compaq presario cd-rom problems

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The CD-Rom on my sons compaq w/XP home stopped working.

He recently decided to get DSL only to discover that the CD does not
work so he can't use the disk from Qwest. We tried several things last
night but I discovered so many problems that we did a system restore.

Do we need to let everything from the internet setup complete and the
compaq desktop finish before proceeding?

Is there away of checking for other users and removing them and stuff
they installed? His sister managed somehow to get on the computer and
download and install things filling up the hard drive. He does not
remember the admin password. Is there a way of cracking the admin password?
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    Pettar Nordahl-Hagan has created a password cracker for Windows NT, 2000 and XP
    systems. It is a free download.

    http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

    Create a bootable floppy per instructions and follow the instructions closely.
    The diskette will boot a Linux kernal and it is entirely command-line oriented,
    but not too hard to use.

    As the original user of the computer, your son should have administrative
    priveleges. If not, boot the computer in safe mode (F8 key gives you boot
    choices), log in as Administrator and examine all the users and their files.

    It's possible that software could be preventing the CD-ROM drive from operating.

    Contact Qwest, tell them the problem, and a Qwest help desk person should be
    able to walk you through the initial logon and validation to their DSL, without
    the CD... Ben Myers

    On Fri, 15 Jul 2005 07:36:35 -0600, william kossack <wskossack@comcast.net>
    wrote:

    >The CD-Rom on my sons compaq w/XP home stopped working.
    >
    >He recently decided to get DSL only to discover that the CD does not
    >work so he can't use the disk from Qwest. We tried several things last
    >night but I discovered so many problems that we did a system restore.
    >
    >Do we need to let everything from the internet setup complete and the
    >compaq desktop finish before proceeding?
    >
    >Is there away of checking for other users and removing them and stuff
    >they installed? His sister managed somehow to get on the computer and
    >download and install things filling up the hard drive. He does not
    >remember the admin password. Is there a way of cracking the admin password?
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    thanks, I'll give it a try

    I'm going to let my son do the DSL setup I figure at least this time he
    is trying to follow the instructions on something without throwing them
    away first

    last night I briefly thought the cd-rom combo was working. The qwest
    dsl install launched while the compaq setup software was trying to
    run. There is a chance the CD is bad beccause his gaming seems to be
    hard on them but that should be a simple replacment to accomplish


    Ben Myers wrote:

    >Pettar Nordahl-Hagan has created a password cracker for Windows NT, 2000 and XP
    >systems. It is a free download.
    >
    >http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
    >
    >Create a bootable floppy per instructions and follow the instructions closely.
    >The diskette will boot a Linux kernal and it is entirely command-line oriented,
    >but not too hard to use.
    >
    >As the original user of the computer, your son should have administrative
    >priveleges. If not, boot the computer in safe mode (F8 key gives you boot
    >choices), log in as Administrator and examine all the users and their files.
    >
    >It's possible that software could be preventing the CD-ROM drive from operating.
    >
    >Contact Qwest, tell them the problem, and a Qwest help desk person should be
    >able to walk you through the initial logon and validation to their DSL, without
    >the CD... Ben Myers
    >
    >On Fri, 15 Jul 2005 07:36:35 -0600, william kossack <wskossack@comcast.net>
    >wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >>The CD-Rom on my sons compaq w/XP home stopped working.
    >>
    >>He recently decided to get DSL only to discover that the CD does not
    >>work so he can't use the disk from Qwest. We tried several things last
    >>night but I discovered so many problems that we did a system restore.
    >>
    >>Do we need to let everything from the internet setup complete and the
    >>compaq desktop finish before proceeding?
    >>
    >>Is there away of checking for other users and removing them and stuff
    >>they installed? His sister managed somehow to get on the computer and
    >>download and install things filling up the hard drive. He does not
    >>remember the admin password. Is there a way of cracking the admin password?
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    My suggestion is do not ever install Qwest's software. Buy a router (cheap
    these days) and let the router do the log on. Plug your computer into the
    router and you won't need the software.

    Without a router, you WILL get hacked.

