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  2008-08-08 01:33:59 AM  
We just got some HP laptops in with Vista Business licenses.

However, they also came with pre-activated XP Pro CDs, and a full set of XP drivers. Thanks HP!
 
  2008-08-08 01:45:36 AM  
Here's a question from a compatriot

"what native application can I use in mac os 10 to do text editing with syntax highlighting (which has optionally an intergrated terminal)?
I have a programming competition to go to and,.. well... they putting us on mac os 10"


he's not allowed to install extra software.
 
  2008-08-08 01:50:22 AM  
(it's 10.5.4 they're getting)
 
  2008-08-08 03:47:40 AM  
No_47: Here's a question from a compatriot

"what native application can I use in mac os 10 to do text editing with syntax highlighting (which has optionally an intergrated terminal)?
I have a programming competition to go to and,.. well... they putting us on mac os 10"

he's not allowed to install extra software.


Terminal.app-vim and emacs. I don't know what else he could possibly need.
 
  2008-08-08 12:55:56 PM  
Fenis-Wolf
Terminal.app-vim and emacs. I don't know what else he could possibly need.

A cheat sheet with the basic commands for them. Like:

ESC-:-Ctrl-Shift-AltGr-Meta-x-}-z-T-N-Enter - launches tactical nukes at each country whose TLD is highlighted in the current buffer
 
  2008-08-08 02:30:18 PM  
I hope some one can point me in the right direction. I received a PSP as a gift. I am trying to hook it up to my wireless router (linksys wrt54g) but I keep getting "A connection error has occurred. The attempt to obtain the IP address timed out." error. I have googled this, but nothing I try does any good. Thanks.
 
  2008-08-08 05:19:23 PM  
Snug Tight: I hope some one can point me in the right direction. I received a PSP as a gift. I am trying to hook it up to my wireless router (linksys wrt54g) but I keep getting "A connection error has occurred. The attempt to obtain the IP address timed out." error. I have googled this, but nothing I try does any good. Thanks.

are you sure you've got the settings right?

check the channel and security options.

you can probably check the router's log for information on why it won't let the psp connect
 
  2008-08-08 06:13:04 PM  
No_47: We just got some HP laptops in with Vista Business licenses.

However, they also came with pre-activated XP Pro CDs, and a full set of XP drivers. Thanks HP!


And Microsoft will count them as Vista sales.
 
  2008-08-08 06:47:41 PM  
Snug Tight: I hope some one can point me in the right direction. I received a PSP as a gift. I am trying to hook it up to my wireless router (linksys wrt54g) but I keep getting "A connection error has occurred. The attempt to obtain the IP address timed out." error. I have googled this, but nothing I try does any good. Thanks.

what kind of encryption (if any) do you have on the router? when i tried hooking my psp up to my netgear router with WEP encryption, i had to change it from shared key to open (or maybe it was the other way around, i'm not at home) before my psp could connect.
 
  2008-08-08 07:10:06 PM  
FuturePastNow:
And Microsoft will count them as Vista sales.


Yeah, they will.
But the client will be all "Oh thank god we don't need to upgrade our entire software library" and will be extremely pleased with us.
 
  2008-08-08 08:59:34 PM  
A couple more questions:

-- Is the Time Capsule worth the money if I'll only use it with one mac, and only use it for Time Machine?

-- Which firewalls and/or antivirus wares would you recommend for Windows XP (situated in a Boot Camp iMac)? Say -- none of them would be... free, by any chance, would they?
 
  2008-08-08 11:15:26 PM  
N. S. Radieaux:
-- Is the Time Capsule worth the money if I'll only use it with one mac, and only use it for Time Machine?


No. Time machine works any any random external hard drive. You can't use the drive for anything else, though.

As far as Windows security:
AVG. Zonealarm.
 
  2008-08-09 01:53:38 AM  
N. S. Radieaux: -- Is the Time Capsule worth the money if I'll only use it with one mac, and only use it for Time Machine?

The Time Capsule isn't worth the money under any circumstances.

-- Which firewalls and/or antivirus wares would you recommend for Windows XP (situated in a Boot Camp iMac)? Say -- none of them would be... free, by any chance, would they?

AVG Free antivirus. Don't bother with a firewall, the one built into Windows is good enough. ZoneAlarm is a pain in the ass.
 
  2008-08-09 04:41:20 AM  
FuturePastNow: Don't bother with a firewall, the one built into Windows is good enough. ZoneAlarm is a pain in the ass.

for the record, I agree with this completely
 
  2008-08-09 12:00:28 PM  
No_47

I think I have the settings correct. It should be simple to set up. I have tried a few different ways, but still get the same error. I will check out the router log. Thanks.

AesopRock_00

I am using WEP. I will play around with different encryptions it in the next few days.

I guess I really don't need to get on line with it at home. I just thought it would be fun to play around with. They gave me the PSP to do someting during chemo treatments. I go back to Barnes-Jewish next Wed. and they have a unsecured network so I will try it there to see what happens.
 
  2008-08-09 02:00:44 PM  
No_47: for the record, I agree with this completely

Especially if you've got a router that cost more than $40.
 
  2008-08-09 05:01:00 PM  
thinking of upgrading some of the electronics at the house, any suggestions?

already had to replace the tv, but any suggestions on a dvd player? one that has hdmi out? or do ya think i should just go for the media center pc instead?

what about for the home theater system? I need to replace the receiver from an all in one, with something else. The existing speakers are just bare wire end plug ins, no connectors
 
  2008-08-09 07:07:02 PM  
Snug Tight: I go back to Barnes-Jewish next Wed. and they have a unsecured network so I will try it there to see what happens.

you shouldn't have any problems connecting to an unsecure network with the PSP

/hope the chemo goes quickly
 
  2008-08-09 09:04:45 PM  
Open_Mouth_Inert_Foot: or do ya think i should just go for the media center pc instead?

Yes. With a fanless video card that has DVI- or HDMI-out, you'll be able to make DVDs look and play as good it gets, plus you'll be ready to go to Blue Ray by putting in a BR optical drive whenever you get around to it (if you want to).

I set up an home theatre PC last year, and suddenly our dvd player never got used again. Eventually we got rid of it, and have never looked back. And using VLC with a mouse (or rumble pad!!!) is a trillion googol times better than stumbling around with a DVD remote and laggy firmware.

Found a good sound card which we coupled with a receiver to give us high definition sound. Love it.
 
  2008-08-10 12:03:10 AM  
Hmm..

I hate that there's only one television carrier for the Olympics in the US.

I don't have a TV, so there's the internet.

Microsoft is in bed with NBC. You can't even watch the videos without using XP, Vista or a Mac. I have none of the above. User Agent Switcher was built for just such an emergency.

IE as XP or Vista try to stream WMP. When I set my user agent to Safari 3 or Firefox on Windows I'm told that I have to download MS' ass-tastic Silverlight program.

All I wanted was to watch the Judo competitions :/

Screw it, it'll be on YouTube before morning...

Still though, this monopoly bullshiat is obnoxious.
 
  2008-08-10 12:15:18 AM  
gayb: Open_Mouth_Inert_Foot: or do ya think i should just go for the media center pc instead?

Yes. With a fanless video card that has DVI- or HDMI-out, you'll be able to make DVDs look and play as good it gets, plus you'll be ready to go to Blue Ray by putting in a BR optical drive whenever you get around to it (if you want to).

I set up an home theatre PC last year, and suddenly our dvd player never got used again. Eventually we got rid of it, and have never looked back. And using VLC with a mouse (or rumble pad!!!) is a trillion googol times better than stumbling around with a DVD remote and laggy firmware.

Found a good sound card which we coupled with a receiver to give us high definition sound. Love it.


any vendors to recomend, or should i just build it myself?
 
  2008-08-10 02:01:36 AM  
Open_Mouth_Inert_Foot: any vendors to recomend, or should i just build it myself?

I'd just build it myself. A 780G mobo would work well for this, HDMI out and no need for a separate video card (unless you want to play games on your HDTV).
 
  2008-08-10 05:51:00 AM  
FuturePastNow: I'd just build it myself. A 780G mobo would work well for this, HDMI out and no need for a separate video card (unless you want to play games on your HDTV).

Seconded. I bought a midrange 8-series card for about $40 that can handle a whole pile of (mostly older) games, even though it's not that important to me.

It's pretty quiet now, with no fans except for the power supply, but if I could do anything over it would be to get a case made to be extra-quiet. But a HTPC can be made cheaply.

By the way, can anyone actually recommend a good, especially quiet pc box? Regular ATX form factor, nothing small or shaped funny.
 
  2008-08-10 12:19:20 PM  
gayb: By the way, can anyone actually recommend a good, especially quiet pc box? Regular ATX form factor, nothing small or shaped funny.

The Antec Sonata is great, very quiet although to make it truly silent its fan and power supply would need to be replaced (you can buy scratch-and-dent cases without power supplies really cheap from Antec's online store).
 
  2008-08-10 12:56:29 PM  
FuturePastNow: gayb: By the way, can anyone actually recommend a good, especially quiet pc box? Regular ATX form factor, nothing small or shaped funny.

The Antec Sonata is great, very quiet although to make it truly silent its fan and power supply would need to be replaced (you can buy scratch-and-dent cases without power supplies really cheap from Antec's online store).


35 bucks, not too bad

Link (new window)
 
  2008-08-10 03:02:09 PM  
Open_Mouth_Inert_Foot: 35 bucks, not too bad

That's the original Sonata, which isn't as quiet as the current model, but is very good.

Add a PSU w/ a 120mm fan, a quiet CPU fan, and a passive video card, and you'll have a computer that can't be heard over the background.
 
  2008-08-10 07:37:39 PM  
FuturePastNow: The Antec Sonata is great, very quiet although to make it truly silent its fan and power supply would need to be replaced (you can buy scratch-and-dent cases without power supplies really cheap from Antec's online store).

thanks.
 
  2008-08-11 06:08:13 PM  
anyone getting a lot of Gmail server errors lately?
 
  2008-08-12 09:15:58 AM  
I'm having a bit of a nuisance with some Java programming. There are some websites I'd like to be able to connect to to gather statistics and data with a program, but unfortunately they read my program as something like an email-crawler, or other bad program. I'm assuming its because I'm not sending any browser-specific headers along with my connection. Would anyone happen to know how to send those headers?

I'm connecting by using an URL object in an URLConnection object that is read by an InputStreamReader which is utilized by a BufferedReader, but I think the only pertinent part is the URLConnection. Any ideas or advice given would be greatly appreciated, as this is a hole I've been stuck in for awhile.

Thanks
 
  2008-08-12 02:21:53 PM  
tehhunter: I'm having a bit of a nuisance with some Java programming. There are some websites I'd like to be able to connect to to gather statistics and data with a program, but unfortunately they read my program as something like an email-crawler, or other bad program. I'm assuming its because I'm not sending any browser-specific headers along with my connection. Would anyone happen to know how to send those headers?

I'm connecting by using an URL object in an URLConnection object that is read by an InputStreamReader which is utilized by a BufferedReader, but I think the only pertinent part is the URLConnection. Any ideas or advice given would be greatly appreciated, as this is a hole I've been stuck in for awhile. Thanks


You want to use Jakarta HttpClient (new window) instead as the UrlConnection doesn't seem to implement that functionality. Here's (new window) a link to a tutorial on working with Java URL Classes.
 
  2008-08-12 02:58:47 PM  
AesopRock_00: anyone getting a lot of Gmail server errors lately?

I had a few "page can't be displayed" yesterday but has been working ok today.
 
  2008-08-12 04:48:04 PM  
gayb: By the way, can anyone actually recommend a good, especially quiet pc box? Regular ATX form factor, nothing small or shaped funny.

FuturePastNow: The Antec Sonata is great...

The Sonata cases are very nice looking. The quietest case I own though is an Enermax Chakra. The 250mm fan moves a lot of air but is very quiet.
 
  2008-08-12 08:17:21 PM  
Benny_Hill: The Sonata cases are very nice looking. The quietest case I own though is an Enermax Chakra. The 250mm fan moves a lot of air but is very quiet.

According the newegg overview, I should be examining the case with my penis...? Well, that's what I do with all my cases, so no problem then. hahaha
 
  2008-08-13 04:08:54 PM  
So I've been looking at buying a new digital camera. So far I like the look of Canon's PowerShot A650. (I definitely want a camera that runs off AA batteries)

This Canon will take either an SD or MMC card. What kind of trade offs am I looking at choosing one over the other? Which is faster?

I ask because one of my biggest complaints about the Kodak camera I have now is that I can't take multiple pictures very quickly. I'm assuming one of the things that affects that is how fast the flash media is. (My biggest complaint is the Kodak sucks batteries dry very, very quickly)

Looking around at NewEgg I noticed that one of the SD cards mentioned it doesn't require any power - do SD and/or MMC cards normally require power?
 
  2008-08-13 04:40:27 PM  
Benny_Hill: This Canon will take either an SD or MMC card.

SD cards are better. Bigger, faster, more secure. The cards look identical and go in the same slot, anything that takes one will take the other.
 
  2008-08-13 05:16:40 PM  
I'm actually not too bad at system repair, but this issue has me stumped. I mean really stumped. I can't use DVI mode on my computer anymore. Just VGA. How annoying.

This means that I have to do weird things like unplug then replug in my monitor when my system restarts or all I see is total blackness, and the fact that I can no longer run a second output (a projector) from the computer, and web pages scroll VERY VERY slowly. Irritating.

Is it the monitor? The video card? Windows XP pro? I have no idea.

I have these things: another HD Spectre monitor. Another video card. A brand new driver from ATI which, when installed, causes complete blackout of monitor while system apparently starts fine (in darkness). I uninstall it, and the computer starts (in darkness, until I unplug it and plug it in again), but then identifies TWO new pieces of hardware and asks if I want to install drivers, which I cancel out of for reasons above.

I don't have: a copy of Win XP Pro on disk - just a directory on the computer that supposedly allows me to reinstall windows from scratch. I can't figure out how to use the damn thing. It's a legal copy.

I just want to work in DVI mode again, and don't know how to fix the problem. Any suggestions? Reinstall system? How? Driver problems? How can I tell the problem? This is damn frustrating.
 
  2008-08-13 07:07:20 PM  
Yes! The PSP works at hospital. Slow as shiat, but I am Farking.
 
  2008-08-13 07:57:14 PM  
FuturePastNow: SD cards are better. Bigger, faster, more secure.

Ah, thanks :-)
 
  2008-08-13 08:03:56 PM  
tehhunterI'm assuming its because I'm not sending any browser-specific headers along with my connection. Would anyone happen to know how to send those headers?

I'm not quite sure whether it was SUN's API or the Jakarta HttpClient, but one or both of them will send a default User-Agent in the header identifying the request as being made by a Java program - which some websites might consider to be a bot, blocking the requests automatically.

If you are not using the Jakarta HttpClient, you might want to look at URLConnection.setRequestProperty(String,String) to set a (different) value for "user-agent".
 
  2008-08-13 08:44:55 PM  
Snug Tight: Yes! The PSP works at hospital. Slow as shiat, but I am Farking.

glad to hear it

Does the psp have flash playing yet?
 
  2008-08-13 08:57:12 PM  
I am going to be rebuilding Honestjuans.com in Dreamweaver- I built it initially about 3 years ago with the help of a guide and then finally after 6 months live I hired someone to build it for me. I ended up keeping the domain name but stopped getting it hosted because of money problems, but plan to re-open with a better layout within the next year.

Long story shorter though- the guide said that XML was the "wave of the future" and that all that we build would be XML soon. Is this the case or is there another language to be used now? PHP was getting popular for forum building when I finalized my site but I'm not sure if it's ever used for a regular site anymore. I know a lot of folks are designing sites mostly with Flash but I can't afford a copy and couldn't figure out how to get Swift (a flash copy) to work.

Of course I'm working with Dreamweaver 2004...
 
  2008-08-13 09:12:05 PM  
no. it is a pain in the ass to use. Wish I would have brought the laptop.
 
  2008-08-13 09:31:16 PM  
CLIFF NOTES:
Say, has anyone here experience with virtual private server hosting plans?
I'm a bit confused why entry level VPS plans seem to be cheaper than "normal hosting" plans with limit databases and an option for a private or even a shared Tomcat - after all, if I have a vserver, I should be able to install all the databases or Tomcats I want.

Is that confusion just due to me as a geek valuing the flexibility/independence of a VPS plan higher (e.g. cherry-picking the software versions I want to run) than the "convenience" of not bothering with server administration and living within some pre-configured software package?

Anyone know some good/cheap plans NOT in Germany?

TOLSTOY
About a year ago I wrote some Java webapp (free imagehost load balancer, mainly for Fark photoshoppers -> see profile) and found a nice entry level hosting plan with a comparatively cheap Tomcat option:
~$12.50/month for:
one .de domain, private Tomcat on a (shared) Tomcat cluster, 200MB storage, 20GB traffic, one MySQL DB (80MB size limit IIRC) and email/subdomains/pre-installed software yaddayadda not really relevant to my interests.

Since that webapp isn't really used (okay, I didn't pimp it that much) and my pre-paid Tomcat plan is running out, I'm thinking about terminating it entirely.
But then again, it looks like for about $2 more I can get a vserver with a lot more bang for those two bucks (e.g. 10GB storage, 300GB traffic, own IP address, maybe even more RAM and - if I understand vserver hosting correctly - all the Tomcats, databases and whatnot I want to install).
That's somewhat tempting.

It would be even more tempting if I were able to get a vserver in a different country than Germany as I might then add some features into that webapp that might get people to use it more.
(In Germany, the ambulance chasers have found the internet and are busy sending out very costly blackmail C&D letters to German websites for various ridiculous reasons)
 
  2008-08-14 02:47:43 AM  
TehNacho: Words

The PHP and MySQL combination is still fine for most sites. I am sure someone has a really strong opinion of Ruby on Rails, too. XML is an excellent format for text/info/whatever but ultimately you'd most likely be using server side scripting language (PERL, PHP, .net) to integrate it with your site unless you go for one of those offbeat languages that sound like an Irish separatist group. Keep it simple.

If you are looking to add a forum, try googling phpBBB. It's decent, easy to use and isn't the most unsecure thing out there (but stay on top of security updates at your peril!)

Flash still sucks for anything not entertainment related and is still a great way to stop people from visiting your site unless you have video and then it's great.

If you are designing a simple site with some pages with info and pics and all, you want a book called CSS: The Missing Manual (new window). Spend a week or so on it, dick around with the examples and fly little bird, fly!
 
  2008-08-14 08:46:06 AM  
TehNacho: Long story shorter though- the guide said that XML was the "wave of the future" and that all that we build would be XML soon. Is this the case or is there another language to be used now? PHP was getting popular for forum building when I finalized my site but I'm not sure if it's ever used for a regular site anymore. I know a lot of folks are designing sites mostly with Flash but I can't afford a copy and couldn't figure out how to get Swift (a flash copy) to work.

Of course I'm working with Dreamweaver 2004...


PHP is still extremely popular. Flash only sites are almost always a Bad Idea ™

Tell Dreamweaver you want to create a XHTML 1.0 strict site.

In other words, I second everything SockMonkeyHolocaust said.
 
  2008-08-14 12:07:18 PM  
Brodan: I'm actually not too bad at system repair, but this issue has me stumped. I mean really stumped. I can't use DVI mode on my computer anymore. Just VGA. How annoying.

Probably video driver. The trick is to find some way to completely blow out all of just the ATI stuff and reinstall it from scratch. Or if your other spare card is nVidia, that's worth a shot.
 
  2008-08-14 02:10:34 PM  
test post. please ignore.

/this testing is ISO 99001:01 compliant
 
  2008-08-14 02:21:43 PM  
trapped-in-CH: please ignore.

That's pretty much impossible. Test out this link.
 
  2008-08-14 09:18:41 PM  
gayb: trapped-in-CH: please ignore.

That's pretty much impossible. Test out this link.


it's almost like people don't read the farq

at all
 
  2008-08-14 09:43:04 PM  
trapped-in-CH: please ignore.

I refuse!
 
  2008-08-15 01:10:57 AM  
Probably the wrong spot to post this but wtf.. every time I try to view a YouTube clip in the Video tab, I get the 'We're sorry, this video is no longer available' message. But if I go to the YouTube link it works just fine. Any ideas?
 
  2008-08-15 01:25:44 AM  
BStorm: Probably the wrong spot to post this but wtf.. every time I try to view a YouTube clip in the Video tab, I get the 'We're sorry, this video is no longer available' message. But if I go to the YouTube link it works just fine. Any ideas?

delete your cache and cookies
 
  2008-08-15 01:36:01 AM  
No_47: delete your cache and cookies

First thing I tried. Just ran into the problem on another site though, so it's obviously something to do with my computer and the embedded viewers themselves, not Fark. Going to try deleting and reinstalling Flash next.
 
  2008-08-15 02:26:27 AM  
What browser/OS?
 
  2008-08-15 02:29:40 AM  
No_47
gayb: trapped-in-CH: please ignore.
That's pretty much impossible. Test out this link.
it's almost like people don't read the farq
at all


it's not impossible. for a few days now my account / IP address has been flagged as a "spam" IP by the fark server/admins/gods and thus all my posts were invisible. Not seen by anyone except me - and only when I signed into my account. I twigged on it for two reasons - no one was responding to my comments (I'm boring but not that boring), and when I went back looking for my post, I wouldn't find my original comment, until I signed in. a lovely moderator/admin fixed it for me and I'm visible again.

Posting in a "private" thread would defeat the point of finding out if I'm still invisible, wouldn't it? And no fun. And the best way (in this crowd) to get a response is to tell everyone not to respond. Whole wack of mismatchers on this site. Rebels one and all.
 
  2008-08-15 02:56:50 AM  
I don't like you.
 
  2008-08-15 11:04:56 AM  
trapped-in-CH: for a few days now my account / IP address has been flagged as a "spam" IP by the fark server/admins/gods

Oh, I see. Don't mistake my words for annoyance though. Just trying to be helpful. We probably need to start a fund to get No_47 some therapy though. Heh.
 
  2008-08-15 06:36:27 PM  
any good open-source/freeware DVR software out there? For XP. I guess a tuner card should go with it, obviously, but I don't know anything about those. Do they support HD content yet?
 
  2008-08-15 08:43:33 PM  
gayb: any good open-source/freeware DVR software out there? For XP. I guess a tuner card should go with it, obviously, but I don't know anything about those. Do they support HD content yet?

MediaPortal
 
  2008-08-15 08:47:29 PM  
gayb: any good open-source/freeware DVR software out there? For XP. I guess a tuner card should go with it, obviously, but I don't know anything about those. Do they support HD content yet?

Any way you can get away from the XP part? Mythbuntu is great but only for Linux. HD is supported (though that's really up to your hardware rather than the software - you'll need a HD capture card).
 
  2008-08-15 11:43:34 PM  
gayb
Oh, I see. Don't mistake my words for annoyance though. Just trying to be helpful. We probably need to start a fund to get No_47 some therapy though. Heh.

None taken. where do I send the cheque for No_47's happy fund?
 
  2008-08-16 02:11:28 AM  
No_47: What browser/OS?

IE6 & XP SP2. It's something farked up on this particular computer, doesn't happen on any other computer I've tried. I'll probably just wipe and reinstall, it's about time for it anyway.
 
  2008-08-16 10:44:02 AM  
Benny_Hill: Any way you can get away from the XP part? Mythbuntu is great but only for Linux. HD is supported (though that's really up to your hardware rather than the software - you'll need a HD capture card).

I'll keep that in mind for myself, but I'm asking for a friend.

FuturePastNow: MediaPortal

kewl. thanks.
 
  2008-08-16 04:34:14 PM  
Ok guys-

one of the coworkers of my wife bought a computer at a garage sale... it's a windows 98 box with XP installed and a 566 mhz processor, 64mb of ram, and dialup modem... they brought it to me because my wife told them I was a computer whiz and they couldn't use it because it's locked up. There are four accounts. Two of them are email addresses, one is "owner" and one is "guest." I can go into the guest account just fine without a password, all others are password protected. The guest account is just that- it's got pretty much no rights to do anything- the computer does not have works or word (which was the whole reason that they bought it) and I have old copies of works that I would like to put on it just so he has something better than notepad but at the same time, I can't install it without access to an admins account.

I've tried "password" but am all out of ideas. How can I recover this machine for them?

I have XP CDs but I do not have the XP cd used for the install on this computer. Will I be able to do a restore from one of my XP CDs or does Micro$oft not like this?
 
