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Title: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on November 03, 2006, 08:52:10 PM
I've had my iPod for about 8 months now and was recently prompted by iTunes to upgrade to their newer version......which I did.  But then iTunes wouldn't open.  So I uninstalled iTunes, went to Apple's website and downloaded iTunes again.  Then when I tried to install it, it said that it couldn't remove the older version of Quicktime installed on my computer.  So I attempted to uninstall Quicktime but was greeted with an error message and the uninstall was terminated. 

So here I sit with a $400 iPod with no iTunes and Apple tech support wants to charge me money to tell me how to fix my problem since my iPod is over 90 days old. 

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: BigEd76 on November 03, 2006, 09:05:11 PM
What was the Quicktime message?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on November 03, 2006, 09:07:11 PM
Buy a new one.  And send the old one to me.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Father Demon on November 04, 2006, 12:43:46 AM
Did you delete your cookies, history, and cache?

Them Indians think that is always the answer, so it must be good.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on November 04, 2006, 08:59:44 PM
What was the Quicktime message?

"This action is only valid for products that are currently installed"

This would lead one to think that Quicktime is not installed on my computer, but all the icons are still there.  I went to Add/Remove programs to remove it but nothing happens.  Then I went to my start menu/programs/Quicktime/uninstall and that's when I get that message. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: BigEd76 on November 05, 2006, 01:41:13 PM
When in doubt, check Google...

click me (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=This+action+is+only+valid+for+products+that+are+currently+installed&btnG=Google+Search)

if that doesn't provide anything, add the word "QuickTime" to the search, like this (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&q=QuickTime+This+action+is+only+valid+for+products+that+are+currently+installed&btnG=Search)

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Phanatic on November 05, 2006, 02:30:02 PM
Maybe find another version of Quicktime and reinstall it. What's the worst that can happen...  :paranoid
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on November 05, 2006, 04:23:09 PM
apple has the worst service plan. its 90 days for computers too. the thing is though i havn't had one problem since OSX came out a few years ago. trash your PC and buy a mac marine :win
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: NGM on November 05, 2006, 05:34:13 PM
Something else to keep in mind, the new version of iTunes deletes any music it thinks is "pirated" and will remove those songs from your iPod whether you have it set to manual or not.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Wingspan on November 05, 2006, 06:10:57 PM
Something else to keep in mind, the new version of iTunes deletes any music it thinks is "pirated" and will remove those songs from your iPod whether you have it set to manual or not.

no it doesnt.

about 1/4 of my music is not legal and that hasnt happened at all.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on November 05, 2006, 07:54:06 PM
Yeah, that sounds like a bogus rumor.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on November 05, 2006, 08:30:15 PM
apple has the worst service plan. its 90 days for computers too. the thing is though i havn't had one problem since OSX came out a few years ago. trash your PC and buy a mac marine :win

Yeah, I'm extremely disappointed with that.  If there's something wrong with the iPod itself, fine.  But it's their software that they prompted me to download that's farging up. 

If I hadn't just bought a new PC back in Feb, I probably would by a Mac.  :-\
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on November 05, 2006, 08:34:13 PM
FWIW, I just downloaded the latest and installed it (after doing a system restore checkpoint). No problems.

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Yeti on November 06, 2006, 02:34:09 PM
Move to the woods.  Abandon all technology. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: NGM on November 06, 2006, 07:49:09 PM
Something else to keep in mind, the new version of iTunes deletes any music it thinks is "pirated" and will remove those songs from your iPod whether you have it set to manual or not.

no it doesnt.

about 1/4 of my music is not legal and that hasnt happened at all.

Huh, a good buddy of mine had it happen to him.  Maybe it was something else entirely but he knows much more about this shtein than I do.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: The BIGSTUD on November 07, 2006, 04:33:49 PM
Reinstall quicktime, then try uninstalling it again. See if that works.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 20, 2007, 02:00:50 PM
can someone tell me if i can get a cord that will plug my laptop into a car lighter so i can use my laptop in the car and not run down the battery

and how much should i pay....i went to radio shack and they tried to sell me some kit that would do it but it was a 100 bucks
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on May 20, 2007, 02:01:59 PM
I think Radio Shack has what you're looking for. Usually costs around $100.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on May 20, 2007, 02:08:33 PM
yea that price is par for the course. u may be able to find something cheaper online though if you have the patience.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 20, 2007, 02:11:13 PM
what about this for 30 bucks

http://www.epinions.com/Hewlett_Packard_Auto_Adapter_HP_Pavilion_ZE200_ZD8000_ZV6000_DV6000T_JZ15/display_~full_specs

i realize i dont really need a cord i need something that will adapt my regular cord to the lighter socket....wont this do it?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: phattymatty on May 20, 2007, 02:39:18 PM
speaking of laptops, what do i need to hook my laptop into my tv?  i realized that with all the free movies i've been watching there is no reason to be watching it on a small screen.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 20, 2007, 02:42:54 PM
you should be able to do it with an s video or vga cable...be warned tho the picture doesnt always convert very well...both in picture quality and as far as how it fits on your tv screen
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on May 20, 2007, 03:38:23 PM
what about this for 30 bucks

http://www.epinions.com/Hewlett_Packard_Auto_Adapter_HP_Pavilion_ZE200_ZD8000_ZV6000_DV6000T_JZ15/display_~full_specs

i realize i dont really need a cord i need something that will adapt my regular cord to the lighter socket....wont this do it?

That should do the trick.  I bought an adapter a few years ago that's pretty kick ass.  I can change out the adapter to fit in a standard outlet, a cigarette lighter and I can also plug my laptop in on an airplane as well.  I think it cost me about $50 and it's not nearly as big as the monstrosity that you're looking at....not to mention it's more versatile. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on May 20, 2007, 03:42:53 PM
instead of merely describing something that is exactly what he's looking for, why don't you provide a link so he can get one?

GOSH!
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on May 20, 2007, 03:45:49 PM
Because I'm lazy. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 20, 2007, 03:52:00 PM
too late i already ordered the monstrosity

thanks for nothing
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on May 20, 2007, 03:52:24 PM
after all you've done for him
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 20, 2007, 03:55:26 PM
thats how sarge does
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on May 20, 2007, 03:57:04 PM
I made you that stupid VORP owl. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 20, 2007, 04:14:35 PM
ooops
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Zanshin on May 20, 2007, 04:37:30 PM
You're better off getting a power inverter for your car, and just using your regular laptop plug.  The power inverter I got from Amazon was only $20...it gives you two regular plug outlets.  Works great.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Zanshin on May 20, 2007, 04:38:55 PM
I have a different one, but this would do what you want:

http://www.amazon.com/Xantrex-Technologies-175-Watt-Inverter-851-0178/dp/B000157TNA/ref=pd_bbs_3/002-7234399-9647263?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1179693531&sr=8-3
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 20, 2007, 06:14:27 PM
thats looks to be what i got...a different model but same thing...at least it seems so
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on May 20, 2007, 08:45:04 PM
speaking of laptops, what do i need to hook my laptop into my tv?  i realized that with all the free movies i've been watching there is no reason to be watching it on a small screen.

im getting a DVI to HDMI cord. 50 bucks at radioshack, but i think seabiscuit or someone posted a link to a website with better prices in the tv assistance thread, so im gonna check that out. wireless mouse, wireless keyboard and your set.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on May 20, 2007, 08:59:18 PM
speaking of laptops, what do i need to hook my laptop into my tv?  i realized that with all the free movies i've been watching there is no reason to be watching it on a small screen.

im getting a DVI to HDMI cord. 50 bucks at radioshack, but i think seabiscuit or someone posted a link to a website with better prices in the tv assistance thread, so im gonna check that out. wireless mouse, wireless keyboard and your set.

mussa, would that work with a desktop as well or just a lap top?   Assuming of course, the desktop pc is within range for the wireless mouse and keyboard.  Basically, all you're doing is turning your tv into a big monitor, right? 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on May 21, 2007, 10:08:01 AM
yes sir. the reason i said dvi to hdmi is because we have the same tv. our tv doesn't have a dvi input, and some others do, so it depends on your tv and what other devices you have, like DVD player, PS3 or whatever. the only other thing that could effect it is, your graphics card on your desktop. it should prob be pretty decent to handle the resolution of the tv. im not real sure about that though...
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on May 22, 2007, 10:53:07 AM
speaking of laptops, what do i need to hook my laptop into my tv?  i realized that with all the free movies i've been watching there is no reason to be watching it on a small screen.

im getting a DVI to HDMI cord. 50 bucks at radioshack, but i think seabiscuit or someone posted a link to a website with better prices in the tv assistance thread, so im gonna check that out. wireless mouse, wireless keyboard and your set.

mussa, would that work with a desktop as well or just a lap top?   Assuming of course, the desktop pc is within range for the wireless mouse and keyboard.  Basically, all you're doing is turning your tv into a big monitor, right? 
VGA is the best route if your Video card doesnt support DVI or HDMI.  Sarge checkout www.monoprice.com for cheap wires by the way. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on May 22, 2007, 11:57:58 AM
Just ordered a DVI to HDMI and saved 20 bucks. Hopefully everything will go well once plugged in to my laptop.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on May 24, 2007, 03:32:00 PM
Got the cord today and just hooked it up. Works pretty well. the only thing is the TV I can only set to automatic, so it shrinks the screen slightly
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 24, 2007, 03:39:28 PM
no one cares but i got my lighter socket johnson

its an invertor and its not big at all
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on May 24, 2007, 03:53:13 PM
Power inverters are awsome.  Especially if your traveling or tailgating
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 24, 2007, 03:54:53 PM
explain to me why they are awesome...or more awesome than just pluging in your radio directly to your lighter socket
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on May 24, 2007, 03:58:46 PM
If your traveling, you can power up laptops/ipods/any thing with the proper wattage.  For tailgating, we've used them for keeping the crock pot going. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 24, 2007, 04:04:59 PM
the laptop part i get thats why i got one

i was more talking about the tailgating aspect...lets say your crockpot had the adaptor at the end of its cord that would go right into the lighter of your car...you would need no inverter correct...in other words all an inverter does is allow you to plug regular cords into your car...or is there other advantages of it

i wasnt sure if it saved your battery more than if you directly plugged something in

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on May 24, 2007, 04:08:35 PM
i've never seen a crockpot offer a lighter socket adapter, but if it did, and somehow converted the dc/ac or whatever it is, then yes no need for an invertor. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 24, 2007, 04:12:23 PM
yeah im sure they dont exist i just wasnt sure if a conveter did more than convert the ac to dc or whatever it does
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Cerevant on May 25, 2007, 06:16:29 AM
Converting from DC to AC is less efficient than using DC - that's why the inverter gets hot.  Sadly enough, your laptop converts the DC back to AC...lots of wasted power.

For those playing this game, make sure the inverter has enough power output for your laptop.  If you look at the power brick it will have the voltage & current - my dell runs at 100-240V at 1.5 A.  Multiply the smallest voltage with the current and that gives you the minimum power needed - in my case, 150 watts.  Make sure your inverter has a rating higher than this, or it will shut down or burn out on you.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on May 30, 2007, 10:44:56 AM
I need help wiring up a lan line.  I have 50ft of Cat5e RJ45 run.  I purchased a Philips Data/phone hookup wallplate (http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=234923-578-PH60037&lpage=none).  I cant find wiring diagrams anywhere of which colors i need to hook up?  Is anyone familar with wiring these up?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on May 30, 2007, 12:31:57 PM
This doesn't address the wall plate specifically, but it should get you in the right direction:

http://www.netspec.com/helpdesk/wiredoc.html
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on May 30, 2007, 12:35:00 PM
thanks Sus, i'll wire it up tonight
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on May 30, 2007, 12:37:04 PM
Here's something else that might help:

http://www.vpi.us/installation/assemble-cat5eshld.html

You can follow whatever standard you want, though. The important thing is that you're consistent at either end of the cable.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on June 20, 2007, 12:52:38 PM
Ok, this is 6 guys living in a house, so which one do I need for internet connection from Verizon:

$15 a month at: 768 kbps/128 kbps
$25 a month at: 3.0 Mbps/768 Kbps

I don't know what those numbers mean, we just need an internet that works and isnt slow like Burrell
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on June 20, 2007, 01:02:51 PM
go for 25 a month. freakin cheap
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on June 20, 2007, 01:14:57 PM
yes but will the $15 suffice or will be slow and painful like the turd i just deposited.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 20, 2007, 01:17:13 PM
Quit being a cheap freaking jew and anti up for some high quality internets. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on June 20, 2007, 01:19:39 PM
im the only jew, sas. none of the roomies have jew gold to fall back on.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on June 20, 2007, 01:24:01 PM
definitely spend the 25 MDS, If you have wireless or 4 of you are on at the same time the 768 will basically be dialup
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on June 20, 2007, 01:24:21 PM
Faster is better. Don't throttle your bandwidth, especially if there are several of you sharing the connection. With 6 people on a 768kb line, you might as well be running dial-up.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on June 20, 2007, 01:27:16 PM
in my opinion, 768 will basically be dial-up
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on June 20, 2007, 01:28:45 PM
get the $15 dollar line for yourself and farg everyone else
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Cerevant on June 21, 2007, 11:50:16 AM
I wasn't sure where else to put this, but it is damn funny - Mac vs. PC rap (http://macorpc.org/)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on August 16, 2007, 03:28:29 PM
Anyone familiar with Knoppix or other "Live" versions of Linux? Have a question about creating my own distro....
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 11, 2007, 05:04:22 PM
my cd burner on my computer blew up...is this a good replacement?...im looking at an external one since im computer retarded and dont know how to install an internal one

http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=184109&WT.mc_n=4&WT.mc_t=U&cm_ven=COMPARISON%20SHOPPING&cm_cat=GOOGLE&cm_pla=DATAFEED->PRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=4
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on December 11, 2007, 05:46:37 PM
It's easy as shtein to install one, i just had to buy and install a new one, it took me 10 minutes, and will save you 40 bucks, but for the money if you want eaze, thats a good one. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 11, 2007, 07:09:30 PM
your easy and my easy are two totally different things...basically im an idiot when it comes to stuff like that and you most likely are not

anyway does the external one just plug in somewhere on the back of the cpu and then have its own power cord that goes into a outlet

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on December 11, 2007, 07:45:02 PM
yeah..the page you link to says as much:

Quote
Also in the box
HP dvd1040e 20x Super Multi DVD Writer

• Software CD
• Quick-Start placemat
• USB 2.0 cable
• Power supply

• Getting help guide
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 11, 2007, 07:46:31 PM
i dont know what a usb 2.0 cable is...so that will go from the back of my new drive to the back of the cpu?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on December 11, 2007, 07:53:11 PM
yeah..or the front if your pc has usb ports in front.  you have a desktop/tower pc, not a laptop, right?  if it's a laptop, then you probably have usb ports on two or three sides of the machine
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 11, 2007, 07:55:25 PM
i have both but this thing will be hooked up to my regular computer
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on December 11, 2007, 08:06:20 PM
well then yeah, you'll probably connect to the back of your regular computer.  usb port is the rectangular/slot shaped one...

(http://www.umbc.edu/oit/sans/helpdesk/articles/images/usb_port.jpg)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 11, 2007, 08:38:47 PM
oh ok...i know that connection just didnt know it as a usb cable...i believe i have them on the front and back of my computer (if thats possible)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on December 11, 2007, 08:44:44 PM
most pcs sold these days have them in both front and back
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on December 11, 2007, 08:46:12 PM
oh ok...i know that connection just didnt know it as a usb cable...i believe i have them on the front and back of my computer (if thats possible)
most computers made in the past 7 years have them both frontside and backside.  Your learning
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on December 12, 2007, 08:29:23 AM
Computer cables are made pretty much dummy proof, inside and out. Don't be afraid to take the cover off and swap out the burner.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 12, 2007, 08:32:35 AM
too late...but what are the negatives to an external drive?...arent they better because you can move them onto different computers...plus theres no installation involved (or deinstallation when it dies)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on December 12, 2007, 09:35:36 AM
these could be seen as negatives:

they take up space that would otherwise be available if the unit was in your pc
they consume a usb port (unless you're going to be plugging it in only when using it, and then taking it out when you're not)
they require a seperate source of electricity, meaning you lose a slot on your surge protector/wall outlet to the burner, rather than having the power come from your computer if it were intsalled
more wires
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 12, 2007, 09:40:25 AM
got it...thanks....but none of those are an issue for me....i literally only use my computer to surf the internet and download music...i dont think ive ever even used a usb plug before
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Zanshin on December 12, 2007, 09:51:11 AM
Unless you're using the burner to make CDs to play in a stereo or something, you'd be better off with an external hard drive if you're looking for a storage option.  And even if you do need to burn CDs, you might want to get a DVD/CD combo drive to cover your bases.  They're still pretty cheap.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 12, 2007, 09:57:03 AM
Unless you're using the burner to make CDs to play in a stereo or something,

what does this mean...the burner i ordered wont make cd's that play on a boombox or a home stereo system...just in cars?


And even if you do need to burn CDs, you might want to get a DVD/CD combo drive to cover your bases.

dont all dvd burners also burn cd's?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on December 12, 2007, 10:45:43 AM
any burner you buy, the cd's will work on anything these days. when they were relatively new, years ago, some CD's wouldn't play on older stereos and car cd players. thats it.

any dvd/cd combo writing drive (dvd-r and cd-r) should burn cd's as well.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 12, 2007, 11:04:08 AM
can you look at this and let me know if it will burn cd's as well as dvd's

http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=184109&WT.mc_n=4&WT.mc_t=U&cm_ven=COMPARISON%20SHOPPING&cm_cat=GOOGLE&cm_pla=DATAFEED->PRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=4
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on December 12, 2007, 11:18:23 AM
Quote
Compatible formats: Record to all major formats (DVD±R/±RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R/RW).

yes it burns cd's.

it scored a 3 out of 5 on reviews. maybe research it more and look at other reviews of this before buying it.

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 04, 2008, 12:44:47 PM
I've been running IE 7 for a couple months now and want to set it up so that whenever I click on a weblink it will open in a new tab instead of opening a new window.  Is this possible? 
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Post by: phattymatty on January 04, 2008, 12:46:15 PM
just switch to firefox.  IE is garbage.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 04, 2008, 12:55:47 PM
I've been running IE 7 for a couple months now and want to set it up so that whenever I click on a weblink it will open in a new tab instead of opening a new window.  Is this possible? 

Hold CTRL when you click.  Or SHIFT.  I forget which.
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 04, 2008, 12:57:55 PM
Just don't hit DELETE.  Your computer will explode, as seen in "Live Free or Die Hard".
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 04, 2008, 01:16:25 PM
I've been running IE 7 for a couple months now and want to set it up so that whenever I click on a weblink it will open in a new tab instead of opening a new window.  Is this possible? 

Hold CTRL when you click.  Or SHIFT.  I forget which.

CTRL.  Thanks. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 04, 2008, 01:16:50 PM
Just don't hit DELETE.  Your computer will explode, as seen in "Live Free or Die Hard".

I tried it anyway and nothing hap
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on January 04, 2008, 01:17:44 PM
Yay! Sarge is dead! Dibs on the car.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 04, 2008, 01:18:21 PM
I tried it anyway and nothing hap

lame, but I laughed.

you've got a good head start on old man schlock humor, I'll give you that


and I'll take the Willys
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 04, 2008, 01:30:52 PM
Like hell you will. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 04, 2008, 01:31:41 PM
Yay! Sarge is dead! Dibs on the car.

You'd have to fight my ladyfriend for it.....naked. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 04, 2008, 01:34:19 PM
You're getting a chub thinking of rjs wrestling naked with your ex-wife?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 04, 2008, 01:36:31 PM
His ex-wife is not his lady friend...I'm pretty sure he means Chuggie.

But you got the stiffy part right.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 04, 2008, 01:36:58 PM
You're getting a chub thinking of rjs wrestling naked with your ex-wife?

No, I was getting a chub thinking about Rusty and my current ladyfriend naked.  Mostly Rusty.  Thanks for ruining it.  
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 04, 2008, 01:41:26 PM
I thought you had not one but a harem of women at your beck and call, hence the confusion.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on January 04, 2008, 01:42:10 PM
KY wrestling match?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 04, 2008, 01:44:09 PM
A very wise man once told me that Astroglide is far superior to KY.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 04, 2008, 01:46:28 PM
I thought you had not one but a harem of women at your beck and call, hence the confusion.

I'm tired of meaningless sex with random drunk sluts. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on January 04, 2008, 01:56:20 PM
A very wise man once told me that Astroglide is far superior to KY.

And I have a feeling that man would not want to waste his precious Astroglide on a stupid naked wrestling match with Sarge's ladyfriend.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on January 04, 2008, 02:03:42 PM
A very wise man once told me that Astroglide is far superior to KY.

hopefully he did it right before he inserted his man into you
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 04, 2008, 02:04:45 PM
I'm tired of meaningless sex with random drunk sluts. obviously gay. 

A very wise man once told me that Astroglide is far superior to KY.

And I have a feeling that man would not want to waste his precious Astroglide on a stupid naked wrestling match with Sarge's ladyfriend.

Who said it was BYOA?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on January 04, 2008, 02:07:14 PM
All Astroglide is precious.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on June 17, 2008, 03:39:39 PM
Firefox 3 is out today, i downloaded it and installed it, but it keeps crashing when i try to run it...that sucks
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 17, 2008, 03:46:47 PM
With the non-stop barrage of firefox promotional crap on the internet, I'm just about ready to switch to another browser.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on June 17, 2008, 03:57:44 PM
With the non-stop barrage of firefox promotional crap on the internet, I'm just about ready to switch to another browser.

Safari? omgapple
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 17, 2008, 04:37:37 PM
Hell no, I'm thinking about this one called Internet Explorer. Must be pretty new, haven't heard much about it.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on June 17, 2008, 04:42:35 PM
Firefox 3 is out today, i downloaded it and installed it, but it keeps crashing when i try to run it...that sucks

Do you have Add Ons? If so, you may need to turn them off until they have updates themselves...or just get rid of them totally.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on June 17, 2008, 04:50:55 PM
hmmm, i'll have to try that
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 30, 2008, 11:07:48 AM
Anyone ever used or know anything about Memeo AutoBackup? It claims to automatically backup all new and updated files to either an external drive or online server.  Does it work and is it safe?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on July 01, 2008, 07:45:33 AM
we use it at work, but havnt had to use it to recover stuff
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on July 01, 2008, 08:13:30 AM
I have a Time Machine setup on my mac which updates anything new and stores data up to how many days your external hard drive can handle. I have a 1TB hard drive, I set it up on May 1st, I can basically go back and see what what on my computer then. I don't turn it on daily but maybe twice a week, just in case. It's useful, I already had to go back and find something I accidentally trashed.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on July 01, 2008, 08:58:59 AM
That is the lamest use of a time machine that I have ever heard.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on July 01, 2008, 10:31:50 AM
word
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: BigEd76 on July 02, 2008, 10:34:38 AM
http://thewebsiteisdown.com
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on July 04, 2008, 04:05:27 PM
I'm getting rid of my Sony Vaio i bought back in 2000.  It has an 80gb internal hard drive that i removed since i dont want some kid getting all my awesome bukkakke porn.  Can i just set it up as a slave drive in my newer PC? 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on July 04, 2008, 05:23:38 PM
I'm getting rid of my Sony Vaio i bought back in 2000.  It has an 80gb internal hard drive that i removed since i dont want some kid getting all my awesome bukkakke porn.  Can i just set it up as a slave drive in my newer PC? 

If you have the know-how, you have put it in as a 2nd internal drive.  You'd probably have to get rid of the start-up programs on it, though.

You can also purchase a kit at Best Buy to make it an external drive.  It costs about $40.  Not sure that's worth it for an 80GB drive.

The real nerds probably know a way to just transfer the programs, so I'll let them tell you how to do that.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on July 04, 2008, 06:54:25 PM
why didn't u just buy an external, transfer the "files" over and then formatted your laptop clean.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on July 05, 2008, 11:25:20 AM
why didn't u just buy an external, transfer the "files" over and then formatted your laptop clean.
i have a 250 gb external already, but its my backup drive with a good amount of my music.  The old drive i have is basically just for extra memory, im at the point where my 250 gb is already full on the internal hd, and the external is nearly full at 250, so the extra 80 would help.  On the 80gb i just took out, its basically a blank hd at this point as i formatted it about a year ago to wipe it clean, and have barely used it at all. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on July 05, 2008, 12:46:52 PM
damn thats a lot of porn, god bless you
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on July 05, 2008, 12:53:35 PM
Brazillian Fart Porn is mezmerizing

tons of music too.  Its time for me to switch to a Mac in the next year.  As far as a Mac, how easy is it to do upgrades?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on July 05, 2008, 07:31:12 PM
easy as pie..you buy a new one
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on July 05, 2008, 09:32:45 PM
Brazillian Fart Porn is mezmerizing

tons of music too.  Its time for me to switch to a Mac in the next year.  As far as a Mac, how easy is it to do upgrades?

The Imac's don't offer a lot of upgrade ability, although you can do stuff like RAM. The Macbook's are pretty much the same as well, RAM. The Mac Pro you can upgrade to your heart's content. One of the big things about a MAC is that they run a file system very similar to Linux, so it's generally much more efficent than a Microsoft OS based file system (FAT or NTFS). Also the Mac operating system usually doesn't tend to get forgetful and slow after a few years. Also, with Leopard, the newest Mac OS, it comes with a great utility called BootCamp that will allow you to install Windows XP or Vista on the hard drive as well, to make the conversion a little easier.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyGirl on August 05, 2008, 11:06:32 AM
OK, stupid Outlook question.

I've always used OE or Eudora and since my OE crashed, I had to import everything into Outlook 2003 and I am stuck here.

Why, when I try to delete something, does it just put a little cross out across the email and not actually delete it from the folder? I cannot get rid of this and its totally overloading my inbox.

Can someone help here?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: BigEd76 on August 05, 2008, 11:28:38 AM
 ??? I use it here at work and have never seen that.  You don't have Vista, do you?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyGirl on August 05, 2008, 11:33:54 AM
No, XP...and here is what it looks like:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v410/SamiB/outlook.jpg)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: BigEd76 on August 05, 2008, 11:40:50 AM
hmmm...found this on another site:

Quote
I've used IMAP for various periods of time over the past few years. It works ok for incoming mail, but I generally move my messages to a PST or Exchange folder when I want to save them. The most annoying behavior to me is the fact that when you delete/move a message, it does not disappear. Rather, it gets "crossed-out" until you remember to click the Edit menu and select "Purge Deleted Messages" or whatever its called.

Sounds like you might need to switch your Outlook profile to POP3 if you're connecting to Comcast or Verizon or whatever you're using....unless you feel like purging all the time
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyGirl on August 05, 2008, 12:11:12 PM
Ed, THANK YOU!!!!
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on August 05, 2008, 12:21:50 PM
Ed knows stuff.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Father Demon on August 29, 2008, 03:45:16 PM
Technically, I need an electronics geek.

I have video on my mom's digital camera, and can't get it to play on my Samsung LNT5265 TV.  I can see the digital pictures, but can't find the video that is on the same card.  When using my camera, I can see pics and videos.

The connection is directly from the camera into the USB port.

I'll hang up and listen now.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on August 29, 2008, 03:57:53 PM
Im pretty sure you need audio and video cables with the digital cameras (yellow and red)

cant see why this wouldnt work...unless you are using usb (Hdmi)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on August 29, 2008, 06:42:31 PM
I miss Sassy
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on August 29, 2008, 07:44:39 PM
did sgt sass ever give a goodbye?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Father Demon on August 30, 2008, 12:34:07 PM
Sassy's fine, but they blocked CF at his work (although he still plays Fatal Combat all day from work  :-D ), but I know he's moving out to Cali right about now.  He and hbionic are going to have amazing buttsecks for months and months.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on August 30, 2008, 03:52:05 PM
He's actually on FC right now...so he's not on the road.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on September 02, 2008, 08:00:48 AM
he needs to use a proxy server
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on September 02, 2008, 10:31:57 AM
i was going to post the other day where the hell has he been? trickster...

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on September 02, 2008, 11:27:29 AM
he needs to use a proxy server

If his work is anything like mine, they have a pretty good idea where the proxies are, and they block them, as well.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Phanatic on September 06, 2008, 04:46:34 PM
Anyone know about video editing shtuff. I have some video from two different cameras that I'd like combined into one somehow making it cool. Also the audio's not great but better on one camera over the other. Wondering if there's a way to enhance the audio in some way and combine the video. I could also sync the video to recorded music too I suppose. Anyway to do this without buying a $400 piece of software like Adobe?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MURP on September 06, 2008, 09:23:52 PM
yes, there are many video editing programs that are available to beginners who don't need advanced features and thus are fairly inexpensive.   MACS come with Imovie, but I'm guessing you dont have a MAC if your asking this question.    You can actually pick up Adobe Premier Elements for under $100 which would serve your purpose if you are more comfortable using Adobe products.   There are many other cheap options as well Pinnacle Studio, Video Studio etc.     As far as enhancing audio, depending on how bad it is your probably not going to be able to do much to make it sound good unless you know someone who has professional experience to help you out.  Even then there may not be much they can do to improve it.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Phanatic on September 07, 2008, 12:55:35 AM
yes, there are many video editing programs that are available to beginners who don't need advanced features and thus are fairly inexpensive.   MACS come with Imovie, but I'm guessing you dont have a MAC if your asking this question.    You can actually pick up Adobe Premier Elements for under $100 which would serve your purpose if you are more comfortable using Adobe products.   There are many other cheap options as well Pinnacle Studio, Video Studio etc.     As far as enhancing audio, depending on how bad it is your probably not going to be able to do much to make it sound good unless you know someone who has professional experience to help you out.  Even then there may not be much they can do to improve it.

Cool man thanks. That's a start. Gonna have to bite the bullet and spend a lot of time in front of the computer on one of those.
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Post by: Father Demon on September 08, 2008, 12:37:43 PM
Your nephew has a pretty nice video editing software package - Vegas Pro from Sony.  The trial gives you 30 days of all the bells and whistles, and if you like it I can probably assist on you getting the non-trial version *cough*hack*cough*
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Post by: Phanatic on September 08, 2008, 02:51:28 PM
Even better! If I can get it done within 30 days I'm out!
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on September 30, 2008, 10:55:23 AM
my desktop is on its last legs...i want to take all my music and word/excel documents and put them on my laptop

however someone suggested to me this weekend to not do that as it will slow down what is now a really good laptop...he said to get an external hard drive than can plug into my lap top and just put the music on that

is this a good way to go?

if so is there a particular kind/size/model ect that is better than another or are they all a pretty straight forward storage devices

also do laptops have quarter 1/8 inch or rca plugs on the back of them so that you can run your music from the laptop thruyour stereo speakers?

my desktop had that not sure if my laptop does tho and was wondering is thats standard on laptops
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Father Demon on September 30, 2008, 11:07:22 AM
I agree about putting those things on an external HD.  Depending on how much music you have, they are relatively cheap and you can probably get a 500 Gb or better for ~$100.  I have over 40,000 songs on an external, and they play fine through a standard USB port through iTunes.  WesternDigital is a good HD manufacturer. but I don't think there's much difference between brands.  I could be wrong though.  If you are real worried about losing the files in case of HD crash, buy two, and copy one drive to the other as a back up.

As for the RCA jacks - most laptops do not have these.  I don't know about any USB to RCA converters or adapters, but they may be out there.  What I do is use the speaker system for my laptop, run iTunes, and play my music either with playlists or randomly.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on September 30, 2008, 11:17:24 AM
thanks

i probably shouldnt have said rca jacks as my desktop didnt even have that...do laptops have any sort of audio jack on them outside of the headphone jack

or could you run a cable out of the headphone jack to a rca splitter then into your stereo receiver?

yeah i mos def dont wanna lose my music...is there a way to copy the music files off my desktop hd to my new external hd and still keep them on the desktop hd...in other words can you copy them from rather than take them off the desktop hd
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Father Demon on September 30, 2008, 11:45:06 AM
yeah i mos def dont wanna lose my music...is there a way to copy the music files off my desktop hd to my new external hd and still keep them on the desktop hd...in other words can you copy them from rather than take them off the desktop hd

Yes - just open the folder with your music in it, and the new folder where you will put your music on the external.  Highlight all, copy, and paste in the new folder.  It might take a while, but then you'll have it in both places.

I don't know too much about the cabling issue.  Like I said - I use my laptop speakers, which plugs into the only output jack on my laptop (aside from the USB ports).
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Post by: phattymatty on September 30, 2008, 12:05:00 PM
external is the way to go.  i have a 250 GM filled with music and movies.

i'm getting a new 500GB one.  you can get one at micro center online for $89.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on September 30, 2008, 12:21:25 PM
external is the way to go.  i have a 250 GM filled with music and movies.

i'm getting a new 500GB one.  you can get one at micro center online for $89.


can you give me a link matty to the one you got or are getting
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Post by: phattymatty on September 30, 2008, 12:27:15 PM
i meant compusa...

http://www.compusa.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=136 (http://www.compusa.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=136)

the one on the bottom left, the 500GB fantom, is the one i picked up.  my older one is a fantom and haven't had any problems in the last 3-4 years.
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Post by: ice grillin you on September 30, 2008, 12:44:28 PM
got it

thanks
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Post by: Geowhizzer on September 30, 2008, 01:03:54 PM
If they're important documents, I'd recommend getting two and keeping a backup, especially if you think your desktop is about to go.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on September 30, 2008, 01:07:27 PM
If they're important documents, I'd recommend getting two and keeping a backup, especially if you think your desktop is about to go.

i dont have any reason to think the drive in the desktop is gonna blow up....the computer itself is old as crap but works fine...mostly i just wanna go with a laptop to save space and not have the eye sore that an old ass desktop with monitor and all the cords all over he place are

that being the case is there anything wrong with just keeping the hard drive in my desktop as the back up
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on September 30, 2008, 02:37:11 PM
If they're important documents, I'd recommend getting two and keeping a backup, especially if you think your desktop is about to go.

i dont have any reason to think the drive in the desktop is gonna blow up....the computer itself is old as crap but works fine...mostly i just wanna go with a laptop to save space and not have the eye sore that an old ass desktop with monitor and all the cords all over he place are

that being the case is there anything wrong with just keeping the hard drive in my desktop as the back up

Not if you're confident in the computer not dying.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Phanatic on September 30, 2008, 02:58:54 PM
thanks

i probably shouldnt have said rca jacks as my desktop didnt even have that...do laptops have any sort of audio jack on them outside of the headphone jack

or could you run a cable out of the headphone jack to a rca splitter then into your stereo receiver?

yeah i mos def dont wanna lose my music...is there a way to copy the music files off my desktop hd to my new external hd and still keep them on the desktop hd...in other words can you copy them from rather than take them off the desktop hd

Yes they make head phone jack to RCA y cables. I use them all the time to run music through a PA. Works like a champ. I also bought a really nice set of PC speakers with a sub woofer that hooks right into the headphone jack of the computer. The sound is top notch.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 08, 2009, 10:34:57 AM
I have some files in .rar format that I want to extract, but I don't have a program to do it.

Can anyone suggest where to get such an app?  For free goes without saying?

Also, any tips re: .rar files would be much appreciated.
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Post by: General_Failure on January 08, 2009, 10:36:24 AM
www.rarlabs.com
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on January 08, 2009, 11:07:55 AM
I have some files in .rar format that I want to extract, but I don't have a program to do it.

Can anyone suggest where to get such an app?  For free goes without saying?

Also, any tips re: .rar files would be much appreciated.
.rar is basically the nerdy version of Winzip.  Just watch out for virus's if your downloading suspicious software. 
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Post by: Diomedes on January 08, 2009, 11:10:31 AM
thanks both of you

I suppose I'll download the free version from Big Brother's link.
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 08, 2009, 03:02:52 PM
Where the hell is Sarge?
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Post by: Diomedes on January 08, 2009, 03:04:08 PM
He got a life, apparently.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 08, 2009, 03:07:23 PM
Didn't reese return to the board right around the same time Sarge disappeared?
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Post by: reese125 on January 08, 2009, 03:10:06 PM
Ill answer that...even though youre off: who cares
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on January 08, 2009, 03:21:39 PM
he's in teh shtein
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on January 08, 2009, 08:48:15 PM
virus's

Awsum.

