Houston We Have
a Problem… 008 28/10/06
Unfriendly Camera and Printer
I find I cannot print directly from my Panasonic Lumix digital camera to my
recently acquired Canon Pixma photo printer. The printer says the device is
incompatible. I want to print directly from my camera because I find it easier
to manipulate the picture and it also means that I do not have to choose which
printer to use. I know experts would probably want to use this suite or that,
but I just want to print what I have actually taken.
Leonard Simonis, Bournemouth
products are PictBridge compliant, which is the industry standard for
connecting digital cameras to photo printers. As far as I’m aware there are no
compatibility issues so if you haven’t already done so review the setup
procedures in your camera and printer instruction manuals and check that you
are using the correct cable. If you still cannot get it to work there may be a
fault. You should be able to find out where it lies by asking the shop where
you purchased the printer to check it and verify that it works with your
from the camera is very convenient but if you’ve been put off by the complexity
of PC photo editing software try a free program called Picasa (http://picasa.google.com/) and I think you
might change your mind.
I run Windows XP
Home edition on a two-year-old Dell computer. I use AVG Free Edition for
anti virus protection and rely on Windows Security Centre for the
Firewall. I would like to install a malware cleaner, which one do you
recommend and would I be better off with a different firewall? I am really
worried about the programs clashing or slowing my machine down, can you
Webster, by email
A. No one malware cleaner does a complete job
so I suggest using two or possibly three different ones. Microsoft Defender,
AdAware and Spybot Search and Destroy are the best freeware options. They
operate independently and happily coexist with one another, just remember to
run one or all of them every couple of weeks, more often if you are a
heady-duty Internet user.
The Windows XP
firewall protects against attempts to infiltrate your computer but it doesn’t
stop programs or malware on your PC from calling home, possibly sending
personal or private information. The best free Firewall is Zone Alarm and it
asks you to approve every new attempt to use your web connection. Other free
Firewalls worth considering are Comodo and Keiro Personal Firewall. You will
find links to all of the malware cleaners and Firewalls mentioned at www.pctoptips.co.uk/software.html.
I have over three hundred hours of motor race recordings
on tape but they are starting to deteriorate, Can they be transferred to CD?
How is it done? What will it cost? Some of the tapes are shop bought, can these
be copied? I have spoken to several people and got many different answers, can
Michael Rougemont, Plymouth
A. You can copy video to CD but the quality
isn’t very good. I suggest using DVDs, picture quality is better and they have
almost seven times the capacity of CDs. In addition to a reasonably recent PC
with a DVD writer you will need a video capture module or adaptor card costing
around £50, and a DVD editing and authoring software like Ulead VideoStudio or
Pinnacle Studio (also around £50).
Essentially all you
have to do is plug the audio and video output from your VCR or camcorder into
the video capture module connected to the PC. The DVD authoring program copies
the recording on your hard drive from where it can be edited and then recorded
into a blank DVD.
recordings are ‘copy protected’ but it only prevents VCR to VCR copying.
Needless to say recordings of copyright material must be for your own personal
use and only used for backup purposes.
return from two weeks holiday, during which time I do not access my emails, I
read and delete all messages as necessary. However, on re-entering Outlook
Express the emails -- some 2000 of them, are still there and they keep coming.
Please help before I become the first human to drown by email!
A. Only 2000 emails after 2 weeks? Count yourself lucky… My guess is
Outlook Express isn’t automatically deleting emails on your ISP’s server
computer after they have been downloaded them onto your PC. If so all you have
to do is go to Tools > Accounts, click on your email account then the
Properties button and select the Advanced tab. Near the bottom, under Delivery,
uncheck the box ‘Leave a copy of message on server’; click OK then Close to
exit the dialogue boxes.
© R. Maybury