FACTS! FAX! 077 (07/10/97)
your procedure for selectively removing file names from the Document list on
the Start up menu (F!F!F! 09/09/97). I use Windows 95 and have tried to follow
your instructions but can't locate any file called Recent in Windows or any
omitted to say that Recent is a ‘hidden file’ that only appears in the Windows
95 folder when the ‘show all files’ option has been checked. If you’re in
Explorer you will find it in Options, which is under View on the toolbar.
have an older 486 DX 33 PC, that suits my purposes, except that I now need a
larger capacity hard drive. However, I understand that because my machine has
an IDE controller, it cannot recognise a drive larger than 528Mb. In view of
this uncertainty do you think an acceptable alternative would be to install one
of the new high-capacity floppy drives? I have a number of infrequently used
large programs and files, that could be put onto discs, to free up space on my
existing hard drive.
R. Cottrel, West Bridgford, Nottingham
from being much slower than a hard disc, and ultimately more expensive,
high-capacity disc drives are primarily designed for backing up files, and
don’t address the basic problem, you need a larger hard disc drive! Nowadays
virtually all new hard disc drives conform to the Enhanced IDE (EIDE) standard
and the 528 megabyte restriction is no longer an issue.
have a number of options. Windows 95 automatically recognises larger disc
drives, so this could be an excuse to upgrade your operating system, though you
might need to increase the PC’s RAM memory as well. If you want to stay with
Windows 3.1 then you can get around the upper limit by installing a small piece
of software, that uses a technique known as Logical Block Addressing (LBA). The
necessary utilities are usually shipped with new disc drives, or the retailer
should be able to supply you with a copy. The other alternative is to replace
your hard disc controller card with a more recent EIDE version, that will
support any size of disc drive -- up to four of them in some cases -- as well
as CD ROM and tape drives. Prices start at around £25 for the new card. SMC
Computers provide a useful 24-page DIY installation guide and utility software
with all new hard drives. For more information call (01753) 550333.
have a self-built 486/66 PC, it works wonderfully but it seems rather slow. I
wonder if it has anything to do with the 500 fonts my machine has stored? I
daren't touch them because I read somewhere that terrible things might happen
if I deleted any, that were installed with Windows 95. What do I do as I only
use at the most three families of fonts?
speed of your machine has little or nothing to do with the number of installed
fonts. Most of the time they sit harmlessly in the background, minding their
own business. The only time you should consider removing any of them is if you
need to free up disc space, and only then as a last resort. Leave well alone!
There are plenty of other ways to make your PC run faster, but first check that
the ‘Turbo’ mode hasn’t been disabled on the motherboard. Remove all of the
clutter, unused files and programs from the hard disc, using a programs like
Clean Sweep or Uninstaller, and run the Defrag utility, to speed up disc
access. If you’re using Windows 3.1 optimise memory usage with Memmaker.
Finally, consider upgrading your machine. Increasing the size of the RAM memory
is the simplest, cheapest and often the most effective method. Ultimately or
you could install a Pentium class CPU or new Pentium motherboard and processor.
understand that it is possible in the US to send text messages to pagers via
the internet. Is this possible in the UK and if so, who supplies the software?
If not, will it be available in the near future?
yet this facility doesn’t exist in the UK, though all of the pager companies
we’ve spoken to, including BT Paging, Page One and Vodaphone Paging, agreed
that it is a good idea, and there is no technical reason why it couldn’t be
implemented here. In fact BT already
have a closed intranet paging system up and running, though it can only be used
by BT staff at the moment. A spokesperson at Vodaphone Paging suggested that
they would be ‘worth watching’ in a few weeks time. You can send text messages direct from your PC to pagers on some
networks, via messaging centres. This can be done using Mobile Messenger, from
Vega Ltd, which can send messages to BT and Vodaphone alphanumeric, numeric and
tone pagers. Vega can be contacted on (01706) 44177.