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Quote by PopPunkPotHead
practice is the only way for great solos

I understand that much, but I've found, from past experience, that practicing without technique doesn't get me very far.

It seems that I may be over analyzing this, or have any of you ever thought of this before?
I'm not what you'd call an awesome guitarist, but I can get myself around the fretboard. Lately I've been playing in a band as lead guitarist and I have troubles when it comes to soloing.

The problem I have is that when I improvise on the spot, using my knowledge of where the notes of a certain key and mode are on the fretboard, my solo's sounds decent, but not what you'd call amazing (they don't usually have any structure, ie. build up, climax). If I think of something, like some riffs, ahead of time though, I can make them sound good with the rest of the song.

My question is, when you guys solo/improvise over a chord progression, song, or whatever, do you make up riffs on the spot, or do you just compile a bunch of 'pre-invented' riffs that you've made up while practicing or messing around from before?

I'm kind of confused as to whether being 'good' at soloing means that I can pull things out of nowhere or whether it's just playing the right riffs at the right time, or is it a mixture of both.

I guess I'll add a poll to get some more input.
Any feedback is appreciated.
The way I see it, minimalism seems like more of an approach to writing music, like a philosophy, so I guess any genre can be have minimalistic features. I'll look into Rammstein but I guess I'm looking for stuff that's a bit lighter - that I can directly compare with composers such as Terry Riley.
I've been listening to a bit of minimalism lately such as Philip Glass and Terry Riley, and while I like their stuff, I'd like to hear this genre on the guitar.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend any minimalist guitar players that they enjoy listening to.
Quote by jeremessmore
False, watch this video ad you will understand:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G1sbxx4vfU

(I agree with the above video because I've come closer to 360 flips than kickflips )

I just watched all his videos. This man is hilarious and he's got some pretty good ideas.
I stopped skateboarding a couple years ago. I went to this skate park yesterday and now my ass is hurting and I remember why I quit - I still can't kickflip.

I've a got a Zero deck with GrindKings, and it's really light, well for me. I don't remember my Reds bearings being so fast; I had problems keeping my balance, lol.

I feel like I should at least learn one flip trick before I quit again.

Edit: Any advice for kickflips? I swear I've tried everything. My front foot always lands first on the ground, like right beside the board. Most of the time my back foot lands on the board. Whenever I see videos, people ollie so high and their front foot goes out to the side and both feet land at the same time after the board flips. Maybe I should learn to ollie higher first?
Quote by Spicer001
Ok I have an ISO image file. Inside this are the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS ( This is a DVD concert btw)

But this is 6GB so I can't burn it to a DVD, so what can I do to convert it to a viewable file such as an .avi?

Thanks

First, extract the contents of the .iso file into a folder where you can easily access it. You can do this by either using WinRAR and navigating to the location of the .iso and extracting its files, or by mounting the .iso using Daemon tools (or any other disc mounting utility). Then open Computer and right-click on your virtual dvd drive and explore it. From there copy the two folders into another folder. Easiest option would be to use WinRAR.

Next, you can convert the .vob files in the VIDEO_TS folder to .avi using AutoGK (choose any mirror). AutoGK will convert the files to a specified size (such as the popular 700MB rips), but if your video is 6GBs, I recommend specifying a custom size as close to the original size if you wish to retain the quality. If you plan on burning the resulting .avi onto a DVD, then specify a custom size of 3500MBs. I recommend leaving your computer on over night to do this as it could take a lot of time.

As for the program, you don't have to mess with the advanced settings, just specify the input file, which will be the first .vob file in the folder with the extracted .iso contents, and the output .avi filename and location.
Quote by dark&broken
One day, when I have some random computer lying around that I'm not using, I'm going to write a program that uses as many resources as possible, and functions in an endless loop, run it, and see how long it lasts.

Should be fun times.

Look into Orthos. It's a stress tester that's used for over/under-clocking/volting. You can specify whether you want to stress the RAM, processor, or both at once.
Quote by dark&broken
I'm currently installing all kinds of **** to get everything back to how it was, I've got my program files folders (there's two cuz it's 64bit) and all my documents and those personal folders switched over to the second partition.

