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_alphaBeta_

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  1. I'm trying to use Outlook 2007's query builder to filter out multiple "From" addresses. I have a computer science understanding of Boolean logic, and I'm fine with AND, OR etc., but I'm having issues with NOT giving me correct results. A query like this is fine for displaying all emails that have <fromAddress1> or <fromAddress2> in the "From" field. from:(fromAddress1 OR fromAddress2)What I really want is all emails that aren't from <fromAddress1> nor <fromAddress2>. No luck from the following, which yield very strange results including emails that are clearly from one of the addresses. A single NOT works fine, but I can't seem to filter out more than one. NOT from:(fromAddress1 OR fromAddress2)from:(NOT fromAddress1 NOT fromAddress2)Is there anyway to do this? The latter above seems to work fine for subjects etc, and I'm assuming it's applying an AND there by default from what I've read of the Outlook Query Builder.
  2. Undock Computer

    Does anyone know how to have windows execute the "undock computer" command from a command line? I have a couple things I would like my laptop to do that I have added to a batch file. It would be nice if I could finish the batch file with it automatically undocking.
  3. COD4

    Thank you so much for this. Seems obvious to me now, but I never thought of trying to copy the files over manually. Does the game acknowledge the presense of patch 1.4? Most games would say "1.4" or something on the main menu. I wasn't planning on playing multiplayer, and I'm curious if I was successful in applying the patch manually. In any event, that's not really a big deal. I'm more pleased to be up and running. While this installer issue represents a scary trend of software manufacturers forcing operating systems on customers, I thank you again for helping me out of this one.
  4. COD4

    Well that might work, but I don't have access to an XP machine to do this on. I guess I should get with the program and get off 2000 already. I just hate to do that when it's probably rather simple to bypass this stupid OS check or somehow trick windows installer into temporarily thinking its on XP.
  5. COD4

    While I've heard it runs, it won't install on Windows 2000. You get a message saying it's unsupported. My attempts to bypass the OS check aren't going so well. Anyone been successful? This new trend really annoys me. Most times the requirements say an OS isn't supported, but it still lets you install it. I fully understand that if one chooses to do this, it is at your own risk and you will receive no support. Fine. The fact that they actually block the installation is quite unacceptable.
  6. Excel Macros

    I'm trying to make an Excel macro to import a txt file using the text import wizard with hard-coded fixed-width values (users would be opening identically formatted files into the spreadsheet). I've gotten this far, but I need to figure out how to make excel prompt for the filename instead of it being whatever file I open when I created the macro. From below, I don't want it to always open C:\something.txt, but rather prompt for a filename each time. With ActiveSheet.QueryTables.Add(Connection:= _ "TEXT;C:\something.txt" _ , Destination:=Range("A16")) .Name = "[logs] 2M6-04032007-084243" .FieldNames = True .RowNumbers = False .FillAdjacentFormulas = False .PreserveFormatting = True .RefreshOnFileOpen = False .RefreshStyle = xlInsertDeleteCells .SavePassword = False .SaveData = True .AdjustColumnWidth = True .RefreshPeriod = 0 .TextFilePromptOnRefresh = False .TextFilePlatform = 437 .TextFileStartRow = 28 .TextFileParseType = xlFixedWidth .TextFileTextQualifier = xlTextQualifierDoubleQuote .TextFileConsecutiveDelimiter = False .TextFileTabDelimiter = True .TextFileSemicolonDelimiter = False .TextFileCommaDelimiter = False .TextFileSpaceDelimiter = False .TextFileColumnDataTypes = Array(1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) .TextFileFixedColumnWidths = Array(9, 15, 11, 11, 18, 15) .TextFileTrailingMinusNumbers = True .Refresh BackgroundQuery:=False End With
  7. Is there anyway to change control panel settings from another computer via LAN? I have a hanging problem, but I notice that I'm still able to communicate with the hung machine via LAN. I would like to try changing some settings during the hang to diagnose the problem. I'm not seeing a standard way to "share" the control panel so it can be accessed from another computer. This is on Windows 2000, so I can't use XP's remote desktop.
  8. Hardware Profiles

