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Computer Issues? Post Them Here! Answered

This thread will be designed for anybody who has any computer issues. I love to help people work out the kinks in their computers, software, hardware and anything else. I am constantly on this site (at least 20 times a day, except when I am sleeping of course!) so you won't have to worry about a slow response. Anyone can give answers, I am just here to be the beginning helper. Ask Away! -Brennn10

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TOCO
TOCO

10 years ago

I am running dual boot ubuntu/xp on my personal laptop. On a desktop I am using only ubuntu 10.4. I want to run exe files in ubuntu but everytime that I try wine on any version of ubuntu it doesnt work. It isnt a big deal but I would like to take the desktop running around 2.5ghz to LAN parties instead of my laptop running around 1.4ghz. I have also tried playonlinux but it just installs wine and helps me install games that are newer and I have cd's for. I want to run unreal tournament 1999 goty. Does any one have any solution?

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fretmelter
fretmelter

14 years ago

hmmmm ok srry let me explain more ok i have this password recovery tool and its an .exe file. So i want to run it in linux. Slax linux to be more exact There is a program called "wine" and it is supposed to let you run windows apps in linux. But they didnt have a version compatible with mine so it didnt work I hope that helped a little.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

A Windows password recovery tool will be useless in Linux even if you were able to run it. The reason is that Linux/UNIX use entirely different password schemes than Windows, stores them in a different location and are not easily decoded, as the Windows password is. If you forget your password in a Linux/UNIX account, your only option is to replace the old password and say goodbye to any password encoded files. This is also why it's so difficult to hack into a Linux or UNIX system.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

14 years ago

Anyway, does anyone have any computer issues? I will be more than happy to help you out with them.

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Yerboogieman
Yerboogieman

Reply 13 years ago

hey im working on a project and a red glowing and smoke is coming from the side of my computer should i save and shut down or keep working?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. This is a good thing. . Smoke has a tendency to build up in electronic components and needs to be vented periodically. Most ppl don't go to the trouble of venting the smoke and consequently their computers start to slow down. This is usually blamed on virii and other assorted malware, but it's really the built up smoke. Do NOT breathe the smoke - it contains excess "holes" from the semiconductors. . Think of the red glow as a second "power on" indicator. If you can increase the current through the part that is glowing, you can change the color to orange, yellow, or even white.

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ll.13
ll.13

13 years ago

I run Pardus Linux with True Combat:Elite installed on it. However if i try taking a screenshot in-game (F11) I am told it will be in the same place as on Windows, the installation directory, this is not so. My installation directory is /usr/local/games/enemy-territory (it is an ET mod) with symbolic link @ /usr/local/bin which is default on S.U. install, I have tried running the game as S.U. but it still doesn't work. :/ Thank you.

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HamO
HamO

Reply 13 years ago

I'm not familiar with Pardus Linux, can you press the "Print Screen" key and the screen being copied to the paste buffer to get a screen shot?

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 13 years ago

last time I tried prt scr it didn't work, so I was just using Ksnapshot.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 13 years ago

Well to test it, you can press print screen, and then go to your Paint application and press Ctrl+V. Then again you are using Linux, and I am not familiar with that OS.

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 13 years ago

no, no I tried that again right after Ham0 posted. (; maybe I'll ask Lord of Kaos again.

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jiidali
jiidali

13 years ago

is it possible to creat a batch file that shuts down computers remotely and restart them as and when need in a network enverionment. if any one knows please help beacuse i am very very weak in writting batch file.

