Computer related questions. Volume 27 - Dynamic Dave

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Can't Send Outlook 2003 Email - pete&hisgolf
I'm having problems sending emails via Outlook. Some get sent OK, most are getting stuck in the outbox. None are large. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling my antivirus (AVG). The Outlook account test message seems to work OK. If I close Outlook then open it up again I seem to have more success with the first message I send then problems start again. I'm having particular problems with replying to emails sent to me - this hardly seems to work at all.

It's happening on my broadband (Metronet) and dial up (Freeserve) accounts

I'm able to receive emails without problem.

I had a new hard drive fitted two days ago and XP Pro reinstalled. I'm therefore working from a restored version of my Outlook.pst file so maybe that has caused some kind of problem (the inbox repair utility found some errors initially but when I've run it the last few times it says the file is fine). I've also done a google looking for answers but nothing seems to fit.

Anyone come across this before?
Can't Send Outlook 2003 Email - Dynamic Dave
Any error messages?
Can't Send Outlook 2003 Email - pete&hisgolf
Any error messages?


Yup, error messages:

Task 'Freeserve via Metronet - Receiving' reported error (0x800CCC0D) : 'Unable to find the e-mail server. Please verify the server information in your account properties.'


Task 'Freeserve via Metronet - Sending' reported error (0x8004210B) : 'The operation timed out waiting for a response from the sending (SMTP) server. If you continue to receive this message, contact your server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP).'

I'm also having trouble posting on forums and accessing some sites (eg hotmail & Yahoo). My ISP think it might be something to do with my router settings.....
Can\'t Send Outlook 2003 Email - Mark (RLBS)
Have you checked the account options ?

Its quite possible that your ISP, for ecample - as Virgin did a little while ago, have altered their security settings. This has been done with half and eye on traceablility of spam and half an eye on general security.

Some of the ISPs sent programs which did this automatically for you.

It may be that you had something like this and you have restored a pre-update backup of your outlook leading to a discrepancy between it and your network account.

You could ask them is something like this has happened. Of you could delete that account from Outlook and re-create it using the instructions, which may have been updated, on the ISP site.

Also have a quick look to see if you\'ve set or unset your \"send/reply from\" address. It just might be trying to send from a different username/address than the ISP account is expecting.
Can't Send Outlook 2003 Email - pete&hisgolf
Thanks very much for the various suggestions. Turned out I needed to adjust my MTU settings in my router (whatever that means) so I've done some fiddling about and all seems to be well (fingers crossed).
Can't Send Outlook 2003 Email - SjB {P}
I can understand this.

Though I am not a network guru, I believe that the maximum transmission unit (MTU) parameter determines the largest packet size in bytes that can be sent through a network. If the MTU is too large, packets may not reach their destination. Also, whatever the parameter is will affect everything that uses the network adapter. It's therefore a crucial setting.

I stand to be corrected, but recall that a large size (over 1300?) can also increase fragmentation, whereas a smaller value than this usually prevents fragmentation. Fragmentation is undesirable because reassembly of packets at the destination impacts performance.

I also think that some firewalls don't let fragments pass through, which may have been your problem.

My 2p.

Glad you're sorted.

Can't Send Outlook 2003 Email - pete&hisgolf
Thanks for the explanation - I knew I was sorted, but I didn't really know why!
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - L'escargot
I've just acquired an XP SP2 disc with a magazine. The magazine says that "existing critical files will be backed up during the process.....". Does this mean that it will back up all my files, or do I need to back up my personal files myself? I have XP Home Edition which does not have Backup in the System Tools section. Can I buy this software cheaply, or would I have to copy my personal files onto a disc?
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L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Baskerville
You should definitely back up your personal data. SP2 is a major patch and there are changes in there that even the experts are not sure about. So it would be foolish to assume it won't break anything. It seems to be reasonably solid, but each PC and each Windows Registry is different so there are no guarantees. As for how you do it, someone who has a clue about Windows software will be along in a minute, My own view is that it's better to do backups as you go along than rely on a single-process backup program not to mess things up at a critical moment. I find there are very few files on my PC that change on a daily basis so I keep a "current work" directory and backup the rest less frequently.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Stuartli
Back up your personal data by all means but do ensure, when you come to install SP2, that you first create a System Restore point.

Then close down all running processes including those on the Task Bar before commencing the installation.

I had no problems with installing SP2 and none since - everything works exactly as it did before. However, you will need to configure the Security Center in particular if you wish to retain your present (?) firewall and Internet Explorer settings.

My son, an IT support specialist, has installed SP2 on a large number of systems now and has come across minimal problems.

