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  2009-03-08 08:27:43 PM  
if still no images, read the last paragraph of this, especially if you are on Linux.

(oops, sorry about breaking posting for a few mins)
 
  2009-03-08 11:37:53 PM  
roddikinsathome

I use Seamonkey and not Firefox, but there was a time when the image permissions became garbled between two browsing sessions.
For some reason they got set to "Do not load any images" instead of "Accept all images".

I don't know why that happened.
My heck-if-I-know guess at that time was that it might have been an obscure issue with the "prefbar" extension I'm using and because I have the checkbox for enabling/disabling the loading of images added to it.
 
  2009-03-09 10:05:24 AM  
The Voice of Doom: roddikinsathome

I use Seamonkey and not Firefox, but there was a time when the image permissions became garbled between two browsing sessions.
For some reason they got set to "Do not load any images" instead of "Accept all images".

I don't know why that happened.
My heck-if-I-know guess at that time was that it might have been an obscure issue with the "prefbar" extension I'm using and because I have the checkbox for enabling/disabling the loading of images added to it.


FOUND IT! The lpa checkbox was on, but 3 things were in the exceptions file. img.fark was in there, and I didn't put it in. I've relied on noscript and adblock for that.

Mike, it could be OSX spec build of fifox 3 I'm using [Minefield] or just a random... thanx doom.
 
  2009-03-09 02:39:34 PM  
 
  2009-03-09 04:25:42 PM  
No_47: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dWOEa4Djs&fmt=22

I see that you go to HardOCP.

Not a bad site, but Kyle is kind of a douche.
 
  2009-03-09 05:08:39 PM  
reddit, actually
 
  2009-03-09 09:11:19 PM  
That was fun. I was filled with rage when he started jumping up and down holding them all by the ribbons, even though it wasn't that big of a deal.
 
  2009-03-10 09:54:05 AM  
Does anyone know anything about this pifts.exe furor? I don't have Norton antivirus, so I can't see if the program even exists, and sometimes these things are hoaxes and sometimes they turn up something that gets a person in jail. I was curious which it was this time.
 
  2009-03-10 09:47:50 PM  
 
  2009-03-10 11:35:46 PM  

Hey, Ive got an issue with an ancient laptop thats borderline stable at best. Ive been looking at the hijack this log and cant for the life of me find anything totally farked up. Anyone else think there is something in it that I am missing?


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:19:00 PM, on 3/10/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\KodakCCS.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\Quick Launch Buttons\EabServr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb09.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\Palm\Hotsync.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jucheck.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\wmiprvse.exe
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: CNavExtBho Class - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPLpr] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPEnh] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [eabconfg.cpl] C:\Program Files\HPQ\Quick Launch Buttons\EabServr.exe /Start
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Cpqset] C:\Program Files\HPQ\Default Settings\cpqset.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\SYMNET~1\SNDMon.exe /Consumer
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] "C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Component Manager] "C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb09.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AppleSyncNotifier] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleSyncNotifier.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpySweeper] "C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeper.exe" /0
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
O4 - Global Startup: HotSync Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\Palm\Hotsync.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TYPE=3&tp=iehome&locale=EN_US&c =Q105&bd=pavilion&pf=laptop
O16 - DPF: {406B5949-7190-4245-91A9-30A17DE16AD0} (Snapfish Activia) - http://photo.walgreens.com/WalgreensActivia.cab
O16 - DPF: {E5F5D008-DD2C-4D32-977D-1A0ADF03058B} (JuniperSetupSP1 Control) - https://remote.amfam.com/dana-cached/setup/JuniperSetupSP1.cab
O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Bonjour Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Password Validation (ccPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
O23 - Service: HP WMI Interface (hpqwmi) - Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. - C:\Program Files\HPQ\SHARED\HPQWMI.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: Kodak Camera Connection Software (KodakCCS) - Eastman Kodak Company - C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\KodakCCS.exe
O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect Service (navapsvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Firewall Monitor Service (NPFMntor) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
O23 - Service: SAVScan - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
O23 - Service: ScriptBlocking Service (SBService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\SYMANT~1\SCRIPT~1\SBServ.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec SPBBCSvc (SPBBCSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe

 
  2009-03-11 01:45:36 AM  
well, TeaTimer can be a pain, but so can SpySweeper and Norton.

