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Electronic Problem Thread

Sminky

Registered User
cheers sminks.

17.3" is quite a large screen!

are these laptops worth the extra cost for the power it brings?

I had an i6 processor on my HP, It wasn't lightning fast but I got rid of it because I hated the keyboard. In short, I'm probably not the right person to ask but if you want a Laptop with a slower rate of noticeable degeneration I'd go for a high processor power.
 

StringerBell

Registered User
So with my new PC I'm able to play a lot of games that previously I could not. One such title that I was quick to get was Empire at War in particular the new mod that came out for it titled "Republic at War" which lets you play through the clone wars. I installed it and it was amazing and I had the game running on the highest of settings. I was happy and life was good.
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Then I got greedy / stupid. Went into the graphics settings and turned the resolution to the max. Yeah so my monitor didn't support and the screen immediately went black and I got the message "input signal out of range" now I hear the game running in the background but my screen is black :no: Even worse unlike many PC games you cant edit the settings from outside of the game. So I tried searching for a config file to try and manually edit it no luck cant find the file and believe me I looked. Perhaps reinstalling the game would solve the problem but no that didnt work either same message.

So basically without getting some other monitor there is no why I will ever be able to play this game again...ever.
 

Sully

Wait Here, Gone for Help
I lost my phone and all the data on my mac recently. I was just wondering is it possible to re-download all the stuff I've bought from the app store direct to my new handset?
 

Sminky

Registered User
I lost my phone and all the data on my mac recently. I was just wondering is it possible to re-download all the stuff I've bought from the app store direct to my new handset?

Yes. I had to do this myself recently.

1. Log in on iTunes.
2. Scroll to the very bottom of the page.
3. The forth column of text/links is called Manage
4. Select Purchased
5. You can re-download all your purchases from here.
 

Sminky

Registered User
I think my router has been hacked. I was checking the log for the router and I saw this. Its happened within the last couple of hours. It's a random Chinese telecom IP as well.

Drop PING request from WAN (ip:222.208.232.27).

Bloody hell. I'm going to have to reset everything and change the passwords again fuuuuuu
 

Sminky

Registered User
Need to check the log for today to see if the remote management safety net booted the multiple WAN requests. What a glorious inconvenience. Bloody IP hacking bastards.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Why don't you start by limiting the number of simultaneous connections the router will accept? Further to that, I assume you're not daft enough to use the default username and password to log into the router - but change the existing ones and also change the network's WPA key.
 

Sminky

Registered User
Why don't you start by limiting the number of simultaneous connections the router will accept? Further to that, I assume you're not daft enough to use the default username and password to log into the router - but change the existing ones and also change the network's WPA key.

Shit. I did the first time but on the last reset I don't believe I have. The WPA key is always randomised.

Good idea on the limited simultaneous connections, buggered if I know how on this router though.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
What router is it?

EDIT: On my Linksys WRT54GS using DD-WRT firmware it is under Setup -> Network Address Server Settings (DHCP) -> Maximum DHCP Users.
 

Sminky

Registered User
It's a DIR-615, a fucking dinosaur piece of equipment. It's so archaic Virgin cannot increase my bandwith ... but would still like to charge me £30 to install it. That's £30 for installation. An installation I have to perform.
 

Dragonfly

Waiting....
Quick question: I've just converted my internet connection to wireless. Do I need to download/purchase any special security software?

I've currently got MS Essentials, Comodo Firewall, Malwarebytes and Spybot S&D. Comodo recognised that I've just installed a wireless connection and suggested I buy their TrustConnect software. Considering what I have already, is this necessary?

Thanks.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Quick question: I've just converted my internet connection to wireless. Do I need to download/purchase any special security software?

I've currently got MS Essentials, Comodo Firewall, Malwarebytes and Spybot S&D. Comodo recognised that I've just installed a wireless connection and suggested I buy their TrustConnect software. Considering what I have already, is this necessary?

Thanks.

No. You also have too much security software.

If using Windows 7, there's no need for a third-party firewall but if you want the peace of mind that's up to you. The XP firewall isn't good enough. Get rid of Spybot.

Do not use the router's default admin username and password.
 

Dragonfly

Waiting....
No. You also have too much security software.

If using Windows 7, there's no need for a third-party firewall but if you want the peace of mind that's up to you. The XP firewall isn't good enough. Get rid of Spybot.

Do not use the router's default admin username and password.

Cheers.

I'm still on good old XP, hence Comodo Firewall. What's wrong with Spybot? It's served me well, but to be honest, I do question why I still have it since getting Malwarbytes. As you say, probably peace of mind.

Changing the router's default admin username and password was the first thing I did.

Thanks again.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Cheers.

I'm still on good old XP, hence Comodo Firewall. What's wrong with Spybot? It's served me well, but to be honest, I do question why I still have it since getting Malwarbytes. As you say, probably peace of mind.

Changing the router's default admin username and password was the first thing I did.

Thanks again.

Although updates are available regularly, the platform itself was last released in 2009. It was great in its time but isn't comparable to others. It was even less so for me as I control all of my Firefox cookies individually.
 

Dragonfly

Waiting....
Apologies in advance for the long post. I've had a look on the internet, but I can't find a solution...mainly because I'm not too sure what I'm looking for. :erm:

I think I might be having compatibility issues with my wireless PCI adaptor. I have the TP-Link TL-WN851ND. It has good reviews, supposedly XP compatible and since I already had a TP-Link wireless router, which works well, I thought it would be a perfect match.

My system info:
Microsoft Windows XP, Home Edition, Version 2002, Service Pack 3
Intel Pentium 4
CPU 2.80 GHZ
2GB of RAM

The major issue I have is when booting my PC. Every other time I turn on my PC, it either freezes on the XP 'welcome' screen, or it will freeze once I reach my desktop. I have to manually restart my PC (i.e. press and hold the on/off button on the PC tower) in order for it to function. I've had this TP-Link card since Monday and it was getting better, but today, my PC froze during use and I had to attempt rebooting three times.

The minor issue, although almost as annoying, is a problem with the internet browser. The browser - tested on both FireFox and IE - becomes idle. You can see the top bar of the browser go grey, as if I had clicked on the task bar (or away from the browser). This happens every ten seconds or so. As you can imagine, this can be frustrating, especially when trying to type out a post explaining the bloody problem! Also, web pages sometimes either take longer than usual to load, or need me to 'try again'. This has become more frequent.

Since these problems have only started happening since installing the wireless card, I must assume it is causing the problem. I've tried removing the wireless card and I've had a look on Dell's website and interestingly, they don't sell TP-Link cards, but they sell Linksy, Belkin and a few other brands, as well as their own. This is making me think that perhaps I have in fact purchased the wrong card.

Is there anything I can do to fix the problem without having to buy another card? Would I be better off with a USB adaptor? Is a Wireless Access Point a better option? Would upgrading my OS to Windows 7 fix it? Any help is greatly appreciated.

P.S. Incidentally, whilst looking for a solution, I discovered that these are supposedly signs that my computer could be hacked. Say it ain't so! :crymore:
 
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