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Technical question for PHP writers

Q: Technical question for PHP writers

I have a client who needs BOTH some PHP and some SSI code in a webpage. The filetype needs to remain as SHTML. I tried making an SHTML page that included PHP, but what happens when I modify the .htaccess file is that one or the other gets done, but not both.

For example, I used this in the .htaccess:

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .shtml
AddType text/x-server-parsed-html .shtml
DirectoryIndex index.shtml index.php index.html

That does the PHP coding just fine in the shtml file, but not the
<!--#exec cgi="/cgi-bin/Tracking/ax.cgi" --> SSI code
line in the shtml page.

When I switch the first two lines, it does the SSI, but not the PHP.

How can I get it to do both the SSI *and* the PHP?



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I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


Can I change my Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5914 built with a AMD Sempron™ 3600+ CPU to a AMD Athlon 64/X2 CPU. Toshiba Tech support tells me that the processor is soldered and built into the motherboard but it is not. Both processors are socket AM2

A:Technical Question

The only hardware upgrade that you can usually make to a laptop is to add more RAM - if it supports adding more.

From what I've read so far, that model laptop comes with the AMD Sempron 3600+ 2.00 GHz processor and supports up to 4 GB of DDR2 PC2-6400(DDR2-800) RAM.


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I have XP installed on my PC and wanted to install it on my laptop. I called MS to activate it and was told that the license did not allow me install it on two machines.

I can't believe this. Any comments?

A:not a technical question

"license did not allow me install it on two machines"

I believe technically it's supposed to be that way with all there OS's according to the ELUA

more info...XP Activation


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Right hopefully someone can assist here!

I used to find Windows Media Player had a useful automatic cleanup option when 5 or more mp3s were found in the library without an actual mp3 file to relate too....

I want to know why now when i have 7 or 10 tracks that have been removed by myself, when i go to play them (forgetting i removed them) do i no longer get the option pop up asking if i would like WMP to cleanup the library!?!?

I use Windows 7 btw

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I bought a new Compaq Presario laptop, and the specs say it has 256mb of PC2100, (266MHZ) DDR-SDRAM, with a max capacity of 1G. So I went out and bought 1G (2-512mb modules, same specs). When I opened up the memory compartment and removed the memory the laptop came with, it was marked 256mb, DDR, 333 mhz, PC 2700.

My questions:

Are the two types of memory interchangeable?
Can using PC 2700 333 mhz harm the computer if it is meant to run PC2100, 266 mhz?
If I use the PC2100, 266mhz, will my computer run slower?
What should I do?



A:LAPTOP RAM - Technical QUestion

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I am using a program (which I didn't write) which creates a database driven website. It was working well, but suddenly, when I try to add new records, I get errors. I have the system on a WIN2000 server, and also mirrored on my WIN98 system at home.

On the WIN2000 server, I get this error message: "ERROR: Multiple-step OLE DB operation generated errors. Check each OLE DB status value, if available. No work was done."

On the WIN98 system, I get this error: "Errors Occurred"

In both cases, the record does get added, but it cannot be edited - only deleted.

Since I couldn't reach the guy who wrote the program I was using, I did some research, and found this page over at Microsoft:


It described this error exactly. It said I needed to upgrade my MDAC and JET versions to make these errors go away. I don't really know what MDAC and JET are, but I found them for download on Microsoft's site.

Using my WIN98 system as the guinea pig, I downloaded and installed MDAC 2.6 and JET 4.0 - the most recent versions of both. Needless to say, it didn't fix the problem.

The only thing that changed on my WIN98 system is that instead of getting the "Errors Occurred" message, I now get the much longer error message that my server returns.

I haven't tried upgrading the server because - well - I'm afraid to touch the server, especially when the fix didn't work on... Read more

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I have a client who is receiving the BSOD when she is just surfing the internet. Here is the STOP code she is receiving:

0x00000050 (0xBFBFBFC3, 0x00000000, 0x8052DB78, 0xoooooo2)

Computer Specs:
XP sp3
2GB Ram

I have researched this as much as I can and have come to the conclusion that it is either the PSU or the Ram. I have just started learning how to research BSOD codes and would like a second opinion about this.

