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Title: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Nobody Soup on February 08, 2013, 12:41:30 AM
I'm starting this again because I need it.

it's an xbox question. we have skyrim in our flat (a year behind everyone else) but the CD has become scratched, I think it went a bit funny in the drive one day, and now the game is behaving very strangely, dialogue has gone missing and missions are getting stuck, anyway, I am going to try installing it on the hard-drive to see if that helps get round it, however, if it doesn't I can get hold of my brothers version of the game, so would it be possible to install someone elses copy of skyrim on my hard drive and then use our messed up disk to verify we owned it? or do you need the copy of disk you installed it from?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on February 08, 2013, 10:15:18 AM
I can't imagine the disks themselves are unique as that would be a bloody nightmare at the disc replication plant. So yeah I reckon you'll be grand installing it from another person's DVD.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on February 08, 2013, 01:39:50 PM
What he said, any copy is fine to install

I had Prototype and Mass Effect 2 go tits up on a faulty drive which carved rings into the surface of the discs, once it was repaired I took to installing everything after that, reduces the chances of problems and cuts down on the racket they make while in the drive too.

The only issue could be your drive shafting your brother's disc while you're installing it.

Might be time to get the UPS lads out to take your boax on a trip to narnia.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: syntaxerror on February 08, 2013, 02:38:27 PM
you could just swap your copy for your brother's copy.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: DocDaneeka on February 08, 2013, 03:38:57 PM
Giving the disc a good clean and using a lens cleaning cd can fix a lot of disc reading issues. But your installation plan should work anyway.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Nobody Soup on February 08, 2013, 06:04:36 PM
I can't imagine the disks themselves are unique as that would be a bloody nightmare at the disc replication plant. So yeah I reckon you'll be grand installing it from another person's DVD.

extremely good point, thanks to all.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: monkfromhavana on February 08, 2013, 06:14:11 PM
Does anyone know what cable I need to transfer files[nb]porn[/nb] from one laptop to another. Also, can I transfer programs across (Microsoft Word etc), or would I need to acquire new ones?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 08, 2013, 06:35:08 PM
Do you have an ethernet port on your computer? Because that's the one you need to use.

You could probably do it wireless, as well.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: syntaxerror on February 08, 2013, 07:11:52 PM
can I transfer programs across (Microsoft Word etc), or would I need to acquire new ones?

Most versions of office allow for installation on 2/3 machines - Check your licensing agreement to see what you're entitled to. 
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: monkfromhavana on February 08, 2013, 07:25:58 PM
^^ I can't find my discs .

OK, i need more help. I have an ethernet cable (i think) hooked between my two laptops, and i'm trying to move my files/documents across, but to no avail. Anyone know how to do this? I have downloaded Windows Easy Transfer for Vista, but it won't open because it keeps saying that I need to update to the latest service pack. But I have no updates left to update.

I thought it might be as simple as when you move files from your computer to an MP3. but apparently it's not.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 08, 2013, 08:46:38 PM
In my day, you needed a crossover cable to connect two computers together. We split the cost of a crimping tool between us at university. But I can't believe such bollocks is needed now.

On the application front - if you have a valid product key, you should be able to find a legal installer somewhere (although you'll probably find illegal ones easier). If you don't you'll have to find some illegal copies.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: monkfromhavana on February 08, 2013, 08:50:58 PM
i got so sick of it i'm just uploading most of my music from my MP3 player on  to the new machine. I'll have to work out what to do with the rest of my tunes.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 08, 2013, 09:28:42 PM
A USB memory stick would be handy for moving stuff if you want easy. Or an external hard drive for back up purposes as a bonus.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: monkfromhavana on February 08, 2013, 10:26:42 PM
That problem has been sorted. On with the next one :) (fucking hell i hate technology so much).

I put a DVD in the drive, and i'm used t it playing straight off. That's the way it has always been with all of my computers. On this Dell, it whirs a bit and nothing happens. The drivers are installed, they're kosher DVDs, so WTF is happening?

There are 2 CDs that game with the laptop, but they say that these are for reinstall purposes only.

Why isn't my DVD playing? If I click on "computer" the DVD is sat there, right-clicking on it does fuck all. Autoplay setting do fuck all.

All my karma for a month for anyone who can help me set up this fucking piece of shit.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 08, 2013, 10:37:05 PM
Uhhhh, both leads plugged into it ok?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: monkfromhavana on February 08, 2013, 11:04:25 PM
Uhhhh, both leads plugged into it ok?

That one's sorted :)

Just trying to get it to play DVDs now
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: monkfromhavana on February 08, 2013, 11:09:58 PM
after much swearing, that has been solved too.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hank Venture on February 08, 2013, 11:59:46 PM
Yo.

How can I hook my native mac email program (called Mail) up to the new Outlook hotmail rubbish Microsoft has been coming out with?

And can I play Windows games on my macbook through Wine? I'm not really sure what Wine even is, to be honest.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on February 09, 2013, 02:25:25 AM
You can probably do it by adding it as a POP account on your mail client.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Neil on February 12, 2013, 01:08:36 AM
Site emails are now working again, so PM notifications etc are up and running.  We got blacklisted due to the sheer volumes of emails being sent each day.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on February 12, 2013, 07:10:38 PM
I got bored a while back and decided to build a PC inside an old betamax player. I bought about three-quarters of the parts, and as soon as the ram, and the power pack arrive I'll get to building it.

I have a question though which keeps not getting answered on the dedicated tech places I visit. I was going to mount the motherboard on a piece of wood and stick that to the bottom of the VCR case. I have the mounting screws so the motherboard won't be touching the wood or anything...now, am I an idiot for attempting this? Provided I get all the pieces right, should it matter that I'm fitting it into something it's not designed for?

By the way, Betamax players are heavy. And there's a surprisingly large amount of stuff inside them. A happy Saturday afternoon was spent unscrewing it all and Dremel-ing the rough edges off.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on February 12, 2013, 10:01:23 PM
Wood shouldn't conduct any electricity where it shouldn't be on the motherboard, but I'm not sure if wood can become charged with static. I suppose if it's not lacquered wood it shouldn't pose a static threat.

Once the board is plugged into the mains the components'll be earthed anyway so it should be alright.

^note that I've used the words "shouldn't" a lot, so I'm not 100%.

Your biggest problem is probably airflow though. If the case isn't designed to have all those heat generating electronics in there will the thing get too hot?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 13, 2013, 07:35:59 AM
At university, my house with 3 computer scientists in it put a media PC inside an old CD player, so it's certainly possible. We used a mini-itx board though - and we network booted it so there was no hard drive or whatever in the case. I can't remember how we attached it to the case though. Don't remember any wood - I suspect we drilled holes in the case. (We also worked out how to connect and control the CD players LCD - including a plugin for mplayer so it showed current time played, which was pretty cool).

Are you putting a "full sized" PC in? I agree heat is probably the main problem, but shouldn't be much of a problem assuming you're not trying to build a power gaming rig with paired graphics cards or anything.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on February 13, 2013, 08:58:44 AM
It's a mini-ITX or a micro-ATX (I forget which one, it's all at home), but it's decently small. I've got a 60 gig solid state drive, a blu-ray player and that's about it, so there's not going to be a ton of stuff in there heating it up...and I'll put a fan in the side, as there's plenty of holes in the box.

I was going to use one of those pico-PSU energy units, but for anything other than the tiniest PC, they're still not viable. But I guess fitting the power unit I do get, and making sure it's got space for fans and such, will be the biggest problem.

Also, I tried and tried to find info about blu-ray drives and PCs. All the articles I read seemed to indicate that PC blu-ray drives aren't region-locked, and as long as you have a program like AnyDVD HD, you should be able to play anything (I have a few American blu-rays).

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 13, 2013, 10:01:28 AM
We managed to get a brick on a lead type power adaptor. Not really sure how that worked now I think about it, but it meant we didn't have to fit a PSU in the case and kept everything fanless except the cpu.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on February 13, 2013, 10:56:23 PM
Mini-ITX boards are ace and I built one running off a 150 Watt pico-PSU. I was only using the on-board graphics on an i5 chip, no graphics card to over stress the pico-PSU. I also used a SSD to save power. The newer i5 chips only use 73 Watts in full Turbo Boost mode, so you've got plenty left to power the mainboard and CD drive so long as you don't require a graphics card.

I bought a Dell laptop power brick off eBay and modified the lead to fit the pico-PSU, which I snaffled from a local PC shop for free (the cylindrical power connector bit).

The pico-PSU's take a 12V supply, so to deliver 150W you need:

Power=Volts x I(current)

P/V=I

150W/12V=12.5A

I think the Dell brick I used was rated at 12A max, so I was probably getting slightly less than 150W out of the Pico but it ran alright.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on February 14, 2013, 09:08:46 AM
Cheers Too Many Cochranes. I guess I need to make a decision fairly soon on that - will having a blu-ray drive push it past the power usage? And also, I think my board is one of the ones that finishes ATX...but I guess that information will be in the box somewhere, about power usage.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on February 15, 2013, 11:06:52 AM
As far as I know, the two main sappers of watts from your power supply are the CPU (when in full boost mode, not idling) and a graphics card if you need one.

I'm speculating that your motherboard will drain 10W max even if it's a full size one, sticks of RAM another couple of Watts each and a CD/DVD drive maybe 10W.

Going off my wild speculation:

Full size motherboard (10W)
+2 sticks RAM in dual-channel mode (4W)
+Blu Ray drive (10W)
=24W

On top of the 73W used by an i5 in full boost mode = 97W

Since an i5 will only ever be in full-boost for a few seconds at a time (unless you're gaming) you'll have plenty power left and won't be stressing a 150W power supply. When it's idling (i.e. when you're watching a video file) it'll be using less than 30W. I don't have much experience with AMD chips.

Using a traditional spinning hard drive would probably add on 5W but since you're using an SSD with no moving parts the power drain would be only 2 or 3 Watts I reckon.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 15, 2013, 11:47:18 AM
Here's a website (http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp) that allows you to spec up a PC and it'll give you an estimate for it's power consumption.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on February 16, 2013, 02:19:39 PM
Hey, was wondering if anyone can help with this probably very simple enquiry.

How do I free up hard drive space on drive C:?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on February 16, 2013, 02:30:13 PM
Besides deleting stuff you don't need, you mean?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on February 16, 2013, 02:36:30 PM
Hey, was wondering if anyone can help with this probably very simple enquiry.

How do I free up hard drive space on drive C:?

Apologies if I'm stating the obvious, but have you tried running the Disk Cleanup tool?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 16, 2013, 02:55:52 PM
Be ruthless and uninstall any programs you don't use or know what it is.

Delete stuff some the TEMP folders (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporary_folder).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on February 16, 2013, 03:05:05 PM
Apart from the obvious (i.e. just delete unneeded files from it !), I'm guessing you mean getting rid of crap junk files, temporary internet files etc. in which case I recommend the free and ace CrapCleaner (now just CCleaner) - http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on February 16, 2013, 03:06:45 PM
RE: Uninstalling, I recommend downloading the free Revo Uninstaller and instead of using the native Windows one. It's better at removing all associated files and registry entries.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on February 16, 2013, 03:57:25 PM
Thanks everyone. I just did the Disk Cleanup and that seems to have done the trick.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 16, 2013, 05:26:34 PM
Thanks everyone. I just did the Disk Cleanup and that seems to have done the trick.

We demand stats!! How much space, on what size disk?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on February 16, 2013, 06:25:59 PM
Edit: bugger, didn't see the new page. Ah well, I've written it now.
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The obvious answer is delete stuff and empty the recycle bin.

You can access the Disk Cleanup Utility by opening My Computer. Right Clicking the C: drive and hitting 'Disk Cleanup'.

It's a little difficult knowing what else you can do without knowing the details of your setup. However as some general rules:

- Consider partitioning your hard disk. A smaller partition (30-60GB) for the OS and Programmes and a larger partition for data.
- If you already have a Data partition, then Windows tends to default 'My Documents' to your C: drive (under the Users folder). It's a good idea to move it to your data partition. Do this by navigating to the folders you want to move (Music, Downloads, Documents etc.) Right click the folder. Click the Location tab and specify a new location.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on February 16, 2013, 08:17:59 PM
Talking about partitions - I have one 1TB HDD on my computer. At first I put W7 32 bit on it, and last year upgraded to 64-bit to use 8 gigs of RAM. Because I wasn't sure if all my programs and VSTs would work in 64 bit I installed it as a dual boot on a new partition.

Now I want to delete the 32-bit OS, and shrink the 64 bit partition down to around 60 gigs. Is there a best way of doing this? Can I just manually delete the Windows folder for the 32 bit version, or should I do some more involved uninstall process?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on February 16, 2013, 10:23:32 PM
Use Easeus Partiton Manager for all your partition needs. Will let you shrink/expand/format to your heart's content and it's free:

http://www.partition-tool.com/


As for removing 32-bit Windows, I suspect it may depend on whether it's the primary OS, but I'll let someone who has more experience of dual booting answer that bit so I don't bugger your install up.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on February 18, 2013, 05:09:05 PM
Here's a website (http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp) that allows you to spec up a PC and it'll give you an estimate for it's power consumption.
I think I may have picked a ludicrously powerful processor, so it's a bit too much juice for a pico-PSU. Still, good to know for next time, when I build a PC inside something even more stupid.

All the parts are now bought, and building will be done this weekend.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hank Venture on February 19, 2013, 02:32:31 AM
I want something that'll convert .flac to the more convenient .mp3 please. For mac.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on February 19, 2013, 02:41:18 AM
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23430/x-lossless-decoder
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 19, 2013, 08:38:53 AM
The question is how a mac user could have lived without XLD up until now[nb]Also rips CDs using CDparanoia as well as a bunch of other stuff[/nb]? In the future there will be no mp3's.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hank Venture on February 19, 2013, 05:38:57 PM
Thanks! XLD seems perfect.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 21, 2013, 09:34:21 PM
I think my question boils down to this:

Where the fucking hell is the HDMI 'IN' socket for a Panasonic p50g30b?

Also, what is ARC?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 21, 2013, 10:11:03 PM
Round the back, just above the SCART port
http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Products/TX-P50G30B/Manuals/7040947/index.html?trackInfo=true

Audio Return Channel
http://www.hdmi.org/manufacturer/hdmi_1_4/arc.aspx
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 22, 2013, 09:40:03 AM
Right, I think I've got this.

My new home cinema system is set up in such a way that the audio out channel currently goes from the DVD player directly to the speakers.  So when I'm watching DVDs, this is great and I get lovely surround sound - but I don't get the surround sound when watching TV normally.  Now, I think this is because the TV cannot send the audio out signal to the DVD player via the HDMI cable unless both of the machines support ARC - and as far as I can tell only my TV does.

Therefore my conclusion is that in order for the TV to send the audio signal to the DVD player (and therefore to the home cinema speakers), it needs another connection - I think this is probably a Digital Optical Cable (http://www.amazon.co.uk/XO-Digital-Optical-2m-Premium/dp/B002NLWD5O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361524837&sr=8-1).  This will go from the 'Digital Audio Out' port on the TV, into the 'Optical In' port on the DVD player (which in an ideal fucking world would be called a 'Digital Audio In' port thus ensuring consistency of terms and easy understanding; fuck you manufacturers). 

Theoretically I could also use the available RCA stereo connectors in the same fashion ('Audio Out' on TV to 'Audio In' on DVD player), but this is likely to result in a slightly lower sound quality because they're analogue and therefore the Digital Optical Cable is probably the best option. 

Am I right?  Are there any flaws in my understanding?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 22, 2013, 10:45:57 AM
Basically. You'll probably have to enable the audio out on the TV (or at least disable the TV's speakers), there'll be options buried in a menu somewhere.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 22, 2013, 10:55:45 AM
I've found an option to change the speaker output on the TV from 'TV' to 'Home Cinema', which should hopefully do it once I've picked up a cable.

Thanks for your help, much appreciated.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on February 22, 2013, 02:27:54 PM
Having recently got hold of a second hand computer, I keep getting the following error.

'the procedure entry point_except_handler4_common msvcrt.dll' this happens only upon start up.

and I also get this.

'error loading P17RuneE.dll'

I'd probably just reinstall windows but I don't have the disk and the computer has some nifty software on there that I don't wanna lose.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on February 22, 2013, 02:53:34 PM
For the first one (from Yahoo Answers):

download msvcrt.dll from http://www.opendll.com/index.php?file-download=msvcrt.dll&arch=32Bit&version=7.0.7100.0&dsc=Windows-NT-CRT-DLL and extract to System32.

The second one sounds like it's something to with an update that caused conflicts. You could try disabling it from trying to run at startup altogether, since you presumably don't want to do something like system restore.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 22, 2013, 05:10:06 PM
Basically. You'll probably have to enable the audio out on the TV (or at least disable the TV's speakers), there'll be options buried in a menu somewhere.

Actually, it turns out that what I have to do is turn the DVD player OFF, then the audio signal from the TV routes through to the speakers without any problems.

I can't believe you didn't suggest that.

I wouldn't mind so much but I've got a waterlogged deaf right ear from swimming so can't hear the fucking thing properly anyway.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on February 22, 2013, 06:13:49 PM
I was thinking of getting a new desktop computer, either pre-built or assemble something myself. My primary driver is to have a dual screen setup which my withering current desktop would need a rather large upgrade to support, so I thought, why not just get a whole new system. The trouble is, I'm rather out of touch with hardware, so I don't know what sort of components to look for, so I'd be grateful for any recommendations. In particular, I'd like any recommendations for the video card. I believe nearly any one these days will do for dual screens, but I'd like a decent one. I'll be sticking Ubuntu on it, if that makes any difference to compatibility.

Any help or advice would much appericated, thanks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 22, 2013, 07:06:52 PM
What specifically do you want to do on this set up?  Why do you need a dual screen?

I'm not saying I'll be much help, but I think these are questions that people will find useful when determining their answers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on February 22, 2013, 07:27:40 PM
I'm a web developer, so dual screens are real nice thing to have for debugging purposes. I don't do a lot outside of work at the moment, but I'd like to have some nice kit at home to play with on technologies I don't get to touch at work. I just like dual screens as well. It wouldn't need to be gaming quality, but I'd need more than a budget computer, I think.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 22, 2013, 08:02:54 PM
I forgot to ask what your budget was.

What's your budget?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on February 22, 2013, 08:09:06 PM
£800-1000. I'm hoping not to spend much more than that for the entire setup (including the 2 monitors).

Sorry, I know I should have been a bit more descriptive in the first post.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 23, 2013, 02:32:11 PM
£800-1000. I'm hoping not to spend much more than that for the entire setup (including the 2 monitors).

Sorry, I know I should have been a bit more descriptive in the first post.

Loads of options in that price range. I'd suggest an i5 3500 home build with a SSD and a SATA 6 data drive and 16mb Ram. Stick it all in a SZ77 motherboard. Graphics card can be fairly low end if you dont want to game probably be decided on wether you want dual hdmi or DVI and or VGA.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on February 23, 2013, 06:09:31 PM
Thanks. I was only initially thinking of just a normal hard drive, do you think think it's worth getting an SSD in addition? I'm rather ambivalent about the graphics output. I was thinking about DVI, but a quick google suggests I might as well go for HDMI.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Spiteface on February 23, 2013, 07:55:27 PM
Got a weird one.

Bought a CD or two lately, quite cheaply. Tried importing them as MP3s into iTunes for my iPod.  Sounds FUCKING HORRIBLE.  I am not talking about the actual music itself, more that everything is horribly distorted, like I'm listening to a detuned radio. Playing the CD itself sounds the same, too. It also sounds like this in Winamp, VLC and Windows Media Player, so I know the problem does not lie with iTunes.

Bizarrely, the CDs sound just fine when played elsewhere, like through my blu-ray player etc.

My PC is not that old, got it in April last year.  Is it just that this thing has a shite/weird CD/DVD drive? Or is there anything I could try to remedy this?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on February 23, 2013, 08:01:58 PM
The CD might have some sort of copy protection on it? You might want to try taking a CD image using of those ripping programs, and mounting it in a virtual drive to see if that it plays OK. I'm sure that's possible, although I've never done it myself.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Spiteface on February 23, 2013, 08:04:05 PM
It was an old CD, long before copy protection was a thing.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on February 23, 2013, 08:08:03 PM
Was it second hand? Might be CD rot. I still recommend ripping it and seeing if it plays. I found that sometimes standalone CD players were more forgiving with errors than PC CD drives.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on February 23, 2013, 08:24:13 PM
Thanks. I was only initially thinking of just a normal hard drive, do you think think it's worth getting an SSD in addition?

You could go for a hybrid drive as your system drive, such as the Seagate Momentus XT. Not as fast as an SSD but more storage for the money so it's a balance between the two.

There were some problems with the Momentus XT's when they first came out a couple of years ago but I believe they've ironed them out now. I'm using a 750GB one now without a hitch and I put a 250GB one in my mums laptop well over a year ago and she's had no problem.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 23, 2013, 08:33:25 PM
Got a weird one.

Bought a CD or two lately, quite cheaply. Tried importing them as MP3s into iTunes for my iPod.  Sounds flipping HORRIBLE.  I am not talking about the actual music itself, more that everything is horribly distorted, like I'm listening to a detuned radio. Playing the CD itself sounds the same, too. It also sounds like this in Winamp, VLC and Windows Media Player, so I know the problem does not lie with iTunes.

Bizarrely, the CDs sound just fine when played elsewhere, like through my blu-ray player etc.

My PC is not that old, got it in April last year.  Is it just that this thing has a plops/weird CD/DVD drive? Or is there anything I could try to remedy this?

Try ripping it with Exact Audio Copy (http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/) (or XLD (http://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html) if it's a Mac), or even try ripping it on somebody else's computer. It may be jitter caused by reading errors on your computer's CD drive, although jitter is normally overcome when you rip a CD, only showing when you play it in the drive. Which means there may be something wrong with the drive.
There's also the chance that it it is some kind of copy protection as Consignia mentioned. I recall reading something about one company using audible "watermarks" all over their new product which produces distortion even on the FLAC versions of their product. I'll look though my history and see when I was searching for this and post some links.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 23, 2013, 08:36:38 PM
Here's a link about the audible watermark: http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?s=1a248939b18f26264aada66e7b9bcdf3&showtopic=89818&st=25

That seems to only cover digital downloads, not CDs. A shitty thing to do to paying customers in the war against piracy, nonetheless.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Spiteface on February 23, 2013, 11:28:07 PM
Try ripping it with Exact Audio Copy (http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/) (or XLD (http://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html) if it's a Mac), or even try ripping it on somebody else's computer. It may be jitter caused by reading errors on your computer's CD drive, although jitter is normally overcome when you rip a CD, only showing when you play it in the drive. Which means there may be something wrong with the drive.
There's also the chance that it it is some kind of copy protection as Consignia mentioned. I recall reading something about one company using audible "watermarks" all over their new product which produces distortion even on the FLAC versions of their product. I'll look though my history and see when I was searching for this and post some links.

Took your suggestion and tried EAC, which I used to use back in my student years when I used to trade bootlegs quite a bit.  Anyway, ripped one track with it - took a long time, but sounds fine.  Before it was completely unlistenable (Like I said, sounded like a really detuned radio).  I'll do the whole CD tomorrow, when I'll have a bit more time.

Oddly, I looked at the two CDs that I noticed this problem with. Both come from some part of Warner Bros.

Having had a quick look online, turns out this is a common issue with TSSTcorp drives like the one on this computer and Warner CDs.  People have fixed this by updating the firmware.  I'll give that a shot tomorrow.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 24, 2013, 09:47:27 AM
Thanks. I was only initially thinking of just a normal hard drive, do you think think it's worth getting an SSD in addition? I'm rather ambivalent about the graphics output. I was thinking about DVI, but a quick google suggests I might as well go for HDMI.

Definitely get a 256 SSD for the OS. They are now dropping in price and you'll wonder how you ever coped with waiting for your old machine to boot up. 15 seconds on this machine, sometimes I restart it just to be amazed......
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Spiteface on February 24, 2013, 01:38:08 PM
Took your suggestion and tried EAC, which I used to use back in my student years when I used to trade bootlegs quite a bit.  Anyway, ripped one track with it - took a long time, but sounds fine.  Before it was completely unlistenable (Like I said, sounded like a really detuned radio).  I'll do the whole CD tomorrow, when I'll have a bit more time.

Oddly, I looked at the two CDs that I noticed this problem with. Both come from some part of Warner Bros.

Having had a quick look online, turns out this is a common issue with TSSTcorp drives like the one on this computer and Warner CDs.  People have fixed this by updating the firmware.  I'll give that a shot tomorrow.

Didn't work. So I'm seemingly stuck with a CD/DVD drive that is just crap.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 24, 2013, 02:42:20 PM
Is it a laptop? Even if it is, I'd suggest replacing the CD drive. I managed to do this on a laptop with no problems (albeit with some clear instructions and photos I found online). If it isn't a laptop the operation couldn't be easier.

If all that seems too much trouble, then buy an external CD drive.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Spiteface on February 24, 2013, 04:25:50 PM
Both of those options are crossing my mind right now.

I also have a Laptop that has the same issue [nb]Samsung, so yeah, I should have known[/nb], but seeing as I hardly keep anything on that, my main desktop thing is what's concerning me.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on February 24, 2013, 06:30:28 PM
For the first one (from Yahoo Answers):

download msvcrt.dll from http://www.opendll.com/index.php?file-download=msvcrt.dll&arch=32Bit&version=7.0.7100.0&dsc=Windows-NT-CRT-DLL and extract to System32.

The second one sounds like it's something to with an update that caused conflicts. You could try disabling it from trying to run at startup altogether, since you presumably don't want to do something like system restore.

Hi again, it's not letting me export it to windows32 as it says it can export it over when a piece of software is using that dll
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on February 24, 2013, 07:00:29 PM
I hasten to add, I believe this may be an audio error, possibly hardware since this computer used to be used for audio software and editing and my speakers sound a little 'fuzzy'.

I could try putting a different sound card in, but that involves arsing around with drivers and such, so first of all I'd like to fix the .dll errors before attempting any hardware fixes. Any suggestions?

i'll quote my problem again:

Quote
Having recently got hold of a second hand computer, I keep getting the following error.

'the procedure entry point_except_handler4_common msvcrt.dll' this happens only upon start up.

and I also get this.

'error loading P17RuneE.dll'

I'd probably just reinstall windows but I don't have the disk and the computer has some nifty software on there that I don't wanna lose.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on February 24, 2013, 07:17:39 PM
Hi again, it's not letting me export it to windows32 as it says it can export it over when a piece of software is using that dll

What processes are running when you open Task Manager? Close any non-essential processes and try again. Also, download CCleaner, delete every startup entry you don't want starting every time you boot the computer (you could also do this through msconfig), and use its registry cleaner too. Then reboot and try copying it over again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 24, 2013, 07:45:36 PM
msvcrt.dll is pretty fundamental DLL, used by almost all C/C++ based programs, you'll be hard pressed to get Windows down to a state where it isn't being used. In other words you'll have to fiddle about getting it installed via a reboot[nb]Windows locks DLL files that are being used by apps, this is why you have to reboot so often when installing/updating stuff[/nb]

May be worth checking it is actually the cause of the problem, and not just the point were the problem is picked up. I'd say it's the latter as you'd be having a hell of a lot more issues if it was broken. How you go about that? Pffffffftt <shrug>, it's fiddly, I don't know if there's an easy way.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Pseudopath on February 24, 2013, 08:12:25 PM
I could try putting a different sound card in, but that involves arsing around with drivers and such, so first of all I'd like to fix the .dll errors before attempting any hardware fixes. Any suggestions?

The P17RunE.dll file referenced in the second error message is definitely part of the Creative soundcard software, so your best bet might be to check the exact model of soundcard (you should be able to check this under Control Panel > System >  Device Manager and expanding the 'Sound, video and game controllers' option). Once you've got this information, uninstall anything soundcard-related (even if it means the sound stops working temporarily) using Control Panel > Programs and Features, which should get rid of the error. You can then download and install the latest drivers from the Creative website to get the sound working again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 24, 2013, 08:48:58 PM
Loads of options in that price range. I'd suggest an i5 3500 home build with a SSD and a SATA 6 data drive and 16mb Ram. Stick it all in a SZ77 motherboard. Graphics card can be fairly low end if you dont want to game probably be decided on wether you want dual hdmi or DVI and or VGA.

Consignia - apologies for not following up before now.

I would always defer to Wilbur for specific recommendations, but it seems like the sort of things you should be aiming for are:

An SSD ( These easily worth the additional cost, as Wilbur has stated earlier).  Whether or not you need 256GB is debatable - I think of it as the SSD is what you use for actual 'doing' and external hard drives are used for 'storage', so this probably partially depends on what files you will be debugging.  It's probably worth going for a 256GB job for an element of future-proofing, I guess.

i5 processor (doesn't seem worth going up to an i7 (I'd veer towards this for gaming or video/sound editing) when this will do the job you require and enable you to upgrade other components)

16GB RAM (good level of future proofing, worth going for this but accepting 8GB would probably be fine)

Graphics card - I admit I don't have a great knowledge here, but I think aiming for a mid-range 1GB-2GB job would do you OK, and would support the HDMI dual-monitor set-up that you should probably be aiming for.

Motherboard - Again, I have no great knowledge here other than "I look for a motherboard which lets me fit everything to it that I want", so I'd maybe look at the other aspects first but with a view to upgrading in the future should you so desire.

Monitors - I bought a Samsung fairly recently, partially based on Wilbur's advice that Samsung are making great monitors (the other part was reading consumer reviews about specific models).  I have to say, it's the best monitor I have ever had.  You should get something decent around the £100-£150 mark depending on what size you want.

So with your overall budget in mind I think you should be aiming for £700-£800 for the PC, with the rest on the two monitors that you want to buy.

I'm not going to get into specific model recommendations, but I hope this is at least food for thought.

My next recommendation would be to play around with the customisable options on a few PC sites.  I'd start off with an i5 model around the £400 to £500 mark and then try and upgrade based on what you think is important.  These starting points might be useful; I find them quite user-friendly.

http://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/Mass-Effect-i5-3470-93p1570.htm
http://www.computerplanet.co.uk/custom/intel-sandy-bridge/step1.html
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on February 24, 2013, 08:58:08 PM
You are an absolute star, weekender. Thanks to Wilbur and Too Many Cochranes as well. All advice is very much appreciated. I'll have a look at some of this stuff tomorrow.

I really should know this stuff, but it's so easy to fall out of step with tech.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on February 24, 2013, 08:58:41 PM
Thanks for the tips. It'll give me something to do tomorrow.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Howj Begg on February 26, 2013, 02:43:41 AM
Anyone had experience with this easylifeapp malware? It's on my laptop and I'm getting a new pc this week. I want to transfer files off the laptop to the pc - any serious chance of them being infected? Malware usually just affects system and registry files, right?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on February 26, 2013, 02:49:58 AM
Can't you just get rid of it first?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Howj Begg on February 26, 2013, 04:19:52 AM
Can't seem to do so. Admittedly I haven't gone in and manually changed the registry and all that malarkey, but I'm not too clever at that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 26, 2013, 08:02:52 AM
Anyone had experience with this easylifeapp malware? It's on my laptop and I'm getting a new pc this week. I want to transfer files off the laptop to the pc - any serious chance of them being infected? Malware usually just affects system and registry files, right?

Try malwarebytes. http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Howj Begg on February 26, 2013, 01:50:06 PM
Yes already tried it several times, but thanks. In my googling adventures it seems to be resistant to malwarebytes, as evidenced by several topics on Bleeping Computer. No it's a hard and persistent bugger this one.

What do you reckon then about malware infecting ordinary files, rather than system and registry files?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 26, 2013, 01:59:28 PM
Yes already tried it several times, but thanks. In my googling adventures it seems to be resistant to malwarebytes, as evidenced by several topics on Bleeping Computer. No it's a hard and persistent bugger this one.

What do you reckon then about malware infecting ordinary files, rather than system and registry files?

Doesn't happen THAT often but I do see it. Have you tried combofix  and or tdskiller ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Howj Begg on February 26, 2013, 02:30:03 PM
Yeah tried combofix that didn't do owt. tdskiller looks promising. Cheers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: vrailaine on February 26, 2013, 07:38:06 PM
If anyone wants to take a stab at figuring out my stackoverflow question from here, go ahead. I'm convinced I'm missing out on something incredibly obvious. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15096317/sql-syntax-error-regarding-insert-into-statementpossibly-date-related
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 26, 2013, 08:23:09 PM
If anyone wants to take a stab at figuring out my stackoverflow question from here, go ahead. I'm convinced I'm missing out on something incredibly obvious. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15096317/sql-syntax-error-regarding-insert-into-statementpossibly-date-related

My guess (not a PHP or MySQL user) is that the trick you're trying with the date field is failing. Try passing a whole string (or datetime variable) to it rather than the split up D,M,Y items.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 26, 2013, 09:42:31 PM
Someone solved it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: vrailaine on February 26, 2013, 10:08:51 PM
...no they didn't?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 26, 2013, 10:39:51 PM
Sorry, me being an idiot.

I don't do that sort of stuff, but I'd suggest printing out the expanded statement (all variables expanded etc) and then trying to get it to work in an interactive shell of some kind.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Zetetic on February 27, 2013, 12:03:27 AM
Can you show us what $newPsql looks like before you try to feed into into mysql_query?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Nuclear Optimism on February 27, 2013, 04:13:06 AM
Is there anyway to make the music on a Samsung Galaxy S3 louder? I've got a few songs which are quite quiet and even at full volume they're a little bit faint, which is shit when you're on a spluttering bus (and you have to put up with a popup warning that you're going to do permanent damage to your ears). Failing that, is there any way to increase the loudness of mp3s?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: vrailaine on February 27, 2013, 05:35:11 AM
Can you show us what $newPsql looks like before you try to feed into into mysql_query?
Code: [Select]
INSERT INTO Patient (PatientID, Name, Address1, Address2, County, DOB, Phone, EMail, Password)
VALUES ('1234455', 'NameName', 'address1', '', 'Donegal', '2007-10-10'', '12345567', 'email@email.com', '5f4dcc3b5aa765d61d8327deb882cf99')
'2007-10-10''
Wow! I'm actually a genuine moron, there's a quotation that I've closed down in the select data options, but never opened, so it was taking in "10'" instead of "10".

Amazing.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on February 28, 2013, 12:02:25 AM
Oh bloody hell, man. "I know," I said to myself, "I'll install Steam today and give PC gaming a chance after all. I mean, people say that it works ok and I'm silly for cowering behind my "it just works" console.

Install Steam. Login. I even remembered my account name from 2 years ago when I last logged in. Settings, aha. "Big Picture" what's that? Google. Aha, a nice UI for a telly. I have a telly as monitor 2, that's brill. Check box to activate Big Picture.

Cloud synch? Nah, no likey cloud. Disable that. Oh, Steam wants to restart now to make the changes. Ok. Restart.


Hello?



Hellooooo. Restart, not just stop.
Ok, click on Steam icon again. Won't load. Again. Still nothing. Oh look, it tries to load but then suddenly decided not to. A little annoying since my Xbox 360 ....wait for it....JUST WORKS!

I presume from now Googling Big Picture that I shouldn't have done that, for some reason. Nice of the Steam program to tell me about this.

So how do I launch Steam without BP activated? How can I change my settings if I can't launch the Steam app?

I suspect me and PC gaming were never meant to be.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamie Oliver is fat on February 28, 2013, 07:12:05 AM
uninstall it and reinstall it?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 28, 2013, 12:13:28 PM
uninstall it and reinstall it?

Seems like a plan. Just tested it on my PC and it lts me turn it off and on with no problems. If uninstalling doesnt work try a system restore.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on February 28, 2013, 09:53:46 PM
Reinstall. "Steam big picture is not supported on your platform." Nice to know. Probably best to inform the user of this before rather than after. Oh well.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on February 28, 2013, 10:17:27 PM
Is there any way to get rid of those twitter "promotion tweets"?

Does every fucking thing have to contain adverts now?

I'm not interested in your promotion. I'm not that suggestible. Fuck off.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on February 28, 2013, 10:26:27 PM
Is there anyway to make the music on a Samsung Galaxy S3 louder?

For ringtones download and install Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) for free.

If you're using Windows you'll also need to download the LAME mp3 codec in order to save your ringtone as mp3. Don't worry, it's all explained on the Audacity site.

Then load up your ringtone in Audacity, play around with the volume level to get it louder. Export as mp3 and transfer back to your phone.

You may need to experiment with different volume levels to avoid the waveform being chopped off too much at peak volume and ending up sounding bad.
________________________________________________

For music you can use MP3Gain (http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/), which can level (or normalise) the volume of your entire music collection. It achieves this by inserting metadata at the start of each mp3 file, so it doesn't actually alter the dynamic of your songs. Once it's analysed an mp3 you can adjust the decibel offset level to suit you.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 01, 2013, 10:07:25 AM
Reinstall. "Steam big picture is not supported on your platform." Nice to know. Probably best to inform the user of this before rather than after. Oh well.

Can I ask what your platform is? I thought BigPicture was supported by pretty much everything.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on March 02, 2013, 05:29:12 AM
XP, 3 gig. I suspect it's my graphics card that is a big long in the tooth. 4 years old, would that be too long ago? Plays all videos fine, though the computer does struggle with 1080p. But I find 720p to be perfectly sharp as the TV monitor's resolution is set at 1360 x 768 anyway. It can go up to 1920 x 1080 (that's 1080p, right?) but that makes everything far too small to see from the couch.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 02, 2013, 05:58:18 PM
Nah, XP isn't supported - Vista Service Pack 2 is the earliest OS they support. XP is pretty old now - released 3 years before the Xbox 360, and hasn't been sold for 5 years.

Still shit it tried to install it though.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on March 02, 2013, 06:16:17 PM
Yeah, I got this plooter 4 years ago and specifically asked not to have Vista, so the guy searched around for XP for me. I have 7 on my laptop which is great, but for the desktop I'm loath to change as I have everything just the way I want it with bigger fonts and things so I can read easily from about 2m back. Saves the eyes.

I made the mistake of updating Skype and it has everything so tiny I can't see a bloody thing. But then I have a general gripe about how difficult it is to enlarge fonts in computer UIs. My eyes are perfect but I want them to stay that way and not strain them all day!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Zetetic on March 02, 2013, 06:19:25 PM
But then I have a general gripe about how difficult it is to enlarge fonts in computer UIs. My eyes are perfect but I want them to stay that way and not strain them all day!
Have you changed the DPI settings ('To increase or decrease the size of objects and text on your screen') (https://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/display_use_large_or_small_fonts.mspx?mfr=true), or just made the fonts bigger?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on March 02, 2013, 07:51:20 PM
Yeah, put it up to 120% I think. But that has the side-effect of making the text run out of some dialogue boxes that have not been designed to adapt. I find this on a lot of websites too, if they're poorly set up then magnifying the text up about 5 notches makes everything go ape-crazy on all fours.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 02, 2013, 08:49:20 PM
Yeah, put it up to 120% I think. But that has the side-effect of making the text run out of some dialogue boxes that have not been designed to adapt. I find this on a lot of websites too, if they're poorly set up then magnifying the text up about 5 notches makes everything go ape-crazy on all fours.

Afraid you really need to bite the bullet and dump xp. Support ceases next year. Grab a copy of 7 while you can.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on March 02, 2013, 09:01:07 PM
Afraid you really need to bite the bullet and dump xp. Support ceases next year. Grab a copy of 7 while you can.

Wilbur, what are your thoughts on future Windows adoption for the business user? 

How long do you thing support for 7 will last, given that 8 doesn't seem to be going down that greatly?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 02, 2013, 09:07:01 PM
I have no idea wtf ms are thinking of with 8. It's a fucking mess. If they have any sense they will ship an update which disables all the tablet crap or fix it in windows 9 very quickly. It really beggars belief.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 02, 2013, 09:10:56 PM
Wilbur, what are your thoughts on future Windows adoption for the business user? 

How long do you thing support for 7 will last, given that 8 doesn't seem to be going down that greatly?

Sorry missed the important bit. Support for 7 will be around for a while, probably a lot longer than they admit atm unless they fix the 8 debacle very quickly.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on March 02, 2013, 09:49:33 PM
I've seen the front screens for Windows phones and they have large green squares. Not my idea of a good phone system, but at least it's suited to the purpose.

The Xbox dashboard is horrible and full of adverts, but it's still ok I suppose for the purpose of playing games and stuff.

So why is Win 8 the same? Why even try to force people to use the green square thing on a desktop computer? The lack of options seems to indicate that MS believe they're so powerful they can dictate to the public what it will use. Maybe that's true to some extent. But Apple have an iOS and an Alpine Goat or whatever animal it is today for their desktop machines.

Why can't MS just have a different OS for phones and tablets, and another one for desktop? Is it really that they're trying to force us all into their portable world?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steve Lampkins on March 02, 2013, 09:50:27 PM
fix it in windows 9 very quickly

Are you referring to Windows Blue?

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-Blue-What-We-Know-So-Far-322529.shtml

Win8 upgrades being so cheap (at least initially) would make sense if they copy the Apple model of updating every year or so, for lower prices.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 03, 2013, 02:57:06 PM
Are you referring to Windows Blue?

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-Blue-What-We-Know-So-Far-322529.shtml

Win8 upgrades being so cheap (at least initially) would make sense if they copy the Apple model of updating every year or so, for lower prices.

I'd not seen that but it seems to be pure speculation. Companies with staff who ring the helpdesk when an icon is out of place are not going to adopt W8 in its present form. I'm hoping MS will react in a similar way they did when Vista was panned and fix it in the next release.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 03, 2013, 05:04:19 PM
So why is Win 8 the same? Why even try to force people to use the green square thing on a desktop computer? The lack of options seems to indicate that MS believe they're so powerful they can dictate to the public what it will use. Maybe that's true to some extent. But Apple have an iOS and an Alpine Goat or whatever animal it is today for their desktop machines.

Why can't MS just have a different OS for phones and tablets, and another one for desktop? Is it really that they're trying to force us all into their portable world?

A lot of analysts seem to think smartphones/desktops are going to converge - it's been suggested Apple are going to go that route [nb] I think this is probably wrong since it seems to be based on the observation that smartphones have enough processor omph to do what most people do on desktops/laptops nowadays, which completely ignores all the issues[/nb].

But MS love the idea because it gives them a way to leverage their desktop monopoly to try and get somewhere on mobile.

I'd not seen that but it seems to be pure speculation. Companies with staff who ring the helpdesk when an icon is out of place are not going to adopt W8 in its present form. I'm hoping MS will react in a similar way they did when Vista was panned and fix it in the next release.

To be fair to MS - there really isn't anything they could do to please the people confused by an icon moving.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 03, 2013, 05:48:22 PM
To be fair to MS - there really isn't anything they could do to please the people confused by an icon moving.

My point is that the changes in 8 are big enough to need considerable time and money to train staff to use for little obvious gain.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Nuclear Optimism on March 04, 2013, 06:14:12 PM
On the Guardian website, when I hover over an article I get this little notice called See Similar. On clicking, it brings up this bollocks called Savings-Deal Magnet, providing links to various products. "Hang on," I thought "This is dodgy. This isn't just some Guardian ad thingy."

Oddly, the bugger actually provides info on how to get rid if it: Firefox -> Add ons -> extension -> savings magnet -> remove.

The problem? When I look in extensions the bloody thing isn't there. How do I get it to fuck off?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on March 04, 2013, 11:59:42 PM
Have a look in Control Panel>Programs and Features. It's quite common for that sort of crap to install there rather than in Firefox Add-ons.

If not, you could try installing/uninstalling the add-on again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Nuclear Optimism on March 05, 2013, 12:36:02 AM
I've gone to Uninstall a program and the fucker isn't there.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on March 05, 2013, 02:31:53 AM
If you're on XP

C:\Documents and Settings\(Your username)\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\(Letters and numbers).default\extensions

May provide you with something to tear at.

Newer OS then...  C:\(Your username)\AppData\[nb]Might be 'C:\(Your username)\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles etc etc[/nb]Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles and so on and so on.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on March 05, 2013, 02:57:09 AM
I've gone to Uninstall a program and the fucker isn't there.

It'll be there, but listed under a manufacturers name rather than the name of the program.   Go to the entry for the program in the start menu but instead of selecting it, rightclick & select properties and look at the path and that should give you a clue.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 05, 2013, 08:16:04 AM
I was going to build a PC inside a betamax box, and got as far as hollowing it out and buying all the parts...then it literally fell to pieces as I was doing the last stages. So, I bought an actual media PC box and fitted it in 20 minutes. Which was nicer than the tons of work I'd have had to do to actually get everything stuck in the other.

Problem now is installing an OS which will play blu-rays. I'd have much rather had Linux, but it's going to have to be Windows. And it seems like downloading shonky copies off the internet is more of a pain in the behind than it used to be. The thought of paying for it makes my pirate's heart sad.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 05, 2013, 08:47:17 AM
I was going to build a PC inside a betamax box, and got as far as hollowing it out and buying all the parts...then it literally fell to pieces as I was doing the last stages. So, I bought an actual media PC box and fitted it in 20 minutes. Which was nicer than the tons of work I'd have had to do to actually get everything stuck in the other.

Problem now is installing an OS which will play blu-rays. I'd have much rather had Linux, but it's going to have to be Windows. And it seems like downloading shonky copies off the internet is more of a pain in the behind than it used to be. The thought of paying for it makes my pirate's heart sad.

You can get a legit version of 7 for about £70. It's worth that to avoid the pain of BluRay and Linux I think.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 05, 2013, 09:59:37 AM
I probably will, it's just a bummer. I looked at the list of instructions for installing one off a torrent site, and I just couldn't be bothered to do all the fiddling.

On the plus side, I've just been offered a free Office 2010 code by someone at work, so there's that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 05, 2013, 10:07:45 AM
Yeah, I had the same problem a few months ago in the old thread.
One bit of expected joy you'll probably have (I did) - you'll have to install drivers off the cd that came with your motherboard like some early noughties pleb because windows 7 is too old to have drivers for the ethernet hardware built into Sandy-bridge (or later) cpus.

Work is probably your best bet for a cheap copy - or you might be able to get a cheap license if you're a student of some description.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 05, 2013, 10:27:21 AM
The thing I was most amazed by, after I turned it on for the first time, is that I'd plugged everythng into the right slots. I know building a PC is just rich man's lego, but my basic level of competence cheered me up for hours.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 05, 2013, 10:45:02 AM
The thing I was most amazed by, after I turned it on for the first time, is that I'd plugged everythng into the right slots. I know building a PC is just rich man's lego, but my basic level of competence cheered me up for hours.

Shush don't tell everyone how easy it is !
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Spiteface on March 05, 2013, 11:13:03 PM
Right, switched from my godawful BT broadband to Sky today. Went OK, barring one or two hitches. One of which being my main desktop PC (which I only bought 11 months ago) does not do wireless. I could at a pinch, plug a really long ethernet cable into the router (there are four sockets for this) into the back and use it this way, but this would involve running a cable upstairs.  So I took to my laptop, looking up other solutions.

Am I right in thinking the thing I need is a Wireless Ethernet bridge? Anyone got any recommendations for a cheapish one that works?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on March 05, 2013, 11:20:50 PM
wireless usb adapter, mate:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=430581031

Or you can get a wireless PCI Card:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=430541031

usb would be easier, PCI more robust.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 06, 2013, 08:09:43 AM
I've got two of those Livewire boxes, that turn your electrical cables into a wired internet network. They work pretty well, too - streams HD without a hitch, and if you get the Western Digital ones, there's four ports so you can plug a console, a computer, a set-top box and whatever else into it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 06, 2013, 09:15:57 AM
I've got two of those Livewire boxes, that turn your electrical cables into a wired internet network. They work pretty well, too - streams HD without a hitch, and if you get the Western Digital ones, there's four ports so you can plug a console, a computer, a set-top box and whatever else into it.

Powerlines. I tend to use them in larger houses, it does depend on the house wiring to a certain extent but I think I've only not been able to use them in a couple of enormous mansions. I used to recommend the PCI cards over USB but the dongles are getting a lot better these days.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 06, 2013, 10:25:36 AM
I'll chip in with another vote for the powerline ethernet jobbies. Got some working surprisingly well here (crappy house wiring + on the ends of extension cables) and the older 200Mbps models are cheap and plentiful whilst being fine for media streaming.

Only problem is they almost all seem to be wall wart versions now, and stupidly big ones at that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: SetToStun on March 07, 2013, 11:33:21 AM
I used Home Plugs a few times for getting round wireless problems by using the mains ring and they came with a couple of limitations: you couldn't use them where the mains ring was split into two sections (e.g. upstairs and downstairs having independent consumer units), but this is rare in the UK; you couldn't have more than 10 or 12 (I forget which) plugs in the same house (and frankly, who would want to or even has that many rooms?); and you couldn't plug them into an extension strip with surge suppression. Other than that, they're absolutely brilliant.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on March 07, 2013, 01:50:13 PM
I might need to use two of those network plugs. I'm in a shared house and two of us use the Internet, but the other two don't pay towards it.

Can you set up encryption on them so that if someone else bought one and plugged it in they couldn't tap into our Internet? Or do they come as a set of two or three etc. with built in encryption?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 07, 2013, 02:07:20 PM
They are encrypted - with mine you have to long press a button on one of them until the light starts flashing, and then you have a minute or so to go round to the other plugs and short press the button on them. They then exchange codes to encrypt everything with, and other plugs won't talk to them.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on March 07, 2013, 02:15:15 PM
Muchos gracias. I'll look on Amazon for the encrypted ones.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 07, 2013, 02:19:11 PM
I think it's part of the HomePlug standard, so they should all do it. It's pretty much essential since it's possible the signals could go to your neighbours house or flat.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on March 07, 2013, 03:20:33 PM
Yeah, I did think that myself about the whole street being on the same ring main. I assumed there was some kind of blocking technology at the leccy meter box or sub-station, but some of the sub-stations are so old I suppose most of these network boxes will have configurable encryption like the one you mention or come in pairs/triplets/quads set up to the same key.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 07, 2013, 04:42:06 PM
Bear in mind, all the ones I've seen apart from the Western Digital one have only one ethernet port, so if you have multiple internet things in the one place, that might cause a problem.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 07, 2013, 04:58:59 PM
Bear in mind, all the ones I've seen apart from the Western Digital one have only one ethernet port, so if you have multiple internet things in the one place, that might cause a problem.

Just stick a switch in if that's required. Its not really what the PLs are for.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 07, 2013, 08:47:19 PM
Yeah - but it's worth bearing in mind you'll need another plug socket for that too. And if you actually have several devices needing ethernet connections in the same place you'll probably already be short of plug sockets. Wifi doesn't help much with that though.

(this was a frustration for me - those multiport ones cost a lot more while a switch costs a few quid, but I'd didn't have enough plug sockets - or space for another extension lead/tangle. Ended up getting a Powerline adaptor with a plug bypass, which wasn't quite as extortionate).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on March 07, 2013, 10:50:09 PM
Cheers for all the help. It's just a Virgin router with one ethernet cable to plug into the wall\mains and I'm connecting to it by WiFi upstairs.

The other lad is moving into a converted garage down the bottom of the garden (which shares the house mains and water supply running under the lawn), so all we'll do is remove the ethernet from his PC and plug it into the wall. He can then plug the other powerline into a spare socket in his converted garage\granny flat and it saves him getting Virgin out to move the router down the garden, as it would be out of range down there.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on March 08, 2013, 09:34:31 AM
Bit of a cheeky one this one...
Would anyone be able to help me forge some documentation???
It's just an EPC certificate. I've downloaded it as a PDF, and just need to alter the address. Fucking idiot who did the report had the wrong addrress, I didn't correct him, thinking it would never matter and now I need to show it to an estate agent...
So, yeah, is there any way of just clicking on the PDF and deleting a number and adding a new one??

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on March 08, 2013, 09:44:53 AM
I've used infix PDF editor before to change the address on my CV instead of typing the whole thing out again in Word (I'd lost my Word version).

I'm sure you'll find a download for it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on March 08, 2013, 10:31:46 AM
Bit of a cheeky one this one...
Would anyone be able to help me forge some documentation???
It's just an EPC certificate. I've downloaded it as a PDF, and just need to alter the address. Fucking idiot who did the report had the wrong addrress, I didn't correct him, thinking it would never matter and now I need to show it to an estate agent...
So, yeah, is there any way of just clicking on the PDF and deleting a number and adding a new one??



https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=free+pdf+editor+download&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on March 08, 2013, 10:54:56 AM
Yeah yeah yeah. Just really if anyone had any good recommendation really....

Anyway, thanks TMC's, I found one through the normal channels. And it seems to have done the absolute trick... Let's just hope they don't bother searching the ref number.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 08, 2013, 11:14:08 AM
It'll be very amusing to see the shit that flies once people realise plain PDFs can be edited. It's tragic that there isn't more awareness of the existence and importance of digital signing.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on March 08, 2013, 11:34:40 AM
Yeah yeah yeah.



i wasn't taking the piss you snappy little cunt.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: SetToStun on March 08, 2013, 11:42:20 AM
Indeed - if mook were taking the piss, he'd have posted this link (http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=free+pdf+editor+download) instead.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on March 08, 2013, 04:58:03 PM
i wasn't taking the piss you snappy little cunt.

Less of the 'little'...

Sorry mooky. Thank you. I did think you were havin' a bit of a piss take, but you've always been helpful in the past... So, thank you.
And have a nice kiss.

x

But yeah, that was really pretty easy and just saved me £100 at least.
As I said, the form does have a ref number on there, but I really doubt they'd check that, or they could have just pulled the EPC from the Landmark website by postcode...

I've got a bit of a quirie too on the online signatures/forms thing.
At work, we use MS word/office all that, but the guys out in the field use samsung galaxy notes.
What's the easiest way to transfer the files we use so they can be used on the notes? The idea being, the guys can train things out to the staff, then get them to sign off... So the word doc would have to be sign-able... Does that make sense?
Can it be done?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on March 08, 2013, 05:51:13 PM
It'll be very amusing to see the poo that flies once people realise plain PDFs can be edited. It's tragic that there isn't more awareness of the existence and importance of digital signing.

In Estonia it is de rigueur. Our ID cards have chips and PINs and you get a card reader USB thingy. Voting, banking, signing contracts. We all live in little bubbles and never even have to see anyone else, it's great! :-D
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 08, 2013, 08:48:02 PM
Just don't lose your card, I guess.

It's a bit strange adobe haven't tried to push into that market - online ID is what google and facebook are scrabblng over now, and adobe already own it from the legal profession's point of view, and with some fairly small tweeks they actually could have a proper solution.

But yeah, obviously the big money is in Flash.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on March 08, 2013, 10:24:48 PM
Here's one that has always baffled me...

Specific to using DAW software in this case, I've seen advice all over the place suggesting that creating a separate profile with various Windows Services disabled for that account is a good thing. Makes perfect sense on paper, but whenever I've been arsed to have a play with it all of my changes are copied to the other account rendering the whole exercise a waste of time.

Not an important one but now i have to undo the changes yet again and bin the useless secondary login.

Both are Admin accounts btw. Vista *spit!* if that bears any good reason for it not working.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on March 09, 2013, 03:55:46 PM
hello yet again.

the charger for my laptop has appeared to given up the ghost, is it worth buying the make brand, in this case lenovo, or just getting a compatible one from ebay for a quarter of the price?

thanks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 09, 2013, 07:09:06 PM
hello yet again.

the charger for my laptop has appeared to given up the ghost, is it worth buying the make brand, in this case lenovo, or just getting a compatible one from ebay for a quarter of the price?

thanks.

I used to get the cheaply ones on the grounds that they all come from the same factories but recently a lot of them have been so shit that I've started getting the genuine ones.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on March 09, 2013, 07:15:46 PM
right, i'll get the proper one then.

thanks Wilbur.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on March 09, 2013, 09:19:16 PM
Can anyone explain this?

(http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/9577/47120115.jpg)

Only seems to happen when I stream video on Streamtorrent. Horrible blurry/artistic filter type thing going on. Codec problem perhaps?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 10, 2013, 05:28:25 PM
Watch a better team lol

I have Gmote on the media PC in the front room, so I can use my phone as a mouse / keyboard. Problem is, it tries to start it on startup, before the network kicks in (or that's my best guess as to why it throws up an error message every time I turn the damn thing on, I guess).

So, is there a way of telling it to re-try connecting to the network? Or is there a better alternative on the market for turning my phone into a mouse?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on March 10, 2013, 08:09:37 PM
So, that computer I was talking about buying earlier in the thread, I'm still umming and arring over it. I specced up one on that computer planet website, and it came to just over a grand. Just naviely picking out the same parts from Scan, it came to about £80 cheaper. I'm wondering is, it worth just going for the built one? I can easily build it myself, I've done it loads of times in the past, but the saving just doesn't seem worth it.

That said are the any better websites for buying computer bits from? I've used Scan a lot in the past, so they are my go to people, but they might not be the best.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on March 10, 2013, 09:32:51 PM
Personally I would build it myself but that's because I'm a saddo and enjoy doing stuff like that. As you say you know what you're doing you'll probably build it with more TLC than someone who's putting together 10 PC's a day in a warehouse, so you'll probably get a better build doing it yourself as you won't rush the job.

The only problem I've had with Scan before is they use DPD couriers and I've had to go to the local depot if I've missed the delivery. Apart from that their stuff is well priced. Overclockers.co.uk, Dabs and eBuyer are also well priced. eBuyer is probably better for getting cheap peripherals/DVD burner drives etc.

For RAM I'd Buy It Now off eBay. I've had two or three kits made by G.Skill that look cool with their red aluminium heatsinks and bridge the gap between price and performance well.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on March 10, 2013, 09:54:15 PM
Can anyone explain this?

(http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/9577/47120115.jpg)

Only seems to happen when I stream video on Streamtorrent. Horrible blurry/artistic filter type thing going on. Codec problem perhaps?
Yeah it actually looks like a similar post-processing filter you get on emulators to smooth off graphics (something like hq3x). Is there an icon that appears in your system tray when you play the files that give you any video options ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on March 12, 2013, 07:12:06 PM
Not that I've noticed. I did figure out a solution: Open it up as normal, right click>properties, copy url, paste url into VLC, and it plays fine in there. Bit annoying to have to do that every time, but I'll have a look at what you mentioned next time I use it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on March 12, 2013, 07:20:43 PM
Anyone decent on Excel and the usage of variables?  Here's the problem:

-Someone owes me £4,000.

-This person gets from me £2,000 a year

-This person would ordinarily get a 3% increase from me a year on their £2,000.  I want to stop them getting their 3% increase until such a time as my debt has been paid off.

In my head, here's how it looks:

-Year One - So their £2,000 in year one would notionally be £2,060.  I want to claim back the £60 and offset it against the £4,000 debt.  The debt is now £3,940.

-Year Two - In year two, £2,060 has risen to £2,121.80 by virtue of another 3% increase.  I want to claim back the £61.80.  The debt is now £3,878.20.

How can I tell when they will have paid back the £4,000?




Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Zetetic on March 12, 2013, 07:43:16 PM
If Year 1 is £2,000, Year 2 is nominally £2,060...

Then in Year 12 you'll be giving them (nominally) £2,768 and bit, but you'll only need £384 to finish paying back the £4,000.

So, I reckon:

Year 12 , and in that year you'll give them about £2,384.

Here's it with a load of extra columns for clarity. (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Am9nIM-6DN6FdGRJNlFoMkJPSk1jNlFELWRsQUFXS2c&single=true&gid=0&range=A1%3AE13&output=html)

(There's clearly a way to do this properly with maths.)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 12, 2013, 09:03:23 PM
Shouldn't you be charging them interest on the money they owe you?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Zetetic on March 12, 2013, 09:10:33 PM
I've now realised that I didn't read weekender's post properly, so I think it's actually Year 39, if you're just skimming the difference from one year to the next:

Spreadsheet link again. (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Am9nIM-6DN6FdGRJNlFoMkJPSk1jNlFELWRsQUFXS2c&single=true&gid=1&range=A1%3AE40&output=html)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on March 12, 2013, 10:15:44 PM
39 years, blimey! And inflation would make this worth less and less as time went on. Not the best way to recoup debt, I must say. But perhaps the best option open to you.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on March 12, 2013, 10:29:10 PM
If I owed you 4 grand and you continued to give me 2 grand a year (with or without a 3% increase per annum), well.. that's my kinda loan right there.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on March 13, 2013, 12:32:28 AM
edit: never mind sorted it
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on March 13, 2013, 08:24:06 PM
Cheers guys.  I was hoping for a simpler Excel formula but I think I can work with what you've come up with to possibly derive one.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: falafel on March 13, 2013, 11:02:35 PM
So, to be clear, you can't just keep reducing the payment to them to £2,000 each year? ie taking £60 the first year, around £120 the next, £180 the next and so on?

ie you're still happy for this person's income from you to grow in real terms despite the fact that they owe you £4,000?

