explain...but here goes.
I got illdecide junior a 10" touchscreen tablet for Christmas (shit make...still don't know what it is) first of after a week the charger broke (2mm small pin charger) then 2 weeks ago the tablet refuses to switch on. When I put an alternative charger into a different port (which worked fine for 4 weeks) a battery sign appears on the screen with a bolt of lightening through the battery but still won't turn on, the battery sign always came up before when charging but never with the lightening sign on the battery. ..
any ideas what would be wrong with it...surly they're meant  to last more than 6 weeks
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 18, 2013, 12:14:46 AM
guys this going to be hard to explain...but here goes.
I got illdecide junior a 10" touchscreen tablet for Christmas (shit make...still don't know what it is) first of after a week the charger broke (2mm small pin charger) then 2 weeks ago the tablet refuses to switch on. When I put an alternative charger into a different port (which worked fine for 4 weeks) a battery sign appears on the screen with a bolt of lightening through the battery but still won't turn on, the battery sign always came up before when charging but never with the lightening sign on the battery. ..
any ideas what would be wrong with it...surly they're meant  to last more than 6 weeks
Return to sender.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: laoislad on February 21, 2013, 11:38:57 PM
I want to buy a refurbished PC on ebay to hook up to my TV to watch Sky Go and stream matches on.
The one I'm looking at is a Dell Optiplex 745 Intel Pentium D 3.4 Ghz with dual core.
Will this be good enough to stream matches etc? There is a dearer one also that is a Dell Optiplex 755 Dual Core @ 2.20Ghz. €50 difference in the price.
I will only be using the PC for SKY GO and streaming from sopcast etc,I use my laptop for eveything else.
I have 100mbps broadband from UPC.
Will the cheaper one be plenty for what I want?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on February 22, 2013, 01:49:21 AM
It's not the computing power that's the limiting factor on streaming capacity, it's your broadband bandwidth. So the decision between PCs is omly relevant if they have significantly different graphics handling specs.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: take_yer_points on February 22, 2013, 08:48:22 AM
I want to buy a refurbished PC on ebay to hook up to my TV to watch Sky Go and stream matches on.
The one I'm looking at is a Dell Optiplex 745 Intel Pentium D 3.4 Ghz with dual core.
Will this be good enough to stream matches etc? There is a dearer one also that is a Dell Optiplex 755 Dual Core @ 2.20Ghz. €50 difference in the price.
I will only be using the PC for SKY GO and streaming from sopcast etc,I use my laptop for eveything else.
I have 100mbps broadband from UPC.
Will the cheaper one be plenty for what I want?

Were you not using your iPhone/iPad at one stage for that?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on February 22, 2013, 09:04:09 AM
What does refurbished mean in a 7 year old computer? they blew the dust out of it and formatted the hard drive?
They sure as hell don't replace any parts, it would be too expensive.
A dual core with 2GB ram is the lowest standard
If it only has 2GB Ram I don't think it wouldn't be worth it unless it was for free and if the graphics are integrated - 'forget about it'. Probably would have been used in an office environment. Is there an LCD screen with it?
Streaming  matches uses Adobe Flash player plug in which is a resource hog. And some sites require you to have thee latest flash player in order to stream a game. 
 Even the lowest specced Dell desktop for sale now would be a 4 generations gap in technology.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: laoislad on February 22, 2013, 12:58:28 PM
It's not the computing power that's the limiting factor on streaming capacity, it's your broadband bandwidth. So the decision between PCs is omly relevant if they have significantly different graphics handling specs.

Thanks Hardy, I didn't know that.
It's only €50 so might just chance it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on March 01, 2013, 10:34:56 PM
How easy is it to pretend that you are using someone else's IP address when sending an email?

a) is it possible?
b) how easy it it?
c) can it be easily detected afterwards?

PS. I dont necessarily want to know how to do it
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on March 01, 2013, 10:48:17 PM
How easy is it to pretend that you are using someone else's IP address when sending an email?

a) is it possible?
b) how easy it it?
c) can it be easily detected afterwards?

PS. I dont necessarily want to know how to do it

Very Easy
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: theticklemister on March 06, 2013, 10:22:54 AM
This may sound like a wains' question; but I have a sticky spacebar button and it is doing my head in as I have to hit it really hard in the middle.

Anyone any sugguestions?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on March 06, 2013, 10:26:40 AM
This may sound like a wains' question; but I have a sticky spacebar button and it is doing my head in as I have to hit it really hard in the middle.

Anyone any sugguestions?

New keyboard saan (about £6 - £8)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: theticklemister on March 06, 2013, 10:38:49 AM
This may sound like a wains' question; but I have a sticky spacebar button and it is doing my head in as I have to hit it really hard in the middle.

Anyone any sugguestions?

New keyboard saan (about £6 - £8)

Sorry lad, tis a laptop.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 06, 2013, 03:24:35 PM
This may sound like a wains' question; but I have a sticky spacebar button and it is doing my head in as I have to hit it really hard in the middle.

Anyone any sugguestions?

New keyboard saan (about £6 - £8)

Sorry lad, tis a laptop.

New keyboard saan (about £20 - £30)

Don't mind these cash rich suggestions. :) The first choice is to prise the space bar off carefully and clean out any gunk.
Take note that the space bar is connected differently than most other keys.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: theticklemister on March 06, 2013, 03:52:34 PM
This may sound like a wains' question; but I have a sticky spacebar button and it is doing my head in as I have to hit it really hard in the middle.

Anyone any sugguestions?

