This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Solving the It Won’t Run Anymore Problem
Subscriber Stephen wrote about the inability to run a program that he had routinely used:
for 10 years I have used a standalone program called JdirPrinter and it has worked flawless now it will not run I get an crash report.
I re-downloaded it and still get same error
any ideas […]
- Can You Continue to Use Your Computer While Making a Backup?
Subscriber Richard Winn wrote for help regarding an older version of Acronis True Image:
Whilst backing up the partition, using Acronis TIH ver. 12, can I still use the computer..?
Also, I’m somewhat confuse as to the difference between ‘partition’ and ‘image’. All I want to do is to be able to restore my computer to the exact state it was in the event of a system failure.[…]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- What is CPU Usage and How Can I Reduce It?
Recently, I received a question from jnc, who wrote:
When you go to the WINDOWS TASK MANAGER, it has at the bottom of the window, "CPU USAGE" and a % sign.
What does that mean and what should it be?
I searched your web site of COMPUTER TIPS, and wasn’t smart enough to locate the answer.
CPU usage indicates how hard the CPU is running. The percentage refers to how much of the individual CPU’s capacity is in use.
Normally, if we have some programs open but are not actively doing anything […]
- Blu-Ray Player Can’t Network Properly
Subscriber Bruce Mowery wrote with a network problem, not directly a computer problem, but networking his Blu-Ray player:
I wrote back to Bruce to try to help. FIrst, I checked to make sure that I understood what he meant by "the netowrk code number."
Terry good morning. Can you help me with my problem? I’m trying to get my Panasonic Blu-ray player which has Wifi built in and Netflix. I’m trying to view Netflix movies.
[The article is continued below...]
I’m having a problem with the internet code number of my Net Gear G router. I’ve contacted Comcast, Netflix and they informed me to contact Net Gear. I did and they made things worse for my computer and I still wasn’t able to get the code after spending $120.
How can I find if I can the network code number.
I wrote back to Bruce to try to help. FIrst, I checked to make sure that I understood what he meant by "the netowrk code number" […]
- Networking Printers for Computers, iPhones and iPads
I recently modified my home network to increase the accessibility of my printers. I have two printers. Now, both of them work with my desktop computers, my wireless laptop, our iPhones and my wife’s iPad. Installation and setup was surprisingly easy, too.
One printer is an HP Color Laserjet CP1518ni, which is built to be a network printer with its own IP address (no "Windows File & Printer Sharing" necessary). It hooks to the network via an Ethernet cable. The other printer is an older model, an HP Laserjet 1220se.
The LJ1220 is a black-and-white laser printer, so it’s the default printer for us (printing from the color printer is more expensive, and really more expensive if you’re just printing black & white because of laser cartridge prices. Not only that, this printer dates back to the days of parallel port printers. It actually has both a USB interface and a parallel port interface. I remember when I finally switched it to USB (a new computer didn’t have a parallel port) and discovered how much faster the USB printing was.
So, of the two printers, one was accessed directly via the network, and the other (the HP1220se) was "shared" (Windows File and Printer Sharing) by the networked computer to which it was connected by USB cable.
When my family got iPhones, all was well. No one really had a desire to print anything from the iPhone. If you wanted to print a web page and were at home, you used a computer to surf to the page and print it.
That satisfaction changed when I got an iPad […]
Not a subscriber? It’s easy to get my newsletter!
Subscribe to my free Terry’s Computer Tips email newsletter and then use the automatic responder to get the last two email issues!
I love the redesign of my Terry’s Computer Tips web site — it makes article posting and maintenance much easier than before. I’m glad I switched to WordPress and the Genesis Framework. On my Terry’s Computer Tips site, I’m using the base Genesis Framework with a child theme of my own to customize it.