Ask Rick 337 29/11/14
iOS 8 Bluetooth Car Crash
installing iOS 8.0 and the iOS 8.0.2 update on my iPhone I can no longer make
or receive phone calls via Bluetooth on my new Ford Focus. Apple support told
me to go to my local Ford dealer for a software upgrade. The dealer said that
Ford HQ had told them that the incompatibility was Apples' responsibility.
Sanderson, by email
iOS 8 pre-release testing definitely could have been more thorough, but in the
growing list of update glitches this one is usually fairly easy to fix. In many
cases all you have to do is clear the iPhone’s network settings (Settings >
General > Reset > Reset Network Settings), however, be warned that you
will have to re-enter any stored wireless passwords and passcodes, so make sure
that you have a record of the important ones. If that does not work the other,
slightly more drastic option, is to use the Reset All Settings option. You will
lose any preferences that you have set, though stored media and files should be
safe but you should carry out a full backup first. This is particularly
important if you have any iWork documents stored by iCloud as there are reports
of another iOS 8 bug that can result in them being erased.
can I lock my icons and shortcuts on my Windows 7 desktop? I’m sick and tired
of them being moved or deleted without my permission.
Vick, by email
particular foible has been driving PC owners crazy since the earliest days of Windows
and there are no end of tricks, hacks and Registry edits that purport to fix
the problem. However, in the end there is nothing you can do to stop icons
going AWOL and this is usually due to changes on the desktop, resolution
settings and so on, and not forgetting those pesky gremlins. Fortunately you
can easily store your preferred layout, and restore it, with just a couple of
clicks. All you need is a free utility called Desktop Restore (http://goo.gl/AiUF). It is a Shell Extension,
which means the program is incorporated into the Windows file management
system. The next time your icons misbehave right click on the desktop and the
options to Store and Restore your desktop will appear on the menu.
years ago, I purchased a Sharp C-315H hand held portable TV, which in those
days was set up to receive analogue programmes. Obviously, today the
broadcasting is now wholly digital. Is there any way the system on the TV can
be converted to receive digital or is it ready for the scrap heap?
Petherbridge, by email
No, it cannot be modified but please do not throw it
away. It was a classic design and collectors are showing a growing interest in
late 20th century electronic gadgets. Whilst it might not be worth very much at
the moment, one day, who knows? It is not totally useless either, and although
it cannot receive digital TV broadcasts directly, it should be able to do so
via a set-top box, and display analogue video signals, from a VCR, DVD player,
or vintage video game, provided they are fitted with a TV aerial output socket.
This indicates that it has a device called an RF modulator, which is basically
a very low power UHF transmitter. You cannot connect your Sharp mini TV to the
socket as there is no aerial socket but there is a workaround. Find an old TV aerial lead, cut off the plug
(male) end, pare back 20 – 30cm of the outer insulation, remove the wire
braiding and wrap the inner cable around the TV’s telescopic aerial. The signal
can usually be found by tuning the TV between UHF channels 36 to 44. Incidentally there also used to be
questionably legal gadgets called TV senders. These were slightly more powerful
UHF transmitters, used to re-broadcast signals from VCRs and satellite tuners
to TVs in other rooms and they occasionally turn up on ebay for a few pounds.
PC has a 600GB hard drive with one partition running Windows XP and the other
Windows 7. When the computer boots up, it always defaults to XP; I would like
to be able to select the OS on boot-up. Can this be achieved?
Grice, by email
go to Start > Control Panel > Advanced System Settings then under Startup
and Recovery click Settings. At the top, under System Startup, you can change
the Default Operating System on the drop-down and set it to display and change
how long it displays the list of operating systems at boot up.
I have just changed from a Windows XP desktop
PC to a Windows 8 laptop. Unfortunately I cannot get my Canoscan scanner to
work. I cannot find an updated driver. Do you know of one or is there another
way to get the scanner to respond to the laptop.
Colin Price, by email
When manufacturers decide not to support an item of
hardware, either because it is a few years old and considered obsolete or a new
operating system has been released, then there is very little that you can do
about it. It is always worth trying the most recent driver from the
manufacturer’s support website and occasionally a peripheral will run on a W8 PC using the W7
driver, but on more sophisticated devices, such as multi-function printers and
so on, some functions may not work properly, if at all.
are two fairly exotic solutions that can keep your scanner running and they are
to install Windows XP on a separate partition on your new PC’s hard drive, or
use Virtual Machine software, which is basically a way of running XP inside
Windows 8, but neither method is very convenient, straightforward, or suitable
for novices. Sad to say that in the end it is often easier, quicker and cheaper
to get a new scanner, or multi-function printer.
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