    To
    "William Kossack" <kossackw@njc.org> wrote in message
    news:11dfqnig6hcru06@corp.supernews.com...
    >
    > thanks, I'll give it a try
    >
    > I'm going to let my son do the DSL setup I figure at least this time he
    > is trying to follow the instructions on something without throwing them
    > away first
    >
    > last night I briefly thought the cd-rom combo was working. The qwest dsl
    > install launched while the compaq setup software was trying to run.
    > There is a chance the CD is bad beccause his gaming seems to be hard on
    > them but that should be a simple replacment to accomplish
    >
    >
    > Ben Myers wrote:
    >
    >>Pettar Nordahl-Hagan has created a password cracker for Windows NT, 2000
    >>and XP
    >>systems. It is a free download.
    >>http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
    >>
    >>Create a bootable floppy per instructions and follow the instructions
    >>closely.
    >>The diskette will boot a Linux kernal and it is entirely command-line
    >>oriented,
    >>but not too hard to use.
    >>
    >>As the original user of the computer, your son should have administrative
    >>priveleges. If not, boot the computer in safe mode (F8 key gives you boot
    >>choices), log in as Administrator and examine all the users and their
    >>files.
    >>It's possible that software could be preventing the CD-ROM drive from
    >>operating.
    >>
    >>Contact Qwest, tell them the problem, and a Qwest help desk person should
    >>be
    >>able to walk you through the initial logon and validation to their DSL,
    >>without
    >>the CD... Ben Myers
    >>
    >>On Fri, 15 Jul 2005 07:36:35 -0600, william kossack
    >><wskossack@comcast.net>
    >>wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>The CD-Rom on my sons compaq w/XP home stopped working.
    >>>
    >>>He recently decided to get DSL only to discover that the CD does not work
    >>>so he can't use the disk from Qwest. We tried several things last night
    >>>but I discovered so many problems that we did a system restore.
    >>>
    >>>Do we need to let everything from the internet setup complete and the
    >>>compaq desktop finish before proceeding?
    >>>
    >>>Is there away of checking for other users and removing them and stuff
    >>>they installed? His sister managed somehow to get on the computer and
    >>>download and install things filling up the hard drive. He does not
    >>>remember the admin password. Is there a way of cracking the admin
    >>>password?
    >>>
    >>
    >>
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    william kossack wrote:
    > The CD-Rom on my sons compaq w/XP home stopped working.
    >
    > He recently decided to get DSL only to discover that the CD does not
    > work so he can't use the disk from Qwest. We tried several things last
    > night but I discovered so many problems that we did a system restore.
    >
    > Do we need to let everything from the internet setup complete and the
    > compaq desktop finish before proceeding?
    >
    > Is there away of checking for other users and removing them and stuff
    > they installed? His sister managed somehow to get on the computer and
    > download and install things filling up the hard drive. He does not
    > remember the admin password. Is there a way of cracking the admin
    > password?

    I've noticed a lot of messages from people in both the public and
    private newsgroups that are having horrible problems after 'installing'
    Qwests stuff. Stuff it is, I haven't seen much of any resolution, but
    you may want to Google it to keep up.

    Good Luck!

    --
    Jim

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  5. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    Agreed. 1000%. But only if the connection to Qwest DSL can be accomplished
    without the Qwest software. I've never used or set up Qwest DSL. Only Verizon
    and several CLECs around here. But they all can walk you through the initial
    connection and validation of the DSL service via a browser, and hopefully with a
    help person speaking American English dialect on the other end of the line.

    .... Ben Myers

    On Fri, 15 Jul 2005 17:54:29 GMT, "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote:

