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Solved: Accessing main computer from Laptop

Q: Solved: Accessing main computer from Laptop

Hi everyone

I have a computer at work with all the information I need. I would like to be able to access this from home on my laptop. Whats the best way for me to do this? I have wireless on my laptop.

Thank you in advance.


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A: Solved: Accessing main computer from Laptop

What version of Windows is on each PC?

How does your work laptop connect to the internet? (if its via a local network, which then connects to the inetrnet via a router there will be firewall issues)

How does your home PC connect to the internet?

Does "your work" actually permit a remote connection (and how do they manage the implied security issues if they do?)

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Command Prompt... Network snip attached

I simply want to be able to share files between my laptop and pc on my home network--both are running windows 7 home premium 32 bit.

First, I ran into the "windows 7 cannot setup a homegroup on this computer" on both computers. It seems some people have been helped by solutions offered here: "Windows cannot set up homegroup on this computer", but I'm among the ones who still can't get homegroups to work. I decided that if I could just share directly via network folders that'd still be ok with me. So unless someone has a pearl of wisdom regarding resolving my homegroup problem, I'll make my question more about what follows.

So, second, I was able to access each of the computers for a day or so from each other via "Network." One thing that was odd was that I when typing in my standard administrator credentials for the *other* computer it wouldn't let me login. I discovered that if I created another user account with admin status that this would let me log into the other computer.

HOWEVER, something has happened. Now, on my laptop, when I go to Network > [Desktop Name] > Users I would normally expect to see my main user account. However, it is missing and the only folders there are "default" and "public."

QUESTION: What do I need to do to fix this?

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Deleting the file idstore.sst under windows\serviceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking fixed it.

Did you try that?

You will need to go into folder options and uncheck the hidden files and folders in order to see that file.

Other than that you should go through this Homegroup trouble shooter.
Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues

It's also important to remember that just about ANY third party A/V software can and will prevent Homegroups from working as it should. Often times the only way to get Homegroups working is to uninstall completely the A/V software.

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Hi there
Rather than a Fresh install I am using the Windows to Go system to create my W8 OS if I need a new install.

I created my Windows to go on an external USB - When I replaced a laptops HDD with an SSD instead of chucking out the drive - it's a 500GB one I created a Win to Go system on the USB drive, installed a base set of applications and imaged the partition.

To use the drive after removing it from a laptop you can use either a SATA==>USB cable -- included with the Samsung SSD I put into the laptop or use one of those cheap drive enclosures so you only need a standard mini usb cable.

Restored the partition to a Workstation -- system did a few extra Device set ups and booted just fine WITH the applications installed too -- saved a LOT of time.

Note when creating the Windows to go on a 500 GB HDD format a SINGLE 500 GB partition, install the Windows to go and then afterwards using Partition Wizard or similar reduce the size to say 50 GB and create your data partition -- very nice portable system with loads of storage data space too.

Now I can't see anything wrong with this -- it's worked on at least 4 computers all with different hardware.
Ms Office needed activation -- but I have an Enterprise MAK version so no probs there.

I could see this tool becoming VERY VERY useful for deployment as well -- instead of the present PE environment etc which can be a bit of a pain. This method is SIMPLE and will even take care of hardware variations on target computers --so... Read more

A:W8 to Go as OS on main / laptop computer also useful for deployment

Yes, for Enterprise customers, they will probably use it instead of PE.

There are a couple of problems with it at least:

1. Most users don't have access to it.

2. Any 5yr old can install it to a usb. You learn nothing doing that.

Building PE is building a mini version of windows - incredible what you learn from doing it.

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My Internet connection has been very shaky these past few day and now it refuses to work on either of my computers except for Skype on the wireless connection of my laptop.

The main desktop is connected to the router and modem yet can't access the Internet, with a "no Internet access" sign, while the laptop says it IS connected yet I can only use Skype.

Can anyone provide me with help please?

A:Main computer can't use Internet, laptop can only use Skype

Do the same as I suggested here please. Local Area Connection does not have a valid IP configuration

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Have DSL and for brower-Use Internet Explorer- WinXp , Netgear router and Earthlink as my provider. It's getting where half the time I cannot connect to the internet, Page not found.

I go thru all the steps:

Reboot computer
unplug and replug DSL Modem
unplug rand replug router
use command line and entering ipconfig, ping ipconfig, etc
use command line to renew and release network

Half the time one of the above steps gets me in and sometimes not.

