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  1. I installed Win 7 x64 on a computer that had XP Pro 32 bit, didn't do a complete wipe, just moved files to be saved out of My Documents and other such locations then deleted Windows, Documents and Settings, Program Files and every file in the root directory. No trace of the old Windows or installed programs left behind. With Windows 7 I'm having a problem with some of the old files, especially text files, and some of the old folders where a program (such as Notepad) can open the file but gets permission denied when attempting to save back to the file it just opened. With folders I sometimes get a permission denied when trying to save files to them, hard drives in the PC or even on some USB drives used with XP. The login account has Administrator rights. I've also reset permissions on everything but it still does the same permission denied thing. With XP I never set any passwords or encryption on any files or folders, nor did I use compression. What do I have to do to get full access to my files and folders, especially ones that have never ever been in any location (such as My documents) that Windows provides any special security to - whether or not the user wants it. It's simply ridiculous to plug in a USB drive with an old text file on it, open it with notepad then have to save the file with a different name or even in a completely different location, then have to copy/rename it over the original, a feat for which I have to click a "Yes I really really want to do that." button to shove aside Windows 'protection' with Administrator authority. If I can override the security then it should happen automatically for such functions and clear off any old settings on the file or folder - unless the file is something critical that should not be modified except under specific circumstances. A many years old text file with a few recipes I saved does not qualify for that kind of protection. I would much prefer to have NO specific ownership or security set on any file that does not absolutely need it. I have many computers which I often move stuff among and this fight over who owns files get quite annoying - especially when it interferes with proper function of programs, like being unable to overwrite files they just opened.
  2. Is there a way to use a Linear Flash PCMCIA card with Windows 7 x64? I picked up some old telecom equipment and plugged into one of the items was a 1993 vintage Intel memory card - and my MPC T2500 laptop with Windows 7 just happens to have a CardBus slot... (2008 and MPC hadn't gone to ExpressCard- when everything else they did was top of the line hardware) Plugged it in, ID'ed as an Intel series 2-04. Pre-Vista, Windows included drivers for these things. Why would I want to use it when it's very likely to only have a few megabytes capacity? Security through "My system has no slot to plug this into." obsolescence. ;-) Can't read things like a password file if you can't plug the storage media into anything. To think these cards used to be considered tiny...
  3. I want a new, updated version of the KeyPro KF9000. It's a 129 key beast. In addition to the typical 104 keys it has an additional programmable function keys, programmable with the keyboard itself. It also has 8 arrow keys in a square with a Turbo button in the center. But wait, there's more! Additional keys in the number pad and an LCD display to make it a 6-function calculator. There's also a Prog key and another key which is blank and apparently does nothing at all. Connection is via ye olde 5 pin DIN AT plug, connected to a PS/2 adapter. A NiCd battery (charges from keyboard port power) keeps the program settings and calculator memory. The switches are mechanical clicky types, but don't have the quiet little *twang* of the buckling spring type. The final unique feature is a tilting holder across the top into which cardboard strips fit. On those strips are printed keyboard commands for various programs like Microsogt Word 5.0, Lotus 1-2-3 R3.1, Wordstar 4.0 and dBASE IV. There's also some blank ones. There's up to four commands for each F-key, displayed in black, green, red and blue. The Alt keys are black, Ctrl keys are red and Shift keys are green - thus the blue commands are for the F-keys without a modifier. (So why aren't the F-keys blue?) I have two of these keyboards, keeping one as a spare lest the one I use on *my* computer - the one nobody else uses, ever, should fail. It does have a few issues. The calculator can't send the numbers on its display to the computer. While it does have the large Backspace and reverse L Enter keys, the backslash key is occupying the space where the right end of the large right Shift should be. The Prog key is sitting between the right Alt and Ctrl where Backslash ought to be. The blank, no-function key is between the left Crtl and Alt. I wonder if that blank might be a PF shift, that would give it 24 programmable functions. (I've never actually used the programmable keys... I should