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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Mathias » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:18 pm

This is something that had been happening for a while, so I figured I'd bring it up since I've been posting in this thread a lot.

Sometimes when my laptop restarts, the clock falls behind by 2 hours. When I change it back, the "Apply" button does not raise and I can only select "OK."
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby WiNg0o » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:49 pm

Mathias wrote:This is something that had been happening for a while, so I figured I'd bring it up since I've been posting in this thread a lot.

Sometimes when my laptop restarts, the clock falls behind by 2 hours. When I change it back, the "Apply" button does not raise and I can only select "OK."


You change the time zone?
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Whatis6times9 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:55 pm

I'm just going to throw out another option, use a hammer.

Though it probably is something stupid like time zone setting.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Mathias » Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:02 pm

I changed the time zone, but it still won't "apply."

Also, I performed a clean sometime ago and it switched from AM/PM to military. I dunno if I can change it back.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby ninnypants » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:59 pm

PunkyChipsAhoy wrote:I figured out the problem, but there is another. To be able to use the trial of MS Office, you need to register the program so the trial starts. Problem is that everytime I try to register it, the connection fails and it won't let me do it.... fucking Word.

I would just install open office like zepherin suggested It's probably the best and cheapest solution http://www.openoffice.org/
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Pudge_is_so_cute » Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:43 am

If I am correct, netbooks does not have a dvd drive(because of space issue's ) which makes me go on the bigger laptop. I am leaning on acer or HP but I do not know if the two make good laptops or there are better brands then those that I mentioned, or if these two brand will ever fit my Can. $500 allowance.

So which are good brands for laptop?
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:06 am

Pudge_is_so_cute wrote:If I am correct, netbooks does not have a dvd drive(because of space issue's ) which makes me go on the bigger laptop. I am leaning on acer or HP but I do not know if the two make good laptops or there are better brands then those that I mentioned, or if these two brand will ever fit my Can. $500 allowance.

So which are good brands for laptop?

Like I said I like toshiba especially over acer and HP.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6834114805
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Pudge_is_so_cute » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:28 am

zepherin wrote:Like I said I like toshiba especially over acer and HP.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6834114805


that looks mighty, thanks for the link. :3
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Sentios » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:09 pm

Just to confirm something, if I get a wireless router can I still run an ethernet cable into it? Or are they wireless exclusively?
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Whatis6times9 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:11 pm

Most have ethernet ports built in.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Sentios » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:23 pm

You say most... is there some I should avoid?
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Whatis6times9 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:28 pm

Too be honest, I have never seen a router without them, just read the box and it should say the number of ports.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:01 pm

Well they should all have at least 1 port to connect to the modem. And every wireless router I have seen has at least 4 ethernet ports, but check the specs first it should say.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Yoshi » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:40 pm

Typically Wireless routers are 4-port ethernet switches + wireless router. So it should be fine. Check the packaging.

As for laptops: ASUS, Toshiba, Sony, Dell. In my opinion of course.

Netbooks (Though you sound like you want/need something larger) are pretty much all the same hardware wise though, and you're paying for: battery life, style, features.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Jay » Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:03 am

No free firewall suggestions?

Or is Windows Firewall in W7 decent enough?
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:24 am

Jay wrote:No free firewall suggestions?

Or is Windows Firewall in W7 decent enough?

Define free.

I have used looknstop and Jetico and liked them but without creative licensing your SOL after 30 days

But really most routers have built in hardware firewalls and windows has it's own software firewall. It does a good enough job for most things. If your in a situation of paranoia, you might want to try the above or go with zone alarm if you want real free. Might as well hit your hard drive with truecrypt too for the super level of paranoia.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Yoshi » Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:46 am

I just use Windows Firewall to be honest. At this point the built-in firewall serves the purpose nicely, so unless you want to pay money I wouldn't bother.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Mathias » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:29 am

Yoshi wrote:BurnInTest
Install and run it. It will tell you what is passing fine as well as how many errors certain subsystems are getting.

Okay, will this determine why my computer is lagging? It says I should back-up all of my files, so I wanna make sure it will do some good first.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Yoshi » Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:49 pm

If it's a hardware problem it should let you know what is causing the errors or lagging behind, yes. If it comes up with nothing and there doesn't seem to be any obvious hardware issues then backup and reload Windows.

Always back up, though.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby octodexy » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:16 am

yoshi tell me what anti-virus software i want
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby WiNg0o » Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:46 am

Oooh Spooky wrote:yoshi tell me what anti-virus software i want


He's said many times AVG though thats a given.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Yoshi » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:01 am

Actually, in my opinion the three best (Free) antiviruses are:
- Avast!
- Avira
- Microsoft Security Essentials (Seriously)

AVG is alright but has lagged behind recently. Avast! was getting kinda meh and I considered switching to Avira or MSSE but the new version (5) is wow-good and fast.

Also, believe it or not but the newest versions of Norton are pretty good. Too bad they've got too much of a history for me to trust them again.

But yeah, those three are pretty much kings of the free realm with MSSE sitting at the top at this moment.


TL;DR get MSSE.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Mathias » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:03 am

WiNg0o wrote:
Oooh Spooky wrote:yoshi tell me what anti-virus software i want


He's said many times AVG though thats a given.

AVG is nagware.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby octodexy » Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:55 pm

I got avast, because it uses simple words that I understand, also it has been talking to me.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:13 pm

Most antiviruses require too much system juice for my tastes. Avast and Trend Micro are probably the fastest in terms of not being resource hogs.
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