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QAId : 2682390
Asker : leifi55
Subject : error
Private : No

Question :
Sinse my German grade in school started to dropp, I desided to begin playing german adventure games. I was realy happy when I found one of my favourites: Monkey Island 1 in German on an abandonware page, but the joy was not to last. When I had downloaded and installed the game, I got the message: "Run-time error r6003- integer divide by 0" when I opened the .exe file.

Can you help me?

Answer : Depending on whether this is the DOS or a Windows version of that game (being that old it is likely DOS) you may need to ensure you tried it under DOS.

Start/Shutdown/Restart in MS-DOS

If the error continues the executable is likely damaged and will not work.

Try it on another machine (or download again) to verify.

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities

Rating : 4


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QAId : 2691272
Asker : morgan62@...
Subject : unisys cd rom
Private : No

Question : Recently my gf obtained an old Unisys computer from her aunt. It had win 95 on it and was running fine. The cd rom was working and such. Well she needed space on it so I compressed the c drive and it got half way finished and said it needed to restart. I click ok. When it attempted to boot back up it gave me an error that said Invalid system disk insert correct disk and press any key. I didnt have a startup disk so I made on on my fathers computer (also running win 95) it kick the computer up into dos where I could see everything on the harddrive but I still couldnt get into windows. So I formatted the C drive and figured I'd just reinstall win 95. Well after I did that now the cd drive doesnt work. How can I fix this problem?

Answer : You probably don't have your floppy setup to boot with CD-ROM support. Here's how to add it:

1) Download this file to the floppy:

http://members.home.net/iqueue/idecd.sys

2) Copy the files (from the working 95 machine) to the floppy - these files are either under \WINDOWS or \WINDOWS\COMMAND :

mscdex.exe
himem.sys
smartdrv.exe
xcopy.exe
xcopy32.exe
sys.com
edit.com
format.com
fdisk.exe

3) Edit (or create) the following two files on the floppy (you can use Start/run/notepad.exe):

CONFIG.SYS (contents appear below)

device=\himem.sys
device=\idecd.sys /d:mscd01


AUTOEXEC.BAT

@echo off
\mscdex.exe /d:mscd01 /l:f
\smartdrv.exe /n c+ f 8192 4096
path=a:\

4) Boot with this floppy and the CD-ROM should come up.

5) Format the hard disk (if needed) and then do this at the command prompt:

a:
xcopy f:\win95\*.* c:\win95kit\*.* /e
sys c:

6) Take the floppy out and reboot on the hard disk - then do this:

echo y | lock c: /off
(if the above command fails that's OK)
cd \win95kit
setup

Away you go...

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities



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QAId : 2700653
Asker : yk122123152
Subject : a name of cable?
Private : Yes

Question : hi,
I have a laptop and a desktop computer (IBM)). I'd like to copy things from one to the other. Could you give me the name of cable that connects 2 computers that enables copying directly from one another?

Thank you

yk

Answer : Sure the cable you want is called a "null modem" cable. You can get one here:


http://www.connectworld.net/cgi-bin/aries/scan/sf=cat1/se=STANDARD/se=CABLES/sf=cat2/se=MODEM/

Once the machines are connected you can use Windows to connect the machines and shares files and folders - here's some resources for that:

http://kime.net/directcc/index.html

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities



Rating : 5


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QAId : 2786176
Asker : lucas1002
Subject : what is that Turbo key for
Private : No

Question : Hi,

on my computer keyboard (Memorex TS1000) there's a key just right-hand of the right SHIFT key and it's labelled TURBO. Could you explain me what it is for, as I have never used it until know and so I'm a bit perplex?

Thank you!

Answer : It is likely a menu shortcut key - press it while in IE to see if it pulls up a menu. Why yours is labeled "Turbo" I can't say - maybe they're implying it's a "turbo menu" key? The corresponding key at the left side (just left of the ALT key) is the uselessly-named "Windows" key. It is used for shortcuts to functions like Start/Run (key-R), and Find (key-F).

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
http://members.home.net/iqueue
Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities



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QAId : 2789602
Asker : spanksdomain67
Subject : finding data in pc
Private : Yes

Question : I am wondering if there is a way to find deleted history items on the computer, also advice on finding hidden or deleted folders would be appreciated. Much thanks, hope you can help

Answer : If the history items are deleted they should be gone from the computer - you may check the recycle bin for them. If not there they should be gone.

You can find anything on your system as follows (assume we're looking for a hidden file named myfile.exe):

open a DOS prompt (Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt usually will do it based on your OS)

C:
dir \myfile.exe /s /a


This will find it no matter how well hidden.

If you just want to see all the hidden files on your system:

dir \ /ah /s /p

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
http://members.home.net/iqueue
Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities



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QAId : 2797915
Asker : gdossey@...
Subject : windows 98
Private : No

Question : After being on the internet for extended times, I try to open or run anything else and I get the message similar to the following:
"there is not enough free memory to open or run this application, please close some of the other programs".
Nothing will open, not even Microsoft Help! I have to to the computer off and restart it before I can do anything.
Can you tell me what is making this happen?
thank you

Answer : I am going to suggest that you have a buggy application or driver that is slowly leaking resources over time. First make sure you have the latest:

video drivers (http://www.winfiles.com/drivers)
audio drivers (ditto)
directx (http://www.microsoft.com/directx)

Next see this prior answer I gave on cleaning up unneeded apps that load at startup time. There are several places these apps can reside and you want as few of them as you actually need, but almost every app tries to put itself into your startup in some way or another.

http://www1.askme.com/ViewAnswer.asp?vid=2231608

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities



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QAId : 2872453
Asker : amethyst
Subject : Windows 98 boot file
Private : No

Question : Hi there,

I was booting between Windows 2000 professional, NT Server with SQL server loaded on an NTFS partition and Windows 98 which is my primary active partition. I was having a load of GPFs and cleaned out my startup folder, disabled a few programs in the autoexec.bat that I don't use regularly. I also kept on getting page fault errors and low system resource errors especially when using MS Word and Outlook Express. Anyway, what I did then was to reformat the partition that contained NT Server and W2000. Now when I boot, I still get the option of which system to boot to and I want to take that off. I cannot find a MSDOS.SYS file in the Windows directory - can this be? Since I work primarily with NT, I forgot that Windows 98 does not have a boot.ini file. What do you suggest I do?

Regards,
Dianne

Answer : Make a Startup Disk (Add/Remove control panel, Startup disk tab) under Windows 98.

Boot off this disk and then type in the following two commands:

sys c:
fdisk /mbr

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
http://members.home.net/iqueue
Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 2898221
Asker : dion75
Subject : computers
Private : No

Question : what are five hardware components of a personal computer

Answer : Sounds like a homework question... hmmm

OK, I'll make an exception...

How about:

Monitor
CPU
Temporary storage (RAM)
Permanent storage (hard disk or floppy)
Output device (printer)
Input device (mouse)

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
http://members.home.net/iqueue
Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities




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QAId : 2944001
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : vvinesd.386
Private : No

Question : how do i replace this file

Answer : Here you go:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q194/8/45.asp

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
http://members.home.net/iqueue
Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities



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QAId : 3009551
Asker : KarynWISE
Subject : icon change
Private : No

Question : Hi:

Could u tell me why this happened & how to fix the following:

I turned on my computer today to edit a web page when I noticed that all of my .htm files now have an aol icon.

Thanks!!!!!

Answer : Files that have an extension (like .HTM or .EXE) take on the appearance of the program that is associated with that file type. In the case of HTM/HTML files the default association is with Internet Explorer (IE). However this association can be changed by the user *or*, more commonly, by a program being installed that also works with that file type which registers itself as the default handler for that type of file. In this case an AOL app of some sort (probably their main program for accessing their service) has taken that association.

To put it to the program you actually want to handle HTM/HTML files do the following:

1) Single left-click one of the file types you want to change (HTM/HTML file).

2) While holding the SHIFT key right-click the selected item and choose "Open With".

3) Choose the program you want, either in the list, or by browsing to the EXE. Be sure to check the always use box at the bottom so Windows will make this association permanent.

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities

Rating : 4


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QAId : 3026160
Asker : pete_estrellado
Subject : nwadmn95 not working on windows2000
Private : Yes

Question : hi, i wonder if you can help me

i have a windows2000 operating pc and trying to execute nwadmn95, it's telling me that it's not a client32 application. is there such a thing as nwadmnnt that i need to laod on nw4.11. i looked up the public directory on the server and i dont see any nwadmnnt and/or how do i install the nt version of the netadmin on the server?

thanks and i'll appreciate your help.

another question, are you form houston? because i am.

thanks again, pete

Answer : I'm in the Dallas area, Pete...

Check here - you may need to install the latest client and a custom version of Netware Administrator for 2000.

http://www.novell.com/download/

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities


P.S.
Please do not ask questions in private if they are not of a private nature. This is a general question, and not of an embarrassing nature. Marking it as private detracts from the value of our interaction to others as they cannot read it under any circumstance.



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QAId : 3048941
Asker : duca607@...
Subject : networking a win95 to netware 3.12
Private : No

Question : Hello,
I need a detailed list of steps for connecting a windows 95 machine to a netware 3.12 server. The 95 machine has just had the motherboard and a ram chip replaced, but cannot connect to the network. I can only see myself from
the 95 machine, but no one else. I tried pinging myself and I get a reply. I
have installed the client for netware networks and the ipx protocol, but nothing.Any info would be most appreciated.

I am installing the protocols to match all the other workstations on the network.
It seems like there are too many, but like I said I am trying to set it up as the others. This is how I found this network and I would like to do everything I can possible to set it up correctly so my problems at the least will be mine and not someone elses that I am dealing with.
Here's what I am dealing with:

Client for MS networks
Client for Netware networks
AOL Adapter
AOL dial up adapter
NE2000 Compatable
IPX/SPX compatable protocol ---> NE 2000 compatable
NetBeui
TCP/IP AOL Adapter
TCP/IP AOL Dial up
TCP/IP NE 2000 compatable>
File and print sharing for microsoft networks

Primary logon
Client for Netware Networks

IPX properties
Frame type Auto (on all workstations)

I also noticed that some of the machines on the network use share level and some use user level security.

I have gone into Client for Netware properties and entered the name of the
server and specified "F" as the drive.

Like I said I can see my computer and I when I open Entire Network I see
the workgroup, when I open that I see my computer again, open that and it's empty.

The only thing that I see that is unusual is a yellow question mark in device manager for a PCI component. It states unknown PCI device, but the NIC is in a ISA slot and is set up correctly without any conflicts.
I even physically took out the NIC, re-seated it and re-installed the drivers and still nothing. I can't move it to another slot because there isn't another one.

I also took out all the AOL garbage and still no luck.

Thank you for all your time.

Sincerley,
A grown man who is swelling up as we speak from banging his head up against the wall named Michael :>

Answer : I would begin... at the beginning. Simplify your setup. First remove ALL network components from the network control panel and reboot. Ensure the network card is installed correctly and is not in conflict (system control panel/device manager/network cards/double click your card). Now add the card back into the network panel and add TCP/IP ONLY - if you are using DHCP say so, otherwise put in your static IP, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS server info. Then reboot and try pinging other machines - if your IP/subnetmask is 220.110.110.23/255.255.255.0 try:

ping 220.110.110.1 (should be your gateway)
ping mail (where "mail" is the IP of your mail server)
ping www.cnet.com (test for DNS resolution)

If these tests work then DNS is good and so is your NIC and drivers. Only now should you add in the MS Networking client and enable file and print sharing (if on a domain you should always use USER level password, not SHARE level as USER will force any machien to be authenticated for any access to your machine's resources by the PDC).

Let me know where you get from these steps...

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
http://members.home.net/iqueue
Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 3050547
Asker : nor_anis
Subject : text file
Private : Yes

Question : I'm programmer.I'm want to know how can i convert text file to database and vice versa.Can you help me?

Answer : Simply read either of the items, paying attention to their formatting (fields/records, or words/lines), and write the data back out in the proper (other) format. Look up the specifics for the database format so you will know how the data should be written as each DB format is different.

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities

Rating : 1


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QAId : 3053428
Asker : otellod
Subject : amipro by lotus
Private : No

Question : i need a convertitor for file .sam.
can you help me in this research? i search free down load .

Answer : Try this one:

ftp://www.webconvert.com/WcvtShare.exe

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities



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QAId : 3059188
Asker : SBarkernmn
Subject : How do I change the file assosiation back?
Private : No

Question : I have a friend who has contracted a virus on his conputer from downloading a file, he has scince deleated the virus with a virus check program, but the effect is still there. we don't know the name of the virus, but it has changed windows so that when he tries to run a .exe file he can't. The virus has changed the assosiations so that when he tries to open .exe files, instead of {executable] the computer tries to load them using a file named 'thectdc.exe' which, of course doesn't exist. We've tried changing it back using the 'file types' tab on windows but 'edit' is disabled for .exe files. Please, how do we return the assosiation to normal without re-formatting the drive, re-installing windows or something similar.
Thanks in advance

Answer : You haven't given me enough details but I'd suggest one thing for sure:

Open a DOS prompt (or better yet boot into DOS mode by holding the SHIFT key as the system boots and select "safe mode command prompt only") and verify that the EXEs you're attempting to run are *actually* named "*.EXE". Some viruses (Life Stages for one) rename some files with a hidden (even when show all extensions is *on*) SHS extension. This, or a variation of it, may be occuring here.

For more details particular to this virus check here and search for the virus name:

http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/vinfodb.html

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities

Rating : 2


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QAId : 3074458
Asker : allanonxi
Subject : Solaris 2.6
Private : No

Question : Hello Paul

I am in need of some help. I am setting up an old sparc 5 and I was trying to change the root password. Well I didnt do it properly and now i cannot log in as root. I know there is a way to circumvent this but am not sure how to do it. Could you please tell me how to accomplish setting the root password back to default or nothing at at.

Thanks in advance,

Brian J. Hill

Answer : Put the Solaris CD in the drive and then press the keys STOP-A to get to EPROM mode.

Then type:

boot cdrom -s

Once you get to maintenance mode then mount your root partition like this:

mount -F ufs /dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0 /mnt

(where c0t0 is the actual path to yours - likely the same as I used here).

Now do this:

cd /mnt/etc
vi shadow

In each entry you will see a line broken up by ":" characters - one of the first is an encrypted form of the user's password. Delet the characters between the colons where that password resides for the root line and then save with

(ESC) :wq!

Now you can do an init 6 or otherwise reboot and then either su to root or login as root with a blank password and reset it.

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Rating : 5

FUQuestion : Thank you that worked, now so i dont mess it up for a 3rd time how do I change the root password after I have it set to nothing.

Thanks again

Brian J. Hill


Answer : Just login as root and issue

passwd

and enter a new password twice.

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QAId : 3086242
Asker : rmjcapecod@...
Subject : NetWare connectivity
Private : No

Question : Paul,

You would think that being this far along in the MCSE path I would already know the answer to this, but I've re-read every book Ihave on the subject and am still confused.

NWLink and GSNW. First question. In order for a client on an NT network (running workstation or '95' for instance) to access files or applications on a Netware Server (lets say it's on the local network), is it necessary to install NWLink on the client machine? I'm reasonably sure that if you install NWLink on an NT server AND install GSNW on that same NT server, then clients can access the Netware server via the NT server. Is there EVER a reason to install NWLink on a client machine? Is there any way for a client machine (NT)to access a Netware server without going through an NT server with GSNW installed? All the books say that NWLink was created in order for NT clients to be able to access Netware resources. Then later thay say that "by itself NWWLink does not provide access to NetWare resourses". It's very confusing, and I'm sure the answer is probably pretty simple.

Question 2.

Since the NT 4.0 MCSE certification is not going to be offered after the end of this year, and from what I understand if you don't finish all the exams by Dec 31, 2000, you've wasted your time, I'm getting nervous about the remaining time Ihave to complete all the exams. Have done: Essentials, Workstation, Server, and will take Enterprise as soon as I feel ready (probably the end of the month I hope...), but that doesn't leave a lot of time to study for and take the other two (which are, I believe, "electives"...yes?)..so my question is: Can you suggest a couple of electives that will present...less of a challenge...than, let's say Enterprise is currently presenting so I can at least get the certification before it's too late! I do intend to persue both TCP/IP and IIS in time (I think they're important...), but with my work schedule such that it is, I just don't have the time to devote to the books that I'd like to have. I'd hate like hell to have done all this and end up one exam short of the MCSE...ya know?

thanks,
rmjcapecod@aol.com

Answer : As for #1 I'm assuming that by NWLINK you mean the IPX/SPX protocol. If you install the NWLINK (IPX/SPX) protocol on your client machines then gateway services are unneeded as the client machines can directly access the Netware server. You use gateway services on the server when you want clients who speak say only IP to get to Netware on IPX/SPX without adding protocols/clients to your clients.

On #2 I believe you are correct on your timeline. As for tests to take I would suggest you stick with the two you've chosen as they are the ones I took and will get you the MCP+I as well as the MCSE. See the info I sent to your email address regarding this...

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 3093104
Asker : snkscore
Subject : Novell Cert
Private : No

Question : I am studying for MCSE right now and I would also like to learn about Novell because where I work we use a novell network. As I understand it you can get a novell cert with one test, CNA.

Can you tell me where I can find info about this, for example microsoft.com/mcp has the kind of info I need but for MCSE stuff, does novell have a similar listing?

How hard are the tests compared to MCSE test?

Is there anyway to get hands on exp with novell netware. I have a network in my apt where I practice my MCSE stuff, is there any way to do this sort of thing with novell?

Answer : The CNA is comparable to the MCP with one difference. You get an MCP for taking *any* core test. A CNA is granted *only* for taking the first CNE exam - System Administration.

I believe the CNE tests are more difficult and a better gauge of skill than the MCSE tests. Following are a few reasons:

Novell servers are foreign to most normal users, using non_MS technologies. Different disk partitioning, file systems, command-line environment, terms, etc. This tends to keep non-focused users out of the networking arena. Contrasted with an MCSE where anyone who uses Windows thinks they can (easily) become a systems administrator.

The only way to get hands-on is to build yourself a Netware server and get at it (perhaps you should partition your hard disk and set up to dual boot between Netware and NT on your server?). Your Windows box can be your administration point, allowing use of both Netware Administrator and rconsole (remote control of the server console).

And if I'm not mistaken Novell still has the largest installed base of any NOS out there so it's good to know both it and MS technologies.

Good luck in your endeavors...

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FUQuestion : What would I need to build a netware server?

I have a 2 desktops and a laptop, and Im looking to get a 4th desktop, they are all networked. The one machine that I mess around with a lot is an IBM Aptiva, is there a way that I could set that up as my server? What else would I need to buy or configure?


Answer : Yes it can be your server, if it meets/exceeds the minimums for the version of Netware you want to put on it.

All the system needs beyond those minimum specs is disk space and a network card.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 3098756
Asker : alfredo2
Subject : Netware 5.1
Private : No

Question : Can you tell me what software applications can I use to connect a LAN to the Web besides using win2ncs?

Thanks

Alfredo

Answer : I haven't used a Netware server for internet access for clients, but NAT is also available on Netware (unless win2ncs *is* the NAT implementation of Netware). More info on NAT and win2ncs is here:

http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/search.pl?search_term=win2ncs+nat&quick=1

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Rating : 2
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QAId : 3126307
Asker : dwinson
Subject : Broken a:\
Private : No

Question : Hi

I have a computer with a broken a:\ it has no USB ports and I need to get data off it onto another computer, how can I do this ???


Thanks

Dan

Answer : Take the hard disk out of the machine and plug it in as a secondary disk (either on the same cable as the main disk jumpering this transplanted disk as "slave", OR on a separate cable jumpered as "master"). Then boot the good machine and copy what data you need from the old hard disk.

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A., B.A.
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Rating : 3


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QAId : 3151704
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : CD
Private : No

Question : I have just purchased a Sony PC with 40x CD-ROM, 16x DVD, and 8x4x32 CD-RW drive. What are the general procedures of burning musics onto the CD-R? What software are common on the Sony's that are used to write musics onto the CD-R? Are there precautions for error free burning?

I am also confused with which CD to buy. There are several types of CD out there, including names like 50-Pack 12x 80-minute CD-R, 50-Pack 12x CD-R Media, 25-Pack Music CD-R, and 25-Pack CD-RW Media. What brand is ideal for my CD-RW drive from above?



Answer : I would suggest you get Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4.0 (you may have gotten it with your CD burner already).

As for the disks you get you want to pay attention to two things - the speed rating (8X, 12X, etc) and the type of disk (CDR, CDRW). Since you have an 8X CDR and a 4X CDRW drive buying any disks faster (or slower) than these ratings for each type either wastes money (buying media rated faster than you can write) or wastes performance (buying media slower than your drive can write). So buy 8X or 12X CDRs, and 4X CDRWs...


As for burning audio CDs you can copy a full audio CD to a new blank, you can extract tracks from several different CDs to your hard disk for making a compilation CD, or you can burn WAV or MP3 files just by selecting File/New Audio Layout (or something along those lines) and then dragging the tracks you want into the lower window.

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A., B.A.
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QAId : 3179980
Asker : snkscore
Subject : Certification
Private : No

Question : Hello,

To make a long story short I am a Sr in College graduating with a deg in Civil Engieering, because I really started to like my summer job (Tech support, networking, IT help desk MIS stuff) I decided to try a career in IT after graduation. Im part of the way done with MCSE, but I have job interviews coming up over the next months and I want to show that I am doing more so I want another cert.
I plan on finishing MCSE by december, and later doing the MCDBA but I was thinking of adding a Novell or Cisco cert. Where I worked over the summer they used Novell, and Cisco sounds interesting to me.

My question to you is:
1) Knowing my experience (Worked with Novell 5 a bit) (Set up LANs, passed Net Ess MCSE test) in each field how long do you think each cert would take me to learn. It has been taking me about 20 days of serous studying reading and computer using to pass each MCSE test, where do you think that falls compared to each of the other 2 certs.

2) How hard are they respectivly. I see that you need a real high score on the CCNA, 822 compared to the Novell 602, but the novell is adaptive.



What do you think. I want to do both eventually but right now I need something more that "Working on my ________" on my resume ya know??


Basically which cert would be my best bet to complete first?

Thanks...

Answer : Since you are already on the MCSE track I would say to finish it first. then you can pursue the CNA/CNE or CCNA/CCNP when convenient. The MCSE should get you in the door to a decent job but you should try to gain as much experience as possible in the meantime while finishing it.

Most people take between 6-12 months from beginning to end for an MCSE or CNE.

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QAId : 3197105
Asker : kath94
Subject : opening file with extension cgi
Private : No

Question : I have downloaded three games which all have extension cgi. It shows as an exe file whilst downloading and then when trying to open it the extension cgi was showing.Which application should I use to open it?

Answer : It sounds like your download is not right. CGI is Common Gateway Interface - a scripting language for web sites only and is not exectable. Are you doing a right-click/Save Target As...? If you are try just left-clicking the download link.

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QAId : 3207504
Asker : hula8833
Subject : file type
Private : Yes

Question : I am opening a tutorial file for teaching MS excel
and find a few file extension I can't figure out
What is the type of file with extension .tbr
.tut, .itf, and .ibf? (I have a lot of .tbr
the others are not as many.)

Answer : These are extensions that the tutorial's executable understands the format to... here is a site with information on some of these (and lots more) extensions:

http://www.cknow.com/ckinfo/acronyms/fileextensions.htm

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QAId : 3226490
Asker : eval16
Subject : producing beat frequency
Private : No

Question : Paul:
Can you tell me how to obtain a simple to use program capable of generating two controlable tones close enough to each other to produce a beat frequency suitable for use in meditation and/or biofeedback?
Thanks,
Edgar Valderrama

Answer : Try this one...

http://www.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet/win95/sound/bwgen310.zip

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QAId : 3227627
Asker : vani@...
Subject : Networking
Private : No

Question : I am having Solaris 7 (Intel) server and Windows 98 Client machines. These Windows 98 Machines are able to connect with telnet and ftp. I would like to see the Server and server dirctories in network neighborhood, so that I can make use of the GUI of windows to copy and delete the file from the server. How to get the server in my network neighborhood?

Thanks
prem

Answer : To see the Solaris directories and files from Network Neighborhood implies that the Solaris box be speaking SMB, the native Windows networking language.

This means you must install and configure Samba (http://www.samba.org) which will allow your Solaris machine to mimic an NT Server - you can then use it to authenticate logins and share it's file systems with any Windows boxes that login to it.

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FUQuestion : I really appriciate your answer it worked well, Now I can able to see the computer icon in network neighborhood. But still I am having problem, if I click the icon 'No permission to access the resource' error is comming, Some time it ask for password to access this network.

Where to give the share access in smb.conf file. I have added the username and password into smbpasswd. still it is having problem, How to getout of it.
thanks
prem

Answer : You will need to do some study to setup samba for your machines. Here is a tutorial:

http://www.linux.ie/tutorials/samba.html

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QAId : 3237776
Asker : polisema
Subject : Unix Shell Program for FTP
Private : No

Question : Hi, Can you please give me the code of a Unix Shell Program for doing FTP of files between two diffirent servers.

Answer : #!/bin/sh
ftp -v -n HOST << EOF
user LOGIN PASSWORD
prompt
cd DIR
put FILE
bye
EOF

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FUQuestion : Hi,
Thankyou verymuch for sending me the code. I have one small doubt in this. What is the significance of the word "promt" here? Am I supposed to replace that word with any other variable? Please get back to me. Thanks in advance for your kind cooperation.

Answer : "prompt" is a toggle command which tells the FTP program to (or not to) prompt you in the event of overwriting or sending multiple files. by issuing the prompt command you are turning off this default behavior to make your session unattended.

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QAId : 3239645
Asker : wceagles
Subject : Nissan Pintara wallpaper for computer
Private : No

Question : Where can I get Nissan Pintara wallpaper for my computer?

Answer : Try some of these:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~mpot/Pintara/links.html

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QAId : 3239865
Asker : wceagles
Subject : Nissan Pintara wallpaper for computer
Private : No

Question : Where can I find Nissan Pintara wallpaper for my computer?

Answer : Try some of these:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~mpot/Pintara/links.html

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QAId : 3247444
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : computer output device
Private : No

Question : What type of monitor do you consider to be the wave of the future?

Thank You

Answer : I think LCDs will rule the roost once the problem of displaying resolutions that are less than the actual number of pixels present on the LCD is resolved. The current method is an interpolation that, for instance, allows an 800x600 display to be shown full-screen on a 1024x768 LCD screen. The result is a fuzzy 1024x768 version of an 800x600 screen. If you use an LCD at the resolution it is intended for, and only that resolution, they are great. Less (or no?) emissions, perfect convergence (since there isn't any), and perfect geometry (the pixels are fixed in place so geometry is not controlled by an electron gun like in a CRT) as well as taking up less space and weighing less than a CRT make the LCD an attractive option.

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QAId : 3274958
Asker : not20@...
Subject : computer programming requirements
Private : No

Question : hello, i am doing some research on computer programming, and i was wondering if you could please answer me what are the requirements to become a computer programmer? If you need some type of license? salary? and if you need training? thank you

Answer : Logical mindset - ability to break a problem down into manageable pieces. The best training is to practice... it's like riding a bicycle - you can't learn it by book - that's why programming courses have so much outside class homework.

The pay is fair but not as good as for networking (may have a lot to do with too many H-1B visas being issued that allow non-English speakers to take some of those jobs - programming is more at threat here due to the lack of a need for as much verbal communications).

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QAId : 3282067
Asker : hendrayana_2000
Subject : Memory Card
Private : No

Question : Can I use My 32MB SDRam Memory and 64MB SDRam in one computer? I've try, but it doesn't work well.

Answer : If it doesn't work well I'd say not to mess with trying to make it work. Some RAM is incompatible speed-wise and it's usually better to put what you need in with the exact same type (i.e. buy all you need at once) or buy it all in one stick (256MB DIMM for instance). I'd sell both sticks on EBay.com and buy one 128MB to replace them with.

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QAId : 3292087
Asker : digger75
Subject : ibm desktop computer
Private : No

Question : I'm a beginning computer user looking to buy. Someone told me ibm was the best. what do you suggest for an ibm desktop. Or do you think something else is better?

Answer : I would shop either in your local stores (Best Buy, CompUSA, etc) or order one online from Dell or Gateway.

An IBM PC-compatible is the best bet in my opinion - there's more software and inexpensive hardware available for this platform than any other.

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QAId : 3373622
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Notebook recommendation
Private : Yes

Question : Hello Paul,

I am looking into buying a godd economy notebook for writing, keeping basic records and surfing the web.

There are so many choices out there, what would you recommend I buy and why?

Thank you so much for your insight concerning this matter. I appreceate your help.

Answer : If you really must have a notebook for this (they cost more than an equivalent desktop, are close to non-upgradeable, have more expensive add-ons (disk/RAM/etc) I would suggest getting the least powerful notebook that can do what you need. Something like a P2-333 or better, with 64MB of RAM or more, and a 2GB disk or larger. Try looking at Dell's offerings...

http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/products/series_inspn_notebooks.htm

Also please refrain from asking normal questions as private - it keeps others from reading our conversation and limits the number of people who can benefit from our discussion.

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QAId : 3383309
Asker : VeganSuperstar
Subject : hard disk partitioning
Private : No

Question : I have a question regarding hard disk partitions. One hard disk may contain up to four primary partitions, or three primary partitions and one extended partition. As a rule of thumb, you should hide every primary partition that is recognized by the active primary partition's operating system on the same drive. The reason for this is to prevent data loss in DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95/98 and OS/2.

My question is: how can multiple visible primary partitions cause data loss in some operating systems?

Answer : The only way I know of is that silly users who don't remember which OS they booted in erase or otherwise maul their data. :-)

No seriously if the data is visible in an OS that should not see it data could be modified inadvertantly by the OS or the user. The OS can't mangle what it can't see...
other than this I see no threat.

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QAId : 3431371
Asker : darkfire10@...
Subject : computer
Private : No

Question : Do you know if there is way of assigning an ip number to a computer, that dosen't change everytime I log on to the isp? (other than a dsl connection)

Answer : It's not controlled at your end - it's at the ISP's end. And they have configured their dial-up pools to make best use of their available addresses. And when you're talking about modems the best way to do that is to dole them out as people dial in. And since they have no way of knowing that it's you calling back after only being disconnected for 30 seconds you are given a different almost always. If you need for people to get to you by some name that doesn't change try one of the services that will host a dynamic domain for you. When you go online you activate it and people can then get to you by name.

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FUQuestion : do you have a favorite that you could suggest to me???

Answer : I don't have a favorite as I've never used one - I just know of their existence. Here's a free one to try:

http://www.dhs.org/

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QAId : 3455046
Asker : iiaihh@...
Subject : file maker software
Private : No

Question : Mr Expert,
I'm looking for a windows based program to track attendance, records, address, names, allergies... you get the idea. What I need it for is a child care center. I need to be able to sort by all fields, print address lables, print lists for attendance, print lists for calling parents, birthday rosters. I track my kids from birth to five years. (Aproximately 600 children. Next year we are looking at another 750 additional children. = 1350) I have heard about a program called shelby (sp?), but I couldn't find it. I worked with Microsoft Access be for and believe that I could make it work, but I have to examine every option. Any ideas would be welcome.
M

Answer : Here are some:

http://www.askrecy.com/dexter.htm

Demo and basic version handles up to 99 kids - I don't know if there is an "advanced" version that handles more.

Here's a good place to find more info:

http://www.earlychildhood.com/

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QAId : 3477756
Asker : hanoooy
Subject : Hi
Private : No

Question : I want to know the definition of Computer science in general. And what is the definition of real-time software system and difference between a hard-real-time and a soft-real-time system?

Answer : http://www.csab.org/comp_sci_profession.html

"Computer science is a discipline that involves the understanding and design of computers and computational processes. In its most general form it is concerned with the understanding of information transfer and transformation. Particular interest is placed on making processes efficient and endowing them with some form of intelligence. The discipline ranges from theoretical studies of algorithms to practical problems of implementation in terms of computational hardware and software. A central focus is on processes for handling and manipulating information. Thus, the discipline spans both advancing the fundamental understanding of algorithms and information processes in general as well as the practical design of efficient reliable software and hardware to meet given specifications. Computer science is a young discipline that is evolving rapidly from its beginnings in the 1940's. As such it includes theoretical studies, experimental methods, and engineering design all in one discipline. This differs radically from most physical sciences that separate the understanding and advancement of the science from the applications of the science in fields of engineering design and implementation. In computer science there is an inherent intermingling of the theoretical concepts of computability and algorithmic efficiency with the modern practical advancements in electronics that continue to stimulate advances in the discipline. It is this close interaction of the theoretical and design aspects of the field that binds them together into a single discipline."


http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?URL=/library/techart/realtime21.htm

"A real-time system is one in which the correctness of the computations not only depends on the logical correctness of the computation, but also on the time at which the result is produced. If the timing constraints of the system are not met, system failure is said to have occurred."

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QAId : 3478536
Asker : sparky119@...
Subject : replacing my processor
Private : No

Question : Hi. I have an AST Bravo MS/P100. I have 72mb memory with an internal 56K modem. It is a Pentium I and it is VERY sluggish. How can I improve the speed of this thing? I can buy an AMD 600MhZ processor from Circuit City. Will this fix the problem or will I have to do other things also. I would appreciate your help.
Yhanks,
Nancy

Answer : Upgrading your CPU by a factor of 6 can't do anything but help. You have a decent amount of RAM (128 would be better) so you're OK there.

The CPU is your weak link so if your storage is OK then I would say to go for the CPU upgrade.

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FUQuestion : Hi. Thanks for the reply. Will I need to do anything further like replacing the motherboard or installing a fan....I've had a few different versions from as many different sources. Will it be able to just plug in or what. I am a novice here and don't want to run into a "repair" that will cost me as much as or more than a new cpu. Thanks again.
-Nancy

Answer : hehe I thought you knew what you were getting yourself into... You will likely have to upgrade motherboards and RAM along with the CPU. I'm not sure which 600Mhz AMD you've found but unless it works on a 66Mhz memory bus and is plug compatible with the Pentium, and your motherboard supports the multiplier needed to produce the 600Mhz speed (unlikely) you won't just be able to switch CPUs.

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FUQuestion : nope...no clue at all....This sounds like it could really wind up snowballing on me. Should I take something out of the computer with me when I check out the new processor? Thanks for your help.
-Nancy

Answer : I would just keep that machine intact and use it as a secondary (or give it your kids) and buy a new one - Dell has a new Pentium3 machine for 899.00

If you're determined to do it the upgrade way take the motherboard manual with you to the store...

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QAId : 3481763
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : pc troubleshooting
Private : No

Question : whenever i boot my pc the 'system32' file props
up.I don't know how to rectify this error.
my pc specs are :
processor - AMDK6-2 400
RAM-64 MB
OS-WIN NT
HARD DISK-8.4GB

Need More Information : Details... when does this error occur? How does it appear - what else is on the screen? How far into the boot are you when it occurs?


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FUQuestion : The error occurs after full bootup ie. at the
desktop itself.Nothing else is on the screen
except for the Icons and the mcaffe antivir
acknowledgement.The system 32 file opens showing all it's contents ie. all the files
in it.

Need More Information : Sounds like you are saying you just get an explorer window opened to a directory on your drive. That isn't an error in itself. It is being loaded from your startup menu, the registry or an INI file. Can't you just close that window and go on about your tasks? If you can then all we need to do is find where it is coming from...

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FUQuestion : yes i can close the window and work properly
and actually iam doing so .But it does'nt look great when u have an unnessessary file opening .

Answer : OK like I said this is not an error, per se, but just something that is being loaded unnecessarily. Check your Startup folder (Start/Programs/Startup) for any items that may be doing it. You can also open C:\WINDOWS\WIN.INI and look near the top for the lines:

run=
load=

and see if they have anything to the right of the "="


Also can check (Start/Run/regedit)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Services/Run

With "Run" selected examine the items in the right pane to see if any are invoking your explorer window - if they are delete them.

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QAId : 3484727
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : 0e fatal exeption
Private : Yes

Question : Every time I try to run ANY program on my win98se system I get the following error:
a fatal exeption 0E has happened at 0167:bFF...

Every time it is always 0167:bff... I can't remember the exact address but it is always the same and occurs with any program I try to run. But I can run the same programs some of the time, but when I start pushing the computer this error comes up... though sometimes it happens with the first program I run.

I have tried:
scandisk,defrag,sfc,regclean,regscanw,regscan.
I can't find any conflicts in sysinfo or device manager.

Could I have a bad memory chip? Since the 0167:bff... is always the same ??

Desperately,
Jason

Need More Information : What's the rest of the error? Doesn't it cite a specific program or module as causing the fault?

It's possible it's memory... one way to tell is right after boot load every big app you have (to use all of it). If there's a memory error you'll know right away :-)


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FUQuestion : it usually says it's windows that has created the error, with the blue screen and I have to reboot. On the few instances that I can return to the os it has been user32.dll that has created the error. Also drwatson tells me
Win32 USER32 core component attempted to access memory that does not exist.

Module Name: USER32.DLL
Win32 USER32 core component attempted to access memory that does not exist.

Module Name: USER32.DLL
Description: Win32 USER32 core component
Version: 4.10.2222
Product: Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Operating System
Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation

Application Name: Netscape.exe
Description: Netscape Navigator application file
Version: 4.50.2.19
Product: NETSCAPE
Manufacturer: Netscape Communications Corporation


Description: Win32 USER32 core component
Version: 4.10.2222
Product: Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Operating System
Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation

Application Name: Netscape.exe
Description: Netscape Navigator application file
Version: 4.50.2.19
Product: NETSCAPE
Manufacturer: Netscape Communications Corporation

but I can substitute any program for netscape.

Answer : Well a clean reinstall of Windows would be the first step to diagnosing whether it's a Windows problem or a hardware problem. If the problem goes away with a clean Windows install (pay attention to changes after program installs as something you're installing could be causing this!) then you're done. If not, then check your BIOS (in fact check this first) and be sure you don't have any memory-related options that may be set incorrectly. Then you can switch RAM and verify they (or the sockets) are not the problem.


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QAId : 3486819
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : delete file from start menu
Private : No

Question : I tried so many times to delete a file from start menu, but I could not. I used recycle bin and empty it, but when I went back that file was there. What can I do?
I also want to delete some files that my niece put in my computer. How can I check what files do I have in my computer and how can I delete it if I do not want it?

Thank you very much.

Answer : First of all - the Start menu usually does not contain actual programs - it contains "shortcuts" that are nothing more than pointers to where the actual executable is located. If there is a program in there you want to be rid of do it with one of the following (do them in order):

Go to Start-Settings-Control Panel-Add/Remove Programs and see if the program appears in the list - if so select and remove it.

Right-click the Start button and select "Explore". Drill down to the icon for the program to be deleted and right-click it and select Properties. In the "target" field make note of the path (example - "C:\PROGRAM FILES\SOMEAPP\SOMEAPP.EXE"). Then exit the dialog and delete the shortcut. Then open up C:\PROGRAM FILES in an explorer window and delete the "SOMEAPP" directory.


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QAId : 3487881
Asker : snkscore
Subject : Batch File
Private : No

Question : I know that you can run "start explorer" from a batch file to launch explorer, but is there a command to close a program from a batch file?

Also, kind of along the same line, there isn't anyway to make a batch file that exectues a string of keystrokes like a macro is there. For example, "start explorer, tab tab Ctrl-c tab tab ctrl-v alt-f4" Something like that. Maybe you know a program that I could get that would do that sort of thing also.

Answer : To stop a running app from cmdline you can use my free utility, KillTask - snag it from my web page at the bottom of this message.


And here are a bunch of macro apps for your use...

http://winfiles.cnet.com/apps/98/auto.html

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QAId : 3530238
Asker : ney1
Subject : My PC got it -mtx sickness;-(
Private : No

Question : We are not at all well. Got this bug, which sends attachments, will not let me into preferances, or sites which specialize in anti -v.
Norton let it in, macafee cannot catch him now - i am afraid he may censore this post too...
My amature searchs, where I was allowed
to make them, make me almost positive this is a matrix .
My helping technitian, suggestes the only way is reformating and than building from scratch -neither of us is sUre , as to what is safe to copy now and reload later....
Could things like e-mails,bookmarks,addresses be dangerous? Is there a less dramatic cure? In about 12 hours -we shall take this measure - inless good advice comes first -Help,Please Help

Need More Information : Have you tried building a clean boot-disk on another machine and then running your virus scanner under DOS after booting from this disk? I would suggest this first to see if the virus can be removed (this way it will not be resident in memory). You can make a boot floppy under Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs/Windows Setup tab

After booting cd into your anti-virus install directory (probably under "\Program Files") and run the DOS (EXE) scanner.

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FUQuestion : did only half...How to check for viruses from dos? I think my antivirus -now macaffee works from windows -can it be used from dos and how?

Answer : Here's one right from McAfee's site:

http://download.nai.com/products/mcafee-avert/stand_alone/Bootscan.ZIP

After extracting it (on a CLEAN computer) put this on the same floppy (or another if it won't fit).

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QAId : 3533394
Asker : ashish67@...
Subject : monitorshutdown& icon change
Private : No

Question : i have a lg monitor and if i switch off the monitor while my pc is running the system reboots ?
2)howdo i change the icons of file folders and the drives not their shortcuts?

Answer : Unless the power for the PC is plugged into the monitor in some way I cannot comment on what your monitor could do to reboot your PC.


As for changing icons here's the easiest way:

http://www.impactsoft.com/

Download "MicroAngelo"...


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QAId : 3548057
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : GVC Corporation FR 500 mother board with a socket 7 cpu can i fix ADM 6-2 500 cpu
Private : Yes

Question : i'VE GOT GVC Corporation FR 500 mother board with a socket 7 cpu can i fix ON ADM 6-2 500 cpu?

