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Ollie Stench



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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:31 am    Post subject: a really stupid question Reply with quote

that I don't know the answer to...

How can I get my anti-virii software (AVG Free) to automatically launch when my computer boots up?
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go to the Windows > Start > select RUN > type "msconfig" > select the "startup" tab > now look for "avgcc" and make sure it is selected.

If you don't have the "avgcc" in the startup list or if it was already selected... uninstall AVG and re-install the newest version from the AVG website.

Hope this helps
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As always muchos gracias for the dissemination of vital information.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, so before I leave work and have to relinquish my beloved laptop, I would like to burn all the tunes I have off my hard drive. I'd love to be able to do this on a DVD (or 2) so I can fit as much as I can on as few disks as possible. However when I pull my files into the DVD/CD drive to burn it won't let me because when I insert the blank DVD it tells me to insert a blank CD.

WHAT THE F? Do I not have the right program to burn to DVD's? If this is the case than I'll do this shit at work off the network, but I'd rather not.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Are you sure you have a DVD burner and not a DVD Player/CD-R?
2. Have you burned DVD with this brand of blank media before?
3. Are you sure the media is blank?
4. Is this blank DVD a DVD-R or DVD-RW?

If you do have a DVD-R or DVD-RW drive and a blank DVD-R that isn't being recognized... you'll need to hunt for a possible firmware update for that drive or you might want to try another brand of blank media.

It is very common for a DVD burner to fail and stop recognizing blank DVD. It is also very common for older DVD buners to NOT recognize newer blank media.

Report back if you can.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That seems like a lot of stuff I just don't know. F-it I'll burn it at work at our burning station on a weekend or something. I know for a fact that works.

Thanks for the help though, I thought maybe it was just a quick setting I could fix. I do have all the shit on my iPod, just wanted to have a back up to that.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another really stupid question that I could probably just google...

Why does my mouse pointer sometimes float around by itself when my optical mouse isn't moving?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I looked this up once cause I had the same issue. There were three primary things that people noted:

1 - light sources reflecting into your optical mouse's sensor. This seems logical, but it is strange since I usually am sitting in the dark at home when this is happening. Perhaps light from the monitor.

2 - Drivers. This sounds like BS to me. But I suppose for some situations it is the driver. Unlikely I would think, but anything is possible.

3 - Windows settings for the mouse. In particular the "System Theme". I find this unlikely also. But again who knows.

I tried to remedy the problem but never have figured it out. Perhaps someone else here will have a definitive answer. Until then, it doesn't bother me enough to really care about it at this point.
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Ollie Stench



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It doesn't bother me at all, it just piqued my curiosity a bit.

I don't know if its a reflection issue as I have had it happen on matte mouse pads as well as bare desk tops and tables.
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susan the bear



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You forgot the obvious reason: ghosts.


My ROM & burner do not recognize a lot of my old stuff anymore,
or only one specific brand, etc.

Hopefully that information can be retrieved someday
when I get a new ROM/burner, otherwise that's a lot
of stuff that's just gone gone gone. ouch.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: a really stupid question Reply with quote

Ollie Stench wrote:
that I don't know the answer to...

How can I get my anti-virii software (AVG Free) to automatically launch when my computer boots up?


GO try Avast, It's free and you can set it to do a boot sector scan on startup. I don't think AVG Free has the option to scan the boot sector or start on bootup.

http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good call on the Avast. It found some malware in my boot sector.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The perks of working at a help desk with a bunch of computer geeks, one of whom had boot sector problems recently.
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Ollie Stench



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another really stupid question:

How do I tell what type of cd/dvd-rw drives are in my box short of physically taking them out? I need to buy a new burner and don't know if I need IDE, SATA, etc.

And for what it may be worth, its a Dell Dimension 2400 that I got for free.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ollie go to your "device manager" in Windows and click the little plus signs next to your drives. It should say in the description whether the drive is IDE or ATA.
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