FACTS! FAX! 089 (23/12 /97)
have just purchased a P200 multimedia PC for Christmas, with the intention that
it will be used by the whole family. I will use it for accounts and
letter-writing, and the children, aged nine and sixteen, want it for games and
their school-work. I have been given conflicting advice about which printer to
buy, I’ll be waiting for the January Sales, to get the best price. The shop
where I brought the PC suggest a colour inkjet but colleagues at work recommended
buying a laser printer, the sort we use in the office, which gives superior
results. Which type do you favour?
L. Howe, Crawley, Surrey
horses for courses. Laser printers are faster than inkjets and top models can
produce crisper-looking documents, but inkjet printers are catching up fast.
They’re better for graphics and they’re often a lot cheaper, both to buy, and
to run. The performance of colour inkjet printers has improved enormously over
the past couple of years and some models are capable of near
photographic-quality results from digital still cameras -- you might not own
one now, but prices are dropping fast! Colour printers often come bundled with
free software, that can be used to create colourful greetings cards,
invitations, banners and signs.
have P133 with 32Mb of RAM and a 1.7Mb hard drive. All was well until I replaced the original video card with a 2Mb
card made by Video Excel. It has made a noticeable improvement to the speed of
some video games but created an unexpected problems in Microsoft Word 6. There
has been a huge increase in scrolling speed. It’s most acute when dragging and
dropping a block of highlighted text; more often than not it goes sailing past
the place I want it to go, to the top or bottom of the document. I’ve searched
though all of the control panels and menu options in Word, to find a way of
slowing it down, but without success. Do you have any suggestions?
L. West, Littlehampton, Sussex
has more to do with Windows than Word. Right click on My Computer, then
‘properties’, select ‘performance’ then the ‘graphics’ tab. If the acceleration
slider is set to ‘full’, move it to ‘none’. This is only a temporary fix
though, and you will have to move it back when you want to play games. If your
mouse has it’s own utility software you may find there’s an acceleration
control; the one in control panel won’t make any difference. A longer-term
solution would be to get a ‘wheel’ mouse, such as those made by Microsoft,
Logitech and Trust. The Trust Ami Mouse 97 is the cheapest, at around £25.00.
The wheel is usually located between the right and left buttons, it is operated
by the index finger and allows the user to scroll through a document, dragging
and dropping copy, at any speed.
can I get rid of an icon on the Desktop? I installed PsiWin with my Psion 5,
but found a previous versions of PsiWin conflicted with Windows 95, so I
deleted the programme using the Remove facility. However, I cannot get rid of
the icon on Desktop. If I right click on the icon and go to Properties, it says
there are none. Is there some way to get rid of it?
PsiWin icon isn’t protected so normally you should be able to remove it by
dragging it to the recycle bin, or highlighting it, with a single, mouse click,
and pressing the delete key. Occasionally icons simply refuse to go, in which
case go into Explorer, open the Windows directory, then the Desktop folder, and
manually delete the relevant shortcut file.
several recent movies, hackers, spooks and action heroes are shown plotting the
location of an internet user, wherever in the world they happen to be. Is that
sort of thing possible?
Dooley, Selsdon, Kent
You can do something similar -- though not quite so visually dramatic -- if you
have Windows 95 and internet access. Tucked away inside Win 95 there’s an
interesting little program called Trace Route, that automatically logs the path
of an internet connection, as it passes around the web, through other
computers, via high-speed links and satellites, to the destination server. Open
the MS-DOS window in Programs on the Start menu and at the ‘C’ prompt type
‘tracert’, then an internet address, (i.e. tracert www.bootlog.co.uk), press
return and watch it go!
M G Rogers letter in F!F!F! December 9 prompts me to ask you
another scanner question. I have a PC, Windows 95, 64Mb RAM. I wish to use two
scanners: an HP PhotoSmart for slides and negatives and an HP 5P for large
images or books etc. The PhotoSmart scanner is up and running, but the 5P
obstinately refuses to work. They both are in chain with the 5P at the end
using the same HP SCSI board. The 5P software is apparently loaded but I am
get a command to load the driver software for the 5P.
scanners come with their own individually configured SCSI cards, the solution
is to use both cards. If there is a conflict you will find a dial on the
backside of the 5P, to change the address.