Computer Related Questions - Volume 92 - Dynamic Dave

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Printing Internet pages - Armitage Shanks {p}
I am almost old enough to remember Babbage's original computing engine so a little help would be welcome! I can find all sorts of interesting tourist info etc on the net (who can't?) but when I print the pages off they almost invariably have the right hand edge of any text or pictures 'clipped' off. Is my page set for some obscure size paper or what? My letters on A4 come out OK and I know how to juggle sizes for labels, postcards and different envelopes so where am I going wrong, please? I do have a supply of US size paper which is 8.5 x 11 ins but as this only 0.5 in wider than A4 I don't think it will solve the problem. Tanks in advance
Printing Internet pages - Altea Ego
And the browser you are using is..........
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Printing Internet pages - Armitage Shanks {p}
IE6 and Windows XP Home,Service Pack 2
Printing Internet pages - Altea Ego
support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q...2

Its a frames problem with IE. lots of utlilities abound on the web to fix it or migrate to Firefox.
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Printing Internet pages - Baskerville
IE6 is getting old (nearly five years!) and can't handle many modern web page designs. It's most likely an IE6 problem, erm, feature. Firefox or Opera are the way forward here.

Actually if you migrate to Firefox there is an excellent extension called Scrapbook, which allows you to save whole pages to view later offline. This is especially useful for returning pages behind passwords and could save you a ton of printing:

amb.vis.ne.jp/mozilla/scrapbook/
Printing Internet pages - Armitage Shanks {p}
Thank you both very much for that advice. Any comments on Opera as a browser?
Printing Internet pages - Stuartli
It's a long time since I used IE6 (prefer Firefox) but if you go to Internet Explorer's File>Print Preview, you can view the page layout before printing.
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Printing Internet pages - Phil I
very much a personal thing AS. I suggest you download both and try them for a week or so. Personally I prefer Firefox as Opera has an included email program which I did not like. Firefox with Thunderbird does it for me.

Happy Browsing and Mailing Phil I
Printing Internet pages - Stuartli
Agree wholeheartedly.

By the way it's easy to import IE and OE configuration and settings into Firefox and Thunderbird.

Just make sure that before you do so that IE and OE are still enabled as the default browser and mail program.

Once the transfers have been done (it's very quick) you can then nominate FF and T'bird as the defaults.
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Printing Internet pages - eProf
Any comments on Opera as a browser?


I've been using Opera since the 20th Century and although I have tried FF, I always come back to Opera. IE, in comparison, is definitely in the PITA category. Opera also has the fewest vulnerabilities of the mainstream broswers. Team Opera with "The Bat!" email client (www.ritlabs.com) and you have a powerful combination.


eProf
Printing Internet pages - bell boy
i like opera as its easy to blow photographs up in the view section,handy in my job.
Printing Internet pages - Dynamic Dave

"Printing From Web Pages"

www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?v=e&t=39...2
Printing Internet pages - Armitage Shanks {p}
Thank you all. I have dowloaded and used Firefox and tried a page which printed wrong earlier in the day and it is perfect!
Printing Internet pages - Phil I
Glad you like it. Get two extensions - No Script + Adblock and you will not regret doing so. Phil I
Printing Internet pages - Armitage Shanks {p}
Thanks - I downloaded No Script and Adblock, to my desktop, but cant open/run them as I am told that the extensions are not recognied and they can't be opened. Any more help please?
Printing Internet pages - Phil I
Click on Tools - then Extensions . This should produce pop up showing installed extensions.

Phil I
Printing Internet pages - Armitage Shanks {p}
I did it - I don't know how. Basically I downloaded them, having located them within the Mozilla browser and they both downloaded and installed OK. Thanks for that - I've had a good day with all this!
Printing Internet pages - Phil I
Well done AS Today Firefox + Thunderbird - tomorrow the full Linux experience with Mandrake or FC5 perhaps???..
ornot as the case maybe:-))
Phil I
Printing Internet pages - Armitage Shanks {p}
Thanks Phil I After I gave up on my Babbage I had a ZX80, then an Amstrad 8256 and have moved on from there. A lot of the software I used is a bit clunky! I have AOL and 99% of people tell me it is dross, but, it is dross I have used for 7 years and I can live with it! Changing ISP is probably more stressful than moving a bank account or getting divorced and I have in depth experience of both! I am making the best of what I have but Moz has definitely sorted my clipped page edges. Thank again for your helpful input!
Printing Internet pages - Stuartli
>>then an Amstrad 8256>>

Ah, the 8256 + printer = £399 new.

I acquired one as I was secretary for a club with more than 400 members - Locomotion software and floppies that were unique because they were half-an-inch bigger than standard.

Wonderful software. It used to take me at least an hour to scroll through the membership list to add new members or delete them and, if I missed the right spot on an alphabetical basis, had to start all over again.

