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Weird little pop-up harbinger of doom.

 
 
dlowan
 
Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 03:52 pm
Often, when I come off-line (and sometimes, now, when I boot up) a little rectangle with a cross on it pops up and seems to be trying to tell me something. If it has a message written on it, my weird monitor renders it invisible.

I know what it means, though. It means that if I try to go online the computer will tell me that I have no modem. It is then unable to detect the modem when it offers to do so. I have gone down the path of trying to get it to reinstall the modem it actually has - that way madness lay!

The only solution is to reboot - or stay online for hours - which annoys ringing friends, and confuses those who message me without response, because I am, in fact, nowhere near the computer.

Sometimes, when I run scandisk, it fixes the problem briefly. Sometimes, if the problem happens not to be occurring and I run scandisk or defrag, it re-initiates the problem.

Any ideas?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 04:20 pm
With all the puter problems you've had I'd start fresh with a format and reinstall.

Your modem problems can be many different things. Ranging from hardware to drivers. I do not think I will be able to help you through proxy.

So this is pretty much a "this kind a problem is hard to solve in person much less from another continent" post.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 04:26 pm
Ok - thankee! I rather thought 'twould be the case.


I will re whatever when I can.


Don't you be rude about me little putie, though! The hamsters ar egetting a little old, true - but they r edoing the best they can!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 04:27 pm
Rather like me.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 05:37 pm
Like you? You is furry?
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satt fs
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 06:03 pm
1) Updating OS sometimes works for mending problems.

2) The following I do not recommend but sometimes works:

Delete hardwares including modems through hardware management in the control panel (deleting in the sense of "software", not physical). Then reboot the computer. (Caution: This causes some risks.)
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 07:04 pm
I am not so much furry as getting a little older but still doing a fine job at many, many things.

Thank you for the idea, Satt_focusable. However, when it comes to my computer, risk is not my business! I think I shall be cautious and get it fixed when I can afford it.
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SealPoet
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 07:42 pm
Like I said. A smegging great magnet and all your troubles w/ computer become trivial.
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 07:43 pm
Don't listen to the seal!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 08:03 pm
No seal of approval from Bootsie then?
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kiose
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 08:13 pm
Is that joint your smoking dlowan? What's the grass like in Oz dude? How much for an ounce of heads?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 10:31 pm
satt,

With win 98, rebooting does not do as well at recognizing hardware.
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satt fs
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 10:57 pm
Trouble shooting manually on Windows 98 is clearly very complicated.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=/support/windows/Topics/Win98/Hardware/HardwareTS.asp

I thought "plug and play" could deal with it automatically.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 10:59 pm
Sometimes p&P does, but P&P for 98 is a far cry from P&P XP.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 11:12 pm
And in ENGLISH that would mean.....?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 11:14 pm
That windows 98 is not as good as Xp.
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 11:15 pm
HunBun, yet again I can give you my accumulated wisdom about PC's. Ignore the advice of those illiterates (Craven: Debbie=Bunny, remember? The guy's just setting you up again).

Now, first remove the hard-drive from your machine, it looks just like this;

http://store3.yimg.com/I/glob2000_1729_2111788


Now brace it against something solid, like a Bessa block or a concrete brick or even put it in a vice, squeeze that sucker in reeaalll tight.


All set? Good.



Next bit requires the use of a sophisticated piece of equipment;

http://www.911supplies.com/images/mt89.jpg

Think you get the picture.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 1 Apr, 2003 11:18 pm
That red hammer thingy is pretty.

On matters computorial - if in no other thing - I would trust Craven with my life!

Are you trying to open a second front, MrS?

Your evil plans shall come to naught!
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pueo
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2003 12:18 am
yeah, don't listen to stillwater, too many steps to follow. seal poets way is much faster and less complicated. Twisted Evil
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 2 Apr, 2003 02:33 am
I am shocked, Pueo - shocked.
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