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QAId : 5373963
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : removing partitions?
Private : Yes

Question : My question concerns partitioning of the hard drive. I have no real computer background but have been told that my hard drive is "partitioned" and that it would be better if it weren't.

I have a Dell 266, Pentium II with 6.4 GB EIDE Ultra ATA Hard Drive.

The computer originally had Windows 95 installed by Dell, but Dell later sent an upgrade disk to convert to Windows '98, first edition.

I have been told that the reason that my hard drive is divided into A, B, and C is that windows 95, the original operating system, couldn't handle the size of the hard drive without dividing into three smaller ones. I have also been told that my computer would have improved performance if the partitions were removed, and that my Windows '98 system would have no trouble handling the entire hard drive without partitioning.

Finally to my questions.

1) Would it be better to remove the partitions for performance?

2) Is it a task that a computer rookie can do?

3) If I do remove the partitions, do I lose data now in my computer, or cause other problems?

4) My "C" drive is almost full, but my D and E drives are almost empty. I am wondering if the computer is handicapping itself by only using one-third of my drive space.

If your opinion is that the partitions should be removed, can you tell me how to do it, or lead me to a source of info on how to do it?

Thanks for your help!

Nancy

Answer : Please reserve "private" questions for truly private subjects. This question will never be viewable by anyone since you've marked it private and this limits the value of the interaction to the whole site.

There is nothing wrong with leaving your drive partitioned as long as you make use of the space (for instance, create a "Program Files" directory on D and E and use them for installing apps). If you are serious about changing to a single partition to take advantage of 98's FAT32 file system the best way to go about it is to obtain a copy of Partition Magic 6.0 from your local computer store. This utility will let you resize, remove and general manipulate your file systems without losing data or having to reformat. Using it you will remove the two extra partitions (assuming they are completely empty or that you move the data off first if not), then convert the first partition to FAT32, and finally resize the first partition to take up the whole disk.


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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 5436050
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Partition trouble?
Private : Yes

Question : Hello!!!!!
I recently partition my hardrive on my old laptop.
Using something called fips. It left my A: drive and my C: drive the same but changed my D: drive,which used to be my CD-ROM drive, to the second hardrive and my new CD-ROM drive is now the E: drive. The probably is I partition my drive after I fomated it and now when I try to install Win95 it says it don't see a CD-Rom drive and when I am in dos it do not recongize my E: drive so now I can't istall Win95 because I can't use the CD-Rom. I'm trying to install it on a 486 laptop which the CD-Rom drive is located on the docking station. Please help!!!!!!
<!You're also welcome to email me for more information!>

Answer : You'll need a boot floppy that has CD-ROM drivers so you can see the CD under DOS. Here's how to make one on another machine:

Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt

(put a blank floppy in the drive)

format a:

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

Download the following file to A:\

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


Now create a config.sys as follows:

edit a:\config.sys

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

Save the config.sys

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

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

Save the file and exit.

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

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Paul Doherty
http://members.home.net/iqueue
Home of DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 5534170
Asker : tom434
Subject : initinalization string
Private : No

Question : my connection speed has been lagging the techs at earthlink suggested i add my modems intialization string on the advanced settings of my dialup connection , my question where would i find it and how would i identify it i know its all abbreveated

Answer : Find your modem on this list, copy the string and the put it in from here:

Start/Settings/Control Panel/Modems/(select your modem)/Properties/Connection tab/Advanced

Paste the string into the Extra Settings field for them to be applied when you use your modem. Alternatively with a terminal program you can make the init string changes permanent by appending an "&W" (without quotes) to the end of the init string and typing it to the modem once.


List of modem init strings:
http://www.jenera.com/modems


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Paul Doherty, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, CCSA, CCSE
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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 5584951
Asker : boborruth
Subject : using dvd-rom drive causes reboot
Private : No

Question : I sure hope you can help, I've given out of ideas. I have a p500, 256mb ram, dvd drive, zip drive, 1.44mb drive, win98. When I put a cd in the drive the computer reboots every time. Nothing else is wrong . I've reinstalled the dvd driver. I've deleted a dozen or so programs that I had downloaded thinking one might have messed something up. I removed the programs running in the background from startup. It still reboots. Any Ideas? Thanks---Bob Paschal

Answer : I'll bet it doesn't reboot if you put a CD in while it's in pure DOS (If it did you definitely would have a BIOS/hardware issue on your hands). It's likely a driver issue but to be sure:

Uninstall the drive from the System control panel, under Device Manager - then shutdown the system and open it up. Verify that the jumpers (little black plastic connectors with metal inside them - they bridge the electrical connection between 2 or more pins) are configured correctly for the layout of your disk drives and CD-ROMs. If two devices exists on the same cable one must be jumpered as "master" and the other as "slave". If all looks good here try switching the IDE cables so that you're using a different one for the DVD than before (want to see if the problem f
follows the cable or stays with the DVD).

Let me know your results.

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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5

FUQuestion : I started in dos mode as you advised,put a cd in & It did not reboot. I did the other things you suggested. It still reboots every time.

Answer : OK then - your cabling is fine and the BIOS settings are likely OK (although a better test might be to boot in pure DOS *with* CD support loaded).

Let's try something else. Try putting a CD in the drive tray, then hold down the SHIFT key as you press the button for the drive to close. Kepp pressing SHIFT until *after* Windows has initialized the drive and the drive light stays off for several seconds. This will disable the "auto-run" for just this loading. If the system does not reboot this time I would suggest you may have a problem with the handler for the type of disk you're inserting. Is this an audio CD you're inserting by any chance? If it is try upgrading to the latest Windows Media Player (off the Windows Update on your Start menu) or change which app is associated with audio CDs (WinAmp can handle audio CDs and has an option in it's menus for file associations to make it be the handler for audio CDs).


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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : I put a cd in & held down the shift key, it rebooted.It reboots with either a program cd or an audio cd. I'm familiar with w95 & w98,but don't know too much about dos. When you say to boot in pure dos,I go to shutdown & check where it says re-start in ms-dos mode. Is this correct? You say to boot in dos with cd support loaded. How do I do this? I assume I have to type in a command. I sure appreciate you taking the time to help me solve this problem.

Answer : I would suggest creating a boot floppy to get CD-ROM support to test this from DOS. Here's how:

Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt

(put a blank floppy in the drive)

format a:

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

Download the following file to A:\

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


Now create a config.sys as follows:

edit a:\config.sys

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

Save the config.sys

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

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

Save the file and exit.

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

This disk will serve as a good rescue disk for you later, as well as troubleshooting now.

OK now boot with that disk and try inserting a few data disks - read from them with DIR commands like:

dir f: /s /a

You may have more than one CD drive - if you do then the drives will be assigned consecutive letters, like E: and F:.

With this problem occurring even with auto-run disabled I would tend to go back to a mis-wiring of the cable or other IDE-related hardware issue. Even if you don't experience the reboot in DOS since DOS may be less vulnerable to the corruption that appears to be taking place. My best suggestion at this point is to reexamine the cabling and perhaps replace the IDE cables. Also ensure the jumper settings are correct on all IDE drives.

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Paul Doherty
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Home of DOS/Windows Utilities


FUQuestion : I might be getting beyond my capabilities. You mention mis-wiring & jumper settings. No one has been inside the computer to change anything. It's a year & a half old compaq. I did switch the ide cables as you suggested. Is if possible that one of the programs I downloaded screwed up things. One in particular was x-setup. I have since deleted it. I'm going to be out of town several days. When I come back I'll decide if I want to continue or call the service man. If I have someone fix it I will let you know what the problem was for your information.

Answer : OK - good luck on it

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Paul Doherty
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Home of DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 5594527
Asker : ddpianoman
Subject : Outlook express
Private : No

Question : Today I hooked up a router with switch to network my home computers to a cable modem...I have a Dell Dimension L667r and a HP Pavilion 6356. It all works fine except for one thing. I cant get my mail from outlook express. On either computer it just gives me the message "The host 'mail' could not be found. Please verify that you have entered the server name correctly. Account: 'mail', Server: 'mail', Protocol: POP3, Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Socket Error: 11001, Error Number: 0x800CCC0D"

It does the same thing on both computers. It was working fine and flawlessly before on the one I had hooked individually to the cable modem. What do I need to do to get my mail? Different config required?..

Answer : That appears to be a DNS problem - make sure you have the correct domain in your DNS configuration. The problem may be that "mail" isn't a fully-qualified name, and if your DNS domain is not configured correctly to be "myisp.com" (or whatever yours is) then "mail" will not have the proper domain name appended for searching.

An easy way to test if it's going to work is first go to a DOS prompt and type:

ping mail

If it can't lookup the name it will reply with an error about "unknown host". Now make the changes to DNS (OR configure Outlook to use the fully qualified name of "mail.myisp.com") and then try the ping again. When the ping works (at least resolves the hostname into an IP address) so will the mail.


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Paul Doherty
http://members.home.net/iqueue
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 5600353
Asker : davidshimek@...
Subject : win95 reload
Private : No

Question : I have a lab full of older wind95 pcs. I was recommended that I reload win95 on all the computers. Should I reformat the drives? Should I just put the win95 cds in a reload from there? What would be most effective?
Thanks
David Shimek
Technology Mentor
St. Bernard's Catholic Schools
Eureka, CA

Answer : If the systems have been in operation and a long time, or if there are issues reinstalling over the existsing install usually will not help. A full reinstall is best. One way to lighten the load - if the systems are identical hardware-wise you can build *one* of them, and then duplicate to all the others to save a whole LOT of time. Here's how:

On your master machine that will serve as the source for all the others:

1) Repartition the disk so that it is in 2 equal partitions - so if you have a 4 GB disk make two partitions of 2GB each.

2) Format both partitions.

3) Install 95 as you want it and any apps to the C: partition.

4) Use Symantec's Ghost to ghost an image of the C: partition to the D: partition as an image file.

6) Burn that image to a CD-R disk and create a bootable floppy with CD support.

7) Go from system to system for the rest of the machines and apply the Ghost image to their disks (using the full space for the one partition).


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Paul Doherty
http://members.home.net/iqueue
DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 5625516
Asker : Aglaia
Subject : Print Screen
Private : No

Question : Hello,

Ever since I got this new computer I haven't been able to print my screen, so I'm wondering if something needs to be enabled. I've tried ALT + Print Scrn, with no luck. If it helps any, I use Windows 98, and the key reads:

Print
Scrn
SysRq

Thanks,
Aglaia

Answer : All the PrtScrn and Alt+PrtScrn do is to take a snapshot of the full Windows environment or foreground app, respectively, and places it as image data in the Windows clipboard. That's just the first step - now that the data is in the clipboard you must paste it into an app that can handle graphics like Paintbrush, Word, and email app, etc.

Once you've pressed PrtScrn or Alt+PrtScrn try doing this:

Start/Run/pbrush.exe (press ENTER)

Once Paintbrush opens press CTRL-V or select Edit/Paste from the menus.

