Printer Not Recognized By Windows OS

Printers, like many other devices, have connectivity problems at times. This is regardless of the type and make of the printer. The reasons why this may happen are varied and normally linked to the Windows Operating System. This can be a frustrating thing as this problem tends to occur more frequently when someone wants to do a printing job in a hurry. It also occurs when a printer is being newly installed onto a computer. There are a number of things that you can check to troubleshoot the problem and hopefully get a resolution.

Here are a few things you can check:

1. There may not be any power going to the printer. Some printers need to be on in order for the OS to recognize it. Ensure that the printer is on. Even those that may not need to be on must have the power cord attached to the printer and plugged into an outlet.

2. The cable that connects the printer to the computer (USB, Serial, FireWire) may not be connected. Check to make sure that it is connected.

3. Some printer drivers need to be installed before the printer is connected. If this is the case, install the drivers before connecting the printer.

4. Before buying a printer, ensure that it has drivers that are compatible with your operating system. If there are no compatible drivers, you will have problems getting the OS to recognize the printer or it will let you know that there are no compatible drivers for it.

This checklist is in no way exhausted. These are simply the major reasons why a printer may not be recognized by your computer. Other reasons are varied and are dependent on a users experience and knowledge level. In most cases, common sense solves the problem, but there are issues that are sometimes difficult to resolve. However, the above-mentioned should help you to resolve the problem.

Setting Up Your Own Blogger Blog

Blogging has become a phenomenon that has taken on unprecedented pace over the past several months. There are a wide variety of blogging platforms. Two of the more popular ones are Blogger and WordPress. Both are quite easy to use. WordPress is SEO targeted which means that your blog would be easily indexed by search engines. Blogger also has similar features but they are not as advanced as those of WordPress.

Nonetheless, there are many users of Blogger and many more who would like to know how to set up their own blog. There is a video tutorial that such persons can use to create their own blog. It is very easy to follow. You can read up more about this tutorial at Review Central. When you see the videos, you will realize how easy it is to set up your own blog using the Blogger platform.

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Cover Your Computer When Not In Use

Computer protection tips stipulate that it is beneficial to use a dust cover for your computer when it is not in use. This is especially needed when it is located in a dusty area. Even if that is not the case, covering it is a good move. Accumulated dust over time can eventually affect the performance of the computer. If it is not covered, then dust particles enter the machine through the vents and can cause problems down the road.

It also saves you having to constantly wipe off the cpu tower and screen and keyboard. What happens at times is that persons use coarse materials, like rough cloth, to dust their monitor and cpu. This can lead to scratching which makes the scratched surface look unpresentable. So to prevent all that, keep your cpu, monitor and keyboard covered when not in use. The dust covers are cheap and easy to maintain.



The Organized Computer User

How does you work space look? Is it all cluttered and messy? Is it hard to find what you are looking for because it is under a pile of papers? Or is you work area neat and well organized? Is it easy to find what you are looking for? The way your work area looks has a direct impact on how well you do your work. A cluttered area can give you a headache and serve as a constant distraction when you are trying to do some work. Many people who use the computer to do typing jobs often tend to face the “untidy area syndrome”. This is because paper stacks up over time as the work is piled on. Low work performance and fatigue have been known to be directly associated with a messy work environment.

The solution to that problem is quite simple. Try to arrange your work area in a way that will not cause clutter. If needs be, get a separate desk to hold the documents that you are working with so that they do not accumulate on your desk. Throw away unnecessary documents and file what needs to be filed regularly. Do not take on more work than you can handle as this will stress you out even more. Take regular breaks from what you are doing if it seems overwhelming. It makes no sense going crazy because of your job. Remember, a mad man cannot properly complete assigned tasks. So try your best to keep your work area clean. It could mean your health and also your sanity!

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Mouse Problems

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Had any mouse problems lately? I realized a few days ago that my mouse was doing its own thing, going all over the screen and jumping and running, without my intervention. I knew it was not a virus because I did a complete scan and everything was fine. The problem was that my mouse was “dying”. It was very hard to control where I wanted to click and so on. So I decided to change the mouse and – volia! – problem solved. Be aware that there are times when a virus can be the cause of your mouse behaving abnormally, but fortunately for me that was not the case.

Generally a mouse responds to how you move your hand. The speed of the pointer movement can be adjusted in the Mouse settings under Control Panel. So too can the click and double-click speeds. If your mouse has started behaving in a manner that it never used to before, first perform a virus check on your computer. If that checks out okay, buy a new mouse. More often than not it will solve the problem.

