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The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:10 pm

So I've been seeing lots of people asking for help with their computer problems lately. I have too much free time on my hands, not to mention me and many other a.nutters are very tech savvy, so I decided to start a thread specially geared towards this.

I was thinking about writing some rules for posting here, but I'll see how things go first. At the very least mention which is your operating system. Knowing your hardware specs wouldn't hurt either.

I'm thinking of including a list of useful resources and utilities eventually.

So go ahead, post your problems. Me and other a.nut computer geeks shall help.
 
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:13 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):

You need to get laid...stat!
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:23 pm



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 1):
You need to get laid

Tell me about it, it's been a while... but I'm working on it.  mischievous 
 
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:28 pm

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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:22 am

How about a Dell Inspiron 9300 that apparently has lost the ability to project sound from its internal speakers and when an external set is plugged into the headphone jack only projects sound when the cable is positioned just so in the jack?

(XP Pro...)
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:30 am



Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 4):
How about a Dell Inspiron 9300 that apparently has lost the ability to project sound from its internal speakers and when an external set is plugged into the headphone jack only projects sound when the cable is positioned just so in the jack?

Seems like something is loose in the sound card or something hindering a proper connection. Try blowing some air in the jack using one of those pressurized cans. But since the internal speakers aren't working either, I susupect something's off with the sound card / chip connections.


Anything particular you did before this problem started or did it just pop up out of no where?
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:23 am



Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 4):
a Dell

That's your problem right there  duck 


But what Phoenix9 said sounds about right, though being a laptop it has no dedicated sound card. But some of those audio jacks can be quite the hassle.
 
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:54 am

Been running it pretty smoothly for 4 years now, and still going pretty strong. I've used everything from Ad-Aware, Avast!, SpywareDoctor (only paid one I used), and now I have AVG. Also have used Crap Cleaner for quite a while.

Any other recommendations for PC upkeep? I feel like I'm approaching the beginning of the end of the line. But I've felt this way before and pulled out of a nose dive just in time.
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Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:22 am



Quoting PPVRA (Reply 7):

Any other recommendations for PC upkeep?

Advanced system care is a cool all in one program that does everything for you at the click of a button, works pretty well.

http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html
 
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:23 am



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 5):
Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 4):
How about a Dell Inspiron 9300 that apparently has lost the ability to project sound from its internal speakers and when an external set is plugged into the headphone jack only projects sound when the cable is positioned just so in the jack?

Seems like something is loose in the sound card or something hindering a proper connection. Try blowing some air in the jack using one of those pressurized cans. But since the internal speakers aren't working either, I susupect something's off with the sound card / chip connections.


Anything particular you did before this problem started or did it just pop up out of no where?

Owned it for 4+ years? have had it running pretty nearly non stop for the last 1+, and just slightly less often prior to that...

FWIW this Dell has had some minor issues along the way but nothing (other then this, now that it is out of warranty) that was too annoying/unfixable by the warranty provided in home tech support...

If it weren't for the fact that this is our only computer at the moment I'd take the laptop apart partially to try and investigate the sound card issues..

Thanks though  Smile
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:47 am



Quoting PPVRA (Reply 7):
Any other recommendations for PC upkeep?

Two of the best spyware removal programs are Malwarebytes and ComboFix, both free. When you run ComboFix, a lot of messages will come up asking if you really want to run it...just keep clicking Yes.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix

For the ComboFix link, scroll down until you see "Next you should download ComboFix from one of the following URLs:" and choose "BleepingComputer.com."

For bad spyware problems, it is best to run both of these programs in Safe Mode.
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:47 am

I just remembered another program I swear by, Revo Uninstaller

http://www.revouninstaller.com/

This ALWAYS gets rid of the most stubborn programs and keeps my PC nice and clean. It's a definite must-have.  yes 
 
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:33 am

Good thread Big grin

Had a bit of an issue with my Dell..was unable to boot Windows, so I got the XP boot CD and tried a repair but it didn't work. Just wondering if I can still recover data from the computer before I do a clean install?
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:17 am



Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 12):

Had a bit of an issue with my Dell.

