So a family member phoned me up at work, saying there computer had been locked and they couldnt get out of it. I remoted in using teamviewer, and this was the screen that awaited me.
I rebooted into safemode and reconnected, logged in as both users and i had the same thing happen. I worked out that if you log off and log back on again, There is just enough time to call up task manager and terminate explorer.exe.
This then left me free to update malwarebytes and run it. After a reboot and another full scan just to make sure, the problem was gone!
Yesterday I received my new work laptop. Luckily it took me less than half an hour to move everything I needed across to it.
I use dropbox for all my documents. Installed this on the new laptop and BAM five minutes later I had all the documents on the new machine. The other fantastic thing I use is Xmarks which sync’s all Firefox bookmarks and passwords.
The only thing that took the time was installing all the apps, programs and utilities. However I have seen this as a good opportunity to have a clear out and not install any that I don’t use!
Well I upgraded to IOS4 this evening and so far I’m impressed. It’s left my phone looking at lot tidier (some may say OCD’ed)
However I’m waiting to see on battery life if the multitasking has any affect. I’ve read you can only have 7 apps open in the background which I guess is a good thing although does it have to be that many? I know I don’t use that many apps throughout a day or possibly even in a week.
I like the possibility of having different backgrounds although once again am slightly concerned about the detrimental effects on the already somewhat lacking battery!
The down side is its broken my Google Domain Apps email and calendar syncing. I’ve had a look on Google answers and it appears Google do not support IOS4 at the moment but they are working on it. As I’m in front of a pc normally between 9am – 6pm give or take. It’s not too much of an issue.
I will post a more detailed right up on IOS4 in a week’s time when I’ve had more of a chance to tinker with it, and find out more about what it can and can’t do. But So far I’m happy to say I’m impressed!
Back in November I replaced the motherboard in my pc, However ever since then I have had to shut it down and then switch it off at the mains. Otherwise a few seconds after everything stops (fans stop, Hard disks spin down etc) The pc restarts. Now I have tried everything from my 8 years of PC Support knowledge and can’t find a fix. Which means I know have to take the motherboard out, box it up and send it back to
I’m “umming and arring” other a number of choices. Do I scrap this pc – As its 3 years old this month, and build a brand new machine Or do I replace the motherboard like for like. Well before I can make that decision I need to get off my arse and take the motherboard out the case anyway!
Had a problem that’s been bugging me for a fortnight or so. Basically when you right click on the desktop, a folder or anywhere that’s part of the explorer shell you get an explorer.exe has encountered a problem. At first I thought it was a memory problem, so I ran memtest for 48hours this didn’t give me any joy as there was no errors. I then reinstalled xp sp3 with yet again still no joy. The actual error code was as helpful as microsoft tend to get, so I ran a full av scan, malware scan and a spyware scan all of which come up clear…Needless to say none of this suprised me since it was a fresh install of windows xp pro.
Eventually after hours of googling I stumbled across a blog post that referanced a tool which showed you all the menu hooks. The post recomended switching every non microsoft menu hook off and on again until you find the one thats causing the problem. Eventually I found it…… It was an Intel fault, once I found that I then found an Intel registry fix to download which removed the problem permanently.
Finnaly the problem was fixed and I could migrate docs and settings across!
I will link to all the blogs and fixes once I’m on a pc and not blogging from my iPod touch.
Installed windows 7 on friday, everything was fine…….for half an hour when i got my first bluescreen. I restarted and then tried to carry on running windows updates.
It tried to restart during these updates, but it just hung, the monitor went into standbye and the pc looked like it was going to switch off but it didnt. I did some digging over the weekend and tried a few things this evening leaving the feared bios update until last. Unfortunetly none of the other windows hacks/power settings/bios settings made any difference.
So i took a deep breath and decided to do a bios update, unfortunetly i hadnt read all the warnings about doing the update from within windows – which i have done many times before without any problemsm, except this time!
The software cleared the old bios, however wouldnt give it the new bios. This wouldnt have been to much of a problem as im sure i could have fixed it, had windows not decided to BSOD yet again. Only this time at a more costly time. The pc shut down, and restarted as you would expect, only this time the montior stayed in standby and the Hddr activity light stayed on.
I dug out my laptop and did some more reading, people where suggesting all sorts – Removing all but one chip of memory, Reseating cpu, removing all pci cards, clearing cmos.
All of which i tried, so im now stuck with a rather large paper weight that if i put on my desk would probably cause the desk to colapse!
I’m left with a number of options, I can get a new eprom chip and solder it on (which wont be happening) or i can try an get a replacment from asus (there website tells you to contact the reseller) so i logged a call with ebuyer about it. Am hoping and preying they are going to be nice, and offer to replace the motherboard. Im hoping it will be replaced as its less then 3 years old and all asus motherboards are meant to have a 3 year warranty.