    >My suggestion is do not ever install Qwest's software. Buy a router (cheap
    >these days) and let the router do the log on. Plug your computer into the
    >router and you won't need the software.
    >
    >Without a router, you WILL get hacked.
    >
    >To
    >"William Kossack" <kossackw@njc.org> wrote in message
    >news:11dfqnig6hcru06@corp.supernews.com...
    >>
    >> thanks, I'll give it a try
    >>
    >> I'm going to let my son do the DSL setup I figure at least this time he
    >> is trying to follow the instructions on something without throwing them
    >> away first
    >>
    >> last night I briefly thought the cd-rom combo was working. The qwest dsl
    >> install launched while the compaq setup software was trying to run.
    >> There is a chance the CD is bad beccause his gaming seems to be hard on
    >> them but that should be a simple replacment to accomplish
    >>
    >>
    >> Ben Myers wrote:
    >>
    >>>Pettar Nordahl-Hagan has created a password cracker for Windows NT, 2000
    >>>and XP
    >>>systems. It is a free download.
    >>>http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
    >>>
    >>>Create a bootable floppy per instructions and follow the instructions
    >>>closely.
    >>>The diskette will boot a Linux kernal and it is entirely command-line
    >>>oriented,
    >>>but not too hard to use.
    >>>
    >>>As the original user of the computer, your son should have administrative
    >>>priveleges. If not, boot the computer in safe mode (F8 key gives you boot
    >>>choices), log in as Administrator and examine all the users and their
    >>>files.
    >>>It's possible that software could be preventing the CD-ROM drive from
    >>>operating.
    >>>
    >>>Contact Qwest, tell them the problem, and a Qwest help desk person should
    >>>be
    >>>able to walk you through the initial logon and validation to their DSL,
    >>>without
    >>>the CD... Ben Myers
    >>>
    >>>On Fri, 15 Jul 2005 07:36:35 -0600, william kossack
    >>><wskossack@comcast.net>
    >>>wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>>The CD-Rom on my sons compaq w/XP home stopped working.
    >>>>
    >>>>He recently decided to get DSL only to discover that the CD does not work
    >>>>so he can't use the disk from Qwest. We tried several things last night
    >>>>but I discovered so many problems that we did a system restore.
    >>>>
    >>>>Do we need to let everything from the internet setup complete and the
    >>>>compaq desktop finish before proceeding?
    >>>>
    >>>>Is there away of checking for other users and removing them and stuff
    >>>>they installed? His sister managed somehow to get on the computer and
    >>>>download and install things filling up the hard drive. He does not
    >>>>remember the admin password. Is there a way of cracking the admin
    >>>>password?
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    I could do it easily but I'm going to wait and see if my 19 year old
    that does not really understand computers can do it first


    Ben Myers wrote:

    >Agreed. 1000%. But only if the connection to Qwest DSL can be accomplished
    >without the Qwest software. I've never used or set up Qwest DSL. Only Verizon
    >and several CLECs around here. But they all can walk you through the initial
    >connection and validation of the DSL service via a browser, and hopefully with a
    >help person speaking American English dialect on the other end of the line.
    >
    >... Ben Myers
    >
    >On Fri, 15 Jul 2005 17:54:29 GMT, "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >>My suggestion is do not ever install Qwest's software. Buy a router (cheap
    >>these days) and let the router do the log on. Plug your computer into the
    >>router and you won't need the software.
    >>
    >>Without a router, you WILL get hacked.
    >>
    >>To
    >>"William Kossack" <kossackw@njc.org> wrote in message
    >>news:11dfqnig6hcru06@corp.supernews.com...
    >>
    >>
    >>>thanks, I'll give it a try
    >>>
    >>>I'm going to let my son do the DSL setup I figure at least this time he
    >>>is trying to follow the instructions on something without throwing them
    >>>away first
    >>>
    >>>last night I briefly thought the cd-rom combo was working. The qwest dsl
    >>>install launched while the compaq setup software was trying to run.
    >>>There is a chance the CD is bad beccause his gaming seems to be hard on
    >>>them but that should be a simple replacment to accomplish
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>Ben Myers wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>>Pettar Nordahl-Hagan has created a password cracker for Windows NT, 2000
    >>>>and XP
    >>>>systems. It is a free download.
    >>>>http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
    >>>>
    >>>>Create a bootable floppy per instructions and follow the instructions
    >>>>closely.
    >>>>The diskette will boot a Linux kernal and it is entirely command-line
    >>>>oriented,
    >>>>but not too hard to use.
    >>>>
    >>>>As the original user of the computer, your son should have administrative
    >>>>priveleges. If not, boot the computer in safe mode (F8 key gives you boot
    >>>>choices), log in as Administrator and examine all the users and their
    >>>>files.
    >>>>It's possible that software could be preventing the CD-ROM drive from
    >>>>operating.
    >>>>
    >>>>Contact Qwest, tell them the problem, and a Qwest help desk person should
    >>>>be
    >>>>able to walk you through the initial logon and validation to their DSL,
    >>>>without
    >>>>the CD... Ben Myers
    >>>>
    >>>>On Fri, 15 Jul 2005 07:36:35 -0600, william kossack
    >>>><wskossack@comcast.net>
    >>>>wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>>The CD-Rom on my sons compaq w/XP home stopped working.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>He recently decided to get DSL only to discover that the CD does not work
    >>>>>so he can't use the disk from Qwest. We tried several things last night
    >>>>>but I discovered so many problems that we did a system restore.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>Do we need to let everything from the internet setup complete and the
    >>>>>compaq desktop finish before proceeding?
    >>>>>
    >>>>>Is there away of checking for other users and removing them and stuff
    >>>>>they installed? His sister managed somehow to get on the computer and
    >>>>>download and install things filling up the hard drive. He does not
    >>>>>remember the admin password. Is there a way of cracking the admin
    >>>>>password?
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    The original question had to do with cd-rom problems. I used to work
    for Qwest and dislike them as well but that is not the problem I'm
    trying to solve.