So within 12 posts, we've had 2 users with Dell problems...anyone see a pattern?  stirthepot  duck 
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Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:36 am



Quoting Gkirk (Reply 13):
.anyone see a pattern?

 checkmark  Agreed. One Dell desktop was enough to make it my last one. All of my friends that have had Dells and other major brands always seem to have the most trouble.

I've built my own computers ever since and I've had no problems whatsoever. It really helps to know and be able to pick what's going inside the case.

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 12):
Just wondering if I can still recover data from the computer before I do a clean install?

This is easier said than done, but you could try to remove the hard drive and install it in another fully functioning computer, and if everything is configured correctly, it will show up as just another drive in that other computer at which point you could transfer your important files over, but that is if only XP itself is trashed and you don't have a more serious problem.

How exactly did the recovery not work, by the way? Any error codes/messages? Or it just didn't go through?
 
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Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:12 am



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 14):
How exactly did the recovery not work, by the way? Any error codes/messages? Or it just didn't go through?

The recovery finished, and it said Windows is restarting, the Windows logo appeared, but the screen went black and thats it. I can't even access safe mode, which sucks. I don't think its a hardware issue (hoping!), but you never know. This was my first issue with the computer in 5 years..its been solid all these years. I suspect it had to do with a stupid website I visited last night (no, it wasn't a porn site  Wink ), it was a stupid .cn website, I was trying to get the new episodes of the TV show House, when my computer stopped responding. I did a forced shutdown and when I restarted..the problem started. I've given it to the IT dept in our hospital..hopefully they can sort it out.
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:24 am

Ok see if you can help me. I installed Windows 7 Professional onto my laptop and everything seemed fine etc.. But when I turn the computer on, most of the time it gets to the welcome menu with the little circle spinning around endlessly and it won't load or it goes to a black screen with use of only the mouse. Hence I'm forced to turn it off by holding down the power button and try again.. Usually it takes me 3-4 goes to get it going properly.. Do you think this is a technical error, should I reboot the computer or just do what I'm doing now - putting it to sleep and never turning it off? First problem will be next month when I jump on a plane lol..

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 13):
So within 12 posts, we've had 2 users with Dell problems...anyone see a pattern?

Haha. Mine's a HP. But I think it's more to do with the OS than the computer..
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:43 am



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 16):
Do you think this is a technical error, should I reboot the computer or just do what I'm doing now - putting it to sleep and never turning it off?

Do you have 4gb RAM in your computer? That could be part of the reason. But based on what you have mentioned it could be couple of things:

1) Your windows install was corrupted, so you'll have to reinstall windows
2) Some of the drivers that are being loaded while window starts are creating this problem.

Boot your computer in safe mode, if it boots ok in safe mode then most likely its the driver issue.
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:06 am



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 17):
Do you have 4gb RAM in your computer? That could be part of the reason. But based on what you have mentioned it could be couple of things:

Really? I thought Windows 7 required less RAM than Vista.. I have 3gb, Core 2 Duo T7250. It worked fine on Vista Enterprise until it said that the period was running out and I just wanted to get rid of that stupid message popping up all the time.. I don't want to revert back either because I like the function to be able to view documents without having to open up word etc.

I'd hate for the install to have been corrupted.. Could it be due to the iso not burning to dvd correctly? (It's a full, free version through university: MSDN rocks!)

Thanks anyway, I'll get back to you in a month when exams are over with..
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Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:10 am



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 18):
I thought Windows 7 required less RAM than Vista.

Its not that you need more RAM. If you are running 32-bit version, some computers have been reported to have issues if they have 4gb RAM. But since Vista/7 32-bit can support 4gb RAM, they are usually ok.

Its possible that the iso didn't burn properly. Did you burn it at full speed? Usually if it is an OS iso, its better to burn it at a slower speed to avoid data loss.
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:25 am



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 19):
Its possible that the iso didn't burn properly. Did you burn it at full speed? Usually if it is an OS iso, its better to burn it at a slower speed to avoid data loss.

Could be my problem there. Thanks for the quick replies! I'll need to see if I can do that (do you know if you can with imgburn?).
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:48 am



Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 15):
The recovery finished, and it said Windows is restarting,

Most of the time the "recovery" disks that ship with your notebook actually return the system to the state it was in when shipped, i.e. without any of you personal data left.

