Computer Related Questions - Volume 97 - Dynamic Dave

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Solitaire - eProf
Mock not the least talked about and, I suspect, a well-used feature of Windoze - Solitaire.

On Friday I scored 9419 with a time of 80.

Just to start the new Volume I wondered what the BR Highest Score in Solitaire is.

Anyone hit the magic 10000 mark?
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Solitaire - Pugugly {P}
No, but I have an earlier version of Windows that need painting. Far better for you and more rewarding. Paint pot and brush awaits !
Solitaire - eProf
Would that be the stained glass version of Windows 3.1?
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Solitaire - Stuartli
The ones in the DOS house?
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Solitaire - bell boy
yes restore it to how it was by cd rom
ive got a floppy disc by urtmeback
i saw a mouse...where? there on the .......................mouse mat.
Solitaire - No FM2R
>>Anyone hit the magic 10000 mark?

Oh yes, much more. With a time in the middle 50s.
Starting Browser from clickable link in - pmh
Starting Browser from clickable link in Outlook Express (2003?)
OS is XP using Braodband

Since installing Mozilla as the default Browser, Right clicking a clickable link in an Email now results in a new window with Internet Explorer opening, but does not transfer the address (or connect). Complicated by the fact that the Outlook Express is is French hence my inability to read accurately any Help File info.

Any ideas please? It maybe complicated by the fact that the machine is using some of the protection features provided by Wanadoo personalised version of OE and connection software.
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Starting Browser from clickable link in - Stuartli
In OE's Tolls>Options>Security tab, uncheck the Do Not Allow Attachments To Be Saved or Opened That Could...etc.

This is the most probably cause.

I use Mozilla Firefox and readily open links from OE (or from Thunderbird which I would normally use; but there's a good reason for that at the moment and nothing to do with security or any other aspect!).
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Starting Browser from clickable link in - pmh
Stuart, thanks for that, but whilst this maybe the reason why a link will not open, but does not account for why it tries to open Internet Explorer, not Mozilla, which is set as the default browser. Is the Browser to open set anywhere in OE?
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Starting Browser from clickable link in - Stuartli
Have you also used Set Program Access and Defaults from the Windows Start button (Custom)?

Windows has a neat trick of reverting the Defaults back to IE and OE if you don't keep an eye on it...:-)
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Starting Browser from clickable link in - pmh
Thanks for that, you learn something new about XP everyday!

I will post back the outcome later this week.
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Starting Browser from clickable link in - Stuartli
Another thought. If you right click on the link(s) and select Open in New Tab....:-)
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Canon Printer Pixma MP150 feedback - Round The Bend
Thanks all for your contributions (Vol 96 - Does USB2 equipment work with USB1?). Installed the all-in-one yesterday and agree with TVM that this is a cracking machine for the money. Amazingly good quality on 6x4 photo prints.

This was going to be an "order on line/collect from store" with PCW. Snag was that nearest store with the thing in stock was 50 miles away .............. Amazon came to rescue with first class postage included at £42.95! (Works out almost cheaper than 2 new ink cartridges on the old Lexmark).
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Canon Printer Pixma MP150 feedback - Stuartli
>>with first class postage included at £42.95!>>

Most standalone printers cost more than that..:-)
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Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - Dynamic Dave
Unfortunately I accidentally pulled the usb lead out of the pc before WinXP finished installing the necessary stuff and subsequently I can't back up any data from the phone to the pc.

I had previously been using a bluetooth dongle for backups, but as it always took too long I thought I'd try the lead supplied with the phone instead.

I tried a system restore to an earlier point, but to no avail.

Anyone know how to force the pc to re-install it again from scratch?
Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - Stuartli
Have you tried doing the installation again?

Windows must have created a folder for the installation originally - is it listed in Program Files?

If so you could Delete it and attempt to reinstall again.

Otherwise, if the device is listed in Device Manager, you could Uninstall it (highlight the device>right click>Properties) and reboot. Windows would then Find New Hardware and reinstall the device and software if the latter is available either on the hard drive or installation disk.
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Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - kennybase
Only other thing I can suggest is maybe try plugging it into a different USB port - this sometimes forces a new installation.