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Paul Doherty, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, CCSA, CCSE
http://members.home.net/iqueue
Home of DOS/Windows utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 5631766
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : buying
Private : Yes

Question : Where can I find a low priced computer that is up to date to use to take distance learning courses and surf the web. I have heard that refurbished computers are as good as new and inexpensive but, haven't had any luck. Help

Answer : EBay is a good bet if you know what you're looking for.

Paul

Answer : http://www.ebay.com

FUQuestion : I don't really know alot about computers, just how to work them. some advice
Rating : 2

Answer : Here's a nice system that will do nicely for your task:

http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1236344727




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QAId : 5639676
Asker : dgedwards
Subject : How do I save ie5 to disk?????
Private : No

Question : Hi Y'all!
I was wondering how I would go about saving ie5 to disk. It takes about 3 hours to download from windows update. I've tried to save it to drive F which is my CD writer/recorder but it won't let me (seems I don't have permission or something) Also, I'm not exactly sure what I want to save. Here's what I want to do. Go to my disk and restore all of ie5 to "wherever it belongs on my computer" without the long waiting period. Some of the experts told me I could download it from windows update to my disk. I looked but couldn't figure it out. Anyway, I've got it all in place on my computer now. If one of you guys could "helps the dummie" I would be most appreciative. I need step by step instructions in small words please. Many thanks

Answer : These URLs describe the steps to download the install files so you can install IE on this machine and others.

Downloading Internet Explorer for Windows 95 and Windows NT
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q174/6/80.asp

Download-Only Setup of Internet Explorer 5.5 on Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q257/2/49.ASP



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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 5689543
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : Internet Explorer
Private : No

Question : I use Primus as an ISP to connect to the internet.
My question is when i am connected to the internet, is there a way for IE to come up when connection is detected?

Answer : A better way is to configure IE to dial-up when launched. Inside IE got to the Tools/Internet Options menu. Inside go to the Connections tab and select the button below that says "Dial whenever a network connection is not present". Now whenever you are not currently dialed into your ISP you can launch IE and it will automatically dial in.


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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 4


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QAId : 5723217
Asker : andiliem
Subject : display
Private : No

Question : I am having problems with my display, red shades display as black, I can really only see blue, white and yellow. I have a Compaq Presario 7400, running Win98SE. How can I fix this? Thanks.

Answer : You have one of the following problems:

-The video cable is not seated well, is going out and needs to be replaced, or has a bent pin on one of the ends.

-The monitor's red "gun" is going out and the monitor needs repair/replacement.

Your problem is that, for whatever reason, the red gun is not firing which is why red things are black, and the other colors are skewed.

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Paul Doherty
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DOS and Windows Utilities


Rating : 5

Answer : If replacing the cable doesn't work, and there are no bent pins you can straighten with needle-nose pliers then no it is not a user-serviceable problem. Do NOT mess with the innards of your monitor. Even unplugged the capacitors inside can carry lethal voltages. It's not worth the risk to save a monitor without proper training.

Best of luck to you!

Paul


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QAId : 5731689
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Inexpensive Internet Service/Notebook Battery
Private : Yes

Question : Hello Expert:

I wanted to see if you might have some thoughts on the following two questions.

1)I don't spend a great deal of time on the internet with my PC (perhaps 25-40 hours a month). Thus, I really didn't want to pay too much for an Internet Service Provider. Do you have any good advice for getting something affordable or free, but also won't prove to be a hassle using. I understand that there are free services such as www.nocharge.com and others and tempted by that, yet never tried it. What are your thoughts on those. A friend also mentioned that AT&T has something for $4.95 a month which allows one 150 free hours a month. Any thoguhts there.

2)Any thoughts on the best place to buy a battery for a Hitachi laptop? Is it better to buy new or refurbished and what do they typically cost.

Thanks for your time!

Answer : I wouldn't expect too much with a free internet account - you may get what you pay for! ;-) But there won't be any harm from trying - though I have heard of some that will install "nagware" on your PC that will pop up advertisements.

About the battery, try some of these:

http://www.us.buy.com/retail/searchresults.asp?search_store=1&qu=hitachi+battery&loc=101

http://www.sabahoceanic.com/nbhitachi.html

http://users.pandora.be/technimex/notebooks.htm


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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities



Rating : 5


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QAId : 5766190
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : IT-INSTALL SOFTWARE TO NETWORKED COMPUTERS
Private : No

Question : Please help me with this assignment q's. I have been putting alot time researching this answers until I give up. So that is why I beg for your answers. Here is the questions:

Prepare a brief (2Page) document on how to create a simple spreadsheet in Microsoft Works. You can install the program from the T drive to make yourself familiar with it. " What do you mean by that"??? Your documentation MUST include screen dumps. "How can you do screen dumps"??? Please Help, Please, PLease...???

Answer : The "T" drive is a reference to a drive letter on your PC that has been mapped to a network drive. He is probably referring to a lab machine at your school.

To take a screen capture of the full screen press the PrintScreen key on the keyboard. This puts an image of the screen into the clipboard. Once it's there you can paste it into any application that can use images, like Microsoft Works. With a document open in Works just press CTRL-V or select Edit/Paste from the menus to get the image into your document. To get a screenshot of *only* the foreground window press ALT-PrintScreen.


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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 5799056
Asker : taveric
Subject : What is this...?
Private : No

Question : sulfnbk.exe <--- What is that file and what does it do? I was sent an e-mail that told me to delete because it was a virus.. and I had a strange feeling that it woule be on my pc and I don't think it's a virus.. So what is that file???

-THanx Alot..

Answer : It's not a virus. This one is a known hoax. sulfnbk.exe is the utility that comes with Windows that is used to backup long filenames in the event you need to use a backup utility that does not support long filenames and would truncate them to their xxxxxx~1.yyy name.


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Rating : 5


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QAId : 5799900
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : Free Online Storage
Private : No

Question : Where can i find a website that has a free online storage, where u saved your stuff online and upload it somewhere???



Please help me.

Answer : Try this one:

http://www.freedrive.com


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Paul Doherty
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Rating : 3


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QAId : 5829080
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : Power Failure
Private : No

Question : Hi! I use a surge protector for my computer. The only three things that are plug on the surge is CPU, Monitor, and Printer. The problem that i am having is when i turn on my computer.............then after a few minutes, the computer suddenly turns off. I didn't turn off anything. It just turned off! This has been happening for a month. I have re-image my computer, because some experts said it could be the hardware that's causing it, but it still happens. My mom don't want to take it to the purchase store and have them fix it because the warranty is over, and it's expensive!

What can i do??
Can i leave the computer on forever, just to avoid it from shutting down by itself?
Please help me.
Thank you in advance.

Answer : I leave all my computers running 24 hours a day - just configure the system so that it will shut down the monitor after 45 minutes of inactivity (under the Display control panel).

As for your power situation. Have you tried not using the power strip to see if the problem is related to the strip? Also if it still occurs try a different power outlet to see if that is the problem. I'm assuming that there are not "brown-outs" or other power anomalies as I would have expected you to mention if, for example, every time the PC died the lights dimmed. :-)


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Rating : 4


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QAId : 5858165
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : Startup C:\
Private : No

Question : When i start my computer it says: Invalid VxD dynamic link call from NWLINK(01) + 0000010F to device "0028", sevice 8000.
Your windows configuration is invalid . Run the setup program again to correct this problem.

To continue running Windows press Y or ENTER. To quit the current program press N. If you continue running Windows, your system may become unstable. Do you want to continue?
Press Y for Yes or N for No:

When i press Yes it does become unstable. When i press N it loads and displays this: C:\

What can i do?

Answer : Try rebooting in Safe mode (hold CTRL during the RAM test until a menu appears) and reconfigure your network - it sounds like this may be related to the NWLink IPX/SPX network protocol.


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Rating : 4
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QAId : 5859016
Asker : garydaw61
Subject : printing
Private : No

Question : I am looking for the way to print the whole screen. I don’t mean just the program stuff, I need to print everything on the screen. I am working on a manual and I want to show the whole screen as examples. How do I do this? Remember, I want the print to show the task bar, startup task bar the whole shooting match top and bottom EVERYTHING


Thanks, Gary

Answer : Press the PrtScrn button

Start/Run/pbrush

Press CTRL-V in PaintBrush to paste


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QAId : 5884752
Asker : Zima99
Subject : Error Message
Private : Yes

Question : Hi,

I am regularly getting an Error Message:
"Explorer has caused an error in ATI2DDAD.DRV
Explorer will now close."
Many times the computer will completely freeze,
and I will have to disconnect the power to shut
it down.
Do you have any idea what the problem could be,
and how I can fix it?

Thanks so much!
Karen

Answer : I would have to centure a guess that you have an ATI video card. If that is the case thenm getting the latest drivers from their site, installing them, and then installing the latest DirectX would likely fix it.

ATI drivers:
http://support.ati.com/products/pc/graphics/index.html

DirectX:
http://www.microsoft.com/directx


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FUQuestion : They have no new drivers for me.
What should I do now?
Should I re-install the current driver?
Do I un-install it first?
Please help me.....don't want to mess it up !!
Thanks for your help!
Karen

Answer : Just follow the steps for installing the driver that came with the driver and you'll be OK. Then reinstall DirectX after you're done with that.


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Rating : 5


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QAId : 5904576
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : Drive Space
Private : No

Question : What is DriveSpace about?? Can I use it??
How do i increase disk space??

Answer : DriveSpace is a remnant of the DOS 6 days when Microsoft incorporated compression into their OS and file system. It is no longer utilized, but Windows NT/2000 have compression similar to it, except that it is selectable on an individual basis (i.e. you can select which folders to compress and which to leave uncompressed).


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Rating : 4
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QAId : 5914212
Asker : scoanich
Subject : Apple or PC
Private : No

Question : I am a student in college and looking to buy a computer, I have been looking around and have been told Dell and Gateway are good brands, But I am also interested in an Apple Computer. Is there any suggestions you might have on the performance and reliablity of a Mac as compared to a dell or gateway? Thanks for your advice.

Answer : Performance will be similar with either a Mac or a PC. The real question comes from what you want to do with the machine. If availability of lots of software and hardware is important to you go with a PC. If you already know that the apps you want to run are available for the Macintosh then feel free to go that way. For me the PC has far too much support for me to ever consider (if I could have only one machine) having only a Mac.


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Paul Doherty
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QAId : 5935610
Asker : Pecktown
Subject : Program unknown
Private : No

Question : I have a Compaq Presario 5220 and when in the add/delete programs I have a program listed as VTPCIIRO V1.1 What I would like to know is what is it and what does it do? Thank you. Pecktown

Answer : I've never heard of it - you may try and do a Start/Find/Files and Folders and do a search for VTPC* and see what directory such a file resides in - this could be s hint as to the program and its function.

