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The Talking Pie
05-05-2009, 03:16 PM
Declare the following at the top of the function:


global $lang;

Tijs
05-05-2009, 03:34 PM
I swear I've tried that. But it works now! Thanks!

Jojan
06-01-2009, 06:09 PM
I can't get my TV to show stuff from my computer via a HDMI cable. All I get is a black screen on my TV, so I get some sort of communication between the two, but I don't get anything useful. Just black.

I have a nVidia GeForce 9600 GT and driver version 180.44.

Jebus
06-01-2009, 11:23 PM
Make sure you set it to your tv's native resolution. Anything under won't work for some tvs.

In unrelated news, for the first time in 10 years of my broken computer history, the "last known good configuration" did the trick. Kept on getting BSODs even in safe mode and I was this close to reinstalling windows. Still amazed it actually worked because that option has always been useless to me.

GreenTerror
06-01-2009, 11:44 PM
LINUXXXXXX people help me plz.

I posted a thread on the Ubuntu forums, but they're so busy busy busy it gets lost among the other million problems n00bs like myself complain about.

Anyway, I'm just going to copypasta:

After I upgraded to Jaunty, I actually had no problems with Youtube videos or anything in Firefox at all. This new Amarok 2 is what I had issues in to begin with (Music would play, but no sound). After some Googling, I found a solution. So Amarok works fine now, but Youtube videos play without any sound.
To solve my issue with Amarok, I installed:

Code:

ubuntu-restricted-extras

Code:

phonon-backend-gstreamer

Code:

phonon-backend-xine

Would any of those cause any conflict with sound coming from Firefox? Is pulseaudio trying to hog up my sound card again? What's going on here?


Anyone? No? :(

The Talking Pie
06-02-2009, 04:48 AM
Have only one of them use ALSA? I used to have a similar problem with YouTube and Rhythmbox on Hardy; I just changed one of them to output to OSS and the problem went away.

Also, give Songbird a try; I like it better than Amarok and it could fix the conflict issue: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Songbird

m.offspring.r
06-02-2009, 05:28 AM
have you installed codecs and java packages?

The Talking Pie
06-02-2009, 05:49 AM
have you installed codecs and java packages?

ubuntu-restricted-extras is the codec pack. Why would you need Java?

GreenTerror
06-02-2009, 04:32 PM
Have only one of them use ALSA? I used to have a similar problem with YouTube and Rhythmbox on Hardy; I just changed one of them to output to OSS and the problem went away.

Also, give Songbird a try; I like it better than Amarok and it could fix the conflict issue: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Songbird


How do I go about doing that? What exactly is ALSA? So many questions, I know, sorry. I want to learn!!

Also, I don't really want a different music player, I'm really diggin this new Amarok so far.



K disregard all that, I fixed it! What you said seemed to make the most sense, so I did some Googling and found out for myself what ALSA is, and I went ahead and set music and video ALSA, and sound events to OSS. Amarok still plays just fine, and now Youtube works again. Thanks! I'm very proud of myself right now.

The Talking Pie
06-03-2009, 03:28 AM
Well done; you seem to have figured it out in a lot less time that it originally took me!

KHWHD
06-04-2009, 12:06 PM
Blue screen of death question.

Ok, so my PC is about 5 years old. I've had to reformat my PC about every 3-4 months because usually the "blue screen of death" just flashes real quick and it's unreadable to read what the problem is - then if reboots over and over and over again. Now usually after I reformat it, I don't have any problems for a few months. I had to reformat it last Thurs. because of (I think) the same problem. Then AGAIN, it happened this morning - a week later.

I don't know if it's my 1 older (original) hard-drive or if it's the motherboard, or even the power supply. Any help would be much appreciated because everyone knows how fucking long it takes to reformat and reinstall everything on your PC. Thank you.

The Talking Pie
06-04-2009, 02:06 PM
Any idea what the BSOD says?

KHWHD
06-04-2009, 02:19 PM
Any idea what the BSOD says?

Well the last time it happened (last week - not today) my Dad said to click on something (I forget where now) so that it wouldn't keep rebooting itself and I vaguely remember it saying something about checking to see if the PC had a virus on it and to run chkdsk on F. My F drive is my burner that was installed around Christmas time. I run AVG.

The Talking Pie
06-04-2009, 03:54 PM
It's undoubtedly a hardware issue, and if you're being advised to run chkdsk then it points towards a problem with your HDD or IDE/SATA cable.

Although it could also just be dust. When was the last time you put a vacuum cleaner inside your PC?

KHWHD
06-04-2009, 03:57 PM
It's undoubtedly a hardware issue, and if you're being advised to run chkdsk then it points towards a problem with your HDD or IDE/SATA cable.

Although it could also just be dust. When was the last time you put a vacuum cleaner inside your PC?

Well my Dad put in a new HD about 5 months ago. Like I said, I wish there was a way of finding out 100% whether it's the MB or the (old HD.) I blew my PC out (with Dads airpig) last weekend.

The Talking Pie
06-04-2009, 05:32 PM
All I can really suggest is to try replacing each component one at a time. Check the cables in particular; this kind of problem can arise from loose wires on cables between the PSU/MB/HDD.

I actually had that problem at work a couple of months ago; there was just one loose wire coming off the PSU causing BSOD crashes and random shutdowns.

Although, a couple of months before that, we had another similar problem where the entire MB was just fucked. Not the best thing to be replacing.

KHWHD
06-04-2009, 09:04 PM
All I can really suggest is to try replacing each component one at a time. Check the cables in particular; this kind of problem can arise from loose wires on cables between the PSU/MB/HDD.

I actually had that problem at work a couple of months ago; there was just one loose wire coming off the PSU causing BSOD crashes and random shutdowns.

Although, a couple of months before that, we had another similar problem where the entire MB was just fucked. Not the best thing to be replacing.

Ok, I'll try that. I really wish I knew what the problem was before spending a shit load of money on new components. I guess the only thing that could be done is if I still can't figure out what the problem is is to take it to a tech. But then again, it'll probably cost an arm and a leg - so buying a new PC might be the only other option. Thank you for your help.

Jebus
06-04-2009, 10:09 PM
Could also be a memory problem, which would be the cheapest component to replace. Run memtest86and see if you get any errors.
http://www.memtest.org/


You should also always have a live linux cd in handy which could help rule out certain hardware failure.
http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

The Talking Pie
06-05-2009, 06:44 AM
Yes, Jebus pointed out something important that I neglected to; if it's too expensive to have someone look at, start by testing the cheap components, then the most obvious ones. My bet's still on cables (they've fucked me about with these kind of problems too much recently) but RAM is certainly a contender.

Sometimes it's just everything, though. I had a computer off a colleague to look at the other week. One day it just decided it wouldn't boot up. It wouldn't POST or anything. All I could conclude is that when I unplugged absolutely every IDE/SATA/USB device, it started to work, although obviously then had nothing to boot into. I replaced the cables and replaced the HDD and still the problem persisted. I tweaked all kinds of settings relating to booting and IDE devices in the BIOS and it made no difference. The HDD when put into another computer was not recognised, even as an unknown unmounted device. All I managed to salvage from that computer was a strip of RAM and a fan. Anyway, the point of all my rambling is that, sometimes, everything is wrong.

KHWHD
06-05-2009, 07:43 PM
Could also be a memory problem, which would be the cheapest component to replace. Run memtest86and see if you get any errors.
http://www.memtest.org/


You should also always have a live linux cd in handy which could help rule out certain hardware failure.
http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

Ok so do you have any idea which one I'm suppost to click on cause there's like 10,000 different dl's on that site (the first one.)

And I have no clue what that is on the second link either. I'm somewhat familiar with the components and some of the software but I'm totally confused about these 2 links cause I've never heard of either one of them.

Thank you kindly.

Jebus
06-05-2009, 08:16 PM
Use this guide to help you with memtest86+. You'll need a black floppy or a cd. USB drive is also an option if your computer is capable of booting from one, but it's a bit more complicated.
http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=409152

As for the second link, Ubuntu is a free (open-source) fully functional and feature rich operating system just like Windows. You could either install it on your hard drive or you could simply boot directly from a CD (usb too) without having to install it. If you boot it from the CD, you wont have to worry about formatting your hard drive or losing any of your files. I'm recommending the second option because if it runs and it's stable, then chances are pretty good that the problem is with Windows or the hard drive (or cable) itself.

Try memtest86 first though.

KHWHD
06-05-2009, 10:18 PM
Wow, that's just way too confusing for me. I appreciate your attempt at helping me though.

GreenTerror
06-05-2009, 10:36 PM
I'm trying out Thunderbird for the first time and have Gmail and Hotmail set up just fine so far, thanks to some tutorials I found floating around. Yahoo is the only one being a bitch, and there's really nothing helpful on the internet to help out. Mainly, I have no idea what to put for the ports or incoming and outgoing servers. I'm using the Webmail add-on, I've read everywhere so far that this is THE thing to use for free email accounts, including Yahoo.

Jebus
06-05-2009, 11:21 PM
You know, just forget the Ubuntu thing. You should still run memtest. It'll save you a lot of grief if the memory is in fact the problem. If you have a floppy, it's really easy to install and run. This is the file you need (http://www.memtest.org/download/2.11/memtest86+-2.11.floppy.zip).

Basically what you'll be doing is installing the program on a floppy and then restarting your computer. Next time your computer turns on, instead of running windows, it'll run the memtest86 program. Everything should be automatic. These are the instructions taken directly from the readme file.


Simply download the the Pre-Compiled package for Floppy (DOS - Win) for Windows users.

For Windows, unzip the package into a directory like C:\memtest, insert a blank floppy into your a: disk drive and run the install.bat file. As the install prompts you, to use memtest directly, leave the disk in the drive and reboot your machine.

Your machine should now boot from the disk, display the word Loading followed by a series of periods and then show a screen much like the screenshots on the memtest86+ web page (http://www.memtest.org/#screen). The test is automatically started.

When you are done testing simply remove the floppy and reset your computer.
The tests are actually run indefinitely unless you stop them because they just repeat over and over again. Let it run for a few hours. If you get even a single error, then you have bad memory.

Tijs
06-06-2009, 06:38 AM
My computer freezes a lot lately, especially during tasks such as:
- par2 reperation;
- playing more than one video at a time;
- playing HD videos;
- playing embedded browser flash video;
- extracting archives;
- using heavy software (photoshop, premiere, indesign, videogames).

And sometimes without much going on at all.

