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Yes, there are many benefits of hooking your TiVo DVR with your home computer or with your home network. However, to use your TiVo DVR with your home network, you�ll need to purchase a network adapter and have the TiVo Series2 DVR.The benefits of using TiVo with your home computer are:You don't ha…
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All cars and light trucks built for sale in the United States after 1996 are required to be OBD-II compliant. Check out this site: http://scantool.net/support/?_a=knowledgebase&_j=questiondetails&_i=3 Cheers
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I'm not exactly sure what kind of good paying job that you could get but I would recommend visiting salary.com and looking into the 30000-40000 salary range and seeing if your job fits in there. Also do a search on yahoo for jobs in that field and a website that's like stats.bls.gov will come up an…
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It is not clear on what you want to do. So I'm going to guess that you want to duplicate a image changing sequence that you have on your desktop and put it on a website. If this is the case then this script will do just that. In the script find the lines that say "image1". "image 2", etc and replace…
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Learn about viruses, worms, Trojan horse programs, etc. with these:The Computer Virus Handbookby Harold Joseph HighlandDefense and Detection Strategies against Internet Wormsby Jose NazarioMalware: Fighting Malicious Codeby Ed Skoudis, Lenny ZeltserE-mail Virus Protection Handbook : Protect your E-m…
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It sounds like you have a Spyware program installed. Usually virus scanners don't catch these. Download one or both of these free programs : Ad-aware, and Spybot Search & Destroy. Run these, and they will clean up and remove almost all spyware programs, and should fix your problem. Or you can …
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If you have this worm, you can run these 5 essential steps to remove all the spyware on your computer. 1. Run Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) 2. Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 3. Run Spybot Search and Destroy. 4 Run Superantispyware. 5. Run a complete scan with free curing utility Dr.Web Cur…
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You have to download the VB6 runtimes. IT has nothing to do with your computer running slow. your computer running slow can be due to hard ware problems and not always viruses or spyware
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If you have a file called skinkers.exe running on your computer it can only be because someone who has access to it has installed it.Skinkers are desktop agent which can be freely downloaded from a web site offering breaking news or desktop alerts, i.e. BBC, Warner Bros, etc.Skinkers are not viruses…
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The word "boot" or "booting" comes from the concept of bootstrapping, or pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. Before PC's, computer operators would run a program called the bootstrap loader. This loader did the initialization that is now automatic. The process became known as bootstrapping and late…
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"Computer Science" and "Information Technology" are completely different subjects. "...Computer science is interpreted broadly so as to include algorithms, data structures, computational complexity theory, distributed computation, parallel computation, VLSI, machine learning, computational biology,…
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Click on my computer, highlight drive C, go into file and click on "explore". Then click on Windows, Temp, and then History. you will see your history of internet sites visited. Also, "Cookies" shows you a similar list. Each of these folders should be emptied regularly on your Internet Explorer …
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There are a number of terms for computer experts, depending on the context. Here are some of the terms: Computer Expert: This is a general and somewhat formal term for people who are experts in computers. Computer Guru: A guru is another name for a hacker or anyone with a lot of informal compute…
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It would be the case if your browser's too old, is bugged, or contain expired certificates to not be able to handle SSL/TLS connections properly.
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If you are running on Windows 7, and the computer is shut down and starts, there is a good possibility that you have an option called "Wake on LAN" enabled. This enables your computer to start whenever your LAN/network cable becomes active. Rebooting computer Did you try system properties / advan…
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It honestly is up to you. It is actually better to leave it on as you retain your connection to the ISP and in most cases, don't have to renegotiate your download speed (which could get a bit slower the next time you connect). Other information It depends... You should be definitely be protected wit…
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A Cat5 cable contains 4 pairs of 2 wires twisted together, making a total of 8 individual wires, however only 2 wire pairs (4 wires) are actually used for communication.
