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  1. tom9042

    Sound card to Stereo Receiver question

    I was going to try and connect my audio card (Chaintech AV710) to my old stereo instead of buying new speakers, since I have two pairs of stereo speakers. Unfortunately, the left speaker outputs (both main and remote) are dead. I've decided to buy a new receiver and would like to hook up the...
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    Question on spam

    I see that the "Team Penquin" thread was closed for a lot of spamming. The thread was silly, but it wasn't offensive. I'm trying to understand what the difference is between this thread and "The Really Loong Thread" or "The Person Above Me" threads, which are also silly, but not (generally)...
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    Is this laptop a good buy?

    My son works at a university and has a chance to buy an IBM Thinkpad R52 for $999.00. I never had a laptop but worry about the integrated graphic on this machine. I'm not sure if he has the option to add memory or other options. How does this machine look to all you bright young men and...
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    Undo a dual boot

    I installed a new second HD lately and installed ubuntu on it. I used the ubuntu install disk to install a dual boot. Now I want to replace the second HD with my wife's HD, since I need to back it up before I format it. I can't boot at all without both of my own HD's. How can I fix the boot...
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    Several questions on my Linux dual boot

    When I gave my second HD to my wife and bought a new larger slave HD, I wanted to dual boot to Ubuntu and try it. I was wondering if someone could help me with two questions. 1) I had made two NTFS partitions when setting up the HD, a 60 gig partition to be used for Linux and a 140 gig...
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    Computer freeze-up

    My computer has been freezing after about 20 to 30 minutes. After acting normally, any icon I click yields nothing. If I go to the desktop, clicking any icon will not open a program. If I hit control/alt/delete, I can't even get into the Task Manager. The only way I can reboot, is from...
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    Latency Problem

    I use pcAnywhere to connect from my home PC (WindowsXP Pro) to my work machine (Windows 2000) to run some sales reports on weekends. From time to time the screen refreshes and mouse movements become so slow that I once drove to work (an hour round trip) instead of dealing with the connection...
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    Can't boot from CD Rom

    I promised step son # 2 that I would format his hard drive and reinstall his operating system, Windows ME (yes, that piece of trash). I changed the BIOS to boot from the CD and when I try to boot from the ME CD, it won't boot. Am I missing something? I don't remember this ever happening...
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    Apple to PC transfer

    My stepson is coming home from college for the holidays and would like to transfer some of his music (he's a music major) to his old PC. I'm not sure how to do this, since the two operating systems are quite different. I guess he can burn a few CD's with his MP3's (or the Apple format) and...
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    Question on a MSI board

    My wife's computer has a MSI K7 Master, (MS-6341) motherboard. The CPU is an Athlon 1.4Gig. I wanted to see the temperature of the CPU and downloaded the latest MSI software, PC Alert 4. I can see the temperature in the BIOS area, but PC Alert 4 does not show any of the readings. It says...
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    Problem with SuSe live evaluation CD

    I wanted to try out a linux distro which I will be putting on my new hard drive. I downloaded the live evaluation version of SuSe (LiveCD-9.1-01.iso) and copied it onto a CD using Nero. I changed by BIOS to boot from a CD and got the message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System disk and press...
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    Questions on new hard drive

    I was at CompUSA yesterday getting another fan for my rig, when I saw an 80Gig Western Digital HD for $39.95. I picked it up so that I can save Ghost images. I have two questions: 1) The new drive is only ATA100. If it is on the same IDE cable as my main ATA133 drive, will it slow down the...
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    AVG and Mozilla Thunderbird

    My Norton Antivirus subsription is up in two days. I've downloaded AVG based upon discussions in this forum. However, I use Mozilla Thunderbird for my email. I want to be sure that I am reading it correctly, AVG does not support a non Microsoft email program? I guess this means that I'll...
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    How to move "My Documents"

    I just reformated my 60gig HD since I got a new Asus A7N8X MB. I made 2 partitions, a 15gig for XP and software and 45gig for all data and files. XP put the "My Documents" folders in the C drive with XP. Can I just drag "My Documents" to the D drive or do I have to move it another way, since...
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    Can an HP Pavilion be upgraded

    My father in law gave my wife his old HP Pavilion 8380, which has a PII 400. It has a lot of good features built in but it is slooooow. I can upgrade the memory from 96 Meg to 384 Meg with Crucial memory, but I'm afraid it still will be slow. Has anyone put in a new mobo into one of these...
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    Best way to get data off a laptop with a bad hard drive

    My friend has a IBM Thinkpad, which had a hard drive crash. He was sent a new drive and it works fine. I can get the computer to boot with a Windows 95 startup disk and can see the data (the machine can't boot with the hard drive). I even copied one file onto a floppy using DOS as a test. I...
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    Dual XP Boot??

    My wife is not too happy that she's not an administrator, so now we both are administrators. Some of my software conflicts with what she does. I notice that if I make Outlook my default email, it changes her default from OE. All in all, I need to either have two separate sets of programs or...