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Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Laptop problems

s0rry to be a bore but i hvnt been posting as much due to PC probs


i've noticed my Windows XP HP laptop has got real performance problems in the last week. Keyboard is being very mardy and often missing off charactersand spaces and both Microsoft Explore and Mozilla Firfox have slowed down to joke speed often take deciions of their own

ANy suggestions? I  cant afford an IT guy to sort it outand efforts on teh helpline have invariablyended with me hanging up in frustratin or them pretending to lose the call
Pond Life

My machine is also very slow and firefox is being a cunt.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Pond Life wrote:
My machine is also very slow and firefox is being a cunt.


mayb its solar flares


that jus tok 30secondsto tyype
sheeps

Mine is ok.
bearing

There you go Serf, sheeps says you can have his
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

I'll need it for 8.30 tomorrow Sheeps - be a good chap and drop it round for seven and pick up a pint of semi-skimmed on your way
Pond Life

Nice offer though Sheeps. Is this a start of a new loan scheme you're running for Tankmates?
Pond Life

Did you fix it Craggers?
Seal

Just some suggestions - run Spybot, CCleaner (cleans out yer cache of temporary files), run your anti virus (you DO have some anti virus software?   ), try using Google Chrome instead of Firefox as a browser???

Last resort, get one of those overpriced Unix boxes made by Apple Computers  
Pond Life

Can you run chrome on XP?
Pond Life

The answer is yes.

So what are the cons to this chrome?

Are they not nosey bastards that watch everything you do?
Seal

Pond Life wrote:
The answer is yes.

So what are the cons to this chrome?

Are they not nosey bastards that watch everything you do?


No idea. I'm just trying it out at the moment as Firefox is getting a little "bloaty" and slow for my liking. It's quite zippy, starts up very quickly, but I prefer the search engine toolbar on Firefox.
Pond Life

Keep me posted mate. I too am tiring of firefox.
grunt

I use Opera, it's quite good and uses less resources. Firefox is better but rather bloated.
Seal

Pond Life wrote:
Keep me posted mate. I too am tiring of firefox.


Well that's all really. Just using it until I need it to do something that it can't do as well as Firefox.

It's got the same tabbed browsing system as Firefox.

Each tab uses a Windows process on its own rather than most apps which only use one, which could be an issue if you run loads of stuff at once.

The lack of a status bar is quite annoying on Chrome while I think of it. URL's on links pop briefly but it doesn't show the entire URL  
Pond Life

Nice one, think i'll leave it. I'm sure i read in the terms and cons that they monitor your browsing.
Seal

Pond Life wrote:
Nice one, think i'll leave it. I'm sure i read in the terms and cons that they monitor your browsing.


So does your ISP, all the search engines, and any website on the net worth its salt.
Pond Life

yeah but google are evil.
Robert Robinson

I think you all know the answer...
Pond Life

IE?
Seal

Robert Robinson wrote:
I think you all know the answer...



*baits hook*



You mean one of those overpriced Unix boxes made by Apple Computers?
bearing

Pond Life wrote:
IE?


I've warned you about that mouth of yours!
bearing

Seal wrote:
Robert Robinson wrote:
I think you all know the answer...



*baits hook*



You mean one of those overpriced Unix boxes made by Apple Computers?


Quality comes at a price.
Pond Life

I wear warnings like badges .
Pond Life

Fulham have a nice badge.
Pond Life

Fulham are in Germany tonight.
Pond Life

IN THE FUCKING FINAL MATE!!!
bearing

*considers banning order*
Grind

Clacker wrote:
To deal with spam and viruses and stuff (technical term) like that, I have something (another technical term) called Avast on my laptop.

It was free to download and it has proven an excellent thing (see above) so far.


Sounds like a large file.  
bearing

Avast me hearties!
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

I cant use Mozilla Firefox anymore. its gradually getting more and more buggered up and slower and will die soon

what gives i wonder? you just take it to an 'expert' and they break it or are useless or very expensive

i think you just have to buy a new PC every couple of years
Plastic Man

Sir B - have you installed a lot of "add-ons" with Firefox.

I appreciate that some are very useful, but many are mere novelties.

Have you considered uninstalling some that you rarely use?
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Plastic Man wrote:
Sir B - have you installed a lot of "add-ons" with Firefox.

I appreciate that some are very useful, but many are mere novelties.

Have you considered uninstalling some that you rarely use?



thanks for the tip - what happened was it started to tell me there were updates available then when i tried to load them the box said it couldnt find the licence

I need to take this to someone before it conks out and just becomes a very expensvie paperweight  
bearing

Have you got important stuff on there Serf?

If not then just wipe the HD and start afresh, if you have then just back-up and then wipe and start afresh.

Do me a quick favour, open up my computer and then hover your cursor over the icon of local drive (C: ) it should tell you how much free space is available.
Butts

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:


I need to take this to someone before it conks out and just becomes a very expensvie paperweight  


If you have to take it to someone I recommend a shop called Main Systems @ 79 Street Lane 0113 225 1793 (just next to the bookies opposite the Deer Park).

Have a word with Jim there - he'll give you no bullshit advice and won't try and sell you anything uneccesarily. If you want him to repair/clean it up/upgrade he won't charge you the earth either.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

cheers butts i'll check them out

the c drive is about 50% full
Pond Life

Disc clean and defrag done?
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

yeaah donne all that

maybe its all that porn ...
Pond Life

Tried scrubbing it with a wire brush and dettol?
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Clacker wrote:
Pond Life wrote:
Tried scrubbing it with a wire brush and dettol?