I've already had to control alt delete to kill a couple processes Tried to install stuff too fast, and it can't keep up (only because the stupid UAC is asking for permission to do everything...)

Yeah, reinstalling all your applications is a bitch, but trust me from experience, install 1 thing at a time. I have UAC disabled but not because I thought it was annoying. For some weird reason, my last reformat got screwed up real good and the only thing I could narrow it down to was UAC. I think I should have updated before installing stuff, but anyway, I ended up with a ****ed up Program Files folder and some programs wouldn't run because of permission errors. And no matter how much I tried to fix my start menu, half of my apps were missing; when I looked in Program Files, I couldn't find them there, lol.

That's probably the only time Windows has ****ed me over that bad. I just ended up reinstalling and wasting about a day.

Is there anything else you can think of as far as windows defaults that I'd need to switch over to my second partition? The only things that are the one the first one from program files now are things that windows installs (i.e. WMP) and program files from drivers and such.

Whenever I know I have to reformat, I make a list of all the programs I have and all of my current config settings. One thing I highly recommend is getting Revo Uninstaller to uninstall your programs (especially those junk programs installed by default). It helps keep your registry clean as it searches it for leftover keys after an uninstall. It's also got other options too.

God damn this laptops been running for over 24 hours straight now... I've got it propped up on coasters so it has room to breath underneath, and I've got a fan blowing on it to move hot air away
Not that it can't handle a little heat (this thing's a monster of heat when I'm running certain games), I just don't want it building up for so damn long..

24 hours? soft, lol. I've had my baby running for over a week at one time. My current 'setup' has the laptop raised so that it gets more ventilation. Plus, undervolting helps keep temperatures down. I wonder if those laptop cooling pads (with the fans) are worth it.
Quote by jp58
Hey guys I just got a new laptop so i can stop using the college computer lab pc's... any recommendations for antivirus/firewall/defrag stuff? its been a while since ive had a computer so is avg and comodo pretty out of date?

also is there any way to run linux over windows? not replacing it but like well i dont really know how to descibe what i mean

I use Avast Home free edition and it does a pretty good job. You shouldn't really need a firewall as long as you keep the Windows one activated. As for defragmentation, I highly recommend O&O. Out of all the defragmenters I've used, this one probably does the best job and has lots of features.

I don't recommend trying to dual-boot Linux if you're knew to it as a small mistake can leave you without access to your main OS. I highly recommend (even if you plan on dual-booting) to at least do a test install of a linux distro using Sun's VirtualBox (free). Two of my favourite linux distros that I recommend are Debian and openSUSE. You can download the CD images from both these sites and then mount them using VirtualBox.

I personally would highly recommend getting Debian as it has a good forum and users who actually know what they're doing (if you really want to learn linux and not just use it).

And seeing as you're laptop's pretty new, you shouldn't have much performance problems with running linux inside a virtual machine.

Edit:
Quote by dark&broken
Did you mean to defrag partition one AFTER I've done the fresh install of Vista to it (the original install hopefully still being on what's now the second partition, though it'll be formatted anyways)?

lol, I meant to defragment your old OS partition (the one that you had network problems with) so all the data would have been moved to the front of the partition. But now I understand what you want your partition map to look like, so it wouldn't have made a difference as you would have copied it to partition 2 anyway.

It looks like you're almost finished now. You're gonna make a backup of your first partition after defragging right?
Quote by dark&broken
Wait, what? the OS partition isn't going to be the backup, it'll be the main, then I'll back it up to another partition.
P1 : OS
P2 :Everything else
P3 : OS backup image

Sorry for the confusion. I meant defrag partition 1, so that all the data is moved to the front of the partition, and GParted doesn't have to spend hours safely resizing it. And then that'll be the same partition that you'll be backing up.

So I'd have to boot up from Gparted and use that to copy from the backup over the OS partition to restore it right?

Yup

Now I want to make sure I know as much detail as I can about what I can/will do so that stuff doesn't **** up.

