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  1. I'm getting this protocol error again: Firefox can't connect securely to (...).storage.googleapis.com because the site uses a security protocol which isin't enabled. This is with Roytam's 5/4/2018 firefox with DLL's copied from Retrozilla 2.2 (2/23/2019). As mentioned just above, I had seemingly fixed this error by copying all files from root of Retrozilla folder to the Firefox folder, copying over all DLL's with the same name. This allowed the content from the above URL to be displayed. Just this morning I'm seeing this same error again. I have no googleapis cookies, I've cleared the firefox cache, and my system time and date clock are correct. I can copy the link to the offending googleapis file (its a jpeg) to Opera 12.02 and it is rendered just fine. It is also rendered just fine on Netscape Navigator With netscape 7.2, I first get a "website certified by unknown authority" which according to Details is Google Internet Authority G3. I can accept the certificate, which I do, and then I get this error: Netscape 7.2 and (...).storage.googleapis.com cannot communicate securely because they have no common encryption algorythms. Retrozilla 2.2 can display the image with no protocol issues. I had both Retrozilla 2.2 and Roytam firefox (with retrozilla DLL's) side-by-side while viewing https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/viewMyClient.html and they seem identical. Opera 12.02 has a much shorter list of Cipher Suites, but all the ones it is is showing are also showing on Firefox. But Opera is supporting "OCSP stapling" and Firefox is not (neither is retrozilla). Any ideas how to get to the bottom of this? Are security protocols and ciphers negotiated based on browser user-agent? Edit: And today, looking at the same website that has all these storage.googleapis jpg files on it's site, everything is working fine again. What is going on with this?
  2. For quite a while I've been running Firefox Community edition (Roytam's version) compiled on 5/4/2018. See page 17 of this thread. Just today I began to get security protocol errors on some components of a website I regularly view. The components are small clip-art or jpg elements that are hosted on storage.googleapis.com. I can post the URL of an example of one of these if asked. I tried one of those URL's on Opera 12.02 and it had no problem. So I don't know what security protocol or cipher googleapis is using for this, but what-ever it is, opera 12.02 has it. Anyways, I've just downloaded and installed this newer version of Retrozilla, and it *does* work on these URL's, so there must be some new protocols or ciphers added to it. My question now is - how do I get this new install of retrozilla to look like my current Roytam version (which is installed in programfiles / mozilla firefox and was not touched or modified by the installation of this newer version) ? I would like my bookmarks, search window, menu bar with quick links to be imported / copied to the new install. Is there an easy way to do this? Like copy some files over to it? edit: I copied all the files in the root of /program files/retrozilla/ into my existing /program files/mozilla firefox/. Just copied the files in the root, not the sub-folders. These files are mostly dll's. So I now have retrozilla.exe and firefox.exe in that folder. I ran the firefox.exe (5/4/18, 7128 kb) and it works fine. It doesn't give me the security protocol error that I was getting yesterday. I note that retrozilla.exe (2/23/19) is only 156 kb. It doesn't run when I launch it from /program files/mozilla firefox/. It looks like the only protocol difference is that Retrozilla 2/23/19 has support for 2 additional algorithms: Signature algorithms SHA512/RSA SHA512/ECDSA Those functions must be contained in a dll that firefox.exe is (now) using.
  3. I don't think that's why I was seeing .Net updates. I performed a new XP install and activation today (july 20) and got 130 updates from M$. I then did the POS thing and only got 30 more updates (on other systems I've gotten 60). I don't think any of them were .net. On the systems where I did get .net updates after doing POS, those systems had installed .net (version 2?) as part of installing the video driver (some extra stuff other than the drivers got installed, and they came with some version of .net). On the system today, after the 30 POS2009 updates, no more were offered. I then installed a bunch of .net versions (2, 3.5, 4) and after that I got a whack more kb updates, and they were almost all .net (a few weren't). Not to get side tracked too much, but what other stuff should I install (that I might need or want some day) on a new XP install with POS that would trigger more KB updates to be offered (assuming the update servers are still up) ? Are there any MS Office updates that are only offered to a POS system?
  4. Yesterday I installed XP on an AMD-based ASROCK motherboard (again, a board with no floppy controller). This one had a single SATA controller, and all ports could only be set to either IDE or AHCI. So I installed XP with the ports set to IDE. After all other drivers were installed, I added a SATA pci card. XP found the card and I gave it the AHCI drivers for it. I then shut it down, moved the XP drive to the card, set the on-board SATA ports to AHCI and restarted. XP booted up just fine, and now it detected the on-board SATA controller. I looked at the device ID string for controller, and searched all inf files for the string in all the driver files I had downloaded and expanded from Asrock. I found only 1 file buried deep in one directory tree that had the matching device ID. It worked, and I installed the driver. Shut down the computer, removed the PCI card, reconnected the drive back to the on-board controller, XP started just fine. Only after all this, with the drive controller in AHCI mode and all other drivers installed, do I perform XP activation (I used telephone method - not smart phone option). It would have taken me hours of trial and error to find the right driver for a grub-based F6 floppy install. Do all updates (about 130, avoid WGA) then run POS reg file, get a bunch more. Why does MS not offer any .NET security patches/updates for regular XP-SP3 like they do for POS2009?
