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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 19, 2013, 07:52:17 AM
Computer Configuration>Windows Setting>Security Settings>Local Policy>Security Options>Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only.  It is set to "Enable" by default.  change it to disable.

Here is the explanation by Microsoft of this setting:

Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only

This security setting determines whether local accounts that are not password protected can be used to log on from locations other than the physical computer console. If enabled, local accounts that are not password protected will only be able to log on at the computer's keyboard.

Default: Enabled.


Warning:

Computers that are not in physically secure locations should always enforce strong password policies for all local user accounts. Otherwise, anyone with physical access to the computer can log on by using a user account that does not have a password. This is especially important for portable computers.

77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Networking, help me understand. on: October 19, 2013, 07:44:38 AM
there is a setting if your using the Pro version of XP to allow blank passwords.  I usually use gpedit to set this.  let me see if I can find the path for it.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's up with Flash crashing all the time lately? on: October 16, 2013, 05:37:27 AM
nvidia does have a driver detect option on their website that I have used before.  Not sure about an uninstaller other than the one that comes with their software.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Silent installer for java and adobe products on: October 10, 2013, 01:34:36 PM
we can neither do away with Java or Flash.  online educational sites are horrible in their use of Java and Flash.  They are also horrible in the version they require.  One site will update their end to a newer version in order for it to work which in turn, breaks another site that hasn't updated.  Angry

I usually try to wait until someone gets the error that they need to use a newer version but that is a problem to, because they have a class in the computer lab and then they cannot do what they wanted them to do. 

so that is why i am looking for some kind of auto installer.  But even the suggestions are pretty price for our small school.   Sad
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Silent installer for java and adobe products on: October 10, 2013, 05:36:16 AM
I am looking for a way to update computers on our school network (Windows 7).  Mostly for Java and adobe products like Reader and Flash.  Alot of our school software requires the latest version and for me to spend time manually updating them is just not realistic.

One thing would be nice if it could scan our Windows network to see if updates were needed and then silent install the necessary programs.

Does anything like this exist or could a program be written to do this?  I am not a programmer so I don't even know if it could be done.  It would make my life easier.  smiley
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: September 16, 2013, 05:51:11 AM
a saying that I picked up somewhere along the line, "even if you were using perfect english, who would know it?" 
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 10, 2013, 05:42:05 AM
actually, Target, I have asked them and they say both machines are very much worth repairing.  I don't very often buy new machines from him so he does benefit that way from me. He likes the 4100 and the P3005 because they are a business class printer, durable, the parts are easy to get and easy to replace.

to repair or not repair wasn't really the question of the OP.  It was at what point do you stop repairing them and buy new... that was the question.  the printers in question, have less than 72000 pages run through them so they have lots of life left.

I probably will repair once, and then buy new the second time.  98% of the time my machines don't need repaired again.  some of my teachers don't even put a thousand pages a year on them.  so repairs tend to last me a very long time.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 07, 2013, 06:08:45 PM
most of the time they need a good cleaning and maybe new feed rollers, possible a transfer roller or fuser on occasion.  Fusers are expensive and the others are not that bad.  The company i use is legit and very good.  the do repairs for lots of companies and I do trust them.  Usually it cost me the parts plus an hour or so of labor ($75).  My users don't put lots of pages through them so journally repairs last quite a while. 
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 07, 2013, 05:58:13 PM
Mouser, I can partially agree with if we are talking about a hundred dollar printer, then yeah, repairs probably wont be worth it.  But brand new the P3005 and 4100 HP are many hundreds of dollars.  The 4100s are known to be real workhorses and some probably have a million or more pages.  Te older ones tend to have heavier and possibly more metal parts in them than the newer plastic printers.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / printer to repair or not repair on: September 07, 2013, 05:28:09 PM
I am having a difficult time wrapping my head around printers - laser printers.  Do I repair them or replace them.  By repair, I mean someone else does the work.

I am not talking about cheap printers but ones like the HP Laserjets P3005dn, 4100dn, 1300, 1200.  Also Xerox N2125.

i realize these are some heavy duty printers that are made to last a long time and print thousands of pages before needing some attention.  But one can wrap up hundreds of dollars in repairs, especially if a maintenance kit or fuser is needed.

While these printers won't have the speed of a newer one, they probably are more durable, in my opinion.

so where is the trade off ... replace or repair at?  is it in dollars to repair or how many pages have been run through the printer over the lifetime.  some of my printers are 7-10 years old.  Does that mean I should replace?

