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Jun
22
comment Battery charge suddenly drops from about 25% to 6%
I've seen this exact behavior with my Dell Latitude - the original battery would go find until it hit about 45%, then die in about 60 seconds. Basically it means your battery is shot and you need a new one.
Jun
21
comment Recommendation for Wiki that supports WYSIWYG?
probably because it isn't an answer to the question at all. What you've provided is just background as to why things are the way they are - it doesn't give any information about how to fix the problem. That reference could have been a good comment on the question, but it's not answer.
Jun
20
comment Best way to transfer huge files over internet?
DropBox gives you 2Gig of space for free, so that's probably a good starting option.
Mar
15
comment System restore discs and Recovery partition
I suspect you can't create a bootable USB repair stick. You should be able to create system repair disks using an external USB dvd writer (they aren't too expensive, and you don't need high speed for this job).
Mar
11
comment One time BitTorrent download
For windows I've found that uTorrent (utorrent.com) tends to have the least problems, and it's easiest to use.
Feb
23
comment How to delete my hard drive safely?
Assuming that you're talking about a complete over-write of the drive, then in theory this is true, but so far no one's ever actually done it. You'd need some rather specialized hardware (no, you can't pull this trick with the drive's existing controller), and so far no one (including data recovery companies) has ever demonstrated this trick in the real world. Of course, if you completely destroy the magnetic media like I suggested, then you don't have this problem.
Feb
18
comment Convert Music Library to Ogg Vorbis without losing Tag Data
Be careful with your conversions - you could lose audio quality if you aren't careful. If you have CDs for any of this music, you might want to go re-rip the CDs directly to OGG Vorbis, rather than convert those tracks and risk audio quality.
Feb
12
comment Why does using 2 memory sticks cause my computer to crash?
What memory tests did you run, and for how long? Last time I had ram problems (I had a stick go intermittent) I had to run memtest86 for quite a while for it to show (it needed to warm up).
Jan
25
comment How to make sure I can restore the OS which came preinstalled on my laptop?
The other thing this method lets you do is delete the recovery partition (after taking the image!) and then use that space. Kind of nice to have everything you paid for, really...
Jan
23
comment Is a STOP 0x0000009F (DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE) BSOD a sign of hardware trouble?
The fact that the blue screen happened in Windows code in no way absolves the drivers - it could be that the driver did something wrong in a call to the OS, which the OS responded to by bugchecking. Further, if BlueScreenView didn't have symbols for the driver, then that reporting may be somewhat wrong, which, given the large + value is not unlikely.
Jan
22
comment Slot load DVD burner options for standard desktop case
Post-install: This is working fine, but it turns out he's got a curved-front case. A tray-loading drive would normally push open the little spring-loaded door. For this install, I've removed the sprint-loaded door. Not ideal, but it's definitely not going to get broken again!
Jan
22
comment How do I get rid of a half-done install (Vista)
Well, it's resolved. Apparently the IT guys somehow decided that it was the HP drivers that were at fault and so Mom threw those disks in and it's happy now. I'm going to accept this answer because autoruns is DEFINITELY the right tool to start with.
Jan
21
comment How do I get rid of a half-done install (Vista)
@Molly - it's called 'Status' and I've got no other clues. I'm looking for a general solution to the problem of getting rid of a half-done Windows install. I don't think there's much special here, other than the fact that the install got screwed up by the guy doing it. If they don't clean it up, I might get a screen shot tonight.
Jan
21
comment How do I get rid of a half-done install (Vista)
I had a look around with autoruns and didn't see anything relevant. Can you point me to a specific section to look at? As near as I can see this is a legit .msi trying to finish it's install, but I don't know where Windows keeps such things.
Jan
12
comment Best recommendation for bulk cd writing
Are you making many copies of 1 thing, or are you copying many things?
Jan
3
comment Slot load DVD burner options for standard desktop case
Presto! We have a winner! The Digistore drive is what I've just ordered for the job at hand. Thanks!
Dec
27
comment Preventing windows from going over the top of the screen (in win XP)
Don't count on that autohotkey trick working if your system has multiple monitors that aren't aligned on their top edges. Depending on the exact settings, you can get 0 being out of view on the vertically smaller monitor. (I've got a laptop with external monitor, hence the size difference. I keep the tops unaligned so that I have small 'step' between the monitors at the top and bottom instead of a large 'step' at the bottom. I find this makes it less likely that I'll get the mouse 'hung up' on the step and lose track of where it is.)
Dec
9
comment Implement DRM on videos for cellphones
Then you need to talk to the vendors of the default config's players. They control the DRM for their system, and they probably will require you to go through them to get the proper tools and encryption keys. They ARE the only ones who can help you.
Nov
21
comment Is there a program that will prevent changing the numlock state?
If you hunt around the web, you can also find the appropriate registry values to set to do the same thing - SharpKeys is better interface to the same functionality.
Nov
9
comment Problems replacing RAID drives with non-RAID drives in laptop
Definitely put the new drives in place, then re-do the windows install. That will probably help quite a bit.