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Old 01-10-2005, 09:49 AM   #11
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Alvino,
Yes they played the game for three days. I am not at all angry, it isn't easy keeping 7 kids occupied in a ice storm.... My sister and her kids had to move in for almost a week. They just got power yesterday. Thankfully the town I live in, we have our own power company, we were only out of power for 8 hours.
The city 20 minutes away had 100,000 people without powerr for over a week.
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Old 01-10-2005, 02:42 PM   #12
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thanks for the greeeaattt help... He is trying it right now. I think this will work.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU~!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another quick question. Can you tell by looking at an e-mail, what IP address they are using to e-mail me>????
yes it is possilbe. Many e-mail programs such as AOL, yahoo mail, and i think hotmail even mask the ip. Meaning it hides it so people can not find out your IP. But even with these maskers it is still possible to find out their IP or for someone to find out yours. JW, did you get it fixed? I dont want to give to much information on how to do it because i dont want to get in trouble because a lot can be done with just a persons IP address. An IP sniffer or other programs can be dl'ed off the net to steal peoples ip's
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Old 01-10-2005, 04:11 PM   #13
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OK, my computer is a mess. I did what you told me to in the above message.... Been trying all day. It does not want to open my home page.... it is going slow when I even try to troubleshooting.
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Old 01-10-2005, 04:23 PM   #14
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you might need to reformat.
get a clean start, its sometimes easier this way.
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Old 01-10-2005, 04:26 PM   #15
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how do i do that??/
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Old 01-10-2005, 04:29 PM   #16
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first of all, have you got your copy of windows?
it will be on a disc.
if you have not got it you will need to get one.
some people use copies (completely illegal), in fact i think most people use them.
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Old 01-10-2005, 04:32 PM   #17
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that damn rundell32~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-10-2005, 04:40 PM   #18
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if you re-format, your computer you will be taking off your existing windows, and anything else on your hard drive where your windows is stored. you would then put a fresh and uncorrupted copy back on. your p.c should be fine after that. that is unless something is wrong somewhere else! to me it seems you have nothing to lose.
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Old 01-10-2005, 05:08 PM   #19
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Reformatting for dummies

Reformatting a hard drive is probably the best thing you can do with a computer. A word of caution to you: Reformatting means you lose everything you have on your computer: documents, passwords, emails in Outlook, Eudora, etc, settings, pictures, music, software, operating system... you get the point. Everything's gone. That said, here comes the fun part.

1. BACKUP
First thing to do is backup your important stuff listed above onto CD, DVD, Flash memory, Zip drive another hard drive, another computer networked, or anything else you can think of. don't trust just one way of backing up. i back up onto DVD, secondary hard drive, and USB drive just for safety purposes. Make a file with every serial number, password, and any other important number you have about your computer, and back that up as well. Print that file. It's also wise to do a virus scan before doing this, because a virus can reside within your backed up files as well. a free virus scan is available at http://www.trendmicro.com/housecall but if your computer is messed up, this isn't possible. if you can't get in at all, you're going to lose a lot of important data. you could try backing up from safe mode, and if that doesn't work, try doing it in DOS. if you need info about this, ask.

2. SOFTWARE
Before you wipe your drive, you need to make sure that when it's clean you can reload all your programs back on. if you bought your computer already preloaded, you may be missing your operating system, office programs, and anything else. so get your hands on everything you have already on your computer.

You'll need:
Windows CD
Drivers for all your hardware

You'll want:
Office CD and any applications

3. GOOD BYE PROBLEMS

Make a boot disk for your operating system (some OSs don't need one to reformat, such as Windows XP usually) you can find most boot disks on http://bootdisk.org so find it, download it, copy it to a black floppy disk, put it in your computer and reboot. if your computer just starts regularly then you need to restart, enter SETUP from the boot screen (usually press Delete) and change your boot order to have the floppy drive load first. reboot.

a black DOS screen should come up i believe. this depends on the operating system. Since you're using Windows ME, you should get DOS. at the command prompt c:\ or whatever it is, type "format ?:" (no quotes) where ? is the drive you're wiping. usually you'd type "format c:"
follow DOS's instructions from there and wait for a good half hour until it's done.

4. INSTALLATION

everything's clean. take the floppy disk out and stash it somewhere, pop in your Windows CD, and restart. from there, everything's a breeze, just follow the Windows setup instructions. make sure you have your Windows serial number available. without this you're fudged. mmm chocolate.....

Here's a guide of the best order to install everything when you're done all that. it's meant for windows XP but it's good for anything really.

http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/installxp/installorder.htm

1. Windows

2. Service Pack

3. Chipset drivers

4. Video Card Drivers. (run disk cleanup)

5. NIC/Modem Drivers and ISP software

6. Windows Update, High Priority Updates

7. Windows Update, Optional hardware updates

8. Windows Update, Optional software updates (don't load unnecessary items)

9. Other Drivers (try to automatically update first) (run disk cleanup)

10. Backup

11. Major applications. Fully update each application before installing the next.

12. The rest of your apps. (run disk cleanup)

13. Anti-Virus software and update it.

14. Configure email, move My Documents to another drive

15. Cleanup System Tray, organize Start Menu, activate Windows

18. Safe Mode, disk cleanup (advanced) and defragment.

19. Backup

20. Tweak it!

21. Backup
(Eric Vaughan)



5. ENJOY!

Your computer will be all set up now, and ready to go. it will run faster than it did when you bought it, it should have no viruses, adware, spyware, or any other malicious code, but that's no garantee if you have an infected CD. but other than that, you're all set. If i've forgotten anything, which i'm sure i have, let me know!

Don't forget to print this file out, along with your serial numbers.

I hope i've helped you out
Enjoy!

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i know that is a complete guild but if i was you i'd completely skip everything up until step 4...plus i dont have anything im afraid of deleting on my computer. oh and btw blackrook i have to reformate a computer on friday and i was unsure about some things, when you get to step 4 for window xp do i just stick in the c.d and follow directions? and that will delete everything and reformat. My computer still runs from a partitioned hard drive that came with it. No disks, just keep hitting f10
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