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Chaning The Size Of The Dos Console Or Command Prompt Window 

by on August 25, 2008

Q: I have 2 laptops, one is Windows XP home, the other is Vista and I have the same problem on both. I have a DOS based database that I maintain. The problem is the size of the window that opens is too small to work on comfortably. It will not let me use the mouse to make it bigger and it won’t maximize like normal windows do. I’ve gone to properties and have been thru every tab including font, screen, and nothing I do helps to make the window open to a reasonable larger size for viewing. The full screen option works, but then I can’t toggle to another window without closing the dos program.

A: The only answers are in the properties window so I am going to walk you though the different options to see if you missed any. The first one is the Full Screen option, which you already explained does not work for you but for other people that might be an option so to get to it you click on the bar above the console window and go to Properties. Then in the first tab called Options you will see a section called Display Options and from here you can select Full Screen and then press Ok to have it apply to your window.

dos console

DOS Console/ Command Prompt

Options Tab

Dos Console Options

The second option is to modify the Front tab, to get a bigger font. Then from there move onto the Layout tab to change the Window Size. Changing the window size will allow you to make the window take up more space and show more characters per line. The Width controls how many characters wide each line will be and the Height number controls how many lines will show in the window. So change those until you have the window the size you want to show all the information you need.

Dos Console Font

Dos Console Font

Dos Console Layout

Dos Console Layout


Mac OS X 10.4 SMB Connection To Windows Gives Error -36 

by on August 14, 2008

Q: I have a Mac PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.4.11 and I am trying to connect to a windows computer in my office using SMB and I cannot connect. I get an error message that says Error -36. How do I connect to a windows computer?

A: Well you seem to have to parts to your question. The second part of the question is how do I connect to a windows computer. I am pretty sure you know how to do this because in the first part you say you get an error when you connect but just in case you are not sure how to actually connect here are the steps. Open Finder then go to Go -> Connect to Server… and then you would type in smb://ip_address.

Now the first part of your question seems to have to do with how the actual windows server is setup. You will need to check your Console to see if you have the following message mount_smbfs: session setup phase failed and if you do then you know you have an issue where Finder is trying to pass an encrypted password and windows server is expecting a clear text password.

The easiest solution to this is to tell whoever is running the windows server that they should not be allowing plain text passwords and have them change the configuration of the server to require encrypted passwords and then everything will just work. You can get more information off apples support site.


Import Video To Your Mac From A DV Camcorder 

by on August 12, 2008

Q: I have a MacBook running OS X 10.4.11 and just got a used Panasonic mini DV Palmcorder (PalmSight). There’s a firewire connection from the camera to the computer but when I plug it in and turn it on nothing comes up on the desktop. I’m assuming I need some software but can’t find anything other than spam on the web.

A: The special software you are looking for should be installed on your computer already and it is called iMovie. You should be able to find it in your Application folder because it comes installed on all Macs.

You will want to connect your DV camcorder to your computer, make sure it is in play mode, open iMovie, then go to File -> Import from Camera… and this should bring up a window allowing you to import the video from your DV camcorder.


Transfer Files From Floppy Disk To USB Flash Drive 

by on August 4, 2008

Q: How do you transfer data from a floppy disk onto a USB flash drive?

A: The process is fairly straightforward and should be simple enough. First put your floppy disk in your computer and then connect the USB flash drive to your computer.

Go to My Computer, you can get there either by going to Start -> My Computer or you might have a My Computer icon right on your desktop.

From there you should see your USB flash drive and your floppy disk drive. First open up the floppy disk drive by clicking on it. Then from there open up another My Computer window and then select the USB flash drive.

Once you have both windows open you can drag the files from the floppy disk drive to the USB flash drive.