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How to stop your fanless AUP J190 computer freezing under Windows 10
This computer has a couple of bugs that may be bios-related. The sound output plug on the rear does not work and requires a USB sound adapter to be fitted.
Worse, the computer freezes when power off, restart is selected, or the mouse is not moved for 5-6 minutes. The power button needs to be held for 5-6 seconds to force a hard reset.
The problem is due to the USB Selective Suspend function. It can be accessed in Power & Sleep Settings/Additional Power settings/Change plan settings/Change Advanced Settings/USB. The computer will freeze if you try and Disable USB Selective Suspend setting.
The only cure, after months of searching, is to edit the Registry using regedit. The article is here on how to do that.
F&P dish drawer - Can I fit a DD601V2 controller to an original DD601?
Well I tried this and the answer is no. The original DD601 main controller board is part number 525189, coloured orange. The DD601V2 had some changes due the the original DD601 dish drawers failing when a teaspoon jammed the main rotor. The V2 model has the addition of a hall sensor which detects magnetically if the main rotor is rotating and throws up an F2 error if not. The controller has a connector for the hall sensor which of course is not there. After a short run the F2 error shows (hall sensor fault) and that's that. I did manage to obtain a DD601 controller (new number 525189RP) from Axial in NZ. The second one they sent me actually worked. F&P just said it was unobtainable and obsolete.
How to Fix your Acer Inspire One with a black screen or will not connect to wireless internet
This is how to fix your Acer Inspire One ZG5 Netbook when it refuses to starts up, has a black screen and only the power light is showing. (Black screen of death).
What has happened is the BIOS startup has been corrupted and the Acer manual will not tell you how to fix it. You can, of course, send it to Acer, they will charge you money and say they fixed it. Actually, it happens often and you will probably have it happen again in a few months.
You can go to this site that explains it all, and fix it yourself. You will need to know how to format a USB memory stick with FAT format, rename downloaded files and boot from a USB port.
Acer service at NZ phone 0800 223 769 will no doubt help you for a fee.
Another problem with the Acer ZG5, the wireless modem driver has not been updated by Acer and it may not connect to some newer modems on Win XP. It shows good wireless connection, but the browser cannot connect to the Internet. What you need is this updated driver Wireless LAN_Atheros_184.108.40.2066_XPx86_A.zip I found it here.
How to reduce the size of Digital Pictures
Here is how to reduce the large pictures your camera takes, to a reasonable size for emailing or putting on your blog. A lot of people still use dial-up for Internet, and receiving megabyte size pictures does not make them very happy when an email takes more than a half hour!
This method works on Windows PC computers, and uses MS Paint.
1. Put Paint on your Desktop
Paint is such a handy program, you should put an icon on your desktop as follows:
2. Load the Camera Photo
You will have already downloaded your camera, probably into 'My Pictures', that's where mine go.
Bring up Windows Explorer, look into My Documents, My Pictures, or wherever your photos are stored.
See that little box with the 6 dots, click your mouse on that and you can
view Thumbnails (small images of your pictures) or Details (you can see the size of the picture). Both are handy.
Here's what you do.
4. Reduce the Size
Now it has a new file name, and you are not going to destroy your original, reduce the size.
5. Organise your Photos
If you don't know how to file away all your pictures into folders with proper names like 'Holiday November 06' get some assistance from your friendly computer Guru who will show you how to create folders, copy and move your files using Windows Explorer. Otherwise, you will soon have 5000 pictures in My Pictures and life will get very tedious. As my friend said recently - ' I took some great pictures of your car and I downloaded them into my computer and now I can't find them anywhere'. Gee, great!
6. How to Crop the Image
Rather than just shrinking the original, you might like to crop the image and cut out that rubbish bin beside Grandma. I must say, Photoshop's Crop Tool does this better than MS Paint.
I hope this has helped :-) Here's four books that look pretty good.
How to Print and Email PDF files
While you can do this by buying Adobe Acrobat, you can also do it by installing PDFCreator, an opensource program with free download from www.pdfforge.org.
It installs as a printer, so just select it as the desired printer when you print your document. The file is saved for you to email. This is a great cure for users of MS Access which has no easy way to create a file to email.