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  1. I have a Dell Latitude D820 with Windows 7 installed. All it is being used for is to listen to the network and display inverter readings. The software is SP-LINK, shown at http://www.selectronic.com.au/sppro/splink.htm

    It is not connected to any outside network, only internal. The laptop power usage is still, what I would call, high. It is still using 26W with the screen saver activated. I have taken the battery out as it was old and seems faulty.

    How can I reduce the power usage to an absolute minimum ?  The resource monitor shows very little CPU being used, and RAM usage is only 50 % . The HDD is a little bit over half full. There 'seems' to be a fair bit of disk activity. Possibly it is swapping a lot or needs defragmentation ?

    Can I remove a lot of programs to reduce the power consumption ? (Google Chrome is installed and I will not need that).

  2. 11 hours ago, dencorso said:

    Since you've bought the Win 8.1 media from Dell, you can double boot legally, and it should just work.

    Okay thanks, that is good to know. Also, I have now been informed of some documentation on the Microsoft site concerning VM. From https://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/Pages/support-faq.aspx

    Q. Can I install OEM software on a virtual machine (VMware)?
    A. You can install OEM software in a virtual environment as long as you have a separate license for each instance of the software. It is fine to use the OEM version as long as it is properly licensed. To be clear, a separate version of the software must be installed for both the “standard” and “virtual” installations.

    I'm only running one Windows 8.1, which is within the VM with Kubuntu as the host.

    Plus, I have since found some docs where in Jan 2015, after pursuing the purchase of a "full/retail" Windows 8.1 from Dell, I was informed that "OEM, FULL and RETAIL are the same product. "  . That is the product I then purchased.

    11 hours ago, dencorso said:

    To use it in virtualbox, you'd ned to add the Dell SLIC 3.0 to the virtualbox BIOS, and that is feasible, but needs much more work.

    Is that only when Windows 8.1 is used as the host in a VM environment ? I have heard that the Windows 8.1 OEM Product Key is embedded in the UEFI BIOS

  3. Purchased a Dell laptop over a year ago. It came with Windows 8.1, but as I use Linux/Kubuntu, I wiped the disk and did a fresh install of Kubuntu. Later on, I purchased, from Dell, the Windows 8.1 , and my understanding is that this OS is OEM.

    Now I need to use Windows for data logs. Am contemplating using Oracle VM Virtual Box (  see https://www.virtualbox.org/ ).

    Then Windows 8.1 can run from with the VM, with Kubuntu as the host.  This would be the ONLY computer where Windows 8.1 is installed.

    Can I legally use the Windows 8.1 in a VM environment ?

  4. Whenever I boot up XP Pro (SP3), it is stuck in a loop, trying to install 'Status'. The message is:




    An installation package for the product Status cannot be found. Try the installation again using a valid copy of the installation package 'status.msi'.


    By describing this as a loop, I cannot exit out of it. Cancel, close, tried every button and option. This stops me from installing other programs. I was trying to install Skype.


  5. And you do *not* want a "Repair Install"!!! You want "In Place Upgrade"! Do *not* press "R" - press "Enter"! Read "Method 2" (In Place Upgrade) at the MS link *again*, please.


    I did as per your instructions, and the (XP) install went fine. I'm now able to boot into XP Pro.   :D


    Thanks to everyone for your help with this problem, much appreciated.

  6. Just checked the BIOS again, and SATA is configured as IDE. I worked out how to (properly) get the CD to boot. The XP HDD had to be set as first. Booted to CD, and selected the "R" option for repair. It wanted the admin password, only alowed 3 attempts and tried what I thought was the admin pwd. Is there a method to reset the admin pwd externally ? Copy a file from Kubuntu ?


    The XP pro CD has SP2 on it. I have SP3 on a CD as well.

  7. The new motherboard is shown at http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5QLD_PRO/


    I have Kubuntu as primary drive (sata1) and XP as the secondary drive (sata2). I'm using grub to boot to XP, which simply swaps the drives and then windows "thinks" it is the first drive. Also I have tried in BIOS to set the win xp drive as the primary and it just hangs. The BIOS has been set to IDE mode (i.e. not AHCI) all along.


    My apologies about the old computer. I gave it away and have no info. It wasn't a P2-350, but it was also a P5 asus, that's all I remember. It had SATA, it was just when SATA started.


    I used the XP CD from Microsoft to boot from. It said press any key , which I did and then it just hung.

  8. Thanks for your replies. I do notice when it tries to boot in XP, that there is a (very quick) blue screen, but I can't pause it to see what is written there. I will try the F8 to disable auto reboot. I can actually view the entire drive from Kubuntu. Here is boot.ini



    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


    Sorry for not giving more details. The PC that I used that HDD in for XP Pro was a asus p2-350. It had less ram and an old video card. The drive is a 250Gb sata seagate. I had used the same display/monitor through a KVM switch. The software was purchased probably about 10 years ago. I still have that CD with the COA on it.


