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My notebook conked out today...

So my notebook crashed this afternoon wasn't doing anything just playing podcasts, I noticed it stopped abruptly (I was doing some paperwork) and when I check the system was unresponsive. I hit the power button to reboot and the poop hit the fan.

Tried to boot into safe mode -- no joy
Tried to repair the MBR -- no joy

So I went ahead and reformatted.

My backups are current so I'm not worried about data loss. It's just a chore to rebuild a system just the way you like it.

This is the 3rd major issue I've had with this notebook, I'm not blaming Acer entirely though.

My friends are advising me to switch to a Mac, but I am apprehensive.

Aside from the obscene Apple tax, I'm just too comfortable with Windows 7.

I suspect an HDD issue, so I will be observing the system as I rebuild.


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Tips & Tricks|Orientation Aware Backgrounds

I just wanted to share some stuff I learned over at xda-dev's forum today.
Anyway as the title states this is about today themes and Orientation Aware Backgrounds. It's really quite simple
All you need is 2 images [3 if you want to change the Start Menu image as well] of the proper resolution.
tdywater_320_240.gif [Landscape Image] = 320 x 240 image
tdywater_240_320.gif [Portrait Image] = 240 x 320 image
stwater [Start Menu Image] = 190 x 290 image
tdywater_640_480.gif [Landscape Image] = 640 x 480 image
tdywater_480_640.gif [Portrait Image] = 480 x 640 image
stwater [Start Menu Image] = 399 x 586 image
What you do is copy the files to \Windows directory and viola! Orientation Aware Backgrounds!
Notes: The theme's default images will be used once you switch themes. So you would need to copy the files back again to \Windows dir for it to work again, what I do is I have placed Wallpaper sets in ZIP files on my Storage Card so I can change and change as desired.…