Science and Technology : PC Problems? Let's Help Each Other

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  1. anAfrican

    anAfrican Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    There are a few folks mentioning that they are having computer problems. OK, granted; if your computer ain't working right, it gets tricky getting here sometimes. But sometimes there are workarounds like work or libraries or internet cafes.

    Maybe sharing the problem you have might help somebody else avoid the same. Or, while discussing the problem(s), somebody will have encountered the same problem or is encountering the same problem to a greater, equal or lesser extent.

    While it is usually helpful to speak to something "using the proper terminology", using highly technical terms like "thingie" works just fine ... eventually. <g> Please don't feel like you have to suffer under something because you are concerned that you might not sound as knowledgable as someone else. After all; "the only stupid question is the one not asked", right?

    Ain't no sense in having that thing sitting around your home acting like a door-stop or paper holder when you could be using it to surf from where you can be comfortable.

    Let's see if we can grow a "Destee Family Tech Support Team", or something helpful like that, and save a buck or two.
     
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    "using highly technical terms like "thingie" works just fine" - i loved that line.

    what a gr8 idea! who here, xcept glad & manasiac hvn't xperienced tech problems w their pc's? we had a sister n chat who's pc wuz so old, she nicknamed it 'DINO'. i kinda miss dino, & the sister who use 2 b n chat when dino permitted.

    can i ask a ? could this also b a place where we mention software/hardware which has proven particularly helpful to us? or, shld that b another thread?

    i mention that b/c i'm thinking how helpful it could b 2 the destee community (since it's so large now, & growing) 2 kno about software, shareware, & free dwnloads which r actually useful, as well as those that turn out 2b useless.

    since u started the thread, what do u think?

    anyway, :weights: move on ur part 4 starting this thread.

    :spin:
     
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    :idea: I think that would be a great idea! And I think that that would be a great topic for another thread. It might even turn into a couple more: one for good tech and one for bad tech? Or should that be one for hardware and one for software?

    But about them downloads; gotta be careful that they aren't :danger: contaminated :danger: with malware (spyware, adware, keyloggers, virii, trojans, rootkits, blah, blah, !dangerwillrobinson!). Wouldn't want folks to come down with something from a recommendation found here. :nono: Wouldn't quite fit the family-type spirit ... although sometimes that "sibling rivalry" stuff can get pretty intense! But not online 'cause that could possibly be grounds for legal action, not to mention potential damage to the Family Reputation!
     
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    this guy wants $150 to down load all the stuff off a hard drive and reformat it.
    is that too much?
     
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    does "reformat the drive" include re-installing windows, the drivers and all your applications? do you still have the installation media for the applications you want to put back on it? and the installation media for the peripherals? (video, sound, motherboard, possibly monitor.) if you are talking reinstalling everything after reformatting, then that would be fairly reasonable, given that there may be a necessity to hunt down some drivers.

    is it worth 150 to you? you can get pretty close to 100 gig hardrive for that kinda money. or a cd-burner for less and then burn what you want to cd and reformat the drive yourself. heck, one could get a dvd burner for less than 150, i'm pretty sure. a cd will hold around 700 meg and a dvd will hold about 4.7 gig. how much data are you trying to back-up?

    i reckon shops are chargin something like 50, 75 or more per hour for shop time (it's prolly more back east, tho). (i'm in wa state) i reckon that could be fairly "reasonable", but i'd say that it's about your comfort level; if you're more comfortable letting someone else do it, talk `em around to a price that's comfortable to you.

    i've always been a do-it-yourselfer. guess it's something i got from my dad: i'll just dive in and try to figure it out for myself, if it's "broke" already, i can't mess it up much. and if i can't figure out how to fix it, at least i know enough about it to be able to tell if it got "fixed" well enough to have to keep going back to the shop! <shrug>
     
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    sometimes my computer (mac that is)..stops functioning, by that imean i get this little circle turning and instead of it being black/white is seems to tryto be multicolored...turning , turning. I wait patiently , finally i say i am not suppose to be this long...i press esc..control/delete, etc...nothing happens...can't get to quit whereever..cause the circle is turning.
    whaat is thebest way to stop that and continue or shut down.

    remember i am the novice here..
     
  7. anAfrican

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    Please be patient with me: I'm a MacDummy. but a puter is a puter.

    when does this occur? what are you trying to do when this happens? it sounds like an application is hanging because it can't get to something it needs, maybe because something else is doing something with what it wants. how many things are running?


    (if your busy indicator is multi-colored instead of white, there are inconsistencies in your drivers somewhere. some sort of cross talk to your video subsystem (which makes sense since you are seeing it) ... thinking out loud, there ... )
     
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    it happens at diffrent times...sometimes i am trying to move from one address to another. sometimes i have been checking the scoreboards and i have minimized the gameplay, while trying to do something else. sometimes my computer says you shouldn't continue here because we have no certification and i try to leave and get stuck. sometimes i think someone is trying to get in and i can't move while they do...
    and my busy indicator (thanks for the correct wording) is definitely multicolored...thedrivers?

    hopethat helps brother mac
     
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    It is possible that you need to re-install your version of IE for the macintsoh, if you are using Internet Explorer. If you are using Safari, you may want to update your version.

    Are you using OS X or OS 9?
     
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    If the guy is giving you a new harddrive, and transferring all of your old System Software to the new drive for $150 it will be worth it, if you do not feel like doing it yourself. Make sure the drives size is at least 100Gigs.

    If you want to do it yourself there is an easy solution :)

    You can use a program from Maxtor called MaxBlast. MaxBlast will copy the contents of your old drive to your new one for you. The program works best with Maxtor Drives of course, but Maxtor Drives are very cheap here is a link:

    http://www.atacom.com/program/atacom.cgi?SEARCH=SEARCH_ALL&KEYWORDS=HDI9_MAXT

    Here is a description and link to the MaxBlast Program:

    "MaxBlast 4 is a one-step, ATA/IDE hard drive installation utility. MaxBlast 4 makes hard drive installations and upgrades hassle-free for novices and professionals alike by automatically identifying, partitioning, and formatting any Maxtor ATA or SATA hard drive, making it data-ready in minutes. MaxBlast 4 replaces all previous versions of MaxBlast and MaxBlast Plus."

    http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.3c67e325e0a6b1f6294198b091346068/?channelpath=%2Fen_us%2FSupport%2FSoftware%20Downloads%2FATA%20Hard%20Drives&downloadID=57
     
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