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use the classic logon screen in Windows XP Professional the administrator is enabled by default and you can logon to it by pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL AT THE LOGON SCREEN in Windows XP Home Edition the administrator is restricted during regular operation u may only logon to the Administrator account in …
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I found on internet this software : IntelligentWakeUp 1.0.0.1 . But it's only for windows 2000 and XP and the cost is $11.99. Another way to have a system turn itself on is to check in the BIOS settings of your motherboard. many new motherboards nowadays, have the option to have the computer turn…
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Rule of thumb, start with the Obvious. Sequence of Events as Described : 1.System will boot. 2.System turns off, randomly. 3.Antivirus software, Up to Date? 4.New Hardware installed, Memory module, or new Harddrive ,etc.? 5. Updates applied to system ? 6 Next Options> a. If Antivirus is run, no v…
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You can take off applications that you want to keep but you must have a good means of storing that application like with a zip drive or flash USB storage device. Can I ask a question, what do you mean when you say "take everything off" in computer terms that means a "format" which means you will be …
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The best way for your PC to recognize the CD-Rom drive is use a boot or Start up floppy. Make 1 from any Windows 98 based PC. Go to START-Settings-CONTROL PANEL-Add/Remove programs, the tab START UP DISK, have a brand new 3½" Floppy disk LABELED: WINDOWS BOOT-UP. It will load the generic drivers so…
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On some motherboards, when the CPU temperature gets too high, it will automatically reboot the system in hopes of cooling the chip and the associated hardware. This is not a normal occurrence though - if your PC is rebooting automatically, something is wrong with the fans inside your PC case. Check …
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It appears like you're talking about the Power-On Password to use the laptop. Is that the one or is it the Windows Password?Well anyway. Some laptops do have the facility of performing a reset. There will be a reset button or a tiny hole where you need to pinch in with the help of a paper clip. Look…
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Windows 2000 does this when it is running on a machine that doesn't support ACPI or APM. Make sure that these are enable in the BIOS. You may have to reinstall Windows 2000 to get ACPI working again.
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You should be able to upgrade or add on most parts to just about any desktop computer available today. The only thing I've found difficult are the case designs of some computers I've worked on, and that only matters if you're replacing something big like the motherboard. Manufacturers save money by …
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It depends what you want to do. Some things that may help are the following: 1.) How much are you ABLE to spend? Stay in your price range. 2.) Windows, Apple or Linux? If you're new to computers you may want to go for Windows or Mac, Advanced users normally go Linux. (for you so called advanced user…
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Any of the major manufacturers; AMD processors such as a Sempron of the Athlon. Intel Pentium 4 etc.. The performance of any computer and hence it's software, benefit from having adequate memory installed. This is almost as important as the processor that's used. Go for at least 512MB of memory. M…
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When you press on the power button (or shut down through an OS) it begins by saving all used data and dumping all RAM (Random Access Memory). This, in turn shuts down the OS and finally the circuitry cuts off power to the motherboard, but not completely, the final click is when capacitors are discha…
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What you have is known as radio frequency Interference. This happens when someone hooks up a terminal such as a WebTV or similar unit, game system etc. to their television incorrectly. They don't put a switching device in the antenna line to prevent the signal from feeding back up their antenna line…
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One option is to remove the hard drive from the old machine and change the jumper setting (these are small pins on the back of the drive with a small clip that makes a connection between 2 pins- there are usually 3 basic settings marked "M- for master, "S"- for slave & "CS"- for cable select) to…
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Do you mean like a floppy disk, a CD, or a ZIP disk? You should be able to access them unless the files are protected in some way or if the files are corrupted. Does this help? If not, try re-posting your question with a more detailed description of what you want to know. Files downloaded to a…
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Computers must be in a cool place that isn't humid or the computer will overheat and/or short-circuit. Also, it's recommended that the place has a good amount of air circulation to allow the computer fans to take in cool air while exhaust hot air properly. That being said, the user will also requi…
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It depends on what you are referring to - the file system for the partition/volume that the operating system sits on, or the partition/volume that non-system data sits on. For operating systems, there are usually certain restraints on which types of file systems you can use. Generally Windows vers…
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A device driver creates a layer of abstraction between the hardware and the operating system. They were created by programmers who wanted a standard set of system calls in interact with hardware. Device drivers were 'invented' when x86 CPU's added the capability to enter 32 bit protected mode. By c…
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To connect to the internet you have to have 3 things.Internet accountA connection to the internet (phoneline, cable modem, dsl, wireless)a program that will activate the port that is connected to the internet.If there is no physical connection to the internet (phone line, network cable, wireless car…
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It should be noted that most DLL files are subject to copyright, and redistribution legalese. Meaning, they typically come with a product such as Microsoft Windows or Word or what-not, and there is legal language in place that makes unsolicited redistribution illegal in many cases. Whenever you dist…
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The network managers are responsible for all the customers, including other networks that they buy and sell electricity to and from. Typically the distributed operating system mostly worries about the local electricity needs, however incompetent behavior is often penalized such as shut down without …
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To break the coded messages produced on the WW2 German Enigma machine.
