Computer Related Questions - Volume 106 - Dynamic Dave
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Symbols - budu
Several of the upper case symbols on my keyboard give the wrong result, for example, typing in the pound sign gives the hash mark. This coincided with a change from IE6 to IE7 but I don't know if that is relevant. Can anyone suggest how to get back to normal please?
Symbols - BazzaBear {P}
Start -> Control Panel -> Regional and language options.
Symbols - Dynamic Dave
You need to check your keyboard languange settings.

Goto control panel, click on regional and language options, Then make sure ALL the drop downs are correct for your country
1/Standards and Format - Regional options tab
2/location - Regional options tab
3/Languages tab > Details Button > settings tab > Default input language
4/Advanced tab top drop down.
Data transfer from mobile to pc - Greg R
I have a DKU-5 cable to connect to my mobile. The idea it transfers information from my mobile to the computer.

The mobile is a 3220 nokia. I can't get the drivers to work (these were downloaded from the net).

Any ideas? I have installed the nokia software as well.

Thanks
Greg

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Data transfer from mobile to pc - Altea Ego
You have the wrong cable. the DKu-5 cable does not work on the 3220. I know it says it has a pop port, but the DKu-5 cable dont work. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt with the wifes 3220. You need the CA-42 cable.


As it turns out the DKU-5 cable came in handy for my new 6230i that I got cheap as its being withdrawn.
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FireFox 2 - R75
anyone else started using it yet? I think it is great, the spell check is really good - flags up my appalling spelling as you type, wonderful idea ;o)
FireFox 2 - Stuartli
Yes, I pointed out in the previous CRQ that it had just been released.

It seems quicker too even without using Finetune Firefox (not sure if this will work with version 2.0), whilst the tabs have been improved and work slightly differently.

New features detailed at: www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/2.0/releasenotes/
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FireFox 2 - malteser
Only downside on FF so far is that a couple of my extensions are not yet supported. The one I really miss is the Tiny Url creator tool.
Funnily I had the impression it was a bit quicker, but that may be wishful thinking! I use Firetune for Firefox, rather than FasterFox, so I'll have to research compatibility later.


Roger. (Costa del Sol, España)
FireFox 2 - malteser
Just checked - there is `an updated version of Firetune for Firefox which is compatible with Firefox 2.x

Here tinyurl.com/ym79st is the link to Total Idea's downloads page.

Roger. (Costa del Sol, España)
FireFox 2 - Stuartli
>>Just checked>>

Many thanks for that info.
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FireFox 2 - Stuartli
Firefox 2.0's speed now limited only by the 155mph cut off under the bonnet...:-)
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FireFox 2 - Stuartli
>>The one I really miss is the Tiny Url creator tool.>>

Just add it to the Bookmarks Folder from the TINYurl link at::

TINYurl.com
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Netnanny etc - Nsar
The thread got chopped off in its prime with the change to vol 106 - so, bump.

what are these password routers of which you speak?
Netnanny etc - adverse camber
Nsar

The cheap way to connect to broadband is with a usb adsl modem that plugs into the adsl line and has usb connection to the PC. It then depends on software running on the PC to talk to broadband.

An adsl modem router is a seperate device that does all of the networking in a single box. It connects to the adsl line and rather than connecting to the PC with a usb connection, it has a network connection (more usually it also has a built in switch and has 4 network connections). The routers almost all have some form of built in firewall which isolates the PC from the internet. They can be very configurable and are password protected to stop changes to the config.

I use a netgear DG834G which include the ability to block particular web sites and to limit internet access to particular hours. Can also block particular ports / services so I could stop messenger access or particular games if I so chose.
Netnanny etc - Nsar
Thank you Mark.
I access the web via 3g datacard slotted into a wireless router. I had assumed that I can install software to do the jobs you suggest your router is doing. Seems odd to need hardware to do a software task.

Netnanny etc - adverse camber
whats the wireless router - it probably does it.