Same with printing. Took an amazingly long time...:-(

But even so the 8256 and 8512 were very popular and quite a few are still in use today.

In fact I recall the Telegraph's Connected columns running a feature on the models four or five years ago across two pages.
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Printing Internet pages - Baskerville
Well done. Actually if you download extensions to the desktop (or anywhere else) you can drag them into an open Firefox window and they will install. Seriously, have a look at scrapbook.
Printing Internet pages - Stuartli
If you clock on FF's Tools>Extensions>Options you can set it to update as you require or download Updates Notifier 1.0.2.
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Sony CD-RW 230EE CD burner - grr! - adverse camber
continued from 91

final q - you obviously have a PC that does work and is known good - does the cd rom work in that?

does it spin up / flash lights etc ?


I stand by the cd vs dvd comment, I think you said the cd rw was £20 ? I can easily get a DL dvd rw for £25 - and a reliable decent brand (although thte sony is a little more)
I dont have a problem with cheap 2nd hand PC's but I would buy a decent brand or one built with good components. Packard Bell are cheapies made down to a price for places like PC world. I wouldnt buy them new, let alone used. But yes its easy to be complacent about costs when prce doesnt matter.
Sony CD-RW 230EE CD burner - grr! - Mike H
Since my last post, I have tried fitting the CD writer in question into one of our computers at work - same result. And I've tried all the things I did on the other computer - different cables, slave/master reversal etc. So I can only conclude it is the CD writer that is at fault. I've already got a returns number from the supplier so back it goes as soon as I can get it packed up.

Appreciate what you say about quality, and no, I wouldn't buy a Packard Bell from choice. Mind you, I wouldn't buy a Dell for home use either...
Noisy computer. - mostyn
I just wondered if any of you may be able to offer me some advice re? my noisy pc.It?s just a relatively basic AMD Sempron ,with a 180GB hard drive ,bought from PC World a couple of months ago.
When we got the computer it was immediately set up to run BT broadband. It originally had Norton 2005, but I took this off and put AVG, Zone Alarm, and a couple of free anti-spyware programmes.
I think I?ve done enough to run the PC properly but to come to my point of posting it is still noisy. All the time it is running I can hear a drive or some such running. As soon as I access an application the computer becomes very noisy. The sound is quite mechanical and is akin to a grating/clicking sound.
I ran virus and spyware checks in safe mode and both came back clean.
If it is felt that it is a hardware fault I will have to consider taking the tower back to Pc World
Thanks a lot.
Noisy computer. - adverse camber
All the time the computer is on there are several fans running - are they what is making the continual noise ? There will be at leats one fan in the power supply - and power supplies are often very noisy. There may be extra cooler fans in the case. There is also a fan on the cpu, which can also be very noisy. There may be other fans on the graphics card and motherboard which add to the din.

the clicking noise sounds more like a hard drive.

tbh many PC's are very noisy, but without more detailed info its difficult to tell if yours is faulty. I would suspect that its just a standard PC. If you want a quiet PC then there are many suppliers of passive cpu coolers and quietish power supplies (you can get totally silent PC's but the extra cost is quite high)

You can sometimes make a PC quieter by putting more fans in the case, because better cooling air flow through the case can mean that the cpu cooler and psu fan can run at lower speeds and therefore be much quieter.



Noisy computer. - Wally Zebon
A "grating/clicking noise" is more than likely the hard drive. I wouldn't say that its faulty as all drives do this to some extent, but if its a cheaper drive then maybe it will do it more than others.

If it's getting desperate then you could replace the drive with a quieter version. A 160GB drive will cost around £60.

Noisy computer. - SpamCan61 {P}
Probably worth running Task Manager to see what the activity level is for the processor when the PC is just sitting idle - shouldn't be using more than 10%? processor power, if it is then there is probably an application you don't need gobbling processor power ( and hence generating heat, and more fan activity).
Noisy computer. - Stuartli
>>It?s just a relatively basic AMD Sempron >>

AMD CPUs tend to run at higher temperatures than others, so the CPU fan may be working harder to compensate.

My Athlon XP 3200+ is normally around 50 degrees C but surfing and running a PCI TV card takes it up to around 58 degrees C with the heatsink and (large) cooling fan on minimum setting.

The CPU's maximum temperature capability is 85 degrees C but the Bios is set to shut it down at 70 degrees C if, by any chance, the cooling fan packs up.

In summer my normal CPU temperatures will probably rise slightly but, if necessary, I can set the cooling fan speed a little higher to compensate.

Make sure that there is ample space around the case to allow the escape of warm air and that the air flow through the case is correct.