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on January 08, 2009, 09:34:27 PM
Where the hell is Sarge?

ex-wife finally got his computer in the divorce
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on January 09, 2009, 01:28:30 PM
can someone tell me how to get my favorites so that they are always being shown on the left side of my screen
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on January 09, 2009, 01:41:33 PM
fold your arms in front of you and give a quick head nod
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 09, 2009, 01:43:53 PM
can someone tell me how to get my favorites so that they are always being shown on the left side of my screen

View --> Explorer Bar --> Favorites

(assuming you are using IE)
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on January 09, 2009, 02:20:34 PM
can someone tell me how to get my favorites so that they are always being shown on the left side of my screen

Ask them nicely, and they'll go there on their own.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 09, 2009, 02:51:46 PM
If you were going to give the smart-assed response, reese was more timely and a little more witty.

I'm disappointed, Sus.
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 09, 2009, 02:55:14 PM
could sus' have been less timely?
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Post by: BigEd76 on January 09, 2009, 03:11:47 PM
oh yeah? well, the jerk store called and they're running out of you
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 09, 2009, 03:18:07 PM
nice use of italics there easy
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on January 09, 2009, 05:08:58 PM
If you were going to give the smart-assed response, reese was more timely and a little more witty.

I'm disappointed, Sus.

Don't you talk to your favorites?

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on January 09, 2009, 06:15:08 PM
Any of you college computer whizzes ever take IST 110 (Information, People and Technology). First class is Tuesday but I went on Ratemyprofessor and his ratings/comments are brutal. (http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=366515)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 09, 2009, 06:32:19 PM
Any of you college computer whizzes ever take IST 110 (Information, People and Technology). First class is Tuesday but I went on Ratemyprofessor and his ratings/comments are brutal. (http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=366515)

The IST school didn't exist when I went there.  My major doesn't exist now, as IST replaced it.

Your professor sounds like a douche.  Good luck.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on January 09, 2009, 08:12:10 PM
My sister was in the inaugural IST class at PSU. As such her name is engraved on a brick in some building or something. Fascinating.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on January 09, 2009, 08:34:45 PM
it would be hilariously ironic if that was the brick that caves FF's skull in the next time he's there drinking.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on January 09, 2009, 09:01:46 PM
Any of you college computer whizzes ever take IST 110 (Information, People and Technology). First class is Tuesday but I went on Ratemyprofessor and his ratings/comments are brutal. (http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=366515)

The IST school didn't exist when I went there.  My major doesn't exist now, as IST replaced it.

Your professor sounds like a douche.  Good luck.


Here's the course in a nutshell:

http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/e/x/exg13/IST%20110%20SPRING%202009%20SYLLABUS.pdf

Course Outcomes
IST 110 is the student’s introduction to the broad field of information sciences and
technology. The course serves to provide students with an initial understanding of
information, the technologies used to produce and leverage it, and the role of people in the
information process. At the conclusion of this course, students will:
• Understand the key technologies in information sciences including data,
network, software, algorithms, and graphics;
• Understand the role of information in contemporary society;
• Understand that information technology is a key element in assuring future
American economic competitiveness;
• Demonstrate the ability to use basic tools for preparing documents and
presentations;
• Demonstrate problem-solving skills regarding information-based situations;
• Demonstrate how information technology can be used to help meet American
economic competitiveness challenges.
Instructional Approach

Course Outline
The following information is a preliminary outline of this course. Week one is fixed; week two is
probable. The plan may be adjusted from time to time based on circumstances and events.
Week Date1 Topic Activity
1 1-13-2009 • Course Introduction
• What is IT all about?
• Text – Preface
• Lab 0
2 1-20-2009 • Algorithms • Chapter 0
• Lab 1
3 1-27-2009 • Data Storage • Chapter 1
4 2-3-2009 • Data Storage • Lab 2
5 2-10-2009 • Data Manipulation • Chapter 2
6 2-17-2009 • Data Manipulation • Lab 3
7 2-24-2009 • Operating Systems • Chapter 3
8 3-3-2009 • Operating Systems • Lab 4
• Distribute mid-term exam
9 3-10-2009 • Spring Break Week – No classes
10 3-17-2009 • Networking • Chapter 4
• Turn in mid-term exam
11 3-24-2009 • Algorithms • Chapter 5
12 3-31-2009 • Programming Languages • Chapter 6
13 4-7-2009 • Algorithms and Programming Languages • Lab 5
14 4-14-2009 • Software Engineering • Chapter 7
15 4-21-2009 • Data and Database Systems • Chapters 8 and 9
• Distribute final exam
16 4-28-2009 • Data and Database Systems • Lab 6
17 5-4-2008 • Final Exam Week • Final presentation
•
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on January 09, 2009, 09:41:49 PM
cmon SD... Algorithms and Programming Languages  Lab 5...if you cant breeze through that with an "A" theres something wrong with you
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on January 09, 2009, 09:53:04 PM
cmon SD... Algorithms and Programming Languages  Lab 5...if you cant breeze through that with an "A" theres something wrong with you

You missed the reason I'm concerned (http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=366515)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on January 09, 2009, 10:13:10 PM
Obviously you know Im fully joking as I would break down in tears if i had that class

cant believe they have a rate my professor website...christ..where has the time gone
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 10, 2009, 10:22:35 AM
it would be hilariously ironic if that was the brick that caves FF's skull in the next time he's there drinking.

I don't think that fits the definition of irony, but you're out of luck.  My skull is made of adamantium.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on January 10, 2009, 05:59:03 PM
Looks like a piece of cake. And a prof that doesn't take crap from students.

BTW...I'm amused at remarks like:

Quote
He is the worse teacher you can have. His assignment are very unclear...


Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on January 10, 2009, 06:00:24 PM
it would be hilariously ironic if that was the brick that caves FF's skull in the next time he's there drinking.

I don't think that fits the definition of irony


but it would be the textbook definition of hilarious
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on January 10, 2009, 06:44:12 PM
nm
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 11, 2009, 08:47:45 AM
so now that I've got all this music from vigy in .wma format, I want a program that will convert them to .mp3 files so I can play them back with something other than a Microsoft product

any suggestions?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on January 11, 2009, 08:58:07 AM
am i doing something wrong when i upload them?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 11, 2009, 09:03:28 AM
no, the uploading is working just fine

the problem is that when you rip the files from CD--I presume that's how you're getting most of them?--you are using Windows Media and have not changed the settings so that they are imported as the universal file format .mp3.  They are being created in the default, Microsoft proprietary format .wma

I can still  play them, but I have to use the windows medai player.  There are other programs that can also play these files, but there are many that cannot.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on January 11, 2009, 09:06:22 AM
what do i have to do in the future so that they are mp3's....and how do i do it
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 11, 2009, 09:09:40 AM
in Windows Media

Tools>Options> select the Rip Music tab, under "Rip Settings" change the drop down menu from "Windows Media Audio" to "mp3".

While you're there, slide audio quality all the way up to highest.



Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on January 11, 2009, 09:12:03 AM
will that default it or do i have to do this everytime i rip songs
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 11, 2009, 09:17:06 AM
That changes the default so from now on when you rip CDs, you'll be creating mp3 files.

Of course, it won't convert all the music you've already ripped. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 11, 2009, 10:45:37 AM
so now that I've got all this music from vigy in .wma format, I want a program that will convert them to .mp3 files so I can play them back with something other than a Microsoft product

any suggestions?

If only there were some website on the internet that let you search for things. But to even find that website, you would need some sort of hell-spawned searching engine.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Zanshin on January 11, 2009, 11:06:45 AM
so now that I've got all this music from vigy in .wma format, I want a program that will convert them to .mp3 files so I can play them back with something other than a Microsoft product

any suggestions?

I've used a bunch of freeware that works well.  Go to download.com and search for music converters.  Check out the reviews and ratings and give one a shot.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 11, 2009, 01:21:24 PM
I know it's crazy of me to ask you folks if you have a suggestion before I throw myself on the mercies of the google universe.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Zanshin on January 11, 2009, 06:08:32 PM
Try MediaCoder.  Works pretty well and it's free.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on January 13, 2009, 11:28:47 AM
First IST 110 class this morning

Pro's:
Professor is a schmuck
He was in the Navy

Cons:
He's a schmuck
He's a Giants fan

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on January 15, 2009, 10:15:17 AM
First lab assignment, the questions are a joke but you have to do this 10 page report for each one:

3. What do you think will be the most significant information technology
advancement be in the next five years (between now and 2014)?

Any ideas from you tech savvy folks?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 15, 2009, 10:26:10 AM
3. What do you think will be the most significant information technology advancement be in the next five years (between now and 2014)?

Is this a verbatim quote from the assignment?

If so, I suggest you write a paper about the abolition of tenure and how the subsequent purging of illiterate, careless, stupid teachers from our schools will result in much better teaching of all things, including information technologies.  Be.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on January 15, 2009, 10:31:35 AM
3. What do you think will be the most significant information technology advancement be in the next five years (between now and 2014)?

Is this a verbatim quote from the assignment?


yes...the write up we have to do for these questions is absurd. 10 pages with a cover sheet, table of contents, observations, constraints etc. And grammar, spelling and punctuation are strictly graded.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 15, 2009, 10:32:31 AM
Tell the professor he gets an F for grammar on the question be.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on January 15, 2009, 10:35:07 AM
if I was to start I might go into the use of solar energy on a more wide-scale approach

a topic already discussed--the advancement of batteries for use in cars

maybe even looking at the use of holography (virtual reality) for architectural designs, educating students and medicine.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on January 15, 2009, 10:44:22 AM
if I was to start I might go into the use of solar energy on a more wide-scale approach

a topic already discussed--the advancement of batteries for use in cars

maybe even looking at the use of holography (virtual reality) for architectural designs, educating students and medicine.

Thanks....that was actually pretty helpful
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 15, 2009, 10:45:01 AM
If you're going to talk about holography, you should focus on it's application in data storage.  That's far more broad reaching than simply using it for marketing or education.

Another subject worth discussing is computing without the computer...that is, we're moving toward the model of paying for processing power storage and bandwidth, and away from having our own individual machines.  Pay a service, log on from home and your desktop appears over the tubes. Access from anywhere, etc.

Mob computing/programming in open source is another possible subject.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on January 15, 2009, 10:47:57 AM
good stuff, dio. I gathered some of this stuff off the internet in the lab this morning but the information is really scattered.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 15, 2009, 11:56:13 AM
The obvious answer is the Sex Box, especially if they can get some WiFi in there.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: phattymatty on January 15, 2009, 12:11:08 PM
government-created killer nano-robot infections
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 15, 2009, 12:11:45 PM
AIDS for short.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 15, 2009, 12:15:29 PM
It's a toss-up with crack.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on January 15, 2009, 12:26:59 PM
solor panels is good, i read a few months ago that ikea plans to have do-it yourself kits in its store by like 2011 or something and i think wal-mart is on the boat too. worth looking into. although im not sure what that has to do with IT
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 15, 2009, 12:38:36 PM
They're building a lot of houses down here with solar-powered water heaters.  Pretty cool stuff, but having your water heater on the roof might have some drawbacks.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on January 16, 2009, 05:57:25 PM
so i just got this new cpu

and i need word 2003 on it, you know...not the new one

so whats the best way to go about getting that, since at the store they said they dont make it anymore or something

i dont want to farg up this cpu will silly downloads, thats what the old one is for
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on January 16, 2009, 05:58:00 PM
but it
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: phillymic2000 on January 16, 2009, 06:05:55 PM
Do you have tech guys at work? I just got to them at my district and they hook me up. You may have to pay a little but they (if you have them at your work) should be able to handle that.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 16, 2009, 07:46:11 PM
MDS..work?


bwahaha
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on January 16, 2009, 08:08:43 PM
are trying to imitate reese/cole or something?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on January 16, 2009, 08:09:17 PM
why wouldnt you?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Wingspan on January 16, 2009, 08:25:04 PM
so i just got this new cpu

and i need word 2003 on it, you know...not the new one

so whats the best way to go about getting that, since at the store they said they dont make it anymore or something

i dont want to farg up this cpu will silly downloads, thats what the old one is for

Ebay, you can probably snag a full install for about $20
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: The BIGSTUD on January 16, 2009, 09:55:06 PM
Hmmmm, I just so happen to have a copy of Office 2003 on CD.

Let me know if you want me to find a way to get the contents to you.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on January 16, 2009, 10:15:36 PM
yes send it to me

but will it work on windows vista?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: The BIGSTUD on January 16, 2009, 10:42:22 PM
Hmmm, I have no idea if it is Vista compatible. I'm using XP right now.

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-12546_102-0.html?forumID=133&threadID=243938&messageID=2464791

According to that people have gotten it to work.

I'll copy the contents to my computer, put them in a rar and upload them and PM you the download link. I'll try to get it done tonight. If not I'll do it tomorrow.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on January 16, 2009, 10:44:03 PM
now he wont make fun of you anymore Cole...good job

jews love them some free shtein
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Zanshin on January 17, 2009, 10:07:54 AM
so i just got this new cpu

and i need word 2003 on it, you know...not the new one

so whats the best way to go about getting that, since at the store they said they dont make it anymore or something

i dont want to farg up this cpu will silly downloads, thats what the old one is for

If you can't get it, you can use openoffice.  It's free and MS Office compatable.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on January 17, 2009, 10:22:07 AM
good looking out on that site Zan, that actually helps me big time
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 17, 2009, 12:28:42 PM
Even the Google office products aren't so bad (and also free).
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on January 17, 2009, 12:34:53 PM
im anal and need word 2003. ill pay for it if i have to.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on January 17, 2009, 12:57:44 PM
Can't you make the GUI for the new version mimic the old one?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on January 17, 2009, 04:21:59 PM
im anal and need wood in 2009. ill pay for it if i have to.
wow
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: The BIGSTUD on January 17, 2009, 05:53:45 PM
I'm uploading it now. It'll take a while. About 550 megs. Do you know how to open ISO files?

If not I can tell you or you can just google it. All you need is a specific program. It isn't all that difficult. My office is in ISO format though. It is actually easier this way, otherwise it is just a bunch of setup/system files all in different folders.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on January 17, 2009, 06:09:31 PM
what the farg is an iso file
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: The BIGSTUD on January 17, 2009, 06:25:36 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_file

All you need to get is a program that opens the file and it will prompt the install. Very simple and easy to do.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on January 17, 2009, 06:31:36 PM
im trying not to farg up this cpu with stupid downloads.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: The BIGSTUD on January 17, 2009, 06:42:43 PM
It won't farg up your computer. Eventually you'll have to download and install some programs. Millions of people use ISO formatted files, they are very commonly used, and there are plenty of safe programs out there to download from reputable sites that can load them for you.

But if you really don't want it, then I'll cancel the upload. It is at 26%. You said you really wanted Office 2003, and I have it. It is just much easier to send to you as an ISO.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: The BIGSTUD on January 17, 2009, 06:52:15 PM
Forgot to say that you have another option. You can just burn the ISO to a disc and load it from there. You won't need to download any additional program that way. I assume you have a CD-RW drive with software already on the computer?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 17, 2009, 07:33:56 PM
Windows Resource Kit (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&displaylang=en). Has a DOS program to burn ISOs for you. To save myself the trouble later, the command is

cdburn d: c:\warez.iso

where D: is you burner and warez.iso is your file name. Put it right in C: drive to save yourself the hassle of dealing with folders.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on January 17, 2009, 08:06:04 PM
i have no clue what either one of you just said
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: The BIGSTUD on January 17, 2009, 10:17:04 PM
check your PM
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on January 20, 2009, 10:09:03 AM
check your PM

 Could you PM me the same thing regarding Word, I need it for this semester.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on February 01, 2009, 02:47:38 PM
Suddenly got a remittant buzzing from my speakers last night.  I switched speakers but still get the buzzing.  It sounds almost like when a record gets to the end, but you don't lift the needle up (yes, I'm getting old).

Is my sound card blown?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on February 01, 2009, 03:22:09 PM
I've got the same problem, but mine is from all my wires being tangled together. Had it previously, sorted out the wires, and it went away. Came back again recently when I moved some crap around.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on February 01, 2009, 03:37:09 PM
So I got a B on my first IST 110 lab. I messed a few things up that he didn't explain which goes right along with what the students said on RMP.

This week we have a 5 page (actual 5 pages, no double spacing) paper due on the history of computing. Then he gave each row a number and we had to use Boolean Algebra to figure out this algorithm he created, then we had to draw each answer out (64 in all) using symbols he made up to represent 'And', 'Or', 'Not', and 'XOR'.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on February 01, 2009, 04:30:32 PM
I've got the same problem, but mine is from all my wires being tangled together. Had it previously, sorted out the wires, and it went away. Came back again recently when I moved some crap around.

Tried it, and it seems to work again.  We'll see, this computer has been, shall we say, "quirky."
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Father Demon on February 20, 2009, 05:18:37 PM
Computer nerds needed...

Anyone in here have time to blow by creating a jibjab-like talking head of my boss in Flash so I can put it in a PowerPoint presentation?  It needs to have the mouth open and close, plus a little rocking back-and-forth*, just like JibJab.  I already have the picture of his face with all background cleared away. 

I would need it by Sunday morning.



* Yes, I know how incredible gay-pornish that sounds.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on February 21, 2009, 10:13:17 AM
I'm glad to see your new job is keeping you busy with important things.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on March 27, 2009, 12:32:59 PM
here's a question for you geeks.  i need a tv tuner for my laptop.  i've got my xbox set up wirelessly and can use it as a media center extender, so basically i can stream any media file from my laptop to the xbox and view them on my tv.  one of the other functions is supposed to be the ability to use my laptop as a dvr and record tv.   thus, the need for a tv tuner.  gotta be external that plugs in with to a usb port. 

the problem i'm running into is that the usual suspects like best buy don't have what i need.  they have tv tuners, but they aren't compatible with the vista media center.  they just store the tv info on a data stick.  any suggestions? 
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 27, 2009, 12:55:25 PM
www.tversity.com

download tversity, farg Media Extender
I never got the DVR thing to work for the Media Extender, good luck with that
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 28, 2009, 12:59:55 PM
So my PC has been getting slower and slower. Its a basic model Dell that I bought in 2004ish. Keep in mind that I know jack shtein about computers for the most part...but I do Ctrl+alt+del and bring up the task manager a lot to see what processes are going on and I see a lot of the wuauclt.exe and wmivrse.exe stuff. I did a google for them and saw a program called Uniblue Registry Booster. I downloaded it and it found 397 registry errors. Is it worth the $30 to fix everything as it claims?

I've run the adware/spyware programs and the McAfee scans and it finds nothing, so my guess is that its gotta be the registry that is slowing the system down, right?

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Rome on March 28, 2009, 01:17:51 PM
Buy a 10 dollar hammer and smash it.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Father Demon on March 28, 2009, 01:46:21 PM
There free registry cleaners out there, too.  Google it, and see what you can find.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on March 28, 2009, 02:30:44 PM
Phreak, try http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 30, 2009, 12:24:52 PM
http://delawareonline.com/article/20090330/NEWS/90330013
Quote
Giant Internet worm set to change tactics April 1

By JORDAN ROBERTSON
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – The fast-moving Conficker computer worm, a scourge of the Internet that has infected at least 3 million PCs, is set to spring to life in a new way on Wednesday – April Fools' Day.

That's when many of the poisoned machines will get more aggressive about "phoning home" to the worm's creators over the Internet. When that happens, the bad guys behind the worm will be able to trigger the program to send spam, spread more infections, clog networks with traffic, or try and bring down Web sites.

Technically, this could cause havoc, from massive network outages to the creation of a cyberweapon of mass destruction that attacks government computers. But researchers who have been tracking Conficker say the date will probably come and go quietly.

More likely, these researchers say, the programming change that goes into effect April 1 is partly symbolic - an April Fools' Day tweaking of Conficker's pursuers, who for now have been able to prevent the worm from doing significant damage.

"I don't think there will be a cataclysmic network event," said Richard Wang, manager of the U.S. research division of security firm Sophos PLC. "It doesn't make sense for the guys behind Conficker to cause a major network problem, because if they're breaking parts of the Internet they can't make any money."

Previous Internet threats were designed to cause haphazard destruction. In 2003 a worm known as Slammer saturated the Internet's data pipelines with so much traffic it crippled corporate and government systems, including ATM networks and 911 centers.

Far more often now, Internet threats are designed to ring up profits. Control of infected PCs is valuable on the black market, since the machines can be rented out, from one group of bad guys to another, and act as a kind of illicit supercomputer, sending spam, scanning Web sites for security holes, or participating in network attacks.

The army of Conficker-infected machines, known as a "botnet," could be one of the greatest cybercrime tools ever assembled. Conficker's authors just need to figure out a way to reliably communicate with it.

Infected PCs need commands to come alive. They get those commands by connecting to Web sites controlled by the bad guys. Even legitimate sites can be co-opted for this purpose, if hackers break in and use the sites' servers to send out malicious commands.

So far, Conficker-infected machines have been trying to connect each day to 250 Internet domains - the spots on the Internet where Web sites are parked. The bad guys need to get just one of those sites under their control to send their commands to the botnet. (The name Conficker comes from rearranging letters in the name of one of the original sites the worm was connecting to.)

Conficker has been a victim of its success, however, because its rapid spread across the Internet drew the notice of computer security companies. They have been able to work with domain name registrars, which administer Web site addresses, to block the botnet from dialing in.

Now those efforts will get much harder. On April 1, many Conficker-infected machines will generate a list of 50,000 new domains a day that they could try. Of that group, the botnet will randomly select 500 for the machines to actually query.

The bad guys still need to get only one of those up and running to connect to their botnet. And the bigger list of possibilities increases the odds they'll slip something by the security community.

Researchers already know which domains the infected machines will check, but pre-emptively registering them all, or persuading the registrars to neutralize all of them, is a bigger hurdle.

"We expect something will happen, but we don't quite know what it will look like," said Jose Nazario, manager of security research for Arbor Networks, a member of the "Conficker Cabal," an alliance trying to hunt down the worm's authors.

"With every move that they make, there's the potential to identify who they are, where they're located and what we can do about them," he added. "The real challenge right now is doing all that work around the world. That's not a technical challenge, but it is a logistical challenge."

Conficker's authors also have updated the worm so infected machines have new ways to talk to each other. They can share malicious commands rather than having to contact a hacked Web site for instructions.

That variation is important because it shows that even as security researchers have neutralized much of what the botnet might do, the worm's authors "didn't lose control of their botnet," said Michael La Pilla, manager of the malicious code operations team at VeriSign Inc.'s iDefense division.

The Conficker outbreak illustrates the importance of keeping current with Internet security updates. Conficker moves from PC to PC by exploiting a vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft Corp. fixed in October. But many people haven't applied the patch or are running pirated copies of Windows that don't get the updates.

Unlike other Internet threats that trick people into downloading a malicious program, Conficker is so good at spreading because it finds vulnerable PCs on its own and doesn't need human involvement to infect a machine.

Once inside, it does nasty things. The worm tries to crack administrators' passwords, disables security software, blocks access to antivirus vendors' Web sites to prevent updating, and opens the machines to further infections by Conficker's authors.

Someone whose machine is infected might have to reinstall the operating system.

Oh Noes
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Rome on March 30, 2009, 12:32:32 PM
Malicious pricks who create that sort of shtein should be given the Zyklon-B treatment.
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Post by: rjs246 on March 30, 2009, 12:40:36 PM
farg technology.
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Post by: reese125 on March 30, 2009, 12:46:13 PM
60 minutes had a special last night on these computer hackers

US software companies seek these guys on a daily basis. It was interesting to see that the hackers advertise on the net just like regular businesses do--trying to recruit and offering virus software programs in return.

the majority of them are from Russia and they are very young in age--around the 15-16 years old
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 30, 2009, 12:50:12 PM
Latvia has a huge amount of them
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on March 30, 2009, 01:25:29 PM
does anyone else recognize how much Mozilla keeps crashing and has to shut down--where you then have to start a new session?

on my god-damn nerves

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: BigEd76 on March 30, 2009, 02:09:27 PM
yup....or I close out of it cleanly but it stays running in Task Manager
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on March 30, 2009, 02:33:24 PM
f'ed up thing about is they have already had 2 browser updates since the crashing started--but have not fixed a continuous crash?

theres something strange there
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on March 30, 2009, 03:15:08 PM
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"I don't think there will be a cataclysmic network event," said Richard Wang, manager of the U.S. research division of security firm Sophos PLC.



Best name ever
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on March 30, 2009, 03:35:36 PM
Too repetitive
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 30, 2009, 09:11:27 PM
yup....or I close out of it cleanly but it stays running in Task Manager

I've noticed that a lot too.

I haven't had any crashes, but maybe my slow ass browsing speed is really Firefox's fault.
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Post by: Diomedes on March 30, 2009, 09:23:42 PM
no problems here
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on March 31, 2009, 10:25:39 AM
2 questions:

1. My girlfriend clicks on everything without giving it a second thought, so I think my PC has a virus. It's been running slow as shtein and sometimes it doesn't work at all. I'm running Kaspersky anti virus which I got for free but it sucks. Is it worth taking it to Best Buy to have the Geek Squad clean it? Cost is $99.99. I'd do it myself but have no clue where to start.

2. The CD Rom isn't working. You put a disc in and nothing happens. I deleted a bunch of programs I wasn't using and might have deleted it, not sure. The computer is running Windows XP, is there a CD Rom program that I can upload?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 31, 2009, 10:30:37 AM
spybot is great, just go to download.com to get it. 

1. Do an update of the software data, then do a Safe Microsoft Start with networking.  Run the scan.

Then get rid of the girlfriend, she's tarded. 

2. for the CD Rom, see what type of cd rom it is, then do a search for drivers for that cd rom.  install. and you should be good to go
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Post by: SD_Eagle5 on March 31, 2009, 10:31:38 AM
Thanks bro
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: BigEd76 on March 31, 2009, 11:02:37 AM
switch your anti-virus to AVG too
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on March 31, 2009, 11:16:55 AM
switch your anti-virus to AVG too

Ding a ling dong
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on March 31, 2009, 11:40:07 AM
why switch to AVG?

majority of Anti-Virus programs crush your pc's memory and slows your computer down...is AVG heavy on memory and what advantages does it have over say a Norton 360?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on March 31, 2009, 11:42:13 AM
plus my computer is currently farged and i have avg
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on March 31, 2009, 11:47:13 AM
yeah but thats due to your nechro and dendrophilia porn

Im talking about for people that refrain from that stuff
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on March 31, 2009, 11:50:52 AM
Mostly it works just as well as McAfee and Symantec and is freeware.
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Post by: General_Failure on March 31, 2009, 01:04:19 PM
Mostly it works just as well as McAfee and Symantec and is freeware.

No having to resubscribe to keep it up to date. And if you're worried about your anti-virus hogging valuable resources, you should probably strip the body off your car. All that extra weight has to be slowing it down, right?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 31, 2009, 01:48:22 PM
I think McAfee is slowing my shtein down. Tht thing runs so many damn processes....I got it via Comcast because I didn't renew my Norton stuff.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on March 31, 2009, 01:51:54 PM
yeah, mcafee blows
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on March 31, 2009, 01:51:57 PM
Good, you've identified the source.  The next step is washing it off.
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Post by: Tomahawk on March 31, 2009, 01:52:51 PM
It only slows mine down when it's actually performing the scan. Those other sub-processes don't really affect it. You still do need a spyware program in addition to McAfee anti-viral software. I really like LavaSoft Ad-Aware. Spybot is also a good option
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on March 31, 2009, 01:53:35 PM
no doubt Phreak--I have it for my work laptop..it drives me nuts and always seems to run when im sending that "important" email or document

I dont know if AVG has it or not but having Norton 360 automatically back up my drive files and documents and storing it is key for me...especially since I have a 6-7 year old gateway pc.

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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 31, 2009, 01:59:53 PM
i have the Comcast Mcafee, it sucks so much memory i have to walk away when its scanning
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on March 31, 2009, 02:20:35 PM
Conficker owns you.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 31, 2009, 02:37:25 PM
no doubt Phreak--I have it for my work laptop..it drives me nuts and always seems to run when im sending that "important" email or document

I dont know if AVG has it or not but having Norton 360 automatically back up my drive files and documents and storing it is key for me...especially since I have a 6-7 year old gateway pc.



 :-D

I turned that goddamn automatic updates off on it because everytime I would sit down it would start updating. Like it couldn't do it while the computer was dormant...always when I go to get something done. I've been doing most of my crap on my laptop now. I'm going to remove McAfee and buy Norton again.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on March 31, 2009, 10:53:31 PM
norton pisses me off something fierce.  i hate them.  i dare you to call their technical support department.  it can't be done.  i needed to disable a firewall a couple months ago and needed their assistance.  in order to contact their tech support by phone, you need to register your problem on the website and then they will give you a passcode to enter via telephone.  got the passcode and called their 800 number.  i was prompted to enter my 10 digit passcode and about 3 seconds later was told i didn't enter the code fast enough.  i tried this over a dozen times with the same result each time.......even after getting the entire passcode typed in, i would be prompted to re-enter it.  so i hung up and went back to their website for their online chat support. 

ok, if you thought that talking with a techie who can't speak english was bad, then i can't even begin to describe the horror that comes with trying to communicate with one of these morons via messenger.  i don't know what his name was because it was like the final round of wheel of fortune.......5 consenants and 1 vowel.  something like this "rsjitl."

anywho, after about an hour of getting no where, i logged off chat and uninstalled norton because i dont have any desire to own or use a product that makes it so complicated to get my questions answered.  so i'm running mcafee now. 

so far, so good. 

i hope someone writes a virus that completely disables the symantec headquarters.  bastiches. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on April 01, 2009, 08:14:19 AM
Taco kisses for my Sarge!
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Post by: Diomedes on April 01, 2009, 10:02:18 AM
anywho, after about an hour of getting no where...

Can there be any doubt that Sassy actually utters "anywho" on the regular?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on April 01, 2009, 12:21:06 PM
i do.  but it sounds manly when i say it.   
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on April 01, 2009, 12:27:12 PM
no
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on April 14, 2009, 05:06:36 PM
okay so I've got an image that I want to resize.

what program can I use to do that? 

I don't have photoshop.  I can't find the option in Paint.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on April 14, 2009, 05:09:06 PM
i think photobucket or one of the bigger file hosting sites has an online program that allows you to alter pics.  upload the pic, make your adjustments and save it. 
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Post by: Diomedes on April 14, 2009, 05:12:10 PM
ah...I didnt' think of that.  thanks.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on April 14, 2009, 06:24:45 PM
spybot is great, just go to download.com to get it. 

1. Do an update of the software data, then do a Safe Microsoft Start with networking.  Run the scan.

Then get rid of the girlfriend, she's tarded. 

2. for the CD Rom, see what type of cd rom it is, then do a search for drivers for that cd rom.  install. and you should be good to go

CD Rom is farged. I put a disc in and it makes some clunking noise. Luckily my buddy has a spare one he's giving me.

The computer was running slower than shtein so I backed up all my files then reset it to an earlier date (4 months ago). I defragged it too. It's running good again but now the internet won't work. I unplugged the modem/router and all that good shtein but still nothing. Suggestions?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on April 14, 2009, 06:34:58 PM
www.finallyfast.com

their commercials seem totally legit
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on April 14, 2009, 06:45:58 PM
god i pity PC users. so many things to worry about.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on April 14, 2009, 06:54:01 PM
spybot is great, just go to download.com to get it. 

1. Do an update of the software data, then do a Safe Microsoft Start with networking.  Run the scan.

Then get rid of the girlfriend, she's tarded. 

2. for the CD Rom, see what type of cd rom it is, then do a search for drivers for that cd rom.  install. and you should be good to go

CD Rom is farged. I put a disc in and it makes some clunking noise. Luckily my buddy has a spare one he's giving me.

The computer was running slower than shtein so I backed up all my files then reset it to an earlier date (4 months ago). I defragged it too. It's running good again but now the internet won't work. I unplugged the modem/router and all that good shtein but still nothing. Suggestions?

Buy a new one.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on April 14, 2009, 07:19:55 PM
It's running good again but now the internet won't work.

 :sly
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on April 14, 2009, 08:05:26 PM
I'm on my laptop
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on April 14, 2009, 08:37:36 PM
god i pity PC users. so many things to worry about.

Like which games to play first.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Rome on April 14, 2009, 08:42:47 PM
god i pity PC users. so many things to worry about.

Apple douches <<<<<<<<<<<<< Scotch snobs.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on April 15, 2009, 08:38:50 AM
god i pity PC users. so many things to worry about.

yeah, it's a really worry trying to figure out what to do with the extra thousand dollars I didn't give to Steve Jobs
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on May 04, 2009, 12:31:37 PM
evidence erased
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on May 04, 2009, 12:36:58 PM
Code generation software limits the need for human development of software. It is literally software that writes software. It could lead to self-propagation and ultimately to the rise of the machines. I would prefer a zombie apocalypse since they are slow and brainless, but if it has to come at the hands of cyborgs, so be it.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on May 04, 2009, 12:41:13 PM
I was gonna pm you to see if your sister wanted to do the final for me.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on May 04, 2009, 12:45:03 PM
If all of the questions tangentially relate to the apocalypse I'll happily take it for you.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on May 06, 2009, 09:54:58 AM
You know the bottom thing with all the programs and websites you have open, I clicked something and it's to the right now and driving me nuts, anyone know how to get it back to the bottom?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on May 06, 2009, 09:56:10 AM
Click it, and drag it to the bottom

then right click it, and select lock taskbar to retard proof it
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on May 06, 2009, 09:56:56 AM
Click and hold on the bar, drag it back to the bottom. Then right click and select "lock the toolbar."
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on May 06, 2009, 10:01:25 AM
Already tried that, the start up icon is at the very top and won't allow me to drag it down. Any other suggestions?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on May 06, 2009, 10:02:53 AM
restart windows
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on May 06, 2009, 10:03:44 AM
Don't click the icon, click the bar.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on May 06, 2009, 10:04:52 AM
Format your harddrive.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on May 06, 2009, 10:07:43 AM
Don't click the icon, click the bar.

I was clicking the bar and trying to drag it, it gives me that invisible dotted line and will only allow me to drag the taskbar to the left.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on May 06, 2009, 10:12:02 AM
It worked and I turned the retard proof thing on
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on May 06, 2009, 10:16:24 AM
Now jiggle the cable.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on May 06, 2009, 05:14:37 PM
And close the cup holder tray.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 12, 2009, 09:16:08 PM
so i want to burn some video files to dvd.  i've got a converter but it gives me 2 options:

PAL compatible
NTSC compatible

what's the difference?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on June 12, 2009, 09:29:38 PM
so i want to burn some video files to dvd.  i've got a converter but it gives me 2 options:

PAL compatible
NTSC compatible

what's the difference?

To simplify:

PAL = Europe
NTSC = North America

(It's the TV signal used in those regions.)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 12, 2009, 09:44:41 PM
i thought it had to be something along those lines but wasn't positive.  grassy ass.

this just goes to show that old people, while slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can serve a purpose.   
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on June 12, 2009, 09:56:50 PM
i thought it had to be something along those lines but wasn't positive.  grassy ass.

this just goes to show that old people, while slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can serve a purpose.   

I'm not THAT much older than you, whippersnapper!
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on June 13, 2009, 01:16:53 PM
most dvd players in the US only play NTSC, though there were some that played Divx/Pal/NTSC for a while.  Your 360 can play PAL dvd's
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyGirl on June 16, 2009, 09:46:12 AM
For those of you with GMail. Please log out and then see if you can get back on.

Thanks
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyGirl on June 16, 2009, 09:51:19 AM
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Redirect Loop

     
     

Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.

       

The browser has stopped trying to retrieve the requested item. The site is redirecting the request in a way that will never complete.

    * Have you disabled or blocked cookies required by this site?
    * NOTE: If accepting the site's cookies does not resolve the problem, it is likely a server configuration issue and not your computer.



