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Mar
20
comment How to check whether an undetected hard disk is working?
Well that depends on where you live, but opening a laptop to replace a harddisk is totally acceptable in the EU (where I live - no idea where @justin lives), even if the warranty says it is not. The only exception is maybe for replacing batteries that are glued to the motherboard or stuff like that. This case doesn't fall into that category, although it may depend on local law.
Mar
19
comment How to check whether an undetected hard disk is working?
Try it in an external case, in another desktop or laptop. First you need to make sure it's not hardware related.
Mar
16
comment Building a small home server
Windows 2000, 2003 and XP are all EOL. Windows 7 or 2008 is not an option for such a machine. Wireshark runs on Linux, and I bet there are good alternatives for "the Dude" that run on Linux. My advice is to buy a Raspberry PI for $40 and use that, but I suppose you can get Linux running on that machine as well.
Mar
16
comment Building a small home server
What Windows applications do you need to run? With 256MB RAM I can't think of anything "Windows" that will work that is not totally out of date security wise.
Feb
25
comment Intranet slower than internet
If you have many computers in your local network, have you tried another client computer to see if that one has the same problems? Try to determine if the problem is in the network or in that one computer!
Feb
23
comment Automatically reconnect to Bluetooth speaker
OK what if it's the speaker, what can you do about that except reconnecting? It probably has no interface for bluetooth.
Feb
21
comment How can using a Tor Hidden service for SSH improve security?
This question belongs on security.stackexchange.com
Feb
17
comment How can a printer installation change the default printer of other computers?
Is there some policy active that distributes printer settings across the network? Are you using AD?
Feb
17
comment Apache running on Ubuntu stops working until I ping other machines on network from it
See askubuntu.com/questions/182400/…
Feb
17
comment Apache running on Ubuntu stops working until I ping other machines on network from it
Keep using the desktop version for local work. There's no reason to switch to the server version, unless you want to force yourself to become comfortable with commanline only. Did this work OK when you had the laptop in the same room? I don't think it's likely, but if moving the laptop to another room causes this problem, it might be related to the switch or router you're using. Maybe it's system overload?
Feb
17
comment How can a printer installation change the default printer of other computers?
Did you use the same IP address for this printer, or do you use DHCP for the printer and did it get the IP address of the old printer?
Feb
17
comment FTP connection error: INVALID COMMAND EPRT
The least you can do is tell us what FTP server you're using, what server OS, if the firewall is active, what client FTP program you use. Has it worked before or is this a new install? And tell us what you've done to test so we don't come with suggestions for things you've already done. If you don't show that you've put some effort in it, less people will take the effort to answer!
Feb
13
comment Printer “Windows Update” - Why always so slow?
The sad thing is that Windows never gives useful feedback about downloading. The progress bar in IE6 worked like this: the first 50% was just a guess, based on computer speed or past download speeds. When it passed that 50% mark, it slowed down to half speed up to 75%. Then it became really slow, almost stopping at about 90%. And when the page finished, the progress bar filled up quickly. The same applies to many other progress bars in Windows 2000 and XP. In Windows 7 it doesn't work like this anymore, it just shows a thing that goes left and right and has no informational value at all.
Feb
12
comment Can a database be too relational?
If you find that it makes the Ajax request faster, that is a good reason to do it. If you display large lists of names on a webpage, using an ID might save data download, if you download the names only once and connect it on the page itself using that ID. Still I wonder if it's worth the effort and added complexity.
Feb
11
comment Lock down Windows 7?
About 20 years ago he tried his luck and left his home country hoping for a better future here. He never learned the language properly. He can talk to us, but it takes quite some effort to understand what he says. Still it's possible. He doesn't know anybody who understands him and can help him with this. We gave this computer to him for his kid because he cannot afford one. When he returns it and tells us that it doesn't work anymore, we fix it. Basically this is not different from my mother who tells me that something doesn't work, but I can instruct her better than my colleague.
Feb
11
comment Lock down Windows 7?
Thanks for those screenshots! I'm going to try this, and with Teamviewer installed I can undo it if needed.
Feb
5
comment How to make sure old datas could not be retrieved back?
You don't mention the OS you're using.
Feb
4
comment Unable to install IE11 on Windows 7
I'm trying your suggestion, but can't find IE9 for Windows 7 x64. I downloaded a version for Vista, but that didn't install on my computer. Then I downloaded IE10, which refuses to install because there is a newer version of IE installed on my system. I guess this only works when you have not updated to IE11 yet?!
Feb
1
comment Windows 7 Ultimate [64bits] - 12GB installed but 3,18GB usable
Just some suggestions to test: Remove the old RAM and then try again. If that works, put the old sticks back and try again. If that doesn't work, put the new sticks in the slots of the old ones. If that works, put the old RAM back in the other slots. It shouldn't make a difference, but as you said - you never know!
Jan
27
comment Kyocera 4200DN keeps jamming in the rear cover
You can control humidity with air conditioning. So if you can put the printers in one room, with a mobile AC and humidity tester, that could be a good test. And don't forget to try suggestion 3! If you appreciate my effort, you can upvote my answer, and you should do that for anything that you can use or that is informative and helps to find an answer.