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226  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dell laptop, vista won't activate on: September 22, 2009, 01:15:17 PM
Fortunately for you DonationCoder is inhabited by a tenacious & stubborn bunch. If there's any way to solve your problem someone will be there till it does.
lol, yeah and if they can't they can at least be sure that I have learned something, because I have learned a lot from this topic.

I just got my replacement cds today, so I am fixing to install vista with the new disk and see how it goes.

edit-during install: One thing I have noticed so far, is this disk supports more languages than my old disk...

edit-post install: I have come to the conclusion that my laptop just hates vista, and I wasted my time filling out that replacement disk form. My stupid laptop still wont pre-activate vista.
227  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dell laptop, vista won't activate on: September 21, 2009, 10:15:21 AM
You could try https://support.dell.com/...dellcare/en/backupcd_form

This will give you a system restore set (for US customers AFAICS) of the originally supplied operating system (which is presumably Vista on your system since you had a free downgrade to XP).

OK it is not a vanilla Windows disc but from a thread I read it appears it is a free service in the US (and delivered within a few days) and at least it should be pre-activated.
Yeah, I did that a day or two ago. I'm now waiting for my new disks to arrive and see if it solves my problem.
228  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dell laptop, vista won't activate on: September 19, 2009, 06:28:41 PM
The key on the computer will work with any (real) Vista disc though wont it? If nite_monkey can get ahold of a new disc he should be able to use the key to install Vista on the computer and successfully activate it, right?

Yes, that is possible. My friend has a dell desktop that came with xp media center, and he has problems with loosing things, so he couldn't find his recovery media. Luckily my brother works at a repair shop that has the microsoft action pack (whatever it is called) so he had a regular copy of the media center that we used with the dell key on my friend's computer.

On a side note, I contacted dell and got them to send me new cds for my laptop (at least I think I did, I used the online request form and got an email from dell). So as soon as the new disks arrive, I will see if this new vista disk will work, or if I will just have to stick with xp.
229  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dell laptop, vista won't activate on: September 18, 2009, 04:53:31 PM
thats weird. I was never told to backup my recovery partition when I turned on my pc.

I guess I will have to go call dell now and see if I can a replacement disk.
230  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dell laptop, vista won't activate on: September 18, 2009, 03:43:34 PM
lol, I've been putting off calling microsoft, because I don't want to do that. I've kind of just decided to go back to xp until I can find a different true dell oem vista or 7 disk and see if it will activate. I just wish I knew why my vista disk wont activate.

One more question, is it possible to somehow get the recovery partition back? (I deleted it, and never made a backup of it, and was curious to see if that would give me an activated vista install)
231  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dell laptop, vista won't activate on: September 18, 2009, 10:41:57 AM
Well I had the recovery partition... but it got removed (by me). I have also tried a different dell oem vista disk but it wasn't activated at startup either, so I dunno what the deal is. What is strange tho is that my xp disk does activate autimaticaly.
232  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dell laptop, vista won't activate on: September 15, 2009, 06:14:46 PM
I'm not certain, but I would think there would always be a phone activation option (what if you didn't have internet access?). If all else fails disconnect from the internet (turn off the Wi-Fi if you can) and try activating again. Windows should give you the phone option when it figures out that there isn't an internet connection available.
I may have to try that and see if it works
Usually after you say the activation code you'll be connected with an operator who will ask a single question which is something like "onto how many computers is this copy of Windows installed?". You just tell them how many (it should be just one of course) and they'll give you a new code to type into the comp. It almost always takes between six and seven minutes.
Eew, thats the part I don't like. The person is usually Chinese(or Japanese I don't know which) and I can't really understand what they are saying very well.

but it only popped up the vista troubleshoot box with random garbage in it

Ooooo...now THAT does sound like either a bad install or a bum disk. tellme

Try doing another installation first and see if that clears things up. If it doesn't, something is probably wrong with your media.