       
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Post by: General_Failure on June 16, 2009, 10:24:09 AM
Can't log in from the website, by my gmail addon for firefox logged me back in just fine.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: BigEd76 on June 30, 2009, 01:59:46 PM
Firefox 3.5 is out.  Much faster and has a privacy mode to hide the porn links from the wife...
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on July 13, 2009, 10:54:36 PM
Norton caught this threat tonight...anyone know more about it or seen it come up? The only site I had open was CF and COmcast.net when it happened

Quote
brasilianstoree.info/k.php?btn   216.150.79.77   216-150-79-77.reverse.ezzi.net   exploits   WhoisGuard Protected / a29139713f4a4fda826011e8f4762c7b.protect@whoisguard.co   15149

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SD_Eagle5 on July 31, 2009, 09:20:03 AM
My PC has a wireless connection. For some reason every time I click on something I get this box that says "Connect Microsoft Internet Referral service". The box has a phone number and asks me to dial, when I click dial it does a countdown but nothing happens. The page I'm trying to load pauses until I remove the box and the internet works fine otherwise. Any suggestions?
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Post by: reese125 on July 31, 2009, 11:17:28 AM
.co00m
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on September 24, 2009, 10:39:20 AM
is gmail down?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on September 24, 2009, 10:39:51 AM
is for me
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on September 24, 2009, 11:14:58 AM
Yep.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on September 24, 2009, 11:17:20 AM
anybody that uses firefox--best add-ons

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2353223,00.asp (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2353223,00.asp)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on September 24, 2009, 11:19:24 AM
So, my home PC runs slow as shtein these days. It freezes (rarely) but has been acting flaky in general for several months. Do any of you clowns have a registry-cleaner or general operating system trouble-shooting tool that you have used that actually works? I know that this is a common problem and I would rather not have to pay the pimple-faced nerd buckets at Best Buy to do something that I can do myself.

And Mussa, please keep the 'Get a Mac' comments to yourself.
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Post by: mussa on September 24, 2009, 11:20:23 AM
nm
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: mussa on September 24, 2009, 11:35:55 AM
Whenever my Mac starts acting weird(yes it can happen) the first thing I do is make sure all my applications/software is updated. I have quite a few freeware applications that are not apple products, but are created for the mac. They depend on you getting software updates for them, most will pop up as, a new update is available. I'd make sure that stuff is good to go first.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on September 24, 2009, 11:37:33 AM
So, my home PC runs slow as shtein these days. It freezes (rarely) but has been acting flaky in general for several months. Do any of you clowns have a registry-cleaner or general operating system trouble-shooting tool that you have used that actually works? I know that this is a common problem and I would rather not have to pay the pimple-faced nerd buckets at Best Buy to do something that I can do myself.

And Mussa, please keep the 'Get a Mac' comments to yourself.

depending how old it is and what you have downloaded on it it, could very well be that you just need to add memory to it. very easy

also might need to run a defrag to compress some files if you havent done so. if youre unsure how to do it..google the bitch..its very easy to do
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Post by: phattymatty on September 24, 2009, 12:07:38 PM
check the ganortin screws. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 24, 2009, 10:43:53 AM
anyone know how to change a M4A music file to an MP3 or something that windows media player will recognize
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Post by: General_Failure on October 24, 2009, 11:54:47 AM
Google, jackass.
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Post by: LBIggle on October 24, 2009, 03:34:50 PM
get vlc player
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Post by: Sgt PSN on November 20, 2009, 06:19:12 PM
anyone running windows 7 yet?  it's gotta be better than vista as that might be the worst os microsoft has come out with for personal computers.  i'd actually like to just get rid of windows all together but switching over to mac be too expensive at the time.  i've got a desktop that runs xp and my laptop has vista. 

i bought the desktop right as vista was coming out and was told that it could easily handle the vista os if i decided to "upgrade" to it at a later date.  then 2 years later i bought the laptop with vista on it and knew i didn't want to put that crap on my desktop as well. 

so i'm thinking that my desktop should be able to handle windows 7 if it can handle vista, which is a hard drive sucking pile of crap. 

so the question is, would i be better off buying the full windows 7 and putting it on both computers or is xp still better and should i consider just buying the windows 7 upgrade pack to put on my laptop so i can get rid of vista? 

since i mentioned mac, i was looking at one in the store the other day and noticed there doesn't seem to be any ports of any kind on it.  how do you hook them up to external things like printers or the satellite receiver for recording tv?  is it all wireless?

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Post by: shorebird on November 20, 2009, 10:09:59 PM
My daughter's pc's video card has crapped out. Dell Dimension 4600. Can't find a card for less than $50 bucks on ebay. Any of you geeks know of anywere to get a cheaper one?
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on November 21, 2009, 11:31:09 AM
newegg.com
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Post by: shorebird on November 22, 2009, 09:15:15 AM
Thanks Biscuit. Now I have another problem. Anti Eco virus, a fake anti virus has gotten' in my pc. I have McAfee, which removed it and it's icons, or so I thought. I still get the little yellow bar at the top of my screen when I open a new site, so I guess it's not completely gone. I googled it and the only option I've found is other software to be installed to get rid of it. I pay for McAfee for this stuff, why won't it get totally rid of this crap?
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Post by: General_Failure on November 22, 2009, 09:23:27 AM
Anti-virus programs are more preventative programs instead of removal programs. Very specific tools sometimes are written to remove persistent viruses.
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Post by: shorebird on November 22, 2009, 09:24:48 AM
So I will have to install more unkown software to get rid of the phishing software?
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Post by: General_Failure on November 22, 2009, 09:31:41 AM
If the software is coming from a reputable site, yes.

After a quick bit of searching, I would recommend restarting in safe mode and having McAfee check again to get rid of the last of it.
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Post by: shorebird on November 22, 2009, 10:51:44 AM
I downloaded a tool directly from the McAfee site called Stinger, but had no luck with it. This eco antivirus thing is brand new and Stinger isn't updated for it. No wonder it was free, friggen' MaCafee wants 90 buck for the real thing.
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Post by: Munson on November 24, 2009, 04:15:35 PM
Anyone know of any good deals on laptops going on this friday? I've heard Acers are gonna be selling for 200 somet places, but have no idea what places those are. I've also read that Staples will be selling HP's for 299.99. What would be my best option if I'm just looking for something basic?
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Post by: Father Demon on November 24, 2009, 04:46:50 PM
http://bfads.net/Ad/Walmart-2009

Page 3.
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Post by: Diomedes on February 17, 2010, 07:17:56 PM
how do I set "details" as the default view when browsing files in XP?
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Post by: The BIGSTUD on February 17, 2010, 07:30:00 PM
Try setting it to details. Then going to tools - folder options and then clicking the view tab and hit apply to all folders.

It might only do sub-folders though. Try and see if it works. I would check for myself, but I'm not on XP right now so I'm thinking from memory.
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Post by: Diomedes on February 17, 2010, 08:01:18 PM
I knew it was simple, thank you.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 18, 2010, 07:32:49 PM
a buddy of mine has a full version of windows 7 that he said i could install on my computer if i want.  the thought had crossed my mind about getting windows 7 to use for the next year or so until i can convert everything to mac and since i don't have to pay for this copy, i'm strongly considering it.  some questions though since i've never installed a new os on a computer:

1.  do i need to put all of my files/music/videos/etc on an external?  i'll do it anyway but just wondering if it's actually required.

2.  what happens to any additional software i've purchased online and did a direct download and don't have an installation disk for?  is there a way for me to put it on disk or move it to my external or am i s.o.l?

3.  i know i've got some malware and spyware that i picked up recently that i haven't been able to get rid of.  will installing a new os wipe all of that out or should i expect it to still be there? 

4.  anyone here using windows 7 or even vaguely familiar with it?  if so, what do you think?  it has to be better than vista. 

5.  how complicated is it?  is there anything i need to be aware of or do i just put the disk in and let the computer do the rest?
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Post by: Munson on February 18, 2010, 08:33:07 PM
I ended up getting an HP with Windows 7. I don't have any complaints about the operating system itself. Don't really know enough about computers and shtein to say much else.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 18, 2010, 08:59:27 PM
here's a completely different question:

does anyone know of any software or something that will automatically adjust the volume levels of .mp3's to make the actual volume the same from song to song?  it seems like every cd i own was recorded at a different volume and when i'm either playing through itunes on my computer or through my ipod there's a sometimes dramatic difference in volume.  that shtein's farging annoying. 
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on February 19, 2010, 10:55:38 AM
Apparently iTunes has something for leveling the gain, but it's not an easy thing to accomplish. I think you have to have it enabled before you import files, and you have to have your iPod set properly. I made an attempt at using it, but I wasn't very successful at it.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 19, 2010, 10:59:20 AM
i know you can go into each song file and manually adjust the volume level, but that would take for freaking ever to do that for 5000+ songs.  guess i'll have to spend some time googling it since i'm sure there's got to be some sort of message board full of apple/ipod geeks out there who know how to do it. 
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on February 19, 2010, 01:22:56 PM
Post what you find out, so the rest of us won't have to work for the answer.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 19, 2010, 01:24:56 PM
i highly doubt i'll even do it to begin with.  but should the mood strike and i actually give it a go, i'll update appropriately. 

also, i know you're a bit of a computer geek.....  any suggestions/input on my post before the itunes question? 
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on February 19, 2010, 01:37:53 PM
I didn't respond because I was disqualified by #4 in your post. I've never used it, and I have no familiarity with it at all. But I'll give it a shot.

I think if you are putting a new installation of Windows 7 on, it'll want a clean/formatted hard drive. There might be a path available to just install the upgrade, but it's an outside chance. If nothing else, wiping the drive will get rid of everything, including malware. You will definitely want to back up and/or copy the stuff you want to keep.

For downloaded stuff, it depends on the program and/or company. If there is a serial number, license key, or some other record of you actually owning the program, it's possible that you will be able to install it again at no additional cost. There are times, though, when this doesn't work. And if a company has since come up with a later version of the program, they might not let you download and install the previous version that you had - meaning they will force you to buy the current version. This is all pretty variable, though, so I can't give you a definite answer.

One thing you'll have to consider is that by using an unlicensed copy of Windows, you won't be able to register it, and you won't get all the patches and security fixes that become available.

Anyway, it's not terribly complicated. You put the disk in, boot to the CD/DVD drive, and follow the prompts.
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 26, 2010, 02:28:03 PM
OK, so my boss needs us to start using the Exchange server at work.

I use a Macbook and work from my home office.

How in the hell do I do this?
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on March 26, 2010, 02:36:16 PM
I haven't done it personally, but supposedly Snow Leopard supports Exchange for mail and calendars. There are a few examples of it out in Google land, but I can't vouch for the accuracy.
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on March 26, 2010, 02:39:24 PM
Oh, and Microsoft is supposedly releasing a full-blown Outlook client in Mac Office soon.
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on March 26, 2010, 03:03:29 PM
OK, so my boss needs us to start using the Exchange server at work.

I use a Macbook and work from my home office.

How in the hell do I do this?

I haven't done it personally, but supposedly Snow Leopard supports Exchange for mail and calendars. There are a few examples of it out in Google land, but I can't vouch for the accuracy.

Ical, Address Book and the Mail app in Snow Leopard will snap in with Exchange....provided it's Exchange 2007.


For Exchange 2003, you'd need to have them by you Entourage, which is a piece of shtein.
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 26, 2010, 03:06:14 PM
But I don't use mail. I use Entourage.
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on March 26, 2010, 03:10:22 PM
But I don't use mail. I use Entourage.


.......so you're fine. Just set it up to use Exchange.

http://www.helpdesk.ilstu.edu/kb/index.phtml?kbid=1358
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 26, 2010, 03:17:10 PM
thank you!
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 26, 2010, 03:20:41 PM
Whats a VPN connection?
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on March 26, 2010, 03:24:00 PM
Virtual Private Network. It's basically creating a secure, encrypted tunnel from a remote user (like you being at home), to the company's network. Using it, you'd be able to access your company's e-mail, file shares, etc., from anywhere with an internet connection. The fact that you are asking what it is leads me to believe you, and/or your company, probably aren't currently using one.
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 26, 2010, 03:28:15 PM
this is what I got from work:

Quote
Hello, Samantha

You need to start using our new Exchange Server.

To start using it please follow instruction

Where you will be asked for a data  use following values

[insert my name, email addy and password]


Prerequisites

 * Close Outlook

 * Ensure that outlook is closed Press Win + R and enter
   
    taskkill /IM outlook.exe


Creating an Outlook Profile Using Autodiscover

1. Click the Windows Start button.

2. Select Control Panel.

3. Double-click the Mail icon. You may need to switch to Classic View to find the Mail icon.

4. Click the Show Profiles button.

5. Click the Add button to build a new profile.

6. Enter "exchange" as name for this profile, as desired. This is for your reference only. Then click the OK button.

7. In the resulting window, enter the following information:

• Your Name – Enter your name, as you would like it to be displayed within Outlook.
• E-Mail Address – Enter your full e-mail address.
• Enter your email password in the Password and Retype Password fields, and then click Next.

8. You may see a pop-up window, asking if you want to “Allow this website to configure your server settings.” If so,
check the box for “Don’t ask me about this website again” then click Allow.

9. When prompted, enter your username and password, as provided by your administrator.

10. Then you should see a message that states, “Your e-mail account is successfully  configured to use Microsoft Exchange.”

11. Click Finish

12. Outlook will open and you can start using your Hosted Exchange Mailbox.
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Post by: rjs246 on March 26, 2010, 03:29:04 PM
Whats a VPN connection?

Hahahahaha.
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 26, 2010, 03:29:40 PM
ok, so what part of that was funny?
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Post by: rjs246 on March 26, 2010, 03:33:12 PM
All of it.
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 26, 2010, 03:42:21 PM
alrighty then.
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Post by: General_Failure on March 26, 2010, 03:56:09 PM
Its what they call UPN in Rome.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 26, 2010, 03:58:47 PM
alrighty then.
I cant believe your allowed to drive a car and vote  ;)
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Post by: Diomedes on March 26, 2010, 04:01:13 PM
what so hard to believe?  it's 2010 man:  the car has special pedal extenders and a booster seat, and the voting booth is tiny

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Post by: charlie on March 26, 2010, 04:09:37 PM
OK, so my boss needs us to start using the Exchange server at work.

I use a Macbook and work from my home office.

How in the hell do I do this?

I'm a mac tech support guy. The short version... you don't.

You're gonna have to install windows on a seperate partition, and then have your office IT people install a VPN client... which will basically mean you're either flip flopping all day to both sides of the OS's. or you access just email through the exchange web interface and lose almost every piece of functionality other than clicking open an email.

Even if you have entourage (which is a piece of shtein but it's what's there) you still need to be on the office network, which you can not do unless you have a VPN client installed.. which, i guarantee your office only has for windows.

So... you need to install windows, install office on PC side, install a VPN client.... and pretty much start kicking yourself for getting a Macbook when your office is not outfitted for remote macs.
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Post by: Diomedes on March 26, 2010, 04:22:05 PM
they do make cute tiny PCs you know, won't have to stretch your hands at all to type
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on March 26, 2010, 04:56:56 PM
Indeed they do.  Netbook.  Lock it up.
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Post by: Diomedes on March 26, 2010, 05:04:04 PM
short joke FAIL
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on March 26, 2010, 05:14:29 PM
...which, i guarantee your office only has for windows.

So... you need to install windows, install office on PC side, install a VPN client.... and pretty much start kicking yourself for getting a Macbook when your office is not outfitted for remote macs.

Most likely. There's a bit of variability on what companies use for their VPN setup. My employer uses Sonicwall's Aventail program, and Sonicwall is currently working on a beta version for Mac. There's a growing demand for Mac VPN clients, so it's just a matter of time.

PG, does your employer provide an Outlook Web Access program? You might be able to access a knocked down, web-only version of Outlook from any web browser (even on a Mac).
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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 26, 2010, 05:31:46 PM
OK, so my boss needs us to start using the Exchange server at work.

I use a Macbook and work from my home office.

How in the hell do I do this?

I'm a mac tech support guy. The short version... you don't.

You're gonna have to install windows on a seperate partition, and then have your office IT people install a VPN client... which will basically mean you're either flip flopping all day to both sides of the OS's. or you access just email through the exchange web interface and lose almost every piece of functionality other than clicking open an email.

Even if you have entourage (which is a piece of shtein but it's what's there) you still need to be on the office network, which you can not do unless you have a VPN client installed.. which, i guarantee your office only has for windows.

So... you need to install windows, install office on PC side, install a VPN client.... and pretty much start kicking yourself for getting a Macbook when your office is not outfitted for remote macs.

if i'm not mistaken, her company bought the mac for her so i would assume that they should already be outfitted for remote access. ???

nice to know you're a mac techie though.  when i buy one next year, i'm going to decline the extended warranties and have you answer my questions online and in return, i'll send you pics of random :CF members' members. 
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on March 27, 2010, 07:44:17 AM
You're gonna have to install windows on a seperate partition, and then have your office IT people install a VPN client... which will basically mean you're either flip flopping all day to both sides of the OS's. or you access just email through the exchange web interface and lose almost every piece of functionality other than clicking open an email.

Even if you have entourage (which is a piece of shtein but it's what's there) you still need to be on the office network, which you can not do unless you have a VPN client installed.. which, i guarantee your office only has for windows.

So... you need to install windows, install office on PC side, install a VPN client.... and pretty much start kicking yourself for getting a Macbook when your office is not outfitted for remote macs.

The above is true only if you are remotely accessing your network. According to that e-mail, they aren't talking about doing so. You probably don't need to do all this, you can use the mail app, or Entourage to get your mail. Worse case, you can do the BootCamp Windows installation, which is easy enough. In summation: Find out where they want you to be accessing the mail from, and go from there.
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on March 27, 2010, 01:29:45 PM
If I recall correctly, PG has Windoze and Parallels already set up on that machine (I might be remembering wrong, so don't hold me to it), so running VPN in the Windoze environment shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 27, 2010, 09:23:50 PM
Well, I found out today that my version of Office for Mac is the home/student version and it does not support Exchange.

So....my boss is figuring out what to do. I am going to try to return this (at the urging of the guy at Microsoft for Mac tech support) version since its only 3 months old. And then get the Business version. In the meantime, I have ZERO access to my work email and I can't call to return it until Monday. Boss will clearly have to pay for the Business version...its like 350 bucks and downloadable so I can get it right away.

Yes, I have Windows/Parallels. But seriously? I'd have to use Windows JUST for my email? I don't even have Office to put on Windows either. I have not even touched Windows (not opened it once) since getting the Mac.
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 28, 2010, 12:25:23 PM
any of you computer people know if you can get rosetta stone on the net...i wanna learn a language or two but they cost like 800 bucks
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 28, 2010, 12:30:12 PM
Yeah, those shteins are expensive. I need the spanish ones.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 28, 2010, 12:33:47 PM
i get them for free at work. 
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 28, 2010, 01:08:03 PM
yes i do
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Post by: reese125 on March 28, 2010, 02:48:17 PM
Yeah, those shteins are expensive. I need the spanish ones.

There is one I started for Spanish about 6 months ago. It is free and was very helpful. Its called Livemocha--check it out.
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 28, 2010, 10:23:47 PM
please
answer
question
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 29, 2010, 07:37:40 AM
would just like to add that its farging Monday morning and I have a shteinload of work to do...and NO email still.

 :boom
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on March 29, 2010, 09:19:09 AM
would just like to add that its farging Monday morning and I have a shteinload of work to do...and NO email still.

 :boom


PG. Use the Mail app client in your dock. Looks like a stamp.

http://www.bumc.bu.edu/bumc-oit/email/macmail/

any of you computer people know if you can get rosetta stone on the net...i wanna learn a language or two but they cost like 800 bucks

You work for the government right? Ask around, they probably have copies. Also, check the local library. Mine has them in hard copy you can check out.
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 29, 2010, 09:33:59 AM
Yeah, I'm using it for now, but I hate it compared to Entourage.

I am trying to get IT to figure out a different way.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 29, 2010, 09:58:48 AM
please
answer
question
I can get it, but i dont think you'll understand how torrents work, letalone how to mount the iso files.  Like PPinDC said, check your local library
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Post by: reese125 on March 29, 2010, 10:07:25 AM
on a torrent....for real?

what site did you download that from sea?
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 29, 2010, 10:13:12 AM
revtt, its also on demonoid
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Post by: reese125 on March 29, 2010, 10:15:21 AM
nice..thanks
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Post by: PhillyGirl on March 29, 2010, 10:19:04 AM
well, apparently, IT fixed it somehow. I'm using my same Entourage and its working fine.

no clue how they did it but I'm stoked about it LOL
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Post by: phattymatty on March 29, 2010, 10:31:35 AM
yeah biscuit, good looking out on revtt.  i still get music from what but i use revtt for all movies/tv seasons and shtein now.  they go up within minutes of going off the air.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 29, 2010, 10:37:34 AM
yeah, rev is impressive with how quick they get stuff out there.  Demonoid is a hot mess from time to time, but i use it for big files. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on April 24, 2010, 07:24:23 PM
anyone know how to get the internet explorer 'e' on the bar by the start button
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Post by: reese125 on April 24, 2010, 08:10:11 PM
right clicking somewhere on the blue menu bar, select Toolbars and activate the Quick Launch toolbar
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Post by: Sgt PSN on April 25, 2010, 12:20:04 AM
or you could just drag it down there from your desktop. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on April 25, 2010, 02:46:29 AM
thanks but i tried both and neither worked
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Post by: Diomedes on April 25, 2010, 10:04:26 AM
user error
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Post by: reese125 on April 25, 2010, 10:20:52 AM
no doubt
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on April 25, 2010, 10:23:24 AM
PEBKAC
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Post by: General_Failure on April 25, 2010, 03:03:58 PM
ID ten T error.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on April 25, 2010, 03:30:31 PM
(http://www.buzzpirates.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/nelson2.gif)
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Post by: ice grillin you on April 29, 2010, 04:12:55 PM
is there a reputable place on line that sells decent priced laptop batteries

mine needs a new one even tho last time i got one was like a year ago or maybe less...it was real cheap but now im thinking there is a reason why
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on April 29, 2010, 05:23:57 PM
newegg.com
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Post by: ice grillin you on April 29, 2010, 08:29:52 PM
they only had the 12 cell verson for 109

i ended up getting it at amazon for 32 bucks and free shipping for the 6 cell

i dont know if im doing something wrong but my last two or three batteries have died quick even tho i dont ever use my computer off ac mode

any thoughts or tips
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on April 29, 2010, 08:31:29 PM
Use it off AC mode more.
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Post by: mpmcgraw on April 29, 2010, 08:39:39 PM
Pretty much. 

The average laptop life span is like 3 years anyway.  At some point it makes more sense to get a new one instead of replacing shtein. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on April 29, 2010, 08:53:02 PM
Use it off AC mode more.

you mean its good to actually use the battery sometimes rather than always plugged in

and if so how often should i do it and how low can/should i run  when i do
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on April 29, 2010, 08:58:09 PM
The batteries develop a memory.They say they don't, but they do. It's not as bad as it used to be, but they still will. You've gotta let them run up to a full charge, and run them until they are almost dead once in awhile. I do it when I am sitting at home watching a game or something. Just unplug it, leave the cable there, use it like normal, and when it's low, plug it back in.
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Post by: ice grillin you on April 29, 2010, 09:09:51 PM
You've gotta let them run up to a full charge

when you say let it run to a full charge you mean when i first get it


and run them until they are almost dead once in awhile. Just unplug it, leave the cable there, use it like normal, and when it's low, plug it back in.


and how often should this be done?
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Post by: PhillyGirl on April 30, 2010, 10:33:32 AM
is it my computer or does philly.com come up as a potential attack site for anyone else?
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on April 30, 2010, 10:58:48 AM
yeah mine is too PG
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on April 30, 2010, 11:31:23 AM
Comes up bad for me, too. And Firefox won't even let me look at the source code.
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Post by: General_Failure on April 30, 2010, 11:32:39 AM
Chrome says nothing about it, but its always been hit or miss.
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on April 30, 2010, 12:21:33 PM
IE also loads it just fine.
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Post by: Tomahawk on May 16, 2010, 03:18:38 PM
Most of my friends are douchebags (birds of a feather) and they made it so if you go to www.[myname].com the browser goes to www.muttonbone.com. Since I am unoriginal, I need to know how to do this so I can exact a small measure of vengance.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on May 16, 2010, 03:49:37 PM
I don't know how to do it but that is pretty b-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-d ass.  You got served.
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Post by: Munson on November 03, 2010, 03:51:43 AM
Anyone's laptop charger ever randomly stop working?

It did this to me oncea couple weeks ago, and after a lot of messing around with the wire it started working again...then tonight it stopped again. Is this just an issue with the wire? If so, is it cheap to replace?
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Post by: Diomedes on November 03, 2010, 06:47:40 AM
How the hell could we know if it's the wire or the magic box?  No, it's not cheap to replace unless you want to go with a Chinese epro, which uses unicorn hair instead of copper.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on November 03, 2010, 09:34:13 AM
Ha!  Chances are, I'd say you've got a short somewhere in the power cable.  The less likely problem is that something is shorting out in the outlet that you plug your power cable into.  I have no idea how much a new power cable would be, but the power outlet on your laptop can be fixed for somewhere around $50 if you take it to some nerd who has his own computer repair shop.  I'd stay away from Best Buy and their Geek Squad if I were you. 

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Post by: Munson on November 03, 2010, 01:05:35 PM
Thanks sarge. Yeah I'm hoping it's just the wire and not the actual jack to the computer. Luckily, I have an oriental friend who's great with this shtein and its gonna take a look at it for me.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on November 06, 2010, 11:30:23 PM
Can someone help explain why my router will not connect to my laptop?

It's worked fine since I bought it months ago. I went out and came back home tonight and it will not connect. I have reset the modem, the router and the laptop.

When I try to connect the laptop to the wireless it blinks back and forth between connected and not connected. When I click repair to says acquiring IP address but never does and basically times out.

The wireless light on the router (Belkin N150) show lit solid green when the laptop is disconnected. As soon as I try to connects it blinks orange and will not connect.

But it will stay connected to my iPhone and I have no issues using the desktop.

Help.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on November 16, 2010, 09:32:34 AM
in the market for a new laptop

i dont use my laptop for anything other than surfing the net and playing and burning music

so i guess i need nothing fancy

not knowing the first thing about computers they all look the same to me except for memory and screen size....is this pretty much the case?

any
suggestions
tips
things i need to look out for
ect....
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Post by: General_Failure on November 16, 2010, 11:13:09 AM
Find a size screen you like. Find one with a keyboard you're comfortable with. Then, find the cheapest one you can like that with the longest warranty. If it says Averatec, look for something else.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on November 16, 2010, 11:47:23 AM
whats the difference btwn a notebook and a laptop
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on November 16, 2010, 11:49:46 AM
also this one is mad cheap....but is that because its a piece of junk?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Laptop+/+AMD+Turion%26%23153%3B+II+Processor+/+15.6%22+Display+/+3GB+Memory+/+320GB+Hard+Drive+-+Biscotti/1497113.p?id=1218263930939&skuId=1497113
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on November 16, 2010, 11:50:31 AM
Nothing, just different names for the same thing. A netbook, however, is a little different. They strip those down to the bare minimum, and they don't have the cd or dvd burner.
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Post by: BigEd76 on November 16, 2010, 12:01:51 PM
nm
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on November 16, 2010, 06:22:59 PM
Quit soliciting hooker
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on December 01, 2010, 08:30:54 PM
Any recommendations for a decent color printer? I'm getting one for someone as a gift, preferably in the $50-$100 range. Came across some that looked decent but had mixed reviews.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on December 01, 2010, 09:56:54 PM
Are you serious?  Go to CNET.  farg.
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Post by: Eagaholic on December 01, 2010, 11:20:09 PM
How the hell could we know if it's the wire or the magic box?  No, it's not cheap to replace unless you want to go with a Chinese epro, which uses unicorn hair instead of copper.

that's just wrong. leave it to idiot chinese to be taking shtein from an endangered species
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on December 02, 2010, 09:30:53 AM
Any recommendations for a decent color printer? I'm getting one for someone as a gift, preferably in the $50-$100 range. Came across some that looked decent but had mixed reviews.

For $50-100 you are going to get what you pay for. I'd recommend an all-in-one HP. Whatever you find at Target/Walmart/Best Buy, etc.

The problem with a $75 printer is, like razors, once you need to refill the ink (or blades with the razors) you are spending the same amount on ink what you paid for the printer originally.
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Post by: AO1 on December 02, 2010, 09:35:18 AM
Walgreens refills ink cartridges for cheap - like $6-8
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Post by: Sgt PSN on December 07, 2010, 09:14:17 PM
So I was able to purchase Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 for $10.00 through a gov't program.  I've never upgraded my Office product on any of my pc's before so I'm curious as to how installing a new version might impact me. 

1.  Upon install, does it overwrite existing Office software and remove it from my computer or do I still need to go to add/remove programs and manually remove the older Office programs?  Can I leave the old versions in place in case I decide I prefer them to the new ones?   

2.  Will the new version of Outlook automatically pull all of my contact/calander/tasks info from the old version or do I have to manually import that stuff too? 

3.  Anyone use the 2010 version?  Thoughts or suggestions about it? 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on December 08, 2010, 09:11:13 AM
2010 is pretty decent, much better than 2007. It's backwards compatible, and you'll be prompted to move to the new format when you open older version items. It'll overwrite/upgrade your old version of Office, again prompting you to uninstall anything it doesn't need.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on December 08, 2010, 10:12:40 AM
Any recommendations for a decent color printer? I'm getting one for someone as a gift, preferably in the $50-$100 range. Came across some that looked decent but had mixed reviews.

For $50-100 you are going to get what you pay for. I'd recommend an all-in-one HP. Whatever you find at Target/Walmart/Best Buy, etc.

The problem with a $75 printer is, like razors, once you need to refill the ink (or blades with the razors) you are spending the same amount on ink what you paid for the printer originally.

Went with this one. (http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Officejet-Pro-8000-Color-Printer/12526927). It doesn't tell you the price until you put it in your cart but it sells for $104 with free shipping.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on February 09, 2011, 01:13:36 PM
lets say you download a seven minute song...and the first three minutes of it is an awful intro of some sort...is there a computer program out there...preferably a free one...that can edit the file and take out the intro so that when you burn the mp3 to a disc it will just be the song itself
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Post by: AO1 on February 09, 2011, 01:17:39 PM
Do you know anyone with Adobe Audition? If I was still at the Fanatic I could hook a brother up.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 09, 2011, 01:21:29 PM
never heard of it...im guessing its not free or you wouldnt be asking if i knew someone who has it

is it really easy to use?
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Post by: AO1 on February 09, 2011, 01:24:57 PM
It's definitely not free but it's fairly easy to use. Once you load the song into the program all you'd have to do is highlight, delete, then save what you want. That part is easy, using multitrack and adding sounds together can get tricky.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 09, 2011, 01:27:00 PM
yeah im not trying nor do i have the ability to get compter saavy...i just wanna edit out certain parts of songs
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 09, 2011, 02:05:32 PM
lets say you download a seven minute song...and the first three minutes of it is an awful intro of some sort...is there a computer program out there...preferably a free one...that can edit the file and take out the intro so that when you burn the mp3 to a disc it will just be the song itself

Real Player.  When you download it, you also get Real Converter (allows you to convert audio/video file types, duh) and Real Trimmer which allows you to cut/trim the length of audio and video files.  Double Duh. 

F to the izzeR, E to the izzE. 

Also, fyi.....Real Player has a download option that will download audio/video from the net to your computer.  So all those hip hop videos you watch on youtube can be yours forever.  Just scroll your mouse over the video and a "download video" button will appear in the top right corner of the video.  Click it and it puts it on your computer for you.  That's how I get all my pRon.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 09, 2011, 02:09:32 PM
and you can go to download.com to get real player?....altho i wanna say my new laptop came with it

i also found someone who is going to send me a copy of cool edit pro...sd apparently adobe bought cool edit pro and changed the name to adobe audition
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 09, 2011, 02:16:43 PM
real.com

It's a media player just like Windows Media Player that comes on your computer.....but it's better.  It's a free download but there's also a paid version that gives you a lot more options.  You shouldn't need the paid version for what you want though. 

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Post by: ice grillin you on February 09, 2011, 02:34:58 PM
yeah ive had real player several times on past computers...just didnt realize it had all that editing shtein...i just used it to play music and i always liked it better than WMP
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Post by: DH on February 09, 2011, 03:14:00 PM
farg all that...audacity is way better.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)
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Post by: Diomedes on February 09, 2011, 03:16:47 PM
I too have wanted just such a program, thanks DH.  If my chicken mix is gonna work, I need to clip some shtein.
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Post by: General_Failure on February 09, 2011, 03:21:10 PM
I've used Audacity for a few years. No complaints here.
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Post by: Diomedes on February 09, 2011, 03:30:13 PM
Boom goes the dynamite.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 09, 2011, 03:36:21 PM
yeah ive had real player several times on past computers...just didnt realize it had all that editing shtein...i just used it to play music and i always liked it better than WMP

Not sure how long they've offered the additional converting or trimming options but I've had them 2 or 3 years. I pull videos from YouTube and porn from various sites and then use the converter so I can play them on my iPod/iPad. I also record stuff from tv and use the trimmer to get rid of commercials. I've got quite a few 30 for 30 episodes and most every eagles game from the last 2 seasons.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 09, 2011, 03:39:04 PM
yeah ive had real player several times on past computers...just didnt realize it had all that editing shtein...i just used it to play music and i always liked it better than WMP

Not sure how long they've offered the additional converting or trimming options but I've had them 2 or 3 years. I pull videos from YouTube and porn from various sites and then use the converter so I can play them on my iPod/iPad. I also record stuff from tv and use the trimmer to get rid of commercials. I've got quite a few 30 for 30 episodes and most every eagles game from the last 2 seasons.

yeah you are way above my realm of expertise now...i just wanna edit the songs i burn onto my mix cd's...my big technological advancement of the last ten years was realizing i could plug an mp3 player into my boombox to get beats at tailgate rather than have to switch cds every hour and burn thru a hundred d batteries a game

and this just happened last year
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 09, 2011, 03:54:51 PM
Hahaha....it's really not that complicated.  I'm no computer geek either and this is stuff I just sort of dumbed myself into, pretty much like everything else in life.   
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Post by: Tomahawk on February 09, 2011, 07:37:24 PM
How would I rig up my cube at work so every time I walk in the theme song from The Greatest American Hero would start to play?
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Post by: Diomedes on February 09, 2011, 07:58:33 PM
step 1.  Steal the laser trip wire from someone's automatic garage door opener.

step 2.  Report back.
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Post by: General_Failure on February 09, 2011, 08:51:15 PM
Get or build a USB foot pedal. Set it up to play that MP3 whenever you hit it. Hit it whenever you walk into your cube.
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Post by: Tomahawk on February 09, 2011, 08:57:09 PM
step 1.  Steal the laser trip wire from someone's automatic garage door opener.

step 2.  Report back.

Great idea...I was thinking motion detector, but that's much better since it circumvents the possibility of someone setting it off as they walk by. So it's as easy as just running that to an mp3 player playing through speakers? Sucks I'm going to have to wait until April 1st to mitigate the risk of being fired.

G_F, I'll have to use your idea if thumbtacks somehow aren't strong enough to hold up the "lasers"
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 12, 2011, 03:01:52 PM
audacity will not work with wma files?
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 12, 2011, 03:47:59 PM
audacity wouldnt work with my music files for whatever reason so i went with a program called switch instead...seems to do the job
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on February 22, 2011, 08:29:01 PM
Give me your opinions on this lap-top please:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+15.6%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+320GB+Hard+Drive+-+Helios+Gray/1830082.p?id=1218296144574&skuId=1830082

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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 22, 2011, 08:47:29 PM
I bought a Toshiba Satellite back in 2007 against the advice from a friend who previously owned one. We both experienced problems with the battery over heating and making the entire laptop hot to the touch when it's left on for more than a few hours.  The laptop itself functions great and I have no major complaints.  But the battery thing sucks. Having a laptop that gets too hot to put on your lap kind of defeats the purpose.
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Post by: General_Failure on February 23, 2011, 12:18:43 AM
That's why they're called notebooks, and have been called that for a decade or more.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 23, 2011, 12:18:57 PM
And waitresses want to be called servers and stewardesses want to be called flight attendents.  Their job description hasn't changed one bit.  So call it a laptop or a notebook or whatever, it still doesn't change the fact that the Toshiba's had issues getting extremely hot.  Not to mention that they look and feel like they are made on the cheap.

I kind of rushed my post yesterday too but here's my pro/cons of Toshiba LAPTOPS:

Pro:  Affordable price, great screen display/picture quality, no major complaints about how the LAPTOP has performed.
Con:  Feels like it was made out of cheap material, terrible speakers/sound quality, gets hot when on for short periods of time, crappy battery life.     

Jay, not sure if this particular LAPTOP is available at your local Best Buy or if you plan on buying online, but I'd definitely check your local store first and see one in person.  Even if they don't have that specific model, check out other Toshibas on the display shelf and compare them to other LAPTOPS in terms of how well the LAPTOPS are made.

