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7. октомври 2009, 22:47:25
Universal Eyes 
Относно: Re:
Променен от Universal Eyes (7. октомври 2009, 22:51:47)
MadMonkey: Check to see if the drivers and utilities is working correctly.

7. октомври 2009, 21:50:51
MadMonkey 
I was given 2 IBM base units and a laptop. They were ex-company stuff, and all worked fine when they were networked in the enviroment.
I have installed new opertaing systems on them (just XP Pro, which they were using before).
Now the problem...... none of them will recognise the onboard Ethernet.
I have tried everything i can think of.
It knows the Ethernet is there, but thats it. In the device manager is showing as a problem along with the Vidoe Controller & Multimedia Audo Controller. I have been onto the IBM sites, found the correct drivers etc... downloaded them to a usb stick, and installed them. Still nothing.

Ideas anyone ?

3. октомври 2009, 00:47:20
toedder 
Относно: Re:Virus-Test / system backup...
diogenysos: I haven't tried it, but Macrium released a free version of their "Reflect" tool http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp

On first glance it looks like it would do what you are looking for. Full version comes with more features and extended support, but it seems like the Free edition is pretty usable. I would just try it out on a non productive machine.

2. октомври 2009, 11:45:47
puupia 
Относно: Re:Virus-Test / system backup...
diogenysos Norton Ghost can be used to make a clone image of the drive. And later on you can return the image back to the drive. Company i used to work for years back used Ghost all the time..

2. октомври 2009, 10:33:01
MadMonkey 
Относно: Re:Virus-Test / system backup...
diogenysos: Well i have Driver Max running on my XP system. It checks for Driver updates daily.
Also it keeps a copy of all your drivers on there system, which you can set to download if you do a fresh install as you say, THOUGH i have never tried to do that.
As for programs, surely you can just download the most up to date version ?
Funny enough, i am just about to do a fresh install of XP on here, and the one great pain is re-installing or the great software, maybe some bodkin should come up with a way of cloning the Program Files folder

2. октомври 2009, 09:47:08
diogenysos 
Относно: Re:Virus-Test / system backup...
Променен от diogenysos (2. октомври 2009, 09:47:42)
rabbitoid:why not test a virus? on a virtual system???    ;-)

By the way: any recomendations for the following task:
after installing a fresh system (xp pro sp3), all the drivers and a couple of daily used programs i want to save the whole thing in order to make it easy to re-install the complete thing.

I found "paragon hard disk manager" but even the trial-version does not allow me to do this. Are there other recommended programs?

1. октомври 2009, 06:32:57
rabbitoid 
Относно: Re:
wetware: I was just kidding. I was about to suggest that a good test would be to download a virus from the web, try to run it and see if the antivirus screams. But I wouldn't want people to actually try that

1. октомври 2009, 01:20:42
wetware 
Относно: Re:
rabbitoid:  avast! has intercepted and warned against a number (I'll say about a dozen over the years) of trojans and other threats against my system.  In some cases that's involved particular files being quarantined, or strong recommendations to immediately disconnect from particular web sites.  I'm afraid I can't PROVE to you that these threats really existed, but I take these warnings at face value.

If necessary, I could probably dig up a log for you.  I'm pretty sure the software keeps some kind of record of such incidents.

1. октомври 2009, 00:04:46
Gouwe gozer 
I didn't say it doesn't do anything
But you can see it is available, the icon is always present while it's turning around

30. септември 2009, 23:50:47
rabbitoid 
Относно: Re:
Gouwe gozer: Hmmm
Come to think of it, an anti virus that does absolutely nothing would also feel perfectly OK
How sure are we that the Avast is really doing something?

30. септември 2009, 23:15:37
Gouwe gozer 
I had AVG for a while, in the beginning it was perfect After several weeks my computer worked like a snail () and I was desperate looking for someyhing else
Since I installed Avast!, my computer is working like an airplane and everything is really ok Already for over a year I'm complete satisfied....well, with this part on my computer lol

27. септември 2009, 04:17:46
wetware 
Относно: Re:
Gordon Shumway: Oops...I misread that.  Glad to hear that avast! was running ad-free.    :-)

27. септември 2009, 02:58:57
toedder 
Относно: Re:
alexlee: For me too, but only during the update checking and updating, and only when I had a single core CPU, it felt like it stalled the whole system shortly after startup. But once that was done, everything was fine. Now that I have my new computer, I basically don't notice ever that AVG is running.

