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Oct
12
comment What's the best way to do a one-time Windows Vista backup in order to perform a clean Windows 7 install?
@John T: If I understand your dd answer, it creates a single file that is a bit-for-bit copy of the original disk. That's great for when you want to restore as-is to a fresh disk, not so great when you need to pick and choose. Good point about some files being uncopyable on a running system though.
Oct
12
comment How to change tab stops for a single paragraph in Microsoft Word 2007?
Thank you, this worked perfectly even though AutomaticallyUpdate was already False. Unfortunately I was forced to use a table instead of tabs because of other formatting problems.
Oct
10
comment How to change tab stops for a single paragraph in Microsoft Word 2007?
This sounds entirely plausible. I got the document from someone else, so it could easily be set up differently than everything I've done on my own. And yes, it was the Normal style. Unfortunately it will probably be Monday before I can try this out. Thanks!
Sep
18
comment What are your favourite free fonts?
URW++ created a free version of Helvetica that is distributed with Ghostscript, although I think for trademark reasons they call it something different.
Aug
7
comment How can I copy a formula multiple times and always refer to the same cell?
You can put the $ in front of both the row and column designations. $A$1 will always refer to the same cell, $A1 will always refer to a row in the A column, and A$1 will always refer to a column in the 1 row.
Aug
7
comment Do all LCD monitors look bad when rotated 90 degrees?
I probably wasn't clear with my first comment. Different versions of TN can have different characteristics. It's possible for a manufacturer to substitute one panel for another in the same model LCD, so you can't even be sure of what you're getting. Non-TN panels are also available but are usually not seen due to their expense.
Aug
7
comment Do all LCD monitors look bad when rotated 90 degrees?
It's not enough to just say "TN" - this technology has many variations, and some will be worse than others.
Aug
6
comment Are there any LCD monitors with vertically oriented RGB stripes when in portrait orientation?
Good luck. The LCD panel manufacturers like to build for the greatest possible market, and that's vertical stripes on a landscape oriented screen.
Aug
6
comment Is there Linux support for TRIM on SSD drives?
Linus himself is a big fan of SSD drives, so I'd suspect them to be well supported. torvalds-family.blogspot.com/2008/10/…
Aug
6
comment How can I tell what RAM will fit my computer?
Go ahead and ask it! Seems like a valid question for this forum.
Aug
6
comment Why is the disk making my motherboard beep?
Bought a can of compressed air and blew out the CPU cooler - WOW! Temps went from 78 to 53, no more beeps.
Aug
5
comment Why is the disk making my motherboard beep?
In my case, I found the speaker on the motherboard and I could make it almost silent by covering it with my finger. I suppose it's not impossible to put a speaker inside a drive, but it would be pretty rare. Moreso now that SMART is available.
Aug
5
comment Why is the disk making my motherboard beep?
I finally checked the Bios - found I had a CPU temperature warning enabled for 80 degrees, and the current temperature was 78. Almost positive this is the problem.
Jul
16
comment What should I do with my old memory?
Not just the EU - my local city has a drop-off for all electronic devices. You're not supposed to throw that stuff in the garbage anymore, I think it's state-wide.
Jul
16
comment Word 2007 not opening older files
Giving us the full URL to the KB article would be nice...
Jul
16
comment Internet connection sharing (Windows Vista/Windows 7 or Windows Vista/Ubuntu)?
In addition to being cheap and simple, it adds an important layer of protection to your connection. I don't think I would ever want a machine connected directly to the bare internet.
Jun
19
comment Why is the disk making my motherboard beep?
I run the PC with the cover off - the case is much older than the other components, and the fan gave up long ago. Doubtful that the HD is affecting the motherboard temps at all, and the HD is relatively cool to the touch. Ironically, backing up the HD is one sure way to make it start beeping. Any recommendations for a SMART monitor? I'm sure I can find one via Google, but still...