It's not a terrible product, but you kind of get what you pay for imo. 
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Post by: charlie on February 23, 2011, 12:48:36 PM
almost every "laptop" comes with a warning to not actually put it on your lap due to the heat.
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Post by: Tomahawk on February 23, 2011, 12:50:06 PM
hahahaha way to underreact sarge
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 23, 2011, 01:03:45 PM
almost every "laptop" comes with a warning to not actually put it on your lap due to the heat.

I should have specified in my post that I don't even put it directly on my lap, but that I purchased one of those "cooling trays" or whatever the farg they are called and I can still feel the heat pushing through it.  Also, it isn't just the underside of the LAPTOP that gets hot, but also the top.  Not so much the keys themselves, but the area around the touch pad where you would typically rest your palms. 

LAPTOPS! 
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on February 23, 2011, 01:09:53 PM
The obvious solution is for you to take your Apple drone status to the next level by trading in your Toshiba notebook for a MacBook notebook.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 23, 2011, 01:24:06 PM
The obvious solution is for you to take your Apple drone status to the next level by trading in your Toshiba notebook for a MacBook notebook.

Yeah, not really.  Pretty sure I'm done with LAPTOPS completely.  The only way I'd go back to one is if work required me to have one, in which case they'd be providing it for me.  And that's not a knock on them, it's just something that I have absolutely no need for since I have a desktop PC and my iPad.  Might switch to an iMac one day, but that's about it.   
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on February 23, 2011, 01:34:25 PM
Good luck with that.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 23, 2011, 01:38:14 PM
Thank you. 
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on February 23, 2011, 01:41:44 PM
Thanks, Sarge.

I did see one in the store last weekend and that was the one I kept coming back to but I wanted to research it further before I buy it.

My girl's pops has a Toshiba and had battery issues, I bought him an extended life one and its been cool since.
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on February 23, 2011, 08:16:25 PM
I have an older Toshiba that worked pretty well. I got a smaller version of the same model for my daughter, and it had the overheating issue. So I guess it's a crap shoot.

(Somewhere along the line, I was playing City of Heroes on my Toshiba and my son was playing on his Macbook Pro. The difference in performance was significant. Not too long after that, I decided to go Mac and I haven't looked back.)
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on February 23, 2011, 08:53:54 PM
Those are pretty pricey, aren't they? I've never looked into them.
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on February 23, 2011, 09:00:55 PM
Yeah, it's another world from what you're looking at. In my case, I needed something to do heavy photo editing, and this was exactly what I wanted. It's definitely overkill for web surfing and general farging around.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on February 23, 2011, 09:02:55 PM
Perhaps when I replace my desktop in a few months I will look into a Macbook. I'd like to re-do my whole home-office setup.

But this Toshiba will be to replace my netbook that work is taking back.
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Post by: Munson on February 23, 2011, 09:33:59 PM
I'd check out some HP's, Phreak.


I bought mine a year or so ago and haven't had any problems with the computer itself. Just the battery charging wire they sent with it, that thing crapped out after like 9 months and I had to buy a new wire.


The bottom gets unbelievably hot, but nothing a cooling pad doesn't take care of. The fan on my cooling pad does work.


Mine was one of the new models at the time and cost $700, but I remember there being some other new models with less memory and/or other shtein in the 500 dollar range that your toshiba link is.
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Post by: Drunkmasterflex on February 23, 2011, 09:43:00 PM
HPs blow
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Post by: Munson on February 23, 2011, 09:57:36 PM
I also had an asian computer geek friend of mine load it up with 3 different anti-virus jauns and something to improve efficiency...no complaints from me.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 03, 2011, 10:39:58 PM
So I ended up buying the Toshiba C655 Satellite. Not the one I linked but a similar one;

15" screen + 500GB RAM + 2.53ghtz processor

Its pretty sweet.

I downloaded Firefox and I noticed that I have trouble seeing pictures linked in threads.

Why would that happen?

Like the pic DH linked of the "Girl in 4E" in the Random thread - to see it I had to hit quote.

Why?
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Post by: General_Failure on March 03, 2011, 10:57:42 PM
500g hard drive, but how much RAM?
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 03, 2011, 11:07:38 PM
4GB - my bad
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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 03, 2011, 11:09:12 PM
So I ended up buying the Toshiba C655 Satellite. Not the one I linked but a similar one;

15" screen + 500GB RAM + 2.53ghtz processor

Its pretty sweet.

I downloaded Firefox and I noticed that I have trouble seeing pictures linked in threads.

Why would that happen?

Like the pic DH linked of the "Girl in 4E" in the Random thread - to see it I had to hit quote.

Why?

Did you try refreshing the page?  Also, try google chrome.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 03, 2011, 11:32:56 PM
Yep, refreshed and even reset the system.

Its weird...

I tried Chrome and I can't get used to it. I really dig FireFox and I havent had any issues with it on my old laptop (Acer), my desk top (Dell) or my work IBM ThinkPad.

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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 04, 2011, 01:27:35 AM
Yep, refreshed and even reset the system.

Its weird...



Hmm. Could have been a problem with the site that the img was taken from. Every now and then it happens to me.....I see an image then come back later and clang see it. Usually a shot of F5 does the trick though.
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 05, 2011, 02:36:46 PM
my desktop icons are on steroids....anyone know how i can make them smaller again
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Post by: General_Failure on March 05, 2011, 02:44:00 PM
Windows, Mac, other?
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Post by: Diomedes on March 05, 2011, 02:45:51 PM
you have to ask?

Windows
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 05, 2011, 02:51:07 PM
correct
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 06, 2011, 11:11:03 AM
no one actually pays for microsoft office do they?

i thought it was a staple on all computers but mine didnt come with it

whos trying to hook a brother up


and my avatars still look like the guy in total recall
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Post by: AO1 on March 06, 2011, 12:20:23 PM
Did you try hitting control and scrolling your mouse?
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Post by: Dillen on March 06, 2011, 12:33:13 PM
igy you can rip Office for free if you know how to use torrents... you're right it should be a staple on all computers, it's ridiculous how expensive it is too.
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 06, 2011, 01:20:13 PM
Did you try hitting control and scrolling your mouse?

that seems to just be copying the icon and pasting a new one

igy you can rip Office for free if you know how to use torrents... you're right it should be a staple on all computers, it's ridiculous how expensive it is too.

i know less than nothing about torrents...can you give me a site that i can try and figure out
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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 06, 2011, 01:26:27 PM
IGY....scroll your mouse in the middle of your desktop, away from any icons that you have on there. 

Right click and select "Properties."

Click the "Appearance" tab. 

Click "Effects"

Make sure there is no check mark in the box next to "Use Large Fonts." 

Click "OK" 

Also, check your pm's for Office 2010 info. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 06, 2011, 01:29:40 PM
i dont have properties when i right click....but i did have "view" which gives you options for small medium or large icons

thanks
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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 06, 2011, 01:33:38 PM
Are you running Windows 7? 
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 06, 2011, 01:36:55 PM
no idea...how do i find out

my computer is about three months old if that means anything
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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 06, 2011, 01:39:06 PM
Then yeah, you're probably running Windows 7.  Right click on "My Computer" and hit Properties and it should tell you right there what your operating system is. 

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Post by: Dillen on March 06, 2011, 01:41:28 PM
i know less than nothing about torrents...can you give me a site that i can try and figure out
http://www.utorrent.com/

Click the "free download" link, and download that program. And then go here (http://www.torrenthound.com/hash/2f6d086fdf77e88ec69cb794b838f71d185f3174/torrent-info/Microsoft-Office-2010-No-CD-Key-Needed) and click "download .torrent". When the box comes up, set it to "download with uTorrent" and you should be set.

Or do whatever sarge told you to do in his secret classified PM.


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Post by: ice grillin you on March 06, 2011, 01:43:42 PM
good lookin but yeah sarge is gonna hook me up
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Post by: SunMo on March 06, 2011, 05:46:33 PM
i know less than nothing about torrents...can you give me a site that i can try and figure out
http://www.utorrent.com/

Click the "free download" link, and download that program. And then go here (http://www.torrenthound.com/hash/2f6d086fdf77e88ec69cb794b838f71d185f3174/torrent-info/Microsoft-Office-2010-No-CD-Key-Needed) and click "download .torrent". When the box comes up, set it to "download with uTorrent" and you should be set.

Or do whatever sarge told you to do in his secret classified PM.




i do torrents for movies and music.

so, if i search for a windows office torrent, what do i do after i download it?  is it as easy as clicking on the downloaded file and it will install?
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 06, 2011, 06:25:16 PM
Office used to be included but there was some anti-trust suit that forced it to be sold as a separate add on.

So yeah unless you rip it then you pay $99+ like I did when I bought this laptop a few weeks ago
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Post by: General_Failure on March 06, 2011, 07:16:57 PM
Or you can get Open Office, which is free and works with MS Office's formats just fine.
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Post by: DH on March 07, 2011, 02:39:11 PM
anyone know how to make a webpage appear in full? so as to not scroll downward or sideways?

thanks nerds.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 07, 2011, 02:41:33 PM
I'm pretty sure you're always going to have to scroll down to view a webpage......unless said webpage doesn't have much vertical content (like Google's homepage for example).  As far as needing to scroll sideways, try holding down the Control button and move the scroll wheel on your mouse backwards (towards you) and see if that helps. 
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Post by: DH on March 07, 2011, 02:42:58 PM
^ hat tip
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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 07, 2011, 02:44:16 PM
I don't know what that means. 
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Post by: DH on March 07, 2011, 03:17:03 PM
i tip my hat to you for your assistance
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Post by: Tomahawk on March 07, 2011, 09:50:51 PM
Or you can get Open Office, which is free and works with MS Office's formats just fine.

Is that the one from Sun? If so, I've had some problems with spreadsheets correctly converting formulas
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Post by: Munson on March 11, 2011, 05:43:47 PM
Turns out its the charger port that's busted, not the cord. Geek squad says it'll cost 130 to fix ugh :boom
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Post by: QB Eagles on March 13, 2011, 09:51:48 AM
so, if i search for a windows office torrent, what do i do after i download it?  is it as easy as clicking on the downloaded file and it will install?

It kinda depends on the torrent. Sometimes they are in .rar format and need to be "unRARed" after download to put the file together. Other times you'll need to burn the disc image. And sometimes you need to apply a crack (included or not) to defeat the copy protection or activation system.

Most of the time, specific instructions for install are provided either in the downloaded files, or on the website where you download the file.

One last piece of advice, let other downloaders be the guinea pigs. Occasionally there will be a virus or it'll be some kind of sting operation by the copyright owner. I generally wait until other downloaders claim things are working fine before I touch stuff like that.
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Post by: hbionic on March 14, 2011, 02:47:06 PM
Does anyone know of a good 'FREE' program that merges multiple pdf files into one?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 14, 2011, 02:51:22 PM
Do you have a scanner available to use? 
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Post by: hbionic on March 14, 2011, 02:53:34 PM
No. Hence the reason for the question. Plus, the project I need to work on would kill me if I had to scan shtein.
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Post by: hbionic on March 14, 2011, 03:04:15 PM
Does anyone know of a good 'FREE' program that merges multiple pdf files into one?

Or inexpensive ones for that matter?
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Post by: hbionic on March 14, 2011, 03:04:52 PM
http://www.adolix.com/split-merge-pdf/


Would any of you trust this company?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on March 14, 2011, 03:20:53 PM
Try going to www.cnet.com and see if you can find something there.  They've got software for anything and everything imaginable....lots of free stuff too. 
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Post by: hbionic on March 14, 2011, 04:00:31 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Professional-PDF-Creator-Adobe-Acrobat-Reader-9-3-CD-/250781001513?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a63b66729

$8...seems like its worth a shot.

Anyone else agree or disagree?

I hate this shtein.
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Post by: AO1 on April 03, 2011, 07:11:29 PM
Give me your opinions on this lap-top please:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+15.6%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+320GB+Hard+Drive+-+Helios+Gray/1830082.p?id=1218296144574&skuId=1830082



I was just at Best Buy looking at a similar Toshiba, guy finally convinced me to buy it but they're out of stock. So I left. How is the Toshiba you bought holding up and do you have a link to it?
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Post by: Rome on April 03, 2011, 07:20:48 PM
I had a Toshiba and had no issues with it.  My Sony Vaio is still going strong although it's getting a little obsolete now.  Probably time for an upgrade.
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Post by: AO1 on April 03, 2011, 07:27:22 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I really just need something for surfing the web and doing minor office type stuff.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on April 03, 2011, 10:19:15 PM
Give me your opinions on this lap-top please:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+15.6%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+320GB+Hard+Drive+-+Helios+Gray/1830082.p?id=1218296144574&skuId=1830082



I was just at Best Buy looking at a similar Toshiba, guy finally convinced me to buy it but they're out of stock. So I left. How is the Toshiba you bought holding up and do you have a link to it?

Its worked pretty well, I only have two complaints and that is the speakers seem to have some distortion on occasion and the webcam is sometimes too dark. It works great 99% of the time in normal low level lighting but sometimes when I turn it on its dark and even the settings dont help brighten it up. I have to turn on an overhead light.

http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-C655-S5128-Satellite-Laptop/dp/B004QIKAA2

I bought it at best buy for $495 (plus $99 for Microsoft Office). All I use it for is internet and work spreadsheets and order entries on company software.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on April 03, 2011, 10:37:17 PM
The speakers on Toshiba laptops are terrible.  Always have been, always will be I suspect.  Definitely want to get some sort of external speaker for it.  If you don't want a big multi piece set, try one of these clip on speakers that is usb powered. 

CLICK ME! (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=external+laptop+speakers&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=1003484020975548022&sa=X&ei=_y2ZTa7PD5DciAKY9Pj2CA&ved=0CDcQ8wIwAA#)
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Post by: reese125 on April 03, 2011, 11:18:26 PM
If anybody wants speakers for their home laptop, pc or mac I highly recommend these. Fantastic bass and clarity for the price. You'll thank me.

Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System with BasXPort Technology
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Post by: Sgt PSN on April 03, 2011, 11:27:02 PM
I'll thank you when you post a link. 
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Post by: AO1 on April 04, 2011, 06:23:31 AM
Its worked pretty well, I only have two complaints and that is the speakers seem to have some distortion on occasion and the webcam is sometimes too dark. It works great 99% of the time in normal low level lighting but sometimes when I turn it on its dark and even the settings dont help brighten it up. I have to turn on an overhead light.

http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-C655-S5128-Satellite-Laptop/dp/B004QIKAA2

I bought it at best buy for $495 (plus $99 for Microsoft Office). All I use it for is internet and work spreadsheets and order entries on company software.


The speaker issue holds true with what I've been reading through customer feedback. The other complaint was the battery life is listed as 5 hours but people were saying they barely got 2.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on April 04, 2011, 09:07:49 AM
Yeah, Toshiba batteries aren't that great either.  The one youre looking at is a newer version of mine.  For the money though, they aren't terrible and as far as computer functions go, they work well.
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Post by: AO1 on April 05, 2011, 10:33:06 AM
Ordered this laptop lastnight:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+14%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Helios+Gray/1830125.p?skuId=1830125&id=1218296144362#tabbed-customerreviews

I paid $429.99 but now it's going for $529.99 this morning for some reason.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on April 05, 2011, 10:49:18 AM
Maybe you caught the last day of a sale or something. 

I've got a problem now:

My desktop is an HP running Windows XP and over the last couple of days it would just shut off for no reason and then freeze during start up.  Then last night it simply refused to power on.  Is this a computer problem itself or maybe just a problem with the internal electrical components?  Or is my description/problem too vague for you nerds to be able to give me a sound opinion? 
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Post by: reese125 on April 05, 2011, 11:56:43 AM
A lot consistent freezes and shut down are due to a graphics card issue. Doesn't matter how long you had it either, the card can go or start to go at any time. When you say shut off do you mean it goes into sleep mode and you can get out or complete shut down with no green light?

 I would take that puppy into geek squad and see if you fried an internal component. Hope you backed your data up too.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on April 05, 2011, 12:08:52 PM
A lot consistent freezes and shut down are due to a graphics card issue. Doesn't matter how long you had it either, the card can go or start to go at any time. When you say shut off do you mean it goes into sleep mode and you can get out or complete shut down with no green light?

 I would take that puppy into geek squad and see if you fried an internal component. Hope you backed your data up too.

Complete shut down, as in turned off.  And yeah, I've got mostly everything backed up.  Did a backup about 3 weeks ago so I might lose a few pics or something if the thing is dead. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on April 06, 2011, 01:31:36 PM
anyone with comcast email (sus) know how to change the font size of email text...i know how to do it in an individual email by using the drop down font menu but is there a way to set it to a particular size where each time you write a new email that size will automatically be used
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on April 06, 2011, 10:35:16 PM
If you're using the web client, look on the menu bar for Preferences. On the next page, click on Composing. Are you composing in HTML format?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on April 06, 2011, 10:52:03 PM
There is absolutely no way Havas knows what web client and HTML mean. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on April 07, 2011, 07:27:02 AM
^^^^
this would be correct
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Post by: AO1 on April 11, 2011, 07:48:17 PM
Ordered this laptop lastnight:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+14%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Helios+Gray/1830125.p?skuId=1830125&id=1218296144362#tabbed-customerreviews

I paid $429.99 but now it's going for $529.99 this morning for some reason.

Laptop is incredible and the speakers work fine. Really happy with this purchase.
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Post by: lurking wierdo on May 19, 2011, 09:54:39 AM
Here's my thing.
My current system at work is a Pentium 4 processor 2.8 G
I have 2.8 G memory.

I would like to use dual monitors. I have 1 monitor now (19"). I am working on dwg files all day and my eyes aren't so good. I am planning on requesitioning a 27".

My OS is XP.

I guess my question is, can I and how do I hook up a second monitor?
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Post by: SunMo on May 19, 2011, 09:59:30 AM
all you have to do is install an additional monitor port on the CPU
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Post by: General_Failure on May 19, 2011, 10:04:04 AM
After you re-magnetize the hard drive, yeah.
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Post by: lurking wierdo on May 19, 2011, 11:15:34 AM
I don't know if any of these things are funny or not.
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Post by: Tomahawk on May 19, 2011, 11:23:17 AM
Here's my thing.
My current system at work is a Pentium 4 processor 2.8 G
I have 2.8 G memory.

I would like to use dual monitors. I have 1 monitor now (19"). I am working on dwg files all day and my eyes aren't so good. I am planning on requesitioning a 27".

My OS is XP.

I guess my question is, can I and how do I hook up a second monitor?

If you're working on dwg files all day, you're an enginerd and should be smart enough to figure it out
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Post by: lurking wierdo on May 19, 2011, 11:36:29 AM
You are right but I am also VERY lazy. And most of my work is checking drawings.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on May 19, 2011, 01:57:00 PM
If you're working on dwg files all day, you're an enginerd and should be smart enough to figure it out

Or at the very least, smart enough to pick up the phone and call his IT department. 
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Post by: lurking wierdo on May 19, 2011, 04:20:24 PM
We are a start up and have no IT department. Right now it's an unnecessary expense.
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Post by: General_Failure on May 19, 2011, 05:09:50 PM
You'd better learn to google then, champ.
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Post by: General_Failure on June 07, 2011, 03:39:33 PM
http://techland.time.com/2011/06/07/united-nations-report-declares-internet-access-a-human-right/
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Post by: lurking wierdo on June 07, 2011, 03:41:38 PM
Unfunded mandate.

That guy LaRue looks like RJS.
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Post by: ice grillin you on July 16, 2011, 05:24:30 PM
isnt there a button on the keyboard
i think one of the F buttons
that = refresh
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Post by: Rome on July 16, 2011, 05:25:25 PM
F5
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Post by: ice grillin you on July 16, 2011, 05:27:44 PM
thank you kind sir
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Post by: ice grillin you on July 16, 2011, 05:28:28 PM
do you have to shift f5....actually neither is working for me
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Post by: Rome on July 16, 2011, 05:31:35 PM
Control F5 works too.
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Post by: ice grillin you on July 16, 2011, 05:32:32 PM
none of them work for me
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Post by: Sgt PSN on July 17, 2011, 12:20:03 AM
Do you have a black keyboard or a white one?
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Post by: ice grillin you on July 17, 2011, 12:22:29 AM
negro
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Post by: Sgt PSN on July 17, 2011, 12:26:13 AM
Then I think you know why it's not working.
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Post by: AO1 on July 17, 2011, 10:01:00 AM
Then I think you know why it's not working.

lol


nice setup
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Post by: PhillyGirl on July 20, 2011, 03:15:25 PM
any mac geeks upgrade to OS X Lion yet?
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on July 20, 2011, 04:29:21 PM
I don't feel a pressing need to do it. My MBP is on the old side, hardware side, so I'll wait a bit to see how it shakes out for others.
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Post by: PhillyGirl on July 20, 2011, 04:39:56 PM
My MBP is 1.5 years old. Do I upgrade or stay put?
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Post by: Diomedes on July 20, 2011, 06:09:24 PM
Upgrade.  Someone has got to suffer, might as well be you.
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Post by: Rome on July 20, 2011, 06:12:27 PM
Mine's a couple of months old and I've used it maybe twice.  Damn wife & child...
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on July 21, 2011, 08:31:48 AM
I'm now seeing notices from software vendors, explaining what programs are having problems with Lion. Seems like a good plan to wait until they have the wrinkles ironed out.
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Post by: PhillyGirl on July 21, 2011, 08:59:29 AM
I'm now seeing notices from software vendors, explaining what programs are having problems with Lion. Seems like a good plan to wait until they have the wrinkles ironed out.

thx Sus!
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on July 21, 2011, 09:47:04 AM
I gots to wait until corporate IT decides to roll it on out for us anyway.
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on July 21, 2011, 04:42:20 PM
For example...Adobe. (http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/905/cpsid_90508.html)
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Post by: Dillen on August 08, 2011, 04:44:26 PM
I wiped my laptop clean about a month ago. It's been running perfectly for 2-3 weeks, and then one day after I logged in came up with the error along the lines of "Windows has changed", there has been an unauthorized change, and I need to validate Windows. There's a link that says Validate My Windows, takes me to a validation page, which just sits there and loads. For farging ever. Once I left, let it sit for 4 hours, it actually went through, and then when I logged in again, the same error came up. So that process doesn't work. I've found out Windows apparently does this validation bullshtein now whenever you have "new" Microsoft programs, but is becoming a huge pain in the ass. I've always liked Windows, but all these stupid automatic updates and validations and any other chicken shtein bullshtein they're coming up with now is really making me hate it.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on August 08, 2011, 04:50:08 PM
You're just now hating Windows?  You're one sick farg. 
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Post by: Munson on August 14, 2011, 01:02:18 AM
Gotta buy a new battery...Is a 12 cell battery so bulky to the point that it makes using the laptop a burden? Or is it worth the extra time the battery gives you?
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Post by: Tomahawk on August 14, 2011, 03:55:31 PM
Have any of you created an app for a smartphone? Where do you start?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on August 14, 2011, 04:27:00 PM
Have any of you created an app for a smartphone? Where do you start?

On a computer, most likely.
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 17, 2011, 07:40:11 PM
is their a relatively cheap way to stream netflix to your tv...im not trying to buy a video game system or a new laptop with an hdmi plug....is there another way?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on October 17, 2011, 07:54:03 PM
Check Netflix website.  Should be under "watch instantly" or just go to FAQ's to see a list of devices. 

Best bet is to probably just buy a blu ray player if you don't already have one.  If you do, it should have netflix on it.

edit - Just so you know, they make blu ray players with wireless adapters built in so that you don't have to run a cat 5 cable from your player to your modem (assuming they are not located within close proximity of each other).   
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Post by: Geowhizzer on October 17, 2011, 08:34:11 PM
is their a relatively cheap way to stream netflix to your tv...im not trying to buy a video game system or a new laptop with an hdmi plug....is there another way?


Target was selling some box (http://www.target.com/p/Roku-2-XS-Streaming-Media-Player-3100R-Black/-/A-13792970) - almost like a streaming tuner - for about $100.  Not sure if it's what you're looking for.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on October 17, 2011, 08:40:28 PM
is their a relatively cheap way to stream netflix to your tv...im not trying to buy a video game system or a new laptop with an hdmi plug....is there another way?


Target was selling some box (http://www.target.com/p/Roku-2-XS-Streaming-Media-Player-3100R-Black/-/A-13792970) - almost like a streaming tuner - for about $100.  Not sure if it's what you're looking for.

That's ROKU.  It's good for streaming Netflix and it also has it's own cache of tv shows and stuff that you can watch.  It's like HULU in a box.  I thought of suggesting it, but I don't think igy would use it for anything other than the Netflix.  At least with a blu ray player, it's got more apps that he can use like Pandora, MLBTV, etc, etc. 
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Post by: Sgt PSN on October 17, 2011, 09:15:55 PM
Whoa....I just read the product description on that ROKU and there's a lot more ish than on the version I'm familiar with.  Curious about all the "live sporting events" that you can watch.  It's probably bass fishing, rally car racing and darts.  No way it's any of the major US sports leagues. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on October 17, 2011, 09:17:35 PM
Whoa....I just read the product description on that ROKU and there's a lot more ish than on the version I'm familiar with.  Curious about all the "live sporting events" that you can watch.  It's probably bass fishing, rally car racing and darts.  No way it's any of the major US sports leagues.

Don't forget major league cricket.
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Post by: Diomedes on October 17, 2011, 10:54:21 PM
my farging Mom has Roku and uses it

if she can sort that out, anyone can
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Post by: Sgt PSN on October 17, 2011, 10:59:57 PM
lol....the only reason I even heard of it was because my mom had one for a while too. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 07:46:30 AM
isnt a decent blu ray player pretty expensive

also if it matters i will never buy a blu ray disc so would it still be worth getting one just for netflix

this roku thing sounds like the way to go...you can get one for as cheap as 59.99

one thing im not exactly clear on tho....is roku supposed to replace your tv servide provider....i read some reviews of it and people keep saying they replaced their cable tv with it....or do/can you just hook it up and use for netflix while i watch tv via FIOS as normal

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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on October 18, 2011, 09:03:21 AM
3 years ago yes, Blu Ray Players were expensive.  Now they're like 75 bucks for entry level, 125 for a good one.  And why would the price matter, you're a baller?
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 09:24:22 AM
im not a baller im a rich bitch.....because i dont burn my money like leonard tose

steady stackin chedder son

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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on October 18, 2011, 10:20:34 AM
im not a baller im a rich bitch.....because i dont burn my money like leonard tose

steady stackin chedder son

You can get a sweet Panasonic or Sony Blu-Ray player for $100-200. I never buy Blu-Ray DVDs, but I rent them. If you upgrade later to a nice surround sound system (7.1), it's farging jaw dropping goodness. People jump on the Blu-Ray because of the HD quality, but that won't really wow you if you have a nice panel and HD television, but the sound if you equip it properly with a nice sound system will blow your mind.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on October 18, 2011, 10:29:54 AM
IGY....buy a blu ray player.  Then buy The Wire box set. Then give me your Eagles tix because you'll never leave the house.
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 11:00:21 AM
i appreciate the love for home theaters and blu rays and the like but that stuff just doesnt do anything for me....i dont need anything more than regular hd television....i just would like to get netflix streamed to it...and really i only wanna do that because they changed their service a couple months ago and its not worth getting the mail order service anymore

also if the nba wasnt DOA this year i wouldnt be getting netflix at all but im gonna have a lot more free weeknights this year...in other words im not trying to reinvent my tv wheel...i just wanna stream netflix movies
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on October 18, 2011, 12:48:49 PM
Netflix's online library is zesty - and getting worse. NFL Films release all kinds of junk in Blu-Ray.....regardless, just get the Blu-Ray player.
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 12:50:31 PM
already pulled the trigger on the roku

for 79 bucks i wouldnt care if netflix went under next week
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on October 18, 2011, 01:02:08 PM
or for 100 you could have had both.  Fargtard
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Post by: charlie on October 18, 2011, 01:05:29 PM
congrats on being the 4th person to buy a ruku
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 01:22:11 PM
cnet absolutely raves about it...but if it sucks ill just return it...you have free use of it for a month


or for 100 you could have had both.  Fargtard

i dont even watch dvd's much less blurays...no use for it so no need to pay the extra
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on October 18, 2011, 01:45:09 PM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+Blu-ray+Player/2024401.p?id=1218306995982&skuId=2024401&cmp=RMX&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=2024401


IGs, the idea with the Blu-ray is it will do everything the ruku will and more.
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 01:52:08 PM
understood but whatever "and more" is im sure i wont be using it.....i cant recall the last time i watched a dvd at home other than the wire...its been years...so i wont even be using that part of it

but im open to having my mind changed....what is all the other stuff it does
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on October 18, 2011, 02:02:39 PM
Blu-ray player, VieraCast, Netflix, Amazon VOD, YouTube, Pandora, Twitter, CinemaNow, Built-in Wi-Fi, Skype, Verizon FiOS.....and on and on.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on October 18, 2011, 02:04:31 PM
most blurays now have Hulu built in, even Blockbuster online.  I really dont use my blu Ray player often, but when i do, its worth it. 
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Post by: charlie on October 18, 2011, 02:20:46 PM
understood but whatever "and more" is im sure i wont be using it.....i cant recall the last time i watched a dvd at home other than the wire...its been years...so i wont even be using that part of it

but im open to having my mind changed....what is all the other stuff it does

even if you don't go bluray... something like the apple tv has the following:
netflix
mlb.tv
nba game time
nhl.tv
youtube

as well as a new release movie rental options for things that aren't on the netflix streaming.

the ruku sucks
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on October 18, 2011, 02:34:56 PM
i appreciate the love for home theaters and blu rays and the like but that stuff just doesnt do anything for me....i dont need anything more than regular hd television....i just would like to get netflix streamed to it...and really i only wanna do that because they changed their service a couple months ago and its not worth getting the mail order service anymore

also if the nba wasnt DOA this year i wouldnt be getting netflix at all but im gonna have a lot more free weeknights this year...in other words im not trying to reinvent my tv wheel...i just wanna stream netflix movies

Wow man.  Where to begin....

Netflix - The Netflix library for instant streaming is pretty bad unless you enjoy 80's tv shows and bad movies.  The only "good" movies they have are movies that everyone has seen 1000's of times because they're on tv so much and you can't not watch them.....like Roadhouse or Footloose.  Every now and then they put up a decent new movie, but if you don't log into Netflix every day, you probably won't even know about it.  They do have a deep list of docs though, so you'd probably enjoy that. 

Home Theater - Why don't you have one?  Granted, the sound quality that comes from a lot of tv speakers is great compared to 20 years ago, but surround sound is where it's at.  Especially considering how much you watch sports.  You know the difference in the picture quality between standard and hi-def, right?  Well that's what a decent home theater will do for your audio. 

Blu Ray - I've watched exactly 3 blu ray movies in the year+ that I've had a blu ray player.  And while I will say that the picture and sound is noticeably better than dvd, I agree that it's not dramatic enough to make me want to watch movies strictly on blu ray.  They also play standard DVD's, so buying one won't render your DVD collection as obsolete. 

Blu Ray Home Theater - In addition to getting awesome surround sound that you can use while watching tv, Netflix or discs, you also get some great built in apps like Netflix, Vudu (which is more like pay per view movies with a bigger library to choose from), YouTube, Pandora and MLB.tv.  If I'm not mistaken, you're a subscriber to that so rather than trying to hook your laptop up to the tv, just stream through your Blu Ray

It's crazy what these things can do now and you need to stop thinking like an old white republican and embrace change. 

But, if you're going to be stubborn and stick with no surround sound and no blu ray, then you might want to at least consider this (http://www.lg.com/us/tv-audio-video/discoverlgblu-rayandconnecteddevices/smarttvupgraderbox/index.jsp).  It has all the same apps that a Blu Ray player would have without the disc reader.  Of course, it's about the same price as a blu ray player, so I'm not sure why anyone would buy it, but what do I know? 

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Post by: SunMo on October 18, 2011, 02:41:33 PM
i bought a sony blu ray player almost exclusively because it offered Amazon VOD and because it had a USB port in the front that i could plug my thumb drive into to play all my downloaded torrent movies
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 02:50:09 PM
Blu-ray player, VieraCast, Netflix, Amazon VOD, YouTube, Pandora, Twitter, CinemaNow, Built-in Wi-Fi, Skype, Verizon FiOS.....and on and on.

i didnt look that close but im pretty sure the roku had most of that....what do you mean by the blu ray having verizon fios?
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 02:59:15 PM
understood but whatever "and more" is im sure i wont be using it.....i cant recall the last time i watched a dvd at home other than the wire...its been years...so i wont even be using that part of it

but im open to having my mind changed....what is all the other stuff it does

even if you don't go bluray... something like the apple tv has the following:
netflix
mlb.tv
nba game time
nhl.tv
youtube

as well as a new release movie rental options for things that aren't on the netflix streaming.

the ruku sucks

i get all the sports packages already...and i dont understand why it matters that the apple thing or roku (it gets the nhl) "get" sports packages...its not like i can not buy the center ice package for FIOS and instead get it free thru roku....right?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on October 18, 2011, 03:03:36 PM
Yeah, you still have to pay for those services, so if you get them through your cable provider, then there wouldn't be any benefit to it.

I think I remember you complaining about mlb.tv because you don't like to watch games on your laptop.  This would be a way for you to get it on your tv.  If you already purchased it online, you don't have to purchase it again.  Just log in from your tv.   
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 03:08:32 PM
i appreciate the love for home theaters and blu rays and the like but that stuff just doesnt do anything for me....i dont need anything more than regular hd television....i just would like to get netflix streamed to it...and really i only wanna do that because they changed their service a couple months ago and its not worth getting the mail order service anymore

also if the nba wasnt DOA this year i wouldnt be getting netflix at all but im gonna have a lot more free weeknights this year...in other words im not trying to reinvent my tv wheel...i just wanna stream netflix movies

Wow man.  Where to begin....

Netflix - The Netflix library for instant streaming is pretty bad unless you enjoy 80's tv shows and bad movies.  The only "good" movies they have are movies that everyone has seen 1000's of times because they're on tv so much and you can't not watch them.....like Roadhouse or Footloose.  Every now and then they put up a decent new movie, but if you don't log into Netflix every day, you probably won't even know about it.  They do have a deep list of docs though, so you'd probably enjoy that. 

Home Theater - Why don't you have one?  Granted, the sound quality that comes from a lot of tv speakers is great compared to 20 years ago, but surround sound is where it's at.  Especially considering how much you watch sports.  You know the difference in the picture quality between standard and hi-def, right?  Well that's what a decent home theater will do for your audio. 

Blu Ray - I've watched exactly 3 blu ray movies in the year+ that I've had a blu ray player.  And while I will say that the picture and sound is noticeably better than dvd, I agree that it's not dramatic enough to make me want to watch movies strictly on blu ray.  They also play standard DVD's, so buying one won't render your DVD collection as obsolete. 

Blu Ray Home Theater - In addition to getting awesome surround sound that you can use while watching tv, Netflix or discs, you also get some great built in apps like Netflix, Vudu (which is more like pay per view movies with a bigger library to choose from), YouTube, Pandora and MLB.tv.  If I'm not mistaken, you're a subscriber to that so rather than trying to hook your laptop up to the tv, just stream through your Blu Ray

It's crazy what these things can do now and you need to stop thinking like an old white republican and embrace change. 

its not about embracing change its about me just not caring about stuff like that...it isnt as if ive never heard an awesome home theater i just dont care enough about it....hi def tv was an outrageous advancement so i got it and loved it....as you know i dont even have a cell phone not because im being stubborn because i dont like them and dont wanna pay for one...but its not like i wouldnt use my girls or a friends if i wanted to make a call...im not trying to make some sort of statement...i just dont need or want most technological advancements

Yeah, you still have to pay for those services, so if you get them through your cable provider, then there wouldn't be any benefit to it.

I think I remember you complaining about mlb.tv because you don't like to watch games on your laptop.  This would be a way for you to get it on your tv.  If you already purchased it online, you don't have to purchase it again.  Just log in from your tv.   

now that is something id be interested in....in other words instead of buying extra innings for 200 bucks i could get the mlb.com package for 99 or whatever it is now and just run it to my tv thru the blu ray player??
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Post by: Sgt PSN on October 18, 2011, 03:10:20 PM
Exactly.

But you still need surround sound.  If nothing else, you'll be able to hear crack whores giving off camera bj's in the alley when you're watching The Wire. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 03:14:13 PM
and it will be equivalent picture quality?


@ppdc....the link you posted is obviously a blu ray...if i were to get that instead is that the exact model i should get or were you just showing an example of a bluray player
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on October 18, 2011, 03:32:58 PM
and it will be equivalent picture quality?