Seems a bit complicated, is all. I'm sure you have your reasons. But if you really want to stop them getting 3% increases, then you just keep cutting it back to 2,000. Otherwise all you're doing is offsetting their increase by a year and basically absolutely never getting your money back. They don't really lose anything, nor do you really gain - not materially anyway.

Gah, I'm sure you have your reasons.


edit: Hmm, if you're looking for a formula that would show the equivalent of, say "how many times do I need to add 2 and 2 to get 240", in a single cell - that is to say, "how many iterations of X do I need in order to achieve Y", then I have a feeling you would need to use VBA / macros? I don't think there's a simple way of doing it. If that's what you are after.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Zetetic on March 13, 2013, 11:50:59 PM
I'm fairly sure you should be able to do by competent Maths though. Defining the function that takes you from the year to the amount retained is easy[nb]f(0) = 0; f(x) = 2000*(1.03^x) - 2000*(1.03^(x-1))?[/nb] and then you just need to find what range satisfies summing that function >= 4000.

Unfortunately:
these days I'm so fucking thick and
right now I'm a bit drunk,
so I can't do it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: falafel on March 14, 2013, 12:06:41 AM
Eureka!

Way simpler than I had thought.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3704869/Calculation.xlsx

You can get it more precise by doing a Goal Seek on cell D5 if you like (in excel 2013 this is done by the Data tab > What If analysis > Goal Seek).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 14, 2013, 12:52:10 AM
Anyone decent on Excel and the usage of variables?  Here's the problem:

-Someone owes me £4,000.

-This person gets from me £2,000 a year

-This person would ordinarily get a 3% increase from me a year on their £2,000.  I want to stop them getting their 3% increase until such a time as my debt has been paid off.

In my head, here's how it looks:

-Year One - So their £2,000 in year one would notionally be £2,060.  I want to claim back the £60 and offset it against the £4,000 debt.  The debt is now £3,940.

-Year Two - In year two, £2,060 has risen to £2,121.80 by virtue of another 3% increase.  I want to claim back the £61.80.  The debt is now £3,878.20.

How can I tell when they will have paid back the £4,000?

Warning! I suck at calculus, really, never do it, no good at it, no feel for it...

Formula for how much you 'save' on any year x:
 = (2000*1.03x)-2000

Integrate (http://integrals.wolfram.com/index.jsp?expr=%282000*%281.03^x%29%29-2000&random=false) that shit!
 f(x) = (67661.7*(1.03x))-(2000*x)

So, year 0 is
 f(0) = 67661.7

So you need (http://mathworld.wolfram.com/DefiniteIntegral.html) to find:
 f(x) = f(0) + 4000
        = 67661.7 + 4000
        = 71661.7

Which I did by hand honest! (http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=%2867661.7*%281.03^x%29%29-%282000*x%29+%3D+71661.7)
 = -12.3395 or 11.0027

So about 12 years ago, you were good. Why you bugging us now?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on March 14, 2013, 01:13:40 AM
Why not just decide how many years you want to spread the repayments over, divide 4000 by that number, then just subtract that amount from whatever you would otherwise be giving him each year?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on March 14, 2013, 08:22:05 PM
So, to be clear, you can't just keep reducing the payment to them to £2,000 each year? ie taking £60 the first year, around £120 the next, £180 the next and so on?

I can restrict the payment to whatever I want, but I don't want it to be less than the £2,000 a year that they currently get from me and I want to understand the numbers if I were to allow for inflation.

Quote
Gah, I'm sure you have your reasons. Iterations/VBA/Macro code thoughts.

For various reasons I'm trying to avoid a solution which involves "Goal Seek".  It appears that the best solution at the moment might involve me learning calculus.

Thanks to all for your input on this, it's really appreciated.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Queneau on March 15, 2013, 03:53:51 PM
I was hoping to get to the Villa V QPR game this weekend but that can't happen now. Is there a way of tricking something like BBC Birmingham on their website into thinking that I'm based there? Every time I've tried it in the past it's picked up on my IP address or whatever. All I want to do is listen to the fucking game!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on March 15, 2013, 03:59:03 PM
I was hoping to get to the Villa V QPR game this weekend but that can't happen now. Is there a way of tricking something like BBC Birmingham on their website into thinking that I'm based there? Every time I've tried it in the past it's picked up on my IP address or whatever. All I want to do is listen to the fucking game!

They don't broadcast on the web, even if you're in Birmingham... Internet rights and that. Anyhow, I'll PM you a potential solution
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on March 16, 2013, 05:27:57 PM
Here's one. I'm probably being extremely think, but, how do you print out an e-mail receipt so it just prints the receipt and not just the hotmail screen showing the Iyour hotmail screen cutting off half the receipt. I remember doing this before.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 16, 2013, 05:48:16 PM
If you mean just the header+body of the email, without all the Hotmail web UI stuff, there's an small printer icon at the top of the page, click on that and it'll open up a new window with a clean view of the mail and start the print job from that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on March 16, 2013, 06:25:33 PM
Yeah, I was looking for that but I can't see it anymore. Hotmail have updated Outlook this week so I can't find that print icon.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steve Lampkins on March 16, 2013, 06:34:10 PM
Try this: select just the part you want to print (so you have highlighted it with your mouse). Then hit Ctrl+P, and in the print dialog, make sure you select 'Selection' in 'print range' or whatever it is. As opposed to 'All' or 'Pages X to Y'.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on March 16, 2013, 06:44:35 PM
Thanks, I'll try that. If that option isn't available for Outlook isn't that going to be a pain in the arse for anyone trying to print out e-mails receipts/tickets etc? I tried copying and pasting it into Word before but it didn't copy the barcode I needed.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: All Surrogate on March 16, 2013, 07:00:30 PM
Anyone decent on Excel and the usage of variables?  Here's the problem:

-Someone owes me £4,000.

-This person gets from me £2,000 a year

-This person would ordinarily get a 3% increase from me a year on their £2,000.  I want to stop them getting their 3% increase until such a time as my debt has been paid off.

In my head, here's how it looks:

-Year One - So their £2,000 in year one would notionally be £2,060.  I want to claim back the £60 and offset it against the £4,000 debt.  The debt is now £3,940.

-Year Two - In year two, £2,060 has risen to £2,121.80 by virtue of another 3% increase.  I want to claim back the £61.80.  The debt is now £3,878.20.

How can I tell when they will have paid back the £4,000?

To generalise (and ignoring some minor rounding problems):
D is the initial debt e.g. £4000
A is the intial annual transfer e.g. £2000
r is the rate of increment of the transfer e.g. 3% = 0.03

Year 1: the notional transfer is A(1+r) e.g. £2060, the garnish is Ar e.g. £60, the debt is D - Ar e.g. £3940
Year 2: the notional transfer is A(1+r)2 e.g. £2121.80, the garnish is Ar(1+r) e.g. £61.80, the debt is D - Ar(1+(1+r)) e.g. £3878.20
Year 3: the notional transfer is A(1+r)3 e.g. £2185.45, the garnish is Ar(1+r)2 e.g. £63.65, the debt is D - Ar(1+(1+r)+(1+r)2) e.g. £3814.55
.
.
.
Year n: the notional transfer is A(1+r)n, the garnish is Ar(1+r)n-1, the debt is D - Ar((1+r)n-1)
.
.
.

If the debt is zero in the Year N, then D - Ar((1+r)N-1) = 0
Therefore N = ln(D/A + 1) / ln(1+r)
e.g. 37.167...
This is not a whole number, so the debt is positive in Year 37, and would be negative in Year 38
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on March 17, 2013, 07:01:48 PM
Any techies wanna help me with a computer related problem? on boot it says 'Cmos checksum error - defaults loaded' , is this a potentially dead cmos battery? Or any other suggestions. It keeps resetting the settings on boot and fails to load windows, even from disk
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 17, 2013, 07:36:48 PM
Any techies wanna help me with a computer related problem? on boot it says 'Cmos checksum error - defaults loaded' , is this a potentially dead cmos battery? Or any other suggestions. It keeps resetting the settings on boot and fails to load windows, even from disk

Usually a buggered battery. Might be a button cell thing like a CR2032 and easy to replace, take a peek.

If not, probably not good news. How old is the system?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on March 17, 2013, 07:50:32 PM
Not sure, it's a hand-me-down from a friend. When I first booted it, it emitted a series of beeps every three seconds. So I reseated the ram and that eliminated that problem, however it keeps giving me cmos errors and clock errors, so I'm assuming the cmos battery can just be replaced.  I think this may also be responsible for it not booting windows (from hd or disk).

The system looks a few years old and has xp home edition on it but other than that it looks in good condition.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 17, 2013, 09:39:43 PM
I don't think a dead cmos battery would stop it booting windows - windows should boot with the defaults it's loading. The harddrive is probably corrupted - try booting from a flash drive or something.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 19, 2013, 07:50:43 AM
I have a Mac, and have been streaming stuff to my media PC with Windows with no problems for a few weeks.

I had to call BT about the spotty wifi signal I was getting from them, and they tinkered with a few settings in the background. Well, one of them seems to have messed up the sharing, so I looked around and found SMBUp, which should have resolved the problem. It managed to make it worse, which is pretty impressive, so now I'm a bit screwed. The Mac doesn't even show up in the "Network".

So, anyone had this problem before? Any clever solutions before I start doing wipes and re-installs of operating systems?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 19, 2013, 08:11:01 AM
I have a Mac, and have been streaming stuff to my media PC with Windows with no problems for a few weeks.

I had to call BT about the spotty wifi signal I was getting from them, and they tinkered with a few settings in the background. Well, one of them seems to have messed up the sharing, so I looked around and found SMBUp, which should have resolved the problem. It managed to make it worse, which is pretty impressive, so now I'm a bit screwed. The Mac doesn't even show up in the "Network".

So, anyone had this problem before? Any clever solutions before I start doing wipes and re-installs of operating systems?

More info needed. What version of windows for a start. Have they changed settings on the windows machine or the mac or both ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 19, 2013, 08:17:15 AM
The Mac is the main computer, so they changed settings on that. The media PC is running Windows 7.

I just discovered a weird thing - I added the Mac to my favourites, and even though it's not showing up on the Network tab any more, if I click on where it is in Favourites, the shared drives still show up, albeit with no capital letters or spaces in the names. They definitely don't show up in XBMC though.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 19, 2013, 05:40:39 PM
The Mac is the main computer, so they changed settings on that. The media PC is running Windows 7.

I just discovered a weird thing - I added the Mac to my favourites, and even though it's not showing up on the Network tab any more, if I click on where it is in Favourites, the shared drives still show up, albeit with no capital letters or spaces in the names. They definitely don't show up in XBMC though.

Ah windows 7 networking weirdness. Map a drive to it and XBMC should be able to see it. It should show up if you do a "show full network map" as well assuming that public broadcast/sharing is on.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 19, 2013, 06:10:19 PM
The problem is that for some reason, the other devices can't see the Mac at all (I tried to resolve the issue this morning and evidently made it worse).

So, I'm having a go at repairing the drive permissions for the Mac hard drive and seeing if that makes any difference.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 19, 2013, 10:21:54 PM
How are the Mac and other computers connected to each other? Are they all connected by wifi to an access point that is also your router/modem?

I suspect it's been put in a different subnet or something weird for no sensible reason. I assume the other devices can still see the internet?

To be honest windows networking and file sharing has always been a bit...shit? Not really shit because it works well quite often, but when it doesn't work it's for some reason that makes no sense even to geeks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 20, 2013, 12:10:39 AM
I did a "repair permissions" on the Disk Utility and it seems to have sorted it, but I've got no bloody idea why, or what it was that caused the problem in the first place. Ah well, ta for the help anyway.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 20, 2013, 08:51:24 AM
I did a "repair permissions" on the Disk Utility and it seems to have sorted it, but I've got no bloody idea why, or what it was that caused the problem in the first place. Ah well, ta for the help anyway.

One of the things Macs get their knickers in a twist over quite often appears to be permissions. Ta for letting us know and glad its sorted.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 20, 2013, 05:05:32 PM
All right, here's a slightly different one. Media PC is up and working, and one of the reasons I bought it was to play American as well as British blurays. AnyDVD HD was recommended, and after installing it...well, it sort of works, is the best way to describe it. Using it with PowerDVD, the machine recognises there's a disc in there, but doesn't play the top menu, and just gives you a list of the files, not much use if the disc has a number of tiny segments on it (the 2011 World Series blu-ray has loads).

So, am I just using a setting wrong, or is this about as good as I'm going to get? If I had another blu-ray drive in my machine, would it be easier to just set one to region 1 and the other to 2? Is that even possible in these days of blu-ray?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on March 20, 2013, 05:59:13 PM
I've tried the demo of AnyDVD HD, and it seems to just remove the region fine and play like normal (with menus and such) in PowerDVD for me. I think it's supposed to be seamless if you use something like PowerDVD. VLC is a right pain to use it with.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 20, 2013, 06:14:54 PM
I must be doing something wrong then, because I tried it with a few different blurays and it didn't play the menus. Time to do some re-installing or something.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on March 26, 2013, 06:52:42 PM
Can anyone help with this?

I'be bought an Orange Hollywood and I can't get it to add my hotmail account to it. When I click add e-mail I enter the address and passcode. Then it says it 'cannot match the template' and asks me for my username (which should have no spaces), is this just the same as my e-mail address?

After I enter that it asks for POP3 or IMAP4. I've sort of worked out what those mean but it asks for the 'Incoming server' and 'Outgoing server' addresses. Anyone know what these mean?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 26, 2013, 07:21:04 PM
After I enter that it asks for POP3 or IMAP4. I've sort of worked out what those mean but it asks for the 'Incoming server' and 'Outgoing server' addresses. Anyone know what these mean?

Incoming will be the POP3 server, outgoing will be the SMTP server. Seems that Hotmail doesn't support IMAP currently.

http://www.limilabs.com/blog/hotmail-imap-pop3-smtp-settings

Edit:
...and asks me for my username (which should have no spaces), is this just the same as my e-mail address?

I'd assume that is the full Hotmail address (thingy@hotmail.com) and password, just as you'd use to sign into Hotmail normally.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on March 26, 2013, 07:33:47 PM
Thanks. I tried those but it then said it failed to verify my account. My e-mail ends in .co.uk instead of .com. I don't know if this makes a difference.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 26, 2013, 07:54:44 PM
Shouldn't make a difference. Are you making sure things like the SSL settings and ports are correct?

(hard to give much more help, can't find any details about the Hollywood except that it exists)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on March 26, 2013, 08:10:47 PM
Yeah, there's no guide even on the Orange help section about it. I still seem to be unable to login to any networks that are password protected even after entering the correct password. I'll have a look. Thanks anyway.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on March 27, 2013, 11:52:00 AM
You could just use the Hotmail app, although I appreciate that maybe you just want all your accounts in one place.

I use it and it's fine, particularly as I find that Active Sync drains my battery like nobodies business, so try to avoid using it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Queneau on March 27, 2013, 12:32:44 PM
Hello technoheads,

I'm looking for a decent email app for my Galaxy S2. I don't really like the default one on there. Any suggestions?

Love always,

xxx
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: georgetaylor on March 27, 2013, 07:42:28 PM
Where might I buy 40gig IDE hard drives, I require 4 or 6. Have to be unused. Could also use 80gig I suppose.
Also CD/DVD writers, also IDE.
Seems these things are hard to find now.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 27, 2013, 08:03:45 PM
Have you considered a compact flash <-> IDE adapter with a 32 or 64GB card? Bit more fiddly than a plain drive but it should be easier to source fresh kit, plus might be a bit nippier than disks.

Looks like CCL has some 80GB units and PATA DVD drives:
http://www.cclonline.com/product/27204/WD800AAJB/Hard-Drives/80GB-Western-Digital-Caviar-Blue-Hard-Drive/HDD0976/
http://www.cclonline.com/product/5282/SH-S222A/CHXH/Optical-Drives/Samsung-SH-S222A-22x-DVDRW-PATA/IDE-/CDR4439/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: georgetaylor on March 28, 2013, 08:19:39 AM
Thanks Blumf, I bought a couple of optical drives from CCL, and found an e-bay seller with what he claims are new 80 gig drives for £20 each.

I can't really go down the compact flash route as the system software is embedded and there is no possibility to load new drivers or whatever to make such an arrangement work.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 28, 2013, 11:59:24 AM
If you've sourced some traditional drives, it's less faffing about. The CF idea would be transparent to the software, it's just fiddling with the hardware adapter. CF cards use the PATA IDE interface, it's just a smaller physical connector so the adapter is needed. Worth knowing if you ever need a tiny, quick drive.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: SetToStun on March 28, 2013, 03:39:13 PM
Yeah, there's no guide even on the Orange help section about it. I still seem to be unable to login to any networks that are password protected even after entering the correct password. I'll have a look. Thanks anyway.

You usually have to go to the e-mail provider rather than the device provider for help. Try this page (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/hotmail/send-receive-email-from-mail-client), it might sort you out.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: acrow on March 28, 2013, 06:12:31 PM
for a few months now when i try and watch a video online my laptop has frozen and then a thing pops up saying "display driver AMD driver stopped responding and has successfully recovered" or something like that. the next time i try and watch a video the cunt just blue screens and crashes. it was happening once every couple of weeks maybe but in the last 3 days it's happened 4 times. i'm completely shit when it comes to computery stuff. any ideas?

i did google the error message but the suggestions i could find online made absolutely no sense to me. because i'm stupid.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 29, 2013, 10:32:35 AM
for a few months now when i try and watch a video online my laptop has frozen and then a thing pops up saying "display driver AMD driver stopped responding and has successfully recovered" or something like that. the next time i try and watch a video the cunt just blue screens and crashes. it was happening once every couple of weeks maybe but in the last 3 days it's happened 4 times. i'm completely shit when it comes to computery stuff. any ideas?

i did google the error message but the suggestions i could find online made absolutely no sense to me. because i'm stupid.

Try downloading the latest video drivers from the AMD web site.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 29, 2013, 12:10:32 PM
With laptops don't you normally have to go to the laptop manufacturers website to get the driver? Although I think you can normally get unofficial drivers from elsewhere if your laptop manufacturers are being rubbish and not releasing updated drivers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: vrailaine on March 29, 2013, 02:58:20 PM
Did your OS a few months ago?, I had loads of issues with drivers when I did.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 31, 2013, 08:10:30 AM
Hello technoheads,

I'm looking for a decent email app for my Galaxy S2. I don't really like the default one on there. Any suggestions?

Love always,

xxx
If you're a gmail user, the Gmail app is fine.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: ziggy starbucks on April 01, 2013, 05:02:46 PM
(http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/2112/cityfontquestion.jpg)

what's the font? I think myriad pro.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Zetetic on April 01, 2013, 07:23:06 PM
Novel Sans
 (http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/atlas-font-foundry/novel-sans-pro/)?

I cheated as best I could.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on April 03, 2013, 10:21:17 AM
Here's one.
My Dad has a hotmail account, and recently got a Blackberry. He's linked his hotmail account with blackberry, and he's now getting lots of spam to his blackberry which he doesn't get when he logs into hotmail on a desktop PC.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on April 03, 2013, 02:10:29 PM
Does anyone here know of a simple online guide to website design? A mate did a site for my business a few years ago and I need to change it a bit, but haven't a clue where to start. I want to keep the basic layout and just change some text and the banner, so nothing too drastic. Would really appreciate any pointers.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamesieab on April 03, 2013, 02:59:37 PM
If it's just html file's then w3schools html guide (http://www.w3schools.com/html/) should be all you need.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on April 03, 2013, 07:58:47 PM
If it's just html file's then w3schools html guide (http://www.w3schools.com/html/) should be all you need.

Cheers! Looks just the ticket.

Edit: Apparently I need CSS too.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamesieab on April 04, 2013, 09:13:10 AM
Just in case you didn't spot it, there's a CSS tutorial (http://www.w3schools.com/css/default.asp) on there too.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on April 04, 2013, 09:44:06 AM
Hadn't spotted that Jamesie, thanks again!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on April 05, 2013, 10:20:26 AM
Two things (it's been a while for me)

I use UTorrent and just this morning, I noticed that it hadn't made much progress on the torrents I'd queued for download.
Now, last night, I went a bit nuts and set it off downloading LOADS of stuff, like 40+ torrents. The idea being, when I got up in the morning I could remove the completed ones (fuck seeding) and allow it to finish the remainder whiile I'm at work.

When I got up, it had downloaded maybe 1%. But, of ALL of the torrents.
Looking at the status of each torrent, it was showning 'downloading' then flashing to 'paused' (or stopped or something similar, not really sure which, something like that though).
Normally it would download 6 torrents at a time and the others would show 'Queued', but it seems to be just trying to download everything at the same time. Causing a log jam.
Any ideas?

Secondly, I use VLC player on my main desktop PC, but it really struggles to play some videos.
It's obviously due to running issues, if there are a lot of windows open or a lot of other tasks being ran at the same time, I get a green screen or flickering multi-colour thing, which makes viewing impossible.
Is there a way to decrease the video quality or divert processing to that operation to make it run a bit more smoothly? Sometimes, really HD videos have this issue where there's nothing else running, is this just down to my shitty pc and could it be improved by a new graphics card? I recently doubled the RAM, and it speeded up a lot of processes , but still it has issues running some visual stuff and google earth fucks it too.

Ooooh... One more actually.
If I was a secret spy or somesuch, what's the safest way to download a torrent? Like, is there a way to do it totally 'off grid'. I'm thinking lap top, bought with cash, using an internet cafe or hacked wi-fi?
I'd imagine encryption still has flaws, not only stupid unfamiliar user generated ones...

Anyway yeah. Cool.
Thanks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on April 05, 2013, 10:46:04 AM
...fuck seeding...

Is it help from others you're requesting? hmmm... bollocks, I would say.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on April 05, 2013, 11:47:39 AM
Two things (it's been a while for me)

I use UTorrent and just this morning, I noticed that it hadn't made much progress on the torrents I'd queued for download.
Now, last night, I went a bit nuts and set it off downloading LOADS of stuff, like 40+ torrents. The idea being, when I got up in the morning I could remove the completed ones (fuck seeding) and allow it to finish the remainder whiile I'm at work.

When I got up, it had downloaded maybe 1%. But, of ALL of the torrents.
Looking at the status of each torrent, it was showning 'downloading' then flashing to 'paused' (or stopped or something similar, not really sure which, something like that though).
Normally it would download 6 torrents at a time and the others would show 'Queued', but it seems to be just trying to download everything at the same time. Causing a log jam.
Any ideas?

You've probably saturated your connection. Find out what your upload speed is[nb]Usually a lot less than the headline download speed, could be something like 50Mb down vs 500Kb up.[/nb] (should be) and get uTorrent to throttle it's upload speed to 50-80% of that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on April 05, 2013, 04:47:31 PM
Is it help from others you're requesting? hmmm... bollocks, I would say.

Nah, I seed rarer stuff I have or anything that's really struggling.
But I'm not going to seed films or recent pop releases too much, just because the ratios are already fine.



Soooo. Why would it have changed?
I've done huge loads of downloads at a time before. Never been an issue in the past.
I'll have a look at the throttling, but may come back for directions.
Thanks.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on April 05, 2013, 05:37:28 PM
It might be the place you're downloading from, the tracker not making proper connections, so it looks for the next torrent to take out of the queue, then that one isn't connecting too well, so it opens another, etc. If this is the case, then stopping all but a couple will show if they improve or still trickle small amounts. It's more likely to be a preference that needs resetting; the one that allows you to determine how many torrents are allowed to download at once.

Yeh, fuck seeding if there's hundreds of other seeders.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steve Lampkins on April 05, 2013, 05:47:02 PM
Ooooh... One more actually.
If I was a secret spy or somesuch, what's the safest way to download a torrent? Like, is there a way to do it totally 'off grid'. I'm thinking lap top, bought with cash, using an internet cafe or hacked wi-fi?
I'd imagine encryption still has flaws, not only stupid unfamiliar user generated ones...

I hope this has nothing to do with your post in the (actual) Obscene Films thread...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on April 05, 2013, 07:05:40 PM
Haha, well linked.
But no... It's something I've always really wondered. How to compute off grid...
Sorry to not be as grim as I could have been.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on April 05, 2013, 08:05:27 PM
Turns out it needed an update, or at least updating it resolved the issues.

Cheers.

Any ideas for the VLC player/graphics issues? If I need a graphics card, what should I go for?

Thanks again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on April 06, 2013, 07:43:10 PM
I want to buy a really simple video editing software for my 11 year old niece's birthday - Can anyone recommend a cheap package (preferably under £20), one that can import footage directly from a webcam (her only import source). I've seen Magix Video Easy and I remember at around her age I used Magix Music Maker which was a great introduction for me all those years back, but if someone actually had some hands on experience with a package that'd be great.

Her lappy is quite a low powered netbook thing so it can't be too demanding (The version of Video Easy I saw was a few years old so may work a bit better than modern apps)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on April 06, 2013, 10:48:42 PM
Does anyone know if there's a way in Chrome to block specific images to stop them loading?
(I've tried various addons but none of them worked.)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on April 07, 2013, 12:54:01 AM
Doesn't Adblock Plus do this?

I know in Firefox[nb]so not answering your question[/nb] with Adblock Plus installed you can just right click the image and click 'Adblock Plus: Block Image...' to add it to your blocklist.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on April 07, 2013, 01:28:28 AM
Yeah you can do the same with Adblock Plus on Chrome - Just right click on the image and hit Block Element
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on April 07, 2013, 02:14:32 AM
Thanks, that worked!
That's 2 avatars blocked that were making the forum unusable. (Huge animated gifs that were maxing out my cpu and sending the fan into hairdryer mode.)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on April 07, 2013, 04:52:54 PM
Sorry about that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on April 07, 2013, 11:34:09 PM
It wasn't yours.  It was around 800x800 and a huge filesize.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on April 08, 2013, 11:14:56 AM
What are the advantages of using a VPN?

Am I right in thinking that I would be constantly communicating with a single website for all my internet traffic?

If so, does this include torrents and does it mean that my ISP doesn't know that I'm torrenting?

Are there any free private VPN's or do you have to pay a monthly fee?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on April 08, 2013, 11:23:37 AM
I want to buy a really simple video editing software for my 11 year old niece's birthday - Can anyone recommend a cheap package (preferably under £20), one that can import footage directly from a webcam (her only import source). I've seen Magix Video Easy and I remember at around her age I used Magix Music Maker which was a great introduction for me all those years back, but if someone actually had some hands on experience with a package that'd be great.

Her lappy is quite a low powered netbook thing so it can't be too demanding (The version of Video Easy I saw was a few years old so may work a bit better than modern apps)

Pinnacle Videospin?

It's easy and fun- uses a drag and drop system and has a fair amount of click and play actions...maybe not fun enough for an 11 year old girl?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on April 08, 2013, 11:25:45 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenShot_Video_Editor

This is also and option- open source, could be a goer?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on April 08, 2013, 11:34:27 AM
Thanks guys, I ended up ordering the Magix one as it seemed to have the most straightforward of GUIs (I would've waited longer but I forgot that her birthday was quite as near as it was). To be honest it's probably no better than Windows Movie Maker, though I think that may have been a bit of rubbish birthday present - "Happy birthday my dear - my present is the gift of knowledge of a section of the Start menu you may not have gone to !"

EDIT: I'm actually little concerned that she has a netbook rather than a laptop and thus won't actually be able to install it from the disc.... (that thought popped in my mind about 4am this morning and woke me up to remind me of the fact)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on April 08, 2013, 01:33:49 PM
^ time to be the best uncle in the world and get her a new external drive to!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: sick as a pike on April 13, 2013, 01:25:32 PM
I can't bear ghastly animated avatars, with their endless, needy flickering. I used to be able to stop their antics by pressing the escape key, but that doesn't work any more. WHY NOT?  WHAT CAN I DO? THIS IS SERIOUS ISSUE.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on April 13, 2013, 02:57:28 PM
Stop animated images in a browser (http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Animated-Images-in-a-Browser#)

Or just use adblock to zap an individual gif altogether.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on April 14, 2013, 06:41:00 AM
Add on for Firefox that might do the trick (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/toggle-animated-gifs/?src=api)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on April 14, 2013, 10:43:36 AM
Along similar lines, is there anything available that will stop all autoplaying video/audio on websites? I know there are plenty of solutions for YouTube specifically, but I'm hoping for a more generalised solution. I often open a few links in background tabs and it's a pain in the arse when one or more of them immediately starts playing something and I have to search through them to find out which it is.

<edit> It's going to be Flashblock, isn't it? OK, might as well give that another try, as I've forgotten why I stopped using it the last time.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on April 14, 2013, 09:15:08 PM
Why does my hard disk keep on chirruping to itself? What is the computer doing? All I'm aware of running is Firefox, plus various background spyware and virus checkers, etc. Recently updates to latest Avast FREE version. Done a scan, updated all definitions. It shouldn't be doing anything much now.

I had a problem with the latest XP update, it made the 3D objects in an old game flicker (The Longest Journey). So I rolled back to a previous restore point and have disabled Windows updates until I finish the game.

I recently bought an Xbox controller receiver for the PC. Installed the drivers and it didn't work. That seemed to make things go haywire, would it have been a knock-off copy with dodgy drivers? It looked genuine but the Amazon reviews say it may be from China.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hank Venture on April 14, 2013, 11:27:30 PM
What's the easiest way for transferring photos from your iPhone to your computer? It's a nightmare.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on April 15, 2013, 03:02:42 AM
Download the Dropbox app for the phone and your computer and upload them to Dropbox? Email them? Bluetooth does seem to be useless on Macs.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on April 15, 2013, 09:52:37 AM
Why does my hard disk keep on chirruping to itself? What is the computer doing? All I'm aware of running is Firefox, plus various background spyware and virus checkers, etc. Recently updates to latest Avast FREE version. Done a scan, updated all definitions. It shouldn't be doing anything much now.

It's probably nothing to worry about, but if you feel the need to be perfectionist about it http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb896645 can list all accesses to the filesystem and should let you work out which process is accessing the harddrvie.

(I've not used Process Monitor much - but I've used FileMon in the past which has been rolled into Process Monitor now)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on April 15, 2013, 10:13:33 AM
I know, it just irritates me to hear it. Maybe it's doing some caching or pre-fetching or whatever. I think one day I shall put the PC box in a cupboard far away and run long cables from it into my room. I can count the number of times I've needed to use the CD drive on the toes of one hand.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on April 15, 2013, 11:09:54 AM
You might have indexing and automatic disk defrag turned on in your services (I think they're enabled by default), also see if there's anything listed in Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Scheduled Tasks
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hank Venture on April 15, 2013, 11:40:59 AM
Download the Dropbox app for the phone and your computer and upload them to Dropbox? Email them? Bluetooth does seem to be useless on Macs.

Yeah, I've been uploading them to Photobucket and downloading them manually to my machine. It's annoying, because they could very well have made it so that you could just drag and drop pictures, like your iPhone was just another USB device. Think I'll go for the Dropbox method.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on April 15, 2013, 12:08:26 PM
It's annoying, because they could very well have made it so that you could just drag and drop pictures, like your iPhone was just another USB device.

Hang on though, you can do that, can't you?

<tries it>

Yes. Yes, you can.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hank Venture on April 15, 2013, 05:14:43 PM
How? The iPhone doesn't show up under 'Devices' in Finder.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on April 15, 2013, 08:24:16 PM
How?

It just works!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on April 15, 2013, 09:51:52 PM
How? The iPhone doesn't show up under 'Devices' in Finder.

I don't know about Finder, but it shows up in My Computer here on Windows XP.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on April 18, 2013, 10:46:30 AM
So got a VirginMedia Superhub installed this morning since the old modem was being a bit flakey. Currently have it set up in modem only mode and connected to my old wireless router.

I remember reading that the Superhub has had lots of problems with it's wireless, and many people recommend just keeping it in Superhub mode. Has anyone been following this closely know if these probelms have been fixed? It would be nice to get rid of a box.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 18, 2013, 10:56:24 AM
So got a VirginMedia Superhub installed this morning since the old modem was being a bit flakey. Currently have it set up in modem only mode and connected to my old wireless router.

I remember reading that the Superhub has had lots of problems with it's wireless, and many people recommend just keeping it in Superhub mode. Has anyone been following this closely know if these probelms have been fixed? It would be nice to get rid of a box.

Not fixed afaik. Why not try it and see how it goes ? Its easy enough to swap 'em back over.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on April 18, 2013, 11:44:59 AM
Because I am very, very lazy.

Actually, I might set up the superhub at 5Ghz but then have my old hub running 2.4GHz down stairs. I'm sure I have a few bits of kit that can use 5Ghz. That will also give me some spair network ports, which would be handy.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on April 22, 2013, 09:44:18 AM
Anyone know where to stream terrestrial/Freeview TV from?

TVCatchup.com used to work fine with adblock and ghostery disabled but now it's being a stroppy child.

Ta.x
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on April 22, 2013, 09:50:26 AM
Zattoo still going?

EDIT: Yes, but they don't do BBC anymore.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: vrailaine on April 22, 2013, 02:59:33 PM
Not really a problem here, just curious if someone can explain to me why youtube videos seem to load more slowly at 360p than 480 or 720. Like, it's pretty common that there will be a video loading really slowly, second I bump up the resolution, it loads in no time. Am I just imagining this?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on April 24, 2013, 11:07:20 PM
Does anyone have any recommendations for free backup software for PC?

External USB drive that he'll plug in to his laptop when he's at home and just basically needs to mirror selected folders from the laptop, updating any files that have been changed, preferably with minimum input from him.

Ta.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 25, 2013, 08:31:34 AM
Does anyone have any recommendations for free backup software for PC?

External USB drive that he'll plug in to his laptop when he's at home and just basically needs to mirror selected folders from the laptop, updating any files that have been changed, preferably with minimum input from him.

Ta.

http://www.bvckup.com/

http://freefilesync.sourceforge.net/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on April 25, 2013, 10:24:22 AM
Cheers will look into these
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on April 29, 2013, 02:21:26 PM
Can anyone help me with this smartphone enquiry? I've got a Smartphone (Orange Hollywood, which isn't great) and when I set it to silent/vibrate it keeps going to ring because even when I lock it the volume switch on the side is pressed when it's in my pocket.

 When I go back to the sound settings the vibrate option is off so I end up missing calls. I'm probably going to switch to a Blackberry or a Nokia but will I get this same problem with them? There's volume switches on the side of these too, will these still be active even if I lock the phone?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: vrailaine on April 29, 2013, 03:19:40 PM
volume switch on most phones I've encountered can only change the media volume settings when the screen is turned off. That seems like a pretty huge design flaw to have.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 29, 2013, 03:37:15 PM
When I go back to the sound settings the vibrate option is off so I end up missing calls. I'm probably going to switch to a Blackberry or a Nokia but will I get this same problem with them? There's volume switches on the side of these too, will these still be active even if I lock the phone?

Neither of the Blackberrys I have had have done that so presumably not...as said they are active but only for adjusting music volume...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on April 29, 2013, 04:14:00 PM
volume switch on most phones I've encountered can only change the media volume settings when the screen is turned off. That seems like a pretty huge design flaw to have.

Neither of the Blackberrys I have had have done that so presumably not...as said they are active but only for adjusting music volume...

Thanks. Huge design flaw alright!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Petey Pate on May 02, 2013, 11:22:05 PM
Is there an easy way to reset windows 7 to default factory settings?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on May 03, 2013, 05:05:13 AM
So I have a 3TB SATA 3.5" HDD in a Icy Box enclosure (w/ USB2.0, 3.0 & eSATA) which I dropped quite heavily a few days ago and is causing read/write problems. I can access the drive.. a bit... sometimes but I think it's fucked. I've tested a different drive in the same enclosure and that's fine so it's the drive that's the problem. Any ideas how I can check the drive, fix it or transfer the data? It's about half full.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 03, 2013, 08:15:13 AM
So I have a 3TB SATA 3.5" HDD in a Icy Box enclosure (w/ USB2.0, 3.0 & eSATA) which I dropped quite heavily a few days ago and is causing read/write problems. I can access the drive.. a bit... sometimes but I think it's fucked. I've tested a different drive in the same enclosure and that's fine so it's the drive that's the problem. Any ideas how I can check the drive, fix it or transfer the data? It's about half full.

Chkdsk /r from a command prompt.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on May 04, 2013, 06:42:05 AM
Bit of an obscure one, but what's the best Soulseek client for Mac? I've been using SoulseekQT, as it was the first and biggest-looking thing that came up, but I had a message from another user saying my upload rates were for shit, when there was no reason they should be (my listed upload speed is quite high). I can't see any way to mess with its settings.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on May 04, 2013, 08:46:06 AM
Have you tried ssX? No guarantee, but it works on my old PPC G5 under OS X 10.4.11.

Also, Nicotine. I haven't tried this one.

EDIT: I wouldn't bother with Nicotine unless you are familiar with MacPorts and Terminal. It's Unix-based, see.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on May 04, 2013, 09:57:08 AM
Hi, I've got another problem!

My cat stepped over my laptop a few weeks ago and set some weird command. Anyway, after trying to reset everything I keep getting popups, ads on Google and my Internet is just really slow. On Cookd and Bombd instead of the Amazon link at the top I'm getting ads for other websites.

I think my Internet security needs to be reset. I have COMODO and the Antivirus, Firewall and Defense & Security Levels are all disabled. Does anyone know what I should set them to? Or if this is the problem?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on May 04, 2013, 10:28:31 AM
Hi, I've got another problem!

I was watching some properly unpleasant "grumble" and my computer got a virus. Anyway, after trying to reset everything I keep getting popups, ads on Google and my Internet is just really slow. On Cookd and Bombd instead of the Amazon link at the top I'm getting ads for other websites.

I think my Internet security needs to be reset. I have COMODO and the Antivirus, Firewall and Defense & Security Levels are all disabled. Does anyone know what I should set them to? Or if this is the problem?
Fixed
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on May 04, 2013, 03:35:02 PM
Ok, Windows 8 is pretty good once you install Classic Shell. But some drivers don't seem to work, which I suppose always happens with an upgraded OS.

My issue now is Bluetooth. I installed the Qualcomm Atheros AR3011 little bluetooth transceiver but the Bluetooth Suite management software wouldn't install. I read that Win8 has its own bluetooth system, so I was hoping this wouldn't be a problem.

I got my Sennheiser headphones to connect and work, using the Devices, + Add a device menu in Metro. But when it's when I want to turn that bluetooth dongle off that it gets messy.

I want to turn it off so my iPod can discover the headphones when I want to use them with that. If both are on the PC takes precedence. In the Bluetooth Suite I had I could just right-click and disconnect, but in Win8 it doesn't work like that. I have to go back to Devices, remove the headphones device and then re-discover them when I want to use them again.

Apparently there should be a Wireless menu entry in this PC Settings menu, just below Devices. It's not there. How do I get it to appear? Is this just one of Win8's cute little blips? I have 2 bluetooth dongles (one for mouse and keyboard, another for the headphones) and they're both working fine, I just don't have the proper management options in Wireless menu.

Help!!!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on May 05, 2013, 02:55:28 AM
Hi, I've got another problem!

My cat stepped over my laptop a few weeks ago and set some weird command. Anyway, after trying to reset everything I keep getting popups, ads on Google and my Internet is just really slow. On Cookd and Bombd instead of the Amazon link at the top I'm getting ads for other websites.

I think my Internet security needs to be reset. I have COMODO and the Antivirus, Firewall and Defense & Security Levels are all disabled. Does anyone know what I should set them to? Or if this is the problem?
Yeah sure, blame the cat for your porn-fuelled malware shenanigans ! Anyway, use the free SuperAntiSpyware ( http://www.superantispyware.com/ ) and/or MBAM ( http://www.malwarebytes.org/ ). Run a complete system scan and remove all that's found and all should be good again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on May 06, 2013, 01:39:23 AM
Chkdsk /r from a command prompt.

I'm actually struggling now to get my PC to even recognise the connected HDD now. Any ideas?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 06, 2013, 03:43:04 PM
I'm actually struggling now to get my PC to even recognise the connected HDD now. Any ideas?

Have you retrieved the data ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on May 06, 2013, 05:05:02 PM
Have you retrieved the data ?

No. I was able to access the drive to a certain extent at first but now I can't even get the volume to connect at all.

Is it just a write off? It's annoying coz I can't remember what's on there. It'd be nice just to know so I could take stock of what I've lost.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 06, 2013, 06:15:38 PM
http://www.easeus.com/datarecovery/ can sometimes access data on a drive you cant see in Windows.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on May 06, 2013, 06:25:46 PM
I've also used this in the past that tries to recover data even if the OS can't read it - http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec (it's not just for photos, although that was the primary aim - It can recover the following formats: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/File_Formats_Recovered_By_PhotoRec )
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on May 06, 2013, 09:17:03 PM
The easyus doesn't seem to recognise the drive but the testdisk does I think. I haven't got a clue what to do with it though.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on May 07, 2013, 10:40:34 AM
I'm thinking of getting a Raspberry Pi to transmit mouse/keyboard inputs across the room to a Windows 8 box- I don't want to use RDP or VNC, since I have a wireless HDMI transmitter to send the picture but irritatingly I haven't been able to find a wireless mouse that works anywhere near as well.

Anyone know of any software that can do something similar? I'm OK to write some code myself, but don't really want to have to write the Windows code myself.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Zetetic on May 07, 2013, 07:42:04 PM
Synergy (http://synergy-foss.org/)
Quote
Synergy lets you easily share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk.

    Supported on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
    Simply move your mouse to any computer and start typing.
    Copy and paste between all of your computers.
    Encryption keeps sensitive data safe on public networks.
    Save space on your desktop by using one keyboard and mouse.
    All you need is a network connection (no extra cables).
    Synergy is free and open source, and always will be!

I think I used it, in the dim and distant pass, between Vista, OS X and perhaps Fedora?

Edit: The encryption seems to be new and a bit iffy.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on May 07, 2013, 09:33:25 PM
That's just the thing - thanks. A quick google suggests people have already set it up on a raspberry-pi, and it's open source so I can piss around with it if I'm bored.

Bit amazed they have two full time software devs on it, though I'll probably bung em some money if it works.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hank Venture on May 09, 2013, 07:33:26 PM
Bit of an obscure one, but what's the best Soulseek client for Mac? I've been using SoulseekQT, as it was the first and biggest-looking thing that came up, but I had a message from another user saying my upload rates were for shit, when there was no reason they should be (my listed upload speed is quite high). I can't see any way to mess with its settings.

Apropos this, here's a couple of general questions about Soulseek:

Does it matter how much you upload? If so, can I see a concrete number anywhere? Is it stupid to just make your /music folder available? It's at about 50k files.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hank Venture on May 09, 2013, 07:46:52 PM
Also, is there any risk of being caught?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on May 09, 2013, 07:51:20 PM
The easyus doesn't seem to recognise the drive but the testdisk does I think. I haven't got a clue what to do with it though.

I hit a bit of a dead end then? I'd be happy enough to just get a glimpse of what is on there because I can redownload most of it easy enough. It's not worth paying for professional recovery anyway. It's all films and music. The other annoying thing is how expensive a replacement 3TB or 2TB drive will cost and my laptop is totally full.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on May 10, 2013, 07:45:09 AM
Have you looked at hard drive prices recently? They have come down considerably since the Thai floods a couple of years back. I bought a 2TB USB 2.0 external drive on Amazon for £75 a month or so ago.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on May 10, 2013, 07:51:00 AM
2TB USB 3.0 drive for £60:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-STBV2000200-Expansion-Desktop-Drive/dp/B0084LZI5Y/codanbod-21
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on May 10, 2013, 11:09:35 AM
4TB are finally starting to approach reasonable prices now too. Still more than I'd like but it's been soooo long waiting for them.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on May 10, 2013, 06:06:13 PM
Also, is there any risk of being caught?
I suppose, but I think unless you were very unlucky you'd probably find out via a letter than having your collar felt.

I don't think there's any minimum or maximum, but you can stop people who aren't sharing anything from downloading your stuff.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on May 10, 2013, 06:06:53 PM
Also, while Neil's away, anyone with any programming nous feel able to design an ignore function for this here website? Google Chrome compatible.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Beagle 2 on May 13, 2013, 03:41:05 PM
Quick question - is there any point expanding the ram on my netbook? It's just a poxy little thing with a 1.66GHz processor, but I'd really like a bit less freezing up, and to try and run applications like Reaper and FL Studio. All I can see that I can really do is increase the ram from 1 to 2 gigs, but I don't know if there's any point.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on May 13, 2013, 03:47:07 PM
If you're doing music production, then increasing the RAM is definitely a good idea. What OS are you running? A 32-bit OS supports 4GB (but can only use up to about 3.3 gigs). But you'll definitely notice a bit improvement in performance.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on May 13, 2013, 03:51:48 PM
you've probably tried this:

http://www.crucial.com/uk/systemscanner/


might tell you how much memory you can put in and what flavour.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on May 13, 2013, 03:56:52 PM
Most netbooks are based on chipsets that can only accept 2GB max. Is it worth it, yes, although it may be a real ballache fitting the upgrade. Check if you can find a guide for your model and see if you're a bad enough dude to rescue the president stuff that RAM.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Beagle 2 on May 13, 2013, 04:12:44 PM
I'm running Windows 7 (starter). Cheers Mook, I just tried that but all it did was tell me what I already have, not what I can expand it to. This is what I have, (http://www.samsung.com/levant/consumer/computers-peripherals/laptops/netbook/NP-N145-JP03JO) I'm going to guess that it's only expandable to 2 gigs, just because it was so cheap.

It's really just because I've been enjoying piddling about on FL Studio Mobile on my Nexus 7. You can finish off your creations in the full version - but I only have a mac at home. FL does run on my netbook as it is, it just has a panic attack if I ask it to do anything remotely complicated.

Is it really a ballache then? There's a panel with "memory" written on it on the bottom, I thought it would just be a matter of swapping...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on May 13, 2013, 04:26:38 PM
Is it really a ballache then? There's a panel with "memory" written on it on the bottom, I thought it would just be a matter of swapping...

You may be in luck then. If it has a dedicated panel it should be fairly easy. It's just that some netbooks make it near impossible (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE9mx8By_60) to get at the memory slot.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on May 13, 2013, 04:28:37 PM
I'm running Windows 7 (starter). Cheers Mook, I just tried that but all it did was tell me what I already have, not what I can expand it to. This is what I have, (http://www.samsung.com/levant/consumer/computers-peripherals/laptops/netbook/NP-N145-JP03JO) I'm going to guess that it's only expandable to 2 gigs, just because it was so cheap.

It's really just because I've been enjoying piddling about on FL Studio Mobile on my Nexus 7. You can finish off your creations in the full version - but I only have a mac at home. FL does run on my netbook as it is, it just has a panic attack if I ask it to do anything remotely complicated.

Is it really a ballache then? There's a panel with "memory" written on it on the bottom, I thought it would just be a matter of swapping...

According to here: http://www.pcmech.com/forum/build-your-own-pc/223582-maximum-ram-nm10-chipset-motherboards.html

that chipset can support up to 4 gigs, and 2 gigs per slot. Since you have 1 memory slot, that means you can run 2 gigs of RAM. Well worth doubling the memory.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 14, 2013, 03:13:50 PM
According to here: http://www.pcmech.com/forum/build-your-own-pc/223582-maximum-ram-nm10-chipset-motherboards.html

that chipset can support up to 4 gigs, and 2 gigs per slot. Since you have 1 memory slot, that means you can run 2 gigs of RAM. Well worth doubling the memory.

Indeed it is. The only other thing you can do to beef up performance with the rather dismal atom chips is put in an ssd. If you don't need a massive drive then they are now becoming more affordable, I've just put one in a Samsung N150 with 2GB ram on starter and its made a surprising difference.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on May 14, 2013, 03:19:18 PM
2TB USB 3.0 drive for £60:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-STBV2000200-Expansion-Desktop-Drive/dp/B0084LZI5Y/codanbod-21

Cheers Nige. I actually picked a 2tb portable for £90 just the other day. I had been buying desktop drives and using with an enclosure but the portables are great for hotswapping just one cable.

I could still do with at least reading the contents of my broken 3tb drive. Like I said I used program and it recognised the drive at least but that was as much as I could figure out. I suspect I am too dim for such techy tasks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on May 15, 2013, 10:00:40 PM
Hey, can anyone help? Any time I try to save or download anything to my computer it doesn't save. It shows the file on my desktop while I'm saving it but then disappears once it's finished. Is this to do with my security levels?

I have COMODO and Malwarebytes but not sure what they should be the levels should be set to.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Morrison Lard on May 15, 2013, 10:48:26 PM
I had comodo a few years back.
It was a proper stinking cowpat of a program, wouldn't let me uninstall it properly when I'd finally had enough of its twattery,
it lingered like a bitter ex watching my every move and shooting its gob off about errors and whatnot.
Reinstalled windows in the end.

Then I went to ZoneAlarm, the free version, which was fine but ate too much of computer's brain for my liking.

Now I just use the windows firewall and AVG Antivirus, free version.

You on windows? What browser do you use?

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on May 16, 2013, 06:45:45 AM
Yeah, I'm on Windows and using Firefox.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Morrison Lard on May 16, 2013, 11:05:48 AM
hmmm, have you tried disabling comodo and malwarebytes,
then setting the options in Firefox to "always ask me where to save files"?
What happens to the downloaded file in the Firefox/downloads window (Ctrl+J) after it's downloaded?

Other than that I'm shit outta ideas
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on May 16, 2013, 02:28:51 PM
As a side and unhelpful note, I'd just get rid of Comodo. The router itself plus the Windows firewall are plenty protection, IMO, and if you've got MalwareBytes Pro as well (which is what I use) then you're pretty safe. For extra security you can run something like NoScripts and a pop-up-blocker in your browser.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on May 16, 2013, 04:44:58 PM
As a side and unhelpful note, I'd just get rid of Comodo. The router itself plus the Windows firewall are plenty protection, IMO
Aye mine too, used to think you always needed a third party firewall but when I found out the wireless router prevents the need for one my system felt a lot happier.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on May 16, 2013, 09:57:42 PM
What happens to the downloaded file in the Firefox/downloads window (Ctrl+J) after it's downloaded?

It shows the list of downloads but when I click on one nothing happens, even when I click the link saying 'Open Containing Folder'. I've been having loads of problems with this laptop so I might just bring it in somewhere to get it looked at!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on May 16, 2013, 10:05:06 PM
It may be trying to download to somewhere you don't have write access to.

Try changing the download location:

- Firefox > Options > Options

- General tab > Downloads > Save File To...

You could alternatively check the "Always ask me where to save files" checkbox if you want to choose a location each time.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on May 21, 2013, 02:28:37 PM
Why did Windows XP have a nice anti-aliasing function when zooming into bitmaps on its picture viewer, yet on Windows 8 (and 7, apparently) it's just a quick and dirty scale-up with the ensuing crappy blockiness? Why would they regress their viewer rather than at the very least keep it as good as it was?

I'd use the Metro picture viewer on Win 8 if it was any good, but to zoom in you have to click repeatedly on a tiny + icon at the bottom-right, which is a stupid idea. Double-click>scroll wheel is all that should be required to look at pictures easily.

Why do they make things worse? Are they all idiots? (2 rhetorical questions there)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on May 21, 2013, 03:06:37 PM
Can't you use ctrl-scroll wheel to zoom in and out any more?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steve Lampkins on May 21, 2013, 06:01:50 PM
I'd use the Metro picture viewer on Win 8 if it was any good

Not tried on Win8, but I've used this for years: http://www.irfanview.com/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: falafel on May 22, 2013, 08:13:59 AM
Why did Windows XP have a nice anti-aliasing function when zooming into bitmaps on its picture viewer, yet on Windows 8 (and 7, apparently) it's just a quick and dirty scale-up with the ensuing crappy blockiness? Why would they regress their viewer rather than at the very least keep it as good as it was?

I'd use the Metro picture viewer on Win 8 if it was any good, but to zoom in you have to click repeatedly on a tiny + icon at the bottom-right, which is a stupid idea. Double-click>scroll wheel is all that should be required to look at pictures easily.

Why do they make things worse? Are they all idiots? (2 rhetorical questions there)

Allow me to offer a contrary opinion. I hate that anti-aliasing automatic upscaling. The image is pixellated because THAT'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 22, 2013, 10:55:16 AM
Hello Hello,

Can someone point me in the direction of some free online storage. I seem to have filled up my dropbox?[nb]stop that[/nb]
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 22, 2013, 11:20:04 AM
Hello Hello,

Can someone point me in the direction of some free online storage. I seem to have filled up my dropbox?[nb]stop that[/nb]

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/free-online-storage
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 22, 2013, 12:19:17 PM
Ta muchly, Wilbuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrr!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on May 25, 2013, 09:11:54 AM
Hi, I've switched to Google Chrome cos I was having difficulty with Internet Explorer. With Google Chrome every time I try to save or download anything it just says 'Failed - Virus Detected'. Anyone know what's going on and how to fix it?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 25, 2013, 09:27:17 AM
Hi, I've switched to Google Chrome cos I was having difficulty with Internet Explorer. With Google Chrome every time I try to save or download anything it just says 'Failed - Virus Detected'. Anyone know what's going on and how to fix it?

What AV are you using ? This is common with AVG I seem to recall.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on May 25, 2013, 09:29:47 AM
It's AVG Anti Virus Free Edition 2013.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 25, 2013, 09:56:07 AM
It's AVG Anti Virus Free Edition 2013.

Replace AVG with MSE or antivir.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on May 25, 2013, 10:12:04 AM
I can't download them though cos it keeps saying Failed. I've tried disabling AVG too.

It doesn't give me the Option to 'Run' in Google Chrome either.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on May 25, 2013, 10:26:01 AM
So it looks like this lipsink problem is pan-browser (I take it you can still install and create files on your HD if you put in Chrome, yes?), so once/if this gets resolved I'd say switch back/over to something else (personally I'd go with Firefox rather than Chrome but whateves).

I've been racking my brain trying to think what may causing this and so far all I can think of is, either the write permissions on your profile or the drive you're trying to save to are disabled (can you log-on as administrator?). If it's not that then I are confused.

When the files briefly show up in the destination folder/desktop are they actually .tmp files? (Right click/Properties if you can) Also if a given file you're downloading is large does the 'file' appear in the destination folder for longer as it's downloading or vanish quick smart?

Finally: Do/can you torrent files? Or is this purely a browser based glitch?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 25, 2013, 10:42:56 AM
I can't download them though cos it keeps saying Failed. I've tried disabling AVG too.

It doesn't give me the Option to 'Run' in Google Chrome either.

Can you download it in explorer ? Disabling AVG will likely not fix it. I'd remove it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on May 25, 2013, 09:11:13 PM
I don't seem to be able to post comments in Youtube anymore. Some might say that is a blessing in disguise of course...

I've rebooted Firefox but no difference. It says "!    Error, try again" in a big red box when I hit post.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on May 27, 2013, 02:54:45 PM
When I plug my charger in to my lap top, it sometimes (now most of the time) doesn't charge.
I can fiddle about with it, turn it upside down and such, and it will charge, BUT this is an obvious faff I'd rather not have to do everytime I want to use my lap top.

For a while, it's said that the battery MAY need replacing.

So, my question is...

What's the chance it DOESN'T need a new battery?
If it does need a new battery, how much? (HP 484170-001)

Thank you.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Waking Life on May 27, 2013, 03:29:07 PM
It's quite likely it's the connection between the power cable and the battery, particularly if you can get it working by playing with the lead. It's the type of thing that will only get worse too unfortunately.

That'll be around 60 quid at a repair shop.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on May 28, 2013, 10:10:22 AM
I don't seem to be able to post comments in Youtube anymore. Some might say that is a blessing in disguise of course...

I've rebooted Firefox but no difference. It says "!    Error, try again" in a big red box when I hit post.

Had the same thing here yesterday. It's reportedly a problem with the Download Helper extension although I haven't tested it out here yet.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on May 28, 2013, 11:14:08 AM
It's quite likely it's the connection between the power cable and the battery, particularly if you can get it working by playing with the lead. It's the type of thing that will only get worse too unfortunately.

That'll be around 60 quid at a repair shop.

Ah no.
I thought that it may have been the battery and that the battery was so fucked that it would only charge when the contacts on the battery did something different?
When I disconnect the battery and plug the charger in, the light comes straight on, no matter what.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 28, 2013, 12:23:01 PM
Ah no.
I thought that it may have been the battery and that the battery was so fucked that it would only charge when the contacts on the battery did something different?
When I disconnect the battery and plug the charger in, the light comes straight on, no matter what.

Could be the battery or the connectors or the charging circuit on the motherboard. Chances are its the battery.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: The Duck Man on May 28, 2013, 05:11:25 PM
Afternoon.

Sorry if anything like this has come up before - I've just skipped from the first post to here.

I've had some problems where programmes I've downloaded to iPlayer are saying they're "This programme is temporarily unavailable". Bit of a pain as it doesn't tell you until you go to play - often when the original has disappeared off the website.

I've Googled it and found instructions here (http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/cgi-bin/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1339590752) and here. (http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/cgi-bin/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1351715440) I restarted the app following the instructions of the first link - deleting programmes set to record on series link - and restarted the application. At the same time I installed an update to Adobe Air. When opened, all the programmes had disappeared. I tried the second link - removing the cache - and restarted the application again. Alerts cycled through in the bottom right saying all my programmes had been successfully downloaded again (obviously it hadn't re-downloaded them), but the programme itself was still empty. I tried restoring the files for the programmes on series link I'd deleted - it'd already re-installed the files in the cache - but still no luck.

Any ideas? Bit of a long shot I know.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on June 03, 2013, 02:20:52 AM
Display problem in 640 x 480 mode!

Gog is all very well, but those old screen resolutions don't seem to display very well on modern equipment. Basically, Dragonsphere plays in DOS BOX at 640 x 480, but the sides go beyond the sides of the screen. So about an inch of the left side containing part of the action menu, plus half of the first word of any dialogue, is missing.

I tried to change the actual size in Catalyst Control Centre but it will only allow me to create an HDTV setting and then modify it, so that's limited to 1080 or 720p. And adjusting the screen resolution will only let me go down to 1024 x 768.

Getting this right would also help all other older games to display properly. It wasn't a problem in The Longest Journey but Dragonsphere is older than that.

Helup!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on June 03, 2013, 07:36:42 PM
Is it a laptop or a 'puter with an external monitor? If it's the latter I believe the height and width size and position are independent for each resolution so you just go into the monitor controls (as in the buttons on tthe monitor itself) and tweak as necessary.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on June 04, 2013, 05:26:49 AM
It's my desktop PC. AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series with DVI out into VGA input Iiyama 24" monitor (set at 1400 x 900), and the HDMI out into a Samsung 40" LED (set at 1360 x 768). I use the Iiyama as the main screen with taskbar and icons, and use the TV for videos, games and browsing, work documents, etc.

When I play a game that assumes I want to use the monitor that is set as main screen I just swap them round in the settings. Bit annoying but there you go. But when the game sets the resolution to 640 x 480 by itself it's not quite right. So yeah, there is no way to change it manually on the TV.

In TLJ it wasn't so bad as it was mainly the top and bottom that were a bit overscanned and I could see enough to play ok. Maybe there's some clever over/underscanning app out there? I can only tweak this in Catalyst when basing it on a 720 or 1080p HDTV setting, which is obviously way too large.

It would be nice to be able to choose 640 in Catalyst but I realise this is ancient and unlikely still to be supported. Yet the retro games market is alive and kicking!

 
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on June 04, 2013, 09:27:53 AM
If you're missing the top/bottom on the TV display, it's probably because you've set it up to do that when displaying old 4:3 aspect feeds (which include retro game's 640x480 and 800x600), there should be a setting on it for that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on June 04, 2013, 10:49:17 AM
I believe there's resolution settings in DosBox to manually override the resolution the game wants to output to (some info here - http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/Dosbox.conf#Windows ). If editing a text file is a little daunting then there's DosBox front ends like - http://cboxrun.wordpress.com/screenshots/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hanslow on June 04, 2013, 10:41:08 PM
Does anyone know of any good how-to guides when it comes to building a PC? Also how much would a half decent gaming one cost?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on June 05, 2013, 07:33:53 AM
Ah ok, I'll have a tinker around with Dos Box. Cheers! I have been wanting to replay Dragonsphere for over 20 years! I got stuck on some maze puzzle with coloured fairies and have always wondered what that was all about.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 05, 2013, 08:55:31 AM
Does anyone know of any good how-to guides when it comes to building a PC? Also how much would a half decent gaming one cost?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-pc,2601.html

How long is a piece of string ? £600 ish depending an specs.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamesieab on June 05, 2013, 09:41:48 AM
Does anyone know of any good how-to guides when it comes to building a PC? Also how much would a half decent gaming one cost?

Try http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3525843&pagenumber=1 (http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3525843&pagenumber=1) for a no nonsense guide to PC building, these people know what they're talking about and you won't end up with something ridiculously overspecced. Don't forget to read the OP!

