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  1. Nah. I did attempt to clear the CMOS through the jumpers on the board though. No dice. I'm now taking a suggestion from someone else to just leave the computer plugged in for 24 hours or so. My friend picked up this particular PC from a church that rarely used it at all. Never seems to lose its settings if it's plugged in, but if it's unplugged for more than a couple of seconds it's another story. I can't access the comp right now but it simply prompts me to enter the bios setup to set the time and date settings, telling me the settings were lost because of a bios update or a checksum error (I was getting the same error before I performed the update)
  2. It's been ages since I last posted here so I figured I'd come by and inquire for some help from the fellow 'pitsters' I've got an HP Pavilion 532w I've been trying to repair for a friend. The problem I'm having is a CMOS error message that pops up anytime I turn on the computer after it's been unplugged for more than a couple of seconds. I thought "No biggie, I'll replace the battery" and took out the old one, inserting a new battery. I reset the clock/time settings, saved the CMOS settings then shut down the computer again. I then removed the cord from the power supply for a few minutes then plugged it back in and turned the computer on once more. I still get the same error. Here's also what I've tried so far to fix this issue - Re-seat DDR ram - Remove unnecessary PCI cards - Disconnect all IDE cables - Replace power supply - Remove battery for a few min. - Checked battery contacts with volt meter - Performed a BIOS update The board seems to be firmly connected to the case and nothing feels loose nor are there any foreign objects I can find in the case that might be shorting the board. I've also checked the voltages of the batteries and they're all working at 3.10v or so. I'm really frustrated with this and I don't want to give my friend bad news. It can retain the bios settings just fine as long as it's plugged in.
  3. Thanks for the reply. What's weird is it worked fine with a straight-thru cable (Previous through just a usb internet connection). Could this be because the ports are auto-sensing? (Did some google research on that)
  4. Hi everyone. I need to know whether it is possible or not to bridge a wireless connection with an ethernet connection in Windows XP. I did something similar once, but this was bridging a USB internet connection with an ethernet connection. I did this because I did not have a spare switch/router at the time, but I was only going to be using the setup for a few days. (I did this to temporarily share the internet connection with another computer) I will be doing the same setup again, only this time the internet connection will be based on a wireless connection which will connect via usb. This should work the same way right? Wi-fi USB card ---> ---USB cable--- PC_1's USB port ---> PC_1 ---> PC_1's ethernet port ---ethernet cable--->PC_2's ethernet port Both PCs will (hopefully) have internet access. I'm not concerned about system resources being consumed as this set up will only be used for a few days. I do have a switch now but my router is being borrowed by a relative who lives a few hours away. I apologize if this seems hard to understand. Please let me know if I should reiterate.
  5. Hmm...probably. Ah well...I can wait.
  6. Yup...froze again. Is there really nothing that can be done about this?
  7. Well, I ended up moving the Soundcard to another slot (I have 3 free slots, but only 2 are usable because one is below my agp videocard) Both the onboard sound chip and PCI sound card are sharing the same IRQ right now (From what I can tell on Lavalys, anyway) Before relocating the soundcard, it was sharing the same IRQ with my USB ports (Not sure which ones)
  8. The other 128 mb of ram may be going towards video ram. Does the system have an onboard video chip or a PCI/AGP video card?
  9. You may be wondering...why am I trying to utilize two sound cards? Well, let me explain.. Normally, I would be using the onboard soundchip on my motherboard known as a C-media cmi8738 chip. Now, the audio output on this sound device is good enough for most of my needs..but for recording, it's absolutely horrible. I have to use mic-boost to get ANYTHING to pick up on the microphones I've used on it, and when it is used..the sound is often distorted and I'm forced to hear a loud, high-pitched ring in anything I record. My way around this was to just install another soundcard instead of spending money I don't have (I'm saving towards a new build eventually) on a new one. I have two spares at my hands. One being a Crystal SoundFusion CS4280 and a SoundBlaster PCI-128/ES1371. I tried out the Crystal SoundFusion first and though it recorded just fine, my PC would freeze after 10 or 20 minutes of use (30 if I were lucky). I tried clearing ESCD data in the bios but it didn't help. I thought about disabling my onboard c-media chip but neither of the other soundcards I have support Direct3D sound nor hardware acceleration. Later, I tried out the SoundBlaster, thinking the crystalfusion card was just bad. It worked for MUCH longer + it's audio recording support was even better...but 2 hours later, my PC was frozen again. I went into the BIOS and cleared my ESCD data again, though I'm sure it probably didn't help. To make things simple, all I want to do is use one of these alternate soundcards for recording and continue using my onboard chip for playback. Why is this so difficult and troublesome? I'm trying to conserve as much as I can on $$$ right now, even having cut down on my internet speed to save $$$ for the time being. What's causing it to make my PC freeze? An IRQ conflict? How do I solve a problem like this? My specs are listed in the signature below. Thanks for any help you may offer.
