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    Continue the XPert discourse

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    by editor’s response ·

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    • #3395042

      Newsletter: ADD CMD SHORTCUT TO EXPLORER

      by netstat ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      Thanks for the reg hack. But The ‘Cmd Prompt here’ tool _is_ available seperately too.
      http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp
      Of course, those of us who have been around a while and know that you can drag and drop in windows have used:
      cd /d in the DOSbox and then drag in a file from the target directory in an explorer window. Backspace away the filename and hit enter. Enjoy!

      • #3534862

        DIRECT EXPLORER SPECIFIC FOLDER

        by mikeitpro ·

        In reply to Newsletter: ADD CMD SHORTCUT TO EXPLORER

        Thanks for the tip! Q?
        is there away to make explorer open to “my computer”?
        In other words collapse C:\ so that all my network drives we been seen instead of the uncollapsed C:\ drive folders.

        • #3534834

          The only way to fly…

          by glenn l. ·

          In reply to DIRECT EXPLORER SPECIFIC FOLDER

          Instead of a traditional drive:\folder argument use the “My Computer” special designation (this is my shortcut on my Win2k Pro start menu):

          %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,/e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

          (Note: above is all on same line.)

        • #3460692

          Finally!

          by mc68000 ·

          In reply to The only way to fly…

          Thanks. I love the explorer but found it frustrating that it automatically opened C:. We don’t save to the hard drive at work. This is a real boon.

        • #3534810

          Try [Win]-E

          by greg shultz ·

          In reply to DIRECT EXPLORER SPECIFIC FOLDER

          The [Win]-E shortcut will immediately open a window configured just like the one you describe.

        • #3535189

          Thanks Guys

          by mikeitpro ·

          In reply to Try [Win]-E

          both of you had very excellent Idea’s and they both work great!!!!

    • #3395017

      url with id=117982 doesn’t work

      by davepie1 ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      self explanatory

      • #3456323

        Delete space in URL

        by editor’s response ·

        In reply to url with id=117982 doesn’t work

        Due to a technical issue, the URL provided in the original summary does not work. If you copy and paste this URL into your browser, please delete the space in jhtml?thread verbiage. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    • #3457759

      Clear the most recently used list

      by dendubs ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      I am always amazed at the lengths a techie will go to do something. In the case of this discussion, the raison d’etre for doing this is that the list is too long, well just set the umber of items in the list to 1 or 2, no dangerous or difficult editing of the registry. Keep it simple guys, try not to reinvent the wheel..

    • #3457710

      Alt to regedit to clearing recently used

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      March 17 newsletter on Windows XP article “Clear the most recently used list” suggests using regedit to make clearing this list easier. Why not avoid regedit, you can right click the START button, chose PROPERTIES/START MENU tab, select Start menu pick the CUSTOMIZE tab. Now you can safely clear the recently used list and set a limit on the number of items displayed so it does not become too large to start with. Avoids the risks of regidit as well.

    • #3457402

      is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

      by bsinnott ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      My xp home edition laptop doesn’t see the two xp pro desktops in my peer-to-peer. The xp pros don’t see the laptop either, but they see each other. All three happily share a cable broadband connection that assigns dhcp. Same workgroup name,same settings. Is there something special that has to happen between the two versions for them to see each other. Thanks for any help.

      • #3534895

        Making xps see xps

        by pcproinspain ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        I have had similar problems. I resolved the issue by removing all the “my network places” shortcuts. Also have you ran the Set up Network wizard at least once on the Laptop?

        • #3534581

          Thanks, I’ll try this

          by bsinnott ·

          In reply to Making xps see xps

          The network wizard I have run on the laptop, several times I’m afraid.
          But I will try removing the shortcuts – or was that a joke so that you wouldn’t have to know you couldn’t see the others? If it works you’ll have to explain to me why – I’ll be back.

