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  1. Anti-Virus programs are a virus

    I was messing around with my computer and decided to install AVG Free Edition 7.5.524 to see what it would do to my computer, and also to see if it would detect any viruses that ClamWin missed. Besides being a gigantic resource hog and slowing my computer down by 50%, AVG didn't detect any viruses. Mind you, this was the outdated 2008 version, the last to work on Win9x. I've been using ClamWin for the last 3 years or so. Never had a single virus on Windows ME. (I should clarify what I just said: ClamWin has never detected any viruses, but that doesn't mean I'm virus free). So, I've decided there's no point in having Anti-Virus installed. All it does is drain system resources. I see no point in "signature based" anti virus software. By the time it detects something it's too late. You're gonna have to reinstall windows anyway. I have more faith in a good reformat than I do the ability of anti-virus programs to "repair" a virus infection. I was using my sister's laptop with Vista on it. She finally let me fiddle around on it for more than 25 seconds. Anyway, after some checking I noticed she had no anti-virus software installed. Only the Microsoft firewall that came with it. I decided to download some programs while she was busy to see how many viruses were crawling around on this 6 year old laptop. I figured her default browser (IE 8) would be filled with spyware and viruses. I downloaded ClamWin, SuperAntiSpyware, AVG2011. None of them found any viruses/spyware. Nothing. I promptly uninstalled them. Needless to say, I was quite surprised. She manages to get by on just Microsoft's firewall. It's all that's necessary. I figure if Windows Vista can get by on just using a firewall, being newer and more prone to the latest virus attacks, then Win9x could too. In fact, Win9x should be practically immune as long as you have a firewall and are careful of what you download. Correct me if I'm wrong. Seriously, shouldn't it be easier on Win9x b to "plug up all the holes" than Vista? Or am I missing something? So I removed Clamwin. Worthless piece of junk never detected anything anyway. And I just freed up 12 Megs of RAM. I'm never using an anti-virus program again, unless it's something portable and light, which can fit on a flash drive, or it's like Dr Web or Stinger ( i.e. single executable files). If you ask me, anti-virus programs are a virus in themselves. They're useless, they do nothing, they slow your computer down, they allows Anti-Virus vendors access to your computer. Sounds like a virus to me. I always suspected in the back of my mind that the people who write viruses probably worked at McAfee or Symantec anyway. It's a scam! I'm trying to get my computer as fast as possible and streamlined without useless crap clogging it up. So, adios virus scanners.
  2. Gmail sucks!