No problem, Oh and if it ever seems as if GParted's frozen, it's not, just let it do its thing.

Quote by Johnljones7443
I use Diskeeper Pro Premier 2009 on its 'auto-defragmentation' setting, and I've noticed very large changes in HDD space ever since. One minute I'll have 145GB of free space, then 50GB 10 minutes later. Is this normal, and what is the reason for the huge difference?

One thing you should know about Diskeeper is that it's a multi-pass defragmenter. It's algorithm doesn't defragment everything on the first run; it decides what little pieces to defragment and maintains them. Over time it'll defrag your whole computer.

I've used Diskeeper Pro (around 07-08), PerfectDisk 7, 08, and 10, and O&O defragment and I've gotten the best performance out of O&O. O&O, like PerfectDisk, is a single pass defragmenter. It defragments your entire HD on the first run and all consecutive runs and maintains it if you tell it to. I recommend O&O and I'd say don't do **** when you're defragmenting; leave it on at night and let it do its thing.
Quote by dark&broken
I don't have an official Vista disc though. I'm currently waiting for a torrent to download (I got one that wasn't ripped or anything, just stock) which I'll burn to a DVD, then I'll be installing and using freedom_stain's trick to validate with the product key on the sticker on my laptop.

The Vista install will ask you to input your license key so just write it down before hand and then enter it when prompted (I didn't read freedoms' post, so if it's another issue, just ignore this).

I'm planning on having one partition that will have nothing but the OS on it. Would it also be a good idea to put the page file on this partition with the OS, then use the other partition (which would be everything else less the backup image) for everything else, leaving the OS and pagefile in good condition to avoid fragmentation or any crap like that?

If you're really picky about fragmentation, then you might want to configure your pagefile to be on a separate partition. But if you have windows configured to write the kernel and memory dumps after a BSOD, then you'll need to keep your pagefile on the root partition. I'd say keep it as it is and just defrag monthly.


Sounds good, this backup image would be used only in case the OS gets ****ed up right? It would basically act as an alternative to reformatting/reinstalling windows (since the OS partition would have nothing but that on it)?

Yes, but just remember, if the backup you create is before you install all your apps, you'll have to reinstall them once you restore the partition using GParted. This is because some apps rely on certain registry keys to function properly. And yes, you can backup your registry, but if you were to restore a registry of another install once you restore a partition, it can leave you with a very messy install, as registry keys get updated, deleted, added, etc.

You mean defrag everything on the other partition, or the OS partition? Also, do you mean resize the OS partition to 2GBS larger than it's using? If I do put the pagefile on the OS partition, should I give it 5GBS more than it's using, so it has room for the pagefile?

Defrag the partition which will become your backup partition; the OS partition. This is only so GParted won't have to spend extra time when resizing it because all the data will be closer to the beginning of the partition. To be safe, make the OS partition 7-8GBs larger than needed as page files can expand to around 250% of your RAM.

Also, for the backup partition, if I flag it as hidden, that means it won't show up in windows right? Would that just be an aesthetic thing, or would that keep it safe from infections and **** too (not that I'm planning on getting any)? If it doesn't show up, how would I go about restoring it, would that be through Gparted as well? And in the event that the main OS partition ****s up, would I be able to boot from the backup partition directly, say if I didn't have time to restore the OS partition with it?

As far as I know, that partition, once flagged 'hidden' will not be seen through Computer, but only through partition managers, such as Windows' default one (diskmgmt.msc). Think of it as those hidden restore partitions. I don't believe you can manipulate its content from within Windows. Don't take my word for that, as some applications can pull some crazy **** - but generally, it's not touchable.

By position do you mean partition 0, part. 1 etc.? Would drive letters matter for that(don't think they do..)?

Yes, drive letters are windows' way of handling partition labels, but they're inconsistent.

As for the MBR thing, I read about that, and I was going to download that repair image before I decided to just download a full copy of Vista to install, and I'm not using XP, I would dual-boot, but my computer habits make it not really useful. Too many things that I would do with Vista that would potentially follow things that wouldn't be too much better in XP (or linux for that matter), and rebooting all the time would be a pain.