The reason for recomkmending a 'hardware' rather than software solution is that a software solution is easy to circumvent. Onj a pc just boot from a bootable disk and you are past any security in place. As for inbound problems - they have access to the pc in order for the pc software to process them. given the number of problems with windows this is not a great idea. Some things are just better with dedicated solutions rather than generalsit stuff adapted.
Data Recovery - adverse camber
I dont know how the recovery went from crq 105.

This isnt a technique that I've seen before but it was recommended by someone on cuk - apparently works sometimes....

geeksaresexy.blogspot.com/2006/01/freeze-your-hard...l
Data Recovery - Vin {P}
Mark,

Funnily enough, I came to this solution from first principles. Sadly, it didn't work for me.

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Google Toolbar - Caveman
Up until today the google toolbar sat beneath the url address bar, but for whatever reason it now sits alongside. Anyone got any ideas how to get it back underneath again? Ive tried the obvious, ie trying to grab it with the mouse curser and dragging it back but there doesnt seem to be anythingto grab hold of.

Browser is internet explorer, btw.
Google Toolbar - bell boy
click on it quickly (left click) and pull it to where you want it
Google Toolbar - Stuartli
have you tried right clicking on an empty area of the Toolbar>Untick Lock Toobars>Customise and dragging the Google bar to where you want it? Afterwards retick Lock the Toolbars.
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Google Toolbar - Altea Ego
Right click on the Goggle logo to the right of your adrees bar, make sure " the tool bar is unlocked.

Move the mouse to the edge of the toolbar under the google logo till you get the up/down arrows, left click the mouse and drag the edge down to widen the toolbar, and google will pop back to its own toolbar.
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Google Toolbar - Stuartli
TVM is probably more accurate - I included Customise as I was writing from memory because I use Firefox.


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Google Toolbar - Caveman
Yes, the toolbars needed unlocking before I could drag it back underneath. Still cant understand why it had moved in the first place thoguh if the toolbar was locked. Sorted now, so many thanks.
Changing the display language of Windows - barchettaman
Morning all,
Is there any way to change the language that Windows shows its icons etc in? A colleague has her computer in Swedish and wants it in German.
What I mean by display language is what everything comes up in i.e. Recyclebin in English becomes Papierkorb in German etc. Hope this makes some sense.
Thanks in advance
Barchettaman
Changing the display language of Windows - cheddar
Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Language > Details though depending on the installation Windows may only have one or two languages loaded, the original install disc might be needed and even then if OEM may not support all language options.

support.microsoft.com/kb/292246/
Changing the display language of Windows - barchettaman
Thanks Cheddar.
Blue "Screen of Death" - Armitage Shanks {p}
Good afternoon. From time to time, usually when I away from my computer, it dies and I come back to a blue screen, telling there has been a fault and the machine and/or Windows has been shut down to protect it.

The stated Fault is BUGCODE_USB_DRIVER. Not shouting - it comes up in capitals! I have two buitin USB poirts on the front of my tower and 2 on the back, one of which I use as a source for a 4 USB hub. This is not powered by the computer but has a 12 volt supply from a mains adaptor. Perhaps I should ditch the 4 way adaptor and replace it. Advice would be welcome. Computer is a 2 year old Fultisu Siemens Scaleo, running Windows XP home.
Blue "Screen of Death" - Stuartli
See:

support.microsoft.com/kb/331988
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Blue "Screen of Death" - Stuartli
Another one;

tinyurl.com/74wqw
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Blue "Screen of Death" - Armitage Shanks {p}
Many Thanks Stuart - that has pointed me in the right direction. I am most Grateful!
Blue "Screen of Death" - Stuartli
If your hub is a USB1.1 rather than USB2.0, you would be wise to install a USB2.0 PCI card, which will cost around a tenner.
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Blue "Screen of Death" - Armitage Shanks {p}
Stuart My computer is certainly USB 2 - the hub is a carry over from older machine which was USB 1 so a trip to the computer shop may be in order - thanks again!
Blue "Screen of Death" - Armitage Shanks {p}
Have bought a new 4 way USB2 Hub and I'll report if it has killed the Blue Screen problem. Thanks
DVD RW, can it read Cds - Dulwich Estate
The virus laden desktop has worked OK since it's disc was wiped and Xp was reloaded. Trouble is, 2 weeks later it looks like the motherboard is now cooked (so says my PC repair shop) and it's time to buy completely new. I am only looking to match the spec of the 3 and half year old machine (2.93GHz, 512mB Ram, 60 hard drive, nVidia64 video card).

