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Apple / Re: The app 'Find My Phone' 'for Apple is harmfull.
« Last post by Geek-9pm on Today at 06:27:51 PM »
More detail.
Comcast and Xfinity are the same.
One name is mostly for cable TV, the other for Internet services.
My Comcast router can also have a 'virtual wireless'  gateway for guests. Only Comcast has control over this.It has been ranted elsewhere. One would think con tarty to common law. In effect, they have a lemonade stand on my front lawn.

I talked at length to a service representative. Now the thing does not participate in the Xnfinity stuff. Below is a screen shot.

I am CASA-4965 at about  -25 db and the Xfinity thing is down at -82 db. That means some body else is hosting the thing. But not me anymore.

I am waiting to serif the cops go to one of the neighbors and baton the door at 2 AM in the morning. Just making a jest. It is not funny at all.  :(
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Other / Re: What Projects people have running on their systems?
« Last post by DaveLembke on Today at 06:26:39 PM »
Pretty cool BC. I like that you too are using a lower power system to reduce electric bill operating cost with that project.

I too have one of those socket AM1 systems, mine is with the Sempron 3850 Quadcore 1.3Ghz, but it was starting to lag for some reason and random crashes without reason so when the A8-5545m Quadcore 1.7Ghz with 2.7Ghz turbo build came along with far better performance. Having the faster than 1.3Ghz clock, and more CPU Cache made a big difference for slightly higher power consumption. Not sure what I am going to do with the Sempron 3850 Kabini since even with a Live Linux on USB stick it would crash and reboot. I thought power supply, swapped that out and still happened. MEMTEST86 passed too. I yanked the Gigabyte AM1 motherboard with that CPU in it and pulled the DDR3 1600Mhz RAM out of it to place into this newer A8-5545m Biostar A68N ITX motherboard and no crashes now. I figured that because the AM1 builds are so cheap that possibly corners were cut in quality on the $40 Gigabyte brand board with $35 APU and thats why after 18 months of operation running 24/7 it started to fail.

As far as installers go. I've never made an installer for any programs I have created, other than one larger project that was spanned across 4 DVD-R's for my 15.3GB Unreal Tournament 99 installer that added 14GB of maps for different deathmatch rooms as created by the community that played and continue to play and create custom maps for the game. I basically wrote a batch within C++ that used system calls to complete batch instructions and named it setup.exe at the root of the 4 DVD-R's. Not a professional installer but a cleaner looking batch process in a C++ console execution environment.

I found a website that had thousands of maps for download and instead of downloading them one by one, I used HTTrack to create an exact copy of the website for these maps which took about 4 days because I set HTTrack to a slow throttled copy so that the owner of the website wouldnt get hammered too badly with download and page requests. I then ran a batch that grabbed all the .zip files that were farmed from it. Then ran a virus scan across all these zips to make sure nothing bad in any of them. Then deleted the mirror copy of the website and then ran a script with 7-zip to unzip the gigs of maps. Then virus scan the entirety once again to double check and then go through the process of setting up the folder structure of the maps files which also had audio files and other texture contents that needed to be imported to UT99's directory structure for the game to find them all. Then decided to backup all these maps onto 4 DVD-R's with C++ wrapped batch instructions via system calls that basically xcopied the contents from the DVD-R's onto the default target directory for UT99.

Its kind of overkill to have that many maps for the game. I have only sampled maybe 40 of thousands of them so far. But I like that I have UT99 with almost every map ever made for it in my game collection now.

At some point I probably should learn how to make a installer for programs that is professional looking, but the only dependency with some programs is that .Net Framework of a specific version or newer installed to avoid error messages, and my programs are ones that I write for myself and so I know to make sure that Dot Net version 3.5 or newer is installed for example on the system that is going to run my C# program etc. Sometimes though I go to run a program of a few years ago on a clean build of XP SP3 for example and forget to update Dot Net and then the crash error is a reminder that I need to install Dot Net 3.5 to get it to execute and run properly.  ;D

I suppose a greater importance with an installer would be one that is a Windows Environment program that adds and edits registry keys and places itself properly into the Program listing of the system and registered with Windows as an installed program to single or all users, so that when no longer needed etc a clean uninstall can also be achieved.
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Hardware / Re: DVD Burners
« Last post by Geek-9pm on Today at 06:10:00 PM »
IMHO anybody who wants to service his own computer stuff needs to have a few spare parts on hand. A generic DVD drive can be had for about %25. Likewise a spare hard drive and a stick of RAM. Considering that decent techs in the USA want $25 per hour and up, it's a good investment.   8)
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Computer viruses and spyware / Re: Problem about computer virus
« Last post by SuperDave on Today at 04:51:29 PM »
Hello and welcome to Computer Hope Forum. My name is Dave. I will be helping you out with your particular problem on your computer.

