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PC & MAC CLINIC - On line problem solving. (CPU)     

Crocodile - 16 Dec 2002 03:59

mbbcat - 07 Jan 2003 22:14 - 40 of 10999

Darn it!

Just managed to shoot my winxp remote desktop connections & havn't a clue what I did wrong ?? something conected with services / security I think (maybe) been configuring both slightly.

TIP - I use the remote desk feature all the time to keep track of my networked pc's - works a treat in combination with the ms powertoys MSVDM - highly reccomended & quite fast as long as you turn off all the gizmos ( themes etc)

? any ideas pls?

Also how can I set up the routing for a firewire backbone - have a LAN & also have firewire between the machines the idea is to use winxp's firewire networking as the backbone to give faster transfers than the ethernet & still use the ethernet as backup for intenet & printing etc. It seems to work partially at the mo, but I have a feeling there is some contention / conflicts going on as the machines loose internet connection ( which is provided viua the lan) periodicaly for a few seconds / minutes & then reconnect on their own.

Hmm head scratching time.... again...... -(

any help much appreciated


TullettJ (MoneyAM) - 07 Jan 2003 23:52 - 41 of 10999


I have to ask, what are you doing between the machines where it is better/more productive for you to use the 400MB/s firewire which you are having lots of problems with vs the 100MB/s ethernet which would nodoubt work out of the box?

Im still on 10 MB/s wired and 11MB/s wireless at home

mbbcat - 08 Jan 2003 07:22 - 42 of 10999


TullettJ (MoneyAM) - 08 Jan 2003 13:22 - 43 of 10999


Well, taht cleared that up ;)

Big Al - 09 Jan 2003 21:38 - 44 of 10999

Question on graphics cards / monitors.

Bought a Dell last March with XP Home and a 64mB Nvidia GeForce3 Ti500 graphics card. The card seems to have both an analogue (blue) and a DVI connector (white).

Obviously, the supplied CRT 17" monitor is analogue and works fine. Is there anything to stop me buying a 17" TFT panel with DVI to make a dual monitor system? XP does allow that dual monitor thing.

Advice appreciated.


Crocodile - 09 Jan 2003 21:49 - 45 of 10999

Big Al
Pretty sure the answer in no on that one.

Big Al - 09 Jan 2003 22:27 - 46 of 10999

Thanks Croc. Thought I had a relatively cheap way of doing it. Looks like I'll have to fork out a bit more if that's the case. Worth a try.


- 13 Jan 2003 10:48 - 47 of 10999

Since I moved house, my PC has become incredibly noisy. If I apply some pressure by leaning on the top of the PC, the noise disappears, so my guess is that a card is loose inside (though the PC appears to be working fine). I am tempted to open it up and push the cards in securely, but could I cause some other problems by doing this ?

Any other suggestions gratefully received.

the troll - 13 Jan 2003 10:55 - 48 of 10999

kjoco, no harm in taking the cover off to check for loose bits, disconnect from mains first, obviously. Look out for loose power/audio cables fouling processor fans etc, can often be a cause of frightening noises.

Kayak - 13 Jan 2003 11:13 - 49 of 10999

kjoco, more likely to be some mechanical part, a fan as the troll says or possibly the case itself, rather than a loose card.

- 13 Jan 2003 11:37 - 50 of 10999

the troll, Kayak

Thanks guys. I'll give it a go this evening.

- 13 Jan 2003 18:30 - 51 of 10999

Success ! Eased a cable away from the fan and peace returns. Ta very much.

Tradesman - 13 Jan 2003 18:50 - 52 of 10999

I found it very easy to use RVS Com with my ISDN line. It is an answerphone/fax etc.

I can not find one to work with ADSL, most require a voice modem to work.

Any ideas??

Tradesman - 13 Jan 2003 18:51 - 53 of 10999

Before the storm.

I suppose I could buy a solid satate answerphonre for the phoneline, perhaps it is impossible- if not worthless trying to get my PC to be an answerphone/fazx centre as it isnt on the voice phone line>

the troll - 13 Jan 2003 19:02 - 54 of 10999

Tradesman, correct, to send/receive faxes *directly* it would need a modem and phoneline connected. There are various 3rd party products that work over an internet connection for sending/receiving via a gateway service, take a look at as an example, or ask your ISP, quite a few offer this now.

Tradesman - 14 Jan 2003 08:39 - 55 of 10999

thanks, kinda nice to have received emails in storage with answerphone messages.

oh well

Kayak - 14 Jan 2003 08:41 - 56 of 10999

Tradesman, modems are very cheap these days...

Tradesman - 14 Jan 2003 16:01 - 57 of 10999

so if I add a 'normal' 56k modem to the phone line part of the adsl connection I could use it as a pc/answerphone.

Kayak - 14 Jan 2003 16:19 - 58 of 10999

Well yes, although you would need a "voice" modem and software to go with it (which most of the time is supplied with the modem). Also, bear in mind that you would not get anywhere near 56K on a telephone line with ADSL. The ADSL carrier signal degrades the line so that you will get perhaps 40-45K at best.

Crocodile - 14 Jan 2003 17:57 - 59 of 10999

I want to set up an Apache Web Server which I have never done before. Can anybody give me some help when I get started?
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