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  1. So, my computer has been fine until yesterday when I plugged it in, it didn't charge.


    My computer is an XPS M1330, I've had it for about 4 months.


    It's a 65W adapter.


    When I plug in my computer, it's like it's running off of AC only and have removed the battery...it powers the computer but doesn't charge the battery. I've reseated the battery, I've run it without the battery, etc...nothing has changed.


    When I restart my computer with the adapter plugged in, I get a screen that says that it can't recognize my adapter and that I need to put in a 65W adapter...


    Any ideas on what could be causing this problem?


    When I mouse-over the battery icon in my taskbar, it says "0% available (plugged in, not charging)

  2. I'm working with an HP LaserJet 3050 all-in-one printer.


    When I plug in the printer, the PC says "New devices found..." and even names the printer...


    However, I can't print...


    I have updated all of my drivers except for two...


    1. DOT4 USB Printing Support

    My issue with this one is, once I've downloaded and extracted to it's file...when I try to run the install file I get a "C:\HP Universal Print Driver\Install.exe is not a valid Win32 application"


    2. USB Composite Device

    The issue with this one is, when I try to install the universal printer...it doesn't recognize the printer I have plugged in.


    Any ideas?

  3. What I've done is backed up the messed up harddrive on another desktop and all that data was saved. Now I'm going to format that messed up harddrive and re-install windows.


    Three questions:


    What's the best way to format?

    What's the best way to get the information on the desktop back to the newly formatted drive?

    If I don't have the original XP CD that came with this computer, can I use any XP CD or does it matter?

  4. I have but I'm not right now.


    Let's say I don't have the CD in the drive...I turn on the computer and everything starts up normally until I get to a blue screen that says "setup is restarting..." and then the computer boots up in safe mode and I get a pop up before any taskbars or icons show up that says "XP setup cannot run in safe mode. Click ok to restart." When I restart, same thing happens...when I hit F8 to go into windows normally, it still goes to safe mode and tries to run setup.


    What I'm asking is, can I cancel setup?

  5. What went wrong?


    Friend of mine had a virus. I tried rebooting the computer in safe mode by restarting and then hitting F8 repeatedly. It would bring me to the boot options page and I chose safe mode. The computer acted like it always does right before entering safe mode and then to my chagrin, it just rebooted and brought me to the "Your computer did not shut down properly..." screen. So I started it in windows mode. I went into msconfig and changed it to safeboot.


    That was a mistake.


    Now it will neither boot up from safe mode, nor start windows normal mode. I have tried using a Windows XP CD to use the recovery console function to do the "fixboot" and "fixmbr" commands. Still doesn't work.


    Please help! I would really prefer not to have to do a restore. Is there anyway to at least get into Windows from this position?


    Computer runs XP Home.

  6. did you install the software for printer


    if you didnt are you able to install it (software)


    What do you mean? Do I need to actually use the software that came with the printer and install it on the laptop? Normally you should be able to just add the printer right?

  7. Here is the script error I am getting:


    An error has occurred in the script on this page.


    Line: 1174

    Char: 1

    Error: Unspecified error.

    Code: 0

    URL: res://C:\WINDOWS\system32\shdoclc.dll/preview.dlg


    Do you want to continue running scripts on this page?


    I also cannot print from word, notepad, or anything else.


    This is a laptop and I'm trying to print to the printer plugged into the desktop. That desktop can print.


    All of this started after I had plugged in the printer/scanner (the one I'm trying to get to work) into the laptop so that I could scan pictures into the laptop. Since then it's been not working. This laptop can print to other printers though.



  8. I'm working on a Sony VAIO laptop with 512 MB of Ram, 60GB HD, and Windows XP Home SP2.


    What in the heck is going on?


    Everytime I try to boot up the computer, it takes FOREVER. Not the part where programs are booting up, but when windows is booting up. The black windows screen is laggy, the scrolling blocks move slowly and go across like 15 times (on my computer they go across like 5 times). And the opening windows sound plays very laggy and broken.


    I did not find any viruses or spyware on thsi computer, and once it is fully booted, it runs beautifully.



  9. Are you sure that the drivers you found are for the FX series?


    Yeah, I am 99% sure. I can't figure it out, I just got this PC from a guy and I'm sure he accidentally deleted the drivers or something, but I don't know how to get them back on and workingg.
  10. Usually when it's ridiculously slow like that, it means that your video drivers are not installed. Go to Nvidia's site and download the latest drivers for your card. Then install them and restart your computer. It should run fine now.


    Every time I try to install the right drivers, it says "Can't find compatible drivers for installation, closing setup now". Or something like that...

  11. My laptop has 1.5 GB of RAM, Pentium M, and is just a pretty good PC overall.


    Problem is, the scrolling in my browsers are rediculously slow! I think it must be something to do with my video card, I updated the driver for it but that did nothing. The card is NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200. The computer is a Dell Inspiron 5150.


    Please helppp.

  12. I've been helping out my cousin who's printer all the sudden can't be printed to from his laptop.


    The printer is connected directly to his desktop which is basically his server computer. His laptop has always been able to print wirelessly until like 3 days ago. When I try to share his printer, it says "Printer settings could not be saved. Operation could not be completed".


    What do I do?

  13. In addition to what Ianmtdel said, the missing 65 mb (should be 64, but the extra 1 mb is usually a reporting error between the bios and Windows) is being used by the video card.


    Also as to what Ianmtdel said about a loose stick, according to your test results there is only one 256 mb stick showing as installed.


    Yeah, ok well I was confused cause I'm not used to working on PC's with 256MB. For some reason 256-192 seems a lot more drastic than 512-448 :P


    Thanks for the help as always guys.

  14. http://www.pcpitstop.com/techexpress.asp?id=AB8BPWFEG7JSQF3C




    I ran the full test on my mom's laptop and it shows that she has only 256MB of RAM and that not even all of that is being used.


    She has 512MB of RAM!


    We didn't install extra RAM, it came with that much. Why would there be a discrepancy as large as that (I know that some is partitioned towards video cards and what not but there's no way THAT much would be missing).


    Please help! :help:

  15. Great stuff RayG, thanks.


    Few more questions, what do you charge?


    What optimize programs do ya'll use? (I really like the iobit.com one)


    Do you reccomend keeping the programs on their computer or removing when you're done? (The reason I ask this one is because I've had clients freak out when there were unfamiliar programs on their computer)


    What's the best way to get business? (what type of advertising, referral programs, websites, etc.)

  16. Thanks for all the responses guys,


    I would be running the business out of my home.


    I live in a small (but growing) town where there are relatively few options other than geek squad. They're charging huge amounts and as a former employee of Best Buy, I know that I'm as good as most of their guys.


    From what I've heard so far (from clients and such), I think I am going to drop my prices a little, but not much. People seem pretty open to paying me that much. I'm also running a service where I'll go out to someone's house and tutor them on the computer for an hour or two, this I'm charging like $45 an hour for. Geeksquad charges something like $150 for one hour of training.


    It's not how simple the thing is that I"m doing, it's how long it takes that determines how much I'm charging. Defragging is an easy thing to do (usually), but it takes quite a while and if they want me to stay there while it's defragging I'm going to charge them for it.


    Anyone have any tips about things their clients have really liked? Any advice?


    I realize it's kind of a hit or miss thing so I'm just going to stay flexible and see what I can get for my services.


    Thanks again!

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