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Old February 8th, 2008, 02:44 PM   #726
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Can someone school me on monitors? I'm ready to buy a new one. I was thinking of maybe 22" LCD from newegg.com.
I've noticed widescreens are cheaper than full screen. Any reason to buy one over the other? I had a 17" LCD 'til it died, now I'm staring at an old 13" CRT 'til I get a new one.

Any recommendations on brand, style, features, etc.?
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Old February 11th, 2008, 12:24 PM   #727
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I need advice on a reliable DSL company, and one that is not evil

see my sig at the bottom, AT&T sucks. They put me through hell to get my stinking lousy 50 buck rebate back. I read on complaint forums that I would never get it and they stall until you give up. No way, I needed the money plus it was the principle!

Today I get a letter from them more or less congratulating me on getting a price increase in less than 3 weeks of $5 more. Hey folks, does this sound just like the evil natzee greedy pricks that ran AOL? (aol?? whatzat?) Glad THEY went to shit where they belong. Now I know where their managers went

I want out... If I could tell them to stuff my landline phone at the same time, I'd LOVE to.... but I need to stay in the white pages so customers can find me since I've moved. Any ideas on a good server? , please...
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Old February 11th, 2008, 01:02 PM   #728
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Has anyone tried the new freebie Ad-Aware ?

Seems like they quit updating definitions on the older version.
Yep I noticed that too (downloads) and downloaded the new version.

It is different but seems to still be good. I have used it several time on customer computers.

Biggest thing is the interface and the way you tell it to scan. Fee version doesn't seem to update automatically and you can no longer choose "select all" and it select the lower tabs also. You have to do them separately

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Old February 21st, 2008, 05:48 PM   #729
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Hey guys!! I'm looking to put together a DVD for my friends punk band. I want to include a couple videos, songs and pics. I don't want to just copy and paste them onto a disc. What I'm looking to do is have a menu just like a store bought DVD.

My question is, is there a program I need to put this together? If so, do you know of any decent ones?

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Old February 21st, 2008, 09:06 PM   #730
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that's called DVD authoring, (putting menus, etc). I don't know of any free ones, maybe if you have Nero or Roxio there maybe something there?? I personally use TMPGEnc. But search for authoring to get better search results
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 06:55 AM   #731
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I am planning on purchasing a new home puter here in the next week or two. I am not up on the current processors, chips, video and audio cards etc. I think I want a desktop not a laptop. I really only use the puter for internet, email, music, and digital photos. I have been looking at the Dells but really not sure what brand to buy. Anyone have any suggestions or direction for me?
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 08:31 AM   #732
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They're all over-kill for basic stuff like internet, email, audio, photo. Dell are decent for desktops. Dual processors, etc etc, all too powerful and doesn't matter for the average home user. I don't have any brand preference, I usually build my own, but most store brands has been reliable for awhile, just stick with major brands
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 02:30 PM   #733
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that's called DVD authoring, (putting menus, etc). I don't know of any free ones, maybe if you have Nero or Roxio there maybe something there?? I personally use TMPGEnc. But search for authoring to get better search results
Thanks Nick. I actually have Roxio Basic 9 that came with the computer.
I never thought to use it thinking it was for CD's (CD creator Basic).

It IS pretty limited so I may just step up to Roxio 10 and get things rolling.

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that's called DVD authoring, (putting menus, etc). I don't know of any free ones, maybe if you have Nero or Roxio there maybe something there?? I personally use TMPGEnc. But search for authoring to get better search results
Try here: http://www.osalt.com/
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Cool!! Thanks for the link Unk.
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I went to buy a new monitor today and ended up with a whole new computer. I bought a Dell Inspiron 531, 24" HD LCD widescreen monitor, AMD Athlon 64 Dual_Core 5600+, 3GB, DDR2 SDRAM @ 667MHz, 500GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM), 16X DVD+/-RW,blah, blah...

I don't have anything on the computer yet but this 24" monitor is awesome!!
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When I Ctrl-Alt-Del to pull up Windows Task Manager (XPHomesp2), it shows "CPU Usage: 100%" - ALL the time. Is that a problem, or not? All I have running is OutlookExpress, a half-dozen tabs of Firefox, and a few GoogleDesktop apps.

The computer is a Dell Dimension 2400 (2.4 GHz Celeron) with 512M of RAM.

I don't remember seeing 100% usage before I switched to ZoneAlarm Security Suite . . . .
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OK, I have this new computer. What are the 10 (or so) programs that I absolutely should not be without? Free is great but not the only deciding factor.
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OK, I have this new computer. What are the 10 (or so) programs that I absolutely should not be without? Free is great but not the only deciding factor.