This all seems pretty standard around the £300 - £350 mark nowadays. One that I'm looking at has a single optical drive DVD rewriter. My question: does a DVD rewriter have the ability to read CDs? Most new programmes come on DVD I think, but I've got all my back-ups on CD.

DVD RW, can it read Cds - Stuartli
>>does a DVD rewriter have the ability to read CDs? >>

Yest, it can both read and write to them.

However, it is far more sensible to have a DVD rewriter (which covers both CD and DVD blank media) and a separate DVD-ROM drive (which can play both audio CDs and DVDs as well as be used to install software etc).

The reason is simple. Rewriters have a shorter working life on average than a basic optical ROM drive and should, therefore, be used purely for burning purposes.

The only proviso is that having a rewriter and a ROM drive (the former as the Master and the ROM as the Slave) means that the rewriter is the D drive.

If you want to run sfc /scannow to replace corrupted Windows files, using the installation disk, then you will normally need to use the rewriter for the purpose (because it is recognised as the D drive); you can alter the Registry to read from the hard drive's folder but some may not be happy doing so (see: www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic43051.html for details)
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DVD RW, can it read Cds - Dulwich Estate

"However, it is far more sensible to have a DVD rewriter (which covers both CD and DVD blank media) and a separate DVD-ROM drive (which can play both audio CDs and DVDs as well as be used to install software etc).

The reason is simple. Rewriters have a shorter working life on average than a basic optical ROM drive and should, therefore, be used purely for burning purposes."



Stuartli - what you say says sounds sensible. It just seems that an awful lot of the low price machines rely on just the one drive. Doh! Helps with the low price I suppose.
DVD RW, can it read Cds - Stuartli
>>Helps with the low price I suppose.>>

Most probably. I've just swapped my five-year-old TDK CyClone 24x10x32 CD rewriter that cost £189 new (rebadged Samsung model and and still working perfectly) for the very latest Sony 18x DVD rewriter.

Cost of the Sony? £20.93. Cheap as chips as Dickinson would say.

Even so the pace of the technology coupled with the dramatic drop in prices (as is the case with so many new computer and electronics related products) is remarkable.

However my Pioneer 116 DVD-ROM drive (£53 new, new equivalent about £12-£15 today) will still retain its proud position at the top of my system's drive bays.
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DVD RW, can it read Cds - bell boy
i got one of these from pc world £20 and it was accepted by my xp straight away (technology and reduced prices eh)
i also have a sony hifi cd recorder paid £399 4 years ago and used it twice
DVD RW, can it read Cds - Dulwich Estate
I told you I know nothing - but can learn. A DVD is a digital versatile disc - so it can do quite a lot I presume.

Anyway, I can't find a computer with 2 drives and giving what I want in my price range, so I've gone for a single drive which I don't expect to use much.
Computer problems ~ report back - L'escargot
About a month ago my computer started to hang on the final shut-down screen ~ "Windows is shutting down...". Eventually I conceded defeat and took my PC to PC World. Their diagnosis was that 4 years of automatic updates to Windows, my antivirus and my antispyware programmes had used up a large percentage of my computer's modest 256 MB memory, and there was insufficient left free to reliably shut down my startup programmes. This tied in with my experience that first shutting down my antispyware allowed complete (if somewhat slow) shutdown. I got them to fit an additional 512 MB memory module (£43.99, free fitting) and this solved the problem. In fact my computer has completely given up its former snail-like tendencies. (I was tempted to go for a 2 GB upgrade but the cost was prohibitive.)

Now ....... a confession. The reason I haven't visited The Backroom lately is that I unwittingly locked myself out of the site. I was a bit over-zealous in my desire to keep out unwanted spyware and I set my antispyware to block "Common Ad Sites". According to their customer service department this can sometimes block at least parts of some websites. The next time I come across something I don't understand I hope I'll have the intelligence to leave it alone!
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Computer problems ~ report back - Stuartli
>>and took my PC to PC World.>>

The first mistake.

