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2001  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Safe programs for File Recovery on: January 29, 2011, 08:56:39 AM
As pat said, the various peices of the file will sequentially link to each other until the end of the file is reached.

If you can get your program to report the sectors read as it goes then you can have a look after erasing with a hex editor - HxD is good, lightweight and free.

FWIW, the program I use for 'shredding', overwrites any sector used by the original file with pseudo-random data, (full sector write, not just the part the file used), the ADS and changes the file name/size/timestamp/attributes multiple times.
2002  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Safe programs for File Recovery on: January 27, 2011, 06:05:54 PM
If you could get your program to report the initial sectors occupied by the original file then you could look at them afterwards using a disk editor, eg. WinHex.

That's the only way I can think of barring a complete drive scan using Runtimes' software or R-Studio...but that will take a very long time unless you've set up a small seperate partition/drive to test on.
2003  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rip a CD to Compact Flash/SD/... without a PC - is there such a gadget? on: January 27, 2011, 04:08:05 AM
It depends, I have an adapter, (for Sony Memory Stick), where a driver needs to be loaded - which is no good in your case.

However, some don't require a driver, IIRC, one of the earlier Lexar Jumpdrive series took SD cards and appeared as a normal flash drive - this is the kind you need.

If you can find a decent computer store that will let you try, (or one with knowledgable staff), it would help.
2004  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Simple Photo Resizer - Please Give Feedback on: January 27, 2011, 12:39:15 AM
i.e. People want to reduce photos to make them smaller to upload or email (most often).

I stuck Shrink Pic on the wife's computer, set dimensions that were a good compromise of file size/readibility and then promptly forget about it.  It takes care of all emailed pictures, (and now uploaded ones too, I see).
 (see attachment in previous post)

I know I could go out and find something... But...

I know, I was just giving a 'no input required after installation' alternative for the specific example you mentioned.

For those people where even a slider is too confusing tongue
2005  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Simple Photo Resizer - Please Give Feedback on: January 26, 2011, 11:27:24 PM
i.e. People want to reduce photos to make them smaller to upload or email (most often).

I stuck Shrink Pic on the wife's computer, set dimensions that were a good compromise of file size/readibility and then promptly forget about it.  It takes care of all emailed pictures, (and now uploaded ones too, I see).

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2006  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Safe programs for File Recovery on: January 26, 2011, 11:16:13 PM
Just wondering, are you only relying on what 'files' the programs report they find or do you also look at the sectors where the file was located to see if any original file data remains?
2007  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to create a shortcut for the "wireless network connection" in Windows XP? on: January 26, 2011, 10:52:51 PM
I'm a little sketchy on this part, should I be flattered, frightened, or both... smiley

Definitely frightened!

Why?  Probably because you leave yourself open to repeat custom. Grin
2008  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rip a CD to Compact Flash/SD/... without a PC - is there such a gadget? on: January 26, 2011, 10:47:46 PM
I have the TEAC MC-D610MP, (bookshelf stereo system - not available anymore), which could rip to MP3 on a USB Flash drive or SD/MMC card.

One for sale in the ACT, (Australian Capital Territory), for $5 atm.
2009  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to create a shortcut for the "wireless network connection" in Windows XP? on: January 25, 2011, 10:09:14 PM
Well SJ, looks like you're going to earn your Superboy badge tongue
2010  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is System Restore not placed the proper place? on: January 24, 2011, 06:46:10 AM
-can this perhaps be the reason that when I did a system restore on my own computer, Windows started by asking me to tell what language my keyboard was using?

No, because at that point Windows has loaded and the USB keyboard will already have been enabled as a device, more than likely the keymapping was lost and Windows has recognised it's not a 'standard' US keyboard so has asked for identification.

Not having USB Legacy Mode turned on in BIOS will result in a USB keyboard not being enabled until the OS has loaded, (as 40hz said).
It will, however, result in any keypresses being ignored until Windows does load.
2011  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is System Restore not placed the proper place? on: January 24, 2011, 02:55:04 AM
are there really machines out there that deliberatly don't respond to F8 on boot-up?

this sounds more like a hardware issue. could it be a usb keyboard not being detected during the boot process (something disabled in the bios maybe).

