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    alright...i've deleted those underlined things, deleted the rest of symantec and installing avast right now. any other advice to boost the speed? or delete anything else?
    There are some services you could disable but it would be a pain in the ass to show me a list to mark. Google WinsockXP Fix, run it, reboot until you have internet again.
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    So I attempted to be a pal to my friend last night and load his new iphone with a shit load of music from my itunes library. Not only was I unable to transfer any music to his iphone from my library, my computer started acting up quite a bit, the piece of shit froze and I had to manually shut it down. It took me several attempts (about 8 times) to get the damn thing to turn back on without freezing and when I finally did I was advised by Windows that my "WMI provider host has stopped working" and my computer basically became completely inoperable.

    What happened? What in fuck's name do I do?
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    ATTENTION MICROSFT EXCEL GURUS!

    i need your help

    so i've been trying to search, but perhaps i'm not getting the results i want because i don't know how to articulate what it is i want.

    i have a spreadsheet. the spreadsheet has two numbers that need to be compared. if one is higher than the other, i would like another field to say "yes" or "no", depending on the logic. this is currently a manual field; however users keep forgetting to update this field so i want to try to make it automatic so they don't have to remember.

    any ideas? from what i can tell, conditional formatting only really formats the cells, it won't specifically say "yes" or "no". thanks to anyone who can help!!!
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    Use the IF function with an inequality. For example:

    =IF(A1>B2, "Yes", "No")

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    thank youuuuuuuuu! <3 <3
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    I was using my dad's laptop and I forgot it had no antivirus because he only uses it for email and word. so just randomly after using it to browse the internet I turn it on and I get unmountable boot volume blue screen. is there anyway for me to fix this without getting a new hard drive and trying to salvage the data?

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    when i first turn on the computer it gives me the option to boot up in safe mode or normally etc. then no matter what I do it goes to a blue screen that says a problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME
    then later on Technical info: ***STOP:0x000000ED (0x863017B8,0xC0000006,0x00000000,0x00000000)

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    My work computer is making a chug-a-chug-a-chug rattling sound, and smells like burning.

    That can't be good.

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    I wouldn't think so. Bad power supply?

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    My car has been doing the same thing. I've been trying really hard to ignore it
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    As I was typing that, I was thinking about how it sounded like I was on Car Talk. Time to do a backup.

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    but yeah, those two things you described on their own are generally bad signs, especially concerning the hard drive. I don't have a ton of experience with laptops, but those are telltale signs that an external harddrive is totally fucked, so if you still have access to your data then yes, immediate BU
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    Quote Originally Posted by menikmati View Post
    I wouldn't think so. Bad power supply?
    Pretty much only can be a power supply, hard drive or a motherboard component. I'd bet money on power supply, because if a motherboard component was burning, you would have heard explosions and would have a large paper weight. If it was the hard drive, you would probably be unable to use the laptop/PC. It could also be the battery, in theory, but it would probably explode and injure you before you could smell burning. If it's under warranty, check on getting a replacement power supply.
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    Also, for as much shit talking as Mac users like to do with PC users, Vista and 7's backup program is infinitely easier to set up than Time Machine or god forbid that overpriced Time Capsule nonsense.
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    Thanks for the feedback Erik, Drinkey and Brad. This computer is probably older than me so it's way past due to die. And it's a Dell PC.

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    Aren't both Time Machine and Time Capsule automatic without any installation or settings to configure? How can the set-up be any easier than that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Courtney View Post
    Aren't both Time Machine and Time Capsule plug-and-play? How can the set-up be any easier than that?
    You would think so. I also think that the Mac OS Keychain is poorly designed garbage, as well.
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    i love my time capsule... the wireless router is great... even if it is a bit overpriced.

    but I don't use it for time machine, we just use it as a way to stream music from our laptops from wherever in the apartment.

    i agree on keychain... although it got a much needed reworking in snow leopard and I don't have issues anymore.

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    I haven't played with Snow Leopard, yet, so I don't have any constructive opinions. My Time Capsule experience has been that it works fine as a wireless router and streaming machine, but the intended wireless backup functionality is pretty awful. I've probably set up a dozen in my life, and 100% of them lost sync at some point through normal use (even in situations where I was the only administrator on the Mac, which if I'm not messing with it, should result in perfect behavior).
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    that surprises me... but I don't trust automated backups... i care too much about my shit to trust some calendared algorithm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgaretjax View Post
    but I don't use it for time machine, we just use it as a way to stream music from our laptops from wherever in the apartment.
    I kept having trouble with this when I tried it with Tiger. It was really hard to get access to the drive, and then it kept dropping off. Is it better now in Snow Leopard?

