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  1. Hi Pin62 To answer your question, yes, remove the hard drive, then only you will be able to access your data. All of your pictures, music, videos, word files, college work, uni, banking details etc (what ever you have stored on your drive) will be safe from 'prying eyes'.
  2. That is the problem with the AIO's. Motherboards etc, are notoriously expensive to replace. I have one in the workshop at the moment, for a client. Their mobo is kaput, and I have classed it as beyond economical repair. The £90 charged, does sound ridiculously cheap imo. I know I am not the cheapest repair tech around, (nor do I ever want to be), but that does not sound right to me. What size drive did they install for you?. To be honest, it does sound like it was a image installation, rather than a fresh one.. If you do go the ebay route, then PLEASE remove the drive from the machine. As it will have all your info on it. Yes you will lose a couple of £ off the sale price, but you will have a spare drive, you could use as a external drive for backup purposes.
  3. Does it blue screen whilst in safe mode? (to get to safe mode, press f8, as soon as it starts up, and keep pressing it), then choose safe mode with networking. This will allow you to use the computer as normal, however the icons will be much larger than usual. If it still bsod's, then next time you start your computer, do the f8 trick again, only this time, choose disable automatic restore. Then 'when' it bsod's, it will not automatically restart the machine, it will stop, and the blue screen will stay on screen. If you can say that the same stop code (0x000000??) keeps on occurring, and it is the same code 7A (A page of kernel data was not found in the pagefile and could not be read into memory. This might be due to incompatible disk or controller drivers, firmware, or hardware). I would agree with dx, and state that the sata controllers on the motherboard are failing, and the machine requires a replacement motherboard. You mention that you have already paid out £180 to both companies. Is this £180, for the hard drive, AND the windows reinstallation?. Is the total, the sum you have paid to both companies in total, or £180 each? Only reason I ask this, is if its £180 in total, then something doesn't fit right with me. Hard drives, cost anything from £35.00 upwards (depending on the size). Then you have add their profit, labour costs, and the windows reinstallation costs. If I was to replace a drive, and basically start afresh, my fee is usually around the £130 mark.
  4. claim1.pdfHopefully these can now be seen at the proper size. Apologies for the stupid error yesterday. Many thanks once again frontcontract.pdf back.pdf claim2.pdf
  5. Thanks guys, I will scan it shortly, and upload. Be about 15-20 mins.
  6. My apologies in not replying sooner to this thread. The actual road names etc, are Liverpool Road, Irlam, Manchester (Main Road), with the junction of Silver St, and Boat Lane. We eventually got paid out for our car, in Dec 11. Some 5 months after the accident. PI claim is still ongoing.
  7. Hi everyone, I am wondering if anyone can please assist me with a major problem. Basically 2 years ago, I signed up with a company to appear in 10k brochures, plus complimentary e-brochures, loyalty appt cards, seasonal e-vites. It appears this is all one huge [problem]. There are numerous postings about this company all over the internet, and their selling practises. I fell foul of their selling techniques last year. Paid over £660 over 3 months for 2 years advertising in Aug 10. Usual story, a local playgroup, (who does exist and is doing extremely well), letter of authorisation off the owner, I was supposed to be in 10,000 leaflets, and vouchers to all parents who drop off their children. Suffice to say not a single call off anyone (and I track my calls). Receive a phone call off this company saying that a invoice is due from the 15th Oct 10. Get in touch with them to find out what this invoice is for, and its for 2012. I contact them and say that as it was a 2 yr agreement, 2012 has been paid. Oh no, I should of read the t&c's, clause 14 states the following.. "If the advertiser does not wish for their advertisement to appear after the expiry of the initial 2 year advertising period, the advertiser must service notice in writing by recorded delivery post to that effect to the company no later than 12 months after the date on this agreement. Failing which this agreement will become a 12 month rolling contract at the same yearly value as overleaf, plus art work charge. It may only be terminated by either party upon 12 months written notice which must be given to the party in accordance with clause 19 and which, must be expressed to expire on either the date 12 months after the last day of the initial advertising period or any anniversary of date 12 months after the last day of the initial advertising period." Clause 19. "No notice to the company shall be binding, valid or effective unless sent by recorded delivery post to the company's address as set out overleaf." I reply with a email of the following This was for both year one and year two of this agreement. As stated in my phone call to you earlier this morning, I have not received any brochure from your company, not a single call from any client (and I track each and every call which comes into my company). After further researching, I find that I am not the only company who has fallen for this. Therefore, I will NOT be paying this invoice, nor any future invoice to