Chappy

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  • Birthday 12/13/1956

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    Regina Sask/Canada
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    Pool, Beer, more pool...more beer, Girls!! Skydiving, Firefighting (order of interest varies depending on it's availability)

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    Vista Ultimate & Win XP Pro SP2

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  1. SpinRite6 is also a good HDD tool for this, but it's not free. It does have some major power to restore bad sectors tho and is probably one of the best I've ever used....finally something Useful from GRC.com!! Most of his other stuff is just fluff, including his port scanner, it's the easiest one to fool. The HDD utility from Seagate will work for most brands of HDD's, others are proprietary. If there are unrecoverable sections on the HDD, you can map them so Windows will not use them again, and run a Repair Install so you don't have to go thru a full backup & install again. Repair Installs work very well, I've never had one mess up any data and I've run a few over the years, but never on a disk that has mapped bad clusters before. I can't see that making a real big difference but if you do go this route I would do a backup of any Real important info first...just in case.
  2. I d'loaded thes updates as Beta's about 2 weeks ago. I noticed faster file transfers but I didn't have the real bad problem before that some users had with it. Every now and then I'd have an impossibly long file transfer or it would not move everything (reportedly) and then I couldn't access the original to try moving it again...that kinda stuff, and so far it seems to have fixed those issues. But I haven't done a whole lotta transfers since I installed it so I can't be certain it's fixed. My bootups have been so painfully slow, that I just don't pay attention to it anymore...I start it and go do something for a few minutes and then come back to it. After my new RAM was installed tho, I've had a noticeable improvement in booting up I've found Vista to be ultra fast bootups in a fresh install, but a few security program installs and some other major installs (Like Roxio 9, MS Office..etc) it just slows to a crawl. Even tho I shut down most startups and other bloat, it's still slow booting up. Like over 2 minutes slow...sometimes 3, but I remember the days of half hour bootups, so I don't complain too loudly.. I'm sure I could tweak a few more seconds out of it, but it's no big deal to me as long as it's blazingly fast once it gets going, that's the important part!
  3. Some chips can only handle 1 or 2 refills also, and then they're toast and you need a new cartridge. You can't constantly be refilling the same cartridges over & over again, they just don't stand up that long, at least I've never heard of one doing that. I never use refills anymore anyway, the ink was always garbage for the most part, and it "can" damage your printer in the worst case.
  4. First, be ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that the only instance of "services.exe" is in your C:\WINDOWS\system32 directory, if you have one anywhere else as well, it's a bad guy and you'll need to post into our Malware Removal forum about it. A secondary services.exe or service.exe anywhere other than system32 can be any number of infections, including the MyDoom infection, so be ultra sure that you only have one of this and it's in the proper directory. Services.exe (the real one) is the Windows Service controller and is responsible for starting and stopping windows services as required by the system or user configuration. It does require Internet access at times but it shouldn't be constantly downloading. It's possible that what you're seeing are Broadcast packets from this and not actual TCP packets, what protocol are you seeing with this activity (TCP, UDP, ICMP..etc), and how much of it is there? Have you done a WHOIS on the IP addy it's connecting to, to see where it's connecting?
  5. Chappy