I used to use the cable but now prefer Bluetooth - means I can pick up the phone without worrying about pulling the laptop on the floor!!!
Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - No FM2R
I presume you've tried control panel / and or remove software ?

Deleting the device from the device manager configuration ?

Telling it to upgrade ? The version on the CD is older than the latest available from the Nokia site?

It is loads faster than using bluetooth, and the software is excellent. Although I prefer the older version of the music manager.

I have the N91 on loan and from a music point of view, its pretty impressive. 4gb of memory doesn't hurt, either !
Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - Dynamic Dave
Removed pc suite and re-installed from cd - not newer version from nokia website.

Couldn't find the device in the device manager.

When I removed pc suite and re-installed, the pc then found the phone and said new hardware detected, etc. I waited for it to all it's stuff and then asked me to restart pc. Did all that, but the phone still doesn't want to talk to pc suite any other way than bluetooth.

I'll remove pc suite again and download a newer version to see if that will fix the problem.
Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - Altea Ego
I seem to recall that Nokia PC suite loads a unique USB/virtual com port driver. Make sure you download and install both

On checking the website - its called the cable driver. Memory cells indicate this also needs XPSP1 + fixes as a minimum.
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Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - adverse camber
Do you need to do something on the phone - to tell the phone to use the cable ?

In the distant past I seem to remember that with a communicator you had to enable the comms link or choose cable or IR or whatever.

Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - Dynamic Dave
On checking the website - its called the cable driver. Memory cells indicate this also needs XPSP1 fixes as a minimum.


TVM - The cable driver downlaods as part of the latest version of pc suite. Pc has all the latest updates, including XPSP1
Do you need to do something on the phone - to tell the phone to use the cable ?


mark99 - I haven't managed to get that far yet. In the auto driver installation process of WinXP detecting new hardware I accidentally pulled out the usb cable. The phone isn't detectable when now connected to the pc.

I gave up earlier as it's too darn hot to do anything except drink and be pampered by a cool fan.

Will have another go later as I was starting to also get in a paddy with it.
Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - No FM2R
Right Dave, I've got a bit more time to pay attention today.

Did you get this resolved or do you need further suggestions ?

Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - Dynamic Dave
No FM2R,

Nope. Gave up in the end. Did the backup via bluetooth.

Now when I connect the phone to the pc via the usb lead (into either of the 2 sockets I tried yesterday on the front panel of the pc), nothing happens at all. Not even the "bing bong" (Windows XP Hardware Insert sound) you get when anything usb is normally connected, or disconnected (Windows XP Hardware Remove sound). Both those sockets still work as I tried other usb stuff in them, so that's not the problem.

I tried plugging it into 2 different usb sockets on the back of the pc, but just kept getting the message that it didn't recognise the hardware, or that it was incorrectly installed.
Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - SpamCan61 {P}
I had a very similar experience with my USB DVB-T telly a while back due to a botched install. I fixed it in the end by trawling through the windows\inf folder for a file called oem*.inf whcih contained data on the device in question. I deleted this file, re-installed from scratch and all was fine - * above means a number which increments each time a new HW device is installed on the system.

.INF files are readable in notepad. Maybe the Nokia cable driver works much the same way, unfortunately I can't check at the moment because my work laptop with PCsuite on has died due to HDD failure :-/

Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - No FM2R
Are you running SPYBOT or HiJackThis ?

In HijackThis do a system scan, find the line in the registry related, disable it, and try rebooting. Make a backup of the registry item you amend in case you hit the wrong one. If you haven't got HijackThis then you really should have. www.merijin.org or something similar to that.

Similar in Spybot except you're looking for a program in Startup

I have N92 stuff on my home PC whihc I would expect to be identical, so if you haven't resolved it by about 9ish I'll check at home where and what the values/files are.

Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - Dynamic Dave
by trawling through the windowsinf folder for a file called oem*.inf


SpamCan6, the latest file was updated on the 12th - some 6 days previously to trying to use the USB cable, so looks like it didn't get updated when I hooked up the N70 to the pc.

Are you running SPYBOT or HiJackThis ?


No FM2R, Would that be Spybot - Search and Destroy, or a different prog? If not, then yes I am running it.

