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  1. Just a quick note to bring you all up to date on the PERFECT WIRELESS installation of my Brother MFC-990CW. What a dream of an install. The product came with implicit instructions....had to download Win7 drivers and software (no big deal there). But, I'm telling you, this was the slickest install of any printer I've ever owned. I totally love it! And, contrary to popular belief, hooking this printer up wirelessly has had little to no effect on the printing speed. It's an awesome machine! Fabulous color! Fax hasn't been hooked up yet because I need a new line put in but I'm sure that installation will go every bit as smoothly as the wireless setup. I would, without qualm, recommend this great little all-in-one wonder without hesitation or regret! Babs
  2. Hi there, GroovinJackman! Thanks for your solution! I'd really really love to try it but............since this latest install of Win 7, I cannot get Thunderbird to install properly. Oh, it installs....all looks well...then I open it....consistently in Safe Mode. No matter what I do...uninstall, clean every instance of the program from the registry and any other instance of Mozilla from my computer, the program, upon a clean install, always reverts back to opening in Safe Mode. Some of the advice I've read has to do with the resolution of your display. Mine is set at 1920x1080. Same as it was when I was successfully using Thunderbird previously. I just can't figure it out. So I downloaded and installed Microsoft Live Mail.......ugh! What an ugly program! Anyone know of a fix for Thunderbird opening in Safe Mode? If not, any suggestions on an alternative e-mail program? Thanks!!! Babs
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    Windows 7 Updates

    Hi Guys! It's been awhile, I know. I've spent the last two weeks on support calls trying, in vain, to get my PC to boot to Windows. It goes to the "Starting Windows" screen then hangs. Then I get caught in the loop of Repair/Restore. It's been obvious to me, for a while now, that there's something seriously wrong with my computer. Microsoft thinks it's my motherboard. So I've been fighting with HP for the last week trying to get them to admit that, whether or not I have 7 installed, my PC problems are hardware related instead of software....what a trial! Anyway, the PC's getting shipped back to HP tomorrow. Hopefully they'll get to the bottom of the trouble and I'll have my machine back in working order before too long. Of course it's going to be returned as factory ordered with Vista. question to you all is: do the Windows 7 updates have to be installed in any specific order? Microsoft says to just let them all install the way they will. HP says I have to pick and choose from eairlest date to latest and never install more than two updates at a time....have never heard of such a (silly?) thing myself but I suppose anything's possible. What do you guys have to say? Let it all install at will or pick and choose from eairlest to latest date? Personally, I think this is HP's way of trying to lay the blame for my bum computer on Microsoft instead of taking responsibility for the repairs. My warranty will be up this coming March so I can see why they would be reluctant to fix it. And, instead, try their best to talk me into ordering a new! And now they won't even extend my warranty because they've had far too many problems with these Slimlines. What a crock! Thanks for your advice! And I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving! Babs
  4. LOL! Well, Mr. Sadface, if you happen to get your hands on it....and I'll do the same! Babs
  5. Yes, thanks! Gotcha, Shockersh....your explanation makes perfect sense to me. I suppose there's really nothing to be done about this "high speed DSL" AT&T password hiccup thingie going on. The password glitch began happening last year and seems to happen fairly regularly at three-month intervals (give or take). The last tech I spoke with said it's not really an AT&T issue but Yahoo's complex configuration of member passwords conflicting with their AT&T provider passwords...seems like a flimsy excuse to me but we are talking about Yahoo here so, I suppose, anything's possible. Hi there.....Beyond_Life! I use CCleaner at least once a day....and Speecy and Defraggler. Piriform products have been in my utility arsenal for many years now. What I'm looking for now is a really good memory reclaiming software that works well with Win 7 so I don't have to Restart so often. I work in graphics and my graphics card just doesn't have sufficient memory of its own. Thanks all around....I appreciate the help! Babs
