Here is a link to download either version: SuperAntiSpyware
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Here is a link to the article from Microsoft's Born to learn blog: Born to Learn
I recently came across an HP laptop that had an LCD that would flicker after a few minutes of being turned on. It was on a docking station, plugged into a power strip with the original A/C adapter for the docking station. So I began trying to troubleshoot the issue and began narrowing down what I could to determine if there was a power issue or an LCD issue. It really could only be either one of those problems, there is not much else that can cause a screen to flicker.
So, I first decided to troubleshoot the power situation. I removed the laptop from the docking station and at the same time, decided to plug the laptop directly into a wall outlet with the original laptop A/C adapter (not the docking station one). Result: LCD still flickers. The only common item at this point is the laptop. I tried another wall outlet, no help. I tried another A/c adapter, LCD still flickered.
Next step, I took the laptop to a completely different area in the office.....guess what, it stopped flickering. (Don't get too excited yet). I proceeded to get with our office maintenance to have them check the cubicle for electrical issues. They actually came back to tell me that they found some loose wires which they repaired. (Again, don't get too excited). I tried the laptop again at the client's desk....LCD began to flicker again, but not right away like before.
To make a long story short......when the laptop was at my desk, it did eventually flicker, it just took longer. Not sure why. After waiting 45 minutes or so, it did begin to flicker. So, my last option was to assume that there was an issue with the LCD. One interesting thing is that the laptop LCD NEVER flickered while it was on battery power!!! Very interesting and HP had no idea about this.
The solution that HP stated they repaired was the LCD, a fan (not sure which one) and they replaced the laptop battery. Luckily, all of this was still covered under warranty.
Do you have any laptop LCD flicker stories?
In the meantime...checkout the cool tool that was posted on Technibble this week. Bluescreens happen, period....there is no way to not get one if you are using any Microsoft Windows flavor. From windows 95 to Windows 7, bluescreens happen. The below listed tool may help figure out what caused the bluescreen which might help you troubleshoot the issue further to resolve the problem.
Check out the article here: BlueScreenView
Anyway, enough ranting... here is the link to the hofix: Publisher 2007 hotfix.
Are you tired of issues like this? There are free office suites out there. Check them out if you are not happy with Microsoft Office.
Within the past month, Office 2007 SP2 was released through Windows Updates. Most likely, everyone installed the update without any trouble. But suddenly, you attempt to open one of your MS Publisher files and get an error message like this: "Publisher can not open the file." You click OK and then the application closes. Apparently, the Office 2007 SP2 install has somehow denied the ability to open Publisher files, including a brand new file that you save. Once that new file is saved and you attempt to open it again, NOPE, it doesn't open. Of course I started the usual google search for this problem and I came across a forum (actually its the Microsoft Technet forum) and beginning around the end of May is when people starting complaining.
Well almost a month has gone by and yup, you guessed it, no public word from Microsoft on the issue. So I contacted them and this is exactly what they said: "We are aware of the Office 2007 Publisher issues after installing SP2. This issue will be resolved and released into Windows Updates by the end of June." The end of June??? That is basically 2 weeks from now! The only possible workaround they mentioned was to remove SP2 but then it will just reinstall itself again through Windows Updates unless you block it until the fix is released.
I understand things break sometimes, but just be honest about it. The fact that Microsoft has not publicly responded just shows that they could care less about customer service. Not to mention we (the Office 2007 users) have to wait for a fix that they broke to begin with. Maybe its time to be reminded of other office suites, free ones for that matter.
Has the installation of Office 2007 SP2 affected you at all? Let me know.
Update: Microsoft has released the Publisher 2007 hotfix
Solution: Defrag PC on a regular basis if you do alot of moving, copying or deleting of files or programs. On Windows XP, you can schedule a defrag or start one manually. Windows Vista attempts to automatically defrag when the PC is idle (but it is also scheduled to defrag as well by default).
The next step was to restore the data. I reinstalled the hard drive, then powered on the PC. I pressed F10 to begin the HP System Recovery process. During the process, I was reminded that the data would be lost Windows XP would be reinstalled along with any original HP applications that came with the PC during initial purchase. All other applications would have to be reinstalled. The whole process took one hour from start to finish.
Then to my surprise, when I returned to check the PC, all of the data was still there! And the System Recovery process completed successfully. Maybe I did not read the entire warning message correctly but I thought the data would be deleted. It saved my 3 hours of restoring the data. Everything was then back to normal. My co-worker was happy and so was I!
Have you had any success restoring PCs? Let me know.
Windows XP or Windows Vista users who have their automatic software update turned on will be notified that Internet Explorer version 8 is now available for download.
The new version runs faster and smoother than version 7 according to the author of the article at The Washington Post.