  5. I could scream. Scream, I tell ya. I finally realized that I'm putzing with Sata/AHCI drivers for a controller that my hard drive is not even connected to! This motherboard has a Marvell 2-port controller that I have set to AHCI in the bios but my hard drive is connected to an "on-chip" controller that has 6 ports, the first 4 of which can be set independantly of the last 2. So I finally clued in that I will connect my hard drive to port 5. Port 5 and 6 set to IDE in the bios. I set ports 1-4 as AHCI (SATA). I boot XP, and bingo - it finds new hardware. It loads some new / different driver files and *now* it has the drivers for the "on-chip" controller. I shut down and connect the hard drive back to port-1. Port 1-4 is still set in the bios as AHCI/SATA. I boot back up, and XP has no problems. The Marvell controller I was putzing with the drivers for the floppy F6 XP install turn out to be eSATA ports on the back-plate of the motherboard. So - it seems you can get XP running in AHCI mode when it was originally installed on a drive in IDE mode if you can get the SATA drivers installed. I was lucky my board has a multi-channel controller where some ports can be in IDE mode and others in AHCI/SATA mode. If that wasn't the case, then another way to do this would be to temporarily install a PCI sata card, have XP see the card as a new device and install the drivers, then reboot with XP drive connected to the PCI card. But before rebooting, set the on-mother board SATA controller to AHCI/SATA mode. That way, XP will boot and "see" the motherboard sata controller and then you install the drivers, power down, pull the PCI controller out and re-connect the drive to the motherboard sata controller.
  6. Ok, I've just read the manual. I think I'm gonna feel like a dummy. If you want, the manual is here: http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Manual/mb_manual_ga-990fxa-ud3_v.4.0_e.pdf Sata/AHCI instructions start on page 70. They say to copy the files to a USB floppy drive (?). I wouldn't have thought that would work. But the main thing is that I'm supposed to select two drivers during the F6 session. Perhaps that's why it's asking for the floppy a second time. I'm going to see if I have a USB floppy drive somewhere, but I'll try this again and select both drivers.
  7. I made some progress but in the end it didn't work. One thing I did was use the following sequence of grub commands: find --set-root /floppy.img map /floppy.img (fd0) map --hook chainloader (fd0)+1 rootnoverify (fd0) map --floppies=1 boot I tried your instructions - and they did work. I was able to get a directory listing of A drive. But then I re-booted and the floppy A drive was gone, so I thought there was a problem and I needed to do something different with grub. So that's when I stumbled on the above code. I was under the impression that the floppy image would persist (ie survive an actual re-boot) but it seems it doesn't. During XP installation if you press F6 and don't have your A drive setup working and you abandon the install, you now have a dual-boot drive (DOS, and Windows setup). At that point I choose DOS, do the grub thing, get the dual-boot choice and now choose Windows setup. Very soon at that point windows lets you press F6, and bingo, it sees a floppy disk with SATA hardware choices. I had to mess with creating the right files and oemsetup.txt and stuff to get that right. A few times I make a choice and get a strange error, or a certain file can't be found. Ok, I get past that and it continues and I get the EULA screen where I have to press F8 to continue, and then it wants to restart and says the DOS mode install is over. But soon after restarting it says "put the floppy in the drive A and press enter" and I keep pressing enter and nothing happens. I can only quit at that point I think. I was reading somewhere else where you are asked twice for the floppy and you can set up a ramdisk in DOS and it will work the first time but it won't work the second time (because dos is not invoked hence no ram drive). I thought grub would make MBR disk changes so that the virtual floppy image would always be present during a boot, but it doesn't seem to be - or there are more commands in grub to make that happen than what I've been able to find. I would also like to know how to use grub to check if the floppy image is "contiguous". What I've found about that is hard to follow / execute.
  8. I've never used grub4dos, so yes if there are instructions how to do this then please show me where. Thanks.
  9. With the computer booted into DOS (98 dos), if I set up a ramdrive and somehow manage to assign it as the "A" drive, and if I copied the sata drivers to it, would I then be able to run the XP install (from the copy of the CD already on the drive) and by pressing f6 would it "see" the ramdrive (and hence see the driver files) ?