I called tech support and they say they cant help me be/c my router was not bought thru them. If I disconnect my network , they will be able to help me but then, my configurations would be changed and I replace one problem with another.

Any Ideas what could be happening? Any help is appreciated.

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On my secondary computer, when I first got it, already had the Get Windows 10 app on the taskbar. I updated to 10 on that computer and I am really liking it, so much in fact that I want it on my main computer. But apparently, the last time I updated the thing was in 2013 (oops). I installed all the updates, but the Get Windows 10 app is not showing up, and none of the guides online of how to get it are working for me. Is it still possible for me to upgrade? This computer is more powerful than the second computer, so it really should have no problems. Here are the specs:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 7970 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, -1860 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 407006 MB, Free - 256921 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer Inc., K53E
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Unable to download W10 on main computer

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Hi, I have been through all the threads and I cannot seem to find one that is similar to mine. I had a network that was working fine, and now suddenly my main computer has disappeared from the network. It just suddenly happened when I tried to print to the main printer on the network.
I can access the internet on the router and print to my main colour printer that is connected to my computer but when I click "View workgroup computers" I get the following message "Mshome is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrater of this service to find out if you have permissions. The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available"
I also cannot print to Acrobat Distiller.
I recently changed from McAfee to Kapersky because McAfee was not able to update and I also ran RegCure. Could either of these things have caused my network to disappear? I also removed Google Desktop Search and then installed it again a week or so later. Sorry if these are dunb questions but I am a real newbie to the way computers work and only know my way around digital image editing!

A:Solved: Why has my main computer disappeared from the network?

Hi Everyone, Is my face red! My son suggested that I check if both my Firewalls were turned on, and sure enough - they were. When I turned off the Kapersky one, My Network places magically returned. I hope this helps other newbies like myself.

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Ok, we get internet through a wireless tower that beams it to an antenna on top of the house and it eventually ends up as one ethernet cord in the basement. That may or may not be irrelevant. Anyway, I plug that cord into a router, LINKSYS BEFSR41 (it's a couple years old but it has always worked fine), and set up a LAN with the main computer being an HP pavilion a1133w w/ win XP SP 2 media center. There isn't another computer connected all the time, but I use various other machines on the network off and on (PS3, macbook, other people's computers that I'm working on for whatever reason). Recently, we've had several severe storms and flooding and whatnot, and last night, the internet suddenly quit working. I assumed it was the ISP until this morning when I called them and they said the problem was definitely on my end. My first thought was router, so I bypassed it and plugged my macbook directly into the ethernet cord from the antenna. It worked, and I thought I'd pick up a new one when the flooding subsided and I could get into town and then everything would work fine. I really need the internet on the main computer, however, so I did the same for it, plugging it directly into the incoming internet. The pavilion continued to say that the LAN was unplugged, however. I've gone through every setting and troubleshooting I can think of, but nothing I've done will make the internet work on the pavilion. ipconfig/all says media state...discon... Read more

A:Solved: Main computer says network cable is unplugged, etc

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Hi there,

I have 2 computers (+ a laptop sometimes). Both computers are ethernet hard wired to a belkin wireless router & the laptop uses 'wireless' connection.

Both computers often remain on for hours; the main one (with the router installed on it) will very often fail to connect to the internet via explorer, O/E or even any updater (avg etc.) after being on for several hours. A reboot cures the problem.

However, the other computer never loses its connection. (Nor does the laptop). All run the XP o.s.

All suggestions for a cure gratefully accepted please.

Many thanks in anticipation.

A:Solved: main computer 'loses' internet connection.

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I've been given an old Compaq Evo N410c which is running Windows 2000 Professional. I don't know anything about the machine or its history, but I'm keen to get it connected to the internet - but I can't work out how!

The network wizard offers options to set up a 'dial-up' or LAN connection, but it doesn't seem to recognise anything when I connect it via an ethernet cable to my (wireless) router.

Ideally I'm hoping someone can point me to some step-by-step instructions for getting this thing connected. Once I know it works, I'd like to try and get it set up wirelessly - I presume that's possible on Win2000. With that in mind, there's even a chance this thing has a wireless card in it somewhere (I've found some kind of bluetooth card in it) - is there a way I can tell?


