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  1. Don't even have a music system anymore since at some point in past years I simply started to use desktop as source and now laptop. Been fine with inexpensive earbuds but would love to get a pair of good headphones such as Sennheiser HD 650 or similar in quality. Just wondering if great headphones represent a worthwhile match with my laptop; that is would high quality capacity of the headphones be wasted with my laptop as the source? I suspect a small amplifier might be necessary to drive the headphones but still wonder if it's worth $200-500 if ultimately the laptop itself represents an inferior audio source. Admittedly my question involves all sorts of variables related to personal tastes in music and individual 'ears' but would appreciate any comments. Meanwhile the inexpensive generic earbuds I use are surprisingly good, but good headphones would be tremendous. Thanks, Kazumi Dell Studio 14 - i7- 8GB - High Definition Audio 2.0
  2. You may have already given up on this but it wouldn't cost anything to try using the Boot Floppy as Caintry_Boy suggested. Otherwise it sounds like the HD is probally just better replaced. A new 40 Gb will run under $40.00 at NewEgg WD400BB. Make sure you have all your original program install software discs beforehand.
  3. Have a desktop with Windows 98SE myself and ran into a similar problem when I downloaded some drivers...some were correct and as it turned out, some were entirely incompatable and it was a mess. Ultimately I performed a clean reinstall to make it all right again. A reinstall may sound drastic, but at the end of the day it most likely will solve the problem(s) and may save many hours of futile effort in trying to undo a series of forgotten setting adjustments and driver updates, particulary if you don't have a solid trail backwards. If you have a complete inventory of your original software install disks than it's something to consider if some of the other fixes offered don't work out. Old machine;...original HD? Is it in good shape? Other than the Shutdown Supplement on the Windows Update site I also would recommend declining the other updates offered. Good luck!
  4. Am as concerned about privacy as anyone I suspect; shred mail and unsolicted financial offers etc. Don't want to diminish the writers concern but it seems like an off base and unnecessary one. Since becoming a regular visitor to The Pit as of last summer, I simply took it for granted that the multitude of visitors were in fact creating a large and rich aggregate data base that Pitstop would use for it's own purposes including research and also selling to others if it so chose. My insurance coverages, street address, zip code, credit card patterns and you name it are all in some marketing research data base. Too much of that is personalized data IMHO but there's a ton in non-personalized aggregate data bases, and of the latter...I don't really care. Hadn't actually read The Pits Privacy Statement until today but it seemed to assure me what I had assumed all along- "Account information: The personal information that you voluntarily give us (name and e-mail address) is kept strictly confidential, and will not be sold or made available outside of PC Pitstop." Sounds OK to me. Hopefully The Pit will continue to share results of this interesting research with members, and if the aggregate data can be markerted to produce income for the site than it would be foolish not to do so I think. One of the most helpful and well run sites on the net for PC users. Keep up the good work!!
  5. Kazumi


    My thanks also to members, mods and admins for making and maintaining these forums as such a rich and high-level resource for troubleshooting, learning or just getting the most efficiency and enjoyment out of our gear. Always interesting! The few times I've posted for help I received generous and totally on the mark responses and subsequently got out of whatever jam I was in at the moment. And more times than I can count I've come across the solution I was seeking already asked and answered somewhere in the forums. And then more than once I've stumbled onto a solution to some hardware or software issue I didn't even know I had Happy New Year to All!
  6. Congrats on the successful RAM upgrade!! Consider it an important step towards getting your system performing well. Getting all that dust and lint out of the case too can't hurt and might even reduce heat inside the case. Otherwise I am sorry to hear that the process of saving your files (Personal Filing Cabinet) remains a dilemma. If that can be accomplised I'm sure it would take the pressure off you as you diagnose your system. Evidently your AOL program isn't loading at all. Is that correct? Just in case, I'll mention that the process I described in previous post occures totally offline although I think you got that part. In other words, no need to have connection in place. It appears from my own unsuccessful attempts this morning on my own system to save the PFC without utilizing the AOL program and instead trying to save those .pfc files strictly within the Windows environment, that it will have to be done with the AOL program. Couldn't do it otherwise just using Windows. You say that "AOL won't run at all". Could you give the specifics. For example, what happens when you click the AOL icon on your desktop? Do you get anything at all? An error message? A partial load of the program? Or is it that literally, nothing happens at all?