    I now have the computer in my study and I'm trying to clean it up. The
    CD-ROM still does not seem to work. I have an old spare that I'm going
    to try but one thing I have noticed is that the computer is really tight
    on space. there is something like 6-8 gigs of free space and 33 gigs of
    stuff on it. He has some downloaded video clips and probably some music
    files.

    One concern is that I can't seem to get much of the space back. What is
    the deal? I've uninstalled a ton of compaq junk like games and even
    free trial software like office with little effect. The trash is empty
    and I've run disk cleanup a couple times.

    I ran the free trial spy program that came on the computer which found a
    couple things. I've run the virus scan also

    william kossack wrote:
    > The CD-Rom on my sons compaq w/XP home stopped working.
    >
    > He recently decided to get DSL only to discover that the CD does not
    > work so he can't use the disk from Qwest. We tried several things last
    > night but I discovered so many problems that we did a system restore.
    >
    > Do we need to let everything from the internet setup complete and the
    > compaq desktop finish before proceeding?
    >
    > Is there away of checking for other users and removing them and stuff
    > they installed? His sister managed somehow to get on the computer and
    > download and install things filling up the hard drive. He does not
    > remember the admin password. Is there a way of cracking the admin
    > password?
  8. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    I think I figured out why the CD-ROM stopped working.....

    While testing a spare drive I was handling the non-working drive. I
    noticed something rattling inside. Knowing this could not be correct I
    opened the front of the drive and took of the front plate turned it over
    and begain to shake it.

    Pieces of a broken CD-ROM fell out including one with the letters PAC on
    it ie from the name TUPAC as in Tupac Shakur.

    By the way the spare old CD-ROM drive worked but it is not a burner.
    With all the music and photos etc he will need a new burner. I plan on
    buying the least expensive I can find. His mother thinks he does not
    need a burner but with the HD so full he will need to copy off some of
    the junk.


    william kossack wrote:
    > The CD-Rom on my sons compaq w/XP home stopped working.
    >
    > He recently decided to get DSL only to discover that the CD does not
    > work so he can't use the disk from Qwest. We tried several things last
    > night but I discovered so many problems that we did a system restore.
    >
    > Do we need to let everything from the internet setup complete and the
    > compaq desktop finish before proceeding?
    >
    > Is there away of checking for other users and removing them and stuff
    > they installed? His sister managed somehow to get on the computer and
    > download and install things filling up the hard drive. He does not
    > remember the admin password. Is there a way of cracking the admin
    > password?
  9. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    JSG wrote:
    > william kossack wrote:
    >> The CD-Rom on my sons compaq w/XP home stopped working.
    >>
    >> He recently decided to get DSL only to discover that the CD does not
    >> work so he can't use the disk from Qwest. We tried several things
    >> last night but I discovered so many problems that we did a system
    >> restore. Do we need to let everything from the internet setup
    >> complete and the
    >> compaq desktop finish before proceeding?
    >>
    >> Is there away of checking for other users and removing them and stuff
    >> they installed? His sister managed somehow to get on the computer
    >> and download and install things filling up the hard drive. He does
    >> not remember the admin password. Is there a way of cracking the
    >> admin password?
    >
    > I've noticed a lot of messages from people in both the public and
    > private newsgroups that are having horrible problems after
    > 'installing' Qwests stuff. Stuff it is, I haven't seen much of any
    > resolution, but you may want to Google it to keep up.
    >
    > Good Luck!

    Go to www.dslreports.com and navigate to the Qwest DSL forum and faqs.
    There are complete user install instructions.

    Q
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