  2008-08-16 04:43:22 PM  
TehNacho: I have XP CDs but I do not have the XP cd used for the install on this computer. Will I be able to do a restore from one of my XP CDs or does Micro$oft not like this?

For that old of a computer, I suggest you obtain a Windows 2000 CD somewhere.
 
  2008-08-16 05:41:36 PM  
TehNacho
I have XP CDs but I do not have the XP cd used for the install on this computer. Will I be able to do a restore from one of my XP CDs or does Micro$oft not like this?

That sounds like they wouldn't even like the current setup, so I wouldn't pay that much attention to it (I assume not having the install CD also means not having the serial, certificate of authenticity or whatever else makes a Windows install legit in MS' eyes).
..unless you mean more practical aspects of "not like this", like having to deal with that newer activation and "Genuine Advantage" crap.


I've tried "password" but am all out of ideas. How can I recover this machine for them?

You could try "administrator" with a blank password. :)

But there are tools to reset Windows passwords.
For example, the Ultimate Boot CD comes with a tool named Offline NT password and registry editor
 
  2008-08-16 05:47:59 PM  
The Voice of Doom: But there are tools to reset Windows passwords.
For example, the Ultimate Boot CD comes with a tool named Offline NT password and registry editor


you can download it as a stand-alone (new window), too:
 
  2008-08-16 06:10:56 PM  
The Voice of Doom:

But there are tools to reset Windows passwords.
For example, the Ultimate Boot CD comes with a tool named Offline NT password and registry editor


I am going to give Ultimate Boot CD a try. With all the crap loaded with it, it sounds like I can have fun if it works or not.
 
  2008-08-16 06:23:47 PM  
The Voice of Doom:

But there are tools to reset Windows passwords.
For example, the Ultimate Boot CD comes with a tool named Offline NT password and registry editor


Oh. Your. God. It took less than 10 minutes to D/L burn the CD, use the tool, change the passwords, and login.

You, are one of Americas greatest heroes.
 
  2008-08-16 06:36:23 PM  
Crap. Now it's looping Automatic updates. It tells me that the system has an update that is ready and needs to be installed. Then, when it is nearly finished, it tells me that the update is in "an unstable state" and to continue I must uninstall SP2.

Can I burn SP2 to a CD?
 
  2008-08-16 07:54:00 PM  
I can't uninstall SP2 because it hangs up, but the update that is looping tells me it will continue to check for failed installs of SP2 until I uninstall, and I think that the uninstall is failing because of the damned update. ARG.
 
  2008-08-17 12:57:11 AM  
Is Wikipedia being epic slow for everyone or just me? Has anyone else noticed?
 
  2008-08-17 11:19:56 AM  
Stratigus64: Is Wikipedia being epic slow for everyone or just me? Has anyone else noticed?

not slow for me.
 
  2008-08-17 12:11:54 PM  
Satellite observators are saying there should be video on this page: http://www.irinn.ir/Default.aspx?TabId=15&nid=97145, is anyone able to see it? Source doesn't reveal anything to me (see Iran launch thread here). TIA!
 
  2008-08-17 01:58:10 PM  
flexflint: Satellite observators are saying there should be video on this page: http://www.irinn.ir/Default.aspx?TabId=15&nid=97145, is anyone able to see it? Source doesn't reveal anything to me (see Iran launch thread here). TIA!

Video found, see thread. (at least I'm assuming it's the same one).
 
  2008-08-17 09:05:13 PM  
TehNacho: I can't uninstall SP2 because it hangs up, but the update that is looping tells me it will continue to check for failed installs of SP2 until I uninstall, and I think that the uninstall is failing because of the damned update. ARG.

try this

http://wiki.castlecops.com/Windows_Update_Fix
 
  2008-08-18 06:21:09 PM  
Well, I got the one machine working well enough to return it to them.
Now I'm working on an old machine so that I can extend my inventory in Diablo.
I'm running into some problems with this one- I need to set it up for IPX, but for whatever reason I cannot view the network connection. I can access the internet, I can view the computers shared files as a network place, but I just can't view the connections. I've tried the setup wizard a number of different ways and just can't get anything to show the icon, what am I missing?
 
  2008-08-18 07:20:55 PM  
Holy crap- now I've found a way for it to display an internet connection, but it disappears from the network connection area after about 5 minutes. Before it disappears after right clicking and trying to check the status the dialog box that appears flashes for random lengths of time (between about a second and 4 seconds). I found under a menu somewhere once that local area connection 3 is working, but in that menu I'm not able to do anything, and the menus where I can do stuff there are no connections visible.

When I go to I.P. Config in the Run line, the black box opens and then immediately closes, just like the status box.
 
  2008-08-18 08:20:10 PM  
run "cmd" from the Run line instead, then do ipconfig there.
 
  2008-08-18 08:58:32 PM  
Mike: run "cmd" from the Run line instead, then do ipconfig there.

Well, ipconfig shows what looks to be a dandy IP address for "local area connection three" but I can't find this connection anywhere. It's obviously working to some extent because I can get online, and shared folders exist... but I can't configure it in any way shape or form.

Where can I find it so I can configure it?
 
  2008-08-18 10:04:41 PM  
Using the Power of Fark.

Mechanical Question:

I want to build a sun-tracking mirror to reflect sunlight through my window all day long. The tracking mirror part is easy. But how do I keep the sunlight pointed in my window?

My thought is the primary mirror would be set at 45 degrees to the sun. It would deflect light to a secondary mirror that would remain on target. How do I maintain the orientation of the secondary mirror?

My idea looked something like a geostationry satallite. 1 fixed gear, one free gear, separated by an arm carrying both axis, both on a single plane, both of equal size, looped by a chain?

Your inspiration is most welcome!

/Tried answering some forum questions
/No computer kung-fu
 
  2008-08-19 05:47:42 AM  
what about a curved mirror?
 
  2008-08-19 01:00:35 PM  
Are there any free applications for OS X (or maybe XP) that emulate a bulletin board and index cards?
 
  2008-08-20 02:00:00 AM  
N. S. Radieaux: Are there any free applications for OS X (or maybe XP) that emulate a bulletin board and index cards?

Don't know, but you might look here.
 
  2008-08-20 01:22:20 PM  
Hey all. I have a basic question for you, since I know very little about home networking. I currently have a wired network with an XP computer and a 360 connected through a 4-port router. My wife is getting a laptop from her job today, and we'd like to be able to use its wireless capabilities. After googling a bit, I guess I need to get a wireless access point to connect to my router. Is there something else I need to keep in mind? Something else I need to buy? Thanks for the help, I know nothing about wireless networks, really. Oh, and here's what I was planning to buy, if it matters.
 
  2008-08-20 04:39:18 PM  
does anyone know how (or if it's possible) to export emails and contacts from Lotus Notes into an Outlook .pst? our CFO was using Lotus Notes at his last place of employment, and wants to bring his contacts over to us, where we use Outlook. i have his Lotus .nsf database, and i've installed Lotus Notes 7, and imported his database, but i can only export it as "Structured Text" "CSV" or "Tabular Text". any thoughts?

it seems there are pay programs which will convert the .nsf to a .pst, but we'd rather not pay for that.
 
  2008-08-20 04:40:22 PM  
If I was you I'd just reaplce my entire router with a wireless router.
One less bit of junk to worry about.

The only other thing to keep in mind is wireless security. Use WPA.
 
  2008-08-20 04:41:28 PM  
AesopRock_00: does anyone know how (or if it's possible) to export emails and contacts from Lotus Notes into an Outlook .pst? our CFO was using Lotus Notes at his last place of employment, and wants to bring his contacts over to us, where we use Outlook. i have his Lotus .nsf database, and i've installed Lotus Notes 7, and imported his database, but i can only export it as "Structured Text" "CSV" or "Tabular Text". any thoughts?

outlook can import csv files.
 
  2008-08-20 05:00:29 PM  
discgolfguru
I guess I need to get a wireless access point to connect to my router. Is there something else I need to keep in mind? Something else I need to buy? Thanks for the help, I know nothing about wireless networks, really. Oh, and here's what I was planning to buy, if it matters.


No_47
If I was you I'd just reaplce my entire router with a wireless router.

My thoughts, too.
For some reason they even seem to be cheaper?!?:
For example, I use the WRT54G instead of the WAP54G you linked.
 
  2008-08-20 05:06:25 PM  
No_47: outlook can import csv files.

it can, but it seems when i export from Lotus to CSV, it only exports the headers of the emails, and not the entire message. and every program that will just convert the .nsf to a .pst costs like $250+
 
  2008-08-20 06:54:55 PM  
AesopRock_00:
it can, but it seems when i export from Lotus to CSV, it only exports the headers of the emails, and not the entire message. and every program that will just convert the .nsf to a .pst costs like $250+


ouch
 
  2008-08-20 08:39:01 PM  
AesopRock_00
it can, but it seems when i export from Lotus to CSV, it only exports the headers of the emails, and not the entire message. and every program that will just convert the .nsf to a .pst costs like $250+

I think I could do it for less ;)

Idea 1:
Do you have a Lotus Domino server?
Because you can query those with POP3..

Idea 2:
Can you program or does your company have someone who can?
There are some nifty programming APIs to access Notes.
I'm by no way a Notes expert, but 5-6 years ago I did a lot of programming with the Java API for Notes (writing Notes' "Agents" and Servlets that access and work with notes databases).
I think I even wrote an agent to access my mail inbox for fun.

It should be pretty easy to dump those emails and whatever else in that NSF in any format you want; something like:
* some standard call(s) to initialize API-internal stuff
* open the database (nsf)
* do a "database.getAllDocuments()" or something like "database.getDocuments(some query)" and then iterate over the returned DocumentCollection with "getNextDocument()" [back then those collections were linked lists internally, so don't use "getNthDocument(index)" ;-) ]
* each NotesDocument in the collection is just a number of key/value pairs, with keys for emails (probably) being stuff like "Subject", "From" etc.
 
  2008-08-21 02:11:33 AM  
The Voice of Doom: Idea 2:

i'm going to look into this. i've done some programming, but we do also have a site programmer who lives to code, so maybe i can have him help me with something like that. I'll mention it to him. Thanks for the idea.
and Thanks for trying No_47
 
  2008-08-21 02:13:06 AM  
The Voice of Doom: Idea 2:

i'm going to look into this. i've done some programming, but we do also have a site programmer who lives to code, so maybe i can have him help me with something like that. I'll mention it to him. Thanks for the idea.
and Thanks for trying No_47

damnit, the post above is from me. didn't realize my girlfriend was still logged into this computer.
 
  2008-08-21 02:13:51 AM  
really? could i mess that up 3 times in a row? both of the posts above are from me. i'm an idiot.
 
  2008-08-21 04:37:47 AM  
You gotta delete the cookies!
 
  2008-08-21 01:07:55 PM  
AesopRock_00

Since I wasn't sure anymore whether one needs a domino server for the programming approach, I did some googleing out of curiosity and came across this:
Domingo JAVA-API

That (and don't forget to do the "installation" part first) looks like a pretty straightforward example of what I had in mind:
The "Getting Started" part I linked above is pretty much exactly doing (for you) the
* some standard call(s) to initialize API-internal stuff
* open the database (nsf)

part I didn't go into detail about.
 
  2008-08-21 01:33:01 PM  
The "FAIL" tag was a stupid idea. It's a goddamn meme. It's already stale and annoying, and has been for awhile. The Fark brass should know better than this. It is time for a new tag or two, though, I agree. Not that my opinion matters one teeny tiny bit. Maybe the tags are fine.. they just need some makeovers.
 
  2008-08-21 02:28:02 PM  
gayb
The "FAIL" tag was a stupid idea.

I don't care much for its existence, but I think it's bad that its design makes it stand out like a sore thumb (though maybe that's intended):

* most (all? I'm too lazy to look) of the tags without pictures have black as the foreground color and not as the background - except NEWS, I believe
* the font is bolder than the font used in most (all?) of the other tags, including other tags with only a few letters like HERO and SAD
* white on black makes it look like a "FUNERAL" tag; should have switched the color scheme with SAD or something
 
  2008-08-21 02:49:12 PM  
The Voice of Doom: I think it's bad that its design makes it stand out like a sore thumb

that too.
 
  2008-08-21 02:51:26 PM  
Lately Ive been noticing the status bar in the bottom left pulling data from m1.2mdn.net. Usually it just stops the page from being displayed (all I see after 5 mins of waiting is a blank white page). This m1 thing is all over the place, from you tube to yahoo, but does not act in a consistent manner. It seems to be ad related, and I do have adblock running, but sometimes it forcibly takes over, forewarding me to another page, whereupon hitting back just restarts the cycle.

Anyone else experiencing this? Could this be DNS poisoning?
 
  2008-08-21 09:30:23 PM  
Get flashblock-almost all of those m1 transfers are flash ads-by blocking flash my internet browsing speed is amazingly fast.
 
  2008-08-21 10:43:25 PM  
Fenis-Wolf: Get flashblock-almost all of those m1 transfers are flash ads-by blocking flash my internet browsing speed is amazingly fast.

I agree- Flashblock makes an incredible difference to the speed some sites load.
 
  2008-08-22 12:00:14 AM  
TehNacho 2008-08-16
Ok guys-

one of the coworkers of my wife bought a computer at a garage sale... it's a windows 98 box with XP installed and a 566 mhz processor, 64mb of ram, and dialup modem... they brought it to me because my wife told them I was a computer whiz and they couldn't use it because it's locked up. There are four accounts. Two of them are email addresses, one is "owner" and one is "guest." I can go into the guest account just fine without a password, all others are password protected. The guest account is just that- it's got pretty much no rights to do anything- the computer does not have works or word (which was the whole reason that they bought it) and I have old copies of works that I would like to put on it just so he has something better than notepad but at the same time, I can't install it without access to an admins account.

I've tried "password" but am all out of ideas. How can I recover this machine for them?

I have XP CDs but I do not have the XP cd used for the install on this computer. Will I be able to do a restore from one of my XP CDs or does Micro$oft not like this
//

Easy fix,,,,,drop it off a the nearest rooftop, I suggest 5 floors or more, and watch it expload.

//no problemo,,,
 
  2008-08-22 03:32:47 AM  
FuturePastNow: Fenis-Wolf: Get flashblock-almost all of those m1 transfers are flash ads-by blocking flash my internet browsing speed is amazingly fast.

I agree- Flashblock makes an incredible difference to the speed some sites load.


and I just plain don't like flash sh*t loading automatically. I've never been Rick Rolled.
Also, I only get 50GB a month, and every KB counts.
 
  2008-08-22 11:52:28 AM  
No_47: I've never been Rick Rolled.

My god. You've never lived.

I do understand that bandwidth limit though. Sucks. I'll have one that's about 5 or 10 when I'm in oz for a couple months. Lame.
 
  2008-08-22 12:08:26 PM  
No_47: Also, I only get 50GB a month, and every KB counts.

I don't have a limit, but my download speed is so slow I doubt I could get 50GB in a month. So the less crap a page tries to load, the better.
 
  2008-08-23 03:35:30 AM  
basically every internet connection in NZ has a data cap, but as a result we don't really have a traffic shaping, because the data is paid for.

one particular isp has a "torrent" plan where you get 75GB a month between midnight and 8am totally free, and pay something like $1.50/GB at other times.
 
  2008-08-23 01:52:48 PM  
Fenis-Wolf: Get flashblock-almost all of those m1 transfers are flash ads-by blocking flash my internet browsing speed is amazingly fast.

Ugh. I'm viewing this from a Windows PC without flashblock installed, so I'd be getting a kick of these replies if the timing wasn't completely ruined.

/I'd install flashblock, but it's not my computer
 
  2008-08-23 08:55:39 PM  
Ugh, okay this has me farking stumped. So I got nailed with Trojan.Blusod last night. Thought I cleaned everythign out, blew out my Hosts file because it was seriously screwed but everytime I try to go Symantec/Trendmicro/WindowsUpdate/any site in general I get redirected to a spam bullshiat search engine site.

When I ping Trend or Symatec it's going to the loopback address and I can't figure out where else to look. Ran Spybot, Adaware, full symantec scan and I'm still lost.

Any thoughts Farkers?
 
  2008-08-23 10:05:28 PM  
which OS? which browser?
 
  2008-08-23 11:56:38 PM  
ShadowPenguin
everytime I try to go Symantec/Trendmicro/WindowsUpdate/any site in general I get redirected to a spam bullshiat search engine site.

Maybe, instead of using (just) the host file, the thing changed your DNS server settings to use some evil server instead of one from your ISP?
What do your network connection properties or "ipconficg /all" say about that?


When I ping Trend or Symatec it's going to the loopback address and I can't figure out where else to look.

The other thing:
they resolve those sites to your local address but your HTTP requests return some search/spam site?
This could mean that you either have some crap running on port 80 (some light webserver returning that search/spam site) or that your browser is set to use some evil proxy server (local or remote).


I can't figure out where else to look

"Hijack this" might give some additional info.
You could also try some online scanner like kaspersky's here.
(www.kaspersky.com did resolve to 85.12.57.107 for me in case that also gets redirected)
 
  2008-08-24 09:22:35 AM  
Sen. Craig Strikes Again
www.cafepress.com/politicaltalk
 
  2008-08-24 09:29:45 AM  
Ugh; One of my coworkers wanted to find out why his system was slow, so he gave it to me.

Turns out that this mook has McAfee, Eset Security, WinXp Antivirus (which teh googles says is a piece of Malware), and is so decrepit that it will rarely even successfully boot with a keyboard, and maybe one out of four tries will let me boot into the UBCD menus to try out the antivirus suites on it. When I do successfully get into the UBCD menus, either the computer will restart and then boot skipping the CD (which is strange because I've changed the boot sequence to CD drive only, disabling the hard drive on boot) into XP... it was built in 2002... I am going to give it back to him as I found it and tell him that he needs a new computer. The problem is that I can't find one on Dell, after Warranty, for less than 800 bucks. I was hoping I could find him something for about 300 with a warranty and XP...

Anyone know where I could find one?
 
  2008-08-24 11:23:28 AM  
TehNacho - Does he need any files that are on that machine...?

If not, why not just format the drive and put fresh WinXP on? Then grab the drivers from Dell site, do Windows updates, etc.
He will then have a working computer.
 
  2008-08-24 01:15:50 PM  
5 t-shirts: TehNacho - Does he need any files that are on that machine...?

If not, why not just format the drive and put fresh WinXP on? Then grab the drivers from Dell site, do Windows updates, etc.
He will then have a working computer.


I doubt, knowing this guy, that he has the Windows XP cd or even knows what that is. He brought it to me saying that it wouldn't connect to the internet; his wireless network card had fallen out of it's slot. Plus, the machine is over 6 years old. I ran the UBCD hard drive diagnostic and it didn't come up with any errors though, so maybe the drive is still good.

Plus, I'll be spending 2 weeks at the Dell site trying to find those drivers. Dell offers reasonably good driver support- except for old hardware. They give you a list of drivers and make you cherry pick which ones you think will work. I've gotten bad drivers from their site too.
 
  2008-08-24 04:40:15 PM  
Maybe your friend should be using an operating system that he can't break as easily as XP...

Like an Etch-a-Sketch.
 
  2008-08-24 05:03:06 PM  
FuturePastNow: Maybe your friend should be using an operating system that he can't break as easily as XP...

Like an Etch-a-Sketch.


this guy ain't a friend. Personally, I'm thinking about taking up smoking so I have a fire handy to put out in his eye.
 
  2008-08-24 09:27:18 PM  
XP Antivirus is difficult to remove when you're running the OS it's infected. Very difficult due to the drivers it installs. smitfraudfix, combofix an spybot will possibly kill it. The other stuff (real security software) can be turned off in safe mode (in msconfig and services.msc) and then removed once the machine boots.

You don't need his XP CD, just any XP CD that matches the licensed version on the COA.

and Dell has comprehensive driver support.
 
  2008-08-25 02:10:13 PM  
The Voice of Doom: "Hijack this" might give some additional info.
You could also try some online scanner like kaspersky's here.
(www.kaspersky.com did resolve to 85.12.57.107 for me in case that also gets redirected)


Thanks man, but this thing is business critical so I just wiped the whole thing and did a fresh install. I'll keep your post in mind if I run into this kind of thing again.

Regular backups boys and girls, know 'em, live 'em, LOVE 'em.
 
  2008-08-25 08:09:11 PM  
No_47: XP Antivirus is difficult to remove when you're running the OS it's infected. Very difficult due to the drivers it installs. smitfraudfix, combofix an spybot will possibly kill it. The other stuff (real security software) can be turned off in safe mode (in msconfig and services.msc) and then removed once the machine boots.

You don't need his XP CD, just any XP CD that matches the licensed version on the COA.

and Dell has comprehensive driver support.


Turns out the mook has two other computers at home.

He couldn't find his Dell driver CD's or his OS disc; until he finds those I'm not proceeding. He's thinking about getting a new computer.

I would put good money he or one of his family members clicked on one of those "YOUR COMPUTER COULD BE INFECTED!!!!!1111!!!" popups.
 
  2008-08-26 06:01:21 AM  
No one ever keeps their discs. Ever.
I've sold so much Office 2007 because everyone "borrowed" their friends Office discs and then their hard drives died.

I DON'T EVEN LIKE MICROSOFT OFFICE!

The PCI section of SIW is helpful in identifying hardware.
 
  2008-08-26 11:25:58 AM  
Thanks FPN.
 
  2008-08-26 04:39:34 PM  
No_47: No one ever keeps their discs. Ever.

I've got some six-year-old Dell discs right here...
 
  2008-08-26 05:37:42 PM  
FuturePastNow: No_47: No one ever keeps their discs. Ever.

I've got some six-year-old Dell discs right here...


I have the driver and system restore discs for a Toshiba Laptop and three Dells.

But, alas, no operating system discs because these are apparently part of the pack; not only that but I don't have the cases that any of these computers are in to get the activation key from.

Which sucks, because I have a machine that decided to try and update itself, got to the WGA part, and apparently failed miserably.

So my fingers are crossed no microsoft goons come to my door (I have no proof that it's a legitimate copy).
 
  2008-08-26 06:54:48 PM  
There's a way to get the Windows CD-key out of the registry. If the machine has XP Home, find another XP Home disc and use that key to reinstall.
 
  2008-08-26 07:14:39 PM  
No_47
No one ever keeps their discs


Having had an encounter with a girlfriend's new Lenovo notebook a couple of weeks ago, I'm much more pissed that it didn't even come with any DVDs/CDs at all.
Neither for Vista, drivers or the installed Lenovo tools.
With just 80GB of HD space and all that Vista bloat and the crapload of preinstalled software ("Lenovocare") already taking half of it, she could really use those GB taken up by some of the software and that hidden recovery partition (which, btw., has a farked up partition table entry; it ends on the same sector that the C: partition starts)

I *think* I did find a Lenovo tool to create an installation ("recovery") DVD set/backup to recreate the hidden partition and from that probably the factory state, but with all those functions to create either "recovery", "restore", "backup" or "rescue" discs...GAH! Who knows..

If it were mine, I would have dd'ed the HD to an external drive, nuked it and had a look at what those disc would do exactly, but since she needed the notebook and had already copied stuff over..


FuturePastNow
I've got some six-year-old Dell discs right here...

Which reminds me that I wanted to save the set of original 5.25" floppy discs manual and the manual for Windows 1.0 from the back of a shelve in our student Linux network group's room when we have to throw out or move all our old garb..eh.. state-of-the-art hardware and stuff to another room in a couple of weeks.
 
  2008-08-26 07:18:18 PM  
The Voice of Doom
Which reminds me that I wanted to save the set of original 5.25" floppy discs manual and the manual for Windows 1.0 from the back of a shelve shelf in..

FTFM
 
  2008-08-26 09:04:31 PM  
FuturePastNow: There's a way to get the Windows CD-key out of the registry.

Magic Jellybean Keyfinder

Detected as a virus by some a/v software. It's not a virus.
 
  2008-08-26 10:42:26 PM  
TehNacho: you say "He couldn't find his Dell driver CD's or his OS disc; until he finds those I'm not proceeding."

You could load the Ubuntu OS without them then. DL and burn ubuntu.iso to CD. Link (new window)
After formatting drive insert ubuntu.iso in CD drive which you already have set as 1st boot priority as mentioned above.
The setup walkthru will create required partitions for you.
Everything will work once OS is installed; audio, video, network adapter, usb, etc.
He will use Firefox to browse the net and can use OpenOffice for docs and spreadsheets; both are installed by default.
It'll be slightly more difficult for him to screw it up again.

