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Transfering A DOS Program From Windows XP To Vista 

by on January 31, 2008

Q: Can I transfer a DOS program from my computer with Windows XP to my laptop with Windows Vista and if so how.?

A: You can definitely transfer a DOS program from Windows XP to Vista system. However, at times transferring various programs from Windows XP operating system to Windows Vista has turned to be a real hassle for some users. You can minimize this complexity by following few simple steps.

To meet the migration requirements Vista is already equipped with “Migration tools”. These tools give you three options for migrating your programs. These are:

  • Network connections
  • Transferable media
  • Migration through CD or DVD

Moreover migration tools are also available in two modes namely; Windows Easy Transfer performs transfer from one computer to another and User State Migration Tool (USMT), facilitates transference from single user to multiple users. Now let us explore the modus operandi of transferring any DOS program from XP to Vista version of Windows applying easy transfer method.

Migrations Applying Windows Easy Transfer – Migration of DOS programs from Windows XP to Vista through WET is done impeccably. First of all WET should be installed to both the computers although most of the Vista installed computers are already equipped with WET. Then connect these two systems through WET cable or by creating the required network connections. After the necessary connections, run the WET program on both the systems. This program will impart the essential guidelines needed for the transference of your DOS program from XP to Vista.
In order to achieve an efficient and non errant transfer, few precautions must be taken. Both the systems should be properly scanned before performing the operation. The functioning of the desired program should be checked thoroughly before transference. Both the computers should have matching configurations to run the program.

Migrations Using CD or DVD – The migration can also be done by using a CD or DVD. The desired program is copied to a CD or DVD from the source computer and then this copied program is reinstalled to the destination computer equipped with Vista. This method also provides you with the backup option, as the original program remains unaltered with the source computer. The disc which is being used shouldn’t be damaged or corrupt. A proper scanning of both the systems and discs should be done before starting the operation.

Dealing with issues running DOS programs on Vista

Users usually complain about the improper functioning of DOS programs on Vista version. You can pacify your computing needs with the programs of your wish by following some necessary guidelines. To begin with, you can access the maximized DOS window, which is often hard to attain in Windows Vista using the following steps

  1. Click on the Start Menu
  2. Move up and click on the Run option
  3. In the run window, key in “cmd” and press Enter

The DOS window will come up. Find the location of your transferred DOS program and execute the .exe file.

In case you have difficulty in running the DOS program in try using the utility called
DOSBox which effectively facilitates the functioning of the DOS program in Vista.


Wired vs Wireless Network Setup 

by on January 31, 2008

Q: We have a Dell PC and just received a Dell Inspiron 1521 laptop. We recently installed Qwest broadband service, which came with a wireless modem. We were told at a big box store that a wireless modem was not necessary, that a wired modem would work just fine to network the two computers for internet service. What is the difference between wired and wireless modems, and is a wireless modem really required for this situation?

A: A big determinant as to whether you want a wireless vs. a wired modem enabled is whether you want mobility with your laptop. If both machines are in the same room and that is the only room you plan on using it in then a wired network setup would work.

When you network two computers together you would need the two machines, two cables, and a router. You would have to connect your PC to the router with one cable and then the laptop would have to have a cable running from it to the router as well.

I work from home on a laptop and my husband has a Dell PC as well so it sounds similar to your setup. His computer is hard wired with a cable to the router. I installed a wireless connection on my machine because I like to have the mobility to work in whatever room in the house I want and also if I am traveling I can connect wherever I go without having to find a place to plug in at.

I hope that this helps you decide what would meet your needs the best. If you have any more specific questions please let me know and I would be happy to help further.


Associate File Types With Applications 

by on January 30, 2008

Q: I recently backed up some files for a genealogy program onto a memory stick. I now have a new computer running Windows Vista and I have brought the files from the memory stick onto the new computers desktop but how do I make the application open the files?

A: From your question it sounds like you have the genealogy files on your desktop and the application installed but you are unable to open the files using the application. This means you need to open the file and associate it with the genealogy software. The directions below should assist you with that. I am going to give you the instructions in two parts because there are times that you will go through the first set of instructions and your program does not appear and if that is the case then you will need to continue on with my instructions.

Instruction set A:
1. Right-click on the file you want to open.

2. Select Open with and you should see a list of applications that you can use to open the file with.

3. If you double-click the file now it should launch using the application you selected.

If your genealogy program did not appear in the Open with window then continue on with Instruction Set B.

Instruction Set B:

1. Right-click on the file you want to open.

2. Select Open with.

3. Click the Browse button and then navigate to your genealogy software.

4. Highlight the software name and click Ok.

If these instructions do not fix the problem please let me know and include what operating system you are using. I tried to write general instructions to guide through this process with any operating system but knowing the specific operating system if this does not work would be very helpful.

Thank you.