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gyromild
gyromild

Reply 13 years ago

You can remote shutdown with VBScript through Windows Scripting Host. It is better suited for this purpose.
I've written a short script for you, hope it helps (the script shut down ONE computer remotely, let me know if you need help tweaking it to shut multiple computers):

****************script starts here*************

computerName = "thatcomputer"

Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" & "{authenticationLevel=impersonate}!\\"& computerName &"\root\cimv2")
Set objWin = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select Name From Win32_OperatingSystem")

For Each sys In objWin
On Error Resume Next
sys.Win32ShutDown(5)
Next

WScript.Echo ("Shutting Down: " & computerName)
WScript.Quit

****************script ends here*************

Copy and paste the script (without the start and end separators) into notepad, replace "thatcomputer" with the name of the remote computer you want to shut.
You can also change the parameter of the Win32ShutDown() method.. I used 5 to force shutdown. Parameter reference:

5=Forced Shutdown
0=Log-off
4=Forced Log-off
1=Shutdown
2=Reboot
6=Forced Reboot
8=Power Off
12=Forced Power Off

Edit accordingly and Save As > Save As Type > All files
Name it as, whatever.vbs (note the vbs extension)
Double click to run the script.

If by any chance, the script doesn't work, that means you have to enable Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) on the remote computer.
That will be too long to describe here, so here are the steps.

To remotely turn-on a computer, it need to have a Wake On Lan enabled NIC, (Network Interface Card) and/or motherboard. The script for that is a bit trickier as involve constructing the magic packet, so might as well you download the tool.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Although I don't know how to do it, shutting down should be trivial, it's the restart that will be a problem, since the computer is shutdown.
. I think you will need a NIC with "Wake-on-LAN" and a mobo that supports it. Just a guess, based on what I've read.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

I dont think so. If you did it in a bat file it would likely be through "shutdown.exe". If you put "shutdown.exe -r" then the computer restarts instead of shutting down.

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VIRON
VIRON

14 years ago

How do you remove "overlapping partitions" on multiboot hard drives? I think I have 2 computers in this condition and since then the partition tools just don't do anything anymore. The drives resist reformatting also, although I haven't given up on that solution perhaps by changing the drive geometry settings. I think the problem was an unintended consequence of installing an interesting variety of operating systems with different filesystems on the various partitions.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

If you actually do have overlapping partitions, your only solution is to backup and reinitialize the drive. 1) Do no write anything to the second and later partitions. As it is, everything there is questionable. 2) Backup the second and later partitions first. Everything you need must be copied to another drive. Do not make an image backup. Only files. 3) Backup the primary partition. Don't bother trying to backup the Operating System or Applications that you can reinstall from CD. The chances of getting all the pieces you need are remote anyway. Backup all the data. Again, only files. 4) Depending on your OS, you need to boot the OS CD and get to the disk utilities of it. For Windows, this would be FDISK. For Mac this would be ideally "Disk Utility." Whichever, you need to repartition the drive from scratch. 5) Once it's partitioned properly, you should be able to install your OS normally. Note that there is no real beneficial reason with modern OS' to use more than one partition. Either Windows XP, Vista or Mac OS X handle VM (scratch), and defragging quite well internally and not longer suffer from over-sized blocks on big drives, like earlier OS'.

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VIRON
VIRON

Reply 14 years ago

All the right tools like FDISK didn't work until I broke up the siamese twin partition using "the wrong tool", which I just thought of today. I respectfully disagree with #5 having nothing but such awful experiences that I desperately needed all those alternatives on all those partitions.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

Glad to hear (read) you resolved your problem. Which "wrong tool" did you use to break up the problem partitions?

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VIRON
VIRON

Reply 14 years ago

An embarrassing cute one on a little cd that if I had a sister she would use. Anyhow I think there wasn't enough code in it to look for weird stuff like that and refuse to do anything about it.

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junebug22
junebug22

14 years ago

I have a question..How too... What do I need to make my 8 track tapes.. Put them on a cd disk.. I need to know what to buy and how to do it... The easy way... I am one that needs Pictures..Thanks Junebug22

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

Scour the junk/pawn shops. You need an 8 Track player to transfer those tapes. No standard tape player will do. The layout of the tracks and speed won't be compatible with any other type of player.