Have some fun with this "ancient" machine....
When you are done goofing around with it tell him to come pick it up and to give you a case of beer.


/suggestion
 
  2008-08-27 02:04:33 PM  
5 t-shirts: TehNacho: you say "He couldn't find his Dell driver CD's or his OS disc; until he finds those I'm not proceeding."

You could load the Ubuntu OS without them then. DL and burn ubuntu.iso to CD. Link (new window)
After formatting drive insert ubuntu.iso in CD drive which you already have set as 1st boot priority as mentioned above.
The setup walkthru will create required partitions for you.
Everything will work once OS is installed; audio, video, network adapter, usb, etc.
He will use Firefox to browse the net and can use OpenOffice for docs and spreadsheets; both are installed by default.
It'll be slightly more difficult for him to screw it up again.

Have some fun with this "ancient" machine....
When you are done goofing around with it tell him to come pick it up and to give you a case of beer.


/suggestion


I thought about doing Ubuntu but I know next to nothing about linux and when I installed it on my machine, it took me to a dead end. I'm not saying the OS is bad or even that it's hard to learn; it's just that I am so accustomed to Windows that I doubt seriously, without formal training, I'd ever learn Linux. Even with the help I've received from several Farkers, short of sitting down with someone and going over it for several months in a structured setting, I'm not going to pick it up.

This guy would be COMPLETELY boned.
 
  2008-08-27 09:16:47 PM  
when i started using ubuntu i knew about 6 unix console commands.

now I know 7.
but i'm also reasonably familiar with the x/k/ubuntu. and i've also been friendly with Slax, Mepis, Gentoo and some other random crap that I forget the names of. But I like Ubuntu.
To those that want to compile from the kernel up, I say: "good on ya, but I'll be over here playing ETQW while you arse around with you cigarette-burned, pizza stained, keyboard."
 
  2008-08-27 11:03:01 PM  
I hear what you are saying TehNacho...
I was just throwing that out there as food for thought.
Ubuntu was suggested because of how easy they have made the installation.
It has come a long way in a very short time and you may be surprised how easy you catch on to getting around with it.
Additionally, the system requirements are not high and it can run well on a machine with a few miles on it such as in this example.
I use both Windows and Ubuntu and am not a 'fan' of either. I don't love them or hate them - I just use them.

If the owner likes playing high end games or doing video editing Ubuntu is probably not for him, but if all he does is surf and check email I don't think he would be boned at all. Ubuntu might actually protect him from himself.

--
No_47: I use Slax for a live CD OS to grab files from machines with broken Windows. Once running I just insert a USB thumbdrive and drag off files important or needed by the user.
 
  2008-08-28 10:33:07 AM  
No_47: when i started using ubuntu i knew about 6 unix console commands.

now I know 7.
but i'm also reasonably familiar with the x/k/ubuntu. and i've also been friendly with Slax, Mepis, Gentoo and some other random crap that I forget the names of. But I like Ubuntu.
To those that want to compile from the kernel up, I say: "good on ya, but I'll be over here playing ETQW while you arse around with you cigarette-burned, pizza stained, keyboard."


ls
Man
the only two commands you need to know
 
  2008-08-28 05:09:46 PM  
well, 'whatis' and 'apropos' are kinda useful companions to the 'man' command :)
 
  2008-08-29 03:23:43 AM  
xmas@xmaskub:~$ whatis apropos

Now I know 9 commands. Sweet.
 
  2008-08-30 04:40:07 AM  
hm so this is where you sex deprived monkeys hang out

Mike i left a suggestion as a farkback today - check it out & see if you like it
 
  2008-08-30 04:42:00 AM  
No_47: I DON'T EVEN LIKE MICROSOFT OFFICE!

i love OneNote - im going to grab me a tablet & rip that motherF to shreds once i go to school
 
  2008-08-30 04:48:35 AM  
adragontattoo: To those that want to compile from the kernel up, I say: "good on ya, but I'll be over here playing ETQW while you arse around with you cigarette-burned, pizza stained, keyboard."

After running Gentoo for a while through multiple kernel recompiles, I could put a kernel config together for my machine in about 5 minutes, and actually compile the kernel in another five or so.

I don't know how much of an effect removing excess features and modules actually had, but it felt good.
 
  2008-08-30 09:32:45 AM  
After months and possibly years of soliciting advice on this thread -- I remember when it was called the "Tech Forum" -- I thought I would try to give something back. I certainly don't have much in the way of geek knowledge that isn't common, but I thought I'd share some useful tips I've found on my own:

-- If you're browsing Firefox and you have a lot of tabs open that you're sure will come in useful someday but aren't willing to memorize the information or the URLs, select "bookmark all tabs" and label the resultant folder with the date -- e.g. "20080830." They will be there when you need them, and in the latest version of Firefox, pop up when you type relevant terms in the address bar.

-- It's great to use the option to open Firefox with all the windows and tabs open from the previous session, and "Recently Closed Tabs" in the history menu is great too, but all might seem to be lost if you click to close a window in Firefox rather than exit the application. If you accidentally do this, force-quit Firefox (command-option-escape in Macs, not sure about the others), open it again, and select "Restore previous session." More often than not, the lost window will be resurrected.

-- If you're the leader of a community sealed off from the rest of the world, and a piece of equipment vital to your survival breaks down, and the necessary replacement is outside the protection of your community, and you have very good reason to believe the outside world is extremely dangerous and possibly radioactive, send out more than one person to seek the replacement. A dozen teams of several members each seems reasonable.

-- Use two e-mail accounts. Use the primary account to correspond with friends, relatives, co-workers, online stores, etc. Use the secondary account when there's a high probability the address will be given to spammers, but you need to give the address anyway. You'll need to check the secondary account a lot less often than the primary.

-- If you're hunting down a criminal mastermind whom you've been told has methods of causing you bodily harm merely by sending messages to your brain, and he already has been controlling you by giving you verbal cues, and for the past several hours he's been communicating with you via a radio you've been carrying around, then it just might be a good idea to TURN OFF THE GODDAMNED RADIO.
 
  2008-09-02 02:12:16 AM  
You should check out the Session Manager and Tab Mix Plus addons
 
  2008-09-02 03:49:13 PM  
My first Fark post using Google Chrome. Yay
 
  2008-09-02 03:55:13 PM  
FuturePastNow: My first Fark post using Google Chrome. Yay

Me tooooo!

I like it so far.
 
  2008-09-02 04:36:57 PM  
So, does it open a dedicated tube of internet ads straight into your cerebellum?
 
  2008-09-02 07:45:58 PM  
gayb: So, does it open a dedicated tube of internet ads straight into your cerebellum?

To say nothing of what it does to the hippocampus.
 
  2008-09-02 10:20:10 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: gayb: So, does it open a dedicated tube of internet ads straight into your cerebellum?

To say nothing of what it does to the hippocampus.


hippos you say? on campus?

/meh
 
  2008-09-02 10:58:31 PM  
I found Chrome unable to display java content after installation.
I resolved this issue by DLing Java SE 6 Update 10 RC.
link to DL:
Java SE 6 Update 10 R (new window)
Browser restart required after java updated.
Chrome does seems to load pages rather swiftly.
 
  2008-09-03 10:01:30 AM  
Chrome = Safari, from a rendering engine standpoint, so I assume Fark looks fine on it :)
 
  2008-09-03 03:12:48 PM  
Mike: Chrome = Safari, from a rendering engine standpoint, so I assume Fark looks fine on it :)

Every site I've visited looks fine.

Except for all the damn ads everywhere.
 
  2008-09-03 03:44:12 PM  
Could someone help a farktard and tell me how to post a pic in my profile?
 
  2008-09-03 04:26:47 PM  
 
  2008-09-03 05:40:49 PM  
Another quick question-

I have an Abit f4tality motherboard... apparently it's capable of supporting up to 32 gb of RAM. I just have 4 in there right now, and Windows XP Pro 32 bit.

From what I understand Windows XP 32 bit will not recognize more than 3.5 gb of RAM, but 64 bit OS's will.

So, could I buy, say, 8 gb of RAM, and use XP 64 bit? Newegg has got 64 bit XP with SP2 for just 140 bucks. Have any of you used XP 64? Is it just like normal XP in regards to stability, less stable, more stable? Should I just jump up to Vista? Wait for Windows 7?
 
  2008-09-03 06:07:21 PM  
assuming you have a 64-bit cpu on it, yes.

Drivers may be a problem for XP x64, less so for Vista x64. I'm still using XP 32-bit so I can't say from experience. If you get 64-bit XP make sure you are not getting the Itanium version.

What app do you have that needs more than 2 GB of process space?
 
  2008-09-03 06:25:39 PM  
Mike: assuming you have a 64-bit cpu on it, yes.

Drivers may be a problem for XP x64, less so for Vista x64. I'm still using XP 32-bit so I can't say from experience. If you get 64-bit XP make sure you are not getting the Itanium version.

What app do you have that needs more than 2 GB of process space?


I have a core 2 duo... the 6550 which is a new enough processor I figure it supports 64 bit... amiright?

I can't think of a reason to have that much RAM, but I sure would like to go, HEY, LOOK AT ME. LOOK AT MY EPENIS. IT'S HUGE! Will it help with multitasking though? I was always under the impression that it would.
 
  2008-09-03 06:29:14 PM  
TehNacho: I have a core 2 duo... the 6550 which is a new enough processor I figure it supports 64 bit... amiright?

Yes. Although I can't really think of a reason for a normal person to need more than 4GB of RAM right now. Maybe in a few years...

And if you want 64-bit Windows, Vista is much better than XP. Most companies never bothered to write drivers for XP x64.
 
  2008-09-03 07:20:08 PM  
Most of your apps (read: ALL of your apps) will be 32 bit anyway.
Especially games. Was it Crysis that had a 64-bit version that barely performed better than the 32-bit?
 
  2008-09-03 09:10:42 PM  
If you have Google Chrome, open a new tab and go to about:internets

hehehehe
 
  2008-09-03 09:26:02 PM  
/facepalm
 
  2008-09-04 01:49:35 AM  
Any Core 2 Duo or Quad should do 64-bit, but I thought the Abit f4tality was an AMD board?

64-bit XP is probably not worth the hassle just for the dram-epenis bragging rights and definitely not (yet) for games :) it's not going to make any performance difference unless you have a process hitting 2 GB and are actually swapping. I avoided putting more than 2 GB in my XP boxes even though they can all take 8 GB.

Now if you have a big database or webserver on it, then yeah, it's worth loading it up with memory and running 64-bit Linux or FreeBSD or Windows... our database is on an 8 GB Q6600 (FreeBSD/amd64) and the database process uses about 6.5 GB of that by itself.

(Another random point because I just knocked the power cord outta my laptop: if you use hibernate mode, more ram = slower sleep/wake times)
 
  2008-09-04 02:42:20 PM  
I seem to have a virus on my computer, please help! I've ran a virus scan on my computer, and it eliminated a threat, however, I still can't access Fox News for some reason (I guess that's not entirely a bad thing). Google searches won't work either(i click the link and it brings me to a random website!)
 
  2008-09-04 05:41:05 PM  
It's unlikely for a virus to cause that.
But...
If you're running XP run this.
If you're on Vista open a command prompt as admin (click start, type cmd in the search box, right click cmd shortcut, select "run as administrator") and run net sh int ip reset and reboot the pc.

Maybe reboot your router/modem thingy, too
 
  2008-09-04 06:12:13 PM  
I put my laptop to sleep whenever I'm not using it, but I try not to let it hibernate. With 2GB of RAM and what must be a 4200 RPM drive, it sucks. It takes a minute to minute to come back from hibernate (sleep is almost instant).
 
  2008-09-04 10:47:50 PM  
No_47: It's unlikely for a virus to cause that.
But...
If you're running XP run this.
If you're on Vista open a command prompt as admin (click start, type cmd in the search box, right click cmd shortcut, select "run as administrator") and run net sh int ip reset and reboot the pc.

Maybe reboot your router/modem thingy, too


No it's definitely a virus. My computer is randomly playing metallica songs that I don't have on my computer, without any programs open. I can't open anti-virus websites, or even run installers without it coming back "this is not a valid win32 app"
 
  2008-09-05 12:39:07 AM  
jebusfreak: No it's definitely a virus. My computer is randomly playing metallica songs that I don't have on my computer, without any programs open. I can't open anti-virus websites, or even run installers without it coming back "this is not a valid win32 app"

Your computer is showing signs of both self-awareness and horrifically bad taste. I recommend putting a silicone stake though it's CPU and then hacking off the power supply with an axe just to be sure.
 
  2008-09-05 01:18:02 AM  
jebusfreak: or even run installers without it coming back "this is not a valid win32 app"


your install is hosed
 
  2008-09-05 01:18:43 AM  
Also, hey guys. We got Spore before you.

NYAAAA
 
  2008-09-05 03:24:32 PM  
How do I tell what kind of motherboard I have. Without opening the computer, preferably.

I probably need to upgrade my processor but don't know how to tell if I can just upgrade the processor or the cpu/mobo.
 
  2008-09-05 03:28:14 PM  
Grote-Man: How do I tell what kind of motherboard I have. Without opening the computer, preferably.

I probably need to upgrade my processor but don't know how to tell if I can just upgrade the processor or the cpu/mobo.


CPU-Z will identify most mobos, and cpus.
 
  2008-09-05 06:03:33 PM  
Grote-Man: I probably need to upgrade my processor but don't know how to tell if I can just upgrade the processor or the cpu/mobo.

Yeah, CPU-Z will tell you the motherboard chipset and processor socket, and armed with that you can probably go to Google and see how high you can upgrade it. Probably.

Although if it's feeling a little slow, RAM is usually a much better investment as an upgrade than a new CPU.
 
  2008-09-05 08:39:43 PM  
...

I figure some of you know your way around Calculator.exe....

I want to calculate interest.

$100,000 X (1 + .06) ^ 3 is the equation that I have (this is a sample from a real estate site, I don't have anywhere near 100,000 dollars).

So, I open up Calculator and check out the scientific functions. I ended up putting the amount that I have, *, (1+.02), x^y, 1, and =, will this let me just keep hitting the = and get a run down after how many years I'll have X amount? For example, = four times is after 4 years? I mean, I see numbers but I couldn't tell if they're right.
 
  2008-09-06 10:44:02 AM  
TehNacho
will this let me just keep hitting the = and get a run down after how many years I'll have X amount?

No idea.

BUT..
I couldn't tell if they're right.

..there I can help you if you have a calculator that has a logarithm function (log, lg, ln,.. doesn't matter):
The (compund) interest formula you are using is:
endCapital=startCapital(1+interest)^runtime

Lets abbreviate that as:
ec=sc*(1+p)^r
So you have a fixed ec and sc and p and are interested in the r satisfying:
ec <= sc*(1+p)^r
<=> ec/sc <= (1+p)^r
<=> log ec/sc <= log (1+p)^r
<=> log ec/sc <= log (1+p)^r
<=> log ec/sc <= r* log (1+p)
<=> (log ec/sc) / (log(1+p)) <= r



Example:
you have 3000 and want to know how many years it takes to get to 3300 at 2%:
(log ec/sc) / (log(1+p)
= log(3300/3000)/log(1.02)
= log(1.1)/log(1.02)
= 0.0413.../0.0086..
= 4.81...

=> after about 4.8 years you will be at 3300, i.e. you will need 5 years.
As "proof" the other way around:

4 years: 3000*(1.02)^4 = 3247.296..
5 years: 3000*(1.02)^5 = 3312.242..
 
  2008-09-07 02:27:56 AM  
ooookaaaaaaay
 
  2008-09-07 03:38:05 PM  
HAI GUYZ...

Can I use a PCI express video card in a PCI expansion slot?

I have:

eMachines Model c2881-

Intel Celeron D 2.66mhz (Stop laughing!)

Chipset Intel 845GV

3 x PCI expansion slots.

Trying to upgrade, it currently has NO video card.
 
  2008-09-07 04:44:22 PM  
You can get a PCI video card for it, but no, a PCIe card won't fit, or work, no matter how hard you push it in. Hope you didn't already waste your money.
 
  2008-09-07 07:15:15 PM  
skink: HAI GUYZ...

Can I use a PCI express video card in a PCI expansion slot?

I have:

eMachines Model c2881-

Intel Celeron D 2.66mhz (Stop laughing!)

Chipset Intel 845GV

3 x PCI expansion slots.

Trying to upgrade, it currently has NO video card.


No, and if you try it, you will be made fun of by internet nerds for all time.

i218.photobucket.com
 
  2008-09-07 07:33:35 PM  
FuturePastNow: [i218.photobucket.com image 614x434]

That is beautiful. It's been a long time since I've seen that. Nice card, too. Wonder if that voids the warranty.
 
  2008-09-07 08:10:56 PM  
gayb: Wonder if that voids the warranty.

I think I can safely say that it does.
 
  2008-09-07 08:50:15 PM  
Oh, man...Not even I am that stupid.

Thanks for the input, guys.

I think the answer to my troubles may be an EVGA GeForce 6200.

Not a hardcore game nut, but I want Civ4 and Age of Empires 3 to run.

The good news is, PCI cards are getting hella cheap. Looks like I can get this one for under $50.

For my next question:

My retractable cup holder appears to be broken.....
 
  2008-09-07 09:20:00 PM  
PCI cards are arse.
About the best you can get is a Geforce 5200, and they're just plain terrible.

I'd highly recommend a new computer.
 
  2008-09-07 09:59:59 PM  
No_47: PCI cards are arse.
About the best you can get is a Geforce 5200, and they're just plain terrible.

I'd highly recommend a new computer.


Some company makes a PCI Geforce 8400GS.
 
  2008-09-08 02:27:23 AM  
Of course, even an 8400GS, crappy as it is, would be limited by the PCI bus.

Go with the 6200 if you don't want to replace your whole computer. It should be able to decode most video formats and drive a monitor up to 1920x1200, which I don't think an FX5200 will do.
 
  2008-09-08 02:53:25 PM  
Thanks, FPN...replacing the PC is out till wife gets a laptop!
 
  2008-09-08 04:56:31 PM  
FuturePastNow: Of course, even an 8400GS, crappy as it is, would be limited by the PCI bus.

Go with the 6200 if you don't want to replace your whole computer. It should be able to decode most video formats and drive a monitor up to 1920x1200, which I don't think an FX5200 will do.


DO NOT GO WITH THE 8400 GS.

I speak from personal experience. Save the extra 70-80 bucks and get an 8800 GTS.
 
  2008-09-08 06:18:07 PM  
TehNacho: I speak from personal experience. Save the extra 70-80 bucks and get an 8800 GTS.

Ain't gonna stick that in a regular old PCI slot.

Look, just because you bought a low-end card without doing any research, doesn't make it a bad card.
 
  2008-09-08 07:49:50 PM  
Uh oh...Looks like I started a geek fight!

homedir-a.libsyn.com
 
  2008-09-08 08:20:21 PM  
TehNacho: I speak from personal experience. Save the extra 70-80 bucks and get an 8800 GTS.

Uh yeah, as FPN said, the card you suggested won't fit in a regular PCI slot anyways.

I've got a PCIe 8400something, and it's a low end card that won't cure AIDS, but it works. It's not going to suplode instantly after installation.
 
  2008-09-08 09:18:53 PM  
gayb: I've got a PCIe 8400something, and it's a low end card that won't cure AIDS, but it works. It's not going to suplode instantly after installation.

It's a great card for people whose idea of gaming is playing The Sims, or for a home theater PC.
 
  2008-09-08 09:29:50 PM  
and the 9600GT is better than the 8800GTS
 
  2008-09-08 10:04:16 PM  
No_47: and the 9600GT is better than the 8800GTS

It's getting sexily cheap, too. Maye it's time to upgrade my cahmpooter unnecessarily.
 
  2008-09-08 10:07:15 PM  
b
 
  2008-09-09 04:28:15 PM  
Some Questions.

What is the distance limit for VGA?
Do they make a Bnc - Vga adapter? not vga-5bnc

Thanks
 
  2008-09-10 10:28:28 AM  
Hello Dolly: Some Questions.

What is the distance limit for VGA?
Do they make a Bnc - Vga adapter? not vga-5bnc

Thanks


depends on the resolution you're trying to put through it.

10 meters is probably about the max.
 
  2008-09-10 11:18:11 AM  
you can't get vga down to a single bnc plug; 3 is the minimum (if you cram all the sync signals onto the green wire like DEC used to do) and 5 is preferable.
 
  2008-09-10 11:19:35 AM  
if distance is the goal, I think there are ways to cram VGA (and DVI) onto fiber.
 
  2008-09-10 02:14:01 PM  
Windows vista print functionality is quite frankly the shiattiest piece of crap Ive ever witnessed. I could probably find video of a fat mexican taking a diahreah jalapeno dump in the tijuana sewer and not feel as dirty as I do when forced to mess with vista.

Fark you MS.
 
  2008-09-10 03:03:08 PM  
nosajghoul: video of a fat mexican taking a diahreah jalapeno dump in the tijuana sewer

Some of us like that sort of thing. Link?
 
  2008-09-10 03:28:45 PM  
nosajghoul: Windows vista print functionality is quite frankly the shiattiest piece of crap Ive ever witnessed. I could probably find video of a fat mexican taking a diahreah jalapeno dump in the tijuana sewer and not feel as dirty as I do when forced to mess with vista.
Fark you MS.


I don't know what that has to do with us, but I'm guessing it's a user issue. What's the problem?
 
  2008-09-10 05:52:23 PM  
anyone have any good host-based firewall software suggestions? we're trying to completely lock down a user at work who will be getting a laptop and an aircard. we need to be able to block outgoing traffic to all sites except the few sites we approve to be visited.
 
  2008-09-10 06:44:27 PM  
Is it a Vista machine?
The parental controls can do that. They're pretty good.


Anyone know of a way to tell if a video card has been overclocked?
 
  2008-09-10 07:09:30 PM  
No_47: Is it a Vista machine?
The parental controls can do that. They're pretty good.


nope, XP. and the Windows Firewall in XP only blocks incoming requests from accessing your computer/programs, not outgoing requests and individual websites.
we're going to look into just editing the HOSTS file, but i'm not sure if that'll be enough for our security auditors.
 
  2008-09-10 07:17:40 PM  
No_47: Anyone know of a way to tell if a video card has been overclocked?

Googling the name of the card + "reference clocks" should get you what the manufacturer clocks it at, unless it's a "factory overclocked" model. The driver should show you what the card's actual clock is.
 
  2008-09-10 07:59:12 PM  
 
  2008-09-10 08:41:17 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: Uh oh.

meh. that could be 'shopped.
 
  2008-09-10 09:19:27 PM  
FuturePastNow:
Googling the name of the card + "reference clocks" should get you what the manufacturer clocks it at, unless it's a "factory overclocked" model. The driver should show you what the card's actual clock is.


but sif it's been overclocked and then put back..? Say if someone's returning a video card that looks like it's been cooked...

N. S. Radieaux: Uh oh.

the darkness around his eyes, the eyebrows, and skin tone are all shopped.
 
  2008-09-11 12:21:11 AM  
No_47: nosajghoul: Windows vista print functionality is quite frankly the shiattiest piece of crap Ive ever witnessed. I could probably find video of a fat mexican taking a diahreah jalapeno dump in the tijuana sewer and not feel as dirty as I do when forced to mess with vista.
Fark you MS.

I don't know what that has to do with us, but I'm guessing it's a user issue. What's the problem?


Its not really a 'problem', as it is a 'difference'.

Take this old xp computer, or the ubuntu box at work, or the mac machine my wife uses. Plug in a usb printer. Go into word, file->print. Walk out with your printed material.

Take a vista laptop, plug in a usb printer. file->print. Save as? wtf why am I saving as? I want it to print, ok whatever save as whatever.[extension i never heard of]. Open file dialog box opens. Unable to find app that can open this. Huh? Ok, fark this, open control panel, drag document onto the printer icon. Wait, theres 7. Which one? Try first one... printer error. Hmm cancel that, next one... same thing. Wait, Ill email it to myself and print it off my linux machine! Open ff, gmail, mail sent woot, open docx on linux... wait, wont work, need patch or something, try it on XP box... wait, STILL WONT WORK!!! WTF this is a xp box, it of all things should work with other windows software... fark it I got a hacked xp pro laptop, put docx on a usb drive, tadaa, it works!

Moral of the story : MS is total shiat.
 
