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Windows 7, problems, solutions, general discussion
arty
post Posted: Dec 4 2009, 11:26 PM
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In Reply To: arty's post @ Dec 3 2009, 11:01 PM

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Now all I wait for is the new BIOS and a working wifi
Done smile.gif
The CD that came with the mobo had a very simple setup routine. Three steps:
  1. download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website (got to know the exact mobo model of course)
  2. run the utility and take a backup of the current (old, faulty) BIOS - best done to a memory stick
  3. run the utility and install the latest version - if that reports successful installation, no need to restore the backup
Computer reboots - Bingo.
I plugged in the USB adapter - and Bingo again: drivers loaded, device was recognised and asked straigh away for the WEP key.

Transfer of Live Mail
It is necessary to set up at least one e-mail account on the new machine. After that, all other accounts can be imported across the local network: Export each account on the XP machine into a shared folder; import each account from that shared folder into the new system. Somewhat a pain in the butt: You can't select all and have it done in one hit; need to order one at a time.
Contacts work similarly; except, where the old Outlook Express had the Addressbook in the top menu bar, Live Mail has it in the left sidebar at gthe bottom. "Deliberately different to make people think about it" is probably what the MightyStuffers have in mind.

Since I have accumulated a couple of GB historic eMails, the transfer from the old PC to the new one takes a while. Live Mail (on the old XP box) has export functions that I directed to a shared folder; Live Mail on the new machine has, in the same place, Import facilities that can suck the exports across the network and set up a mirror structure.

Once that's done, Mail is ready to go on the new machine - seamlessly as if it were the same old same old graduated.gif

Firefox Bookmarks
If, like me, you navigate the www by way of Bookmarks, you'll love the ease with which Firefox facilitates the transfer.
on the source box: Bookmarks -> Organise B -> tab Import and Backup -> Export to HTML
on the destination: Bookmarks -> Organise B -> tab Import and Backup -> Import from HTML
Again, the file is best stored on a shared folder.



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I follow two rules: (1) There are no sacred truths. All assumptions must be critically examined. Arguments from authority are worthless. (2) Whatever is inconsistent with observed facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Market as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be. (inspired by Carl Sagan)
 
arty
post Posted: Dec 3 2009, 11:42 PM
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In Reply To: Twobees's post @ Dec 3 2009, 11:05 PM

That's easy in XP, 2bs

Assuming you run the Windows Defender, that has a component "Softward Explorer" slotted alphabetically into the Control Panel.
In a drop-box under "Startup Programs", you find all applications and processes that automatically start when Windoze opens.

I simply removed the Windows Live process; I still can start Windows Live Mail, for which I have added an icon (shortcut) on my desktop and quick launch bar.



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I follow two rules: (1) There are no sacred truths. All assumptions must be critically examined. Arguments from authority are worthless. (2) Whatever is inconsistent with observed facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Market as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be. (inspired by Carl Sagan)

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Twobees
post Posted: Dec 3 2009, 11:05 PM
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In Reply To: arty's post @ Nov 29 2009, 03:36 PM

'Windows Live application, I was invited to login to the network or, as I didn't login, to register. This stupid applet keeps popping up"

Arty, this applet bugs me as well. However I couldnt follow your route to getting rid of it after opening the control panel. Would you be able to expand. Am running XP. TIA

 
arty
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... and now a report of a successful installation - for a change.

Although it sounds like a joke that, in order to connect to the Internet, you have to be connected to the Internet - that's what I did: by plugging the new PC into the wifi router with a standard Ethernet cable. (The Boss is miffed because it clutters the coffee table in front of the TV - for now.)

Somehow, I managed to incorporate the new Win-7 box into my existing MS Windows Network. When building a sharing local network, the first instance creates a descriptor disk - a file that can be stored for example on a memory stick. Run it on each other PC, and it too will appear as an icon under "Network Places\Entire Network\Microsoft Windows Network\xxxx", the latter being the name you gave the LAN when you created it.
I simply ran the setup exe on Win-7, and it ran through as normal - until at the end it complained it hadn't been successful. Only it had: to all intents and purposes, I can see the old resources on the Win-7 PC, and the new PC on each of the XP boxes. cool.gif

If that wasn't enough, I proceeded to install various software applications - simply running the once downloaded setup files across the network on the new 64bit Win-7 machine.

Market Analyser Professional: perfect
Calypso: prefect
(Those of you, who are running both: I've changed the locations of most data folders and made them shared between Calypso and MA Pro. IM me if you wish to know details. It's a little tricky and involves modification of the Paths branch in the Registry.)
I even transferred the scripts, templates, watchlists, and trendlines etc across from the current XP installation.

CMC MarketMaker: perfect
Excel Applications, including Macros: perfect
early birds, hungry, and all other Index Traders needn't fear: The Oppies Distributor will continue to run under Win-7 64bit cool.gif

Firefox and Adobe pfd reader are also fully compatible.