New keyboard saan (about £6 - £8)

Sorry lad, tis a laptop.

New keyboard saan (about £20 - £30)

Don't mind these cash rich suggestions. :) The first choice is to prise the space bar off carefully and clean out any gunk.
Take note that the space bar is connected differently than most other keys.

Main Street this advice of your looks promising. I am giving it a test sentence here now to see how it goes. There was a wile pile of shit underneath the button andyes indeed the spaceboard keyisattacheddifferent.

Ah damn it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybejust amatter of it getting pressed down a bit more.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on March 06, 2013, 05:07:06 PM
Thats interesting. I might try it too. Hang on.

AhfeckitnowmyspacebarisntworkingeitherIcouldkillthatbollixmainstreetwhydidieverlistentohim.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 06, 2013, 05:20:13 PM
That's what you cheapskates get for following the no frill, cheap and full of (false) promises solution.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on March 06, 2013, 08:29:00 PM
My shit! keyboard has f**k! Tourette's.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on March 06, 2013, 08:34:04 PM
This may sound like a wains' question; but I have a sticky spacebar button and it is doing my head in as I have to hit it really hard in the middle.

Anyone any sugguestions?

New keyboard saan (about £6 - £8)

Sorry lad, tis a laptop.

New keyboard saan (about £20 - £30)
I replaced the keyboard on my laptop last week. 12 quid from ebay.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: laoislad on March 06, 2013, 08:44:19 PM
Bought one of these yokes during the week.
http://www.laptopmag.com/review/stick-computers/android-mini-pc-rk3066.aspx

Turns your TV into an Android 0S.
I didn't buy the refurbished PC after.This little device will enable me to stream live sports to the TV via XBMC.
Downloaded XBMC onto my phone and it works great for streaming matches so this should work grand when connected to the TV.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerrykeegan on March 06, 2013, 09:50:20 PM
Bought one of these yokes during the week.
http://www.laptopmag.com/review/stick-computers/android-mini-pc-rk3066.aspx

Turns your TV into an Android 0S.
I didn't buy the refurbished PC after.This little device will enable me to stream live sports to the TV via XBMC.
Downloaded XBMC onto my phone and it works great for streaming matches so this should work grand when connected to the TV.

If I get you right you are going to turn your tv into a smart tv .Then you connect (wirelessly) your smart phone to the tv. What phone have you got and is it jailbroken
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: laoislad on March 06, 2013, 09:59:11 PM
Bought one of these yokes during the week.
http://www.laptopmag.com/review/stick-computers/android-mini-pc-rk3066.aspx

Turns your TV into an Android 0S.
I didn't buy the refurbished PC after.This little device will enable me to stream live sports to the TV via XBMC.
Downloaded XBMC onto my phone and it works great for streaming matches so this should work grand when connected to the TV.

If I get you right you are going to turn your tv into a smart tv .Then you connect (wirelessly) your smart phone to the tv. What phone have you got and is it jailbroken

Nearly right.
I will be basically turning the TV into a smart tv that is correct,but I can control it with a wireless keyboard that is being bundled with the mini android pc. I don't need a smartphone to control the device or to stream content.

XBMC is a media portal for watching live and on demand streams of TV/Sport/movies etc.
I downloaded it onto my jailbroken iphone 4s just to see what it was about.You can download XBMC onto your laptop,iphone(jailbroken) or any android device.

So when I get this mini PC I will put XBMC on it and be able to stream matches to the TV.
The whole thing with wireless keyboard cost less than €60,which is great if it means I won't need to be connecting a laptop or PC to the TV to watch games. This device is only about the size of a iphone.

This is the one I bought
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/New-Dual-core-MK808-Android-4-1-OS-TV-box-mini-pc-DDR3-1G-8G-Air-Fly-Mouse-RC12-/121043888962?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Internet_TV_Media_Streamers&hash=item1c2ec72b42
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerrykeegan on March 06, 2013, 10:15:40 PM
Bought one of these yokes during the week.
http://www.laptopmag.com/review/stick-computers/android-mini-pc-rk3066.aspx

Turns your TV into an Android 0S.
I didn't buy the refurbished PC after.This little device will enable me to stream live sports to the TV via XBMC.
Downloaded XBMC onto my phone and it works great for streaming matches so this should work grand when connected to the TV.

If I get you right you are going to turn your tv into a smart tv .Then you connect (wirelessly) your smart phone to the tv. What phone have you got and is it jailbroken

Nearly right.
I will be basically turning the TV into a smart tv that is correct,but I can control it with a wireless keyboard that is being bundled with the mini android pc. I don't need a smartphone to control the device or to stream content.

XBMC is a media portal for watching live and on demand streams of TV/Sport/movies etc.
I downloaded it onto my jailbroken iphone 4s just to see what it was about.You can download XBMC onto your laptop,iphone(jailbroken) or any android device.

So when I get this mini PC I will put XBMC on it and be able to stream matches to the TV.
The whole thing with wireless keyboard cost less than €60,which is great if it means I won't need to be connecting a laptop or PC to the TV to watch games. This device is only about the size of a iphone.

This is the one I bought
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/New-Dual-core-MK808-Android-4-1-OS-TV-box-mini-pc-DDR3-1G-8G-Air-Fly-Mouse-RC12-/121043888962?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Internet_TV_Media_Streamers&hash=item1c2ec72b42

Good man I understand now. Let me know if it works. I need to cancel the sky upstairs that just might be what i am looking for.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on March 07, 2013, 10:31:21 AM
Laoislad i do that with my Galaxy S3, although it's not wireless i have the xbmc on my phone and with a small 1m HDMI lead into the TV i watch the movies and live football when i want...its a good job alright.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: gerrykeegan on March 07, 2013, 10:58:49 AM
Laoislad i do that with my Galaxy S3, although it's not wireless i have the xbmc on my phone and with a small 1m HDMI lead into the TV i watch the movies and live football when i want...its a good job alright.