But if I were you, the first thing I do for randomly unstable machines is run a memory diagnostic (like memtest86) and a hard drive diagnostic (usually available from hard drive manufacturer's website, or in the machine's BIOS)
 
  2009-03-11 03:02:09 AM  
No_47: well, TeaTimer can be a pain, but so can SpySweeper and Norton.

But if I were you, the first thing I do for randomly unstable machines is run a memory diagnostic (like memtest86) and a hard drive diagnostic (usually available from hard drive manufacturer's website, or in the machine's BIOS)


Thanks, I figured thats where I was headed. I was just holding out for an easier way out.
 
  2009-03-11 10:53:52 PM  
I need a new optical drive for my Mac Mini.

I'm assuming I don't actually have to get an Apple one? Anyone know what's compatible?
 
  2009-03-12 12:16:18 AM  
No_47: I need a new optical drive for my Mac Mini.

I'm assuming I don't actually have to get an Apple one? Anyone know what's compatible?


Apple buys its drives from various manufacturers. I think System Profiler should tell you the model number of the drive.
 
  2009-03-12 12:27:38 AM  
The problem I have in NZ is finding a supplier that isn't going to sell it to me at Apple prices... which is why an alternative would be better
 
  2009-03-12 01:45:40 AM  
any standard 12.7mm optical drive will work, as long as it's PATA and slot-loading. I put a Pioneer DVR-K06 in mine, I think the DVR-K09 is the current model.

It's been a very very long time since any Mac needed proprietary disks or memory... yeah Apple sticks a logo on the drive label but it doesn't mean anything, not even custom firmware.
 
  2009-03-12 01:51:03 AM  
oh, and ya gotta pry the plastic bezel off the front of the drive, but that's no biggie
 
  2009-03-12 05:59:19 AM  
Mike:
I found the documentation from our move from Apache. Basically the network admins went to LigHTTPD because they were more comfortable with it, and it had a better uptake & documentation at the time - this was a back when a lot of the nginx additional documentation was in Russian.
 
  2009-03-12 06:17:58 PM  
At the time, yeah. I moved in the other direction (we used lighttpd for img.fark.com for about 6 months) because of lighttpd's bad security history and nginx was a bit faster. But the nginx docs are a bit... uh... sparse... at times...
 
  2009-03-13 04:50:33 PM  
No_47: The problem I have in NZ is finding a supplier that isn't going to sell it to me at Apple prices... which is why an alternative would be better

No, I mean get the model number of the drive... plug that into Google and buy one from anywhere. It's not an "Apple" drive. It's a Samsung drive, or an LG drive, or whatever.
 
  2009-03-14 04:12:38 PM  
It's a Mashiata, but it doesn't actually show up in the profiler anymore. I've had trouble with it for a while. Clearing the PRAM used to bring it back. Not any more.
 
  2009-03-14 07:32:08 PM  
replace it with a Pioneer. I've had several Matsushiata drives go bad in several Macs.
 
  2009-03-15 10:41:14 AM  
No_47: The problem I have in NZ is finding a supplier that isn't going to sell it to me at Apple prices... which is why an alternative would be better

How legal would it be for someone in the states to gift you a drive?
 
  2009-03-15 02:42:06 PM  
I'm having an issue with my machine;

When lights or fans or appliances are turned on in the house, my speakers (or headphones) make a "pop," and when fans are turned on as long as they are on the speakers (or headphones) make a hissing or static noise.

I thought it could be a microphone issue, but it's not as the popping and or hissing noises will happen or continue.

I have tried;

1) No microphones for a day- still popping noises but the static noise is barely audible from external speakers, still audible over headphones.
2) Different headphones, I've got two different pair and both do it.
3) Different ports on my computer, it doesn't matter. Top Panel or direct output from the motherboard, the sounds still happen.
4) Playing with volume outputs; this has had a varied degree of effectiveness. When I go into the devices advanced properties I can make the static more quiet by adjusting the software volume down and the volume on the hardware itself up.