Now all I wait for is the new BIOS and a working wifi - probably not before the weekend though.



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I trade daily, but I am not a licensed adviser. Whether you find my ideas reasonable or not: The only person responsible for your actions is YOU.
I follow two rules: (1) There are no sacred truths. All assumptions must be critically examined. Arguments from authority are worthless. (2) Whatever is inconsistent with observed facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Market as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be. (inspired by Carl Sagan)
 
arty
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That being out of the way, I was left with one problem: How to connect my new PC to a wireless modem/firewall/router/switch.
The sales staff took the easy way out and sold me a wifi USB adapter. Worked without a problem on my XP machine. Completely stuffed up the Win7 box. Back to the shop, got another model, which the sales assistant assured me works on his machine at home.
Can't get it to work either. So I pay a Specialist to come and have a look.
Turns out I'm not quite as bad a dummy as I'd feared: he can't get it to work either. (charges me still for the visit, albeit half price.)

At long last, I find a hint on one Win-7 Forum, where a really savvy chap found out the P7P55D LE mobo has a faulty BIOS.
How does the bug manifests itself? A: It won't accept wifi adapters. "d'Oh!"
A visit to ASUS mobo pages confirms it: A Beta release has been prepared to: "Improve compatibility with some USB device".



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I trade daily, but I am not a licensed adviser. Whether you find my ideas reasonable or not: The only person responsible for your actions is YOU.
I follow two rules: (1) There are no sacred truths. All assumptions must be critically examined. Arguments from authority are worthless. (2) Whatever is inconsistent with observed facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Market as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be. (inspired by Carl Sagan)
 
PaulB
post Posted: Dec 1 2009, 10:42 AM
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In Reply To: arty's post @ Dec 1 2009, 08:39 AM

Here are the instructions from the help file:

Import messages



The Bat! can easily import messages from other e-mail programs you may use.



1.

Go to Tools -> Import Messages -> Mailbox Import Wizard

2.

Choose the appropriate program to import from



3.

Follow the on-screen instructions



If the desired program is missing from the list:



1.

Open your other e-mail program

2.

Export all messages into MSG, EML, or MBX files



3.

Go back to The Bat! and select Tools -> Import Messages ->

4. Select message type from #2 above and follow the import instructions



Import address books



First you have to export addresses from your other e-mail program:



1.

Open your other e-mail program

2.

Export your address book entries to one of the following formats





LDIF



vCard





CSV



TXT (tab separated)





INI



Eudora





Pegasus



To import the addresses:



1.

Open The Bat!

2.

Go to Tools -> Address Book



3.

Select the address book you wish to import records into

4.

Go to File -> Import



5.

Select the format you used when you exported from your old address book



As to the messages, the Mailbox Import Wizard will import from Outloook Express 4, 5 and 6, and Office Outlook.






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arty
post Posted: Dec 1 2009, 08:39 AM
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In Reply To: PaulB's post @ Dec 1 2009, 08:27 AM

Thanks for reminding us, Paul

Question though: Does the Bat allow you to import old Outlook Express e-mails?
The problem is, my archives are all in DBX format, and the addressbook archives are WAB's.



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I trade daily, but I am not a licensed adviser. Whether you find my ideas reasonable or not: The only person responsible for your actions is YOU.
I follow two rules: (1) There are no sacred truths. All assumptions must be critically examined. Arguments from authority are worthless. (2) Whatever is inconsistent with observed facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Market as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be. (inspired by Carl Sagan)
 
PaulB
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In Reply To: Antal's post @ Dec 1 2009, 08:17 AM

There are stacks of email programs to choose from.

You might look at Thunderbird, which is free.

I use The Bat, which you have to buy. It has lots of powerful features that make it easy to use once you have set everything up to suit your needs, The downside is that the manual very poor - the offset is that there is a helpful discussion list where knowledgable volunteers are always willing to answer any queries.

Microsoft is not the only game in town for email solutions.



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arty
post Posted: Dec 1 2009, 08:23 AM
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In Reply To: Antal's post @ Dec 1 2009, 08:17 AM

Hi Antal,
I find that strange, because I've created the rules without a problem. (so far, only on this machine, which is still XP)
Shall try it on Win 7 this arvo, as soon as I've got that connected to the www, and report back.



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I trade daily, but I am not a licensed adviser. Whether you find my ideas reasonable or not: The only person responsible for your actions is YOU.
I follow two rules: (1) There are no sacred truths. All assumptions must be critically examined. Arguments from authority are worthless. (2) Whatever is inconsistent with observed facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Market as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be. (inspired by Carl Sagan)
 
Antal
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In Reply To: arty's post @ Dec 1 2009, 12:21 AM

I do not mind using Windows Live, but unlike Outlook, Live does not allow you to sort incoming mail according to rules.
My inbox has become one continuous stream of unsorted messages which is a real pain.

Any suggestions? Thanks

 
 


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