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    Ok so all our Macs at work (mac minis) were updated to OS Lion, and the new version of MS Office blows (2010 I think). Our excel doesn't look anything like it used to, can't do page break, etc. My boss is wondering if there's a way to access old versions of Office (2007? 2008?) if we've already installed Lion on our comps. Thoughts? Suggestions? I'm not super techy so layperson please.


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    I just got one of our work laptops back from the repair guys, and now when I hook it up to my external monitor, everything looks PINK. I checked and the monitor cord is fully plugged in. All the settings are still default because IT wiped the laptop. But I can't figure out why it is doing the pink thing. HELP!
    I fixed it. I just needed to replace the monitor cable.

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    The underlined words; how do I get rid of them and why did they start?

    They started a couple of days ago, out of the blue. I have run scans on my computer and got rid of anything that might be fishy. Short of disabling all the ad-ons I have in Firefox, what else can I do to get rid of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessalasset View Post
    Ok so all our Macs at work (mac minis) were updated to OS Lion, and the new version of MS Office blows (2010 I think). Our excel doesn't look anything like it used to, can't do page break, etc. My boss is wondering if there's a way to access old versions of Office (2007? 2008?) if we've already installed Lion on our comps. Thoughts? Suggestions? I'm not super techy so layperson please.
    OS Lion should not have gone ahead and updated MS Office. Those two should, unless you can provide me with some other recourse, be completely autonomous from each other. That is not to say that when your office decided to upgrade to OS Lion, an upgrade to MS Office seemed logical too.

    If you can tell me how you installed MS Office, I might find a solution for you if one has not been found.
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    Two tech ?s:

    1. When you download a zip file (or something similar) on the web, how can you choose where it goes? Whenever I download something, it always goes to an old folder I no longer use - how do I change the destination?

    2. Do people just use webcams to record YouTube videos? Can someone recommend me some good brands that are relatively inexpensive?
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    If it's from a link, you can usually right click and save the file to a specified location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zircona1 View Post
    Two tech ?s:

    1. When you download a zip file (or something similar) on the web, how can you choose where it goes? Whenever I download something, it always goes to an old folder I no longer use - how do I change the destination?
    Check the preferences in your browser. Firefox wants to default to a downloads folder, but you can change that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zircona1 View Post
    2. Do people just use webcams to record YouTube videos? Can someone recommend me some good brands that are relatively inexpensive?
    You don't really record "YouTube videos". People record videos on any video camera, regular camera with video functionality, smartphone, or webcams too I guess. You end up with a video file that you can upload anywhere you want, including YouTube.
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    OK, I figured out how to change preferences for downloads. Thanks guys.
    We're here to play some Mississippi Delta Blues. We're in a horrible depression, and I gotta admit - we're starting to like it.

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    When I try to get to the forum at work, I get the 24-36 hour maintenance page. I use IE7 (only choice) and have deleted all cache, temp files, cookies, etc... What gives? I can get on fine from home and my iPad.
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    What makes me qualified? I've watched EVERY fucking episode of American Idol, and every single episode of The Voice...Forget that I won departmental music awards when I was in the 8th grade choir.

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    try shift+ctrl+f5 to force refresh.
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    Everyone behind our firewall gets the Maint page. How strange. Is there such thing as Enterprise cache?
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    What makes me qualified? I've watched EVERY fucking episode of American Idol, and every single episode of The Voice...Forget that I won departmental music awards when I was in the 8th grade choir.

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    More or less, yes. It's possible that your DNS server's cache is pointing to an older IP address (not sure if coachella.com is on a new address or not). You'll probably just have to wait it out. You can flush your computer's DNS (Run, cmd.exe, "ipconfig /flushdns"), but it'll probably just pull everything from the server.
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    In the middle of the day, seemingly for no particular reason, my computer suddenly stopped recognizing both my iPod and iPhone. I've got a Toshiba laptop running Windows 7. My iPod was already plugged in, and when I attempted to plug my iPhone in as well I realized something was amiss. Though iTunes was still showing the songs in my iPod, when I clicked on any of them I got that exclamation point deal in the left column. When I removed the iPod, all my data was still on the device. The same is true of my iPhone. iTunes is otherwise functioning properly and is the current version.

    My iPhone and iPod are also not recognized by my computer.