It just needs to be done in a calm, straightforward manner without any efforts made to do it "as quickly as possible"...:-))

If, by any chance, you do have problems with some applications or programs, there is plenty of help and advice on the Microsoft website at www.microsoft.com
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Baskerville
>I had no problems with installing SP2 and none since ... My son, an IT support specialist, has installed SP2 on a large number of systems now and has come across minimal problems.

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Stuartli
If you mean what I suspect you mean, I ddidn't read through 94 earlier posts but looked for the "new" listings....

Life is too short.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Baskerville
What I meant was that it doesn't matter how many people say "It worked for me"; that's just anecdotes, not real evidence. So I'd back up the files. What on earth did you think I meant?
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Stuartli
>>What on earth did you think I meant?>>

My posting in this thread on Sun 12 Sep 04 13:18 ..:-)

I never intended it to be an anecdote, merely an expression of reassurance - there have been far too many unnecessary scare stories about SP2, often from some people who should know better.

Yes, as you rightly point out and which I have done in other threads, the backup facility is available in XP Home, but has to be installed from the CD-ROM installation disk as, unlike XP Pro, it is not installed by default. Regular backup of vital data should be a matter of course in any case.

However, it should be pointed out that you can't back up to CD media with it unless you do so via the hard drive image format (which I do anyway when burning disks with Nero 5.5).

Strange that it can be used with tape etc and restored using the same wizard....:-(
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Dalglish
it should be pointed out that you can't back up to CD media ..

>>


www.pcanswers.co.uk/tutorials/default.asp?pagetype...7

".. Although a recordable CD/DVD would be the ideal destination for your data, unfortunately the Windows XP Backup Utility doesn?t permit you to copy directly to disc. The way around this problem is to create a folder on your hard disk and save the back-up file to that location initially. Then later, you can manually copy that folder to disc. ..

Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Stuartli
>>Then later, you can manually copy that folder to disc. ..>>

But that's precisely what I said I do...:-)

Windows XP Service Pack 2 - J Bonington Jagworth
"unnecessary scare stories"

I don't think it's unreasonable to be on one's guard, and a certain amount of scepticism is necessary to balance MS hype.

Gartner (a large, independent and respected firm of IT analysts) says that “Windows is the largest beta-test in history”. See www.theregister.co.uk/2004/09/21/gartner_security_.../

Harsh, but fair, IMO.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Stuartli
>>"Windows is the largest beta-test in history".>>

Are we talking about Windows or SP2?

SP2 has been in beta form for many, many months - the RC2 version came out towards the end of last year.

Providing your current XP setup is running smoothly and is properly updated then installing SP2 should not (at least in theory) provide more than the odd glitch and easily sorted.

The who intention of SP2 is to upgrade overall security to a much higher level for those who don't or don't care about such matters.

Whether we like it or not, Microsoft is de facto in the operating systems world and until someone, somewhere can seriously challenge that then we are all (but a handful) in the same boat.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Dalglish
i will keep out of the fisticuffs. vinyl record still stuck in the groove.

as for the original question -
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/sp2_whattoknow.mspx
"Protect your important files.
We strongly suggest you back up or make a copy of your important and irreplaceable personal information, such as pictures, documents, music, and financial data. "



however, i am surprised you say there is no back-up facility within xp-home. but there are many freeware progs out there that will do the job.


Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Dalglish
back-up facility within xp-home

>>

backup utility: directions on how to install this in xp-home are at
www.microsoft.com/athome/security/update/backup.ms...x


Windows XP Service Pack 2 - L'escargot
>> back-up facility within xp-home
>>
backup utility: directions on how to install this in xp-home are
at
www.microsoft.com/athome/security/update/backup.ms...x


Unfortunately I haven't got an XP Home Edition CD-ROM because XP Home was already installed when I bought the computer, and the CD-ROM wasn't supplied.
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L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Mark (RLBS)
You probably have all the files, frequently in a hidden partition.

Try Control Panel, Add or REmove Programs, Add/Remove windows components
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Stuartli
You won't find them from that source in XP Home, only from an installation disk.

The backup facility is found in \valueadd\msft\ntbackup where you should double-click on NTBACKUP.MSI

You can download ntbackup.msi from:
www.onecomputerguy.com/software/ntbackup.msi

However, Automatic System Restore (ASR) is not supported on Home edition.

IF you install NTBACKUP.MSI from the CD to the Home Edition, ASR functionality will appear to work fine during the backup session.

But since the setup does not support ASR in Home, there is no way to initiate the ASR restore in case of a disaster.

If you need to restore from this session, install Windows XP manually and then restore from the ASR media.

Backup to CD-RW (or preferably CD-R).

