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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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    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
  16. Hello!!!! I've moved this discussion on printers over to the General Geek forum under the heading "Brother all-in-one MFC-990CW." I'd sure appreciate any advice/opinions on this printer I'm considering. Thanks so much! Babs
  17. Hi there! Well, I'm hoping that I've found the little miracle printer I've been searching for! If anyone owns one of these Brother all-in-one MFC-990CW printers, I'd love to hear your opinions. I've talked to both their support staff and another helpful rep who assures me that this machine is absolutely compatible with Windows 7. Another really great selling point is their lifetime their reasonably priced extended warranty. And then, I've found a pretty good deal on this particular model. Here's just one of the reviews I've read on this all sounds pretty darned good to me! Thanks so much! Babs
  18. LOL! I so agree with you! HP? They're so far off my radar now, I wouldn't even buy printer ink from them...not when I can purchase it from a third party source for a fraction of the cost. I am - back after another clean install of Windows! And now that I positively know the culprit of all my crashes and Restores (PC Security Shield), I'm crossing my fingers that, with the replacement of ESET as my PC watchdog, I'll have a fighting chance of getting this printer installed. Of course, I'm not holding my breath.....but one can hope! Cannon, you say? If this next attempt at installing this Photosmart fails, I'll give them a look! Thanks for the advice and I'll let you know how things go! Babs - Running Home Premium.
  19. Hello there, Beyond_Life! Thanks for jumping in on this issue of installing my HP Photosmart C7280 all-in-one on a Win 7 platform. I'm very sorry about this but there is no long-story-short here for I have been working on getting this printer installed for nearly two weeks now. Upon doing my homework, I discovered there was a new software and driver download from HP. So I downloaded the new and "improved" version for Win7....which I assumed to be corrupt (for it would not NOT install) so I caved and ordered the CD. HP also has a Critical update for the scanner software available for download. Plus, HP no longer distributes or supports Photosmart Photo Essentials 3.5. Instead, they have a free download for their new Photo Creations program. Unfortunately, on the ordered CD, they are still distributing Photo Essentials 3.5 (isn't that wonderful?!). So the installation tries its best to install Essentials then, nearly immediately, gives a warning that the software for Essentials will be uninstalled at the end of the installation process. Before receiving the Photosmart C7280 installation software and drivers CD, every attempt to install the downloaded software and drivers wirelessly failed miserably. After each failed attempt, I was forced to Restore my PC to an earlier set point....not a complete disaster but certainly a royal pain in the caboose! Then last night, I decided, come hell or high water, I was going to get this printer installed! So I first removed any trace from previous installations HP Photosmart from the registry and every other hole in the wall where it was hiding. Then I turned off both my anti-virus and firewall. Began installing from the CD, ran into the Photo Essentials problem, but the remaining software and drivers did install....wirelessly....for the first time! After rebooting, I installed the critical scanner software update then rebooted again. Upon reboot, I received the message, "0 bootable partition in table." At this point, there was no CD in the drive. Ugh!!!!! Not again! But, yes! Another Restore was staring me in the face. Once Restored and rebooted, all (well, not exactly ALL) traces of HP were wiped. So now I'm facing another attempt at installing again.....a task I am not at all looking forward to. One other thing: once the installation was complete (before trying to install the critical scanner update), my printer display would not change menus. All it wanted was the insertion of a memory card....what the heck???? And the display would not be changed! Any suggestion on how I might get this HP Photocrap C7280 installed without incident on my Windows 7 system, would be a gift beyond telling. Honestly, what little hair I have left, I actually! Thanks for listening, Babs.
  20. Hello Again! After downloading (from MS) and installing the trial version of Microsoft Office 2010 to my laptop, I used the same download to install the program to my desktop computer. The programs run fine on my laptop but give me nothing but grief on my desktop PC....perhaps because I installed the same download twice (talk about proprietary!)? Anyhoo....a few minutes ago I uninstalled the suite from my desktop computer ... all went well. But there's a remaining portion of Office listed in Programs and Features called "Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010." By most reports, this software causes a multitude of problems if you try installing a copy of Office 2010 unless it's been downloaded and paid for at the Microsoft site.... After many failed attempts to uninstall this leftover program, and searching both the net and the MS site for a solution to uninstalling the program, I'm turning to you guys (metaphorically speaking) in hopes that someone will have a few tips to getting this Click-to-Run addition uninstalled....once and for all! Thanks for taking the time to read and lend a helping hand! Babs
  21. That would be a great idea, Shockersh....if I only had a regular tower. But, in fact, I have an HP Pavilion Slimline (big mistake) with no available drive slots. This, my newest hard drive, which was installed two weeks ago, is the third to be replaced in the same number of years. These Slimline towers create far too much heat for the hardware components. But! The good news is..(BIG Drum Roll here, please!) LaCie Big Disk Extreme IS actually working with Windows 7 now!!!!!!! And I'm quite sure I know the reason why. When Windows Restored to an earlier set point, my HP Photosmart C7280 (which I've had trouble with from the get-go), was wiped off the computer. Instead of trying to reinstall the printer immediately (a task I'm completely dreading), I tried one more time to get the LaCie recognized.....and, Viola!, the software and drivers were installed (as usual). But the big difference was, when I held my breath and restarted, my machine booted into Windows without incident. And, believe it or not, when I turned the LaCie on, there it was (in all its glory) registered, without conflict, in the Device Manager. To say the least, I am one Happy Camper!!!! The big question is: will it continue to be recognized once I've reinstalled (or....attempt to install) the software and drivers for my HP printer???? Thanks to everyone who lent a helping hand with this LaCie incident!!! Your help was immensely appreciated! Regards, Babs
