Austin's post in How do I remove old thermal paste from a CPU / Motherboard? was marked as the answer
SD 99% Alcohol works just fine.
Whatever you do, DO NOT USE A Q-TIP or other type of paper cloth that is likely to leave behind paper particles. You do not want any particles leftover on the CPU.
My personal favorite is coffee filters. They are cheap, disposable, and designed not to disintegrate. If you fold one in half and soak it with alcohol it should be strong enough to clean off all of the thermal paste on a CPU and the motherboard.
Make sure you use new paste with the new CPU.
Austin's post in Make WiFi connection stronger? was marked as the answer
It's possible the wireless network adapter in the Chromebook is underpowered. Which model do you have?
I'd suggest picking up a booster or a more powerful USB dongle like one of these: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=wifi+booster+usb
Austin's post in Any suggestions for antivirus? was marked as the answer
The best antivirus programs are listed here:
If you are Windows 8 it includes security automatically, by Microsoft. If you are on Windows 7 you can grab Microsoft Security Essentials for free.
Generally speaking, Windows Defender / Security Essentials (Microsoft's solution) is just as good as the paid programs. Well, paid programs may offer a 5% improvement in security, but that is all.
Austin's post in Switching verizon samsung fascinate to virgin mobile was marked as the answer
Error 16 is created because the carrier has detected a cloned phone.
You'll have to try to place a call and it should reroute you to Sprint support who will ask you for some details:
Are you a sprint Customer? .. No you are Virgin Mobile What phone are you using? .. Wildfire I don't recommend telling them about the fascinate. Make sure your Wildfire is in airplane mode and/or turned off. Don't ever turn it on / take it out of airplane mode again or you'll have this same problem again.
Austin's post in Windows 7 backup and restore was marked as the answer
First you would need to boot from a System Repair Disk, which you could create using another USB or CD/DVD. A System Repair Disk will boot separately from windows, it doesn't require Windows to be installed.
Once your System Repair is loaded it can then restore a system image with just a few clicks. If you notice during the creation of the System Image windows automatically prompts to create a System Repair Disk. But if you don't want to create one the Windows 7 installation disk/usb also works.
Austin's post in Is this site now open to any type of question. was marked as the answer
The focus of groovypost answers is anything that is information-technology related.
If you see a completely irrelevant and off-topic post, please report it. Most likely, the posts that you have seen are spammers somehow circumventing our anti-spam system, or paid "SEO" shills unsuccessfully trying to drop links to their sites. I'm removing them as soon as I see them, and we're working on a system to further prevent any "spam bots" from posting.
For non-tech stuff, please see the Off-Topic section of the forum.
Austin's post in Is it possible for me to check out hottest pics of my fave actress in one site? was marked as the answer
Check http://www.imdb.com/and also the actresses' personal twitters.
Austin's post in How do I use the Words with Friends anagrammer? was marked as the answer
This one right here is the best on the web:
Just type in the letters you have, and the letter on the board you will build off of. It will tell you every single possible combination for Words with Friends.
Please note that Words with Friends does not use the same dictionary as Scrabble, so obscure words that work in one may not work in the other. But this site thought ahead and there are individual webapps for both games.
Austin's post in What video file formats are playable on the Kindle Fire HD? was marked as the answer
.MP4 & .VP8
That's about it.
Austin's post in Cannot connect to the internet was marked as the answer
It sounds like the there is some kind of compatibility issue between the router and the modem.
Most common, is the router is not automatically receiving an IP form the modem's built-in DHCP server. If you can login to the modem directly (connect your computer to the modem directly and visit its IP) by visiting it's local IP (probably 192.168.1.1) then you might be able to manually assign an IP address to the router in its software. Once done there, the same thing would need to be done to the router.
Another issue, although less common, is that the ISP could be taking issue with the MAC address of your router. I had this problem once and had to use MAC address cloning to duplicate the modem's MAC address onto the router in order for the connection to go through, and then I just forwarded the modem's connection to it.
In either case it may be beneficial to contact your ISP.
Austin's post in Who is texting me from textfree? was marked as the answer
Hi Jeff. This question was already covered at this URL:
If that still leaves you wanting to learn more, feel free to leave another comment on this question!
Nice to meet you, and welcome to groovyAnswers
Austin's post in office 2010 student and home was marked as the answer
When did you purchase Office, and do you have a receipt?
The Office Pre-Launch Offer has two distinct periods for this offer:
Eligibility Period: from October 19, 2012 to April 30, 2013: You must purchase, install, and activate your Office 2010 or Office for Mac 2011 product. You may sign up at Office.com/offer to be notified by email when the products are ready for download. Redemption Period – from the availability dates of the new Office to May 31, 2013: If you signed up, you will receive an email from Microsoft when the new Office is ready for download. You must redeem the offer at Office.com/offer within the redemption period. If you purchased it between the qualifying dates then yes, Office Home and Student 2010 is eligible for a free upgrade to 2013.
Other requirerements are found at: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/offer/pre-launch-offer-details-and-terms-FX102902434.aspx#Qualifying
Austin's post in Google Search Problem was marked as the answer
Apparently Google decided it was time to make their website more difficult to use. The sidebar is gone for good, or at least until people complain enough for them to bring it back.
Here's the post on it by a Google Employee: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/websearch/xcv50_kJ9Pc/OQRM0rIAktEJ
This change was done in the name of "mobile optimzation." Ugh.
