namecheap.com is also offering info domains at $2.88.

Prefer .com though.

Also agree that one shouldn't allow a hosting company to own your domain. Virtually helping them build traffic for their domain.

You will need to download and install your display card and other drivers by provide your exact model number at the following URL.

[url]http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support.html[/url]

[quote]For the people who fixed it by downloading Zone Alarm, do you actually know what was wrong?[/quote]

There are infected machines on the Internet that will attempt to compromise your system via the various exploit on Microsoft OSs, namely Windows 2000 and XP.

The code of the worm were badly written, thus causing reboots on Windows XP but not Windows 2000 machines. That doesn't mean that the 2000 machines are not infected but rather the worm runs properly on it.

By installing Zone Alarm, common ports that these worms attack (port 445) are closed thus you do not get the rebooting.

You should still patch your system thorough through Windows Update.

No sure if this is what you want to do but booting up from a Windows 2000 CD will allow you to bypass the administrator password prompt on an XP partition.

If you can access seo-guy.com and not [url]www.seo-guy.com[/url] then it is not DNS server problem.

Host file location C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc. Open the file name hosts with notepad. Delete any entries with [url]www.seo-guy.com[/url] or put a # before the sentence.

Flush your system dns cache. Go to Start, Run, type cmd. At command prompt type ipconfig /flushdns.

Check your DNS settings in your network properties.

If you are hosting your site on your present ISP prior, it could be that the authoritative DNS servers of your site are your ISP's. You will just need to delete the zone information of your site from your ISP's DNS server so that it will not assume that it is the authoritative DNS servers for your site.

Yes. I didn't read his second post properly. If he is only concern with the logon and logoff, auditing via policies will be sufficient.

You may need some hardware firewall like sonicwall or a proxy server to monitor these traffic.

If one of your machine is hit by a virus (suspect laptop) the Internet connection could slow down to a crawl. This because the virus (especially the recent ones) generates tonnes of outgoing connections to random nodes on the Internet to try and propagate itself.

It could be in the display settings where you can set the gamma corrections. (Start, Settings, Control Panel, Display). Some have it Settings tab within Display, you may need to fiddle around to look for it.

Cozzy,

Why don't you just go and get a new hard disk, quite cheap nowsaday especially with the lower capacity type. Plug out the old drive and plug in the new drive in the same method as how you unplug.

If anything goes wrong with the installation, just retry using a different method. eg. if the XP CD just won't boot from the CDROM Drive or terminates with an error halfway, just get a Win98 boot disk (floppy) and then do a fdisk on the hard drive, format the copy the XP installation over, then setup from there. Or download the free downloadable disk preparation utility from the relevant manufacturer.

Setting up XP is not difficult and you hardly have to worry about drivers since most of it is built-in in the operating system other than those from the less popular manufacturers.

You fixed disk the hard disk as FAT32, format c: then copy the I386 folder to your new hard drive and then run WINNT setup file from there. After completion, then do a convert from FAT32 to NTFS. (Start, type cmd, type convert c: /fs:ntfs)

Once your drive is up, the migrate your old data from the previous drive back to the new one. Or use some utilities like Ghost to clone the drive back. I use MaxblastII (because it is free) for cloning the drives. If you need a copy of it, let me know and I will email it to you since it is not available ...

If you are on FAT32, copy the installation folder I386 to the hard drive and then run setup from there. The setup file is WINNT.EXE in the I386 folder.

If you are unable to copy to the hard drive, change to another CDROM drive and try again.

Do a thorough Windows Update first. Start IE. Go to Tools, then Windows Update.

Sound very much like a pre-SP1 problem.

Great post ! I was contemplating whether to advise my client to go for Windows 2003 due to worry of stability problems. And as you know, it can be quite a while before patches are available.

I have also meddled with Whistler before and it is really bad. Unstable and buggy just like the first release of WINXP.

Also hidden. You will need to enable view hidden and system files in the Folder options in order to see it.

Could also be the CD media itself. (Deep scratches, dirt, etc)

[quote]lastly, can you uninstall ICS on win2k??? [/quote]

Right click on your dialup settings in your Network and Dial-up Connections option, click on tab Share, uncheck Enable Internet Connection Sharing for this connection. Apply, OK.

That should disable ICS.

After that maybe you can try to check it again to see if it works. To what I have experience before, routing can get messed up especially if you have firewall software like Norton Internet Security, etc.

Try to repair your Windows XP installation with your XP CD.

If you do not remove the spywares like Gator/GAIN with its updmanager that keeps polling their server, you will never get a stable system.

You will also need SP1 at least for your XP other 100% CPU usage, task bar hidden and not reappearing are just some of the issues prior to SP1. If you're using Devil's own version of XP, you will not be able to update to SP1.

Doesn't sound like a driver issue but more like poorly written spywares that are lurking in your system and generating errors randomly.

Also if you have a network card on your system and you don't need it, remove it to see if the situation improves.

The latest variants of viruses cause this problem on several of my client's site. If you telnet into the router, you will see tonnes of outgoing connections to random Ip addresses.

Thus if one machine on the network is infected, it is enough to slow down the Internet connection to 0. Because the virus is trying to push 100MB of outgoing traffic through your 512k/1MB cable or broadband connection.

Spywares are also another culprit but to a lesser extend.

You will probably need to do a proper windows update for your newly installed XP Home. The slow startup of applications sounds like a problem prior to SP1 installation.

Also you'll need to clean up those spywares on your system.

[quote]C:\Program Files\Common Files\CMEII\CMESys.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\GMT\GMT.exe[/quote]

Go to :-
[url]http://www.download.com/3000-8022-10122137.html[/url]

Download it, update it and do a scan on your system.

If you need to remove some persistent ones on your system, try tapping on F8 when your XP starts and select Safe Mode from the options.

Once in safe mode, run regedit (Start, Run, type regedit in box) and remove suspicious entries from :

  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Then restart and do a spyware scan again.

Can be quite a pain to remove these spywares but after that, you system will run faster and less random problems.

Also patch up your Internet Explorer. Alot of automatic installation of spywares are due to a unpatched IE. Or just use Firefox at mozilla.org.