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Title: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 23, 2007, 12:35:54 AM
Damn it, my computer is infected again by a Trojan shit - my old Norton Internet Security can't kill it, other antivirus softwares can't recognize it. The whole system is slow and I can't do anything against it. The worst thing: there are infected files on drive D: too - this is for important things (work, games, web, etc). Format, re-install... how I hate it! I'll lose my South Park collection again.  >:( :-\
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on January 23, 2007, 09:18:54 AM
Did you try Avast! or BitDefender ?
http://www.bitdefender.com/hu/ (here's an online version of virus detection)
http://avast.com/index.html (online virus check there too)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 24, 2007, 02:15:46 PM
I have bad experiences with Avast. Norton Internet Security works fine, only the version is getting a bit old. But finally I fixed my problems - or I hope.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 12, 2007, 05:18:20 PM
IE7 spent 40 minutes on my computer. Not less because the installing - very-very short testing - uninstalling process took this interval. It's a piece of crap without logical structure and with senseless handling + stupid design.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on February 13, 2007, 09:52:33 AM
FireFox and Opera rules ! Forget IE.
I use IE only from my job as there is nothing else, but at home I use FireFox 2.0.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 13, 2007, 11:09:29 AM
Well... I'm quite satisfied with Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 - with well optimized Norton Internet Security. In most of the cases they work fine together and I have no real problems in use . On the other hand, XP is necessary for me at work, because most of the current scientific softwares need this operation system.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Argammon on February 13, 2007, 11:22:15 AM
The problem with Internet Explorer is that it is by far the easiest browser to get hijacked.

And the problem with hijacking is that firewalls or anti-virus software don't really help you to much since it is actually your internetexplorer which is causing all the damage.
And since it's from Microsoft and integrated into the operating system it can do a lot :D.
So the only thing which you can really do is tediously removing all the damage after it happened.

So the bottom line is that you should not use IE if you don't want to get hijacked to my knowledge...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 13, 2007, 11:35:13 AM
Maybe I am lucky with having no real problems (except once but it turned out to be my own fault).  I don't visit risky places, I don't open strange e-mail messages and never click on links I don't trust in. That's the most important security system, the human factor. :) I had some viruses earlier coming with files from spectroscopy databases (;D) because I trusted in the content and switched off firewall when it protested against the download.

Windows XP is far the best in Windows series. I use it since 2004 and I had blue death only twice (both because of Avast vs XP) and very-very rare other system failures. Another positive aspect is the handling: XP is logical, even a child can use it on high level. What's more, I have no significant problem in running Stunts under this operation system... :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Argammon on February 14, 2007, 10:52:45 PM
Hijacking doesn't have to do anything with opening files or making files.
You would basically just type www.hijackctg.com and your computer is screwed. Easy as that.  :o

And about windows. There didn't really change much between 95 and XP....
All of them are close in architecture...


Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on February 15, 2007, 01:50:18 AM
Quote from: Argammon
And about windows. There didn't really change much between 95 and XP....
All of them are close in architecture...

Win 9x series (95-98-98SE-Me) are close : FAT 32 file table (well, not really for 1st versions of Win 95 that were only FAT 16, FAT 32 started with Win 95 OSR2), full compatibility with real DOS or Win 3.1 programs, still a real DOS behind the Windows system (last one was number 8 for Win Me).

Win NT-2000-XP are close : NTFS file table, no more real DOS as (Internet) Explorer is now the core of the OS (that's why you can't remove IE, even if you don't use it as your web browser).

But between these 2 groups there are some differences.
2nd group is :
 - much more stable (the only real benefit),
 - has much more risks of hacking,
 - requires twice more system memory to work (and even more with SP2 installed),
 - have some compatibility problems with numerous real DOS, Win 3.1 or Win 9x programs.
For me these are main differences, especially because of compatibility problems and memory requirements. That's why I never used XP at home.
Apart from these differences, they are close. For example, none of them are real multi-tasks OS >:(. IBM's OS/2 published BEFORE Win 95 was a real multi-tasks OS. I still don't know how Win 95 managed to sell more than OS/2 Warp... ::) I used OS/2 Warp in 1995-1996 and I can tell it was much better than Win 95. But MicroSoft lobbying made OS/2 without any programs except IBM ones, so OS/2 got killed in a few years... >:(

Regarding sstem requirements, with Win vista it's even worse than XP SP2 ! Beautiful to see, but CPU and RAM requirements are pure madness for a simple OS.
I think Win 98SE remains the best Windows OS : enough for regular use, the most stable of the Win 9x series (but far from XP stability sadly), and can work properly even with 128 Mb RAM only. Only problem is to find drivers for new elements : USB ones mainly.

I still don't know when I'll change my computer (prices decrease but I still don't have enough money for it), but I already know that my OS will be Linux Mandriva (named Mandrake before) not Win Vista.
Mandriva 7 has a Windows XP compatibility feature that seems to work better and better. I tested it at a neighbour's computer, it's really efficient. We played some Win XP games like FlatOut and Counter-Strike without problems. Maybe I'll have both a Win 98SE (for older programs) and Mandriva if needed, but I don't want Win XP or Vista.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on February 15, 2007, 08:18:31 AM
mandriva is a fine choice, but you can get nearly the same level of windows copatibility on each linux distribution. Mandriva is just more user-friendly. And french :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Usrin on March 12, 2007, 12:38:47 PM
Zak, you've never mentioned that you wrote such an amazing software for geology! :)
http://www.tectonicsfp.com/ (http://www.tectonicsfp.com/)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on March 12, 2007, 01:12:31 PM
:D

Oh sorry, completely forgot, I wrote it between to chess matches :D

Did I also forget to mention that I spent llast year a defender in Vecs?s SC Football Club?
 http://www.hlsz.hu/index.php?WG_NODE=WebHlszJatekos&WG_OID=hPLf_9e57558

and lately I am the responsible one for Danish faxulty at the ELTE :D
http://svea.elte.hu/skand/m_acs.shtml

so now you can see why I'm so busy ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on March 12, 2007, 01:15:55 PM
 ?cs P?ter, a VIII. ker?leti rend?rkapit?nys?g b?n?gyi oszt?lyvezet?je lapunknak elmondta: a Combin?kra festett mot?vumok k?z?tt a rend?r?k felfigyeltek a PZA ?s a CHE bet?jelekre, amelyek k?t riv?lis graffitis csoportot jel?lnek. Ekkor jelentkezett egy fiatalember, aki azt ?ll?totta, t?bbeket ismer a k?t csoportb?l.

I also am a graffiti expert :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on May 05, 2007, 11:35:57 AM
Finally I was able to buy myself a decent notebook! I desperately needed one for one of my jobs, so I simply had to, altough I planned to ask my brother to bring me one from the USA in the summer, I found one in Hungary for a nice price, so bought it :)

It's an IBM ThinkPad X20 subnotebook.
Of course it's used, but refurbished and with the brand new batteries it can run for almost 4 hours without AC power.
Thin and light - only 1.6kg, the 12" LCD displays a sharp 1024x768px resolution, which is enough for everything.
I've also got FreeDOS installed with a boot menu - so I can play Stunts as it should be played - native from DOS! :)

With it's excellent condition, the new batteries, new 40GB HDD, wifi card and a docking station for 240EUR it was quite a bargain :)
(http://www.thinkwiki.org/images/a/a4/ThinkPadX20.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on May 05, 2007, 05:17:02 PM
Cool, you'll be able to play Stunts during you vacations in july then. :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on May 31, 2007, 11:10:56 AM
Quote from: Krys TOFF
I still don't know when I'll change my computer (prices decrease but I still don't have enough money for it)
Well, sometimes you're forced to do things before they're planned...

Tuesday afternoon, my wife was using computer at home. She left the computer for a few minutes to go taking the children at school. When she came back, a burnt smell was in the house. Computer was burning inside.
She cut off the power immediately.

I came home tuesday afternoon, opened the computer and saw why : ventilator of the processor was bloqued. So processor burnt due to high temperature and made the motherboard started to burn too.
Computer is out of order. Buying a motherboard + processor + ventilator is not worth the buy compared to a brand new full computer price.

I took a day off yesterday and went to buy another computer. A nice one : Athlon 64x2 (dual core) 4 GHz, GeForce 6100 (not very powerfull but really much better than my good old GeForce2Mx of my previous computer), 2Gb RAM, 250 Go hard drive serial-ATA. Sadly, only computers with Windows Vista are available now, no XP. As I was wasting money I didn't have (I took a credit to buy it, no other choice), I also changed my screen to a 19 inches wide flat one. I installed it yesterday, tested it a few, installed FireFox and ThunderBird and a few other utilities. I didn't tested Stunts so far.

I tried to get back the programs, photos, games, saves, replays and so on I had on my previous hard drive, but it seems it suffered from the burnt. Hard drive is not recognized by the new computer. I tried on my very old one (the old Pentium 166 MMX), hard drive is not recognized too. Maybe it's a FAT incompatibility : old one is with FAT 16, the burnt one was with FAT 32, new one is NTFS. Dunno. I'll try at my job with the guys in charge of computers if something can be saved on the hard drive, but I fear it won't.

So, I lost numerous personnal files and photos not yet saved on CD... I feel sad.

Regarding Stunts, I lost all my tracks and replays archive since 2002 (I should have made a CD with all of them a long time ago...), I lost my Excel file with Stunts competitions list (I have a backup of an old version at my work, but I miss all updates made since one year or so), I lost all tracks made so far for Stunts career project (around 50 tracks), ... This is a bad week.

I also lost my recent replays. I was lucky to send monday evening some improvements for WSC, but I lost my unfinished new replays for Z75 and USC current track... I'll be able to race USC until deadline, but I won't be able to race Z75 until deadline tonight.

I also lost the last version of Z76 track (I should have sent it to Zak on monday, it was ready, stupid me). But I have the test version without all scenery, so I'll be able to make scenery and demo replay again in time for tonight.

All I still have is the Excel file of Stunts career project, with "decision tree", list of all tracks and competitions and rules planned for the project, web links of tracks maps and logos, the story, the way it's suppose to work with career points and so on because I copied it on my USB key a few days ago (lucky me for that).

I'll be able to get back the draft of Stunts career website from the web, and my previous websites (IMSA Cup and WRC Stunts) too, so this is not completely lost.

This mail is written from my job. I'll test tonight if Stunts can be played with Vista and/or if DOSBox and TrackBlaster work with Vista too. I can still play Stunts on my old Pentium in pure DOS mode in case, but I had almost no tracks on it and DOSBox doesn't work on it (processor is too slow to make DOSBox work properly). So, maybe I'll have to use again my system with my camera to prove noRH racing for SDR.

Also, this old computer is not connected to the web and does not recognize USB keys. I'll have to use good old disks to save my replays and tracks, but new computer has no disk drive. I still have my burnt computer disk drive but I won't install it on new computer : it's a yellow look while new computer is black : it will be ugly. So, in case Vista can't run Stunts, I'll race and desing tracks on old computer, copy replays and tracks to disks, use my job's computer to tranfer files from disk to USB keys and then have files at new computer from USB key to send them by mail. Complicated, isn't it ?

Since my wife saw Vista, she asked me not to suppress it, she likes the look (nice transparency effects) and the stability (especially compared to my old Win Me). So I think I will install Linux Mandriva on new computer apart from Vista, it should allow me to run Stunts and all OpenGL games without problems. I didn't test games but I fear numerous old ones I like won't be able to run properly with Vista... I'll tell you when I'll know more.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: DieselJoe on May 31, 2007, 11:52:46 AM
Holy shit, that sounds like a huge loss!!! :-[
I really hope for you, that the computer experts at your job can still help.

Bassza meg a kurva isten fasza! >:(
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on May 31, 2007, 12:52:38 PM
Quote from: DieselJoe
I really hope for you, that the computer experts at your job can still help.
Well, first infos : some clusters suffered from heat but some could be repaired. Surface analysis is beeing processed. My main goal is to have back my personnal photos and videos (halloween 2006, christmas 2006, birthdays fiestas of my children, all that kind of personnal documents since last backup on CD made in july 2006). Then, 2nd goal is to get back Stunts career project tracks. And then, all the rest, if possible... We'll see.
I'll be happy to get back only the photos and videos : Stunts tracks can be re-made, games and programs can be re-installed, but souvenirs pictures of family events can't be done again.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 31, 2007, 01:59:53 PM
I wish you a successful hard disk revive. It also happened to me two years ago but it was partly my fault: Windows installer got mad and formatted D: drive as C:, because the original C: was FAT and it couldn't recognize it somehow...

Btw ZakStunts deadline is not today but 2nd June, 21h.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: JTK on May 31, 2007, 02:09:23 PM
Aw, shit! That's why I have an external drive because I would kill myself, if all my photos and other data was gone... :-X

Good luck from me, too, Krys! :-\
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on May 31, 2007, 03:51:32 PM
Quote from: CTG
Btw ZakStunts deadline is not today but 2nd June, 21h.
Really ? Good news for me then, it will give me time to re-race Z75 and re-do scenery and demo replay of Z76 track.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 31, 2007, 11:35:06 PM
What about Stunts under Vista? :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on May 31, 2007, 11:45:56 PM
Quote from: CTG
What about Stunts under Vista? :)
Doesn't work, even under admin mode and with Win 95 or Win 98 compatibility. Windowed mode makes the game start to load, putting the "neverlock loader" view and then the game stops as it wants to reach full screen and Vista don't allow full screen... >:(
Only solution : DOSBox. I'm installing newer 0.7 version right now and will try to make it run with it.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 31, 2007, 11:48:18 PM
Bill Gates b?csi, Bill Gates b?csi, a kurva any?d!!!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on June 01, 2007, 12:10:56 AM
OK, runs under Vista in windowed mode with DOSBox 0.7. Same thing for TrackBlaster.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on June 01, 2007, 01:13:43 AM
OK. Then you have no excuse not tu race for Z75!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 01, 2007, 01:15:55 AM
And what about you, Chulk? Can you keep up with the new leading time? ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on June 01, 2007, 01:36:47 AM
I'm 2 secs away but I'll race tonight (It's 20:36 here). You can bet I'll work hard to win my 2nd Zakstunts race!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on June 01, 2007, 08:19:14 AM
Quote from: Chulk
OK. Then you have no excuse not tu race for Z75!
I already raced Z75. I'm in the scoreboard. :D OK, you mean a good time. I'll try to race tonight or tomorrow.
But before I have to test different cycles and frameskip settings to make the game run properly with DOSBox on my new computer.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on June 01, 2007, 11:47:16 AM
Some news of my old hard drive : around 35% of previous hard drive data recovered. All pictures/video recovered (cool, I'm lucky), most of Stunts stuff too (some tracks missing, not so important). Quite good news finally, I'm happy.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: DieselJoe on June 01, 2007, 02:31:18 PM
Nice to hear that  :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on June 01, 2007, 03:06:04 PM
Quote from: DieselJoe
Nice to hear that  :)
;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on June 01, 2007, 03:09:27 PM
I forgot to ask : I lost all my mail addresses, and I don't remember them all. Please send me your mails in PM, so I'll be able to re-create my mailing list. Thanks in advance. ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Paleke on June 01, 2007, 03:11:44 PM
Nice to hear that  :)

Yeah, it seems that was saved the most important 35%  :)

