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Mar
31
comment How to obtain and re-install Windows XP
This will only work if you can find a friend with a Dell OEM install disk. A regular XP install disk will not work.
Mar
21
comment My Dell laptop overheated after I installed Debian squeeze on esata drive
Wow, interesting. Did it cut out immediately, or did it run for a while? And if it ran, did you hear the CPU fan at any point?
Mar
2
comment Converting Unix Time into Human Readable Format in Excel
+1: I prefer (timestamp / 86400 + 25569) but they're the same thing. Format the field as date/time and you're good to go.
Mar
2
comment Sites loading slowly in Windows, possibly due to DNS?
@gms9884: Do an ipconfig /all, and scroll up to the DNS servers. The one at the top is the first one queried, etc, etc. I see people add new servers for testing, without removing the ones at the bottom.
Mar
2
comment Sites loading slowly in Windows, possibly due to DNS?
@gms8994: Are you just adding the extra servers to the bottom of the list, or are you putting them at the top? Usually when you have the delay, it's because the first DNS is timing out.
Feb
22
comment why do some emails have impossible (past) dates?
@andrew: The entire header is spoofable. Unencrypted email is the definition of insecure.
Feb
21
comment Why is svchost.exe taking so long to run
@synetech: Yea, that's why I thought it wasn't very helpful =P Try using the remote flags on tasklist (watchingthenet.com/…) to view the processes from another computer
Feb
18
comment Why does the progress bar reset multiple times in .msi installers?
In my experience, progress bars don't actually reflect install time. They're only there to let the user know that something is happening, and they shouldn't reboot.
Dec
21
comment Computer does not boot after ram upgrade
Never look for the motherboard on a OEM machine; they tend to change them in mid product line, so it's rarely accurate. Just look up the machine on the manufacturers site, and you'll find the specs.
Dec
21
comment Computer does not boot after ram upgrade
@Calamarius: Assuming the spec sheet is right, yea. I'd trade that 2gb stick for 2 1GB sticks of newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144151 Kingston specializes in "generic" RAM; their stuff tends to work in most machines. Most places will allow you to return RAM that doesn't work.
Aug
27
comment Corrupt external hard drive - Not being recognized
@blastawaythewall: How can you know that neither the drive nor the case is dead when you can't access the drive? Under normal circumstances, you can't break a drive to the point where it won't be recognized as a drive. At this point, I'd just return it.
Jul
30
comment Crontab not working in Ubuntu 10.04
@john p: Yes, and no. If you've editing the files in /etc/cron.whatever, then YES, you need a user name. If you're logged in as john, and editing your default crontab with crontab -e, then NO, you don't need a username.
Jul
6
comment Office & Visual Studio stuck in 256 colour mode
Agreed. I've had terminal services lock my local display into all kinds of weird settings.
Jun
24
comment Computer resets when put under load
@msw: Worse, I have cats. I actually bought a huge after-market heat sink for mine (because I hate the fan noise) so when the system fans kick in, I know that I need to clean the heat sink. You're right though: my first thought would be heat if I hadn't added any new hardware, but when it's other people, I generally assume that they have added hardware and don't think that it's "relevant" when they report their mysterious new problem.
Jun
24
comment Computer resets when put under load
If it was a RAM problem I'd expect to see bluescreens not just random resets...
Jun
24
comment Computer resets when put under load
+1: Sounds like a power supply problem for me. Theoretically it could be heat, but I tend to lean away from that explanation unless the machine is overclocked (though I'd make sure the heatsink isn't caked in dust or anything obvious).
Jun
8
comment How often do netbook parts break?
@kurresmack: 8? Something like that.
Jun
7
comment How often do netbook parts break?
@kurresmack: One of the peculiarities of my workplace is that about half of the workers take their gear out into the field, where physical trauma is more common. The other half tend to stay in the building with its extremely high-grade electrical system, so we don't have motherboard/power supply/ram failures very often (those tend to be power surge related). If your area is rich in electrical storms, you might have more of that sort of problem.
Jun
7
comment How often do netbook parts break?
@kurresmack: Based on anecdotal evidence, just like your's ;) Still we have more than 200 laptops in my work environment, and I've never had to replace RAM, so it's pretty deep anecdotal evidence. A good 80% of the problems we have are hdd related, and most of the others are catastrophic damage situations. Dropped, run over, spilled on, etc.
Jun
2
comment How does one FTP a directory with multiple sub-directories?
+1: WinSCP is awesome.