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Have a look at touch screen monitors or tablets etc, might be able to help. And I'm liking the sound of that guitar even more Smile
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Guys, my iTunes is version 9.2, and my new iPod says it needs at least 10.0.0. When I check for updates, it says 9.2 is the "current version".

If I install iTunes 10.5.2 will it wipe all of the music I have on my old one?

Edit: Never mind, it won't.

But our Mac OSX is on 10.4.3 and the iTunes needs 10.5. But when checking for software updates (for the computer, not iTunes) it says there aren't any. Am I gonna have to get a new computer? The one I'm using is old and broken and I only got it out because all of the music is already on there.

Help?
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I use a laptop for my PC gaming needs these days. Thus far it works flawlessly however now that I've gotten into more graphic intense games (TOR and Skyrim) I notice that my fans are sending out a lot of heat.

Now one thing I've done is set the graphic settings to medium or low, eliminating things like super HD shadows I really could care less about (I assume that the lower the graphic settings the less hard my computer has to work and also because I wanted to improve my FPS). I also keep my laptop on after exiting the game and wait until the air being sent out doesn't feel hot.

Anyway I'm somewhat concerned about this heat over the long term as my last laptop died after its internal heat regulator got screwed up and let it run too hot. I really want to do my best to keep my current laptop from meeting an early end. So I was wondering if you guys have suggestions of how I can help my laptop manage the heat better (I've heard of laptop cooling pads/fans but I've never know anyone who used one so I don't know if those are worth buying or what other options there might be).
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I'm afraid I don't know much by way of technology that would help. But I learned from a tech-minded acquaintance, when my last collapsed from heat exhaustion, that taking a hoover regularly to the vents helps somewhat. It makes sure any overheating problems aren't caused or exacerbated by dust and things like that accumulating in the machine. I'm presuming you keep your laptop on hard, dry surfaces like tables when you use it, and not fluffy things like cushions?

That's all I really have, sorry it's not a lot.
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Salaris Vorn wrote:
I use a laptop for my PC gaming needs these days. Thus far it works flawlessly however now that I've gotten into more graphic intense games (TOR and Skyrim) I notice that my fans are sending out a lot of heat.

Now one thing I've done is set the graphic settings to medium or low, eliminating things like super HD shadows I really could care less about (I assume that the lower the graphic settings the less hard my computer has to work and also because I wanted to improve my FPS). I also keep my laptop on after exiting the game and wait until the air being sent out doesn't feel hot.

Anyway I'm somewhat concerned about this heat over the long term as my last laptop died after its internal heat regulator got screwed up and let it run too hot. I really want to do my best to keep my current laptop from meeting an early end. So I was wondering if you guys have suggestions of how I can help my laptop manage the heat better (I've heard of laptop cooling pads/fans but I've never know anyone who used one so I don't know if those are worth buying or what other options there might be).


Ah-ha! Just the type of question I like to answer. Smile

So...heating issues can kill any computer, but laptops are more susceptible than desktops. Desktops are mainly in trouble when they're kept inbetween two items (like in a cabinet or between a wall and a desk). The computer can no longer "breathe", and the dust gets trapped in the machine until it dies. I've seen this numerous times.

But anyway, we're concerned about laptops. What brand do you have? HPs are notoriously susceptible to overheating, and if such is the case, you may need to look into having it cleaned out. I would be happy to do it for you, but I'm afraid I'm a little far away. Sad

Cooling pads are actually excellent for overheating issues, but only if the machine simply tends to get hot from day one. If it's been getting worse and worse as you use it, chances are there is dust building up inside the casing and preventing your fans from keeping up with the temperature. Also, another thing that happens is the thermal compound holding your CPU and graphics chips to their respective heatsinks may have melted/dried out. Although if this is the case I would expect the computer to be shutting off at random moments when the temperature maxed out.

If your laptop has slowly been getting hotter over time, I would put my money on dust being trapped in the case. Simply blowing at the vents or even using compressed air is only marginally helpful. The best way to remove the dust is to take the laptop apart. However...! This is super sensitive, as most machines need to be completely disassembled to get at the problem components. These are rather fragile machines, and I would only recommend attempting it with the utmost care. And even then I don't really want to recommend it. You should find someone (that isn't going to charge you an arm and a leg) who has done this before and knows what they're doing. It should only take about an hour to disassemble the machine, clean it out, and reassemble. Two hours at most. But again, only if one knows what's going on.

Something simple you can do is at least take off all the panels on the back of the machine that you have access to and go at every nook and cranny with a can of compressed air. Try to strategically blow all the dust you can see out of a vent or some other escape route. This will be much better than nothing.

If you don't seem to be having dust issues, but are still getting a hot machine, try the cooling pad. They really do work. I personally recommend the following:

Cooler Master Cooling Pad

It has rearrangeable fans, which makes it perfect for any laptop. You can arrange them wherever your machine is most hot.

Anyway...! I'm not sure if that was helpful or if I just rambled for quite awhile. But feel free to ask for clarification on anything! You definitely don't want your machine getting too hot. Certain components will be irreparable after they've been subjected to high temperatures.
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 PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:55 pm Reply with quote  
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The type of laptop I have is a Sony Vaio E Series (2010 model so just a little over a year old). I've only had 1 or 2 random crashes where it shut off due to some significant system error (random because I was only using word or surfing the web at the time). Since they have no pattern I assume it was just a random event and nothing serious since they have barely ever occurred.

I haven't noticed it running hot when doing things like surfing the web. Its just video games where it starts pumping out much hotter air and you can hear the fan(s) are really working (which I would assume is to be expected however I don't want to kill my laptop through negligence). I guess basically what I want to do the equivalent of "preventative medicine" for my laptop.

I will check the vents for dust (the most likely culprit would be cat hair, which if you have cats I'm sure you know gets everywhere). Would I be correct to assume Mara that a cooling pad wouldn't really be worth the money if the computer isn't normally overheating or running hot doing low intensity things and only heats up if I'm playing a video game?

A final thing: looking at my computer it appears that the intake vents are on the bottom of my laptop (perhaps a standard thing so forgive me if this is a Captain Obvious moment). Even though my laptop doesn't appear to have overheating issues would it still help the laptop stay cooler if I raised it up (1/4 to 1/2 inch max) using a stack of index cards placed under the rubber "feet" at its corners?
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Two computer questions that have been bugging me for months, but I didn't think to ask here before. Embarassed

1. - Back in late 2010, I had to install a program called Wimba Pronto on my computer so that I could communicate with a professor through chat. Needless to say, I don't need it anymore. I have tried repeatedly to uninstall it from my computer, but every time I click on it and hit "Uninstall," a message pops up that says, 'You must quit Pronto before installing a new version.'

WTH? I don't want to install a new version at all; I simply want to remove it from my computer!

*sigh* Can someone tell me how to uninstall Pronto?

2. - I got "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" PC game for my computer that same Christmas (2010). I installed the game and it wouldn't play, despite multiple attempts, so I eventually threw the discs in the trash. However, I forgot to unistall the game before I junked the discs because the folder, labeled "Buena Vista Games," which leads to the subfolder "The Chronicles of Narnia," and then to "Uninstall Narnia," is still listed in my Programs tab.

Is there any way that I can get rid of those folders even though I don't have the game discs anymore?


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Hey Alan,

As to Pronto, apparently the computer thinks Pronto is still running even though you may not realize it. You can never uninstall a program that is currently running. What you can do is the following:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del
2. Click on Task Manager
3. Click the Processes tab
4. Sort through the list and see if anything resembles Pronto; depending on the program, it could be called just about anything, but usually they are labeled at least similarly to their real name
5. If you find it in the list, click on it and then click End Process
6. Click Yes in the pop-up window

If you did find it running and were able to stop it, you should now be able to uninstall it.

For Narnia, you should never need the CDs to uninstall something. Only to install. Go ahead and try uninstalling from that folder, everything should go as planned. If not, try uninstalling from your program list. If you're running XP, go to Start --> Control Panel --> Add/Remove Programs. If running Vista or 7, go to Start --> Type "Programs and Features", click on it and wait for the list of programs to populate. Find your problem program there and uninstall like that. That's also an option for removing Pronto.

If you need more details, feel free to ask. I just don't like assuming someone doesn't know how to do something, so sometimes I err on the side of too few instructions. Wink

Let me know how those options work for you! Smile
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I've tried exactly that for both programs multiple times, and it has never worked. I don't know what the problem is. The Narnia game folders are not listed in "Programs" through the Control Panel; I uninstalled them there. But when I click on the "Start" button and go to "Programs" , for some reason the folders are still listed.

One thing I forgot. When I tried to remove the folders from "Programs" through the "Start" menu, it appeared to work - then a window popped up saying that I needed permission to perform the action; that is really strange because it's my personal computer and my user account is the only one that exists on the machine. So how could I need permission to do something?


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Ah, that happens sometimes. Folders in the All Programs listing often get left behind. You should be able to safely delete them with no side effects. Just right-click on the top folder "Buena Vista Games" and delete it.

As for Pronto, something that should work would be to uninstall it from Safe Mode. There are two ways to do what I'm trying to accomplish, and I will list both. You can choose whichever works best for you.

Start in Safe Mode:
1. *Restart and repeatedly hit F8 when the machine boots up
2. Choose Safe Mode
3. Try uninstalling via that method

*You may have to hit a different F key. Perhaps F10 or F2. It's usually F8, but it depends.

Turn off the Program in Startup
1. Go to Start, type msconfig, click on it (or type that in Run, if you have XP)
2. Click on the Startup tab and look for Pronto or Wimba, uncheck it
3. Go to the Services tab and check "Hide Microsoft Services"
4. Look for Pronto or Wimba, uncheck it
5. Click OK and restart the computer
6. Now try uninstalling

Again, those are vague instructions, but I'm running out the door. If you need more details, let me know. Hopefully one of those works for you! Smile
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Thank you, Mara!

I finally managed to get Pronto uninstalled and got the folders out of "All Programs!"

Again, thank you! You've helped me with two headaches that have been bugging me for a year!


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You are very welcome! And I am quite happy that it worked! Always happy about a success. Smile

If I may ask, which method did you use to uninstall Pronto?
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I did it through Program Startup.

Turns out that the problem with the "Narnia" folders wasn't that big of an issue. I was trying to delete the "Buena Vista" folder when what I should have done was delete the "Narnia" subfolder first, and then delete the other folder.


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Ah, yes. I have seen that issue before. Not sure why it gets angry about that. Most puzzling. Confused
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So its me of the perpetual computer problems (I seriously am jinxed when it comes to computers because whenever I use the printers in the campus science library I break them in some way).

anyway I have this error that keeps popping up that says there are file inconsistencies/file corruption on my hard drive. When the computer tries to run a scan at start up it reports that it can't do the scan until I activate a system restore point prior to the last software installation. When I try to do that it says system restore can't function until the disk is scanned and fixed at start up.

I tried using command prompt in admin mode and doing "chkdsk" per the recommendation of the IT guy on campus. That informs me that the disk is running properly yet the error still occurs.

My laptop is running fine otherwise but not being able to use system restore seems like too big a problem to ignore. Any ideas on anything else I can do before handing my laptop over to the IT guys on campus?
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