PS: Sending pm... :P
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 01, 2007, 04:01:06 PM
Krys: riverkiller... ;D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on June 01, 2007, 04:03:29 PM
Quote from: Paleke
it seems that was saved the most important 35%  :)
Yes, the most important.
Only real big loss is my "competition list" Excel file and some Word documents of my wife. All other losses are games and programs that can be re-installed. It's just sad that I lost my civilization II savegames, I had a great game in harder mode that was going just perfect (which is rare for me in harder mode of Civ 2).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on June 01, 2007, 04:05:10 PM
Quote from: CTG
Krys: riverkiller... ;D
Yep, I remember this one, as I remember JTK one. And your mail is written somewhere on USC website I think. Same for Mark : I can find his mail on his website.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on June 04, 2007, 06:07:36 PM
I bought the bad computer. I should have bought the one with this marvelous keyboard ;D :
(http://elephant.pcinpact.com/images/bd/news/41668.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: BonzaiJoe on June 04, 2007, 06:42:50 PM
Nice keyboard... Of course it's missing a STUNTS button, but still
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on June 05, 2007, 02:06:32 AM
around 35% of previous hard drive data recovered.
You were very lucky. A friend of mine had the same problem with his hard drive, but as cluster #1 was damaged, he couldn't save anything. It was 7 or 8 years ago, so I don't know if maybe now there's something that can be done or if they lied to him...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 29, 2007, 02:15:55 PM
Finally I bought a really nice new keyboard, I'll test it in the evening.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 30, 2007, 12:54:28 AM
Installing... Stunts will be opened soon... ;D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 30, 2007, 12:56:48 AM
Okay, this message is with the new one. Beware guys... :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 30, 2007, 01:45:21 AM
Strange handling after more than two years with notebook... I'll improve later and ZCT replay improvement sounds quite impossible at the moment. :(
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on July 03, 2007, 12:01:52 AM
At last I got to exchange my falling Athlon XP platform for a brand new C2D! As mentioned on USL thread, I was having hell to set it up right, particularly to format the SATA HD and install XP in it. But now everything seems fine... Oh yes, Stunts works well on DOSBox, under exactly the same configs of the old computer.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on July 03, 2007, 12:17:08 AM
Quote from: Duplode
Stunts works well on DOSBox, under exactly the same configs of the old computer.
Well, so it means that the numerous time I spent to find new DOSBox correct settings with my new computer were not due to core 2 duo processor, but due to Vista... :(
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on October 04, 2007, 02:04:05 PM
hah, new notebook, straight from the good old German eBay. :) 5 hours runtime on battery, below 1,5kg yum yum :)

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:X40

have to set up dosbox though.
and I'm considering changing to NoRH racing. I hope that will bring back my motivation towards Stunts, which I miss a lot lately. (gosh, I'm playing xmoto]http://xmoto.tuxfamily.org/index.php?page=screenshots]xmoto (http://xmoto.tuxfamily.org/index.php?page=screenshots) instead :-S)

Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Mark L. Rivers on October 04, 2007, 02:46:27 PM
hah, new notebook, straight from the good old German eBay. :) 5 hours runtime on battery, below 1,5kg yum yum :)

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:X40

have to set up dosbox though.
and I'm considering changing to NoRH racing. I hope that will bring back my motivation towards Stunts, which I miss a lot lately. (gosh, I'm playing xmoto]http://xmoto.tuxfamily.org/index.php?page=screenshots]xmoto (http://xmoto.tuxfamily.org/index.php?page=screenshots) instead :-S)

What a wonderful news...!  :) :) :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on October 04, 2007, 07:59:02 PM
hah, new notebook, straight from the good old German eBay. :) 5 hours runtime on battery, below 1,5kg yum yum :)

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:X40

have to set up dosbox though.
and I'm considering changing to NoRH racing. I hope that will bring back my motivation towards Stunts, which I miss a lot lately. (gosh, I'm playing xmoto]http://xmoto.tuxfamily.org/index.php?page=screenshots]xmoto (http://xmoto.tuxfamily.org/index.php?page=screenshots) instead :-S)

What a wonderful news...!  :) :) :)
They really are!!! 2 new drivers for next season? GREAT!!!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 15, 2008, 12:49:52 PM
Windows XP reinstall: tonight. Reason: my cracked firewall's annual licence is over and couldn't renew it with keygen codes. Firewall reinstall doesn't help and forced date changes make other applications mad. :(

I have about 6.9 GByte important data to save (I have to format all drives to make new partitions with different size as C: was too small).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 15, 2008, 01:56:04 PM
I would like to test Linux as an alternative operation system installed on another partition. Which version do you suggest for Pentium IV notebook with 256 MB RAM and 1300 MHz CPU? Where can I download it? And how much space do I need on the new partition for the installed Linux with some basic programs like text editor and other close-to-Office applications?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on January 15, 2008, 04:51:26 PM
Linux requires at least 192 Mb RAM, you are just above the minimum, so I suggest XUnbutu (http://www.xubuntu.org/) instead of Unbutu (http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download) or KUnbutu (http://www.kubuntu.org/).
Unbutu-based Linux are the most popular, active (2 new versions per year or so) and user-friendly.

Mandriva (http://www.mandriva.com/en/product/mandriva-linux-one) is also a user-friendly, but with proprietary system, unlike Debian-based Linux like Unbutu (and derivates). So, if you want to test really free alternative, Debian-based Linux is the choice. And Mandriva requires 256 Mb minimum instead of 192 Mb, so I really don't suggest it for your computer.

But the real Linux expert is Zak.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on January 15, 2008, 04:54:55 PM
xubuntu is a nice start for this config. easy to install and use. ubuntu is better, but needs more RAM.
Leave it at least 4GB space, lots of applications come with it :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on January 15, 2008, 05:24:32 PM
Quote from: CTG
basic programs like text editor and other close-to-Office applications?
OOo : OpenOffice.org, also available for Windows. Link (http://www.openoffice.org/)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on January 15, 2008, 05:30:09 PM
xubuntu is a nice start for this config. easy to install and use. ubuntu is better, but needs more RAM.
KUnbutu is even better, because there is Konqueror. :P ;D
I'm sure Usrin will agree with me, as he uses KUnbutu if I remember it well.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on January 15, 2008, 09:30:33 PM
Ooo is inlcuded in every major linux distribution. And you can install konqueror on xubuntu, ubuntu, any linux with just a simple command. But xubuntu is a lot more resource-friendly.

Of course arch linux still beats it all, it uses ~60Mb of ram with a full running xfce desktop environment. Comparison: my work notebook has Vista Business, and after boot it uses around 700Mb of ram. Insane.
Arch is just a bit tricky to set it up, so I dont recommend it to someone unfamiliar with linux.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 16, 2008, 12:08:59 AM
Thanks. Re-installing process will start in an hour, it seems that I'm going to wait a bit with Linux until I buy this "slightly" better notebook:

ACER Aspire 7520-6A2G16MI

Screen: 17.0" WXGA+ 16:9; 1440x900
CPU: Mobile AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK55 (2 cores, 64bit), 1800 MHz
Chipset: NVIDIA? nForce? 630M
RAM: 2048MB 2*1024/533MHz
HDD: 160GB 5400RPM SATA
Optical drive: 8x DVD+-RW DL SM drive
Graphic: NVIDIA? GeForce Go 7000M 128MB
Battery: 4000 mAh (Li-ion)
Interfaces: 56K modem, 5in1 Card reader, Digital Audio S/PDIF, ExpressCard slot, FireWire I-link, Gigabit LAN, Infraport, S-Video, USB 2.0 (4*), VGA screen, Webcamera, Wireless 802.11b/g
Size: 404 x 298 x 38/43 mm
Weight: 3.7 kg (monster...)

It costs 179,900 HUF (~700 Euro) - quite reasonable amount of money for this. I'm going to buy it in the early summer. Let's hope it's not a bad choice...


Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on March 03, 2008, 01:02:34 AM
I forgot to tell you I finally, *again*, exchanged my computer last month - the first new PC I mentioned in July was eventually returned due to the shop attempting to scam me. It's still a C2D, mid-to-high end box that I don't plan exchanging again for a very long time. Anyway, most interesting is that this week I finally got a go with Linux on the new machine. In fact I've been wanting to try it for a long time, even more I started operating with Linux systems at University, but never really went for it due to slow downloading speeds and lack of an adequate partition either on my old Athlon or in the home's #2 PC. But then I got the chance to borrow a disk... The distro is Fedora Core 8, which I'm sort of used to from the University. It''s not the most user-friendly stuff ever, sure, and it took a while until I figured out how to update and install packages without having daily 300MB updates, but as of now I'm positively impressed, and starting to consider (other than high-end gaming, Office compatibility, and, until I reformat the NTFS partitions at least, DVD recording)full-time migration. It's pretty damn good... 8)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on March 03, 2008, 10:11:19 AM
Bah, don't buy a 17" "notebook", and I'd also not recommend an Athlon mobile processor - unless you intend to only use it on a power outlet. With this battery it would not last an hour on battery. Of course if this is not an issue for you, go on!


Screen: 17.0" WXGA+ 16:9; 1440x900
CPU: Mobile AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK55 (2 cores, 64bit), 1800 MHz
Chipset: NVIDIA? nForce? 630M
RAM: 2048MB 2*1024/533MHz
HDD: 160GB 5400RPM SATA
Optical drive: 8x DVD+-RW DL SM drive
Graphic: NVIDIA? GeForce Go 7000M 128MB
Battery: 4000 mAh (Li-ion)
Interfaces: 56K modem, 5in1 Card reader, Digital Audio S/PDIF, ExpressCard slot, FireWire I-link, Gigabit LAN, Infraport, S-Video, USB 2.0 (4*), VGA screen, Webcamera, Wireless 802.11b/g
Size: 404 x 298 x 38/43 mm
Weight: 3.7 kg (monster...)

It costs 179,900 HUF (~700 Euro) - quite reasonable amount of money for this. I'm going to buy it in the early summer. Let's hope it's not a bad choice...



Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on March 03, 2008, 10:14:00 AM
starting to consider (other than high-end gaming, Office compatibility, and, until I reformat the NTFS partitions at least, DVD recording)full-time migration. It's pretty damn good... 8)

Great choice. :) Too bad I have to use Vista at the office, at home I wouldn't leave linux for sure!
High-end gaming is a hard issue, but openoffice handles msoffice files well, and if it's not enough, you can always buy crossover office for linux and enjoy full compatibility.
 
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on March 03, 2008, 10:59:50 AM
My financial situation makes me postpone this new notebook thing. On the other hand the store run out of this type of Acer... :D

To tell the truth I really don't know what kind of computer would be the best choice for me. The most often things I do with it: MS Office, webeditor, some older games like NFS Porsche or EA F1 2002 (of course if the computer is better, I would try newer games too), video editing (current one is always frozen when using better video editors than Windows Movie Maker :D), MSN...

Vista is on ignore list, XP is perfect for me. ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on March 03, 2008, 11:34:47 AM
Quote from: CTG
Vista is on ignore list, XP is perfect for me. ;)
I don't know the situation in Hungary, but in France no new computer (standard or notebook) is sold with XP, they are all with Vista or Linux (mainly Unbutu) now.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on March 03, 2008, 11:50:42 AM
there are some notebook sold with XP, but you can downgrade your Vista anytime to XP free of charge.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on March 03, 2008, 12:05:34 PM
there are some notebook sold with XP, but you can downgrade your Vista anytime to XP free of charge.
Sure, but you may encounter drivers issue with notebook. Most recent notebook computers often have specific drivers, not always retro-compatible with XP. Be careful of that when buying your notebook CTG.
Best choice is a notebook with Linux : no risk of drivers issues when installing XP on it normally.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on March 03, 2008, 02:18:44 PM
No problem with softwares, I can download XP and Vista too for free (and it's still legal for students and university employees).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on March 17, 2008, 06:48:46 PM
No problem with softwares, I can download XP and Vista too for free (and it's still legal for students and university employees).

Is it free? I don't think so. You should order it from the Campus society and pay the relative cheap CD. As far as I know the downloadable version is only for fixing errors and making updates. Or, is there a change I haven't heard about?


Offtopic: Sorry for making you read so much today, but connecting to the forum is a rare occasion to me (only when I'm in the university PC lab, my own mobile internet is a very cheap 200 MB/month pack allowing only the most essential things).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on March 17, 2008, 09:06:57 PM
No, it's totally free, if you download it from 'timeout' server.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 27, 2008, 03:11:54 PM
Thanks. Re-installing process will start in an hour, it seems that I'm going to wait a bit with Linux until I buy this "slightly" better notebook:

ACER Aspire 7520-6A2G16MI

Screen: 17.0" WXGA+ 16:9; 1440x900
CPU: Mobile AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK55 (2 cores, 64bit), 1800 MHz
Chipset: NVIDIA? nForce? 630M
RAM: 2048MB 2*1024/533MHz
HDD: 160GB 5400RPM SATA
Optical drive: 8x DVD+-RW DL SM drive
Graphic: NVIDIA? GeForce Go 7000M 128MB
Battery: 4000 mAh (Li-ion)
Interfaces: 56K modem, 5in1 Card reader, Digital Audio S/PDIF, ExpressCard slot, FireWire I-link, Gigabit LAN, Infraport, S-Video, USB 2.0 (4*), VGA screen, Webcamera, Wireless 802.11b/g
Size: 404 x 298 x 38/43 mm
Weight: 3.7 kg (monster...)

It costs 179,900 HUF (~700 Euro) - quite reasonable amount of money for this. I'm going to buy it in the early summer. Let's hope it's not a bad choice...

Luckily I missed this one - there are already better+cheaper types...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on June 07, 2008, 06:02:33 AM
Firefox lovers, or just IE haters? Here's a good opportunity for contributing towards a Guiness World Record entry: the Download Day (http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord)...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on July 23, 2008, 03:31:30 PM
Poll started, sometimes I'm going to change the questions. First one is about your RAM.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Paleke on July 23, 2008, 03:52:14 PM
Ok, at least I'm not alone  ;D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on July 23, 2008, 03:55:32 PM
Well, you aren't. :D 256 MB seems to be not enough for XP+SP3 with serious firewall. Booting and finishing all the updates takes about 20-30 minutes after every restart - during that time I can't use my computer, because it's just very slow. Svchost.exe is annoying!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on July 23, 2008, 05:28:08 PM
the cheapest way to speed up your machine is to increase RAM amount.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on July 23, 2008, 05:59:05 PM
Well, you aren't. :D 256 MB seems to be not enough for XP+SP3 with serious firewall. Booting and finishing all the updates takes about 20-30 minutes after every restart - during that time I can't use my computer, because it's just very slow. Svchost.exe is annoying!

My late old Athlon ran on 256MB and was a bit like that. Waiting five minutes for the system tray to load, plus another two for starting Firefox was unescapable... up to a point I gave up optimizing the process and surrounded my desktop with as much lavish eyecandy as I could  :)

the cheapest way to speed up your machine is to increase RAM amount.