Did you jail break the S3 (that's what I have) or is that xbmc in the play store? where did you get the HDMI lead I assume its a special one.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: laoislad on March 07, 2013, 11:07:11 AM
Laoislad i do that with my Galaxy S3, although it's not wireless i have the xbmc on my phone and with a small 1m HDMI lead into the TV i watch the movies and live football when i want...its a good job alright.

I can do the same with the iPhone but I don't like that I can't then use the phone while it is connected to the TV.
This device I am getting will connect to the wifi signal and ill have it connected to the TV via HDMI all the time.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on March 19, 2013, 09:58:38 AM
How hard would it be to set up a website, where all I want it to do is redirect.

For example if the website was www.norftyrone.com and when you went to that site it auto directed you to a site that's already established.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2013, 10:04:29 AM
How hard would it be to set up a website, where all I want it to do is redirect.

For example if the website was www.norftyrone.com and when you went to that site it auto directed you to a site that's already established.

Depends on what exactly you want it to do.
At the simplest level you can register a domain and have it just redirect to the website you want and in the browser address bar it will display the url of the original website.

If you have access to the hosting of the new website it may be possible to set the new registered domain up as an alias and have the new website display with your new domain name in the address bar.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on March 19, 2013, 10:09:14 AM
How hard would it be to set up a website, where all I want it to do is redirect.

For example if the website was www.norftyrone.com and when you went to that site it auto directed you to a site that's already established.

Depends on what exactly you want it to do.
At the simplest level you can register a domain and have it just redirect to the website you want and in the browser address bar it will display the url of the original website.

If you have access to the hosting of the new website it may be possible to set the new registered domain up as an alias and have the new website display with your new domain name in the address bar.

Basically my friend has launched a petition through one of this petition sites but the address is not memorable http://www.thepetitionsite.com/232/509/142/vaccine-for-menigitis-b/ (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/232/509/142/vaccine-for-menigitis-b/). I would like to create a memorable site name, that you can tell people about, so when they type it in, it redirects straight to the petition site.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2013, 10:16:18 AM
How hard would it be to set up a website, where all I want it to do is redirect.

For example if the website was www.norftyrone.com and when you went to that site it auto directed you to a site that's already established.

Depends on what exactly you want it to do.
At the simplest level you can register a domain and have it just redirect to the website you want and in the browser address bar it will display the url of the original website.

If you have access to the hosting of the new website it may be possible to set the new registered domain up as an alias and have the new website display with your new domain name in the address bar.

Basically my friend has launched a petition through one of this petition sites but the address is not memorable http://www.thepetitionsite.com/232/509/142/vaccine-for-menigitis-b/ (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/232/509/142/vaccine-for-menigitis-b/). I would like to create a memorable site name, that you can tell people about, so when they type it in, it redirects straight to the petition site.

Yep just a matter of registering a domain name you want then and have it redirect to that url. You won't need hosting or anything.
For a .com your talking £20 - £25 for 2 years and maybe about half that for a .co.uk
I have recently been using http://www.blacknight.com/ for registering most of my domain names. 
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on March 19, 2013, 12:24:13 PM
That's great. Thanks mate.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on March 19, 2013, 04:58:54 PM
Sorry- Another question. Can I purchase the domain name, and do what I want to do without forking out for hosting which is an extra E50 a year?

If I do, can I utiliise the server that our Club uses for it's website, and still keep the domain name.

Does this make sense?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 19, 2013, 05:13:29 PM
Sorry- Another question. Can I purchase the domain name, and do what I want to do without forking out for hosting which is an extra E50 a year?

If I do, can I utiliise the server that our Club uses for it's website, and still keep the domain name.

Does this make sense?

Yes you can simply purchase the domain without hosting.
You do not need any hosting.

Not sure what you mean re the Clubs Server.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: armaghniac on March 19, 2013, 06:47:07 PM
Quote
If I do, can I utiliise the server that our Club uses for it's website, and still keep the domain name.

You can direct the domain name to the IP number of your club server, if that is what you mean.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Norf Tyrone on March 19, 2013, 08:54:32 PM
I am not sure exactly what I mean to be honest!

However if I can purchase the URL and get it to redirect to another site, that's job done!

Thanks for your help lads.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on March 22, 2013, 03:31:36 PM
One of the CHILDER spilt juice on the macbook.

There are aLl kinDS of random THinGS hAPPENING. CAPITALS AND SMALL CASES OUT OF YOUr conTrOl. THe numbeRS ONLY WORK SporADICALLY _ !@£$%^&*())))))))!!!!@@@@@@@ _ OR nOT AT ALl> THIS IS NOT A JOKE. if YOu trY to log in to someTHing it starts up the 'read ;ater' opTIOn>

IS IT COMPLETELY BANJAxED OR CAn IT BE SALVAGED?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on March 23, 2013, 12:20:38 PM
One of the CHILDER spilt juice on the macbook.

There are aLl kinDS of random THinGS hAPPENING. CAPITALS AND SMALL CASES OUT OF YOUr conTrOl. THe numbeRS ONLY WORK SporADICALLY _ !@£$%^&*())))))))!!!!@@@@@@@ _ OR nOT AT ALl> THIS IS NOT A JOKE. if YOu trY to log in to someTHing it starts up the 'read ;ater' opTIOn>

IS IT COMPLETELY BANJAxED OR CAn IT BE SALVAGED?