    The new computer (well 6 yrs old) is an asus also. If I could stop the display at boot and record that info, it may help. If possible, I don't want to have to reinstall XP pro, as I also have some old win95B software on it that I use from time to time.


    I have managed to take a video of the startup and freeze that frame.


  9. I added a HDD containing Win XP pro (SP3). I can't boot to it, it keeps on rebooting. This hard drive was from another computer, an older computer, so possibly it is a drivers issue ??


    Have read various articles about this, but seems they rely on being able to boot into safe mode. I can't boot into safe mode. I can select it, but it only goes so far and then reboots again.


    When I select safe mode, it displays the drivers, and seems to stop at aswRvrt.sys . A google search on that file, it is an Avast file I think. Could XP Pro also be unable to boot because this computer has a newer cpu, graphics card,etc ? That said, it is 6 years old.


    Please advise.



  10. I'm considering upgrading from an old computer that is running Windows XP Pro SP3 to a Dell Optiplex 9020 Desktop

    The Dell comes with Windows 7 Pro. On the XP Pro SP3, I have the following software installed:

    Microsoft Works Suite 2004 (version 7.0)
    Microsoft Money Version 12.0

    Microsoft Word 2000 (9.0.6926 SP-3)
    Microsoft Excel 2000 (9.0.6926 SP-3)
    Microsoft Powerpoint 2000 SP-3 (9.0.6620)
    Microsoft Publisher 2000 SP-3

    will all these products run okay on Windows 7 Pro ?


  11. I have hundreds of Works (vers 4.5 I think) files to convert. The files are for spreadsheet, word processing and database. I have the software to do it, but opening each file and then saving it as a .DOC is rather painful and time consuming.

    I'm running this on Win XP pro (SP3), and the files are from Win95b. I can actually still use the Win95b software on Win XP Pro, it is not 'installed', just has all the files there.

    So, does anyone know if there is a batch update that will convert the WORKS files 'on mass' ?


  12. I have installed Office 2000 SP1 (topic of this thread), and also installed Office 2000 SP3. Have now downloaded the Office 2000 patches after SP3 from Dropbox, which was uploaded by xpclient, see post #15

    I need to know what order to run the ".cmd" files, which seem to all be ..

    @echo off
    echo on
    time /t
    for %%U in (*.exe) DO %%U /Q
    for %%U in (*.msp) DO %%U /qb /passive /norestart
    time /t
    rundll32 user32.dll,MessageBeep
    @echo off

    There are also various sub folders, which have no ".cmd" files, just .EXE's. Should it all be 'installed' as such, and in what order ?


  13. @submix8c - Thanks for those links.

    By appending CR,LF (0x0D,0x0A) bytes to the end of o2ksr1adl.exe, with a hexeditor, it grows by two bytes and then presents the following properties (exactly as reported by Peter):

    So the file Peter downloaded is bona-fide and can be used safely. It's not that uncommon to get files with some bytes appended to the end of the, usually either CR,LF or some zeroes. They cause no harm, nor modify the functioning of the installer in any way. Sometimes, some trailing zeroes get deleted also... And then it's more complicated, because they must be restored by trial and error... Both are part of those mysteries of the internet that are better left alone... :P

    Thanks muchly, very helpful. Have now installed O2ksr1adl.exe , and then downloaded SP3 from MS site, and that is now installed also.


  14. For those concerned about the validity of (any of above linked) downloaded file -

    1 - search for and download HashMyFiles (free and stand-alone, i.e. no installer - unzip and run)

    2 - Open the downloaded file with it and compare to -

    Filename - o2ksr1adl.exe

    MD5 - 0b076ecf291eb9b1a1f690cb5a1005c8

    SHA1 - 4bc506902b13dd1eaa5f5c66c4cb03000d92af04

    CRC32 - 0a842a40

    Size - 53,816,504

    Version - 4.71.1015.0

    I downloaded the file from here, and the check sums didn't agree, so tried the same file from another OS, and that agreed with the first download I tried ?? Here are the values

    Filename O2KSR1aDl.exe

    MD5 6d16df5656e17b90a6b722ff5941681e

    SHA1 ccc9b51364004759521cce79333f04eced6336a8

    CRC32 3f6009fb

    Modified Time 27/03/2010 7:28:17 AM

    File Size 53,816,506

    File Version 4.71.1015.0

    Product Version 4.71.1015.0

    The length is an extra 2 bytes, that would change the values no doubt. I hope the file is okay.


  15. Yes, I did search the forum, quite a lot, and I also searched Google. As the Topic Description stated "O2KSP1.EXE", that was the file I was looking for. (That has now been correctted by a Moderator)

    Now I realise that was the wrong file, and have been able to download O2KSR1aDl.exe , plus HashMyFiles, so will use the details from this post , to check the file.

    Thanks for your replies, :)

    EDIT1 - Is this file for standalone computers (i.e not for admin install points on a server).


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