@ppdc....the link you posted is obviously a blu ray...if i were to get that instead is that the exact model i should get or were you just showing an example of a bluray player

I love me some Panasonic stuff. That was just an example of a quality joint under a bill. The FiOS thing gives you access to a lot of the stuff they don't have in their OnDemand library. Most of them have HBO Go and shtein now too. There are just way to many of those deals to count anymore.
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 18, 2011, 03:45:02 PM
ok you sold me....so i should get the one in the link you posted and ill be fine?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on October 18, 2011, 04:01:10 PM
and it will be equivalent picture quality?

That's the million dollar question.  When I stream MLB.tv through my blu ray, I don't get the "best" picture quality.  It's not bad either, but will get a little grainy sometimes.  I also sometimes have to deal with lag or buffering.  There have been times when watching a Phils game and posting on here that I find myself a half inning behind in the action by the time we get to the 5th or 6th inning.  That is probably more on my internet provider than anything else though.  My only choice for the interwebz is Charter and they suck balls.  I live in a small town, but everyone here is using the same provider so I'm sure that impacts things like video streaming.  If I lived in/near LA I would probably be much better off. 
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on October 18, 2011, 08:48:43 PM
That Panasonic would be a good buy....not sure if it has the wi-fi....if your TV isn't near your router, you might want that.


To the picture quality, if you have FiOS, the picture quality should be the same.
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Post by: hbionic on November 14, 2011, 02:15:45 PM
I'm looking into buying an external drive...does it matter what brand it is?

I see at best buy, a 500GB external drive by Western Digital runs for $90.

Is that about right?
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Post by: Diomedes on November 14, 2011, 02:19:16 PM
Seems pricey.  I bought a terabyte drive a year and a half ago for something like 130, iirc.  Maybe I'm mistaken though.
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Post by: Munson on November 14, 2011, 02:22:35 PM
Might wanna wait for the holiday deals. I think either Target or BEst Buy is gonna be running a 3 Terabyte harddrive for 100 bucks or something like that
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on November 14, 2011, 02:24:20 PM
they're all mostly the same.  Check out Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007601%20600030767&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Pagesize=100) Fantom Drives have worked great for me in the past.  In general, the reviews on Newegg are very informative.  The price you got for best buy isnt horrible, but check to see what newegg compares to, and if its a decent one or not. 
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Post by: General_Failure on November 14, 2011, 02:41:24 PM
Amazon lists a 1tb hard drive for the same price, and a 2tb drive for $114.
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Post by: hbionic on November 14, 2011, 03:05:05 PM
Holy smokes.

I have not purchased it yet...but I need one. Thanks everyone, did not have a clue how much storage was out there for so cheap. I'll check out the info you guys gave me.

I love you.
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Post by: Diomedes on November 14, 2011, 03:23:49 PM
I love you, too.
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Post by: Munson on November 14, 2011, 05:24:37 PM
http://bfads.net/

You'll find all the black friday ads there if you're willing to go out into the madness to find something cheap.



I am considering pulling an overnight nutjob camper thing at Best Buy to get that 40 inch TV for 199.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on November 14, 2011, 05:27:57 PM
I'm working as a coordinator for Toys For Tots this year which means that I've gotten to meet and work with the store managers in my area who allow us to have a Marine stand in their store with donation boxes.  I'm going to be working black friday, so for once in my life I'll actually be awake and at a store when they open so I'm thinking of trying to talk one of these guys into letting me in before the doors open so I can "set up" our donation bins for the day.  And if I happen to get done before the doors open and can get a head start on the suckers outside, so be it. 
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Post by: hbionic on November 14, 2011, 05:34:54 PM
Target is selling an X-box for $139.

WTF? Sounds great. I don't have one or play it much, but I would almost have to buy one out of principle.
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Post by: General_Failure on November 14, 2011, 06:16:04 PM
Target is selling an X-box for $139.

WTF? Sounds great. I don't have one or play it much, but I would almost have to buy one out of principle.

Know that you're only getting a year or two out of any console you buy right now.
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Post by: Munson on November 14, 2011, 06:18:30 PM
I really don't wanna have to buy the "next generation"

I'm happy with my XBox 360
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Post by: hbionic on November 14, 2011, 06:42:28 PM
GF, I thought the next generation consoles were not coming out for another 5 years?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on November 14, 2011, 06:57:08 PM
GF, I thought the next generation consoles were not coming out for another 5 years?

They weren't....3 years ago. 
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Post by: hbionic on November 14, 2011, 07:02:42 PM
You must be using that fancy calculator watch of yours.
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Post by: General_Failure on November 14, 2011, 08:41:20 PM
GF, I thought the next generation consoles were not coming out for another 5 years?

The Wii U is coming out next year. Assume the other two will follow within a year of that.
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Post by: hbionic on November 14, 2011, 09:54:40 PM
Assume I will.

Any other assumptions you suggest I make?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on November 14, 2011, 10:40:31 PM
Hmm. Go farg yourself?
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Post by: Tomahawk on November 14, 2011, 11:44:41 PM
That's more of a given than an assumption
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Post by: Yeti on November 15, 2011, 01:33:23 AM
 :-D
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Post by: Tomahawk on November 16, 2011, 11:07:39 AM
I need to convert a MP4 file so I can edit it in Camtasia. Which format kicks more ass:

AVI(xvid) Video
AVI(divx) Video
MPEG-4 Video
WMV Video
VCDFileType(mpeg1)
SVCDFileType
VOB Video file(mpeg2)
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Post by: phattymatty on November 20, 2011, 10:08:47 AM
2TB for $80. that is a lot of farging memory.

http://www.staples.com/Western-Digital-Elements-2TB-External-Hard-Drive/product_884865?storeId=10001&cj=true&AID=10422268&CID=AFF%253A3668349%253A3668349%253A10422268&cm_mmc=CJ-_-3668349-_-3668349-_-10422268&PID=3668349
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Post by: ice grillin you on December 10, 2011, 08:43:23 AM
at work on my computer i have an icon on the bottom tool bar that allows me to hit it and go straight to my desktop

at home i do not have this so when i wanna go to the desktop i have to minimize 400 windows to get there

is there anyway to add this icon to the toolbar or does it depend on what version of operating system you have
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Post by: Munson on December 10, 2011, 08:49:32 AM
You could try opening everything in new tabs in one window, instead of a bunch of different windows
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on December 10, 2011, 09:04:09 AM
Hold the windows key on the keyboard and press d.
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Post by: Diomedes on December 10, 2011, 10:25:51 AM
^^^proof that Sus is an old softy. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on December 10, 2011, 10:48:23 AM
no its because he sits next to me at eagle games

thanks big sus
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Post by: Diomedes on December 24, 2011, 07:57:45 PM
Need a little help here: 

I've been living without music in my house since my last laptop shat the bed.  I ran it through some speakers that were just good enough to keep me from hauling out my stereo components and speakers from the basement.

Now I've done that and I'm very glad to have real sound again.  I can't believe I waited this long. 

I have my CD collection still, which is a nice one, but it doesn't nearly match what I've got on an external hard drive.  Somewhere in the range of 80 gigs of music. 

How can I push that through my stereo?  Can it be done without running a computer, or is there a device made specifically for this?  Are there MP3 players that will draw from an external drive for playback?

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Post by: Sgt PSN on December 25, 2011, 11:54:22 PM
If you have 80gigs of music then buy an mp3 player with 80+gig of memory on it. Put music on mp3 player and plug into external speakers.
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Post by: Munson on December 26, 2011, 12:04:33 AM
^^^^Pretty much

I don't think there's any other way of doing it from the external hard drive itself.

The only iPod that I know of that has that much storage space is the iPod Classic, which has 160 gigs and costs $250...but you could probably find one for cheaper then that on ebay or amazon

The Touch goes up to 64 gigs I think.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on December 26, 2011, 12:07:28 AM
Actually, now that I think about it...can't you plug an external hard drive into an Xbox and play music that way?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Munson on December 26, 2011, 12:13:55 AM
I don't think he has an XBox, but considering his jonesing for an MMO game in No Hippos and the fact that he could get a decent XBox for $250, he'd be better off buying the XBox then an iPod if he can use it for that.

But I think he's going to tell us both to farg off for suggesting these things.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on December 26, 2011, 06:31:19 AM
I got a replacement Blu Ray drive for my PS3...so I should be back in business on the video game front soon.  The XBox idea is interesting, thanks.  I think it would use a lot more electricity than an mp3 player with a massive amount of storage thoush, so I'll probably just get an ipod. 

Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: charlie on December 28, 2011, 03:34:29 PM
Need a little help here: 

I've been living without music in my house since my last laptop shat the bed.  I ran it through some speakers that were just good enough to keep me from hauling out my stereo components and speakers from the basement.

Now I've done that and I'm very glad to have real sound again.  I can't believe I waited this long. 

I have my CD collection still, which is a nice one, but it doesn't nearly match what I've got on an external hard drive.  Somewhere in the range of 80 gigs of music. 

How can I push that through my stereo?  Can it be done without running a computer, or is there a device made specifically for this?  Are there MP3 players that will draw from an external drive for playback?

if you're not worried about portability. then go with either apple tv or the apple airport express and then run itunes and you can stream from your laptop. the apple airport express is the better option for sound unless your stereo has digital audio input.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on December 28, 2011, 07:10:26 PM
I don't have any Apple products, so that won't help me, but thank you.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 11, 2012, 11:30:30 AM
The dvd/cd drives on my desktop went kaput.  The main drive (E:) still functions in the sense that the computer recognizes it and the tray will eject and retract but it doesn't read the disk.  Drivers and everything are up to date.  The secondary drive (F:) isn't even recognized by the computer.  No power goes to it (won't open or close when hitting the eject button) and it's no longer listed with the other drives under My Computer.

Also, the media card slots for SD cards and such don't seem to be working either.  Power is going to them and they light up if I insert a card, but they don't read the cards and basically it ends up freezing my system.     

Any thoughts or suggestions? 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on January 11, 2012, 11:47:49 AM
Sounds like it could the motherboard going. Are you comfortable opening the machine up to move some cables around?

You said when you insert flash cards, the system locks up - do you mean it blue screens, or just hangs? What happens if you take the cards out?

Also, do you have a thumb drive you can put into a USB port to verify that is working?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 11, 2012, 11:55:24 AM
No, it just hangs up and I have to alt ctrl delete out of the windows explorer window.  All of the USB ports work fine...I've got wireless keyboard/mouse adapter plugged in, magic jack, printer and an external hard drive all plugged in with no problems.  But when I plug in an external SD card reader to a USB port I still get the same problem....freezes up my windows explorer and forces me to alt ctrl delete out of it. 

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on January 11, 2012, 11:59:15 AM
I could be drivers......perhaps for the storage controller. It's odd that both drives are kaput, with one showing no signs of life. Based on that I think the motherboard might be flaking out.

Is it an HP?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 11, 2012, 12:17:18 PM
Yeah, HP Pavillion a1330n.

I don't think it's the drivers.  I checked for updates and it's saying they are up to date and working properly.  Should I try  rolling back the driver to the previously installed driver?   
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on January 11, 2012, 01:02:38 PM
If it's an HP, it's almost certainly the motherboard.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 11, 2012, 02:00:23 PM
Better to replace or just scrap the whole thing and buy new?  Overall it's been a great computer and I've got XP which I'd prefer to keep.  Obviously buying new will force me into Windows 7 which I don't know much about. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 11, 2012, 02:24:11 PM
It basically is XP with a nice coat of paint.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 11, 2012, 02:34:36 PM
Ok, so that doesn't sound horrible like Vista. 

Couple questions:

How hard is it to swap out a motherboard?  I'm assuming it takes a little more skill than just snapping in a new memory stick, right? 

Can I replace the motherboard and still keep the rest of my internal components the same or would I basically be building a new computer for scratch and buying a lot of new hardware to go with it? 

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 11, 2012, 02:52:34 PM
It isn't terribly difficult, but you can fry it real quick if you screw it up. You might as well buy new.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on January 11, 2012, 03:08:15 PM
Sarge,
 There are a lot of things you can do to troubleshoot the problem, but they are probably going to be a little more involved then you might want to get into.

To start, I'd first remove the side panel, with the power disconnected, and swap the power and SATA connections on the back of the DVD/CD drives. See if the one that's dead powers up, opens/closes, etc, and the one that is currently functioning ceases. That would point to a bad power supply possibly, which have been spotty on HPs. If there is no change, it's not power related, and you just have a dead drive.

This would start a process of eliminating variables until you isolate the problem.

I wouldn't advise swapping the motherboard. A replacement will be damn close to a new PC anyway, and if you aren't a computer guy can be a bit of a crap shoot. Troubleshooting the thing and trying to diagnose and repair it might be more work than it is worth. Since you probably already have the monitor, keyboard, etc., getting into a decent Dell desktop would only cost a few bills.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 11, 2012, 03:16:31 PM
Humor me for a moment....

How difficult would it be for someone whose working knowledge of the inside of a computer is limited to adding some memory sticks and a tv tuner?  If it's something that someone with little knowledge can still possibly pull off, then I'd consider giving it a shot just for the learning experience.  My mother board is already starting to go, so it sounds like the need for a new computer is imminent anyway unless I replace the mother board myself.  So about the worst I can do is try it myself, fail miserably and go buy a new PC now rather than 3 months from now, right?  Obviously I'll have also wasted $200 in the process but if that $200 could possibly save me the cost of a new computer (a comparable model to what I have right now will run me close to a grand) then I'd be willing to give it a shot. 

So what all goes into replacing it?  I assume there's some soldering involved?   
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 11, 2012, 03:22:08 PM
Sarge,
 There are a lot of things you can do to troubleshoot the problem, but they are probably going to be a little more involved then you might want to get into.

To start, I'd first remove the side panel, with the power disconnected, and swap the power and SATA connections on the back of the DVD/CD drives. See if the one that's dead powers up, opens/closes, etc, and the one that is currently functioning ceases. That would point to a bad power supply possibly, which have been spotty on HPs. If there is no change, it's not power related, and you just have a dead drive.

This would start a process of eliminating variables until you isolate the problem.

I actually had the power supply replaced last year.  The computer simply wouldn't power up at all.  A local computer repair guy replaced it for like $50.  Both drives were working just fine after he worked on it too.  Of course, I suppose if he did shoddy work, then that might be the problem I'm having now. 

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I wouldn't advise swapping the motherboard. A replacement will be damn close to a new PC anyway, and if you aren't a computer guy can be a bit of a crap shoot. Troubleshooting the thing and trying to diagnose and repair it might be more work than it is worth. Since you probably already have the monitor, keyboard, etc., getting into a decent Dell desktop would only cost a few bills.

I've been looking at Dell over the last couple of weeks since all of this started happening and if I do replace my computer, that's probably where I'm leaning. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on January 11, 2012, 03:24:07 PM
No. No soldering. The worst it really gets is dealing with some thermal paste on the CPU. It really comes down to grounding yourself to the chassis and putting everything back together the right way. If you open it up, and take pictures of everything it should go smoothly.

The thing I would want to do first is verify it is the motherboard and not something else.

Are you familiar with Ubuntu? You can run a "live CD" which will let you put a disk (thumbdrives too) in the drive and boot into a read-only operating system. The idea is you can try Linux without installing over your Windows. We can use this to be 100% it isn't a driver problem. You boot to this, stick your media card in. If Ubuntu reads it no problem, you've got a much easier to fix software problem. Same deal with the DVD-ROM.

Give it a shot, and let me know if you need help:

http://www.ubuntu.com/

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Trial Ubuntu before you install it.

1. If you're using a CD: Put the Ubuntu CD into the CD/DVD-drive and restart the computer. You should see a welcome screen prompting you to choose your language and giving you the option to install Ubuntu or try it from the CD.

If you don't get this menu, read the booting From the CD guide for more information.


2. If you're using a USB drive: Most newer computers can boot from USB. You should see a welcome screen prompting you to choose your language and giving you the option to install Ubuntu or try it from the CD.


If your computer does not automatically do so, you might need to edit the BIOS settings. Restart your computer, and watch for a message telling you which key to press to enter the BIOS setup. It will usually be one of F1, F2, DEL, ESC or F10. Press this key while your computer is booting to edit your BIOS settings.


You need to edit the Boot Order. Depending on your computer, and how your USB key was formatted, you should see an entry for 'removable drive' or 'USB media'. Move this to the top of the list to force the computer to attempt to boot from USB before booting from the hard disk. Save your changes and continue.


3. Choose your preferred language and click on 'Try Ubuntu'


4. Your live CD desktop should appear. Have a look around!

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 11, 2012, 03:48:37 PM
I'm familiar with ubuntu in the sense that I've heard of it but couldn't tell you what the hell it was until just now.  I'll give that a look and see what happens. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 11, 2012, 04:18:41 PM
Stupid question here, but I guess I'm supposed to download that ubuntu software to a thumb drive and then reboot my computer? 

nm.....the website actually answers that question for me. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on January 16, 2012, 03:19:20 PM
The battery light on my laptop (Dell M6300 if that matters) keeps flashing between green and orange. What gives?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on January 16, 2012, 03:50:14 PM
indication light that battery is going bye bye.

time to purhcase a new one
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 16, 2012, 07:17:33 PM
cost of a new battery for your two year old laptop >> cost of new laptop
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on January 16, 2012, 07:42:17 PM
It's a laptop from work so the cost to me would be exactly dollars. I bet it's a lot older than 2 years too...should be getting a much better M6500 soon
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on January 16, 2012, 08:07:58 PM
i should have been more specific I guess. obviously I meant get a new battery.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on February 29, 2012, 08:02:09 PM
Google's new, single privacy policy for all google properties goes into effect tomorrow.

Here are two simple measures you can take to reduce Google's view into your online activities.  First link is for google search, second is for youtube (and youtube search)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/02/how-remove-your-google-search-history-googles-new-privacy-policy-takes-effect

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/02/how-remove-your-youtube-viewing-and-search-history-googles-new-privacy-policy

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: hbionic on March 01, 2012, 04:31:00 PM
Pretty dope site. Gracias amigo.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on April 13, 2012, 12:25:40 PM
I'm posting this from the Flyers thread because I like having all this info in one place. 

last weekend i dug in the crates of my old flyer games i used to tape when i was a kid to get ready for this weeks playoffs

some of what came out the vault


(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/532127_3622458280547_1246659021_33514653_904581624_n.jpg)

you need to get one of those converter machines and put that shtein on dvd and online

All you need is a TV tuner for your computer.  You can buy them anywhere from $50-100.  Maybe more if you want top of the line stuff.  It plugs into your USB port and has a coax jack on the other end.  Plug your VCR into it just like you would with your TV, open the software, hit play on the VCR and hit record on your computer.  When it's done you have a nice, tidy video file of the entire game.  You can also run your cable/satellite to it as well and record tv straight to your computer.  Anything I dvr that I want to keep goes on the computer so I can delete it from the dvr to free up storage space.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on April 13, 2012, 05:53:38 PM
i have a standalone dvd/vhs recorder
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on April 29, 2012, 11:59:16 AM
On a scale of 1 to 10 how farged am I?

So I recently moved. I go back to my old place to get some of my last stuff and notice my old computer tower is missing. I figure my room mate grabbed it and brought it to the new house because nobody is dumb enough to throw it out on the curb. Well I'm wrong, he put it out on the curb and now somebody has my shtein. I already changed all my passwords, cancelled my banking accounts and all of that good stuff but there is stuff like my job resume and some scanned documents that contain my SSN. There's also a few thousand pictures of my daughter on there as well. On a scale of 1-10 of how pissed off I am I'd rank it as infinity as I can't believe that someone as smart as my room mate would do something so foolish.

The CD rom is broke on the old tower which probably doesn't make much of a difference and I haven't used it in over a year. When my new card comes in I'm going to sign up for Lifelock which is $10-23 per month depending on how in depth you want them to be.

I posted this here and not in the No Hippos forum so you can poke fun at me but some serious replies would be appreciated.

On a side note my pill addict ex neighbor tells me she saw some guy down the street take a few things. I go to the house where the guy lives and knock on his door...some Russian guy with his pitbull come out and start asking me questions. Guy seems nice enough except  his pitbull keeps getting down in attack position and growling at me. Now I love pitbulls and raised 3 of them but this one wasn't nice. So I tell the guy to get his dog who isn't on a leash away from me or I was gonna brick its head. He thought I was kidding until I picked the brick up. Anyways some meth head lady answers the door and says she took the old tv that was out there but didn't see the computer. I said if she had it I'd give her $100 no questions asked. She stuck to her story so who knows if she has it...it was hard to get a read on her because she was so whacked out of her mind.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on April 29, 2012, 12:11:44 PM
That sucks, but don't make things worse by throwing money away on Lifelock (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/03/lifelock-accused-of-running-con-operation/).
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on April 29, 2012, 01:00:16 PM
That sucks, but don't make things worse by throwing money away on Lifelock (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/03/lifelock-accused-of-running-con-operation/).

I saw those articles but I figure it's worth it for $10 a month. They'll alert me to anything suspicious. What other choice do I have?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on April 29, 2012, 04:06:41 PM
Contact the three credit bureaus tomorrow and have a fraud alert placed on each of your profiles. By doing this you're covering yourself should anyone get a hold of your social and try to open anything up.

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on April 29, 2012, 04:08:08 PM
Contact the three credit bureaus tomorrow and have a fraud alert placed on each of your profiles. By doing this you're covering yourself should anyone get a hold of your social and try to open anything up.

That's what I'm doing first thing in the morning. My friend said Credit Karma is a good place to sign up because they give you free alerts.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on April 29, 2012, 04:11:46 PM
I've never used them, so I cannot speak for them. I use myfico.com. They monitor Equifax and alert on that and you can also buy TU's report off the site too. Experien doesn't report to anyone, you can only get your report info through their site.

To do the fraud alerts you have to contact the agencies directly
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on April 30, 2012, 04:35:41 PM
Don't waste money on lifelock as others have said.  Contact the bureau's directly, they'll explain that you need to file a police report, and then they'll be able to help.  As a side note, chances are the people who took the computer aren't bright enough to know what data is in it.  The bad thing is that you live in little moscow.  All in all, place the permanent alert, and you'll be fine for new accounts. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on April 30, 2012, 05:21:44 PM
I had a strange noise coming out of a computer.  I took it to the local computer guys.   They are gonna fix it.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on April 30, 2012, 05:49:03 PM
It was definitely not a fan that needed dusting.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: hbionic on April 30, 2012, 05:50:40 PM
I had a strange noise coming out of a computer.  I took it to the local computer guys.   They are gonna download all the naked pictures and movies of my wife and I, make fun of my huge cock, and then fix it.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on April 30, 2012, 06:34:22 PM
It was definitely not a fan that needed dusting.

That's going to run about $3.50.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on April 30, 2012, 06:41:52 PM
Don't waste money on lifelock as others have said.  Contact the bureau's directly, they'll explain that you need to file a police report, and then they'll be able to help.  As a side note, chances are the people who took the computer aren't bright enough to know what data is in it.  The bad thing is that you live in little moscow.  All in all, place the permanent alert, and you'll be fine for new accounts.

The officer who took my report today said as much, she said not too worry too much because it's NE Philly and the people who were taking it were probably just taking it for parts. I'm still covering my ass by freezing my credit and changing everything up.

On a side note, I was always taught to only call 911 for emergencies. I called my local police department today to file a report and they had me call 911. I have a problem with this because 911 should be set aside for emergencies and not for routine calls.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: rjs246 on April 30, 2012, 06:47:03 PM
I really wish I lived in SD's hood. Quality environs, those.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on April 30, 2012, 06:49:56 PM
I really wish I lived in SD's hood. Quality environs, those.

Lucky for you my old place is now available. PM me and I'll send you the address.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on April 30, 2012, 06:50:53 PM
Can you show it to him at four o'clock tomorrow afternoon?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on May 09, 2012, 05:26:53 PM
THIS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122360) might be the best purchase I've made in a long time. If you have issues with your wireless network signal in some areas in and around your home, buy it (or just fish a cable through a shteinload of walls).
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on May 12, 2012, 03:02:14 PM
I bought an iMac last night.  A lot to learn but it's awesome so far.  Been wanting to do this for a couple of years now and I'm glad I finally pulled the trigger.  I think I'm going to go back and grab the time capsule and Apple TV later this week. 

iMac, iPad and iPhone.  I'm officially an iDouche.  Peace out Windows.  Well, except 7:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F when I'm at work.  But when I'm unemployed in August, Windows can kma.  Until I start working again. 

Any tricks or suggestions that you other iDouches can teach me to ease the learning process would be greatly appreciated. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on May 12, 2012, 03:09:40 PM
All you really need to do is shove a stick as far up your ass as you can, and the rest should work itself out.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Rome on May 12, 2012, 04:16:02 PM
There's an online tutorial for Macs.  When I bought mine I read it and it was really helpful.


http://www.apple.com/support/mac101/
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on May 12, 2012, 05:23:49 PM
All you really need to do is shove a stick as far up your ass as you can, and the rest should work itself out.

Crikey! I've really pissed it off naw!
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on May 12, 2012, 06:59:12 PM
All you really need to do is shove a stick as far up your ass as you can, and the rest should work itself out.

Great suggestion if you want to bust a nut. Didn't work so well for making me Mac smart though. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on May 13, 2012, 12:24:50 PM
is there a household item (preferably soap and water) that you can clean a laptop screen with or do i need to go to best buy and purchase some infomercial computer cleanser to do it
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on May 13, 2012, 12:56:33 PM
Distlled water is good. No soap  Don't use anything with alcohol or ammonia.

Put it in a spray bottle and spray lightly onto a soft, lint free cloth (cut up cotton t shirt is fine or a microfiber cloth).

Wipe it down.

PS, aim away from the screen next time you're looking at the Kate Upton thread, mkay?
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Post by: ice grillin you on May 13, 2012, 01:06:44 PM
lol

thanks
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on May 13, 2012, 01:32:51 PM
Don't use regular water.  Distilled water is a must.  You don't want any chlorine or minerals in the water.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 02, 2012, 10:55:54 AM
can someone tell me how to create a icon on the bar at the bottom of my screen that will take me directly to my desktop
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 02, 2012, 10:59:28 AM
There should already be one there.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 02, 2012, 11:04:20 AM
at work i have one but not on my laptop at home
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 02, 2012, 01:00:19 PM
Hitting the Windows key and M should do it.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Zanshin on June 04, 2012, 08:15:13 AM
Okay, wifi signal question.

I've had Fios for about 5 years, which I like. That said, the Fios router and modem are integrated, so I don't have any real flexibility in where I put it. It's attached to the wall in the basement with the rest of the Fios stuff. When I had it installed, I hooked up my old router to the new router and used that to extend the range. That second router couldn't be configured as a range extender, so it just broadcast its own signal. It's an old Linksys Wireless G router with two phone ports that I used when I tried Vonage.

I had to get a new laptop the other day, so while I was doing network crap, I had the great idea to apply some better security to the Linksys router. But I had a REALLY hard time accessing the admin screen. Finally I got to it, but the router stopped working consistently. I tried a bunch of stuff to get it going again, but I could only get it working for a little at a time. It broadcasts a signal, but it isn't holding an internet connection. So, I reset it entirely...but I'm having the same problem.

So, now I'm trying to figure out what to do. I'm not sure whether the router is broken, or whether it's just a stupid set-up. But, my Fios router doesn't cover the whole house. What's the best , most foolproof, cost-effective  way to extend the range of the Fios router at this point to cover the house?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: reese125 on June 04, 2012, 08:34:39 AM
Have you tried changing your signal detect mode from auto to "g"mode?

Also there are plenty of solid range boosters on the market. Matter of fact Linksys has the 802.11 G range expander that supposedly works well.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: phattymatty on June 04, 2012, 08:41:20 AM
my cable has been out for like a month and i never bothered to call them, just figured it would come back at one point. anyway, dude came and fixed it this morning and apparently i had my xbox plugged into the non-hdmi ports this whole time. holy shtein what a huge difference.
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Post by: Zanshin on June 04, 2012, 09:07:00 AM
Yeah, but was the guy really tall? That makes a huge difference rght there.
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Post by: Zanshin on June 05, 2012, 09:00:00 AM
I made a parabolic antenna that helped with the original router, and I was able to get the other router going by fiddling with a number of settings. I was still going LAN to LAN with the routers, but I disabled the DHCP on the second router, which did the trick. Still thinking about picking up a wireless extender to stick with one network SSID. There's one on sale at DailySteals for $35 that's pretty well reviewed, in case anyone is interested.
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Post by: phattymatty on June 08, 2012, 01:58:06 AM
any of you nerds know a good program to convert .avi or .mpeg files (or any video files) into mp4s so i can put it on my iphone?
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Post by: General_Failure on June 08, 2012, 02:54:58 AM
I think iTunes will do that.
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on June 08, 2012, 07:07:06 AM
Itunes is pretty picky (and lousy) with some conversions.

Check the Videora product at http://www.redkawa.com/
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Post by: Zanshin on June 08, 2012, 07:52:00 AM
When I had to do that, I used Any Video Converter. It's free and easy to use: http://download.cnet.com/Any-Video-Converter/3000-2194_4-10661456.html?tag=mncol;2
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Post by: phattymatty on June 08, 2012, 08:55:12 AM
thank you sirs.

yeah i've tried to do it straight through itunes in the past, but it never turns out right. and also takes forever.
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Post by: phattymatty on June 08, 2012, 09:54:34 AM
Itunes is pretty picky (and lousy) with some conversions.

Check the Videora product at http://www.redkawa.com/

tried this one out first and it works perfectly, took less than 20 min. to convert a 2 hour movie. looks crystal clear on my phone too. thanks.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on July 01, 2012, 06:15:43 PM
Quote
Content encoding error

the page you are trying to view can not be shown because it uses a compression format invalid or unsupported

I am trying to help a friend figure out why her computer will not access any sites when using Chrome, Firefox or IE. Each time they try to pull up a site she gets this message.

I had her clear the cache and cookie and also did all the disk cleanups and defragments etc...

It is still doing it.

Any ideas?
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Post by: Rome on July 01, 2012, 06:27:58 PM
Whatever security program(s) firewall(s) she has is/are blocking access to the internet.  Have her either shut them off entirely or uninstall them.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on July 01, 2012, 06:38:09 PM
Ok thanks man.

Any reason why it would be perfectly ok prior to today and then just start doing it? No alterations were made to the system firewall or antivirus.
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Post by: Rome on July 01, 2012, 08:46:42 PM
She probably had an automatic update on one of them.  Never allow them on anything.  If you need an update on a program just check for them periodically.  Auto updates are the devil.
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Post by: ice grillin you on July 01, 2012, 08:49:39 PM
check out the big brain on brad
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Post by: Diomedes on July 08, 2012, 12:48:54 PM
I have 90 or so gigs of music files grouped in hundreds of folders (by band/artist).  I'm trying to back it all up from the exernal HD on which I keep it to a wirefless backup drive we bought.

In order to do this I have the external drive plugged by cable into the wireless drive.  I access everything through the wifi.  Open up the external drive through the wirefless drive.  Open the folder in the wirefless drive.  Select a range of folders, drag and drop.  The process has been excruciatingly slow, but it's working.

I'm having a few issues though...how can I be sure every file has transfered?  If my laptop downstairs is closed, the process is killed, and I have no indication of what was or was not copied.  If a file name is too long, the same thing.

So in short..once I've moved the bulk of the files, how can I be sure that I have completely backed up?  Is there a "copy only non-duplicates" command that I can run on the whole 90 gigs at once without it taking a month to finish?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on July 08, 2012, 02:05:40 PM
You can compare the folder size on your laptop to the one on your external. It will tell you how many gigs and the # of files in each folder. So if your music folder on your laptop has say 1000 files in it and your external matches that, then you're good.

If they don't match (say 1000 vs 950), then just copy everything and drag it to your music folder on your external. You'll get a prompt that says "xxxx.mp3 already exists.  Do you want to overwrite the file?"  You will select "no."  But before you do that, there should be a box underneath that you can check that will say "Do this for the next 950 occurances" You'll want to check that.

So basically it will only copy the files that aren't already on the external. Maybe there's an easier way (not that this method is complicated), but I don't know what it is.
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Post by: Diomedes on July 08, 2012, 02:11:38 PM
I never noticed such a checkbox, I'll try it out.  And when the process stops because a file name is "too long?"
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Post by: Sgt PSN on July 08, 2012, 02:12:27 PM
Change the file name to something shorter.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on July 08, 2012, 02:22:48 PM
If there's no checkbox, then you should get 4 options:

Yes, No, Yes to all, No to all.  Click "no to all."
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Post by: Diomedes on July 08, 2012, 02:38:23 PM
There is no checkbox for that.  The options I get are:

Yes, Yes to all, No, and Cancel


there is no "no to all" option
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Post by: Diomedes on July 08, 2012, 02:39:32 PM
Change the file name to something shorter.

Okay, so I'll run the copy job.  If there is a filename problem it will kill the process but I'll know which file it is I need to rename.  I'll do that, and then run the whole thing again.

pain in the ass, but alright
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Post by: Sgt PSN on July 08, 2012, 04:14:40 PM
There is no checkbox for that.  The options I get are:

Yes, Yes to all, No, and Cancel


there is no "no to all" option

Hmm. Then you'll have to sit there and click No everytime it pops up.
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Post by: Diomedes on July 08, 2012, 04:24:11 PM
In other words, you know as much as I do about this crap: nothing.  Awesome.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on July 08, 2012, 04:37:36 PM
Probably. But I led you on well enough to think I did, right? 
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Post by: Rome on July 08, 2012, 04:39:47 PM
So this Macbook Pro I have has VoiceOver on it.  I inadvertently turned it on and holy shtein is it annoying.  I shut it off, but good God it's bad.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on July 09, 2012, 06:34:12 AM
Dio... Download Teracopy off Cnet/Downloads or any other shareware site.  It speeds up any file transfers by at least half, and it has an overwrite/ignore function
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Post by: Diomedes on July 09, 2012, 05:08:28 PM
I'll look into that, thank you.
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Post by: Tomahawk on August 20, 2012, 10:48:59 AM
I'm in the market for a new desktop for home use. Since the computer will mostly be used for pr0n, it needs to be cheap. Other than bensbargains.net, what sites should I be looking at?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on August 20, 2012, 10:52:06 AM
Apple.com
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Post by: phattymatty on August 20, 2012, 11:01:46 AM
what are the reasons anyone would ever still get a desktop? seems like laptops are just as cheap as desktops these days.
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Post by: Tomahawk on August 20, 2012, 11:16:19 AM
Laptops are still more expensive than desktops, take a shtein ton longer to boot, and I have a Dell M6600 laptop through work which addresses all my portability and non-porn needs.

The idea is to integrate the desktop into the entertainment center and use the television as the display.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on August 20, 2012, 11:56:49 AM
Keep an eye out for Staples/office max/comp usa ad's.  I have a HP Desktop i bought for 300, got an HDMI card for 20 bucks, and have it setup on my 65in tv in the man cave. 
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on August 20, 2012, 01:29:14 PM
Laptops are still more expensive than desktops, take a shtein ton longer to boot

Not true all factors considered, not true at all

Get a laptop with a steady state-based drive, hook it into a TV screen or large monitor if you wish. Lower power consumption, great performance, can take your pr0n on the go. Wins all around.
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Post by: SunMo on August 20, 2012, 01:34:07 PM
that is what i am trying to do in my office.  get a laptop to help with portability to job sites but when in the office use my double monitor set up with the laptop basically a keyboard
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on August 20, 2012, 01:43:24 PM
That's the set-up I have in my office. IBM ThinkPad with two 21" monitors and wireless mouse, keyboard and printer. It's pretty sweet
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Post by: Tomahawk on August 20, 2012, 01:45:52 PM
Decided to get this after work:

http://stores.bestbuy.com/207/clearance/computers-tablets/desktop-all-in-one-computers/gateway-desktop-4gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive/SX2850-UB10P/4964227/

I've never thought about this until some jackass at work started running his jabberjaw...does anybody purchase additional security/anti-virus/anti-spyware programs or is what you get from the ISP good enough?
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on August 20, 2012, 01:50:48 PM
My mother used the McAfee offered through Comcast's internet service and it sucked.