  6. As I mentioned before, my last install of OpenOffice was on my nightmare installation of Windows 7. Every time I opened OpenOffice my computer would hang. Then, upon rebooting, I was always faced with another Repair or Restore. So, now that I have this clean install of 7, I downloaded and installed OpenOffice again this morning. No hanging! No problems whatsoever! And, believe me, I've put the program through its paces. I am so glad that you mentioned the program and that I decided to give it another try....sure beats paying all those big bugs for Microsoft Office! Thanks, Beyond_Life! I owe you! Babs
  7. Question: If I'm interpreting this process correctly, the "flushing" procedure clears up any old data that might be associated with your IP address? The reason I'm asking is because, for some strange and unfathomable reason, I keep getting knocked off my server due to password discrepancies. And always (as everyone does), I have to go through the ranks of first tier support before being transferred to second level techs....a long and tedious process of explanations which first tier support is not authorized to handle. It's only second tier technicians who've got the authority to bypass Yahoo's ban on repetitive attempts at changing passwords (even by AT&T techs). At any rate, I did as you suggested and flushed the DNS data. I'm just hoping that it might be a cure-all for the password problems I've been experiencing with AT&T. Thinking this issue was a peculiar problem unique to me, I was quickly disabused of that notion by the technician who finally got me straightened away yesterday. It appears this password thingie happens to be an issue that crops up quite frequently with their other customers. So, in essence, what I'm trying to find out you think keeping on top of flushing the DNS might keep me a step ahead in the process of keeping my password static (which, of course, it's meant to be, anyway)? Thanks for your answer! Babs
  8. You are know that? LMBO!
  9. LOL! I'll take that as a compliment! Strange: •Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary: often!
  10. You know what.....I downloaded and installed OpenOffice and loved the interface. But the program kept crashing so I uninstalled it. Has anyone had problems with OpenOffice and Win7? I read on their site that a few people had difficulty but others....not a single problem. Of course, I was trying to run it on my earlier install of Win 7 nightmare. Perhaps that was the problem. Perhaps I'll give it another try. Thanks for the reminder, Beyond_Life! Babs Babs
  11. Is it kosher to ask if anyone would be willing to share this give=away of the day from yesterday? I was so darned busy getting my server back online that I forgot to check for the daily goodies. And this Start Menu program looks kinda neat. If not, that's cool too....just wasn't sure if I could took a chance. Sorry if I've offended or broken any rules, Babs
  12. Thanks, Guys! After reading several reviews on iZarc I decided to go ahead and give it a shot. In all honesty, I love it. It's straight forward and simple and does everything I need it to do. Guess I'll keep it until it proves me Babs
  13. Well, there's a quick answer to this question. I'm quickly running out of money and Christmas is just around the corner! After purchasing a 3 pack for Win 7, a new anti-virus suite, and now the printer, I'm looking for something! IZArc is free and has good reviews.....but I've read good reviews on products I've considered to be hugely disappointing before. Babs
  14. Good Evening, All! Has anyone tried out this freeware archive utility, IZArc? Seeing as how these archive utilities integrate themselves, rather invasively, throughout your entire system, I'm feeling a bit itchy about installing an app that I've never heard of before. If anyone has given this program a whirl, I'd love to hear that it's a great little piece of software. If not, I'd really like to hear that, as well. Thanks for taking the time to read and advise, Babs
  15. LMBO! I live to serve and....Lucky You....I haven't quite reached my "miracle" quota for the year! After finding a sweet little deal on this printer at, plus an even sweeter deal on replacement ink cartridges (generic ink cartridges aside), with free two day shipping and handling, I plunked down my money and, with a smile on my face (hoping like hell that this Brother's printer is all it's touted to be), I hurried on over to eBay to see what my used HP Photosmart C7280 was going for. Surprisingly, and with the excellent condition my current printer is in, I simply cannot lose. It's a head-shaking shame how many people lie through their teeth claiming that the Photosmart C7280 is Win 7 compatible. When I advertise mine, it's going to be as XP and Vista compatible....which is the absolute truth. So I thank you, sincerely, for advising me to get smart and burn this Photosmart in effigy (pretending that it is HP and their completely inept support team!) Now comes the waiting.....and I'm so anxious for my new printer to arrive I can barely stand! And now, of course, I have another question....which I will post as "IZArc 4.1." And just hope I'm not making a nuisance of myself with all these techie questions. Thanks bunches for all your help! Babs