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While some of the entries below may work, most are simply too complicated for the average user and many are overkill. If it is spontaneously rebooting at relatively regular intervals it is MORE than likely a cooling problem. If no hardware has been changed inside the case since before it started doi…
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You first need to have a CD burner in the computer. Then, you need to start whatever CD burning software came with the burner. Roxio EZ CD Creator and Ahead Nero are the two most common programs to use, and both of these in their newest versions are super simple to use. They will usually pop up a wi…
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It is possible that your computer has a "Wake-on-modem" setting. Does the problem go away if you unplug your phone line from the computer? Check the settings in your computers bios, and disable everything related to "Wake-on . . ." See if that helps. New : If you are referring to a cell phone, pl…
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The 'click the restart' button refers to clicking the 'start/turn off Computer' shown on the bottom-left of the screen in Windows operating systems (95, 98, NT, XP, Vista). [Anyway, my PC is working fine now after I did a run of 'SPYBOT', an anti-spyware program. Be extremely careful about downlo…
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Use "time".For example instead of using "ls" to get a directory listing, using "time ls" will give the directory listing as well as the time to execute the ls command.   You can execute "ps -ef" and look in the TIME column to see how many minutes and seconds of CPU time each process has used.
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An operating system is just a base for all purposes. For example if you are a writer you need an operating system for a word processor (ms word, openoffice...) to work on.
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Zero Filling Zero filling is a way to overwrite all data on a hard drive. An analogy would be putting new asphalt over an old highway. This snip is from the Seagate Website: "(Quick) will write over the beginning of the drive which includes the critical partition information, eliminating all partit…
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Typically, when you see the message, "Drive contents changed: restarting..." when trying to defrag the C drive, there are other programs running in the background and accessing the hard drive. So the solution would be to close them. Stop any real-time anti-virus program before defragmenting. Try shu…
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Most of these answers can cause this, updates sometimes need a restart to apply settings, and overheating can cause crashes. Now this is what most likely happened (crashed) but not always caused by overheating. Windows comes with the "Automatically Restart" setting ON by default, you need to chan…
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Programming: In a programming context, one usually determines whether a file is a directory using functions that access file metadata. These are dependent on the system you are programming and what language you are programming in. You should consult a reliable reference for the programming la…
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When you are using Microsoft Windows, right click on "start" --> click on "search" --> enter "*.dll" in the field where you should enter the file name you want to search. Then start search. You can also open File Find by pressing the Windows logo key (usually between Ctrl and Alt keys) and …
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Basically, computers work by taking commands and giving feedback: input and output. The hardware in the computer takes the input from the user or a program and provides the result (text, image, file) that is desired.For example, when you type letters on a keyboard, it analyzes the keystroke and elec…
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There is no valid dll file of that name. You appear to have a virus or spyware. I suggest that you go to www.Castlecops.com, post your question to the Hijackthis - Spyware, Viruses, Worms, Trojans Oh My! forum, and let the experts lead you through the fix. You will need to download a copy of HijackT…
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The reason why it is slowly decreasing is because they are coming out with different things like palm pilots, and different hand held units that are cheap and not speedy.  Your CPU usage should be low ,around 2-4%, high usage will mean a slow down in your computer because the resources (RAM) i…
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First check you're not running too many programs; if so close some down. It could be your graphics card is outdated; try upgrading the drivers. Another possibility is that the file you're trying to play is not supported. This could either be because it is a bad download (if the video has been dow…
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You can not convert a FAT 32 drive to NTFS in windows 98 because windows 98 does not support it. You can however mount an existing NTFS drive in windows 98 using a driver from www.winternals.com
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A "daemon" is a general English term for a process that is meant to run forever in the background, without access to a display terminal. Threads are subcomponents of processes. It is not possible to run as an isolated "thread". Every process contains at least one thread, but can contain more if prog…
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If moving the mouse or striking a key on the keyboard does not wake the machine up, try pressing the power key. PRESS the power key, don't hold it. With a laptop, try hitting the Fn (function) key only. After waking, you might have to sign-in again with your user password again if that's how you set…
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The first mechanical computing machine was invented in Greece circa 100 BC: It was used for navigation. it was called the Antikythera mechanism.It is remains unknown as to the origins and dating of the first mechanical computers. For example by definition the Abacus is mechanical and can perform com…
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Tech TV had a special on that. I went to Techtv.com and search the site for the free program to assist me in removing the words out of songs. I don't remember the name of the program. I let it go cause I did't have time to do what I was wanting to do . Tech tv is now G4TV. Good luck and I really hop…
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Haptic technology refers to technology which interfaces the user via the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations and/or motions to the user. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haptic_device
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It depends. The very first computer, the HUAC, probably costed millions of dollars. The first personal home computer was around $10000 and took up an entire room.
