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    • in reply to: Setting up VPN on Win2003 R2 #1103423

      I don’t know. The Guest account is disabled, but I was considering also the fact that I now have a static IP in the mix where I didn’t before. The DNS server will need to communicate with the outside world somehow, and since I’m far from well versed in DNS it’s time to read up and learn. In the meantime, I would love to know what got my 2k3 box in a snit. The workaround is not a permanent solution. Even the shares work properly, so users are being authenticated. confused

    • in reply to: Setting up VPN on Win2003 R2 #1103421

      Good resources, thank you Joe! Unfortunately the section on troubleshooting DNS has led to no real answers. To be honest, I’m not sure what to check, but I believe it must be a policy setting that is making this happen. Machines that are domain members (about half of our workstations) can resolve names through the DNS server, but workstations that remain in a workgroup (due to software requirements) cannot resolve names. I’m stumped.

    • in reply to: Confused about installing new MB, Proc with XP (New MG) #1097781

      I think there’s a strong possibility that you will be able to do just that. A word of caution: you may need to repair the Master Boot Record (MBR) after installing the new motherboard, which will by extension install a new hard disk controller. If you get a blue screen reading INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE after swapping hardware, start the computer with the Windows XP installation disk, and select a Repair installation. There are plenty of resources on the repair process here in the Lounge if you prefer to do some studying first. This should correct about (wild guess here) 94.9% of all INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE messages.

    • in reply to: Sound #1095900

      Are you certain that you were doing this from Device Manager?

      I would see which driver is more current – MSI’s or Realtek’s – and get the latest version. If they’re the same release date, get the MSI version since it’s on their motherboard.

    • in reply to: Sound #1095893

      I’d remove the devices from Device Manager, reboot, and let Windows re-install them. I had a similar problem recently with a Creative Audigy sound card, everything showed as working properly, but no sound. I removed the devices (from Device Manager), rebooted, and reinstalled the drivers — and no problems since.

      Edited to add:
      Don’t forget to download the drivers from the manufacturer’s website. They typically include other functionality that the base Windows drivers do not support.

    • in reply to: external hard drives #1095892

      I purchased (and love) an external Ximeta NetDisk drive from Radio Shack. You can get these enclosures with or without a hard drive installed. In my case, I already had a drive that needed an enclosure, so $40 USD was all it took to be up and running. The Ximeta also has direct connectivity to the home network – I can plug it right into the router where my Internet connection comes in from the street, and all the PCs in the house can see and access it. Go to Unity Electronics and search for “Ximeta” at the top of the page, and you can see a variety of NetDisk devices.

    • in reply to: boot partition size (Win XP) #1095891

      I guess my question would be… why are you trying to cut it so close on the C: drive? Disk space is cheap. I use an unpartitioned 60GB drive (good luck finding one of those anymore) in my home PC, along with a second 250GB drive. Attached via USB2 is an external 250GB drive, which gets a mirror copy of my data from the internal 250GB drive. These days, most things go to the external because I carry it with me to work and other places, so my “stuff” is always readily available. I use Microsoft’s SyncToy to make sure each drive has a copy of the data… creating an external, removable backup.

      If I had a 200+ GB hard drive for boot, I would set aside 50GB for Windows and Program Files, and simply save my data on the secondary drive or the external. In this manner, I never really have to worry about the boot drive filling up.

    • in reply to: Bad Harddrive #1093921

      I’ve rigged a few fans on GPUs before, but they tend to be non-standard so finding a replacement could be a wee bit of a challenge. It can be done, though, and would be far cheaper than a new graphics card.

    • in reply to: Diagnostics #1093920

      If it is indeed a hardware problem, diagnostics will not necessarily reveal such. Hardware failures are a funny thing… a stick of memory or a graphics card can report that it is working fine, and it might be for testing purposes, but it may still have intermittent problems that a test doesn’t catch.

      Unfortunately, even after years of troubleshooting, when hardware starts to fail the only way to know for sure is when it finally just quits. The alternative (replacing components) can get pricey and does not guarantee a solution.

    • in reply to: Quick shutdown (Windows XP sp2) #1093919

      I prefer to let Windows handle it on its own. I don’t see any real advantage to a quick shutdown. Unless, of course, you’re in a hurry to not use the computer. confused

    • in reply to: Open Office and .docx #1093702

      I have to agree. I first tasted Office 2007 at work, and liked it so well that I procured a copy for my home machine. I found the initial switch to the ribbon jarring, but I have since come tro really appreciate it for all the functionality it exposes. I just wish Outlook and OneNote shared that interface. Oh well, maybe in the next version.

      Most of the changes are subtle, and useful – particularly in Outlook.

    • in reply to: Diagnostics #1093595

      In a word: SpinRite. You can also use CHKDSK (search the Lounge for references on it), which is built into Windows, but SpinRite is an incredible tool and it’s cheap. Everyone should have a copy. smile

      If the problem affected a wider array of things, including but not limited to other programs, I would wonder about heat damage to the hardware. Since you say that it shut down from overheating, though, I suspect that the disk got corrupted because Windows did not exit properly. It’s fairly common.

    • in reply to: creating DVD’s #1093559

      The version of Roxio that came with your Dell probably has a limited feature set, and may not support rewritable DVDs. It’s a crappy ploy to get you to fork over money for the full product.

      If you plan to use the discs as rewriteable media, they do indeed need to be formatted. As to whether you need to purchase more software, I’m not sure – there may be freeware products that will do what you need. You can try asking that question in Software Finds and Wants, or if you would rather not experiment, I suggest Nero Burning ROM, which includes a tool called InCD that will allow you to use a rewriteable DVD as a giant floppy disc.

    • in reply to: creating DVD’s #1093339

      What software are you using to create DVDs? And what kind? Video, data, audio?

      I like Nero’s authoring tools for DVD creation, personally. Might be worth checking out, as it takes a lot of guesswork out of learning, but the advanced features are there when you’re ready.

    • in reply to: DVD UDF format #1093079

      It sounds like Windows is reporting the DVD media as a CD instead. 535MB would be about right for an InCD formatted CD-RW. I’m strongly inclined to distrust the numbers you are seeing. With that in mind…

      • Which version of Nero is this?
      • Have you tried the disc in other computers?
      • Is it consistent – does every DVD do this?
      • Have you tried any other packet writing software like InCD to see what happens?[/list]You might also consider using IsoBuster to look at the disc and see if you can read the true capacity. I could not find a reference that says what level of support InCD has for different media types.
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