  7. << Dealing with AOL is a pain in the neck >> Stephen I feel your pain! Use AOL myself, but only because I split the monthy cost with my sister and she's comfortable with AOL. Otherwise I would escape "AOL Island". Still, it will do the job and so if it serves you than go with what works for you. No, upgrading your RAM presents no particular risk towards the loss of your files. Generally though it's good practice at ALL times to have backups of important files even when one's system is working at 100%. You never know... a hard drive or a system crash, natural disasters...whatever. In your case you have a system which appears to be teetering on the brink and so it's just advisable at this point to back up those files before you do anything further at all. You need to have a copy of these files located somewhere other than your PC, as on a CD, or upload them to a virtual storage site. Otherwise, they're not really "backed up" as long as they only exist soley on your PC. You'll need to familiarize with the procedure on how to copy files to a CD. Start with looking in Windows Help. Would also suggest making printed copies of a few of the posts here such as the ones from Hawk and kd5. The blueprint for getting your system in shape is contained in those posts, and while the thought of doing a format and fresh install of Windows might seem duanting to you, personnaly I have a feeling that you are heading this way sooner or later. It's not that difficult and if you plan ahead, and have all your install disks, then the process should be successful. A fresh install can take care of a multitude of probems. This of course AFTER you get those files backed up. As for the problem you're now having in accessing your PFC because your AOL software won't load...am at a loss at the moment. I do know that one can have two copies of AOL software installed and that they will coexist peacefully. Perhaps you can install AOL again, taking care to check the box during installation that indicates that you are NOT replacing your existing software, and then maybe you can access the PFC from the second version. Haven't tried this myself and so I would check with AOL Support (yeah, I know) and see what they say. Good luck on the RAM upgrade. Read the directions. It is easy. The manufacturer's support line can help if you have any problems. Good luck!
  8. Stephen The steps you're taking by way of cleaning up the HD, registry and defragging are all good towards getting your system performing efficiently. No one item is going to be "the fix", but all will be steps in getting there. The RAM upgrade as well should ugrade performance more than you might expect. Your concern towards saving your AOL Personal Filing Cabinet (PFC) in understandable in light of it's size and it's importance as a business resource. And seeing as you are dealing with an unstable system and contemplating a RAM upgrade and assorted adjustments, NOW is the time to save any and all files of importance to you. All of your AOL PFC files are on your HD. First off you'll want to create a new folder on the (C:) drive. Name the folder anything you want, let's say "EMAIL FOLDER". The important note is that this file is not in your AOL folder or directory but located outside of the AOL software. Now let's go into the AOL program itself. Open up the "Mail" from the bar on top and then open up the "Filing Cabinet" tab. At this point we are going to save all the contents including the subfolders. So, right click the main folder named "Mail" and then click "Save folder as". The screen will now indicate that you are going to save the file named "mail.pfc". The important step here is to change the folder indicated in "Save in" to the folder you originally created, in this case "EMAIL FOLDER" Click "save". That's it really...you've saved your PFC. Important thing to remember is that the only way to access this in the future is thru your AOL software. This is done offline and so there's no need to be online. Easy to do! Click the "File" tab at the top most left hand corner of the AOL screen and then click "open". Locate the "EMAIL FOLDER" you created and then double click the "mail.pfc" file. Your saved PFC should then appear on the screen. You can't really consider these filed saved and free from risk until you have a copy of these files somewhere other than on your PC. Save that "EMAIL FOLDER" on a CD and then make this procedure part of a routine once a month or as needed. You will still have all these files on your HD as they are now but will have the security of a back up copy on a CD. The PFC can be a good tool for organizing these files by whatever...date, sender, subject...whatever you choose. Then you can take the back up process a step further and have specific folders that you've named according to subject criteria. Then you can whittle down that file of 20,000 emails to maybe a few hundred that you'll keep on your HD and get the others off the HD and access them thru your CD backup(s). Good luck!