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Rating : 5


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QAId : 5947507
Asker : losangeles27
Subject : problems with associations in my computer
Private : No

Question : Hi,

Whenever I want to download a file on the web, I press the "download" button and instead of a little gray box popping up asking me where I want to save the file, I am taken to a page with a broken "Film strip" image.

Somehow I think there is an association in my computer between downloading and one of my quicktime files.

How do I check this? How would I correct this?


thanks,
matt

Need More Information : Have you tried reinstalling a new version of QuickTime?

FUQuestion : no, i don't think so. Is this broken film strip image a quicktime problem?

if i should reinstall quicktime again, do i get it from quicktime.com (if not, can you please recommend where I should get this?)

thanks!

Answer : http://www.apple.com
Rating : 4


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QAId : 5948071
Asker : jready
Subject : picture displays
Private : No

Question : I'm working on a computer with a very strange problem. It wont display pictures. Some pics it displays fine while others look rainbow colored. This occurs on the net as well as with pics taken from disk on a digital camera. Have tried a new video card, motherboard, processor, you name it. Have also tried different I.E. browser versions. Your expertice would be appreciated in this dilemma.

Need More Information : Can you describe more of what you're seeing? Is it just when viewing pictures? Is it only in a certain image viewer (IE, for example)? Have you tried a different monitor and video cable? Have you tried a different resolution or color depth? Do you see the "rainbow" effect on just the images themselves or is the Windows interface also "rainbowy"?

FUQuestion : All i can see is a faint image and colors running together. It is only with internet explorer and viewing pictures through windows explorer. I have tried a different monitor and cable, as well as resolution and color depth. The Windows interface is fine just the images themselves are rainbowy. Was wondering if I could update bios to fix it but would like other solutions before doing that. Thank you.

Answer : Try a different image viewer to confirm that it occurs always - try this one:

http://www.acdsystems.com/english/products/acdsee/index.htm

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QAId : 5956195
Asker : danandemy
Subject : Celeron or pentium 3?
Private : No

Question : I have to make a choice between 2 computers. The first is 600mhz,celeron,64mb,10gig,15in.monitor. Second is 700mhz,pentium 3,64mb,20gig,17in.monitor. The second one costs an extra $300. Is number 2 worht an extra $300? How much faster will the p3 be compared to the celeron? I only use the Internet, word, and other simple software, no high tech gaming.

Dan

Answer : You will not notice a big difference between a Celeron (2 - the Coppermine type) and a P3 *of the same clock speed*. But here we are talking about a 100Mhz difference, 10 more GB of disk space (twice the other system), and a better monitor (who even sells 15" monitors anymore?). For normal usage I'd say the lower-end system is just fine if you can live with the monitor and lesser disk space. For the activities you describe there will not be much subjective difference in speed between these systems (and you haven't described the subcomponents like video card, audio, CD support, etc so I can't comment on them).


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QAId : 5962024
Asker : jimgun
Subject : transfer programs to a new computer
Private : No

Question : I have a few programs that I want to transfer from my old computer to a new computer. I do not have the programs on disk. I can burn them onto cd, but I am afraid they will not work on the new computer, because there is no installation file in the program folders. How would I go about the transfer of these programs?

Answer : There are three main things I'd be concerned with:

1) The app itself (usually a subdirectory under "Program Files".

2) The files the app may or may not have copied into the Windows structure (Windows\System, usually).

3) The registry entries the app may have made.

#1 is the part you can easily get, and if the app didn't have any OS extensions, will be sufficient to migrate it to the new machine. Most apps will recreate the registry entries they need the first time you run them since that's how most do it in the first place (setting up those registry entries the first time you run them).

If you want (or end up needing) to get the registry part as well you can run regedit.exe, dig down into HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software and examine those branches for one - usually you're looking for the name of the company who made the app. If you find it you can export that branch for import on the other computer with File/Export Registry File.

As for the Windows\System files that might exist I say transport the app over without the registry or any support files and try running it (install it to the same disk location - ie Program Files). If it asks for certain files note their names, get them from the old computer, and copy them to Windows\System on the new computer. If it looks like the registry entries are needed run regedit on the new computer and import the .reg file you exported on the old machine.

Between these steps you'll be able to transport 95% of all apps.

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QAId : 6004703
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Second hard drive
Private : No

Question : I have just installed a second hard drive and would like to know how to copy the contents of my
smaller drive to the new bigger drive.

Answer : Ghost will duplicate your drive in a drive-to-drive or partition-to-partition fashion. You can find it at your local retail store in the SystemWorks product by Symantec.

http://software.symantec.com/dr/v2/ec_MAIN.Entry10?V1=272108&PN=1&SP=10023&xid=27674&DSP=&CUR=840&CACHE_ID=35066

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QAId : 6031788
Asker : BeNzE6
Subject : CD-Rom Drive - IMPORTANT - PLEASE HELP ME
Private : No

Question : Hi!
My problem is about my cd-rom drive.
When i play music cd's, while it's playing, i can't hear anything at all.
When i play games using the cd-rom, there's nothing wrong at all, it plays, music also plays.
When i'm listening to music on my cd-rom drive USING a headphone i can hear the music. I just cant hear the music on the speakers on my computer. This only happened today.


I want to listen to music cd's on my computer speakers, not headphones!
My speakers are connected properly by the way.


O/S: Windows98 SE
Ram: 32 MB
MGz: 400
CD-Rom Drive Speed: 40 X
Sound Driver Manufacturer: Sigma Tel


Please help me!!
***If i re-install windows 98 SE, will i hear music on my cd-rom drive, when i'm playing music?***

Answer : It sounds like the CD audio is turned down or muted. You hear music in games probably because they are not CD-Audio, but rather audio stored in a compressed form on the CD and spooled off for decompression and playback (which would make them come out the same way as any other digitized sound effects, and why they are unaffected by your situation). To rectify the problem:

Double-click the volume control (speaker icon) in your systray (far right of the taskbar at the bottom of your screen where the clock is).

Check that the slider for "CD Audio" is at least as high as the "Wave" slider and that the "Mute" checkbox at the bottom is not selected. Then try playing an audio CD again.

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QAId : 6043390
Asker : bartmanmark
Subject : scanner/printer probs
Private : No

Question : hi i hope you can help with this problem as i am drawing blanks every where else... basicaly i bought a scanner (relisys scorpio2) it doesnt use usb port so its plugged into the lpt1 port orrigionaly used for the printer. the printer is then plugged into the scanner. the scanner is now up and running fine but when i try to print i get an error printing to this port message. i didnt get any manuals with the scanner so i am a bit stuck the printer worked fine before also

Answer : Most of the time when you try to pass a parallel signal through another device (the scanner in this case) one of two things can go wrong:

1) Devices are incompatible in this configuration (less likely)

2) One or both of the parallel cables are not bi-directional or shielded. Ensure that both cables are high-quality bi-directional cables. (more likely)


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QAId : 6096060
Asker : lstarnes@...
Subject : SIMMS RAM Question
Private : No

Question : I have copied over all of Paul's files to the new computer. I was going to try to use some RAM from Paul's old Compaq (24 MB) to optimize his memory on his new Micron (48 MB).

Micron Millenia Pro 3 or 4 years old (200MHz): 2- 16 MB and 2 - 8 MB (4 slots)

Compaq ProLinea 4/50 MHz:
1- 16 MB and 2 - 4 MB (4 slots)

I replaced one of the 8MB chips with the 16MB chip, but the system did not recognize it. In fact it booted saying there was only 16 MB of RAM overall. It may be that the speed of the chip is too slow or it may be that the one machine uses parity RAM the other non-parity RAM. This was my best guess, but if you could offer some clarity about mixing RAM that would be great especially clarification on how the parity works.

Thanks,
Lana

Answer : It's my understanding that the SIMMs must match in density on each pair of slots. IOW you can have any two densities you like as long as each pair of SIMM slots (0 and 1, 2 and 3) are the same density. The pairs of memory banks operate together.

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QAId : 6100989
Asker : secondson
Subject : my pc's "locking up"
Private : No

Question : Lately, whenever I'm on my computer, if I take a break, the screen will go dark after a while (as it should) and then, when I return and press any key to illuminate the screen, I will get no response -- the screen stays dark and I have to restart my computer! It's like there's a disconnect between the keyboard and the computer, but only in those instances...

Why is this happening, and what can I do to fix it?

I appreciate your help/advice.

Mitchell

Answer : This is most often a problem with Windows and your BIOS both performing power management duties. Enter your BIOS on a reboot (usually by pressing DEL when prompted) and turn off power management in your BIOS.


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QAId : 6122160
Asker : mehmet_halil
Subject : Excel Functions
Private : No

Question : please can you help me before my boss sacks me. i am currently designing a spreadsheet using excel. the task requires me to round up the a half. for Example
5.32 rounded to 5.5
5.00 rounded to 5.0
5.78 rounded to 6.0.

i am able to round up, however i am unable to round to 0..5. instead the excel rounds to the decimal place. for example
5.32 rounded to 5.3
5.00 rounded to 5.0
5.78 rounded to 5.8.
i am presently using excel 97. Please Help

Answer : I think I may have worked out an answer for you. I put a number into A1 and this formula into cell B1, and then tested by changing the value in A1.

=ROUND(IF(A1>(TRUNC(A1) + 0.5),TRUNC(A1) + 1,IF(A1 > TRUNC(A1), TRUNC(A1) + 0.5, A1)),1)

Any number from .01 to .50 results in the original number .5 - for example

5.01 -> 5.5
5.34 -> 5.5
5.49 -> 5.5

Any number greater than 5.5 results in 6

5.64 -> 6
etc

Just format cell B1 with a single decimal place and you will get the "5.00 becomes 5.0" etc that you are after.

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QAId : 6166544
Asker : watersedge
Subject : internet issues
Private : No

Question : Hello -- please forgive the detailed complexity of my question and help if you can! My boyfriend's parents are moving in the next couple of weeks and have asked me to set up their computers when they arrive. I said no problem but now they have a ton of questions that I don't feel "brave/confident" enough to answer on my own!
They both work from home (consulting) on separate computers, presently using an AOL connection. Here are their thoughts:
They presently have 2 phone lines -- one for phone calls and another for PC and fax machine. "Dad" wants to keep AOL for client and project concerns but "Mom" says they cannot both use the internet at the same time, the way AOL works. She's asking if DSL is a better option and could they still both use the internet at the same time? Or should they just have 3 phone lines?
Now "Dad" tells me that he has a Dell optiplex computer which is designed for networking through an internal 3-om device that operates through phone lines. This has not been successful in the past but if it would work he thinks they should both be able to be on-line at the same time, through one server.
I am getting lost quickly but really want to help them!!!!!!!! Thank you for your time!!!!!!!!!!