My computer use Realtek HD, audio on an abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI Motherboard. It's plugged into a surge protector, and as far as I can tell when any large appliance in the house goes on, regardless of the circuit the appliance is on, the pops still happen.
 
  2009-03-15 03:02:49 PM  
What sort of speakers are they?
 
  2009-03-15 03:30:30 PM  
No_47: What sort of speakers are they?

The speakers are some no-name computer speakers from Staples. I thought at first they might have been the culprit but I doubt it now as even headphones do it when the speakers are not plugged in and the headphones are plugged right into the port.

When my cellphone goes off within 3 feet of the speakers or my headphones they go farking crazy too. I thought again, shielding problem with the speakers but it does it with the headphones too.
 
  2009-03-15 03:57:41 PM  
Shielding w/ the cable going to the speakers, or in the audio chipset itself, maybe?
 
  2009-03-15 04:11:56 PM  
Mike: Shielding w/ the cable going to the speakers, or in the audio chipset itself, maybe?

It must be a little bit of both- I figure that because even with the different sets of headphones and speakers that I've tried, each one still does it but to a different degree.

Why a "premium" motherboard would have inadequate shielding is beyond me...

Could it have to do with power problems, as it is worst with other appliances on and during surges like appliances turning on?
 
  2009-03-15 07:20:41 PM  
Ahhh that old enemy RFI. Many causes, many resolutions. In your case you are probably having the twofold issue of RFI from noise that is broadcast by electrical components (usually the popping sound you hear) and the 60 cycle hum that is caused by AC when it is being used by appliances. The popping can be reduced by making sure you are using shielded cables, the case on your computer is fully enclosed (leaving a side off due to heat issues happens a lot)and that your grounds on the case, MB and power cord all are intact. Move the causes of the RFI away from speakers and the computer. This is not always possible, or move the computer away from the sources. Now comes the real baddie, AC. Most computers use ferrites on wires to reduce or eliminate RFI. Make sure yours are as well. They are those big round things on power cords, digital cables for the monitor and inside your computer. You can get additional ferrites cheaply and put them on problem wires. They may however do dastardly things to the audio. A filtered power supply will be your best bet to getting rid of RFI, but can be costly. Distance, shielding, filtering. Oh yeah buying things that have reduced RFI is a good thing. Transformers for florescent lighting, halogen lamps, ceiling fans, etc are 90% of any problem in the home (refrigerators and freezers are big culprits but usually are too far away to cause problems)

good luck with your RFI problem.
 
  2009-03-15 08:00:47 PM  
TehNacho: When my cellphone goes off within 3 feet of the speakers or my headphones they go farking crazy too. I thought again, shielding problem with the speakers but it does it with the headphones too.

GSM buzz, it happens. Electromagnetic interference.
 
  2009-03-15 08:07:42 PM  
FuturePastNow: TehNacho: When my cellphone goes off within 3 feet of the speakers or my headphones they go farking crazy too. I thought again, shielding problem with the speakers but it does it with the headphones too.

GSM buzz, it happens. Electromagnetic interference.


Well that's just the thing- prior to this computer- it didn't. My wife has a computer next to mine, and I've had three or four computers at one point or another on the same desk using the same outlets, in the same location with no problems like this. Hers does not do it.
 
  2009-03-16 03:29:34 AM  
both GSM phones here do the same thing to multiple sets of speakers and other noisemakers around the house. Good point about the ferrite beads, I should go pick a few dozen of those up :)

On the RFI thing, is the computer on a UPS, or just a surge protector? A UPS might better isolate the computer from the other stuff making your house AC noisy.

Even premium mobos can have cheap audio chips.

Anyone seen any desktop speakers w/ SP/DIF optical inputs? That'd sure solve the problem :)
 
  2009-03-16 10:06:16 AM  
Mike

Anyone seen any desktop speakers w/ SP/DIF optical inputs? That'd sure solve the problem :)


Sort of.
Those 5.1 systems for PCs have them for connecting the PC with the subwoofer/decoder/boxThingee.
Maybe the boxThingee contains magic so that the connections between boxThingee and satellite speakers aren't affected as much.
 
