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Ax Slinger

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  1. Ax Slinger

    Merry Christmas

    Sorry I'm late... I move a little slow these days. Merry Christmas!
  2. Ax Slinger

    Mods!

    Oh my God... Reading this thread makes me so proud! Way to kick Spammer butt, y'all!
  3. Ax Slinger

    New To WinXP - Noob Questions

    Here's an update in case anyone is interested... It turned out to be a series of compatibility issues. Nearly all of the software I have was written before Windows XP was released, and as such it needed compatibility mode to be set properly for each program. Once that was done it eliminated 95% of the BSOD's. I still get one every now and then, but now they are a rarity instead of an two to five times a day occurrence. I also found out that my old copy of Media Player Classic plays DVD's just fine, Img Burn is (for the most part) just a legal version of DVD Decrypter without the CSS decryption, and that the DVD rental store down the street has a DVD Resurfacing machine that breathes life into old DVD that the kid's got a hold of for $1.00 a pop. Thanks again...
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    New To WinXP - Noob Questions

    Thanks!
  5. Ax Slinger

    New To WinXP - Noob Questions

    The first one after turning off automatic restarts happened a few minutes ago. I was reading an article on CNN's website at the time, which is what I was doing at the time prior to the last several restarts before I turned automatic restarts off. That's why I thought it had something to do with either Firefox or poorly written websites. The BSOD said PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA. I looked that up in the M$ database and it says this indicates that invalid system memory has been referenced, and it could have been caused by defective RAM, the installation of a faulty system service, antivirus software or a corrupted NTFS volume. I did not write down all of the information in the error code. Is there something in there that could identify the cause a little better? There's nothing I can see in the Event Viewer. Or at least that I can say is related to this. I am not really sure how to use that quite yet.
  6. Ax Slinger

    New To WinXP - Noob Questions

    Oh, I forgot to add that the old computer had a Sylvania POS (I'm sure you know what that means) 17" monitor. I bought an LG 27" LED for the new one, which after about a week of having it, I look at 17" monitors and think "God, that's so small..."
  7. Ax Slinger

    New To WinXP - Noob Questions

    I didn't know about the Event Viewer until IntelGuy mentioned it. I checked it out last night and it confirmed a lot of the problems being related to various programs as I had suspected. After setting the compatibility settings for those programs that seems to have fixed most crashes. Some of my old games were written for Win95, and after nearly 10 years of running Win2k and having a lot of programs simply not work properly (and compatibility mode not helping at all) it has been nice to be able to do some of the things Win2k would not. Only about 3 of 10 games I had would run at all in Win2k. Paint Shop Pro, which crashed on a regular basis in Win2k, hasn't crashed once since I installed it in WinXP and set the compatibility settings to Win95. Overall, now that about 90% of the reboots have been resolved, and now that I am somewhat used to how WinXP works, I'm getting to where I like this new set up. Here's a comparison of the old and new computers, if you're interested... Old computer: Amptron K7 825LM Mainboard AMD Athlon 1600+ 1.4Ghz 768Mb RAM (With 32Mb used for internal S3 Graphics ProSavage Video) 2 20Gb Maxtor Hard Drives 32x TDK CD Writer New computer: MSI K7N2-FSR 8x AGP Mainboard AMD Athlon 2800+ 2.1Ghz 2.5Gb RAM Nvidia GeForce4 MX4000 8x 64MB Video Card 1 120Gb Western Digital SATA Hard Drive (I may add in the 2 20Gb Maxtor Hard Drives later, as they still work fine.) Sony 48x CD / 16x Dual Layer DVD ±R Writer (Which I know nothing about, and I don't have any DVD software at all.) And yes, I am aware that this system was obsolete when I bought it seven years ago, so it stands to reason that it certainly is obsolete now... But it was cheap, and it's what I have to work with now. I don't think me Missus will let me buy another one after I left this one in the box for seven years...
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    New To WinXP - Noob Questions

    I heard about that and checked the mainboard, power supply, and all the cards. All were ok, thankfully. I think most of the hardware was actually made in 2004 or earlier as well. I know the mainboard was, but the rest I am not 100% sure about.
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    New To WinXP - Noob Questions

    I haven't run a pit test on it yet. I'm not real big on beta programs, having had some pretty bad luck with them in the past. I do have SP3 though, and it is fully updated. In fact, an update is installing as I type this. Oh, I didn't know that it would do that. So in that case, let me rephrase my previous statement. I would like to try to figure this out, but I didn't say I wanted to (or could) do it alone. If I could do it myself, then I probably wouldn't have started this thread and asked these questions... Because as I said before, I don't know much about WinXP. So please forgive my ignorance in these matters. And thank you for that bit of information, Joe. That was most helpful.
  10. Ax Slinger