    I Took A Jump

    4 sure Shane! Not many companies will do business with someone who works out of the house, they think that they may be unreliable or "fly-by-night"'rs or sumthin along those lines. Having an actual Store location shows that you've got investment in this now and will work reliably to ensure that you don't lose it. Get some nice cards made up now and get them circulating out there. Those little puppies are Great at drumming up business! Take out a 1/2 page ad in the local paper with your "Grand Opening" announcement, and offer a 10% discount or something, to new customers...get those people thru the door! Offer a discount on custom builds, or half off of Tune-Ups for now...anything to get feet trampling into your new doorway...that's how you'll get growing, but you should to do something to get it started. Best of Luck my friend!!
  6. Hi Guys Just an update My new RAM arrived on Monday and you won't believe how apprehensive I was about something as simple as installing 4 sticks of RAM!! I think it took me about 4 hours just to work up the guts to get started....can you blame me after my last episode concerning RAM?? Prolly not eh...well everything went very smoothly. After all..it should, it's only RAM for gawds sake, but I know that my last board was defective to begin with, starting right with the RAM sockets themselves. The sockets on this board were ultra easy to get the clips to snap into place, whereas the last board took considerable force to get the modules into the sockets. I was certain that I'd have to remove that 8800 GTS card because the clips were almost right against it, probably only 1/8 of an inch away, but I was able to work it in without removing it and a small flat blade screwdriver helped to close those ones up without removing the card, so that was good news. I still have to take it all apart again anyways, when the new CPU cooler and my custom cables and sleeving arrive. The cooler requires a new backplate on the MB (of course), so everything's gotta come out again soon...more opportunity for things to go wrong eh.. I'm very careful and gentle when doing this stuff but it seems I have the worst luck sometimes, but I don't expect any issues. My replacement case window came yesterday too (some scratches on the original) but they didn't just send the plexiglass window...they sent me an entire new door!! So I put the new door on the right side and in a stroke of genius, I put the other door on the other side of the case...I now have a double door-sided case with windows on both sides! Looks cool and I may do a little lighting thingy on that side now too (later) or do a custom applique on the back of the MoBo tray. Lordy...I think I've turned into a case modder...once you get started tho, it's hard to stop and it's not really all that expensive either. I went with chrome cable sleeving since the case front is chrome and the window side has chrome accents. The IDE and floppy cables are round, clear PVC with a silver (chrome I guess) mesh sleeving and I'm doing a spiral wrap with red EL wire on those. The SataII cables are translucent blue and I'm grouping the 3 of them together and doing a red EL spiral wrap on those too. They'll be like a cable harness where the ends just come out where needed to hook up and the rest continue on to the next device, I think that'll clean it up and look cool. All the PSU cabling will be chrome sleeved with blue shrink wrap at the ends, so all the cabling has a chrome theme to it, with the interface cables having red EL wire spirals on them. I'll have to get some pictures posted when it's all done, I think it's gonna be a knock-down, kick A$$ lookin case!! Too bad I'm about the only one who ever sees it tho...(LOL) Pete - Hey bud! No, my lil sister lives a half block away in my old house! I don't have any family in Arizona, but In Colorado and New Mexico I have some cousins-n-stuff. I believe they were bad sockets and a defective board now, they're both Asus boards and not a generic brand so the quality is there, but every now and then you can get a weak spot or two in a board like that. Usually you'd never know about them because you either don't mess around with things or it's in a spot where it'll never get any pressure put on it, but it just happened to be in a bad spot this time. I talked with an Asus tech and he said you could find weak spots in almost any board made, but it's rare that it'll break like that. Mine cracked right near a standoff/screw hole so that was probably why it broke. Plus the socket was awfully tight too...never had one that tight before, so it was just the right combination of things in the wrong place for me. I'll email Marsh today, I haven't spoke to him for awhile. You too man...we haven't talked in some time either, and I haven't heard from Preston for Ages! The old crew has kinda gone off in different directions these days I guess. Not like the ol days when we ran TTV like a team...gawd, those were good days!
  7. I know I did an "All Inclusive" birthday post awhile back, but I just HAVE to post into this one! HAPPY B-DAY HITEST!!! You've reached the big "FIVE-O", welcome to the club! That means you're old enough to remember an old rhyme...."Georgy-Pordgy, Puddin pie....Kiss da girls and make em Cry" What the heck does that mean anyway??? Geez there were allot of idiotic rhymes when we were kids eh..
  8. Chappy

    Idiot Admin

    Ummm....inserting code at that hour??? That'll teach you.....remember the old addage.."If it ain't broke......" (I should learn the rest of that saying someday) The young-un's are playing with code now eh, leaving us older admin's to keep the place sane. Isn't it funny how one incorrect little snippet of code can make EVERYTHING go wonker-diddles? You probably sent it into a loopback that it couldn't get out of and normal traffic couldn't get authorized because all the cycles were used up in the loop right? Well, glad it's all sorted out 4 now, that is..until your Next "play around with server code" escapades, right guys!! ME?? I'll stick to playing with Hardware, it doesn't fight back....(as much)
  9. Chappy

    Update

    Glad to hear it's Benign Mark! That's good news my friend but I'm sure you're still in some discomfort with what's happened, so stick it out and it'll get better! Like Barb say's, we have computer parts kickin around in the Garage Sale that you can pick up cheap & even free. In fact, I now have a ton of parts kickin around but most are fairly new (as in a couple months) and I need to get some $$ out of them to help offset the costs of my new build as much as possible. I also have a good friend who I promised he could have the pick of the litter of my older parts, so there's probably not much left to pass on your way...sorry. I'm pretty sure he's taking the MoBo, P4 1.8GHz CPU and 756MB DDR PC3200 RAM from me, or otherwise I just may have been able to put together an almost complete computer for you as a temporary (or permanent) solution for now.
  10. Hey RV!! Actually I had a chance to go to the game but was a bit under the weather that day and I decided that the heat would not do me very good, so I watched it at home. Were you guys in town for the game?? (and you didn't call if you were.....) Once I found that deal on the monitor on Ebay, I went looking around at some other stuff and I just couldn't pass on what I found, so I figured "To Heck with it"!! If I'm gonna replace a MoBo, I'm gonna rebuild the entire rig even tho it's only 5 months old! It's "close" to what I would've built so with a few upgrades I now have a decent custom rig, and it's gonna get even better soon I'm gonna lose some money overall but the deals I found beat anything I could get here and I'll have a few good parts I can sell to help offset things. Plus I should get at least 4 more builds out of this case, so as tech advances I'll just do it part by part from now on as needed. I should get at least 6 years outof this stuff as is now, so in the long run it'll pay off.
  11. Chappy

