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  1. @darthvader - The Adblock Plus author does not recommend running Adblock Filterset.G Updater with Adblock Plus, due to incompatibilies. ( The Adblock Filterset.G site states the extension is obsolete.
  2. Thanks everyone for your help. I am sorry I didn't get a chance to reply yesterday since I was helping my brother figure this thing out. Updating all his drivers seems to have done the trick. He also said he was going to defrag the hard drive last night. There was one thing that confused me as we were working on this. In the Task Manager, his CPU usage would constantly be above 30% when idle, but the CPU usage in his process list didn't add up to 30%. Is that normal? Thanks again.
  3. Hello everyone, My brother's computer has been running really slowly for 3 months. This is his current setup: AMD Athlon X2 4200+ Toledo MSI K8N Neo4-F 2 Gb of DDR400 Ram (Mix of Patriot and Corsair Value Select) eVGA Geforce 6200TC Antec SmartPower 450W 80 GB Hard Drive DVD Drive CD-RW Drive Running Windows XP Professional SP2 He is experiencing the following problems: - slower start up and shutdown - all sounds and video are choppy - mouse skips across screen - programs open up slower He has recently upgraded his CPU and RAM, about 3 months ago. He replaced his Athlon 64 3000+ (Socket 939, Venice) with a Athlon X2 4200+ (Toledo). We essentially dropped in the new CPU and Windows recognized it. I noticed last week that he had installed the heatsink (an Arctic Coolin Freezer 64 Pro) backward such that the fan was blowing towards the front of the computer instead of blowing out to the back of the case. He mentioned that caused the RAM to be slightly hot to the touch. He also added 2 512MB 400Mhz Patriot Ram (PD5123200) sticks along with his 2 512MB Corsair Value Select VS512MB400 he previously had in there. The Patriot Sticks used to be in my computer. I used them for 4 years without any problems. Since he has all 4 DIMM slots filled, his motherboard automatically slows his RAM down to DDR333. He has ran virus scans with McAfee's VirusScan and Kaspersky's online scan, which both came out clean. Spybot and AdAware scans were also clean. We have tried taking out the Patriot Ram sticks, but the computer still ran slowly. Did we miss a step when we changed the CPU? Would the RAM be damaged from being hot? Is there a RAM timing setting that needs to be changed? I appreciate any help offered. Thanks, Nick
  4. Thanks for the advice shanenin. I am curious though about the reason you recommended the dual core chip. Would my brother see a much better performance gains with the X2 4200 over the 4000? Price is not too much of a concern, but I would like to spend it wisely. I would also appreciate it if someone could recommend a good heatsink and fan, something on the easier side to install. Thanks again.
  5. Hi, I am thinking about upgrading the processor on my brother's computer since socket 939 cpus are becoming hard to find. This is his current setup: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ San Diego (1.8GHz) MSI K8N Neo4-F 1 Gb of Corsair ValueSelect DDR400 Ram eVGA Geforce 6200TC I am considering getting either the Athlon 64 4000+ or the Athlon 64 X2 4200+. He mainly uses the computer for web browsing, word processing, iTunes and schoolwork (he is in his second year in engineering). He may have to use some more intensive programs later, like MATLAB or MATHMATICA. Do you guys have any recommendations? Thanks in advance, Nick
  6. All those .bin files are in his Temp folder, so he should be able to delete them, right?
  7. Hi Mike, Don't worry about being late. I just read the Release Notes for the driver, and it seems it won't help me in any particular way. Oh well.
  8. Thanks everyone for the replies. I noticed that playing videos became buggy after installing the drivers, so I decided to reformat. I probably should have tried to install the old version first to see if that helped. I tried to install the Catalyst Control Center under safe mode, but it needs the Windows Installer Service (I think that was what it was called) to be running, which can't be run in safe mode. Although it was a bit of overkill, I like my running programs with that "New Computer" smell. Thanks again for your help.
  9. Thank you Lefty for your response. Apparently an 0x000000F4 means a crucial thread or process was stopped, therefore the computer crashed. It says there are many specific causes, and it best resolved with a thorough history of the problem. I only get the Stop message when I try to install the Catalyst Control center after an error occurred while trying to uninstall an older version. The drivers were successfully updated.
  10. I have heard that SUPER is a good video converter. You can find it at To transfer your files, there is Anapod Explorer. I think it should do what you want, but I have never used it before because I don't have an iPod. I hope it works for you. You can find it at
  11. Hi, I tried to uninstall the version of ATI video card drivers I had installed and the Catalyst Control Center (I believe it was version 6-8) so I could install the newest update (6-11). I used the cat-uninstaller.exe that ATI used to provide on their site. However, there was a problem when it tried to uninstall the Catalyst Control Center. It gave the following error: ERROR 1905: Module C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\atiamaxx.dll failed to unregister. HRESULT -2147220472 I checked my Add or Remove Programs list and noted that the Control Center was no longer there. I proceeded to install the new ATI drivers along with the new Control Center. However, when it comes to installing the Control Center, I get a BSOD and the following stop error: STOP 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x8A4C14D8, 0x8A4C164C, 0x80604450) The drivers were successfully installed, but not the Control Center. Here are my computer specs.: Windows XP Professional SP2 (all updates) Abit IC7-G ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Aspire 500W Power Supply Maxtor 160GB IDE HDD 2x 1GB OCZ Platinum DDR400 There hasn't been any new hardware addition in the last 6 months. I appreciate any help.
  12. I am not sure if this works with Windows ME, but you can select the entire image if you go to the menu bar and go to Edit >> Select All. You can also press Ctrl - A. I think this would only help if you want to copy the entire image.
  13. Thank you all for the reassurance. I am currently not behind a router because I didn't think the added security benefits was worth spending the money for router when I only have one computer. I never knew that some people actually scan entire IP ranges for vunerabilities.
  14. Hi, For the last week or so, someone has been scanning my UDP ports at least once a day. Sygate Firewall says that all scans have come from the same remote MAC address (but different IP addresses). Should I be concerned or worried? I am running Windows XP Pro. with Service Pack 2 (all updates), McAfee Virus Scan ver. 8.0 (all updates), and Sygate Firewall ver. 5.6, with cable internet access. Thanks for your help.