By the look of it, your hard disk is probably faling, but before the "recovery disk" chances typically would have been promising for a real recovery attempt.
 
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:51 pm



Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 4):
How about a Dell Inspiron 9300 that apparently has lost the ability to project sound from its internal speakers and when an external set is plugged into the headphone jack only projects sound when the cable is positioned just so in the jack?

I had the same problem with my Inspiron 6000. I got it in the June of 2005 the summer before college. Just under 2 years of owning it I had that problem, where the internal speakers wouldn't work. I realized that if I actually applied pressure via a pen or some other object around the jack input, the speakers would work. Luckily I was still on warranty at that point, so they fixed it....they replaced the motherboard and it worked fine. Now, a while after that, I have the same problem again. I don't want to spend the money on a new motherboard, I might as well get a new computer.
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:16 pm

Nz, try taking any disc out of your disc drive when booting, I've had that happen with Windows 7.

If there is going to be a computer repair thread, I would like to see more qualified advice. For example, Dell laptops are widely regarded as workhorses in the business world, and wouldn't be so broadly trashed by somebody who knew what they were talking about. The correct answer would be, their business line is better than their consumer lines.
Also, Windows 7 can be run quite reliably on 1 gig ram, I'm doing it myself on a 7 year old Thinkpad.
 
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:51 pm



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 16):
But when I turn the computer on, most of the time it gets to the welcome menu with the little circle spinning around endlessly and it won't load or it goes to a black screen with use of only the mouse.

The only time Windows 7 RC does that to me is when I leave a certain USB card reader connected. As an experiment, try disconnecting all your USB peripherals and see what happens.
 
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:08 pm

I've got one. The screen on my HP Pavillion Dv9500 laptop seems to have given up the ghost. All I get is a black screen. I know the same happened to a friend's laptop (although not the same make) and an ex housemate of his managed to fix it somehow (and he's not a technical person either!), but unfortunately we were unable to get hold of him to see if he could sort mine out too. I'm hoping that there's an easy solution to this as there's an awful lot of stuff on there that I hadn't got round to backing up!  blush 

Any pointers as to what to do would be very gratefully received!!  Smile

Thanks.
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Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:28 pm



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 25):
I've got one.

Is the rest of the computer fine (hard drive lights on/off)? Or it just acts completely dead?

For now, try taking out the battery, hold the power button down for a about a minute, then release the button and put the battery back in and try to start it.
 
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Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:32 pm

I was bored the other day so I partitioned a drive with Win 98 just for laughs...  biggrin 
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:33 pm

BAV, I can't help with your screen, but your main priority now should be backing up your data. Its not hard if you have $20 and access to another computer.

You will need to buy a USB SATA drive connect cable or a drive enclosure. I cant send you to links, I'm typing ona blackberry, but they are everywhere. Remove your existing laptop drive, connect it to your new hardware, connect that to USB of a second computerand start copying. This the simplest and cheapest way. You don't need to worry about a ghost copy, you just want to save your important files.
 
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:12 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 26):
Is the rest of the computer fine (hard drive lights on/off)? Or it just acts completely dead?

No, it seems to be fine on the "flashing lights and whirring" front. There also seems to be some light getting to the screen, just no windows/graphics/text etc.

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 26):
For now, try taking out the battery, hold the power button down for a about a minute, then release the button and put the battery back in and try to start it.

I'll give that a go and will let you know what happens.

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 28):
Its not hard if you have $20 and access to another computer.

Thanks, I'll give all that a go too.
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:00 pm

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 25):
The screen on my HP Pavillion Dv9500 laptop seems to have given up the ghost.

You can almost always add an external display to your laptop. The system usually recognizes the added screen and redirects to it at bootup, if not, there's a key combination (usu. Fn [blue] key + something) that will switch across the displays.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 29):
Its not hard if you have $20 and access to another computer.

Thanks, I'll give all that a go too.

Taking the HD out from a "dead" laptop to an external case is what I do a lot as well, but if the unit is some 3+ years old, it will have the PATA (ATA) hard drive, so the current SATA enclosure is no good. The web documentation usually tells you which type the unit has.

