Is there a way to increase the size of the search bar in FireFox and Internet Explorer? 

by on September 30, 2009

Q: I would like to increase the length of the search engine bar and perhaps decrease the length of the address bar in FireFox and Internet Explorer so that I can see the entire search question. Is there a way to do this? I don’t need to see much of the address bar info after the .com but often need to see the entire query in the search bar.


Is it possible to have a single form submit to two PHP scripts? 

by on September 30, 2009

Q: Is it possible to have an HTML form that passes the same value to two different PHP files and then display the two in one window?

I am using PHPLot and once I create the graph I want to display the list, in HTML format, of information that is being graphed.


How come the speakers on my Toshiba Satellite laptop stopped working? 

by on September 30, 2009

Q: I have had a Toshiba Satellite L505-S6959 for 2 months now. I recently downloaded Skype and installed it. Shortly after I noticed my laptop speakers did not work. I plugged in my headphones and got sound. I tried all my settings, drivers, restarting, uninstalling Skype completely and even doing 5 system restores (all of which failed). What’s wrong with my speakers?


How come I am getting error 508 and 501 with my formulas in OpenOffice? 

by on September 29, 2009

Q: In OpenOffice I am trying to use two formulas and the first one is giving me an error code of 501 and the second is giving me an error code of 508.

=IF(B2=””,””,CONCATENATE(“<a href=”””,A2,SUBSTITUTE($B2,” “,”+”),”””>”,B2,”</a><br>”)


How can I fix these so that they do not give me errors anymore?


How come when I try to run recovery I cannot find any of my documents? 

by on September 29, 2009

Q: When I pressed F11 for recovery I could not find any of my documents. Where can I look for them?


Diagnose an external hard drive problem 

by on September 29, 2009

Q: I have an external hard drive that spins up correctly when the power cable is plugged in but once it is connected via USB to a computer it shuts off. What can I do to fix this?

A: It sounds like there is a short in the USB connection of the external hard drive. The first thing you should do is try a different USB cable. If this does not work then you should try to connect the external hard drive to a different computer. If this fails as well then you will want to figure out if your external hard drive is under warranty. If it is you will probably want to contact the maker of the drive but specifically ask them if there is a way for you to get the data off it if you send it back. Some might be able to do this while some might not. Read the rest of this entry »


How come I cannot get Flashget to download? 

by on September 29, 2009

Q: I am downloading an ISO file with Flashget 1.9.6 on Vista Enterprise with Service Pack 1. Although Flashget shows a high download speed of 100-200 KB/s, the “Completed” column just shows a number that goes up and down between 8-24 MB. This has continued for a couple of days. Any suggestions? I tried asking the Flashget people at, but my messages were rejected by their server.


How come my icons disappear when I right click and I never get a menu? 

by on September 28, 2009

Q: When I right-click on my desktop the icons disappear and then the desktop refreshes without providing a menu. I discovered this after trying to create a folder in one of my directories where the screen also refreshes without creating the folder. No error messages. I’m running Windows XP Home – SP3. What can I do to fix this?


Can I recover my pictures after resetting my computer to manufacturers specifications? 

by on September 28, 2009

Q: I reset my computer to manufacture reset and now I have lost all my pictures. Is their any way I can get my pictures back?


How do I recover deleted browser history? 

by on September 28, 2009

Q: How do I recover deleted browser history? Windows Vista, and the browser IE7. Is it possible to use the regedit command to view it?