FACTS! FAX! 157 (15/04/99)
I have bought a CD-Writer and installed it on top of my existing CD-ROM, the
idea being that I would use both and reduce wear and tear on the (expensive)
CD-Writer. However, I cannot seem to get any sound from the CD-ROM drive. Can
you help? Does using the CD-Writer for bog standard CD-ROM functions reduce its
you have suddenly lost the ability to play audio CDs on your original CD-ROM
drive it is likely that the audio cable was dislodged during installation. It
plugs into a small socket on the back of the drive the other end goes to the
sound card or a socket on the motherboard. You will only be able to hear audio
CDs on one of the two drives (the one with the audio lead). In general wear and
tear is not an issue with CD-ROM drives and CD Writers, there are only a few
moving parts and the disc never comes into contact with the optical read/write
head. You needn't worry about shortening its life by using it, in any case the
technology is likely to be outmoded by DVD-ROM/RAM and other components in your
PC will probably fail long before your drive will have a chance to expire.
have a problem with Word 97. I used to be able to highlight text with the
shift/arrow keys, but after I upgraded to a larger hard drive and re-installed
the programs, this does not work. I have re-installed Word again to no avail.
Have you any ideas?
keyboard command you describe is called LineDownExtend, we can't think of any good
reason why it is disabled. On the assumption that other Word functions are
working normally you should be able to re-instate it by selecting Customise on
the Tools menu, click the Keyboard button and in the Categories window scroll
down to find and highlight All Commands. In the Commands window look down the
list for LineDownExtend, highlight it, click a cursor into the Press New
Shortcut Key field and press the shift and down arrow keys, click assign and
all should be well.
WITH A VIRUS
seems that many viruses are date sensitive. Since computers are very literal,
if one turned off the computer from April 25th to April 27th, say, would a
virus that is set to trigger on April 26th still be activated or would it just
wait until April 26th next year?
behaviour varies enormously, leaving your PC switched off on a trigger date may
well prevent infection of some varieties but this is hardly an effective
strategy. It is far better to have up to date virus scanner software on your
machine and use it, along with taking sensible precautions when loading
programs or data onto your PC.
have been connected with OrangeNet since last May. You may be aware that it has gone into liquidation but Onet is continuing the service. Is it possible
to connect to more than one ISP (as there are several free ISPs around) to
avoid being completely disconnected as I was for nearly a fortnight last month?
Are there any problems likely to arise by using more than one ISP?
depends on your browser and e-mail client software but if you are using plain
vanilla Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator you can sign up to multiple
ISPs. Difficulties can arise when using custom browsers or versions supplied by
the ISP. Some of them mess around with settings, change the browser's
appearance and even disable other ISP accounts. It is often possible to sign up
on-line by going to the ISP's web site, rather than using an installation
CD-ROM. Normally it is quite straightforward -- especially if you've signed up
to an internet account before -- and you shouldn't get any unwanted icons or
Having, in a moment of total mental aberration, done the unthinkable and deleted an unwanted application by sending it to the Recycle Bin, what is the best thing to do now? Unsurprisingly, the Bin is full of hundreds of strange looking titles. I hesitate to empty it, although everything seems to be working OK and I think, maybe, I have got away with it. What is your advice?
you actually need to recover disc space you might as well leave emptying the
bin until you next run Scan Disc and Defrag (see Boot Camp on Spring Cleaning
April 1st). If it 'ain't broke don't fix it, if your machine and software are
behaving normally leave well alone. If you do change your mind, or the PC
starts acting up, you can re-instate anything in the Recycle Bin by
highlighting the item and clicking on Undo Delete on the Edit menu.
Further to your previous correspondence on the subject of getting rid of the
WnetGetUser message, I followed the instructions (F!F!F! March 25th and April
1st) and now find I have a "Network Neighbourhood" icon on my
desktop. How can I get rid of this (not having a network)?
Network Neighbourhood icon is protected so you can't simply delete it; it's
doing no harm so you might want to leave it alone. If you are determined to get
rid of it use Tweak UI. This handy utility is available from the Microsoft web
site, magazine cover-mount CD Roms, or your Windows 98 installation disc.
reply to Peter Gray's request for an anagram solver (F!F!F! April 1st) missed
the Rolls Royce of the genre, Anagram Genius: http://www.genius2000.com/. Within a
minute or so I found for 'Connected' CE contend? and Decent con!
I can recommend Chambers dictionary on CD-ROM. It does not deal with anagrams but it is possible to search the whole dictionary for headwords or a
particular word, words or a pattern of letters in the definition.
is an excellent program called "Crossword Maestro" by Genius 2000
Software (www.genius2000.com/) that
not only creates grids but also solves cryptic clues, telling you how it
reaches its conclusion. Highly recommended!
Gray may be interested in 'WordWizard' from Coda Software phone: (0161) 330
use PuzzLex from PuzzLex Ltd., phone (01782) 287962.
Howard M. Knight, Portishead, Bristol
crossword and anagram solver I prefer is Turbo Solve Pro, which was included on
the cover disc of the November 1998 Personal Computer World.
H. H. Shipley, Letchworth Garden City, Herts
a look at www.bryson.demon.co.uk
and The Electronic ALveary (TEA). It is remarkably powerful, has an easy to use
GUI interface (unlike your recommendation). Bill Parker
recommend "Crossword Companion" by Future Trend Enterprise (email@example.com), which I
have found to be an excellent shareware program for finding words with letter
gaps. It can be downloaded (2.8Mb) from http://fteservice.hypermart.net/ftecwc41.zip.
I have been using Crossword Finisher
from Simple Software at (http://www.simplesoftware.co.uk),
it's a great programme and one that enables you to print the results of the
many thanks to everyone who wrote in.