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junebug22
junebug22

Reply 14 years ago

ok. i need to know what kind of 8 track player I need... Thanks

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

Any 8-track player will do. If it's got line out, feed that into the Line In on the computer. If it's got speaker out, you still just feed it into the Line In, but adjust the volume very low to get a clean copy. There were also "Quadraphonic" 8 Track players. These were an early implementation of a Surround-Sound technique. It was actually quite good, but before its time. Unless you have a lot of Quadraphonic tapes, don't concern yourself over it.

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junebug22
junebug22

Reply 14 years ago

Thanks...for the input.. Will that also work for the concept tapes...? do you down load them to your hard drive fist..? then burn them on a cd disk..? I am new to this kind of thing ...Need help... Junebug22

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

Any 8-track will have pretty much the same format. They will output stereo (or quadraphonic... In that case, just use the front two speakers). You need some sort of audio capture software. There are many available for free or almost free. search the net for them. Once the audio has been captured, it can be burned to CD. I recommend that you extract using AAC (no compression) if your software supports it. You may want to use the same software to clean hiss & pops from the recording. I would recommend software, but I use a Mac, so the software's not going to be the same as that used in Windows.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

14 years ago

Honestly people, I think one thread for all computer problems is a mistake. If you've got a perplexing problem, create a new thread with an appropriate title (IE "Keyboard Exploding" rather than "FIRE!"). Having seperate threads would bring more specific responses and would attract people to the website as a result of related Google searches.

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Aeshir
Aeshir

Reply 14 years ago

We need gorups for forums.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 14 years ago

I wouldn't mind making a group that focuses on fixing the problems of computers.

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fretmelter
fretmelter

14 years ago

yes alienware is a great gamming pc company but they are also expensive. Plus im getting a local pc shop help me put it together so i dont fry things on my first build. SO no one can help with the fan controller thing?

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dogsrcool2me
dogsrcool2me

Reply 14 years ago

here is a diagram. Repeat this circut for each fan. Flip the DPDT up for 7 volts and down for 12 volts.

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fretmelter
fretmelter

Reply 14 years ago

back to waht dogscroll said how dows the voltage get stepped up to 12 or down to 7. resistor?

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

It's a poor idea to run a 12V motor on 7V, even if 7V were available within the computer (it isn't). The fan would tend to pull more current at low voltage than it should and could overheat (burn itself out). A better choice is to use a 3 wire fan where if just the outside wires (red & black) are powered with 12V the fan runs at normal speed. Connecting the center wire to 12V at any time will increase the speed of the fan to usually a third again faster.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

14 years ago

Personally, I do not think this is extremely disorganized. The user with the problem can easily refer back to their post and see if anyone has responded to it. And we could also add if your problem is fixed you delete your post. Thanks everyone. Maybe others are not inclined to post here, but I am still willing to reply to your problems.

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dogsrcool2me
dogsrcool2me

Reply 14 years ago

"And we could also add if your problem is fixed you delete your post." Doesn't that go against the whole idea? People can learn from other peoples problems.

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sam
sam

14 years ago

Ok, I'll post my problem up as a new topic.

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Punkguyta
Punkguyta

14 years ago

Well, from what I could read on here, this is getting to be a bit confusing as far as the order of the posts in here. I think a better idea would be to make a sub forum inside the main one just for computer topics. I will request from ewilhelm that this topic get deleted and ask about a sub forum if this goes on any longer because it's all just a big garble and you've got comments all over. And btw, if anyone needs ANY mac help, just ask me as I have experiance with mac and the unix system, I'm typing this from my ibook g4 as we speak :-P

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fretmelter
fretmelter

14 years ago

did you try connecting it to a computer either a different one or the one you were formatting?

