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  • Dart Chris
    ntb- OffTopic list is refusing me. If this gets through on the html list could I kindly request the moderator to put it on the right list and maybe work out
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 7, 2004
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      ntb- OffTopic list is refusing me. If this gets through on the html list
      could I kindly request the moderator to put it on the right list and maybe
      work out why it is blocked - thanks

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      From: Dart Chris
      Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 10:06 AM
      To: 'ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com'
      Subject: RE: [NTO] XP SP2


      Re Firewalls and SP2

      I had McFee firewall running at home when I loaded SP2. SP2 identified McFee
      firewall and accepted it, at the end of the setup I was presented with McFee
      firewall as the default and all its settings intact. Windows firewall was
      offered but my McFee firewall was set as default.

      I don't think you can default Microsoft for that !

      McFee Antivirus had a bit of a headache after loading SP2 - It had to be
      manually started after starting the PC and the controls to handle this were
      confused, showing it was OFF when it was ON etc. (I ran a virus check then
      and again later but nothing found and no further problems) - I reloaded
      McFee Antivirus and all was OK.

      I mentioned before that Nero had a severe problem and there were conflicting
      messages from Nero and Microsoft; each saying get the solution from the
      other. I easily found a patch from Nero that solved the problem completely.

      So far nothing else has shown problems: Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks,
      WSftp_Pro, Pinnacle 9 Video, etc all OK . . . so far!

      Chris


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      From: Robert Romberger [mailto:jestar@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 7:05 AM
      To: ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [NTO] XP SP2


      On 2 Sep 2004 at 3:26, Christine wrote:

      > Any opinions on SP2? I've seen the (growing) list of apps that SP2 causes
      > to freeze and it ain't looking good. My auto installer is nagging me to
      just
      > cliiiiiiick the button. Come on. Just installlll and everything'll be
      > alllll right.
      > Any feedback on your part yet?

      A little late on my part, but here you go. Make sure you have a good
      restore point ready in case something goes wrong with the install of SP2.
      On my wife's computer (basically the same hardware as mine), the SP2
      install went okay - no problems with the install or her apps. My computer
      on the other hand, didn't make it past the updated installer/checker
      software. On reboot I ended up with a black screen of death - complete
      freeze. I had to roll back to a restore point from the previous day to get
      back to doing work. I haven't bothered trying to figure out what went wrong
      since I got back running. It is probably a driver incompatibility, but I
      don't know which one yet.

      What I do suggest is to turn off the automatic updates (even before
      SP2),
      but keep a weekly schedule of checking for them. The why is illustrated in
      my attempt with SP2 above - if something breaks, I want to be the one
      looking at it when it happens. I've also seen where the updated SP2 ICF
      (Microsoft's firewall) breaks the MS Office update option. It doesn't
      complain about the MS Office update trying to connect, it just prevents
      anything from coming down. I much prefer my own firewall that I've had long
      before MS came out with theirs - Sygate Person Firewall. It works well and
      has lots of configuration options (so it might not be as easy to set up as
      others) to fine tune what can and can't reach the web. Lastly, the new SP2
      "Security Center" service is just a pain - I turned it off finally by going
      into the Services snap-in and setting it to disable. For some reason with
      it running, it will try to turn back on the ICF and auto updates which I
      had specifically set to off, which can lead to unexplained reboots.

      Oh, and make sure you have plenty of spare time to run the update to SP2.
      It is a 78+ MB package, so I highly recommend a DSL/Cable connection or
      better if you want to download it. Otherwise, order the CD.

      --
      Robert





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