    Gmail is the biggest pile of crap ever. I've slowly come to the conclusion that for some reason they block a good chunk of my mail. There's no rhyme or reason for it, it's just if they don't like where a particular email comes from, they just don't put it in your inbox. And your none the wiser about it. They don't even notify that you're message was blocked, nothing. It's evil. For instance, -I was expecting an email from a new internet service provider to verify my account, but Gmail never sent their mail. -I was registering a program through paypal from Germany, and needed to receive the registration key from the author, but Gmail blocked his emails. I had to try his alternate email account, after not getting a reply after 5 attempts. -I needed to receive some attachments from my sister, never arrived, despite the fact she sent them -my brother in law had the same problem, never received certain attachments, and this is not from my Windows Me compuer, but from his brand new computer. He couldn't get files from work. Basically, Gmail is terrible. You cannot rely on them if you have important business to do. They will screw you in the butt. I'm done with them forever. I'm going to have to use Yahoo again. But the only way I can access that is by using KernelEx (for Firefox 3.6+ or higher) and enabling javascript.... which is very slllooooowwwww on dial-up. Opera isn't supported by Gmail, Ebay, or most large websites. So that's not an option. I might just throw this computer away. It's just too much hassle trying to figure out which emails I didn't receive. This has caused nothing but huge problems for me. Computers are really starting to disgust me, bigtime. I already hate most new technology. Oh how I long for the internet of the late nineties. Before everythig went to hell in a hand basket. Sorry for the rant. But gmail sucks.
  3. Here's my totally rad Windows ME configuration Web Browsers Internet Explorer 6 (Installed, but never used.) Netscape (no javascript) Seamonkey 1.1.19 (no js) Opera 11.11 (turbo, with javascript) K-Meleon 1.5.4 (no js) Firefox (no js) Multimedia: Windows Media Player 9 Eusing Free Video Converter Graphics Win9x: CompuPic Pro 6.23 IrfanView 3.17 XnView 1.60 Mihov Jpegar Paul's Graphic Viewer 4 FastStone Image Viewer 4.6 11view ImgViewer 32 NGView TruView 1.83 FineView 0.63 New View Graphics Viewer 7.7.2 Slick View 1.4 PicViewer 3 by Annixsoft iview 3.0 by Jogra data ccy image viewer Graphics DOS PictView PV 2.78 Jpeg6a32 (cjpeg.exe & djpeg.exe utilities) Grafx Editor Photo Filtre 6.5.2 Word Processors Microsoft Word 2000 AbiWord 2.4.6 CD Burning ImgBurn Deep Burner Burrrn Audio Players & MP3 rippers 1 by 1 Trout Neutrius Cdex 1.70 beta 2 CD ripper freeware Mptrim Anti Virus ClamWin 0.97.3 Rose's Heuristic Based Virus Scanner F-Prot 3.16 (definitions from Jan. 2009) Tiny Personal Firewall 2.0.9 McAfee Stinger Multi Virus Cleaner 2009 File Compression Ccy Haha ZIP UnzipThemAll 1.4 Simply Zip Freebyte Zip Desktopzip 2008 Info-Zip's Wiz 5.03 Windows components Directx 9.0c Microsoft Installer 2.0 Utilities CCleaner 2.36 Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 cutePDF writer System Information Viewer 4.15 Kernel Ex 4.5.1 (for Opera)
  4. How to Format Windows 98/ME for Newbies by ScrewUpgrading a.k.a. How to NOT Fix Your Computer But Workaround The Whatever Issue You Have By Starting From Scratch* I've noticed a lot of people come here who have an old computer that is beyond their repair. Whether it's virus infected, they installed the wrong patch and nothing works correctly now, the file registry is messed up, or else Windows crashes loading up every time. The simplest method of 100% fixing your computer is by Formatting it. This method of computer repair might seem scary to people who have never done it before, but actually it's one of the easiest things to do. And there's nothing wrong with doing it. All you're doing is deleting files. The same thing you do everyday when you delete a picture or a document. The only difference is in this case, you're deleting EVERY file from your computer. Including Windows itself. This is necessary because often Windows becomes messed up. Therefore, I recommend that anyone who uses Windows Me\98\95 in 2011 should learn this skill. Why? Because keeping Windows 9x running in 2011 takes work. Nothing related to Windows Me/98 is "officially" supported anymore. Microsoft isn't releasing updates or security fixes for it. And since you're choosing to use an "obsolete" operating system, if you have problems they don't have any obligation to help you. Except for a couple people at this forum and elsewhere, nobody works on keeping Windows Me/98/95 relatively up-to-date. All un-officially, that is. There are some really good "un-offical" programs that enhance Windows 9x but I won't get into that here. That's entirely another topic. But if you run into some road blocks, and want to get your computer back to its original state... then read on. Formatting Windows Me/98 and what you'll need to do so. You'll need: 1. A standard blank 3.5" Floppy Disk (1.4 Mb) 2. Windows Me, 98, or 95 install CD Step One: Make sure you get into the habit of backing up your personal files. Either onto a CD-R disc, a floppy, or USB Flash Drive. Since ALL your files will be lost during a format, it's important that you regularly make backups. Step Two: Create a Boot (Startup) Disk. This can be done by going to the Start Menu and then clicking on "Settings>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs." There should now be a tab for "Startup Disk". Click on it and follow the directions. Step Three: Once you've completed making a Startup Disk you can now shut down your computer. Step Four: Once the computer is off, place your Startup Disk into the A:\ drive. Now, turn your computer back on. Step Five: The computer should boot to the DOS command prompt. The screen should say "A:\" Next, type in the following (omitting the quotations): "format c:" Press enter. At this point a message will appear asking for confirmation. Type "y" to answer yes. The format will begin. Step Six: Once it's done formatting the hard drive it will ask for a Volume Label. This is just a name you can give it. You can pick anything. "Fred" for example. Now that the format is complete the command prompt should say "C:\" At this point, your hard drive is empty. Step Seven: You can now turn off your computer. Restart your computer and you'll get a message saying "non-system disk error." This is fine, it just means that there's no Windows. Insert the Windows CD. After you've inserted the Windows disc, type in the following simultaneously: "CTRL-ALT-Delete" Windows Setup will now begin. Follow the instructions. You've just completed formatting your hard drive. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DISCLAIMER This article is the work/opinion of ScrewUpgrading only. I don't speak for MSFN or anyone else here. Follow my instructions at your own risk, no one here is liable. *nicely suggested by jaclaz.
  5. What Are You Listening To?