        • #3526609

          xps see xps or any other Windows O/S

          by xpadvisor ·

          In reply to Making xps see xps

          1. All computers on same workgroup
          2. Each computer has a unique computer name–not
          description
          3. Physical hardware and cabling is good
          4. WinXP–Guest account turned on
          5. No firewall software on any computer–WinXP check for ICF on advanced tab of properties/network connection
          6. no network bridges
          7. WinXP- Network connections / TCP/IP /properties
          WINS tab–enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP
          8. Shares on WinXP–not just Shared Documents folder
          Then—-goto command prompt
          1. ipconfig /all
          2. ping 127.0.0.1–4 replies–OK
          3. ping IP Address–4 replies–OK
          4. Ping IP addresses of other computers
          5. Go to start / run \\IP address–OK
          6. Go to start / run \\computer name–OK
          should now be showing in Network neighborhood
          or My Network Places
          Works every time—the basics

        • #3361452

          Guest account.

          by ivns_sbreda ·

          In reply to xps see xps or any other Windows O/S

          All except # 4 Turn Guest account to disable.

          1. All computers on same workgroup
          2. Each computer has a unique computer name–not
          description
          3. Physical hardware and cabling is good
          4. WinXP–Guest account turned on
          5. No firewall software on any computer–WinXP check for ICF on advanced tab of properties/network connection
          6. no network bridges
          7. WinXP- Network connections / TCP/IP /properties
          WINS tab–enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP
          8. Shares on WinXP–not just Shared Documents folder
          Then—-go to command prompt
          1. ipconfig /all
          2. ping 127.0.0.1–4 replies–OK
          3. ping IP Address–4 replies–OK
          4. Ping IP addresses of other computers
          5. Go to start / run \\IP address–OK
          6. Go to start / run \\computer name–OK
          should now be showing in Network neighborhood
          or My Network Places
          Works every time—the basics

      • #3534886

        Check out LMHOST

        by rlralph ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        Try pinging the computers by both their IP Address (you can get this from running IPCONFIG in the console), and by their DNS name.

        If the responses are different, check out the LMHOST on each machine. I’ve know XP to be a little stubborn sometime about changing the IP Address for different machines on the network.

        Ralph

      • #3534822

        is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        by pigdog21 ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        Try enabling netbios over tcp/ip.

        • #3357893

          Reply To: Continue the XPert discourse

          by gupta_t1 ·

          In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

          is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        • #3361449

          host file/LM host files.

          by ivns_sbreda ·

          In reply to Reply To: Continue the XPert discourse

          you can manuall enter the ip address and machine name into the host file located in %sytemroot%\system32\drivers\etc. sample host file below

          # Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
          #
          # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
          #
          # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
          # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
          # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
          # The IP address andthe host name should be separated by at least one
          # space.
          #
          # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
          # lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
          #
          # For example:
          #
          # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
          # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

          127.0.0.1 localhost
          10.136.2.4 your machinename here

          also you can use the LM host file which looks different there are also different option on lm hosts. example of there files are in the same dir. LMhost will have a .sam ext. the quick fix will be to use one of these files. be cautioned that if the DHCP server changes your address or the address of any other machine you will not see these machines any longer. after making the entries you need for the machines in question run the following command from a command prompt.
          nbtstat -R the capital r will refresh the Remote Cache Name Table.

          Steven

      • #3534819

        is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s?

        by pigdog21 ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        Assuming you are connecting your network using a router, netbios over tcp/ip instructions can be found using Help and support. If you are using two network cards on one computer, be sure there is no bridge between the two. if so, disable one of the cards in device manager and remove the bridge.

      • #3534812

        The Network Setup Wizard

        by greg shultz ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        Since all the systems on your network are running Windows XP, your best bet would be to run the Network Setup Wizard on each system. It is designed to make sure that everything on your network is the same.

      • #3534796

        xp’s see xp’s

        by chayes6942 ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        first I have to admit that I haven’t read any of the other post so I’m flying blind here. One important thing to check is that all computers are using the same speed network cards. If the 2 desktops are running 100Mb only cards or are set to 100Mbonly and the laptop is running a 10Mb they can’t see each other. Also, check to make sure you are using the correct cables for all computers a cross-over network cable used where a straight through cable needs to be will throw a big wrench in the works too.

