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    Re: Computer help desk

    The problem isn't so much installing the new hard drive physically, but the fact that you'll need to reinstall Windows to get it to work. Your system (I'll assume it's a Dell) came with a restore disk that'll put your system back to the state it was when you bought it.

    Once you open up your computer and replace the hard drive, you'll then need to use that restore disk and then get Windows Update to install all the patches, which could take a while especially if you have a slow connection.

    I'd find out how much The Geek Squad (or some of their competitors) would cost. It's not difficult, but it can be time consuming. How much is your time worth?

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    Luckily, I have every disk that came with the unit, so I guess I'll try to tough it out with Dell, and keep a positive attitude. What A Drag!!!

    What about backing up my data (mostly music) that I don't want to lose?
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    Easiest way is to just burn them onto DVDs if your computer has one. The one sticky point can be if you have music you bought online. Thanks to the wonders of Digital Rights Management [/sarcasm], even if you can put that purchased music on a DVD, it won't work on your PC after the reinstall. If your PC doesn't have a DVD burner, you can burn them onto CDs instead, but you'll need more.

    Alternatively, you can get an external hard drive that connects via USB and copy all your files over there. If you have an MP3 player, you can almost certainly use that as an external hard drive too. It'll be a smallish one (unless you own something like one of those new 80GB/160GB iPod classics) but unless you have a ton of data it should work.

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    Leo and Lucy, thank you both for your suggestions. Don't know what I'd do without this site! (One, for both of you!)
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    Hi.....ever since the time change last week-end, I've had trouble signing in here. My computer clock changed the way it was supposed to but when I log in here I get an error message and can't access some of the smilies when I post. Anyone's help would be appreciated...Thanks!

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    Those two things shouldn't be related at all. Standard advice for something like what you're getting is to clear your cookies and browser cache and see if it helps.

    Also, the FORT login is sometimes a little picky about the address you put in. Make sure you have the www bit before fansofrealitytv.com in your address bar, I've found that helps sometimes.

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    i have mine set to never log me out so i haven't a clue how to help with this one ....

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    Re: Computer help desk

    Quote Originally Posted by barefootdyke;2660712;
    i have mine set to never log me out so i haven't a clue how to help with this one ....
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    Thanks for the suggestions!

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    Disregard post, got it fixed!
    Last edited by karna68; 11-17-2007 at 08:40 AM. Reason: Fixed problem myself.

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