I've checked the temperatures of my hardware and kept the temperatures in screen until it froze again, but it didn't show anything unusual. At the moment it froze temperatures were the same or 1 degree off.
- GPU 70C
- HD0 48C
- HD1 39C
- HD2 39C
- HD3 41C
- Core 0 INTEL 43C
- Core 1 INTEL 45C
- Core NVidia 70C

I've also reinstalled Windows XP three times during the last three months, all three times a different version.

There is no dust or dirt inside of my computer.

Help?

Duskygrin
06-06-2009, 06:45 AM
Two neophyte questions:

- how can you check the temperatures of your hard drives? I've got a laptop, it can get hot but short of using a thermometre...

- have you run a virus/spyware check? Your comp may have been tampered with by a malevolent agent, using it for their own nefarious purposes.

No?

Tijs
06-06-2009, 06:47 AM
This time I checked temperatures with SpeedFan. Previously I used something called Everest I think.

My virusscanner didn't find anything. Now I'm using AVK but I've used McAffee before.

Tijs
06-06-2009, 07:39 AM
Hmm.. can it have something to do with too many harddrives in the computer and too little power supply? Currently I have 4 harddrives in my computer, but I can't remember if I had this problem before I put the latest two in there.

Maxtor B200M
Samsung HD103UJ
Samsung HD501LJ
Samsung HD753LJ

But while typing this message my computer froze again, and now something happened that I didn't see before. I took some photos before rebooting that may help. Click for a bigger picture.


http://i43.tinypic.com/2lvn75w.jpg (http://i40.tinypic.com/2d12tyd.jpg)

http://i44.tinypic.com/148kppk.jpg (http://i39.tinypic.com/2drjw6.jpg)

http://i39.tinypic.com/21loqqa.jpg (http://i40.tinypic.com/2rcbh8z.jpg)

The Talking Pie
06-06-2009, 08:35 AM
Given that a lot of the tasks you say it crashes during tend to use the GPU, and especially given those pictures you uploaded, I'd say you should look at the health of your graphics card.

Tijs
06-06-2009, 11:09 AM
Possibly.. but I had a 280W PSU with quite a lot of hardware depending on it. I disconnected one of the harddrives to see what happened, and it ran smoothly after that, even if I did the things that I knew would freeze my computer.
So I just bought a 600W PSU and installed it. I haven't tested it yet but this should do it.

I highly doubt my videocard is in bad conditition since it's relatively new and I never overclock it. So I'll see what happens when I connect my computer later tonight.

Jebus
06-06-2009, 11:17 AM
If those were your idle temps, I think 70c is pretty high for a gpu. But yeah, a 280w PSU seems a bit low for a modern graphics card. The new PSU will probably do the trick.

Tijs
06-06-2009, 02:44 PM
Yeah that totally did it. Now I can finally repair and extract all those Ally McBeal's.

Uh.. I mean all that porn..

Lizardus
06-07-2009, 12:02 AM
I may have a little problem with my ports.

It's been a couple of weeks since i can't sing in into msn. When i run a diagnostic is says key ports are blocked.

Any ideas?

IamSam
06-10-2009, 11:23 PM
Hey all! Does anyone know how to download HD Youtube videos? EDIT: I figured it out!

Lizardus: I had that same problem but I forgot about MSN for a while and then came back to it a month later and it had resolved itself. Sorry!

KyleW
06-11-2009, 02:45 AM
I'm using a 2GB micro SD flash drive and my school computer won't recognise it. Strange thing is I've never had this issue with it before. I'll hop computers now but I was wondering if I might be doing something wrong :S

EDIT: Frustrated now. The other computer popped up the "Your new found hardware is installed and ready to use" message but when I open up My Computer... Nothing! :mad:

0r4ng3
06-11-2009, 04:18 AM
Hey all! Does anyone know how to download HD Youtube videos? EDIT: I figured it out!
How'd you do it? I'm having the same problem myself.

KHWHD
06-11-2009, 02:18 PM
MY GOD. I had to reformat (AGAIN!) Make that 3 times in 3 fucking weeks. I'm going to get my Dad to help me with that program that Jebus suggested cause I'm fucking clueless. I'm not turning my PC off any more.

Edit: Anyone have any clue why my smilies don't work on the BBS anymore? I had this problem 2 formats ago. They did just this last time, but now they don't. And I never changed a thing on this site at all. Jezus.

Jebus
06-15-2009, 09:59 PM
Meebo.com and pidgin can't retrieve my AIM buddy list for some reason. Anyone having the same problem right now?

Sidewinder
06-16-2009, 12:29 AM
Yay, this thread!

My computer randomly started spitting out discs right after sucking them in. Halp?

inb4 sexpuns/jokes

Ryder1234
06-21-2009, 11:01 PM
not a problem but computer related

getting a pc for christmas, i can get something expensive (for christmas at least) if i pay half of it. im thinking of getting this:

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10123148&catid=

or this
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&dm=DEBUG&sku_id=0665000FS10121164&catid=
although that's refurbished but it's cheaper

which one would be better to go for

Jojan
06-22-2009, 09:37 AM
The cheaper one is better in some ways. The more expensive one is better in others.

I think I'd go for the cheaper one. 64 bit is the future (sometime before 2038) and 1.8 GHz is enough.
But I wouldn't but Vista. Either wait for 7 or get one with XP. Or why not choose a free alternative?

Ryder1234
06-22-2009, 01:15 PM
Yeah vista is the only thing I'm not really liking. I think I could live with it though, all I'm gonna use it for is recording, and games. It wont have internet.

Jojan
06-22-2009, 02:38 PM
You could try and build your own computer. Not that difficult, and alot more cheaper. And no "Windows tax" on it!

the_offsprings_monkey
06-22-2009, 05:36 PM
not a problem but computer related

getting a pc for christmas, i can get something expensive (for christmas at least) if i pay half of it. im thinking of getting this:

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10123148&catid=

or this
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&dm=DEBUG&sku_id=0665000FS10121164&catid=
although that's refurbished but it's cheaper

which one would be better to go for

To be fair, the second one has a better processor, although the graphics card isn't as good an some games/software won't work with 64bit windows. Although upgrading/changing graphics an software is cheaper than the CPU etc. So I'd go with the cheaper one. You definitely want at least a multi-core.

GreenTerror
06-22-2009, 06:50 PM
lol, Windows.

Yes, I'm one of those assholes now. I give no fux.

AlSO
My computer sucks massive amounts of dick, and I figured maybe it would suck a little less dick if I opened it up and cleaned all the dust out, which I have really never ever done, and I have had this thing for about... Maybe a little more than 5 years now. But I know it's gotta be older than that. And there is dust bunny oozing from the USB ports in front, and my floppy drive. The fan just looks nasty as all hell. I'm assuming this is bad.

My question:
How do I do this without fucking everything up? I really know absolutely nothing about hardware and the insides of computers. I Googled and found out why not to use a vacuum (my whole house is tile, I don't have a vacuum anyway), and not to dick around with anything inside (kinda obvious), but that's pretty much it.

Endymion
06-22-2009, 07:11 PM
most people use compressed air. i usually use a toothbrush and my lungs.

The Talking Pie
06-23-2009, 11:41 AM
Close your eyes and blow.

Free?
06-23-2009, 11:55 AM
I use vacuum cleaner with a pen tube (http://www.uberfy.com/media/rockets/fins_pen_tube_.jpg) as the "head" (http://edge100.dealsdirect.net/images/products/2007/1/product1_2007.jpg). The main problem is holding it all together.

hshduppsnt
06-23-2009, 12:23 PM
most people use compressed air. i usually use a toothbrush and my lungs.

this is what I do too. Those compressed air cans always felt like a sham to me haha

GreenTerror
06-23-2009, 06:00 PM
No other precautions I should take or anything?

Oh jeez I hope I don't fuck up my computer. This is gonna be scary.

Ryder1234
06-23-2009, 06:38 PM
so, it's looking like the cheaper one is the one. my parents are saying they dont want to buy refurbished so in that case, i'll add 2 more choices:

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&dm=DEBUG&sku_id=0665000FS10124870&catid=

or

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&dm=DEBUG&sku_id=0665000FS10125150&catid=

and, say i was going to be using it solely for recording, gaming comes second. which one would be better for it?

The Talking Pie
06-24-2009, 01:35 AM
What's wrong with refurbished goods? You know they've been extensively checked to ensure they work (which is more than can be said for 'new' goods) and they come with all the same warranties.

I prefer to build computers, though. So much cheaper.

Harleyquiiinn
06-24-2009, 01:51 AM
What's wrong with refurbished goods? You know they've been extensively checked to ensure they work (which is more than can be said for 'new' goods) and they come with all the same warranties.

I prefer to build computers, though. So much cheaper.

So much funnier too... it's like expensive lego :D

ninthz
06-26-2009, 04:20 PM
Might as well put this out there:

I run lolvista on my lolpc. Every once in a while I'll have to restart my computer in order for it to reconnect to the internet. I'll like refresh a page or try to go to a new one and get a failure to connect message. My computer has been doing this for years and I've never thought to post about it here. HALP PLOX.

The Talking Pie
06-26-2009, 05:06 PM
Probably not related, but we've been having similar problems with the new Vista computers at work; I think it's Windows trying to update the [proprietary] ethernet drivers, failing and then fucking the connection, restarting, updating, etc. ad infinitum. I've yet to find a way to fix the problem that doesn't involve a hammer.

Any other sysadmins out there? My boss wants to log all network traffic, so I need to set up our server as a transparent proxy. But because our router is old and our switch does everything except decent DHCP, I can't manually define the gateway to be pushed to the clients. So I also need to set the server up as a DHCP/DNS server. Not a problem, but the same server also runs Apache and SAMBA (both services are heavily used). The question is, is it too much to divert all WAN traffic through the server in addition to the existing LAN traffic, not to mention the CPU/RAM load it'll likely place on the server? (Getting a new/another server isn't an option; I can shove in another HDD and that's about it.)

Ryder1234
06-26-2009, 05:43 PM
What's wrong with refurbished goods? You know they've been extensively checked to ensure they work (which is more than can be said for 'new' goods) and they come with all the same warranties.

I don't have a problem with them, but for some reason my parents say they want to buy a brand new one if they do.
Also, just realized it says web only. My parents don't buys stuff from the web so it's now a no-no. I'm looking at the 3 remaining and I think I want to go with the Gateway over the HP's. Is it the best? I don't know but it looks like it is.

Jojan
06-30-2009, 10:19 AM
How do I remove the "+"-button in Firefox 3.5? I've been looking in about:config, but haven't found anything to solve this problem of mine.