No Audio From Computer


Audio problems are nothing new for computers. There are various reasons why no audio would be present either through the PC speaker or through external speakers. The best thing about the issue though is that the causes are never usually hard to fix. Detecting the cause is what takes the most time. Nonetheless, the end result is that the problem is fixed and audio is restored to the computer. Let us consider a few possibilities as to why audio would not be present and how to fix it.

One of the times when audio disappears from the computer is when the sound card fails. At this point you will need to change the card. Sound card failure can happen for a number of reasons. In any case, a new one will have to be bought. Then there are times when the sound card is fine but the sound drivers get corrupted. A re-installation of the drivers should solve the problem. Thirdly, some people lose audio after installing a piece of hardware or even software. Even upgrading your Windows OS can result in sound loss. This occurs because drivers get mixed up or even deleted accidentally during the installation or upgrade process. If trying to re-install the drivers does not solve the problem, you may have to do a roll back using System Restore.

If there are more serious issues as to why you have lost audio on your computer, you can consult Microsoft’s website for Windows OS or Apple’s website for the MAC OS. In addition, there forums that you can search for on the internet that may be able to help you.

Air Flow Through Computers

Air flow is very important when using a computer or any other device that dissipates a lot of heat. This is because heat build up over time can severely damage parts or components of the device if the dissipated heat is not drawn away from them. In a computer for example, the CPU and Power Supply give off a lot of heat. That is why the CPU is usually mounted on a heat sink with a fan on top of it so as to allow the heat to be properly removed away from the CPU. Also, the Power Supply has a fan mounted to the back which pulls the heat out of it and also assists in air flow through the computer.

Having secondary fans inside the chassis is very important as they help to keep the air flowing, bringing in cooler air while taking out the hotter air. Some people put two extra fans inside the chassis of the computer. One is mounted at the front of the chassis to suck in fresh air while the other is placed at the back to pull out the hot air. Both fans work in tandem – as one pulls air in the other draws air out. This continuous movement of air helps keep the components in the computer cool and thus prevents any damage that may occur from excessive heat build up.

Write Protection – Prevent Accidental Deletion

Activating write protection on diskettes or on files that are on your computer that are important to you is very crucial. The files that you would generally apply it to are ones that you do not want to be accidentally altered in any way. Another word for write protection is ‘Read Only‘. This means that the document being viewed can only be read, not edited. You can tell that a document is read only if you try to edit it and get absolutely nowhere. In fact, most word processors indicate that the file is read only at the top of the open document where the file name is displayed. For example, if you open a write protected, or read only, document in Microsoft Word called ‘business.doc’, you would see at the top of the document window “business.doc (read only)”.

The reasons why people use write protection varies. There is even an option to password protect the write protection (read only) option so that no one can edit the document to suit their needs. Sometimes write protection is employed when a document is confidential or of high importance and must not be altered in any way, which could result in the tone of the document being changed and thus the wrong is passed on. This could result in serious repercussions for all involved. Write protection is also used on diskettes when someone does not want files to be added or deleted. This is accomplished by flipping the write protect switch located at the base of the diskette into the lock position. In any instance, using write protect, or read only, will help to save you hours of work and give you peace of mind. Just remember to password protect any document you wish to remain read only so that no one else can alter it.

How To Clean A Keyboard And Mouse

A clean keyboard and mouse can be the difference between good and bad health. Some people may laugh at that statement, but if you sit down and really consider it it is no joke. There are persons whose keyboard keys are a totally different colour from what it used to be because of dirt buildup. These are the same people who, without washing their hands, begin to eat something using their hands! Some even lick their fingers when the food really sweets them! The bad thing about it is that their fingers are dirty, so some get sick and are never able to figure out why.

It is important to maintain a clean keyboard and mouse. It is also quite simple to do so. For the mouse, all you need is a damp soft piece of cloth with a little soap. Gently rub around the top of the mouse with the cloth and then use another piece of cloth that has been dipped into fresh water (and properly squeezed out) to remove any excess soap. For the keyboard, the procedure is the same except that you would be rubbing the cloth over and between the keys. Be careful not to make the cloth too damp as water will get between the keys and cause a possible shorting out of the keyboard. These simple tips will help to keep you and your family healthy for a long time to come.

Disclaimer: The information provided is meant to be as a helpful guide. Any advice taken will be at your own risk and any damages that may arise as a result of following these tips cannot be blamed on me as you have a choice of whether or not to be guided by my tips. I cannot be held liable for any misfortune you may suffer while putting into place any of my suggestions.

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