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    dunno. never had that problem. i would make sure that the wireless setting on the airport (g/n etc.) is the same as all the computers that are trying to access it. i can imagine some problems emerging if you have a g and an n computer...

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    I downloaded PrimoPDF yesterday and when I installed it, it recommended that I download the latest version of Internet Explorer. I opted against downloading IE & was able to continue on with my install just fine. When I try to print a Final Draft document, PrimoPDF comes up as a printer, and when I select it & click "OK," there's an indication of something happening at the bottom of the screen, but a window never appears asking me to save the document or where I want to save it to. Does anyone know if the IE download is necessary for PrimoPDF to convert files properly? Doesn't seem like it should.

    Oh, and an icon was added to my desktop upon the install, PrimoPDF - Drop Files Here to Convert. When I click on it, I get this error message: "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135)."

    If nobody knows what the issue is, can anyone recommend a viable alternative?
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    Reinstall with the IE upgrade. I thought Final Draft has its own PDF converter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    My car has been doing the same thing. I've been trying really hard to ignore it
    My car was doing this too. Then it caught on fire while I was on the freeway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monklish View Post
    Reinstall with the IE upgrade. I thought Final Draft has its own PDF converter?
    It does, but when I use it, I get this message: "Printer not activated, error code -30"

    I've got version 5, an official disc. I've checked out the manual & not found anything re: PDF conversion.
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    The first post in this thread is some of your best work, Rick.

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    Thanks, D. Surprised nobody ever sigged at least the "First, full disclosure, I was looking up porn last night" bit.

    Goddamn this Internet Explorer download. Can't it just start already?
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    Version 5? Just bittorrent Final Draft 8 for Christ's sake.
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    I have Windows Vista, which is like having a virus for an operating system. Recently, in an attempt to shut down my computer, the blasted machine got stuck on the Logging Off screen forever. It was clear that it was never going to shut down, so I had to do a hard shut down by holding the power button. All the time I turn it back on, it gives me that "didn't shut off properly" thing, and then it does certain things: I either log on to a black screen in which I can only see the cursor; it logs on to my computer, but many of my applications are not responsive and I have to do another hard shut down, because it still hangs at the log off screen; or it logs on and my programs are responsive. Always, eventually, I need to do a hard shut off because sometimes when my computer falls asleep, it won't wake up properly; as in, the blinking light becomes solid and I can hear the laptop come to life, but nothing displays on the screen (not even the cursor) and no button presses change that. So then I have to restart and hope that it comes up with my programs responsive, but usually it doesn't. I have scanned with Trend Micro, and no viruses have popped up.

    There is something of a clue, and I think this gets us close to what is wrong. If I press Crtl+Alt+Delete and ask for the Task Manager, the Task Manager will not display, but the green graph icon will be in the tray. I can hover the mouse over the icon, and it will say Task Manager, but that's all I can do. The window for it never appears, no matter how many little icons I summon onto the tray. I can, however, use ProcessExplorer and see that when I start up some applications, they use no CPU power. Meanwhile, a certain svchost.exe is using about 50%, while System Idle Process is using about another 50% of the CPU.

    The svchost.exe contains audiodg.exe underneath its belt, but audiodg.exe doesn't use up any CPU. The services in this specific svchost.exe are these: DCHP Client, Security Center, TCP/IP NetBIOS, Windows Audio, and Windows Event Log. I have read on the internets that it is Windows Event Log that goes crazy in this circumstance. I've read accounts of people killing the process or disabling Windows Event Log. One time, I was able to use ProcessExplorer to kill the offending svchost.exe, and I was able to launch the Task Manager, and my laptop was being normal until it fall asleep and wouldn't wake up (this wake up problem has been around for a long time).

    Now, however, when I try killing or disabling or doing anything with svchost.exe or Windows Event Log, I get an error that says "Error Opening Process: Access is denied." Also, when I press F8 and go to the Repair Computer thing and click the thing to restore to an earlier time, it does nothing...

    So does anybody know of anything that can be done to fix this? I mean, it sounds fixable. I can still operate in my computer when it wants. It seems to have to do with that Windows Event Log thing.
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