We Have A Problem 097, 27/03/10
AOL for e-mail and for the last 10 years any new message was announced with
‘You've got Post’ but since having Windows 7 I no longer receive this advice.
How can I correct this?
Gadow, by email
UK versions of AOL software that announcement was recorded by Joanna Lumley and
stored on a sound file called gotpost.wav; there was also an optional American
voice saying ‘You’ve got mail’. Both sound files along with several other
classic email notifications are available in an online archive at: http://tinyurl.com/yc9g8fg.
Ms Lumley’s dulcet tones on your new computer right-click on the file link
(you’ve-got-post.wav), select Save Target As (or Save Link As). In the dialogue
box that appears select the Media sub folder in the main Windows folder (i.e.
C:\windows\media) as the place to save the file. Now go to Start > Control
Panel > Sound and select the Sounds tab. Under Program Events scroll down
the list to New Mail Notification and click Browse. Your newly downloaded
gotpost file should be on the list, select it, click Open and if you want to
try it, click the Test button, or OK to exit the setup dialogue box.
I recently installed
Window 7 on my Acer laptop. Previously I was able to disable the touchpad
tapping function but I am no longer able to do so. I find that however
careful I am I execute unwanted actions and have resorted to using a USB
mouse whenever it is practicable. This rather defeats the laptop concept
but Microsoft made no mention of this limitation when extolling the
benefits of upgrading to Windows 7 nor have they subsequently offered a
Hugh MacDonald, by
As far as I am aware
there never has been an option in Windows to disable the double-tap function
but it’s not unusual to have it on the touchpad’s own configuration utility,
which I suspect was deleted or disabled when you upgraded to Windows 7. You should
be able to re-install it, check the support section for your model on the
manufacturer’s website. Otherwise you can try de-sensitising the double-tap. Go
to Control Panel > Mouse and select the Buttons tab. Set the double-click
slider to Fast and click OK. Once set it should only be activated if the
touchpad is tapped twice really quickly, which is much less likely to happen by
I need to
transfer the information stored on dozens of 3.5-inch floppy discs created on
an old HP computer to my new PC, which only has a DVD-RW drive. Can you help?
an external 3.5-inch floppy
drive, which plugs into a USB socket on your new PC. They are widely available
from online suppliers and on ebay where new ‘Buy it now’ drives, with
free post and packing sell for less than £10.00. Once the drive is connected
you can copy and paste the files on the floppies to a folder on your new PC’s
laptop uses wireless broadband and a short and awkward cable connects it to my
printer, which will need replacing before long. Advertisements refer to
wireless printers but I am confused as to their method of operation and
connection. Does the printer receive its orders via the router, and, if so, do
the router and printer communicate by wireless? Can any modern router be so connected and is the broadband
supplier involved at all in setting it up?
weren’t about to replace your existing printer I may have suggested that you
buy a widget called a Wi-Fi print server. This connects to the printer, linking
it to the router and turning it into a network printer that other PCs on the
network can all share.
printers simply have the print server gizmo built in. Setup is generally fairly
straightforward – similar to adding a new PC to a wireless network -- so make
sure that you have your network’s WEP/WPA passwords to hand. (Some wireless
printers use a Bluetooth connection but this tends to be short range and
depends on the PC having a Bluetooth adaptor). Since a wireless printing
facility is confined to your home network it has nothing to do with your
way, several routers have a network printing feature – check the back panel to
see if there’s a USB socket marked printer. Just to confuse matters some
printers have a built-in networking capability, if so it will be fitted with a
I bought a Toshiba Satellite Pro running Windows Vista Business. Since it was
new I have been unable to install some software, getting a 'Windows Installer'
error message. Can you suggest a solution?
Cara C, by
is a Windows component responsible for installing and removing programs. Most
of the time you’re unaware of it’s existence, until it stops, or something goes
it’s usually fairly easy to fix and there are a couple of things you can try.
The first is to download and install the latest version of Installer from the
Microsoft website; everything you need is at: http://tinyurl.com/58d2vf.
doesn’t work find a USB pen drive and a trusting friend with Vista PC (any
version will do). Insert the pen drive in their machine then go to Start >
Search and type ‘regedit’ (without the quotes.
open the Registry Editor, navigate your way to
Right-click on the key, select Export and save it to the pen
drive as a .reg file. Now all you have to do is pop the pen drive into your
machine. Open the pen drive in Windows Explore, double-click on the saved .reg
file and it will automatically update the Registry on your machine and
hopefully get Windows Installer working once again.
Maybury 0103 2010