If you decide to backup to a CD-R or CD-RW, you cannot target that device directly. You must create a backup set of
650MB or less and backup to a file. After the file is complete, copy the file to the CD-R or CD-RW.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - L'escargot
Try Control Panel, Add or REmove Programs, Add/Remove windows components


Had a look, but it's not there.
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L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Dalglish
Unfortunately I haven't got an XP Home Edition CD-ROM because ..


failing mark(rlbs)'s method, here is a sample list of freeware -

www.nonags.com/nonags/diskbk.html


Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Baskerville
i will keep out of the fisticuffs. vinyl record still stuck
in the groove.


I think you're being unfair and more than a little dull and unimaginative yourself. Stuart and I both answered the question as far as we felt able. If we disagree about how important the backup is, well different opinions are what make online support useful. If you want a pat answer, go to PC World.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Dynamic Dave
OK children settle down, or they'll be no milk handed out this lunchtime.

DD.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - J Bonington Jagworth
"make a copy of your important and irreplaceable personal information, such as ... music"

That's actionable in the US, I seem to recall!
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Robin Reliant
You should definitely back up your personal data. SP2 is a
major patch and there are changes in there that even the
experts are not sure about. So it would be foolish to
assume it won't break anything.


The above quoted from ChrisR's post should be read by anyone about to install SP2. Mine downloaded on an automatic update at about 6'0 clock last night, and like an idiot I installed it. Never again! When I clicked the "Restart Windows" button the pc shut down, but refused to start even in safe mode or anything else.

The result was that I was up till two am re-installing the operating system, all my programmes and settings and all my important data which I had fortunately backed up. Like most, I would think, I had lots of useful but non-essential stuff on the drive which was not backed up, and it is a pain in the butt to have lost it.

One good thing I suppose is that I now have a clean machine, but any future updates will be refused. I will take a chance on a decent anti-virus and firewall, and stuff tinkering with what works ok anyway.


Displaying Graphics - budu
I sometimes get connected to a web page with graphics but, istead of displaying them, all I get is a blank rectangular frame with a smaller rectangle top left containing a red cross. An example is some of the photos of Box Brownies on

www.photo.ucr.edu/cameras/brownies/

What can I do to get the pictures please?
Displaying Graphics - frostbite
If you right-click on the cross you should get a drop down including the option 'display picture' or similar.

Check the options in your browser to see if opening pictures is not ruled out.
Also on Graphice.... - frostbite
I have noticed recently that when downloading graphics, specifically the jpg variety, they are given the jpeg extension, e.g. naughtynora.jpg.jpeg.

It is no great problem to delete the unwanted jpeg extension before saving, but I notice the save dialogue box is only offering a default jpeg so it is obviously being added by my system.

Any ideas on how to change this?

W98, Firefox 1.0
Also on Graphice.... - Stuartli
As you no doubt appreciate .jpg and .jpeg are the same but, as .jpeg is the default for digital camera files, it is being added as a matter of routine.

However, you should perhaps read this recently issued security update warning from Microsoft regarding .jpeg processing and, if necessary, download the fix.
Also on Graphice.... - Stuartli
Forgot the link:

www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms04-0...x
Also on Graphice.... - frostbite
Yes, thanks Stuart, I do realise jpg/jpeg are same.

I recall reading about the warning on zdnet news, but got the impression it related to IE which I don't use - is this not so?
Also on Graphice.... - frostbite
Cross-posted with you there - will read the link. Thanks.
Also on Graphice.... - Stuartli
Then you will have realised that it is operating systems and some software that are affected.
Also on Graphice.... - J Bonington Jagworth
"I have noticed recently that when downloading graphics, specifically the jpg variety, they are given the jpeg extension, e.g. naughtynora.jpg.jpeg."

Rather a late reply, this, but I didn't see it elsewhere. It's important to know that double suffices (such as naughtynora.jpg.jpeg) sometimes indicate malicious content - i.e. not a JPG at all, but a virus. Ones that end in .pif are a favourite.
- No Do$h
I\'m trying to locate a \"short\" keyboard, one with full-size keys and spacing but without the numeric pad to the right of the main keys. So far I have only been able to find mini-keyboards or some ridiculously optimisticaly priced examples (try over £100!).

I\'m looking for such a keyboard as I\'m finding the constant stretch for the mouse is putting a lot of strain on my neck and shoulders. By using a static trackball mouse and bringing this in closer to the centre line of my body I may be able to stop funding my chiropractor\'s mortgage!
put a title in ! - Mark (RLBS)

If you can wait until we meet next month, I've got one you can have. Its not that old.
Short keyboard - Baskerville
Try Maplins. Among others they had a lovely brushed aluminium job just as you describe the last time I was in there.

Incidentally do you have arm rests on the chair you use with the computer? An adjustable foot rest makes a huge difference to the neck too, surprisingly enough.
Short keyboard - No Do$h
Thanks Mark, I'll take you up on that.

