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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyS. wrote:
I'm looking for a challenge.

How about entering an Ironman North America race? Seeing as they fill in, oh, 10 minutes.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Foggy wrote:
IM Switzerland!!! You know it makes sense Very Happy


Switzerland? Na, I'm looking for a challenge. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


You're just scared of seeing my older unzipp wheeled cervelo flying past you!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering about defraging my PC, how do you do it? I've run Windows XP, but it wasn't obvious to me when I had a look. Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Close everything down (and put aside about 9 hours Rolling Eyes ), switch off your screen saver and anything else that runs in the background like anti-virus software. Then press Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Defragmentor.

You can then analyse to see if the PC thinks you need to degrag or not.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyS. wrote:
Close everything down (and put aside about 9 hours Rolling Eyes ), switch off your screen saver and anything else that runs in the background like anti-virus software. Then press Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Defragmentor.

You can then analyse to see if the PC thinks you need to degrag or not.


How long did it really take andy? Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Andy,

I'll give it a go tonight.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dammit. PC went tits up last night. Stopped booting "can't find file...dll. Please replace the file".

So I'm back on Windows 95 machine until after Christmas. Sad

In case anyone knows a way to fix this:

I updated XP Home SP1 to SP2, then installed some software (ASP.NET and the stuff that goes with it). Everything was running fine up to that point. Then I switched on the auto-update function as it was nagging me to do so. It then spent ages downloading 56mb of updates, installed them then asked to reboot. I said yes then it got stuck in the boot up cycle. Kept switching off and on again, boot a bit then go off and on again...

I ran the 'boot to last known good configuration' which did nothing so I ran the recovery program that also failed. It now boots for a few seconds then stops on "cannot find xxx.dll please reinstall the file". I can't remember what it's called though and it's all disconnected as I bunged it in the car this morning hoping the local PC shop would be open (not opening again until Jan 2nd).

Bloody PC's (but on the up side Mrs said I'd better get that laptop ordered - hence the reason for getting the W95 machine online. Very Happy ).

Thanks if you can help. How lucky was it that I did a back up only a couple of days ago?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2006 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should only bother to do a defrag when the PC is in @Safe@ mode with nothing that will interrupt the process - otherwise it restarts all over again.

the standard defrag from Microsoft is cr*p - visit the Apple website and look for the advert called Out of the Box .... Very Happy

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