The Talking Pie
06-30-2009, 12:07 PM
Not a clue. Have you just downloaded the binaries from the website? It's showing up in my repositories but won't update that way. I want shiny new Firefox :(

Reamwolf
06-30-2009, 02:32 PM
Right, so my really crappy, hand-down, Toshiba Satellite's drivers wont load. I want to know if there is any way to find some software that helps the drivers load, or will I need to install Windows again. If I do need to install Windows again, is there any way to keep my preferences for the Internet, or at least my IP address?

Thanks for the help!

Tijs
06-30-2009, 03:10 PM
How do I remove the "+"-button in Firefox 3.5? I've been looking in about:config, but haven't found anything to solve this problem of mine.This will remove it:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10535

But it's yet another addon in the list..

dexter12296566
07-02-2009, 05:52 PM
i am not sure if it is a problem but my computer is currently buzzing probably cuz i have been on it in this forum since 5:48 p.m. it has been more than 24 hours and i need a nap it stopped buzzing when i hit the shift key

The Talking Pie
07-03-2009, 10:38 AM
That's a serious problem. You need to shut down your computer immediately and not come back online for at least a week.

randman21
07-04-2009, 06:58 AM
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i91/randman21/firefoxRAM.jpg

m.offspring.r
07-04-2009, 07:07 AM
WTF!?!?

I dont have Firefox installed on my pc, try install the Opera Browser and check memory...

Ahhh, how many tabs you have open (at the same time)?

randman21
07-04-2009, 07:14 AM
WTF!?!?

I dont have Firefox installed on my pc, try install the Opera Browser and check memory...

Ahhh, how many tabs you have open (at the same time)?
Hehe. I normally keep a lot of tabs open (got ten open now), but when I close all but one of them, the RAM usage doesn't change. I started using Safari because of this, but there just aren't enough features/addons for me. Opera, you say? *downloads*

Ryder1234
07-07-2009, 09:07 PM
How do I get headphones to work on Vista? I tried going into the sound properties but my headphones don't even come up as a device.

hshduppsnt
07-07-2009, 09:17 PM
How do I get headphones to work on Vista? I tried going into the sound properties but my headphones don't even come up as a device.

what is your headphone input device?
USB? Standard A/V Jack?

Ryder1234
07-07-2009, 09:19 PM
standard .

hshduppsnt
07-07-2009, 09:25 PM
shouldn't have to actually adjust anything (control panel wise), do your computer speakers have an input? There might also be one on the front of your tower.

Presumably, though, you are using those and still having a problem in which case I'm confused. Sometimes on mine I actively have to increase and decrease the volume before it adjusts to the headphones (and the speakers have to be on...)...

EDIT: Stupid Vista thing, try turning the computer off, plugging in the headphones, then turning the computer on with them plugged in from the get-go.

Ryder1234
07-07-2009, 09:30 PM
Well, it's a laptop, so I dont have speakers, but there are built in speakers.
The only jack is on the front.

I tried the turning off/plugging in thing yesterday but it didn't work.

hshduppsnt
07-07-2009, 09:36 PM
hmm... update sound card driver?
the laptop speakers work right?

Ryder1234
07-07-2009, 09:45 PM
Yeah they work fine... but I haven`t updated the driver or anything.

randman21
07-08-2009, 07:45 AM
Dammit! I'm sick of computers. The other day (the day that I posted that previous problem, for reference), I got a 2GB memory card and installed it. The computer didn't start up, but instead made some weird beeping sound. I restarted it, and it worked fine until about an hour ago. The computer all of a sudden turned off and did that beeping thing again.

When I turned it back on, a prompt came up in between the boot screen and Windows starting (I forgot what it's called), something about repairing the problem. After several tries, it said that the problem can't automatically be resolved. I know that it is directly related to the memory card, but I can't figure out what to do. Ayuda, por favor, The Sims 3 is supposed to be arriving today!

the_offsprings_monkey
07-08-2009, 05:53 PM
Do you mean a stick of Ram? Or do you mean a USB memory stick? If it's the Ram, I would try removing it and re-fitting it. If that fails, then put back in your normal Ram sticks and take them back to where you got them. Also check they're compatible with your computer.

randman21
07-09-2009, 03:22 AM
It was a stick of RAM, my bad. I took it out, and I'll try to reinstall it later. I REALLY hope that works, because I think I switched on Dumbass Mode and threw all of the packaging away. Everything except the invoice (got it from newegg.com). Anyway, thanks!

the_offsprings_monkey
07-09-2009, 08:31 AM
It was a stick of RAM, my bad. I took it out, and I'll try to reinstall it later. I REALLY hope that works, because I think I switched on Dumbass Mode and threw all of the packaging away. Everything except the invoice (got it from newegg.com). Anyway, thanks!

It sounds like either the Ram is screwed or your ram slot is damaged, the same thing happened to my last laptop.

The Talking Pie
07-09-2009, 11:13 AM
What OS do you have? Vista doesn't like bad RAM.

Apathy
07-10-2009, 04:17 PM
Anybody have a good (free) antivirus program... my computer is spam-infested lately.

The Talking Pie
07-10-2009, 05:21 PM
AVG or Avast!

Jebus
07-10-2009, 09:38 PM
I wouldn't trust any anti-virus program to clean your computer after it has already been infected. Viruses are pretty nasty nowadays. Just won't come off no matter what. Like AIDS.

AVG is nice though.

Ryder1234
07-10-2009, 10:29 PM
Uhh, this kinda isn't a computer problem at all, but I didn't want to make a new thread for it. How do I enable comments/ratings on a YouTube video? I posted one of my songs on it but you can't comment/rate on it. If it's under edit video, I can't fix it then cause I just get a blank page when I click it.

Homer
07-11-2009, 04:35 PM
AVG is nice though.

AVG is a terrible, terrible program. One of the worst I've ever used.

Sure, it'll scan your computer and find viruses, but for some of the nasty ones, it can't even delete them. Also, once you uninstall it in favor of a new program, you find out that it's left some shit on your computer, effectively blocking the installation of new programs.

Kaspersky Internet Security is all one needs.

The Talking Pie
07-11-2009, 05:25 PM
Hmm... I've never had any of those problems you've described with AVG.

To clean already-infected computers, SmitFraudFix (http://siri.urz.free.fr/Fix/SmitfraudFix_En.php) can get rid of a lot of shit.

randman21
07-11-2009, 06:31 PM
It sounds like either the Ram is screwed or your ram slot is damaged, the same thing happened to my last laptop.


What OS do you have? Vista doesn't like bad RAM.

Thanks, gentlemen. Unless either the RAM or the slot are defective, I don't think anything is broken. Everything is brand new. I do have Vista, though, so who knows what's going on. It seems to be working right now, but I'll keep an eye on it.

lil_punk_rawker
07-16-2009, 10:32 PM
Hi. I was wondering if anyone could help me, first, i have vista. This morning i changed all my alert sounds, start up tones etc to Wavs i got off the internet. but it doesn't make any sounds, but they are set.
If anyone knows how to fix this it would be much appreciated.
Thank you

Lizardus
07-17-2009, 07:20 AM
Hi. I was wondering if anyone could help me, first, i have vista. This morning i changed all my alert sounds, start up tones etc to Wavs i got off the internet. but it doesn't make any sounds, but they are set.
If anyone knows how to fix this it would be much appreciated.
Thank you

Try converting them to mp3

The Talking Pie
07-17-2009, 10:27 AM
I'd actually be more concerning about them being WAVs with MPEG compression. Plain WAV files should play no problem.

Try decoding them to plain PCM WAV audio at 16bit / 11,025 Hz.

Grimesy da Offspringfan
07-25-2009, 11:06 AM
i don't know if someone already had a problem like this, but i can't change my background. I've been looking for some kinda solution for months now, and i'm getting really pissed. the "broswse" button is grey and i can't even use the scrollbar either. I made a new account too, but i still can't change the background. Help me please!

KHWHD
08-01-2009, 03:20 PM
I'm not sure if this is in the right section or not but I had a question about youtube videos.

I need to know what a good (free) program you can use to record videos (Offspring - of course) from concerts onto your HD then record them onto a DVD where you can watch them on your DVD player, through your T.V.

I know I can do that with pics. and such but don't know how to record off of youtube, save them, and burn them onto a DVD. I really don't want to watch it through my PC, I want to watch it on my T.V.

Thanks in advance.

Grimesy da Offspringfan
08-01-2009, 03:26 PM
Maybe realplayer or atube catcher

Tijs
08-01-2009, 03:28 PM
Shank, I merged your thread with the Computer Problems thread. And now, I'm typing an answer to your question so hold on a bit :)

Tijs
08-01-2009, 03:32 PM
Easiest way (for me) to get a video off of Youtube is to visit www.keepvid.com. You copy the url of the Youtube video to that site and click download. After that you can select normal quality or high quality to download. The video will be downloaded directly from the Youtube servers so no quality loss whatsoever.

Then you can use a program like WinAVI or even Nero* to convert it to a dvd and burn it onto a disc.

*Nero StartSmart -> Create and edit -> Make DVD -> DVD Video -> Add video files

KHWHD
08-01-2009, 03:38 PM
Easiest way (for me) to get a video off of Youtube is to visit www.keepvid.com. You copy the url of the Youtube video to that site and click download. After that you can select normal quality or high quality to download. The video will be downloaded directly from the Youtube servers so no quality loss whatsoever.

Then you can use a program like WinAVI or even Nero* to convert it to a dvd and burn it onto a disc.

*Nero StartSmart -> Create and edit -> Make DVD -> DVD Video -> Add video files

I will try that and let you know if I can do it... lol. Thanks a bunch!

Oh wait, I thought I tried that before and it keeps whatever the program is on the bottom of the video. Doesn't disappear?

Tijs
08-01-2009, 03:41 PM
Which one, WinAVI or Nero?

KHWHD
08-01-2009, 03:43 PM
Which one, WinAVI or Nero?

So where it says URL (download) is where I put the youtube link? Then go from there?

Tijs
08-01-2009, 03:47 PM
Yup, that's correct.

KHWHD
08-01-2009, 03:51 PM
I use Nero 6 express (I think) and I only have DVD's not CD's. So it'll work as DVD's and play on my T.V.? Sorry I sound like a dumbass. Thanks again for your help.

KHWHD
08-01-2009, 03:53 PM
I should say DVD-R's.

Tijs
08-01-2009, 03:59 PM
Hm, I'm not sure if Nero 6 is capable of converting MP4 to DVD, at least not without plugins. If you burn it to DVD-R it should easily be recognized by your DVD player.

I suggest downloading WinAVI (check your PM), and use that instead.

