How can we fix the text on our computer from gibberish back to english? 

by on November 28, 2008

Q: All the writing on our computer, from the login screen to the labels for the short-cut icons on the screen have been converted to gibberish. It is still possible to login and open the programs, but some tasks are not possible because of the gibberish. I presume a virus. We have Kaspersky 7.0 for security. Any ideas?


How can I create a signaling system for theater workers? 

by on November 28, 2008

Q: We have a theater and have a need for an electronic signal device that is silent with a vibrating signal. We only need for the signal to cover about 200 ft maximum. The signal must be able to be attched by wrist or in some way to the people back stage. We would need to vibrate dotts and dashes like in morris code but not that exact. Just short signals to alert if different light and stage movements. We have a limited knowledge of electronics, is there something like this we can purchas without breaking the theater bank ?


How do I turn off the auto-fill feature on the Safari web browser? 

by on November 26, 2008

Q: I’m using Safari 3.1.2 as a web browser. Is there a way to turn off the address bar’s auto-fill feature?


Unable to connect to router because it is asking for a password 

by on November 25, 2008

Q: I have a wireless router in my house however and I’m unable to use it because my laptop says that it is protected by a password. My family has never put a password on the router and the other laptop we have can access it without a password. The other laptop that can connect is a Mac and mine, which cannot connect, is a PC. What should I do?


Will replacing my hard drive fix the effects of a virus? 

by on November 25, 2008

Q: Due to a virus whenever I start my Dell it goes to a blue screen , if I replace the hard drive will it work properly?


What is the best way to share files and keep them organized on a local network 

by on November 25, 2008

Q: I have 2 computers and 5 hard drives between them on my home network. One machine is running Windows XP and the other machine is running Windows Vista 32.

I need to organize my network storage so that I don’t keep 4 copies of files in 3 or 4 different places. Is there a way to find common files on multiple drives so that I can get organized. I need a primary place and then a backup on a different drive.


Reasons why a computer may not properly recognize your floppy disks 

by on November 25, 2008

Q: I need to access files that are on some old floppy disks. When I try to access the floppy disks, my computer states each disk is not formatted. How can I get to my information?

A: There are two common reasons why your floppy discs may be detected as “not formatted”.

First, you may have created your floppies in a format that is incompatible with your current computer. For example, Windows is often unable to work with floppies that were created on a Macintosh. If your floppies were created on an Apple computer, use a Mac OS X computer to both copy data from your floppies and convert any old files to newer formats. For instance, you should convert ClarisWorks documents to Microsoft Office formats. Then use Mac OS X to burn all of this data to CD-R. The resulting CD should be compatible with Windows. Read the rest of this entry »


How to fix the procedure entry point DecodePointer could not be located 

by on November 24, 2008

Q: I reinstalled XP Professional and now when I attempt to go to internet explorer I get The procedure entry point DecodePointer could not be located in the dynamic link library Kernel 32.dll.


Is it possible to get a instant messages sent from a cell phone? 

by on November 24, 2008

Q: My step daughter is using yahoo messenger on a cell phone. Is there anyway to retrieve all the messages sent and received?


Making cell phones and other devices vibrate 

by on November 24, 2008

Q: What is the name of the device that makes a mobile phone vibrate?

A: Like pagers and even some toys, a cell phone uses a tiny device called a DC motor to cause vibration. DC motors take electricity from a power source, such as the battery in a cell phone, and that energy is then converted into mechanical work. If you want more information you can read all about DC motors.

Tip: You may also wish to research AC motors and synchronous motors.