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bizzybody

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  1. USB composite devices are ones that have more than one function but use a single USB port. IIRC they also *do not* have an internal USB hub to connect their different functions as individual devices. The most common USB composite devices are printer/scanner/copier/FAX machines that also include a Type A USB port and/or a memory card reader. NUSB should support memory cards and USB Mass Storage devices connected through such multifunction devices or MFD's. Another common type of USB composite device is a digital camera or GPS (and some phones) with a memory card that can be accessed as USB mass storage at the same time as some other non-storage function of the device is also usable through the USB connection. Such devices where *only* the USB mass storage function is accessible through the USB port aren't composite devices. Some of those automatically switch modes when they sense they're connected to a computer and make their other functions iunusable, some can be manually switched and some allow access to the memory card from the computer but the device cannot access the memory card while the computer is doing so. That last situation is common with phones. Plug an Android phone into a USB port and you get a prompt to change to USB mass storage mode or just charging. Some phones have another option to connect as a mobile internet connection. (Of course the service provider may have disabled some of those features, which is where rooting the phone and custom Android builds enter the picture.)
  2. This does not appear to be any of the common malwares that cause Windows to constantly reboot. Everything works fine on this Pavilion a1129n except for periodically a small dialog box with Unable to launch restart.exe pops up. The taskbar button has the Hewlett Packard logo on it. That leads me to believe this thing is a remnant of an HP software update that failed to clean up after itself. I've run full scans with Malware Bytes, MSE and others. All come up clean. The system exhibits no signs at all typical of having malware. I've installed driver and utility program updates from HP, cleaned up the registry with CCleaner and NTREGOPT. There's no antivirus on it other than MSE. What is sort of curious is it wasn't cluttered up with a load of software installs so I haven't had to uninstall anything, there weren't any presonal files from a previous owner in My Documents. It's one of the cleanest secondhand PCs I've ever seen. I can't find any reference to restart.exe in the Registry. Must be something else, most likely HP's software updater, attempting to launch it. The hard part is finding what/where that's happening and how to stop it. One good thing is the previous owner had not made the recovery DVDs so I did. I *could* nuke and pave it but this is such a small issue that should be simple to fix, would save a ton of time over wiping it and starting over. What would be quite annoying would be to do all that and have the exact same problem crop up. That could be why it went unused for so long, HP's software went *erk* and nobody could fix it.
  3. I have a system with a Gigabyte MA-78GM-S2H board. It has two hard drives, each with an install of XP Pro SP3. I want to also install Vista or Win 7 and I definitely want that using SATA and AHCI so XP is going to have to be made to get along with it. One hard drive is IDE, the only IDE device in the box. The other hard drive is SATA, plugged into port 0. Curiously, SATA port 0 is a *slave port*. Way to go on that numbering fail, Gigabyte. I figured 0 should be the master port on the first controller... Also odd is that the default is for the PATA controller to be the first boot device. When I have SATA and AHCI mode set in BIOS, the XP install on the IDE drive doesn't even see the SATA controllers as needing drivers installed. They're completely invisible to it. I've tried several times following the same procedure that works with Intel chips (of course using AMD's drivers on this one!) but cannot get XP to install the AHCI drivers for the SB7xx series that are included with the XP driver download. It insists that the AHCI driver in the XP 32 folder, provided by AMD, is not the right driver for any of the IDE controllers. (Yes, I do know how to do all the steps to manually install a driver, have only 30 years experience with computers.) Is there a modded/hacked SB7xx AHCI driver package that'll force XP to accept it so it will work with SATA in SATA mode? IIRC all I had to do on an Intel chipset was rightclick the inf, click install, reboot to BIOS, change the mode, reboot and XP finished the driver setup. I guess AMD just has to be difficult!
