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  1. Hello,

    I'm in need of restoring a file that is of extreme value to me. The file system is NTFS, OS Windows XP. There is a large array of recovery tools but which one is the most reliable and give most high success rate?

    First of all how was the file lost? What size is it, and what type of file?

  2. You should be asked to configure the network settings upon install, if you were not, then you can still do so quite easily. This assumes your router is 1) ethernet and 2) will provide internal DHCP. If not, post back and we'll modify it accordingly.

    From the Gnome desktop, click the 'start' equivilent and follow:

    System -> Administration -> Networking

    Connections Tab -> Ethernet Connection -> Properties

    Connection -> Enable This Connection [X]

    Connection Settings -> Configuration: Select "DHCP"

    Save / Close

    Connections Tab -> Select "Ethernet connection" -> Activate.

    This should have you online.

  3. Been a couple of times to Italy, although on both occasions I went to Venice. It is a superb city with a lot of history, culture, architecture, superb food and wonderful people. I can't remember which hotel I stayed at though I'm sorry to say.

  4. I was waiting a bit to see if anyone else with more knowledge on the subject chimed in, but I'll give this one a go...

    It very much depends how you receive your TV signal. If it's via RF, then it should be a simple case of setting the DVD recorder going on one channel, while turning the TV to another. If your input is via analog cable, this should also be the case, as the signal is decoded by the RF demodulator in the set/recording equipment itself.

    Things get a bit messy when it comes to digital. Certainly most satellite systems will only permit the watching of one channel at a time (due to the way the processing of the 'selected' channel works). There are products out there that allow the recording of up to 2 different channels while watching a 3rd (Sky+ in the UK), but these are add-ons to your package. I imagine digital cable is similar to that of satellite as far as post-processing goes, although not being in a cable area I cannot advise further. :)

  5. I *KNEW* you were talking about a Ford from the second paragraph before I even got as far as you identifying the brand. I've got the challenge of again replacing the passenger-side bulb on my car and I've been putting it off and putting it off because I know how much of a hand-cutting, wrist-crunching, mentally-infuriating task it is!!


  6. Used it a couple of times in the past, I can confirm it is a miracle worker. But it's also a good tool to use to prevent problems before it gets to the recovery stage.

    (Note: I am not affiliated with Steve Gibson in any way, I just think it's a very underpromoted product that really does do what it says on the tin, and more.)

  7. ...

    Well 'scuse me..

    /me calms down slightly.

    My suggestion was borne out of the fact that the original poster works in a professional setting, and as such the purchase would no doubt be of great use not only in this instance but in future occurances of drive problems. The cost is minimal considering the capability of the program (based on my own experiences and that of the many testimonials on the site), and would save considerable 'bodging' to fix the same issue. The advice is there, if he does not wish to spend the money (either personally or at a department level), then that is also his choice. I am offering an alternative to the method in which he was attempting to attack the problem.

    Isn't that the point of this place?

  8. I had this situation a few months ago on a friends' computer that he brought to me in a panic. The problem turned out to be a couple of sectors on the disk that had gone bad and not been automatically remapped by the drive controller. Endless loops of rebooting.

    The solution was (as much as it pains me to say it, because I really really dislike the man!), was to buy a copy of SpinRite from Gibson Research Corporation. While the website sounds like snake oil, I'd previously used his much older versions of SpinRite to fix other issues on a Win98 box. Very worthwhile the $39 registration fee!

  9. The thing that keeps me going back to FireFox every time is how extensible it is, with a large dedicated team of developers supporting those plugins. My plugin list for FireFox is huge, and helps me accomplish everything I need to do in a browser.

    A few from the list:

    British English Dictionary








    That's just a selection.

    A browser is a personal choice, I really don't think you can "go with the flow" and do what the majority of others do; You find what you like and what works for you, and go with it.

  10. Tried a hard-reset ? It's conceivable you've accidentally fubared the configuration to an unworkable state.

    How are you getting an IP address? DHCP? If you're DHCP'ing it, do you actually get an IP from the router? If you do, can you ping the router? Can you ping ( You need to do a bit of troubleshooting to try and find where the issue lies.

