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    QUESTION I'd like to use my seven-year-old Canon CanoScan D1250U2 scanner with my new PC, but its driver isn't compatible with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I can't find any new drivers for this model on Canon's website.

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    The screen on my Toshiba 1800 laptop keeps turning itself off. The only way to get it to come back on is by pushing the small button that tells the laptop when the lid is closed. This can happen 10 times in half an hour. The repair shop wants £70 to fix it - is it worth it?

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    QUESTION I'm still using Microsoft Money 2005, but would like to transfer my accounts to a more substantial package. The trouble is, I can't find any programs compatible with the .mbx file extension.

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