Newegg http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=newegg+how+to+build+a+computer+part+1&oq=newegg&gs_l=youtube.3.2.0l10.1986.3388.0.7237.6.5.0.1.1.0.136.492.4j1.5.0...0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.Gcp2YuFvAKM (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=newegg+how+to+build+a+computer+part+1&oq=newegg&gs_l=youtube.3.2.0l10.1986.3388.0.7237.6.5.0.1.1.0.136.492.4j1.5.0...0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.Gcp2YuFvAKM) have some videos on how to build a pc.

I agree with Wilbur, around £600/£700 should get you a very good machine (sans monitor).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on June 06, 2013, 01:32:12 PM
hello.

i'm having a bit of trouble with youtube. when i click on the link it either goes to a white page that say "502 bad gateway" or the video starts and then stops after a couple of seconds, and it says something about youtube unblocker not being able to play the video. i've had a google and with delicious irony the fixes i've found are all on youtube!

any ideas?

ta.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on June 06, 2013, 01:44:55 PM
Sounds like the Youtube Unblocker proxy service is screwed, maybe it's down for maintenance or needs updating to match the updated settings of the Youtube API. So yeah, a temporary solution until Youtube Unblocker gets fixed is to just uninstall it and connect to Youtube directly rather than through that proxy
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on June 06, 2013, 01:49:26 PM
Sounds like the Youtube Unblocker proxy service is screwed, maybe it's down for maintenance or needs updating to match the updated settings of the Youtube API. So yeah, a temporary solution until Youtube Unblocker gets fixed is to just uninstall it and connect to Youtube directly rather than through that proxy

i tried to un-install it, but couldn't find it in the uninstall/install bit in my computer (win7). you wouldn't happen to know what it's called would you? it's not under youtube unstaller at any rate.

thanks for the reply.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on June 06, 2013, 02:05:07 PM
What browser are you using ? There's probably a uninstall option for it on the addons/plugins section in the settings menu
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on June 06, 2013, 03:55:28 PM
What browser are you using ? There's probably a uninstall option for it on the addons/plugins section in the settings menu

thanks, you've only gone and helped me fix it aintcha! it was an addon i'd bunged onto firefox and forgotten all about.   marvellous, thanks again.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on June 06, 2013, 04:31:36 PM
Ace, glad it worked :)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 09, 2013, 02:26:50 AM
Is anyone else having problems with Get Iplayer? I can't seem to record from the programme itself or the PVR?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on June 09, 2013, 09:59:08 AM
The PVR has gone bollocks for me but the record button for individual shows still works.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on June 10, 2013, 11:48:41 PM
This fix was linked to on the get_iplayer mailing list yesterday. Haven't tried it yet but the person who received it as a solution reported it as working:

https://github.com/dinkypumpkin/get_iplayer/wiki/swfurl

Note that you'll have to undo the fix when the update comes, so save the page for future reference.


[EDIT] Best post that in context...  Thread starts here (http://www.mail-archive.com/get_iplayer@lists.infradead.org/msg04090.html).

[EDIT2] Yep. Fixed.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on June 13, 2013, 10:06:56 AM
This is one I'm sure the IT bods on here will know well - The windows naming service thingy (WINS, I think?) has stopped working on my home network. I can still connect to shares OK using ip addresses, just I can't use the names.
Presumably, I need to work out whichever machine has become the naming server [nb]I have some memories of how it works, but it's been awhile so I might be talking complete bollocks here[/nb] - and reset it/turn it off/stop it becoming the naming server again.
Machines on network:
(wired/powerline ethernet)
Windows 8 pc, NAS box, RaspberryPi running Raspbmc
(wireless)
Windows 7 laptop, Macbook.

I've omitted phones/tablets etc... that don't use windows shares.

I'm guessing it's the Raspberry that's the problem, now I listed this stuff out. What's the easiest way to diagnose problems like this?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on June 13, 2013, 10:43:02 AM
In the command prompt try
Code: [Select]
ipconfig /all
And look at what it lists for DNS, DHCP and Gateway servers. It should be the IP address of your router (I'm assuming you have a basic setup with the router connecting everything to the internet and handling the basic networking stuff)

If those don't match, then the odd one out will probably be the issue.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 27, 2013, 02:25:32 PM
I'm having trouble opening a game rar. The instructions say:

r e l e a s e notes
1# Unzip, Unrar manually.                                           
2# Run setup.bat, after thats done hit thegame.exe to play.
3# Have phun!

When I unzip all I get is 01, 02, 03 etc files. What is this bat thing of which they speak?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on June 27, 2013, 02:56:24 PM
You naught pirate ! Yeah for some reason a lot of sceners seem to double archive their stuff

So yeah after you've unzipped (and have all those r## files) you then have to use an unrar programme (e.g Peazip - http://peazip.sourceforge.net/ ), right click and extract any of them (it should realise it's part of a multi file archive) and you'll then have the fully unarchived/uncompressed files. Then run the setup programme (if you've got file extensions turned off you'll not be able to see the .bat part of the full name) and just cross your fingers there's no nasty malware
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 27, 2013, 03:08:52 PM
This is everything unzipped.
(http://i41.tinypic.com/mcrk78.jpg)

I've now joined with hjsplit so there is one file called...erm..'VACE'. Still nothing that looks like an executable file though.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on June 27, 2013, 03:14:33 PM
Have you got an unrar application (eg Winrar, peazip) - try just dragging any of the numbered files onto the user interface of the unarchiver.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 27, 2013, 04:05:29 PM
Thanks mcbpete. Got there in the end. Miami here I come.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: syntaxerror on June 28, 2013, 06:25:15 PM
Q: How do I change the password on the Guest account for Windows 7?

So I've been trying to set up a password for the Guest account on Windows 7 Home premium - Its shouldn't be too hard, but its not obvious to me. I've managed to set the password (in command prompt) to 'password' but that's about as good as not having one. If I go into the User Accounts menu on Control Panel as administrator, It says the account is password protected, but won't let me change it. If I go into User Accounts as the 'guest', it gives me the option to change the password, but won't let me action it.

I can't seem to find an explanation as to how to do this. I would imagine it is very easy to do and just me being thick. All available karma to whoever can solve this for me. Tia.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamesieab on June 28, 2013, 07:35:38 PM
Does this help, haven't tried it though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBLOa5boYw4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBLOa5boYw4)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: syntaxerror on June 28, 2013, 08:02:31 PM
No, I don't have the local users and groups option. Hmm. Thanks anyway.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamesieab on June 29, 2013, 12:48:40 AM
Sorry, if I had looked through the comments I would have noticed that someone pointed out it didn't work for them either.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: easytarget on July 01, 2013, 05:44:34 AM
Sorry syntax error, I don't think that's supported in Win7 Home Premium,
it would be under compmgmt.msc Local Users and Groups | Users | Guest [right click] set pasword

more here:

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/how-do-i-create-a-secure-guest-account-in-windows-7/2945
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: syntaxerror on July 01, 2013, 03:14:30 PM
Yeah I'm beginning to think its not possible; what a crock. Thanks for looking though!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on July 01, 2013, 03:21:52 PM
I take it you've tried this - http://resetchangewindows7password.com/add-password-protection-to-the-guest-account-in-windows-7.htm

i.e. on the start menu run box enter the following: cmd (press enter)

On the command prompt type : net user guest * (press enter)
Enter any password (press enter)
Confirm that password (press enter)

Done. (hopefully)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: syntaxerror on July 01, 2013, 03:29:12 PM
Yeah, that's how I managed to get the password stuck as 'password', which is why I think I've done something wrong.

EDIT : it worked! I kiss you
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on July 01, 2013, 03:35:21 PM
No worries man, glad it worked :)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on July 07, 2013, 12:01:19 AM
Is it possible to rip music from Myspace?
If so, how?

Cheers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on July 07, 2013, 10:20:10 AM
Whoah, as Canoe Reeves would say. MySpace has flipped out and deleted users' stuff. It really knows how to bounce back! :-D
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on July 07, 2013, 05:58:55 PM
Yup.
But a band I used to love still has its music on there, and I'm after a way to get it off...
Any ideas?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on July 07, 2013, 06:12:24 PM
Yup.
But a band I used to love still has its music on there, and I'm after a way to get it off...
Any ideas?

http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-gslp.html?gclid=CLDopqbwnbgCFWbJtAodtwYAZA

record the whole screen and then rip the music from the screen rip.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: gabrielconroy on July 07, 2013, 06:41:18 PM
You can use Audacity to record the output of your soundcard.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on July 07, 2013, 07:08:29 PM
http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-gslp.html?gclid=CLDopqbwnbgCFWbJtAodtwYAZA

record the whole screen and then rip the music from the screen rip.

Nope, downloaded, but needs MS .Net framework or something.
It lost me really. Can't be chuffed with all that clicking and waiting nonsense.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on July 07, 2013, 07:19:28 PM
You can use Audacity to record the output of your soundcard.

Nope.
Blah blah blah.. .something unexecutable... Some issue with that too.

I've got Ableton 8, is there anything I can do with that?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on July 07, 2013, 07:47:59 PM
If you set your input source to Stereo Out any DAW from Sound Recorder upwards would be able to record what's playing.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lazyhour on July 18, 2013, 08:49:33 PM
Can anyone recommend a free program that helps you clean up your registry and that you trust?  My laptop has started running really slowly and struggles terribly with video editing software. I'm sure it used to be much better.

It's a Windows 7 64bit machine with 8GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5 2.30GHz processor. I'm fully up to date with virus and malware checky stuff, so I'm hopeful that giving the registry a check/clean will help. Unfortunately it's one of the few PC things I never really got to grips with.

Any other speedup advice would be very gratefully accepted.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 18, 2013, 09:02:44 PM
Registry cleaners I usually avoid. Piriforms CCleaner is excellent though, run the startup tool as well http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

You might even want to give them some money as they have been consistently good for years.

W
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lazyhour on July 18, 2013, 10:11:46 PM
Thanks muchly for the link.

Why do you usually avoid them? Comments like that are exactly what worries me - I've always been scared of messing with the registry, but it does seem like super-pro users get the best results from keeping their registry in a good state.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 19, 2013, 08:39:11 AM
A lot of registry cleaners are spurious money raising cons. Obsolete registry settings are like old bus tickets in a drawer. Detritus of earlier stuff but causing no problems at all so cleaning the registry will generally have no impact on performance. Removing all the crap that's loading every time you boot the machine will give you 100% better results. IMNSHO, obviously.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: vrailaine on July 31, 2013, 06:35:09 PM
Hey guys, so I've rooted my HTC Desire and I've backed everything up with Titanium Backup. Thinking of trying to install ICS on it now, been stuck on Frozen Yoghurt. Asides from deleting all the crap that was included on the phone when I got it, is there any kind of way I can increase increase "internal" storage. I'm thinking maybe some way of partitioning the sd card? Seems unlikely but I'm just curious.

Also, is there anything that can be done with apps that only work off the internal storage to get some of them running of the SD card instead?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on July 31, 2013, 08:52:59 PM
Most the custom ROMs have stuff to offload installed apps onto the SD card. You'd need to check the details with the specific ROM you're running (there usually some command line util you have to run like "a2sd", search around the xda-dev forums for your ROM)

To be safe, do a full wipe of the phone and make sure you have everything on the SD card backed up because it'll need to be repartitioned to support this.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: vrailaine on August 01, 2013, 03:24:41 PM
Got Jelly Bean working on the Desire with only a slight drop in speed when there's far more apps running on it than I previously had. Kinda feels like a whole new phone!

...the camera display is kinda fucked up though. And I don't think I can access the SD drive on my laptop through the phone now?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on August 01, 2013, 03:42:17 PM
And I don't think I can access the SD drive on my laptop through the phone now?

Is the USB port still set to developer/debug mode (somewhere under the system setting)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on August 02, 2013, 12:44:26 AM
Help!!! I'm going out of my mind!

So, as mentioned in another thread I'm looking to turn my old laptop into a server, but I am stuck at the first hurdle and no amount of Googling seems to remedy it. So I turn to you, good folk of CaB to see if you can provide a solution.

The problem:
The bios does not recognise the CD Rom drive and I don't seem to be able to boot from a FAT32 formatted usb flash drive.

Some more details, and attempted solutions:
I have changed the boot order in the bios. No dice.
I have enabled boot select menu in BIOS. I get the option for USB, LAN and HDD, but no CD/DVD ROM drive
The CD/DVD ROM drive does work in Windows, so it isn't a hardware problem and the computer is clearly recognising it.
The error message I receive when attempting to boot from a FAT32 flash drive is:
Code: [Select]
remove disks or other media
press any key to restart
If I format the usb flash as NTFS and run bootsect.exe /nt60 on it, it will boot.
I have tried reinstalling Windows from an NTFS Flash disk, in case there was some start-up flag that was preventing the system frpm booting from USB FAT32. The reinstall was successful. The problem remains.
Both the cd and the usb flash disk boot when booted from other computers.

So why can't I get this to work??? I'd install Ubuntu Server from an NTFS formatted flash disk, except I don't think you can as bootmgr isn't present.

The only thing which has changed since I last booted from a CD (a long time ago) is I upgraded the bios. The laptop is an Acer Travelmate 5720 and the bios I upgraded to was the latest version available from their website (version 1.35. It's still there). I upgraded it in an attempt to solve another problem (it didn't work). I did have a copy of the original bios but, typically, when I moved my files over to my new laptop, I decided to erase it as I didn't think I needed it any more. I now can't find a significantly older version of the bios to roll back to to attempt that as a fix.

So, anything I've missed? Any potential solutions? I'm gonna be really pissed off if I can't install Linux on this thing. It can't be *that* hard.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on August 02, 2013, 01:10:16 AM
Have you tried UNetbootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/#) ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on August 02, 2013, 02:35:14 PM
I know no one uses email clients anymore, but does anyone know how to make Thunderbird do "Paste Without Formatting" as the default action when you do Ctrl-V?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on August 02, 2013, 02:48:10 PM
I know no one uses email clients anymore, but does anyone know how to make Thunderbird do "Paste Without Formatting" as the default action when you do Ctrl-V?

Better still, get it to default to plain text for it's format when writing/replying to mails.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on August 02, 2013, 02:53:32 PM
Ah, thanks. I'd actually set that ages ago, but apparently an upgrade or something must have reset the setting ages ago.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on August 02, 2013, 04:41:39 PM
Irritatingly, it still shows the text as formatted as you compose the mail. Give me a sodding plain text edit box damn it!!!

Almost as bad as Outlook using Word for it's editor (does Outlook still do that? Haven't touched it since the 90s)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on August 02, 2013, 05:20:05 PM
There are actually two settings - I already the one you get on the menu bar of a new window set, but if you go to your outgoing mail server settings, Composition & Addressing, there is a Compose in HTML option you can untick.

Do that and you just get plain text edit box.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on August 07, 2013, 11:14:30 AM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/19832728/anyone.png)

I'm getting this and other gibberish exe errors.  Any idea?  Google has nothing
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on August 07, 2013, 11:40:36 AM
Looks like a random generated executable name. Run msconfig and remove everything from the startup. Then scan the machine with malwarebytes.

Almost certainly something there you dont want.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on August 07, 2013, 11:56:49 AM
Yeah those randomly named files really are not good news. Definitely run a full scan using the aforementioned Malwarebytes (http://downloads.malwarebytes.org/mbam-download.php ) and also a complete scan with SuperAntiSpyware ( http://www.superantispyware.com/downloadfile.html?productid=SUPERANTISPYWAREFREE )

Maybe update/replace your Antivirus software as well (I personally use the free version of http://www.avast.com/en-gb/download-thank-you-ch1.php?product=FA-ONLINE&locale=en-gb )
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on August 07, 2013, 04:48:18 PM
Thanks, I'm running all this stuff now.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on August 07, 2013, 04:56:03 PM
Run msconfig and remove everything from the startup.
Be careful with doing this - there's some things that should be running on startup, and with the file names not always obvious it's a little dangerous to be removing things that might actually be needed.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on August 07, 2013, 05:03:03 PM
Be careful with doing this - there's some things that should be running on startup, and with the file names not always obvious it's a little dangerous to be removing things that might actually be needed.

There is fuck all that needs to load there. The only thing that you may want to re-enable is your antivirus if its archaic enough to still display its entry there.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on August 07, 2013, 09:05:44 PM
Thanks CaB - one of those things has fixed it, touch wood.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on August 07, 2013, 10:00:59 PM
One way to check is to download Hijack This - http://www.filehippo.com/download_hijackthis/
Run and save a log (there's a button which says just that I think)
Then paste that log into here - http://www.hijackthis.de/ and press 'Analyse'

Look out for any red crosses (I think Short Analysis on that results page shows just those crosses rather than having to wade through lots of OK stuff). There should be a link by each one specifying what they are and if they're still any bad shenanigans on your machine.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on August 21, 2013, 08:31:41 PM
I'm trying to add a commentary track to an mp4, because if I play the video on one media player and the commentary on another, there's a ballache of trying to pause and restart them both at the same time.

I know VLC is supposed to play alternate audio at the same time - maybe it's a Mac thing, but I've never been able to make it work.

Anyway, is there a program which allows me to do this? I am using a Mac with Subler, but I'm really not sure how to make it work. Following the instructions, both the mp3 and FLAC versions of the commentary I want to add are greyed out. Maybe it's because it's an mp4 video?

Anyway, I'm happy to use a Windows machine to do it if needs be, can anyone recommend a good program to use?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Zetetic on August 21, 2013, 08:36:33 PM
I'm wincing as I write this, but could you knock something up using AppleScript to handle the pausing and restarting?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on August 22, 2013, 12:04:17 AM
I'm trying to add a commentary track to an mp4, because if I play the video on one media player and the commentary on another, there's a ballache of trying to pause and restart them both at the same time.

I know VLC is supposed to play alternate audio at the same time - maybe it's a Mac thing, but I've never been able to make it work.

Anyway, is there a program which allows me to do this? I am using a Mac with Subler, but I'm really not sure how to make it work. Following the instructions, both the mp3 and FLAC versions of the commentary I want to add are greyed out. Maybe it's because it's an mp4 video?

Anyway, I'm happy to use a Windows machine to do it if needs be, can anyone recommend a good program to use?

mkvmerge (http://www.bunkus.org/videotools/mkvtoolnix/index.html) can do this, if you don't mind ending up with an mkv file. Use the GUI - mmg.exe - add the video first, and then the commentary, then click start and it will remux into an mkv with the commentary as an extra audio track.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mothman on September 10, 2013, 07:56:38 PM
Now that TheBox has been proxmired, and I can't tell whether The Other Place is still a going concern (or was TB The Other Place? I forget), can anyone recommend a replacement? If necessary please PM me - or if even more necessary, PM me your email and we'll talk that way, don't want to cause ructions for CaB from FACT etc...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on September 15, 2013, 02:47:23 PM
Okay - just installed windows XP on a machine. Installed the ram etc, everything seems fine - but I can't seem to find the correct drivers for my soundcard.

I'm having trouble identifying it to be honest, as it doesn't appear in my driver register - although it's a seperate port that I've inserted n the PCI slot.

I think it's a type of Audigy / Creative sound blaster one.

(http://data.stuartconnections.com/object/image?p=9700&i=2)

80% certain it's this one. However when I've tried downloading the drivers and unzipping them etc, it doesn't seem to want to install.

* Can anyone suggest any software that can verify the drive / card? Maybe I've downloaded the wrong driver?

I know the soundcard works as I had it on my old computer with no problems.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on September 15, 2013, 03:21:52 PM
this might be able to tell you.

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on September 15, 2013, 04:14:24 PM
Ok, tried Belarc and Aida 64 but again no visible PCI soundcard. Actually managed to find the disk and tried installing , but encountered numerous errors such as 'device not available'.

However in the device manager I see:

Multimedia audio controller with a yellow ? [in other devices]

So I'm assuming that's my soundcard? However when I try and install from disk, the wizard just keeps searching and doesn't find anything....

I'm beginning to think the sound card just isn't visible to the computer. I think I'll try it in a different slot.

Hope this makes sense?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on September 15, 2013, 04:28:20 PM
Make sure whether the card is meant to be fitted before or after the drivers are installed. I had this problem when I recently had to reinstall my whole system. I had to uninstall the driver (having unsuccessfully installed it whilst the cards were still fitted - it couldn't find the cards), remove the cards (UAD-1e's), reinstall the software, then fit the cards again, but it worked.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on September 15, 2013, 06:22:52 PM
Make sure whether the card is meant to be fitted before or after the drivers are installed. I had this problem when I recently had to reinstall my whole system. I had to uninstall the driver (having unsuccessfully installed it whilst the cards were still fitted - it couldn't find the cards), remove the cards (UAD-1e's), reinstall the software, then fit the cards again, but it worked.

Hmm, I might try that now. I've recently just reinstalled windows and the service packs, but to no avail. For some reason automatic updates doesn't seem to want to find a driver.

So I think I'll remove the sound card, install it from disk and then replace it... See how that fairs.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on September 15, 2013, 10:08:04 PM
"fares"

Best to read the instructions on installation first. Some drivers demand particular conditions for installation (including the opposite of the above described). And I tend to find installing the drivers from the CD is already past its sell-by date whenever I've purchased new hardware. The latest drivers are always available on the manufacturer's website.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on September 15, 2013, 11:00:10 PM
Yes 'fares', sorry.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on September 16, 2013, 03:34:26 AM
There's been times where I've encountered driver discs looking in the wrong directory by default leading to either the wrong drivers being installed or faulting halfway through, it's a daft problem and rare enough but an outside possibility, if this isn't already sorted have a goosey through the file structure of the disc and see if there's some innocuous directory with the real goods inside.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on September 16, 2013, 03:38:02 AM
If that's no help then pull the bloody thing out and either take a pic and post it or go over it with a beady eye and get its model number so you can refine your search for the drivers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on September 16, 2013, 08:42:36 AM
Creative audigy cards are notoriously fickle about drivers and the creative website (at least the last time I used it) a bit crap.

Best bet in my experience is to get the identity string from within the device in device manager and search for the driver for that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on September 23, 2013, 11:39:20 PM
So I've got a nice laptop, a Dell L702x or something like that which has a GT555 graphics card which is quite powerful and runs games at decent specs. The problem I have noticed though is with lag. I mainly notice when I play pinball games because obviously reaction speed is very important. I have my laptop connected to a TV most of the time but the problem is the same if I use the laptop screen. I've ran these games on other systems including my dad's Samsung with integrated graffics and the lag is much less. I think the laptop uses some kind of system call Optimus where it switched between the onboard graphics for light tasks and the dedicated graphics for games and other heavy duty stuff. I tend to manually override that so Explorer and Firefox are powered by the GT555 too.

Anyway, I've been trying to find out what I can do about it and I'm drawing blanks. Any ideas? Any programs I can run that will measure gaming lag?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on September 23, 2013, 11:51:02 PM
How exactly are you connecting it to the TV? HDMI straight to the screen or via an amp or something? That may be your lag right there.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on September 24, 2013, 08:12:16 AM
I'd imagine its probably running all sorts of unnecessary shit which is causing the lag. Use msconfig or ccleaner to remove everything from startup. Also try disabling the av whilst you play.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: DJ Solid Snail on September 25, 2013, 10:03:35 PM
I don't have a techy problem, I'm just wondering if anyone knows why virtually every website on the Internet now uses that squashed-up mini-Impact-style font? It's completely unreadable. You know the one. Luckily there's an extension from Chrome which I use just to switch it to Arial, but why on earth is it so popular? Does it look good on phones or something?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on September 28, 2013, 01:00:51 PM
I think I have a virus.  2/3 times when I boot up my PC, it will load some of the startup programs (I can use Skype) but then I am unable to open anything else, and CTRL+ALT+DEL won't work.  Also, CTRL+SHIFT+ESC won't open the task manager.  On the rare occurrence that I am able to get to the list of processes, there's something I don't recognise called updater.exe that appears on each startup.  I'm scanning with Spybot and Avast now, I've tried the windows security centre scan and Super Anti-Spyware before and it hasn't seemed to work.  I did a System Restore yesterday which helped, but now it's back to being shit.

Posted in safe mode
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on September 28, 2013, 05:31:38 PM
I think I have a virus.  2/3 times when I boot up my PC, it will load some of the startup programs (I can use Skype) but then I am unable to open anything else, and CTRL+ALT+DEL won't work.  Also, CTRL+SHIFT+ESC won't open the task manager.  On the rare occurrence that I am able to get to the list of processes, there's something I don't recognise called updater.exe that appears on each startup.  I'm scanning with Spybot and Avast now, I've tried the windows security centre scan and Super Anti-Spyware before and it hasn't seemed to work.  I did a System Restore yesterday which helped, but now it's back to being shit.

Posted in safe mode

Do a full scan with malwarebytes malwarebytes.org, hitman pro http://www.surfright.nl/en (you can activate it for 30 days free) and TDSkiller http://support.kaspersky.com/5350#block1 (rootkit remover).

If you are still infected run combofix http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/combofix/

Let us know how that goes.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on September 29, 2013, 02:46:22 PM
One of the above has fixed it.  Thank you!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on October 03, 2013, 01:30:06 PM
I think the network card on my laptop is broken as it no longer picks up any wifi networks. Can anyone suggest a cheap decent one for me to buy? My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1545 (I think) and so about 4 years old, but as far as I am aware the network card is something that can be easily replaced by yourself.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on October 03, 2013, 02:24:25 PM
I think the network card on my laptop is broken as it no longer picks up any wifi networks. Can anyone suggest a cheap decent one for me to buy? My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1545 (I think) and so about 4 years old, but as far as I am aware the network card is something that can be easily replaced by yourself.

I'd use a usb mini dongle  I've been quite happy with these

http://www.ebuyer.com/220220-edimax-wireless-n150-nano-usb-adapter-ew-7811un
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on October 03, 2013, 02:45:01 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 09, 2013, 09:31:33 AM
I'm sort of half pondering getting a Mac Mini to use as an XBMC device / streamer / PC to plug into my telly , as the media PC I have is enormous and I like buying new things.

There's a bit of debate online, it would seem, about the first generation of Mini to be able to handle HD video and streaming smoothly. Anyone have any info on this? Be nice if they weren't the horrifically expensive new ones.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on October 09, 2013, 09:41:22 AM
Why a Mac? Do you just want to spend over 2x the amount a normal mini PC[nb]Using an old Acer Revo here, perfectly capable of handling 1080p, less than 200 quid[/nb] would cost?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 09, 2013, 11:00:40 AM
Why a Mac? Do you just want to spend over 2x the amount a normal mini PC[nb]Using an old Acer Revo here, perfectly capable of handling 1080p, less than 200 quid[/nb] would cost?
Yes. Yes I do.

Partly it's because my main home PC is a Mac, and that's got all the video files I'd be streaming on it. XBMC has devleoped a weird flaw recently, where video will just pause for five seconds then stop, and as I'm getting close to exhausting all possible settings-based solutions to it...I figured the two Macs might talk to each other more easily / smoothly.

Also, I'm about to change the stand my TV sits on, and the new one won't really accommodate my rather large current media PC.

But if anyone's got a cheaper solution, then I'm all ears. Oh, it would be rather handy if it could play blu-rays too.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 14, 2013, 11:52:22 AM
I have an issue with streaming video (which I mentioned above, but here's the full version).

I use those WD Livewire boxes that whack the internet through your power cables (I’m pretty sure it’s magic of some sort). Spare room – iMac, with all my hard drives attached to it that I download and rip things to. Downstairs, a media PC (running Windows) that’s way too powerful for the job if anything. Upstairs in the bedroom – a Raspberry Pi running RaspBMC.

My problem only seems to affect the big media PC in the living room. Streaming video via XBMC causes problems, because video freezes for so long XBMC clearly thinks there’s been a crash and goes back to the previous screen. Using Windows Explorer to find the file and playing it via VLC is slightly better, but only because it lets it freeze up for longer (it can be up to ten seconds before the file starts playing again). The Raspberry Pi upstairs seems to have no problem.

I’ve tried to eliminate as many causes of the problem as I could. It’s not the program I’m using to play the video, as they both pause. Streaming a film off the internet, provided it’s a decent site (sockshare seems to work a treat for me) plays through with no freezing, so it would seem to be unlikely that it’s the internet connection.

The two possible problems would seem to be the machine downstairs or some issue between Windows and iOS. Does anyone have an idea about how I could even diagnose what the problem might be? Does the video-freezing ring any bells for anyone who had this problem before?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on October 14, 2013, 12:59:44 PM
If you're using one of them ethernet over power line jobbies, It may well be some device on the power line causing interference. We've got a similar set-up and the dishwasher can bugger up the streaming.

Mind you, it's not perfect with everything else off anyway, but that's Powerline for you.

Bear in mind that there are differences between local video files thrown over the network and internet streaming videos. The internet ones (Youtube/Netflix/etc.) tend to be encoded at a lower bitrate and designed to degrade smoothly if anything messes with the connection speed. Your average avi/mp4/mkv/etc. file expects a solid and consistent transmission rate, which makes them prone to fall over of they hit a speed bump (which, on Powerline, might include your neighbour plugging in their Hitachi Magic Wand whilst you try to watch a HD encode of Pretty Woman)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on October 14, 2013, 01:05:21 PM
Might be worth getting faster powerlines as well. I've solved some pl issues by going from 200 to 500 despite the fact that theoretically 200 should have been plenty fast enough.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 14, 2013, 01:28:22 PM
Might be worth getting faster powerlines as well. I've solved some pl issues by going from 200 to 500 despite the fact that theoretically 200 should have been plenty fast enough.
This was a post about how none of the 500 mbps ones have more than one port, but I just found one that did a few seconds after clicking on "Post". My apologies.

But it's not available in the UK. Dammit.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on October 14, 2013, 01:34:40 PM
The good thing about the WDTV ones is they have four ethernet ports, and I have a bunch of stuff under the telly and no desire to switch the ethernet cables every time I swap from the PS3 to the PC. A quick search of some sites reveals it's probably the only one with more than one port, too, and there appear to be no 500 mbps ones with more than 1 port - any work-rounds anyone can think of?

Yep stick in a switch. You'll need another power socket. 

One like this would do.

http://www.ebuyer.com/259797-tp-link-tl-sf1005d-5-port-10-100-switch-tl-sf1005d

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 14, 2013, 01:58:22 PM
Yep stick in a switch. You'll need another power socket. 

One like this would do.

http://www.ebuyer.com/259797-tp-link-tl-sf1005d-5-port-10-100-switch-tl-sf1005d


Fair do's. With only two plug sockets down by where the telly is though, and both of them presumably needing to be plugged straight into the wall, I'm stumped again.

But at least I can upgrade should I choose, and I know what the problem is. Ta Wilbur.

FAKE EDIT: Or use these - http://www.ebuyer.com/517100-tp-link-av500-powerline-adapter-with-ac-pass-through-starter-kit-tl-pa451kit

Not horrifically expensive, and if I can sell my old kit for a few £, it might be alright.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: katzenjammer on October 15, 2013, 03:10:55 PM
Guess you've done this already but just in case; have you tried swapping the Pi and media centre PC's positions just to be absolutely sure that the problem is caused by network hardware?

Also what about other network operations, can you copy a large file at expected speeds without any stuttering?  Have you checked windows event viewer for network related errors or warnings?  Is the network card on the PC configured correctly?  If it's set to auto negotiate try forcing it to 100mbps as a test.  How about XBMC's log, does that give you any clues?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on October 15, 2013, 10:31:49 PM
Is there a program that will automatically tag a number of disparate mp3 files as being from the same "album" for easy grouping?  Like, say, if I want all my Italo files to be tagged as from the album "Italo".
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 16, 2013, 05:08:29 AM
Isn't there a "genre" tag in all media players? Say, in iTunes; select all italo files and right click and select "info", write "italo" in the genre field, click "OK"; job done. Or use "Album artist", which will put them all in a folder named "italo".
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 17, 2013, 09:16:01 AM
Guess you've done this already but just in case; have you tried swapping the Pi and media centre PC's positions just to be absolutely sure that the problem is caused by network hardware?

Also what about other network operations, can you copy a large file at expected speeds without any stuttering?  Have you checked windows event viewer for network related errors or warnings?  Is the network card on the PC configured correctly?  If it's set to auto negotiate try forcing it to 100mbps as a test.  How about XBMC's log, does that give you any clues?
I'm a bit out of my depth with some of these, but I'll give em a bash.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mobias on October 19, 2013, 10:42:59 AM
+10 Karma points to anyone who can tell me how to rip programs off the BBC iplayer and turn them into an AVI, MPEG or similar format so I can keep them and watch them whenever I like. I'm using Mountain Lion on my Mac. Cheers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Old Thrashbarg on October 19, 2013, 11:46:23 AM
I use get_iplayer (http://www.infradead.org/get_iplayer/html/get_iplayer.html). Nice and simple command line tool with plenty of options. If you'd prefer something with a gui, there's this (http://tom-tech.com/iplayer_automator/iPlayer_Automator/Get_iPlayer_Automator.html) which seems to just sit on top of it, although I've no experience of using that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mobias on October 19, 2013, 12:23:53 PM
I use get_iplayer (http://www.infradead.org/get_iplayer/html/get_iplayer.html). Nice and simple command line tool with plenty of options. If you'd prefer something with a gui, there's this (http://tom-tech.com/iplayer_automator/iPlayer_Automator/Get_iPlayer_Automator.html) which seems to just sit on top of it, although I've no experience of using that.

Cool thanks I'll give it a go.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on October 19, 2013, 03:14:25 PM
Is there a program that will automatically tag a number of disparate mp3 files as being from the same "album" for easy grouping?  Like, say, if I want all my Italo files to be tagged as from the album "Italo".

1. Make a folder called Italo
2. Put the relevant files into the folder.[nb]Serious post. You don't have ALL your mp3's in one big messy folder do you?[/nb]
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on October 19, 2013, 11:09:25 PM
I use get_iplayer (http://www.infradead.org/get_iplayer/html/get_iplayer.html). Nice and simple command line tool with plenty of options. If you'd prefer something with a gui, there's this (http://tom-tech.com/iplayer_automator/iPlayer_Automator/Get_iPlayer_Automator.html) which seems to just sit on top of it, although I've no experience of using that.

get_iplayer can seem a bit bewildering at first but the easiest way to use it is to copy the 8-character programme id from the iplayer URL (the format of the URL is usually http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/<programme id>/<programme name>/), then use this command:

Code: [Select]
get_iplayer --pid=<programme id> --mode=best --get
which will download the best available quality for that programme.

It can also download radio if you put "--type=radio" in the options.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 20, 2013, 07:22:13 PM
I have never been able to fathom how to do this, no matter how many guides I've read - port forwarding. I'm using a Mac, which doesn't make finding guides any easier, but as most of it is done in a browser I don't think different rules should apply.

Anyway, it's all about torrenting. Public trackers like Piratebay seem to be fine, and I can upload and download with no problem. The issue is with private trackers, and they're the ones I'd like to keep my ratio good with. But, no matter what I try, nothing seems to work. How has this process not been automated yet? Anyway, I went to www.portforward.com and (as every other time I've ever been there, over the years) the exact make and model of my router (BT HomeHub 3) isn't on there.

It just seems really unnecessarily complicated, with static IPs and suchlike. Is there no program for us Mac users that will do all this for me? Or some other torrent program that will make all the necessary arrangements?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on October 20, 2013, 07:48:18 PM
Port forwarding is something that needs to be configured in your router, it should agnostic of your computer's operating system. I don't think it's particularly difficult to do, but it's been a while since I've done it, so my memory is a bit rusty on it. I think you just map an incoming source port to a destination port and IP address (which I think can even just select a computer name in modern routers).

What do you need it to achieve? I don't use any of that torrent milarky anymore, but I'm not sure why you would need to do it. Is it to stop your ISP limiting your use of it?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on October 20, 2013, 08:04:58 PM
I believe its locked down on the BT home hub.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on October 20, 2013, 08:08:28 PM
I'm not sure, this BT help page (http://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/32211/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xMzgyMjk1OTQzL3NpZC9kZlJ5R2hEbA%3D%3D) seems to imply you can.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 20, 2013, 10:27:02 PM
I have never been able to fathom how to do this, no matter how many guides I've read - port forwarding. I'm using a Mac, which doesn't make finding guides any easier, but as most of it is done in a browser I don't think different rules should apply.

Anyway, it's all about torrenting. Public trackers like Piratebay seem to be fine, and I can upload and download with no problem. The issue is with private trackers, and they're the ones I'd like to keep my ratio good with. But, no matter what I try, nothing seems to work. How has this process not been automated yet? Anyway, I went to www.portforward.com and (as every other time I've ever been there, over the years) the exact make and model of my router (BT HomeHub 3) isn't on there.

It just seems really unnecessarily complicated, with static IPs and suchlike. Is there no program for us Mac users that will do all this for me? Or some other torrent program that will make all the necessary arrangements?

Just open all ports on the router and use the internal firewall on the Mac and select the ports you want opened there.
Run a test to make sure the ports are open afterward (from within the BitTorrent client - I'd recommend you use Vuze on a mac).
To open all the ports in the router you need to access it via your browser. There's two ways to do this. Either turn off the firewall in the router, sometimes called DMZ (I've found this doesn't always work when I've tried it) or turn the firewall on, but open all ports (0-65535), both TCP & UDP (this seems to work reliably).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on October 21, 2013, 12:09:49 AM
Just open all ports on the router and use the internal firewall on the Mac and select the ports you want opened there.

Terrible advice! DO NOT FOLLOW!!! Depth of security is important, the router is a vital link in that chain. Only allow exactly what you need to come in from the internet side, no more.

The guide Consignia linked to should do it (also found another, slightly different, one for the Home Hub 3, here (http://btbusiness.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/19141)). The only question is, what ports to open? Usually it's the range 6881 to 6999, but you might want to check with the settings on your bittorrent client (some option like 'Listening Port' or 'Incoming Connection')

If all that is setup, but still not working, it may be BT being cunts and blocking standard torrent ports. Try changing them (both on the router's port forwarding, and the torrent client) to something in the 50000 range (i.e. 50999)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 21, 2013, 07:26:00 AM
Terrible advice! DO NOT FOLLOW!!! Depth of security is important, the router is a vital link in that chain. Only allow exactly what you need to come in from the internet side, no more.

Did you not read the bit where I said "use the internal firewall within your Mac"?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Old Thrashbarg on October 21, 2013, 09:32:49 AM
Did you not read the bit where I said "use the internal firewall within your Mac"?

Did you not read the bit where Blumf said "Depth of security is important, the router is a vital link in that chain."? The router is the point of entry for all incoming traffic; removing the security it provides opens up every device connected to the network. And even if you (are able to) secure each individual device properly you've still removed the most important and effective layer.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 21, 2013, 09:37:36 AM
In other words, turning off the firewall in the router is fine if there are no other devices other than the self-firewalled computer connected. Works for me, especially as we're talking about a Mac. Also, this is a stage in troubleshooting the problem. If this still doesn't work, then there may be some other issue causing the problem for FM.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on October 21, 2013, 10:44:33 AM
It terrible advice, especially to give to somebody who isn't that IT literate (i.e. doesn't know that much about port forwarding). You can not be sure the computer based firewall is correctly setup, or that any future OS updates might loosen things unexpectedly.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 21, 2013, 10:58:39 AM
The Mac firewall is very easily accessible (in "System Preferences/Sharing") and configurable. I'm sure FM will exercise the required caution in order to not be forbidden trying something that may work for him. I'd even suggest running without any firewall, first of all, to see if it's a port forwarding issue.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on October 21, 2013, 11:19:26 AM
Most desktop f/w systems are easily accessible, that's not the point. Knowing how to configure/maintain them is not a user interface issue, it's a technical skill requiring a good understanding of IT security issues. Reducing your system's protection needlessly is not good practice.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 21, 2013, 11:30:58 AM
I got fairly far into doing it, and set up uTorrent to port-forward in my router's settings. So far, so good (ish). I think I need to specify a different port, though, as it seemed to keep trying to make it my camera for some reason. So, I'll try a different port...then it asks me which machine I want to specify the port forwarding for, and it lists every device that's ever been connected to my network - niece's tablet from a few months ago, my old mobile, etc. None of the things in the list are obviously my Mac, though.

Is this the time when I need to have previously set up a static IP, I wonder? Damn, this is difficult.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on October 21, 2013, 11:41:39 AM
The list of devices should have clunky looking numbers next to them (e.g. 00-B0-D0-86-BB-F7...) that's the device's MAC address (no relation to Apple Mac, it's something to do with networking, all devices on a network have a unique one)

No idea how you find this on a Macintosh. But this (http://www.inf.aber.ac.uk/advisory/faq/37#applemac) makes it seem fairly easy.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 21, 2013, 11:42:31 AM
So, I'll try a different port...then it asks me which machine I want to specify the port forwarding for, and it lists every device that's ever been connected to my network - niece's tablet from a few months ago, my old mobile, etc. None of the things in the list are obviously my Mac, though.

Are any of the devices titles in the list simply an IP address, and is that the current IP address by which the mac is connected to the router?

Most desktop f/w systems are easily accessible, that's not the point. Knowing how to configure/maintain them is not a user interface issue, it's a technical skill requiring a good understanding of IT security issues. Reducing your system's protection needlessly is not good practice.

I suggested opening all ports, which would have to be to a specified device in all the routers I have had experience with (I explained that turning off the firewall in the router had not, somehow, been sufficent) thus not reducing security on any other device connected; then turning on the firewall for that device (with the necessary ports forwarded).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on October 21, 2013, 09:17:06 PM
Is there any way to speed up transfer to external hard-drives/check what's going wrong with the ludicrously long times?

I've got a Samsung one which is fairly new (1 TB, USB 2.0 {maybe 3.0?} slot [although my computer doesn't have USB 2.0/3.0 slot]) and its going to take over 8 hours to transfer 23GB. Surely that's not right?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Bored of Canada on October 22, 2013, 02:39:53 AM
I've got a desktop PC, and the fan's in the front of the case. It has a small mesh net, which I assume is for dust, between the fan and the external grill.
But unfortunately it's come loose and the fan keeps brushing past it, making an obnoxiously loud clicking noise.

It's not a problem, per se, just annoying and distracting.

Generally I'd just crack open the PC and pull it out, or at least just stick it down properly again. But the way my case is made, I can't actually appear to get into the fan section of my PC. Should I crack open part of the grille and pull it out through there?

I mean, it seems the only way...I don't know why I'm asking. I just don't want to snap parts of my case off obviously.

EDIT: Fixed it without cracking the case. You know how much dust gets into the interior of a PC?
I don't know how measure it exactly.

Five? At least five dust

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 22, 2013, 10:30:07 AM
The list of devices should have clunky looking numbers next to them (e.g. 00-B0-D0-86-BB-F7...) that's the device's MAC address (no relation to Apple Mac, it's something to do with networking, all devices on a network have a unique one)

No idea how you find this on a Macintosh. But this (http://www.inf.aber.ac.uk/advisory/faq/37#applemac) makes it seem fairly easy.
I'll keep trying and will be victorious. Dear private trackers, please don't ban me until I have the chance to do this :(
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on October 22, 2013, 10:38:15 AM
So my Verbatim 1tb external hard drive has decided to stop working. So I've tried various power cables and none of them work, the drive won't switch on. Tried the drives power cable in another drive and it works fine so by my clumsy deducing I've decided that the PCB in the drive's enclosure is fucked. But I'm fucked if I can find a replacement anywhere. Can I buy one of these boards, or even a replacement enclosure that has a board in it? The hard drive model is 47512 and the PCB # is V1605-A4. Help me Verbwhores, you are my only hope.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 22, 2013, 10:49:39 AM
I'll keep trying and will be victorious. Dear private trackers, please don't ban me until I have the chance to do this :(

Most bans are determined by not signing in to your account, rather than your presence on the trackers (if only, the cunts). Unless you were in need of getting your ratio back up to their required minimum just before you were unable to connect to the tracker.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 22, 2013, 11:16:36 AM
So my Verbatim 1tb external hard drive has decided to stop working. So I've tried various power cables and none of them work, the drive won't switch on. Tried the drives power cable in another drive and it works fine so by my clumsy deducing I've decided that the PCB in the drive's enclosure is fucked. But I'm fucked if I can find a replacement anywhere. Can I buy one of these boards, or even a replacement enclosure that has a board in it? The hard drive model is 47512 and the PCB # is V1605-A4. Help me Verbwhores, you are my only hope.

External hard drive cases go for anything from less than a tenner (not probably worth bothering with in my experience) up to around £25. You need to make sure whether you have a SATA or IDE type drive (as that model is just old enough to house either). EDIT: You have a SATA drive installed in yours.

http://tinyurl.com/mxdcqp2
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on October 22, 2013, 12:26:35 PM
External hard drive cases go for anything from less than a tenner (not probably worth bothering with in my experience) up to around £25. You need to make sure whether you have a SATA or IDE type drive (as that model is just old enough to house either). EDIT: You have a SATA drive installed in yours.

http://tinyurl.com/mxdcqp2

He's asking about a PCB I think. I have had very limited success swapping these over in the past. They need to match exactly and they seem to continually alter them so you need a hard drive manufactured in the same factory around the same time.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 22, 2013, 12:57:21 PM
I was uncertain, as the "model" is for the case + drive. He's got more information than he'll need now.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on October 22, 2013, 01:01:26 PM
I was after just the PCB because I thought that would be cheaper but it doesn't look like I can find anywhere that sells them. So I don't need to worry about what model my Verbatim drive is (the actual hard drive inside is a Western Digital) I can just buy any enclosure that houses a SATA drive and all the connections and power supply and stuff will be compatible?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 22, 2013, 01:02:41 PM
Yes.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on October 22, 2013, 01:12:14 PM
OK, lovely. Cheers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on October 22, 2013, 05:04:14 PM
Whilst we're on the subject of hard drives... the 500GB system drive in my 7.5-year-old PC has started going a bit wonky (still works, but long pauses when reading certain files and the S.M.A.R.T. stats suggest dodgy sectors are creeping in and it's probably on its way out), so I've pre-emptively ordered a 1TB replacement. What's the best free software for cloning the old drive to the new, preferably with the minimum amount of faff?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on October 22, 2013, 05:12:51 PM
I use acronis True Image. The 30 day trial is fully functional I believe.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on October 22, 2013, 05:56:17 PM
Whilst we're on the subject of hard drives... the 500GB system drive in my 7.5-year-old PC has started going a bit wonky (still works, but long pauses when reading certain files and the S.M.A.R.T. stats suggest dodgy sectors are creeping in and it's probably on its way out), so I've pre-emptively ordered a 1TB replacement. What's the best free software for cloning the old drive to the new, preferably with the minimum amount of faff?
I've used this twice now for a complete system clone on my last two laptops when doing HD upgrades. Completely free, and really simple - http://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/epm-free.html
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: katzenjammer on October 23, 2013, 11:09:26 AM
In case people aren't already aware of it this site is great for finding freeware alternatives to premium software
http://alternativeto.net/

and I've been using this one for about ten years too
http://www.econsultant.com/i-want-freeware-utilities/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on October 23, 2013, 10:10:06 PM
I think my motherboard has just failed/is in the process of failing. All the USB ports decided to stop working and when I tried to restart it it stopped halfway through and beeped 3 times. I've taken the battery out and its just plugged in now (and I am currently typing on it) and seems to be working okay, as do the USB ports. Is there some kind of diagnostic software I can download to see what the damage might be? Maybe it's time to replace my laptop...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on October 24, 2013, 01:05:46 AM
I've used this twice now for a complete system clone on my last two laptops when doing HD upgrades. Completely free, and really simple - http://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/epm-free.html

Couldn't get EaseUS to work, unfortunately, but Macrium Reflect Free looks like it'll do the job.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamesieab on October 24, 2013, 10:06:02 AM
I think my motherboard has just failed/is in the process of failing. All the USB ports decided to stop working and when I tried to restart it it stopped halfway through and beeped 3 times. I've taken the battery out and its just plugged in now (and I am currently typing on it) and seems to be working okay, as do the USB ports. Is there some kind of diagnostic software I can download to see what the damage might be? Maybe it's time to replace my laptop...

You're going to have to look up the beep codes for your specific motherboard but I seem to remember getting this and it being a memory error.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on October 24, 2013, 10:42:52 AM
You're going to have to look up the beep codes for your specific motherboard but I seem to remember getting this and it being a memory error.

Well I had a look on the Dell website and it said motherboard error. This was not necessarily for my specific model of laptop, though, which is over 4 years old.

By memory error do you mean RAM or hard drive? If the latter, could the hard-drive just need re-seating perhaps? I Installed this one myself about a year ago, after the previous one died, so re-seating it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for my technical abilities.

Looks like it's time to back up all my stuff though. I asked this a little bit earlier on but no-one answered: why would an external hard-drive take a ridiculously long time for data to be uploaded to it? Tried to put my music folder on there earlier and it said it would take 10 hours - is there no way to check the functionality of one's USB ports/speed them up?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on October 24, 2013, 10:49:16 AM
Well if the motherboard is on the way out that could also explain the slow data transfer rate.

As long as the drive is OK you can always mount that in an external caddy and use it as an external usb hard drive.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 24, 2013, 10:51:25 AM
What size is the music folder? I've had external drive enclosures reduce to USB 1.1 speed on me before now. Sometimes a computer restart was enough to reset it to USB 2.0 speed, perhaps unplugging the drive before the restart, turning it off and on and replugging once the computer's back up and running. Although the better solution is a new drive enclosure.

It's more likely related to your computer woes, though.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on October 24, 2013, 10:59:07 AM
What size is the music folder? I've had drive enclosures reduce to USB 1.1 speed on me before now. Sometimes a computer restart was enough to reset it to USB 2.0 speed, perhaps unplugging the drive before the restart, turning it off and on and replugging once the computer's back up and running. It's more likely related to your computer woes, though.

Thanks. I tried restarting it but the problem persisted.

Well if the motherboard is on the way out that could also explain the slow data transfer rate.

As long as the drive is OK you can always mount that in an external caddy and use it as an external usb hard drive.

Yep this was what I was going to do: are some much better than others though? Ebuyer has ones that range in price from about a fiver to 30 odd quid (at least).



I don't know if it's worth mentioning, perhaps this indicates it's actually a hard-drive problem (which will be a pain in the arse considering I haven't backed up in a year and it will take forever), but the real problems started when I plugged my iPod into the computer to try and sync it with my iTunes library. It registered in My Computer as connected but did not begin to sync - I pulled it out and this is when all the USB ports stopped working/the problems with turning the computer on occurred.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on October 24, 2013, 11:04:21 AM
Thanks. I tried restarting it but the problem persisted.

Yep this was what I was going to do: are some much better than others though? Ebuyer has ones that range in price from about a fiver to 30 odd quid (at least).

The cheap ones do the job but its probably worth spending a few extra quid for a better quality one. Have a look at the reviews.  I've got a couple of Dynamode ones which look ok.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamesieab on October 24, 2013, 01:14:40 PM
By memory error do you mean RAM or hard drive? If the latter, could the hard-drive just need re-seating perhaps? I Installed this one myself about a year ago, after the previous one died, so re-seating it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for my technical abilities.


I meant RAM, have you tried removing it and putting it back in?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on October 24, 2013, 01:43:43 PM
I meant RAM, have you tried removing it and putting it back in?

Nope, I'll give it a go later. Once I've worked out how...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamesieab on October 24, 2013, 02:02:32 PM
Nope, I'll give it a go later. Once I've worked out how...

Looks straight forward.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvCEmKvqxfQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvCEmKvqxfQ)
You might want to try just one stick at a time, but I'm not convinced it is a memory error after all.

Are all USB devices slow? Are usb sticks ok?
Is the external hard drive powered over usb or does it have it's own seperate power supply?

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on October 24, 2013, 02:05:30 PM
Looks straight forward.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvCEmKvqxfQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvCEmKvqxfQ)
You might want to try just one stick at a time, but I'm not convinced it is a memory error after all.

Are all USB devices slow? Are usb sticks ok?
Is the external hard drive powered over usb or does it have it's own seperate power supply?

Well, they aren't particularly fast but it's not often I try and transfer 50GB at a time so it's hard to tell. Maybe my ageing computer gets confused with so much going on at once - would it make any difference to do smaller chunks at a time or does this just show up my woefully inadequate computer based knowledge? Also all of the USB ports are in use at any one time, which might not help either.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamesieab on October 24, 2013, 04:24:31 PM
Predicted transfer time can be off by a bit, perhaps it won't take so long, try copying a gig of files and see how long that takes. If it's still really slow you could leave it copying over night.

I think the transfer rate is shared between other devices per controller, what other usb devices do you have.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on October 24, 2013, 06:00:48 PM
Mouse, wireless dongle thingy and a fan. I'll try disconnecting them when I do it as well.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on November 04, 2013, 05:54:07 PM
Everytime I open up Documents: Pictures on me Windows 7 Acer laptop, I can scroll through a couple then I get 'Not Responding' and eventually everything freezes for a few minutes (453 years in 'trying to show piccies to someone time). I've tried nothing and I'm all out of ideas! Word can misbehave like this too.

I fixed a similarly unresponsive internet explorer by uninstalling Google Toolbar and Bing-ing up, any suggestions that may delay a Bisoprolol prescription?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on November 04, 2013, 10:09:57 PM
^ SOLVED
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on November 05, 2013, 09:00:56 AM
^ SOLVED

Want to tell us how ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on November 08, 2013, 10:44:39 AM
What are the best, most easy to use alternatives to Windows Movie maker?
I'm just looking to put together a photo album, with a bit of a video, to some backing music.

Thanks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on November 08, 2013, 04:07:33 PM
What are the best, most easy to use alternatives to Windows Movie maker?
I'm just looking to put together a photo album, with a bit of a video, to some backing music.

Thanks.

The easiest for that particular job is probably PhotoStage, available here (http://www.nchsoftware.com/slideshow/) (scroll to the bottom for the free version). For more generalised video editing, VideoPad, from the same site, is quite good and simple to use, although they no longer seem to have the free version of that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Morrison Lard on November 15, 2013, 02:32:43 PM
My desktop PC is rigged up to me telleh, by a VGA cable, and it's been sound for the past year or so.

Today when I turned it on, it's gone to some weird 4:3 ratio.
I've changed nowt and the TV info says it's still in 1360x768.

What's happened?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on November 15, 2013, 07:03:39 PM
On the PC end is:
Desktop
Right click
Properties
Settings

All looking usual? Can you alter it back to requirements from there?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: buttgammon on November 30, 2013, 10:59:42 PM
Right...I've been having a few laptop issues and thought I'd check here to see if they can be resolved easily so I don't pay for someone to look at it if it doesn't need anything major.

For a while, I've sporadically been having problems if I shut the lid on my HP Pavilion DV7. It would go to sleep as normal but would struggle to be roused. Although the power indicators would light up after I pressed the power button, the screen wouldn't come on and I would have to restart it by taking the battery out, which always did the trick. I was worried there was a motherboard issue but this didn't happen too often. Anyway, things have got worse lately and a few weeks ago, I started getting wireless issues. There is no longer any light on the wireless button regardless of whether it is on or not. I started occasionally getting episodes where the computer would not recognise any wireless connections and my wireless adapter wouldn't even show in device manager. Restarting usually resolved the problem. These problems became more frequent until I updated Windows a week ago, after which it worked fine for five days. Then the wireless went again and it hardly works at all now; while it failed 1/10 times, it now fails 9/10. The other networking facilities are working but I can't even see my adapter anywhere to look at the settings or enable it. Could these networking issues also suggest a motherboard problem or are they likely to be something to do with the wireless card?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: buttgammon on December 01, 2013, 11:06:32 AM
The wireless is working today. I had a look at the BIOS stuff at startup just after making that post, returned it all to its original settings and it's worked twice in a row since. Fingers crossed...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: vrailaine on December 01, 2013, 05:40:54 PM
Not a problem at all, just a question. I installed rockbox onto my new cheap mp3 player and I see it has Doom on it, Doom seems to pop up a lot with homebrew stuff, is there some sort of technical reason for developers wanting to homebrew Doom? Like, is it a remarkably flexible game in terms of how much power it needs and stuff like that?

It looks remarkably well on my crappy mp3 player's little screen .
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on December 01, 2013, 06:02:55 PM
iD open sourced the code [nb]or made it freely available anyway[/nb] and the shareware episode is freely available so you have some graphics and maps too. And it's been ported lots of times and so I imagine it's fairly easy to port, but still looks quite impressive for that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on December 12, 2013, 01:52:01 PM
This one's probably tough.

Does anyone know how I could run a virtual machine (Windows 98, for which I have the install disc) on my Win 7 PC?  The sole and only reason is that I want to play Chips Challenge.  I don't want to play Tile World, I want to play the original. >:(

I just have no idea how to actually put a program onto a virtual PC.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on December 12, 2013, 02:06:12 PM
https://www.virtualbox.org/

Configuring it is much like configuring an emulator. I reckon you'll be able to work it out.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on December 12, 2013, 02:09:57 PM
Thanks. :)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on December 12, 2013, 02:49:03 PM
+1 for VirtualBox, very easy to use and pretty good performance.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on December 12, 2013, 10:36:35 PM
OK, I have Win 98 running, now how the fuck do I Chips Challenge? D:
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on December 13, 2013, 12:03:22 AM
Shoot things? Shooting things usually helps. It's like Doom yeah?... or school.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: vrailaine on December 13, 2013, 10:45:13 PM
Hey guys, got a question here about Titanium Backup

I've backed up an app that I want to wipe the data of, assuming that if I restore the backup, it'll restore the data I had beforehand. Does Titanium backup the app+data or just the app?
If it only backs up the app, how would I best go about backing up the data?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on December 22, 2013, 02:16:07 PM
All my number keys, except for 5 and 6, have stopped working on my Dell laptop. Any ideas?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Bored of Canada on December 22, 2013, 02:43:51 PM
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What the fuck?
Is this some kind of in-joke that I'm not privy to? Or are you just pissed, son?
Can't for the life of me decipher the meaning behind this.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on December 22, 2013, 02:53:49 PM
All my number keys, except for 5 and 6, have stopped working on my Dell laptop. Any ideas?

Could be a ribbon cable that's either not plugged in fully, or has melted due to overheating.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on December 22, 2013, 03:13:11 PM
What the fuck?
Is this some kind of in-joke that I'm not privy to? Or are you just pissed, son?
Can't for the life of me decipher the meaning behind this.

Bloody students. What do they even teach you at uni these days?

Could be a ribbon cable that's either not plugged in fully, or has melted due to overheating.

Ah right okay. Well when I get my hands on a screwdriver I'll take the keyboard off and have a look. My bet is on overheating - does that mean I can get away with just getting a replacement keyboard?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: syntaxerror on December 22, 2013, 03:21:17 PM
OK, I have Win 98 running, now how the fuck do I Chips Challenge? D:

LOAD "CHIPSCHAL" ,8,1
READY? RUN

PRESS PLAY ON TAPE
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on December 22, 2013, 04:00:29 PM
Bloody students. What do they even teach you at uni these days?

Ah right okay. Well when I get my hands on a screwdriver I'll take the keyboard off and have a look. My bet is on overheating - does that mean I can get away with just getting a replacement keyboard?

I was basing my guess on something that happened to my Sinclair Spectrum in the mid 80's. Some of the keyboard stopped working. I opened it up and the end of a ribbon cable was a bit melted.  It was long enough so that I could cut off the damaged part with some scissors and plug it back in and that fixed it.  I've no idea if your problem will be anything like this, but worth a look inside to see if anything looks amiss.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: PaulTMA on December 25, 2013, 01:35:55 PM
This is a very simple question thang that I'm sure someone will be able to answer very easily.  I have a 2008 white Macbook - 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo with 4 GB RAM + Snow Leopard.  I can upgrade to Lion, can't I, but that's the end of the line for upgrading the OS - dat true?

I believe this is what Google informs me, but I'd like confirmation from a trusted humanoid.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jawaka on December 25, 2013, 02:03:23 PM
This is a very simple question thang that I'm sure someone will be able to answer very easily.  I have a 2008 white Macbook - 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo with 4 GB RAM + Snow Leopard.  I can upgrade to Lion, can't I, but that's the end of the line for upgrading the OS - dat true?

I believe this is what Google informs me, but I'd like confirmation from a trusted humanoid.

That's probably right. I've since got rid of my iMac but as that was a 2006 model I could only go as far as Snow Leopard. It could have easily ran Lion though, if allowed.

Wikipedia says this: The earliest models supported in Mountain Lion are the mid-2007 iMac, late 2008 aluminum or early 2009 polycarbonate MacBook, mid-2007 MacBook Pro, late 2008 MacBook Air, early 2009 Mac Mini, early 2008 Mac Pro, or early 2009 Xserve Think yours is just ever so slightly out of date.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: PaulTMA on December 25, 2013, 02:05:46 PM
That's probably right. I've since got rid of my iMac but as that was a 2006 model I could only go as far as Snow Leopard. It could have easily ran Lion though, if allowed.

Wikipedia says this: The earliest models supported in Mountain Lion are the mid-2007 iMac, late 2008 aluminum or early 2009 polycarbonate MacBook, mid-2007 MacBook Pro, late 2008 MacBook Air, early 2009 Mac Mini, early 2008 Mac Pro, or early 2009 Xserve Think yours is just ever so slightly out of date.

