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when I try logging into iTunes, it gives me an error saying "The network connection was reset" and doesn't login. Does anyone know how to fix? I have looked online and was unable to find a working answer. This is on PC, Windows 7. Would appreciate any assistance!
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In an unrelated story that I'll put here instead of making another thread. it was discovered that intel will be adding TRIM support for SSD RAID 0 arrays in the next RST 11.5 update!!!

Fuck. yes.

This pretty much means I don't have to upgrade my PC for a while, I'm good on C: drive space and my processor is plenty fast. No need to upgrade to Sata 3 and get a new SSD anymore!

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when I try logging into iTunes, it gives me an error saying "The network connection was reset" and doesn't login. Does anyone know how to fix? I have looked online and was unable to find a working answer. This is on PC, Windows 7. Would appreciate any assistance!
Uninstall then Reinstall?
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In an unrelated story that I'll put here instead of making another thread. it was discovered that intel will be adding TRIM support for SSD RAID 0 arrays in the next RST 11.5 update!!!

Fuck. yes.

This pretty much means I don't have to upgrade my PC for a while, I'm good on C: drive space and my processor is plenty fast. No need to upgrade to Sata 3 anymore!
That's exactly what this thread is for, small stuff that you want to share but don't think it's enough for a separate thread - I consider it filling in the spaces of the rest of the forum, and it encourages more discussion in general.
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Uninstall then Reinstall?
damn do you really think that could fix it? I'll try.
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sadly, reinstall did not change anything.
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IIRC itunes uses your IE proxy settings. Make sure the network settings on IE are set properly (esp if you use a vpn or something for work)
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32 gigs of RAM is amazing...

Just for the record.
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Not sure if this is where to post, but I figured its better than starting a new thread.

One of my laptops was infected by W32.blaster.worm last night. Essentially what occurred was that "Security Protection" popped up informing me that my computer was infected and the only way to get it back to normal was to buy their anti virus software. I know this is "scareware" and a scam. But, it has disabled everything on my comp, files, internet, everything. Luckily, I have a second laptop and did some searching on google and found a way to access around the malware to access my computer to install a anti virus (eXplorer.exe was the file). So, I installed Spybot and everything was looking good while it was scanning, but when it came time to fix the problems, the computer just freezes. After restarting, setting my comp to "Safe Mode with Networking", the virus comes back and I have to do the whole process all over again. Does anybody have any idea on how to delete this virus permanently? Any advice would be nice, thanks and sorry for the long post.
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Not sure if this is where to post, but I figured its better than starting a new thread.

One of my laptops was infected by W32.blaster.worm last night. Essentially what occurred was that "Security Protection" popped up informing me that my computer was infected and the only way to get it back to normal was to buy their anti virus software. I know this is "scareware" and a scam. But, it has disabled everything on my comp, files, internet, everything. Luckily, I have a second laptop and did some searching on google and found a way to access around the malware to access my computer to install a anti virus (eXplorer.exe was the file). So, I installed Spybot and everything was looking good while it was scanning, but when it came time to fix the problems, the computer just freezes. After restarting, setting my comp to "Safe Mode with Networking", the virus comes back and I have to do the whole process all over again. Does anybody have any idea on how to delete this virus permanently? Any advice would be nice, thanks and sorry for the long post.

Lol @ blasters worm!!

I could fix that for you, shoot me a pm
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What do you mean by login into iTunes? You can't access the iTunes store? Does all the other parts of iTunes work?
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32 gigs of RAM is amazing...

Just for the record.
Are you using that much?

I got 16gb in my hyper-v server that I'm putting to good use
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Lol @ blasters worm!!

I could fix that for you, shoot me a pm


pm sent.
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It wasn't the blaster worm....
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Are you using that much?

I got 16gb in my hyper-v server that I'm putting to good use
I use 20 gb

Turned the cache off and all the other tricks. Windows runs rather smoothly, especially since its on an SSD
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you turned the pagefile off?
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you turned the pagefile off?
Yep. Completely.
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It wasn't the blaster worm....
I don't know what it was, but Stunna destroyed it! Thanks again Dude!
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Had a rootkit luckily not in the boot sector and the usual fake av thing. Which is what was telling him he had the blaster worm, that's why I loled because it knew it was fake. Blaster has been ineffective for about 8-9 years. that was a popular pre XP SP2 worm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaster_(computer_worm)

I deal with this type of thing regularly so I'm pretty damn good at it. It was pretty good though, it force quit all open apps and blocked anything else from running, I couldn't even restart remotely. It did allow any program named explorer.exe to run so like I recommended in my Security thread months ago I renamed regedit.exe to explorer.exe (had to copy to a different folder to not interfere with the real explorer.exe) and was able to clean it up that way. Now that I think of it I should've renamed task manager to explorer.exe and then that would've allowed me to kill it!

You got to outsmart the malware....

