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Everything posted by MarkJohnson

  1. Thanks, I'll give that a try. Do you know, by chance, of a good general purpose codec pack for WMP. I have noticed in the past I've needed legit codecs, but most my users have no clue. It' would be nice to have a codec megapack to download so they can be sure the popup will be a virus and not a legit request. Thanks for reply -=Mark=-
  2. I find that the majority of the virus I remove from my family's computers is from watching questionable movies, usually jokes or other funny videos. anyway, I have tried tons of malware programs and none seem to block the codec installers or even alert the user that it may be a virus and they should go to such-and-such websites to get safe codecs. Is there any that will do this or is this not possible? These codecs are killing me and keep me overly busy. Thanks in advance -=Mark=-
  3. Can someone help me import my Outlook 2007 PST file into Outlook 2003? I backed up my email and contacts and tried importing them and I keep getting permission errors. I even copied the pst file onto my hard disk and gave it permission during the copying process with no luck. I even manually selected properties on the PST file and marked it as full permission for myself. Any help would be greatly appreciated. -=Mark=-
  4. I only remove them so the install setup doesn't pick up the other OSes and create a boot menu. I find them annoying and prefer to turn on and go straight to desktop. I do have an eSATA port and use a 4th drive for external storage. But it would be jsut too complicated and messy to have all my drives external. I'm too cluttered as it is. I'll try to move the Windows 7 drive around as I never moved it at all and pray it works. -=Mark=- edit: I moved the drives to the top ports and all is fine. Thanks for the tip.
  5. I have three hard drives on my system with each having a different OS on it. I remove all hard drives on each install to avoid the dual boot menu and go into the bios to change out the first hard drive when I want to change to a different OS. anyway, I just finished installing Windows 7 and after all updates and a few tests I decided to plug back in my other drives and now Windows 7 won't boot at all and it switches to a different hard drive after about 15 seconds of waiting with no errors. I even switched SATA ports and that doesn't help. Is this a common problem/feature with Windows 7? -=Mark=-
  6. I just gave my cousin's little Dell a makeover - lol. I found it would take a standard mATX and works with the Dell power supply. I upgraded it with a socket 754 Athon 64 3200+ with 2GB Kingston HyperX DDR400@2-3-2-6-T1 on a Biostar GeForce 6100-M7 motherboard and added a MSI HD 4670 512MB video card. I just installed a vlited Vista HP x86 and it seems fast enough for his needs, but I was wondering if the x64 version would run any better/faster? I could vlite it down the same I think, but don't know if x64 would have more overhead and slow it down, or be faster from taking advantage of the 64-bit processor? Thanks for any advice -=Mark=-
  7. After I finish with the install and run vlite, it gives a popup about needing WAIK. I click on the link and download the WAIK file, but it is an ISO file. I burn it to DVD and have it auto-run and it brings up WinPE or something. I see no option to install WAIK. I must be missing something obvious as I havee gotten the previous versions of vlite to work without a hitch. Thanks for any help -=Mark=- I just looked and the error is that it can't find the WIM Filter and when I click on install it takes me to the WAIK ISO file.
  8. I have a brand new socket 754 Sempron 3000+ and an old Biostar motherboard and I decided to put it in my cousins worn out Dell. It currently has 512MB RAM (DDR400) and I just loaded Vista HP 32-bit on it for testing. It is really slow and I'm very interested in this project and I'd be interested in your results so far if you could post them and I could maybe help you by trying out different setups as well. I'll check out those links better and see what I can come up with. Thanks in advance and let me know how I can help. -=Mark=-
  9. I just installeed MCE 2005 without the 2005 CCD. Alsao, when i nstalling MCE I didn't use CD 2 to leave out all the MCE stuff as I don't use it. Well, now I try to use remote assistant and it says a generic,"A program could not start. Please try again." but remote assistant is running and I can continue all the way to e-mail invitation and it gets the same error message,"A program could not start. Please try again". Is there a way to get remote assistant to install manually? I checked add/remove programs and seen nothing. I think it is just a service not being installed and think otther programs besides MCE were not installed. also, I installed all of window's updates and still nothing. although I couldn't install media player 11 or windows search 4.0 Thanks for any help -=Mark=-
  10. Sorry, but I couldn't find what I was looking for with search. OK, I bought a HP computer for my dad for his birthday. I have to reinstall Vista HP x64 once again from virus that I'm not going to waste countless hours trying to remove and I'm just going to backup and restore the E: drive Factory_Image partition. What I'd like to do is be able to modify this partition and strip out all the added HP stuff(and there's a lot.) I remember a while back someone had a how to guide on how to recreate the partition. I'd also like to have it regigstered so I don't have to call MS and get the thief treatment and spend an hour or two on the phone with them trying to convince them I'm not pirating anything. anyway, I'd be greatful for any help -=Mark=- ps. I have to do this same thing for my brother-in-law next weekend as the kids x-mas computer won't boot at all.