        Good Luck,
        Chuck

        • #3538194

          This is NOT True

          by vlachosa ·

          In reply to xp’s see xp’s

          What you’re saying is NOT true regarding the NIC cards speed…. I personally run a 100mbs card on a desktop and a 10mbs on a laptop and they see each other with no problem… and one is a home edition and the other a professional edition… as longas he’s using a router that is auto sense… nic card issue is NOT the problem here… definitely check your NetBIOS over TCP/IP config.

      • #3534762

        Tip for Trick

        by flightdeck64 ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        The Windows XP Home Edition Laptop is probably running FAT 32. This would prevent you from seeing the Windows XP PRO’S,but they should be able to see the FAT 32 system. If you have a firewall on the laptop try dissabling it.
        I would definatly upgrade your XP Home Edition to PRO. You need the additional file level security on your laptop that NTFS provides.

        • #3537265

          Tip – Not So Fast…

          by theburbs ·

          In reply to Tip for Trick

          Windows XP Home _does_ support NTFS. If the drive is formatted as FAT32, all they need do is use the convert.exe utility.

          That aside, there are definite advantages to the more “business-like” Pro over the Home Edition. But NTFS is not the deal breaker.

        • #3357065

          fat32 on network

          by get what ya pay for ·

          In reply to Tip for Trick

          If you are on a network the network will do any translation for you, meaning if the network is setup correctly and the NTFS disk is shared properly with proper permissions, FAT32 could see and access data on the NTFS drive.

      • #3534726

        XP – P2P Issue

        by junkeaccount ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        I had a similar problem…

        The fix:
        – Deinstall and Reinstall TCP-IP for the Laptop…

      • #3534599

        names

        by wmunn ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        give them names

      • #3534580

        Technical Assistance

        by soundman30135 ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        I know that XP Home has Networking limitations as far as Domain Creation, etc. Are your two Pro machines in a domain? This might be your problem. I suggest running the XP Home-Networking Wizard again and make sure you create the driver disk and install it on the other two machines. Good Luck.

        Chuck S.

      • #3534579

        Technical Assistance

        by soundman30135 ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        I know that XP Home Edition has Networking limitations, such as Domain Creation. Are your two Pro machines in a domain? I suggest running the Home-Networking Wizard again. Make sure you create the driver disk (Floppy) at the end of the wizard. Install these drivers on BOTH of the other machines. Hope this helps.

        Chuck S.

      • #3534576

        XP and P2P

        by network doctor ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        I am sorry to say but most of the posts here are wrong. The only one that has a possiblity of working is reinstalling TCP/IP. Here are the things you can check. 1) All PCs have to have File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks loaded. 2) All have the correct IP addressing and subnet mask. 3) Ping by IP then ping by name. If you cannot ping by name turn off all PCs, turn off HUB or Switch. Turn on HUB/Switch and then PRO PCs frist then HOME XP PC. Log on to all machine with the Administrator account or an account with Administrator rights. MAKE sure you logon as the SAME name on all PCs. Wait about 15 min. Try to ping by name again. Once you can ping by name you should be able to share between them.
        This is just the basic list.

        • #3535094

          XP TCP/IP

          by aprayzr ·

          In reply to XP and P2P

          1. Listen to the Network Dr.
          2. Still have problems – uninstall or uncheck all items in the Local Area Connection Properites. Uninstall the network card. Turn off and take the network card out. Boot. Reboot. Shut down. Insert network card. Boot and install the network card. Run the wizard… unless you know how to set up the network without the help of the wizard, then do it manually. Revisit Network Doctors tip. Life should be good. This process fixed a similar problem which turned out to be a bad TCP/IP.

      • #3535126

        Reply To: Continue the XPert discourse

        by dan stalker ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        Microsoft has mucked things up where you pretty much have to run the networking “wizard” to get two machines to see each other. You run it on one machine, you have the option to make a disk that you then import into the other machines.

      • #3535006

        NetBios over (tcp/ip)

        by pigdog21 ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        For simple home networks, assuming proper connections using a router and printers,files,drives,folders have been enabled to be shared, workgroup name is the same on all machines, and each computer has it’s own unique name, enabling NetBios over (TCP/IP) is the ticket.
        To enable this, click start, rt click network places, clik properties, rt clik local area connections, clik on internet protocol (tcp/ip) and then properties, in the general tab clik advanced, clik the wins tab and besure lmhostslookup is checked and enable netbios over tcp/ip is chosen.
        Doing this on all machines. Microsoft doesn’t support the NETBEUI protocol anymore (it can be installed from the xp cd though) but Netbios over tcp/ip is there just to be turned on. Had the same trouble on different home networks and this fixed the problem.

