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  • IE8 crashing a lot!

    IE8, on my wife's PC, is crashing a lot!  And doing just simple things, like clicking on links.  Clicking a link shouldn't cause the browser to crash.  Here's the error captured from the event log:

    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        Application Error
    Date:          6/26/2009 10:01:55 PM
    Event ID:      1000
    Task Category: (100)
    Level:         Error
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      ENTERPRISE
    Faulting application iexplore.exe, version 8.0.6001.18702, time stamp 0x49b3ad2e, faulting module unknown, version, time stamp 0x00000000, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x00000000, process id 0x13f4, application start time 0x01c9f6dac980e52a.
    Event Xml:
    <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
        <Provider Name="Application Error" />
        <EventID Qualifiers="0">1000</EventID>
        <TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-06-27T04:01:55.000Z" />
        <Security />

  • Could leaving a Zune on pause for a long time cause it to lock up?

    My wife and I each have an 80 GB Zune. Recently we purchased an iHome ZN9, which is specifically manufactured to work with Zunes. Last night she plugged her Zune into the iHome and we were listening to some of the music on it. She then paused it using the pause button on the iHome, and we went about our business for the rest of the evening. When we came back to the iHome we found that it was impossible to resume the music.  It was also impossible to turn off her Zune. We knew that we had to let it totally drain the battery so that she could plug her Zune into the PC and let it recharge today.

    What I would like to know is, could this be an issue with the iHome? Or is this a known issue with the Zune?


  • Some questions about Netflix

    joechung said:

    If you start up Windows Media Center, Netflix is featured prominently in the TV+Video menu.

    There's a 24/7 toll-free number listed at http://www.netflix.com/FreeTrialInfo where you can get an answer to your second question.

    Thank you, Joechung.


  • Some questions about Netflix

    I'm thinking of signing up to use Netflix, with the plan to allow for streaming videos online and watch them on my PC's Windows Media Center (WMC).  I've got a few questions about this.

    First, what ways are there of getting these streamed videos/movies through WMC to be seen on my PC?  What sort of equipment do I need to enable this?

    Second, as I understand it, there is a 2 week trial period to use Netflix.  Assuming that I sign up for it, is the due date for monthly payment the date after the 2 week trial period ends?  Or is it always the same for everyone?  (And if it is always the same, what is that day of the month?)


  • Netflicks and Windows Media Center

    JohnAskew said:
    RodAtWork said:

    The Xbox360 displays on my HDTV, so I'm not inticed to try WMC in order to watch my Netflix stuff on my smaller computer display - now maybe if I'm traveling with my laptop and have broadband I would use WMC <- Netflix.

    There are 3 flavors of Netflix, or are there 4 ?

    1. I get DVDs in my mail box from a guy who wears a uniform,
    2. I stream movies on my Xbox360 after using my PC to manage my Netflix account and select from available online movies,
    3. I can stream movies directly to my TV (never tried this one, probably won't)
    4. ??  I can stream movies directly to my PC via WMC ?? (never tried this one, might when I travel).

    Movies streaming on the Xbox look great.

    I don't have a Xbox 360, or any other game console.  I also don't have a HDTV, and aren't likely to get one anytime soon, unless someone else is willing to buy me one (just not in my budget).  The idea of being able to watch movies and TV episodes via WMC really intrigues me, but I would also like to watch it via WMC on my 10 year old TV.  I hope that's possible, somehow.


  • IE8 sees to be freezing up a lot when I go to page from RSS feed

    Here's a little more information.  IE8 generated a 1002 error in the event log, with the following text:

    The program iexplore.exe version 8.0.6001.18702 stopped interacting with Windows and was closed.

    I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate, 64-bit version.

  • IE8 sees to be freezing up a lot when I go to page from RSS feed

    I've noticed that if I go to a page in IE8, that is linked to in one of my RSS feeds, then IE8 sees to be locking up tighten than a drum.

    Why is that?

  • How do I make a folder on a second drive accessible from IIS?

    I’m working on a small ASP.NET application at home (VS 2008).  It is running under IIS on my Vista machine.  I’ve got it so that it will show photos from a folder on an external hard drive.  I’ve set up the folder on the external hard drive as a web site in IIS on my machine.  The intent is to let my family “upload” photos to this secondary web site, because the external HD is quite large, etc.

    OK, everything seems to be going fine.  However, I know that I’ve got to give the IIS_IUSRS account write access privileges, so that users can upload to this folder, and delete photos from it, etc, through the primary web site I’m writing.  However, when I get into IIS in Vista and look at this secondary web site on the external HD, IIS does not allow me to change the permissions on anything to that web site.  There is no tab in the Edit Permissions dialog box to edit security settings on anything for this secondary web site.  Why is that, and how do I fix it so that I can apply write/delete permissions to files within the folder that is my secondary web site?

  • Vista wants to install something, all of the time

    The the last week or so, my PC (64-bit Vista Ultimate) has said it needs to install something, every time I bring it up.  And no matter how often I instruct it to install whatever it is, the next time I turn on my PC, there it is ready to install again.  What is this thing that apparently won't install?

  • How do I shutdown Vista, without being able to see it?

    That is a strange subject line, I know, so here's what I'm trying to ask.  I'm trying to debug the problem caused yesterday, which I didn't witness, while my family was home with my Vista Ultimate 64-bit machine.  They said that it repeatedly reboots itself.  Well, I finally have a chance to work on it, and I am finding that it does not repeatedly reboot itself.  Instead, what's going on is the monitor doesn't display anything at all.  The machine is on, but nothing is displayed.  Including nothing at all from the BIOS coming up or anything like that.  (THis is not what I was told, but never mind that.)

    So, I would like to be able to switch out the monitor and keyboard, and see what's going on, but I would also like to do that in a gentle way, so that I don't abruptly close the system down by turning off the power.  I know that it is possible, from the keyboard, or the power switch, or something like that, to shutdown Vista in an orderly way.  But I cannot remember how that is done.

    Would someone please tell me how that is done.