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Title: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: aimee on September 04, 2013, 06:05:19 pm
We had a report that someone had trouble accessing the forum intermittently over the past few days.  The information I have was that the main site was able to be accessed, but the forum was down intermittently.  I show activity was steady and spread pretty even throughout the day during the past few days.  Did any of you have problems?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: Pax on September 04, 2013, 08:19:15 pm
No problems here.
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: bobander on September 04, 2013, 08:39:54 pm
Working fine here.
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: Bruce on September 04, 2013, 09:49:55 pm
Aimee,
Thank you for checking on this.  We were having the problem, but now think it was because we are located on the far edge of an RV Park with Wifi.  The connection is slow out there, so that must be why we could only connect to the main PC site but not the Forum some times.
All is good here next to the park office.
Bruce
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: ron.dittmer on September 05, 2013, 10:06:53 am
Yesterday in the morning I accessed the forum just fine.  Mid-day I could not.  I got an error message stating something about not allowing access through Asia.  That has happened before with the forum.  The main PC website remained fine.

To clear up my computer from this, I run CCleaner.  CCleaner is free software used to clean up your own computer of temp files, history, cookies and a whole lot more.  It also has a registry cleaner.  That too works great.

Get CCleaner here for free: http://www.piriform.com/promo/ccleaner-080213?_kk=ccleaner&_kt=f3eccf1d-4c79-43e5-a158-7865dc52e6c2&gclid=CLyng6TDtLkCFYSf4AodJz0AsQ (http://www.piriform.com/promo/ccleaner-080213?_kk=ccleaner&_kt=f3eccf1d-4c79-43e5-a158-7865dc52e6c2&gclid=CLyng6TDtLkCFYSf4AodJz0AsQ)

Click on the Free Download version.  At Motorola where I work, we use the free version all the time and Irene and I use it at home all the time too.  It is well trusted.  If you  have never cleaned up your computer of old garbage "background" data before, you will be pleasently surprised how much disk space is recovered, and your computer should run faster too.

There are numerous selections on CCleaner.  On a laptop which can be easily stolen, I select all in the Internet Explorer & Windows Explorer sections.  In the 3rd System section I select all but the last two.  In the Advanced section I only select the 2nd one called Old Prefetch data.

In the registry cleaner, when it asks to backup the data, I select "no".
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: TomHanlon on September 05, 2013, 12:59:47 pm
Ron why don't you backup the data?
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: ron.dittmer on September 05, 2013, 02:09:48 pm
I never found value with backing up registry data.
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: Bruce on September 05, 2013, 05:39:53 pm
Ron, Is CCleaner appropriate for Apple products like Mac Book and I-Pad or just PC's?
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: ron.dittmer on September 05, 2013, 06:29:31 pm
Good question.  I really don't know for sure as I have never used anything but a Windows personal computer.

I always thought that MACs were configured differently where this won't come into play.  Hopefully someone with a MAC will clarify one way or the other.
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: Barry-Sue on September 05, 2013, 07:27:20 pm
Let me add a second opinion about backing up your registry.

Here is a link that contains an explanation of the registry files:

http://www.syschat.com/windows-system-registry-why-you-should-4666.html


Barry
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: ron.dittmer on September 05, 2013, 08:22:17 pm
Hi Barry,

I didn't mean to play-down the importance of the registry.

CCleaner makes it's own registry backup in My Documents.  I never had any use for it, no reason to keep it.  If in doubt, hit yes to that question.  You will find a copy saved there.
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: TomHanlon on September 06, 2013, 07:16:33 am
I did not mean to start a discussion about whether to backup or not. I just asked because I am having a problem trying to install Garmin Express on my computer. When I called Garmin, the tech wanted to run a registry checker but before he did he backed it up. I stay out of the registry myself and would not know how to restore it if it got messed up and my computer would not start. Even after running the Microsoft program to check the registry and 84 minutes of trying he could not get the program (core systems) to install. I have had this program on my computer before and we removed everything we could find about it, but no help. I was able to download and install Express on my wife's laptop without any problems. I do run backups of my system and every time I needed them I found that I have been backing up the problem also and just did not find the problem until several backup later. I recently had to restore back a year ago to fix a problem. So I too wonder about backups. I guess it was a good thing that I had and kept the backups that long in this case.
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: ron.dittmer on September 06, 2013, 10:58:51 am
Tom, You might want to run CCleaner's "Cleaner" followed by "Registry" before installing the Garmin software.  Back up the old registry data when it asks, no harm in that.  Then install Garmin.  Maybe it will resolve the issue.

Just so you know, the registry cleaner removes old registries that are no longer needed.  I once had some serious system issues that went away after I ran that registry cleaning feature.  Old unused obsolete registeries were in conflict with good ones.  Me and all other people I know who use the registry cleaner, never created a problem from using the registry cleaner, only solving problems.

Oh, and BTW:  Run each program a few times because once in a while, new things come up to clean up after others are cleaned up.

Good Luck
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: lghjr on September 06, 2013, 03:10:07 pm
I had the same problem with Garmin software until I spent a week getting rid of Norton packages, then it installed with no problem.  Seems that overtime Norton protection software starts to act like a virus. Took a guru and about 4 hours of his time to rectify.
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: TomHanlon on September 06, 2013, 06:29:41 pm
Sorry guys, but thanks for the suggestions. I have downloaded and run CCleaner as well as deleted Norton along with every other program/files that have been installed in the last six months. I will keep trying things but I am beginning to think this 7 year old computer is about done. I can't figure out if I want to learn (Apples Mac), Windows 8, or the new Windows 8.1.
 Again thanks.
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: GoPhoenix on September 07, 2013, 06:31:06 am
I use System Mechanic which backs up the registry, cleans the cache, and hundreds of other maintenance things continuously and automatically.  Keeps things running smoothly all the time. http://www.iolo.com/products/system-mechanic-professional/

And for backup, I switched to Carbonite several years ago.  http://www.carbonite.com/

Keeps files backed up continuously online and nearly immediately.  I then upgraded to Carbonite HomePlus about a year ago.  In addition to continuous online file backup, it backs up the entire hard drive once a day to an external hard drive (you furnish).  Itís a mirror image: files and programs and operating system.  If thereís a crash not caused by a hard drive failure, just restore everything.  Get a virus? Just restore everything to an earlier date.  Takes a few hours to restore, but it works perfectly (more than once).  I use a Seagate GoFlex 1 TB Portable External Hard Drive; it goes along in the PC just fine: 

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-Ultra-Portable-External-STAA1000101/dp/B0045JLPMO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1378551590&sr=8-2&keywords=goflex+hard+drive

And I did have hard drive failure three months ago.  Dell replaced the hard drive under warranty.  Six hours later, I had everything restored on the new hard drive exactly as it was before the failure.  Although Iíve never tried it, Carbonite claims you can access files anytime, anywhere from any internet connected computer, smartphone or iPad.
Title: Re: Problems accessing forum?
Post by: aimee on September 07, 2013, 02:15:59 pm
Aimee,
Thank you for checking on this.  We were having the problem, but now think it was because we are located on the far edge of an RV Park with Wifi.  The connection is slow out there, so that must be why we could only connect to the main PC site but not the Forum some times.
All is good here next to the park office.
Bruce

Thanks for troubleshooting this for me, Bruce!  It is probably that your computer has the main site cached in the browser, but the forum isn't cached because content on it changes daily.