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>>>>> Incomplete questions will get you incomplete answers <<<<<


    • Please provide us your level of computer experience

      • Software
        • Novice - I use the computer, but always turn to others for advice
        • Advanced - I can install software and troubleshoot most software on my own and rarely need help from others
        • Experienced - I often help others
        • Expert - I never need help, but this time I'm stuck



      • Hardware
        • Novice - I've never opened my computer
        • Advanced - I've installed components like memory, hard drives, etc
        • Expert - I've built my own computers



    • What are your system specs?
      • Hardware:
        • Brand-name or custom-built? (by you or someone else?)
        • Hardware, model #s, etc...
        • What CPU? How much RAM? etc...
        • How do you connect to the Internet? (Dial-Up, DSL, Cable)
        • Is the PC on a LAN? (Wired, Wireless)


      • Software:
        • What OS (Operating System) are you using?
        • At what SP (Service Pack) level?
        • Are you current on all Windows patches, AV updates, etc...
        • What anti-virus, firewall, spyware, spamware software do you have installed?



    • What are you trying to accomplish? (there may be a simpler solution that you've overlooked)

    • What recently changed? Or what did you recently try to do? (This is not the time to be shy or embarrassed. We all make mistakes. But if you deny us information it will take us a lot longer, or even prevent us, from solving your problem. And we'll probably figure it out anyway)

    • What have you tried thus far?
      • What were the results?

    • Did you SEARCH the TECHNOLOGY FORUM (here)?
      • If YES,
        • Did you try any of the previously-posted solutions?
        • What were the results?
        • List a few LINKs to the TECHNOLOGY FORUM threads that did not solve your problem (use the http button)


      • If NO,
        • Please do so before posting any further questions



    • Did you SEARCH GOOGLE?
      • If YES,
        • Did you try any of the previous-posted solutions? (List the SEARCH PARAMETERS that you used)
        • What were the results?
        • List a few LINKs to the GOOGLE threads that did not solve your problem (use the http button)


      • If NO,
        • Please do so before posting any further questions



    • If you're experiencing a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death), please include ALL of the information from the greyed-out areas of MSDN - Blue Screen Data

    • Do not post in this thread. Instead, start a new thread for your question and use a descriptive, informative title. Use a descriptive, informative title. AVOID using terms such as PLEASE HELP!, URGENT!!, I DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO SEARCH BUT...

    • Present your information in a readable format:
      • Use multiple paragraphs (following the order listed in this Guide)
      • Avoid run on sentences (i.e. use commas, periods, etc...)
      • Avoid slang (narrows the audience that can understand what you're trying to say without an interpreter!)
      • Run your message through a spellchecker or check questionable words with an online dictionary (Merriam-Webster Online)

    • Are you willing (and able) to check back here at least once (preferrably more) per day to report on your progress?


>>>>> Incomplete questions will get you incomplete answers <<<<<



Spyware problems <~Thread to help you with spyware problems

Keep your computer running smoothly <~Thread to help you keep your computer running smoothly

Networking guide<~Thread to help you with your networking problems

Good Tech Sites<~Thread with good technical sites

DVD Burning FAQ and Guides<~Site that has tons of DVD burning FAQ and guides



Please do not start PMing the people who are trying to help you, there are three reasons for this:

1. Keeping all the information in the original thread makes it searchable and usable by others in the future
2. You will get faster help by getting the combined resources of the forum helping you
3. Having multiple PM conversations can result in you getting confusing and conflicting instructions, as no one has all the information about what's been tried so far

Once again PLEASE post the solution and edit your title when your problem has been solved.



TTA thanks very much.



Mod edit was simply removing update date from title.

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WHY IS THIS NOT A STICKY?

NantucketSunrise (Jan. 23, 2013 @ 12:06a) |

Sounds familiar

WiseTrent (Feb. 05, 2014 @ 8:15p) |

the time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things.