Using Two Computers To Increase CPU Processing Power 

by on January 30, 2008

Q: Someone once told me I could connect 2 PCs to increase CPU speed such as when I want to render a 3D animation on one computer. But I cannot find software or information on how to implement this method. How do I add another PC to add performance to my existing machine?

A: Yes, it is possible to connect two or more PC’s to increase processing speed. This kind of arrangement is technically called as ‘Distributed Computing’. The distributed computer system comprises of multiple software components installed on multiple computers operating as a single system.

The PC’s in a distributed system may either be physically close to each other and connected using a LAN, or they may be at geographically distant locations and connected using a WAN.

The distributed system as described above can be implemented using proprietary software and hardware procured from a small number of vendors. However, industry trends are indicating towards open and standards-based systems.

The open distributed computing system can be run on hardware that has been provided by multiple number of vendors and use a varied range of software components that are based on standards. These kinds of systems are not dependent on the underlying software and can be run on various operating systems by using various communication protocols. For example, a distributed computing system may be comprised of machines that may be having different hardware platforms and using different operating systems, like UNIX and Windows. These machines can communicate by using SNA or TCP/IP over Ethernet or Token Ring.

The Client/Server Model

The client/server model is a common method of organizing software in order to run it on distributed systems. It essentially splits functionality into two parts, clients and servers.

A client is, in effect, is a program that uses the services that are provided by other programs, which are called servers. The server performs the service for which it has received a request from the client.

For implementing a client/server model, quite a lot of basic services may be needed, which may include, among others, the following:

  • A communication mechanism for enabling client/servers interaction.
  • A naming mechanism for enabling client to find servers that are offering the desired services.
  • A security mechanism for enabling secure communications between client/server.

Each of the above mentioned services is described in much more detail at Services of a transaction processing environment.

CICS and Encina use same mechanisms for few services, like DCE for security. Such shared services have been described at Services common to Encina and CICS.

Distributed computing is a good idea for achieving an increased processing power while utilizing the already existing hardware. It provides the dual benefit of scalability and redundancy without involving any prohibitive cost for the same.


The Effect Of Video Streaming On A Network 

by on January 30, 2008

Q: Can watching videos or listening to the radio online slows down my internet and network for the rest of the users?

A: The answer to this is yes but it depends on your network configuration as to how much it would effect other users.

The average audio feed (listening to the radio) takes about 128 kbps, which is about 1/12th the available bandwidth of a T1.

The average streaming video uses about 300 kbps, which is about 1/5th the available bandwidth of a T1 line.

If we do the math we notice that if we have a few people using an audio feed and a few people using video feeds the bandwidth of a T1 could easily be consumed, which would cause the internet to be slow for everyone in the office. Users trying to send or receive email are going to encounter dramatic slowness and many times errors and failures trying to do so because the network’s bandwidth is being used for entertainment purposes.

I hope that this gives you an idea of how video and radio can absorb an extreme amount of bandwidth from the network.


Restore Data Backed Up Using Norton 360 

by on January 29, 2008

Q: In December my laptop hard drive crashed. I had installed Norton 360, which made a back up disk. I just checked it last night. It has My Documents and My Favorites from my old laptop on it. My wife bought me a new laptop for Christmas that runs Microsoft Vista (which I’m not happy with) and my old laptop ran XP. My question is how do I transfer the My Documents and My Favorites to my new laptop?

A: It is very much possible for you to have your documents and favorites transferred into your new laptop. In fact, it is very simple to do this.

First of all, install the Norton 360 on your new laptop. You will be pleased to know that it is compatible with both Windows XP and Windows Vista. Therefore no hassles are expected in achieving this.

For restoring from the backup, you need to run the Norton 360 window after placing the backup disk in the drive. Thereafter you need to click on Backup and Restore button you will need to click at Restore link. Now select the items you interested in restoring. Finally, click at the Restore Now button and wait till it’s finished.

The above-mentioned procedure will ensure restoration of the desired documents.

For your favorites, follow the below given simple steps:

In order to back up your bookmarks from Internet Explorer 6:

  1. Click File -> Import and Export -> Next
  2. Click Import Favorites -> click Next
  3. Name the bookmark file on the backup disk and save the file in My Documents folder.

Once you have completed copying all of your information to the new laptop, to import your bookmarks into Internet Explorer 7:

  1. Click Add to Favorites -> Import and Export
  2. Click Next
  3. Choose Import Favorites -> click Next
  4. Go to the bookmarks file that you have copied over from your old laptop (which should be in your My Documents folder), and than click Next
  5. Click Finish

Now you must have your data from old laptop copied over into your new laptop and your bookmarks must have been imported to Internet Explorer.


Radeon 9550 Will Not Run Direct3D Games 

by on January 29, 2008

Q: I am trying to help my friend get his computer working with Direct3D games. It turns out someone installed a new graphics card on his computer recently and now these Direct3D games will not start anymore. When I run DXdiag, I get the following results.