A:Solved: Accessing internet via Win200 on an old laptop...

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Whenever I click and enter My Computer through the desktop, and after clicking on either of the two drives that are displayed (C and D), after clicking on any one of them the window closes and My Documents open.

I just cleaned up the system with an Anti-Virus, BitDefender, but the problem is still there. Also the My Computer Icon is blank when accessing it through the 'Start' button Menu.

A:Solved: Accessing through My Computer???

Pacify, You may want to try the "Drive Association Fix" at the link below. Instructions are on the page.


For the icon problem start your computer in SAFE mode then restart it in Normal mode. This will rebuild the iconcache.db file.

How to Start Windows in Safe Mode


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Hit by lightning last week (came in through my high speed internet cable), so I had to buy a new computer the other day. I have the C: drive from the old computer in a USB HD enclosure and I am only able to see 4 files. Anybody know how I can get the drive to open fully? I need to transfer some folders from this old drive to the new computer. I had no problem with the other 2 drives from the old comp, they opened right up and I transferred all the folders over.

I suppose it's got something to do with the OS being on this old drive, but I'm pretty sure there is a way to access it, just don't know how.

I don't think it matters since the drive is connected via USB, but the old drive is the original SATA with XP, my new comp is the new SATA with Vista.

So, I need your help---- Thanks

A:Solved: Accessing C: drive from old computer

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I'm having a problem networking two computers togather i'm using a crossover cable. I have done this alot, but ran into a problem. Usually I can just give it common workgroup and static ips and make one of the computers the defualt gateway. It seems that its working pop's up with a username and password logon. but it's not working just keeps popping up with the same popup screen. So I made a common admin on both computers, and same password. It's a unneeded step but i'm just troubleshooting. If anyone has any ideas and could help I would be thankful

A:Solved: network problem not accessing another computer

fix the problem, if your having the same problem message me and i'll help but it's a very long process so i'm not going to type it in here

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I had a Dell Laptop with Win7 64-bit. But there was a problem and it wouldn't boot anymore. The problem is that there are some very important files in that laptop. So, I got that hard drive out and connected it to my Toshiba (Win7, 32-bit) as an external drive.

I was not able to access the 'user' files from the dell. When I tried to open it, I got an error message 'access denied'. So, I went to properties --> Security --> Advanced, and changed the permissions to everyone. Now, when I open the folder 'Documents and Settings', it opens the folder on my Toshiba, and not the actual files that are on that hard drive.
I NEED to get those files out of there. Please help.

A:Solved: Help accessing user files from another computer

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I recently got a virus (in my OTHER computer) and although it appears to be removed I will be submitting my HJT logfile in a separate post (under security).

However, in the meantime, if I try to access this site I can't. I continually receive a message stating that "to POST to this site, the domain must be added to the whitelist by the administrator".

I've searched around and all references to any "whitelist" involve email.

So... how can I get my OTHER computer to login to this tech site?

Thanks for any suggestions.


A:Solved: Problem with accessing THIS site on another computer


This problem has been resolved through a simple System Restore. I'll post my virus issue in the appropriate forum.

This thread can be closed now. Thanks

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Could someone give me some guidance on setting ip a system so that I can access my work computer (Win XP) from my home computer (WIN XP)? I want to be able to access files, run programs etc while I am at home. Do I set up a VPN (?) and if so, what software do I need? Thanks for the help.


A:Solved: Accessing Work Computer from Home?

bboeri said:

Could someone give me some guidance on setting ip a system so that I can access my work computer (Win XP) from my home computer (WIN XP)? I want to be able to access files, run programs etc while I am at home. Do I set up a VPN (?) and if so, what software do I need? Thanks for the help.
BobClick to expand...

Hi Bob,

Have you asked your work place administrators for instructions? That is where I would start. VPN is a usual method, which depends on what they have setup.

-- Tom

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Hi everyone. I put some pictures on my computer earlier this morning that I backed up before a previous format. The reason I did the format was because of a possible virus infection. Now after having done this, I find my computer randomly accessing my floppy drive and I have no idea why. I am afraid I might have a virus or a trojan. I scanned my computer for viruses last night before I put the pics on the computer and am getting ready to do so now. Any help will be greatly appreciated! I'll get back to you guys after the scan.

A:Solved: My computer is randomly accessing my floppy drive!

