Ask Rick 034, 16/03/09, Houston 121 28/03/09
I cannot get the
spell check to work in Outlook Express on my computer running Windows XP. I
have tried to select spell check from the tool bar but it is not highlighted.
The spell check works on Microsoft Works documents. Please advise.
P. Tibbs, by email
As I am sure you
know the spellchecker in Outlook Express relies on the dictionaries in other
Microsoft products, including Office, Word and Works Suite but since you
mention that you are using Works I think we can discount that possibility.
problem is usually due to a missing library file called csapi3t1.dll.
There’s a copy of it on the XP installation disc or it may be on your hard
drive. If you have an XP CD pop it in the drive, cancel any offers to install
XP then go to Run on the Start menu and type ‘msconfig’. Press Enter, click the
Expand File button and in the ‘Expand one file…’ box type ‘csapi3t1.dll’. In
the Restore From box click the Browse button and locate your XP installation
disc. Otherwise if you have an i386 folder on your hard drive, you should find
a copy of the file in there. In the ‘Save File In’ box enter: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Proof
and click Expand. If you don’t have an XP disc or an i386 folder this file can
also be found on the Windows 98 and ME installation discs, some versions of
Office or it can be downloaded from sites on the internet, including: http://tinyurl.com/59ye4
We are running a
couple of computers through a Netgear wireless router but we do not yet have
any printers linked up. If I connected a printer to the router via a cable (it
has 4 or 5 sockets at the back) would it be accessible from any computer linked
to that router or is it a little more complicated than that?
We have two
printers, and older HP inkjet and a newer Canon model and ideally we'd like to
connect both of them to the router and have a choice!
Philip Whitehead, by
If only it were that
easy… A few recent printers have built-in network connectivity, either by Wi-Fi
or a LAN cable connection, and some modem/routers have what’s known as a ‘Print
Server’ facility but the in the vast majority of cases you either have to
connect the printer to a PC and ‘share’ it on the network, or plug it into an
external print server.
Print sharing is
usually the simplest option and in most versions of Windows you can set it up
from Printers in Control Panel. The only real drawback is that the PC the
printer(s) are connected to has to be left switched on. If that’s a problem
then a print server could be the answer. If your modem/router doesn’t have the
facility then stand alone devices are widely available; models that plug into
your router cost from £30 or so. Wireless models are a little dearer and prices
start at around £40 online. However, before you get too excited check with the
supplier and make doubly sure that it will work with your printers. This can be
an issue and many older or less popular printers are not supported. Also, check
that you have the necessary printer drivers for the versions of Windows your
PCs are using, as these will normally have to be installed on the network PC
using the remote printer.
Since moving to a
new house I have switched to digital TV and installed a Sky+ box and Samsung HD
ready TV. I find that when I switch on the TV and then the set top box with the
Sky remote, the TV shows a blank screen. In order to watch TV I have to
manually switch to source ‘EXT 1’ by using the Samsung remote control. Is there
any way to overcome this bizarre situation of having to use two remotes? With
my old TV I only needed to use the Sky remote.
John Rhodes, by
For some reason some
Samsung TVs can be tricky to control with Sky+ remotes using the recommended
3-digit, model-specific code but I may have a solution. On the handset press TV
then Select and the red button together and it will blink twice, now press TV
and enter 0060, which is the 4-digit global programming code for Samsung
models. The remote should now blink twice to show it is ready. Test the code by
pressing the Volume and Standby buttons to see if they work. If they do press
Select to save the Setting. If not go to the next code by pressing TV then try again
and repeat until the TV responds correctly. Once you have found the right code
press Select to save.
I'm using XP on my
computer and I'm sure that in the past if I right clicked on a picture either
from the hard drive, memory stick or camera card one of the options from the
menu was 'Open with'. This has
disappeared and instead I have to click on the picture and go to
'Preview'. Is there a way I can return
to the previous method? Also I am so
used to viewing with the Windows viewer is there any way that I can transfer
the program to my laptop - which being somewhat old only runs on 98SE, or is it
an integral part of XP?
Peter Matthew, by
The root cause of
the problem is usually a dynamic link library (.dll) file becoming
unregistered, which basically means Windows no longer recognises it. The one
involved in this instance, shimgvw.dll, has been implicated in a recently
discovered security loophole, so it may have been due to an over-enthusiastic
security program, Windows updates, or just a good old-fashioned Gremlin. Either
way you should be able restore normality by going to Run on the Start menu and
regsvr32 /i %windir%\system32\shimgvw.dll’
(without the quotes). And no, you can’t install Windows Fax and Picture Viewer
in Windows 98 but there are freeware alternatives, try FastStone Image Viewer,
you’ll find a link to the download at: http://tinyurl.com/c8xtqh.
© R. Maybury 2009 2302