KHWHD
08-01-2009, 04:07 PM
Thanks a lot!! :D

SMASHedTHEignition
08-02-2009, 01:37 AM
computers are confusing :D

randman21
08-06-2009, 06:24 PM
I know longer give a piss about this, but I just wanted to point this bullshit out:

file:///C:/Users/RANDYW%7E1/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-3.jpghttp://www.offspring.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=18&pictureid=4341

And this was captured on its way down.

Jebus
08-06-2009, 06:39 PM
nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuube

RageAndLov
08-20-2009, 03:06 PM
I installed MS Office 2003 today. It's the real deal, bought in a store. So it's Norwegian. But when I installed the programme, I had language for non-unicode programmes as Japanese (to play Japanese games like Clannad and Touhou). Now, it's a lot of Japanese stuff on Words, like applications and fonts and other stuff.
So I changed language for non-unicode programmes back to Norwegian and reinstalled Office 2003, but nothing changed.
What should I do?

m.offspring.r
08-20-2009, 03:15 PM
I know longer give a piss about this, but I just wanted to point this bullshit out:

file:///C:/Users/RANDYW%7E1/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-3.jpghttp://www.offspring.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=18&pictureid=4341

And this was captured on its way down.

:|:| LOOOOL firefox is greedy

Ryder1234
08-24-2009, 04:44 PM
My problem is itunes won't open. When I click on it, the computer acts as though it will open, but then it just doesn't. I only had about 300 of my songs on the computer when it was working so that's all that made it onto my ipod, and that's all that's on the ipod now because I just bought it last week and only got to use it now, so I really want to get it working to add the rest.

m.offspring.r
08-24-2009, 04:57 PM
uninstall and install again. If dont result, uninstall, remove all entries on registery and reinstall.

Ryder1234
08-24-2009, 05:09 PM
Hmm, well i just hard shut down the computer, then turned it on again and its working... i guess if the problem persists i'll do that but for now its ok

Free?
08-24-2009, 05:27 PM
I installed MS Office 2003 today. It's the real deal, bought in a store. So it's Norwegian. But when I installed the programme, I had language for non-unicode programmes as Japanese (to play Japanese games like Clannad and Touhou). Now, it's a lot of Japanese stuff on Words, like applications and fonts and other stuff.
So I changed language for non-unicode programmes back to Norwegian and reinstalled Office 2003, but nothing changed.
What should I do?

Learn Japanese.

Did you try uninstalling - setting lang to Norwegian - reboot - re-install MSO?

RageAndLov
08-25-2009, 10:15 AM
Learn Japanese.

Did you try uninstalling - setting lang to Norwegian - reboot - re-install MSO?

I tried that. I got a computer expert to fix it for me, and he did something else, so its okay now.

Ryder1234
09-02-2009, 01:27 PM
So, I'm back with yet another question about buying a computer.

I think I'll probably end up getting this (http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&MSCSProfile=3C79F0C7EA3162B2F85612BBB7512FD2DD4C80 FFE3C5E7BF14485CB48C9E6CEDD61C52BE424228C31D4DB707 7AE1BAD467510568093573B4D06C128227CF782F4B3F39E9DA 66F0BF0FB6A14F68B8FBD3633862CE3B5A5543EE5CBCCE45C5 12AF096D0EA6EC164EE84874304FEC6ADAAD275AF7E290E81B BD&sku_id=0665000FS10128408&catid=#)one, so is it going to be good enough for doing the following things?:

It will be mainly for recording my music, so I tried choosing one with a lot of memory.
I'm going to game on it too. Not hardcore gaming, just casually.
It's not going to have internet.

My (or, my parents') budget is not very big, so anything costlier than this is out of the question.

Harleyquiiinn
09-02-2009, 02:02 PM
So, I'm back with yet another question about buying a computer.

I think I'll probably end up getting this (http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&MSCSProfile=3C79F0C7EA3162B2F85612BBB7512FD2DD4C80 FFE3C5E7BF14485CB48C9E6CEDD61C52BE424228C31D4DB707 7AE1BAD467510568093573B4D06C128227CF782F4B3F39E9DA 66F0BF0FB6A14F68B8FBD3633862CE3B5A5543EE5CBCCE45C5 12AF096D0EA6EC164EE84874304FEC6ADAAD275AF7E290E81B BD&sku_id=0665000FS10128408&catid=#)one, so is it going to be good enough for doing the following things?:

It will be mainly for recording my music, so I tried choosing one with a lot of memory.
I'm going to game on it too. Not hardcore gaming, just casually.
It's not going to have internet.

My (or, my parents') budget is not very big, so anything costlier than this is out of the question.

Ok so I'm no expert on this... at least I'm not anymore although I used to make my own computers but one thing troubles me in that configuration. The Graphic card seems to be integrated in the motherboard... and these integrated chips don't usually have much capacities when it comes to ... well... graphics... if you want to play, that might be a bit of a problem for recent games...

Why don't you try a Dell ? The XPS are kind of expensive but if you start with an Inspiron model (about 270 $) you can upgrade the processor, the ram, the hard drive and the video card (you have options on the Dell website... you can actually make your own computer depending of your needs, this is great) and you should come to about the same price...

KHWHD
09-02-2009, 02:06 PM
Ram is pretty small there Kev. But then again, you could always add more. And like the PP said, you'll DEFINITELY need a better video card. I have a 512 and it sucks balls already.

Harleyquiiinn
09-02-2009, 02:09 PM
Ram is pretty small there Kev. But then again, you could always add more. And like the PP said, you'll DEFINITELY need a better video card. I have a 512 and it sucks balls already.

8GB is not enough ? :eek: I'm sorry but I think it's perfectly ok...

512 Mb is not enough indeed though...

KHWHD
09-02-2009, 02:11 PM
8GB is not enough ? :eek: I'm sorry but I think it's perfectly ok...

512 Mb is not enough indeed though...

Compared to most new machines, it seems small.

disclaimer_07
09-02-2009, 02:13 PM
Compared to most new machines, it seems small.

XP sp3 can't even handle more than 3.5 GB.

Harleyquiiinn
09-02-2009, 02:14 PM
Compared to most new machines, it seems small.

Some of the best gaming configurations have only 6 gb...

KHWHD
09-02-2009, 02:14 PM
XP sp3 can't even handle more than 3.5 GB.

That's why you shouldn't update to SP3. ;) :p

Harleyquiiinn
09-02-2009, 02:17 PM
Oh by the way, about Dell, you can purchase it with a free upgrade to Windows 7 which is kinda cool :)

disclaimer_07
09-02-2009, 02:22 PM
Some of the best gaming configurations have only 6 gb...

I don't think you need a lot of RAM for gaming. I'd rather get a decent graphics card.

KHWHD
09-02-2009, 02:25 PM
I don't think you need a lot of RAM for gaming. I'd rather get a decent graphics card.

Actually yeah you do. You need all of the above. Believe me, I've gamed for 6 years and you need a pretty kick ass machine if you want to be able to play comfortably without lag, and great graphics.

Edit: The more RAM, the faster the games will load up too.

Harleyquiiinn
09-02-2009, 02:25 PM
I don't think you need a lot of RAM for gaming. I'd rather get a decent graphics card.

lol for really hardcore gaming, you need everything good :D But you right about the graphic card, hence my advice not to get an integrated one.

Tell me which games you plan to play Ryder (NHL 2K10 ? :D) and I'll tell you what graphic card you need...

Edit: Shank ! what did you play ? :)

KHWHD
09-02-2009, 02:27 PM
Edit: Shank ! what did you play ? :)

Unreal Tournament, COD4, and BHD (Black Hawk Down.)

Harleyquiiinn
09-02-2009, 02:29 PM
Unreal Tournament, COD4, and BHD (Black Hawk Down.)

Oh I see ! FPS girl, I would never have guessed :cool:

m.offspring.r
09-02-2009, 02:53 PM
yeah... Shank, I never thought you play FPS :D


I stopped play on the pc.... Or I dont have memory, or dont have a decent graphic card, or the drivers are old... baaahhhh

I bought a PS3 and xbox360, and now I'm a happy gamer :D


belive, it's the right choice :D:D

Jebus
09-02-2009, 02:58 PM
Shank, you're absolutely wrong. 8 gigs is an overkill. 4-6 gigs would be enough to future proof your computer, but even then 4 gigs is still a lot more than what you'll probably end up needing. For gaming, once you get past 2 gigs of ram, you'll see zero increase in performance (in terms of frames per second and loading time) in pretty much all modern games. They just don't use that much ram. And yeah, you won't be doing any gaming at all with integrated graphics.

KHWHD
09-02-2009, 03:14 PM
Ah ok? I think I know a bit about what you need considering I've gamed for longer than a lot of people on here.

The Talking Pie
09-02-2009, 03:21 PM
I agree with everything Jebus said. RAM just isn't used in that way.

KHWHD
09-02-2009, 03:23 PM
I agree with everything Jebus said. RAM just isn't used in that way.

My father is a techie, my ex is a techie, and my ex-husband is a techie. I guess they're all wrong in saying that RAM IS important if you want more speed when it comes to loading games, less lag, etc. for gaming then.

Jebus
09-02-2009, 03:40 PM
You'll see a big difference in performance going from 256mb to 512mb, 512mb to 1 gig, and 1 gig to 2 gigs. Past 2 gigs any performance boost is minimal. If you're doing high resolution gaming, what does become important is video ram, but that's part of the video card.

Check out these benchmarks. They tested out performance with 3 gigs, 6 gigs, and 12 gigs. No difference.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/memory-module-upgrade,2264-3.html
http://media.bestofmicro.com/H/5/193721/original/memory_capacity-04.png

Harleyquiiinn
09-02-2009, 03:46 PM
So Ryder, to answer your question.

Here's the configuration I would do in your budget:

Dell Inspiron 546

Processor: AMD ATHLON X2 7550 (2.5 Ghz)
Windows Vista + Windows 7 upgrade
6Gb Ram
750 Go Hard drive
Graphic card: Nvidia GeForce GT 220

=> 594 $

You have less ram and less hard drive capacity but you have a much better graphic card...Still... I don't think you can expect to play really recent games in full resolution with that... but you will be able to play them :D

Now maybe some other knows of a better configuration in your budget... :)

The Talking Pie
09-02-2009, 04:00 PM
My father is a techie, my ex is a techie, and my ex-husband is a techie. I guess they're all wrong in saying that RAM IS important if you want more speed when it comes to loading games, less lag, etc. for gaming then.

I guess that makes my opinion/experience as a techie invalid? I mean, it's not like I've ever done graphics programming or anything...