One of the new features is called SmartScreen Filter. This feature blocks phishing sites but the article mentions that this does not work well against the top sites that distribute rogue anti-virus products. Of course Microsoft believes otherwise, take a look at what they say the filter does:
SmartScreen’s malware protection focuses on identifying and blocking sites on the web that are distributing malicious software. As a reputation-based feature, SmartScreen can block new threats from existing malicious sites, even if those threats are not yet blocked by traditional anti-virus or anti-malware signatures. In this way, the SmartScreen filter complements traditional anti-virus products by providing additional dimensions for both identification and protection. For comprehensive protection from malware, we highly recommend that users also install traditional anti-virus products and keep them up to date.You can read more about Internet Explorer 8 and its SmartScreen filter here: IE8
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On the print preferences tab of the print queue, there was an option called "mirror image". Somehow, it much have been turned on which causes print jobs to come out backwards. I turned the feature off and printed another test page with no issues. This did not seem to affect network printers, just her local desktop printer.
To give proper credit, I found the solution here: Microsoft Technet
Apparently, this may only be happening if its an HP Officejet printer. Has this happened to you? Do you know why SP3 may have caused this change? Let me know.
At about 25 minutes into the 6310 install, the installer got stuck at 96% and stayed there for another 20 minutes or so before I gave up. This should not be the case. So I decided to unplug the USB cable, and suddenly, the installation finished!. But I was very suspicious so I opened the HP Solution Center and of course, I get the following message:
No HP devices detected. HP solutions Center will close now.
(So basically, the 6310 installation is now corrupt.)
Here is what did to fix the installation issues for the Officejet 6310, you can try it for the Officejet 7680 too, but good luck!
1) Remove all HP software from add remove programs.(in both cases, the client had older printers & scanners installed previously).
2) End any remaining HP****.exe tasks running in task manager.
3) Delete all HP and Hewlett Packard folders located in these areas:
c:\program files\hewlett packard
c:\program files\common files\hp (or hewlett packard or both)
4) Delete all HP & Hewlett Packard registry entries found (do at your own risk).
5) Download latest full software package from HP.com for the correct model Officejet device.
6) Reboot PC and then install HP Officejet 6310 again using the file you just downloaded and not
the install CD.
I can not guarantee this will work for you, but nothing else I found online worked.
Did you have success? Let me know.
Error 53, not enough storage to complete the command.
While troubleshooting this error across multiple IT forums, I found the following suggestions that did NOT work:
1) Problem is due to not enough RAM (not true, PC has 2GB of RAM which rarely goes past 1GB during daily use)
2) Move the paging file to another hard drive. (Did not try this because it sounds stupid for the above error message)
3) Try upgrading Internet Explorer to IE7 or IE8. (I did this, but it did not solve the issue.
4) The last thing recommended was to remove .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 which also did not help.
I said all of the above to help the next person having the same error 53 message....I am 99% certain that the ONLY issue is that the person's Windows profile became corrupt. Usually, when this happens, you can not un-corrupt the profile.
To fix it, create a new profile and move the data back from the old to the new profile.
That's it, simple as that. I came across this solution because I decided to logon to the PC myself and I tried exactly what the client was doing at the time and I did not get the error 53 message. I then renamed his windows profile and had him logon like he was a new user and just like that, the error was gone.
Moral of the story....when weird stuff happens like this, just try making a new Windows profile first or logon to the PC as another user to see if the same errors still happen with that profile. If they do, then something else is wrong, but if not, its safe to say the Windows profile became corrupt.
Has something like this happened to you recently?
Build 7048 was said by some sources to be the Release Candidate build, which is currently scheduled for sometime in April. So we could possibly be seeing the Release Candidate for Windows 7 if you can get your hands on one but you will have to get it from one of the popular torrents.
Perhaps the most notable change of all is the ability to uninstall and exclude Windows staples such as Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Windows DVD Maker, Windows Search, Handwriting Recognition, Windows Gadget Platform, Fax and Scan, XPS Viewer, and yes, Internet Explorer 8. Without Internet Explorer 8 installed, users will have to install some other browser for any hopes of accessing the World Wide Web.
Even so, build 7048 looks to be as close to a Release Candidate as Microsoft can get. Any more changes and they'll have to change the name again. What are your thoughts about this release?
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So, I found a trial version of an independent ISO burner called ImTOO ISO Burner. I was able to burn the ISO on the 1st try with no issue. It recognized the same DVD that I was trying with the Roxio application.
I'm sure there are other independent ISO burners out there but ImTOO ISO burner did the trick. You can download it here: ImTOO ISO burner
Be sure to visit the Windows 7 website beginning at 3pm EST (12pm PST) if you would like to be one of the 2.5 million people to get the Windows 7 beta.
Are you going to download Windows 7? Leave me a comment...
So, here are my 2009 goals for RChase Computer Consulting:
1) Post at least once a week.
2) Post more about computer troubleshooting since this seems to be what is searched the most by people.
3) Introduce a PC tool of the week that I may find useful. (I will only do this if I actually use the product)
4) Purchase a domain name for RChase Computer Consulting (need to figure out the best way to do this)
Thanks for being a reader and enjoy the site in the coming days and months of 2009.
If you have any suggestions for this year, please comment below.