Good point, I completely forgot some motherboards don't respond to a USB keyboard unless USB Legacy Modew is enabled in the BIOS.
Some motherboards don't enable it by default which, IMHO, is stupid considering the need to get into the F8 menu at some point.
2012  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: why is it so difficult to pick out a new computer? on: January 23, 2011, 08:22:41 PM
A good barebones unit is ASUS V6-M4A3000E (about $140 US) which comes with case, PSU and motherboard with  integrated Radeon 3000 graphics and 7.1 surround sound.

Nice Carol  Thmbsup

~AU$132 here - I'll have to remember to look for it next time someone asks me for a computer.  Always liked the way you fit practically AMDs entire CPU line into the same socket, (AM2, AM2+ and now AM3).  You could scale the processing power to the end requirement easily.
2013  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is System Restore not placed the proper place? on: January 23, 2011, 06:39:38 PM
Either keep tapping F8, or when you see the progress bar to start windows, shut it off by the power button or plug.

Except sometimes you end up filling up the keyboard buffer so then all it does is beep at you, although I can't say I've noticed it with my USB keyboard.

I usually try F8 immediately after the various drives are recognised.
2014  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is System Restore not placed the proper place? on: January 23, 2011, 05:47:24 PM
-no, no and no!!! F8 was in the old days!

It's not actually, taken from the F8 screen on my Win7HP computer less than 5 minutes ago:

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Didn't my first line state that it was a lady who couldn't tell a picture from a program? Please don't tell about a hundred useless solutions! I actually updated her Vista to SP2, if you know what I mean.

And, no you said:
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Today a girlfriend came with her laptop and said, "I thought I was opening a picture my son had emailed me, and suddenly all these things and flares came up...". Sigh!

At no point did you say it was an executable, (it could has been a link to a website or something else), and also at no point did you say what OS she was running until the last post.

EDIT: Sorry, you did mention Vista in the first post - I missed it, apologies.  embarassed

Still the answers I gave are valid in the context of the thread, (except for the XP one).

And:
This leads me to my simple question: Why on earth must I start an infected system, in order to start a blocked program, in order to clean the infected system?

My answers c->f give you the option of not booting the infected OS.  Plus you can still boot from a Windows installation disc into recovery options.

Also, BTW, the main reason I've found for computers not responding to F8 is because people aren't fast enough to push the key or don't at the right moment.  Also W7, (and possibly Vista) no longer blatantly advertise it's presense as XP did.
2015  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is System Restore not placed the proper place? on: January 23, 2011, 05:20:19 PM
Press F8 and either try:

a) Last Known Good working state (or something like that), or
b) Boot to Command Line and run System Restore, (%systemroot%/system32/restore/rstui.exe - for XP).

Or:

c) Windows 7 has a System Recovery disc that you created after installing W7....right?, or
d) Restore from your periodic backup, or
e) Boot from a PE, (WinPE/BartPE), disc to repair the problem, or
f) Download a anti-virus LiveCD to try and repair, (eg. CureIt).

Booting from Windows installations discs will also give you recovery options, (eg. XP->Repair Console from which you can manually copy the registry from a backup).

Personally, I'm glad System Restore isn't easy to get to because of the few times I've used it, it's always FUBAR'd my system so that I've had to reinstall anyway.

Why isn't System Restore placed next to Log-in???

I can just imagine this:

"I was logging into my computer but because I wasn't fully loaded on caffeine yet I hit the wrong button and now my system is FUBAR."
2016  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: why is it so difficult to pick out a new computer? on: January 22, 2011, 09:45:49 PM
4wd.. your prices are Australian dollars, correct?

AU$421

Yes, as I said, just an FYI from our semi-nationwide discount computer parts store.