  4. I dug into the registry and deleted everything (that it would let me delete) I could find with Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio, booted into safe mode and then it would allow the two entries in device manager to be deleted. When I rebooted, it again found a MEDIA device but this time asked for specific files. I pointed it to the ones in the backup install of XP and it worked. Then I was able to install the Realtek HD audio driver followed by the ATi video driver. Normally the driver install order I use is chipset first, then video, then others.
  5. I have a PC with two installs of XP Pro SP3 on two hard drives. One is a backup system, also used for doing more complete defrags on the main drive than is possible on a running system. I swapped to a new motherboard with totally different hardware. Had no problem getting the backup system's hardware drivers installed and working. But the main system has been a PITA. It keeps redetecting Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio as MEDIA but refuses to recognize any driver that's supposed to be for it. I even tried DriverMax to export the working driver from the backup system, but it failed at importing it to the main system. Attempts to install the Realtek HD Audio driver from Realtek or Gigabyte fails when the install is about 70% done. Also, the Radeon HD3200 driver from AMD or Gigabyte fails to fully install. I can set the resolution to the native dimensions of the monitor and 32bit color but none of the Catalyst and other software will install. I'm thinking it has something to do with the UAA driver because of the HDMI port, even though I have the BIOS set to use the VGA and DVI ports instead of the VGA and HDMI ports. Same thing happened on the backup install, video driver install failed until I installed the audio driver - with the exception that the audio driver would install. Windows will not allow the Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio entry in device manager to be removed, not even in safe mode because it "may be required to boot up the computer.". Really? An *audio device* that isn't functioning because XP won't allow the correct driver to be installed is *required* to boot the computer? Anyone have a software version of a prybar to get that driver out so Windows will reinstall it properly or allow the audio driver to install?
  6. That's what the quote commands are for. Avoids confusion. Wasn't any reason to post a link to the old beta versions when I said to start with I already had them.
  7. You haven't read the ENTIRE thread, especially not what I wrote where I explained about me running the BETA versions on XP. I already know what you just pointlessly posted. But you're just like so many people on web forums and usenet. Don't actually READ what the original poster wrote, then tell the OP to do *exactly what he or she has said they already did*. I read through entire threads to see what issue the OP has, to see if anyone has come up with things to try that I haven't tried for the specific problem, then IF I have something different to add or a solution I've tried that worked (and nobody else has posted about), I'll add my reply. What I *don't do* is just read the subject line, skip to the end and make myself look like a dumbarse who doesn't even read the OP's whole first post. DarkRats now has the RTM versions of the games (which you'd know if you had bothered to read the thread or even just the last two or three posts instead of skipping to the end to make a pointless post) and is going to see about patching them to work on XP.
  8. Sent you a PM with a link. Don't know where the help files are for the games, they're not in the folders with the games' other files.
  9. All I know about the RTM vista games is that after installing Alky 1.1 then copying the RTM version of the solitaire executable to XP, then right clicking and selecting either run vista executable or patch and run, doesn't work. Slecting Run does nothing at all, patch and run creates a manifest file, and nothing else happens. Would be nice if someone with the hack-fu know how would patch the RTM vista games executables like the beta versions were done. :-) Filedropper wouldn't let me download that. I tried Firefox, IE and Chrome, several times. It'd get to 20~26 megabytes then cut off the download. Blind sending? What decade does Filedropper think this is? Been a looooong time since I've run into a host that doesn't tell the browser the size of the file. Check out 4shared Free account gets you 15 gigabytes of space. You can select multiple files from other users' shared folders then save as a B1 file directly to your folder. Then you can download files from your account without the 20 second delay. 'Course you have to get the free B1 archive program, which is available for Mac, Win and Linux. Just uncheck the boxes to install the toolbar and change your homepage etc. :-P
  10. I want the RTM versions. I already have the beta versions, which have been working on XP since before Vista was released to manufacturing. There was much noise made about getting the RTM versions working, along with other software that "requires" Vista, but nothing much since. Has anyone got any production release Vista software running on XP?
