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by ashleys
Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:41 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Future OS: Vista, new XP, or ?? after June '08
Replies: 12
Views: 2171

but if XP is really dead after June


It will be alive and kicking long after that.
It enters extended support in April 2009 and that will run until April 2014.

The June 2008 is the date when MS will stop retail availibility.
by ashleys
Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:00 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: T2x External disk with pcmcia adapter
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Another vote for that card.
I've used that in my T30 for years, never had any problems.
by ashleys
Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:19 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Acronis vs. RR vs WindowsBackup
Replies: 2
Views: 741

In my experience the thing that kills RnR performance is the data compression.
Both Acronis and Paragon's Disk Manager have comparable performance and backup image sizes. Whilst RnR's image size is noticably smaller, the compression to achieve that equates to a much longer backup time.
by ashleys
Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: URGENT! Rescue and Recovery 4.2 Problem
Replies: 25
Views: 15365

This fixes the problem with the chkdsk failing on startup, but I'm not sure what it does to RnR 4.2 functionality.


It seems to make no difference to RnR 4.2 functionality. I've made the change and everything works fine, including being able to run CHKDSK.

Once again, thanks bparekh.
by ashleys
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Rescue and Recovery Backup to External Disk
Replies: 1
Views: 674

Take a look at this thread
http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.ph ... usb+second

and my second post regarding backup location on a partitioned external disk.
by ashleys
Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: URGENT! Rescue and Recovery 4.2 Problem
Replies: 25
Views: 15365

The Windows Recovery Console is not installed by default.

Please see the link below for details on how to install and use the Recovery console.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307654
by ashleys
Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:09 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: URGENT! Rescue and Recovery 4.2 Problem
Replies: 25
Views: 15365

If you need to run CHKDSK to fix a problem on your filesystem, then run it from the Windows Recovery Console. CHKDSK /R will do an extensive check on the disk and repair problems. When you next boot Windows, there will be a Winlogon entry in the Event viewer showing the full details of what was repa...
by ashleys
Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:46 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: External Drive/Backup Options for ThinkPad
Replies: 3
Views: 826

OK, here goes with my backup/data availability methodology ... My main machine is a desktop with my old T30 as a "hot spare" machine. Both machines disk partitions are set to, C: System volume with installed applications D: ALL my user data I have two external USB devices (Buffalo Drivestation) part...
by ashleys
Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:20 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: 2000 Proffesional or XP proffessional
Replies: 25
Views: 2547

Was a long time user of W2K on both my T30 and my desktop.
Only converted to XP in January 2007, mainly to provide me with a supported OS until 2014.

With all the childish graphics turned off in XP it looks and runs just like W2K :)
by ashleys
Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:59 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Opinions on USB2 PCMCIA cards for a T30
Replies: 6
Views: 731

I've been using the following card for years in my T30 without any problems.

http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductP ... _Id=122932
by ashleys
Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: How to downgrade from Vista to XP?
Replies: 3
Views: 845

Technically I can see no reason.

However, the OEM licenses now appear to be only valid for system builders and not valid for retail customer installation. Does anyone know if this is actually the case ?
by ashleys
Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Rescue and Recovery - recovering image from the disk
Replies: 10
Views: 1605

I've never had to go through that palava to restore a full system backup to a new disk. What's worked for me, both in anger when upgrading drives and testing is this, Take a full backup to an external USB device. Remove old drive from TPad and install new drive. Boot RnR pre-desktop area from either...
by ashleys
Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:52 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Move Rescue and recovery to another harddrive
Replies: 4
Views: 1191

Personally I would just delete the recovery partition. It was one of the first things I did on my T30.

Rescue and Recovery works perfectly well without it.
For recoverability, backups both full and incremental, should be placed on an external hard drive.
by ashleys
Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:37 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: FAX program for T30
Replies: 7
Views: 2078

Doesn't Windows XP have it's own Fax software ?
It's just not installed by default.

Once it is installed, I thought you could get to it through
Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Communications
by ashleys
Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:29 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Now that Ad-Aware 1.06 is no longer supported...
Replies: 18
Views: 2183

I agree, Windows Defender is pretty good.
You get a few "interesting" messages in the Event log but never mind.

