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  1. When I look at the screen now much the page is off the screen so I have to scroll to see the whole thing.


    You need to work on a couple things to get the browser to look the way you want. When you change screen resolutions it keeps the original window size which may expand the window sometimes outside the screen width. You need to manually grab the sides and resize the window to fit inside the new screen size.


    Along with adjusting the window size you need to adjust the resolution and the fonts to come up with a window that is acceptable to you. I would start with a resolution of 800 x 600 and largest font and see how that looks. If too big decrease the font size. If still still not good increase the resolution to 1024 x 768...play around until you fins something you like. And you may need to mess with the window size each time you change the resolution.

  2. So far I have no sound

    Sound should be fine since that came pre-installed with the computer. Check the connections and the volume controls, make sure they are on and turned up.


    I'm going to have to buy a new USB connection for my printer.

    You have a new computer and the USB ports on it should be the latest and greatest, why do you believe you need to purchase new ones?


    The screen resolution is 1280 x 1024 Your site and every other site has such a tiny font I am unable to see it unless I put my nose on the doggoned screen.


    That could be a combination of adjustments. You can mess around with the screen resolution as mentioned and lower it (raise) to 1024 x 768. Next you can mess around with the fonts or "view" in Internet Explorer. IE comes with a TEXT SIZE option and its probably set to "smallest" or "smaller", raise that to "largest" and see if that helps the old eyes a little :)


    Nothing is ever simple, is it?



  3. Here is an old schedule I found.


    Q: When will Microsoft ship XP SP3?

    A: Microsoft finalized Windows XP Service Pack 3 on April 21, 2008 and will release it publicly to the Web on April 29, 2008.


    Here's the complete Windows XP SP3 release schedule:


    RTM (release to manufacturing): April 21

    Windows Update (optional update): April 29

    Microsoft Download Center: April 29

    MSDN/TechNet download: May 2

    Windows XP SP3 fulfillment media (CD-based): May 19

    Volume license customers download: June 1

    Windows Update/Automatic Updates: June 10


    Now that the April 29th date has been delayed, I don't know if the others will slip backwards as well.

  4. The simplist way is to use the "Restore Disk" and put it back to factory default, the state you originally received it. Computers come with two different ways to do this. One is the CD/DVD Restore, you boot the computer with this disk in the drive and it runs through the steps. The second is on a partitioned drive, usually the "D:" drive and at bootup it gives you a chance to press a function key to start the restore.


    A "Restore" basically does an fdisk and a format of the drive and then copies the "image" back onto the hard drive. You end up with a computer setup exactly as it was when you purchased it. This wipes out everything you put on it.

  5. Naw T1 line at home 20/1500 wont take but a few minutes to download it.


    I have FIOS and get 15...but the real issue is when I am not at home and I'm using a slow Internet connection elsewhere. This is worth the price for awhile. At some point in the future it becomes another issue because of all the additional patches and upgrades you need to download after this CD was made.

  6. When SP2 was released MS would send a free disk if you ordered it from them. I think there was a small S&H charge. I sure hope they will offer SP3 on that same type of deal.



    I always order one of these...it saves me tons of time. I'm always restoring a PC back to original for folks and this saves me hours in downloading all the patches and updates. Its well worth the $9.95 ... for me at least :)

  7. Shall I go buy another stick of RAM and install it right away ... before the price goes way up?




    $28.99 for 1GB, sounds like a good choice to me.


    I never thought about it not working with my scanner and printer. Sigh. Gawd, they make everything soooo complicated!!!


    Above I gave you a link to MS which would have told you what software and hardware you currently have on your PC would be compatible. You can still run it. Its an online application that will check your equipment and give you a list of software or hardware that is NOT compatible. If your printer pops up on that list then you need to do a little more research and check the manufacturers website for Vista drivers. If its not on the list you have no worries.

  8. Some people take to Vista like a duck to water. Myself, I am not switching to it until XP is no longer available.


    I Beta Tested it and was not happy at all and have taken it off my system. We purchased a New computer for my wife and she has been using it with little problems. Of course the problems are "little" for her since I am the one that ends up fixing them for her :clapping: but she is happy with what she has and thats all that counts.

