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Driver problems with a CD burner

My CD burner died, my little buddy in copyright crime refuses to work lately. When I tell it to copy files it comes back with an error message saying that I need a different CD, yet they were all fine two weeks ago prior to installation of the new XP service pack. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent on Sep 14, 2004 - 5 answers

Recommend an XP messenger client

What's your favorite messenger client for XP and why?
posted by signal on Sep 14, 2004 - 17 answers

Win XP SP2

Win XP problem. I installed Service Pack 2, now my computer won't load. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by graventy on Sep 12, 2004 - 15 answers

My Windows XP Pro can't find drivers automatically - what gives?

Brokenwindowsfilter - My XP Pro SP2 box no longer automatically installs hardware. Yesterday I plugged in a plain old USB mouse and the hardware wizard came up, but after doing its thing it said that it couldn't find the driver. I had to tell it to manually look in places like windows\infs\ and windows\system32\drivers to find the files. Anything I can do to get it working again without doing a re-install? (The same thing happened with a USB keyboard when I tried it.)
posted by Space Coyote on Aug 31, 2004 - 5 answers

Help me with my wireless

My laptop can no longer receive the Internet! The internet comes, via DSL, into my DESKTOP pc. The Desktop's DSL modem is hooked up to a LinkSys Wireless-B router, which broadcasts the Internet signal to my laptop. The lights on the LynkSys are blinking as usual. My desktop is receiving the web just fine. My laptop IS showing the little "connected" (two-computers) icon in the system tray, and when I hover over it, it says "Wireless Network Connection... Speed 11.0 Mbps, Signal Strength: Excellent." But when I start of a browser, I can't get to any page. I CAN get to the same pages on my desktop. Help! [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 30, 2004 - 11 answers

Is there a way to fix critical structure errors on my Seagate hard drive?

Yet another boring tech question: my main hard drive died on me. It's a Seagate, so I ran their diagnostic tool and it tells me I have 2 critical structure errors. What does this mean? Is there a way to fix it, or do I have to reformat, or worse, toss it out? Vielen Dank!
posted by muckster on Aug 20, 2004 - 9 answers

HP recovery expertise needed.

Does anybody have experience with HP Recovery? I have a tricky case. [more inside]
posted by muckster on Aug 17, 2004 - 1 answer

Outlook 2000 Error No. 0x800ccc0e -- No Profiles Fetching or Sending Mail

Outlook 2000 (WinXP) problem: Suddenly, none of my mail profiles will fetch or send mail. (mi) [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Aug 16, 2004 - 5 answers

Is Microsoft's service pack messing with Firefox pop-up blocker?

MS Conspiracy Filter: Just installed XP SP2--which adds "pop-up blocking" to IE--and all of a sudden the pop-up blocking feature built into Firefox turns off every time I restart the app. Is anyone else seeing this? [little bit more inside] [more inside]
posted by LairBob on Aug 12, 2004 - 7 answers

XP Service Packs

So is there anywhere I can get my hands on the XP service pack release today? Without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to join the Microsoft club? I have a feeling it will be a mess, and I want to know what my friends and co-workers will be getting themselves into. Thanks for the help!
posted by loquax on Aug 9, 2004 - 15 answers

Is there a tiny app for Windows XP that will let me put my PC monitor on standby with just one click?

Is there a shortcut or a teeny tiny lil app for Windows XP, that will let me put my PC monitor on standby with just one click. I don't want to turn the power off, just put it on standby.
posted by riffola on Aug 8, 2004 - 17 answers

Setting hotkey in WinXP for adding 2nd monitor.

XP: I'd like a shortcut or hotkey that will instantly do what Control Panel > Display Properties > Settings > Select Monitor 2 > Extend my Windows Desktop (etc) does. [come inside, y'all, if you like] [more inside]
posted by humuhumu on Aug 6, 2004 - 6 answers

How do I transfer my purchased songs from my WinXP computer to my iPod with iTunes 4.6?

I cannot transfer purchased songs from my computer (WinXP) to my iPod (3rd gen 40gb, firmware 2.2) with iTunes (4.6). Google pleads ignorance. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr on Jul 29, 2004 - 11 answers

Keep my kids off the internet!