  2008-09-11 01:05:31 AM  
No_47: but sif it's been overclocked and then put back..? Say if someone's returning a video card that looks like it's been cooked..

Did you kill a graphics card?

I don't know, honestly. I have to assume that the factory can tell if it has been damaged by overheating, or too much voltage, but I don't know what a normal person would look for.
 
  2008-09-11 02:41:14 AM  
FuturePastNow:
Did you kill a graphics card?


Someone else did. It's only an 8400GS...
 
  2008-09-11 02:42:50 AM  
nosajghoul:
Moral of the story : MS is total shiat.


I see.
 
  2008-09-11 09:43:45 AM  
Yeah, I had a feeling something was wrong in the way that fellow's head went into the hardhat.
 
  2008-09-11 12:57:17 PM  
Never had a problem printing on Vista. It recognized my printer, no drivers needed. I click on print and it prints.
 
  2008-09-11 03:38:06 PM  
Not every printer sets itself as the default printer after being installed, and if you've installed Office 07, it does install a faux-printer (i forget why) and it does set that as default
 
  2008-09-13 07:29:16 PM  
Print to pdf, print to file, print to Adobe PDF, or print to Microsoft Image something something? Confused the hell out of my ADHD boss for a while. Sometimes it's in the print dialog, sometimes it's a little checkbox somewhere.

There's an evil little checkbox in the print dialog in Adobe Acrobat too.

If you have it contantly in the print dialog, make sure the default printer is your real printer, not some other junk.


I've been messing around with linux stuff today. This one's for Fark: did you know there is an XFCE BSD distro called "FreeS BIE"?
 
  2008-09-14 11:38:26 AM  
Yeah, FreeSBIE's a'ight, I've used it for testing machines before :)
 
  2008-09-14 12:26:13 PM  
I'm feeling the love for XFCE. KDE4 looks like KDE3 with Vista barf all over it.

That and I'm too cheap to upgrade my machine. It's been years. Maybe I'll buy myself a birthday present in a couple months.
 
  2008-09-14 03:53:57 PM  
XFCE doesn't have a good SMB browser. Annoys me.
 
  2008-09-14 09:24:36 PM  
Exactly how nerdy is it to take a lady to a science museum on a first date?
 
  2008-09-14 09:34:40 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: Exactly how nerdy is it to take a lady to a science museum on a first date?

Really nerdy. 100% nerdy. But it's a good test. If she's a vapid idiot who thinks anything sciency is boring as hell and would rather talk about her toy poodle, dump her ass. Out of the moving car.
 
  2008-09-15 02:03:17 AM  
gayb: If she's a vapid idiot who thinks anything sciency is boring as hell and would rather talk about her toy poodle, dump her ass. Out of the moving car.

but she might be hot
 
  2008-09-15 02:41:58 AM  
The new vlc is the wasp's ankles.
 
  2008-09-15 08:13:24 PM  
No_47: The new vlc is the wasp's ankles.

I'm not a big fan of the "separate control window" GUI type.
 
  2008-09-16 09:39:08 AM  
I DID IT!

Using the LHC simulator that was linked a few days ago (I can't find the link now) I was able to create a Higgs Boson!

Yes, I realize that it is just a flash program, and I also realize that I am most likely not the first person to pull it off in said flash program, but I am still pretty stoked.
 
  2008-09-17 06:07:23 PM  
Anyone know how to get the apple wireless keyboard working under Ubuntu 8.04 on a Core Duo Mac Mini?
 
  2008-09-18 12:20:25 PM  
i'm looking at putting a Forum onto a website i run. so far it'll probably only be used by 10-25 people, but hopefully it will grow over time. i've used phpBB before, and it worked just fine, i'm just curious if there are any better solutions or if anyone has any other suggestions (or if phpBB is the best suggestion).
 
  2008-09-18 03:39:26 PM  
phpBB and its derivatives and clones have a long history of serious security holes. Most are fixed these days, but whatever you pick, be damn sure you keep up with patches :)
 
  2008-09-19 12:20:39 AM  
No_47: Anyone know how to get the apple wireless keyboard working under Ubuntu 8.04 on a Core Duo Mac Mini?

I guess figure out what bluetooth chip Apple uses in the mini and search the Ubuntu forums for it.
 
  2008-09-20 07:55:27 AM  
No_47: The new vlc is the wasp's ankles.

Yes. It is, I would go so far as to say, the entire set of erogenous zones of every major flying insect of the western world.

They improved the fullscreen control thingy so that to pause/stop/do whatever, all that's needed is to move the mouse (like, *cringe* WMP). Right-clicking was pretty annoying. Maybe there was a way to get around that before, but I never figured it out. Also, restarts aren't required for every damn little change. Woo.
 
  2008-09-20 10:27:30 AM  
Have I stumbled across a glitch in the Matrix? I just realized I can read and comment on a thread for a link I submitted that was redlit according to my profile (3886500), and now the thread has apparently been nuked. And I'm getting the red narc bar under every Fark thread I click. What's going on?
 
  2008-09-20 02:23:24 PM  
WTF? That computer I was working on- I think it's got a serious gremlin.

First, the antenna on this guys network card went missing (he left it at the office because he didn't want to make the effort of taking it home).

Then, he requested the start up packet from Dell (which arrived within a day of his request)- I verified that all the discs were there, now I've taken the computer home and was about to start working on it, but out of seven discs that were there yesterday only three are still in the envelope.

???????????????????????????????
 
  2008-09-20 08:20:03 PM  
Tell him not to leave computer shiat at work anymore.
 
  2008-09-21 10:58:13 AM  
FuturePastNow: Tell him not to leave computer shiat at work anymore.

He would look at me blankly and ask me to explain that to him.
 
  2008-09-22 05:28:12 PM  
BEWARE LONG POST

I have a C Question. (Yes I know C, but for some reason this is causing errors and warnings with gcc)

Anyways, I want to typedef a function prototype:

typedef U32 (FnHandler_t)(Uint8 *message, Uint8 size);

Then it is used in a struct:
typedef struct
{
FnHandler_t *handler_fn;
U8 message_byte1;
U8 message_byte2;
U8 message_byte3;
U8 message_byte4;
U8 message_end;
U8 message_size;
}Handler_struct_t;


Now I am declaring two functions with that prototype:
FnHandler_t *Data_1_In(Uint8 *message, Uint8 size);
FnHandler_t *Data_2_In(Uint8 *message, Uint8 size);


And then using those in a structure:
Handler_struct_t Handlers[] =
{
// { handler_fn, message_bytes(1-4), message_end, message_size },
{ &Data_1_In, '#', 'A', 'L', ' ', 0x0D, 17, },
{ &Data_2_In, '#', 'M', 'D', ' ', 0x0D, 15, },
};


Now is my syntax correct? (all the ampersands and stars) Thanks for the help!
 
  2008-09-23 05:33:41 AM  
Greetings all

Can anybody tell me if it is possible to convert .MKV files into .ISO or .AVI files? This would be for the sole purpose of shrinking them down so they can then be burned onto a regular size DVD. I'm too cheapass to buy BLU-ray discs!

I have WinAVI Video Converter and it doesn't do MKV files - any suggestions?
 
  2008-09-23 02:07:32 PM  
Jazzycat

You could give avidemux a try and create, for example, a DVD-compliant mpg file from it.
Its wiki entry for Converting to DVD

"The mostly automatic way" sounds good - though it didn't do anything for me; but then again, my avidemux version is old enough that it isn't even listed anywhere on the project page anymore ;-)
 
  2008-09-23 04:22:21 PM  
The Voice of Doom: Jazzycat

You could give avidemux a try and create, for example, a DVD-compliant mpg file from it.
Its wiki entry for Converting to DVD

"The mostly automatic way" sounds good - though it didn't do anything for me; but then again, my avidemux version is old enough that it isn't even listed anywhere on the project page anymore ;-)



Ah perfect, many thanks VOD. From some of the forum comments it looks like it supports the Matroska format.
 
  2008-09-23 09:41:19 PM  
Personally, I wouldn't give someone advice on how to convert stolen media to a different format, but hey... diff'rent strokes, diff'rent folks.
 
  2008-09-23 11:35:11 PM  
OK, I'm running Prime95 on a customer's machine that likes to randomly bluescreen (with different errors each time).

I got
[Wed Sep 24 15:22:35 2008]
FATAL ERROR: Rounding was 0.4948730469, expected less than 0.4
Hardware failure detected, consult stress.txt file.


The machine itself stayed running.
What should I blame? Memtest 86 and the seagate hard drive diagnostic tested ok. I've updated drivers and bios... all the obvious stuff
 
  2008-09-24 12:16:32 AM  
That's the sort of thing that happens when a processor has been overclocked just a little too much.
 
  2008-09-24 12:27:52 AM  
the guy bought the machine off some random other guy. it had a pirate copy of windows, and a pirate copy of office 07 when he brought it to me 3 months ago when the windows install was borked. he says it's been bluescreening randomly since i put a clean copy of windows on. so lord knows where the hardware came from.

but i've switched out the ram and it hasn't faulted yet...
 
  2008-09-24 02:21:11 AM  
How long had you left memtest86 running for? I had some very-intermittently-bad memory recently that it took over 17 hours to flag... it definitely went through the entire test run at least once without errors...

also, if it's ECC memory, check what action the BIOS takes on it (NMI vs SMI etc); it affects how the OS reports single-bit errors or even if it reports them at all -- ok, yeah it's nice that the system keeps running after a single-bit error but it sucks when it doesn't tell you that it auto-corrected and that you need to replace the dimm anyway.

Too bad all the hardware dimm testers I've seen are so damn expensive...

But yeah, overheating CPUs (thru overclocking, dying fans, crooked heatsink, etc) tend to act like bad ram. I see far more bad CPU fans than bad ram. Bad hard drives behave very differently so Seatools isn't gonna be any help here.
 
  2008-09-24 04:23:44 AM  
I only ran memtest for 2 passes, and these are home machines so there's no ECC RAM.
It had run prime95 for about 4 hours after swapping out the RAM and I left it running overnight.

and yeah I didn't suspect the hard drive... but I wanted 40 minutes to do other things :)
 
  2008-09-24 08:23:49 AM  
No_47: Personally, I wouldn't give someone advice on how to convert stolen media to a different format, but hey... diff'rent strokes, diff'rent folks.



You assume a lot there with your sanctimonious little statement, not all Matroska users are pirates.
 
  2008-09-24 10:47:54 AM  
Personally, I wouldn't give someone advice on turning his computer with stolen software into a working state, but hey... diff'rent strokes, diff'rent folks.
 
  2008-09-24 03:14:04 PM  
The Voice of Doom: Personally, I wouldn't give someone advice on turning his computer with stolen software into a working state, but hey... diff'rent strokes, diff'rent folks.

I put legal software on it, nimrod.
 
  2008-09-24 09:32:57 PM  
Jazzycat: You assume a lot there with your sanctimonious little statement, not all Matroska users are pirates.

FYI: Ripping and burning are legitimate computer operations that do not necessarily involve piracy, my dear No_47. I recall a similar response to one of my queries once about ripping something. You shouldn't feel a need to be concerned about whether everyone else is obeying the law.

And who cares anyway.
 
  2008-09-25 01:16:03 AM  
Looking for a BSOD screensaver I can use in linux. So far, the only close thing I can find is a Flash link that goes to fullscreen.
 
  2008-09-25 02:18:44 AM  
The guy asked wants to convert high def mkv files to dvd because he's too cheap to buy blue ray and you can think of a legal reason for doing that?
and maybe i'm pro-mpaa. maybe that's why it annoys me so much. Nyaaa :P
 
  2008-09-25 10:30:44 AM  
No_47
The guy asked wants to convert high def mkv files to dvd because he's too cheap to buy blue ray and you can think of a legal reason for doing that?

I don't know anything about who uses mkv or which programs do.
At first I even mistook it for plain m2v.
There are all kinds of weird formats or programs (or hardware like digital camcorders) that churn out videos with large file sizes and sometimes using rather strange codecs.
For example:
* when I played with MythTV, it used something called "nupplevideo" I had never heard of before
* my TV card: it records in standard MPEG2 (hardware encoder), but it uses 8000kbps video and 224kbs audio, which gets big pretty fast - you would need a double layer DVD to save a recorded movie to DVD without re-compressing it first



Also to keep in mind:
downloading and burning movies might not be illegal where she lives.
I know it wasn't in Germany until recently our idiots in charge were pressured (again) to add some more DMCA-style laws.
Now we have lost a lot of rights (basically: all) regarding copying stuff for private use while we still have to pay our blank media tax (which besides CDs/DVDs may include printers, HDs, scanners, USB sticks, MP3 players..)

And one of the most recent added things was that DRM-free copies were made illegal if they were "obtained through obviously illegal channels" which was meant to cover internet downloads - previously, only uploading was illegal.
I believe downloads could still be considered to be a gray area (at least in court), since one can doubt how "obviously illegal" files on the internet are to Joe Nongeek Sixpack:
Creative Commons and similar stuff, BBC "Listen Again"/iPlayer or Comedy Central offering its shows, Hulu, the mixed mess of legal and illegal content on Youtube (is it really Universal that posts clips as the user "UniversalMusicGroup"?), radio streams, legal P2P TV software like Zattoo, bands offering full-length sample clips from their newest album, Radiohead offering their album for whatever you feel like paying for it, ..

Ooops, to repeat the point I was trying to make before drifting off into that rand:
download and burn might even be legal where she lives.
While that area is a dark shade of gray here in Germany, isn't it still legal in Canada?

I didn't keep track how it is in France where Jazzy lives; I know that about 2-3 years ago they wanted to legalize all P2P for a flat fee, then they did a 180 degree turn.
Then they wanted to make downloads illegal, but circumventing DRM for private use would be legal and vendors forced to open their specifications to competitors to guarantee interoperability.
I distinctly remember them clashing over that with Apple and the iTunes/iPod combination.
 
  2008-09-25 03:14:24 PM  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matroska

I think most of the 720p/1080p illegal rips of movies and tv shows are encoded in h.264 and contained in matroska. Hence my suspicion!
 
  2008-09-25 08:07:47 PM  
don't make me stop this car, kids!
 
  2008-09-25 09:08:10 PM  
The Voice of Doom: geekybroad
Looking for a BSOD screensaver I can use in linux. So far, the only close thing I can find is a Flash link that goes to fullscreen.

There is one for xscreensaver

...

Bonus: the settings allow you to configure which death screens BSOD should show:


ooooooooo

Thanks

Yeah, checking the repos might have been an idea!

I'm new to using XFCE, so the fact xscreensaver uses gtk instead of Qt is a plus. Not installed yet. I've discovered more things to "shop" for.

Or, you know, I should just upgrade my old computer so I don't have to give as much thought to such things.
 
  2008-09-25 09:10:20 PM  
Mike: don't make me stop this car, kids!

they started it!
 
  2008-09-26 11:21:16 AM  
Got an SQL question for you folks.

I have two tables, Student and Scores

Student
+----+------+-------+
| id | name | grade |
+----+------+-------+
| 1 | Bob | 11 |
| 2 | Mary | 11 |
| 3 | Tim | 12 |
| 4 | Lisa | 12 |
| 5 | Gary | 10 |
| 6 | Leah | 10 |
| 7 | Dean | 11 |
| 8 | Lori | 10 |
| 9 | Don | 12 |
...

Score
+----+------------+-------+
| id | student_id | score |
+----+------------+-------+
| 1 | 4 | 100 |
| 2 | 3 | 98 |
| 3 | 3 | 97 |
| 4 | 3 | 86 |
| 5 | 4 | 92 |
...

I want to list ONLY the top 3 scores for EACH student in grade 12 like so:
+------+-------+
| name | score |
+------+-------+
| Tim | 98 |
| Tim | 97 |
| Tim | 86 |
| Lisa | 100 |
| Lisa | 92 |
...

What would my SQL statement be?

I'm sure it's simple but I've never had to use SQL since I'm an RPG programmer. In RPG I'd just READ a logical file over the Student table that only contained grade 12 students and then do a READE on a logical file over the Score table where the records were sorted by student_id, score desc.
 
  2008-09-26 07:51:27 PM  
Benny_Hill: Got an SQL question for you folks.

I have two tables, Student and Scores

Student
+----+------+-------+
| id | name | grade |
+----+------+-------+
| 1 | Bob | 11 |
| 2 | Mary | 11 |
| 3 | Tim | 12 |
| 4 | Lisa | 12 |
| 5 | Gary | 10 |
| 6 | Leah | 10 |
| 7 | Dean | 11 |
| 8 | Lori | 10 |
| 9 | Don | 12 |
...

Score
+----+------------+-------+
| id | student_id | score |
+----+------------+-------+
| 1 | 4 | 100 |
| 2 | 3 | 98 |
| 3 | 3 | 97 |
| 4 | 3 | 86 |
| 5 | 4 | 92 |
...

I want to list ONLY the top 3 scores for EACH student in grade 12 like so:
+------+-------+
| name | score |
+------+-------+
| Tim | 98 |
| Tim | 97 |
| Tim | 86 |
| Lisa | 100 |
| Lisa | 92 |
...

What would my SQL statement be?

I'm sure it's simple but I've never had to use SQL since I'm an RPG programmer. In RPG I'd just READ a logical file over the Student table that only contained grade 12 students and then do a READE on a logical file over the Score table where the records were sorted by student_id, score desc.


SELECT name, grade.score FROM students INNER JOIN grade ON students.id=grade.student_id ORDER BY name, score DESC;


Will get you the information you want. Not sure how to limit it to three each by name yet.
 
  2008-09-26 09:17:31 PM  
It sounds like something out of one of Joe Celko's books... but my copies aren't here and my brain is dropping bytes.
 
  2008-09-26 11:28:34 PM  
MusicMakeMyHeadPound: SELECT name, grade.score FROM students INNER JOIN grade ON students.id=grade.student_id ORDER BY name, score DESC;


Will get you the information you want. Not sure how to limit it to three each by name yet.


A friend of mine gave me this (which is I believe is MSSQL specific):
SELECT DISTINCT st.name, sc.score
FROM student st INNER JOIN Score sc ON st.id = sc.id
WHERE st.grade = 12 AND sc.score IN (SELECT top 3 score FROM score WHERE score.ID = sc.id ORDER BY score desc)
ORDER BY st.name

I turned it into something like this for MySQL:
SELECT DISTINCT st.name, sc.score
FROM student AS st INNER JOIN Score AS sc ON st.id = sc.id
WHERE st.grade = 12 AND sc.score IN (SELECT sc.score FROM score WHERE score.id = sc.id ORDER BY score desc LIMIT 0,3)
ORDER BY st.name

Unfortunately MySQL didn't like the LIMIT clause in the subquery. I noodled it around for a while and was able to figure out a different way to solve the problem - I convinced my pointy-haired boss it would be better to see all the scores rather than just the top 3 :-)

Of course I'm not actually working with students and scores but you know what I mean.

Thanks for taking the time to think about it MMMHP!
 
  2008-09-27 02:46:27 AM  
Service pack three is raping my xp box right now. It's wonder I can even post on the internets from the goddamned thing before it locks everything up. FARK THIS.

I figured I'd let automatic updates tell me when I could get it instead of trying to get it early, but apparently they didn't bother to make it work correctly, ever. If I ever stop gaming, I'll never set e-foot inside a windows box again. *sigh*
 
  2008-09-27 03:11:43 AM  
If you boot to safe mode, assuming the machine stays stable enough, you can remove sp3 there.
Then I'd suggest virus/spyware/etc scanning the machine, and updating all your drivers before trying to install again.
You maybe even want to run a repair install from your original XP media.

SP3 has worked correctly on most of the machines I've put it on, and 100% of the clean installs I've put it on.
 
  2008-09-27 03:41:08 AM  
No_47: Then I'd suggest virus/spyware/etc scanning the machine, and updating all your drivers before trying to install again.

That's what I'm doing now. Should have known.
 
  2008-09-27 11:35:55 AM  
what version of mysql?
 
  2008-09-27 12:21:31 PM  
Mike: what version of mysql?

5.0.51a

I found some documentation (pops) on the mysql website that mentioned my problem specifically but it didn't say anything about when they might have it fixed.

There IS a workaround apparently. A fellow posted his method of getting around it at the bottom of the page.
 
  2008-09-27 08:46:59 PM  
gayb: Service pack three is raping my xp box right now. It's wonder I can even post on the internets from the goddamned thing before it locks everything up. FARK THIS.

I figured I'd let automatic updates tell me when I could get it instead of trying to get it early, but apparently they didn't bother to make it work correctly, ever. If I ever stop gaming, I'll never set e-foot inside a windows box again. *sigh*


Cedega and Wine.
 
  2008-09-27 08:49:01 PM  
Man On Fire: Cedega and Wine.

Never works properly.
And why would anyone, anyone, pay a monthly subscription for a program to sort-of run games on Linux when they already have a Windows OS?
and have I mentioned directx 10? Because DirectX 10.
 
  2008-09-28 01:57:10 AM  
Man On Fire: Cedega and Wine.

I'm trying. My natural stupidity is dragging the learning process out a bit. Did get photoshop to work the other day, that was awesome. That's like an hour a day less spent in windows.

To me windows isn't the devil or anything, but all linux all the time is still the goal.
 
  2008-10-01 09:11:15 PM  
Dumb question: any (simple) way to use a grease monkey script to make a set page (the fark homepage is what I intend) meta refresh? I don't know all that much html/ect

Also, if I did this would it spaz out and lose my page if I was disconnected from the internet? If it like tried to refresh without internet

/:D boondocks has rickroll music
 
  2008-10-02 04:51:19 PM  
I'm not sure if this has been added by an extension I'm using or if it's part of Firefox, but try
Right Click anywhere on page -> Reload Every -> (choose time)
Right Click anywhere on page -> Reload Every -> Enable

and yeha I think it 404s when you go offline
 
  2008-10-02 05:31:35 PM  
Wow. I suck.

If any of you remember I've been trying to fix this guys computer. I went ahead and made the hard drive one big partition, (it was a small 33 mb partition and then one 55 gb partition) reformatted, and installed XP Home using the disks Dell provided. I figured that it would not do any harm to delete the utility partition, as I figured the malware he had installed had probably found it's way into everything.

Now, when I turn on the computer, I am asked to choose between operation systems Windows XP Home or Windows XP Home. I've booted into both and they seem to be the very same. When I go into either it shows that there is 55 gb of remaining space.

I pretty much want to make it so that he doesn't have to "choose."

What uh, what should I do?
 
  2008-10-02 05:54:28 PM  
TehNacho: Wow. I suck.

If any of you remember I've been trying to fix this guys computer. I went ahead and made the hard drive one big partition, (it was a small 33 mb partition and then one 55 gb partition) reformatted, and installed XP Home using the disks Dell provided. I figured that it would not do any harm to delete the utility partition, as I figured the malware he had installed had probably found it's way into everything.

Now, when I turn on the computer, I am asked to choose between operation systems Windows XP Home or Windows XP Home. I've booted into both and they seem to be the very same. When I go into either it shows that there is 55 gb of remaining space.

I pretty much want to make it so that he doesn't have to "choose."

What uh, what should I do?


Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced tab, Startup and Recovery, then set the Default Operating System to one of the WinXP Home installs, then set the display OS list to 1 or 0.
Done.
 
  2008-10-02 05:58:01 PM  
Fenis-Wolf:
Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced tab, Startup and Recovery, then set the Default Operating System to one of the WinXP Home installs, then set the display OS list to 1 or 0.
Done.


If you're ever in Phoenix, Phil owes you a beer.
 
  2008-10-02 06:34:53 PM  
Crap. Now I'm trying to get all the devices reinstalled.

Jackasses at Dell sent a random driver disk, and I've tried all of the audio drivers on it, and not one of them work.
 
  2008-10-02 06:38:04 PM  
Oh wow! The networking device works just fine!

Off to Dell.com to get shiat downloaded.
 
  2008-10-02 07:20:13 PM  
I'd just open boot.ini and delete the second Windows entry

also
this guy's retailer told him to take his two month old computer to a tech because it's a software fault.
i34.tinypic.com
(the RAM also faults at 514MB but that's not onscreen)
Fridays are always bad.
 
  2008-10-02 10:59:32 PM  
yeah, that ain't software :)

If you're very very lucky you can just reseat the dimms. Unlikely though given that you've got 8 bad bits, probably a whole chip on the dimm blew out.
 