Seconded, not only cheapest but the most convenient by far.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on July 23, 2008, 11:13:48 PM
Oh, I'm not the only one having 2Go RAM. ;D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: alanrotoi on July 23, 2008, 11:39:25 PM
I have 512 :P
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on July 24, 2008, 03:46:34 AM
Well, we have answers in the poll, but nobody told in the topic. Mine is 1024
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on July 24, 2008, 06:27:26 AM
Well, we have answers in the poll, but nobody told in the topic. Mine is 1024
I have the same. My laptop can be maxed out at 1.5G, I'll most likely do that step soon, as windows eats a lot of ram compared to linux, and 1G is not enough in many cases.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on July 24, 2008, 06:36:31 AM
Well, we have answers in the poll, but nobody told in the topic. Mine is 1024

Conversely, Rotoi didn't add himself to the statistics... :) I'm currently running on 2GB.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Paleke on July 25, 2008, 03:58:55 PM
Well, we have answers in the poll, but nobody told in the topic. Mine is 1024

Ok, mine is 256.

the cheapest way to speed up your machine is to increase RAM amount.

Seconded, not only cheapest but the most convenient by far.

Well, yes but... my computer is old, so it's hard to find memory for it. In addition, I'm still looking for a job  and I'm planning to change the cabinet (I'm not sure if it is the correct translation) as soon as I start working again, so I don't see any reason to spend more money in this computer. :P
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on August 05, 2008, 09:39:28 PM
Anyone knows about a good Anti-virus? I use Nod32 with automatic update of virus database, but still I got some Trojans and Worms (not the game, well, I have the game but it was not the problem...) Has anyone tried Kasperski Anti-Virus? I read in numerous sites that Nod32 and KAV are the best combination, so I'm currently using those, but maybe you can give some feedback about AV techs. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on August 05, 2008, 11:51:25 PM
Anyone knows about a good Anti-virus? I use Nod32 with automatic update of virus database, but still I got some Trojans and Worms (not the game, well, I have the game but it was not the problem...) Has anyone tried Kasperski Anti-Virus? I read in numerous sites that Nod32 and KAV are the best combination, so I'm currently using those, but maybe you can give some feedback about AV techs. Thanks in advance.
I use Avast. I tried before AVG and AntiVir but found Avast more efficient. This was 3 years ago so maybe AVG and AntiVir got better since then. these 3 antivurs are legally free, while Nod32 and Kapersky are not free.

As far as I know, the best ever anti-virus (not 100% efficient though, none of all antiviruses is) is BitDefender. There's also an online system for comouter analysis of BitDefender, search "bitdefender online analysis" with google and you should get a link to the analysis page with your own language (I got the French version of the page this way for an analysis recently made at one of my neighbour's computer that was infected).
BitDefender is not free but there's free version on their website, don't know exactly how different it is from not free version.

With Avast there's also a mail checker quite efficient (unlike the one of AVG I tested some years ago). It slows down the download of mails with Thunderbird (and with Outlook Express/Windows Mail too I suppose) but it's worth the try. I modified Avast default parameters to push higher the security, especially for web browsing and mailbox.

Another possibility to avoid viruses is to switch to Linux or MacOS. ;D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on August 06, 2008, 12:02:08 AM
OK, I'll give Avast a try if I have problems again. I found a Nod32 Fix to keep Nod32 virus database updated daily, and a key to update KAV, so they are usually updated. Anyone else has some suggestions? (I guess Duplode will give his opinion later, when he usually logs in)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on August 06, 2008, 12:06:16 AM
Avast has an automatic update. Sometimes it updates each day, sometimes only once a week, and I happened exceptionnally that it did an update 3 time in 1 day. It's automatic, fast, simple and efficient.
Also, when I download a new program, I always use right click and select the analysis of the program before unpacking it and installing it. I even do it when it's just an e-book file as I got an alert from Avast once from a gif file that had a virus in it.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on August 06, 2008, 04:29:58 AM
OK, I'll give Avast a try if I have problems again. I found a Nod32 Fix to keep Nod32 virus database updated daily, and a key to update KAV, so they are usually updated. Anyone else has some suggestions? (I guess Duplode will give his opinion later, when he usually logs in)

I recommend Avast too, for all reasons Krys mentioned: it's simple, unobtrusive, quiet, efficient and gratis... ;) It is definitively ahead of AVG by the way, particularly when it comes to unobtrusiveness.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on August 06, 2008, 06:08:25 AM
OK, so far, KAV didn't kill every virus and Nod32 didn't either. Next step is Avast.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on August 06, 2008, 02:24:31 PM
Intalled Avast! but the virus is still there. Maybe you have had it. I don't know exactly what it does, all I know is that it doesn't allow to see hidden files and it also prompts the 'open with...' window when trying to explore c: or d: from My PC icon...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on August 06, 2008, 06:13:12 PM
Finally! Virus eliminated (KAV beat Avast!) and reg-editing done. Now I can see hidden files but still couldn't find what I need to edit to explore my drives without having to select IE everytime...
About Avast!, how do I turn of the information window that appears every time I surf the net?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on August 06, 2008, 11:16:55 PM
Quote from: Chulk
Intalled Avast! but the virus is still there. Maybe you have had it. I don't know exactly what it does, all I know is that it doesn't allow to see hidden files and it also prompts the 'open with...' window when trying to explore c: or d: from My PC icon...
It seems the link to Windows Explorer is dead, or maybe the explorer.exe file has been corrupted and been put in quarantine by the antivirus.

Quote from: Chulk
Finally! Virus eliminated (KAV beat Avast!) and reg-editing done. Now I can see hidden files but still couldn't find what I need to edit to explore my drives without having to select IE everytime...
If you start Windows Explorer you can't browse your computer ?
Anyway, if you have XP or Vista, I can tell you that IE is now part of the "core" of the system. Windows Explorer (WE) uses IE engine, just the interface look is different. If IE works, WE shoud work too. Else, it means that WE file has been put in quarantine. File name of WE is "explorer.exe", default icon is in Start menu > Accessories > Explorer. I never use "My PC" icon, I put a link to Explorer on my quick launch section and always uses it directly.

Quote from: Chulk
About Avast!, how do I turn of the information window that appears every time I surf the net?
I don't have that. Mmmm, maybe you should start main Avast interface (the one that looks a little like a music player) and click on the menu icon (top left of the rectangle), then browse the settings. Maybe you have a help option to unselect.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on August 06, 2008, 11:50:12 PM
This is what I mean. I downloaded Home Edition from Avast! site. I looked around Preferences but couldn't find it. Duplode... HELP!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on August 07, 2008, 02:50:13 AM
Found your missing setting, Chulk! It's quite well hidden, and I have no clue why it was set by default on your install. Double-click the tray icon, click the "Details..." button, choose Web Shield on the left-side list, then click "Customize", the on to "Advanced" tab and, finally, disable the "detailed info..." option. Hope that sorts it out... ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on August 07, 2008, 05:18:13 AM
Yes it did. Thanks Dup!
Now my only problem is the windows browser. c:/windows/explorer.exe works fine, but I can't put it as default for drives exploring. It only fails when I double-click on a driver letter from My Computer. The rest of the folders open as they should.

By the way...
I'm planning to change the cabinet (I'm not sure if it is the correct translation)
The word you are looking for is 'case'. I forgot to mention earlier with all this virus+config issues I had.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on August 07, 2008, 09:42:19 AM
I'm planning to change the cabinet (I'm not sure if it is the correct translation)
The word you are looking for is 'case'. I forgot to mention earlier with all this virus+config issues I had.
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Cabinet means office whiles cabinets means toilets in French. :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Paleke on August 08, 2008, 12:06:59 AM
Quote from: Chulk
I'm planning to change the cabinet (I'm not sure if it is the correct translation)
The word you are looking for is 'case'. I forgot to mention earlier with all this virus+config issues I had.
Cabinet means office whiles cabinets means toilets in French. :D

 ;D  Well, then the French meaning is not that wrong.  ;D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 22, 2008, 02:59:22 PM
New poll question about OS... ;) Mine is Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on August 22, 2008, 09:55:24 PM
Xp SP2
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on August 23, 2008, 07:42:00 PM
Main OS is Linux, although TrackMania is making me revert to XP SP2 a bit more than usual lately... :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Paleke on August 23, 2008, 11:07:34 PM
Windows XP SP2, SP3 is being downloaded...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: alanrotoi on August 23, 2008, 11:39:10 PM
XP SP2 without updates because it's pirate ver :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on August 23, 2008, 11:49:53 PM
Forgot to mention: Linux distribution is Fedora Core 8 (will switch to 9 eventually, or to 10 if it is released before my download of 9 finishes... :D)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: AbuRaf70 on August 24, 2008, 12:35:20 AM
Actualmente tengo un Sempron 2600 y con la ayuda de mi hijo, cargamos Linux y DOSBox para poder seguir corriendo con Stunts...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Paleke on August 24, 2008, 04:44:31 PM
XP SP2 without updates because it's pirate ver :)

Funny, mine is pirate too (of course!), but I could install SP3 without any problem, and I didn't do anything about the WGA, I just didn't download that update.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 25, 2008, 10:37:47 AM
XP SP2 without updates because it's pirate ver :)

Do you need "legal" English XP:SP2? ;)
Title: Best Music Player (Everything about computers)
Post by: Duplode on September 26, 2008, 03:14:14 AM
Finally I learnt how to use Amarok (http://amarok.kde.org), the awesome Linux/KDE player, to generate guided random playlists, something I was looking for for a long time. All that was needed was to tag songs I do not want to listen to on "casual" random mode (progressive rock epics, music that needs full immersion to be enjoyed properly, catharsis-inducing songs, etc.). Doing so is a quite comfortable procedure with the great Collection interface of Amarok. Then, I just had to define a "Smart Playlist" by criteria based on those multiple tags and incorporate it in a custom "Dynamic Playlist" mode, which continuously adds random songs form the Smart Playlist to the queue. The overall result is really great, so expect my playcount on last.fm to grow by a sizable amount just because of that...  8) (Screenshot attached for anyone curious)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: BonzaiJoe on September 26, 2008, 11:15:50 AM
Pretty good music all around there, Duplode :) (except Damien Rice and Metallica (sorry all other Stunts pipsqueaks  :P))
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on September 27, 2008, 02:38:05 PM
amarok is awesome, my primary and only music player for my collection at home. My last.fm is biased a bit lately, as Andi also uses the same computer for listening to music when I'm not at home. :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on September 29, 2008, 05:26:19 AM
Guys, does any of you know a program or something to change my IP easily? It's just that I want to create some ghosts and I don't want Zak to know...  ;)
I found a webpage which pays you for viewing and ad for 30 secs. I want to change my IP so I can refer to myself a couple of times and then get the money faster. (I want to buy KT in Batracer and maybe Supporter pack for Hattrick...).

Thanks for the help.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on September 29, 2008, 01:41:51 PM
Guys, does any of you know a program or something to change my IP easily? It's just that I want to create some ghosts and I don't want Zak to know...  ;)
I found a webpage which pays you for viewing and ad for 30 secs. I want to change my IP so I can refer to myself a couple of times and then get the money faster. (I want to buy KT in Batracer and maybe Supporter pack for Hattrick...).

Thanks for the help.

Don't expect any hints from me. I tried to use one but I was warned by the hostel's system admin that using IP masks means a really long ban... (stupid rules, P2P programs are also forbidden)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on October 03, 2008, 11:56:17 AM
Guys, does any of you know a program or something to change my IP easily? It's just that I want to create some ghosts and I don't want Zak to know...  ;)
I found a webpage which pays you for viewing and ad for 30 secs. I want to change my IP so I can refer to myself a couple of times and then get the money faster. (I want to buy KT in Batracer and maybe Supporter pack for Hattrick...).

Thanks for the help.
How is your web acces ? Fixed IP or dynamic IP ?

If it's a fixed one, only possibility is to use an online proxy server and therefore fake an IP. But it will work only for browsing the web, I don't think it will work for your ad-watching program. For BATRacer, if somebody else is using the same proxy, then it will result as your account and the account of the other guy both blocked.

If you have a dynamic IP, simply disconnect your modem box, wait a few seconds, and reconnect it. Verify that your IP is modified (sometime your IP stays the same even with this) : start menu, execute, and type winipconfig or ipconfig (depending of your windows version) to see your IP. Modifying the IP with this (win)ipconfig program doesn't work if you use a ADSL access. It works only for old-fashioned standard 56k (or slower) modems.

When I switched to fast ADSL access (24 Mb, before it was only 8Mb), I was forced to have a fixed IP. Before that, I simply used the disconnecte/reconnect trick to change my IP, which is useful for downloading from Rapidshare (RS), Megaupload (MU) and so on, without beeing forced to wait between 2 downloads (this limitation has been removed recently from Rapidshare anyway). I got all my TV series episodes through RS/MU/... links, not from P2P. ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on October 03, 2008, 09:03:19 PM
I have a fixed IP. I tried online proxies but they suck with verification codes... I tried 4 or 5 and none of them send that code correctly. Duplode, you use proxy sometimes, right? Any ideas?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on October 04, 2008, 02:57:00 AM
I have a fixed IP. I tried online proxies but they suck with verification codes... I tried 4 or 5 and none of them send that code correctly. Duplode, you use proxy sometimes, right? Any ideas?

Indeed, most open proxy services do not support secure translations of passwords and such (all for the better of your safety, I guess...). If your problem was the other way around (getting a fixed address from dynamic IP) I could suggest you something like www.dyndns.com , but I know no better way of masking IP than by proxies... :-\
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on October 04, 2008, 06:55:54 AM
Don't worry. Stupid me, erasing cookies just came to my mind tonight, and guess what? It works perfectly (we should have a "I'm so stupid" smiley...)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on October 22, 2008, 03:01:56 PM
Hadn't seen the new poll, my answer is 2^8...
Anyway, in case anyone wondered how stunts.hu pages render on a text-mode browser, here it is:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f283/Duplode/forumlinks.png)

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f283/Duplode/Screenshot.png)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on October 22, 2008, 03:03:32 PM
I like the text version... ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on November 05, 2008, 03:25:46 AM
Bye bye stunts replays for this weekend deadlines! My HD failed and I can't start my PC. I'm using my brother's computer but as it is still in guarrantee, I can't open the case to put my HD as slave, and installing/downloading is absolutely forbiden, so no stunts for me unless I buy a new HD for my PC and put mine as slave there...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on November 05, 2008, 04:10:20 AM
Ouch, HD failures hurt, in many levels... :-X  FTT #9 being only one of them... :( Hopefully you'll at least get to recover your data from it.

I'm using my brother's computer (...) and installing/downloading is absolutely forbiden, so no stunts for me unless I buy a new HD for my PC and put mine as slave there...

