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THANKS!!! 'Puter solution...sort of...
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EngineerJoyce    Posted 08-18-2004 at 07:29:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, last night I finally squeezed in some time to mess with the computer.

I deleted all Temp stuff, ran AdAware again, did a Restore from early July, and re-booted.

The bridge.dll file is still missing (it's used by the run.dll, I think), but hubby was able to do his surfing with only one shut-down by IE. And it produced an error message which he sent to Microsoft.

I'm hoping this new SP2 Windows update will iron out the last of the wrinkles. I haven't had time to look for the original disks that came with the computer to check for a copy of the dll file. All in good time I guess.

BTW George, what browser do you use? I have used Netscape in the past at work, but then they went to IE government wide. and my new Dell at home came with IE so that's what I am accustomed to.
What makes IE evil, and your choice better? genuine curiosity.

Thanks to everyone for your assistance, time, trouble, and even passing well wishes! Hubby is again satisfied with his computer and no longer saying we should have spent the money elsewhere. Thank You.

George in TX    Posted 08-18-2004 at 14:15:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Joyce, Peanut gave some very good advice about SP2 for XP. I haven't gotten it and won't, at least for quite a while. I've heard nothing but bad about that "cure".

As for IE Peanut again gave one good reason that it is evil. The thing is chocked full of security holes - they've released how many thousand patches so far for it? Another reason is that it isn't standards compliant. There are standards for web design and IE either screws some of them up or simply doesn't support them. And Micro$oft seems in no hurry to fix this either. The next browser release from MS won't come until the next OS comes out, whenever that will be.

There are literally hundreds of web browsers available, most of which are free. Which is my favorite - well I'll get to that in a minute. If you're looking for an alternative Netscape7 is available for download somewhere. And it's free now too since Newscape went belly up. Mozilla is the free version of Netscape. Firefox is a "plain vanilla" version of Mozilla. And the list goes on.

The only browser I surf with is Opera. I've tried lots of 'em and wouldn't have anything else. It's also free and does everything just the way I like it done. That's because it's highly customizable and you can set up whatever "look and feel" you like. It has very little problems with security and Opera releases mini updates every couple of months or so to plug the holes that are found. Opera has a built in email client that's very secure as well. And the download is only about 3.5mb unless you want to get the latest Java version. Since you're using XP I wouldn't go with the 12mb download just to get that since you already have a late version of Java.

Opera is very standards compliant and is what I use first for testing pages that I build. Then I'll try the page in Moz and finally in IE. My HTML and CSS will validate per standards and if the design looks good in all three browsers I'll publish it to the 'net. I usually have the most problems making a design look good in IE.

Whew! I do get windy don't I? And no, I don't work for Opera, they're based in Denmark.

SP2 - Oh boy !!!    Posted 08-18-2004 at 07:48:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Personally, I would hold off on installing SP2 (assuming you are talking about SP2 for WinXP). There is a lot of talk in the tech industry that the service pack is not all that stable. And with any service pack from Microsoft, there are always security vulnerabilities that pop up with SP releases. Let the dust settle on SP2 for a month or so before you take the leap if you can afford the time.

Can't speak for George but IE is evil for me because Microsoft tends to release products (not just the browser) to market before they work out the bugs. They use the entire world as guinea pigs. All to often their customers are exploited by hackers because Microsoft wanted products in the market faster than their developers could handle. My $.02.

- Peanut

EngineerJoyce    Posted 08-18-2004 at 08:05:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yikes! Thanks for the warning on SP2. Since getting the Dell last December, there has been a boatload of "hotfix" downloads. If SP2 would take the patches and make a seemless repair, that would be nice.

And the explanation on Microsoft makes a lot of sense. You can also see that in new motors and re-designs from the auto industry. My husband's mantra: never buy a vehichle that was the first year of a new motor! I guess that holds true on computer stuff also.

I am just visualizing this idea as a ladder with missing rungs and duct tape wrapped around it! what a visual! :-D

Thanks, Peanut. I appreciate you sharing your expertise.

mojo    Posted 08-18-2004 at 09:04:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Talk about good timing! I just looked at downloading SP2, 11 hours and change. Decided to wait, sure glad I did!
Been following your woes, I also have IE6 but haven't been crashing like you. Just trying to educate myself.
My problem is transferring pictures from my camera phone to computer. The cord doesn't work well..says the connection has been broken tween phone and computer when I haven't touch it...tried e-mailing from phone and that worked. Except now the computer won't open the picture file because it doesn't recognize a .bin file. And that's where I stand right now. Any gurus have suggestions? I almost stumbled into SP2, anything else I should look out for?

Peanut    Posted 08-18-2004 at 09:22:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
mojo - Does your the wire you connect to your phone connect to a USB port on your PC? If so, try plugging into a different USB port if you have more than one. If this doesn't help, contact the company you bought your phone from. Tell them you have a defective cord and they shoudl send you a new one. If you are out of warranty you may be able to pick one up at a store like Radio Shack.

Did you get any software to install on your PC to read your .bin photo files? If not, you may need to associate a photo editor/viewer to the .bin file extension. A ".bin" file extension stands for binary. It is a generic file type used by many different programs for movies, audio, photos, etc. My guess is that your computer simply needs to be told to open the .bin files with a program like PhotoShop or another photo program. The process of telling your computer to open a file with a particular program is called "association". If you don't know how to do it, pull up your Windows Help screens and search for "associate", "association", or "file association".

Hope some of this mumbo jumbo helps. Sorry if you know how to do this already ... just want to cover it well for you.

mojo    Posted 08-18-2004 at 09:38:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't worry about insulting my intelligence! I need all the help I can get. :^0
I've tried every USB port to no avail, I do believe it's the cord (about $30 as I recall) so they'll definitely hear from me. I'm just trying to go around the cord now.
You're right, it did come with software that I've loaded, and it did work a few times (intermittedly)..wonder why it won't recognize the .bin extention away from the program? I'll do a search thing on the associativity and get back. THANKS!

mojo    Posted 08-18-2004 at 10:21:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm a patented senior mechanical designer, and my professional opinion is that this electronic cr*p is just screwy!
While I was pestering you folks I had fowarded the photo to my wifes workplace. It arrived as a .jpg file so she just sent it back. That worked, and it must have knock something loose on this computer because the rest that I sent from the phone to myself started opening...while they're still .bin files. Doesn't make sense to me but I'm not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth!
Thanks for putting up with me, and sorry I hijacked your post EngineerJoyce.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 08-18-2004 at 11:53:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, I've enjoyed it!
It's good to know I'm not the only one who thinks some of this stuff is just screwy. I just "..accept the things I cannot change..."
Best of luck!

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