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Electronic chips move electrons through microscopic channels. The more calculations per second, the faster the electrons have to move. A great deal of heat results from all this electron flow, and if not cooled, this heat literally cooks the memory and processor chips, melting the chip-cases and bur…
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Insert it in DVD driver and it will play with the media player you set for DVD player. Like powerDVD, kmplayer. : Some Intel/Windows machines came from the factory with a DVD decoder included (Windows98, ME, 2000 and XP). If the DVD doesn't start on it's own, check to see if the decoder was includ…
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Install xp on the laptop. A laptop won't work without an operating system. You can do this. But how do you mean "connect"? If you want to share files, then here's a way. If the laptop has a floppy drive and a network card you can make a network bootdisk to boot the laptop and connect to the lapto…
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You need to run the network setup wizard. That might fix it or it may have something to do with the program you are using to send email.
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A few things can cause the image on a monitor to shake or quiver - assuming that you are talking about a standard cathode-ray tube (CRT) old-style monitor and not an LCD or other flat-panel monitor. First, though -- *!DANGER!* DO NOT OPEN or try to repair your CRT television or monitor unless you h…
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A process is an environment in which a program executes. They run in the background and provide a common language that allows the operating system to interface with the installed hardware & software to support any applications running on the system. A process is simply a group of code in memory…
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The best computer for basic everyday use (internet surfing, Social Networking, Homework/Work Work) i would have to say for a laptop an ASUS 15.6" Laptop (AMD E-450 / 500GB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 7) and for a desktop an Acer Aspire Windows 7 AMD A6-3620 6GB RAM 1TB HDD Desktop Computer Both of them …
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The first computer was an Chinese abacus.A computer is defined as A device that computes that assembles, stores, correlates, or otherwise processes information.An abacus is a manual computing device consisting of a frame holding parallel rods strung with movable counters.Word History: The adjective …
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No software (such as a virus) can cause physical damage to your hard drive. If the virus was the original cause of the drive failing to be recognised, eradication of the virus and it's incidental effects would likely restore the drive to it's original operating state. However it's possible the virus…
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the icon cache has become corrupted. Microsoft makes a tool called "TweakUI" that will rebuild it.
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The computer gets power from the power suply inside the computer. from there the computer's bios kicks on and starts the CMOS program that is programmed into the BIOS chip. the CMOS program then begins to quickly check all the hardware. first it checks what kind of processor is in the computer, the…
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A computer is a physical system which works on conceptual basics. so you can say it's both.
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Generally speaking (and using the language of the community), a computer is just the computer "box" (sometimes called a case, tower, or something similar). A computer system is the case, and also the screeen (or monitor), keyboard, mouse, speakers and all the other stuff that comes with a computer t…
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A format will erase EVERYTHING, so if you have an external hard drive, backup everything in there. It will also erase your operating system as well. If you reformat, your computer won't have an OS to boot from. If your computer is manufactured one like DELL/Compaq/HP/Gateway, your computer may hav…
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As per my knowledge Bill Gates and one of his friend had developed this graphical user interface in DOS mode.