There is an emergency solution which may work well to get around your sibling diplomatics: There is a portable version of DOSBox available here (http://portableapps.com/apps/games/dosbox_portable). Put it and an installation of Stunts into a pendrive and play directly from it - your brother's HD won't ever see a single file, nor will his configurations be touched. The only annoyance is that you won't be able to install the ZMBV codec to watch DOSBox-made videos from Windows Media Player, but it seems the latest version of VLC Media Player (http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/vlc_portable) (portable as well) can handle them.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on November 05, 2008, 04:22:44 AM
Now I only need a pendrive... I'll probably get the HD this week, so some racing may happen towards the weekend.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on November 06, 2008, 02:07:49 PM
I bought a new HD and could get most of the info of the old one (used as slave from now on) Only lost stunts files, some music (luckily not all of it), some movies and 3rd season of Heroes  :'(
I'll make a quick replay for USC and then I'll race FTT09
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on November 06, 2008, 03:33:53 PM
Quote from: Chulk
lost 3rd season of Heroes  :'(
Nice 3rd season, I find back the interest of 1st one. 2nd season was a deception, not enough rythm, and main plot (the virus) explained too late.
Sadly, I don't keep episodes and delete them once seen, but I can try to find if download links are stilml active if you want. ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on November 06, 2008, 04:07:21 PM
Quote from: Chulk
lost 3rd season of Heroes  :'(
Nice 3rd season, I find back the interest of 1st one. 2nd season was a deception, not enough rythm, and main plot (the virus) explained too late.
Sadly, I don't keep episodes and delete them once seen, but I can try to find if download links are stilml active if you want. ;)
Don't worry. I know exactly where to get them (going to Argenteam.net) Thanks anyway.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 07, 2008, 12:49:09 AM
drunk guy ruined his computer

will be short:

opening mineral water bottle

too many carbon dioxide so it poured everywhere


everywhere=notebook's keyboard too

my computer became mad and i can't handle it (some keys detect fluent pressing although i don't touch them

it took about twenty minutes to write this message

don't expect any updates posts or whatever in the following days


thanks for your patience!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on November 07, 2008, 08:29:30 AM
but you did not make any spelling mistakes :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on November 07, 2008, 03:52:22 PM
but you did not make any spelling mistakes :)
He probably did and corrected them, that's why it took him 20 min.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on November 07, 2008, 05:03:35 PM
It seems there's a bad omen around our computers, we'd better beware. Speaking of water-on-electronics accidents, I almost lost a new 2GB pen drive two weeks ago by forgetting to close one of my backpack zippers amidst pouring rain. You could drain the water from inside the thing... ::) I had to nearly toast it with a hair dryer, and even then it only returned to its normal state after two days...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: BonzaiJoe on November 07, 2008, 07:42:52 PM
Oh no, this is bad...

That's what caused my right arrow key's malfunction: I spilled coke on it. That kept me out of ZCT68 and half of ZCT69, and now 20 tracks later it still sometimes detects fluent pressing and/or doesn't react to touch.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on November 07, 2008, 10:52:34 PM
I never had problems with fluids and computers. Hope I don't jynx it.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on November 08, 2008, 10:01:30 AM
Quote from: Chulk
I never had problems with fluids and computers.
Who told you that the "coke" he was talking about was a liquid ? There is another kind of "coke" (the one that "don't lie", as Eric Clapton sang). ;D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 08, 2008, 12:54:31 PM
but you did not make any spelling mistakes :)

Cause I wasn't drunk after the sobering error of my notebook and the high level of adrenaline - but I couldn't use numbers and , sign (shift was trapped, try it once - you won't be able to send messages via MSN, you can't use the touchpad properly, etc.) Since that machine is dead, maybe water reached something important: when I switch it on, only power button is lighting and the cooler is working but I can't hear the HDD working and the screen is also black. I was planning to buy a new one but not in this way - with losing all my work files, music, pictures, games, useless excel files...

Now I'm writing from Böbszlee's PC (no Stunts) and hunting for a good notebook service. USC updates... well, as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on November 08, 2008, 02:10:43 PM
best and cheapest service in town: www.laptopinfo.hu
the hdd data can be recovered anytime.

Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on November 08, 2008, 04:49:54 PM
Quote from: Chulk
I never had problems with fluids and computers.
Who told you that the "coke" he was talking about was a liquid ? There is another kind of "coke" (the one that "don't lie", as Eric Clapton sang). ;D
He used the verb "Spill" which is used when talking about fluids... There's another verb for solids, I can't remeber it right now.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on November 08, 2008, 07:56:54 PM
Quote from: Chulk
I never had problems with fluids and computers.
Who told you that the "coke" he was talking about was a liquid ? There is another kind of "coke" (the one that "don't lie", as Eric Clapton sang). ;D
He used the verb "Spill" which is used when talking about fluids... There's another verb for solids, I can't remeber it right now.
I think the verb is "spread". ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: BonzaiJoe on November 08, 2008, 11:35:47 PM
You guys are hallucinating  :) You can spill solids and fluids alike. Spreading is a conscious act.

About what it was I spilled: I'll just leave you guys to wonder about it!  ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on November 09, 2008, 01:44:30 AM
You guys are hallucinating  :) You can spill solids and fluids alike. Spreading is a conscious act.

I can't recall exactly what verb the Chemistry lab guides use to describe the action of making a mess on balance surfaces with the powdered materials you were (supposed) to weigh. Maybe CTG (...) could provide insight on that  :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 09, 2008, 10:25:27 PM
I used "pour" verb. You know when you shake a bottle full of mineral water/champagne/beer and try to open, it will "explode" out of the bottle. That happened, nothing more, nothing less. ;)

Zak: thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on November 09, 2008, 11:03:38 PM
I used "pour" verb.
Oh yes. Like Def Leppard song "Pour some sugar on me". :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 11, 2008, 02:06:58 PM
Bad news: computer is dead. Motherboard/chipset and keyboard is absolutely unusable - changing for a new one would cost too much considering the age (3.5 years old and it was already a low category notebook in 2005) and the basic state of the computer. On the other hand I have no money for a new notebook at the moment... :-\

Good news: the guy in the service said HDD is working properly. If he's right, all my data will come back (except the installed programs as I can't boot from this HDD for some stupid reasons...)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on November 11, 2008, 02:43:00 PM
Bad luck serie. 1st Chulk, and now you... :(
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 12, 2008, 01:13:15 PM
Possible solutions for the close future:

1, Borrowing some money from my parents and buy a new notebook (possibly 15.4" screen, 2 GHz Core2Duo, 2 GB RAM, Windows Vista - worse new notebooks would suffer with Vista but you can't get them with XP...) - I would always worry about killing such a computer with another stupid mistake.

Cost: 600-800 Euro

2, Buying a new, but weaker table PC (Dual Core, XP) - I have no place for it in the hostel... (LOL)

Cost: 400-500 Euro

3, Change of motherboard via Acer's main Central European service (czech...) for a mediorce amount of money - I would get back my old, slow computer. I'm not sure if it's worth of cash...

Cost: 200-250 Euro
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on November 12, 2008, 03:16:20 PM
4, cheaper new notebook or used high-performance notebook with guarantee remaining.

Cost: 500-600 EUR.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 12, 2008, 04:11:07 PM
4, cheaper new notebook or used high-performance notebook with guarantee remaining.

Used: absolutely no - "virgins" fit me better. ;D

New, but cheaper: I can't get new notebooks with XP, but a computer with 1GB RAM and Intel Celeron M CPU won't be able to run Vista without problems (especially in a year or so - with all the updates, additional programs, whatever).

Option 3: No answer from Acer service so far.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 14, 2008, 08:54:00 AM
3, Change of motherboard via Acer's main Central European service (czech...) for a mediorce amount of money - I would get back my old, slow computer. I'm not sure if it's worth of cash...

Cost: 200-250 Euro

Official news: Acer service sent a negative answer - they can't change this type of motherboard.

Hunt for Red October... erm... new computer just begun...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 14, 2008, 01:24:39 PM
Question for Windows Vista users: what are your experiences with this OS? What are the REAL system requirements for fluent and fast usage - not the min. 1024 MB RAM and 1 GHz CPU blabla said by Windows sites but the real one with using the computer for various applications (Word/Excel/Powerpoint, basic level movie making, webeditor, music/movies/some 5-10 years old games, etc.).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on November 14, 2008, 02:04:23 PM
Question for Windows Vista users: what are your experiences with this OS? What are the REAL system requirements for fluent and fast usage - not the min. 1024 MB RAM and 1 GHz CPU blabla said by Windows sites but the real one with using the computer for various applications (Word/Excel/Powerpoint, basic level movie making, webeditor, music/movies/some 5-10 years old games, etc.).
It depends. With notebook it's often Vista basic, and not the standard one, so less ressources are required as there's not the "aero" interface. It means that in basic version Vista requires only a few more ressources than XP.

If you have the regular Vista edition, with "aero", then 2Gb RAM is required to work properly.
Using OO Writer and OO Calc (same as Word and Excel) and browsing the web and watching a video all at the same time is no problem with 2Gb RAM under Vista.

About old games/programs : DOSBox is required for all DOS ones, XP games now almost all work fine (just have to select the XP compatibility) but there's still lots of Win9x games that don't work, even with compatibility set to Win9x.
On my computer I run 2 DOSBox sessions (one at size x1 with TB to watch track map, one with size x3 with Stunts to play) and browse the web (to see the scoreboards and know how good/bad my race is) at the same time without issue.
Some big DOS games are difficult to run with DOSBox though, as DOSBox requires lots of ressources too. Example : Geoff Crammond's F1 GP2 can't be played fluently with all graphics at the max. It's not a graphic card issue, it's really due to high ressources needed for DOSBox for that kind of game with lots of 3D/textures to be calculated.

Music/movies : install VLC for online TV and Media Player Classic (and codecs pack) to watch divx and Stunts videos recorded with DOSBox. Windows Media Player is bullsh*t that can't play numerous video formats, even with the proper codec (DOSBox videos don't work for example, only the sound is displayed).

Video editing : don't know much, all I do is suppress ads in some videos I recorded through online TV. Works fine for me with Vista standard, a good Athlon dual core and 2Gb RAM even with files of 1.5Gb, but I don't do anything else at the same time in order to let the program work fast.

Web editors : I use only Notepad++ now that I know (and still keep learning by myself) html and php programming, so I don't know. But it should not be a problem.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 14, 2008, 04:18:22 PM
Thanks for the info!

What I was thinking on:

Games: NFS 5 (2000), FIFA 2000, EA F1 2002, Transport Tycoon Deluxe, Age of Empires...
Work: Office 2007 + Adobe Reader + some XP/2000 compatible scientific softwares
Movies: I never used WMP, only Media Player Classic ;)
Movie editing: SMALLER tasks, like cutting videos for FTT :P (kidding) or music Stunts videos for YouTube
Webeditors: I still use the good old Namo Webeditor 5 (USC 2004 was already done in that software :D) because I like it for the great additional stuff (many schemes for buttons, bars, etc.; animated GIF editor)
Web browsing: IE7...  ::)

I'm planning to buy a notebook like this (not this certain type but with these parameters):

Quote from: laptop.hu
CPU: Core2Duo T5750 (2000/FSB667)
RAM: 2048 MB
HDD: 160 GB
Screen: 15,4" WXGA VibrantView
Optical: DVDRW +/- DL
Modem: yes
LAN: yes
USB: 4
Firewire: yes
Wireless LAN: Wireless LAN A/B/G
Bluetooth: yes
Videocard: 128 MB Intel GMA X3100 shared
OS: Win Vista Home Basic HUN
Keyboard: hungarian
Other ports: VGA
TV: S-Video
Card reader: 5 in 1
Battery: 6 cells
Webcam: yes
Fingerprint reader: yes
Express Card: yes
Guarantee: 1 year
Cost: 149,900 HUF (~600 Euro)

OS can be changed for a better and free non-Basic Vista version (university contract with Microsoft) and maybe I'll look for a computer with better video card. 4096 MB RAM and 3 years guarantee is just a dream... :-\
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on November 14, 2008, 04:49:01 PM
don't buy a notebook with shared video card if you intend to play on it.
Rather look for one with less HDD, slower CPU (but Core2Duo in any case) or less RAM. CPU is not important, HDD and RAM are cheap and easy to upgrade later.

usanotebook.hu is cheap.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 14, 2008, 05:02:39 PM
usanotebook.hu is cheap.

Yep, it's on my list to check. I'm going to spend this weekend with checking all the offers of notebook/ laptop/ notebooksarok/ notebookspecialista/ usanotebook/ notebookzone/ notebookstore/ notebookcentrum/ notebookworld/ notebookgyor/ macropolis/ pcexpert/ kirakat/ senorg/ aqua .hu sites...

ElectroWorld, Media Markt, Saturn, Tesco, Auchan, etc. are ignored. ;D

The most important requirement: cheaper than 150,000 HUF... :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on November 14, 2008, 06:18:13 PM
Quote from: CTG
Movies: I never used WMP, only Media Player Classic ;)
Clever choice. :)

Quote from: CTG
Web browsing: IE7...  ::)
I always knew you were stupid. :P Yes, clever guys can be stupid. ;D

Quote from: CTG
Videocard: 128 MB Intel GMA X3100 shared
Hopeless to ever think of playing properly any recent game with this. :-X
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 14, 2008, 06:20:36 PM
Quote from: CTG
Web browsing: IE7...  ::)
I always knew you were stupid. :P Yes, clever guys can be stupid. ;D

Somehow it worked better for me than Firefox2.

Quote from: CTG
Videocard: 128 MB Intel GMA X3100 shared
Hopeless to ever think of playing properly any recent game with this. :-X

Fortunately I'm not really interested in new games. ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 17, 2008, 10:14:00 AM
It seems I'm going to buy a new computer only in December - to have more money for it.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on November 20, 2008, 10:49:05 PM
Duplode, a friend of mine asked me about a good proxy site, with many proxies in it to use. I could only find www.proxy.org but he asked me for another one (wouldn't say what he was doing, told me that he had to kill me if I knew  ;)). Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on November 21, 2008, 12:32:01 AM
Well, I can't really assess technicaly if it would be good enough... but the only reasonable one I've seen is http://tools.rosinstrument.com/cgi-proxy.htm , which has a big list of randomly-chosen proxies (even if far smaller than proxy.org).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on November 21, 2008, 07:26:31 PM
OK, thanks. I'll let him know.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on November 24, 2008, 05:47:51 PM
Krys or Dup, does any of you know how to make Radio Streaming work in FF? I just doesn't open. It works in IE but FF fails to open the streaming window.

Here is the link, hope you can help me, I don't want to use IE anymore for anything.

www.metro951.com/media.aspx (http://www.metro951.com/media.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 01, 2008, 12:22:32 PM
Money arrived to my account (finally!) so I start to check the offers of different stores. Question: which notebook brand do you trust in general?

Possibilities: Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, HP-Compaq, MSI, Packard Bell, Toshiba.

I've heard some really annoying things about Fujitsu Siemens and I also try to avoid Acer - it's a great one but their service sucks.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on December 01, 2008, 05:03:30 PM
Possibilities: Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, HP-Compaq, MSI, Packard Bell, Toshiba.

Preferred: Dell, Toshiba
Recommended: Asus, HP
Not recommended: Acer, MSI
Ignore: Fujitsu, Packard Bell

and if you take a good advice you don't go 17" :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 02, 2008, 01:39:25 PM
Preferred: Dell, Toshiba
Recommended: Asus, HP
Not recommended: Acer, MSI
Ignore: Fujitsu, Packard Bell

Thank you! Looking at the web and asking people about their impressions with these brands, I got quite a similar result.

Dell is the best in general according to the tests I read lately but they are quite expensive. One of the hostel PC operators also suggested that.

Toshiba sounds good too, not that expensive and my boss (using it 6-8 hours a day) also has an old Toshiba, working for ages (6 years) without any failures.

Asus... bit ambivalent feelings, I heard both good and bad things about that brand and one of my workmates has serious problems with a basic Asus model.

