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]

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:

Oct 282002
 

Boot into safe mode and install this registry patch. It will place RPC service back into automatic. After applying the registry fix, you should be able to boot normally. This file contains only the “Start” key: The “RpcSs” service, this information is applied: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RpcSs] “Start”=dword:00000002 Download File Name: RpcRepair.zip ~ 288 bytes ~ Version .01 ~ October 28, 2002 If this does not fix the problem, you can attempt to reinstall Windows on top of the old installation. This usually repairs the OS, but keeps user data still accessible. However, [Continue Reading]

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]

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?!?