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Hey all, in case I dissappear until Tues evening..... Answered

it will because I am having difficulties with my computer. It will not boot to SAFE MODE, and is acting very flakey when I boot to normal mode. I appears as though my "restore points" have all been wiped too, but I can't be sure as I can not access that either. Tues. evening, I will be back to work, so if there is anything to update on this situation, I will be able to post it then.

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fwjs28
fwjs28

11 years ago

sniffle, i hoped you got help from the forum, but that didn't work... :*(

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

No, something else really torqued XP around....I have to boot multiple times to get the desktop up, it takes forever, and sometimes while writing text (like in this here text box) lines start to disappear, and I can't read what I am typing or posts come up looking blank, etc.....

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

hrm...try booting off of a linux live cd and see if you ahve any problems...have you reinstalled xp ?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I am searching for my repair CD....I don't know if I have XP on disc or not.

I wouldn't be able to access the windows files if I booted from Linux would I?

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 11 years ago

Yes, you should be able to access any partition from Linux, even NTFS.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Ok, I booted to Ubuntu, which doesn't change anything but I don't see my firewall running....I think I had better sign off...btw: I can no longer get online through windows.....I think I may have to rebuild the machineugh.

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 11 years ago

Good luck, if you have to rebuild :( , my wife's computer needs something similar... I think you'd be pretty safe with a Linux "live" disk--AFAIK, all the live distros mount harddrives as read-only. To change any data, you'd have to unmount the partitions, then remount them as write-enabled media. You should be able to burn a CD/DVD, though. Or write to a flash drive. The "user directory" that's setup with a live disk will be in RAM. And reading NTFS is easy, but in the past many distros didn't even offer writing support--NTFS is largely undocumented. I assume by now there's a reliable driver, but for a while they used a "captive" NTFS driver. This actually went through the windoz DLL. When using dual-boot system, for years I always made sure I had a FAT partition so I could easily transfer between the OS's. I can't testify to the current state of NTFS support for linux currently because I haven't gone dual-boot for quite some time.... And (no offense to the msgs below), Linux viruses are very rare. When you do see one, it's usually targeting commercial servers.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Well, the distro of Ubuntu I have allows me in here (with one VERY annoying feature; every now and then a letter, or space bar, or backspace I type repeats itself for about 7-10 places....very VERY annoyyyyyyying.

Still is it not allowing me accesssssssssss (sigh) to my HD in any way to get the pics my wife wants....

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

uhh, check your keboard ....and what version of ubuntu do you have?....

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Um, it doesn't happen under Windows :-) What version ? Oh, let me see, I sent for a Disc, oh nearly a year ago....maybe only 8 months (I know, I am behind a bit but this is the first time I have had the wherewithal or gumption to try out the disc, (since it would be a no harm done situation), so I am not sure, but I DO know I can't check it now, since I am at work :-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

PS: I DID get it to mount the HD finally and then I was able to get some of the files I needed......when I have time tomorrow, I will get some more. . .

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

YAAAAY!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

All I needed was a "clean" reboot, to dismount the drive from XP

*sigh*

;-)

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

yaaaay?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah, it gave me the ability to connect through Ubuntu, but my wife doesn't want to LEARN Ubuntu, so I will probably have to do a wipe and reload of Win XP, eventually...rebuilding everything I have done since June 2006...and I also want to make sure I have Product keys (both for XP and for my firewall) before doing the wipe, or I will but up the creek without a paddle.

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

you can download freeware from nirsoft( .net i think...) taht shows all system keys for OS and other applications...(windows olny i think)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Sorry, it didn't work, it wouldn't run, even in my semi-good sign on....it is time to search manually through mounds of papers and etc.......

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

YAAY!...check your computer case for stickers...sometimes it has the cd key on the microsoft certified sticker

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I think it might be on the outside of the package containing the REPAIR (wipe and OS restore) disc too. I will have to look. I am sure, if I kept the Firewall's original sleeve that it too has the code on the outside. Thanks for the reminder...