I use Kaspersky and its pretty damn good and affordable.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on August 20, 2012, 01:50:51 PM
dont buy shtein from the geeksquad.  you're better off with AVG which is free. 
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Post by: Tomahawk on August 20, 2012, 02:00:24 PM
Comcast (Xfinity!) gives me a Norton product, but I'm not sure if it offers enough protection.
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Post by: PoopyfaceMcGee on August 20, 2012, 02:10:31 PM
Delete all the other antivirus bloatware garbage and use Kaspersky.
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Post by: Diomedes on August 20, 2012, 09:44:57 PM
You get a desktop if you are a heavy gamer.  Otherwise, I don't think there's much use for them.
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Post by: Geowhizzer on August 20, 2012, 09:46:43 PM
Have a desktop now, and it will probably be my last one.  When this one goes, it'll be a laptop.  And a recliner.
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Post by: General_Failure on August 20, 2012, 09:53:07 PM
You could get a cheapass netbook and hook it up to a tv, as long as it has a DVI or VGA port.
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Post by: AO1 on August 21, 2012, 07:40:02 AM
I hated Kaspersky, my computer ran slow as shtein and I had to have someone fix it because it had a virus. I use Avira anti-virus, which is 100% free. Been using it for 3 years, never had a problem with it aside from the stupid pop ups advertising their premium protection package.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on August 21, 2012, 09:24:51 AM
Avira doesnt protect you from Russians stealing your desktops though
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Post by: ice grillin you on August 25, 2012, 12:12:20 AM
how do you get windows media player to play a folder of songs in the order you want them....ive named each file starting with the  a number

fo example: "1 - name of song" - so that song 1 will go first.... but when i try to play them all windows starts with a different song every time...and no its not on shuffle
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Post by: ice grillin you on August 25, 2012, 12:15:05 AM
ok so its playing them in order when it starts....but its not starting from song 1....its randomly starting from different songs and then playing them in order after that....how do i get it to start with 1
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Post by: hbionic on August 25, 2012, 12:30:20 AM
I'm the worst and windows media player, I love it but I have to get lucky to remember how shtein works on it.
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Post by: General_Failure on August 25, 2012, 01:18:14 AM
Step zero: Run Windows Update, you probably haven't done that ever.

Step one: Make sure shuffle is turned off
Step two: Right click, View List, make sure songs are actually in the order you want
Step three: You're terrible at technology, download WinAmp and be mocked some more
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Post by: ice grillin you on August 25, 2012, 01:20:38 AM
i did all that.....but once i have view list and everything is in order how do i ensure when i play the whole list that it starts with song 1
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Post by: General_Failure on August 25, 2012, 01:21:07 AM
See step one.
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Post by: ice grillin you on August 25, 2012, 01:32:11 AM
already did that as well

then i shift end to highlite all the songs....then when i right click to play it starts with random songs rather than the first song
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Post by: General_Failure on August 25, 2012, 01:52:52 AM
See step three.
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Post by: ice grillin you on August 25, 2012, 02:02:22 AM
thats not an answer....just say you dont know either
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Post by: General_Failure on August 25, 2012, 02:21:25 AM
Worked fine for me. Problem must be on your end.
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Post by: Diomedes on August 25, 2012, 07:46:31 AM
I've always had the same problem with Windows Media Player, and I haven't solved it yet.
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Post by: SunMo on October 18, 2012, 01:02:13 PM
http://chrome.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-new-chromebook-for-everyone.html

this looks like a pretty cool ass laptop to have around the home for browsing and going online. 
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on October 19, 2012, 08:07:02 AM
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411064,00.asp

Google is set to introduce a $99 Nexus 7 Tablet.  If this has IR as the current Nexus 7 does.  I just found a new smart remote.  http://www.samsung.com/us/article/smart-remote-discover-tap-watch
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 19, 2012, 08:19:54 AM
http://chrome.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-new-chromebook-for-everyone.html

this looks like a pretty cool ass laptop to have around the home for browsing and going online.

this doesnt have a hard drive tho right...like you wouldnt have word or excel on it would you?
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Post by: SunMo on October 19, 2012, 08:21:37 AM
i think you could still run word or excel but you couldn't save documents to the actual computer.  the article says you get 100GB of storage on their cloud service so that is where your doc storage would be
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 19, 2012, 08:26:15 AM
so it has a hard drive where you could put word or excel onto it but not a hard drive to save word or excel documents...and it def wouldnt come with any word processors right?


is a cloud service user friendly
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Post by: SunMo on October 19, 2012, 08:31:50 AM
there are better people than me to answer that question about the hard drive.

cloud seems fairly simple though.  it's called google drive, it used to be their google docs but they changed it.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on October 19, 2012, 08:32:06 AM
Cloud services are no different than having an external HD. 
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Post by: Sgt PSN on October 19, 2012, 08:34:31 AM
Except you don't physically carry it with you.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on October 19, 2012, 08:37:33 AM
Except you don't physically carry it with you.
Thanks for clarifying that Genius. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on October 19, 2012, 08:38:39 AM
i knew that but i easily might not have
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Post by: SunMo on October 19, 2012, 08:39:23 AM
yeah, take nothing for granted with dis guy
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Post by: Sgt PSN on October 19, 2012, 08:42:34 AM
Exactly why I mentioned it.
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Post by: hbionic on November 28, 2012, 06:09:17 PM
Is seagate a good company for external hard drives? I'm looking into buying one, probably 1 TB capacity. I think big brother had mentioned Western Digital before. I basically want to save all of my digital pictures on my cpu before it craps out.

Any good suggestions? I was reading that the toshiba external drives would die too quick.

Help.
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Post by: ice grillin you on November 28, 2012, 07:42:32 PM
i got a fantom drive like four years ago and havent had a single problem
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Post by: Sgt PSN on November 28, 2012, 08:13:15 PM
Use Google Picasa for pics and Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) for your documents. It's free.
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on November 28, 2012, 09:52:33 PM
If you plan on using an external, buy two. Use one to put your files on, and then copy everything from that one onto the second drive. Then put the second one someplace safe when you're not doing a backup.
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Post by: hbionic on November 28, 2012, 11:26:00 PM
That's a good idea sus. Thanks.
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Post by: SunMo on November 29, 2012, 01:43:45 PM
i just upgraded computers at work and everything has been going fine until today when Firefox tried to update and it said it could not completely update and recommended to uninstall and download a brand new install file.

i did that and when i click the install file the status box shows the installation files being extracted and when it hits 100% it disappears and nothing happens.  i tried restarting my computer and it's still happening.  i tried Mozilla support forums but i can't find anything that applies to my issue.  anybody have any ideas?  I'm using Windows 7
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 26, 2013, 05:27:15 PM
i got a laptop but the hard drive has been wiped....what do i need to do to get it up and running

as of now when i boot it up i get this: no boot sector on internal hard drive - no bootable devices - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup ability - press F5 to run onboard diagnostics
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Post by: Diomedes on January 26, 2013, 05:39:32 PM
As the guy who thinks the tray that pops out of the case is a cup holder, you might be in over your head on this one.
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 26, 2013, 05:48:12 PM
over my head would suggest that i have a chance of figuring it out
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Post by: General_Failure on January 26, 2013, 09:25:51 PM
A windows dvd. Whichever version you need will be on a sticker on the bottom, along with the serial number. If not, enjoy using Ubuntu.
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 26, 2013, 10:08:10 PM
its says windows XP home edition...are you saying i have to get that to make it work?
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Post by: General_Failure on January 26, 2013, 10:51:46 PM
Yes.
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 26, 2013, 11:02:45 PM
thanks buddy

but is this possible without having to pay for it??
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Post by: General_Failure on January 27, 2013, 01:33:18 AM
Install this (http://www.utorrent.com/). Then go here and download this (http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/4406197/Windows_XP_Home_Edition_with_Service_Pack_3_Retail_(x86)_(TPB)). I'm told Windows 7 can burn ISOs correctly without third party software, but I don't know because I'm not a criminal.
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 27, 2013, 01:37:29 AM
but how do i do it when the computer in need can barely boot up much less connect to the internet
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Post by: General_Failure on January 27, 2013, 01:38:36 AM
Surely that is your only comptuer, Mister Most Posts No Cellphone.
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 27, 2013, 01:43:40 AM
it certainly isnt but how do i download cross computer
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Post by: General_Failure on January 27, 2013, 01:46:54 AM
You're going to have to burn a Windows XP install disc. You'll have to do it from a working computer. If you don't have one, and this is too difficult, you may need to find a local 12 year old. The fatter and pastier the better your odds.
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on January 27, 2013, 10:08:26 AM
i got a laptop but the hard drive has been wiped....what do i need to do to get it up and running

as of now when i boot it up i get this: no boot sector on internal hard drive - no bootable devices - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup ability - press F5 to run onboard diagnostics

What is the make and model?
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 27, 2013, 10:13:45 AM
best i can tell its a dell u7670?
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on January 27, 2013, 12:08:51 PM
It may have a recovery partition, when it starts, begin tapping F8 at the Dell start screen. It should take you into a menu with a variety of options and the one at the top should say something like "repair your computer". Select that, then look for something that says "Dell System Restore". If it is there, select it, run it, and you'll be good to go. If not, use GF's advice.
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 27, 2013, 12:44:11 PM
without getting into where it came from i know for a fact the hard drive has been wiped....if thats the case can what you are saying still work?
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Post by: Diomedes on January 27, 2013, 02:13:24 PM
Wiped means cleaned, not murdered.  The hard drive is a physical thing.  It holds the programs that we use.  One of those programs is the basic one, the operation system.  Windows.  Linux, etc.  Your machine no longer has an operating system in it.  That's what it means that the hard drive was wiped.

You need to do what GF said:  get an OS.  It needs to be on a disk.  You can buy the disk, or borrow it, or steal it.  Put the disc in the computer and follow instructions.
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on January 28, 2013, 11:19:30 AM
without getting into where it came from i know for a fact the hard drive has been wiped....if thats the case can what you are saying still work?

It takes a couple of minutes to find out. Usually when laptops are prepared to be sold, people format the portion of the hard drive where the operating system resides (called a partition). If it was a government laptop, they'd have overwritten the drive several times, but them removed the drive and disposed of it before sending it to DRMO. Try what I said - if it works, you won't have to buy anything at all and it'll be working in less than 30 minutes. If you want, shoot me a PM and I'll pass you my cell and I can walk you through it - depending on which side of D.C you're on I could even meet you and do the whole thing for you.
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 28, 2013, 07:56:34 PM
thanks ill try that first....its not govt....but im not sure if it has a hard drive....ftr our agency doesnt ever remove hard drives when excessing computers...they wipe them the we usually give them to schools to use

lets say it doesnt have a hard drive....is it even worth buying one or at that point would you just buy a whole new computer
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 28, 2013, 08:26:49 PM
If you're so god damn rich, why are you wasting our time with this anyway?

Recycle the farging thing and go buy a new one.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on January 28, 2013, 08:36:50 PM
lol...yeah man - donate that shtein and buy a new one
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 28, 2013, 08:43:51 PM
Havas is most entertaining when he asks computer questions.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 28, 2013, 09:46:54 PM
It is rather cute.  I pity him in a kindly way.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on January 29, 2013, 07:12:18 AM
i just bought a new one last year....i figured this would be my second floor computer if it was easy and cheap enough to get up and runnin...apparently its not
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on January 29, 2013, 07:16:13 AM
You'd know when attempting to boot it if it didn't have a hard drive - it'd tell you one wasn't detected. I should have prefaced my earlier comments by saying the DoD usually discards the drive - I forget who you work for, but DoT or DoS may do it differently.

Again, shoot me a PM and I'll pass you my cell # and when you are in front of it you can give me a buzz, and I can walk you through the options. If you need a media (OS) CD, Dell will likely you sell a recovery CD for you model for about eight bucks. That's if there isn't a recovery partition already on the laptop, which I think is pretty likely.

Here is the link to request the recovery CDs:

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form

I wouldn't order them until you are sure the laptop doesn't have a recovery partition present.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on January 29, 2013, 07:24:51 AM
yeah go ahead and pm me your cell....ill probably try it on saturday

btw not sure if you saw it or really read it but this was my first post with the message im getting when i boot up....not sure if it tells you either way about whether it has a hard drive or not

no boot sector on internal hard drive - no bootable devices - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup ability - press F5 to run onboard diagnostics
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on January 29, 2013, 07:27:31 AM
Tells me the hard drive is in the machine, but boot sector, basically the initial start up info for the operating system has been damaged or deleted. You don't have to buy a hard drive - so now we just have to figure out if you have a recovery partition, or need to get the CD from Dell. Either way, you're golden.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on January 29, 2013, 07:28:34 AM
Tells me the hard drive is in the machine, but boot sector, basically the initial start up info for the operating system has been damaged or deleted. You don't have to buy a hard drive - so now we just have to figure out if you have a recovery partition, or need to get the CD from Dell. Either way, you're golden.

nice...so still try the f8 thing before i do anything else....right?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 24, 2013, 05:30:15 PM
So apparently my hard drive on my Toshiba C650 laptop has crashed.

Last night I accidentally turned on the hibernate mode. It would not exit the mode and I turned it off and then back on. When I turned it on it took forever to reboot and for anything to start up.

Today I tried to turn it on and it again took forever to boot.

So I started in safe mode and tried to do a recovery to the last point and I thought it did.

I went to restart under normal and got a blue screen with notes about something happening and if it was the first time I've seen it to restart.

I restarted and then got a black screen.

I put in the recovery disk and it began to boot up and then stopped and gave me an error code. The error code is F3-F100-0003.

I've tried running the recovery disk and it comes back to that error.

When I look at the setup utility it doesn't recognize a HDD.

What the farg?!

How much is a new hard drive?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on March 24, 2013, 06:02:01 PM
Dirt cheap. (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST980815A-Momentus-Notebook-Numbers/dp/B0081GUXYI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364162373&sr=8-1&keywords=notebook+hdd)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 24, 2013, 07:57:07 PM
How easy are they to replace? If I can't do it how much can I expect to pay?

Once it's in do I just run the recovery disks I have (four of them from when I bought it).
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on March 24, 2013, 09:13:22 PM
They're easy to replace, as you can see in this handy YouTube video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rEWhySei08

You'll probably have to just install Windows on the new drive, so be prepared for an entire day of running Windows Update.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on March 25, 2013, 08:17:40 AM
You can use the recovery disks you already have to restore Windows once you replace the drive.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on June 13, 2013, 03:25:33 PM
two issues i'm having.

1.  My 5 year old HP laptop doesn't boot up.  When I start it, it goes through normal boot up process but when the desktop screen is supposed to load I get a message that says, "No bootbable disk available, Insert bootbable disk and press any key to continue"  Any key I press keeps repeating that same message.  I re-started it in safe mode and attempted to self-fix it and it says that self-repair is not available and that it's a hard disk problem.  Anything I can do here?

2.  Because of this issue, I don't have access to my iTunes.  I got a new iPhone 5 yesterday and installed iTunes on my work computer so that I can put my music on my phone.  I brought in my external hard drive in which I have my updated music library (I did that occasionally by copying the itunes folder from my laptop and putting it on the external).  When I copy the backup itunes folder onto my work computer, the songs all pop up in my itunes library.  However, when I go to sync my phone or play a song, the little exclamation point pops up and says that the song cannot be located.  Any idea why this is happening and is there anything I can do to fix it?

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Zanshin on June 13, 2013, 03:36:04 PM
1) Sounds like you need a new hard drive. If you can get it going enough, you might be able to work around the bad parts of it enough to transfer your data...if not, you'd need a new drive and some recovery discs. Happened to mine last year. After a couple of tries, I was able to get it going enough to fix the disk and save my data.

2) I hate iTunes. The files are there, but they're encrypted. There are a couple of workarounds for this, but it's a pain in the ass. Do a google search about restoring iTunes from a backup drive. I'm sure you'll find something that works.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 13, 2013, 03:40:36 PM
You definitely need a new hard drive. At five years old, that's probably to be expected. On the plus side, you get to do a fresh install without all the stuff you may have installed and forgot about over the years.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: phattymatty on June 13, 2013, 04:19:27 PM
2.  Because of this issue, I don't have access to my iTunes.  I got a new iPhone 5 yesterday and installed iTunes on my work computer so that I can put my music on my phone.  I brought in my external hard drive in which I have my updated music library (I did that occasionally by copying the itunes folder from my laptop and putting it on the external).  When I copy the backup itunes folder onto my work computer, the songs all pop up in my itunes library.  However, when I go to sync my phone or play a song, the little exclamation point pops up and says that the song cannot be located.  Any idea why this is happening and is there anything I can do to fix it?

are you actually copying the music files over or just the itunes folder? this happened to me once when i used an external too. wherever you synced them from your first time, itunes will look for them there every time after. so basically you just have to put all of the files on your work laptop and then add them to itunes from that location.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on June 13, 2013, 04:22:27 PM
Same thing happened with my two year old Toshiba, Sunny. Except I never got the chance to retrieve anything - it just died and the recovery disks didn't do anything.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 13, 2013, 04:56:49 PM
Don't rely on recovery discs. Back up to DVDs, thumb drives, and/or online file storage dealies like DropBox.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on June 13, 2013, 06:50:43 PM
I should say that all of my pics were on a thumb drive...but programs and shtein..no.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 13, 2013, 07:01:31 PM
when a hard drive dies do you buy a new hard drive and install it or is it not worth it and do you just buy a new computer
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on June 13, 2013, 07:06:32 PM
Depends on who "you" is.  I replace the hard drive.  You buy a new computer.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 13, 2013, 07:10:13 PM
i would buy a new computer but not cause i stack chedder....because i cant put the drive in myself so after i paid someone to do it it would probably be cheaper to get a new machine

seems computers are so cheap these days that it would always be more monetarily advantageous to just buy new
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on June 13, 2013, 07:59:18 PM
I haven't priced the labor of repairing mine yet because I've been using my work laptop instead...but i will probably fix it. I think the hard drives were about $60.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 13, 2013, 08:22:46 PM
Laptop hard drives are easier to replace than desktop hard drives. Desktop cases can be goofy sometimes, but for whatever machine you've got there's a dork on youtube with a video showing you how to change the hard drive.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 13, 2013, 08:59:47 PM
I haven't priced the labor of repairing mine yet because I've been using my work laptop instead...but i will probably fix it. I think the hard drives were about $60.

i got a virus on my computer last week....i have a friend who fixed it for me for free...but before i called him i called best buy geek squad just out of curiosity and they said it would be $250.00....lol
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 14, 2013, 08:21:15 AM
i called best buy geek squad

Just so you know, Geek Squad guys are mostly ITT dropouts or people who just barely graduated but couldn't get a real job......because they're stupid.  Don't ever call them.  For anything.     
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 14, 2013, 08:38:56 AM
i called best buy geek squad

Just so you know, Geek Squad guys are mostly ITT dropouts or people who just barely graduated but couldn't get a real job......because they're stupid.  Don't ever call them.  For anything.     

what i needed done almost anyone could do with even a little bit of computer knowledge...in fact the last virus like this that i got i actually took it off the computer all by myself.....but this version was a little more difficult....i called strictly out of cost curiosity because i knew theyd charge and insane amount to do something super simple and i wanted to know exactly how much
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 14, 2013, 08:42:29 AM
Yeah, I know you're smart enough to not actually let them work on your stuff, but I like taking a jab at them anytime I can.  I hate them.  They are the Olive Garden of computers and electronics. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on June 14, 2013, 08:54:10 AM
2.  Because of this issue, I don't have access to my iTunes.  I got a new iPhone 5 yesterday and installed iTunes on my work computer so that I can put my music on my phone.  I brought in my external hard drive in which I have my updated music library (I did that occasionally by copying the itunes folder from my laptop and putting it on the external).  When I copy the backup itunes folder onto my work computer, the songs all pop up in my itunes library.  However, when I go to sync my phone or play a song, the little exclamation point pops up and says that the song cannot be located.  Any idea why this is happening and is there anything I can do to fix it?

are you actually copying the music files over or just the itunes folder? this happened to me once when i used an external too. wherever you synced them from your first time, itunes will look for them there every time after. so basically you just have to put all of the files on your work laptop and then add them to itunes from that location.

when i would back up onto the external, i would copy the entire itunes folder from my laptop to the external because that's all i thought i had to do from reading online.

i thought once you added files to itunes it added it to the itunes library file and thats what it referenced.  i didn't copy the actual songs from my laptop to my external because i didn't think i had to.

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 14, 2013, 09:13:15 AM
I think I'm explaining this right.....

iTunes is set up to check a specific folder in your directory for music by default.  Something like:

Cdrive/MyMusic/iTunes/Music/Sunny/Artist/Album/filename, for example.

When you copy them to your external, their actual location now is Externalharddrive/Music/iTunes/Music/Sunny/Artist/Album/filename

So when you open iTunes to try to listen to music and you click a song, iTunes is programmed to check the C drive (or whatever your primary internal hard drive letter designation is) and then whatever folders and subfolders your music happens to fall under. 

1st thing you should do (if you haven't already) is copy your music folder and paste it to your work laptop. 

What you can do now is go into iTunes settings and then preferences and change the location that iTunes uses to find your music. 

That should do the trick. 

If not, then go directly to one of your song files, right click on it and select "open with" and then choose iTunes.  You should also be given the option to use iTunes whenever opening that type of file.  Click yes, or whatever the option is do approve that action. 

If none of that works, then you might want to try uninstalling and reinstalling iTunes and then trying the above step again. 

If that doesn't work, then the last option would be to do it manually, song by song.  Which sucks.  Basically, when you get the message saying that the song cannot be located, it should also ask you if you want to find the song.  If you click yes, it will bring up a window to your computer's directory.  Go to your music folder and find the specific song that you just tried to play through iTunes and double click on it.  Basically what you just did was give iTunes turn by turn directions to find that specific song.  Now you just have to do it for the rest of them. 

I've done all 3 of these in the past, depending on what the specific problem was.  Maybe there's another way to go about it, but if there is, I'm not aware of it. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on June 14, 2013, 09:22:06 AM
i don't have the actual song files...i have the itunes library file (.itl).

i think i'm farged, basically. 

this is what i did to back up the file http://mp3.about.com/od/itunes/qt/How-to-Backup-Your-iTunes-Library-Copying-iTunes-Song-Files-to-Local-Storage.htm

this is what i am doing to restore:  http://ipod.about.com/od/restoreandreformatipod/ht/Restore-Itunes-From-Backup.htm

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: phattymatty on June 14, 2013, 10:09:14 AM
there is way too much writing going on here but if you add your library while attached to the external, it will be fine until the next time you sync your phone to itunes, because it will automatically look for the songs on your external again (or wherever they were originally pointed to). if you copy the actual files to your laptop, there won't be a problem. but i assume you don't want all that shtein on your work laptop.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 14, 2013, 10:59:55 AM
i think i'm farged, basically. 

Sounds like it, unless you can actually get your original laptop to boot up again. 

Any song your purchased through iTunes I believe can be downloaded again.  Any song from other downloadable sources will also need to be downloaded again to the work laptop.  Obviously any cd's you ripped will have to be ripped again.  In short, don't make plans this weekend. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on June 14, 2013, 02:38:09 PM
yeah, i basically have to download by entire library again.

hello torrents
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 14, 2013, 02:40:48 PM
probably needed to start over and try again anyway
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 14, 2013, 02:54:40 PM
In case you (or anyone else) doesn't feel entirely right about using torrent sites for your music but you are equally against paying $1.29 per song through iTunes, there's a site out there I've been using for maybe a year or 2 called eMusic that isn't too bad.  (www.emusic.com) 

The pro(s) - Songs range from .49 - .99 each.  I've found A LOT of songs in the 49 cent range too.

It's compatible with iTunes and songs you purchase will automatically populate in your iTunes library.     

The con(s) - Doesn't have the greatest inventory.  If you're looking for well known songs by well known artists/groups, you should be ok.  If you're looking for some more obscure or less popular artists, then you may or may not find them on there.  It's really just hit or miss at this point. 

The site is kind of annoying because it's just difficult to navigate.  It doesn't seem to be exceptionally responsive to your pointing and clicking.  It's a minor hassle, but still a hassle none the less. 

It's subscription based rather than a la carte like iTunes.  I think I've got the cheapest plan which is $11.99/month.  So each month, my acct is credited with $11.99 for me to spend.  I think that small amounts of unspent money will roll over but if you still have like $8 left at the end of your cycle, you're not going to log on and find $20.00 sitting in your account during the next month. 

All in all though, it suits my needs for the most part.  It's a great alternative to iTunes for most of my music needs.  And I don't mind spending $12/month on music. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 15, 2013, 12:56:26 AM
Introducing Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet access (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/introducing-project-loon.html)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on June 15, 2013, 09:10:36 AM
Sounds like something from The Wild Wild West.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 20, 2013, 08:07:14 PM
anyone know why i have a spell check following me around the internet that i never had before

it could be a facebook IM...or a post on CF

but wherever i type now my lower case i is being auto corrected to I....its putting apostrophes in words like it's....and its putting a squiggly red line under any misspelled words

i hate it....is there anyway to turn it off whatever is doing it
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 20, 2013, 08:14:23 PM
Your browser is shaming you into learning English.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 20, 2013, 08:22:33 PM
can i stops it?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 20, 2013, 08:42:24 PM
Naw.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on June 20, 2013, 09:27:39 PM
can i stops it?

Yes, but only by paying people who hold you in disdain far more money than they deserve but still less than you deserve to pay for not bothering to learn this shtein yourself.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 20, 2013, 10:53:40 PM
I don't think IGY makes enough to hire white linebackers.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on June 21, 2013, 02:15:04 PM
On Monday I'm getting high speed internets finally.  Took a year and a half of lobbying the FCC/Comcast/Verizon/County Commissioners/State Reps and eventually Comcast stepped up to the plate. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 21, 2013, 02:29:56 PM
Now you can douche up the internet up to 5x faster than before. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on June 21, 2013, 03:39:55 PM
If it had been Verizon that stepped up, 25 times faster.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on June 21, 2013, 04:15:47 PM
If it had been Verizon that stepped up, 25 times faster.
  True... but Verizon isn't expanding FIOS at this point, and they don't have any FTTH in our county.  We're 14 miles from the town of North East, and at the end of a peninsula, so i'm not expecting any updates until 2020 from verizon unless they decide to replace all the old copper POTS.  The total run ended up being nearly 7 miles of fiber, base packages are 50mbs down/ 15 up.  Not bad. 

Sarge, you must be getting me confused with someone else.  I'm awesome. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on June 22, 2013, 12:52:02 AM
Climate change is not going to help your cause out there.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on July 13, 2013, 09:15:27 AM
I can highlight a link or text but when I go to copy it the highlight disappears. Tried rebooting my computer but that didn't work. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on July 13, 2013, 10:25:58 AM
Are you trying to copy it by right clicking your mouse, or by using Cntrl C (and then Cntrl V to paste)?  Thy the latter if you haven't already. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on July 13, 2013, 11:56:27 AM
worked...good looking out
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on July 13, 2013, 12:00:39 PM
Cool.  It obviously didn't fix the actual problem (I have no idea why you can't copy by right clicking, btw) but at least it's a viable work around. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Dillen on July 14, 2013, 01:01:08 PM
My touchpad and both left/right click on my HP g7 stopped working about a week ago, but using a mouse works. I've went into the device manager and it doesn't even recognize that the touchpad is there. I re-installed the driver needed for the touchpad, went to add device, still didn't recognize.

GF?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on July 14, 2013, 03:22:58 PM
Apparently they have a little on/off button on the top left. link (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01983909&tmp_task=solveCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&os=4062&product=5169545&sw_lang=#N846)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Dillen on July 14, 2013, 03:38:25 PM
Yeah, that's not what I mean (on a side note, it is the dumbest invention ever). The PC doesn't even recognize that the touchpad exists, and I can't find out why/how to get it back. That's the issue.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on July 14, 2013, 03:47:05 PM
System restore might do it, but if it stopped working over a week ago you may not want to roll back that far. Maybe this will help? http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ht/sfc-scannow.htm
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Dillen on July 14, 2013, 04:28:09 PM
Just tried restore point of 2 weeks ago, didn't work. Said a driver from the restore point could not be found, but it wasn't the driver I had removed and re-installed. Other points were less than a week old, so those wouldn't help. Beginning to think this is going to turn into a huge thing that's going to cost me a couple hundred bucks, unless I wipe it and start over. Even if I do, I bet it'll wind up being some hardware thing instead. I'll probably drop into some PC help places because this is going to be beyond what I can do...
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on August 22, 2013, 12:59:41 PM
Uncovered my 1st PC in my mom's attic the other day.  It's a Micron from 1997.  Obviously I have no use for it, so I'm going to get rid of it, but for shteins and giggles I decided to hook it up, make sure it works, and also make sure I didn't have any personal info on it.  Surprisingly this thing fired up quick.  Like really quick.  Played around with it for a few minutes and was satisfied.  Decided that I wanted to hook up to the web and realized it's only got phone lines on the back because dial up was the most common means of getting on the web back then. 

So, do they make adapters that convert a standard phone line into a cat5 so that I could connect to a modern modem?

Would I need to disable the internal modem?

Would this actually work?

Also (and this is a question that may be better suited for uber nerds like GF or Sus if he's lurking), is there any type of "collector market" for PC heads?  I have nearly everything that came with this computer.  All of the software, start up disks, back up disks, manuals, certs of authenticity......all that shtein.  I've still got the farging mouse pad.  What I don't have (or haven't found yet) is the original monitor and keyboard. 

Should I try to sell it on craigslist and/or ebay, or just drop it off at the Salvation Army? 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on August 22, 2013, 01:34:14 PM
If you get rid of it, take the hard drive out and toss the drive in an industrial shredder. If you keep it, you just need to pick up an ethernet card. It should have a PCI slot or two inside, so you could pick one up for like fifteen bucks, but I have no idea if you can even get Windows 95 drivers for stuff now.

I have no idea if anyone on craigslist would want it, but pickupplease (http://www.pickupplease.org/acceptable-donations) will probably take it. I'm assuming they're not some zesty scam thing.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on August 23, 2013, 08:35:43 PM
Yeah, it's pretty much trash. I have a couple like that to go out for recycling (we can no longer leave such things out at the curb). Just take out the hard drive, run a drill through it, and take it to staples for disposal.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on August 24, 2013, 01:04:42 PM
Here's another question.  I also found an old desktop pc from my mom's old job.  It ran Windows 98 and was part of a network, so it had a log on and everything (don't ask why she has it).  I reformatted it and wiped the OS so that we could trash it.  My mom (because she's old and weird) wanted to see if Windows XP could be loaded since she has the install disk.  So I installed it and it worked just fine.  And that got me to thinking......

I have a laptop that I bought back in 08 or 09 and it runs Vista.  We all know that Vista sucks but XP was (still is, imo) a pretty good OS.  So I'm wondering if I could/should remove Vista from my laptop and install XP instead.  I rarely even use the laptop anymore now that I've switched to Mac, but since it works just fine I never saw the point in getting rid of it.  If nothing else, it's good to have a functioning laptop for when my kids visit and on the rare occasion that I would need/want to use that laptop, I'd much rather have XP than Vista. 

Any potential problems I should look for? 
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Post by: PhillyPhanInDC on August 26, 2013, 03:43:47 PM
If it ran shteinball vista, it will run shteinball xp
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on August 27, 2013, 01:01:04 PM
Could you elaborate?  My understanding with Vista is that it's a big OS and takes up a lot of space which kind of slows it down. XP is smaller and theoretically should run smoother, no? 

Even if performance is the same, I simply like XP better than Vista. Other than having to reinstall existing software like Office and Chrome, i shouldn't have any problems, should I? 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on September 07, 2013, 10:55:16 AM
anyone buy a laptop/tablet combo? Guy at work just bought one and it's pretty bad ass. My laptop is 3 years old and it's starting to wear down.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on September 08, 2013, 12:53:16 PM
Someone actually responded to my ad on craigslist for that old Micron PC, came and looked at it this morning and is very interested in it but wants to know if it can access the internet via DSL.  I've got DSL so I unplugged the phone line from my modem and connected to the PC but the internal modem is for dial up and it wouldn't connect, and the PC doesn't have a cat5 port to plug directly into the DSL modem.  Would a cat5 to phone line adapter work?  I'd run the cat5 from the dsl modem to the converter and then phone line from the converter to the PC.  Dude is ready to give me $100 for this farging thing, but only if he can get online with it. 

Any suggestions? 
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Post by: General_Failure on September 08, 2013, 12:57:08 PM
Holy shtein, people still use DSL?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on September 08, 2013, 01:22:29 PM
Out here you can't get cable unless you live in town.  But you can make fun of that later.  How do you connect a PC with no cat5 port to a DSL modem? 
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Post by: Zanshin on September 08, 2013, 04:02:41 PM
What about a simple router and a wifi card? Cheap.
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Post by: Diomedes on September 08, 2013, 05:25:50 PM
we're on DSL getting better than cable speed because we're right next to the hub

or something like that.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on September 30, 2013, 04:33:08 PM
Booted up my laptop today and got a message that says "Windows Explorer has stopped working."  Here's the problem details:

Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name:   APPCRASH
  Application Name:   explorer.exe
  Application Version:   6.0.6002.18005
  Application Timestamp:   49e01da5
  Fault Module Name:   QuickTime.qts_unloaded
  Fault Module Version:   0.0.0.0
  Fault Module Timestamp:   4cf4536a
  Exception Code:   c0000005
  Exception Offset:   5d0bbb89
  OS Version:   6.0.6002.2.2.0.768.3
  Locale ID:   1033
  Additional Information 1:   fd00
  Additional Information 2:   ea6f5fe8924aaa756324d57f87834160
  Additional Information 3:   fd00
  Additional Information 4:   ea6f5fe8924aaa756324d57f87834160


Clicked on the icon for Windows to resolve the problem but it didn't work. 

Rebooting didn't work. 

Googled the problem and tried several commonly suggested fixes like starting in safe mode, running sfc scan, and running memory diagnostics.  Also downloaded and ran a safety scanner direct from Microsoft.  None worked. 

Suggestions?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on September 30, 2013, 04:38:55 PM
Would you terribly miss anything on it if you had to reformat?
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Post by: Sgt PSN on September 30, 2013, 05:06:28 PM
That will wipe everything including the OS, right? 
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Post by: General_Failure on September 30, 2013, 05:46:04 PM
Yep.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on September 30, 2013, 06:00:09 PM
Yeah, that's kind of a problem since my laptop didn't come with an install disk for Vista.  So I could try installing that copy of XP like I was talking about, but I'd really rather not to. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on October 03, 2013, 07:32:52 AM
I've been looking for solutions high and low online.  None of the different scans, diagnostics, or anything that were the most commonly recommended solutions did anything.  So I decided to try the simple approach, which probably should have been my 1st step all along (and I'm guessing GF assumed I already tried this).  I reinstalled QuickTime and rebooted.  Problem solved. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 28, 2013, 11:16:51 AM
how easy is it to transfer your files from one laptop to another....i have a laptop whose motherboard died and i want to transfer my music word and excel files to another laptop...can you just plug one into another like you would an external drive or do i need to plug something into the hard drive itself of the busted computer and then into the good computer
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on December 28, 2013, 11:43:02 AM
Get one of these (http://www.amazon.com/SANOXY%C2%AE-SATA-Hard-Drive-Enclosure/dp/B001AAVA08/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388248793&sr=8-1&keywords=external+notebook+hard+drive+case). It takes just a couple screws to get the bottom plate off your old laptop, a couple more to get the hard drive out. Put it in that case, turn a couple more screws to keep it from moving around. Transfer over your files, or just keep them on there. Whatever floats your boat.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 28, 2013, 11:58:35 AM
so essentially that thing becomes an external hard drive once you put the laptop hd into it?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on December 28, 2013, 12:08:48 PM
Yes, exactly.
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Post by: ice grillin you on December 28, 2013, 12:16:31 PM
oh sweet...good lookin
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 01, 2014, 07:06:44 PM
so i actually did this today
all by myself
without a single anything thrown across the room

thanks again gf
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on January 02, 2014, 08:10:57 AM
I'm shocked you managed  to do this on new years day.  I figured your body would be going thru convulsions after the binge you've been on. 
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Post by: Diomedes on January 02, 2014, 08:38:50 AM
lol, binge.

he's all talk, as ever.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on January 02, 2014, 10:34:17 AM
I'm shocked you managed  to do this on new years day.  I figured your body would be going thru convulsions after the binge you've been on.

started again with the first bowl game so my nerves were calmed
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 02, 2014, 11:26:03 AM
Maybe IGY turns into some sort of drunken, idiot computer repair savant....like Peter Griffin and the classical piano.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on January 13, 2014, 09:14:12 AM
I'm trying to order a computer for a guy at my office and it needs to be setup for 3 monitors right out of the box.  Is that possible?  if so, find one for me and send me the link because i'm striking out like a mother farger
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on January 13, 2014, 09:28:25 AM
http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Set_Up_Multiple_Monitors

Most computers have two outputs, you can buy a splitter, but you'll most likely be better off getting an upgraded video card. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on January 13, 2014, 10:32:40 AM
how hard is it to install a video card?  I've never done it and i am striking out like crazy trying to find a computer that has 2 dvi outputs
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on January 13, 2014, 11:54:28 AM
On a pc its easy(just open up the computer, either swap or put the new card in, insert disc, put case back on and you're done).  On a laptop its tougher just based on the available slots. 
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Post by: Diomedes on January 13, 2014, 05:25:33 PM
how hard is it to install a video card? 

