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Journal Entry: Wed May 21, 2008, 8:24 AM
  • Listening to: Too much all at once!
  • Reading: Ditto!
  • Watching: You, You and You!
  • Playing: Keeping Life's Balance!
  • Eating: Orange flavoured KitKats!
  • Drinking: Must I???








Yes, Again!

I'm about to commit murder big time!

My Ultra Fractal program has given up on me for the umpteenth time, so I took it off and re-loaded it and installed it again. Then...

I found all my latest "Other World" series had simply gone! Gone? Where????

And it still won't render me a decent sized picture!

And if I try to do anything else at the same time as a render, my computer crashes.

Paint Shop Pro has also driven me nuts to the point of taking it off and then reloading it; it still throws a wobbly, on just one more layer, and won't let me paint or do anything creative without crashing my computer.

I'm told that because I'm using a whole gammut of programs for different things, any computer would crash! Not that I'm running more than one program at a time, and I clean out anything running in the background in the registry. No. I'm told I need at least two internal harddrives to run what I do, and never let the twain mix.

So I guess I'm going to have to be patient and wait for Dell Boy, and get something very specifically made for my needs.

Arrrrrrrrgh! Its a lovely day out there and I don't want to know!



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Thank You All</i>

THANK YOU for all the ongoing support I have been receiving both with morale, and my artwork. You are all very much appreciated, even though I have had to stop going to individual pages to leave a note of thanks where there's been a fave but no comment left. These faves are no less valued, believe me!

Please also understand that where I have had to :+fav: and :sprint: I don't expect anyone to come to my front page to thank me for the fave either. I know its all supposed to be polite and everything like that, but... I would much prefer to see lots of new artwork from you! :nod:




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Info regarding Myalgic Encephalopathy can be found on the Shout Board.


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As always, if there's anything I need to see or know about, please NOTE me, as I'm constantly busy both on and off dA! Thanks :)


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Anna Kirsten Art









INTERVIEWS



:new: The latest interview is of John Kimbler :icondalantech: HERE! John is one of the best macro photographers I've ever had the privilege to meet here at dA, doing much of his work at x2-4 life-size. For anyone interested in photographing bees and bugs, this is a must read!

Links to Previous Interviews


JunkbyJen Iardacil Fraxa Amyhooton DWALKER Kiraya00 anubis SfinxMagnum Kchan27 moonmomma Kosciarz Rozrr purpledaizie KartK Janie-G louise-art Leon Alegria 3D Mirror Pebblepixie Lynne1264 pesare Polasko 413 Brian Partridge (marianne42) Callu Freda Surgenor Alzirr Darkdesyre Rachel Anderson dalantech


If you have been interviewed in a news article by me, then please feel free to make use of this stamp in your journal or shout-board...

Interviewed Stamp by AnnaKirsten

Thank you.


These articles are not about me. The most important focus is the support given to the artists involved. Please don't miss out on an opportunity to discover new talent! :)









FEATURES




Insect Nation by Velvet--Glove

Stubborn beauty by ALP-Dreams

The Fishing Hole by cosmosue

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The Colony by aksu

Conduit by FarDareisMai

Amber by patriciabrennan

Dream comes true by agios



Julian Model II by magnusti78

Passion for Life by titiavanbeugen

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And this is how I feel right now...
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Devil's Eye by Lilyas







PRECIOUS GIFTS


It makes me feel so special when people give me pressies, so I will always display them in this section of my journal.




My very grateful thanks go to some wonderful people below...


:thumb85316129: so kindly given to me by :iconzooreka: - thank you so much!

Cuddle Me by ChrissieCool from :iconchrissiecool: because I love cats so! Thank you! :hug:

One Pink Tulip by e-CJ from :icone-cj: - SO beautiful!

by :icondwalker1047:, a shared gift to some of her friends.

