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I am working this morning from a temporary office I've set up in the guest bedroom here at the BlueTower in a move that is part of a much more drastic big picture. I've surrendered my space to workmen who are dealing with some of its issues as we prepare to sell the place! We are departing our home, and probably our home state, as MrsBlue has accepted a job in Pennsylvania, though it's not impossible we'll still end up living in New York, since it's pretty close to the border. The most interesting aspect of this is that where we are ending up is quite rural. It looks like I'll be able to get decent internet connectivity, which is the main concern this raises, but we're talking about country living here. Cows, bears, hunters... the whole shebang. This should be quite a new experience for this city boy, as I don't think my time in the suburbs or my youthful days at summer camp are enough to prepare me for my new life as a country gentleman. Hopefully you'll view it as good news that I don't expect this to impact the site that badly, and I do expect things to operate as before after the move. I'm expecting the interim to be manageable as well. Getting my office cleared out was one of the logistical hurdles I was facing, so to some degree the disruption from all this has happened already. I'm sure there will be some unexpected twists along the way, but I'll keep you informed as I figure out what's going on.

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40. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 20, 2017, 12:54 Mr. Tact
 
Care to narrow your new location to a county or two?  
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39. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 20, 2017, 09:49  Blue 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 09:37:
Haha, looked up "Pennsyltucky" on wiki -- that is a large area...

Here's the classic description of PA: "Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west and Alabama in the middle." It looks like a more acceptable term for this is "the T," from the shape of the remaining area outside those two cities.
 
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38. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 20, 2017, 09:37 Mr. Tact
 
Haha, looked up "Pennsyltucky" on wiki -- that is a large area...  
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37. Re: Woah, Blue is moving? Feb 20, 2017, 07:56  Blue 
 
Ant wrote on Feb 19, 2017, 22:41:
I used to live in PA with lots of rural places. Where in PA? I noticed my old nest has Verizon FIOS now! Argh.

Nowhere. Or as they call it Pennsyltucky. And no, they don't have FiOS there.
 
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36. Woah, Blue is moving? Feb 19, 2017, 22:41 Ant
 
I used to live in PA with lots of rural places. Where in PA? I noticed my old nest has Verizon FIOS now! Argh.  
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35. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2017, 15:54 Acleacius
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 14, 2017, 03:33:
Acleacius wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 16:25:
Anyone ever deal with Win 7 and upgrading hardware? Apparently it's some kind of drm nonsense. I need to change my motherboard and RAM, so I'm a bit concerned.

I did it years ago. It took trying a few things, but I got it to recognize all the new parts without having to reinstall. Sorry, but I can't recall exactly what I did, I just remember that at first I had to boot to safe mode all the time because it wouldn't recognize anything, but then I got it all sorted and it worked fine for years.
No worries, thanks for the warning. All the good info, I doubt it will be an issue now.

Now I just need to find away to avoid any of Windows Update, nasty surprises. Hopefully there's a guide on Seven Forums to avoid the nasties. There was an article recently about m$ finally releasing a new service pack for Win 7, maybe soon.
 
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2017, 03:33 jdreyer
 
Acleacius wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 16:25:
Anyone ever deal with Win 7 and upgrading hardware? Apparently it's some kind of drm nonsense. I need to change my motherboard and RAM, so I'm a bit concerned.

I did it years ago. It took trying a few things, but I got it to recognize all the new parts without having to reinstall. Sorry, but I can't recall exactly what I did, I just remember that at first I had to boot to safe mode all the time because it wouldn't recognize anything, but then I got it all sorted and it worked fine for years.
 
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33. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 22:58 Acleacius
 
Thanks RedEye9, 1badmf and Mr Tact, good infos! Salute
 
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32. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 22:54 1badmf
 
Acleacius wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 16:25:
Anyone ever deal with Win 7 and upgrading hardware? Apparently it's some kind of drm nonsense. I need to change my motherboard and RAM, so I'm a bit concerned.

your windows key is good for one computer, but the good news is you can move the key around. you just have to revoke the key on the old install and reinstall it on your new computer. yes, too many hardware changes will be counted as a new computer. just google 'revoke windows key' and once that's done, bob's ur uncle (always wanted to use that XD).

it was probably time for a clean install anyway, MIRITE?
 
