Minutes of the Meeting held 15 May 2001 From: "Rod Blackburn"
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 18:16:55 +1000 Sorry about the lateness this week. My wife and I were unexpectedly invited away for the weekend before I got this done. 1. Trojans - GregB Greg reported receiving a trojan horse program that lookad as though it was passing passwords to a site in the US. The program hadn't been trapped by his virus checker. Nevertheless the advice remains: keep your virus checker up to date. 2. a. Spool32 - RodB I complained about Spool32 frequently performing illegal operations and thereby forcing the need for a reboot if I wished to do any printing. Terry said this is a well known problem and he has removed it from his system by incorporating run=spool32.exe in win.ini. b. GSview I reported that using GSview from Ghostgum in conjunction with Ghostprint produced a pdf file that looked excellent on screen, but could not be printed. OwenC makes the following comment: I went to the fineprint site http://www.fineprint.com and downloaded the PDFprinter, Fine Print PDFFactory. The first two items I tried it on failed in some respect, but since then I have done about 20 print jobs through the program and declare it to be a winner. It's fantastic. As Terry suggested, get it now before they start charging for it. I (that is Rod) also subsequently downloaded PDFFactory. On the same document as above it did not create a satisfactory pdf for viewing. It was more convenient to use. c. Text from web Sometimes it appears not to be possible to cut and paste text direct from a web site. I was able to bypass this by viewing the source and cutting the text from that. Other members asked how to keep IE history permanently. It was suggested that "save for offline viewing" does this effectively. 3. HP710 printer driver - TerryB The HP710 printer driver seems to limit the performance of Word. It's a common problem that has no known solution. 4. Win95 drivers & steering wheel - TrevorF Trevor supplied the following: The item I raised today about the PC problems after having a Puma GT game controller installed to the games port has now been solved. The problem was that after turning the machine on it would freeze showing the Logo.sys file. Doing a step by step boot everything went fine until the "loading Windows Drivers" message appeared and it would stick on to the normal logo.sys appeared and nothing further would happen. I took the suggestion by Merv and others of taking it apart and removing and cleaning most items and reseating them. I didn't go to the step of cleaning the edge connectors with pencil eraser. Put everything back together and plugged it all in and it booted normally to Windows95. 5. a. No connection - RodS Problems connecting to TIP. TIP had been having problems. b.10% Defrag Why does defrag seem to hang at 10%? It is trying to put the things you have used most frquently since the last defrag into advantageous positions on the disk. Make sure that all other activity is turned off when defragging, so the process doesn't keep trying to restart itself. c. Phones How could a home phone be called by the same person's mobile if the mobile was switched off. Most likely answer is that the mobile was redirected to the home number. 6. HP Scanjet 5100 Series - DavidL David has not got access to some install software needed for an HP 5100 scanner. Can anyone help? There doesn't appear to be any support for that particular scanner on HP's web site. In passing , MikeD said that the 16v power supply for his OptikPro scanner had failed and he was having great difficulty finding a replacement. 7. Ellis Island records - Joan Ellis Island records are not necessarily immigration records. They are passenger manifests. If requesting information from the site a five digit postcode is required. Suggestion was to use Oz code plus one arbitrary digit. Maybe just use 90210. 8. Deleting Network password - Leigh Remove .pwl file and at Windows start up cancel the password request screen. 9. a. www.vmyths.com Jeff said: I reported falling for a warning about a virus that does not exist, and worse, circulating the warning to C&C. Since being reprimanded (very nicely) he has received the same warning again from a very large circulation list. So he advises all to be aware of hoaxes or virus myths and to check for such with www.vmyths.com or www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/virtual.card.2.html. Warnings about non-viruses become like pyramid schemes and waste time and resources and so are not harmless. As stated in the Symantec site "Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it." b. Digital photos Jeff was impressed by the quality of digital photos taken by Jim on a bushwalk, but does not think they are quite as good as would be obtained by scanning a conventional film photo and printing, using the scanner and printer he has been enthusing about lately. Of course digital photos are much more convenient if you have a good printer. ****************************************************** Coffee & Chat Page, inluding archives of past meetings http://www.pcug.org.au/pcug/candc/ ******************************************************
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