      • #3534954

        Reply To: Continue the XPert discourse

        by vbobrov ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        Try to disable Internet Connection Firewall Service at XP HE computer (right click on My computer icon -> Manage -> Services. It seems that in WinXP HE this service enabled by default.
        May be it helps you 🙂

      • #3525361

        If all else fails, still more options.

        by ajcanal ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        How are you sharing the cable modem, with a Router? I assume you are because you mention that it is assigning IP addresses. Unless you’ve done some custom IP addressing, the DHCP server will assign IP addresses that start with 198 as your first number.

        Check the current IP address on the XP Home machine. At the command prompt type “ipconfig /all” (no quotes). If you get back and IP address with a 169 as the first number or it is not in the same range as the IP addresses on the Pro machines, then your machine is not receiving an IP address from the DHCP server.

        Check the Router settings to make sure that you have allowed for enough IP addresses to be assigned by DHCP. Sometimes thay are limited.

        I’m recommending this because it happened to me and I went crazy trying everything in the book, even replacing NIC cards, only to find out it was the Router’s DHCP configuration causing the problem. Sometimes we overlook the obvious.

        AJ

      • #3356834

        guest account

        by softbal ·

        In reply to is there a trick to make xp’s see xp’s

        enable the guest account on all peers.

    • #3458515

      “My Network Places” format mask

      by jonathan hazen ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      In Windows XP pro, is there a way to re-format the shortcuts for ?My Network Places? automatically. I don?t like the fact that Microsoft is adding the comments for each computer in the shortcuts now.

      • #3538371

        Some options

        by greg shultz ·

        In reply to “My Network Places” format mask

        If you don’t want the Comments to appear in My Network Places, you have a number of options:

        1) The Comments column is a part of the Details view. As such, you could easily switch to one of the other views – Tiles, List, Icons…

        2) If you like the Details view but just want to eliminate the Comments column, you can position your mouse pointer over the Comments column divider. Then, once the mouse pointer turns into a doubled-headed arrow, you click and drag the pointer to shrink the column to almost nothing.

        2.a) You can click and drag the entire Comments column to the end of the row.

        2.b) You can click and drag the entire Comments column to the end of the row and then shrink the column to almost nothing.

        3) Pull down the View menu and select the Choose Details command. When you see the Choose Details dialog box, just clear the Comments check box.

    • #3455168

      Laptop tips

      by editor’s response ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      Do you run XP on your laptop? If so, are there other time/money-saving laptop tips that you think will benefit your IT peers? Let us know!

      • #3525568

        Article – Put your laptop to sleep

        by simon_mackay ·

        In reply to Laptop tips

        In the article regarding the WinXP automatic power-saving modes for laptop computers, there were two options for tuis mode.

        The first option was to drop the machine into Standby mode, with the secomd option being to enter “Hibernate” mode with the system being put to disk and the machine shutting down.

        It may be worth checking the power-saving options and determining whether there are different options for whether the computer is on external power, such as its AC adaptor; or wiether it ison batteries. Then you could set it to “hibernate” if on battery power and enter “standby” on AC power when you close tbe lid.

        The only thing to remember when you run the computer in this mode is to disconnect the power supply from the computer before closing it up or shut it down using the Start-Shut Down option if you are about to transport it.

        With regards,

        Simon Mackay

        • #3525549

          Put your laptop to sleep-Not Just XP

          by theburbs ·

          In reply to Article – Put your laptop to sleep

          My Win2k Pro laptop is configured to hibernate on closing. This is a feature available to more than just XP. My ssuspicion is that if I dared install Windows Me on a laptop it would be an option. i.e. This is a feature of the Post-9x power management support in Windows.

        • #3533855

          Try to wake up laptop

          by tutor4pc ·

          In reply to Article – Put your laptop to sleep

          My fairly new HP laptop has an odd behaviour. Though I checked through all the options for hibernation and believe I set them right.