I'd say the juice is cooked alright.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on March 23, 2013, 01:14:20 PM
One of the CHILDER spilt juice on the macbook.

There are aLl kinDS of random THinGS hAPPENING. CAPITALS AND SMALL CASES OUT OF YOUr conTrOl. THe numbeRS ONLY WORK SporADICALLY _ !@£$%^&*())))))))!!!!@@@@@@@ _ OR nOT AT ALl> THIS IS NOT A JOKE. if YOu trY to log in to someTHing it starts up the 'read ;ater' opTIOn>

IS IT COMPLETELY BANJAxED OR CAn IT BE SALVAGED?

My Toshiba drank a ful mug of Barry's tea and I bought a replacement keyboard. Go to You Tube and type in how to change keyboard on.........
If the macbook belongs to Olly then for the sake of this board it is well worth salvaging.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Bud Wiser on March 23, 2013, 01:20:32 PM
On an aside issue to above, I have two phones with Vodafone, Samsung Galaxy and a HTC.  Both of them have apps that I spent a lot of money on like Co-Pilot, Restaurant P.O.S.  and other bits and bobs.  I want to give one of the phones to a friend but am I wrong in saying that in order to leave the apps installed I have to leave my G-Mail account as well, or, put another way, if I delete my Gmail account on the phone I am giving away will it end on all devices like my laptop and other phone. Stupid question I know but....
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on March 28, 2013, 08:09:46 PM
Guys need your help asap. I'll decide junior reset my nieces password on her I phone and he doesn't know what he changed it too, she is going back to Scotland in the morning and I've to try and get it sorted tonight.... Is there a way to unblock the phone? I would imagine you could reset the actual phone but don't wanna do that but if its the only way then I suppose I have to do it...and if that is the case how do I reset the phone?

Your help is appreciated...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Itchy on March 28, 2013, 08:25:37 PM
http://osxdaily.com/2011/01/16/forgot-iphone-passcode-how-to-reset/

http://m.lifehacker.com/5852948/what-to-do-if-youve-forgotten-your-iphones-passcode

As far as I know you have to reset and so lose all data, unless u can power up the phone and try a backup to iTunes first.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on March 28, 2013, 10:16:13 PM
One of the CHILDER spilt juice on the macbook.

There are aLl kinDS of random THinGS hAPPENING. CAPITALS AND SMALL CASES OUT OF YOUr conTrOl. THe numbeRS ONLY WORK SporADICALLY _ !@£$%^&*())))))))!!!!@@@@@@@ _ OR nOT AT ALl> THIS IS NOT A JOKE. if YOu trY to log in to someTHing it starts up the 'read ;ater' opTIOn>

IS IT COMPLETELY BANJAxED OR CAn IT BE SALVAGED?

I'd say the juice is cooked alright.
I'd say more legible than usual.
New keyboard needed, needs a bit of precision and patience to replace it, there are guides available online. Not cheap afair.
Depends on the macbook model. These type of parts are usually much cheaper with ebay in USA.
Cheap alternative, use an external usb keyboard.  There are some nice tidy small ones available.
My daughter's Macbook is missing the letter a, after a precise spillage knocked that key out of operation, I convinced her that copy and paste is easier than fixing it.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 30, 2013, 06:37:15 PM
My 9 year old daughter has it in her head that she is going to make a game that kids can play, similar to Club Penguin!! Now anyone familiar with this game its basically a kids game that they play wee games chat to others and collect things buy things and you can see what I'm talking about.

Are their websites that can help build this? She has made a story book, which incorporates everything that the game should have, right down to the membership rules and fees. so anyone who knows a bit about building something like this give me a shout
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on March 30, 2013, 07:27:38 PM
My 9 year old daughter has it in her head that she is going to make a game that kids can play, similar to Club Penguin!! Now anyone familiar with this game its basically a kids game that they play wee games chat to others and collect things buy things and you can see what I'm talking about.

Are their websites that can help build this? She has made a story book, which incorporates everything that the game should have, right down to the membership rules and fees. so anyone who knows a bit about building something like this give me a shout

Not sure on the ins and outs but it is very difficult to create game when you have create. You can go to a website called elance - you pay a person a one off fee to create the app.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 31, 2013, 12:08:53 PM
My 9 year old daughter has it in her head that she is going to make a game that kids can play, similar to Club Penguin!! Now anyone familiar with this game its basically a kids game that they play wee games chat to others and collect things buy things and you can see what I'm talking about.

Are their websites that can help build this? She has made a story book, which incorporates everything that the game should have, right down to the membership rules and fees. so anyone who knows a bit about building something like this give me a shout

Not sure on the ins and outs but it is very difficult to create game when you have create. You can go to a website called elance - you pay a person a one off fee to create the app.

Cheers, I've went to that site and there are loads of web designers willing to do it, charging from $10 an hour upwards so now I need to break into her bank account!! would be willing to spend a few hundred quid but I believe it would be a lot more.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on March 31, 2013, 02:35:03 PM
If you want to keep it keep i would say look for some fellas from India.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 31, 2013, 05:20:42 PM
If you want to keep it keep i would say look for some fellas from India.

Two lads got back to me one from India and the other from Tunisia, one said that it would be difficult enough due top the maps multi-players, customized characters

$712 dollars one quote (not sure what that will get you) the other didn't give but said it would be expensive

Are these boyos safe to use?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Tony Baloney on March 31, 2013, 05:44:38 PM
If you want to keep it keep i would say look for some fellas from India.