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

good luck...if you need a legit cd key i can help you with that

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Thanks....I will remember that :-) But that would only be if I can't find mine or if, during the restore, my wife spills something onto the label and makes it unreadable :-) right before it asks for it

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

the very second you find it record on at least three other mediums so that your wife doesn't interfere(bad experiences no wife tho ....*shudder* )

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Ok, thanks, since I still have ONE sign on that still works in XP (well, kind of works....allows me to do a few things anyways), I could use it there.

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

your welcome....

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Ugh, I just realized that my firewall is not initializing in Windows right now, even at the one s.o. that kind of works....maybe I can just download it in Ubuntu and move it into the good s.o. ?

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

download it in ubuntu then logonto xp with the good signon and disconnect from the internet and babam!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Good, that was what I was thinking of doing.....a bit round about, but hey, if it works without me having to shell out a any more money on this project, I am all in for it ;-)

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

exactly, go the free route and try and try untill you really screw something up, then pay to fix it...(i don't know why i didn't think of this earlier)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I doubt if it could get more screwed up then it is, and if so, I still have the wipe and start over option ;-)

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

way to think positive...glad i could help

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I FINALLY got the version # for you.....it is an older one: 8.04 LTS Just in case you still care about that ;-)

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

lol, it should be fine...i hope you got all the files you needed...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Well, it was tedious....I think it was using memory and not the HD to store things on the Desktop, as it would run out of space at just below 2 gig.
I would then have to move the file to sharable, and reboot to get the memory cleared so I could move some more.....I have about 5 gig of stuff I would like to back up.....this is not looking good....as I am not sure I want to go through and zip all of that, and find out it is a bit too big for a CD, etc. It is becoming frustrating again.

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

did you boot to memory or directly off the live cd?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I booted from the CD, took the option to not install but just run Ubuntu.

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

that's odd..well at least you got all your data... use an external Hdd very nice

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I don't think I have anything compatible with this machine...and I can't buy one at this point. The thumb drive I have is nearly full too (4 gig) Too bad I didn't get 5 of them at the price they were going for...:-)

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

you, wait...what? Ubuntu doesn't need a firewall....linux is almost virus proof so theres no need to worry ( i say almost b/c if you log in as root it can damage things and atrract virusses)

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

Ummm....not a true statement. It's just that the Unix/Linux exploits aren't generally advertised on the news at consumer level. They mainly affect servers and large installations (when CNN or Yahoo gets hacked, it's usually through *nix exploits, not Windoze). However, those same exploits are equally effective against a personal Linux system, since it's running exactly the same Sendmail, CRON, Inetd, etc.

Anyone who has a Linux system ought to be paying attention to both CERT and CIRC (through DOE).

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

damn, i knew someone would say something about my coimment, but w/e....desktop linux tends to shy away from root abilities for the general user so that this type of stuff doesn;t happen....in general, if you're not using root powers while using linux, you should be fine

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

But that's sort of my point. On *nix systems, you're absolutely right that users don't do things as root (or if they do, they're really stupid :-). However, the machine itself boots as root (i.e., process #1 is root), and all of the daemons (sendmail, initd, inetd, ftpd, sshd, whatever...) run as root.

It's those daemons, or their I/O interfaces, which are usually the target of *nix exploits. That way, an attacker doesn't need to have or know anything about the system, and doesn't even have to use social engineering to get it. A portscan and attack on a receiving process is sufficient, if the system hasn't been properly patched.

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

hrmphh...i just can't win...well at least ill have the last word don't you dare replay or i'll start an all out comment war ....have a nice day :)

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

BTW: in the picture I posted with this thread, that is an old picture, because my beard is much more developed now LOL

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

random....

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 11 years ago

oh, nvmi get it now

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

When I load Ubuntu without installing, it does not allow me nor ask me to LOG ON, so everything is open when I am online.....I will be at work soon, so I will post more from there. . .

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Ok, well I may go that route yet, thanks.

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Plasmana
Plasmana

11 years ago

lol, funny picture :-)