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Old 05-11-2009, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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I have done troubleshooting and cant fix the problem so it looks like..
A re-install may be in order.
I cant use restore because it had been turned off in settings.
I have no windows disc but can create a restore dvd(2 disc's)
Can i burn my music files to dvd (about 15G of music)would..
I have to convert the files to another format to take less space?data?

Wish i knew more about computers im afraid there will be an issue..
While im trying to re-install or restore and i ll be stuck without a PC.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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Get a USB hard drive and throw all of your important files on there before you reformat. That'll make backups easier in the future too. You don't need to convert anything. Just drag and drop.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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If you can created restore DVD's, using those would probably be a reasonable way to get your machine running well again.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:35 AM
 
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What format is your music in? If this is music your ripped from your CD's, then your good. If it is purchased from the iTunes store and in protected format, or encrypted with "fairplay" which means it won't play on your new computer.

FairPlay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I can't offer any practical experience, as I simply refuse to purchase crippled goods.

I also second EC's suggestion to purchase an external HD, a great way to backup your stuff.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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I don't know about FairPlay, but iTunes crippled music can be played on the new computer. The first time he tries to play one in iTunes, he'll be prompted for his iTunes email address and password to authorize that computer.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:49 AM
 
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I don't know about FairPlay, but iTunes crippled music can be played on the new computer. The first time he tries to play one in iTunes, he'll be prompted for his iTunes email address and password to authorize that computer.
Good to know, like I said, no practical experience, as I don't have an iTunes account/password, and no DRM protected content on my computers.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:56 AM
 
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Good to know, like I said, no practical experience, as I don't have an iTunes account/password, and no DRM protected content on my computers.
Yeah me neither but I've had to deal with it on other people's computers.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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All my music files were ripped from CD and are DRM free.
Hopefully i can put my drivers,(soundcard,wireless card)on disc...
Before i reinstall.
I have a button below my power/off button does that reset the PC?
Sorry im a PC noob
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:11 PM
 
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The restore DVDs you created using a utility that came with your computer will include everything you need to get the computer back to factory conditions. That includes Windows, drivers, and all the bloatware they included. Drivers for anything that didn't come with your computer (like a printer) can be downloaded from the manufacturer's web site. The button below your power button could be a reset button but it doesn't do anything other than restart your computer. It doesn't reformat your computer or reinstall anything.
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:48 PM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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You can certainly move DRM protected songs from iTunes from one computer to another.

I've done it at least three or four times now.


Before you do a reinstall, open itunes and de-authorize your computer. Once you get it running again, transfer your files back in and authorize your new setup through iTunes.


If you cannot do this, you can go to apple's website and do an authorization reset. You'll have to search through the support page to find the link @ apple.com

I don't think anyone would pay money for songs that can never be moved.
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