  2009-03-16 06:31:52 PM  
Mike: both GSM phones here do the same thing to multiple sets of speakers and other noisemakers around the house. Good point about the ferrite beads, I should go pick a few dozen of those up :)

On the RFI thing, is the computer on a UPS, or just a surge protector? A UPS might better isolate the computer from the other stuff making your house AC noisy.

Even premium mobos can have cheap audio chips.

Anyone seen any desktop speakers w/ SP/DIF optical inputs? That'd sure solve the problem :)


Hmm... it's on a surge protector, not a UPS. The thing about UPS's is that they are godawful expensive for the enterprise class and I have heard nothing but bad things about the consumer grade stuff.

The power supply is a thermaltake toughpower 700 watt jobby.
 
  2009-03-16 11:44:20 PM  
Mike: both GSM phones here do the same thing to multiple sets of speakers and other noisemakers around the house. Good point about the ferrite beads, I should go pick a few dozen of those up :)

On the RFI thing, is the computer on a UPS, or just a surge protector? A UPS might better isolate the computer from the other stuff making your house AC noisy.

Even premium mobos can have cheap audio chips.

Anyone seen any desktop speakers w/ SP/DIF optical inputs? That'd sure solve the problem :)


Do you think a USB headset would solve the problem too... I hear that drivers and support for USB headsets are still not great...
 
  2009-03-17 04:54:22 AM  
I just bought a USB headset (specifically for Left 4 Dead) and don't have any problems with it
 
  2009-03-18 12:56:52 AM  
I wonder if I can have better luck here...

Fresh install of ubuntu 8.10, and all updates, on a rather old-ish [AMD +3800/biostar MB/Nvidia 7950] machine. Locks up (no mouse/keyboard input) and requires a hard reset often. Like, sometimes 2 minutes after a start-up, sometimes 2 hours. Hardly ever longer than that. It did it almost instantly when I had the wifi enabled (d-link b/g/n DWA-552), but have it on a hardline now and that helps (by putting off lock-ups somewhat). Ubuntu forums have for once been less than helpful. I just use linux--haven't enough exposure yet to really be able to troubleshoot stuff very well on my own. Found many posts with the same problems, but no solutions yet.

Currently have desktop effects enabled, but the freezes happened regardless of whether they were on or off. Could be firefox... Seems like it happens mostly when I'm browsing. Any ideas or better approaches to the googles?
 
  2009-03-18 12:59:44 AM  
Oh, and the same machine ran XP with no major screw-ups for a long time, up until I formatted the HDD, and I generally take pretty good care of hardware.
 
  2009-03-18 09:52:21 AM  
gayb - just for giggles I'd recommend running memtest to make sure your memory is ok. (When you boot from an install disk one of the options should be "Test Memory" or something like that)

It would be helpful if we knew the whole OS was locked up or if it's just a matter of X crashing. I'd say if the whole OS is locked up it's more likely to be a hardware problem but if it's just X crashing it's probably just a software problem.

So how do you tell? Well, the next time it locks up press ALT and F4 (or maybe it's ALT and F8). This should change your screen to a terminal login screen. If this works just log in with your usual username and password then type "sudo poweroff" or "sudo reboot" to power off the machine or reboot it.

If it turns out to be a software problem I think my recommendation would be to fall back to 8.04 - it's a Long Term Support release so it'll be supported until April 2011 which is longer than 8.10 will be supported (April 2010). If that's not an option I'm afraid I don't have any other suggestions other than "wait until somebody fixes the problem" which isn't very helpful.

Just out of curiosity - do you have these lockups when you boot from a Live CD of 8.10? If yes, what about a Live CD of 8.04 (or even some other distribution)?
 
  2009-03-18 08:48:19 PM  
Benny_Hill: Just out of curiosity - do you have these lockups when you boot from a Live CD of 8.10? If yes, what about a Live CD of 8.04 (or even some other distribution)?