at least set them up with Photoshop toolbox commands or something.) To modernize the FK9000 it would firstly need to be USB (but also PS/2 compatible with one of those adapters like). The next improvement would be enabling the calculator to send its display data to the computer. I'd also fix the location of the backslash key by putting it where it's supposed to be, where no keyboard made since the advent of the Windows keys in the mid 90's has had it - back between the right Alt and Ctrl. That would allow the large right Shift to be stretched to its full and proper width. I'd move the PRog key up next to the Esc key - and be sure to have the firmware coded so that merely striking Prog by itself does nothing. For storing the programming of the PF keys it could use an EEPROM or other form of NVRAM that can take a large number of write cycles. What wouldn't be "modernized"? No Windows keys. In the 18~19 years they've been inflicted on keyboards and preventing the production of my favorite key layout, I have very rarely ever used them. I never wanted them and don't need them. You want winkeys on the nex-gen FK9000? Program a couple of the PF keys to do them. Now onto dream territory... A dot matrix LCD on the calculator, capable of receiving data from the computer and also used for the local PF key programming. Making every key programmable. A built in USB 3.0 hub. And may as well have a color OLED display above the F-keys instead of using the cardboard strips. Make it hacker friendly! Bring out the key matrix to a port so it can be used with custom built systems or vintage computers. How about interchangeable cables for PS/2, USB, PC/AT and even PC/XT and Macintosh ADB? Adding an LCD beside the PF keys might make it too long, but that would have the possibility of programming multiple command sets and a way to easily switch amongst them. Having the PF keys automatically switch commands to the program with current focus would be extra nice. Switch to Photoshop and they're the toolbox commands, click to Word and they do things like opening and saving files or start a mailmerge - without the user having to manually do the switch. Such functionality wouldn't need the LCD but it would need software support on the computer. If I knew whom to talk to at a keyboard manufacturer, I'd try doing a Kickstarter campaign - at least to get the basic modernized model into production.
  4. Ultimate is supposed to install the games by default and the status of Programs and Features indicates they should be installed, but they don't appear to be. I rarely do an upgrade install due to issues similar to this. There's almost always something that needs more work to resolve or repair.
  5. I did all that sort of thing. Made no difference. 16 years is a good long lifetime for a keyboard.
  6. I did an upgrade from XP Pro SP3 to 32bit Vista Ultimate. All the old software installed in XP works in Vista (Microsoft Greetings Workshop has to be run in Win98 comp mode) but the Games folder on the Start menu contains only a shortcut to Games Explorer. In programs and features, all the game checkboxes are checked, so where are the Vista games? The client is missing her Solitaire. If I'd done a clean install and had to go through all the file moving and software reinstalling, all the Vista games would be there. The Outlook Express account and e-mail imported automatically into Windows Mail without a problem, but simply installing the new games, not so much.
  7. I plugged in a used Microsoft Natural 4000 keyboard into a USB port to see if it was a good one. Apparently not, no response from most keys and others gave incorrect results, among them Backspace producing that box character with a pointed top. So I unplugged it and went to do something else... what the frell??? The keyboard plugged into the PS/2 port was acting the same way! And the mouse wheel no longer worked, right click menus were screwed up and it acted like the Ctrl key was stuck on. On to troubleshooting. Tried removing the keyboard and mouse drivers and rebooting. No change. Tried getting into Safe Mode. Couldn't do that. Tried to use System Restore to go back to yesterday but the Next button wouldn't work. Something must seriously be fouled up with the keyboard driver... so out comes the big DaRT gun. Hello? What's this? The keyboard misbehaves exactly the same way in that? So I shut it down, swap in a Gateway keyboard, boot up and all is fine. Dunno why the Tiger Direct keyboard failed, it was only 16 years old... Been using it since my first PC with Windows 98. Others have come, briefly, then gone as I went back to the TD. (But I still pine for the *perfect* layout that no keyboards have been made with since the advent of the Win Keys.) Just really odd that it went bonkers at the exact instant I plugged in that fancy pants, cushy wrist rest* MS Natural Keyboard. Now I'll have to try it again, on a different computer. *I have two that I know work fine, should get some thin glove leather to reupholster the wrist rests.
