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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. 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.

    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. To be honest, i don't think vista is worth it anymore if people start to rip it up from its bundled services, don't bother to get vista if your computer can't support it.

    For me, i went as far as getting an Alienware Area-51 ALX with my copy of Vista Ultimate, at least now i know im set for another 3-5 years.

    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. That's one of the wonderful Vista features, a search and run box in one. It's awesome.

    Are you sure? Try entering a local or network path; it does not work. It is only a search form.

  7. well i do have a problem with the whole "bloated" arguements against vista

    technically everything can be changed in windows

    but vista basic is not nearly as bloated, plus you have vlite to remove whatever you wish, then thing is many replace it with 3rd party apps many of which install lots of registry entries, force startup by default, force auto update and who knows what else its sending, i prefer not to use any 3rd party apps if i can help it.

    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.


    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. 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

    Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19).

    Is there some other component that infrared depends upon that I might have removed?


    ;# Applications #

    Accessibility Options


    ClipBook Viewer



    Internet Games

    NT Backup





    ;# Drivers #

    Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)

    Display Adapters

    Display Adapters (old)

    Ethernet (LAN)

    IBM PS/2 TrackPoint

    IBM Thinkpad


    Logitech WingMan

    Microsoft SideWinder



    Portable Audio


    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 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


    Network Monitor Driver and Tools

    Network Setup Wizard

    NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Protocol


    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


    User account pictures

    Visual Basic Scripting support

    Web View

    ;# Services #


    Application Layer Gateway

    Automatic Updates

    Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

    Beep Driver


    DHCP Client

    Distributed Link Tracking Client

    Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC)

    DNS Client

    Error Reporting

    Fax Service


    IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service

    Indexing Service

    Internet Authentication (IAS)

    IPSEC Policy Agent

    Message Queuing (MSMQ)


    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


    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


    Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

    ;# Directories #




    ;# Compatibility #

  10. 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.

  11. You cant be talking about bittorrent I have or not one I know has ever en counted a fake file on bittorrent. It works in a completely different way to kazza etc.

    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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