  10. Creating a few XP installations on couple of brand new-in-box motherboards (new as in 4 years ago) before (I guess?) they turn off the activation server. I did the phone activation tonight - MS still has it working. I installed XP on a FAT32 volume. Motherboard does not have floppy connector. I was trying to figure out how to get the SATA drivers into XP during install. Entire XP cd image is already on the drive and so are all the drivers. In the end I set the motherboard to IDE mode to get the install done. After all drivers were installed I tried changing back to SATA mode (aka ahci?) but XP kacks during the spash screen. Same with safe mode. Since we're talking fat32, is there anything I can do to shut down XP, mess with some files while running in DOS, then boot back up in SATA mode and XP doesn't kack? Alternatively, can I just drop some driver files into /i386 folder (or what-ever folder) where I have the copy of the XP cd and XP will just find them during install? You can do that when installing win-98 yes? How about XP?
  11. I don't know much about MQTT, but I'm fooling around with some ESP8266 modules and I guess I need to set up a broker and the only thing I have running 24/7 are a couple of NT4 servers and a 2K server. There's something called a mosquito broker but I don't know if it runs on anything older than XP.
  12. Got a new (refurbished) Dell laptop for the office. It came with win-10 preinstalled. We tried to install Office 2007 on it using one of our tech-net licenses, but apparently either the licenses no longer work, or MS isin't performing online licensing / activation for office 2007 any more. We are sticking with 2007 because it's the last version compatible with exchange running on our win-2k server. But even though the activation didn't seem to work , the product itself seems to be functioning on the laptop so I'm wondering what's going on...
  13. I just visited youtube using ie10 and after dismissing a screen that told me my browser was depreciated, I got the usual youtube front-end video selection screen and I did a search for a jazz group and I'm now playing / listening to a video in the background as I type this using FF. This is on a win7-32bit OS.
  14. When the system has booted into XP using the original 240 gb drive as the boot drive, the new 500 gb drive is totally absent in disk management. I even quickly downloaded and installed WD data life-guard for windows and ran it, and it does not find or present the new drive to me. And to reply to jaclaz, my first few attempts to boot the system with the new 500 gb drive were with that drive as the only drive connected to the system.
  15. This may not be an XP-related problem, but because the computer being used is running XP I'm posting this here. A few years ago I cloned what I think was an 80 gb drive to a 240 gb SSD drive. The 80 gb drive was partitioned as 24 gb FAT (C drive) and the remainder as NTFS (D drive). The C drive had XP-pro, sp3. The motherboard in question is Gigabyte, exact model escapes me at the moment, it is AMD (AM2 or AM3 CPU), 6 SATA ports, 2 IDE ports. Relatively modern motherboard (maybe 5 years old?). This belongs to a relative of mine, not local to where I am. I was recently visiting, brought a new 500 gb WD Blue SSD. Used Norton Ghost 2003 to clone the 240 GB SSD to the new drive. Ghost resized the C partition to 44 or 48 gb (ie - doubled the size). The original C drive (FAT32) was using 16kb cluster size. Offhand I don't know if that was maintained or not in the new cloned drive. Anyways, after the clone (which was performed really fast, at 3200 mb/min) I placed the new drive in position in place of the old drive, then tried to boot the system into XP. The XP splash screen appears, with the moving / sliding indicator which moves back and forth a few times, then a barely visible blue or black-screen error message is flashed before the system crashes and reboots. Upon restart, I get the usual screen (windows didn't start, how do you want to start this time, safe mode, normal, etc). No matter what I try, I get the same crash and restart. The safe mode startup scrolls a list of files being loaded, and always craps out at the same file (which right now I can't recall what that was). Presumably the crash happens when XP switches into 32-bit mode during bootup and stops accessing the drive using INT13 bios routines? Here's the wierd part. If I boot the original drive, and connect this new drive to a different SATA port, the system boots fine into XP, but in disk management the new drive is completely absent. Detect new hardware does nothing. In the bios, when I select boot device, the bios sees both drives just fine. If I swap the SATA ports the drives are connected to, and I still boot the old drive, XP still can't see the new drive. If I boot DOS with a floppy, I can see both drives (at least the FAT32 partition) on both drives. Bios is set the SATA ports as native (not IDE). I have the new drive with me, so what I plan to do next is connect the drive to another XP machine that I have with SATA ports and see if the drive is visible / accessible on another machine (with different motherboard). I can also connect it to a win-98 machine with SATA controller, and (as last resort) can connect it to win-7 machine. So based on what I've seen so far, it seems that there is a hardware incompatibility between the new drive and SATA controller that renders the drive invisible under XP. Now whether this incompatibility is caused by how the drive has been formatted (ie the ghost clone and the FAT32/NTFS combination of the original source drive) or if it is something at lower hardware level, I don't know. Anyone got any ideas or comments?
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