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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588220158
  • Publisher: Philadelphia Inquirer, The
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 171
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Error Messages
You do not have administrative rights 10
Operating system or system files not found 11
Buffer overruns 12
Recycle Bin 12
Exception errors, or the Blue Screen of Death 13
Not enough contiguous free space 14
Updating failure 15
Scripting errors 15
Active X controls 16
Plug-in does not initialize 17
Missing .dll files 17
Server unavailable or forbidden 20
Runtime errors 20
Web page printing 21
Printer error messages 21
PCI resources 22
Primary drive missing 23
Insert disk 24
OpenGL 24
Document file errors 24
Adobe PDF Monitor 26 not found 27
Microsoft error report 27
Corrupt EXE file 27
Microsoft Visual Basic error 28
NAV32 error 28
Symproxysvc error 28
Too many Quicken windows open 29
Not a valid Win32 application 29
ScanDisk and defragment 30
Scratch disk full 31
Chassis intrusion warning 31
Cannot upgrade system file %1 32
Mapi module cannot be found 32
BackWeb error 32
Log file initialization error 33
Chapter 2 Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting
Reformatting the hard drive 34
Moving the computer 34
Removing unused drivers 35
Removing unused programs from new PC 35
Ghosting the PC 36
Turn-on/turn-off sequence 36
Bootup troubles 36
Creating icons 37
Computer careers 37
Controlling children's PC time 37
Securing the computer 38
Making career connections 38
Bootups, warm and cold 38
Viewing contents of a CD 39
Scanning forms 39
From microrecorder to PC 39
Wandering Taskbar 39
Excel tips 40
Online computer dictionaries 40
Translating documents 40
Converting WordStar documents 40
Scanning and organizing documents 41
Computer freezes 41
Printing a calendar from Microsoft Works 42
Changing a registered owner 42
Choosing a grammar checker 43
Chapter 3 Windows
Windows XP 44
Accessing System Configuration Utility 50
Windows Messenger 50
XML files 50
Fonts 51
The Desktop 51
The System Tray 52
System File Checker 52
Recycle Bin 52
Restore Points 53
Protecting data 54
Restoring ScanDisk 55
Windows and Linux 55
Restoring Battery Monitor 55
Windows updates 55
Passwords 58
Changing shutdown options 59
My Documents folder disappears 59
Help function does not work 60
Quick Launch icons change 60
Restoring msconfig 60
Chapter 4 E-mail and Fax
Attachments 62
Protecting e-mail privacy 64
Sent e-mails don't wind up in Sent folder 64
Importing address book from Comcast 65
Outlook Express 65
Outlook 68
Finding a contact in address book 70
Spam 71
Faxing with XP 72
Stopping mail temporarily 73
E-mail automatically deleted 74
Cutting and pasting graphics into a message 74
Deleting duplicate messages 75
Chapter 5 The Internet
Fighting pop-ups 76
Changing brand on Internet Explorer 77
Downloading 77
Instant Messaging 79
Modem hassles 80
Internet Explorer 80
Crumbled cookies 81
Missing graphics 81
Missing options for working with graphics 82
Netscape 82
Faxing 83
Gaming 83
Ads, rumors, hoaxes and other stupidities 84
Viruses, worms and Trojan horses 85
Spyware, hijackers and other evils 88
Those Netspy Trojan horse warnings 91
Getting around 91
EBay ripoff 92
GameCan 92
Tracking hackers 92
Tgcmd.exe 92
Terminology 93
AOL 93
Surfing delays 94
Favorites and Bookmarks 94
Setting up a Web site 96
Away from home and moving away from home 97
Porn site problems 100
Firewalls 101
Changing font size on Web sites 101
Java 102
Secure sites 102
Restoring AutoComplete 103
Restoring History 103
Temporary Internet Files 103
Chapter 6 Hardware, Inside and Outside
The PC 104
Networking computers 106
Printers 109
External audio card 111
Linking devices, or daisy-chaining 112
Modems 112
Drives, floppy, hard, et al 113
Memory of all sorts 123
Peripherals 125
Belkin 4-Port Hub 127
USB and power management 127
Monitors and video cards 128
Chapter 7 Fooling With Files and Folders
Editing scanned documents 133
Permanently deleting files 133
Recovering lost files 134
File associations 134
Storing downloaded files 135
Deleting temp files 136
Finding and renaming files 137
PowerPoint presentations without PowerPoint 138
Viewing a file on a floppy 138
Transporting Access files 138
Deleting compressed files 139
Viewing files on a program CD 139
RTF-formatted files 140
Duplicate files 140
Moving files between computers 141
Backing up files to CDs 141
Chapter 8 Program Problems
Word 143
Microsoft activation policy 147
Program has disappeared 148
Updating 148
Configuring computer for games 149
Programs open in a window, not full-screen 150
Plug-ins 150
Excel 150
Microsoft Money 151
GoBack and hard drive space 151
Programs and sleep mode 152
Quicken 152
Norton AntiVirus 2000 153
TurboTax 153
Windows Media Player 153
Deleting uninstalled program from Registry 154
Turning off microphone in Office XP 154
Buy online or on CD? 155
Chapter 9 Multimedia
Digital cameras 156
Photographs 158
Video 160
Music 161
Shockwave 162
Personal digital assistants 163
Games 164
From hard drive to entertainment unit 165
Connecting an electronic keyboard to the PC 166
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