However....

I don't know what's going on, but I've just plugged the usb lead into the pc again, then the phone to the lead, and then got a message "new hardware found". Left it well and truly alone to install the drivers WinXP thought it should have - etc, and then the message said something like "new hardware installed".

Now pc suite recognises the phone and everything is hunky dory.

Obviously switching the pc off overnight has rectified the problem.

And yes; I have to agree, the usb lead is far quicker than bluetooth. Will still use bluetooth to download the occasional pic(s) from the phone, but from now on will use the usb lead for backing up.

Thanks for everyone's help with this.

D.
Nokia N70 usb cable connection to pc - SpamCan61 {P}
>>the usb lead is far quicker than bluetooth

Ain't that the truth...I tend to re-flash my phone on a weekly basis, doing 50 meg backups via bluetooth takes an eternity!
Cleaning a laptop screen. - malteser
Has anyone a recommendation on the best way to clean the screen on a laptop?
Ours has a shiny screen not a matt one.

Roger. (Costa del Sol, España)
Cleaning a laptop screen. - Altea Ego
Spectacle wipes, the ones in sachets moistened with isoprop alchohol or other cleaning agent.
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Cleaning a laptop screen. - malteser
Thanks Very Much.

Roger. (Costa del Sol, España)
Cleaning a laptop screen. - Stuartli
Another way is to buy a Calotherm cloth from an opticians; they are quite inexpensive.

I've used this particular brand of cloth for several decades - it was the only cloth of its type that was, and is, suitable for cleaning multi-coated photographic lenses without any risk of damaging the coating.
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Deleting Cookies / Saving Passwords - cheddar
On my old 98SE machine, using IE6, when I delete cookies via Tools>Internet Options it prompts me asking if I want to keep Passwords, i.e. logons for sites such as this. However I dont get this prompt when performing the same action on my XP Pro machine, also IE6, so I have to log back on to various forums etc.

I have not given this much thought, I guess with a little fiddling i might be able to sort it however one of you guys will surely know the answer.



Thanks.
Deleting Cookies / Saving Passwords - Dalglish
one of you guys will surely know the answer.

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i don't, but why not try the excellent free crapcleaner current Version v1.31.325 (1,424KB)

www.ccleaner.com/

then set the options you want from options > custom > cookies

Backing up inbox and sent items - Nsar
i feel sure I'ved asked this before by a forum search didn't throw up anything.

Can anyone post a foolproof way to back up my inbox and sent items to CD?
Backing up inbox and sent items - cheddar
In Outlook:

File>Import/Export>Export to a file>Personal Folder File (.pst) then choose Personal Folders and remember to check Include Subfolders.
Backing up inbox and sent items - SpamCan61 {P}
...and remember what the password is; having recently tried to read some old mail files I'd archived this way, but completely forgot the old password :-(
Backing up inbox and sent items - cheddar
Dont set a password.
Backing up inbox and sent items - Dalglish
.. mail files I'd archived this way, but completely forgot the old password :-( ...

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use freeware to try to recover your password: www.nirsoft.net/

e.g.
Protected Storage PassView is a small utility that reveals the passwords stored on your computer by Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and MSN Explorer. The passwords are revealed by reading the information from the Protected Storage.

or
Mail PassView is a small password-recovery tool that reveals the passwords and other account details for the following email clients

Backing up inbox and sent items - SpamCan61 {P}
Ta for that Dalglish, I'll give it a bash. on more recent backups I've adopted the highly secure approach of including the password in the archive name ;-)
Backing up inbox and sent items - Nsar
Dalglish - this is perhaps a naive question but how kosher is that site -there are some utilities there I'd like to download but........
Backing up inbox and sent items - Dalglish
.. Dalglish - this is perhaps a naive question but how kosher is that site ..

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it maybe genuine pukka halal, for all i know. but if you look at the left hand column, it lists its awards, inclucing , for example, some from pcworld magazine. cheching the links shows that it is a genuine pcworld award.