NantucketSunrise (Aug. 02, 2014 @ 4:06a) |

Why do we need this infromation. Read below to see what can go wrong when we don't have all the facts


Case studies in what goes wrong when we don't have the information we need

One upset person because we didn't understand the questions

This person left out key information - and, as a result made a situation with corrupted data much worse



Get some basic facts about your computer before you ask questions. These are all free and small downloads, so there's no excuse for not knowing the basics about your system.
Belarc Advisor - hardware and software info
CPU-Z - CPU and memory info

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Very nice. Glad you did it.

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Genius069 Nicely done!

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I wish more people would take 3 sec. and read this stuff...I am having flashbacks to the situation of a fewmonths back.

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atomaro said: I wish more people would take 3 sec. and read this stuff...I am having flashbacks to the situation of a fewmonths back.

how about not helping them and just posting a link to this thread or the two below it? Boycott it till the info needed is put up.

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I've probably been falling down on the job.

I'll do my part and direct people back to this sticky to provide the information we need

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good idea. most posters are posting the most basic information when asking for help, makes it hard to respond efficiently

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Genius069: Listen carefully to the statements of:
    • atomaro on Sep/10/2004 11:49 AM: It has frustrated me to the point where I gave up working on my sticky thread with ellory isles1 and TakeTheAdvice
    • Genius069 on Sep/17/2004 @ 01:52 PM: TAT thanks very much



    But, seriously now folks, "whomever" took the time to correlate, format, and ultimately present the existing, comprehensive list of appropriate questions in its current (finally-made-sticky) existence, deserves our eternal appreciation...


    TakeTheAdvice *AND* TAT - THANK YOU!!!]



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That's a nice list U put in the OP.
If anyone goes through steps 1-8, he/she can considers himself/herself a techie

Personally, I know a lot of people have hard time going through step 1 !!!

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This is great... good guidelines as well.

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Genius, one of the things that we've all learned is that we have to gear our answers to the posters level of knowledge. Would be great if we could get a read on that as part of our questions.

For example, make the # 1 question be

1. Please provide us your level of computer experience.

software
Novice - I use the computer, but always turn to others for advice
Advanced - I can install software and troubleshoot most software on my own and rarely need help from others
Experienced - I often help others
Expert - I never need help, but this time I'm stuck

hardware
Novice - I've never opened my computer
Advanced - I've installed components like memory, hard drives, etc
Expert - I've built my own computers

Also, please add the following.

Please do not start PMing the people who are trying to help you There are three reasons for this

1. Keeping all the information in the original thread makes it searchable and usable by others in the future
2. You will get faster help by getting the combined resources of the forum helping you
3. Having multiple PM conversations can result in you getting confusing and conflicting instructions, as no one has all the information about what's been tried so far

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bump

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bevo2k1 said: bumpSenior Member 4K BUMPing a STICKY?

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deleted

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BeTeP said: .... Your question is addressed here

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I guess I'm out of luck
Check this out

and this

Noone has been able to solve this problem other than change router/wifi card

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BeTeP said: I guess I'm out of luck
Check this out

and this

Noone has been able to solve this problem other than change router/wifi card
You have multiple posts /threads on this. Your answer is in your other posts

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ellory said: BeTeP said: I guess I'm out of luck
Check this out

and this

Noone has been able to solve this problem other than change router/wifi card
You have multiple posts /threads on this. Your answer is in your other posts


Spoke with Dell yesterday - They'll be replacing my 1450 with Intel 2915 - Hope that one will work

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Please add, between 3 and 4

3.5 What recently changed? Or what did you recently try to do? (This is not the time to be shy or embarrassed. We all make mistakes. But if you deny us information it will take us a lot longer, or even prevent us, from solving your problem. And we'll probably figure it out anyway)

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level of computer experience: Novice


Hi could anyone help me out?