    Neil Young - Campaigner Neil Young - My Heart Neil Young - Piece of Crap Neil Young - coupe de ville Neil Young - Twilight Neil Young - This Note's for You Neil Young - Sleeps With Angels Neil Young - Safeway Cart Neil Young - Driveby The Mama's & the Papas - Dedicated to the one I love The Mama's & the Papas - dream a little dream of me Madonna - Live to tell The Beatles - Yellow Submarine The Beatles - I'm Only Sleeping The Beatles - A Day in the Life The Beatles - In My Life The Beatles - Because The Beatles - Golden slumbers The Beatles - Carry that weight The Beatles - Let it be Tangerine Dream - Sequent ^c Rammstein - Ein Lied PJ Harvey - Angelene The National - Afraid of Everyone PJ Harvey - Catherine The National - Sorrow PJ Harvey - Black Hearted Love
  6. my folder icons

    the first one must have magic files inside.... nice pics.
  7. What Are You Listening To?

    Rammstein - Waidmanns Heil Joy Division - Decades Rammstein - Spring Billie Holliday - Glad to be Unhappy Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bon Iver - Calgary VNV Nation - As it Fades Gattaca soundtrack - The Departure Van Halen - Respect the Wind Depeche Mode - Dream On Neil Young - Truth Be Known Neil Young - Running Dry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibYqeVhrWqM
  8. Merry X-mas... & Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year too!!!!
  9. 98SE stops booting?

    Rather than "taking it out," which I assume means unscrewing it and removing it entirely..... try unplugging the power cable to the CD-ROM. Then put the computer case back on and turn your computer back on. See if Windows loads correctly then. That way you can easily plug it back in.... takes like 5 seconds. Then you'll be able to determine if the CD-Rom is in fact the problem.
  10. Merry X-mas... & Happy New Year!

    Merry Christmas To All You!!!! ^ Hehe. Reminds me that the latest IrfanView (4.32) just came out, yay! There's aren't many Windows ME programs where I wait for the next release. Maybe like 4.... so it's a nice Christmas present for my poor computer!
  11. What Are You Listening To?

    Jimi Hendrix: Little Wing The Wind Cries Mary All Along the Watchtower Hey Joe Angel Castles Made of Sand Voodoo Child U2 - With or Without You Neil Young - Grandpa's Interview Neil Young - Boxcar Neil Young - Driveby
  12. How to Format Windows 98/Me for Newbies

    LOL @ spoiler
  13. How to Format Windows 98/Me for Newbies

    I wrote the article so I wouldn't have to write any more How To's for formating a computer. I'll just refer back to this in the future. "Tech Help" isn't really my speciality. Whereas, let's all just beat a horse to death and then bring it back to life. I see your point though. Well, if you delete this topic I understand. Doesnt' really help people much... it's your forum.
  14. 98SE stops booting?

    You'll just have to check more frequently for the next bad sector to appear, and hope that it doesn't end up being a system file that gets lost or ruined. If you're computer still works, then it still works. If it doesn't, then it doesn't. I wouldn't worry about it unless you computer stops working correctly. I'm lucky, I've been using the same Quantum Fireball (40 gb) for eleven years and it has zero bad sectors.
  15. 98SE stops booting?