    (note: use 'ping -d' to cut out the name resolution)

    If you can ping but not '', your issue lies with the DNS servers you're getting via DHCP. Rather than ask your ISP for theirs, use openDNS - and

  11. The only difference in them is one has the Gnome desktop, the other has KDE. Gnome is a little more user-friendly for the first-timers.

    That's a matter of opinion and potentially misleading....I tried Gnome when I first switched over from windows and was not comfortable with it....KDE, in my opinion, is more "Windows-like" and most people switching over should feel a little more at home.

    Sure user-friendlyness is I guess, a matter of opinion. Whilst KDE is more 'Windows-like', Gnome in my opinion is a lot more friendly. Try both, there's no harm in it. I use KDE, the wife prefers Gnome. :P

  12. The only caution I'll give is that if you use a 'non-standard' install of XP, like 99% of companies do these days, repartitioning could spell the end of Windows actually booting. I've done dual-boots many times on self-installed XP machines without a hitch. I don't mean to sound like a doom-master, but it's a real possibility of data loss. The problems begin on my 'new' desktop that I bought rather than built. It turned out that the boot drive was hidden on what was technically the E: drive, which is also housed the hidden repair partition. When D: was resized to house my linux install, the whole thing went to rats. Not a big problem, as I didn't really want Windows on it anyway, but it would have been nice.

    What I'm getting at is, if you have a REAL 'Windows XP' install disk with your PC, you'll probably get away with it. If you have a 'Dell Recovery CD', or a 'Compaq Recovery CD' or '<insert company name here> Recovery CD', you may not get away with it so well. In the fight against piracy, as usual, the honest ones suffer as well.

    No-one NEEDS Windows I've decided. I've been living without it for months now and do fine. Take a backup of all the stuff you want to keep off your machine, then let linux take it over. If you have applications that are only available for Windows, you have 2 options:

    1. Try running it in Wine. So far I've only come across one or two applications that don't work with Wine that I really liked, the rest work without a hitch. Because Wine runs like any other application on your X desktop, it's like mix-n-match.

    2. If you have no joy with Wine, the other alternative is download VMWare Server, get a (free) license key (I have a couple if you can't get them to respond), then install Windows *inside* VMWare on your linux machine. This is a 'real' install of Windows as far as Windows is concerned, but run entirely inside the VMWare emulator. It's a little slower than running it for 'real', but as I only need to boot it to get the pictures off my Nokia phone via PC Suite, I can handle that. You will need a genuine version of the XP Install CD to get it up and running though, so depending on how you got Windows in the first place, it might be an expensive option.

    And as suggested above, you can (and actually have no choice, with U/Kubuntu), in running the LiveCD to install. But you don't have to install... you can look around instead. The CD contains a fully working, if somewhat limited, version of the linux desktop. It's also painfully slow due to it running entirely from the cd and having no swap space ('paging file'), but it works. If you get good video clarity and audio on boot up, you know it'll work great on your system. Until you actually go through the 'Install' button and answer Yes a couple of times to the "Are you REALLY sure you wanna do this?" dialogs, nothing will change on your hard drive. Pop the CD out, reboot, and it'll be back to Windows.

    So you have some options, some of them non-permanent. Give it a try :)

  13. There is no such thing as a 'trial' version of linux, the whole thing is completely free. And the short answer is yes, you can run 2 OS's on the one computer.

    The longer answer is, it's a dangerous and fairly complicated process (if you don't know what you're doing). An easy way would be to download the free version of VMWare Server, get yourself a free license key, then load linux on there. That way you run linux 'inside' windows. It's not ideal, but if you decide you like it, you can then (try) for a dual-boot system. If it works, cool. If it breaks, well, nevermind, you decided you liked it anyway right? ;)

    The next question is what distribution of linux do you want? There are hundreds, literally.

    Personally, I'd recommend Ubuntu for those relatively new to the linux scene. If you feel adventurous, try Kubuntu. The only difference in them is one has the Gnome desktop, the other has KDE. Gnome is a little more user-friendly for the first-timers.

    Check out their websites, have a read of the docs, the FAQ's, the forums... see what you think.