Chris, no, I don't have armrests on this particular chair. As a contractor I tend to get whatever is spare in the client's office. I have looked into getting a chair to take with me to various sites but transport of the chair (most of the decent ergonomic ones weigh a huge amount) is a big issue. As I can find myself in Scotland for a fortnight followed by 3 months in Peterborough, 8 weeks in London.... you get the idea. Most moves are at less than 48 hours notice.

A footrest is a good idea; I keep pulling my feet back onto the feet of the chair (bad, bad, bad!).
Short keyboard - smokie
There are also many keyboard shortcuts which save the use of the cumbersome mouse.

My favourite is watching my wife (a secretary) responding to a Do You Want To Save, Yes/No dialogue. Like many people, she reaches for the mouse, spends a lifetime (or so it seems) locating the pointer over the default Yes box, then clicking, when all it takes is a simple press on the Return key...
Recovery Software - Robin Reliant
Does anyone know of any good file recovery software available on the net? I lost a few items that I need to recover after three re-installs of the operating system recently.

Or would that number of reinstalls wipe everything permanantly?
Recovery Software - Mark (RLBS)
to wipe permanently takes a initialise/format, write all zeros, write all ones and repeat 13 times.

So its not deleted. However it does get increasingly more difficult and increasingly more expensive.

You and try, nothing to lose, but I wouldn\'t hold out much hope. The bigger your disk the better your chances, but don\'t defrag the disk before you\'ve tried.
Recovery Software - Altea Ego
Did you re-format between installs?
Recovery Software - SjB {P}
I purchased RecoverMyFiles from the .com website of the same name. Credit card transaction was secure, and it did the job I needed perfectly.

I recall that in fact I was able to run the tool without paying any money to check that it found the files I wanted. I then paid over the web for a password to unlock the save utility.

Recovery Software - SjB {P}
RecoverMyFiles is advertised as being reformat tolerant, so given that a trial recovery is free (it's only a registration key to allow you to save that you need to pay for), it's gotta be worth a try.

One thing I recommend after past experience with another similar tool: Save (recover) to another physical drive if you can, to reduce the chance of overwriting what you are trying to recover and corrupting it.

I happily used a CompactFlash card from my camera to save the recovered files to, before then copying back to the computer hard drive.
Recovery Software - Altea Ego
oh - word of warning, the more you use your PC the less chance you have of recovering the data. The blocks that have your lost files on are seen as empty and useable by the os, so use them it will
Recovery Software - SjB {P}
Yup, agree RF. Came close to writing the same warning in my spiel about never recovering to the same disk.
Recovery Software - Altea Ego
Like the bloke who wanted to recover some files, heard about a bootable linux cd with disk recovery tools on it, so downloaded the 650cd image on to his drive.
Yup the very same drive that no longer had his files on it because the image wrote over them.

Did we laugh? you bet your boots.
Recovery Software - Peter D
Tom, do you have the O/s in its own partition and you deleted files form a different partition my accident. IF so the reinstallation will not chanfe the FAT for that partition so the files will be recoverable. What O/S are you using. Regards Peter
Recovery Software - Robin Reliant
I am using XP, the HD is 40 gig and only about one third of it was used. I actually performed three re-installs as I stuffed the first two.

I had read somewhere that you need to reformat a drive something like fourteen times before you delete beyond recovery, but can't say if that was b/s or not.

None of what I lost is essential, but it is useful and will save me a lot of work if I can recover it. Moral there I suppose is to back up everything.

I will try that recovery software and see if it does the trick.
Recovery Software - Dalglish
recovery software -
the daily telegraph connected expert - rick maybury - says you can find plenty of "recovery freeware" by typing that in to google.

freeware - try the tiny <200kb "restorationv2.5" first or the larger 3900kb "pc inspector file recovery 3.0". if those fail, then go for the trial of recover-my-files.



Recovery Software - Peter D
Tom, I assume from your reply you have no partitions. Either use Partition Magic 8 to partition your drive or if you decide to reformat (OOOCH ) then you can partition the drive as part of the format. I my book unpartitioned drives are a no no when it comes to things going wrong. Why did you re-install XP rather then the Repair Function. ?? Regards Peter
Recovery Software - Robin Reliant
Peter, I re-installed because the operating system refused to load, even in safe mode. This was caused by installing SP2 which completely mullered everything.

I don't think I am the first to have had major problems caused by this.
Recovery Software - Peter D
Tom, Sorry to here that. SP2 can be a nightmare if not a show stopper, I refuse to install the undate due to all the troubles. Drive are not recognised, DVD burning fails, boot up slows down, crashing speeds up. You really should have that drive partitioned into at least 3. the OS, a Programs Drive and a Data Drive ( Documents. )Email me directly for more assistance. Regards Peter
Recovery Software - Robin Reliant
Thanks Peter, but everything is working well at the moment and I am going to leave well alone.