27. септември 2009, 02:56:22
toedder 
Относно: Re:
wetware: I never used Avast, the ads appeared in Avira :)

27. септември 2009, 02:07:20
Papa Zoom 
Относно: Re:
wetware:  Am currently using Avira.  I've read good reviews on it but have also read good reviews on Avast.  I am considering buying the pro version of the one I like the best. 

27. септември 2009, 02:05:11
wetware 
Относно: Re:
Gordon Shumway:  I've been a happy avast! Home Edition user for many years.  Not sure why you get ads, though.  I never see any.  I do get notifications of updated versions of the software or definitions, but those don't seem at all obtrusive to me.

27. септември 2009, 00:31:27
alexlee 
Относно: Re:
Artful Dodger:
I have been using Avast and I like it. I did try AVG but it seemed to slow down my computer to much.

26. септември 2009, 22:20:38
toedder 
Относно: Re:
Artful Dodger: I haven't tried Avast. What I found annoying about Avira was the advertisement window that popped up on every update. I like my AVG, but I am only really happy with it since I have more than one CPU core.

26. септември 2009, 20:55:14
Papa Zoom 
Относно: Re:
Artful Dodger:  The three free ones I'm considering

AVG

AVAST

AVIRA

Any thoughts on theses?

26. септември 2009, 19:31:49
Papa Zoom 
Относно: Re:
MadMonkey: I'm using McAffe but am thinking of getting rid of it for another.  I've heard good things about Avast and Avg. 

26. септември 2009, 17:53:40
Snoopy 
Относно: Re:
Променен от Snoopy (26. септември 2009, 18:03:11)
MadMonkey: okay this might be a total coninsdence and i know that isnt spelt right..lol

but ever since i downloaded the http://free.avg.com/download-file-stb-afe this morning
firefox has frozen solid twice so far very annoying has ive got to reboot every time

i should add its only happening on firefox i can use google with 3 windows open and its fine

26. септември 2009, 12:33:48
MadMonkey 
Относно: Re:
Artful Dodger: I normally install AVG Free Edition for people whos PC / LapTops i have fixed

26. септември 2009, 07:45:59
Papa Zoom 
Recommended free anti-virus program from the group.  Thoughts?  :)

25. септември 2009, 20:46:26
MadMonkey 
Относно: Re:
rabbitoid: Well i don't pay and never have. The new Thunderbird handles numerous email clients (and it is still Beta). As long as you have your email addy & password it will do it all for you. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to work it.

(V): Yes, it does download them, BUT it is as secure as you can want, and this is the last Beta release.

I will leave it up to you all, i think its great, designed by web users, for web users. If you dont like it dont use it....simple

25. септември 2009, 13:56:18
(V) 
Относно: Re:
MadMonkey: Thunderbird.. it ain't like Outlook express where you download emails to your PC is it?

Why.. I don't like the idea of downloading emails, never have. the system sounds interesting, but my concern of limiting possible infection, causes me to prefer the likes of yahoo.

25. септември 2009, 13:36:09
rabbitoid 
Относно: Re:
MadMonkey: You interest me. You said your yahoo mail goes into the bird? I thought using mail clients with yahoo is a paid service?

25. септември 2009, 13:17:42
pauloaguia 
Относно: Re:
MadMonkey: Opera has been my email client for years now, and I benefit from just that - internet browsing and email/RSS reader integration into a single application.

25. септември 2009, 12:41:59
MadMonkey 
Относно: Re:
rabbitoid: Well yes & no. Like i said, this is an add-on. As with Firefox you dont have to use it that way. I just think its a good idea. Why open another application and take up more Ram, when you can do it from where you are.

There are some add-ons for Firefox that i could not get by with out, and what i find funnier is other browsers are actually building them into there software. Resizeable Textarea, being the foremost i think.

I have a googlemail account as well (that goes direct to Thunderbird, along with my Yahoo), and yes you get loads of space. Sad that yet again yesterday Gmail, went wrong - HERE. Twice in 2 weeks now.

I like going to one place and being able to do everything i could wish to do, and its fast as well.

Of course when i am on the web, i will use Firefox mainly. Well Prism when i am on brainking, as i do not think there is anything faster

25. септември 2009, 12:05:37
rabbitoid 
Относно: Re:
MadMonkey: I'm not sure I like that.
One of the main reproaches against MS is that they always try to build "the program of everything", which looks fine as an idea, until you realise that:
- it is impossible to have only the parts you want, you get (and will have to use) everything or nothing.
- if one thing doesn't work (and which program is bugfree?) nothing does.
And Mozilla, apparently, is following the same glorious path. What could possibly be the advantage of combining those two distinct functions (browsing and email management) in a single program?

