Windows vista wireless problem - Free wireless wifi.
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A guy here at work asked me to look at a friend's computer. He told me she wasn't able to get onto her wireless network. As I expected, the computer connected to the network here at work right away. Serious PEBKAC issue. Not too surprising considering this person bought a computer with Vista and with only 500 Mbs of ram. As I got the computer running and connected to the network, this guy came to see how I was doing. He asked why it was so slow..."I thought you were going to check for bugs." Yeah, checking Vista for bugs is like killing all the mosquitoes in Louisiana. I know what he was talking about though. He wants me to check the system for malware, spyware, adware, and viruses. But I think we all know what the issue is. This computer is running a bloated operating system with 502 MB of ram and 32 gigs of a 100 gig open on the hard drive. I ran adaware. Nothing found. I'm 2/3 through Spybot and nothing found so far. And you know, I'll run these programs and clear up some startup apps in MSCONFIG. But beyond that, its not my baggage. As for the network issues at this person's home, well, what do they expect me to do? Go to their house to fix it in my spare time? Talk them through it over the phone? Have you ever talked a person through a network problem over the phone who never even accessed the control panel on their DSL router? It's like trying to talk a 5 year old autistic kid with ADD through landing a 747. He's going to try to get me to do something. I just know it. This guy doesn't give up that easily. The only thing that seems to work in my favor is time. Give him a few days, his attention is directed somewhere else. Okay, I'll do this. I'll tell him she should contact AT&T's tech support. If they have a 2Wire wireless modem, AT&T will be able to help her. If it's a linksys router, they won't help them, but enough time would have passed and he would have moved onto something else anyway. Even if the subject is revisited (they have a linksys router),the conversation will go something like this.... Me: "Sounds like she needs to program the WEP key into her computer. Him: "What's that?" Me: "It's a password to her wireless network" Him: "What is her WEP key?" Me: "If she doesn't know, she can figure that out in her router." Him: "How will she do that?" Me: "Aah, all routers are different. She'll have to refer to the user's manual." If he really has his mind working at full steam, he'll continue with something like this.... "Well, what if I just bring her router in so you can figure all that out?" First off, if this subject was revisited, I would be so apathetic about this person's networking problems, it will take every fiber of my being to keep from being outright rude and hostile. Now, at this point, this is when I will start feeding him nothing but BS. I'll tell him.... "Naah, I don't think that's a very good idea. Connecting a router to a pre-exsisting network can potentially cause serious issues. The DHCP servers may start competing with each other and that can bring the network to a crawl. Also, the router will be on a different netmask. That can potentially conflict with other clients. We haven't even got into the wireless aspect yet." Of course I wouldn't even have any need connect the router the network. But if I did, there would be no conflict. Hell, I'm using my old Linksys router as a hub in my living room. Sometimes I was I was stupid...New computer! Woooo!
So last week my computer got a really bad virus, and I almost lost all my pictures and everything else I had stored on that computer. My mom took it to Staples and they managed to get all my pictures off the computer and fix the problem but I still needed to upgrade. They had an awesome deal on this bundle and I couldn't be more happier with it. It's an HP Desktop runnning Windows Vista, with 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. The bundle also came with a new HP keyboard and this amazing 22" flat panel monitor. It's amazing and is definitely gonna help me when editing pictures. I was amazed last night when I imported about 50 pictures into Lightroom. It used to take about 15 minutes to import that many pictures, and with this new computer it took less than 30 seconds. I couldn't be more happy. Lights and some new glass are next on the list. :-)
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