Author Archives: Fred Langa

Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.

8-bit Colors In A 32-Bit World

Hi Fred, I have an older program, Crazy for Ragtime, that
was delightful, with MIDI, movies, and lots of history. Recently, I tried to
install it on XP Pro. I also have 2 LG Flatron LCD monitors. The program
would always crash. One day I discovered that it wanted to display in 256
colors. My monitors don’t display that low. Is there any way to get around
this problem. I have tried the Compatibility method without success but I
hate to lose such a valuable program. Any thoughts? —Hal Allert

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As Win98 (Finally) Fades Into The Sunset…

Dear Fred, Thanks so much for the Plus! help over the last
several years. With your help, I support the personal computers of a number
of family members and friends, about five of whom still run 98SE and do not
have the resources to upgrade at this time. I have kept them free firewalled, free anti-virused, and hotfixed, but the schedule has been
somewhat erratic as it depends upon when I can get to them, and some are out
of town. So far, they have had no problems that I can’t correct.

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Free Windows Vista Beta Now Available

As one OS fades away (see #1, above) another emerges: Reader Gene Lynch was
first to send in email about the new Vista beta available for public download. (Thanks, Gene, and everyone else who wrote in!)

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OS Plays Hide-And-Seek

Hi Fred, A computer I’m working on for a friend goes to a black screen
immediately when powered on, that simply says "Operating system not found."
When this has happened before, either rebooting a couple times, or checking
for loose cables, corrected it. This time, nada. What are the various reasons or possibilities with this problem?
Ed Langham

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Networking XP With Older Windows

My computer is running XP Home and my wife’s runs ME. Her PC has a
floppy, a CD drive and a HP all in one printer/scanner/copier/fax. Mine has a CD, a CD/DVD writer and a HP printer.
I would like to have them networked so I can access her floppy, or the
all-in-one when needed.

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Divide And Conquer

You have discussed (repeatedly) the need for backup of important data. You

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Google Earth, Without the Huge Download

I used to have Google earth on my laptop, but it was a  bit
much for it so I removed it. It was a shame as I really enjoyed using it. Then one day I ran across this website  – 
Now I can use Google Earth and do not have to install it. Do not know how long
the site will be there after reading the disclaimer:

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