As for thunderbird, I myself have practically no more use for it, with webmail servers such as yahoo or google offering unlimited space and fast access. I use it almost exclusively to browse newsgroups.

25. септември 2009, 10:51:54
MadMonkey 
Time to do a little more promoting

Not for Firefox (for a change lol), but for Mozilla's Email client

I have been using Thunderbird for a while now, and have 5 Email accounts all accessed from there, as well as the latest News & Sports RSS feeds. So there it is all i need, in one place.

Now, this week i downloaded there last Beta release of the next version of Thunderbird (3.0b4). This has many new features, but what i think is the best bit is just like when you are browsing the web, you can open Emails in new Tabs (or Windows if you wish). OK, nothing special about that i hear. UNTIL you instal the ThunderBrowse add-on.

In short, when your friends send you stuff to read (Newsletter, RSS feed etc...), and send you a nice little link to click on, ThunderBrowse add browsings functions to Thunderbird. You can easily save time, space, and memory usage by opening up the website within Thunderbird as it usses the same technology as Firefox.

Anyway, thats my little gabble, i think its an awsome idea. I can do everything i want without even opening a browser like Firefox (IE, Chrome etc...)

23. септември 2009, 11:48:17
MadMonkey 
Относно: Re:
pauloaguia: I was thinking about installing Ubuntu beside XP, as thats an option on the instalation disk

As for Windows 7.....i may give it a try, its a very popular donwload on some Torrent sites lol

23. септември 2009, 11:41:18
Snoopy 
Относно: Re:
MadMonkey: the only reason i got this new pc was because i lost the use of my smilies on the old one
but it was at the time that shops were not selling any more XP's so i didnt really have any choice but if i had waited another month they scrapped that idea

23. септември 2009, 11:36:53
pauloaguia 
Относно: Re:
rabbitoid: Yep. I've been using Ubuntu for over a year now. At first I even gave myself the trouble of going configuring Opera properly to share the same profile from both Windows and Linux. But it's been months since I last booted my laptop on Windows .
I'm also one of those guys that accomplishes a lot of things through the command line, so I can find my way around problems rather easily. But, even for the basic user, the foruns of the Ubuntu community provide lots of help, sometimes.

MadMonkey: From what I've heard it seems like Windows 7 is a whole lot better than vista. This comes even from some M$ ceptics, so there could be some thuth behind those feelings.
As for Ubuntu, give it a go for at least a week or two before making your mind up. There are bound to be things you miss from Windows... There are bound to be things you'll be missing from it if you get back to Windows, back it takes some time to find out about what you don't know it's there

23. септември 2009, 11:30:26
MadMonkey 
Относно: Re:
Snoopy: Well, a lot of the problems have now been sorted. (apart from the security hole they found last week, that is in Vista AND Windows 7, which may now be sorted).
As Microsoft admit thereselves, it should never have been released when it was.
The main issues were a lack of proper drivers for it & application compatibility issues.
I even got this email link the other day from PC-Pro - Microsoft admits Vista was less than good.
Of course many of the issues have now beed resolved, which is ironic as they are just releasing Windows 7.
I am a great believer in that is something is not broke, do not try and fix it.
XP has been by far there most stable operating system, although now like i say i am going to give Ubuntu a try on one of my spare PCs. I used Vista when i was working, and never had any real problems, and most of the PCs & Laptops i repair now all seem to be Vista installed ones.
My only advice is if you buy a new PC / Laptop with Vista on, make sure you have decent Avti-Virus and Spyware product (AVG & Spybot S & D are fine, but there are others), and make sure you download there latest service pack (i think it is SP2)

23. септември 2009, 07:13:40
rabbitoid 
Относно: Re:
MadMonkey: I've been working with Unix on and off for almost 30 years professionally. I had first installed a pure Debian at home in the early 2000, but became a bit dissatisfied with the slow update of the versions. Ubuntu updates the whole lot of its distribution twice a year, and so far I've been very satisfied with it.

As a pro, I like the fact that when there is something that doesn't work as I like, I can relatively easily do something about it. With windows, forget it. just reboot, reinstall, curse...

For a simple user, The linux distributions in general have now become very easy to install and use. There are now free alternatives to most of what Microsoft has to offer, which in general work better than the originals.

There are downsides, of course. Many software makers produce only for windows, so if you need a particular software, you may need windows after all. I personally don't, the few things that I use work fine with the windows emulator inside linux.