  11. What's odd is I can't get the beta version Vista games to work anymore simply by dropping the emulation dll into system32. I found an updated version of the dll which worked for a while but then it quit too. Used to be I could do a clean XP SP3 install then run Autopatcher with all the updates to current then add that dll and setup the games. Now they only work with Alky installed. Dunno what Microsoft altered in some update or updates.
  12. IIRC, with nLite, starting with XP RTM, you have to first slipstream SP1 or SP2 before you can do SP3. I've never tried the command prompt slipstream of SP3 to an RTM version.
  13. Both a "one shot" package to update a live XP SP3 system and the fully integrated disc for a clean install would be ideal. I've used nLite and vLite several times to build machine specific install discs so the scripts etc to add in all the post SP3 updates will be useful, thanks. Once in a while I still run into XP boxes running the RTM release. Those take a long time to update, SP2, SP3 then everything else, plus all the non-hotfix updates of IE, Media player etc. Just one of the "joys" of an area where most people still have dialup, if they even have an internet connection.
  14. I was hoping Microsoft would put together a "Security Rollup Package" for XP like they did for NT4 shortly before ending support. The SRP contained most of the updates released after SP6 but wasn't large enough to warrant being called a Service Pack. (IIRC some called it SP6a.) What's been released for XP between SP3 and now is huge and a real PITA to have to download or use Autopatcher or WSUS Offline. Even on a decently fast system it can take nearly two hours to install all the updates. Having it all in one big lump that can easily be slipstreamed would be very nice.
  15. All I want from Vista on XP, aside from the Sidebar, is the RTM version of Solitaire. I installed Alky 1.1, copied the Solitaire.exe over from my Vista Ultimate laptop then rightclicked, used the patch and run option and... nothing. Not even an error message. The beta version works... but it's a *beta version* with an out of position circle under the card pile.
  16. The DOS utility to identify which OEMBIOS files to use identifies the T1000 as SAMSUNG_904CF15A and the ClientPro as Genuine C&C_8B2EBECB but the OEMBIOS files I've saved from their OEM installs of XP Pro are different from what's in those downloads. The T1000 was actually made by Samsung, one of their P series laptops, but customized by Micron. I've no idea where Micron sourced the motherboard for the ClientPro desktop. I've been trying the SAMSUNG_904CF15A files on the T1000 but can't get it to work as a pre-activated install. Had no problems at all with this on some other laptops where the SLP manufacturer in the BIOS matched the name on the case. Must be some small difference making it not work. I want to make OEM installs for both of these, using the OEMBIOS files and SLP keys I've saved from them. I haven't yet wiped the ClientPro and still have the original hard drive for the T1000 but XP on it has problems. If someone wants the OEMBIOS files from these Microns, I can send them to you.
  17. I have two old Micron systems to do OEM installs on. One is an MPC ClientPro 365 and the other is a micronpc TransPort 1000, both with crufted up OEM installs of XP Pro, secondhand from a salvage yard and they couldn't find the discs that came with them. Hollander's auto parts interchange database requires a password to *uninstall* it, and they don't give out the password to anyone, not even paying clients. They expect people to wipe their systems and reinstall Windows to get rid of their software. Using the DOS utility to find which OEM files to use, the ClientPro comes up as Genuine C&C 8B2EBECB and the T1000 is Samsung 904CF15A. I've copied the four OEMBIOS files from each but they're different sizes than the ones available to download for those two CRCs. The T1000 is really a thinly disguised Samsung P series laptop, who knows where MPC sourced the mainboard for the ClientPro. Will this work for oemscan.ini in the $OEM$ folder? Should I use the oembios files I copied from these computers or should I stick with the downloaded ones? I also got the CD keys from both with the magical jelly bean. They do match the ones I've come across for Samsung and "Genuine". ; ; Samsung OEMBIOS Files CRC32 = 904CF15A ; SLP = SAMSUNGPC ; [sAMSUNGPC] PATH=".\SAMSUNGPC\" CMD=".\SAMSUNG\OEMCOPY.CMD" CMD="SetKey ----" ; ; Genuine C&C OEMBIOS Files CRC32 = 8B2EBECB ; SLP = GENUINE ; [GENUINE] PATH=".\GENUINE\" CMD=".\GENUINE\OEMCOPY.CMD" CMD="SetKey ----" If someone who is collecting OEMBIOS files wants these sets, I'll be happy to pass them along.