Here's the link I mentioned.

Alright, I just wanted to know if I could tell the restore program to restore on a different partition (like the one I would be creating) or if it just resets everything, including partitions, to the way it was from the factory.

From the one's I've seen, they restore only the first partition, and you usually don't get a choice. The other partitions are kept intact and your MBR is overwritten.

No worries, windows is taking it's sweet ass time downloading, it's been going 18 hours straight now, and only reached 85%... 'nother couple hours to go, so I probably won't actually start doing anything on the laptop till tonight.


And I recall reading somewhere in your post about you asking whether the restore partition that'll be made will be bootable (I'm too lazy to find it). You'll have to add an entry into your boot manager (I recommend using EasyBCD), and it should be bootable. But I would refrain from doing that while you're connected to the internet as it could call home and report that you have 2 installs of Vista with the same key. Again, you could always clear this up with MS. I'd try it if I were you, nothing to lose, just disconnect your ethernet if your paranoid when you do.

If I missed anything or you have more questions, just ask.
Quote by dark&broken
then I'll probably make one partition of about 30GB for the new windows install, format that, install Vista to it, move over backup data and stuff, then format the other partition (which will just be the rest of the space). Will I be able to install a copy of windows to one partition, and activate it with the same product key as the windows install on another partition?

Also, I was considering the option of getting some program that would allow me to clone my system to a backup partition for easy recovery if anything should **** up.

So would this be a good option? I had a program called Acronis suggested for that, though I think it may need to be torrented, which I'd rather just get freeware, since I've found some that seems to do similar things.

For Vista, you're allowed to install it on 3 different computers I believe, but if you're reinstalling it on the same computer, I don't believe it affects that count. If anything comes up, you can always call MS and tell them your situation.

As for copying a 1:1 image of a partition, GParted is capable of doing that. You said you wanted to create a 30GB partition for your new install right? Well I didn't understand fully, do you plan on using the other partitions as backup and then extending the 30GB partition, or do you plan on keeping it at 30GB?

If you're gonna keep it at 30GB, create a ~32GB partition at then end of your hard drive and leave it unformatted. Once you're done installing Windows (I recommend installing all updates and no third party software yet except for drivers (for the backup image that is)), boot up into GParted and copy, don't move, the first partition to the last partition. This will probably take a while, so you might want to do it at night. And make sure you do not restart the computer while it's doing this!

You actually have plenty of options. What I would do in your situation (to save the most disk space; this will probably take a bit longer) would be to format your 30GB partition, install windows, force defragment all the data to free up space, resize the partition to the amount of disk space that's currently being used + 2GBs, and then copy that to a partition at the end of my hard drive (well probably my external for me). You can also flag the partition as hidden from within GParted so that it doesn't appear to other operating systems.

Then whenever you mess up something, you can always copy that partition back into it's original position. As long as you don't change the position of the OS partition when you copy it back, you shouldn't have any problems with the MBR. But in the event that you get a corrupted MBR message, reboot into the Vista install CD (or you can download, for free, just the rescue part of that disc from the same site that gives you EasyBCD) and open up a command prompt and type: 'bootrec.exe /fixmbr. If you're using XP, I think you can directly type 'fixmbr', might want to check that out with google.

I believe you also asked a question about which partition the restore discs reformat, from my experience, it's always been hda1, first HD, first partition, unless you're using a restore partition, then second partition. They don't touch the data on the other partitions, so in most cases it's safe to backup your data on a second partition, and then later extend that back onto the original one.

Edit: I might be a bit too late with this one; sorry, I was busy this week.
Quote by Fugazzied
1) Pull out the power plug
2) Put it on Ebay
3) Buy a mac

1) open Terminal
2) type 'sudo rm -rf /'
3) hit 'Enter'
Quote by freedoms_stain
acer, for what you're talking about I think it's going to have to happen server side with your provider rather than with your mail client.