Murry cat ACEO by Pannya by :iconpannya: who gave me first option to buy it :hug:

For AnnaKirsten + Parameters by Kattvinge - a lovely present from :iconkattvinge:

Happy Birthday Anna by magnusti78 - a birthday present to me from :iconmagnusti78:

Serendipity by Sophquest - a birthday present to me from :iconsophquest:

:thumb76624856: -a birthday present to me from :iconim1happy:

blue parrot and forgetmenots by gosiekd - a birthday present to me from :icongosiekd:

:thumb76597172: - a birthday present to me from :iconmistywisp:

::Rose Nebula:: by JunkbyJen - a birthday present to me from :iconjunkbyjen:

ONE WISH by sweetangel1 - a birthday present to me from :iconsweetangel1:

:thumb76570372: - a birthday present to me from :iconphoenix75:

- a shared birthday gift from :iconvulcania:

Eternal Flame by ImaginedMoments - a shared birthday gift from :iconimaginedmoments:

1802 Rarissimo by AndreiPavel from :iconandreipavel: - a gift to many of us!

Winter Romance... by viaviolet from :iconviaviolet: for Christmas 2007.

Gift Box Marble-Flaming Hearts by Velvet--Glove from :iconvelvet--glove: to all her friends here.

:thumb69007062: from :iconmistywisp:

Her Secret Garden by Iardacil from :iconiardacil:

:thumb63467230: from :iconxract:

A Journal Dedicated to Me by :iconleonalegria:

Fall Is Coming... by anubis from :iconanubis:

Kindred Spirits by EmberRoseArt from :iconemberroseart: (to all cat-lovers!)

Rose by shaun-rules-4eva from :iconshaun-rules-4eva:

:thumb57134895: from :iconphoenix75:

Someone can gave me some peace by miss-angelicfairy from :iconmiss-angelicfairy:

Thanks Anna by Xantipa2 from :iconxantipa2:

Wild Fruit by Lilyas from :iconlilyas:

girl from :icon1footonthedawn:

Close to a flower by vulcania from :iconvulcania:

Elegant Tri-fold by anjaleck from :iconanjaleck:

Marguerites by Velvet--Glove from :iconvelvet--glove:

:thumb54851963: from :iconmea2005:

:thumb54797843: from :iconfractalinda:

Where Fairies Live gifted to me by :iconreverieimages:

After the Storm by FractalEyes from :iconfractaleyes:


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This picture below has become a permanent fixture in my journal, I like it so much!



It is the face detail of "My Prayer For You" created by :iconjunkbyjen:
Her radiance is like that of an angel, but also depicts for me how I'd like to see myself in a perfected state! The glory is wonderful and God-inspired, created by a beautiful, loving soul! (See next picture below!)

::My Prayer for You:: by JunkbyJen from :iconjunkbyjen:

Kitten by 1footonthedawn and Blue Heaven Wallpaper by 1footonthedawn from :icon1footonthedawn:

Spiral for AnnaKirsten by Xantipa2 from :iconxantipa2:

:thumb53216088: from :iconfractaleuphoria:

:thumb48218085: from :iconfractalinda: for my birthday!

:thumb50636787: from :iconrozrr:

Terragen: PINK by 1footonthedawn from :icon1footonthedawn:

from :iconmayahs:

For AnnaKirsten by Sophquest from :iconsophquest:






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My images do not belong to the public domain.








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:iconmagnusti78:
magnusti78 Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww hun, im sorry to hear about your computer problems and at the same time can relate very well, i have similar things going on too.. i cant run any two programs at the same time anymore its so annoying!
Ohh and thank you for the feature, it's most aprreciated :heart:
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:iconannakirsten:
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 22, 2008   General Artist
You're welcome to the feature :) Definitely as time goes on our computers get very cluttered by stuff off the internet for one thing, and particularly if we update our programs (let alone updating Windows, anti-virus, etc.). So we end up with stuff running in the background that's not needed. I'm sure this does make it impossible in the end to run more than one program, but when I can't even run one program on its own, having first ensured only the bare essentials are running in the background, then it become ridiculous! The problem is that this computer has had its quirks from the outset and I simply don't trust it any more.