You can argue it all you want, but RAM isn't utilised in such a way that the benefits you describe could be attributed to it. I've no doubt that your other super-charged components help, but it's not the RAM.

sarareid
09-03-2009, 12:31 AM
Hi buddy
I can suggest you.
Before that can you tell me the exact error message you are getting when your PC automatically restarts.
Also tell me If you have a virus on your computer.

Ryder1234
09-03-2009, 01:01 PM
Ram is pretty small there Kev. But then again, you could always add more. And like the PP said, you'll DEFINITELY need a better video card. I have a 512 and it sucks balls already.

Well, considering my current PC only has 256mb of ram, I think I'll be happy :D


lTell me which games you plan to play Ryder (NHL 2K10 ? :D) and I'll tell you what graphic card you need...

Well I have GTA San Andreas, and Need for Speed Carbon. That's all right now.

IamSam
09-29-2009, 04:26 PM
So I think my power supply may be shot. It will all of a sudden start making a growling noise and will stop when that area of the computer is hit with a fist shaped object. I have opened up the computer and dusted everything with the canned air stuff and yet it will start up every now and then. Should I be concerned?

Harleyquiiinn
09-29-2009, 04:49 PM
So I think my power supply may be shot. It will all of a sudden start making a growling noise and will stop when that area of the computer is hit with a fist shaped object. I have opened up the computer and dusted everything with the canned air stuff and yet it will start up every now and then. Should I be concerned?

Well, on one hand, the growling sound seems to indicate that the fan is still working. On the other hand... well... I'd change it.

Jules69
10-02-2009, 09:46 AM
How do u enable whatever cookies are on a specific web site??? Whithout enabling them I am unable to log into that site. I use vista ultimate. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Julie:)

The Talking Pie
10-02-2009, 10:42 AM
Cookies should be enabled by default.

Which browser are you using?

Harleyquiiinn
10-02-2009, 11:40 AM
Hardware problem. I broke my headphone Jack on my laptop (Dell Inspiron). And now, my computer "thinks" headphones are plugged in all the time and refuses to give me any sound, eventhough there are no headphones.

So I suppose I am going to have to work something inside it. (Yeah ! Expensive Meccano !) but does someone know if there is a possibility to explain to my computer that there are no headphones ?

Jules69
10-02-2009, 12:19 PM
Cookies should be enabled by default.

Which browser are you using?

Yahoo. Should I try Google?? Cookies and popups are different things right?

Harleyquiiinn
10-02-2009, 12:40 PM
Yahoo. Should I try Google?? Cookies and popups are different things right?

Jules, Google and Yahoo are search engines, not browsers. I think what The Talking Pie wanted to know is wether you use Internet Explorer, Firefox or something else :)

And yes Cookies and pop ups are different. A cookie, if I am not mistaken, is a file with some text in it allowing the website you visit to register certain informations in your computer. It is helpful when you revisit that webiste because it helps the computer to load it faster...

Jules69
10-02-2009, 12:52 PM
Internet Explorer, and I just now got it to work for me!! That was strange. I am able to log into that site now. I wonder why it wouldn't let me many times before. Oh well all fixed now. Thanks so much!

The Talking Pie
10-02-2009, 03:03 PM
Internet Explorer's not a good cookie manager if you're logging in and out of sites in quick succession. At work, for example, we manage several eBay shops, and IE often 'forgets' which one we're logged into because it doesn't handle cookies quite right. I've yet to determine exactly what the problem is.

Cookies, as Harleyquiiinn said, are small text files. They might store your log-in details, so the next time you go to a website you don't have to log in all over again.

Harleyquiiinn, I'd suggest uninstalling any software that manages your sound card (there may be an icon in your system tray that gives you an advanced configuration of your sound ports -- not the Windows one; something fancier -- if so, get its name and uninstall it). As a rule, I don't believe Windows 'knows' when jacks are plugged in; it's usually one of those helper applications that come preloaded that do all the work. However, the best practice is to get someone to actually fix whatever's screwed with your motherboard.

Harleyquiiinn
10-02-2009, 03:26 PM
Internet Explorer's not a good cookie manager if you're logging in and out of sites in quick succession. At work, for example, we manage several eBay shops, and IE often 'forgets' which one we're logged into because it doesn't handle cookies quite right. I've yet to determine exactly what the problem is.

Cookies, as Harleyquiiinn said, are small text files. They might store your log-in details, so the next time you go to a website you don't have to log in all over again.

Harleyquiiinn, I'd suggest uninstalling any software that manages your sound card (there may be an icon in your system tray that gives you an advanced configuration of your sound ports -- not the Windows one; something fancier -- if so, get its name and uninstall it). As a rule, I don't believe Windows 'knows' when jacks are plugged in; it's usually one of those helper applications that come preloaded that do all the work. However, the best practice is to get someone to actually fix whatever's screwed with your motherboard.

Ah, I feel so stupid that I broke it :(
I plan to open it and see if I can fix it... I found how to open it on the Dell website... I hope I can do it.
Thanks anyway, Talking Pie :)

Tijs
10-06-2009, 11:29 AM
How can I start two applications by starting just one?

I mean, when I start WampServer (program to run PHP scripts and MySQL local etc.) I'd like it to launch Firefox too. The easy way doesn't work.

http://i33.tinypic.com/2cyhaol.jpg

Maybe not so much of a problem, just too lazy to click two different icons.

Jesus
10-06-2009, 11:56 AM
Just create a batch file (.bat) with the links in there like:
"c:\locationlocation\shortcuttoprogram.lnk"
cls

And then make a shortcut to the batch file.

Could also link one of the quick launch buttons on your keyboard to the bat file and no mouse needed then, except I, like pretty much everyone else I guess, never use those buttons.

Tijs
10-06-2009, 12:09 PM
Oh yeah that totally works. Thanks!

I actually use those buttons though, but don't customise them.

Jesus
10-06-2009, 12:11 PM
u so lazy

The Talking Pie
10-06-2009, 03:37 PM
Why not just have your web server running as a process in the background all the time? I used to hate having to start and stop WAMP.

Tijs
10-07-2009, 06:33 AM
I generally hate having programs run on the background that I don't use.

The Talking Pie
10-07-2009, 10:58 AM
Fair enough. Another physical web server, then, with the htdocs folder mapped to a drive on your computer? That's what I ended up doing after testing on localhost became too bothersome.

Or do you not use Apache as often as I'm assuming and only need it every once in a while?

Tijs
10-07-2009, 11:26 AM
I only use it when I'm actually working on a website. Once the website is finished I upload it to wherever the costumer has the hosting.

Tijs
10-08-2009, 06:01 AM
And while we're on the subject of websites.

This only works when I upload it, but doesn't work when I run on localhost. How can I get it to work locally?
http://www.tijsvl.net/test/jw/test.php

It just doesn't do anything when I click the links when running it on localhost.

The Talking Pie
10-08-2009, 03:55 PM
File permissions, perhaps? There's not much else that would stop it working on one server but not the other. Case in point: Today I had to do some light editing of one of our intranet sites. I had the source on my USB stick, so I popped it into the server and tunnelled the editor over SSH to edit the file (I went this route because it would then be easier to just remotely copy off the local stick to the local web directory). Anyway, as a result, I'd copied the file as root across and it'd assumed root:root ownership (the two directories had different owners, so only root would let me both copy and paste). The entire intranet site include()s all module source files onLoad, so suddenly I'd killed the entire intranet. Oops. I have FTP set up, so there was no reason to not edit the file from my client machine, but the server's within arm's reach, so I do these things just because I can. Poor show, I admit.

Anyway, I assume that the PHP script doesn't do much other than output the HTML? Sometimes I also find that my live servers aren't up-to-date with their LAMP installations and my beautiful webapps don't work :(

Tijs
10-08-2009, 04:12 PM
Ha, nice going there. Are a lot of people depending on the intranet? At my school we had some incompetent system adminustrators who always were messing around with everything to make it work better. As a result internet and intranet was down quite frequently.

It outputs HTML and takes data from MySQL, but now I'm also using jQuery to control a flashplayer for audio on the website so I can use a regular <a href... to start playing a new song. AJAX will also be play a big role soon and I remember a similar problem with that on localhost a while ago. But I found a way now to get atleast jQuery to work, hopefully it has the same effect on AJAX.

Instead of using the address http://localhost/test/test.php I use http://123.0.0.4/test/test.php (<-- fake IP). It works that way, so I'll just bypass the issue for now.

The Talking Pie
10-08-2009, 05:21 PM
Hmm... I was wondering if the code of the player (or something else) wasn't liking localhost, but I didn't have anything to support that other than a hunch. I recall our Magento installation refusing to work on localhost because it verified addresses by them having at least one dot in them.

Our company's only got about ten people on computers, but the intranet does everything (before I got there, paper was used for absolutely everything). Unfortunately, my manager doesn't really appreciate that coding takes time and needs to be tested, so I have to do everything on the live site. The best I can do is try to do my work when people are on lunch.

Rag Doll
10-08-2009, 07:27 PM
when i do a google search, the links redirect me to advertisement sites. i ran a virus scan - nothing except something that appears to be a remnant of an old virus scanner program. same thing with a malwarebytes scan. halp?

Llamas
10-08-2009, 07:31 PM
You might have vundo? I had the vundo virus a while ago and it did that same thing. I ran VundoFix and it stopped doing that.

Rag Doll
10-08-2009, 07:52 PM
hmm. i downloaded the vundofix but it didnt find the virus in it's scan. it does sound like that virus though.

anyone else? ideas?

Llamas
10-08-2009, 08:21 PM
Shit... what virus scanner/adware scanners do you use? Did you already run them in safe mode?

If it's Vundo and VundoFix AND Malwarebytes found nothing... you probably have to reinstall your OS. Vundo's a huge bitch :-/ Good luck.

Rag Doll
10-08-2009, 08:25 PM
i used avast, malwarebytes, and the vundofix. i didn't run them in safe mode. my boyfriend is going to reinstall windows for me at some point, but hes going to be busy for a while with grad school and i wanted to fix it now if possible... =\

Llamas
10-08-2009, 08:29 PM
Ugh. Well I recommend running all three in safe mode, and if they still find nothing, you might have to wait. There is another way to remove Vundo, but you REALLY have to know exactly what you're doing or you'll fuck your computer for good.

You could also just try a few other general scanners and see if they find anything... Adaware and Spybot search and destroy are pretty good.

Jules69
10-16-2009, 02:27 PM
Not to bump this thread, but who knows what does done but with errors mean?? This would show up at the bottom left corner of the screen, and there is a yellow exclamation mark. Is it something that needs to be fixed?? Mabey, will restarting my laptop fix it?? Just curious. Anyone who knows, thank you so much!!