your company. Please take this as written confirmation, that I am CANCELLING this contract with your company. A email is just as good as good as Royal Mail, for cancelling any contracts. A copy of this email will be held on our servers, and confirmation of it being read will also be kept. I have had to write off over £600 to your company, which is money I can not afford to lose. I will not be replying to any further emails, nor telephone calls from your company. As far as I am concerned this is the end of the matter. Receive a reply off them this morning stating Further to your email below the payment made are for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 the first 2 years of your Automatically renewable advertising Agreement, the payment now invoiced is for 2012-12 the 3rd years advertising. Your Agreement is an automatically renewable Agreement as stipulated, as no notice of termination has been received in line with clause 14 the Agreement has been automatically renewed and the payment request in accordance with the payment structure set out on the front of the Agreement. Whilst we would love to be able offer a guarantee that advertising will bring in more business we physically cannot do this, we like all advertising mediums can only produce the product in anticipation that your business will be of interest to the public in the targeted area.(I run a computer repair business in my local area, I have a good client base, therefore my business is of interest to the public in my area). The email received is not accepted as your termination of the 4th year, to enable us to do do this I need this in writing by recorded delivery post as stipulated on your Agreements clause 14 which you have initialled as having read and agreed to. Invoice number xxx for payment of the automatically renewable Agreements 3rd year remains payable, as previously advised. Enclosed is a copy of the signed Agreement and its terms and conditions with the relevant areas highlighted. In an effort to resolve this matter amicably I will offer to either accept a full and final settlement of £280.80 (a 25% reduction) or split the payments over the next 6 months at the rate of £62.40 per month. Should either payment of the settlement amount offered or confirmation of acceptance of the payment plan be received within the next 7 days I will assume that you do not wish to resolve this matter amicably. Should this be the case we will revert back to the full balance as invoiced and proceed for the monies due inclusive if any charges which may be added in accordance with the terms of the Agreement . I trust this letter fully respond to your email received 25 October 2011 and demonstrates our willingness to resolve this matter amicably, should you wish to discuss the content of this letter please do not hesitate to contact me on xxxxxx. On the front of my contract the rep had erased the artwork charge, basically making it foc. Comes to the last payment of the dd, and they took an additional £90+vat off me. Upon querying this, it was the artwork charge. I threatened them with court action if this was not refunded back to my account within 14 days. They put it back on the 14th day. As far as I am aware, if you cancel by email, it is the same as cancelling by recorded del. I cancelled both over the phone, when speaking to this legal department, and also by email. I have a email receipt of it being opened, and also of it being read. Therefore the contract is cancelled, irrespective of what they claim. I have just checked out cancellation rights, and can confirm the following. What must my consumers do if they want to cancel? 3.26 They must tell you in writing, or in another durable medium, if they want to cancel. This includes letter, fax or email. A phone call is not enough unless you say in your terms and conditions that you will accept cancellations by phone. As far as I am concerned, the £600 has to be wrote off, no way of getting that back off them. Basically the way I am reading clause 14 (please tell me if I am wrong here), is that if you want to cancel the contract, you must do so, within 365 days of the date of the initial contract. Failing to do this, means you will be rolled over for another 12 month contract. However they require 12 months written notice. Does this mean, that even if you cancel say after 364 days, they will continue to try and enforce the contract for another year on top of the initial 2 year one? Also as a favour to me (how nice of them), they offered to reduce the invoice by 25%, if I paid it now. Now do you know of any other company which would offer such gracious terms?. That again speaks to me of a [problem]. I have not replied to this last email, nor will I. I contacted the child care company whom I am supposed to be listed in. They confirmed that I am in the brochure. They only received the brochures in Apr 11!. 