Answer : I see no FR-500, only an FR-520 on their website (which you can go to also):

http://www.gvc.com/eng/asia/Index.htm


Refer to the owner's manual for the specifications for the CPU capabilities.

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QAId : 3551414
Asker : lchharmon@...
Subject : Free long distance
Private : Yes

Question : I heard about a phone that works with your modem called a " YEP "phone which gives you free long distance you suppose to be to call home phone cell phone whatever free. Where can I get this it would save me alot. Thank you!!

Answer : Information on the YEP phones and free long distance:

http://www.google.com/search?q=yep+phone+free+long+distance&hl=en&lr=&safe=off

Also give http://www.dialpad.com a try - I've used it for free calling and no special phone is required.


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QAId : 3554809
Asker : jerkyboy111
Subject : Hard drive
Private : No

Question : Ok, here's some background. I was running Win 98 and the system crashed. I had no back up of my system. This is a old pentium II that is my secondary computer. I tried everything to get the system back up...nothing. A friend came over and did a Fdisk...nothing again, except now nothing works, before I could still get in and mess around with DOS, but now this doesn't work. I have another hard drive to put in but I don't know what I'm doing. It asks me all this stuff about the BIOS that I can't get the information. I've even tried Linux Mandrake on the drive and it says there is not enough room or there are errors galore. I wouldn't mind just running Linux on the system, but when I try to use Linux on the new drive my CD-ROM won't work, I've got the diskette for that but the new drive won't take it. Any suggestion will help, I am at a loss.

Answer : Linux likely won't install because you have a DOS partition defined that takes up all the room. Run fdisk again and remove all partitions from the hard disk. Then reboot into the Linux install.

To get into the Linux install with a BIOS that won't autoboot from CD just look on the CD-ROM for a subdirectory called "Images". In there are some files - pick the one for your system (straight IDE CD-ROM I expect) and use rawrite.exe (usually on the CD in DOSUTILS or somesuch but also easily available on the web (link provided below)) to create the diskette.

ftp://ftp.linux.tucows.com/pub/distributions/Slackware/Slackware-7.1/bootdsks.144/RAWRITE.EXE



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QAId : 3575158
Asker : m.a.n.@...
Subject : computer tuneups
Private : No

Question :
programs sometimes dont responed.
I installed a new mouse and am getting
alot of error messages its a logtech
optical.One such message said to reinstall
windows 98 is that safe to do.


thank you
Nick

Answer : I wouldn't do that yet. Have you gotten the latest drivers (9.0 I believe) from Logitech's website? If not go get them and install that. If that doesn't work let me know.

Here they are:

http://www.logitech.com/cf/support/mousefiles_pc.cfm

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QAId : 3577225
Asker : samma04
Subject : internet
Private : No

Question : Our internet is startting over and over again? What should I do?

Answer : If you have disabled call waiting (if you have it) then you may need to call your ISP (dropping you) or the phone company (dirty lines).


Or do you instead mean that the internet dials up "on it's own" too much?

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FUQuestion : I mean that the internet dials up "on it's own"

Answer : OK - you have an app of some sort that is hitting the internet and is invoking the dial-up networking.

Either figure out which app is doing this (CTRL-ALT-DEL once and examine the list) or disable the autodial function. I can't remember where it is but hunt in the following spots and you'll find it:

My Computer/Dial-up Networking (right click/Properties on the icon you use and check the menus).

Start/Settings/Control Panel/Modem

Start/Settings/Control Panel/Internet Options
(under "Connections" tab appears to tbe the one we need)


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FUQuestion : In the Compuserve properties under Server Types the box "Enable software compression" is enabled. Should it be?

Answer : Probably not but that has nothing to do with your current problem.

Most modems have hardware compression built-in so it's of little value to do so on the system side.

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QAId : 3585681
Asker : texperkins
Subject : swap file
Private : No

Question : is there a way to reduce the size of my pc's swap file?

Answer : Sure thing - right click "My Computer" and select Properties, then go into the Performance tab and click the Virtual Memory button. Select "Let me specify my own..." and enter the same size in both the min and max fields (I suggest 1.5 times your RAM amount up to a max of 128).


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QAId : 3592798
Asker : pmw1944
Subject : Laptop Computer
Private : No

Question : I've been looking at various used laptops from a company selling laptops used by corporations.
The laptops listed show hard drive, cd's, modum's etc.
Each system says it comes (without an operating system) My Question is:
1. What is an operating system?
2. What kind of cost should one expect to install?
Thanks!

Answer : An operating system is the controling software that coordinates your hardware, gives you a user interface, and gives your applications their environment/support services.

Windows is likely what you will want to run on these - Windows 95 if they are old notebooks and Windows 98/98SE or Millenium of they are newer. Expect to spend about 100 dollars per copy of Windows.

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QAId : 3599672
Asker : cindy_lens
Subject : cpu usage
Private : No

Question : Hi

When I ran the command "top" on an Ultra Sparc Solaris 2.7 with 2gig of memory, I noticed only 67Mb of memory free.

On another similar Ultras Sparc Solaris 2.7 with 2gig of memory, I noticed 677Mb of memory free.

What is causing so much memory usage? How can I resolve this problem?

Thank you
Cindy

Answer : You may want to poke at some of the processes to see which is using all the space. I wrote you a script to gather the data on each app.

Paste this into a file (named mine appmemusage) then do this to it:

chmod u+x appmemusage

#!/usr/bin/ksh
rm /tmp/largeout 2>/dev/null
ps -ef | awk '{print $2 }' >> /tmp/largeout
cat /tmp/largeout | while read item
do
echo $item >> /tmp/memusage
/usr/proc/bin/pmap $item | grep total >> /tmp/memusage
done
echo "Finished gathering data - now displaying..."
sleep 5
clear
more /tmp/memusage
echo ""
echo "Data retrieved still in /tmp/memusage for your perusal..."


Now just run this app and examine the results (get more results if you run it as root since you will not as a user have access to some apps data). Look for the largest memory usage apps in the resultant list - when you find one you want to know about note the PID number and then do this with it:

ps -ef | grep PID

to see what app it is...

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Answer : Doh! I just reazlized that I believe top also shows the amount of RAM being used per process. May have just reinvented the wheel! hehe Oh well I hope it helps to know which app is using the most RAM.


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QAId : 3600668
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : computer
Private : No

Question : hi pual
i have computer pintum #450 ,64m ram, windows 98 enabled.
i have no conflect in the hardware,
I did difragment, scandisk, clean disk.
the problem that I face is when I want to open two pages in the internet in the same time the pc hang up, then I have to restart computer i tried ALT-CTRL-DELT but no way.
and I am feed up can you help me.

thank you very much

Answer : Have you upgraded your IE to 5.01? If not I'd suggest you try that as it upgrades/patches IE:

Start/Windows Update

Apply the IE 5.01 Service Pack *only* - do NOT apply IE 5.5 unless you like pain as 5.5 is buggy!


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QAId : 3606269
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Mini Computer
Private : No

Question : i need to know the difference between mini, micro, and maine frame computers. the only web sites i can find are trying to sell computers or tell me what it is. i need to know the components of each one and how they differ. please help me. if you know a web site to use or if you can tell me please. im going crazy here. thank you roxane

Answer : The definitions are pretty malleable.

Generally speaking a micro computer is one intended for use by one person at a time. One keyboard, one monitor, etc.

A minicomputer is a "small" multiuser system, usually with only a terminal at the machine. It's purpose is to serve multiple users who connect through terminals.

A mainframe is like a minicomputer but it serves a larger number of users, also through terminals.

For more information see this web site - co a CTRL-F and type mainframe and hit ENTER to go to the relevant spot.

http://www.mgmt.utoronto.ca/~wensle/technts1.htm

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QAId : 3613757
Asker : gareth-iago@...
Subject : Computer Cables
Private : Yes

Question : Halo,
I have a HP Scajet 5p which has a scusi female outlet socket to which I had a male scusi cable one end and also a male on other end fitting to my old computer. I have now had another computer which has USB ports. What can you advise to connect my scanjet to my new computer.
thanks, gareth.






Answer : You will need to purchase (or transplant from the old machine) a SCSI controller. Check your local computer store for an inexpensive PCI SCSI card.


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QAId : 3622506
Asker : kriegers@...
Subject : file transfer protocal program
Private : No

Question : Hey,

I was wondering if you had any advice about a good free FTP program that i could download and use. I'm no computer whiz, but i am fairly efficient and i would be using it to transfer jpegs, gifs, htm website documents from home to my school's server.

thanks,

steve

Answer : I like LeechFTP:

http://linux.fh-heilbronn.de/~debis/files/lftp13.zip

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QAId : 3623433
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : What is a PLJ file
Private : No

Question : What is a PLJ file? And what program will open it.. thankxx

Answer : It appears to be a music format that enables advertising while the song plays...

http://www.music4nothing.com/m4n/help/faq_about_m4n_4play.jsp#5

Windows Media Player and others (see the page) can play these...


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QAId : 3634987
Asker : michaelq@...
Subject : computer networking and email
Private : No

Question : Hello! I have 6 computers on a LAN using NetBui protocol. All the PC's run Windows 98.
Is there a program which will allow me to setup an inter-office emailing system between these 6 computers??

I have already tried the Windows 95 PostOffice Utility, but receive the following message: can not run...not a win32 application.

Any suggestions? Hope you can help out and thank you for your time...

Regards,

Mike

Answer : I haven't used any of these but here are several mail server apps that you can try - install on one of the machines (making it the "mail server") and the rest can be clients off of it.

http://winfiles.cnet.com/apps/98/servers-mail.html


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QAId : 3635440
Asker : rchoban@...
Subject : COmtrade PC
Private : No

Question : I have a COmtrade (company is out of business) PC that has been very reliable, until last week.
I tried to install a new modem, and somehow in the process destroyed my config.sys file. The system does not think it has a hard drive or a CD-ROM attached now. I can get an A: prompt, and Windows tries to boot up, but then I get a message saying there is no hard disk. I realize this is sketchy information, but I have tried everything I can think of to no avail. Any
suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated. I have a laptop which is what I am using now.
Richard Hoban

Answer : Make sure there is no floppy in the drive when you boot and look for a file on your C: drive called config.dos - if you see it it should be a backup of the config.sys which you can copy back.


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FUQuestion : When I do that, I get a message that says:
" Pri Master CDROM Drive - ATAPI Incompatible"
" Press F1 to Resume "

When I press F1, I get a message that says:
" Drive Not Ready
Insert Boot diskette in A:
Press any key when ready "

When I do that, I get messages about errors in my cinfig.sys file

I should note, there is no data in the Hard
Disk(s) AMBIOS Ststem Configuration chart

Answer : Set the BIOS info for all hard disks to to "Auto" and try again. Boot from the hard disk (if you can). If not then boot from the floppy and try and restore the config.dos as I described above. Here are the commands I would use after booting with the floppy:

c:
cd \
ren config.sys config.bak
copy config.dos config.sys


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QAId : 3636093
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : DOS
Private : No

Question : ** Which command would you type at the command prompt of a DOS system to display all files in the current directory and its subdirectories whose filenames start with the letter E and have the file extension of DOC? The command should also pause lis



Your help will be greatly appreiated!!!
Thanks!!!
Henry

Answer : Here you go:


dir e*.doc /s /p


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QAId : 3646557
Asker : info@...
Subject : Computer Viruses, Worms
Private : No

Question : How do I get rid of the Kak virus

Answer : http://www.mcafee.com/login_page.asp?a=ok

Click on "free trial" at the bottom...


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QAId : 3648134
Asker : aglass8178@...
Subject : Passwords
Private : No

Question : Someone got on my computer at work and went some really disgusting sites. I need to set my computer up so that no one will be able to use my computer without a password. How can I set it up?

Answer : Peruse these files - several of these look promising to your needs:

http://winfiles.cnet.com/apps/98/access-control.html


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QAId : 3648391
Asker : witzkeb@...
Subject : computer hissing
Private : No

Question : Quite frequently my Computer will lock up and there will be a loud hissing noise coming from it followed by a knock that stops the hissing. Then the computer works fine until it repeats. It happens every few minutes and comes up with a "disk writer error: unable to write to drive c:" message. It's an Emachine pentium 3 600 I just bought not too long ago.What's going on?

Answer : Your hard disk is dying (perhaps has a power problem). I suggest you backup what you can from it and then troubleshoot it - try diconnecting and reconnecting the power cable, using a different power cable, etc to see if you can isolate the problem. You will probably have to replace the disk so check to see if you are still under warranty.


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QAId : 3652364
Asker : moh97
Subject : Internet connection
Private : No

Question : My problem is when I make internet connection, after i receive a veryfication massege, the internet connection failed right away.
could u please provide me a solution to my problem?
thanks

Need More Information : What do you mean "it fails right away?" What happens? What do you see as it dials in, connects and then fails? What can/can't you do once the connection is made?


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FUQuestion : "it fails right a way" = after I click dial-up Icon,a short massage menu shows dialing process, then the short menu changes massage content to ( Varification name and password )after that I receive a short error massage said " dialup netword either improper installed or not insalled; go to contrall panel then click dial up icon to add the dial-up program"

Answer : It sounds like your ID or password may be entered incorrectly. Call your internet service provider (ISP) and ask them to confirm you account by logging into it. Then go and re-enter that information in your dial-up icon under My Computer/Dial-up Networking/right-click the icon and select Properties.

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QAId : 3675879
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : GID Files
Private : No

Question : I seem to remember reading that GID files can be deleted to free up space on your Hard Drive. Am I correct in my recollection? And can these files be deleted without any problems? Thanks.

Answer : Yes I believe so... unless I'm mistaken these are the index files created for quick access to topics/keywords when you first access a .HLP file and choose the type of indexing you want.


Try using my Rdelete utility to remove them and maybe .TMP files automatically (you can put the command into a BAT file and then schedule the BAT file with Windows Task Scheduler in your systray to run daily/weekly/whatever). See my webpage below for the download as well as others.

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QAId : 3704775
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : How do I install a network interface card in novell netware 4.1
Private : Yes

Question : I currently run Netware 4.1 Server with a combi NIC(SMC 8432BT) over a coax network. I was about to upgade to UTP and decided to run a test rig with new hubs and switches to make sure it would work. Needless to say the the LED on the Switch port the Server was connected to didn't light up. I tried other ports and patches, but it made no differance. However the LED on the NIC was on (green). I checked and there are no dip switches or jumpers to configure.

The Nodes(95/98) were able to ping each other and use the internet server(TCP/IP), but could not see each other in The Network Neighborhood.

I hooked ever thing back up to Coax and everthing worked again.

Is there some setting I need to change somewhere to make the RJ-45 port on the NIC work? And if I decide to upgrade to a new 100Mbps NIC and how I install it?

I have read a few books and manuals on Netware 4.1, but none seem to cover this in great detail.

I would be most greatful for your advice.

Many thanks,

Mark

P.S.

As you can tell I am not a Netware expert!

Answer : Which machines cannot communicate? You mention a Netware server but then dicsuss the communication between 95/98 machines.

Try looking into this utility on the server:

LOAD INETCFG

(run this from the server's console screen)

When you add the NIC you will need the disk handy (from your description I am not sure you have added the NIC driver, or simply plugged it in and expected Netware to become aware of it).

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QAId : 3705880
Asker : bkemp1221
Subject : new computer maintenance
Private : No

Question : I have a brand new computer (1 ghz athlon, 128 sdram, 30 gb hd, etc.) and little things keep happening that shoudln't: like when i shut down, it goes to a dos-type screen with a cursor blinking, but doesnt shut down. also, it takes a very long time to startup (like right before it shows the desktop, and right before the windows sound plays, it is slow). what are these, and more inportantly, what can i do to stop it, and what should i do to keep it running well?

sorry for the length, thanks though!!

Answer : About the shutdown issue:

try disabling "fast shutdowns":

Run msconfig (start/run/msconfig)
Click Advanced button
check "disable fast shutdowns"

As for the boot taking a long time try turning to NONE the IDE devices that are not present so Windows will not try polling there. Also try diconnecting any CD-ROM drives (one at a time) and time boots without them. Sometimes Windows takes a while to test these.

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FUQuestion : well, its been going ok, but now it doesnt seem to finish booting windows-- it loads up except for the icons and taskbar, then right before it usually plays the opening sound, it stops, and has a little oddly colored bar at the top. every time, a reboot fixes this, and it runs normally....

whats going on?
thanks again!


Answer : So are you saying the previous answer fixed the shutdown problem?

Try updating your video drivers to the latest from your manufacturer's web site - links can be found here:

http://winfiles.cnet.com/drivers/video.html

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FUQuestion : if it isnt too much trouble, id like to ask you another question, this time about my older computer...

(PII 233, 98mb sdram, voodoo3 video, 24xcdrom) its a bit more serious: the monitor has recently started to just go into sleep mode, usually right after it goes into windows 98, and doesnt come out. its usually about an hour till i can get it to work (holding down power button for 4 secs. , switching off power supply, off surge protector, then everything back on again). oy. it has only started doing this, and i havent added any hardware or anything. in the logged bootlog i did once it said:
-[00141DDF] LoadFailed = C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\DRVSPACE.SYS
-[00142026] LoadFailed = ndis2sup.vxd
-[00142083] Dynamic load failed C:\WINDOWS\system\MRCI.VXD : [00142083] File not found
-[00142102] Init Failure esdi_506.pdr
-[00142129] INITCOMPLETEFAILED = SDVXD

i hope that helps, and thank you so much, you're my only hope!

-ethan

Answer : I can't intrepret you bootlog.txt for you, but it sounds like that system has some serious issues. Maybe a clean install of Windows is in order?

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QAId : 3716256
Asker : meekoman@...
Subject : COMPUTER CAREER
Private : No

Question : HI,
I AM A RECENT M.B.A. GRAD WITH NO EXPERIENCE IN THE COMPUTER FIELD. I LIVE IN N.J. AND I DO CONSTRUCTION WORK. I AM INTERESTED IN MAKING A CAREER CHANGE INTO THE "IT" FIELD. I'VE BEEN TRYING TO DECIDE WHICH AREA OF "IT" WOULD BE MOST LUCRATIVE FOR ME TO PURSUE; NETWORK ENGINEERING OR PROGRAMMING. I'VE BEEN GETTING CONFLICTING OPINIONS AS TO WHICH FIELD IS IN GREATEST DEMAND. I'VE ALSO HAD PROBLEMS TRYING TO DECIDE WHICH COURSES ARE MOST MARKETABLE FOR THE RESPECTIVE AREAS OF INTEREST(MCSE,A+,NOVELL, CISCO,C++, JAVA,UNIX,HMTL ETC). I'VE BEEN TRYING TO USE THE HELP WANTED ADS AND JOB SEARCH SITES TO SEE AND COMPARE WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR BUT BECAUSE OF MY LIMITED "IT" KNOWLEDGE I RARELY KNOW WHAT I AM LOOKING AT. I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE ANY HELP YOU CAN GIVE.


THAN-YOU

Answer : Both fields pay well and are in high demand - anything in IT is. I say pick the one you either know the most about or like the best (maybe they're the same!? :-) and go with it. I would personally suggest that the admin/networking field has better prospects than the programming due to the influx of H1-B visa folks. They are used a lot in programming shops and since a lot of language skills in English are not critical to programming those jobs you are more at risk of having to compete with foreign folks for those jobs than with administration, where language skills are more important. YMMV.

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QAId : 3716460
Asker : xlxgreyfoxxlx@...
Subject : novell network lsl.com
Private : No

Question : Hello i need the file lsl.com to correctly install the driver for 3com external cable modem it ask for a novell network dos disk driver can u let me know where i can get this file so i can install my driver

Thanks,
Steve


Answer : Take your pick:

http://ftpsearch.lycos.com/cgi-bin/search?form=lycosnet&query=lsl.com&filetype=All+files

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QAId : 3727295
Asker : faith9878@...
Subject : Computer Diagram
Private : No

Question : How does information from a a computers cpu get to the monitor?
where can I find a diagram of this on the intenet?

Answer : Well the CPU never "has" the image, it is sometimes the agent that moves the image from main memory to the video card's frame buffer. Newer video cards reduce the reliance on the CPU for this even further and generate the images on the fly, without aid of the CPU. See this site for what I think you are after which is standard frame buffer manipulation:

http://www.karbosguide.com/module7b2.htm

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QAId : 3764468
Asker : 65330
Subject : handheld computers
Private : No

Question : What problems does a handheld PC solve? Why do business people think they are such a good thing?


Answer : I've used a Pilot since they first came out and for me they remove the need for any paper-based Day-Timer. I keep contact info, technical notes, my schedule of places to be and things to do... basically anything I need to be reminded of, or that I've done. Just the ability to put in meeting times, dentist appointments, birthdays, etc and have it go off with an alarm (minutes, hours or days in advance) is worth the price of admission. Add to that all the other features plus the ability to download tons of new applications that can run on it and you have a very compelling device. Check out http://www.palmgear.com for an idea of the type and number of applications out there.

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FUQuestion : If I wanted to purchase a handheld PC for my sales people, what are some of the things I would want to look at when I am comparing different handhelds?
Rating : 5

Answer : Price and ability to run the apps/functions that you need.

There are only two real choices in the market at the moment, Pilot ("Palms") or Windows CE-based units. The CE units typically sport more RAM and faster CPUs (and color). The Palm 3c has color and has tons of memory for a Palm (8MB). I have data in my 3c all the way back from '96 and I still have tons of room for 3rd-party apps (of which I have many installed).

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QAId : 3769354
Asker : al_burroughs
Subject : file conversions
Private : Yes

Question : I have a program with a large data base of part numbers and descriptions....the file extension is .dat I need to convert this file to a text document that I can print. Is there software out there that can do this, prefferably shareware or suach as this is a one time need. Everthing I have found so far relates .dat files to images or graphics

Thanks

Al

Need More Information : .DAT is usually just a generic extension - I've never seen it as being associated with any particular program. Can't you see the data in the application that is using the database? What application is this?

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FUQuestion : paul..

The program associated with the file reads it but only displays 10 or 15 selections and only by specific search.

What I want to do is display this file in text format so I can cut and paste the necessary info.

The program is a specific part number loactor, that then displays the details of the part, if this helps

Answer : You still haven't told me the name of the program and since the DAT file is not a standard file I would suggest that you try opening the file (.dat) with wordpad.

Start/run/wordpad (hit Enter)

Then File/open and choose the file (have to select the *.* filter to see it).


FUQuestion : paul..

sorry....the program name is Keycomp.

When I open the file in word pad or any other word program all I get is machine language of some sort

Need More Information : Who makes this program and what is it for?

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FUQuestion : Paul..

My apoligies fordragging this out....The program is produced by a private company and alows us access to part number, priceing , and descriptions. The program works fine but displays a limeted number of data per screen. What I want to do is be able to read all the data, and copy and print what is relevent.

The company that supplies us with the program has told us to get in touch with the company that built the program for them, but we are getting nowhere fast, they dont return calls or e-mail.

I think I metioned that when I open the file with word or any other text program all I get is a machine type language of some sort. One thing I dont think I metioned is the program is dos based not windows. If this dosent help you I guess we'll just resort to more phone calls and e-mail.

Thanks for your time.

Al

Answer : It sounds like this is *not* a standard file format issue, and so viewers will not be available from anyone except the people who wrote it. The only other alternative is to get the file format specs and write your own program to extract the data and put it into another format.

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QAId : 3770204
Asker : texasaggiesrock@...
Subject : Network administrator
Private : Yes

Question : I have to give a class presentation on:
"What a Network Manager / Administrator does"

Where can enough info to pull this off?
(I KNOW it's basic... but not to me ;)

Answer : Admins do many things:

build/configure new/old machines
maintain and install new hardware
manage the network connectivity to each machine
take care of user accounts/requests
ensure printing works
backup/restore of data
automating repetitive chores


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QAId : 3773940
Asker : dale_laszlo
Subject : igx files
Private : Yes

Question : Have you ever heard of a file with an "igx" extension? If so, what can I use to open it??????

Thanks for the help

Answer : It appears to be an Imagineer or Visio file (drawing packages).


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QAId : 3774182
Asker : fent
Subject : Conflict printing from Excel
Private : No

Question : We have two printers (Epson Stylus 900 set up as default & HP Office Jet G95 only used for printing as a back up)connected with USB. We are having a problem printing to the Epson; every now and then, when printing a 2 page Excel worksheet, the printer will stop printing half way of either the 1st or 2nd page, then a long pause, followed by an error message about Epson USB port. It also happens when printing from ACT, but very rarely. In your opinion, is it a printer problem, a system problem or a program problem? Do you have any idea what we can do to diagnose the problem.
Thanks in advance

Answer : I would usually call this a system problem as printer drivers (or the underlying USB/parallel port) drivers are usually at fault.

It's not completely clear from your description which printer is using the USB connection.

I would suggest that you remove the configuration for the second printer and test printing that way. Finally get the latest drivers for each printer from the manhufacturer's web site.

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QAId : 3790425
Asker : GetItDunn
Subject : PC that keeps losing network connection
Private : No

Question : I have a home network with 4 machines hooked up. My newest machine which is a 550mHz PC has had problems with staying logged onto the network since the first day. I changed the network card thinking that that would solve the problem., but that didn't work. The common type problem is that it will disconnect doing larger file transfers or if left to sit overnight, sometimes it loses it's connection. It has this problem from 2 differant locations that I tried it from so I feel it is not the Wiring or a hub problem. The other machines are 350 or below and they stay logged onto each other fine. Is there a setting or something that can be changed to eliminate this? It is getting to be a real pain. Once it disconnects, it will come right back up on the network once you re-start it, and will see all other machines and do smaller transfers between machines, but ultimately it will disconnect.HELP!!! Thanks for any suggestions. I am not a PC Guru so need straightforward instructions.

Answer : It sounds like you have one of these:

1) Bad drivers for network card

2) Bad network card

3) Bad cable

Try replacing these items in order.

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QAId : 3791331
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : appropriate computer courses
Private : Yes

Question : hello , my name is imtiaz and i live in dubai and my problem is that i am very much interested in making a software and i just wanted to know that what computer courses should i learn in order to make a software . is making a software just programming stuff ? i don't want to do any degree 'cause i'm 23 and i wasted my time in B.B.A. which i just left . so in a way , i've done 12 years of schooloing which courses should i do which would give me enough knowledge to make a software . would i even get a job with a good salary with the help of these courses ? how helpful is visual basic 6.0, c++ , c+++ ? if these are the courses , then are there any more additional courses to be done ? please send me a list of what i should do so that i can make a software and even get a good paid job . thanx ........

Answer : If programming is what you like to do I would suggest you take a course or two in programming theory at a local college and then dive into whatever language you like at that time (Visual Basic, Visual C++, Perl and Java are in high demand).


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QAId : 3797524
Asker : bcd9988
Subject : upgrade
Private : No

Question : I have been told there is not much gained in speed beyond 64MB of sdram because windows 98se has memory bottlenecks such as system resources memory which more ram will not fix and I've been told upgrading to windowsME will just give me more drivers. I would appreciate your opinion. thankyou.

Answer : I disagree on the RAM issue - 128MB is the sweet spot for 98/SE/ME. Less RAM than 128MB will result in a lot more swapping of apps to disk, which slows the systems considerably. As far as the resources is concerned that is true, there are fixed limits for those regardless of RAM amount. Windows ME is not enough different from 98/SE for me to bother with - I installed it for a bit to test it out and found some of the main differences to be the system restore utility (I already wrote something similar for my own use under 98 so I don't need this one) and as you said more drivers.


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QAId : 3813347
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : about unix systems
Private : Yes

Question : In what is different in a Unix system versus a pc system (dos system)?

Answer : They are just two different operating systems. Both are command-line oriented. Some of the major differences:

Unix is more powerful in its command-line form than DOS, having features that DOS doesn't have without add-ons:

networking
multi-user
multi-tasking

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QAId : 3819219
Asker : neena_shrestha@...
Subject : microsoft computer financal data 1995 1999
Private : No

Question : Where can i find the annual financal data for microsoft computers from 1995 to 1999. I could get only from 1998-2000

Answer : Try this:

http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/srch-edgar?microsoft


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QAId : 3820208
Asker : chapman1@...
Subject : computer
Private : Yes

Question : I have a computer, win...95... here is what happends.
when i turn it on, it goes thro-some of the writing, then it stops and saids,
system err, insert system disk, and then when i do it wont take any thing, pluse it wont even
let me reformat it, cause i cant get further enough to type in black screen, i have tryed to reboot, it wont....tryed to reprogram it, it wont...what seems to be wrong here,,,can you help me ...write soon ok...??????
i really have to fix this computer......
thanks for your time...

Answer : Try booting from a floppy (make a boot disk on another PC - Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs/Startup Disk tab).

Make sure it has fdisk and format on it (those are at C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND). Then take a peek with fdisk after booting from the floppy but *don't* change anything unless you want to start the hard disk over from scratch.

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FUQuestion : I did what you said, and it did't work...
this is all i get on the black screen when turned on.this is at the bottom,
floppy disk(s) fail (40)
press F1 to continue, Del-to enter setup
08/12/1998-i44olx-w83977-2a69jpaac-oo
and it wont go any furher if i put in a disk in and press f1 it still says disk error
put system disk in and press enter, and i do get the same thing over and over,,, what else can i do???????

Answer : Your floppy drive is either:

dead

cable is backwards or not on correctly

does not have power (check cable)

Get the floppy working and do what I described above...

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FUQuestion : OK I CHECHED THE HOOK UP AND IT SEEMS TO BE GETTING POWER TO DRIVE A, CAUSE IT LIGHT WILL COME ON WHEN I PUT THE DISK IN THERE TO TRY AND BOOT IT, BUT IT STILL GIVES ME THE SAME THING I TOLD YOU BEFORE... IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN TELL ME TO DO TO IT ??
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.......I REALLY NEED TO FIX IT, THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR TIME.....

Answer : I can only suggest that you either have:

A bad floppy drive
a bad floppy cable (or not connected correctly)
A BIOS issue
Motherboard component failure (rare)

These are the only things that can cause what you are describing. The most likely is still the floppy cable, followed by the floppy drive itself.


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QAId : 3822185
Asker : networktopology
Subject : DOS operating System
Private : Yes

Question : I have recently formatted my hard drive and reinstalled Windows 98 on my system. I did not do a partition of any sorts. At the a: prompt I simply wrote down format c and followed th eprocedure of installing windows 98 from my cd roms. That was it. My question is since I do not see any dos folders in my windows explorer and i do not have Windows/Commands folder how can I determine if Windows 98 loaded a DOS version which I understand is 7.x. Basically how can I tell that my system has a version of DOS on it.
Furthermore if it doesn't can I download DOS lets say from ZDnet or anyother place that offers it a install it on my system what would be the proper procedure for such a task. Your answers will be greatly apprecieted. Thank you

Answer : If you have 98 installed and booting you already have DOS 7.x by definition since 98 runs on top of DOS to a degree.

To get to a pure DOS prompt either:

Start/Shutdown/Restart in MS-DOS mode

OR

While booting the system hold the CTRL key until the menu appears and choose "Command Prompt Only"


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FUQuestion : when at the MS-DOS Prompt
c:\windows>'ver' gave me the Windows 98 Version number.... how do I find out the DOS version that's on my system? and how can I change the c:\windows> to read c:\dos> ?

another question........ Is it neccessery to have a DOS folder especially if there's nothing in it, why would it be neccesery to have a DOS folder? to create one in windows explorer can I go to an existing folder right click mouse create folder name it and drag and drop it on drive c in my tree...? would that be the same a DOS folder thats generated automatically by some process, cause like I stated before I formatted my hard drive and reinstalled windows 98. After the installation I do not have a DOS folder but I remember before the formatting there was a Dos folder present...

Answer : Since there is no "DOS" product being sold the result of the "ver" command *is* the version of DOS you are running, though most people call it 7.x.

The DOS directory has no special meaning or significance - it is simply the pathed location where DOS installations put all the non-resident commands like format, fdisk, attrib, etc... The C:\DOS directory is directly comparable to C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND - they both exists by default to hold DOS commands and are in the PATH environment variable. You could move the contents in either case somewhere else (like C:\GOOFY) and put *that* in your PATH instead and be just fine...


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QAId : 3826418
Asker : dave.rock@...
Subject : Cable Modems and Firewalls
Private : Yes

Question : Hey,
I am currently subscribed with cable modem service. It's a full duplex connection so my PC's are on the net 24/7 (I have a HAN).
Unfortuantely, I have a feeling that someone has been hacking into my Wife's PC. I can see the traffic even (I have a linux system on the network, and I can snoop packets). The last time I rebooted the PC, It said that there was 1 user connected (and I dont even have File and Print sharing loaded).


I use to use IP Masquerade with Linux with great success. However, it does not support "Everything" that I want to do.
Ive also tried ICS (MS Internet Connection Sharing). However, Im having DHCP problems on the host PC. It is having problems with acting as a DHCP server for the LAN, and acting as a DHCP client (for the cable modem). It's sporatic and unstable (They should rename ICS to "I Cant Surf").

Is there a descent firewall out there that isnt going to cost me a freakin fortune to buy and administer?

Id really like to know.


On second thought, do you have any experience with linux and IP Chains? Is it better than IP Masq?

Dave Rock

Answer : One way to get away from the DHCP issue is to just hard-code the IP addresses on the client machines and the internal NIC on the ICS server.

A better product is Sygate - http://www.sybergen.com

I run it on NT Server and it works great.

Also helps to keep the low lifes out as you can secure all the workstations by having them login to your PDC (NT Server) and setting them to "user-level" share access so they will not give access to their local shares unless the PDC says it's OK. That, plus the fact that in NTS you can totally remove Windows services (other than raw IP traffic) from the external interface virtually guarantees no one can touch an internal box.


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QAId : 3833347
Asker : jengen26@...
Subject : computer shoping
Private : No

Question : MY ROOMMATE AND I WANT TO BUY A COMPUTER. WE ARE BOTH IN MEDICAL SCHOOL AND NEED A GOOD COMPUTER AT HOME SO WE DO NOT HAVE TO GO TO OTHER PLACES TO USE A COMPUTER AND IT IS STARTING TO BECOME A CHORE. WE DO NOT HAVE A LOT OF MONEY BUT ENOUGH TO BUY A NICE COMPUTER. I ALSO WANT A DVD PLAYER AND A LASER PRINTER AND ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, AND A BIG SCREEN MONITER. CAN YOU TELL ME THE BEST BUY FOR US. WE WILL PROBALLY GET ANOTHER LINE TO SET UP OUR INTERNET SO IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SUPERFAST BUT WE DO NOT WANT TO WAIT FOREVER JUST TO LOG ON. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE PRICE WE WILL HAVE TO PAY. FOR DIFFERENT BRANDS(WHICH DOES NOT MATTER) THIS IS MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT RESEARCH, AND I REALLY DO NOT KNOW WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR YET. IF YOU HAVE ANY ADVISE FOR ME OR QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL ME BACK.

Answer : Check the following sites - they have PCs for 600 and up... for the one you want you'll probably spend about 1300-1400

http://www.dell.com
http://www.micron.com
http://www.gateway.com


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QAId : 3840447
Asker : silverweapon0
Subject : my computer problem
Private : No

Question : hey I have an old computer. whenever I turn it on, it does not boot up all the way. also, a strange sound comes out of it. kinda like a tweet sound. and on top of all of that, it says, "Drive Not Ready Error Insert BOOT Diskette in A:... whats wrong with my computer? How should I fix it?

Answer : It sounds like your hard disk isn't working. try booting from a boot floppy and run fdisk and scandisk to see if the drive is OK. You can build a boot disk from the Add/Remove Programs/Startup disk tab in the Control Panels.


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FUQuestion : man...I tried it... I can't see... the moniter dosn't work. and my moniter's very new, its not broken, it works on my new computer but not the old one. do you think that it has to do something with the hard drive? it worked a few times before but not anymore. it used to work then stop and work then stop. and if I found out i have 2 hard drives. will i have to program windows again if I change even one hard drive? sorry to be so annoying with questions..thanks

Answer : So you don't see anything, at any time, on this system with this known-good monitor? Have you checked the cable? ;-)

Seriously, if the monitor is known to be working and you see *nothing* (not even DOS portion of boot and POST tests from BIOS) then it is either a cable problem or the video card is not seated (or has died).

If you see the POST and DOS portion of boot then the problem likely is with your video drivers.


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QAId : 3847751
Asker : goodman168@...
Subject : computer
Private : Yes

Question : Dear Sir/Madam:
Would you please tell me how can i save 4MB files to the 1.44MB disk, if i have 4 piece 1.44 MB disk..or does it has another way to do that......please help me, by the way, i dont have ZIP floppy


Thank you very much

Andy

Answer : The easiest way would be to use WinZip and set it to "span" across floppies.

http://www.winzip.com

Right-click the files/dirs to be backed up, select "Create Zip". Then in the WinZip dialog choose the span option and put A:\WHATEVER.ZIP (name it whatever you like). It will fill up one disk, then ask for more as it needs to until the whole file is done.


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QAId : 3848443
Asker : gdhf
Subject : modem
Private : No

Question : How do I test a modem to make sure it is working?

Answer : open a direct link to the modem with a terminal app like Hyperterm (comes free with Windows). Open a direct COMx link (where 'x' is the number of the port where your modem is - COM2 for example). Then type in a few commands like:

AT

(should echo back "OK")

ati4

(should echo back info)

Try ati1, ati2, etc

If the modem is responding to any of these it's probably running fine.

If you have trouble with the terminal program I have a nice utility called "ATsend" that will directly hit a modem on a serial port. It's a pure DOS utility so I would reboot before using it and during boot hold the CTRL key to get the boot menu and select "Safe Mode Command-Prompt Only"

Then run

atsend i4 2

would send an "ati4" to the modem on COM2 and you should see the info it echos back on your screen.

Get ATSend from my website -

http://members.home.net/iqueue/atsend.zip

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QAId : 3848917
Asker : mailman_37645
Subject : Dell Computer (upgrade)
Private : No

Question : Just purchased a Dell computer from a local company. This Dell is two years old and has 32MB RAM, 188MGZ processor and 2GB hardrive. I know I can go to 64MB RAM, and can install a larger gig hardrive, but how can I determine what speed processor I can install? What brand-name processor do you suggest. Thank you.

Answer : You will need to either consult the owners manual (if you have it) or look up the system on Dell's website - Dell systems usually have a short code (about 6 digits?) on a sticker on the side or back of the case - you can go to http://support.dell.com and put this number in and it will bring up info on your machine, including manuals. these will tell you the fastest CPU your motherboard supports.

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QAId : 3853128
Asker : zeppelin4180@...
Subject : how can i uninstall a program that doesn't have an unstaleer program?
Private : No

Question : how can i uninstall a game that doesn't have an unstaller?
these games are starcraft, dooms{i download it from the internet), brood and pharaoh.
Is it okey if i just delete this files ?
if i did, want about the shared files or components? and will it be safe in my compuetr system?
I hope to hear from you again :)

Answer : Deleting the main directory of an installed program will almost never cause any trouble. In the rare instances where it does it usually does so because the program registers some system-level files like DLLs while keeping them in it's own directory. To be sure you can safely remove the directory without repercussions just *rename* the directory first, then reboot the system and see if anything untoward occurs. If not then go ahead and delete the directory.

Some of the games you're citing (like Doom) are DOS games and can be removed by deleting their directories and any shortcuts you may have made. They make little or no hooks into Windows per se so they should not have any issues.

Worst case scenario with Windows apps that do not exhibit a problem with the rename described above is that you will perhaps have a few registered Windows components that you aren't using which isn't a problem really.

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FUQuestion : what are the extension of system level files?
can i manually delete the non-system level and leave the system level files in the directory instead?

Answer : System files come in lots of different extensions - just do what I described above (rename the directory and see if anything bad happens - if it does you can rename the directory back).

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QAId : 3854797
Asker : rforbes@...
Subject : ibm 300gl pc
Private : No

Question : I have an ibm 300 gl computer with what appears to be a sound card installed. However Windows 95 does not recognize the sound card. Does ibm build these with dummy cards installed? I have a cd rom with no ear phone jack, but it is still plugged into the sound card with the red and black jumper wire. I feel the sound card is valid, but I've downloaded ever audio driver available from ibm's web page and the bios will not recognize it has a sound card installed?
What's next?

Need More Information : Does the device show up in Device Manager (system control panel)? If so, as what?


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FUQuestion : No sir it does not. I have a modem installed with a piezo speaker which shows up under the sound game controllers heading, but no sound card. I tried to install the sound card as if it were new hardware, but windows will not find it when it searches. Could this be a conflict in the motherboard or bios? When I try to access the configuration setup at boot, it has no options for any sound or pci devices.

Answer : If the device is not in Device Manager you will never be able to install drivers for it - try a different PCI slot for the sound card.

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QAId : 3859574
Asker : ARMYROADDOG
Subject : How
Private : No

Question : How do i uninstall windows 98 because i want to install the windows 98 second edition (full blown version)?

Answer : Just put the CD in and do an upgrade from 98 tro 98SE. If the CD is not an upgradeable one you can just make a boot floppy and deltree the \WINDOWS directory:

deltree c:\windows

This will allow you to perform a straight install of 98SE (but your apps, while still present on the drive, will not be registered in 98SE and may require a reinstall of those apps that don't run after creating a shortcut).

If you just want to redo the whole machine with a full 98SE install here's how:

OK - Make a boot floppy (on another Windows machine) as follows:

Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt

(put a blank floppy in the drive)

format a:

c:
cd \
sys a:
copy windows\himem.sys a:\
copy windows\smartdrv.exe a:\
copy windows\command\mscdex.exe a:\
copy windows\command\xcopy*.exe a:\
copy windows\command\format.com a:\
copy windows\command\edit.com a:\
copy windows\command\sys.com a:\

Download the following file to A:\

http://members.home.com/iqueue/idecd.sys


Now create a config.sys as follows:

edit a:\config.sys

The config.sys needs the following in it:
device=\himem.sys
device=\idecd.sys /d:cdrom001

Save the config.sys

Now edit A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT and put the following in it:

@echo off
\mscdex.exe /d:cdrom001 /l:f
\smartdrv /n c+ f 4096 4096

Save the file and exit.