The Talking Pie
10-16-2009, 04:12 PM
Is this in IE? If I recall properly, it's down to shoddy JavaScript coding on a website or something similar that doesn't quite pass as 'proper'. Nothing to worry about.

Ryder1234
12-25-2009, 09:59 PM
A problem I'm having with a game:

Just installed San Andreas on my PC, runs fine and everything, no problems with playablity. But anything that has a shadow cast on it, or where there's shading (like, the ripples in clothing) seems to be darker than it should be, and in a kind of green color. It looks more like a solid mass more than just a dark spot as a shadow should look. Any ideas on how to fix it if at all possible?

The Talking Pie
12-26-2009, 06:35 AM
Turn down the quality settings on the game or get a better graphics card, I would imagine.

0r4ng3
01-07-2010, 08:06 PM
This isn't so much a problem that it is just a general question, and I didn't want to make a brand new thread. What are some good external hard drives? Also, if I wanted to back up my MacBook, do I absolutely need the Time Capsule thingy, or will any external do?

KHWHD
01-09-2010, 06:02 PM
Does anyone know how to get rid of this on the right side of the pic.? My daughter was playing around on my PC and I have no idea how to take it off completely. Thanks.

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/189/94458081.jpg

The Talking Pie
01-09-2010, 06:06 PM
You appear to have the taskbar unlocked, so just drag it to the bottom of the screen and then resize it like you would any window, using the handle at the top.

KHWHD
01-09-2010, 06:09 PM
You appear to have the taskbar unlocked, so just drag it to the bottom of the screen and then resize it like you would any window, using the handle at the top.

Hi. I can't drag it down, I can only drag it halfway to the middle of the screen.

KHWHD
01-09-2010, 06:15 PM
Hey, I got it to the top of my screen (the normal taskbar) now how do I get it to the bottom where it should be? Lol, thanks.

The Talking Pie
01-09-2010, 06:17 PM
Whereabouts on the taskbar are you clicking to drag? It can be a pain in XP; sometimes you really need to drag it right down to the bottom left corner of the screen for it to snap back into place.

You may also want to try resizing it to a smaller width before doing this -- I don't know exactly what math Windows uses to detect which edge the taskbar should be aligned with, but logic would dictate that the larger the window, the more likely the odds that rounding will have it end up on an adjacent edge to where you think you're dragging.

KHWHD
01-09-2010, 06:21 PM
Whereabouts on the taskbar are you clicking to drag? It can be a pain in XP; sometimes you really need to drag it right down to the bottom left corner of the screen for it to snap back into place.

You may also want to try resizing it to a smaller width before doing this -- I don't know exactly what math Windows uses to detect which edge the taskbar should be aligned with, but logic would dictate that the larger the window, the more likely the odds that rounding will have it end up on an adjacent edge to where you think you're dragging.

Thanks again for the help. I can only drag it from the centre (or there abouts) and can't from the left or right corners. And it'll only drag the full grey screen thingy to halfway down the screen and not any further.

Jojan
01-09-2010, 07:22 PM
Windows is fucked up. You shouldn't use Microsoft products.

m.offspring.r
01-10-2010, 03:55 AM
use linux or MacOSx :p

The Talking Pie
01-10-2010, 06:33 AM
While I do agree that a *NIX system would be better, are you trying to drag the taskbar down using the very edge of the taskbar (essentially resizing it), or are you clicking in the middle of the taskbar to move it (like you would on the titlebar of a window to move it)? I'm just a bit confused by you saying it can be dragged to the middle (that should be impossible)?

KHWHD
01-10-2010, 07:21 AM
While I do agree that a *NIX system would be better, are you trying to drag the taskbar down using the very edge of the taskbar (essentially resizing it), or are you clicking in the middle of the taskbar to move it (like you would on the titlebar of a window to move it)? I'm just a bit confused by you saying it can be dragged to the middle (that should be impossible)?

I am trying to drag it. It won't drag at all. Whenever I click the end of it (a corner) it won't. Only in the middle of it will it drag to make it bigger, not actually physically move it. It's at the top of my screen now, not at the bottom where it should be.

disclaimer_07
01-10-2010, 07:35 AM
Just make sure it's not locked, then left-click any empty place on it and while still holding the left mouse button drag it to the bottom of your screen, drop it and lock it.

KHWHD
01-10-2010, 07:40 AM
Just make sure it's not locked, then left-click any empty place on it and while still holding the left mouse button drag it to the bottom of your screen, drop it and lock it.

I told you, it can't be dragged to move it. It's unlocked but will only get bigger when I try to drag it, but won't move the entire thing.

disclaimer_07
01-10-2010, 07:47 AM
That sounds like you're just resizing it by dragging its edge, lol. Maybe post a picture of what exactly it looks like right now.

KHWHD
01-10-2010, 08:00 AM
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/9574/27798853.jpg

disclaimer_07
01-10-2010, 09:29 AM
Now you have the taskbar locked, so unlock it and left-click it somewhere in the middle (don't let the double arrow appear, cause then you'll just stretch it) and drag it down as if you were trying to move an application window or an open folder.

Anyway, if this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f3raJR_Erg) can't solve your problem, then I don't know what else is going to help.

0r4ng3
01-15-2010, 08:25 PM
This isn't so much a problem that it is just a general question, and I didn't want to make a brand new thread. What are some good external hard drives? Also, if I wanted to back up my MacBook, do I absolutely need the Time Capsule thingy, or will any external do?
Suggestions? Advice? Anything?

ospringfan112113
01-16-2010, 04:51 PM
Yesterday my computer crashed when I tried to use the internet!

The Talking Pie
01-16-2010, 06:53 PM
Well, you know what the answer is...

Tijs
01-21-2010, 03:44 PM
Anyone know any good VCF editing freeware?

edit: Never mind, Outlook Express is good enough!

AllIn All It's Not So Bad
01-21-2010, 04:00 PM
Suggestions? Advice? Anything?

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=terabyte&ved=0CEwQrQQwAw&cid=8822978293743770574&sa=title#p
buy one. they are cheap

Paint_It_Black
02-04-2010, 12:47 AM
So I've been told my home computer will no longer go to certain sites, such as Facebook and Youtube. Apparently it says something about restrictions and something about running an antivirus. So, probably a virus then.

I don't currently have an antivirus program. I've got away with it for two years, but I guess it has caught up with me. So what do I do?

Would a system restore help in any way? Oh, I'm running Vista by the way. And I'm still not very comfortable with Vista, so if you give me any advice please speak as if addressing a complete idiot.

I think one of my friends may have shut off that thing Vista has where it basically asks you if you are sure before it lets you do anything. How do I get that back on?

I'm going to mess around with it when I get home from work in 5 hours. I figured I'd post this now and maybe if I'm lucky someone will say something helpful in the next 5 hours.

Edit: I did some research. It sounds like this (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090708110026AAvP5bk) is my exact problem. Now my questions is, can I trust the solution presented there?

the_offsprings_monkey
02-04-2010, 02:56 AM
PiB - I'd download Avira AntiVir Persona (http://www.filehippo.com/download_antivir/). It's a really good program which picks up more than other free anti-virus (AVG etc). An it uses the least Ram in the background too. Failing that working, also try running asquared (http://www.filehippo.com/download_asquared/).

Paint_It_Black
02-04-2010, 03:48 AM
Thanks TOM, I'll probably try that first and if it doesn't work I'll follow the advice in the link I posted, unless anyone tells me that's a bad idea.

Harleyquiiinn
02-22-2010, 12:08 AM
So last week, I don't know why since I usually ignore it, I thought "yes okay, I'm going to update Flash so you don't make this window magically appear on my screen everyday".

As Jack Slater would say, big mistake.

Somehow, since that day, Firefox or any other browser started to crash after 5 minutes, making the rest of my computer crash too.

So I destinstalled it.

Big mistake, again.

After that I couldn't read videos. And I don't mean on the Internet. I mean on WMP, VLC, DVD player, etc...

The computer would just crach after 15 minutes or so.

Yesterday, I cracked and made a Windows reinstallation. It's all clean and beautiful now and everything is working.

The problem is I need Flash. Internet is just not the same without Flash. But I don't want to make it crash again. I read that Flash had a huge bug but I couldn't find how to fix it...

Is anybody aware of that and have a solution ?

Alison
03-13-2010, 11:36 AM
A few days ago whenever I tried opening Mozilla, Avira would detect some virus or malware, and each time I'd click 'deny access' or whatever... that happened for a while, and then stopped, and now Mozilla only sometimes (pretty rarely) opens, but not always.
I've run a few scans with Avira and it says that it cleared any viruses...I ran Spybot and some other thing too and they didnt detect anything wrong.
Anyone?
EDIT: Also, I'm currently running CCleaner

dexter12296566
03-13-2010, 12:12 PM
My computer is annoying... I got AVG Free but it scans for viruses, it doesn't get rid of them... I didn't know if you get a pop-up to scan for viruses it is probably a virus, but because I didn't run the "software", I didn't get a virus...

Paint_It_Black
03-13-2010, 12:16 PM
Alison, I had a similar problem. Do you still have access to your task manager or has that gone? I ended up fully reinstalling my operating system. Nothing else seemed to have any effect and everything just kept getting worse until I couldn't even get Windows to start anymore. Reinstalling the operating system and reformatting the hard drive actually feels pretty good. Oh yeah, Virus? Nuke. I win. Except I lost all my files because I was too lazy to back them up when things first started getting bad. I'd suggest saving any important documents externally right now, just to be safe.

Alison
03-13-2010, 12:21 PM
Task manager is still here.
Better back files up just in case I guess.

The Talking Pie
03-13-2010, 02:00 PM
Cassidy -- I'm confused; do you actually have a virus or are you just ranting about AVG? If you have a virus that it can't clear, let us know some more details and we may be able to help.

randman21
03-13-2010, 02:40 PM
I feel like ranting about AVG, but I think I'll just go ahead and state my problem.

A couple of weeks ago, my wife installed an update of AVG and since that very moment, Windows won't even start. If I have to do anything similar to what Richard did, I'll be royally fucked. I have all of my music programs and files on the HD, with no backups.

So I have sort of a two part question: 1) do you think that if I go into the command prompt and uninstall AVG, that would help and 2)...could you tell me what to put into the command prompt to make that happen? :o I used to know how to do it, but it's been years since I've had to.

Tijs
03-13-2010, 02:55 PM
Randy, I'm not sure how to uninstall programs using command prompt, but if you come to the point where you need to format your drive and reinstall windows, you can still back it up using MaxBlast, I had to do that once too. All you need is a CD and an second harddrive which is big enough for all your data do be stored on.

