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Today I learned that I shouldn't post before I've properly finished my coffee whilst I'm trying to accomplish twelve different things.

I also learned that [livejournal.com profile] jedi_007 is very good at translating what the hell I'm talking about when I'm being unclear.

The short version of what I *actually* meant:

My old HD is hooked up via USB to my mom's old laptop, both with the same OS. The laptop doesn't want to boot to the USB drive. It tries, it really does, but then it gives me the Blue Screen of Death and says that the HD is borked.

I stuck my Windows disk in the drive, went into the boot menu, and told it to repair my old drive. It sat at a DOS prompt and looked at me funny.

The reason I was trying to boot directly to my old HD was because the information I found on Mozilla's website told me that I should have exported my bookmarks if I wanted to access them elsewhere.

[livejournal.com profile] jedi_007 interpreted my mess of a post, and pointed me in the right direction.

I now have my seven-ish years of bookmarks back! ::cuddles them::

OH MY GOD THERE IS A DANCING CONDOM ON THE TV!

::ahem::

Now, I am going to go download the bookmark back-up tool that Bryan recommended. Then, I'm either going to put stuff in boxes, or pound out the rest of my stitching project of the moment.

The End.
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My current set up involves my old hard drive with Windows XP Pro in an enclosure, hooked up to my mother's laptop, also running XP Pro, via USB.

I wish to boot to my hard drive, so that I may retrieve my Firefox bookmarks. I didn't realize that Firefox didn't store bookmarks in a separate folder until I had already pulled the HD out of the tower it was in.

The laptop didn't want to boot to the enclosure, so I tried putting the Windows disk that came with my original desktop in, booting to that, and running a repair.

First of all, it called the enclosure drive D:/ instead of F:/, which is what the lappy calls it when I boot up normally. That was confusing.

I told it to repaid D:/, and it just sort of sat there at a DOS prompt looking at me funny.

What the hell do I have to do in order to boot to my HD? HALP!
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OPTION 1:
Win 7 Premium 64 b
Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual-Core processor E6500 [2.93GHz, 2MB L2, 800MHz FSB]
3GB DDR2-800MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
320GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]
LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet, No wireless LAN
6-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, headphone port
Integrated 5.1 channel sound with front audio ports
HP multimedia keyboard and HP optical mouse
SAVE $50! Microsoft(R) Office Home and Student Edition 2007
No additional security software
CLEARANCE! Adobe(R) PhotoShop(R) Elements 7
CLEARANCE! Quicken Deluxe 2009 (Save $29)

$723.99

OPTION 2:
Win 7 Premium 64 b
AMD Athlon(TM) II 250 dual-core processor [3.0GHz, 2MB L2, up to 4000MT/s bus]
2GB DDR2-800MHz SDRAM [1 DIMM]
320GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]
LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet, No wireless LAN
6-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, headphone port
Integrated 5.1 channel sound with front audio ports
HP multimedia keyboard and HP optical mouse
SAVE $50! Microsoft(R) Office Home and Student Edition 2007
No additional security software
Adobe(R) PhotoShop(R) Elements 8
CLEARANCE! Quicken Deluxe 2009 (Save $29)

$697.99

OPTION 3:
Win 7 Premium 64 b
Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual-Core processor E5400 [2.7GHz, 2MB L2, 800MHz FSB]
3GB DDR2-800MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
320GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]
LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet, No wireless LAN
15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, audio
Integrated 5.1 channel sound with front audio ports
HP multimedia keyboard and HP optical mouse
SAVE $50! Microsoft(R) Office Home and Student Edition 2007
No additional security software
Adobe(R) PhotoShop(R) Elements 8
CLEARANCE! Quicken Deluxe 2009 (Save $29)

$696.99

OPTION 4:
Win 7 Premium 64 b
AMD Athlon™ II X2 250 (3.0GHz, 2MB)
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 2 DIMMs
320GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Dell 19 in 1 Media Card Reader
Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio
No Keyboard
Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007
McAfee SecurityCenter, 30-Day Trial
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements
Quicken Home and Business 2010

$712.00

OPTION 5:
Win 7 Premium 64 b
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor E8400 (6MB L2, 3GHz, 1333FSB)
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 2 DIMMs
320GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Dell 19 in 1 Media Card Reader
Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio
No Keyboard
Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007
McAfee SecurityCenter, 30-Day Trial
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements


$727.00

OPTION 6:
Win 7 Premium 64 b
Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q8300 (4MB L2, 2.5GHz, 1333FSB)
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 2DIMMs
500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Integrated 10/1000 Ethernet
Integrated 16-in-1 Media Card Reader
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Dell Consumer Multimedia Keyboard and Laser Mouse
Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007
McAfee SecurityCenter, 30-Day Trial
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements
Quicken Home and Business 2010

$802.00


Please tell me which YOU would buy, and why.

