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  2. The Window Disk Cleanup "Compress Old Files" function is NOT a DELETE function -- And you wouldn't want it to be! "Compress Old Files" looks for applications that you haven't used in over 50 days and then gives you the option to "compress" them if you so desire. When/if you ever decide to use a compressed application file in the future, Windows automatically "uncompresses" the file in preparation for using it again. In the meantime, the "compressed" files take up less room on your hard drive. That's the purpose..... If you have "Old Files" that are applications that you no longer use and no longer want to have on your machine, you can uninstall them via Add/Remove. Best Regards
  3. Do you have both Hard Drives on the same IDE ribbon? Usually that's just fine, but the slowest one may influence the speed of the faster one. I like both hard drives on the same IDE ribbon, but mine are both equally slow to begin with. You "might" (just a long shot) show a difference in performance by switching the physical connections. Try a hard drive as Master, with a CD unit as slave on your primary ribbon. (not a frequent or standard recommendation, but perhaps worth a shot.) I know the experts say that a CD unit will slow down the Hard Drive access speed, but maybe not when the system is not accessing from the CD unit. Consider it. Also, if you've recently installed a hard drive and used the manufacturer's recommendation for jumper settings of Master, Cable-Select, and/or Slave, you could consider changing from Cable-Select to specific Master and Slave, or the opposite. I've noticed performance differences making these changes and some machines. Conversely, if you haven't made any physcal wiring changes like installing a new hard drive, and haven't had problems with slow HD performance in the past, my recommendation is not likely to help you. Please favor the previous recommendations from the earlier replies, over these (long-shot) recommendations above. Most important would be confirming Enable DMA Then remove junk files and do a Defrag. I support the recommendation for the O&O tool. As to startup files and applications, "google is your friend". Simply enter the item name into google and read up on it. A couple of great sources for startup items: AnswersThatWork - http://www.answersthatwork.com/ Pacman's StartUp list - http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php But ultimately, what you allow to run in StartUp is your choice, to suite your particular computer use. Remember that if you "disable" an item, and later find that some important function is no longer available as you use your computer........ you can always go back and "enable" the item again. I like to "disable" anything related to extra printer/scanner/camera peripherals unless I'm planning to use them. Also, Adobe Acrobat is a resource hog. You might even want to consider an alternate to Adobe, for instance "Foxit PDF" http://www.foxitsoftware.com/ It is unlikely that you need Roxio controls always on and starting at StartUp. It is unlikely that you need any ATI controls starting at StartUp. It is unlikely that you need US Robotics Helper starting at StartUp. As was mentioned earlier, some people recommend getting rid of "Anything Norton" I concur. Best Regards
  4. I vote with Stormy13. If you're going to be making serious investment in RAM, and possibly CPU, you will likely do better starting with a new "bare-bones" machine. You'll be able to salvage HD, CD units, and peripherals. You might be pleasantly surprised how easy and cheaply you can build a new better machine. Best Regards
  5. Quoting Faith Michele Probably. ..... And if I did, what then?
  6. Here's the Tech Express" TechExpress link for your current results: http://www.pcpitstop.com/techexpress.asp?id=911N0WDKS1JSK13Q I don't see much beyond the obvious: Needs more RAM I've already adjusted the Internet Cache Size to 80 I'll be updating the Java Runtime (currently running the old version 1.4.2) For purely optional reasons I'll be uninstalling Yahoo ToolBar I'll Run sfc /scannow I'll run CleanUp! 4.0 I'll run a Disk Defrag Your suggestions will be appreciated. Doug
  7. Thanks for replying so far, Faith. I will be getting a Pit Test up and Posted in a few minutes. I don't recall how to Turn Off "Automatically Reboot after Fatal Error", so that I can get the Blue Screen with error messages. Not even sure this would help, since there have been no errors to my knowledge. The boot sequence just changed to happening this way. It's not causing a problem or even apparently responding to a problem. It's just a nusiance and not the way it's supposed to boot. Again, your assistence will be appreciated. Doug
  8. Computer starte booting to XP Home boots to Windows Advanced Options Menu, instead of the normal boot to the username login screen. No apparent reason. The computer will boot and function just fine if I select Normal, but next time I reboot it goes to the Advanced Options Menu. No recent changes to software or hardware or problems, Thanks in advance. Doug
  9. After starting a new diet I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favorite bakery. I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning and as I approached, there in the window were a host of goodies. I felt this was no accident, so I prayed ... "Lord, it's up to you, if you want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery." And sure enough, on the eighth time around the block, there it was! God is so Good!"