  2008-10-04 08:04:57 AM  
No_47: I'm not sure if this has been added by an extension I'm using or if it's part of Firefox, but try
Right Click anywhere on page -> Reload Every -> (choose time)
Right Click anywhere on page -> Reload Every -> Enable

and yeha I think it 404s when you go offline


Sounds like what I need, but not a default part of firefox-any idea what extension that might be?
 
  2008-10-04 08:06:38 AM  
Shiat-my farky's acting up too, speaking of FF extentions, any idea why farky 1.11 would be hiding random threads? I have no filters set up...
 
  2008-10-04 08:49:12 AM  
Barakku: Shiat-my farky's acting up too, speaking of FF extentions, any idea why farky 1.11 would be hiding random threads? I have no filters set up...

You might email 920 about it. I think he's got a working, up-to-date version. He usually hooks up LPers, but I haven't used it in a while, so am not really paying attention. Looks like getfarky.com is still up too, but you appear to have the latest version.
 
  2008-10-04 12:39:59 PM  
Barakku: No_47: I'm not sure if this has been added by an extension I'm using or if it's part of Firefox, but try
Right Click anywhere on page -> Reload Every -> (choose time)
Right Click anywhere on page -> Reload Every -> Enable

and yeha I think it 404s when you go offline

Sounds like what I need, but not a default part of firefox-any idea what extension that might be?


the Reload Every Firefox plugin.
 
  2008-10-04 11:19:07 PM  
My desktop went pop, a capacitor gave way from what I can see (one is bulged with liquid coming out). Does anyone know if I can just build a new PC and plug my old HD in and have it boot up? Or will the NTSF file system have a cow if it sees a new MB and CPU?
 
  2008-10-04 11:31:36 PM  
It won't care, except:

- It'll bluescreen on boot if it sees a different ATA/SATA chipset than the one the old board had, but, that can be worked around by booting in safe mode and changing the driver.

- If you go from a single-core CPU to a multi-core CPU you'll need to switch the HAL that Windows is using to get the second CPU going; that's not super simply to do, but it can be done...

- Obviously you'll need to reinstall drivers for anything onboard that's different, like the audio hardware, ethernet, video etc... that's easy though, provided you don't get stuck in a chicken-n-egg problem like having no ethernet and being unable to download ethernet drivers :)
 
  2008-10-04 11:42:28 PM  
Thanks for the reply.
 
  2008-10-05 12:20:14 AM  
You can also install an OS on a new HD, and slave the old HD to get your copious amounts of prawn off it.

That's not an answer to your question though.
 
  2008-10-05 01:05:10 AM  
Befuddled: My desktop went pop, a capacitor gave way from what I can see (one is bulged with liquid coming out). Does anyone know if I can just build a new PC and plug my old HD in and have it boot up? Or will the NTSF file system have a cow if it sees a new MB and CPU?

If you have a Microsoft product, it might flip out over the hardware change. I hope you have your original activation key.
 
  2008-10-05 03:35:46 AM  
AesopRock_00:
the Reload Every Firefox plugin.


I think it might be part of Tab Mix Plus (which I use to modify the appearance of tabs and placement of buttons - it's actually quite cool)


Also, referring to another question, I've found that NT-based windows rarely boots with a new motherboard. Even if a machine is running and you uninstall all the drivers first. It just bluescreens and there's no way to fix it.
 
  2008-10-05 05:07:00 AM  
I'd also like to state, for the record, that there's no way in hell Kubuntu Intrepid is going to be ready by the 30th, and I suspect they'll drop back to KDE 3.5 sometime in the next couple of weeks.

This sh*t is buggy.
 
  2008-10-05 09:27:21 AM  
No_47: Also, referring to another question, I've found that NT-based windows rarely boots with a new motherboard. Even if a machine is running and you uninstall all the drivers first. It just bluescreens and there's no way to fix it.

That's the ATA driver issue I was talking about; change it to "generic IDE" before swapping boards (or in Safe Mode) and it tends to go a lot better. Otherwise you can get an INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE bluescreen...
 
  2008-10-05 02:17:40 PM  
That not the usual bluescreen I get. I think it's 0x0000007B and/or 7E. Most of the time it doesn't even boot to safe mode.
 
  2008-10-05 06:03:05 PM  
0x0000007B = INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE :)
 
  2008-10-05 08:12:47 PM  
I need some design help if anyone can right now -

I'm trying to use a font my client wants on her website, but it's not recognized when it goes online. What can I do?
 
  2008-10-05 08:25:55 PM  
Mike: 0x0000007B = INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE :)

ooooooooooooooh
can't say i've seen the text
 
  2008-10-05 08:29:33 PM  
breatheophelia
I'm trying to use a font my client wants on her website, but it's not recognized when it goes online. What can I do?

Explain how the web works and that no visitor of the site will see it in the cool font if the visitor doesn't happen to have that cool font installed on their computer by coincidence?

That's why there are fall-back fonts in CSS.
 
  2008-10-06 01:07:13 AM  
>:(

Font issues are my nemesis (I work in a small print shop).

Problems usually start when people use a medium for other than its intended purpose (i.e. using Excel or Visio to design a raffle ticket or postcard).

Admittedly, the web is more flexible and does evolve to meet unintended consequences...
 
  2008-10-06 09:55:07 AM  
No_47: I'd also like to state, for the record, that there's no way in hell Kubuntu Intrepid is going to be ready by the 30th, and I suspect they'll drop back to KDE 3.5 sometime in the next couple of weeks.

This sh*t is buggy.


Would you care to elaborate? I haven't looked at Intrepid yet nor have I used KDE 4 with Hardy Heron. Are the bugs easily reproducible? Is it particular applications that are buggy or all of them?

Was/is Intrepid going to be a LTS release? I was just curious about that because Ubuntu Hardy Heron was an LTS but we Kubuntu users got a standard release.
 
  2008-10-06 01:46:06 PM  
Would an acceptable solution be to use the font to make an image or something that preserves its visual integrity?
 
  2008-10-06 04:23:39 PM  
Depends on how slow they want the page to load, and if they reeeeeally wanna use Photoshop to edit all their text vs using a text editor like everyone else...
 
  2008-10-06 08:52:14 PM  
Late thanks for help with the firefox thing, not exactly what I wanted, but seems to not fark anything up.
 
  2008-10-07 12:27:57 AM  
Mike: Depends on how slow they want the page to load, and if they reeeeeally wanna use Photoshop to edit all their text vs using a text editor like everyone else...

If they want it to load even slower, they could make every web page as a pdf.

Hey, that would solve the font issue.
 
  2008-10-07 03:37:53 PM  
I've got a pc here that memtest failed on after 8 hours and 7 passes... with a "unexpected interrupt" "type: divide"

I don't really have any choice but to swap out hardware and run it for another 8 hours, do i?
 
  2008-10-07 11:36:08 PM  
No_47: I've got a pc here that memtest failed on after 8 hours and 7 passes... with a "unexpected interrupt" "type: divide"

I don't really have any choice but to swap out hardware and run it for another 8 hours, do i?


Nope. Have fun with your dead RAM stick.
 
  2008-10-08 12:49:28 AM  
Playing with a new laptop tonight, having some fun, have a question.

First, the fun Ive been having. :-) It came with a webcam built into the frame above the screen. I put real vnc on it, set it in my garage, and am now sitting in my computer room watching a cricket wander around the garage. Fun! Tomorrow Im going to set it by the lizard cage. They always scurry and hide when I walk by... I know theyre up to something...

Anyway, the question : How are these people finding their stolen laptops over the internet? Unless you set up something that did something like automatically emailed yourself once a day, how would you get it back?
 
  2008-10-08 03:52:11 AM  
nosajghoul:
Anyway, the question : How are these people finding their stolen laptops over the internet? Unless you set up something that did something like automatically emailed yourself once a day, how would you get it back?


I think they were using Back to My Mac
 
  2008-10-08 10:57:23 AM  
nosajghoul: How are these people finding their stolen laptops over the internet?

Undercover, if it's a Mac. (orbicule.com doesn't allow me to hotlink it here)
 
  2008-10-08 01:12:12 PM  
Can someone inform me as to what domains I need to add to my hosts file to block the crap on the Geek tab that has appeared today? I can't visit the Geek tab because it crashes Camino every time it tries to load whatever has magically appeared here.
 
  2008-10-08 08:19:59 PM  
bubbaprog: Can someone inform me as to what domains I need to add to my hosts file to block the crap on the Geek tab that has appeared today? I can't visit the Geek tab because it crashes Camino every time it tries to load whatever has magically appeared here.

Grr, the actual image is hosted at img2.fark.net

So far I haven't found anything else that's at img2: tags are either at img0 or img1, so you could try blocking img2 specifically and see if that works. The link goes to vator.tv so I'd probably block the, too.

It's crap like that, though, that makes me use the PDA version of the site (http://www.fark.com/geek/pda.html for the geek page, http://www.fark.com/pda.html for the main). Of course, that's mainly 'cause I'm browsing *from* a PDA most of the time, but it works on "real" computers, too.
 
  2008-10-08 11:58:35 PM  
StevieWonder_DrivingInstructor
bubbaprog: Can someone inform me as to what domains I need to add to my hosts file to block the crap on the Geek tab that has appeared today? I can't visit the Geek tab because it crashes Camino every time it tries to load whatever has magically appeared here.

Grr, the actual image is hosted at img2.fark.net


Meh, just checked; matches my "*/ads/*" rule and some also have "banner" in their name, so whatever..
 
  2008-10-10 01:18:04 PM  
I'm still confused about some things, perhaps you can help:

-- Was the person whose pary were with the father the same person who first asked how babby is formed, or was he mocking the asker? Or it a different story entirely?

-- How could John Freeman have shot the headcrab oficer in the head if he ddint have weapon?

-- Did the original intro to Zero Wing have any spoken dialogue, or was that added in later by fanboys?
 
  2008-10-10 11:08:56 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: -- How could John Freeman have shot the headcrab oficer in the head if he ddint have weapon?

BECAUSE YOU ARE HEADCRAB ZOMBIE!!!

/my brother is in trouble there
//hope this helped
 
  2008-10-11 03:42:07 PM  
I got my first web related cease and desist, woot!

Basically, I was a programmer for company x. Company went through a layoff, so I started my own programming site and cited some work I did and linked to it.

I think I will mail them back the letter, after I wipe with it. Can only add value.
 
  2008-10-11 05:40:54 PM  
I should probably retract my previous comments about Kubuntu Intrepid. The updates have been coming thick and fast (daily), and it's getting more stable and faster every time.

also, the latest linux nvidia driver is a pretty serious release
 
  2008-10-12 05:29:34 PM  
I will likely be in charge of building a media center PC for someone soon- typically I use on board sound, and have never bought a soundcard before... any recommendations for a good sound card? This guy is a total musicphile, so I want to make sure that what I get for him is going to sound really good- he's not great with computers though, so I also would like something that has the minimum (if any) software that he'll be worrying about.

Also, I hated Windows Media Center with a passion. I figure his current computer has XP, and I've never used Vista... do any of you feel that Vista has a better media playback interface? I would prefer to us XP Pro because I've had such a good experience with it, he's probably most familiar with it, it's cheaper, and the system requirements are pretty low compared to vista with all it's shiny crap running. Yay or Nay?
 
  2008-10-12 08:26:34 PM  
The Vista Media Center is light years ahead of the XP Media Center. Apart from that, you're pretty much stuck with Foobar 2000, Winamp, or WMP 11.

If you end up getting a Creative sound card, beware that the vista drivers are neutered.
 
  2008-10-13 01:18:38 AM  
I have a bluegears sound card, and it's wonderful. But I only use it in XP and Linux. Who knows how it would do in Vista.
 
  2008-10-13 03:58:36 PM  
TehNacho: I will likely be in charge of building a media center PC for someone soon- typically I use on board sound, and have never bought a soundcard before... any recommendations for a good sound card? This guy is a total musicphile, so I want to make sure that what I get for him is going to sound really good- he's not great with computers though, so I also would like something that has the minimum (if any) software that he'll be worrying about.

ASUS soundcards are supposedly very good.
 
  2008-10-13 05:06:32 PM  
If he's a musicphile, his home theater/stereo/whatever amp might have an optical (SP/DIF) input, and if the onbound sound has an optical output, you're good to go with just that...
 
  2008-10-13 08:33:47 PM  
Random purchasing questions(relevant enough?):

1: Keep destroying my earbuds, anything that's nice and durable that anyone can recommend? Within reasonable price, at least; I can get nice "Gummi" JVC earbuds for 10 bucks with good quality/sound. And they're green!

2: Cool tablet PC crap anyone? I found a nice art program (ArtRage for $20) and Vista works wonders for working the comp with my pen, but are there just any fun/helpful/ect apps anyone uses?
One specific thing I'm looking for (may not be "just" for tablets) is something to swap the windows bar when I swap screen modes (it's a hybrid, laptop, then swivel and it's a clipboard-like tablet for the pen) so that I can have it automatically/at the press of a button swap the bar/other settings? I already have something to swap the wallpaper when I do that, was wondering if there's any similar stuff out there.

/Tell me I'm not the only one with a tablet
 
  2008-10-14 01:52:52 PM  
Barakku: Random purchasing questions(relevant enough?):

1: Keep destroying my earbuds, anything that's nice and durable that anyone can recommend? Within reasonable price, at least; I can get nice "Gummi" JVC earbuds for 10 bucks with good quality/sound. And they're green!


How long do yours last? I go thru a pair about once every 6 mo, but Im rough on my toys. I find no real difference in durability between expensive and cheap ones, so Id recomend any below $15.
 
  2008-10-14 03:06:33 PM  
going through earbuds is pretty much a constant with me.

what angers me is that whenever I find a decent kind, they stop making it. I guess I should hoard them whenever I find ones I like.

/I'm looking at you, sennheiser.
 
  2008-10-14 06:01:12 PM  
Man On Fire
/I'm looking at you, sennheiser.

My opinion about Sennheiser ear plugs:
Great sound, but I'm convinced their plugs (at least in the 20-30 Euro range with cable volume control) are made with weak points that are going to break pretty quickly.
The three pairs I got during the last year or so all didn't last very long - and surely not long enough for the prices that Sennheiser is asking.

I recommend to keep the receipt if you buy Sennheiser - you might need it to get a replacement in case they come with a warranty.
 
  2008-10-14 10:06:58 PM  
nosajghoul: Barakku: Random purchasing questions(relevant enough?):

1: Keep destroying my earbuds, anything that's nice and durable that anyone can recommend? Within reasonable price, at least; I can get nice "Gummi" JVC earbuds for 10 bucks with good quality/sound. And they're green!

How long do yours last? I go thru a pair about once every 6 mo, but Im rough on my toys. I find no real difference in durability between expensive and cheap ones, so Id recomend any below $15.


About 3 months of heavy use?ish. These have been stepped on...at least once (that's not common...honest!) but they're starting to come appart in various ways. Not all of them foot-related. Figured with most products there's little difference, but figured there may be some construction worker-type thing. Tempted to get those MGS codec like things that stimulate your ear bones directly, I can't take the muffs off those/ect. Not sure if I wanna buy 200 dollar or something insane for something I can't even try first.
 
  2008-10-16 04:58:16 PM  
Barakku: figured there may be some construction worker-type thing.

I know the military has hardware thats rated 'tougher' than civillian counterparts. For instance, you can get a plain old resistor, or a military grade one. I wonder if theres military grade earbuds?
 
  2008-10-16 08:14:49 PM  
nosajghoul: Barakku: figured there may be some construction worker-type thing.

I know the military has hardware thats rated 'tougher' than civillian counterparts. For instance, you can get a plain old resistor, or a military grade one. I wonder if theres military grade earbuds?


you can get headsets, and probably clunky stereo headphones, but I doubt earbuds.

/mil geardo.
 
  2008-10-16 09:12:03 PM  
Man On Fire: nosajghoul: Barakku: figured there may be some construction worker-type thing.

I know the military has hardware thats rated 'tougher' than civillian counterparts. For instance, you can get a plain old resistor, or a military grade one. I wonder if theres military grade earbuds?

you can get headsets, and probably clunky stereo headphones, but I doubt earbuds.

/mil geardo.


Ironically all I can seem to find are military grade headphones-military grade noise cancellation that is, which I'm not looking for. Probably just gonna pick up a new set of cheap JVCs, they're always high quality.

/No one has tablet PC tips :(?
 
  2008-10-17 02:42:08 PM  
I have Planet Earth on HD-DVD. Wanted the series in high def, but was stupidly impatient about acquiring it, and didn't even wait to have a player for it.

So what's the best option for viewing the content? Sucking it up and re-buying it on BR? I would prefer having the entire series in digital form on a hard drive, so would it be easier to find an HD-DVD drive to rip it with? Or would it be cheaper and simpler to find the last HD-DVD player in existence and buy that JUST for one set of discs?

Not really in a hurry to move up to high def entertainment, but if there's a cheap option to watch what I have right now...
 
  2008-10-19 12:09:47 AM  
Barakku: Man On Fire: nosajghoul: Barakku: figured there may be some construction worker-type thing.

I know the military has hardware thats rated 'tougher' than civillian counterparts. For instance, you can get a plain old resistor, or a military grade one. I wonder if theres military grade earbuds?

you can get headsets, and probably clunky stereo headphones, but I doubt earbuds.

/mil geardo.

Ironically all I can seem to find are military grade headphones-military grade noise cancellation that is, which I'm not looking for. Probably just gonna pick up a new set of cheap JVCs, they're always high quality.

/No one has tablet PC tips :(?


if I had one I would. lenovo's x200 is on my wishlist, but it's like the 14th item down.
 
  2008-10-19 10:14:42 AM  
I used a tablet PC years ago... for work. I never used any cool software, though. All I can help you with is breaking the handwriting recognition.
 
  2008-10-19 07:20:32 PM  
Stuck to the side of customer's computer:

i106.photobucket.com

/sigh
 
  2008-10-20 12:01:22 AM  
I wish it was widespread policy to publish such offenders.

Internal Website:
2008 10 19 John Smith - taped password with destroy notice to computer
2008 10 15 Karen Abbott - turned off firewall to get rid of "firewall messages"

People would either learn quickly, or at least you'd have a list of repeat offenders to fire.

Then again, you can't operate a business without any executive and staff.

Would it be more feasible if unique IDs were used instead of names? Get the watercooler shaming talk going.
 
  2008-10-20 11:34:34 PM  
I know of a place that keeps sensitive financial information for many people.

The PGP key for their server...

Is written in Sharpie...

On the front of the server.
 
  2008-10-21 01:46:19 AM  
Please tell me the door to the room the server is in is at least locked? :)
 
  2008-10-21 11:33:42 AM  
FuturePastNow: I know of a place that keeps sensitive financial information for many people.

The PGP key for their server...

Is written in Sharpie...

On the front of the server.


My accountant used to keep a backup of all her data on an unencrypted external hard drive. She would back everything up every day and take that HD home with her - and stick it in her desk drawer at home.
 
  2008-10-21 06:02:07 PM  
Mike: Please tell me the door to the room the server is in is at least locked? :)

No, it's a small business (tax preparation). The server is on a table in the back of the main room. Anyone going to the bathroom walks by it.
 
  2008-10-22 12:58:26 AM  
FuturePastNow: I used a tablet PC years ago... for work. I never used any cool software, though. All I can help you with is breaking the handwriting recognition.

I had fun with that in XP, but then again XP wasn't trainable, and I write terribly, so it was never close to what I typed. There's little difference between my p's and l's, m's and n's, and h's and n's though, so it still doesn't always like me. I can still post to fark with it though. If I ever post with no starting caps and brief sentences, I'm probably using the handwriting.

FuturePastNow: Mike: Please tell me the door to the room the server is in is at least locked? :)

No, it's a small business (tax preparation). The server is on a table in the back of the main room. Anyone going to the bathroom walks by it.


Hey buddy, which way to the uh, bathroom?
 
  2008-10-22 11:50:30 AM  
First Question: Is one able to upgrade from Open Office 2.0 to 3.0 on his Asus Eee 4G PC? More to the point, is one who got an Asus Eee 4G PC because of its simplicity/cost/portability and not because he knows jack shiat about Unix or Linux able to upgrade from Open Office 2.0 to 3.0 on his Asus Eee 4G PC?

Second Question: In the Star Wars universe, or pretty much any other sci-fi universe where humans and aliens live together, what are the public school systems like? Are the schools integrated, or segregated by species? If they go to school together, are there some classes taken by one specific species as those classes would only benefit them, like how boys used to take shop while girls took home economics? And in places with "racial" tension, like on Taris before Darth Malak destroyed it, was there an integration of schools that mirrored the U.S. integration movement in the '60s?
 
  2008-10-22 06:37:01 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: First Question: Is one able to upgrade from Open Office 2.0 to 3.0 on his Asus Eee 4G PC? More to the point, is one who got an Asus Eee 4G PC because of its simplicity/cost/portability and not because he knows jack shiat about Unix or Linux able to upgrade from Open Office 2.0 to 3.0 on his Asus Eee 4G PC?

Using the stock Xandros install? I think you'd have to wait for Asus to update their repo. I'm not entirely sure. There's not a lot about it on the eeeuser forums.

Second Question: In the Star Wars universe, or pretty much any other sci-fi universe where humans and aliens live together, what are the public school systems like? Are the schools integrated, or segregated by species? If they go to school together, are there some classes taken by one specific species as those classes would only benefit them, like how boys used to take shop while girls took home economics? And in places with "racial" tension, like on Taris before Darth Malak destroyed it, was there an integration of schools that mirrored the U.S. integration movement in the '60s?

shut up
 
  2008-10-22 10:37:43 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: Second Question: In the Star Wars universe, or pretty much any other sci-fi universe where humans and aliens live together, what are the public school systems like? Are the schools integrated, or segregated by species? If they go to school together, are there some classes taken by one specific species as those classes would only benefit them, like how boys used to take shop while girls took home economics? And in places with "racial" tension, like on Taris before Darth Malak destroyed it, was there an integration of schools that mirrored the U.S. integration movement in the '60s?

Well, I don't know about the Darth Malak thing, but in the school for young jedis where Yoda was teaching in the fake star wars movies (the new ones) I think there were humans and non-humans..maybe. Can't remember for sure and it would take the armies of several global powers to get me to watch those got damn movies again to find out. Funny robot noises FTL. But that was a jedi school which seemed based on hippie ideals more than strict learning.

I'm going to guess that the more non-human a non-human is, the more likely it's going to stay within the bounds of it's kind. Common sense. The Bothans were pretty human-like, and I think in some of the Rogue Squadron books, one of the [human] pilots and a Bothan were dating, so I'm sure they could go to school together easily.

I bet a book or movie based less on scifi adventures and more on speciesism would be mind-numbingly boring. Didn't really answer your question, but it was fun to think about.

suck it no_47
 
  2008-10-22 11:10:00 PM  
i33.tinypic.com
 
  2008-10-23 07:33:00 PM  
Thanks #47, gayb.
 
  2008-10-23 08:57:41 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: And in places with "racial" tension, like on Taris before Darth Malak destroyed it, was there an integration of schools that mirrored the U.S. integration movement in the '60s?

Funny you mention that, I was thinking about a Star Wars plot paralleling the Women's Lib movement. Featuring a Sith villainess with severe penis envy.

The ensuing drama would pretty much write itself.
 
  2008-10-24 03:12:47 PM  
Let's see if this thread is as broken as the PSAEF..
 
  2008-10-26 12:25:01 AM  
it's drunk, and I'm a Saturday night posting on Fark. Amen!!!11
 
  2008-10-26 03:49:27 AM  
Okay, I give, I need help shopping for an Ultramobile PC (not entirely sure I want to buy one yet at this point though) Google is no help, I can't even find an aprox price. Any tips searching/a good site to shop? Not even entirely sure what to call them.

Anyone with personal expirence with them?
 
  2008-10-26 03:51:55 AM  
For clarification, I want a baby tablet, like the kid with a split keybaord on either side, not this small fold up laptop horseshiat
 
  2008-10-26 03:43:38 PM  
They're called "netbooks" or as you're aware "UMPCs"

start by looking at Acer Aspire One, MSI Wind, and the various Asus eeePC models
 
  2008-10-26 03:46:15 PM  
okaaaaaaay then no

Like one of those fancypants Nokia phones?
 
  2008-10-26 05:13:27 PM  
When I run CC cleaner I get an error message I've never seen before. It pops up near the clock just like Windows update and desktop cleanup wizard balloons.

It says:

CCleaner.exe - Corrupt File
The file or directory C:\$Mft is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility.