MSY - If you're interested, no where near the range of Newegg.
2017  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: why is it so difficult to pick out a new computer? on: January 22, 2011, 09:09:39 PM
I suppose it's "love" then?  ohmy

Up until you install Windows on it  tongue
2018  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: why is it so difficult to pick out a new computer? on: January 22, 2011, 08:54:58 PM
HP, Dell, etc have the benefit of volume, (purchase/sales/labour), in the case of PCs using All-in-one type motherboards.

For anything that requires more customisation than an AIO motherboard solution then you'll start saving your money but usually only if you don't count the labour.

It usually works out cheaper if:
a) You build it yourself, AND
b) you're building for yourself, (because you don't consider it labour smiley ).

Just FYI from MSY here:

Intel D55PJ                     - $89
i3-550                           - $129
PQI 4GB                         - $45
WD 1TB                         - $62
Coolermaster Elite RC-335 - $74  (The Antec you mentioned isn't avail., this looks decent.)
LG DVD-RW                    - $22
Total                             - AU$421

Do it even cheaper by going with a non-Intel board.
2019  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: January 21, 2011, 06:31:20 PM
I suspect it might have had a bum receiver now that I'm thinking back. The keystroke light didn't flash as regularly as the instructions said it was supposed to.

This is why whenever I'm tempted to find a wireless device I always look for a Bluetooth version first.  At least I know it'll work with any Bluetooth receiver even if the one in the netbook packs it in, $3 will get me another.
2020  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: January 21, 2011, 06:09:52 PM
That's just a GUI for the DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES environment variable that Shades discussed earlier. It only for removing complete devices that are straggling about on the system.

I know, the reason I mentioned it is because I find it's interface easier than trawling through Device Manager.

But what about uninstalling the USB stack/driver?

EDIT: I just realised you might have thought I meant the USB driver for the device.  I meant the driver for the USB hardware, (motherboard), not the device.
2021  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: January 21, 2011, 04:55:51 PM
Can't say I've had this specific problem, closest I've had is where a device will no longer work in a specific port because of mechanical problems, (socket/plug contacts no longer have good contact).

You could try GhostBuster to show/remove the ghosted devices and then uninstall the USB driver so that Windows has to reinstall it on next boot.
2022  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Forum Themes on: January 20, 2011, 07:01:18 AM
Nice, thanks again Winkie!   Thmbsup
2023  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Unlocker punishes you for not installing toolbar. on: January 20, 2011, 05:20:24 AM
Update: after a little REing, I found it uses GetLocaleInfoA to detect if you're in GBR or USA and if so installs the bing bar, doing a 30 sec countdown with the delay.dll NSIS plugin, if not, just offers QuickStores with no delay whatsoever.

Wow!  So there's a benefit to living below the equator....cool!
2024  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why am I having a frozen screen trying to install Windows 7? on: January 19, 2011, 06:15:06 PM
If you're going to be hot-plugging SATA drives then you should enable AHCI mode because the ability to hot-plug correctly is provided in the AHCI driver.

There are some boards that can hot-plug without AHCI being enabled, (it all depends on the driver), like my old AsRock 939 board but it was an exception.

AHCI also enables NCQ, (Native Command Queuing), if the drive supports it - the benefits of which are dubious in a home type environment.  Staggered Spin-up is part of AHCI - some drives enable it via hardware, (eg. Samsung - no ground on SATA power connector pin 11 causes Staggered/Delayed Spin-up).

There's most likely other AHCI specific things but in your case the main one is hot-plugging.

You can grab the AHCI specs from Intel, if you're interested, here (1.2MB PDF).

Actually, you could leave the system drive connected to the purple ports in IDE Mode since you're not likely to ever want to hot-plug it, (I'm reasonably sure there won't be any performance hit but f0dder would probably be able tell us for sure). smiley
2025  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Forum Themes on: January 19, 2011, 05:59:05 PM
You haven't got something for the CODE boxes have you?

They're still glaringly white - like a smack in the face when you're sitting up in the night tongue
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