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 21:06 RedEye9
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 20:51:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 20:40:
I did a RAM and hard drive upgrade a couple of months ago, it was easy and went as smooth as glass -- no issues. However, I am having an issue with upgrading the video card -- not sure if the issue is Win7 or the card. My machine hung on the manufacturer's flash screenshot when I just tried inserting the card... Going to try disabling the on-board video and see if that helps... *shrug*
This is what I would do. Turn the computer off, remove existing video card, boot to the bios and check the integrated GPU/video settings (or just restore the bios defaults) and see if the system boots.
If so you probably should run a driver cleaner like DDU http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/display_driver_uninstaller.html
After clean Restart the computer.
Then shutdown the computer, insert the new GPU, boot to the bios and change settings if necessary, continue booting, windows should install the basic vga drivers.

Restart the computer, install the drivers you want to use, bon appetit

Let us know what you did to make it work. good luck because sometimes luck is what there is.
I just spent the whole day with a cisco meraki wifi point and a motorola canopy wireless radio. So I know luck combined with magic , and tomorrow i get to help troubleshoot vendors who have issues connecting to it. happy happy joy joy
 
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 20:51 RedEye9
 
tired, double posting

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29. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 20:40 Mr. Tact
 
Acleacius wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 16:25:
Anyone ever deal with Win 7 and upgrading hardware? Apparently it's some kind of drm nonsense. I need to change my motherboard and RAM, so I'm a bit concerned.
I did a RAM and hard drive upgrade a couple of months ago, it was easy and went as smooth as glass -- no issues. However, I am having an issue with upgrading the video card -- not sure if the issue is Win7 or the card. My machine hung on the manufacturer's flash screenshot when I just tried inserting the card... Going to try disabling the on-board video and see if that helps... *shrug*
 
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28. Phone Activation : The correct answer is ONE. Feb 13, 2017, 20:26 RedEye9
 

Acleacius wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 16:25:
Anyone ever deal with Win 7 and upgrading hardware? Apparently it's some kind of drm nonsense. I need to change my motherboard and RAM, so I'm a bit concerned.
I have installed used Windows 7 and OEM Dell copies on multiple systems. The following method works.
Right click on Computer and open Properties. At the bottom of that page under Windows Activation it will either say Windows is Activated or you have so many day to activate blah blah blah.

If Windows does not activate automatically I recommend doing Activation by Phone and NOT doing the on-line activation.

You will be voice prompted to enter several numbers. After that the activation system may ask you one question "How Many Computers Has This Copy Of Windows Been Installed On"

The correct answer is ONE.

The system will say that it is checking and if all is well will repond with "correct" . It will then give you several numbers that you will need to type in the corresponding slots.


 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 20:13 Neutronbeam
 
Ack! Don't hit me with this; I don't do well with change! Having two colors for the site was almost more than I could take. Living in Westport, CT WAS my country life...and it had a Barney's downtown. El Presidente, I wish you both a good move, a great job for the Mrs. and endless rural romps for the Gunnar man!

"Breathing all the clean air, sitting in the sun,
When I get my train fare, I'll get up and run.
I'm ready for the city, air pollution here I come!

'Cause I'm a fool for the city, I'm a fool for the city,
I'm a fool for the city, I'm a fool for the city."--Foghat
 
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 19:50 BadAss
 
Hey Blue good luck with the move. We will almost be neighbors now!  
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 18:33 Agent.X7
 
Hey, good luck on your move!

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24. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 18:11 Ozmodan
 
Good luck with your move. Been in the country the past few years and love it. I have lots of trees for shade in the summer although mowing the big yard can get tedious. I had no problem with decent internet, but I have friends that are not far from me that their only option is Frontier and we all know how bad that is.  
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 16:42 nin
 

At least he doesn't have to deal with that one asshole neighbor he's run into a few times now...

Time for new asshole neighbors!

 
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22. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 16:38 Mr. Tact
 
I hope the new job for Mrs. Blue is an upgrade and not a "this is all I could get" thing. Well, at least you know how to drive unlike some life long NYC residents.

Generally moving sucks just from the hassle standpoint. But getting a change of scenery can be very invigorating. You've already found a home? Be careful about Internet connectivity, especially in slightly rural areas there can be good Internet connectivity on one side of the street and not the other, quite literally.
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 16:25 Acleacius
 
Anyone ever deal with Win 7 and upgrading hardware? Apparently it's some kind of drm nonsense. I need to change my motherboard and RAM, so I'm a bit concerned.  
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