As far as I can tell, CCleaner still works. Other than a stupid long startup time, I'm not having any issues with my computer.

What could this be.
 
  2008-10-26 07:23:50 PM  
No_47: okaaaaaaay then no

Like one of those fancypants Nokia phones?


Gah, no, like the ASUS stuff:
www.tech2.com

But I've seen some with little split keyboards on either side too, though most seem to have gone with the slide-out keyboard.
Lots of weirdness on google, clearly lots of methods of adding the keyboard, but UMPC seems to mostly be it.

www.slipperybrick.com
This looks nice, but I'd like something with a comfortable pen too;currently using a hybrid Tablet PC from Toshiba, VERY nice, comfortable pen, not like the DS style pen this has...

I've become a bit too used to my tablet, so anything portable without a pen feels like a waste of money to me :/.
 
  2008-10-26 07:39:59 PM  
No_47: They're called "netbooks" or as you're aware "UMPCs"

start by looking at Acer Aspire One, MSI Wind, and the various Asus eeePC models


I've heard of the eee, a friend of mine wants one, doesn't appeal to me. I can't type very well on a NORMAL sized keyboard, and don't care to use the normal comp layout in class either way. I may stick with my current comp through undergrad at least, but it's a bit heavy/ect. Battery life is also a bit of a pain, I have 3 batteries for mine actually (2 normal (one dead...) and an extended). I like computers but being teathered to an ugly workstation in one seat is very unappealing, I greatly enjoy the freedom of my tablet. I tend to use my tablet pen as a replacement for my touchpad/mouse, even in notebook mode.
 
  2008-10-26 07:53:45 PM  
Those UMPCs sold very poorly, especially in the US, so most manufacturers gave up on them. But companies that import crap from Japan still sell them here. Dynamism has that Samsung Q1 Ultra for $900. They've got some others as well.
 
  2008-10-26 09:15:56 PM  
FuturePastNow: Those UMPCs sold very poorly, especially in the US, so most manufacturers gave up on them. But companies that import crap from Japan still sell them here. Dynamism has that Samsung Q1 Ultra for $900. They've got some others as well.

I've kinda wondered why Tablets (like mine, big ones that double as laptops, not UMPCs) aren't more popular...I'm in college and I've never seen another...most peple have never seen one before, and I pretty much get a compliment on it every time I sit next to someone in a lecture, some people even tracking me down after class to ask WTF it is/how it works...even my comp sci TA asked about it. I think college students would eat this shiat up, IDK why they've never been marketed more toward college students. It's not that much more expensive and it's a LOT nicer than 50 farking notebooks. Searchable notes are awesome, too.

UMPCs are different; the non-tablet ones just seem...stupid to me, too tiny. Any particular reason these failed? Do they have the nice features notebook size ones have (induction based pen, fully working OS?)
Kinda tempted for the Q1 ultra, goes for 500ish used on ebay. I'll paw through dynamism to see what's availible.
 
  2008-10-26 09:24:55 PM  
OMG I almost came watching the demo of the shift (new window)

Do these things have inductive pens you you can hover/right click with a mouse/ect, or is it just a touchscreen you use a pen on, like the nintendo DS? My biggie has a fully functioning pen, I'm not sure if I could function without a hover function. Do these do that/is this possible, or can those tiny pens not do that? My pen's full sized and $60.
 
  2008-10-26 09:35:49 PM  
Blech. I powered down my machine and went to watch a movie. Came back, turned it on, and CHKDSK was running. I wrote down some of the stuff it spat at me. Because of a "Code 128," some files 84756, 84763, 84765, and 133520 were all deleted. They left some "orphan files." XP then tried to correct an error in index $130 in file 10222. Then, it spat out a huge number of files within 10222 which had to be deleted. Some of them were .gifs, some of them were web addresses from the file name, but there were A LOT of files it deleted. This created some more orphan files which were later apparently restored.

Am I, or my computer, going to die? I've never seen CHKDSK do anything like this, but then again it's been years since I've had a machine that needed it to run.
 
  2008-10-26 09:48:10 PM  
TehNacho: Blech. I powered down my machine and went to watch a movie. Came back, turned it on, and CHKDSK was running. I wrote down some of the stuff it spat at me. Because of a "Code 128," some files 84756, 84763, 84765, and 133520 were all deleted. They left some "orphan files." XP then tried to correct an error in index $130 in file 10222. Then, it spat out a huge number of files within 10222 which had to be deleted. Some of them were .gifs, some of them were web addresses from the file name, but there were A LOT of files it deleted. This created some more orphan files which were later apparently restored.

Am I, or my computer, going to die? I've never seen CHKDSK do anything like this, but then again it's been years since I've had a machine that needed it to run.


Sounds like your hard drive's failing-I'd do a full backup and replace the harddrive ASAP. Start the backup immediately-it may be fine for a while, but once a harddrive's started to lose files like that (even one file) the whole thing's not long for this earth.
 
  2008-10-26 09:52:40 PM  
Barakku: TehNacho: Blech. I powered down my machine and went to watch a movie. Came back, turned it on, and CHKDSK was running. I wrote down some of the stuff it spat at me. Because of a "Code 128," some files 84756, 84763, 84765, and 133520 were all deleted. They left some "orphan files." XP then tried to correct an error in index $130 in file 10222. Then, it spat out a huge number of files within 10222 which had to be deleted. Some of them were .gifs, some of them were web addresses from the file name, but there were A LOT of files it deleted. This created some more orphan files which were later apparently restored.

Am I, or my computer, going to die? I've never seen CHKDSK do anything like this, but then again it's been years since I've had a machine that needed it to run.

Sounds like your hard drive's failing-I'd do a full backup and replace the harddrive ASAP. Start the backup immediately-it may be fine for a while, but once a harddrive's started to lose files like that (even one file) the whole thing's not long for this earth.


Really?

It's less than a year old... and it doesn't make any funny noises... a lot of my important stuff is backed up... well, I have my fingers crossed... what's weird is that this didn't start until the last time I ran CCleaner.
 
  2008-10-26 10:00:22 PM  
TehNacho
Am I, or my computer, going to die?

More like your file system or hard drive.
NTFS' MFT file stores where the files are on your drive.
Now if that MFT file is broken..not good.

It's probably too late in your case, but after doing a backup you could try to run chkdsk with the "/f" option (if it didn't use it already in the previous run) or give TestDisk's MFT repair function a try.
 
  2008-10-26 10:12:17 PM  
TehNacho: Barakku: TehNacho: Blech. I powered down my machine and went to watch a movie. Came back, turned it on, and CHKDSK was running. I wrote down some of the stuff it spat at me. Because of a "Code 128," some files 84756, 84763, 84765, and 133520 were all deleted. They left some "orphan files." XP then tried to correct an error in index $130 in file 10222. Then, it spat out a huge number of files within 10222 which had to be deleted. Some of them were .gifs, some of them were web addresses from the file name, but there were A LOT of files it deleted. This created some more orphan files which were later apparently restored.

Am I, or my computer, going to die? I've never seen CHKDSK do anything like this, but then again it's been years since I've had a machine that needed it to run.

Sounds like your hard drive's failing-I'd do a full backup and replace the harddrive ASAP. Start the backup immediately-it may be fine for a while, but once a harddrive's started to lose files like that (even one file) the whole thing's not long for this earth.

Really?

It's less than a year old... and it doesn't make any funny noises... a lot of my important stuff is backed up... well, I have my fingers crossed... what's weird is that this didn't start until the last time I ran CCleaner.


It may last a bit longer, but for the most part a (physical) hard drive problem is like cancer: it's going to go sooner or later. CCleaner wouldn't have anything to do with it, sounds like it's a psychical issue (HDD have moving parts, they'll all wear themselves raw eventually). It may still be under warranty if it's only a year old though, so that's good.
Don't let Best Buy sell you any "backup services" ect or generally anything you don't explicitly ask them for in this. My sister's asked them about doing backups/attempting to fix these things, they charge the price of a new farking HDD and aren't as good as a random geek with linux at fixing shiat.

You can buy "server grade" hard drives (I recommend anything vpr matrix (new window) if you're scared about it happening again, but for the most part it's not necessary unless you NEED it to not screw up; it'll be a bit more expensive, but for the most part normal hard drives are just going to fail every once in a while. The current two in my desktop have run for like 3/4 years now without problem, but my last comp failed within a year.
 
  2008-10-26 10:33:52 PM  
Barakku:

It may last a bit longer, but for the most part a (physical) hard drive problem is like cancer: it's going to go sooner or later. CCleaner wouldn't have anything to do with it, sounds like it's a psychical issue (HDD have moving parts, they'll all wear themselves raw eventually). It may still be under warranty if it's only a year old though, so that's good.
Don't let Best Buy sell you any "backup services" ect or generally anything you don't explicitly ask them for in this. My sister's asked them about doing backups/attempting to fix these things, they charge the price of a new farking HDD and aren't as good as a random geek with linux at fixing shiat.

You can buy "server grade" hard drives (I recommend anything vpr matrix (new window) if you're scared about it happening again, but for the most part it's not necessary unless you NEED it to not screw up; it'll be a bit more expensive, but for the most part normal hard drives are just going to fail every once in a while. The current two in my desktop have run for like 3/4 years now without problem, but my last comp failed within a year.


Damn. I have hard drives I bought at least 5 years ago with no problems. This will actually be the first harddrive to actually die on me. Well, when I have the money...
 
  2008-10-26 10:34:40 PM  
Oh and Best Buy/Circut City/Technicians aren't going to get within a mile of my machine. If it is something I'm not able to do/diagnose myself or with the Geek forums help, it's not worth doing.
 
  2008-10-26 11:29:36 PM  
TehNacho: Oh and Best Buy/Circut City/Technicians aren't going to get within a mile of my machine. If it is something I'm not able to do/diagnose myself or with the Geek forums help, it's not worth doing.

Good plan. I'd make your backup as soon as you can, borrow a backup drive from a friend is nothing else. If you have vista you can do a full backup very easily (I have ultimate and always have, I don't know if all premium installs have this or what) otherwise you'll need whatever other software. Just copy important stuff if nothing else.

If you only have one machine and really want to be safe it might be worth getting a (smaller if need be, for the price) server grade HDD. The warranty should be very good, but they don't fail often. But like you said, most HDD will give you years of good work. Laptops can have more problems if you have one now: HDD have moving parts, so if it accesses the HDD while moving it could scratch the disk. Mine an many modern laptops have motion sensors to stop the HDD head if this happens actually.
 
  2008-10-26 11:40:15 PM  
Accelerometer, actually.
 
  2008-10-27 12:40:09 AM  
Barakku: Any particular reason these failed? Do they have the nice features notebook size ones have (induction based pen, fully working OS?)
Kinda tempted for the Q1 ultra, goes for 500ish used on ebay.


The UMPC was a pet project of Bill Gates before he left Microsoft (as were tablet PCs in general). They failed, in part, because manufacturers charged way too much for them in the beginning. And they had really weak hardware- 800MHz Pentium M was the usual. And the first generation of them had like 90 minute batteries.

They can't be used as someone's only computer, most people aren't interested in owning a second computer, and most people who want a second computer don't want to pay 2007 prices for 2001 tech. Especially not something funny-looking.
 
  2008-10-27 12:45:48 AM  
TehNacho, put that drive in another computer and run a program called SpeedFan to read the SMART info. That'll tell you if it is good or bad.

Barakku: If you only have one machine and really want to be safe it might be worth getting a (smaller if need be, for the price) server grade HDD.

"Server-grade" hard drives are not any better than consumer drives. The hardware is exactly identical in every way. The only difference is some firmware optimizations that certain RAID controllers can use and that will reduce the drive's performance in a single-user environment (IE, a personal computer). For this, drive makers charge a lot of extra money.
 
  2008-10-27 12:51:25 AM  
FuturePastNow: Barakku: Any particular reason these failed? Do they have the nice features notebook size ones have (induction based pen, fully working OS?)
Kinda tempted for the Q1 ultra, goes for 500ish used on ebay.

The UMPC was a pet project of Bill Gates before he left Microsoft (as were tablet PCs in general). They failed, in part, because manufacturers charged way too much for them in the beginning. And they had really weak hardware- 800MHz Pentium M was the usual. And the first generation of them had like 90 minute batteries.

They can't be used as someone's only computer, most people aren't interested in owning a second computer, and most people who want a second computer don't want to pay 2007 prices for 2001 tech. Especially not something funny-looking.


I use a portege (new window) Two year old model, works just fine with vista, but it's the last model with 1 gig ram, so I'm thinking of upgrading that. Seem to work just fine for me, and aren't much more expensive than a plain laptop. I don't see why you couldn't use it for your only computer, I more or less do, just play movies on my desktop cause my speakers are on it.
Sure you're thinking of the same kinda tablets, and not slate-only tablets? Most are basically notebooks that can fold down into a slate orientation. The hybrid form's what I'm looking for in the UMPC as well.
 
  2008-10-27 01:17:20 AM  
Barakku: I don't see why you couldn't use it for your only computer, I more or less do, just play movies on my desktop cause my speakers are on it.
Sure you're thinking of the same kinda tablets, and not slate-only tablets? Most are basically notebooks that can fold down into a slate orientation. The hybrid form's what I'm looking for in the UMPC as well.


I mean the little UMPCs, like the Q1 Ultra. No one is going to use that thing as their main computer.

You want... I'm changing the terminology a little... a convertible tablet netbook?

Dynamism (which is by no means the only store of its type) has one of those that looks (to me) really nice: Gigabyte M912
 
  2008-10-27 01:32:44 AM  
FuturePastNow: Barakku: I don't see why you couldn't use it for your only computer, I more or less do, just play movies on my desktop cause my speakers are on it.
Sure you're thinking of the same kinda tablets, and not slate-only tablets? Most are basically notebooks that can fold down into a slate orientation. The hybrid form's what I'm looking for in the UMPC as well.

I mean the little UMPCs, like the Q1 Ultra. No one is going to use that thing as their main computer.

You want... I'm changing the terminology a little... a convertible tablet netbook?

Dynamism (which is by no means the only store of its type) has one of those that looks (to me) really nice: Gigabyte M912


Oh no, I thought you were talking about tablets; I HAVE a portege now, posting from it; the full sized deal.
The UMPC I understand aren't a great PC replacement, and yeah, a hybrid netbook's basically what I'm looking for: The HTC Shift looks more like my thing...unfortunately a bit more expensive.

At this point I'm considering either getting a hybrid (big tablet) with specs to replace my desktop, or phase out my hybrid for a UMPC. Not sure I ever want to deal with a desktop again, but there really aren't "desktop replacement" tablet PCs...

Also, since these things don't have CD drives, is there a way to get vista ultimate on it without a USB CD ROM? Looks like most already have a premium vista already installed though. The amazing level of tablet extensions they added to vista's what made me get it. That and liking all my tech stuff sleek and sexy.

The gigabyte looks like a baby version of my portege, actually. These things all have crappy pens though...
/ My pen is awesome
 
  2008-10-27 01:44:32 AM  
Aw shiat, looks like the Shift only has 800 mhz processor...life's not fair :/.
 
  2008-10-27 12:57:59 PM  
I finally remember the kind of app I'm looking for, is there such thing as a gesture control kind of app for windows (vista)? like make a couple circles in a mouse hover to refresh, ect?
Google just brings up a lot of fancy devices that use gestures
 
  2008-10-27 02:47:55 PM  
Sweet.

The "IT" (Idiot Technologists) guys here have thrown the switch on a Barracuda internet/web filter. They've apparently been spying on employees web surfing habits and decided that we're wasting bandwidth on streaming audio/video and "going to sites that they shouldn't."

After several days of flawed Farking via the likes of vtunnel, et al, I bit the bullet and set up a ssh based poor-boy VPN tunnel/proxy with one of my Linux boxes at home. Works like a bloody charm! It does leak DNS queries so they could see where I'm going if they knew to look. Gonna have to see what I can do about that.
 
  2008-10-27 02:52:51 PM  
Ah, in firefox, about:config, set'network.proxy.socks_remote_dns' to true. No more leaked DNS queries by the fox.
 
  2008-10-27 03:56:31 PM  
ok i know this is an idiotic question : does the "fax talk" bundled software, work ? i need to start sending faxes again and was wondering if it was viable
 
  2008-10-27 04:46:53 PM  
i see i'm out of my league here
 
  2008-10-27 05:39:49 PM  
I have IE 7. Almost everytime I click on a link that opens up in a new window, the current window fades like the new window will open, but it never comes up. And after clicking the window for a couple of seconds and trying to close it out, it says the program is not responding. It pisses me off. How do I fix it?

As far as I know, my computer is not f*cked with viruses and I don't want to do a system restore. I'm tired of reopening internet explorer every time it decides to freeze up and not open a separate window. Sometimes, IE will also freeze up randomly and "not respond" even while I'm reading the FARK forums, or just surfing the web. Please help! I'm getting tired of this shiat.
 
  2008-10-27 09:00:37 PM  
piaddic120: How do I fix it?

Pick one:

Firefox (new window)
Opera (new window)
Safari (new window)
Chrome (new window)
 
  2008-10-27 10:46:10 PM  
piaddic120: I have IE 7. Almost everytime I click on a link that opens up in a new window, the current window fades like the new window will open, but it never comes up. And after clicking the window for a couple of seconds and trying to close it out, it says the program is not responding. It pisses me off. How do I fix it?

As far as I know, my computer is not f*cked with viruses and I don't want to do a system restore. I'm tired of reopening internet explorer every time it decides to freeze up and not open a separate window. Sometimes, IE will also freeze up randomly and "not respond" even while I'm reading the FARK forums, or just surfing the web. Please help! I'm getting tired of this shiat.


Got adblock (something called IE 7 pro has it, speeds things up)? Otherwise you could try disabling adons (just run the IE 7 without addons thing). Increasing your browser cache size may help as well, if the chache is filling too much, but I'd bet addons, if it's not adware/virus related.

I do somewhat recommend firefox, if change is an option, but IE7 pro has most of the basic good stuff from firefox for IE7, and firefox has a lovely memory leak issue that I've been seeing too much of lately...
 
  2008-10-28 02:47:13 AM  
MusicMakeMyHeadPound: piaddic120: How do I fix it?

Pick one:

Firefox (new window)
Opera (new window)
Safari (new window)
Chrome (new window)


I just wanted to applaud this answer. very nicely done.
 
  2008-10-28 10:56:25 AM  
AesopRock_00: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: piaddic120: How do I fix it?

Pick one:

Firefox (new window)
Opera (new window)
Safari (new window)
Chrome (new window)

I just wanted to applaud this answer. very nicely done.


Although the answer was sarcastic, I'm considering firefox. But does firefox take up more memory than IE?

I tried disabling addons but that didn't work. Still have the same problem
 
  2008-10-28 11:37:09 AM  
I took out the yahoo toolbar addon and it seems to have reduced the incidence alot.
 
  2008-10-28 12:54:50 PM  
To the Fark tech team:

Due to a new job and other responsibilities, I haven't submitted a link in almost a year.

I just started back submitting links again last week, and I have to say the new(?) "Check Link" button is quite possibly the coolest addition to Fark yet.

Kudos on the implementation of this excellent feature, as it is very useful.

/end public farkback
 
  2008-10-28 08:27:31 PM  
PacersJAM3s:
/end public farkback


Use the farkback link, you godamned tool.

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: piaddic120: How do I fix it?

Pick one:

Firefox (new window)
Opera (new window)
Safari (new window)
Chrome (new window)


Symptom, not problem.

Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced -> Reset -> Reset
Restart IE7.

THEN switch to Firefox.
 
  2008-10-29 08:48:25 AM  
No_47: Use the farkback link, you godamned tool.

I'm not sure if you were having a bad day or are just that nice to everybody.

At any rate, the reason I posted it on here was because I imagine they get hundreds of e-mails a day and my comment wasn't anything that important to bother with.

I also know the Geek forum is frequented by the tech team, so I figured if they saw it great, if not no loss.
 
  2008-10-29 09:32:51 PM  
PacersJAM3s

No_47 is generally cool, AFAIK. Possibly a bad day thing, wife/SO on the rag or similar. Add the random idiocy that is endemic to [semi]anonymous posting and you get asswipe posts from normally nice and useful community members.

Have fun (and Fark you all)!

;)
 
  2008-10-30 10:51:39 AM  
Half of the tech team pops in here. Unfortunately, not the half that wrote that particular feature :)
 
  2008-10-30 02:18:19 PM  
PacersJAM3s: just that nice to everybody.

that one. But hey. I'll rephrase.

"You're best off using the actual farkback link to talk about fark's features. Especially to kiss butt."
 
  2008-10-30 08:02:36 PM  
PacersJAM3s

Kudos on the implementation of this excellent feature, as it is very useful.


Okay, enough with the praise for now.
Who do we have to kick for the Blender and Fark-images-hosted-on-Maxim crap on the showbiz tab?

Come on, at least change it so that the IFrame doesn't have a vertical scrollbar.
 
  2008-10-30 10:49:02 PM  
piaddic120: AesopRock_00: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: piaddic120: How do I fix it?

Pick one:

Firefox (new window)
Opera (new window)
Safari (new window)
Chrome (new window)

I just wanted to applaud this answer. very nicely done.

Although the answer was sarcastic, I'm considering firefox. But does firefox take up more memory than IE?

I tried disabling addons but that didn't work. Still have the same problem


Firefox starts out using very little memory...but it very quickly ends up using 200/300MB for no real reason...and it inevitably ends up crashing. I tend to only put my comp into standby, so I won't turn it off for days, and it usually lasts more than a day before grinding to a halt (it occasionally very, very much will grind everything to a halt...)
 
  2008-10-30 11:31:24 PM  
Firefox uses lots of RAM. Maybe you should try Firefox 3. But if it keeps crashing, and your computer keep grinding to a halt, there's almost certainly something else wrong.
 
  2008-10-31 01:19:54 AM  
Maybe it's a Windows thing. I've been browsing all night and FF has stayed steady at 140mb.

Also, putting your computer in standby loads everything into RAM. When there's no room left in RAM it starts using disk space called Virtual Memory. Disk read/writes are VERY slow, which can certainly make things feel sluggish. It gets exponentially slower as Virtual Memory fills up. Eventually it will bluescreen or halt.

Microsoft also uses a ridiculous locked thread model of memory management which can often cause memory to get bloated if a program doesn't properly unload the resources it locked up - which is why rebooting is oh so effective with Windows (because you clear the RAM).

So try to avoid using standby. Shut down when you can.
 
  2008-10-31 02:33:51 AM  
Also, putting Windows into standby means nothing's going to work properly when it comes out of standby.

;)

Also, I'm running Kubuntu Intrepid and Firefox is using 177MB right now.
 
  2008-10-31 12:18:24 PM  
MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Maybe it's a Windows thing. I've been browsing all night and FF has stayed steady at 140mb.

Also, putting your computer in standby loads everything into RAM. When there's no room left in RAM it starts using disk space called Virtual Memory. Disk read/writes are VERY slow, which can certainly make things feel sluggish. It gets exponentially slower as Virtual Memory fills up. Eventually it will bluescreen or halt.

Microsoft also uses a ridiculous locked thread model of memory management which can often cause memory to get bloated if a program doesn't properly unload the resources it locked up - which is why rebooting is oh so effective with Windows (because you clear the RAM).

So try to avoid using standby. Shut down when you can.


I never have any problems when firefox isn't open though, and closing FF fixes the memory prob. FF2 apparently had a memory leak issue, does FF 3 have one as well? I just actually freaking bluescreened, right after firefox got all slow...

I know standby doesn't clean everything like a restart, but it always runs fine when I open it back up. It's usually when I leave FF on and am mostly/only using that that it freaks out...
 
  2008-10-31 12:28:48 PM  
Okay, I got a solution report that says it was caused by a USB driver...my BIOS is the latest, and no USB things are plugged in...

What's this "USB selective power suspend" option? It comes up as the first on the list for causes of the problem; I always left it on because I never use USB things when not plugged in...
 
  2008-10-31 12:43:25 PM  
Never had a problem with Windows coming out of standby. Linux on the other hand... standby has never worked on any machine I've tried it on. It goes to sleep... and then... it powers off the computer, RAM and all. Great.
 
  2008-10-31 04:27:04 PM  
I never saw the use in sleep, hibernate, or anything else besides simply turning it off, but hey, different masturbatory techniques for different folks.
 