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I have a strange problem and I can't find solution on internet. My 2 years old son was watching cartoons on my Laptop, he got excited and start hitting buttons on the keyboard. Some letters and numbers stooped working even arrows too...no sure what to do?

I have restated the laptop took off battery and did so many things What should I do?
please help

Thanks for your help

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Welcome to the Seven Forums.

It is not hard to replace the keyboard.

See these search results for pricing and "hot to" videos.

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Good, thanks for sharing

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I have about zero experience with major laptop hardware repairs. I have done simple things like replacing keyboards, touchpads, WiFi cards and hard disks but nothing major like troubleshooting one that will not power up at all. I have come into a mighty fine looking HP Pavilion laptop with an i5 processor, marked as follows:
Model: DM4-1160US
Product: XH124UA#ABA
Serial: CNU0402YD1

The power supply checks good and I have tried another known-good power supply and the power jack is secure; but, the laptop gives no indication it is even connected to power, no lights, no fan; it is as though it is not plugged in and has no battery.

So, here are my questions:
What besides the main board, itself, are possibilities for replacement?
looking on e-bay, how do I know which main boards work in this laptop? (There are several DM4 models and some even have i3 processors which I would not want, anyway.)


A:Which Main Boards will Work in this Laptop

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Hey People, I have a problem that has happened to my Dell Laptop.
1st all of i bought it in the summer of 2011, so its very recent. What happened was tht i woke up one morning n my windows 7 wasnt loading, then i started in safe mode with networking, n i tried to burn a Windows 8 edition. anyways to cut a long story short i managed to get it working. In the mean while i had my My External HD n i was trying to copy files to it, but it was damaged somehow just like my Dell Laptop.
Then i downloaded PTDD Parition doctor to fix my External HD, n it did somethings to it but in the end it failed n i tried to do a Bootfix on it n it did but still failed n it asked me to restart to apply the changes to it.
I did restart n since then it doesn't want to Boot from the Main HD, it tries to boot from anything else other than my main HD such DVD-Rom, Internet n it also thinks thts my Damaged External is my main HD, which is not.
In the BIOS, in the main screen, it shows that the main HD is my External Drive, which is not but when u can go the Boot Tab, it shows the Hard Drive Option n u can set it to Boot from it n i choose it but still it doesnt want to boot from it n Boots from the External.
I think Ptdd did something to the Booting configuration n changed it somehow n now i cant access the laptop's main HD. i also tried to re-install windows 7 or 8 n still the setup or the repairing wont see the Main HD. So, now what can be done to reverse this damage or change of settings... Read more

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What happens if you disconnect the external HDD and then switch the laptop on ?

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My brother and his daughters moved in in Jan. and about a month or so ago we got the girls their own computer for their room. To make things simple, I bought a wireless router so they could have internet access. My main computer with DSL is here in my room, and on the other side of the house is their setup, running off of a wireless connection to my computer.

How can I disconnect their access connection from here in my room, without it screwing up my own setup? Thanks in advance!

While I'm at it, can I interact with the other computer in any way through this setup other than their simply using the same connection as me?

A:Can I disconnect the computer using a wireless connection from my main computer?

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OK, this is a strange one, and I SOOO appreciate anyone who is willing to muddle through it and try to help:

I bought a new laptop (Toshiba satellite p755, running windows 64 bit 7 home premium) and decided to put it on a homegroup with my old desktop pc (asus windows 7 home premium 64 bit) but when I hit homegroup, it says "owner on owner-pc has started a homegroup." now that's all well and good, and I understand the whole "how to find a lost password" thing...the problem is, I don't know what computer could be owner-pc! My new laptop is called "MelissaNewLaptop" and my desktop is called "MelissaOffice." My husband and son both have laptops with different names too. We are all on a shared home network, also not called owner-pc. The only computer I can't access is my old laptop because it's dead...which is why I bought a new one. Now even if we assume that was owner-pc (which I am 99% sure I renamed it) I can't figure out how to delete the whole homegroup and start over with the new computers. There just HAS to be a way because let's say, for example, that the computer that started the homegroup was stolen....then I couldn't possibly go to it to find out the password. And I cannot get the password from any other computers on the homegroup, because none are on the homegroup! So I'm stuck with both my new laptop and old desktop saying that there is a homegroup already that I need a password to join which I cannot get! I can't "unj... Read more

A:Unknown computer is main HomeGroup computer so can't access!