This link may help:

www.heatsink-guide.com/casecool.htm
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Noisy Computer - mostyn
Thanks for the reassurance.Most of the noise is when I open a new application.I noramally have quite a few tabs open and move from one to the other.The PC is relatively silent for this.As soon as I open such as my documents the pc seems to become very noisy.Most of the noise events seem to occur when I begin to first use the computer each day.Quite a bit of noise seems to be generated when a scan is being carried by AVG.
All in all I think that maybe it all down to the pc just being a Compaq Presario
Noisy Computer - adverse camber
Sounds like nothing to worry about. The noise is disk access, as stated above you can replace the disk if you want, do a bit of googling to find recommendations for quiet disks.

You might want to check the make of the hard drive and then have a look at the web site for the manufacturer. There are some utilities for making some disks quieter in operation. Also AMD have a utility for throttling back the cpu and reducing heat generation - it will be on the amd website somewhere.
Noisy Computer - pmh
>>I noramally have quite a few tabs open

Could be that you are paging memory onto the hard disc on a frequent basis because of a shortage of RAM.

Use Task manager to get an idea of what is going on.
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Noisy Computer - Civic8
>>Use Task manager to get an idea of what is going on.

As mentioned before,the hard drive is working ie its accessing data and fan on processor is usually first to start,on my presario both processor fan,and power supply fan come in one after the other,ie processor fan then power supply fan.

works the same on old PC 1 ghz amd Athlon,doesnt sound like anything wrong to me!
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Noisy Computer - Editor
not possibly directly relevant, as it does sound like HDD noise, but I would so thoroughly recc disconecting power lead & opening up the case with a view to pointing hoover nosle (sp?) into it. Amount of fluff & dust that accumulates is amazing, esp if you have pets, & obviously this can majorly impact on airflow, cooling & force everything to have to drive unecc harder. An old paintbrush can be useful to'dust' off. Don't forget to point hoover to all the fan intakes on the outside of the case too.

HTH someone.
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Virus update frozen - Big Norm
My computer was automatically down loading an update labelled "Command anti-vius for windows". It got to "Time remaining: eleven seconds" and then nothing happened. I left it 30 minutes to make sure. I then tried to cancel it (there's a cancel icon) that did nothing. Every other function still seems to work. I then tried to turn the computer off and it ignored the command.

It's a lap top so I could hold the on button down for 10 seconds or so to make it turn off but I don't want to do that if that will cause problems with this down load still half done.

Any advice would be much appreciated.(I want to turn if off and go to bed)

Many thanks

Big Norm
Virus update frozen - Stuartli
Do you have Command AV installed?

See:

tinyurl.com/ks8r7

If so, it might be worth reinstalling it and updating immediately.
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Virus update frozen - Big Norm
Thanks for the advice. A friend who is in IT said to press control alt and delete, and then to select turn off all processes. I did this and after a few minutes was able to turn the computer off. Apparently, this was OK because I did not mind risking the content of the file which was open when it jammed.

Best wishes

Big Norm
Tiscali Customers take note - Altea Ego
YOu signed up to Tiscali? Well they have done their usual trick.

I have Tiscali 1MB unlimited broadband. It started off at 17.99 month. By constantly checking "upgrades" on the tiscali account page I have now in stages knocked this down to 12.99 month.

12.99 is that latest price, so if you are a tiscali customer keep checking your upgrade options. If you dont move yourself they leave you on the old price bands / speeds
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Tiscali Customers take note - alan kearn
TVM

I am a Tiscali customer paying £14.99 a month .Thanks for the information, thats the second time I have been conned into paying more than is needed. I think it is disgusting that they allow some of there customers to pay more than others for the same service. They call it a upgrade what a laugh that is.
Tiscali Customers take note - Stuartli
>>I have Tiscali 1MB unlimited broadband. It started off at 17.99 month. >>

I started with Tiscali's 2MB (2GB cap) 13 months ago - it cost £15.99 (unlimited was £17.99).

I then had to drop down to 1MB unlimited last november as Tiscali fouled up the speed following "service enhancements"; the price was the same.

Then I found out it had dropped to £14.99 and downgraded - did the same a few weeks ago when it went down to £12.99 even though I have signed up for TalkTalk's remarkable offer. Might as well save a couple of quid..:-)

Amazingly Tiscali is still advertising the 1MB unlimited service at £14.99 in the media and on TV, yet if you go to its website new customers can also sign on for £12.99 direct.

Such bizarre tactics are part of the reason for switching to TalkTalk (I was already a One.Tel customer for the phone service) although, of course, the main one is incredible value for money.

Only time will tell if I have made a mistake, but I'm not going to prejudge TalkTalk's performance.


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Tiscali Customers take note - smokescreen
Tiscali are well known for their aggressive acceptable use policy. The jury is very much out for talktalk - their current ADSL service (via IPstream, i.e. BT's standard method) has all file sharing methods blocked. Not sure about LLU based solution, have to wait and see what they plan.
Tiscali Customers take note - Altea Ego
Tiscali are well known for their aggressive acceptable use policy.


