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  1. I found that something changed the config.nt file in windows\system32 so I copied the backup from windows\repair That worked for a while to make the old game run, but something chaned config.nt again. So I copied the backup again and this time checked the read only attribute.

    Full scans with up to date Avast and Spybot Search and Destroy come up clean.

    That was the shareware version I attached. I never paid for the full version. I assume part of the $5 the disk cost me off a spinner rack went to him. There's no nagging or other reminders, dunno what, if anything extra the "full" version was supposed to have.

    *reads the Klondike DOC file for the first time ever in 17 years* Hmm, Mr. Martins also wrote a Poker Solitaire and Pyramid solitaire game, also in "high-resolution EGA graphics" and "They can be found wherever you bought Klondike." Not likely, considering the drugstore where I got the Klondike disc isn't there anymore. ;)

    Oh look, it has commandline options for computers without a mouse. The stuff one can discover from those instruction thingies...

    Edit: HOTU has his Poker Solitaire game tagged as freeware. http://hotud.org/component/content/article/37-strategy/22980

  2. I need to capture a screenshot showing a video playing in Windows Media Player 11, but Windows' built in function only gets the not quite black overlay color inside the MP11 window.

    There was a free screen capture utility I used with Win9x that took over control of the Print Screen key and would caputure anything on the screen to the clipboard, in spite of various softwares' attempts to prevent it. Can't remember the name of it.

  3. You're probably in a smaller minority with IE6 than than Netscape 7 users. ;)

    Not even the Win 9x/Me die-hards use IE6 since Opera is still in current development for those versions of Windows. I recently gave away an older PC with WinMe and the latest Opera version. It's new owner is perfectly happy with it for web use.

  4. My mother loves this ancient 1992 DOS Klondike game by Eduardo Martins. It uses medium resolution EGA video mode and until recently it ran fine on her laptop with XP Home. Yup, that's the whole game in that 116K zip file. I originally got it on a 360K shareware floppy. :)

    Suddenly it won't run properly. When launched it opens a DOS window then minimizes to the taskbar. Click the button on the taskbar and it expands then immediately minimizes again.

    It's supposed to run full screen. The shortcut properties are set to run full screen, all the shortcut settings are the same as on another XP system where the old game still runs like it should.

  5. Figured out it needed a null modem type cable, so I scrounged up a 25 pin serial and 25 pin parallel backplate connectors and soldered one together.

    Now I'm able to make the plotter do things using the Roland driver I've seen mentioned many places working great with old HP HPGL/1 plotters, but so far it's not plotting correctly what's on screen in Dr. Stika.

    That driver has no pre-sets for US Letter! When I manually add that, Dr. Sticka's print setup doesn't allow the custom media size to be selected. Bleah.

    At least I have the thing communicating.

  6. I've checked all the BIOS and other settings. There are NO conflicts with anything on COM1. This PC only has one COM port, there's not a COM2, no pin header on the board for one. ONLY ONE COM PORT - PERIOD. No BIOS setting for a second one.

    I was using an external Sportster 56K modem before getting DSL. I REMOVED THE DRIVER FOR IT.

    I'm attempting to get an old HP 7470A 2-color pen plotter (rebadged as an IBM 7371) working on COM1. I've installed XP's HP-GL plotter driver. I've made sure the driver settings and plotter DIP switches match. (I've had a bag of red HP plotter pens for years, got them free. The plotter cost me a whole dollar.)

    HP's website says the plotter can be tested by sending this command from DOS or a command prompt.

    MODE COM1: 9600,N, 8,1,P (sets the port)

    ECHO IN; SP1; PA0, 0;PD1000, 1000;SP0; PG;>COM1 (makes the plotter draw a diagonal line)

    The first command worked ONE TIME. I'd removed the plotter driver while trying to get some response from the plotter and forgot it was removed when I tried the second line.

    Since then all I get is the "Device COM1 is not currently available" message when I try a MODE command. I get access is denied when I try the test command.

    I've disabled the port, rebooted then re-enabled the port and rebooted (flashback to Win9x and changing anything on network settings) and tried removing COM1 then rebooting and letting XP reinstall it.

    I am logged in as a user with Administrator rights.