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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:50 pm

I've had the same HP desktop for just over a year now and have had zero problems until I just recently moved. At night, I like to put my computer on standby, that way I don't have to wait forever for it to turn on in the morning. At my old house, the computer would go into standby just fine. Now, at my new house, whenever I put it into standby, it instantly turns back on. Nothing on the computer has changed, software or hardware. The only difference is that at my old house, I connected to the internet via wireless cable modem/router. Now, I connect via Ethernet to my DSL modem/router.

Could my connection to the internet actually prevent my computer from remaining in standby mode? If so, how can I alter this? This seems utterly stupid to me.
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:45 pm



Quoting JetsGo (Reply 31):

go into your computer bios usually del or a F# key on startup. Look for a setting that says "wake on lan" try disabling that option save and reboot.
 
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Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:29 pm



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 25):
All I get is a black screen.

sounds like a dead screen inverter. they look like
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?VISuperSize&item=170348379453
If you are comfortable with opening your laptop you can replace it yourself.
the other option is a dead lcd screen back light.
In which case you replace the lcd screen.
You can download the service manual for your laptop from the hp website. It should show the steps for replacing laptop components.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 25):
there's an awful lot of stuff on there that I hadn't got round to backing up!



Quoting AverageUser (Reply 30):

like AverageUser said you should be able to connect an external display to access your laptop from there you can attach an external drive and backup your data.
 
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Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:47 pm



Quoting Gkirk (Reply 13):
So within 12 posts, we've had 2 users with Dell problems...anyone see a pattern?

I have two Dell laptops, and the batteries have completely died in both of them. I will not buy another Dell again.
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Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:53 pm

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Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:54 pm



Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 34):
I have two Dell laptops, and the batteries have completely died in both of them. I will not buy another Dell again.

Was this a premature death? Because even rechargeable batteries last only so long.
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:00 am

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 36):
Was this a premature death? Because even rechargeable batteries last only so long.

Yes. On my old 2001 model Dell Inspiron 8100, the battery only lasted a few months before it completely died. With my 2006 model Inspiron E1505, the battery had a lifespan of about 3-4 hours when new. After about a year, that battery life decreased to about 10-15 minutes. Just last week, the battery completely gave out. When I unplug the power cord, the computer immediately shuts off.

Edit: Spelling correction

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Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:27 am



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 8):



Quoting Dalb777 (Reply 10):

Thanks for the tips! I will look into them when I have a bit more time and probably try them out.
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:01 am



Quoting Yfbflyer (Reply 33):
Quoting BAViscount (Reply 25):
All I get is a black screen.

sounds like a dead screen inverter. they look like
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?VISuperSize&item=170348379453
If you are comfortable with opening your laptop you can replace it yourself.
the other option is a dead lcd screen back light.
In which case you replace the lcd screen.
You can download the service manual for your laptop from the hp website. It should show the steps for replacing laptop components.

I just spent the last 4 weekends replacing stuff on my Thinkpad relating to the screen going dark so I consider myself a battle-scarred though knowledgeable ninja on the topic.

First, I 'd like to pint out that it is really hard and you need dainty fingers and 20/20 vision.

Replacing the inverter is relatively easy. If that doesn't work, you need to replace the backlight. This is a bit like neurosurgery, just make sure you order a backlight with the ends presoldered. The parts are cheap so this is one way to save a few bucks. Otherwise, getting a new lcd screen will set you back around $150.

You can also have someone else repair it (unless its still under warranty) and save yourself a lot of aggravation.

Good luck!
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:46 am



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 23):
Nz, try taking any disc out of your disc drive when booting, I've had that happen with Windows 7.



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 24):
The only time Windows 7 RC does that to me is when I leave a certain USB card reader connected. As an experiment, try disconnecting all your USB peripherals and see what happens.