  9. I wont be buying the extra store insurance. I think I'll go back tomorrow and pay the $377.00 - 100.00. Works for me.


    Ok, but before you go make one stop by the Windows Upgrade site and check your hardware and software to make sure its compatable with Vista. You don't want to get home with your new PC and find out that your favorite program will not work. this will at least prepare you and you can decide if its a show stopper before hand.



  10. I tell him to show me that computer. He shows me a Compac Presario SR5250 NDT @ $377.00 + $100.00 off that!


    And you didn't come home with it? With taxes thats around $350 and a steal, but its probably an older model that are trying to get off the shelves to make room for newer models. These are the "deals" I generally look for :rolleyes:. The computers are not the latest and greatest but they are still way faster than what I have and will be great for 3-5 more years.


    I was under the impression that the memory Crucial said I needed for my particular Gateway computer was pretty specific.


    Ok, I was just making sure you (or someone) did the research. I've had too many folks bring me their PC to get the memory working only to find they got the wrong type.


    You didn't really think I would leave it plugged in did you? Say "no."
    No, but I always have to say that to be safe :)


    I think it was 1 G with a second slot that I could buy for $90.00.


    Buying memory form local stores is always more expensive, you can usually find in online or mail order cheaper.


    $64.00 for the added 2 yr warranty.


    Boy do I hate these ripoffs, stores are making huge profits on unnecessary "insurance". They are betting you that your product will NOT fail in two years and they are holding "the bet"...the odds are in their favor, yet folks still take the bet and throw away more money :(

  11. Now I just have to make up my mind about buying a new computer.


    There are a lot of advantages and some disadvantages if you take this route. A little research is necessary to make sure there are not too many. With a new computer you will absolutely find an increase in speed, a 5 year old computer with less than a gig of memory is by default slower. You will probably get 1-2GB of Ram and it will be the latest and fastest available today. The CPU will be faster, you get bigger and faster hard drive and probably a combo CD/DVD writer thats faster than what you had. A big plus will also be the monitor, most system come with a flat panel and a faster video card.


    The down sides will of course be the OS, Vista. You will need to learn the differences (not that hard actually), and then find out what software and hardware is not going to work. You either upgrade them or learn to live without them or get a replacement that works under Vista.


    I usually tend to suggest that folks go with a new PC, memory upgrades are good but they usually don't give you the speed increase you really want to see. They give some but not what you will see in a new PC. And its always exciting looking at new PC's and bringing one home and plugging it in and turning it on :)

  12. Memory is almost always a good investment...UNLESS its expensive and it would make more sense to purchase a newer PC. Both the prices of memory and PC have come down but there is still the problem of determining whether memory will make your system faster or not.


    Now memory is also not a simple process of just running to the store (or web), finding a stick at a low price and sticking it into your computer and off you go. There are different types of memory out there and you need to be sure you buy the type that works in your computer.


    how necessary is it for me to buy one of those ground wrist things? I've opened up the tower before without killing myself.


    LOL, those wrist straps are actually to protect the computer not you. You may be carrying a static charge which will damage some components in the computer. And PLEASE unplug the compter before you start messing around on the inside, we want to keep you around a little longer :)

  13. There are different "security" programs out there and some perform completely different functions then others and some do the exact same thing. Sometimes they all get along together and sometimes they don't.


    They safest way is to do as Zac mentioned and download and have your new program ready, uninstall the old, then install the new. But the chance that you will get infected between the period with out a program running are very slim...unlees you take a long time to do it. So I would not worry about it, just do those steps and you'll be fine.


    Do you just run AVG and Zone Alarm or do you also run other security programs?


    Do you need the other types of security programs? Personally I have moved away from the other programs (Spybot and Ad-Aware) and only use them on computers I work on for friends who are actually infected with spyware. A firewall and Virus program is all I have running and recommend for my friends.