  8. Thanks. Someone else gave me this link. http://www.sendspace.com/file/vjz9xa
  9. The DLL is ConResEn.dll and the empty folder is __Samsung_Update. Two _ in the front. Likely location where the flasher would stash the bios file(s) if it would work. I found a Phoenix BIOS mod utility which extracts some files from it but also has several error messages doing it. Don't know if the files are simply not in the flasher or if the tool isn't completely compatible with this flasher. I may have to do a bootable live XP 32 bit USB stick with the laptop power management support* to see if it's an issue with Win 7 x64. MPC went out of business not long after the release of Vista. *UBCD4Win, ERD Commander/DART don't have it, thus the flasher refuses to run. Gah! Gimmie a bare ROM file and a DOS flasher program any day over this bolshoi.
  10. BIOS flasher for an MPC TransPort T2500 laptop. http://www.mpcdrivers.com/sylvia/Support/Notebook/T2500/BIO001252-02_T2500_BIOS_04AG.exe That download is itself a simple self extracting archive that creates a directory, extracts its contents then executes it. Seems a bit pointless when it only contains a single file. It's that single file which Universal Extractor can't pull anything from. The desired content to be pulled out is a Phoenix BIOS file. Other MPC BIOS flashers on that site are also likely to be this way. I've tried running it on its intended target, an MPC T2500, and on other laptops, but it does not drop anything into temp except for a 64K DLL and an empty folder. Unless it's extracting the BIOS elsewhere or holding it in RAM, it apparently doesn't pull it out until it actually begins the flash operation. Since the laptop already has the same BIOS version, it appears to be written to not complete the flash, in an inelegant fashion by crashing with an error message. It can't be run on a desktop because it first looks for a battery with at least 30% charge, then it looks for a connected AC adapter. A possible helpful clue is the T2500 and most, if not all, other Micron, Micron PC and MPC laptops were made by Samsung.
  11. I have a laptop with Win 7 x64 installed and need to update the BIOS, but the manufacturers BIOS flasher only works with 32 bit XP. I've tried UBCD4Win and ERD Commander but it won't work with them, no power monitoring. I haven't been able to extract or get the BIOS file to use another flash program. Without power monitoring, the flash program only gets as far as dropping a 64k DLL and an empty folder into Temp. I tried on another, different brand, laptop (also running 7 x64) and got as far as far as getting the window with the button to go ahead and flash, or cancel - and still the rotten thing had not extracted the BIOS file to anywhere - except perhaps holding it in RAM. Now that I think more on this, seems very odd that the flasher would run at all on "foreign" hardware yet fail on the machine it is supposed to work on, with the same OS. So without finding some program able to rip apart the flash program to extract the BIOS file, it either needs a CD or USB bootable live XP, or I'll have to swap in a different hard drive and do a complete install of XP just to update the BIOS. The flasher may also work on Vista x32, which was an option on this laptop. I haven't found any mention of Vista x64 even though most of this model came stock with a 64 bit Core 2 Duo and 4 gigs RAM. Win 7 was never a factory install since the company went out of business before 7 was released.
  12. Finally, success. Downloaded the F6 Intel Matrix Storage Manageer driver floppy, extracted the WinImage EXE, used MagicISO to extract iastor.sys from that temp.IMA file. Plugged the hard drive into a non-Dell computer. Then UBCD4Win was able to boot correctly. Copied iastor.sys to windows\system32\drivers and used the remote Registry editor to merge Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\CriticalDeviceDatabase\pci#ven_8086&dev_2922&cc_0106]"Service"="iaStor""ClassGUID"="{4D36E96A-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}"[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStor]"Type"=dword:00000001"Start"=dword:00000000"Group"="SCSI miniport""ErrorControl"=dword:00000001"ImagePath"="system32\\drivers\\iaStor.sys""tag"=dword:00000019"DisplayName"="Intel AHCI Controller"[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStor\Parameters]"queuePriorityEnable"=dword:00000000[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStor\Enum]"0"="PCI\\VEN_8086&DEV_2922&SUBSYS_B0051458&REV_02\\3&13c0b0c5&0&FA""Count"=dword:00000001"NextInstance"=dword:00000001NOW it boots the Dell into Windows XP so *finally* I can do the XP32 to Vista32 upgrade. From there I should be able to OEM the thing and the horrid little black box can go off to a happy owner.