    I Took A Jump

    Good Job Buddy! Yes...a Virtual Storefront is Exactly what you need too! I now do most of my shopping online and a good website will bring in some much needed business, maybe you can start selling parts online. There are many Cable, Case, and other parts makers who are looking for more retail resellers for their products and the parts business is a huge aspect of computers today since most folks do allot of their own building too. I know I've run across a number of manufacturers this last few weeks as I've been searching for my parts, that use resellers exclusively and are looking for more. (Mad Dog Multimedia Cables for one, Thermaltake for another). Something else, have a look at NZXT Cases for display and sales. They're fast becoming one of the premier cases in the modding scene. Most all reviews rate them among the top 5 cases made ad the prices are great, maybe you could be their dealer for your area?? Depends on how much you want to expand outwards, but I think an online shop with good parts and shipping will really help bring business in the door too, plus $$ into the account. LOL...I remember when you started all this...you were going to charge $20 or so to rid folks of malware with HJT or sumthing along those lines...look at you now!! I told you that I had seen soooo many others say they were going to make money that way before and never heard from them about it again, and I was a bit skeptical when you started saying that. I'll be the first one to say that I was WRONG this time, and I'll Gladly eat Crow!!! I'm VERY Proud of what you've accomplished my frend, and I hope you can make this thing take off big time!! You deserve it after all the hard work you've put into this. WTG!!!
  12. I know how you all feel...I too am a big time softie when it comes to animals, and Bobby...don't fret being 6'2" and breaking down when you've lost a beloved pet. I'm 6'2" of blubbering jello when I lose a furry family member, and even when my sister's lose one of theirs. (we're all big animal lovers in my family) I have a male cat, Midnight right now who's also been diagnosed a diabetic. He's 12 now and for the last week he hasn't eaten hardly anything. Then a couple days ago I noticed his breath is highly "Acetone" which is a sign of uncontrolled diabetes. Stupid me was a bit lax recently on keeping up with his shots and I'm praying that his kidneys are not damaged because of my stoopidity. I know I'd be devastated if he goes..he's been my constant companion for 12 years. I live in an apartment building so all he has is a balcony to go out on. He used to be an outdoor cat so this must've been hard for him but you'd never know it. Two years ago I moved into another apartment down the hall and this one has a window that open out to the roof (flat) so now he patrols the rooftop!! He loves this, it's big, and the manager likes it to as he scares off all the pidgeons now... He poops out there but the manager doesn't mind as long as he chases pidgeons, so he has a job recently...except he tried to drag one into the apartment the other week. All I heard was a horrendous flapping of wings...a big cloud of feathers...and the pidgeon came loose as he jumped back into the apartment, and took off in a hurry!! My kitty has no teeth left so he couldn't hold it well enough...LOL!! He does bring in the occassional Bat tho..I like Bats, so I let them go. Anyway, enough about my buddy. Go get yourself a new baby from the animal shelter and save a poor little life!!! I'm sure they'll have a very happy life with you, you big softie!! My Condolences in your loss Joe.
  13. Chappy

    Pierce!

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I never even noticed that the OP was from 2005...jeez Pierce....WTF took you so long!!
  14. Thx Folks! (and fellow Hoser!!) Actually JSKY, my new RAM has yet to arrive so I still have that to do. There'll be a bit of apprehension for sure as I push that in..I'll be relieved when the clips snap into place before the MoBo snaps out of place! Even tho they say you shouldn't, I think I'll Help the clips snap in this time, just to be sure. Also, the new MB has more standoffs around the RAM modules so it should be stiffer and more support this time. Family is sure growing up there TK! Congrats old friend!! I just ordered a Zalman 9700 CPU cooler also and I'm going to make some custom SATAII, IDE and Floppy cables. I'm going to take some round clear PVC copper (or maybe silver) mesh IDE and Floppy cables and wrap a Red EL Wire (ElectroLuminescent) in a spiral around them, so the case will have a Blue & Red theme. Then I'll take some SATAII cables (maybe green UV or clear also) and also wrap a red spiral around them. I think that would look cool. I've been toying with the idea of changing all the PSU connectors into UV reactive ones and doing a UV sleeving around all the PSU cable runs to really clean things up in there. I can cut the PSU cables to custom lengths if I really wanted to go overboard, but I'm a bit apprehensive about that one. I don't want to cut all the cable runs down and then in a few years, change some things and find my PSU cables don't fit with anything anymore...EEKKK! I'll do a sleeving and shrinkwrap on them still just to clean it up more, but I'm not sure how I'll hide the unused cable runs yet. I should've gone modular..in fact I thought I did but after I ordered this PSU I realized it Wasn't the modular one...oh well. I tell ya tho...the more I look at my new case, the more I LOVE IT! It's just a gorgeous case and I'll recommend an NZXT Case to Anyone! Great cases and if you have ANY problem, a simple email gets you a new part at NO charge! Most places make you pay the shipping for replacement parts...not NZXT, they pay for everything and it's really easy to get a new part. My window came with a few scratches in it, and one email later I have a new one on it's way!! That's Customer Service the way it SHOULD be!
  15. Chappy

    Wow

    YO! Where you Bin man?? When I go MIA, it's only for a month or so...not YEARS!! Welcome back, Glad to have you here again (isn't it nice to have a homecoming like this?? Can't find this at most other forums eh)