Now you will have a bootable disk that will bring up your CD-ROM as drive letter F: - the best thing to do at this point in your reinstall is NOT to launch the install, but rather ensure you have XCOPY.EXE and XCOPY32.EXE on the floppy or in the C:\ directory and do an xcopy of all the files in the Win98 subdirectory off the CD to your hard disk and perform the installation from *there*. Why? A couple of reasons - one is the installation goes faster from the hard disk, but that's a minor reason. The primary reason is that after installation you will no longer be bothered by that annoying 'please insert your Windows 98 CD' when upgrading drivers, installing new versions of DirectX, etc, since all the source files for the OS are on your disk. the XCOPY command looks as follows:

(boot from floppy and format the hard drive

a:
format c:
sys c:

if necessary - be sure you have a backup first of whatever you want to keep!)

xcopy f:\win98\*.* c:\win98kit\*.* /e

Now boot off the hard disk and do:

cd \win98kit
setup


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QAId : 3862294
Asker : moonlight@...
Subject : Computer Privacy
Private : No

Question : I use a proxy server for Internet Access which sits on my network.When my system boots,it
apparently requests a URL (incorrectly) which causes the modem to dial on my proxy (Web RamP). Something caused a URL to be requested at boot
time.There are no programs in the start up folder (Win98) which would cause this.
I heard of a marketing program doing this but
can't remember where and when I saw it. Any
thoughts on how to see whats sent or to whom
and more importantly how to stop it?

Answer : Try installing ZoneAlarm, a free firewall.

http://www.zonealarm.com

By default it will block all incoming and outgoing communications, allowing you to open it for apps as you see fit. The first time you boot with it installed whatever app is trying to hit the net should show up as ZoneAlarm stops it.

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QAId : 3869944
Asker : ragnar3501@...
Subject : computer formating
Private : No

Question : what is the command for formating a hard drive in Dos

Answer : "fdisk" is used to partition the hard disk
"format" is used to setup partitions to receive data

Both commands are under \WINDOWS\COMMAND and should be copied to a floppy before use (as both will wipe all data from the disk).

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QAId : 3877835
Asker : allyhikes@...
Subject : computer viruses
Private : No

Question : I recently received and email with an executable file attached and like an idiot tried to open it because I thought it was sent by my friend. After trying unsuccessfully to open checked with friend and said he didn't attach. The file was nm.exe. could this possibly be a virus? nm scares me-new millineum.

Answer : Anything is possible, though I've not heard of this one as a virus.

Install a good virus checker and see...

http://www.symantec.com (Norton Anti-Virus)

http://www.mcafee.com (McAfee)

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QAId : 3883261
Asker : bahram.akbari@...
Subject : solaris
Private : No

Question : what are good online tutorial sources on unix solaris 7. What are good braindump sites on
solaris administration. what are good text books on solaris administration?

Answer : Try here:

http://www.sunguru.com/tests/tests.shtml

http://www.solariscentral.org/adm/cert/

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QAId : 3886986
Asker : Belinda2
Subject : cd rom
Private : No

Question : I cannot get the cd tray to slide out so I can take out the cd that is in there. The computer is also having a hard time reading the disc. I have tried pushing both the button to release the tray & the button to start the reading of the cd but neither have helped. What can I do?

Answer : There should be a small hole in the front of the CD-ROM drive - find something blunt and thin and poke it into that hole - it should release the tray so you can manually retrieve the disk.


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QAId : 4109155
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : viruses
Private : No

Question : I'm told that I have a virus on my computer, yet I don't see any thing. But when I e-mail my friends they say that I keep sending they a virus. One time awhile ago my computer shut down for no reason. The other night my husband said this message appeared while he was on the net and when he pressed OK the computer shut down. We do have a virus scanner that we have upgraded called NORTON. I don't know what to do and I don't want to e-mail anyone any more for fear of sending this virus that I have. Can you help me?

Answer : This is Symantec's Virus Research Center:

http://www.sarc.com/


They have the latest virus definition updates (and the latest version of Norton Anti-Virus) as well as some free virus removal utilities for a few viruses. You need to identify which virus you have to be able to use a free one, or just get the latest AV and it will catch it.

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QAId : 4116542
Asker : luvstobowl@...
Subject : sidewinder
Private : No

Question : for my desktop i have a sidewinder gamepad, that plugs into the game port, i recently got a laptop, so i had to get a controller with a USB port,i got a logitech gamepad extreme, it had a connector that allowed me to take my sidewinder and connect it to the connector to allow it to plug into the USB port, put when i plug it in, it doesnt work, i went to their site and downloaded new software that said it would work, but it still didnt..do you have anyway on how to get it to work?

Need More Information : So you are trying to use a 15-pin to USB connector that came with one joystick with another?

If that's the case and it's not showing up in the Game Controllers control panel then I'd suggest calling the manufacturer or visiting their website to see if the stick will work that way.


FUQuestion : no its not a 15-pin, its a game port connector, so its a 9-pin connector

Answer : Yeah, that's what I meant... a standard joystick connector.

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QAId : 4170191
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : CMOS password
Private : No

Question : Dear Expert,

I'm suspecting that someone at work is turning on my computer when I'm not here and is reading some of the confidential documents.

I know there is a way to set a pasword with CMOS, could you please tell how I can do that?

Thank you and appreciate your help.

Answer : Press DEL as the system is going through the RAM tests (black screen with white text at the very beginning of a bootup - before the hard disk even starts to be read). You will find the password settings in there. They differ from BIOS to BIOS so you will have to look for them.


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QAId : 4231236
Asker : aldo_romano
Subject : Boot up error message
Private : No

Question : The following error has happened a few times now upon boot up, but not all the time. When I reboot after this happens, it does not happen again. Know what it is?

RTVSCN95 caused a general protection fault in module KRNL386.EXE at 0001:00009159.
Registers:
EAX=00001805 CS=015f EIP=00009159 EFLGS=00000246
EBX=0000ffff SS=31e7 ESP=00000fdc EBP=00008310
ECX=0000003f DS=0177 ESI=000001d6 FS=0083
EDX=00000006 ES=0083 EDI=04810002 GS=0083
Bytes at CS:EIP:
8e dd 2e 8e 06 02 00 8b 4c 04 26 88 2e 49 14 bf
Stack dump:
ffff0002 0006003f 00830083 003b0204 32000297 003fffff 00000006 0000e908 00830083 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000

Answer : I'd say you have an application named "RTVSCN95.EXE" on your drive somewhere that you've installed that has issues. Remove it from your startup and then you can work on uninstalling it or reinstalling it so it works as needed.

The easiest way to stop the startup error is to find the offending file and rename it so the load during startup *fails* and doesn't crater your boot sequence. Reboot the system and hold the left SHIFT key until a men appears. Choose "Safe mode command prompt only" and when it's finished issue:

dir \RTVSCN95.* /s /a

and note the resulting directory where any matches are found. For example:

C:\PROGRAM FILES\TVTUNER\RTVSCN95.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\TVTUNER\RTVSCN95.DLL

Take that path it found and do this:

cd "PROGRAM FILES\TVTUNER"
ren RTVSCN95.EXE RTVSCN95.BAK

Now reboot your PC and the error should not occur again. Then you can rename the file back to it's original name from a DOS prompt (Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt) with:

cd "\PROGRAM FILES\TVTUNER"
ren RTVSCN95.BAK RTVSCN95.EXE

Now you can reinstall or uninstall the application.


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QAId : 4276084
Asker : hancock78
Subject : Page loading
Private : Yes

Question : Hi, I have a Pentium III computer running Windows 98. I seem to have a problem with my pages loading. When I am on the Internet, a page will load fine, but as I scroll up or down, I will lose parts of the text and photo's. As I scroll up and down again, the text and photos will appear and disappear. Any ideas? Don

Answer : Please do not ask questions in private if they are not of a private nature. This is a general question, and not of an embarrassing nature. Marking it as private detracts from the value of our interaction to others as they cannot read it under any circumstance.


It sounds like you have video driver issues. Obtain the latest drivers for your OS and video card here:

http://winfiles.cnet.com/drivers/video.html

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QAId : 4279305
Asker : deedfs68
Subject : understanding DOS removal of virus
Private : No

Question : I have the virus w32/hybris.gen@M. I promise not to email you :-) Also known as TROJ_HYBRIS.A and w32/HYBRIS.PLUGIN@M. I have given directions to manually remove it from a few places but they either do not explain how or what they tell me to do in DOS gives me "bad filename or command" messages. I'm supposed to rename windows file wsock32.dll as bad, or delete it, then rename wsock32.ska as wsock32.dll. I do not know how to make DOS do these commands. Please help me. After 22 hours of frusteration I'm ready to take a hammer to it. Thanks you!

Answer : Open a DOS prompt (or better yet select Start/Shutdown/Restart in MS-DOS mode) and enter these commands:

c:
cd \windows\system
ren wsock32.dll wsock32.bad
ren wsock32.ska wsock32.dll

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QAId : 4307566
Asker : nickieyes
Subject : Memory
Private : No

Question : Hi:

I have a new HP 8756C computer with 256MB RAM, 30Gig Hard drive, Windows ME. My question is...what can I do other than overclocking the processor to get more out of the system? Is there any way I can allocate more memory from my RAM to my video? etc. Are there any tricks or tweaks or settings I can change in the BIOS or registry that will improve preformance?

Thanks,

Paul

Answer : There are two things working against the incessant tweaker in a system like this:

1) The components chosen by system builders like Dell, Compaq and HP are usually chosen for their "best fit" for purpose, which usually also translate into them not having much "headroom" for modification. IOW - they will give you all the components and setup you need to *get* the speeds you paid for stably, but it's rare to hear of tweaks for those same systems to eke more out of them. this translates to lower system building costs.


2) Most of their BIOSs actually have functions *taken out of them* (masked) that would normally be present. This keeps users from fiddling with critical settings and accidentally doing damage or disabling their systems. This translates into lowered technical support costs for the builder.

If you're lucky you may have a few video and memory settings you can tweak - look for CAS settings (Column Address Strobe) for your RAM (settings offered are usually 2 or 3). This is a latency setting for your memory module(s) but as mentioned in #1 above it's unlikely that they would install RAM capable of CAS 2 (the faster setting) and not have it set there. As for the video take a look for an AGP aperture size setting indicated in MB (Megabytes). Obtain a video benchmarking program like 3DMark 2000 (http://www.madonion.com). Run it before changing the settings and then again after (try various settings; usually going higher will garner more speed up to a point and then it dwindles off). The CPU may fully be capable of overlocking (most Intel and AMDs are) but again the builder's limiting of BIOS settings may thwart your attempts (as may your RAM, since as you increase FSB you will be overclocking your RAM as well unless you have the proper dividers). If the BIOS doesn't seem to have help examine the owners manual and examine the motherboard for dip switches or jumpers that may be used as CPU multipliers. I've done this on a Dell some years back and we successfully turned a 90Mhz Pentium into a 100Mhz Pentium - yahoo! ;-) I've overclocked systems back to the 486DX2/66 (overclocked that bad boy to 80Mhz). And it still runs today...

Note - before changing any of the shipped settings write them all down so you can get back there in case things don't work out as planned. Also be aware it is possible to get the system into a state where it won't boot - if this happens looks in the manual for the reset jumper on the motherboard and short that jumper with the included shunt to erase (and fall back to default) settings.

Best of luck with the system!

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QAId : 4337269
Asker : imran111
Subject : I AM IN TROUBLE
Private : No

Question : I have connections from two ISPS.....

both get d/c after exactly working 14 to 16 minutes on net?////


I have windows me installed......

why i get d/c exactly after about fifteen minutes from two different isps ???

PLZ HELP ME

Answer : I haven't seen this behavior but seeing that it happens regardless of which ISP it seems clear that it is a problem with one of:

1) Your modem or it's drivers (likely the drivers if this is a a WinModem)

2) phone lines (unlikely since it takes time to crash on you).

Go get the latest drivers at:

http://winfiles.cnet.com/drivers/modems.html

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QAId : 4341495
Asker : Beverly63
Subject : w95 virus
Private : Yes

Question : Ok here is my problem. I was the lucky recipient of the following computer virus..
W95/MTX.gen@M

Although I do have McAfee Virus scan installed and I do keep up with the weekly DAT updates I somehow missed the one DAT update I really need to get rid of this particular virus.
I cannot figure out a way to download this DAT file anywhere. I am hoping someone here at ASK ME will be able to direct me to a site where I can get this DAT file. If not, I guess I am wondering if someone has this Dat File on their computer for McAfee virus scan would it be possible to upload it and send it to me in email?
McAfees Dat updates are now up to I think 4112 and the Dat file I need is 4095. I cannot believe after religously installing those dat updates every week that I missed one but it would seem that I did do that. And of course it had to be the one I need now to get rid of the dag on virus.
Once again the DAT file I need is 4095. If anyone has this and can send it to me in an email I would really appreciate it. Please do not worry I promise I will not send you any emails back. I simply want to "fix" my computer.
ps please answer this question privately as it contains my email address.
Thanks for any and all help I can get right now.
Beverly63
WeLuvDaKitties@aol.com





Answer : Get the DAT update leater - here is a free tool and info page from SARC to get rid ot it:

http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/venc/data/w95.mtx.html

http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/venc/data/w95.mtx.fix.html

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QAId : 4378721
Asker : dougschwartz
Subject : SLAVE DRIVES
Private : No

Question : HI,

I RECENTLY FILLED UP MY C DRIVE WITH PICTURES, SONGS WHATEVER. I PURCHASED A 20GIG HD AND HAD IT INSTALLED AS A SLAVE DRIVE. DURING THE INSTALLATION, MY DVD/CD ROM DRIVE WHICH WAS D WAS RENAMED TO E AND MY CD/RW DRIVE WAS ALSO RENAMED TO A DIFFERENT LETTER THAN BEFORE. NOW WHEN I RUN SOFTWARE I HAD PREVIOUSLY INSTALLED, IE PICTURE PROGRAMS, EZ-CDCREATOR, ETC. IT SAYS IT CAN' FIND A DISK IN THE DRIVE. IS IT STILL LOOKING FOR THE OLD DRIVE LETTERS, OR DOES IT KNOW THE NEW DRIVES TO LOOK IN? DO I HAVE TO RE-INSTALL THE SOFTWARE USING THE NEW E:\SETUP.EXE ON ALL MY PROGRAMS.

THANKS,

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

Answer : Hard drives always get the lower drive letters so it makes sense that your CD-ROMs have been moved. You can usually fix this type of thing by working with one program at a time and editing the drive letter the program expects to see in the registry. For example let's say you have a program named MyStuff by a company called XYZ Software. To rememdy the drive situation for this program do the following:

Start/Run/regedit.exe (hit ENTER)

Inside regedit (Registry Editor) navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/XYZ Software

Under here look for an entry for the program "MyStuff". Poke around in that "folder" and see what keys are present in it (select each item at the left and note the items on the right). The source drive or other similar entry should be present. When (if) you find it double-click it on the right and carefully change the drive letter to the one you will be using. No saving is required as changes take effect immediately. Just exit and try it out.

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QAId : 4386886
Asker : lesio
Subject : OE5
Private : No

Question : hello,
I have 4 email accounts;
how I can change the order of the accounts while checking new mail (after pressing send/receive button) in OE5?

thank you

Answer : Other than the order in which you entered the email accounts I don't know of a way to force the retrieval order.

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QAId : 4495488
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : standby
Private : No

Question : Hi. My parents just recently purchased a new Gateway computer. Trouble right from the start. I called technical support and had to wipe out the hard drive, reformat it, and reload all the software. Now the problem is with getting the computer to snap back from stand by or sleep, I'm not sure the "technical term". When I put the computer in standby myself by going to shutdown and telling it to go on standby it works ok, but when it goes to "sleep" on its own I can't get it to "awaken" by doing anything to it -- it locks up. I have to actually turn off the surge protector because the power switch on the computer even locks up. (Windows ME)

Answer : I don't know if this is a common ailment with ME but it sure was with Windows 98 SE. When SE first came out MS had to issue a patch specifically to deal with this problem. It sounds like ME may have a similar problem. Here is a tool MS made for the issue - it says it's for 98SE but it may also work under ME:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q185/9/49.ASP

Make sure you have power management turned on in the BIOS.


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FUQuestion : Thanks for your answer, but how do you "turn on" power management in BIOS?

Answer : It depends on the BIOS make and model, but once you get into the BIOS (during a boot press the key indicated, usually DEL before the booting from the hard disk begins) there should be a series of menus. Just poke around until you find the power management section - it should be readily apparent.

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QAId : 4512366
Asker : Tim1109
Subject : windows 98
Private : No

Question : I currently am running a P-II 350mz on windows 95 and have the windows 98 full disk version. Is it safe to up grade to the 98 version without loosing any data. ie. What will happen if some of the programs I have installed will not run with windows 98. I have backed up most of my important files.I was thinking of formating the hd and start again from scrach. Is this a good idea?

Answer : I would go with the upgrade and see how it goes. Your chances of losing data are virtually nil. Having apps that won't run is a real possibility, as is a botched install. but even a botched install won't remove your data - you'll just have to get it out through DOS or in Safe mode. If the upgrade doesn't work out then backup all you need and format away for a clean install.

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QAId : 4532692
Asker : cbachman
Subject : mapping drives on NT
Private : No

Question : Hi,
I have mapped a drive on an nt4 wks client
to nt4 server. However when the client reboots
it asks for a password everytime, the directory
that is mapped is a shared directory with
read access, I want to eliminate this dialog box from popping up on the client, and just map
the directory, what am I doing wrong,should
I use a script? Thanks for your help once again,

Need More Information : Are you in a domain or a workgroup? If you're in a domain, are logging into the domain upon entering Windows on the client, and have access rights to access the share (and set it to reconnect) then you should not be getting prompted for a password. OTOH if you are in a workgroup, or have not added this machine into the domain (or are not logging in successfully) then I can see where this might happen.

FUQuestion : Yes , the network is kind of a melting pot,
every client is set up in a workgroup, and there is
a server set up as a domain by itself , which is the email server, and dhcp server, however the server I am mapping to is a standalone server, I set the server up as standalone because it only performs
a few functions for a handful of users, not used by the whole company. Do think I should have set it up as a domain?

Answer : I think that would explain your issue. Without you logging into the domain that that server is a part of (which as you said it isn't - it's a stand-alone) the authentication to that server doesn't take place until you attempt to map the drive. I would have made it a plain server in the existing domain - that way it doesn't do any authentication in the domain, but its resources are made available through the domain login.


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FUQuestion :
Ok I see what you mean, Can I add this server to the domain at this point?

Answer : I don't think that will be a problem. Just right-click the Network Neighborhood and select Properties. Then in the Identification tab there is a selection button to change your machine name and domain information. Before you do it be sure to go ahead and add that machine's name in Server Manager on the domain controller. It makes it easier to add the machine.

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QAId : 4544393
Asker : jslieber
Subject : storm windows
Private : No

Question : I need information on how to get to my control panel that has been hidden via storm windows.
How can I defeat this program?

Thanks in advance!

Answer : Try this:

Start/Run

type in "control" (without the quotes) and hit ENTER.


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QAId : 4568012
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : How do I handle zip files?
Private : No

Question : There are files with the voices of famous people talking about historical events that I wish to listen to. Some are in wav format, which I am familar with and can handle. But others are apparently larger and are identified as zip files.I do not know how to handle these. I note that they have to be downloaded, presumably to my disk, but I seem to have read or heard that I may need a special program to accomplish. Is this the case? If not, can you explain to me how I may get these "zip" files into my computer so that I may listen to these voices of the past? Thanks.

Answer : Just go download the free version of WinZip at

http://www.winzip.com

After installation files ending in .ZIP will automatically be handled with WinZip. you can either dbl click them or right-click and drag them to extract their contents.

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QAId : 4578986
Asker : cmpcom
Subject : display settings
Private : No

Question : My friend recently changed the display settings on her PC and the monitor turned black. Even after several reboots the monitor still remains black. I have no idea what is wrong. What are some ways that she can correct this? Also can you explain the steps and commands that need to be used. If you can please provide several remedies in case one doesn't work. THANX, Craig

Answer : One of two things likely happened when she installed the driver - she installed the wrong drivers for her video card, or the refresh rate with the new drivers is beyond the monitor's ability to display and the monitor goes out of sync (black) as a protection.

There are a couple of things you can try, and a few more that are too in-depth for me to go into without reason (since the following will probably get her back in business).

Boot in Safe mode - get there by holding the CTRL key during a boot until a menu appears. Select "Safe Mode". This will bring you up with standard VGA drivers in 16 colors. not much to look at, but enough to let you play with replacing the video drivers. Have her change the drivers either to (under Standard Display types) PCI VGA or obtain the correct drivers for her card and install those. Setting the video to PCI VGA and then getting back in in normal mode may be the best bet if she'll need to get on the internet on that machine to obtain the new drivers (Safe mode precludes any net access). Here's a good place for her to get the new drivers she needs:

http://winfiles.cnet.com/drivers/video.html

Make sure she has the proper monitor definition file too:

http://winfiles.cnet.com/drivers/monitors.html

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QAId : 4581966
Asker : GWBO
Subject : Boot-up Problem
Private : Yes

Question : When booting up my PC yesterday, it displayed the message "Invalid system disk - Replace the disk, and then press any key". Assuming that I had left a diskette in my A drive, I went to remove it. There was no diskette. I get the same message when I put a start-up or Norton rescue diskette in the A drive. I can't boot from either my hard drive or my floppy. Does this sound like a problem I may be able to correct myself, or is it time to take it to my friendly service guy?

Answer : It sounds like one of two things:

1) BIOS got zapped and may have lost what was stored in non-volatile memory (CMOS). Press the DEL (or other indicated key) during a boot to enter the BIOS setup. Set the hard disk and floppy settings to match your hardware installed and reboot.

2) The motherboard got zapped or is dying. If #1 doesn't net you a change in situation you are likely looking at a motherboard replacement (about 100.00 for the part).


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QAId : 4581984
Asker : GWBO
Subject : Boot-up Problem
Private : Yes

Question : When booting up my PC yesterday, it displayed the message "Invalid system disk - Replace the disk, and then press any key". Assuming that I had left a diskette in my A drive, I went to remove it. There was no diskette. I get the same message when I put a start-up or Norton rescue diskette in the A drive. I can't boot from either my hard drive or my floppy. Does this sound like a problem I may be able to correct myself, or is it time to take it to my friendly service guy?

Answer : It sounds like one of two things:

1) BIOS got zapped and may have lost what was stored in non-volatile memory (CMOS). Press the DEL (or other indicated key) during a boot to enter the BIOS setup. Set the hard disk and floppy settings to match your hardware installed and reboot.

2) The motherboard got zapped or is dying. If #1 doesn't net you a change in situation you are likely looking at a motherboard replacement (about 100.00 for the part).


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QAId : 4581999
Asker : GWBO
Subject : Boot-up Problem
Private : Yes

Question : When booting up my PC yesterday, it displayed the message "Invalid system disk - Replace the disk, and then press any key". Assuming that I had left a diskette in my A drive, I went to remove it. There was no diskette. I get the same message when I put a start-up or Norton rescue diskette in the A drive. I can't boot from either my hard drive or my floppy. Does this sound like a problem I may be able to correct myself, or is it time to take it to my friendly service guy?

Answer : It sounds like one of two things:

1) BIOS got zapped and may have lost what was stored in non-volatile memory (CMOS). Press the DEL (or other indicated key) during a boot to enter the BIOS setup. Set the hard disk and floppy settings to match your hardware installed and reboot.

2) The motherboard got zapped or is dying. If #1 doesn't net you a change in situation you are likely looking at a motherboard replacement (about 100.00 for the part).


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QAId : 4609283
Asker : kailryu
Subject : Internal networking on a single machine.
Private : No

Question : I have recently acquired my first home PC and it runs with Windows Millenium Edition. Can i create a user network for the rest of the family that isolates user space, files and programmes from one user to the next but allows all of them to access their user space on the one machine? In particular i am thinking of the Profile system used in Windows NT networks at colleges and universities since then each user at home could customize their own profile, user space and personal file directories but still have COMMON access to the basic applications and utilities of the computer. If all this is possible then can i do it myself at home with my existing software or do i need some additional pieces to create such a system?

Many thanks for any help that you can provide in this department . . .

sunil patel.
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kailryu@hotmail.com
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Answer : I haven't used ME much, but under 98/SE you just needed to enable multiple users and have each login to get their profile. Activated under the "Users" control panel item.


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QAId : 4648035
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : upgrading my old PC
Private : No

Question : Hi,
I have an old PC with a socket 7 Intel Pentium 133. I want to use this computer for a printer server and phone answering system (using something like TalkWorks 3.0). Considering the low prices on mid-level pentium chips I wanted to know the feasibility of upgrading this PC.
Can you direct me on how to figure out what would be the best chip to get for this system, considering the purposes that I wanted it for, how easy it will be to find the chip, and the best bang for the buck on the upgrade.
Thanks

Answer : For the tasks you're describing I don't think you should upgrade. The best bang for the buck here is to use the system as is and not put any more money into it.


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QAId : 4721676
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : REFORMATTING HARD DRIVE
Private : No

Question : HI

I HAVE A PC WITH 15 GIGS OF HARD DISK WHICH HAS BEEN PARTITIIONED INTO TWO. ONE IS OF 5 GIGS AND THE OTHER IS OF 10 GIGS. BY DEFAULT THE 5 GIG PARTITION IS MY "C" DRIVE AND THE OTHER "D".

MY QUERY LIES UPON THE FORMATTING OF DRIVE "C".

I WOULD LIKE TO FORMAT DRIVE "C" AND GET RID OF ALL MY INSTALLED SOFTWARE AND THEN REINSTALL MY MAIN SOFTWARE BACK AGAIN.

HOW DO I GO BY THIS - IF I WAS TO BOOT FROM MY "A" DRIVE WITH WINDOWS BOOT DISK AND TYPED INTO DOS :
A:\FDISK C

WOULD THAT COMPLETEY FORMAT MY WHOLE DRIVE OF 15 GIGS (THUS LOSING ALL MY SAVED DOCUMENTS IN DRIVE D) OR THE PARTITION OF 5.

PLEASE CAN U ADVISE ME ON HOW TO GO BY THIS SAFELY WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT LOSING ALL MY DATA IN DRIVE D

THANX

TJ




Answer : You can do the format and reinstall of OS and software on C: without disturbing what's on D:. Follows these instructions:

OK - Make a boot floppy (on another Windows machine) as follows:

Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt

(put a blank floppy in the drive)

format a:

c:
cd \
sys a:
copy windows\himem.sys a:\
copy windows\smartdrv.exe a:\
copy windows\command\mscdex.exe a:\
copy windows\command\xcopy*.exe a:\
copy windows\command\format.com a:\
copy windows\command\edit.com a:\
copy windows\command\sys.com a:\

Download the following file to A:\

http://members.home.com/iqueue/idecd.sys


Now create a config.sys as follows:

edit a:\config.sys

The config.sys needs the following in it:
device=\himem.sys
device=\idecd.sys /d:cdrom001

Save the config.sys

Now edit A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT and put the following in it:

@echo off
\mscdex.exe /d:cdrom001 /l:f
\smartdrv /n c+ f 4096 4096

Save the file and exit.

Now you will have a bootable disk that will bring up your CD-ROM as drive letter F: - the best thing to do at this point in your reinstall is NOT to launch the install, but rather ensure you have XCOPY.EXE and XCOPY32.EXE on the floppy or in the C:\ directory and do an xcopy of all the files in the Win98 subdirectory off the CD to your hard disk and perform the installation from *there*. Why? A couple of reasons - one is the installation goes faster from the hard disk, but that's a minor reason. The primary reason is that after installation you will no longer be bothered by that annoying 'please insert your Windows 98 CD' when upgrading drivers, installing new versions of DirectX, etc, since all the source files for the OS are on your disk. the XCOPY command looks as follows:

(boot from floppy and format the hard drive

a:
format c:
sys c:

if necessary - be sure you have a backup first of whatever you want to keep!)

xcopy f:\win98\*.* c:\win98kit\*.*

Now boot off the hard disk and do:

cd \win98kit
setup


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QAId : 4770708
Asker : lucas1002
Subject : recover accidentally deleted folders
Private : Yes

Question : I've accidentally deleted most of the files and folders in my "Program Files" folder today. They're not in the Recycled bin, but I think they're still there, as I didn't save any new files. I don't want to spend much money for an expensive file recovery program. Can you tell me what to do to recover the files and folders? Maybe some freeware program or windows command?
(My operating system is Windows 98 SE)

Answer : If you double-clicked the Recycle Bin and didn't see them there (if you see some right-click them and select Restore) then they are gone as far as Windows is concerned. As for recovery utilities try this one:

http://www.rognerud.com/file-recover/


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QAId : 4854480
Asker : richmaier
Subject : Connecting to Certain Internet Sites
Private : Yes

Question : I have a Gateway 266 with 64MB RAM and a Windows 98 operating system. It developed severe problems including I could not get my cable modem to connect, my 56K phone modem wold not initialize and my printer would not work. I had a lot of “garbage” programs installed on the hard drive. I had some work on it and they totally “cleaned off” the hard drive. All that was reinstalled was Office 97, printer and 56K modem. I then reinstalled my cable modem software.

I can now connect to the Internet but I can’t enter a few sites such as hotmail.com and I can’t get my checking account and charge card info on line. When I try hotmail.com I get to the opening page and can enter my ID and password. When I click enter I get this error message’

“The page cannot be displayed The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings.”

When I try to get my checking or credit account info I get the above error message immediately. I can access other web sites that require an ID and password such as my local library and the New York Times.

It appears as if I may need to as the error message says “or you may need to adjust your browser settings” but I don’t know how to do this. Can you help here?

Answer : You may be configured to use your ISPs proxy server and it may have some issues. Try going straight to the net by disabling it - in Internet Explorer go to Tools/Internet Options/Connections/LAN Settings (button).

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Rating : 4

FUQuestion : No answer required this is how I solved the problem.

As you know I have been screwed up since day one of my new @home installation as far as downloading certain sites such as hotmail and my La Salle bank info. The problem has been diagnosed as not having the proper level of encryption.

I have called @home and chatted on line with technical support on numerous occasions. All to no avail. I have tried to download suggested fixes to upgrade to 128 bit encryption. They wouldn't download. I even tried to download Netscape, it also wouldn't download. I also reinstalled @home from their installation disc. The result was I couldn't connect. Fortunately I installed Goback and was able to reset my hard drive back in time to a point where I could connect again. Well, I finally have solved the problem, kind of.

In trying to download Netscape I found a Netscape site where you could order Netscape CD discs on line for $5.95. I ordered one and it came today. I whizzed on upstairs and installed it, IT WORKED! So far, I have pulled down all sites addressed.

What did I mean when I said I finally have solved the problem, kind of? Well, I still can't pull them in using IE but at this point who cares?

All have to do is transfer all my 1,000,000 bookmarks from IE to Netscape. I'm sure I'll be able to do that. Then I can make Netscape my default browser and then screw em!

Thanks for your help,

Rich

Answer : Hehe - glad you got it sorted out. Aren't computers fun? ;-)

lol

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QAId : 4895119
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : D Drive failure
Private : No

Question : All of a sudden D drive will not read cd's.
Removed it from device manager hoping it would config at reboot......no luck. Checked cables and cleaned dust from area.
What can I do to be sure I need a new D drive.
Is there some other way to check it out. Also have a rewritable "E" drive that is working fine.
Any suggestions. It doesn't recognize that a cd is in the "D" drive tray.

Answer : Try accessing the CD-ROM drive from DOS with a DOS CD-ROM driver - if it can't read disks successfully there either then your CD-ROM drive is dying. Follow these instructions to create a DOS-bootable floppy that will load your CD-ROM drive:

OK - Make a boot floppy (on your or another Windows machine) as follows:

Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt

(put a blank floppy in the drive)

format a:

c:
cd \
sys a:
copy windows\himem.sys a:\
copy windows\smartdrv.exe a:\
copy windows\command\mscdex.exe a:\
copy windows\command\xcopy*.exe a:\
copy windows\command\format.com a:\
copy windows\command\edit.com a:\
copy windows\command\sys.com a:\

Download the following file to A:\

http://members.home.com/iqueue/idecd.sys


Now create a config.sys as follows:

edit a:\config.sys

The config.sys needs the following in it:
device=\himem.sys
device=\idecd.sys /d:cdrom001

Save the config.sys

Now edit A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT and put the following in it:

@echo off
\mscdex.exe /d:cdrom001 /l:f
\smartdrv /n c+ f 4096 4096

Save the file and exit.

Now test the disk and ensure it boots and brings the CD-ROM drive up successfully as letter F.

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QAId : 4909973
Asker : thruster1
Subject : running programs
Private : Yes

Question : hi, im Richard Selby and i was wondering if it was possible when you explore the floppy drive, to get a program on the floppy dist to run without a command from the user?

?????Can you help me?????

Answer : No, it's not - the autorun.inf files that work on a CD do not work on a floppy.

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QAId : 4936116
Asker : raiimranamir86
Subject : Windows held rpoblem
Private : No

Question : My pc is helld during loding windows or some time running windows. I formate my hard disk and instal windows 98 again but it did`t work. But in safe mode windows is not held. Please solve my this problem thanks.
my computer is
466 celeron
built in mainboard(810 vga chip)
64 ram
sony flopy
creative cd
Atx power supply casing

Answer : It sounds like a driver is causing the hang. Try holding the CTRL key during a boot and at the menu choose the logged boot option. This will create a file called C:\BOOTLOG.TXT which will contain messages related to the success/failure of each driver as it loads. This may help you identify the one you need to replace.

Also what you can try if this problem just started is to restore one of the registry/INI file backups from \WINDOWS\SYSBCKUP. If you need full instructions on how to accomplish this continue this question and say so.


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QAId : 4938106
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Firewalls
Private : Yes

Question : Which is better if they are free?
Zone Alarm or Mcafee Guard dog or Mcafee Firewall or Norton.
Thanks

Answer : I would go with ZoneAlarm.

http://grc.com/lt/scoreboard.htm

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QAId : 4963306
Asker : thesu
Subject : beserk mouse
Private : No

Question : Hi,
Lots of times my mouse will act as if I clicked on one of the buttons. For example, it will highlight things or bring up the menu that pops up when you do a left click. WHen the mouse gets in this beserk mode, it is very hard to control. If I want to move it in one direction, the cursor just goes somewhere else. This only started happening when I opened up Songspy, a Napster-like program, one day and a bug in the program popped up. Lots of bugs have popped up in Songspy, but they never did any damage to the computer before.

Answer : Replace (or reinstall) your mouse driver and see if this resolves it.

http://winfiles.cnet.com/drivers/input.html


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QAId : 4968492
Asker : rita_mcvey@...
Subject : cdrom installation
Private : No

Question : I liked your answer to another users question and thought you could help me.
A fellow teacher formatted the hard drives of an old Gateway 2000(486sx). This machine has two hard drives and and a sony cdrom drive (old 2 speed). He did not backup the config or autoexec files. I got back both hard drives just fine but I am having trouble getting mscdex to setup drive letter E. I'm fairly sure it is a configuration problem but I can't seem to get the config right. I installed dos 6.22. We would like to install win95 when we get the cd working.
Could I make a win95 or 98 boot disk with the driver on it and try to install win95? How do I get the lines correct in the batch file? Would this find the cdrom that is currently not recognized? I can't get the cdrom to even flicker. Also, the cdrom is connected to a sound card. Would I need that driver on the disk too?

Answer : Yes you'll need the driver from the sound card packge - the sound card is most likely a Creative Labs SoundBlaster or it's ilk. Try these

http://www.clok.creaf.com/creative/drivers/cdrom/crccd.exe

http://www.clok.creaf.com/creative/drivers/cdrom/sbcd422.exe

or go to
http://www.creaf.com/support/files/download.asp

and search for their other CD-ROM drivers.

Once you get the driver extracted there will be a .SYS file that is the driver itself. Copy it to the floppy along with:

mscdex.exe
himem.sys
smartdrv.exe
format.com
fdisk.exe

(if these files are available in the C:\DOS directory you don't *necessarily* need to copy them to the floppy, but it's still a good idea to do so since you may want to use this floppy to build a machine from scratch).

Now edit a config.sys and autoexec.bat on the floppy that look like this:

config.sys:
device=X\creative.sys /d:mscd001
device=X\himem.sys

autoexec.bat:
X\mscdex.exe /d:mscd001 /l:e
X\smartdrv /n c+ d+ e 2048 2048

where 'X' in each case is the path (either A:\ or C:\DOS probably) where each file can be found. For example if your files are in C:\DOS then the line:

device=X\creative.sys /d:mscd001

would look like:

device=C:\DOS\creative.sys /d:mscd001

Try booting off of the disk and see if it brings up the CD now. In place of the Creative driver feel free to try this universal IDE CD-ROM driver as it may work (but since this is on a sound card and is obviously as old CD maybe not):

http://members.home.net/iqueue/idecd.sys

Good luck
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QAId : 4979257
Asker : anmol72
Subject : Changing career..
Private : Yes

Question : Hi,
I have done master's in Agriculture from a leading university in India. I came to USA last year as a permanent resident. Since then I have asked so many people about my career but .....
I have also studied few basic computer courses and have done a 4-5 month course in Oracle.
Nowdays, I am in Fremont,CA working as a tester in a start up company getting only resonable money.
I need to change my career from Agriculture and study something to acheive good salary. Yes, I don't want to become a programmer because of so many people on H-1 visa are there.
Would u please suggest me what to study in Computers or some other field? Since I have to study and also earn my living, so please suggest .
I should be thankful to u. If u need to know more about me ,please e_mail.
thanks alot.

Waiting for your advice.

Anmol.

Answer : Since you've already started down the Oracle database path I would suggest you pursue that end of IT. English skills are not as critical in that field as they are in Systems Administration, for example, and the jobs pay quite well.

Best of luck to you,

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FUQuestion : Hi,
As you had suggested me to start my career in Oracle database. Please also suggest me that should I do some degree in this? or Should I do some courses in Oracle? If yes, from where?


Also please tell me the chances of getting job in this field and what kind of jobs are available in this field?
Thx. so much for answering my previous question.
Anmol


Answer : I would check into getting Oracle certified.

http://www.oracle.com/education/certification/


Also try this site for some free tutorials:

http://www.freeskills.com

The most prevalent job for this is DBA (DataBase Administrator). I'd say the chances of landing a job in this field are very high as the demand is definitely there.

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QAId : 5002180
Asker : manickam007
Subject : i need to break passwords
Private : No

Question : i need to break passwords for fun

Answer : The freely available utility Crack is useful for testing the strength of passwords.

http://www.crypto.dircon.co.uk/

This utility will require you to be able to read two files, one of which will require root privileges to read. So it is not a system hacking tool, but rather a system security assurance tool.

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QAId : 5002196
Asker : niyut_desai@...
Subject : cd rom
Private : No

Question : I have an creative52X cd rom drive.It has stopped reading some cd roms (specially writed Cd's) also some game cds which used to work propely have to be inserted again and again.The problem is that when an cd is inserted after few seconds it comes out without responding

Answer : CD-ROM drives do die, or are not of high quality to begin with. I've had at least two do this to me, and I won't buy the inexpensive CD-ROM drives anymore because of it. You'll probably need to get a replacement. If it's under warranty Creative Labs may replace it for free.


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QAId : 5002376
Asker : rememberpink
Subject : PC Locks Down While On Standby
Private : No

Question : First of all, I have an HP (Hewlitt Packard) Pavilion PC and I'm running Windows 98.

I have a "suspend" button on my keyboard that allows me to put my computer on standby when not in use. Most times, after my computer has been on standby, I can come in and tap a key on the keyboard or touch my mouse and the computer comes "back to life" just as it should, but sometimes (annoyingly often) there is absolutely nothing I can do to make it come back on.

You can shake the mouse and "bang" the keyboard but the computer remains on standby and will NOT come back on until I completely turn the whole PC off and back on again. Have you any idea why this happens and what I can do to remedy it? Any information would be most appreciated!

Answer : Yes I have experienced this myself and it *is* aggravating to say the least. This was an issue with Windows 98 SE when it was first released. See this article for help on resolving this issue - you will want to tweak the BIOS and Windows ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) settings so there is no conflict in power management.

http://www.mbmconsulting.com/newsletters/October2000.htm

Do a CTRL-F ("find") for

"goes to sleep permanently"


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QAId : 5008206
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : settings is over 128 mg ram
Private : No

Question : I recently had my ram upgraded to 256 mg. I just have one home computer-no network. I have read twice recently that speed may be increased by going into System Folder, Performance, File System, and change the Typical role of this computer to Network Server. As I am a beginner, I would like some advice on doing this. Thanks

Answer : You just described the procedure (except it's the System control panel). Changing this setting affects how Windows handles caching of dir/file structures. Making the machine act as if it's a file server makes it more aggressive in caching which can improve your drive throughput somewhat.

More info:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q140/6/79.asp

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QAId : 5021930
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : dvd
Private : No

Question : I have a Pioneer DVD ROM drive (105s) Does anyone know how to make this drive region free, could you please give me step by step instructions of how to change the firmware.
I am using WinMe.

Thanks

5 stars guarenteed ;)

Answer : Here you go - patched firmware for your drive:

http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/support/region.html


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QAId : 5131550
Asker : s3824316@...
Subject : wav files
Private : No

Question : Hi,
do you know how can I transform a recording
I made by a tape recorder into a sound file (*.wav, etc.) ???
what is the hardware and software is needed?
Thankyou.