16th Dec 2011, I opened a letter from this company which enclosed was a copy summons, I received umpteen emails from their 'legal' department, basically stating that I had 14 days in which to pay the latest invoice amount, else they would instigate legal proceedings against me. Copying in the terms and conditions, and where I am supposed to of ticked the box agreeing to clause 14.. However, I am left handed, my ticks are a left handed tick (as can be seen elsewhere on the form). The tick on the box is a right handed tick. I DID NOT TICK THIS BOX!. Therefore as far as I am concerned, I did not agree to this particular clause in their t&c's. I did not reply to their email. To date I have not been issued with proceedings against my company!. (Even so, if they had issued them, they have used the incorrect address, as the no of the premises is wrong.) The accompanying letter states Further to my letter 26 oct, and subsequent telephone call on 2 nov and email on the 3 nov 2011 I have not been left with no alternative but to commence court proceedings, please find enclosed a copy of the summons to be issued in xxx county court on xxx if no contact is received. However in one last attempt to resolve this matter amicably and to avoid any further unnecessary expense and time being spent I am prepared to accept £307.20 in Full and Final settlement of this account. Please contact me on xxxx as a matter of urgency to discuss this account and avoid proceeding being issued. Should you choose not to accept this offer we will issue the summons on the specified date and once judgement is obtained we will enforce it, which may include the use of Bailiffs, Bankruptcy proceedings or charging order. On the particulars of claim this is what is written verbatim. The claimant and the defendant entered into an automatically renewable business to business agreement on the xx.07.10. A copy of which is attached. It was agreed that the claimant would advertise the defendants business in a local children's play canter. The defendant agreed to pay £312 +vat per annum in consideration of the agreement. The defendant did pay the 1st and 2nd years value but has failed to make payment of the 3rd year as invoiced on the xx/xx/xx. The claimant has tried to obtain payment and offered a payment plan the hte defendant has refused to co-operate and respond to the claimants numerous attempts to resolve the matter. The defendant has not submitted a request for cancellation in line with clause 14 as signed for and initialled. The claimant has advised the defendant on a number of occasions that it is a business-to-business agreement is not subject to cancellation without notice having being served, unfortunately the defendant refuses to accept liability. The claimant therefore claims:- The sum of £374.40 inc vat for the outstanding balance. The sum of £60.00 for charges in accordance with clause 13 The sum of £xx.xx interest @ 8% per annum in accordance with section 69 of the county court act 1984. The daily rate claimed being £.08 from the 19.10.0 to 14.12.10 (56 days) and continuing at the daily rate of £.11 until judgment. The cost of this application and any expenses incurred. Now here's a few issues, I have with this 'claim form'. 1: The local playgroup did not receive ANY brochures until Apr11, some 10 months after I signed up with this company. 2: Their full and final offer is £26.40 more than their last one (which was received in a email). 3: The sales rep put the tick in the box, where I am supposed to of, reasons having been given previously. 4: Complimentary e-brochure, loyalty member site appt cards, seasonal e-vites have not been received, neither by myself nor the playgroup in question. 5: Check the poc dates . Why those particular dates? 6: The letter and claim form have the incorrect address. I don't wish to say more as its a open forum. Anyone have any thoughts? I will not be contacting ths company, as I sincerely beleive this is still all part of the [problem], and wanting me to pay this last invoice. There are just too many inconstancies in my eyes. Now this morning I receive an actual summons, with all the POC’s as listed above. In my eyes, this could be construed as Fraud by false misrepresentaion. Basically I do not know where to go, or who to ask, so am wondering if anyone here has any ideas to help me please. I have copies of the front and back of this 'contract', which I think has so many loopholes it's like swiss cheese. I will scan and upload if requested. Thanks to anyone who can help out.
  8. Thanks again for the info. I will contact the police in the morning, I have the call log number, so will update them as to the injuries sustained. My insurance co are already aware of my injuries.
  9. Thanks for the replies everyone. I have contacted our insurance co as previously stated, and am now playing a waiting game. Will keep everyone informed as to what happens and when. Although this may take some time. I have no idea as to how long these things take. Thanks again, and have a great weekend everyone be safe
  10. Thanks Sam, we do have full legal cover, which is this ULR aka kwikfit, who are passing the buck all over the place. They are claiming that as soon as a chq has been released, end of. Nothing else they can or will be prepared to do. I have contacted my insurers earlier, and informed them to take over the claim. Firstly it was a notification, but as we are getting nowhere, I have passed it all over to them. They did mention that we would have to pay our xs, of £250 which would be added onto additional costs, but as its a write off, would not do anything about a further courtesy car. All they want to do at the moment is to collect the car from where ever it is, have it valued themselves, and then offer us a valuation from that. If we do not like their valuation then we can decline it, they would offer another, again if declined, then have to take details of adverts of similar make and model and costings, and they would adjust, or something along those lines. However that still leaves us with the problem of the replacement car and the deposit on the new one. Which is the crux of the matter.. I really do appreciate the advice though . If ever I can help with a computer problem, please let me know, as its my trade .