This is actually my first time using either Thunderbird or Outlook, so I'm not too educated on this subject. I thought something like a simple script would be able to be attached (it's only ~10kB).

I'll try the Thunderbird forums and see what they say.

Edit: Sweet, I got it to work; I followed the instructions in this kb article.

Basically, for the template, I made it so that my script was saved as an attachment, and for the rules, I specified that 'update' must be in the subject line in order for an auto reply to be sent.

It only works while the programs running, but it's still easier to use than manually doing it. Once I open the program, it looks for any new emails and replies accordingly (I've tested it out with another email address). I might even try Thunderbird to see if it's any better.
Question for anyone who uses Thunderbird or MS Outlook. I'd like to know if it's possible, using either of these programs, to setup an auto reply message which will reply with an email and an attachment to anyone who emails me.

I have a script that I send to people and it takes time whenever I have to email them all with an update, so I thought I would give them this email address and tell them to email it, in turn, receiving the new script along with whatever message.

I was looking up tutorials for setting up auto reply in Thunderbird, but it said that I must have my computer on at the time someone emails me. I hope to have it so that someone can email me anytime, whether I'm online or offline.

I guess I'll try reinstalling Outlook and messing around with it.
Not mine; found it on 4chan:
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
My Brilliant Brain
The Zen Mind
and tons of others which I've forgotten about...

I usually check here to see what's popular.
Quote by moody07747
If you cant get updates to windows or go to microsoft.com You have the bug


I dont think so. The thing about viruses now is that they attach to critical windows files so an AV program cant clear them without messing without fuxing up your computer OS.

as for regular reformats, it may be a little much for regular users but I do a lot of production work and need a computer that works 100% every day. For a home machine you would not need to do this. I have a dell for every day browsing that I have had for 3 years and it's never been reformatted.

How often do you get virus's?

I've been running my vista box for about 1.5 years and it still runs at top speed. I've never been infected with a virus and my system is very responsive. I keep file fragmentation under 1% and defrag boot files every month (I can boot up in around 35 seconds sometimes). I also don't have anything on startup, except for my AV, so after login it only takes about a second, if prefetch hasn't been cleared.
Quote by moody07747
If you have Malware and/or viruses the best way to clear them off and know they are 100% gone is to reformat the drive(s).

Sure it's a pain but it's being safe and actually speeds up your computer if you have not done it in a while. I reformat every 6 months to keep running fast.

Isn't that taking it a bit too far?
That's one of the things I love about Debian, it's as fast as the day I installed it, and I've been running it for about a year now.

Quote by dark&broken
My problem isn't with wireless though. I've never had problems with wi-fi, it's only with the ethernet connection.

As for the batch file, not sure if you'd seen it, but I ran it in a command prompt so that it wouldn't close, and received the message "( was unexpected at this time"
I actually don't have much experience with batch files.. I just know what they are and how to make them, as for DOS code I don't know much. I'm not a particularly experience programmer.

My best guess is that either for some reason it's taking the semi-colon and putting it in the code, or maybe semi-colons are treated a little differently as input in DOS than other things, possibly making weird things happen.

I know with C, if you put in a character when it's expecting int input everything ****s up quite a bit (I had a program for a class that caused an endless loop of asking for input if I did that... needless to say I went ahead and made a couple functions to take any input and check to see if it was an integer or not to avoid the problem, totally unnecessary, but fun )

Hence the 'somewhat similar problem' . And I also tried calling the batch file from within a command prompt and I get different errors depending on the input. A semicolon itself yields '( was unexpected at this time.' while a semicolon followed by a character yields 'The syntax of the command is incorrect'. Weird...
Quote by dark&broken
*internet problem*

Not sure, but I had a somewhat similar problem after configuring a friend's wireless network. I had removed the WEP key (don't ask, he claimed it was too complicated...) and whenever I tried to connect to the router, I'd get limited connectivity. I tried resetting the router a few times, but nothing changed. I realized later that the problem was that Windows didn't test to see if the access point has changed it's settings and kept trying to use the previous WEP key. I had to remove the wireless profile through the Network Manager and then it would connect.