Answer : You will need a sound card with a "line in" port (they all have them) and a WAV recorder/editor which can be had here:

http://download.cnet.com/downloads/1,10150,0-10001-103-0-1-7,00.html?tag=srch&qt=wav+editor&cn=&ca=10001

Then just plug in a cassette player to the line in jack and record to WAV as you play from the cassette.

Then save the WAV file with whatever name you like. At that point you can listen to the WAV, edit it, burn it to a CD, etc.


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QAId : 5147479
Asker : kaizer_suzo
Subject : Win 2000 problem
Private : No

Question : Hello,
First I have Win 2000 Proffessional and sinse yesterday my computer crashes every 20 min.
When i go to administrative tools -> event viewer and properties of this error..it's written:
"The value named IRPStackSize in the server's Registry key LanmanServer\Parameters was invalid. The value was ignored, and processing continued."
What should I do ?Is it problem with computer or software problem?May be I should reinstull Win2000
Please help !
thanks
Roman

Answer : I've never seen this one, but I found the info on it for you:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q238/3/16.ASP?LN=EN-US&SD=gn&FR=0&qry=IRPStackSize&rnk=2&src=DHCS_MSPSS_gn_SRCH&SPR=WIN2000


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QAId : 5149116
Asker : EddieP22
Subject : Which files should I backup?
Private : No

Question : I have a new cd-rw drive to back up my data. Each disk will hold 650mb's of data. I have never backed up anything on my computer since I purchased it two year's ago. I have window's 98.

My question is what specifically do I backup?
Specific programs such as napster or quicken? Word documents?

For example, on the c drive I have something called Eddie's folder. If I try to back up the entire folder it is something like 850mb's even though I have very little in that folder that I have saved. I'm assuming there is a lot of unneccessary stuff in there.

I will be reinstalling window's 98 in the near future.

Also, I am a novice so please be specific.

Thanks alot.

Answer : The best rule of thumb here is to backup only those things you can't easily replace or reinstall. Major candidates for this would include your:

C:\MY DOCUMENTS

directory. If you're conscientious you will have saved ALL user-created documents there and this makes for an easy backup. If not then get to searching and backup all your needed documents (*.doc, *.xls, *.txt, etc...) - you can search for these files by going to Start/Find/Files or Folders and then typing in the extension you're searching for (one of the ones above) and typing C:\ in the "Look In" field. Once you locate some you want to backup I'd suggest you start moving them into C:\MY DOCUMENTS. Then once you have all the files there use WinZip to compress that whole folder to a floppy (and check the box for spanning to multiple floppies). WinZip will continue to prompt you as it fills each disk for a new blank one until all files are backed up.

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QAId : 5164939
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : pc's
Private : Yes

Question : i'm on my frends computer and using his aol account, thank u for your answer buut i don't know how to;
a) opn the ie"
b)i don't wnat ot clear all the files since then some of his might get messed uP?
c) if i go to ask me or searchbug will they be able to see what i looke dat ?
will htey be able to move back and forth in these websites?
will they b able to see all hte answers i received? by clicking on the aprropriate icon?
does it matte=r which search engine i use to get there?
is it different if i don't go directly to ask me - but get there thru my email 9when they send me a notice htat an answer was recieved and provide a link?
in short, how do i get aroung the problem of wanting to frequent websites w/0 problems later?
thanx
also if i type on note pad will htey see it/
how do i clear it?
how cna i save money by using aol in a smart way/
would it be better ofr me to sign on as a guest on aol at my frends comp. ?
how ocme whne i tried it failed?
also around 15 or 20 sites wherei went r found under the window where u type and how do i erase those?

Answer : In IE try using the:

Tools/Internet Options

menu and from there choose the "Clear History" button as it will do the majority of what you're asking.


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QAId : 5164955
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : pc's
Private : Yes

Question : i'm on my frends computer and using his aol account, thank u for your answer buut i don't know how to;
a) opn the ie"
b)i don't wnat ot clear all the files since then some of his might get messed uP?
c) if i go to ask me or searchbug will they be able to see what i looke dat ?
will htey be able to move back and forth in these websites?
will they b able to see all hte answers i received? by clicking on the aprropriate icon?
does it matte=r which search engine i use to get there?
is it different if i don't go directly to ask me - but get there thru my email 9when they send me a notice htat an answer was recieved and provide a link?
in short, how do i get aroung the problem of wanting to frequent websites w/0 problems later?
thanx
also if i type on note pad will htey see it/
how do i clear it?
how cna i save money by using aol in a smart way/
would it be better ofr me to sign on as a guest on aol at my frends comp. ?
how ocme whne i tried it failed?
also around 15 or 20 sites wherei went r found under the window where u type and how do i erase those?

Answer : In IE try using the:

Tools/Internet Options

menu and from there choose the "Clear History" button as it will do the majority of what you're asking.

You can't login as a "guest" on AOL - you have to have an account name and password - it's not a free service. And there is no way to save money on AOL since it's an unlimited service - you pay a flat fee per month to use it as much as you want. There is no way to reduce the bill unless you go to a restricted hours type of plan.

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QAId : 5172818
Asker : kayesimono
Subject : Disk Defragmenter
Private : No

Question : Can anyone tell me if something is wrong with my disk defragmenter? I have let this run for about a week continuously. It only gets to 10% max and restarts over and over again. On my details list, I only have about the first three rows full of data boxes. That has taken a week to do. I cannot find anything as to check this defragmenter. I only find how to run it. Other people tell me theirs runs complete in a few hours. Is there anything I can do to speed this up? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Kaye

Answer : This is a common problem. The issue is that you have some other task running (perhaps in the background without even a window to indicate it's presence) that is changing disk content. Once th disk contents change, the defragmented starts over again. Do this to prepare to defrag:

1) Close all open apps
2) Press CTRL-ALT-DEL once to get a list of running tasks
3) For every task except for "Systray" and "Explorer" click the task, click "End Task", wait about 10 seconds and then click "End Task" on the dialog that pops up.
4) Once the C-A-D list contains nothing but Explorer and Systray you can go on with loading and running Defrag.


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QAId : 5180285
Asker : grets1333
Subject : best computer?
Private : No

Question : For best all around computer..as far as what it can do, surfing the web, playing and recording music, updating...what computer do you recommend?
Right now we are looking, at Gateway, Dell 4100, and also some Hewlet Packard PC's.
I want something that has the best track record, can be updated with little expense, and also would offer me the most for my money.
Thanks.

Answer : Personally I like Dells best of the prebuilt machines. They use top-notch components and they typicall stick to industry standards which makes upgrading later easier.

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QAId : 5255632
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : system resources
Private : No

Question : I have Win98 se with a 15 gig harddrive 56k modem and very little programs my desktop only has about 10 icons on it but my system recources is very low can you tell me a way to tune up my pc without paying out alot of money for software i have already scandisk defrag and cleaned up but my resources are still low 71% also i have a cyrex m II chip

Answer : 71% isn't that terribly low. Why are you so concerned with the system resources? Those are only used by Windows and are not the same as RAM available for programs. unless you are being adversely affected by low system resources you can safely ignore them. Now if you *are* being affected (like not able to launch apps due to it) then the best thing you can do to increase available resources is to eliminate as many of the systray apps as possible. The systray is the area at the bottom-right that contains the clock. If you have more than the speaker and Task Scheduler icon the rest are candidates for removal. Some will have menus associated with them (try left and right-clicking - also dbl-clicking) where you can remove them, while others may be started from Start/Programs/Startup or the registry.

To check the registry for these apps and remove them note the name of the app or the type of app by examining the systray first. Then run regedit by doing:

Start/run/regedit (press ENTER)

Once in maximize the window and browse on the left to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run

With "Run" selected at the left examine the items at the right. If you spot some of the items from the systray that you are realtively sure match you can select them on the right and press DEL to remove them. Also check the item "RunOnce" at the left for any other items. Do not remove any items from either Run or RunOnce that you are not sure represent the icons from your systray as you may be removing something important to keep.

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QAId : 5259301
Asker : cher37
Subject : Picture Viewer problem
Private : No

Question : I saved many pictures to my hard disk which were represented by an icon. One day the icons changed and up came a picture viewer. Many of my pictures were lost. It said could not be found

Did I hit something by mistake
Did this happen automatically
Can I get my pictures back? These photos meant allot to me
Can I change back to what I had before?

Answer : Unless you deleted the pictures you still have them. What may have happened is you may have deleted the program you were using to see them, or otherwise altered the associated handler of the images. Go download this and use it to view your pictures.

ftp://ftp.acdsystems.com/pub/english/acdsee/acdsee.exe

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QAId : 5263851
Asker : Bigal852
Subject : PC problem
Private : No

Question : I am running WIN 95. When I boot up my PC, the
wallpaper color on the desktop loses color
momentairly. Is something dying??? Big Al

Answer : I doubt it. More likely you have a wallpaper image that uses a lot of colors, and have set a color depth on your display that can barely support it. Then what happens is another application or Windows needs a palette to display something during bootup and it has to rob a few colors from your image (which shifts the color of those pixels in the image to the new color, which is what makes it appear odd). Then that app quits and your image gets it's colors back again.

To make this not happen you can do one of two things:

1) Reduce the colors used by your wallpapers either by running them through a paint app or by not using wallpapers (or using less colorful ones). But what fun is that?? I like wallpapers too...

2) Set your color depth higher at the same resolution (video RAM permitting). To do this:

Open the Display control panel (Start/Settings/Control Panel/Display)

Go to the Settings tab

Note the resolution at the bottom-right and the color depth on the bottom-left. I'm betting you're set to 8 bit (256 color) mode. Try setting it to 16-bit or 24-bit (and make sure it doesn't drop your resolution at the right when you do so). If it doesn't lower your res to pick one of those color depths then click OK.


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QAId : 5264149
Asker : rasha_m_a
Subject : startup problem
Private : Yes

Question : hi there,
when I start my computer I get an error message this message says(this program has performec an illegal opration and will be shut
down)
and also two windows of notpad are open every time when I start my computer. so how can I solve these problems and why the error message appers?

Answer : It sounds like you are running an app from:

Start/Programs/Startup

Try cleaning out what you find there. Also check in the registry for apps you may be running from inside the registry.

The systray is the area at the bottom-right that contains the clock. If you have more than the speaker and Task Scheduler icon the rest are candidates for removal. Some will have menus associated with them (try left and right-clicking - also dbl-clicking) where you can remove them, while others may be started from Start/Programs/Startup or the registry.

To check the registry for these apps and remove them note the name of the app or the type of app by examining the systray first. Then run regedit by doing:

Start/run/regedit (press ENTER)

Once in maximize the window and browse on the left to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run

With 'Run' selected at the left examine the items at the right. If you spot some of the items from the systray that you are relatively sure match you can select them on the right and press DEL to remove them. Also check the item 'RunOnce' at the left for any other items. Do not remove any items from either Run or RunOnce that you are not sure represent the icons from your systray as you may be removing something important.

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QAId : 5274179
Asker : rasha_m_a
Subject : after i forrmated my pc
Private : Yes

Question : I forrmated my computer and this is not the first time i do it.but this time when I finished the forrmat and installed windows98 and start my computer,my screen displayed a blue problem window before windows start.this screen say:"A fatal exception 0D has occurred at
040F:0000049F,The current application will be terminated.).
what happened wrong and why this screen is displayed and what should i do?

Answer : No easy way to say without more info. Try doing a Logged Boot - press and hold the CTRL key during a reboot until the menu appears. Then select the logged boot option and after it crashes reboot in Safe mode command prompt only. Then edit the file C:\BOOTLOG.TXT and look for the word "fail" and it may point you to the problem. Usually these errors are hardware drivers or virtual device drivers (VxDs).

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QAId : 5280270
Asker : kalrapuneet
Subject : Cd rom
Private : No

Question : Hi,
My CD Rom is Auto Running the CD's I put in. I have Windows 98 2nd Edition. I don't know whats wrong. I would be very grateful if you could help.

Puneet

Answer : Auto-running CDs is normal behavior. To disable it open:

Start/Settings/Control Panel/System/Device Manager tab/CD-ROM item/dbl-click each CD-ROM drive and under Settings uncheck "Auto insert notification".

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QAId : 5283369
Asker : nano_sns
Subject : attachment problem??
Private : No

Question : hi i have i problem:
when i want to send an attachment to my friend
i select add attachment then i select browser
and select all file (type of file),dut i dont see any file in the box (i am sure i have i file in that place) pls can u help me..
thank u:)

Answer : Confirm you have a file where you think you do. Open "My Computer" on your desktop and drill down into the C: drive and find the directory where you think you have the file and be sure it's there. If you find the file there try right-clicking on the file and selecting Send To/Mail Recipient which should invoke your default email handler and automatically attach the file.


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QAId : 5313582
Asker : jsge
Subject : headphones?
Private : No

Question : Dear Expert:
When I phone using the computer I hear ok to the other person but he/she hardly hear me, they said my voice sound too low even if I turn up to the maximum volume in both the headphones and the software.I am using SuperVoice as communications software and my headphones are sort of cheap, you know.The most probable cause of this would be the headphones, SuperVoice, card or what?.
Thanks a lot!

Answer : The most likely area of difficulty is the microphone you are using. Make sure the AGC is turned ON. Dbl-click on the speaker icon in the systray in the bottom-right of your screen. In the menu choose Options/Properties. In the list at the bottom check the box for Microphone. Then click the Recording radio button above to change from Playback to Recording. In the Recording list below make sure the Microphone is checked there too. Then click OK to exit the properties. You should now see the sliders for recording. Make sure the Select box is checked for Microphone. If there is an Advanced button beneath it click it and turn ON the Mic Gain (AGC) if you have the option. Also make sure the slider is up at least halfway for the Mic. Now go back to Options/Properties and click Playback and OK. Back in the playback sliders be sure to check the MUTE underneath the microphone. This will prevent you from reproducing out your own speakers the sound you record from your mic. This prevents feedbacks loops and whine.

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QAId : 5334981
Asker : GWBO
Subject : Character Stream
Private : Yes

Question : My daughter has a computer that runs Windows 98 SE. Whenever she types the letter "t" in WordPad, NotePad, or OutlookExpress, a stream of about 200 characters is displayed. In fact, the stream is almost the entire content of an e-mail she wrote days ago. The characters are displayed as though someone was typing them, including backspaces and line feeds. As far as we know, everything else works OK. Is this something that can be corrected, or is it some kind of a virus?

Need More Information : Does it only occur inside Windows? How about if you reboot in pure DOS mode (hold CTRL while booting and select Command Prompt Only)? How about inside a DOS prompt inside Windows?

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FUQuestion : Tha problem exists in DOS mode, and even when booting from a start-up diskette.

Actually, it turns out that she has a keyboard with four keys associated with macros. If she presses various combinations of the keys, the little lamp goes out, and the problem disappears.

Now, the question becomes - how can she disable those keys?

Answer : If you're booting from a floppy and getting the behavior then the OS has nothing to do with it - it would be either a setting in the BIOS (press the key indicated onscreen during boot to enter the BIOS setup) or the keyboard itself.


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QAId : 5361746
Asker : JWS2001
Subject : DEAD PC
Private : No

Question : Expert

I have a clone PC with a slot 1 PIII 500 Mhz, the motherboard is a MID ATX Soyo 6IWM/L, 192 Mb of PC100 ram, 4x4x32 cd-rw, 50x cdrom and an 8.4 Gb hard drive. last week the PC just died, there was no display on my monitor, no beeping, I did have power to the PC. The only previous warning of trouble was that during the week the hard drive would continue to try to boot up when I turned the PC on, it would finally boot after about 5 - 10 minutes. After it died, I replaced the hard drive, I still had no display and the hard drive would start to boot but would stop. So I replaced the ram, no luck. I replaced the motherboard with another Soyo slot 1 motherboard, no luck. Then I replaced the power supply with another ATX 250 watt power supply, no luck. I replaced the video card, no luck. I bought a new CPU, no luck. I tested the monitor on another computer, the monitor works fine. I tested my CPU and Ram on another computer, they both worked fine. After returning the various items that I had bought but did not need, I am asking for your expert advice, I cannot get a display on the monitor so I am helpless in entering the CMOS/BIOS. Please help me.

Need More Information : You got the exact same result with different?:

motherboard
ram
video card
hard drive
power supply

Is that correct? You also verified monitor functionality so I left that out.

There may be something causing a short in your case - try taking the motherboard out and ensuring there are no loose screws or other items that may be shorting parts of the motherboard. Then with the motherboard out put it on a non-conductor (wood or glass) and install the video card only, plug in the hard drive and power cables and fire it up and see if it comes up then.


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FUQuestion : Paul

To clarify, do I leave the CPU and Ram in the motherboard? Previously I had followed the direction of the Soyo manual, I took out the motherboard and only left the CPU, RAM and the internal speaker connected. I heard no beeps from the motherboard notifying me that the video card or other components were not detected. Is it possible that the Soyo motherboard that I purchased to replace the original motherboard was bad? I am at my wits end with my new $600 paperweight.

Thanks
James

Answer : Yes to perform the test I described you'll have to have (after removing the motherboard from the case):

motherboard
cpu
ram
video card
floppy and/or hard disks plugged into controller ports
monitor plugged into video port

Get that together and test - let me know the result.


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FUQuestion : Paul

I did the test with no results, I still do not receive a display, the cdrom and hard drive power on, I get no light from floppy drive, I had previously replaced that as well. I even took the power supply out of the case to isolate it from any metal on the case. I did notice that 3 transistors on the motherboard are bulged out at the top with a rust colored stain on the top. All of the other transistors are flat at the top with no colored markings. Please advise further.

Thanks
James

Answer : I foyu removed the motherboard from the case and had only the items I listed above (and have tried it with BOTH motherboards and different video cards in each) then I am at a loss as to describe the error. You would be experiencing identical errors with comletely different subsystems which I would normally consider impossible. Try it with two different motherboards and two different video cards with NO other hardware - disconnect hard drive cables, take any other cards out of the system - leave just a floppy drive plugged in (and remove that if the error continues) and see if you can access the BIOS setup screens (or at least see the POST).


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QAId : 5373963
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : removing partitions?
Private : Yes

Question : My question concerns partitioning of the hard drive. I have no real computer background but have been told that my hard drive is "partitioned" and that it would be better if it weren't.

I have a Dell 266, Pentium II with 6.4 GB EIDE Ultra ATA Hard Drive.

The computer originally had Windows 95 installed by Dell, but Dell later sent an upgrade disk to convert to Windows '98, first edition.

I have been told that the reason that my hard drive is divided into A, B, and C is that windows 95, the original operating system, couldn't handle the size of the hard drive without dividing into three smaller ones. I have also been told that my computer would have improved performance if the partitions were removed, and that my Windows '98 system would have no trouble handling the entire hard drive without partitioning.

Finally to my questions.

1) Would it be better to remove the partitions for performance?

2) Is it a task that a computer rookie can do?

3) If I do remove the partitions, do I lose data now in my computer, or cause other problems?

4) My "C" drive is almost full, but my D and E drives are almost empty. I am wondering if the computer is handicapping itself by only using one-third of my drive space.

If your opinion is that the partitions should be removed, can you tell me how to do it, or lead me to a source of info on how to do it?

Thanks for your help!

Nancy

Answer : Please reserve "private" questions for truly private subjects. This question will never be viewable by anyone since you've marked it private and this limits the value of the interaction to the whole site.

There is nothing wrong with leaving your drive partitioned as long as you make use of the space (for instance, create a "Program Files" directory on D and E and use them for installing apps). If you are serious about changing to a single partition to take advantage of 98's FAT32 file system the best way to go about it is to obtain a copy of Partition Magic 6.0 from your local computer store. This utility will let you resize, remove and general manipulate your file systems without losing data or having to reformat. Using it you will remove the two extra partitions (assuming they are completely empty or that you move the data off first if not), then convert the first partition to FAT32, and finally resize the first partition to take up the whole disk.


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QAId : 5436050
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Partition trouble?
Private : Yes

Question : Hello!!!!!
I recently partition my hardrive on my old laptop.
Using something called fips. It left my A: drive and my C: drive the same but changed my D: drive,which used to be my CD-ROM drive, to the second hardrive and my new CD-ROM drive is now the E: drive. The probably is I partition my drive after I fomated it and now when I try to install Win95 it says it don't see a CD-Rom drive and when I am in dos it do not recongize my E: drive so now I can't istall Win95 because I can't use the CD-Rom. I'm trying to install it on a 486 laptop which the CD-Rom drive is located on the docking station. Please help!!!!!!
<!You're also welcome to email me for more information!>

Answer : You'll need a boot floppy that has CD-ROM drivers so you can see the CD under DOS. Here's how to make one on another machine:

Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt

(put a blank floppy in the drive)

format a:

c:
cd \
sys a:
copy windows\himem.sys a:\
copy windows\smartdrv.exe a:\
copy windows\command\mscdex.exe a:\
copy windows\command\xcopy*.exe a:\
copy windows\command\format.com a:\
copy windows\command\edit.com a:\
copy windows\command\sys.com a:\

Download the following file to A:\

http://members.home.com/iqueue/idecd.sys


Now create a config.sys as follows:

edit a:\config.sys

The config.sys needs the following in it:
device=\himem.sys
device=\idecd.sys /d:cdrom001

Save the config.sys

Now edit A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT and put the following in it:

@echo off
\mscdex.exe /d:cdrom001 /l:f
\smartdrv /n c+ f 4096 4096

Save the file and exit.

Now test the disk and ensure it boots and brings the CD-ROM drive up as letter "F:" successfully.

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QAId : 5534170
Asker : tom434
Subject : initinalization string
Private : No

Question : my connection speed has been lagging the techs at earthlink suggested i add my modems intialization string on the advanced settings of my dialup connection , my question where would i find it and how would i identify it i know its all abbreveated

Answer : Find your modem on this list, copy the string and the put it in from here:

Start/Settings/Control Panel/Modems/(select your modem)/Properties/Connection tab/Advanced

Paste the string into the Extra Settings field for them to be applied when you use your modem. Alternatively with a terminal program you can make the init string changes permanent by appending an "&W" (without quotes) to the end of the init string and typing it to the modem once.


List of modem init strings:
http://www.jenera.com/modems


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QAId : 5584951
Asker : boborruth
Subject : using dvd-rom drive causes reboot
Private : No

Question : I sure hope you can help, I've given out of ideas. I have a p500, 256mb ram, dvd drive, zip drive, 1.44mb drive, win98. When I put a cd in the drive the computer reboots every time. Nothing else is wrong . I've reinstalled the dvd driver. I've deleted a dozen or so programs that I had downloaded thinking one might have messed something up. I removed the programs running in the background from startup. It still reboots. Any Ideas? Thanks---Bob Paschal

Answer : I'll bet it doesn't reboot if you put a CD in while it's in pure DOS (If it did you definitely would have a BIOS/hardware issue on your hands). It's likely a driver issue but to be sure:

Uninstall the drive from the System control panel, under Device Manager - then shutdown the system and open it up. Verify that the jumpers (little black plastic connectors with metal inside them - they bridge the electrical connection between 2 or more pins) are configured correctly for the layout of your disk drives and CD-ROMs. If two devices exists on the same cable one must be jumpered as "master" and the other as "slave". If all looks good here try switching the IDE cables so that you're using a different one for the DVD than before (want to see if the problem f
follows the cable or stays with the DVD).

Let me know your results.

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Rating : 5

FUQuestion : I started in dos mode as you advised,put a cd in & It did not reboot. I did the other things you suggested. It still reboots every time.

Answer : OK then - your cabling is fine and the BIOS settings are likely OK (although a better test might be to boot in pure DOS *with* CD support loaded).

Let's try something else. Try putting a CD in the drive tray, then hold down the SHIFT key as you press the button for the drive to close. Kepp pressing SHIFT until *after* Windows has initialized the drive and the drive light stays off for several seconds. This will disable the "auto-run" for just this loading. If the system does not reboot this time I would suggest you may have a problem with the handler for the type of disk you're inserting. Is this an audio CD you're inserting by any chance? If it is try upgrading to the latest Windows Media Player (off the Windows Update on your Start menu) or change which app is associated with audio CDs (WinAmp can handle audio CDs and has an option in it's menus for file associations to make it be the handler for audio CDs).


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FUQuestion : I put a cd in & held down the shift key, it rebooted.It reboots with either a program cd or an audio cd. I'm familiar with w95 & w98,but don't know too much about dos. When you say to boot in pure dos,I go to shutdown & check where it says re-start in ms-dos mode. Is this correct? You say to boot in dos with cd support loaded. How do I do this? I assume I have to type in a command. I sure appreciate you taking the time to help me solve this problem.

Answer : I would suggest creating a boot floppy to get CD-ROM support to test this from DOS. Here's how:

Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt

(put a blank floppy in the drive)

format a:

c:
cd \
sys a:
copy windows\himem.sys a:\
copy windows\smartdrv.exe a:\
copy windows\command\mscdex.exe a:\
copy windows\command\xcopy*.exe a:\
copy windows\command\format.com a:\
copy windows\command\edit.com a:\
copy windows\command\sys.com a:\

Download the following file to A:\

http://members.home.com/iqueue/idecd.sys


Now create a config.sys as follows:

edit a:\config.sys

The config.sys needs the following in it:
device=\himem.sys
device=\idecd.sys /d:cdrom001

Save the config.sys

Now edit A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT and put the following in it:

@echo off
\mscdex.exe /d:cdrom001 /l:e
\smartdrv /n c+ e f g 4096 4096

Save the file and exit.

Now test the disk and ensure it boots and brings the CD-ROM drive up as letter 'E:' successfully.

This disk will serve as a good rescue disk for you later, as well as troubleshooting now.

OK now boot with that disk and try inserting a few data disks - read from them with DIR commands like:

dir f: /s /a

You may have more than one CD drive - if you do then the drives will be assigned consecutive letters, like E: and F:.

With this problem occurring even with auto-run disabled I would tend to go back to a mis-wiring of the cable or other IDE-related hardware issue. Even if you don't experience the reboot in DOS since DOS may be less vulnerable to the corruption that appears to be taking place. My best suggestion at this point is to reexamine the cabling and perhaps replace the IDE cables. Also ensure the jumper settings are correct on all IDE drives.

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FUQuestion : I might be getting beyond my capabilities. You mention mis-wiring & jumper settings. No one has been inside the computer to change anything. It's a year & a half old compaq. I did switch the ide cables as you suggested. Is if possible that one of the programs I downloaded screwed up things. One in particular was x-setup. I have since deleted it. I'm going to be out of town several days. When I come back I'll decide if I want to continue or call the service man. If I have someone fix it I will let you know what the problem was for your information.

Answer : OK - good luck on it

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QAId : 5594527
Asker : ddpianoman
Subject : Outlook express
Private : No

Question : Today I hooked up a router with switch to network my home computers to a cable modem...I have a Dell Dimension L667r and a HP Pavilion 6356. It all works fine except for one thing. I cant get my mail from outlook express. On either computer it just gives me the message "The host 'mail' could not be found. Please verify that you have entered the server name correctly. Account: 'mail', Server: 'mail', Protocol: POP3, Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Socket Error: 11001, Error Number: 0x800CCC0D"

It does the same thing on both computers. It was working fine and flawlessly before on the one I had hooked individually to the cable modem. What do I need to do to get my mail? Different config required?..

Answer : That appears to be a DNS problem - make sure you have the correct domain in your DNS configuration. The problem may be that "mail" isn't a fully-qualified name, and if your DNS domain is not configured correctly to be "myisp.com" (or whatever yours is) then "mail" will not have the proper domain name appended for searching.

An easy way to test if it's going to work is first go to a DOS prompt and type:

ping mail

If it can't lookup the name it will reply with an error about "unknown host". Now make the changes to DNS (OR configure Outlook to use the fully qualified name of "mail.myisp.com") and then try the ping again. When the ping works (at least resolves the hostname into an IP address) so will the mail.


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QAId : 5600353
Asker : davidshimek@...
Subject : win95 reload
Private : No

Question : I have a lab full of older wind95 pcs. I was recommended that I reload win95 on all the computers. Should I reformat the drives? Should I just put the win95 cds in a reload from there? What would be most effective?
Thanks
David Shimek
Technology Mentor
St. Bernard's Catholic Schools
Eureka, CA

Answer : If the systems have been in operation and a long time, or if there are issues reinstalling over the existsing install usually will not help. A full reinstall is best. One way to lighten the load - if the systems are identical hardware-wise you can build *one* of them, and then duplicate to all the others to save a whole LOT of time. Here's how:

On your master machine that will serve as the source for all the others:

1) Repartition the disk so that it is in 2 equal partitions - so if you have a 4 GB disk make two partitions of 2GB each.

2) Format both partitions.

3) Install 95 as you want it and any apps to the C: partition.

4) Use Symantec's Ghost to ghost an image of the C: partition to the D: partition as an image file.

6) Burn that image to a CD-R disk and create a bootable floppy with CD support.

7) Go from system to system for the rest of the machines and apply the Ghost image to their disks (using the full space for the one partition).


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QAId : 5625516
Asker : Aglaia
Subject : Print Screen
Private : No

Question : Hello,

Ever since I got this new computer I haven't been able to print my screen, so I'm wondering if something needs to be enabled. I've tried ALT + Print Scrn, with no luck. If it helps any, I use Windows 98, and the key reads:

Print
Scrn
SysRq

Thanks,
Aglaia

Answer : All the PrtScrn and Alt+PrtScrn do is to take a snapshot of the full Windows environment or foreground app, respectively, and places it as image data in the Windows clipboard. That's just the first step - now that the data is in the clipboard you must paste it into an app that can handle graphics like Paintbrush, Word, and email app, etc.

Once you've pressed PrtScrn or Alt+PrtScrn try doing this:

Start/Run/pbrush.exe (press ENTER)

Once Paintbrush opens press CTRL-V or select Edit/Paste from the menus.

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Rating : 5


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QAId : 5631766
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : buying
Private : Yes

Question : Where can I find a low priced computer that is up to date to use to take distance learning courses and surf the web. I have heard that refurbished computers are as good as new and inexpensive but, haven't had any luck. Help

Answer : EBay is a good bet if you know what you're looking for.

Paul

Answer : http://www.ebay.com

FUQuestion : I don't really know alot about computers, just how to work them. some advice
Rating : 2

Answer : Here's a nice system that will do nicely for your task:

http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1236344727




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QAId : 5639676
Asker : dgedwards
Subject : How do I save ie5 to disk?????
Private : No

Question : Hi Y'all!
I was wondering how I would go about saving ie5 to disk. It takes about 3 hours to download from windows update. I've tried to save it to drive F which is my CD writer/recorder but it won't let me (seems I don't have permission or something) Also, I'm not exactly sure what I want to save. Here's what I want to do. Go to my disk and restore all of ie5 to "wherever it belongs on my computer" without the long waiting period. Some of the experts told me I could download it from windows update to my disk. I looked but couldn't figure it out. Anyway, I've got it all in place on my computer now. If one of you guys could "helps the dummie" I would be most appreciative. I need step by step instructions in small words please. Many thanks

Answer : These URLs describe the steps to download the install files so you can install IE on this machine and others.

Downloading Internet Explorer for Windows 95 and Windows NT
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q174/6/80.asp

Download-Only Setup of Internet Explorer 5.5 on Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q257/2/49.ASP



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QAId : 5689543
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : Internet Explorer
Private : No

Question : I use Primus as an ISP to connect to the internet.
My question is when i am connected to the internet, is there a way for IE to come up when connection is detected?

Answer : A better way is to configure IE to dial-up when launched. Inside IE got to the Tools/Internet Options menu. Inside go to the Connections tab and select the button below that says "Dial whenever a network connection is not present". Now whenever you are not currently dialed into your ISP you can launch IE and it will automatically dial in.


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Rating : 4


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QAId : 5723217
Asker : andiliem
Subject : display
Private : No

Question : I am having problems with my display, red shades display as black, I can really only see blue, white and yellow. I have a Compaq Presario 7400, running Win98SE. How can I fix this? Thanks.

Answer : You have one of the following problems:

-The video cable is not seated well, is going out and needs to be replaced, or has a bent pin on one of the ends.

-The monitor's red "gun" is going out and the monitor needs repair/replacement.

Your problem is that, for whatever reason, the red gun is not firing which is why red things are black, and the other colors are skewed.

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Rating : 5

Answer : If replacing the cable doesn't work, and there are no bent pins you can straighten with needle-nose pliers then no it is not a user-serviceable problem. Do NOT mess with the innards of your monitor. Even unplugged the capacitors inside can carry lethal voltages. It's not worth the risk to save a monitor without proper training.

Best of luck to you!

Paul


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QAId : 5731689
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Inexpensive Internet Service/Notebook Battery
Private : Yes

Question : Hello Expert:

I wanted to see if you might have some thoughts on the following two questions.

1)I don't spend a great deal of time on the internet with my PC (perhaps 25-40 hours a month). Thus, I really didn't want to pay too much for an Internet Service Provider. Do you have any good advice for getting something affordable or free, but also won't prove to be a hassle using. I understand that there are free services such as www.nocharge.com and others and tempted by that, yet never tried it. What are your thoughts on those. A friend also mentioned that AT&T has something for $4.95 a month which allows one 150 free hours a month. Any thoguhts there.

2)Any thoughts on the best place to buy a battery for a Hitachi laptop? Is it better to buy new or refurbished and what do they typically cost.

Thanks for your time!

Answer : I wouldn't expect too much with a free internet account - you may get what you pay for! ;-) But there won't be any harm from trying - though I have heard of some that will install "nagware" on your PC that will pop up advertisements.

About the battery, try some of these:

http://www.us.buy.com/retail/searchresults.asp?search_store=1&qu=hitachi+battery&loc=101

http://www.sabahoceanic.com/nbhitachi.html

http://users.pandora.be/technimex/notebooks.htm


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QAId : 5766190
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : IT-INSTALL SOFTWARE TO NETWORKED COMPUTERS
Private : No

Question : Please help me with this assignment q's. I have been putting alot time researching this answers until I give up. So that is why I beg for your answers. Here is the questions:

Prepare a brief (2Page) document on how to create a simple spreadsheet in Microsoft Works. You can install the program from the T drive to make yourself familiar with it. " What do you mean by that"??? Your documentation MUST include screen dumps. "How can you do screen dumps"??? Please Help, Please, PLease...???

Answer : The "T" drive is a reference to a drive letter on your PC that has been mapped to a network drive. He is probably referring to a lab machine at your school.

To take a screen capture of the full screen press the PrintScreen key on the keyboard. This puts an image of the screen into the clipboard. Once it's there you can paste it into any application that can use images, like Microsoft Works. With a document open in Works just press CTRL-V or select Edit/Paste from the menus to get the image into your document. To get a screenshot of *only* the foreground window press ALT-PrintScreen.


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QAId : 5799056
Asker : taveric
Subject : What is this...?
Private : No

Question : sulfnbk.exe <--- What is that file and what does it do? I was sent an e-mail that told me to delete because it was a virus.. and I had a strange feeling that it woule be on my pc and I don't think it's a virus.. So what is that file???

-THanx Alot..

Answer : It's not a virus. This one is a known hoax. sulfnbk.exe is the utility that comes with Windows that is used to backup long filenames in the event you need to use a backup utility that does not support long filenames and would truncate them to their xxxxxx~1.yyy name.


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QAId : 5799900
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : Free Online Storage
Private : No

Question : Where can i find a website that has a free online storage, where u saved your stuff online and upload it somewhere???



Please help me.

Answer : Try this one:

http://www.freedrive.com


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QAId : 5829080
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : Power Failure
Private : No

Question : Hi! I use a surge protector for my computer. The only three things that are plug on the surge is CPU, Monitor, and Printer. The problem that i am having is when i turn on my computer.............then after a few minutes, the computer suddenly turns off. I didn't turn off anything. It just turned off! This has been happening for a month. I have re-image my computer, because some experts said it could be the hardware that's causing it, but it still happens. My mom don't want to take it to the purchase store and have them fix it because the warranty is over, and it's expensive!

What can i do??
Can i leave the computer on forever, just to avoid it from shutting down by itself?
Please help me.
Thank you in advance.

Answer : I leave all my computers running 24 hours a day - just configure the system so that it will shut down the monitor after 45 minutes of inactivity (under the Display control panel).

As for your power situation. Have you tried not using the power strip to see if the problem is related to the strip? Also if it still occurs try a different power outlet to see if that is the problem. I'm assuming that there are not "brown-outs" or other power anomalies as I would have expected you to mention if, for example, every time the PC died the lights dimmed. :-)


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QAId : 5858165
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : Startup C:\
Private : No

Question : When i start my computer it says: Invalid VxD dynamic link call from NWLINK(01) + 0000010F to device "0028", sevice 8000.
Your windows configuration is invalid . Run the setup program again to correct this problem.

To continue running Windows press Y or ENTER. To quit the current program press N. If you continue running Windows, your system may become unstable. Do you want to continue?
Press Y for Yes or N for No:

When i press Yes it does become unstable. When i press N it loads and displays this: C:\

What can i do?

Answer : Try rebooting in Safe mode (hold CTRL during the RAM test until a menu appears) and reconfigure your network - it sounds like this may be related to the NWLink IPX/SPX network protocol.


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QAId : 5859016
Asker : garydaw61
Subject : printing
Private : No

Question : I am looking for the way to print the whole screen. I don’t mean just the program stuff, I need to print everything on the screen. I am working on a manual and I want to show the whole screen as examples. How do I do this? Remember, I want the print to show the task bar, startup task bar the whole shooting match top and bottom EVERYTHING


Thanks, Gary

Answer : Press the PrtScrn button

Start/Run/pbrush

Press CTRL-V in PaintBrush to paste


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QAId : 5884752
Asker : Zima99
Subject : Error Message
Private : Yes

Question : Hi,

I am regularly getting an Error Message:
"Explorer has caused an error in ATI2DDAD.DRV
Explorer will now close."
Many times the computer will completely freeze,
and I will have to disconnect the power to shut
it down.
Do you have any idea what the problem could be,
and how I can fix it?

Thanks so much!
Karen

Answer : I would have to centure a guess that you have an ATI video card. If that is the case thenm getting the latest drivers from their site, installing them, and then installing the latest DirectX would likely fix it.

ATI drivers:
http://support.ati.com/products/pc/graphics/index.html

DirectX:
http://www.microsoft.com/directx


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FUQuestion : They have no new drivers for me.
What should I do now?
Should I re-install the current driver?
Do I un-install it first?
Please help me.....don't want to mess it up !!
Thanks for your help!
Karen

Answer : Just follow the steps for installing the driver that came with the driver and you'll be OK. Then reinstall DirectX after you're done with that.


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QAId : 5904576
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : Drive Space
Private : No

Question : What is DriveSpace about?? Can I use it??
How do i increase disk space??

Answer : DriveSpace is a remnant of the DOS 6 days when Microsoft incorporated compression into their OS and file system. It is no longer utilized, but Windows NT/2000 have compression similar to it, except that it is selectable on an individual basis (i.e. you can select which folders to compress and which to leave uncompressed).


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QAId : 5914212
Asker : scoanich
Subject : Apple or PC
Private : No

Question : I am a student in college and looking to buy a computer, I have been looking around and have been told Dell and Gateway are good brands, But I am also interested in an Apple Computer. Is there any suggestions you might have on the performance and reliablity of a Mac as compared to a dell or gateway? Thanks for your advice.

Answer : Performance will be similar with either a Mac or a PC. The real question comes from what you want to do with the machine. If availability of lots of software and hardware is important to you go with a PC. If you already know that the apps you want to run are available for the Macintosh then feel free to go that way. For me the PC has far too much support for me to ever consider (if I could have only one machine) having only a Mac.


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QAId : 5935610
Asker : Pecktown
Subject : Program unknown
Private : No

Question : I have a Compaq Presario 5220 and when in the add/delete programs I have a program listed as VTPCIIRO V1.1 What I would like to know is what is it and what does it do? Thank you. Pecktown

Answer : I've never heard of it - you may try and do a Start/Find/Files and Folders and do a search for VTPC* and see what directory such a file resides in - this could be s hint as to the program and its function.

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QAId : 5947507
Asker : losangeles27
Subject : problems with associations in my computer
Private : No

Question : Hi,

Whenever I want to download a file on the web, I press the "download" button and instead of a little gray box popping up asking me where I want to save the file, I am taken to a page with a broken "Film strip" image.

Somehow I think there is an association in my computer between downloading and one of my quicktime files.

How do I check this? How would I correct this?


thanks,
matt

Need More Information : Have you tried reinstalling a new version of QuickTime?

FUQuestion : no, i don't think so. Is this broken film strip image a quicktime problem?

if i should reinstall quicktime again, do i get it from quicktime.com (if not, can you please recommend where I should get this?)

thanks!

Answer : http://www.apple.com
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QAId : 5948071
Asker : jready
Subject : picture displays
Private : No

Question : I'm working on a computer with a very strange problem. It wont display pictures. Some pics it displays fine while others look rainbow colored. This occurs on the net as well as with pics taken from disk on a digital camera. Have tried a new video card, motherboard, processor, you name it. Have also tried different I.E. browser versions. Your expertice would be appreciated in this dilemma.

Need More Information : Can you describe more of what you're seeing? Is it just when viewing pictures? Is it only in a certain image viewer (IE, for example)? Have you tried a different monitor and video cable? Have you tried a different resolution or color depth? Do you see the "rainbow" effect on just the images themselves or is the Windows interface also "rainbowy"?

FUQuestion : All i can see is a faint image and colors running together. It is only with internet explorer and viewing pictures through windows explorer. I have tried a different monitor and cable, as well as resolution and color depth. The Windows interface is fine just the images themselves are rainbowy. Was wondering if I could update bios to fix it but would like other solutions before doing that. Thank you.

Answer : Try a different image viewer to confirm that it occurs always - try this one:

http://www.acdsystems.com/english/products/acdsee/index.htm

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QAId : 5956195
Asker : danandemy
Subject : Celeron or pentium 3?
Private : No

Question : I have to make a choice between 2 computers. The first is 600mhz,celeron,64mb,10gig,15in.monitor. Second is 700mhz,pentium 3,64mb,20gig,17in.monitor. The second one costs an extra $300. Is number 2 worht an extra $300? How much faster will the p3 be compared to the celeron? I only use the Internet, word, and other simple software, no high tech gaming.

