ISSN 1488-3163; PC Improvements © 2002
==== 2221 Subscribers in 56 Countries ====
Welcome to the 214th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly of news and tips. There is something for everyone, and if this is your first issue, I'm sure there will be something for you. If you give me two or three issues, I know that you will come back for more!
You can reach me at email@example.com with any suggestions or comments.
Recommend PCIN at http://PCIN.net/recommend.php
Support PCIN at http://PCIN.net/donate.php
Graham is on vacation this week, so I am sending out this weeks newsletter. I have sent it out for Graham in the past, but this is the first time I have had had the opportunity to create the newsletter from start to finish. Graham will be back next week.
Graham firstname.lastname@example.org and Chris email@example.com
Return to the top
IBM shooting for 'Fastest Computer' title
"Scientists will soon be able to observe the first instants after a nuclear warhead detonates. Fortunately, it will be a three-dimensional simulation, made possible by the world’s fastest computer. IBM and the U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday the sale of a $290 million supercomputer, capable of performing 100 trillion calculations per second. Armed with that much computing firepower, a 3-D simulation of the first one-millionth of a second in a nuclear explosion will take eight weeks to calculate."
For more info:
Record industry continues attempt at online distribution model
"The beat goes on in the music business as Universal Music Group, in a nod to the inevitable, said it would make 43,000 music tracks available for consumers to download via a variety of retail outlets and music Web sites.
The move follows a somewhat similar recent decision by EMI Recorded Music, and it's clear that the Internet has changed the music business forever."
For more info:
National Identity Card For Canada?
"Unfazed by criticism of his proposal for a new high-tech national identity card, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Denis Coderre announced Monday he is referring the matter to Parliament's immigration committee for further study.
' The time has come to have a debate on the question of biometrics and the question of identity,' Coderre told reporters on his way out of question period."
For more info:
Linux consortium takes on Red Hat
"UnitedLinux, a consortium of four second-tier Linux companies working to catch leader Red Hat, released its first version of the open-source operating system on Tuesday.
And as expected, two partners in the effort, SuSE in Germany and the SCO Group in Utah, announced packages based on the version at a news conference at the Comdex Fall 2002 trade show here. The other partners in the alliance are Turbolinux in Japan and Conectiva in Brazil."
For more info:
|Return to the top||Recommend PCIN News|
Last Week's Poll
|0 - I find the site right away||4.72 % (5)|
|1-5||63.21 % (67)|
|6-10||23.58 % (25)|
|>10||7.55 % (8)|
|I can never find anything useful||0.94 % (1)|
|Total votes: 106|
This Week's Poll
|Return to the top||Recommend PCIN Poll of the Week|
Visit the new and improved PCIN FreeHelp Forum at http://www.pcin.net/help/forum/index.php to post your questions or answer others.
I have an HP Vectra running Windows 98 I'm using at home off any network. Until about 6 mo. ago all was fine, but at some point I became no longer able to shut down the system in the normal way In other words, whether I tell it to shut down or restart makes no difference in what happens and the only way I can turn the system off is to use the power switch. I can do this after Windows closes, but it's a nuisance. I've flashed the bios and all the settings seems correct. I also went through reconfiguring the CMOS -- not that I really know what this is -- by using the switch on the system board. But nothing has helped. Does anyone have any ideas? If I continue to be unable to fully shut down, is there any problem that might result?
The problem is not the BIOS, you should not resort to a BIOS flash as a fix. A BIOS Update should ALWAYS be the Last Resort to fix a problem. For further assistance see this Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
Shutdown problems can be caused by: improperly installed drivers, missing driver, corrupted drivers, improper APM settings, improper ACPI settings, ACPI is enabled but not installed in Windows, a piece of hardware is malfunctioning, a damaged Exit Sound file, a damaged or missing system file, incompatible Kernel Mode software, the list goes on....
To post a response, visit the General Hardware Help forum at http://www.pcin.net/help/forum/index.php?board=4 and click on the "Won't Shut Down" topic.
Visit http://www.pcin.net/help/forum/index.php to post a question of your own.
|Return to the top||Recommend PCIN FreeHelp Forum|
Check out these new or updated pages on the PCIN.net site:
Object Desktop Software Review
LG GCE-8400B 40x 12x 40x CD-RW Hardware Review
Some Useful Registry Tips
|Return to the top||Recommend PCIN.net Update|
Use the Internet Explorer Links Bar
When browsing, I like to keep my Internet Explorer links bar open. I delete the usual default entries and use it for my visited sites. Alternatively, I use the links bar for special purpose research where I will be referring to several documents over a short period of time, but do not need to save the links as favorites. To do this, first make sure your links toolbar is open. If it is not, right click on Address bar and choose Links from the list. To add a link, you can right click on the web page, choose Add to Favorites then select the Links folder, or simply drag the web page icon from the Address bar to the Links bar. When done with the links, right click on them and choose Delete. As with all favorites, you can organize your links into folders as well.
Troubleshooting boot times in Windows XP
This is from a newsletter Graham receives. Microsoft has improved the boot time required to bring the OS up with XP, but users may still experience problems of slow boot times. The boot performance problem often is the result of a software/hardware combination, but these scenarios are hard to troubleshoot. Fortunately, Microsoft has a special utility called Bootvis that can help you identify devices that cause delays during the boot process.
- Download and run the Bootvis utility.
- On the Trace menu, select Next Boot + Driver Delays.
- Click OK. The computer will reboot and analyze the boot procedure. After the reboot, you'll be able to see what happened during the boot process, such as which drivers were loaded and which ones took the most time to initialize.
- Select Optimize System from the Trace menu. This will restart the computer and optimize it for boot performance
Turn off custom menus
Starting with Office 2000, Microsoft decided that users only wanted to see the menu items they use most frequently. While this sounds reasonable, it makes finding items more difficult when you do need them. To turn off custom menus in Word, and the other Office products, right click on the toolbar and choose customize. Choose Options in the dialog box and make sure that the box "Menus show recently used commands first" is not checked.
|Return to the top||Recommend PCIN Tips and Other Stuff|
DISCLAIMER and OTHER STUFF
PCIN is brought to you by Graham Wing. The opinions expressed are those of the Editor, Graham Wing and the Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Graham Wing and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying the tips in this newsletter.
- If any of the links are too long to fit on one line, you may have to cut and paste.
- You can only win one contest every 30 days.
- To subscribe another address or unsubscribe, please visit http://www.pcin.net/ and follow the appropriate links.
- Recommend PCIN to others at http://www.pcin.net/recommend.php and be entered in a monthly draw.
- There are only 2 ways to get on the subscriber list. You have either been subscribed by filling out a subscription form on any of the pages on my site, or you have requested FreeHelp from me in the past.
- If you have a web site or run your own newsletter, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it to the subscriber web pages that I have on my site.
- Support PCIN by visiting http://www.pcin.net/donate.php
Return to the top
Graham Wing can be reached at email@example.com
Chris Empey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright 1998-2002, Graham Wing. All rights reserved.
This publication may be reproduced in whole, or in part, as long as the author is notified and the newsletter is presented as is.
Support PCIN by visiting http://www.pcin.net/donate.php
PC Improvement News Home Page
PC Improvement News Archive