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  1. Haha! I was wondering if I would be recognized! :)

    We don't quite yet have it figured out, but after all attempts, the only thing we can think of at this point is that there might be an issue through my ISP via the VPN that we have to use for work (Global Protect). Apparently several versions ago, this was a rare issue, but was fixed in a newer version of Global protect than we currently have. Unfortunately we can't test this theory yet as the firewall first needs to have some major upgrades to allow us to implement using the newer version. We are in discussion now to see when this might be able to happen, or to see if another team member has a different suggestion. If we do get this resolved, I will certainly let you know.


  2. So I've been working from home since March and have had no issues accessing Active Directory for work through the work VPN. I was on DSL and recently was able to have another option (Xfinity Prepaid). Now since switching over, I am no longer able to access AD. When attempting to access, it just hangs there and/or stops responding. Even after switching, I kept DSL for a short time to make sure that the connection was indeed better and more stable overall. So when I noticed the issue, I immediately switched back to the DSL wifi and had no issues connecting. I have tried via wifi connection, as well as ethernet. We have also tried updating the network drivers on the work laptop, as well as updating Windows. Nothing has worked thus far.

    Any thoughts on what it could be and how we can get this fixed? Our network person is supposed to remote into me later to try and look into it some more, but we are a very small team and it's starting to affect my work more and more.

  3. I'm working on rebuilding a machine for a friend's business and they need the floppy drive to work as it is still used in some of their industry machines. Well the floppy drive in the machine doesn't work and in trying to see if a USB floppy drive would be an optional solution for them, I borrowed my brother's USB Floppy drive. I can get it to load the driver's fine on my newer Win7 laptop, but not on the computer I've been rebuilding. It's an old HP Pavilion 700 running Windows XP (fresh install with SP3). When I plug the USB Floppy Drive into the machine, it starts loading the drivers, then reboots the computer and continues in that cycle until I unplug it.

    I have tried booting in safe mode with the same problem, disabling the AV, used a different USB port (all ports in good working order). The Floppy Drive I'm testing with is an HP EA763AA.

    Any thoughts/suggestions?

  4. Well, Although the estimated arrival was April 11th, I actually received it on March 29th and was able to use it this past weekend. I spent a good part of the first day setting it up and getting it to where I wanted it to be. This past weekend I had several assignments with the newspaper and it did indeed perform excellent. So far I am very pleased with it. My only issue was that in the middle of my first edit session, the computer went into a reboot without prior notification and said it was doing that for an update. I know when I set it up, I selected that I did not want automatic updates turned on, but for some reason it didn't take. I did go back in and make sure that it was set so that it doesn't even look for updates until I tell it to (Windows only). I'm glad Lightroom kept all my changes I'd made before it decided to reboot.

    The display is just absolutely amazing! I'm started working on calibrating the colors last night but decided sleep was more important. Still, the colors are very close to being perfect and I'm thrilled with that!

    So far, all is performing well. The real test will be in the coming months when my deadlines will be much more strict.

  5. Hey guys, Thanks so much for all the replies! I've been away for a while and wasn't able to be online much, but I did end up ordering my laptop (waiting for it to ship). I definitely did NOT want to go with Mac as I have no desire to repurchase all my photography programs for another system. Several people suggested the Dell XPS line and after finding a great sale this past weekend, I ordered one.

    Marsh, I was actually going to see if I could upgrade the HD to a 7200 model. It seems almost all laptops have the 5400 still. I often found great deals, but they would put barely enough RAM in and the HD would be slower model and no one wanted to budge about that. I believe the Laptop model quoted above was the Dell Inspiron (something they had in their outlet).

    So for those curious, my total came to $1002.33 (I caught an awesome deal, got a slight discount through work, and found a coupon on top of it all) and here is what I got:

    Dell XPS 15

    2nd generation Intel Core i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz

    8GB,DDR3,2 DIMM


    NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB graphics with Optimus

    640GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English

    8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)

    JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3

    Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 and Bluetooth 3.0

    2 Year Limited Warranty

    Recovery DVD for Windows 7 Home Premium OS, 64bit, English

  6. Are you looking for something that is light weight? How big of a screen? If you do some work outdoors you may want a matte screen. For photos I would steer clear of LED backlights. Also do you need long battery life?