  10. No.....But.... Here's a quick blurb from Java site" If you're not running a website and creating new features online, you don't need the Java Developers Kit, but you do need a java runtime environment to utilize various features of websites you may visit. Best Regards
  11. Well Download dot com says there is: http://www.download.com/1200-2018-5139934.html But since it updated to verion 3.5:...... No.... Sort of..... http://www.download.com/Spyware-Doctor/300...4-10293212.html Best Regards
  12. You may be able to get a general picture of your machines power demands and an estimate of how things would change if you make the additions that you are considering by using this simple calculator: http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/ Add up the stuff you already have in your machine. Take a look at the rating on your current PSU. Post back with Brand and Model of your current PSU along with its labeled Wattage rating. Post back with your current installed power demand (all your drives, PCI cards, AGP card, card readers, modem, NIC, sound card, fans, etc.) and the total you came up with when using the linked calculator. PSU's do wear out. Sometimes slowly, sometimes suddenly. Of course this is not the only possible cause of your problem, so please follow through with suggestions from other Members. But if you want to get a read on your power consumption needs, I thought you could use this info. Best Regards
  13. What's your Power Supply (PSU) If this is a store-bought system and you've added hardware you may be experiencing randome crashes when power demands exceed the limits of your PSU. (USB PCI card(s) could be the culprit) Change the "Bolded" settings as below, by making changes in your Power Settings: Setting name Value Video acceleration disabled No Paging of kernel disabled No Screen saver running during tests No NOIDE key found in registry No Running 32-bit code on 64-bit Windows No System Restore disabled Yes Large System Cache enabled No Has batteries No Hibernate enabled Yes ------Change this to No HIBERFIL.SYS present Yes--Change this to No Hibernate policy in use No Sleep/Resume policy in use Yes Running on battery power No
  14. The beneficial effect of Forgiveness addresses the often paralyzing effect of Regret, in the ongoing life of either/both the wrong-doer or wronged. I call upon the reader to search their own personal experience and recall of individuals that you know who is some way seem to be locked into patterns of "living in the past or in reaction to the past". Of course living in reaction to the past can be provoked by fear as well as regret, but that is not beneficial either. The victim of a crime who so drastically constricts his/her lifestyle in the false belief that they can prevent a future crime by having no exposure at all, also constricts their possibilities for joy and growth. Some people, will call upon noble or righteous reasons to hold the past closely. "Never Forget" and "Our Founding Fathers" are often cited. But neither of these "memories" require that the individual constrict their present lifestyle in order to be advised by wisdom gathered from the past. And we could argue whether or not some particular act "can" ever be forgiven here on earth, but those arguments and value judgments will always be with us and do not nullify the beneficial effect of Forgiveness as it has to do with release to live fully. Forgiveness has certain prerequisites: 1. That the injuring behavior has stopped against the individual and others. 2. That the injured person is now somehow safe from negative exposure to the injuring person. 3. That the injuring person has acknowledged the wrongness of his/her behavior and the resultant injury . 3. That the injuring person has made deliberate change toward right/good/positive behavior instead of the old injuring behavior. 4. To the extent that the injuring person is able, they have acted in "reconciliation" to pay for, relieve, restore, or lighten the load of the injured person. 5. According to your belief /or not, the injuring person has acted in "repentance" toward God. From this list, it is self-evident that the injured person would not "forgive" if the injuring person was still hurting them on an ongoing basis. That would be "giving them permission", as others have noted in posts. From this list, it is self-evident that some sort of beneficial "learning and change of behavior" would be deliberately engaged by the previously injuring person. Here is where forgiveness can relieve regret. For the injured party, fully releasing "anger, grudge or vendetta" type thinking is useful. Such "full release" is inclusive of but not restricted to, Forgiving. Here's the trick. When you carry around anger against another person or about a situation, you experience a whole menu of negative emotional experiences, including: Tension, elevated blood pressure, anxiousness, headache, sleeplessness, sweating, stomach and bowel problems muscle tension, negative thoughts, reactive demeanor, hostility toward your world in general. etc. Suffice it to say, that these are not good for anyone. Ironically, when people are carrying "anger, grudge, or vendetta" type thoughts and feelings, they themselves and those that they love are usually the only ones that know about it. The injuring perpetrator is not ever likely to know that you are having a stress headache this morning because of your anger. The injuring perpetrator is never likely to know or usually even care that you are carrying a "grudge". There