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Here are the questions posted on: 07-30-00
am using Windows 98 and my colors on the desktop and everywhere else
look distorted "fussy" different than the standard win
colors. It's this dark green and maroon colors. I've defrag.
and ran the scan disk and it found no errors. I can not fix it by
changing the colors on the setting menu. Any ideas???? thank
Solution 1: What is your screen resolution and the colour depth (256 clours, 16 bit or 24 bit?). What is your display card and is it properly installed with the latest drivers? - Mean
Submitted By: Marianne
downloading IE 5.01a few months ago, I get an error sign every time I
Solution 1: Two possibilities. IE files corrupteed or kernel32.dll itself corrupted. Former is more likely.Go to control panel/Add remove programmes/Microsoft Internet explorer 5/Repair internet explorer. - Mean
Solution 2: Upgrading to IE 5.5 might resolve this issue. I'd give it a shot. Otherwise, uninstall IE completely and do a fresh install of 5.5 - Adam Sowalsky
Question: I upgraded to Windows 2000 from
Windows 98. All went very well and I have had very few
problems. However, recently I installed Internet Explorer 5.5 and
experienced major problems. My system seemed to slow to halt, web
pages did not display correctly, and other files and folders did not
function either. Microsoft claimed it was because I upgraded from
Windows 98. The only way I solved the problem was to uninstall
Internet Explorer 5.5 and return to 5.01. Does anyone know what
the problem could be?
Submitted By: Scott
I am windows programmer working in Delphi and C++, I work with a company
that have stupid users.
Solution 1: These are registry settings. Many tweaking tools allow you to do this, like Winboost and Tweaki. But that way you won't know what changes were made. You can use a registry monitor and run these tools to see what keys correspond to these. Then you can easily alter these keys programatically at runtime. - Mean
Submitted By: Bader
Question: Hello. I am getting really annoyed by this thing that Windows keep on doing. Every time I boot or restart my computer, a dialog appears asking me to identify myself to Windows. When I entered my name and left the password box blank, it shouldn't ask me to do that again the next time, according to the tip displayed in the dialog. But the next time I boot/restarted my computer, the dialog reappeared. So I decided to go to Window's Help files and it said that if I don't enter anything and click on cancel, the dialog won't appear again. I tried it, but it failed. And it also annoys me when they do not allow me to save my password for dial-up networking if I don't identify myself to Windows. And also, I checked out Control Panel and it is clearly set for all users. So, can you help me solve this problem? (I'm running Windows 98 Original on my computer.)
Solution 1: To stop your computer from asking you for a username/password everytime you start it, right click the "Network Neighborhood" icon on your desktop and click on "Properties." Then, under Primary Network Logon, choose Windows Logon. It should do the trick. - Chris
Solution 2: The password has been entered once in the past I feel.First check in control panel if you have created multiple users. If not then follow the advise below. In windows explorer, move the pwl file that corresponds to your username to another directory. Reboot your computer. You will be asked for username and password. Enter username if reqd, keep password blank and click OK. - Mean
Submitted By: Simon
Question: Recently my grandchildren were here. They inserted a MSN CD and started to run it. I caught them and canceled it. However not before it had changed the location of my IE cache. Now, every time I boot up windows, my PC dials up my internet connection whether I wish to or not. Also when I start my browser, IE or Netscape, I no longer receive the Bellsouth or Netscape or Windows icon which shows me active online. I only get the MSN Butterfly. How do I correct this situation? I have deleted the MSN from "Progams". No help. Would it help if I upgraded to 5.5 and if I did so would this also upgrade Microsoft Outlook or affect it in any way. The butterfly shows up even in Outlook. HELP! Thanks in advance.
Solution 1: Okay,
first off, as silly as this idea may seem, try to uninstall MSN through
the Control Panel -- Add/Remove Programs. If an uninstall MSN
option does not exist, you'll have to do some serious uninstalling.
Submitted By: Shirley Weinstein
Question: Hi, I am seeing a problem where the MS USB Sidewinder Precision wheel constantly steers left, which means you are constantly correcting it. (this is a major burden if you are going fast - as you often loose control).
I first noticed it in TOCA2.- I thought that in game controller
setup, everything works well but I took a closer look. If you test the
wheel (in the Test tab of the wheel's Properties in control panel) then
it does tend to steer left ! If you change directions a few times and
pull left and let the wheel go (so it automatically should center), then
it drifts left - suggesting it is not centered - in fact if you nudge
the wheel, then it will center eventually. This means that you fight
with the wheel when you are in a game that has straight stretches - like
some tracks on racing games.