HP is a secret favorite (costs/quality ratio is good) although I hate their laser printers... :D

I liked my old Acer, it worked more or less without problems. Okay, battery sucked, charger "exploded" at the beginning and the plastic parts had really bad mechanic properties - but it survived some falls and once hot candle wax. :D But their service is shameful, it's hard to get reserve parts if something gets wrong.

MSI is too cheap compared to the written performance, it must be crappy.

Fujitsu Siemens is the worst brand I've heard about. Böbszlee has a basic Amilo computer, it's really weak...

Packard Bell... I don't know anybody using that.

+1 that I forgot to list: Lenovo ("IBM") must be good too but it's just a feeling - no real experience so far in the neighbourhood.

Most likely I'm going to choose Toshiba or HP. Maybe Lenovo.

and if you take a good advice you don't go 17" :)

17" was really a bad idea - too heavy to travel with. :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on December 02, 2008, 03:17:01 PM
I had a HP which I got from my employer - it wasn't a bad machine after all, but didn't meet my quality standards, and more importantly it was too big and bulky after my tiny IBM so I asked them to let me use my own. But I can recommend it, their service is one of the best in Hungary.
My brother got a Fujitsu now from his employer, as he didn't want a screen bigger than 13,3" and this was the only cheap option. It's an Esprimo, which shows a lot of improvement from the previous Amilo series, but still, I wouldnt buy it for myself in any case. But if the company covers maintenance, who cares :)

Lenovo is not bad either if you can afford any of their ThinkPad line. The SL series Thinkpad is quite cheap. But for your use I'd opt for a HP (not the 5xx line) or a Toshiba. They are good. 
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 11, 2008, 12:52:36 PM
Hopefully my last question before buying a new computer: what about this mess with CPUs? I see several different processors with 2 cores: Dual Core, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, AMD Turion X2, AMD Athlon X2... I know that Core 2 Duo is the best but are the others a lot worse? Is the cache size so important? I heard that AMD "eats" the battery but it's not really a disadvantage for me: generally I don't use my notebook from battery.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on December 11, 2008, 01:14:56 PM
Quote from: zaqrack
if you take a good advice you don't go 17" :)
Quote from: CTG
I heard that AMD "eats" the battery but it's not really a disadvantage for me: generally I don't use my notebook from battery.
17" screen size for notebook is also an issue about that : it reduces a lot the duration of use on battery only compared to 15" screen.

Regarding CPUs, I don't know. My standard PC is a AMD Athlon x2 and it works fine. ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on December 11, 2008, 01:15:48 PM
Krys or Dup, does any of you know how to make Radio Streaming work in FF? I just doesn't open. It works in IE but FF fails to open the streaming window.

Here is the link, hope you can help me, I don't want to use IE anymore for anything.

www.metro951.com/media.aspx (http://www.metro951.com/media.aspx)
Good decision to stop using IE as much as possible. :)
Sorry for late reply, I see your message just now. Anyway, which version of FF are you using ? You probably need a plug-in.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on December 12, 2008, 12:25:13 AM
Krys or Dup, does any of you know how to make Radio Streaming work in FF? I just doesn't open. It works in IE but FF fails to open the streaming window.

Here is the link, hope you can help me, I don't want to use IE anymore for anything.

www.metro951.com/media.aspx (http://www.metro951.com/media.aspx)
Good decision to stop using IE as much as possible. :)
Sorry for late reply, I see your message just now. Anyway, which version of FF are you using ? You probably need a plug-in.
I'm using FF3 but the problem is solved. I installed IE Tab to use only with this web site and nothing more
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on December 12, 2008, 09:50:50 AM
I'm still using FF2, I had some issues with FF3 with BATRacer website (FF3 gets frozen and I need to do CTRL+ALT+DEL to manually stop it).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on December 12, 2008, 04:26:11 PM
I'm still using FF2, I had some issues with FF3 with BATRacer website (FF3 gets frozen and I need to do CTRL+ALT+DEL to manually stop it).
I never had this problem, maybe your problem is related to something else...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on December 12, 2008, 05:14:46 PM
I'm still using FF2, I had some issues with FF3 with BATRacer website (FF3 gets frozen and I need to do CTRL+ALT+DEL to manually stop it).
I never had this problem, maybe your problem is related to something else...
Maybe. I know I have a big malware on my computer : its name is Windows Vista. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on December 12, 2008, 09:22:19 PM
I'm still using FF2, I had some issues with FF3 with BATRacer website (FF3 gets frozen and I need to do CTRL+ALT+DEL to manually stop it).
I never had this problem, maybe your problem is related to something else...
Maybe. I know I have a big malware on my computer : its name is Windows Vista. :D :D :D
LOL! A friend of mine told that very same joke few days ago!  :D
It looks like Vista really sucks!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 18, 2008, 11:22:09 AM
Great CPU test, try it: http://www.primatelabs.ca/geekbench/ (http://www.primatelabs.ca/geekbench/)

Quote from: Primate Labs Blog
1000 is the score a Power Mac G5 @ 1.6GHz would receive

My average score is 1178 at workplace (AMD Sempron 2500+, 1.75 Ghz, single core)
 
It's also a good stuff for comparing CPUs before buying. You can find quite interesting results, for example: it seems T3200 dual-core (~2200) have better scores than T5550 Core 2 Duo (~2000) - both are quite popular in basic level notebooks, the first one is a lot cheaper...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on December 18, 2008, 12:09:48 PM
It depends of what you will do with your notebook :
Play 3D games ? Focus on 3D card instead of CPU speed.
Encoding videos ? Focus on CPU performance instead of 3D card.
Simply play Stunts, work with Excel and browse the web ? Low CPU and cheap 3D card won't be an issue.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 18, 2008, 01:59:34 PM
It depends of what you will do with your notebook :
Play 3D games ? Focus on 3D card instead of CPU speed.
Encoding videos ? Focus on CPU performance instead of 3D card.
Simply play Stunts, work with Excel and browse the web ? Low CPU and cheap 3D card won't be an issue.

Relation is the opposite: if I have a low CPU and cheap 3D card than I won't play with new games. If it's better then of course I will... :D

I wonder about your Geekbench test results.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 20, 2008, 04:29:24 PM
I have to choose XP... people say some of the softwares I have to use for my work are not very familiar with Vista (like the 16-bit based mass spectrometry evaluation software). On the other hand I like XP and don't really want to change.

Project is close to the finish line: calculating with my low cash and the essential things in the required computer, I won't buy Core 2 Duo (no Vista, no problem with worse CPUs, right?). My current choice seems to be Acer Aspire 5530 (CPU: Athlon X2 64 QL-60, 1900 MHz, 1 MB L2 cache; RAM: 2 GB, 667 MHz DDR2; graphic card: Ati Radeon HD3200) or Lenovo 3000 n500 (CPU: Intel Dual-Core T3200, 2000 MHz, 1 MB L2 cache; RAM: 2 GB, 667 MHz DDR2; graphic card: Intel GMA X4500). With 3 years warranty they are both around 150,000 HUF. Core 2 Duo computers with the same level of video cards and warranty are above 200,000 HUF. Tomorrow I'm going to buy one of them...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on December 20, 2008, 09:33:57 PM
go for the lenovo :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 20, 2008, 11:53:21 PM
go for the lenovo :)

It seems Acer Aspire doesn't support XP... Too bad, I liked my former Acer very much. On the other hand AMD Athlon X2 QL60 is higher in CPU rankings (notebookcheck.net) than dual-core T3200 and the graphic card in Acer is also stronger. Still checking the offers, maybe I missed something. Money is already in the pocket. :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 22, 2008, 09:54:26 AM
Final choice became really hard: reading the new offers of different shops, a sudden fall of prices could be seen. After heavy thinking (it hurts! Okay, not that - hangover after drinking industrial amount of alcohol last night hurts... ;D) I decided to buy a HP and hopefully I'll get it in the afternoon.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on December 22, 2008, 10:49:40 AM
nice choice!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 22, 2008, 11:09:04 AM
nice choice!

We will see... just got the SMS from Notebookspecialista store: it arrived.

Type: Hewlett Packard 6735s 
CPU:  AMD Turion™ 64 X2 mobile technology 2,0GHz RM-70 (better ranking than the very basic Core 2 Duo or average dual-core CPU models, but of course not as good as T7xxx or T8xxx)
Chipset:  AMD M780G
RAM:  3GB DDR2 667MHz
Screen:  15,4" WXGA (16:9)
HDD:  320GB SATA 5400rpm
Optical driver:  DVD writer (supermulti) + Lightscribe
Video card:  ATI Mobility™Radeon™ HD3200 
Sound card: Intel High Definition audio compliant audio chip
Battery:  4000 mAh (Li-ion) - not so high... but as I said, I don't need good battery
Interface:  56K modem, VGA monitor output, Bluetooth, Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000), USB 2.0 (4), Express card kártyahely, Wireless LAN 802.11 a/g/n
Multimedia:  6 in 1 card reader, webcam
OS:  FreeDos (they said HP drivers are compatible with XP)
Weight:  2.7 kg
Size: 358 x 267 x 32 mm
Warranty: 3 years
Extra stuff: notebook bag

Prize: 170.000 HUF
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on December 22, 2008, 12:10:16 PM
nice for the price.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on December 22, 2008, 01:22:53 PM
I can't assess the 170.000HUF, but that configuration looks really good...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on December 22, 2008, 01:25:04 PM
170,000.00 HUF=2,122.60 BRL
Hungary Forint         Brazil Reais
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on December 22, 2008, 01:35:47 PM
Still looks really good  :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 22, 2008, 01:59:12 PM
I like the design too but now let's start with battery charging. ;)

(http://www.awnet.pl/images/6735s.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on December 22, 2008, 02:47:00 PM
What I don't like with small screen notebook is that there's no numpad. Problem with big screen notebooks that have a numpad : limitation of time to use the notebook on battery only.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 22, 2008, 04:08:28 PM
Diary of the first day... (fluent updates)

First impression is mixed:

- a bit loud ventilator and CD-ROM - but quite silent when there's no constant cooling
- XP installation crashed into unexpected problems (SATA) - seems to be fixed, I was just too stupid
- a bit annoying blue LEDs (but who cares as long as they are small :D)

XP installation just started

Two partitions: 40 GB for Windows/games/softwares/whatever, 280 GB for my stuff. During the installation process I try to burn the drivers on CD with a computer having no such a software... Let's see if Nero is working from my old HDD or not.

Battery couldn't "survive" the installation process (with re-re-re-restarted installation of course, after ~2 hours), so I have to restart it again. Damn!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 13, 2009, 06:30:30 PM
Question for Stunts movie makers: how did you cut videos for YouTube? Lately I was using a bit difficult method: capturing by DOS-Box, then capturing the video from Media Player Classic with 'Snag It' software and the final version with additional music and titles was made in Windows Movie Maker or ProShow Gold (these two softwares couldn't handle DOS-Box videos, that's the reason of more steps).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on January 13, 2009, 09:23:48 PM
My method used on windows:

what you need to install (all free software)
-Xvid codec (www.xvid.org (http://www.xvid.org))
-VirtualDub (virtualdub.sourceforge.net)

The method:
-capture with DosBox
-use VirtualDub to convert the captured files to Xvid
-you may also cut the unwanted parts with Virtualdub, but you can also do this in windows movie maker
-cut and finalize with Windows Movie Maker

if you only try to edit the captured files in movie maker, you won't be able to save the file.
the process is thoroughly demonstrated in this youtube tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VDrWmstSdE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VDrWmstSdE)

Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: BonzaiJoe on February 02, 2009, 09:07:13 PM
Hi guys!

Now it seems I am also getting a new computer, preferably a notebook. I was so impressed with the advice here during CTG's decision-making, so I'll dare to post as well :)

My criteria for this new computer:

 - must have 80GB+ hard drive

 - must be silent, only make a small amount of noise

 - must be compatible with my keyboard (musical kind) through an external sound card

 - must have reasonably strong battery, which will last.

 - the cheaper the better, of course


Things that are NOT important for this new computer:

 - graphics acceleration

 - weight (although of course extreme cases could be a problem)

 - processor speed (of course it does make a difference, but I don't need to have something state-of-the-art)


Do you have suggestions about what kind of computer to look for then? I'm not so happy with my current Fujitsu Siemens one.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on February 03, 2009, 08:40:32 AM
Let's see...

80GB hard drive - not an issue. All of the computers have more nowadays

if silence is an issue you should opt for an Intel Core2 processor. AMD heats up fast, and so the fan is spinning more, which makes noise. If speed is irrevelant choose any core2 you find.
Also, a good quality case reduces noise. The keyboard should not sink when pressed, you should not be able to flex the casing with your hands. This is exceptionally good at Dell and IBM computers.

external sound card - I guess that depends more on the operating system. You should check whether win vista supports your card.

battery - 6cell at least, preferably 9cell will do the trick.

I can suggest the same brands I did for CTG.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 03, 2009, 09:17:01 AM
AMD heats up fast, and so the fan is spinning more, which makes noise.

Sure, if you use it for CPU killer things... but! AMD has an additional software with "intelligent" CPU speed and cooler control using only as much energy as you need. Sometimes it's annoying for me: when I browse the internet or read MSN logs, it simply goes at 500 MHz and it's just a bit slow. On the other hand, it work's fine with games at high CPU speed - and warming up easily, using the cooler a lot...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 11, 2009, 10:47:34 PM
Hint to LTB hunters: I'll be away for 12-18 hours after midnight as my firewall's licence (trial) will expire in an hour. New one will be installed in the afternoon/evening.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: BonzaiJoe on February 23, 2009, 03:03:16 AM
Great advice so far, thank you!

The next question is where? Do you know some good (+ cheap) places to buy a computer online? I'm sure it must be cheaper than using a retail store here in Denmark.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on February 23, 2009, 10:17:11 AM
there are plenty of shops, I'll look up some for you. Just be careful for two things when buying online:

- get a notebook with worldwide guarantee coverage. Some guarantees are only valid in the country of purchase
- stay away from refurbished notebooks - they are risky
- factory outlet shops are a good source for a nice deal
- stay within the EU. USA prices are significantly lower, but taxes can be tricky.
- as the Danish currency did not drop much (which can not be said on the poor old Hungarian Forint), I recommend looking up some shops from the UK. Even though UK prices are generally high, their currency has fallen a lot, you can maybe get a good deal.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on February 23, 2009, 09:30:07 PM
- as the Danish currency did not drop much (which can not be said on the poor old Hungarian Forint), I recommend looking up some shops from the UK. Even though UK prices are generally high, their currency has fallen a lot, you can maybe get a good deal.
Advices on PC and economic situation news, all in one, ladies and gentlemen!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on February 24, 2009, 08:40:47 AM
I'm an economist after all, even if I hide it well :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on February 25, 2009, 03:33:57 PM
I'm an economist after all, even if I hide it well :D
Hey, you better keep hiding it! I don't mess with your professional affairs!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 08, 2009, 10:51:08 AM
Downloading and uploading speed test: http://speedtest.datanet.hu/datanet.html (http://speedtest.datanet.hu/datanet.html)

I have to say goodbye to this after June (after 8 years)...  ::) :-\

Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Akoss Poo a.k.a. Zorromeister on May 08, 2009, 04:40:41 PM
A new Asus widescreen LCD monitor has just been bought due to the previous one broke down earlier today. My net addict mother decided to replace the old by a new one quickly.  ;D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 15, 2009, 04:39:05 PM
Fast service for my computer: battery and webcam are replaced, now XP re-install is coming. I'm a bit sceptic about the "diagnosis" and so I'll make a really tough endurance test in the following weeks.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 15, 2009, 08:58:34 PM
Okay... basic programs are installed. Others: later. I have to drink now. A lot...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: BonzaiJoe on May 15, 2009, 09:40:51 PM
Yes, there are times when you just must drink. Walk the dusty road. I stand at such a time too - no other way. Will probably go for coffee though, not alcohol.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on May 28, 2009, 04:38:56 PM
Well, I'm still struggling with my PC. It's really slow (it takes around 2 min to start firefox, not to mention more important programs). Also, Windows media player doesn't show CD art cover or visualizations, and PC is malware free. I guess it has to do with configuration, but still can't find what it is... Any ideas?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on May 28, 2009, 05:21:42 PM
The "taking two minutes to start Firefox" thing was the norm with my old (pre-May 2007) computer, but that was just because it had too little (256MB) memory for what I was trying to run. Don't know if that might be your case, but memory usage minimization is the first thing I would try in such a situation.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on May 29, 2009, 04:02:04 AM
Installed Free RAM XP Pro. I have 530mb free at the moment but still it takes around 2 mins to open FF...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 29, 2009, 08:48:46 AM
Installed Free RAM XP Pro. I have 530mb free at the moment but still it takes around 2 mins to open FF...

