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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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Rating : 5


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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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Rating : 5


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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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Rating : 3


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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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Rating : 5


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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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Rating : 5


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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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Rating : 1


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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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Rating : 4


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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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Rating : 3


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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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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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DOS/Windows Utilities

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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