Anyway, try starting with <*choke*> Dell's Support. (I know, I know. I feel your pain. Wink) But look at it this way: if it turns out you do need a need a replacement Vista CD, Dell is the only one that will be able to ship you one without your having to pay for it.

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+1 with Hirudan BTW. Microsoft takes a lot of heat for their Genuine Advantage and activation policies. But so far (knock wood) I've done phone activations dozens of times and have always found the Microsoft reps to be efficient and helpful.

Luck & let us know how you make out. Thmbsup


oh joy, I may have an effed up disk then. I've installed vista three times now with this disk (on the same computer, all three times not being able to activate)

edit:well I just got the phone option(after I typed in the key on the bottom of the laptop) I wish I didn't have to do this, but oh well I will see what happens I guess
233  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dell laptop, vista won't activate on: September 15, 2009, 05:32:39 PM
This was the first time the cd had been used. (I even had the break the sticker that sealed the cd sleeve)
We were thinking that the cd was a bum cd in that it didn't have the oem certificate loaded on it or something.

I did try clicking on the contact dell support button when it refused to activate after I typed in the key on the bottom of the laptop, but it only popped up the vista troubleshoot box with random garbage in it that didn't even relate to activation problems (I guess it was the troubleshoot box... it was a help box thing, whatever) I don't know if I did that right. I will see if I can follow the onscreen contact information and see if that does anything.
234  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / dell laptop, vista won't activate on: September 15, 2009, 03:44:02 PM
I purchased a dell laptop a while back (sadly before the date that would make it elegable for the free 7 upgrade)
It came with windows vista business (which is what the product key on the bottom of the laptop is for), and it had a free xp downgrade, which is what came installed on the laptop.

I reinstalled xp a while back (I won't go into detail why... something about attempting to do a ha**in**sh), and it was preactivated when I got into windows (like dell systems should do)

Well I was bored and wanted to mess around with vista, so I took the vista cd that came with my laptop, and yesterday I installed it on my laptop, but unlike my xp cd, it wasn't already activated when I got into windows.
It had the oem key installed. I don't really know much about dell activation, so I guessed maybe I have to use the key on the bottom of my laptop, so I hit the activate button (with the oem key still on the system) and it asked me to type in a new key. So I typed in the key on the sticker on the bottom of my laptop... the problem is it still wont activate.
So I don't really know what the problem is. I wouldn't think it was something with the bios since my xp pre-activates, but I went ahead and updated the bios (which happens to now let me pre-activate windows 7... if I had it), and then I re installed vista, but with no luck.

My brother sugested that I got a bum vista disk. (if so, that kind of sucks for me... and with my first dell purchase)

So my question is, does anyone know what I can do to allow me to activate my copy of vista on my computer?
235  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Free Video chat program that allows recording? on: September 05, 2009, 11:26:54 AM
what about using your favorite video chat program, and then just using a screen recorder? Kind of a crappy method of doing it, but if all else fails.
236  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Browser tray switch on tekzilla daily on: September 03, 2009, 07:23:58 AM
I don't know if anyone watches it, but over at revision3 there is a show called Tekzilla.
Today's episode features browser tray switch on it. I thought that was pretty cool, so I decided to share it here.
Watch it here
237  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows glitch: persistent right click menu selections on: September 01, 2009, 07:37:31 AM
I disabled the fading menu effects, and as of right now, the problem isn't there, so I will have to wait and see if that fixes it permantly.
238  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Windows glitch: persistent right click menu selections on: August 31, 2009, 03:06:47 PM
I don't really know what to call this problem, but it happens to me a lot.
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Sometimes when ever I right click anywhere that a right click dialog would popup, the dialog pops up like normal, but as soon as I make a selection, what ever I selected stays on the screen, but the rest of the menu goes away. Then that stupid menu stays on top of every window, kind of like a window that is set to always on top.
In the attached screenshot, think of the grey area as my current active window. Now try clicking on something bellow the "Open File(s)..." box that is there. You can't.