    Lightweight would be nice, but not an absolute necessity as I really don't need to carry it around too much. I'd like to keep the screen at 14-16" max. Most laptops I've seen are shiny and that annoys the **** out of me. lol I will need no more than 6 hrs of battery life (and that' probably overkill).

  7. I'm in the process of looking for a new laptop. I have a netbook that has done well, but now that I'm working with fast deadlines (I'm a photojournalist), it just doesn't cut it anymore. I currently have it running on the netbook (win xp) and mostly it runs okay, but lately it's starting to freeze for several seconds when doing basic things like switching views of one photo to the next. I don't know enough about win7 or the latest processors to know what works how well, which is why I'm asking for assistance.

    Basically, I need to run Lightroom 3 , I need an integrated sd card slot for transferring my photos quickly from my memory cards. Of course I'll be doing more basic things like emailing my photos when done as well. I need it to also be able to connect wirelessly through my phone for internet usage when emailing the photos on the go.

    I found one laptop which I think might be alright, but I'm second guessing myself. Here's the specs:

    * Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

    * Processor Intel Core i5-520M 2.40GHz (2.93Ghz Turbo Mode, 3M cache)

    * 320 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM) (I only hold files on there temporarily, but all files go to my external drive when finished, so not really needing anything more)

    * 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (2 DIMMs)

    * Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD

    Any information/feedback is insanely appreciated! Thanks!

    (PS. when on the go, most of my work is not with RAW files, but with JPGs that range from 5-7mb each, and an average rushed session, I have about 30-70 images I go through)

  8. I'm currently doing some research on starting up a small website for a non-profit organization that is going to be created in the next few years. Because of current lack of funds, we're going to start off by using free message board hosts and Free webspace hosts, but would still like to be able to purchase a ".org" account that will link to the free site, and the message boards of course will be linked from there.

    As I've not built a website in a few years, I'm not sure where the best place to go for free webspace would be, but I was hoping people here might have some information. Please keep in mind that I want to be able to redirect a ".org" to point to that specific site.



  9. Tried recycling both the router and modem. I rebooted the computer. No luck.

    Also tried MANUALLY setting my IP address (was getting the generic type of address). I set my IP address to be unique, so it was not the same as any other should be on the network. Rebooted the computer after that. All settings (IP address, Subnet, etc) are all looking proper. Connection is being made to the router, but it says I have no internet connection.

    I have been trying to get through to my parents to talk to my brother to give me access to the router's settings. Mom finally says she'll see what she can do, but I have no hope for that. Both my parents don't like any kind of confrontation with him.

    Any thoughts? (besides the obvious that my brother is a douchebag) LOL

  10. Well it seems That did not solve the problem. I started having the same issues happen again suddenly last night. This morning I returned the adapter and got a Linksys adapter. It seems to connect fine to the router, but takes a while to aquire a network address, then tells me it has not internet connectivity (windows says limited or no connectivity). I would LIKE to try recycling the router as well as the modem, but I can do neither until my brother is not home, which won't be until tomorrow afternoon.

  11. If this is a USB adaptor try another USB port. The one you are using may be having problems.

    Thanks for the advice! Though I had tried 3 different ports already. Sorry I forgot to mention that.

    I would wonder if the actions of your brother and the problem are totally unrelated.

    My first suspicion is that on your wlan manager for your wireless adapter you have not selected your router as the default connection and you have it configured to search for better connections (something like that) and one of your neighbors also got a wireless router (Hmm , maybe they were leaching off yours and when you protected it they decided to get one themselves) and at times it has a stronger signal than yours. When this happens , your adapter drops your connection and tries to connect to theirs but if theirs is protected it can't but it keeps trying.

    The other probable cause which comes to mind is interference. A new 2.4GHz cordless phone or leaky microwave oven can cause these disconnects.

    I'm not sure about the router thing. I don't think that was it. Will explain in a second though. As far as interference. That did come to mind and I went in search of any of those, but none.