We are definitely going ahead and purchasing a new one. We just need to decide on whether to get a main frame or a laptop (the latter would be incredibly useful I have to admit!)
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:iconmagnusti78:
magnusti78 Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes i have a laptop as another computer and it's so much better to work with because i use almost exclusively for fractalling.. how fast it is.. and so smooth! :D
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:iconannakirsten:
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 23, 2008   General Artist
That sounds an ideal set up :)
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Wolfkazzy Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Nice features. Sorry to hear that you have computer probs :(.
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:iconannakirsten:
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 22, 2008   General Artist
Thank you; we will replace the computer in this next week or so; just looking into what we actually want. :)
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mistywisp Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Sorry to hear that you've got gremlins again, Anna. I understand your frustration because I have had so much trouble with computers this year. Touch wood... I have a decent set up now... dare I even utter those words? Computers can be sooo contrary!
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:iconannakirsten:
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
Thanks - in fact Richard has come to the conclusion along with me that I need to get a new one ASAP, and he's already been going through the Dell specifications, and we will speak to them on the phone tomorrow. The thing that bothers me though, is what is it that makes various programs actually conflict with one another! And is it the programs, or is it a faulty CPU or what - because you know what its like, software blame the hardware and vice versa, and you never get to the bottom of it. We considered doing things with this computer (apart from binning it), but if the CPU is after all faulty, then nothing we do would change. So... I shall still keep this one, take everything off it, then just install perhaps one or two programs on it and use it for browsing, keeping my new one free - or something like that.
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Xantipa2-2D3DPhotoM Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Thanks so much for including my picture to your excellent exposure, my friend Anna..:kiss:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
It fits so well, is a lovely picture, and its my pleasure :)
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Xantipa2-2D3DPhotoM Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
...:kiss:
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Thanks for featuring my Insect Nation piece, Anna. :hug:

Sorry to hear about your computer woes but I see further down here that your dear hubby is looking to buy you a new one? That's probably the answer! :dance:

You asked me elsewhere what computer I had - it's one that I built myself, in actual fact, to my own specifications. I wanted something that could multi-task well and was also as quiet as possible. It's almost 3 years old now but still a good machine and does what I want it to (fractals, graphics, photo tweaking, desktop publishing, web authoring mainly, and all at once if I wanted it to!). The important bits for this kind of work are a fast processor and lots of high quality, reliable RAM - I bought a dual core Athlon CPU and 2 GB of RAM (since upgraded to 3GB when one of the original sticks developed a fault a few months back). This was all before I started fractalling but turned out to be a very good choice because UF is able to take advantage of multi core processors - if you can get a dual- or quad-core PC you will be laughing! :thumbsup: I would also suggest a minimum of 2GB RAM, more if you can afford it.
NB. Windows XP can only see just over 3GB. Vista can see/use more but is a terrible resource hog. Swings and roundabouts. :shrug:

I don't think having more than one hard drive is necessary for a PC to operate more than one program at a time, that is complete nonsense as far as I know. Having said that I have had two hard drives in my PCs for many, many years and would thoroughly recommend it, but for reasons of safeguarding/backing up data and general storage, away from the interference of the operating system. I like to keep my data well away from the 'business end' of Windows and program files (enabling easier re-formats when required with negligible data loss) by the use of two "partitions" on the first physical drive)... and the second physical drive basically serves as a backup and storage device. With data stored/copied on two physical hard drives like this, if one should die unexpectedly I still have a copy of everything on the other drive. This system has served me very well over the years, I can tell you, and saved my bacon on more than one occasion! :)

Just one last point re. registry cleaners that someone mentioned... in theory these sound good and to a point they are helpful in keeping the registry 'lean & mean' BUT!... sometimes they can be the cause of problems by 'helpfully' cleaning out things you actually need to run programs reliably. So I'm actually a bit dubious about these utilities now. :shrug: I will definitely endorse the idea that Norton/Symantec programs should be avoided at all costs, though - they are notoriously troublesome! I use Avast! anti-virus... it's free, effective, and easy on system resources.