Backing up inbox and sent items - Dalglish
sorry for the typos: "including" and "checking".
Backing up inbox and sent items - Stuartli
>>but how kosher is that site >>

I've used it without any problems over a period of some time.
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Backing up inbox and sent items - Dynamic Dave
Can anyone post a foolproof way to back up my inbox and sent items to CD?


Depends what email software you're using; but if it's comminal garden MS Outlook or Outlook Express, then:-

www.sitedeveloper.ws/tutorials/outlook.htm
Backing up inbox and sent items - malteser
I use Geniesoft Outlook Express back up. You can download a trial version. Registration involves getting a user name and password.
You can back up directly to a CD or a DVD, provided you have packet writing software on your PC. The disc must be formatted for use by DLA before use. You can also backup to a folder, which you can then write to a CD/DVD, using your CD writer.
I

Roger. (Costa del Sol, España)
Backing up inbox and sent items - JH
Nsar
if it's Outlook Express, from MS KB;

1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
2. On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder.
3. Select the folder location, and then press CTRL+C to copy the location.
4. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.
5. Click Start, and then click Run.
6. In the Open box, press CTRL+V, and then click OK.
7. On the Edit menu, click Select All.
8. On the Edit menu, click Copy, and then close the window.
9. Right-click any empty space on your desktop, click New, and then click Folder.
10. Type mail backup for the folder name, and then press ENTER.
11. Double-click the Mail Backup folder to open it.
12. On the Edit menu, click Paste.
13. Close the Mail Backup window.

Or, shorter version,
find the folder with your .dbx files. You may need to make system folders visible to do this. It wil be under your account\Local settings\application\identities\ etc. Copy these to a place from which you normally back them up. Burn to CD either from where you found them or where you copied them. Note that this does not back up your address book. A simple export is best for that (File, Export)..

Geniesoft is good, as recommended elsewhere.

JH


i Tunes, roxio CD creator + disc burning - Armitage Shanks {p}
This may be too long a question to answer. I have music downloaded from i tunes; I can play them on my computer but

1. Can I convert them to wav format to play on a cd in my car?

2. Whether I can or can't convert them, how do I get them onto a CD at all?

When I try to burn from the i tunes playlist it says no burning software detected and copy and paste or drag to disc, in Roxio, doesn't work either.
i Tunes, roxio CD creator disc burning - Stuartli
to play on a cd in my car?>>


Apple describes how to do the conversion required at:

docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93123

including how to transfer them to a CD-R.

If you use the CD-R in multisession form you can keep adding tracks until it is full.

PS

It doesn't apply to purchased songs from iTunes but I suspect you can overcome this.
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i Tunes, roxio CD creator disc burning - Armitage Shanks {p}
Thanks for that link; it expalins how to convert formats but adds that you can't convert anything dowloaded from itunes. No problem, I have a portable CD player which also plays MP3s so I can use it with a cassette player adaptor to get the sound into my ICE system
i Tunes, roxio CD creator disc burning - Stuartli
>>but adds that you can't convert anything dowloaded from itunes. >>

I did point that out...:-)
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i Tunes, roxio CD creator disc burning - Baskerville
This is certainly not true. iTunes does allow you to unlock iTMS (iTunes Music Store) tracks, though in a clunky way. If you create a playlist you can burn (I think) five CDs of that playlist. If you change but one track on the playlist you can burn five CDs all over again. The tracks on the CD are in WAV format, with no DRM. If you really want to you can then re-import the tracks into iTunes as MP3 or whatever, or use Audacity to convert them. Of course this is not lossless, but as a backup it's fine.



Just to be clear, use iTunes to do the burning, not Roxio.
i Tunes, roxio CD creator disc burning - Armitage Shanks {p}
Many thanks all for the help and advice! To my great surprise I have found that the CD player in my 2 year old 307 will play MP3s, as downloaded from itunes and totally unconverted" The conversion link was useful though! Thanks again
miniATX PSUs - Stuartli
A while back a forum member was attempting to find a more powerful miniATX PSU, but was finding it difficult as 270w is normally the maximum available.

