Monthly Archives: January 2010

And yet more on the ECS L7VMM upgrade..

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A network printer should not be difficult to install, and my well tried procedure for connecting a network printer across platforms did not work, no matter how I tried.Very disappointing. Windows 7.. I just had to go for it.. The upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium did not take too long to complete, but there… Continue reading And yet more on the ECS L7VMM upgrade..

An update on the ECS L7VMM upgrade..

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With a Windows Experience Index of 1.0, it is never going to be a gaming machine. The ATI 9250 never was an all time great anyway, but it puts up icons on the screen and will easily handle the standard Windows offerings. Tinker and Hold’em are a couple of no-no’s because the 9250, being only… Continue reading An update on the ECS L7VMM upgrade..

nVidia graphics drivers – latest but not greatest..

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Video card is an MSI N6600 – 256mb.. The latest graphics drivers for Windows 7/Vista, version 196.21, have caused me to do a restore back to a previous restore point. Rolling back the driver does NOT work, as IE8 still flickers after doing so. When the mouse pointer runs across the various items in Pageflakes,… Continue reading nVidia graphics drivers – latest but not greatest..

Printer compatibility with Windows 7

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Many older printers may only have basic driver support, in which case you will lose maintenance utilities which show ink levels etc. Also, 64-bit support may be thin on the ground, and printers without 64-bit support will not work if connected direct or through a network to your new 64-bit operating system. This is a… Continue reading Printer compatibility with Windows 7

A particularly nasty piece of malware..

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It is called ‘Personal Security’ and it produces its own version of Window’s Security Center which looks almost the same as the real thing except that the ‘Shield’ symbol is a mirror of the real one. The Personal Security control panel looks like this. Needless to say, this control panel will only allow two functions.… Continue reading A particularly nasty piece of malware..

So, you think that you are in the clear..

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.. but wait. A short case study I have an aging Biostar T6100-939, manufactured in the heady days when XP held down 76% of all PC users. Windows support was good, and there were even XP 64 drivers available for it, although I only ever ran XP Pro 32-bit. The chipset is the nVidia nForce… Continue reading So, you think that you are in the clear..

Windows 7 ‘god mode’ ..

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If extended lists scare you, don’t do this. I now have a ‘god mode’ window containing two hundred and sixty nine functions. Fortunately, they are split up into forty five categories.. A quick recap 269 functions spread across 45 categories OK, this is how you do it. Double click on ‘Computer’ Create a new folder… Continue reading Windows 7 ‘god mode’ ..