Well, I don't know if you found any of this relevant or even meaningful, hehe, but hopefully a new machine will sort out all your problems. It does sound as if your present one has never really been up to the job, maybe even faulty for all we know. Anyway... I hope you don't have to wait too long for your dream machine! :)
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
You obviously do really know what you're talking about, and some of it at least makes sense to me. We're looking at quad core with two harddrives and 4MB RAM; unfortunately XP isn't an option, they're only doing Vista, and with time, I guess all programs will have to sit on that platform and eventually XP will become unsupported. I wish I could use these programs on Linux or even on a Mac, but I don't think UF for one thing is supported on either of those.

I don't know how right or wrong this guy is about Windows not truly being able to multi-task - I do know he totally dislikes Microsoft, and so any opportunity to say something derogatory about it he will. But he tells me multi-threading isn't the same as multi-tasking. What you say does make perfect sense, so it looks as though I'm going in the right direction.

Unfortunately, although my current computer looks good, and sometimes behaves well (for instance, it hasn't yet let me down with any of the photographic programs I use, excepting PSP), there's something I have a gut feeling about it - I'm certain there's some faulty hardware at stake here, and just don't want to spend more money on it now.

I used C Cleaner for the first time today, so if anything goes wrong as a result of that, I probably won't know that its anything to do with it, since nothing would be new, lol! Oh I use AVG virus software, and no Windows firewall since there's one built into the wireless modem. However it does look as though I shall need some means of keeping the registry clear of dumped rubbish if I have Vista. Any ideas on that?

The tasks you use your computer are pretty much the same as myself. Oh and for backup, I have a 500GB Maxtor external drive.
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Well, I have a lot of experience now, Anna. I'm not an expert by any means but I am competent enough to troubleshoot any problems, be they software or hardware based, and my last two PCs I built myself so I know roughly how everything fits and works together. Hardware faults can be very difficult to diagnose if they are intermittent and/or if you don't have spare parts to test your theories with. Crashes could be caused by many things. I do know that long fractal renders are very CPU intensive (causing heat as the processor is working so hard) so simple overheating may be a cause - if you've had the PC for 4 years and never cleaned it inside then you could have fans, filters and air vents clogged up with dust, for instance... start a long render... the heat builds up and up... you get instability followed by either a crash/freeze or the PC shutting off to protect itself. That's just one possibility. A duff section of memory or a fault on the hard disk are other possibilities. But that's neither here nor there now that a new PC is hopefully on the horizon so I wouldn't worry about it any more if I were you. :)

I think your contact is probably jaundiced and cynical about Windows. A properly working modern system is more than capable of multitasking (and yes, multi-threading is something very different, we were talking about several progs open/running at the same time). The XP generation of Windows and beyond is also fairly good at isolating errant program crashes and closing them relatively gracefully without bringing the whole system to a grinding halt like Win98 used to do. Anything more serious than that means that either Windows is screwed, an essential driver is screwed, or there is a fundamental hardware fault.

I've never been tempted by Linux, I have to admit. I believe UF can run on a Mac if you have the right emulator but I've read that it can be unreliable or problematical (WelshWench raised this question on the mailing list once, if memory serves me correctly). I've never been tempted by a Mac either ~ you can't really upgrade them and program choices are limited compared to Windows programs ~ I have some highly specialised programs that I paid a great deal of money for that I would like to keep working with so I have no desire to leave the Windows platform for the foreseeable future. I also happen to like tinkering with my PC and upgrading it. ;)

I don't use the Windows firewall but do still use Zone Alarm, despite having a proper hardware firewall in my router, like you do. The reason being that I want to know when programs are 'calling home'. I'm not bothered about legit programs but I want to know if ever I get some sort of trojan or worm trying to run behind my back - ZA would alert me to that straight away and stop any external connection attempt dead in its tracks.