Thanks.  However, it seems there's an exciting world out there of people using alternative methods to allow upgrading to Mavericks on their older Macs.  This would be hindered by me not knowing what the fuck I'm doing.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jawaka on December 25, 2013, 02:23:44 PM
Thanks.  However, it seems there's an exciting world out there of people using alternative methods to allow upgrading to Mavericks on their older Macs.  This would be hindered by me not knowing what the fuck I'm doing.

I didn't even know what mavericks was until a moment ago. Can't be much harder than configuring a hackintosh (Apparently easy but looked far too confusing when I was considering doing it). Someone on macrumors claims to have got it running on a 2006 core 2 duo iMac, however the post does say it won't work on anything which can't run Mountain Lion. Also a X3100 macbook but I don't know which year that one is?

Thread here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1593194
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: PaulTMA on December 25, 2013, 02:28:18 PM
I was just reading that thread, but perhaps should admit defeat as I just dun geddit rly.  [Mine's is the 4,1 model, which doesn't seem to be good news.]  The upside is that I didn't even realise I could still upgrade to Lion until today, durrr. [or can I? :/  ]
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jawaka on December 25, 2013, 02:41:29 PM
I'm pretty sure you can, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBook#Original_polycarbonate_model the 4,1 on there states 2.4ghz Core 2 Duo

Lion requirements:

    x86-64 CPU (64-bit Macs, with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, or Xeon processor.)
    At least 2 GB of RAM
    Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later (Mac OS X 10.6.8 is recommended)
    At least 7 GB of free hard drive space

Unless I'm missing something yours is eligible, right?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: PaulTMA on December 25, 2013, 02:42:43 PM
Yeah, the link to purchase wasn't as easy to find as expected - thought it had been pulled from sale for a few minutes  Thanks again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on December 29, 2013, 03:36:31 AM
is anyone else having problems with iPlayer? for some reason it will play a few minutes of a programme and then end, leaving you the option of playing the show again, as if the programme had actually played all the way through. it only happens on HD version of the shows. i've tried it on a couple of different computers just in case the balls up was due to this machine, but the same happens on all of 'em. any ideas?


Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Guy on January 07, 2014, 10:26:14 PM
Hello. This is a weird theoretical question that I couldn't figure out how to Google.

(I'm in Windows, XP.) If a file is linked within a document of some description, obviously if you move that file to another location the link becomes broken. Let's say our linked file is at this location:

C:\Your Mum\Lolrandom Files\Archive\File.wav

If I wanted to restructure my files and move the contents of that folder to another location (say C:\Important\File.wav), but retain the integrity of the link so that I wouldn't need to modify it, am I right in suspecting that the following method wouldn't work?:

1) Move file(s) to C:\Important\
2) Create a shortcut in the now-empty C:\Your Mum\Lolrandom Files\
3) Make the target of this shortcut C:\Important\
4) Call that shortcut "Archive" (as opposed to "Archive.lnk")

?

Am I right in thinking that Windows wouldn't be fooled as it knows the difference between a folder called "Archive" and a file called "Archive" at the same location (and therefore wouldn't invoke the shortcut)?

If not, is the above effect achievable by another method?

Hope that makes sense. Many thanks.

EDIT: Ah, after a bit of rummaging around, am I right in thinking that I want to create a Symbolic Link rather than a shortcut?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on January 08, 2014, 01:13:09 AM
Yeah, sym-links which are a semi-hidden feature on Windows system. You need to be on a NTFS formatted drive for them to work, mind. Bit of googling will show you how to work with them. It's all a mess in the usual MS reimplementing a standard feature found on other OS's in a half-arsed way.

As you've probably figured, shortcuts are a special kind of file that just contains info on where the actual file is, and they don't work with much outside of Windows Explorer.

More generally, depending on whatever it is you're doing, and with what; you might be able to use relative paths, i.e. '..\..\somewhere\whatevs.txt'

Or... maybe use SUBST (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SUBST) to link a directory to a drive letter.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on January 08, 2014, 07:59:34 AM
I had a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 that shit the bed recently so I got a refund, I've now got 200 quid to spend on a new tablet. It doesn't have to be super powerful, I only really use it for instant messaging and reading books and comics so a good screen resolution would be nice. And 16GB memory is fine (or even less if it's cheaper), I have microSD cards. Oh yeah, a microSD card slot would be handy too. Any recommendations?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on January 10, 2014, 12:18:07 AM
guysz help me i do internet speed test an get amazing results and yet when i try to use the internet it's so sss s s s s s s l l l l o o o o o o o o ww w w w ww  w w
is there any reason why this is and can i sort it out
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on January 10, 2014, 12:33:20 AM
bump
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on January 10, 2014, 02:13:06 AM
bomp pls help

                                                                                                                                   
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Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on January 10, 2014, 02:37:42 AM
Wi-Fi or wired connection?
Got a cap on your bandwidth usage? (That can creep up quick)
Is it just the browser that's slow?
Do you torrent? If so, how are those speeds?
What browser are you using?
Does it need updating?
Do you have computer lurgy ya think?
Anything hijacking your browser, searchbars or owt?

I know it's the oldest shit in the book but have you disconnected/unplugged the modem completely and reconnected a few moments later?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on January 10, 2014, 02:29:49 PM
hello, sorry, i was pissed last night.

it's a wired connection. i'm almost 100% certain we don't have a bandwidth usage cap. i'm using chrome and it appears to be working fine. it's odd, certain pages come up in an instant, whereas others can take almost five minutes to load. i've scanned my computer with AVG[nb]can you recommend better free virus protection? don't like this really at all[/nb] and i don't appear to have any viruses. i do have a few chrome extensions but nothing more than adblock and hoverzoom and a few others.

i guess just restarting the router would probably do the trick, but as i say, i was right pissed last night and did not think of that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on January 10, 2014, 02:37:57 PM
If you were being capped the speed test would show this.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on January 10, 2014, 03:55:12 PM
My guess would be Adobe Flash or there is some sort of problem connecting to a site that lots of web pages use, probably an ad merchant.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on January 10, 2014, 05:00:13 PM
Yes, flash is an utter swine. Try the flashblock addon.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 10, 2014, 05:48:02 PM
I suspect your browsers have become bogged down with all sorts of plugins to "enhance your user experience". I suggest resetting the browsers back to default settings.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on January 11, 2014, 12:05:13 AM
If you're using Adblock Plus, it might be worth removing and then reinstalling your Filter List (especially if you've had EasyList+Easyprivacy installed. The lists were merged at some point and things apparently got a bit fucky for some users).

Most likely not your particular problem but thought it worth suggesting 'cos I've sorted out three machines with browser slowness/freezes over the past week, including this one. Also worth noting that things will slow right down if you have a bunch of filter lists installed - stick with EasyList and you're pretty much done imo.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on January 12, 2014, 07:53:17 AM
So I'm getting a new internal hard drive tomorrow as the one with my operating system on it is about to die. I'd rather not have to reinstall everything so what's the easiest way of copying the contents of the drive over to a new one?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 12, 2014, 08:36:10 AM
Acronis True Image you can get a functional 30 day trial.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on January 12, 2014, 03:00:27 PM
Looking at the list of features there, is it 'migrate or restore to a new PC' that I need to do? Cos that's the only feature that doesn't work in the trial version. Or do I need to make an image of my disk? Sorry for being dense.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 12, 2014, 05:35:53 PM
Clone disk.

Under tools and utilities I believe.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on January 13, 2014, 09:21:29 AM
I've got an old(ish) WD 320GB Scorpio Blue that I was using externally for torrents and media storage. When my main laptop was down I was using it with an old, slow netbook and copying a large video folder was taking so long I ended up getting impatient and shutting down or unplugging the caddy before transfer was complete. This has affected readability of the drive and introduced CRC errors on it.

Now I'm back on my main laptop and trying to repair the drive, since I don't imagine I could have physically knackered it due to interrupting a transfer.

I've tried Windows 7/8 storage management to delete and create a new primary partition filling the entire drive but it keeps coming up as unreadable (I/O and/or CRC errors). I've also tried EaseUS Partition manager, Paragon Disk Manager and MS Diskpart from the command line to clean the drive and recreate primary partition but it's not playing.

Obviously I'm not bothered about the data that once resided on the drive, but was wondering if there's a really low-level wipe and partition utility that I haven't tried? It can't be physically damaged just by unplugging it, can it?

I've not tried a slow format yet in Diskpart. Impatience again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 13, 2014, 09:47:46 AM
You've tried doing a fomat from a command prompt ? If it can be accessed a chkdsk /r may repair it but it will take a while.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on January 13, 2014, 10:32:44 AM
Trying a slow format now, which may take some time...zzz
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on January 13, 2014, 12:27:18 PM
Clone disk.

Under tools and utilities I believe.

Yeah, just installed it and that's the one thing you can't use on the free trial. Bugger.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Morrison Lard on January 13, 2014, 12:29:14 PM
No idea where you'd get a full copy for nowt. Sorry
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on January 13, 2014, 12:34:38 PM
Yeah but for important stuff like this I'd rather not take the chance with a dodgy copy. Luckily I bought a Western Digital hard drive and a quick visit to their site shows they have a free version of True Image you can download. Hoping that's gonna work.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on January 13, 2014, 12:35:14 PM
*ahem* pretty sure Neil frowns on linking to pirate sites. It fact it used to be part of the tech help sticky thread title.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Morrison Lard on January 13, 2014, 12:37:09 PM
Good job no-one linked to owt then, eh ;)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on January 13, 2014, 12:52:54 PM
Now I've just plugged my new blank hard drive into my PC and it shows up in my device manager as working but it's not appearing in Windows Explorer at all. God damn computers.... 

EDIT - It's not showing up in True Image either.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 13, 2014, 01:00:09 PM
Does it show up in disk management ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on January 13, 2014, 01:05:42 PM
It does and it doesn't. It doesn't appear in the list in the top half, but in the bottom half all my other drives have blue bars above them, this one is there and has a black line and it says 'unallocated'.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 13, 2014, 01:10:38 PM
You need to format it from there.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on January 13, 2014, 01:18:06 PM
Lovely grub, cheers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on January 15, 2014, 09:10:47 AM
BTW I've used this free thing a couple of time to clone my laptop drive when upgrading it to a larger size HD. It's simple dimple - http://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/epm-free.html
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: sick as a pike on January 21, 2014, 11:57:18 AM
Surely this is easy: when I open a tab in firefox I want it to be the google search page. I've changed the value in about:config to do this, but when I open a new tab and type, it defaults to typing into the address bar, just adding to the url. I want it to automatically realise I want to type into the search box instead.
Thus I will be freed of repeatedly opening a tab, typing and muttering "whu?!  ...oh yes. Tch!" as it seems I just will not learn.

macbook pro 10.6.8
firefox 26.0
Full clean driving licence, hardwood floors throughout.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on January 21, 2014, 12:21:51 PM
If you leave the default page blank and just type the search terms into the address bar, it should send you to google anyway.

Alternatively, use the search box next to the address bar and... well... in Windows and *nix <alt>+<enter> opens a new tab to run the search in[nb]the <alt>+<enter> trick also works for the address bar[/nb], not sure what key combo a Mac would use, might be the same.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: sick as a pike on January 21, 2014, 01:58:42 PM
Thanks, sorry, I wasn't clear. Any new tabs do now open the google search page (which is what i want), but when I type anything, it defaults to adding the typing onto the end of the url in the address bar, rather than the nice search box in the middle of the page.
I then have to remember to click into the box, adding vital fractions of a second to the search process.

I think we'll all agree this is a major issue.

edit: or I think you're saying I could set the default page to be blank, and go to google from there, but for some reason that doesn't please me as much.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on January 21, 2014, 02:05:32 PM
What I've done is set up some custom keywords - http://www-archive.mozilla.org/docs/end-user/keywords.html

So to search for monkeys I just type Ctrl-T gg monkeys
Although if you type something that isn't a url in the address bar it searches for it on google anyway, so I don't know why I bother.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on January 21, 2014, 02:06:30 PM
Thanks, sorry, I wasn't clear. Any new tabs do now open the google search page (which is what i want), but when I type anything, it defaults to adding the typing onto the end of the url in the address bar, rather than the nice search box in the middle of the page.
I then have to remember to click into the box, adding vital fractions of a second to the search process.

I think we'll all agree this is a major issue.

edit: or I think you're saying I could set the default page to be blank, and go to google from there, but for some reason that doesn't please me as much.

Also, Blumf's method seems to default to going straight to Google UK; at least it does for me. That's OK some of the time, but I'd prefer it went straight to the international Google by default.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on January 21, 2014, 02:29:51 PM
Also, Blumf's method seems to default to going straight to Google UK; at least it does for me. That's OK some of the time, but I'd prefer it went straight to the international Google by default.

Try:
http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/950758
Quote
in Firefox type about:config in the address bar and press ENTER.
Search for keyword.url
Locate and double-click the entry for keyword.URL
Modify it by adding your preferred value. Examples :

    Yahoo: http://search.yahoo.com/
    Ask: http://www.ask.com/
    Google: http://www.google.com/

But yeah, it's one of those small things that can bug you. I'm happy with the <alt>+<enter> trick, but I feel for you man, I really do.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on January 22, 2014, 05:09:36 PM
Could you maybe set your launch page to be: https://www.google.com/search?q=
That way you just enter the search query at the end of the URL (though I'm wondering if it might just redirect to the google page and automatically change the URL at the top ....
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: TIAL on January 27, 2014, 09:04:59 PM
I've just put together a PC made of spare parts as I can't afford to buy my own ideal rig yet. It's 2.6ghz and 3GB RAM, but the AGP graphics card is only 32mb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RIVA_TNT2), which is obviously causing a bit of a bottleneck.

Can I just buy any AGP card, like a 512mb, as a replacement - or are there factors that I need to watch out for such as motherboard compatibility? I did try another old 512mb card but that didn't work, so I'm a bit cautious (although it might just have been a broken card). My motherboard is a Gigabyte 2004 GT Edition, so it's getting on a bit now.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on January 27, 2014, 09:28:05 PM
There's a few different types of AGP (voltage, speed, from what I remember), so you might want to dig up the motherboard specs if you can and see what's what.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: TIAL on January 27, 2014, 10:23:32 PM
Thanks, from what I can see it all seems to be OK - although it's the same chip (different card manufacturer) as the one that didn't work.

Basically I'm unsure if this graphics card (http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-6200-512MB-Graphics-Card/dp/B004EK7EQU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390854739&sr=8-1&keywords=agp+graphics+card) will work with this mother board (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=1716#ov).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: DocDaneeka on January 27, 2014, 10:26:16 PM
I'm having an issue with Firefox and my middle mouse button. When I click a link with the middle button to open up a new tab it opens up two tabs instead of one. I've checked my settings in the mouse and keyboard center and had a nose around mozilla support.

Anyone know how to fix this or is my Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0 on its way out?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on January 27, 2014, 10:41:56 PM
Thanks, from what I can see it all seems to be OK - although it's the same chip (different card manufacturer) as the one that didn't work.

Basically I'm unsure if this graphics card (http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-6200-512MB-Graphics-Card/dp/B004EK7EQU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390854739&sr=8-1&keywords=agp+graphics+card) will work with this mother board (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=1716#ov).

Looks okay, I think you'll be safe. I've seen problems with MB and GFX clashing and needing BIOS updates etc., but that was all years ago when AGP was still young (i.e. last century)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on January 27, 2014, 11:10:29 PM
I'm having an issue with Firefox and my middle mouse button. When I click a link with the middle button to open up a new tab it opens up two tabs instead of one. I've checked my settings in the mouse and keyboard center and had a nose around mozilla support.

Anyone know how to fix this or is my Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0 on its way out?

My bet would be the mouse being on it's way out. Had a similar failure with a mouse a while back (left-click, which was really irritating, launching stuff I was trying to select). I suspect whatever 'debounces (http://www.labbookpages.co.uk/electronics/debounce.html)' the button has failed.

Still, worth trying it on another machine just in case it's something weird in software.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mcbpete on January 28, 2014, 02:42:23 PM
You can also try this site which helped me out when my work mouse was going mental: http://unixpapa.com/js/testmouse.html
Clicking should give you only three events - mousedown,mouseup,click. And your middle mouse should register as button=1

Try the site and see if you only get three events each time.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: DocDaneeka on January 28, 2014, 08:44:08 PM
Since it seems to only happen occasionally(in fact it doesn't seem to be doing it right now) I think it must be the mouse itself. I can live with it as long as it doesn't go completely to shit.

Cheers for the help.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: twatty arbuckle on January 30, 2014, 05:52:02 PM
I currently have windows 7 and all my programs installed to a SSD with a regular HDD used for downloads and media storage. Torrents/downloads etc. are all set to download to my HDD but I was just wondering whether traces of what I have downloaded will end up stored on my SSD?

Not that I've downloaded anything particularly incriminating, I was just thinking of wiping my HDD recently as I've had it for years and there must be a huge record of copyright infringement on there. If I have to wipe my SSD too though I probably won't bother as I can't be arsed installing all my stuff again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: DJ Solid Snail on January 30, 2014, 06:13:33 PM
Are there any non-Apple MP3 players with 160+ GB storage? The headphone jack on my iPod has abruptly stopped functioning, after having had the thing just over a year. This is my fourth 160GB iPod Classic in about six years, and yes, I feel suitably ashamed for having been robbed by the worst company in the world this many times in a row. It's that big storage attraction that sucked me in! But surely there are alternatives?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on January 30, 2014, 09:09:45 PM
Basically, no. Probably do it with flash cards or whatever, but that idea of storing all your stupidly large music collection with you at all times has gone out of fashion.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Santa's Boyfriend on January 31, 2014, 02:29:51 PM
Hey, I'm having RAM woes...

I have a P7P55-M motherboard, currently with 4gb RAM (2x2gb).  I decided to upgrade because the RAM never goes below 50% these days and frequently sits around 80%.  I used Crucial.com to find a compatible set of RAM, and settled on 16gb PC3-12800 (4x4gb - the maximum my motherboard can take) because it was on offer on Amazon as "used - like new".

So I stick it in my machine, switch it on, but nothing is appearing on the monitor.  The monitor is powered on, but it's blinking to say "I've got power but no signal", same as it does when my computer is actually switched off.

I've reseated the RAM, and I've swapped in the old ram to overclock the DRAM voltage to 1.5v (that's what it says on the side of the new RAM), even though it was already set to auto and has a minimum of 1.2 and a max of 2.145.  It didn't make any difference.  I have no idea what to try next, I'd really appreciate some help!

This is the ram in question: http://www.idealo.co.uk/compare/3222077/kingston-valueram-16gb-kit-ddr3-pc3-128000-cl11-kvr1600d3s4r11sk4-16g.html
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on January 31, 2014, 02:48:21 PM
Try one pair of the RAM, and then the other. Try to work out if it's just one dodgy chip or you have the wrong type (although crucial.com is pretty good, so that is unlikely).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Santa's Boyfriend on January 31, 2014, 03:03:16 PM
Thanks, I'll give that a go!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Santa's Boyfriend on January 31, 2014, 06:23:46 PM
OK, I tried swapping the RAM around in various combinations but it made no difference at all.  I guess I'm going to have to send it back and get a refund...?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on February 01, 2014, 02:57:17 AM
Have you tried one stick at a time? One 4GB stick will be enough to boot with, although it might be slower as you're only working in single channel mode.

Try rotating one stick at a time and see if you have a bad stick, then the same again only rotting them through a different RAM socket in case one is buggered.

Failing that it's probably a compatibility issue.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 01, 2014, 08:11:41 AM
OK, I tried swapping the RAM around in various combinations but it made no difference at all.  I guess I'm going to have to send it back and get a refund...?

Whilst memory is usually fairly sound it does get defective occasionally. I'd return it if you've tried swapping slots to no avail and its compatible with the motherboard.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 02, 2014, 09:36:48 AM
Hello

I have a small issue I was wondering if anyone could help with.  The short version is that whenever I try and stream any video, or download torrents, my internet connection cuts out.  It works perfectly fine for general browsing etc, so logically it seems the problem is somehow related to more intense bandwidth usage.

This is a fairly new set up consisting of a new BT Home Hub 5 and a Netgear N300 wireless USB adapter.  The problem is not with the Hub itself as I have tried a wired connection and this works perfectly fine.  I don't want a wire running across my living room floor though, I want a wireless connection.  I have tried changing the wifi broadcast channel and doing other little things that the internet suggested such as turning off power management, but this hasn't solved anything.

Does anyone have any ideas? 

If push comes to shove I'll get another dongle, any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Zetetic on February 05, 2014, 06:07:20 PM
Do you have only a single wireless device to test it with?

It could still be the Hub, just the bit to do with the wireless rather than the internet connection.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 05, 2014, 06:12:13 PM
BT hubs are a bit crap. Can you test it on your phone (assuming it has wireless) turn off the network signal and try playing a video just using wireless.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: DJ Solid Snail on February 06, 2014, 02:26:11 PM
Received a new iPod today, free of charge. Tip for when you're feeling ripped off: call up and have a moan. Cheers, Apple! I love you after all.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 06, 2014, 06:17:20 PM
Do you have only a single wireless device to test it with?

It could still be the Hub, just the bit to do with the wireless rather than the internet connection.

BT hubs are a bit crap. Can you test it on your phone (assuming it has wireless) turn off the network signal and try playing a video just using wireless.

Thank you both for replying, you're lovely.

Is it possible that the problem is to do with the location of the hub compared to the dongle?

It's just that I've moved the hub from behind the sofa to the side of the sofa, moved the dongle to a USB port on the front of the PC - so they can see each other through the air - and this seems to have fixed the problem.  I have concluded that my sofa can cope with small bandwidth transmissions but not large ones.

I feel a bit daft mentioning this, although it does remind me of the time I went round to help fix someone's computer (believe it or not, I do get asked to help with computers) and the problem was that the monitor cable had come loose.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 06, 2014, 06:29:58 PM
Certainly could !
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 06, 2014, 06:56:03 PM
So, at the risk of trying to understand science (I'm really not a science person), why can the signal move through the air and not through a sofa?  I'm not being funny, I really don't understand it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 06, 2014, 06:59:56 PM
Any metal in the sofa (springs etc) will interfere with the signal.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 06, 2014, 07:18:54 PM
Wilbur, I love you and I think the fact that you take time out here to help people with computer problems is fantastic. 

With that spirit in mind, please bear in mind that I am genuinely not being funny with this question, it's more that I am a simple man who doesn't understand science.

What actually constitutes a metal and what constitutes a signal?  Why can't a wireless signal go through metal? 

I get that it can't, but why?  In my head a wireless signal just ignores material things.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 06, 2014, 07:27:38 PM
You can block out radio waves with metal. A bit like how lead stops the effects of Kryptonite.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 06, 2014, 07:38:07 PM
Aye, I get the concept, but I want to understand why.

Why can metal block out radio waves?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 06, 2014, 07:42:36 PM
Probably in the same way it can catch them for an aerial. If you wired up your computer's aerial to the springs in the sofa, that would probably work quite well.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 06, 2014, 07:56:59 PM
Think of it like sound waves. Anything in between deadens the sound. Same with radio waves. Lead would stop it dead. Like the protection from xrays.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 06, 2014, 08:26:05 PM
Again, I love you both, but I don't actually understand the physics behind it.

What, when it comes down to it, is a sound, or radio wave?  Physically, what is it? Is it something physical?  If so, why can it move through the air without me touching it?  If I walk through one of these waves, does it affect me?

I don't understand what it is in the first place.

Because I don't understand what a sound/radio wave actually is, I don't understand why things like lead/sofas can block them, although I can obviously appreciate/see the physics in practice, hence my sofa/dongle issue.

I want to understand more of the science behind it though.  Even though my set-up now appears to be working, I still don't understand how a film can be transmitted through the air from the hub to my PC.

I really want to understand this sort of stuff, but I wasn't taught it at school so I go back to my basic approach of asking questions until I understand.  Sorry if that causes problems.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 07, 2014, 07:21:57 AM
http://www.webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Computer_Science/wireless_networks_explained.asp

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/wireless-network.htm

http://www.nrao.edu/index.php/learn/radioastronomy/radiocommunication

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/radio.htm

http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/35412/how-is-wireless-communication-possible
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on February 07, 2014, 03:44:20 PM
Thanks, interesting reading!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on February 22, 2014, 07:52:28 PM
I'm sure I've mentioned this before but I'm fucking sick of it so I'm rooting out the culprit.

I am running a dodgy file (a crack) and I want it to run, I'm not arsed about 'the dangers' I can sort out any fallout that might occur. Normally that's ok but now and then and especially now this cunting thing pops up:

(http://i.imgur.com/OM0UDcy.jpg)

Yeah yeah, fuck you.

I want rid of these warnings, I want this shit to run, I don't want no nanny state program telling me 'it's too naughty' and then putting the kibosh on it, so does anyone know what causes this to appear?

I mean I know it's cos the .exe is used to break into programs and so it's code is regarded as dodgy but what is doing that detecting and throwing this message up at me and halting the process?

It's not worded like a system error message is normally what with the exclamation point and all caps so I'm assuming I can dig this little bugger out and things will work as they should.

So anyone had this? Is it some bit of an AV program seeing something rule breaky and blocking it? If so any ideas on what it might be?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 22, 2014, 08:12:59 PM
My guess would be whoever originally made the crack put some code in to check the file name/checksum and throws up that message if they've changed to stop anyone claiming credit for the crack. Or someone put it on afterwards to claim credit and stop anyone else taking it afterwards.
Or an anti-pirate seed -it's not a crack just a program to give you the willies for trying to be naughty boy.

I'd be very surprised if there was some other app actually intervening.

Basically, just find another crack.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on February 23, 2014, 01:49:34 AM
Now normally I might agree but I've seen this exact thing pop from many different files and sources so it's either a pan-torrent boogie group who go to the trouble of including the full installation and readme files from what looks like a common or garden cracker gang for everything (a fucking load of stuff, under different names) that they put out or it's a stock response from something on my comp in reaction to me trying to launch iffy .exe files with 'data leaks' that some too proactive 'thingamy' recognises as a virus which in a controlled way it *kind of* is as the crack is putting code where it shouldn't be

They're well seeded, 'verified', whatever use that is, active for years but also not given shit votes anywhere and the possibility exists and where the possibility exists people will bitch. It seems like too much effort. too sophisticated almost, I'm Occam's Razoring this cunt.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on February 23, 2014, 08:40:24 AM
My anti-virus thing is telling me I need to update my Flash plugin. Okay, so I go to

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

and the site shows up for maybe a second before it just goes white. No idea what the problem is, any chance I've got some naughty virus which is stopping me from updating Flash?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 23, 2014, 08:45:39 AM
My anti-virus thing is telling me I need to update my Flash plugin. Okay, so I go to

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

and the site shows up for maybe a second before it just goes white. No idea what the problem is, any chance I've got some naughty virus which is stopping me from updating Flash?

That really could be just about anything. Shut down everything that's loading on startup and try again would be my starting point.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 23, 2014, 09:25:48 AM
Now normally I might agree but I've seen this exact thing pop from many different files and sources so it's either a pan-torrent boogie group who go to the trouble of including the full installation and readme files from what looks like a common or garden cracker gang for everything (a fucking load of stuff, under different names) that they put out or it's a stock response from something on my comp in reaction to me trying to launch iffy .exe files with 'data leaks' that some too proactive 'thingamy' recognises as a virus which in a controlled way it *kind of* is as the crack is putting code where it shouldn't be

They're well seeded, 'verified', whatever use that is, active for years but also not given shit votes anywhere and the possibility exists and where the possibility exists people will bitch. It seems like too much effort. too sophisticated almost, I'm Occam's Razoring this cunt.

Ok, well googling doesn't help much but from these two links: http://www.un4seen.com/forum/?topic=1333.msg7047#msg7047
http://turok.forumactif.com/t715-cd-version-not-playing-music#14002

I think the message is coming from the anti-piracy code in the file you are trying to patch, and it basically means the crack hasn't worked. Possibly because you are on a 64bit system? Assming obvious things like the crack s for the right version and things.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on February 23, 2014, 02:19:41 PM
Ah now I'm on 32bit but the crack might be for 64bit, that could well explain this.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on February 24, 2014, 01:29:27 PM
I could do with some advice regarding my broadband connection. During the day I get around 7mb which is fine and dandy. When I signed up with orange, they estimated I'd only get 3.5mb. Over the past couple of months however, the speeds have gone a bit shite in the evenings. I used to be able to stream the football on the laptop in one room while iplayer was on in another and internet radio on in the kitchen with very few problems. Now it's one or the other if I'm lucky and I can forget about HD streaming. Speeds seem to fluctuate around 1-3mb now. A look online suggests a 'contention' issue, as the speeds are fine otherwise.
I'm just wondering if I have any options here. There's only an ADSL exchange available, so will the contention ratios be the same no matter which company I am with? From what I can tell I only have BT, Orange and PlusNet to choose from.

Appreciate any advice.
Cheers
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 24, 2014, 01:47:24 PM
I had a problem on my ADSL line a month or two back and it turned out to be a faulty router. My ISP had (automatically) capped me because of the erratic connection my router was allowing. I changed router and then had to leave it on for a few days whilst my ISP reset my connection. it itook about half a week and everything went back to normal.

It might just be usage in the evening in your area. My own download speed can fluctuate between 2-3mbps up to 5mbps although I've not noted the time of the day.

I have noticed that, since this area was upgraded to allow the option of ADSL2 a month or so ago, my connection via ADSL has generally deteriorated (I was going to switch soon anyway; it's cheaper to have the faster service).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on February 25, 2014, 11:06:16 AM
It might just be usage in the evening in your area. My own download speed can fluctuate between 2-3mbps up to 5mbps although I've not noted the time of the day.

Almost certain it's that as there are no problems during the day. It's got worse recently though, perhaps due to netflix etc becoming more popular. I couldn't even play the radio while iplayer was on last night.
What I'm wondering is will it be any different with another supplier? They'll be using the same line and presumably the same contention ratios. Or do I just have to grin and bear it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 25, 2014, 12:01:02 PM
I think it's hard to say because you can't easily tell where the congestion actually is.

If the congestion is somewhere in the providers network, then switching should help.

If the congestion is on the link from the exchange to the "internet", then I'm not sure if switching providers will help. They might just all share that link or rent it from BT Wholesale.

It's probably worth trying changing, unless it's going to cost you lots of money or something. Or maybe ask your neighbours who they are using and if they have any problems?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on February 25, 2014, 12:34:23 PM
As far as I can tell, the lines are rented from BT. It's a small exchange serving just over 100 houses. Asking around seems the best bet.

Cheers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on February 27, 2014, 11:46:12 AM
Is it possible to write a macro or some such to automatically generate diary pages (e.g. generating and printing individual text along the lines of [Date] [Month] [Day] to an existing template?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 27, 2014, 12:42:06 PM
Is it possible to write a macro or some such to automatically generate diary pages (e.g. generating and printing individual text along the lines of [Date] [Month] [Day] to an existing template?

Possibly, yes, but you'd have to be more specific. Are you talking about something in Word?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on February 27, 2014, 06:36:36 PM
Yes.  I have a pre-made template, and I need 365 copies of it, each one with the date at the top, including the day of the week.  I just don't want to do it manually.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 27, 2014, 09:49:49 PM
I can't help you there, been nearly two decades since I sullied my hands with MS Word macros.

I occurs to me, that you might be able to use a mail merge taking a list of dates from a spreadsheet. That might be quick/easy.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: syntaxerror on February 27, 2014, 10:40:54 PM
Dear Diary LOL
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on March 11, 2014, 08:19:45 PM
Here's a terribly unspecific question, any help appreciated.

So basically my laptop has been slowly dying for the past year or so. It has a load of probably unrelated issues that are down to the fact it's old and has been overheating for a very long time. It used to blue screen fairly regularly [although this has not happened in over three months - mainly since I took the battery out and just run on mains power: I doubt there's any element of causation here, but still], certain parts of the keyboard don't work, etc. Due to it not having a battery inevitably I accidentally pull out the cord on a fairly regular basis which leads to a less than ideal shut down. There's more, but yeah basically I need a new laptop. HOWEVER I really cannot afford one, so this'll have to keep limping on.

Anyway, last night I think it decided it had had enough of being deprived of power instantaneously and following an accidental shut down/reboot it is now fucked. Whenever I turn it on [in normal mode, it's in safe mode now] it freezes at regular intervals and refuses to switch off normally.

So I've now got it in Safe mode and it's running fine. I'm checking it for malware in case that's the problem, but what other diagnostic tools can I use on it to isolate the problem when that inevitably comes up empty handed?

I'm happy to use it forever in safe mode, to be honest, as I rarely use it for more than surfing the internet and listening to music. Are there any particularly drawbacks to this?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on March 11, 2014, 11:27:39 PM
I'd reinstall the OS, or even install Ubuntu (as it runs a lot lighter, and if you don't have any specific software requirements it would fit your needs).

Reinstalling the OS may seem like the cop-out option, but it's likely to save you a lot of time troubleshooting.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on March 11, 2014, 11:40:31 PM
Well I let the malware and anti virus software do it's thing in safe mode and now it appears to be fine again in non-safe mode. Weird - I always thought the point of malware was to do secretive stuff behind the scenes, not cause your computer to throw a perpetual hissy fit. Undoubtedly it'll break again in a few days, but this is good news nevertheless.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on March 12, 2014, 12:10:18 AM
Inevitably, I spoke too soon. Something went haywire when I was downstairs having a piss and Explorer[?] appears to have died. I repeat: Explorer is down.

How complicated/hassle-filled is installing a new OS and getting all of your old shit [e.g. files and bookmarks] onto it?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on March 12, 2014, 04:40:51 AM
I'm not sure on Windows, but everyone needs to know how to do that; now is the time.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 12, 2014, 08:29:55 AM
Inevitably, I spoke too soon. Something went haywire when I was downstairs having a piss and Explorer[?] appears to have died. I repeat: Explorer is down.

How complicated/hassle-filled is installing a new OS and getting all of your old shit [e.g. files and bookmarks] onto it?

Pretty simple. The File transfer wizard does all the transfer hard work.
You need to have the medium (CD/DVD) which you can download,a valid license key (should be on a sticker, hopefully you can read it).
External storage to put the transfer file on,. The drivers for your network card just in case windows doesnt install it automatically.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on March 12, 2014, 09:21:42 AM
Ta, I'll have a bash at doing it next time I have the chance. And re: network card, oh you optimist, you. My network card died a long time ago, I use a USB one now.

By valid license code do you mean for Ubuntu or for Windows? If for the latter that could be a problem...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 12, 2014, 09:27:14 AM
Ta, I'll have a bash at doing it next time I have the chance. And re: network card, oh you optimist, you. My network card died a long time ago, I use a USB one now.

By valid license code do you mean for Ubuntu or for Windows? If for the latter that could be a problem...

Don't need a license code if its Ubuntu. The last time I installed Ubuntu it was a doddle. Sorry I made an assumption you were running Windows. There's no transfer wizard for Ubuntu that I'm aware of so you'll probably need to copy the files manually if that's the case.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on March 12, 2014, 06:33:18 PM
Hello

This question is brought to you by the same man who asked "I have encased my wireless router in a nuclear concrete bunker and it won't connect to my PC in another continent - what's wrong there?" and "What actually goes down the wires, anyway?".  So bear that in mind please :)

I have been having issues with my computer not starting - at all.

It's a Packard Bell, if I had to guess at the exact model type I'd go for an iExtreme M5850.  Don't judge me, it was on offer.

It's been happening sporadically over the past year or so, and usually switching it off and on again would sort any issues out.

However, it has been happening more and more recently (to the point where it wouldn't start at all yesterday) and I have noticed a few key things:

1) The comp itself is built so that the power unit is at the top;
2) These issues started to happen more and more when I was inserting/removing USB ports - which are also at the top of the comp, seems like they're all sort of linked power-wise;
3) Comp wouldn't boot at all if there was a USB device (usually a BT dongle - the Netgear dongle seemed to have less issues) inserted into one of the top ports;
4) The keyboard - linked to a USB port at the back of the comp - seems to flash randomly when these issues are happening, although most of the 'back' USB ports seem fine;
5) I can only seem to get the comp working again when the power has been disconnected for at least an hour;
6) I have been having more BSODs recently, and I never had them when I first got the comp (oh, using Win7, most updates - apart from Bing crap etc - installed);
7) Sometimes the power light on the PC will light up but nothing happens;
8) Once the power gets going, the motherboard seems to do it's usual checks (there's one beep, which I think means everything is OK there?) and everything loads fine;
9) Any other devices requiring power are connected via different extension cables and all work fine when I switch them round - so the issue seems to be somewhere between the PSU and the motherboard, I think?

So my theory is that there is a power/overheating issue somewhere, although I don't really know what I'm talking about to be honest.  I have replaced the power cable from the plug to the computer and that obviously didn't solve anything.

This issue may or may not be related to a recent problem which involved the computer seemingly being overloaded and BSODing when too many YouTube videos were opened at once.

Any pointers here please?  Thank you :)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on March 12, 2014, 06:56:56 PM
Ta, I'll have a bash at doing it next time I have the chance. And re: network card, oh you optimist, you. My network card died a long time ago, I use a USB one now.

By valid license code do you mean for Ubuntu or for Windows? If for the latter that could be a problem...

Yeah, Ubuntu is free, so may be worth a shot. It's not for everyone, but I find it a breeze to use, to be honest, and now use it more than Windows.

It's possible that the next bit may be beyond you, but if you can I'd recommend partitioning your hard drive... about 50GB for OS/Software and the remainder for all your documents/music etc. That way if you ever need to re-install your OS again, you don't need to faff about with transferring data, as you will only scrub your OS partition.

Also, you can get your Windows license key by running this:
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

It will be under the Software Licenses section.

I highly recommend running this anyway and storing the output somewhere off your computer, in case you need to find a driver and you can't remember which one you need (again, this may not make a lot of sense now, but it will be a god send if you need it).

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 12, 2014, 07:59:55 PM
Weekender - it's probably a cheap ass psu dying. On phone, but simplest thing to try would be to clear all the fluff from it. If that doesn't work, probably need a new one.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on March 12, 2014, 08:51:30 PM
Weekender - it's probably a cheap ass psu dying. On phone, but simplest thing to try would be to clear all the fluff from it. If that doesn't work, probably need a new one.

Cheers.  Was hoping it wasn't something like that, because for some reason my actual access to the PSU seems quite limited.  I can access the main bits of the PC from the side panel no problem, but accessing the bits on top - where I think the power problem lies - seems much more complicated than it should be.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 12, 2014, 09:13:10 PM
Well, the psu itself isn't supposed to be user serviceable, because of all that lovely electricity. But it should have a grill and a fan on the back, which normally clogs up with loads of fluff, and you should be able to pull a load out. IT bods[nb]actually, I think I know this from the fucking shit webcomic User Friendly[/nb] use cans of compressed air to blow gunk out, but you could probably use a hoover.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 13, 2014, 08:56:28 AM
weekender.

An ATX power supply is cheap http://www.ebuyer.com/621475-500w-builder-black-12cm-psu-with-pfc-and-3-x-sata-psu500builderblack  and reasonably easy to replace. Especially if , unfathomably for Packard Bell for whom this is almost unheard of, the service manual is available on line.

ftp://ftp.packardbell.com/pub/itemnr/CS265F00/SG_PB_iXmM5850.pdf
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 13, 2014, 09:59:05 AM
Yes, I realise now I might have given the wrong impression - it's easy to replace the PSU, but generally not easy to open them up to attempt to repair them.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on March 13, 2014, 06:19:05 PM
Thanks both.

Out of interest, are you both pretty much in agreement that the problems are related to the PSU?  I find it really weird that tonight the PC loaded fine, without any problems on any of the USB ports, three of which are now happily charging away various USB devices, yet on Tuesday the PC wouldn't start at all.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 13, 2014, 06:23:54 PM
Thanks both.

Out of interest, are you both pretty much in agreement that the problems are related to the PSU?  I find it really weird that tonight the PC loaded fine, without any problems on any of the USB ports, three of which are now happily charging away various USB devices, yet on Tuesday the PC wouldn't start at all.

No. From your original description I'd say the connections on the motherboard mounted USB ports are dodgy. That means new motherboard or a £5 PCI USB card.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on March 13, 2014, 06:30:57 PM
Apologies Wilbur, but I'd like to get this straight in my head if that's OK.

The motherboard is on the side of the PC, I can see it when I open the case from the side.  The USB ports I'm referring to (there are USB ports on the back of the PC as well, but they seem unaffected so far) and the 'on' switch for the PC are on the top of the case in some sort of unit that I haven't been able to open as yet - although I think the Packard Bell guide you linked to shows me how to do that, so thank you for that.

In my head this mystical compartment that I can't open - and where the problem lies - is some sort of electrical circuit from the PSU to the motherboard, it just happens to have an 'on' button and some USB ports attached.  Would that be a fair summary?  Or am I hopelessly wrong again?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 14, 2014, 07:18:09 AM
Nope that sounds right you may be able to replace that part if you can find one.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 14, 2014, 05:19:25 PM
I've got an interesting one - I just bought a new PC for gaming, it arrived, I turned it on and started setting it up (it came with Windows 7 pre-installed). Anyway, I saw the little shield so set the computer to install updates and turn off.

Only problem is, it won't turn back on again. I've unplugged and re-plugged the power connection, it's not excessively hot and there's no smell of burning plastic. So, before I have to go through the ballache of sending it back and getting another one, any tips on how I could solve it myself without voiding any sort of warranty I may have?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steve Lampkins on March 14, 2014, 05:41:29 PM
use cans of compressed air to blow gunk out, but you could probably use a hoover.

I think this is not recommended at all, as hoovers can create static electricity, potentially breaking delicate components.

FAKE EDIT: http://www.howtogeek.com/57870/ask-how-to-geek-why-you-should-never-vacuum-your-pc-converting-books-for-the-kindle-and-controlling-multiple-computers-with-one-keyboard/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 14, 2014, 05:45:48 PM
I've got an interesting one - I just bought a new PC for gaming, it arrived, I turned it on and started setting it up (it came with Windows 7 pre-installed). Anyway, I saw the little shield so set the computer to install updates and turn off.

Only problem is, it won't turn back on again. I've unplugged and re-plugged the power connection, it's not excessively hot and there's no smell of burning plastic. So, before I have to go through the ballache of sending it back and getting another one, any tips on how I could solve it myself without voiding any sort of warranty I may have?

Try a hard reset. That means taking the battery out and unplugging it and then holding the power button down for about 45 seconds. Then reattach the power cord and try again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 14, 2014, 06:06:41 PM
Tried all that, Wilbur, ta, and not a sausage. So I called the shop up and they're going to take it back and (hopefully) send me another one.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 14, 2014, 06:16:45 PM
Tried all that, Wilbur, ta, and not a sausage. So I called the shop up and they're going to take it back and (hopefully) send me another one.

How annoying for you . What make and model is it just out of interest?

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 15, 2014, 09:53:58 AM
Sorry, I think we may have been talking at slightly cross purposes. I sold a laptop and bought a desktop, a custom built one. It turned on once, I installed a few things, it shut down to install updates and then never turned on again. I presume it's the power pack (I took the cable to Maplins and had them check it, that works fine) inside, but it's getting returned to the seller on Monday so hopefully I'll have one that works by the end of next week.

Curious about why it turned on once and then stopped, though.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on March 15, 2014, 03:43:09 PM
Right I'm going to give installing Ubuntu a go on my dead laptop later on today, assuming these library computers allow me to make a bootable USB stick. Once I've installed Ubuntu and transferred any files I need from the Windows part to the Ubuntu one is the process of obliterating Windows a straight forward one
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 15, 2014, 04:10:16 PM
Right I'm going to give installing Ubuntu a go on my dead laptop later on today, assuming these library computers allow me to make a bootable USB stick. Once I've installed Ubuntu and transferred any files I need from the Windows part to the Ubuntu one is the process of obliterating Windows a straight forward one

Ubuntu will give you the option to wipe out Windows when you install it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on March 15, 2014, 04:42:43 PM
Ubuntu will give you the option to wipe out Windows when you install it.

Will that not endanger the other files on the hard-drive? Sorry if that's a stupid question - I'm vaguely computer literate but this is new ground for me. I know the obvious option would be to back up my internal hard-drive onto an external hard-drive, but that's not possible as my computer refuses to even boot up anymore.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on March 15, 2014, 04:58:55 PM
Two options:

1) Are your files on a different partition from Windows? If not, then move to option 2. If yes, then just install Ubuntu on the partition Windows is on.

2) Make a 'Live CD' Ubuntu install on your USB stick (go to the Try Ubuntu before you Install it link http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop ), have an external Hard disk handy. Copy your files across to the external Hard Disk after booting into Ubuntu from the USB stick. Then just install Ubuntu as normal.

There is a third option of popping your hard disk out of your laptop, putting it into a Hard disk enclosure and plugging it into a different PC to get your files, but that shouldn't be necessary.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: WesterlyWinds on March 16, 2014, 02:18:25 PM
Option two sounds like the best idea. Cheers!

Anyone can link me to a handy guide for partitioning my hard-drive to avoid this shit again when it inevitably happens? Although, having said that I've got a feeling it's something else that's bust in my laptop along with the OS... Guess I'll find out tomorrow.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on March 16, 2014, 11:59:41 PM
If I remember correctly, you'll get the option to partition when you install Ubuntu. I'd use about 20-40GB for the OS Partition, set the Swap partition as described and use the rest for data (/home).

Here's a handy guide:
http://askubuntu.com/questions/343268/how-to-use-manual-partitioning-during-installation

Use the first answer as a guide. I wouldn't bother partitoning /boot /tmp and /var (the optional part 7).

Oh, and I'd recommend running http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html as per my earlier message so that you can get your Windows license key in case you plan to roll back (unless your PC has properly died, that is).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 17, 2014, 12:40:31 AM
Anyone can link me to a handy guide for partitioning my hard-drive to avoid this shit again when it inevitably happens? Although, having said that I've got a feeling it's something else that's bust in my laptop along with the OS... Guess I'll find out tomorrow.

Check it:
http://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,41410.0.html
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on March 18, 2014, 01:12:20 PM
Can someone help me with this one?

I was wondering how to make my website appear on Google searches. I built the website with Hotglue and then registered a domain name with 1&1 that pointed to the Hotglue website. I asked 1&1 how to make it show on searches but they said I need to do that with Hotglue but that doesn't sound right. I can't see how to do that on Hotglue. I submitted my URL to google but shouldn't there be somewhere I go to add keywords or tags so people can search for it?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puffin Chunks on March 18, 2014, 01:33:28 PM
You need to be updating the Meta Tags in your HTML for Search Engine Optimisation.

Here's a good start for you:
http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.co.uk/en/uk/webmasters/docs/search-engine-optimization-starter-guide.pdf
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on March 18, 2014, 07:04:39 PM
Post links to your site on other sites - blogs, forum sigs, twitter, etc (but don't annoy people and be seen as a spammer unless you have no shame in which case spam away! - but not here because Neil doen't like it!).
The more other places that link to your site the better its rank will be.
That's how Google gauges a sites popularity, as well as clickthroughs on Google as well.
Sort your meta tags too as Puffin Chunks has mentioned.

I submitted my URL to google

I thought submitting a site to a search engine was a thing of the past, I didn't even know you could do that any more. I remember trying and failing umpteen times to get altavista to list a site, submitted it many times and the gits never did. In the end it was eclipsed by Google and that listed the site automatically without any input from me.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on March 19, 2014, 10:04:56 AM
Many thanks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 20, 2014, 08:47:40 AM
This might be more an electrical issue than a computer one, but hopefully there'll be someone with some smarts in here.

I bought a computer, plugged it in and it worked. Turned it off to install updates and it never turned back on again. I switched the socket, to no avail. Took the cable to Maplins and got them to check it, it worked fine. I sent it back to the shop, and they called me to say it was working fine.

So, provided it's not them fibbing, after sorting out a loose connection, has anyone got any ideas what the problem might be? If it's a fault with the strip, then every other device I've plugged into it works fine (including the cheap PC I currently have plugged in). I've never had this problem before and am stumped as to what it might be.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on March 20, 2014, 09:26:34 AM
I had a similar issue with an old silver door G4 Mac I had bought for a friend and it turned out to be the lead between the monitor and the computer that was causing the problem; something to do with abilty to turn the machine off via a button on the monitor (which didn't exist on mine).

What would be different between them turning on the computer at their workshop and at your place. What else are you connecting it to?

I should add there was nothing wrong with the lead that caused the problem but it specially had a few pins missing from the usual 15 (VGA).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 20, 2014, 10:09:19 AM
Nothing happens when I turn the PC on though, pressing the button on the front causes nothing to happen. It worked once and not again...

Anyway, it's got an HDMI cable going to the telly, an ethernet cable going to one of those Livewire boxes, and a USB going to a powered hub.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 20, 2014, 10:11:23 AM
Nothing happens when I turn the PC on though, pressing the button on the front causes nothing to happen. It worked once and not again...

Anyway, it's got an HDMI cable going to the telly, an ethernet cable going to one of those Livewire boxes, and a USB going to a powered hub.

It sounds like an intermittent fault. Sorry I appreciate that's not terribly helpful.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on March 20, 2014, 10:38:25 AM
Nothing happens when I turn the PC on though, pressing the button on the front causes nothing to happen. It worked once and not again...

Anyway, it's got an HDMI cable going to the telly, an ethernet cable going to one of those Livewire boxes, and a USB going to a powered hub.

And it still doesn't power on with any of those cables removed? You're using the telly as its monitor, or have you also got a computer monitor connected? I wonder what set up worked at their workshop and how many consecutive times they were able to power up? I wonder if it actually needs a monitor (rather than a TV) attached to power on?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 20, 2014, 11:48:37 AM
I specifically remember before sending it back, plugging it in with nothing attached, and it not working. That's a bit of a problem then, if it needs a proper monitor rather than a telly to work.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on March 20, 2014, 11:55:39 AM
If that is the case (seems far-fetched, though) then I wonder if there's such a thing as a monitor termination adapter, that you could fit on the monitor-out port on the computer? Having nothing attached should allow you to turn it on, though.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 20, 2014, 12:16:57 PM
If that is the case (seems far-fetched, though) then I wonder if there's such a thing as a monitor termination adapter, that you could fit on the monitor-out port on the computer? Having nothing attached should allow you to turn it on, though.

It seems extremely far fetched given that it booted up fine the first time.......

Having said that I've just had to re-install a Windows 8 machine where the usb sockets didn't work after an update which appears to be a known issue with Windows 8 but with no current fix. Is this a Windows 8 machine perchance ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 20, 2014, 12:32:29 PM
Before Windows 8 has evn started though innit?

This might be a stupid answer, but you know there is another power switch on the back right? Nothing will happen if that's not in the correct position.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 20, 2014, 12:46:20 PM
I didn't change anything between the first and second times I tried to turn it on, which makes it a puzzler.

Anyway, fingers crossed - I get it back tomorrow, so let's see if it works then.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on March 20, 2014, 09:44:23 PM
My external DVD-ROM drive won't read 8cm CDs. Or rather, Windows won't, because ImgBurn reads them just fine and I can then unpack the ISO and the files are all there on my HD. But if I try to open the CD in Explorer, I get an error message about not being able to read the disc. Full size CDs work fine, which makes it a bit of a puzzle, as I wouldn't have thought they would appear any differently to Windows, but evidently they do.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 20, 2014, 09:54:08 PM
it might be the disk was written with some format other than ISO9660. Maybe it's UDF which, I think, WinXP can't read.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on March 20, 2014, 11:45:58 PM
it might be the disk was written with some format other than ISO9660. Maybe it's UDF which, I think, WinXP can't read.

Supposedly, SP3 can; and anyway that's not it because the discs in question are ISO9660.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 21, 2014, 01:05:23 AM
The only other things I can think of are; some fucky autorun thing, or char-encoding (i.e. does it have Japanese file names or something like that on it)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on March 21, 2014, 08:10:42 AM
No Japanese characters, and autorun is turned off. Maybe it's just coincidence, as I can't see why the size of the disc would be relevant unless it were a hardware problem (which would surely cause problems for ImgBurn as well), but it does seem to be specifically 8cm discs that aren't working.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 21, 2014, 04:46:54 PM
I didn't change anything between the first and second times I tried to turn it on, which makes it a puzzler.

Anyway, fingers crossed - I get it back tomorrow, so let's see if it works then.
Same problem, but progress has been made. I unplugged the powered USB hub thingie and it turned on immediately. Huh? So, for some reason the hub is stopping the PC from turning on. But it works fine when you plug it in after the PC is turned on.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 21, 2014, 04:52:28 PM
Must be some sort of power issue. I assume the powered hub is plugged in.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on March 21, 2014, 05:13:35 PM
Yeah, it's possibly an earthing issue. I hate USB on this count, especially for audio applications. Does the power supply for the USB hub have a metal earth pin or is it a plastic "surrogate" one? I'd say the latter was preferable if the computer is already earthed (as is normal). Will the computer turn on with the USB hub plugged in to the computer but not powered via its own power supply?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on March 23, 2014, 01:19:34 PM
Is anyone else's Firefox grindingly fucking slow?
Of late (following an update recently, I THINK) it's been very slow, sometimes unresponsive. Videos buffer and then skip with audio drop-outs. New pages take a while to load.
That sort of thing.

General slowness, high CPU usage.
That sort of thing.

Just being hard to work with, poor performance.
That sort of thing.


Why does it do this?
How to stop it doing this?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on March 23, 2014, 01:27:53 PM
I've noticed something like this on my version of Firefox (TenFourFox, a special build for PPC macs based on FFv24). Pages like Amazon never seem to complete loading. Turning all add-ons off seemed to help (although that's not much help in the long run). I've yet to determine which ones are the problem as yet as I use a fair number.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 23, 2014, 04:15:42 PM
I had a few niggles with it and just switched to Google Chrome a couple of years ago. I appreciate this doesn't help you resolve your problem.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 23, 2014, 05:00:55 PM
Can't say it's changed much for me, v28 has cocked up double/triple-click text selection, but otherwise it's average.

Might be something naff going on with DNS resolution, perhaps kick your router (if you're using one) up the arse.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on March 23, 2014, 06:17:21 PM
I tried Chrome again just the other day and found it felt very sluggish compared to Firefox (or at least Palemoon, the Firefox variant that I use - haven't used the official build for years). Also I looked in the task manager and it had about a dozen processes running, before I'd even opened any pages. That seems pretty messed up.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on March 23, 2014, 08:29:40 PM
That's how Chrome works, it's the main selling point, keeping everything separated for security and reliability.

One thing I wish FF would do, instead of jamming everything into one thread that locks the whole browser up.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 23, 2014, 10:14:48 PM
Reset it. Since the add in nonsense anything can duck it up.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on March 24, 2014, 11:15:48 AM
Cheers.
I've done the reset thing, that's what THEY advised. Still, not really all that good.
Maybe it's just become too advanced for my ageing XP computer to handle.

Then again, a few things seem to be running a bit slow of late.
Probably time for a big old clean up and shake down. 
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on March 31, 2014, 12:53:05 PM
My laptop fan has started having to work overtime it seems. Any cpu intensive process and the fan goes mental. This includes watching hd you tube vids.

First thing I've done is to make sure the fan is clear of dust and all of the vents are clean. Took an air duster to it but things are obviously heating up cpu wise as the fan is still very noisy.

Does this mean the cpu is on the way out and I should make sure important stuff is saved or can it be remedied?

I'm using an HP 620 laptop which I hate with a passion. I also know very little about computers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 31, 2014, 04:39:07 PM
Try installing speedfan and see what temperature its getting to. It may be the fan on the way out which is replaceable.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on April 01, 2014, 11:33:44 AM
I installed speedfan. It didn't recognise the fan but the temp is shown below.

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2qcphfa.jpg)

I've noticed that even when it's working overtime the fan doesn't seem to be pumping out much air.

I guess it's worth replacing the fan as ebay have got them for 4.99?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 01, 2014, 01:07:47 PM
Those temps are not *that* high. There is a fair bit of tweaking you can do in the OS to cool things down (mainly by slowing the processor down slightly) Probably worth looking at that before changing the fan unless you are ultra confident you can take it apart and rebuild it yourself. What Windows version are you running ?

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on April 01, 2014, 01:59:40 PM
Windows 7
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on April 01, 2014, 02:12:20 PM
Open one of them.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 01, 2014, 02:13:33 PM
Go into advanced power settings and lower the max processor speed to around 80%. See if that improves things at all.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on April 01, 2014, 02:59:38 PM
Ok. Have reduced Max to 80%.

Shield generators are holding.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on April 10, 2014, 11:10:50 AM
A good while back, you may recall that I asked if it's possible to replace a USB port as the plastic in 2/3 of the ones in my laptop had snapped and the little metal pins had folded up, rendering the USB ports useless.
I was told that such a job would likely require soldering direct to the MB and not to bother, so instead I went with an external, powered USB extention.

On a similar note, I was asking for ages about a laptop power port issue. When plugging in the power cable, the wire has to be jiggled all over the shop for it to begin to charge, sometimes, it just won't. Often I have to turn the machine upside down, take the battery out, get the cord in and the powering light on and slip the battery back in without it noticing...Which is annoying as fuck.

Well, BOTH problems solved.
I stripped the thing down following a youtube video and both parts (DC jack and double USB port) are just plug in parts.
Fairly easy to strip down, although it did require a bot of "ah, fuck it" style confidence.
Looked a bit like this
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3_B-nYIlwB9LWJ0ck9Na2tpWlU/edit?usp=sharing

If anyone can help me with embedding images from google docs (if even possible) I'd be grateful.

Putting it together wasn't too hard, but I was trying to keep up with the video so missed a couple of connections, so had to strip back to connect the power strip and then again to connect the keyboard.
But this just gave me a bit more confidence in doing that sort of thing.

So, thanks to all that helped.

My advice to anyone with similar hardware problems is to just give it a shot.
:-)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Santa's Boyfriend on April 11, 2014, 12:25:53 PM
OK, here's one that is potentially a long story, so I'll try and keep it brief.

Over Christmas a friend's Dad died.  I helped her out with the funeral and stuff, and when going through his possessions she decided to give me his Apple Macbook as a thank you, as she already had a laptop and I didn't.  It has the install disc with it and I've been trying to wipe it, but unfortunately it's password protected.  We've tried to guess the password, but no luck, and it seems to want the password in order to do anything at all, including wiping it and starting again.  I'm frankly rather nervous about taking it to the Apple store, as if I were the guy in the store I'd probably suspect me of actually having stolen it.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Queneau on April 11, 2014, 12:35:38 PM
OK, here's one that is potentially a long story, so I'll try and keep it brief.

Over Christmas a friend's Dad died.  I helped her out with the funeral and stuff, and when going through his possessions she decided to give me his Apple Macbook as a thank you, as she already had a laptop and I didn't.  It has the install disc with it and I've been trying to wipe it, but unfortunately it's password protected.  We've tried to guess the password, but no luck, and it seems to want the password in order to do anything at all, including wiping it and starting again.  I'm frankly rather nervous about taking it to the Apple store, as if I were the guy in the store I'd probably suspect me of actually having stolen it.

Any suggestions?

Can't you go into an Apple store, without the computer, and explain the situation. Think it will look less dodgy if you don't want the answers right away. Perhaps go to the dead guy's grave and do some praying?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on April 11, 2014, 02:11:50 PM
If it's firmware password (which it sounds like - I'd have thought you'd be able to at least wip the disk otherwise, although I've never done it) google suggests you'll have to take it to an Apple store, and they'll want proof of ownership. And possibly some money - they apparently have to replace a chip, which probably means sending it away somewhere.

If it's a pre 2007 model, you may be able to clear it by changing the amount of RAM in the machine (remove a chip or add one, depending on what's already in there).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 11, 2014, 03:11:42 PM
Will command s get you to a terminal prompt ?

You need to do it immediately after the boot up noise and you may need to try it a few times. If it does you should be able to create a new admin account from there.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on April 11, 2014, 03:35:46 PM
OK, here's one that is potentially a long story, so I'll try and keep it brief.

Over Christmas a friend's Dad died.  I helped her out with the funeral and stuff, and when going through his possessions she decided to give me his Apple Macbook as a thank you, as she already had a laptop and I didn't.  It has the install disc with it and I've been trying to wipe it, but unfortunately it's password protected.  We've tried to guess the password, but no luck, and it seems to want the password in order to do anything at all, including wiping it and starting again.  I'm frankly rather nervous about taking it to the Apple store, as if I were the guy in the store I'd probably suspect me of actually having stolen it.

Any suggestions?

What you need to do is, with the install disc in the drive, 1) start up 2) when the Apple chime starts, press and hold the "alt" key. This should take you to a menu of bootable volumes, including the install disc. 3) Select the install disc and press the arrow to the right to boot up on the install disc.