    Nothing will pry loose whatever it is XP has "using" COM1. Is there something like an Unlocker type utility to force Windows to let go of COM ports that aren't really being used?

    Edit: I tried making a direct connection to COM1 with HyperTerminal. That says another program is using COM1. There shouldn't be. It was available right up until I ran that MODE command.

    Edit2: Found a post on another forum that said to use Process Explorer and search for serial1 Results? NOTHING. The OP on that thread found it was ActiveSync hogging his port. Apparently I have nothing using COM1, but XP thinks *something* is. (Another button for Sledgehammer For Windows: "Force Windows to let go of COM# port! It's NOT in use, biatch!"")

  7. Did that, several times.

    Tonight I booted up with DaRT 5.0, deleted the swap and hibernation files then used its system restore to roll back a couple of weeks. Rebooted and the emulators now run.

    Microsoft Update has nothing "new", so it can't have been a "security" update that decided the JIT mac emulators are malware.

    But the Xflash program from codeguys is still being blocked from running.

  8. XP Pro SP3, all current updates.

    I have some exe files that for reasons unknown, XP is not allowing to run. One is xflash_utility.exe from codeguys.rpc1.org a utility for flashing LiteOn optical drives with firmware.

    The others are the JIT version of the Basilisk II 68K Macintosh emulator and the SheepShaver PPC Macintosh emulator.

    When I doubleclick or rightclick then click Open, nothing happens. THERE IS NO ERROR MESSAGE. The name of the exe will briefly flash in the process list in Task Manager. I'm logged in as a user with Administrator rights. I've also tried run as Administrator and logged in as Administrator.

    Other exe files run without a problem. The emulators were running fine but suddenly they will not, just happened yesterday.

    It's not Avast antivirus causing the problem. I've stopped it and even killed it, those programs still won't run. The optical drive flasher never has been able to run on this particular PC since I downloaded it. The program is OK because it will run, extracted from the same ZIP file, on another PC running XP Pro SP3.

    I have run into XP completely refusing to allow certain exe files to be launched before this and the only cure I could find was to do a clean install. I just did a clean install not long ago and I am not going to do it just to get three little programs to work, especially not when two of them would run two days ago.

  9. How do I make the default columns for Details view in Explorer to

    Filename, Date Modified, Type, Size

    Vista is always changing them to the settings for music, even after I have it apply the 'all items' template to the root and all subfolders. I've no use at all for the Genre, Ratings, Artist etc columns but I do use Dimensions for images and Frame Width and Frame Height for video. Due to the strict adherence to alphabetical order, after selecting those two I have to drag and move Width to the left of Height. (MS couldn't have programmed in a bit of extra logic to automatically arrange them that way, nooo, too logical to make it match how the entire video industry lists the dimensions of an image.)

    Would be nice if there were separate width and height columns for images too! What'd be extra good is if there's a way to make it use the 'all items' template by default then add Dimensions if image files are in the folder and/or Frame Width and Frame Height if videos are in the folder.

  10. I haven't tried to install SP2 yet, would be nice to know what can be removed with vLite, while adding SP1, and still be able to install SP2.

    Been doing some research and looks like for the first time Microsoft has released a non-cumulative service pack so SP1 must be installed before SP2. :P

    It also looks like the author of vLite isn't going to "step up to the plate" and update it to integrate SP2, so we're back to the 'reverse integration' method. I'll have to find somewhere to shift a few gigs of files to do that- then I'll be stuck with all the crap I removed from Vista Ultimate SP1 using vLite.

  11. I don't have the lastsession.ini from when I made this CD, but I do have the winnt.sif

    I made this quite a while ago, just now got around to doing the install. Easiest thing I can do right now is boot it with ERD Commander 2005 and break in with Locksmith.

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the password being 14 characters?

    Have you typed the password in the 1st box to rule out keyboard config issue ?

    There's just the password box when I click the Administrator icon, it's using the fancy Welcome screen, not the old style logon screen.

    ; Generated by nLite

































    FullName="Simulation Unit"

    OrgName="Aperture Laboratiries"



    Language= "0409"









  12. Screenshot? The highlight color in my Vista install is pretty easy for me to see, so perhaps it's the theme/color scheme you chose?

