FACTS! FAX! 362 (29/04/03)
I have been given a
hard disc and have tried to install it as a ‘Slave’ to my main disc
drive. I installed the second drive and tried to format it. The disk
is 4.3Gb but only appears as 1.9Gb in Properties, it also appears as drive D
and E, though Drive E is not accessible. I assume that this is because
the disc has been partitioned at some stage. How can I remove
this partition and get full access to the disc?
Reformatting a disc only erase its contents, to wipe the
disc completely, including all of the partitions you need to use the DOS
utility fdisk. The safest way to do it is to temporarily disconnect your C:
drive by removing the data and power cables. Now boot your PC using a Windows
9x emergency recovery disc. (If you haven’t got one find a blank floppy and go
to Start > Settings > Control Panel click Add/Remove Programs select the Startup
tab, insert your floppy and click ‘Create disc’). After the PC has booted to
the A: prompt type ‘fdisk’ (without the quotes) and follow the instruction,
using the default settings for a single partition. When it has finished format
the disc using the ‘format C:’ command. Switch off, reconnect your C: drive and
the new empty single partition drive will show up as drive D: in Windows
I use Freeserve as my Internet Home Page. On switching on the PC a porn site replaces Freeserve as the
Home Page address in Internet Properties. I can alter the address back to
Freeserve and it works okay whilst the computer is on. Switching on
again after a shut down puts the porn site back as the Home page. I found 3
files containing the name of the porn site and put them in the Recycle Bin.
This has stopped Freeserve being replaced but during the start up sequence
there is a Registry Checker error message saying one of the removed files
cannot be found. After closing the error message the PC operates normally.
Can you help?
Remnants of this infection are still on your system and the
simplest way to remove it is to download a spyware removal utility like Spybot
Search and Destroy, (http://security.kolla.de/)
or the newly updated AdAware (version 6 at: http://www.lavasoft.de/
and run a complete scan on your PC. It’s a good idea to run them at least once
a week, to keep your PC free of these intrusions.
I am having trouble with my mouse freezing. I have
tried one of your tips, which entailed pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete to see
which programs are running and do not recognise some of them: 'Stimon',
'Watch' and 'Rnaapp'. The mouse revives when I 'End Task' Watch. Can
you tell me what these programs are please and do I need them?
Stimon (still image monitor) and Rnaapp (remote network
access application) are both legitimate Windows components and should be left
alone. However, I’m not sure what Watch is, several programs use this file
reference. It appears to be something that’s loaded with Windows. To find out
what it is and if necessary disable or uninstall it go to Run on the Start menu
and type ‘msconfig’ (without the quotes). Click the Startup tab, scroll down
the list and look for a reference to ‘watch’. This should tell you which
program it is associated with; if it’s something you no longer use uninstall
it, otherwise put a check mark next to it, close msconfig and reboot Windows
and see if that does the trick.
Recently in Boot Camp you explained how to save and transfer
email messages. I was using Outlook Express 5 with Windows 98 on my old
computer, but am now using OE6 with Windows XP on my new computer. I've saved
the folder containing all the .dbx files, but have been unable to persuade OE6
to read them. The import menu only seems to give the choice of OE4 or OE6,
Another annoying point with my new computer is that the title bar says
’Outlook Express provided by evesham.com’ - I dislike the advert each
use the computer!
Brian J. Edwards, Beaconsfield, Bucks
It sounds as though you have created a new store folder and
given it a name or extension that Outlook Express doesn’t recognise or approve
of. The solution is to go back to Import on the File menu and choose OE6 (OE5
and OE6 use the same filing system) then on the next window check the item
‘Import from Store Folder’ and point it to the folder where your files are
Removing the ‘branding’ from the title bars in Internet
Explorer and Outlook Express involves editing the Registry, you’ll find a
useful how to do it article at: www.powerpageswebdesign.com/
I find the Auto Complete entries facility in Internet
Explorer really useful, but how can I access the entries and delete those I wish to?
AutoComplete entries are stored in the Windows Registry,
it’s not difficult to edit or remove them but you do need to take precautions
before tinkering with this critical system file. Step one is to backup the
Registry, just in case something goes wrong. Go to Run on the Start menu and
type ‘regedit’ then Export on the Registry menu. Give the file a name (today’s
date etc.) then click Save. If problems arise simply double click this ‘reg’ file
and the Registry will be automatically restored.
The AutoComplete entries live in the following location: HKEY_USERS\Default\Software\Microsoft\
simply right-click on any of the entries to Delete or Modify the web address.
I appear to have
lost my TWAIN driver, which has stopped my scanner and possibly other things
The TWAIN (it stands
for Technology Without An Interesting Name…) driver for your scanner will have
been included on the CD-ROM installation disc. Try uninstalling the scanner
software from Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel and run through the
installation process again.