>>a large percentage of my computer's modest 256 MB memory,>>

Nonsense...-)




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Computer problems ~ report back - Altea Ego
>>and took my PC to PC World.>>
The first mistake.

Yup
>>a large percentage of my computer's modest 256 MB memory,>>
Nonsense...-)

No probably true.

All this useless and unrequired anti spyware junk, along with anti virus and 4 years of loading programes, updates, junk and stuff had probably left him with 256 miniscules of memory. Ok Nicoles laptop happily runs Xp on 256 mb, but thats been tailored and paired down by me.

That memory price was a rip off!
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Computer problems ~ report back - L'escargot
All this useless and unrequired anti spyware junk, along with anti
virus and 4 years of loading programes, updates, junk and stuff
had probably .......


Could you please explain to me what I've got on my computer that is useless and unrequired? I've always assumed that internet security was of paramount importance. I've got McAfee VirusScan and Webroot Spy Sweeper on subscription service, plus free ZoneAlarm. I don't think I need anti-spam because in 4 years I've never received any. I use CCleaner to shred (7 passes) redundant personal files.

Why are Windows critical updates useless and unrequired? I don't load the non-critical updates.


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Computer problems ~ report back - Altea Ego
with a simple hardware firewall on my router, I can run a window XP machine, (unpatched) with no AV, no spyware finding junk, and no software firewall, and using only browser based email reading.

No infections, no spyware, nuffin in two years on the wifes laptop.

"I use CCleaner to shred (7 passes) redundant personal files."

why? if someone gets to your machine your live personal files are of much more use. If someone cant get to your machine then its all safe so why bother to "shred" deleted data. you either shred it all or nothing.
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Computer problems ~ report back - geoff1248
On the same basis I suppose that you don't insure your house because its never burned down in ten years! You only need to get hit once by a virus to know how costly it can be to have the problem sorted by a guy like me.
Computer problems ~ report back - Adam {P}
This is so much of a coincidence that you won't believe me but here goes.

I usually use AVG but when I reformatted in the Summer, I forgot to install it again. Because I'm so bored today I installed it and ran a full system scan.

No viruses.

I don't have any anti-spyware or firewalls or anything like that. (Although I do have one in the router so its not like I'm completely unprotected).

I'd rather have to get rid of the occasional virus the old fashioned way rather than slow everything down with loads of anti this and clean up that.

Obviously I'll leave my antivirus running this time though!
Computer problems ~ report back - Adam {P}
Oh - and I rarely, if ever(!) run Windows updates. They can't be that critical seeing as I've lasted so long without them.

But then again, I do seem to reformat an awful lot....that's just me filling my PC with crap though!
Computer problems ~ report back - geoff1248
Just love guys who consider themselves invincible, helps pay my salary. Keep it up guys.
Computer problems ~ report back - Adam {P}
Not really - because I've never once paid someone to fix my computer. And I don't think I'm being invincible. I'm just looking at the facts and the facts are, in the past 6-7 years, nothing horrendous has happened. And a good portion of them were without firewall - be it router or software based. It's only a computer - I managed perfectly well before one and I'm sure I do ok without one now. Besides, if I got a horrendous virus that I couldn't remove myself, then I wipe the computer (no bad thing) and start again.

Job done.
Computer problems ~ report back - geoff1248
Sorry Adam, I wasn't getting at you inparticular but there are just so many people out there who carry on thinking lightning will never strike them. Most viruses cause inconvienence and little else and are fairly easily remover if you know what you are doing. However, there are some which can render your machine junk as beyond economical repair. Similarly there are many who do not think of backing up their data. Ho hum it all helps keep me in a job.
Computer problems ~ report back - Adam {P}
That's one thing I will do - I'll wait a while and then stick everything I couldn't do without (namely documents) onto a CD and then put that in a drawer somewhere. Then, should the worst happen, I won't be afftected *too* badly.

