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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance - TechSpot on: August 21, 2015, 06:58:56 PM
I'm running 6GB RAM on one of my Windows PCs, 8 GB on the other. Like BGM, I wouldn't go less than 6.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pls recommend 32-bit software for old WinXP machine I'm giving an elderly woman on: August 11, 2015, 08:07:16 PM
@app103:
 
Where does Dclock2 store user data, such as To Do Lists? Never mind, I see, now.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pls recommend 32-bit software for old WinXP machine I'm giving an elderly woman on: August 11, 2015, 05:00:35 PM
@app103:

Yes, we visit this lady once a month and cook her a meal and eat with her. On those visits I will go online by tethering my cellphone to her PC via a wireless dongle. I can then update antivirus definitions. Avast is configured for manual updates only.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pls recommend 32-bit software for old WinXP machine I'm giving an elderly woman on: August 10, 2015, 09:38:10 PM
Okay, it's not a bad machine. Pentium 4 running at 2.66 GHz. I've bumped RAM from 512M to 1.5G. Running WinXP Home SP3. Avast. Filling the drive with books (audio and text), movies, hidden obj/puzzle/sim games. Using FSL Launcher. Will make her some screencast tutorials.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PSA: Woe to Thee Who Performs a Windows 10 Clean Install on: August 07, 2015, 06:51:47 PM
Joke  Grin
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PSA: Woe to Thee Who Performs a Windows 10 Clean Install on: August 07, 2015, 04:13:34 PM
I didn't have any tech issues deriving from my upgrade, but I have to say I'm a bit surprised at Microsoft's crudeness:

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7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pls recommend 32-bit software for old WinXP machine I'm giving an elderly woman on: August 04, 2015, 06:22:18 AM
Thanks, mouser and app. Good suggestions!
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nothing working to get FUBAR PC to boot on: August 02, 2015, 07:55:51 PM
Just an update. Got chipset driver, wireless and LAN drivers installed and this machine is humming with Win 7 Ultimate, running on 8GB RAM on a SSD.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nothing working to get FUBAR PC to boot on: August 02, 2015, 07:26:47 AM
Thanks, guys. Got some downloads from there, and hopefully will get LAN driver successfully installed.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pls recommend 32-bit software for old WinXP machine I'm giving an elderly woman on: August 01, 2015, 08:17:07 PM
I have some audiobooks loaded for her. Also, introducing her to mobi ebooks.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nothing working to get FUBAR PC to boot on: August 01, 2015, 08:06:19 PM
So, I've got a nice, shiny new installation of Win 7 Ultimate x64, but no software came with the unit. I went to Lenovo's website to get drivers, and naturally they aren't available currently:

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/desktops-and-all-in-ones/thinkcentre-m-series-desktops/thinkcentre-m53

Anyone know where device drivers for the Lenovo ThinkCentre M53 Tiny might be obtained?
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pls recommend 32-bit software for old WinXP machine I'm giving an elderly woman on: August 01, 2015, 07:45:31 PM
^ Mmm, yes, good suggestion, mouser. Maybe MonkeyWrite or FocusWriter.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nothing working to get FUBAR PC to boot on: August 01, 2015, 06:33:34 PM
Thanks again, tomos, THAT worked! Course I still have to download and install drivers but there's a fresh copy of Win 7 Ultimate on the little box cheesy
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pls recommend 32-bit software for old WinXP machine I'm giving an elderly woman on: August 01, 2015, 05:15:45 PM
Thanks, Curt. Yes, I'd already put eSword and a few other apps of that sort. Good catch!

@Tao: yep, that's a possibility. Only problem is that she's so technically unsavy, that any problems at ALL and she'd not know how to reconnect wirelessly.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nothing working to get FUBAR PC to boot on: August 01, 2015, 03:27:53 PM
Hmm, I'll try that, tomos, and let you know... thanks!
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nothing working to get FUBAR PC to boot on: August 01, 2015, 01:58:32 PM
Thanks for the link, Shades.

Unfortunately, I cannot even reach Step 1 in SJ's post:

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1.   Boot from appropriate OS media.

Nothing I've tried has allowed me to boot from a bootable USB stick, and the PC has no CD drive.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Pls recommend 32-bit software for old WinXP machine I'm giving an elderly woman on: August 01, 2015, 01:43:36 PM
A coworker gave me a Dell Dimension 4600. She was gonna throw it away, and I was like, "NO!!"