First...what kind of wireless protection are you using if any at all? Sounds like there's an intruder...hijacker of some kind.

As for your problem and question to start over....just open up network and sharing then on the left side of window select homegroup and unjoin homegroup. You must do this for all pc's that are connected to the current homegroup. Then pick one pc to create the new homegroup and have all others join the new network.

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I have a desktop with Windows 7 32-bit that I have my Netgear28 wifi router plugged into. I've never had problems connecting to my desktop with any of my 4 other laptops or accessing the printer through it. However, I just bought a pawnshop 64-bit Win 7 laptop with all kinds of bloatware on it, including Norton. Can access the internet through the router, and the homegroup says it is connected. I see my main computer fine, but if I try to connect to it or EVEN THE LAPTOP I'M ON through "Network," I get the following:

"Workgroup is not accessable. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions."

Cannot access printers attached to the desktop.

However, I can access the laptop from the desktop without any problems, though.

All network settings that I can see on both computers are the same. Firewall is off.

At my wits end. Any more info you want? Thanks in advance.

Note: I have searched the error message and have seen lots of answers, but can't seem to fix it.

A:Can't connect Windows 7 64-bit laptop to 32-bit main desktop

Hello and welcome Venture mate probably the best thing to do is a clean install to get rid of all the bloat and crapware especially if you do not have a lot of data on it.Otherwise save the data then do that.

You only need the activation code form the sticker on the machine to do this so go here Clean Install Windows 7

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I have a strange problem and I can't find solution on internet. My 2 years old daughter was watching cartoons on my Laptop, she got excited and start hitting buttons on the keyboard.

I don't know what happened she some how activated an option that I don't know how to turn off. The main keyboard keys are not working instead it use the extra keys arrows, symbols etc

I have turned off the computer, took off battery, search in control panel for option, but I am unable to make main keys to work. What should I do ?

Thanks for your help

I am using Windows 7 home 32bits

A:Laptop Keyboard main keys not working

fn-key, alt-key, ctl-key problem?

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Laptop main number keys not working only number 5 and 6. Tried usb keyboard and its working.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home Single Language, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4710HQ CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8099 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 922 GB (172 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0AM750
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

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Does anyone know of a PC manufacturer(s) that tends to offer Win8 laptop models with backlit keyboards at prices substantially less than the lessor MacBook Pro model with the DVD drive? I am looking for something with approximately the specifications below, but not the Apple price. I find many PC laptops similarly equipped enough, but without backlit keyboards. Also, I could stand to have a 14."

I am not ready to kick Win7 off my current MacBook Pro/Boot Camp partition. I don't know what Apple is going to do with respect to Win8, but IMO Win8/Boot Camp is not yet ready for prime time. I could buy an older refurbished MacBook Pro for Win8, but that might be risky. Not sure what it is going to be required for Mac/Win8 to coexist.

MacBook Pro 15-inch (I could do with 14" PC.): 2.3GHz

2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz4GB 1600MHz memory (I would want 6GB.)500GB 5400-rpm hard drive1Intel HD Graphics 4000NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB of GDDR5 memory (I wouldn't need this much in the graphics deptment.)SSD (Hardrive OK)DVD burner (Must burn double layer)
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Wasn't BootCamp updated for Windows 8?

For some reason, Alienware's laptops are what comes to mind with backlit keyboards.
Alienware Laptops

The 14 laptop starts at 1,000 and similar or better specs. But they aren't ultrabooks obviously.

I also think I've seen some HP ultrabooks, maybe with touch, that has backlit keyboards and relatively similar specs.

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System Information
Time of this report: 8/26/2012, 17:07:37
Machine name: FOX-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030)
Language: Italian (Regional Setting: Italian)
System Manufacturer: Alienware
System Model: M14xR1
BIOS: InsydeH2O Version 1.0 A08
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2630QM CPU @ 2.00GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.0GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4044MB RAM
Page File: 2678MB used, 5407MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

Display Devices
Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0116&SUBSYS_04911028&REV_09
Display Memory: 704 MB
Dedicated Memory: 3034 MB
Shared Memory: 1765 MB
Current Mode: 1... Read more

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I've inherited an Acer TravelMate C301CXi from a friend. I did a clean installation of Windows XP Tablet Edition on a new hard drive installed in the Acer, and everything seems to be working fine, except I cannot connect wirelessly to the main router in the house. The wireless adapter on the Acer is an Intel PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter. My wireless network setup is as follows: AirLink 101 Super G Wireless Router is the main router in the house. I also have a D-Link DIR-615 Wireless N router with DHCP disabled, connected as an Access Point. The Acer connects wirelessly to the D-Link AP without any trouble, and through ethernet cable to both devices, but it will not connect wirelessly to the AirLink router. I have never had trouble connecting any wireless devices to either router in the past. Hopefully, someone can help me, as I cannot use this laptop in certain areas of the house.