I decided to tool around with my network so i could file share between my pc and laptop (which didn't work cause i don't know much about this stuff) and now on my laptop LAN doesn't work. the Local area connection says it pretty much works but it says "network unplugged" so technically it doesn't work. The wireless card works (u.s. robotics)it says it gets a strong signal to my router (netgear mr814). Ive tried uninstalling the network adapter (start>control panel>system>hardware>device manager) but it just reinstalls itself automatically and still says the same thing. What do i need to do to get it to connect to the net again? Everything on my PC still works fine its just the laptop that is having issues

thanks a bunch

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souperbait00 said: ...
You're most likely to get help if you post in a seperate thread. Easier for people to see and track.

When you post back in a new thread, please post back with
1. the results of an ipconfig when you are connected via wireless
2. the results of an ipconfig when you are connected via wired connection

Suggest that you also read the 2nd networking sticky

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Please expand #11 to include

Are you able to precisely follow instructions? Are you able to precisely report back results? If not, trying to resolve your problem via a forum is likely to be painful and time consuming. See here for a case study. This problem could have been resolved in 9 minutes. Instead it took 2 weeks

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bump!?

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I have asked mods to restick this

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ellory said: I have asked mods to restick this

I sent a mod alert earlier too. I thought it went into the archives

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Mods appear to have taken the day off. I sent them a PM about some other issues 4 or 5 hours ago - and have received no responses

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ellory said: Mods appear to have taken the day off. I sent them a PM about some other issues 4 or 5 hours ago - and have received no responses

their supreme mod tools are unavailable http://www.fatwallet.com/t/33/595081/

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Got a PM that the mods received my resticky request. But this has not been resticked. I will PM again

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I have PM'd mods and asked them to move this back down to #3. Or all references in the forum will point to the wrong thread

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post to keep thread active

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Not sure if this has been added, but a great site for general technical support is MSFN.org. As long as you are detailed enough with your questions, most people on the board will help you out a bit. They are, however EXTREMELY tough on people who ask questions w/out being specific.
Example of bad: My computer won't work and all I get is a blank screen.
Example of being specific: Computer displays a black screen with the words "Bootloader not found. Please install an operating system." I heard two beeps when the system booted, and the hard drive light showed no activity.

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excellent post to seek help!
A ton thanks.

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This is coming from other thread
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fokatkamaal said: This may be a little OT but here is my question,
I have a bad hard disk on my laptop, I have recovered data using method 3;I am trying to do a fresh load of OS, if I put windows xp cd it boots and starts loading OS but gives me blue screen before complete installation. I have an enclosure for the laptop drive and was wondering if I can try loading OS externally, (obviously I can try )but has anybody successfully done this, any help will be appreciated. TIA


Glad you got your files back!

Now...I'd start a new thread, please, in order to keep this thread from being polluted with anything other than data recovery questions. Thanks.

Be sure you post exactly what hardware you have, etc, etc, as requested in the guide to seeking help in the computer forum. (LINK) P.S. It wouldn't hurt to know the EXACT error message you're getting, rather than us trying to guess.

Good luck,

Mark
-----------------------

Thanks Mark, coming back to my question how do I install freash OS on external drive?

to answer on the error message, I hardly get time to read it, I had my camcorder recodring everything, but no luck

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why can't I post a new thread here in "Computers"? Is there some sort of requirement/restriction I don't know about? Help!

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WWScoobyDo said: why can't I post a new thread here in "Computers"? Is there some sort of requirement/restriction I don't know about? Help!

You can post a new thread in the forum, no restrictions as long as the thread is related to computers.

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I understand this forum is primarily for hardware issues. Can anyone recommend a place to get help / instructions on software? I'm trying to make an Access database do something it doesn't want to do. Thanks.

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ThursdaysChild said: I understand this forum is primarily for hardware issues. Can anyone recommend a place to get help / instructions on software? I'm trying to make an Access database do something it doesn't want to do. Thanks.Just not true. Post your question in a new thread

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I wish more people would take some time and read this stuff...I am having memories of the situation a few weeks/months back.

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carsonluca said:   Really this could be so informative.Please share some more details.
the time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things.
 

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