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*sets up shop with royko, prepared to answer all internet questions with respect to gnomes*


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Haaalp!?

So I am attempting to ditch the dialup and go highspeed. The cable guy installed Roadrunner and hooked up the modem-thingy, BUT he couldn't locate the usb port(?).

He told me to either:

(1)find someone who has winzip, install that then see if it can locate the usb port, then unplug and replug some gray wire

or (2) get an ethernet card and set up another appointment with him - but I can't get any time off work until after I quit in July.

I'll go googling for now, but if anyone has had this happen and could give me some advice or tips I'd be so very grateful.

Thanks!


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I can't for the life of me imagine that Winzip would help detect a usb controller. Are you using XP? And, if I'm understanding you right, he was able to locate the actual USB plug on your computer, but your OS isn't detecting any new hardware?


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Yes, I've got XP.

Right, my o/s isn't detecting any new hardware.

I need to go google winzip, I guess. I had a hard time understanding him becaus he talked so fast, I should have asked him to write it down.


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If you go to the control panel (from the start menu), go to "Performance and Maintenance" and open up "System", click the Hardware tab and then the Device Manager button, what does it list under "Universal Serial Bus controllers"?


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er... I'm not at home... I'm sorry...

I need to go crawl back into the dark ages now.

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If you still have a dialup connection, you can IM me whenever you're home.


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Thanks Royko! *hug*


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*hops into thread*

*looks around*

Yup, everything looks a lot more highspeed around here!

*hugs Royko*

*showers Royko with kitty toys for Astrid*

Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin


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I can probably point you in the right direction to a couple of free zip programs, but I don't have access to that info right now, so I'll have to post it tomorrow.


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no worries - I'm all set up now thanks to Royko! Big Grin


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okay.

i have a labtop.
ibm, windows 98se.

it hasn't been on the internet for awhile and i'm finding it impossible to get it back online because i don't have the proper drivers to get it on wireless or anything. i am wondering if updating it to xp will solve the driver problem and thus make my life easier.

i really like it. and all i really need it for is internet, pictures etc.

do you think its worth it to get a new one or update it?


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Do you have a wireless adapter for it?

If not, you can probably find one that still supports 98.


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i should have a look.
the one kirsty gave me was supposed to work for win98se but i still need one more driver, apparently. which is irritating.


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-scruffy ambulating reanimated hypothetical vegetarian leigonairre of the undead. ~ Cav
-Look, I've got a cape and a tendency towards violence. It does not make me a superhero! ~ Domitella
-The key thing to remember about historians is that we are entirely capable of being objective, empirical and batshit crazy. ~ Dr. Marvinmarymac
 
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?#1 - Do you have sufficient resources on the laptop to RUN xp? 98 may have been a pig, but it ain't nothin' compared to XP. The XP install will check your system out, but you need lots of free(d up) hard drive space to install that puppy. And RAM (256 minimum). Once it's there, it's pretty stable.

If it works, and you have a copy of XP lying around, try it -- but if it's only for web browsing, email, and picture management/editing, have you considered linux? There are plenty of linux 'distros', like Ubuntu, that can run from a cd, and I wouldn't be surprised if it has drivers to get on your network.

If you also need a wireless card, it might get stickier -- then you've moved out of my league; you'd probably need to find an older wireless card, blah blah blah ...


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well. i never thought of linux because its scary but only because i don't know it. can i just find one in the store?

and i'm not sure if i'd have enough space. but i was planning on freeing up stuff by transferring it to an external hard drive if i was going to go the XP route.

but that would also almost bring me up to the cost of a new labtop as an external wasa bout £80 and a copy of xp £100


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I guess that's a catch-22 there -- you can download linux distros for free and burn 'em to a CD and run it, but that requires getting on the internet ...

you can also order up a free Ubuntu disk set and they'll mail it to you. There is a learning curve, in that it looks different, but browsers are browsers, and the GIMP (graphics editor) is the gimp (runs on windows, too). You just pop in the CD, reboot and you're done.

But take a look at XP -- odds are, someone can probably mail you a disk for that, too -- if you're hardware can run it, it's fine.


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hrmmm...

i don't really wanna blow £300+ on new computer but i think thats what i'm going to have to do.

my labtop just seems a bit antiquated. it only has 8.7 gigs or something. and oh jesus. 64 ram...

i guess that solves it.


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-The key thing to remember about historians is that we are entirely capable of being objective, empirical and batshit crazy. ~ Dr. Marvinmarymac
 
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Originally posted by silly zombie punk:
hrmmm...

i don't really wanna blow £300+ on new computer but i think thats what i'm going to have to do.

my labtop just seems a bit antiquated. it only has 8.7 gigs or something. and oh jesus. 64 ram...

i guess that solves it.


Hell, I remember paying several hundred dollars for 2 simms, a total of 64 megs of RAM, and that was to get Win95 to run. I'm sensing a connection, here ...


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alright new question:

labtop vs PC

someone help me buy a computer.

what do i want:

internettage
music
pictures
messengerses

i don't play anything more complicated than scrabulous at the moment and probably really wont.


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-scruffy ambulating reanimated hypothetical vegetarian leigonairre of the undead. ~ Cav
-Look, I've got a cape and a tendency towards violence. It does not make me a superhero! ~ Domitella
-The key thing to remember about historians is that we are entirely capable of being objective, empirical and batshit crazy. ~ Dr. Marvinmarymac
 
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