This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Windows Doesn’t Always Recognize Removable Drives
New Subscriber Mike wrote with an interesting question about maxing out the drive connections in Windows 7:
I have a large computer with 5 resident hard drives and two CD/DVD drives. There is a mid sized zoo of remote ESATA, USB2/3 drives off hubs plus an assortment of backup USB sticks. Is Windows 7 limited to 25 drive letters? (B still seems to be reserved for the old 5.25″ drives, even tho none of the current bios’ will mount one). The reason I ask is that I’ve had trouble lately with drives that sometimes will not mount when turned on/plugged in […]
- Connecting a USB Printer to a Router
New subscriber Mark had a question that he thought would be helped by one of my earlier articles, but I was writing about a different product. So he asked me:
I was excited to see your buffalo usb printer article, but then saw “I bought the buffalo usb print server.” I bought a buffalo n300 gigabit router with usb. I want to plug in a usb printer which is part of the sales pitch, — on the box it says, “use an older usb printer on your network,” but it doesn’t tell me how!! […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Cleaning Up the Start Menu
Have you ever noticed that every program wants to install itself into the Start Menu in its very own line?
The Start Menu quickly balloons as each game adds its own block, each utility adds each own section, each graphics program, each communications program, etc. all with their very own listing under “All Programs”…
If you’ve got a small screen, especially if you use […]
- Join a Computer Users Group
Often times, we feel alone when we use our computers. We think our frustrations, our questions, and our needs are unique. Sometimes, we think that we have dumb questions, or we don’t want to show our lack of knowledge or experience — and, yet, that’s what we have to do to learn more…
Or, at least, to learn more the easy way! Learning the hard way is reading books, magazines, Usenet news and Internet web sites for years. The easy way is to find a local computer user group and learn from each other.
Computer clubs are full of people who want to learn and who want to share what they know. Strangely, before we find our first computer club — our first computer user group — we think that it will be nothing but experts and that we, alone, will be the outsider. In reality, many user group members are far from experts, but they are interested in learning more […]
- Hardware Upgrades to My Notebook
At one time, my main computer was a Dell laptop. When I finally decided it was upgrade time, Dell had decided to join everyone else and stop offering Operating System DVD’s, choosing to supply only pre-built Recovery DVD’s. They tried to get too cute in the order process, so I cancelled my order for a very expensive Dell top-of-the-line desktop-replacement notebook and plans for a smaller Alienware for portable use.
Instead, I saved a fortune by building my own desktop and buying a cheap notebook. I’ve written before about my notebook computer — and how it was a pleasure to be able to find one that was small, light, fast and cheap. All four! (The old adage was that you could pick three of the four.)
I decided it was time for a cost-effective upgrade. With most notebooks, there is little available for the user to upgrade — just the memory and the hard drive. So, I decided to do both […]
- Speed Benefits of the Hardware Upgrades to My Notebook
I wrote about upgrading my notebook from 4 GB of RAM to 8 GB and from a 5200 RPM hard drive to a Solid State Drive (SSD). I got stopped in the upgrade process by a need to get a Windows 7 install DVD (as opposed to a Recovery DVD).
I ordered a retail copy of Windows 7 Home Premium to install on the new SSD. That arrived on Monday — Love that Amazon Prime!
After installing Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit version on the notebook, the real fun began. Fun? Well, I needed to load a bunch of software all over again, plus add copies of configuration files from my desktop or old laptop. But, the amazing thing was the difference in speed […]
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