jacyevans: (*help!*)
Question to the flist:

Can any of you suggest any good video editing software that is also beginner-friendly (and Mac friendly)? I used to have Sony Vegas, but it kept crashing on my old computer.
jacyevans: (*help!*)
Question to the flist:

Can any of you suggest any good video editing software that is also beginner-friendly (and Mac friendly)? I used to have Sony Vegas, but it kept crashing on my old computer.
jacyevans: (*help!*)
I am looking to buy a Netbook. Preferably one under $300 if possible, but I'm open to going higher.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance ♥
jacyevans: (*help!*)
I am looking to buy a Netbook. Preferably one under $300 if possible, but I'm open to going higher.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance ♥
jacyevans: (*help!*)
I need some help. Yesterday, I was updating my LJ layout and profile, minding my own business looking for pictures in weheartit, when all of a sudden, I get a message from Firefox.

Warning! The webpage you are trying to access is not safe!(or something to that effect.)

I try to access my google mail. Same message pops up. Before I have any panic attacks, I check my start bar... where, in the lower right-hand corner, I see the icon of doom. The one with the message that asks me "Would you like to install Windows Antivirus?"

...fuck.

The pop ups continue, informing me that I have trojans, etc etc. I ended up doing a hard shut-down, restarting in safe mode, and running Adaware - which worked to get rid of this bad boy the last time this happened.

No dice this time.

Anyone know of anything that works? I can't download any programs directly on to my computer because I can't access any websites. They are all re-directed to that error message. If you know of one that works, I can attempt to download it on my work computer, burn it to a disk, and then install it on my home computer. I really don't want to have to pay the Geek Squad to look at it and/or send it to Circuit City to get fixed unless it's the absolute last resort.

Thanks in advance ♥
jacyevans: (*help!*)
I need some help. Yesterday, I was updating my LJ layout and profile, minding my own business looking for pictures in weheartit, when all of a sudden, I get a message from Firefox.

Warning! The webpage you are trying to access is not safe!(or something to that effect.)

I try to access my google mail. Same message pops up. Before I have any panic attacks, I check my start bar... where, in the lower right-hand corner, I see the icon of doom. The one with the message that asks me "Would you like to install Windows Antivirus?"

...fuck.

The pop ups continue, informing me that I have trojans, etc etc. I ended up doing a hard shut-down, restarting in safe mode, and running Adaware - which worked to get rid of this bad boy the last time this happened.

No dice this time.

Anyone know of anything that works? I can't download any programs directly on to my computer because I can't access any websites. They are all re-directed to that error message. If you know of one that works, I can attempt to download it on my work computer, burn it to a disk, and then install it on my home computer. I really don't want to have to pay the Geek Squad to look at it and/or send it to Circuit City to get fixed unless it's the absolute last resort.

Thanks in advance ♥
jacyevans: (*help!*)
I'm hoping someone on my flist can answer this (potentially stupid) question, because google has failed me, and I really don't want to sit on the phone with Circuit City's customer service people. [livejournal.com profile] rainpuddle13, perhaps you know?

I'm considering upgrading to Windows 7 - not now, but in a few months, as I learned my lesson with Vista, and will wait until the bugs are worked out. However, my computer is still under warranty with Circuit City until January of 2011. If I change the operating system, will that void my warranty?

Help me, flist, you're my only hope!
jacyevans: (*help!*)
I'm hoping someone on my flist can answer this (potentially stupid) question, because google has failed me, and I really don't want to sit on the phone with Circuit City's customer service people. [livejournal.com profile] rainpuddle13, perhaps you know?

I'm considering upgrading to Windows 7 - not now, but in a few months, as I learned my lesson with Vista, and will wait until the bugs are worked out. However, my computer is still under warranty with Circuit City until January of 2011. If I change the operating system, will that void my warranty?

Help me, flist, you're my only hope!
jacyevans: (*help!*)
This is a question for all you computer saavy people on my flist. Because I reallllly don't want to have to deal with Firedog unless I absolutely have to.