    After restarting my computer and receiving an error message when I tried to plug my iPhone in, I followed the advice found here. I performed a Windows update (allowing everything but Internet Explorer to load) and did everything else outlined on the support page and am still not having any luck.

    I should also add that when I restarted the computer for the first time, I got an error message saying that my webcam was not functioning properly. (The webcam is part of the laptop, if that's important.) This issue has also not been resolved.

    My laptop is less than a year old and is running the current version of Norton AntiVirus (which I used shortly after realizing the problem and found no viruses.) I've no idea if that information is relevant. I did encounter an issue online yesterday afternoon, but Norton supposedly took care of it. I don't remember the specifics of this issue and I have no idea if it's got anything to do with this problem.

    Anyone have any advice?
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    I am assuming that the iPod, iPhone and webcam all use USB to connect.

    Do other USB devices work? Have you tried other USB ports? The USB port may be dying.

    You might try going into the Device Manager and remove/uninstall the USB hub/controllers then let Windows detect the 'new' hardware.

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    They do go through USB - There are just two ports on my laptop and I've tried to use both for these devices. Until you mentioned it, I hadn't tried plugging anything else into the USB ports. I've just done that and ran into the same problem - Trying your suggestion now. Thanks!
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    Uh. This can't be good:


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    debating internally about recommending a 'VGA to Display Port' adapter as I haven't personally used one and they seem to work fifty percent of the time judging by the reviews out there. But, hell, it's cheaper than a new monitor. They might as well give it a go. Sorted.
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    So I have this laptop left over from grad school that was purchased through a university I was collaborating with (so it has weird admin settings). I was messing around with some of the settings a couple weeks ago and after restarting to put the changes into effect, my password no longer worked. Since I have no idea what the admin password is, I'm trying to find a way to recover or reset the user passwords for the computer. I've already tried a few methods I looked up, including a free password recovery software that runs as a bootable disc and locates all passwords on the hard drive partitions. The problem is, I get a boot error every time I try to run it. I think it has something to do with md5 files, but I don't know shit about those.

    Do any of you guys know what to do here?
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    I'm in need of a new external hard drive. I need at least 1TB. What do you guys recommend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derekx View Post
    I'm in need of a new external hard drive. I need at least 1TB. What do you guys recommend?
    How much do you want to spend? Usb 2, usb 3, or firewire? Portable or desktop?

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    I have been having an issue with my late 2009 15" Macbook Pro. I've had hard drive issues with it in the past, however, this all subsided when I replaced the ribbon that connects the mother board to the hard drive. All problems, subsequently stopped. Recently, however, whenever I am playing a Youtube video, or songs in iTunes, my browser and other applications lag horribly, but the music still plays. I will have the beach ball of death persist until the song is over with.

    Any thoughts? Thanks.

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    redtube and pornhub are spyware free. The more you know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gaypalmsprings View Post
    How much do you want to spend? Usb 2, usb 3, or firewire? Portable or desktop?
    I'm thinking around $150, firewire, and it doesn't matter if it's portable or desktop.
    The only drive I've been able to find with a firewire and great reviews is the Western Digital My Passport Studio, but it's pretty pricey at $179.
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    I got a new MacBook Pro today and I want to transfer all of my music from my old MacBook to the new one and still retain all of the playlists and play counts. If I transfer my music to an external hard drive and then transfer it to the new computer, will it retain those play counts? Advice on the best/easiest way to do this? Play counts are important to me
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    I'm not sure about that. i lost all that stuff when i did the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icedKeg View Post
    I got a new MacBook Pro today and I want to transfer all of my music from my old MacBook to the new one and still retain all of the playlists and play counts. If I transfer my music to an external hard drive and then transfer it to the new computer, will it retain those play counts? Advice on the best/easiest way to do this? Play counts are important to me
    You have to transfer your iTunes library file (.itl) along with all your song files. Then When you open iTunes on your new computer hold down shift (or control or command, it's one of the three, but I can't remember which). It will give you an option to create a new library or open an existing one. Open the one you copied to your new hard drive and be sure the file path to all your songs is the exact same as it was on your old computer.
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    shit this appears to be a lot more complicated than i'd hoped...
    thanks for the help kreutz.
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    Just get the Apple store to do it.

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    My girlfriend updated her MacBook Pro to the new Mac OS (Lion?). Since then, it boots very slow and crashes often. Should she go back to the older OS? Any advice would be great.

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