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  1. Edit: found the problem. It had nothing to do with nLite. The problem was that the radio, when used with the Toshiba drivers, was not being recognized by XP as being a Bluetooth radio for the purposes of the in-built stack. I edited the XP Bluetooth driver INFs to add support for my radio. XP now treats the radio as a Bluetooth radio and the in-built stack works.
  2. I have a laptop with an in-built Bluetooth radio. Using nLite, I have never been able to get XP's Bluetooth stack to work. When I install the drivers for the Bluetooth radio, nothing happens - the stack does not start, and there is no Bluetooth icon in Control Panel. I have tried with various versions of nLite and with both SP2 and SP3, keeping the Bluetooth, Infrared and Ports components. I have tried integrating the Bluetooth drivers (taken from the Toshiba BT stack), but that did not work either. The Bluetooth files are definitely all still on the ISO. Is there something that I am missing? Edit: The Bluetooth control panel applet is in /system32/ but won't load. Is there anything (an error log or something) that I can check to see what is going wrong?
  3. My notebook has a few devices that I never use, and as such I haven't bothered to install the drivers for any of them. Will this prevent Windows from setting the power state of the devices to D3, that is, is it necessary for a driver to be installed for ACPI to function?
  4. Maybe you should tell us what you've done to use 13GB of storage for Vista? Because a brand new 100% default install of Ultimate takes ~4gb. That's with all the media, backgrounds, fonts, language MUI's and other nonsense that it comes with. Err have you tried that yourself? I find it very hard to believe as my Ultimate install with everything cut out by Vlite takes ~4 GB without the pagefile or hibernation file. A quick Google shows that other people with Ultimate are reporting sizes of 8->12 GB.
  5. Not everyone needs 50 services running at once to provide unnecessary functions, or functions that are not going to be used. There is simply no reason to consume resources with unused elements. There are plenty of reasons to get Vista even if new features are disabled: Aero, a re-written TCP/IP stack, WDM and DX10, and so on. By the way, I don't think anyone will be impressed by your purchase of a riced Dell
  6. Are you sure? Try entering a local or network path; it does not work. It is only a search form.
  7. Do you think that we are not capable of discerning the difference between memory used by the OS and memory used by third-party applications? It is absolutely unambiguous: Vista uses a great deal more memory than XP, and a great deal more memory than perhaps it should. It is true that it is possible to reduce the memory requirement somewhat, by disabling unnecessary services and drivers, but to make any significant reduction will require a great deal of dedicated hacking by nuhi, and an OS does not qualify as 'lean' if it requires a third-party developer to spend hundreds or thousands of hours manually discovering what can be ripped out, in order to make it lean. There is something seriously wrong with the development approach of an OS when an installation of the OS itself can take up to 13 GB of hard drive space. That, to me, bespeaks bloat and lazy development on the philosophy that memory and hard drive space is cheap.
  8. Vista: -huge memory footprint -requires great gobs of hard drive space, and everything seems to be an exercise in just how bloated an app can be for a given function -OS that in many respects is designed to keep the user safe from himself -annoying ui designed to obfuscate basic system tasks, or require clicking through 5-6 menus to get at what was 1-2 in XP -counterintuitive re-organisation of things such as the networking centre, which is really only a novelty -ubiquitous search functions for users who, after having finished downloading a trojan, realise that they forgot that this time they randomly decided to put it in systemroot, and need to quickly get to wherever the hell they put it to infect their computers again(is it so hard to simply organise files, which would render search largely redundant?) -Layer upon layer of DRM -offers nothing that is immediate to the (non-retarded) user compared with XP +aero is ok +resources/performance app is a useful condensation of what previously required the commandline or a few third-party applications +rebuilding of the audio subsystem should prove useful once wavert/exclusive mode applications emerge My general impression is that it is designed to be an OS for idiots and for DRM support. Whatever networking/enterprise improvements have been made are not obvious, and probably have no practical benefit for desktop users. Linux My experience is limited to several months with FC3, and I am considering again installing some distro. IMO the benefits of linux tend to flow from the fact that it can be customised to any extent desired. It can be made lean, pretty, secure, fast, whatever. The major downsides, and which will probably mean that I don't bother heading back, is that for the desktop user there isn't often a great need to customise to that degree; i f***ing hate dependencies; and the FOSS experience is invariably a case of how close applications can be to their commercial equivalents - there are always caveats, bugs, problems to be sorted through, and functionality is generally only some per cent of what the commercial equivalent offers. Two examples - GIMP and OOo. Neither is the better of its commercial rival, and both are always spoken of in terms of, to be frank, the partial extent to which the usefulness of photoshop and MS office has been achieved, or how much of the basic functionality has been duplicated. My desktop/file server is rapidly becoming obsolete in HW terms, so I might get rid of XP on it and use instead some linux distro.
