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  1. I'm not sure about all of them, but the cursor and filter properties are specific to IE. Per the spec, Opera and Firefox should be ignoring them and take no action. The "error" you are seeing is mostly to let web page developers know that they are using something nonstandard. It is not an error in the sense that the browser does something wrong. Also, they are not JS errors, they are CSS errors.
  2. Looks like they got him straightened out in that thread. PC Pitstop was reporting fragmentation, and shore 'nuff the disk was fragmented.
  3. Something must be blocking the tests. Does the "Check ActiveX" page work? Does Windows Update work?
  4. If the files are in use we don't delete them. Something has those files open most likely. You can find out what process has them open with Process Explorer from sysinternals.com, search for a handle with the name of those files.
  5. At the moment, our test is most accurate for users that have rated speeds of 6 megabits per second or lower. The problem with larger speeds is that our test files are not large enough to do a long enough test for those speeds. In reality the problem is that very few files are large enough to "get the pipe primed" so that you can actually see 6 megabits or better performance. When you get to the nosebleed speeds like that, I don't think it makes that much difference unless you are downloading DVDs or things like that. If you ARE downloading DVDs, you may find that the ISP limits your bandwidth over time because there is no way that everyone who gets 8 megabit service can possibly be using 8 megabit service constantly or their economics wouldn't work out. That said, we're planning to make some changes to our bandwidth test to improve repeatability for people with faster connections. Check out the beta tester section over the next few weeks if you'd like to participate.
  6. What version of Windows do you have?
  7. I read your post but need more info--what is your rated download and upload speed? Can you post a link to your test results? I'll move this to the test problems section.
  8. My guess is that you have all the standard XP eye candy turned on. Turn it off and your system will run much faster. Control Panel, System, Advanced, Performance Settings, Visual Effects, Adjust for best Performance.
  9. Since it's a laptop the lower speed is part of the power and thermal management. If you want full speed you can get it by setting the power level to "Home/Office desktop". http://www.pcpitstop.com/faq/cpu.asp What I would do is try that setting and see if the memory issue goes away. If not, then my guess is that either the memory is slow memory (high timing values) or the memory controller is a single-channel rather than dual-channel model. I don't know much about AMD notebooks so perhaps most similar systems use dual channel. My guess is that this isn't something "broken", it's just that they made a design choice that favored power management or other issues versus memory performance. So it's not likely to be a warranty issue. Is the notebook working okay for you?
  10. Selling something at the highest price, or buying it at the lowest price, requires a large market. That's what eBay does. If we have a classifieds section here, your thing will be seen by probably 100 people at most. To get more people to see it--and thus a better price--sellers might tempted to spam a bunch of sections of the forums. It's just easier to start on a big site like eBay.
  11. Vista is still pretty far from done. At best, it will be availalable in late 2006. Even if Microsoft finishes it in August, there is a two or three month lag before it shows up in stores and on new computers from companies like Dell. Judging from the beta vesrions I have used, I have serious doubts whether Microsoft will finish it by August. Since Vista is so unfinished and we haven't had a chance to test our products with it, we really can't make any definite statements about whether the current versions will work with it or when new versions might be available. The crystal ball is just too cloudy!
  12. Wolfman, it would really help if you provided a link to your test results--click the TechExpress logo near the top of the page for a step-by-step guide to doing that. At the moment you haven't provided enough information to find or fix the problem. As I mentioned in another thread, a false 100% reading can happen on 95/98/Me if you have a second CPU load monitor on during the tests. I looked through this whole thread and don't even see where you've told us which version of Windows you're running.
  13. In IE, go to Tools, Internet Options, Settings, View Objects. Find the AV class and remove it. Then try to retest and see if it will load correctly.
  14. For Windows 95/98/Me, the hook for SysMon only allows one program at a time to measure CPU load. If two programs try to measure CPU load, one or both of them will falsely register a 100% CPU load. There used to be a MSKB article about it but I can't find it at the moment. Is it possible that you have some other program running that is monitoring CPU load while you are testing? Process Explorer uses some mystical knowledge to determine CPU load and doesn't use the standard SysMon hook. Win9x/Me is on the wane (less than 20% of our testers and dropping) so we're not likely to go back and spend time putting in new code for that.
  15. umeerj, it sounds like PAV.DLL is crashing during the scan. I'm not sure why that would happen unless it encountered a corrupt file of some kind, such as a zip file. Take a look at the instructions on this page, do you get a dialog like the one in the screen shots there? If so can you let us know what the details are? http://www.pcpitstop.com/faq/tests.asp
  16. That too! It might be possible to build some sort of plugin for Mozilla on Mac or Linux, but I can honestly say I have no idea of what that takes.
  17. Yes it's theoretically possible. However, there isn't a lot of reason for us to do it. The tests and tips we do are Windows-specific ones using Windows APIs, so none of that would port over for a Linux/Mac user. Since none of the present staff are experts on either Mac or Linux, we'd need to find someone else to build a completely new set of tests and tips. By that point you're really talking about a completely different site.
  18. Hey smash, thanks for the info. peterb, does that proedure work for you? BTW, you are not going crazy. I have seen this once myself. I did an upgrade from Win98 to XP on a system a few years back. Whenever I tried removing our ActiveX control, XP would decide it was a valuable file and system file protection would put it back. Finally I did a bunch of registry edits and was able to remove it. It's been so long I don't recall what they were, but if the file smash gave you didn't work let me know and we'll work through it.
  19. Hi dough, I just googled for that message you found in the event log and this thread says you can fix it by using this command from the command line: winmgmt /resyncperf http://forums1.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/...threadId=742566 Can you give it a try and let us know?
  20. It's because of notebook power management, see here: http://www.pcpitstop.com/faq/cpu.asp
  21. As for the {Starpower} in the browser description, that string was put into your browser string by Starpower and the only way to remove it is to edit the registry. I don't recall the keys involved but if you search for {Starpower} with RegEdit you should be able to find it.
  22. At this point the only way we'd move is if we could move all the user accounts and posts along with it. That's not a really tall order though, a lot of the boards can import the IPB 1.x database--including IPB 2.x of course.
  23. Right-click the menu bar or toolbar in the Explorer window and make sure that "Address Bar" is checked.
  24. Our forums are hosted by Invision Power Services so you'd think we'd be ahead of the game as far as support for the new version. However, we're not that happy with IPS, they are--ah--not very responsive. I don't have a problem with moving over to a plain vanilla IPB 2.whatever system, but people need to understand that we may lose several customized features. I don't really want to get back into the custom mods precisely because they make it difficult to install new versions and patches. The thing is, I couldn't even tell you all the customizations we've added, so the odds are we won't know them all until we move and they are gone.
  25. The Process and Processor counters are different. The Process %CPU is for just that one process, the Processor %CPU is for the total chip. Did you try rebuilding the counters with this procedure? http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;300956 I've never seen the problem but it would be useful to know if that procedure worked.
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