  18. I used WinToFlash and a retail 32bit Vista DVD with all the versions. The only change I made was to add the OEM stuff for a Toshiba laptop which had the hard drive die, taking the restore partition with it. Now I want to make a DVD from the USB stick so the laptop's owner can have a disc to use if it needs to be restored again.
  19. Doing a clean install of Vista Ultimate 32 bit on a laptop and Windows Update keeps downloading and installing the current update to the Malicious Software Removal Tool over and over. I've tried unchecking it and hiding it but in about 10 seconds it pops up again. Install it and there's no error message, but a short while later Windows Update wants to download and install it again. I've searched the web for this and found people posting about it doing the same thing as far back as 2006. Microsoft, this is a bug. FIX IT and stop repeating whatever it is you keep doing that makes it happen time after time. I'd think after 15 years of Windows Update, and this same problem with various downloads over that time, that by now they'd have the issue permanently cured.
  20. I made a bootable 4 gig USB stick to install a customized 32 bit Vista Ultimate, now I want to put that on a DVD-R - but when I search the web all I find are how-tos on making the bootable USB stick.
  21. Fresh restore on an Eee PC1005HAB netbook. Windows Update says there's 137 important updates and 3 optional updates available. So I let it go with all the important ones. Downloads them all, installs, craps out and reverts everything so it's right back to where it was after restoring from the hidden partition on the SSD. So I checked the version, not SP1, so I get SP1 for 32bit Windows 7. It extracts, churns about for a long time then pukes out this error. ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING(0x80073701) To quote someone else dealing with this same error from SP1... "I have run the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947821/en-us and all is reported to be well." So that didn't work, any other ideas? Why won't Microsoft fix this? Will we ever see a "Sure fire, guarranteed fix for ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING(0x80073701) when attempting to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1."?
  22. Here's a shell extension that adds details view data for M4A files. http://whitebear.ch/music.htm That's one, how many other formats that XP doesn't have the built in capability to do that for? Looks like a project... "Further Development: Perhaps I will extend the library to handle other music file types; possible candidates are .mp4, .m4b and .m4v; please inform me if you have a concrete interest in these or other (MPEG-4) file types." Perhaps the author might release the source code so others can extend it to cover many other media types, and make a 64 bit version. Ehhhh, probably not. Wants a donation of 3 Euro. Or could the function be back ported from 32 bit Vista to XP? If so, that still would only cover the additional types Vista recognizes.
  23. Is there a fix to make Explorer in XP display tag data, resolution etc for file types such as MP4, MKV and others? In Details view it shows the information for AVI, MP3 and a few other types, but not for many newer formats of audio and video that came along after the release of Windows XP. It *should* be able to show such information for any media file for which codecs are installed, but it doesn't.
  24. Do these instructions mean that I only need go into device manager, locate these devices, and click the remove button to remove these devices, or, if I have installed device specific drivers that came with flash drives and usb controller cards, I am supposed to track all of them down and figure out how to uninstall them? All individual USB Mass Storage drivers have to be removed. This driver package installs a universal driver for that. Check Add/Remove Programs first for uninstalling any USB drivers. That will remove the inf and driver files for them, if the install package included a properly done uninstall routine. If you just yank them out through Device Manager those inf and driver files may not get deleted and Windows will happily reinstall them for you when the device is detected again. After rebooting, cancel any requests by Windows to install drivers. Then go to Device Manager to remove what USB devices are left. Reboot again, and now let Windows to install drivers for all USB devices.
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