Dan

Answer : You will not notice a big difference between a Celeron (2 - the Coppermine type) and a P3 *of the same clock speed*. But here we are talking about a 100Mhz difference, 10 more GB of disk space (twice the other system), and a better monitor (who even sells 15" monitors anymore?). For normal usage I'd say the lower-end system is just fine if you can live with the monitor and lesser disk space. For the activities you describe there will not be much subjective difference in speed between these systems (and you haven't described the subcomponents like video card, audio, CD support, etc so I can't comment on them).


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QAId : 5962024
Asker : jimgun
Subject : transfer programs to a new computer
Private : No

Question : I have a few programs that I want to transfer from my old computer to a new computer. I do not have the programs on disk. I can burn them onto cd, but I am afraid they will not work on the new computer, because there is no installation file in the program folders. How would I go about the transfer of these programs?

Answer : There are three main things I'd be concerned with:

1) The app itself (usually a subdirectory under "Program Files".

2) The files the app may or may not have copied into the Windows structure (Windows\System, usually).

3) The registry entries the app may have made.

#1 is the part you can easily get, and if the app didn't have any OS extensions, will be sufficient to migrate it to the new machine. Most apps will recreate the registry entries they need the first time you run them since that's how most do it in the first place (setting up those registry entries the first time you run them).

If you want (or end up needing) to get the registry part as well you can run regedit.exe, dig down into HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software and examine those branches for one - usually you're looking for the name of the company who made the app. If you find it you can export that branch for import on the other computer with File/Export Registry File.

As for the Windows\System files that might exist I say transport the app over without the registry or any support files and try running it (install it to the same disk location - ie Program Files). If it asks for certain files note their names, get them from the old computer, and copy them to Windows\System on the new computer. If it looks like the registry entries are needed run regedit on the new computer and import the .reg file you exported on the old machine.

Between these steps you'll be able to transport 95% of all apps.

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QAId : 6004703
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Second hard drive
Private : No

Question : I have just installed a second hard drive and would like to know how to copy the contents of my
smaller drive to the new bigger drive.

Answer : Ghost will duplicate your drive in a drive-to-drive or partition-to-partition fashion. You can find it at your local retail store in the SystemWorks product by Symantec.

http://software.symantec.com/dr/v2/ec_MAIN.Entry10?V1=272108&PN=1&SP=10023&xid=27674&DSP=&CUR=840&CACHE_ID=35066

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QAId : 6031788
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : CD-Rom Drive - IMPORTANT - PLEASE HELP ME
Private : No

Question : Hi!
My problem is about my cd-rom drive.
When i play music cd's, while it's playing, i can't hear anything at all.
When i play games using the cd-rom, there's nothing wrong at all, it plays, music also plays.
When i'm listening to music on my cd-rom drive USING a headphone i can hear the music. I just cant hear the music on the speakers on my computer. This only happened today.


I want to listen to music cd's on my computer speakers, not headphones!
My speakers are connected properly by the way.


O/S: Windows98 SE
Ram: 32 MB
MGz: 400
CD-Rom Drive Speed: 40 X
Sound Driver Manufacturer: Sigma Tel


Please help me!!
***If i re-install windows 98 SE, will i hear music on my cd-rom drive, when i'm playing music?***

Answer : It sounds like the CD audio is turned down or muted. You hear music in games probably because they are not CD-Audio, but rather audio stored in a compressed form on the CD and spooled off for decompression and playback (which would make them come out the same way as any other digitized sound effects, and why they are unaffected by your situation). To rectify the problem:

Double-click the volume control (speaker icon) in your systray (far right of the taskbar at the bottom of your screen where the clock is).

Check that the slider for "CD Audio" is at least as high as the "Wave" slider and that the "Mute" checkbox at the bottom is not selected. Then try playing an audio CD again.

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QAId : 6043390
Asker : bartmanmark
Subject : scanner/printer probs
Private : No

Question : hi i hope you can help with this problem as i am drawing blanks every where else... basicaly i bought a scanner (relisys scorpio2) it doesnt use usb port so its plugged into the lpt1 port orrigionaly used for the printer. the printer is then plugged into the scanner. the scanner is now up and running fine but when i try to print i get an error printing to this port message. i didnt get any manuals with the scanner so i am a bit stuck the printer worked fine before also

Answer : Most of the time when you try to pass a parallel signal through another device (the scanner in this case) one of two things can go wrong:

1) Devices are incompatible in this configuration (less likely)

2) One or both of the parallel cables are not bi-directional or shielded. Ensure that both cables are high-quality bi-directional cables. (more likely)


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QAId : 6096060
Asker : lstarnes@...
Subject : SIMMS RAM Question
Private : No

Question : I have copied over all of Paul's files to the new computer. I was going to try to use some RAM from Paul's old Compaq (24 MB) to optimize his memory on his new Micron (48 MB).

Micron Millenia Pro 3 or 4 years old (200MHz): 2- 16 MB and 2 - 8 MB (4 slots)

Compaq ProLinea 4/50 MHz:
1- 16 MB and 2 - 4 MB (4 slots)

I replaced one of the 8MB chips with the 16MB chip, but the system did not recognize it. In fact it booted saying there was only 16 MB of RAM overall. It may be that the speed of the chip is too slow or it may be that the one machine uses parity RAM the other non-parity RAM. This was my best guess, but if you could offer some clarity about mixing RAM that would be great especially clarification on how the parity works.

Thanks,
Lana

Answer : It's my understanding that the SIMMs must match in density on each pair of slots. IOW you can have any two densities you like as long as each pair of SIMM slots (0 and 1, 2 and 3) are the same density. The pairs of memory banks operate together.

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QAId : 6100989
Asker : secondson
Subject : my pc's "locking up"
Private : No

Question : Lately, whenever I'm on my computer, if I take a break, the screen will go dark after a while (as it should) and then, when I return and press any key to illuminate the screen, I will get no response -- the screen stays dark and I have to restart my computer! It's like there's a disconnect between the keyboard and the computer, but only in those instances...

Why is this happening, and what can I do to fix it?

I appreciate your help/advice.

Mitchell

Answer : This is most often a problem with Windows and your BIOS both performing power management duties. Enter your BIOS on a reboot (usually by pressing DEL when prompted) and turn off power management in your BIOS.


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QAId : 6122160
Asker : mehmet_halil
Subject : Excel Functions
Private : No

Question : please can you help me before my boss sacks me. i am currently designing a spreadsheet using excel. the task requires me to round up the a half. for Example
5.32 rounded to 5.5
5.00 rounded to 5.0
5.78 rounded to 6.0.

i am able to round up, however i am unable to round to 0..5. instead the excel rounds to the decimal place. for example
5.32 rounded to 5.3
5.00 rounded to 5.0
5.78 rounded to 5.8.
i am presently using excel 97. Please Help

Answer : I think I may have worked out an answer for you. I put a number into A1 and this formula into cell B1, and then tested by changing the value in A1.

=ROUND(IF(A1>(TRUNC(A1) + 0.5),TRUNC(A1) + 1,IF(A1 > TRUNC(A1), TRUNC(A1) + 0.5, A1)),1)

Any number from .01 to .50 results in the original number .5 - for example

5.01 -> 5.5
5.34 -> 5.5
5.49 -> 5.5

Any number greater than 5.5 results in 6

5.64 -> 6
etc

Just format cell B1 with a single decimal place and you will get the "5.00 becomes 5.0" etc that you are after.

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QAId : 6166544
Asker : watersedge
Subject : internet issues
Private : No

Question : Hello -- please forgive the detailed complexity of my question and help if you can! My boyfriend's parents are moving in the next couple of weeks and have asked me to set up their computers when they arrive. I said no problem but now they have a ton of questions that I don't feel "brave/confident" enough to answer on my own!
They both work from home (consulting) on separate computers, presently using an AOL connection. Here are their thoughts:
They presently have 2 phone lines -- one for phone calls and another for PC and fax machine. "Dad" wants to keep AOL for client and project concerns but "Mom" says they cannot both use the internet at the same time, the way AOL works. She's asking if DSL is a better option and could they still both use the internet at the same time? Or should they just have 3 phone lines?
Now "Dad" tells me that he has a Dell optiplex computer which is designed for networking through an internal 3-om device that operates through phone lines. This has not been successful in the past but if it would work he thinks they should both be able to be on-line at the same time, through one server.
I am getting lost quickly but really want to help them!!!!!!!! Thank you for your time!!!!!!!!!!

Answer : The easiest way for them to do this is to get the DSL (which will save them the cash they were laying out on a 2nd or 4rd phone line). Then get them each an ethernet network card and a cable/DSL router like the LinkSys or DLink. It's a natural firewall and keeps internet intruders out quite effectively and allows them to share the bandwidth of the DSL connection. If the machines are not close together you will need appropriate lengths of CAT 5 ethernet cabling to hook each to the cable router (all devices hook to the cable router - get the kind with switch ports too - usually has about 4 ports for PCs to plug into). Here's a link to the LinkSys model:

http://www.us.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10235958&loc=14577

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QAId : 6181134
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Running into errors
Private : No

Question : Hi Paul
Im using win98se, P3800, 128sdram, after i formatted my computer it always run into errors
sometime say windows protection error or windows encountered an error acdessing the system registry. Also when i try go into safe mode it'll say HIMEM.SYS has detected unreliable XMS memory at address 00DD503E XMS driver not installed and there are more errors too like explorer, kernel32.dll, etc
Plz tell me whats wrong with my computer and how do i fix it?
Thx,
Wing

Answer : From your description it may be bad, or poorly seated, RAM. Try removing or moving around memory modules. If you get nowhere with this you might try a reinstall of Windows (over the top of the existing install - won't hurt your installed apps but fixes things a lot of the time).

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QAId : 6195944
Asker : joserodriguez
Subject : Build a Computer
Private : No

Question : Hi my name is Manuel Rodriguez and i am going to build myself a computer and i want to know exactly what do i need, i want to tell you that i the computer is not for me it is for my friend but i am going to help him build the computer. he don't nothing, he does not have a computer so please tell me what i need thanks

Answer : This site will help:

http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/index.htm

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QAId : 6205210
Asker : philso1003
Subject : fonts don't work in photoshop or Paint
Private : No

Question : Hi,
I installed some new Chinese fonts on my computer. They worked well in MS Word. But when I try it in Window's Paint, it came out just like regular Times New Roman. and when I tried the fonts in PhotoShop, it says "Could not complete your request because the necessary CMap files were not found."
Could you please tell me what I should do?
Thanks a lot.
Phil

Answer : It sounds to me like the font type may not be correct for some apps. Like for example it's a TrueType font that doesn't work in paint. Or perhaps a bitmap font that needs to be a TrueType. Try a few more font types and see if you can see a pattern to which work and which don't. If you open the Fonts control panel you can see the TrueType fonts as they have a "TT" icon.

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QAId : 6213138
Asker : ngtj
Subject : error msg
Private : No

Question : "MCI device not open" i get this error msg after i run a game.. the game stop just before the movie so i suspect it is something to do with direct movies.. any solution ? i can't play the game , if the movie don't play...

thank you...

Answer : This looks like an error opening the sound device for playback. I'd recommend getting and installing the latest audio drivers for your sound card, and the latest DirectX drivers.

Audio cards:
http://www.windrivers.com/alpha/sound.htm

DirectX:
http://www.microsoft.com/directx/

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QAId : 6222488
Asker : cynthia94
Subject : Securing a folder
Private : No

Question : Is there a way for me to create a password on a specific folder on my c drive? I want to put several confidential Word files on a folder and instead of creating a password for each file I would like to create a password for a folder containing sensitive files. thanks

Cynthia

Answer : You can use one of these applications for that:

http://download.cnet.com/downloads/1,10150,0-10001-103-0-1-7,00.html?tag=srch&qt=password+protect+folder&cn=&ca=10001

Or you can use encryption to protect folders or individual files from reading/tampering:

http://download.cnet.com/downloads/1,10150,0-10001-103-0-1-7,00.html?tag=srch&qt=folder+encryption&cn=&ca=10001

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QAId : 6224429
Asker : ERASEF301
Subject : Wireline Modem?
Private : No

Question :
Hello there, I recently bought a Wireline modem for my Handspring Visor (Palm Pilot copy) and was having trouble hooking it up to my PC. I was hoping you might be able to help me with this. I have found no help elsewhere on the internet, so any help would be great! You see, I followed the instructions that came with the modem, but they are so general. The way it works, is this. You hook up your Handspring/Modem combo to a phone line. IT is supposed to dial up your computer, and Download your email ect... I have cabel internet, so this is not a problem. What the modem does, is actually HOTSYNC, if you are familiar with the term, my Handspring over the phone line Downloading email, and my other conduits (i.e. AvantGo, and Epocrates)... N E ways, when I was setting up the modem on my handspring, it ask me, "phone number" I chose my home phone number... Is this the right phone number to choose? Then I hotsync with the modem connected to the visor, it dials up the modem, and i can hear the Visor Modem working (like all dial up modems sound)... However, it always says BUSY!!! Well, obviously if I am at my OWN House it would logically BE Busy... right??? I guess I"ll try doing this at a friends house... BUT,,, they recomended you try it before leaving the house>>>> How am I supposed to do that??? Am I doing things correct so far do you think???

Any tips on getting this thing working would be greatly appreciated...

sincerely, ERASEF

Answer : I would agree that it's not possible to test it from home unless you have different phone lines. Try it from a friend's house - it sounds like you are on the right track.

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QAId : 6240910
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : which way is best to leave your computer on ?
Private : No

Question : dear experts,

Is it better to only turn off the monitor and leave the computer on while you're away or put it into Stand by mode ?

thanks

Answer : I leave my systems on 24/7 all year long. Why? When a system first powers up it is at room temperature. Over a short time it heats up until it reaches an equilibrium point (where the heat it produces is counterbalanced by the environment's ability to take on the extra heat). At that point unless the environment changes the system temperature is fairly stable, fluctuating several degrees but nothing like the initial powerup. Powering systems off allows them to cool back down. Doing this power off, power on cycle repeatedly decreases a system's life by stressing the power supply and all ICs and other components by the sudden application of power. The heating up/cooling down cycle can also lead to traces failing on the CPU and motherboard, and can add to the tendency of solder to become brittle. So leave the system on...

As for the monitor - I leave mine on all the time too, but I have my screen saver set to come on with 30 minutes of inactivity, and have the monitor power down after an hour. Why is this better than turning it all the way off? Well this stand-by mode:

1) Uses less electricity by far (about 1/10th of normal full-on state).

2) Maintains some heat inside the monitor to avoid the full cool-down discussed above/

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QAId : 6306641
Asker : joshfunk357
Subject : adaptec
Private : No

Question : Hi.
I have some questions with this software
1. I tried to make an audio CD by copying one of my existing CD's to a CD-RW, but the computer says that it is a CD-RW and will not play in a car audio or home audio player, is this true? Is there a way to do this?

2. I wanted to erase on of the CD-RW's so I went to the Adaptec CD wizard to format the CD. It said that it erased everything but when I tried to use it again, the computer says it is a non-recordable CD. What am I doing wrong?

Any tips or advice using this software?
Thank you!



Answer : Most car players can not read the dye type of a CDRW. You will need to use CDRs (some players can't play these either, but they're becoming rare) for the audio disks you make.

What I have done is to use a unit by Philips called 'Expanium'. It's a portable CD player with a cassette adapter for your car stereo. You can also play MP3s with this player so I load up a CDRW with 150 songs and play them in the car until I want a different mix.

Inside Easy CD Creator just go to the CD menu and select Erase CD. Then perform a "Quick Erase". If you can't write a new disk with it after that point something is wrong with one of these:

- media choice (CDRWs may be marginally compatible) - try a different brand

- drive (less likely if it works for other disks)


Tips -

Keep your hard disk defragmented to lower the chance of underruns that can trash your blanks.

Don't use the PC for anything else during burning unless it's a really fast machine and a really good burner.
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QAId : 6322910
Asker : coolies31
Subject : computer
Private : No

Question : Hi,
I have a problem with my Pionex Computer (it has Windows 98). When I started it yesterday, an error message came up that said there is a problem with Windows directory and windows will have to be installed. So, I tryed re-installing windows 98 by using the CD and the book disk. It started to check the files and during "StartDisk" then found an error on Windows. It had choices of "Fix Problem or Don't Fix. So, i chose 'Fix Problem' than the same screen comes up that asked me if i want to fix the same problem it meioned before. Do you know what ishould do? Sorry to sound so confusing. Also, do you know a phone number for Pionex tech support where you can actually talk to someone? I have 4 different numbers for them and I try calling all day but they ring off the hook and no one ever picks up.
Thanks You Very Much

Answer : It sounds like a disk problem. Try running a pure scandisk as:

scandisk /autofix

which will not prompt you on each error. Then go get a Coke or something and come back. Your drive may be dying and this should show it (also do the surface scan when asked by scandisk).

If the CD they gave you is a full recovery CD (and not just a Windows 98 CD) you may try formatting the drive to see if it's really a hardware problem or just the disk contents got scrambled somehow.

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Pionex's contact numbers:

Pionex Technical Support
Phone: 800-313-1995
E-mail: Pionextech@Pionex.com

Please have your serial number ready when contacting a Pionex representative.

Send technical support your problem by email.

Pionex Customer Service
Phone: 800-888-3425
E-mail: Pionexservice@Pionex.com



Pionex BBS Service Number
732-563-9150
You can reach Pionex (via modem only) 24 hours/day at this number. Use this number for product information or to download updated drivers, utilities and shareware.

Pionex Sales
For information on carrying Pionex please contact our sales staff.


E-mail: PionexSales@Pionex.com



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QAId : 6329761
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Leavimg PC On
Private : Yes

Question : We've been told without ,explanation why, that is is good to just leave your computer ON all the time. How is this "good" for the computer ? Why do so many people say leave it on all the time ?

Answer : I leave my systems on 24/7 all year long. Why? When a system first powers up it is at room temperature. Over a short time it heats up until it reaches an equilibrium point (where the heat it produces is counterbalanced by the environment's ability to take on the extra heat). At that point unless the environment changes the system temperature is fairly stable, fluctuating several degrees but nothing like the initial powerup. Powering systems off allows them to cool back down. Doing this power off, power on cycle repeatedly decreases a system's life by stressing the power supply and all ICs and other components by the sudden application of power. The heating up/cooling down cycle can also lead to traces failing on the CPU and motherboard, and can add to the tendency of solder to become brittle. So leave the system on...

As for the monitor - I leave mine on all the time too, but I have my screen saver set to come on with 30 minutes of inactivity, and have the monitor power down after an hour. Why is this better than turning it all the way off? Well this stand-by mode:

1) Uses less electricity by far (about 1/10th of normal full-on state).

2) Maintains some heat inside the monitor to avoid the full cool-down discussed above/

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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities
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QAId : 6372193
Asker : txrrcowboy
Subject : Graphics and memory
Private : No

Question : Howdy,

I'm a freelance writer and want to add a small home business producing graphic designs and photo collages. I have Microsoft Photodraw (which I understand has just been discontinued), which makes beautiful designs--but the designs I create quickly run up to 1 or 2 MB or more. Consequently, my computer starts moving very slowly, sometimes taking as much as an hour to change one small feature of a design or to spool the file to the printer. Yesterday, it caused the monitor to go black while trying to print a design--I had to reboot the whole computer to get the monitor back up.

Obviously, I don't have enough of something--memory of some kind is my guess. I'm pretty good at learning and using software, but I really have no idea what's "under the hood" of my computer, so to speak. I can tell you I have 96 MB RAM, a 10 GB hard drive, Windows 98.

So I guess my question is, short of buying a new computer, what can I do to make my graphics program reasonably fast and easy to use? Will be very grateful for any help you can give, as I am financially pressed at the moment and looking to increase my income with the graphics sideline

Answer : If this behavior happens over time (not immediately) it's probably not memory you're running out of (especially if you're not receiving out of memory error messages). Your problem probably lies with (in order of liklihood):

1) Video drivers
2) MS Photodraw

Get the latest video drivers for your video card here:

http://www.windrivers.com/company.htm

Then check with Microsoft's web site and get that program patched up to the latest:

http://office.microsoft.com/Downloads/default.aspx

FUQuestion : I'm good with using software, but not a techie. Before I can update anything, how do I find out what kind of video card I have? I have poked around under Control Panel>System, but it's all Greek to me.

Answer : In the System control panel go to the Device Manager tab and into the subsection in the list for your video card. See what driver it's using now - if it was done correctly in the beginning when the system was made you should see the name/brand of the card there.


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QAId : 6402391
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Auto Scanning Bugging Me!!!
Private : No

Question : Hi

I don't know how to describe my problem but believe me I have never been bugged so much in my whole life by an O.S and that too by the great Win 98. What actaully is happening whenever I shut down my P.C it shut down normally but when I start the P.C the message appears is that you have not shut down the P.C properly and so autoscan will start. And so it does and I have to escape from it. What I did next that I changed the value of AutoScan command line to '0' in MSDOS.sys file but now if suppose P.C stops then the Auto Scan which normally in any good pc would have appeared doesn't appeared. Please help me I am really getting tired of this O.S and the Auto Scan message. Is ther any way out. Please reply back soon.

Answer : Sure, just leave the autoscan disabled and use the Task Scheduler (in the systray at the bottom-right of the Windows interface) to schedule routine scandisks of your hard disk to ensure no errors are present.

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QAId : 6427389
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : System wont recognize new memory
Private : No

Question : Have a Pentium 233mhz processor. Want to add or change memory to 256mb from 64mb. Replaced with 4 cards of 64mb 60ns memory and system will not recognize new memory. Changed back to original memory and now wont work. Tried to use 2 cards of 64mb, or two 32's and two 64's, or just the original two 32's. Any suggestions? Found out AFTER the fact that my computer will only max out at 128mb. I can do this with two of the new 64's but did I mess something up in trying to switch?

Answer : Are you sure you're populating the first two slots (the same that were occupied by the two 32MB sticks)? If you are (and the 32's don't even work) you may have damaged one of the SIMM slots. More likely is that you are not seating the RAM modules properly and they are not making good contact.
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QAId : 6427592
Asker : iwillbeback
Subject : Boot Problem
Private : No

Question : Dear Expert
I have a brand new computer but when it begins to boot-up it says 'cmos check sum error please enter system disk' If I keep booting after about 3 times everything seems o.k.
The computer is 1Gig cpu, 128 ram, AMD Processor.
Can you help please!!
P.S. I don't have a floppy system disk only a cd for the motherboard.

Answer : I would contact the seller and get support for it - it sounds like a corrupted or poorly-seated BIOS. If it wasn't new I'd suggest making a boot floppy with the latest flashBIOS from your motherboard manufacturer's web site and updating the BIOS.

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QAId : 6443088
Asker : joes_mail_box
Subject : no video
Private : No

Question : Hi,

I have two computers with what are probably different problems but results in the sme thing...no video. I've tried other monitors (with their attached cables) and replaced the video cards but still have no video. The screen gives absolutely no indication of anything taking place. The monitors do power up and work on other machines so I've eliminated (I think) a monitor problem. One of the machines manuals indicated that if I wanted to replace the built in video capability with a video card that I had to jumper a certain jumper, P2. I did this with no improvement. Then later in the manual, I see that the SAME jumper reference is to be jumpered to clear the CMOS!!

I guess my question is where do you start when you have no video on the monitor, not even the bios message...

thanks,
Joe

Need More Information : 1) You can find a improved manual very likely in Adobe Acrobat form (PDF) on the mobo maker's website. This should take care of the errors on the jumpers and get you on the right track.

2) Try different slots for the video card(s) and rules them out as a possible problem by using them in the machine that you said worked with the monitor.

What got you to this state? Did the systems work prior to this? What have you done to get where you are? Without background info it's a little hard to diagnose your situation.

FUQuestion : Lets deal with the one that went out most recently. I had not used it in a few weeks as it is a secondary computer. Its a Spacewalker HOT-553, with a PII 166Mhz cpu and AMD bios. When I plugged the power in and powered it up, there was no indication on the monitor that anything was happening. I do hear the hard drive start up but only for a short period then all is quiet. As I mentioned I have tried different video cards in different slots and different monitors. The monitor on the system works on other computers.
I guess your dead in the water if anything happens to the video on the motherboard.

Joe
ps: you ever worked in Annapolis Junction, Maryland?

Answer : Never worked in Maryland.

You're not dead if the onboard video dies, you'll just need an add-on video card in a PCI or ISA slot, and may have to set a jumper to bypass the onboard video.


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QAId : 6449459
Asker : AlexW100
Subject : Possessed cd drives
Private : No

Question : Hi,
I'm having some major problems with my the d drive (cd rom) of my computer. It's a Compaq Presario 4220, running win 95 on a pentium 1 proccessor. The problem is that it wont read any programs on the cds - they just spin around in the drive while the computer clicks and whirrs. The strange thing is that it will play audio cd (unless the cd contains a hidden bonus program), possibly suggesting that it's a software problem rather than a hardware one. I've tried to run the reset cd which wipes everything back to the factory settings but I cant because the cd drive doesnt work! Argh! How can I fix it?
Alex

Answer : Turn the PC off and open the case. Ensure all cabling to the CD drive is intact and well-seated. Your symptom could be consistent with a loose IDE cable (as audio CDs do not even require a connection to the IDE ribbon cable) and your inability to read data would be in line with this. More likely the CD drive is wearing out. If the cables check out then I'd suggest picking up another CD-ROM (or better yet a DVD-ROM) at your local computer store. It's an easy swap and requires no changes at all.

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QAId : 6451097
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Computers
Private : No

Question : Hello,

I need to know what are the hottest computer(wiht dvd and cd-w) these days, and the site of them. Price not matter. The best computers, fast, huge memory, and..... anything .

Answer : The best PCs to be had would be from

http://www.voodoopc.com/home.htm

The best in terms of value for the money would be Dell:

http://www.dell.com/us/en/gen/products/line_desktops.htm

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QAId : 6477833
Asker : dij
Subject : windows
Private : No

Question : Hi

I have a problem.
I just formated my c: drive and I am trying to install windows.
I have 3 of them ,win98,winme,winXP.

But all of them don't work.They ALL freez at the moment when copying files, all 3 of them.
I think it's my cd-rom.. can it be?
because winme works on my other machine.

But in other hand, ALL my other cd's works on this machine, this only happens with windows cd's.

Thanks a lot,
dij

Need More Information : So you're saying that when trying to read any of the Windows install CDs that it locks up? Or that *during installation* of any of the 3 (from CD) that it locks up? If it's the latter I would lay odds as you mentioned on the CD drive having a problem. Check the cabling to be sure all is good there, and if necessary try a replacement CD-ROM drive (or borrow one out of another computer as a test).

I notice you said all the other CDs works on this machine. What are they working under (what OS)? Since you're trying to install these other OSes, which are you using when you read these other disks?


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FUQuestion : Hi

My winME installed without freezeng so i am gonna use it now.
Thanks for all the help!

Answer : OK - great.


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QAId : 6507998
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : automatically connected to the internet
Private : Yes

Question : I have downloaded shockmachine from shockwave.com to download and work their puzzles off line. But lately when I try to pull up a puzzle to work off line, I am automatically connected to the internet. You are not supposed to be connected, that's the whole of shockmachine, to stay off line and play their games. I have written to shockwave about this, but have recieved no answer. Thought one of you might be of help. Thank you

Answer : If you are configured to dial automatically if *any* internet-capable app touches the internet you will auto-dial. I've used ShockMachine, although not recently, but I was not familiar enough with it to tell you where to go to disable any access it may make (it could be loading advertising - does it display ads while you play?).

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FUQuestion : No, no ads are displayed and no pop-ups. Just starts AOL. Never did this till a few days ago. Thanks for you in-put. If you can come up with anything else that might be helpful. I would appreciate it. Thank You
Declined (Reason) :
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QAId : 6527113
Asker : luizgm
Subject : Hard drive space
Private : No

Question : Hi, I bought a computer from Gateway, the notebook Solo 1200. Everything is fine. The only problem that I noticed is that the computer was suppoused to have 10 GB in the hard drive. When I opened the properties window of C: it says that the total capacity is 9.35 GB that is io 10,041,425,920 bytes.
So my question is if the computer is missing .65 of the 10 GB, or if this is something standard.
Thank you.
Luis

Answer : Hard drive manufacturers live in a special place, where a MB is defined as 1,000,000 bytes. We, in the real world, define a MB as 1,048,576 bytes. Thus the hard drive capacities are overestimates of what is truly there. In addition formatting a hard disk for use with an operating system uses some space as well. My advice is to sue. ;-)

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QAId : 6535300
Asker : taveric
Subject : file transfer...
Private : No

Question : how are you doin'...

okay I was wondering if the following is possible..

I have 2 pc's.. both with ethernet cards and running in WIN95...
But only one of them doesn't have cd-rom drive that works...
I was wondering if there was anyway to connnect both pc's using the ethernet cards to transfrer data between them..
But more importantly is it possible for me to access the cd-rom drive on the other pc for the computer with he busted cd-rom drive..
and lastly is there any freeware or shareware software that is good to use for this sort of thing...

I know this is alot... But I appreciate all the help the askme experts give and I want to thank you for helping me with my question in advance.. =)thanx

Answer : You can hook the PCs together with what's called a "crossover cable" - it's an ethernet cable that has the send/receive pairs switched and will allow the PCs to talk without anything in between. No additional software is needed - you will just need to install the "Client for Microsoft Networks" (in Network control panel), put both machines in the same workgroup (under Identification tab in Network control panel), and add "File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks".

Once done the machine's names should appear in the Network Neighborhood and you can then enable shares between them by right-click a drive letter on each machine's "My Computer", selecting "Sharing" and setting a password for access.

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QAId : 6571838
Asker : jav90
Subject : Floppy Pass.
Private : No

Question : Is there a way of putting a password on a floppy disket

Answer : Not really. Since a floppy can be moved and used on another machine. The only real way to protect the data on a floppy is to encrypt it.

<http://download.cnet.com/downloads/1,10150,0-10001-103-0-1-7,00.html?tag=srch&qt=encrypt+files&cn=&ca=10001>

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QAId : 6582077
Asker : Michael126
Subject : PAge Fault
Private : No

Question : Hi there

May i know when do page faults occur. And what actions are taken by the operating system when a page fault occurs.


Regards
Mike

Answer : They usually occur when the operating system encounters an unexpected condition, such as data that has been written into an area it shouldn't have been, thus corrupting that data on next access. As for what Windows does in this case it would seem that Windows either suspends the task or hangs the OS entirely (blue screens). Apparently the innocuous password files that Windows keeps can be a source of page faults and are an easy way to try to fix them. All the password files are is a storage place for Windows to keep the passwords associated with your user account. They are kept in *.pwl files - just find the one you're using (or delete them all) in C:\WINDOWS and delete it.

More info on this at:

http://support.microsoft.com

articles Q154092, Q151708, Q166898

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QAId : 6593346
Asker : dgedwards
Subject : Adding Files to the "New" Screen @ Desktop
Private : No

Question : Hi

Need More Information : Can you tell me what your question is?

FUQuestion : Sorry, I re-typed the question but I guess it didn't come through.
What I asked was how do you re-establish a file in the "New" window on desktop. I inadvertently removed "text" from the window.(this is when you are at the desktop screen and you right click and a window comes up with one of the tabs noted as "New" with various files indicated. I'm running windows 98 and ie5. Someone told me to download "Tweakui" from microsoft, which I did but it's of no help. It tells me I need to re-establish the program used to open text documents. I don't know how to do that. I would like for someone to guide me through with step by step procedures. I'm not very good with a computer but I sure would like to be able to acess text from this window which will allow me to convert other files. Thanks, Don

Answer : The site I gave you in the other answer has step by steps with pictures to assist you.

http://www.jfitz.com/tips/rclick_custom.html

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QAId : 6593385
Asker : dgedwards
Subject : Adding Files to the "New" Screen @ Desktop
Private : No

Question :
Hi!
When I'm at the desktop screen and right click a window comes up along with the tap "New" with various files noted. I inadvertently deleted one of these (text document). Can someone tell me how to restore it and can I add others such as "jpeg" to this window?
Thank You,
Don

Answer : http://www.jfitz.com/tips/rclick_custom.html

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QAId : 6599911
Asker : alshooter
Subject : creating a screensaver
Private : No

Question : Hi,

I have an existing .exe file which I want to convert to a screensaver (.scr) file on my PC. Can anyone give some advice for this?

Thanks.

Answer : Try this app that uses EXEs as SCR files:

<http://ww2.vobis.de/bbs/shareware/brett75/exess10e.zip>

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QAId : 6599916
Asker : colflgg73
Subject : Dell Dimension Beeps!
Private : No

Question : I have a Dell Dimension that beeps constantly at about five second intervals. I can turn down the speaker volume to limit the distraction, but it still clicks. Everything seems to work fine, but it doesn't seem that this should be happening.
Problem started today and have not had it happen before. System is two years old.

Answer : Open the case and ensure that all fans are in good shape and operating. This may be a heat warning or a fan failure warning. Dust may have built up or a fan's bearings may have gone out.

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QAId : 6609833
Asker : k926
Subject : opening photos on my computer
Private : No

Question : Sometimes when someone send me a photo, I save it and then can't open it. What I see is a "windows symbol" in My Computer. What does that mean and how can I change it so I can open it? Thanks.

Answer : I'm not sure what you mean by a "Windows symbol" but I suspect you mean a "default icon" that indicates Windows doesn't know to what app the filetype belongs. The easiest way to make sure you can load any and all graphics formats is to grab the very excellent ACDSee image viewer, and during install allow it to register itself as the handler for all graphics formats:

http://www.acdsystems.com/English/Products/Downloads/ACDSee.htm

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QAId : 6609852
Asker : nat2b
Subject : CD burning menu
Private : No

Question : Can someone suggest a program (preferably freeware) that would allow me to easily make a bootable CD listing a menu (directory) of copied programs? Also can you suggest something that would also allow booting of these programs by clicking a number from the menu? Thanks for any info you can provide.

Answer : Here is an exhaustive and step-by-step to creating bootable CDs with or without menus, and all with freeware applications:

http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

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QAId : 6616372
Asker : tayley
Subject : adobe photoshop 5.5
Private : No

Question : Hi, Paul...I want to add the characteristic copyright symbol to a graphic I drew. It is already "digimarked", yet in order to prevent a PC novice from claiming "innocent infringement", shouldn't I add the visual symbol to the graphic? Where should it be displayed on the work? Where do I get this symbol? How is it added? I searched Adobe's help files, but found nothing. Thanks...

Answer : I don't know about placement on images, but I'd suggest the bottom-right corner as a good location.

As for getting the character itself use the Character Map utility (Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools). Select the Tahoma font and you should see the copyright symbol 4th column, 6th item down. Double-click it or click the Copy button to put it in the clipboard. Then go to your graphics app and paste it in as a text item, then position it.

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QAId : 6633267
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Is e-auction site reliable?
Private : Yes

Question :

I am very new to this when I see there are online auction sites like http://auctions.ebid.co.uk/ or http://www.computermarket.com/auction.htm , which allow you to bid and buy whatever you want.

Could you please tell if it is advisable to buy computer hardware from these sites? What are the cautions? I live in England and want to buy a CD-Rom drive.

Answer : I've had very good luck with EBay.com, and I hear good things about UBid.com. As for these others I'd be very surprised if any site that neglected it's customers too much would be around very long, but if you're really concerned try doing some searches in:

http://groups.google.com

and see if any negative comments surface.

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Rating : 5


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QAId : 6636383
Asker : phydeault
Subject : Windows
Private : No

Question :
Hello, I curently have Win98, which is not working properly since I installed DirectX8. (Videos won't play, Direct Sound doesn't work, evrey site with flash makes my computer freezes, ...)

I didn't format the disk yet for a new instalation of win 98. However, I went to the C prompt command (in the boot up, not in msdos), and I was unable to get to D:/>. However, in MSDOS, I can access D:/> ?

Do you know what I mean? lol
How can I acess D:/> so I will be able to access the win 98 instalation set up ?


Answer : You can't access D: in DOS because it's probably your CD-ROM drive. DOS needs a driver to access a CD-ROM (so does Windows, but Windows handles that for you). The easiest way to attempt a fix for this problem is to boot into Windows, pop the Windows CD into the drive and run the setup right over the top of your existing install. All your apps will be left alone but Windows may fix whatever is causing your problem. If it doesn't you can still rebuild as you were ready to do anyway, but this may save you a lot of time and effort.

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QAId : 6645839
Asker : wumply
Subject : Do signals in cables sometimes get attenuated?
Private : No

Question : Hello:

My scanner plugs into my pasrallel port and my printer into my scanner. Works fine. But I was told or read that the scanner cable should not be over 4 feet in length.

I have an Intel video cam that sits on top of my monitor. It has an 8-9 foot cable and works beautifully. But when I aksed Intel about using an extension cable, they said that in their experiments, extension cables frequently cause computer freeze-ups.

Can you tell me in some detail what it is about cables or extension cables that appears to indicate they cause problems if beyond certain lengths? What is going on?

Is there a way around this problem? I mean a longer scanner cable would be easier for me to connect/disconnect and if I had a longer cable on my videocam, I could move it around the room to show someone a closeup of some object 10-20 feet away from the computer.

John

Answer : Yes, I think attenuation does occur on the cables. You may want to try using USB where possible instead. If you get a highly shielded cable you may be able to go the distance you require.

http://www.cables.com/computer1.html

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Rating : 4


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QAId : 6647109
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : How to call from the net?
Private : Yes

Question : How to call from the net?

I am a foreign student, so calling home costs me much money. I heard that there is some way to make international calls from your computer so long as you have internet connection. In this way, it costs you nothing.

Is it true? Could you please tell me the simplest way to do this? I am studying in England and need to call to Vietnam.

Thank you so much.

Answer : Here are several...

http://www.comlink.f2s.com/e_freecalls.htm
http://www.hottelephone.com/
http://www.dialpad.com/
http://www.mediaring.com/
http://www.net2phone.com/
http://www.go2call.com/

FUQuestion : Could you tell me whether I can use this service from the laptop? I don't use normal ISPs like AOL but my laptop is connected to the university network (LAN.)

Answer : Those are all accessible with any type of internet connection. Just open those sites in your browser, and follow the instructions.

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QAId : 6651657
Asker : dimibri15
Subject : Automatic change?
Private : No

Question : I have an AMD 1200, I am super happy so far. But something strange happened twice since I got him. I don't know if it's the processor's fault but let me explain. The ASUS motherboard I have is set to jumperfree mode and after maybe a month I got the AMD, while at the very start waiting to start, I noticed the speed of my AMD had changed to 900MHz. I changed it back to 1200 from the BIOS settings and everything worked fine. Until today. I noticed again the same thing, the clock was set at 100 (by 9 makes 900), I haven't done anything at all. I changed again to 1200 and I just have to be careful every time it starts I must pay attention at the speed setting. Do you have any explaination? I would appreciate it.
D.

Answer : In jumper-free mode your motherboard may be attempting to automatically determine the chip installed, and is improperly detecting it as a lower-clocked chip. Either update your BIOS by getting the flash utility and BIOS from your motherboard maker's website, or set it to jumper mode and set the jumpers for your chip's true speed.

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QAId : 6657709
Asker : tayley
Subject : hiding the icons...
Private : Yes

Question : Okay...I
> ...right clicked the start program, clicked on "explore"...
> ...double-clicked on programs...found the macromedia flash folder...
> NOW. Do I drop-and-drag the flash icon over to the accessories icon, or what? I cannot see any folder that specifically says, "icons". I can't tell the difference between the folder of icons, and the program directory. I'm ASSUMING the program directory, as you describe it, is this flash folder I'm dragging and dropping to accessories. How do you identify the icon folder?

Answer : Yes, whatever the name of the folder is that has Flash installed. Likely it's called Adobe. Try double-clicking it and see if it has a Flash icon in it. Then you'll know.


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QAId : 6660371
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : BIOS & Optimization
Private : No

Question : Basics:
I have a 3mo old Dell Dimension 2100 with Windows ME.

Two questions:

One, I recently updated my BIOS through dell.com, as my computer is from there. And I wanted to know how to disable or change the BIOS picture. Is this possible?

Two, what programs or techniques do you recommend to optimize or configure my computer?

Thanks for your time and effort.

Answer : Usually the picture is not able to be disabled, but some BIOS's have an option to use a small picture versus a large. Press whatever key during boot is indicated as the one to enter the BIOS and look around for the option.

As for optimization you'll have to be more specific with a needed area of performance. For general information see this site:

http://www.pureperformance.com/

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QAId : 6666058
Asker : LevGartman
Subject : CD-Rom Recognition
Private : Yes

Question : My self-built PC lately has become a POS. It has never performed this horribly. It worked well running 98, and I usually didn't have any problems. Now I've changed some hardware and upgraded to ME. The performance is horrible. Its a P3 500, with 256MB RAM, a total of 50 GB HD space, and definately doesn't perform as well as it should.
One thing that I'd like to solve is the problem I have with installing OS's. When I try, DOS will not recognize a CD-ROM drive. When ME is running, it recognizes the two drives, a TDK VeloCD burner, and an EPO DVD-ROM, no problem. When I put ME on the computer, using the 98 OS still on the computer, I had to copy the CD files to the HD, and installed it from that drive through DOS, because DOS would not recognize the CD-ROM drives. The drives run through a Promise Ultra100 TX2 card mounted on my Tyan Tiger 100 motherboard(just upgraded the BIOS).
I've built this PC myself, but friends showed me how and what to do, so I think its a hardware problem. Please help.

-Lev Gartman
Go Blue!