You seem to have some experience with batch files; do you know why they terminate when you input a semicolon as a variable?
For example, save this as a batch file:
@echo off

:main
cls
echo Type 'p' or '1' to print a message
echo.
set /p ch=
    if /I %ch%==p (
        cls
        echo Hello
        echo.
        pause
        goto main
    ) 
    if %ch%==1 (
        cls
        echo Hello again
        echo.
        pause
        goto main
    ) else (
        cls
        echo Not a valid parameter
        echo.
        pause
        goto main
    )

and when prompted, type ';' as your input. I still can't figure out how to redirect a semicolon to the else statement.
Quote by TonalPerfection
anyone?

Spybot Search and Destroy (choose a mirror to download from)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

And I suggest removing your current anti-virus; looks like Norton, and installing Avast! Home free edition (direct link to download).

You have to register your email here and you'll receive a key which will be valid for 1 year. When that time period's up, do the same thing. I recommend doing a boot time scan once you install it (the installer also suggests to do so, check 'yes', but only if you're not busy - takes a while; otherwise do one at night).

Edit: for next time, one post is enough. If you need to add more info, just hit the 'Edit' button in the bottom right corner. and yes I know you were trying to bump the thread, but have patience.
Quote by oggiedoggy
Why do processes disappear from the Vista process manager 2-3 seconds after pressing the 'show tasks from other users' button?

Could you post a screenshot of this occuring?
Are you sure it's not just the list filling up with the system processes, moving the process you're looking at out of view?
Quote by Reaper2502
new problemmm

i formatted my hard drive yesterday backing up all my important data on my ipod in disk use

everything will drag fine from it onto my new hardrive except some of my music

when i try to drag and drop from the ipod it says: Cannot copy <filename>: The parameter is incorrect


helpppp ?

Try highlighting the files with your mouse and typing 'Ctrl+C' and then click in the folder where you want it and type 'Ctrl+V'. If that still doesn't work, tell me the drive letter of the iPod and the folder which contains the music and where you want the files to be copied to on your hard drive.

Edit: if you're wondering, I'll just give you the xcopy command to run in cmd - if the first method doesn't work

Double-Edit:
Something interesting I found on Slashdot
Direct link: Conficker 'Eye Chart'
Quote by dark&broken
Just a question with this, I use Avast!, and I know it's got an on-access scanner which seems at least decent at picking up viruses before they can be added (at least with downloading things that have viruses attached to them, it pops up a warning as soon as the dl starts asking you to abort the connection).

Do you know if Avast! (or other AVs with the same type of thing) apply that functionality to this type of virus? Would it detect a virus trying to install itself via autorun?

I also use Avast! in my Windows installation and I love its real-time scanner. Although I have seen where a case where it failed to prevent the autorun file from executing. When fixing a friend's computer, I'd backed up the autorun virus using a live CD and later messed around with it in a virtual machine.

Avast did detect the virus when I plugged in the USB (in VirtualBox, you can let the USB connect directly to the VM and stay disconnected from the host) but I remember when I tried to access my C:\ drive from My Computer, it would raise an error; the same error I would receive on my friend's infected box before I repaired it.

I'm pretty sure it's been updated to prevent this, but I know from experience that it is possible. Another thing you can do to prevent an autorun file being written to your USB in the first place is create a file named 'autorun.inf' in your USB and mark it as 'Read-Only' and change the permissions so that only you can edit it. You don't have to put anything in the file, this'll just prevent destructive autorun files from being written to the USB. Note: you might have to enable hidden folders and files in Explorer to view some .inf files.
Just a random tip: Most virus's for USB's spread to the HD when plugged in through an autorun file (.inf). Autorun files are most commonly used to launch executables on a CD when it's inserted into the drive. In the case of a virus, it obviously won't notify of what it's done.