I think my next computer is going to be an Apple Mac. I am not an expert by a long shot, but all these windows updates seem to be badly thought out. This was not the first time they have caused problems for me but on previous occassions I was able to use system restore. This is what I thought I would be able to do if SP2 went wrong, but it hit more like an Exorcet than a bullit.

Nothing worse than the prospect of a full re-install!
Recovery Software - L'escargot
Tom, Sorry to here that. SP2 can be a nightmare if
not a show stopper, I refuse to install the undate due
to all the troubles. Drive are not recognised, DVD burning fails,
boot up slows down, crashing speeds up.


I talked to a service dept. advisor at PC World and he informed me (in no uncertain terms) that installing SP2 would be at my (well, my computer's) peril.
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L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Recovery Software - Dynamic Dave
I installed SP2 just after it's launch. The only problems I've had so far are; I had to update my Nero software (a 25MB download) and re-install my AVI to DVD software.
I didn't back up any of my data beforehand. Everything is still there, and the operating system is as stable as before.
IE6 problem - Hugo {P}
Hi

I have just developed a problem with my IE 6, and my OE 6 seems to have become knackered as well.

The POP 3 firewall identified a virus and I now cannot get any sites up on IE6 whatsoever.

The other computer, a laptop is working fine. However on the Desk top all I get is the Error messge saying Website unavailable etc. I suspect the virus has fried part of the IE 6 and OE 6 applications.

I have done a non destructive recovery but that does not appear to have fixed the problem.

Any ideas? I have also compared the settings on both PCs but to no avail.


Thanks in advance

Hugo
IE6 problem - frostbite
If the laptop can communicate with the desktop, try downloading Firefox on it and port it across.

The 'look and feel' is very similar to IE and it will automatically import all your favourites from IE, but most of all, it's a lot less prone to virus attacks.
IE6 problem - Hugo {P}
Thanks,

I'll try that - do you have a URL for that?

H
IE6 problem - frostbite
Here you go:-
texturizer.net/firefox/download.html

go for the (smaller) Installer option and just double-click on the file when ported across.
IE6 problem - Dalglish
I have just developed a problem with my IE 6, and my OE 6

>>

by all means, try the alternative browsers & e-mail software such as mozilla/netscape/firefox - it is a good idea to have them on your pc as a backup to ie6/oe6 in any case.

The POP 3 firewall identified a virus and I now cannot get
any sites up ..


but, i would suspect that your "problem" is likely to be the firewall working as intended, stopping any further access via any means - either until you have dealt with the "attack" or reset the firewall to ignore the "attack".

check your firewall status and logs.


IE6 problem - Hugo {P}
Thanks Dalglish,

That appears to have solved that problem.

I have reset the firewall and reviewed my settings.

The virus was via a spammed e mail from citibank, not the proper company I suspect.

for those of you in the know the name of the virus is HTML_CITIFRAUD.C.

Suggest you all filter your e mails without using OE 6 for a while!

Having said that I now want to run the Mozilla browser from this PC, having a spot of bother getting it up and running at the moment. It works fine on the laptop but when I shunted it accross the home network and then loaded it onto this desktop it caused me a few probs.

For some reason it won't dial up. Has anyone got any ideas?

Thanks again - this beats any PC forum for simple and straight answers.

Hugo
IE6 problem - Peter D
Download AVG from Grisoft.com ( with all updates ) and run that to clean the system up. If everthing else is og turn off and back on again the Restore function as the virus, if that is what it is can live in the restore folder. Try that . Regards Peter
IE6 problem - Stuartli
Apart from AVG\'s free version, you should also install (all free) SpywareBlaster (www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html), Ad-aware SE Personal ( www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/ ) and Search and Destroy 1.3 ( www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html ), update all immediately and then run them.

SpywareBlaster stops most adware getting on to your system in the first place and the others find and get rid of the remainder as required.

AVG also needs to be updated regularly (often daily update(s) at present).

{For the url links to work, you need to put a space after the close brackets. Fortunately I have just done so for you. DD}
Blackberries - Nsar
Any good?

I want a PDA to synch with my diary, to view emails sent to my work address and be a phone, preferably Bluetooth.

{Moved from IHAQ thread. DD}
Blackberries - Mark (RLBS)
Good, but have you investigated communication/connection costs ?