Thanks in advance.

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A while back, I asked a DSL provider about the distance betwween my house and the nearest DSL central office, which is about 6 miles away. Here's the partial response I got:

If the form says you qualify then you should be no more than 18,000 feet from the central office in your area. However, that is 18,000 feet in actual line length, not in walking or driving distance from the CO.Click to expand...

Question #1: How many miles is 18,000 feet? I'm sure it's less than 6 miles.
Question #2: Why are the DSL cables so short?

Today, I ordered it anyway from my phone company, and a technician is coming later this week to install it for me.

After it's all hooked up, if it doesn't connect, I'll have to cancel the whole shebang.

I really hope it works cuz I'm getting fed up with this dialup connection on these very crappy voice-grade phone lines.

A:A Couple of Technical DSL Question

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i need to install windows 10 in my windows 7 pc due to win 7 is done in 7 days,,,will installing win 10 delete the raid 1 volume in my pc...or should i delete the raid volume before i install win 10....i really need some help,,i cannot afford another pc
yet so i have to go this route.....thanks

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Hello you smart computer techies!!! I need a little assistance. I hate Norton as it was hogging up my PC. So I uinstalled it (via the norton uninstall) and went out and bought PC-cillin 2005. I installed it and everything was going fine until I attempted to connect to the internet (via IE). No internet. No email connection either (makes sense since IE and OE 6 are connected to each other. Aren't they?) Anywhoo, I uninstalled PC-cillin pdq, and viola Internet working just fine.

Called PC-cillin cust. spt. a very nice Hindu lady finally helped me disable the 'Personal Firewall' component of the new software after we reinstalled it. She assesed the problem is with my Internet provider. I was asked to call them and ask three specific questions 1. what port number am i using, 2. do they have a firewall up?, 3. any specific password or setting?

Internet provider was very perturbed at first with my three little questions insisting that the problem is with PC-cillin software not with them (the service provider). they answered my questions though, --, no, no.

I just sent an email to cust spt @ PC-cillin with the same info presented here.

but since you guys are almost always quicker, and there is no need to decipher the accent, I thought I'd try TechSupportGuy too.

I have a limited knowledge of computers, even less it seems when it comes to software conflicts. But my guess's at the problem is this, : 1. norton is not TOTALLY off my pc, or 2. I'm runni... Read more

A:Very technical question may be difficult to answer

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When I go to my BIOS, I see two hard drives: P0 and P2.
Let's call them as Disk1 and Disk2.

Regularly, I am booting from Disk2.
(By the way, one of the disks is dedicated to operating systems, and the other is dedicated to libraries. I don't know which one is which, since they are identical drives, but as I said regularly I am booting from Disk2).

When I have a boot problem such as "Insert correct media device", I am putting the system repair disc, and (after booting the system repair disc from cd/dvd drive) it gives me the error that "this repair disc is not compatible with your version".
But, when I change the first drive from Disk2 to Disk1 in BIOS, it doesn't give that error and shows me the system repair options.

What does this mean?
Why it is happening like that?
Does it mean that if I remove Disk1 physically or disable it, I can never use any system repair disc?
How can I solve this problem?
What are my options if a system repair disc gives me the "not compatible" error?

A:Technical Boot Question (2 Disks)

It sounds like your boot files are on disk 1, P0, and your OS is on disk 2, P2. You need to have a look in disk management to see whats what. If that is true, you won't be able to boot up to your OS if you remove disk 1.

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When a song is played in iTunes where does it load to?

Obviously the song is on the hard-rive but does it constantly read it off the hard-rive? Or does it throw it into the page file or ram?

A:Solved: iTunes Technical Question...

Players usually buffer at least part of what they are playing in RAM to insure a constant data stream and smooth playback. Some of that could end up as paged if the OS needed the RAM for something else, but probably not very often, if at all.


