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About ssimlai

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  1. No I couldn't solve it and gave up. I got rid of Visio 2000 and moved to SmartDraw, tried it out for a month and then went back to Visio 2007. That was because I needed Visio type of working. If you don't, Smartdraw is quite good though a few operation shortcomings are there - they are surely trying to solve it. And their support is good. But I lost the file and have created it again. That reminds a lesson - backup.
  2. Last night, working from a laptop I saved work on my 70 MB Visio 2000 file residing on a USB hard disk. Once the file closed after saving, I clicked to close the Visio program. Then I removed the USB connection of the USB hard disk from the laptop. Immediately the machine came up with a message saying that the visio file has not been saved! I was surprised but did nothing to check as it was too late. This morning the file would not open. I checked the Microsoft website and performed all possible operations they suggested therein. Nothing would open the file. I copied, renamed, moved to another drive, another location, another computer...nope! The message that comes up is: "Visio Internal Error #3400; Action 1283: Open File. First try closing and reopening the file. Next try restarting Visio". I could not find any utilities on the internet that can repair the corrupted visio file, assuming it is corrupt (as per Microsoft website). Any help such that I do not have to go about recreating the complete file (takes 2 weeks - too elaborate) for my home studio?
  3. Answer: I do not want the studio computers searching for network drives that these will never use and slowing down the system. For music recording there is an element of latency which the minimum you have is the better. As it is, latency is not easy to eliminate so introducing another potential cause is not welcome. This is why I am going for crossover ethernetworking and not router based, for these two PCs. And hence I see no way to connect the NAS drive to the crossover ethernetworking - unless I add another LAN Card??!! The NAS Drive has only ethernet connectivity and not USB or any other connectivity. So I cannot connect it to a single PC.
  4. What you are saying about using the drive with the WET54G is almost exactly the same as stated by WD Forum. It is therefore very tempting for me to go wired but... My problem is that I need the two studio computers to be completely blind to the rest of the network under normal conditions of work and so I thought the only possible way could be to use crossover ethernet to join them up regular studio operations. This solves the problem of the 2 PCs but not that of the NetCenter NAS drive....this worries me quite a bit. As it is the WD drive, I hear from the forums, is not very much "up to the mark" and there have been screw ups in many cases when people tried funny things and it crashed, leaving all data unretrievable... To top this up I now have the issue of wireless vs. wired for the NAS Drive. Tell me, if I connect the NAS Drive straight to the wireless router instead of going through the WET54G, will it be better? And is that called "wired" even if the computers whose data are being backed up are on wireless? In this case will connecting the NetCenter to the WET54G not be the same as connecting to the router?
  5. Looking at my picture above, would this also mean that if I am on one of the two hardwired computers and I need to connect to the wireless network then I can use the subnet 192.168.1.x without disconnecting the cable? Why I am asking is because I read somewhere that though I can connect to wireless network this way, the computer will see this as if the ethernet cable is still inserted and so will react according to the wired network protocol. Don't understand if this is true or not...
  6. You cannot imagine how nice I am feeling after reading your response. It looks that one of my problems has been resolved. However, would you be also able to tell me if I can change from wired to wireless without having to physically disconnect the crossover ethernet cable from their ports? Also, will the wireless ethernet bridge (Linksys WET54G) connected to the NAS Drive sound a good idea or a bad one?
  7. Dear friends, I wish to solicit your help in configuring a peculiar setup at home as depicted in the picture attached. I am basically trying to bridge three networks together: ( A ) A Linksys wireless router with its wirelessly connected devices, mainly a desktop in BR2 and a laptop in BR1 or Hall ( B ) Two (crossover) ethernet networked PCs forming my home studio in BR3 and ( C ) A Linksys Wireless Ethernet bridge connected hardwired to a WD NetCenter NAS drive also residing in BR3. Here is an explanation of the schematic drawing: - A Motorola cable modem is located in BR1 which then connects to a Linksys Wireless-G router WRT54G positioned in the Hall (at a somewhat central location). A laptop with inbuilt wireless adaptor is generally operated in BR1 or in the Hall wherever convenient. - In a somewhat distant room BR2 there is a general purpose computer with a Linksys USB wireless adaptor WUBS54G. A printer (with no networking capability) is also attached to the USB port of this computer which is to be shared over the wireless network. - In a third bedroom BR3 adjacent to BR2 is my recording studio that comprises two PCs (alongwith a huge list of equipment and software) which I plan to wire together in a crossover ethernet network. Normally these machines shall be dedicated to recording and will have nothing to do with the rest of the house or its elements. - However, these two machines in BR3 will, though very rarely, need to go online only for registration and downloading of software / windows updates etc. For this, each of them has been given a Linksys USB wireless adaptor WUSB54G. - A WD NetCenter NAS Drive with one Ethernet port is positioned in the studio for backing up. Since this is located in BR3 I purchased a Linksys Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge with a single ethernet port to connect the NAS Drive so that it can be used to back from all PCs all over the house. While connecting the above is easy, a few issues are bugging me: 1- Is it possible that I am able to connect to the internet wirelessly and without unplugging the crossover cable? I understand that Windows XP gives priority to ethernet connection over wireless. 2- IP address. Since I shall be basically trying to bridge the three networks A, B and C together there could be an issue of IP Addressing, meaning a need to change IP Addresses may appear each time there is a need to connect the two studio PCs to the internet and back to its original configuration of ethernet crossover connection. In other words, for example currently for the wireless router network, the IP addresses are for the wireless laptop and for the wireless desktop. So ideally for the I should be able to configure for the first crossovered PCs, for the second crossovered PC and for the NAS Drive on the bridge. That's for wireless. But now if I want to revert to making music on the crossovered network (hardwired PCs) will the same IP addressing work? Would love to hear from someone.