Houston We Have A Problem 130, 13/11/10
Stacking the Odds
My daughter is having problems with Facebook.
It has become sluggish and erratic and keeps telling her, ‘Stack Overflow on
line 1’. What does this mean and what can she do about it?
John Martin, by email
Stack Overflow error messages normally mean
that a program is using more than its allocation of memory. This is known as
the ‘call stack’ and it is set when the program is launched. That’s the easy
part. Why it happens is another matter and it can be due to a multitude of
different things, but here are a few things to try.
My guess is your daughter is using Internet
Explorer, if so one very quick and simple cure is to switch to another browser,
like Firefox, Chrome and Safari etc. They are all free and there are links to
the downloads at: http://goo.gl/mXyw.
If she wants to stay with IE then try disabling
any add-ons. In IE go
to Tools > Internet Options > Programs tab and click the Manage Add-Ons
button. Under Add-On Types click Toolbars and Extensions. Select approximately
half the entries (hold down the Shift key and click them one at a time) then
click the Disable All button. If the problem persists disable the other half,
if at any point the problem disappears you can isolate the culprit by
re-enabling them one at a time. By the way, while you are there I would get rid
of any extra toolbars that you don’t use, they often cause problems and can
really slow IE down.
hasn’t helped try this: go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced tab and
in the Settings Box select ‘Disable Script Debugging (Internet Explorer) and
‘Disable Script Debugging (other)’, click OK and see what happens.
if all else fails reset IE to its factory defaults. Go to Internet Options >
Advanced tab and click the Reset button, read the warnings and if you are happy
to proceed confirm by Clicking Reset and then Close.
I have changed my OS from Vista to Windows 7
and I do not like Windows Live Mail. I would like to go back to Windows Mail.
Having searched the Internet, the solutions I found were beyond my
capabilities. Is there a reasonably simple way around this problem?
Barrie Sharpe, by email
Join the club. Windows Live Mail is far too
clever for my liking. Windows Mail, which first appeared in Vista is a very
decent, no-frills email program and Outlook Express users feel immediately at
home but sadly it’s no longer available. The good news is that it is easily
transplanted from Vista to Windows 7. All you need is a Vista PC and a USB
memory stick. On the Vista PC open Windows Explorer and go to C:\Program Files
and copy the Windows Mail folder to your USB stick. Pop the USB stick into your
Windows 7 PC and copy the Windows Mail folder to the same location (C:\Program
Files). Once in place open the folder hold down the Ctrl key then click and
drag and drop a copy of the winmail.exe icon onto the desktop to create a
Count On Word
I have recently switched to Office 2007 from
Office 2003 and although quite different I am getting used to it fairly
quickly. Except I cannot find the word
count in Word. Do you know where it is, or has Microsoft not included in this
Rest assured Microsoft wouldn’t dare drop this
vital feature; in fact it has been enhanced in Word 2007. By default there
should be a word count displayed on the Status Bar at the bottom of the screen,
next to the page number. This also shows the number of words in a highlighted selection
(or selections, hold down the Ctrl key to highlight multiple selections).
There’s also a manual word count, which includes text in endnotes, footnotes
and text boxes, you’ll find this on the Review tab, in the Proofing section
I have an IBM desktop PC with XP Professional.
I recently obtained a video-to-PC device, which requires a 16-bit graphic card
set to 800 x 600 or higher. I think that my machine's card most probably covers
this, but I would like to make certain. I tried checking it in Device Manager
but here I hit a brick wall. In the device's Properties dialogue box appear
only General, Driver, Details and Resources tabs, nothing about the setting
capability I'm looking for. I suppose that as usual the answer is staring me in
the face somewhere, but I certainly can't see it.
Dave Timlin, Cardiff
Not quite staring you in the face, but it is
there in front of you, once you know where to look. In XP, and in other
versions of Windows by a slightly more roundabout route, all you have to do is
right-click into an empty area of the desktop and select Properties then
Settings. There you will see the Screen Resolution slider that shows you, and
lets you adjust your computer’s video resolution. It also shows you the shape
of the screen for any given resolution setting, so if you have a widescreen
monitor make sure you chose a widescreen resolution setting, otherwise images
will appear distorted.
For some unexplained reason I have lost WordPad
from my computer. I must have deleted it in some way. I have XP and click on All Programs > Accessories but WordPad
is nowhere to be seen. Is there any way
I can get it back?
John Gardner, by email
I doubt very much that you have deleted it; my
guess is you’ve just zapped the program’s shortcut. You can easily check this
by going to Run on the Start menu, type
‘wordpad.exe’ (without the quotes) and click OK. If WordPad appears then
all you have to do is recreate the shortcut by opening Windows Explorer,
navigate to C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories, right-click on wordpad.exe
and select Send To > Desktop (create shortcut).
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