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On discord, its not uncommon for me to come across "Cursed MP4 Files" with strange properties.

I'm incredibly interested how the creators of these files were able to get their results and mostly I want to make my own "cursed files". Some of the properties I've seen are video lengths upwards of 13,000 hours long, yet still being 1 MB. I've also seen videos that have negative video lengths and videos that display the video length as 0, yet still plays a video.

How were some of these made? I can file share the specific MP4 files in question

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Greetings, helpful and wonderful people.

I currently have a 2x2gb setup in 2 of my 4 DIMM slots on my motherboard. The timing is 8-8-8-24. The speed is DDR3 @ 1600MHz, and it is a matched pair. They run at 1.65V,

I am looking to expand this memory, but the pair I have picked out to add to the second bank (the remaining two DIMM slots) has differences in the size, voltage and timing. I have tried my best to research this problem before creating a thread but haven't found an answer detailed enough to explain why this would or would not work. Anyways, here are the details on the second pair.

2x4gb, same brand (Crucial). Timing 10-10-10-28. Speed DDR3 @ 1600MHz, matched pair. Running at 1.5V.

The three differences are the size (4gb vs 2gb per module), the timing (CAS latency 10 vs CAS latency 8), and the voltage (1.5V vs 1.65V).

The motherboard can handle all the specs of the possible new pair. Crucial's website confirms compatibility by suggesting this pair with its scan utility.

HOWEVER, my question is: What will happen in my BIOS configuration when I put this new pair in the second bank?
1. What will Dual-Channel, what will not, and why?
2. Will I have to manually reduce the latency of the second pair, or will I have to manually increase the latency of the first pair, in order to make them match? Will this result in a major speed decrease?
3. Will the difference in voltage be modified automatically? To which? (1.65v or 1.5v?)
4. Is it actually worth it to kee... Read more

A:Rather Technical Memory Matching Question

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Got any suggestions on what could be wrong with my memory card when it won't read the data when it's plugged in?
It says "No Data"
The card is official. I've tried other slots. Other mem cards work, tried turning it off and on, etc. We have a hunch that the problem could be that the contacts on the memory card have been misalligned, however there is no damage we can see without taking it apart.
Is it possible to take it apart or are there rivets or anything in the back end of the memory card that would hold it together?
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

A:Question regarding PS2 Memory Card technical difficulties

Try it and see, get a screwdriver, and see if you can pry the case open. I have no idea if it will work, but if it doesn't work, then you've got nothing to lose by trying to get it open.

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Hi there,

I have a question about the "amvo virus" and Combofix...

My goal is to REMOVE this virus and then PREVENT my PC from being infected another time by the same virus...Does ComboFix just remove "amvo" or fixes the problem, protecting my PC "forever" against this virusc ???

If it doesn't, can anyone tell me a good practice for preventing this infection in future? (possibly, something more sophisticated than just disabling the execution of the autorun.ini in every external drive...)

Thanks a lot guys...

A:Technical Question about ComboFix and the AMVO malware

amvo.exe) is a backdoor Trojan that is installed with other malicious files. Backdoor Trojans, IRCBots and Infostealers are very dangerous because they provide a means of accessing a computer system that bypasses security mechanisms and steal sensitive information like passwords, personal and financial data which they send back to the hacker. Remote attackers use backdoor Trojans as part of an exploit to gain unauthorized access to a computer and take control of it without your knowledge. Read Danger: Remote Access Trojans.If your computer was used for online banking, has credit card information or other sensitive data on it, you should immediately disconnect from the Internet until your system is cleaned. All passwords should be changed immediately to include those used for banking, email, eBay, paypal and online forums. You should consider them to be compromised. You should change each password by using a different computer and not the infected one. If not, an attacker may get the new passwords and transaction information. If using a router, you need to reset it with a strong logon/password so the malware cannot gain control before connect again. Banking and credit card institutions should be notified of the possible security breach. Because your computer was compromised please read How Do I Handle Possible Identify Theft, Internet Fraud and CC Fraud?Although the infection has been identified and may be removed, your PC has likely been compromised and there is no w... Read more

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I just wanted to know if anyone knows a website, or book that I could learn all of the "Computer Lingo" like what is FSB, or a multiplier of 13 = clockspeed. I know somewhat about computers, but in depth I really don't know anything. I love to come to this forum for advice, but I hate not knowing anything at all. I'd rather read up on this stuff instead of constantly asking for help this is to help me so I won't be completley lost; Trying to overclock my computer, or making my computer run very smoothly. Please help.