Ok, I have a Dell box with Windows XP. I also have two very smart children (ages 11 and 13). I want to figure out a way to disable the internet connection from time to time. For example, child A doesn't clean their room, so I want to disable internet while at work, from (8a-4p). Is there a way I can do this, some software? The connection is DSL.
posted by patrickje on Jul 27, 2004 - 19 answers

Is there a way for the computer/a program to search for multiple duplicate files on a computer?

Is there a way for the computer/a program to search for multiple duplicate files on a computer?

I also remember a program that used a pie chart to show you what is taking up the most space on the computer? What files and folders?

Help!
posted by agregoli on Jul 22, 2004 - 9 answers

Minimizing MS-DOS

Is there a way to hide a DOS window when it is minimized on a Windows XP toolbar? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by ajr on Jul 22, 2004 - 5 answers

How can I keep all my old setting with a new motherboard, processor, and RAM?

If I will install a new motherboard, processor and new RAM, what should I do to keep all my old settings? Will Repair Install from Windows XP Boot CD suffice ? Or should I try this ? [more inside]
posted by Masi on Jul 19, 2004 - 3 answers

What's the best way to transfer ~100MB of Word 5.1 files from a Mac Performa 475 to the PC?

Antique Mac question: a friend has recently moved from a Mac Performa 475 to a WinXP PC. What's the best way to transfer ~100MB of Word 5.1 files to the PC? [more inside]
posted by cbrody on Jul 17, 2004 - 8 answers

Compaq Presario with Phoenix BIOS Boot Error: "Error Loading OS"

IDE hard drive conundrum: "Error loading OS" (more inside) [more inside]
posted by luser on Jul 6, 2004 - 13 answers

What is a good, freeware replacement for Nero or other CD authoring software?

The new DVD burner (an NEC ND-2510A), didn't come with any burning software. I know I can get the express version of Nero 6 for a couple bucks, but does anybody know of a good small DVD burning program (preferably freeware) for Windows XP that would be downloadable on dialup? Sourceforge and Tucows, my usual trusted sites, are turning up bupkiss.
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Jul 5, 2004 - 5 answers

How do I remotely access my home computer while on the road? (XP behind Belkin -g router, with dynamic IP via comcast)

MetaNetowrkingGeek question.

I have an XP box behind a wireless Belkin -g router (it's hardwired to the router, my powerbook uses the G around the house).

I'm going to be away for a week.

I'm on a Dynamic IP via comcast.

How do I access my machine:
Optimally -
1) Windows Remote Access (There's a Mac client - I could control the PC)
2) SMB (or FTP if SMB is blocked/not secure enough)

I get the whole "dyndns" and it's variants (although I'm not sure it's set up right). It's just not working. Port mapping at the router? What? What? What to do?
posted by filmgeek on Jun 26, 2004 - 6 answers

Computer speakers and hard drive are suddenly acting flaky.

Early this morning I was woken up to my computer speakers making a very loud, awful static noise. I got out of bed, shut them off, turned on the monitor, found that my computer was restarting itself, and went back to bed. This afternoon when I got home from work I turned the speakers back on and they were still making the static noise AND I discovered that my second hard drive was no longer being recognized. So I restarted the computer and now everything is fine -- what's going on here? (Windows XP Home) [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds on Jun 21, 2004 - 1 answer

Photo Software

Can anyone help me find photo organization software with some specific characteristics? I use WinXP. I want to be able to place each photo in multiple categories, and I'd like to be able to output the categories as simple .html files, as that is my archival system of choice. I don't care about uploading to the web. Free is better, but I am willing to shell out a few bucks for the right software. [more inside]
posted by beth on Jun 19, 2004 - 11 answers

Screwed up partition table

I was trying to install Linux (the latest version of that damned Mandrake), and I seem to have screwed my partition table. Neither Mandrake nor Windows XP will boot -- I'm posting this message from a Knoppix livecd. Mandrake just goes to a blank screen and hangs but Windows gives a message about a missing dll. What can I do to fix this? I'm in over my head here.
posted by reklaw on Jun 10, 2004 - 8 answers

Making the switch from XP Pro to Linux.