Oh... a quad core will be absolutely splendid, I'm sure! :thumbsup: Don't forget to play with the thread settings in UF, it does make a big difference! I can't suggest what to use, exactly, but perhaps someone else can guide you on this. For my dual core I found MIN Threads=2 and MAX threads=8 works quite well (a 70% speed increase using two processors rather than one, I timed it!). In any event you will probably find your renders will just fly along! :D

4GB RAM sounds good - just make sure these don't fill all available slots to start with, you may want to add more at a later date. I understand the problem with only being able to get Vista these days but just remember that there is absolutely nothing to stop you using the version of XP that you currently own if you would prefer this OS. I have no experince of Vista but I've heard it's big resource hog - I'm still very undecided about what I will do when I upgrade this PC (next winter maybe). I can't advise on the reg cleaner - all I would say is don't get too hung up about it. If you want to use a cleaner then do so *occasionally*. Using a utility to defragment the registry should do no harm and may help slightly but cleaning should be done with caution - at least pick over the faults it finds and use common sense when giving the OK to delete stuff. Oh, and always back up the registry beforehand (most utils I've used offer to do this for you) so you can backtrack if a problem arises.

I'm glad to hear you have a backup drive... you can never be too careful as parameters and stuff are totally irreplaceable! I can't believe it when I hear about how casual so many people still are about backups... it nearly always ends in tears. :no:

I think that's all my words of wisdom for now and this is quite long enough! Hehe. Good luck to you, hon, you deserve a break with this stupid computer business. :hug:
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:iconannakirsten:
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 22, 2008   General Artist
This is the first computer I've ever had to hoover out! lol! I do it every few months (or rather Richard does), and that does seem to clear things very temporarily. I was looking on a site at "normal" CPU temps and mine seems to be within those limits ok. I haven't tested it when rendering though (I believe I could download a little system tray gadget which would tell me what's going on).

I do agree with you about my friend and his cynicism over Microsoft! He asked me to check my temperatures, so I did, and when I phoned him back, this was his reply, "SO?" I said "I thought you wanted to know?" He said "Nope, its not something I know anything about, and neither do I need to"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was pretty cross to be honest! What a stupid and selfish attitude to take, and why put me through the bother of looking into the BIOS!

Now that I'm replacing, I'm having a dilemma of whether to go for a laptop or a main-frame, because when we go away, we really need a laptop, and my little Tosiba is now about 6 years old, has been totally reliable and served me well, but only has 512 MB RAM! To increase that, it would only go to 1GB and that just isn't enough, so I've never been able to use UF on it for instance. Anyway, we'll get something sorted out I'm sure. :nod:

I really do appreciate all your info and help too, its informative and clear, and I can always refer to it. :hug:
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:iconvelvet--glove:
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
You're welcome, hun. And good luck with choosing! :D :hug:
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:iconannakirsten:
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 23, 2008   General Artist
Thanks very much - I've now got a superb Toshiba, which I'll write about in my journal at a later stage. Lots to do in the meantime...
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
:dance: Have you got your mitts on it already? Fantastic! I bought a Toshiba for my daughter when she started uni and it is truly yummy. :D

NNTR! :hug:
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:iconannakirsten:
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 23, 2008   General Artist
Yes I'm using it right now after some probs getting it onto the router system (it had to be enabled by the main computer first). Haven't installed anything except virus protection so far, but in fact the spec has turned out to be different to what we were led to believe too! Graphics card not the same, 3GB RAm instead of the supposed 4GB, no backup battery (they've had to send away for it) - a thorough nightmare of a purchase to be honest! I particularly wanted this one for some of those things, but I also did want Toshiba, as my old lappy is one, and it never let me down - its just not got the guts needed for modern programs!

