OT: Computer Question

Adam Maas adam at mawz.ca
Sun Oct 4 22:16:14 EDT 2009


It's definitely not the DRM, which only restricts the ability to play
media files in stupid ways.

Most likely this is a registry corruption issue.

Backup and reinstall.

-Adam

On Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 9:39 PM, P. J. Alling <webstertwentysix at gmail.com> wrote:
> It sounds like you've run afoul of Microsoft's Digital Rights Management
> system.  Though I thought that it only really was this bad in Vista.
>
> Joseph Tainter wrote:
>>
>> Sorry for the OT question, but the knowledge on this list is incredible. I
>> hope someone can help me.
>>
>> I have a Dell laptop running XP. On Wednesday I installed a new, 19",
>> 1280x1024 external Viewsonic monitor. At the same time I installed a little
>> utility called Desktop Restore, which restores the position of your icons if
>> they get rearranged. All seemed well until today--everything seemed to be
>> working fine.
>>
>> Today I was using Firefox to search for a hotel in Stockholm. Suddenly
>> Zone Alarm popped up a window saying something was trying to access the
>> internet. I clicked on "Deny," but Zone Alarm wouldn'd respond and I
>> couldn't get the message off my screen. So I rebooted the computer. That's
>> when the problems started. Here they are:
>>
>> 1. My 1280 x 1024 monitor will only show in 1024 by 768. I cannot get it
>> to switch to the correct resolution and stick.
>>
>> 2. Now the monitor on the laptop also comes up in 1024 x 768 when I boot
>> up. This monitor I can get to the correct resolution (1280 x 800) by
>> manually setting it in Properties. But I shouldn't have to do that.
>>
>> 3. Suddenly System Restore no longer works. I cannot go back to a previous
>> restore point.
>>
>> 4. So I ran AVG Antivirus 8.5, after first updating it. I had it scan the
>> entire drive. It could not find any viruses.
>>
>> Can anyone think of what may be going on? What should I try?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Joe
>>
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