  2008-11-01 01:31:34 PM  
gayb: I never saw the use in sleep, hibernate, or anything else besides simply turning it off, but hey, different masturbatory techniques for different folks.

Sleep is quite useful for laptops. You put them to sleep, throw them in a bag. Almost instant restart, just open the lid and it's ready to go.
 
  2008-11-01 03:11:55 PM  
gayb: I never saw the use in sleep, hibernate, or anything else besides simply turning it off, but hey, different masturbatory techniques for different folks.

Same here. I've tried it on my work laptop a few times but the thing crawls to a halt and eventually bluescreens. Easier to just shut it off.

It's a good idea on paper, and if it works for you it could be handy.

FuturePastNow: Never had a problem with Windows coming out of standby. Linux on the other hand... standby has never worked on any machine I've tried it on. It goes to sleep... and then... it powers off the computer, RAM and all. Great.

Works all too well in Ubuntu for me - I have a keyboard with the sleep button in the upper right corner near where I have my mouse. I've pressed it accidentally a few times. Too lazy to unmap it.

Still don't find the utility in it - this is my desk computer, it's not like it takes long to boot the computer up, and I can't download or do my automated backups with the computer in sleep mode.
 
  2008-11-01 04:26:02 PM  
FuturePastNow: Sleep is quite useful for laptops. You put them to sleep, throw them in a bag. Almost instant restart, just open the lid and it's ready to go.

That's true. Forgot about laptops. I wish the wireless connection would go to "sleep" and come back on as fast.
 
  2008-11-02 09:25:51 AM  
No_47: you should try Firefox 3

Can you believe I'm only now learning that Google has discontinued Google Browser Sync? That was my main reason for holding off FF3. Off to the download page it is. Sigh, work is pushing too many things aside.
 
  2008-11-03 01:29:57 PM  
Halp me i want linux on a flash drive oh god i a m no t good with computer
 
  2008-11-03 07:26:48 PM  
 
  2008-11-05 07:02:22 PM  
any advice for a dumbfark with a inspiron with the bottom third of the screen with virticle lines?
 
  2008-11-06 08:13:30 AM  
replace the LCD or see if the cable connecting it to the motherboard is loose.
 
  2008-11-06 12:47:15 PM  
How can I add/expand the bookmark toolbar to make it two rows deep? I tried expanding it just like you would any window (drag to make larger) and it didn't work... tried adding a new toolbar, but can't drop favorites in it...

It's Firefox 3
 
  2008-11-06 04:16:34 PM  
 
  2008-11-07 01:53:37 PM  
Anyone familiar with apt-get?

I'm trying to script installation of sun-java-6 from Capistrano and the damn thing fails because of the interactive license acceptance.

Anyone successfully worked around this?
 
  2008-11-07 07:25:12 PM  
FuturePastNow: Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar

Triple Bonus Word Score you get 8000 points!*

*
Points have no value and cannot be redeemed
 
  2008-11-08 10:46:51 AM  
Another question;

From what I understand, there is a limit to the amount of stuff you can put in a folder in Windows XP.

I have a folder on my desktop that I keep all my media in- pictures, music, etc., it's divided into four more sub-folders, which are divided into subfolders where appropriate. All in all, there is about 17gb in that folder... am I reaching this limit, or does the limit not exist, or does the limit not apply as long as it's all divided into smaller sub-folders?
 
  2008-11-08 10:37:50 PM  
I don't believe there is a size limit for folders in XP. I could be wrong, and most often am, I just came here to say that Steam is having a sale for audiosurf (very addicting music puzzle game) for $3. I encourage everyone to buy it, the game is freakin' sweet!
 
  2008-11-08 10:38:23 PM  
Yeah the limit's only for stuff in the root of a directory
 
  2008-11-08 10:39:09 PM  
oh, and it's the number of things, not the size
 
  2008-11-09 03:23:51 AM  
gayb: FuturePastNow: Sleep is quite useful for laptops. You put them to sleep, throw them in a bag. Almost instant restart, just open the lid and it's ready to go.

That's true. Forgot about laptops. I wish the wireless connection would go to "sleep" and come back on as fast.


It does on my machine, flick the switch on/off, connects before I can try to refresh it. I have vista though, maybe that's it. (also a laptop, and decently new)

I feel retarded for not knowing this, and even more so for asking it here...anyone know anything about the Little Big Planet extra costumes? I didn't even know there was a pre-order bonus...I really want the Nariko and Kratos skins. A friend let me try the promo code for Nariko...doesn't work anymore :(
Are they planning to let people download/buy them later? I really want them...it sucks, I bought LBP, GoW and Heavenly sword...

/I guess it's geeky enough...
 
  2008-11-09 05:14:16 PM  
FAT has a limit on the number of files in the filesystem's root directory. I don't think NTFS has the same restriction.

Neither one has a limit on the number of files in any other directory.

Files larger than 2 GB (or is it 4 GB?) aren't supported on FAT32, at least on XP. NTFS doesn't have that problem either.

Most systems today can't boot from a partition larger than 2 TB. That's going to become a bigger problem now that 1.5 TB disks are shipping.
 
  2008-11-09 07:09:21 PM  
 
  2008-11-09 08:12:14 PM  
Hey Fark Tech Geeks:

I've got Speakeasy as my ISP-- love them, very reliable. Speedtest.net reports my download speed at 676 kb/s. However, downloading through steam, I never get above 168 kb/s. Does Steam self-limit it's downloads? I couldn't find any documentation on this.

Thanks in advance.

By the way, Nvidia's latest geforce driver (178.24_geforce_winxp_32bit_english_whql) left my GPU underpowered, unable to function after doing voltage tuning. It also caused a lot of artifacting in Warmhammer Online and a big slowdown in Maya. Recommend caution.
 
  2008-11-10 12:20:25 AM  
I'm running 180.42, and it's good
 
  2008-11-10 02:08:12 AM  
Obdicut: Hey Fark Tech Geeks:

I've got Speakeasy as my ISP-- love them, very reliable. Speedtest.net reports my download speed at 676 kb/s. However, downloading through steam, I never get above 168 kb/s. Does Steam self-limit it's downloads? I couldn't find any documentation on this.


Steam downloads from hosted weird servers. You're gonna be limited by that. I usually get my full 1 MBps, but depending on the steam content server I can get annoyingly low. You might just be downloading during high traffic times? I've twice caught TF2 updates within a few hours of being released. Verrrry slow. And like 10 servers tops are actually up for an hour or more...
 
  2008-11-10 10:49:16 AM  
Grrr, having wireless trouble with my school connection-what steps do I go through to troubleshoot in Vista? I can't seem to connect properly to my school's WPA2 connection (which always worked before), but the second I open my tablet in my room it's online with my WEP wireless, so it's not the wireless card I think. When I'm in class/wherever it tries to connect automatically, but alternates from no connection to limited to local only to internet and local (with a clock by the symbol?). I tried the diagnose function and reset the wireless adapter (didn't work) gave up on the diagnose thing after that cause I was in class. It DOES seem to connect a little, because it loaded the plain text frontpage of fark, but gagged on everything else.


Are there steps I should try to troubleshoot on my end, or should I contact the school's IT dep?
 
  2008-11-10 04:10:40 PM  
Anyone got experience with ffserver / ffmpeg / streaming live video?
 
  2008-11-10 05:17:10 PM  
wyrlss: Halp me i want linux on a flash drive oh god i a m no t good with computer

i218.photobucket.com
 
  2008-11-10 06:35:07 PM  
nosajghoul
Anyone got experience with ffserver / ffmpeg / streaming live video?

I played around with it for a few hours a couple of months ago.
I tried to stream TV from my TV card (Linux, ivtv driver) to
a) a Windows client
b) through another server on the internet with bigger pipes than my ADSL

It wasn't that difficult to configure, there are example configs that don't need many adjustments.

But I had lots of difficulties getting that live-from-TV-card stream stable - the trouble was finding and configuring a video/audio codec combination that
a) would work with the crappy, codec-challenged Windows client I had AND
b) didn't crash the encoder

IIRC Real video and flv were the only ones that kind of worked; but the instability and the problems with other codes might have had something to do with my system or the on-the-fly encoding from a /dev/video device, so YMMV.
 
  2008-11-10 07:17:28 PM  
Obdicut: Hey Fark Tech Geeks:

I've got Speakeasy as my ISP-- love them, very reliable. Speedtest.net reports my download speed at 676 kb/s. However, downloading through steam, I never get above 168 kb/s. Does Steam self-limit it's downloads? I couldn't find any documentation on this.

Thanks in advance.

By the way, Nvidia's latest geforce driver (178.24_geforce_winxp_32bit_english_whql) left my GPU underpowered, unable to function after doing voltage tuning. It also caused a lot of artifacting in Warmhammer Online and a big slowdown in Maya. Recommend caution.


I've also noticed some wonky shiat with the new geforce drivers on my 8600GTS. after a few reboots and normal use it seems to be stable though.
 
  2008-11-13 03:30:09 PM  
Ugh, having another problem.

I bought Call of Duty 5- and it brought out the worst in my sound system...

I'm using the onboard sound of an abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI motherboard, and some knock-off speakers from Staples.

Now, there is a constant hum from my speakers, but in order to hear it, you either have to jack up the volume, leave a cellphone within a few inches of them, or hold them within an inch of your ears. During normal playback of music and movies, it is pretty much impossible to hear the humming noise.

However, when I play Call of Duty 5, it is there, it is constant, and it is quite irritating. While other sounds play normally, they are sometimes hard to hear over the humming.

I thought at first it would be interference- I moved power cords away from the speaker cables, and it made very little difference. I changed the jacks from the one on the case to the one on the mobo, it made very little to no difference. I played with the equalizer on the realtech control panel- no difference. I played with the volumes thinking that maybe it was distortion from too high of a volume- while the noise is now more quiet outside of the game, it's almost worse in the game. My drivers are up to date according to Microsoft, should I check abit, or realtek for new drivers? Could this be a driver issue?
 
  2008-11-13 07:08:16 PM  
TehNacho:
I bought Call of Duty 5-


It's called Call Of Duty: World at War. It is most certainly not CoD5.

Now, make sure the sound options (in the game) are set to two-speakers and not 5.1 if it's not a 5.1 system. Possibly try disabling EAX. Otherwise, go buy some decent speakers.
 
  2008-11-13 07:35:53 PM  
No_47: TehNacho:
I bought Call of Duty 5-

It's called Call Of Duty: World at War. It is most certainly not CoD5.

Now, make sure the sound options (in the game) are set to two-speakers and not 5.1 if it's not a 5.1 system. Possibly try disabling EAX. Otherwise, go buy some decent speakers.


Call of Duty 5... sound's pretty damned good to me ;)

Course, Call of Duty 3 doesn't really count, cause it really sucked. So maybe instead of Modern Warfare being Call Of Duty 4, Call of Duty 5 would be Call of Duty 4. But then again, Call of Duty 2 came after United Offensive, which would make it Call of Duty 3 not two (even though United Offensive was an expansion, it contained enough content, IMHO, to consider it a sequel). Though, looking at it objectively, I think Call of Duty 5 is a lot like Call of Duty 4, so, maybe it should be Call of Duty 4, number 2.

But, the short of it is that changing the speaker settings does not seem to have worked. Even though there are buttons to change the settings, they cannot be pressed and the game tells you to change the settings in Windows and then restart the game.
 
  2008-11-13 10:32:27 PM  
At best it's a Call of Duty 4 Mod made by a two-bit company.
 
  2008-11-13 10:33:22 PM  
Know how to change the speaker settings in Windows?

Control Panel - > Sounds or something
 
  2008-11-14 02:22:53 PM  
what version of Windows?

in XP it's Control Panel -> Sounds and Multimedia
 
  2008-11-14 05:29:01 PM  
I've been using Prime95 to stress test a couple of Processors and some RAM here at work, but my boss asked me about a program/util to stress test a Hard Drive. i couldn't think of anything offhand, anyone know of anything good (and preferably free)?
 
  2008-11-14 06:19:44 PM  
Most hard drive manufacturers have diagnostic tools on their websites
 
  2008-11-14 09:03:51 PM  
No_47: Know how to change the speaker settings in Windows?

Control Panel - > Sounds or something


Oh yeah, I did that, but it's still making the noise. I had to do that several times with my first Dell, because they insisted that it had to do with a speaker setting, turns out it was a faulty pile of crap computer.
 
  2008-11-15 05:22:24 PM  
another stupid question that won't be answered .... but what do i need to hook up the pc to the flatscreen tv?
 
  2008-11-15 07:44:01 PM  
crunchief: another stupid question that won't be answered .... but what do i need to hook up the pc to the flatscreen tv?

Depends on the PC and the TV.

Many hi def flatscreen TV's have an HDMI hookup just like a flatscreen monitor. Connect them with a cable and you're good to go... unless you have a TV tuner card in your computer, which I would have to assume that is quite a bit different (never done either of these though).

I have a TV which has S-Video out (it's an older CRT) and a lot of cards ship with an S-Video out port and card, so all I have to do is use an S-Video cable to connect the two (I've done this a lot, and the video quality is not so bueno).
 
  2008-11-16 04:04:33 PM  
Oh, turns out that it's a DVI to HDMI cable.
 
  2008-11-16 07:40:46 PM  
I specifically bought a TV with a VGA input.
 
  2008-11-16 07:58:33 PM  
TehNacho: Oh, turns out that it's a DVI to HDMI cable.

Heh. I bought a 24" monitor earlier this year. The box said HDMI and DVI... turned out to be an HDMI port on the monitor and a DVI-HDMI cable.

Oh well. It was a really good deal.
 
  2008-11-16 08:27:21 PM  
maybe i should have asked about a site that would explain the compatabilaties and connections and any cards i may need, i'm running win xp w/ p/4 proc. and the tv is panasonic 32"
 
  2008-11-17 12:42:07 AM  
Do you know what sort of video card you have and what sort of inputs the TV has?
 
  2008-11-17 08:50:06 AM  
Anyone know a gesture control app...thingy? IDK if it's even something you can do, but something that lets you use mouse gestures (pen gestures akshully) to open programs and stuff?

I wuv Vista's penflicks, but I only get 8 flicks
 
  2008-11-17 01:31:07 PM  
videocard = geoforce 6200 , the tv has both hdmi and s vdeo jacks
 
  2008-11-17 01:35:57 PM  
The 6200 should have an s-video out, if it's half decent it should have an adapter with it that lets you plug into composite and component.

You can also find DVI to HDMI adapters, or VGA to HDMI adapters.
 
  2008-11-17 02:15:18 PM  
A DVI -> HDMI cable should work nicely. That's what I use for a computer monitor, after all. If that doesn't work:

No_47: The 6200 should have an s-video out, if it's half decent it should have an adapter with it that lets you plug into composite and component.

Specifically, if the S-video out on the card only has four little holes, it really is S-video. If it is a 7 or 9 pin connector, you can plug in a break-out box thingy with component, composite, and S-video.

i218.photobucket.com

That one came with my 6600 card. I'm sure you can buy them separately if you search right.
 
  2008-11-17 03:24:02 PM  
the 6200 has a 4 pin svideo connector, i don't remember an adaptor but i have a boxful of stuff [ don't we all?] ok so the deal is this.... s video cable from card to tv with an adaptor if necessary, is there a length problem? 25 ft. would work fine for my purpose, also what is the loss of signal/length. buying a better video card in not an impossibility either.also we use the tv for shows also, so just unplug the s video from the card and my monitor works?
 
  2008-11-17 06:15:29 PM  
S-video on a hi-def TV is going to look like shiat. Are you sure the video card doesn't have a DVI port?
 
  2008-11-17 07:43:15 PM  
With s-video you'd be able to watch porn on it, but you wouldn't be able to use it as a screen.

so just unplug the s video from the card and my monitor works?

It should be able to run both at the same time.
 
  2008-11-17 10:19:06 PM  
Barakku: Anyone know a gesture control app...thingy? IDK if it's even something you can do, but something that lets you use mouse gestures (pen gestures akshully) to open programs and stuff?

I wuv Vista's penflicks, but I only get 8 flicks


FVWM2 has mouse gestures built into the interface, doesn't it?

It's a Linux window manager though, and not for Windows.
 
  2008-11-18 08:29:35 AM  
MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Barakku: Anyone know a gesture control app...thingy? IDK if it's even something you can do, but something that lets you use mouse gestures (pen gestures akshully) to open programs and stuff?

I wuv Vista's penflicks, but I only get 8 flicks

FVWM2 has mouse gestures built into the interface, doesn't it?

It's a Linux window manager though, and not for Windows.


I kinda figured it'd have to be OS based-Vista has enough gestures (8 flicks, and one to open the onscreen keyboard) but I kinda hoped there was something where I could put in my own gestures and associate them with apps, like ^^ ears for firefox or something...
 
  2008-11-18 04:25:18 PM  
Windows media player 10 is SUCH a piece of crap.

After 10 minutes of 'installing', the install came back with an error. Upon researching, I found a 'solution' that had me go into dos mode and mess with file permissions. After all that and trying to reinstall again, it still failed at the same point. Now, whenever I open a wmv file with firefox, a new window pops up with a title that says 'ActiveMovie Window' and even it doesent play the video. Researching THAT comes back with more bugs. Jesustapdancingchrist. n|n you MS. (my attempt at an ascii art middle finger.. I know, fail)
 
  2008-11-18 04:52:30 PM  
the video card does have a dvi port so what next?
 
  2008-11-18 06:12:47 PM  
nosajghoul: Windows media player 10 is SUCH a piece of crap.

After 10 minutes of 'installing', the install came back with an error. Upon researching, I found a 'solution' that had me go into dos mode and mess with file permissions. After all that and trying to reinstall again, it still failed at the same point. Now, whenever I open a wmv file with firefox, a new window pops up with a title that says 'ActiveMovie Window' and even it doesent play the video. Researching THAT comes back with more bugs. Jesustapdancingchrist. n|n you MS. (my attempt at an ascii art middle finger.. I know, fail)


I haven't used Windows Media Player in about five years.

VLC

MPC
 
  2008-11-18 06:19:30 PM  
crunchief: the video card does have a dvi port so what next?

You said you needed 25 feet?

So either a cable like this, or an adapter like this plus a 25' HDMI cable.

DVI and HDMI are the same video signal, they just have different connectors, and HDMI adds audio to the same cable. So if you want sound, you'll have to run a separate line from the sound card to the TV.
 
  2008-11-18 07:03:17 PM  
thanks FPN , should i just buy a card to carry the audio also if one is available? this is for gaming , spore/ doom/ myst... etc and the sound is important, will the resolution be adaquate? sorry sp. but it's not a big deal i can buy the parts i need to make this work, we have a w ii and like it and the spore game is ton's of fun . now about the separate sound line.... how do i tranfer the sound back to the computer speakers or does the tv have to be on to listen to the chatrooms or play a game while the wife is watching tv. i know how to split the video
 
  2008-11-18 07:36:32 PM  
There are video cards with HDMI ports, and most of them either can do audio pass-through or have a sound chip on them... I don't know if you can upgrade your computer, though. That depends on whether it has an AGP or PCI-express slot.

If it is PCIe, and you want to play games on the TV, then a new video card would probably be a good idea. A Geforce 6200 isn't going to run Spore at 1920x1080.
 
  2008-11-18 08:03:38 PM  
i didn't realize that the agp slot was so much faster as being a stand alone, so i bought a pci card. silly me, so now i have no problem upgrading to an agp card but which one is best to play the games .. please note we're talking around 300 $ total fix k?
 
  2008-11-18 09:47:29 PM  
crunchief: i didn't realize that the agp slot was so much faster as being a stand alone, so i bought a pci card. silly me, so now i have no problem upgrading to an agp card but which one is best to play the games .. please note we're talking around 300 $ total fix k?

Here are the AGP cards Newegg lists as having HDMI... although it looks to me like they just include the adapter I linked to earlier.

The cheapest one there, the 3650, ought to be several times more powerful than your 6200 and able to play Spore on a big screen. I think I'd probably spend more and get one of the 2600XT cards. Then you need to buy an HDMI cable separately.
 
  2008-11-18 11:26:13 PM  
nosajghoul: Windows media player 10 is SUCH a piece of crap.

After 10 minutes of 'installing', the install came back with an error. Upon researching, I found a 'solution' that had me go into dos mode and mess with file permissions. After all that and trying to reinstall again, it still failed at the same point. Now, whenever I open a wmv file with firefox, a new window pops up with a title that says 'ActiveMovie Window' and even it doesent play the video. Researching THAT comes back with more bugs. Jesustapdancingchrist. n|n you MS. (my attempt at an ascii art middle finger.. I know, fail)


Um didn't WMP go to 11 already? I didn't care for 10, but I haven't had any problems with 11
 
  2008-11-19 06:09:54 PM  
thanks fpn, look i'm not a serious gamer, i just wanted to know if it was possible to hook the pc up to the tv. after reading all the the comments on various cards i think the ice might be my best bet, i don't build computers from the ground up but i know how to upgrade my hardware [kind of . thats why i'm here]. there was alot of comments about drivers not working, i have time to find the correct one. also going to my puter manuf. website i don't see mine listed. they talked about an agp based mother board in the comments... mine is an off the shelf p/4. it has pci slots and one agp. then they were talking about a power supply issue. is this really relevant to my final outcome? i mean i could just get a larger monitor with the 6200 still working fine right?
 
  2008-11-19 08:27:01 PM  
crunchief: i mean i could just get a larger monitor with the 6200 still working fine right?

Yeah. A 6200 should be fine with a larger monitor, except for the 30" computer monitors with their 2560x1600 resolution.
 
  2008-11-20 05:00:30 AM  
Could I have your thoughts on the following situation please?

On the computer and technology section of a local forum that I read there is a discussion about somebody getting his comp infected with a virus/trojan called "W32/Sinowal-based!Maximus virus" (sic). Apparently this thing is responsible for over half a million compromised bank accounts

It turns out that of all the scanners and anti-virus products tested (33) only 2 (F-Prot and Authentium) could detect and remove it. As the discussion continues the moderator of the forum asks for it to be sent to him. Once he receives it he announces that he has infected a machine running Windows 2000 with it and then connected it to the internet to test the various on-line detection and removal tools.

Does it strike anyone else that deliberately connecting an infected machine with an 8 year old OS to the intertubes is a tad irresponsible if not downright stupid?
 
  2008-11-20 04:38:19 PM  
if there's no sensitive information on the PC, and he cleans it out every once and a while so it doesn't become a bot, who cares?

security people do this all the time, it's called a honeypot.
 
  2008-11-20 04:52:33 PM  
Why?
 
  2008-11-20 06:33:46 PM  
The internet is just a series of tubes you can dump a whole bunch of infected PCs into. I'm not sure if there's any reason to worry about the health of the internet itself.

Unrelated question: how can I make my home theater pc do stuff remotely? Say from my laptop. Like... play music and stuff out of the music system the HTPC is connected to. Does what I want to do make sense? The laptop and the HTPC are network connected. I dual boot both with ubuntu and xp, but end up spending most of my time in XP, for gaming. Any ideas?
 
  2008-11-20 07:23:59 PM  
fpn, i didn't make lite of all the help and directions/links you gave me, nor did i try to opt out of an upgrade to my system. all i wanted to know was what was entailed to do the pc/tv link. i have alot of info thanks to you and others. if i was to upgrade my monitor to a 30" i might as well just rebuild from the ground up. i have an 18" monitor now and all the games run fine. upgrade to a 24"?, maybe and i know i'll lose frs. with the 6200. as for buying a $150 card and a 30' cable at around $250 for the pc/tv link, it's still an option.i'm still kinda at a loss about an agp based system. as i said before mine has only one agp slot. i was told that the agp was faster because it is a stand alone bus. there is no pci e slot on the board. this s a work in progress and i want to be sure i do it close to right the 1st time
 
  2008-11-20 07:26:30 PM  
gayb: Any ideas?

VLC
 
  2008-11-21 12:16:16 AM  
crunchief: fpn, i didn't make lite of all the help and directions/links you gave me, nor did i try to opt out of an upgrade to my system. all i wanted to know was what was entailed to do the pc/tv link. i have alot of info thanks to you and others. if i was to upgrade my monitor to a 30" i might as well just rebuild from the ground up. i have an 18" monitor now and all the games run fine. upgrade to a 24"?, maybe and i know i'll lose frs. with the 6200. as for buying a $150 card and a 30' cable at around $250 for the pc/tv link, it's still an option.i'm still kinda at a loss about an agp based system. as i said before mine has only one agp slot. i was told that the agp was faster because it is a stand alone bus. there is no pci e slot on the board. this s a work in progress and i want to be sure i do it close to right the 1st time

No, it's OK. Your 6200 should be OK for connecting to a TV to watch videos and stuff.