Der blev ikke fundet nogen problemer.
Testresultater for DirectDraw: Alle test blev udført korrekt.
Testresultater for Direct3D 7: Fejl ved trinnet 8 (Opretter 3D-enhed): HRESULT = 0x80004005 (Der opstod en standardfejl)
Testresultater for Direct3D 8: Fejl ved trinnet 8 (Opretter 3D-enhed): HRESULT = 0x8876086c (fejlkode)
Testresultater for Direct3D 9: Fejl ved trinnet 8 (Opretter 3D-enhed): HRESULT = 0x8876086c (fejlkode)

Since you probably do not know Danish this is the translation.

Direct 3D is giving error codes.

The graphics card he now has in his computer is a ATI Radeon 9550 and I have downloaded the latest driver from ATI, which is 8-1_xp32_dd_ccc_wdm_enu_57717.exe but it did NOT help. I can run OpenGL games but not direct3D games.

A: You will want to try to uninstall your current driver and try using Catalyst 7.8:

The latest drivers apparently don’t work correctly with the 9550. Also make sure you’re running the latest version of DirectX 9c from Microsoft.


Compile Error In Microsoft Word 2002 

by on January 29, 2008

Q: I am running Windows XP with Microsoft Word 2002. I have a program that I use to merge information into word documents using Access and Visual Basic. When I run the merge function, I get this error in word: “compile error in hidden module: mod XML Docs.” I cannot find the fix to this error or why it happens.

A: This behavior may occur if add-in files from a third party program are in the Office Startup Folder and they need to be moved to a different folder on your hard drive.

1. Close Microsoft Word if it is open.

2. Right-click Start.

3. Select Explore.

4. Click on the folder Program Files.

5. Double-click the Microsoft Office folder.

6. Double-click Office10.

7. Double-click the Startup folder.

8. Inside that folder you should see the third party add in program (Access and VB are what you would be looking for.)

Right-click and select Cut to remove that file.

9. Click Start.

10. Right-click the My Documents folder.

11. Select Paste.

12. Now try to start your program and the error message should be gone.

If there are more files from third party programs then you will want to follow the steps above to move their location also. If you are still having troubles please let us know.


Two nVidia 8800GT Cards Better Than One 

by on January 28, 2008

Q: I am buying a new PC and my son and I game a lot. Would I see a performance difference with 2 nVidia 8800GT cards instead of just 1? We will be running Windows Vista on the new computer.

A: The nVidia 8800GT is a great video card. I’m running one myself right now, it’s a wonderful balance of price and performance for the enthusiast PC gaming market. One of these cards hooked into a nice system can run just about anything with max detail and great performance. Adding a second card will give a boost to your frames per second (FPS), however for most games you’ll probably already getting 30 to 70 FPS with just one card and you won’t be able to notice the difference.

If you’re still on the fence about getting a second card you can always add it down the road. You’ll just need to make sure that the motherboard has SLI support. If it does, you can buy an identical card (~$260 right now) add it into the computer and you’ll be all set.

Just remember as you plot for the future that video card technology moves at breakneck speed, and that very often one brand new card is dramatically faster and cheaper than two of last years video card.

Here are two nice big reviews of the nVidia 8800GT, they also include benchmarks showing the performance difference between running one or two 8800GT’s.

FiringSquad.com 8800GT Review
Guru3d 8800GT SLI Review


Scanning A Document And Using It As A Word Template 

by on January 28, 2008

Q: I would like to know what I would have to do in order to scan a document into word and save it as a template so I can use it over and over again.

A: I agree with you that it is a fantastic idea to scan a document directly into word and save it as a template for repeatedly using it in future. In fact, it is fairly simple to do that.

For scanning a document directly into word follow the below mentioned simple steps:

  1. Open up a New Word Document from the Template on my computer.
  2. Use a hard page return to (Ctrl+Enter) for creating a new page.

Now, at the top of this new page, click Insert -> Picture -> From Scanner/Digital Camera.

In case you have more than one scanner/Twain compatible device, you will need to select the appropriate one.

The following is the procedure to save the above document as a template:

  1. Click at the File menu and select Save option.
  2. Give your template a name, which is easily recognizable, in the File Name box.
  3. For Save as type, select Document Templates (*.dot).
  4. The Word processor will automatically open the default location for saving the Templates. Usually it is ……\Application\Data\Microsoft\Templates). You may choose to save the template in any other location as well but then it would not appear in the template dialog box. For it to appear in the template dialog box it is necessary that it be saved in the default location only.
  5. Click Save.

Now your scanned document has been saved as a word template.

You can now concentrate solely on the content of the document and forget about the formatting part, as it will be taken care by the template.

Take care!