    And it still works like crap? I'd reformat that thing. Go to my computer. Right click on the A:\ drive, and select "create system disk." Or whatever it's called in Windows 98. (For Windows ME you go to the control panel's Add/Remove thingy, not my computer. Basically, just right click on crap until you find something for making the system disk) So, make a boot disk using the above method. Then turn the computer off. Then place the floppy disk into the drive while the computer is OFF. Turn the computer back on. When the computer loads to the DOS prompt it should say "A:\" Then type: "Format C:" and hit enter. Then hit "Y" for yes, it will erase EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN. AND magically fix everything! I guarantee it. Then pop in your Windows 98 CD and install. ^^^ This will 100% fix your computer. Oh and, if there's no FORMAT.COM created on the boot disk (Microsoft's evil attempt to screw with you!!!) copy FORMAT.COM to the boot disk you just made. It should be somwhere in the Windows folder.
  16. 98SE stops booting?

  17. 98SE stops booting?

    I just finished reading Foxbat's link to the other thread. Have you considered re-installing Windows?
  18. 98SE stops booting?

    In DOS terminology: Boot Disk or Emergency Boot Disk = floppy diskette. Yes, a floppy disk that's capable of booting your system. Not the Windows 98 CD. You could use the Windows 98 CD to overwrite everything though.
  19. 98SE stops booting?

    Yes, just ignore all the " " crap. Basically what you'll be doing is changing the file attributes to Read Only, System, and Hidden File. Plus then you'll be renaming two files: dblspace.bin, drvspace.bin *Advisement* I hope you have a BOOT DISK handy. Just in case you need to re-rename those files. In case it makes it worse.
  20. 98SE stops booting?

    Here's some links to a "potential" solution. I can't verify whether or not it works of course. http://www.computing.net/answers/windows-95/mrcivxd/1884.html http://discussions.virtualdr.com/showthread.php?t=7548
  21. 98SE stops booting?

    From your bootlog: Obviously, you're missing some important files. Or else they're corrupted. Something isn't loading right.
  22. 98SE stops booting?

    Yeah, usually those file errors are created right after the failed boot attempt like you reported. It will take longer, but have you also tried running a "surface scan" using scandisk? There might be some bad clusters on your disk, and perhaps they haven't been marked yet, depending on the last time your ran a surface scan, if ever. Just a suggestion. I know that's a pain in the butt (takes my computer about 10 hours), but it's worthwhile to do every few months. If it comes back where the hard disk has NO bad sectors, then I'd format the disk and reinstall windows. If it DOES have bad sectors/clusters, then I'd look into replacing the hard drive. Other than that, I don' know what to tell you. If the hard drive is %100 okay, then good. If not, then personally I'd toss it. I hope you have a good copy of Windows 98 on CD.??
  23. 98SE stops booting?

    Does the computer boot normally after hitting the power button? -Sure, post the bootlog.txt file, it couldn't hurt. More info the better. -this may sound dumb, but have you tried running scandisk? (if you haven't, turn off the background programs by right clicking their icons on the system tray, and exiting whatever programs are running. Then run scandisk.)
  24. compatible digital cameras list

    Windows 9x Compatible Digital Cameras Brand -- Model name/specifications Digital Concepts - "Pink Camera" 7 Mega pixels http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Concepts-Camera-Anti-shake-Pink/dp/tech-data/B001NGC9OK/ref=de_a_smtd ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One trick I've learned about using the above camera, is that I can swap out the memory chips from newer digital cameras, which aren't compatible with Windows 9x, and access them from the older Digital Concept camera that is Win9x compatible. For example, I have several "newer" cameras (HP Photosmart M537 for one) that takes better pictures, but requires Windows XP or higher. To work around that, I simply take the 1Gb or 2Gb memory card out of the new camera, and place them into the old camera and download the picture via USB connection. So in a sense, Windows ME can still grab pictures from "new" cameras. As long as I have that trusty old camera to act as a "go between." By the way, I don't know if that works with all cameras or just this one. Anybody else ever done that? Please share whatever cameras you got that work though. Thanks. :)
  25. What Are You Listening To?

    Gattaca soundtrack - The Departure VNV Nation - Prelude Maurice Durufle - Requiem, Introit & Kyrie