Hippo the Greater could do it in a desktop.

Not so sure he could manage a laptop.

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Munson on February 18, 2014, 05:58:32 PM
Alright computer geeks, have a question.

I recently bought an external hard drive. The plan was just to use it to keep my pictures, music, and word/excel/powerpoint projects on it. The thnig also came with an "EZ backup" or wahtever, that basically gives you quick options to back up my documents file or etc blah blah. One of the options is to do a complete system backup.

If and when this computer dies, I'd probably just buy a new one. Is there any reason to do a system backup in my case? I plan on saving the only "Important" stuff (the pictures and whatever else) on the hard drive so I don't lose those...what else would a complete system backup save that I might be forgetting that won't just be included on the next computer I buy?
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Post by: Diomedes on February 18, 2014, 06:45:51 PM
Wise or not, that's how I operate too.  My data is backed--manually--offline on the regular (and in a week or so, I'll have a backup for my backup) and then I clear it from my working laptop.  The computer could die at any time and I wouldn't lose much I care about.
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Post by: Zanshin on February 19, 2014, 08:29:20 AM
I've done both, and I generally think they full system backup is a waste of time and space, particularly because it's tough to get to specific files because of the way everything is zipped. That is, unless you plan to restore it on your current system in full.

Instead, I just back the major folders of documents, music and pictures up manually using the drive every couple of months. And even documents aren't that much of an issue, because I've been using Google Docs, which is cloud-based. Even my pictures are automatically backed up onto Dropbox. So, really, it's just music that I have any risk of losing at any point, and the vast majority of that is always backed up.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Zanshin on February 19, 2014, 08:58:12 AM
Also, keep in mind those external drives can crap out, too. The really important shtein I have backed up on two computers, two backup drives, Dropbox and Google drive. It's overkill, but there's no reason not to for some stuff.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on February 19, 2014, 10:42:15 PM
The thing is, almost all this "important" data  that I have isn't really.  It could all burn and if no one is hurt, so farging what.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Munson on February 19, 2014, 10:44:51 PM
Thanks for the input guys. Zanishin, with that in mind, I also bought a 16gb flash drive to store my pictures on, so I'll have two backups, plus whatever pictures are on facebook.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 26, 2014, 09:23:18 AM
is there any way to DL excel for free?
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Post by: Tomahawk on February 26, 2014, 09:35:12 AM
Google docs is free
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Post by: Diomedes on February 26, 2014, 09:44:08 AM
is there any way to DL excel for free?

No.  Well, yes.  But it requires more computer/innertubes savvy than you've got.  And it's illegal.

Tomahawk has the easy solution:  use google docs.  It has every function you could ever use, it's compatible with Excel, you don't have to download anything, it's legal and free.  Etc.

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Post by: Zanshin on February 26, 2014, 10:48:07 AM
Google docs is great. OpenOffice is another free and solid alternative that will read and edit any office document.
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Post by: Diomedes on February 26, 2014, 11:21:25 AM
You have to download OpenOffice, igy.

https://www.openoffice.org/
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 26, 2014, 11:32:58 AM
when you say google docs is compatible with excel does that mean I could work at home on google docs then when in the office save that same google docs spreadsheet to excel that is on my office computer hard drive

also ive already noticed one thing I cant seem to do on google docs that you can in excel....when bordering spread sheet cells in google docs the drop down menu only gives you three border options....one of which is not the really thick border that is an option in excel...at least if its there I cant see it
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Post by: SunMo on February 26, 2014, 11:59:38 AM
OpenOffice is the way to go. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 26, 2014, 12:04:54 PM
is the first question in my last post true of open office....or is it its own thing and doesn't overlap with excel
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: SunMo on February 26, 2014, 12:09:49 PM
As far as I know it has most of, if not all, the same functionality as excel
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 26, 2014, 12:16:57 PM
i dont mean same functionality....i mean can i create a document on open office or excel and then continue to work on it on the other program....like what if i wanted to work on a spreadsheet at the office but all I have their is excel....then do some work on the same document at home that night but on open office becauase I don't have excel at home
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Seabiscuit36 on February 26, 2014, 12:47:08 PM
Not knowing exactly, I'm sure you can "Save AS" and select the proper file type so you don't encounter any issues. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on February 26, 2014, 12:58:03 PM
OpenOffice has all the same functionality as Excel and should be completely interchangeable, meaning you can work on a doc at work, save it to a flash drive or email it to yourself, and then when you get home to the machine that has OpenOffice on it, open the document and continue working.  Then, the next morning, take it back to work (either on a flash drive or emailed back to yourself with the changes from the night before) and continue working.  The only tricky thing is, as seabiscuit noted, you might have to "save as" the correct format in preparation for opening the doc on the next machine.  Not sure about that part.

Google docs everything is online, requires an internet connection to use and save, etc.  And it probably doesn't have all the borders and other bells and whistles you might want.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 26, 2014, 01:10:19 PM
OpenOffice has all the same functionality as Excel and should be completely interchangeable, meaning you can work on a doc at work, save it to a flash drive or email it to yourself, and then when you get home to the machine that has OpenOffice on it, open the document and continue working. 

yeah thats exactly what i was looking for....actually just downloaded open office....after an initial look/see it seems like it basically is excel when you are in a spreadsheet....theres probably a bunch of features above and beyond anything I would need that excel has and this doesn't but I don't see why anyone would pay for excel when this is free

good lookin on the info
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Post by: SunMo on February 26, 2014, 02:55:34 PM
right, if you create a document in open office, it will want to save it as an open office file, just 'Save As' and choose the file extension that matches your excel (probably .xls)
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Post by: phattymatty on February 26, 2014, 02:58:16 PM
they should convert pretty well most of the time. if anything, some formatting and maybe some formulas might jerk off a bit once in a while.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on March 01, 2014, 09:12:09 AM
Need some recommendations for a decent laptop in the $300 range. I would like to switch to a Kindle fire instead but I like typing on keyboards. Have had my current Toshiba for 3 years but it's really starting to act up. Probably a virus from all the porn I watch. Any recommendations? I have no idea where to start.
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Post by: Diomedes on March 01, 2014, 10:58:34 AM
Nothing you buy for $300 is going to be much better or worse than anyting else at that pricepoint.  It's all essentially disposable crap.  Go buy something and leave us alone about it.
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Post by: General_Failure on March 01, 2014, 11:26:41 AM
You can buy a keyboard for a Kindle Fire.
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Post by: AO1 on March 01, 2014, 11:26:56 AM
Which one is the most harmful to the environment? That's the one I want.
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Post by: General_Failure on March 01, 2014, 11:30:19 AM
Any of them will be good for that, really. All electronics are chock full of rare metals that have to be blasted out of the ground in poor countries.
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Post by: AO1 on March 01, 2014, 11:33:46 AM
Nice...now whats the least environmentally friendly way to get rid of my old laptop? I'm thinking remove the hard drive and throw it in a landfill.
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Post by: General_Failure on March 01, 2014, 11:44:03 AM
That or burning it, sure.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 01, 2014, 11:46:45 AM
Burn some tires with it too
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 03, 2014, 08:42:33 PM
I can't see videos in this site on my iPhone any longer. I used to be able to but maybe the last week nada.

I've got the 5s if it matters
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Post by: Diomedes on March 29, 2014, 07:50:15 AM
I'm running XP on my main laptop.  What should I do? 
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Post by: Zanshin on March 29, 2014, 11:34:46 AM
Upgrade the OS for less than $100 or get a new computer. XP is going to be a huge target for malware if you're using it to connect to the intenet. I saw that Microsoft was offering $100 off a new computer if you currently have an XP computer, but I don't know the details.
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Post by: General_Failure on March 29, 2014, 11:35:38 AM
Get a copy of windows 7, a new laptop, a chromebook, tablet, or nothing.
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Post by: Diomedes on March 29, 2014, 12:39:56 PM
So Windows 7 is the ticket...not 8.1 or whatever the newest one is?
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Post by: Zanshin on March 29, 2014, 12:47:07 PM
I have both. I have 8.1 on a touch screen, and it's okay for that. Very different, though, and until you get used to it, it's a pain in the ass. Go to a store to check it out before deciding.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 29, 2014, 01:54:54 PM
So is XP just going to stop working? I had the pop up the other day and thought it was weird that they'd send that.

My newest laptop died awhile ago and I never replaced the hard drive that fried. I just mothballed it because I was too lazy to get it fixed and I have been using my old laptop which is a IBM ThinkPad with XP...
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Post by: Diomedes on March 29, 2014, 05:02:58 PM
Yeah, I've got a Thinkpad too..I love it and I paid a lot of farging money for it once upon a time.  Battery is dead so it only works when plugged in, and sometimes a fan...oh christ, no one cares.

Anyway, Microsoft is no longer going to publish updates for XP.  That means after 1/8, any security problem, bug, glitch, etc. will not be fixed by the mothership, exposing your machine to all manner of shtein.

I'll probably just buy a copy of Windows 7.  A hundred bucks won't kill me.  I sure as farg am not going over to Apple.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on March 29, 2014, 05:18:16 PM
Same deal with mine - battery is dead so I keep it plugged in.

I guess I will replace my toshibas hard drive
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Post by: General_Failure on March 30, 2014, 08:45:16 AM
Check amazon for new batteries, dummies
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Post by: Diomedes on March 30, 2014, 08:53:15 AM
Why?  Plug works.  Don't need a laptop in a ditch.
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Post by: Zanshin on March 31, 2014, 04:08:40 PM
fwiw, I just received a marketing email from TigerDirect, and they're selling both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for less than $70.
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Post by: phattymatty on March 31, 2014, 04:51:45 PM
i bought a 1TB external yesterday from staples thats like the size of a credit card.
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Post by: Zanshin on April 01, 2014, 08:15:11 AM
Yeah, I have one of those. They're awesome. They have multiple TB in the same form factor, but they're pricey. The 1TB is a cheap backup option.
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Post by: Zanshin on April 07, 2014, 08:06:13 PM
Best Buy has a deal where if you bring in an old Windows XP computer, they'll give you a $25 gift card and a voucher for $75 off a new computer. I did it just to get rid of my 12 year old laptop that was gathering dust. If someone can use the voucher this week, let me know.
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Post by: Diomedes on April 08, 2014, 06:18:05 AM
We ordered 7 from TigerDirect yesterday morning.
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Post by: Diomedes on April 15, 2014, 07:09:14 AM
Installed 7.  They shipped the 64bit version instead of the 32, but it appears to be working alright.  One bug I can't figure:  why is my screen so squashed?  No matter what resolution I change to, everything looks squashed/stretched.  Any suggestions?
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Post by: General_Failure on April 15, 2014, 11:28:50 AM
Probably the wrong video driver, or driver for the monitor/screen.
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Post by: Diomedes on April 15, 2014, 02:00:33 PM
Ah...we're into territory that's just beyond my user chops.  Should it be a simple thing to just download the video driver for my model from Lenovo?  Install and happily ever after?
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Post by: General_Failure on April 15, 2014, 02:52:07 PM
Should be, sure.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on August 03, 2014, 10:05:38 PM
Anyone know of a good/free program I can download to recover deleted pics and videos from a micro sd card?  So far I'm only finding a bunch that say they're free and will scan the card and show you your missing pics, but then want to charge $30-40 for the recovery.  Farg that.   
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Post by: Rome on August 03, 2014, 10:20:26 PM
http://www.stellarphotorecoverysoftware.com/sd-card-recovery/?gclid=CMXBkNvF-L8CFaTm7AodhkwAOQ
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Post by: Sgt PSN on August 03, 2014, 10:26:49 PM
That's one of the ones that gives you the free download of their software and lets you run a scan, but then charges you to actually recover the files.  Tried that particular one yesterday and they want $40. 
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Post by: MDS on August 03, 2014, 10:30:09 PM
why dont you use one of your guns

they fix ALL problems
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Post by: Sgt PSN on August 03, 2014, 10:32:16 PM
Um, sure. 
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Post by: hbionic on August 25, 2014, 05:12:31 PM
Are the All-in-one desktop computers good?

I've had a Toshiba Satellite laptop for about 4-5 years now...and I'm starting to get the blue screens of death...so, it's on it's last legs.

I have a tablet, but need the PC/IBM compatible stuff. Too lazy to get used to a mac. I don't think I'll need a laptop anymore at this point, so I was looking for a desktop.

Help?
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Post by: General_Failure on August 25, 2014, 06:11:26 PM
If you need to move it, get a laptop. If you need it cheap, get a laptop. If you need to hook up three monitors and do some serious editing, get a tower.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on August 25, 2014, 06:16:22 PM
What about for his porn collection?
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Post by: General_Failure on August 25, 2014, 06:20:13 PM
Editing it or watching it?
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on August 25, 2014, 06:22:15 PM
All of the above!
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Post by: General_Failure on August 25, 2014, 06:23:08 PM
Mac, two extra monitors, and a splash guard.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on August 25, 2014, 07:49:28 PM
Lolol
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Post by: Sgt PSN on August 25, 2014, 10:40:48 PM
All in ones are fine. But get a Mac. It ain't that hard.
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Post by: hbionic on September 22, 2014, 06:23:49 PM
I got a cheapo replacement laptop (pc)....but now we have to have a subscription for microsoft to get Word/Excel?

Anyone have any experience with this?
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on September 22, 2014, 11:31:23 PM
I went out and bought office - you need that product key
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Post by: ice grillin you on September 24, 2014, 10:28:00 AM
I got a cheapo replacement laptop (pc)....but now we have to have a subscription for microsoft to get Word/Excel?

Anyone have any experience with this?

i cant remember what its called...sunny knows....but theres some program that mirrors excel/word that is a free download...im not sure if it has every last feature that word/excel have but it works great for me to do simple documents and spreadsheets
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Post by: SunMo on September 24, 2014, 10:37:38 AM
open office
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Post by: smeags on September 24, 2014, 11:17:02 AM
one of my company perks is getting microsoft products at a discount. just got MS office 2013 for my laptop and Jr's for $20.

win
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Post by: Tomahawk on November 21, 2014, 08:18:03 AM
My work laptop literally took a dump on me. It went through a startup loop, never got to the login screen, and the onboard diagnostic bullshtein did not work. The help desk was so farging unresponsive, I went to the advanced section of the diagnostic window to DOS it up. Because this is something I have zero experience with, I first moved the Systems file from the RegBack directory to the Config directory. After realizing that was probably wrong, I copied the Sam, Security, and one other one I think.

I'm on a loaner now, but did I farg my old computer up?
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 01, 2015, 04:12:13 PM
can anyone recommend a good free program that will convert music files?
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Post by: General_Failure on January 01, 2015, 04:33:45 PM
http://media.io/ That seems to work fine, assuming your internet isn't terrible.
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 01, 2015, 04:47:13 PM
I must have zesty internet because its slow as dirt....otherwise it looks awesome...so user friendly being web based

any others?
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 01, 2015, 07:47:33 PM
I didn't care because I went to the bar while it was downloading....but that site downloaded all my files then said that it couldnt transfer them cause it doesn't recognize .flac files....after it tried the first file might have been a good time to figure this out
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 17, 2015, 10:49:48 AM
my laptop is having trouble staying connected to my wireless network....its def something wrong with my computer as two other laptops in the house are having no problem...however mine will connect for a few seconds or minutes then lose the signal...sometimes I have to reconnect other times it will reconnect itself but then it goes off again

any ideas?
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on January 20, 2015, 10:25:43 AM
I'd say two things.  Check to see if your router has new firmware available.  Depending on your router you just need to enter the ip address to enter the router interface, and you should be able to click a button to see if there is new firmware available.   Or you can just go to the router manufacturer's website and download the most up to date and push it to your router again thru the router interface. 

Also, I'd check your drivers on the laptop by going into the properties of the wifi card.  So select your wifi card, right click, properties, then it should be under Details, hit the update driver.  They don't typically get updated, so its most likely your router that is causing the issue. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on January 20, 2015, 10:27:38 AM
ill check those two things when i get home thanks...but if the router was at fault here wouldnt these other two laptops be having issues as well?
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Post by: AO1 on January 20, 2015, 10:37:16 AM
Anyone use that win cleaner they advertise on tv? My laptop is roughly 4 years old and all the porn I watch is starting to slow it down.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on January 20, 2015, 10:39:56 AM
I've had the same problem with one laptop, where my wifes apple and another laptop worked fine.  I did a firmware update and all was good.   

One simple thing you can do before all of that is delete your connection on the laptop to your wifi, and just start up a new connection, which might do the trick without going into other settings.    Had a similar issue with my phone, so i just deleted and setup a new connection to my wifi and it was fine.

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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on January 20, 2015, 10:44:32 AM
Anyone use that win cleaner they advertise on tv? My laptop is roughly 4 years old and all the porn I watch is starting to slow it down.
Save your money from that bullshtein  Just defrag your computer, and get something free like
http://download.cnet.com/Panda-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10914099.html
or http://download.cnet.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy-Portable/3000-18514_4-75331484.html to delete adware and potential malware which is probably hogging your cpu's resources. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 05, 2015, 06:07:14 PM
can anyone recommend a good and hopefully cheap anti virus
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Post by: Dillen on March 05, 2015, 06:39:51 PM
AVG Free
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 05, 2015, 06:44:46 PM
thanks but where do you find it free....i see free trials for it but not free
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Post by: ice grillin you on March 05, 2015, 06:49:17 PM
nevermind think i got it

thanks again
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on March 06, 2015, 08:02:53 AM
Panda Antivirus works well too
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Post by: Rome on March 23, 2015, 06:27:33 PM
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/happens-hook-1986-mac-modern-internet-192431144.html

Some of this was a bit over my head but a good story none the less.

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Post by: MDS on April 04, 2015, 03:12:05 PM
does anybody know how to change your IP address to make it look like its coming from an international location....or at least something other than philly
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Post by: General_Failure on April 04, 2015, 05:34:34 PM
http://www.publicproxyservers.com/
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Post by: MDS on April 04, 2015, 05:44:34 PM
im looking for a way to lift the blackout restrictions on mlbtv

will this do that
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Post by: Zanshin on April 04, 2015, 06:48:55 PM
Look up Virtual Private Network, or VPN services.
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Post by: MDS on April 04, 2015, 09:13:53 PM
yea i have no idea what that means

this either needs to be something simple i can do or something i can pay someone to do
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Post by: Zanshin on April 04, 2015, 11:09:47 PM
If you looked it up, you'd understand. It's a way to hide your browsing activity or spoof your location. It's typically a pretty inexpensive service.
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Post by: MDS on April 04, 2015, 11:22:34 PM
i looked it up and it was chinese

i just want to fool mlbtv into thinking im not in philly....will this do that
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Post by: Zanshin on April 05, 2015, 09:53:47 AM
Yes.

http://lifehacker.com/5935863/five-best-vpn-service-providers
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Post by: Zanshin on April 05, 2015, 09:58:15 AM
Also, http://vpnfreedom.com/mlb/how-to-bypass-mlb-blackouts/
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Post by: Zanshin on April 05, 2015, 09:58:51 AM
Your Internet search methods are suspect.
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Post by: MDS on April 05, 2015, 12:13:51 PM
chinese isnt chinese...it just means i dont understand it

but that 2nd link seems easy enough. thanks.
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Post by: MDS on April 05, 2015, 08:27:29 PM
zanish i owe you a beer

this shtein worked.....is me paying $5 a month a good deal? and how will it stop working if i dont pay? should i have not paid?
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Post by: Zanshin on April 06, 2015, 07:54:59 AM
They have different plans, some yearly, some monthly. Doesn't sound awful, but you'd have to check the terms to see how it works on whatever service you picked. If you download torrents, which I think you've alluded to in the past, it's also good from keeping you from getting ID'd based on your IP.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on April 06, 2015, 10:08:37 AM
Sounds like you got Private Internet Access, they're good, yearly plan is pretty affordable.  Considering what you're using it for, worth every penny.  If you stop paying, then it'll just shut off the ability to use the vpn. 
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Post by: MDS on April 06, 2015, 11:00:05 PM
so the number they gave me to put into the DNS spot or IP spot or whatever it was called is controlled by them? its not something you can share with other people or take off of someone. i figure it cant be that easy.

i dont mind paying...its 5 bucks a month and obviously well worth it....im just wondering if i dont have to
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Post by: ice grillin you on April 29, 2015, 08:10:22 PM
can someone tell me what the difference is btwn this thing....

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N2ROG9O/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

and a thumb drive

or maybe for all i know they arent even remotely related items
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Post by: General_Failure on April 29, 2015, 08:49:05 PM
Short version: thumb drives are for computers, MicroSD cards are for phones and tablets.
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Post by: ice grillin you on April 29, 2015, 08:51:18 PM
is there any reason to get a microsd card if you already have an external hard drive...other than i guess more friendly portability
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Post by: General_Failure on April 29, 2015, 08:52:08 PM
An external hard drive's probably going to have way more storage space, so no.
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Post by: AO1 on May 19, 2015, 02:27:14 AM
Need a good recommendation on a laptop. Trying to keep it under $700. My buddy has a refurbished Apple that's nice but I have no idea what I'm looking for. I use it to browse the net and sometimes stream movies.
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Post by: ice grillin you on May 19, 2015, 06:13:48 AM
I don't know about streaming movies cause the screen is only 11 or 12 inches but I just got an asus...its basically a tablet but it comes with a hard drive and windows...it was only 199....cant imagine a better deal out there...I like it a lot so far
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Post by: AO1 on May 19, 2015, 07:37:33 AM
Is it one with a keyboard that detaches or is it a straight tablet?
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Post by: Zanshin on May 19, 2015, 08:12:56 AM
If you seriously just use it for internet and movie purposes, you could save a lot of money by checking out a Chromebook. I had a cheap Windows laptop that was stupid slow, so I took a chance and replaced it with a Chromebook that's light, thin, lightning fast and has amazing battery life for about $100. My kid has a much nicer touch screen laptop, but we bring the Chromebook everywhere because it's more portable, the battery lasts forever, and if something happens to it, it's not a major investment.

Now, if you need to install and run software or play installed games, that wouldn't be for you. We use Google Drive anyway, and it works great for that. It's not for everyone, but for what we use it for, the thing has been a champ on the cheap.
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Post by: ice grillin you on May 19, 2015, 08:19:47 AM
no it doesnt have a detachable anything...its definitely a laptop not a tablet....the two things that differ from any laptop ive ever had and maybe you to is again the smaller screen....it also has a smaller hard drive but i have a standalone hard drive and i also bought a storage card that slides right inside the laptop so thats not an issue....if you dont mind a smaller screen for the movies its a no brainer imo for the two different kinds of usage you mentioned...movies/internet....i could drop the thing in a river tomorrow and i wouldnt care as it cost me less than 200 bucks...cant beat that shtein

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OBA5AZU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Post by: AO1 on May 19, 2015, 09:10:25 AM
Both good choices thanks fellas

My big hold up is we're supposed to get work from home soon and they're 'supposed' to be issuing us laptops. If they do then I'll go one of these cheaper routes. If not I'm going to have to upgrade to something faster with more processors because we have to view so many different programs and documents at the same time.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on May 19, 2015, 09:25:15 AM
I have a Toshiba that I bought for around $550 that is great. I can't recall the exact dimensions of it but I will post the model number when I get home
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Post by: Zanshin on May 19, 2015, 09:26:02 AM
Figure out what you need first-- but for $700, you could easily get a Windows computer that would easily do what you need. If you're not gaming, a Core i5 with 6-8 gigs of RAM would be more than enough. Keep an eye out on SlickDeals.com for a bargain. You could probably get what you need for about $500. I bough a refurbished, but nice ASUS touchscreen ultrabook with a Core i5 and 8 gig of RAM for my son about a year and a half ago for $500. I'd look at refurbished if you're looking to save some money-- I've had a lot of luck with that, personally.

I think you'd have less luck with a Mac at that pricepoint, honestly. But if you're going to be using it for work, that's a big consideration if you need something in particular to connect to their network, etc.
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Post by: Zanshin on May 19, 2015, 10:10:41 AM
Here's a link to the laptop deals. That Acer on there for $323 would probably be absolutely fine for what you need.

http://slickdeals.net/deals/laptop/
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Post by: AO1 on May 19, 2015, 12:05:22 PM
Awesome thanks bud
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Post by: Beermonkey on May 19, 2015, 12:36:07 PM
Has anyone here ever used internet phone services like Ooma or Vonage? I'm specifically looking at Ooma and was curious what the experience has been for others. I've read some mixed reviews on the internet so far.
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Post by: Zanshin on May 19, 2015, 12:50:15 PM
I used Vonage for awhile, maybe 5 years ago or so. Didn't have any issues with it, really. That said, we really don't use a home phone for anything anymore. I have FiOS and if I were to drop my home phone, I'd only save $5 on my bill. So, we keep it in case of emergencies and route it to my wife's cell phone. I don't even have home phones set up in the house, generally. So, my point is...do you need it? And, if so, would it be cheaper to just add an option to your cable or phone package?
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on May 19, 2015, 02:09:23 PM
I have Ooma, and couldn't be happier.  Paid 99 bucks for the system, we got the bare bones option at the time because it's mainly a backup for our cellphones which get zesty coverage at home.  I think we're on the Basic package, but it amounts to 4.30 a month in taxes and fees, thats it.  Quality is great provided you have decent internet.  I think Sarge had magic jack but he said the quality was meh. 
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Post by: General_Failure on July 27, 2015, 09:36:05 PM
Pre-emptive help for you guys when you upgrade to Windows 10 during the free upgrade month starting on the 29th, which you should definitely do. Why the Hell Is Windows 10 Sharing My Wifi Passwords? (http://reviews.gizmodo.com/why-the-hell-is-windows-10-sharing-my-wi-fi-passwords-1719900675)
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Post by: Geowhizzer on July 27, 2015, 10:23:47 PM
Why should I upgrade to 10?  And can my old dinosaur of a Windows 7 system handle it?
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Post by: General_Failure on July 27, 2015, 10:29:54 PM
Because it'll be free and they stopped supporting 7 in January. And yes.
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Post by: Seabiscuit36 on July 29, 2015, 09:58:23 AM
is this the NSA Sponsored edition? 

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Post by: General_Failure on July 29, 2015, 12:34:15 PM
Nah, congress is voting on the Cyber Intelligence Security Act this week to skip the middle man.
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Post by: Geowhizzer on August 08, 2015, 02:39:22 PM
Anyone use the iTunes match? 
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Post by: Sgt PSN on December 09, 2015, 05:45:51 PM
So I've got this crappy Toshiba laptop that runs crappy Vista.  I powered it on today for the first time in probably 2 years.  Boots up just fine and all that, but it needs a shtein ton of updates, one of which is for Java.  So I go to java's website and download their latest and run the install.  Install window pops up and it runs until it's like 98% done and then it just stops.  It doesn't freeze my laptop up or anything, it just stops installing, but the install window is still open. 

I don't really give a shtein about this laptop because it kind of sucked to begin with, but I'm sick of trying to type on my phone/tablet keyboard all the time when I'm chilling in the living room, so I'd like to still be able to use it as an internet box.  Any suggestions how to finish this install? 
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Post by: General_Failure on December 09, 2015, 06:17:26 PM
If the registration key is still on the bottom I'd say just wipe it and start fresh.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 02:06:36 PM
as a total idiot when it comes to this stuff i am going to try and explain this the best i can

I have a laptop or maybe its called a tablet...whatever it is it has a super small hard drive

because of this I keep all my music on a slimdisk i have to boost the memory of the laptop and an external hard drive

the problem im running into is putting as many songs on my iPhone as i want because when i plug the phone into the computer to connect to iTunes the phone and whatever is on it is using the computers hd space i think....i can only put X amount of songs on the phone before i get a message saying there is no more room left on the hard drive

is there anyway around this other than getting a laptop with a bigger hardrive?
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Post by: General_Failure on February 24, 2016, 02:35:45 PM
Is it the phone that's full or the computer? The way you're explaining it sounds like the phone.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 03:01:13 PM
the computer....I think?...because I know I have had a lot more songs on the phone than there currently is

right now there is only 1.21 GB left on the hard drive and when I plug my phone into the computer I think its eating it all up....when you plug an iPhone into any laptop whatever is on the iPhone is recognized by the computer as taking up space on its hard drive right?

or should the phone be its own separate "hard drive" that I can move music to until it fills up

right now it seems like it I go to my external hard drive and drag and drop 500 songs into iTunes to then sync to the iPhone my computer is counting those 500 songs on being on its hard drive when it hits iTunes

is that how it works?
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 03:11:54 PM
in fact the message I get when i try to drop the songs into iTunes is this:

"There is not enough room on "OS" to copy all of the requested files. ITunes will copy as many files as possible"
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 03:20:18 PM
First things first..When the farg did you get a cellphone, gramps?
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 03:22:49 PM
I had to get one for work...trust me im not happy about it
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Post by: Susquehanna Birder on February 24, 2016, 03:25:04 PM
Do you have set to have iTunes automatically download all content to your phone when it's connected? If that's the case, it's probably the phone that's full. Check that and report back.   :deion
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 03:26:03 PM
im sure that isn't it but where do I found that in iTunes...I can check
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 03:30:33 PM
On the plus side, now you can check in at your tailgate spot on facebook. It's important for me to know when you get there.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 03:31:31 PM
im sure that isn't it but where do I found that in iTunes...I can check

Open iTunes and go to settings.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 04:05:41 PM
i think the only solution other than getting another laptop is:

move all my songs from the computer to the external
plug the phone in and move songs from the external to iTunes
snyc
take the phone off the laptop
move the songs back from the external to the laptop

pain in the ass but I don't know how else to do it
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Post by: General_Failure on February 24, 2016, 04:06:23 PM
right now there is only 1.21 GB left on the hard drive and when I plug my phone into the computer I think its eating it all up....when you plug an iPhone into any laptop whatever is on the iPhone is recognized by the computer as taking up space on its hard drive right?

Your phone will count as another external drive when plugged in. Anyway, I have no idea what the actual problem is, so I googled it. Look for something called iTunes LP when you're trying to copy stuff over. Skip that when copying stuff and it should work. If not, try copying over fewer tracks at a time. If that still doesn't do it, just buy a new hard drive for your computer and switch to an android phone so you can shove a 128 gb micro sd card in there.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 04:09:24 PM
Your phone will count as another external drive when plugged in.

if this is the case then yeah i have no idea whats happening

what do you mean look for something called iTunes LP...it will just pop up as im dropping songs into iTunes from my hard drive?
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Post by: General_Failure on February 24, 2016, 05:42:12 PM
It may be album art for all I know, I don't use itunes. I'm just googling shtein.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 05:47:52 PM
I emptied the recycle bin and all the songs on my ipod that I didn't need right now and it let me put on what I couldn't prior to doing that

so for whatever reason my iPhone isn't acting like an external hard drive when I plug it in...its taking up space on my laptops hard drive
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 06:14:29 PM
I don't think iPhones show up as an external drive when you plug them in.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 06:16:45 PM
You can't just drag and drop music files from your computer to your iPhone like you could with an external hard drive or an Android phone.
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 06:19:22 PM
right....you drag and drop them into iTunes then sync
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Post by: General_Failure on February 24, 2016, 06:28:24 PM
I don't think iPhones show up as an external drive when you plug them in.

I know Apple makes some stupid design decisions, but Apple makes some stupid farging design decisions.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 06:32:10 PM
I don't think iPhones show up as an external drive when you plug them in.

I know Apple makes some stupid design decisions, but Apple makes some stupid farging design decisions.

Lol. They're great phones, but there are definitely a few things about them that are derptastic.
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on February 24, 2016, 06:48:00 PM
First things first..When the farg did you get a cellphone, gramps?

Yeah no shtein

Congrats Havas!
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Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 06:53:22 PM
ive had it for about a year and a half but I don't use it for anything cept to play beats
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Rome on February 24, 2016, 08:00:32 PM
I don't think iPhones show up as an external drive when you plug them in.

They do on PC's.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 08:01:39 PM
I don't think iPhones show up as an external drive when you plug them in.

They do on PC's.


not on mine it doesnt
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Rome on February 24, 2016, 08:06:11 PM
If you click on the "Computer" or "My Computer" icon on your desktop, it will either show as an iPhone or external drive.  Either way you should be able to dump whatever music a phone can hold onto even the most basic computer because the hard drive is almost always larger. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 08:21:27 PM
if it acted as an external hard drive I could....I have 4 billion songs on my actual external drive and nothing happens when I plug it in

but when I plug my iPhone into my computer I can only put a certain amount of songs into iTunes before it says my operating system is full im assuming that's what OS is

my laptop is a tablet or whatever they are called...it says its got 20gb of space and currently 944 mb is left
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 08:26:57 PM
if it acted as an external hard drive I could....I have 4 billion songs on my actual external drive and nothing happens when I plug it in

but when I plug my iPhone into my computer I can only put a certain amount of songs into iTunes before it says my operating system is full im assuming that's what OS is

my laptop is a tablet or whatever they are called...it says its got 20gb of space and currently 944 mb is left

Yeah, you need to figure out what's sucking up all that space and delete it.

Start with deleting all the naked pics you have of Buddy Ryan and David Simon. Work your way up from there.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 08:29:56 PM
It should provide you some sort of breakdown of hiw much space various types of files are taking up.

The largest would be your operating system.
Then video and music files.
Then pictures.
Documents and such would take up the least amount of space.

Look at that and see if you can figure out what is clogging you up.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 08:31:48 PM
What is the make/model of your laptablet?  And what OS is it running?  I feel like we should establish what kind of device you have and what it's running before doing anything else.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 08:33:04 PM
no video or music is taking up anything....ive never downloaded any video and all my music is either on my slim disk thing or my external drive

but just in case I see the pie chart thing breaking down total space vs available space but how to I find out the breakdown you are talking about
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 08:36:39 PM
What is the make/model of your laptablet?  And what OS is it running?  I feel like we should establish what kind of device you have and what it's running before doing anything else.

asus X205T

I think the OS is windows nt?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 08:46:26 PM
I don't think they've called it Windows NT since like 2000.  If you right click on "my computer" and go to Properties it should tell you what version of Windows you're running.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 08:49:20 PM
And it just dawned on me that you said you've got 20gb of storage. How old is this laptop exactly?  Did you pick it up at DRMO?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Rome on February 24, 2016, 08:55:18 PM
Wait.  What?

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 08:56:43 PM
And it just dawned on me that you said you've got 20gb of storage. How old is this laptop exactly?  Did you pick it up at DRMO?

its less than a year old...its not real laptop...its a notebook or whatever they call them

it cost like a 175 bucks...the irony of it is that I literally do nothing on the computer but music shtein and surf the net...so I went cheap...and honestly btwn this the slim disk and my external I have more than anough space for my music...but the computer I got for music wont let me put music on the thing that plays my music when im not near the laptop
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on February 24, 2016, 09:23:24 PM
Here, just click this (https://play.spotify.com/track/63sCRDH2JWuR7ZzWv8KQhS).
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on February 24, 2016, 10:04:26 PM
Lol. I was thinking along the same lines. I don't think the Google Music app is available on iPhone, but I beleive that Apple has the same type of product...Probably whatever they renamed Beatz to.

Anyway, Google Music let me upload all of my music to the cloud. It kept my play lists in tact, album art, everything.  So I use that like 99% of the time for listening to music. 

Also, it just occurred to me that Havas might just need to change the default folder that iTunes stores music and redirect to his external disk. I don't know if iTunes allows that or not, I never tried it, but it's worth a shot.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on February 24, 2016, 10:12:53 PM
that might work if I could download iTunes to my external drive and if the phone would recognize it there since obviously you can't plug the phone into the external drive only the computer

I have no idea if any of that is possible
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on February 25, 2016, 01:18:24 AM
I don't think you need to put iTunes on your external, you just need to tell iTunes to look for your music on your external. 

iTunes has a default setting that tells it what folder has all the music.  Open iTunes and up in the top left corner there should be a little black and white box with an arrow pointing down.  Click on that.  Then select Preferences.  If you don't see that little box with the arrow, then you should have a regular menu bar at the top of your screen.  Click on Edit, then preferences.  Next open the Advanced menu.  It should be the big gear on the far right.  Says "Advanced" under it.  Can't miss it.   