  11. I'm trying to get the smallest vlite install for vista X64 HP for my online game. I am having huge issues and was hoping to eliminate as many vista features as possile for debugging. Plus it would be nice for faster play and I could dual boot when needed other tasks. Please post your profiles. also any commemts on what it took to get it working so I don't reinvent the wheel, so to speak. -=Mark=-
  12. I am having this exact same issue. So for I have done a SP1 slipstream. Then I went to remove components and checked the i use "recommemd" to get basic features. Then I hit application tab and selected Halo 2. Then next page list things to not install, I check everything and the status at bottom of screen says I disabled xxxx items and 10 hidden. I figure these are the 10 I put in reserve from previous page. I am recreating a new disk and added IE and iis features back in. Hope it works. -=Mark=-
  13. I created a slipstream of Vista HP SP1 only. I burn the image to dvd, then I copy it back to HD and run vlite again to shrink it down as small as I can. After selecting the new vista HP x64 sp1 folder Vlite shows the version but doesn't say it's SP1. Does it lose it if I reuse the slipstream version? I heard I need a reverse integrate or something. Does it just not show up in vlite, but it's actually still in there? thanks for any help -=Mark=-
  14. Is there a pre-configured profile made to auto-select all the safe to remove options to make Vista as small as possible while keeping Vista functional. I just play games and surf the net plus email, but not much else. I'm not sure what to remove/keep and was hoping that if I chose remove all that it would know to keep enough automatically to let Vista run. Sorry if this has been covered, but search gave me nothing useful. -=Mark=-
  15. Thank you so much Tarun. I ran the smitfraudfix.exe and it found several pages of stuff on the report it generated. I found it odd that spybot or the other malware programs didn't completely remove it? Unfortunately it still takes forever to boot(about 9 progress bars at the windows logo boot screen, it used to only take 3 or 4 before). Also, if the highjackthis log didn't show the virus, then how can I be sure there isn't more of these things on the system? I've been using your malware sticky and install all the free programs you lists (I did buy the Avast License.) the only way I seem to notice any infections is by watching my HD activity light and Comodo's system tray icon that shows internet activity. Other than that, I never know I have a virus as nothing seems to catch it because it's either too new and there is no definition file for it yet, or it seems to be hidden to the system. Thanks again for your help -=Mark=- ps... I already tried the suggestions for the sound before I posted this message with no luck at all. Today I reinstalled the sound card and tested with headphones and no sound still. i assume the amp went out on my speakers and shorted out the sound card. I enabled the built-in sound and headphones work fine. but my other system still has no sound and my sound card is toast. Now to find some new speakers. these were about 3-4 years old, but not used much, but were on all the time as the power switch is on the sub and behind it at that.