My main experience is with the iPAQ; Good at everything I want, but not a good phone in its own right. Although the 6000 which I am awaiting is supposed to be better at this, although worse at just about everything else.
Blackberries - SpamCan61 {P}
How about my old friend the Nokia communicator? do you count that as a PDA - it does phone stuff, PIM, basic word processing, spreadsheets etc. A very different form factor to the PDAs under discussion mind you.
Blackberries - smokie
Work gave me a Blackberry and I gave it back about 3 months later. It was an early version, I can't speak for more recent ones.

Not being able to open attachments, my personal inability to get on with the keyboard and irritation at never being able to get away from email were the main reasons. Oh, and the broken charger, which meant it ran flat... :-)
Blackberries - malteser
8< 8< Snip 8< 8<

It wasn\'t funny the first time you posted it, let alone the second time. DD.
Blackberries - Citroënian {P}
Blackberries are fairly specialist things (there's also a colour version, the blueberry).

I've gone down the road of the i-mate (a network free XDA2) which is a Pocket PC like the ipaq with the added advantage of having a phone built in too.

It works brilliantly for what I need (diary, phone, etc) and has the advantage of also working with Bluetooth allowing me to use it for SatNav too.

Mark refers to the iPaq h6000 series, which is HPs answer to the XDA2 - they list a few models on their site but I think the first one we see will include WiFi (not on the XDA2 but you can upgrade with an SD card to allow that), but will have 64Mb RAM (XDA2 - 128Mb) and no camera (the XDA has this).

In the end, you'll need to do some research yourself as the differences between the h6000 and XDA2/i-mate are quite slim. An excellent place to begin the search is :-

www.expansys.com

They're in Manchester and are really helpful.

** Finally, check with your IT dept - the type of external email access they provide could make the decision for you. The forums on expansys can help you with what your IT dept advise if you're unclear.

Good luck!

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Lee
MINI adventure in progress
Blackberries - Nsar
Cheers Lee, Expansys are about three miles from where I'm sitting. I love this site!
Copperjet 800 ADSL Modem - malteser
I have a Copperjet 800 ADSL modem supplied by my ISP, here in Spain. I know that the same model is used in UK by, among others, Freeserve.
I have lost the manual and anyway it would be in fairly technical Spanish. My question is this - what does the small button on the bottom left hand front corner of the modem actally do?
I have spent a fraught couple of days re-installing XP three times!( drivers not working, ports not being recognised etc. etc.) that I am reluctant to fiddle with the modem!
Any help appreciated!
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Copperjet 800 ADSL Modem - steveincornwall
It does nowt. My instruction book is buried in the attic but I remember wondering as well when I first got my Freeserve broadband and reading that it has no use for this application. Sorry the problem must be elsewhere. Mine works fine on this laptop with Millenium and on the desktop upstairs with XP home (Service Pack 2).
Steve.
Internet on-line Timer. - ndbw
Have recently changed from BT Surftime to BT 24/7 which gives me free access for 120 hours/month,is there any way I can set up a counter to record time on line that I can reset each month to keep a check on my usage.I am using Windows 98 SE

ndbw
Internet on-line Timer. - frostbite
VDialPro will do that for you, and also dial your connection IF you can find it on the net.

It's shareware, but it seems to be a bit elusive. Only other clue is that it's by Vadim & K programmers group.
Norton Ghost 9.0 backup software - L'escargot
I've just installed Norton Ghost. It claims to be able to backup to (a) the hard drive that you want to backup (which Norton admits is not advisable, for obvious reasons), (b) a second hard drive, which I haven't got, or (c) CD-RW or CD-R discs. With the latter, it allows incremental backups according to the capacity of the disc, and this is my preferred method. However, what happens with the discs I have is it backs up until the disc is completely full and then I get an error message telling me that the process has failed. I assume that it cannot gauge the capacity of the disc. Is this likely to be a problem with that particular manufacture of disc, or is it that Norton Ghost is not compatible with my CD writer?
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L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Norton Ghost 9.0 backup software - Stuartli
The maximum capacity, including necessary information files, of a CD-R (which is preferable to a CD-RW) is 700MB (or 650MB with older versions).

If you have Nero or similar burning program you can use a CD-R in multisession form and, after suitably naming a Backup folder i.e. including the day, date and month such as 04/10/04, drag and drop files you wish to backup into it - you can then add other files later until the disk is full.

Nero's burning setup panel includes a slider along the bottom which indicates the overall MB total in that folder and when capacity has been reached using coloured lines.
Norton Ghost 9.0 backup software - L'escargot
The maximum capacity, including necessary information files, of a CD-R (which
is preferable to a CD-RW) is 700MB (or 650MB with older
versions).
If you have Nero or similar burning program you can use
a CD-R in multisession form and, after suitably naming a
Backup folder i.e. including the day, date and month such as
04/10/04, drag and drop files you wish to backup into it
- you can then add other files later until the disk
is full.
Nero's burning setup panel includes a slider along the bottom which
indicates the overall MB total in that folder and when capacity
has been reached using coloured lines.