Good idea.

Then try same with laptop.



how very droll  
Pond Life

Have you tried not looking at porn for hours on end?
Pond Life

Google has downplayed privacy fears after it was revealed that its Street View cars had been harvesting data from private wi-fi networks.

The search giant's boss said that he hoped no one would be prosecuted.

Eric Schmidt said that there was "no, harm, no foul", after the firm admitted that it had been collecting snippets of web activity from people's wi-fi.

A US group has called for a Federal "probe", whilst European countries are considering taking action.

"Who was harmed? Name the person," Mr Schmidt said at the company's annual Zeitgeist conference in Watford, UK.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Pond Life wrote:
Google has downplayed privacy fears after it was revealed that its Street View cars had been harvesting data from private wi-fi networks.

The search giant's boss said that he hoped no one would be prosecuted.

Eric Schmidt said that there was "no, harm, no foul", after the firm admitted that it had been collecting snippets of web activity from people's wi-fi.

A US group has called for a Federal "probe", whilst European countries are considering taking action.

"Who was harmed? Name the person," Mr Schmidt said at the company's annual Zeitgeist conference in Watford, UK.



yeah right! f--kers! didnt they start out as a cool, empowering, right-on company?
Pond Life

Don't they all? But yes, they did.
bearing

How does that news help Sir Bulldog?
Pond Life

Well, perhaps if he covered his house in tin foil his laptop problems may go now that google wont be able to pry into his business.
sheeps

I am a bit of an expert on laptops, lost the sound on mine for two days.

Did a bit of technical fault finding stuff and found that I must have pressed the mute button by accident.

Any questions?
Pond Life

Pardon? You'll have to speak in to the mouse a bit clearer than that.
bearing

sheeps wrote:
I am a bit of an expert on laptops, lost the sound on mine for two days.

Did a bit of technical fault finding stuff and found that I must have pressed the mute button by accident.

Any questions?


Genius, now Fuck Off!
sheeps

bearing wrote:
sheeps wrote:
I am a bit of an expert on laptops, lost the sound on mine for two days.

Did a bit of technical fault finding stuff and found that I must have pressed the mute button by accident.

Any questions?


Genius, now Fuck Off!


Thats not a very nice question.
sheeps

Pond Life wrote:
Pardon? You'll have to speak in to the mouse a bit clearer than that.


Classic problem.

What you need to do is get a little closer to the screen.



Your welcome.
bearing

sheeps wrote:
bearing wrote:
sheeps wrote:
I am a bit of an expert on laptops, lost the sound on mine for two days.

Did a bit of technical fault finding stuff and found that I must have pressed the mute button by accident.

Any questions?


Genius, now Fuck Off!


Thats not a very nice question.


It was a compliment, wrapped up with a free gift of an F Off, wish I'd not bothered now...  
sheeps

bearing wrote:
sheeps wrote:
bearing wrote:
sheeps wrote:
I am a bit of an expert on laptops, lost the sound on mine for two days.

Did a bit of technical fault finding stuff and found that I must have pressed the mute button by accident.

Any questions?


Genius, now Fuck Off!


Thats not a very nice question.


It was a compliment, wrapped up with a free gift of an F Off, wish I'd not bothered now...  


Am I still top dog in the F'offs?
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

my gods this is driving me MAAAAAAAAAD

i need to do all these updates and troubleshooting on my pc to get it working again

everytime it asks me to close windows explorer first - fine no problem - then close Windows Live Messenger - cant do it. Dont even believe the damn things open although sometimes it does open automatically with Windows Explorer (and dont tell me to do it with firefox - that went walkabout never to be seen again long ago. I've moved the shortcut to the recycle bin now in desperation

i've even tried to uninstall Live Messenger but cant find it!

Anyone help? Its killing my machine
Pond Life

Have you tried looking in add/remove programs in control panel?
Seal

Try this:

start menu->run
type in "msconfig"
go to the services tab and look for it, or msn, in the list

try the same on the startup tab


or (just seen this on t'web, could be bollocks)

start menu->run
type in  "RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove"
Plastic Man

Seal wrote:
or (just seen this on t'web, could be bollocks)

start menu->run
type in  "RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove"


Would you trust the health of your computer to a man who looks like this?

Pond Life

Here's another fine RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove you got me into.
Grind

Pond Life wrote:
Here's another fine RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove you got me into.


Pond Life

So if anyone has ever had to set up a new computer you'll know how annoying it can be to get all the programs and bits and pieces you want on it.

Not anymore.

This link allows you to download all your faves in one zip file.

http://ninite.com/
bearing

Pond Life wrote:
So if anyone has ever had to set up a new computer you'll know how annoying it can be to get all the programs and bits and pieces you want on it.

Not anymore.

This link allows you to download all your faves in one zip file.

http://ninite.com/


Very useful link for Windows users, would be better off posted somewhere else or as a sticky in here.
Pond Life

Aye. I'm sure i made a thread once about useful windows programs...
bearing

Pond Life wrote:
Aye. I'm sure i made a thread once about useful windows programs...


Almost an oxymoron there...
New Old Codger

Anyone else, when going on to Amazon, suddenly get a pop-up advertisement filling half the screen?  It's only just begun occurring and only happens on Amazon - it's a window into another browser I think, though i could of course be wrong.  The caption says something like 'this is Fast Toolbar' or something.  It pisses me right off!

This laptop is slowly coming to its end, but I don't think it's the pc's fault that this fecking thing is intruding all of a sudden.

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