When my old computer seemed to be slow, it was the fault of my firewall and the dirty svchost.exe.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: BonzaiJoe on May 29, 2009, 09:25:58 AM
What does svchost.exe do?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on May 29, 2009, 09:34:38 AM
the framework responsible for running .dll files which are required for windows to run efficiently.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on May 29, 2009, 01:53:58 PM
What does svchost.exe do?
I saw some guys say svchost used around 90% of their CPU because it had a virus or because Win XP was outdated. I don't have that problem... My CPU usage is lower than 15% and I have less than 1/2 total memory in use...
So no idea about it... still waiting for answers to my problem, as I posted this in a couple of forums dedicated to help with such problems.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on May 29, 2009, 02:07:17 PM
tools and operations I'd recommend:

1. Uninstall Free Ram XP. Any program which says will free up ram will only slow down your computer.
2. Uninstall every unused program from your computer.
3. Run ccleaner to clean out crap from your computer (http://www.google.hu/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ccleaner.com%2F&ei=Nc4fSpfVCM-rjAfA4KWsBg&usg=AFQjCNHPFNdRJeT01XsBWQ9_j606tc19RQ&sig2=zgG6l_9EU6sFqgWTCrmeFQ)
4. run spybot (http://www.google.hu/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.safer-networking.org%2F&ei=Zs4fSofnIcefjAffwaXLBg&usg=AFQjCNEoZlwXzxW0n_IBJJ-jLRPkt1Ypzw&sig2=dwz0yvO-T7SPZc5xuxKheQ) (not needed if you already checked for malware
5. defragment your hard drive
6. reinstall firefox

alternatively, or in addition to the steps above, follow this excellent guide:
http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/xptweaks/supertweaks1.htm (http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/xptweaks/supertweaks1.htm)

My laptop is optimized for Level 3 and runs very quick and responsively. I'd suggest you should first conduct a Level 2 optimization.

Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on May 30, 2009, 06:19:34 AM
I'll check that page. I already did all you said except installing FF, because it's not only FF that takes long to start...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 02, 2009, 09:35:10 PM
I can't believe that, the mentioned problems appeared with the brand new battery too after 2 and half weeks of usage. :-\ >:(

The battery error is back after a good 3 hours period... :-\ Service will be visited tomorrow, hopefully they can solve the problems fast enough.

Edit: after some pushing-pulling, it seems to work again. My guess is some kind of deformation at the contact part - it must move away a bit when it says the battery is almost dead. It said: 10% charge, few minutes later 70%, then switched it off, pushing a few millimeters, restarted system and then it says the battery is full, I have 3 hours 27 minutes left with that. However, I have to show it to the service.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on June 03, 2009, 08:24:08 AM
is it still the same old laptop?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 03, 2009, 10:46:43 AM
is it still the same old laptop?

Nope, the new (HP). Old one (Acer) is dead since November. 3 weeks ago I had a battery change, because of the written problem. Although battery's capacity was okay in some moments (survived 3-3.5 hours without charging), when I moved the computer (really small movements, even a strong Enter pressing was enough), it showed battery is low and switched off - after restart, even BIOS said battery is almost dead. Seemed to be kind of contact error. In the service they said my battery made the same in other computers too - so they changed it to a new one.

The two similarities between the battery breakdowns in May and now:

1, I was playing with EA F1 2002 when the first error appeared.

Theory #1: CPU is probably close to the connection of the battery and the game causes quite a big warmup, so maybe some plastic parts of the fixture are deformed from that heat, losing the perfect connection.

2, In the last period of charging I had to suspend the charge at ~90% because I had to go somewhere and then later I continued it to 100%. (I know it's not that healthy but come on... I take care of the battery, 9 from 10 times I make an almost ideal charge - letting it down to 2-5% and charging to 100%)

Theory #2: simple electric shock... although it's always plugged to a Surge Guard, so it mustn't be that.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on June 03, 2009, 11:12:45 AM

2, In the last period of charging I had to suspend the charge at ~90% because I had to go somewhere and then later I continued it to 100%. (I know it's not that healthy but come on... I take care of the battery, 9 from 10 times I make an almost ideal charge - letting it down to 2-5% and charging to 100%)


Actually the ideal charging procedure for a LI-ION battery is to not let it fall below 40% and change only up to 70-80%, then stop. When you frequently get close to the empty/full capacity boundaries, the battery ages a lot faster.
The method you described works well with NiMH batteries - commonly used in AA and AAA rechargable batteries, but not for notebook.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 03, 2009, 11:24:30 AM
LOL, I didn't knew about it (shame on me, it's based on chemistry)! But still: this problem has nothing with the capacity and ageing - in certain positions, it works for the required time.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 06, 2009, 07:01:14 PM
LOL, just discovered: free space at my D: drive ended with 7 zeros! (not anymore since I saved this pic there)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 03, 2011, 02:25:56 PM
Any experiences with smart phones? I would like to buy one - unless I fail on 18th November...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 25, 2012, 05:07:05 PM
Any experiences with smart phones? I would like to buy one - unless I fail on 18th November...

Postponed. I need the money for more important things.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on January 27, 2012, 01:25:40 PM
If you decide to buy one I can highly recommend the Motorola Defy
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: JTK on January 30, 2012, 01:14:38 PM
I luv me iPhone...  :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 26, 2012, 05:34:19 PM
XP re-install with all the fuckin' drivers and minor programs, 2 days off.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 27, 2012, 12:21:27 PM
XP re-install with all the fuckin' drivers and minor programs, 2 days off.

Hmmmm... faster than expected. Almost ready, only minor programs are missing (although HP drivers are quite stupid, some of them should be fixed).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 28, 2012, 09:21:51 AM
It's strange to see that lack of wifi drivers make my computer a lot faster.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on February 29, 2012, 01:47:51 AM
Yesterday Barnabas poured a glass of water on my computer. It did not turn on after.
Took it apart, left it try dry for 24 hours on the airconditioner, assembled and its working again. Phew....  :o
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: JTK on February 29, 2012, 08:32:28 AM
Lucky you are! I had this once, when I went into the sea with my cellphoen. I took all parts apart afterwards, put it one day in the oven (50° C) and it worked perfectly afterwards for years! Most importatnt: You should NOT turn on the device after liquid came into it, because you could cause a irreparable short-cirquit!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on February 29, 2012, 09:40:44 AM
yes, I know the first thing to do is to turn off and leave that way as long as possible. It is just so hard to resist turning it on...

also if its not water you have a higher chance of screwing up.
Actually this is the second time for this poor computer made contact with water - the first time it was flooded by rain in my bag :( The keyboard did not work for 5 days after that but working fine ever since (knock-knock)


Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: alanrotoi on February 29, 2012, 11:45:03 PM
It's a message! He wants to go to the park!  ::)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on March 01, 2012, 12:31:19 PM
It's a message! He wants to go to the park!  ::)

Or you watched too dirty internet porn.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 21, 2012, 02:31:53 PM
It seems my notebooks are calibrated to work only for 3.5 years. I guess there's something with the motherboard (or any integrated units). Tomorrow it will be taken to the service.

Probably few weeks without an own computer, expect no replays from me in May.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on May 21, 2012, 03:39:53 PM
I have two IBM Thinkpads bought for own purposes. One is 8 the other 12 years old. Both running great with no problems whatsoever.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 23, 2012, 11:10:01 AM
I have two IBM Thinkpads bought for own purposes. One is 8 the other 12 years old. Both running great with no problems whatsoever.

Breakdown of my former notebook was a stupid accident (drunk and stupid user + carbonated mineral water, you know the end...). The current problem is still undefined, maybe it's not a fatal one.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on May 30, 2012, 08:18:14 AM
Motherboard error is confirmed, probably it can be fixed,
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 08, 2012, 04:05:42 PM
Motherboard error is confirmed, probably it can be fixed,

Ready (?). It will be tested tonight.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on June 11, 2012, 05:43:46 AM
We bought Andi a new computer to replace the aging ThinkPad X40 inherited from me. Small and neat, just how we like it:

Thinkpad Edge E125
http://shopap.lenovo.com/hk/en/products/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-edge/e125/

In a recently phased out configuration, it was 2400CNY (300EUR) without an OS including the faster processor and the larger battery. I am quite happy with it.

The X40 will continue to serve probably as a gaming-specific machine (equals to Stunts in my case :)) I just need to replace the failing HDD (with a cheapo 16GB SSD perhaps, available for 40EUR in this corner of the world.)


Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 21, 2012, 07:30:57 AM
Have I ever mentioned that Windows 7 sucks?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on June 21, 2012, 08:19:10 AM
I think its the best edition ever.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 21, 2012, 10:57:08 AM
I think its the best edition ever.

XP seems to be more stable. Windows 7 and Office 2007 crashed several times on this PC.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on June 21, 2012, 10:08:48 PM
I think its the best edition ever.

XP seems to be more stable. Windows 7 and Office 2007 crashed several times on this PC.
That's because Office 2007 sucks... W7 rules
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on June 22, 2012, 09:56:01 AM
I think its the best edition ever.

XP seems to be more stable. Windows 7 and Office 2007 crashed several times on this PC.
That's because Office 2007 sucks... W7 rules

I mean both crashed independently (not with eachother) several times. Office 2007 is a little bit like a colorful lollipop (menu is not as logical as in Office 2003), but the Excel part contains several new options supplying the annoying deficiencies of the former versions.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on July 09, 2012, 04:46:18 PM
/me is planning to buy a reserve desktop computer (< 150 Euros).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Oscar on July 10, 2012, 09:50:48 AM
/me is planning to buy a reserve desktop computer (< 150 Euros).

The price is above 150 but (you need to add a hard disk):
http://www.pccomponentes.com/hp_proliant_microserver_amd_turion_ii_n40l.html

...and if you want i can sell a pentium 3 or 4 for 100€, but you will have to come and get it.  :P
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on July 10, 2012, 11:33:32 AM
I have a PIII n Budapest you could pick up for free but I am a bit far away...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 10, 2012, 09:38:09 AM
Thanks, but plans changed, maybe I'll buy a new one (my notebook is close to the death).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on August 10, 2012, 02:29:02 PM
buy a ThinkPad and don't worry about it anymore :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Akoss Poo a.k.a. Zorromeister on August 12, 2012, 10:21:23 PM
Oh damn, I have a Live Security Platinum virus... any ideas how to disinfect my computer (I don't have any antivirus program on my computer, just an old NOD/ESET trial version which don't work anymore)?

Now I'm on my mother's computer... probably a few days offline at home (not at workplace).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 12, 2012, 11:54:30 PM
Wet hammer should help.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on October 03, 2012, 08:04:34 AM
My built-in webcam is dead. >:(
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on October 11, 2012, 01:34:21 PM
My built-in webcam is dead. >:(

Now the USB ports are going crazy... ouch!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 10, 2012, 10:27:26 AM
The cracked Namo 5 from the prehistoric age seems to be quite old-fashioned these days with its frames, so I need a new (and free) WYSIWYG webeditor. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on December 10, 2012, 01:34:56 PM
you could try the slightly less outdated but still discontinued Kompozer. http://www.kompozer.net/
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on December 10, 2012, 02:14:46 PM
Bluegriffon (http://www.bluegriffon.org/) is more or less a replacement for Kompozer —they share some code ancestry, I think Nvu.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 10, 2012, 03:21:03 PM
Thank you, I'm going to try both. It's time to upgrade the half-dead USC site (and add some content, too).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on December 10, 2012, 03:45:03 PM
I must do something about the SCST site as well. As far as the current replays sidebar go, the final race of the season ended just a few days ago  :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Krys TOFF on December 11, 2012, 12:19:49 AM
I used Notepad++. Not WYSIWYG, but I simply used my web browsers to check the result. :P
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 17, 2012, 08:14:26 AM
LOL, it seems not only Namo, but also my (never existed) knowledge about HTML is outdated.   :-[ :-X

(whatever I do in bluegriffon, it cries for further add-ons)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 17, 2012, 09:41:22 PM
Hmmm... I guess the only thing against frames is the snobism. The old USC site is still working without major problems (even in Chrome / Firefox) - why to change? Is it slower? So what... It's not enough huge to cause real problems. Back to Namo5.  ;D

(This <div>, CSS, HTML5, etc. bullshit is annoying)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 07, 2013, 11:44:06 AM
Ground loop... (or video card problems)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on February 14, 2013, 03:34:12 AM
Yesterday my HD was only found by the BIOS after a few reboots. I am taking bets on when it will go kaput  ::)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 14, 2013, 08:11:34 AM
Yesterday my HD was only found by the BIOS after a few reboots. I am taking bets on when it will go kaput  ::)

Archive, archive, archive!

Ground loop... (or video card problems)

Funny story. When I changed workplace, I got a brand new desktop computer. The only problem was the flickering screen. First, I tried it with another VGA cable - nothing changed. In the next step I called the IT helpdesk and they changed the monitor - the new one was flickering, too. Refresh rate is locked (60 Hz), but when I connect it to my own notebook, all the problems disappeared (as a secondary screen it jumped to 75 Hz). Few weeks ago I called the helpdesk again and got a new computer - but the screen is still crappy.

So: it's not the monitor, not the cable, not the computer. What the hell is left? Some kind of interference with the electric network / other gadgets? (The socket is right behind the computer.) Do you think changing to DVI or HDMI would solve the problem?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on February 14, 2013, 11:20:57 AM
It's the power outlet probably, the display cable (or an internal component?) is not properly shielded and you get interference. Try to relocate - and you can change the fixed refresh rate too.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on February 14, 2013, 12:03:05 PM
It can also happen if you have too many appliances plugged to the same socket. It could be worth trying to plug the monitor somewhere else with an extension cord.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 14, 2013, 01:15:53 PM
It's the power outlet probably, the display cable (or an internal component?) is not properly shielded and you get interference. Try to relocate - and you can change the fixed refresh rate too.
It can also happen if you have too many appliances plugged to the same socket. It could be worth trying to plug the monitor somewhere else with an extension cord.