  16. Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2 Scan saved at 12:44:52 AM, on 2/8/2008 Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600) MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574) Boot mode: Normal Running processes: C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exe C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehmsas.exe C:\Program Files\Comodo\Firewall\cfp.exe C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy2ZS\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy2ZS\DVDAudio\CTDVDDet.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe C:\Program Files\Comodo\Firewall\cmdagent.exe C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exe C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\MsPMSPSv.exe C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhost.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\wmiapsrv.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe C:\PROGRA~1\MOZILL~1\FIREFOX.EXE R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157 R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896 R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896 R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157 R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local O2 - BHO: flashget urlcatch - {2F364306-AA45-47B5-9F9D-39A8B94E7EF7} - C:\Program Files\FlashGet\jccatch.dll O2 - BHO: BitComet ClickCapture - {39F7E362-828A-4B5A-BCAF-5B79BFDFEA60} - C:\Program Files\BitComet\tools\BitCometBHO_1.1.9.24.dll O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll O2 - BHO: FlashGet GetFlash Class - {F156768E-81EF-470C-9057-481BA8380DBA} - C:\Program Files\FlashGet\getflash.dll O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ehTray] C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avast!] C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [COMODO Firewall Pro] "C:\Program Files\Comodo\Firewall\cfp.exe" -s O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTHelper] CTHELPER.EXE O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTxfiHlp] CTXFIHLP.EXE O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NeroCheck.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe" O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DiskeeperSystray] "C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkIcon.exe" O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [hpbdfawep] C:\Program Files\HP\Dfawep\bin\hpbdfawep.exe 1 O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottime O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe" O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTSysVol] C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy2ZS\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe /r O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTDVDDET] C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy2ZS\DVDAudio\CTDVDDet.EXE O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SBDrvDet] C:\Program Files\Creative\SB Drive Det\SBDrvDet.exe /r O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdReg] C:\WINDOWS\UpdReg.EXE O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SetDefaultMIDI] MIDIDef.exe O8 - Extra context menu item: &D&ownload &with BitComet - res://C:\Program Files\BitComet\BitComet.exe/AddLink.htm O8 - Extra context menu item: &D&ownload all video with BitComet - res://C:\Program Files\BitComet\BitComet.exe/AddVideo.htm O8 - Extra context menu item: &D&ownload all with BitComet - res://C:\Program Files\BitComet\BitComet.exe/AddAllLink.htm O8 - Extra context menu item: &Download All with FlashGet - C:\Program Files\FlashGet\jc_all.htm O8 - Extra context menu item: &Download with FlashGet - C:\Program Files\FlashGet\jc_link.htm O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll O9 - Extra button: BitComet Search - {461CC20B-FB6E-4f16-8FE8-C29359DB100E} - C:\Program Files\BitComet\tools\BitCometBHO_1.1.9.24.dll O9 - Extra button: FlashGet - {D6E814A0-E0C5-11d4-8D29-0050BA6940E3} - C:\Program Files\FlashGet\FlashGet.exe O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: FlashGet - {D6E814A0-E0C5-11d4-8D29-0050BA6940E3} - C:\Program Files\FlashGet\FlashGet.exe O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe O16 - DPF: {0A5FD7C5-A45C-49FC-ADB5-9952547D5715} (Creative Software AutoUpdate) - http://www.creative.com/su/ocx/15031/CTSUEng.cab O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab O16 - DPF: {F6ACF75C-C32C-447B-9BEF-46B766368D29} (Creative Software AutoUpdate Support Package) - http://www.creative.com/su/ocx/15033/CTPID.cab O20 - AppInit_DLLs: C:\WINDOWS\system32\guard32.dll O23 - Service: Ad-Aware 2007 Service (aawservice) - Lavasoft - C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe O23 - Service: avast! iAVS4 Control Service (aswUpdSv) - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe O23 - Service: Ati HotKey Poller - ATI Technologies Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe O23 - Service: ATI Smart - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ati2sgag.exe O23 - Service: avast! Antivirus - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe O23 - Service: avast! Mail Scanner - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe O23 - Service: avast! Web Scanner - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe O23 - Service: Bonjour Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe O23 - Service: COMODO Firewall Pro Helper Service (cmdAgent) - COMODO - C:\Program