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Everything posted by tjodrik

  1. What? What's physically written on top of the CD disk?? No, I never install an OS on top of another OS. Before formatting (with 'slow' format) with the XP setup, I had a half-installed Ubuntu. This surprises me too, but I have two good indications now. 1. XP remembers the display settings of a former installation 2. XP remembers the user name of a former installation If anyone can explain this without assuming that the format function in the XP setup doesn't erase all data, I would be happy to see it.
  2. No, the default resolution is what XP used because it couldn't find the correct driver for the chipset. Which should _also_ be what XP uses during a clean install after format. But instead, during the clean install, XP used the messed up resolution that came after installing a bad driver, which was more like 5 colors - I could barely make out anything on the monitor at all - only shades. How could XP possibly do that during clean install, if it hadn't kept the setting from having installed the bad driver? Another funny thing: after having installed Win98SE, I installed XP again, this time with 'slow' format. Now, the user name I gave during the install of 98 was 'X', and when I installed XP, it specifically said my name couldn't be 'X', 'Administrator', or 'Guest'. XP has never said that before, I always, always use 'X'. So apparently, XP remembered that my user name in 98 was 'X', and decided to ban that. _Even though_ I did a full format first. I don't trust the format function in XP at all anymore ...
  3. So this is what I did: Boot from 98SE cd Format c: Delete c: partition Create c: partition Format c: Install 98SE The display is working just fine. In other words, there was nothing wrong with the hardware. The conclusion is that fast format of the hard drive when booting from XP cd does _not_ make Windows lose its previous settings, if it for some reasons believe it should retain them. I'm surprised too, but what other conclusion could there be?
  4. What do you mean with that ? What did it say ? I'd be surprised any vendor wouldn't have a working driver for XP, unless you card is really too old for your laptop to run XP. Format does erase data "enough" for XP to consider them "gone", so there might also be a hardware problem (video memory?) or maybe a Bios setting that you could change. Device Manager had this yellow exclamation point with "Video controller (VGA compatible). But I noted nothing wrong anywhere. So why would XP then retain the messed up display? Installing a display driver in Windows can't possibly destroy the hardware or change the BIOS settings.
  5. I installed XP on this old laptop. It worked just fine. The display also looked fine, but I noticed in Device Manager that it hadn't installed a display driver. The laptop has a Chips & Technologies 655555 (forget how many 5s) chipset, and XP doesn't have a driver for it (Win98 does, though). I went to the manufacturer's website and downloaded the XP driver and installed it. They apparently hadn't done a great job, because it completely messed up the display, giving an extremely low resolution and very few colors. I uninstalled it, but that didn't change anything. So I decided to do a clean install of XP again. I deleted the partition and did a quick format FAT. But, for some reason, XP remembered the old display setting and kept it, even after the clean install was complete. That really surprised me, since I formatted the hard drive and did a clean install. How can XP then keep settings from my previous install?! Any ideas what to do? Edit: The only thing I can think of is doing a regular format instead of a quick format. Is that really the reason? Meaning that quick format doesn't actually delete the stored information at all?
  6. It's enabled for my primary monitor, but it cannot be disabled. It's greyed out. Right, you can't disable the primary monitor. In the Display Properties/Settings tab, you will see monitor 1 and 2. Click on 2 and you should have an enable option. It may be in the context menu. Yeah, we tried both options there. It projected nothing.
  7. It's enabled for my primary monitor, but it cannot be disabled. It's greyed out.
  8. I only installed the graphic drivers, since I like to do things minimally. I didn't install any software or anything that came with ATI. Should that be necessary in order to get my screen to be externally projected?
  9. The function is definitely Fn+F3, since the F3 key has the two-monitor symbol on it. The resolution for the external monitor is actually set to 640x480 when I look at Display>Settings. There's nothing wrong with the projector or the projector settings, because when I plugged in someone else's laptop, it worked at once. I have an ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 graphic card. Actually, when I rebooted my computer, I could see the booting process on the projector screen, but as soon as I came into Windows, it went blank again, so it's definitely something about my settings in Windows.
  10. Hi all, I might not use the proper terminology here, but I guess you all know what I mean. I'm basically just trying the standard procedure of plugging the projector cable to my computer, and then project whatever is on my screen. One crucial part fails. The magic Fn+F3 function (or whichever button that has the 'two monitor' function) does nothing for me. I assume it's because I have disabled something (a service or something?) on my computer because I couldn't see the function of it. But I don't know what that would be. Any help is highly appreciated.
  11. Ok, thanks. I just downloaded the IE7 install file from microsoft.com and integrated it as a hotfix with nLite. If it doesn't work, I'll try the IE7 Add-on from RyanVM's forum.