MaxBlast runs from the CD and doesn't require an operating system. It's interface is based on XP and is easy to use. All you have to do, if it's not set like this already, is go to your BIOS and tell it to check your CD-rom first.

The Talking Pie
03-13-2010, 03:05 PM
Have you tried booting into Safe Mode to uninstall it first? I've had that exact problem with AVG before and haven't had to resort to anything drastic.

randman21
03-13-2010, 04:34 PM
What happens is when the computer comes on, it goes to Startup Repair, and that says something like "Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically". So it normally doesn't give me a chance to even choose safe mode. But when I put in the Vista Recovery disk, I can choose it. When I do, the computer just restarts.

So the short answer is "yes, but the only thing that actually works is command prompt."

Lizardus
03-13-2010, 06:28 PM
Randy, I'm not sure how to uninstall programs using command prompt, but if you come to the point where you need to format your drive and reinstall windows, you can still back it up using MaxBlast, I had to do that once too. All you need is a CD and an second harddrive which is big enough for all your data do be stored on.

MaxBlast runs from the CD and doesn't require an operating system. It's interface is based on XP and is easy to use. All you have to do, if it's not set like this already, is go to your BIOS and tell it to check your CD-rom first.

I remember someone posting something about using a Linux live cd to do something like that.

I recommend Slax http://www.slax.org/

If you get an external HD you can turn it into a Slax installation and just back up everything to it.

Wile i'm at it, Does anyone know of a Linux flavor aimed at graphic designers? I need one with everything already installed or ready to be installed.

Ryder1234
03-13-2010, 11:33 PM
So I installed Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X3, didn't like it, and wanted to uninstall it, but there was no uninstall file and add/remove programs couldn't remove it.

So I just deleted all traces of it from my computer.

My problem now is, whenever I try to open certain programs (Acoustica Beatcraft for example), a box will pop up, saying it's trying to install something (Acoustica it wants to install PureHD, my video converter program, it wants to install PSP itself). But nothing can fully install because the setup files are missing since I deleted them all.

I don't know how to get rid of it. It doesn't affect anything, the programs that trigger the pop ups carry on normally, but it's still a little annoying.

The Talking Pie
03-14-2010, 05:16 AM
I remember someone posting something about using a Linux live cd to do something like that.

I recommend Slax http://www.slax.org/

If you get an external HD you can turn it into a Slax installation and just back up everything to it.

Wile i'm at it, Does anyone know of a Linux flavor aimed at graphic designers? I need one with everything already installed or ready to be installed.

I'd actually recommend Ubuntu or Fedora, both instead of Slax (for the backup) and as a distribution for graphic design (I choose them in particular because they both have pretty big software repositories -- sure, you can get distros with graphics software already installed, but they tend not to have as great support for hardware, etc., whereas Debian/Redhat-derived distros usually have all-round awesomeness).

The Talking Pie
03-14-2010, 05:18 AM
I don't know how to get rid of it. It doesn't affect anything, the programs that trigger the pop ups carry on normally, but it's still a little annoying.

Install PSP again, delete the entries from your Start Menu and just write off the lost hard disk space, perhaps?

Lizardus
03-14-2010, 09:55 AM
I'd actually recommend Ubuntu or Fedora, both instead of Slax (for the backup) and as a distribution for graphic design (I choose them in particular because they both have pretty big software repositories -- sure, you can get distros with graphics software already installed, but they tend not to have as great support for hardware, etc., whereas Debian/Redhat-derived distros usually have all-round awesomeness).

Thanks! I have a cousin that uses Ubuntu on a regular basis, I'll talk to him about it.

randman21
03-14-2010, 01:27 PM
BTW, I didn't see your post Tijs. That's a definite option. If I'd gotten an external two years ago when I planned to, I wouldn't be in this mess now. Thanks!

Alison
03-15-2010, 05:34 AM
On websites how do I stop the links I'ce clicked from changing colour when I select them...like on this, if i've clicked anything in the past it comes out grey rather than red. Not really a problem, but kind of annoying.
I'm using google chrome btw. if anyone knows, that'd be grreeaaat.

The Talking Pie
03-15-2010, 02:47 PM
Define your own stylesheet for pages you visit. I'm sure there's an extension out there.

For Real
03-15-2010, 07:53 PM
ONE STOP SOLUTION: everybody get Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 - it f***g rulez! Aint nuttin' get past this one!

It has:

File anti-virus
Mail anti-virus
Web anti-virus
IM anti-virus
Application control
Proactive defense
Firewall
Network attack blocker
Anti-spam
Network monitor
Anti-phishing
Anti-banner, and
Parental control

It also has a really cool thing called Virtual Keyboard which allows you to "type" private things like passwords etc. without using the keyboard.

Pretty slick!

The Talking Pie
03-16-2010, 12:13 PM
That does sound like an all-around solution, but most major offerings have the majority -- if not all -- of those features. As long as you stay clear of Symantec you can't go wrong, in my opinion.

Alison
03-20-2010, 12:08 PM
I clicked on some website while looking for college stuff, and that "are you sure...potentially dangerous blah blah" notice came up, so I clicked 'cancel', but it went on to the site anyway, and then the whole "YOUR SYSTEM IS INFECTED" came up and despite that windows virus thing asking did i want to remove the virus and me clicking "yes", nothing happened.
So I just shut down my laptop by holding the power button, turned it on again...all seems normal except two icons on my desktop...one which looks like my microsoft word document except two of the letters are fucked up. And i dont know what the other one is.
Can I delete these or what? i'm doing a scan atm.

Offspring-Junkie
03-20-2010, 12:53 PM
Well, if the Your-System-Is-Infected message was from your anti-virus software, I guess everything is alright. If it was a random pop-up, you should get your system checked by something like spybot. Even if it cannot delete the virus, at least it can find and name it. In general unexpected additional desktop icons are a bad sign.

Apathy
03-20-2010, 03:49 PM
So my laptop is a piece of crap and it won't go on the internet. I can connect to the wireless network, and I can connect locally with an ethernet cable, but once actually connected I cannot do anything. No Internet browser, no Itunes store, nothing.

So I tried all the easy fixes, and let my computer attempt to diagnose and repair itself by refreshing the IP and all that good stuff. Tried to reset the router, then even did a system restore in hopes that would help...but I got nothing.

Can anyone get my laptop online? I'm pretty fucked on monday when I move back to my dorm room for college otherwise. Hrmm.

Lizardus
03-20-2010, 04:16 PM
Uninstall and reinstall all pertinent drivers.
Check the firewall/antivirus status and settings.
Use different browsers.

The Talking Pie
03-20-2010, 05:40 PM
I clicked on some website while looking for college stuff, and that "are you sure...potentially dangerous blah blah" notice came up, so I clicked 'cancel', but it went on to the site anyway, and then the whole "YOUR SYSTEM IS INFECTED" came up and despite that windows virus thing asking did i want to remove the virus and me clicking "yes", nothing happened.
So I just shut down my laptop by holding the power button, turned it on again...all seems normal except two icons on my desktop...one which looks like my microsoft word document except two of the letters are fucked up. And i dont know what the other one is.
Can I delete these or what? i'm doing a scan atm.

It sounds like a fake virus scanner trying to scare you. Just delete the files and be on your merry way; it doesn't sound like anything bad's happened. Pulling the plug on your computer in lieu of an informed course of action was a good move.


So my laptop is a piece of crap and it won't go on the internet. I can connect to the wireless network, and I can connect locally with an ethernet cable, but once actually connected I cannot do anything. No Internet browser, no Itunes store, nothing.

Can other computers on the same network connect to the internet? Can you boot into another OS and see if it still doesn't work? Are you attempting to steal internet or are you allowed to access the network? What Firewall software is in use on your computer? Can you ping the router? Can you ping Google?

Answers to any of the above will help narrow down the cause.

Alison
03-22-2010, 05:28 AM
Since last night...after using headphones in my laptop, the sound now won't work without them:confused::confused: I checked all the volume controls, and nothing.
Jaysus my laptop is fucking annoying lately.

Harleyquiiinn
03-22-2010, 05:40 AM
Since last night...after using headphones in my laptop, the sound now won't work without them:confused::confused: I checked all the volume controls, and nothing.
Jaysus my laptop is fucking annoying lately.

Does the sound work with your headphones on ?

There is a chance (and I want to emphatize the fact that I am not sure) that you broke something while removing your headphones and that your computer doesn't "understand" that they aren't there anymore...

I'm saying this because it happened to me a couple of month ago. I had to open the laptop, clip something that was not properly on and everything was working again...

Alison
03-22-2010, 05:53 AM
Yeah, works with the headphones...so I was also thinking that it still thinks they're in....I'll have a scout around in there.

EDIT: I've been blowing it (lol), and shaking my laptop and stuff and putting the headphones in and out again...but nope

The Talking Pie
03-22-2010, 03:01 PM
That does sound like the most likely cause. But, just to be sure, have a look around your sound settings. Make sure the front speakers aren't turned down.

Harleyquiiinn
03-22-2010, 03:10 PM
EDIT: I've been blowing it (lol), and shaking my laptop and stuff and putting the headphones in and out again...but nope


LOL ! :D Super Nes style :cool:

Tijs
03-31-2010, 05:17 PM
Okay, I'm not so good with these lines, but I need to remove all characters from a string, except alphabetic and numeric characters.

So I got this:

$newname = ereg_replace("[^A-Za-z0-9]", "", $currentname)

Pretty straight forward. However, I want to rename files, so a file named "This is a file.jpg" will become "Thisisafilejpg".

I need that dot before jpg. All that stuff in the first parameter gets me confused so easily.

So, The Talking Pie, you know this stuff. Will it help if I told you that I enjoyed your reply in the now deleted Search Engine spam thread?

The Talking Pie
04-01-2010, 12:35 PM
[^A-Za-z0-9.]

The Talking Pie
04-01-2010, 12:41 PM
Or, if you only want to keep the last dot, you could do the following:

$tempname = explode(".", $currentname);
if (count($tempname)-1)
{
$tempext = "." . $tempname[count($tempname)-1];
}
$newname = ereg_replace("[^A-Za-z0-9]", "", implode("", $tempname)) . $tempext;

(explode/implode strips out dots, so your original regular expression is fine)

Tijs
04-01-2010, 05:15 PM
So just the dot at the end, huh? How come I find that so confusing.. urgh.. But the implode/explode function seems even more suitable, so I'll use that one. Thanks a lot!

