I've been Googling for months trying to find an answer to a problem I have (which I'll be posting/adding to a post later), and I keep getting hits to this sight.
After reading some of the posts, I figured it couldn't possibly hurt to join such a helpful group of folks, so here I am!
I say I'm an "oldie newbie" because I was a very experienced/advanced 'user' in the late 1970's and early 1980's...but all things change, and my first husband (who was a total computer nerd) left with his computer and I didn't really get back 'into' computers until the mid 1990's.
I now consider my fairly knowledgeable (I have to be, since my husband and I make our living as lapidary artists on eBay). We're running a Compaq, Intel 1.8 GHz processor. XP Pro with an 80 GB hardrive, enough RAM to kill a charging rhino, with broadband satellite for internet (backed up by standard modem line), and all the normal "bings and bells" (Norton anti-virus and 3 different spyware/adware programs). I'm usually at this computer 16 hours a day, so I generally notice quickly when something becomes 'out of whack', it's just with all the newer/fancier technology, I sometimes find myself overwhelmed.
In the "good ole bad ole days" computer maintenance used to be SO simple and straightforward, and now I find myself lost just trying to FIND help and answers. However, in the "good ole bad ole days", it wasn't possible to take pictures of something I created in Iowa, and sell them via the internet to buyers across the globe...so I'm not whining, just rambling
Back in the 70's we had (get this!) an 8 kps modem...which meant you could usually transfer a page of text in less than a couple of hours!
Well, that's about enough rambling for now...I'm going to go try yet again to find a solution to my computer's headache.