Black Viper
Black Viper
Oct 192002
 

This is due to spammers exploiting a feature that has been in Windows since Windows NT 3.5, but not Windows 95, 98, Me. It is called the “net send” command. This has nothing to do with MSN Messenger, nor is it “WinPopUp.” The reason spammers have begun to target this “feature” is the fact that people are beginning to adopt OS’s built on NT, such as XP. Previously, the un-requested popups were not a problem because so few people were running an OS that supported it. To test for this [Continue Reading]

Sep 102002
 

www.viaarena.com is an outstanding web site to locate information about VIA chipsets. I am not about to reproduce the information here. If you are having problems, please search the Forums and FAQ for more information. Ironicly enough, all the problems that I feel are associated with VIA chipsets, they say is everything else. Because of this: I am even considering firing up the CUV4X-D again after Service Pack 1’s release, updated BIOS, “better” drivers, more robust 4in1’s, etc. To prove them wrong? No. I want a dual CPU computer! 🙂

Sep 052002
 

Please contact the vendor, manufacture or “company” that your system was purchased from for technical support. Part of the money you spent was to pay for technical help when you need it. Use it while you can. Information on “who” or “how” to contact them is in the owners/operations manual that came with your new PC or hardware. I do not have access to that information in a timely fashion. The PC vendor or “brand” that your computer is has access too much more resources to solve your technical issue than I do. [Continue Reading]

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]