A:Question: Resource for technical terminology explanations

Computer Stuff @ Howstuffworks

Have a nice time reading.

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Hypothetical situation:

The givens:
desktop computer
a power supply with intermittent voltage drops
voltage occasionally drops enough to cause a spontaneous reboot.
voltage is being monitored on the 12-volt leg
wall current integrity is good at all times
When a spontaneous reboot occurs, what voltage should one see this occur at?

A:Technical question about power supplies and spontaneous reboots

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Yesterday morning I restarted my Dell Inspiron 6400 to finish installing an update to my virus protection software (McAfee Plus), and as the computer was shutting down my external HD became disconnected from the laptop. Since then, however, my computer has failed to start. It gets to the very first screen, with the manufacturer's logo and progress bar, then moves to an error page.

On that page, "Windows Boot Manager" informs me that failed to start. "A recent hardware or software change might be the cause." To fix the problem, they recommend I insert my Windows installation disc, follow the repair process, etc.

I do not have this DVD, as it never shipped with my laptop. They recommend, as an alternative, to contact my computer manufacturer. I've done so, and checked through Dell's support site. Their FAQs told me to contact their support department. However, my warranty has also ended. Simply to contact them to find out what my recourse is will cost $49. I'd prefer not to do that unless I know they'll send me some sort of repair DVD.

So, a few questions, more to your experiences than to the software itself:

1. Is it likely that Dell will provide a Windows Vista DVD to a computer past warranty? I doubt it sincerely, but perhaps there's a chance.

2.If that doesn't work, I presume I'll have to buy Vista. Being as I had Home Basic before, would I be able to purchase and use an upgrade disc, or would I have t... Read more

A:Not strictly a technical question: trouble starting Vista

They should provide one for a small fee.

You won't be able to upgrade a Dell version of Vista with a normal Vista upgrade. You would need to get a full version, or an upgrade that Dell has altered for their machines.

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I understand USB flash drives are composed of two components, the memory part that retains the data and the controller that regulates the writing and retrieval of the data. I alo understand there are different types of the controller components.

Also, I've learned that some machines will see just about any USB flash drive; but, I occasionally see some machines that will recognize one of my flash drives and not the other. I suspect this is because of the different controllers in each of the USB flash drives.

Here's the question: Is there a way to determine which USB flash drives contain which controller components?

The reason I'm asking is that I have two USB flash drives, a 16-Gig and a 32-Gig. The 16- is getting too small and I'm going to retire it in favor of a new 32- or 64-Gig and I don't want to end up with two that have the same controller component and then run into a machine that will see neither.

A:Technical question about USB flash drives' internal controllers

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Hi there, I have a T400 running Windows XP Professional that's in pristine condition, that I'd like to upgrade to Win 7 Prof + an SSD + 8GB of RAM.  It came with a Window's 7 upgrade DVD (and companion DVD) with instructions that note I will need to do a clean install since I have XP. I specifically had this system downgraded from Vista when it was shipped to me in 2010.  The Upgrade DVD says "Win Vista Bus to Win 7 Pro UPG Fulfill Lenovo" on it. I'm okay with the clean install since I'm running XP, but my question is: if I'm already going  to swap out the HDD to an SSD and I need to do a clean install anyway, can I just remove my old HDD, F1 boot from the disk and then install Windows 7 straight to my new SSD?  Or will the "Upgrade" version of Windows 7 look for something on the old HDD to give it permission to install? Thanks for any advice.  So essentially   

A:Lenovo T400 technical question - upgrading to Win 7 Prof + Samsung SSD and 8GB RAM

If the DVDs came from Lenovo, I am fairly sure it will work fine and use the Vista license in the BIOS

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I asked a question in another thread wanting to know if there were any good free alternatives to programs PCAnywhere or GoToMyPC. Boy did I ever get more than I expected in TeamViewer that EAFiedler suggested.