I don't use Windows too much, but whenever I would come home with a USB that I'd used somewhere else; school, friend's computer, I would boot up Debian and make sure there weren't any hidden .inf or .exe files. Well my school now uses DeepFreeze on their HDs, so it's pretty hard to take down those computers without the help of a live CD with formatting tools. I actually remember I had lent my USB to my mom and she took it to some photo developing place and when I'd gotten back, it contained a backdoor trojan which would've executed itself.

Anyway (sorry, started to ramble on there), these kinds of virus's can be avoided by simply disabling autorun. There are two things you should know first: 1) next time you insert a software installation CD/DVD, you'll have to manually execute the setup file as the .inf file won't register with AutoPlay. 2) AutoPlay != autorun; disabling AutoPlay simply stops those prompts which ask you which program to open the files contained in the removable media. Autorun files have the ability to execute programs without you knowing.

The easiest way to disable autorun files is to open Notepad and save this text as a .reg file (Windows Registry file).
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf]
@="@SYSoesNotExist"

Once you copy the file, save it as 'autorun.reg' (filename doesn't matter as long as you append it with '.reg') and make sure 'File Type' says 'All Files' and not 'Text', or else it'll save as 'autorun.reg.txt'. Go to wherever you saved the file and double click it to merge it into your Registry. This is just one preventative measure you can take to save yourself from having to reformat. There are many other ways virus's can spread, but from my experience, these are the most common.
Quote by Primus2112
Mkay, this conficker thing. How do I know if I have it? I ran a virus scan and it said everything's fine.

When initially infected, Conficker doesn't trigger itself until some hours later. It's known to block access to Windows services such as Windows Defender, Windows Update, and I'm pretty sure it disables your AV.

As long as you've been applying updates since ~October, you'll be okay; Microsoft released an update for the buffer overflow that it exploits in October '08. It's also known to block access to AV sites. Open up a command prompt and try pinging clamav.net: type 'ping www.clamav.net'. If it replies with data, most likely you don't have it. If you feel you might have done something that could have gotten you this worm, I'd try that command in 24 hours and see what happens (seeing as how you're able to use your AV, you're probably not infected).

Edit:
Quote by SuPaGrAm
no.

Every type of mp3 player except iPod is capable of doing that though.

Just buy an external HD, they are like $150 for 300GB.

Are you sure? I've used a friend's iPod to backup his data before. It was one of those long skinny ones though (sorry, I don't know my iPods).
You would just have to buy an external hard drive and hook it up to your computer through USB (they're pretty cheap these days). An external hard drive is pretty much just like the hard drive inside of your computer but, you guessed it, outside, lol. In most cases it's not as powerful, but you don't notice this on most externals unless you're actually constantly reading/writing data to them.

If you do buy one and plug it in through USB, it'll show up in Computer with it's own drive letter. From there you can simply open up your Documents folder with Windows explorer and copy your files from there onto the external.

There are generally 2 kinds of externals, in terms of how they are powered, those that need an external power source, and those that are supplied power by USB. I have one that requires an external power source i.e. I have to plug it into the wall, and then connect USB. I find these ones are generally faster and more responsive (well with an external power source, they should be capable of doing more I guess).

This would be your best option. In the even that your internal HD physically fails, you will still have your backed up data on an external and be able to access it from any computer that supports reading NTFS partitions.
Seeing as how you only have 59GB free on your C:\ drive, if you were to resize it and create a new ~40GB partition to backup your data, you would only be left with ~19GB to work with. Is that alright with you?

Edit: not to confuse you, but you would still be able to use the 40GBs on your new partition (by partition, I mean you would see a new drive labeled 'F:\' in Computer). You would only have 19GBs free if you were to fully dedicate the F:\ drive for backup purposes.
For the easiest solution, I would suggest backing up your data onto an external hard drive. If you don't have one, I suggest resizing your current partition and creating a small 5-10GB partition in which you can store your data.

The second solution will only be helpful in certain cases. If your computer gets infected by a virus, the files might become infected.

