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    Fans do fail after a few years. Replacement fans...

    Fans do fail after a few years. Replacement fans are cheap. So just keep an eye (or ear) on the situation.

    Desktop computers should be internally dusted every 6 months or so, or dust can...
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    There is no substitute for regular full partition...

    There is no substitute for regular full partition backups.
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    Download your original version printer drivers...

    Download your original version printer drivers (if you don't know what version they were try the last-version-before current drivers or use your printer installation disk). Then completely reinstall...
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    Definitely replace the BIOS battery ASAP even if it takes some work!!

    >>Is your computer old enough to need a board battery replacement (3-5 years)?
    > 6 yrs in Dec

    Definitely should be replaced, most probably the problem and if you leave it much longer it'll leak...
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    If you're reading the e-mail in Windows Live Mail...

    If you're reading the e-mail in Windows Live Mail (aka Windows Mail), be sure you've clicked the 'Click to display contents of e-mail' or similar messages when opening the e-mail. Also read one of...
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    Thinking one can keep using XP and remain secure...

    Thinking one can keep using XP and remain secure is living in a fool's paradise. There are no new critical updates being provided by Microsoft to individual users. No malware detector will prevent...
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    As of 8th April, Outlook Express no longer...

    As of 8th April, Outlook Express no longer receives critical updates from Microsoft. Ditto for XP. Both XP and OE should therefore now be considered sitting ducks for hackers. I would refuse to...
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    I recently noticed Microsoft Publisher as an...

    I recently noticed Microsoft Publisher as an installation option in my already installed Office on a Windows 7 system, and 'installed' it. When I ran Publisher, it asked for a registration key (not a...
  9. Be aware that the Fixit disables the opening of...

    Be aware that the Fixit disables the opening of .rtf files. Rtf is a very common document format, so consider carefully before 'fixing', and don't forget to uninstall the fixit after Microsoft...
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    If you're prepared to invest some time, try your...

    If you're prepared to invest some time, try your local Freecycle, maybe someone whose keyboard broke has a dongle to give away. If you e-mail a (free) ad, carefully read all rules first (there are a...
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    Compiler, filehippo programs are malware free,...

    Compiler, filehippo programs are malware free, I've been using the site for years.

    It's also a good place to get older versions of programs (don't install any older versions of internet-accessing...
  12. In no particular order... Your current...

    In no particular order...

    Your current computer has limitations, including a not-very-fast processor, no HD monitor output (according to the Dell specs, unless you added a graphics card with the...
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    Youtube demo of the Datavac / Other suck & blow options

    There's a youtube demo of the Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ2OA8NT2HE

    Looks pretty powerful, I'm coveting one as well, though in Australia it's looking pretty...
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    A couple of tips / Passwords in a document which is encrypted is one option

    I use a 'system' for making passwords most of the time, so have some similarity between passwords, making some easy to remember. For financial accounts and my main e-mail, I use complex ones, and...
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    Easeus ToDo Backup - rules! - Which version to download & where

    If you want to give Easeus ToDo Backup Free a try, download this installer [v4.0.0.2]:
    http://easeus-todo-backup-free.soft32.com/old-version/374375/4.0
    as a number of important features have been...
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    Users are not all innocent, make them pay when they deserve it

    The free computer work I do for n00B family members is conditional on an agreement with them. The agreement specifies never downloading installers without asking me, not running any external program...
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    ImgBurn not for n00bs / Most commercial movie DVD's can be backed up with ImgBurn + AnyDVD

    ImgBurn is immensely powerful and very configurable, probably more so than most or all commercial programs on both counts. But it has no inbuilt help, so you'll have to find tutorials initially...
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    Would-be eternal XP users can bitch and moan all...

    Would-be eternal XP users can bitch and moan all you want, the fact is that Microsoft will not be continuing to support it. There will be no critical updates available, new or old, after 8th April....
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    Patti, it appears you're pretty much a beginner...

    Patti, it appears you're pretty much a beginner or you would have fixed each problem as it arose. Therefore, at a guesstimate you'd have literally dozens, maybe hundreds, of geeky things to learn to...
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    Use a video capture device, not a DVD recorder

    I've converted a VHS tape to video files using hampshireman's 'standalone DVD recorder' technique, but wouldn't recommend it. It's a whole bunch of extra steps on top of the methods recommended in...
  21. Definition of 'tethering'

    It appears you and I were both partially wrong, bobprimak, at least according to the following wikipedia page, which at least a hundred experts would surely have edited/checked by now over the life...
  22. That's terrible advice, for reasons stated in my...

    That's terrible advice, for reasons stated in my first post and by jwitalka with yet another reference for it.

    The really sad thing is that some ISP call centre workers will probably have no clue...
  23. I can explain that, but you might want to prepare...

    I can explain that, but you might want to prepare a strong coffee in advance, the following confused the hell out of me until I eventually worked it out.

    I'm not fully sure of all the terminology,...
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    Re good desktop positioning issues, having it not...

    Re good desktop positioning issues, having it not backed too far into the rear wall is also important, or the efficiency of the rear exhaust fans will be compromised. And I've noticed the exhaust...
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    As Browni intimated, it's very important to check...

    As Browni intimated, it's very important to check Task Scheduler for any tasks that wake the computer. I had your problem a while ago, and solved it this way. From memory it was a stock Windows 7...
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