23. септември 2009, 01:58:11
Snoopy 
Относно: Re:
Променен от Snoopy (23. септември 2009, 09:25:40)
MadMonkey: and thought its worth a try, especially if Windows 7 is as bad as Vista

really ive been using Vista for over a year now and i havnt had one problem with it

can you tell me what problems Vista is suppose to have so i know what to look out for?

23. септември 2009, 00:11:41
MadMonkey 
Относно: Re:
rabbitoid: Have you ? I have been thinking about it.

Then the other day Ubuntu had a stall in our local Town Centre giving DVD Roms away. I had a nice long chat with the guy, and thought its worth a try, especially if Windows 7 is as bad as Vista

How do you find it ? Takes a bit of getting used to i would imagine. Good that all the software is Open source

23. септември 2009, 00:06:16
rabbitoid 
Относно: Re:
MadMonkey: I've been using ubuntu the last 2 years.

22. септември 2009, 23:32:26
diogenysos 
Относно: Re:
MadMonkey:just to give first aid to broken windows... .

but for that issue, it works fine.

tell more about zour experience, cause i am thinking about a permanent ubuntu-disk, too... v;-)

22. септември 2009, 21:10:44
MadMonkey 
Just a quickie

Anyone here use Ubuntu ?

Just installed it on another pc at home to see what it is like

15. септември 2009, 13:32:40
(V) 
Относно: Re: Another firefox bug:
diogenysos: Maybe. Probaly sour grapes... they have been finding themselves on the wrong end of the law recently alot.

Maybe Bill is not happy he's making so much money now.. as if he needs more!!

15. септември 2009, 10:24:32
diogenysos 
Относно: Re: Another firefox bug:
Променен от diogenysos (15. септември 2009, 10:25:27)
(V):IT WAS WINDOWS!!!
Maybe they're doing it on purpose?!

I uninstalled the latest "windows-security-update" (from the 9th of September)
and now firefox 3.x is working fine...

Just another poor attempt to "push" the IE?



13. септември 2009, 13:32:59
(V) 
Относно: Re: Another firefox bug:
diogenysos: Weird.. I'm using firefox 3.5.3 and having no problems (Win XP) ... I heard there were some 'glitches' but things are fine.

13. септември 2009, 10:50:28
diogenysos 
Относно: Re: Another firefox bug:
(V):That sounds interesting and ill go and prove it - as i experienced the bug on an xp- _and_ a vista-computer...
browsing through all the firefox-chatrooms i meet some people who have the same probs... but one user even under linux...
this would mean the bug has nothing to do with the MS updates - but well, ill give it a try anyway!

13. септември 2009, 10:20:01
(V) 
Относно: Re: Another firefox bug:
diogenysos: Sounds like an update glitch from Microsoft then. I'm only saying that as one of their updates caused conflicts with our internet security software. I'd go through any recent updates from them and uninstall the latest... or give them a call and get advice!!

The other option is... http://www.combofix.org/ .......... It's a desktop run program that scans deep and gives a full report on the likes of registry issues. But make sure ( as prompted) you use the back up option first.

But I'd lean towards it being an update conflict.

13. септември 2009, 09:56:50
diogenysos 
Относно: Re: Another firefox bug:
(V):Hehe, first time i experienced that bug, i uninstalled that firefox 3.5 and installed version 2.xx and all worked fine.
This time even that trick does not work v;-)

12. септември 2009, 12:34:53
(V) 
Относно: Re: Another firefox bug:
diogenysos: Last time something like this happened to me, turned out to be an Upgrade problem to do with Microsoft's automatic updates.

But you could try un-installing Firefox and installing a previous version.

12. септември 2009, 12:32:09
(V) 
Относно: Re: Help
furbster: It's not so much cheapness....going for good deals, etc... it's about power and upgrading. Quite honestly, you should be going for dual core machines, or at least a beefed up Pentium 4 or equiv. If you want a machine that'll last a few years.

Thing is with this recession, it's become a buyers market.. so do shop around.

12. септември 2009, 09:37:44
diogenysos 
Относно: Another firefox bug:

On at least two computers, firefow disappeares but not!


So there is no firefox window open, no active program.


Then, after starting firefox again, nothing happens or - sometimes -


the error window appears saying "firefox is already executed".


And indeed, launching the task manager, the process "firefow.exe" is listed.


Turning the process off and restarting firefox solves the problem...


12. септември 2009, 09:34:39
diogenysos 
Относно: again!

...the same behaviour!


I just updated my firefox (now 3.5.3) and immediately after restarting the browser tells me that the requested URL is not available.


Switching to IE, all works.


 


Its exactly the same i described before. Turned all firewalls off - nothing.


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