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Apr
19
comment Are domestic chemicals and tobacco smoke really harmful for computer equipment?
Hard disks are regarded as sealed because the breather holes have a micron filter which stops any impurities. If you are operating in an environment that will perish the filter, you have more pressing problems than the hard disk. My point still stands.
Apr
16
comment AHCI and Memtest86+
'For the sake experiment' - ah, that's the spirit! :)
Apr
16
comment AHCI and Memtest86+
Tried the USB option (or any other option) yet?
Apr
15
comment AHCI and Memtest86+
Unplugging the disk drive and changing mobo to IDE should work - but seems a little too much work compared to USB solution IMHO.
Apr
15
comment AHCI and Memtest86+
The default memtest86+ wont boot from AHCI-controlled SATA optical drives - nothing wrong with the OPs PC at all - it's purely a (well known) memtest problem...
Apr
14
comment Which components are most susceptible to kinetic damage (fall)
A former colleague dropped his laptop (in protective bag) down the centre gap of a stairwell - 3 floors. The only damage was his mouse (presumed to have been damaged by the manual he had in the same pocket). Next week, you'll merely look at an component an it will break!
Mar
24
comment CPU fan making noise
+1 for bearings IMHO - Replace the fan.
Mar
24
comment CPU fan making noise
+1 for bearings IMHO - Replace the fan.
Mar
19
comment How to selectively load device drivers in Windows 7
I'd speak to the laptop manufacturer - they may have a way of configuring this behaviour - certainly worth a try.
Mar
2
comment What things should I run daily, weekly, monthly on my Windows machine?
Most decent backup programs have an encryption option anyway, but Truecrypt is useful for other stuff. But my main concern was with the loss of data, rather than the effect of it being in evil hands...
Mar
1
comment Select full file name when renaming on Windows 7
Yes, so was I... It was a welcome & long overdue feature, but you knew once is was implemented, that someone would be hankering for the 'good old days'... On the rare occasion where you change the extension, is it too much trouble to press CTRL-A (or use the mouse)?
Feb
25
comment Seperate shortcut to run a program in administrative mode?
Updated: It works... see above.
Feb
16
comment Is there way to use Windows Easy Transfer on Windows Server 2008
Thanks David, but I've got access to plenty of backup solutions. The joy of Windows Easy Transfer was that it bundled up various application settings along with each user's documents, favourites etc... I've started doing the process manually... it's not the end of the world, but it's slightly frustrating...
Oct
21
comment Seperate shortcut to run a program in administrative mode?
It doesn't work? In what way?
Oct
9
comment How can I test if my hard drive is installed/working before installing an OS?
A Live CD seems the obvious choice. In fact, I have a copy of Ubuntu on hand for a whole host of diagnostic uses.
Oct
9
comment Home Backup Solutions
You have sufficient status, so vote to close it. Nobody else in this thread has sufficient rights... However, given that there are differing responses to the thread you found, perhaps this thread has earned it's place.
Oct
8
comment Home Backup Solutions
@Arjan - This was automatically migrated from SO, where there were (quite rightly) no Home Backup questions.
Oct
8
comment Seperate shortcut to run a program in administrative mode?
Or perhaps other members might like to wade in with a comment...
Oct
8
comment Seperate shortcut to run a program in administrative mode?
Looks like a perfectly good solution to me. Perhaps the down-voter might like to record a comment to re-assure us that it wasn't down-voted for the wrong reasons.
Oct
6
comment Seperate shortcut to run a program in administrative mode?
Copy the executable??