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.
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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...)
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
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
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)
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.
(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!
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.
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.
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