Doesn't lock up when I run the 8.10 live CD (USB, actually). I'd let you know how it behaves by trying those commands you suggested, except that it stayed on and working all day while I was a work. Hot damn. It'll probably start acting up again tonight though, and then we'll see. Maybe it fixed itself, but that seems rather unlikely, unless a recent update took care of it.

Oh, and the memory checked out fine. Thanks for the suggestions. Will try them if needed.
 
  2009-03-19 04:14:05 PM  
I know someone using Outlook Express, (yes I know the problems, no I don't know why they use it). After downloading new emails from the server, OE will start removing any read messages from the inbox. Say 5 emails are downloaded, the last one ends up being read by default because of the reading pane. If you close and then reopen OE or just move to a folder other than the inbox and then back to the inbox. The read email will be gone. This will happen until all five of the emails are gone. They're not in any of the other folders that I can find including the deleted folder. I did not see any rules set up that would be doing this. Any ideas???

Thanks for any help.
 
  2009-03-19 04:24:52 PM  
Never mind. I just found what happened. I never knew there was an option to only view unread messages. Thanks anyways.
 
  2009-03-20 03:17:32 PM  
I don't get the Sci-fi channel where I live and living off the BSG episodes posted on the website, which is on a delay. I don't want to check out any official websites on this for fear the pages will be festooned with spoilers, so could someone please tell me if tonight's episode is the very last one, without divulging anything related to the plot?
 
  2009-03-20 05:08:37 PM  
N. S. Radieaux
someone please tell me if tonight's episode is the very last one, without divulging anything related to the plot?

According to a site with air dates: yes.
Apparently the last episode is a three-parter and the first part was aired last week while part two and three are both scheduled for today(-ish, depending on your time zone and warez site ;-P) .
 
  2009-03-20 06:20:07 PM  
Thanks Vo'D, I'll plan accordingly.
 
  2009-03-20 06:31:56 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: I don't get the Sci-fi channel where I live and living off the BSG episodes posted on the website, which is on a delay. I don't want to check out any official websites on this for fear the pages will be festooned with spoilers, so could someone please tell me if tonight's episode is the very last one, without divulging anything related to the plot?

Yes, tonight is the series finale. It's also two hours (or, rather, 90 minutes of show and 30 minutes of ads).
 
  2009-03-20 10:56:17 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: without divulging anything related to the plot?

Bruce Willis was a dead person, Jack dies, Bambi's mom is shot, and it was his sled.

But on a more serious note;

So, my PSP can apparently do WMA files after an update. I don't know anyone with a reliable wireless internet connection to do the update. What I need is either a program which will convert WMA's to MP3's, or a way of updating the PSP via memory stick or USB connection. I will spare you the details as to why I have 8gb of music in WMA format and as to why Winlame/Winamp won't work.
 
  2009-03-21 06:35:08 AM  
TehNacho: What I need is either a program which will convert WMA's to MP3's,

Try Jet Audio, you can get it from FOSI if you are a cheap bastard.
 
  2009-03-21 08:59:26 AM  
TehNacho: which will convert WMA's to MP3's

although i generally dislike iTunes, it will do this.
 
  2009-03-21 10:10:00 AM  
TehNacho
convert WMA's to MP3's

How about free software doing "anything to anything"?

-> http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/index.htm

There's even a special PSP version

Supported Fomats

* MP3, Vorbis, AAC, AAC+/HE-AAC, AAC+v2/HE-AAC v2, MusePack, Speex, AMR, WMA, RealAudio, mp3PRO*
* FLAC, WavPack, Monkey's Audio, OptimFrog, AAC Lossless, TTA, WAV/PCM, Waveform
* H.264, XviD, DivX, MPEG 1/2/4, Theora, Flash Video, Dirac, 3ivx*, RealVideo*, Windows Media Video
* AVI, MPEG/VOB, Matroska, MP4, PMP, RealMedia*, ASF, Quicktime*, OGM*
* CD, DVD, VCD, SVCD, CUESheet*, HTTP*, FTP*, RTSP*, UDP*

* supported as input only
 
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