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Everything posted by techywiz2007

  1. I'm referring more to the likes of standard stock laptops that you'd buy from best buy, fries, and so on. And, again it's personal preference. There may or may not be, but i'm perfectly content with the way my machine runs at this point. And there's really no need for antivirus in OS10.4, the only time someone get's a so called 'virus' is when the user does something stupid and ignorant. And, that is nice to know that microsoft is continuing to support 2000, cause for awhile, they're support was going downhill... Try turning the sensitivity down. And yes, there's still some bugs in leopard from what I hear. As with all OS's, bugs come with it. However vista "at least on standard machines" just doesnt run properly at all. Heck, even my brother hates his new laptop, 'compaq w/ vista' and everytime he even opens internet explorer, and tries to close a window, he gets a 'internet explorer is not responding' dialog. which take a good 3 minutes to deal with. :/ Hmm... all my previous research proved wrong O_o Thanks for correcting me geek, i didn't know. (google isnt always right, hehe) I may be a mac zealot, but I also enjoy XP, (some people I admit treat apple more as a 'religion' rather than a company, and that is pretty ridiculous) But again, it's just personal preference. They are both excellent companies, and each user get's what he/she needs out of one or the other, or in my case, both. I don't intend to start a 'mac is better' war, I just intended to give some info to the author of this topic. I apologize for giving incorrect information about the updates. Btw, @ S.SubZero, if you don't like your macbook pro, i'll gladly take it off your hands, hehe.
  2. Sorry for the bump but... Actually, I happen to own a mac, an older g4 600mhz imac, and it is perfectly capable of running up through os 10.4.X (i'm running the latest version of tiger, and this old machine is faster than most newer PCs i've seen O_O) It's 10.5 which was designed for intel, which is not meant to be installed on such a machine. However, it is very possible to install snow leopard onto a ppc cpu, however, it is not wise to do so on anything under 800mhz overclocked. And, this 12 year old mac, is running the second latest apple OS out there, which is still supported, along with the other OS's they've released. Microsoft, 'was' going to completely remove all support for xp and below in 2008, when vista came out, however due to many issues in its original release, I've heard they are pushing that back to 2010 i think... I personally, as a mac user / yet IT administrator, must have knowledge of both OS's, I personally, strongly recommend mac. Hardware lasts a long time and the OS is lean/fast and clean, and simple to use. 'It just works' However, macs are not for everyone, there are users out there that I know, that if I went and bought them a mac, and took their PC away, and said, here, try this, it's faster and the most cutting edge out there. They would cry. literally. Some people (especially people 35+ who haven't followed computer use) its just not what they need. As an IT guy, it's my job sure, to provide the users the best possible experience, however, I need to give them that experience, within their comfort zone. Maybe slightly introducing them slowly to mac, as 'something to play with' here and there, but not a complete change all of a sudden. Sure it's easy to use for some people, others, who may not be so up to date with technology, may find it hard to get used to at first. So it's my responsibility, even though I personally prefer mac / os 10, to care for the users under me, and to make sure I provide what they need, and are comfortable with, not what I want for them. Windows vista, may look nice, but personally, I would not recommend running it on minimum/base/stock hardware laptops that you buy at best buy(and the like) From my experiences, it runs best on desktop models, designed for it, and that have the correct hardware needed to run the system. Most laptops today, with a few exceptions (IBM / Alienware / etc) may 'say' they are designed for it, but simply do not run it as well as they could/should. As far as the original topic goes, no you cannot download a trial version of the apple OS. there are of course illegal methods of obtaining it. As far as running it on PC hardware, there's a thing called the OSx86 project, which is basically a native install onto a PC. however, if you buy the license, it may/may not be legal, but it definitely is not supported by apple in any way. There are ways of getting it to run under emulators as well, such as vmware / pear and such, however. it will not provide you with the best experience. If you are thinking about purchasing a mac as an option, I'd suggest going to the apple store, ignore all the cool toys you'll see, go straight up to a rep, and ask him to show you the basics of using a mac, on one of the display models. That would really be the only legal way of 'trying out' the apple os. Good luck! [/bump]
  3. Linux is actually very powerful now, I wouldnt be surprised if one of these days in the next few years, that there may be a much wider distribution of it. Open source, now that's the way to go [/offtopic]
  4. Thanks, I'll check it tomorrow when I go in to work in the morning. Is there something specific that I should be looking for?
  5. nvm... had a post written, but didn't read the whole topic, rendering my post irrelevant.
  6. Check the license sticker, see what OS you need, most likely it will be xp home or xp pro. it should say on the sticker. Once you know what OS you need, you can try using someone else's disk, and just use your license, or you can purchase a disk from microsoft or other retail vendor. Once you get the cd, boot from it, reformat the drive, (try NTFS) then install using your license from there. (/your license indicating his license) It shouldnt matter where you get the disk, as long as its the right version, however, you will need to install the drivers onto the computer manually if you use an OEM copy or a retail disk, which doesnt have the drivers slipstreamed into the disk iso.