I didn't know what other doco users thoughts were on this.  I am using these in a school enviroment if that makes a difference.

thanks,
Dave
86  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Apple Mighty Mouse - Wireless (Bluetooth) Model No.A1197 - Mini-Review on: August 28, 2013, 05:47:01 PM
plus the Logitech wireless mice have excellent battery life... like a year in my case.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 11, 2013, 11:09:45 AM
Renegade is a smart ass and Stoic Joker is a smart asp! tongue
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 08, 2013, 08:28:37 PM
the problem that i was describing was more the the chip in the cartridge and the proverbial planned obsolescence.  Sad
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 09:36:10 PM
One of my secretaries has a HP 1100 laser jet with over 100,000 pages on and is still going strong. Had the feed rollers replace one and another HP paid for fix, can't remember what it was.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 08:04:56 PM
we used to have a HP Photosmart all in one, dont remember the model been about 5 to 6 years ago.  didn't get used a whole lot but we always had to replace the cartridges (genuine) when we had to use it after sitting idle for 9 to 12 months.  i got tired of spending $100 some dollars everytime they wanted to use to print 3 or 4 pages tongue  but the excuse was we spent $400 on it.  some people will never understand1  cheesy
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 06:51:33 PM
I think Brothers are cheap and noisy, but most are noisy anymore.  I have had some Samsung Lasers that are preforming very well for us.  Cost per page isn't that much more than any other one especially if you get the long life cartridges.  And I haven't had to replace feed rollers in them yet.  But time will tell on that part.

A friend of mine has a P3005 in another school district and every 20,000 pages he is replacing feed rollers and seperation pads or else it jams.  not sure if they are genuine HP parts or not.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 10:19:57 AM
Sorry about that Renegade.  I was on my phone when I posted the reply so I didn't bother checking the link out.

some of the repairs on different machines are like a growling noise when it prints, paper jam in tray 2 even though I replaced the sep pad and feed roller with genuine HP parts.

I have used the 4100 and 4200 with pretty good luck.  we are an extremely small school, so most of our printers get 2,000 or less pages printed per year.  our staff is has been taught not to print unless its absolutely necessary.
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 09:22:22 AM
Thanks Renny.  Mine is a laser and not an inkjet.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / P3005 HP LaserJet printer questions on: August 07, 2013, 08:29:23 AM
I have several of the P3005dn laserjets at my school that are in need of some repairs.  Is it worth it to repair these printers?  Does anyone know what the P stands for... maybe personal?  They print extremely fast and have a quick first page out time.  I just need to see if anyone else has any experiences with this particular printer.  Manufacturing date is Feb 2006 if that makes a difference.

thanks,
Dave
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kudos/Respect for Mouser on: May 19, 2013, 05:37:06 AM
So take a moment to consider how DC has been a good thing in your life.  You might want to say thanks..
I'd definitely like to add my thanks to Mouser-- for this site, for the great example he has set as the person in charge, for the terrific software programs he has created, and for his unflagging help and patience.   But, as Mouser has often pointed out, for a site to be successful, it takes more than just a great administrator, it also takes a terrific group of people who form the community.   I'd like to thank the many people who make this site so interesting, so useful, and so welcoming.  I'm not a programmer, just a software enthusiast, but I've always felt comfortable here.   Thmbsup


DITTO!!   smiley thumbs up Thmbsup Kiss
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 28, 2013, 03:47:24 AM
I replaced the default icon on the desktop with the individual icons for Writer, etc. and noticed some speedup.

Then I found this tip for speeding up LibreOffice and noticed a 10 second faster opening of the program.  Tip
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 26, 2013, 09:15:25 AM
i normally use AbiWord as it is light and fast.  not to mention, its free!  But this time around, I am wanting a spreadsheet and presentation program.  This computer was donated to these people and they dont have alot of money to purchase software with.  So I am trying the free stuff.
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 26, 2013, 06:08:32 AM
cpu was Celeron 2.4
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 26, 2013, 05:31:33 AM
My problem with LibreOffice is how resource intensive it is (and OpenOffice before it). A computer tech installled it on an old notebook my employer has provided for employee use - it's running an anaemic Intel duo-core chip, Vista 32-bit, and "rocking" 2GB RAM. LibreOffice was a pig to open and significantly slowed the machine when running.

Darwin, I am with you.  I just installed LibreOffice 4 on a fresh install of Win XP.  Its an older machine with 1 gig of RAM and a older Celeron processor like 1.8.   Before Libreoffice, it was zipping along pretty good with not too many lags.  Now its pretty much crawling.   Sad

I may have to try the portable version or a different alternative.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do not read this. on: April 18, 2013, 05:17:15 AM
your welcome
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