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    I used to be able to dial out to contacts whose numbers were held on Smart Address 2000 (Oakley Data Services), using a PC card modem added to my Windows XP desktop PC. I now have a Windows 7 laptop and, as far as I know, no dial-out facility, although Smart Address 2000 still runs. Is there such a thing as an external USB dial-out modem for my laptop?

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    I'm having trouble getting embedded videos to display in Internet Explorer on my Windows XP PC. Microsoft Fix-it Center solved the problem with my Administrator account, but not my Standard account.

  • How-Tos: How to connect a graphics card to your PC's PSU

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    I've decided to replace my Windows 98 PC with a Windows 7 machine, but I'm concerned about transferring Microsoft's QuickBasic suite, which I frequently use. In Windows 7 I'll have to reboot in DOS each time I want to use any of these programs. Is converting to VisualBasic the only solution?

  • How-Tos: How to find frequently used files in Office 2007

    I recently upgraded from Office 2000 to 2007. The older version had a toolbar offering quick access to frequently used files and folders in Word, Excel and Access. Does such a feature exist in Office 2007?

  • How-Tos: How to import photos to Photo Gallery from an SD card

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    DVD slideshows that I've created in Windows Movie Maker and DVD Maker display fine on my PC, but look awful on my TV. I used the 720p burn option.

  • How-Tos: How to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium

    I upgraded my HP netbook from Windows 7 Starter Edition to Home Premium. Following a fault, I returned the netbook to HP for repair. It came back fixed, but with the original Starter Edition installed. Can I reinstall my copy of Home Premium using the original activation key?

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    For the past three days I've been getting a 'Windows Security' pop-up that says 'Logon to UKOnline.co.uk' (my ISP). It requests the username and password among other information, but nothing happens.

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    I'm unable to delete email in Outlook Express by choosing that option from the right-click menu or clicking on the delete cross.

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    My desktop PC immediately shuts down after I turn it on. At the second attempt it will stay switched on, but nothing appears onscreen. The processor fan is running and the RAM is okay, but the motherboard LED blinks.

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    People in my address book are receiving emails from me, but I'm not sending them. Each message contains a link to what I believe is a malicious website. Can you help?

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    Six years since its birth, Facebook has extended beyond socially connecting users around the world to providing a tool for businesses to engage customers. As Facebook has recently surpassed Google as the destination where users spend the majority of their time online (in the US at least), businesses should definitely establish a presence on the social network. Read on to find out how.


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