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    Short answer - no way of telling for sure if it's...

    Short answer - no way of telling for sure if it's legit.
    It doesn't look like a typical scare tactic, but trusting unexpected notices will get you in trouble sooner or later, for sure. Always be...
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    In those very few rare instances that I've got a...

    In those very few rare instances that I've got a notice of infection or other problem from MSE, I never click "OK", "Clean", "Fix it" or anything in the notification. I just ignore or close the...
  3. Good news for sure that Microsoft is trying to do...

    Good news for sure that Microsoft is trying to do something about this, but it's worse than a game of wack-a-mole. First of all, the crooks that call me say they are from "Windows", not Microsoft....
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    Real Player

    I use Real Player to download and save any/all videos I want from websites including You Tube videos- but only with Internet Explorer; Chrome doesn't let it work. Despite all the bad things said...
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    I'm thinking I probably didn't get them RAM...

    I'm thinking I probably didn't get them RAM sticks back in right, that's why I has nothing at all on the screen for awhile. No beeps, like a desktop to give me a hint.
    Seems like it was using...
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    Pulled out the optical drive. No difference. I...

    Pulled out the optical drive. No difference. I already gave up on the Vista USB drive. It didn't work when I tried it. The whole thing is getting worse. I tried running the machine with the Linux...
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    The battery is in it now, but I've run it many...

    The battery is in it now, but I've run it many times without.
    Just after my last post, I restarted it. It's been just over a half-hour, all I've done is wiggle the mouse once in awhile, and it's...
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    HD removal is pretty simple. I had already...

    HD removal is pretty simple.
    I had already blown out everything I could get at and checked to make sure the fan was spinning (it is). It's very quiet and hard to see through the vents. It's...
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    Two of the three HDs checked out OK; the third...

    Two of the three HDs checked out OK; the third one, although it was spinning, didn't even show up when plugged in and connected with my USB to SATA cable. So the two good HDs were both used to...
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    I thought of that awhile back, so I replaced the...

    I thought of that awhile back, so I replaced the CMOS battery, and the BIOS settings reverted back to 2006. Right now, I'm running disk checks on the original HD, plus another one (both formatted &...
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    No sir, that wasn't mentioned, but I think the...

    No sir, that wasn't mentioned, but I think the patient is just about ready for an autopsy.

    Update - I removed the RAM sticks again and cleaned them with alcohol. That helped get me to the point...
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    No-go; I think the patient is dying. When...

    No-go; I think the patient is dying. When booting, yes the CD/DVD drive clicks continuously, but now nothing comes up on the screen. Nothing at all, so I can't change the boot order. If I pop the...
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    It didn't list "USB drive" so I set "hard drive"...

    It didn't list "USB drive" so I set "hard drive" last in boot order, behind CD/DVD, USB Hard Drive, USB Diskette Key, and USB Floppy - kind of like a shot-gun approach, so I'm not sure which one was...
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    The term "USB Legacy Emulation" isn't seen, but...

    The term "USB Legacy Emulation" isn't seen, but everything is enabled. I did manage to install Linux Mint 17 with a USB thumb drive. That was encouraging, because I figured I could either leave it...
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    It's been a week, and I've told my neighbor...

    It's been a week, and I've told my neighbor friend that I don't give up on these things. My latest thought is try booting from a USB drive. But before trying to put Vista on a USB drive and making it...
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    Dave, that's what I've done; and it doesn't work.

    Dave, that's what I've done; and it doesn't work.
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    Won't boot from CD/DVD

    A neighbor brought over his Compaq Presario V6000 (Vista) laptop for me to see if I could fix for him. He said it gave a hard drive failure notice. I installed a new hard drive, made sure it was set...
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    You're so right. I could make a living removing...

    You're so right. I could make a living removing the stuff, probably just on son-in-laws' computers alone. I understand the way it works with "free downloads". They aren't in the business of simply...
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    The last several people I know who have problems...

    The last several people I know who have problems with wireless signals all have those new Comcast combined modem/routers. Strange, huh? I'll keep what I have, thank you.
  20. Thread: Icon spacing

    by rje49
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    From what I've experienced, you may have to...

    From what I've experienced, you may have to change the spacing values by a large amount to see the difference. Instead of changing the spacing by just a few numbers, go ahead and change it by, like...
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    It's not difficult to delete these old uninstall...

    It's not difficult to delete these old uninstall files. When I get around to it, I'll click the column heading so there're listed by date, then start deleting, but only for those older than 3 months-...
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    Totally agree there. I'm surprised nobody...

    Totally agree there. I'm surprised nobody suggested cleaning out around the laser light until now. I've had my mouse "go crazy" a few times, which always means there is a bit of dust or hair...
  23. When Windows 7 came out in 2009 I installed it on...

    When Windows 7 came out in 2009 I installed it on an extra computer, followed by all my favorite programs including my beloved Office 97 (just Word, Excel & PP). Soon afterwards, I noticed some...
  24. Thread: Lost password

    by rje49
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    Well, there are isolated cases where passwords...

    Well, there are isolated cases where passwords are a good idea - like the time our visiting teenage grandson "called" 900 numbers on my computer after we had gone to bed.
    But on the original...
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    Any time I see a new program with the word...

    Any time I see a new program with the word "search" or "research" I know it's not good.
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