Two lads got back to me one from India and the other from Tunisia, one said that it would be difficult enough due top the maps multi-players, customized characters

$712 dollars one quote (not sure what that will get you) the other didn't give but said it would be expensive

Are these boyos safe to use?
Send the child outside to play.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Milltown Row2 on March 31, 2013, 05:55:33 PM
If you want to keep it keep i would say look for some fellas from India.

Two lads got back to me one from India and the other from Tunisia, one said that it would be difficult enough due top the maps multi-players, customized characters

$712 dollars one quote (not sure what that will get you) the other didn't give but said it would be expensive

Are these boyos safe to use?
Send the child outside to play.

I did she came back ffs!!

She would spend all day at a computer if you let her, so I said she needed to do something constructive, so I've given them tasks to do. Better learning form it rather than the FB instagram and other things they are on
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on March 31, 2013, 07:38:51 PM
If you want to keep it keep i would say look for some fellas from India.

Two lads got back to me one from India and the other from Tunisia, one said that it would be difficult enough due top the maps multi-players, customized characters

$712 dollars one quote (not sure what that will get you) the other didn't give but said it would be expensive

Are these boyos safe to use?

From what i understand, you first have to agree what they are going to create and for what price. Personally i would ask for an example of what they can do. Once everything is agreed on and the price elance generates a contract which you both accept. You don't pay them until the project is compete. Elance the hold on to the money until you are satisfied with the design. Don't hand over any money until contract is complete. They have to fulfill what you ask for and it has to be at the standard you want, your the client. If your unhappy with the finish product, tell them to alter it or you wont pay them. Just make sure you read the contract.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bennydorano on April 27, 2013, 08:38:00 PM
My laptop is polluted with oul shite, terrible start up search engine that i cant get shot of - incredibar, tortured with surveys. On Mozilla it's actually disabled stuff i do want to download & use. It's probably an add on to something i've downloaded, but how do i get rid? I cant see anything obvious when i go to the uninstaller.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on April 28, 2013, 09:45:47 AM
Run MalwareBytes and remove every PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) it finds.

Manage the AddOns on FireFox and remove all that crap.
Set your homepage back to google.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: bennydorano on April 28, 2013, 01:02:30 PM
Cheers, big improvement.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 28, 2013, 01:10:16 PM
The volume isn't working on the lap top, now I did a sound check and its working I.E sound coming from the computer but when I try and play a video it doesn't come on!! Any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: amallon on April 29, 2013, 09:00:00 AM
On the video itself there is a volume control which could be muted.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on May 22, 2013, 02:55:07 PM
Sometimes in Outlook I get emails with embedded pictures. Outlook does not recognise the picture as an attachment.

When I look at the source of the email it says something like  src="cid:image001.gif@01HP9E08.AEG579B0

So it seems to grab the image from somewhere at realtime. However when I forward the email, it is huge and appears to have the image embedded.

What gives?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: theticklemister on June 05, 2013, 08:00:11 AM
HELP!!

NEED MEMORY STICK TODAY, BUT IT SAYS IT NEEDS FORMATTED ALTHOUGHA LOT OF STUFF IS ON IT. WORKING FINE LAST NIGHT....HOW CAN I FORMAT WITHOUT WIPING STUFF?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on June 05, 2013, 08:55:57 AM
HELP!!

NEED MEMORY STICK TODAY, BUT IT SAYS IT NEEDS FORMATTED ALTHOUGHA LOT OF STUFF IS ON IT. WORKING FINE LAST NIGHT....HOW CAN I FORMAT WITHOUT WIPING STUFF?

There are old and new memory sticks, with different technology formats. Try another memory stick, or try your memory stick on another computer.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: attheraces on June 09, 2013, 10:19:37 AM
Thinking of buying a laptop and just need a bit of help. It will be used for some work like Word/Excel, a work program and research on internet so be a lot of multiple tabs/downloading articles etc.

A lot of general browsing streaming/watching movies, downloading music and maybe some football manager would be the only gaming. Just need a bit of guidance regards processor/RAM/hard drive. Is Intel better than AMD? Is it more RAM/hard drive the better?

From doing some searching I found this HP Pavilion 14-B107sa ( http://www.very.co.uk/hp-pavilion-14-b107sa-intelreg-coretrade-i5-processor-8gb-ram-1tb-hard-drive-14-inch-ultrabook---sparkling-black/1194245157.prd?browseToken=%2fb%2f103340%2fs%2fprice%2c1%2fr%2f24 )

Seemed to have good specifications, plus it is an ultrabook so very portable for a reasonable price (and can pay interest free over 3 months) but I couldn't find any external reviews for this specific model. Does this seem like a decent deal, or is there better out there?

It has windows 8 and from looking at a few videos they really slate windows 8 for use without touch, so sort of worried about that as well.

Sorry for being long winded, but when I bought my last laptop I wasn't too well informed and I definitely didn't get value for money! Any guidance of any sort would be of great help! Thanks!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: attheraces on June 14, 2013, 08:54:11 PM
Bump
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on June 14, 2013, 10:54:45 PM
Bump

I hate shopping around, so cannot really help on a shoot-out.

What were the issues with your previous laptop?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on June 15, 2013, 12:05:30 AM
Bump
At that price  you are getting a bottom of the barrel laptop, glossy plastic.
It's reasonably light, but piss poor battery life for an 'ultra book', about 3.5 hours.