From there you should get to desktop which allows for a choice of installations, but you may be better off selecting Disk Utility in the menu beforehand and selecting to erase the MacBook hard drive. Quitting Disk Utility will return you to the installation program and away you go.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on April 11, 2014, 03:46:53 PM
3) Select the install disc and press the arrow to the right to boot up on the install disc.

Just checked this on Mavericks and you only need to double-click on the install disc volume (may be similar on Mountain Lion and other later OSX's).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Santa's Boyfriend on April 11, 2014, 06:34:37 PM
Thanks for the suggestions guys, I will try some of these now and let you know what happens.

EDIT:  It worked!  NoSleep, have some Karma.  :-)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: TIAL on April 13, 2014, 04:34:52 PM
Is it just me or is Soulseek no longer working? I tried to set it up on my netbook, forwarded the ports but the browser-based port tester is not loading. Can't get on to the official website either.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on April 13, 2014, 04:58:16 PM
Both SoulseekQT and an older Soulseek157 working fine here.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Queneau on April 13, 2014, 06:12:00 PM
Is it just me or is Soulseek no longer working? I tried to set it up on my netbook, forwarded the ports but the browser-based port tester is not loading. Can't get on to the official website either.

Okay here too. Who is your internet provider?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: TIAL on April 13, 2014, 07:11:18 PM
Thanks to you both. I'm with Plusnet.
It must be something to do with the router configuration because it works fine when I use it through my tethered 3G connection. I've set the same port to forward as is displayed in my Soulseek settings (+1 also). Do I need to try and make myself a static IP?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on April 14, 2014, 09:23:22 AM
If you haven't been on SoulSeek for a while, then you may need to change the ports it uses. This is what I was instructed to do:

Quote
You must go into the preferences and change the port for the server to 2242 as well as in the third box for Connection listener "Alt. port range".


This worked on an old, old, client that I have to use on my slightly less-old PPC Mac.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Don_Preston on April 24, 2014, 02:47:56 PM
Hello, I'm currently connected to the internet with a LAN cable plugged into my wireless router because I couldn't connect to any network. Without warning when I booted up the laptop this morning, the usual wireless light on the front of the laptop was unlit. I went through all the usual Diagnose and Repair suggestions of recommending all network Drivers are up to date.

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2afx3eh.jpg)

This is what the network section reveals. However if I try and check for solutions it runs a very quick "searching for solutions" and then just disappears. I'm glad I'm back online but would rather not have to rearrange my living room to be near the router. Is there a way to be able to repair my wireless network capabilities?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 24, 2014, 03:28:43 PM


This is what the network section reveals. However if I try and check for solutions it runs a very quick "searching for solutions" and then just disappears. I'm glad I'm back online but would rather not have to rearrange my living room to be near the router. Is there a way to be able to repair my wireless network capabilities?

Try deleting the entries with the exclamation marks and then reboot and let windows re-install them.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Don_Preston on April 24, 2014, 03:38:45 PM
Is this an automatic reinstall or will I have to faff around?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 24, 2014, 03:42:44 PM
Windows should do it automatically. That's why I said let windows re-install them.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Don_Preston on April 24, 2014, 04:06:53 PM
I've uninstalled both the error inflicted items and have restarted but haven't had any help from Windows itself since.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 24, 2014, 05:08:42 PM
I've uninstalled both the error inflicted items and have restarted but haven't had any help from Windows itself since.

That's peculiar almost as if windows cant see the component whats the make and model of the laptop and we can try re-installing them manually.

Actually looking at that again the Teredo stuff is IP6 related so possibly not related anyway. You might end up having to get a usb wireless dongle.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Don_Preston on April 24, 2014, 05:21:27 PM
It's an Advent 5312 laptop running Vista. Having a browse around, I have a Realtek RTL8187B Wireless LAN USB 2.0 if that's any use?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 24, 2014, 05:29:52 PM
It's an Advent 5312 laptop running Vista. Having a browse around, I have a Realtek RTL8187B Wireless LAN USB 2.0 if that's any use?

Try the drivers here http://www.adventcomputers.co.uk/product-download-select/135?page=0%2C0%2C0%2C14

.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Don_Preston on April 24, 2014, 07:03:48 PM
So after downloading those WLAN drivers, I now have a little icon on my taskbar saying "Ralink Wireless LAN Card not exist." I also tried adding the legacy hardware Realtek RTL8187B network adapter in Device Manager (which was one of the things installed with the Advent download) and that has the old yellow triangle warning just like in the photo.

Harumph. 
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 24, 2014, 07:11:03 PM
Sounds like the wireless card has either become dislodged or failed.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: DrunkCountry on April 24, 2014, 07:16:04 PM
I haven't gone back in the thread to read if you have already said this, but what AV software are you running? The last version of Zone Alarm has an issue with the latest (4mths worth of) microsoft updates, particularly in Win 7 but also on Vista.  Kills your wireless drivers / WLAN connections dead & if it has updated recently, prior to you turning your machine on discovering this issue, that might be the issue.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 24, 2014, 07:46:36 PM
Blimey how have I missed that ? Ta for the info. W
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Uncle TechTip on April 24, 2014, 07:51:29 PM
Was that usb thing a new device you attached? Is the original wireless built into the laptop?  Just concentrate on that for now. Are you sure it hasn't just switched itself off? To engage it's usually a tiny switch on the side or press FN and any key with a Wi-Fi symbol on it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Don_Preston on April 24, 2014, 07:58:32 PM
To engage it's usually a tiny switch on the side or press FN and any key with a Wi-Fi symbol on it.

FOR FUCKS SAKE!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Don_Preston on April 24, 2014, 08:20:49 PM
Thank you all for the help. Sorry I wasted so much time.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Uncle TechTip on April 24, 2014, 11:57:20 PM
That was the answer? Crumbs. I was sat on the toilet when I posted that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on April 25, 2014, 07:10:34 PM
Weekender - it's probably a cheap ass psu dying. On phone, but simplest thing to try would be to clear all the fluff from it. If that doesn't work, probably need a new one.

No. From your original description I'd say the connections on the motherboard mounted USB ports are dodgy. That means new motherboard or a £5 PCI USB card.

I'm really sorry to say this Wilbur, but on this occasion it turns out that MojoJojo was right - it was the PSU.  I now have a new one and my PC is working fine again, although I did end up paying someone to buy a new one and install it because I was too scared to try and do it myself.

I'm in no way posting this to try and annoy you - I would never do that because you're so helpful on here and I always really appreciate it, not just from my own personal perspective but also seeing the help you (and everyone else) give others.  This is genuinely one of my favourite threads because I learn loads of things.  Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to help someone with something!

I just thought you might like to know what the actual problem was and what the resolution turned out to be in case you see similar problems in future.

Sincere thanks again to you both for your help[nb]Coming soon: Why does pressing the red button on my television just turn it off instead of letting me watch the special features?[/nb] .

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 25, 2014, 08:18:42 PM
Glad  to hear it. I'm not always right and remote diagnosis by forum is not an ideal method.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on April 25, 2014, 08:57:15 PM
Glad  to hear it. I'm not always right and remote diagnosis by forum is not an ideal method.

So we're agreed that it's a fault of the forum for not allowing remote diagnosis, and therefore Neil's problem?

:)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 25, 2014, 09:52:16 PM
Nah just me being wrong
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 25, 2014, 09:52:28 PM
:)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on May 03, 2014, 09:58:24 AM
Hi gang,

I'm a fool (see previous posts to this thread) who this time has dang gone and broken BOTH USB ports on my Acer Aspire laptop... one just after purchase 5 years ago (well outta warranty/insurance it had) and one the other day- dunno how, but little shards of plastic are falling out of it and everything. I hear they are connected to the mothershipboard and whilst I have no intention of unscrewing and soldering, I read that you can get an USB adapter to plug into your serial port...

Could I then - buy a female-female adaptor and plug that in to the male USB that's hanging out of the adaptor I plug into the serial port... then plug an USB hub into the fem-fem ...then plug all my gadgets into the hub... and expect them to work smoothly.

Well I can see I can easily do all this but will it work right?!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on May 03, 2014, 10:19:29 AM
Make and model? It might be possible to get a spare part on the cheap on eBay and it shouldn't be too hard to replace as long as you follow a step by step guide online.
I think you'd be better off fixing the USB slots than this other solution. Does the parallel port even supply power?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on May 03, 2014, 10:20:01 AM
I might be wrong but I'm pretty sure that USB to serial adaptors only work with the serial end at the peripheral. Serial ports don't supply power and are a lot slower than USB so I don't see how you could convert one into a USB port.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on May 03, 2014, 10:35:20 AM
I don't know if the serial port can supply power(genuinely beyond my knowledge),  my hypothesisesis are based on Googling 'broken USB port on Acer laptop', and read about the serial port/USB adaptor(s) theory . Had an inkling that plugging adaptor on adaptor wouldn't work. Hmm. It's an Acer Aspire 5732Z. Suppose I could give the soldering etc a go, is it likely to cost a fortune should I entrust that to a pro?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on May 03, 2014, 10:53:22 AM
Was looking on GIS to see if there was a female serial to female USB connector to use as the first stage to eliminate the dangling male USB, there wasn't, which left me a smidge confused as you'd think that'd be the way to go to solve your problem. Then I noticed they were all:

'USB to Serial' rather than 'Serial to USB'

Then I pop back and Mojo says it's assumed the USB end would be going in the puter rather than the peripheral to give the peripheral(s) power and you and I seem to have had it temporarily assbackwards.

Not helping here I know but a USB adapter to USB adapter would work, one of our puters has a USB male in the PC with a dangling male and a fem/fem connected to it with a hub plugged into it and it works ok.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on May 03, 2014, 12:22:56 PM
Confused, would we!? Yes I ammmmm.

So, both USB ports are broken. There is a serial port. Could I plug this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plugable-Adapter-Prolific-PL2303HX-Chipset/dp/B00425S1H8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399107370&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+serial+port

into it, leaving the male USB dangle bit to be plugged into this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Female-USB-Adaptor---A-USB-4/dp/B0012XXX2Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1399116071&sr=1-1&keywords=usb+female+to+female

Which then gives me a USB port I could plug a hub into. I really don't know about how serial ports work and the powering behind them 'n all.

Thanks folkz
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on May 03, 2014, 12:42:34 PM
I don't know if the serial port can supply power(genuinely beyond my knowledge),  my hypothesisesis are based on Googling 'broken USB port on Acer laptop', and read about the serial port/USB adaptor(s) theory . Had an inkling that plugging adaptor on adaptor wouldn't work. Hmm. It's an Acer Aspire 5732Z. Suppose I could give the soldering etc a go, is it likely to cost a fortune should I entrust that to a pro?

Oh. For some reason I was assuming that the USB ports might be a separate replaceable component in the laptop.
I'm not sure how proficient you are with a soldering iron, but I'd be very careful if I was going to replace it myself.
I've just looked up some videos of people doing it on youtube and it looks quite fiddly. You'll definitely need a solder wick or pump to remove all the excess solder which doesn't look particularly easy. A heatgun could be used to melt the solder for easier removal, but you'd want to be dead careful where you aim it.

If it was me though, I wouldn't want to frankenstein my laptop the way you're suggesting. Assuming you have the equipment or can easily borrow them, then it should be practically free to do. I haven't checked but the individual usb ports should be dirt cheap.
Also, it's very questionable that your serial to male usb with a female adaptor thing will even work. It'll need some funky ass drivers to trick the computer into thinking the serial port is a USB port... and there's the added question of power supply.

Personally, I think fixing the ports is what you should aim for.

Here's some videos of USB replacement I found:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0fTf8u7X0A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5QwdkiGKfU
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on May 03, 2014, 12:46:16 PM
oh, there's this actually:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcend-Interface-Adaptor-Expresscard-laptop/dp/B003QJX1K8/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_0_0

This has a much better chance of working than the serial port thang (assuming your laptop has an express card slot)


Fuck that, your computer hasn't got an expresscard slot from the looks of it. Sorry.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on May 03, 2014, 04:26:16 PM
^ Yah think (have eloped from home now) it has a MultiMEdia card slot on the front but don't think that's what's needed. Gahhhh
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on May 03, 2014, 06:08:59 PM
There's only one elegant solution and I'm afraid it means you have to get your hands dirty, crack open that sonofabitch and have a good fiddle inside.
You can probably get away with just using a basic soldering kit (ie no heatgun). If you haven't already got one you can find some really cheap kits on eBay (LINK (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Soldering-Iron-Kit-Stand-Sponge-Desolder-Pump-Lead-Free-Solder-Wire-Magnifier-/111091966764)).
And for replacements there appears to be one universal type for Acer laptops and they cost next to nothing (LINK (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-Aspire-5732-5732Z-5732G-Replacement-USB-socket-Connector-bottom-loading-/140872337722?pt=UK_Computing_CablesConnectors_RL&hash=item20cca5493a)).
You'll also need the correct screwdriver(s) to unscrew the case (replacable head screwdriver sets are extremely cheap on ebay too (LINK (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/33-in-1-Precision-T6-Torx-Screw-Drive-Tool-Set-Kit-For-MP3-Player-PDA-DVD-Laptop-/310871841321?pt=UK_Hand_Tools_Equipment&hash=item486167da29))

But yeah, it'll require a lot of care and a lot of confidence. If you succeed you'll feel like a fucking king. If you fail, well... time to buy a new laptop!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on May 03, 2014, 06:26:45 PM
YAHHHAHMMMMMA GO DO IT! Can feel the opening chords from that Eminem 8-Mile song chugging away now. I will accept losing 6 layers of skin, kicking 3 loved ones and wiping the internet for everyone as a result, long as I can plug me mouse in again. :)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steve Lampkins on May 03, 2014, 08:13:23 PM
Or... buy a Bluetooth mouse.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on May 05, 2014, 01:54:05 PM
Can any genius work out what's gone wrong with my laptop? I bought an Acer Travelmate 5730 2nd hand from ebay about a year ago, it's been working fine since then until the other day. I think I left it on overnight, it's usually set to go to sleep after about 3 hours, so when I switch it on it goes straight into the Windows 7 sesion.

Anyway I turn it on the next day and it's the black screen of death, it powers on and the fans running but fuck all, no BIOS screen or anything. I've taken the hard drive out and put it in another computer and that's working fine. Here's what I've tried so far..

All manner of combinations of keys.
Unplugging it, taking the battery out, holding down the power button for a minute, plugging it in again and switching it on. Powers up but no screen.
Removing memory sticks, trying those in various combinations, trying alternative memory sticks.
Downloading BIOS files putting them onto a flashdrive and plugging that in while holding down Fn+Esc.
Opening up the damn thing which was a nightmare and replacing the CMOS battery.

All fruitless. I'm ordering a replacement, but what the fuck is wrong with it?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on May 05, 2014, 03:37:39 PM
Sounds like it's broken.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: georgetaylor on May 05, 2014, 07:35:18 PM
Backlight?
Shine a torch at the screen, see if you can see anything.
Plug a monitor into the second output (if it has one) and press the key combination to enable the output.
Does it actually seem like it is is booting and loading the operating system?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on May 05, 2014, 07:51:37 PM
After looking on google it looks like you've done everything everybody suggests. Almost certainly a bit of hardware has shorted/just plain stopped working, somewhere in the screen/graphics/motherboard.
Ordering replacement parts is relatively expensive and unlikely to fix it, and sending it away to get fixed will be too expensive.
IOW, it's fucked despite your best efforts to unfuck it. Buy a new one.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on May 05, 2014, 08:49:54 PM
Aye, cheers. No the OS doesn't seem to load or it'd make the windows noise, it's obviously not even getting to the BIOS. Hmm, you'd think it was a memory problem but I've swapped them and no difference, I'll try shining a light on the screen as a last resort because I didn't bother trying that, it seemed too prosaic. I have a HDMI cable but can't find the dongle to get it into the TV, will hunt around tomorrow.

There is some info out there about it being the graphics soldering overheating and coming loose, and the solution is to wrap up the air-vents or aim a hair-dryer at the GPU to make it melt again and reseal the soldering, people say it works but that's pretty drastic!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on May 05, 2014, 09:31:00 PM
You say it powers up but no screen - I guess that means the fans start but no other noises (and nothing on the screen, obviously). So the power works but the motherboard is too fucked to beep an error.

Yeah, fucked. Unless it's just the backlight and you have it on mute.

Cooking it might help -it sounds mad but too many people claim it fixed their xboxs for me to completely dismiss it. But don't do it if you could harvest the hard drive/ram whatever.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on May 05, 2014, 09:55:07 PM
It does make beeps when I press certain key combinations, or remove and insert the power cable (dirty bastard that it is).  The hard drive light comes on for a mo, when I put the USB flash drive in and press Fn+Esc the flash drive light goes on and off for a bit then will stop.

I will salvage the hard drive and memory, but it's annoying I've got 3 other fucked laptops here, all with problems with the screen fucking up.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on May 06, 2014, 07:11:52 PM
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I've got 3 other fucked laptops here, all with problems with the screen fucking up.

Do you take them into the shower or something? What's up with that?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Uncle TechTip on May 06, 2014, 08:04:50 PM
Does sound like it's overheating so make sure the fan grille isn't gunked up with gunk.

MWB without wishing to sound like an arse I don't think you should be soldering Usb ports on your computer. If something has broken you'd be better off passing it to somebody else to fix. The motherboard replacement will probably not need soldering but they are a notorious bitch to disassemble, I would seriously consider posting someone to do it. Or pick up a new one, I expect they are everywhere on eBay.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on May 06, 2014, 09:08:40 PM
Is anyone else having a problem with youtube?
When I search for a video, the "filters" button has stopped working and the "show more" button under peoples videos also doesn't work.

Also I can't get the dropdown menu by clicking on my username as that's unresponsive but I've found a workaround for that is to click the upload button (the only button that works) and on the next page I can then click my username to get the menu.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on May 07, 2014, 07:45:43 PM
Do you take them into the shower or something? What's up with that?

I think it's from constantly picking them up by the screen hinge thingy, it's fucks up the wiring inside there, or the pressure messes up the LCD screen. So my last laptop I never picked up that way again, but then it goes to fuck overnight from just being left on for a few hours, ho hum.

My new laptop arrived today, it's Lenovo and I was too dumb to notice it has one of those track point things in the middle of the keyboard rather than a touchpad, holy fuck how does anybody use these things, they're horrendous, not intuitive at all! I'm gonna have to flog it or get a wireless touchpad or something.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on May 08, 2014, 05:36:07 PM
My new laptop arrived today, it's Lenovo and I was too dumb to notice it has one of those track point things in the middle of the keyboard rather than a touchpad, holy fuck how does anybody use these things, they're horrendous, not intuitive at all! I'm gonna have to flog it or get a wireless touchpad or something.

The last time I saw a trackpoint was on a friend's laptop in 1998.
Where are you buying these from and how much are you paying? :/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on May 08, 2014, 05:52:44 PM
MWB without wishing to sound like an arse I don't think you should be soldering Usb ports on your computer. If something has broken you'd be better off passing it to somebody else to fix. The motherboard replacement will probably not need soldering but they are a notorious bitch to disassemble, I would seriously consider posting someone to do it. Or pick up a new one, I expect they are everywhere on eBay.

If he's confident in doing so and understands the risks involved then why not? There's plenty of videos on youtube of people doing this and while it's not the easiest of tasks, it's not rocket science either.
Besides, as I understand it motherboard replacement is more expensive, involves moving the CPU, thermal paste, ribbons/wires/plugs etc. and there's always the risk that you might order a dud.

As long as you have a soldering kit, heatgun, screwdrivers, USB replacements, a decent lamp, a couple hours of spare time and patience... then it's quite doable :)

Also I've disassembled a couple laptops and it's not that hard as long as you're following a specific guide.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on May 08, 2014, 07:13:27 PM
The last time I saw a trackpoint was on a friend's laptop in 1998.
Where are you buying these from and how much are you paying? :/

Ebay, £70.

It's called the Lenovo Thinkpad (http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/lenovo-thinkpad-r61i-206180/review) and I've never used a trackpoint before but apparently some people prefer them to a touchpad, if you mainly type maybe that would be the case, but I only browse around on it so it stinks.

I'm selling it to someone and getting another from somewhere, what'd be cheaper is to just order one without the hard drive or memory cos I have lots of spares hanging around I can install myself, but the tons of 'for spares/repairs' laptops on ebay seem like a minefield as to whether they will be in working order when they arrive.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jamesieab on May 08, 2014, 11:15:13 PM
Ebay, £70.

Think that's your problem, right there.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on May 09, 2014, 02:26:37 AM
I know this might not help but making computers portable only makes some kind of sense when it's got something to do with work or if you're a couch surfing hobo, but if you're gonna be doing anything else, including frenziedly wanking yourself off with it before you, I'd say get a PC and use that for everything that isn't work. They're a damn sight easier to fix up, upgrade and fiddle with when the shit hits the fan and you won't need to get a replacement one every time things go south.

Get a PC, hook it into your telly and fill it with shit you want to watch or do, you'll drop the remote for a keyboard and broadcast telly will go in a heartbeat and you'll have a fraction less arseache to deal with.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on May 09, 2014, 03:52:30 PM
Think that's your problem, right there.

In what way? That I should expect them to break or have problems?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on May 14, 2014, 04:49:29 AM
I would have said you'd be lucky to have a good experience with them.

Plus, hang on that review was from 2008 so now you're planning on knowingly flogging an aggravating 6 year old laptop and you're wondering if you should expect to have problems with the dodgy cheapo machines off eBay?

Lawds man, you're already one of them!

It's only a matter of time now before you bend to the malevolent will that laptop carries within it's bulky frame and you'll pass it on in its continual dead-end cycle of existence, being taken out of it's box for a dew days, only to be greeted with angry frustrated curses and then back into the box, back into the postal system, to be ferried on to the next poor schmuck down the ladder who falls for the carnival of broken promises that is eBay (or your cunning salesmanship if you're doing the dirty deed in person).

For shame! Also good luck with getting shot of it, just make sure the buyer is well daft.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on May 14, 2014, 09:17:50 PM
Oh, it's not as bad as you've inferred. The first two laptops were bought first hand and the screens went after 3 or 4 years of being picked up by the screen hinge, as is my wont. (Actually the second one was gotten at a hundred pound discount as my sister bought it from a shop then a week later didn't want or need it for some reason and sold it on)

So I bought one for around £70 off of ebay and that lasted over a year until it died from being left on overnight, have no idea what might have caused it though. So the last one I bought in a rush and got that dumb touchpoint one. Which I sold to a family member at a £20 loss, they're elderly and will be barely using it anyway, just to check the weather and look up the occasional thing. So I bought another for £70 and it seems fine now, I'll just make sure I set the automatic sleep time to about an hour so it doesn't overheat if left on. Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on May 15, 2014, 02:44:35 PM
Sold the monkeys paw laptop to grandpa already eh? Nicely done, you fiendish agent of entropy you :)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on May 16, 2014, 05:33:47 PM
Your concept of cursed entropy is a correct one in some ways. Yeah you see that kind of shit all the time on carboot sales, shitty stuff chucked out and sold without even taking care to examine if they work or what's on them. I remember my parents bought a second hand crappy PC off of the carboot and asked me to make sure it worked. It was all intact, but just a shitty slow PC, OS not even wiped, including all the documents and pictures of the previous family that owned it, probably some rather sensitive stuff on there so I wiped it all. Some people just don't have a clue what they're doing when they throw out a computer.

Obviously even if a drive is wiped it's not very difficult to get access to what was on there beforehand anyway, so any passed on PC is a minefield unless properly dealt with.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cleaners From Venus on May 21, 2014, 04:58:45 PM
Anyone got experience with MySQL? I've installed it on my laptop and I'm trying to export an Access database to it, but it won't accept the username and password I used when I downloaded it. I've tried Admin and root as usernames with blank passwords, but the bastard's not having it.

I've looked online, but the techies might as well be speaking Swahili to me....
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on May 21, 2014, 05:12:35 PM
Anyone got experience with MySQL? I've installed it on my laptop and I'm trying to export an Access database to it, but it won't accept the username and password I used when I downloaded it. I've tried Admin and root as usernames with blank passwords, but the bastard's not having it.

More info needed.

Can you give the error message? What are you using to access the MySQL server, just the mysql command?

As a side note, does it have to be MySQL (or better yet MariaDB)? Could you use PostgreSQL or Firebird?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cleaners From Venus on May 21, 2014, 05:39:37 PM
Thanks for the reply, Blumf. I've just checked and for some reason MySQL is refusing to run on my PC. Unfortunately, my server only runs MySQL, so I'll have to try and find what the problem is. Cheers anyway.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on May 23, 2014, 12:55:15 PM
hi Guise.

Ok, I'm looking to upgrade my Pc, partly due to it being a crock of slow shit and partly due to the fact that I managed to strip my laptop down and fix a few things and I'm now looking for similar projects.

So, I already increased the memory from 1GB to 2GB.
As sold, the PC has 2 slots and can only handle 2GB as a max.

I'm now looking to change the graphics card and, dum dum dum! The processor, or CPU as some people call them.

I think I'm going to do the CPU first.
My PC is a Compaq Presario SR1629UK.
The base processor is MS-7174 (Gypsum) with a 533 MHz front side bus and a 775 socket (no idea what that means)
I've manage to find that the motherboard is a MS-7174 (Gypsum)...

But now I'm fucked.
I have no idea what I'm looking for in terms of CPU, what will be compatible and what will give me the best 'bang' for my 'buck'.

Anyone give me any help?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 23, 2014, 03:38:18 PM
hi Guise.

Ok, I'm looking to upgrade my Pc, partly due to it being a crock of slow shit and partly due to the fact that I managed to strip my laptop down and fix a few things and I'm now looking for similar projects.

So, I already increased the memory from 1GB to 2GB.
As sold, the PC has 2 slots and can only handle 2GB as a max.

I'm now looking to change the graphics card and, dum dum dum! The processor, or CPU as some people call them.

I think I'm going to do the CPU first.
My PC is a Compaq Presario SR1629UK.
The base processor is MS-7174 (Gypsum) with a 533 MHz front side bus and a 775 socket (no idea what that means)
I've manage to find that the motherboard is a MS-7174 (Gypsum)...

But now I'm fucked.
I have no idea what I'm looking for in terms of CPU, what will be compatible and what will give me the best 'bang' for my 'buck'.

Anyone give me any help?

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&docname=c00379292

Tells you what processors will work in that board.

http://www.cpu-world.com/benchmarks/socket_775_multi.html

Socket 775 comparison.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on May 23, 2014, 04:45:05 PM
I doubt a CPU upgrade will make much difference, you're almost certainly i/o bound (i.e. waiting for the hard disk to page in and out memory)

Using a SSD drive (at least for the 'C:' drive) will probably make more difference.

Probably better to save money now and just replace it with a machine that can take more memory though.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 23, 2014, 06:04:24 PM
I doubt a CPU upgrade will make much difference, you're almost certainly i/o bound (i.e. waiting for the hard disk to page in and out memory)

Using a SSD drive (at least for the 'C:' drive) will probably make more difference.

Probably better to save money now and just replace it with a machine that can take more memory though.

I think that following his achievement with the laptop he wants a project which is why I didn't make a similar point.......
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on May 23, 2014, 06:14:49 PM
Ah! Good point, in which case, carry on.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on May 23, 2014, 07:51:56 PM
Cheers both of you for helping this idiot.

Cheers for those links Wilbur.
From those, I've found it can take a Pentium 4 (Prescott?) [up to 519] or a Celeron D.
As it already has the Pentium 4 Prescott 519k, the other option is the Celeron D 360.

Now, it's not that much of an improvement, looking at the benchmark tests.
So Blumfs point, that it wouldn't make much difference seems totally relevant.
The only thing is, I could get a CPU for £10.

Looking at SSD. It's not something I'd really looked at, as I don't fully understand it.
Is it correct that the C: drive is the computer's main/go to drive? So that's the one I'd be using the operating system on. And if I switched my current 250gb HDD to a xGB SSD, then I'd also need to reinstall windows?
If not, could you recommend me a  SSD?
I don't need much space, as I'd keep my HDD, but in a different slot and I have a 3TB NAS drive for my porn :-)
Am I limited to what sort of SSD I could add?

To be honest, I think I'd upgrade the CPU anyway, as it's so cheap and I just want to give it a shot.


After those, would I also be limited to which graphics card I could install?
If I change the CPU and C: drive, would that alter which graphics card I could install?

Thanks for all the help though. Really appreciated.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on May 23, 2014, 11:29:49 PM
Looking at SSD. It's not something I'd really looked at, as I don't fully understand it.
Is it correct that the C: drive is the computer's main/go to drive? So that's the one I'd be using the operating system on. And if I switched my current 250gb HDD to a xGB SSD, then I'd also need to reinstall windows?
If not, could you recommend me a  SSD?
I don't need much space, as I'd keep my HDD, but in a different slot and I have a 3TB NAS drive for my porn :-)
Am I limited to what sort of SSD I could add?

Migrating the Windows install is possible, MS makes it hard, but there are tools (have to let someone else recommend one).

Hardware wise, it's very easy; if you've got a SATA type drive (which, hopefully you do, even on an old-ish PC), it's just a case of pulling out the old one and plugging in the replacement.

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To be honest, I think I'd upgrade the CPU anyway, as it's so cheap and I just want to give it a shot.

Yep, for the experience, it's worth a punt. Fun with thermal paste, awkward fan clips, etc. Probably the biggest faff in PC tinkering, you'll learn much.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on May 24, 2014, 01:09:21 AM
Cheers bumf.
I can only ever imagine you as your avatar.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 24, 2014, 08:11:36 AM
This one is OK

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

Or if you are wanting a challenge and want to dabble in a DOS type utility then http://clonezilla.org/ is an old faithful.


Enjoy.......


Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on May 24, 2014, 12:57:03 PM
Migrating the Windows install is possible, MS makes it hard, but there are tools (have to let someone else recommend one).

I found out recently when replacing my brother's desktop CPU that that will sometimes require an OS reinstall and there's no getting round it, in which case you shouldn't worry too much about migrating.
When I replaced mine a couple years ago I had no problems, but my brother's just refused to boot up, giving off all sorts of 'completely-fucked' vibes. Had to reinstall Windows.

Also, having upgraded my own desktop's CPU from 2.3ghz quad-core to 2.8ghz 8-core,  I can say, there's not the slightest bit of fucking difference. CPU intensive shit like converting files is a bit quicker, but certainly not worth the £100 I spent.
Maybe it's different for laptops, but CPU upgrades don't really improve things unless there's speedy motherboard/harddrive access.

I also recently upgraded a shitty old laptop from 1 to 2 gb of RAM and it made a world of difference. I'm doubtful though that a graphics/cpu upgrade would increase the performance much if it's using the same old motherboard.

I think the cons outweigh the pros on this one, so I personally suggest you just get a new low/mid range laptop. (If you can fork out £££ for a pair of adorable kittens then I'm sure you can get yourself a nice laptop without emptying your pockets)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on May 24, 2014, 01:25:40 PM
Also, having upgraded my own desktop's CPU from 2.3ghz quad-core to 2.8ghz 8-core,  I can say, there's not the slightest bit of fucking difference. CPU intensive shit like converting files is a bit quicker, but certainly not worth the £100 I spent.
Maybe it's different for laptops, but CPU upgrades don't really improve things unless there's speedy motherboard/harddrive access.

Unless you're doing some very specific things (gaming, photoshop maybe (but more memory), video encoding) it's unlikely you'll be CPU bound.

I think it's an old desktop small world is talking about upgrading now.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 25, 2014, 09:57:36 AM
I'm looking to buy a new nano wireless usb dongle. I bought a cheapo one and it didn't seem to get a good wireless signal.

Any recommendations?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on May 25, 2014, 11:24:56 AM
I've got a spare NetGear WNA3100M (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Netgear-N300-Wireless-Adapter-WNA3100M/dp/B006V72AHW) you can have for free if you PM me your address.

Some of the Amazon reviews aren't great, but they mostly seem to relate to the installation rather than the product itself.  I didn't have any problems with it, the only reason it's spare is that I got given a better one when I switched broadband provider.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on May 27, 2014, 02:20:22 PM
Has anyone had iplayer go on the blink and manage to fix it? I can't get it to play a bloody thing just now. All other streaming sites are fine. I've updated flash, cleared the cache, turned off adblocker, but nowt.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on May 27, 2014, 02:25:25 PM
Tried another browser?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 27, 2014, 02:28:40 PM
Has anyone had iplayer go on the blink and manage to fix it? I can't get it to play a bloody thing just now. All other streaming sites are fine. I've updated flash, cleared the cache, turned off adblocker, but nowt.
Any help would be much appreciated.

Had a similar thing with a customer using IE yesterday. Worked fine in Firefox.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on May 27, 2014, 02:34:52 PM
Ah, just tried it in chrome and it works, so I imagine a Firefox add-on is the problem. Thanks for that. Now to narrow it down.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on May 29, 2014, 10:43:50 AM
Me again!

Totally different question here.

Me and my mate play on a game called Total Annihilation.
While it's an older game, we play a current modded version. There's loads of support for it online and if anyone used to play Total Annihilation and even slightly enjoyed it, then I'd encourage you to download the mod and have another bash, it's a great game.

Anyway, me and my mate play a tournament across a year and have been trying to record the games to upload to YouTube.
Luckily, the game has it's own demo recorder, so it's possible to re-watch games from the start of this year. They're all stored.

But, I can't find a game recorder to record THESE games (or live games).
I've tried a few and have had the most success with Lukool Recorder.

With most recorders, all I end up capturing is a black screen. It's not completely black, there are some highlighted bits that show in white, but it's mostly black.
I disabled Aero as I'm using Win7 on my laptop and tried it with a few different recorders.
With most, the problem remained.
With Lukool recorder, I made a few other changes at the same time. Something must have worked, as now, the screen is clear.
However, it's at an angle. The screen is stretched top left to bottom right and everything is pulled over the diagonal.
The menu bar, which normally sits to the left hand side is central and everything else sits around it.

So, has anyone had problems with game recorders?
Does anyone have any suggestions?

My Laptop is ok, it's got Win7 and runs the game fine as well as all the recorders I have tried, with no real slow down, so I don't think it's a processing issue.
I've also tried it on my desktop, which is WinXP, with similar outcomes. Which makes me think it isn't due to Aero anyway.

Anyone?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on May 29, 2014, 10:52:18 AM
Isn't there a fansite where such things as transferring demos to video would (probably) be an entire sub forum as there is with Quake and all its mods/versions? Especially as you're telling us some people are keeping the game up to date.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on May 29, 2014, 11:21:25 AM
Yeah, I've posted on there too, but sometimes their advice can be a bit hard to follow, if there's a reply posted at all.
Unfortunately, there's no dedicated sub-forum dealing with this topic. Although, I'm hopeful I'll get something back.

I have checked out other game sites, but have struggled to find people dealing with the same issues.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on May 30, 2014, 07:38:02 AM
Err. What's a good site to watch the Froch v Groves fight tomorrow night without paying?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on May 30, 2014, 12:38:14 PM
Err. What's a good site to watch the Froch v Groves fight tomorrow night without paying?

might be a place to start.

http://forum.wiziwig.eu/forums/48-Boxing-Fighting
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on May 30, 2014, 03:57:15 PM
Cheers! I'll test it out later.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: djtrees on June 13, 2014, 06:15:37 PM
Hello not a computer but I've just bought a PS3 and when I tried sticking into the back of my monitor via HDMI it just showed a static fuzzy screen that flicks on and off. I have looked for adaptors to change the HDMI to VGA but there are loads of them and I'm getting confused. I've also had a search for a solution online, but not really found anything. Anyone here help? Cheers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: georgetaylor on June 13, 2014, 07:16:37 PM
My PS3 does that sometimes when I first switch it on, I can fix it by either pressing the button to launch the game in which case it clears as soon as the loading screen comes up, or un-plug and re-plug the HDMI lead also does the job.
Must be a mistake in the handshake between the PS3 and the Monitor/TV, something is getting confused anyway. Since I don't want to see the initial menu screen or join friends or load apps or whatever the hell else is in the menu but I just want to play the only game I ever play, and and and I have a foolproof workaround I never even looked for another solution. Be different if one of my MANY friends or less common remaining relatives had the problem, there'd be straight on the phone to me or be taking it back as faulty but definitely moaning to me about it, as if I cared about their broken technology.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: djtrees on June 14, 2014, 02:32:01 AM
If anyone is arsed I managed to sort it out by taking it to a mates house and plugging it in via AV on his telly, then setting it up for HDMI. When I brought it back and plugged it in it worked-ish. Then I changed the HDMI cable and it worked a treat. Now, what games are any cop?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on June 14, 2014, 01:07:06 PM
Just another "laptop buying advice" question here.

Looks like I'll be coming into a bit of cash from a friend's will shortly and I'm wondering whether there's any go-to suppliers for music making PCs. Somewhere around 700 quid, possibly 800 but one doesn't ask for cold hard details in such situations. So... guess I'm looking at a machine with an SSD/HDD combo, at least 6GB of RAM and an i5 or i7 CPU. Is there anybody out there who specialises in this are or am I simply going to peruse the usual Ebuyer/Dabs pages (or whatever's in vogue these days)?  Suggestions?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on June 14, 2014, 01:19:00 PM
Have you already got a decent audio interface to install in it/plug into it? That, I would say, is the most important thing to consider. Make sure the computer is powerful enough and reasonably quiet to silent.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on June 14, 2014, 03:03:57 PM
Currently using an Alesis iO2 which I'm not entirely happy with but an ex band-mate is on the case here for a second-hand M-Audio jobbie or similar. Works as a sound engineer as well as various current musical projects so his finger is in the pie so to speak.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on June 22, 2014, 08:32:58 PM
hello technolads. i want to get a good graphics card for my pc, but i have absolutely no knowledge about anything like this. it's a lenovo computer, about a year and a half old. whenever i do the online 'can you run it' test, it passes with flying colours on everything but dedicated video ram. so what would be a good graphics card? can i just buy any graphics card and it'll go in? please help this little lad out
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 23, 2014, 08:30:45 AM
The first thing you need to check is to what card the motherboard will support. Its likely to be a PCI-E card but if you give us the model of the machine we can advise further. Also how much do you want to spend ? A £30 card will probably boost the performance a fair amount but you can carry on up towards £500 with any numbers you like in between. Any particular games you want to play ? What size monitor or do you want to use it with your HD TV ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on June 23, 2014, 04:45:49 PM
i'm not looking to spend that much, maybe around £50-£60. i have either a lenovo h500s, or h530s. i think i just want to get my dedicated video ram up to a a few gigabytes or so.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on June 23, 2014, 05:07:14 PM
http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/desktop_pub/lenovo_h500s_hmm_20131104.pdf
(page 35)

Looks like you have a PCI Express x16 slot, but it's half height (the plate on the back that the VGA/HDMI/etc. connectors sit on)

i.e. like the one on the left:
(http://cdn.eteknix.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/NextGenPCIeUSb3addin.jpg)

Shouldn't be a problem, just make sure the card you select has the half height plate.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 23, 2014, 06:03:40 PM
http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/desktop_pub/lenovo_h500s_hmm_20131104.pdf
(page 35)

Looks like you have a PCI Express x16 slot, but it's half height (the plate on the back that the VGA/HDMI/etc. connectors sit on)

i.e. like the one on the left:
(http://cdn.eteknix.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/NextGenPCIeUSb3addin.jpg)

Shouldn't be a problem, just make sure the card you select has the half height plate.


That *might*  be a little confusing. I know its obvious that's a USB card but it's also PCI-E x1 and NOT PCIE x16.

Just saying :).......

Edited to add x1 to make distinction clearer....
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 23, 2014, 06:11:35 PM
This one is  around the £30 mark

http://www.misco.co.uk/product/Q557583/PNY-GeForce-GT610-1GB-PCI-Express-Graphics-Card
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on June 23, 2014, 06:52:48 PM
This one is  around the £30 mark

http://www.misco.co.uk/product/Q557583/PNY-GeForce-GT610-1GB-PCI-Express-Graphics-Card

that looks like it may do the trick, although i think i would want the dedicated video ram to be around 2gb. would that make it loads more expensive?

also, i'm dumb as hell regarding pc hardware. are graphics cards difficult to install?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on June 23, 2014, 08:14:31 PM
That *might*  be a little confusing. I know its obvious that's a USB card but it's also PCI-E x1 and NOT PCIE x16.

I was working under the assumption that nobody makes x1 GFX cards :)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: alan nagsworth on June 23, 2014, 10:01:17 PM
Alright, remember that printer I was asking about a couple of weeks back? It's here. I've got it. And it is a fucking CUNT. Before it's even established a connection with my computer, this thing is an absolute piece of shit wanker.

Here's the deal: it's a Samsung Xpress M2022 laser printer. It has the option to connect and install on my laptop either via wireless or via USB. There must be some fault here because there is no USB cable in the box, so I'm forced to carry out the installation wirelessly. No problem, oui? NON. My laptop is connected via the network adapter to our wireless internet and yet when it tries to discover this printer, nothing happens. It even started detecting other nearby printers next door or whatever, but this one, which sits here with the blue power light on less than twelve inches away, goes totally undetected.

There is no 'enable wireless' button on the printer. There's the power button and the "quick print screen" button and that is it. The software won't complete installation unless the printer is detected. I've tried obtaining the drivers off the Samsung site but it's just a load of quick wireless setup guides and shit which all conclude with not being able to find the printer.

I have a job on tomorrow at 9am and I really need to print these bastard documents. In the long run I'll get the stupid missing twat of a USB cable, but right here and now I'm totally stumped.

Heeeelp :(
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 23, 2014, 10:09:56 PM
The printer connects wirelessly to your router usually. Not sure if that helps.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: alan nagsworth on June 23, 2014, 10:22:12 PM
Unfortunately not. I'm sat here with the printer right next to the router - which is in the Sky box - and I'm getting the exact same results.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on June 23, 2014, 10:22:43 PM
There must be some fault here because there is no USB cable in the box,

Printer makers are cunts about that, they never provide a cable! cheapest piece of USB tat comes with a mini-USB cable all the time, but printers, with their full size USB cables, never. Utter, utter cunts!

I suspect its from back when you had those big chunky parallel (Centronics) cables which would have been pricey, so fair enough, but now, with USB, fuck em!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: alan nagsworth on June 23, 2014, 10:27:28 PM
Ugh, I knew something like this would happen. I HATE PRINTERS SO FUCKING MUCH
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on June 23, 2014, 10:34:08 PM
suspect its from back when you had those big chunky parallel (Centronics) cables which would have been pricey, so fair enough, but now, with USB, fuck em!

Back then they used to include the cables, though. It's just a symptom of the horrible penny-pinching way most large companies go about their business these days.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on June 23, 2014, 10:39:47 PM
Never had a printer that came with a cable (except with the Amstrad PCW, but then, that was a all-in-one package) From the bottom end consumer stuff, through to top end HP and specialist thermal kit. They never had cables.

Bastards!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: georgetaylor on June 24, 2014, 12:12:26 AM
To make a Brother wireless printer work I had to change some setting in the router to allow clients to see each other, or something like that, a security setting in some odd place in the complicated menu anyway that allowed something. It wasn't called 'printer enable' or anything obvious.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 24, 2014, 08:38:55 AM
Alright, remember that printer I was asking about a couple of weeks back? It's here. I've got it. And it is a fucking CUNT. Before it's even established a connection with my computer, this thing is an absolute piece of shit wanker.

Here's the deal: it's a Samsung Xpress M2022 laser printer. It has the option to connect and install on my laptop either via wireless or via USB. There must be some fault here because there is no USB cable in the box, so I'm forced to carry out the installation wirelessly. No problem, oui? NON. My laptop is connected via the network adapter to our wireless internet and yet when it tries to discover this printer, nothing happens. It even started detecting other nearby printers next door or whatever, but this one, which sits here with the blue power light on less than twelve inches away, goes totally undetected.

There is no 'enable wireless' button on the printer. There's the power button and the "quick print screen" button and that is it. The software won't complete installation unless the printer is detected. I've tried obtaining the drivers off the Samsung site but it's just a load of quick wireless setup guides and shit which all conclude with not being able to find the printer.

I have a job on tomorrow at 9am and I really need to print these bastard documents. In the long run I'll get the stupid missing twat of a USB cable, but right here and now I'm totally stumped.

Heeeelp :(


OK possibly you misunderstood my pointer. The reason your laptop cant see the printer is because its not on your network. To get it onto the network you have to get it linked to the router. Looking at the manual it does actually support connecting directly but I'd avoid that.

Manual here.

http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201402/20140222103406804/EN/English/English/manual/BABBHHBB.htm#CHDHCAGI

If your router has a WPS button it should be a matter of holding down the buttons. Snipped from manual for you.

"

    Press and hold the (WPS) button on the control panel for about 2 - 4 seconds until the status LED blinks quickly.

    The machine starts connecting to the wireless network. The LED blinks slowly for up to two minutes until you press the PBC button on the access point (or wireless router).

    Press the WPS (PBC) button on the access point (or wireless router).

        The light blinks fast on the WPS LED. The machine is connecting to the access point (or wireless router).

        When the machine is successfully connected to the wireless network, the WPS LED light stays on.

    Insert the supplied software CD into your CD-ROM drive, and follow the instructions in the window to set up the wireless network.

"
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 02, 2014, 02:06:09 PM
Alright, new problem, if anyone can assist?

I've just moved house and when reconnecting the PC up, haven't been able to get the thing working.

The PC is starting- front light on, fan working, and the monitor is connected, but nothing is coming up on screen.

The power is connected, monitor is staying on for about 5 seconds, then goes into standby, flashing.

So far I've tried flipping the monitor cable and the power cables, and obviously many turnings off and on. I have a dreadful feeling something about the computer isn't clicking into gear. The fan and the light turns on but when I try to reset it- holding down the power button, or clicking the reset button, nothing happens and I have to use the power switch at the back of the tower.

But part of me thinks it's a simple fix with the monitor, something I'm not doing right. It's a flat screen, connections are a standard blue serial cable and black power cable.


I just don't want to call the computer repairs people, only for them to get here and laugh. Their laughs resonate like a childs laugh in a cathedral.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on July 02, 2014, 02:18:02 PM
When you say "flipping" the cables, do you mean replacing them or what? That would be my guess.

I think the blue serial cable must be a VGA lead - get yourself something digital.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 02, 2014, 06:12:09 PM
Its a blue serial vga cable, superficially looks the same on both ends. One goes in monitor, one goes in pc.

I believe the cable had safe transit, it was working fine not two days ago...



Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 02, 2014, 06:16:43 PM
Ive just checked a usb device and thats switched on and charging which suggests the motherboard is working to a point.

This is weird. Cable and the ports are in great condition, no reason to think not. But what else could it feasibly be?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 02, 2014, 06:17:35 PM
Oh hang on the dvd drive isnt opening...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 02, 2014, 06:22:10 PM
Ok, so after a while the message 'Check signal cable' dances around on screen.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on July 02, 2014, 07:59:31 PM
Its a blue serial vga cable, superficially looks the same on both ends. One goes in monitor, one goes in pc.

I believe the cable had safe transit, it was working fine not two days ago...

[incredible pedant]it's not a serial cable in any meaningful way. The connector is sort of the same shape, but serial cables have 9 pins instead of 15.[/incredible pedant]

Do you believe any part didn't have safe transit?

If you don't have a different cable or a way to quickly borrow one to see if that is the problem, what can people on the internet do?

sigh - do you have a graphics card? You could open up the case and make sure it's properly seated.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 02, 2014, 10:28:42 PM
I'm enquiring to make sure I'm not missing anything obvious or if there's a quick fix. If I don't know what the problem is then obviously I also don't know whether it's a waste of time to ask.

It looks as though I will need to get another cable and try that. If it then doesn't work it may be an issue, as you say with the seating, and I'll get a screwdriver and get involved with that tedium.



Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 03, 2014, 08:24:22 AM
If the motherboard has an on board graphics output you could try removing the graphics card (assuming there is one)and use the VGA/DVI/Hdmi output on the motherboard. All depends on the model.

 
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on July 03, 2014, 12:40:08 PM
Does the PC make the BIOS POST (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power-on_self-test) beep.

I ask because...

Oh hang on the dvd drive isnt opening...

Suggests some buggeration with the power supply. Possibly loose cable(s), but may be the PSU is knackered.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on July 03, 2014, 03:05:28 PM
Shoulders', I've had something similar happen to my aging PC.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure what cured it. It was after moving it to decorate.
Pretty sure the cables were fine, maybe it was something internal. it has done it a few times in the past, but this seemed more serious.

If I remember, I'll get back in here.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 03, 2014, 07:32:07 PM
I tried to surreptitiously nab a monitor cable last thing at work and was thwarted by a cable tie. Fucking health and safety wins again. And delays getting this remedied.

I'll check the beep, im pretty sure it does, and usb devices are working or at least turning on. There's not much chatter from the computer though, just the light and fan whirr.

Small world, I think I had this problem once before and like you have forgotten what fixed it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on July 04, 2014, 11:34:53 PM
Shoulders, putting aside the monitor for a moment, when you switch the pc on does it sound like it's booting up all the way to your desktop? (Making all the right noises etc.)

If it's booting up fully, then do you have an old CRT monitor you can try it with (or know someone who can lend you one to try)?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on July 05, 2014, 12:14:13 AM
Disconnect and reconnect every power and data cable on your motherboard and HD(s) and DVD drives, pull and reseat the memory sticks and any cards you have then give it another whirl.

If you can't get another monitor try taking your (possibly knackered) cable into work to test it before nicking theirs.

There does exist the horrible possibility that there's a short on yer mommaboard but give it a good internal once over before you go shelling out for a new un.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 05, 2014, 10:34:07 AM
I've just tried the cable and monitor on a laptop, both cable and monitor, (and therefore the port on the monitor) are all working fine.

Which is good news but the wrong good news. Short on the motherboard? Say it ain't so.

I'll do as Big Jack says and open the thing up and reconnect everything.



Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on July 05, 2014, 06:17:21 PM
I've had a few 'Oh fucking... fuck me!' moments diffused with a simple bit of jiggery and re-pokery, but the last one (which sounds somewhat like this) was down to a bit of the board not getting enough power, only cost £50 for a new one but it's still a pain in the ring if you're a broke-ass mo-fo with a load of shit to do online like what I is.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 05, 2014, 08:15:11 PM
I messed up and unplugged some of those little black pins on the motherboard and didn't onow where to put them back. Currently over with the actual professionals/balding metaller waster fucks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on July 05, 2014, 11:37:07 PM
Sounds like just the LED connections and perhaps yer POST beep speaker in the front of the case, yes?

Should be ok [nb]if a bit screwy cos not having the POST beep isn't helpful when something has gone to pot[/nb] to run without them, I probably should have said to leave them as they are cos as you rightly point out they are a pain in the arse to get in the right slots if you're sans a magnifying glass.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 06, 2014, 08:05:19 AM
Eerm probably the on and off switch as well so you do need those connectors in the right place.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on July 06, 2014, 01:45:03 PM
Heh, oh yeah... a couple of them in the right places wouldn't hurt.

Any news S?S! Or have you spent the day ineffectually pressing a button connected to nothing and cursing my name by any chance?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on July 07, 2014, 12:05:07 PM
My power adaptor for my Western Digital 2tb external hard disk has just died. It says 12v 1.5a as output.

Can anyone recommend any reasonably priced replacements?

Like would this be ok?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350956129795?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 07, 2014, 03:52:01 PM
Heh, oh yeah... a couple of them in the right places wouldn't hurt.

Any news S?S! Or have you spent the day ineffectually pressing a button connected to nothing and cursing my name by any chance?

Nope!

Just had a call from the people repairing it- the motherboard is fucked and they've recommended just buying a new PC that's the same spec for around the same price, and just transferring the RAM and hard disk across.

Fuuuuuck.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on July 07, 2014, 04:42:21 PM
Fucking get in there, you dancer!

See me diagnosing that bitch from here? Awwww yeah.

#Ahem# Bit of a rum do for yourself and all that of course.

I'd look into just replacing the motherboard rather than hoying t'babby out with t'bathwater, if you can get the same model there's no need to go getting a new case and all that jazz.

Thought one of my HDs had gone tits up this afty but narrowed it down to the last SATA link from my PSU being the dodgy culprit. Thankfully the oldest of my HDs still has a 4 pin peripheral slot on it and one of them was tied off to the side of the case so everything is back up and running.

Woot! 'puter fixery all up in this hizzle.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on July 07, 2014, 06:15:47 PM
S?S! replacing a motherboard is a pain in the arse... but forking out a load of money for a whole new rig is a somewhat more painful arse experience.

Firstly, get the details on what exactly went wrong with the motherboard from the people who looked at it. If they can't tell you, they might not be the best people to diagnose your 'pooter problems.
It might be the little wires which connect to your front panel are disconnected / in the wrong order and you forgot to tell them this, in which case the pooter won't turn on. There's a small chance they got as far as trying the on/off button and didn't look any further.

If however, the mobo's truly fucked and everything else is in working order, I'd suggest getting your hands dirty (but don't actually get your hands dirty, you don't want to smear shit all over some new equipment).
Buy a new mobo and some thermal paste from Amazon (~£50 for a mid range mobo) and get to work on it. If it goes wrong, you can send back the new mobo for a full refund and buy a new rig.

I would be pretty annoyed if I was told to buy a new computer when the RAM, GPU, CPU, PSU and casing are fine. The motherboard is just a component like everything else in your computer, the only difference is it's a bit fiddlier to replace because everything else is connected to it. There aren't really that many plugs and slots on a mobo, it looks daunting but you can probably do it from intuition alone (each slot and component on the mobo is labelled each slot so it's hard to go wrong).
You'll need to remove the CPU fan, clean off the old thermal paste from the CPU and reapply it on the new mobo, but there are plenty of instructional videos on youtube that can show you the correct way of doing this, so no problemo.

The hardest part is just buying the right motherboard, but if you tell us the exact specs of your 'pooter (processor, graphics card, RAM, PSU, any other gizmos occupying PCI Express slots and the like) then I'm sure we can direct you to a suitable model.

It's a lot to do, I know, but don't see this as a chore, see this as a challenge! The success and validation after fixing something is worth twice the effort it requires.
Just look how excited Jack is. You can tell he was practically vibrating when he typed that bit of pep. He's ready for it, ARE YOU?
Feeling pumped yet? Yeah!!???
OK!! LET'S FIX THIS CUNTING BASTARD!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on July 07, 2014, 10:07:16 PM
Nah, S?S! can just shave his head and sell his hair for four wigs. That will pay for 8 gaming rigs easy.

I think I might have been an arse earlier about trying the different lead thing. Sorry.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on July 08, 2014, 08:33:25 PM
I was given a price of around 65-70 to get a new motherboard and replace that, or they said they could move the RAM over to a refurbished PC and end up with a slightly more powerful machine with more capacity for the same layout. I've gone for that route.

It's also frightened me enough to back everything the fuck up.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on July 08, 2014, 08:45:18 PM
That was it, there was a small wire disconnected.

I used to do that at work, disconnect a small wire inside my computer, and call out the tech people to get an hour or so of free time.

I think I did it to mine to stop my mates using it on a night in.
Since then, when moving, there's a good chance same wire will disconnect.

Check the wires.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on July 16, 2014, 01:24:55 AM
Shoulders?-Stomach!, do you have a couple of hundred quid to spare? If so you could have a go at building yourself a new PC with your current hard drive installed (and maybe keeping the RAM too, if it's DDR3). If you kept those two to use on a new build you could have an absolutely awesome bespoke little home media PC for as little as £150 or under. There are plenty of guides on YouTube and it's really not that hard. You just need a little bit of time, exercising some basic practical common sense, a couple of philips screwdrivers and some cable ties. You'd get a smidgen of pride that says "I did this!".

I've some experience in building small form factor PC's and I'm sure you'd get plenty help on here too.

Anyway, on to my problem:

The downstairs PC is running latest Ubuntu and I had it set up to share videos to my Raspberry Pi connected to the bedroom TV via samba file sharing. I'm running OpenELEC with XBMC on the Pi and it was all working great over my homeplug network until I decided to put a bigger SSD in the downstairs PC and reinstall Ubuntu.

I looked into setting up file sharing again and realised that samba is a Windows file sharing system, whereas NFS is a superior Linux arrangement (better use of bandwidth, less prone to stuttering) so I followed some idiots guides to share over NFS by installing NFS server downstairs and adding the relevant directories to be shared to /etc/exports.

I'm fucked if I can get it to work. OpenELEC/XBMC lets you scan for samba/NFS shares and other protocols without any special configuration but I can't get it to see my downstairs computer at all. I think it may be user permissions or something and I haven't added my shares to a particular user group on the home wired network. I can stream iPlayer fine, so I know that XBMC is connected to the router (Virgin Superhub) but it refuses to see the other PC.

The guides I've looked at seem to offer a complicated method of what should be a simple setup.  Any ideas?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on July 16, 2014, 02:43:29 AM
IP address conflict maybe? ...  But I'm curious, why do you have XBMC running on the linux simply to share to the Pi? Seems unnecessarily complicated to have a dedicated PC just for sharing via this samba protocol bollox.
I have my Pi connected to a cheap usb hard drive, or if I have the desktop PC on I sometimes use the network shares and stream it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on July 16, 2014, 03:13:44 AM
I'm by no means sure and don't have a solution but can your downstairs set-up at least see the upstairs gear or are they both convinced only they exist?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on July 16, 2014, 05:14:42 AM
I'm by no means sure and don't have a solution but can your downstairs set-up at least see the upstairs gear or are they both convinced only they exist?

IP address conflict maybe? ...  But I'm curious, why do you have XBMC running on the linux simply to share to the Pi?

Well, I can tell from the router settings GUI that the Pi is on 192.168.0.8 and the living room PC is on 192.168.0.10 and I can successfully SSH tunnel from my ageing netbook over WiFi into the Pi and get a terminal, so I think that the router is allowing the devices to talk to each other. I've not changed any router firewall settings since I reinstalled Ubuntu downstairs.

The software for the Pi that I'm using, OpenELEC, is just a very basic version of Linux that's tailored for the Pi with XBMC added. It boots OpenELEC and then goes straight into XBMC, giving you an underlying linux platform to play with if you desire. I've also tried RaspBMC, which is pretty much the same thing but without the linux system booting underneath XMBC. Both are very similar but OpenELEC is supposed to run better/more slicker.

Seems unnecessarily complicated to have a dedicated PC just for sharing via this samba protocol bollox.
I have my Pi connected to a cheap usb hard drive, or if I have the desktop PC on I sometimes use the network shares and stream it.

I like having the Pi sitting in its neat little transparent perspex case in the bedroom with no need to have an ugly USB hard drive plugged into it. If we want to watch a film or TV show .AVI/.mp4/.mkv I leave the computer on downstairs and if I just wanna watch iPlayer I can stream it without the downstairs PC on. Well, I could, when the file sharing was working.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on July 16, 2014, 10:31:42 AM
I still don't understand the deal with the samba/Linux PC, Windows has inbuilt reliable network sharing, I'd just use that.
Is the PC a Linux for speed and efficiency or do you just like using Linux?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on July 16, 2014, 10:58:33 AM
Samba is windows file sharing - just the linux implementation of it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on July 16, 2014, 04:57:51 PM
I used Windows 8.1 for a while and the sharing worked fine. Then changed to Ubuntu and just find it more efficient and secure for running on my HTPC. Plus I like faffing around in the terminal.

I also thought that file sharing between Ubuntu and a Raspberry Pi, which are both essentially Linux would be a lot easier. I did read that NFS was less stuttery than samba in extreme situations, although I haven't experienced any stuttering just playing HD video using samba.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on July 18, 2014, 03:05:59 PM
Dunno if this is the right place for this but I'm desperate. I have one of the old grey Xbox 360s with a 20 gig hard drive and the disc drive has stopped working and I really, really want to play GTA5. The drive opens and closes fine but it doesn't recognize any discs I put in there. Is there a way I can clean the drive or something, or can I swap the drive for a new one or am I just completely fucked?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on July 18, 2014, 04:54:43 PM
Can ya no pirate the PC verison?

I take it you're well out of warranty so you can't send it off to fixomation land yeah? That wouldn't really help anyway if you're looking to get on in the next few days as that usually takes a couple of weeks.

There are those cleaning discs with the wee brush built into em that're supposed to give the lens a going over but they're usually ineffective, is the drive spinning the discs at all or is it one of those: <Brrrb, clunk> "No disc in drive" every time errors? If it's one of them you may need a new drive in there and your best bet would be some dodgy refurbishment outfit.

Since (I'm guessing) you're out of warranty you could crack it open and try to manually clean whatever shit is causing the problem but you'll need Torx screwdrivers (http://www.amazon.co.uk/LINDY-Computer-Technician-Precision-Torx/dp/B0000934GO/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1405698456&sr=8-7&keywords=torx+screwdrivers) and a rather steady hand and light touch to do that and get any positive results.

I'm sure you could find a dog cheap 2nd hand harddrive-less one somewhere that trades games/consoles if it's completely goosed (I flogged mine for £35 a couple of months ago) but of course there's no telling how close to the knackers yard they'll be.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on July 18, 2014, 05:36:41 PM
Can ya no pirate the PC verison?