is a saying that "Anger Kills". This is most accurate when you examine the "carrier" of anger, and not the target, who often doesn't even know. If you carry anger for extended periods of time, your mind and body will be additionally injured from exposure to the kinds of symptoms listed above, while the person you may be angry with, gets off free. The opportunity for forgiveness occurs if the dangerous behavior has stopped, the injuring party acknowledges the hurt he/she has caused, has taken steps to learn new better positive behaviors, is now acting safely and positively, and has taken steps to make amends. If the injured party continues to carry grudge after these changes of the injuring party, then they are perhaps needlessly exposing themselves to continued harm, perpetrated by themselves. Does being forgiven help the injuring party?.... Sure if you injure a loved one by a thoughtless act, that you now foreswear and have corrected. You can go back to a loving relationship with a lightness of heart if you have already done your part, and the other forgives you. However, in the kinds of horrendous and mean-spirited behaviors that have illustrated previous replies of "I could never forgive".... Usually the forgiveness of the injured party will not benefit the injuring party. Why? Because he/she will never know about being forgiven, doesn't care, hasn't changed, remains a threat, would consider it a sign of weakness and opportunity to attack again.... and on, and on. Occasionally when an offender is serving life-imprisonment, a victim will forgive and communicate forgiveness to the inmate with beneficial result for both.... But don't hold your breath. Still, the issue of the bad-guy does not compromise the benefits of "forgiving" in the true sense of releasing and letting go of behaviors from the past. Think of all the "Victim" catagories we have created in the past few decades. Adult Children of Whatever, Victims of …you fill in the blank, Domestic victims of… you fill in the blank, Race, Religion, Crede, Sexual Orientation, Age, Nationality victimized groups. What happens when these "victims" hold anger-grudge-vendetta? Well, you could point out that "laws get changed, and law-suits get paid". Sure. A few people benefit from social engineering and payoff. Sure. Some new terrible acts can be prevented due to changes is law and society. But the actual victims, most often don't feel automatically benefited or paid. Forgiveness is by definition a very private and personal thing that one may do. It can remain absolutely private and never be communicated to the injuring party, and still be beneficial to the victim. Forgiving can be a very releasing and invigorating experience for the forgiving person. So what’s the conclusion? Should you forgive, or not. Well that’s up to you. I’ve only tried to illustrate the benefits if you do. But what if I can’t forgive, because the threat/danger continues? Then don’t ever forget, and work proactively to eliminate the threat/danger in a public and constructive way, instead of staying hurt, sullen, withdrawn, and grudgeful. Helping someone else, is one of the best ways to move beyond your own injury. Forgiveness can be part of your health and growth. Embrace it every time you reasonably can! And it beats the heck out of living in the past, morbidly absorbed in Regret over what now cannot be changed.
  15. From a forwarded correspondence: A Jellyfish bad day!!! If you don't laugh out loud after you read this you are in a coma! This is even funnier when you realize it's real! Next time you have a bad day at work .. think of this guy.Rob is a commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisiana. He performs underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs. Below is an E-mail he sent to his sister. She then sent it to radio station 103.2 on FM dial in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, who was sponsoring a worst job experience contest. Needless to say, she won. Hi Sue, Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother. Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not so bad after all. Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wetsuit. This time of year the water is quite cool. So what we do to keep warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose. Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I've used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wetsuit. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like working in a Jacuzzi. Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it. This only made things worse. Within a few seconds my butt started to burn. I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done. In agony I realized what had happened. The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack of my butt. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically. Needless to say I aborted the dive. I was instructed to make three agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling thirty-five minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression. When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet. As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't :filtered: for two days because my butt was swollen shut. So, next time you're having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your butt. Now repeat to yourself, "I love my job, I love my job, I love my job. Now whenever you have a bad day, ask yourself, "is this a jellyfish bad day?" May you NEVER have a jellyfish bad day!!!!!
