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Old 12-10-2008, 10:46 AM   #29
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Yeah, it will take some getting use to. But sometimes its fun to play in the 21 century.

My media PC runs Vista, I'm glad all I do is watch tv and movies with it. I have a mac I play on... Windows drive me nuts sometimes.


Stay out of regedit. You can mess some things up if your not careful. and window will not be forgiving.

I know. Been there done that.. Total reinstall after that mistake.
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:02 AM   #30
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I don't think you are - that looks like it might be a Windows "Rights" related problem.
Are you logged in to Windows as Administrator equivalent?

Right click on the HOSTS file and select Properties and see if the Read Only box is checked, and if so clear it and try to save again.
Property boxes were clear

After it says I can't save I can save as text. Then I tried to rename hosts text but hosts a file of the same name already exists. Then I tried to delete hosts but it wont let me says its in use, and if I could I then would rename hosts.text to hosts
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:07 AM   #31
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Try to rename HOSTS to HOSTS.old
Then Save your modifed HOSTS file (or save it as HOSTS.txt and then rename to HOSTS).

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Old 12-10-2008, 11:28 AM   #32
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Is there a way to get rid of that smaller box with the thread postings in it.,
What are you referring to? Where is this SMALLER BOX?

Since I have never seen anyone waving his hand at me I must have solved that problem but I am interested in this small box question.
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:49 AM   #33
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It's vintage Jason.

I'll take it for a spin. I have held out thus far kind of a pain to have to change solely because of the forum though.
Carol, I downloaded Firefox, it will prompt you to copy all your shortcuts and preferences from Internet Exploder. You can also get Adblock Plus to Firefox, it will block pretty much anything you tell it to.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:01 PM   #34
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Thanks Terry. Crusty is working behind the scenes to help me out. Very nice members you get here. I will post my resolution.

I do agree with the previous poster about the premium accounts should be spared all this rigamarole. And even non-supporting members should be spared highly intrusive and obnoxious advertising.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:19 PM   #35
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Isn't it crazy that we have to find ways to get around stupid ads? I hate the waving guy almost as much as I hate that obnoxious TV pitchman, Billy Mays. I have no idea what the waving guy is selling, though I waited once to see what it was so I would make a mental note never to buy it. It was something I'd never heard of and have no idea what it's supposed to do.

I got rid of the page peal months ago (is it still there?) by doing some things recommended to me by someone on the Forum who knows this stuff. I haven't been able to access the classifieds ever since, though there's a fix for that, but I can live without the classifieds. I have a hard time using my time to bother with this crap.

I don't want to bother going into my software to fiddle with it. I imagine some people just stop using the Forum, and some have reported giving up on it. I think the Forum contracts with a company for the ads—probably Google—and apparently has little power to stop the obnoxious ones, but there are consequences when there are fewer eyeballs on the Forum, or angry ones. We used to get ads for Airstream dealers, but now it's strange stuff often having nothing to do with this demographic. I wonder what this demographic is?—old cranky millionaires with Airstreams might be a little inaccurate.

The waving guy seems to be one of the worst ads for encouraging people to buy something I can remember. So, as we are waved away by it, it does have some historic quality to it.

Bye, bye waving guy.

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Old 12-10-2008, 01:21 PM   #36
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I agree Gene!

I do have GREAT news. I have said good-by to waving guy. Through the generosity and 4 hours effort Crusty has walked me (inept slowmoving non-understanding me with a particularly quirky pc environment) through resolution. I have an entire inch more of screen real estate and I am sooooo grateful and happy to keep my current browser.

Thank you thank you thank you Crusty. A pleasure meeting you, that alone was worth the hassle, nice silver lining. You really know your stuff.
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:50 PM   #37
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:57 PM   #38
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If you have a mac like myself and others like Gene. Safari does an add block that works well... I hope that wasn't me that messed you up Gene. I gave advise on this before once.
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:21 PM   #39
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I gotta IMac but there isn't much to do on it, runs itself. I like PC drama and the gazilla buggy software titles I can try. Life could be so easy though... Maybe if I just stopped turning on the PC I could make a break for it.
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:32 PM   #40
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Well, at least there are no ads with audio here, and there are no little jackasses that

walk out from a screen corner blabbering their head off. That is where I draw the line.

Wave all you want, I seem to be able to tune the visual crap out. And, for a small

fee.......... I can teach you how to ignore on-screen ads also.
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HowieE, In a small box above the postings of a thread. This box has the first few words of a response the members name and time. It also has it's own scroll up and down slide. This thing just appeared from nowhere last week and will not go away. It may have some value in a very short thread but it seems to foul up much longer threads of many pages. Because it renumbers all posts starting at 1 on every page. I really am having a hard time describing this thing. I hope you get the jist of what I'm saying.
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If you have a mac like myself and others like Gene. Safari does an add block that works well... I hope that wasn't me that messed you up Gene. I gave advise on this before once.
No purman, it wasn't you. It was someone else (I think, it was many moons ago) who gave me instructions how to go deep into the operating system to eliminate the page peal. I did so, but it also eliminated the classifieds. Then he gave instructions how to get the classifieds back, but not the page peal. I appreciated that, but never bothered. Since not getting the classifieds means one less way to spend my time while I should be doing something my wife tells me to do, it was probably a good thing. I could probably the instructions if I wanted to, but I have so many ways to "waste" time that I don't need more.

Now I'll go look at some more threads that have nothing to do with my "real" life.

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