(Note: I intend on upgrading to 4GB of RAM after purchase, since it's easy to do and I can get memory sticks super-cheap on sale somewhere.)
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A while back, I had decided that my next computer was definitely going to be a desktop. They're easier to upgrade, I don't really *need* portability, and I've had extremely good luck with my Dell desktop machine. (I had it for five years when we had a major electrical surge, which caused the motherboard to die. Currently, my hard drives are living in what used to be my brother's Dell.)

Since the final season of Fraggle Rock came out, my inner-eight-year-old is complaining that we can't watch Fraggles in the tub any more. (The same power surge that took out my compy also fried Rich's laptop, which is what I used to use to watch DVD's in the tub.)

Now I'm torn. I definitely want the best machine I can afford, since I don't want to have to buy a new computer a year or two from now. (I much prefer to upgrade the RAM, video card, sound card, etc.) As far as I know, laptops are generally more expensive. The last time I tried to upgrade one, it turned out to be way easier to just buy a whole new computer. But I can't watch DVD's in the bath with a desktop!

I also have no idea what brand I'd go with if I got a lappy.

This decision may have to be made sooner rather than later, as my computer may be well and truly borked. Trend Micro needs me to send them a dump of my system information export. This does not bode well.
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I have internet at home again.

Oh, yes.

It only took four hours, but [livejournal.com profile] jedi007 done fixed it but GOOD.

We still don't know exactly WHY it stopped working, but I don't really care.

::hugs teh internets::
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When my computer done blowed up I decided that I would be purchasing a new computer after Windows 7 came out.

The release date is October 22, so I figure I'm going to be purchasing me a new compy by the end of the year.

Question is, what do I want out of my new system? All I know for certain right now is that I definitely want a top-of-the-line processor, and room to upgrade the RAM. (I've learned never to buy the maximum amount of RAM when you order a computer. It's way cheaper to upgrade later, and easy too!)

I do take tons of pictures, so maybe I should order Adobe Photoshop Elements or something with my new machine.

THEN there's the question of disk drives. Single? Double? Blu-ray? Light scribe?

Eventually I'll want a more-than-decent video card, but I'll probably do what I did last time and upgrade it later on. That's not to difficult, either, and with the sales that Micro Center has it should be WAY cheaper.

There's still the issue of whether I want a desktop, lappy, or one of those new snazzy all-in-one jobby's that HP has.

If I knew how much I wanted to spend, this would probably be a ton easier.
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Last night I worked on fixing my computer.

Cleared the cache & cookies. No workie.

Re-started in safe mode. Lo! I have internets! This is good.

Ran Ad-Award in safe mode. It found something malicious; I don't remember exactly what. Removed that & re-started in regular mode.

Opened Firefox & got the same message about the connection to the network being reset or whatever. (I should really write that down.)

Re-started in safe mode, again. Ran Trend Micro 2009 virus scan AND House Call.

They found...nothing.

Now, I'm stumped. The fact that I only have internet in safe mode indicates a virus, right?

At least I know it's not a hardware issue. Didn't want to have to go out and buy a new network card.

Any thoughts? Anyone know of an online scan similar to House Call I could try?
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I am having issues with my home computer, and my darling boyfriend has been too busy to look at it. I am hoping that one of you lovlies out there in LJ/Facebook-land can help me out.

Last week, I was messing about on the internet, when all of a sudden things just...stopped working. Every time I tried to load a page I'd get a message that said "The connection to the server was reset." Type thing.

Restarted the computer. No luck. Same message. Shut down the computer, unplugged the modem, unplugged the router, re-plugged the modem, re-plugged the router, turned the computer back on...no dice.

I'm running Windows XP, with the most recent version of Firefox. IE 7 didn't want to connect, either.

Rich's laptop and the (se)X-Box are connecting just fine, so I'm pretty sure it's not the network.

Oh, and I've tried using both the wireless and wired conncections, to no avail.

Anybody have any sort of idea of how to fix this? I would really love to have internet on MY computer again.
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I'm typing this from home on a computer I'm going to call Frankenstein.

Apparently, my motherboard is shot to hell. We hooked up the shiny new power supply, and...nothing. The LED on the motherboard that says it's getting power lights up, but nothing else happens. Boo.

Fortunately, My Totally Awesome Little Brother (TM) had a Dell Desktop collecting dust in my old room at our parents' house. Rich and I got permission to steal it, and popped my hard drives into the thing.

Thanks to My Totally Awesome Boyfriend (TM), we once again have a functioning computer in the house.

Fun times.

Once I get a new job, I have to decide what I want to do about my computer situation. Do I want to buy a new desktop? A new laptop with a docking station? Do I want to wait for Windows 7?

Thankfully, I'll be able to borrow this machine until further notice. Also, my hard drives are fine. Yay.
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I am typing this post from my mother's desktop.

Why's that?

Rich's laptop up and died out of nowhere yesterday, and his desktop seems to have been zapped as well.

The laptop refused to wake up from sleep mode. After trying several options, the tech at Microcenter sent it off to be repaired. Luckily, Rich purchased their extra platinum warranty when he got the lappy so any repairs will cost us nothing. They've got excellent service and prices; we're not going to buy computers anywhere else ever again!