Depends what you want, your needs  appear basic so this should do.



Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on June 15, 2013, 12:39:54 AM
guys my we cub was playing with his nexus 7 on Mon r Tues  in the garden and left it sitting out when the rain came on. I dried the screen right away but there are water marks now on the inside of the screen. I assumed the warranty is now bollixed? I know dropping into toilet r bath would destroy it but didn't think a few spots of rain would penetrate through...tablet is only 3-4 months old. should I contact Google and try my luck r just use away at it until it packs itself in?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: 93-DY-SAM on June 15, 2013, 09:09:25 AM
All these devices including phones have water damage indicators at several places within them. As soon as they come into contact with water they change colour. Gives the game away every time. There is a good chance that one has come into contact with water which will void your warranty.

If it was me I wouldn't attempt to turn it on but leave it in the hot press or somewhere like that for 4-5 days to let it dry naturally and it should be ok. Have done that in the past with several devices that have been dropped in the sink and they have been grand.

PS. I know someone who dropped their phone in water and thought they could dry it out in the microwave. As expected that didn't end well for the phone or microwave so don't try that.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: attheraces on June 15, 2013, 11:19:55 AM
Bump

I hate shopping around, so cannot really help on a shoot-out.

What were the issues with your previous laptop?

Compared to the work laptop I use and the desktop it was slow, especially when running a number of different browsers and applications. It was small differences, but just when loading programs or opening things that couple of seconds was quite frustrating. The battery life was awful and the casing started to fall apart after about 1.5 years. It was vista as well and I found it pretty underwhelming, hence the worries about windows 8. It was an Asus and I bought it in store basically because it was sold to me.

By the specifications I thought that laptop looked ok but as another poster says the battery life will be awful (I never would have knew that), not sure what to be looking for.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: illdecide on June 17, 2013, 09:35:38 AM
I was told that because the Nexus was exposed only to a few rain drops and not submersed in water that it should be a sealed unit and therefore a few spots of rain shouldn't have penetrated through to the inside of the screen. I know water can easily get in from the back where the speakers are and air vents etc but should a few rain drops have caused that much damage to the screen...(i know I'm clutching at straws here ffs). Dried it out there for a few days but inside of screen is still the same (watermarks all over it)...
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Syferus on July 03, 2013, 02:03:55 AM
I picked up this ladeen-en for £87 (+ €3.50 for Parcel Motel to deliver it to the great county town of Roscommon) with the help of a £100 HP cashback scheme:




http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/proliant-servers/product-detail.html?oid=5336619 (http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/proliant-servers/product-detail.html?oid=5336619)

A HP Proliant N54L MicroServer.

My external HDDs are starting to take over the desk and I wanted to really set up a proper media server so I thought it was a good time to get my first server. Eventually plan on transitioning it into my torrent downloader too. Going to install Windows Server 2012, 8GB RAM (£30), maybe a low profile GPU (£25), an old internal DVD drive I have laying around and of course some storage (££££££££££?).

The modern equivalent of building a shelf or souping up your car. Soon I'll be able to watch Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles from multiple in the house and at the same time stream my Brendan Grace collection to any number of speakers in the house. Even HAL 9000 couldn't hang with this level of monolithic control.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on July 08, 2013, 12:44:22 PM
Child spill drink on keys. Be fixed or banjaxed? 3 keys.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on July 08, 2013, 01:17:55 PM
Child spill drink on keys. Be fixed or banjaxed? 3 keys.

I dont know about the keyboard, but rubbing their nose in the spill usually works.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on July 08, 2013, 03:31:01 PM
All these devices including phones have water damage indicators at several places within them. As soon as they come into contact with water they change colour. Gives the game away every time. There is a good chance that one has come into contact with water which will void your warranty.

If it was me I wouldn't attempt to turn it on but leave it in the hot press or somewhere like that for 4-5 days to let it dry naturally and it should be ok. Have done that in the past with several devices that have been dropped in the sink and they have been grand.

PS. I know someone who dropped their phone in water and thought they could dry it out in the microwave. As expected that didn't end well for the phone or microwave so don't try that.

Was his name Father Dougal Maguire?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 08, 2013, 03:44:05 PM
Child spill drink on keys. Be fixed or banjaxed? 3 keys.

I dont know about the keyboard, but rubbing their nose in the spill usually works.
I don't know about those primitive Tyrone parenting techniques but I'd agree that the child can be fixed, doubtful about the parent though.
Wasn't this same keyboard spillage question asked a few months ago?
Is it the same spillage or a repeat offence?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 09, 2013, 12:51:12 AM
FWIW there is a part workable alternative solution to macbook keyboard issues .
Here's what I sent to my daughter, she had one key not working.

Dear daughter,
To get around your macbook keyboard issue,
You need the keyboard icon in the menu, beside the volume icon on the desktop.
If it's not there
go to
<System prefs>
<Keyboard>
<Show keyboard character prefs in the menu bar>    activate it

Then go to the desktop and click on the keyboard icon  in the menu (beside the volume icon)
select  <Keyboard Viewer>
and abrakaddabra you have a workable keyboard on the desktop screen.
and it works in conjunction with the real keyboard.

Your loving Dad.

Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Syferus on July 09, 2013, 12:54:39 AM
I'm sure there's programs that let you rebind keyboard keys? Obviously not ideal but transferring the three broke keys to three keys you rarely use would restore as much functionality as possible without replacing the keyboard itself.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 09, 2013, 01:19:26 PM
I'm sure there's programs that let you rebind keyboard keys? Obviously not ideal but transferring the three broke keys to three keys you rarely use would restore as much functionality as possible without replacing the keyboard itself.
There's not much available for mac os, mostly remapper software for shortcuts and commands.
Ukelele is about the only remapper of the bread and butter key.