  10. Very strange issue....as dumb as this may sound, can you move the machine onto another power outlet? or maybe a UPS?
  11. Recently, I replaced my secondary 120 gb hard drive with a spare 40 gb hard drive (It kept clicking, was way too noisy, and I suspect it's the reason for my rare system freezes). As I was doing so, I had it connected to a completely different IDE controller from my main hard drive. Aside from that, there are only 2 hard drives in my system total. Both are on their own, independent IDE controllers (So they both get the full 100 mbit..?) Anyway, the point of this post is, would it be more efficient to use my page file on my secondary drive? (40 gb, has some music/videos on it close to 50% full), or my primary, windows XP drive? (120 gb, also nearly 50% full.) Primary Windows XP Drive: ATA Device Properties Model ID ST3120814A Serial Number 3LS0DVDE Revision 2AAA Parameters 232581 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors per track, 512 bytes per sector LBA Sectors 234441648 Buffer 8 MB Multiple Sectors 16 ECC Bytes 4 Max. PIO Transfer Mode PIO 4 Max. UDMA Transfer Mode UDMA 5 (ATA-100) Active UDMA Transfer Mode UDMA 5 (ATA-100) Unformatted Capacity 114473 MB _____________________________________________ Secondary hard drive: ATA Device Properties Model ID Maxtor 6E040L0 Serial Number E1JLAHJE Revision NAR61590 Parameters 77536 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors per track, 512 bytes per sector LBA Sectors 78156288 Buffer 2 MB (Dual Ported, Read Ahead) Multiple Sectors 16 ECC Bytes 57 Max. PIO Transfer Mode PIO 4 Max. UDMA Transfer Mode UDMA 6 (ATA-133) Active UDMA Transfer Mode UDMA 5 (ATA-100) Unformatted Capacity 38162 MB ATA Device Physical Info Manufacturer Maxtor Hard Disk Family DiamondMax Plus 8 Form Factor 3.5" Formatted Capacity 40 GB Disks 1 Recording Surfaces 1 Physical Dimensions 146.1 x 101.6 x 17.5 mm Max. Weight 510 g Average Rotational Latency 4.17 ms Rotational Speed 7200 RPM Interface Ultra-ATA/133 Buffer-to-Host Data Rate 133 MB/s Buffer Size 2 MB
  12. My friend showed me this, and I couldn't stop laughing...it was beyond epic.
  13. I'll first start off by saying I had no issues hooking up my video card to my TV whatsoever. The video card detects my TV, and output is clearly displayed. Now here's where the problem starts... No matter what resolution I use, 25-30% of the screen is MISSING. Now I understand that this is due to how the way aspect ratios are distorted on many (or most) CRTs, but the zoom control in the Nvidia control panel applet is USELESS. It does NOTHING on adjusting what is being seen on my tv. This is driving me insane. If I can't find a fix for this, I'll rollback to older drivers (but what version would be best?), but I really don't want to revert back to older drivers either...I'm growing fond of this neat little feature:
  14. This may seem like a dumb question, but have you checked the brass leads on the video card itself? (where it makes contact with the pci/pci-e slot) Sometimes they can get dirty...
  15. I have a file ending with *.sfv, as well as quite a few other files ending in three numbers (e.g., *.003). I thought this was just another WinRAR file setup, but winrar wouldn't accept it; says the file format is invalid =[ I'm ready to pull my hair out trying to find a utility that will extract or put together all these files into one file. Can anyone help me out here...?
  16. Okay, I managed to get rid of GRUB v1.3 The only problem now is that Windows comes up with a fatal error about registering a DLL for Macromedia flash o_O (This was during the finalization of the repair install)... so now I'm trying to repair it, again...
  17. How would I go about repairing it...exactly? I understand you can access a recovery console in the Windows XP cd, but I don't remember how to use it...at all.
  18. A good while back, I thought I'd experiment around with Ubuntu Linux. I installed it on my secondary hard drive. It was fun to play around with, but somehow I screwed it up with the networking settings, can't really get it to boot unless I go in safe mode, and overall, I've just lost interest in it. I went to Partition Magic 8.0 in Windows, on my primary hard drive. I attempted to just delete the Linux partition on my secondary hard drive. I got the following message: "Error, cannot lock a locked hard drive". From there, I attempted to just format it with NTFS. =[ BAD idea. When I try to boot into Windows now, I get something along the lines of... "GRUB v1.3 loading..." "ERROR 17" ...and that's it. What I find weird is WHY have I always had to boot from my secondary hard drive to start windows from my primary hard drive? When I try to boot with my primary hard drive, I get an error...something like... C:\<system root>\system32\hal.dll cannot be found Which is weird, because Hal.dll is INDEED on my windows partition! Why can't it see it? I guess what I'm trying to say is, I want to fix this entire mess, period. I'm attempting to install windows 2000 on my previous linux partition I formatted (for now) via NTFS. I'm pretty lost here. I'm never installing Linux on my computer, ever again. I just don't have the knowledge to do it right I guess... My primary hard drive has Windows on it; nothing more. My secondary hard drive has personal files on a separate NTFS partition, while there is also another NTFS partition on it (which I'm installing windows on right now) I apologize if I didn't explain my problem clearly enough... I'm just so lost right now. Any help would be appreciated in remedying this problem, without reinstalling Windows XP, of course (Which is on my primary hard drive)
  19. I did that in the past too when I was on dialup. It does wonders xP
  20. Good question. I'd sure like to have my adblock plugins for Safari as well..
  21. I tried it just 10 minutes ago, and though I'm pleased with how quickly it loads pages (comparable to Firefox), page scrolling is very sluggish, and resizing the window actually takes a few seconds to process. I'm not sure if it's my cpu speed (1.67 GHz) or the programming of Safari. Since it's in beta, I'll let it slide.
  22. Ok, found an alternative, Thunderbird seems to be working on it...
  23. Hey guys, I've hardly been able to setup Outlook Express properly with Bellsouth's E-mail. I'm using Outlook Express 2003; Setting up my account, I inputted my email, password, pop3/smtp server (mail.bellsouth.net), and click "test account settings" All seemed well there, then I clicked "send/receive" and it received a little over 100 e-mails, I'm sure this included the email I've already read, but anyway. Here's what's so screwed up; after it CLAIMED it received the email, I click on "inbox", only to find "there are no items to show in this view". What gives? And I also looked in all the other email folders "outbox, sent, archive, etc." all to no avail, and to make matters worse, I went back to using my bellsouth webmail interface, only to find that all of my messages are deleted. WTH did I do wrong?!
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