Ok, so I want to make the move over to linux from xp pro and would like some pointers [mi].. [more inside]
posted by Mossy on Jun 9, 2004 - 31 answers

Win XP

Two XP questions in a row! Does anybody know how to remove the "Windows cannot open this file" dialog box that offers a web service? I'd like this to act like it did in previous versions of Windows, just going directly to the "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" dialog. Google has failed me.
posted by ajpresto on Jun 5, 2004 - 1 answer

Router Somehow Blocking Visibility of Printer from Machines

StupidRouterFilter: Suppose you have a DSL modem with a computer running XP coming out of it, with a printer attached. Two other machines coming out of the DSL modem can of course see the printer just fine. However, there is also a router coming out of the modem (don't ask), and none of the machines coming out of the router can see the printer. Is there any way to make them able to use that printer?
posted by GriffX on Jun 3, 2004 - 7 answers

How do I move from Windows 98 to Windows XP?

Updating Windows98 SE to Windows XP. (mi) [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on May 28, 2004 - 10 answers

Is there a way to get XP to shut itself down after a specified interval of time?

Is there a way to get XP to shut itself down after a specified interval of time? (So I can run a task on autopilot that will take a couple of hours after I want to go to sleep, without the annoyance of waking up to the whine of the computer...)
posted by kaibutsu on May 22, 2004 - 4 answers

Stopping XP from booting a virus

Stupid computer question. How do you stop XP from calling a program when it starts up? [mi] [more inside]
posted by drezdn on May 21, 2004 - 9 answers

PC Driver Problems

I have a screwed up driver situation on my pc. I've tried everything i can think of, and i need help. it was suggested i look here.

Here's the PbP:

- My DVD player (Sony DDU1621) on my WinXP box wouldn't open. it would just whirr and blink, so i removed it, uninstalled it, and then reinstalled it.
- While I was checking the connections, i accidentally unplugged my harddrive ribbon. I had XP installed on the second drive in a daisy-chain, and when i replugged everything, my computer started up in win98. But my DVD drive worked.
-- The goal here was to install Linux, so i figured i didn't need XP anyway, and while i was downloading the linux iso (onto another box), i set out to totally clean out the harddrive that used to have XP on it, so i could get it ready for Linux.
-- Two hours later, i went to actually begin installing Linux, and suddenly the DVD drive won't open again.
-- I have now physically removed and replaced the DVD drive at least a dozen times. Sometimes the F drive shows up in My Computer, sometimes it doesn't. When it does show up, it still doesn't work (when i click on it it gives me an error alert saying there is a problem with the device).
- When it doesn't show up , i go to Install New Hardware, and it lists Sony Proprietary CD-Rom Controller. When I select it, i get an update window that says 'This device is already installed, but it has a problem.' There are no updates available (i'm not currently online and all of the networking software was installed into XP), and so i just click OK, and nothing has changed.
- I cannot find another driver for this device. I found something listed on DriverGuide, but it was just some batch that callibrates audio and video input.
- I found another DVD drive, this time a cheap one called a MadDog BKM-52X16, and i replaced it. but my win98 device manager doesn't detect it and still brings up the Sony Proprietary CD-Rom Controller as the only option when i run Install New Hardware.

so all i need is to get a cd drive recognized so i can either reinstall xp, or go ahead and install Linux -- both of which, of course, would solve the problem. but so long as i can't read a cd, i can't do either. so i'm stuck.

help would be deeply appreciated.
posted by milkman on May 1, 2004 - 4 answers

How can my laptop share my desktop's broadband?

I have a (WinXP) desktop with a broadband connection, and a laptop with a WiFi card. My school doesn't allow wireless routers. I'd like to set it up so that my laptop can connect wirelessly to my desktop and piggyback on that connection, without a router. What equipment do I need? Are there some terms I should Google for instructions? [more inside]
posted by Aaorn on Apr 29, 2004 - 11 answers

Desktop RSS reader for XP?

What's a good standalone (not web- or browser-based) rss feed reader for WinXP?
posted by signal on Apr 26, 2004 - 8 answers

WinXP Pro Email Client question

Which WinXP Pro Email Client will play nice with close to 800 megs of emails? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by romakimmy on Apr 24, 2004 - 11 answers

Help me recover my documents after partitioning!

I just did a full WinXP reinstall. In the process, I took an 80 gig drive which was partitioned to 10/30/40 gig partitions and repartitioned it to 10/10/20/15/25 partitions. Unfortunately, that 40 gig partition held my "My Documents" holding a bunch of Word documents spanning the years and a lot of digital photos that are irreplaceable.

I've tried a few file recovery programs with limited success (recovered around 20% of my files) however I think the problem is the repartitions have split a lot of the files across two or more partitions. Is there a way I can recombine these partitions and try the file recovery programs again??
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Apr 21, 2004 - 3 answers

Do I have too many fonts installed?

