Black Viper
Stalk BV
Oct 052012

With a default Windows 8 setup, several different ways exist to get to the system settings and find out what version (either 32-bit or 64-bit) is running. The easiest that I have found is: Head to Start (Windows Key) Type System Select Settings (under Search Bar/Under Apps) Select System (under Results) In the System – System Type section, it will display “32-bit Operating System” or “64-bit Operating System”. Or: Head to Start (Windows Key) Right Click an EMPTY area Select All Apps (bottom right) Select Control Panel (under Windows System) Select System and Security Select System In the System – System [Continue Reading]

Oct 132009

Unfortunately, no. Hardware profiles no longer are supported in Vista and do not perform like they did in XP. You can, for example, disable a service in the logon tab, hardware profile section for “Undocked”, but: Cannot create any new profiles Vista automatically detects what profile to use. As such, an example of this would be a laptop that has a “docking station” with additional hardware attached to it. Vista would use the normal profile while the system is “docked” and use the “Undocked” hardware profile when on the road. [Continue Reading]

Mar 042008

The short answer: depends. The long answer: D E P E N D S. The best way for you to figure that out is load up everything that you plan on doing “at the same time.” Meaning, if you regularly have 5, 10, 20 or more browser windows open, Email client, a media player streaming music/video, a game or high powered editing software, fire that all up! After doing so, hit CTRL+ALT+DEL to open up the task manager and determine how much memory all of your applications are using. With [Continue Reading]

Dec 182007

What I am not going to do: Predict on an individual basis whether Service Pack 1 or 2 “will work for you.” Test whether or not System Restore will “undo” Service Pack 1 or 2 or if you will be able to go back to a previous install point before Service Pack 1 or 2 installation. With that said, this is my recommendations: No matter what, I would recommend to install SP1 and then SP2. If for nothing else, the knowledge that all of the “security” updates are current, not [Continue Reading]

Sep 042004

The reason is because during the installation of Windows XP Home, the workgroup setting is not saved. However, the workgroup setting is saved after the installation is complete with Windows XP Pro. The defaults are as follows: Windows XP Home workgroup default: “MSHOME” Windows XP Pro workgroup default: “WORKGROUP” To correct this error, have both Windows XP Home and XP Pro a member of the same workgroup. You can do that by running the network wizard on each system and entering the proper information. I do not recommend using either [Continue Reading]

Aug 122004

This particular issue came about due to a family member that was unable to check their HTTP E-Mail accounts after a new installation of SBC DSL either by accessing it via a browser or Outlook Express. After over two hours of banging my head against the monitor, I figured out the solution: The "normal" way many DSL providers offer their service is using what is called "PPPoE" or Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet. Under normal circumstances, this is fine. However, it can cause issues such as this one. The [Continue Reading]

Jan 062004

Unfortunately, the day has finally arrived when my information has become so popular that it has stretched my resources to the limit. Each time I add something to the domain, more E-Mail is directed to my inbox. Some is positive feedback, but most are random technical support questions that I no longer have the time to answer. I enjoy providing this domain to the Internet community, but my time has completely been overtaken by my desire to help as many people with their own personal computer issues. This desire to [Continue Reading]

Aug 102003

Related Questions: Why is LSASS.exe shutting down my computer after 60 seconds? Why is svchost.exe crashing my computer? Why is dllhost.exe taking 100% of my CPU time? A buffer overrun is the cause of an issue affecting many versions of Windows to include NT, 2000, XP and 2003. The main indication of this is a 60 second shutdown counter just after connecting to the internet or “right after” an attack attempt. “Strange” network activity while you are not downloading or surfing is another key factor. Upon examination of my firewall [Continue Reading]

Mar 112003

“C-Dilla” is the name of a company that was purchased by Macrovision. The previous company, and now Macrovision, use the “C-Dilla” technology to provide “software activation” services and CD Key verification services for anti-piracy reasons. This technology is now sold by Macrovision as “SafeCast” and is bundled with many products. More information about C-Dilla and “official” content is located here: The “old” C-Dilla site is here: Macrovisions Web Site is here: “FAQ” about C-Dilla, SafeCast and “spyware” concerns located on Macrovisions site is here: