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Posted 12/14/06

Gev wrote:

hmmm....., thats a good question , hard to say without getting my hands on it.

make sure you aren't trying to use a resolution that your monitor doesn't support.

mx300? that sounds like a vid card for a lappy. is it something you added, or is it standard? what model computer or lappy is it .? need more info. possibly specs or a screeny of the problem .

try lowering the refresh.


^ thats good too.. i had the same prob before and it was the refresh rate. it wasnt the right refresh rate for my monitor.
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The card is ati radeon x300 pci express for a desktop. Its been fine for about a year. Only started flickering a couple days ago.

Pic or video is not going to capture the flicker.

Actually it gets better the higher the refresh ( at least momentarily). 60 its very noticable. 75 not so much, but still there.

Followed the windows troubleshooting and got this:


Is your BIOS outdated?
Your computer's BIOS is a component that came with the motherboard of your computer, which contains basic instructions for how your computer interacts with various types of hardware that you install on it.

Display corruption problems can be caused by an outdated BIOS that does not support all the display features of your version of Windows.

Problems that you experience after upgrading Windows might also be caused by an outdated BIOS.

Contact the manufacturer of your motherboard to find out whether an updated BIOS is available.

Does obtaining an updated BIOS solve the problem?
Posted 12/14/06
use http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html this program and email me the html file it spits out to you , that will give me all your system specs. here is an example of what it looks like http://upload2.net/page/download/AhCjZKEiS1WIqIR/%28Gevouden%29.doc.html

if you have skype , my sn is ertburgle , feel free to use it to find me for questions regarding problems with your pc.
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Posted 12/14/06
Well already have it. This was from a couple months ago. Im pretty computer literate, but maybe you can get something from it that i cant. Never updated bios so don't know what to expect.

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Posted 12/14/06

Gev wrote:


BasouKazuma wrote:


Gev wrote:

Ok.
No.1. The reason Mac and Linux dont seem to get adware and viruses, is because they are not targeted . As windows is the standard for home users , its more profitable to go with it when using adds and such.

2. Mac and Linux are not as secure as you seem to think, i have many times seen friends using both get zerg rushed by viruses.

3. Windows is the easiest os to deploy and trainin a work environment , as most people know at the very least , the basics of the system.

4. Linux and Mac are just as prone to crashing as windows , especially for someone who does not know what they are doing.

5. Most of you shoulndt even own a computer anyway , your just going to fuck it up.


Mac's don't get viruses period. It's not because it's not targeted like Windows is, it's got a better OS. There are people that have fun by exploiting systems, those people would target supposedly secure systems to prove that they arent completely secure. So far, no one has been able to spread a virus on a Mac.


http://www.smallblue-greenworld.co.uk/pages/macintosh.html

http://www.macvirus.org/

http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Destructive_OS_X_malware_spies_on_Apple_users/0,130061744,139164062,00.htm
http://antivirus.about.com/od/macintoshresource/Macintosh_Viruses_and_Mac_Virus_Resources.htm

Tell me again that Macs don't get viruses.


Ok, I'll say it again, Macs don't get viruses. (maybe old ones from 10+ years ago but not new ones)

A virus spreads through networks. A person would have to physically be on your computer to mess with a Mac. Then again, if they're at your computer and want to fuck with you, they could just smash your computer to bits.
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http://antivirus.about.com/b/a/257743.htm

The Mac virus war is about to begin. Brace for impact. Well not really. :lol:
Posted 12/14/06
did you update your video card drivers from ati , or from dell?

you want to use the dell specific drivers , because dell likes to make you use their stuff .

all the drivers for your specific pc are at http://tinyurl.com/y8z4be
try updating all your drivers , making sure to note release dates before downloading.
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Posted 12/14/06
the display driver was the one I already had. no good.
I updated the bios from a01 to a03. No good still flicker.
I dled the new catalyst drivers after the flicker started so thats no good, but maybe worth a try.
Posted 12/14/06
ok , richt click, properties, settings tab , advanced, adapter, list all modes . do a trial and error until it stops , if it doesnt , i cant do anything without physically getting my hands on it.

thee is always the chance however, that the card or monitor went bad .

you can always try reinstalling the card , or making sure everyting is connected properly .

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Posted 12/14/06
Yea I suspect its the monitor. Oh well hope its still under warranty.

Thanks for your help anyway.
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My CD-ROM drive stopped working all of a sudden, It cannot burn CDs and I have to insert the CD several times before it can finally read it. There is no dust, and I have not moved this laptop for months, so the laptop has not fallen or received any hits or anything like that. It's a 2+ years old emachines laptop. I don't know if this common or not. Should I buy a new drive? is the size standard or does it have to be ordered from emachines?
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SOMEONE HELP ME PLZZZZZZZ

my campus internet is now gaurded with a login screen ( like the kind at hotels)
its a wireless connection and i no if i get the wireless adapter for my xbox360 the internet wont let it hook up

some1 tell me how to ics(inter connection sharing) through my laptop or anything that will work. plz message me cuz i probably wont see it if i leave then come back to this forum
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Try looking here for any sort of computer help. They are really helpful.

http://www.techdomain.com.au
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Posted 2/2/07

mauz15 wrote:

My CD-ROM drive stopped working all of a sudden, It cannot burn CDs and I have to insert the CD several times before it can finally read it. There is no dust, and I have not moved this laptop for months, so the laptop has not fallen or received any hits or anything like that. It's a 2+ years old emachines laptop. I don't know if this common or not. Should I buy a new drive? is the size standard or does it have to be ordered from emachines?


1.Make sure that your CD-Rom is still added in your Device Manager List
2.When burning CDs, make sure you burn the CD image
3.Possibly your burning sofware
4.Clean ur burner.



iamstephen1128 wrote:

SOMEONE HELP ME PLZZZZZZZ

my campus internet is now gaurded with a login screen ( like the kind at hotels)
its a wireless connection and i no if i get the wireless adapter for my xbox360 the internet wont let it hook up

some1 tell me how to ics(inter connection sharing) through my laptop or anything that will work. plz message me cuz i probably wont see it if i leave then come back to this forum


Well the only way that you can access it is to have username and password. Do u have an account for it?
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Posted 2/2/07

mauz15 wrote:

My CD-ROM drive stopped working all of a sudden, It cannot burn CDs and I have to insert the CD several times before it can finally read it. There is no dust, and I have not moved this laptop for months, so the laptop has not fallen or received any hits or anything like that. It's a 2+ years old emachines laptop. I don't know if this common or not. Should I buy a new drive? is the size standard or does it have to be ordered from emachines?

CD drives are dirt cheap so you might as well get a new one rather than fiddling with a half broken one. Well you could get a DVD drive since those are becoming near dirt cheap as well.

I'm not totally sure, but most slim laptop drives should fit in. To be sure, you should probably contact the company.

I'd recommend something like this. It burns CDs and can read (not burn) DVDs. Well, it depends on how much you want to spend though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827131045
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