Now I have a technical question about how TeamViewer works. It connects to remote systems across the internet not by an IP number that I enter but rather by an arbitrary nine-digit number assigned to the system when the program is set up. It connects so quickly that I know it cannot be scanning every IP address on the 'net looking for a TeamViewer connection at every one of them. So, I have deduced that there must be a server out there somewhere that stores TeamViewer information.

Does anyone know enough about this to confirm this and/or explain it to me somewhat?

Next question: What about security? Are there any security issues I should be concerned about, other than the obvious, of course?

A:Technical question about TeamViewer remote access/remote office

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So basically my girlfriend has Windows 7, I decided to upgrade her computer to the Windows 10 Technical Preview to fool around with it a bit more.
My question is, once its released on July 29th, will I be able to get the FREE copy I was originally supposed to get or am I stuck with the technical preview version?
How does Microsoft know I used to have Windows 7?
She has the Chinese version, so when I upgraded it converted everything to Chinese and I had to change all the settings to English. Will I be able to download a FRESH english ISO and upgrade to that for free?

A:Question Regarding Windows 7 upgrade to Windows 10 Technical Preview

Hi Simpuhl What a coincidence, someone just posted a picture on another forum that answers your question.So yes, you'll be able to either upgrade to the official release of Windows 10 on July 29th, or download an .iso to perform a clean installation and use your product key to activate it.

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I was wondering if there were any CGI scripters in the house that would want to take on some custom work for me.

I use a billing system and want to add on a few things for it. Shouldn't be to hard to do, more or less making some connections and dumping some variables into a already working system.

If anybody is interested or knows of somebody please drop me a email.


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Can Anybody explain me what it means by the option called "-" and "+" in a dvd writer I came accross this feature on the LG DVD writes which was introduced very recently ,

A:DVD Writers -/+

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I was thinking of getting a DVD writer. I have a cheaper end HP computer that is a year old with an extra bay and I think I was told once by HP I could put a DVD writer there. At the local office supply store today I saw two HP DVD writers on clearance. I asked and they are new ones in the box, I think the store is getting ready to get newer models in but I would check fully before I bought. The first one is external and is only $50 but I wouldn't know how to install it so I would have to take it somewhere to have it done.

The second one is a portable model for $99. I have an HP portable CD writer on my old 98 computer and it works beautiful so I am familiar with the external products by them and like the fact I can take it to a frineds computer and use.


Are these any good? Also I don't know what I would need on the computer to get the video in. I have a Sony analog camcorder, it['s not even high 8 and I think once when I looked into this I was told I needed a converter box to get the video in. Also do I need anything else in the computer itself like video capture card or what? I suspect with my older camcorder I would have to take a harder route to get the video in? If I decide to get a digital video camcorder later on would I still need something else in the computer to get the video in or can you ju... Read more

A:DVD writers

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Can a Dvd re writer copy cd's or do you need either a combi drive

or seperate cd re writer

thank you


DVD writers should be able to do everything a CD-RW can do and more!

Give 'er a try!

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Any of you guys jumped on the DVD writer bandwagon yet?

I have a Phillips DVD+RW -D28
Havent managed to get any Blank DVD+ media yet though!!!!

A:DVD Writers

I have access to a Pioneer A03 DVD-RW drive here at work and I have an HP DVD200i DVD+RW drive at home. They both work well, but I like my HP more (God, I never thought I'd say that about anything HP except printers.)


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I have XP and am considering getting an external CD Writer. But I keep hearing about all the problems XP users are having with this...Is there anything I can do to avoid these problems?

