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    Windows 7 users...

    I've not had any issues with Win7 Pro, as I have not yet allowed it to connect to the internet, hence it remains beyond the reach of M$. I have had problems with XP Pro, which despite the EOS/EOL threats (like five years ago), was continuously deluged with KB updates til last year when I locked...
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    Linux Question

    I tried about twenty distros over the years. Most are not useful for newbies and Windows expats. The only ones I found that were reasonably easy to figure out was MX Linux, Linux Mint, TAILS, and Kodachi Linux. I did not try Ubuntu or Deepin due to the privacy concerns, but many claim they are...
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    Deep cleaning computer

    https://www.bleachbit.org/news/bleachbit-stifles-investigation-hillary-clinton
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    Computer Time

    https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000239.htm Unless you use LiveCDs of Linux distros, the most likely problem is the CMOS battery.
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    Is Ccleaner legit/good?

    I have used both CCLeaner and BleachBit for the past three years on my XP Pro rig without problem, so both will be continued when I transition to Win 7 Pro & MX Linux. No matter which I run first, the latter finds stuff the former missed. Neither works that good on the Firefox cache, but Firefox...
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    Video freezes

    For me it seemed to be a hardware problem. My OptiPlex 960 with 8GB RAM was regularly stuttering or outright freezing. At least two or three times while just listening to Darkness Prevails on YouTube, with actual videos like movies or TV shows way worse. My OptiPlex 7010 with 16GB RAM has no...
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    Windows 7 users...

    I have been researching the KB stealth-installs M$ is deploying to force Win 7 conversion to Win 8 or 10. A rather huge list of them. One KB critter in fact has like ten versions you have to uninstall in the correct order. Seems like MS$ is quite desperate. Guess they are trying to stop Win 7...
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    Used Win 7 PC buying advice?

    Yeah, I would not touch the privacy-invasive Win 8/Win 10 if the PC was being given away free. Win 7 is bad enough on that score, and is the end of the line for M$ with me. After it, I go to MX Linux. Been using it in LiveCD mode for about a year now, as a test-drive, and to teach myself how to...
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    Used Win 7 PC buying advice?

    I bought a used Win 7 PC off Ebay, but it turned out not to be useful, so I need some tips or shopping guidelines on what to look for. Mostly I need this PC to play online movies/TV shows, Youtube videos, etc., without buffering, freezing, or similar nonsense. Other than this, it will mostly...
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    Alternate browsers for Win 7?

    I bought a used Win 7 PC off Ebay (due end of the month), and need to start researching compatible browsers, as I abhor Firefox and Chrome. Anyone want to recommend alternate browsers for me to look into? Chrome or Firefox derivatives are okay. I do watch a lot of TV shows and movies online...
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    Windows 7 users...

    I'm wondering if you are having any problems with the embedded CA security certificates store in Win 7? Specifically, when you surf the net using a chrome/chromium-based browser, are you getting a zillion security errors that prevent you from reaching various sites? Are you still able to update...
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    RE: Casper 10.1.6278

    RE: Casper 10.1.6278 Anyone here tried this or currently using this? Been looking for user reviews, but only older versions seem to of been reviewed. They all got mostly good reviews, but when you cannot find reviews for the current version its usually a bad sign.
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    DIY Router advice needed

    I am doing a custom-build router, probably using pfSense, but maybe Untangle. I need it to reach gigabit speed, or at least 900 Mbps minimum. Was planning to use Intel EXPI9402PT in the x16 PCI-e slot of a Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A motherboard, but someone on another forum said I need a Intel...
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    half-height vs. full-height 5.25" bays?