  16. One time rebuttal, then I bow out. Christ died for all sinners. Or put more in your terms, to lift the burden of sin from all of us. In removing sin, Jesus teaches that the sinner must first do two things. - act in repentance (Godward) - act in reconciliation (manward). And then the promise is that God will make it such as if it had never happened. (forgiven) Some have argued that it becomes impossible to "reconcile" if the sinners action has been that of murdering another, since now that other is dead, no action of the murderer can reconcile the act. Perhaps it is enough to act in "repentance" (Godward), but I gotta tell you, I wouldn't want to be heading to Heaven, knowing that I have first dispatched another person to Heaven who is now waiting without reconciliation. And God standing there next to the murdered person asking me the question: "What have you done in reconciliation for this one you murdered?" Nope. Just wouldn't want to hazard that one. my last two cents
  17. Killing, even in heat of anger is different from "lying in wait murder". I know of no location in the Bible where murder is forgiven. It can be in the heart of a human being to forgive, even the most griegious of acts perpetrated by another. Such act of "forgiveness" can be healing and strengthening for the forgiver. However, judgement (of the eternal type) is not within my province, nor is it something attributed to or given to mankind in any of the words of the Bible. I am quite content to leave Judgement in the hands of One of infinite wisdom, rather than taking on that task myself. As for earthly judgement and punishment, I am quite comfortable with apprehending criminals and metting out punishment according to the law. However, I believe that the purpose of apprehension and punishment is to "make safe" the rest of civilized society. So once a criminal is apprehended, punishment should be the kind that separates the criminal in such a way that no further crime can be conducted. If I were somehow in charge of "sentencing guidelines" there would be a whole lot of longer sentences, with life-inprisonment a much more common result. My two cents Yep. Me too. Looks like others posted my sentiments before I could get my long-winded and slow-fingered post sent off.
  18. Take a look here for "Beep Codes". http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm Different motherboard manufacturers have different codes, so be sure you're referencing the right hardware. Your MoBo manufacturer site may have a code list, or google for other sites if the link I gave you doesn't cover your machine. Best Regards
  19. Good Job Cobalt, The Trusted Advisors at the HJT Forum will be able to assist you from this point. Post back here if you have other questions, "after" you have completed any work recommended by your Trusted Advisor. Best Regards
  20. What Zowie suggests does happen. However, the same effect can be produced by an "email worm" that may have infected your computer or the computer of one of your friends/correspondents. If a "worm" is at work here, then it has read your "address book" or the address book of one of your friends/correspondents and is now sending out emails with a batch of preformatted spoof messages. I'd follow JoeC's recommendation to assure that my system was not infected. Run and Post a HJT. I'd also alert those others whose email accounts may be involved. If there is no "worm" involved, you will have alerted to a false/positive, but your friends/correspondents will still probably appreciate your thoughtfulness. Best Regards
  21. I've seen that alert and forced choice of F1 or F2 when the CMOS/MotherBoard battery is weak or dead. New batteries are about $2.50 US. I just bought a two pack at Best Buy, in order to replace the battery in a system that was doing what you describe. It ain't doing it any more.... Boots right up. Best Regards
  22. Locally we have a non-profit called Computers for Classrooms. They started out in the early 1990's as a home garage business, refurbishing computers that were then given to schools and students. They are now "huge" and have a warehouse of donated stock to drool over. I've donated often myself, but am not able to buy or receive stock in return, since they have federal grant rules that place serious restrictions on who can receive any of their products. Look in your "yellow pages" or call a local computer repair shop. I would guess that you'll see a business or agency advertised in the yellow pages to suit your needs. Or a local computer repair tech will know where donations are accepted. Best Regards
  23. Interesting problem, dmac2003, Of course "the usual" would help us help you from a more informed perspective: Please post a TechExpress. Please let us know what new Hardware you may have installed. Please let us know what new Software you may have installed. I did a bit of searching, and found that there are some common situations that can create problems similar to yours. They relate to IRQ conflicts and Com port conflicts. So, do you have a NIC installed, and also have "onboard NIC" as well? Do you have a separate PCI card that creates a 3rd IDE source, in addition to your Primary and Secondary that are part of the MoBo? Do you have a Printer that uses ECP Parellel port cable? Check here for a more advanced discussion of possible conflicts: http://www.pcguide.com/ts/x/comp/mbsys/sys...ansionCards.htm Do you by any chance have Norton? If so, Norton has a Diagnostic Tool that may help you display IRQ and Port conflicts. You've perked my curiosity. I hope you will post your progress, as I would appreciate learning along with your. Best Regards
  24. Just my opinion, but I like the air to be drawn in from the front and exhausted out the back after passing over and cooling the components in the case. Therefore, to have a case fan in the back blowing in, right below a case fan that blows out, may be circulating air in a "U" shape path (cool in, and cool right back out) without ever passing over and cooling off any components. I like the idea of a PCI slot fan drawing air exhausted from your Vid Card and blowing that hot air right out the back. You might hang around over in the Overclocking Forum, where the true experts keep up to date on the best component fans and solutions. Best Regards
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