    Yes! That nearly invisible super light blue color I can barely see. I'd love to see a hack for the default Aero Glass theme that just changes that highlight to white text on a dark blue background when files are selected in Windows Explorer.

    The slightly darker blue of the selection lasso has enough contrast, same with the selection highlights on the Desktop. I set my desktop to a dark blue, no wallpaper image.

    When I first got this laptop with Vista, one of the first things I did was switch the theme to the old "Classic" style. Well, it's not. Somehow Microsoft managed to make it *wrong*. Every little part of it is just off in some way.

    I've never been able to get used to OS X's "Aqua". It's just too distracting. Microsoft has managed to make a 'pretty' interface win Aero Glass that's not distracting, except for that @#%%&ing light blue highlight color.

  13. SP1 refused to install on most vLite'd installs of original Vista, so to keep things custom we had to use vLite to integrate SP1 and customize the install.

    It would be nice to be able to just install SP2 onto my system as-is, then delete anything it keeps around for uninstalling SP2.

  14. The "highlight" color that's nearly invisible, the one that cannot be changed to something that actually highlights what's selected...

    Has Microsoft fixed that insult to human interface design (and to humans in their late 30's and older)? I suspect people who're colorblind also hate it.

    I wish I'd been involved in the Vista beta testing. I'd have complained a lot about it, both for how nearly invisible it is and for the fact that it's not distinctively visually different enough. I've deleted many things accidentially because without carefully examining the screen it's extremely difficult to tell what's selected in Explorer.

    How does a GUI faux pas like this make it all the way to RTM status?

    Probably the same way the original Quicktime 4 did, the programmers collectively say "Frack you all! Style is more important than usability!" and ship the gawdaful thing, while making it impossible for users to change it to something that doesn't cause eyestrain- or the desire to beat the software stylists about the head with heavy objects...

  15. I'm putting together a PC just for the game "Portal". Got everything stripped to the bare minimum required to play the game, which works quite well.

    I used nLite to pre-set the Administrator password to 999valveportal but that password doesn't work to login as Administrator, which I have to do to move the swap file to its own drive and edit the Registry to lock everything down so people playing Portal won't be able to screw things up.

    I just checked the settings for the session of nLite when I created this special XP version and that is exactly the password shown in nLite.

  16. Am doing various things, Got Vista Ultimate on a laptop, connected to the net via a wireless connection to an Actiontec router that nothing may be changed on.

    Router's IP is

    Running Windows 95b on Virtual PC 2007 on the Vista laptop.

    Also running Windows 95b on a Compaq Armada 7380DMT connected to the Vista laptop's ethernet port through a 10/100 switch.

    I *had* things working where I could be running VPC with a drive on the Compaq mapped and drag files directly from Vista and drop them *through* Virtual PC to the Compaq. Hooray and spiffy etc. Take that Vista-refusing-to-copy-anything-toWin95-over-network!

    But something had screwed up how Windows Explorer on the Compaq, ONLY Windows Explorer, would maximize, and the Display Properties window had extra space on the right side. So I nuked and paved it, making sure NOT to install the old DirectX drivers I'm pretty certain caused those problems. If HP is going to take things off their site for old stuff, WTH don't they remove the *obsolete* software like drivers for DirectX prior to version 8?

    I don't know if I'll install version 1.02 of the service pack on the Compaq. It's running fine and I have all the software it'll need burned to a CD-R.

    I also found that the trick of editing the iesetup.cif (changing the UIVISIBLE=0 to 1) to force the IE5.5 installer to install the IE4 Desktop Update doesn't work. I checked the box and all I got out of it was a non-functional Start Menu, then I had to uninstall IE5.5 then install IE4 then IE5.5 to get the left pane back in Explorer. Might have something to do with it being a pre-hacked OEM copy. Installed from the options/cabs folder I saved, it creates a code exactly like the no-key install hack.

    Haven't worked with Win95 in almost a decade, bringing back memories of all the *fun* things about it...

  17. The Win95 system doesn't have wireless.

    I did find some forum posts that said if I created a bridge between the Wireless and Ethernet, then removed the Wireless from the bridge, it'd fix the problem of it refusing to enable sharing on the Wireless.

