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  1. hello

    I haven't come up with recent tech developments and I missed all the conversation about SP3

    I am currently on XP Pro SP2 (32bit), is there a real reason to install SP3? will this cause any problems?

    anything else I need to know before proceeding?


  2. hello

    I changed the usb slot I usualy connect my printer to my laptop

    now it doesn't seem to communicate at all

    what is the problem? why changing usb slot caused this? how can I fix it?

    there is some kind of port configuration in printer properties, but how should I know LTP1,2,3 and COM1,2,3 which to choose?

    or there is something I miss?



    PS: this problem has occured again and I had to reinstall the printer to fix it

  3. hello

    sometimes the position of desktop icons is altered, especially after crash-and-restart (can't remember other situations, but it seems to happen commonly)

    this can be annoying, since the topography of my desktop icons is essential, because I place specific icons in specific order and position in the desktop to organize them, to remind me tasks to do, etc

    is there any technique to fasten the desktop icons to their positions?

    a winxp trick or a desktop replacement? (although I would prefer the first way)


  4. hello

    my internet connection behaves strangely lately, eg seems to block specific sites, being slow, disconnect frequently, etc

    although it my be my ISP problem, I would like to make sure my pc is free from ANY type of malware, viruses, hijackers, spyware, worms, etc

    what should I do? which is the range of programs to use in order to detect any possible threat?

    the last time I was occupied with this matter, there were a couple of programs, each for specific malware, so no single application could detect all threats


  5. hello

    after my laptop gets over-heated and it closes itself, I get this in my desktop:


    in my desktop settings I have nothing that enables 'active desktop'


    is there any way to prevent this from appearing after I start XP? apart from the apparent not to shut down abnormaly, since my laptop gets over-heated and it closes itself many times

    it is annoying having to click this each time


  6. hello

    I was using a software (mirc) and this software reads a txt file (script.ini) to perform some actions, it does NOT write on this file anything

    but when the power of the laptop stopped, and I had to reboot, this file was corrupted (it contained NULL characters when opened with notepad)

    1. is there a way to restore it?

    2. why this happened? I mean, since there was no write activity at this file at all, why just reading the file got the file corrupted? is it winxp or hard disk's fault?

    3. how can I prevent such failures in the future?


  7. hello

    I scan at TIF 600dpi greyscale in my scanner

    as you can see in this screenshot, the scanner somehow produces images with some marks around the characters, I don't know if glossy paper is responsible for this (the marks look like reflections) or the scanner or something else

    this is the crop of a scanned page:


    this is the same crop but with lowered brightness and contrast in photoshop that makes those marks much more visible:


    the marks around the characters cause problems to the OCR program and this reports some characters as 'uncertain characters' or recognizes them erroneously

    do you know what causes this and if there is a way to fix it


  8. is there an automated tool that fix this WAIK necessity? an exe to run it and be ok?

    it's not me being lazy, it's because there are files needed, folders, etc that I cannot catch up

    an autoit/autohotkey script would be marvelous to have and fix at once the WAIK problem

  9. That'd depend on the bulb in the scanner itself. All scanners are not made equal, so contacting the scanner vendor (or seeing if they label this on the specs page of the model on their web site) is your best course of action.

    I could guess though - enough to do the job? ;) Sorry, had to do it.

    unfortunately I can't find such information in the scanner specs and menufacturer doesn't provide such information

    I would suppose a general information webiste about how scanners work would give such info

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