  11. Thank you for the sincere wishes and advice. At the time of the accident, all the police did was take our names and addresses, and those of the witnesses. At no time did they mention any statements etc. I still have the log no of the original call, together with all the other paperwork, which has been sent, and emails back and forth. Notes of conversations, times who with etc. Basically a whole log of the saga from the start. The accident did occur exactly as I stated, however the tp moved his car, as it was blocking the left junction, away so that traffic could get into that junction. I had no time to take pics with my phone, as no sooner did I hit him, then he started driving away. My initial thought was it was a hit and run, and I was getting his reg no. Then the 3rd party witness came running up to me, asking if I was ok, mentioning hes a trained first aider. I managed to get out of the car, at this point the tp came over, and asked if I was ok. I was fine (probably adrenaline), but he complained of a pain in his side. I asked numerous times if he wanted me to call an ambulance. I then mentioned that I think its best to call the police, and he got a little cagey, saying is it really required. This is when I called them in any case, just in case.. The following day (Sat) I went to A&E, saw a doc who checked me over for whiplash, and my back spasms, and told me to see my gp in a few days if no better. The Mon I was back at my GP as was still in severe agony. She prescribed extra pain relief on top of what im already on. That same thurs back again, and my GP, after checking mentioned that he could physically see the spasms in my back and prescribed more diazapam, and to see him in a couple of weeks. The week later, on the thurs, back to the GP, still in agony, when he prescribed another dose of diazapan, and now oral morphine. Which are both knocking me sideways as you can expect. I have today received a letter from some medical place stating that they want a independent doctor to check me over, and give me a physical. The appt is for a wk today, but am having to postpone it, as I am still not in a position to drive. Also the boss is away for the next 2 weeks with work. What's embarrassing though, is I am having to ask my wife to help me get dressed and undressed, as I cannot physically bend over to put my shoes, socks pants on etc. And for the next 2 weeks whilst shes away, I'm having to ask a really good friend and neighbour to help me. That is embarrassing to say the least for both of us lol. In your wisdom, as I remember you guys from years back when I visited cag often (I respect you both). A few questions spring to mind. A). What are the chances of us keeping the hire car we have now, till ours is ready for collection. B). If as AI claim they remove the hire car from us, what then?, as far as the tp's insurance are concerned, its game over. They have fulfilled their end of the bargain. Although they are now not admitting liability. C). The sol's, and this ULR have not come across this previously, whereby a car has been on order for a long period of time. (We have proof of the original order form etc). D). What would happen if we do not have a hire car, we have to purchase a replacement, use that until the new one is ready, obviously we would have to then sell it or px it. We would lose out on both aspects of this. Therefore what would happen re the remaining part of the deposit. We are talking of a deposit of £1345, which we do not have, simply put. E). Just let our insurance deal with every aspect, no longer chase around the houses, as no one seems to be in a position to help us, or want to help us, which is where we are getting really frustrated to be honest. It is causing arguments between the boss and me, we are both getting stressed out because of it. As we are not claiming off our insurer's but the tp's, will our insurers actually do anything?, or are they in a position to do anything. There is a slight chance that the tp will attempt to claim off our insurers, that I do not know. Thanks once again for your time and troubles reading this. I really do appreciate it
  12. Hi everyone, I wonder if anyone can please help me out here. Basically I was involved in a car accident on the 8th Jul 11. What happened, is I was ravelling down a main road, with 2 junctions directly going opposite directions, ie left / right. There was a car in front of me, stationary, indicating to go right. A car coming from the other direction, also wanted to turn right. ( I did not know this at the time). The car in front of me, flashed the opposing car telling him it was ok for him to go, (again I did not know this at the time),he went, and I hit him side on. Having never been in a accident before in my life, I called the police, as my car was undriveable. They came, took our details, I asked the police, as to whose fault do they think it was, and they said the other guy, as he should of ensured that the way was clear for him to go, rather than taking the car in front of me's word for it.The driver of the car in front of me, claims it was my fault, as she didn't see me in her mirrors. (I could of been in her blind spot). Independant witness