Ask Rick 333 01/11/14
Taming The Tab
My problem relates to the transfer (or not in
my case) of data from my Acer laptop to a new Samsung Galaxy Tab. I have tried
via Samsung and various Internet Forums to find help but without success. All
the info relates to either Samsung to Samsung equipment or Galaxy Tab to PC but
not the reverse. Maybe I am missing a trick somewhere but you might have
thought with the Google Android OS that transferring pictures from my PC should
be a doddle.
Mike Say, by email
It should be as simple as copying and pasting
files to a USB flash drive, and most of the time it is, but a fair number of
users fall at the first hurdle and find that their Samsung tablet is not
recognised by their PC. Sometimes it is just the cable, so the first thing to
do is try another one, but if that does not work then it is probably a driver
problem. There plenty of complicated and exotic solutions on the web but the
quick fix is to install Samsung’s Kies sync utility (free from http://goo.gl/U0geqe), which includes the
essential drivers. It is a bit clunky and gets mixed reviews but you do not
have to use it, in fact you can uninstall it straight away as the drivers you
need, will remain on the computer. After a restart connect the tablet to the
PC; Windows should now acknowledge its existence and it appears as an external
drive in Windows Explorer, displaying the contents of both the tablet’s
internal memory and a Micro SD card, if one is inserted. You can now copy and
paste your files, and usually the best place to put them is in one of the
Download folders (Internal memory or SD card), which most apps can access.
Otherwise copy your files to a relevantly named folder: DCIM or Pictures for
images, Movies, Music, Documents and so on.
To Boldly Go
I had Windows 7 Pro installed on my computer by
an expert, who I have used for many years. Emails are coming through BT Yahoo
Mail, but we have discovered a strange problem that, so far, he cannot solve.
When composing emails, clicking on Bold, Italics, Underline and Emoticons, has
no effect. All of the other icons, i.e.
Font, Size, Text Colour, Highlight Colour and the various Alignment icons, work
John Buggins, by email
Internet Explorer can have difficulty coping
with some web page elements, particularly after an update, or if the site in
question has been revamped. It can normally be fixed by going to IE’s Tools
menu, click on Compatibility View Settings; in the Add this Website box type
yahoo.com, click Add then reload the page.
I am running an old PC with XP, purely as a
backup machine, however the hard drive is full and ideally I would like to take
the computer back to its factory condition; I know that I would lose all of the
data currently stored on the drive. The problem is XP won't allow me to format
the disk, can this be overridden?
Lionel Goulder, Birmingham
Windows has a self-defence mechanism that stops
users formatting the primary drive, whilst it is running. Before we get to the
workaround, as you know XP is no longer supported, and although you can still
download security updates issued prior to April 2014, there will be no more. It
will also become increasingly difficult to find drivers for peripherals,
programs written for XP will not be updated and you won’t be able to install
newer versions. This would be a good opportunity to give it a new lease of life
either by installing Linux, or if it is less than 5 or 6 years old, it should
be capable of running Windows 7.
If you want to format the drive and reinstall
XP you will either to have to boot the PC from the Windows installation disc
that came with it; this option is on the Repair menu that appears when you put
the CD in the drive and restart the computer. If Windows was pre-installed it
should have a Recovery Partition, containing all of the files necessary to
restore the computer to its factory condition. The combination of keys needed
to begin the restoration process will be in the user manual, or in the support
section of the manufacturer’s web site.
I have several video sequences recorded in
AVCHD format on the SD card in my Panasonic TZ20 camera. I would like to
transfer these to DVD to enable viewing on an ordinary player. Are there
computer programs available that can do this or any commercial organisations
that could do it for me?
J K Crilly, Durham City
There are plenty of companies that will happily
take your money to edit your footage and create a DVD, but where is the fun in
that? Why not have a go at doing it yourself? There is no shortage DVD editing
and authoring programs but if you have a Windows 7 PC, or access to one, then
it need not cost you a penny. It is also surprisingly easy and with a little
patience you can get really professional looking results. This simple no-cost
method uses Microsoft Windows Live Movie Maker (free from http://goo.gl/JtGkst), to edit your movie. Use
a card reader to import clips from the memory card into Movie Maker, and yes,
it supports AVCHD files. You can then change the length of clips, add special
effects, a soundtrack and so and when you are happy with it, save it as a
project file on your hard drive. Finally, click Save Movie > Burn DVD to
open Windows DVD Maker, so you can add a menu and formats the files ready to be
written to the disc. DVD Maker is also free and included in the Home Premium,
Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise versions of W7. If you need help there is
a tutorial at http://goo.gl/tsVTN8.
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