    What the difference in size? I want to buy a mobile-rack, and its specs say it needs a "half height" 5.25" bay. No idea what size my Cooler Master Storm Trooper has, and its specs don't mention half-height or full height bays...nor even measurements.
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    HDD backup terminology

    At the moment I'm stuck between Aomei and True Image. Both look to do what I want done. Both have good user reviews. Guess the tiebreaker question is which is easier for a non-techie to use?
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    HDD backup terminology

    Does Norton Ghost 2003 not require .NET Framework? I don't recall which versions I researched (probably more current ones), but those I saw did require .NET. If Ghost 2003 doesn't need .NET, I would be willing to give it a test drive, if I can find a download source.
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    HDD backup terminology

    I had intended to go for Ghost originally, but found out it requires .NET Framework, so I'm back to looking. Any idea how difficult True Image is to use?
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    HDD backup terminology

    Unfortunately the drives are Western Digital Caviar SE16 (750GB). Can anyone here comment on ease of use for Acronis True Image 2015?
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    HDD backup terminology

    I am looking to replace 'system restore' of XP Pro with something better. I want an app that is easy for a non-techie to use. It must exactly copy, clone, or whatever the entire contents of an HDD to another HDD of the same size...I am not keen on the compression stuff. To be more specific, I...
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    HDD backup terminology

    I am looking for a better HDD backup app than 'system restore', but confused by the terminology used by Acronis, Aomei, etc. What's the difference between 'bare metal', 'disk backup', 'system backup', 'disk imaging', and 'clone disk'? I had thought it was all the same, but the specs and data...
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    RE: hard disc drives

    Re: hard disc drives Are you sure about this? Could of sworn I'd read that the various problems begin at the 1TB size, and then anything greater than that size sends XP Pro or Linux legacy distros (using pre-2.6.30 kernels) into convulsions. As for SSD, some of the 250GB ones are within...
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    RE: hard disc drives

    Re: hard disc drives Would love to get a massive drive but I've heard too many complaints regarding XP Pro (and legacy kernels of Linux) throwing a hissy fit when confronted with drives over 1TB...I figure if that's the upper limit, then 750GB is just short 250GB, and I can live with that. I...
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    RE: hard disc drives

    Re: hard disc drives Thanks for the info! I kinda thought that, but many on other forums kept telling me a 1TB drive was minimum for any sort of movie burning or editing. Any idea why so many are fixated on the 1TB drives? Is there something I'm missing?
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    RE: hard disc drives

    RE: hard disc drives Is a 750GB hard disc drive large enough for download of a 120 minute movie off the internet (to burn to DVD)? Also, if one has multiple HDDs (separate, not RAID), can the movie be downloaded to a blank hard disc drive, or must it go to the HDD having the OS, MyDVD, etc.
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    RE: expansion cards?

    RE: expansion cards? Is there some expansion card or something else that can: 1. Add in connectors like YPbPr component, composite, DVI-I, etc. and... 2. Convert SATA connector to IDE (need an extra IDE drive)?
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    Graphic cards compatibility

    On that forum newbies ain't allowed to post URL, but that fact was cleverly hidden in the rules, which I did not go through with a fine tooth comb. Yes, VirtualBox looks about same as the VMWare, just less complicated. Do you want the book title I read on it? What info you need?
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    Graphic cards compatibility

    Well, from the two books I've read (one on VirtualBox, the other on VMWare), VirtualBox looks to be the easier to understand one, for me at least. Google it, if yer curious! I'd give the URL but got banned for doing that at another forum, so once burned twice shy. Anyways, thanks for the info...
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    Graphic cards compatibility

    Okay, so I have no interest in dual cards for Crossfire or SLI, but lets say a board is ready for Crossfire. If I understand you, a single Nvidia graphics card will still fit/work in that x16 slot, right? No idea what Fusion is, other than its connected to VMWare...doubt I'll be using it, but...
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    Graphic cards compatibility

    Unfortunately, research indicates that nVidia works great with Linux, while ATI not so much. On the other hand I abhor Intel's obsession with DRM, HDCP, IntelTXT, etc., so I have no choice but to go with Phenom II processor, which in turn requires board having either AMD or nVidia chipset...
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    Graphic cards compatibility

    Great! That adds a few more board choices I would of had to forget about otherwise. Thanks!
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    Graphic cards compatibility

    Do all brands of graphics cards work in all motherboards, or are some brand- specific? Say a board has onboard ATI GPU...if you disable it to add graphic card, can it be NVIDIA card? Say board has this ATI Crossfire stuff...if I'm not interested in using two cards, will a NVIDIA fit this board...
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