FAQS! FACTS! FAX! 585 (16/10/07)
Q. My query concerns Internet Explorer 6
History. The problem is that all the pages listed are greyed out and cannot be
read offline. The headings are there and also the page titles but that is as
far as I can go. Looking at the
Temporary Internet file Folder it would appear that all the pages are stored
but for some reason they are inaccessible. Trying to open Web pages directly
from this folder produces warning messages.
Keith Shipley, via email
The Internet Explorer History function was always a bit flaky as it depends on
complete web pages being stored in the Temporary Internet files folder. If this
is full, or set to empty automatically, either by IE or by an external security
program then the pages listed in History simply won’t be there.
I suggest that you go
to Tools > Internet Options, select the General tab and make sure that ‘Days
to keep pages in History’ is set to a reasonable amount of time (7 – 10 days or
whatever suits your needs). Next click the Settings button under Temporary
Internet Files and make sure there is plenty of space available by moving the
slider to the right and click OK. You should also empty the Temporary Internet
Files and History folders, (assuming that you have bookmarked the pages you
want to view), click the Delete Files and Clear History buttons.
Q. I recently bought a new laptop and its
been working fine, however I cannot get the Task Manager to come up. If I press
Ctrl+Alt+Del nothing happens. I found the Task Manager .exe file and have a
shortcut to it on my desktop. If I click on that it comes up no problem.
I've done quite a bit of research into
this on the web. I've seen suggestions such as a missing registry value but the
relevant settings are okay and it hasn't been disabled. Do you have any
thoughts on the matter that can help restore both the Task Manager and my
Jim Thompson, via email
You have saved me a lot a of time by confirming that the Task Manager utility
(Taskmgr.exe) is working properly, and for the record there are at least two
other ways of opening it, by pressing Shift +Ctrl + Esc, or by going to Run on
the Start menu and typing ‘taskmgr’ (without the quotes).
Blocking Task Manager
(and other diagnostic utilities like msconfig) is a fairly common trait amongst
viruses and worms. They do to protect themselves, making it harder to detect
and remove the offending files.
Unfortunately there are
rather a lot of them that do this – W32.Spybot, Win32 Alcan. Irofgfer.F, to
name just a few -- so it is difficult to give specific removal instruction, but
the free on-line scanner Trend
Housecall, has proved to be very effective at tracking down and eliminating
nasties of this type, so give that a try. However, in a few cases the damage
caused is so extensive that it’s impossible to repair and the only way to fully
restore this function is to re-install Windows.
Q. Several years ago you wrote a series of
Boot Camp articles on building your own PC. I put one together and have been
using it for 3 years now and excellent service it has given me! However, last
weekend the motherboard finally packed up (it won't even load the BIOS). My
question is a simple one. What would you recommend to replace the Asus P4R800VM
motherboard, for it to be compatible with the components originally specified?
Richard and Sue Nicol, via email
That was the DT Mk 1 project from Boot
Camp 321 published in early 2004; very successful it was too and many were
built. The prototype is still going strong and was in daily use for several
years, though it is now leading a fairly sedate life as a backup and test bed
Motherboards with ‘478’
type CPU sockets used are now becoming a little thin on the ground but the
original Asus model can still be found. At the time of writing there were half
a dozen on ebay, all apparently in good working order, and typically selling
for under £20.00. Ebay also had scores of other makes of 478 motherboard, many
of which would be suitable, the key features being ATX form factor, 184-pin DDR
DIMM memory sockets, on-board video and audio and at least two IDE drive
channels. The suggested alternative to the Asus board, the Asrock P4165G, is
also available from several on-line sellers like aria.co.uk for less than £30,
though as I pointed out at the time this one lacks an AGP socket, which may be
useful if you want to fit a more advanced graphics card.
If you are still stuck
there’s nothing to stop you upgrading to a more up to date motherboard and CPU,
in which case there are many more choices available to you. Just make sure the
new motherboard has same form factor and suitable IDE hard drive and memory
Q. Every so often, when visiting certain
(entirely respectable) websites, when I click to move to another page or
download something I get the following error message: ‘iexplore has caused an
error in yt.dll and will now close’. It then tells me that I must restart my
computer. I am worried this may be a virus or something dangerous. I always
exit Internet Explorer, close Windows, reboot and run a virus scan but it never
finds anything. Do you know what might be causing it!
Ken Peters, via email
The dll (dynamic link library) file belongs to the Yahoo! Companion Browser
Toolbar and my guess is that it has been damaged so I would get rid of it by
clicking the pencil icon and select Uninstall or Remove Yahoo! Companion! If
the Toolbar has stopped working then you should also be able to eradicate it
from Add/Remove Program in Control Panel.
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