    On a very much UP note, I do believe I have resolved the issue. *knocks on wood* Late last night I found a 12 page thread on netgear's forums where people were experiencing the same issues. I got through the first few pages and about halfway through, I noticed something I had not tried yet. Someone else said that for some reason, their adapter did that on their 2.0 USB ports but when the adapter was plugged into their 1.1 onboard ports, they stopped having the issues. After unplugging my adapter from my USB cards, I switched one of my other USB devices and put it into an onboard port. Since about 8 this morning, I've been going to every site I could and playing all games I have to try my hardest to kill my connection, to no avail. Windows says my signal strength is low, but the netgear's program says my signal strength is medium to top notch. Either way, my connection speed is what it should be now and I have not had any problems.

    I will continue to test the limits and monitor my connection for the next few days. I hope this is the end of my troubles with this particular issue.

  12. what type of router,

    I have had this happen with routers that are less expensive as they seam to break up packets when encryption is on.

    This happened to my Mac Book, where the mac Book was sensitive to this packet breaking, a patch from apple fixed it.

    the only suggestion is to try a wireless adapter made by the same company.. but other then that..

    I can't recall the exact model, but the router and adapter are both Netgear. The adapter and router are both not bottom of the line. If I remember correctly, the router was a mid-line. Also, both are up to date on firmware.

    I think I also mentioned that my machine is the only one that does this. We now have 2 laptops, and 2 other desktops that use the wireless here, but none of them seem to have any troubles.

  13. Wow it's been a while I know, but work keeps me terribly busy. >.< Sorry friends. I still think about you all though and hope I'm not yet forgotten. :blush:

    Anywho...onto the issue at hand.

    Quite recently (being about a week or so ago) I've started experiencing a very strange problem with my wireless connection. First, let me just say that the only thing that changed right before this issue is that my brother finally put security on out network and I have no way to get into the router settings to see anything. I did not install any new software nor did I change my settings when this started.

    The issue started out as I would lose connection to the router it'self through my wireless adapter at random. For a few days, simply unplugging the adapter and plugging it back in would work. Then that stopped working. Rebooting worked for a day, maybe two. Next thing I knew, the adapter would only reconnect if I used the repair option by right-clicking the Wireless network connection down on my taskbar. No one else in the house with wireless was losing connection, so I knew it had to be on my end. A few days ago, I went to Staples and replaced my wireless adapter with a new one. (Netgear WPN111) For the first few hours, everything ran fantastic, then the issue started again. Now using the repair option does not always doe the trick. We have reset the router and cable modem several times, but that does not seem to make a difference.

    Right now, I'm somehow able to stay connected. I can go to most websites, chat on messenger, and cam with a friend on skype all at the same time. Though I have noticed that if I try to attach a file to an email, or if I try to visit some websites for any longer than 2 minutes, my connection drops again.

    I have ran virus and spyware scans, but come up with a clean bill of health.

    I am working in Windows XP. The wireless adapter is model WPN11. Browser is Firefox - most recent version.

  14. Hi all! I've got a friend who would like to make blinkies on her own, but does not have any software to do it. I'm not familiar with Mac software, so it's been a bit difficult for me. I am trying to help her find free software for her Mac (OS 10.???) and very simple instructions. She's never done any kind of graphics as far as I know, but is very interested in making little blinkies.

    Any help is very much appreciated.


  15. I really wish I had more time to be around, but between work and school, it's been more busy than ever. I was hoping summertime would help calm things down, but I'm taking on more responsibilities at work, so I don't know how it's going to be.

  16. :huh::blink:00000001.gif

    Once again, I must thank you all for your enormous help! Somehow when I post here, I usually immediately find what I'm looking for, even if I had been looking all day! :thumbsup:

    In case this issue ever comes up again, here is the answer that finally worked:

    Q:When trying to open a saved image as a PSP file in Animation Shop, I get an error message:-

    'This is not a valid psp image file the file does not exist or cannot be read.Please check the filename and access priviledges '


    When saving a PSP file for the first time in PSP8 go to 'File' 'Save As' and in the 'Save as' window click on the 'Options' tab. Tick the box for 'Save as PSP7 compatible file'. This will enable Animation Shop to recognise it.

  17. Hi everyone, I just recently got Paint Shop Pro from a friend who had upgraded theirs. I was playing around with it trying to make some animation, but when I try to pull it into Animation Shop (3), I get the message "This is not a valid Paint Shop Pro Image file." I have looked this up but had no luck. I tried updating the programs, as well as saving as a .psp instead of .pspimage, but I still get the same error. I was hoping someone here might be able to help me with this.