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Posts posted by aussiecanuck46

  1. You're not alone. I work for a fairly large company who used to manufacture computers under their own brand name. They've since sold that part of the business, and now buy their computers from the company they sold the business to. The laptop in front of me is labelled "Windows Vista Basic", but it was delivered to me with XP installed. Apparently all of this company's internally developed browser applications won't work with Internet Explorer 7. I suspect this might be more common than many of us are aware.

  2. As far as I'm concerned I think that everyone who owns a computer should have a decent anti-virus system. The other problems can affect you, but a virus can affect you and everyone in your e-mail lists. As citizens of the Internet it should be incumbent on us all to prevent viruses from infiltrating our systems and being sent to others.

    As for slowing down our systems, we have speed limits posted on every roadway to protect ourselves and others even though our cars can go much faster, and we all think that's a good idea.

  3. Linux is definitely not just for servers. Windows has various versions, some for servers and some for workstations. Linux does not. Any Linux machine can offer services to other machines, or not.

    By the time Microsoft's licensing rights on Windows 95 expire so much will have developed that it won't be worh the time to redevelop it as a non-propriety solution. The yet-to-be-released Windows Vista will be history by then. You might as well start work on OS/3.

  4. Adding more RAM won't help with Windows 98. 98 can only recognize so much memory and then ignores the rest. In fact, I've heard that running Windows 98 on a system with too much memory actually slows it down. Your 64MB should be plenty.

    Perhaps your registry cleaner has a "restore" feature? If it does then you should be able to set the system back to its original state.

  5. The world has changed a lot since then. In 1998 there were an average of 300 new viruses coming out each month. Now there are thousands, And not just simple viruses, but new ways to infect computers. Companies aren't seriously interested in safe-guarding Windows 98 computers any more. It's enough to protect Windows XP. Windows 98 and 95 zealots beware.

  6. Yes, faulty RAM can make weird things happen. Before you put your computer's RAM into her machine you might just re-install her CDROM and hard drives, and try the install again. It could also be a bad ATA cable. In my experience physical connections are the most common source of strange problems.

  7. A couple of years ago I came to the conclusion that even though I had some pretty significant computer and networking knowledge I needed certifications to prove it. When an employer is considering several potential candidates, individual pieces of paper can carry a lot of weight. I, too, am aninternational student. I know how expensive it is and how difficult it can be as a stranger in a strange land.

    I don't know how valuable A+ certification is. I'm hoping it has some value because it's one of the things I've worked hard to achieve. I doubt that A+ by itself enhances my value significantly. There are ways to get discounts. Unfortunately those ways cost money too. I took a course, for a fee, which entitled me to a discounted testing fee. There are some study guides for sale which offer certain discounts as well. There are two A+ certification tests. One of them is hardware oriented and the other software. Both tests must be passed to achieve A+ certification.

    The subject matter of the tests covers all varieties of Windows from 95 through XP, computer internals, addresses (IRQ, DMA, and memory). peripherals (all types of printers, CDROM, hard and floppy disk, keyboard, mouse), networking and connections, (serial, parallel, Ethernet, Firewire, USB). The Windows questions are not nearly as in-depth as Microsoft exams. I wouldn't say the tests are hard. Not if you know everything. They can be very hard if you haven't memorized at least half of the IRQ settings and what they're for, the various stages in the laser printing process, various ways of creating Windows boot disks, different Windows boot processes, etc. There will undoubtedly be a number of questions on your test that are of only historical importance. For instance, "What grade of cable is used in a 10Base-5 network?"

    For a reasonable fee you can purchase hundreds of practice questions from various web sites. Many places also offer some practice questions for free. You might start hunting for the free questions and see how you get on with them.

    As for "doing the right thing" that depends on many things. I wouldn't suggest that getting into the computer support and repair business is a quick and easy way to the easy life. You might be better off to simply start your own freelance computer repair business. Advertise yourself among your friends and associates, offer them reasonable rates to fix their computers in your spare time, and maybe you can make more than $7.83 an hour.

  8. It would appear that your previous installation has somehow become corrupted. As Jeremy has suggested I'd think a fresh installation would be the right step to take next.

    When installing most hardware one should connect the hardware and then install the software. However, with USB devices it is often appropriate to install the software first and then connect the hardware. You may find it necessary to disconnect the camera, then remove the unknown device through Device Manager, then install the drivers, and then reconnect the camera.

  9. Try renaming RunOnceEx.bat to RunOnceEx.cmd. I've read somewhere in MSFN that the file extension is important.

    To try to debug why applications aren't being installed using the RunOnceEx method...after the installation fails, manually execute the RunOnceEx.cmd file again, then look at the RunOnceEx entries in the registry to see what actually was applied. This will reveal whether the %CDROM% substitution was done as you want it to be.

    Once you've figured out what the trouble is, and made adjustments to the registry entries, you can re-test without re-installing by issuing:

    rundll32.exe iernonce.dll,RunOnceExProcess

    from the Command line. This will install your applications lodged in the RunOnceEx part of the registry.

  10. True. A+ is easy if you know your stuff and are good at taking tests. On the other hand, aren't all tests easy if you know your stuff and aren't distressed while you take them? Knowing your stuff is the hardest part, unless you have experience. Then it's the easiest part.

  11. Then why consider their sales pitch? If they can't tell you why you should buy, then....Never mind.

    You obviously know what you want, or at least what you want to know. I'd suggest you put out an RFI and see who responds well. This site is more about specific solutions to specific issues than about general network solutions.

  12. I believe you're now talking about MCSE exams. That's a whole 'nuther matter, and outside the scope of this thread.

    I said earlier 10Base-T networks. I meant 10Base-5 networks. You never know what you're gonna get.

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