I would go with a DVI to HDMI adapter and an HDMI cable. A 30' cable ought to be about $30-$40 online. It really ought to be as simple as plugging the adapter into the card and connecting the cable to the TV.
 
  2008-11-21 05:27:59 PM  
fpn, so now back to square 1. i do want to play quake/ doom /myst / spore etc. on the tv.this is not a porn upgrade. upgrading the video card...not a problem. 30' hdmi cable... not a problem. in the ratings some purchasers said you need a bigger power supply , some said no. they also said the card ran hot even with the onboard fan.there was also a driver issue that looked like there was no support from hmi. i really just feel like going out and buy the stuff and see if it works. but if a p4 motherboard won't handle the load then what is the point?i could find a local guy around here i suppose and have him give me a hand but it seems real basic to me: adequate card, high end cable. i have a soundblaster audiocard so even if the sound isn't from the tv, np. soin essence can i turn this off the shelf pc into a gamer [of med -high satisfaction] or just screw it... buy a new pc devoted to what i want. again i'm not a hardcore gamer i just thought the bigger picture would be fun
 
  2008-11-22 06:24:04 PM  
Man, I don't know. Beyond a certain point, it's just not worth it to keep upgrading an old computer.

I will say that the cheaper cards in the group I linked to- the 2600 and 3600 cards- shouldn't cause any power supply problems. They should also be able to handle relatively un-demanding games like Spore and old games like Quake on a 1080p TV.
 
  2008-11-23 12:36:06 PM  
np and thanks , i have a direction to go in at least.my stepson had a hdmi cable so i'm just gonna hook that up 1st and go from there
 
  2008-11-24 01:47:07 AM  
Hey guys, possibly a strange spot to ask but where's a good site to absorb knowledge and ask questions about computer components?
 
  2008-11-24 01:19:58 PM  
Xinkz: Hey guys, possibly a strange spot to ask but where's a good site to absorb knowledge and ask questions about computer components?

anandtech.com

bit-tech.net
 
  2008-11-24 03:45:23 PM  
What's bigger, a Roomba or a Simon?
 
  2008-11-24 05:42:18 PM  
Man On Fire: Xinkz: Hey guys, possibly a strange spot to ask but where's a good site to absorb knowledge and ask questions about computer components?

anandtech.com

bit-tech.net


techreport.com is also good. They have a good forum.
 
  2008-11-28 06:26:53 PM  
I know it's a shot in the dark being Friday on thanksgiving weekend, but here's my woes.

I bought a new SATA HDD (1 TB) for my desktop (AMD Athlon 64 3700+). I ran the install on the live cd for Ubuntu 8.10 (64 bit) and when it came to the partitions, it listed absolutely nothing. I'm booting Windows from a separate HDD (200 GB) and Gparted on the live cd didn't find this partition either.

On the other hand, Partition Magic for in Windows found both hard drives. Any ideas? TIA
 
  2008-11-28 07:22:15 PM  
I unplugged the SATA cables and plugged em back in, started up the live cd again and it recognized the partitions. Who knows what went wrong. Feel free to ignore these posts :)
 
  2008-11-28 10:09:00 PM  
I have a printer question;

We just bought a stupid cheap printer on black friday, and I'd like to share it between our two computers... assuming I can get it to install on my machine without using the shiatty proprietary HP software... I just want to use the drivers and none of the "zomfg buy moar ink!"... anywho the question is;

Is there a device that I can plug into the Gigabit switch these two computers share which will allow me to plug in this USB printer to my network to share it, or will I have to move the USB cable all the time?

The printer does not have an ethernet port. I am also well aware of the stupidity of buying a printer on sale which I will have to buy extra hardware for, so please be kind and don't point this out.
 
  2008-11-28 11:03:31 PM  
TehNacho: I have a printer question;

We just bought a stupid cheap printer on black friday, and I'd like to share it between our two computers... assuming I can get it to install on my machine without using the shiatty proprietary HP software... I just want to use the drivers and none of the "zomfg buy moar ink!"... anywho the question is;

Is there a device that I can plug into the Gigabit switch these two computers share which will allow me to plug in this USB printer to my network to share it, or will I have to move the USB cable all the time?

The printer does not have an ethernet port. I am also well aware of the stupidity of buying a printer on sale which I will have to buy extra hardware for, so please be kind and don't point this out.


Yes. What you're looking for is called a USB Print Server. Here's an example of one that I've used in the past DLink Print Server (new window). Of course, your milage may vary, you will want to consult the manual to make sure your printer type is supported. Also any multi-function things won't work-just printing.
 
  2008-11-29 02:10:23 PM  
Fenis-Wolf: TehNacho: I have a printer question;

We just bought a stupid cheap printer on black friday, and I'd like to share it between our two computers... assuming I can get it to install on my machine without using the shiatty proprietary HP software... I just want to use the drivers and none of the "zomfg buy moar ink!"... anywho the question is;

Is there a device that I can plug into the Gigabit switch these two computers share which will allow me to plug in this USB printer to my network to share it, or will I have to move the USB cable all the time?

The printer does not have an ethernet port. I am also well aware of the stupidity of buying a printer on sale which I will have to buy extra hardware for, so please be kind and don't point this out.

Yes. What you're looking for is called a USB Print Server. Here's an example of one that I've used in the past DLink Print Server (new window). Of course, your milage may vary, you will want to consult the manual to make sure your printer type is supported. Also any multi-function things won't work-just printing.


Awesome. Quintuple word score. But unfortunately this is a multifunction dealy deal... mebbe knowing what to look for now I can google and find something that will do multi-function.
 
  2008-11-29 02:36:27 PM  
Surprisingly enough I managed to get it working with what I have- I just power it down and swap out the USB cables for the time being (the computers are set up, for now, for this to be easier than buying more stuff)... I tried installing just the minimum of drivers also, but I'm not sure if it's going to work, it looks like automatic updates are always on (which is weird because I was able to shut if off on the full install I did on my wife's machine)... but now I keep hearing the "doo... doo doo doo" of windows telling me something is being hooked up or not hooked up. It's not plugged into my machine right now... should I try to figure out what is causing this or just shut off that noise in the audio properties menu?

/and then, even though the computer was turned off and unplugged, the windows logo still appeared brightly on the monitor.
//that's not scary.
///it is if you're a laser printer.
 
  2008-11-29 03:40:46 PM  
TehNacho: //that's not scary.
///it is if you're a laser printer.


Hey now.
 
  2008-11-30 01:26:36 PM  
You could just plug the printer into one computer, turn on file/printer sharing in the operating system, and have the other computer print to it that way. Cheaper than an USB/ethernet print server...

The real trick is when the printer has only Windows drivers and the other computers on the network wanting to print to it are Macs. (There are hackish ways to do it using ghostscript)

Still doesn't address the multifunction stuff.
 
  2008-11-30 04:20:36 PM  
Mike: You could just plug the printer into one computer, turn on file/printer sharing in the operating system, and have the other computer print to it that way. Cheaper than an USB/ethernet print server...

The real trick is when the printer has only Windows drivers and the other computers on the network wanting to print to it are Macs. (There are hackish ways to do it using ghostscript)

Still doesn't address the multifunction stuff.


Yeah. The multifunction stuff is killing me. I can't use all of the features on my machine anyways seein' as I only installed the basic printer drivers (trying to avoid the shiatty HP software as much as possible)... might have to break down and install it all the way. Ugh.
 
  2008-11-30 07:10:51 PM  
You can pretty much uninstall the crap you don't need bit by bit, once it's installed
 
  2008-11-30 11:40:27 PM  
HP does a pretty good job of not anally raping the user with their drivers and software. You can choose what to install when you d/l the whole package. Make sure to go into msconfig and tell it not to start up or connect to the internet.
 
  2008-12-01 01:01:59 PM  
I've been spending some time working on my mom's computer... she has XP and 2k running in VMWare (long story as to why this is necessary). A USB security token works fine in VMware, but can't get 2k to recognize a flash drive, even after updating the USB drivers via windows update.

Anyone have ideas?
 
  2008-12-01 01:37:43 PM  
 
  2008-12-01 01:58:17 PM  
No_47: http://www.vmware.com/support/ws45/doc/devices_usb_ws.html

(tl;dr)


Yeah, I found that and it wasn't too helpful.. I ended up having to run it as a shared folder and map it onto the guest desktop. Oh well.
 
  2008-12-01 07:28:19 PM  
That's what I do with VirtualBox
 
  2008-12-01 08:47:19 PM  
The moon had 2 companion stars (venus/mars?)with it this evening, so I got my camera out and took some pics. Of course, it all came out crappy, but I did think of something pretty kewl Id like to share.

I took my camera (a sanyo vpc-s500, aka walmart special) and set it to burst mode (takes a series of pictures with only 1 press of the button), set it on the ground facing up out back, and got some pictures that appeared at first totally black.

After taking the images and putting them into layers in photoshop, I adjusted brightness/contrast and set the mode to difference. Holy crap, the sky is full of stuff. Theres purple dots (I think theyre stars) yellow spots (infrared sources?) crosses (lens flare?) and I think I even got spacejunk/a meteor (at 710,140, if you set your ruler to pixels) For a sec I wondered what the structure thingy on the right side was, then realized it was a tree lol. All that from totally black images.

Images, if anyone wants to play with them, are here (1.5M to 2M each):

Sky 1 (new window)


sky 2 (new window)


my final version (new window)
 
  2008-12-01 09:56:18 PM  
They're streetlights.
 
  2008-12-02 08:22:58 PM  
GTA IV PC

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4Ghz
Memory: 1.5GB, 16GB Free Hard Drive Space
Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1Ghz
Memory: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista)
18 GB Free Hard Drive Space
Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600 / 512MB ATI 3870


crikey
 
  2008-12-02 08:32:02 PM  
No_47: GTA IV PC

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4Ghz
Memory: 1.5GB, 16GB Free Hard Drive Space
Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1Ghz
Memory: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista)
18 GB Free Hard Drive Space
Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600 / 512MB ATI 3870


crikey


JAYSUS CHRIST
 
  2008-12-02 09:16:58 PM  
and I bought it

I have to overclock X2 200mhz to hit min. spec
 
  2008-12-03 12:49:27 AM  
nosajghoul: my final version (new window)

That's pretty farking cool. However, don't get too excited...a large amount of that could just be dust. I want to believe though, so I am going to go ahead and assume those dots are all stars.

I'm also going to go do the same thing the next time it's clear in Portland. You can't have all the fun.
 
  2008-12-03 02:42:44 AM  
No_47: GTA IV PC

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4Ghz
Memory: 1.5GB, 16GB Free Hard Drive Space
Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900 / 256MB ATI X1900

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista - Service Pack 1 / XP - Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1Ghz
Memory: 2 GB (Windows XP) 2.5 GB (Windows Vista)
18 GB Free Hard Drive Space
Video Card: 512MB NVIDIA 8600 / 512MB ATI 3870


crikey


I will own a computer powerful enough to play that game.

In four or five years.
 
  2008-12-03 04:18:07 AM  
Well, it runs...

After the wtf "insert original disc and not a backup" Securom errors and learning that I have to stay signed out of the Rockstar Social Club for it to not crash at launch... I forgot how crappy the shadows look in this game...

might playsome Left 4 Dead now...
 
  2008-12-03 04:19:50 AM  
It won't run at my LCD's native 1280x1024 resolution (it won't even let you pick the setting), with a 320MB 8800GTS (G80), an E8400 CPU, and 2 GB memory. It will accept 1152x864, just the scaling looks a bit crummy, and I have to set texture quality to low -- but so far it runs great at that speed.

Seems like VRAM might be my limiting factor, not the render speed of the card or the CPU, so even a very slight nudge up to a 512MB 8800GT/9800GT might do the trick, and the price is right. I can't quite justify a GTX260 for just this game, but maybe a 9800GTX+ would work. I'm not really up to date on the latest nVidia stuff... thoughts? I do have access to someone else's 768MB 8800GTX so I can test the VRAM theory first before blowing $.
 
  2008-12-03 04:21:59 AM  
s/at that speed/at that resolution/

duuuhr
 
  2008-12-03 01:41:01 PM  
I spent most of the night playing around with my video settings (512mb 9600gt) and my framerate isn't improving. But I can run it at 1280x1024. I get about the same framerates as running at 1024x768.

My motherboard won't take anything more than a dual core, gosh darnit.
 
  2008-12-03 02:09:06 PM  
damn, i was really hopeful to be able to play GTA4, but i'm pretty much just over those minimum specs overall with my video card of course being the limiting factor. lame.

on a side note, another geek forum question. i've been a proud AVG user for a while now, but with AVG 7.5 no longer being supported for free and AVG 8 seems to be ridiculously bloated in comparison, i'm now looking for a new, small, free antivirus. any suggestions?
 
  2008-12-03 02:57:33 PM  
Direct TV dish mounted on top of building(53rd floor). Hi Def Recievers need to be on 21st floor. Aprox. 500ft run of quad shield RG-6.
Will a 20db amp be enough?
Will I have to insert power to the LNBs?
Is it possible to mux the 4 coax into 1 multimode fiber?

Any help will do. Thanks.
 
  2008-12-03 05:43:14 PM  
On a 9600GT what quality settings does it let you use at 1280x1024, and what framerate does the motorcycle benchmark thing give you? I tend to get about 35 here at 1152x864 or 1024x768 on low texture settings... and I'd rather get to 1280x1024 high texture settings but cheaply.
 
  2008-12-03 05:45:58 PM  
I don't know if a 20dB amp is enough, though I think RG6 is lower loss than the usual RG59, but for the love of $diety get some lightning protection on that thing :) MM fiber would take care of the lightning, but I've never heard of a mux for that. Doesn't mean they don't exist, though, if you find one I'd be curious...
 
  2008-12-03 07:28:21 PM  
from memory it automatically set it to, in this order
Medium
High
20-something
20-something
and i don't remember the rest. got 25fps i think

I'm going to knock my cpu up to 2.7 and see if it's stable
 
  2008-12-03 11:45:21 PM  
There a way (extension) to get IE7-style scroll-down bookmarks in ff? The sales rep who was trying to sell me a 30 inch ceramic cooktop was using IE, the first time I've even seen IE in like a year.
 
  2008-12-04 02:29:44 AM  
gayb: nosajghoul: my final version (new window)

That's pretty farking cool. However, don't get too excited...a large amount of that could just be dust. I want to believe though, so I am going to go ahead and assume those dots are all stars.

I'm also going to go do the same thing the next time it's clear in Portland. You can't have all the fun.


The majority of the purple dots line up exactly with a star chart, which is amazing because theres just farking TONS of them and only a dozen or so were visible to the naked eye. If you want, let me know when you get pics in portland. Im in the middle of Kansas. Would be interesting to compare results taken on the same night. I just laid my camera down on its back, as I couldnt get a clear picture otherwise. Even just clicking the button introduced enough wobble to kill the image. My email in my profile is just to catch trolls, it hasnt worked in years. Hit me up at jason dot lough at gmail dot com.
 
  2008-12-04 11:08:49 AM  
nosajghoul: The majority of the purple dots line up exactly with a star chart, which is amazing because theres just farking TONS of them and only a dozen or so were visible to the naked eye. If you want, let me know when you get pics in portland. Im in the middle of Kansas.

Ok, I'll try to do that. But the light pollution here is an order of magnitude (or two, or three) greater than where you are. It's probably hopeless. Plus it's ALWAYS cloudy here. I bet you can still see the Milky Way defined at times, no?

Even pointing a pair of cheap binoculars at a blank patch of sky will reveal hundreds of stars. Best thing ever.
 
  2008-12-04 03:02:07 PM  
I dunno about GTAIV on PC.

I love PC gaming, but the "problem" is that I enjoy games on the keyboard and mouse too damned much. I bought the GTA 3 and Vice City a few weeks ago (yes, I am behind the times) because they were only about four dollars a piece (PS2 version) at my local game store... man, they sucked me in, even on the console. I can't imagine how badly I'd be addicted to a PC version of either one.
 
  2008-12-04 03:21:54 PM  
TehNacho: I dunno about GTAIV on PC.

I love PC gaming, but the "problem" is that I enjoy games on the keyboard and mouse too damned much. I bought the GTA 3 and Vice City a few weeks ago (yes, I am behind the times) because they were only about four dollars a piece (PS2 version) at my local game store... man, they sucked me in, even on the console. I can't imagine how badly I'd be addicted to a PC version of either one.


I bought a gamepad for playing the GTA games on my PC. It works great.
 
  2008-12-04 03:34:36 PM  
gayb: I bet you can still see the Milky Way defined at times, no?

Yep :-)
 
  2008-12-04 03:53:44 PM  
nosajghoul: Yep :-)

It's not fair. Light pollution is causing me to lose perspective.
 
  2008-12-05 12:16:06 AM  
wow, there is something screwy going on at pirate bay. The other day somebody uploaded GTAIV without the crack. well since then there have been at least a hundred fake cracks put up since then. Most were taken down, none worked... until one was posted earlier tonight that worked perfectly. It stayed up for 22 minutes and pirate bay yanked it. What confuses me is that they left up the fake cracks. I wonder if they are being paid off by rockstar.

/Glad I grabbed the good crack while it was up
 
  2008-12-05 12:21:45 AM  
Well, I did get GTA4/PC to run in 1280x1024 with my existing card by just reducing one of the settings and cranking some of the others up. Frame rate went up too. Looks a bit better overall.

But, my GTA4/PC problem is now that I can't sign into Games For Windows Live. For some stupid reason, you have to do that to even save your progress in single player (yeah, makes no sense to me either), so while the game looks OK, I can't exactly save my progress, so it's useless :p

I even ran Wireshark on it to sniff the traffic, and I do see successful authentication (bidirectional Kerberos 5 traffic), then the game starts sending UDP packets out and gets no response (and the firewall isn't dropping anything). Strangely, the outbound packets are fragmented, which I suspect Microsoft is dropping. Can't figure out why they're fragmented, 'cause after reassembly the payload is still only 1366 bytes. Odd.
 
  2008-12-05 10:10:26 AM  
Mike: Well, I did get GTA4/PC to run in 1280x1024 with my existing card by just reducing one of the settings and cranking some of the others up. Frame rate went up too. Looks a bit better overall.

But, my GTA4/PC problem is now that I can't sign into Games For Windows Live. For some stupid reason, you have to do that to even save your progress in single player (yeah, makes no sense to me either), so while the game looks OK, I can't exactly save my progress, so it's useless :p

I even ran Wireshark on it to sniff the traffic, and I do see successful authentication (bidirectional Kerberos 5 traffic), then the game starts sending UDP packets out and gets no response (and the firewall isn't dropping anything). Strangely, the outbound packets are fragmented, which I suspect Microsoft is dropping. Can't figure out why they're fragmented, 'cause after reassembly the payload is still only 1366 bytes. Odd.


Just sign up for an offline account in games for windows
 
  2008-12-05 10:23:01 AM  
I've got GTA IV from Steam. Going to try it tonight. However I'm hearing of problems with Vista x64 and trying to install the latest Windows Live update.
 
  2008-12-05 01:30:44 PM  
I have the account already (I just re-used my MSN Messenger login)... I can sign in on the web or using gfwlclient.exe in \program files\microsoft games for windows - live\client.
But those all use HTTP or HTTPS to talk to the server. The game's using UDP port 3704 and that's what's stalling out.

I'll see if I can get a sniffer upstream one hop.
 
  2008-12-06 12:54:19 AM  
I had to download an update for GFWL
 
  2008-12-06 01:44:49 AM  
Did that already.

Gonna have my ISP sniff upstream tomorrow to see where the packet drops are happening. I haven't 100% ruled out my own router.
 
  2008-12-06 04:12:38 AM  
I could use some advice on the computer I'm building...

A power outage did something wonky to my computer. Despite being behind a surge protector, my motherboard and graphics card no longer function. My computer is 8 years old, so it's time for an upgrade anyways.

This is my first time building a computer from scratch, so I wanted to make sure I was doing it right.

I plan on running 64-bit windows vista home premium system builder's edition (i know, I know, vista sucks balls)

So, here goes:
Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119106
Cool er Master. Mid tower. ATX Form factor.

Hard Drives:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074
WD Caviar. 320gb, 7200RPM, SATA 3.0gb/s
I'm going to buy two HDs. One for softwware, one for data. The idea being that reformatting, organizing, backing up, and defragging should be easier. With most of the drive access being done on the software side of things, the chance of HD failure causing data loss will hopefully drop significantly.

Graphics Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130370
EVGA GeForce GTX 260. 896mb. PCI-ex 2.0.
Requires: 450w PSU, two 4-prong dongles. Dongle dongle dongle.

DVD Burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135176
ASUS
SATA 3.0gb/s

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
550w. ATX. Plenty of 4-pin dongles.

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231194
G .Skill 2x2gb 240pin DDR2 1100 (PC2 8800)

Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138118
BIO STAR TPower I45. ATX form factor.
Supports Core 2 Quad. Intel 45nm. LGA775.
FSB: 1600/1333MHz (Help, I know what a FSB is and what the 1333MHz is, what's the 1600, though?)
Mem slots: 4x240pin, DDR2 1200 (Is this a problem if my ram is DDR2 1100? Their specs page says they support Dual-Channel DDR2 -1200(OC)/1066/800)
6 SATA 3.0gb/s ports
2 PCI-ex 2.0 ports

Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911504 3
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.5ghz.
LGA 775
FSB: 1333 MHz


Other concerns:
Should I get new processor fan? The one I'm getting comes with one but I dunno if it wiould be inferior to a zalman.
I'd like this computer to be able to last me for another 7-8 years. I think in the future I might take advantage of SLI and a new power supply, as well as 4 more gigs of ram. Does anyone see any significant bottlenecks that could also hurt me in the long run?


Final cost, after shipping and gift certificates:
$1,039.45

Yikes.
 
  2008-12-06 04:39:30 AM  
get a bigger power supply.
 
  2008-12-06 07:51:22 AM  
This Is Bold Text: WD Caviar. 320gb, 7200RPM, SATA 3.0gb/s
I'm going to buy two HDs. One for softwware, one for data. The idea being that reformatting, organizing, backing up, and defragging should be easier. With most of the drive access being done on the software side of things, the chance of HD failure causing data loss will hopefully drop significantly.


Stick with one hard drive, albeit a larger one. Two hard drives double your chances of failure. I'd also recommend a Seagate. WD drives ain't what the used to be and Seagate's warranty is 5 years, not 3 like WD. If you are really concerned with data integrity go with a raid 1 setup.
 
  2008-12-06 08:21:15 AM  
there's a whole bunch of GTA IV tweaks in this forum:
http://www.erodov.com/forums/gta-iv-tweaks-u/14764.html

something that might help framerates is disabling the 30 second clip capture
 
  2008-12-06 11:34:59 AM  
No_47: get a bigger power supply.

A 550W Antec is more than enough for that system.
 
  2008-12-06 01:19:59 PM  
I'm going to buy two HDs. One for softwware, one for data.

Get two identical-sized drives (not necessarily identical brand) and mirror them (raid 1). Hard drives will fail eventually, mirroring will help you keep your data when it happens. When one dies, you can continue running with the one remaining drive until you can swap the dead one for another.

Don't stripe them (raid 0) and don't use one for data and one for software. Either of those means losing either all or half your data in a crash, and in the raid 0 case you can't continue running with just one drive.

I'll second the Seagate recommendation, though definitely avoid their budget Maxtor brand. All brands have their bad years though, even Seagate, Hitachi, and WD.

Oh, and that vidcard is gonna need 6-pin, not 4-pin, extra power plugs, probably two of them. Any new Antec PSU will be fine w/ that. Get one with removable power connectors at the PSU end though, less clutter inside the case that way.
 
  2008-12-06 01:27:23 PM  
Zalman makes good CPU fans but they're unnecessary on the 45nm CPU's. The stock fan is just fine. The only advantage to the Zalmans are they're easier to install/remove -- I hate the Intel LGA775 clip mechanism with a passion. I may just be too stupid to do it right tho, wouldn't be the first time :)

If you're future-proofing you may want a DDR3-based board instead of DDR2 and something that can go to at least 8 GB memory (since you're gonna be running 64-bit). I tend to go with Asus and Intel boards in desktops and Supermicro in servers, though I do have a little Shuttle SX38P2 on my desk nowadays. Bi