Not found that. They sent me a polite note once when the family useage hit 67gb one month but that's all. All services work ok.
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Tiscali Customers take note - smokescreen
Have a visit to ADSLguide's forums, its well documented all over there. You've been very lucky in that case.
Tiscali Customers take note - adverse camber
the problem with isp forums is that they are full of people who spend all their time downloading video's, porn, ripped off software etc and have usage of >100gb/month complaining about not being able to use the entire nations bandwidth for £12.99.

Treat it all with a pinch of salt.

I hope so anyway because plusnet are going to use tiscali for llu.
Tiscali Customers take note - Statistical outlier
Cheers TVM, that just saved me £2 a month despite only having been connected for about 15 days. :-)
Tiscali Customers take note - smokie
Bulldog have done the same - the Super@active package has gone from £52 to £40 and a bit - and they didn't tell me. Cost to change = £20 though!
Tiscali Customers take note - Chicken Vindaloo
On a slightly related note, NTL broadband speeds are going to change on June 1st - tinyurl.com/nkfwo . 2MB users go up to 4MB (yay!) and all speeds are going to be unlimited.

Tiscali Customers take note - Robin Reliant
TVM,

You are one Diamond Geezer! Been with Tiscali for eighteen months now paying £17.99 and never even thought to check. Couple of clicks of the mouse and I am a fiver better off!

Nice one.
Tiscali Customers take note - Stuartli
>>Been with Tiscali for eighteen months now paying £17.99 and never even thought to check.>>

What speed have you been on until now?

That price is normally 2MB unlimited.
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Tiscali Customers take note - Stuartli
>>2MB users go up to 4MB>>

Wow...:-)

Not quite ADSLMax.....
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TalkTalk Broadband - Armitage Shanks {p}
Please can anyone help with an explanation of this situation? I am on AOL Broadband and was on a BT Line. I then changed to OneTel (for the cheaper line rental) and they have been bought out by TalkTalk. Thus it seems that I am getting broadband on a line owned by TalkTalk but they say can't change me onto their free forever package as they have to get into the exchange and do some local loop unbundling or whatever. Ideas welcome! Thanks
TalkTalk Broadband - Altea Ego
It goes like this.

Currently
BT own the telephone copper from your house to the exchange. When you go broadband your telephone line is connected to a bit of kit called a DSLAM (Owned by BT). bingo you now have telephone line and ADSL. However BT still own the copper from your house to exchange so your broadband supplier has to pay for the use of the line from house to exhange. This is your current situation. With AOL before and One Tell (now talk talk).

The only way Talk Talk can afford to offer the forever package is to take over the line from house to exchange, in effect they disconect you from BT completely and plug you into their own DSLAM they have installed in the exchange. This is local loop unbundling (your line from home to exchange is the local loop)

SO if forever have not installed a DSLAM in your exchange you wont get the package, Nor will you till they do. In addition they wont install a DSLAM where there is insufficient demand and there are some exchnages where there is no room for other peoples DSLAM's so in some areas you will *never* get the chance to use the forever package.

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TalkTalk Broadband - Armitage Shanks {p}
Thanks! That is very clear even if it isn't what I wanted to hear!
TalkTalk Broadband - Stuartli
>>and they have been bought out by TalkTalk>>

TalkTalk took over One.Tel last year and I've just done the switch to TalkTalk's offer quite straightforwardly.

You should, eventually, be able to receive the "free" broadband offer from TalkTalk as it has been engaged on putting its own equipment into exchanges for some time.

The easist way to check is to go to www.talktalk.co.uk and use its checker to see what service you can receive.

If it comes up "Yes you can have free BB" or words to that effect you are OK, otherwise you may have to wait. You can also opt to pay £10 a month for BB on top of Talk3 International until you can have it free (still cheaper than One.Tel).

Even so it's still well worth taking up TalkTalk's Talk3 International offer with free BB as, for £20.99 a month, you get the line rental paid on your behalf to BT, AnyTime phone calls to local and 01 and 02 UK numbers, free AnyTime international calls to 28 countries including all of Europe, Australia, the States and Canada and (either now or later) free broadband up to 8MB.

Stupidly cheap and almost unbelievable value...
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TalkTalk Broadband - Dalglish
That is very clear even if it isn't what I wanted to hear!