  22. Mr. Grove....if you please; In Thunderbird, middle gray section (From: Subject: To:), right pane, is there any way at all to get rid of this (to me) useless piece of real state? I've customized all the goodies (Reply, Forward....and such) to another location. And I thought, as you made our lives so much easier with the "mailnews.messages_display.disable_remote_images" to "true" thingie, you might have a geekster-type answer to this other bothersome issue in Thunderbird. And while I'm here, please let me thank you for downgrading our irritation level with your help on the remote images situation in Thunderbird. Really! Thanks a million! Sincerely, Babs
  23. First: thank you kindly for both your reply and your suggestions. I am both elated and completely disgusted concerning this blankety-blank LaCie! Your suggestion worked like a charm....of course, it worked like a charm yesterday and the day before that, as well. Once I'm booted into Windows, I plug in the LaCie USB cord, turn on the LaCie, and Microsoft immediately begins the download and installation of drivers and software.....wonderful!!!! I then go to the Device Manager and, sur'nuff, there she sits (the LaCie) .... nice and prettily listed under "Disk drives." And, wonder of wonders, I can actually access the drive. The unfortunate part comes when I have to either Shut Down or Restart Windows....or rather, when I "attempt" to either shut down or restart. Fore, upon reboot, the computer stalls and will NOT access Windows. So it's back to the Windows 7 CD to try a Windows Repair. Unless the Windows CD is in the drive, Windows will not even access the Welcome screen. So far, this morning, I have installed the drivers and software for the LaCie at least five times. This last times I had one hell of a time even accessing the Windows CD.....took seven tries. Also, this last time, I had to Restore to an earlier restore point.....there was no "repairing" Windows. Here's the last correspondence I received from Jon at LaCie....they simply are not interested in helping. Guess I'm just going to have to buy a new external and hope like hell that I can get both externals working at the same time without having to reboot so I can get the data transferred....sigh. Thank you both for your excellent attempts to help me out with this problem. Sincerely, Babs ***************************************** Pasted text: If you wish to speak to a technical support representative, we can be reached at 503.844.4503. The hours are 7am to 5pm Pacific time, Monday-Friday. Otherwise, I can continue to assist you through this online interface if you prefer. This unit was built in mid-2008. This makes it nearly 2 1/2 years from the date of manufacture at this time. It's not unusual for a unit to spend some time on the shelf between the date of manufacture and when you purchased it; however, we can only build the unit to work with operating systems that exist at the time when the unit is assembled. In this case, this happened more than a year before Windows 7 was released. The warranty on the unit covers defects in manufacturing, and instances where the drive does not perform as expected. This unit is not expected to work on Windows 7, therefore there is nothing happening here that would be covered under the warranty of the unit. If you no longer wish to run an operating system that is supported with this drive, that is certainly your choice. At that point, you may wish to purchase a newer drive to replace this one that would be supported under Windows 7. Please let me know if you have any other questions regarding this. Thank you very much for your patience. Regards, Jon
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  25. Good Morning, Vadim.....and thank you kindly for your reply; Gosh, but you did, indeed, bring up some mighty interesting questions for me, Vadim. Firstly, the dive isn't that old. It was purchased September 23, 2008 and has a "3 Year Limited Warranty for Hardware." The legalese in the limited warranty document, is written in such a squirrel manor that it's nearly indecipherable to the layman and quite elusive to me, in particular. As you so astutely surmised, the offered firmware update is quite a bit older than the LaCie itself. The LaCie I own can be viewed here (with the 3 year limited warranty information available): LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ Triple. Truly, the LaCie is an awesome device. It has an internal fan, a sleep mode and never overheats on me. Until Win7 I've never experienced a bit of trouble with this particular product. I own two other externals which I transferred all data from over to the LaCie when it first arrived, freeing up space on my other externals for other uses (one I use for my PS3, the other as added drive space for my DISH DVR. No.....actually (and to answer your next question), I was originally using the LaCie on a Windows Vista system....same computer. I've only had this clean install of Win 7 on here five days.....and it's gone to hell several times already (long With a Windows technician's help, we finally managed (after three tries) to get a clean install of 7 and all the updates done. Unfortunately, with the attempted installation of different hardware devices (such as the LaCie and my new Hp Photosmart, I've had to "Restore" the system at least 13/14 times....ugh! To your next question, I am running the LaCie through a FireWire device. After failing miserably with the FireWire installation, I attempted an USB connection....with the same dismal results. Sorry....No, to your next question. I do not work; therefore have no other computers running Vista. My Toshiba Laptop has no FireWire Portal so I tried installing the LaCie to that PC via USB.....not a chance! The machine froze but did boot back into Windows without having to Restore to an earlier restore date. I have tried two brand new USB cables. And a completely different FireWire connection port and's all a no go. I'd so appreciate it if you'd take a look at that limited warranty to see if fresh eyes can make better sense of it than I could. It would certainly be nice if they'd replace the drive for me. It is, after all, just over two years old. Thanks so much for your interest...and your help, Vadim! Regards, Babs