  14. By the way, can I use a switch instead of a hub?




    If I can, would it make a better performance with a switch?


    Possibly, yes. Possibly no. Depends on the Network and how complicated you get with the hub and router or switch.


    A hub is a dumb switch and a switch is smart, a hub is cheaper than a switch for this reason.


    A hub allows you multiple connections with no attempt at configuration or direction. You send a signal to the hub and it broadcasts the signal out of all of its ports that have a connection. When it receives a return signal it sends it out to all again...it doesn't care who its going to, since its sending everywhere and its bound to get it to the right place. Now being a single pipe device it can only send or receive one at a time and there is usually "collisions" which have to be resent and this causes a slowdown. But if you only have one or two devices on each end this is not a big deal.


    A switch on the other hand is configured with all the locations for all devices attached to it. When you send a signal it reads the header of the packet and sends it only in the direction of that device. There is less collisions and less traffic traveling around the network so the performance is usually better then a hub.


    The downsides are the cost and being able to configure the switch.

  15. There are several possibilities and fixes. Do you have TWEAKUI, this is a program by MS and can be downloaded from them. After you install it, run it and look for the REPAIR ICONS option.


    Another possibility is the Shell icon cache could be corrupted. This is a hidden file under the Windows directory, once you delete it Windows will rebuild it when the computer is rebooted.


    Or you can right-click on the desktop and choose PROPERTIES. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Appearance tab. From the drop-down list, choose Icon. Click the up arrow in the size box to increase it by one pixel then click the down arrow in the size box to return the icons to their previous dimensions, click APPLY, then click OK.


    See if one of these help.

  16. but don't I have some culpability


    It means you made a HUGE mistake...its doesn't make its legal or your fault. The person can still go to jail for stealing the car. Try as much as you want at an analogy it will not change the fact, its illegal to steal, a car or software. Using the software in a way that it was not intended, in this case buying a cheaper version of software and using it to perform like the more expensive version is illegal. Just because you can and the maker didn't fixed the problem doesn't make it ok.

  17. I guess my point was that if MS wanted to stop this they could, very easily.


    Thats where most folks are wrong in their thinking for several reasons. One is the fact that the cat is already out of the bag and there are millions of these disk already on the streets. During the first couple months after its release there were discussion about MS possibly fixing it and folks were talking about gobbling up all the currently available Upgrade disks so they would have them before it was fixed. Two, developing software is a long, EXPENSIVE process with the possibility of breaking other things in the process. MS more then likely did a cost analysis and figured it was way more expensive to fix then to let it go.

  18. The debate continues :lol2:


    it's not really even a 'hack' as far as I can see.

    [very common]


    1. n. Originally, a quick job that produces what is needed, but not well.


    2. n. An incredibly good, and perhaps very time-consuming, piece of work that produces exactly what is needed.


    There are lots of different interpretations of the word "hack" and you have a lot of company with your view here. I am on the other side on this one.


    I don't think you can reasonably call this 'illegal'


    MS does and I wouldn't want to argue the point in court with all of MS's high powered lawyers.

    Shortly after the hidden upgrade method was published, Microsoft officials publicly stated that the procedure would violate Vista's end-user license agreement. Section 13 of the Vista EULA (PDF version) says, "To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligible for the upgrade."


    Just because you can do something and a company doesn't go back and block it from happening, doesn't make it legal. You just found a way around an intended purpose...or you hacked it ;)

  19. This was originally discovered during Beta Testing and has been discussed and debated ever since. The original intention was to be able to "Upgrade" a computer that had a qualifying Version but not do an upgrade, instead they wanted a "clean install" without having the leftover junk from the previous version. This is "supposed" to be only possible with an "Full" version of the Vista program. The "hack" that is described was actually the same one used with the XP Upgrade version (and I believe it may have come from even an earlier version) to get around the limitation of a clean install from ONLY the FULL version.


    Some folks believe using this hack is ok if they have a valid version to upgrade. MS believes that EVERYone is just trying to beat the system and get the OS for a cheaper price. I believe its a little of both.

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