    New To WinXP - Noob Questions

    I know about that, but that won't solve the problem. Whatever is causing the reboots would still be happening, I just wouldn't know about it. I would rather try and figure out why it's doing that in the first place. As I said before, I think it's software issues. A lot of the problems were solved by setting compatibility mode for various programs. I just haven't figured out all of them yet... Then again, it could be a simple matter of my having left this computer sitting in the box for far too long. I already admitted that my memory is mush, so I guess it's ok if I say that I have no clue what it is that you feel you feel the need to apologize for. But whatever it is, don't worry about it. Even if you were one of the people who were a pain in the petunias back when I was an Admin here, that was at least seven years ago, a lot has happened since then and I assure you it has long since been forgotten. (Assuming I ever remembered it in the first place...) One thing I can say with absolute certainty though, when I was an Admin here, I was never one to tell people to "stay on topic". I believe the topic is always whatever you want to talk about. If you do nothing but talk about computers all the time, people will know you're a computer geek... Or is it computer nerd? In almost 30 years I never quite figured out the difference. (IF there is one.) As far as the rest goes, I'll pass on any newer version of Windows until I am forced to upgrade, which is pretty much where I was about two months ago... And I'll pass on the Linux as well. As the old saying goes, "Been there, done that". It's great for Internet servers, but I wasn't all that impressed with it for home use. You are not the first to suggest that route, but it isn't for me. However, I have been to Graceland, if that means anything... Thank ya, thank ya very much...
  11. Ax Slinger

    New To WinXP - Noob Questions

    Nope, no BSODs. I don't think it's over heating because there is a fan on the CPU (with a vent built into the side of the case), one in the power supply, an 120mm in the back and an 80mm in the front side of the case. The reboots seem to be software related most of the time, but I don't know for sure. It would reboot after running fine for several hours after I started an older program. I fixed most of those with compatibility settings, either for Win95 or Win2k. But it does it a lot in Firefox, which is compatible with WinXP. (But I could upgrade it and see if that helps.) It could also be from poorly written code for websites. I go to CNN a lot and a lot of people complain about how their web pages are written. I've been to a few of them that have caused problems for me before. This is the computer (I think) I told you about a few years back that I bought in 2005. There was some problem with my old computer that it didn't have any CD drives until Win2k loaded. So I bought this one thinking it was on it's way out. But I couldn't get it to connect to the Internet, so I decided to just put it away and wait for the old one to die. I'll say this for it though, after all the problems I had running Win2k, WinXP works great. When it isn't rebooting, that is... I don't worry about whether Micro$oft is supporting it anymore, as long as it works ok. I'm pretty sure Win2k was obsolete long before I switched to WinXP. Besides, I tried Win7 and didn't like it. Maybe if I could find a 32bit version, but I couldn't get any of my older software to work in 64bit at all. That of course, does not mean it wasn't my fault, bein' a Noob and all, but I didn't like it in any case. It sure feels weird bein' a Noob after using computers since 1986.
  12. As the title suggests, I am new to Windows XP, and have a couple of Noob questions. 1: Why is XP so reboot happy? Every time I think I have figured out the cause and it runs fine for a few days, then it starts doing it again and it will reboot four or five times a day. Can anyone shed any light on this? It is driving me batty... 2: There is a folder under C:\Windows named $hf_mig$ that has over 100 folders under it named KBxxxxxxx that all contain different copies of mostly the same files, with different date and time stamps. There is also over 100 folders under C:\Windows named $NtUninstallKBxxxxxx$ that each have a different file, most dated 7\7\2012, the day I set up the computer and installed Windows, but there are files that go back to 2005. All of these folders seem to be related to one file, named spuninst.exe. Are all these necessary? That's all I can think of at the moment, but I'm sure I'll think of more... Since XP is new territory to me, and my memory ain't exactly what it used to be. (As in mostly mush, lately.)
  13. Ax Slinger

    Where is TechExpress?

    Cool... That means my mod will still be worth something. Even though IPS took the wind out of my sails when they made IPB 2.1.x Custom Profile Fields so easy to set up... They made some of the mods I spent so long trying to get to work in IPB 1.3.1 completely obsolete. Take the flag mod for example. Instead of editing several files and such, all you have to do set up a CPF, upload your flags and it's done. It takes about two minutes...
  14. Ax Slinger

    Where is TechExpress?

    Actually, I was talking about not being able to find the test website TechExpress page, not the help page. Since I don't work here anymore, and things change that I am not always aware of, I've always checked to make sure the TechExpress page is where the help page says it is first before I post the link to the help page, because of situations like this. I had no idea that the test site had been updated, and yesterday when I looked for it I couldn't find the TechExpress page. However, I just found it after reading This Post. So the test website TechExpress page is Here. That copy of the TechExpress help page you posted is outdated. The link in the upper left corner () is the most recent copy, which is now an IPB page instead of a plain old HTML file. But then again, since the test website has been updated, that is also at least partially outdated now too... Oh well. I tried.
  15. Ax Slinger

    Where is TechExpress?

    Back when I was an Administrator here I went to an awful lot of trouble to write a forum modification to add TechExpress links into member profiles. Normally I would point you to the link on the Member Bar above. But I just looked at the PC Pitstop test website and I can't even find the TechExpress page anymore. Did they do away with it? I haven't tested my computer lately and I don't have time for it at the moment, but if it still shows you a TechExpress link (assuming they haven't changed the set up) just follow the instructions to add it to your forum profile.
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