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first time seeing a USB drive like this - its a 8GB - it sticks into the underside of the slot (does not need an adaptor). a guy I work with got it in China. the other cards shown for size comparison / art effect.

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Does that drive fit into a slot on the compact flash and also turn into a USB? If so it's cool if not then I've seen it before.....
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first time seeing a USB drive like this - its a 8GB - it sticks into the underside of the slot (does not need an adaptor). a guy I work with got it in China. the other cards shown for size comparison / art effect.

I had one under the kingston brand for years like that. they break real easy.
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I need to do a fresh install, can anybody help with a Windows 7 Home 64bit install for Dell desktop?
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Does that drive fit into a slot on the compact flash and also turn into a USB? If so it's cool if not then I've seen it before.....
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I had one under the kingston brand for years like that. they break real easy.
no it fits right into the USB port, it only uses the contact portion.

it does look a bit flimsy.
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I need to do a fresh install, can anybody help with a Windows 7 Home 64bit install for Dell desktop?
fairly easy for Dell. follow this guide:

http://support.dell.com/support/topi...&isLegacy=true
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I need to do a fresh install, can anybody help with a Windows 7 Home 64bit install for Dell desktop?
what kind of help do you need? and why do you think you need a clean install?

Are you reinstalling windows 7 upgrading from xp/vista to 7?
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I just spent 90 mins diagnosing Windows Update errors. Come to find much later after getting started that the guy had had a virus a long ways back and it had hidden files and changed some to read only. But it was so long ago that most of his documents weren't hidden, I thought for a while that he was hiding only some of them on purpose.

So ends up the virus had hidden files and set the softwaredistribution folder (folder windows update uses) to read only which basically stopped all updates from working but this was back in January so he hadn't installed updates in almost a year and wasn't sure why. I was trying all sorts of things to fix it, if the dood would've told me about the virus I would've run "attrib -r -h /s /d" a long time ago and be done with it. Oh well

note: attrib -r -h /s /d command removes read only and hidden attributes from all files, folders and subfolders except for system files. you want to run as admin from cmd prompt at the root folder like c:\>attrib -r -h /s /d It's what you use to get hidden files back to normal after malware fucks your shit up.

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Also really cool site to learn about CLI commands in Windows, Unix and Linux is here! My favorite new site!

http://ss64.com/index.html

Very helpful!
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See what I'm talking about! You can force a defrag via cmd prompt even when low on disk space!!! Mind. Blown.
DEFRAG

Defragment hard drive.

Syntax
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DEFRAG c: -f
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Seriously I just learned that in between these two posts.

I told you this site was the shit!
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fairly easy for Dell. follow this guide:

http://support.dell.com/support/topi...&isLegacy=true
I'll take a look at that, thnx

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what kind of help do you need? and why do you think you need a clean install?

Are you reinstalling windows 7 upgrading from xp/vista to 7?
I want to do fresh install, currently have W7H. Having problems yesterday after installing Elements 10, then DVD tray wouldn't open, from button in front or with selecting eject. Finally used paperclip to open. Things started slowing down. iTunes wouldn't open, wouldn't open when I connected phone. Computer would lock up using different apps. When I put images onto desktop, they wouldn't show on desktop. But when I opened explorer, I could see them.

I restore to a point to over 24 hours before problem and things still running a little slow. Didn't have internet connection after reboot. Rebooted then got connection back. And iTunes still wouldn't open when I connect phone. I rebooted again and finally did. With iTunes showing running in Task Manager but program not opening, during the time. I reboot again tonight and it's connects when I connect phone.

So I'm going on over 18 months, so It's time for fresh install.
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Yikes! Check to make sure it's not a hardware problem with the DVD drive, during a restart before windows has loaded check to see if you can open the drive.

Make sure you have the iTunes option checked in msconfig in the startup tab.

Check event viewer for disk errors, event viewer > windows > system

Run a sfc /scannow from an elevated cmd prompt
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This thread is my SWEDT thread, great idea Srika!
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Yikes! Check to make sure it's not a hardware problem with the DVD drive, during a restart before windows has loaded check to see if you can open the drive.

Make sure you have the iTunes option checked in msconfig in the startup tab.

Check event viewer for disk errors, event viewer > windows > system

Run a sfc /scannow from an elevated cmd prompt
After rebooting, many times, the drawer will open and close by pushing the button on the tray. Everything seems back to normal, so I think it's just time to do a fresh install.

I'm going to install software via download and not DVD.
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my dad just got a Dell XPS laptop. it's appalling how much bloatware they continue to put on these. this thing has like FOUR e-reader programs installed... Acrobat, Blio, Xiindio or something, and some other crap. Uninstalled all that sh*t. And not even mentioning all the other crap on it. It just bugs me that they continue to do this. /rant
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then its got this BS... this "Stage" thing I guess its their new "dock" software. I click in there to disable it, now why on Earth would I want it to send anonymous data to Dell.

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