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    HP Printers Being Bad

    I'm posting to Windows 7 because my daughter and I both have HP printers and Windows 7 systems and identical problems. Our printers are very different, however, so I'm blaming Windows 7.

    At times,...
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    I've read te comments to this point. There's some...

    I've read te comments to this point. There's some paranoia out there.

    I went with Carbonite about two years ago. Someone above noted it's a resource hog but I only found that a problem on...
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    I don't mind some inconvenience while the war is...

    I don't mind some inconvenience while the war is waged. What we all(?) ultimately want is a system that is seamless. Can this war produce that for those of us near the bottom of the techie pyramid?...
  4. Others have suggested labeling. I learned that...

    Others have suggested labeling. I learned that when I pulled a plug and it was exactly the wrong plug to pull at that moment. Lost hours of work! Now I label BOTH ends and, if there's a power...
  5. Thread: Cursor jumps

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    Sloppy Keyboarding

    I have exactly the same problem, also with a Dell laptop running Windows 7. I have the same problem on my daughter's Dell All-in-one running Windows 7 (no touchpad but it is a touchscreen). It is...
  6. Thread: PDF converter

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    PDF converter

    I've been using PDFill for over a year and have been very happy with it. However, it rides on Java. With Java removed...no PDFill.

    Is there a good piece of freeware that converts Word and Excel...
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    Hot Spot Security

    Because we frequently travel to areas where no WiFi is available, I use a Verizon HotSpot, a small device which provides access via 4G. It's expensive but works fine. I wonder if it is more or less...
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    What's in the log

    This is the last incident. I can't interpret it. It was followed by several messages, the gist of which was that it wan't repeating. Since 9/28 the log contains no further incidents of crashing but I...
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    SEARCH should work

    MartinM's suggestion should work if the strings are machine-generated. I've never used SEARCH functions but could use them to simplify some operations. Thanks, Martin.
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    Good news = a solution; Bad news = you won't like it

    I have faced this sort of problem and never found an easy answer. It should be possible using some sort of wild card to stand for the characters you don't need included. BUT...I can't find the wild...
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    Maudibe may be right

    Thanks for your help. I think you may be right about the heat.

    The computer is a Toshiba Satellite that has always run hot. However, I do blow it out with air every three months and I use it atop...
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    Spontaneous shutdown of Excel

    I have a Windows Vista OS. I am a heavy user of Excel. McAfee is set for continuous scanning.

    Lately I have had a problem with spontaneous shutdown. At first, Excel would close spontaneously, even...
  13. Updates went a bit too far

    In the last round of 23 updates I let them all go. After the reboot my desktop was a mess with my background changed to stock, all icons set for alpha order, gridded, and 'automatic'. It takes me 10...
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    Is it just one update announcement?

    I had exactly the same problem and resolved it once and for all by discovering the unannounced update and letting it run. I suspect it is just that one Microsoft update that causes this. Once it...
  15. Finding space

    I also have a laptop hard drive that was huge then and small now. I use a 1T USB drive I can carry easily in my pocket to hold old data files -- those I may need but not now. Cord and all fit in a...
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    Stupid Button Presser

    It used to be the default file view was 'detailed'. Suddenly I have icons on every single file folder. I seem to have to reset each one. I've looked and found no magic button but I must have pressed...
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    This should be easy but....it's not

    When I first set up Vista (seems like ten years ago) I was given the option of declaring a separate administrator or combining my owner area with the administrator area. I chose the latter, thinking...
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    I've been gone a few days. When I cranked up the...

    I've been gone a few days. When I cranked up the box there was a notice from Apple asking to update Quicktime and iCloud. Nothing about iTunes. I allowed both.

    When they were done updating...
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    Weird stuff: iTunes update problem

    This doesn't belong on in this section but I can't think where else to post it. Yesterday, iTunes announced an update to 10.5.1 so I did the normal thing and allowed the update to proceed. Since...
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    Difficult

    As I understand it, you can use the keyboard and mouse until Windows fires up. I had this happen on an older version of Windows. Since you know the hardware is working it is just a fluke in the...
  21. Itty Bitty Memory

    You didn't ask but in this time of ultracheap storage, consider increasing your hard disk size. An alternative: a portable hard drive. You can get 2T for around $150. I suggest monthly backups would...
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    So...

    Sooo...this was a non-problem resolved by the on/off button? Did you hear the one about the boy who cried "Wolf!"?
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    Do the obvious

    I am up-to-date on Vista SP2 and this is not happening to me. There was a short period a few weeks ago when the manager would not come up at first but a thorough cleaning resolved that and speeded up...
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    Maybe this is the same thing?

    I had this same thing happen although my laptop's touch pad did work. Using it alone, I reverted to an earlier date before all the updates hit and that worked. The next day I reinstalled the updates...
  25. Harpo~~ You seem to be a novice. I'd be...

    Harpo~~

    You seem to be a novice. I'd be careful with advice to reformat and reinstall. This MAY be the best solution but be prepared to have lots of things happen you might not otherwise expect:...
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