I've had quite a few computer failures (a lot of hard drives have gone bang on me) - nothing to do with viruses I should point out! But that's taught me the lesson of backing stuff up.
Computer problems ~ report back - geoff1248
One final point before I get dragged off to the shops. Most IT users who are online do not use the web space that came with their ISP account. This is a great place to back up your really important data, put it online. No-one but you knows the URL (web addrsss) and there is usually a "private" folder which is password protected. Your data can be accessd on any PC by you. We have been doing this for years with total security.
Off to the shops now.
Computer problems ~ report back - adverse camber
You obviously dont use +net then.
Computer problems ~ report back - Stuartli
>>Ok Nicoles laptop happily runs Xp on 256 mb, but thats been tailored and paired down by me. >>

XP normally requires at least 256MB - I have all the "useless and unrequired anti spyware junk", along with AV etc and also normally have a Freeview PCI TV card in use, yet only 310-315MB of my 512MB RAM is generally the maximum in use.

As for AV (Avast! in my case) it stopped one nasty only yesterday...:-)
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Computer problems ~ report back - rtj70
XP when it came out needed, in my opinion (based on my job, experience etc.), at least 256Mb of RAM to run - actually more to really work smoothly. My work laptops have had 1Gb RAM for 4+ years. But cheapo PCs use embedded graphics which use some of this system memory (easily 64Mb or more depending on config) for graphics memory - this is the case unless you have a separate discrete graphics card. So you're left with 192Mb RAM or less when you have only 256Mb....!!

Personally would say XP with a proper, discrete graphics card with AV, anti-spyware, etc., needs 512Mb RAM. Mine runs quite smoothely with 2.5Gb RAM thanks. Not needed more than 2Gb lately to be honest but that includes running Windows 2003 or Linux in VMWARE etc.

Lets not forget that even on slow CPUs memory matters more than CPU speed. Lacking RAM means the PC swaps to disk with the order of magnitude speed reduction (RAM vs. Disk transfer). Even on a fast mahine, going from 256Mb to 512Mb will make you think the machine is so much faster - and that's because it is.

Don't know if anyone has noticed but since CPUs are very fast, even PC World plugging the "massive 1Gb RAM". It is their latest differentiator but RAM can matter more than CPU performance.... and don't let me get onto the GHz marketing.... but even Intel knows the old P4 was c*rp architecture with Core Duo faster at lower clock speeds.
Start-Up driving me doolaly - corblimeyguvnar
OK, thought I'd try TBR for the PC as it always comes up trumps with the motors.
Darent turn PC off, have to leave it on standby (which is causing magor head aches with er indoors as she is on an eco-friendly, standby mode is bad drive this month!)
Ok this is how it goes if I accidently turn off instead of standbying, this is the actual account of last times rigmorole!!!
press button - a few seconds, black screen, nothing else, pc definitely doing something somewher cos I can hear it ticking over, but no windows.
give up, turn off then back on after a few seconds - get to the bit where i can chose which name i want to log into, click me (or anyone else) - black screen, see above
give up etc etc - get to bit where it says 'Windows is startin up', stays like that for 15 minutes.
give up off on - get to the names bit, same as above
give up- get the names bit about 10 more times.
give up, off and on again - bingo, opens up as normal.

checked for viruses with 4 different companies including my own Zonealarm, nothing, only thing i can think of is could be a monitor driver or something, but I have the latest driver as far as I am aware.

Any ideas?, any help most appreciated.
Cheers
CBG
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Start-Up driving me doolaly - L'escargot
If it's running XP there might be something in here tinyurl.com/yk2tnl , otherwise go back a few pages and select the appropriate operating system.
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Start-Up driving me doolaly - corblimeyguvnar
Yep, its XP, may be me but cant find anything there that will sort it. Any other ideas?
Cheers
CBG
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Start-Up driving me doolaly - adverse camber
very difficult to sort out without being in front of it.

Open the task manager and see what is running, something is not behaving properly but without knowing what is on the system who can tell.