Things that I have tried include: updating the driver on the Intel Wireless Adapter; establishing a static IP address for the Acer laptop; rebooting the AirLink router (numerous times); releasing and renewing the IP address on the Acer laptop numerous times, and I've even tried disconnecting the D-Link AP from the network in hopes that the Acer would connect to the AirLink router if the D-Link wasn't available. None of these resulted in a wireless connection to the AirLink router. I've also checked all of the network settings and services on the Acer and saw nothing... Read more

A:Laptop connects wirelessly to AP, but not main router

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Hi im a newbie on the site and need help
My main pc keeps dropping the connetion to the internet when my laptop is shut down. I have just set up a x micro router so that my daughter can use my internet connection with her laptop, everthing works fine while the laptop is connected but as soon as the laptop is shut down the connection keeps saying local area connection unplugged every few minuets ,then if i reconnect the laptop the connection is fine again. The connection is also ok when the main pc is directly into the modem
so its not the connection
The main pc is on win 2000 and is hard wired into the router I also have just connected another old pc which is also on win 2000 to the router (hard wired)
and it s connection drops out at the same time as the main pc so it appears to be a problem between the router and the modem ? which is confusing as it then works ok when the lap is working on wireless can any one help
thanks in anticipation malc

A:main pc network unplugged when laptop shutdown

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Can you explain some more what you have there?

Modem (cable, dsl or dialup) which one?
Router (wired or wireless)
Main PC running Windows 2000 Pro or ME?
Laptop running what OS?
Is the Laptop wireless or wired?

Did you create a home workgroup network?
Did you give it a name like (malc23)

Are all the PCs setup correctly to obtain the IP?
Which brand of Router did you get?

On the Main PC do this...
Click on start
Click on run
type: cmd (if you're running Windows 2000 Pro)
type: cd\windows
type: ipconfig /all >mainpc.txt
type: route print >mainpc2.txt
press enter
type: exit


click on start
click on run
type: c:\windows\mainpc.txt
click okay
click on start
click on run
type: c:\windows\mainpc2.txt

Now repeat the above for the laptop but make sure you change first mainpc.txt to lappc.txt and call the second one mainpc2.txt to lappc2.txt.

Compare what you get to see what's going on in your workgroup network setup.

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Ok so now I have everything hooked up router and main computer are working fine.. internet access and all now I am having trouble getting the second computer hooked up. I have the ethernet cord going through. The ethernet cord is working because the light is lit up on the router just the computer is not getting a connection yet. I tried the ip address for the router but its not working on the computer. Page not displayed is coming up. Am very glad to have everything else working now I only have to worry about the actual computer I got the router for. This computer is probably 10 years old and still has windows 98 until i can my hands on a newer os. This computer works fine just dont know how to work with windows 98. Any advice thanks in advance..

A:Router & Main computer hooked up need help w/ second computer

Did you set the TCP/IP properties to obtain an IP and DNS address automatically? Are you SURE the cable is good?

Start, Run, COMMAND to open a command prompt:

Type the following command:


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

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I've got a laptop that has no screen (not just broken, but removed from the device), which I normally connect through HDMI. While going through a system wipe and fresh Windows 8 install, during a reboot prompted by the installation, the laptop refused to reboot. It is plugged in and at full power, and whenever I press the power button, the power light flashes briefly before shutting back off so quickly that I can't even try to boot into bios or press the FnF5 key to switch to the secondary monitor.

My only guess is that maybe the laptop thinks the lid is closed, keeping it in sleep/hibernation now that my setting to do nothing with the lid closed was overwritten by the new installation, but I could've sworn that I'd reinstalled my OS before with the laptop in the same condition. Googling has been a little difficult, since results get flooded with issues that occur between monitors or with those that have a way to boot into bios before the computer shuts itself down.