However, there are new models out that could prove of interest (if the information is still required!). See:

tinyurl.com/rjjrp


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Desk fan near computer - L'escargot
I've got a 7" 20W mains operated fan on my computer desk. How can I tell whether it's affecting my computer, and will any harmful effects be transient or permanent? What's the minimum distance that it should be from the PC and/or monitor?
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Desk fan near computer - Altea Ego
It wont be affecting your PC. IN theory it might affect diskettes, and they can make a CRT monitor "waver" a bit, but generally speaking dont worry about it.
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boosting resolution on laptops - adverse camber
A friend wants to run an application on his (win XP) laptop that requires a higher resolution than the laptop screen is capable of (it needs 1280x1024).

Im really more of a unix user, but I remember having a B-Series fujitsu (the tiny lightweight ones) that had a 10" screen with only 800x600 - on that you could set the screen resolution to what you wanted and then pan the physical display over the higher resolution virtual display.
was that a quirk of the drivers for my old laptop or is it standard in xp ? Ive tried on my current laptop and it doesnt seem to want to go higher than the physical resolution.

Anyone know a solution to the problem of running a higher resolution program on a laptop in XP? some utility ?

thanks

boosting resolution on laptops - Altea Ego
Resolutions are a function of the drivers for the video chip.AND the limitations of the pixel density/

On my 1024x760 laptop (thats its native resolution) I can select higher resolutions, but I only seea part of the xp desktop and have to pan and scan around to see the rest

If you cant select higher,your drivers dont support it.
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boosting resolution on laptops - adverse camber
tvm,

yes, you have what is wanted! I'm going to see him on Sunday and I hope that it will be possible to do that .

do you have the standard msoft drivers or are yoiu running ati or intel or something?

My laptop drivers will let me run an external monitor at 1600x1200 but the lcd display doesnt want to go higher than 1024x768 even to allow panning.

thanks
boosting resolution on laptops - adverse camber
Ah, OK I think I've found it, now got mine to do the pan stuff, so hopefully his will be fixable in the same way.

tell it to allow modes the display cant handle worked.

boosting resolution on laptops - Stuartli
If you right click on the Desktop and choose Properties>Settings>Advanced button>Adapter tab and click on List All Modes, all the resolutions, colour and refresh rates of which your graphics card or onboard graphics are capable are listed.

Highlight the one you want and click on it to enable the required settings.
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Copying a 5 Gb file to external h/drive - Oz
I've created a 5 Gb video file (.MPG) on my notebook PC from my Sony HDV digital camcorder using a firewire link, no problem.
I didn't expect any problem copying this from the PC onto my external USB hard drive (320 Gb - loads of space). However it fails - an error message says 'not enough disk space'! What's going on? I can copy other smaller files.
I already tried to create the video file directly from the camera to the external drive (firewire link to PC, UCB link to external drive) but got the impression the hard drive couldn't keep up (picture breaking up).
The notebook PC drive is NTFS format and the external hard drive is FAT32 - could this be a factor?
Oz (as was)
Copying a 5 Gb file to external h/drive - Oz
UCB link to external drive


er, USB ...

Oz (as was)
Copying a 5 Gb file to external h/drive - Altea Ego
Oz

fat32 has limits for size of a file, 4gb maximum i seem to recall, there are also limits for directory sizes and size of root directory. A google should find all the file system specs.
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Address Book Undersized? - drbe
I have a problem with the 'All Addresses' facility in my email address book.

Recently I have needed to send an email to all addressees in my address book, when I have clicked on 'All Addresses' and 'send' only a few emails have been sent.

I am obviously doing something wrong (or have done something wrong in the past), but what?

How can I amend things so that when I select 'All' I get 'All'?

I am using Outlook Express. As usual, my thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.

Don
Address Book Undersized? - adverse camber
Are you sure that your ISP isnt preventing this. Many / most put a limit on the number of cc/bcc/to addresses on a mail to prevent spam. If you check your sent folder and the message addresses look ok in that, then its prob your isp.

Ask them if they provide a maillist facility, some allow you to set up a maillist on their systems to allow such large address lists.
Address Book Undersized? - Phil I
>only a few emails have been sent.