I currently have 885 fonts installed on my XP-pro box (with 512Mb of RAM). Is this an issue? Should I trim down my font list?
Tangentially, what does the number after font's name mean (e.g.: Frutiger 45, Frutiger 55)?
posted by signal on Apr 21, 2004 - 9 answers

Replacement desktop systems on XP?

The current MeFi thread on Sphere reminded me... Does anyone use a replacement desktop system on XP? Which one and why did you choose to use it? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Apr 16, 2004 - 9 answers

recover files after XP reboot?

Windows XP rebooted, and chkdsk set many of my files to zero bytes. How do I get what was originally in those files back? [more inside]
posted by calwatch on Apr 4, 2004 - 5 answers

Compiling Playfair under XP?

Okay, I found Playfair linked here, and downloaded the gzipped src & installer code, but I'm very lame, because I can't figure out how to compile it under XP. Anyone have the time/inclination to walk an utter command line noob through the steps?
posted by jonson on Apr 4, 2004 - 16 answers

Can I get MIDI input through the game port in Windows XP?

MIDI input through the game port in Windows XP - does this actually still work, or is it just me? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Apr 4, 2004 - 5 answers

Cross-Platform Collaboration

Does anyone know of some good free collaboration software that runs on Mac AND Windows? VNC and NetMeeting don't have Mac versions.
posted by badstone on Mar 31, 2004 - 6 answers

Windows XP - need password

Win XP pword issue. I'm locked out of my laptop. I don't use it often, and the password expired - it was set to 30 days. Being an idiot, I didn't make written note of the admin password anywhere. Multiple guesses have so far yielded me nothing. I found this site but haven't tried it yet, since I have no access to the Win 2000 cd.

Anyone know how to get in w/o losing all my data and reformatting/re-imaging the thing?
posted by yoga on Mar 31, 2004 - 7 answers

How can I convert PDF files into PPT on XP?

How can I convert PDF files into PPT on XP? Freeware is always appreciated.
posted by signal on Mar 30, 2004 - 2 answers

What program will let you import registry and email information from one hard disk to another on windows XP pro?

What program will let you import registry and email information from one hard disk to another, using windows XP pro? The built in version won't let me, because both disks are in one machine.
posted by Keyser Soze on Mar 29, 2004 - 3 answers

Can't switch users in XP

Double question: My XP Pro OS wont let me switch users anymore (5 account system), it will only let me log off. Second my brother got kicked from the computer and I forgot to get a password for administrator. Hes got his own password now. How do I reset the admin pass without using a linux boot disk?
posted by Keyser Soze on Mar 18, 2004 - 2 answers

Customizing windows XP?

Basic question about the windows interface, specifically the "browse" dialog box. --> [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Mar 16, 2004 - 8 answers

Windows XP crashes sometimes when I enable "Show common tasks in folders"

On Windows XP Pro, when I enable "Show common tasks in folders" under folder options, Windows Explorer will sometimes crash when I open a folder. [M.I.] [more inside]
posted by signal on Mar 15, 2004 - 6 answers

Why won't my system correctly recognize its processor and clock speed?

I recently purchased an Athlon XP 2400 266 FSB, to replace my Athlon Thunderbird 1.4ghz. Running at 133/133, the processor only shows up as a 1700 running at 1.49ghz. I have an ECS K7S5A with the Cheepoman BIOS (and I've tried this with the latest ECS BIOS as well). I've seen people talking about this combination being okay for them, but I can't for the life of me figure out why this won't recognize it as the right processor and clock speed. Bumping up the CPU speed to 166 causes my system to not boot. I've confirmed through the numbers on the processor itself that it is indeed an Athlon XP 2400. What else could be at fault here?
posted by angry modem on Mar 11, 2004 - 14 answers

Dynamic screen zooming for Windows XP

There's a cool feature in OS X that permits dynamic screen zooming. it looks gorgeous (it's part of Universal Access - a part of the system specifically for people with visual/aural disabilities).

I'm looking for a similar ability on XP - I need to be able to dynamically zoom in on some small widgets during a presentation.
posted by filmgeek on Mar 9, 2004 - 3 answers

XP update question

I just got DSL and XP is nagging me to update... [mi] [more inside]
posted by keswick on Mar 8, 2004 - 10 answers

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