 You create new layout from current input source, make your changes and save the new layout in / Library/Keyboard layouts, then select the layout in the /prefs/ language & text/input sources, just in the same way you can select any language layout.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on July 09, 2013, 02:40:01 PM
FWIW there is a part workable alternative solution to macbook keyboard issues .
Here's what I sent to my daughter, she had one key not working.

Dear daughter,
To get around your macbook keyboard issue,
You need the keyboard icon in the menu, beside the volume icon on the desktop.
If it's not there
go to
<System prefs>
<Keyboard>
<Show keyboard character prefs in the menu bar>    activate it

Then go to the desktop and click on the keyboard icon  in the menu (beside the volume icon)
select  <Keyboard Viewer>
and abrakaddabra you have a workable keyboard on the desktop screen.
and it works in conjunction with the real keyboard.

Your loving Dad.

ood man. hank you for ha. I'll ive i a ry. For a Monahan man and despie your obvious limiaions you have o some use.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: ONeill on July 09, 2013, 02:49:33 PM
Well holy smokes - didn't it work. What can I say?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: dec on July 09, 2013, 04:34:25 PM
What can I say?
Words containing T.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on July 09, 2013, 05:03:22 PM
Just got a new laptop which has Windows 8 on it. Have read somewhere that I don't need to add any security features like anti-virus, anti spyware etc. Any observations or recommendations?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Hardy on July 09, 2013, 05:51:47 PM
Well holy smokes - didn't it work. What can I say?

Congratlations.

Ah fck!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Syferus on July 09, 2013, 06:04:45 PM
Just got a new laptop which has Windows 8 on it. Have read somewhere that I don't need to add any security features like anti-virus, anti spyware etc. Any observations or recommendations?

Might as well download and install AVG Free, it's, err, free and is more than enough coverage for most.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: All of a Sludden on July 09, 2013, 06:50:25 PM
Just got a new laptop which has Windows 8 on it. Have read somewhere that I don't need to add any security features like anti-virus, anti spyware etc. Any observations or recommendations?

How are you finding Windows 8?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Main Street on July 09, 2013, 08:13:57 PM
FWIW there is a part workable alternative solution to macbook keyboard issues .
Here's what I sent to my daughter, she had one key not working.

Dear daughter,
To get around your macbook keyboard issue,
You need the keyboard icon in the menu, beside the volume icon on the desktop.
If it's not there
go to
<System prefs>
<Keyboard>
<Show keyboard character prefs in the menu bar>    activate it

Then go to the desktop and click on the keyboard icon  in the menu (beside the volume icon)
select  <Keyboard Viewer>
and abrakaddabra you have a workable keyboard on the desktop screen.
and it works in conjunction with the real keyboard.

Your loving Dad.

ood man. hank you for ha. I'll ive i a ry. For a Monahan man and despie your obvious limiaions you have o some use.
Offering a (partly workable) solution to a problem is easy, explaining it in a way that even a Tyronie can understand, is indeed a gift.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on July 09, 2013, 08:42:47 PM
Just got a new laptop which has Windows 8 on it. Have read somewhere that I don't need to add any security features like anti-virus, anti spyware etc. Any observations or recommendations?

How are you finding Windows 8?

Only using it for a day or so--it takes a bit of getting used to! One thing I miss is not being able to download the Google toolbar; at least I don't think I can do.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on July 10, 2013, 06:43:40 PM
Just got a new laptop which has Windows 8 on it. Have read somewhere that I don't need to add any security features like anti-virus, anti spyware etc. Any observations or recommendations?

Might as well download and install AVG Free, it's, err, free and is more than enough coverage for most.

Had it installed on my last laptop but it slows things down a lot---but with Windows 8 is AVG necessary?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Syferus on July 10, 2013, 07:04:20 PM
Just got a new laptop which has Windows 8 on it. Have read somewhere that I don't need to add any security features like anti-virus, anti spyware etc. Any observations or recommendations?

Might as well download and install AVG Free, it's, err, free and is more than enough coverage for most.

Had it installed on my last laptop but it slows things down a lot---but with Windows 8 is AVG necessary?

What were the specs of your last laptop compared to this one? AVG is relatively lightweight in my experience and shouldn't really be noticeable on even entry-level laptops being produced today.

Anyway, you would probably be fine with the OS-level protection like Windows Defender unless you need a anti-virus program to vet *ahem* questionable downloads.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Sandy Hill on July 10, 2013, 10:42:50 PM
Just got a new laptop which has Windows 8 on it. Have read somewhere that I don't need to add any security features like anti-virus, anti spyware etc. Any observations or recommendations?

Might as well download and install AVG Free, it's, err, free and is more than enough coverage for most.



Had it installed on my last laptop but it slows things down a lot---but with Windows 8 is AVG necessary?

What were the specs of your last laptop compared to this one? AVG is relatively lightweight in my experience and shouldn't really be noticeable on even entry-level laptops being produced today.

Anyway, you would probably be fine with the OS-level protection like Windows Defender unless you need a anti-virus program to vet *ahem* questionable downloads.

My last one had an 80 gig hard disc and 1 gig  of RAM---I think!  Don't download any "ahem" stuff:-)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: GAA 125 on July 11, 2013, 11:39:50 AM
I am looking for a reliable web hosting service, anyone point me in the right direction ?