>>

to keep track of how talktalk is dealing with the demand for their loss leader (admitted by them on launch), read charles dunstone's blog (link is at the bottom right hand corner of the homepage www.talktalk.co.uk

in addition to info provided by stuartli and tvm, note that currently none of talktalk's customers is on a talktalk unbundled line. they are all using bt lines and bt equipment.
this is what talktalk say:
"This offer is available from today to all customers in all 1,000 exchange areas, covering nearly 70% of the UK population. If the local exchange has not yet been unbundled, the customer will initially be connected via BT?s wholesale IP Stream service, and then migrated at a later date at no extra cost to them. The first customers will go live from the beginning of July 2006. ....
.... we intend to deploy our exchange infrastructure as quickly as possible. Based on current forecasts, we expect to reach our initial target of 1,000 exchanges by May 2007. ..
Free broadband from TalkTalk is subject to the following conditions:
18 month contract
£29.99 connection fee, inclusive of VAT
40 gigabit monthly download limit
Prefix of 18418 required to make unlimited international calls. 28 countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, and United States
Standard line rental of £11.00 and all calls package of £9.99, each inclusive of VAT
?Forever? means whilst you continue to take standard line rental of £11.00 and the all calls package of £9.99
A premium of £9.99 per month is payable for customers residing outside the footprint of the 1,000 exchanges to be unbundled .."

TalkTalk Broadband - Dalglish
oh yes, and by the way, if you want just their broadband without the phone package:

"The broadband product is available to be purchased separately at £35 per month."


yes, you read it right: £35 per month!

TalkTalk Broadband - Stuartli
The first customers will go live from the beginning of July 2006. ....>>


June 5th in my case...:-)

The TalkTalk3 International service switchover from (TalkTalk)One.Tel occurred on May 4th, so I'm already saving on phone calls - the One.Tel usage was for the no cost StandardTalk package i.e. free evening and weekend calls and cheaper daytime calls.
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TalkTalk Broadband - Dalglish
>> The first customers will go live from the beginning of >> >> July 2006. ....

June 5th in my case...:-)

>>

proves just how most people, including computer-literates like yourself, have not understood what talktalk are saying. this is why i posted my notes above. but it is obvious to no avail.

no-one, not anyone, will be on talktalk's own unbundled service before july2006. talktalk have zero llu at the moment, and do not anticipate getting even a single exchange live until july 2006. all customers will initially be connected via bt (at a massive loss to talktalk), and then over the next year so from july2006 onwards, these customers will be gradually migrated over to talktalk's own network. until that happens, stuartli, even though you may think otherwise, you will still be on bt's network.

TalkTalk Broadband - Stuartli
>>have not understood what talktalk are saying.>>

The order tracking facility on the website states that June 5th is the date on which I will be connected to TalkTalk's higher speed service.

The URL link includes the acronym LLU (Local Loop Unbundling).
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TalkTalk Broadband - Stuartli
>>40 gigabit monthly download limit>>

By the way, to clarify this sentence, it's actually 40GB.
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TalkTalk Broadband - Stuartli
PS

These links might prove of interest re TalkTalk's admitted potential losses in some areas during the initial stages of its offer, along with LLU progress or otherwise:

www.adslguide.org.uk/newsarchive.asp?item=2634

tinyurl.com/zj8ja

Anyone interested in their local telephone exchange's facility can check it out at:

www.samknows.com/broadband/ (use Exchange or Phone Search)


Just one small point. My belief/anticipation is that on June 5th I will go onto ADSLMax - CPW's LLU progress is its worry, not mine...:-)
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TalkTalk Broadband - Stuartli
Another interesting link (I'd forgotten about it) at the Martyn Lewis website:

tinyurl.com/zonrm
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TalkTalk Broadband - Altea Ego
My local exchange becomes unbundled in August
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Dell Printers - budu
According to their website, "Dell printers accept Dell ink and toner cartridges only". Does this mean that, when out of warranty, there aren't any cheap alternatives, as there are with, say Epson?
Dell Printers - mfarrow
Does this mean that, when out of warranty,
there aren't any cheap alternatives, as there are with, say Epson?


Yes, they're called Lexmark compatible cartridges ;-)

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Dell Printers - Civic8
Yes, they're called Lexmark compatible cartridges ;-)

You may get a warning that compatibles are not recommended,unless they wont work at all,due to software.should be ok
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Dell Printers - AlastairW
You wont get the warning cos most Dell printers are re-badged Lexmarks afaik
Dell Printers - Stuartli
>>You wont get the warning cos most Dell printers are re-badged Lexmarks afaik>>

Yes, and many people bought one when Dell offered them at £9.99 for a while..:-)

Of course they were expecting all the new owners to buy replacement cartridges at outlandish prices...:-)

Mind you Lexmark original or compatible cartridges are not exactly cheap either.
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Dell Printers - smokie
Someone told me at the weekend that the Dell cartridges are champfered so that regular Lexmark won't fit.
Dell Printers - Dynamic Dave
Someone told me at the weekend that the Dell cartridges are champfered so that regular Lexmark won't fit.


www.cartridgesave.co.uk/help_info/83.html

"Although right now Dell printers are Lexmark printers, they are fixed so that only branded Dell cartridges will fit because the cartridges have a different cap to the standard Lexmarkones."


snipurl.com/qkqq (link to www.printcartridge.net)

"DELL printers are in mostly re-badged Lexmark printers, and as such can accept standard Lexmark cartridges. The cartridges do however need a slight modification before they will fit into the Dell printer carriage."
Installing broadband router on NTL cable - Mike H
I recently bought a wireless router to connect my sister's new computer (running Windows XP SP2) to the internet. She has cable broadband from NTL, and already has a computer with Windows ME connected to the service, which works fine.

