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Our computer tutorial section offers answers to some of the more common questions we have seen related to computer issues, operating systems and hardware problems.

3 Office Tricks to Play On Your Fellow Colleague

If you are lucky enough to be working in an open plan office, you may get slightly frustrated every now and then the bellowing that some of your colleagues make when they are talking to other colleagues or are on the phone. At the end of the day, open plan offices have pros and cons that I could go into ...

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Remove Missing Programs from Add/Remove Programs

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Every so often while uninstalling a program it will lock up during the process. Most of the time after this the uninstall entry in the Add/Remove programs area is no longer valid, so it becomes necessary to remove it manually. To remove the invalid entries follow the following steps: Start Regedit Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows CurrentVersionUninstall Find the entry that is ...

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How to hook up a standard IDE hard drive to a laptop

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The newest of computers often don’t even have an extra IDE port for you to connect to. I just ran into a Dell that I had no way to hook up the hard drive from the old computer to. This, of course, made transferring the files from the old computer to the new that much more difficult. The best way ...

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A Required .dll file, MSASN1.DLL Not Found

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Windows never fails to throw odd ones at me. Recently, while repairing a severe spyware infection I ran into the error: Error Starting Program – A required .dll file, MSASN1.DLL  not found, when running both AdAware and Spybot: Search and Destroy. It would happen when attempting to load other programs as well. The fix was simple enough, though. In this ...

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Disable Windows Auto Dial

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Many programs access the internet for one reason or another. Some update, others send usage information, and there’s also the possibility of spyware on the system; it’ll attempt to access the internet continuously. To turn off Windows Auto Dial follow these steps Open the Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance. Click Administrative Tools and then double-click Services. Double-click ...

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BIOS Beep Codes

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Award BIOS Beep Codes 1 Long, 2 Short – Video adapter failure – Bad video adapter Repeating (Endless loop) – Memory error – Bad memory or bad connection 1 Long, 3 Short – Video adapter failure – Bad video adapter or memory High freq. beeps (while running) – CPU is overheating – CPU fan failure Repeating High, Low beeps – ...

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Windows XP Won’t Boot

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Hive File Restoration – Step By Step Part 1 Windows XP won’t boot? Don’t despair, here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to get it back up and running. First, you’re going to need to find your XP CD. It should have come with your computer, and if you’re like most people, you haven’t even taken it out of the ...

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Install Creative Labs Sound Blaster Drivers

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Setup could not detect any Sound Blaster Audio card on your system. Please ensure that your Sound Blaster hardware is properly installed before running the setup program. Setup will now exit. I’ve personally always been a big fan of Creative Labs. I’ve owned a Sound Blaster as my sound card for every single computer I’ve built for myself. Never have ...

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Change Windows Startup Programs

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If you’re here, then you want to know how to change windows startup programs which can be pretty pesky at times. If you’re curious as to what you have running, many of the programs have cutesie little icons in the system tray (bottom right side of the screen). The others can be seen by holding CTRL+ALT+DEL. In Windows 98/ME you ...

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How to read your HijackThis log

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One of the questions that I answer the most on the forums that I visit is how to read your HijackThis log. It is actually fairly simple once you know what to look for.  A good idea before going through it is to already have a virus and adware / spyware scan done that way it’s already slightly pre-cleaned for ...

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