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November 6, 2016 by kona0197
Thought I would ask you experts here as Google really isn't all that helpful or I don't know how to search properly. Got a newer Dell laptop. Windows 10. Problem is when I hit the power button, this thing refuses to come on 9 times out of 10. Ran across a web page that suggested I take out the battery, unplug the power adapter, and press the power button for 30 seconds, thereby clearing the system of power. It's supposed to help get rid of the small static buildup inside the computer...
October 28, 2016 by kona0197
Using Windows 10. On a Dell Insprion 15 laptop. It's new. When I'm on battery, ever so often the screen just turns off. Was curious if anyone would now why. :/
September 8, 2016 by kona0197
So I got a good deal on a notebook at a local pawn shop. Using it now. The shop had upgraded it to Windows 10. When I got it home I did a complete factory reset and that reinstalled Windows 8.1. Now since the free upgrade to 10 is over with, does anyone know if I can go back to 10 for free somehow?
September 3, 2016 by kona0197
Too many choices on Google, so I thought to ask my friends here. I'm looking for a program that will take an exact image of my hard drive that can be restored after replacing the hard drive or a system crash that can't be recovered. Basically a program that will allow be to boot up via USB stick, then copy the image to the hard drive, then, like magic, everything works like it did when it was backed up. Easy to use is a plus. Thanks guys. 
August 12, 2016 by kona0197
I tried the anniversary update. Tried it for a week straight after a clean install of Windows 10. My computer slows to a crawl with the update. So how do I AVOID having Windows update to the anniversary update? I would love to turn off automatic updates all together, but I haven't found out how without using a 3rd party solution. Thanks. 
January 3, 2016 by kona0197
So I picked up a IBM ThinkPad T60 for cheap. Old owner tried to put Windows 10 on it, but the poor machine ran very, very slow. It was made for XP. So I need to ask what operating system you guys would use. I have a legit COA on the computer for XP but no one uses that anymore. I don't have a copy of 7. I do have Fedora Linux and Mint Linux. So what OS would you install? It's not my main machine, I have a MacBook for that. It has a Intel Centrino CPU, 2 Ghz, 32 bit, 3 GB of memory, and a...
September 26, 2015 by kona0197
So I bought a new computer back in early February. It came with Windows 8.1. Recently got the Windows 10 update. So far I'm liking Windows 10. I didn't care much for the Start menu so I bught Start 10. My question is what happens if my hard drive dies? I don't have Windows 10 on a DVD, nor do I have any product code if I was to download an ISO. So what options do I have? 
April 2, 2015 by kona0197
So out of curiosity I decided to see if Windows Defender is running on my system. It is not. When trying to start it I get an error message saying it can't be started because Windows is using a different virus scanner. I have no other AntiVirus programs on my computer. It came with McAffee but I remove it. I'm using Windows 8.1. Any ideas, fixes?
March 18, 2015 by kona0197
So I finally got a new machine for school. It came with Windows 8. Problem is with the wifi. I did a system recovery to return the system to it's factory condition. System worked flawlessly, and the wifi worked as it should. After the first batch of updates the wifi would no longer connect. Windows said the settings it had for the network no longer match. So I had to reset the router to get it to work again. Question is why is this happening? 

System:

HP 2000-2b09WM Notebook

AM...
January 2, 2015 by kona0197
So on the machine I use everyday I have an issue. I use Chrome. When in Chrome, I get constant redirects and popups. 

I have tried the following with these results:

AVG full scan - clean
MSE full scan - clean
Malewarebytes - clean
Superantispyware - clean
Spybot - clean
ADWcleaner - clean
Hitman PRO - clean

The popups and browser hijacks have to be some sort of virus. But all of these say the machine is clean??? 
November 25, 2014 by kona0197
So, to make a long story short, life has been turned upside down for me. Went through a bad breakup, and escaped with almost nothing. So I sold a few things I no longer needed, and bought a Windows 8.1 tablet. Tried a full size laptop first, but with my current situation, and the fact I am now more mobile than I ever was in the last few years, I went with the tablet instead. Nothing special about this tablet, it has a Intel Atom quad-core processor, 32 GB solid state drive, and only 1 GB of DDR3...
November 17, 2014 by kona0197
So when I setup Windows 8.1 on my new laptop it wanted an email to use with Windows, and it had to be a Microsoft email. So out of curiosity I tried my Gmail addy and the system says it's a MS email. I know in the past I did something that made my Gmail addy a MS account, I linked something, but I can't remember. Is there a way to separate the two so that Gmail is NOT associated with Microsoft?
October 24, 2014 by kona0197
So about every other hour of computer use my hard drive is making chirping and beeping sounds. It happens especially when I am accessing large files or moving large files. Windows says the drive is fine, and a SMART check says the drive is fine. According to the program HD Tune the drive SAMRT status is OK, but it says the spin retry account is above the threhold. The program also reports the drive has a power on time of 27450. I have no clue if that is minutes, hours, or days. I know the drive ...
October 20, 2014 by kona0197
OK, so I have been playing with Windows 8 and 8.1 for the last few weeks. I got a bit feed up with the Metro UI so I installed Classic Shell. Got confused about all of the options so I installed Start 8. Easy to use, it does what I need. Looking to buy Start 8 here soon. So my question is what is Metro for when I use Start 8? Just a watse of hard drive space and coding?

Oh, Starkers - Windows 8 is not faster under the hood than 7 in my experience so far. Painfully slow.
October 17, 2014 by kona0197
So Firefox is very, very slow to load pages. I was curious if anyone knew how to speed it up.

The system I am working on:

Intel Pentium dual-core E5400, 2.7 GHz
4 GB DDR2-800 RAM
120 GB Seagate hard drive
Nvidia 7400 video crad, 256 MB video RAM

Fresh install of Windows 7, service park 1 and all updates installed, all drivers are current.

Firefox version 33

Add-ons installed:

Adblock Plus version 2.6.5
Element Hiding Helper for Adblock
Facebook Purity
FasterFox Lite vers...