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Electronic Problem Thread

Sminky

Registered User
I can't guarantee this will work but it can't hurt ... on the start menu type in the run function the following:

ncpa.cpl

(click ok)

(Right click the appropriate connection and click repair.)

Back to start menu and RUN, this time type

netsh winsock reset

(click ok)

Restart your computer.
 

Dragonfly

Waiting....
Cheers, Sminky. I have a feeling that may just relate to the browsing issue, rather than the hardware's effect on my PC, but I'll give it a go now and will let you know.

Thanks again.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
The computer could have been hacked, the user profile could be corrupted or it could be that a system file or two are botched to a degree.

Do you have any opportunity whatsoever to repeatedly reboot the computer without the new wireless card in and with the drivers uninstalled? It isn't a foolproof check as it could be internet related but it is a start. All you need is for it to freeze once and you know it isn't the card or the drivers.

EDIT: I've ignored the questions at the end of your initial post for now as I don't feel this is the best time to answer them. My user profile in Windows 7 was once "corrupt" - would hang occasionally on boot-up. I only sorted it by reinstalling a few months ago and some of the old early signs are back - not all icons showing on taskbar (log out and back in sorts it), a freeze for a couple of seconds after the desktop appears or icons showing on the taskbar but one of them (Microsoft Security Essentials) not updating from red to green until I click on the program and it refreshes.

I've come across a decent set of instructions for fixing a corrupt profile but haven't tried them out yet. Hopefully yours can be sorted this way and we can make this the next step if taking the card out and repeatedly rebooting doesn't help to identify the root of the problem.
 

Dragonfly

Waiting....
Thanks for the response. I've been trying to resolve this all night and now I've concluded the problem most definitely is the wireless card. In fact, it has now become unreadable/unidentifiable, even by its own accompanying software. I just hope that's to do with the card itself and not my PCI slots (I have two free). I even updated my BIOS - which was an unnecessarily tough process, thanks to Dell's inability to recognise its own products - in order for the computer to re-recognise the card, but to no avail.

I've now removed the card, uninstalled the software and gone back to the old, trusted, wired modem connection. I tried Sweey's suggestion of repeatedly rebooting the PC and it didn't freeze once. In addition to this, my browser issue has also been rectified. Thus, further confirming my suspicions that the problem lies with the wireless PCI adaptor.

I'm going to try to get a refund for the TP-Link card (as faulty), from Amazon, and will give the Cisco Linksys Wireless-N Dual-Band PCI Adapter a go. My TP-Link card was relatively cheap, at £18 (at the time), and the Linksy card (double the price) is available on Dell's website, so I'm hoping it will be compatible without difficulty.

If that fails, I'd be tempted to get a USB wireless adaptor, but I suspect the internet speed and security will be relatively weak. I was planning on getting a laptop next year (or sooner, if I'm lucky with purchasing a flat), but I might have to bring that forward....or just carry on using a wired connection.


Oh, and on top of this, my PC's left speaker has just died. I was trying to listen to Sgt Pepper's, only to realise that Paul's voice was missing. :realmad:

FWP. FML!
 

Sminky

Registered User
Ladies, I have a question for any iTune aficionados on the site, why is it that songs that are 'mixed', as in do not fade out, will not play in their entirety on my iPod Classic yet do on my iTunes?

These are purchased albums as well not burned from CD and the glitch appears when using the shuffle function.

On two separate mix albums a mixed song track gets half way and abruptly switches/shuffles to the next track. I'm not sure whether this is because I have it on Shuffle.

I fast forwarded 2 minutes into one track and it played through to the end so thought it must have been something I had done but on a separate album it repeated the glitch. If this is an issue with the shuffle function I presume my best bet would be to edit the affected tracks by adding a 'fade' on them?

Standard songs work perfectly fine, so is this a known Apple error?

Ta in advance.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Ladies, I have a question for any iTune aficionados on the site, why is it that songs that are 'mixed', as in do not fade out, will not play in their entirety on my iPod Classic yet do on my iTunes?

These are purchased albums as well not burned from CD and the glitch appears when using the shuffle function.

On two separate mix albums a mixed song track gets half way and abruptly switches/shuffles to the next track. I'm not sure whether this is because I have it on Shuffle.

I fast forwarded 2 minutes into one track and it played through to the end so thought it must have been something I had done but on a separate album it repeated the glitch. If this is an issue with the shuffle function I presume my best bet would be to edit the affected tracks by adding a 'fade' on them?

Standard songs work perfectly fine, so is this a known Apple error?

Ta in advance.

Its because you're using an Apple product.




















:ninja:
 

Sminky

Registered User
:laugh: Ooh you ... Apple ... hater ... you.

I'll admit, I do feel a smidge fed up that my iPod classic cannot play mixed music :folarm:
 

Sminky

Registered User
:laugh: Good lad, I knew you'd have read it :D

I don't have an iPhone either as it happens ... or an iPod classic that seems to work properly on all the music :(

Where is young Thomas, he is an Apple bod?
 