Need More Information : I'm not sure of exactly your situation but CD-ROM drives are *never* accessible from DOS without specifically loading DOS CD-ROM drivers. So not being able to access the CD-ROM drives from pure DOS (not a DOS prompt inside Windows) is quite normal. Can you give me more details and what you need help with?

FUQuestion : Here's my whole comp history, maybe it will help.

Ever since I upgraded some parts of my computer, I've been having a lot of problems with it. With friends, 3 years ago, I bought and put in the computer:
Tyan Tiger 100 Motherboard, Quantum Fireball 10 GB Hard Drive, 256 MB RAM, Promise Ultra ATA/66 PCI Controller Card, Diamond Viper V770 Graphics Card, Sound Blaster Live! Value Audio Card, CompUSA Power Supply, a Kenwood 52X CDRom, a Adaptec Burner, and an Intel Pentium III 500 Processor. And the computer worked great.
Over time, I upgraded the power supply and put in a SOHOware 10/100 Ethernet Card. The computer still worked great.
Recently, I took out the CD Rom and burner and replaced them with an EPO 16x DVD-ROM and a TDK 12x10x32 VeloCD Burner. I replaced the ATA/66 PCI controller card with a Promise TX2 Ultra ATA/100 PCI controller Card. And I added an IBM deskstar 60GXP 40 GB Hard Drive. All of these changes I made at the same time.
Now, the PC runs incredibly slow, much slower than it did before the changes. When I try to install a new OS, DOS will not recognize a CD-ROM drive. I've tried bootdisks galore, and replacing the DVD-ROM with my old Kenwood CDROM. When ME is running, it recognizes the two drives, a TDK VeloCD burner, and an EPO DVD-ROM(or the Kenwood), no problem. When I put ME on the computer, using the 98 OS still on the computer, I had to copy the CD files to the HD, and installed it from that drive through DOS, because DOS would not recognize the CD-ROM drives. I've called TDK and EPO, and TDK told me their burner should NOT be recognized in DOS, so that problem is solved. The EPO people said theirs should, but couldnt help me as to why it wasnt. And the Kenwood has worked before in DOS, and now DOS recognizes no CDROM drives. I get the feeling it has something to do with compatability between some of the stuff and the TX2 or the motherboard, but I've been wrong before. Any help?

Answer : You can not access ANY CD-ROM from DOS - DOS does not have native drivers for CD-ROM drives. You must load one. Here's how to build a boot disk to access your CD/DVD drives:

OK - Make a boot floppy (on your or another Windows machine) as follows:

Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt

(put a blank floppy in the drive)

format a:

c:
cd \
sys a:
copy windows\himem.sys a:\
copy windows\smartdrv.exe a:\
copy windows\command\mscdex.exe a:\
copy windows\command\xcopy*.* a:\
copy windows\command\format.com a:\
copy windows\command\edit.com a:\
copy windows\command\sys.com a:\

Download the following file to A:\

http://members.home.com/iqueue/idecd.sys


Now create a config.sys as follows:

edit a:\config.sys

The config.sys needs the following in it:
device=\himem.sys
device=\idecd.sys /d:cdrom001

Save the config.sys

Now edit A:\AUTOEXEC.BAT and put the following in it:

@echo off
\mscdex.exe /d:cdrom001 /l:f
\smartdrv /n c+ f 4096 4096

Save the file and exit.

Now test the disk and ensure it boots and brings the CD-ROM drive up successfully as letter F.

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Rating : 5


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QAId : 6744205
Asker : seemalv
Subject : file transfer
Private : No

Question : hello,

i need to transfer some file from one computer to another that is about 4 MB. It does not have infrared either.

what else can i do?

thanks

Answer : One way is with a null-modem serial cable available at most computer stores and a software program, like xport.exe (run it in DOS on both machines while connected via the null-modem cable - be warned that it is old and does not understand long filenames).

Another way would be to ZIP the file to successive floppies with WinZip. If you start creating a ZIP file of this 4 MB file to a floppy WinZip will fill the first disk and then prompt for additional disks as needed until the whole file is backed up. This is probably the easiest way (http://www.winzip.com).

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QAId : 6798189
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Broken Laptop
Private : Yes

Question : Hi, I was wondering if you could help me. I own a Dell Inspiron 3700 and latley it has been screwing up quite badly. When I turn it off for the night and I come back inn the morning to turn it back on, it will freeze at the Windows 98 screen. I coildnt do anything so the best i could come up with was to push the on button. This didnt do anything, so I took out the cable modem card (probably not to good) however, this shut the computer down. Then when I turn it back on, I get a series of, "windows could not load properly on the first try" or something, and it gpoes into safe mode, then i go to start, shut down, restart, and I will have to go into safe mode or take out the modem card about 3 or 4 times before it will load properly. What should I do. THANK YOU!

Answer : The easiest thing to do would be to break out your Windows CD and, from within Windows, reinstall Windows right over the top of the one you have now - it will preserve your drivers, all installed programs, your data, etc. All it will do is force Windows to reevaluate your hardware (and will likely correct your problem which is almost certainly a driver issue).

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QAId : 6824113
Asker : jharle1
Subject : Word corrupted??
Private : No

Question : I am having a problem with Word-my guess is that it has become corrupted, but I don't know what the next step is. These are the messages I am getting: WinWord is not responding, Qttast is in my ctrl-alt-del and it is listed as not responding, when I click ctrl-alt-del, I get There is not enough free memory to run this program, system is dangerously low on resources, system is waiting for close program dialog box to be displayed.

Am I to reinstall Word, or I have a tape back-up. Do I instead reinstall something from the tape? I am a beginner and so please make it simple. Thank you.

Need More Information : The first thing I would do is figure out what this "Qttast" program is. Try and find it on your system and see what program it is coming from. Do a Start/Find/Files and Folders and type in:

qttast*

with C:\ being the selected starting location and "subfolders" checked.

Let me know what you find.

FUQuestion : qttask.exe d:\Windows\System 28kb
Qttask.lgc C:\Windows applog LGC file
1 kb


Answer : That is a QuickTime app - uninstall your QuickTime player from Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs and then, if that file qtttask.exe still exists, delete it manually. Then go to http://www.apple.com and get the latest version of QuickTime and install it. Then let me know if your problem persists.

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FUQuestion : I did all the steps and the problem still persists. However, qttask is no longer in my ctrl-alt-del. But still when I click on a word file it gets as far as the logo screen and then freezes. Ctrl-alt-del brings up the same messages and I am out of system memory to even get writing when I click on the start menu and must shut down the computer using ctrl-alt-del twice.

FUQuestion : I just picked up my PC World magazine and on page 63 see some info that may or may not be related to my problem. It can be found at www.find.pcworld.com/15000

That is not exactly the message that I get. And I use the Word application that is a part of Microsoft Works.

Answer : I would try backing up your documents and uninstalling Works, and then reinstall it. If no other apps are giving you errors and Windows works fine in all other cases.
Rating : 5

FUQuestion : I uninstalled Word (not works) and reinstalled it. Unfortunately there was no change. Question, possibly would the "Repair Word" box be a possibility? (comes up with the CD in while Word is still installed along with the option to uninstall Word in Control Panel, Add/Remove Program) Or do you suggest uninstalling Works and reinstalling it as the next step? Thanks

Answer : If I were you I'd do one of two things:

1. Remove any and all apps that startup with Windows - those apps that start and sit in your systray. If after all of those are uninstalled (or at least stopped from running) you still get the errors then I would go to step 2.

2. Install Windows again over the top of your existing install. This will fix a lot of strange errors like this, as Windows will replace out of date or incompatible DLLs and other files/settings that are difficult to track down. Just put the Windows CD in and install to the same dir you have Windows in now. Your programs and data will be safe.

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QAId : 6824669
Asker : autographsforsale
Subject : hard drive transfer to new computer
Private : No

Question : My home office PC is getting long in the tooth (266 mhz, 64MB ram) and I've upgraded as much as I can. I am anxious to buy a new PC and I actually have the model in mind.

The only thing that's holding me back from doing it immediately is I dread transferring all the files and programs from my old hard drive. I am especially worried about losing all the internet passwords and IDs that I assume are stored in my cookies folder. I do not have a zip drive, only a read-only CD ROM and a floppy drive. I do have a cable modem and 6 MB of e-mail storage on Yahoo, so I could theoretically e-mail myself attachments with my old computer and retrieve them with my new computer.

Any advice or tricks you can offer would be appreciated.

Answer : Probably the easiest way for a novice to go about this would be to:

Buy the new PC.

Unplug the hard drive from the old machine.

Plug it into the new machine jumpered as "slave" onto the extra connection on the same cable as the new machine's hard disk.

Boot the new machine and copy over what you need from the old hard disk (which should appear as drive D:). The cookies and such are stored in subdirs under \Windows - ex \windows\cookies and \windows\favorites for your browser shortcuts. If you use Outlook Express your email folders are kept as .DBX files under \Windows\application data\identities\(some long hex-like value)\Microsoft\Outlook Express.

Once you're done getting what you want you can pull the old hard drive out.

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Rating : 5


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QAId : 6832543
Asker : jav90
Subject : Anti Virus
Private : No

Question : Hi, Is it possible to use many Anti Virusses at the same time on one computer?

Answer : It probably is, but it's likely a very bad idea. I would find your favorite and stick with only that one, keeping it up to date with the latest virus definitions from their web site.

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QAId : 6835311
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : OldMainThreadWndName
Private : Yes

Question : My utilities program keeps telling me I have a crash in OldMainThreadWndName. Please explain what this is and what can be done to correct it. Thanx.

Answer : I'd have to guess that this is an internal variable the program uses and this is a bug the developers didn't fix. I would find an update to fix the program or discontinue using it.
Rating : 4


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QAId : 6840973
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Windows Media Player
Private : No

Question : Hey, I've got windows 98, and I just got windows media player 7.1. I notice that when I pull down the file menu.. i see movies I have played most recently... is there any way I can delete that "history" or any way I can turn that function off?! THANK YOU

Answer : It is likely stored in the registry.

The easiest way I can think of to do this is to rename one of your AVI or other video files something unique like:

GOOBER.AVI

Then open it in media player and ensure that it shows up in the recently opened list. Now close media player and Start/Run/regedit

Once in the Registry Editor press CTRL-F and type GOOBER.AVI - note the location where it is found (and press F3 to search again - it may be in more than one place). Delete those entries and note the location for future use. Then open media player again and ensure that Goober.avi doesn't show up in the list anymore.

As for disabling the feature entirely try poking around in the menus - I don't know if there is an option to stop that or not.


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QAId : 6842824
Asker : nasrene@...
Subject : PC System problems
Private : No

Question : Hi,

We have a new store brand PC running Windows Millenium. It freezes up, or blinks off/on with loss of data when there has been no power problem. We let McAfee run a check on our computer and it fixed a long list of things, but told us this:

The "ACPI IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering" device has a problem. Cannot be fixed automatically.

What do we do?

Thanks for your help!

Nasrene

Answer : Those are not "real" devices in the same sense as a sound card or video card is a real device. They are just placeholders.

I would ignore the "error" being generated by McAfee unless you have a known problem you think is associated with this.


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QAId : 6868664
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : passward protection for a folder
Private : No

Question : Is there a software that can password protect a folder, so that any file I move to that folder will be automatically password protected by the same password.

Answer : Try some of these...

http://download.cnet.com/downloads/1,10150,0-10001-103-0-1-7,00.html?tag=srch&qt=encrypt+folders&cn=&ca=10001


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QAId : 6939866
Asker : soundmind
Subject : HD Backup
Private : No

Question : Hi,

I'd like to backup my hard drive so I can reformat in hope to fix my everlasting problems!

What is the best way to backup my harddrive and how would I use backup file in case of anything happens?

Thank you!

Need More Information : Do you have a CD burner?

FUQuestion : Yes

Answer : A CD burner is your fastest and easiest way to back up. Backup all your personal data (My Documents and so on) and application install files (the downloaded files to install WinZip, WinAmp, etc) onto a CDR and then blow the machine away and start with a fresh install of Windows. You'll need a boot floppy once you're ready to format the hard disk. Make one with Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs/Startup Disk (tab).

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FUQuestion : Thanks! I was about to ask your about the boot copy!

I've been having some Windows problems... can I still use the boot copy I create from this machine? I have an old boot copy I created a year ago. Will that be better? Is there a difference?

Thanks!

FUQuestion : Also, I'm thinking of upgrading from Win ME to Win 2000. (I heard some eerie things about Win XP I don't want to go there)

But Microsoft recommends ME to home users. But I'd like to use my home computer for some hard core coding. What would you recommend? Should I just stick with ME?

Thanks!

Answer : Either floppy should be fine as long as you made them with the same version of Windows. If your system is only mildly flaky I'd go ahead and make the disk now and use it. test it first by rebooting with it in the drive and ensure it boots up OK. Then you can go back into Windows (take the disk out and reboot on the hard drive) and backup your data to a CDR or two.


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Rating : 5


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QAId : 6957355
Asker : dcap3
Subject : DOWNLOAD PROBLEMS
Private : No

Question : I am trying to download a file to update a program I have, but I keep getting this message: “The file decompression has failed. There may not be enough free disk space available in the temp directory.”

Answer : It sounds like the file is a self-extracting EXE file. If it is and you're sure you have disk space enough for it (click your hard disk once in the My Computer display window and note the free space at the bottom of the window) try right-dragging the EXE to an empty spot on your desktop and letting go - in the menu that appears choose the "Extract to" option at the top (assumes you have WinZip installed - http://www.winzip.com) and it should extract the contents there.

If you show enough space but it still gives that error you may want to run a scandisk to ensure you don;t have disk problems. Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/ScanDisk.

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Rating : 5


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QAId : 6967343
Asker : pminda1
Subject : autorun
Private : No

Question : I am trying to create an autorun file and it doesn't seem to be working. I want a presentation I've done to autorun upon insertion into someone's pc. The file is called "Johnson Contracting" and it is an MPEG played by Windows Media Player. What would the right script be to get it to autorun?

Thanks experts,

pete

Answer : Assuming Windows Media Player is installed to the normal location (right-click your Media Player icon and select Properties to check), and the file you're running is on the CD in the root directory (i.e. not in a subdirectory) then the following autorun.inf should work:

[autorun]
open = "C:\program files\windows media player\wmplayer.exe" "Johnson Contracting.mpg"
icon =

Burn that autorun.inf file, along with the MPG file to a CD and you should be good to go.

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Rating : 5


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QAId : 6967534
Asker : kupono56
Subject : Modem Problems
Private : No

Question : Hi,
My computer just crashed so I reformatted my drive and installed Win98. I previously had Win95 on it. Everything looks fine I got all the drivers and everything looks good except for my modem. I have the correct drivers for this modem but whenever I try and connect to the internet it says that it cannot initialize a modem. In device manager it says that the device is working properly. Checked the diagnostics on the modem and it gave responses. My question is, is there anyway that I can test if my modem is working correctly other than trying to dial out to the internet.
Thanks!!
sheldon

Answer : Well if the modem shows no errors and responds to the diagnostics queries I'd say the hardware is fine. Try deleting the dial-up networking icon for your ISP (after right-clicking/Properties on it to get any needed info copied down first) and re-creating it, ensuring it uses the modem you tested. What COM port and IRQ are you on? Is there more than one modem object in Device Manager (System control panel)?

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QAId : 6973136
Asker : cher37
Subject : network password
Private : No

Question : I have ME system. When I reboot, window comes up saying"enter network password" I don't want it at all.

I have tried allot of things to rid myself of it, but to no avail

Can you help me get this out for good

Answer : You will need to go to the Network control panel (Start/Settings/Control Panel). In the main page there is a "Primary Logon" selection - change it to say "Windows Logon" and then, at the next boot blank at least the password, and perhaps the username field as well.


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QAId : 6976655
Asker : suesacto
Subject : MISSING FILES
Private : No

Question : While running a Norton diagnostic of my comoputer, I got back a message saying that I was missing three files that should be reinstalled. They are:
Windows\system\msipcsv.exe
.......\......\htmdeng.exe
.......\......\ipcclient.dll

Where can I find these files to reinstall and do I really have to reinstall them?

I'm not having any problems with my system other than occasionally I will get a box after booting that says something like SYMTRAY error with an option to close or get the details of the error. I know that it has something to do with the Norton System Works program, but beyond I don't know why I get that message or how to stop getting it.

I'd appreciate any help on these two problems. Thanks in advance.

Answer : I'd try uninstalling and reinstalling Norton (SystemWorks) before anything else, as it seems to be the one thing that's having (and causing) problems. Go to Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs and remove it. Then reboot and install it again.

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Rating : 4


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QAId : 7009408
Asker : max104
Subject : Networked Media Player
Private : No

Question : Hey,
So I just got Windows Media Player 7.1. I have two computers networked with a router, but one of them is disconnected... its getting fixed. The one I am using now is still connected to the internet homever, which is normal. But when I try to download streaming media from the internet, the player just freezes up and I got to close it in the task manager. Is there anything I can do to be able to watch movies without it freezing up on me.. Thank You

Answer : You may be missing a CoDec (Coder-Decoder) or running an older version of Media Player. get the latest Media Player from the Windows Update icon in your Start menu, and grab the latest video CODEC from:

http://www.divx.com/divx/

which helps with a lot of movie files.

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QAId : 7013694
Asker : jharle1
Subject : Quicken and Windows
Private : No

Question : I upgraded to Quicken Deluxe 2002 recently and all was ok until I did a tape backup. After the backup and comparison, I got the following error messages:

c:\QUICKENW\INET\common\QCHANNEL.DAT has been modified since it was backed up.
C:\QUICKENW\INET\COMMON\patch\Notify\channel\.CASTANET\PROPERTIES.TXT has been modified since it was backed up.

Then when I went into ctrl-alt-del, the follow items were listed that definitely not listed prior to the backup:
Qagent
Mrtmngr (C:\Windows\system .exe file)
Qwdlls

Help.
1. How do I get these 3 items out of ctrl-alt-del?
2. If I received these 2 error messages because quicken was going to the internet during my backup to look for upgrades, how do I turn this off?

Should I uninstall and reinstall. However, what do I do if these 3 items do not disappear from ctrl-alt-del? k Thanks.

Answer : Items can load at startup from three main places:

Start/Programs/Startup

C:\WINDOWS\WIN.INI in the Load= and Run= statements

In the registry (Start/run/regedit) under:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run or RunServices

Look for your rogue apps there and delete those entries when you find them.

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FUQuestion : I went into Start-Programs-Accessories-System Info - Tools - Configuration Utility --I then unchecked on startup Qagent and it disappeared from my ctrl-alt-del along with Mrtmngr. I also unchecked Qwdlls on start up. However, when the computer started up again, it was again in ctrl-alt-del and also back in Configuration Start-up programs. When I go into ctrl-alt-del, Qwdlls is reportated as non responding. When I click end task, it reappears when I turn the computer on again.

I am just a beginner and not sure how to get into win.ini other than in system Info tools and that does not give me the load= and run =. Nor do I know what to do then.

Should I need to go into the Registry, I do not have the courage to do that.

I have a feeling that since it is not responding that uninstalling and reinstalling will not solve the problem?

Any suggestions as to next step. Thanks so much.

FUQuestion : I located C:\Windows/win.ini and there is nothing after Load= and Run= statements.

Answer : Load regedit and follow my instructions - nothing to fear - just don't change anything accidentally.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 7016145
Asker : barhoooooom
Subject : Mac Vs. PC
Private : No

Question : Hi
I am planning to buy a computer, but I don't know what to buy, amac or a computer.
I am auniversity student, so I will run all kinds of programs on my computers, like autocad, pspice, photoshop, and all the athor, programs, my family will also use the computer, I will use it for games too.
I have asked some people about both the mac and pc, but no one gave me a clear Idea, if the matter is about compatability, then I won't mind, because I have been told that I would be able to run any program on the mac using the virtual pc.
thank you very mach

Answer : I would worry about compatibility inspite of Virtual PC since it won't run everything, and the things it does run will run slower by far than on a good PC. Deciding between them comes down to which has the apps you need to run. The PC has a far larger library of software, but the Mac has ease-of-use (and the new very cool OS X). I want a Mac, too, but only because I already have all the PC I need. If I had neither it would be no competition - the PC wins. You can run thousands of apps, there is tons of inexpensive hardware and support forums, and you can run dozens of alternative OSs like Linux and BeOS. If these things don't matter as much to you and the apps you need are on the Mac (and you like it better than a PC) then don't let me sway you.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7031976
Asker : msdamie
Subject : Outlook Express
Private : No

Question : I've been having alot of problems lately with my pc but tonight I reinstalled w-98 and now I can't open forwarded emails. When I click to pen attachment, it does nothing.
I appreciate any help you can give me.
Thank you.

Need More Information : More detail needed about what you're attemtping to receive, what the attachments are, and what you are doing to try to open them.

FUQuestion : I had a problem when I would try to open forwarded emails - they would not open up.
Today I took a look into Windows Set Up and found that I unchecked the box next to Outlook Express. I checked it off and I am back in business.
Thanks anyway

Answer : no answer required


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QAId : 7033202
Asker : matt_1ca
Subject : dll Problem
Private : No

Question : Sir,

I keep on getting an error which says "HTTP 500.100 - Internal Server Error" everytime I use my program to extract values from the database. Particularly the 11th line in my code shown below:
<html>
<head>
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
</head>
<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<%
dim rs
set rs=server.createobject("ADODB.recordset")
rs.open "tblCompanies","DSN=myData"
rs.movefirst
response.write "mama"
rs.close
%>
</body>
</html>

I know for a fact that the DSN is using Microsoft Jet 4.0 OLE DB Provider so I went to the link below to get the answer:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q278604

Hence I try to run regsvr32 for each and everyone of the dll below:

C:\WINNT\System32\Msjetoledb40.dll
C:\WINNT\System32\Msjet40.dll
C:\WINNT\System32\Mswstr10.dll
C:\WINNT\System32\Msjter40.dll
C:\WINNT\System32\Msjint40.dll

But I cannot get pass through the third (Mswstr10.dll) -- the first two are okay but when I try regsvr32 with Mswstr10.dll I am thrown an error which says:

Mswstr10.dll was loaded but the DLLRegisterServer entry point was not found DLLRegisterServer may not be exported or a corrupt version of Mswstr10.dll may be in memory, consider using Pview to detect and remove it.

A similar error is thrown when I try running regsvr32 for Msjter40.dll and Msjint40.dll --
In short the three dll that are giving me the trouble are:

C:\WINNT\System32\Mswstr10.dll
C:\WINNT\System32\Msjter40.dll
C:\WINNT\System32\Msjint40.dll

In my desperation I tried to find out where this those files originate anyway and found out that the MDAC 2.5 Service Pack 2 -- is supposed to have installed those three dll correctly :

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q296730

but it is quite evident that somehow it might have failed in what it was supposed to do -- on top of this what I really do not understand is when the error said DLLRegisterServer entry point was not found -- I do not know what an entry point is and I do not know what a DLLRegisterServer is.

I also tried looking at the PView that the error prognosis was suggesting I should do -- but after printing the whole stuff about PView:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/tools/pviewnt_8cs7.asp

I doubt if there is anything it can really do to help me. In its shown images all I can see are running processes -- but how do I really get rid of the three dll from this PView?
I notice that my Office 2000 CD has those dll so I tried to use those files in regsvr32 still the same error is being generated.

So what I did next was to try to reinstall MDAC 2.5 SP2 but then my computer does not allow me to do this and keeps on complaining that MDAC 2.5 SP2 is already installed -- This is really the difficulty of dealing with a machine -- it only knows that MDAC 2.5 SP2 is installed but does not seem to provide a way out in case a component gets corrupted.

This one really has me stumped -- I gratefully appreciate all the kind help you can give.

Gratefully,
Matt

Answer : You might try renaming the DLLs that are causing the problems. Give them a .BAK extension and then reboot - then there's no way they can be resident in memory. Then try either copying in new copies of them and doing the regsvr32 on them, or reinstalling MDAC SP2.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5

FUQuestion : Sir,
I have tried searching for anything that resembles MDAC in my Add/Remove Programs but failed to find it -- so I try to reinstall it instead but the computer complains that MDAC 2.5 is already installed.

I used the MDAC Component Checker but the results are all positive except for a warning for dll that dont happen to be any of the ones I am having trouble with anyway.

Do you think it is safe for me to upgrade to MDAC 2.6 or 2.6 SP1? The version of MDAC I have installed is 2.5 SP2

Thank you so much for all the kind help you can give

Gratefully,
Matt

Answer : Did you not try the rename to BAK tip I gave you? If you did I can't believe the component checker would say everything was OK since it would see those files are missing completely.

Assuming compatibility moving to MDAC 2.6 would be fine. It should be backwards-compatible.

FUQuestion : Sir,
I am trying to do the reinstall MDAC that you have advised -- I will next try the BAK technique that you have advised. This is the reason why component checker said everything was OK -- as I havent implemented the BAK yet.

There are some new observations that I gathered:

I can open the database using MSAccess 2000 (the one that I have in my machine). I can also open the database with VC++ 6 via New/Database Project and thence using machine Data Source thru DSN (myData) picked from a listbox -- but I cannot open the database from VB 6 via Visual Data Manager -- instead VB throws an error which reads:

The following error occurred:
Unrecognized database format
c:\inetpub\wwwroot\mydreamweaverwebsite\mydata.mdb
number: 3343


I went to start/settings/control panel/admin tools/IS Manager thence I opened the + sign for my site and right clicked the default web site and chose properties/Home Directory tab and clicked configuration/Apps Debuggin tab and checked both top boxes --

I also went to my browser tools/internet options/advanced tab thence I unchecked the "show friendly http error messages"

After doing all the things I described above -- I went back and again tried to access my asp page.Now it is giving me somewhat different diagnosis of the error.

Three weeks ago I installed MDAC 2.5 SP2 but since I am encountering errors that I have described I am trying an upgrade of MDAC.

I downloaded MDAC 2.6 SP1 and also Jet40SP5 (the jet service pack) and then installed them first the MDAC -- then after rebooting I next installed Jet40SP5. And crossed my fingers hoping that everything will work.

I am currently logged in as Administrator in the only machine I am working on.

Because I cannot think of what else was wrong -- next what I did was to make a copy of the myData.mdb to another directory which I just created called C:\Data and altered my asp to read like this:

<html>
<head>
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
</head>

<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<%
dim rs
dim cn

set cn=server.createobject("ADODB.connection")
set rs=server.createobject("ADODB.recordset")

cn.open "PROVIDER=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;DATA SOURCE=C:\Data\myData.mdb"
rs.open "select * from tblCompanies",cn
response.write "mama"
rs.close
cn.close

set rs=nothing
set cn=nothing

%>
</body>
</html>

I again run my application and the error thrown reads:

ASP Script Error: Unspecified Error

at this point the error pointer is pointing right at the cn.open line as soon as I click OK in the error message box the following is displayed in my browser:

HTTP 500.100 - Internal Server Error - ASP error
Internet Information Services

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Technical Information (for support personnel)

Error Type:
Microsoft JET Database Engine (0x80004005)
Unspecified error
/mydreamweaverwebsite/test3.asp, line 15


Browser Type:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; MSN 2.5; Windows NT 5.0)

Page:
GET /mydreamweaverwebsite/test3.asp

----------------------------------------------------


Next I tried to alter my asp once more to make sure I am seeing what I am seeing so now it reads:

<html>
<head>
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
</head>

<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<%
dim rs
dim cn

set rs=server.createobject("ADODB.recordset")
rs.open "select * from tblCompanies","DSN=myData"

response.write "mama"
rs.close

set rs=nothing

%>
</body>
</html>


When I execute it the error that is returned reads:
ASP Script Error
[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] Disk or Network Error

Which is the same error I encountered before I upgraded to MDAC 2.6 SP1

Next I change my asp code to a simple one that does not make use of database and reads as the one below:

<html>
<head>
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
</head>

<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<%

response.write "mama"

%>
</body>
</html>

that last super simple one executes successfully and the message in the browser reads mama -- just as I have expected. But then of course that supersimplistic one works -- because it has no database capability as I see it ASP without database manipulation capability is like bread without butter -- I might as well have just used straight HTML if that is all that I needed to do . But right now -- I need to enable this database connectivity -- I am finding it really difficult to accomplish this for some strange reason.

Next I again run my MDAC Component Checker just to make sure that things are what they are supposed to be.
The checker reports:

More than one version of MDAC matches your computer's configuration . One of the versions is 2.6 RTM
Select a specific version of MDAC from the component checker - Choose Analysis Type dialog

In obedience to the instruction above -- I performed then analysis against selected version 2.6 RTM

Next I went through the summary and they have the following findings:

File Detail : gives 42 file version mismatch
COM Detail : all items passed
Registry Detail: all items passed
ODBC : all items passed
OLEDB : all items passed

I am lost and do not know what to do next please help me -- guide me -- I really appreciate all the kind help you can give

Gratefully,
Matt




Answer : I have no experience with MDAC so you're getting outside my area of knowledge, however I found some comversations on the topic for you:

http://groups.google.com/groups?q=how+uninstall+mdac&hl=en

It seems the consensus is that a reinstall is necessary to uninstall MDAC, and you appear to have a conflict (wasn't a clean upgrade from 2.5 to 2.6).

FUQuestion : Sir,

The original settings of my computer is:

When connecting to this resource, the content should come from
checked is : A directory located on this computer

Local path c:\inetput\wwwroot
originally checked were the following:
Read
Log visits
Index this resource

Application Settings:
Application name: Default Application
Starting point : <Default Web Site>
Execute Permissions: Script only
Application Protection: Medium(Pooled)

Now that I am trying to uncheck the following:
Log visits
Index this resource

and put a check mark only on the following:
Read
Write

A dialog box pops out (inheritance overrides) which contained the following:
Scripts
IISAdmin
IISSamples
MSADC
IIHelp
Webpub
_vti_pvt
_vti_log
_private
_vti_txt
_vti_script
_vti_cnf
_vti_bin
Printers
Gallery/ etc.

and also directories like
mySeriousWebDevelopment/ etc
where I used to try to build a web site using Interdev --

I am now trying to build my website using dreamweaver inside a directory called myDreamWeaverWebsite which is also a folder under default website but I find it weird that I cannot find myDreamWeaverWebsite in the list above.

Despite this oddity -- I selected everything that I was offered in the list box and clicked OK

Still the problem persists exactly like it was before -- I do not know what else to do -- What if I reinstall Visual Studio? Do you think reinstalling it will help one bit? Is Interdev destroying dreamweaver in someway?

Thank you so much for all the kind help you can give.

Gratefully,
Matt

Answer : As I mentioned above the general consensus when the MDAC components have become tangled as in your case, that a reinstall of Windows is in order. You may try doing a reinstall of Windows directly over the top of you current install, which carries no risk of data loss, and may solve your MDAC issues as Windows cleans house putting things in place.


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QAId : 7034054
Asker : nasrene@...
Subject : gratuitous PC shutdown
Private : No

Question : Hi,

Our new PC several times just shut down and restarted on its own. Finally a screen appeared that said something to the effect of "The last several times your computer has gone on standby it has shut down. Would you like to stop going on standby?" We clicked Yes.

Since then our hard drive went south. We replaced it. Now we experienced the sudden shutdown/restart again.

Cause? Solution?

thanks!

Nasrene

Answer : Try disabling the ACPI power management in your BIOS. Pressing DEL during the memory test usally enters the BIOS setup. Sometimes the BIOS and Windows will cross swords on which will actually control hibernation and other power management functions.

FUQuestion : Hi, Paul

I did as you suggested, going to the AwardBIOS Setup Utility, and going to the Power screen; there, Power Management was set as "User defined", and I changed that to "Disabled", exited saving change. (The Suspend Mode was already set at Disabled.)

After a few days, the blackout and restart happened again, when I clicked on a link it seemed.

Quid nunc?

Thanks again.

--Nasrene

Need More Information : So is this now a case of the system shutting down whenever it feels like it (in the middle os using it), or is it you shut it down to hibernate and it never comes back?

FUQuestion : The system shuts down and restarts on its own, then going through the improper shutdown disk check.

Answer : If it's just restarting out of nowhere you probably have a major OS issue or a hardware problem. Try getting the latest BIOS flash update from your motherboard manufacturer's web site to bring your motherboard up to the latest version. A reinstall of Windows over the current version may also fix things.

Rating : 5

Answer : One more thing that is highly likely - your power supply in your case is dying. A marginal power supply can cause immediate shutdowns like you've described. Try a new power supply, available at most computer shops for about 30 dollars.


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QAId : 7043558
Asker : max104
Subject : Computer Wont Start
Private : No

Question : Ok ive got a huge problem...
I have an e-machine computer with windows ME... I just downloaded windows explorer 6... it told me to restart and when i did... it came up with an error message saying to reinstal windows... and i can not start windows.... I have some very important files on it... please tell me what i should do about this... or if u know how.. how to save the files to a cd... (ive got a cd burner)... note: the files are still on the computer... and the windows me restore cd doesnt work... and even if it did ... it would also mean loosing everything!!) Thanks

Answer : Try starting in Safe Mode (if the menu in ME doesn't appear automatically try holding the CTRL key during a boot until the menu appears). Once in Safe mode use the "System Restore" tool in Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools to restore the system state to an earlier date and this may solve your issue completely, or at least long enough for you tor burn your data to a CDR and rebuild.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7049517
Asker : davidjfranklin
Subject : PC Slowness
Private : No

Question : I have Windows 98 Second Edition, with an Athlon Processor 128mb.
It initially had a 12.7gb hard drive fitted.
After about a year of heavy use - office work, games, internet,etc the hard drive was about 75% full and I was having problems with the computer`s performance becoming erratic, slow, and it began crashing.
Thinking this was my nearly full hard drive I had a second one fitted with another 19gb of capacity.
It seemed ok at first but now the original problem has returned and I am certain that harddrive capacity was not the cause of my difficulties.
The original harddrive is now about 50% full and the new one hardly used at all.
A PC knowledgeable friend advised me the a virus was probably the problem so I recently downloaded a Macafee Virus Checker. It has found no viruses.
I have tried a different isp and the problem is the same.
This is not my imagination it has taken me nearly an hour to write this question using the internet.
I am not very computer literate and need help badly, I seem to be spending money and not getting the result I require, have you any suggestions please?

Would you mind if I added a supplementary more specific question :
Since Downloading the Macafee Virus Checker my computer no long boots up properly.
I used to just turn it on and after a few minutes it eventually arrived at the desktop.
I now get the Message "insufficient memory" coming up several times and the computer now makes me "Press any Key to Continue".
This happens twice now each time I start up the computer, I seem to be getting deeper and deeper into the wood and need help desperately.
Thank you.

Answer : I'd suggest two things:

1) Uninstall the virus software or at least configure it to not run all the time - I schedule scans when I even use anti-virus software to keep it out from under foot all the time. The results of a virus infection aren't so terrible (to me) that I'd rather hobble my PC than risk it.

2) Put in your Windows CD and reinstall the OS by running the Setup.exe in the \WIN98 folder. Install to the same path (C:\WINDOWS) as you originally did, and Windows may very well clean up the driver/VxD/etc that is causing your issue. At the worst it won't fix it and you'll be where you are now. At best it will solve the problem, and it's an easy way to try and solve the issue.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : I have uninstalled the virus checker.

However when trying to re-install Windows98 it got so far then came up with a long very confusing message:-

Message SU0409

Windows 98 set-up was unable to update your system files.

This may be caused by virus detection built into your computer or by software running on your computer.

This was followed by several paragraphs I could not understand telling me how to disable the virus detection software.

What virus detection software, I have uninstalled it haven`t I?

Please suggest my next move?

Thank you.

David Franklin.

Answer : Maybe not - before starting the install in Windows press CTRL-ALT-DEL once, and end all tasks except Explorer and Systray. Then put the Windows CD in and install.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : I greatly appreciate your continued advise but the news is not good.

I followed your instructions and pressed CTRL-ALT-DEL,
I then ended all tasks ( I had to do them one at a time ) until Explorer and Systray were the only two left on screen.

I then inserted my Windows CD and attempted to install.

Unfortunately the result was identical to last time - I still get the message SU0409 exactly as described before.

Your step-by-step instructions are much appreciated for a total novice like myself.

Have your any suggestions were I should go from here?

Thank you.

Regards,

David Franklin

Answer : My next step would be to run a scandisk (Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools) to confirm there are no disk problems, and then open a DOS prompt (Start/Programs/MSDOS-Prompt) and run:

c:
attrib -r -h -s \*.* /s

Then try your Windows install again.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : Thanks for your patient support but we are still not getting anywhere.

Firstly ( it may be a clue ) when I tried running scandisk it took ages and got nowhere, just the same report every few seconds, checking files, checking folders,on and on and on.
After an hour I gave up and used my initiative and ran scandisk with the computer in "Safe-Mode". Amazing it worked, after a long time it finished and reported no disk problems.

I then entered DOS world and got completely lost.

I tried typing the details in your answer but did not really understand what I was doing.

My replies varied from :

Parameter format not correct

Parameter value not allowed

Bad command or file name

I eventually gave up ( my wife tried to interpret the command with no success either ) and here I am again.

If you could make the typed instructions idiot proof it might work, I await your reply with appreciative interest.

Your refusal to give up is most admirable. Thank you.

Regards,

David Franklin

Answer : Try the commands this way:

c:
cd \
attrib -r -h -s *.* /s

Between each item above is a space. An easy way to see these spaces is to drag across the line, press CTRL-C to copy the text into the clipboard, then open wordpad (Start/Run/Wordpad, hit ENTER), and then paste the text into Wordpad with CTRL-V. Then with the text highlighted in Wordpad change the font to some huge size (26 point or above) and you will clearly see the space between each item. Copy it down, reboot holding the CTRL key until the menu appears, choose Command Prompt Only, and then type in the commands above with the spaces in the appropriate places. Then try your Windows reinstall.



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QAId : 7050194
Asker : max104
Subject : Help
Private : No

Question : Hello,
I own an e-machine which used to have windows ME... the hard drive capacity is 7.5 gigs. The operatinig system got messed up and i had to install windows 98 (i didnt like windows me), i didnt realise that all my files would be deleted (all of the C drive was full except 1 gigabyte) however, now that windows 98 was just installed first of all in My Computer, for the C drive there are just a bunch of weird symbols instead of saying local drive and it also shows on that little pie graph that the drive is still full except for 1 gigabyte,, but when i explore the C drive there are no files ... how can I get these files back. (ps. i can not do scanreg /restore because i intalled a new operating system)
Thank you for your help.

Answer : If you don't have a functioning CD burner I'd get another hard disk temporarily and plug it into the second connector on the same cable as your primary (jumper the original drive as "master" and the temporary as "slave" - the jumpers will usually be on the back of the drive). Then enter the BIOS (press DEL during boot usually - watch for the indicated key during the memory test) and enable the primary slave drive position as "Auto". Now during a boot when both drives are detected hold the CTRL key until a menu appears - choose "Safe Mode" and, once inside Windows, attempt to copy the data from your C: drive to this new D: drive (may need to fdisk and format this new drive first if it's never been formatted).

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7083259
Asker : sammy_lb_2000
Subject : Terminating programs on demand...
Private : No

Question : Hello paul,

H.N.Y (2002). ;-)

i need your detective help again. i made a small
program in COBOL language that displays a screen,
then wait for the user to enter the needed data
for the screen format such as:
last name, first name, address, city and zipcode.
however, the problem here is if the user does NOT
respond or enter any information at all, the
program will WAIT for ever in a pause mode waiting
for the data entry. Is there a program on the
internet that can terminate my COBOL program
Automatically, if the user does NOT respond
within 30 minutes or so?
thanks a lot for your help.
sammy. ;-)

***

Need More Information : How about you do something along the lines of:

'Prompt user for input here
print "Enter your info:"

timer = 0;
while timer < 1000
do
__check for input
__timer += 1 (increment timer)
done

Can you do something along those lines?

FUQuestion : Hi paul,

with cobol language you can say:
display input-screen.
accept input-screen.
check valid-data.
the problem is the ACCEPT clause, it pauses all the
program execution until you press the keyboard, then
the control gets transferred to the next line which
is check valid-data, where you can examine the
elapsed time or date. Do you think i need some thing
like a TSR program that is written in assembly?
thanks a lot. sammy.

***



Need More Information : Maybe if you explain the situation that can lead to a person running your app but not being there to answer the queries I can help you approach it a different way.

FUQuestion : Hi paul,

when I ran that program two days ago, the phone rang
and I had to go to pickup a friend from another city,
when I came back three hours later, the screen still
in the pause mode waiting for my data input.
thanks a lot. sammy.


Answer : I'm not sure how you can do this in COBOL. If you can't multithread and have a task taht will watch for a timed response I guess you're not easily going to be able to do this. One thing may be to use a timer in a DOS bat file and my program KillTask to stop it if it runs too long, but this seems odd in this case.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 7116792
Asker : Darrell75
Subject : reboot problems
Private : No

Question : Hi, I am running ME on a Dell 866Mz
256 megs Ram and have been having a problem with having to reboot as some of my programs stop responding. This doesn't happen all the time but at least 2 or 3 times a day. When I leave for the night in the morning I may have to reboot to get into Email using Netscape Communicator and it may not respond till I reboot. This also applies to some of my other programs I am new at this so would need an answer that is not too technical. I use my computer at home and have only started to have this problem in the last month. I tied the backup but still the same. Thanks Darrell

Need More Information : Are you saying you used their recovery CD and got the same result without installing anything additional?

FUQuestion : No, when a program like Netscape
Communicator will not open for me I shut down and startup again and it works OK I also have Printshop 10 and the same thing happens.not all the time usually after the computer has been in use for 3 or 4 hours. Darrell

FUQuestion : Hi sorry I made an error in my last email. The last sentence should read
"after the computer has NOT been in use for Three or four hours."

