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    • in reply to: USB Modem (XP) #1092921

      Don’t feel bad… we’ve all had moments where we made a stupid mistake, then looked over our shoulders to make sure no one noticed. smile I try to do that once a day. At least you got it figured out!

    • in reply to: Unusual sound problem #1092851

      You might try opening the PC’s case and re-seating all of the peripheral cards as well as making sure all the cable connections are tight. Leave the computer plugged in to a wall receptacle and touch the metal casing before checking to ensure that any static charge you may be carrying is safely discharged. Pull the cards from their sockets and put them back in; you may be a victim of heat affecting the connections in the slots. Whatever the case, it certainly sounds like something electrical is causing the problem. How old is the computer that generates the noise?

    • in reply to: USB Modem (XP) #1092846

      More information is necessary. What is the make/model of the phone, and what software are you planning to use to communicate with the device?

    • in reply to: Firewall query #1092753

      I’ve had more problems because of software firewalls than benefits. Crashed systems, strange inabilities to access the Internet or local network, and for the average user (my parents are a good example) they are still far too complicated. When I see a box asking if a certain program is allowed, I know what it is that I am looking at and I can also research it — but I have years of IT experience to help there. Most end users don’t. Windows has also gotten far more secure over time – a firewall on Windows 98 was a decent idea, on XP, it’s probably not all that necessary. I will stop short of saying that firewall software is a fad, but it clearly resembles one.

      I find that a combination of NAT (through the router) and safe practices are enough to protect me. I should mention that I do use antivirus software (I feel that AV is a foregone conclusion). Most trojans and other malware get inside and do their damage even with a firewall in place because of specific user actions that allow it to happen. I’ve run my home systems (3 at a minimum) firewall free for three or so years now, with kids and grandparents using them, and not had one major problem from an attack.

      In a business environment as a consultant, I set up hardware firewalls with Stateful Packet Inspection. There is no end-user configuration or action to take, they just do the job. The added advantage of a hardware firewall is that it takes the load off of the individual machine(s) that it protects, freeing processor time for more beneficial tasks.

    • in reply to: Windows Media Player & downloaded video/music #1092766

      You cannot play YouTube content on a local media player (one that lives on your computer). You absolutely, positively, must go to the YouTube website to view or hear the content.

      Streaming means many things, but as it relates to content, it means the audio/video information is fed to your computer in a stream. Think of a garden hose. While YouTube is streaming, it is only streaming to your web browser because of the flash based player. There are other streams that you can open in a media player, but not YouTube. Try looking for content from an Internet radio station.

    • in reply to: Confusion after power outage (XP SP2) #1092764

      Run a disk check. There’s a good chance that you have some corrupted information on the hard drive, as Windows would have been unable to complete writing to the disk when the sudden power loss occurred.

    • in reply to: RAS Phonebook #1092650

      Careful Duchess, now you’ll have people like me jumping on you for using a software firewall (In all actuality, probably not – I am definitely among the minority when it comes to this issue, but I don’t use software firewalls and I think they’re more problematic for the average person than they’re worth).

      I really wanted to share a real-world anecdote with you. Many moons ago, I was called upon to help someone whose Windows 3.1 computer would not work. Windows would simply not run. In the course of troubleshooting, I found that the user (Melanie shall remain unnamed) had organized all of the DLL files into a DLL folder, all of the EXEs into an EXE folder… and so on. It made sense to her. The point I am trying to make here is that it was beyond her understanding, and what seemed like a simple thing resulted in a nightmare. I would guess that to this day she just leaves things alone instead of even thinking about fixing or removing them.

      Not trying to discourage you, because I learned by breaking things and having to fix them – experimenting is great – but do it in a safe way, on a second machine or with a complete backup/image of the one you monkey with. In this way, no matter what you do, you will not be stuck with a flaky computer afterwards. And if you REALLY munge something up, you’ve got a working backup.

    • in reply to: Opening links in Firefox (v2.x and v3b1) #1092192

      So you’re using the beta version of Firefox? Brave man. I gave up betas long ago, and I lost 20 pounds… but at least now I don’t pull my hair out.

    • in reply to: Wireless Mouse Problems #1092131


      how about I take the client’s mouse and cradle to the known working situation

      [/indent]Excellent idea, and the very first step. Whenever possible, working with a known quantity is extremely beneficial. If you suspect the mouse is faulty, putting it on a good system is the place to start. Could save a lot of extra time spent troubleshooting that wasn’t necessary. By way of example, I had a client PC that was running exceptionally slow, so I got permission to take it offsite to my bench. There, I could plug the hard drive into a known working PC and eliminate the possibility that the drive was failing (it wasn’t). That simple step saved me a lot of energy, because it turned out to be the controller on the mainboard that was bad. If I had blamed Windows and kept looking for software solutions, I would probably still be looking!

    • in reply to: How to Bring a Computer on Standby ‘Back to Life’ #1092005

      You’re welcome… and I would never intentionally make someone feel foolish; that’s why we buy computers!

    • in reply to: Moving an unordered list to the left #1091987

      Try using the text-indent property with pixel values.

    • in reply to: Moving an unordered list to the left #1091985

      Can you not use CSS properties inline? Unless someone knows another trick, I think you’re stuck. I don’t know of any other way to modify the appearance of an HTML document, since HTML by design excludes page layout options (which is why CSS was developed).

    • in reply to: Opening links in Firefox (v2.x and v3b1) #1091982

      That really begs the question… if Firefox is better for GMail, then why is IE your default? Try as I might, I just can’t bring myself to love IE7 – and believe me, I’ve tried.

    • in reply to: How to Bring a Computer on Standby ‘Back to Life’ #1091981

      Generally a simple press of the power button will wake up the computer. Some machines can also be configured to wake on mouse or keyboard activity – my desktop at home is set up this way, through the BIOS. Try clicking the mouse or pressing the space bar to see if either wakes the machine. You might also consider checking the BIOS to make sure that the suspend type is S3 (Suspend to RAM or STR) as opposed to the older method (S1).

      It’s kind of a hardware question and kind of a Windows question – Windows can’t do this trick without hardware support, so you’ve posted appropriately! If it turns out to be a software issue, we can move the thread to the appropriate board.

    • in reply to: Moving an unordered list to the left #1091976

      I would guess that CSS is the answer to that problem, but I am unclear as to how you are entering the code. Do I understand correctly that you do not have access to the HTML source? If you can enter CSS into the code you are creating, there is an article on taming lists that seems to describe a workaround to the problem you’re having.

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