    Are hardware profiles only for disabling or enabling devices? Can you have one driver loaded for a device in one profile, and a different driver loaded for the same device in another profile? For troubleshooting purposes, I'd like to be able to switch between generic MS drivers for my SATA drives and the motherboard chipset drivers that I haven't installed yet. I know from a previous install that I can't get rid of the nForce 4 SATA drivers once they're in without an INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE error. It would be nice if I could switch between the two. I know from trying to remove the SATA drivers that using the "last known configuration" actually restored them (when I removed them) and allowed the system to boot. Anything I've read online is conflicting. Unfortunately I can't try this without possibly being stuck with these drivers.
  9. 7900gs or 7900gt

    My 7900GT has fan speed regulation. It's loud as anything when first powering up, but as soon as windows loads the driver - it's nice and quiet. Fan speed is only increased under heavy load, and even then it's really not that loud at all. This is a BFG card, not sure if the other manufacturers have this functionality.
  10. 7900gs or 7900gt

    This is also an excellent resource.
  11. 7900gs or 7900gt

    I had a BFG 7900GS that was actually bad (random skipping during Direct 3D applications). RMAed and a 7900GT showed up instead. Haven't figured if it was a mistake or they're experiencing problems with the 7900GS. In any event, I noticed no difference in my gaming applications between the two cards running at 1280x1024 (I have an LCD, so that's the limiting factor). According to the numbers, the GT is a more powerful card. Not sure when/whether these 'better' numbers would produce a noticeable difference. Perhaps at higher resolution, I don't know.
  12. I've been experiencing intermittent freezing when exiting applications - No error logs or error messages since the video is totally halted. After some unsuccessful clicking/typing I'll get a single beep from the motherboard, then that's it. The system is still alive in a sense since I can browse my hard drive from another computer via LAN. Only way out is a hard reset. This is a custom build, and yes I'm sure there's enough power and there are no overheating issues. I suspected nForce drivers for quite a while, but I just re-installed the OS a week ago and tonight it happened again. I left all the generic Windows drivers that were possible and loaded only essential software. That said, I'm fairly confident it's a hardware problem. I've ran memtest86 and let it go through 2.5 hrs (4 passes) without any errors. At this point I'm thinking it's the graphics card or motherboard. Any ideas on this? Anyone know of a software program that will capture any error messages posted to the screen? I'm pretty sure the single beep from the motherboard is some kind of error, but I can't see it with the video locked up. This may provide a vital clue as to which part to RMA.
  13. Freezing when exiting applications

    Alright, I'm trying the RAM suggestion. I'm thinking it has to be something like this since the computer was on all last week with no problems, and it just happened again yesterday out of the blue. I have two 1GB sticks in dual channel. I pull each one and even try moving them around in different slots. Perhaps putting them in a single channel config would help? Isolating this problem is going to be interesting since I have to wait days to see if it comes up again. It's definitely something that happens over time, and it always happens right after closing a program. Oddly enough - no problems during intensive programs such as games. I'll close real player and BAM.
  14. Slipstream question

    I've been trying to slipstream SP4 with my Windows 2000 CD. My original motivation in doing this was to avoid the 137 GB hard drive capacity limitation of previous Win2k versions. I wanted to avoid having to install a partition program after the fact to regain the full amount once SP4 was added later. I've seen the slipstreaming procedure many places and have carefully followed it. I'm still not able to see the full hard drive capacity from windows setup (booting off the CD - fresh install). I'm also not confident that the slipstream was successful. No where does it mention SP4 leading up to the partitions screen. Is that normal? I was expecting to see a "with SP4" somewhere when booting off the disk and entering the setup program. Yes, the motherboard can see the full 160 GB. I can also see it now with SP4 loaded, but I'm planning to reload the OS ASAP and was trying to cut corners. Appreciate anyone who has slipstreamed 2000/XP lately to let me know if I should be seeing something that says the service pack is really there.
  15. Slipstream question