says its the tp's fault. Following day, contact my insurance company, they say they would put me through to a claims handling company, and then a solicitor would contact me re my injuries. (I am disabled, and the accident has really aggrevated my existing back injuries). Fast forward a couple of weeks. My car is a write off. The accident management co, have given us a claim figure, which we MUST accept. If we do not, then the courtesy car will be taken from us. If we would like our own valuation, again the courtesy car will be taken. My back has been in complete spasms since the accident. I have been to the A&E dept, my docs on 3 occasions, each time am given diazapan for the spasms, and now on oral morphine for the pain. Now, the main problem is, back in Apr, we ordered a new mobility car for me, which the del date has been put back due to the tsunami in Japan, so the est eta is now Oct. We were going to use our car as full deposit against the new mobility car. The valuation of our car is £2100. (Pug 307 est vgc,apart from the accident, fsh, well looked after with 118k miles on the clock diesel).. We are told that as soon as the finance co have taken their monies (only around £600 left to pay), we would get the balance and with that money, we are able to get a like for like car. Only thing is, I am 6'4, and physically disabled with my back, hence we need a higher car for me to get in / out of. We have been given the run around from the ins brokers (Kwikfit), the claims management co (AI solutions), and the solicitors (do not wish to name them at the moment). The sol's think we have a excellent case for keeping the courtesy car till our new one is ready. Kwikfit have wiped their hands of it all. AI are saying out of their jurisdiction, and can't / won't help. Another company have come into it now, called ULR (who are basically Kwik Fit). They tell us that the letter received from AI with the valuation is not a formal offer of settlement, yet AI claim that it is. And a chq is on its way to the finance co. I have looked and looked, for another pug 307, 04 plate sim milage etc, and am looking at at least £3000. Which we cannot afford. Our sol's have said, well you can hire a car until your car is ready, its only around £20 a day, and we can add that to the claim for losses. Only thing is that £20 a day car is similar to a micra etc. No way in hell would I be able to get in or out of that. Also considering the time frame would cost us approx £800. Which would leave us again with issues when it comes to putting down the deposit for the mobility car. I have contacted our insurance co. They now want to see the car for their own valuation. I have told them that the car is not being repaired on our insurance, I am not claiming on our insurance. When I rang my ins co, they had no idea of the accident in the first place. After contacting kwikfit, I am told, that I had to tell the ins co. I would of thought that was their job?. I could be wrong though. Sol's have mentioned that the tp has now not admitted liablility, now claiming it was my fault. His insurers wish to investigate, which could take 2-3 months from the date of the accident.They also wish to see the police report, which again could be 3-4 months down the line. Is there anything else we can do.. My wife needs our car to get to and back to work. She works 25 miles away, starts at 7am, so public transport is well out of the equation. Additional info. It's the wifes car, we are fully comp, and have Legal Protection. I was using the car for business purposes, of which we are insured for. Would be happy to answer any questions. Thanks for reading the war and peace novel
  13. I did the scheidigger course comptiia A+ & N+ a good few years ago.. (Even with being on benefits, the cost came close to £1300, spread over 2 years)..well before I knew about cag.. I have to agree with whats already been said. The course is really basis, mostly up to win 2k, even studied things like isa slots!!.. anyhow.. Personally I found it a complete waste of time, as I already had the knowledge of fixing and building computers, but didnt have the 'paper' qualifications.. Anyhow cutting a long story short, I found, that you can get the same if not better course material at your local library. With books, and even online courses, which can help and aid you far better. Get hold of a couple of old pc's for testing, rebuilding etc.. take your time, and away you go.. (If you sign up to Greencycle on yahoo), there are always old(ish) pc's and parts going free, which will give you a head start, which you could repair, and then put them back on greencycle, I do this all the time, to give something back to the community.. Best thing I have ever done to be honest. I've been self employed now, for a good 6 years, building and repairing computers, and laptops. I don't earn a great deal of money, as the area i'm in won't support high costs, but as im the only pc goto guy in the area, I have a really good and loyal customer base. Hope this helps take care for now be safe JGG Just remembered a really good guide to the A+ is Micheal Meyers A+ Certification Exam Guide.
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