Dragonfly

Waiting....
I eventually got a refund for the TP-Link wireless card and bought the Cisco Linksys, which works perfectly well. No problems booting the PC. Web pages open as normal. Excellent.
 

[PST]SuSpEcT

Registered User
I know it's not the right place but I'm asking is there a better photo uploading website than imageshack .. I just figured out that Imageshack is a cheap site .. really .. any suggestion ?!
 

Sminky

Registered User
Right, need some advice music files. I'm attempting to create a CD for a work colleague, I've got the music, I've got my DJ software and I've got a programme for remastering tracks. Problem is, my DJ Software does not support Apple Lossless, which I find, offers the best quality. If convert to MP3 the max bit rate for conversion is 320kbps, which on some tracks is a drop of over 600kbps.

Is there anyway to retain the inflated Kbps on the tracks, I'm guessing not but is there at least a way to exceed 320kbps on MP3 format?
 

Sminky

Registered User
My missus wants to buy a 2nd hand laptop off her friend at work, its chronically slow and after checking the systeminfo on command Prompt I can see it was factory reset at the end of March.

I've checked the serial number with the model maker and it suggests it was bought in January 2009 ... but my missus mate said they bought it 18 months ago. Now I know her mate is talking bollocks but my missus thinks her sister who's an IT bod can work wonders on it which is horse shit.

How can I track a full history of activity back end? I want a full history, access to the boot manager and a history of OS changes or wipes, how can I do this as I am unsure/cannot find a way to locate a complete system history.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
My missus wants to buy a 2nd hand laptop off her friend at work, its chronically slow and after checking the systeminfo on command Prompt I can see it was factory reset at the end of March.

I've checked the serial number with the model maker and it suggests it was bought in January 2009 ... but my missus mate said they bought it 18 months ago. Now I know her mate is talking bollocks but my missus thinks her sister who's an IT bod can work wonders on it which is horse shit.

How can I track a full history of activity back end? I want a full history, access to the boot manager and a history of OS changes or wipes, how can I do this as I am cannot find a way to locate a complete system history.

I'm sure someone will prove me wrong but this is absolutely impossible. There is nothing which keeps track of OS installations unless you're talking upgrades and even then that would be from checking registry information or Windows (in this case) telling you that you have an upgrade version. The BIOS simply will not carry such information.

As for the serial and model numbers, did you check on a website which clearly stated the machine was bought in January 2009 or simply that it was manufactured then?

Nifty may disagree with this next bit: I can't stand the belief that people who work in IT understand things like this. Some do, of course they do, but others only know what they need to know for their job and can't tackle any other sort of problem even if it is almost identical to what they're used to. My eldest sister is an IT manager and sorry but she knows jack shit compared with me. That isn't me saying I know everything, I'm just saying that she doesn't.
 

Sminky

Registered User
I'm sure someone will prove me wrong but this is absolutely impossible. There is nothing which keeps track of OS installations unless you're talking upgrades and even then that would be from checking registry information or Windows (in this case) telling you that you have an upgrade version. The BIOS simply will not carry such information.

As for the serial and model numbers, did you check on a website which clearly stated the machine was bought in January 2009 or simply that it was manufactured then?

Aye, it was clearly a purchase date, included when the warranty started and finished - which was in line with the purchase date and the country/region it was purchased in.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Aye, it was clearly a purchase date, included when the warranty started and finished - which was in line with the purchase date and the country/region it was purchased in.

Did the friend definitely buy it first-hand? Perhaps someone else bought it in 2009?

Have edited my previous post slightly although not the main part you'd be bothered with.
 

Sminky

Registered User
Did the friend definitely buy it first-hand? Perhaps someone else bought it in 2009?

Have edited my previous post slightly although not the main part you'd be bothered with.

They have not suggested it was bought 2nd hand so I'm guessing they were economical with the truth, or just forgetful. My missus wants to buy it for a £100 to replace our old Compaq, which is actually newer than the machine she wants to buy. Stubborn old goat seems set on it :facepalm:
 

Mick03

Registered User
there's no way to check past install history as installs usually require formats to do so.
IT managers genuinely know nothing computer wise, but offer a buffer between the full on computer nerds of the it department and the client that needs help, like the it crowd.
 

Makavelian

Registered User
Not sure this is the right thread but anyways.......

I use Google chrome with ad and pop up blocker on but what's annoying me recently is every other word is being highlighted and if I go over it with my cursor i'm greeted with the same ''WIN AN IPHONE'' message.

Anyway to stop words getting highlighted like this?





Also, i'm getting this pop up ad on nearly every website when i'm buying something.

I've tried manually blocking it with the ad block but just pop's up from the bottom right corner when you click on another item and it is quite a large pop up.
How do I stop this crap??????????????????????
 
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