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Man...I wish I would've been able to get online after all the fiasco that happened! :hammer: Then I would've been able to read the alternative instructions. [sighs] Ugh. Worst Christmas EVER.

 

Ian was just having too much trouble with the modem and wanted to be able to get into WinXP to handle that problem and he was tired of how limiting the Ubuntu LiveCD was. So using his friend's WinXP Home CD, we tried the Repair Installation. It helped nothing. We were stumped. Ian got so hot-tempered he decided to just entirely format the drive [after I finished my backups] and reinstall with that CD after formatting. The format went well, the installation went without a snag, we used the product key that came with his friend's disc [it wouldn't go further than the Product Key page, which meant couldn't even get into Windows to note down the Product Key--if we even had one...stupid FutureShop--and had the headache of hunting down and installing all the Drivers. Drivers...Drivers everywhere... @_@ eeeg...

 

Then I got the security software back on, and now I'm slowly installing everything I wanted to keep. While I'm doing all that, I'm making sure I scan the system so it stays clean while I do so. I want it to be perfectly good for whenever I can find a free or low-cost disk image software so I can stick it in the external hard drive for permanent backup insurance goodness.

 

I have to say, though, sometimes [way less often than I used to previous to all the mess] I still get this weird system error message: IRQL_not_equal_or_less. I think that was it. Ian moved my notebook. Ugh. I'll get back to you if I misquoted it. Ian thinks the error is related to having so many devices hooked up, paritcularly more than one mouse. I have no idea if he's right or not.

 

Also, a fresh problem popped up [computers hate me, I swear] during the course of my work to restore what we wanted to keep [using fresh installs] and its an error that shows up right after booting and Windows loading up: Rthdcpl E Access Violation. That makes no sense to me and Ian has no clue too.

 

So I imagine the advice has to radically change now. What's the situation for me now?

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1. Firstly, was your Windows XP Home a legitimate copy? If so, it should have come along with a Certificate of Authenticity(COA). For OEM machines, there's usually a COA sticker on your computer case with the license type and Product Key on it.

 

More info about COA's: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtote...;displaylang=en

 

2. Regarding a free disk-imaging software: Clonezilla live

 

3. Yes, you are mostly right. The STOP 0x0000000A: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error is probably caused by conflicting hardware. Try removing hardware that you recently installed to see if it helps. (What do you want 2 mice for?) Make sure that your device drivers are the latest versions available.

 

4. About the RTHDCPL EAccess Violation error, it's related to the software of your on-board audio component. Try to see if a newer version of the software is available from the Realtek download page. If you're unable to solve this, you may wish to disable the Realtek High Definition Audio Control Panel from running automatically at startup.

 

Good luck! B)

 

Edit: Also remember to install Windows XP Service Pack 2 if it's not already preinstalled.

Edited by teohhanhui

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I think teohhanui was indicating if you can not active that copy of XP all your work was wasted. Backup drivers to CDs.

 

Well, if you have a legitimate license, it shouldn't be a problem. B) I forgot to mention, but you can just use this tool from Microsoft to change the Product Key:

Windows Product Key Update Tool for Windows XP

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1. Firstly, was your Windows XP Home a legitimate copy? If so, it should have come along with a Certificate of Authenticity(COA). For OEM machines, there's usually a COA sticker on your computer case with the license type and Product Key on it.

 

More info about COA's: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtote...;displaylang=en

 

2. Regarding a free disk-imaging software: Clonezilla live

 

3. Yes, you are mostly right. The STOP 0x0000000A: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error is probably caused by conflicting hardware. Try removing hardware that you recently installed to see if it helps. (What do you want 2 mice for?) Make sure that your device drivers are the latest versions available.

 

4. About the RTHDCPL EAccess Violation error, it's related to the software of your on-board audio component. Try to see if a newer version of the software is available from the Realtek download page. If you're unable to solve this, you may wish to disable the Realtek High Definition Audio Control Panel from running automatically at startup.

 

Good luck! B)

 

Edit: Also remember to install Windows XP Service Pack 2 if it's not already preinstalled.

