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.

Drive Cable Problems

Hi Fred,
I LOVE Langalist! Just thought I’d get that out of the way. The terabyte 
server is something I’ll tackle this year. A question I hope you’ll have time to
3 months ago I started to experience a bad boot. I’d get to BIOS, then
get the black screen with "Can’t find primary 0 HD" and "Can’t find
secondary 1 HD" or words to that effect. For several weeks, I’d open the
case (after rebooting several times with the same result) re seat the
ribbon cable to the motherboard and the drives, and it would boot. (Dell
4550, XP home, BTW) Finally, that stopped working, and it would only
boot intermittently.

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His Floppy Flopped

Hi Fred, I appreciate the time and effort you put into the
newsletter. I have a  little problem with my floppy drive, it will only read
raw data and will not write at all. I usually click before I read and It
appears I clicked at the wrong time. Would appreciate help to get my floppy
drive back. Thanks. I look forward to every issue. —Bob Hurley

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Free NAS Software

NAS or "Network Attached Storage" ( ) is a technology for adding disk space to a
network for use by everyone on the LAN. It’s one way that the huge amount of
storage provided by our $500 terabyte PC ( )
can be used:

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Hard Drive Installation Question

Dear Mr. Langa, I enjoy reading your Newsletter very much
and find it quite informative. I read your article about replacing a hard
drive ("How To Safely Add
Or Replace A Hard Drive" )
to see how it differed from what I had done many times in the past. I was
surprised that you took the original hard drive out and put it down on a
piece of cardboard not attached to the main frame. I always thought that the
screws holding the hard drive in the computer were essential for providing a
good ground for the hard drive. Is this not so? Many thanks for your
attention and consideration. Bob Ackerberg

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“Turbulence In The Ether”

Your newsletter has allowed me to stay slightly more in-step with quickly
changing world of computers, software, & the internet.  Best dollar-a-month I

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