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  1. My ISP provided dynamic IP when I first got the connection (cable internet). They never mentioned whether it was dynamic or static. I came to know it by trying to renew the IP by executing "ipconfig flushdns/release/renew" command. At that time the IP would renew everytime I would pass the command. But then as days passed by, IP renewal became difficult and more difficult. I would have to execute the commands a few times before the IP would renew. After the first couple of months I would have to execute the command twice approximately to renew, then after a couple of more months I would have to execute 5 times approx, then after a couple of months 10 times approx and so on. Now it has come to a stage that the IP doesn't renew at all even after executing the command 100 times. It has become exactly like a static one. My question is:- Is this possible? I mean an IP "gradually" changing from dynamic to static. I was under the impression that an IP is either dynamic or static, nothing in between. If its static, IP would never renew by executing the above command, and if its dynamic, IP would renew everytime I executed the above commands. There is nothing in between.
  2. I thought you get that balloon message when you plug in a USB 2.0 device to a USB 1.1 port in the computer. Is it true the other way around too? (i.e. a USB 1.1 device plugged to a USB 2.0 port)
  3. This happens if either 1) Its a fake USB Flash Drive (ex. bought from ebay) 2) If it has corrupt sectors To see which one is the case try to zero out the flash drive completely using "Killdisk" If zeroing out process stops in the middle and Killdisk tells you that there are corrupt sectors, then you are out of luck.....time to buy a new flash drive. If zeroing out process completes successfully, the flash drive is fine. You can check if Killdisk had zeroed out everything using "HxD HexEditor" After it has zeroed out you will need to format the flash drive. You can format it using HPUSB format utility and format it as FAT. Now you will be able to see the correct size of your USB flash drive.
  4. Use the uninstall option in "CCleaner". If you see the program in the list of programs, try uninstalling it or if it says program in already uninstalled or doesn't exist then just delete the entry using the "Delete Entry" button.
  5. I have some USB flash drives and USB hard drives. They are un-named un-branded ones. Is there a way to know if they are USB 1.1 or 2.0, etc?
  6. Now do the following with Unlocker Right Click on the "Start" button in "Start Menu". Click "Open All Users". Open the folder "Programs". Delete "Accessories" folder.
  7. Right Click on the "Start" button in "Start Menu". Click "Open". Open the folder "Programs". Delete "Accessories" folder.
  8. Is there a way to add "Safe Mode" in the "Turn off computer" menu? (not the Boot Menu) I want something similar to BootSafe but without using a separate program, but incorporate it within Windows "Turn off computer" menu
  9. Unfortunately there is no option "reconnect-at-boot-automatically" in the program so that I can disable it. This is what I tried:- Installed the application Connected the USB drive Unmounted the USB drive from the program (at this moment drive Y: was gone) Disconnected the USB drive & plugged it out Uninstalled the program But on reboot the drive Y: appeared again
  10. I tried that already. Installed the software and plugged in the USB drive and unmounted the ghost drive. It was gone for the moment. Unfortunately on reboot it appeared again
  11. Following are the only options available on right click context menu. There is nothing like disconnect. I get the option to delete it using Unlocker, which is not able to delete it immediately but gives the option to delete is on next reboot. But unfortunately it is not able to delete it on next reboot. I guess the drive appears due to some driver getting autoloaded on normal boot. Which is that one I have no idea. The reason I guess is because the drive doesn't appear in Safe boot.