There's nothing but the power connected to this laptop yet it still malfunctions. I guess it's a problem with the OS and I'll reboot next month to see if it'll solve anything. Is there any other tool I could use to burn an iso onto dvd at a slower pace? I don't know how to or if I can with Nero.
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:56 am

Ok, some quick advice here please: I've been looking at various laptops in the last months, even had a thread about it here on A.net. In the end and after considering a lot of different things, I decided to get a SONY VAIO, partly because that's what I'm replacing and I'm highly satisfied with the quality.
So I've been looking at my options, wanting to spend around $800.
Now I see this in the outlet:
http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...ntType=PRODUCT&navigation=Category
Scroll down to the 5th: VGN-FW290 CLEARANCE Notebook - Customized FW Series PC

$799 (regular price $2009)
Should I get this, yes or no? I need a quick decision. What are my pros and cons?

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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:51 am

Anyone know how to repair an "nvlddmkm"-ed computer? (HP pavilion 9260nr with Windows Vista...  scratchchin  )
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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:58 am



Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 41):
Should I get this, yes or no? I need a quick decision. What are my pros and cons?

Pros:

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor. Intel is leagues ahead of AMD with regards to mobile CPUs.

Dedicated graphics card ATI HD3650 is good.

3GB of RAM

By all accounts, Sony has very good customer service.

Cons:

160GB HD

If you scrolls down further on the sony website to the 10th one down VGN-FW490, it offers a large improvement in performance and is only $90 more.

Hope this helps.

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RE: The Official A.net Computer Support Thread

Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:50 pm



Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 37):
Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 36):
Was this a premature death? Because even rechargeable batteries last only so long.

Yes. On my old 2001 model Dell Inspiron 8100, the battery only lasted a few months before it completely died. With my 2006 model Inspiron E1505, the battery had a lifespan of about 3-4 hours when new. After about a year, that battery life decreased to about 10-15 minutes. Just last week, the battery completely gave out. When I unplug the power cord, the computer immediately shuts off.

What kind of batteries were they? If they were NiCad, like the vast majority of batteries out at the time, then there is the issues of "memory" in the battery, which leads to decreased battery life. The newer Lithium-Ion batteries don't have that issue (however, they have had other issues in the past, such as randomly catching fire, which I would assume, are fixed.)
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Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 37):
With my 2006 model Inspiron E1505, the battery had a lifespan of about 3-4 hours when new. After about a year, that battery life decreased to about 10-15 minutes. Just last week, the battery completely gave out.

A year sounds about right, depending on use. But anything less than that I'd definitely consider premature.

A good idea is to always let your batteries run down completely, i.e. never charge them when partially drained. This, contrary to popular belief, extends life, and prevents battery "memory".

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 40):
I don't know how to or if I can with Nero.

Every decent burning program has an option to pick your burning speed. Nero has it. It somewhere in the advanced burning options. Pick something around 6x or slower. Also, never burn faster than what the recordable disc can handle. Some programs will do this. ie don't burn a CD-R rated at 42x at 52x.

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 41):
I need a quick decision. What are my pros and cons?

Well what are the specs of the model you chose? Need something to compare it too.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 44):
The newer Lithium-Ion batteries don't have that issue

All batteries do, to an extent. It's just not nearly as bad in Lithium cells as in NiCds or NiMh cells.
 
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Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 45):
Every decent burning program has an option to pick your burning speed. Nero has it. It somewhere in the advanced burning options. Pick something around 6x or slower. Also, never burn faster than what the recordable disc can handle. Some programs will do this. ie don't burn a CD-R rated at 42x at 52x.

Does it have the ability to mount ISOs?
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Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:48 pm

I have a Satellite L40-14N with a Pentium Duel Core Processor.

Why oh why does my laptop's net connection crash at least once a day meaning I have to restart for the net connection to work again. It does not happen on my PC, only the laptop and I have no idea why. There is no problem with the router or the net as a whole as my PC still works.

Please anet tech people ANSWER MY QUESTION (Bugging the hell out of me)
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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 46):
Does it have the ability to mount ISOs?

No, AFAIK.

For that I use Daemon Tools Lite.

http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/downloads

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Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 48):
No, AFAIK.

For that I use Daemon Tools Lite.

http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/downloads

Don't worry its free, ignore the buy button.

Whoops, sorry, I meant can Nero burn ISOs to DVD? That's the only way to really reboot the computer, right? I can't "install" it like I would with something like FSX, can I..
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