Answer : The easiest way for them to do this is to get the DSL (which will save them the cash they were laying out on a 2nd or 4rd phone line). Then get them each an ethernet network card and a cable/DSL router like the LinkSys or DLink. It's a natural firewall and keeps internet intruders out quite effectively and allows them to share the bandwidth of the DSL connection. If the machines are not close together you will need appropriate lengths of CAT 5 ethernet cabling to hook each to the cable router (all devices hook to the cable router - get the kind with switch ports too - usually has about 4 ports for PCs to plug into). Here's a link to the LinkSys model:

http://www.us.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10235958&loc=14577

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QAId : 6181134
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Running into errors
Private : No

Question : Hi Paul
Im using win98se, P3800, 128sdram, after i formatted my computer it always run into errors
sometime say windows protection error or windows encountered an error acdessing the system registry. Also when i try go into safe mode it'll say HIMEM.SYS has detected unreliable XMS memory at address 00DD503E XMS driver not installed and there are more errors too like explorer, kernel32.dll, etc
Plz tell me whats wrong with my computer and how do i fix it?
Thx,
Wing

Answer : From your description it may be bad, or poorly seated, RAM. Try removing or moving around memory modules. If you get nowhere with this you might try a reinstall of Windows (over the top of the existing install - won't hurt your installed apps but fixes things a lot of the time).

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QAId : 6195944
Asker : joserodriguez
Subject : Build a Computer
Private : No

Question : Hi my name is Manuel Rodriguez and i am going to build myself a computer and i want to know exactly what do i need, i want to tell you that i the computer is not for me it is for my friend but i am going to help him build the computer. he don't nothing, he does not have a computer so please tell me what i need thanks

Answer : This site will help:

http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/index.htm

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QAId : 6205210
Asker : philso1003
Subject : fonts don't work in photoshop or Paint
Private : No

Question : Hi,
I installed some new Chinese fonts on my computer. They worked well in MS Word. But when I try it in Window's Paint, it came out just like regular Times New Roman. and when I tried the fonts in PhotoShop, it says "Could not complete your request because the necessary CMap files were not found."
Could you please tell me what I should do?
Thanks a lot.
Phil

Answer : It sounds to me like the font type may not be correct for some apps. Like for example it's a TrueType font that doesn't work in paint. Or perhaps a bitmap font that needs to be a TrueType. Try a few more font types and see if you can see a pattern to which work and which don't. If you open the Fonts control panel you can see the TrueType fonts as they have a "TT" icon.

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QAId : 6213138
Asker : ngtj
Subject : error msg
Private : No

Question : "MCI device not open" i get this error msg after i run a game.. the game stop just before the movie so i suspect it is something to do with direct movies.. any solution ? i can't play the game , if the movie don't play...

thank you...

Answer : This looks like an error opening the sound device for playback. I'd recommend getting and installing the latest audio drivers for your sound card, and the latest DirectX drivers.

Audio cards:
http://www.windrivers.com/alpha/sound.htm

DirectX:
http://www.microsoft.com/directx/

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QAId : 6222488
Asker : cynthia94
Subject : Securing a folder
Private : No

Question : Is there a way for me to create a password on a specific folder on my c drive? I want to put several confidential Word files on a folder and instead of creating a password for each file I would like to create a password for a folder containing sensitive files. thanks

Cynthia

Answer : You can use one of these applications for that:

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

Or you can use encryption to protect folders or individual files from reading/tampering:

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

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QAId : 6224429
Asker : ERASEF301
Subject : Wireline Modem?
Private : No

Question :
Hello there, I recently bought a Wireline modem for my Handspring Visor (Palm Pilot copy) and was having trouble hooking it up to my PC. I was hoping you might be able to help me with this. I have found no help elsewhere on the internet, so any help would be great! You see, I followed the instructions that came with the modem, but they are so general. The way it works, is this. You hook up your Handspring/Modem combo to a phone line. IT is supposed to dial up your computer, and Download your email ect... I have cabel internet, so this is not a problem. What the modem does, is actually HOTSYNC, if you are familiar with the term, my Handspring over the phone line Downloading email, and my other conduits (i.e. AvantGo, and Epocrates)... N E ways, when I was setting up the modem on my handspring, it ask me, "phone number" I chose my home phone number... Is this the right phone number to choose? Then I hotsync with the modem connected to the visor, it dials up the modem, and i can hear the Visor Modem working (like all dial up modems sound)... However, it always says BUSY!!! Well, obviously if I am at my OWN House it would logically BE Busy... right??? I guess I"ll try doing this at a friends house... BUT,,, they recomended you try it before leaving the house>>>> How am I supposed to do that??? Am I doing things correct so far do you think???

Any tips on getting this thing working would be greatly appreciated...

sincerely, ERASEF

Answer : I would agree that it's not possible to test it from home unless you have different phone lines. Try it from a friend's house - it sounds like you are on the right track.

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QAId : 6240910
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : which way is best to leave your computer on ?
Private : No

Question : dear experts,

Is it better to only turn off the monitor and leave the computer on while you're away or put it into Stand by mode ?

thanks

Answer : I leave my systems on 24/7 all year long. Why? When a system first powers up it is at room temperature. Over a short time it heats up until it reaches an equilibrium point (where the heat it produces is counterbalanced by the environment's ability to take on the extra heat). At that point unless the environment changes the system temperature is fairly stable, fluctuating several degrees but nothing like the initial powerup. Powering systems off allows them to cool back down. Doing this power off, power on cycle repeatedly decreases a system's life by stressing the power supply and all ICs and other components by the sudden application of power. The heating up/cooling down cycle can also lead to traces failing on the CPU and motherboard, and can add to the tendency of solder to become brittle. So leave the system on...

As for the monitor - I leave mine on all the time too, but I have my screen saver set to come on with 30 minutes of inactivity, and have the monitor power down after an hour. Why is this better than turning it all the way off? Well this stand-by mode:

1) Uses less electricity by far (about 1/10th of normal full-on state).

2) Maintains some heat inside the monitor to avoid the full cool-down discussed above/

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Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities

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QAId : 6306641
Asker : joshfunk357
Subject : adaptec
Private : No

Question : Hi.
I have some questions with this software
1. I tried to make an audio CD by copying one of my existing CD's to a CD-RW, but the computer says that it is a CD-RW and will not play in a car audio or home audio player, is this true? Is there a way to do this?

2. I wanted to erase on of the CD-RW's so I went to the Adaptec CD wizard to format the CD. It said that it erased everything but when I tried to use it again, the computer says it is a non-recordable CD. What am I doing wrong?

Any tips or advice using this software?
Thank you!



Answer : Most car players can not read the dye type of a CDRW. You will need to use CDRs (some players can't play these either, but they're becoming rare) for the audio disks you make.

What I have done is to use a unit by Philips called 'Expanium'. It's a portable CD player with a cassette adapter for your car stereo. You can also play MP3s with this player so I load up a CDRW with 150 songs and play them in the car until I want a different mix.

Inside Easy CD Creator just go to the CD menu and select Erase CD. Then perform a "Quick Erase". If you can't write a new disk with it after that point something is wrong with one of these:

- media choice (CDRWs may be marginally compatible) - try a different brand

- drive (less likely if it works for other disks)


Tips -

Keep your hard disk defragmented to lower the chance of underruns that can trash your blanks.

Don't use the PC for anything else during burning unless it's a really fast machine and a really good burner.
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QAId : 6322910
Asker : coolies31
Subject : computer
Private : No

Question : Hi,
I have a problem with my Pionex Computer (it has Windows 98). When I started it yesterday, an error message came up that said there is a problem with Windows directory and windows will have to be installed. So, I tryed re-installing windows 98 by using the CD and the book disk. It started to check the files and during "StartDisk" then found an error on Windows. It had choices of "Fix Problem or Don't Fix. So, i chose 'Fix Problem' than the same screen comes up that asked me if i want to fix the same problem it meioned before. Do you know what ishould do? Sorry to sound so confusing. Also, do you know a phone number for Pionex tech support where you can actually talk to someone? I have 4 different numbers for them and I try calling all day but they ring off the hook and no one ever picks up.
Thanks You Very Much

Answer : It sounds like a disk problem. Try running a pure scandisk as:

scandisk /autofix

which will not prompt you on each error. Then go get a Coke or something and come back. Your drive may be dying and this should show it (also do the surface scan when asked by scandisk).

If the CD they gave you is a full recovery CD (and not just a Windows 98 CD) you may try formatting the drive to see if it's really a hardware problem or just the disk contents got scrambled somehow.

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DOS/Windows Utilities

Pionex's contact numbers:

Pionex Technical Support
Phone: 800-313-1995
E-mail: Pionextech@Pionex.com

Please have your serial number ready when contacting a Pionex representative.

Send technical support your problem by email.

Pionex Customer Service
Phone: 800-888-3425
E-mail: Pionexservice@Pionex.com



Pionex BBS Service Number
732-563-9150
You can reach Pionex (via modem only) 24 hours/day at this number. Use this number for product information or to download updated drivers, utilities and shareware.

Pionex Sales
For information on carrying Pionex please contact our sales staff.


E-mail: PionexSales@Pionex.com



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QAId : 6329761
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Leavimg PC On
Private : Yes

Question : We've been told without ,explanation why, that is is good to just leave your computer ON all the time. How is this "good" for the computer ? Why do so many people say leave it on all the time ?

Answer : I leave my systems on 24/7 all year long. Why? When a system first powers up it is at room temperature. Over a short time it heats up until it reaches an equilibrium point (where the heat it produces is counterbalanced by the environment's ability to take on the extra heat). At that point unless the environment changes the system temperature is fairly stable, fluctuating several degrees but nothing like the initial powerup. Powering systems off allows them to cool back down. Doing this power off, power on cycle repeatedly decreases a system's life by stressing the power supply and all ICs and other components by the sudden application of power. The heating up/cooling down cycle can also lead to traces failing on the CPU and motherboard, and can add to the tendency of solder to become brittle. So leave the system on...

As for the monitor - I leave mine on all the time too, but I have my screen saver set to come on with 30 minutes of inactivity, and have the monitor power down after an hour. Why is this better than turning it all the way off? Well this stand-by mode:

1) Uses less electricity by far (about 1/10th of normal full-on state).

2) Maintains some heat inside the monitor to avoid the full cool-down discussed above/

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Paul Doherty, CNA, CNE, MCP+I, MCSE, A.A.Sc., B.A.
http://members.home.net/iqueue
Home of PC DiskMaster and other Windows utilities
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QAId : 6372193
Asker : txrrcowboy
Subject : Graphics and memory
Private : No

Question : Howdy,

I'm a freelance writer and want to add a small home business producing graphic designs and photo collages. I have Microsoft Photodraw (which I understand has just been discontinued), which makes beautiful designs--but the designs I create quickly run up to 1 or 2 MB or more. Consequently, my computer starts moving very slowly, sometimes taking as much as an hour to change one small feature of a design or to spool the file to the printer. Yesterday, it caused the monitor to go black while trying to print a design--I had to reboot the whole computer to get the monitor back up.