What happens if you start up in safe mode and then shut down ?
Start-Up driving me doolaly - corblimeyguvnar
Nothing unusual running as far as i can see, but as its not starting up i suppose there may not be anything showing at the mo?
if i do safe mode it starts up fine every time, but, then when i shut down and try normal mode its back to off, on, off, on again.
thanks and any further ideas gladly accepted.
CBG
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Start-Up driving me doolaly - Citroënian {P}
Start in safe mode, run msconfig (START - run - msconfig - {enter} )

Disable items on start up and restart until it works properly again - easiest way is to disable everything and then see if it works; if it does, re-enable things one/two/three at a time until it fails again. Then bingo! you'll know what's killing it.

This is assuming it works fine in safe mode. only other option is hardware problem that doesn't allow it to run properly >VGA (safe mode) resolution.

hth
Lee
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Start-Up driving me doolaly - No FM2R
Run the virus checker and fix anything.

Run something like Spybot - check advanced mode / tools / startup and disable anythign you don't like the look of. You can always enable it again, it doesn't actually delete stuff.

Run something like HiJackthis and have a look at stuff in the registry. This one does delete, so follow the sintructions to create a backup before deleting anything.

Clean up everything you can find.

Then do not shut down, pull the plug. Essentially you may have somethign starting up in normal mode which is loading into memory. Killing everything in startup will be overwritten by that program when it closes down. If you prevent it starting and then yank the plug to prevent it overwriting anything, you may beat it.

If it fails to start, then kill it and then using F8 startup using the last known working registry settings - then try again.
Start-Up driving me doolaly - corblimeyguvnar
Cheers to all,
Will give all these instructions a go, tomorrow!, dont think the cider addled brain can cope with anything vaguely complicated tonight, and anything to do with computing is complicated to me at the best of times.
Have tried Hijack previously and it found nothing out of order though, I'll give it another go, you never know.
Right, time to turn the PC to standby and have another pint.
A good evening to you all and thanks for your time.
CBG

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Start-Up driving me doolaly - L'escargot
Click on the Performance tab of Windows Task Manager and check how much Physical Memory is "Available" compared to the "Total". Is it (like mine was) running low on memory?
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Start-Up driving me doolaly - corblimeyguvnar
Here we go, Phys memory is ok, plenty available, thanks for the idea though.
Virus Check found nothing, Spybot start up had nothing unusual in it, Hijackthis also drew a blank on dodgy registry stuff., spose the next thing is still to pull the plug?, although i havent actually deleted anything, is it still worth a try?
Next step will be disabling start up stuff as suggested by Lee, but I'm afraid to turn the darn thing off, took 16 on n offs last time!!! As long as it comes on in Safe Mode I suppose I'l be ok.
Here goes ......................................................................
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Start-Up driving me doolaly - corblimeyguvnar
Very strange, started up in VGA Res (what is this by the way?) and it started up ok, except of course everything is blurred and too big for the screen, I am confused now.
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Start-Up driving me doolaly - corblimeyguvnar
OK, here we go again, disabled all on startup in safe mode, tried off and on, still didnt work, have re enabled em all now.
spose its not that then.
so here we are in vga res again, one other thing that i probably should have mentioned earlier is, recently and this is months after the startup problem began,when i do start up and it actualy works i get the found new hardware message, than pc cant find the new hardware, could this be related or is it just something else that has gone belly up?
Should I get me old monitor out and ditch this flat panel thingy?
Cheers all and looking forward to suggestions a plenty.
CBG (squintin at the screen)
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Start-Up driving me doolaly - rtj70
Starting in VGA mode uses the generic Microsoft VGA screen driver. But starting in safe mode does not load a lot of Windows services etc. So the fact you can get into safe mode means you have a good chance of fixing it.

BTW it's blurred on a TFT screen because of the way lower resolutions are mapped onto the real pixels of the TFT. An old CRT monitor can handle different resolutions natively without the screen doing anything.

What's got me intrigued is the new hardware found and subsequent failure to install. This could be related. What hardware might you have swapped/added lately?