First thing you see should be iTunes Media folder location.  The location should look something like this:

c:\Users\yourusername\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media

To the right of that should be a little box that says "Change"  Click that shtein, yo.  (If you don't have your external plugged in, now would be a good time to do that.)

A new window should open up.  On the left side of that window should be a directory.  Scroll up or down until you find your external hard drive in the list.  It should either be labeled with a D: or it might have the name of your external hard drive.  Or maybe even both.  Who knows?  Either way, double tap that external like the hood rat that she is. 

Now you should see the directory of files and folders on your external hard drive.  If you have a music folder, click on that.  If you don't have a music folder, create one.  Then put all of your music in that folder.  Then click on that folder once and hit either Select Folder or Save or Ok or whatever the farg it says.

Go back to that top menu and select File and then select "Add Folder to Library."  That'll bring the directory up again.  Find your external hard drive on the left and then select your music folder and hit Ok.  That should (hopefully) put all of your music in iTunes, but allow you to keep storing it on your external.

I really have no clue if this will work or not because I've never tried it, but let's go for it.   
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on February 25, 2016, 06:12:12 AM
Just go back to your youth, Igy...

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JfUY-KlG2mE/TKcOPnus3bI/AAAAAAAACpk/bxZ18m7UPx0/s1600/khjg.jpg)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on February 25, 2016, 08:22:43 AM
I don't think you need to put iTunes on your external, you just need to tell iTunes to look for your music on your external. 

iTunes has a default setting that tells it what folder has all the music.  Open iTunes and up in the top left corner there should be a little black and white box with an arrow pointing down.  Click on that.  Then select Preferences.  If you don't see that little box with the arrow, then you should have a regular menu bar at the top of your screen.  Click on Edit, then preferences.  Next open the Advanced menu.  It should be the big gear on the far right.  Says "Advanced" under it.  Can't miss it.   

First thing you see should be iTunes Media folder location.  The location should look something like this:

c:\Users\yourusername\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media

To the right of that should be a little box that says "Change"  Click that shtein, yo.  (If you don't have your external plugged in, now would be a good time to do that.)

A new window should open up.  On the left side of that window should be a directory.  Scroll up or down until you find your external hard drive in the list.  It should either be labeled with a D: or it might have the name of your external hard drive.  Or maybe even both.  Who knows?  Either way, double tap that external like the hood rat that she is. 

Now you should see the directory of files and folders on your external hard drive.  If you have a music folder, click on that.  If you don't have a music folder, create one.  Then put all of your music in that folder.  Then click on that folder once and hit either Select Folder or Save or Ok or whatever the farg it says.

Go back to that top menu and select File and then select "Add Folder to Library."  That'll bring the directory up again.  Find your external hard drive on the left and then select your music folder and hit Ok.  That should (hopefully) put all of your music in iTunes, but allow you to keep storing it on your external.

I really have no clue if this will work or not because I've never tried it, but let's go for it.

this sounds promising to me...im at work now but ill definitely try when I get home....good lookin sergeant
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on February 25, 2016, 07:12:40 PM
that shtein worked like a charm sarge....you are a farging genius and i want to kiss you on the mouth
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on February 26, 2016, 12:03:45 PM
I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. Literally should have been my first thought once I understood your problem. Oh well, glad it worked out. Looking forward to our make out session.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on March 24, 2016, 06:50:06 AM
back in the day with old cd players and other things that had shuffle on them they repeated songs all the time

with new technology im assuming this doesn't happen or does it still?

on an ipod for example im guessing you could have a 50 song playlist playing on shuffle and the ipod will play all 50 songs on without repeating any?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on March 24, 2016, 06:53:27 AM
also sarge regarding that space issue I found another or maybe the big reason I was losing space...

theres an option within preferences that says "copy files to iTunes media folder when adding to library"....so I had a folder on my computer that contained every song I ever added to my iPhone library...I emptied that folder then I simply unchecked that box and now when adding songs to the phone they are no longer being added to my computer

BOOM
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on March 24, 2016, 08:28:46 AM
on an ipod for example im guessing you could have a 50 song playlist playing on shuffle and the ipod will play all 50 songs on without repeating any?

Yep. It'll go through the entire 50. Of course it's possible to have the same song in the library more than once, but as far as the ipod is concerned, it's just another file in the list.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on March 24, 2016, 02:32:07 PM
back in the day with old cd players and other things that had shuffle on them they repeated songs all the time

with new technology im assuming this doesn't happen or does it still?

on an ipod for example im guessing you could have a 50 song playlist playing on shuffle and the ipod will play all 50 songs on without repeating any?

Yup, it should. 

also sarge regarding that space issue I found another or maybe the big reason I was losing space...

theres an option within preferences that says "copy files to iTunes media folder when adding to library"....so I had a folder on my computer that contained every song I ever added to my iPhone library...I emptied that folder then I simply unchecked that box and now when adding songs to the phone they are no longer being added to my computer

BOOM

Nice. So you basically had duplicates of each song file?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on March 24, 2016, 03:07:54 PM
it looked that way....I didn't really look closely but when I deleted the folder there was something like 3200 files
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on March 25, 2016, 12:49:30 AM
Yeah, that's probably what was eating up so much of your storage.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on October 08, 2016, 08:50:20 PM
Apple released their latest desktop/macbook OS (Sierra) and it's pretty damn cool, especially if you're fully integrated into the Apple ecosystem with phones/tablets/watches. 

They included Siri, which is really cool because you can just open apps with voice commands instead of searching through all your programs.  The downer is that (a) Siri is not voice activated like it is on mobile devices.  You need to either use keyboard shortcuts or click on the icon on your menu bar at the top of the screen.  And (b) this dumb bitch can open an app but can't close it. 

Luckily, the interwebs already found a work around so that you can voice activate Siri. 

http://www.macworld.com/article/3096187/macs/how-to-make-siri-activate-when-you-say-hey-siri-to-your-mac-running-macos-sierra.html
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on October 11, 2016, 11:27:25 AM
It might finally be time to replace my 9 year old MBP.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on October 11, 2016, 01:29:49 PM
Is it unable to keep up or you just ready for an upgrade?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Susquehanna Birder on October 12, 2016, 07:28:19 AM
It's still doing okay, but it's very slowly circling the drain. It's still quite usable, but memory limitation (4 GB max) is probably the biggest issue. I could probably swap in a SSD and get a little more life out of it, but I wonder if it's just time to send it off to the farm.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on October 17, 2016, 01:50:04 PM
Good to hear that it's still running fairly well.  My Mac is 5 years old now and still runs like a champ, so I'm hopeful that I'll get another 4 or 5 years out of it. Thinking about upgrading RAM from 4GB to at least 8GB.  It occasionally gets a little sluggish when I've got too many desktops open, so I want to improve on that.  I can go up to 16, but I'm pretty sure that would be total overkill.  Also thinking about picking up a Macbook, but I'd prefer to go the used route because I don't really feel like dropping $1500 on a laptop.  At least now I know that if your laptop is still doing ok, then I can consider Macbooks that are maybe a year or 2 older than my Mac and should still expect pretty solid performance for a few more years.  I'm seeing 2009-2010 models all over ebay for like $300-400.   
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: QB Eagles on October 17, 2016, 03:28:38 PM
Get these if compatibility with the newest version of the operating system matters to you:

MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)

Anything older and you're getting something that is already obsolete, and older laptops tend to have battery issues anyway.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on October 17, 2016, 04:00:39 PM
Yeah, I'm not looking at anything older than 2009, but preferably 2010 or newer if the price is right.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Munson on November 30, 2016, 07:23:49 PM
Got a new HP for cheap on cyber monday. 1 TB memory, 6 GB ram, and a touch screen which I really don't need but whatever it was a good deal. My previous HP was 6.5 years old and still actually ran okay, just overheated way too easy. Probably could have just gotten the internal fan fixed but, whatevs.

Since I haven't done this in 6+ years...what happens to my iTunes library when I download iTunes on this computer? Do the songs I acquired fo' free transfer over, or just the ones I've bought?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on December 20, 2016, 02:00:28 PM
I'm sure you figured this out by now, but any purchase you made through iTunes will be available to download again, but any music you acquired outside of iTunes (ripping cd's, other purchases, filesharing downloads, etc) will need to be moved to your new computer.  Probably easiest to just put all of your music on an external and move it that way.  Then you don't need to worry about downloading your iTunes music again since it's already there. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on December 20, 2016, 02:02:55 PM
Also, Google Play allows you to upload something like 50,000 songs to their cloud for free...including iTunes purchases.  It'll keep your playlists organized the same as they are in iTunes and they'll be available for online streaming through your mobile devices through the Play Music app (not sure if available for iPhone though).  Totally free.  Not a bad way to keep your music backed up, imo. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 14, 2017, 11:28:33 PM
Any of you ever own a chromebook or know anyone who does?  As much as I'd like a MacBook, I can't really justify spending $1500 - $2000 knowing that I'll mostly be using it to check email and surf the web from my couch.  Total overkill for what I want.  Chromebook seems perfect for what I need it to be and only costs like 200 bucks.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 14, 2017, 11:30:14 PM
They're fine for what you want. You could even go with a cheapass tablet and a case with a mini keyboard.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 14, 2017, 11:45:18 PM
I have a cheap ass tablet....8" Samsung Tab A.  Problem with tablets is they kind of suck when you just want to browse the Web.  A lot of sites detect that you're on a mobile browser and redirect you to their crappy mobile version.  Also, connecting a keyboard often results in serious lag when typing. And that's farging annoying.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 14, 2017, 11:52:42 PM
Some websites will direct a Chromebook to the mobile version, but as far as I know no major site does.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on January 14, 2017, 11:55:58 PM
You can get a refurbished dell laptop for $200

https://www.dellrefurbished.com/laptops
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 15, 2017, 12:04:44 AM
You can get a refurbished dell laptop for $200

https://www.dellrefurbished.com/laptops

No Windows.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 15, 2017, 12:07:13 AM
You're awful picky for somebody looking to jack it on their couch.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on January 15, 2017, 12:09:11 AM
It has Windows...I just got mine today. Granted, it's Windows 7 or 8 instead of 10, but it still has an OS.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 15, 2017, 12:15:19 AM
No, I don't want Windows. And I really don't want/need all the extra crap that comes on a laptop.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 15, 2017, 12:16:26 AM
Right, you want to be the only thing to comes on that laptop.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 15, 2017, 12:21:11 AM
You catch on quick.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: MDS on January 15, 2017, 02:02:55 AM
Any of you ever own a chromebook or know anyone who does?  As much as I'd like a MacBook, I can't really justify spending $1500 - $2000 knowing that I'll mostly be using it to check email and surf the web from my couch.  Total overkill for what I want.  Chromebook seems perfect for what I need it to be and only costs like 200 bucks.

ive used one for years and just got a new one

its perfect if all you use it for is day to day internet stuff. dont expect to download any programs. the battery power lasts a while, so that helps. you can use google docs for any writing, filing, porn compiling, etc. its all i need so its a good deal for me.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 15, 2017, 09:04:41 AM
I've been using a chromebook for a while now.  Cheap as farg, works great.  Acer made this one.  It was under $200 a couple years ago. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 15, 2017, 11:19:56 PM
What do you guys have? Pretty sure I'm going with the Samsung Chromebook 3 for $179.  I'm intrigued by an Asus that is a 2 in 1, but I'm not sure I want to spend an extra $80 just to have a touchscreen.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 15, 2017, 11:29:51 PM
Touchscreen on a laptop is much nicer than using the little touchpad.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 15, 2017, 11:43:40 PM
Touchscreen on a laptop is much nicer than using the little touchpad.

Is it a pain in the ass on a chromebook?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on January 15, 2017, 11:51:42 PM
I honestly can't tell if that's a serious question. Spring for the touchscreen.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 16, 2017, 12:18:29 AM
Lol, it was serious.  I haven't bought any kind of laptop since 2008 and the touch pad on it was decent.  The laptop I used at my last job had a touch pad that sucked.  That's pretty much my experience with touch pads in the last 10 years.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 16, 2017, 01:18:30 AM
Decided to go with the Asus Flip. (http://store.asus.com/us/item/201507AM020000105/)  I like that it can run some Android apps. Wasn't really thinking of it as a total tablet replacement, but sure, why not?  Battery isn't quite as good as the Samsung 3, but other than that everything else is =/> the Samsung.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Zanshin on January 16, 2017, 03:36:20 PM
I have a Chromebook. Acer. Got it for $100 after a rebate a few years ago on a whim. It's absolutely fantastic for what we use it for. Kid loves to use it on long car rides and the battery life is flat-out incredible. It's super light and if something happens to it, it's not the end of the world. Whole family uses Google stuff anyway- Music, Drive, Calendar, etc....so, it was a no-brainer. If you're using it mostly for internet stuff, you'll love it.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 16, 2017, 05:05:28 PM
Yeah, that's pretty much all I need it for.  I like my tablet but I hate typing with it and I've never been a big fan of keyboard cases. Had 1 for my old iPad and there was always a bit of lag when typing. And with the exception of higher end keyboard cases like Zagg, most of them are kind of flimsy and not very stable sitting on your lap.

Mine will arrive Wed. Hoping that it works well and suits my needs.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 16, 2017, 05:43:22 PM
We all hope that for you as well.  Do report back.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 16, 2017, 06:07:38 PM
I appreciate your concern.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on January 16, 2017, 09:49:05 PM
We all hope that for you as well.  Do report back.

False...I hope he either hates it or it blows up when he turns it on
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 18, 2017, 02:50:27 PM
Chromebook came today.  Sadly I don't hate it and it didn't blow up either.  Been playing with it for an hour or so and this thing is pretty legit.  I was expecting basic as hell, and while it's definitely very basic in comparison to a Windows or Mac laptop, there's more going on with it than I thought there would be.  The ability to add android apps is nice too.  I hate gmail web and the gmail app.  Really cool that I can use the same mail app on this thing that I use on my phone.  These things are what like 99% of computer owners really need.

Anyone know if Chrome or Play Store apps can be stored on the microsd card?  I know that with phones and tablets, any app that you install is only installed on the device's internal storage.  Some apps will allow you to move bits of app data to your card in order to save space, but the app itself remains on the internal storage.  That's the only potential downside I see so far...16GB of storage and ChromeOS takes up half of that, so I'm only left with 8GB out of the box.  Other than that, this thing seems pretty cool.   
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: smeags on January 18, 2017, 03:17:44 PM
I didn't read the other posts on this and don't want to really, but what size is it ?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on January 18, 2017, 03:33:47 PM
10.1"  I think that's about the same size as the regular iPad.  Maybe a shade bigger. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on March 23, 2017, 08:51:49 PM
I have a Samsung Galaxy7 Edge....the message+ widget quit working. It just will not open. I can't uninstall it an reinstall because it's a widget. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on March 23, 2017, 11:09:17 PM
Is that a stock widget?  What's it do?  Just a text messaging widget?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on March 23, 2017, 11:43:29 PM
So I googled it and saw that it's a pre-loaded Verizon app.  My advice:  Pre-loaded carrier apps generally suck.  I'm on AT&T and they put about a dozen of useless RAM & storage sucking apps that you can't get rid of unless you load a custom ROM.  I just go into my settings and disable all the bloatware that I don't want (which is pretty much all of it) and then hide the apps so that they don't show up in my app drawer. 

Samsung's stock text messaging app is very serviceable.  Google Hangouts is also very popular.  Both have supporting widgets if that's important to you.  Whatsapp is another one.  Don't know about it's widget functionality, but I'd imagine it has one. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on March 23, 2017, 11:54:42 PM
If you don't want to change apps, try the following:

1.  Make sure your OS and apps are up to date.  If not, run the updates.

2.  Have you ever moved Message+ app data to your MicroSD card?  If so, try moving it back to internal storage.  Some widgets lose functionality if you move app data to an external drive. 

3.  Remove the widget from your home screen (long press on the widget and select remove).  Restart your phone.  Add the widget again. 

4.  Clear cache.  Settings/Application Manager/Message+/Storage/Clear Cache.  Restart phone.

If none of that works, lmk.  It's starting to get beyond my own knowledge base but I know a couple of super nerds I can ask. 
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Post by: Tomahawk on March 24, 2017, 09:29:33 AM
My google results were fruitless because I erroneously thought it was a Samsung app. When I googled "verizon message+ won't open", I was able to find how to fix it.

I appreciate your help!
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Post by: Sgt PSN on June 10, 2017, 09:03:29 PM
Got a Galaxy S3 Frontier smartwatch as an early b-day present.  I'm still not 100% in on smartwatch technology yet...I think within another 2 or 3 years these things will have insane features that will render this one almost completely obsolete....but this thing is still pretty damn cool.

I do like being able to check text/email notifications or seeing who is calling without even pulling my phone out of my pocket.  Can actually reply to text/emails on this thing, but that seems like a huge pain in the ass. 
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Post by: ice grillin you on June 11, 2017, 02:44:38 PM
i just set this up in my garage geeks

(https://s11.postimg.org/5hsbrk5hf/stirrrreo.jpg)
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Post by: Sgt PSN on June 11, 2017, 04:12:43 PM
Haha...nice.  I kind of miss my old component system.  I still have my og Technics stand from like the farging 80s or maybe early 90s.  I converted it to a printer stand/random crap holder for my office, but if I ever wanted to use it for stereo components I just need to take the shelf off the top that's holding the printer and put the clear plastic lid back on for a record player.  I think I've still got the glass doors for the front, too. 

(http://i.imgur.com/Sc4B2jA.jpg)

My mom has 2 older Sony receivers that she's getting rid of because they don't have HDMI pass through capabilities and she's finally decided to join the rest of us in the 21st century with new home theater technology. 

I was thinking of snagging one of them to put in the garage/workshop just for the hell of it.  I can buy a bluetooth receiver for like $10 that would plug into the Audio In ports so that I could stream music from my phone.

If I still had my cassette collection I'd probably pick up a tape deck from Goodwill or something.
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Post by: ice grillin you on June 11, 2017, 04:20:12 PM
it's amazing how high quality shtein was made back in the day compared to now...my old stereo receiver is three times heavier than my 50 inch tv

I also got 1/8 to rca's jack so I can run my iPhone thru my boomin system
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Post by: ice grillin you on June 11, 2017, 04:26:17 PM
also sarge pawn shops if you got them in bumblefarg are amazing for component pieces

I was in one a few weeks ago and bangin ass techniques receiver was 12 bucks
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Post by: Sgt PSN on June 11, 2017, 04:50:54 PM
Not so many pawn shops out this way....Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other 2nd hand stores are in much larger supply than pawn shops.  There's a few, but they're mostly stocked with hunting equipment, car parts, and old Sarah Palin calendars.  Would probably have to go to Williamsport or Scranton for a half decent pawn shop. 
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Post by: Sgt PSN on June 11, 2017, 04:51:33 PM
Best pawn shops in the world though are located near large military bases.  This is an absolute fact. 

When I was stationed at Camp Lejeune, a buddy of mine bought a farging late 90s Jeep Wrangler at a Jacksonville pawn shop for like 2 or 3 grand.  And it was fully functional with minimal wear and tear.
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Post by: ice grillin you on June 11, 2017, 05:14:07 PM
I'm currently looking at a deuce and a half for tailgate
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Post by: Sgt PSN on June 11, 2017, 05:25:11 PM
Nice.  They're bio-diesel so you can fuel them with used cooking oil from Mickey D's. 

Also, it'll attrack all the Trumpers during tailgates, so that'll be fun.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 22, 2017, 06:56:04 PM
can you turn down the volume on an iphone if no sound is coming out of it?
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Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on June 22, 2017, 06:57:14 PM
I don't understand the question

I keep my ringer set to vibrate and volume at 0

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Post by: ice grillin you on June 22, 2017, 06:59:53 PM
like if a song is playing out of your phone you hit the down and up button on the side of it....but what if nothing is playing....no sound is coming out of the phone...is it still possible to adjust the volume?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on June 22, 2017, 07:05:01 PM
Not that I can see

I have a 7+ and just tried and it only adjusted the ringer volume and in settings it only has something for ringer and alerts
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Post by: ice grillin you on June 22, 2017, 07:05:55 PM
so annoying

technology fail
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on June 22, 2017, 07:19:15 PM
Yep

There's also no way for my phone to not auto play my music in my truck. I have Bluetooth audio and the phone always auto plays it. No way to stop it.

I'd also like for them to make an out of office feature for text messages
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on June 22, 2017, 07:20:14 PM
cant you just disable bluetooth in settings
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: PhillyPhreak54 on June 22, 2017, 07:27:46 PM
Yeah but then it wouldn't connect my phone to use through the speakers

It's a minor annoyance and I was shocked they didn't have a disable auto play setting
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 25, 2017, 03:32:18 PM
That's one of the differences between Android and iOS that I love. 

On iPhone, there's only 1 volume setting.  So if you have volume maxed out, your ringtone is maxed out, music/video volume is maxed, and notifications is maxed. 

Android allows individual volume settings for each function.  No idea why Apple hasn't come around to doing the same.  It's not like it's some groundbreaking advancement.  As innovative as Apple is, they also seem to love digging their heels in on certain things, much to the detriment of their product. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on June 26, 2017, 01:02:10 PM
In excel, how can I conditionally remove duplicates?

The column in question needs the rows with the dupilicate part numbers removed, but I need to keep the rows with all other duplicate entries (e.g., "see comments").

Remove Duplicates under the Data tab is too aggressive for my purposes. I don't want to write a formula conditionally format to highlight the specific stupid cells then manually delete the rows.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 26, 2017, 09:26:56 PM
I'm not quite understanding exactly what you want to do.  Can you post a screenshot?
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Post by: Tomahawk on June 27, 2017, 01:49:22 PM
I want the rows with duplicate numbers gone but not any other row

http://imgur.com/68Wa6rf
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on June 27, 2017, 11:26:06 PM
Ok, so you just want to clear the individual cells with duplicates or the entire row? 

Like, with the duplicate 76355, you just want the 2nd number to go away and display as a blank cell?  Or do you want that entire row gone? 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on June 28, 2017, 04:49:57 AM
He wants the entire row gone.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on June 28, 2017, 09:42:51 AM
Dio wins at the English
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Post by: ice grillin you on June 29, 2017, 08:39:40 AM
iphone turns ten today
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on July 20, 2017, 03:52:47 PM
both my usb ports on my notebook computer simultaneously died

some googling tells me the motherboard is dying?

but everything else on the thing works fine

explanations?

Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on July 21, 2017, 11:38:47 AM
Possibly the USB driver.  There are ways to troubleshoot it, but I know you're not the most tech savvy person out there and this is something that I know I wouldn't be able to adequately explain and you'd probably end up making things worse.  Maybe a supernerd like GF could talk you through the process. 

If it's a relatively new laptop (say less than 2 or 3 years old) then you might want to consider taking it to a computer repair.  Preferably a real computer repair shop, not Geek Squad at Best Buy....unless you purchased it at BB and got Geek Squad protection with it. 

If it's older than a few years, I'd just scrap it and get a new one.  Do yourself a solid and get a Macbook.  You'll pay more upfront but it'll last you a decade. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on July 21, 2017, 11:40:37 AM
its not new and it was cheap as shtein...i just went ahead and ordered a new laptop....doesnt seem worth the trouble and i can still use this one for everything that doesnt require usb ports

i just posted to maybe see if there was some quick mindless fix for it that i didnt know about
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on July 21, 2017, 04:20:31 PM
Good thing is (I assume) you're still keeping all of your music on an external.  It'd be kind of challenging to move all that content to a new computer since your USB drives are dead. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on July 21, 2017, 04:27:09 PM
Also, I just recently upgraded my Office suite to Office 365.  shtein is pretty dope.  Got a friend who works for Microsoft and he hooked me up with a friends and family pass that got me a 1yr subscription for $20, but it's not overly expensive to begin with....1yr sub costs a hundy. 

But the best part of it is that I can share it with up to 5 people and it's not OS specific, so I have it on my Mac desktop, squaw has it on her Windows laptop and I'm going to put it on my mom and daughters' laptops as well.  Each person gets their own account that comes with 1tb of free OneDrive cloud storage.  I think it also allows for use of their mobile apps on 5 devices too....though I doubt any of us would ever use them.

Can't install it on a Chromebook, but their web suite looks to be identical to the desktop suite, which makes it far superior to google docs. 

Even at full price, it's not a bad deal.  Way better than paying $300 every time they come out with a new version.   
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on July 21, 2017, 05:26:04 PM
Good thing is (I assume) you're still keeping all of your music on an external.  It'd be kind of challenging to move all that content to a new computer since your USB drives are dead.

I do have that but I also have all my music on one of those micro disks

only thing on my hard drive was programs...I'm dumb but I ain't stupid when it comes to my music
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on August 04, 2017, 12:22:36 AM
www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/530436/

I prefer robot overlords to our corporate jesus
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on August 13, 2017, 10:01:25 AM
I'm on Chrome OS Version 60.0.3112.80 (Official Build) (64-bit)

My vertical scroll bar has recently gone into hiding.  I have to fish around for it to appear so I can scroll.  I don't like that.  How do I make it display permanently again?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on August 13, 2017, 04:16:19 PM
Get a mouse with a scroller on it

(https://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_images/_SMOUSE.GIF)
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on August 13, 2017, 04:39:55 PM
I'm on Chrome OS Version 60.0.3112.80 (Official Build) (64-bit)

My vertical scroll bar has recently gone into hiding.  I have to fish around for it to appear so I can scroll.  I don't like that.  How do I make it display permanently again?

It's working as intended. Scroll using 2 fingers on your track/touch pad and quit being such a relic. Or continue to just hover your pointer on the far right of the screen and wait the extra second for the scroll bar to appear.
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Post by: Diomedes on August 13, 2017, 06:53:56 PM
It's working as intended. Scroll using 2 fingers on your track/touch pad and ...

mind blown

thanks man, you saved my life
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on August 13, 2017, 10:54:29 PM
You can also use 2 fingers to swipe left/right to go back and forth on web pages.

Can probably also pinch to zoom, open to zoom out like on a phone.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on August 22, 2017, 11:16:47 PM
Any of you Android users familiar with or use bluestacks (http://www.bluestacks.com) for Mac and PC?  I've read plenty of positive reviews but wouldn't mind hearing direct from someone with 1st hand experience with it.  Seems like a pretty cool concept.
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Post by: General_Failure on August 22, 2017, 11:32:14 PM
I used it for a while. It was alright.
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Post by: Sgt PSN on August 22, 2017, 11:58:00 PM
How was it for display purposes?  Since apps are designed mostly for 4"-6" phone screens, with some only being available in portrait mode, how did they end up looking on a 15" or 21" monitor?  Did they actually fill the screen? 

I remember with my 1st Gen iPad, a lot of devs hadn't built iPad friendly apps yet that were capable of filling the larger screen of the iPad and if you installed the phone version of the app, you either ended up with a 3" app in the middle of a 9.7" screen, or if it did happen to stretch out to fill the screen, the graphics, text, and artwork in the app often became very pixelated. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on August 23, 2017, 09:27:06 AM
Most phones and tablets have a decent screen resolution, so picture quality isn't an issue. I used it on a 36" tv with no problems there. It has a button to switch between portrait and landscape modes, so if whatever app you're using has a landscape option it'll fill the screen. If not, it'll just look like this.

(http://cdn-www.bluestacks.com/bs-images/How-to-Install-and-Play-Pokemon-GO-on-PC-with-BlueStacks.Still019-420x240.jpg)

Except for the part where Pokemon Go doesn't work on it anymore. Otherwise, just like that.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on August 23, 2017, 10:29:31 AM
That ain't bad.  I don't see myself wanting to run any apps that are locked in portrait, so I don't really have to worry about that, but that image looks fine.  Doesn't appear stretched or like the graphics are taking a hit due to a larger display. 

And I'm def not worried about pokemon go.  The primary reason I want to check this out though is that I just stumbled across a new email app for my phone from Samsung called Focus.  It's an all in one app that reminds me of Outlook for the desktop....has email, calendar, contacts, memos, tasks, etc, so I don't have to constantly switch from 1 app to another.  It's not available for my tablet so I sideloaded the .apk and it's been working just fine and I like it even more on the larger display.  So now I want to try it on my Mac.  Apple's native mail, calendar, and contacts apps annoy me and I recently upgraded my Office suite to 365 so I could get Outlook, but Outlook for Mac currently sucks balls and supports nothing except mail.  Can't sync my calendar or contacts with google.  Can't even import my contacts from google.  Farging lame.  So this might be a nice temp solution until Microsoft fixes their shtein. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on August 29, 2017, 03:56:28 PM
I bought an Alexa. Not bad for $40.
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Post by: Rome on August 29, 2017, 04:57:42 PM
I bought an Alexa. Not bad for $40.

When is the wedding?
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Post by: AO1 on August 29, 2017, 05:07:26 PM
You're not invited
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Post by: Diomedes on August 29, 2017, 05:07:36 PM
SD paid money for a cheap female to answer his questions.  :sly
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: phattymatty on August 30, 2017, 09:25:34 AM
i have an irrational hatred of alexa.

i'm not a tin foil hat person (yet) but i'm definitely more paranoid than your average person and i don't understand why anyone would put an always-on recording device in your personal living space. i mean i know it's for the convenience of things but i just hate it.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on August 30, 2017, 09:51:29 AM
Easy just to shout out Alexa play Wu Tang and Wu Tang comes on. I was busy with work last night but I had a ton of stuff I had to do in between, like Sunny's draft at 730. So Alexa reminded me at 715 that I have a draft, which I completely dominated. When I woke up this morning and was getting ready I got a weather and traffic report just by asking. I thought it was some $200 device but when I found out it was only $40 I was in. But I understand the hatred, because I hated it too before I started using it.
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Post by: QB Eagles on August 30, 2017, 09:51:45 AM
i'm not a tin foil hat person (yet) but i'm definitely more paranoid than your average person and i don't understand why anyone would put an always-on recording device in your personal living space. i mean i know it's for the convenience of things but i just hate it.

I'm with you on that, and from what I can tell, it looks like 95% of what people ask Alexa to do is play music. I don't find playing music all that difficult without an Echo.

Beyond that, I'm just not really sold on voice recognition as being a great user interface yet. I don't use Siri or any of that shtein either. But I'm a guy who uses the Linux command line at work all day, so my opinions on computers are definitely skewed in the "old man yells at cloud" direction by this point.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on August 30, 2017, 12:33:33 PM
QB be like.....Alexa, GET OFF MY LAWN!
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 01, 2017, 08:23:13 AM
can someone tell me what this means exactly

Quote
Installation:

Don't Sleep does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from the desktop, and can be carried on a small USB-Stick or other memory device.

if it doesnt have to be installed how do you get it to your desktop or on the usb....basically what im trying to do is not let my computer go into sleep mode...its a work computer so i dont have the ability to adjust the settings and they have it automatically set at 15 minutes...i wanna override that...but also because its a work computer i cant download any programs on it....supposedly this particular thing does not have to be installed....does installed mean downloaded?...they also say its "portable" which insinuates that it doesnt get downloaded?....but i dont know how to do it

help

heres the website - https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/DontSleep
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: General_Failure on December 01, 2017, 08:44:56 AM
It means what you download is just the program and not an installer for it. If you save it to a USB drive, you can just run it off that.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on December 04, 2017, 08:42:35 AM
It means what you download is just the program and not an installer for it. If you save it to a USB drive, you can just run it off that.

thanks....i put it on the usb and it works like a friggin wet dream
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on February 21, 2018, 10:40:04 PM
I may be a little drunk af, but how the farg do you get your printer back on the network after you buy a new modem or router? farg you brother and your zesty printers too, icehole

Also, farg you, stupid fat bitch, where I'm in a position I gotta mail a goddamn paper check to you because you're so goddamn stupid and fat
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Sgt PSN on February 22, 2018, 11:41:51 AM
On the printer:  menu/settings/network connections/connect to a wireless network

Should be something like that anyway.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on February 22, 2018, 12:35:03 PM
Yeah I figured it out this morning. Last night, I really wantee to be able to connect it from the other room without actually physically touching it
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Post by: hbionic on February 22, 2018, 12:48:49 PM
Telepathically?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Tomahawk on February 22, 2018, 04:01:31 PM
The thought was wirelessly which may as well been telepathically, obviously
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on March 18, 2018, 03:15:55 PM
spring cleaning.  discovered a couple old laptops.  broken, worthless.  want to dispose of them but wondering what steps I should take to be sure any data on them doesn't end up somewhere it shouldnt.

I can remove the hard drives and physically destroy them.

But I've heard that magnets are quite bad for computers.  Anyone know if it would be enough just to put big magnets (from speakers) on/move over them?
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Post by: General_Failure on March 18, 2018, 03:52:46 PM
Drill a hole through the hard drive.
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Post by: Diomedes on March 18, 2018, 03:57:26 PM
Easy enough.  Thanks
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Post by: Rome on March 18, 2018, 06:13:26 PM
https://www.cnet.com/news/i-went-to-buy-a-galaxy-s9-at-verizon-and-at-t-it-didnt-go-well/

I had a very similar experience today until I got to Best Buy.  I was stunned by the quality of service and the attention I was paid by two salespeople. 

I almost bought the S9-Plus but decided to pass until Apple gives me a larger version of the X to compare.  The S9-Plus was incredible, though.  Just gorgeous. 
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: AO1 on March 18, 2018, 07:02:40 PM
spring cleaning.  discovered a couple old laptops.  broken, worthless.  want to dispose of them but wondering what steps I should take to be sure any data on them doesn't end up somewhere it shouldnt.

I moved in 2012 and my room mate left my computer tower out on the curb with the trash. By the time I got back to the house and realized it was missing it was already gone. I spent a month changing everything/password I could.
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Post by: hbionic on June 25, 2018, 05:33:51 PM
Came to get my internet service, serviced today. Tech told me the spectrum uses refurbished wifi-routers. He said I could save a few bucks off my bill if I had my own, more powerful router.

Good idea? Any recommendations?
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Post by: Geowhizzer on July 13, 2018, 02:16:26 PM
My external hard drive is suddenly giving me this error message:

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c388/geowhizzer/Error.jpg)

I was using it this morning and there were no warning signs of impending doom.  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on July 13, 2018, 02:17:07 PM
get yo wallet out if the data on that drive is precious to you
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: hbionic on July 13, 2018, 04:26:24 PM
You can still recover the data?

What does that cost?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on July 13, 2018, 04:56:45 PM
About the same as a sponsorship to play in the World Series of Poker.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Geowhizzer on July 13, 2018, 10:42:19 PM
Managed to find a back door in through disk management.  Still wonky, though, so will be backing up to the other hard drive and buying a new one.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on August 14, 2018, 09:47:02 PM
tried to pay for some shtein on eBay with PayPal and it was all jacked up.  I'm not a goddamn programmer but I know how to log on to sites and keep my passwords and shtein straight.  Something went bad. 

So I call.

Got Ann, with the Indian accent.

She was very good, but I had to ask her to repeat herself a couple times, and to habla mas despacio. 

I fairly fell in love with her. 

Got my shtein all straight.

Thanks, "Ann," I love you.
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Post by: General_Failure on August 14, 2018, 10:44:40 PM
PayPal's business model currently seems to be automating systems that lock you out of your account so you can't access any money you have in there.
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on October 29, 2018, 01:24:57 PM
https://www.businessinsider.com/keyboard-shortcut-spacebar-scrolls-down-a-page-2018-10
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: ice grillin you on November 02, 2018, 11:33:20 AM
my iphone for a long time has been near or at full to the point where i cant even take a picture.....when i look in storage its lists my music as taking up 19.43 GB but i only have like 450 songs

anyone know why they are taking up so much space?
Title: Re: Computer Geeks Unite! And farging help me!
Post by: Diomedes on January 29, 2019, 08:04:27 AM
I think the people who run my cell phone service are crooks.  Am considering rejecting the platform entirely.
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Post by: General_Failure on January 29, 2019, 11:09:57 AM
https://twitter.com/AP/status/1090264573637087236
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Post by: Rome on June 17, 2019, 01:26:17 PM
https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEFslNT6gy5j4XcLatzarx-QqFggEKg4IACoGCAowl7gmMPL_BTDy-ws?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

This is just awesome.