FACTS! FAX! 133 (29/10/98)
play audio CDs on my PC but can only listen via headphones. How can I
get reasonable sound, or any sound through my speakers? The instruction book
for the CD-ROM says consult the manual for the sound card. You
it, the sound card manual says see the CD-ROM manual. There are three
audio connectors on the card, but none of them seem to do anything. The CD-ROM
appears to be connected to an IDE interface, but I don't know if that
need an audio connection cable that plugs into the back of the CD-ROM drive and
one of the small 3 or 4 pin sockets on the sound card (they are usually marked
'audio input or 'CD audio'). A cable may already have been fitted; check that
it hasn't come adrift. If not you can buy one from most PC hardware dealers for
around £5.00 ask for a 'universal' type with two or more plugs at each end as
there are several different styles of connectors used on sound cards and CD-ROM
display of computer illiteracy follows… I downloaded Paint Shop Pro as per the
article in Boot Camp (October 15th) for a test drive, it exists as a 'zip' file
on my hard disk. How do I get it to run?
if you were a regular reader of Connected you would have seen the October 1st
episode of Boot Camp and known that you need a utility such as WinZip or
PKunzip to process compressed Zip files. Once installed an unzip program
automatically extracts zipped files, simply by double clicking on them. You can
download these essential items of shareware from the Internet at: www.winzip.com and www.pkunzip.com. We trust we can count on
your support every week from now on?
response to F. L. Turner's letter regarding file removal (F!F!F! October 1) was
misleading. Reformatting magnetic storage media does not 'completely erase all
data on it', as reported since reverse formatting tools are available. There
are only two ways to ensure irreversible data removal: by overwriting
information on a PC many times over, or by exposing the hard drive to an electro-magnetic
data wiping processes. Alternatively, if you really want your ex-files to stay
ex-files the only option left is drilling through your hard disk…
taken, though even drilling holes might not work, as there are companies that
specialise in recovering data from discs that have been physically damaged. If
you want to obliterate sensitive data there's a useful little shareware program
called Shredder, that overwrites deleted files, up to seven times if required
-- just to make sure -- you can find it at: http://esn.softseek.com
that my son has his own PC I am gleefully removing his games from my Windows
95 machine. Most of the demo games (and ones that did not meet his approval)
he already removed to save me disk space. However, I now realise he did this
using Windows Explorer simply by deleting the directories they were in. The
problem with this is that I now have a large number of items remaining in the
Add/Remove dialog box in Control Panel. When I try to remove these items I get
messages like 'Cannot locate Uninstall', as it is obviously looking for files
he already deleted. How can I clean up
is another one of Tweak UI's many talents. This incredibly useful Windows
utility is freeware and one part of the Microsoft Powertoys package. It's
featured regularly on computer magazine cover discs and can be downloaded from:
your son to use the program's 'Uninstaller' option (if it has one), and it's
well worth investing in a disc housekeeping program like Clean Sweep or
Uninstaller. They monitor new software installations and make sure programs are
safely and fully removed when the time comes. Simply deleting the directory is
not a good idea; dozens of files can be left behind, that may cause problems
with other programs and Windows.
have an annoying problem, which I cannot solve. With my previous computer
whenever I log on to my server I heard the modem chirrup away as it makes
contact. I now have a Tiny Pentium that remains obstinately silent, but only in
this respect. At all other times the machine signals me in all the usual ways.
Have I inadvertently switched something off?
is control for modem sound in the Windows 95 Control Panel. Double-click on the
Modems icon, select the General tab, highlight your modem's entry, click on the
Properties button, select the General tab and you'll find the speaker slider
control in the middle.
have a Dell Dimensions XPS M200s together with an Epson Stylus Colour 600
printer. No, I'm not bragging, I'm just
keen to know whether you can recommend a scanner that would be compatible. In
the main it would be used to fool around on with the children, i.e. making
pictures, scanning articles for school work etc. I have looked at some but
prices seem to range from £80 to £2000. How relevant are 'bits'?
A4 flatbed scanners, costing £80 or less should be perfectly adequate for such
straightforward applications. Check through the bundled software packages that
come with them, to make sure it includes an optical character recognition (OCR)
utility, that can 'read' printed pages and turn them into text documents.
Scanners with parallel port interfaces are usually a lot easier to fit; though
you won't be able to scan and print at the same time. The 'bits' are a measure
of colour depth, most scanners support 30-bit colour, which is more than
adequate for your purposes.
used to enjoy battling against the computer in my lunch hour by playing
backgammon. That was in the good old day of Windows 2.1 (I think!). Now my office
computer is on Windows 95, as is my home PC and my old backgammon program won't
work on the newer operating system. Where could I find a version of backgammon
to play now?
need look no further than the web page below. This site contains articles on
the history and theory of the game, reviews, freeware and shareware games for
you to download plus links to on-line games and other related backgammon sites.
order to check whether my PC is 2000 compliant, I have been told to set the
BIOS clock to December 31st, 1999, 11.59 p.m., switch off and turn back on
after the minute has passed and check the BIOS clock again. If the time is still accurate and the date
rolled over, then okay. But what if the clock doesn't roll over? What happens
to the data on the hard disk?
nothing. The 'Y2K' rollover test as it is called merely checks to see if the
internal clock in your PC recognises the year 2000. It will have no impact on
any of your programs or data, though it is prudent to disable or remove any
date-sensitive applications that load automatically or are included in your
Windows 95/98 Start-Up group.