Black Viper
Black Viper
Aug 102002
 

Quick Links: Introduction Chose an OEM Desktop, Laptop or Notebook? Should I build my own? Build now or string it out for 6 months? What does BV recommend? Introduction What kind of computer system should I buy? The answer to these types of questions is always another question: “What do you plan to do with it?” Everyone expects a computer system to do different things. Whether checking E-Mail is a top priority or the latest graphics intensive games on the shelf is your grand plan, a computer can be built to [Continue Reading]

Feb 192002
 

If you do not need ICS, be sure to disable all of the services associated with it. The “Gaming” configuration is a catch all that could be labeled “Power User” or “Slim and Trim” or “Minimum Memory.” I just choose to call it “Gaming” because that is what I do best. 🙂 Also, view my Services 411 page for more information on what services you may need or not need if you use your computer for other purposes, like work?!?

Jan 052002
 

Put it back the way it was! Really, though, place each service that you disabled back to the way it was (displayed under the Default configuration) and see which service “fixes” your software. Do look at the dependencies and decide if you may need it! Tweaking your system always comes with risk.

Jan 052002
 

This is what ZoneAlarm complains about while connected to the internet. “SVCHOST.EXE” is “Generic Service Host.” What that means is it is a “host” for other processes or services. If your internet connection seems to “no longer work,” it is due to you disallowing various “required” functions to no longer access the internet. A big one is “DNS Lookups” and HTTP. With DNS lookups disabled, you will no longer be able to type in “www.blackviper.com” but you will always be able to type in the IP address of the systems. The internet connection is still [Continue Reading]

Jan 052002
 

Can I help? Usually, no. The publisher and/or developer of the particular game or program that you are having problems with is much better equipped at solving your problem and offering updates to your software. Every software program has a contact list of technical support numbers. Please check your manual for that information as I do not have it. I do not work for any software publisher, nor have the resources to offer E-Mail technical support on software that, more than likely, I do not even have. If the software makers cannot help [Continue Reading]

Jan 052002
 

The major problem is that every system is different and the number of causes of system failure are numerous. The first thing you should do is ensure you have the latest drivers installed for your equipment. Drivers are such a common cause of problems that there is no need to troubleshoot any further until that step is complete. Second, contact your PC maker/software vendor for technical support. The final thing you should understand is that I am not sitting in front of your system. Troubleshooting from a remote location, let [Continue Reading]

Jan 052002
 

Yes, I have IM’s and no, you may not add me. I had my ID posted for years with no problems, but when I started becoming “popular” with the XP Services Page, I was flooded with requests for permission to be on others lists and from jerks telling me I am pathetic, etc… As for IRC, I have never used it and never will. Several have reported to me about “others” using my name and claiming to be me. Presumably attempting to be “cool” and accepted. I guarantee it is not [Continue Reading]