Answer : You may have some issues with ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) components. This symptom of having issues after the system is in disuse for some time are typical of it. Try turning OFF power management in the BIOS of your PC. You can enter the BIOS by pressing a key (usually DEL) during the initial memory test. Once inside look for the power management section and disable it. Windows can still shut down your hard disk and put the monitor into power-saving (sleep) mode and this may solve your issue.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : Hi it's me again. I got into BIOS as you had suggested and the only item that refered to Power Management was PME & it was off LAN was on so I left it alone. As you can tell I'm not to good at this but I'm learning. Is there any other things I could try? Thanks for your patience and help Darrell

Answer : I would disable the hibernate feature. I believe you'll find it in the control panels (Start/Settings/Control Panel) under "Power".
Rating : 5

FUQuestion : I disabled the hibernate feature but still have to reboot as before. Have you any other suggestions. Regard Darrell

Answer : I'm fresh out - I'd call Dell and tell them; they have in-home warranty support for the first year.

If you have used their recovery CD and still have this issue then it's very likely a hardware problem. Perhaps the power supply.


--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7125309
Asker : sistersuziq
Subject : Missing DLL files
Private : No

Question : I got onto my comuter this morning and nothing seems to be going right. Programs aren't running. Norton SystemWorks isn't working to check for problems. I researched askme.com for answers and I found one answer for a DLL file that it said was missing, that was the MSVCP60.DLL file. I found this site here....
http://floach.pimpin.net/msvcp60.zip
. Now this will download the DLL file and than I unzipped it. i clicked on it and all it did was show me a bunch of words. How do i install it or where do I put this missing DLL file. The other file that my computer said was missing is this.... LTFIL70N.DLL How do I get that one back on my conputer?

Answer : Copy the MSVCP60.DLL to \WINDOWS\SYSTEM if you're running Windows 95/98/ME and to \WINNT\SYSTEM32 if you're running NT/2K/XP. You can find the LTFIL70N.DLL elsewhere on the internet, such as here:

http://www.computer-help.com/dlll_l.htm

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 7135770
Asker : intel2001
Subject : Desktop icons
Private : No

Question : For the first time since starting with
Win98 over a year ago, I am having
trouble with the file icons on the
desktop. Once the computer has booted
up, they are initially stable, but after
a brief period of time, they start to
shift and alter, one to another. If I
go anywhere near them with the cursor,
they seem to become even more unstable!
Any ideas what's wrong?
The second question is do you know of
a Microsoft address that would allow
me to download the complete Win98
help files, in English?
I am currently stuck with a German
language version, and would prefer
English.
Thanks a lot.

Answer : It sounds like you have a video driver problem. I would recommend getting the latest video driver for your card/chipset ASAP.

As for the help files I'm not sure where you can get those - have you searched:

http://support.microsoft.com

?

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 4


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QAId : 7150923
Asker : sistersuziq
Subject : Uninstalling
Private : No

Question : Hi!

I was wondering if you knewhow to get the files off my uninstall list? I went into control panel - add/remove programs and tried to uninstall games that we don't have anymore. It would say that it could not find or couldn't uninstall. How do Iget the names off that list. All the g ames that were uninstalled in the past are still on the list. It won't let me remove them.
Thanks, Suzi

Answer : Two ways:

1) Start/run/regedit and browse in the left pane to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Uninstall

With "Uninstall" selected at the left the pane at the right will list those items in your Add/Remove Programs list. Highlight and delete the ones you know you cannot uninstall successfully.

2) Download RegCleaner (or a similar utility) that can do these things for you.

http://www.vtoy.fi/jv16/shtml/regcleaner.shtml

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5
Rating : 5


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QAId : 7151741
Asker : haaleee
Subject : printer
Private : No

Question : Hi...I have a older HP720C printer and received a HP990cxi for Christmas. I was looking for the ink cartridges and found the new printer's is almost twice the price. Do you have any idea why this is? I thought the other one was expensive enough. I am considering taking the new printer back. I make greeting cards for friends and personal use so maybe the new printer is more then I need. I also us a lot of photos on the cards. Do you know anything about the ink that you inject into your old cartridges? What do you think? thanks....Carol

Answer : I'm not familiar with these printers, but if I had to guess I'd say that either of two things is happening here:

1) The cartridges are of a different configuration. Meaning one may use individual color tanks for each color, while the other combines several colors into one tank.

2) There is a larger quantity of ink in the more expensive printers cartridges.


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http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
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QAId : 7176525
Asker : sionscone
Subject : System Resources
Private : No

Question : Hi,

I recently bought a PC, with a Duron 800 CPU and 512 Mb RAM, since I wanted a fast system. However, it doesn't run all that well. System Resources show that at any one time, half of my RAM is being used - at 256Mb, that would have to mean a lot of stuff is going on, but this is not the case. I have tried various apps to see if I could increase memory usage, but it still has delays when I try to open programs or folders, and music skips constantly. I know I'm running a few things at once, but that's why I got a good system. I'm running Win 98 SE, would that be the reason? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Answer : Use System Resource Meter under Start/Programs/Accesories/System Tools to view your resources - if it's not there install it from Add-Remove Programs/Windows Setup tab. You have plenty of RAM, but my guess is you're running a lot of systray apps (run down in the bottom-right corner of your screen, by the clock). No matter how much RAM you buy Windows has a few finite resource stacks and heaps it uses to manage the objects onscreen. Once you use that finite resource up it doesn't matter if you've got a Gig of RAM free, you're done loading apps, and will likely be crashing soon. When running that resource meter under a normal situation, with a few items loaded, you should be above 75% or so on all listed resources. If you're below that something is wrong, or you're using too many resource-hogging apps. Try removing some from your startup and see which is using the most. Also be aware that some apps are very bad about giving back resources after they've allocated them (under 9x OS's like your 98SE this is more of a problem). To test for this open and close one of your suspect apps several times with Resource Meter open the whole time. Note the amount of free resources before and after each load. If it's one of these "leaky" apps your resources will keep falling after each load, instead of returning to its previous levels.

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7177092
Asker : schrandt
Subject : Clock and software lag
Private : No

Question : Hi, Paul--
I've been having a problem lately: the clock on my PC is losing time. There are some other weird software lags--for example, when I start up Windows Explorer, it takes up to 12 seconds to open. Something seems to be slowing down or interfering with the system, but I'm not sure what.
This is an IBM Aptiva, 500 Mhz AMD-K6, 96 MB RAM. Any ideas what the problem could be? (Could this result from the Nimda virus?)
Thanks,
Tom

Answer : This a known issue caused by Norton Anti-virus 2000. Use Live Update or Norton's web site,
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/nav.nsf/df0a595864594c86852567ac0063608c/0473528ab04a4365882567fd00760e7c?OpenDocument

to correct this problem if you use Norton.

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities


Rating : 5


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QAId : 7178999
Asker : max104
Subject : Sound
Private : No

Question : Hey,
I just bought a CD, when I try to listen to it on my computer the sound is weird (ie: some parts quiet, other parts loud, sound is distorted, etc.) Also I have noticed that when windows is starting the start up noise it usually makes goes on and off instead of being continuous. When I go to Control Panel, System, and I look at the audio device (WDM Crystal Audio) it says that the device is working properly...
P.S. My computer came with very lousy speakers, do you think the problem is the speakers?

Answer : An easy to see if it's the speakers is to hookup some headphones to the same port the speakers would use and try playing the same sounds that have issues with the speakers. If the problem disappears it's the speakers. I'd be more likely to suspect the drivers - try and get the latest.

You didn't say what OS or hardware you're using so here are some hits I found on generic info:

http://home.ptd.net/~don5408/drivers/crystal/

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities




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QAId : 7180408
Asker : johnsinger
Subject : Cant' Boot
Private : No

Question : Hi,

I have a Fujitsu S4542 Laptop with Win98SE. Minimal problems to date. I tried turning on my computer in the morning and got:

"Load error!"
Press a key to reboot....


So I did and it gave me the same message.

So far I've only been able to get into BIOS Setp and Boot Menu and have reset the default values. I also ran Norton Systems Utility Antivirus scan. No viruses.

I'm not sure what's going on.
Any help would be appreciated.



Thanks

Need More Information : How did you run the scan if it won't boot? Exactly what state is it in now?

FUQuestion : Well, when I turn on the computer I see the "first" Screen which is the Fujistu logo and the options for Diagnostics "Esc", BioSetup "F3", etc. But rather than showing me the Windows logo which is normally next, it jumps to a blank (black) screen with the "Load error" message. I can get into BIOS Setup if I'm quick enough to press the F3 key.

I placed the Norton AntiVirus CD into the CD ROM tray after I changed the boot load device to CD ROM. The CD allows me to run the Antivirus scan. And said there were none. After this I rebooted (after changing the boot device back to harddrive) and same problem occurs.

Basically, I turn on the computer get the message and press "any key" and it keeps repeating the load error message.

I haven't reloaded my original software yet as there is some data I don't want to lose and would like to exhaust all other options first.

Thanks.

Need More Information : Try booting from a boot floppy (make one at another machine) and run a:

dir c:\ /w /o

and reply here with the ouput.

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : Ok, I made a boot up floppy disk and changed the boot priority to the floppy drive. But, it doesn't even try to load the floppy disk. Just keeps jumping to the "Load Error!" message.

I have an external USB floppy and am wondering if it would even work without Windows loading first.


Thanks

Answer : If it's a drive that came with the machine I'd say yes it should. Try entering the BIOS and checking all the settings in there, and I mean all of them (may even want to "load defaults"). If you can't even boot from a floppy your hard disk and OS are not the problem.

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7227341
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : email attachments saved to disk
Private : No

Question : Many email attachments I save to disk; go to my desktop and try to open the document; receive message 'problem loading file using accessibility wizard'. When I try to ask the techs, I am asked what program I am using; and told the file is one I cannot read. Help, how do I know what program, and what can I do about the type file? I am running windows98. (I cannot find how to tell what the file extensions are and what programs I should be using) -- any help for this novice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer : Well you can see the extensions in one of two ways:

1) Open the My Computer window (dbl click it to open the list of your drives). Then choose the View menu and Folder Options within it. Inside there click the View tab and in the list under Files and Folders uncheck "Hide file extensions for known file types", and under "Hidden files", select "Show all files". Then click Apply. Now you will see all files and will see the extension for all files. Tell me in a reply what extension the file you're working with on your desktop has and we can maybe sort this out.

2) Open a DOS prompt and type:

cd \windows\desktop
dir /o

The file on your desktop will be in this list, along with it's extension.


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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7228186
Asker : jiggee74660
Subject : history
Private : Yes

Question : Hi,
On the start menu there is a My Documents tab and when you hover over this it shows a history of what has been opened lately. Is there a way to delete this from the start menu? How can I have this not show a history? Any and all help is appreciated. Thx. Oh, I have Windows 98 SE. Thx. Also, on my regular History, through Internet Options, I have it set to keep things in History 1 day and then clear, but, this is not working. I have to go in and clear the history manually. Any solutions to this problem? Thx.

Answer : TweakUI I believe has the option to clear those most recently used documents lists automatically:

http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/w98pwrty.htm

P.S. Please do not ask questions of this sort as private. This is not a private question or of an embarrasing nature, and marking it private means no one can read and learn from our interaction.


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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7246367
Asker : lesio
Subject : cdrw speed
Private : No

Question : hi,
I have PII 350Mhz
win 98
256Mb RAM
12Gb HD
cd rom 52x
and cdrw which should be able to record at 16x

when I try to burn cd I get the message that I have to do it at 4x ; with 8x or 16x pc tells me that the source (i.e. 56x cd rom!)is to slow to make a recording.
where is the problem
how can I fix it?
thank you for time and help

Answer : It sounds like you're making CD copies from the CD-ROM to the CDRW. If that's the case two things may help here:

1) Ensure that DMA is enabled for the CD-ROM (and your hard disk). Right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties. Select the Device Manager tab. Open the section for the hard disk and CD-ROM (one at a time) and in each double-click the item that corresponds to your actual device. Inside it examine the tabs for a DMA checkbox - if it's there check it. This will turn Direct Memory Access on, which allows DMA-capable devices to do their own memory transfer, which frees up CPU time (decreases load on the system, and somewhat improves performance).

2) Use *only* the CDRW drive when making copies. For example if you have Easy CD Creator run the CD Copier app, put the original disk into the CDRW drive and select that drive in the drop-downs as both source and destination. Then click the Advanced tab and you will see a checkbox near the bottom that mentions copying the source to the hard disk first - ensure that is enabled. This makes for better copying on systems that may not be terribly fast (a PII 350 is getting a little slow for today's OSes and apps).

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5

FUQuestion : hi,
thanx for quick answer;
when I copy to hd and than to cd - I can do it with 16x - no problem;
I tried to check DMA- I was able to do it with cd burner-ok, but did not work with cd rom drive (too old? I bought it last year)
I will see if it makes a difrence
once again thank you

Answer : The drive may have other issues if DMA was already enabled. If the other way is working for you stick with it.

You're welcome...


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QAId : 7265786
Asker : lecter4
Subject : hack
Private : Yes

Question : I sent this email to zonelabs:

"Despite having Zonealarm at maximum security the site http://hacker.ag/v7/?id=hag-10194 managed to enter my system and to prove it, they show my file tree on the website.
I Use winXp professional and have the xp and your firewall activated. I withdraw all granted net traffic permissions except ie6 and scanned with mcafee6 (last dat update) to make sure that there were no trojans in the system.
I would like to hear your opinion."

Do you have any info on this?

Answer : I tried going to that site - it seems to me if it's getting any info about your filesystem it's doing so from IE, which I presume you have granted permission to ZoneAlarm to allow traffic to and from IE over your network connection. This sounds like a security problem within IE and not ZoneAlarm. Can you tell me more about what happened and how you have things configured?


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QAId : 7275856
Asker : glen_h94
Subject : PC-VCR connection
Private : No

Question : What type of cables would I need to connect my PC to my VCR to transfer video?

Answer : If your video card doesn't have a TV out connector (composite or S-Video) then you'd have to buy a VGA to TV box like this one:

http://www.svideo.com/vgatotv.html
Rating : 5


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QAId : 7280590
Asker : jcatena8
Subject : error message win98
Private : No

Question : I keep getting this error message when I try to open a Power Point Slide Presentation
attachment sent to me:
"cdjewel has caused an error in cdjewel.exe, Cdjewel will close now "

Can you help me ? I have opened PPP shows before.Runnin Windows 98

new email address:

jcatena@comcast.net

Answer : I saw several mentions of this error - it's coming from the Jewel Case creator of Adaptec (now Roxio) Easy CD Creator. You can try uninstalling that component and reinstalling it (if you even use it) or updating the whole ECD install by going to the updates page:

http://www.roxio.com/en/support/roxio_support/software_updates.html

Conversation thread about HP printers and this error:

http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&threadm=OWZYGbUuAHA.1908%40tkmsftngp02&rnum=2&prev=/groups%3Fq%3D%2522cdjewel%2Bhas%2Bcaused%2Ban%2522%26hl%3Den%26selm%3DOWZYGbUuAHA.1908%2540tkmsftngp02%26rnum%3D2

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7337789
Asker : nar8r2@...
Subject : Boot in DOS
Private : No

Question : I'm tired of waiting for McAfee's techs to respond, so will try you. I'm trying to remove the last vestiges of SirCam from my machine so I can get a decent scan from McAfee Online Clinic. Part of the instructions I received called for doing a scan in DOS. This, of course, requires me to go to the Start menu and do a "restart in MS-DOS". Problem is my machine refuses to restart in DOS! I've attempted it at least a dozen times and it always comes up in Windows. I know there's another way to boot into DOS, but for the life of me, I can't remember how. Can you offer suggestions? I'm running 98SE on a Gateway 450. Have Internet Explorer 5.5; not that any of that affects the solution! I've never had to go to MS-DOS before, so I don't know whether this problem is recent or long-standing.
Thanks for your help.
-Ron-

Answer : Reboot the machine instead of "restarting in DOS" and hold down the left CTRL key during the reboot until a menu appears. Choose "Safe Mode - Command Prompt Only" when prompted.

The reason your restart in DOS mode isn't working is likely due to a mismatched driver being loaded in the C:\WINDOWS\DOSSTART.BAT file. The solution I gave you above will work fine but if you'd like to fix that as well edit that file and put a REM in front of the offending driver (identifying the offending driver is left as an exercise for the reader). ;-)

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 7360495
Asker : jcatena8
Subject : Download Files
Private : No

Question : On my hard drive I have a folder "My Download Files"which has gotten very large (49MB)......... it contains many of the installers for programs I have placed on my computer. Is there any reason to keep this fat folder and would I do any damage by deleting it ? I am concerned as I do not know what many of the files and folders are and clicking properties reveals very little information. I would appreciate your expertise, thanks

Answer : Feel free to delete any files or folders you find *inside* the "My Download Files" folder, but leave the "My Download Files" folder intact as Windows expects it to be there.

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 7368104
Asker : suhuiliao@...
Subject : Help!! PC turns on by itself
Private : No

Question : My PC would turn on by itself. Do you know why is that? What should I do? It's kinda spooky.
Thank you.

Answer : My guess would be a bad power switch in the front of the PC case. Also check your BIOS setup screen (press the key indicated at the beginning of a boot) and see if you have any auto-recovery options that tell the machine to reboot if a loss of power occurs enabled. If so turn them off.

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7379354
Asker : ddpianoman
Subject : removing icon
Private : No

Question : I have an icon from a trial program of cybermedia's uninstaller 4 in my control panel. I long since deleted the program and cannot reinstall it to be able to remove the icon. It says my trial has expired. How can I delete this icon.There is no option anywhere to delete. Thx

Answer : You didn't say what operating system you're running, but look in either \WINDOWS\SYSTEM (Windows 95, 98, ME) or in \WINNT\SYSTEM32 (NT, 2000, XP) for the files ending in .CPL - these are the control panel files and you have an extra one there for your uninstaller app. Delete it and the icon will be gone.

You can get at them like this:

Start/Run/command (hit ENTER)
cd \windows\system
dir *.cpl /o
del whatever.cpl

You may want to simply rename the file instead of deleting it in case you chose the wrong one. In that case simply do this:

ren whatever.cpl whatever.cpl.bak

Then if you chose the right one you can delete it for real. If you chose wrong just rename it back:

cd \windows\system
ren whatever.cpl.bak whatever.cpl

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 7415106
Asker : Wing20
Subject : Rundll32
Private : No

Question : hi Paul
I keep getting Rundll32 illegal operation everytime my computer start. how do i fix it and whats Rundll32?

Answer : Windows or applications use rundll32.exe to execute functions stored inside DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files. Some application installed on your system may be trying to call an invalid function, or one of your DLL files is out of date. See here for more on rundll32.exe:

http://www.mediachance.com/faqdll.htm

I would suggest you isolate what is starting in your system until you find the bad one. Place things get started from:

- c:\windows\win.ini (check the "load=" and "run=" lines near the top - if they have anything to the right of the equal sign they are starting at boot)

- Start/Programs/Startup

- Registry - Go to Start/run and type in regedit and hit enter. Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run

with "Run" selected in the left pane examine the contents of the right pane. These are all being started at boot-time. If you see one you want to remove select it and press DEL. Be warned that there is no "save" feature - once you delete it, it's gone. So be careful in the registry. before you start you may want to export the whole "Run" branch to a file in case you delete something and want it back - you can then double-click the exported file to put the branch back as it was before you did anything. To export it select the "Run" at the left and select File/Export Registry File from the menus, ensuring that you only export the branch selected.

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7475395
Asker : vincent_john
Subject : design a computer system
Private : No

Question : I am purchasing a new computer system...used mostly for graphics, Photoshop, etc.

the max I want to spend is $4,000.

Can you recommend the specs?

CPU and speed?

Operating system? WIN XP? WIN 2000?

Memory amount, type?

Graphics adapter?

Thanks,

Vincent


Need More Information : Have you considered a Macintosh? With their included excellent apps and their new BSD UNIX-based OS X, they are the best computers for media-handling out. Even the "low-end" new iMac that can be had for less than $2,000 with a DVD burner and a G4 processor at 800Mhz is a great choice for video editing.

http://www.apple.com/imac/digitalhub.html

Take a look and let me know if you're still set on a PC for this task.

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : It must be a PC, I teach using PC's

Thanks

Answer : Ok then, a PC it is.

CPU:

I would suggest a "Northwood" P4-based system. The Northwoods are the newest P4s and are based on the new .13 micron process making them run cooler and consume less electricity. They also come with some improvements, chief of which is double the L2 cache (512K instead of 256K on the older P4s).

Motherboard chipset and RAM type:

I would look for a system based on the Intel 850 chipset. It utilizes RDRAM (aka "RAMBUS") and is the fastes memory available. It also is the best memory for a P4 - anything less will slow it down. Get as much memory as you can afford as video editing is a memory-intensive task. I would suggest no less than 512MB. 1 GB would be better. Remember that RDRAM must be installed in matched pairs, so 512MB would be achieved with two sticks of 256 and 1GB would be two sticks of 512MB each.


Videocard:

I would look at the ATI All-In-Wonder series of cards, especially if you need to be able to capture footage with the same card. It can also output video in several formats.


Operating System:

I would use Windows XP, assuming the video apps you want to use run on it.


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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7479547
Asker : bagnew
Subject : Power outage-Blank Monitor
Private : No

Question : Hello,

Last night we had three or four power outages in a row. While my computer was resetting itself, yet another power outage hit. This happened two or three times. (By the way I do have a surge protector, but no batterybackup).Anyway, later I noticed that although the power lights were on to both my computer and the monitor, nothing was showing on the monitor. First I blamed the computer, but then I rebooted and even with the monitor dark I typed in my windows log-in and heard the noises it normally makes, but still could see nothing. Also, I popped in a music cd and it played and I could control the volume with my keyboard as always. Still, nothing showed on the screen. Could those outages have harmed my monitor, my computer's graphics capacity, or some connection? How can I test? Maybe I'll buy a cheap-o monitor for testing ourposeds and plug it in and see. What do you think?

Thanks

Bob

Answer : Yes a surge (spike) or any change in power followed by such a symptom can be an indication of damage. Testing with a second known-good monitor can help to isolate whether it's damage to the monitor, video card, or motherboard.

Let me know what happens with the test monitor and we'll go from there.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 7484827
Asker : kwiener
Subject : Dialup networking
Private : No

Question : I have several PC's at home, one of which has a 'dialup networking' that doesn't work. I'd like to get it to work. The problem is that the PC doesn't have a CD-ROM drive, so I cannot reinstall 'dialup networking' from my windows95 CD. I also don't have windows95 on diskettes. What can I do to fix this? Can I reinstall 'dialup networking' manually by copying specific files from the CD onto a diskette and install the files on the PC without the CD-ROM drive? Or is there a way to connect two of my computers together and use the CD-ROM drive of one computer as a shared drive on another computer? Or is there some other solution to this problem?

Answer : One way to get the install files over would be by using a null-modem cable and a DOS program called XPORT.EXE. I have it on my web site for download. Once you connect both mahcines by the null-modem serial cable you run xport on both machines and then you can copy data from one to the other, of whatever size.

The easiest way to do this would be to ZIP the X:\WIN98 directory only from the Windows 98 install CD so you end up with a file like:

C:\WIN98.ZIP

Transfer that file over with the cable and then boot the machine back into Windows and extract that directory to your hard disk as C:\WIN98 - then you can point your Windows install to use that path as if it were the location you originally installed Windows from, and never need the CD on that machine again. You will be able to add Dial-Up Networking or anything else from the Windows 98 install without being prompted for the CD. Once the directory is extracted go to:

Start/Run

and type regedit and hit ENTER.

Once in the registry navigate in the left pane to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup

With "Setup" selected at the left scroll down the list in the right pane and find the "SourcePath" entry. Double-click it and change it from its current value (which would be the CD-ROM path you installed from) to C:\WIN98 where your files are located now.

Now you can go into the Add-Remove Programs control panel and add dial-up networking or add/remove any other Windows components.

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7525996
Asker : max104
Subject : Connecting Computers
Private : No

Question : Hey. I was wondering if it is at all possible to connect my laptop directly to my desktop computer and then be able to access the laptops harddrive through my desktop. The problem is... my laptops CD drive is busted and windows is not installed. I would like to connect my laptop to m y desktop and reinstal windows through the desktops CD ROM. Is this possible,,, maybe through the USB port. THANKS

Answer : The easiest way would be to:

-ZIP up the X:\WIN98 (if using Windows 98) directory into a ZIP file on the desktop.

-Get a null modem serial cable and connect to one of each machines serial ports.

-Download the file xport.exe (http://ped.deadartists.com/xport.exe) and run it on both machines.

-Use xport to transfer the large ZIP file to the notebook.

-Unzip the large ZIP file on the laptop and use that directory to start a reinstall of Windows from within the current environment (DOS or a busted Windows install).

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities




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QAId : 7534477
Asker : double_click
Subject : Partition & Re-Format Hard Drive
Private : No

Question : Can anyone please tell me how to Partition (currently have C:, D:, and E: partitions) AND re-format my hard drive. I have my start-up disk and drivers ready.

Answer : Make sure your working boot floppy has fdisk.exe, format.com, xcopy*.* *under \windows\command), CD-ROM driver and sys.com on it. Then boot from that disk and use fdisk.exe to wipe out the existing partitions. Then, in the same session of fdisk, create the new partition(s) you want. If you want more than one the proper method (and order) to create them is:

Primary (what will become C:) first - set it as active from the main menu.

Extended - make this the rest of the space available

Logical - these are created *within* the extended partition and are what will become D:, E:, etc...

Now reboot on the same floppy and use format to setup the partitions:

format c: /u /autotest
format d: /u /autotest
etc...

Once they're done do this to make the HD bootable:

sys c:

And now I would copy over the setup files for the OS so you can install from there. Since you didn't say what OS I'll give you 98 and XP as examples:

98:

Insert Windows 98 CD
xcopy f:\win98\*.* c:\win98kit\*.*

XP:

Insert XP CD
xcopy f:\i386\*.* c:\winxpkit\*.* /e

After the copy is done you can remove the floppy and boot from then hard disk. Then issue the following to start the install:

echo y | lock c: /off
cd (win98kit|winxpkit)
start the install of the OS with:
98: setup
XP: winnt

You can get a universal CD-ROM driver off my web page:

http://ped.deadartists.com/idecd.sys

Use it by adding these lines to the floppys CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files (ensure that you have MSCDEX.EXE, SMARTDRV.EXE, HIMEM.SYS and IDECD.SYS on the floppy before starting your fdisk chores):

CONFIG.SYS

device=\himem.sys
device=\idecd.sys /d:mscd01

AUTOEXEC.BAT

\mscdex.exe /d:mscd01 /l:f
\smartdrv /n c+ d e f g 8192 8192

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : I just want ONE partition (C:), do I have to set up a drive letter for the CD-ROM as well (F:) when I am partitioning?

BTW, I have the Win98 OS.

After the above is done, I am getting a little confused (sorry), but where do I type in the instructions starting with "echo | lock c:/off"...?
As I read your instructions further, I think I am mixing up the XP and Win98 instructions...could you delete the XP instructions and re-send and tell me where to type these in?

Thank you very much!

Answer : The CD-ROM drive letter is so you can put the install files from the Windows 98 CD onto the hard disk. Then you can install from there instead of the CD, which has the advantage that you will never again need the CD for that install - when Windows needs something it will automatically look to the place it was installed from. If that was a CD-ROM it will ask for it again. If it was the directory I'm having you create on your hard disk you won't be prompted. Trust me - it's better this way. :-)

For 98 alone just do these:

echo y | lock c: /off
cd win98kit
setup

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities


Rating : 4


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QAId : 7563753
Asker : sweethome
Subject : What is DVD-Ram drive?
Private : Yes

Question : Can you tell me what is DVD-Ram drive? Is it used to burn DVD, CD-R and CD-RW? What should be the ideal speed?

Thank you.

Answer : This is a good article that spells out the different DVD burning standards so you can decide if DVD-RAM is for you:

http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,38202,00.asp
Rating : 5


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QAId : 7572491
Asker : nbatu
Subject : Transfer video cassette to VCD
Private : No

Question : Hi! I hope that you could show me how to transfer video tape or video cassette
to VCD. I have pentium IV, windows XP OS home edition, windows movie maker, easy CD creator 5. My P.C don't have connector for VCR or Camcorder cable. What do I need to buy , software, connector,? Thank!

Answer : First you'll need a video capture card - Hauppage makes one of the more popular ones. Check for it on buy.com and other PC shopping locations.

Next after you capture the video see this site for how to get it ready and burned to a VCD:

http//www.vcdhelp.com

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5

FUQuestion : Thank you for your answer. But I'd like to record and edit video tape by an external device. So what could you recommend me to buy? What is better? Internal video card or external device with USB? Hope to hear you soon. Thank you. Btu.

Answer : Considering the amount of data video represents unless you really need portability you'll be waiting less if you avoid USB. But if it must be external then I guess you'll have to go with a USB (or firewire (IEEE 1394) interface - much faster than current USB - the newest Audigy soundcards come with a firewire interface included).


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QAId : 7627062
Asker : dhundocollege
Subject : My CD Drive acting strange
Private : Yes

Question : Well Hi and S.O.S!! You see just one week ago my CD-DRIVE (Creative Infra CD ROM 48 X) got some hitchups after full 4 years and was unable to --> First open up that is the tray was not coming out and ---> it was not able to read also (the second thing was known after the Hardware Engr corrected the first one). So he got my Drive fixed and it started functioning as good as new. But after full one week or say 15 days it has now developed a new problem on its own, whenever I am working on my PC on aything the CD Tray comes out on its own and then goes inside all automatically, even when I am not working on CD Drive or even asking for it or not even working on any such software demanding such a thing, I am getting just simply FED UP of this thing as it is spoiling my CD DRIVE motor by ejecting and inserting on its own and that too randomly.

PLEASE HELP ME OUT.

Answer : Creative's CD-ROM drives stink. Plain and simple. I just last week helped a friend build his new PC and he had bought a 52X Creative CD-ROM that did exactly what you describe - after powering up the PC it would start opening and closing the tray whenever it felt like it. We took it out as defective and put in his older DVD reader and all was good. And this was the *second* friend I've helped with one that has had this behavior!


If there are no firmware updates for the drive or Creative can't make it right ditch that junk for a good brand (Acer, Plextor). Creative makes good sound cards, but their CD-ROMs are the worst!
Rating : 1


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QAId : 7636536
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Why the CD-Rom doesnt' work in Dos mode?
Private : Yes

Question : I have made a startup disk, but it is strange that when I use it to boot the computer, it cannot detect there is a CD-Rom drive.

Later, I try to boot from my hard drive and found that, if I enter the Command Prompt mode (Dos mode), I also cannot detect the CD-Rom drive, although the Cd-Rom drive works well in Windows mode.

Can you help explain this situation?

Answer : CD-ROM drives needs drivers to be accessible. In Windows drivers are available and in use. Therefore the CD is available. In DOS (both pure and in the instance before Windows loads) drivers are not available by default.

Get this driver:

http://ped.deadartists.com/idecd.sys

Save it to the boot floppy and then add the following to your floppy's startup files:

CONFIG.SYS file:

device=\himem.sys
device=\idecd.sys /d:cd1

AUTOEXEC.BAT file:

\mscdex.exe /d:cd1 /l:f
\smartdrv.exe /n c+ f 8192 8192

Also copy over the files referenced above (himem.sys, mscdex.exe, etc) that you don't already have on the floppy. You can find them by doing a Start/Find/Files and Folders. Most are stored under C:\WINDOWS and C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

P.S. Please do not ask questions of this sort as private. This is not a private question or of an embarrasing nature, and marking it private means no one can read and learn from our interaction.


Rating : 5


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QAId : 7748512
Asker : briguy22
Subject : Microsoft Baseball 2000 Freeze
Private : No

Question : When I play Baseball 2000 I go to leave the menues and go
play the game, the game stops responding and I must cut
power to the computer to get out of it. Somtimes, the
game will freeze between innings. My Video and sound
cards are up to date. I use windows ME. How can I solve
this.
Thanks
Brian

Answer : See if the game publisher has any patches or updates - the game sounds flaky.

Answer : http://www.gamesdomain.com/patches/b.html
Rating : 4
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QAId : 7772717
Asker : huslu67
Subject : HP xl848
Private : No

Question : Hello,
I am looking for reviews the HP xl848 computer, can you find any on the internet? My novice searching skills did not produce as necessary.

Further what is your personal opinion of Hewlett Packard computers?

Answer : I found this one:

http://www.computingreview.com/pscDesktop,Computers/AMD,Desktop/Hewlett,Packard,Pavilion,4530,PC/PRD_12158_1738crx.aspx

(do a CTRL-F and search for xl848)

As for HP computers I find that they cut a few corners I wouldn't (some lower-end components like slower video cards, and hard disks). But generally they seem quite nice for the money.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



Rating : 5


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QAId : 7788172
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : dual hard drives
Private : No

Question : Hello,

OS WIN98SE & WINXP


I have 2 hard drives on the same (primary) IDE1 and I'm trying to find out if there's a way to boot or switch or from one drive to the other.
This is the situation there's a 40gig Western Digital set to master at the end 80pin IDE1 cable with two operating systems (WIN98SE & WINXP), and a 80gig Seagate set to slave on the middle part of the same cable with (WIN98 only).
If I'm working with something on the master drive, then decide I want to work with something on the slave side, how do I bootup the 80gig slave drive? The slave drive is completly setup to run and has the complete WIN98SE.
Can this be done?



Thanks,

L. H.

Answer : You'd have to switch the jumpers to make the slave the master for it to boot. One thing you might try is to enter the utility fdisk and see if you can set the primary partition on the slave disk to active (as boot). I doubt this will work though, unless that drive is the primary (master) on the cable.

FUQuestion : What I'm trying to do is switch back and forth from one drive to the other without reseting the jumpers on the hard drives. Is this possible?



Thanks again,


L. H.

Answer : Not without some custom hardware - as I said the master is the only drive most BIOSes will boot from. Something like the following can add that functionality you seek:


http://www.cluboverclocker.com/reviews/drives/vantec_ezswap/p2.htm


Also a program like System Commander can do it as well:

http://www.v-com.com/product/sc2_ind.html

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 7803894
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : pc O/S
Private : No

Question : I have a computer that had a previous os installed....used for bookkeeping and such....95 was installed over it and this os(i think its an os) was never used again...its been about 4 years....now out of the blue this os loads instead of windows but i can't do anything with it...it jsut keeps looping and never fully boots....it doesn't give me error messages jsut loops.....what can I do with this....I figure a 95 bootdisk then try to find the reamins of this os or program and delete it......will that help me out??

Answer : What OS is booting in place of Windows 95? What OS is it, specifically?

One thing to do is use a Windows 95 bootable floppy with sys.com and fdisk.exe on it and run (from A:)

sys c:
fdisk /mbr

Then try your boot again.


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QAId : 7834523
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : formatting hardive/ deleting partition
Private : No

Question : Hi,

This is a bit of a long winded story but basically I am having real trouble formatting my hard drive. Here is the situation:
My computer came with Windows Millenium Edition, but Advanced Server 2000 was installed also and removed manually so there was multiple operating systems and therefore a partition. The reason server was uninstalled was to enable an upgrade for windows xp professional edition However, I don't think the partition has been deleted and this is where the problem is or all the required sys files have not been removed. Windows will not let me format the drive as the files are in use, so how would I go about making the system able to install windows xp?
I have tried:
Formatting through DOS - it says cannot do it because files are in use.
Formatting from windows - it also says files are in use
Using fdisk - it says that the volume in the drive cannot be unlocked and so cannot format.
It is a fat32 system and the only way to be able to install would be to reformat the drive. So how do i "unlock" this volume? Or delete the partition or whatever?
Can someone please help it would be much appreciated.
Note: I generally can do most things with computers but this really has me stuck! All the reference books I have say everthing about these partitions being created but nothing about deleting them! Nobody was able to help on the windows board and I really need this sorted as soon as possible.
Thanks

Answer : Create a DOS boot floppy and put fdisk.exe and format.com on it. Boot it on the system in question and you can unlock the drive with:

lock c: /off

Then try your format or fdisk.


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QAId : 7836537
Asker : martial33
Subject : import / export Outlook Express
Private : No

Question : Hi,

Just got a new PC. I was able to import the address book from the old machine but not in the files they were.

2) I cant seem to import the messages!
machine says "its not default" or .etc.

How do I get the messages over?

(outlook express)

Thanks in advance.

M/

Answer : Here's how:

1) On the old machine do a Start/Find/Files and Folders and search your hard drive(s) for the extension *.DBX

2) Once you've located the file Inbox.dbx (your main Inbox in Outlook Express) note the location and open this in an Explorer or My Computer window.

3) Zip up all the files in the same directory as Inbox.dbx.

4) Transfer this file to the new machine.

5) On the new machine load Outlook Express and create your account(s). Close Outlook Express after you confirm they work (send yourself a test email and ensure it comes to you).

6) Do a Start/Find/Files and Folders and search your hard drive(s) for the file Inbox.dbx - note the location and restore the files from your old machine there, overwriting the files that are already there.

7) Open Outlook Express and your Inbox and any other folders you had on the old machine, along with all your email, will be there.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5

FUQuestion : Paul;

While I've got your attention, do you know how to import all the "favorites" or bookmarks from the old PC to the new?

Best, M/

FUQuestion : ok, re bookmarks, I found it at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q211089

That was easy enough.

The Outlook files are being zipped as we speak!!

Thanks.

Best, M/

Answer : You're welcome.


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QAId : 7850264
Asker : angmarge36
Subject : accessing a particular CD
Private : No

Question : This is a tough one folks.I had a lab transfer pics to a CD and was able to read it ok.I had it redone because they were not in order.I have been unable to access the second CD although another computer running win 95, as I do, can read it ok.I am able to read other CDs with no trouble.I can hear the drive spinning and see the lights flashing but I don't get an hourglass as I do when I use any other CD that works.Norton anti-virus tells me there is no valid media in the drive and it is locked up by a disc utility.I get the same message with no disc in the drive.The lab has no clue,but I suspect the first disc added a file to my computer which prevents me from accessing the second one.I am using a Pentium 2 with 96 megs of ram and win 95.

Angelo

Answer : I would suggest that either:

1) The PC in question does not have a "multisession"-capable CD-ROM drive and the addition of files the lab made put an extra session on the disk.

OR

2) The second CD is of a different dye color/type and is unreadable in some CD-ROM drives.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 7862991
Asker : ifxl
Subject : watch TV
Private : No

Question : How do I watch TV on my PC? What device do I need and how do I set it up?

Answer : You'll need a TV capture card. It will have an input for your coax cable service and a tuner internally to tune what channel to watch.

Hauppage makes a popular one:

http://www.hauppauge.com/
Rating : 4


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QAId : 7904790
Asker : saliz
Subject : file missing
Private : No

Question : i seem to be missin the file: msvbvm60.dll
i was wondering if someone can either tell me how to get it for free, or if they can e-mail it to me as an attachment, thanks
i have win 98

starabah@hotmail.com

Answer : http://www.alltheweb.com/search?cat=ftp&cs=utf-8&ftype=4&q=msvbvm60.dll
Rating : 5


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QAId : 7919558
Asker : sspio92253
Subject : no sound
Private : No

Question : I had the emmanuel virus so I d\l software that got rid of the virus (panda6.0)then I had to reload windows 98 2nd ed. to run my apps. when I did the sound went away when I go to device man., in the "microsoft kenmal system renderer" there is a conflict. it says "no driver files are required or have been loaded for this devise to update the driver for this devise click update". when I go through the update process is says to put in disk I put in the cd and it says it can't fin't find driver I type in the path to the cd and it still can't locate the driver, help!

Need More Information : Do you see the sound card in the System control panel, in the Device Manager tab? If so then double-click that entry, select Change Driver, choose "Have Disk" and then when it prompts for the location point it to the CD-ROM and the directory with the drivers for Windows 98 (it will be a dir with an .INF file in it so you can search the CD for that extension if you need a hint where to point the install).

FUQuestion : Iwent in to DM and clicked on Crystal WDM audio codec, tried to update the driver pointed to my F:drive with the cd and went to drivers on the 98 cd, doesn't look as if I am reading the cd.

Answer : You can't just point it to F:, you have to find the specific subdirectory that has the drivers. Look at the directory names - things like "audio" or "drivers" or "Windows98" would be clues as to which have the drivers you're after. Once you locate the dir browse there when updating the drivers.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 7924561
Asker : VetteC5
Subject : Net work..not work
Private : No

Question : Hi,

I have another question, I just built a computer to network with.
Running 2000 pro...I now have a networking problem.
I have "Net gear" and use it to network with my laptop with no problem.
Internet connection and file sharing is fine.....

The new puter' gets the Internet connection and will allow file sharing, but my old one (win98) asks for a password to access the files.
I fed it all the passwords I have, no luck. Since I never have had this problem with the lappy, could this be an OS conflict ?
I have fooled around changing password protection on the new computer only, I don't want to mess with my old one yet
because its my primary work computer and I don't want to lock myself out somehow..May be thats the answer as well.


Any idea's ?
Thanks, Dan

Answer : Both computers need to be set for the same type of authentication for accessing file shares. You can be set to either "share level" access where passwords are set per share, or "user level" access where a controlling computer authenticates user accounts as in a domain situation (which I'm pretty sure you are not using from your description). So you need to set your 98 machine to share level and also set your new Windows 2000 machine the same, setting the passwords for each share individually.


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QAId : 7936746
Asker : cistorm7
Subject : broadband internet
Private : No

Question : I just sent this problem, but I don't believe it went through correctly. We have broadband internet through Insightbb. It works fine until we send it through a router, hub or switch and then it will not work. We want to be able to access the internet with two computers but can't get it to work. Insightbb offers no help and they are the only service available in this area

Answer : I've begun a conversation with you in a duplicated question you sent. But one thing you need to be aware of is that you won;t be able to hook up more than one PC through a hub or switch to your cable modem unless you pay them for extra static IP addresses.