Jojan
04-02-2010, 05:09 AM
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/computer_problems.png

Lizardus
04-19-2010, 12:02 PM
Laptop problem!
I usually put the laptop iīm using on sleep mode because it takes an eternity to go on hibernation mode. So last night i followed the usual procedure with the only difference being that it turned itself back on when i unplugged it. I tough it could have been a problem with the battery because it feels kind of loose (which may explain why it turns itself off when i put it in my backpack) and itīs kind of old, i put it back on sleep mode and left. The thing is that itīs not turning back on. The little led light thing that tell if itīs plugged turns on, but as as soon as i hit the power button it turns off.

Iīm thinking that if it turned itself back on during the night and it ran out of battery something important broke and now itīs bonkers since it wonīt even boot.

The Talking Pie
04-19-2010, 01:49 PM
If you leave it turned on (even in sleep mode) whilst in your backpack, I wouldn't be surprised if at least one of the components on your motherboard have been fried.

Lizardus
04-19-2010, 02:12 PM
Well, i managed to turn it on a couple of hours ago so i doubt something fried.
It was working fine until i unplugged it to move to another room and turned off again when the fans turned on..

nameless
04-21-2010, 05:59 PM
theres probably a simple solution im missing here but i will ask anyway, when i want to type the @ symbol for some reason, instead of pressing the button listed on the keyboard, i have to press shift and 2.

looking on forums this seems like a common problem thats easily fixed by changing the regional or language setting via the control panel etc. however ive done this several times and it still doesnt work. its not really the end of the world, id like to get it sorted if anyone can suggest anything else?!

The Talking Pie
04-22-2010, 11:49 AM
The US keyboard layout isn't so much an option on Windows machines as it is a parasite.

First add your national keyboard layout and set it as the default. Restart the computer and check that it's still selected. Then kill the US entry. Restart again and check that it's still got the right layout. Then untick everything to do with the language bar.

Jojan
04-22-2010, 01:25 PM
Laptop problem!
I usually put the laptop I'm using on sleep mode because it takes an eternity to go on hibernation mode. So last night I followed the usual procedure with the only difference being that it turned itself back on when I unplugged it. I tough it could have been a problem with the battery because it feels kind of loose (which may explain why it turns itself off when I put it in my backpack) and it's kind of old, I put it back on sleep mode and left. The thing is that it's not turning back on. The little led light thing that tell if it's plugged turns on, but as as soon as I hit the power button it turns off.

I'm thinking that if it turned itself back on during the night and it ran out of battery something important broke and now it's bonkers since it won't even boot.

Sounds like hardware problem. Not much else to do but learn what makes it do what and either live with that or fix it, given that you do not want to get a new computer.

0r4ng3
04-23-2010, 02:18 PM
Okay, so I use Adium for instant messenging. But whenever someone tries to send me IMs from a text message or mobile AIM or something, it will usually show up on my computer in Chinese characters. Otherwise it works perfectly fine. Is there a language setting I can change or something of the like?

Edit: Never mind. Re-downloaded Adium. Fixed the problem.

Alison
04-23-2010, 02:56 PM
I just downloaded a movie using bittorrent. And I put it onto an external hard-drive and am now trying to delete it off my laptop. I don't have anythng else open and it keeps saying "You cannot delete this file as another program is using it"
I turned off every program that was running, and still,it wont delete.

EDIT:
OK i got rid of everything within the folder. So now just an empty folder remains, which won't go away.

Lizardus
04-23-2010, 03:33 PM
Use Unlocker
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

Tijs
04-24-2010, 09:33 AM
^ I love that program so much I want to marry it.

Jojan
04-24-2010, 02:13 PM
^ I love that program so much I want to marry it.

If you love it so much why don't you just marry it? Oh... :-/

Personally I love using a operating system that I control over, and it doesn't control me. :-)

Tijs
05-01-2010, 04:52 PM
I think it's time to upgrade my computer. I'll have to do it gradually though because of financial reasons. I'll have to start with a new processor because after studying my computer's temperatures, I noticed it's the first thing to overheat.
This one caught my attention: Intel Processor Quad Core Q8400 (http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLGT6). It will replace my current E6750 (http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLA9V).

It will be placed on a MSI P6N SLI-F V2 motherboard, which, I think, shouldn't be a problem.

The question is: It shouldn't be a problem, right?

Jebus
05-01-2010, 07:56 PM
Check MSI's website if your specific motherboard supports quadquore. Even if the socket matches, the bios still may not support it. Or maybe it does, but you'll have to update the bios.

Is this the motherboard you have? It's always hard to find the right one because there's usually so many variations of the same board.
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16813130082
It says it doesn't support quadcore, but the info might just be out of date so check the MSI website.

Anyway, cpus don't overheat because they're old and are breaking. It has to be a problem with your case airflow, a dusty heatsink, or just badly applied thermal paste. Get some compressed air and clean your computer. You could also just get a new third party heatsink/fan altogether, which could potentially bring temperatures down several dozen degrees.

EDIT: nvm, it does support it.
http://eu.msi.com/index.php?func=prodcpu2&prod_no=1169&maincat_no=1#menu
EDIT 2: Actually, it doesn't. I don't see Q8400 on the list. It only supports Q6xxx quadcores.

Tijs
05-02-2010, 04:44 PM
Yeah well, dust has always been a problem for me. Somehow my computer loves a nice layer of dust. Today I cleaned it with compressed air, and I was amazed how much stuff I got out.

But even so, nowadays I'm editing more and more full HD video programs, so a faster computer wouldn't be too bad now. Wouldn't a BIOS update make it possible for a Q8xxx to work?

Or I could get a Q6xxx, but I'm not sure what the ultimate difference is.

Jebus
05-02-2010, 06:14 PM
Assuming I linked the right motherboard on the msi website, it won't support it unless it says it supports it, which it doesn't.

And there really isn't much of a difference between the Q8400 2.6ghz and the q6700 2.6ghz in terms of performance, but for whatever reason the older q6700 is twice as expensive. Probably because it's a discontinued cpu and there's limited quantities left. If you get a slower clocked Q6xxx than the q6700 2.6ghz, then it'll probably be slower in general than your current cpu, except in applications that can use four cores. For the $300 price tag I'm seeing online for the q6700, you can get a newer and faster quadcore cpu and a motherboard for the same price.

Also, if your motherboard has overclocking capabilities, you can probably safely overclock your current cpu to at least 3.2ghz with just a new after market heatsink. (assuming your power supply can handle it)

DennisD
05-08-2010, 03:43 PM
The only thig I have noticed lately is on certain sites my CPU usage tops out at 100%. In the task manager the process using it all is ccSvcHst.exe which is at 98 to 99%. Any ideas out there to solve this? Thanks!

Tijs
05-08-2010, 04:19 PM
Assuming I linked the right motherboard on the msi website, it won't support it unless it says it supports it, which it doesn't.

And there really isn't much of a difference between the Q8400 2.6ghz and the q6700 2.6ghz in terms of performance, but for whatever reason the older q6700 is twice as expensive. Probably because it's a discontinued cpu and there's limited quantities left. If you get a slower clocked Q6xxx than the q6700 2.6ghz, then it'll probably be slower in general than your current cpu, except in applications that can use four cores. For the $300 price tag I'm seeing online for the q6700, you can get a newer and faster quadcore cpu and a motherboard for the same price.

Also, if your motherboard has overclocking capabilities, you can probably safely overclock your current cpu to at least 3.2ghz with just a new after market heatsink. (assuming your power supply can handle it)Well, what I did now is that I followed your advice and bought a new heatsink for my processor. It turned out to be a lot bigger than I thought but I guess it should fit. I'm going to install it after I finish a project for a client first. Anyway, I got a Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100. Ha, that thing is huge.

http://azerty.nl/_azerty/data/product/2/4/5/245679/img/1/G.jpg

I'm not sure how much power my computer takes at the moment, but I've got a 600watt Silent Pro power supply in it so it should be enough.
So I'll just try it out with that and see what happens before I get an expensive new processor. And getting a new motherboard basically means I have to take my computer apart again and re-build most of it, which I really don't want to do now. So yeah, I'll just see what that huge thing will do to my computer.

disclaimer_07
05-09-2010, 05:23 AM
The only thig I have noticed lately is on certain sites my CPU usage tops out at 100%. In the task manager the process using it all is ccSvcHst.exe which is at 98 to 99%. Any ideas out there to solve this? Thanks!

What sites exactly? A quick google search reveals that ccSvcHst.exe has something to do with Norton AntiVirus. My best shot is uninstall that crap and get something else.

the_offsprings_monkey
06-06-2010, 01:16 AM
Hi guys,
Basically I was checking out some specs on my computer with PC Wizard as videos are running slow when watching HD content on the BBC iPlayer (Blu-Ray's play fine). It's never done this up until now. Anyways, as I was checking the specs I noticed that my core speed is much lower than what I think it should be?! I've never noticed it running at 1197mhz before. I read somewhere about temperature effecting it? I'm not sure if these are related problems or if it's two separate problems. Any help would be most appreciated!

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/6980/meeeeees.jpg

My laptops specs are:

Acer 6930G
2Ghz Core 2 Duo T6400
3GB Ram
Nvidia Geforce 9300M 256MB (Not the best of cards I know, but is a HD card)
250gb Hard-drive.

The Talking Pie
06-06-2010, 06:16 AM
I've never been one to have any fancy video needs on my computers, but I would have thought that multimedia applications would have dumped any video processing onto the GPU instead? Eh, I could be wrong.

If temperature is a/the problem, have you tried opening up the case and giving the contents a good blow? I've seen literal blankets of dust clogging up heatsinks on motherboards before.

Alison
06-06-2010, 08:50 AM
I got a new laptop, and seen as it didn't have any dvd playing programs (it also doesn't have a disc drive,m so had to buy a separate one) I downloaded Windows Media Player 11. And also divx (but I don't think you can play dvds from disc drive on this anyway?)
Anyway, the dvds won't play because I need a dvd decoder, and all the ones I can find either cost or don't seem to work. I tried downloading around 3 different ones, but to no avail. And well, I don't realllly wanna pay for a decoder..

The Talking Pie
06-06-2010, 11:14 AM
Try VLC.

Lizardus
06-06-2010, 12:11 PM
Not exactly a pressing issue, but i am getting together with some friends to watch some videos and every time i plug the computer to the tv i get a black and white image. I tried looking online but to no avail.

Alison
06-07-2010, 04:51 PM
Is there a way of getting my resolution to 1024 x768 when the highest option is 1024 x 600? Some programs seem to be refusing to work with that resolution

Free?
06-07-2010, 06:48 PM
Is there a way of getting my resolution to 1024 x768 when the highest option is 1024 x 600? Some programs seem to be refusing to work with that resolution

No, you can't. If 1024x600 is the limit, you can't go past it.