Have you checked to see if there is anything in Event Viewer (run eventvwr from Start -> Run) under the System event log.
Start-Up driving me doolaly - corblimeyguvnar
Greetings All and thanks for the replies, most helpful.
New hardware thing - well I havent added/swapped anything recently, as far as I am aware neither has my daughter (er indoors hasnt, thats a definite "How do you switch it on?" !!! : - ) )
Today it only took 3 attempts to turn on, please Lord may this be the norm.
New Hardware thingy has gone, yesterday I uninstalled and reinstalled the flat screen driver/s, maybe this could be why it has gone but it shouldnt , what the heck it aint there anymore?, everything is now a tad smaller on the screen than was usual and my quick try at changing this through the normal control panel/display method didna work?, I'll give the above instructions a scan later.
Event Viewer, this is a new one on me, never even new it existed, 2598 events, to be honest not exactly sure what I am looking for.
Also have notices that screen jumps/flickers every minute or so, also get the occasional black screen then 2 seconds it comes back ok, i dunno, computer!
Cheers all, I am learning loads.
Regs
CBG


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Start-Up driving me doolaly - bell boy
i reformatted one of my 'bargain £30 computers yesterday and used a windows 98 cd when all done i couldnt get it to recognise my monitor no matter what i did at more than 16 bits so put your old monitor back on and fire it back up
make sure all cards are secure in the back of your computer and all leads are tight
Start-Up driving me doolaly - Stuartli
A flat screen monitor has a native refresh rate (60Mhz) and a native resolution (normally 1280 x 1024 for both 17in and 19in models).

If you right click on an empty area of the Desktop Adapter tab>List all Modes you can choose the appropriate colour/resolution/refresh rate.

Your display will have large (perhaps blurred) displays if the setting is, say, 800x600, which is not the default setting for a TFT monitor.

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Start-Up driving me doolaly - corblimeyguvnar
Burgers, one and a half hours of turning on and off and i have finally had to start up in VGA res mode, definitely not right!!
will try getting the old monitor down and hope that works, anyone got a hammer!!!
Cheers
CBG
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Cheeky little mouse - Anglesey Ian
Can anyone please assist?

My mouse cursor has become very erratic and flies about the acreen. It takes some seconds to bring it under control and then it's OK for a few minutes before chasing around the monitor screen again.

I'm running Windows XP.

Any suggestions as to a remedy would be much appreciated

Thank you

Ian
Cheeky little mouse - bell boy
mine does this on mozilla but seems fine on opera.........only done it since ive used a new operating disc,wonder if this is the clue
Cheeky little mouse - Pugugly {P}
Is it an optical tailess one.
Cheeky little mouse - BazzaBear {P}
I'd suggest a new mouse. I had a similar problem, and it only did it within Windows, not any games or anything, so I was sure that it couldn't be the mouse at fault, but on replacement the trouble stopped entirely.
Cheeky little mouse - Dalglish
Any suggestions as to a remedy would be much appreciated

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anglesey ian - i suggest you read this to see if it helps:
www.askdavetaylor.com/weird_leaping_mouse_problems...l

Cheeky little mouse - Anglesey Ian
Well...........thank you all for the speedy responses.

It's not an optical tail less mouse (just a pain).

I'll give suggestions a try. I'm obliged

Ian
Cheeky little mouse - Stuartli
Has anyone else been using your system? it just might be a case of the Random Mouse software joke. See:

www.rjlsoftware.com/software/entertainment/
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Cheeky little mouse - Anglesey Ian
Random Mouse software: now that would be a wheeze.

Unfortunately not as easily resolved as that but thanks Stuart for the suggestion anyway

Ian
Cheeky little mouse - Stuartli
It wasn't posted in jest - it has happened to quite a few puzzled people...:-)
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Cheeky little mouse - bell boy
like pulling buttons off a keyboard and shuffling them..........
anybody tried that?
Cheeky little mouse - Citroënian {P}
Or taking a snapshot of the desktop using printscrn, pasting into mspaint and then saving it.

Go back to the desktop and put all the icons somewhere safe (such as c:\hilarious_prank\)

Set the wallpaper as the saved image (ie with the desktop icons on it.

Sit back and watch the unfortunate victim click on icons that aren't really there.

