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  1. Thanks for the link, but unfortunately it didn't work.

    I really don't want to buy an Ethernet card, especially not knowing if that will solve the problem or not.

    I'm just considering backing up whatever I want to save on my brother's laptop, and just completely re-loading Windows XP.  What do you think of this?

  2. Well, the problem probably isn't with my ISP, modem, or USB port/cable because:

    -the modem seems to function (electronically) correctly

    -the modem/ISP works fine when it connects to my brother's laptop

    -my USB flash drive works without a problem

    Interestingly enough, the modem registers a PC connection when it is connected via USB to my computer, but the computer will sometimes say "limited or no connection" and will have no internet.

    Yes, you understood correctly, my home computer has no Ethernet slot; I have an Ethernet cable, but no port to put it in.

    I did try to run the network setup wizard, but it was to no avail.  Also, I tried renewing my IP address, but that didn't work also.  Additionally, I tried reinstalling the cable modem, but that doesn't seem to work.  By the way, your link for the Winsock XP Fix is broken.

  3. Well, I again require TestMy.Net's expertise. Last time I came back I needed help with choosing the right ethernet cable to set my PS2 up for online usage, but never got a chance to thank everybody who helped me pick the right (and cheap) solution because of this new problem:

    I was just surfing the Internet a couple days ago when my Internet just stopped working. Literally, it just STOPPED. Like I was reading the newest Penny Arcade comic, then wanted to check to see if Ctrl-Alt-Del had updated as well, but the page wouldn't load. The Internet just BROKE or something. However, the cable modem said everything was working fine, so I figured I could just restart my computer. Didn't work. Anyways, I'm on my brother's laptop right now (the weird thing is, the cable modem works for his laptop but not the main home PC anymore), and here's what I've tried to correct the problem thus far: (many of these I've tried numerous times, not just once...)

    -Restarting my PC

    -Unplugging and replugging in the cable modem USB cable

    -Resetting the cable modem

    -Reinstalling the cable modem drivers

    -Manually removing the drivers and manually putting them back in

    -Rolling back to previous versions of the drivers

    -Uninstalling and then reinstalling the entire cable modem from the PC

    -Checking for spyware with Ad-Aware SE Professional, Microsoft AntiSpyware, and Spybot - Search & Destroy

    -Doing a PC Tune-Up with System Mechanic 6 Professional

    -Doing a general registry clean-up with various programs such as Crap Cleaner and System Mechanic 6

    -Uninstalling various programs that were unneeded in case they might have interfered with the internet connection

    -Reinstalling mother-f'ing Windows XP Home Edition itself (which has fixed a few problems in the past)

    -Various other things that I probably forgot about by now

    So, yeah, I'm basically clue-less as to what to do next.

    Also, don't bother suggesting a System Restore. I thought of that, but when I reinstalled XP, it deleted all my Restore points. Not only that, but now I don't even have SP2 and such because I can't re-update since I have no Internet... Friggen' Windows.

  4. Assuming that that cable is also 350 MHz, then it looks pretty good for the price, and all I ever hear about Newegg is good things, but I'll probably just ask one of my more computer-savvy friends about it first before making a decision. I mean, I've waited almost 5 years to put my PS2 online, so what's the rush, right?

  5. Hey, guys, some of you may remember me. I've been inactive here since late August I think, but lately I just haven't had the same amount of time I used to devote to forums, here or otherwise. :(

    Anyways, I need a little advice on what CAT5 cables I should buy to finally get my PS2 online. I don't really know much about Ethernet connections and whatnot, but I figured that since I'm really only going to use this for online play, I don't need top-of-the-line cables, just some good, cheap, reliable ones. I picked out one from PriceGrabber that looks promising, but I knew that with my limited knowledge, I should probably get a second opinion, so I decided to ask you guys. :)

    The cord's probably a bit long (my estimations would lead me to believe that I only need like 45 feet), but having a little extra cord can't hurt. I'll post the specs here for easier viewing:

    Cable Length - 75ft

    Number of Connectors - 2

    # Connector Details:

    1 x RJ-45 Male - Network

    1 x RJ-45 Male - Network

    # Connectors:

    1 x RJ-45

    1 x RJ-45

    Bandwidth -  > 350MHz

    Grade/Rating/Specifics - 4-pair 24 AWG stranded copper wires, 50-micron gold plated connectors

    Conductor - Copper

    Jacket - PVC

    And it comes with a lifetime warranty (which is kinda funny since it's just a $15 cable, nothing special), so I suppose that's nice. Anyways, should I look for something better (mind you, this is just for PS2 online) or go with that?

    Thanks. :)

  6. if you think about it, the upgraded package is only 100 more, and u get all that stuff. If you bought all that seperatly it would amount to alot more. If this is how much xbox360 is gonna be then i wonder how much ps3 is gonna be.  :angry3:

    Well, in the $299 package that Microsoft only ever mentioned, the HDD isn't included, you get a wired controller, no headset, and really nothing useful. It may seem like the $399 package is a good value, but that's only because a)Microsoft only released the $299 package to say that they did, despite it being a horrible value, and b)all the accessories are overpriced.