  9. Nevermind - I think the offending component was Ports (COM and LPT). I left it in and now infrared works.
  10. With nLite 1.2.1 and 1.3 beta, I am having problems getting infrared working properly. I have not removed infrared, but for some reason my infrared port won't work properly, and I get the error message Is there some other component that infrared depends upon that I might have removed? [Components] ;# Applications # Accessibility Options Briefcase ClipBook Viewer Defragmenter Games Internet Games NT Backup Paint Pinball Screensavers Wordpad ;# Drivers # Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Display Adapters Display Adapters (old) Ethernet (LAN) IBM PS/2 TrackPoint IBM Thinkpad ISDN Logitech WingMan Microsoft SideWinder Modems MultiFunctional Portable Audio Scanners Serial Pen Tablet Sony Jog Dial Sound Controllers Tape drives Toshiba DVD decoder card Wireless Ethernet (WLAN) ;# Hardware Support # AGP filters ALI 1535 SMBus Host Controller ALI IDE Controller ATM Support Brother Devices CMD PCI IDE Controller CPU AMD CPU Transmeta Crusoe Floppy Support Gravis Digital GamePort Intel PCI IDE Controller Iomega Zip drive Joystick Support Multi-port serial adapters Ports (COM and LPT) Smart Cards Sony Memory Stick Toshiba PCI IDE Controller USB Audio support USB Ethernet USB Video Capture devices VIA PCI IDE Controller Windows CE USB Host ;# Multimedia # Acm Core Codecs ActiveX for streaming video AOL ART Image Format Support DirectX diagnostic tool Images and Backgrounds Intel Indeo codecs Luna desktop theme Media Center MIDI audio support Mouse Cursors Movie Maker Music Samples Old CDPlayer and Sound Recorder Speech Support Tablet PC Windows Media Player Windows Media Player 6.4 Windows Sounds ;# Network # Active Directory service Client for Netware Networks Communication tools Comtrol Test Terminal Program Connection Manager Dial-up and VPN support FrontPage Extensions H323 MSP Internet Connection Wizard Internet Information Services (IIS) IP Conferencing MAC Bridge MSMail and MAPI MSN Explorer Netmeeting Network Monitor Driver and Tools Network Setup Wizard NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Protocol Peer-to-Peer Synchronization Manager TAPI Application Support TCP/IP Version 6 Vector Graphics Rendering (VML) Web Folders Windows Messenger ;# Operating System Options # .NET Framework 16-bit support Administrator VB scripts Application compatibility patch Auditing Resource Dlls Blaster/Nachi removal tool Certificate Management Color Schemes Desktop Cleanup Wizard Disk and Profile Quota Disk Cleanup Document Templates DR Watson Extensible Storage Engine (Esent97) FAT to NTFS converter File and Settings Wizard Help and Support Logon Notifications Manual Install and Upgrade MS Agent Out of Box Experience (OOBE) Private Character Editor Remote Installation Services (RIS) Save Dump Utility Search Assistant Security Center Service Pack Messages Shell Media Handler Tour User account pictures Visual Basic Scripting support Web View ;# Services # Alerter Application Layer Gateway Automatic Updates Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Beep Driver COM+ DHCP Client Distributed Link Tracking Client Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) DNS Client Error Reporting Fax Service HTTP SSL IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service Indexing Service Internet Authentication (IAS) IPSEC Policy Agent Message Queuing (MSMQ) Messenger Network DDE Network Location Awareness (NLA) Network Provisioning Performance Logs and Alerts Protected Storage QoS RSVP Quality of Service (QoS) Remote Registry Removable Storage Secondary Logon Service Advertising Protocol SNMP System Event Notification (SENS) System Monitor System Restore Service Task Scheduler TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Terminal Services Uninterruptible Power Supply Universal Plug and Play Device Host Volume Shadow Copy WebClient Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) ;# Directories # DOCS SUPPORT VALUEADD ;# Compatibility #
  11. The font that the equation editor requires is removed by the 'remove extra fonts' option. From memory, at least one of the necessary fonts is "MT Extra". When I had the same problem, I had a lot of difficulty finding out exactly which fonts were required and then finding somewhere that I could download them from. The easiest solution is probably to reinstall.
  12. Spoofed files are rampant on the networks Kazaa uses because Kazaa only hashes the first 256kB of files, in order to speed things up. Kazaa is thus vulnerable to spoofing where the first 256kB of any given spoofed MP3 was identical to the proper MP3, and the following data is, at best, scrambled MP3 frames. BT hashes the full file, and collision attacks on SHA1 require something like 2^69 hash operations. The files can't be spoofed, but they may still be "fake", in the sense that the file is not what the torrent or filename indicates it to be.

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