          I deal with two situations. First the good one: When I enter Hibernation via keyboard it works just fine.
          Now the Bad one: When I close the lid the laptop hibernates forever and I need to reboot. On the bad side, too: When I try to hibernate from XP the marvellous XP goes into an endless loop telling me the computer goes into hibernation – it never does.

          The HP help files are useless as they mention the existance of hibernation but do not describe what to do AND what to EXPECT and also not how to WAKE UP. Poor Job.

          Does anyone have some experience with those effects and can give me a much appreciated hint?

          Thanks, Jo

        • #3527366

          Try this

          by frank_s ·

          In reply to Try to wake up laptop

          To bring my Dell laptop out of hibernation I need to press the power switch–you may have already tried that, but if not give it a try.

      • #3536898

        Yes = XP on Laptop

        by herdellie ·

        In reply to Laptop tips

        I have a HP laptop and don’t need it all that much as have new desktop. love them both

        • #3536772

          XP on Laptop – YES!

          by airs ·

          In reply to Yes = XP on Laptop

          I have been using Windows since version 2.0, back in 1988. I was a beta tester for Windows 95.

          I have always been disappointed with Windows – lots of hype and little reality or compatibility that is “UNTIL” Windows XP.

          It has worked so well for me that I am amazed, and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

          I have built 3 computers and have another 3 computers (including an hp Omnibook 6000) that I upgraded to XP. Almost every installation was without ANY hitches. All of the hardware was I?d and proper drivers installed.

    • #3537262

      APM v. Hibernation

      by theburbs ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      I have a home-built system that has been running XP Pro since it was available. The system has been humming alon happily since I installed XP. The only problem I have is that if I enable APM, and I attempt to Hibernate, then the system hangs when I resume. In order to Hibernate, I have to turn off APM. I am not sure where the problem lies. I have heard that Video cards can be problematic, but everything I have is on the HCL. I’ve made sure that I have the latest BIOS/drivers, and that they too are XP-compatible.

      Any ideas?

      • #3537610

        Suggest a look at Microsoft site

        by mark.tindill ·

        In reply to APM v. Hibernation

        I know on Windows 2000 I have read that it is best to disable Power Management on desktops due the inability of the BIOS to save the video settings on desktop systems. I cannot comment on XP.

        I suggest you go to support.microsoft.com and search on “windows xp +hibernate”. There are a number of issues relating to problems with hibernation.

    • #3534004

      XP keyboard shortcuts

      by editor’s response ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      Are you familiar with keyboard shortcuts, as featured in the April 21 Windows XP e-newsletter? If you know a few shortcuts of your own, take a few minutes to post them for your IT peers.

      In addition, we’d like your feedback concerning topic suggestions for future tips. Help us help you!

      • #3537962

        What if XP will not start?

        by kd7sys ·

        In reply to XP keyboard shortcuts

        After using all of the menu options on the F8 menu I still can?t get XP to start. We tried an ERD and booting from a CD-ROM. The problem is we want to get to a command prompt to try and copy some data from the hard drive.

        • #3537836

          Recovery console

          by pilotjoe ·

          In reply to What if XP will not start?

          You might try to install the recovery console,
          that comes with the XP CD, install then run it
          and you can get to a command prompt…

    • #3526062

      XP rollout fixs don’t work with ‘RunAs’

      by poomba1 ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      For all Java and IE fix’z for XP. If you try to script them out via ‘RunAs’, they will not work. I can roll out a typical post SPK hotfix or any Win2K hotfix (IE related or post SPK) via a ‘RunAs’ admin script. The reason is if you manually create ‘RunAs’ shortcut for these IE and Java patch’s on XP, you’ll notice a ‘check mark’ after your execution to ‘protect system files’. This prevents the patch from installing correctly. I have called them several times and they do nothing to resolve this. So with #’s 14+15 security fix’s released, I ask all who are using XP to call MS’s free support for sewcurity bulletins and demand they get this sorted out. I’ve been calling for a year and they do nothing.