Obviously, I don't have enough of something--memory of some kind is my guess. I'm pretty good at learning and using software, but I really have no idea what's "under the hood" of my computer, so to speak. I can tell you I have 96 MB RAM, a 10 GB hard drive, Windows 98.

So I guess my question is, short of buying a new computer, what can I do to make my graphics program reasonably fast and easy to use? Will be very grateful for any help you can give, as I am financially pressed at the moment and looking to increase my income with the graphics sideline

Answer : If this behavior happens over time (not immediately) it's probably not memory you're running out of (especially if you're not receiving out of memory error messages). Your problem probably lies with (in order of liklihood):

1) Video drivers
2) MS Photodraw

Get the latest video drivers for your video card here:

http://www.windrivers.com/company.htm

Then check with Microsoft's web site and get that program patched up to the latest:

http://office.microsoft.com/Downloads/default.aspx

FUQuestion : I'm good with using software, but not a techie. Before I can update anything, how do I find out what kind of video card I have? I have poked around under Control Panel>System, but it's all Greek to me.

Answer : In the System control panel go to the Device Manager tab and into the subsection in the list for your video card. See what driver it's using now - if it was done correctly in the beginning when the system was made you should see the name/brand of the card there.


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QAId : 6402391
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Auto Scanning Bugging Me!!!
Private : No

Question : Hi

I don't know how to describe my problem but believe me I have never been bugged so much in my whole life by an O.S and that too by the great Win 98. What actaully is happening whenever I shut down my P.C it shut down normally but when I start the P.C the message appears is that you have not shut down the P.C properly and so autoscan will start. And so it does and I have to escape from it. What I did next that I changed the value of AutoScan command line to '0' in MSDOS.sys file but now if suppose P.C stops then the Auto Scan which normally in any good pc would have appeared doesn't appeared. Please help me I am really getting tired of this O.S and the Auto Scan message. Is ther any way out. Please reply back soon.

Answer : Sure, just leave the autoscan disabled and use the Task Scheduler (in the systray at the bottom-right of the Windows interface) to schedule routine scandisks of your hard disk to ensure no errors are present.

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QAId : 6427389
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : System wont recognize new memory
Private : No

Question : Have a Pentium 233mhz processor. Want to add or change memory to 256mb from 64mb. Replaced with 4 cards of 64mb 60ns memory and system will not recognize new memory. Changed back to original memory and now wont work. Tried to use 2 cards of 64mb, or two 32's and two 64's, or just the original two 32's. Any suggestions? Found out AFTER the fact that my computer will only max out at 128mb. I can do this with two of the new 64's but did I mess something up in trying to switch?

Answer : Are you sure you're populating the first two slots (the same that were occupied by the two 32MB sticks)? If you are (and the 32's don't even work) you may have damaged one of the SIMM slots. More likely is that you are not seating the RAM modules properly and they are not making good contact.
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QAId : 6427592
Asker : iwillbeback
Subject : Boot Problem
Private : No

Question : Dear Expert
I have a brand new computer but when it begins to boot-up it says 'cmos check sum error please enter system disk' If I keep booting after about 3 times everything seems o.k.
The computer is 1Gig cpu, 128 ram, AMD Processor.
Can you help please!!
P.S. I don't have a floppy system disk only a cd for the motherboard.

Answer : I would contact the seller and get support for it - it sounds like a corrupted or poorly-seated BIOS. If it wasn't new I'd suggest making a boot floppy with the latest flashBIOS from your motherboard manufacturer's web site and updating the BIOS.

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QAId : 6443088
Asker : joes_mail_box
Subject : no video
Private : No

Question : Hi,

I have two computers with what are probably different problems but results in the sme thing...no video. I've tried other monitors (with their attached cables) and replaced the video cards but still have no video. The screen gives absolutely no indication of anything taking place. The monitors do power up and work on other machines so I've eliminated (I think) a monitor problem. One of the machines manuals indicated that if I wanted to replace the built in video capability with a video card that I had to jumper a certain jumper, P2. I did this with no improvement. Then later in the manual, I see that the SAME jumper reference is to be jumpered to clear the CMOS!!

I guess my question is where do you start when you have no video on the monitor, not even the bios message...

thanks,
Joe

Need More Information : 1) You can find a improved manual very likely in Adobe Acrobat form (PDF) on the mobo maker's website. This should take care of the errors on the jumpers and get you on the right track.

2) Try different slots for the video card(s) and rules them out as a possible problem by using them in the machine that you said worked with the monitor.

What got you to this state? Did the systems work prior to this? What have you done to get where you are? Without background info it's a little hard to diagnose your situation.

FUQuestion : Lets deal with the one that went out most recently. I had not used it in a few weeks as it is a secondary computer. Its a Spacewalker HOT-553, with a PII 166Mhz cpu and AMD bios. When I plugged the power in and powered it up, there was no indication on the monitor that anything was happening. I do hear the hard drive start up but only for a short period then all is quiet. As I mentioned I have tried different video cards in different slots and different monitors. The monitor on the system works on other computers.
I guess your dead in the water if anything happens to the video on the motherboard.

Joe
ps: you ever worked in Annapolis Junction, Maryland?

Answer : Never worked in Maryland.

You're not dead if the onboard video dies, you'll just need an add-on video card in a PCI or ISA slot, and may have to set a jumper to bypass the onboard video.


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QAId : 6449459
Asker : AlexW100
Subject : Possessed cd drives
Private : No

Question : Hi,
I'm having some major problems with my the d drive (cd rom) of my computer. It's a Compaq Presario 4220, running win 95 on a pentium 1 proccessor. The problem is that it wont read any programs on the cds - they just spin around in the drive while the computer clicks and whirrs. The strange thing is that it will play audio cd (unless the cd contains a hidden bonus program), possibly suggesting that it's a software problem rather than a hardware one. I've tried to run the reset cd which wipes everything back to the factory settings but I cant because the cd drive doesnt work! Argh! How can I fix it?
Alex

Answer : Turn the PC off and open the case. Ensure all cabling to the CD drive is intact and well-seated. Your symptom could be consistent with a loose IDE cable (as audio CDs do not even require a connection to the IDE ribbon cable) and your inability to read data would be in line with this. More likely the CD drive is wearing out. If the cables check out then I'd suggest picking up another CD-ROM (or better yet a DVD-ROM) at your local computer store. It's an easy swap and requires no changes at all.

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QAId : 6451097
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Computers
Private : No

Question : Hello,

I need to know what are the hottest computer(wiht dvd and cd-w) these days, and the site of them. Price not matter. The best computers, fast, huge memory, and..... anything .

Answer : The best PCs to be had would be from

http://www.voodoopc.com/home.htm

The best in terms of value for the money would be Dell:

http://www.dell.com/us/en/gen/products/line_desktops.htm

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QAId : 6477833
Asker : dij
Subject : windows
Private : No

Question : Hi

I have a problem.
I just formated my c: drive and I am trying to install windows.
I have 3 of them ,win98,winme,winXP.

But all of them don't work.They ALL freez at the moment when copying files, all 3 of them.
I think it's my cd-rom.. can it be?
because winme works on my other machine.

But in other hand, ALL my other cd's works on this machine, this only happens with windows cd's.

Thanks a lot,
dij

Need More Information : So you're saying that when trying to read any of the Windows install CDs that it locks up? Or that *during installation* of any of the 3 (from CD) that it locks up? If it's the latter I would lay odds as you mentioned on the CD drive having a problem. Check the cabling to be sure all is good there, and if necessary try a replacement CD-ROM drive (or borrow one out of another computer as a test).

I notice you said all the other CDs works on this machine. What are they working under (what OS)? Since you're trying to install these other OSes, which are you using when you read these other disks?


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FUQuestion : Hi

My winME installed without freezeng so i am gonna use it now.
Thanks for all the help!

Answer : OK - great.


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QAId : 6507998
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : automatically connected to the internet
Private : Yes

Question : I have downloaded shockmachine from shockwave.com to download and work their puzzles off line. But lately when I try to pull up a puzzle to work off line, I am automatically connected to the internet. You are not supposed to be connected, that's the whole of shockmachine, to stay off line and play their games. I have written to shockwave about this, but have recieved no answer. Thought one of you might be of help. Thank you

Answer : If you are configured to dial automatically if *any* internet-capable app touches the internet you will auto-dial. I've used ShockMachine, although not recently, but I was not familiar enough with it to tell you where to go to disable any access it may make (it could be loading advertising - does it display ads while you play?).

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FUQuestion : No, no ads are displayed and no pop-ups. Just starts AOL. Never did this till a few days ago. Thanks for you in-put. If you can come up with anything else that might be helpful. I would appreciate it. Thank You
Declined (Reason) :
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QAId : 6527113
Asker : luizgm
Subject : Hard drive space
Private : No

Question : Hi, I bought a computer from Gateway, the notebook Solo 1200. Everything is fine. The only problem that I noticed is that the computer was suppoused to have 10 GB in the hard drive. When I opened the properties window of C: it says that the total capacity is 9.35 GB that is io 10,041,425,920 bytes.
So my question is if the computer is missing .65 of the 10 GB, or if this is something standard.
Thank you.
Luis

Answer : Hard drive manufacturers live in a special place, where a MB is defined as 1,000,000 bytes. We, in the real world, define a MB as 1,048,576 bytes. Thus the hard drive capacities are overestimates of what is truly there. In addition formatting a hard disk for use with an operating system uses some space as well. My advice is to sue. ;-)

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QAId : 6535300
Asker : taveric
Subject : file transfer...
Private : No

Question : how are you doin'...

okay I was wondering if the following is possible..

I have 2 pc's.. both with ethernet cards and running in WIN95...
But only one of them doesn't have cd-rom drive that works...
I was wondering if there was anyway to connnect both pc's using the ethernet cards to transfrer data between them..
But more importantly is it possible for me to access the cd-rom drive on the other pc for the computer with he busted cd-rom drive..
and lastly is there any freeware or shareware software that is good to use for this sort of thing...

I know this is alot... But I appreciate all the help the askme experts give and I want to thank you for helping me with my question in advance.. =)thanx

Answer : You can hook the PCs together with what's called a "crossover cable" - it's an ethernet cable that has the send/receive pairs switched and will allow the PCs to talk without anything in between. No additional software is needed - you will just need to install the "Client for Microsoft Networks" (in Network control panel), put both machines in the same workgroup (under Identification tab in Network control panel), and add "File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks".

Once done the machine's names should appear in the Network Neighborhood and you can then enable shares between them by right-click a drive letter on each machine's "My Computer", selecting "Sharing" and setting a password for access.

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QAId : 6571838
Asker : jav90
Subject : Floppy Pass.
Private : No

Question : Is there a way of putting a password on a floppy disket

Answer : Not really. Since a floppy can be moved and used on another machine. The only real way to protect the data on a floppy is to encrypt it.