Are you recommending that I give Norton Ghost the elbow?

I wonder how many people install software and then find that it doesn't do what it says it will?
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L'escargot by name, but not by nature.
Norton Ghost 9.0 backup software - Stuartli
>>Are you recommending that I give Norton Ghost the elbow? >>

No, certainly not. I use it myself to transfer files from one HDD to another etc when necessary, but for backups I use either the method above or XP Pro's own Backup facility (it is in Home as well but you have to install it from the installation disk yourself. XP Pro installs it by default).

This guide to Norton Ghost may help you:

ghost.radified.com/ghost_1.htm

..and this review might make you wonder...:-)

www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,107378,00.asp
XP SP2 & Nero - Andy B
Having dutifully, some would say boldy, loaded XP service pack 2 the other day, the only problem I have found is a documented incompatability with Nero 6.

Ahead Software offer several free upgrades to my version of Nero, one of which is 25 Mb and should solve the compatibility issue. Before I hijack the telephone for umpteen hours (Im on dial up!!), is anyone aware of a simpler, quicker fix.

Thanks

Andy
XP SP2 & Nero - Dynamic Dave
Do you know anyone with Broadband? Get them to download it and burn the relevant files to CDR for you to then install.

Note however, I\'ve recently had to upgrade my copy of Nero because of an XP SP2 install, and whenever I now watch or simply preview a DVD using Nero Showtime, it causes the PC to reboot at any given time.
XP SP2 & Nero - Andy B
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DD,
I assumed that I would have to download to my own PC in order to allow the upgrades to auto-install. From your suggestion can I assume that the upgrades can then be installed from the CDR by double clicking on the file?

Andy
XP SP2 & Nero - Stuartli
>>Do you know anyone with Broadband?>>

I've posted about the problem but it got lost in cyberspace..:-(

You can't update a copy of Nero using the method suggested as a check is made that you have a valid copy on your system to allow an update; otherwise everyone would get Nero for free apart from when buying a CD or DVD rewriter.

The latest version of Nero6 and the improvements are listed at:

www.nero.com/en/632011181528025.html

I realise that 27MB is quite a lot on dialup but it shouldn't take more than about 80 minutes at around one MB per three minutes.

I use FreshDownload (from www.freshdevices.com) which is a free and free from ads download accelerator; it's main benefit in this case is that it will resume dropped downloads which is very useful in the case of large files such as Nero..:-)

I created a FreshDownload folder on my desktop and all downloads are targeted to it from the utility. It has the benefit of not only providing a base for downloads but also acts as a backup; further backup is gained by using a CD-R(s) in multisession mode in Nero and dragging and dropping the download(s) as required into a backup folder until a disk is full.

My CD-Rs are called Various, Various1, Various2 etc but it's essential to keep an accurate written record of what's on each CD-R.

These CD-Rs are also handy for installing programs, utilities etc onto other systems using the CD-R(s)
XP SP2 & Nero - Stuartli
PS

Latest version of Nero6 is 6.3.1.25.

If you acquired Nero6 or earlier versions with a particular rewriter drive, it will only work with that drive.

Just seen your comment re downloading via another source - Ahead could allow it to be downloaded as a demo version, but whether your copy will accept it as a valid update is something only you will discover.
XP SP2 & Nero - Andy B
Stuart,

Comprehensive answer, as always. Thanks

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Now Ive got a bigger problem - my Nero was loaded using my mates disk (which I think might also have been a copy). From what you are saying downloading the updates might not be good idea. SP2 is starting to grate.

Just out of interest, if the original CD was copied bit for bit, how do the software authority recognise the illegal copy. I dont recall a registering process.
XP SP2 & Nero - Stuartli
SP2 has caused no problems for me with Nero5.5 nor anything else on my system...:-)

If the copy of Nero you copied (naughty, naughty!) was a standard issue then it will work with any CD-RW rewriter (may need updating for latest rewriter models acquired in barebones/OEM form) and you will be able to download and install the latest version.

It's those who buy a rewriter complete with an OEM copy of Nero specifically tailored for that drive that can't use it on another drive.

If you still have problems, the latest issue of PC Advisor (Nov 2004, issue 112) has full copies of DeepBurner and CDBurnerXP Pro 3.0 on the cover disk.

You can also acquire burning software from various download sites such as Tucows; cheaper than buying Nero or EasyCD Creator.

XP SP2 & Nero - Dynamic Dave
You can't update a copy of Nero using the method suggested
as a check is made that you have a valid copy
on your system to allow an update; otherwise everyone would get
Nero for free apart from when buying a CD or DVD
rewriter.