My CD drive appears to be busted. It will rip CDs, but it won't burn them - it will go through the entire process in both iTunes and Windows Media Player, but when I go to play the burned CD, either it will still be blank, or the songs will be skipping. When I put the CD back in my computer, the computer recognizes it as a "blank" CD, even though it's no longer blank.

Help?
jacyevans: (*help!*)
This is a question for all you computer saavy people on my flist. Because I reallllly don't want to have to deal with Firedog unless I absolutely have to.

My CD drive appears to be busted. It will rip CDs, but it won't burn them - it will go through the entire process in both iTunes and Windows Media Player, but when I go to play the burned CD, either it will still be blank, or the songs will be skipping. When I put the CD back in my computer, the computer recognizes it as a "blank" CD, even though it's no longer blank.

Help?

I give up.

Feb. 13th, 2008 07:22 pm
jacyevans: (buffy // life barrels on)
That's it. I officially give up.

I am currrenltly updating from my Mom's office computer.

Why you ask?

I come home and turn on my computer. It takes a while to boot up, which it always does after it installs updates the night before. I type in my password, and wait.

And wait.

And wait.

It hasn't booted up. It is a black screen, with nothing but a little box in the corner that says "Personalized Settings" at the top then "Setting up personalized settings for: Internet Explorer" in the box.

Nothing else. No background. No icons. No start bar. Nothing. And the computer isn't frozen, because I tried Ctrl Alt Delete, and I got the usual screen that comes with it. I tried closing the program through the Task Manager - then I just had a black screen, so I tried rebooting.

Same shit happened again.

Have any of you who have Vista installed updates lately and had a similar problem, or heard of anyone having similar problems? Or does it really just take this long after the updates install to boot up, because it's been an hour and a half now, and its still the same black screen with the same damn box in the corner.

ETA: Well. Apparently the Black Screen Of Death is Vista's version of the Blue Screen Of Death and I may have to reinstall the entire system. Lovely. Just. Fucking. Lovely.

ETA 2: And yet, I can start up in Safe Mode. Ugh. I hate computers...

ETA 3: Uhhh... I fixed it. *falls over with relief*

I give up.

Feb. 13th, 2008 07:22 pm
jacyevans: (buffy // life barrels on)
That's it. I officially give up.

I am currrenltly updating from my Mom's office computer.

Why you ask?

I come home and turn on my computer. It takes a while to boot up, which it always does after it installs updates the night before. I type in my password, and wait.

And wait.

And wait.

It hasn't booted up. It is a black screen, with nothing but a little box in the corner that says "Personalized Settings" at the top then "Setting up personalized settings for: Internet Explorer" in the box.

Nothing else. No background. No icons. No start bar. Nothing. And the computer isn't frozen, because I tried Ctrl Alt Delete, and I got the usual screen that comes with it. I tried closing the program through the Task Manager - then I just had a black screen, so I tried rebooting.

Same shit happened again.

Have any of you who have Vista installed updates lately and had a similar problem, or heard of anyone having similar problems? Or does it really just take this long after the updates install to boot up, because it's been an hour and a half now, and its still the same black screen with the same damn box in the corner.

ETA: Well. Apparently the Black Screen Of Death is Vista's version of the Blue Screen Of Death and I may have to reinstall the entire system. Lovely. Just. Fucking. Lovely.

ETA 2: And yet, I can start up in Safe Mode. Ugh. I hate computers...

ETA 3: Uhhh... I fixed it. *falls over with relief*
jacyevans: (wtf?)
So, I went to Circuit City on Friday to get my computer fixed. I take the laptop out of my bag, and before I can even tell the guy my problem, the first thing he says to me is "We don't carry parts for laptops in the store, you'll have to call the 800 number if its a problem that's going to require parts and then mail it in." Dude, I haven't even told you what's wrong with it yet. I tell him what's going on, and he pretty much half-ass looks at it - sees that the computer's not registering there's a drive, reboots, opens the cd drawer. He tells me there's really nothing he can do but asks me if I have the recovery disks with me.