  12. Hi all, under my 'Documents and Settings' folder, under the subfolder with my username as its name, I have a folder 'Contacts'. It contains a hidden folder with my Windows Live Messenger address as its name, and it contains 260 'WINDOWSLIVECONTACT' files. It's obviously connected with my Live Messenger program, but I can't figure out exactly what all the files there are for, or what they do. Anybody knows?
  13. Hi all, if I integrate IE7 into the XP cd with nLite, will I still need to go through the validation process the first time I start IE7, just as one needs to do when installing IE7 separately?
  14. gdogg, why do you keep the Themes service? I've always considered that to be a complete waste in my Windows.
  15. Cool. Thanks! I was a bit surprised how easy it was, though. I assumed it would be more complicated since this version would have to replace stuff on the Windows cd. So how does it actually work? The old Messenger is installed normally in the XP installation, and then the new Messenger is installed late in the process, just as it would be seperately installed after a complete XP installation? Would it be possible to slipstream Messenger 5.1? Maybe it was that I thought it would have to be.
  16. Since Windows Messenger is a part of Windows XP, I expected that someone had made an add-on for 5.1 to replace the one (4.7, right?) included in Windows, just as people have add-ons for WMP 10 to replace 9. But I can't find any.
  17. As I said I'm out of the loop as far as 98lite is concerned.If you think 98lite is the culprit, why not try to restore the IE files? Hope this helps. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Since 98lite removed the installation of IE5, and I made a clean install of IE6sp1, I fear that putting IE5 back in will mess things up badly.
  18. - WMP9 for my use and my old laptop is bloatware, and I will not install it. I don't like the WMP that came after 6.4 anyway, so I use 6.4 also on my new computers. - I have no HOSTS file - cookies, yes, already made sure of that. I use the "override"-function. - firewall, yes, i even tried it without loading the firewall. Had no effect. - no hardware firewall here. - I use IE6sp1. All Active-X and Java functions are set with "prompt" in custom level security. - the WMP9 suggestions don't apply, of course - I stick with 6.4 - no pop-up blockers in my browser at the moment. As you can see, I really don't have any idea why it doesn't work. I use 6.4 on my other PC's without issues, so don't tell me to get WMP9. I bet it has something to do with 98lite ...
  19. Now it's getting interesting ... First, MDGx, how can the 98lite files be older or newer than the ones on the 98SE-cd, when the 98lite files _come_ from the 98SE-cd? As you know, 98lite copies the files directly from the cd upon installation. About that imaging thing, thanks for the links! Any idea which one(s) is/are most resource friendly for my stone age laptop? [Edit: It seems that the imaging programs require either a cd-burner or enough hard drive space to copy the entire content of it. And I have neither. Seems as if clean install has to remain my method on this computer.] Thanks you guys for answering my original question. I'll delete all the files that 98lite copied from the 98SE-cd then. I'll keep the 98lite program files - they are only 800kB or something anyway. I've only had one problem following my installation. I can't play stream audio (I use IE6sp1 and WMP 6.4). It always hangs at "connecting (to server)". I believed at first that it had to do with the fact that I removed DirectX with 98lite, but I installed DirectX 9.0c, and it didn't help at all. I'm suspecting that it's because of some other feature I removed with 98lite, but I have really no idea which. Do you guys? [Edit: Although I recognized the name MDGx from somewhere, I didn't realize that it was _the_ MDGx from mdgx.com. I feel kinda honored that you reply to my posts ]
  20. Those are interesting thoughts, MDGx (even though they're really off-topic). The laptop I've done this on has no CD-burner (the laptop is from 1995 or something), so the only option would be making an image. I have no experience with this whatsoever. We are going way off-topic now, but what ghost imaging software do you recommend? (They gotta be freeware, of course). Didn't 98SE come with a "system restore"-thing that I could use? I'm thinking, though, if it did, I probably removed it with 98lite ...
  21. Since I'm sure that a bunch of you use or have used 98lite, I'll ask you this. I made a clean install with 98lite, fair enough. But now the 98lite directory is a massive 122MB. Do I need all these files now that I'm through using 98lite? Can I safely delete all the files that came from the Windows cd? None of the txt-files that came with 98lite say anything about this. I don't want to uninstall 98lite, as the manual says that: " Un-installing 98lite will automatically restore the following features: · Internet Explorer · Internet Connection Wizard · Internet Control Panel Icon · DOS command Files · Task Manager · MS Info · Windows Help Files · Defrag · Scandisk " First, I don't want the ones I deleted (or rather, did not install) back, but more importantly, if Windows tries to put IE 5 back in, I fear major problems, since I made a clean install of IE6sp1. Anyone?

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