 

1. Well, when this computer got bought at Future Shop [here in Canada] they gave me a partial WinXP on a partition called D. I found out it was incomplete and wouldn't help with the repair installation. So I had to go to one of Ian's friends and borrow his Windows XP Home disc. Its the real thing. Its very foily-looking and pretty. It came with no SP packs, so after putting in the Win XP and his product key, I had to install SP2. As for the sticker you mention on the computer, I'm not aware of one and nothing was removed from the case yet. I'll ask Ian if he can find such a sticker. May I ask why it matters which product key I use? I mean, if I wasn't given a CD nor a Recovery CD, then it seems I wouldn't have a product key. Oh, and yes, Windows XP got activated. I was annoyed by the "You have 30 days!" message.

 

2. Ooh! Thank you very very much! Now I can have more-reliable backups than the costly restore points. Yay!

 

3. I had 2 mice because one was Ian's preferred one, the other was my preferred USB optical mouse. I prefer the optical ones since I don't have a ball to clean. Ian doesn't mind cleaning :filtered:. How do I make sure the device drivers are the most up to date? It seems difficult to tell.

 

4. Oh... so that's why I'm getting that. I'll have a looky and see if there's a more up to date version for the audio driver. It seems motherboard-housed devices are a pain in the rear compared to the ones you buy that are separate; they have installation CDs...motherboard ones don't. You have to do a hunt thing and download what you think may be the right ones. I know I'd like to know how to make MSN, Yahoo, you get the idea, from running automatically at startup. They drive me bonkers after every reboot.

 

With this computer now having 50 GB left on it or less [was originally 70 GB], I'm not sure how wise it is to make this a dual-boot system this time around [unable to do it previously]. From what I understand, though Ubuntu Linux is better and worth getting familiar with...it requires a lot of hard disk space. I hope I'm wrong about the hard disk space requirement. I'd better check their documentation. I'll need to get familiar with it just in case Windows XP becomes no longer supported [which might mean security issues] and I don't want Vista. I know my worries are a bit premature but Microsoft had said they'd be discontinuing support for Windows XP in June of 2008.

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microsoft has extended support for win xp tell 4-8-2014 and sp3 is around the corner

 

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=3221

 

so you have a bit to go tell then :)

 

Oh, that's cool! 2014! That's a nice long way off. I'm glad they extended it again. Yay! [dances] la la la.

 

What would I have to tell them? [confused] I don't get it.

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I think it was a spelling mistake (tell=till). I am a American & find spelling a real pain & then there are typing errors.

 

Ugh...so that's what was meant. I'm an American myself; I also find spelling a pain just because there's too many ways to spell a word and so many foreign words get spliced into American English. It annoys me so much that I adopted British English. The only thing that confuses me about it is that it used to be traditional to never write with contractions; that contractions are only spoken. British tell me that rule was thrown out but I can't find it thrown out in any of the British grammar textbooks I've looked in. So I try to follow the rule. I do forget, sometimes, as evident by this paragraph I just typed. :blink:

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Ugh...so that's what was meant. I'm an American myself; I also find spelling a pain just because there's too many ways to spell a word and so many foreign words get spliced into American English. It annoys me so much that I adopted British English. The only thing that confuses me about it is that it used to be traditional to never write with contractions; that contractions are only spoken. British tell me that rule was thrown out but I can't find it thrown out in any of the British grammar textbooks I've looked in. So I try to follow the rule. I do forget, sometimes, as evident by this paragraph I just typed. :blink:

 

Now I can't get Firefox to download anything and Java's being a crashy pain since today. Ian was doing something "fleshy" yesternight and it caused Comodo AntiVirus and Firefox to crash. I couldn't get Comodo AntiVirus to come back up; it just gives me a missing driver message. Deciding its too weak, I switched to AVG. Its working well, but I still can't get Firefox fixed. I have to use Opera to download stuff.

 

I wish I wasn't having all this trouble. :cr@sh:

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If "fleshy" means porn site then you might be infected already, especially if something was downloaded.