  9. Stephen Still not sure about something. Are you still using your AOL program (ver. 8 in this case) as your emailer and internet connection? That shouldn't really be possible if you're no longer an AOL subscriber but that's the impression I had from your original post. However the AOL software client as far as I know cannot be configured to send or recieve email from another ISP, which in this case is Direcway Satellite. Even the version of Internet Explorer that comes bundled with AOL is configured specifically for AOL and it's system. So if I'm correct in my understanding of your situation, and I'm not absolutely sure that I am, you have a multiple conflict in the combo of the AOL software on your PC, not being an AOL subcriber and finally your ISP, Direcway. Your AOL software basically became useless as an emailer and internet connection when you unsubscribed two months ago. My suggestion to contact the Direcway tech support isn't out of suspicion that your satellite connection has a bug but more out of my thought that you have a software issue that their tech support could more easily define for you and offer solution(s). That you have 20,000 emails in your Personal Filing Cabinet (PFC) is possibly in and of itself a sign of trouble: that's alot of stuff on the HD and also alot to process when you open up your AOL PFC files. And as indicated by other respondents, it appears there are other issues that you can address inorder to markedly increase overall performance of your system: cleaning up that HD, and defragging will produce a wothwhile payoff. Not a huge fan of AOL myself and I do think you could probally manage to archive your large inventory of saved emails and transfer them to another email client, but ultimately it sounds like resubscribing to AOL might be a real consideration for you. Hope I've interpreted your situation correctly and that this is of some help.
  10. When browsing through a topic in The Forum I notice white envelope symbols in the furthest left hand column. Occassionally one envelope will have what appears to represent a dark circle on the fold as if maybe to represent a wax seal. Just wondering....What does that indicate? It doesn't show up on the legend or symbol key at bottom of page.
  11. Not sure why you even still have the AOL application on your PC. True that AOL is now "free" but only in the sense that Yahoo, Hotmail and some of the others are free. As you are no longer an AOL subcriber you no longer need AOL ver. 8 that you currently have installed, and only need Internet Explorer or whatever browser you use to reach the AOL website and check your mail, just as one would if one was checking their Yahoo or GMail for example. If I understand your description correctly, you are opening your installed AOL program and getting the "You Have Mail!" greeting and then it fails. I'm thinking that as you are no longer an AOL subscriber you shouldn't even be reaching the greeting point from your installed AOL program. It's not necessary to be online inorder to read the contents of your Personal Filing Cabinet on AOL and so I would suggest that you save those items deemed important as text files so that in the future you can access them with a non AOL progam, or retain the AOL program on your PC simply for the purpose of accessing your Personal Filing Cabinet. Although unltimately you would want to remove AOL ver. 8 from your PC entirely since it really no longer serves a need for internet access and just takes up considerable space. Otherwise it sounds to me like you may be still using your AOL program inorder to connect to the internet and check your mail, and as you are no longer an AOL subscriber, my reasoning is that won't work and might be behind the problems you've described. Also it sounds like you might benefit from contacting tech support at your satellite service provider. Good Luck!
  12. Well said! This site represents an incredble resource for PC users of all experience levels. It's made it possible for me to get my current PC operating with a speed and efficiency that wasn't there when I got it as a freebie last summer; plus there's the added bonus of having saved money by doing it myself and learning something in the process. Support the site!! Rip-Off artists only take us closer to a pay-as-you-go internet of the future.
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