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QAId : 7939135
Asker : Paula_hughes
Subject : Reclaiming a 2nd drive
Private : No

Question : Paul,
I,m all at sea on my problem here.Here is the situation.
Disk drive 1 has me on it.
Disk drive 2 I had installed redHat linux 6.2
I wasn't dual booting ,anytime i want to use linux I would change to HDD2 in the bios and boot of it.
I ran into problems with linux so i tried fdisking it with a 95 boot diskette.
Problem is it tells me there is logical drives there ,but when i go to delete them it then says none are defined.
I tried using PartitionMagic 6 ,but it just said there is a bad partition nad is unable to correct it. any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Daithi

Answer : Your problem stems from DOS and Windows native inability to read the Linux partition types. Just use this utility (copy it to the 95 boot disk and run it from there) and you can then delete those pesky Linux partitions:

ftp://ftp.ncd.com/pub/ncd/Archive/WinCenter/Utilities/delpart.exe

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 7940283
Asker : max104
Subject : CD Scratch
Private : No

Question : Hey,
I've been burning many CD's on the Memorex CD-R's (the spindle of 50 CD's). So anyways they scratch REALLY easilly, I was wondering if I could copy this scratched CD on my computer, without having a defective CD. (Will the the scratch copy itself)? Also, what types of CD-R's would you recommend for quality and a good price? Thank you.

Answer : If you have a good CDRW drive I haven't gotten CDRs that were bad, so go with the least expensive ones you can find. Your local computer store has kits for repairing the surface of CDs - it's a little hand-cranked wheel that will resurface your CD. You might want to check into one of those if many of your CDs are scratched to where they can't be read.


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QAId : 7952895
Asker : ckinsung
Subject : OEM
Private : No

Question : What is OEM?

Answer : Original Equipment Manufacturer. A generic term used to describe companies who purchase and resell items for consumer sale.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 7961740
Asker : soodsandeep
Subject : RAM vs. ROM
Private : No

Question : good evening sir,
Please i have a question about internal memory.
we know that both RAM and ROM are internal memories and have random access. please tell me why RAM is faster than ROM ?
Thanks a lot.
SAndeep.

Answer : ROM is a different kind of chip, not built for speed. It is not the focus of much research since:

1) it works as-is
2) no one much cares how fast it is since it's purpose is simple to retain information (and a small amount at that)

ROM has always been slower than RAM, and generally this is because it can be. It doesn't impact the system performance so development of fast ROM is not a priority. The only tweaks related to it I've ever seen are the "shadow" features in your BIOS configuration screens. These allow the system to take the slower ROM contents and at boot time copy them into the faster RAM space for future use.
Rating : 4


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QAId : 7972370
Asker : hmc1
Subject : Demo Software
Private : No

Question : I am cleaning up a computer to give to a nephew. I have used several demo programs downloaded from the internet. I suspect that my nephew will want to try some of them out. I wonder, where is the memory (cookie?) that tells the program it has been used? I would like to wipe it clean before I give the computer away so he can use the demos should he desire.

Thanks in advance,
Mike

Answer : There is no magic cookie that will handle every app since each developer can do things in their own way. Some may store it in the registry - some in an INI file. The easiest way to deal with it is to uninstall the demo from the Add/Remove Programs control panel and then reinstall from the latest demo after you download it from their website.


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QAId : 7996098
Asker : pminda1
Subject : Network question
Private : No

Question : I am running win 98se in an office environment. I have changed the network name for two computers sucessfully but the old name show up as well as part of the workgroup. When i click on them, the windows prompt says that they don't exist on the network. This is what I want but how can I make the icons go away from the workgroup.

Thanks ya'll , pete

Answer : They are in the browse master's cache and will fall out over time, unless they were Windows NT/2000/XP machines, in which case they were added as members of the domain and may need to be removed manually from the PDC.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 8017214
Asker : vandan_21045
Subject : See All Programs
Private : No

Question : I am using Windows ME right now. My Question is:

When I click start, then programs, i only see few items, but when i click the arrow in the bottom, i get a list of all the programs.

How can i make the arrow go away. So i want to see all the programs when i click start and then programs.

Answer : You need to disable Personalized Menus. I think these steps willalos apply to ME although I can't verify that.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q230596&


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QAId : 8019773
Asker : sspio92253
Subject : windows 98 2nd ed startup
Private : No

Question : I have abot 30 programs running in the backgrond on my AMDK6 2 266mz system I have to close them before i can do anything, how do I take them out of my start up.

Answer : Three place they can load from:

- Start/Programs/Startup

- C:\WINDOWS\WIN.INI (load= and run= lines)

- In the registry (use Start/run/regedit.exe) at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run

and RunOnce

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 8025959
Asker : ifxl
Subject : formatting c drive problem
Private : No

Question : Dear expert,

I have a P4 1.6GHz PC, 256ram, 40GB hard drive at home. I've recently try to format my PC and was not able to boot my computer after. So I use FDISK to delect my Primary DOS partition. Ather that, I create one using 100% of my disk space. Now, everytime I try to start my computer, it asks me for a system disk. So I put in the recovery CD that the company give me when I purcuse the computer. So then it boot, and promot me with 5 topics: 1)use FDISK; 2)quick format; 3)full format; 4)install Windows XP; 5)exit. I tried to install Windows XP, and it start copying files to my hard drive. When it gets to 100%, it restarts, but once again, it asks me for my system disk. And when I put in the cd, it promot me with the 5 topics again. I don't not know if I have set up my partition drive right or not. And I don't know how to get it booting not using the cd and install windows XP. Please help~!!!

Answer : From the description it sounds like you've used FDISK to create a partition but not yet set it as the active (boot) partition. Re-enter FDISK and select the second option (I believe) called something like "Set active partition" and choose the partition you created when asked.

Exit and reboot.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5
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QAId : 8033832
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : IRQ's
Private : No

Question : I have few questions regarding IRQ's under Win98:

1. How do I change the irq settings for pci devices?

2. How do I change the com port for the modem?

Thanks.

Answer : IRQs are usually assigned by the motherboard before boot truly begins. To change IRQs for your PCI devices you will need to ensure that:

- In the BIOS setup screens all PCI slots are set to "Auto", and that you have Plug and PLay OS set to NO (unless you're using XP).

Once this is setup properly if you have conflicts move one of the cards that is conflicting to a different PCI slot and then power up to change the IRQ it's using.

Also - free up any IRQs you are not going to be using to make more available to your motherboard. For instance who uses TWO COM ports anymore? They each take an IRQ (COM1 by default using IRQ 4 and COM2 using IRQ 3). Make at least one more IRQ available by disabling one in your BIOS. ALso disable your parallel port unless you have an older printer that doesn't have USB, or some other device. That will free up IRQ7.

As for moving your modem's IRQ I assume you mean an internal modem. So after you've disabled whatever onboard ports you won't need (or that would be in conflict with the modem) use the dip switches (row of small switches - consult your manual) on the modem to set what COM port and IRQ it will use. Use the references I gave above to determine what COM/IRQ to use.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities


FUQuestion : I've done the BIOS part and wondering how I could change the irq of the modem using device manager under win98se...Thanks again

Answer : You can't change it from Device Manager. Rarely does that ever allow a change of IRQ for any device (even though it shows it as an option). Internal modems get their settings either through dip switches as I mentioned above or through software that ships with the modem. Either way the choice of COM port and IRQ come from there.


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QAId : 8052092
Asker : huslu67
Subject : Dell 4500
Private : No

Question : Hello,
I am strongly considering the purchase of a new Dell Dimension 4500 Desktop System:
Intel® Pentium® 4 processor at 2.0GHz
256MB DDR SDRAM
40GB1 Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive
17 in (16.0 in viewable,.27dp) E772 Monitor
New 64MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce4™ MX Graphics Card with TV-Out
Sound Blaster Live! Digital Sound Card
New Harman Kardon® HK-206 Speakers


What is your personal opinion on the quality of this system?

I did some basic searching on the internet but did not find reviews for this system. Might you be able to find review(s) of this system?

Answer : I like Dells generally for pre-built machines.

Here are some reviews:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=dell+dimension+4500+review
Rating : 5


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QAId : 8077804
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Compaq troubles
Private : No

Question : I have a Compaq Presario , model 7471. PII 533mhz, upgraded to 128 ram, Win 98SE, 30 gig HD, Scientific Atlanta cable modem through my cable company. Norton Anti-Virus with the auto updates is current.

About 7 months ago I began having trouble logging on. It got worse and finally , I couldn't get on at all. Cable TV people came out. Tried a new modem and switching the network card but it didn't work. He finally said he had to bypass or jump around the original USB connection to another. That got me back on but I began to have all sorts of conflicts. They came back out and wiped my machine CLEAN. Restored everything but the conflicts remain. They say they can't do anything more as I am online.

My computer will randomly restart for no apparent reason while on line or not. Off line, games/screens will freeze, the cursor will freeze, audio and video can be garbled, the blue screen of death shows up and the only way to get out of it is to do a force quit.

None of these things happen all of the time or with any regularity. There does not seem to be any reason why. The last mod I did was the ram upgrade which was months before any problems surfaced. I would say that 90 plus percent of the time everything works fine.

What do I do ?

Answer : The first thing I would do is replace the aging power supply with a new one. Many times such instability comes from a dying or underpowered power supply. Let me know if that doesn't solve the problem.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5

Answer : A power supply is about 40-60 dollars and installation shouldn't be more than 25 dollars or so.


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QAId : 8091281
Asker : thesu
Subject : repartitioning the hard drive
Private : No

Question : Hi,
I'm running Win98 and trying to repartition my hard drive. I successfully used Fdisk to delete logical drives in the extended DOS partition and delete the extended DOS partition. Now all I have to to do is delete the primary DOS partition and create a new primary DOS partition. When I tried to delete the primary partition, Fdisk said: "Could not change partitions, because the disk could not be locked." Now what do I do? Thanks for any help you may have.

Jessica ;-)

Answer : Two things you can try:

Before running fdisk type this line:

lock c: /off

And try using the utility delpart.exe instead of fdisk to delete the primary partition. It's available here:

http://hercules.lss.ksu.edu/download/MSSTUFF/delpart.exe

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 8098604
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : question
Private : Yes

Question : Do you know which a free program that allows two or more people to conduct a real-time voice conference over the Internet? Does this program require a sound card? How do I know if my computer has a sound card or not? Thanks for answering my questions

Answer : There are several.

- Microsoft GameVoice Share

http://www.gamevoice.com/Download/gamevoiceshare.asp


- TeamSound

- Roger Wilco


Look on the back of your PC for a series of small plugs, like headphones use. If you have a soundcard you'll have a set of those (at least two or three in a row, usually) either along the bottom of the back or on an add-in card.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Answer : Also Yahoo instant messenger I think has voice chat too...


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QAId : 8102467
Asker : jgstevens
Subject : Everything's performing an 'illegal operation'
Private : No

Question : Hi, I am writing to you from a friend's PC because my laptop is so screwed I cant even get as far as a full startup.

A little history first:
For a while now my laptop pc (windows 98) has been coming up with 'c: drive full' message, and I have been doing my best to clear things down each time it happens. It is alSO worth mentioning that my daughter tends to download crappy pokemon things and that funny Bonzi-Buddy ad-ware thing was on the laptop until recently.

The problem:
This morning I tried to start up the laptop and ALL the programs which I assume load up during startup (RNAAP, MSMSGS, Explorer etc.) were coming up with 'This program has performed an illegal operation...' messages. Details of the error message reveal one of three reasons:
i) invalid page fault in module wsock32.dll at 0167:75fac477
ii) invalid page fault in module wsock32.dll at 0167:75fac48f
iii) invalid page fault in module kernel32.dll at 0167:bff7a388

I would click 'Close' on all of them and they would go away, but once they had stopped popping up the system was pretty much frozen. The only option is a hard shutdown.

When I run startup again and it does a scandisk and at about 27% I get a message saying "ScanDisk detected an invalid long filename entry on this drive but was unable to fix it. To fix this problem run ScanDisk for Windows". After that it scans completely, then startup carries on as normal, until those 'illegal operation' messages start happening!

What on earth is going on? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Jeff

Answer : It sounds like you have some corruption of the hard disk partition or filesystem tables. If you can't get a scandisk to complete (and it appears you can't until you enter Windows) you may try restoring a backup copy of the registry.

To access these backups reboot and hold the left CTRL key (right may work too) until a menu appears. Choose "safe mode command prompt only". Then perform the following commmands:

C:
cd \windows
attrib -r -h -s *.dat
ren system.dat system.bak
ren system.dat system.bak
ren system.ini sysini.bak
ren win.ini winini.bak
cd sysbckup
dir *.cab
(look for the newest file listed that you think would represent the newest date that the system still worked correctly - we'll assume the newest file was named RB001.CAB)

extract /e rb001.cab
attrib -r -h -s *.dat
move system.dat ..
move system.ini ..
move user.dat ..
move win.ini ..

What we have done here is to take advantage of the fact that Windows 98/SE takes periodic backups of the registry. We have taken the latest version of those backups and reinstated that backed-up version.

Reboot the machine and see if the sitation has improved. If it hasn't you can repeat this process with successively older versions of the registry backups. If you decide that you are not getting anywhere and the problem lies elsewhere you can put the original versions you had back in place with this:

path=a:\;c:\windows\command
C:
cd \windows
attrib -r -h -s *.dat
copy /y system.bak system.dat
copy /y user.bak user.dat
copy /y sysini.bak system.ini
copy /y winini.bak win.ini

If these steps don't help you your problem may be file-related - meaning you may have the wrong version of a critical file, or there has been corruption of a critical file. Try holding the CTRL key during a boot and when the menu appears choose a 'Logged' boot. After the boot is completed you can examine the bootlog.txt file for some more clues as to what you are facing.


--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities
Rating : 5


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QAId : 8113118
Asker : GWBO
Subject : Communication Problem
Private : Yes

Question : I recently installed network cards on my PC and Laptop. The networking works fine. Unfortunately, I must have messed up something else on my PC, because I cannot get email nor access web sites any longer.

During boot up, the Norton anti-virus program pops up a panel labeled POPROXY, that says:
"Norton AntiVirus is unable to start eMail protection. Please ensure that TCP/IP is installed and port 110 is available".

Also during boot up, Naviscope pops up a panel that says, "Your Windows Sockets implementation does not properly support the operations required by this program. This probably means that you are not using the standard Windows 9x/NT WINSOCK.DLL. Error code = 10047".

When I try to get email, Outlook Express pops up a panel that says, "The host 'mail.surfglobal.net' could not be found. Please verify that you have entered the server name correctly. Account: 'GWBO', Server: 'mail.surfglobal.net', Protocol: POP3, Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Socket error: 11001, Error Number: 0x800CCC0D".

When I try to access any web site using Internet Explorer, it tells me "The page cannot be displayed".

I have verified that TCP/IP is installed, and that the DNS IP address on my ISP dial-up is correct. I also copied the WINSOCK.DLL file from the Laptop to the PC.

Is there anything I can do to correct this problem?

Thank you.

Need More Information : What version of Windows are you using?

Give me the output from one of the following commands:

(get to a command prompt first by Start/Run/cmd or Start/Run/command)

winipcfg /all

ipconfig /all

FUQuestion : My PC has Windows 98 installed.

Output of "ipconfig /all":
******************************************************

Windows 98 IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . : PC
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
NetBIOS Scope ID. . . . . . :
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . : No
NetBIOS Resolution Uses DNS : No

0 Ethernet adapter :

Description . . . . . . . . : F5D5000, PCI Card/Desktop Network PCI Card
Physical Address. . . . . . : 00-30-BD-06-46-E2
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . :
Primary WINS Server . . . . :
Secondary WINS Server . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . :
Lease Expires . . . . . . . :

1 Ethernet adapter :

Description . . . . . . . . : PPP Adapter.
Physical Address. . . . . . : 44-45-53-54-00-00
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Primary WINS Server . . . . :
Secondary WINS Server . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . :
Lease Expires . . . . . . . :

2 Ethernet adapter :

Description . . . . . . . . : PPP Adapter.
Physical Address. . . . . . : 44-45-53-54-00-01
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Primary WINS Server . . . . :
Secondary WINS Server . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . :
Lease Expires . . . . . . . :

******************************************************

Answer : I see two things immediately:

1) See the line near the top that says:

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . :

That blank area at the right means you have no DNS configured on this machine, which is why it can't find any web sites or email. DNS is what translates names like:

mail.myisp.com

and

www.microsoft.com

into the IP addresses your machine actually uses.

So without the IP addresses of the DNS servers for your ISP you won't get very far.

2) You're using 192.168.0.1 for your IP address. This is a non-routable address and would not let you connect to *any* internet destination. That address range was set aside when the TCP/IP protocol was invented as address space people could use for their LANs, to save on people allocating real internet addresses for these uses (and thus making less available for truly exposed machines on the internet). Any internet-based router will immediately drop a packet coming from, or addressed to, a machine with an IP address such as yours.

What this means then is either you have never been on the internet with this machine (unless you just changed the address to this), or you are using a router of some sort (cable/DSL router) to handle your LAN traffic. A cable/DSL router will translate between your one true internet address and the machines inside your LAN that are using these 192.168 addresses.

Assign your DNS addresses, and you will need to give me more details about what you are doing there before I can assist you further.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : 1) DNS Servers:
In the Dial-up connection for my ISP, under the Server Types tab, TCP/IP Settings button, I have both primary and secondary DNS addresses entered. These were supplied by my ISP.

2) IP address 192.168.0.1:
As I stated in my original question, I had just installed network cards in both my PC and Laptop. The PC installation instructed me to enter 192.168.0.x when configuring the TCP/IP for the card. and that I should enter 192.168.0.y in my laptop (where x and y were two different numbers between 1 and 255). These addresses should only be used for the local network.

3) For what it's worth:
I ran "ipconfig /all" on my laptop also, and it doesn't show DNS addresses either.

Answer : So you're not wanting to use the Ethernet cards for connecting to the internet, and instead are still using dialup?

As for the IP addresses for your Ethernet cards - you need both IP addresses the same except for the very last number (also called octet). Example:

192.168.0.1
192.168.0.2

This is so because you are using 255.255.255.0 as your subnet mask.

So you're saying that installing the Ethernet cards has somehow broken your dialup networking? What happens when you force it to dial in by going to the Dial-up networking connections?

FUQuestion : All I wanted to begin with was an easy way to copy files back and forth between my PC and laptop. I was tired of dealing with Briefcase and the restriction of a 1.4 MB floppy. Sometimes I've had to load up the Briefcase several times in order to transfer a number of files.

I have no need to log onto the Internet through the local network. I am perfectly happy to dial-up from my PC to get mail, etc. Until I get the PC squared away, I am forced to dial-up from the laptop.

The IP addresses and subnet mask were supplied by the installation instructions for the PC card. I had no idea what they meant.

Yes, somehow installing the network card on my PC caused this problem. I believe I followed the installation instructions to the letter, but I probably did something I shouldn't have, and hosed my dial-up.

Last night I removed the entire communications components package. Then I reinstalled only dial-up networking to see if I could get back to ground zero. No such luck. I still have the same problem. I can log onto the Internet through my ISP, but I cannot get e-mail, and I cannot browse any web sites. It is obvious that I am still not getting DNS service. If I ping a known site like "www.yahoo.com" from the MSDOS window, it results in an "Unknown host" error.

Answer : Put the DNS servers that you have configured into your dial-up networking into the Network control panel sections. When you have an ethernet card installed it gets all available protocols iknstalled to it, and the settings you put in for DNS there take precedence for all connections, unless I'm misremembering. So put those DNS servers into the TCP/IP properties of your ethernet card and I think that will get at least that part squared away. Then we'll move on to the next step if that doesn't solve all of it.

Answer : Another thing that may help here - Windows 98 takes snapshots of your registry (which stores all info on your system's configuration) every few days or so. If you have an old enough backup you can restore that version of the registry, and you'll be back in business. Just take note that you'll want to put the machine in the physical state it was in that corresponds to the date you restore - so since we're trying to remove the problems that occurred from installing the network card you'll want to remove the network card for this. Here are the instructions; first how to create a boot disk, and secondly how to restore the registry you need:

Put a blank floppy in your A: drive on the 98 machine that works, and then go to:

Control Panel
Add/Remove Programs/Startup Disk

There you can create a bootup floppy with tools.

--------------- Now for restoring the registry -----------

Boot from the boot disk then type in these commands (one per line, hitting ENTER after each):

path=a:\;c:\windows\command
C:
cd \windows
attrib -r -h -s *.dat
ren system.dat system.bak
ren system.dat system.bak
ren system.ini sysini.bak
ren win.ini winini.bak
cd sysbckup
dir *.cab
(look for the newest file listed that is from the time before you installed the network card - we'll assume that file was named RB001.CAB)
extract /e rb001.cab
attrib -r -h -s *.dat
move system.dat ..
move system.ini ..
move user.dat ..
move win.ini ..

What we have done here is to take advantage of the fact that Windows 98/SE takes periodic backups of the registry. We have taken a version of those backups and reinstated that backed-up version.

Reboot the machine and see if the sitation is resolved. If it isn't you can repeat this process with successively older versions of the registry backups. If you decide that you are not getting anywhere and the problem lies elsewhere you can put the original versions you had back in place with this:

path=a:\;c:\windows\command
C:
cd \windows
attrib -r -h -s *.dat
copy /y system.bak system.dat
copy /y user.bak user.dat
copy /y sysini.bak system.ini
copy /y winini.bak win.ini

FUQuestion : I put the DNS addresses from my dial-up connection into the TCP component for the network card, then rebooted. No change. Still the same problems.

I was really hesitant to mess with the registry, but I went ahead and did all that. Unfortunately, with all the changes I have been making in the past week, the earliest backup CAB was only 4 days ago. There were only 5 CAB files - one each for today and the previous 4 days. My problems began about 10 days ago.

Are we getting to the end of the trail here?

Answer : There's one more thing you can try. When Windows is installed an initial copy of one of the two registry files (the one that contains the hardware configuration and system info) is made at C:\SYSTEM.1ST. If you backup your current registry and restore this file as C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.DAT and reboot your system will go through the final phase of configuring itself, as it did the first day Windows was installed. The good thing is your app preferences and such will be unchanged since those are kept in USER.DAT. If you do this without the ethernet card in the machine this may well fix your issue. To do it type these commands after booting from the floppy:

path=a:\;c:\windows\command
C:
cd \windows
attrib -r -h -s *.dat
copy system.dat system.bak
copy user.dat user.bak (just noticed this was a typo above - should be user.dat here)
copy system.ini sysini.bak
copy win.ini winini.bak

Now we have backups of the current registry and other Windows support files. Now do this:

attrib -r -h -s c:\system.1st
copy /y c:\system.1st c:\windows\system.dat

Now reboot your machine and it should go through what it will think is the first boot for this machine.

If it doesn't work out simply put back the backup copies of the files we backed up by copying them back over the current ones.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : First of all, I want you to know that I really appreciate all your help with this problem. If nothing else, I've learned a few things.

I tried your last suggestion, and when I saw Windows installing a number of files, I had high hopes. But then, just before it started loading my desktop, it hung up, and forced me to power down. I re-copied the "system.1st" file and started again. This time I got a blue screen, and had to power down again. I restored the "system.dat" file and re-booted. Of course, I still have the problem.

Unless you have any more suggestions, it looks like I'll have to bite the bullet and restore the system from my recovery disc.

Exactly what is in the "user.dat" file? Does it contain all the programs I've installed? Would it be a good idea to save this file and use it after the recovery?

Answer : You're quite welcome...

You can likely get in with Safe mode (hold the CTRL key during a power up or reboot until a menu appears and choose "Safe mode") so you can backup your files before using the restore CDs.

The user.dat file contains user preferences, and the sections of the registry for programs you've installed. It doesn't contain the programs themselves, simply the settings those programs use.

I would not recommend keeping the user.dat from your current environment and using it later - the programs referred to in your current user.dat will have no relevance in the new system since those apps are not yet installed. Just start fresh.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 8122644
Asker : twinkles6
Subject : Shortcuts
Private : No

Question : I was wondering if you have a list of shortcuts for windows 98.

Thanks

Answer : Here's some:

http://www.computertips.com/Windows/Windows98/windows98tip.htm

http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,4148,2133,00.asp

http://www.computerhope.com/98tips.htm



Keyboard shortcuts:

http://www.cs.umb.edu/~alilley/Tips/T36.html




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QAId : 8126853
Asker : wjames10
Subject : Registry Checker
Private : No

Question : Hi...Whenever I turn my computer on, I get the following message:

==============
Microsoft Registry Checker

You have restored a good registry.

Windows found an error in your system files and restored a recent backup of the files to fix the problem.

Press Enter to restart your computer.

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When I press Enter, it acts like it's going to start back up, then it says "Backing up system files," and then "Restoring system files," and then it comes back with the same message above about the registry checker. It keeps going through this cycle.

What does this message mean? Is there anything I can do to get it restarted and useable again?

Thank you for your time.
wjames10

Answer : You can try restoring a different version of the registry manually. Follow these steps:

Hold the CTRL key while a reboot or fresh boot occurs until a menu appears. Choose "Safe Mode - Command Prompt Only" and then at the resulting prompt enter these commands, one per line:

cd \windows
attrib -r -h -s *.dat
ren system.dat system.bak
ren user.dat user.bak
ren system.ini sysini.bak
ren win.ini winini.bak
cd sysbckup
dir *.cab
(look for the newest file listed - that is the most recent date of creation - we'll assume the newest file was named RB001.CAB)
extract /e rb001.cab
attrib -r -h -s *.dat
move system.dat ..
move system.ini ..
move user.dat ..
move win.ini ..

What we have done here is to take advantage of the fact that Windows 98/SE takes periodic backups of the registry. We have taken the latest version of those backups and reinstated that backed-up version.

Reboot the machine and see if the sitation has improved. If it hasn't you can repeat this process with successively older versions of the registry backups. If you decide that you are not getting anywhere and the problem lies elsewhere you can put the original versions you had back in place with this:

path=a:\;c:\windows\command
C:
cd \windows
attrib -r -h -s *.dat
copy /y system.bak system.dat
copy /y user.bak user.dat
copy /y sysini.bak system.ini
copy /y winini.bak win.ini

If these steps don't help you your problem may be file-related - meaning you may have the wrong version of a critical file, or there has been corruption of a critical file. Try holding the CTRL key during a boot and when the menu appears choose a 'Logged' boot. After the boot is completed you can examine the bootlog.txt file for some more clues as to what you are facing.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 8137229
Asker : Citt
Subject : NTFS with Ghost
Private : No

Question : I am trying to use Ghost 7.5 Corporate Version to make an image of a partition that is NTFS. How do I do this if I am using a Ghost boot disk & it can't see NTFS partitions? Thanks.

Answer : Boot from any DOS boot floppy and run Ghost - it doesn't matter if you can see the partitions from DOS (you never can see NTFS partitions from standard DOS). Just boot from the floppy and run the GHOST.EXE.

Let me know if this doesn't cover something you need.


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QAId : 8172113
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Back Plane
Private : No

Question : What is back plane and what are back plane components? Thank you.

Answer : A backplane is synonymous with the motherboard in a PC. However when people refer to the backplane they sometimes mean the bus architecture you're plugging into (PCI/AGP), and its subsequent bandwidth or protocols.

Answer : I realized I only answered part of your two-part question.

If the backplane is your motherboard, then backplane components are the items that make up the backplane like the CPU and bus circuitry. The things you plug into the backplane are the expansion cards your PC uses - sound, network, and video to name three common ones.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 8177266
Asker : twinkles6
Subject : Reformatting a Dell Computer
Private : No

Question : My bend new Dell computer got infected with the dropper virus and Norton Anti Virus can't remove it. I have the Window XP Discs and the hardware and drivers CD's but I am wondering if you can tell me the steps on how to reformat my computer as it seems that it is the only option left. There is also this stop scan program that keeps coming up and that won't go away - do you think that a reformat would slove that problem as well?
Thanks

Answer : The restore disks usually work by booting from them. Have you tried putting the first restore CD in the CD-ROM drive and rebooting?

Also before doing that you may want to go here and type in 'dropper' to see if a downloadable virus removal tool is available for you to use to more easily remove the virus.

http://www.symantec.com/search/

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 8199986
Asker : oikoaisthesis
Subject : CMOS Password
Private : No

Question : Dear PaulDoherty,

I have an old secondhand notebook, third hand really. I have tried to change its configuration, adding COM mouse. Its setup’s Safe with Changes is protected by a password of the first owner. How to know this password? BIOS somehow recognizes it, does not it? Why me can not? Where to find and read the password?

I have seen your CMOS password answers. Do you have ideas of more gentle nonhardware solving of this problem? Anyway – what algorithm do you recommend?

Thank you for your proficiency.

Need More Information : What make and model is the notebook? For example "Dell Inspiron 2000"

FUQuestion : Make: Compaq
Model: LTE 5280

Ttank you!

Answer : Try the manufacturer "back-door" password of "Compaq" and see this site for more details on how to bypass the password or remove it:

http://www.labmice.net/articles/BIOS_hack.htm
Rating : 5


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QAId : 8200007
Asker : angmarge36
Subject : saving a file to floppy
Private : No

Question : I have saved 41 chess games played with Chessmaster 5500 from my hard drive to a floppy,and since they take up only 40kb, space should not be a problem.I have been unable to save the remaining dozen or so and get an error message saying that the file cannot be created.When I check the properties, they seem to be the same as the ones I was able to save.Any ideas?

Angelo

Need More Information : When you look at the floppy how much free space is reported as being left on the disk?

FUQuestion : It shows 1.39 mb free and 49.5 kb used.What is strange is that I can copy this same file to a blank disc.

Answer : Try copying all the existing files from the floppy to the hard drive:

a:
md c:\saves
copy *.* c:\saves

Then format the floppy and copy all the files, including the new ones to the floppy:

copy c:\saves\*.* a:\
copy c:\whereever\newfiles\*.* a:\

and see if that works better. If that still has problems either try a different floppy disk, or ZIP all the chess saves into one file first, then copy it to the floppy.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : I get the same error message with three different discs after I add about 43 files.I ran a thorough scandisc which found no errors.It sounds weird,but the problem seems related to the number of files I add.

Answer : Which is why I suggested zipping them all into one file. Try that and when you want to add new files WinZip can do that - just drag and drop the new files onto the existing ZIP file on the floppy to add them.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 8202722
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : balloon tips
Private : No

Question : I'm not exactly sure if that's what these are called... Whenever you move your mouse pointer on an icon or a file..windows brings up some kind of tips or description of that file/icon. I was wondering if there were any ways to disable it entirely. This feature is useless to me and annoying in most cases. Running XP pro with SP1. Thanks.

Answer : http://www.windows2000faq.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=23764


John Savill / January 18, 2002
Q. How can I disable the Windows XP balloon tips?

A. To disable XP's balloon tips, perform the following steps:

Start the registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ExplorerAdvanced.
From the Edit menu, select New - String value.
Enter a name of EnableBalloonTips, and press Enter.
Double-click the new value, set it to 0, and click OK.
Close the registry editor.

You can also disable balloon tips by using TweakUI (go to the Taskbar and select Uncheck Enable balloon tips), which is part of Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP. You can download the XP PowerToys from Microsoft's Web site.


Also try this one too:

John Savill / August 16, 2001
Q. How do I disable the tooltips in Windows XP and Windows 2000 for the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons?

A. XP and Win2K display a tip when you position the mouse on the Minimize, Maximize, or Close button. To disable this functionality, perform the following steps:

Start the registry editor (regedit.exe).
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.
Double-click UserPreferencesMask.
Modify the first number in the string using the following equivalent values (e.g., change 9e 3e 07 80 to 1e 3e 07 80):
Change 8 to 0
Change 9 to 1
Change a to 2
Change b to 3
Change c to 4
Change d to 5
Change e to 6
Click OK.
Close the registry editor.
Log off, then log on again for the change to take effect.



Rating : 4


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QAId : 8222556
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : hardrive
Private : No

Question : Hi,
Could you tell me how to clean up my hardrive. I have a windows 98 Dell. My computer is going slower lately then normal.
thank you
cathy

Answer : After deleting the items you don't need or want close all your programs (and press CTRL-ALT-DEL once to get a task list up - delete all tasks except for Explorer and Systray). Once all tasks are gone run the Disk Defragmenter in Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools. This tool will reorganize the files on your hard drive for faster access. It may take a while to run so start it at night and turn off the monitor to let it run overnight.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5

FUQuestion : Hi,
How do you delete all task except explorer and systray
I try delete them but nothing happen. I click on delete and nothing happens. I have aol on there also Do i delete them also. Ok how do i delete. What buttons do i need to push to delete them. thanks again for your help. I am almost there smile
cathy

Answer : Select them in the task list that comes up when you press CTRL-ALT-DEL and then press DEL to kill them.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : thank you i did it smile

Answer : You're welcome... (no answer required)


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QAId : 8244010
Asker : zoyaa3
Subject : disk boot failure
Private : No

Question : I got an used computer, and just bought a new motherboard and installed it. I dunno what was on the hard disk before because there is nothing on it at the moment. When I insert my win 98 floppy disk and my cd rom, it gives me the message -- disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter...

I know nothing about puters....what I am suppose to do ???

Help me please...lol

kris

Answer : If you want to boot from the floppy, and you know the floppy is indeed bootable, then you'll need to enter the BIOS setup and enable booting from floppy. Besides hardware difficulty that is the only thing that would be stopping you from booting from the floppy. You can enter the BIOS by pressing the key indicated during the beginning of a power-on sequence (usually DEL).

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Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 8267318
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Gator
Private : Yes

Question : I don't use Gator nor is it installed on my computer, but there are tons of gator.com files on my computer and I can't get rid of them, nor can I rid myself of the file (Precision Time) that seemingly put the Gator files on my computer. The uninstall information provided will not work.

I use XP Operating System. Any help you can give me will be much appreciated.

P. S. I have barely managed not to type the snarling thoughts I have about this. Aren't there any hackers out there who can take down a site like Gator/Gain?

Answer : One thing you can do is to remove the directory the app resides in (or better yet just rename it first, and then after you determine all is OK after a reboot , then delete it). After renaming the dir open the registry editor by:

Start/Run/regedit

Look under

HKEY_LOCAL/Software for a section pertaining to the "Precision Time" app you want to be rid of. If you find one delete it.

Rating : 5


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QAId : 8289117
Asker : Powlow
Subject : what is better, microsoft or machintosh??
Private : No

Question : Dear expert, i want to know what is better, microsoft or machintosh??

(pc or mac)?

Need More Information : Better for whom, and for what purposes?

FUQuestion : for a regular person, for basic purposes (surfing the net, graphic design, animation, compatability (sorry 'bout my spelling))

Answer : I use Windows myself but I think the Macintoshes are excellent machines, and plan on getting one myself. The new iMac 17-inch especially is very nice. If you can afford one, and the software you'll want to run is available, a Mac is an excellent choice. If you need the choice of the vast majority of software, however, you'll save money and have more software available with a Windows PC.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 8314081
Asker : me550
Subject : Speed
Private : Yes

Question : Hi,

Ive had the past experience to know that after a few months a computer always slows down by its own accord. Im guessing that this is due to RAM being used up by new software etc being installed and run.

My question is, how do I get my laptop back to its original speed without adding RAM or reformatting. My hard drive isn't even half full and Ive ran the defragger. I havn't even installed much software (the heavist being Anti Virus, which Ive disabled). You see my problem is with my DVD drive. It obviously eats up alot of memory when its playing a DVD and when I first bought my laptop (a mere 5 months ago) it played perfectly (with little else eating up resources) but now I get a choppy skipping picture quality. Ive tried relieving memory usage (Ive killed off as many processes as I can) but its the same....How do I get my speedy laptop back???


Any help greatly appreciated,
Thanks
Peter

Answer : Since the DVD drive is playing back from a DVD defragging your hard disk won't matter much at all. And since you've already defragged anyway it's not the cause, obviously. I'd suggest that something (an app or driver) you've installed since it was working well is causing this. It's not easy to track something like this down. The easiest approach is to get the latest drivers for all your major devices (network card, audio, video, and DirectX) and install them. This may very well fix the issue.

You can get DirectX at http://www.microsoft.com/directx


--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities


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QAId : 8314088
Asker : me550
Subject : Speed
Private : Yes

Question : Hi,

Ive had the past experience to know that after a few months a computer always slows down by its own accord. Im guessing that this is due to RAM being used up by new software etc being installed and run.

My question is, how do I get my laptop back to its original speed without adding RAM or reformatting. My hard drive isn't even half full and Ive ran the defragger. I havn't even installed much software (the heavist being Anti Virus, which Ive disabled). You see my problem is with my DVD drive. It obviously eats up alot of memory when its playing a DVD and when I first bought my laptop (a mere 5 months ago) it played perfectly (with little else eating up resources) but now I get a choppy skipping picture quality. Ive tried relieving memory usage (Ive killed off as many processes as I can) but its the same....How do I get my speedy laptop back???


Any help greatly appreciated,
Thanks
Peter

Answer : Since the DVD drive is playing back from a DVD defragging your hard disk won't matter much at all. And since you've already defragged anyway it's not the cause, obviously. I'd suggest that something (an app or driver) you've installed since it was working well is causing this. It's not easy to track something like this down. The easiest approach is to get the latest drivers for all your major devices (network card, audio, video, and DirectX) and install them. This may very well fix the issue.

You can get DirectX at http://www.microsoft.com/directx


--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 4


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QAId : 8318247
Asker : tazmaniandevil
Subject : File Management Systems
Private : Yes

Question : I am trying to produce a project plan for implementing a file management system for an automobile industry.

I have managed to identify that a File Management System consists of the following requirements:
-Version Control Facility
-Ability to Store Meta Data
-Security
-Check in Check Out Capability
-Search & Indexing Capability
-Maintenance of file interdependcies & groupings
-Interface
-Structure & Organizational Capabalities
-Support of multiple file types
-Maintenance of file expiration dates

Question #1:
What are alternative solutions for each of the requirements above?

Question#2:
What can file management systems be compared to? i.e Can it be compared to Business Support Systems, Management Support Systems or other in order to weigh it against one another & select the best solution as a result before one decides what to implement, be it file management system or other?

Question #3
What are the different types of File Management Systems available today & which types are in the top 5 list?

Question #4
What business processes should be supported by a File Management System?

Answer : 1) The alternative would be a collection of documents with a database in the backend that maintains the metadata (which is essentially what the packaged document management products are).

2) These are simply document management systems. I'm not sure they can be compared to anything else, since anything else that is not a document management system doesn't serve the same purpose.

3) Documentum is a key player in this area that I have familiarity with. I think Vignette also has a document management system.

4) Any part of the business that has group document storage needs, especially those that have metadata or searching needs.
Rating : 5

FUQuestion : THANK YOU SO MUCH OUT OF THE SO MANY EXPERTS ONLY 2 OF YOU HAVE MANAGED TO HELP ME IN THIS STRUGGLE.

QUESTION:
WHAT WOULD BE THE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION WORTH IMPLEMENTING FOR AN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY?


Answer : I would look into Documentum.

http://www.documentum.com/

FUQuestion : How would documentation be of greatest bennefit in this instance?

Excuse my ignorance.

Answer : Documentum, not documentation. Documentum is a document management system that you should look into. Follow the URL I gave above for more information.

--
Paul Doherty
http://home.attbi.com/~bitbucket911
DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : How much would this cost for implementation, any sites on that??

Answer : You will have to consult Documentum for the costs involved. You may want to consider hiring some IT staff who are familiar with Documentum to assist in designing this.


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QAId : 8334965
Asker : jgstevens
Subject : That damn wsock32 file!!
Private : No

Question : Hi there

Simple problem really, but I dont know what to do.

1) My virus software detected a virus on (or related to) Wsock32.dll and deleted it
2) When I restarted my machine I naturally got an error saying that the file wsock32.dll could not be found
3) I downloaded wsock32.dll from dllfiles.com (or whatever) and pasted it into the System folder where wsock32.dll used to live.
4) I now don't get the error message on startup, but when I connect to the web, I can't get to any sites!

What has the replacing of wsock32.dll done and can I fix it??

You answer will be GREATLY appreciated.

Jeff

Need More Information : It sounds like you've gotten a version of wsock32.dll that is not for the same version of Windows you're running. What version of Windows are you running?

FUQuestion : Hi Paul

It's windows 98. Do you need to know the build too?

Jeff

Answer : No, put the Windows 98 CD for your version in the drive and then open a DOS prompt by going to:

Start/Run

and type "command" and press ENTER.

Once in the DOS prompt (in this example I'll assume your CD-ROM is drive D:) and type in the following commands:

d:
cd \win98
c:
cd \
extract /e d:precopy1.cab wsock32.dll

You should now have a copy of wsock32.dll in your C:\ (root of your drive) directory. Copy this file over the other in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM and ensure no OTHER copies exist anywhere on your system (and delete the one we just extracted from C:\ - the only one you want is in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM).

Let me know if that doesn't solve your issue.

--
Paul Doherty
http://ped.deadartists.com
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 8346012
Asker : Zima99
Subject : CD drive question
Private : No

Question : My CD drive stopped working, so I took a CD drive, that I know works, out of another
computer, and put it in my computer. It won't work either. It makes noise, like it's
spinning, and the light comes on, but nothing shows up on the screen. What could
be wrong? Do you have any idea how I could fix this?

Thank you,
~Karen

Answer : If the drive works in another computer (reading the same CD) but not yours, then I would try the following:

1) Use a different power cable to run the drive.
2) Ensuring the IDE data cable is cabled correctly and that both ends are secure.
3) Jumper settings on the CD-ROM drive are set for master or slave as appropriate.
4) Use a different IDE cable.
5) Ensure the BIOS has the IDE device port you're using (example - Primary controller, slave device) enabled, and set to autodetect.

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Paul Doherty
http://ped.deadartists.com
DOS/Windows Utilities

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