FAX! 317 (09/06/02)
I learnt to touch
type years ago on a typewriter with a very heavy action. Largely as a result of
this I think, I find that with my computer keyboard my fingers are always brushing against keys
other than the one they were intended to press and producing 'typos'. Do you
know of a computer keyboard with adjustable-pressure keys? If not, can you
suggest another solution to the problem?
I’ve looked high and
low for an adjustable pressure keyboard and drawn a complete blank, if anyone
knows of such a thing please let us know. It sounds like an excellent idea as
one of the prime suspects, as a cause of repetitive stain injury (RSI), are
keyboards with a light, undamped action. This encourages faster typing speeds
but the short-travel keys have a percussive effect on the finger joints, which
some experts suggest may lead to RSI. There are plenty of other strategies,
however, including keyboards with large and widely spaced keys and ergonomic
layouts, which might help (http://www.inclusive.co.uk/
index.xml.ID=keyboards). There are also all manner of wrist pads
and supports that might help you to learn to use ordinary keyboard.
When I use some Search engines, for instance the BBCi
engine, a drop down list appears with lots of previous searches. To some extent
this is useful, but the list includes searches made on other engines. Is it
possible to restrict the list to show searches on the engine I am
currently using? Alternatively, is it possible to delete some or all of the
Keith Trainer, Birmingham
This is the work of AutoComplete, which is a function of
Internet Explorer, rather than the web sites you are visiting. It can be
disabled and the current entries deleted but the settings are global and will
be applied to every search engine and web site that you visit. The controls can
be found on the Tools menu, select Internet Options and then the Content tab.
Click the AutoComplete button, uncheck Forms to switch it off and use the Clear
buttons to delete the existing settings. Click OK, close Internet Explorer and
the changes will take effect the next time you open IE.
I was told that I should delete 'cookies' saved in my
computer system, but when I right click the cookies folder to delete it, a
message appears to say that 'cookies' is a system folder, deleting it may cause
Windows and other programs not working properly. What am I doing wrong?
Windows won’t let you delete the folder but you can get rid
of the cookies it contains. Double click the folder icon in Windows Explorer to
open it up then press Ctrl + A (select all). Keep the Ctrl key pressed and
click on the ‘Index’ (this can be removed) and press the Delete key.
Alternatively you can zap them all in one go from within Internet Explorer by
going to Internet Options on the Tools menu, select the General tab and click
the Delete Cookies button.
I am puzzled why my computer will not go through its boot up
sequence unless interrupt the supply at the mains socket. I have been told it
be the hard disc sticking whatever that means. Is there anyway this problem
can be resolved?
The sticky disc theory is just about plausible but I think
it is far more likely that it has something to do with the PC’s BIOS program.
The BIOS or Basic Input Output System is a small program that runs at switch
on, carrying out a series of diagnostic checks on the motherboard, video
adaptor, memory and hard disc drive and configuring the system prior to loading
Windows. Tinkering with the BIOS is a bad idea if you don’t know what you are
doing but if you or a competent friend are feeling adventurous, and have backed
up all of your important data, enter the BIOS program (refer to your manual or
follow the in-screen instructions). Check the boot sequence and memory check
settings, you could also try resetting the BIOS to its default values and as a
last resort – experts only please – see if there’s a newer version of the BIOS
for your motherboard and whether it can be re-programmed or ‘flashed’.
When I click the 'Start' button an error message appears
'Explorer has detected a fault in shell32.dll'. The last thing I did was use
Norton Utilities. I have tried reloading several programs, including
Norton, Windows ME etc. The curious thing is, the PC is working fine apart from
the Start menu, all my programs seem to work OK, and I can shut down using
Control/Alt/Del and selecting Explorer. Any thoughts?
Something similar can happens if Internet Explorer throws a
wobbly. The cure is usually quite simple, if it’s version 4 or 5 upgrade to the
most recent version 6 (you’ll find it on many PC magazine cover-mount discs),
or try the ‘Repair’ utility. It’s its available on your version you can start
it up by going to Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, select Microsoft
Internet Explorer from the list then click the Add/Remove button and the Repair
option should appear.
I am running Windows 98 and used to be able to indulge
myself occasionally with a game of FreeCell. But for no reason I am aware of,
it will no longer produce the cards on the initial opening green. It opens up
from FreeCell.exe as one would expect but upon choosing from the Game drop down
list it produces, at the top two sets of four green bars and on the bottom
eight individual bars of mainly black and red.
I have tried deleting games and reloading from my Windows 98 disk. I have
shredded the FreeCell.exe and substituted it with the FreeCell.exe from my
Windows 95 laptop to no avail.
FreeCell is actually
quite a reliable barometer of your PC’s general state of health and software
often engineers use it to test various programs. You may also be surprised to
know that there’s virus that attacks FreeCell, it’s called Chronic A and if you
catch it the only solution is to reinstall Windows. That’s unlikely to be the
cause in this case, though. The bitmap graphics that make up the cards are
stored in a separate file, known as the Card Drawing Library, or ‘cards.dll’,
which lives in the System folder in C:\Windows. This has probably been damaged or accidentally deleted,
fortunately it’s not a problem; it can be easily reinstated from your Windows
98 CR-ROM. It’s normally stored in win98_61.cab. To extract cards.dll from your
Windows disc go to Run on the Start menu and type ‘sfc’ (without the quotes)
and this will start the System File Checker utility, click ‘Extract File…’ and
fill in the details.