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sam
sam

14 years ago

I need to recover data from my external HDD. It was plugged into a laptop when I was reinstalling XP. By accident I deleted the partition on it and not the one on the laptop. From what understand, it didn't go around deleting every byte of data, it must have just deleted the bytes with the "partition" on it. So- I'm hoping my data is recoverable. (any help doing it on either a PC or a mac would be great)

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westfw
westfw

14 years ago

WTH. Here's the problem I'm struggling with currently... I'm having terrible problems trying to install a particular package on my Mac. After a bunch of poking around, it seems that MOST of my problems are that I have three separate package repositories; /sw from fink commander, /opt/local from "port", and /usr/local from things downloaded and built manually. (this doesn't include the standard directories that the macOS developer tools installs...) This means, for instance, that I have wound up with two separate copies of pieces of GLIB, and some packages (via pkg_config) suck in libintl from one place, and some from another, so I get messages about multiply defined symbols in two different (but perhaps identical) dynamic libraries. (except that my big problem seems to be that the piece I'm using decides that libintl.sa must be in the one place that it isn't. Arrgh!!!) Is there a solution to this in general? I'm thinking of wiping out all of /sw, /usr/local, and /opt/local and starting over (new versions of fink, dpkg, etc) while trying to point all the package managers at the same directories, but I'm not convinced that will work if the managers use different databases to keep track of what they've installed for dependency resolution... (those directories are solely the result of package downloads, right? None of the mac default tools rely on them?) Grr. I'm still running 10.3.9 on a G4 1.25G DP... (I don't see this as necessarily being a mac-specific issue...)

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

Your right! It's not a Mac-specific issue. It's a UNIX issue. Although currently Darwin is the largest distibution of UNIX I've also entirely removed and reinstalled the UNIX pieces, trying various install techniques. It's a headache, but can solve some seemingly unresolvable problems. Fink is by far the easiest process and can work along with the others. Sometimes I need to manually install some small packages that Fink can't seem to find. As far as mislocated libraries, that's going to be a problem, especially when trying to cross Linux programs over to UNIX. Somtimes editing the Make file is the easiest solution but frequently programmers will directly reference files within the Header and Code files. Sometimes it works to create symbolic links of the original library folder into the location that the compiler seems to expect it. This won't use any additional space. When trying to cross-compile code, I find it most effective merge the old code files into Xcode and make corrections there. Yes. It can be a headache, but it also can produce a Mac version that doesn't require X11.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 14 years ago

Good Job Las Vegas. Thanks for helping out.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 14 years ago

To tell you the truth, I am not very experienced with MACs but I can tell you that the directions are the result of your package downloads and the MAC default tools do rely on them.

Once again, www.peerweb.org is a very good site for computer help or any forum out there. You have to register, but that takes two minutes. I am still young, so I have not had many experiences with MACs.

Sorry I couldn't help, hopefully my good friends at peerweb.org can help you out.

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fretmelter
fretmelter

14 years ago

i like the way u guys work lol so i will ask somehting (that and cuz im bored) i am building a pc and modding it and stuff and i want to make my own fan controller i want to have 3 switches with a center, on, off to control my 3 or more fans (if i cotroll more i want to have more switvher so one swith per fan) so i want the very top option to be the full 12V for gaming and the center option for 7V when surfing the web and other low demand stuff. Is it hard to biuld one or would i be better off buying one. Also how do i biuld one?

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 14 years ago

If you want a good gaming computer I suggest Alienware. Building a computer is intense, expensive, but then there is the feeling that you have completed it, and anything you wanted was on your computer. Building a computer takes time, money, patience and a willing to fix the problems when they happen. I know many people who build computers in their free time and they still get problems when they boot it up. So, I would recommend purchasing a computer rather than building one if you have no experience with it. Then again, you can always open up your computer and add new parts to it, like graphic cards, sound cards, RAM, and many other things. So you are not always limited to what you get at the store.

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fretmelter
fretmelter

14 years ago

hmmm dores nothing my drive comes up and evrything but its not starting i have to clik on it

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 14 years ago

Ask your question on this site. www.peerweb.org/forums They can help you. Batch is very old and not many people use it nowadays.