It has Vista of course, and I'm not used to that either! lol!
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ImaginedMoments Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Wonderful features :)
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
Thank you :)
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agios Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Hi Anna, thank you very much for the feature and the general support. It is really apreciated and congrats for all your effor and contribution to promote awesome art and young artists!
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:iconannakirsten:
AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
You're very welcome and I enjoy doing it! :)
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penngregory Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Lovely feature - great choices ;)
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
Thank you :)
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DWALKER1047 Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Thank you for the feature Anna. I appreciate it very much! :hug:ss :icongwomp:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
:hug:sssss right back atcha - you're very welcome! :)
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:iconalp-dreams:
ALP-Dreams Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the feature. :love:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
Its my pleasure to do it! :)
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Zooreka Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Anna,,, I am so sorry to hear about your ongoing woes.... I might be able to help you troubleshoot.... It sounds like it might be something other than Memory alright... Might be a dodgy motherboard. If not I might be able to help you....

Apart form a good Anti Virus - I use Kaspersky or otherwise recommend Nod32

McAfee and Norton are absolute no-nos... <y Laptop literally froze up when running McAfeee... prior to the famous'meet the wall' incident!!!!

Aside from that two non Microsoft Spyware tols...AdAware and Spyware blaster. Spybit is also good but I have had problems with it...

And a good registry cleaner... unfortunately those you have to pay for.... sadly is another must for Windows (Yes Mac works out Much cheaper in the long run...). I recommend either Registry Mechanic or regDoctor.....

Having used all these your machine should be spot;less under the hood and run much faster than if your registry were messed up... (I suspect this might be the case with the problems you have been describing) if the machine still gives trouble there might be a rootkit trojan on your machine that has hijacked your memory resources... A lot trickier to locate and remove than regular viruses and they go undetected by Anti Virus Programs...... Specialised programs like Exido can help you find them and oust them,.....

That I'm afraid is the minimium required to keep a relatively healthy and optimised Windows Environment nowadays.......

If you would like my help just let me know....


Thank you so much for the feature too my dear! :)

Much Appreciated!
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
You know, the rootkit trojan sounds as though it could well be the cause, because my computer really does behave as though its having its memory sucked out of it! And it no longer gives me the blue screen of death, it simply re-boots! That sounds very viral to me.

So how on earth does one get rid of such a thing - let alone detect it in the first place? Is there a specific nomenclature for it in the registry? If so, I'd happily copy what shows up in mine and send it to you by email if you'd like to note me with your email addy... There are things in there I know nothing about, and I really daren't touch them in case they are needed.

But if it is one of those, then I've had it for years! I've literally come to this crisis over and over again over the past years, and at Christmas, `Lilyas and I did a complete reformat etc. together when she was here. At first all seemed ok, then about a month or so in, it started playing up again. Its as though certain programs don't like one another.
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Zooreka Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Anna that sounds a lot like it might be the motherboard.... Sorry to have to say it but I went through all that with My Ex and her HP Pavilion Laptop..... HP needless to say were a nightmare in terms of resolving the issue.....

Reading what you said about Lily... I am now even more convinced it is a motherboard issue....

I had different issues with the Dell - a post mortem revealed I may have had a damaged hard disk all along but I used to have to reformat once a month!!!!

My ex's machine did exactly what yours is doing after 3 succesive reformats... Worked for a bout a week and then went into reboot mode..... eventually it went plain blue with no writing and then black!!!! Her machine was 13 months old and treated like a prized souvenir.....

Just to be sure -it's not peripheral ot other hardware related have you tried unplugging printers, external drives etc.... unplugging and replugging the mouse and keyboard and rebooting with just those attached???

Unless you are running an old machine I doubt very much they are software issues issues .... Let me know either way.

I might ask you to download Belarc adviser and email me a print of your configuration in any event.... but let me know what happens after you've tried this.....
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 22, 2008   General Artist
Well, the only other hardware I have had attached are an external hard-drive for backup, a universal card reader (for CF cards from cameras) and an ordinary mouse, whilst I do in fact have a Wacom Tablet and mouse. I've already removed the external hard drive, have also now disconnected the mouse I don't need to use, in favour of the Wacom (just done that), but I'd be surprised if this makes any difference to be honest! I had kept the normal mouse attached in case my Wacom tablet decided not to work at any time, because for ages it wouldn't work in both a graphics program, and then when on the internet. That issue seems to have been resolved by a later driver for it though. The printing is spooled via my husband's machine, so there shouldn't be any problem there.