    • #3527292

      See the mouse run….slow

      by parlortrick ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      I cannot locate an answer from anyone for my answer. I emailed online tech’s, asked friends with all different programming backgrounds, and nobody has gotten it right…or at least I haven’t been steered right. So here it goes.
      I am using Windows XP Prof. When I am scrolling in a context menu (drop down) with my mouse; for example, the right click on a desktop or file, then I scroll down to my desired topic, the pointer has no problem getting straight to the selection, but the “shaded hi-lite” starts the hourglass loading for about 5-10 seconds and finally jumps down to where my arrow is pointed.
      This is very annoying and it makes things slower. I have checked for newer driver updates, checked my mouse settings, etc., but nothing stops the lag. I believe there may be a program I installed that might be conflicting, but there is no telling which program it is. This just started happening a few months ago and have installed many things since then. I do notice, however, that while in Microsoft Word, it locks up every so often. Probably due to the “periodic saving” being utilized. I plan to uninstall and reinstall Office XP, but doubt that will stop the mouse lag. Would a similar thing with that program, or other program, be causing my mouse lag?
      What I am hoping for is a solution within the settings of XP or some place that I can go within the settings to verify the cause of this problem, and fix it. I need some choices here. Thanks for any help.

      • #3456002

        Reply To: Continue the XPert discourse

        by heroshima ·

        In reply to See the mouse run….slow

        This sounds like your having a resorce cornflake 🙂 “conflict” YOu need to post if its PS2 or Serial who makes it and what model and if you have changed the max tics on the ps2 in. There are several programs that I have seen that will increas the speed of this port its just a reg key so you may want to check the MS site for PS2 port speed. Good luck

      • #3538321

        Mouclass and i8042port adjustments helps

        by bartdx_dl ·

        In reply to See the mouse run….slow

        Modify the Mouse Buffer Size (All Versions)
        Occasionally Windows may report an error relating to an overflow in the mouse buffer. This tweak can be used to increase the size of the buffer, and avoid this problem.
        Open your registry and find the key below.

        Modify the value of ‘MouseDataQueueSize’ to equal the size of the queue buffer to use, for example 64 hex (100 decimal).

        Exit your registry and restart Windows for the change to take effect.

        (Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
        MouseDataQueueSize REG_DWORD 0x00000064 (100)

        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Mouclass\Parameters

        Settings:
        Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Mouclass\Parameters]
        Name: MouseDataQueueSize
        Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)

        Info from Windows registry

      • #3538151

        slow mouse

        by wmunn ·

        In reply to See the mouse run….slow

        if you have any animation going on in your machine or a web site, then the mouse will act retarted sometimes, also with office or word running it takes time to think for some reason. suggest turn off something and try again.

        • #3538094

          clock

          by mehopwood ·

          In reply to slow mouse

          Hi, Try turning back the clock, you know restore back to when the mouse worked right then start installing each program and trying the mouse after each one to see is it does the slow down thingy. Mel

      • #3528145

        Check task manager

        by glyall ·

        In reply to See the mouse run….slow

        Open windows task manager. Select the precesses tab. Open the window so that you can see all the processes. You have to be quick to see which process that a slowing down. Once you have determine which process is causing the slowdown you can put your atention to it.

        Also check at the bottom for the CPU usage %

        Note you should close all application that are running. They can interfear with the reading.

        This way you can check for other types of slow downs.

        Good Luck

      • #3358838

        mouse is slow

        by jjoeclark ·

        In reply to See the mouse run….slow

        I’ve seen it on compaq, I changed the mouse to a usb mouse. OR don’t let windows adjust memory(use help “memory”)
        OR adjust cache(help “cache”)
        OR move the irq up on the list, I think its IRQ2

        Turn off virus software just to check before you doanything

    • #3519767

      Lockdown XP

      by yammiman ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      I would like to configure a laptop at a bank to access the internet only and to lock down the ability of the users to do anything to the local drive. The laptop will not be on the domain and I will need to use local group policies and/or the guest account to accomplish this. Of course, the users will need to be able to use IE to access websites and login to banking web programs, so they will need some temporary file capability.

      Any suggestions?