  13. Going to try UBCD4Win on a flash drive to correct the HDC. Then I'll try starting Vista 32 bit upgrade from a flash drive. That it'll boot from. For some reason this Optiplex 255 claims it can't read a file (after it boots from the disc) on every bootable CD or DVD I've tried - all of which I know are just fine because they work on other computers. Try to use the F12 boot menu to boot from USB and it locks up, but set USB to be the first option in BIOS and it'll boot. Gets the same bogus "errors" from discs either way. It'd probably work fine with a replicated Dell OEM XP or Vista disc. (Stupid backarsewards design with the slots on the wrong end - and everything else proprietary about it! How can it cost them less to make a completely custom design???) Edit: Now this is just crazy. UBCD4Win boots off USB to the menu, I launch it and partway through it switches to booting off the hard drive and of course BSOD. How can it be use to fix a PC that will not boot if it insists on attempting to boot off the hard drive? In over 30 years I've not seen a PC so resistant to functioning properly as this Dell!
  14. I've taken a hard drive with XP Pro 32 bit from a dead system (failing power supply) and installed it in a Dell Optiplex 755 that came with Vista. XP fails to boot the Dell. Stop error 0x0000007b. Most likely the SATA controller in the old box was set to IDE mode. What I'd like to do is boot off a Vista DVD, do an upgrade (32bit) to keep all the owner's files etc, then convert to OEM to match the original Vista version the Dell shipped with. Should be all legal etc since the computer will have the same OS version it originally came with. Edit: Just tried the ATA and Legacy settings on the Dell, it refuses to see the hard drive as a boot device with those. It'll only boot off the hard drive when set the AHCI mode.
  15. Could be IE 11. Whichever it is, it's completely silly for Microsoft to not have made certain that one of their flagship online products actually works with their own browser.
  16. Went to a client's office today. She replaced a horrid old underpowered Dell XP box (circa 2005 with only 256 megs RAM she never would have upgraded) with a HP Win 7 Home Premium system with 6 gig RAM. For her business e-mail she uses what used to be Outlook.com and before that was MSN's e-mail. It worked just fine with Firefox on XP but she wasn't happy with the browser for various reasons. Now on the newer computer the e-mail just flat out does not work in Internet Explorer 10. Logs in but from there it's all a wreck. Might be able to get to Inbox, and sometimes it's possible to reply to an e-mail. Getting into other folders only works once in a while but only by right clicking then clicking open in a new tab. Most of the time there are the white dots running across the top. Also, IE is constantly claiming it has stopped working even though it's still loading sites and working as it should (except with the MS e-mail). Complete, utter FAIL. I'd think that if any website should work 100% perfectly in the latest web browser from Microsoft, it should be a website from Microsoft. So I installed Google Chrome, go to the e-mail and it's like 1960's Batman pounding the Joker, *BAM* *BIFF* *POW* the site is fast and smooth as can be. Not a glitch, not a problem, no delays, it's as if it's working with everything directly on the PC. (The office has very fast internet.) Client is happy happy joy joy. So color me confused. Why is MS+MS=FAIL on this and are there any known solutions to this issue? Or do we just wait for Microsoft to get around to making their own products work together? I know it's not a unique or even rare problem, a quick *ahem* Google or even Bing search shows it's very common, and also happened in the previous incarnation of MS's e-mail site. Until Microsoft gets their act together, I'll just recommend Chrome to everyone having this issue. If they don't like Chrome, too bad, it's what works.
  17. I'm putting together a system around an AM3 board with the AMD 870 SB850 chipset, so I go to AMD's site, to drivers and downloads. All they have are video drivers. This board doesn't have integrated video. The board manufacturer's download is version 8.947.0.0 release date 2012-09-20 If there's a newer release, I want it. At least I can get the video drivers for the Radeon HD 6870, of course bundled/bloated with Catalyst and other stuff I won't be installing and would rather not waste the time and space to download.
