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Re: The Digital Surgery

Post by Matlot » Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:00 am

Cheers BB.

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Re: The Digital Surgery

Post by J.J.B. » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:04 pm

If it is the Windows (OS) password it may be fairly straight-forward but the easiest thing could be to reinstall Windows altogether. You may lose some features and installed programs but provided you don't format the hard drive you should safeguard all your personal data such as documents, photos etc. Since you haven't used it in 3 years this may not bother you that much.

If it is the BIOS password, however, one that is required before the OS will even load, it's a different proposition altogether. Sometimes these can be reset by removing the CMOS battery from the motherboard and leaving it overnight to completely lose power, other times you need to find the security chip and short out a couple of pins, which is horrific.

If you can spare a few hundred Baht, I'd certainly follow BB's suggestion as a first step rather than trying anything myself.
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Re: The Digital Surgery

Post by Thistle » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:22 pm

Sure all the input the current OP receiving is good,but have to agree a quick visit to Mr Don will resolve the problem,quickly and at a very small outlay financially.Would highly recommend him for any computer problems,big or small.

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Re: The Digital Surgery

Post by Matlot » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:57 pm

I went to see Mr Don! Less than 5 min and all sorted, including an additional problem I had with the laptop. Good service at a very good price.

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What's happenned to my photos

Post by StevePIraq » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:57 pm

I have just been reminiscing and looking at some old photos and found quite a few have gone duff.

Can anyone shed any light on what has happened and how I can possibly recover them. I do have back ups but they are the same as I just overwrite each time I back up.
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Re: The Digital Surgery

Post by buksida » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:00 pm

Looks like Jpeg file corruption while being copied or emailed, can happen with crappy SD cards or USB sticks. You may need to revert back to your backups.
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Re: The Digital Surgery

Post by 404cameljockey » Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:02 pm

You say you've overwritten all of your backups I'm afraid you're probably pretty much screwed.

If the pics are of sentimental value, I'd first try opening them with a few different image viewers, but I don't think it will help.

If they did come from a flash drive or other external media, maybe the deleted originals can be recovered with a recovery program, provided they haven't been overwritten. There's a chance, but I think you said these are old files.

There are free programs you can try to repair corrupted image files but I never had success with any. Sorry. I know some are better than others.

Can you see a full thumbnail of the image in Explorer or other program? That will be a hopeful sign.

You could try opening a file and then saving it in some other formats (gif, etc) then opening that one.

If you want to play with the files technically, make copies in a separate folder and try jpegsnoop on them. It might at least give you complete thumbnails which you could screenshot (in really poor resolution :( )

https://sourceforge.net/projects/jpegsnoop/

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It's a pisser when you make the effort to back up your computer and still get screwed!
For the future make sure after the initial full backup only to backup changed files (differential backup). Then when deleting backups to free up disk space, keep the first (full) backup and a few random differential backups from different dates.
Even better, also keep an entire disk image on an external drive which you don't touch from year to year, or at least copies of your music/picture/documents/saved game folders, web favourites, email folders, etc. I recently found a copy of my pictures folder from 2004. :D

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