werewolf's Articles In Personal Computing
November 1, 2016 by werewolf
New HP machine, Win 10 64bit, UEFI "BIOS"

I have screens set to shut off at 10 minutes, HDDs set to shut off at 20 minutes, computer sleeps at 30 minutes. The rest of the power plan is/was the default Win 10 plan.

None of my USB ports stay powered when the machine 'sleeps' including the port on the top with the lightning bolt symbol, which I thought was specifically designed to not shut down.

Here's what I've tried, in approximately the order tried:

Changed power plan...
June 17, 2009 by werewolf
Hi all,

I have Vista installed to boot on my C: drive.  I installed Ubuntu on my external USB harddrive and as long as the external is on, my GRUB loader comes up correctly.

The thing is that I don't want to leave my USB drive turned on all the time.  I would like to be able to turn it off, but still get the boot loader.  I get "Error 21" if the drive is turned off.

I believe that the loader is actually on the USB drive.  I have not figured out how to move it to the ...
November 4, 2006 by werewolf
I installed it...not too shabby...if you're interested.

go to this link, scroll down to the bottom and click the link to dl the .msi

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October 27, 2006 by werewolf
Hi all,

My computer has been freezing lately, probably some connection on the motherboard. I think I fixed that part of it, but...

During one session, it froze a number of times very quickly. During reboots, during ad-aware and virus checking sessions, etc.

It seems that now anything in the explorer *process* is verrrrrryyyyyy slow. Sys tray refreshes are slow, taskbar refreshes are slow, opening the start panel, opening windows explorer.exe (it loads quickly, but navigation is painf...
August 20, 2006 by werewolf
I found a motherboard which has this spec: FSB 1000MHz Hyper Transport (2000 MT/s)

A CPU with these specs:

Hyper-Transport Support: Yes
L1 Cache: 64KB+64KB
L2 Cache: 1MB
Multi-Core: Single-Core
Operating Frequency: 2.2GHz

So the FSB runs at 1Ghz and the processor is capable of running at 2.2Ghz. But how does this hyper transport fit in to the picture? What is 2000 MT/s?
August 6, 2006 by werewolf
I went to MS update to get all the new updates for my daughters Dell laptop. The way it looks is that I can only do the Windows Update thing is by installing that stupid WGA app. I've heard horror stories that WGA has reported factory laptop installs of XP are invalid and shut the whole machine down. That's not good. I have turned off auto update on her machine.

On the other hand, some of those updates are probably needed (she is going to be in a fairly secure environment, nat enabled router...
November 4, 2016 by werewolf
I have several applications which use the public documents folder extensively. I want to relocate the public documents folder to an SSD drive specifically so the various graphical apps don't need to wait for a disk to spin up and to get 9.6 gigs of files off my system drive.
There are two ways I have found to do this. One is straight forward: Boot into safe mode, select the properties of that folder, choose the location tab and change it.


The other way is more dramatic and requires the...
October 12, 2006 by werewolf
Remember all the hullaballoo when XP came out in regards to having to re-activate when a major hardware change was made? Remember that it all turned out to be a relative non-issue?

Not anymore. It sounds as though we get to activate Vista once. Right now anyway.

I sincerely hope that we can change our hardware without having to re-license the OS.

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May 28, 2006 by werewolf
Acer, HP, Gateway, Dell, Avaratec, Toshiba, Compaq, Lenovo, Sony.....

Oy.

My daughter just graduated high school and I would like to get her a laptop to take to college. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but something around $1k is all I can afford.

Basically this system:

15" tft monitor
60g hdd minimum
512mg ram minimum
8-12 cell battery lithium ion
wifi enabled/lan
fast processor (have no idea what kinds of processor options I was looking at.)
fast graphics (128m vram)?...
January 27, 2006 by werewolf
My distro, Ubunto, came with Firefox 1.07. I downloaded the firefox1.5.gz to a folder in 'home' and did the whole dpkg thing and now I have the original firefox 1.07 installation in the 'usr' folder and the new installation in my 'home' folder. It works great. I have a shortcut to it in my panel. The problem comes when I launch a link from email...the old version launches.

I tried updating firefox through the firefox update options, but it didn't see it.

I was going to uninstall the n...
October 20, 2005 by werewolf
Hi,

By freeze I mean total lock-up. No keyboard, no mouse, nada. It happens within 3 minutes of turning on the computer. To take drivers and such out of the equation, I left my computer on the boot loader (dual boot linux/winXP) and it froze.

Is there anyway that drivers could still be an issue here? I'm going to start checking all my hardware possibilities, but I need to get rid of the software issue first.

Thanks so much for your reply.

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