I take it you're well out of warranty so you can't send it off to fixomation land yeah? That wouldn't really help anyway if you're looking to get on in the next few days as that usually takes a couple of weeks.

There are those cleaning discs with the wee brush built into em that're supposed to give the lens a going over but they're usually ineffective, is the drive spinning the discs at all or is it one of those: <Brrrb, clunk> "No disc in drive" every time errors? If it's one of them you may need a new drive in there and your best bet would be some dodgy refurbishment outfit.

Since (I'm guessing) you're out of warranty you could crack it open and try to manually clean whatever shit is causing the problem but you'll need Torx screwdrivers (http://www.amazon.co.uk/LINDY-Computer-Technician-Precision-Torx/dp/B0000934GO/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1405698456&sr=8-7&keywords=torx+screwdrivers) and a rather steady hand and light touch to do that and get any positive results.

I'm sure you could find a dog cheap 2nd hand harddrive-less one somewhere that trades games/consoles if it's completely goosed (I flogged mine for £35 a couple of months ago) but of course there's no telling how close to the knackers yard they'll be.

I don't really wanna get the PC version cos that'll mean starting again and losing all my online progress. It's not like I'm in any great rush or anything, I've just been messing about with Twitch on the One and watching streams of GTA5 and it really made me want to play it again, I haven't been on it for aaaaages. Also got the South Park game I really want to play, thats supposed to be great.

Yeah it's just as I feared, it's way too much fucking about and probably above my technical ability and know how to self repair and I don't really want to buy a 2nd hand one for the reason you mentioned. With a bit of luck there'll be a price drop on the 360 soon and I'll see about getting one then. Bugger.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: DJ Solid Snail on July 19, 2014, 09:09:03 PM
Does anyone know of a reliable Xbox media server? (As in an app on your PC that lets you stream stuff through your 360.) I used to Serviio which worked a charm for ages, but abruptly stopped working for weird technical reasons after a Windows update, but no amount of fiddling seemed to fix it. Then I tried TVersity, which would only host about a third of my library, then XMBC, which did the same thing, and then most recently Windows Media Center, which is the slowest fucking thing in existence.

Technically I could just plug my HDMI cable into my laptop but I like browsing the net when I'm bored during films.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on July 20, 2014, 08:21:32 AM
I've recently had to fix serviio - try reinstalling java using the OFFLINE installer from https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

As to alternatives, I looked but didn't find.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on July 20, 2014, 09:05:37 AM
Wahay. Got my 360 working, I took apart and gave it a thorough cleaning and that seems to have done the trick. For now. Better than the only other suggested fix to the problem I could find, which was to bang really hard on top of the Xbox with your fist.

I've always used TVersity on the 360 for streaming and never encountered any problems and I've got quite a big library. Have you tried refreshing your library on your PC? And maybe double check you have all the folders selected for your library that you want.

Failing that, you could try this, which is what I have to do to stream video to the Xbox One because the One doesn't support streaming programs yet. You just right click on the video file on your PC and there will be an option saying 'Play To' and your 360 should appear there. I'm not sure if it's a feature of Windows 8.1 only or what, but depending on whether I have the One or 360 turned on, the option to play to the relevant console appears.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steve Lampkins on July 20, 2014, 09:57:26 AM
Can ya no pirate the PC verison?

It's not out yet.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: DJ Solid Snail on July 20, 2014, 11:46:11 AM
I've recently had to fix serviio - try reinstalling java using the OFFLINE installer from https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

As to alternatives, I looked but didn't find.

Huh, worked a treat! What a strange fix. Thanks lads.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Queneau on July 24, 2014, 02:44:18 AM
I've got this 2TB hard drive I want to watch stuff from on a Samsung TV. It has been taking and reading off drives fine. However, for some reasons I am having problems with getting with the 2TB Samsung drive. It will play files for a little while but seems to have a time out or sleep mode. Any idea how to deal with this? It's plugged in via normal USB so I'm wondering if power is an issue.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Onken on July 27, 2014, 12:39:16 AM
How do you use bbcode to scale down an image.

None of the suggestions on other forums suggest work on here.

When you've got a retina Macbook your screenshots are huge! (2880 x 1800)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Guy on July 27, 2014, 12:53:43 AM
How do you use bbcode to scale down an image.

None of the suggestions on other forums suggest work on here.

In the opening 'IMG' tag of your pic, insert either a 'height' or a 'width' attribute as follows:

[img height=300] ...

[img width=300] ...

In these examples '300' in the desired measurement of the scaled pic, in pixels.

You can also use 'height' and 'width' at the same time, if you want to distort the proportions of the pic to get it to exact overall dimensions:

[img height=300 width=300] ...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Onken on July 27, 2014, 12:58:26 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/GqV1b1x.jpg)

Cool.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on August 02, 2014, 02:00:48 PM
hello.

can anyone recommend a free hard disk overwriting/erasing software that doesn't require an internet connection to run?

my girlfriend wants to give our old computers to some charity, and i don't want them find all the filth i used to look at banking details and whatnot.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on August 02, 2014, 03:11:24 PM
hello.

can anyone recommend a free hard disk overwriting/erasing software that doesn't require an internet connection to run?

my girlfriend wants to give our old computers to some charity, and i don't want them find all the filth i used to look at banking details and whatnot.

Ccleaner.  http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on August 02, 2014, 03:45:48 PM
marvellous stuff, thank you yet again Wilbur.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on August 03, 2014, 10:14:48 AM
that ccleaner thing didn't work in the end (i probably did something wrong), i downloaded darik's something or other and zapped them that way, it was a right old fucking faff, i hope these starving african orphans appreciate my efforts, the little shits - hours it took me!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

charity is rubbish when it takes up ones time, no wonder geldof was always in a bad mood.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on August 03, 2014, 02:30:22 PM
You'd be best off formatting the HD completely before you get shot of it mookster, though that will scrub the OS with it, better that than having your assorted bits and bobs displayed for all and sundry if a wrong-un with l33t skillz gets ahold of it though.

If you're hell bent on being nice you could re-install the OS on the clean drive.

Personally I'd oik any HDs and use or keep them as back-ups/extra storage for your next/current puter, either that or take a hammer and chisel to em 'till you get to the plates if they're crappy, ancient and/or were chock-a-block with dodgy porn.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on August 03, 2014, 05:06:55 PM
You'd be best off formatting the HD completely before you get shot of it mookster, though that will scrub the OS with it, better that than having your assorted bits and bobs displayed for all and sundry if a wrong-un with l33t skillz gets ahold of it though.


Sorry but that is bad advice. Formatting the hard drive does NOT delete the data. The erasing tools such as ccleaner and the like overwrite the disk with random 1s and 0s multiple times. I should probably have given a bit more detail on CCleaner. The best thing to do on the laptop you wish to dispose of (IMNSHO) is create a new admin account then delete all the old ones with their associated files and then use CCleaner tools disk wiping utility to overwrite the blank space on the drive with random data as many times as you have the time and inclination for (and it DOES take for bloody ages.....)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on August 03, 2014, 06:01:16 PM
thanks to the both off you. i think i'll just whip the hard drives out and let the charity put in replacements.

thanks again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on August 03, 2014, 06:11:39 PM
thanks to the both off you. i think i'll just whip the hard drives out and let the charity put in replacements.

thanks again.

That's certainly the easiest and least time consuming way....
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on August 04, 2014, 04:38:06 PM
Formatting the hard drive does NOT delete the data. The erasing tools such as ccleaner and the like overwrite the disk with random 1s and 0s multiple times.

Yes, true, but formatting is usually enough to keep *most* people from finding or digging for anything unless they're proper crafty.

I thought if he was just gonna hoy the HDs out with the bathwater that'd probably do rather than leaving the current set-up on there as is but 'cleaned' out which would be much more barmy.

Eraser is another sort of useful tool if you're looking to overwrite data, though running 35 passes over something is a incy bit ott. I suppose it depends how paranoid/criminal one is.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cleaners From Venus on August 04, 2014, 04:41:58 PM
And you'll go to all that effort for the charity to turn around and laugh at you. "This is over two years old! Sorry mate, might as well have bought in a truckload of VHSs."
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Onken on August 12, 2014, 10:11:00 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/zescbT2.png)

Can anyone help me using the formulas with please.

l want to do is show I'm deducting a 25% discount or what it is to get my total down to £500 which is what the cheap bastards should be paying me.

I'm really puzzled using it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on August 12, 2014, 10:50:52 AM
D7 should be C7 divided by 100 multiplied by D6. D8 should be D6 minus D7. The correct percentage to reduce the Total to £500 is 58.3333%.

How is this this a computer problem?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: SetToStun on August 12, 2014, 10:58:36 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/zescbT2.png)

Can anyone help me using the formulas with please.

l want to do is show I'm deducting a 25% discount or what it is to get my total down to £500 which is what the cheap bastards should be paying me.

I'm really puzzled using it.

If you had deducted 25% from the original amount, the remaining £500 would represent 75% of the original. So you can divide £500 by 75 and multiply the result by 100 to get £666.67. To validate the answer, multiply £666.67 by .75 to get 75% and you will find it's £500.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on August 12, 2014, 11:36:25 AM
If you want to tie it to C7 I think you want something like:
=(D6x(100-C7))/100

What software if that? It probably has a percentage function (not that it's really needed).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on August 12, 2014, 12:01:18 PM
Why does it need to be calculated to a percentage? Just call it "discount" and make it £700.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on August 12, 2014, 06:12:47 PM
Having an issue today with my laptop. Basically, it shuts down after a minute or two of getting to the windows desktop. It's not an overheating issue (I don't think) as the temp is steady at 48-50ish. I've tried swapping out RAM, same problem. I did get a "battery problem" notification telling me to replace it, but it does the same thing even if I have the laptop just plugged in at the mains with the battery removed.

The only other thing I've noticed (although possibly I'm only just noticing it) is the area around where the built in camera is, above the screen, seems to get unusually hot.

Hope someone can help, thanks!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on August 12, 2014, 06:15:52 PM
Does it do the same thing if you boot it into safe mode ? Keep hitting F8 as it boots up assuming you are on Windows 7 or earlier.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on August 12, 2014, 06:23:12 PM
Yep, same issue in safe mode. Earlier it was making a long sustained beeping sound before shutting down, now it's just doing it without warning.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on August 12, 2014, 08:56:11 PM
Hmm doesn't sound hopeful I'm afraid. If its not overheating and you've swapped out the ram then its wither a short or a mb issue.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on August 12, 2014, 09:45:02 PM
Getting hot around the camera sounds a bit weird, could indicate a short or something else weird. It might be a relatively easy hardware hack to detach the camera (assuming you don't need it - even if you do I assume you can still get USB ones fairly cheaply) which would at least eliminate it as a problem.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on August 12, 2014, 09:54:53 PM
Could it be the graphics chip overheating? I don't know if CPU temp stuff reports that stat, don't know why the camera would get hot, but if it's not software it's most likely the vents gummed up with lint and needs cleaning with pressurised air or sommat.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on August 13, 2014, 12:04:38 PM
I have a feeling it's a motherboard issue. Not worth getting a new one though since it's 4-5 years old. I've ordered a battery to see if that works, anyway. Thanks for the help!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on August 18, 2014, 01:43:09 PM
My power supply has been making funny noises for a few days and finally died yesterday. It was a 450w and I replaced it with a 400w, I'm pretty sure its all wired up correctly. But now my computer wont boot up at all. It has power, all the lights come on and go blink and the hard drives warm up and the disc drive opens and the little green light on the motherboard comes on. Usually when I turn my computer on it makes a beep noise before booting up. I get nothing now, I turn it on and it powers up but theres no beep and I just have a black screen. Is it possible I've just wired it up incorrectly or should I be worrying about something hideous like my hard drive being wiped because of a sudden lack of power?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on August 18, 2014, 01:46:35 PM
A PSU failing can unfortunately screw a motherboard up in the process. But it's probably worth disconnecting as many non-essential bits as possible (e.g. switch to onboard graphics) and checking the PSU leads are right.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: BeardFaceMan on August 18, 2014, 05:42:32 PM
I'm a fucking idiot, I didn't have the aux cable plugged in to the motherboard, just the main 20 pin one.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on August 25, 2014, 10:22:54 PM
I'm having problems with Youtube on my W7 PC. Even though I have a 20mb connection, most videos over a few minutes will just stop downloading so I'm watching a 30 minute video and it'll start to hang after 10 or so. I have no idea what is causing this. I don't seem to get the same problem using the same connection on my phone or tablet.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on August 25, 2014, 10:55:56 PM
Youtube's been all bollocksy the past few months. It seems to be dodgy cache servers dotted about the place (why some devices work okay, but others fail)

Look up your ISP and youtube cache, see if there's an IP address you can block or something.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on August 26, 2014, 12:32:37 AM
It has only been the last few months but that coincided with me using a new PC so I thought it might be something on my end. Flash settings, Firefox, ports or something.

Anyway I'm not finding much on youtube cache solutions for Sky fibre so far...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on August 26, 2014, 01:53:46 PM
It has only been the last few months but that coincided with me using a new PC so I thought it might be something on my end. Flash settings, Firefox, ports or something.

Anyway I'm not finding much on youtube cache solutions for Sky fibre so far...

Which browser are you using ?  Try using Chrome or run IE in safe mode and see if it still does it. A lot of browser related woes are down to plug ins and extensions.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on August 26, 2014, 09:10:30 PM
I had a similar problem a while ago, and I can't remember precisely what solved it, I think it was along the lines of deleting all the temp files and caches and uninstalling the browser before reinstalling, failing that install the browser again but change the name of the directory so it uses new paths.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on August 29, 2014, 06:44:31 PM
hello lads. the time has come for me to buy a graphics card, but it's stressing me out no end as i have no knowledge of any of this stuff. basically, i've got this pc:

http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/desktops/lenovo/h-series/h500s/#tab-technical_specifications (http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/desktops/lenovo/h-series/h500s/#tab-technical_specifications)

 and i want to know if this graphics card

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GeForce-Graphics-Express-Vision/dp/B0087YADCG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409333448&sr=8-1&keywords=2gb+graphics+card#productDetails (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GeForce-Graphics-Express-Vision/dp/B0087YADCG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409333448&sr=8-1&keywords=2gb+graphics+card#productDetails)

will work in it.

i don';t know if you can help with just that information, but any help will be greatly welcomed. thanks huns
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on August 30, 2014, 10:10:39 AM
hello lads. the time has come for me to buy a graphics card, but it's stressing me out no end as i have no knowledge of any of this stuff. basically, i've got this pc:

http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/desktops/lenovo/h-series/h500s/#tab-technical_specifications (http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/desktops/lenovo/h-series/h500s/#tab-technical_specifications)

 and i want to know if this graphics card

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GeForce-Graphics-Express-Vision/dp/B0087YADCG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409333448&sr=8-1&keywords=2gb+graphics+card#productDetails (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GeForce-Graphics-Express-Vision/dp/B0087YADCG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409333448&sr=8-1&keywords=2gb+graphics+card#productDetails)

will work in it.

i don';t know if you can help with just that information, but any help will be greatly welcomed. thanks huns

Manual's here http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/desktop_pub/lenovo_h500s_hmm_20131104.pdf

and here http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/desktop_pub/lenovo_h500s_ug_v1.0_win8_en_r_online_20131104.pdf

Show it has an PCI express X 16 adapter slot. But it looks as if there is only space for one slot. That card is thick and almost certainly wont physically fit in that small form case.

So no it almost certainly wont.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on August 30, 2014, 12:44:15 PM
bollocks. thank you!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on August 30, 2014, 10:49:25 PM
this whole deal is really frustrating me. how do you discover what graphics card you need to buy for your computer? i really want a new one, but it's fucking annoying
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on August 31, 2014, 08:41:23 AM
this whole deal is really frustrating me. how do you discover what graphics card you need to buy for your computer? i really want a new one, but it's fucking annoying


You need a PCI-E low profile card.

Have a look here http://www.ebuyer.com/search?q=low+profile+pcie+graphics

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on September 01, 2014, 12:48:03 AM
so, will just any pcie low profile cards fit? if so that's bloody great news, i could finally get to buying one!

thanks for all the help wilby old chum, have a bunch of karma points

edit:i'm looking at these low profile cards, the metal bit at the back, with all the sockets (the plate? i'm fucking rubbish at this), looks very different to the one on the back of my pc. like the one on my pc has hdmi output, vga output, but also usb sockets, ethernet input and ones for sound too. do you reckon i'll have to find out what kind of plate it is i have, and then search for graphics cards with the same? or is that completely wrong? sorry for all the questions, i just want to get one for my birthday and that's on thursday!!!!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on September 01, 2014, 08:46:11 AM
so, will just any pcie low profile cards fit? if so that's bloody great news, i could finally get to buying one!

thanks for all the help wilby old chum, have a bunch of karma points

edit:i'm looking at these low profile cards, the metal bit at the back, with all the sockets (the plate? i'm fucking rubbish at this), looks very different to the one on the back of my pc. like the one on my pc has hdmi output, vga output, but also usb sockets, ethernet input and ones for sound too. do you reckon i'll have to find out what kind of plate it is i have, and then search for graphics cards with the same? or is that completely wrong? sorry for all the questions, i just want to get one for my birthday and that's on thursday!!!!


That's the plate behind the motherboard. Here is a linky to a picture of what your PC should look like with a graphics card installed https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0_24_EBmDqORy13WXh6YWh2a3M/edit?usp=sharing. Its the one two thirds of the way down. Underneath that it looks like a USB 3 expansion card fitted as well. Sorry that's the best piccie I can find of that model.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on September 01, 2014, 09:05:40 AM
I take it this is going to be an all in one package yeah? Or do you have the PC already?

If not it *might* be an idea to hold off on the graphics card until you have the comp in front of you so you know what kind of space you've got to work with or until you can get a good gory close up shot of its guts.

Also, dunno if this is a bubble burster but:

Puter specs
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Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 620 1GB

Amazon
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Asus Nvidia GeForce GT 640 Graphics Card (2GB DDR3, PCI Express 3.0,
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on September 01, 2014, 11:03:14 AM

That's the plate behind the motherboard. Here is a linky to a picture of what your PC should look like with a graphics card installed https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0_24_EBmDqORy13WXh6YWh2a3M/edit?usp=sharing. Its the one two thirds of the way down. Underneath that it looks like a USB 3 expansion card fitted as well. Sorry that's the best piccie I can find of that model.

oh, i see now! okay.thanks wilbur


I take it this is going to be an all in one package yeah? Or do you have the PC already?

If not it *might* be an idea to hold off on the graphics card until you have the comp in front of you so you know what kind of space you've got to work with or until you can get a good gory close up shot of its guts.

i already have the pc, just have no idea what to be looking for  or anything. now i've seen wilbur's picture i reckon i understand.


Also, dunno if this is a bubble burster

that's a massive bubble burster! so my computer can't run a graphics card with higher than 1gb ram? that's terrible!

edit:actually i guess 1gb is okay. not as good as two though is it
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on September 01, 2014, 11:29:26 AM
I'm guessing that specification is for cards that were available on that particular machine. AFAIK there is no inherent restriction on the amount of memory a graphics card can have that is dictated by the motherboard...I'm happy to be corrected, as always.....
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on September 01, 2014, 02:28:06 PM
fantastic news. will you marry me wilbur?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on September 01, 2014, 06:12:22 PM
I would also really, really, really like to update my graphics card. Basically, I have a bunch of games on Steam but can only really play one or two of them because of my shitty card.

I'm very sorry but I know next to nothing about this sort of thing, but would love some advice about possible cards that would be appropriate for my machine. I can award a lot of karma. I have tons of it:

http://www.acerdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_X1_SFF_i3-2120_6GB_1TB_Nvidia_GT605_1GB_Windows_7_HP_Desktop_DT.SJMEK.004/version.asp

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on September 02, 2014, 09:47:04 AM
I would also really, really, really like to update my graphics card. Basically, I have a bunch of games on Steam but can only really play one or two of them because of my shitty card.

I'm very sorry but I know next to nothing about this sort of thing, but would love some advice about possible cards that would be appropriate for my machine. I can award a lot of karma. I have tons of it:

http://www.acerdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_X1_SFF_i3-2120_6GB_1TB_Nvidia_GT605_1GB_Windows_7_HP_Desktop_DT.SJMEK.004/version.asp

Thanks in advance!

You're limited to pretty much the same selection as kittens by the look of it. You need a low profile PCI-E card. It cant be thicker than one slot width.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mobias on September 03, 2014, 05:58:48 PM
Can anyone recommend a free and easy way to send large files up to about 500mb? I've looked at this place http://www.dropsend.com
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on September 03, 2014, 06:21:23 PM
Can anyone recommend a free and easy way to send large files up to about 500mb? I've looked at this place http://www.dropsend.com

Why not use gdrive or dropbox or Onedrive etc ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on September 03, 2014, 06:26:54 PM
You're limited to pretty much the same selection as kittens by the look of it. You need a low profile PCI-E card. It cant be thicker than one slot width.

Thanks Wilbur!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mobias on September 03, 2014, 07:13:56 PM
Why not use gdrive or dropbox or Onedrive etc ?

Excellent. I'll take a look, thanks
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on September 05, 2014, 01:02:50 AM
This is a question I have not been able to answer despite looking around on Windows FAQs.

Basically I want to know if there is a way to view all the subfolders and sub-sub folders expanded in a tree in 'Details' view mode?

My hard drive is getting really full and whilst you can change the view to see your largest files, it won't show them if they are within a folder. I would like to be able to see the content of all my folders and then see if there are really large files hanging around that I could get rid of.

This question makes sense to me but I'm not sure I have communicated it that well.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on September 05, 2014, 01:24:19 AM
Windows cant do that, you need a program called Treesize Free (portable)
I used it the other day to find where the bulk of my disk space has gone recently.
Select C drive and scan. Easy.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on September 05, 2014, 02:02:12 AM
Thanks so much - that is perfect.

What a basic thing that Windows could include? It's basically just unfolding folders in one viewable page.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on September 05, 2014, 02:11:50 AM
Yep. Well that's life ... *shrug*
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on September 05, 2014, 10:43:24 AM
What a basic thing that Windows could include? It's basically just unfolding folders in one viewable page.

In MS' defence, they have to play it careful with how much stuff they include. Not just anti-trust issues, but practical things like ongoing development and support of yet another util/feature, and then whatever they might provide will never be what everybody wants/needs. Damned if they do, damned if they don't. Having said that, I think they could do better with their file explorer.

Back on subject: You might also find a disk space analyser handy for what you're after:
https://windirstat.info/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on September 05, 2014, 03:30:02 PM
Thanks Blumf. I'm not sure why they wouldn't just have a way to sort folders by size in an accurate way, it seems quite basic (hence why there are so many software programs that can do it) and makes usability so much better.

I will try this software as well - it looks good. I will report back on which I found most useful.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on September 05, 2014, 03:49:37 PM
I'm not sure why they wouldn't just have a way to sort folders by size in an accurate way, it seems quite basic

It's also time consuming. You have to plug through all the sub-directories and check each file[nb]There's also the issue of how you count linked files/directories (not a commonly used feature in Window (not the same as shortcuts BTW), but possible on NTFS formatted disks).[/nb] (<right-click>/Properties on the C:\Windows folder, watch as it slowly counts up the total directory size). It's not something you want to do all the time, and for when you do, there are thrid-party tools that suit the job better than a plain file browser (i.e. better presentation of the results).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on September 05, 2014, 04:11:27 PM
I think probably the reason for not including it in Explorer is that - as you'll have seen when you used a standalone app for it, or if you right-click a folder and select Properties - it takes time to add up all the sizes of the files in a folder and all it's sub folders, especially if there are a lot of files in there. Having it integrated into Explorer would slow down regular file browsing too much.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on September 05, 2014, 04:17:07 PM
Yeah, I can imagine that is the case - I do think it could be integrated as a basic feature as a View option, given that we are all getting increasingly bigger hard drives but alongside that, an increasing amount of very large files. It becomes quite hard to manage and for me would take quite some hours of trawling to get info on all the sizes of files, some of the larger ones being buried within sub-sub-sub folders.

Blumf's software is working very well at the moment - but you are right, it does take quite a bit of time for it to get all the info.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on September 05, 2014, 04:44:59 PM
My hard drive is getting really full and whilst you can change the view to see your largest files, it won't show them if they are within a folder. I would like to be able to see the content of all my folders and then see if there are really large files hanging around that I could get rid of.

This question makes sense to me but I'm not sure I have communicated it that well.

There's Sequoiaview (http://sequoiaview.en.softonic.com/) that gives you a graphical representation of all the files on a selected drive in one window, though it also takes a little while to get going if there's a lot to parse.

Hover over a file and it'll highlight the surrounding blocks to show you what else is in that folder, it's a handy way of identifying big files you may want to be rid of but can't thing of where they might be.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: georgetaylor on September 05, 2014, 04:51:24 PM

Theres an excellent piece of software called Folder Size that integrates directly into explorer and gives a fully populated 'size' column for files and folders. Doesn't impact at all on system performance, just a bit of disk activity when you first open a drive.

http://foldersize.sourceforge.net/

Unfortuntely only works for 2000 and XP.
There's an update for 7 and 8 but it's no longer fully intergrated into explorer so not really as required.
Shame, as this was a very useful piece of software that I based my work flow on.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on September 05, 2014, 09:36:24 PM
Incidentally if it's speed you're after, Wiztree (http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/) is by far the fastest of these sort of programs.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on September 06, 2014, 10:48:44 AM
Not exactly what is being discussed here but another great tool is Everything. It allows you to disable Windows Indexing[nb]This is especially useful for example if you're applying the various PC tweaks for music making but still do regular file searches.[/nb] whilst still leaving you able to quickly locate files and folders should you need to. First run takes a short while to create its index file but subsequent runs are quick as hell.

http://www.voidtools.com/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on September 06, 2014, 12:52:39 PM
If it's searching, I use grepWin (http://stefanstools.sourceforge.net/grepWin.html) , none of that indexing nonsense, just pure finding the stuff I want, when I want it.

Same guy also does a handy Explorer extension, StExBar (http://stefanstools.sourceforge.net/StExBar.html), that adds some useful features (I use the ability to quickly copy file names/paths a lot), and he also does the TortoiseSVN (http://tortoisesvn.net/) extension, which is the gold standard for using Subversion on Windows.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: alan nagsworth on September 12, 2014, 10:28:49 PM
Hi everyone, it's your infrequent resident computer illiterate dipshit here, seeking yet more advice.

I got a new laptop and was stupid enough to install some ropey illegal stuff on it that inevitably shagged it somehow, so I have to format it and start afresh. I've completely wiped it and am now in the process of trying to install Windows 7 from a bootable USB. It was telling me that no available partition could be located or created, so a friend came over and went through the time-consuming process of something or other in bios which took over three hours to get from 0% to 100%. I can't recall exactly what the process was because I know sod all about anything, but afterwards I had to type in "assign", "active" and then "exit" twice. I tried to install again and still received the same message. Eventually I deleted the partition, completely formatted the hard drive and made my own primary partition, allocating it about 200gb for Windows and assorted future program files. STILL THE SAME MESSAGE.

The message is: "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition."

I'm at my wits end here. I don't understand how it couldn't work despite it having all that bloody space on an allocated primary partition to do whatever the bastard fuck it wants to do. For the record, my laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T410. The bootable USB is a TDK. (I've heard Kingstons can be unreliable for some reason which is why I mention that.) I'm currently sitting here with a glass of whiskey and a shitter of a headache, writhing in utter despair and frustration. Please help me.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on September 13, 2014, 12:39:33 AM
Just a quick suggestion, but maybe use a third party disk partitioner. I'm struggling to remember the name of the one I used but it allows you to install it on a USB and can be used on boot up. Had a GUI an all.
Back in a mo.

Edit: I believe I used this once. It seems unusually small though:
http://partitionlogic.org.uk/download/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Uncle TechTip on September 13, 2014, 12:19:34 PM
It's definitely the full version of Windows and not an upgrade? Should be straightforward, try deleting all partitions and start again. Gparted is another partition manager, you can download ready made boot disks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on September 13, 2014, 12:24:59 PM
Download any distribution of Linux for free onto a USB, there are versions especially for repairing hard drives, you can boot from the USB directly into Linux without having to install it. Then fix the hard drive or install Linux.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on September 13, 2014, 06:03:45 PM
Have you run a chkdsk /r on the hard drive to check that's not faulty ? If its the original drive in that model then its likely to be approaching its end of life.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: alan nagsworth on September 13, 2014, 06:36:23 PM

Have you run a chkdsk /r on the hard drive to check that's not faulty ? If its the original drive in that model then its likely to be approaching its end of life.


It better bloody not be, I did buy a refurb but that'd be taking the piss just slightly if it was screwed as soon as I bought it.

Got a busy weekend so am gonna crack on with the other options tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestions.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Onken on September 24, 2014, 12:55:51 AM
Why doesn't this forum allow embedded videos? We use to have them a couple of years ago.

It harms the popularity of music sub section and Youtube threads. I demand an answer.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on September 24, 2014, 07:04:55 AM
I really can't remember. I think it was either because threads with loads of videos fucked up anyone with an old computer, or maintaining the mod to the forum software was an arse.

I just made that up.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Joy Nktonga on September 24, 2014, 10:23:30 AM
Onken, you're wrong. It's a hundred thousand million trillion gazillion times better without them clogging up every thread. Maybe your/our "thread + umpteen youtube links" experience would be improved if people spent the extra five seconds it would take to tell us what the fucking video is rather than leaving an otherwise anonymous link.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: alcoholic messiah on September 24, 2014, 05:07:47 PM
Onken, you're wrong. It's a hundred thousand million trillion gazillion times better without them clogging up every thread. Maybe your/our "thread + umpteen youtube links" experience would be improved if people spent the extra five seconds it would take to tell us what the fucking video is rather than leaving an otherwise anonymous link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYi6rBvZurI

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on September 24, 2014, 06:44:32 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7gIpuIVE3k
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on September 25, 2014, 05:54:23 PM
Anybody hereabouts had any dealings with pcspecialist.co.uk at all? I'm probably going to have them knock me up a new laptop next week, so just putting the feelers out for any potential horror stories.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on September 25, 2014, 07:46:15 PM
I've not had any personal dealings with them, but I've read about them quite a bit - when I'm bored and do things like 'build the best possible home computer I possibly can on the assumption that I win the lottery tonight' - and they seem pretty reputable with mainly positive customer feedback. 

If I was going to buy a new system I would certainly consider them as a supplier, everything else (price, spec etc) being equal.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Joy Nktonga on September 26, 2014, 04:59:31 PM
I've bought four systems from them and I've had no problems at all. One arrived with a dodgy wi-fi card but I had a replacement within 24 hours, so good customer service. One of them was hammered daily for around five years before the RAM tanked and while on back-up sticks waiting to replace them the graphics card went too. I'm amazed nothing went sooner the way that thing got thrashed. Had one of those sad windfalls (thanks Nan) and specced up a beast to replace it. The other two I had built for the in-laws, tailored to individual needs. Both still running six years later, number of tech-support requests over that time must still be in the single digits and they've not gone anywhere else other than me for support. If they're still competitive on price then I'd definitely recommend them.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Dusty Gozongas on September 26, 2014, 06:16:23 PM
Thanks chaps!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on October 02, 2014, 12:09:09 AM
I really can't remember. I think it was either because threads with loads of videos fucked up anyone with an old computer, or maintaining the mod to the forum software was an arse.

I just made that up.

Yeah, you get a page with 20 embedded youtubes on it and the stupid browser opens 20 copies of flash... and my browser freezes while maxing out the cpu.  At least flashblock can be used so the embedded youtubes are greyed out until you click them, if you configure it properly.

Another annoyance is people with animated gifs who haven't resized them to 100x100, so my browser has to constantly animate & resize a 600x600 3mb gif.  Get more than one of those on a page (or have several pages open, each with at least one of those gifs) and it uses 100% cpu until I block the offending avatar with adblock plus.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on October 02, 2014, 06:47:58 PM
Anyone know if there's an easy way to grab programmes from 4od? A neighbour can't get 4od to work and could really do with a copy of a prog to help with some coursework. Just noticed the Box.bz is no more, so that shows how up to date I am.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on October 02, 2014, 06:56:39 PM
have you had a look for the programme on the streaming sites? might be quicker than trying to faff about with 4od, and no poxy adverts.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on October 02, 2014, 09:44:25 PM
Can't find anything, but then I've not used streaming sites since 'Breaking Bad'. All I can find for UK telly is links to watch stuff live.

Edit: And as it's repeated, then we may have found a solution with the live streams.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Koant on October 06, 2014, 05:42:49 PM
What's a good broadband these days? Last time I had to sign up for a contract was 8 years ago and I have no idea what to avoid/to look for.

I'm pretty much a casual user: video streaming, netflix, the occasional torrenting and probably a private server. And a number of devices (3 computers, 2 phones)

Is 38mb enough? I tested what I currently have to get a rough idea, and got results varying from 10Mb to 47Mb to 288Mb.

So far, I zero-ed in on two offers, one from Virgin, the other from BT.

Thanks!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Ja'moke on October 07, 2014, 08:47:23 PM
I can't get Netflix to load on any browser. It's been happening for about two weeks now. I don't mean the videos won't stream, I mean that I can't even get the website to load.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on October 08, 2014, 08:20:59 AM
It uses Silverlight. Try installing that, or reinstalling it.

Also try disabling any plugins you might have. Oh and have you been fiddling with your DNS settings to get different Netflix regions? If so undo that. And disable any apps that do it for you. (Just to work out where the problem is, not saying you can't do it anymore).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Koant on October 08, 2014, 09:05:15 AM
Note that you can use netflix without silverlight now, by using chrome (v37+) and setting html5 in the playback settings.
I'm using this on linux and it's working fine, actually better than having wine running in the background: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/08/netflix-linux-html5-support-plugins
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on October 08, 2014, 11:10:35 AM
I use Ubuntu with FF and we sometimes have trouble playing 4oD and Demand5. If I switch to Chrome on Linux and enable HTML5 playback will this be smoother?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Koant on October 08, 2014, 11:16:06 AM
If there is an html5 playback option on 4oD and Demand5, it should, since it requires less resources. I don't know if they do though.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on October 08, 2014, 12:05:48 PM
Cheers. I'll have an investigate into CH4 and 5 streaming with HTML5.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Koant on October 08, 2014, 02:37:50 PM
Follow the instructions for netflix, in my link, though: in particular you'll probably need to install the libraries in order to read DRM-ridden html5.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Ja'moke on October 08, 2014, 08:02:10 PM
It uses Silverlight. Try installing that, or reinstalling it.

Also try disabling any plugins you might have. Oh and have you been fiddling with your DNS settings to get different Netflix regions? If so undo that. And disable any apps that do it for you. (Just to work out where the problem is, not saying you can't do it anymore).

I use Hola Unblocker to get US Netflix. I'll try disabling that.

For the meantime I downloaded Torch browser and it worked on that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Benjaminos on October 09, 2014, 04:16:50 PM
Ah, the joys of in-house IT for a small company. Just had this request through:

"Someone has printed out a big picture of Frank Lampard, can you find out who it was please."
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: alcoholic messiah on October 09, 2014, 07:39:07 PM
Ah, the joys of in-house IT for a small company. Just had this request through:

"Someone has printed out a big picture of Frank Lampard, can you find out who it was please."

You work for this company (http://companies.findthebest.co.uk/l/1592468/Jfr-Enterprises-Limited-in-London-United-Kingdom), and I claim my five pounds.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Koant on October 10, 2014, 07:35:53 PM
(Last note about netflix and linux: it works straight out of the box now, no client-spoofing necessary. http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/10/psa-netflix-ubuntu-now-working-box)
-
Is there an equivalent to GLslideshow as a screensaver for windows 8?
It displays random images from a folder, with pleasant sliding and zooming effects (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi0xUWnqBhQ)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: wunderbar on October 12, 2014, 03:04:28 PM
All of a sudden, Vines and GIFS don't work in Chrome (my main browser). They work in Firefox fine. YouTube and Facebook videos work in both. What could be the problem? I haven't installed anything recently. I just updated Flash and Java, and that hasn't fixed the issue.
Please help. How am I supposed to see Premier League goals filmed off people's tellys now?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on October 12, 2014, 04:14:56 PM
I Googled it for you.

Quote
Enter "chrome://flags" in the address bar. Find an entry that says “Disable hardware-accelerated video decode.” Click "Enable". Your videos should now play just fine.

If this doesn't work, let me know and I'll Google it again for you.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: wunderbar on October 13, 2014, 12:11:22 AM
Ha. I googled it and found that answer earlier, thanks.
There are some caveats to doing that, including computer running hot while playing video. My computer already runs too hot and cuts out regularly, so I can't really afford that to get any worse.
Also, it sounds like a weird solution and I'm curious in terms of understanding what has actually happened.
Still though, thanks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: wunderbar on October 13, 2014, 12:12:18 AM
For instance, what do Vines and gifs have in common, but not YouTube?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on October 13, 2014, 12:17:18 AM
Hi gang,

I'm a fool (see previous posts to this thread) who this time has dang gone and broken BOTH USB ports on my Acer Aspire laptop... one just after purchase 5 years ago (well outta warranty/insurance it had) and one the other day- dunno how, but little shards of plastic are falling out of it and everything. I hear they are connected to the mothershipboard and whilst I have no intention of unscrewing and soldering, I read that you can get an USB adapter to plug into your serial port...

Could I then - buy a female-female adaptor and plug that in to the male USB that's hanging out of the adaptor I plug into the serial port... then plug an USB hub into the fem-fem ...then plug all my gadgets into the hub... and expect them to work smoothly.

Well I can see I can easily do all this but will it work right?!


Sooo it turned out it was under warranty and the vendor has now fixed both USB ports and done loads of other stuff. USGlee!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on October 13, 2014, 07:13:34 PM
For instance, what do Vines and gifs have in common, but not YouTube?

The letters 'i' and 's'?  Making plural 'ISIS'?

OH FUCK.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on October 13, 2014, 07:18:24 PM
Guess now - and it is a guess - is that the PSU is overheating.

Any chance it could be that?  I'm not sure at this point if you're using a desktop or a laptop.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on October 15, 2014, 04:18:08 PM
Does anyone know about external hard disks. I have a Western Digital 2TB Desktop. Now the power supply died a few weeks ago and I bought a replacement on ebay (Checked it would work with my model). It worked this morning transferring stuff but now all I'm getting is a flashing power light. Changed USB slots/cables/different machine (xbox 360). No joy.

Checked online and some say the flashing light might be that not enough power is getting to the drive. The drive shows up in devices  although I can't actually access it and I've uninstalled and reinstalled drivers. Still no dice. Then I went to computer/manage/disk management to initialise and I get not responding. I unplug it and disk management screen is fine.

It has happened before but usually a restart/replug works. Not this time.

Am I fooked? It's only 1.8 TB of tv and films but a pain nonetheless.

(http://i57.tinypic.com/10qgwsx.jpg)

edit. Just took this capture. Says it's working fine but I still can't access it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on October 15, 2014, 05:52:58 PM
I'd whip the drive out of the casing and plug it into an external caddy like this. You probably don't have one of these so I may not be helping much here.......

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inateck-External-Including-Comaptible-Tool-free/dp/B00D1NR9MA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1413391919&sr=8-3&keywords=hard+drive+caddy+usb+3
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 15, 2014, 06:26:55 PM
What make was the new drive case? I've had a couple of cheap ones die on me after a short time, so I don't bother going for the cheapest anymore.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on October 15, 2014, 07:17:26 PM
This is the unit I've got.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-slWDQ6BdaiM/T4m23hM3d1I/AAAAAAAAB6Y/xA_X-QUqRQo/s640/img-wdbaau0015hbk-n.jpg)

What do those caddy's do?

Update. Well I've tried the power adaptor with a Buffalo portable HD and it works fine so it's not the adaptor underpowering the unit.

So if I remove the drive and put it in this it should work and I'll be able to access the media?

http://ebay.eu/1rvfCp3





Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 15, 2014, 09:03:27 PM
Not according to their forum:

http://community.wd.com/t5/External-Drives-for-PC/WD-Elements-Desktop-No-hardware-encryption/m-p/579607#M17929

However, opening the WD drive case to see if the hard drive will work in another will wreck it, so there's no turning back. I have had one of those cases die on me (I'm fairly sure: might have been a LaCie), but the drive is still functioning fine (years after my memory of the case has faded).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on October 15, 2014, 09:08:15 PM


So if I remove the drive and put it in this it should work and I'll be able to access the media?

http://ebay.eu/1rvfCp3

Damn, you changed your post. Don't get a cheap one. I'd go for an Icy Box or maybe Wilbur has a recommendation. A tenner or under is definitely asking for trouble (you might be looking for another in a short space of time - so double the amount and get a reliable one).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on October 15, 2014, 09:10:14 PM
Oops. I must have edited as you were writing NS. That's good to know that there is no encryption.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on October 15, 2014, 10:10:01 PM
Fine advice from Mr sleep. No particular recommendation just follow usual common sense read the reviews. Check its not coming from Uzbekistan.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Onken on October 24, 2014, 10:07:33 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/b0U3cJU.png)

what is point
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: poLite on November 07, 2014, 10:38:05 PM
Tech/graphics geeks please help: Any easy way to convert text in a jpeg back to text so that I can scale it up for print? Its a page of text that needs to go on the backside of a flyer but apparently its too small.. Printer (http://print24.com/uk/) says it needs to be 300dpi and its too small at the moment.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on November 07, 2014, 10:49:03 PM
Errm, a .jpeg? I'm guessing not, probably best off re-writing it. Keep a copy of the text separately this time just in case things go tits up again.

If it was a .psd with the text as a layer you might be able to get somewhere but once it's all fused into one and saved the goose is somewhat cooked.

I'm guessing dragging/resizing the .jpeg is making it look like shite and thus not viable for yer poster yes?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on November 07, 2014, 10:55:11 PM
Try something like:
https://support.google.com/drive/answer/176692?hl=en
http://www.onlineocr.net/

And in general, avoid bitmaps when sending stuff to print. Use EPS, SVG, etc. with software like:
Adobe Illustrator
https://inkscape.org/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on November 07, 2014, 11:41:04 PM
Do tell us if that ocr thing throws up some hilarious spelling mistakes though eh.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on November 08, 2014, 10:33:20 AM
Stick the jpeg in something like Graphic Converter (or Photoshop) and change it to 300dpi. Or just make it bigger with the same app, whichever's easier.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Onken on November 10, 2014, 08:17:38 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/5NlCsZu.png)

Stick it up your arse Dropbox. I'll miss having all that space but they won't be seeing a penny off me.

I wasn't aware there was any expiry date.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on November 10, 2014, 10:46:45 AM
You get 2GB free, initially; then an additional 500MB for each person you send an invite to Dropbox (mine's now up to 11GB this way). The advantage of Dropbox is that it is one of the first cloud storage apps and still works on older machines that later apps didn't even bother with.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on November 10, 2014, 04:12:26 PM
I got up to 13GB just by collecting various free offers. (Not by inviting people; that would require having friends.) I hope none of that is going to unexpectedly expire.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on November 10, 2014, 04:33:37 PM
Where do you pick the offers up from? Have I unsubscribed from a newsletter from them or something?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Ignatius_S on November 10, 2014, 04:49:31 PM
The HTC Dropbox deal was part of a phone promotion and there was a similar one for Samsung. If you bought a qualifying phone, then you got the Dropbox storage at no cost for a certain period of time.

The time limit was mentioned in plenty of marketing and in media reporting - and for those who can be bothered, it would have been mentioned in the terms and conditions. 

With these kind of Dropbox promotions, once the time period expires, if the user doesn’t start paying for a subscription, then they can still access their files (i.e. Dropbox doesn’t just suddenly delete it).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on November 10, 2014, 09:20:42 PM
One of my external hard drives has become very temperamental.  Through a combination of switching ports and restarting, I can access it, but then after a short while it usually fails again.  Plugging it back in gives me "You need to reformat this drive before you can use it".  I suppose there's not much I can do at this point?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on November 10, 2014, 11:20:02 PM
Oddly, it seems to work fine on another computer.

I have another hard drive plugged into my OWN computer which is fine... very odd.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on November 10, 2014, 11:27:06 PM
I'd copy everything over onto the computer right now if you have the space. Just in case the drive is starting to fail.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on November 10, 2014, 11:29:00 PM
I'd copy everything over onto the computer right now if you have the space. Just in case the drive is starting to fail.

Yeah, I'm getting everything I can't easily replace off there.  It's literally all video.  Need to preserve the rare stuff.

Sort of debating whether to keep the entire run of Gamesmaster.  It feels like a nebulous necessity.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on November 10, 2014, 11:37:02 PM
Good idea. Once you've backed up your stuff it might be an idea to give the supposed failing drive a once over with some kind of free scanning utility.

It might not be knackered after all. It might just have some dodgy partition information on it and need a re-partition and re-format.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: poLite on November 10, 2014, 11:42:52 PM
Someone please tell me how to create a "print ready" pdf from a file I currently have as a gif? I need to give it to the printer (http://print24.com/uk/) but they only accept pdf files. I dont have any fancy software like photoshop, just the basic ones that come with a mac...  :O
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on November 11, 2014, 01:32:30 AM
That won't really work, a GIF file is a bitmap (pixels, blocky. Also low colour, it's the last format you'd send to a professional printer) PDFs are a vector formal (smooth lines, curves).

You could embed the gif, OpenOffice/LibreOffice can do that easily, but that'd still look shite (blocky)

You might be able to vectorise the image, not sure what's good for that, but the results will be naff...

Just did this in Inkscape[nb]A Vector W8, a car that makes a Lamborghini Countach look like a Austin Metro[/nb]
(http://i58.tinypic.com/15nulxf.png)

What was the gif created in, can you not recreate that in a vector form (Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape). If you must use a bitmap, you'll need to use the same DPI as the printer, which will be at least 300dpi (so an A4 page works out at about 2481x3507 pixels at 300dpi) but more likely even higher than that.

Then depending on the printing process (I assume this isn't just some bog standard desktop printing) you have to take into account what happens on the edges, is there a margin? Do you need to spill over to get everything neat right up to the edge, etc. etc.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on November 11, 2014, 07:31:24 AM
Oddly, it seems to work fine on another computer.

I have another hard drive plugged into my OWN computer which is fine... very odd.

Does the external drive take external power? Might be a case of one computer not providing enough power through USB.

But yeah, copying everything off is the best plan.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on November 11, 2014, 09:52:53 AM
Does the external drive take external power? Might be a case of one computer not providing enough power through USB.

But yeah, copying everything off is the best plan.

I have about seven USB slots and they're all being used - one of them is powering a splitter with 4 additional slots.  I wonder if that could be affecting it?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on November 11, 2014, 10:06:02 AM
Does the drive have any way of giving it extra power? That would be the way to see.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on November 11, 2014, 10:31:05 AM
Does the drive have any way of giving it extra power? That would be the way to see.

No idea.  It's a rubbish Seagate one.  In my defence, I didn't know it was rubbish when I bought it. :(
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on November 11, 2014, 10:37:56 AM
Maybe it was the USB port the drive is connected to. Is the external drive independently powered (i.e. has an external power supply that you connect to the mains) or does it take juice from the computer? Sometimes these kind of things will occur just before the drive enclosure dies, so the drive is probably fine (and a decent new enclosure will cost only £20-£25).

EDIT: Didn't realise the tale had spilled over to another page.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: madhair60 on November 11, 2014, 12:14:25 PM
It's externally powered.  I've tried it in several USB ports, also.

Works 100% fine on other computer.  Utterly odd.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on November 11, 2014, 12:27:16 PM
It sounds most likely that it's the drive enclosure. The drive enclosure that it's currently housed in will probably get wrecked in disassembling it, so have a new, better one ready to go. I've had problems with cheapo ones so get a decent one, like an Icy Box (which is built to ease swapping drives around, unlike the current enclosure).

Or just use it on the other computer for now (it will probably start showing signs on there, eventually).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: DJ Solid Snail on November 13, 2014, 03:29:58 PM
Are there any iTunes alternatives that support library sorting by metadata? In other words my music collection already has all of its "sort artist" and "sort album" fields filled in, so as to put artists in order by surname and albums in chronological order, but I can't seem to find another music app that supports it. Foobar2000 seemed customisable enough to work, but it was a no-go in the end, and I'd really rather not go back to iTunes' insane CPU-eating antics.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on November 19, 2014, 11:17:08 AM
Any recommendations for a web based email account that:


I'm getting sick of Yahoo! mail and want to gradually migrate all of my accounts to a new address.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on November 19, 2014, 12:51:08 PM
Bit too specific with your requirements to get one that meets them all I think. Outlook.com (was hotmail) ticks all the boxes except the attachments which is 10 MB but you can send attachments of 300GB if you attach them with Skydrive. They offer the twin authentication now but I don't think its enforced.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on November 20, 2014, 09:44:02 AM
Are there any iTunes alternatives that support library sorting by metadata? In other words my music collection already has all of its "sort artist" and "sort album" fields filled in, so as to put artists in order by surname and albums in chronological order, but I can't seem to find another music app that supports it. Foobar2000 seemed customisable enough to work, but it was a no-go in the end, and I'd really rather not go back to iTunes' insane CPU-eating antics.
MusicBee
When you see how quick and good it is you will love me. I've tried every other music/podcast manager and this one wins by a mile.
It does everything iTunes does and more.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on November 20, 2014, 09:51:27 AM
Fellow Tapatalk users, how fucking annoying is it when you're in the middle of a thread, click a link opening the browser/YouTube app, but when you come back (sometimes only seconds later) it sends you back to the timeline, losing your place in a 50 page thread, so then you need to find the thread again and go back a page or 2 because it assumed you read the entire page you were last on.
It's really bloody annoying. How do I improve tapatalk's goldfish memory?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on November 21, 2014, 09:40:15 AM
People, I need a high res image of a 40th birthday cake and I need it prontosaurus. All the search images turn to shit when I try to download them and the free high def pic websites are seemingly ran by money-grabbing prevaricators of pictures. NE tipz?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on November 21, 2014, 09:43:16 AM
Have you got a decent camera?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on November 21, 2014, 09:48:56 AM
Yes but no cake etc
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on November 21, 2014, 10:07:10 AM
Well, you could go to an expensive cake shop and ask to take some photos - either to show your significant other to help them decide whether to get one, or be honest and offer them the high quality pictures in return.

This is probably the most fun solution, but probably not the one you want.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on November 21, 2014, 10:10:14 AM
I would get to go to a cake shop though! Shame there are none amble-to-able around here. If I bite the bullet and buy an image from an online image tycoon, would the quality be great enough for a pic to cover an A4 card for a personalised card for a birthday broad? That's my goal. I know nothing.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on November 21, 2014, 10:12:06 AM
Blumf has answered that on this page:


What was the gif created in, can you not recreate that in a vector form (Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape). If you must use a bitmap, you'll need to use the same DPI as the printer, which will be at least 300dpi (so an A4 page works out at about 2481x3507 pixels at 300dpi) but more likely even higher than that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Talulah, really! on November 21, 2014, 05:19:39 PM
Linux question from someone with no hands on experience.

Have old laptop, want to run audacity on it but windows XP has left the building, so experimenting with linux.

Put Puppy Linux on a pendrive, set to boot, got to desktop, can see what was the C drive, files and programmes, trying to start Audacity from the .exe file does nothing, message is "No run action specified for files of this type (application/x-msdos-executable) you can set a run action from the file menu or just drag the file onto an application."[nb]Opening the file menu and seeing "enter a shell command" is 'here be dragons' territory for me. Haven't used command lines in years.[/nb]

Now I did think it would be a bit too easy if I could just launch programmes from inside the C drive in linux without having to do something technical, so what's the next step? Do I need to download a version of audacity to sit on the pendrive? If once audacity is running can I save the MP3/Flacs to the C drive (is it renamed under programmes operating under linux, it seems to be called sd something and needed mounting).

Absolute beginner as is probably obvious.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on November 21, 2014, 05:36:08 PM
EXEs files are specific to Windows. You could run them via WINE (https://www.winehq.org/), but Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) is available as a Linux app, so you might as well install/run it that way (not sure if you can do that from bootable media, but you certainly can on a proper install of Linux)

More generally, even with WINE, you might not be able to run some random EXE straight off your old HD, it might be that it needs installing to run (lots of registry stuff setting up, etc.)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Talulah, really! on November 21, 2014, 10:40:21 PM
EXEs files are specific to Windows. You could run them via WINE (https://www.winehq.org/),

Ah, WINE was the thing I was half remembering but just having a look at downloading Audacity as a Linux app and it takes me to pages that mention tarballs and has sentences like "As of end December 2013, autoreconf --no-recursive or autoreconf --no-recursive -i  may be required at step 2 instead of autoreconf -i . Note that --no-recursive requires autoreconf 2.60 or later," this might take longer than I thought.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on November 21, 2014, 10:48:47 PM
having a look at downloading Audacity as a Linux app and it takes me to pages that mention tarballs and has sentences like "As of end December 2013, autoreconf --no-recursive or autoreconf --no-recursive -i  may be required at step 2 instead of autoreconf -i . Note that --no-recursive requires autoreconf 2.60 or later," this might take longer than I thought.

Try your distro's package manager, in this case Puppy Package Manager (http://puppylinux.org/wikka/PPM), it looks like they have Audacity (http://puppylinux.org/wikka/Audacity)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on November 22, 2014, 01:55:07 AM
Do you need to run XP for any reason anymore? For certain apps?

What spec is your laptop? CPU, amount of RAM etc.?

I'd download Lubuntu and wipe over the entire lappy. Then install Audacity from the Lubuntu software centre.

I keep banging on about how good Lubuntu is (currently typing this from Lubuntu on my second hand MSI Wind U180 netbook that cost me £100: only an Atom N2600 processor and upgraded to 2GB RAM) and it does the job brilliantly.

Others have said they prefer xubuntu, which is very similar. The choice is yours, but for a free download you'll get a much more modern operating system than XP which is secure, fast and super simple to install.

The latest version (14.10) has recently come out a few weeks ago but some of the repositories are still lacking slightly, so I'd download 14.04, which is rock solid and has loads of free software.

If you want any tips about installation post in here or PM me.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Talulah, really! on November 22, 2014, 10:29:33 AM
Do you need to run XP for any reason anymore? For certain apps?

What spec is your laptop? CPU, amount of RAM etc.?

Initially just want to keep XP[nb]It is limping on but there are endless issues with launching programmes and whether they run or not but that's a whole other issue.[/nb] there so I can access some files (and also see specs/settings for setting up things like the wireless network, etc) but ultimately once confident enough with linux would probably wipe it.

Spec is, prepare to laugh, Intel Celeron M390 M processor 1.70Ghz   448MB of Ram, 60GB hard drive with about 17GB free.

Did try Kubuntu first but that was a disaster due to the screen resolution being totally out of wack and impossible to see anything on screen to change it (unlike puppy linux there wasn't a selection option during the boot up).


Quote
I'd download Lubuntu and wipe over the entire lappy. Then install Audacity from the Lubuntu software centre.

I keep banging on about how good Lubuntu is (currently typing this from Lubuntu on my second hand MSI Wind U180 netbook that cost me £100: only an Atom N2600 processor and upgraded to 2GB RAM) and it does the job brilliantly.

Others have said they prefer xubuntu, which is very similar. The choice is yours, but for a free download you'll get a much more modern operating system than XP which is secure, fast and super simple to install.

The latest version (14.10) has recently come out a few weeks ago but some of the repositories are still lacking slightly, so I'd download 14.04, which is rock solid and has loads of free software.

If you want any tips about installation post in here or PM me.

Thanks. Ultimately will install some form of linux but at the moment am in the odd place of wanting to take baby steps and seeking short cuts to getting Audacity up and running as use it to record live broadcasts from the radio.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on November 22, 2014, 11:02:48 AM
What happened to being smug and telling newbs to RTFM, linux users?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on November 22, 2014, 12:54:13 PM
What happened to being smug and telling newbs to RTFM, linux users?

That's what Slackware is for
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Talulah, really! on November 22, 2014, 08:52:40 PM
(http://i58.tinypic.com/16ljiwh.png)

Right after a whole afternoon mucking about this is where lubuntu 14.10 has got me.[nb]Puppy linux displayed fine but refused to see the router either wirelessly or when the ethernet was plugged in.[/nb]

1. How do I fix the display?

2. Audacity, apparently there is no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH, is there a quick fix here or is it go away and learn linux properly then come back 2 years later?

3. Seem to have downloaded Audacity somehow, is there a way to run it from that folder in the picture?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on November 22, 2014, 09:51:26 PM
Fuck that noise and just install Linux Mint. Can't you boot that and most other distros of Linux direct off the USB stick to check if it's compatible first?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on November 22, 2014, 11:03:19 PM
As I said earlier, you're better off with Lubuntu 14.04. It's been out longer and has most of the bugs (probably all of them) ironed out.

As for your horrific looking display, it might be that your on board graphics is just too old for a modern Linux distro.

I dunno really. I can't fault my MSI Wind U180 if you have £100 to spare on a second hand eBay one in great condition. I've upgraded mine to 2GB RAM (there are simple guides on YouTube and it takes ten minutes to replace the SO-DIMM RAM module). The task manager says I'm currently only using 384MB of it with just my browser open.

Perhaps someone will know better than me about the Lubuntu 14.04 display requirements.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on November 22, 2014, 11:25:57 PM
1. How do I fix the display?

2. Audacity, apparently there is no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH, is there a quick fix here or is it go away and learn linux properly then come back 2 years later?

3. Seem to have downloaded Audacity somehow, is there a way to run it from that folder in the picture?

1. The GFX issue is probably the trickiest, been a long while since I've seen something like that. What GFX card are you running? If it's Intel, it should be good so... AMD/nVidia, the open source drivers are still WIP, you might have to ask your distro to install the propriety drivers instead.

2 & 3. You're trying to compile Audacity from source[nb]It's easy, you've done the right stuff there, but a PITA grabbing various dev packages needed (C compiler, various dev packages for the libs Audacity uses (wxWidgets, etc. etc.)) which is what the errors are about[/nb], which is almost certainly unnecessary, just install it from your distro's package manager:

Code: (For Debian based distros, like Lubuntu) [Select]
sudo aptitude install audacity
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Talulah, really! on November 23, 2014, 09:30:27 AM
1. The GFX issue is probably the trickiest, been a long while since I've seen something like that. What GFX card are you running? If it's Intel, it should be good so... AMD/nVidia, the open source drivers are still WIP, you might have to ask your distro to install the propriety drivers instead.

VIA/S3G UniChromePro IGP
Resolution 1280 x 80 x 60hz
Adapter Ram 64.00MB
Installed driver vtdisp.dll
32 bits

From looking online the XORG.CONF file seems to crop up a lot as a possible reason?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on November 23, 2014, 01:24:25 PM
Oof, not a popular card and old. The openchrome project should be present and work, but it won't have had much love.

Modern Linux doesn't tend to have Xorg.conf as standard, they auto-detect everything, so the first thing to do is figure out what's happening.

Couple of things to help diagnose:

Find the exact GFX card and what kernel level drivers it's using:
Code: [Select]
lspci -k -nn | grep -A 2 VGA
Example output:
Quote
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0046] (rev 02)
   Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3920]
   Kernel driver in use: i915

Find what drivers Xorg is trying:
Code: [Select]
grep autoconfigured /var/log/Xorg.0.log
Example output:
Quote
[     7.132] (==) Matched intel as autoconfigured driver 0
[     7.132] (==) Matched intel as autoconfigured driver 1
[     7.132] (==) Matched modesetting as autoconfigured driver 2
[     7.132] (==) Matched fbdev as autoconfigured driver 3
[     7.132] (==) Matched vesa as autoconfigured driver 4
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Talulah, really! on November 23, 2014, 02:31:02 PM
Still no luck with Audacity but this is the information on the GFX card, many thanks again.

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/P4M800 Pro/P4M800 CE/VN800 Graphics [S3 UniChrome Pro] [1106:3344] (rev 01)
   Subsystem: Fujitsu Technology Solutions Device [1734:10cd]

[    42.546] (==) Matched openchrome as autoconfigured driver 0
[    42.546] (==) Matched modesetting as autoconfigured driver 1
[    42.546] (==) Matched fbdev as autoconfigured driver 2
[    42.546] (==) Matched vesa as autoconfigured driver 3


In exciting news Audacity is installed! Shamefacedly there is a menu item that takes you to the Lubuntu software centre rather than the Ubuntu one I was wrestling fruitlessly with yesterday[nb]"Why is there no install button? The bloke in the youtube video said there would be an install button."[/nb] GAH!


Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on November 23, 2014, 05:37:37 PM
Well that all looks good, the PCI stuff (1106:3344) identifies it as supported (http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Openchrome/SupportedHardware/), and the log stuff suggests the correct driver is at least being noticed and loaded.