Most likely your ISP has some restriction in operation on the volume of mail you can send. They do this to hamper spamming operations. Should be some mention of this in the AUP for your ISP

Hth Phil I
Address Book Undersized? - Phil I
ah well : great minds often think alike ;-))

Phil I
Address Book Undersized? - drbe
ah well : great minds often think alike ;-))
Phil I


Thanks for those responses. In fact 9 emails were sent.

We did this for a friend recently and we couldn't send the whole address book - about 460 - we sent them in batches of around a 100 at a time, which was ok.

My address book which I keep fairly well pruned, is only about 60 names in total, I am a little surprised if it wouldn't accept that..
Address Book Undersized? - drbe
Problem solved - I think.

I created a new address book list called 'all addresses (2)' put all contacts into that and it seems - touch wood - to have worked.

Thank you for helping me to think logically.
Computer speed - L'escargot
My computer just gets slower and slower. At the moment it takes 5 minutes to warm up before I can do anything at all. Are there any criteria for checking computer speeds? In other words, what is fast and what is slow? And what makes a computer slow?
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Computer speed - Stuartli
Try typing MSCONFIG into the Run box and checking the last tab for Start Up items.

Some are probably unnecessary but will be working in the background, thus slowing up the machine.

Have you also done anti-virus and malware scans as well as defragging the system.
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Computer speed - Dalglish
My computer just gets slower and slower. ...... And what makes a computer slow?

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::: :-) it is trying to live up to your name. ::: but seriously, it depends on the specification of the computer.

how much ram do you have, how fast is the processor, how many programs are loaded at start up, how many or which security aplications are starting up, how big your cache has built up, how much your hard drive is defragmented, and so on.

to keep my hard drive as tidy as possible requiring a minimum of defragmenting, i have partitioned it so that in partition
1. i have just the operating system (windows xp),
2. all other installed applications
3. for constantly changing/updated security programs
4. my documents,
5. for temporary files and cache
6. for the system page swap file

music and videos go on a second hard disk.

try running the crapcleaner utility as previously recommended to clear out some junk.

Computer speed - JH
L
any possibility the disk's dying? Any noises from it? I'd suggest running Scandisk (but make sure you can walk away and leave it, it wil take ages).

Another option is a virus I'm afraid. Have you run a full scan recently?

Or, it could just be filling up with old junk which can be cleaned up. The suggestion to check programs started when it boots is good.

JH
Computer speed - Victorbox
If you are running XP I would go straight to the Microsoft Safety Centre & do a "Full Service Scan" check. safety.live.com/site/en-gb/default.htm
For spyware / malware I use Spybot Search & Destroy www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html and Ad-Aware from www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
You can use both on the same PC.
Alternatively if you are using XP then you can consider Windows Defender from Microsoft www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=...n

Computer speed - bell boy
power defragg.com will give you a free 30 day defragger for free and its better than the built in xp one
microsoft if you are on xp also do windows defender this is free and very good. i use it in conjunction with spybot and also spy defender......all free and very good.....
dont forget to clear your cache and remove any programmes that you no longer use via your control panel
Computer speed - bell boy
sorry victorbox looks like plaggyrism it wasnt :( im a slow ritter..........
Computer speed - Altea Ego
You can fanny around with allnumber of utlities and defraggers, and at best get a partial improvement

Format the disk, and reload XP. Speeds it up shed loads every time.
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Computer speed - bell boy
not if you paid £900 for your computer the company goes belly up and microsoft say your system isnt supporting a valid disc..............
Computer speed - Adam {P}
If you paid 900 quid for a computer you should have a recovery disc or a (legit) copy of Windows with it!

For the record, I need to reformat mine around every six months or so.As RF says, keeps it running dead quick.
Computer speed - Altea Ego
well you had best face that situation sooner rather than later, because at some stage XP is going to go udders up on you big time, so practise your format and reloads regularly.
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Computer speed - bell boy
thanks for the info but anything important ive started putting on disc .
i got the first warning about 2 months ago from micosoft and since then they have been warned about putting a programme on my computer that tells me my copy is illegal from the american government i believe,anyway i removed it and just manually check once a week if there are any more patches to upload...........
Computer speed - Dalglish
got the first warning about 2 months ago from micosoft and since then they have been warned about putting a
programme on my computer that tells me my copy is illegal