I think we've got a few wires crossed here. Like Andy B, I was running an earlier version of Nero, and I was prompted after installing SP2 to update Nero for it to work properly. I downloaded the update via Nero's website (using Broadband), and then installed the update from the files that were saved to my harddrive. I have also backed up the downloaded files to CDR and have since lent that CDR to a couple of friends who had similar issues after installing SP2. They also managed to update their copy's of Nero using their registration code that came with the product.

As long as you have the original Nero product and the registration code, then you are able to install the update whether the downloaded file is on your Harddrive, or a CDR. The downloaded files are the same for everyone. It's whether or not you have the registration code that makes the difference as to whether you can install it or not.
XP SP2 & Nero - Stuartli
>>As long as you have the original Nero product and the registration code, then you are able to install the update whether the downloaded file is on your Harddrive, or a CDR.>>

No, I don't have any wires crossed - at least not in my case..:-)

My copy of Nero5 and later 5.5, which have been updated as necessary from the Ahead website over the last three years, came as specific TDK OEM versions for my TDK Velox and current CyClone rewriters.

There was no registration code required or provided and the software will not work with other rewriters - I know, I've tried...:-)

Wifi file sharing for 2 computers - BB
Hi all,

I have two computers (laptop and desktop)hooked up to my Wifi router to share my broadband access. The laptop has a belkin PCMCIA card and the desktop has a linksys usb dongle.

The question is, how can I transfer files from my laptop onto my desktop via the wifi card/dongle. I am hoping that I can use ad hoc mode. Has anyone done something similar.

Thanks

BB
Wifi file sharing for 2 computers - Stargazer {P}
Ad hoc mode normally means connecting directly between computers, not connecting them via a router (wireless or wires doesnt matter).

Can you confirm your setup on the router....do you use dhcp to connect to the router? What Operating systems (very important)?

Basically you want to enable file sharing on the LAN part of your network, this is easiest in XP Pro if you have similar on both
computers. Related is printer sharing which I did manage on my XP Pro and win2k pair of computers staright from the online guides.

cheers

StarGazer
Wifi file sharing for 2 computers - BB
Hi Stargazer,

I run 98SE on the laptop and 2000 Professional on the desktop computer.
I believe use DCHP to connect to the router (doesn't this automatically assign IP address?) I did not assign IP manually.

I want to share files between computer 1 and computer 2. I understand that if I go into control panel and inetrnet settings I can set both computers to share, but is this all that I need to do?

Thanks (in anticipation)

BB
Wifi file sharing for 2 computers - Stargazer {P}
BB

Yes, if IP number is assigned automatically this is DHCP.

To get windows 2000 professional to talk to winXP I had to enable printer and file sharing and make sure the correct protocols were loadeded. (under networks and dial up connections, I needed client for MS networks, file and printer sharing and internet protocol (TCP/IP) ). Then everything just works.

I dont use win98SE so not sure about this at all. I used to have win95 upgraded to win98, this seemed very crude on the networking/sharing so I ditched it before getting my current computers so sorry I cant help with setting up that side of the network.

hth

StarGazer

Wifi file sharing for 2 computers - BB
Thanks Stargazer,

I will have a go tonight to share files. Fingers crossed, thanks for your reply. Much appreciated.
Wifi file sharing for 2 computers - smokie
The principle is the same across most Windows operating systems. Alow file and print sharing on each computer. Don't enable any protocols other than TCP/IP (unless you have another reason for doing so).

You might need to ensure that you log on to the Windows 98 computer using an account name and password that is set up in Windows 2000, or ensure the Guest account is enabled on the Win2k machine and when prompted on Windows 98 fr a username, type guest. You can usually check a box so that it doesn't keep asking you for the password.

You will also need to change the properties of folders you wish to share - right click the folder in Explorer and sort it out there (Sharing). Make sure you enable file updating, not just reading, assuming that's what you want to do. Once they are shared, the icon for the folder will have a hand with a blue sleeve on it underneath it.

Even better, if the computers are often on, is to map drives. In Windows Explorer go Tools/Map Network Drive and add the drive. Then, for instance, if the desktop is on when you boot the laptop and log onto it, it will automatically re-map the (persistent) connections (I think somewhere in the mapping screen you say whether it should ALWAYS map). (NB you can map any level as a drive - you don't have to map the whole drive. So you could map computer2\my documents to computer 1 as n: drive, and computer2\my documents\my pictures as O: drive, if you see what I mean)

Lastly, when you have a network, use it to back up across - saving your important files on each computer to the other computer once in a while. It's no substitue for a "proper" backup but at least your critical data would be safer.

 

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