Thank you! Both will be tried soon - now I don't want to disturb the "roommate" chick. ;D

(Relocation possibilites are quite limited in this room. Maybe I should move to another company. :D)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: alanrotoi on February 14, 2013, 06:06:31 PM
Don't disturb her, but show us a pic of her ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 14, 2013, 06:31:42 PM
Don't disturb her, but show us a pic of her ;)

Her face is weak mediorce, but her body... yummy-yummy... ;D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on February 14, 2013, 06:41:07 PM
Don't disturb her, but show us a pic of her ;)

Her face is weak mediorce, but her body... yummy-yummy... ;D
Still waiting for the pic...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 14, 2013, 07:15:30 PM
Don't disturb her, but show us a pic of her ;)

Her face is weak mediorce, but her body... yummy-yummy... ;D
Still waiting for the pic...

I guess it's not the best idea to publish my workmate's photo... :D

Shall I compensate with hot Russians?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on February 14, 2013, 07:51:32 PM
I guess it's not the best idea to publish my workmate's photo... :D

Shall I compensate with hot Russians?
Yes! Yes you shall!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on February 15, 2013, 01:33:27 AM
Yesterday my HD was only found by the BIOS after a few reboots. I am taking bets on when it will go kaput  ::)

Archive, archive, archive!

After the latest near miss (repartitioning mistake...) I made sure to prepare sane backup and recovery strategies, so everything is safe and sound now :)

On power outlet issues: one specific model in our workplace requires waiting for a while to turn it on in case it is unplugged or there is a power outage. At first, nothing happens if you plug it back and press the power button; eventually the standby light goes on and, after some 10 minutes, it finally boots...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on March 14, 2013, 10:12:45 AM
Yesterday my HD was only found by the BIOS after a few reboots. I am taking bets on when it will go kaput  ::)

Archive, archive, archive!

After the latest near miss (repartitioning mistake...) I made sure to prepare sane backup and recovery strategies, so everything is safe and sound now :)

Is it still working?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on April 17, 2013, 09:02:24 AM
It's the power outlet probably, the display cable (or an internal component?) is not properly shielded and you get interference. Try to relocate - and you can change the fixed refresh rate too.
It can also happen if you have too many appliances plugged to the same socket. It could be worth trying to plug the monitor somewhere else with an extension cord.

Thank you! Both will be tried soon - now I don't want to disturb the "roommate" chick. ;D

(Relocation possibilites are quite limited in this room. Maybe I should move to another company. :D)

Tried both - still flickering. What's more, VGA ---> DisplayPort + applying EMI/RFI filtered connector were also ineffective (at least the annoying "ghost image" disappeared with the first, go for it Rotoi/Chulk/Friker :D). Since I used my own computer several times in the office, it also started to flicker - or at least I think so...

Solutions:
1, My eyes and brain are playing a stupid game. Nobody else detected the problem while watching my monitor. Even I start to feel it only after 10-20 minutes.
2, There's a strong magnetic disturbance. Although it mustn't have an effect on TFT screen...
3, 60 Hz is not enough for my eyes. Another useless factor for TFT, but who knows?
4, Unknown effect, causing a general backlighting error of HP screens (?). Sounds silly.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: alanrotoi on April 17, 2013, 08:30:41 PM
Don't disturb her, but show us a pic of her ;)

Her face is weak mediorce, but her body... yummy-yummy... ;D
Still waiting for the pic...

Still waiting... show us her facebook profile at least xD
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on April 17, 2013, 09:44:12 PM
Don't disturb her, but show us a pic of her ;)

Her face is weak mediorce, but her body... yummy-yummy... ;D
Still waiting for the pic...

Still waiting... show us her facebook profile at least xD

She has no Facebook, or at least I couldn't find it. But believe me: her face is ugly.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on April 30, 2013, 08:26:46 AM
It's the power outlet probably, the display cable (or an internal component?) is not properly shielded and you get interference. Try to relocate - and you can change the fixed refresh rate too.
It can also happen if you have too many appliances plugged to the same socket. It could be worth trying to plug the monitor somewhere else with an extension cord.

Thank you! Both will be tried soon - now I don't want to disturb the "roommate" chick. ;D

(Relocation possibilites are quite limited in this room. Maybe I should move to another company. :D)

Tried both - still flickering. What's more, VGA ---> DisplayPort + applying EMI/RFI filtered connector were also ineffective (at least the annoying "ghost image" disappeared with the first, go for it Rotoi/Chulk/Friker :D). Since I used my own computer several times in the office, it also started to flicker - or at least I think so...

Solutions:
1, My eyes and brain are playing a stupid game. Nobody else detected the problem while watching my monitor. Even I start to feel it only after 10-20 minutes.
2, There's a strong magnetic disturbance. Although it mustn't have an effect on TFT screen...
3, 60 Hz is not enough for my eyes. Another useless factor for TFT, but who knows?
4, Unknown effect, causing a general backlighting error of HP screens (?). Sounds silly.

The IT support promised to bring another TFT screen from the older series: 22" instead of 23". It's not a big loss, since I prefer the smaller screen size (I think 19" with 4:3 ratio is the optimal one for my eyes). They got various error reports about the current type - HP Compaq LA 23xx series - from several users... If it won't solve the problem, the next step can be a ground loop test. Then harakiri.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on June 30, 2013, 03:03:16 AM
This goes well with Stunts I think —I used to have them installed at the same time, back then.

http://www.masswerk.at/flyer/flyer.html

F11 for fullscreen!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on July 25, 2013, 08:56:33 AM
It seems my notebook will break down soon (longer and longer booting procedure, sometimes it fails - motherboard again?). After three major maintenace with replacements  - 2009: battery; 2012: motherboard; 2013: screen (all of them were caused by insufficient cooling) - I won't spend more money for an outdated computer.

The workplace screen problem still exists, even with the third different type. I gave it up.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on July 30, 2013, 10:31:01 PM
ThinkPad ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on July 31, 2013, 05:56:03 PM
ThinkPad ;)

This. Mine has been running for 6 years now, although I had to replace a tile that the laptop broke falling on the floor.

Buy a recent used one on eBay, it'll last longer than a new laptop.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on August 01, 2013, 10:56:32 AM
I have two. 13 years and 9 years old. Both 12", bought used and work perfectly (except battery life of course).
We bought an IdeaPad for my wife last year. Also works very well.

Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on August 01, 2013, 12:56:11 PM
They must be so cheap in Shanghai :drool:
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 11, 2013, 09:15:48 AM
The heatwave was too much for the insuffiently cooled motherboard. The last few days were full of minor malfunctions, CPU overload messages, slow boot procedures - then yesterday I couldn't restart the computer. Error is exactly the same as it was in May 2012, but this time it won't be repaired. New notebook (Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba) alone or desktop PC + smartphone. Probably the first option will win.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Chulk on August 11, 2013, 10:59:30 PM
The heatwave was too much for the insuffiently cooled motherboard. The last few days were full of minor malfunctions, CPU overload messages, slow boot procedures - then yesterday I couldn't restart the computer. Error is exactly the same as it was in May 2012, but this time it won't be repaired. New notebook (Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba) alone or desktop PC + smartphone. Probably the first option will win.
I would choose the later one. Desktop PC's are much more comfortable to work with. And when lazy, spare time comes, smartphone is more comfortable to chat than a Laptop
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 12, 2013, 07:26:45 AM
The heatwave was too much for the insuffiently cooled motherboard. The last few days were full of minor malfunctions, CPU overload messages, slow boot procedures - then yesterday I couldn't restart the computer. Error is exactly the same as it was in May 2012, but this time it won't be repaired. New notebook (Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba) alone or desktop PC + smartphone. Probably the first option will win.
I would choose the later one. Desktop PC's are much more comfortable to work with. And when lazy, spare time comes, smartphone is more comfortable to chat than a Laptop

The first one is cheaper for sure. :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 13, 2013, 11:12:42 PM
Which one would you choose? (three brands, i5 CPU, relatively "cheap" mediorce models)

http://www.notebookspecialista.hu/?id=termekek&no_kosar=&kosarba=&mehet_azonnal=&id=termekek&kjl%5B%5D=38&kjl%5B%5D=6&kjl%5B%5D=34&artol=1&arig=190000&bn=brutto&valprice=5000&floorval=0&kjl%5B%5D=120&kjl%5B%5D=102&akc=0&su=0&rtn=0&mlsz=1&al_menu=notebook_kereso

"Operációs rendszer nélkül" - without OS (Win7 Home is +27000, Win7 Pro +40000 HUF)
4 GB ---> 8 GB RAM upgrade is +10000 HUF
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on August 14, 2013, 12:29:34 AM
I'd go for the Edge 530: nice build and nice keyboard. Slower processor and graphics mean longer battery life and less heat, but they are alright for normal use, unless you want to play the latest games.

4GB are enough memory, the only noticeable upgrade to a computer nowadays is a solid state drive: less space* but the speed improvements are great.

(*) you can probably buy a very cheap usb case and use the drive from your current laptop as external storage.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on August 14, 2013, 10:26:02 AM
One more vote for the Edge:

-build quality will be far superior to all others
-only one with a matte screen
-generic rule of thumb: always prefer a business-class model over consumer-class model, even if specs are lower. They are built to last.
-The Core i5 is a nice CPU choice

If you stay in the 15.6" range (which I find way too big, but this is a matter of personal preference), I would also consider this one due to the Full HD screen - though the CPU is much weaker. Depends on your preferred usage: http://www.notebookspecialista.hu/lenovo_thinkpad_edge_plus_e531_n4i7phv_notebook-10156.html?kat_id=1&al_kat_id=4&ob=ar&
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 14, 2013, 10:40:52 AM
Thank you for the tips. I forgot to mention the personal "requirements":

- Relatively long-lasting construction (at least 3 years guarantee). HP Compaq survived ~12000 active hours with a single breakdown in the first 3 years with guarantee - and then three major errors in the next two years...
- The configuration should be strong enough for the next 4-5 years. Sooner or later the Windows updates and other softwares will make it slower, but I don't want to a significant speed change. It was quite annoying with the former one (despite of the namely strong 3 GB RAM for a 32-bit system).
- Usage: mainly for office tasks and browsing internet, sometimes playing with "newer" games (like FIFA12 or F1 2010)
- Screen: 14" and 15.6" are both fine (matte is better, but it's not that important)
- CPU: i5, ~2 GHz should be good enough
- RAM: at least 4 GB, but rather 6 or 8 GB (it must be still fine in 2017)
- Video card: non-integrated, min. 1 GB
- HDD: not that important (even 320 GB is more than enough...)
- (numeric keyboard is a bit annoying, but isn't important at all)
- OS: Win 7 Pro (the Win8 handling makes me sick)

The Edge: looks fine, but the integrated video card... :-\
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on August 14, 2013, 11:27:57 AM
very slightly above budget, but fits all your needs:

http://www.notebookspecialista.hu/lenovo_thinkpad_edge_plus_e430c_nzx6shv_notebook-10160.html?&al_menu=notebook_kereso
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on August 14, 2013, 11:43:14 AM
and if you are not that much into the very newest games, the integrated video card can be good. Here is a detailed report on the Intel HD 4000. Both Fifa 2012 and F1 2011 seem OK on medium settings. Less performance = less heat, longer battery and laptop life. 

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-4000.69168.0.html

That said, you definitely won't be able to play any games from 2015-2016 if you choose an integrated card.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 20, 2013, 09:29:40 AM
Knowing myself (internet & game addict), the best solution is to delay buying a computer. The next week will be extremely busy (again ::)) - I can't afford to share my attention.

I think a 14" Dell Latitude will win (from another store), with about the same performance as the above mentioned ThinkPad's.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on August 20, 2013, 11:18:47 AM
If you can wait a few weeks, September should bring the new 4xxx series of CPUs, with more powerful integrated graphics and lower heat and battery consumption.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 20, 2013, 11:24:55 AM
If you can wait a few weeks, September should bring the new 4xxx series of CPUs, with more powerful integrated graphics and lower heat and battery consumption.

And probably higher prices... :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on August 20, 2013, 04:03:23 PM
Not necessarily, but that could also mean offers and sales on the old ones ;)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 21, 2013, 02:18:27 AM
I think a 14" Dell Latitude will win (from another store), with about the same performance as the above mentioned ThinkPad's.

I mean Vostro, 15.6"...

Screen: 15.6" WXGA HD-LED AntiGlare (matte) 1366x768 pixel
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3210M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
Chipset: Intel® Mobile HM75 Express
RAM: 8 GB DDR3/1600 MHz (upgraded from 4 GB)
HDD: 500GB 5400RPM SATA
Graphic card: Intel® GMA HD 4000
Optical drive: 8x DVD+-RW DL drive
OS: Windows 8  ::) (I hope it won't be that crappy)
LAN: Gigabit LAN
WLAN: Dell Wireless 1703 (802.11b/g/n+ Bluetooth v4.0)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Audio: HD Audio
VGA port: yes
HDMI port: yes
Webcam: 1.0 MP HD
Card reader: 3in1 Card reader
USB port:   3db USB 2.0
Battery: 4400 mAh (Lithium-ion)
Weight: 2.36 kg
Size: 376 x 260 x 31.5-34.5 mm
Warranty: 36 months (+ 15 days pixel warranty)

http://www.notebook.hu/notebook/gyarto-szerint/dell-notebook/vostro-sorozat/dell-vostro-2520-150593.html
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on August 21, 2013, 10:50:08 AM
I mean Vostro, 15.6"...

Screen: 15.6" WXGA HD-LED AntiGlare (matte) 1366x768 pixel
Optical drive: 8x DVD+-RW DL drive
USB port:   3db USB 2.0
OS: Windows 8  ::) (I hope it won't be that crappy)
Warranty: 36 months (+ 15 days pixel warranty)

Windows 8 is going to be alright, you can disable most of the new stuff (even more in 8.1, free upgrade in October). Matte screens are lovely, and nice warranty too.

Doubts:

Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on August 21, 2013, 11:57:41 AM
Agree with Dreadnaut's comments with one addition: 4400mAH battery is only for emergencies.
The warranty should not be your driving force. You can easily and cheaply purchase a 3yr warranty extension for any notebook.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 21, 2013, 02:12:58 PM
Doubts:
  • that resolution at 15.6" is a bit crappy; I'd drop to 4GB of ram for a better screen —you can add ram later, but changing the screen is a pain;
  • not even one usb-3 port? mmmh, smells of older motherboard, which is not good overall —I've seen at least one usb-3 port on laptops for about two years now;
  • cd/dvd? can't you reuse the one from your old laptop in a 5-10€ usb case?
Screen: 1366x768 is absolutely good for me, as I don't watch movies on my computer (the former one was 1280x800 with the same screen size). Btw I tried a 14" notebook and it seemed to be too small for me.
USB: used mainly for uploading photos from camera (once a month or so) or up-/downloading documents from/to pendrive; no big data transfer
CD/DVD: this one is built-in, I would never buy an external optical drive.

4400mAH battery is only for emergencies.

Probably I won't ever use this computer on a train/plane/etc., only at home or in the office. And knowing the average operation time of my computers, any battery would break down in a year.