Laptop is an old Acer V5-171 from 2012ish.

Any suggestions? Thanks

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UAC: Max (Always Notify )
SmartScreen: Max (require admin approval)
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Local + Cloud : Win10 Defender
Cloud: /
Companion AntiVirus/Anti-Malware
Local + Cloud : /
Cloud: /
System Reinforcement
Anti-Exploit: Hitman Pro Alert Premium Beta (HMPA)
Anti-PUP: /
Anti-Spyware: HMPA
Anti-Rootkit: /
Removable Media/USB Protection: HMPA | ERP
Apps Hardening : HMPA
Process Hardening: HMPA
System Encryption: /
File Protection: Appguard | NVT File System Protector | Secure Folders
File Reputation: /
Document Protection: Appguard | NVT File System Protector | Secure Folders
Registry Protection: NVT Registry Guard
Autorun Protection: /
Keystroke Encryption: HMPA
Banking/Shopping protection: HMPA
Anti-keylogger: HMPA
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A:Umbra Total Security 2015 (Main Laptop)

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A little backstory, explaining how it happened. I had my laptop open, checking emails, since I lost internet and found my neighbor's network was just within reach if I set it on the corner of my desk. Suddenly, I had a call of nature, the kind that says "oh censored" so I rushed to the bathroom. I returned 20 minutes later to see my new kitten laying on the keyboard like she owned it. After a gentle punishment, I sat down and looked at my screen to find it frozen on some seedy site, along with some whited out windows over it. Of course I shut it down then rebooted it. It now freezes at the black screen with the cursor on it, you know, the one right before the wallpaper pops up. You can move the mouse but nothing else happens, even after 20 minutes and my laptop is a fast booter, being uncluttered in the start menu and services section.

Needless to say I cannot get to windows, not even with safemode, to get the logs that you guys need. I am currently on a tattered old compaq m300, which I use for emergencies like this, its slower than a little old grandma with a walker and missing some keyboard functions but it gets me online.

The victim's stats are
Windows xp media 32 bit sp3, intel cenrino duo, dell inspiron E1405 and 2 days behind on updates cause I was too lazy to install them. I have been thinking about upgrading it to win xp 64 bit pro (just to try it out) before going win 7 with it so it's not exactly vital to fix it but I do have some files on it and r... Read more

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I have set up a wireless connection with my Lilnksys WRT54G without a main tower, and only using my laptop. My question is............... is this safe and secure????? Or what do I need to do in order to make this safe from hackers?

A:Do I need a main Computer?

If you are using WPA(2)-PSK encryption with a strong passphrase (NOT using dictionary words) you are secure. If you are using a weak passphrase or using WEP you are still reasonably secure unless you have enemies or are in an area with dedicated hackers.

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I tried to explore today the possibilities of creating a "stand alone" home network that does not require an internet.

This is what I intend to do:

1. create a home network where my laptop serves as the access point emitting an SSIS ie. "share-it".
2. When a another laptop tun on his wifi they can be able to connect from the "share-it" SSID.
3. Once connected they could browse my movie folder and they can stream from it.
4. Once they are connected they can go to my share folder and download some of the files they need.

I really don't know if this could happen.

I was not able to create a home network today because it requires a connectivity which I don't have. I have no router to turn on as "the connectivity".

Let me know form you guys. Thanks!

A:How do I create a home network with my laptop as the main file server?

Look into software such as Connectify or VirtualRouter that will allow you to use your laptop as a router and create a "hotspot" that other computers can connect to via wifi. This software is designed to allow you to share an internet connection so I'm not 100% sure it will activate if there is no internet connection.

Once you have setup the hotspot, then you can share the folders on your laptop that you wish to let the others access and they will then be able to browse those folders and stream movies and such.

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Hello! I am using my laptop in desktop mode so i cant use the laptop screen, i have set it up so it showes everything on my monitor exept the Windows startup wich i find really annoying! If you have a solution for this feel free to tell it!

A:Can i change so my laptop shows the windows startup on my main monitor

I don't think there's any solution because the reason it's able to switch at all is it's loading the driver for the GPU during startup. So when you see it switch, that's when the GPU's driver gets loaded.

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Hi, first time poster here.

I began having this problem yesterday, and I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, just working. The screen froze, in that I couldn't type anything or click anywhere. I could open the start menu and ctrl-alt-del, but around 10 seconds later I couldn't do that anymore either.