A:XP and CD Writers

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I cannot see these 2 peripherals anymore. I tried to de-install , rebooted, XP sees them but can't install the drivers properly, so that no drive letter is assigned.
Help Please.
I runn XP SP2 with all the updates.
I also tried to restore to aprevious date and it won't do it.

A:CD and DVD writers

Try this

Download CDgone to your desktop.

Right click and choose Extract All,
open folder and double click on cdgone.reg

Do Not Click on EditReg.reg

Restart your PC

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A:dvd writers

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i'm trying to decide which DVD Writer to get, and there are so many brands out there, i'm not sure which one to go with... they all seem very similar, but some have advantages in certain areas that others are lacking...

so tell me, who do you think currently is making the best DVD Writers?... and by all means, post the specific model DVD Writer you have, or that you think is the best...

thanks for your help!

A:The Best DVD Writers

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We have started a Free Tips /Articles/Review section on our web site and we are looking for people to write some articles for us.
Our site is targeted to the home user and home based business user with a beginning to moderate skill level. Any subject dealing with tech, computers, internet, digital medium, etc. will be considered. Check out the site before submitting material. www.FasterDigital.com/freetips.htm . Send material to [email protected] .

Be sure to read the Help Wanted link on that page for more details. You may include your email address and text link to your web site with the article if you wish.

Thank you
Bruce Mcclellan

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I'm considering purchasing a 24x CD burner. I know Plextor is a great name. I'm also considering the new Sony (24x 10x 40x, model CRX175A2).

There are no reviews on the Sony that I can find. Their web site (http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio/storage/crx175a1c1.shtml) says it uses their Power Burn Technology which "eliminates" buffer underruns. (The Plextor comes with Adaptec's Easy CD Creator 5 and DirectCD, while the Sony comes with B's Recorder Gold and with with B's Clip for packets).

Is the Sony probably as good or better than the Plextor?

Is 24x writing established enough by now to be practical and reliable, or do errors tend to offset the time saved in burning? Does Sony's representation that it "eliminates" underrun erros seem plausible? Will the writing process usually flag me on its own if there's a recording error? Besides a potentially noticable slowdown, is it practical to do multitasking while burning at 24X? (I'll only use CD-Rs. I have a 600mhz P-III with 128MB RAM.)

How advisable/necessary is it to obtain "24x" or higher media? I'm looking at some "no-name" (well, "Spin-X" if that's a "name", at Office Depot) CD-Rs that say they're 700MB, 80 min, and "32X" compatable. Is that all I need to know to know they're able to write at 24x?


A:Brands of 24x CD writers

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I have a DVD RW AD-7260S ATA Device on my Tower and it is not working.  I get a message as follows:
cannot start device
Configuration Info ( in Registry)
incomplete or damaged   Code 19
I also have a Lite-on External DVD RW  Writer and an HP DVD  RW Lightscribe External Writer and both
of these are giving me the same errors.
I need to use these today if at all possible.  What can I do to fix the problem?  Is there a free program that will fix it for me?
Thanks for any help you can give me.

A:HELP Please !! DVD Writers Not working

Try MS Fixit, Optical Drives - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982116 .Louis

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Hi, I'm looking for a dvd writer. I'm thining of the one around 50-60 bucks CDN, like the BenQ, Lite-On, However i read that these cheap dvd writers aren't as good because they break easily.. The person who wrote the thread said these companies were "generic" but how can BenQ be generic.. Anyways, there are other brands like Sony,LG that are obviously not generic but cost around the same. Any suggestions as to why this is, and suggestions as to which cheap dvd burner to buy??

A:Any suggestions for DVD-Writers

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Howdy! I've got a computer with RAID, two 1.5TB drives set up RAID 1, and have redirecting Malware going on (and ad audio playing at intermittent times). Had CA live when it got infected; I've run Malwarebytes, F-Prot, checked for unusual files on system, ran a number of different scanners, none found anything. Ran Microsoft's OneCare Safety Scanner; it found five serious errors, but could not fix them. Any other time I would pull the drives and scan them on an external computer, which is not really much fun with a raid array...

