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Toshiba USB Drives Not Working 

by on February 7, 2008

Q: I have a Toshiba Satellite running Windows XP Media Center Edition and I have four USB Ports but I seem to only be able to use one at a time. Regardless of which port I use it is always listed as the E:\ drive. I have tried using the “map network drive” function, but I’m not trying to map a network (and don’t have one set up), I just want to be able to use multiple USB ports at the same time. How might I set that up?

A: I have found numerous issues with USB ports on the Toshiba Satellite laptops. All of them seem to point to the BIOS driver. I have included a direct link to the BIOS updates. The only thing you need to do is select the model of the laptop and it will list the BIOS drivers when you follow the link.

Download the driver and install. It appears that a BIOS version 1.90 has fixed all previous cases of this exact issue. If you need further assistance please let me know.



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.


Windows XP Computer Running Slower 

by on January 25, 2008

Q: My computer is slowing down what do I do?

A: There are many things that could be causing your XP workstation’s performance to slow. I have several items listed below to try and help you increase the performance.The first step I would attempt is to delete any programs that you no longer use on your system by following the steps below:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Choose Add or Remove programs.
  4. Uninstall any programs that you do not need to have on the machine any longer.

The next step would be to run the Disk Cleanup utility by following the steps below:

  1. Double click My Computer.
  2. Right-click the Local Disk and select Properties.
  3. Click the General Tab.
  4. Select Disk Cleanup.
  5. The program will analyze your system and find areas where items could be deleted to free space.
  6. Place a checkmark next to the items that you are ok with having deleted.
  7. Click Ok and wait for the system to delete these files.

If neither of these seem to have helped the next thing I would suggest is defragmenting your hard drive.

  1. Double click My Computer.
  2. Right-click the Local Disk and select Properties.
  3. Click the Tools Tab.
  4. Select Defragment Now.
  5. The program will analyze your system and begin to defrag.

The last suggestion would be to check your startup items. Follow the steps below and you will get a list of applications that are set to run at system startup. If there are programs that you do not need to auto boot when the machine is turned on you will want to remove them from this list. This will not delete the program it will just keep the program from starting up when you boot thus increasing bootup performance.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Run.
  3. Type Msconfig and press Enter.
  4. When you look at the Startup tab, you will see all the programs. Remove any that do not need to run at startup.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. Reboot your workstation.

Thank you and I hope this helps with your troubles.


Sony Vaio Downgrade From Windows Vista To Windows XP 

by on January 23, 2008

Q: I am having a problem with my Sony Vaio VGN-N350N notebook that is currently running Windows Vista Business Edition and I have decided the best solution is to downgrade to Windows XP if it is even possible. I don’t know if my notebook will support Windows XP though. It would be very helpful if you could tell me if my computer would support Windows XP and where I could download some drivers that will be compatible with my model.

A: Here is a list of drivers I put together based on Sony’s Vista driver listing for your laptop. Use these at your own risk. Backup all important data and keep your Vista restore disks handy if this totally fails.

Ethernet Driver Yukon 88E8036
Realtek Audio Driver (Sorry, no model listed on the Sony website, you might need to experiment.)
Intel 945GM Video Driver
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG

This should take care of your most important drivers and Windows XP should be able to auto detect a lot of other things. Beyond that, some googling and the Sony page I linked to should put you in business.