    • #3357983

      cdrom/cdrw issues with winxp

      by fadestyle ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      since the winxp release i have built, upgraded and installed winxp fresh on many computers. on a few computers (more than enough to cause concern or write off as just user error.) winxp either does not recognize the cdrom/cdrw or refresh the mountedcd’s exe icon without restarting. no single solution fixes all computers with the same issue. some fixed by reg hack by removing lower/upperfilters. some by reloading drivers or different drivers and some are just cursed with the non-refreshing cd exe icon forever with no answer from Microsoft.

      • #3357982

        cdrom/cdrw issues with winxp

        by fadestyle ·

        In reply to cdrom/cdrw issues with winxp

        my cursed issue on one of my pc’s I tried reinstalling w/& wo/sp1, new drivers, reg hack removed filters ….aaaahhhh no luck. all hardware is on HCL. win2000 on same box works fine ….i just chalk it up to winxp cdrom curse… anyone any answers?

      • #3359124

        Try- Microsoft- Q316529

        by mskalland ·

        In reply to cdrom/cdrw issues with winxp

        I had this problem with my wifes ze1250 HP laptop-HP told me to try this article-Q316529- If that does not work HP has had a problem with the BIOS -Give them a call if your machines are HP!
        Markska

      • #3359081

        may 8, 900AM

        by martinpoole1 ·

        In reply to cdrom/cdrw issues with winxp

        Go to computer management, CDROM section. Disable, wait 15 seconds or so, then RE- enable it. That should work for you.

        If you find it dis-abled then simply enable it.

        • #3358998

          XP recognition

          by robertcindy ·

          In reply to may 8, 900AM

          If the CD-ROM that you are trying to install is not recognized by the Microsoft HAL, XP will not recognize it without rebooting your system. Sometimes if the driver is not digitally signed by Microsoft, XP will not install the driver on its own. But you will have to reboot.

        • #3356954

          DISABLE/ENABLE

          by fadestyle ·

          In reply to may 8, 900AM

          that doesnt work tried it. more and more people i see are having this same issue and m$ wont recognize that here is an issue here. i want to know if any one has a confirmed fix.

      • #3359486

        Watch the Ultra-66 drive drivers

        by fadbel ·

        In reply to cdrom/cdrw issues with winxp

        I had a similar problem and found that I had to remove the Promise Ultra-66 PCI card which was running several CDs and HDs.
        I have since replaced that card with one I received with my Maxtor 160GB HD and haven’t had further problems (this one is anUltra-100).
        This problem may be HD Ultra driver related.
        Luck

      • #3358515

        CD-ROM/RW not Recognized

        by theburbs ·

        In reply to cdrom/cdrw issues with winxp

        I had the same problem with WinXP Pro & Home. It was actually the result of the CD-ROM itself. Swapping with another CD-ROM drive was all that I needed.

        During one moment of weakness/temporary insanity a few years back, I picked up an OEM 52X CD-ROM that was on the cheap at a local parts store. Since experiencing my problems in XP I found the drive has presented the same problem with others. The drive I have is/was manufactured by Delta Electronics, #CD5200A/G. The drive was recognized without trouble under Win2K and WinMe.

        I should also note that my machine also has an AMD chipset, for which there is limited support under XP with the specific AMD chipset. This presented other IDE issues as well. But switching the drive itselfenabled XP to recognize the CD on this machine.

        Have you tried installing with another drive, and then putting the old drive in place? XP setup is commonly documented to have hardware recognition/compatibility issues that can be skirted in this manner. Just be sure that you have the correct drivers to install when you have the drive in place.

        • #3356956

          tried another cd/cdrw

          by fadestyle ·

          In reply to CD-ROM/RW not Recognized

          the drive is a plextor 12x burner that is compatable with winxp,intel 810 mobo,256mbr, standard stuff here. all on HCL

    • #3359528

      Get rid of separator page in Windows XP.

      by ray ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      I have a Windows XP Professional workstation that prints to an HP LaserJest 4Si printer.

      All print jobs print just fine but I get a separator page before each job prints. I have gone into the printer properties to delete the separator page but there is none selected. This seems to be a default setting.

      Any ideas how I can stop printing the separator page? I have searched both Microsoft and HP’s knowledgebases but found nothing.