  12. I had installed two programs (Ext2IFS & Paragon Ext2FS) to access Ext partitions from Windows. At that time in one of the two programs I had chosen to mount an Ext partition in my USB external hard drive as Y:. Now I have uninstalled both the programs and also removed the external USB hard drive, but the Hard Drive labeled as Y: still remains in Explorer/My Computer. Its present in the group "Other". It has a Red question mark on it. It does not show up in Disk Management. If I click on the properties then it tells File System is "RAW" and Type is "Local Disk". If I boot into "Safe Mode" then the drive doesn't show in Explorer/My Computer, it shows only in "Normal" boot. How do I remove this "Ghostly Virtual" Hard Drive? I tried reinstalling both the programs but both of them cannot see the hard drive, so I don't have any option to remove it from within those programs. If I try to open/explore it, I get the following error
  13. I am facing one more problem......taking the liberty to post it here instead of a separate thread. One fine day in Device Manager I started to have a question mark under "Other Devices" -> "PCI Device". The computer tells me to install the driver. I tried to do a automatic install but it failed to find the driver. I have no idea which PCI device needs a driver? I have only once card installed (a soundcard) in the MOBO and that too works perfectly. How do I find it which device needs the driver? I followed the "Device instance ID" in details of the driver and looked back in the registry for it and under it was able to see the following:- Capabilities CompatibleIDs ConfigFlags DeviceDesc HardwareID LocationInformation It doesn't give me anything about the Vendor ID or Device ID
  14. Thanks a lot jaclaz. You made my day I now understand the whole thing. You also made it so simple to understand think of it like a floppy, where the A: or B: letter is assigned notwithstanding the fact that the drive is empty. The Simpletech pdf file that you gave tells that the computer will show 4 removable drives instead of icons for cards if there is SP1 or before, but my computer has SP2. Was that specific to Simpletech card reader? @Mijzelf 4) Use diskmanager to mount the drives on a directory instead of a disk letter. How do I do that?
  15. Thanks jaclaz. I will look into it today and get back to you. Kelsenellenelvian asked me Do you have a card reader atached to the machine? I am sorry to have overlooked it but I do have a card reader pre installed into the Desktop Computer. Its installed in the floppy drive slot. It has 4 input slots for 4 types of cards and also has an additional USB port. In any case is that the root cause? If so what is the solution?
  16. Its a new Acer Desktop Computer. It came preloaded with Vista. (I don't remember if the problem was there with Vista). I removed Vista and installed XP Pro the very first day. Since then I am seeing this peculiar nuisance. The computer has 6 USB ports and nothing is ever plugged into them. (Why 4 appear........if it at all had to appear then 6 should appear......thats also mysterious)
  17. I have Windows XP SP2. Whenever I start/restart the computer 4 removable USB mass storage drives appear in "My Computer". I have to click in the taskbar "Safely Remove Hardware" icon to remove them. This is annoying me. How do I stop this from happening?? (I don't have any USB device connected to my computer)
  18. Its a Gateway MX7525 Laptop Product Specs are here http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Q106/S...w/5964sp3.shtml All info are here http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Q106/Shadow/5964nv.shtml (This laptop has become a headache for me since the day I bought it. Customer service is a fraud. Would never buy any Gateway products in future) Yesterday I ran a harware detection bootable CD and it ran overnight without shutting down!! It also passed everything. Now I am guessing its a problem with Windows Today I plan to run a Linux Live CD and see what happens.
  19. My Laptop shuts down by itself frequently. Just 10 seconds or so before shutting down the fans rotate vigorously (can tell that by the noise) and the Laptop shuts down. Since yesterday the Laptop doesn't even boot to Windows. I press the start button and before it even boots to windows the above thing happens and it shuts down. There have been no error messages of any kind. I have tried default factory settings in the BIOS and even did a fresh Windows reinstall but that didn't help. Since the fans rotate vigorously just before the Laptop shuts down I am guessing that its a problem with the temperature sensors which are probably giving wrong information to the computer making it think that its overheated and hence it forces shutdown. Any ideas? Any solutions? Pls help
  20. There is no option to select SATA over PATA in the boot order. The only order thats available are 1) Hard disk 2) DVD Drive 3) USB devices
  21. SATA (marked as "D") is set as active and is a primary partition.
  22. I have two HDs in my computer. One is a PATA and one a SATA. PATA is conneted to the DVD drive and is configured as Master. I want to to install WinXP in the SATA and keep the PATA for data. Now the problem is, during WinXP installation it marks the PATA drive as "C" and SATA as "D" (in the screen where you choose where to install WinXP) So now when I try to install it on SATA (marked as "D").........after installation is over and I try to restart the computer it never boots and gives the popular ntldr missing error........cause Windows was not installed in "C". I tried to change the drive letter of PATA in Windows from Disk Management but it won't let me do so becoz it is marked as a System drive. What do I do? How do I make the SATA as "C" and PATA as "D"? Pls help (PS: I looked in the BIOS for any setting but couldn't find anything suitable. I also tried changing the PATA to Slave but that didn't help me either)
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