    It did! BUT it still isn't actually sharing the wireless because it's still assigning the same IPV4 address to Vista's ethernet AND to the Windows 95 system. Still does it even after deleting the bridge.

    I've never seen anything so problem-infested as Windows 2000 and later networking! (Especially when any two or more different versions of Windows are involved.) Whenever I do get a setup working, it never stays working. Any change anywhere turns a network into a NYET-work.

  18. The setup.

    Laptop with Windows Vista Ultimate SP1, connects to a WiFi router and can go anywhere on the net.

    Router has IP address cannot be changed, nothing on the router may be changed, no security on the router.

    Laptop's wireless is set to get IP automatically, router typically assigns it

    Go to properties on wireless, Sharing tab, check the box, click OK... about 30 seconds go by and "An error occurred while Internet Connection Sharing was being enabled."

    What error?!?!?!? "WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR MALFUNCTION?!"

    It would be very nice if "An error occurred while Internet Connection Sharing was being enabled." was "An error occurred while Internet Connection Sharing was being enabled due to..." followed by *exactly why it could not be enabled*.

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : AcerLaptop

    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :

    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid

    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : domain.actdsltmp

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom NetLink Fast Ethernet

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1B-38-53-41-51

    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::64f5:be3d:f008:54a4%11(Preferred)

    Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . :

    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :

    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1



    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : domain.actdsltmp

    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Network Adapter

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1D-D9-01-57-E7

    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::4142:a2aa:bf31:f285%10(Preferred)

    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :

    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :

    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, May 06, 2009 10:40:09 PM

    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, May 07, 2009 10:42:08 PM

    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :

    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :

    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 9:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0

    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 11:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01

    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:4137:9e50:146f:1e78:b9c5:5f7d(Pref


    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::146f:1e78:b9c5:5f7d%12(Preferred)

    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::

    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 12:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0

    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 15:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : domain.actdsltmp

    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #3

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0

    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

  19. IIRC, the first one was an .inf in Windows\inf then there was another one. Said something about it couldn't access the files. It's bloody stupid is what it is.

    An Operating System should be able to copy any file from one disk or other storage media to another disk or storage media!

    Score one (more) point for XP over Vista.

  20. I was trying to get Vista to work with a Win95 PC, but even after getting the two to see each other and setting up passwords etc, Vista still refuses to allow any files to be copied to Win95, nor will it allow browsing below the root level of shared drives on the Win95 PC.

    So I setup Virtual PC 2007 on vista and installed Windows 95, using the VPC additions from VPC 2004.

    Tada! Now I can drag and drop files directly from Vista to the other PC by tossing them through the VPC hole in Vista's network obstacle course. Just map a network drive in VPC, open it in Windows Explorer and I can drag files from Vista to the other computer on the LAN.

    Microsoft provides their own easy pathway through their attempts to stop people from networking Win9x and Me with 2000/XP/Vista. :)

    I wonder if I can use VPC with Win95 on all my 2000 and later systems as a workaround for the over paranoid security that's not needed at all on a physically isolated LAN?

  21. I've searched the forum and the web for a download for IEAK 5, but keep getting "hits" for IEAK 6, 7 and 8.

    I'm setting up an old Win95 laptop and want the Desktop Update without having to first install IE4.

    I've also tried looking for a full installer of IE 5.5 SP2 with Desktop Update already integrated, no dice there either, but I did find many pages with the setup command for making ie5setup download it along with everything else. Can IE5 still be installed via the internet? I would much prefer NOT to do it this way.

  22. I installed the previous version on OSR2. After it was done I get a box every boot that windows is setting up the following items, but there's nothing listed.

    Of course I installed it the day before 1.02 was released! :P So now I uninstalled 1.01, rebooted and installed 1.02. That popup is still there.

    Another issue that's cropped up is Windows Explorer, and ONLY Windows Explorer, when maximized, goes partly off-screen to the lower-right. I don't know exactly when that started because I didn't maximize Explorer until after installing this service pack.

    Yet another oddity is the Display Properties box is quite a bit wider than it should be, with extra empty space on its right side.

    Looks like I need to reinstall from scratch on this Compaq Armada 7380DMT laptop.

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