Files\Comodo\Firewall\cmdagent.exe O23 - Service: Diskeeper - Diskeeper Corporation - C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe O23 - Service: Imapi Helper - Alex Feinman - C:\Program Files\Alex Feinman\ISO Recorder\ImapiHelper.exe O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe O23 - Service: LightScribeService Direct Disc Labeling Service (LightScribeService) - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe O23 - Service: NBService - Nero AG - C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe O23 - Service: Pml Driver HPZ12 - HP - C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe -- End of file - 8895 bytes A run down of what happened. sorry for long story ahead of time. First a couple of days ago I was getting slow downs on boot. I paid no attention until this evening when I was overclocking and the long wait between reboots. First I update all my malware programs, reboot into safe mode, run Spybot 1.52 and it find and removes smitfraud. I run evrything else and nothing was found. I reboot into windows and it's still slow and I notice I have no sound. I check all connections and still no sound. I remove speakers then plug in headset, still no sound. I then reinstall Audigy CD and still no sound. I remove sound card thinking it was fried and was why it was slow booting. still slow. Dummy me put speakers on other computer and killed its built-in sound - bah. Now I uninstall all the creative products and start uninstalling some of my programs (51 processes at startup according to task manager). I finish and run ccleaner and when I reboot again I find my sound program still running in system tray(still no sound.) I recheck and all Creative products are removed. Could a virus have killed my speakers/sound card? anyway, while uninstalling stuff from add/remove programs in control panel, I see a few odd programs. one was BrowsingProgram. I thought it was from when I installed QuickTime but wasn't. I then clicked on the program to uninstall it and comodo firewall ask for permission to internet. I open firefox and search for info on it and then the wierdest thing happened, it disappeared from the add/remove program list? then another popup came up, but was called AU_.exe. Then while searching for it, I discovered it's a trojan virus. Then I look and a few more pop-up from comodo came up and it was going alphabetical from AU_.exe, BU_.exe, ... and was last on UU.exe before a reboot to get highjackthis installed as the popups from comodo kept messing up my install. I know most of the stuff looks good, but it was weird the creative stuff is still installed? I even had a full menu in all programs from creative. how do you remove that thing? it acts like a virus itself - lol. and lastly there is still another unknown file installed PlayMP3z. There was a Play_MP3.EXE on my desktop that I deleted earlier. I think it must of got ran when my friend was using my computer to watch videos he downloaded. not sure. I remember he said he installed a codec or something and didn't pay any attention about it until now. Let me know if you see anything wrong with the log. I thought there was an analyzer for the log, but it didn't run and took me to a highjackthis site with info. Thanks -=Mark=-
  17. No, I don't run AVG Anti-Virus, but I do run Avast which scans full time. It finds the virus, but it has already done it's damage by installing tons of spyware and disables the internet. plus it seems to not find the main virus as it keeps popping the same virus back up after rebooting. I have AVG Anti-Spyware installed on them all. I was thinking of buying it as it used to work really well before they started the trial version of it. I'm not too sure of all the programs installed as I'm not at their computers, but it is all the one's listed in Tarun site. the professional one that has all the programs being installed. I also have Spybot, but whenever I install Tea Timer it always brings up pop-ups which always get accepted since no one knows what they mean. If having it on will still help some, then maybe I will try putting it back on. Not sure what else to add. oh yeah, it there an article about how to schedule these to run at startup. I was thinking of trying that but I've never bothered to try and setup that yet. is it possible to make them say once a month, it would take forever to boot if I run everytime they startup or reboot. Thanks for the help guys -=Mark=- ps.. If I bought all those programs and they run real-time, would they chew up more cpu cycles then buying a suite? some of them still have single core processor. one still has a 1.4Ghz PIII - lol
  18. I am looking for a good malware suite for my friend's/family's computers. I have installed the free files from the sticky by Tarun, but the problem is that they need to be manually run, which never seems to get done. I only hear from them after it's too late and they've had issues for severals days to several months and by the time I get there it is just easier to reinstal than to try to fix. It seems most of the malware today is affecting the safe mode as well as the main system which makes it hard to update several of the programs and running them takes forever. Anyway, I think if they had some real-time protection they would be better off. -=Mark=- ps. I was thinking of using the suite from Trend Micro as a lot of the free stuff on Tarun's site is from them. I don't mind paying for it if it does what it's suppose to.