For now, to bring back the old interface you can use http://www.google.ca but it's probably just a matter of time until that one is changed as well.
Austin's post in Brightness keys not working on Sony Vaio keyboard was marked as the answer
For these buttons to work it requires Sony's proprietary software. Luckily, the packages required t operate the Brightness buttons isn't bloated like their Vaio Care crapware.
To set it up, visit http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/select-system.pl?DIRECTOR=DRIVER and type in your model number. On a Vaio this should be found below the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Once on the model's support page, download the following:
Sony® Firmware Extension Parser Device Driver Sony® Shared Library NOTEBOOK CONTROL AND UTILTIESSony® Notebook Utilities Note that this should include two other services within it, the Event Manager and Setting Utility Series. Be sure to also install any updates available for those services..
Now once you finish installing all of those your brightness keys should work. You might run into an error window that tells you "the installed battery may not be properly connected." This isn't an error to be worrieed about, it's just a false alarm. To disable it browse to C:/Program Files (x86)/Sony/ and delete the ISB Utility folder.
Austin's post in (192.168.1.2) is managing this device was marked as the answer
It sounds like you're router still has you signed in under a different IP.
Is your wireless card set to automatically obtain an IP address? If this is the case the router has already assigned you a new IP from it's DHCP server and you won't be able to connect to the router from the new address. You can confirm this by finding your local IP address and seeing if it is different than the one on the router's page. There's a couple of ways to fix this.
Power off the router and then power it back on. Go into your Wireless Adapters's IPv4 settings and manually set your IP address so it matches the one on the router (192.168.1.1) page. In your case these settings would be: IP address: 192.168.1.2
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Preferred DNS server: 192.168.1.1
Alternate DNS server: . . .
You rhould be able to log in either way you do it, hope this helps!
Austin's post in Text me app was marked as the answer
Okay. I did some testing and figured it out.
On your computer install iExplorer 3.
Connect the iPhone via USB. Open iExplorer 3. Click Apps, Click TextMe. Open the documents folder. Right-click on database.sql and "Export it to folder" (choose your desktop). Go to the desktop and right-click on database.sql and open it with Notepad or Notepad++ Perform a search (Ctrl+F) and look for "number". The number should be listed right after it.
Austin's post in Chrome Processes was marked as the answer
Chrome runs in its own virtualized-sandboxed environment. Because of this each tab, or sometimes set of tabs on the same website, are open in their own process.
This is good for a few reasons. The first one is stability. If a particular tab crashes it won't bring down your entire browser. Secondly, for security. If a plugin on an individual page tries to do something malicious Chrome can block it without interfering with the rest of your browsing experience.
Austin's post in Can I automatically schedule Outlook 2010 to send a calendar on work days? was marked as the answer
I don't know of any easy way to do this.
There are some add-ins you can buy. The downside is they cost $$. Double check that they work with 64-bit if you are using that.
MAPI SendLater - There is a free edition of this for personal use. Taxcalc Accounts Production Sperry: Schedule Recurring Email LBE Email Scheduler The hard way
With some Visual Basic knowledge it should be possible to write a script that does this. These three pages can get you started on the code required for it.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=239091 http://www.outlookcode.com/d/forms/skedrpt.htm http://www.serverwatch.com/tutorials/article.php/1474711/Send-Email-Using-Microsoft-Outlook-Automation.htm Perhaps someone else might have a better answer.
Austin's post in Does Windows 7 and Internet or Windows Browsers protect my privacy? was marked as the answer
Good question. If an Internet Browser did track your browsing, it would be a huge compromise to privacy. It would likewise be a huge deal if the Windows 7 operating system tracked your information and sent it back to Microsoft. That still wouldn't be quite as bad as what happens online when using Google, as only Microsoft would have your information vs. Google and hundreds of advertising companies and websites tracking it.
Fortunately, the Windows 7 operating system itself does not do this, short of if you enable the Customer Experience Program and the Genuine Microsoft software validation. And even in those cases, only anonymous system hardware, cd-key, and performance data is sent back. You can also disable whether either of those happens. Windows XP included a search companion which sent search terms to Microsoft when an internet search was performed, but that has been done away with in Windows 7. Your privacy is safe in Windows 7. Just watch out for individual applications you install that might be transmitting data, though usually you can stop that from happening with the Windows Firewall.
Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox do also not do this to any malicious extent. Although if you have Google or another mainstream search engine set to your Omnibar (address bar) search it will collect data on all searches performed in the address bar, and if instant search is enable (like in Chrome) anything typed into the address bar can be tracked. Firefox (and even the Thunderbird email client) have been known to call home to Mozilla's servers to transmit basic census information, but this can be disabled.
If you use any of Google's online products, everything you do is tracked and sent to Google. This is how it works with any online web-app or "cloud" solution. Free and "Cloud" service comes at a price; the price of your privacy. Even if you pay for "cloud" service, the company still has access to your data. Example ala Google Apps for business.
Austin's post in Can't assign personal ringtones on Android was marked as the answer
I've never heard of a cell phone service that doesn't automatically come with caller ID.
Make sure that each contact has the correct number for incoming calls. Placing a 1 (country code) in front of the number can sometimes mess with the system as well.
Also make sure you are saving the contact's profile after assigning each ringtone, it is the save button at the bottom of the screen.