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

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QAId : 6582077
Asker : Michael126
Subject : PAge Fault
Private : No

Question : Hi there

May i know when do page faults occur. And what actions are taken by the operating system when a page fault occurs.


Regards
Mike

Answer : They usually occur when the operating system encounters an unexpected condition, such as data that has been written into an area it shouldn't have been, thus corrupting that data on next access. As for what Windows does in this case it would seem that Windows either suspends the task or hangs the OS entirely (blue screens). Apparently the innocuous password files that Windows keeps can be a source of page faults and are an easy way to try to fix them. All the password files are is a storage place for Windows to keep the passwords associated with your user account. They are kept in *.pwl files - just find the one you're using (or delete them all) in C:\WINDOWS and delete it.

More info on this at:

http://support.microsoft.com

articles Q154092, Q151708, Q166898

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QAId : 6593346
Asker : dgedwards
Subject : Adding Files to the "New" Screen @ Desktop
Private : No

Question : Hi

Need More Information : Can you tell me what your question is?

FUQuestion : Sorry, I re-typed the question but I guess it didn't come through.
What I asked was how do you re-establish a file in the "New" window on desktop. I inadvertently removed "text" from the window.(this is when you are at the desktop screen and you right click and a window comes up with one of the tabs noted as "New" with various files indicated. I'm running windows 98 and ie5. Someone told me to download "Tweakui" from microsoft, which I did but it's of no help. It tells me I need to re-establish the program used to open text documents. I don't know how to do that. I would like for someone to guide me through with step by step procedures. I'm not very good with a computer but I sure would like to be able to acess text from this window which will allow me to convert other files. Thanks, Don

Answer : The site I gave you in the other answer has step by steps with pictures to assist you.

http://www.jfitz.com/tips/rclick_custom.html

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QAId : 6593385
Asker : dgedwards
Subject : Adding Files to the "New" Screen @ Desktop
Private : No

Question :
Hi!
When I'm at the desktop screen and right click a window comes up along with the tap "New" with various files noted. I inadvertently deleted one of these (text document). Can someone tell me how to restore it and can I add others such as "jpeg" to this window?
Thank You,
Don

Answer : http://www.jfitz.com/tips/rclick_custom.html

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QAId : 6599911
Asker : alshooter
Subject : creating a screensaver
Private : No

Question : Hi,

I have an existing .exe file which I want to convert to a screensaver (.scr) file on my PC. Can anyone give some advice for this?

Thanks.

Answer : Try this app that uses EXEs as SCR files:

<http://ww2.vobis.de/bbs/shareware/brett75/exess10e.zip>

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QAId : 6599916
Asker : colflgg73
Subject : Dell Dimension Beeps!
Private : No

Question : I have a Dell Dimension that beeps constantly at about five second intervals. I can turn down the speaker volume to limit the distraction, but it still clicks. Everything seems to work fine, but it doesn't seem that this should be happening.
Problem started today and have not had it happen before. System is two years old.

Answer : Open the case and ensure that all fans are in good shape and operating. This may be a heat warning or a fan failure warning. Dust may have built up or a fan's bearings may have gone out.

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QAId : 6609833
Asker : k926
Subject : opening photos on my computer
Private : No

Question : Sometimes when someone send me a photo, I save it and then can't open it. What I see is a "windows symbol" in My Computer. What does that mean and how can I change it so I can open it? Thanks.

Answer : I'm not sure what you mean by a "Windows symbol" but I suspect you mean a "default icon" that indicates Windows doesn't know to what app the filetype belongs. The easiest way to make sure you can load any and all graphics formats is to grab the very excellent ACDSee image viewer, and during install allow it to register itself as the handler for all graphics formats:

http://www.acdsystems.com/English/Products/Downloads/ACDSee.htm

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QAId : 6609852
Asker : nat2b
Subject : CD burning menu
Private : No

Question : Can someone suggest a program (preferably freeware) that would allow me to easily make a bootable CD listing a menu (directory) of copied programs? Also can you suggest something that would also allow booting of these programs by clicking a number from the menu? Thanks for any info you can provide.

Answer : Here is an exhaustive and step-by-step to creating bootable CDs with or without menus, and all with freeware applications:

http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

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QAId : 6616372
Asker : tayley
Subject : adobe photoshop 5.5
Private : No

Question : Hi, Paul...I want to add the characteristic copyright symbol to a graphic I drew. It is already "digimarked", yet in order to prevent a PC novice from claiming "innocent infringement", shouldn't I add the visual symbol to the graphic? Where should it be displayed on the work? Where do I get this symbol? How is it added? I searched Adobe's help files, but found nothing. Thanks...

Answer : I don't know about placement on images, but I'd suggest the bottom-right corner as a good location.

As for getting the character itself use the Character Map utility (Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools). Select the Tahoma font and you should see the copyright symbol 4th column, 6th item down. Double-click it or click the Copy button to put it in the clipboard. Then go to your graphics app and paste it in as a text item, then position it.

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QAId : 6633267
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Is e-auction site reliable?
Private : Yes

Question :

I am very new to this when I see there are online auction sites like http://auctions.ebid.co.uk/ or http://www.computermarket.com/auction.htm , which allow you to bid and buy whatever you want.

Could you please tell if it is advisable to buy computer hardware from these sites? What are the cautions? I live in England and want to buy a CD-Rom drive.

Answer : I've had very good luck with EBay.com, and I hear good things about UBid.com. As for these others I'd be very surprised if any site that neglected it's customers too much would be around very long, but if you're really concerned try doing some searches in:

http://groups.google.com

and see if any negative comments surface.

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QAId : 6636383
Asker : phydeault
Subject : Windows
Private : No

Question :
Hello, I curently have Win98, which is not working properly since I installed DirectX8. (Videos won't play, Direct Sound doesn't work, evrey site with flash makes my computer freezes, ...)

I didn't format the disk yet for a new instalation of win 98. However, I went to the C prompt command (in the boot up, not in msdos), and I was unable to get to D:/>. However, in MSDOS, I can access D:/> ?

Do you know what I mean? lol
How can I acess D:/> so I will be able to access the win 98 instalation set up ?


Answer : You can't access D: in DOS because it's probably your CD-ROM drive. DOS needs a driver to access a CD-ROM (so does Windows, but Windows handles that for you). The easiest way to attempt a fix for this problem is to boot into Windows, pop the Windows CD into the drive and run the setup right over the top of your existing install. All your apps will be left alone but Windows may fix whatever is causing your problem. If it doesn't you can still rebuild as you were ready to do anyway, but this may save you a lot of time and effort.

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QAId : 6645839
Asker : wumply
Subject : Do signals in cables sometimes get attenuated?
Private : No

Question : Hello:

My scanner plugs into my pasrallel port and my printer into my scanner. Works fine. But I was told or read that the scanner cable should not be over 4 feet in length.

I have an Intel video cam that sits on top of my monitor. It has an 8-9 foot cable and works beautifully. But when I aksed Intel about using an extension cable, they said that in their experiments, extension cables frequently cause computer freeze-ups.

Can you tell me in some detail what it is about cables or extension cables that appears to indicate they cause problems if beyond certain lengths? What is going on?

Is there a way around this problem? I mean a longer scanner cable would be easier for me to connect/disconnect and if I had a longer cable on my videocam, I could move it around the room to show someone a closeup of some object 10-20 feet away from the computer.

John

Answer : Yes, I think attenuation does occur on the cables. You may want to try using USB where possible instead. If you get a highly shielded cable you may be able to go the distance you require.

http://www.cables.com/computer1.html

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QAId : 6647109
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : How to call from the net?
Private : Yes

Question : How to call from the net?

I am a foreign student, so calling home costs me much money. I heard that there is some way to make international calls from your computer so long as you have internet connection. In this way, it costs you nothing.

Is it true? Could you please tell me the simplest way to do this? I am studying in England and need to call to Vietnam.

Thank you so much.

Answer : Here are several...

http://www.comlink.f2s.com/e_freecalls.htm
http://www.hottelephone.com/
http://www.dialpad.com/
http://www.mediaring.com/
http://www.net2phone.com/
http://www.go2call.com/

FUQuestion : Could you tell me whether I can use this service from the laptop? I don't use normal ISPs like AOL but my laptop is connected to the university network (LAN.)

Answer : Those are all accessible with any type of internet connection. Just open those sites in your browser, and follow the instructions.

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QAId : 6651657
Asker : dimibri15
Subject : Automatic change?
Private : No

Question : I have an AMD 1200, I am super happy so far. But something strange happened twice since I got him. I don't know if it's the processor's fault but let me explain. The ASUS motherboard I have is set to jumperfree mode and after maybe a month I got the AMD, while at the very start waiting to start, I noticed the speed of my AMD had changed to 900MHz. I changed it back to 1200 from the BIOS settings and everything worked fine. Until today. I noticed again the same thing, the clock was set at 100 (by 9 makes 900), I haven't done anything at all. I changed again to 1200 and I just have to be careful every time it starts I must pay attention at the speed setting. Do you have any explaination? I would appreciate it.
D.

Answer : In jumper-free mode your motherboard may be attempting to automatically determine the chip installed, and is improperly detecting it as a lower-clocked chip. Either update your BIOS by getting the flash utility and BIOS from your motherboard maker's website, or set it to jumper mode and set the jumpers for your chip's true speed.

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QAId : 6657709
Asker : tayley
Subject : hiding the icons...
Private : Yes

Question : Okay...I
> ...right clicked the start program, clicked on "explore"...
> ...double-clicked on programs...found the macromedia flash folder...
> NOW. Do I drop-and-drag the flash icon over to the accessories icon, or what? I cannot see any folder that specifically says, "icons". I can't tell the difference between the folder of icons, and the program directory. I'm ASSUMING the program directory, as you describe it, is this flash folder I'm dragging and dropping to accessories. How do you identify the icon folder?

Answer : Yes, whatever the name of the folder is that has Flash installed. Likely it's called Adobe. Try double-clicking it and see if it has a Flash icon in it. Then you'll know.


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QAId : 6660371
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : BIOS & Optimization
Private : No

Question : Basics:
I have a 3mo old Dell Dimension 2100 with Windows ME.

Two questions:

One, I recently updated my BIOS through dell.com, as my computer is from there. And I wanted to know how to disable or change the BIOS picture. Is this possible?

Two, what programs or techniques do you recommend to optimize or configure my computer?

Thanks for your time and effort.

Answer : Usually the picture is not able to be disabled, but some BIOS's have an option to use a small picture versus a large. Press whatever key during boot is indicated as the one to enter the BIOS and look around for the option.