...
...
...

THE COMPUTER'S NOT RECOGNIZING THE DRIVE! WHAT GOOD WOULD THE RECOVERY DISKS DO ME? I tell him I don't have them because the computer's not recognizing the drive at all, but can't you do that straight from the computer too? He tells me to just call the 800 number.

Gee, thanks for all the help. Now my headache has become a full blown migraine, and I am Not Happy.

The rest is behind the cut )
jacyevans: (wtf?)
So, I went to Circuit City on Friday to get my computer fixed. I take the laptop out of my bag, and before I can even tell the guy my problem, the first thing he says to me is "We don't carry parts for laptops in the store, you'll have to call the 800 number if its a problem that's going to require parts and then mail it in." Dude, I haven't even told you what's wrong with it yet. I tell him what's going on, and he pretty much half-ass looks at it - sees that the computer's not registering there's a drive, reboots, opens the cd drawer. He tells me there's really nothing he can do but asks me if I have the recovery disks with me.

...
...
...

THE COMPUTER'S NOT RECOGNIZING THE DRIVE! WHAT GOOD WOULD THE RECOVERY DISKS DO ME? I tell him I don't have them because the computer's not recognizing the drive at all, but can't you do that straight from the computer too? He tells me to just call the 800 number.

Gee, thanks for all the help. Now my headache has become a full blown migraine, and I am Not Happy.

The rest is behind the cut )
jacyevans: (ROAR)
So, Wednesday night, I go to play a DVD on my computer - my roommate has only seen half an episode of Buffy, ever, and we were going to start watching from the beginning. So I pop it in, and wait for the computer to register that there's a disk in the drive.

And wait.

And wait.

I open Windows Media Center and it tells me I still need to "insert a disk." Okayyy... maybe I just need to reinsert said DVD. Take it out, put it in again, closing the drawer a little firmer this time.

No. No dice. No nothing. I tried another DVD, another 2 programs for playing media, and a CD. Nada. Brand new computer, and the disc drive doesn't work. Lovely!

I'm just confused because it was working earlier that day - I installed my printer, and for that I had to use the software disk. When afterwards I tried to used the software disc and it didn't work, I just thought that it was because my computer was already acting wonky. It was only after that that it stopped working, so I wonder if somehow those two things are related? Although I don't see how installing a printer would make a disc drive stop working...

A friend of mine is giving me a ride to Circuit City today, and grr and argh. I am so pissed.
jacyevans: (ROAR)
So, Wednesday night, I go to play a DVD on my computer - my roommate has only seen half an episode of Buffy, ever, and we were going to start watching from the beginning. So I pop it in, and wait for the computer to register that there's a disk in the drive.

And wait.

And wait.

I open Windows Media Center and it tells me I still need to "insert a disk." Okayyy... maybe I just need to reinsert said DVD. Take it out, put it in again, closing the drawer a little firmer this time.

No. No dice. No nothing. I tried another DVD, another 2 programs for playing media, and a CD. Nada. Brand new computer, and the disc drive doesn't work. Lovely!

I'm just confused because it was working earlier that day - I installed my printer, and for that I had to use the software disk. When afterwards I tried to used the software disc and it didn't work, I just thought that it was because my computer was already acting wonky. It was only after that that it stopped working, so I wonder if somehow those two things are related? Although I don't see how installing a printer would make a disc drive stop working...

A friend of mine is giving me a ride to Circuit City today, and grr and argh. I am so pissed.

HELP! :(

Feb. 13th, 2007 01:53 pm
jacyevans: (alex - help!)
I know I owe a bunch of you comments, and I need to catch up on a bunch of posts. I will do that tonight - promise. As soon as I borrow a school laptop.

Yes - my computer finally bit the dust. Friday night, it started making a VERY loud grinding noise, and I just shut it down and let it be until Monday morning when I got back from the city, praying that it wouldn't explode when I turned it back on. If it turned back on at all.

