M$ Patch tags pirated Windows Boxes

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Meat Plow, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Meat Plow

    elaich Guest

    I didn't see any Linux options in the installer. It specifically said it
    needed Windows 98 - up.

    I have no router, only the DSL modem that I got with SBC.
    elaich, Apr 26, 2006
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  2. =?ISO-8859-1?Q?R=F4g=EAr?=, Apr 26, 2006
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  3. Like AOL matters. :)
    Sure, but not necessarily the interface to it; that's been my concern.
    Thanks, Roger.
    Blinky the Shark, Apr 26, 2006
  4. My buddy's got their two-wired-connector-out + wireless
    modem/router/thingmy/box. He accesses its configuration via a browser.
    I'm thinking that the Win98-plus requirement may have been for ethernet
    itself, eh?
    Blinky the Shark, Apr 26, 2006
  5. According to the article I posted a link to, it's for the customized
    browser and the spyware. They did mention that Linux users may have
    trouble filling in their phone number (don't make good sense to me) but
    another article I saw, the guy said he borrowed a WinXP laptop from a
    pal to do the one-time only setup, been using Linux only ever since.
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?R=F4g=EAr?=, Apr 26, 2006
  6. Blinky the Shark, Apr 26, 2006
  7. Uh. No, I think I can handle that. ;)
    Another idea, if needed. Thanks again.
    Blinky the Shark, Apr 26, 2006
  8. Eh, all ISPs say that. They will only support Windows-connected PCs to
    their service, much like ComCast. They will tell you to troubleshoot by
    going to the control panel and doing option X, you just have to take what
    they're telling you and translate it into Linux-speak.

    ComCast, IIRC, supports OS X on the network as well, but they refuse to use
    the Terminal app to troubleshoot anything on that system. Why? Who knows.

    - Mike
    Michael B. Trausch, Apr 26, 2006
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    Jim Guest

    find another carrier, maybe one that will work with Linux? Hint: pretty
    much any that connect via USB you're gonna have problems with.
    Jim, Apr 26, 2006
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    Meat Plow Guest

    The bootscreen on my XP lappy says Windowx XP Pirated Edition and has a
    very nice skull and crossbones pirate graphic but other than that it's
    legit. Here's what it looks like except this one is Russian.

    Meat Plow, Apr 26, 2006
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    Whiskers Guest

    Here in the UK, certainly. Most 'modem/routers' seem to run some sort of
    Unix or Linux embedded in the firmware anyway, and the configuration of
    them is done using your normal web browser. They connect to the
    computer(s) via 'ethernet' cables or 802.11b/g 'wireless', so the OS on
    the computers is usually irrelevent. I haven't seen any on sale that
    'require' a Windows system on the user's computer, but I wouldn't buy one
    that did.

    There are some 'USB modems' for connecting to DSL services, and they are
    the DSL equivalent of the ghastly analogue 'winmodem' - best avoided,
    although some ISPs give them away, or lend them, which is tempting. If an
    ISP demanded that its customers use only the provided USB modem to
    connect to their service I think they'd repel a lot of customers.

    ISPs often don't include 'Linux' in the list of OSs they can 'support', but
    that's usually because their 'helpdesk' scripts tend to go 'reboot -
    reinstall - buy a new computer' in essence, and non-Windows-users don't go
    for that sort of thing.

    AOL (who operate in the UK too) notoriously insist on users having Windows
    or Mac so that their victims can install the spyware/trojan stuff that is
    required to use the AOL network. I learned yesterday of another ISP in
    the USA that insists on customers installing Windows or Mac software, but
    AOL are the only ISP I've heard of in the UK who positively don't want
    Linux users.

    We do have the luxury of at least two ADSL ISPs who are positively
    pro-*nix; but even they won't actually turn away Windows users :))
    Whiskers, Apr 26, 2006
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    o00o Guest

    So when does this all start to happen? I have access to quite a few machines
    and none of them have this "Nagulator" showing up as yet, even though they
    have latest updates and we are now approx 13 hours into the day it is
    supposed to happen!
    Maybe I'm doing something wrong :eek:)
    o00o, Apr 26, 2006
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    Meat Plow Guest

    Hell I don't know, I just snagged the article from a post in another news
    Meat Plow, Apr 26, 2006
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    elaich Guest

    elaich, Apr 26, 2006
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    Bobbie Guest

    While performing an interpretive dance to Enya's Carribean Blue, elaich
    Well SHAW.CA and the Motorola cable modem that I'm using both only support
    Win 95, 98, 98SE, 2k, XP, Mac OS, etc.
    Shaw actually requires that the cable modem and connection need to be
    verified by one of their installers.
    When the installer arrived at my house to do his thing he was adamant that
    Linux would not work with the Motorola cable modem and even if it did it
    surely wouldn't work with SHAW.ca.
    He was wrong on both counts.
    And, just so you know, the cable modem that I use has an ethernet port and
    a USB port.
    Bobbie, Apr 26, 2006
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    chrisv Guest

    ....and who can blame them!

    <followups fixed>
    chrisv, Apr 26, 2006
  20. I guess the bottom line is that even where there is no incompatability,
    they just don't want to be bothered writing any more scripts for the
    drones to read.
    Blinky the Shark, Apr 26, 2006
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