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Oh enlightened (pun intended ) one,

See if the notebook can swim, look at a paper chart and go for a day sail around your favourite haunts. Keep your eyes on the water, the sails and the wombette and you will feel empowered and closer to nature!!!
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Poor contacts are my best hope. That is going to be my first task...once I figure out where they are. . Couple of lids to open underneath. Figure it will be one of those. I know some laptops have RAM under keyboard but I'm pretty sure this is not one of them.
Some of the memory manufacture sites have pictures and how-to's for different model laptops. Most I have seen are located under a plastic doorway on the bottom of the laptop.

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I'll have a good look at Hiren's and see if I can find Stabilant in Oz.
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StAnna,
The way I figure it is this. I've learnt more about diesel engines in the last month or so than I had picked up in all my long and weary years. At this rate I will have a much better idea about the mechanics of computers. Sure the old thing will be dumped in time but I'm learning....this is good...no ?

AC.....under plastic doorway on the bottom. Found it, opened it, removed battery, removed chips, inspected chips, replaced chips. Contacts are fine, bright and shiney. I'm suspecting that the 'explorer.exe is not responding' error message is the source of the problem not a result. Will play with Hiren's tonight. Thanks again for your advice.

Still.....ahem....no old friend I'm sorry to burst your bubble of hope but in your case, its not your hard drive.......
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tdw....you can also run a bootable CD (Windows PE) like BartPE. If your system runs fine with that and checks out good. Something might have gotten currupt in your OS.

Format, Run HDDRegerator, Reinstall OS. Enjoy

I always use Acronis True image after I setup my PC with athe virgon OS, make a image file. Install my software (MS Office..etc), make image file. install ALL my SW, make image file. Store image files on a bootable 32 gig USB flashdrive that has Acronis Restore on it.
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Format, Run HDDRegerator, Reinstall OS. Enjoy
Woah! Don't do that if the backup/media is on a partition on that hard drive.

Most computers today have the media on a hidden partition, pressing F8 or F10 (everyone is different on which F key) as you turn it on activates the recovery program.
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Me I'm guessing that I have picked up a nasty. Other possibility is that I have stuffed something up when looking for a nasty. Machine has been flakey for some time so I've been trying everything ......malwarebytes, spybot, glary utilities etc etc etc. Found absolutely nothing except the usual run of the mill tracking stuff that is easy enough to get rid of.

Main operating system appears OK cos I can run just about anything when in 'Safe' mode. Maybe just explorer.exe is corrupt. Rename old and replace ?
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Sounds to me like it's re-install time, TD..

..but do TRY to resist using a hammer.
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I have an EeePC Netbook and use it for wefax and navigation software. It runs well with 1 gig ram and running Vista. The main problem with a netbook is that they have a small keyboard and are a pain to type on. I will probably buy and use a full sized laptop on the boat, but for now the netbook does well.
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Just found this thread, and it's great. I can't imagine that an A/V sub-forum wouldn't be of interest to cruisers. You'd think that anything that reduces the energy budget, and reduces the amount of storage space consumed on a sailboat, would be of interest.

In fact, such a sub-forum should include discussions about e-Books as well.

I doubt ArmyChief is still following the forum right now, but he mentioned AnyDVD and Ripbot to encode and copy the DVD, but he specifically mentioned BlueRay movies. What about conventional, old DVD's? Will Ripbot work with them, or is there other software I should get?

While I am more than satisfied with simply staring at the night sky, with a cigar and a mug of alcoholic coffee at the end of the day, my passengers and crew would like some evening entertainment in the form of music or movies.

On a 25' boat, this has to be a compact, energy-efficient package.
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afterdawn.com has basically any utility program for A/V that you want.

You can't download some programs if you check the "I live in USA" box.
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