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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby mdmf007 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:11 pm

The old drive is fine, and I have cases for it so i can move files to the new laptop. Problem is I want to move the programs over from the old drive without having to reinstall software - Any hacks for that off an external drive?
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Ulisse » Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:21 am

You will have to reinstall all your programs. Most Microsoft programs look at the way the computer is configured and will not run except on the original machine.
You could try installing the old drive on the new machine and supplying the software codes when asked. If the old OSD was XP don't bother, it is no longer supported.
I've found that most parts of any system will fail aproximately at the same time. I wouldn't expect your old HD to last. If it fails you will lose everything, programs and files. Note, this is just a guess- it could go another 10 years.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby mdmf007 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:37 am

Gah,

thats what i figured - Just thought id bounce it off here in hopes ya know.....

thx.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Box Burner » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:10 pm

Haven't used it for some time but I used to have a utility called ghost (an acronym for general hardware-oriented system transfer) which will copy one drive to another as long as the drive being copied to is the same size or bigger than the drive being copied from. I think Symantek (Norton) has it now. Again it will not work if the new system is very much different (hardware-wise) from the old system IF xp or later OS.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby tamarakay » Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:25 pm

Why is it that whenever the hard core geeks at work figure out some really tricky thing at work they call me over and explain it in excruciating detail. Or, even more fun, the ones that call me over and talk their way through whatever it was that had them stumped. Usually as they talk they work out whatever it was that had them stuck. But really, I don't have time to stand here and watch you look for that random weird check box you found that unlocked that app-v thingy or unblocked the pipe and I really don't care what delivers the damn app, app-v or Citrix. Just pick one already and get it done! Deadlines people!

I must have a sympathetic uh-huh, oh I see, hmmmmm, I see, thing or something. I obviously can look more interested than I am lol

Ok, I feel better. Carry on with your thread.

*edited to add missing words* oh dyslexia
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby BBadger » Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:13 pm

mdmf007 wrote:The old drive is fine, and I have cases for it so i can move files to the new laptop. Problem is I want to move the programs over from the old drive without having to reinstall software - Any hacks for that off an external drive?


Sometimes you can get it to work, though on Windows XP it used to require changing your disk controllers to the non-motherboard-specific variants. I had systems I was able to use across multiple upgrades because I loathe having to reinstall. It might work fine with Windows 7 by just connecting it up. Worth a shot anyway.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:15 pm

tamarakay wrote:Why is it that whenever the hard core geeks at work figure out some really tricky thing at work they call me over and explain it in excruciating detail. Or, even more fun, the ones that call me over and talk their way through whatever it was that had them stumped. Usually as they talk they work out whatever it was that had them stuck. But really, I don't have time to stand here and watch you look for that random weird check box you found that unlocked that app-v thingy or unblocked the pipe and I really don't care what delivers the damn app, app-v or Citrix. Just pick one already and get it done! Deadlines people!

I must have a sympathetic uh-huh, oh I see, hmmmmm, I see, thing or something. I obviously can look more interested than I am lol

Ok, I feel better. Carry on with your thread.

*edited to add missing words* oh dyslexia

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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby BBadger » Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:38 am

tamarakay wrote:Why is it that whenever the hard core geeks at work figure out some really tricky thing at work they call me over and explain it in excruciating detail. Or, even more fun, the ones that call me over and talk their way through whatever it was that had them stumped. Usually as they talk they work out whatever it was that had them stuck. But really, I don't have time to stand here and watch you look for that random weird check box you found that unlocked that app-v thingy or unblocked the pipe and I really don't care what delivers the damn app, app-v or Citrix. Just pick one already and get it done! Deadlines people!


It's like taking time to praise your cat when she brings a half-dead bird or mouse to your doorstep beaming with pride. Sure you don't want that thing in the house, and sure your porch will soon be covered with feathers and grizzle, but that cat took time to bring that prize all the way to you! Alive! That, after all that patience, ingenuity, frustration, and many failed attempts to land that bird.

But the bird isn't the real prize -- at least that first time. It's the praise of the owner the cat really wants. All that feeding and cleaning and raising that cat, and finally she's brought something back of her own to show you what's she's made of.