Reading through the Xorg log may shed some light:
Code: [Select]
xdg-open /var/log/Xorg.0.log
But I suspect this may require more distro specific help, particularly as things seemed to be working on another distro. I can't see anything obvious googling the the issue, but it might be an old version of the openchrome driver.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Talulah, really! on November 23, 2014, 10:11:43 PM
Thanks for all the help guys, got a working copy of audacity and I'll try and take it from here.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on November 26, 2014, 10:41:15 AM
My power supply is making a grinding noise.
It's a 600W Corsair Builder Series CX. I bought it 2 years ago and in the last 3 days when I've started it up in the morning, it grinds for about 3-5 minutes. This is almost certainly due to the cold weather, and once it's been running for a few minutes it's warmed up and the grinding gradually stops.

I've read you can use 3-in-1 oil on a noisey PSU fan, but I'm afraid to try opening it up what with all the big beefy capacitors. Apparently the best thing to do is to detach the PSU and leave it for around a day before opening them up.
Also, I'm not sure if it's an issue to do with lubricant, it might be a worn out bearing. Perhaps a full fan replacement would be better, but I assume this would also require some lubricant.

What's the best thing to do CaB technicians? The PSU has so far been great, and I don't want to replace it until it blows up or something. In the last 10 years I've gotten through so many of them it's embarrassing.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on November 26, 2014, 02:47:02 PM
Might be better (quicker/easier) just to replace the whole PSU. You're right to be wary of the big capacitors.

Don't use oil, most PC fans don't use oil, you'll just gum the thing up. It's probably the bearings that are knackered. So if you do go the DIY route, just drop in a replacement fan (checking the connectors beforehand)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on November 26, 2014, 02:55:53 PM
Yeah, I think it's probably best to just replace it before it fucks up everything else.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on November 26, 2014, 09:15:12 PM
Realised I forgot to do the most obvious thing which is to check its warranty. Corsair says it's got a 3 year warranty so hopefully they should be able to replace it.
I'm hoping to return it to the seller instead of Corsair so I can maybe get a refund, meaning I can order a replacement before sending it back.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Thursday on November 30, 2014, 10:57:53 AM
So if I'm buying a desktop gaming pc from somewhere like cyberpower, will I need to buy a network card or something for the wifi to work? It won't be in a room where I can just plug it into the router. So is there something else I'll need or are they all usually just built to be able to detect wifi like any other device these days?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Bored of Canada on November 30, 2014, 11:14:51 AM
So if I'm buying a desktop gaming pc from somewhere like cyberpower, will I need to buy a network card or something for the wifi to work? It won't be in a room where I can just plug it into the router. So is there something else I'll need or are they all usually just built to be able to detect wifi like any other device these days?

I bought a custom built gaming Desktop PC and it did not come with any wireless capabilities built in, so I just picked up a USB wifi receiver, and never looked back. They're not that much, really.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steve Lampkins on November 30, 2014, 03:53:41 PM
So if I'm buying a desktop gaming pc from somewhere like cyberpower, will I need to buy a network card or something for the wifi to work? It won't be in a room where I can just plug it into the router. So is there something else I'll need or are they all usually just built to be able to detect wifi like any other device these days?

If you are playing online games that rely on low ping, like first person shooters, you are crippling yourself a bit having a wireless connection. Maybe look into the powerline ethernet adaptors (http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/network-wifi/3490638/best-powerline-adapters-2014/)?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on December 03, 2014, 04:12:36 AM
My power supply is making a grinding noise.
[snip]

Recently my 9 or 10 year old PSU started making a high pitched whistling sound.  (Also for years it'd made a ticking sound when the PC is powered down which I never worked out how it was making the sound.  It wasn't any of the fans going round slowly.)

I took the PSU out, opened it up, got all the dust out with a hoover & hoover attachment as well as using a paintbrush.  The thing was chock-full of dust.  Then I removed the fans, WD40'd them and replaced them.

I thought that surely it'll perform better without all that dust.  Wrong.  The bloody thing made a louder whistling sound than before I'd done all that.  (Pretty sure the whistle was one of the components and not one of the fans.)  Binned it and got a new one.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on December 03, 2014, 10:00:05 AM
Unfortunately I can only send the PSU back for a replacement, which means I'll be without a working computer for a week or so. It's not made the noise the last few boots but it hasn't been as cold recently.
It's definitely the temperature that does it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on December 03, 2014, 10:20:40 AM
I took the PSU out, opened it up, got all the dust out with a hoover & hoover attachment as well as using a paintbrush.  The thing was chock-full of dust.  Then I removed the fans, WD40'd them and replaced them.

Blumf will be along to correct this, but WD40 isn't really the right thing to use for ongoing lubrication. 3-in-1 would be better, but Blumf made a post a while ago about lubricating PSUs - I can't remember the details though.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on December 03, 2014, 11:08:58 AM
Started up the computer right after the last post and it was really bad :(

I've been waiting for a few days now for a reply back from the seller I bought the PSU from 2 years ago and I just found it in my junk mail. After I outlined I cannot be without a PSU for a week or so, they told me they cannot refund, only replace.
So that leaves me a bit stuck... Damn.

That leaves me with 2 options - order 1 from Amazon for temporary use, then send back the faulty one for a replacement, when I receive the replacement send the temporary one back from Amazon.
OR
Open up the bastard and get all freaky inside it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on December 03, 2014, 12:44:21 PM
Get a spare, then you can rest easy at night knowing that you're prepared for anything[nb]happening to your PSU[/nb]
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: An tSaoi on December 03, 2014, 05:41:51 PM
Right lads. Avast anti-virus runs out in two days. What's the best free one? Free and permanent preferably.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on December 03, 2014, 07:43:17 PM
Probably Avast at the moment.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Onken on December 04, 2014, 12:18:27 AM
The forum has never been slower than it is now. It's taking an eternity.

I just triple posted something and they're six minutes apart.

What's going on?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on December 04, 2014, 07:48:08 AM
Right lads. Avast anti-virus runs out in two days. What's the best free one? Free and permanent preferably.

Probably Avast at the moment.

Bitdefender Free edition (http://www.bitdefender.co.uk/solutions/free.html) is good. You have to register after a 30 day grace period and it still costs nowt. It comes up trumps in anti-virus comparison sites too, battling all the nasties that the bigger names like Avast! do. It also seems to use quite little RAM and CPU overheads and does its thing in the background automatically without bugging you.

The initial scan when you install it takes a few minutes but once that's done it just works.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: An tSaoi on December 04, 2014, 08:13:23 AM
Oh I am a tit. I thought registering meant paying. It's fine.

Thanks anyway.

Thanyway.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on December 04, 2014, 08:52:53 AM
Bitdefender Free edition (http://www.bitdefender.co.uk/solutions/free.html) is good. You have to register after a 30 day grace period and it still costs nowt. It comes up trumps in anti-virus comparison sites too, battling all the nasties that the bigger names like Avast! do. It also seems to use quite little RAM and CPU overheads and does its thing in the background automatically without bugging you.

The initial scan when you install it takes a few minutes but once that's done it just works.

Lat time I used BitDefender it made my system run like a dog, admittedly that was over a year ago so it may be better now.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Onken on December 07, 2014, 09:47:52 PM
I've lost a SD card somewhere in my house that I last had on Friday. It has work on that's due in for 10am tomorrow. Everything is pulled out, draws, clothes thrown, my bed overturned and it still hasn't turned up. I feel like stabbing myself in the side of the throat with a pair of scissors.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on December 07, 2014, 11:27:31 PM
Have you tried thinking really hard as to where you misplaced it?

#helpful
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Onken on December 08, 2014, 01:09:45 AM
Crisis averted. I woke my Mum up and it was in the pocket of my bag I'd checked four or five times without success. At one dark point I was laying on the kitchen floor holding sharp piece of plastic and weighing up the consequences of being fired from my job.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: An tSaoi on December 08, 2014, 06:26:22 PM
I've lost a SD card somewhere in my house that I last had on Friday. It has work on that's due in for 10am tomorrow. Everything is pulled out, draws, clothes thrown, my bed overturned and it still hasn't turned up. I feel like stabbing myself in the side of the throat with a pair of scissors.

It's drawers. Fucking drawers!

I'd fire you on the spot just for that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on December 08, 2014, 07:10:15 PM
Everything is pulled out

Probably not the right forum.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Beagle 2 on December 11, 2014, 12:33:22 PM
Does anybody who knows anything about Wordpress know how I would add a 'reveal' thing to a post? I want to embed a picture that only opens out after you click it. Thanks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: georgetaylor on December 16, 2014, 06:06:46 PM
Look at this picture of Bernie waving.
LOOK AT IT.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14655180/Screenshot%202014-12-16%2017.57.09.png)

Whats up with the horrible font, is it only me that sees the horrible font?
How can I rid myself of horrible fonts like this, plenty of other websites seem to use the same horrible font since every website was made to work only on a tablet. I don't have a tablet. Do I have a font missing or something so I end up with horriblefont.ttf instead of honeyedgenicelooking.ttf?

Here is the page so you can look at it on your machine and tell me it looks OK on your machine.
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/dec/11/bernie-ecclestone-female-f1-executive-take-over

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on December 16, 2014, 06:25:51 PM
Looks like Times or something equally generic here:

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/318457/pics/bernie.jpg)

Try installing a few fonts (if they look like they're missing from the appropriate folder) or make sure your browser hasn't replaced the default view with its own custom typeface.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on December 16, 2014, 08:01:18 PM
In Firefox you can go into the options, on the "Content" tab, under "Fonts & Colours" click "Advanced..." and deselect the "Allow pages to choose their own fonts" option, then choose your own preferred fonts. Works with the page you posted, and most others.

The Guardian seems to use different fonts for different sections of the website, which seems particularly poor design.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: georgetaylor on December 16, 2014, 10:00:18 PM
Seems to be the browser I am using, my old XP desktop, works XP laptop and windows 7 desktop all do the same thing with opera 12.16. New websites where everything is laid out for a mobile device suffer from horrible font syndrome.
Other browsers on the same machines are OK,  IEsomething on the win7 machine, opera 23, Chrome, all OK.
So I have the proper fonts, but something in Opera 12 doesn't work with the new improved sites. Shame.

When Opera stopped developing their own browser and just used Chrome with a skin or something, they messed up and did away with the bookmarks function! They also deleted all the user forums with all the help and advise therein contained for the old browser. Twats.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on December 21, 2014, 06:01:19 PM
I'm not expecting an answer to this, I'm just venting a days worth of tech frustration.
I'm designing a site, and I'm using XAMPP for a testing environment. I've got everything working... Except for one thing, the .htaccess file is being completely ignored by Apache. I've been trying to fix this since about 11am until now.
If you are a coder, you'll know this feeling. I want to fucking scream right now, my brain is throbbing. Tabs, million of chrome tabs in the pursuit of an answer. Nothing . Fucking. Works.

Stack Overflow are completely blanking me. I'm screaming for help but my questions get buried before anyone can answer.

I'm lying in a dark room typing this on my phone right now. Can't bear to spend another second in front of that screen.
Fucks sake.
A problem persists and I'm fucking pissed.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on December 21, 2014, 10:30:24 PM
I hate .htaccess files too, they never seem to work. You have to drill down several layers of config files/docs to find that mod_cunt.so was something, something, bastards.

Easy tip: does it have the right permissions set on it? (i.e. user:group 660)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on December 22, 2014, 12:10:35 AM
Permissions are all right.
Honestly, I've tried everything.
Got all the necessary includes, vhosts are properly defined, AllowOverride All, Require All Granted in all the right places.
My root .htaccess in /htdocs works just fine, that's the killer - this bastard works fine... but any other .htaccess in a virtual-hosted-up subdirectory is almost completely ignored, and ofcourse my local site is in a subdirectory of htdocs.
I say almost completely ignored because if I write a load of nonsense in it it chucks a 500 error in my face, and the error log just gives me some weird unhelpful shit.
So Apache knows it's there, but it won't do anything useful with it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on December 22, 2014, 01:30:26 AM
You wouldn't believe it. I barely can myself.
I sorted it out. I worked it all by myself.
After a quick google it would appear nobody ever on the internet has encountered the same problem I had.

The .htaccess file was formatted with CR linebreaks instead of LF or CRLF.
The closest I had to it working was triggering 500 errors when I'd fill it with a few statements.

Apache.... What are you playing at? It's past midnight and I've only just worked this out.
I'm exhausted. I feel completely defeated. Just a husk of the man I was this morning.
Now my ordeal is finally over I'm off to bed, not before I spend a few delicate moments with myself screaming into a pillow.
Good night.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Beagle 2 on January 13, 2015, 11:16:51 AM
Am I seriously going to have to root my Galaxy S4 just to be able to move files from the phone to my external SD card? Fucking hell.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on January 13, 2015, 04:34:39 PM
Am I seriously going to have to root my Galaxy S4 just to be able to move files from the phone to my external SD card? Fucking hell.
Only if they're system files. Otherwise, if its just user data or something and you cant see them when plugged into the pc, use 'es file explorer' on your phone to copy/move them  out of the hidden directory and try again.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on January 15, 2015, 03:41:47 PM
Best software for cloning a possibly dodgy harddrive?

Intel's RAID1 thing is shit. Booted now to one of disks (in non raid mode, but there's been a bit of confusion about which drive failed or if both have at different points. Copying essential stuff off now, but would like to Clone this disk to the shiny new one we have. (to avoid pain of reinstalling everything)

(on phone since PC being painfully slow - either thunderbird being shit as it exports emails, or another sign of drive dying)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 15, 2015, 04:01:01 PM
Best software for cloning a possibly dodgy harddrive?

Intel's RAID1 thing is shit. Booted now to one of disks (in non raid mode, but there's been a bit of confusion about which drive failed or if both have at different points. Copying essential stuff off now, but would like to Clone this disk to the shiny new one we have. (to avoid pain of reinstalling everything)

(on phone since PC being painfully slow - either thunderbird being shit as it exports emails, or another sign of drive dying)

If the drive has dodgy sectors on it any cloning software will probably fail on them. Give Macrium a try http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on January 16, 2015, 07:01:49 AM
Thanks - I should have said something free for commercial use (this is my work machine), but I don't care at this point.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on January 18, 2015, 04:56:31 PM
Microsoft Office is such unrelenting ARSE I can't stand it anymore.
I've just spent a whole fucking weekend wrestling with Excel 2013.
I'm good with code, but VBA boggles my mind. It's terribly unintuitive and useless at debugging. Even a simple cell formula is impossible to debug sometimes. Or like right now I've debugged a problematic formula but it appears impossible to rectify without opening up the VBA editor.

Is there a spreadsheet editor with lots of kickass functionality that I can use instead? Something that a ECMAScript pro like myself can understand with relative ease.

I've got a spreadsheet with daily earnings that I need to simplify into a monthly summary spreadsheet, but every method of automating this has gone tits up. Every year I have to open up Excel and it's such a fucking drag. Anything that can make this easier on me would be hugely appreciated.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on January 18, 2015, 10:14:04 PM
Use a database (not Access).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on January 19, 2015, 09:33:40 AM
Use a database (not Access).
Like mysql?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on January 19, 2015, 11:07:57 AM
Postgres or Firebird, don't think mySQL has the scripting grunt (if that's really needed)

It's just, from your description, you seem to be trying to use the spreadsheet as a DB anyway, tabulating and collating growing data sets. Databases do that by design, spreadsheets look like they can do that, but it's not really their job so all the tools they have for that are half-arsed.

e.g. Daily/hourly list of tasks with time & costs, you can fold down to monthly totals quiet easily with some SQL, but Excel might not be up to it (I think pivot table is the tool, but it's not very flexible)

Roughly (syntax will probably be wonky):
SELECT EXTRACT(month FROM job_timestamp) AS month, SUM(cost) FROM jobs GROUP BY month
(could add in a 'WHERE EXTRACT(year FROM job_timestamp) = 2014' if your dataset exceeded a year, or group by year as well, if required)

Then it's pretty simple to dump the result to CSV (or directly via some ODBC or whatever) and load it up in Excel or whatever to make pretty graphs if needed.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on January 21, 2015, 12:02:07 PM
Right, I've almost completely recovered from the sodding harddrive crash at work. I've lost about 9 months of emails - or at least Thunderbird won't display them. I've tried MozBackup, import export tools and manually copying the profile accross - all producing different combinations of missing emails. Thunderbird seems really sensitive to any data corruption, annoyingly.

Any ideas on getting reliable email backup going? I can change email clients.

(the email server has a 250Mb limit, for some stupid reason)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 21, 2015, 12:06:24 PM
Right, I've almost completely recovered from the sodding harddrive crash at work. I've lost about 9 months of emails - or at least Thunderbird won't display them. I've tried MozBackup, import export tools and manually copying the profile accross - all producing different combinations of missing emails. Thunderbird seems really sensitive to any data corruption, annoyingly.

Any ideas on getting reliable email backup going? I can change email clients.

(the email server has a 250Mb limit, for some stupid reason)

Why not autoforward everything to a gmail account ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on January 21, 2015, 06:52:47 PM
Youtube auto-play fucks me right off.

For whatever reason, if I'm watching a video (and I was just watching a long 1hr RedDwarf video posted in another thread) and I leave the page, it'll just skip to the next video like a total cunt.
I'm not sure if it's because I use pages and not tabs, or maybe it's something to do with where I'm clicking or something, but it's insane. Happens constantly now and has made YouTube virtually unusable.
How can I fix it? I'd still like the Auto Play Next Video feature, but only when the video I'm watching has actually finished.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Guy on January 21, 2015, 10:32:18 PM
Why not autoforward everything to a gmail account ?

It depends on the company of course, but be aware that this might contravene your company's IT policy.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on January 22, 2015, 11:12:49 AM
Yes, it unfortunately does. And I believe they do look out for that sort of thing.

Opera Mail has done a far better job of importing the mbox files so I'm a bit happier. Although the fact it's just chcucked everything into a single pile is annoying. I realise they're going for "search not sort", but while there search is quick it's only keyword search, which makes it a bit useless.

Oh well.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 22, 2015, 02:01:16 PM
Yes, it unfortunately does. And I believe they do look out for that sort of thing.

Opera Mail has done a far better job of importing the mbox files so I'm a bit happier. Although the fact it's just chcucked everything into a single pile is annoying. I realise they're going for "search not sort", but while there search is quick it's only keyword search, which makes it a bit useless.

Oh well.

You probably need to look at a more traditional back up approach then. Is it a windows environment ? If so which version ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on January 25, 2015, 01:53:21 AM
My brother has Windows 7, he went into msconfig and in the boot advanced section he changed numproc from 1 to 4 thinking he'd make it boot faster, the dipstick, and now it won't boot at all.
What's the easiest way to fix this?
I *think* that all we need is to be able to get in somehow and edit boot.ini, but I'm stumped.
Everything I've searched for talks about using the computer to create some sort of emergency repair disc, but at the time you actially NEED the disc (i.e. when it's b0rked) then you can't create the disc.
Anyone got any suggestions?

In the past I've been able to get into XP using an old win98 emergency boot disc (floppy) to get into dos mode and fix things, but he doesn't even have a floppy drive and in any case Windows 7 is totally different and I'm stumped.

EDIT to add: Safe Mode is a no go as it's too b0rked for that and he bought the pc off someone else and has no windows disc so he can't do a repair using the windows disc.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on January 25, 2015, 07:46:52 AM
You'll to use another computer to make a boot USB stick/CD.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 25, 2015, 09:44:13 AM
You'll to use another computer to make a boot USB stick/CD.

Or any Windows 7 disk will get you to a point where you can use a command prompt to fix it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on January 25, 2015, 08:15:05 PM
Once it's fixed stick another operating system on a partition so you can boot to that one when you need to diagnose/fix problems with the main one and shit like this will be much less trouble to sort out.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on January 26, 2015, 09:58:02 AM
Or download 'ultimate boot cd'
It's basically a portable windows xp with looaads of utility software for fixing shit. No partitioning or installation required.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on January 26, 2015, 10:01:05 AM
...great for computers that still have an old cd drive.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 26, 2015, 10:07:31 AM
...great for computers that still have an old cd drive.

Hirens boot cd will work from a USB flash drive.

Instructions here

http://www.techfleece.com/2013/07/10/how-to-boot-to-hirens-boot-cd-from-usb/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on January 26, 2015, 10:23:10 AM
That's OK then.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on January 26, 2015, 10:26:50 AM
If you have a CD drive though I'd recommend burning it to disc. I never been able to boot off a USB stick despite my efforts. It's tricky.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on January 26, 2015, 10:52:49 AM
If you have a CD drive though I'd recommend burning it to disc. I never been able to boot off a USB stick despite my efforts. It's tricky.

Shouldn't be. As long as its available as a boot option in the bios. You cant boot off USB 3.0 as they don't work without drivers being loaded first.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on January 26, 2015, 04:12:44 PM
He says he finally managed to boot to command line (not sure how, as it wouldn't get that far when I tried) and did msconfig and changed back the thing that he changed before... but it still won't boot.  Sounds like he went and changed so many other settings including bios etc (because duhhhhh, changing other settings will help the one actual thing that you did change that mucked it up in the first place ffs. head>>desk)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on January 26, 2015, 04:20:49 PM
Youtube auto-play fucks me right off.

For whatever reason, if I'm watching a video (and I was just watching a long 1hr RedDwarf video posted in another thread) and I leave the page, it'll just skip to the next video like a total cunt.
I'm not sure if it's because I use pages and not tabs, or maybe it's something to do with where I'm clicking or something, but it's insane. Happens constantly now and has made YouTube virtually unusable.
How can I fix it? I'd still like the Auto Play Next Video feature, but only when the video I'm watching has actually finished.


No one else getting the YouTube next video cunt from hell then?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on January 26, 2015, 04:25:44 PM
No one else getting the YouTube next video cunt from hell then?

They've made it so play lists auto play and you can't turn it off, used to be you could toggle a button.

The YouTube app on Android is shite too. Have something playing on Chromcast, it finishes, you disconnect and it autoplays the video!? Do they even have testers on staff?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on January 26, 2015, 04:43:15 PM
To stop a playlist going to the next video you can edit the url to remove the additional playlist bits, leaving just the url for the video you're watching.  I sometimes have to do this if I want to read some of the comments after I've watched the video so I need it to stay on that page.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on January 26, 2015, 04:54:37 PM
But the issue I'm having is that it'll just skip sometimes to the next video, when I haven't finished the first or clicked to skip.
It seems to happen when I'm moving from one window to the next, especially if leaving the YouTube video (NOT Tabs, can't fucking get away with tabs).
It's a total ball-ache.
It even sometimes skips if I'm away from the computer. Say I'm cooking or masturbating furiously, so I have to return and go back to the previous page/video.
It's meant I'm now not really watching YouTube videos, which is a bit of a shame, because there were a few ones of cats I hadn't seen yet.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on January 26, 2015, 05:12:41 PM
Are you having more general problems with videos dying halfway through anyway?[nb]Which happens far too much on Virgin Media, because they insist on a shit cache system[/nb] If a video can't be played, for whatever reason, it skips to the next in a playlist.

I sometimes have to do this if I want to read some of the comments after I've watched the video so I need it to stay on that page.

Reminds me of another irritant; fucking about with the layout after the video finishes. Admittedly it was worse, the description was blanked out entirely in favour of the 'share' button bollocks as soon as the video finished, but even now, you look down to read the description/comments only to find them suddenly jump down an inch because we oh so fucking need them share buttons don't we!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Sivead on January 26, 2015, 07:06:25 PM
Is there away to keep Google image search on safe filtered mode and not have YouTube switch to safety mode too. I don't fancy seeing car accident gore come up for unrelated searches but it's pain when most YouTube videos are blocked in safe mode and having to switch it off then back on in Google image searches. Is this just happening for me, why are they even connected?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on January 26, 2015, 07:33:12 PM
Another reason for steering clear of using Google as a search engine anymore. I use DuckDuckGo mostly, these days; only reverting to google when I want a quick list for shopping online.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on January 30, 2015, 02:34:35 PM
Is there anyway of grabbing a programme from iplayer in a format I can convert to DVD?
There something currently on there which I'd like a proper copy of and I presume iplayer downloads will only play through iplayer.
Any help much appreciated.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on January 30, 2015, 03:11:11 PM
I don't know about iPlayer downloads, but most stuff that appears on iPlayer ends up on torrent and download sites in other formats that shouldn't be a problem for DVD burning software to convert. If you can webrip it yourself (I assume you can't), all the better.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Koant on January 30, 2015, 03:34:26 PM
get-iplayer (https://github.com/get-iplayer/get_iplayer) downloads a DRM-free version of what's available on the iPlayer (within 7 days of first broadcast).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on January 31, 2015, 02:06:45 AM
I doubt it would end up as a torrent, though that would be ideal. The Getiplayer links don't seem to have any .exe files. All the windows installer links just open up reams of text. Is there a way for a simpleton to do this? I can convert stuff to dvd, I just need to somehow get it downloaded.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on January 31, 2015, 07:38:05 AM
this any good for you?

http://convertiplayer.com/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on January 31, 2015, 07:59:32 AM
I doubt it would end up as a torrent, though that would be ideal.

Any clues as to what it is you are looking for?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Koant on January 31, 2015, 09:45:04 AM
Is there a way for a simpleton to do this?
yes there is!
Installation (Windows) / See documentation for Windows installation information.
=> https://github.com/get-iplayer/get_iplayer/wiki => https://github.com/get-iplayer/get_iplayer/wiki/installation
=> https://github.com/get-iplayer/get_iplayer/wiki/winsetup
=> http://www.infradead.org/get_iplayer_win/get_iplayer_setup_latest.exe

:)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on January 31, 2015, 10:04:30 AM
The last link is what I use. Once installed use PVR manager. This is a GUI that loads in your browser.
The search function appears to be broken, but you can still paste iplayer URLs into the relevant text box and click 'record'.
All shows are downloaded as mp4s, if its available in HD make sure to copy that URL instead of the SD version, because you'll be re-encoding it when it gets burnt onto a DVD.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on January 31, 2015, 11:09:51 AM
Thanks all, that seems easy enough.

Any clues as to what it is you are looking for?
It's this - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0517f6b/the-arts-show-20142015-8-in-conversation-with-michael-longley (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0517f6b/the-arts-show-20142015-8-in-conversation-with-michael-longley)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on January 31, 2015, 11:16:17 AM
A five second sweep of the internet has determined for me that this hasn't been torrented anywhere.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NattyDread on January 31, 2015, 01:33:53 PM
Thanks again to all. Get iPlayer worked a treat. Nifty wee program.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on February 01, 2015, 03:52:24 PM
Ok, I've asked this time and time again, but keep changing my mind and spending my money on other things, but...

I want a gaming PC for £300, is it possible?

I know it's a very small amount, but it's pretty much all I can stretch to.
I've got good accessories, laptop/mouse etc, so I'd just need the tower.
Anyone have any advice?
Title: Java being a dick
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on February 01, 2015, 04:16:01 PM
Downloaded the new version of Java cos I couldn't get the old one to work on Wordle, (it just keeps asking for some unknown plug-in). So then I inatall Java and run the test on the Java site, which says, Java is not enabled blah blah, please enable Java in your browser through the Control Panel.

That option is already ticked and Firefox has already been resarted, still no dice on either site, Java site is still telling me I don't have it enabled or installed when it is both. Peerblock isn't kicking up any screaming ab-dabs and I can't think of anything that could be blocking it.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 01, 2015, 05:16:05 PM
Java's a pain with 32/64 bit weirdness. If you are running a 64bit version of Firefox, you'll need to get the 64bit version of Jav installed for it to work. The automatic installer always installs the 32bit version, for some annoying reason[nb]I think it's because you always have 32bit IE installed, or something[nb]
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on February 01, 2015, 10:49:25 PM
hello friends i need some help.

i have the surround sound from a bush DVDAV11K[nb]looks like this if that's in any way helpful(http://assets.reviewcentre.com/cms//images/144/225/large-5672-jpg-1.jpg)[/nb] plugged into my pc with a stereo to rca cable[nb](http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41V4lm0GWiL.jpg)[/nb]. i've never been able to get sound to come out of the front right speaker. i know the speaker works. i'm wondering if it is the socket that this speaker plugs into that is broken, or if there could be another explanation.

i'm sorry if this isnt very clear, i've been trying to work out what the problem is all evening and i'm tired and annoyed
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 01, 2015, 11:19:18 PM
Step 1: Check the advanced mixer setting on the PC; is it balanced?
Step 2: Check the audio port on the PC with some earphones; Are they working as expected?
Step 3: Check the RCA cable on some other device (MP3 player, phone, hipster retro walkman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGtDI68kFAo))
Step 4: Curl up in a ball and cry
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on February 03, 2015, 02:34:45 AM
You could always try a cheap DAC if you have a bit of money spare. They plug into a USB port on your PC and act as a direct sound source from your operating system and usually have RCA jacks on them.

If you want to splash out, the Behringer UCA202 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000KW2YEI?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00) offers excellent sound quality. It was suggested on these forums by NoSleep and when I tried one it made a real difference to the quality of sound coming out of my PC.

It might seem pricey but it should last years because if you upgrade your PC you can plug it into the new one.

You just plug it in and then select your new sound source in Windows or Linux.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on February 03, 2015, 04:57:15 PM
Step 1: Check the advanced mixer setting on the PC; is it balanced?
Step 2: Check the audio port on the PC with some earphones; Are they working as expected?
Step 3: Check the RCA cable on some other device (MP3 player, phone, hipster retro walkman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGtDI68kFAo))
Step 4: Curl up in a ball and cry

the mixer is balanced

audio port works fine

using a different rca cable to connect has the same problem

crying no longer helps
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on February 03, 2015, 05:08:56 PM
Java's a pain with 32/64 bit weirdness. If you are running a 64bit version of Firefox, you'll need to get the 64bit version of Jav installed for it to work. The automatic installer always installs the 32bit version, for some annoying reason[nb]I think it's because you always have 32bit IE installed, or something[nb]

I had the (correct) 64bit version installed, still no dice, been through the about:config in the address bar malarkey as well, which was set to false, set it to true but still no dice... Bit weird as I can run a Minecraft Dynamic map through my browser (which also uses/requires java) and that runs fine, but not Wordle.

Doesn't matter though as there's an offline Wordle-esque thing called Wordaizer which has done the trick. Cheers anyhoo.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 03, 2015, 05:19:38 PM
the mixer is balanced

audio port works fine

using a different rca cable to connect has the same problem

crying no longer helps

The speaker is fucked?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on February 03, 2015, 07:40:35 PM
The speaker is fucked?

the speaker works fine! it must be either the connection where the speaker is plugged into the amp, or i am using the wrong kind of cable, or something i haven't thought of
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 03, 2015, 09:34:13 PM
using a different rca cable to connect has the same problem

That's not what I suggested; use the same RCA cable on the same amp, with a different source (e.g. MP3 player)

That tests for the amp or cable playing up. I'm guessing the amp is misconfigured/knackered.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on February 03, 2015, 11:03:28 PM
Acknowledging that I'm being a bit of a pest, but this has become a bit more urgent.
I'm looking for a new PC.

I earlier said I was wanting to get a PC with high enough spec to be classed as a 'gaming PC', on the measly budget of £300 - £350.
well, tonight, after trying to turn on my current (ANCIENT - windows XP) PC, it seems I'm going to need one a bit sooner.
Current PC did blue screen, then went to CHKDSK, then had some sort of issue with that and just kept repeating the process.
It then hit an error (unexpected error?) or some such, but whatever, it wouldn't stop the CHKDSK loop.

Originally it wouldn't start in safe mode, it was showing 0/C:drive/0/something else/Sys32... Or something similar... 
But after repeating the CHKDSK process a few times, and then getting the error, it will now at least run the System Restore programme.
I'll lose installed stuff at the least and there's a chance my HDD may be corrupt (I'm guessing), but it;s just made me certain that I'm looking for a new PC.

So, I'm upping the budget to £450-£500.
When I say a 'gaming PC', I really want something that will run Elite: Dangerous at a good level as well as some other newer games (DayZ and that sort) without issue.
I've got a good screen and everything else, so just need the tower.
Most of all, I'd like the option of being able to upgrade as time goes on, add memory and a better graphics card to keep up with the tech.

So, would anyone offer any suggestions?

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on February 04, 2015, 02:52:23 AM
That's not what I suggested; use the same RCA cable on the same amp, with a different source (e.g. MP3 player)

That tests for the amp or cable playing up. I'm guessing the amp is misconfigured/knackered.

i just plugged my phone in, and the problem persisted
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 04, 2015, 08:41:19 AM
Acknowledging that I'm being a bit of a pest, but this has become a bit more urgent.
<snippage>


http://www.ebuyer.com/634336-zoostorm-desktop-pc-7260-2003

Not checked the Elite requirements but I suspect you'd need to put in a slightly better graphics card.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on February 04, 2015, 10:13:26 AM
Thanks for that.
I'll have a look at the specs.

My PC has restarted but only through a full system restore.
I think I'll get the valuable pics/music off, then get rid.

Also, if I'm going for that one, if I did need to upgrade the graphics card, how far would it go? Like, is it relatively adaptable?

That's a really good price, if I upped it to £475, would the benefit be worth it/noticeable?

Thanks, for the help with this, it is really appreciated and I will be buying something this week.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on February 04, 2015, 10:29:50 AM
what about this:

http://www.ebuyer.com/641792-cyberpower-quad-commando-pro-gaming-pc-ecc01194

i think it's got a better graphics wossname.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on February 04, 2015, 10:45:14 AM
Hmmm. I've just been looking through the £300 - £400 desk tops, and I've just confused myself.

There are some quad core desktops on for about £350. Are they not the best?
I think I have been advised to stay away from AMD whatsits (maybe just the graphics side though... because the game I mostly play Total Annihilation doesn't run on it very well, or something.

The one you just posted mook, it doesn't have an operating system.
I'm a keen fan of illegally downloading stuff (Probably what fucked my current PC), so if it's possible, I'd happily DL windows 7 (although I'm never too sure about making mountable disk whatevers).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on February 04, 2015, 10:48:01 AM
sorry, i didn't notice it didn't come with an OS...

must admit i'm baffled by it all - i didn't realise that there is vastly different "goodness" of i5 - i7 and all that.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 04, 2015, 11:08:22 AM
i just plugged my phone in, and the problem persisted

There you go, and seeing as you've tried a different cable with no success it's safe to say the amp is being a cunt.

Check the balance and whatever other settings are relevant on that (may be different per input), and failing that, looks like you may have a duff input.

Yer boned man!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cerys on February 04, 2015, 12:03:34 PM
Unplug the speaker.  Blow very hard into the socket.  Replug the speaker.  See how it sounds.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 04, 2015, 12:53:17 PM
Hmmm. I've just been looking through the £300 - £400 desk tops, and I've just confused myself.

There are some quad core desktops on for about £350. Are they not the best?

Not that simple I'm afraid.

Here are some comparison charts you can use to compare different chipsets

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/

And to make it simpler here is a comparison between the processor in the machine I posted a link to and the one mook posted a link to

http://www.game-debate.com/cpu/index.php?pid=2076&pid2=1959&compare=core-i5-4460-3-2ghz-vs-apu-a10-7850k-quad-core

Quad processors are good for multitasking if that's a specific requirement.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on February 04, 2015, 03:26:36 PM
Ah right.
Thought it may not be.
It's all marketting isn't it... High numbers = better. But yeah, totally see why that wouldn't be the case if I think about it.

Multi-tasking isn't really all that important, I often have a lot of separate windows open in Firefox and VLC player running, but that's the most really.
Although, saying that, VLC player runs very poorly (black video or green clipping/flashing/static screen and Firefox uses most of the available memory if there are videos playing on some of the windows.
This is one of the main reasons I'm looking for a new PC.

So you reckon that's the best of the bunch for me at this price range?
Sold!

Is it fairly easy to add a new/better graphics card if I need to (although probably not for a few months)?

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 04, 2015, 04:06:06 PM
Ah right.
Thought it may not be.
It's all marketting isn't it... High numbers = better. But yeah, totally see why that wouldn't be the case if I think about it.

Multi-tasking isn't really all that important, I often have a lot of separate windows open in Firefox and VLC player running, but that's the most really.
Although, saying that, VLC player runs very poorly (black video or green clipping/flashing/static screen and Firefox uses most of the available memory if there are videos playing on some of the windows.
This is one of the main reasons I'm looking for a new PC.

So you reckon that's the best of the bunch for me at this price range?
Sold!

Is it fairly easy to add a new/better graphics card if I need to (although probably not for a few months)?

The i5 is actually a 4 core as well. The reason I suggested that one is that its a lot of machine for the money and within you budget and it also gives you the option to downgrade upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro should you have need to do so (presumably following some sort of mental breakdown). The Haswell i5 is also rock solid in my experience.

Graphics card installation = take the side off the machine, remove a small metal back plate, plug in card, put the side back on again, install drivers. Assuming you avoid getting one that requires additional power as that may necessitate a new power supply as well.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 04, 2015, 04:53:33 PM
The i5 is actually a 4 core as well. The reason I suggested that one is that its a lot of machine for the money and within you budget and it also gives you the option to downgrade upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro should you have need to do so (presumably following some sort of mental breakdown).

Or more likely Windows 10 in a few months time - at least that will be free.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on February 04, 2015, 09:16:50 PM
Sweet, thanks so much for that, I'm going to be ordering tonight (Just letting you know because I'd feel guilty asking if it wasn't for any good reason/if I didn't actually buy anything).


Right.
I've got what's probably an Obvious Thing I've Never Realised - That I still haven't actually realised....

Backing up.
How does one back up?

I've got my (current) PC. It's got a HDD of 250Gb[nb]It's all working OK now, but is still getting in bin because it will die very soon and it's just too slow anyway[/nb]
I've got a Seagate NAS with 2Tb space or something equally mental on it.
I've got a lot of photos and music already on the Seagate.
The computer has some more up to date photos and some recently acquired music.

If I bulk Copy/Paste my music or photos I get a message:
This folder already contains a file named .....
If the files in the existing folder have the same name as files in the folder you are copying, they will be replaced.
Do you still want to copy the folder?
Yes / Yes to all / No / Cancel

WELL, what if I've got a file labelled 'Car' and I've got numbered photos 1,2,3 and I copy this folder to my Seagate from the PC.
If there is a file called 'Car' with the same photos 1 and 2, but 3 is different, when it copies the folder, I'll lose 3.

How do I avoid this?

How fucking basic is this man?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cerys on February 04, 2015, 10:04:38 PM
Get better at coming up with file names?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on February 04, 2015, 11:02:04 PM
It's just that sometimes cameras name images the same and I might have downloaded an album with the same name but that has different tracks!!!
Life shouldn't be this hard!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 04, 2015, 11:22:23 PM
It's just that sometimes cameras name images the same and I might have downloaded an album with the same name but that has different tracks!!!
Life shouldn't be this hard!

Right-click -> New Folder
Name it something relevant[nb]Actual tip here: Use ISO 8601 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601) format (YYYY-MM-DD) for adding dates to file/folder names, something like "Holiday-20150204".
a) This avoids the Europe/US, DD-MM-YYYY vs MM-DD-YYYY, confusion (not that it matter in this case)
b) Dates in this form sort in alphabetical order, so ordering by file name also orders by date[/nb] (e.g. "Hollyoaks Con 2015", "That weird lump on my bits-11a", "Scootch - Greatest Hits vol. 1")
Put files in folder

Later on, you'll be able to find stuff quicker, and you won't have to worry about name clashes.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on February 05, 2015, 02:18:25 AM
Hmm, yeah.
But it's just a bit too much organising.
I'd like to just be able to copy all photos on my pc, so the stuff that's been on a while and is already backed up. And the new stuff and paste it to my photos on my main storage.

I suppose it's not a huge issue.
Just wish it could be cut and dry/paste.


If I've downloaded a lot of new albums and I've got them on my pc in seperate folders according to the artist, then even if I cut all the artist folders and paste them in to my music file on my main storage, it would say "the file contains folders of the same name" thing.

If I had an REM folder on the seatgate with 20 albums in, and was transferring an REM folder with 3 new albums, it would spot the REM folder conflict and would wipe the 20 albums and replace them with the file with 3 albums. .... Wouldn't it?

Again, the only way to avoid this, would be to copy each album separately to the artist folder on the storage drive...
Or am I missing something?

I've tested it with a couple of files with a few photos in. Seems like a simple issue, but no obvious easy solution.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lazarou on February 05, 2015, 02:41:49 AM
If I had an REM folder on the seatgate with 20 albums in, and was transferring an REM folder with 3 new albums, it would spot the REM folder conflict and would wipe the 20 albums and replace them with the file with 3 albums. .... Wouldn't it?
No. It'll replace anything with the same filename if it's in an identically-named folder with the exact same filename, otherwise it's not going to touch anything and will just move the new stuff in along with everything else. It's a bit confusing as the warning does make it sound like the folder's going to just flat-out replace the old one, but it won't.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on February 05, 2015, 09:26:27 AM
If you're building a new PC, may I suggest you get a 250gb/128gb SSD.
Forget processor speeds and ram for best performance. An SSD will give you a huge performance boost over a normal HDD.

Also, if you're good with your hands and following instructions, building a rig from scratch might be the best way of achieving this gaming PC on the cheap.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Treguard of Dunshelm on February 05, 2015, 09:27:39 AM
Can anyone recommend a good free (or cheap) backup application? The free edition of Macrium doesn't support file backup (which is what I primarily want, as it's easy to make system images natively in Win 8.1) or incremental/differential backups, and Cobian backup makes my laptop's CPU go insanely hot and send its fans mental.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 05, 2015, 09:32:27 AM
Can anyone recommend a good free (or cheap) backup application? The free edition of Macrium doesn't support file backup (which is what I primarily want, as it's easy to make system images natively in Win 8.1) or incremental/differential backups, and Cobian backup makes my laptop's CPU go insanely hot and send its fans mental.

I've been looking at bu software this week as it happens. This one may fit your requirements http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-backupper.html
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on February 05, 2015, 09:36:29 AM
Off the top of my head:

250gb ssd: £80
16gb ram: £40
Power supply: £50
Processor: £100
Mid range graphics card capable of playing most modern games just fine: £150
Case: £30

£450 exactly, and assuming my pricing isn't wildly off, this should give you a very decent PC.
16GB of ram isn't really necessary, you'd do fine with 8GB probably.
I guessed it would come to just under £500, and in reality it probably would.
If you're interested I could make a shopping list for you later.

Oh wait...

motherboard: £50

I always forget the mobo.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on February 05, 2015, 10:48:01 AM
Thanks Hedgehog.

I actually plumped for the first suggestion and ordered last night.

I'd normally do a lot of research, checking around, looking for deals and such, but my knowledge on this is nil and as was pointed out earlier, I just relate good to higher numbers, when apparently it's not that simple.
My current PC is so woefully outdated that anything would be a huge improvement, but I'm fairly sure that this will be a pretty good entry level for a new PC anyway.

Thanks for your help though. It was something I'd thought of doing, but this near miss with my current PC just made me make the move straight away.
Feels good though.

And thanks for the help with the backing up stuff, I'll just go with that too.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: olliebean on February 05, 2015, 08:37:46 PM
Can anyone recommend a good free (or cheap) backup application? The free edition of Macrium doesn't support file backup (which is what I primarily want, as it's easy to make system images natively in Win 8.1) or incremental/differential backups, and Cobian backup makes my laptop's CPU go insanely hot and send its fans mental.

FreeFileSync if you need versioning, or the free version of Bvckup2 (available from http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2655) if you don't. I use the latter because it's by far the fastest backup software I've tried. The free version is an unsupported beta, but I've never had a problem with it. FreeFileSync takes longer, but is also one of the fastest.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Onken on February 07, 2015, 11:06:45 AM
Why can't I use emojis on this forum?! I can't believe I'd never tried till now.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 07, 2015, 11:58:27 AM
Because it's better for you to express yourself using words put together in sentences.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 07, 2015, 12:02:16 PM
There's s setting on your profile page (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OsnLCK0vg6Y/UZD8pZha0NI/AAAAAAAADnY/sViYKsYof-w/s1600/big-smile-emoticon-for-facebook.png)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Treguard of Dunshelm on February 07, 2015, 12:08:08 PM
I've been looking at bu software this week as it happens. This one may fit your requirements http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-backupper.html

Just what I've been looking for, ta very much!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 07, 2015, 12:23:57 PM
There's s setting on your profile page (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/318457/pics/winamp_eq.gif)

Hmmmm
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: small_world on February 10, 2015, 01:15:27 PM
Just a quick note to say thanks for the PC reccommendation.

It arrived a day after I ordered it (Arrived last Friday) and it's the greatest thing in the world.
I've renovating the spare bedroom at the minute, so I've only had a few hours with it, but I've got it running Firefox with all my fav add-ons.
I've tested it with a load of videos and they all play perfectly.
It can open tons of browser windos and play multiple videos on all of them without a struggle.
Best of all though, I had it running Oblivion and This War of Mine with all the graphics settings at the top whack.

Absolutely brilliant buy.
Thanks so much everyone who chipped in, but especially Wilbur
Cheers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Spiteface on February 17, 2015, 02:46:42 PM
Just to make sure, a browser being redirected to a link that blares out "THIS IS A WINDOWS SYSTEM WARNING" and other stuff about calling a number to resolve it, that's almost definitely a scam/phishing attempt, right?

Happened to me, I even closed the browser and the noise kept going until I restarted my computer. Done a malware scan, just to make sure. It's not found anything.

Deep down, I know these are fake, like the one that claims to be the Metropolitan Police who say you've been found looking at child porn/bestiality and are coming round your house in an hour unless you pay a fine (I've heard of some that lock your PC and put this "warning" as your wallpaper.) but they still initially scare the shit out of me when I first see them.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 17, 2015, 02:51:46 PM
Just to make sure, a browser being redirected to a link that blares out "THIS IS A WINDOWS SYSTEM WARNING" and other stuff about calling a number to resolve it, that's almost definitely a scam/phishing attempt, right?

Happened to me, I even closed the browser and the noise kept going until I restarted my computer. Done a malware scan, just to make sure. It's not found anything.

Deep down, I know these are fake, like the one that claims to be the Metropolitan Police who say you've been found looking at child porn/bestiality and are coming round your house in an hour unless you pay a fine (I've heard of some that lock your PC and put this "warning" as your wallpaper.) but they still initially scare the shit out of me when I first see them.

Yes. Scam. The current trend of these are to use browser plugins to hijack the browser. I recommend resetting your browser settings when/if this happens.

W
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on February 17, 2015, 08:22:28 PM
Any time some program is telling you out of the blue to ring a number to fix a problem is someone taking the piss and charging the arse off whoever is daft enough to do so.

My folks picked up one on their machine that hijacked their whole desktop. They'd shut it down when it got a bit choppy and erratic one night then booted the next morning to be greeted with a blank desktop (no start menu or anything) and a warning message saying something along the lines of:

'Windows has detected a virus on your computer and has locked it to prevent any further damage being done, please call this number: 555-IAMAMASSIVECUNT to get the code to get it unlocked.'

Naturally the phone-call costs you $50 or some bullshit (thankfully I was called upon to sort this before they did owt stupid) Even if the caller actually does get a code that gets them back into their comp it's gonna be infested to high heaven with rubbish and the 'lol-virus checker' program can sit idle in the background and fuck them over again whenever it's programmed to.

Turned out this damn thing had set all the DT icons to hidden and ticked the box for 'Hide all hidden files and folders'. Simple enough but a cunts trick when it's not expected. I can only imagine what a mare on it would be on a touch-screen device.

A bit of worming about and I was able to wrest control from the thing then play detective deleting files here and there that chopped its functionality to bits from the inside and then finally managed to pluck it's every last vestige out of some very obscure folders and scour it from the registry.

Imagining some old granddad first spotting it as a scam then trying to pick through all that shite... Well, I'm not entirely surprised some people have coughed up. Properly twatty practice and such a waste of time to dig it all out.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Koant on February 23, 2015, 10:35:01 AM
Anyone would know what's the windows (XP) equivalent to "rm -rf tmp*"? i.e. deleting all folders starting with tmp.

This is driving me nuts.

EDIT: It took me an hour but I found it:
Code: [Select]
FOR /D %%f in (tmp*) DO rd /s /q %%f
why on earth do people use windows?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 23, 2015, 01:25:19 PM
Didn't 'rd /s tmp*' work?[nb]Just tried, nope[/nb]

Wouldn't be surprised if it didn't Windows' command prompt is worthless.

One thing I've been using recently on cmd.exe is Clink:
http://mridgers.github.io/clink/

Fixes the retarded tab completion, which is worth it on it's own, but also offers some other handy bits too.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Koant on February 23, 2015, 01:29:12 PM
Thanks. I might have to start using windows at work soon, I'm dreading it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on February 23, 2015, 01:35:05 PM
Isn't there some good shells you can get for Windows to avoid cmd? I never use Windows for anything apart from basic use cases, but I have in the past used one that added loads of functionality. I'm sure you can get bash and other shells to work on Windows as well.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Koant on February 23, 2015, 01:39:05 PM
I think there's something called powershell that I need to have a look at. But I can't use that for my issue here because it is to be packaged in a bigger piece of software, and I can't expect everyone to have powershell or forfiles installed on their machine.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Consignia on February 23, 2015, 01:45:05 PM
I may be getting confused here, but isn't Powershell part of Windows? I thought that the was point of it, to make Windows maintainable in an enterprise environment.

Not my area though, so I could easily be wrong on this.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 23, 2015, 03:04:42 PM
Powershell is a rough interface to Window's .Net functionality as well as general system admin stuff. It's got some nice ideas (piping XML instead of plain text, which can help with complex data) but suffers from MS' half arsed attitude to command prompt work. Still... better than systemd.

There's Cygwin which gives you a pretty unix'y command shell experience (bash and all the usual tools)
https://www.cygwin.com/

But that suffer from the fact that, ultimately you're in Windows and it's not designed to be used from a terminal (awkward/inconsistent paths for things, case-insensitive file names, most tools and apps not designed for command use, etc. etc.)

There's also MSYS, which is like a lighter Cygwin. Mainly used to run autotools build scripts.
http://www.mingw.org/wiki/MSYS
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on February 26, 2015, 07:18:47 PM
My PC has been overheating quite a bit of late, even when I've not been doing anything remotely taxing. It's got a fair bit of space around it and the CPU fan isn't broken, so before I heave the fucker out the window and go to live in the woods once and for all, I guess I should ask for some advice. Should I look at getting one of those water cooling doodads perhaps, or simply a better heatsink (the current one is the standard little metal block and fan thing that came with the processor, whereas my previous PC had one that looked like something off the Large Hadron Collider, with copper pipes and vanes)?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: All Surrogate on February 26, 2015, 07:44:10 PM
If you have not already, then clean the CPU heatsink (and pretty much everything else in the PC, really) with compressed air.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on February 27, 2015, 09:34:31 AM
Better yet, replace the thermal paste on the CPU which is much more likely to help.
Requires a bit of work, means removing the fan and CPU from the computer and giving it a good clean. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube for doing this. The first time I used thermal paste I unloaded a whole load of it and made a terrible mess, all you require is a pea sized amount in the centre.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 27, 2015, 09:37:50 AM
And don't bother with water cooling.

There are various programs that will tell you the temperature of all the various sensors in the PC, which could help narrow down where the problem is. But yeah, just clean all the fluff out of it.

And the obvious stupid questions - you're not keeping it in a box, next to a radiator or in the airing cupboard are you?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on February 27, 2015, 09:38:33 AM
Better yet, replace the thermal paste on the CPU which is much more likely to help.
Requires a bit of work, means removing the fan and CPU from the computer and giving it a good clean. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube for doing this. The first time I used thermal paste I unloaded a whole load of it and made a terrible mess, all you require is a pea sized amount in the centre.

Eeeerm. That's a fine and dandy thing to do but the earlier advice to blow out the dust in the fans is far more likely to fix the problem and without nearly as much risk of collateral damage. If you don't have compressed air than an old toothbrush usually does the trick.

Or, indeed, a new toothbrush.......
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on February 27, 2015, 09:47:32 AM
Before even popping the case off, have you checked to see that there's no errant software eating up the CPU? (i.e. open up Task Manager and check the Performance tab)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Quote on February 27, 2015, 08:27:16 PM
I'm sure this has been asked before, but whatever, my desktop has fucked up and taken all my music with it, luckily almost everything is still on my iPod classic - is there a safe way I can get this music and put it onto my laptop (no iTunes on there) by any chance?

I really don't want to lose ten years worth of CD rips and downloads. I know I did something similar years ago with an old-fashioned click-wheel iPod but can't recall what program I used (and I can't check as my desktop went tits up, as I explained earlier).

Much thanks to anyone who bothers to answers this question.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on February 27, 2015, 11:52:20 PM
hello lads, i just posted this on a lenovo support forum, but i thought maybe someone here might be able to help:

"I have a Lenovo H520s, which has 8GB of RAM, however the Dedicated Video RAM is only 32MB. This means that I can play very few games on my PC. I can't find an option in my BIOS to increase the amount of Dedicated Video RAM. Is there a way to do this?"


thanks all
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on February 28, 2015, 12:03:55 AM
I think "dedicated video RAM" describes the RAM in your graphics card.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: kittens on February 28, 2015, 12:29:03 AM
i thought that as well, but then read this (http://www.pvladov.com/2013/10/increase-intel-hd-graphics-dedicated-video-memory.html) earlier tonight, which led me to believe i can change it
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on February 28, 2015, 09:55:33 PM
As I nothing else has been posted - I'll just say I followed that link, and while I didn't know anything about it before I think you're shit out of luck, unless you can some how convince the games in question to ignore it.

Sorry.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on March 07, 2015, 08:11:37 PM
Eeeerm. That's a fine and dandy thing to do but the earlier advice to blow out the dust in the fans is far more likely to fix the problem and without nearly as much risk of collateral damage. If you don't have compressed air than an old toothbrush usually does the trick.

Or, indeed, a new toothbrush.......

Use a horsehair paintbrush.  Plastic/nylon toothbrushes/paintbrushes could cause static which you don't want anywhere near the cpu.

But yeah, if you've not cleaned the dust out recently then the problem will be dust.

Blumf's suggestion on checking if any software is eating your cpu is also a good one.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 07, 2015, 08:30:13 PM
Blumf's suggestion on checking if any software is eating your cpu is also a good one.

It is, with the caveat that it shouldn't be overheating even if it's running flat out.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Joy Nktonga on March 07, 2015, 08:33:24 PM
Hello folks, could I ask for some advice please?

I've just ordered a new laptop and want to transfer a lot of stuff from my old one when it arrives. I've got a crossover cable and both are Windows machines. Do I need a programme to do this and if so what's good and free?

Thanks for reading.



Edit: New page cunt, etc.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 08, 2015, 07:40:03 AM
Hello folks, could I ask for some advice please?

I've just ordered a new laptop and want to transfer a lot of stuff from my old one when it arrives. I've got a crossover cable and both are Windows machines. Do I need a programme to do this and if so what's good and free?

Thanks for reading.



Edit: New page cunt, etc.
Windows easy file transfer assuming its a windows machine. Just search for it on the laptop.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Joy Nktonga on March 08, 2015, 08:11:40 AM
Thanks Wilbur.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Joy Nktonga on March 11, 2015, 08:05:39 PM
Fucking hell. I've had to order a new external HDD because Windows took away the wireless (and usb thingy) functions from Easy File Transfer in 8.1. Wankers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 12, 2015, 09:07:54 AM
Fucking hell. I've had to order a new external HDD because Windows took away the wireless (and usb thingy) functions from Easy File Transfer in 8.1. Wankers.

This will do it over a network http://www.easeus.com/free-pc-transfer-software/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Joy Nktonga on March 13, 2015, 11:17:58 PM
Thanks again, Wilbur. I'm typing this from my shiny new laptop with nearly everything in place with minimum fuss. Just acquired my first 1080p film to give it a good workout later.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on March 13, 2015, 11:42:04 PM
What crossover cable would one need out of interest? I have an ethernet cable would that do it?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on March 14, 2015, 01:17:36 AM
As far as I know either a straight (also called a patch) cable or a crossover will work these days.

In the days when ethernet modems and connectivity first came out you had to use the correct one (either a patch or a crossover) to allow communication between devices.

These days the fancy circuitry in your computer/modem automatically detects which type of cable it is and adjusts the communication channel without you knowing about it.

A crossover is just an ethernet patch cable with two of the wires swapped over on one end.

I might be wrong but I think it's all automatic now.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 14, 2015, 09:12:54 AM
Yep, automatic now - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_Dependent_Interface#Auto-MDIX
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on March 16, 2015, 06:16:02 PM
OK-

Very lazy, but what does a picture of a cable that will allow me to connect two computers and transfer files look like, what's its name (there could be many crossover cables for all I know) and would somewhere like Kenable be the right place to buy it?

My dad's buying a new laptop and basically wants to ship his data across before sending the old one to silicon heaven.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on March 16, 2015, 06:32:26 PM
Just do it over your network would be my advice.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Steven on March 18, 2015, 06:50:30 PM
This is a long shot but I recently bought a refurbished Acer laptop on Ebay, was replacing the hard drive but it's one of those annoying models where you have to open the top rather than the base, so you have to disconnect a few serial cables. Anyway I accidentally pulled the wrong way on the clip on the touchpad cable and it broke off and snapped, now I found out I only had to find a piece of plastic to wedge it into the slot which worked. But after hours of fucking around with UEFI Bios and hard drive bollocks to get it to detect my hardware, after removing the wire to have to swap the drive several times eventually the touchpad connector doesn't work anymore. I can't work out of it's the port or the actual wire.

Basically this, minus the black clip:

(http://www.laptoprepair101.com/wp-images/Repair-Touchpad-Connector/fix-touchpad-cable-connector-00.jpg)

Any thoughts, other than I'm a twat?

Option 1: Pretend I never opened it up and send it back to the refurbisher and report as faulty, even though he sold it still packaged directly from Acer and will be able to tell a mile off I've opened it and voided the 1 year warranty.
2: Try and find replacement wire, can't find one online with the same amount of connectors which is 8.
3: Take it to the local repair shop, all they'll do is google the same shit I did and probably not be able to do anything and charge me for the privilege.
4: Take it Gary Glitter World, where they will charge me £50 to send it off to some shed and maybe they will have the right Acer parts but I'm guessing they'll just want to replace the entire motherboard and charge me hundreds.
5: Try and get Acer to pick it up for repairs even though I've voided the warranty, don't know how much this will cost but probably less than the other places.
6: Cry and wank off using a cheesegrater.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on March 19, 2015, 10:12:43 AM
hello again...

if i get a monitor with 2 hdmi inputs could i use it to play the xbox through as well as the pc using the pc's surround sound speakers?

this one:

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/desktop-pc-monitors/monitor-projectors/pc-monitors/samsung-ls24d590-full-hd-23-6-led-monitor-22070271-pdt.html?gclid=CjwKEAjw56moBRD8_4-AgoOqhV4SJADWWVCcVn73HAl9ftsP7L27y2Xiv7wOC2Uf64TkfqMhEXaamRoC_tnw_wcB&srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~~~Exact&mctag=gg_goog_7904&s_kwcid=AL!3391!3!54854329460!!!g!64758537080!&ef_id=VLKMDgAABQhX8T5z:20150319102613:s

edit to add link.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Paul Calf on March 19, 2015, 10:31:34 AM
You want to use the TV to play the XBox and the PC? Yeah, you can. You'd just have to keep switching inputs on the TV's menu. You can do it with the remote control, although it would re-route the sound. You could use something like Virtual Audio Cable to route the sound through your speakers.

http://vb-audio.pagesperso-orange.fr/Cable/index.htm
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on March 19, 2015, 10:36:42 AM
no... i want to use a monitor (i've edited in a link into my original post) that doesn't have built in speakers to use both the pc and the 360 (not at the same time, i'm not a dilly) using the surround sound speakers for the pc.


sorry, i'm crap at explaining this sort of stuff.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 19, 2015, 10:38:55 AM
If the speakers plug into the monitor (it's got a headphone jack - if the speakers are plugged into that) then it should work fine.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on March 19, 2015, 10:48:29 AM
If the speakers plug into the monitor (it's got a headphone jack - if the speakers are plugged into that) then it should work fine.

thanks... i'll have to take a picture when the pc turns up - it would be easier than me trying (very badly) to explain what i mean.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on March 19, 2015, 10:52:37 AM
Oh right, forgot this was a new setup. The PC speakers will probably have a headphone jack, which you can plug into that monitor. They'll then work as if they were built into the monitor - playing the sound of whatever HDMI input you have selected.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: jenna appleseed on March 23, 2015, 12:46:16 AM
Can you recommend me some pc speakers? - mostly for listen to music + youtube/dvds basically wanting ones that are non-wireless, don't sound shit & able to plug in headphones without having to turn it right up.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on March 25, 2015, 01:44:44 AM
I got some of these (http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/pc-accessories/pc-speakers/pc-speakers/logitech-z200-multimedia-2-0-pc-speakers-21775700-pdt.html) for the spare room PC/server the other week. Look nice, not massively loud but suit a medium sized room. Sound quality decent but not super audiophile levels and simple controls. Not bad for under £30.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: lipsink on April 12, 2015, 12:10:56 AM
Can anyone help me with this?