    The PS3 should be $399, maybe less if they want to try and undercut Microsoft, but I'd bet on $399. At the end of June, before they stripped away a few extra features, like the PS1/PS2 memory card slots and the router functionality, it cost $494 to make. After the feature-cut, it should probably cost them $460-475 to make. That's why I'm assuming it'll be $399 or less.

  7. Xbox 360 pricing revealed: $299 and $399 models due at launch

    [uPDATE] The 360 gets two spins: the $299 non-backwards compatible "Core System" and the $399 package with 20GB HD, controller, headset, HD cables, and remote control.

    As the Big Three (Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo) planned their business tactics for the next-generation console wars, none have been willing to divulge their strategies, lest competitors get the scoop. All that was left was for industry media, fans, and analysts to speculate on what would be of the new consoles.

    In its quest to get the console out in time for the holiday season, Microsoft hasn't exactly kept the shutters drawn on its secrets regarding its next-gen contribution: the Xbox 360. Pictures of the console surfaced before its debut on MTV, its name was exposed before the company could spin it itself, and the prospect of standard wireless controllers came with no strings attached.

    Today, Microsoft laid down new facts about its upcoming console at the Games Convention in Leipzig, and they sounded awfully familiar to analyst predictions and forum posters' speculations.

    Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 will be released in two SKUs, the "Xbox 360 Core System" and the "Xbox 360." The two products will be sold at $299 and $399, respectively. The two systems break down as follows:

    Xbox 360 Core System - $299 (299 Euros, 209 GBP)

  8. make sure you go to the control panel and 'sounds and audio devices' then advanced and make sure that nothing is set to mute or turned down all the way before you do anything drastic. i had the same problem like a year ago i think. nothing worked, so i asked my bro if he knew what the problem was, so he checked it and it turned out that i accidentally clicked mute the last time i had been messing with the sound. embarassing.

  9. @fattymcbluff: "PS3 all the way I dont think this is true but I read some where that on the xbox 360 you wont be able to play game on xbox live just content download"

    You're half right. Microsoft, for the 360, will offer both free and regular versions of live, rather than just having the regular. Free lets you downloads patches and demos and chat with people and stuff, but the regular lets you have better downloads and the ability to play online multiplayer.

  10. i figure that the people who really like IE7 are only those just coming off IE6... must seem like heaven to them... and it wouldn't be so bad if it just asked me to import my settings from FF. and I thought that microsoft promised that IE7 wouldn't be integrated in our OS's this time... then I could've just installed it to a different directory and wouldn't have cared that all the settings and everything were at default.

  11. okay, i didn't feel like editing my post, because i had planned to edit it with IE7, but it just blows. i gave it a fair chance, and it sucks. here's the scathing review i jotted down while installing and using it:

    Not only did the installation take forever what with IE7 backing up files and such, it made me restart my computer. I hate restarting my computer. Its default appearance is just horrid. The customization is needlessly difficult, despite its desperate attempts at simplicity. It deleted all my favorites, settings, and saved passwords. It also messed with my security settings. The "add-ons," a blatant attempt at stealing Firefox's extension glory, is a confusing mess. I don't even know where the backed-up files from the installation are, and frankly, my older brother is none too happy about his settings and favorites being deleted.

    I solved the problem of getting my settings and stuff back by system restoring to yesterday, after I fixed my printer...

  12. if you're going to buy it, you should buy it from zipzoomfly.com unless you can find it somewhere cheaper. i got mine for like $50 from them, no s&h. o wait, you bought it already? nvm, then.

    great mouse. totally worth it. i went from an old, crappy, ball-and-chain mouse to it. the battery indicator is great, btw. unfortunately, tho, the wheel doesnt scroll as smoothly as microsoft newer ones, but it gets the job done. and also, after like three years, the battery life is supposed to go, as Logitech puts it, "from one month to one week." i would imagine there'll be a better mouse by then. :D

  13. thanks :D and i think i should just try that theory if putting this one back in doesnt work. im sure i could be a big spender and buy another. :haha: maybe my computer just doesnt like that particular soundcard, and ill hear my computer going "oh thank God he's finally outta here. oh cool! a new one! hey, hows it goin' there new soun... HEYYY! that's it! i'm just going to keep crashing until you throw that b!tch outta here for good." :lol:

  14. mine was about that, and it was fine for the first 2 and a half years or so. then, this kinda stuff started happening every once in awhile, each time being harder and harder to fix. :(

    ill try that soon, but not yet tho; family stuff's going on, so idk when id be able to get to it- (bro's getting two surgeries at once... one to remove a mole that growing like crazy through one of his toes, and one to remove some excess breast tissue, which is unfortunately a hereditary thing from my moms family, who were plagued by all sorts of cancer and other diseases... not only that, but they're really rude... man i hate their family...), but im sure ill have some time once this whole thing clears up a little.

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