Work around for redirects is to right click links in searches, and open in new window or tab (works for Google, at least, in Chrome and in IE8).

Next step: ran OneCare Scanner in safe mode; safe mode scan found five issues, still couldn't fix. Issues reported as Java related. Uninstalled Java, restarted; problems still occurring. Downloaded google-recommended Spyware doctor, ran quick scan; found more issues, fixed, but still has redirect and ad play problems. Rebooted into safe mode, started full Spyware doctor scan...

Checked results of spyware doctor run in safe mode; showed issues found and corrected but problems continue. Reinstalled Java, uninstalled spyware doctor and started Fsecure AV scan... BD_REM_TOOL_CONSOLE.EXE couldn?t be cleaned by F-Secure.

Tried MS Malicious Software tool in safe mode. Windows Defender in safe mode, (won't run in regular modes). Neither Microsoft tool (malicious remover or defende... Read more

A:Damn those Malware writers!

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.I would like to get a better look at your system, please do the following so I can get some more detailed logs.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.

Double click DeFogger to run the tool.
The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message will appear Click OKDeFogger may ask you to reboot the machine, if it does - click OKDo not re-enable these drivers until otherwise instructed.IMPORTANT! If you receive an error message while running DeFogger, please post the log defogger_disable which will appear on your desktop.Download DDS:Please dow... Read more

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In the market for a new writer, I need to re-familiarize myself with formats, read write times, etc, for a dvd/cd player.

What are most popular dvd formats besides + - ?
What is a decent speed range that will also play older discs?


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hi all i need a quick fix for this guys if you can help had a power cut last night whilst uninstalling instant cd dvd now have no drives showing any ideas thanks

A:dvd and dvd writers have dissapeared from my computer

First, What operating system are you using?

Do the drives show up on the first screen during boot?

Are they on the same ide cable?

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I just installed Win 7 and I'm having trouble with my 2 device writers and it says that they are scsi writers and can't burn any cd/dvd's. I found this advice online but don't know how to do step 2) and 3).Help!!

This is what the advice said:

Due to wrong Nvidia drivers Windows XP sees a IDE writer as a Scsi writer.To solve the problem:
1) download new drivers from Nvidia site
2) remove the DVD/CD writer from the Windows XP hardware list
3) remove Nvidia videodrivers (if present)
4) restart
5) install the new drivers
After this Windows will see an IDE writer...and no more SCSI command aborted errors!

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Both my CD and DVD writers stop working. At 'Device Manager', it show this message:
"Windows can not initilise the device for this hardware code-37".
I tried some steps through troubleshooting such as: Uninstalling and Re-installing the drivers several times but still don't work. I also don't know if i have 'SCSI and RAID' Controller or
'IDE or ESDI'. I found this information in troubleshooting steps. The fact is that i can not find SCSI under my 'Device Manager' list.

Does anyone has any idea.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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I can understand one DVD reader/writer not opening---- replace it, but lately I have had a rash of this. Most recently a computer donated to the church I attend. I know the man who owned the machine [P4 machine, I Gig Ram and 160 Gig HD on a WinFast 760GXK8MC motherboard]--- the guy seldom burned a CD, never a DVD and I don't know if he ever played a DVD on it--- but the DVD reader/writer won't open unless you use a paperclip in the hole on the front of it. DVD is Lite-On DH-20A4P, but some of the others were Sony & HP

I have replaced several lately on different machines-- none of which I thought had seen a lot of use. Are they just not made well? I think this one was carried on the guy's shoulder [so DVD was vertical instead of normal horizontal].

Any thoughts appreciated

A:DVD reader/writers-- won't open

"Are they just not made well?"

It depends on what brand you buy -- mine are LG & Sony models and work just fine, as they have done for several years.
Opening them by using the paper-clip method will eventually damage the drawer mechanism - that little hole is provided only for an emergency when you need to remove a disc and there's no other way.