The actual wireless network works with no problems - i.e. the computer connects to the local network with a good signal, and I can see the router through IE on the computer. But it won't connect to the broadband service. I have installed plenty of modem/routers on ordinary phone lines with no problems, but this is my first attempt at cable and would be grateful for some hints.

The setup is as follows:
- cable service enters house & goes to a Pace NTL box.
- there is a second identical cable box daisy chained on to this first box
- the already installed computer is connected by an ethernet to USB arrangement from the second cable box. Internet access is no problem from this computer via the second cable box.
- the router was initially connected via the ethernet port on the first cable box to the internet port on the router.

Using this setup, as I said, I could see the LAN but not the internet.

I then tried connecting the router to the second cable box. I disconnected the ethernet-USB cable connecting the second computer and connected the router to the ethernet port on this box. I managed to get onto the internet but the wireless signal was poor and it kept dropping the connection. Incidentally, the old Windows ME computer could not now see the internet even when plugged into the router via cable. I tried releasing & renewing the IP address, but it kept reallocating it with odd values (IP address/subnet mask/default gateway) and even if I set a specific IP address, subnet mask and default gateway, it would renew the connection with a totally different set of values and not the ones I had requested - although in retrospect this was probably due to it using a USB rather than proper native ethernaet connection, and the values were being set somewhere obscure.

So I know there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the router or the network, or indeed the broadband connection. I have searched this forum and found an excellent trouble shooting guide at homepage.ntlworld.com/robin.d.h.walker/cmtips/inde...l (which I'm working through - there's a heck of a lot of info there!). I can see that the router isn't being allocated a WAN IP address when connected to the first cable box, and this seems to be the crux of the problem. I'm thinking along the lines of having to register a second connection (e.g. by MAC address) with NTL....although it doesn't explain why I managed to get onto the internet via the router from the second cable box. Having wasted three hours yesterday, I'd be grateful if any has any ideas - I suspect the answer is simple when you know it!!

Installing broadband router on NTL cable - mfarrow
Hi

Is this a student house or was two seperate flats? If not I'm surprised you've got two boxes, as the second one would have to be billed seperately. Your first box is therefore dead, unless you ring NTL and ask them to enable it, but they'll charge you twice :-D

Therefore the only solution is to connect the router to the second box via Ethernet, and connect the USB-to-Ethernet port to a Ethernet port on the router. I presume it has these? If you want to have the router where the first modem is (due to poor wireless connection), I suggest you swap the modems round. You can undo the cable on the back of the boxes no problem usually.

Hope this helps.

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Mike Farrow
Installing broadband router on NTL cable - Mike H
Hi
Is this a student house or was two seperate flats?
If not I'm surprised you've got two boxes, as the second
one would have to be billed seperately. Your first box
is therefore dead, unless you ring NTL and ask them to
enable it, but they'll charge you twice :-D


The NTL boxes are both active and working - there is one in the lounge and one in another room. I don't know what the billing arrangement is, but that isn't my problem.
Therefore the only solution is to connect the router to the
second box via Ethernet, and connect the USB-to-Ethernet port to a
Ethernet port on the router.


This is what I've done - sorry if the explanation wasn't clear.
If you want to have the router where the first
modem is (due to poor wireless connection), I suggest you swap
the modems round. You can undo the cable on the
back of the boxes no problem usually.


I can't see this helping, they are two live (and identical) boxes.

Thanks for trying to help.
Installing broadband router on NTL cable - adverse camber
NTL setups may vary by area which doesnt help.

I dont find your explaination very clear. I have set up several ntl systems, sometime with no problem sometimes with lots of problems. But I dont understand what you have, what worked and what didnt from what you have written.

What is the wireless router ? does it have a built in modem, if so is it a cable modem or adsl modem? or is it just a wireless access point? ?Built in switch ?

I would always expect you to see the lan - that just shows that the switch in the router / wireless is working.

some cable routers will spoof mac addresses saving you from needing to worry about ntl's mac addressing issues.

You dont say how the router and pc are configured, also I cannot understand why the wireless strength should be excellent sometimes and poor at others - this is irrelevant to the wired network. Try other channels - you may be in conflict with another nearby system. whats the wireless card in the PC ? IS the firmware up to date in everything, are yo uusing security on the wireless? If so is it set up properly? same on both systems ?

If you're sure that everything should be OK, then power everything off - including the ntl boxes. Then turn things back on starting with the device nearest the ntl connection. Give each device a minute or so to start up and get itself registered on the network. Idea is to make sure that dhcp etc is working all the way through.
Installing broadband router on NTL cable - No FM2R
I suspect that its not passing the correct username and password when wireless. Have you checked ?