1. I will be working on your Malware issues. This may or may not solve other issues you have with your machine.
2. The fixes are specific to your problem and should only be used for this issue on this machine.
3. If you don't know or understand something, please don't hesitate to ask.
4. Please DO NOT run any other tools or scans while I am helping you.
5. It is important that you reply to this thread. Do not start a new topic.
6. Your security programs may give warnings for some of the tools I will ask you to use. Be assured, any links I give are safe.
7. Absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is clear.

If you can't access the internet with your infected computer you will have to download and transfer any programs to the computer you're using now and transfer them to the infected computer with a CD-RW or a USB storage device. I prefer a CD because a storage device can get infected. If you use a storage device hold the shift key down while inserting the USB storage device for about 10 secs. You will also have to transfer the logs you receive back to the good computer using the same method until we can get the computer back on-line.
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Please download AdwareCleaner onto your Desktop. AdwCleaner

Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.



If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Scan button as shown below.



AdwCleaner will now start to search for malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
To remove the files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button.



AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button. AdwCleaner will now delete all detected adware from your computer. When it is done it will display an alert that explains what PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and Adware are. Please read through this information and then press the OK button. You will now be presented with an alert that states AdwCleaner needs to reboot your computer.
Please click on the OK button to allow AdwCleaner reboot your computer.A log will be produced. Please copy and paste this log in your next reply.
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Download and install: Please download Malwarebytes' scanner to your desktop.
Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • It should update automatically if the computer is connected to the internet.
  • Click on Threat Scan and click on Scan Now.
  • The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
  • When the scan is complete make sure all the infections have "quarantine" selected in the Action box.
  • Click on "Apply actions" You may be asked to Restart your computer to completely remove the infections.
  • When disinfection is completed you can click on "Copy to Clipboard".
  • Paste the log in you next reply (CTRL+ V)
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Download Security Check by screen317 from the following link and save it to your desktop.

Security Check

* Double-click Security Check.bat
* Follow the on-screen instructions inside of the black box.
* A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt
* Post the contents of that document in your next reply.

Note: If a security program requests permission from dig.exe to access the Internet, allow it to do so.
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Yesterday I added Windows XP Service Pack 3 and created startup floppy. Now booting to XP too...

Miro
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Hardware / Re: DVD Burners
« Last post by BC_Programmer on Today at 04:02:24 PM »
"This device is working properly" tells you more along the lines of the driver software properly communicating with the device and it not giving back any problems. But most devices "on the end of the cord" as it were don't have sophisticated self diagnostics.

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When I insert a DVD movie or music CD in to play, nothing happens now.

Do you have software able to play Music or DVD Movies? Windows 10 doesn't come with a way to play DVDs, but you can use try software like VLC Media Player. Based on your description, It sounds like the "Autoplay" Features might not be working or were disabled.
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Computer software / Re: Perhaps it's time for a new front panel standard?
« Last post by patio on Today at 02:35:40 PM »
That's just great Geek...Thanx for the update...
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Hardware / Re: DVD Burners
« Last post by Geek-9pm on Today at 02:29:46 PM »
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...but what is the likelihood that both of these drives went bad at the same time?
It is about 18% when both drives are in the same machine.
But near 3% when both are in different machines. :)

That is because older 'generic' DVD devices have a high failure rate . On a straight line decline it is near 14% per year.  Otherwise, brand names devices go for years.
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Hardware / DVD Burners
« Last post by BraiNfreeZe on Today at 02:07:58 PM »
I have two DVD burners installed on my desktop PC. They both show up in device manager and says "This device is working properly." Well, these two devices are not working properly. (LOL). When I insert a DVD movie or music CD in to play, nothing happens now. I thought I might have a defective DVD unit but what is the likelihood that both of these drives went bad at the same time? Should I just buy and install a new DVD burner? I have tried things like update driver and uninstall this device to no avail. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Thanks--
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Hardware / Scanner For Restoring Photo Color
« Last post by Amats on Today at 01:42:12 PM »
Is there a scanner that can do color restoration for faded color photos?
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