I use AdAware 2007 (free version) but do both the updates and the scans on demand.
I still feel it's good for on-demand scans.
by ashleys
Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:17 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Rescue and Recovery - recovering image from the disk
Replies: 10
Views: 1605

I've done various restores using most flavours of RnR. I'm currently running RnR 4.2 on a T30 (no HPA). My backups have always been to an external USB device and I've always used the "Full System Restore" option. I have restored successfully to both the same drive and a new drive (I've done two disk...
by ashleys
Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:08 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: If using Ghost, any reason to keep HPA?
Replies: 3
Views: 956

Removing the hidden partition was one of the first things I did when I got my T30 many years ago.

No need for it as I do regular backups to an external USB device and can restore my system from there.
by ashleys
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:38 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Run-time error '3706'
Replies: 2
Views: 711

If it's the VB runtime files you're after, you can get Service Pack 6 of those from Microsoft,

Download link,

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/deta ... layLang=en
by ashleys
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:34 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Rescue and Recovery - recovering image from the disk
Replies: 10
Views: 1605

I used Rescue & Recovery for image creation. I don't know what's the procedure, is it possible to boot from that external drive via USB? Only if you made the USB drive bootable by running the "Create Rescue Media" task once you had installed RnR. You have the option of writing the pre-desktop area ...
by ashleys
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:27 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Anyone Having Trouble with Rescue and Recovery 4 with WinXP?
Replies: 27
Views: 2795

So, is there any reason to keep the original Lenovo factory service partition if you don't use CSS or RR and you have a set of factory rescue disks plus a backup of that service partition with Acronis? One of the first things I did with my T30 was to remove the service partition and I still use RnR...
by ashleys
Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Anyone Having Trouble with Rescue and Recovery 4 with WinXP?
Replies: 27
Views: 2795

Software versions to use with this release ========================================== Software needed to operate the Rescue and Recovery program include the following: - Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 (or higher) - Microsoft Windows XP or 2000 - Norton AntiVirus 2004: If you have a computer with N...
by ashleys
Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:20 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Have we just become MEMORY HOGS!
Replies: 9
Views: 1286

I suspect it's the "smarter" Vista code that's the problem.

The pre-fetching of applications and the subsequent managing of that storage (for applications that may not even be active) is going to cost you and depending on your workload mix, it could cost you dear.
by ashleys
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:31 am
Forum: ThinkPad T2x & T3x Series. NOT for T25-Retro
Topic: 2000 Proffesional or XP proffessional
Replies: 25
Views: 2547

My T30 was originally shipped with W2K but now runs XP2. 768K of RAM has proved fine and with all the childish graphics turned off and the previously mentioned performance settings, it runs as good as W2K and looks like it as well. Probably the biggest argument for XP2 is that it will be supported (...
by ashleys
Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:22 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Rescue and Recovery
Replies: 7
Views: 1977

I had RnR V4.1 running fine on my T30, so I don't see why it shouldn't work on a T4x. Regarding the "supported system" list, that just refers to machines they've tested it with. My T30 is unsupported ... doesn't mean it's not going to work, it just means I cannot raise any problems related to the pr...
by ashleys
Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:32 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: Windows XP SP3-my report and results (preliminary)
Replies: 25
Views: 3749

The last I heard the official release of SP3 will be somewhen during the first half of 2008 (no more specific than that).
by ashleys
Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: how to create partitions with diskpart.exe
Replies: 3
Views: 774

Full description of DISKPART can be found here,

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300415

Note : You cannot extend the current system or boot partition.
by ashleys
Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:08 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: XP memory/pagefile limitations
Replies: 13
Views: 2148

It appears that by default, Windows has implemented a 4GB limit on the the pagefile by how the page mapping is done.

However, this limit can be overcome by using the following method,

http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... -us;237740
by ashleys
Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:28 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: XP memory/pagefile limitations
Replies: 13
Views: 2148

Architecturally a 32-bit OS can support addressing of 4GB, both real and virtual. XP supports 4GB of real storage (RAM). The problem in the windows world is that Microsoft are using the wrong terminology for the pagefile. They call this "virtual memory". It is not. Virtual memory, or to give it it's...
by ashleys
Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:33 am
Forum: Windows OS (Versions prior to Windows 7)
Topic: XP memory/pagefile limitations
Replies: 13
Views: 2148

That registry key only affects user-mode and kernel-mode drivers and kernel-mode system code.
It makes them ineligible to be paged out on a page steal, thus leaving them in RAM.

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