How did you create the wireless connection on the PC ?
Installing broadband router on NTL cable - Altea Ego
WHat Router is it?

It sounds to me like a NAT problem (network address translation) problem. IE several IP addresses on the LAN side have to masquerade as a single IP address (fixed or DHCP) on the WAN side.
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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
Installing broadband router on NTL cable - Mike H
WHat Router is it?

>>

Dynamode (DI-254?)
It sounds to me like a NAT problem (network address translation)
problem. IE several IP addresses on the LAN side have to
masquerade as a single IP address (fixed or DHCP) on the
WAN side.


Yep, this is all normal - the problem seems to be that it can't get hold of an IP address on the WAN side.
Installing broadband router on NTL cable - Mike H
NTL setups may vary by area which doesnt help.
I dont find your explaination very clear. I have set
up several ntl systems, sometime with no problem sometimes with lots
of problems. But I dont understand what you have, what worked
and what didnt from what you have written.


Sorry, tried to be as clear as possible but ended up being clear as mud obviously!
What is the wireless router ? does it have a built
in modem, if so is it a cable modem or adsl
modem? or is it just a wireless access point? ?Built
in switch ?


It is a Dynamode router - no modem - plus 4-port (wired) switch with wireless.
I would always expect you to see the lan - that
just shows that the switch in the router / wireless is
working.


And proves wireless connectivity.
some cable routers will spoof mac addresses saving you from needing
to worry about ntl's mac addressing issues.
You dont say how the router and pc are configured, also
I cannot understand why the wireless strength should be excellent sometimes
and poor at others - this is irrelevant to the wired
network.


The wired network isn't the problem. PC is configured to obtain IP address automatically. This is all standard stuff. The wired LAN works. It's excellent when connected to first NTL box, poor when connected to the second. It's the WAN access that seems to be an issue.

Try other channels - you may be in conflict
with another nearby system.


Tried that, but the wireless LAN isn't the problem!!
whats the wireless card in the
PC ? IS the firmware up to date in everything,
are yo uusing security on the wireless?


USB dongle. Not using security on the wireless.
If so is
it set up properly? same on both systems ?
If you're sure that everything should be OK, then power everything
off - including the ntl boxes. Then turn things back
on starting with the device nearest the ntl connection. Give
each device a minute or so to start up and get
itself registered on the network. Idea is to make sure
that dhcp etc is working all the way through.


Done all of this, got bored with doing it after three hours! As I said, and repeat, the LAN is fine. I'm pretty sure it's something to do with the NTL setup (i.e. effectively I'm trying to get two IP addresses on the same cable line). I appreciate your help, and apologise again for what is obviously an explanation not as clear as I thought!
Wireless Camera. - Pugugly {P}

Right,

I have a wireless camera that will transmit a picture to a TV set. What I want to do is transmit a signal to my computer so that I can remotly monitor on the web. I have router with plenty of capacity or a wired Broad band to every room (It's part of a Heath Robinson PLC house alarm)


Cheers.
Wireless Camera. - Altea Ego
Right

Buy one of these then.

www.dsl-warehouse.co.uk/product.asp?pr=DCS-2100PLUS
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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
"Total erasure programme" - budu
Prior to getting rid of my old computer, I want to be sure I erase everything from it. Apart from deleting my files and re-formatting the hard disk, is there some programme I can use to ensure nothing is left please?
"Total erasure programme" - Altea Ego
dban.sourceforge.net/features.html
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TourVanMan TM < Ex RF >
"Total erasure programme" - Citroënian {P}
dban

{seconded}
Lee -- You don\'t sell the steak, you sell the sizzle
"Total erasure programme" - Dalglish
dban - note that both "floppy" version zip files are too big for a standard 1.44 meg floppy!

Download
Darik's Boot and Nuke 1.0.6 (Floppy version.) (CDR/CDRW version.)
Darik's Boot and Nuke beta 2006051000 (Floppy version.) (CDR/CDRW version.)
(This beta is a candidate for the 1.0.7 release.)

"Total erasure programme" - Baskerville
If you're junking it take out the HD and drill holes in it. Messily.
Someone has Been Spying on Me... - Nsar
My laptop suddenly sprouted a guest user when I booted up yesterday, suggesting that somneone has been trying to access it.
My user profile is password protected with a password I'm certain no-one knows so I'm guessing they couldn't get past this to the desktop and tried to get access via a guest profile.

There's a lot of fear and loathing in the company right now so this is not totally unexpected.

Could they have by-passed my user password via guest log on to get at my email account? If do, any simple steps I can take to find out what they accessed?

I'm vaguely confident on PC use but still class myself as a dummy.