I'm trying to convert the bit rate of an mp3 to 320kbps and the sample rate to 44.1kHz.

It doesn't seem to be letting me do it in iTunes. Can anyone recommend any free software to convert it?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on April 12, 2015, 01:31:10 AM
Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) should let you do it.

Be aware that when transcoding audio files you can suffer loss of quality because the software is converting from one bit rate to another and has to use a fancy algorithm to exclude/include certain bits of data.

The same goes for video files, too.

If you're just listening to them on the go on your headphones I doubt you'll notice the difference. It's just extreme audiophiles that will notice a slight change in quality. You should be fine.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on April 12, 2015, 05:24:51 AM
Hello.

Something called 'onmiboxes' appears to have infected my PC & I've only had that blasted thing ten minutes! It's got into both Firefox and IE. I found some instructions that claims to rid me of the bugger but I can't get it to work. Any chance one of you beauties could link me up with a fix?


All the karma I have for some help.


Xx

Edit... I can't


work out how to c&p the link I found on this bloody iPad. The sodding thing makes me use vulgar big letters! I feel sullied by Apple.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 12, 2015, 05:31:38 AM
Adwcleaner should do it.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on April 12, 2015, 05:33:51 AM
Bloody hell that was quick Wilbur! And at this time of day too!!

Thanks, I shall have at it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on April 12, 2015, 05:40:13 AM
Gah... It won't let me download the cleaner, it just redirects me to another page and says "congratulations, you've been selected to take part in a customer survey, blah blah blah"

Anyone know a way of removing it manually? And then I can run s cleaner and install anti malware software.



edit... got it to work in the end... thanks Wilbur, you're a marvel.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on April 12, 2015, 09:33:53 AM
Can anyone help me with this?

I'm trying to convert the bit rate of an mp3 to 320kbps and the sample rate to 44.1kHz.

It doesn't seem to be letting me do it in iTunes. Can anyone recommend any free software to convert it?

Don't bother converting an mp3 to 320kbps; not only will there be no improvement, there will be further loss, because you are not using a CD quality audio (i.e. a lossless file) to encode from. The only "gain" will be that the lower quality file will now take up more drive space.

Sample rate conversion is another issue. Does the file not play correctly in its current sample rate? If so, leave it alone.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on April 13, 2015, 08:18:05 AM
hello again.


i keep getting a redirection from the beeb asking me to fill in some bloody survey... some sort of spam or malware innit?

here's the link:

http://socialsurveysgroup.com/survey/uk/v7/f43b67d98q.php?t202id=8296&t202kw=www.bbc.co.uk&c1=bbc&c2=6


if it is dodgy how come malwarebytes isn't blocking it? this is only happening on the win8 machine. i've gone to the same pages on the beeb on two win7 laptops and nowt happens.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 13, 2015, 08:33:48 AM
hello again.


i keep getting a redirection from the beeb asking me to fill in some bloody survey... some sort of spam or malware innit?

here's the link:

http://socialsurveysgroup.com/survey/uk/v7/f43b67d98q.php?t202id=8296&t202kw=www.bbc.co.uk&c1=bbc&c2=6


if it is dodgy how come malwarebytes isn't blocking it? this is only happening on the win8 machine. i've gone to the same pages on the beeb on two win7 laptops and nowt happens.

Some of the browser hijacking software is defeating malwarebytes at the moment. Reset your browsers. How you do this depends on the browser. In IE 11 its tools/internet options/advanced/reset. It will keep your bookmarks etc if you require.

Edited for typo
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on April 13, 2015, 08:49:21 AM
^ thank you, all done & dusted.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on April 14, 2015, 07:01:11 AM
hey, me again mate with my daily dose of computery numptitudiness.


is itunes ok again, or is there something like it but less appley that'll do the job?


thanks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 14, 2015, 08:27:20 AM
This any help ?

http://www.wondershare.com/apple-software/free-alternatives-to-itunes.html
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on April 15, 2015, 06:39:00 PM
hey, me again mate with my daily dose of computery numptitudiness.

Have they left you alone in the house again?

Anyway, quick question. To everyone except mooky.

Is wordpress.org easy to use? Wordpress.com seems to be too limited creatively unless you pay a fortune to customise. I'd rather pay for hosting and have more control.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on April 17, 2015, 06:13:46 AM
Hi, Linux geeks. I have a specific problem with networking, which is thus:

I have Xubuntu 14.04.2 running on a cheap rig in bedroom number two upstairs which acts as a server (NFS) and also runs Plex to stream videos to my Chromecast in bedroom number one. I leave the monitor switched off most of the time; unless I'm listening to music upstairs this is pretty much a dumb terminal.

Downstairs on my main PC I have Ubuntu 14.04.2 connected via NFS to the server, so that I can sit in the living room, download a torrent, copy it to my Plex directory upstairs and then watch it over Chromecast/Plex in bed (with the main PC turned off). This is achieved by a bit of modding of /etc/fstab file and runnning an NFS server upstairs and exporting the shared directory (cunningly called "Plex").

This is all good and I can handle it no problems, but I've recently become interested in using a VPN for privacy and paid a month to try out Private Internet Access (http://www.privateinternetaccess.com). I managed to connect the upstairs server to the Private Internet Access server in Southampton and verified this by searching for my IP and connected the downstairs PC to the PIA server for London and also verified this.

The problem is that the two no longer talk to each other. I've lost NFS compatibility over my power line cables. Surely whatever's occuring inside my localhost domain is fuck all to do with whatever VPN I'm connected to, so how have I naused he ability to tranfsfer files within the house right up?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 17, 2015, 09:22:52 AM
Hi, Linux geeks. I have a specific problem with networking, which is thus:

I have Xubuntu 14.04.2 running on a cheap rig in bedroom number two upstairs which acts as a server (NFS) and also runs Plex to stream videos to my Chromecast in bedroom number one. I leave the monitor switched off most of the time; unless I'm listening to music upstairs this is pretty much a dumb terminal.

Downstairs on my main PC I have Ubuntu 14.04.2 connected via NFS to the server, so that I can sit in the living room, download a torrent, copy it to my Plex directory upstairs and then watch it over Chromecast/Plex in bed (with the main PC turned off). This is achieved by a bit of modding of /etc/fstab file and runnning an NFS server upstairs and exporting the shared directory (cunningly called "Plex").

This is all good and I can handle it no problems, but I've recently become interested in using a VPN for privacy and paid a month to try out Private Internet Access (http://www.privateinternetaccess.com). I managed to connect the upstairs server to the Private Internet Access server in Southampton and verified this by searching for my IP and connected the downstairs PC to the PIA server for London and also verified this.

The problem is that the two no longer talk to each other. I've lost NFS compatibility over my power line cables. Surely whatever's occuring inside my localhost domain is fuck all to do with whatever VPN I'm connected to, so how have I naused he ability to tranfsfer files within the house right up?

It's possibly/probably nothing to do with the VPN I'd think. Have you checked to make sure the powerlines are still connected ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Uncle TechTip on April 17, 2015, 09:24:09 AM
Why would you setup a VPN coming in to both machines? Normally you'd set up the vpn on the server machine then use local networking to allow your other machine to access the vpn.

The first place to look is the nfs logs, see what happens when it tries to hook up the volume. How are you referring to the server in fstab, by ip or by hostname? Maybe your local name resolver can't work out your server's name any more, depends on what was done top set up the vpn.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on April 17, 2015, 11:22:43 AM
Thanks for the tips! I shall try all these suggestions when I haven't got a partner sat next to me, bored shitless looking at Ubuntu config files.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: TIAL on April 22, 2015, 09:58:48 PM
Hello lovely people.

I've just acquired a new PC from a stock clearance at work.
3.4 GHz processor, 8 GB of ram, 512 MB Radeon graphics card.

Is the graphics card the obvious bottleneck here? It doesn't have a HDMI output so I am going to upgrade for a sharper image. What kind of card should I get before everything else acts as a bottleneck to it?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 22, 2015, 10:02:42 PM
Yep. Depends how much you want to spend. Have a look at the requirements of what you want to play and take it from there.

W
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on April 23, 2015, 07:41:09 AM
is it important to leave a certain portion of a ssd empty? mine has the OS on it and games, and it's about three quarters full.


wish i'd have shelled out on a larger one now, i'm a clueless get that didn't realise quite how much they whizz things along. going to have to get a bigger one in time for the steam sale.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 24, 2015, 04:28:56 PM
If your page files are on that drive then you'll start hitting performance issues probably some time after your down to 90% used. Its not exact though. I just have the OS on the ssd (and anything else that's hard coded to go there) and dump the game files on my separate data drive.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: TIAL on April 26, 2015, 02:35:57 PM
Hi again,

I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card. In the manual, the expansion slot is listed as 'PCI Express x 16 graphics adapter' - does this mean it is only PCIe 1?
Here is the manual (http://downloads.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_optiplex_desktop/optiplex-990_setup%20guide_en-us.pdf) if that helps.
If this is the case, what would be maximum specs of a PCI 1 card I could get?
Also, as the power supply is 'Mini Tower — 100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50 Hz to 60Hz, 5.0 A' and 263W, I'm guessing that's going to be a limiting factor in the type of card I can get?

Edit: This (http://www.amazon.co.uk/GeForce-Graphics-Express-Profile-Entertainment/dp/B00HR7E4PQ/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&qid=1430055377&sr=8-25) looks like it might fit the job and appears to have a fairly low wattage, although PCIe 2...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 27, 2015, 02:02:50 PM
Yes if its a Small form factor you'll need a low profile card. The power supply is probably the weak point. Any PCIE card will work but only at the speed of the slot. That one in the link should be fine.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: TIAL on April 27, 2015, 09:38:49 PM
Thanks!
So do you think it's worth upgrading to a better power supply given I have a PCIe 1? Would I be able to get a noticeably better card or would I soon hit another bottleneck? I don't really know what the limits are that that port could handle.
Also if I was to buy a new power supply could I invest in the most powerful one I could afford or does my current motherboard have some sort of limit to the amount of power it can take?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 27, 2015, 09:45:31 PM
I think you are approaching this from the wrong angle. What are tou trying to achieve ?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: TIAL on April 27, 2015, 11:09:04 PM
I'm trying to upgrade the free PC I got from work so that it can play games like Kerbal Space Program/Cities Skylines at a medium level without the need to build a totally new PC like I was originally planning to do. Don't want to play the most resource-heavy games as I can do that on my PS4 but was wanting to see what small changes I can make to get the best out of what I've got.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on April 28, 2015, 08:31:50 AM
I'm trying to upgrade the free PC I got from work so that it can play games like Kerbal Space Program/Cities Skylines at a medium level without the need to build a totally new PC like I was originally planning to do. Don't want to play the most resource-heavy games as I can do that on my PS4 but was wanting to see what small changes I can make to get the best out of what I've got.

Right so that requires "512MB Video Card with Shader Model 3.0". I think I misread your first post you have the mini tower yes ? Not the small form factor ? If so you are not limited to half height cards. I'd go for a card you can afford and upgrade the power supply if it seems to be struggling (I really doubt it will you'll not be asking much from it and even if it fails they are pretty cheap to replace).

Sorry forgot to reply to your other question re power supply . There is no point in getting a massively high wattage supply if the components require a certain wattage then that's all they will draw so even with a fairly decent video card I'd not expect you to need anything over a 400W drive at the absolute maximum in that machine. Also cost does not =wattage a cheap 750W supply is inferior to a decent 400W supply. Sorry if that makes it more confusing not less !
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: TIAL on April 28, 2015, 12:35:42 PM
Thanks for your advice. I think I will bite the bullet and upgrade to a decent card.
Thinking of Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ICUGOP0/ref=gno_cart_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE) and a Corsair Builder Series CXM 600W (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Builder-Series-Modular-Certified/dp/B00ALYOTTI/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1430220706&sr=8-7&keywords=750+watt+psu) as it doesn't look like there's any chance I currently have enough power.

Edit - although whether it's worth getting that card for a PCI 1 slot I'm going to have to look in to.

Edit 2 - Looks like I actually have a PCI 2 slot so it should be fine as PCI 3 cards are backwards compatible. Just need to decide whether that power supply is overkill or not.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on April 30, 2015, 06:34:34 AM
any recommendations for an adblocking brower/app for the ipad. i just wanna watch couchtuner in the bath FFS - why is modern life so complicated?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Spiteface on May 04, 2015, 02:07:26 PM
I'm crapping myself.

Just had an email, something along these lines (http://myonlinesecurity.co.uk/copy-of-claim-passed-for-consideration-to-hm-courts-ref-word-doc-or-excel-xls-spreadsheet-malware/)

I inadvertently clicked on the .doc attachment, previewed it in yahoo. I didn't download it to my computer, but then I looked it, so I am shitting myself and running a full scan in Norton 360, after also running malwarebytes. Yahoo says they scan attachments automatically, but I'm scared now.

Shit. Fuck.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 04, 2015, 04:20:30 PM
I'm crapping myself.

Just had an email, something along these lines (http://myonlinesecurity.co.uk/copy-of-claim-passed-for-consideration-to-hm-courts-ref-word-doc-or-excel-xls-spreadsheet-malware/)

I inadvertently clicked on the .doc attachment, previewed it in yahoo. I didn't download it to my computer, but then I looked it, so I am shitting myself and running a full scan in Norton 360, after also running malwarebytes. Yahoo says they scan attachments automatically, but I'm scared now.

Shit. Fuck.


 If you didn't download it you should  be fine. Its just a macro script virus if you have the default protection mode turned on in Office 2010 or later it  then it wont have run.  You've run malwarebytes. To be on the safe side unmap any mapped drives and unplug any usb backup drives. Check for any weird tasks running in device manager.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on May 04, 2015, 06:42:05 PM
If you're still able to get on here and fret about it you're fine. Just look up and cull any dodgy processes like Wilbur says and wipe out any associated files, if there is anything don't forget to have a nosey in your registry for any remnants.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on May 05, 2015, 08:26:36 PM
Has anyone else noticed NoScript being a bit broken lately? I don't remember changing any setting, but it's stopped giving me a list of things to allow/block and only lets me toggle between scripts forbidden entirely or partially allowed, which tends to render many sites unusable.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on May 05, 2015, 09:38:51 PM
Version 2.6.922 on Pale Moon for Linux 32 seems to be normal. And I think it updated itself just a couple of days ago. I remember the updated version splash-tab coming up.

Speaking of updates: what the hell's going on with the Linux kernel? It used to be an update every couple of months or more. Recently it's been more like every week! A kernel update takes ages on this Atom netbook. Has anyone else noticed? Why they can't save up all the updates for a monthly release I don't know.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on May 06, 2015, 09:56:51 AM
That's a distro specific thing, and then a possible config setting (using stable or bleeding edge repositories, etc.). Can't say I've seen any recently on my Mint box.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Old Thrashbarg on May 06, 2015, 08:56:54 PM
April and October usually see a slight increase in kernel updates on Ubuntu, with those being the months of new release. Presumably to bring the older versions more in to line with the new release. But even then I've not noticed a significant increase.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on May 07, 2015, 06:26:40 PM
Ah, that's it then. I'm using 14.04 on the Atom netbook (Lubuntu, as it would struggle with anything requiring more power). It's probably a load of kernel updates due to 15.04 coming out.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Queneau on May 14, 2015, 06:17:42 PM
Does anyone know if I can watch TV on a YouView box through my laptop? I still have my YouView box but none of my fucking TVs!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 18, 2015, 02:51:39 PM
So I think my laptop may now be dead as it won't turn on. I bought a new power supply thinking that was the problem but I'be just tried the new one and still no dice.

When I turn it on the power light and fan come on for 2 seconds, no hard disk sound and then off. I'be tried the 30 second thing and that doesn't work. Is all lost?

It's an hp620.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on May 18, 2015, 03:06:48 PM
If you're getting partial activity then probably a motherboard short, or if you're astoundingly lucky a wonky internal cable.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 18, 2015, 03:22:57 PM
Well the fan has been loud for a while so maybe something overheated?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on May 18, 2015, 03:36:33 PM
The revved-up fan may be an indication that something isn't fully working (and therefore the heat sensors can't do their job), therefore it just works at full throttle to be on the safe side. I recall something like that happened when my graphics card didn't function properly (black screen, essentially). It must have been a tenuous connection to its slot, as removing it and reinserting it cured the issue.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 18, 2015, 04:25:03 PM
But it's not actually starting at all apart from those 3 seconds. There's power going to it from the charger as that light is lit. Opened the lid and fan/heat sink are dust free. I'm stumped.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on May 18, 2015, 04:48:15 PM
When my Mb shorted the PSU was running and LEDs in the case still lit up, chassis fan was running and I got drive noise for about 10 seconds each time I restarted then <putter putter splurt> blackscreen.

Fans default to max if the program controlling them stops running, my fans all run on high as the PC starts up then the Fan Manager kicks in and drops the graphics card fan down to 50% and CPU one to 60% (makes it a lot quieter), these values then change if it's doing anything strenuous.

Yours not calming down is probably an indication that the OS isn't loading.

I'll stake my plums on it being the motherboard, but pull and reseat every wire and component you can before chewing on that nugget.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on May 18, 2015, 05:12:16 PM
But it's not actually starting at all apart from those 3 seconds. There's power going to it from the charger as that light is lit. Opened the lid and fan/heat sink are dust free. I'm stumped.

Ah OK, so you meant it had been revving-up just prior to this breakdown.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 18, 2015, 05:53:58 PM
Yep, now it's normal speed. Well for the 3 seconds it's on that is.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cerys on May 19, 2015, 01:35:11 PM
Remove the battery and mains plug.  Hold down the ON button for about three minutes.  Replace the battery and power cable.  Attempt to power up.  If it doesn't work, repeat the procedure.  Report back.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Big Jack McBastard on May 19, 2015, 01:52:07 PM
Face it mate, it's fucked, it's not started the last 10 times you've tried to boot it up has it? Stop holding on to this gossamer thread of hope that it's not completely goosed and get the bullet bit.

Obviously don't leave your HD in it if it's getting binned.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 19, 2015, 01:56:29 PM
Just to concur its almost certainly a deceased MB and unfortunately unless you happen to have an identical machine lurking in a cupboard not cost effective to fix. Take out the memory and hard drive and stick it on ebay for spares or repair.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cerys on May 19, 2015, 02:04:21 PM
Despite the fact that these guys are almost certainly correct, you might as well give my fix a try before you do anything else, just to rule it out.  I'm serious about this.  My laptop did the same thing on several occasions, and I'm posting from it right now.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 19, 2015, 02:12:34 PM
Thanks all. I thought it was the motherboard finally dying. I tried your tip Cerys but for 30 seconds. Why would it need 3 minutes!

Quick question. If I bought the same model could I just swap over HDD's?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cerys on May 19, 2015, 02:19:30 PM
Thanks all. I thought it was the motherboard finally dying. I tried your tip Cerys but for 30 seconds. Why would it need 3 minutes!

It's to do with memory dump.  Or power dump.  One or the other.  Whatever, it needs more than thirty seconds.  Three minutes is the time that had the most success for me.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 19, 2015, 02:55:11 PM
Quick question. If I bought the same model could I just swap over HDD's?

If you can find *exactly* the same model yes, probably....Although as each model is typically only on sale for a matter of months the chances are that if you find one its going to be used and in danger of suffering the same demise in the near future....
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 19, 2015, 03:16:14 PM
It's to do with memory dump.  Or power dump.  One or the other.  Whatever, it needs more than thirty seconds.  Three minutes is the time that had the most success for me.

Its to drain residual power from all the circuits/chips etc. Its generally some use when a laptop appears completely dead not behaving as yours was but its always worth a try.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 19, 2015, 03:43:44 PM
Tried it but no dice. It was a pain in the arse anyway. Good riddance I say!

*solitary tear*
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cerys on May 19, 2015, 04:58:37 PM
Quitter :p
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 19, 2015, 06:20:14 PM
A man's got to know his limitations.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cerys on May 19, 2015, 06:24:35 PM
So what's your excuse?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 19, 2015, 07:15:47 PM
So what's your excuse?

Your 'wit' has been noted and forwarded to my solicitors.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 20, 2015, 01:59:30 PM
*turns*

Just one more thing. If I need to get all the stuff off my old hard disk, can I put it in one of those 2.5 usb cases and transfer stuff back onto the new laptop?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Cerys on May 20, 2015, 03:51:00 PM
Your 'wit' has been noted and forwarded to my solicitors.

Again?  Sheesh.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 20, 2015, 04:21:22 PM
*turns*

Just one more thing. If I need to get all the stuff off my old hard disk, can I put it in one of those 2.5 usb cases and transfer stuff back onto the new laptop?

Yes.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 21, 2015, 11:24:59 AM
Yes.

nks.

Another question. The laptop I'm getting is 4gb memory 133 Mhz upgradeable to 8gb. Now I know the SODIMMS have to be the same size but do they have to be 133 Mhz as well and does anyone have any reasonably priced manufacturers?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 21, 2015, 01:51:53 PM
nks.

Another question. The laptop I'm getting is 4gb memory 133 Mhz upgradeable to 8gb. Now I know the SODIMMS have to be the same size but do they have to be 133 Mhz as well and does anyone have any reasonably priced manufacturers?

Ideally but it doesn't really matter that much in my experience. A mismatched pair of sodimms will run at the lower speed of the two.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on May 23, 2015, 06:21:51 PM
hello again, it the dipshit back looking for yet more help.

i've infected my pc with some SHITE called safesearch.net. it's a bugger to get rid off. i've found a couple of things but they say they are for windows7 but i'm on win8.1, so i don't if they'll do the trick.

any ideas?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 23, 2015, 06:24:39 PM
hello again, it the dipshit back looking for yet more help.

i've infected my pc with some SHITE called safesearch.net. it's a bugger to get rid off. i've found a couple of things but they say they are for windows7 but i'm on win8.1, so i don't if they'll do the trick.

any ideas?

hitmanpro
malwarebytes
adwcleaner

All downloadable from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/windows/

Run them in that order.

W
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on May 23, 2015, 07:02:52 PM
thanks, but no joy - bugger is still there.

sorry, i think it's fine now... the bugger had set itself up as my homepage as well, and that threw me.


thanks Wilbur, you're a marvel.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mothman on May 25, 2015, 02:06:58 PM
Simple question, really. You'd think. Google however doesn't. But... is there any way I can stream content from my iPad to a Sony TV (a Smart one, with WiFi)?

Sony is all for the idea in principle, providing the content comes from a Sony device. And Apple forums are similarly blinkered, they keep going on about something called Apple TV. I tried one App, the two devices sort-of connected but the app wouldn't browse any content on my tablet, just kept insisting I subscribe to this online service or that one.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on May 25, 2015, 05:58:55 PM
have you got a chromecast?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on May 28, 2015, 02:09:21 PM
If you can find *exactly* the same model yes, probably....Although as each model is typically only on sale for a matter of months the chances are that if you find one its going to be used and in danger of suffering the same demise in the near future....

Ok, so I have bought a same model with smaller HDD. If I just swap over the HDD from my old hp620 it won't damage anything will it? And any drivers would be automatically downloaded from windows update?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on May 28, 2015, 02:13:10 PM
Ok, so I have bought a same model with smaller HDD. If I just swap over the HDD from my old hp620 it won't damage anything will it? And any drivers would be automatically downloaded from windows update?

No it shouldn't do. If all the components are identical it shouldn't need any drivers but if there are any missing there is a good chance that WU will find them, yes.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mothman on May 29, 2015, 06:04:02 PM
have you got a chromecast?

No. I was kinda assuming I wouldn't need anything like that - the TV itself has all sorts of built-in apps available, as does our BT box...
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on May 30, 2015, 06:06:12 AM
it was the easiest solution i could find.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 02, 2015, 05:30:15 PM
No it shouldn't do. If all the components are identical it shouldn't need any drivers but if there are any missing there is a good chance that WU will find them, yes.

And as if by magic that's exactly what happened. Swapped hard disks and added my 4gb of ram from the old machine to the 2 already in the new one. Now it says 6gb. Will I actually be getting that speed? As you can tell I've no real idea how ram works.

Also I've taken the 320gb hdd from the new machine. Will I need to format this as I don't need the operating system on it?

Thanks for all your help. Karma coming your way.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on June 02, 2015, 05:45:52 PM
I always get one of these to stick the hdd in, format it and use it as an external drive.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/DIGIFLEX-Drive-Caddy-Enclosure-Laptop/dp/B002UZO07C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433263465&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+to+sata+case
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 02, 2015, 06:01:08 PM
I always get one of these to stick the hdd in, format it and use it as an external drive.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/DIGIFLEX-Drive-Caddy-Enclosure-Laptop/dp/B002UZO07C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433263465&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+to+sata+case

Yeah I've got it in a caddy similar to that. So just a case of formatting, cheers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on June 03, 2015, 01:51:36 PM
Firefox update problem: 38.0.5

For some reason customising task bars doesn't work. I right-clicked on a new icon in the address bar section (something about "reading view" that I didn't want) and removed from task bar, but it removed the whole address bar module. And I can't get into customise to drag it back onto the task bar. And I can't get into about:config without the address bar!

Is there a way to get customising working again?

Also, just clicking on bookmarks doesn't open them any more. I have to right-click and then "open" or "open in new tab". I wonder what's up with this Firefox version, there seem to be a few little conflicts.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: HappyTree on June 03, 2015, 03:12:46 PM
Ah, restored the profile from a backup. Customizing now works. Must've got corrupted or summat.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: The Masked Unit on June 03, 2015, 03:57:27 PM
I want to upgrade my laptop RAM. I've got two slots with only one of them occupied with a 4gb DDR3 1300mhz module. Maximum memory is 16gb.

In an ideal world to keep costs down I'd whack an 8gb module in slot 2 to give me 12bg in total, which I reckon should be more than enough for me, but I can't seem to find an 8gb 1300mhz one. Is it possible/advisable to put in a 1600hmz module in alongside the 1300, or should I just cut my losses and buy 2 8gb modules to give me 16gb total? If the latter, will 1600mhz modules be ok when it came with 1300mhz RAM?

Thanks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on June 03, 2015, 04:04:01 PM
this thing...

http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en?gclid=CL6v-r_l88UCFSnMtAodHVMAFA&cm_mmc=google-_-uk-_-brand-_-null&ef_id=VSk6bgAAALeFZA@Y:20150603150212:s

... used to tell you what is fitted into your machine and what is compatible. i've used them in the past and it worked, & i'm a idiot with this sort of stuff.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: VegaLA on June 03, 2015, 11:57:05 PM
Is anyone here familiar with SSD drives? I would like to pull data from one I have sitting around and wondered if there is a cable that connects from the SSD to a PC that does not support SSD via USB so I can grab what I need from the drive?

I have something similar for use connecting a laptop drive to my PC using USB.

Cheers.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Blumf on June 04, 2015, 12:48:30 AM
I have something similar for use connecting a laptop drive to my PC using USB.

You'll probably find that'll work.

Most like they both use SATA:
(http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2006/04/07/going_the_sas_storage_way/sata-connector-scheme.gif)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 04, 2015, 02:21:05 PM
I've also got a ram question. I've checked the manual and the laptop supports a maximum of 8gb 1600 mhz.

Presently I have 1 4GB DDR3 ram but i checked on CPU-Z and it said the Dram frequency was 399.0 Mhz (single channel). Now I know you should double this but that still only brings it up to 798Mhz.

Am I missing something?

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: VegaLA on June 04, 2015, 09:45:39 PM
You'll probably find that'll work.

Most like they both use SATA:
(http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2006/04/07/going_the_sas_storage_way/sata-connector-scheme.gif)

Good karma coming your way. Thank you!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on June 08, 2015, 03:44:44 PM
I've also got a ram question. I've checked the manual and the laptop supports a maximum of 8gb 1600 mhz.

Presently I have 1 4GB DDR3 ram but i checked on CPU-Z and it said the Dram frequency was 399.0 Mhz (single channel). Now I know you should double this but that still only brings it up to 798Mhz.

Am I missing something?

That's not how RAM works, it doesn't add mhz, the motherboard underclocks to the slowest one. So if you get another 4gB at 399, it will still be 399. To get up to 1600 you need two 4gb 1600mhz ram modules (or one 8gb 1600). RAM speed makes barely any difference anyway though. Your CPU speed is what really matters, and the amount of RAM if you're using a lot of programs at once or gaming.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mobias on June 08, 2015, 08:41:21 PM
Can anyone recommend a decent and free hard drive clean up app for OS X? I've got an iMac with a 1TB hard drive in it. I've only got 30GB left and its not happy at all. I know I've got a lot of porn but I don't have that much. There must be a lot of unnecessary junk files kicking around that I need to get rid of. I downloaded a program called CleanMyMac 3 but it wants money shoved its way to work properly.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on June 08, 2015, 08:43:36 PM
I agree that more RAM is better. For example 8GB of slower RAM will give you much better performance than 4GB of fast RAM. In my experience dual-channel makes a notable difference, though. Everything seems a touch zippyer. So, in conclusion: go for as much RAM as possible. If you're on a budget just mix and match the speeds and manufacturer of memory modules. If you've got money to burn get a matched pair (for 8GB RAM get a kit containing 2x identical 4GB modules).

The memory finder on the Corsair website has the HP 620 if you go through the menus:

http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/memory-finder

Curiously enough, they only do a 4GB kit (2x identical 2GB boards) but it states that the laptop will handle 8GB.

You could also go to another manufacturer and get an 8GB kit (2x 4GB boards). Something like this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Komputerbay-DDR3-SODIMM-1066Mhz-8500/dp/B0031GELDM/ref=sr_1_3?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1433792384&sr=1-3&keywords=sodimm+ddr3

I've never heard of the make, but it has loads of good reviews and should revive an older model laptop well. Beware buying low voltage (DDR3L) RAM, as it may not be compatible with an older laptop. Just stick to standard DDR3 and it should work fine.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Neomod on June 10, 2015, 11:59:39 AM
Would more memory be useful for music/video/lightroom etc?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 10, 2015, 06:04:21 PM
Would more memory be useful for music/video/lightroom etc?

Almost certainly. Its the most cost effective upgrade possible.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: VegaLA on June 10, 2015, 11:49:18 PM
Bollocks!

Looks like i've caught a virus and its renamed a bunch of my files as .iwcoucd and messed them up big time. I'd usually just format my dive and get on with it but unfortunatly my External back up drive was attached at the time and its ballsed up a lot of my personal photos and files.

Can't find anyhting on Google re iwcoucd so wondered if its anything anyone here has come in contact with, and is there a cure to fix my corrupted files?

Cheers in advance,
Vega.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Morrison Lard on June 10, 2015, 11:55:33 PM
Would more memory be useful for music/video/lightroom etc?
If you're on a 32bit windows OS it can only access 4 Gb (actually 3.5), I think.

If you're not, ignore me.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: hedgehog90 on June 11, 2015, 09:46:58 AM
I have an internal hard drive bay beneath my DVD drive. It allows me to change hard drives on the fly.
However, after not using it for a couple months, I've noticed that my hard drives when inserted slowly get hotter and hotter, until they're almost too hot to touch.
There's no fan near the hard drive bay, but past experience tell me that this looks more like a faulty part (the bay). I should also mention that it gets hot even if they're idle.
All the hard drives I've tested were once external (ie. surrounded by a case and USB), could this be a factor as to why they're overheating?
I just don't understand, because it appeared to work flawlessly a few months ago when I bought it, but it's essentially just a glorified sata wire and power cable and an on/off switch. Maybe a BIOS thing?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 11, 2015, 10:24:54 AM
That's not how RAM works, it doesn't add mhz, the motherboard underclocks to the slowest one. So if you get another 4gB at 399, it will still be 399. To get up to 1600 you need two 4gb 1600mhz ram modules (or one 8gb 1600). RAM speed makes barely any difference anyway though. Your CPU speed is what really matters, and the amount of RAM if you're using a lot of programs at once or gaming.

I've just found out that the Dram frequency read on CP-Z should be multiplied by 3 as the ram is DDR3 which brings it to a more believable 1200mhz. I was basically trying to find the speed to buy a matching 4gb ram.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on June 11, 2015, 11:09:59 AM
I've just found out that the Dram frequency read on CP-Z should be multiplied by 3 as the ram is DDR3 which brings it to a more believable 1200mhz. I was basically trying to find the speed to buy a matching 4gb ram.

this...

http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en?gclid=CKbDn_eyh8YCFbQatAodfUYAvQ&cm_mmc=google-_-uk-_-brand-_-null&ef_id=VSk6bgAAALeFZA@Y:20150611100912:s

should tell you what you can fit.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 11, 2015, 11:53:49 AM
Ah. It recommends 1600mhz.

Ta Mook.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on June 11, 2015, 12:02:50 PM
YAY... I AM THE NEW WILBUR!!!1! ;)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 11, 2015, 12:15:03 PM
You are a lot of things sir. The new Wilbur YOU ARE NOT!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Talulah, really! on June 13, 2015, 12:17:04 PM
Bollocks!

Looks like i've caught a virus and its renamed a bunch of my files as .iwcoucd and messed them up big time. I'd usually just format my dive and get on with it but unfortunatly my External back up drive was attached at the time and its ballsed up a lot of my personal photos and files.

Can't find anyhting on Google re iwcoucd so wondered if its anything anyone here has come in contact with, and is there a cure to fix my corrupted files?

Cheers in advance,
Vega.

Sounds like sort variant of a cryptolocker, the extension is generated randomly, there's some background details here

http://deletemalware.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/virus-renamed-and-encrypted-my-files.html

and also how to use the "Shadow Volume Explorer" tool that might be able to rescue your files, here as well,

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/ctb-locker-ransomware-information#shadow

Also some preventative steps people can take to avoid it happening to them,

Good luck.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 16, 2015, 08:22:02 AM
Eughhh, another bloody problem. My laptop keeps freezing at strange irregular moments.

I've ruled out overheating. The temp was in the 30's on one of the times it went and I've cleaned out the registry. I've checked the HDD and it's in good order. I'm therefore a bit stumped.

Now this is the hard disk from my old HP620 that I've put in a new (reconditioned) one.

Is there anything else I can do and if I need to start again and reinstall windows 7 is there a way to do this without a windows 7 disk (it being preinstalled an all)?

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 16, 2015, 08:34:09 AM
Eughhh, another bloody problem. My laptop keeps freezing at strange irregular moments.

I've ruled out overheating. The temp was in the 30's on one of the times it went and I've cleaned out the registry. I've checked the HDD and it's in good order. I'm therefore a bit stumped.

Now this is the hard disk from my old HP620 that I've put in a new (reconditioned) one.

Is there anything else I can do and if I need to start again and reinstall windows 7 is there a way to do this without a windows 7 disk (it being preinstalled an all)?


Have a look in taskmanager/peformance monitor and see if you can identify which process is causing it to freeze and if its hard drive activity or CPU usage related. If you need to re-install you'll need an OEM Windows 7 disk. They are readily available.

Oh and check all your drivers are up to date. There is a chance the replacement laptop may have a slightly different component that needs a different/newer driver.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on June 16, 2015, 08:46:36 AM
When you say it's freezing do you mean it's just pausing for a bit or is it locking up completely and needs restarting?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 16, 2015, 09:24:02 AM
It locks up completely and needs to be restarted.

I'll check the drivers next then. Should I just go through device manager installing updates for everything?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 16, 2015, 09:37:19 AM
It locks up completely and needs to be restarted.

I'll check the drivers next then. Should I just go through device manager installing updates for everything?

Go to the event viewer first and have a look for any clues there first. Control panel/administrative tools/event viewer. Look for  errors in the windows logs, primarily the system one but check the application one as well.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 16, 2015, 10:11:38 AM
Go to the event viewer first and have a look for any clues there first. Control panel/administrative tools/event viewer. Look for  errors in the windows logs, primarily the system one but check the application one as well.

Ok, I've checked the logs as I had a freeze this morning. I found one error and one critical in system but these seem to be recording that I did a hard reset. They say:

The previous system shutdown at 08:05:59 on ‎16/‎06/‎2015 was unexpected.

and

The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.

The last App event (info not error) before the freeze reads as follows at 8:01.

The description for Event ID 1903 from source HHCTRL cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.

If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event.

The following information was included with the event:


Is this relevant?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 16, 2015, 10:21:43 AM
Nope. No help at all unfortunately. The first one, as you say, shows that it was shut down incorrectly and the other isn't an error. Next thing is to go to the manufacturers site and download all the latest drivers for that model of laptop and install them.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 16, 2015, 10:29:46 AM
Cheers Wilbur, found them and will download.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 17, 2015, 06:16:40 PM
Without wanting to tempt fate loading new drivers seems to have solved the problem. You've saved the day again Wilbur[nb]mooky take note[/nb]

Karma thanks to you.

edit. I know I spoke to soon. Fine all day yesterday and today and then froze twice at around 9.20 tonight.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on June 18, 2015, 11:15:57 AM
Office 2010. I have two excel spreadsheets open and want to view them side by side. How?

Fucking fake tab bollocks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on June 18, 2015, 11:21:01 AM
can't you snap one to the left & the other to the right of your screen?

if that works, I AM SOOOOO THE NEW WILBUR.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on June 18, 2015, 11:35:13 AM
I found a button that allows me to put each spreadsheet in a window within the main excel one. I fucking hate office.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 18, 2015, 02:26:43 PM

edit. I know I spoke to soon. Fine all day yesterday and today and then froze twice at around 9.20 tonight.


Next thing to try is the memory then I guess. You can either run a memory test or simplest if you have two sticks of memory is take one out at a time and see if that fixes it. 
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 18, 2015, 04:50:02 PM

Next thing to try is the memory then I guess. You can either run a memory test or simplest if you have two sticks of memory is take one out at a time and see if that fixes it.

Is it possible it may be vlc player as it's frozen (including last night) when I've been using it more than any other software? I've now completely removed it so will see how it goes. Laptop's been on all day with no problems so far.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 18, 2015, 05:02:33 PM
Is it possible it may be vlc player as it's frozen (including last night) when I've been using it more than any other software? I've now completely removed it so will see how it goes. Laptop's been on all day with no problems so far.

Yes perfectly possible. Lets us know if that solves it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 18, 2015, 10:01:02 PM
Yes perfectly possible. Lets us know if that solves it.

Unfortunately not. Went again tonight. Ran the windows memory diagnostic tool and no problems were found. I'm stumped.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 19, 2015, 09:03:54 AM
Unfortunately not. Went again tonight. Ran the windows memory diagnostic tool and no problems were found. I'm stumped.

Have you got the original hard drive as it was when you got the replacement machine ? You could put that back in and see if it still locks up with that one, if it does then you may be able to get it replaced under warranty.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 19, 2015, 01:06:55 PM
Have you got the original hard drive as it was when you got the replacement machine ? You could put that back in and see if it still locks up with that one, if it does then you may be able to get it replaced under warranty.

Unfortunately I've already reformatted that to use as an external drive. Froze again this morning whilst using Lightroom. It's annoying more than anything as it's so random.

Thanks for your help Wilbur. I think I'll have to save everything, reformat the hard disk and reload windows.

Bah.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 23, 2015, 02:56:05 PM
Ok, so I start the process of transferring all of my important files onto external disks. All fine.

I then go on the microsoft site to download a copy of windows 7 with my cd key. I then find out that the key has been used multiple times and is now blocked. Hence no download for me. Apart from being gutted that the company I bought a £400 laptop from was too cheap to buy separate windows 7's I now don't know what to do as Microsoft don't sell windows 7.

I've checked on my system page and it says windows is activated.

How do I go about getting the recovery disk?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on June 23, 2015, 04:28:16 PM
PM me with the version.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: alan nagsworth on June 24, 2015, 08:34:53 PM
Hello.

I am at my absolute wits end with my laptop. I was here several months ago puling my hair out over a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad T410 that would not stop bluescreening all the time for seemingly no reason. My friend who's a programmer took a look at it and, after experiencing multiple bluescreen incidents after it had been formatted and during the Windows 7 installation process, deduced that it was a hardware fault, most likely the HDD or RAM.

Another friend of mine who's up on all this owed me a favour and offered to fit a new HDD and get it back up and running. We replaced the HDD but during Win 7 installation the thing kept rebooting. He didn't have any spare RAM to hand so we took one stick out and tried it again, with the same results, but when we took the second out and put the first back in it seemed to eradicate the problem. So, in theory everything looked fine.

This was about three months ago. Everything was running fine for a while, and then the problem started again, gradually becoming more frequent. As one last shot in the dark, my mate told me a friend of his had had issues which were not uncommon with Chrome users whose machines frequently bluescreened because of some compatibility issues with Chrome's video driver requirements. I had fuck all left to lose, so I stopped using Chrome and switched to Firefox. Again, this seemed to stop the problem and all was fine, until the last week or so, during which time it's happened twice again. It happened just now. I only had Reason 5, Firefox, Winamp, uTorrent and Soulseek open. I wasn't doing anything particularly demanding, and I have a cooling pad thing now since I'd noticed it getting a bit warm after extended use. It'd been switched on for less than an hour. I had one active download, Reason was idle, I was just listening to some bastard mp3s and reading the bastard forums. IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK TO BE ABLE TO DO THESE THINGS LORD I AM BUT A SIMPLE MAN WITH BASIC NEEDS

So, now I literally don't know what the problem is and it's starting to make me deeply miserable. Here's the error info Windows gave me after it recovered just now:

Quote
Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name:   BlueScreen
  OS Version:   6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
  Locale ID:   2057

Additional information about the problem:
  BCCode:   d1
  BCP1:   FFFFF88003508500
  BCP2:   0000000000000002
  BCP3:   0000000000000000
  BCP4:   FFFFF880056BBE75
  OS Version:   6_1_7601
  Service Pack:   1_0
  Product:   256_1

Files that help describe the problem:
  C:\Windows\Minidump\062415-18751-01.dmp
  C:\Users\Nagsworth\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-52821-0.sysdata.xml

I don't know what any of those things mean :(
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on June 24, 2015, 09:08:45 PM
Nothing useful to anyone who isn't writing a driver.

Memory can be checked with memtest86, which you can run from a thumb drive or something. Google.

(as an irrelevant thing, checking for memory faults is a surprisingly difficult problem)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on June 30, 2015, 10:52:18 PM
Well my laptop froze again tonight and that's after doing a clean install. I guess it's now either got to be the hard disk or memory as heatwise it's fine.

What a pisser.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 01, 2015, 04:20:10 AM
I need a bit of help. I want to buy another 24" monitor so that I can work between documents and screens using a dual screen set-up. This is stretching my knowledge somewhat.

I am going to buy this monitor which is similar to the one I already have:
http://www.ebuyer.com/656324-samsung-ls24d300hs-24-led-hdmi-monitor-ls24d300hs-xu

However, my Acer Aspire X1 SFF i5 PC (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Desktop-Integrated-Graphics-Windows/dp/B008FO6CHS) only has one socket for SVGA and one for HDMI (which i am currently using on my monitor). The back looks pretty much like this:

(http://www.dabs.com/images/product/uni2/DigitalContent/8c/8C7T_137D80B5-FF1C-4CAD-BEAF-A5DE9061B15A_large.jpg)

So, firstly, is there a way I can make this work as a dual screen set-up without having to replace the video card to make it have two HDMI sockets? And secondly, is there a way to use both sockets (possibly with a SVGA to HDMI convertor) that will still enable me to use the dual screen function properly?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on July 01, 2015, 08:14:18 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BfQ_ODj5QQ

any good to you?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 01, 2015, 01:04:09 PM
Could work - but £62, ack.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 01, 2015, 01:29:58 PM
Could work - but £62, ack.

You may be able to use one monitor running on the VGA socket and one on the HDMI simultaneously but I'd test it first if you can borrow a VGA monitor before spending any money on it.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 01, 2015, 05:11:09 PM
Yeah, I will try that. My theory is that using the two inputs might mean that Windows cannot run dual monitors, but rather will just repeat the screen across both.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 01, 2015, 05:26:00 PM
Yeah, I will try that. My theory is that using the two inputs might mean that Windows cannot run dual monitors, but rather will just repeat the screen across both.

If the chip on the board supports running dual monitors then the display settings will give you the option of how it displays (from Vista onwards if I recall correctly).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 02, 2015, 01:11:28 PM
If the chip on the board supports running dual monitors then the display settings will give you the option of how it displays (from Vista onwards if I recall correctly).

It is definitely able to run dual monitors, it's just whether the PC will be able to run them correctly using HDMI and VGA. I may have to go for the convertor. I wish I could just stick a double-adaptor into the HDMI port.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on July 02, 2015, 01:37:22 PM
It is definitely able to run dual monitors, it's just whether the PC will be able to run them correctly using HDMI and VGA. I may have to go for the convertor. I wish I could just stick a double-adaptor into the HDMI port.

would a dual output graphics card be a sensible option? you might be able to upgrade your card and get dual monitor goings on for not much more than the £62 you said the splitter would cost.

this is what google spits out...

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=dual+hdmi+graphics+card&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=zC-VVdT8J8vH7AbJwbbgCQ

some of them are cheaper than the price you mentioned.

http://www.ebuyer.com/620627-sapphire-r7-240-2gb-ddr3-dual-hdmi-lp-with-boost-pci-e-graphics-11216-07-20g?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&mkwid=sZNJCW9FL_dc&pcrid=51482416379&pkw=&pmt=&gclid=CIzazqi7vMYCFYvHtAodHg0P2g
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 02, 2015, 03:34:14 PM
I think this is looking like something I will need to do to be honest. Is this something that needs to be replaced in a shop or could I do this myself?

My PC graphics card is so shitty that I can't play a lot of games that I have in Steam, so perhaps I should just upgrade the damn thing.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on July 02, 2015, 03:55:27 PM
I think this is looking like something I will need to do to be honest. Is this something that needs to be replaced in a shop or could I do this myself?

My PC graphics card is so shitty that I can't play a lot of games that I have in Steam, so perhaps I should just upgrade the damn thing.

they are easy to swap, & they'll be plenty of videos online showing you what to do. you might want to post details of the card your looking at or budget and what sort of motherboard you have so the someone who knows what's what can advise you better.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on July 02, 2015, 04:01:41 PM
Neither of my browsers will display images from i.imgur.com. Whenever I try to link directly to the image I get the following message (presumably from my ISP's server):

Quote
Page Error!
Access Denied (403)

You are attempting to use this server as a web proxy. This is an invalid use of this server as it is not a web cache proxy.

What To Do

Please change your settings and try again.

What settings?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on July 02, 2015, 04:09:37 PM
in adblock i'd have thought...




i am the NEW WILBUR!11!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on July 02, 2015, 04:18:57 PM
I've just restarted my browser with all settings erased (so no adblock) and I'm still getting the same message. I think it is my ISP who is detecting something in error. I need to get round it but have no idea where or what.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on July 02, 2015, 04:22:57 PM
have you tried a different browser?

http://www.opera.com/computer/mac

for example.

have you tried with a different device, a phone or an ipad? why would an isp block imgur?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on July 02, 2015, 04:30:04 PM
Opera doesn't work either. It's the url to imgur that's causing it, so I think there's some proxy shit involved in accessing imgur using the addresses they give; like this one - http://i.imgur.com/mBPaiXE.jpg
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on July 02, 2015, 04:46:34 PM
It looks like it's coming from imgur. This https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/demon.service/7gm_9X3DUkQ thinks it's isp blocking as well and suggests a fix involving editing your host file.

[edit]better suggestion - change your DNS settings to googles 8.8.8.8

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on July 02, 2015, 05:12:35 PM
Yup; changing the DNS settings in my router to 8.8.8.8 & 8.8.4.4. seems to cure it. Thanks.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 02, 2015, 05:16:02 PM
I think this is looking like something I will need to do to be honest. Is this something that needs to be replaced in a shop or could I do this myself?

My PC graphics card is so shitty that I can't play a lot of games that I have in Steam, so perhaps I should just upgrade the damn thing.

If you can change a plug then you should be able to do this yourself. Take side off machine, plug card into slot, put side back on, update drivers. Done.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: NoSleep on July 02, 2015, 05:19:53 PM
Yup; changing the DNS settings in my router to 8.8.8.8 & 8.8.4.4. seems to cure it. Thanks.

Also works with these: http://www.alternate-dns.com/ (had to see if anyone else other than google offered the service)
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on July 02, 2015, 07:23:16 PM
Hello everyone

Hopefully a quick one from me.  I've been asked to sort a laptop out which is getting a "The User Profile Service failed the logon" message - that's literally all I know at this stage, no idea what OS is running, what laptop model it is etc.

As far as I can tell it should be pretty straightforward to resolve - the solution appears to be here (https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/947215?wa=wsignin1.0).

I'm comfortable with logging on in safe mode, running stuff as administrator, editing the registry and all that malarkey.

So I just wondered if anyone had any experience of this error and if there was anything else I should look out for, before I go and try and fix it?

Cheers in advance.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 02, 2015, 09:20:51 PM
they are easy to swap, & they'll be plenty of videos online showing you what to do. you might want to post details of the card your looking at or budget and what sort of motherboard you have so the someone who knows what's what can advise you better.

Many thanks. It looks like I am going to go down the road of a new card which is completely and utterly a new world to me that I know virtually nothing about. I would like one that is good enough to run most games, if it is in my price-range (£100?). This is my PC:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008FO6CHS/cab-21/

I don't know which of these refers to the motherboard. I really am a dunce with computers.

]If you can change a plug then you should be able to do this yourself. Take side off machine, plug card into slot, put side back on, update drivers. Done.

Thanks Wilbur. What I really do not understand is how I can replace the card with the additional HDMI slot if the back is fixed like this with just one HDMI slot:

(http://www.dabs.com/images/product/uni2/DigitalContent/8c/8C7T_137D80B5-FF1C-4CAD-BEAF-A5DE9061B15A_large.jpg)

Do you just leave off the back of the PC?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 03, 2015, 08:52:31 AM
Many thanks. It looks like I am going to go down the road of a new card which is completely and utterly a new world to me that I know virtually nothing about. I would like one that is good enough to run most games, if it is in my price-range (£100?). This is my PC:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008FO6CHS/cab-21/

I don't know which of these refers to the motherboard. I really am a dunce with computers.

Thanks Wilbur. What I really do not understand is how I can replace the card with the additional HDMI slot if the back is fixed like this with just one HDMI slot:

(http://www.dabs.com/images/product/uni2/DigitalContent/8c/8C7T_137D80B5-FF1C-4CAD-BEAF-A5DE9061B15A_large.jpg)

Do you just leave off the back of the PC?

One of the strips of metal at the top will come out and the card goes there. Pop the side off and take a picture of the free slots and we can check there is actually a slot you can use. Looks like you'll need a low profile card.

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 03, 2015, 08:54:32 AM
Hello everyone

Hopefully a quick one from me.  I've been asked to sort a laptop out which is getting a "The User Profile Service failed the logon" message - that's literally all I know at this stage, no idea what OS is running, what laptop model it is etc.

As far as I can tell it should be pretty straightforward to resolve - the solution appears to be here (https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/947215?wa=wsignin1.0).

I'm comfortable with logging on in safe mode, running stuff as administrator, editing the registry and all that malarkey.

So I just wondered if anyone had any experience of this error and if there was anything else I should look out for, before I go and try and fix it?

Cheers in advance.

Yep, see that one a lot. Nice easy fix. No real capthas unless there isn't a backed up profile key.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on July 03, 2015, 09:33:58 AM
Finally sorted out my problem. It was the ram memory stick that I had transferred from my old laptop. It must have got damaged when the laptop died. In the end I swapped it out as memory check said it was fine. Thanks Wilbur.

Anyway, my laptop specs say my ram memory runs at 1066Mhz.

http://www.cnet.com/products/hp-620-15-6-core-2-duo-t6670-windows-7-pro-64-bit-4-gb-ram-320-gb-hdd-series/specs/

So I want to buy something like this.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301675840909?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

They are SO DIMM and therefore the right size but can anyone foresee any other problems?

Oh and I'm on a budget.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: mook on July 03, 2015, 09:48:15 AM
,,,
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 03, 2015, 11:58:45 AM
Finally sorted out my problem. It was the ram memory stick that I had transferred from my old laptop. It must have got damaged when the laptop died. In the end I swapped it out as memory check said it was fine. Thanks Wilbur.

Anyway, my laptop specs say my ram memory runs at 1066Mhz.

http://www.cnet.com/products/hp-620-15-6-core-2-duo-t6670-windows-7-pro-64-bit-4-gb-ram-320-gb-hdd-series/specs/

So I want to buy something like this.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301675840909?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

They are SO DIMM and therefore the right size but can anyone foresee any other problems?

Oh and I'm on a budget.

Presumably only one stick is faulty that item is for two sticks..........
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Hangthebuggers on July 03, 2015, 01:35:52 PM
Does anyone know of any software that can scan a PC's hardware for faults (such as the HD and PSU) - The only reason I ask is because my computer is randomly resetting. I've done software scans and there's nothing showing up, so I'm guessing it's a hardware problem.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 03, 2015, 01:53:22 PM
One of the strips of metal at the top will come out and the card goes there. Pop the side off and take a picture of the free slots and we can check there is actually a slot you can use. Looks like you'll need a low profile card.

Thanks Wilbur - will do!

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on July 03, 2015, 01:55:14 PM
Presumably only one stick is faulty that item is for two sticks..........

Yeah the new laptop came with 3GB (1GB+2GB sticks). The original laptop had the 4GB stick. I want to max out at 8GB (2 x 4GB).
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 03, 2015, 03:49:49 PM
Yeah the new laptop came with 3GB (1GB+2GB sticks). The original laptop had the 4GB stick. I want to max out at 8GB (2 x 4GB).

Should be fine. If you want to double check what memory your machine will take run the system scan here

http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/

Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Too Many Cochranes on July 06, 2015, 04:57:10 PM
I've been using homeplug for Internet round the house for a while.

I'm waiting delivery on a new(-ish) snazzy router with much better packet delivery than the default one that comes from the ISP.

Would I be able to double up the bandwidth on the router by having a seperate cable and homeplug attached to LAN1 and LAN2 or would it still be as fast as having it connected solely on LAN1?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: MojoJojo on July 07, 2015, 07:34:43 AM
No. The available bandwidth in the homeplug network is shared between all the homeplug ports as it's a shared medium.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on July 07, 2015, 09:40:54 AM
So my problem was not fixed by swapping the ram as after two days of non-freezing yesterday the laptop froze twice. I ran a 5 pass memtest and no errors were found. I did a seatools test of the hard disk, no errors found.

I am completely stumped now. Is there a test I can do to check the motherboard is fine?

This might be funny if it wasn't annoying.

edit to add: I've just done an Intel Processor Diagnostic and it passed.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 08, 2015, 05:44:28 PM
Graphics card update. I emailed Overclockers to see if they could help me and they replied with this:

"I'm afraid that Acer do not provide us with specifications for their systems. Does your system  have a PCI-E slot for a graphics card, and does the PSU have PCI-E power connectors for powering a gaming graphics card and what is the PSU rated to provide on the +12V rail (there is usually a sticker on the PSU itself listing this)? Does your system fit a card that is double slot width, or will it only fit a single slot card?"

These are all fair questions, although of course if I knew the answers I probably wouldn't be enquiring in the first place. Is any of this able to answer his questions?

Series: Aspire X1935
Processor Brand: Intel
Processor Type: Core i5
Processor Speed: 3.1 GHz
Processor Count: 4
RAM Size: 8 GB
Computer Memory Type:   DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Size   : 2000 GB
Graphics Card Description: Integrated
Graphics RAM Type: DDR3 SDRAM

I'm guessing not.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 08, 2015, 06:06:32 PM
Nope. If you take the side off and take the photo as I suggested before we can see if it has a PCI-E slot free. It almost certainly wont have any spare power plugs for a graphics card nor space for a double card as its a midi system. PC builders don't over specify their machines to keep their prices down.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 08, 2015, 06:08:10 PM
I am completely stumped now. Is there a test I can do to check the motherboard is fine?
edit to add: I've just done an Intel Processor Diagnostic and it passed.

Unfortunately not. You've really come to the end of the road as far as troubleshooting this I'm afraid.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 08, 2015, 06:44:00 PM
Nope. If you take the side off and take the photo as I suggested before we can see if it has a PCI-E slot free. It almost certainly wont have any spare power plugs for a graphics card nor space for a double card as its a midi system. PC builders don't over specify their machines to keep their prices down.

Does this help?

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Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 09, 2015, 08:36:09 AM
Right so that black slot at the top is your pcie slot and the space between that and the wireless card is the space available for a graphics card. So you should be able to fit a low profile card in there which doesn't require supplementary power. Carefull which one you get though it looks (although its tricky to see from the angle of the shot) as though you are limited by the space between the slot and the casing where the heat sink will be.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 09, 2015, 11:51:46 AM
Thanks very much Wilbur. I can see low profile graphics cards on amazon and ebuyer, but I can only see one with dual HDMI. The rest appear to have one output each for HDMI, VGA and DVI. 

There is this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/VisionTek-Radeon-7750-PCIe-Retail/dp/B009ZQ5HW6/ref=sr_1_6?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1436438482&sr=1-6&keywords=low+profile+graphics+card+hdmi

On ebuyer I am seeing "Dual-link DVI-D DVI-I HDMI" on a great deal of them but I don't know if this serves my needs for dual monitors. Is there a card you would recommend?

Sorry for the hassle.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 09, 2015, 01:04:42 PM
Thanks very much Wilbur. I can see low profile graphics cards on amazon and ebuyer, but I can only see one with dual HDMI. The rest appear to have one output each for HDMI, VGA and DVI. 

There is this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/VisionTek-Radeon-7750-PCIe-Retail/dp/B009ZQ5HW6/ref=sr_1_6?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1436438482&sr=1-6&keywords=low+profile+graphics+card+hdmi

On ebuyer I am seeing "Dual-link DVI-D DVI-I HDMI" on a great deal of them but I don't know if this serves my needs for dual monitors. Is there a card you would recommend?

Sorry for the hassle.

AFAICS that isn't low profile. No particular recommendation but if you just want twin HDMI then this one might do the trick

http://www.ebuyer.com/394229-pny-quadro-nvs310-pci-express-x16-512mb-gddr3-64bit-low-profile-card-vcnvs310dp-pb?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&mkwid=sfLc7RSen_dc&pcrid=51482416259&pkw=&pmt=&gclid=CjwKEAjwt_isBRDuisOm1dTQqGISJAAfRrEAvZ7WzTqGJ7uSQ8qByX79jIdgCDIVFrLnGNkfUcbv1xoCEcLw_wcB
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 09, 2015, 01:26:02 PM
Thanks again - Can DisplayPort can be used in place of HDMI?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 09, 2015, 01:30:37 PM
Thanks again - Can DisplayPort can be used in place of HDMI?

Whoops sorry well spotted. No not without adapters. I'll have another look for you.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 09, 2015, 01:42:51 PM
Quite tricky you are somewhat limited in choice but this one appears to be low profile despite not saying so.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-240-Graphic-Card-2GB/dp/B00I9GM5GO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436445205&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Sapphire+Radeon+R7+240+2GB+DDR3+Dual+HDMI+Low+Profile+with+Boost+Graphics+Card+11216-07-20G



Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Puce Moment on July 09, 2015, 01:42:59 PM
Whoops sorry well spotted. No not without adapters. I'll have another look for you.

I am looking around as well, but cannot see anything. I had no idea it would be this tricky and I do wonder whether I should look to get one of those HDMI splitter adaptors.

Quite tricky you are somewhat limited in choice but this one appears to be low profile despite not saying so.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-240-Graphic-Card-2GB/dp/B00I9GM5GO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436445205&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Sapphire+Radeon+R7+240+2GB+DDR3+Dual+HDMI+Low+Profile+with+Boost+Graphics+Card+11216-07-20G

I've asked the sellers to see what I can find out - thanks for looking this up.

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Is this a low profile card? 39 minutes ago
Yes it comes with low and full profile brackets and the card itself is low profile.

I think I'll go ahead and get this!
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Jim_MacLaine on July 11, 2015, 06:38:14 PM
Quick question for Wilbur. I'm going to swap the old hdd back into the laptop and reinstall windows.

My question is will this be a problem authentication wise?
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: Wilbur on July 11, 2015, 07:01:48 PM
Shouldnt be.
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Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: weekender on July 12, 2015, 11:42:20 AM
Don't suppose anyone knows of an easy way to decrypt some text?  I don't have much to go on other than the message starts with 'Cipher; asp4' and then it's a load of letters.  I have Googled it, but a lot of the stuff seems far too time consuming to learn about.
Title: Re: all new computer problems thread - hard-drives made of dynamite
Post by: chocky909 on July 13, 2015, 02:13:52 AM
I bought a pretty nice desktop gaming PC about 3 years ago. Reviewed here http://www.alphr.com/chillblast/chillblast-fusion-tranquility/31426/chillblast-fusion-t