(unless you have access to the user's account, you can't really do this. And if they're silly enough to give you their password or leave their desktop unlocked, that's their luck out - NB: don't do this at work. You could find yourself in all sorts of bother...
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Onspeed - L'escargot
Has anyone tried Onspeed to increase the speed of dialup, and was (is) it worth it?
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Onspeed - Stuartli
>>Has anyone tried Onspeed to increase the speed of dialup, and was (is) it worth it?>>

It can make some difference but, basically, it's a case of the Emperor's New Clothes and you can, in fact, achieve similar results yourself for free.

If you have Internet Explorer you can try this tip (easier than doing it manually):

www.ieinfosite.co.uk/tip_view.asp?id=200

Manual version (which I used to do):

www.the-scream.co.uk/html/resources/ie_reg_tweak.h...l

With Firefox download Finetune Firefox from:

www.totalidea.com/content/firetune/firetune-index....l (one click tuning + a backup facility).


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Onspeed - RichardW
Onspeed is a bit more than the emporer's new clothes - it does actually use compression algorithms, and yes it's faster for general browsing - it also reduces the resolution of pictures etc so they load faster, but if you want them in full resolution you can re-load them (slowly!). My biggest bug bear with was time it took to conect (the original version was OK, but they updated it and it took ages) - which confused FireFox as it needs to be configured to connect to a proxy server.

Best to go broadband if you can, but I would recommend OnSpeed (with the connection caveat) if you really can't!


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Is it illogical? It must be Citroen....
Onspeed - Stuartli
I was aware of how ONSpeed works but, overall, the personal view is that there are better ways to spend £25 a year - in my case downing 12 pints of the black and white stuff...:-)

The tweaks I mentioned earlier will at least match ONSpeed for much of the time..:-)


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Onspeed - L'escargot
I've just found out I can get broadband for the same price as dialup with my current ISP, so broadband it's going to be. When I got dialup 4 years ago, broadband was nearly twice the price of dialup.
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Resetting a filename - daveyjp
A student placement was let lose on my machine while I was away from the office.

In messing the 'open file' window for excel has gone from a straightforward file list to a file list more akin to windows explorer with file name, date modified, size etc. As a result finding files is a pain.

How do I reset it so all i get is the filename?
Resetting a filename - Citroënian {P}
That'll learn you to let someone loose on your computer!!

In the dialog in excel, there's a button that allows you to change view. Click it and Bingo! away you go.

If all the Explorer stuff is showing wrong, set it as you like it and go Tools - Folder Options - View - Apply to all folders. Sets this view as your default.

hth

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Router advice, please. - malteser
I am considering changing my wireless router, (supplied by my ISP), when we visit the UK at Christmas.
I only run one laptop at home, with little or no possibility of adding extra computers - with just two of us it's not necessary.
I would like a good quality router, with a hardware firewall built in, to supplement my existing Zone Alarm.
Has anyone any suggestions - I bet you have!

Roger. (Costa del Sol, España)
Sniper Software - Nsar
Anyone use sniper software on E-bay - any recommendations?

A forum search produced 1 reply to this question 2 years ago so not much to go on!

Thanks

Sniper Software - sierraman
I have used a trial version of 'Bidnapper' a couple of times,put your max bid in,click and come back later to see if you won,a lot simpler than clock watching and constant refreshing,as well as avoiding being at a PC at some inconvenient time.
Sniper Software - BazzaBear {P}
I have used a trial version of 'Bidnapper' a couple of
times,put your max bid in,click and come back later to see
if you won,a lot simpler than clock watching and constant refreshing,as
well as avoiding being at a PC at some inconvenient time.

How does this differ from just putting your max bid into eBay yourself? I don't think I understand properly what these sniper programs do...
Sniper Software - Nsar
They auto-place a bid with seconds to go, so other bidders don't have time to react - I was out bid 12 seconds prior to deadine recently
Sniper Software - BazzaBear {P}
So they basically take advantage of the fact that most people DON'T put in their highest bid from the start?
Sniper Software - tyro
That's the way ebay works, BazzaBear. If everyone put in their highest bid from the start, it would all be pretty simple. The fact that a lot of people don't says something about their shrewdness.
Sniper Software - corblimeyguvnar
I use Snip, www.snip.pl
works fine, cant fault it.
Cheers
CBG
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