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Old 04-03-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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I give up...I bought a Toshiba 17 inch laptop for a super deal of 700 bucks from Shopnbc. I already had some problems day 1 last week. Just tried to load aol 9.5 and it would not load, said problems with something.....dunno, something to do with not being compatible with Vista. Now my internet explorer is gone, also my recycle bin. The Toshiba tech said to put in the restore disc. Should I keep this and restore it or send this thing back. A computer repair place wants $250.00 to take out Vista and put in XP. Confused as to what to do. To replace this laptop at a regular retailer with the size and features it has will be over 1,000 bucks.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Go to Display Properties | Desktop | Advanced and put those items back on the Desktop.

(How much of that $250 is this advice worth? )
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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Problem 1 = Toshiba
Problem 2 = AOL

Vista works fine but not when it's crapped up with crappy software.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:45 PM
 
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I fixed the recycle bin problem. I called aol and they said since my account was closed last year my laptop will not download aol. That does not sound right. How does aol 9.5 know who I am on this laptop? I just wanna go thru signing in as guest with my screen name. Do you know what the problem is? I tried to download 4 times and it says succesfull but I have no aol icon to click and do not see aol loaded in anywhere. It said it went into applications but where is that? I am a computer dummie and my friend who would help me is 1200 miles away. Thanx for your help....appreciate it!
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:35 PM
 
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Not sure about the AOL problem as I never use it, but under no circumstances let someone try to put XP on that laptop. It is very unlikely that it will work. The new computers have new hardware in them that doesn't have XP drivers.
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:06 PM
 
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Vista: Texas Bans Vista For State Gov
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:24 PM
 
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I fixed the recycle bin problem. I called aol and they said since my account was closed last year my laptop will not download aol. That does not sound right. How does aol 9.5 know who I am on this laptop? I just wanna go thru signing in as guest with my screen name. Do you know what the problem is? I tried to download 4 times and it says succesfull but I have no aol icon to click and do not see aol loaded in anywhere. It said it went into applications but where is that? I am a computer dummie and my friend who would help me is 1200 miles away. Thanx for your help....appreciate it!
I don't know about 9.5 but I have successfully installed and run 9.0VR on many Vista machines. I have a copy in my archives I could get to you somehow if needed. Its about 60MB. You might also see if you can download it from a web site called oldversion.com.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:07 PM
 
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Thanx EFC....I had a Mac guy get me somewhat up and running with Firefox versus Internet Explorer. I still want my AOL though. I am a creature of habit and have had it for 12 years. My laptop will not download AOL. I got a small box that said, user account security is preventing me from downloading it. I am looking for an old disc to upload it. They used to put them out at different retailers on the counter but I do not think they do it anymore. I am just curious because AOL told me since my account was cancelled, a new aol will not upload to my new laptop! I had my aol account on my old laptop already so when aol shut me down I just signed on as guest with the same account. Wierd I need an active account for it to download on the new one. I wrote a letter to AOL asking to re-activate my old account, so I will wait it out I guess. Wierd!
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:33 PM
 
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I'm a firm believe that the "No Vista , No Problem " is the best approach.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:34 PM
 
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I'm a firm believe that the "No Vista , No Problem " is the best approach.
I subscribe to the know Vista, no (or few) problem approach.
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