Yeah. It turned on. Loudly. I was afraid to keep it on, but I needed to get two files off for class. It stayed on long enough for me to get them on a jump drive.

My baby is officially dead :(

Now, I need to invest in an afforable (even though I can't afford it) but decent new computer. I've been doing my homework, and have been looking for deals at Circuit City, Best Buy, and Dell, and found one that I liked. The only thing is, the system is Windows Vista. 99% of the computers with the best deals I've seen have Windows Vista on them now. I wouldn't mind getting Vista, but I'm not sure if I want it so soon.

So, tell me flist- Vista or XP? And why? Because I know some of you are a whole lot better with computers than I am.

HELP! :(

Feb. 13th, 2007 01:53 pm
jacyevans: (alex - help!)
I know I owe a bunch of you comments, and I need to catch up on a bunch of posts. I will do that tonight - promise. As soon as I borrow a school laptop.

Yes - my computer finally bit the dust. Friday night, it started making a VERY loud grinding noise, and I just shut it down and let it be until Monday morning when I got back from the city, praying that it wouldn't explode when I turned it back on. If it turned back on at all.

Yeah. It turned on. Loudly. I was afraid to keep it on, but I needed to get two files off for class. It stayed on long enough for me to get them on a jump drive.

My baby is officially dead :(

Now, I need to invest in an afforable (even though I can't afford it) but decent new computer. I've been doing my homework, and have been looking for deals at Circuit City, Best Buy, and Dell, and found one that I liked. The only thing is, the system is Windows Vista. 99% of the computers with the best deals I've seen have Windows Vista on them now. I wouldn't mind getting Vista, but I'm not sure if I want it so soon.

So, tell me flist- Vista or XP? And why? Because I know some of you are a whole lot better with computers than I am.
jacyevans: (goodnight everybody!)
So, for the past few weeks, my laptop has been making a weird grinding noise on and off. I finally got a chance to bring it to Best Buy on Monday (because its not under warantee anymore, so I was definately not going to go directly to Dell). I thought it was the fan. My dad thought it was the harddrive. My mom thought it was the motherboard.

Well, five days later, I have my computer back, and as it turns out... we were ALL right! They did diagnostics on the fan, the motherboard, the harddrive - fail, fail, FAIL! All the tests failed, except for the one on the memory, but I just had to replace that about a year and half ago, so that doesn't surprise me too much.

My laptop? DOOMED. They suggested I just get a new unit, and I couldn't help but agree, because if I'm going to spend $700 on anything, its going to be a new unit, not parts and labor to fix an over three year old machine that's already falling apart and not under warantee anymore anyway.

So, I am now on the hunt for a good deal on a new computer. I looked at Dell, and they have some good deals in my price range, but... meh. Since I don't know how much longer mine is going to hold out, I need to start seriously looking for a new one. But I SO did not need this extra expense right now, and neither do my parents.

Back to packing I go.
jacyevans: (goodnight everybody!)
So, for the past few weeks, my laptop has been making a weird grinding noise on and off. I finally got a chance to bring it to Best Buy on Monday (because its not under warantee anymore, so I was definately not going to go directly to Dell). I thought it was the fan. My dad thought it was the harddrive. My mom thought it was the motherboard.

Well, five days later, I have my computer back, and as it turns out... we were ALL right! They did diagnostics on the fan, the motherboard, the harddrive - fail, fail, FAIL! All the tests failed, except for the one on the memory, but I just had to replace that about a year and half ago, so that doesn't surprise me too much.

My laptop? DOOMED. They suggested I just get a new unit, and I couldn't help but agree, because if I'm going to spend $700 on anything, its going to be a new unit, not parts and labor to fix an over three year old machine that's already falling apart and not under warantee anymore anyway.

So, I am now on the hunt for a good deal on a new computer. I looked at Dell, and they have some good deals in my price range, but... meh. Since I don't know how much longer mine is going to hold out, I need to start seriously looking for a new one. But I SO did not need this extra expense right now, and neither do my parents.

Back to packing I go.

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