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Put your windows disk in the CD drive and the system should boot from the CD drive. Or from the dos command line enter the following command say your CD drive is "d" and your hard drive is "c". expand d:\i386\command.nt_ c:\windows\system32\command.ntfor windows xp or ntexpand d:\i386\command.…
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I've recently reinstalled Vista in a Gateway and was quite surprised by how easy it is to get all of the drivers needed from their website... To resume; if you do own an OS CD just start your laptop from it and once the installation is done go to the Gateways website and download the drivers for yo…
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its quite easy actually...always install the earliest OS first...in your case, install 98 on whatever drive you wish and after it is complete...install xp on the other. during boot, you will be given the option to boot what ever OS you wish.   I tried your sugestion, loaded 98 first on the fi…
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Have you tried running each of these: SpyBot Search and Destroy, AdAware and Pest Patrol..Run each of them, and if no luck, try the beta antispyware program if running XP. Also ask TechGuy. ESET NOD32 is good for that as it uses Threatsense which detects possible new threats not yet added to a def…
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Yes, you can go to shops or on the internet and buy a CD which lets you make and play games.
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Simply install the first XP pro, then install the second and it will create an automatic boot menu... if you want to know how to edit the boot menu check my answer on that problem here: If you have two hard disks one with XP as OS the other with WIN 2003 Server and WIN 2000 Server how do you set one…
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This is a very general question for a problem that has many answers. Programs that you would like to run in the background need to have an option somewhere in their configuration menu or options menu in order to change whether it will be active or not while the window itself is inactive. As far as I…
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About 20 billion people have computers, that's just in Africa! Imagine how many people in the world have computers if 20 billion people in Africa have them!
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I recently had a flurry of "remote system attempting to access..."messages. I chose to "Always Block" each time. I checked for Norton updates. The access messages continued. I looked for window updates, I was current, and the messages continued. I continued to "Always Block". I downloaded Ad-aware f…
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one thing that may work it to bet them they cant do it, try rewarding them after learner things. Mabye they can have pizza day after each big exam on the work they are learning! By conservative I assume you mean: detail oriented, critical thinkers, and students that have a passion for making sen…
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This is for Windows users... First, make a backup copy of your boot.ini file just incase something you do goes wrong, you'll love yourself for doing this. Open a Command Promt or Dos Prompt. Make sure you are in the root of C:\ Now type in edit boot.ini and you will see the file show up, to save you…
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Computers have changed tremendously over the past 30 years. What once filled a room is now found in the cheapest of feature-phones. What once took a roomful of accountants to complete can be calculated quickly and easily using standard software. Computers used to have many switches, codes, and comma…
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The Apollo flight guidance computer (AGC) was the first computer to use integrated circuits. At the time, most of the integrated circuits in the world went to the Apollo flight computer and the Minuteman missile guidance computer. The AGC had 2 kibiwords of RAM and 36 kibiwords of ROM. (This was l…
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PRESS ON CTRL+ENTER TO VIEW THE PAGE U WANT
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You might suffer eyestrain or perhaps myopia (nearsightedness) from constantly looking at screen. You might supper carpal tunnel syndrome from excessive keyboard use or mouse use, particularly when lacking sufficient wrist support. You could develop back problems due to poor posture in sitting after…
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To Get Rid Of Pictures Hold down SHIFT and press DELETE whan the image is highlighted/selected. Don't forget to also clean them out of your history as well as the recycle bin.
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When a pointer has a large hand, it is a link that opens another window, if a small hand, same window.
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Two popular resources are Process Explorer (software) and Process Library (website). These will help you identify the purpose of all running processes, and if they are critical to the operation of your computer. Another way is if the user by which the process is running is "system" "local service" o…
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Sure go to VIEW and select your options also go to TOOLS then INTERNET OPTIONS and select whatever you want. If you get desperate you can reload IE - there is NO reason to reformat the disk. Solution: 1. Open Internet Explorer 7. 2. Click Tools, and then click Internet Options. 3. Click the Adv…
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What sort of history? If you mean browser history and you are running Internet Explorer the history settings can be changed under Tools/Options
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An embedded system has a self-contained operating system on a "chip" thus embedded into the system and does not rely on having a hard disk with the operating system on it. Not to mention that is will be much faster because the access time of the OS on a chip.More specifically...An embedded system ha…
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Brand-name computers are good quality but building your own can save you money and get you exactly what you want. Brand-name is good quality, but they often bundle there PC's with lots of accessories and junk software that you probably will never use, and they jack up the price for it. I have rece…
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Of course, however you have to know the type of processor you can handle. You may have a HP, DELL, COMPAQ, or other brand written on your computer. Go to their site and put in the product key on the computer, it should direct you to your model. Now you can look at the specs on your motherboard and i…
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