  18. No antivirus on the system being used for this. It's not connected to the internet. 5eraph, I'll try your script, thanks.
  19. I've found this, was for 500, I changed the 500 to 1000 but it doesn't move 1,000 files. It first moved 997 files and each time it moves fewer. The 21st iteration only moved 923. The decrement in the number of files it moves is not always the same, it goes up and down but is always less than the previous number. echo offmd folder1SETLOCAL EnableDelayedExpansionset movedFiles=0for /R d:\folder\ %%G in (*) do ( echo moving... "%%G" move /Y "%%G" d:\folder1\ set /a movedFiles+="1" if !movedFiles! EQU 1000 GOTO endOfCopy rem if you moved 1000 files ) :endOfCopy echo Done, %movedFiles% files Were copied successfully pauseENDLOCALI added the line to make the directory. I manually increment the new folder's number then doubleclick this again to get another folder1 full of files. The files will be in batches small enough to process but it would be nice if it would move exactly 1,000 files each time. Even better would be to have it automatically create sequentially numbered folders to move the batches of files into, then gracefully quit when there's less than 1,000 files left in the source directory or when it's empty.
  20. With nearly 50,000 files, all the same type, in a single folder, Windows Explorer just chokes on it trying to open it - even on a Windows 7 x64 system with 4 gig RAM and a T5600 CPU. Sorting by type won't work because they're all the same type. They're also all pretty close to the same size. 167 GB total. What I'd like to do is have a way to "blindly" grab the first 1,000 files, doesn't matter what their names are, and move them to another folder. Repeat until the folder is empty. 1,000 at a time is a much easier and faster chunk to process. Processing will sort them into other folders in much smaller lots.
  21. Yes, it's SP1. I had WU install the huge number of post SP1 updates and after that it would finally go to the correct site to install Microsoft Update. Windows 7 needs an SP2 and Vista needs an SP3, but it looks like they'll never get them.
  22. Fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate, no 3rd party software yet, not even antivirus, so can't blame this problem on anything but Windows. I want Windows Update to get updates for more than just Windows. I click the Find out More link and it launches IE 11, which opens a page telling me to use Windows Update - back where I just was. That's a big FAIL right there. That link should go somewhere that's actually useful, like a site that downloads and installs Microsoft Update for Windows 7. I need it to download some Bluetooth drivers, which it's refusing to do because Windows Update is set to get updates for Windows only, even after installing mobile device center, which it wouldn't do automatically when I paired my Motorola Photon Q with my laptop. (Another FAIL of it not doing what Microsoft's support people repeate endlessly it's supposed to do on their forums whenever anyone posts that it doesn't work.) How do I force this thing to install Microsoft Update or change the settings so it'll update MS Office etc and download the bluetooth drivers?
  23. I upgraded an AM2 system to a dual core AM3 Phenon II CPU, which came with what looked like a decent cooler in the retail pack. But when running anything that uses the CPU much the cooler fan revs up to high speed and is extremely loud. Even Firefox will make it spin the fan as much as Kerbal Space Program does. (When it's hard to tell the difference between the sound effects in KSP and the CPU fan noise...) I'm planning on moving this CPU to an AM3 board and unlocking it to quad core so it will need even more cooling. I have an AM2 dual core CPU that will work in this system but it runs hotter than the Phenom II. With the cooler that came with the AM3 CPU the AM2 chip has it running full speed as soon as Windows starts to boot. What's available that will keep the CPUs cool and quiet?
  24. I used the HP USB formatter. It completely wiped the drive and used all the space available.
  25. I have a 32 gig (29 gig FAT32 formatted) thumb drive that I discovered has 145 meg of unallocated space at its beginning. (Found it while deleting a PQSERVICE partition from a hard drive.) I'd like to delete the existing partition and create a new one that uses all the space, but Disk Management in XP won't delete it nor will it create a new partition in the unallocated space. Doesn't matter that it's 145 meg, it's space I paid for and while small compared to the rest of the storage, 145 meg can still hold a lot of files.
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