Warranty: extensions were also calculated in the price. My goal was to find a decent, non-entry level i5 computer under 200,000 HUF (with OS and 3 / 2+1 / 1+2 years warranty). The other option was a HP ProBook - but no more HP, thanks (the problematic desktop computer + screen in the office are also from Hewlett-Packard)

+: not so bad CPU (not the 3317/3337 models), lack of numeric keyboard, simple design, good brand (it's a quality jump after Acer TravelMate and HP Compaq), middleweight body
-: Intel HD4000, Windows 8
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on August 21, 2013, 02:18:30 PM
the resolution is quite irrevelant for movies.
If you need to open two word docs or one word + excel at the same time, you'll have issues with a small resolution.

All in all, the Vostro is not bad choice for your needs.

My workhorse is a ProBook 4230s, recently turned 2 years old. It is amazing how much it endures but I would not buy it for myself. Lacks style :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 22, 2013, 11:04:53 PM
Testing...

Creating a new partition under Windows 8 is annoying. Thanks to the pre-installed OS, I can't make C: smaller than 236 GB - and can't give D: to the new partition (because it would skid up the DVD-ROM link, according to the warning message).

The OS itself is weird, but it's not that hard to handle - said the beginner, after 40 minutes active usage (too optimistic... expecting some annoying bugs).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on August 23, 2013, 03:23:00 PM
Change the letter of the dvd drive first, then you can use D: for what you prefer.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 23, 2013, 03:31:24 PM
Change the letter of the dvd drive first, then you can use D: for what you prefer.

it would skid up the DVD-ROM link, according to the warning message

So the system warning can be ignored. Well, let's give a try. Renaming DVD to F:, renaming the current E: partition (files from the old computer) to D:, renaming DVD to E:... sounds funny.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on August 23, 2013, 06:11:26 PM
So the system warning can be ignored.

As all warnings, as long as one knows what he's doing. It always appears, makes more sense for disc drives where you might have installed stuff: changing those letters would definitely screw up something.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 24, 2013, 07:42:47 AM
So the system warning can be ignored.

As all warnings, as long as one knows what he's doing. It always appears, makes more sense for disc drives where you might have installed stuff: changing those letters would definitely screw up something.

Every installed programs are on C: (OS), therefore it should not mean a real problem. Too bad, yesterday evening I had no energy to switch on the computer.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 26, 2013, 08:32:53 PM
It's time to give a try to OpenOffice - as long as I don't have a legal MS Office 2010 or 2013.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on August 27, 2013, 12:27:44 PM
as long as you don't need to use it for collaborating with word users on shared documents or creating presentations, you should be fine.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on August 27, 2013, 12:49:44 PM
as long as you don't need to use it for collaborating with word users on shared documents or creating presentations, you should be fine.

exactly :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on September 10, 2013, 08:50:08 AM
Decision about the old notebook: it will be repaired, because I still need some WinXP compatible programs installed on that (rarely, but still...) - there are several softwares I couldn't install on Win8 64bit or couldn't start even in XP compatible mode.

And it is also better for Stunts...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on September 10, 2013, 12:38:14 PM
Uhm, wasted money in my opinion. Your new laptop would have no trouble running a virtual machine, and there's an easy way to do it with windows xp mode (https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+xp+mode+on+windows+8) —if you really need to run old software, of course.

Not sure about Stunts, but if you were playing in dosbox before, dosbox works exactly the same on Xp as it does on 8.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on September 10, 2013, 12:56:37 PM
Uhm, wasted money in my opinion. Your new laptop would have no trouble running a virtual machine, and there's an easy way to do it with windows xp mode (https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+xp+mode+on+windows+8) —if you really need to run old software, of course.

Not sure about Stunts, but if you were playing in dosbox before, dosbox works exactly the same on Xp as it does on 8.

XP compatibility: unless your program is too specific, having only a patch to run under XP (e.g. my damned old MS / IR spectra viewers or the dictionary software from 1995). And it is also better for some old games, like NFS Porsche Unleashed or F1 2002.

Stunts: I played under pure XP, without DOSBox. Handling was a LOT BETTER. In DOSBox, I have problems even with left corners (at least in noRH, but replay handling is also harder).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: alanrotoi on September 10, 2013, 04:07:57 PM
I'm considering to buy a tablet :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on September 10, 2013, 04:30:07 PM
Earlier I thought tablet is useless, but now it seems it would be useful in my work - especially at meetings and trials, to avoid carrying tons of printed documents.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on October 06, 2013, 12:09:53 AM
Yesterday my HD was only found by the BIOS after a few reboots. I am taking bets on when it will go kaput  ::)
234 days later, it finally gave up. This message is being sent from the text-only browser in the Arch Linux install CD. (Backups are right at hand, thus everything is fine :))
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on October 07, 2013, 07:09:22 AM
RIP!

The HD in my trusty ThinkPad x40 also died. Am considering plugging in a cheapo 8gb SSD and turning it into a native Stunts and retro DOS game machine...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on October 10, 2013, 05:27:24 PM
skid Windows 8, Virtualdub can't recognize the ZMBV codec... meanwhile Free Media Player can run those videos. What the hell?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on October 11, 2013, 06:28:15 PM
skid Windows 8, Virtualdub can't recognize the ZMBV codec... meanwhile Free Media Player can run those videos. What the hell?

Blergh. As a possible alternative, this video editor seems to support ZMBV (I used it in Windows only once many years ago, so I have no clue on how good it is): http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on October 17, 2013, 05:33:43 PM
skid Windows 8, Virtualdub can't recognize the ZMBV codec... meanwhile Free Media Player can run those videos. What the hell?

Blergh. As a possible alternative, this video editor seems to support ZMBV (I used it in Windows only once many years ago, so I have no clue on how good it is): http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/

The same problem. :-\
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on October 17, 2013, 06:04:20 PM
skid Windows 8, Virtualdub can't recognize the ZMBV codec... meanwhile Free Media Player can run those videos. What the hell?

Blergh. As a possible alternative, this video editor seems to support ZMBV (I used it in Windows only once many years ago, so I have no clue on how good it is): http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/

The same problem. :-\

Google is my friend... ;D ::)

ZMBV 64bit codec: http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?t=35683

VirtualDub started to work!
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on October 17, 2013, 06:15:53 PM
skid Windows 8, Virtualdub can't recognize the ZMBV codec... meanwhile Free Media Player can run those videos. What the hell?

Blergh. As a possible alternative, this video editor seems to support ZMBV (I used it in Windows only once many years ago, so I have no clue on how good it is): http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/

The same problem. :-\

Google is my friend... ;D ::)

ZMBV 64bit codec: http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?t=35683

VirtualDub started to work!

Excellent. I was going to post the same link  :)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on November 19, 2013, 12:48:38 PM
Hmmm... I have to admit that smartphone is an acceptable substitution for browsing the web when I have no possibility/mood to carry a computer.

Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 05, 2013, 09:30:57 PM
Do you know any possibilities to mirror the display of the computer horizontally? I would like to see this:
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on December 06, 2013, 03:05:00 PM
There was (http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,126603.0.html) a program called pcvmirror but it's not available anymore. Here there a partial solution (http://www.minaware.com/), which I haven't tried though.

Wouldn't be easier to put an actual mirror next to your screen? But then, wouldn't you need to remap your driving keys as well?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on December 06, 2013, 03:07:01 PM
Wouldn't be easier to put an actual mirror next to your screen? But then, wouldn't you need to remap your driving keys as well?

It's simply not the same... :-\ (key mapping was already changed, I tried it once for fun)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 20, 2014, 07:57:02 AM
Upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 made my computer extremely slow (HDD usage is often at 100%, booting time increased from ~10-15 seconds to ~60-90, "hibernation" option doesn't work, sometimes I can't switch off the system, etc.)... fvck Microsoft! >:(

Is it time to reset the system and forget 8.1 forever?
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: alanrotoi on January 20, 2014, 12:35:47 PM
The system should be called "Losedows" instead of "windows" :D
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on April 04, 2014, 03:15:33 PM
Bye-bye XP... (probably the best OS ever made by Microsoft)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on September 23, 2014, 10:13:16 AM
Any idea how to avoid "javascript:void(0)" error? Pop-up blockers are already switched off on my computer, but I still can't enter a certain site (since Sunday, neither with Chrome, nor with Firefox).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: alanrotoi on October 16, 2014, 06:49:35 PM
Not exactly about computer but technology. Today at 18hs GMT -3 will launch the first 100% Argentinian telecommunications satellite. I feel it's a very important event. Argentina will be the 8th country/union with this capacity and apart from USA the only in America. I can't wait to watch the transmission :D.

ARSAT-1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARSAT-1
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 29, 2015, 08:13:45 AM
Upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 made my computer extremely slow (HDD usage is often at 100%, booting time increased from ~10-15 seconds to ~60-90, "hibernation" option doesn't work, sometimes I can't switch off the system, etc.)... fvck Microsoft! >:(

Is it time to reset the system and forget 8.1 forever?

My computer slowed down in the last two weeks: 1 minute booting, then ~10 minutes until Windows gets stable (task manager says the HDD is running at 100%) and when it's over, all the applications and website loading are still fuckin' slow. Meanwhile the webcam went wrong and the DVD-ROM is clattering time to time (without disc). I tried to refresh the drivers, but it became even worse.

Background: it started with the latest bigger Windows Update.

It seems I have to re-install Windows 8 (although it would be better to downgrade to Win7, it's a lot more stable system - but unfortunately it's not an option). If it doesn't help, it might be a motherboard issue. Usually I skid up my computers with overheating. ::)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: zaqrack on January 29, 2015, 09:23:33 AM
I kind of like Win8.1 Took time to adapt but works very nice.
If you do not yet have an SSD, make the switch. Day and night.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 30, 2015, 10:48:41 AM
I kind of like Win8.1 Took time to adapt but works very nice.

Good for you. I find the Win8 family really annoying, even after 1.5 years.

If you do not yet have an SSD, make the switch. Day and night.

Good idea, but... As far as I know, changing the original parts would invalidate the warranty.

Btw the webcam issue seems to be a hardware error, probably a contact disorder. However, I'll try to re-install the OS first, at least to speed up the system.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Akoss Poo a.k.a. Zorromeister on January 30, 2015, 10:56:20 AM
I still use Windows XP and I'm sad because I can't use Win98...
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 30, 2015, 02:59:19 PM
I still use Windows XP and I'm sad because I can't use Win98...

My old notebook also has a (pure, update free) Windows XP SP2 - without internet connection, just for playing old games. :D

And yes, Win98 was fun - it was compatible with Network Q Rally (probably the best rally game I've ever played).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Duplode on September 02, 2018, 08:07:02 PM
After months of procrastination, I have finally set up a Linux on dual boot on my new(ish) laptop. While configuring Arch last night, I almost lost patience and switched to something else, but I stuck with it in the end -- and I guess I'll be glad for it later on.

(By the way, this does increase the likelihood of progress on my Stunts projects, as the path is now clear for me to restore backups and set up a sane programming environment.)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on January 28, 2020, 05:08:15 PM
I think a 14" Dell Latitude will win (from another store), with about the same performance as the above mentioned ThinkPad's.

I mean Vostro, 15.6"...

Screen: 15.6" WXGA HD-LED AntiGlare (matte) 1366x768 pixel
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3210M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
Chipset: Intel® Mobile HM75 Express
RAM: 8 GB DDR3/1600 MHz (upgraded from 4 GB)
HDD: 500GB 5400RPM SATA
Graphic card: Intel® GMA HD 4000
Optical drive: 8x DVD+-RW DL drive
OS: Windows 8  ::) (I hope it won't be that crappy)
LAN: Gigabit LAN
WLAN: Dell Wireless 1703 (802.11b/g/n+ Bluetooth v4.0)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Audio: HD Audio
VGA port: yes
HDMI port: yes
Webcam: 1.0 MP HD
Card reader: 3in1 Card reader
USB port:   3db USB 2.0
Battery: 4400 mAh (Lithium-ion)
Weight: 2.36 kg
Size: 376 x 260 x 31.5-34.5 mm
Warranty: 36 months (+ 15 days pixel warranty)

http://www.notebook.hu/notebook/gyarto-szerint/dell-notebook/vostro-sorozat/dell-vostro-2520-150593.html

The good old (naaah... only old) Vostro is almost dead. I'm hunting again.

Since I don't use it for video editing or playing new games (maybe only the online GEOFS flight simulator), video card is not an issue. Even an integrated Intel UHD is fine.

Requirements: 15.6" matte (preferably) IPS screen, no aggressive PWM, Intel i5/i7 (8/9/10th generation) or AMD Ryzen 5/7 CPU, 8 GB DDR4 RAM (with the possibility of adding 4-8 GB later), 256 or 512 GB SSD. Battery life is not an issue either. Unfortunately numpad cannot be avoided in this size class.

Candidates:

Dell Vostro 5590: https://www.notebook.hu/dell-vostro-15-5590-n5104vn5590emea01-2005-hom-275078
+: it's a Dell, not a Chinese sh*t to the core (although the manufacturing site of Dell is in China, too); upgradable RAM (up to 24 GB); only high-frequency PWM; quite positive verdict by laptopmedia; 3 years warranty
-: integrated GPU, even this basic model is expensive

Lenovo IdeaPad S540: https://www.laptop.hu/lenovo-s540-15iwl-81ne0041hv-blue-w10-o365
+: dedicated NVidia GPU, 1 TB HDD
-: Chinese sh*t to the core; only 128 GB SSD, max. 12 GB RAM; PWM might be a problem (depending on the screen type, notebookcheck and laptopmedia published controversial measurements); annoying high-frequency fans; only 2 years warranty

Asus VivoBook S530: https://www.notebook.hu/asus-vivobook-s15-s530fn-bq435t
+: dedicated NVidia GPU, no PWM, upgradability
-: strange keyboard, available colors are ugly (designed for women? :D), loud fans, only 2 years warranty
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on January 29, 2020, 10:33:06 PM
Uhm, with a small kid around, don't you need something more solid (https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/cty/pdp/spd/latitude-14-5424-laptop/xctol542414us)? :P

Slightly older Thinkpads are heavily discounted, and easy to maintain. For example T580 (https://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/thinkpad/t-series/T580/p/22TP2TT5800).
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 07, 2020, 08:48:26 PM
My new Vostro 5590 just arrived... from China... nCoV pre-installed? :D

(Maybe I should clean it with hand fertilizer spray. At least 5 times.)
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: dreadnaut on February 07, 2020, 10:56:58 PM
(Maybe I should clean it with hand fertilizer spray. At least 5 times.)

The virus should not survive more than 24h outside the body, so you could just wait... you'll still have time to submit a replay tomorrow :P
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: CTG on February 07, 2020, 11:31:27 PM
(Maybe I should clean it with hand fertilizer spray. At least 5 times.)

The virus should not survive more than 24h outside the body, so you could just wait... you'll still have time to submit a replay tomorrow :P

My old Vostro is still capable to run Stunts (on better days), but I don't really want to use it.
Title: Re: Everything about computers
Post by: Cas on February 08, 2020, 12:57:17 AM
If you're concerned that your computer might have a virus, you could just format the hard drive. No virus resists that, ha, ha XD
I do have a number of faithful computers to play my old DOS games, but they are all desktop PCs. I've had them for so long that I wonder how hard it may be to get one of them when I move abroad, as I don't plan on carrying my old desktop computers with me. Is legacy hardware still easy to find?