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Old November 15th, 2009, 03:25 PM   #1026
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Our stupid cat climbed on the key board, now the site
I was viewing is much too small to read. All the rest are fine.

Didn't know that was even possible, how do i put it back ?
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Old November 15th, 2009, 03:27 PM   #1027
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Old November 15th, 2009, 04:09 PM   #1028
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Old November 15th, 2009, 04:58 PM   #1029
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Our stupid cat climbed on the key board, now the site....

They say cats don't like the sound of bagpipes. Years ago on my old computer I downloaded a program that would make the sound of bagpipes if a number of keys were pressed at the same time. Well, one of my cats walked across the keyboard and sure enough, the cat ran away when the bagpipes played.

I'd like to find it again since as of late, my cat has made it a habit of walking across my keyboard while I'm using it.
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Old January 18th, 2010, 05:37 PM   #1030
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going nutz. have a few year old hp pavilion, windows vista (i think) and an hp laserjet p1006. printer had a doc stuck in process of printing and couldnt clear it so i deleted the printer and reinstalled it. now when i send a test page to print, i get an error and the printer doesnt do anything. i have rebooted and unplugged the printer and i dont know what else to do. going crazy. have stuff to print and cant. i hate computers. anyone want to talk me thru this?
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Old January 18th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #1031
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Have you downloaded any updated drivers off the HP website? I assume there isn't any paper caught in mid-print? If so shut off the printer before you pull it out. What does the error say?
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Old January 18th, 2010, 06:25 PM   #1032
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just shows error in the printer list in the control panel. no paper caught
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Old January 19th, 2010, 03:55 AM   #1033
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No guarantees, but sometimes the paper jam switch gts tripped by the finest of bits ... so ...

Open up the printer and take out the toner cartridge. Check the paper path in the printer for fine bits of paper caught in the edges and round any drive cogs ... then blow the entire paper path clear with a long-nosed air gun. Make sure you wear goggles and pref. a mask or respirator because there's a possibility you'll have a bit of loose toner floating round in the guts, and you don't want a lungful of that or powdered paper.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 06:13 AM   #1034
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tried it....clean inside and still get the error sent to printer message
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Old January 19th, 2010, 08:36 AM   #1035
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Does HP have a tech support number ?
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Old January 20th, 2010, 02:53 PM   #1036
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While Dan's trying stuff, maybe I can start a new sub-thread:
- What would cause a desktop Dell running XP to start "not seeing" a CD-R disk in either the D: (CDR) or E: (CDR/W) drives?

Both Win Media Player and Win Explore say "Insert a disc" when there's one in there already.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 03:08 PM   #1037
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While Dan's trying stuff, maybe I can start a new sub-thread:
- What would cause a desktop Dell running XP to start "not seeing" a CD-R disk in either the D: (CDR) or E: (CDR/W) drives?

Both Win Media Player and Win Explore say "Insert a disc" when there's one in there already.
If you can go in the BIOS setup page and see if the BIOS detects the cd drive, if it is seen there you have a driver issue with windows (they do sometimes go bad). If you do not see it in the BIOS setup, you might have a loose connection to the drive, or the drive is going bad.
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Old January 31st, 2010, 07:41 PM   #1038
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Time for new business cards, actually WAY past time,
since I have exactly 2 cards left and 3 big shows coming up.
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Shooting pics, camera is set on the highest rez, 3.0
Same camera as I used last time.

When I open the pics on the computer, they are only around 600k each,
doesn't sound very high rez. I need 300 dpi minimum,
what I'm getting is 72.

What am I doing wrong here ?
How do I ened up with low rez pics,
when the camera is on the highest setting ?
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Old February 1st, 2010, 03:38 AM   #1039
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Does it have a best, high/normal, low/economy quality setting also? On both of mine, I can take a 4 /10meg pics, but if the setting is on economy or low, the other will be really low. I leave mine on high all the time.



edit~ my bad, I just looked up dpi, and it's all ps stuff, but still worth a look to make sure camera is high quality on all settings.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 09:43 AM   #1040
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72 dpi is a conversion the application is using to display the image. I use Irfanview for all my digital photo stuff.

Exif data can tell you a lot about the image (what it was taken with, when, what resolution, image size, etc).

Different applications do different things with digital images. Some applications will fit the image to the size of the window, some applications will display the image as huge and zoomed in based on dpi settings for your montior, etc. The application you are opening your files with is resporting the image as 72dpi as displayed, not as the image resolution as taken.

I've never seen a 72 dpi camera. 72 dpi IS however a resolution many Graphic Artists use on a very regular basis. I hear my brother say it often.

They're related- but unrelated also.

If you took the pics with a 3MP camera, the file size is about normal for a 3MP image. I used a 3MP camera for a couple of years and then when the 6MP Fuji S7000 came out I snatched one of those up for cheap. Ten thousand photos later, I'm looking for a 12 MP or higher now.

Try opening the images with another application, or check the exif data on the image for correct info for the file.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 09:53 AM   #1041
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Where do I find "exif data" ?
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Old February 1st, 2010, 10:30 AM   #1042
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I have Windows Vista so I don't know if this is true for other systems: I right click the image, select properties, and find the tab at the top of that window that says "details". Most of the pics with my camera are taken at 96 dpi, I have an older unit and the pics aren't of a "portrait" quality, but they do look good at smaller scales. Hope this helps.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 07:45 PM   #1043
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I right click the image, select properties,

Same deal on XP, that is how I figured out the pics were only 600k.

I think I figured it out, somehow.

In Corel Paint Shop Pro XI, I used "resize" to change the resolution and print size.
Don't understand it, but now the modified pics are almost 2mb and 300dpi.

One design down, one to go.

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Sorry Unkl, I misunderstood what you were asking.

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Old February 2nd, 2010, 07:27 AM   #1045
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I've heard of EXIF data, didn't know what it meant.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 11:09 AM   #1046
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Any problem adding a laptop hard drive to a desk top PC ?
I'm guessing there is some sort of adapter ?
Tiger Direct is just down the street.


Running XP, want to install Photoshop etc on the second HD.

What do I need to know ?
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Any problem adding a laptop hard drive to a desk top PC ?
I'm guessing there is some sort of adapter ?
Tiger Direct is just down the street.


Running XP, want to install Photoshop etc on the second HD.

What do I need to know ?
What you are looking for is a 2.5" USB hard drive enclosure.
There are two types, PATA or SATA, if you take it out of the laptop and show them, they'll be able to tell you which one you need.
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I was hoping to permanently install it in the PC, instead of an external drive.
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I was hoping to permanently install it in the PC, instead of an external drive.
In that case this is what you are looking for.
PATA version:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7BBTkwCjCECjCE

I am not 100% sure on the SATA version, but in any case TigerDirect has it.
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Neither drive in my Dell desktop can read a CD (they both used to, but now they say "insert a disk" when there is a disk already inserted).

When I look in the Device Manager, it lists:
SAMSUNG CD-ROM SC-148A and
SAMSUOG! CE-S/SW!SW-1353S (probably should be SAMSUNG CD-R/RW RW-1353S)

That second one looks contaminated to me - what do I do to fix the entry? Or is the drive itself shot?

Computer info: Dell Dimension 2400 Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz
Processor Speed 2.34 GHz
Memory (RAM) 512 MB
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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