Naturally, it was garbaged up. I installed a fresh copy of Win XP on it, downloaded and installed Service Pack 3, and it's doing okay. I've ordered RAM to upgrade it from 512Mb to 1.5Gb. The lady I'm giving it to is not very computer savy, but likes to watch DVDs, listen to music, and play games. She's particularly fond of 50s and 60s music, so I'm getting a bunch of that ready, and putting some rotating 50s/60s-era desktop images on the machine.

Any suggestions on software she might enjoy or benefit from?

I put the whole 5-CD Microsoft Encarta encyclopedia on it (she loves that sort of thing). It has Power DVD 4.0.

Note: the lady is indigent and cannot afford internet, so that isn't an issue. I'll get the machine as tuned up as possible and make a backup image in case I need to visit her in future and restore the PC.

What I'm after is suggestions on ways to modify the machine, software suggestions, etc., bearing in mind that this is an older person (in her mid-70s, of sound mind but has been ill for many years).
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Nothing working to get FUBAR PC to boot on: August 01, 2015, 01:37:05 PM
I inherited a little mini-PC. No CD drive. Just has a small SSD. Problem is: won't boot. I've tried manipulating BIOS. Got it to look at USB keys first in boot order. And I have a USB key with WinXP Pro 64x installation files (which would be fine, for this little PC, though naturally I prefer Win7 which I don't have an installation disc for). It obviously tries to access the USB key. I see the key light up and flash, but I get a Missing Boot Manager screen. I take it the Win7 installation that was originally on the SSD is dorked. It's a Lenovo ThinkCentre M53 Tiny. The OEM Lenovo Restore software runs from the Recovery partition, but is unable to fix the problem. And when I try to access a 500Gb USB removable drive (on which I have a backup image), Lenovo Recovery won't detect the removable drive.

Any ideas on how I might restore this little machine? Never again will I fool with a PC that doesn't have a CD drive...

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19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: July 31, 2015, 11:15:59 AM
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I took the plunge and went with mini PCs for replacements (Gigabyte Brix and Compulab Fit), using only SSD internally running Windows 7. With hundreds of hours of use and large amounts of data transferred, including dozens of different software programs, neither one has so much as burped...

I'm running an itty-bitty PC -- the Lenovo ThinkCentre M53 Tiny. Love it! 8 GB RAM and a 120GB SSD for the OS...
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can Casper really create bootable clone of my Windows disk? on: July 26, 2015, 09:29:49 PM
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Are you saying you're trying to boot your system when both the original and clone are connected?

Yes, that's what I was attempting: go into boot options and select D instead of C (where D is the drive to which the clone was made). D is a spare HDD connected through a USB-connected dual-bay enclosure.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can Casper really create bootable clone of my Windows disk? on: July 26, 2015, 06:29:35 PM
I use EaseUS backup with preOS enabled. It hasn't failed me yet. But it would be a good feeling to have another Win boot disk.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can Casper really create bootable clone of my Windows disk? on: July 26, 2015, 04:54:23 PM
Also, anyone heard of or used a Bounceback Drive. Here's one on Amazon:

CMS drive

The claim is:

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The BounceBack Drive is the ultimate backup and recovery solution. This powerful system creates a duplicate copy of your computer's hard drive so that if your internal hard drive is corrupted or damaged, you can startup (boot) directly from your BounceBack Drive...
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Can Casper really create bootable clone of my Windows disk? on: July 26, 2015, 04:42:43 PM
I've successfully cloned my active partition "Windows 7 OS" using Drive Image XML, EaseUS Todo Backup's clone utility, etc., but none of the clones are actually bootable (go into BIOS and choose the newly cloned drive as boot disk). Someone told me Casper truly does create bootable cloned operating disk. Anyone know?

http://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's living in your taskbar notification area right now? on: July 25, 2015, 02:30:23 PM
Thanks for those hyperlinks, 4wd. I'm a long-time user of Faststone Capture, but I'm gonna give Greenshot a go...
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / set disk space quota for users WebDAVing into a local disk via Tonido? on: July 23, 2015, 09:48:12 PM
I have a few friends/family who backup important documents and the occasional system image to one of my hard disks via Tonido. Anyone know if there is a way, from within Tonido, to set a quota on a particular guest user's assigned share? Can't find anything about this via search, and I'm thinking you have to upgrade to the paid FileCloud for this feature. If that's the case, I was thinking of whipping up a quick directory watching app in C# that would run in the background and email friends and family when they're approaching their quota. It would, of course, email me as well.
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