I also purchased a new power supply for my desktop. I'm not entirely certain that I got the right kind, since the young man I tried to get to help me didn't seem too bright and wanted to sell me something that cost more than what I had found. If I did, in fact, acquire the proper equipment, barring any other disasters, we *should* have my desktop up and running by this evening.

I hope.

If any of you have an in with any sort of Universal Powers, could you please ask them nicely to stop fucking with me? That would be swell.
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Saturday night.

Got home from party.

O&R truck in front of the house.

Young men tell us everything's fine, the electric's just out and they're working on it.

Go inside.

Light candles. Pee by the light of a "Fresh Sheets" scented jar.

Get the rest of the candles going.

Lights come back on.

Modem doesn't. At all. Ever.

Rich calls Cablevision.

Have to wait 'til Monday for new modem.

This morning.

Get up, go to West Nyack, acquire new modem. Have bagels for breakfast.

Go home.

Hook up modem.

Router is talking to computers, internet is talking to modem, modem is not talking to router.

Figure out that router done got fried, too.

Go to mall, acquire new router and surge protector.

Go home.

Hook shit up.

Laptop works! X-Box works!

Push button on my desktop.

Again.

And again.

And again.

Nothing.

God damn power supply (I hope I hope I hope!) done shat itself.

In spite of uber-surge protector.

God dammit.

I really don't need this shit right now.

Thank god for Bailey's, yo.
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I need some assistance from those of you who possess more computer knowledge than I do.

My computer is having some major issues with Firefox, and I have no idea why. I un-installed and re-installed the latest version, and am still having the same issues.

Every time I ask it to do something, whether it be to navigate to a new site, or whether I click on a field in a form to type something, the program stops responding, and my CPU usage jumps to over 50%. Once Firefox finishes what it's doing, everything is fine and it works well until I ask it to do something more complicated than scroll. Sometimes even THAT freezes it up.

IE 7 works just fine, but I really don't trust Microsoft, and I'd like Firefox to cut this shit out and work properly again.

I'm posting this from Rich's laptop, which is on the same network as my computer, and is running the same version of Firefox. I'm not having any problems at all.

My fear is that my computer is reaching the end of its lifespan or something.

Any thoughts?
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but loves my mother.

I get home, it's logged in to Rich's desktop. I log out, and try to switch into mine. It tells me no. Twice. I restart.

Now I have no network.

Do that little "repair" thing.

No work.

Call Mom.

Mom does the "repair" thing.

It works!

I sit down.

No internet.

Mom comes back.

Internet works!

I sit down.

No internet!

Mom sits down.

Internet works!

HOLY SHIT.

I PAID FOR YOU, YOU STUPID MACHINE. I AM YOUR LORD AND MASTER. YOU WILL OBEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Our DSL modem went to the big electronics warehouse in the sky the other day. Quite suddenly, it wouldn't turn on.
I am mourning this loss. It may not be replaced till Friday, so until then, my only real webernet access is at Rich's domicile.

Whatever shall I do with all the free time I suddenly have?
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The problem of how to move my computer into my room has been solved by my wonderful, handsome, sexy, intelligent, boyfriend Rich.

Previously, my room was arranged as follows:
Small wooden desk next to the door - Closet door - CORNER - hamper - bookshelf - nightstand - bed - dresser.
Rich suggested replacing the wooden desk with an L desk, using half of it for the 'puter, and half of it for whatever was on the wooden desk. Then we loft the bed, put the bookshelf under it, move the bed down into the corner, put the dresser where the wooden desk was, and put the L-desk at the end of the bed.

I now have this desk and this chair, both courtesy of Mom, who loved the idea. Steven (my kid brother) is going to make the risers for my bed (soon, I hope). Until then the bookshelf is pretty much where it was.

A few stuffed animals are laying piled on top of one another, but they'll get new homes once I get the bookshelf out of the way. Also, I'm getting cable in my room. :)

Many thanks to my wonderful, handsome, sexy, intelligent, boyfriend Rich for coming up with everything and helping me put it all together. Yay!

Holy crap!

Jun. 17th, 2004 02:42 am
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For the first time ever, I'm using the internet without being signed on to AOL! YAAAAAAAY!

Ok, sleep now.
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As I write this, I am sitting at my brandy new Dell! She's very pretty, and has this lovely new computer smell. I have dubbed her Luthien. (If you get the reference, you win a cookie.)

Time to install more fun stuff!
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My new 'puter's coming today! Woohoo!

In other news, as of yesterday, I can eat like a normal person again! Yaaay!
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I have ordered a new desktop from Dell! My laptop, although I love it very much, has been frustrating me lately. It's running ME, and I can't install XP without more memory, which is impossible to find.

The new comp will have a 3.06GhZ Pentium IV processor, an 80GB hard drive, 512MB RAM, a USB memory key instead of a floppy drive, a DVD-ROM drive, a CD-RW drive, Soundblaster Live! soundcard, and various other computer-y things. I'm buying a 256MB video card separately, because it's less expensive than the 128's Dell offered.

It's set to ship on Wendesday, and should be here by Friday. :) Yay!

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