I was wondering if anyone knew why this happens. Pretty much the only way to get rid of it is to restart my computer. I also would like to point out that I do have the newest drivers for my graphics card, and I have had this problem on both this current graphics card and windows installation, and on my old computer which had a different card and windows installation, so I wouldn't think it would be a graphics card issue, but maybe a stupid windows bug or something.
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Here is another example with the same bug.
239  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: dedication finally pays off for the genuine Apple fans with a new iPhone on: August 02, 2009, 12:08:56 AM
It would be pretty funny to see someone running around with an empty iphone case, and have someone ask them why they are carrying around an empty case.
240  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What does this laptop key do? on: July 13, 2009, 02:04:10 AM
Didn't Dell have (or used to have) a utility called Quickset that, among other things, allowed you to map various things to the function keys. If I recall correctly that was what assigned all the little "icon" function keys (i.e. <Fn> + <icons on the keyboard>).

Is Quickset installed? smiley

I think that is a used to have utility, because both mine, and my sister's (which is a year or two old) doesn't have that.

I guess it isn't to big of a deal anyways.
241  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What does this laptop key do? on: July 05, 2009, 08:31:49 PM
It came straight from dell's website, and I have all the drivers still installed. I did change the power settings though, but I wouldn't think that would change it. Are those Fn keys mapped in the registry somewhere? I know that the media keys on my desktop keyboard are mapped in the registry.
242  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What does this laptop key do? on: July 04, 2009, 09:57:49 PM
note: the button might be ignored when the laptop isnt on battery power.
I tried it while on battery power.
243  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What does this laptop key do? on: July 04, 2009, 08:01:13 PM
hm, I turned the brightness up to max and pushed it, but it didn't change the brightness, I will see if it makes the computer go to sleep after a minute
edit: I dunno, it doesn't seem to do anything on mine
244  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / What does this laptop key do? on: July 04, 2009, 06:19:00 PM
Its driving me crazy! I got a new laptop recently, and I noticed this one key on it that I have no clue what it does. I looked all over the interwebs, but couldn't figure it out. It is on the F2 key, and it looks like a battery with a lightening bolt inside it. I have tried pushing it both on battery power, and on ac power and it doesn't seem to do anything. the little moon button beside it works, so it isn't that the Fn keys don't work, so can someone tell me what it does?
edit: made the image smaller... and added "pretty" arrows to it.
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245  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Another good MakeUseOf.com article: Stop USB Drives from running apps on insert on: May 29, 2009, 01:08:00 PM
Luckily for me, my computer hates autorun, and it won't auto start anything I plug in whether it is a cd, or a usb device. Not sure what I did to make it do that either.
246  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your favorite program to listen to internet radio? on: May 26, 2009, 08:51:01 PM
I listen to pandora, so I have a pandora adobe air app
247  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Get a free copy of Speedball 2 on: May 14, 2009, 08:21:17 AM
Thanks.  Got my copy activated, will still have to wait until the 1GB are downloaded...
it downloaded suprizingly fast when I downloaded it.

Is it legit though?
It appears to be legit enough for steam to accept it as a retail copy of the game, at least thats what it said when I typed it in and activated it.
248  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Vista Multiple Mouse Cursors on: May 12, 2009, 08:50:56 PM
I kind of like how skrommel's script works. I might play around with it some.  Thmbsup
249  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Get a free copy of Speedball 2 on: May 12, 2009, 08:42:25 PM
Thats pretty cool. I have never played it, but I am downloading the game right now.
250  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Multi-monitor Focus Support on: May 11, 2009, 09:56:49 AM
It would be great for online games that you can't pause.
You could be talking to someone on an IM, or looking up something in an internet browser, while keeping an eye on your game.
I wish games wouldn't minimise when they loose focus like that, it kind of annoys me. (which is why I usually try to run them in window mode)
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