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Old 06-20-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Computer question, no DC content?

Is it Ok to ask a general computer question here that has no DC content..

or do I need to find a (hopefully as friendly and knowledgable) forum other than this one..

Eric, Austin Tx.

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Old 06-20-2011, 01:53 PM   #2
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Is it Ok to ask a general computer question here that has no DC content..

or do I need to find a (hopefully as friendly and knowledgable) forum other than this one..

Eric, Austin Tx.
Go ahead and ask. If no one knows the answer, I'll make one up for you.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:02 PM   #3
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Any problem is better with Bacon...
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:29 PM   #4
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Anytime. We can all learn from it. Ask away.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:37 PM   #5
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I'd say...go for it. I've asked computer questions here and gotten great, and helpful, responses. Lots of brains to pick here and it won't cost a penny. Now, THAT'S a deal!!
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:44 PM   #6
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Did somebody say bacon?
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:50 PM   #7
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That's why this is called "off topic". You'd be amazed at how much advice I've gotten that had nothing to do with food here. If there isn't a reader who is an expert in the area, someone will direct you to a site that is appropriate for your questions.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:15 PM   #8
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Awright, I'm Telling My Mom on y'all about the bacon..

but seriously ,

My elderly Mom, early 80's, lives in a very small town outside of Austin Tx.

a few years ago I gave her my old computer when I upgraded.. her's is about a 2005 model runing XP that was pretty good at the time..

she gets cable tv. but not HD, and my cell phone barely works when I am there..

she has taken to this computer like a Duck on Water, loves to e-mail me and her friends, and also (Shockingly) plays Video Poker and Slots!

but when you try to Surf, it seems that the load of Dancing Kitties ads and stuff seem to Overwelm her conection Baud Rate... (do we still use the term Baud Rate?)

I've turned on Pop Up blocker on her Firefox browser, tried stopping Java Script, ( though that really ruins the whole Browsing Experience)..

do I need to buy here a newer computer with more memory?

Thanks, Eric Austin Tx.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:28 PM   #9
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good that she's using Firefox - check for AdBlockPlus - that's very effective at killing the dancing pigs.

>>baud
no, with broadband it's bits per second (bps) or kbps or mbps (multipliers.....)

as for overall speed, the "promised" service speeds is the first issue
next is possible physical connection problems from the pole to the computer
next is cable modem speed
and if it's wireless, there's (old) 10 mbps and (new) 50 mbps varieties - but frankly other than downloading feature length movies, this is not likely an issue for simple stuff like email and surfing.

"the slows" - but not related to dancing pigs - can also result from viri and malware.
hopefully she has a good anti-virus active, the XP firewall is entirely adequate.
MalwareBytes and Spybot are two free for personal use and highly regarded 'checker programs'

but more RAM or faster processor is not going to solve the issue of the dancing pigs. even ancient computers can "run" ten to twenty times faster than the internet delivers.

edit: oh, forgot to add - do research those on-line games she's using. not all of them have sparkling reputations . . .
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Also, check with her internet provider. So offer higher speeds for more money.
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