Thanks
Someone has Been Spying on Me... - geoff1248
If you have wireless network capability, given sufficient time, your laptop can be hacked into. However, if this was a deliberate attack then it was pretty amateur as the attacker didn't cover his/her tracks. Unless of course they wanted you to know of the attempt. You can see what files have been accessed in a given period by going to "search", "files or folders" in search options click "date"and then "files last accessed" and then select the dates for it to search. This, however, will show the files that you accessed on these dates as well as anyone else.
Someone has Been Spying on Me... - Baskerville
If your workplace is not a happy one I'd also be thinking about the possibility that someone has added things to the laptop. Spyware, keyloggers, or rootkits are one possibility but much more likely are dodgy images or confidential files that you shouldn't have. Check it out very thoroughly.
Telewest Broadband Router - Adam {P}
Easy question I reckon - could do with recommendations though.

I've already asked on here about DSL/Cable Routers as I rarely deal with them but I'm setting someone up with a new computer and need to buy them a router.

The setup is as follows:

* Telewest broadband enters the dining room and connects to the modem which then connects to the computer.

* The new computer will be placed upstairs and so, a wireless router is required

* The router and modem will need to sit in the dining room still


Any router suggestions for a router and a wireless card to go into a new Dell 3100? They only really want to spend 60 quid so I was thinking perhaps D-Link?

Any advice of suggestions would be gratefully received. The only thing is, I need to go out and buy it tomorrow so web only deals won't be much use.

Thanks,

Adam
Telewest Broadband Router - AlastairW
Your in luck. Ive just bought a Linksys router for my NTL broadband. £30 + postage from Digidave, an ebay powerseller. Seems to do the job rather well at present, lets hope that continues.
Telewest Broadband Router - Welliesorter
I bought my cheapo D-Link DI-524 router for about £30 from www.digidave.co.uk . This obviously isn't an option for you as it took about a week to arrive. It works fine but it only has transmit and receive about 12 feet between floors.

I didn't need the wireless adapter for the PC as it was built in.

You just need to look for a basic wireless router without a built in modem.

I haven't checked the PC World web site, but it's worth a look as they charge the web prices if you order on line first and then specify collecting from a store.
Telewest Broadband Router - Adam {P}
Thanks for the info chaps.

The problem is compounded by the fact that the dining room is at the front of the house and the bedroom upstairs at the back so I'm not sure how good the wireless signal would be. And of course, with it being the sole method of internet access it needs to be reliable.

I never knew that about the PC World site - good thinking!
Telewest Broadband Router - Chicken Vindaloo
Be warned if you specify in-store pickup from PC World. I recently ordered a Disgo online as it was cheaper there than in-store. I had to wait for an hour (no kidding) in a queue at Customer Services to collect it. I only ever use PC World as a last resort, and really should have known better.
Telewest Broadband Router - smokescreen
I live in an old thick-walled kinda house. I knew before I even got wireless that this was going to be a problem.

So I brought a Linksys WRT54G then checked this page out for a decent open-source firmware which allowed me to boost the transmitter power by 8x : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrt54g#Third-party_firmware_...s

I wouldnt go for 10x power as it adds noise to the signal as documented. If it helps, you can also attach different external physical antennas easily to it.

If this doesnt penetrate your thick walls, im not sure what will!

Also only use channels 1, 6 or 11. These are non-overlapping channels which give the best performance from the set.
Windows XP home edition - budu
I have just bought a new Dell notebook with XP. Can anyone kindly tell me how to assign passwords to a) Wordpad docuemnts and b)Microsoft Works Spreadsheet documents?

Also, how to activate the spellchecker (or maybe there isn't one?)

There are no headings for these in the Help facility.
Windows XP home edition - smokescreen
Sorry I cant help with Works (havent used it in ... years), although Wordpad doesnt have those features.

A good free alternative is OpenOffice version 2, www.openoffice.org/ and you can save in other formats such as rich text format, so that others can read it.
Windows XP home edition - Dynamic Dave
Also, how to activate the spellchecker (or maybe there isn't one?)


Spell checker only comes with the full blown version of MS Office.

All is not lost however, see these previous posts on free spell checkers.

www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=18962&...e

www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?v=e&t=18...8
Windows XP home edition - Baskerville
Works is more trouble than it's worth. You will have lots of annoying compatibility issues if you ever want to share files with people or recover data years down the line. OpenOffice.org will read/save files in .doc, .rtf, the newly agreed Open Document format, .odf, and save in .pdf. Since it's free you have nothing to lose by giving it a try.
Windows XP home edition - cheddar
There are two versions of 'Works', Works and Works Suite, if you have the latter it incorporates Word so will have a spell checker.
Windows XP home edition - budu
Unfortunately, it's Works only. Many thanks for various replies to my posting however.
Windows XP home edition - budu
P.S. I suppose I could just download Word to the new computer? This is the one I am used to.
Windows XP home edition - Altea Ego
You could, but take everyones advice here and get open office. You wont regret it (it handles all MS office files) and its free.

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