 

Yes, it means porn. He also installed The Complete Encyclopedia of Games. I wonder if these should've gone through the Compatibility Wizard. It says 1995 on it. I'll see what I can do. If getting this to work fails, I may have to uninstall it.

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if you got a windows xp cd

with product key (thats your own)

i would get another harddrive

format the the new harddrive

with the windows xp cd

the product key is unique to computer

not necessarily to hard drive

you may have load drivers for

sound

graphics

maybe ethernet controllers

but the end results will be satisfactory

Edited by mme

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if you got a windows xp cd

with product key (thats your own)

i would get another harddrive

format the the new harddrive

with the windows xp cd

the product key is unique to computer

not necessarily to hard drive

you may have load drivers for

sound

graphics

maybe ethernet controllers

but the end results will be satisfactory

 

I guess you didn't read the whole thread. I don't have a Windows XP Home CD of my own, I don't know if I have a Windows XP Home CD Product Key of my own either, and no Windows XP Home Recovery CD was given. Why are you suggesting I get another hard drive? We already got a new external hard drive that we're using for backups.

 

The drivers are being searched for and they'll gradually be fully updated. When we have the right ones, we'll back those up to the External Hard Drive. Its dumb that drivers aren't automatically included on a CD like they are when you buy the various parts separately.

 

"you may have load drivers"? Please use simple English. I can't read this.

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So using his friend's WinXP Home CD, we tried the Repair Installation. It helped nothing. We were stumped. Ian got so hot-tempered he decided to just entirely format the drive [after I finished my backups] and reinstall with that CD after formatting. The format went well, the installation went without a snag, we used the product key that came with his friend's disc [it wouldn't go further than the Product Key page, which meant couldn't even get into Windows to note down the Product Key--if we even had one...stupid FutureShop--and had the headache of hunting down and installing all the Drivers. Drivers...Drivers everywhere... @_@ eeeg...

see you borrowed a windows xp home cd

you may have load drivers

it was suppose to read as you may have to load drivers

 

if your infected ...you should post a hijackthis log in the hijack forum

Edited by mme

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seremina, did you receive the router I sent? I'm showing that they attempted to deliver it today.....? Oh, and sweetie, tell Mr. Ian to stay off those Porn sites.....they can be very hazardous... :mrsgreen:

 

:geezer:

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seremina, did you receive the router I sent? I'm showing that they attempted to deliver it today.....? Oh, and sweetie, tell Mr. Ian to stay off those Porn sites.....they can be very hazardous... :mrsgreen:

 

:geezer:

 

I'll be able to pick it up tomorrow. Its at the post office. I guess I forgot to ask you to write on the parcel "Please leave in mailbox or below it if it doesn't fit". It was too cold to go get it today. As soon as I have it, I'll need your tutorial for how to hook it up or maybe Ian could do it.

 

All I can do is ask him to be careful on those porn sites. I can't really ask him to stop. Since Opera is more secure than even Firefox, he'll try his porning on Opera instead. I'm hoping that'll be better. :surrender:

 

So far, though, I think the computer's clean. I guess I just have some issues. Like how do I avoid triggering the IRQ issue? I know this PC has 4 USB ports but it seems unable to handle more than 2 hookups. Yet people sell USB hubs. How will I know what the limit is?

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hello :)

 

 

for someone that looks at bad stuff have you seen returnil vuirtual systems

from there web site

 

The Returnil Virtual System Personal Edition is a powerful virtualization

technology that completely mirrors your actual computer setup and it can create

a virtual storage disk within your PC where you can save documents, data, and files

while using the System Protection feature.

 

http://www.returnilvirtualsystem.com/index...rvspersonal.htm

 

if i think i'm going to a bad place i can turn returnil on and do what ever i like

then after you just turn returnil off and restart and it's all gone

 

good luck :)

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hello :)

for someone that looks at bad stuff have you seen returnil vuirtual systems

from there web site

 

The Returnil Virtual System Personal Edition is a powerful virtualization

technology that completely mirrors your actual computer setup and it can create

a virtual storage disk within your PC where you can save documents, data, and files

while using the System Protection feature.

