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    Windows 10 DVD ROM Problem

    Hello again, Hope this is an appropriate forum. My two Windows 10 Pro 21H1 machines suddenly lost the ability to read DVD-ROM discs - both at around the same time. They'll read anything else, but not DVD-ROM although both drive have been used to write the very discs they now refuse to...
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    One-way Network

    Hello, Need help. Windows 10 v2004 on two machines 'A' and 'B'. on ethernet-connected home network. Following Wednesday's updates to A that machine no longer appears on my local network. B can see itself in File Explorer and in my 2-pane file manager but cannot see A. A...
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    Update Delayed

    Hello again, I have Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 on this machine. Windows Update tells me I am up-to-date, and below that it tells me v2004 is coming. It's been coming for over two months now. Is there some setting around Update that I may have set to prevent it working ? The other...
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    No Longer Record .WAVs

    Hello again, Suddenly I can no longer record .WAVs on all but one programme. I get two errors: Audacity - 'Error opening recording device, Code 9999. Unanticipated host error' RecAllPro - Can't open wave device for input. Close other programmes using wave. Windows 10 Pro v1909. Could...
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    Windows 10 Mail

    Hello again, How on earth does one set up Windows Mail if the initial wizard can't find the server info/can't connect to your mail server ? You'd have to give up it seems - there's nolthing else to do !! -- Cheemag
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    Serial in Windows 10

    Hello, Does anyone know how to get a serial port working in Windows 10. My programme apparently needs MSCOMM32.OCX for it to function. I have downloaded the .ocx file and put it in c:\windows\system32, but I cannot register it. Something about compatibility (?) I have an apparently...
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    Can't Record MP3

    Suddenly I am unable to record mp3s with a programme (RecAllPro) which worked up until yesterday. I now get: "Cannot open this file using audio compression for Windows. Either the required codec is not present or does not support the requested bitrate" (Acmopen). I have all the required...
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    'Dirty' SD Card

    Hello, Windows 7 refuses to let me save/delete etc files on my Android tablet's SD card, claiming the file system is 'dirty'. The last time this happened I followed the prompts to correct it and ended up with a bricked SD card which was unuseable/unformatable and had to be discarded...
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    Hello Again, On occasion, when I double click on a desktop icon it comes up with the Properties window. Can I fix it without a reboot? Could it be the utility 'Save Desktop' which causes this. That utility repairs a desktop whose icons become scrambled. Progs launched from...
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    Problem with KVM

    Good Afternoon, Two Windows-7 Pro machines with KVM installed switching keyboard and mouse (not video). Second machine used to recognise KVM'd mouse but no longer does - sees it now as an unrecognised device. The keyboard works via the KVM but I've had to put an additional mouse on the...
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    Weird File Behavious

    Good Day, I have a flash drive attached to my Netgear router. Recently (and only recently) I get a 'Can't verify the creator of this file ... " warning box if I try to open a file with at .TXT extension via Total Commander or Windows Explorer on the Network drive (no problem with other...
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    UEFI !

    Hello, My boot menu looks like this: UEFI P4: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NSD0 (Highlighted) P2: Toshiba DT01 ACA1000 (953969MB) P3: Toshiba DT01 - ditto - Samsung Flash Drive (122368 MB) Generic Storage Device Generic Storage Device P4 must be the DVD writer; P2 & P3...
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    Silly Network Problem

    Hi, I have two Win-7 pro 64 machines networked. Called BB and CC. On ethernet. MP3s recorded with ReAllPro ro on CC and saved to //CC/Sounds cannot be seen from BB with any of Total Commander, Windows Explorer or cmd (dir \\CC\Sounds). CC's Sounds' directory is empty as far as the network is...
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    Deleting Old System Files

    Hello again, Possibly unusual problem: I had Windows 7 re-installed to C: recently by a computer shop. I don't know how it happened, but some system files from the previous installation are on drive D: taking up over 8MB of space. I imagine this is the saved copy of the old system which...
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    Windows Image Files

    Hello again, Can I safely delete old image files made by Windows 7's Backup/Restore-Create a system image once I've created a fresh image ? Regards, Cheemag
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    Icons Blacked Out

    Hello again, My Windows 7 Pro machine started up with all the desktop icons (except three 'MS' ones) blacked out (black square where the icon should be). "Rebuild Shell Icon Cache" on right-click menu on desktop does nothing; they're still black. Restarting Windows Explorer doesn't help...
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    Serious Update Problems

    Me again, I have a new Win7 Pro machine. It appears it's only updated to SP-1. Yesterday I asked it to check for updates. It returned 'Checking for Updates'. It was still checking for updates when I went to bed with no result. Other machines would come back with the number and type of...
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    Task Manager Broken

    Me Again ! New machine with Windows 7 Pro. Wanted to use Task Manager to halt a programme. Task Manager comes up in the Processes page, no header, no tabs, no way out other than closing the thing with the Taskbar context popup. Can I somehow correct this, or should I seek a...
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    Net Missing at Boot

    G'day, Most mornings on booting the network adaptor does not seem to work. I have to disable it the re-enable it to regain the network, sometimes more than once. Same on two machines. Any idea what may be the problem? -- Cheemag (Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and Windows 7...
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    Cannot Install Epson Scan Utility

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Epson Stylus SX218. Hello again, Windows lost the use of the printer. Deleted the printer and reinstalled it from the CD. Printer works, copier works but scanner will not install. It exits from Epson's install programme with 'an error - restart please'. After...