You give praise vocally behind the glass of the door because know the cat wants to bring it inside. No matter. The cat responds with a meow in kind, but caught up in that moment of praise, the bird is momentarily forgotten.

The grip loosened, the bird flies away to live another day.

The cat may be disappointed despite your consolation, but she'll work twice as hard for the next one.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby tamarakay » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:06 am

user: You need to uninstall windows 7 and put XP back on this machine. my Kofax doesn't work on XP and that's all I do.
Me: Let me take a look. ok, you haven't been upgraded to win7 yet.
user: Then why won't my scanner work?
me: is it plugged in?
user: shit. (click)

Me: (dialing phone)
user: This is (redacted) how can I help you?
Me: Your welcome. (click)
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby ygmir » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:07 am

tamarakay wrote:user: You need to uninstall windows 7 and put XP back on this machine. my Kofax doesn't work on XP and that's all I do.
Me: Let me take a look. ok, you haven't been upgraded to win7 yet.
user: Then why won't my scanner work?
me: is it plugged in?
user: shit. (click)

Me: (dialing phone)
user: This is (redacted) how can I help you?
Me: Your welcome. (click)


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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Elliot » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:48 am

So... Microshaft abandoned all us Windows XP users in April. But this morning I found that my computer had apparently been accessed and updated during the night, and then I see on a news-site that there is a new bug that Microshaft is scrambling to patch in "all" versions of Windows.

So... did they "support" me a little anyway? Or is that the bug, disguised as a "security update"?
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Tin Halo » Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:59 am

That's not a bug, that's a feature!

I'd be more concerned that your computer was up, running, and connected to the internet all night...
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Patsh » Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:58 pm

Tin Halo wrote:That's not a bug, that's a feature!



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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Elliot » Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:44 pm

So.... I am cobbling together a website for my camp, using something called GoDaddy.
I will spare you, for now, the battle of wits I am having with them (him?), but I have a question about my end of it:

When I am working in GoDaddy's "Website Builder", I am often interrupted by a pop-up that warns me of an "unresponsive script", and so long as that little box is on the screen, everything is frozen. I get rid of it by clicking on the various buttons and being patient, but it comes back, and it becomes more and more insistent until I give up and log out of the Website Builder.

That "unresponsive scrip" box does come up at other times, but quite seldom.

Whadda dickens is a "script" in this context?

There is a little check-box in that pop-up which asks if I want it to "not ask me again". Could I solve this... that simply?
I have not dared try it, lest some never-before-known-to-humanity catastrophe befall me.

I'm using a desktop computer with Windows XP Pro and Firefox. The computer tells me it has an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, something called E4400 @ 2.00 GHz, perhaps something else that is 2.00 GHZ, and 0.99 GB RAM. The hard drive has so little Stuff on it that it doesn't even have any interest in defragging. But I get frequent warnings that I am low on memory -- I think it sometimes says "virtual" memory, and maybe other times not. Not quite sure. I'm on an AT&T DSL line.

On GoDaddy's suggestion, I have tried working in a "Private Window" to avoid caching problems, but that does not seem to help.

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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby FIGJAM » Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:13 am

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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Elliot » Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:31 am

Holy cow.... If I manage to do all five of those, it will be a medium miracle.

Under "Use YesScript Plug-in", it says to enter the relevant website URL. Does this mean that I copy the whole address in the address bar when the problem occurs, and for each such? The website has nine pages, Would I have to do this nine times?
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby FIGJAM » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:56 pm

I don't have a clue.

My nephew inlaw is an IT troubleshooter and I found out his secret.

When he comes up against something new, he does just what we do and Googles it.

That was one of many choices when I searched "unresponsive script". :lol:
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Elliot » Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:29 pm

Awwwww.... I figured you knew all this stuff. :lol:

Oh, yes, I google all the time. ("Google" is a verb also now, yes.) But it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff on the interweb. So I try to get several opinions.

Apavlin is a pro, and he is helping me via PMs.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Elliot » Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:40 pm

Apavlin has been helping me a bunch, and now I think the problem is gone.
Extending the script run time may have helped a little bit, but the biggie was starting Firefox in safe mode. I have no idea what that means, but it is super easy -- just hold down the shift key while launching Firefox. And I just worked on the site for a loooooong time without interruption -- for the first time.
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