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oldman: this may be of interest to you -

blogs.msdn.com/wga/archive/2006/07/16/667063.aspx
and the follow up
blogs.msdn.com/wga/

Computer speed - bell boy
thanks for that - Dalglish ive read the first one but got a bit bogged in the second one i will reread it tomorrow ,my computer came from a business that no longer exists i have had it 3 years and it was £900 it was my first foray and i didnt even know what a mouse was when i got it (in fact the ball fell out of it and i didnt know what it was or where it wemt) no discs came with it and i have always tried to stay abreast of updates etc .
2 months ago my computer kept filling my screen with the logo that my copy of xp proffesional was a copy and microsoft wanted £90 to fix it,i went into the microsoft updates found the one filling my computer with this message and deleted the file..........up to this time i always had respect for microsoft but got to say my attitude changed that day like i guess it did for many people in my position
Computer speed - Dalglish
found the one filling my computer with this message and deleted the file

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oldman: official microsoft instructions on how to remove the nag

support.microsoft.com/?kbid=921914

Computer speed - Citroënian {P}
>>Format the disk, and reload XP. Speeds it up shed loads every time

Seconded. By the time you mess around, it's usually quicker to start over.

Just be sure to have everything backed up beforehand, not forgetting your email/contacts!


Lee -- You know, it\'s not like changing toothpaste
Computer speed - Dalglish
you will all have les-cargo worried sick by now.
as it is, iirc, he already has his computer overloaded with all kinds of protection. i have never had to reformat or reload xp on any of the 3 machines i run at home (possible because of the way in which i have partitioned the hard drives).
anyway, iirc, les-cargo uses his machine for little else than surfing the net and emails.

Computer speed - Citroënian {P}
Oh right, the question.

>>Are there any criteria for checking computer speeds
There are a lot of benchmarking programs for absolute performance, but an indication of how well your own box is performing is to look at the task manager - in XP, press CTRL-Shift-ESC together and it'll come up. Look at the performance tab and it'll tell you a couple of things - how much of the processor is being used at that point, the physical memory available and being used and also the swap file usage. You want the processor to not be running at 100% all the time, to have spare capacity in the physical memory (and the peak ideally below this) and finally to have little usage of the swap file. The swap file is used when the computer runs out of memory and uses the disk as temporary storage. This makes things very slow.

>>And what makes a computer slow
Too many processes hogging resources - check the processes tab and sort by CPU usage or memory usage - you'll soon see what's hogging your resources. For example, Sophos antivirus will routinely use 45-50Mb of your memory and slow things down nicely. If you're not sure what things are, google the process name, it'll usually come up with an explanatory result.

>>My computer just gets slower and slower. At the moment it takes 5 minutes to warm up before I can do anything at all
Slow log ons can be down to a number of things, but computers will slow down over time as more programs and utils and updates are added. Only real answer is the one TVM gives for a rebuild. This needn't be a terrible thing though as you'll be prepared for a disaster (heaven forbid!), and if you use something like Go Back then you can easily return to the rebuild state without affecting your files.

hth
Lee -- You know, it\'s not like changing toothpaste
Computer speed - Adam {P}
Cracking advice from Lee, as always.

TO be be honest, rebuilds are good once in a while as they get you into the practice of backing stuff up and realising just what you do and don't need. Even though I seem to need to do them a higher than usual number of times, I'm still amazed how quick the PC runs afterwards.

I have loads of partitions - one for the sole purpose of sticking stuff I need on. If you do this, reformatting the C drive will leave this untouched and it will appear with all your stuff on when you put Windows back on as if nothing has ever happened.


Computer speed - Baskerville
The only amendment I would make to Lee's post this is:

Replace

>but computers will slow down over time as more programs and utils and updates are added.

with:

but computers *running Windows* will slow down...

I have not known a unix-like such as Linux or Mac OS X do this. Reinstalling is not a computer thing but a Windows thing.
Computer speed - Stuartli
Windows XP is the most stable and most reliable OS I've used over many years and that goes back some time before the launch of Windows 3.1.

