Recent content by chrisb33

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    Random Rebooting?

    Hey CG, thanks for helping me again! The supply is actually a Thermaltake one that I had been using without problems for a year in my other computer - still, given that there seems to be a connection between the lightning storms and the reboots, I would probably point the finger there too...
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    Random Rebooting?

    My brother and I put together a new computer this summer (this is my 2nd build) and recently we've been having problems with random reboots. This is what I know about the problem so far: 1) It's not due to a windows STOP error (I've deselected the "auto-reboot" Startup and Recovery option)...
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    Computer For Grandparents?

    Great - I should be putting the system together sometime in the next couple of weeks, after the plan gets approved by the budget department (i.e. my parents, who are financing "Operation Internet"). I'll let you know what issues I run into! I've been out of the loop with the Norton rootkit...
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    Computer For Grandparents?

    Thanks for the suggestions! I only have a couple of questions/comments: I don't personally have a whole lot of Linux experience (I've only played around with a few CD distros) - how hard would these be to set up? I'd like to try building the system with Linux - should be a learning...
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    Computer For Grandparents?

    I've recently convinced my grandparents (both ~80 years old) to try using a computer. Neither has used a computer for more than a few minutes before (I'm not sure if they know how to use a mouse at all) and I'm wondering what your recommendations would be for a new system for them. It would be...
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    ASCII Movies!

    That's incredible! I wonder how many months that took... I will definitely be passing this along to other Star Wars fans.
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    'Pre-installation' Bootloader Problem

    :D :D :D It works!! :D :D :D Thank you so much for letting me use the program - it had my problem fixed in 30 seconds. It is almost unbelievable to me how much you've gone out of your way to help those of us with Vista problems. I really appreciate all the help and I am looking...
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    'Pre-installation' Bootloader Problem

    I'm 95% sure that the problem was caused since my first attempt to install (from within XP) failed, but that my second install (booted directly off the DVD) concluded properly. Another thing that (I think?) confirms this is that the "Pre-Installation" environment is being run from temporary...
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    'Pre-installation' Bootloader Problem

    I got boot.ini working - you were right, the vista bootmanager reorganized the drives. However, I still can't figure out how to fix the MBR. If I let the system time out from a bootable CD, everything is perfect - I have my boot manager with two working options. On normal boot, however: If I...
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    'Pre-installation' Bootloader Problem

    Just to confirm what you're suggesting - 1) Re-run bootsect to get nt60 on the entire bootloader 2) Modify boot.ini to point to XP correctly Sounds good - I'll try it tonight. I'm still not sure why the timeout thing sticks me into a different part of the MBR, though...
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    'Pre-installation' Bootloader Problem

    Thanks for the detailed suggestions - this route sounds like it should definitely work. However, I was fooling around with bootsect.exe last night and I think that I may have gotten closer to a solution that way. First of all, I hadn't been using the /force flag before - without it bootsect...
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    'Pre-installation' Bootloader Problem

    Hi all! Chris B. here with (yet another) bootloader problem after attempting to dual boot XP and Vista (separate hard drives). If I boot up my computer normally I get two choices - XP (Legacy) or "Windows Setup". For some reason Vista refuses to accept the fact that its installation is...