There seems to be a problem with the center position - the wheel doesn't know when it is centered - I would expect the wheel to be driving straight if it is centered.
Solution 1: Gidday! A most intreiguing question...yep, the Sidewinder Precision Racing Wheel is calibrated digitally, and given the symptoms you have reported, the error you are encountering is probably located in hardware. Try and download the *latest* version of DirectX (7.0a), and see if that corrects the problem (there were a few tweaks to DirectInput in version 7.0a). If this does not work, then your problem is most certainly isolated to hardware, and you should exchange your Sidewinder Wheel. - Ekapshi
Submitted By: Nick
doesn't my print screen key work? It hasn't in a long time. My system is
Pent II, 233mghtz, 96mgs ram, Win98SE, 4gig ? Any ideas? Appreciate your
Submitted By: Wayne
Question: Hi, I would appreciate any help or
direction you can give me.
Solution 1: This
may seem like a very simplistic answer, but is your SCSI chain properly
Submitted By: John Sidlowich
Question: Hi there, I am using Windows2000 Professional. My computer is a part of a big network in my office. I have got a small problem hope you can help me out. In windows98, there was an application called Net Monitor using which you could see who was accessing what shared files on your computer. But I am not able to locate the same thing in Win2K. Pl. help me out.
Solution 1: As with most things in w2k, alot of the services are now in the management console, and network monitoring is no exception. Right-click on My Computer, and choose manage. When the "Computer Management" console appeares, click the + next to "Shared Folders (under System Tools, which is under Computer Management (local)) and click on Open Files. That should be what you are looking for. -Adam Sowalsky
Submitted By: Manu Khanna
Question: Ever since I installed the final version of IE5.5 over IE5.1 sp1 I cannot get proper printouts of web, email, help files. Print preview shows document perfectly, but the printer is printing a single column of what look like stunted and thick letter "l's" on the extreme left of the page after the headings. These characters in groups of 3-5 usually (but could be a full page long) are between paragraphs of what should be printed. I'm using an Epson compatible 9pin dot matrix printer with W98. Have had no problems printing with previous versions of IE/OE. The printouts for Word docs are fine, as are "paused" documents dating from before IE5.5 install. Had previously installed all recommended and critical updates. Can someone help??
Solution 1: The only thing I can think of is to reinstall your printer driver. Good luck. -Adam Sowalsky
Submitted By: Gilda
Question: Aloha, No matter what we do, or where in Windows we are, right-clicking on an icon for properties, or launching an item from the MS Office 2000 shortcut bar, the system will attempt to read from the A: drive. The NAV is disabled, and the user created a bunch of desktop shortcuts to various programs but none of them are pointing to the A: drive from what I could see. I have searched the registry for A: and A:\ but haven't found anything out of the MRU list. I have run out of ideas. Reformat would work!
Solution 1: I had the same problem with a Win95 OSR2 machine, so I shut up the drive by sticking a disk in it. After a while, it didn't access the drive anymore. Go figure. -Adam Sowalsky
Solution 2: Maybe regclean might help. Or a similar programme from third party. -Mean
Submitted By: Brian D. Hughes
Question: Hi, What can you tell me about the hidden IE files "index.dat" found in the Temporary Internet files folder and the History folder. The seem to do several things: 1. Keep getting bigger and bigger. 2. Can't easily be deleted (I have thru DOS). and 3. Seem to track certain web pages. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
Solution 1: Keeps track of the way pages are cached and the cookies. Separate files of this name exist in the respective folders. -Mean
Submitted By: James Gallagher
Question: I'm currently running IE4 SP2. When I try upgrading to IE5 from CD or even from the MS update page I get the message "A previous installation never completed. Restart your computer and run setup again." I've tried that, and the fixes from the MS Site -- renaming the wininit.ini file and restarting, emptying the temp directories -- and I still get the same message. I've even been in the registry looking for 'pending' actions that might be stuck there, but there are none. Cleaning the registry hasn't helped either. Any ideas what I should try next? Thanks
Solution 1: The only thing that crosses my mind is running wininit.exe at a command prompt (press F8 at startup, boot into Command-prompt only mode). Good luck. -Adam Sowalsky
Submitted By: Mary
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