If the drives function normally for reading & writing, I can't see it being a power problem but it wouldn't do any harm to check the power connectors are pushed fully home at the back of the drives (in my experience these are a tight fit and require a firm push to get them fully home).

Other than that, maybe the PSU needs replacing with one of a higher-wattage output. That could certainly be the case if a computer has had a few extra drives or devices added to it and the PSU is still the same one that was fitted at the factory (these are capable of only supplying enough power for the system as it was when it left the factory, with nothing left in reserve for future upgrades).

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Hi everybody!
I've a few questions regarding DVD overburning.
Particularly, I'm referring to the slim IDE/ATA internal DVD writers coming with laptops about 10 years ago (Pioneer DVR-K17A, in my case, but I could get other second-hand models of other brands, if necessary). I've known that the majority of burners doesn't support DVD-5 overburning. Are the slim internal IDE DVD writers different from the normal IDE ones for desktop PC (in terms of DVD overburning support)?
As far as you know, is there 1 or more models of IDE internal DVD writers (of any manufacturer) that is actually able to overburn DVDs?
Or this feature only belongs to DVD writers of desktop PCs?

After all, this operation just concerns the writing beyond a certain number of sectors.
So, if the firmware contains a limit of sectors beyond which the burner cannot write, what about finding and raising that limit in the firmware file?
Is that possible, theoretically?

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It wasn't supported much for DVD. It was more popular with CD's, and even then support was limited. The real problem, aside from just burning the disc, is being able to read the disc as well. I've only ever used overburning with CD, and found that the disc was not readable in all drives. So that makes the whole process (and use of the discs) rather questionable.

There are other media options if you need more storage space (unlike in the days of CD).

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http://www.zdnet.com/news/malware-writers-using-copy-protection/500345Malware writers are lifting anti-piracy technology embedded in some of the world's most popular software to protect their own work, according to Symantec. The antivirus company said writers of complex malware toolkits can embed measures to prevent users from stealing their work. "They are using the same Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology as major software," said Craig Scroggie, managing director of Symantec Pacific. "They will build their own DRM, steal it from the big names or cobble it together." Most would-be buyers of the toolkits lack the technical understanding to reverse-engineer the DRM measures. The price of a malware toolkit has risen substantially, Scroggie said, from about $15 in 2006 to more than $8000 today. "The premium is because of the success rate," Scroggie said. For more on this story, read Malware toolkits guarded with stolen DRM on ZDNet Australia.

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Have read many an article that not only are the Blackhats targeting the average User, they are targeting each other as well. Almost like turf wars with your PC being the turf.

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I have been using my system for nearly 7 years and I am a very careful user because I:-
(a) visit sites very cautiously.
(b) don,t allow the system to be used for playing games.
(c) defragment at reasonable intervals
(d) and take all reasonable precautions not to mishandle/overload the system.
2. This has been possible because my primary interest is in programming languages. So I am not required to fiddle with the system very much.
2. Inspite of all the above, I have been forced to change CD/DVD writers five times so far. There is no way I can avoid the change of writers because these writers either stop writing or stop reading the disks.
3. My question is whether it is possible to avoid this hassle and store/retrieve the data in any other method which should be as safe as having it on disks ?? What about keeping on some server ??
5. I generate about 5/6 Gb of data in a month.

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I purchased a Plextor PX-716 DVD writer on March 26 of this year and it died this morning.

This triggered a memory: A friend of mine and myself purchased CD writers in 1995. (when you could buy a cheap used car with what one of those things cost) He got a Plextor and I got a Sony (sold under the Smart and Friendly name.

His crapped out at 13 months (one month out of warranty) and my Sony was still working seven years when I retired it.

With these two Plextor experiences, I am now wondering about the brand's durability. I have burned about 25 CDs and about 20 DVDs and now it's dead.
What is your experience with Plextor?
How long have you had it?
Have you had a similar experience you can tell me about?

Product reviewers such as Tom's Hardware are no good on this question because they don't test their durability--only current performance.

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