It is to host a CMS website, averaging ~500 visitors daily. I have previously used ipage and justhost but I have not been impressed with the speed of the website.

Any advice or tips much appreciated.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: GAA 125 on July 16, 2013, 01:10:18 PM
anyone ?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Armaghgeddon on July 16, 2013, 01:19:28 PM
Go Daddy?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Lar Naparka on July 16, 2013, 01:26:12 PM
I am looking for a reliable web hosting service, anyone point me in the right direction ?

It is to host a CMS website, averaging ~500 visitors daily. I have previously used ipage and justhost but I have not been impressed with the speed of the website.

Any advice or tips much appreciated.

Well you could try siteground.com. I can’t say much about it but I know that it hosts more Joomla sites than any other ISP.
Prices here start at $3.95 per mo.
Letshost (letshost.ie) also hosts CMS sites and from what friends tell me, they do a very good job of it too. Prices here start at €3.95 a month.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on July 17, 2013, 10:55:12 PM
I am looking for a reliable web hosting service, anyone point me in the right direction ?

It is to host a CMS website, averaging ~500 visitors daily. I have previously used ipage and justhost but I have not been impressed with the speed of the website.

Any advice or tips much appreciated.

I would probably recommend Blacknight.
Have a couple of hosting packages with them and am very happy.

There basic package: http://www.blacknight.com/minimus-hosting.html

You can host up to 30 websites on that one package.  €4.95 a month
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Stevie Nicks on August 15, 2013, 09:56:08 PM
Have a pc that seems to be riddled with viruses, dead slow and starting to annoy me, any recommendations for anti virus online. Boys in work telling me to go on microsoft website and download the free version???
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Syferus on August 15, 2013, 10:25:40 PM
Have a pc that seems to be riddled with viruses, dead slow and starting to annoy me, any recommendations for anti virus online. Boys in work telling me to go on microsoft website and download the free version???

Download AVG Free for anti-virus. A clean install of Windows from the disc is the best way to fix speed problems, just remember to save anything you have that you want to keep onto a disc or USB drive first.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Stevie Nicks on August 15, 2013, 10:56:18 PM
Cheers
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on August 19, 2013, 06:42:16 PM
More in internet question but I am hoping someone here can help.

How can I find statistics for how often a particular organisation was in the news within a custom time range, say 5 years from 2004 - 2009?

E.G I am looking for stats that show a high number of returns for a period of high media coverage and then the opposite, and everything in between. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: The Iceman on August 19, 2013, 07:06:10 PM
More in internet question but I am hoping someone here can help.

How can I find statistics for how often a particular organisation was in the news within a custom time range, say 5 years from 2004 - 2009?

E.G I am looking for stats that show a high number of returns for a period of high media coverage and then the opposite, and everything in between. Any ideas?
I get "google alerts" to my email for companies that I need to follow for work.
They might have a service where you can backtrack these alerts? Might be a start for you anyways....
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on August 19, 2013, 07:07:05 PM
More in internet question but I am hoping someone here can help.

How can I find statistics for how often a particular organisation was in the news within a custom time range, say 5 years from 2004 - 2009?

E.G I am looking for stats that show a high number of returns for a period of high media coverage and then the opposite, and everything in between. Any ideas?
I get "google alerts" to my email for companies that I need to follow for work.
They might have a service where you can backtrack these alerts? Might be a start for you anyways....

I get the alerts too but I will try that for the moment, cheers.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on August 19, 2013, 07:14:29 PM
More in internet question but I am hoping someone here can help.

How can I find statistics for how often a particular organisation was in the news within a custom time range, say 5 years from 2004 - 2009?

E.G I am looking for stats that show a high number of returns for a period of high media coverage and then the opposite, and everything in between. Any ideas?
I get "google alerts" to my email for companies that I need to follow for work.
They might have a service where you can backtrack these alerts? Might be a start for you anyways....

I get the alerts too but I will try that for the moment, cheers.

Actually that is a great idea, as I have an alerts going back years on the subject matter, thanks again Iceman. I promise to be nice to you from now in!
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: The Iceman on August 19, 2013, 09:01:03 PM
We'll see :)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: DickyRock on August 20, 2013, 07:31:55 AM
Try out

http://www.google.co.uk/trends/explore#q=Hbos&cmpt=q

See if it fits for you.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on August 20, 2013, 02:19:48 PM
Try out

http://www.google.co.uk/trends/explore#q=Hbos&cmpt=q

See if it fits for you.

Great link, thanks DR.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on August 20, 2013, 03:54:41 PM
What the heck did I do in April 2010?


http://www.google.co.uk/trends/explore#q=orior&cmpt=q (http://www.google.co.uk/trends/explore#q=orior&cmpt=q)
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on August 20, 2013, 04:27:36 PM
Try out

http://www.google.co.uk/trends/explore#q=Hbos&cmpt=q

See if it fits for you.

Great link, thanks DR.

Actually it is even better than I thought. It lets you download results as CSV. Brilliant! Thanks again.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: Orior on August 20, 2013, 04:39:50 PM

Actually it is even better than I thought. It lets you download results as CSV. Brilliant! Thanks again.


How?
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: muppet on August 20, 2013, 06:18:18 PM

Actually it is even better than I thought. It lets you download results as CSV. Brilliant! Thanks again.


How?

You need to log in (gmail account will do ), then click on the tab that looks like a cog (settings probably).
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: DickyRock on August 20, 2013, 09:29:51 PM
No worries - Had a inkling that would do the job.
Title: Re: Computer Help
Post by: No Soloing on