Now, everytime I turn on my PC, I'm allowed to log in and have ~15 seconds of normal use before all of this happens to me again. I tried starting it in safe mode, but the computer just got hung up on a exe, and froze, similar to starting up in normal mode.

Is there anyway to diagnose the problem? For the life of me, I have no idea what it is.

A:Main Computer freezes up after log in

Boot into SAFEMODE w/ Networking and see if similar freezing occurs.

How old is the system?

Regards. . .



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I have a "main" base computer where i have my att uverse internet setup, its like a modem / router where I get wireless internet to everything and it also suppose to give it to the main base. That computer is a windows vista 64 bit. It does not connect to the internet with the wired connection, but it gives out the wireless internet. This was also the case on my older modem / router setup where the wireless internet worked, but not the wired internet to the main base computer. When i run the diagnose and repair i get "the net work adapter local area connection is not correctly configured to use the ip protocol." ill get pics asap

A:No Internet on main computer.

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how do you change the name of the computer (not the user account names) the main one when you're installing windows.

A:how to change main computer name

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This is kind of hard to explain, so please bear with me:

I have a computer network with 4 PCs. All 4 computers share 1 printer. My printer is connected to the main computer (1). Today, I tried to print on one of the other printers only to discover that the main computer has lost it's connection to the network. Although I am still connected to the internet on all of the computers, I cannot see the shared files or folders on any of the other computers on the main computer (1), which means no file sharing and that I can only print on the main computer. How do I get main PC (1) to see the other PCs on my network again?

A:Main computer can't see network

No one? I don't know if that's a good thing or not.

This tells me that the problem is either incredibly easy or incredibly difficult to solve.

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Ok, here's the deal

Two years ago I was using AOL (dial-up) for my internet service, but decoded to change to DSL (through a different ISP). At that time, all I was using for a computer was my main tower system (Dell Demension 3000), so I followed the installation CD, and had it hardwired directly to the modem. I then purchased a laptop pc equiped with WiFi, and purchased a router to include it on my home network. I have also added another laptop (Wifi) for my grandson to use as well on the network (I guess it's called a network, as they all work off of the same ISP).

So, I then had one "Main" computer (hardwired to the modem), and two laptops set up via router (Wifi), and all was well. However, the Main computer (hardwired) developed a hardrive problem (BSOD), and I had to send it off to be repaired. The hardrive had some kind of an error, and had to be reset back to the exact settings that came with the computer when I first plugged it in out of the box. NO Aol, and No DSL, but just the normal out of the box programs & adverisements (trial version everything), and Windows XP (Home Edition).

I want to hook the main PC back up to the network (using a hardwire), but I don't want to mess up the security setup that I have for the laptops (running from the router). I only have the two laptops running at this time. Can I run a hardwire directly to the router, and just let it download the settings automaticaly to the Dell Tower (No WiFi), or will I hav... Read more

A:Main Computer No WiFi

Hi .Just run a line from the NIC on the system...to the router (router should have four ports for wired connections).Then run the Network Setup Wizard in XP.http://www.petri.co.il/whats_network_setup..._windows_xp.htmWhen the wizard asks how you intend to connect to the Internet...residential gateway (router) is the method.Setting up a wired connection has nothing to do with wireless connections, the method of connection (wired or wireless) is unimportant as long as the correct procedures are followed. The router (residential gateway) is the key piece.Louis

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This is kind of hard to explain, so please bear with me:

I have a computer network with 4 PCs. All 4 computers share 1 printer. My printer is connected to the main computer (1). Today, I tried to print on one of the other printers only to discover that the main computer has lost it's connection to the network. Although I am still connected to the internet on all of the computers, I cannot see the shared files or folders on any of the other computers on the main computer (1), which means no file sharing and that I can only print on the main computer. It is also worth mentioning that my main computer was seeing the network as recently as last Friday and that I have not installed any new programs or new hardware since then.

When I try to view my Shared Documents on the main (1) computer, I get this message:

\\COMP1\SharedDocs is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

The network path was not found.Click to expand...

Basically, it's telling me that I don't have access to view my own computer. And how am I supposed to contact the administrator for access permission when that's me?

How do I get my main PC (1) to see the other PCs on my network again?

A:Main computer can't see network

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