Try a Repair of XP; full details of how to do it (to save me typing it out) at:

www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

As for nagging Windows Genuine Authentication, which affects a large number of genuine users of XP and is regarded as malware by many of those in the know, let XP's WindowsUpdate do its work, but select the option to "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them" in Security Center.

This will ensure that you only download the updates that are relevant for your system. Don't install Microsoft's so-called critical updates with the letters WGA or similar in the listing.

It saves an awful lot of hassle as many of us have discovered.


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Computer speed - Baskerville
I agree Win XP can be very stable indeed, but only if you are "in the know" enough to hack the registry and/or perform a range of tweaks and modifications, run the "correct" selection of anti-malware software and, we now learn, as long as you don't download a selection of Microsoft's own patches.

You know what?

"It saves an awful lot of hassle as many of us have discovered."

reads a lot like:

"He's a good man really. He doesn't beat me as long as I don't do anything wrong. It's not his fault, it's mine."

The OP needs a reinstall. It's simplest way of fixing it.
Computer speed - No FM2R
I run XP on most of the computers in the house. Automatic updates on. No tweaks or changes. No firewall or anti-virus software, but various things such as Spybot are installed.

They don't get re-installed. They just run. I don't recall anything happening to any of them in the last year or so, even the one that my daughter and the local kids play on.

On the other hand I don't install dodgy stuff, I don't browse dodgy web-sites and I never open e-mails from people I don't know.

I love windows - cheap, simple, effective and does what is says. Who can be bothered with all the effort of linux or somesuch. And before you say anything, I do nothing to maintain windows so even having to go and find where to download linux woudl require more time, effort and technical awareness than windows ever requires of me.

Actually we've lost two keyboards, a DVD drive and a mouse to the hardware dump in the sky, but that's all been related to coca cola, orange juice and a particularly unfortunate incident with a strawberry jelly.

Computer speed - Baskerville
Whatever works for you. But looking back over previous incarnations of this thread, many people don't have your experience. And in fact before I ditched Windows, neither did I.

>Actually we've lost two keyboards, a DVD drive and a mouse to the hardware dump in the sky, but that's all been related to coca cola, orange juice and a particularly unfortunate incident with a strawberry jelly.

This is by far the greatest threat to computer security in my experience. Replace strawberry jelly with yoghurt and I feel your pain.

Computer speed - Stuartli
>>o hack the registry and/or perform a range of tweaks and modifications, run the "correct" selection of anti-malware software and, we now learn, as long as you don't download a selection of Microsoft's own patches.>>

With all due respects that is complete twaddle...:-)
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Computer speed - Baskerville
>With all due respects that is complete twaddle...:-)

These are quotations from some of your recent posts:

" Have you also used Set Program Access and Defaults from the Windows Start button (Custom)?

Windows has a neat trick of reverting the Defaults back to IE and OE if you don't keep an eye on it...:-)" July 17, 2006.

"Try typing MSCONFIG into the Run box and checking the last tab for Start Up items.

Some are probably unnecessary but will be working in the background, thus slowing up the machine." August 1, 2006.

"This will ensure that you only download the updates that are relevant for your system. Don't install Microsoft's so-called critical updates with the letters WGA or similar in the listing.

It saves an awful lot of hassle as many of us have discovered." August 2, 2006.

The list goes back and back and back. Twaddle? Just reporting it as I see it.



AV freeware ? - cheddar
One of my kid's PCs NAV sub is soon to expire, I know that this has been done before though once again which AV freeware do you recommend, it's on 98SE?

Thanks.
AV freeware ? - Altea Ego
Personally I run Avast Anti Virus (home edition - free) and find it does all I need and does it well.

www.avast.com


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AV freeware ? - cheddar
Thanks RF.
AV freeware ? - Stuartli
>>I run Avast Anti Virus (home edition - free) >>

Agree 100 per cent with Avast! which also has the benefit, for convenience or for those who may overlook the task, of updating itself as and when necessary at intervals you specify and providing both verbal and written notice that it has done so.

www.avast.com

A point to notice, if you do download it, and wish to extend the basic 60 days or so "trial" period, when registering online at the Avast! website, ensure that the For Home or Personal Use Only box is checked. Otherwise the e-mail with the registration code will never arrive...:-)
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