  19. last weeked I reinstalled xp home on my cousins computer from all the malware he got and was slow after removal. I didn't want to waste my whole weekend trying to track down the issue and there wasn't much on the system except home work, so I backup up my documents and reinstall. I setup a user account for them this time and set as limited user after I've installed all the software they use under my account and password my account. I take it over there makes sure it works and all is well. I leave and as soon as I get home I get a phone call saying they can't logon to the computer. I get down there to a black screen and press the power button and it logs off and shuts down properly. I power up and the widows logo comes up and the progress bar is churning and then the screen goes blank like it's going to the logon page and it just hangs there doing nothing? I press the power button and it does a normal logout shut down, just no graphics show up? any ideas before I wipe the system yet again? -=Mark=-
  20. My cousins' school computer has died and I have enough parts to put together a system for them. I would like to know if there is an easy way to setup vista to use my slave drive for a default drive for users folder and installation of new programs. They get a virus very often and thought it be easier on me to have vista on drive C by itself and all other data and programs on drive D. -=Mark=-
  21. Unfortunately it won't boot into safe mode. I just ended up setting up XP on the other drive and saving all I could and just reformatted and reinstalled Vista yet again. Thanks for the help -=Mark=-
  22. This post wasn't submitted for a diagnosis, I was posting for a recommendation. I need to know if anyone makes a hardware NIC card other than Bigfoot Network's Killer NIC cards. All the one's I look at don't seem to. even the $1k+ server cards don't seem to have an on board processor. Maybe I'm just reading it wrong. my line of thinking is that if the network stack is taking 6-8 Cycles to procces every bit of info that passes through it, then a hardware NIC card that can offload the processing and lower the stacks proccess cyles to say 3 or less would improve my online gaming a little. that seems to be what the Killer NIC does more than anything. In comparison it is like having on-board sound that is processed by the CPU and a sound card that has it's own dedicated processor. The on-board sound can get very choppy and lose a lot of quality, while the sound cards will have a very light load and have superb sound quality. so, any hardware NIC recommendations anyone? -=Mark=- ps. to answer your question NitroShift, I don't have real big issues with offline games other than the limits of my video card. I have had this issue with online games since I installed Vista x64 almost a year ago. I've tried several things to improve it, reinstalled Vista several times, tried all kinds of drivers, etc... I had no real improvement other than the overclock helped noticeably which shows to me it is having quite the impact, I guess MS beefed up the stack in Vista to make it more secure or some reason.
  23. I have a Comcast cable connection. Speed is 6 meg with speedboost(10meg peak on downloads.) I have a D-Link DCM-202 modem with a D-Link Gamer Lounge router (DLG-4300) hardwired to PC. I'm not too sure what you mean by "The configuration of the PC." My sig lists my hardware, I dual boot XP PRO and Vista HP x64. mostly use x64, only go to XP for whichever programs don't support Vista or 64 bit. It is a general purpose PC that I do some office work, quickbooks to manage my business, Photoshop for my pictures, watch some videos online and movies, lots of web surfing. Have a full set of free malware protection from the malware section here(Thanks Tarun) I play Everquest II and some other MMORPGs, plus other RTS games in online mode. a couple FPS games than can be played online, and a few other misc non-internet games. I know I'm not going to get a huge impact on my online games, but even a few frames per second will be welcome. EQ2 is very stuttering and a few FPS may even it back up to XP. I even OC my quadcore to 3.04ghz (8X380) and the higher FSB helped a little, but still lags noticeably behind XP. I have 3 machines in my room and 3 EQ2 accounts. When no buddies are on I'll sometimes log in the other accounts and 3-box them at once and my xp machines screw up a lot from the lag of the Vista machine and my Vista toon is bouncing around and I sometimes loose follow from lagging out for too long or being on follow for a long time and slowly fall behind until I lose follow. I am in the habit already of running a few yards and pausing, especially if on a corner or they'll get stuck everytime or worse and fall off of a cliff. If I dual boot back into XP on my Vista machine I don't have these issues, so I know it is the OS messing with me. I've even had to reinstall Vista 3 or 4 times this year and it has had the issue every time. Let me know if you need more info -=Mark=- ps, I noticed Bigfoot now makes a light version of the Killer and is a little cheaper, but still kind of high at around $170 at newegg.
  24. I never have any problems except when installing a new program or auto updates. You just have to hit the remember my answers checkbox is all. when I'm installing a program I'll just disable the firewall until after the program is installed if I want to avoid all those installation requests, and then turn it back on immediately after it is finished. other than that I love Comodo Firewall 3 Hope this helps -=Mark=-
  25. Since I've had Vista my online gaming is very choppy compared to XP which is choppy also but much less choppy. I have been thinking about getting the Bigfoot Network's Killer NIC card to see how much it will help, but they want an awful lot of money for that NIC card. I know it has a lot of extra features but I really just want the Hardware NIC so that it takes a load off running the Windows network stack. If anyone has a recommendation I'd be very greatful -=Mark=-
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