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Name: charIie Offline
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Topic: Computer boots to blank screen.   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2006 5:26:42 PM(UTC)
make sure the vid card is all the way seated and plugged into your monitor. it seems that it is your problem, you should always (normaly) be able to pull up bios, but if you cant see your screen there is no way to tell if bios is up, check that and if that doesn't work take the vid card out and try it again
Topic: Difference between jacks?   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2006 3:31:35 PM(UTC)
Um... if you are using the headphone jack for headphones I think you will be okay.
Topic: Black and White Image   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 12:19:43 PM(UTC)
recheck your settings, i bet there is an option for # of colors somewhere make sure its not on two....
Topic: Digg This HH Article!   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 12:17:22 PM(UTC)
Dug it lol
Topic: secondary drive HELP   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 2:01:20 PM(UTC)
There should be jumpers on the backs of each drive. Pick the one that you want for each and set the jumper. Then install in case. Master/Slave is better, because sometimes with cable select your mobo will pick the wrong one and not find the OS. In BIOS, you would need to make sure the master is selected in your boot order. Usually goes Floppy, HD, CD. Yes, you can use the xp disk to format and partition.

Hope that helps, any new quesitons let me know.
Topic: Backup   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 1:57:01 PM(UTC)
Wouldn't it be easier to just copy the entire hd to the new one? That way you don't even have to do a reinstall? Other wise, if you are doing a format kind of thing for clean up purposes, I would say just get the install files and reinstall each program.
Topic: Curious Bug When I Turn Off My Pc.   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, July 29, 2006 10:07:54 PM(UTC)
If it's what I think it is all you need to do is hit your power button and it will completely power off the machine(once on the black screen). It has something to do with your shutdown procedure. There is a way to change it. I just don't remember right now. I'll look around for it.
Topic: Reformatting Help   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, July 29, 2006 12:09:53 PM(UTC)
For your parents computer go to msconfig under the boot.ini tab to see the two operating systems. Usually the first one is the one that is newest. If you don't want the other showing up you can delete it from there.
It should look similar to this:
[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

From here you can customize your boot. First check the beginning of the strings under [operating systems]. You can tell what disk and partition the os is on. Next you can see the name, and the commands. The timeout button option is there. Set it to zero if you don't want to see the screen. Just make sure your default os works. If there is only one os on the system find out which one it is (which disk and partition). You can do this by selecting each to boot into, if they both work there are two os's on the system. If both don't delete the string of the one that does not boot.

That should take care of that problem.

To reformat your whole computer. Stick in a floppy and make a MS boot disk. Next restart and make sure in BIOS the floppy loads first. Then you should be loading from the floppy. At the prompt type format and the drive letters. Most likely format C. If you have more than one drive do each letter. Follow any other instructions if they are there.

Now you need to install your os. Take the floppy out. Stick in the CD, make sure BIOS load CD first or second. (Before the harddrive). Follow the instructions on the disk and to make sure everythiing is formated nicely choose the NTFS Format option. Unless you want a FAT32 install. But it is less sufficient unless you are going to be using more than one OS, in which case you should make partition sizes...etc. Anyhow just do all that and it should work wonders for you.

Hope that helps.

CharIie
Topic: How do they compare.   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 1:53:03 PM(UTC)
Hey check these two laptops out. They are just about identical exept the cheaper one seems to have a better graphics card. Is there something I'm missing? I would think it would be the other way around.

I am looking to get one of these, but I'm not sure which is better.

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Pr...115239%2CN82E16834115258
Topic: so i quit my job   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006 10:02:02 PM(UTC)
I was going to ask what company you work for, but I guess that would be improper of me. But I hope every thing turns out good for you. I would think in four years they would have a little bit of trust left in you.