Less is more.



Spybot and Ad-Aware for sure.
I like the freebie AVG Antivirus.

Anything else depends on what you want to do.
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When I Ctrl-Alt-Del to pull up Windows Task Manager (XPHomesp2), it shows "CPU Usage: 100%" - ALL the time. Is that a problem, or not? All I have running is OutlookExpress, a half-dozen tabs of Firefox, and a few GoogleDesktop apps.

The computer is a Dell Dimension 2400 (2.4 GHz Celeron) with 512M of RAM.

I don't remember seeing 100% usage before I switched to ZoneAlarm Security Suite . . . .
100% sounds bad.

How many processes running ?
Might have too much crap in the start up routine.
Anything over 30 is a waste.
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Spybot and Ad-Aware for sure.
I like the freebie AVG Antivirus.
Anything else depends on what you want to do.


I have all 3, and they do a good job!
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100% sounds bad.

How many processes running ?
Might have too much crap in the start up routine.
Anything over 30 is a waste.
41, but I don't know which ones are essential and which ones should be deleted.
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You can download this program, end it all, and it will shut down all non essential processes to give you more resources. It might try to shut down some programs you want to use but you can set it to ignore whatever programs you want.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,697,00.asp
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Old March 10th, 2008, 06:32 AM   #744
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I dunno if this belongs in the company reviews section, but since it's computer related, i figured i'd post it here first and see if it gets moved...

I just purchased a system from www. partspc .com (spaces included to not link to them..)

the prices are great, but the customer service is friggin wretchedly horrible!

it's been a 12 day game of phone tag with customer service people who have no grasp of english grammar and fail to understand seemingly simple questions, such as: I selected some components that weren't part of the package, will I need to install these myself? Or will you install them while you are building my computer? (they responded with something about a tracking number for shipping.)

I should have done this first, but after argueing with them for a few days, i did some review searching online and discovered that the parent company apparently starts pc building websites, runs them until they get enough complaints, and then renames the store.

just wanted to throw a warning about them out to everyone! hopefully i get my computer soon, i've got classes i need to do online and i don't like staying 5 hours after work to use works computers..
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well its relatively easy to see which process is eating up your CPU cycles. When you cntrl alt del and you are looking at the task manager just choose the "process" tab and then reorder the list by clicking on the "CPU" column header. Now the list will be in order by the highest CPU use to the lowest or the opposite in which case click on the CPU header again to reverse it.

You can check the mem usasge the same way by clicking on the memory header.

You have several issues right out of the gate. A celeron is not a very powerful chip on its best day and you only have 512 of RAM which while XP runs fine on that, it does not multitask worth a damn.

They are no right or wrong number of processes on a machine that is actively running/multitasking software. Do a reboot and have a look and see what is going on without launching anything. I suspect you might find something lurking. There are numerous types of malicious software that will eat up any left over cpu cycles
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I have all 3, and they do a good job!
yep me to. When I had the store I installed that combo on 100's of computers. Works well.
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41, but I don't know which ones are essential and which ones should be deleted.
I currently have 51 running and there is nothing running that is not required to some degree. It just cause I have software launched and running. Some is obvious like two instances of Firefox with 30+ tabs between them, dreamweaver and outlook, some not so obvious like Apache, mySQL server etc, ad then the auto startup processes like AVG, MS's ActiveSync, Magic ISO, PowerISO, Quicknotes and my shell DirOpus.

That is a lighter load then norml for me as I usually have those plus photohop and iexplorer running as well plus Fireworks is commonly active as well.
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Another must have is Winpatrol.
Install that one first.

It alerts you when anything is
being added to the start up routine.
You get to decide,yes,or no.

Probably available on download.com
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Right now I have 26 processes running,on XP;
CPU % varies between 0 and 2%.

When installing new software,I always select the Advance set up,
accept all the default settings except "add to start up routine".

If I want to use some software,I will turn it on my self.
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. . . choose the "process" tab and then reorder the list by clicking on the "CPU" column header. Now the list will be in order by the highest CPU use to the lowest or the opposite in which case click on the CPU header again to reverse it. . . .
Thanks for the tip on putting the CPU column in size order. That made it clear the only "big eaters" were vsmon and zlclient (Zone Alarm security system).

For some reason, ZA was running both as a tab along the bottom (I had Run on Startup checked) and as an icon in the system tray (lower right corner of screen). By triple right clicking the tab, I brought up a menu that included Send to Tray. After getting rid of the ZA tab, (and making sure ZA was still running in the background), my CPU usage dropped to the 50-70% range and performance is now back to normal (fairly zippy by my standards).

Thanks to all who responded!
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