As for optimization you'll have to be more specific with a needed area of performance. For general information see this site:

http://www.pureperformance.com/

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QAId : 6666058
Asker : LevGartman
Subject : CD-Rom Recognition
Private : Yes

Question : My self-built PC lately has become a POS. It has never performed this horribly. It worked well running 98, and I usually didn't have any problems. Now I've changed some hardware and upgraded to ME. The performance is horrible. Its a P3 500, with 256MB RAM, a total of 50 GB HD space, and definately doesn't perform as well as it should.
One thing that I'd like to solve is the problem I have with installing OS's. When I try, DOS will not recognize a CD-ROM drive. When ME is running, it recognizes the two drives, a TDK VeloCD burner, and an EPO DVD-ROM, no problem. When I put ME on the computer, using the 98 OS still on the computer, I had to copy the CD files to the HD, and installed it from that drive through DOS, because DOS would not recognize the CD-ROM drives. The drives run through a Promise Ultra100 TX2 card mounted on my Tyan Tiger 100 motherboard(just upgraded the BIOS).
I've built this PC myself, but friends showed me how and what to do, so I think its a hardware problem. Please help.

-Lev Gartman
Go Blue!

Need More Information : I'm not sure of exactly your situation but CD-ROM drives are *never* accessible from DOS without specifically loading DOS CD-ROM drivers. So not being able to access the CD-ROM drives from pure DOS (not a DOS prompt inside Windows) is quite normal. Can you give me more details and what you need help with?

FUQuestion : Here's my whole comp history, maybe it will help.

Ever since I upgraded some parts of my computer, I've been having a lot of problems with it. With friends, 3 years ago, I bought and put in the computer:
Tyan Tiger 100 Motherboard, Quantum Fireball 10 GB Hard Drive, 256 MB RAM, Promise Ultra ATA/66 PCI Controller Card, Diamond Viper V770 Graphics Card, Sound Blaster Live! Value Audio Card, CompUSA Power Supply, a Kenwood 52X CDRom, a Adaptec Burner, and an Intel Pentium III 500 Processor. And the computer worked great.
Over time, I upgraded the power supply and put in a SOHOware 10/100 Ethernet Card. The computer still worked great.
Recently, I took out the CD Rom and burner and replaced them with an EPO 16x DVD-ROM and a TDK 12x10x32 VeloCD Burner. I replaced the ATA/66 PCI controller card with a Promise TX2 Ultra ATA/100 PCI controller Card. And I added an IBM deskstar 60GXP 40 GB Hard Drive. All of these changes I made at the same time.
Now, the PC runs incredibly slow, much slower than it did before the changes. When I try to install a new OS, DOS will not recognize a CD-ROM drive. I've tried bootdisks galore, and replacing the DVD-ROM with my old Kenwood CDROM. When ME is running, it recognizes the two drives, a TDK VeloCD burner, and an EPO DVD-ROM(or the Kenwood), no problem. When I put ME on the computer, using the 98 OS still on the computer, I had to copy the CD files to the HD, and installed it from that drive through DOS, because DOS would not recognize the CD-ROM drives. I've called TDK and EPO, and TDK told me their burner should NOT be recognized in DOS, so that problem is solved. The EPO people said theirs should, but couldnt help me as to why it wasnt. And the Kenwood has worked before in DOS, and now DOS recognizes no CDROM drives. I get the feeling it has something to do with compatability between some of the stuff and the TX2 or the motherboard, but I've been wrong before. Any help?

Answer : You can not access ANY CD-ROM from DOS - DOS does not have native drivers for CD-ROM drives. You must load one. Here's how to build a boot disk to access your CD/DVD drives:

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

Start/Programs/MS-DOS Prompt

(put a blank floppy in the drive)

format a:

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

Download the following file to A:\

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


Now create a config.sys as follows:

edit a:\config.sys

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

Save the config.sys

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

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

Save the file and exit.

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

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QAId : 6744205
Asker : seemalv
Subject : file transfer
Private : No

Question : hello,

i need to transfer some file from one computer to another that is about 4 MB. It does not have infrared either.

what else can i do?

thanks

Answer : One way is with a null-modem serial cable available at most computer stores and a software program, like xport.exe (run it in DOS on both machines while connected via the null-modem cable - be warned that it is old and does not understand long filenames).

Another way would be to ZIP the file to successive floppies with WinZip. If you start creating a ZIP file of this 4 MB file to a floppy WinZip will fill the first disk and then prompt for additional disks as needed until the whole file is backed up. This is probably the easiest way (http://www.winzip.com).

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QAId : 6798189
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Broken Laptop
Private : Yes

Question : Hi, I was wondering if you could help me. I own a Dell Inspiron 3700 and latley it has been screwing up quite badly. When I turn it off for the night and I come back inn the morning to turn it back on, it will freeze at the Windows 98 screen. I coildnt do anything so the best i could come up with was to push the on button. This didnt do anything, so I took out the cable modem card (probably not to good) however, this shut the computer down. Then when I turn it back on, I get a series of, "windows could not load properly on the first try" or something, and it gpoes into safe mode, then i go to start, shut down, restart, and I will have to go into safe mode or take out the modem card about 3 or 4 times before it will load properly. What should I do. THANK YOU!

Answer : The easiest thing to do would be to break out your Windows CD and, from within Windows, reinstall Windows right over the top of the one you have now - it will preserve your drivers, all installed programs, your data, etc. All it will do is force Windows to reevaluate your hardware (and will likely correct your problem which is almost certainly a driver issue).

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QAId : 6824113
Asker : jharle1
Subject : Word corrupted??
Private : No

Question : I am having a problem with Word-my guess is that it has become corrupted, but I don't know what the next step is. These are the messages I am getting: WinWord is not responding, Qttast is in my ctrl-alt-del and it is listed as not responding, when I click ctrl-alt-del, I get There is not enough free memory to run this program, system is dangerously low on resources, system is waiting for close program dialog box to be displayed.

Am I to reinstall Word, or I have a tape back-up. Do I instead reinstall something from the tape? I am a beginner and so please make it simple. Thank you.

Need More Information : The first thing I would do is figure out what this "Qttast" program is. Try and find it on your system and see what program it is coming from. Do a Start/Find/Files and Folders and type in:

qttast*

with C:\ being the selected starting location and "subfolders" checked.

Let me know what you find.

FUQuestion : qttask.exe d:\Windows\System 28kb
Qttask.lgc C:\Windows applog LGC file
1 kb


Answer : That is a QuickTime app - uninstall your QuickTime player from Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs and then, if that file qtttask.exe still exists, delete it manually. Then go to http://www.apple.com and get the latest version of QuickTime and install it. Then let me know if your problem persists.

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FUQuestion : I did all the steps and the problem still persists. However, qttask is no longer in my ctrl-alt-del. But still when I click on a word file it gets as far as the logo screen and then freezes. Ctrl-alt-del brings up the same messages and I am out of system memory to even get writing when I click on the start menu and must shut down the computer using ctrl-alt-del twice.

FUQuestion : I just picked up my PC World magazine and on page 63 see some info that may or may not be related to my problem. It can be found at www.find.pcworld.com/15000

That is not exactly the message that I get. And I use the Word application that is a part of Microsoft Works.

Answer : I would try backing up your documents and uninstalling Works, and then reinstall it. If no other apps are giving you errors and Windows works fine in all other cases.
Rating : 5

FUQuestion : I uninstalled Word (not works) and reinstalled it. Unfortunately there was no change. Question, possibly would the "Repair Word" box be a possibility? (comes up with the CD in while Word is still installed along with the option to uninstall Word in Control Panel, Add/Remove Program) Or do you suggest uninstalling Works and reinstalling it as the next step? Thanks

Answer : If I were you I'd do one of two things:

1. Remove any and all apps that startup with Windows - those apps that start and sit in your systray. If after all of those are uninstalled (or at least stopped from running) you still get the errors then I would go to step 2.

2. Install Windows again over the top of your existing install. This will fix a lot of strange errors like this, as Windows will replace out of date or incompatible DLLs and other files/settings that are difficult to track down. Just put the Windows CD in and install to the same dir you have Windows in now. Your programs and data will be safe.

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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities




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QAId : 6824669
Asker : autographsforsale
Subject : hard drive transfer to new computer
Private : No

Question : My home office PC is getting long in the tooth (266 mhz, 64MB ram) and I've upgraded as much as I can. I am anxious to buy a new PC and I actually have the model in mind.

The only thing that's holding me back from doing it immediately is I dread transferring all the files and programs from my old hard drive. I am especially worried about losing all the internet passwords and IDs that I assume are stored in my cookies folder. I do not have a zip drive, only a read-only CD ROM and a floppy drive. I do have a cable modem and 6 MB of e-mail storage on Yahoo, so I could theoretically e-mail myself attachments with my old computer and retrieve them with my new computer.

Any advice or tricks you can offer would be appreciated.

Answer : Probably the easiest way for a novice to go about this would be to:

Buy the new PC.

Unplug the hard drive from the old machine.

Plug it into the new machine jumpered as "slave" onto the extra connection on the same cable as the new machine's hard disk.

Boot the new machine and copy over what you need from the old hard disk (which should appear as drive D:). The cookies and such are stored in subdirs under \Windows - ex \windows\cookies and \windows\favorites for your browser shortcuts. If you use Outlook Express your email folders are kept as .DBX files under \Windows\application data\identities\(some long hex-like value)\Microsoft\Outlook Express.

Once you're done getting what you want you can pull the old hard drive out.

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Paul Doherty
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Rating : 5


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QAId : 6832543
Asker : jav90
Subject : Anti Virus
Private : No

Question : Hi, Is it possible to use many Anti Virusses at the same time on one computer?

Answer : It probably is, but it's likely a very bad idea. I would find your favorite and stick with only that one, keeping it up to date with the latest virus definitions from their web site.

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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities



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QAId : 6835311
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : OldMainThreadWndName
Private : Yes

Question : My utilities program keeps telling me I have a crash in OldMainThreadWndName. Please explain what this is and what can be done to correct it. Thanx.

Answer : I'd have to guess that this is an internal variable the program uses and this is a bug the developers didn't fix. I would find an update to fix the program or discontinue using it.
Rating : 4


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QAId : 6840973
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : Windows Media Player
Private : No

Question : Hey, I've got windows 98, and I just got windows media player 7.1. I notice that when I pull down the file menu.. i see movies I have played most recently... is there any way I can delete that "history" or any way I can turn that function off?! THANK YOU

Answer : It is likely stored in the registry.

The easiest way I can think of to do this is to rename one of your AVI or other video files something unique like:

GOOBER.AVI

Then open it in media player and ensure that it shows up in the recently opened list. Now close media player and Start/Run/regedit

Once in the Registry Editor press CTRL-F and type GOOBER.AVI - note the location where it is found (and press F3 to search again - it may be in more than one place). Delete those entries and note the location for future use. Then open media player again and ensure that Goober.avi doesn't show up in the list anymore.

As for disabling the feature entirely try poking around in the menus - I don't know if there is an option to stop that or not.