  7. Your welcome. Make sure you check with your IT department before deleting anything that you're not sure of though, otherwise, you may end up with an expensive paperweight for awhile. hehe Woohoo! another IT pro in the making!
  8. Try this application, to trace where those files are: http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/TreeSizeFree.zip Also, if it's a company computer, why not swing it by your IT department and see if they can do something with it. But either way, I strongly would suggest a backup / reinstall to retain full disk functionality. It's always good to reformat once in awhile, and get a clean system running again.
  9. Thanks, I'll try that now. ~EDITS~ It hangs on safe mode too, right as the progress bar reaches the end... Is there a way to view everything manually? (like on a mac, you can press a keystroke, and it displays all the processes that are running as it boots) ~EDITS~ I tried booting with the 'boot logging' enabled, and it booted lightning fast with no errors :/ ~EDITS~ Cannot duplicate the 'lightning fastness' of teh first bootup with logging enabled.. I tried it again, and it was way slow again... ~EDITS~ I stuck the windows xp cd into the disk drive, and booted, but didnt hit the boot from cd key in time... so it booted into xp, at normal speeds O_O after about 5 reboots, it appears to have fixed itself...
  10. Ok, so I got a Dell GX280, I upgraded the drive and the ram, updated the bios, installed XP on it. I rebooted a few times and everything was working great, installed a few small apps, like yahoo, and a few other apps, restarted, still doing good. Then I ran microsoft update... ran the update. Now when I restart, on boot-up, I get about a 5 minute black screen, then the login screen, then when I try to log in, everything hangs for another 5 minutes or so... Anybody got any suggestions that I could try to remove this delay?
  11. Hmm... I'd recommend a backup + reformat of your drive, and see if that retains full functionality/space from it. Really the recovery partition isn't needed, because (you should) have the XP disk... What have you been using the laptop for? Intensive use? Has there been lots of crashing applications recently? It could be that a few of your log files may have gotten huge.
  12. i was trying to connect my G4 IMac to the internet through my laptop's internet connection, when i messed up a setting somewhere, when i check my wireless network status, it says 'manually configured' somewhere along the line, i messed up both that and my firewall, i restored my firewall to default settings, but i can't figure out how to fix my network connection it still says that i'm connected to the network, but if i go to IE, or my server drive, i get 'this page cannot be displayed' crap is there anybody who can help?
  13. nope, t1 line, it never brings up the activation screen at all, i did use a oem retail disk, but it also was xp home, and i just told it to archive and install
  14. it doesn't even give the option, logs in, shows the background, then logs out, no window, no nothing
  15. fixing an old laptop, did a repair install, when logging in, is says this copy of windows must be activated before you can log on, do you want to activate windows now? i click yes, it logs in, but right back out. when i click on the user account, it repeats t the process. Anybody got any solutions?
  16. i just installed quicktime on my computer, and when i plugged in a logitech usb headset, it played through my computer speakers, eve n after installing the drivers. Also, i muted my computer, and the headset, and quicktime still plays... Any ideas?
  17. it's actually a camera i;m trying to set up for the company i work for with video conferencing, but i have another, an elmo... something or other, it's set up already so i can't check the model number. it's more expensive, but we want that for our video conferencing, but so far i haven't been able to make skype allow single video inputs, it has to be a webcam as far as i can understand. it's not even connecting to our router, i plugged it in to the LAN, and it shows activity, but when (name of network administrator) went to check for it in the list of connections, it wasn't listed. so i don't know what to do now.
  18. can someone provide me a link to a good setup guide to install a network ip camera? i have one i want to use with skype, a panasonic BB-HCM371A, but when i get to the part where the guide i have, says to enter the ip address (of the camera) into the web browser, i have no way of knowing what the ip is, as it's not hooked up to the compupter in any way... please help, as i don't have much knowledge on this subject. thanks
  19. when recieving emails from one of my clients, her email is in english, but there's alot of strange text in them, for example, instead of 'At' we recieve +AEA- and here's a sample of part of an email. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Information need to add on footnote s.s.+IB0-Hanjin Oslo+IB0- V0058E FCR+ACM- CTC304751SZ007 Monday+IBk-s date. Thanks +ACY- Best Regards ------------------------------------------------------------------------ but if we reply to the email, we can read it fine, it shows up normal... any ideas? this has me baffled!
  20. i need to remote from my pc to a mac, but vnc is too slow... is there a software program like radmin, that is cross platform and fast???
  21. try connecting by ethernet. if it's still slow, try a different router. try this to check your speed. http://www.speedtest.net/
  22. i'd have to talk to my boss about it, but we're outside LA
  23. there should be some third party software out there somewhere that would allow me to do it
  24. both desktop management and the authentication, i don't know exactly what the purpose that he has is, but i know he wants it done by friday

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