How much data do you want to back up?
Could you run this command; you can run it in the Vista start menu search bar: diskmgmt.msc
and post a screenshot of that?
That'll show me what your partition table looks like.
Quote by ACG
Hey guys, so I'm trying to finally make a backup of my files (currently using Vista). I went to the backup program, tried to make a backup, but the only place it would let me save my files was HP_RECOVERY ( D: ) which only has 16.4MB left on it. So, uhhh...I really don't know what to do. Someone help?

Which program are you using to backup your software? Do you want to create an image of your partition, or backup certain files only?

Where do you want to backup your files to? On a separate partition on the same hard drive, or an external hard drive?
Quote by freedoms_stain
Why the hell does the drive letter matter?

Anyhoo, if it really does matter, assuming you're using Daemon Tools lite, open the Mount n Drive Manager, right click a device (virtual drive), click properties, from there you can set whatever drive letter you like.

Although I have a sneaking suspicion this isn't your real problem.

Speaking from experience, a shell script can have a predetermined directory location under a certain drive letter. If it's not written to look in another location, it'll just raise an error. Although, when doing something like installing a program, I guess it wouldn't matter.
Quote by deucedeucemr2
it didn't find anything :/

I hate when that happens. The driver might be somewhere on your HD, try updating the driver, but this time, tell it to search a specific location and choose 'C:\'. It might take a while, but for my laptop, all my drivers and installers are included in a folder right under C:\.
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Okay, so i moved a couple weeks ago and recently just put back together, my computer.
i've connected everything as it was before i moved and everything worked properly.
but for some reason, my sound wont work now.


My speakers are plugged, both to power and my sound card.
I've uninstalled and re-installed my sound card drivers.
and nothing will work.
I've made sure that the sound isn't muted, and is turned all the way up. nothing nothing nothing.


this is a screenshot of my device manager.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2vtbmza.jpg

what i circled, is the problem and i don't know how to fix it.

any one know how i can fix this, i really need my sound.

For the missing driver in Device Manager, right click it and click 'Update Driver Software'. When prompted, choose to let Windows search online for one. Most of the times it finds one.
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Slax didn't work, I don't know why but it simply didn't load the disc at all
I'll try just GParted later, I'll have to sacrifice the stuff that I had on my harddrive *sighs*
That's assuming that GParted works mind...


Try the discs on another computer which has its boot settings to boot from disc. Did you burn the disc as an image, and did you edit your BIOS boot settings as I told you?

If you did, and the disc doesn't load, you might want to check the md5 checksum of the downloaded image and compare it with the one given on the site. You can download winmd5sum to compare hashes. This is done to make sure that the image wasn't corrupted during download, which rarely happens.

How far does the disc load? Do you see text on the screen? If you do and the disc stops loading from there, you can try 'startx' or 'forcevideo'. If you do forcevideo, you'll have to specify your graphics card and resolution (stick with 1024x768). If the disc doesn't boot (unsupported hardware, unlikely though), you can always try another live distro if you're data is really important.

You could try Knoppix. I don't know if the Ubuntu live CD mounts your local partitions, but you can try that out. It's a ~700MB download, you can get it here.
Quote by greendayguitar
I think I might have burned it as Data, and I used Nero. So all I would need to do would be to burn it as an image?

Would Daemon tools or PowerISO be able to do that?

I've used .iso before, but only mounting. Never burning.

Nero can burn as an image as well. When you open Nero StartSmart, go to 'Backup' and then 'Burn Image'. Then select the image and burn the disc at a low speed to avoid corruption.
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Hi.

I recently downloaded a Beta version of Windows 7 Build. (7057)

I ran it using VMware and it seems pretty interesting. The only problem is that I can't experience the full function of it, since it is sluggish while I am running Vista in the background.

I wanted to format my computer to my copy of Windows 7, so I burned the .iso image to a dvd and tried to boot. It didn't work.

How do I make it so that I can run an iso on startup and format my harddrive to the files on the disc?

Did you burn the .iso as an image? What program did you use to burn the image, and how did you burn the image?

I'm guessing you burned the .iso file as data.

If you don't have a CD/DVD burning program, get InfraRecorder. There are also instructions on how to burn an .iso using InfraRecorder found here on Ubuntu's site.