    Reg.exe is located inside \support\tools\support.cab on the Windows 2000 CD. Use Winzip to extract the file.
  16. Does anyone know if using 'standard' Microsoft drivers for SATA HDDs is slower than using the chipset/SATA drivers that came with your motherboards? It seems Microsoft is using standard IDE drivers to facilitate communication. My guess would be that there wouldn't be much difference since the transfer is being completed at the hardware level. How the OS decides to communicate with the chip isn't all that relevant. Opinions on that? I recently re-installed my OS and decided to not use the NVIDIA IDE drivers. I was convinced that they were causing hard locks of my system (no errors, error logs etc., things would just totally freeze when exiting applications). I haven't had the computer long enough to know, but I'm pretty sure this problem started after using NVIDIA's nForce drivers from their website. These drivers are pretty much impossible to remove as well once they're in. I get an INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE BSOD when removing them.
  17. Freezing when exiting applications

    Thanks for the response. Would bad RAM really be responsible for a graphic lockup though? Plus, it's not like everything is toasted since certain components seem to be working fine after this happens. I thought bad RAM would normally result in resetting and random write errors. I'll still give it a try, it's easy enough to do. I really don't feel like beginning the painful RMA process, plus being without the computer for at least a week doesn't sound like fun either. I wouldn't even be convinced that sending the motherboard or graphics card back would solve the problem. I did update the BIOS before I reformatted and before this problem started (I think). This was a result of trying to diagnose another problem that turned out to be a faulty graphics card. I tried rolling back to the BIOS that the board came with, but it's telling me that it's too old. I doubt that could cause this though. it's just the only thing that didn't get 'reset' by the re-formatting I did last week.
  18. STOP: 0x0000007B Error

    I get this same error when trying to remove the nForce drivers for my nForce 4 Ultra motherboard. Use the 'last known hardware' option in the windows boot menu. Press 'L' for the last known good configuration and try it again. If that works, something is wrong with your IDE/SATA/chipset drivers.
  19. Using SATA HDDs without drivers

    How about Windows 2000 SP4?Looking in device manager Win 2k is using generic IDE drivers. There's also two devices (PCI Device & PCI Memory Controller) which are unidentified because I didn't use the nForce drivers. I haven't noticed any problems as yet though, and things look more stable.
  20. Slipstream question

    Ok, I got it working. For anyone that finds this in the future, this post addresses the issue. I have not confirmed at this time that this leads to a stable install. I can't imagine why it wouldn't with a slipstreamed SP4 Win2k behind it, but who knows. Apparrently, Microsoft didn't find it important enough to update their initial registry setup from the start to allow the initial setup program to deal with large drives. Thanks for the help.
  21. Yep this is what I was going to suggest. You may have encountered malicious code that updated this file. Your computer looks here before going out to any DNS server. So when you type in "google.com" this file can send you somewhere completely different.
  22. Slipstream question

    Excellent info, thanks. I spent hours on google last night trying to figure out why this problem wasn't fixed. Last question - do you know of any easy way to create a partition before the windows install? Say I didn't have a full-size partition already there. Are there any good bootable utilities out there that will recognize the full space and create a partition that windows setup can simply format? Something like FDISK that will see the full amount. So, to sum up - the slipstream effects are not seen until after the initial windows setup (that was booted from the CD) completes? They'll only be seen once windows boots itself and completes the setup?
  23. Slipstream question

    Thanks for the clarification. I don't know why all these sites out there are claiming that a slipstreamed CD magically fixes the problem. Is there an easy way to tell if the disk is slipstreamed correctly? Right after booting off the CD none of screens say anything about SP4. Is that normal, or did I do it wrong? Since a full-size partition already exists in my case, can I have windows setup simply reformat that space? Would that cause a problem?
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