As you say, it does sound like the motherboard or something similar. Pfft!

We're going to be replacing this machine in the next week or so, but now I need to decide whether to go laptop or main frame, because we have a need to replace our lovely faithful little Toshiba of approx. 6 years old, which only has half a GB RAM! I've never been able to run UF on there, let alone do serious graphics, but its been a wonderful little backup for staying on the net, and viewing RAW files from photos etc.

Can you give me the link for Belarc adviser and tell me how to use it?
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:iconzooreka:
Zooreka Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
[link]

Download and install..... Run it and it will produce a web page listing your complete hardware/software configuration....

If you have acrobat try saving as a pdf and mailing it to me,,,, better srill a scanner. Print off a copy for yourself and scan it.... Sent the scan to me. again pdf if possible but if not then JPG.... or similar,,,,

I wll note you my emial addy when I get back from class.....
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Lilyas Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Aw, you are having bad luck with your computer and software. Sorry to hear that your tools don't serve you as they should! :hug:

Thanks for the feature, too! :blackrose:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
Well, you and I both went through it together, didn't we, and found nothing specifically wrong with the hardware. I think I can only go forward now by purchasing a brand new computer, and yet... I keep wondering what is actually wrong with this one!
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Lilyas Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
You didn't try the formatting, did you?
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 22, 2008   General Artist
Nope - daren't do it on my own!

Several people have told me its symptomatic of overheating, as this is exactly what happens if either the RAM or the CPU overheats.

I just need to find someone who can replace the motherboard and if necessary, new RAM, and for it to then actually work ok! But then we think it may need larger fans too to keep it cooler. Dunnoh. We're going for a new one in any case, and then at some point, we'll have this one properly looked at, and it can then be a backup computer, or even be used for some of the programs.
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Lilyas Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
I never had the effect of overheating and I use my PC a lot!!! Maybe you are so hot that you increase the temperature of your hardware by your presence! ;)
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 22, 2008   General Artist
If it wasn't so serious, I'd laff my head off! This is costing me a LOT of money, as I've had enough of incompetent computer engineers peeking at it and not properly diagnosing its problem. I'm not referring to anybody like yourself, but to those boffins who build computers and sell duff ones to their customers, then clear off somewhere remote, leaving behind them a shop which now only deals as an internet cafee! And then there's our friend, Brian, who honestly hasn't a clue about anything to do with Microsoft, and is so incompetent that he couldn't think clearly enough to go beyond the software to the hardware! Grrrrrrrr...

Because this is what I've had to put up with since it was new, I'm starting afresh. Decision made.
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Lilyas Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ok, good luck!!!!!! :hug:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 23, 2008   General Artist
Thanks - I've got a superb Toshiba today. Will write about it another time, but we need to move all the furniture around before I set it up, as I really don't want the window reflecting onto my screen any more!
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Wildfire2003 Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
I feel for you! My photoshop has developed an attitude lately and a bad one at that! It's a THING aren't they supposed to just work??? :giggle:
Lovely features:clap:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   General Artist
Wellllllll apparently when a computer starts off, of course its clean, but as time goes on, and we spend time on the net, and programs get added, and then the programs get updated... and so on, then things begin to clash with one another, even though they're not running simultaneously.

In the case of my pooter, its never been right though. I've had probs that have never been properly diagnosed since I got it, so I really don't think I can take it any further. In fact my dear husband is currently going through a specification on the Dell site to order a new one for me. WOW! (Complete with two harddrives too!)
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Wildfire2003 Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
WOW indeed!!! Lucky woman! I know about pc issues, have had more then my fair share (have a teen-aged son, need I say more??)
I learned a while back to just have a guru build mine from scratch using only parts I purchase myself. That way I KNOW whats in it and do my own upgrades (my guru anyway;) )
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