 

http://www.returnilvirtualsystem.com/index...rvspersonal.htm

 

if i think i'm going to a bad place i can turn returnil on and do what ever i like

then after you just turn returnil off and restart and it's all gone

 

good luck :)

 

Aww! Thank you! You have me very interested in this for Ian. I can't thank you enough. :clap:

 

Other than needing drivers tutorials and how many there should be to put onto a disc, here's my current security setup now that Ian has stopped sharing internet with other tenants in the building...

 

Comodo Firewall 3.0

AVG Antivirus [Comodo Antivirus just crashes too easily]

AVG AntiSpyware

Spyware Blaster

Comodo AntiMalware [seems so minimalistic, so I'm unsure about this one; I heard A2 is better]

Unlocker [not exactly security but helps me unfreeze things and "comp is stupid" errors]

Dvorak [keyloggers have a harder time if all they see is gibberish; they tend to read Qwerty; helps arthritis]

 

I haven't reinstalled Spybot S&D yet because the last time I had it installed [don't get me wrong, I liked it!] I had to contend with a screenful of notifications after every bootup [while Windows loads], just to tell me what settings it allowed and didn't allow. I'm also worried its too complicated for me and it seems sooo easy to mess up the computer by just flipping a "switch" in there.

 

And oh yes, the new router got received. Its very light compared to my older one. Should this be added to the security list though this computer is the only one that's hooked up to the internet account now? Or should I wait until my new laptop arrives and we want to network together [we live in the same apartment]?

 

In the HJT area, I'm trying to resolve a weird Java situation.

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Do not enable the Resident TeaTimer feature when installing Spybot - Search & Destroy (It's really annoying and not exactly helpful). However, you should use another real-time protection against spyware as AVG Anti-Spyware Free Edition does not provide that as well.

 

You may wish to try ThreatFire. It's free.

Here's a review by PC Magazine: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2191333,00.asp

 

About using a router: It's advisable even though you have only one computer. If you have any problems while using the router, the people around here should be able to help you out. :mrgreen:

Edited by teohhanhui

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Do not enable the Resident TeaTimer feature when installing Spybot - Search & Destroy (It's really annoying and not exactly helpful). However, you should use another real-time protection against spyware as AVG Anti-Spyware Free Edition does not provide that as well.

 

You may wish to try ThreatFire. It's free.

Here's a review by PC Magazine: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2191333,00.asp

 

About using a router: It's advisable even though you have only one computer. If you have any problems while using the router, the people around here should be able to help you out. :mrgreen:

 

All right. I'm surprised to know that AVG Anti-Spyware Free doesn't provide real-time protection against Spyware. That's sooo dumb and it wasn't mentioned anywhere. [unless I missed it somehow] I guess this means I'll be uninstalling it and going for something else. You suggested Spybot with the Tea Timer shut off, or ThreatFire. I had a look at the features that come with the Free. Its got a -little- in the way of limitations, but it still looks much nicer than I'd imagine. Only problem is...

 

I can't download anything with Firefox. I've been having this trouble after a while of using it. I've never had this issue with 1.5; but it seems to be an issue with the current version. 2.0.0.11, but I hope they'll come out with an upgrade. This is driving me batty. I like using Opera but it tends to glitch up after a while, especially if I've been saving pictures. That's driving me batty as well. I've done nearly everything that FF forums ask you to do to fix this issue, but still no results. I'll get the router set up as soon as Ian gets home; I don't know where all the cords go. :rolleyes: [at myself] You'd think I'd know where cords go by now.

Edited by seremina

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The Resident TeaTimer is the real-time protection of Spybot - Search & Destroy (although it's very annoying). If I know correctly, ThreatFire should be quite different as it's based on behavioural analysis (very similar to Kaspersky Anti-Virus's Proactive Defense).

 

What is the problem that is stopping you from downloading with Firefox? Try disabling all extensions to see if it's any of the add-ons causing this. As for Firefox 3 Beta 2, I haven't tried it out yet :P

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