Screwed up

By santeewelding ·

While running midweek updates and light scans -- Security Essentials, SpyBot, Malwarebytes in Safe Mode -- I thought to check on flash cookies, while I was at it, using the Run Command, with:

dir /s * .sol


del /s /p * .sol

I used to do this regularly, like, once a week or so. Then, I got away from it. When, this time, I checked, there were HUNDREDS! of them. Before, there were only a half dozen or so, and I would manually address the, Delete <Y/N>? with y, and Enter.

As I physically wore out the y key and the Enter key with glazed eyes, I knew there had to be a better way to rope them all (*.* ?) and hit just one key.

Got it done. Got out of Safe Mode, only to be greeted with a black desktop and the cursor. When I call up Start, I get no icons next to my frugal selections. Oh, and while in Safe Mode, when I selected Run Command again, it was not to be had.

System Restore worked, after a fashion. I ran it to get a time some hours earlier; it worked; but still a black desktop, cursor gorgeous picture.

I'm running W7Pro [WinVer 6.1 (Build 7600)] by means of a full-install disc some months ago, on an Intel 3.00GHz dual-core with 80-gig Raptor, and an NVidia card.

What have I screwed up this time?


Edited to add: all my Firefox bookmarks are gone, too. I had to get back to TR the hard way.


Restarted. I have my icons back (Thunderbird, Firefox, Command Prompt, and WordPad). Still a black screen, though.

I'm going to bed.

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by AnsuGisalas In reply to Maybe it's a new word

Or is that awe+agricultural these days... you know, like bad used to be good.

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Take him at his word, Seanferd

by santeewelding In reply to This is a new word for me ...

It comes from a Phud in Care and Feeding of the Platypus. Anything would therefore be possible.

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Oh, I got the implication, gentlemen.

by seanferd In reply to This is a new word for me ...

But I was looking for something a bit more specific. But no worries.

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So, is this what Pharonics Deep Freeze is for?

by AnsuGisalas In reply to In the olden days

User Error, that is? Among others?

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Rice Rocket

by oldbaritone In reply to In the olden days

Back in the '70's, I frequently used to ride past the Cady boys on the side of the road, with their toolkits out, tinkering with their Harleys, trying to get them started after they quit in the middle of the highway.

Their motto was "I'd rather push my Harley than ride a Honda."

I just keep riding my old Kow, and she just keeps running.

I got a bike to ride, not play roadside mechanic on the freeway...

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Up and online

by santeewelding In reply to Screwed up

Except for Thunderbird server settings and port numbers. They always give me fits.

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Nice to know you are back online.......NT

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Up and online
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by seanferd In reply to Up and online

Here's the thing with email clients:

Once you have the server settings from your ISP, enter them. After you enter them, check them again! Sometimes the client wants to pick a default port when the default port (for, say, SSL secure connection on SMTP) is non-standard. Also, check your User Name for POP/SMTP/IMAP or whatever after entering you Account Name, because this will change your necessary User Name sometimes. (What do you mean username and password invalid!?!)

Also, I've never figured why in some clients the SMTP settings are off as a separate entry, buried somewhere, away from individual account settings where the POP3, etc., config is located.

PS - you can back up your T-Bird config with TEBE, which is like FEBE, and you can get that at the developers site, as it is still in beta, but seems to work just fine.

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by santeewelding In reply to Coolness.

They are like the clocks I have. Too dangerous here to wear a wristwatch (or anything on my wrists or fingers), so I have battery clocks strategically located all over the place. Turn one corner, and another comes into view. They only need attending once or twice a year. Comes that I can never remember what's what, so I keep a paper file dedicated to nothing but clock owner manuals, including the whiz-bang gizmo on my bicycle that needs attention once in a while.

Like the paid version of MalwareBytes I just now re-registered -- paper file of the ID and Key.

I write all this down with a goose-quill.

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by seanferd In reply to Server settings

do it that way. Anything else is just gravy.

I'm not so much into reinstalling my own systems so much, these days, but I still keep ink and paper notes.

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