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    Quote Originally Posted by scenicworld View Post
    You might be able to get basic functionality using one of the generic drivers included with windows. if those don't get it working, you can try similar epson drivers and see if you can get those working, but it can be tricky. scanners pretty much all use twain, so look around for universal twain drivers.
    After much trial and error, we got it to work with surprise! full functionality by getting it to accept the Epson 2400 drivers. Awesome. So now hopefully I can get another 15 years out of this scanner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scenicworld View Post
    I've been scrambling to replace the last couple dozen of our XP machines, but 4/8 isn't really doomsday for XP. it's the final patch tuesday and then going forward newly discovered vulnerabilities just won't be patched. internet AIDS will still be several months away.
    Thanks!



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    I find it slightly amusing that Microsoft has been warnings everyone about end of support for XP for two years and now everyone is scrambling.
    We get it. You're better than us.


    (and, hey, I've had this new laptop on order for nearly 2 mos now)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowToDisappear View Post
    After much trial and error, we got it to work with surprise! full functionality by getting it to accept the Epson 2400 drivers. Awesome. So now hopefully I can get another 15 years out of this scanner.
    way to go!

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    Thanks!
    you're welcome.

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    I find it slightly amusing that Microsoft has been warnings everyone about end of support for XP for two years and now everyone is scrambling.
    lazy developers, IMO.
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    So I just updated Firefox and now I can't access the internet with that browser. It just says unable to connect. I've tried to troubleshoot by changing the proxy, adding it to my firewall list, and uninstalling it and reinstalling it and still no dice. Chrome works fine but still no damn Firefox. What's the deal?

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    What's your security software?
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    Norton

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    Ugh, that shit sucks. But from what I can find in the forums, that's the problem--Norton doesn't trust the new version of Firefox. Does your version of Norton give you the option of temporarily disabling the Firewall?
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    Now it's being ridiculous. When I try to open up the Norton Internet Security, it refuses to open. No message or anything, just nothing opens up.

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    Just uninstall that piece of utter shit that is Norton Internet Security. Install Microsoft Security Essentials. Call it a day.
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    Uninstalled it and it's still not connecting.

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    Any other options?

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    Sorry, this thread got knocked off the front page and I forgot about it. Um... that's a fucking mystery, man. I'd remote into your machine and take a look if you want, but I don't know what else to tell you to do on here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDevil50 View Post
    I've tried to troubleshoot by changing the proxy, adding it to my firewall list, and uninstalling it and reinstalling it and still no dice. Chrome works fine but still no damn Firefox. What's the deal?
    why are you using a proxy?
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    I've changed it to no proxy and still nothing.

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    does this link open? http://54.215.226.146 (coachella.com)
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    Nope, it still says unable to connect.

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    maybe you're working offline? under developer options, make sure it's unchecked.
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    It was already unchecked. This is so damn weird. I've done all the troubleshooting I could think of and it won't connect for the life of me. Chrome is fine but Firefox is just what I'm used to.

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    yeah, that's pretty weird. are you sure norton was completely removed?
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    I have a MSI laptop (under warranty) which stopped being able to read disks.

    Found out MSI RMA policy sucks.

    Any suggestions on how to avoid being without my laptop for weeks and chancing it getting damaged in the mail?

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    Read disks in what sense? CD/DVDs?
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    External CD drives are pretty cheap off of Amazon if you absolutely can't go without the laptop.

    On a unrelated side note that isn't computer help but I finally used Windows 8 the other day on a computer I was working on and while the touch screen aspect was cool I absolutely hated the UI of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thelastgreatman View Post
    Read disks in what sense? CD/DVDs?
    I have tried CDs and DVDs. Have not tried BluRay disks yet. The first time it happened I rebooted and it worked for a short time. It sounds like it isn't spinning up but not sure. It makes noises for about a minute then reports there is no disk in the drive. If I boot to a bootable disk (Windows install) with the drive as the first boot choice, it does not boot to it.

    MSI responded to my inquiry with an RMA but I would like to avoid the horrors of sending my laptop in the mail for something like this.

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    In the market for a new laptop and given the fact that I last bought a computer during the second Bush administration, I'm actively seeking recommendations on brands/manufacturers (to look for or to avoid), specs I should make sure are a minimum (given my description below) and anything else you care to mention. I am not a gamer, developer, designer, film editor, animator or music producer, so I do not have particularly high spec requirements.

    Must haves:
    • PC, not mac
    • Fast processor
    • Good amount of memory (vague, I know)
    • Reliability
    • Not as heavy as a brick - last laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad) really fucked up my shoulder when I had to schlep all over town w/ it.



    Would be nice to have:
    • Great monitor for viewing video



    Price range:
    • Under $800.



    What I'll be using it for:
    • Work - mainly MS Office applications and internet research
    • Internet browsing - duh
    • Media - all the usual streaming/on demand media (Netflix, Hulu etc.)

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    Lenovo is the best manufacturer in my opinion. As far as all your other requirements go, dude seriously just look up the models in your range from each of the major manufacturers and check their reviews on CNET.

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    bought and would recommend this guy (http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/hom...t-Touch-Laptop ). Full OS tablet convertible with 15.6" screen and beats audio. Just make sure to buy a screen protector (http://www.ebay.com/itm/331092366712...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT ).

    And anyone having problems with wireless range should check this out. Installed yesterday at my house and it's very affective and cheap. Wired or wireless internet via power lines. Crazy. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833704197

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    Generally agree about Lenovo, although I heard their new workstation laptop is a piece of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RageAgainstTheAoki View Post
    In the market for a new laptop
    Laptops are probably the hardest to gauge in terms of price and components. My fist suggestion would be to aim for a $500-700 price tag. Don't be fooled by something you may see in the newspaper. For example, you may read "this laptop has an i5, 4GB ram, and 250GB HD" and is $500. While you may also read "i5, 4GB ram, 1TB HD" for $299.

    What I am trying to get at is there are "generations" to computer parts and just because one brand (or same brand) will offer one at a price with similar components, they truly are not the same. And in the world of computer components, generational gear goes a long way. From buying a piece of shit, die on you in a year, to something that is been time and tested to last you for some time.

    A quick suggestion is to look at what Costco sells. You can check their online inventory. I suggest this because Costco sends quality, current generation products for the low end, mid, and high end consumer.
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    Thanks guys. Funny you should mention Costco. Just found what appears to be a great deal on their website. Thoughts?

    ACER ASPIRE V5 TOUCH SCREEN
    15.6" HD touchscreen
    Intel Core i7
    12gb memory
    1.0 tb hard drive
    All for $700

    Even after you add in extended warranty fees and taxes, this seems like a very good deal for these specs. It must be a very new model, because I can't find reviews for this particular model with these particular specs anywhere. Anyone have good/bad experiences with Acer? I doubt I'll find anything else with these specs for $700. The MSRP for this one is $1k anyway.


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    http://www.cnet.com/products/acer-aspire-v5/

    Like I said, dude--CNET. Also, if I was you I would not buy a brand new laptop and pick up a refurbished Windows 7-era machine off Amazon.
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