our Friday the 13th edition of Nightlife Computers. We looked at the end
of the desktop computer, free laptop deals and some problems with
If you are moving up to service pack 3 for Windows XP or service pack
1 for Vista be aware of problems with some of the anti-virus programs.
It appears their protection routines are messing with the upgrade. You
should turn off any anti virus before installing these updates.
Telsra, Optus and TPG are all offering cheap or free laptops if you're
prepared to sign up for a long term mobile data plan. Our advice with
all of these packages is to cost them out carefully. There's no such
thing as a free lunch or a free laptop.
In our view, with the changes currently happening in both the computer
hardware and mobile Internet markets, you'd have rocks in your head
to sign up to a long term plan.
As usual we had a broad range of callers. One big theme was problems
in networking computers. We opened with Gail's question.
Getting computers to talk
Rita can't get two Windows XP computers to talk. They tell her she
doesn't have permission to access resources on one of the systems.
There are a number of problems that can cause this from Windows settings
to firewalls and we've put a detailed description of the fixes on our
On the topic of firewalls, Michael had a question about replacing Sygate
Personal Firewall. Sygate
is still available despite Symantec taking it over and discontinuing
it. If Sygate's working on your Windows XP or earlier PC then we'd recommend
sticking with it.
While Sygate's still a perfectly good firewall it hasn't been updated
for years and is probably no good on Vista systems. Melbourne based
PC Tools has a
Vista compatible free firewall program.
Ryan called about virus infections where he suspects his computer is infected
and is finding his computer is reinfected when he restarts.
We have instructions on removing
a Trojan or virus on our IT Queries website but this infection sounds
pretty severe and we'd recommend reformatting your system when confronted
with these problems.
Windows Document Viewer popping up on startup
Chris called about Windows Document Viewer popping up on startup. To turn
this off run
MSCONFIG and turn off any thing relating to it to the viewer or anything
that doesn't look useful.
The next Nightlife spot is scheduled for 10pm on July 18. We hope you
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