      Thank you, Ray

      • #3357099

        I have corrected this several times.

        by p_r_smith1 ·

        In reply to Get rid of separator page in Windows XP.

        Independant of OS, I have seen this several times. There is, most likely, unprintable data in the field. Browse, select, and install a separator page. Then go back and delete it. Problem solved.

        • #3358933

          Does not work

          by ray ·

          In reply to I have corrected this several times.

          Thank you for the suggestion I had not tried this. But it did not change. I still get the separation page.

          One thing I forgot to mention is the printer is a network printer. I can’t imagine that would make a difference but this is Microsoft world isn’t it?

          Thank you,

          Ray

        • #3361416

          printer seperator

          by ivns_sbreda ·

          In reply to Does not work

          Have you tried to telnet intot he printer and see is the banner page is active. on some models there will be a seperator page listed there as well… This is on the physical printer not the OS.
          You may also be able to see the options on the front pannel of the printer by going through the options if you are not comfortable with telnet

        • #3363186

          Shared Network Printer

          by ray ·

          In reply to printer seperator

          I don’t know if your suggestion is in play in my situation.

          Only one XP workstation on the network that prints to a shared printer. And this is the only printer that gets the separator page.

      • #3356696

        Separator Page Fix!

        by blau67 ·

        In reply to Get rid of separator page in Windows XP.

        Yes, I have run into this same prob and P_
        R_Smith’s remedy works! However, with some laser printers using XP, you must designate (pscript.sep) as the separator page! Go to ControlPanel, Printers&Faxes, right-click printer choice, Properties, Advanced tab, SeparatorPage, Browse, select pscript.sep, OK!

        • #3358932

          Does not work

          by ray ·

          In reply to Separator Page Fix!

          I tired your suggestion and it did not change.

          I did not mention that the printer is a network printer. I can’t imagine that should make a difference but this is Microsoft World we are dealing with!

          Thank you,

          Ray

      • #3358865

        Ray – regarding separator page

        by sherbear13 ·

        In reply to Get rid of separator page in Windows XP.

        I use XP Home and print with a HP Deskjet 5550 and don’t have any problems.
        My question to you is are you predominantly using the same program – i.e. MS Word when you get a separator page printing – OR – does it print the page when you print from ALL programs. Knowing this info may help to point to a possible cause.

        • #3533018

          Predominantly from MS Word

          by ray ·

          In reply to Ray – regarding separator page

          MS Word is the predominant program but I also get a separator page when I print from Quark.

        • #3533668

          Network queue?

          by sholbrook ·

          In reply to Predominantly from MS Word

          You mentioned this is a networked printer. Are you trying to remove this setting from a workstation that uses the printer share or from the server that actually has the printer installed on it?

        • #3361409

          From a Workstation

          by ray ·

          In reply to Network queue?

          Sorry I have been on vacation.

          I am trying to remove this from a workstation that uses a shared network printer attached to a Novell Netware 3.2 print server.

    • #3532617

      XP “my computer” detail view

      by robbi_ia ·

      In reply to Continue the XPert discourse

      When you open the My Computer window in detail view, it shows a column called “comments”. The question has come up on another forum about adding comments to this column. The person asking wants to add information to the listings for his logical drives. None of us on that forum have been able to work out a way to add to that comments column. Any ideas?

      Robbi

      • #3373844

        XP ‘My Computer’ Info_Tip

        by johnq ·

        In reply to XP “my computer” detail view

        Locate the ‘Info Tip’ CSLID data from the HKLM_Software_Classes.

        You can do this by opening Registry Editor.

        from the Start –> Run command.
        type REGEDIT into the command line and press Enter

        Use the ‘Find’ option.
        From Registry Editor task bar select ‘Edit –> ‘Find’ or, just press Ctrl + F buttons together

        You’ll need to identify the ‘Info Tips’ CSLID value for each of the named objects in your ‘My Computer’ view.

        Start by parsing for a known ‘string’ in any of your objects.

        Once you’ve identified the Info Tip for the Comment column(s) you want to modify, just edit the string value.

        The modifications you make to the Info Tip string value for each named object takes place immediately. You’ll see the changes inthe ‘Comment’ column of your My Computer view.

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