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jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 13 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nick wrote:
I made some killer Marie Rose sauce last night. Want a recipe?


Yes please! I love a good old fashioned prawn cocktail.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 13 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

toggle wrote:
i can't get into xp. at all. it bluescreens partway through boting into safe mode

Isn't the option for the last known good configuration on the same screen as the option to use safe mode?
But if it won't boot to safe, I doubt that'll work.

nats



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 13 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If you can boot from an XP "disk" (either a bootable XP image on a USB stick or using an external disk drive - netbooks don't have DVD drives do they?) then you should be able to do a repair of XP. NOT from the recovery console (that's NASTY!) which is the first possible repair option but going through pretending that you are going to install XP afresh it should find the current install and say something along the lines of "you are being a bit silly here you already have XP on this. D'ya want me to try and fix it?" Select EVERY option possible within that and you'll be amazed what you fix. Then install Malwarebytes, and run that in safemode. (you have to install in normal mode).

HOWEVER (and it's a big one) I have found that often I can't find this option. I still haven't worked out if it's not on the disk that I am using at the time or it's something to do with the install I'm working on. If you can find it then this is your best bet.

If you can't, and you have enough disk space and you have the XP code to initialise a new install of XP then you can install a second copy of XP to boot to, use that to save any files etc, then format and fresh install. Either which way it's a PITA and I suggest extra chores for a very long time.

Nick



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 13 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Jamanda wrote:
Nick wrote:
I made some killer Marie Rose sauce last night. Want a recipe?


Yes please! I love a good old fashioned prawn cocktail.


Squirt of Heinz ketchup, good mayonnaise, lemon juice, black pepper, Tabasco (although last night it was a decent slug of Nandos piri piri sauce). Probably not the classic recipe, but worked.

jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 13 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ah - same as mine then.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 13 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

fixing poorly pooters and recipies for lice in the same thread is a first even for ds

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 13 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Dont have any advice re the IT problems, but TOTALLY sympathise re child...........
.......glad you had a rant......by the sounds of it, wont be your last regarding this scenario.

You have my complete and total understanding.

MarkS



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 13 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nuke it from space.



Sounds like this machine is totally compromised - it will be quicker and easier to reinstall from scratch.

Boot from your ubuntu stick and backup the data files he needs, then nuke it.

toggle



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 13 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've considered the option of an ubuntu install. be a good learning exercise for him. but in practical terms the machine is of far more use with MS office installed. which means fixing the current install. at the very least enough to get the XP key. whatever open office may claim, it isn't compatable.

actualy, i'm sure someone told me ages ago vista keys work with xp. I do have the documentation of my last machine that was vista. prob have the key with that. it's just a damn nuisance the disks i had from when i was running xp are defunct

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 13 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

check out Libre Office 4, see if it meets the bill.

or Apache Open Office

The little sweetie can do you, his classmates and the rest of us a big favour by doing a compare and contrast with MS Office.

toggle



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 13 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i know libreoffice has the same issues.

they are absolutely fine for simple text, but do anything more complex than that and the formatting all goes to hell.

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 13 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

allegedly, you can install MS Office in Ubuntu using "WINE":

https://www.liberiangeek.net/2012/06/how-to-install-microsoft-office-suite-2010-in-ubuntu-12-04-using-wine-1-5/

toggle



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 13 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ohhhhhhhh.

interesting

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 13 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

toggle wrote:
ohhhhhhhh.

interesting
suspect that it might rival sweet little boys for sheer frustration, but surely a little more productive than lurking round here

toggle



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 13 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    


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