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QAId : 6842824
Asker : nasrene@...
Subject : PC System problems
Private : No

Question : Hi,

We have a new store brand PC running Windows Millenium. It freezes up, or blinks off/on with loss of data when there has been no power problem. We let McAfee run a check on our computer and it fixed a long list of things, but told us this:

The "ACPI IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering" device has a problem. Cannot be fixed automatically.

What do we do?

Thanks for your help!

Nasrene

Answer : Those are not "real" devices in the same sense as a sound card or video card is a real device. They are just placeholders.

I would ignore the "error" being generated by McAfee unless you have a known problem you think is associated with this.


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Paul Doherty
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QAId : 6868664
Asker : Anonymous
Subject : passward protection for a folder
Private : No

Question : Is there a software that can password protect a folder, so that any file I move to that folder will be automatically password protected by the same password.

Answer : Try some of these...

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


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QAId : 6939866
Asker : soundmind
Subject : HD Backup
Private : No

Question : Hi,

I'd like to backup my hard drive so I can reformat in hope to fix my everlasting problems!

What is the best way to backup my harddrive and how would I use backup file in case of anything happens?

Thank you!

Need More Information : Do you have a CD burner?

FUQuestion : Yes

Answer : A CD burner is your fastest and easiest way to back up. Backup all your personal data (My Documents and so on) and application install files (the downloaded files to install WinZip, WinAmp, etc) onto a CDR and then blow the machine away and start with a fresh install of Windows. You'll need a boot floppy once you're ready to format the hard disk. Make one with Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs/Startup Disk (tab).

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FUQuestion : Thanks! I was about to ask your about the boot copy!

I've been having some Windows problems... can I still use the boot copy I create from this machine? I have an old boot copy I created a year ago. Will that be better? Is there a difference?

Thanks!

FUQuestion : Also, I'm thinking of upgrading from Win ME to Win 2000. (I heard some eerie things about Win XP I don't want to go there)

But Microsoft recommends ME to home users. But I'd like to use my home computer for some hard core coding. What would you recommend? Should I just stick with ME?

Thanks!

Answer : Either floppy should be fine as long as you made them with the same version of Windows. If your system is only mildly flaky I'd go ahead and make the disk now and use it. test it first by rebooting with it in the drive and ensure it boots up OK. Then you can go back into Windows (take the disk out and reboot on the hard drive) and backup your data to a CDR or two.


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DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 6957355
Asker : dcap3
Subject : DOWNLOAD PROBLEMS
Private : No

Question : I am trying to download a file to update a program I have, but I keep getting this message: “The file decompression has failed. There may not be enough free disk space available in the temp directory.”

Answer : It sounds like the file is a self-extracting EXE file. If it is and you're sure you have disk space enough for it (click your hard disk once in the My Computer display window and note the free space at the bottom of the window) try right-dragging the EXE to an empty spot on your desktop and letting go - in the menu that appears choose the "Extract to" option at the top (assumes you have WinZip installed - http://www.winzip.com) and it should extract the contents there.

If you show enough space but it still gives that error you may want to run a scandisk to ensure you don;t have disk problems. Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/ScanDisk.

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Rating : 5


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QAId : 6967343
Asker : pminda1
Subject : autorun
Private : No

Question : I am trying to create an autorun file and it doesn't seem to be working. I want a presentation I've done to autorun upon insertion into someone's pc. The file is called "Johnson Contracting" and it is an MPEG played by Windows Media Player. What would the right script be to get it to autorun?

Thanks experts,

pete

Answer : Assuming Windows Media Player is installed to the normal location (right-click your Media Player icon and select Properties to check), and the file you're running is on the CD in the root directory (i.e. not in a subdirectory) then the following autorun.inf should work:

[autorun]
open = "C:\program files\windows media player\wmplayer.exe" "Johnson Contracting.mpg"
icon =

Burn that autorun.inf file, along with the MPG file to a CD and you should be good to go.

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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 5


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QAId : 6967534
Asker : kupono56
Subject : Modem Problems
Private : No

Question : Hi,
My computer just crashed so I reformatted my drive and installed Win98. I previously had Win95 on it. Everything looks fine I got all the drivers and everything looks good except for my modem. I have the correct drivers for this modem but whenever I try and connect to the internet it says that it cannot initialize a modem. In device manager it says that the device is working properly. Checked the diagnostics on the modem and it gave responses. My question is, is there anyway that I can test if my modem is working correctly other than trying to dial out to the internet.
Thanks!!
sheldon

Answer : Well if the modem shows no errors and responds to the diagnostics queries I'd say the hardware is fine. Try deleting the dial-up networking icon for your ISP (after right-clicking/Properties on it to get any needed info copied down first) and re-creating it, ensuring it uses the modem you tested. What COM port and IRQ are you on? Is there more than one modem object in Device Manager (System control panel)?

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Paul Doherty
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QAId : 6973136
Asker : cher37
Subject : network password
Private : No

Question : I have ME system. When I reboot, window comes up saying"enter network password" I don't want it at all.

I have tried allot of things to rid myself of it, but to no avail

Can you help me get this out for good

Answer : You will need to go to the Network control panel (Start/Settings/Control Panel). In the main page there is a "Primary Logon" selection - change it to say "Windows Logon" and then, at the next boot blank at least the password, and perhaps the username field as well.


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QAId : 6976655
Asker : suesacto
Subject : MISSING FILES
Private : No

Question : While running a Norton diagnostic of my comoputer, I got back a message saying that I was missing three files that should be reinstalled. They are:
Windows\system\msipcsv.exe
.......\......\htmdeng.exe
.......\......\ipcclient.dll

Where can I find these files to reinstall and do I really have to reinstall them?

I'm not having any problems with my system other than occasionally I will get a box after booting that says something like SYMTRAY error with an option to close or get the details of the error. I know that it has something to do with the Norton System Works program, but beyond I don't know why I get that message or how to stop getting it.

I'd appreciate any help on these two problems. Thanks in advance.

Answer : I'd try uninstalling and reinstalling Norton (SystemWorks) before anything else, as it seems to be the one thing that's having (and causing) problems. Go to Start/Settings/Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs and remove it. Then reboot and install it again.

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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

Rating : 4


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QAId : 7009408
Asker : max104
Subject : Networked Media Player
Private : No

Question : Hey,
So I just got Windows Media Player 7.1. I have two computers networked with a router, but one of them is disconnected... its getting fixed. The one I am using now is still connected to the internet homever, which is normal. But when I try to download streaming media from the internet, the player just freezes up and I got to close it in the task manager. Is there anything I can do to be able to watch movies without it freezing up on me.. Thank You

Answer : You may be missing a CoDec (Coder-Decoder) or running an older version of Media Player. get the latest Media Player from the Windows Update icon in your Start menu, and grab the latest video CODEC from:

http://www.divx.com/divx/

which helps with a lot of movie files.

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Paul Doherty
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QAId : 7013694
Asker : jharle1
Subject : Quicken and Windows
Private : No

Question : I upgraded to Quicken Deluxe 2002 recently and all was ok until I did a tape backup. After the backup and comparison, I got the following error messages:

c:\QUICKENW\INET\common\QCHANNEL.DAT has been modified since it was backed up.
C:\QUICKENW\INET\COMMON\patch\Notify\channel\.CASTANET\PROPERTIES.TXT has been modified since it was backed up.

Then when I went into ctrl-alt-del, the follow items were listed that definitely not listed prior to the backup:
Qagent
Mrtmngr (C:\Windows\system .exe file)
Qwdlls

Help.
1. How do I get these 3 items out of ctrl-alt-del?
2. If I received these 2 error messages because quicken was going to the internet during my backup to look for upgrades, how do I turn this off?

Should I uninstall and reinstall. However, what do I do if these 3 items do not disappear from ctrl-alt-del? k Thanks.

Answer : Items can load at startup from three main places:

Start/Programs/Startup

C:\WINDOWS\WIN.INI in the Load= and Run= statements

In the registry (Start/run/regedit) under:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run or RunServices

Look for your rogue apps there and delete those entries when you find them.

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Paul Doherty
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DOS/Windows Utilities

FUQuestion : I went into Start-Programs-Accessories-System Info - Tools - Configuration Utility --I then unchecked on startup Qagent and it disappeared from my ctrl-alt-del along with Mrtmngr. I also unchecked Qwdlls on start up. However, when the computer started up again, it was again in ctrl-alt-del and also back in Configuration Start-up programs. When I go into ctrl-alt-del, Qwdlls is reportated as non responding. When I click end task, it reappears when I turn the computer on again.

I am just a beginner and not sure how to get into win.ini other than in system Info tools and that does not give me the load= and run =. Nor do I know what to do then.

Should I need to go into the Registry, I do not have the courage to do that.

I have a feeling that since it is not responding that uninstalling and reinstalling will not solve the problem?

Any suggestions as to next step. Thanks so much.

FUQuestion : I located C:\Windows/win.ini and there is nothing after Load= and Run= statements.

Answer : Load regedit and follow my instructions - nothing to fear - just don't change anything accidentally.
Rating : 5


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QAId : 7016145
Asker : barhoooooom
Subject : Mac Vs. PC
Private : No

Question : Hi
I am planning to buy a computer, but I don't know what to buy, amac or a computer.
I am auniversity student, so I will run all kinds of programs on my computers, like autocad, pspice, photoshop, and all the athor, programs, my family will also use the computer, I will use it for games too.
I have asked some people about both the mac and pc, but no one gave me a clear Idea, if the matter is about compatability, then I won't mind, because I have been told that I would be able to run any program on the mac using the virtual pc.
thank you very mach

Answer : I would worry about compatibility inspite of Virtual PC since it won't run everything, and the things it does run will run slower by far than on a good PC. Deciding between them comes down to which has the apps you need to run. The PC has a far larger library of software, but the Mac has ease-of-use (and the new very cool OS X). I want a Mac, too, but only because I already have all the PC I need. If I had neither it would be no competition - the PC wins. You can run thousands of apps, there is tons of inexpensive hardware and support forums, and you can run dozens of alternative OSs like Linux and BeOS. If these things don't matter as much to you and the apps you need are on the Mac (and you like it better than a PC) then don't let me sway you.

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Paul Doherty
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QAId : 7031976
Asker : msdamie
Subject : Outlook Express
Private : No

Question : I've been having alot of problems lately with my pc but tonight I reinstalled w-98 and now I can't open forwarded emails. When I click to pen attachment, it does nothing.
I appreciate any help you can give me.
Thank you.

Need More Information : More detail needed about what you're attemtping to receive, what the attachments are, and what you are doing to try to open them.

FUQuestion : I had a problem when I would try to open forwarded emails - they would not open up.
Today I took a look into Windows Set Up and found that I unchecked the box next to Outlook Express. I checked it off and I am back in business.
Thanks anyway

Answer : no answer required
 

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