Friday, November 28, 2008

In the task bar a balloon with "MTP device has been found" is coming. How to stop this?

Start --> Right Click
Select Properties --> Select Properties
Select Taskbar --> Click Customise box
Click "Show hardware devices" (Some times you may see 'No title'. Select that)
Select "hide when inactive" (on the right)
Change it to "always hide"

This will allow you to use 'Add New Hardware' in Control Panel.

"always hide." This will allow you to use add new hardware, you can then delete the devices

To know what is a MTP device? click here.

Click here to know what is MTP?

My taskbar says a "MTP device has been found". What is this?

Devices like Mobile Phones & Portable Audio/video Players (with USB connectivity) are called MTP devices.

Did you connect 'Mobile Phone' or any 'Portable Audio/Video Player" in your USB Port?
If yes, you will get this balloon in Windows Task Bar.

Upgrade Windows Media Player to ver 10 or higher to stop this 'task bar balloon' and install MTP (Media Transfer Protocol). Click here to know what is MTP

What is PTP?

PTP or Picture Transfer Protocol is used in windows based systems to download pictures from digital cameras. Particularly useful when handling media objects larger than 4GB and streaming videos.

Both Microsoft and Mac have PTP as inbuilt. Linux & open source has many supporting libraries.

What is MTP?

MTP is the short form of Media Transfer Protocol.
This protocol is required to download audio files  from digital audio players and movie files from portable media players like mobile phones.

By Installing Windows Media Player 10 or above you can enable MTP in your PC.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

How to save 'Chat history' in Google Talk?

  • Log in to GMail
  • Click settings (in the top)
  • Click Chat
  • Select 'Save Chat History'
  • Log in to GMail
  • Click Chats (in the left panel below 'Inbox' and 'Starred')
  • Click settings (in the right panel)
  • Click Chat
  • Select 'Save Chat History'

How to be 'invisible' when I am online in GMail? I don't want others to see me, when I log in.

Log in to GMail
Under Chat(in the left panel) select your name
Click the drop down list box against your name
Click invisible

That's it! You are invisible. You can see others, but others can't see you online.

Google Talk is recording all my chat details. How to stop this?

Log in to Google Talk
Select the name of the person (with whom you want to chat)
A separate chat box will be opened for you & your friend.
Click drop down list box (on the top left)
Click go off the record

This will prevent the 'Chat history' being stored (with this particular friend)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How to type bold text in Google Talk?

For Bold text in Google Talk
Start and end the text with *
Ex : *Hello*

For Italic text in Google Talk
Start and end the text with _
Ex : _Hello_

To increase or decrease font size in Google Talk
Hold ctrl key and use mouse scroll key.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

How to backup registry?

Windows Vista
  • Click the Start --> All Programs > Accessories > Run.
  • In the Run dialog box, type 'regedit'
  • Click OK.
  • In the User Account Control window, click Continue.
  • On the File menu, click Export.
  • In the File name box, type a file name (sample.reg)
  • select a location where you want to save the Registry Entries.
  • Click Save.

Windows XP
  • Click Start, click Run, type %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe, and then click OK.
  • On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Create a restore point, and then click Next .
  • On the Create a Restore Point page, type a name for the restore point and then click Create
  • After the restore point has been created, click Close.
Note If System Restore is turned off, an instruction will appear 'whether to turn on System Restore now'. Click Yes. Then, in the System Properties dialog box, click to clear the Turn off System Restore check box, click OK, and then repeat this step.

How to Remove Norton Anti Virus from my PC completely? I tried many times. But unable to remove it.

It's not so easy to remove Norton by using the Windows utility. You need to carefully remove from Registry also. It's little tricky and long process. Please do the cleaning with care.

First Step
  • Remove Norton using Windows utility
  • Start --> Control Panel --> Add/Remove Programs.
  • Select Norton application
  • Click Change --> Remove All.
  • You will be asked to restart your PC. Without fail Restart
Second Step
  • Start --> My Computer --> Program Files.
  • Right click on each Symantec folder
  • Select Delete.
  • Go to the Common Files folder at or near the top of the Program Files window.
  • Delete every Symantec folders.
  • Again restart your PC.
Third Step
  • Go to Start --> Search --> All Files and Folders --> More Advanced Options.
  • Check each option except for "Case sensitive"
  • Type 'Norton' and Search
  • Delete each Norton folder from the search results (Again, right click, choose "Delete").
  • For the third time, restart your PC.
Fourth Step
  • Go to Start --> Search --> All Files and Folders --> More Advanced Options.
  • Check each option except for "Case sensitive"
  • Type 'Symantec' and Search
  • Delete each Norton folder from the search results (Again, right click, choose "Delete").
  • For the third time, restart your PC.
Fifth Step
The is very very tricky. Do it with care :
  • Start --> Run
  • Type in "regedit"
  • Go to the top of the Regedit window.
  • Click (+) next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
  • Go down the thread until you see Software.
  • Click on Software
  • Scroll down the thread until you see Symantec.
  • Right click on Symantec and choose "Delete".
  • From there go down to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Go down the thread until you see Software.
  • Click on Software
  • Scroll down the thread until you see Symantec.
  • Right click on Symantec and choose "Delete".
  • Restart your PC.
Sixth Step
  • Start --> Run
  • Type in "regedit"
  • Go to the top of the Regedit window.
  • Click (+) next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Click (+) next to Software
  • Click (+) next to Microsoft, Click (+) next to Windows
  • Click (+) next to CurrentVersion.
  • Select the Run folder
  • Right-click and delete each Symantec entry you see (if present).
  • Restart your PC.
I believe these steps can clean your system without Norton Antivirus programs

How to remove a friend from Facebook?

One of the most asked questions in on-line communities or social networking communities like facebook, orkut, myspace, Hi5, etc.

To remove a friend the friend's list of your facebook.
  • Log in to Myspace
  • Go to top right
  • Click friends
  • Select the name you want to remove
  • Reach the left bottom
  • Click Remove from friends

How to change Gmail Themes?

'Changing themes' is the latest and very much expected from Gmail.

To change Gmail Themes
  • Log in to Gmail
  • Click Settings (at the top right)
  • Click Themes (at the extreme right of Settings Tab)
  • Select the Theme you want
  • Click Change in the bottom (of Theme Tab)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

All video files are playing very dark. How to play it normally?

If you are using Windows Media Player
  • Select Preferences
  • Disable Overlay
If you are using VLC Media Player

  • Select Settings
  • Select Preferences
  • Select Video
  • Disable Overlay Video output

Friday, November 14, 2008

Selva, I cannot click and open drives in my computer. It asks for the programe to open this! . Help me!

Click the above link.
Download w32-Rajump-Removal-Tool
Install the software & run

This may help you.

Note : Switch off "System restore option", before install and run

How to start the system using "System Restore to Restore" in Windows XP?

If Windows does not start, 
  • Press restart  button
  • Then press the F8 key when Windows begins to start.
    Windows Advanced Options menu will appear.
  • Use the ARROW keys to select Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked), 
  • Press ENTER.
  • If a boot menu appears, use the ARROW keys to select Microsoft Windows XP, and then press ENTER.

How to turn off or turn on Windows XP System Restore

1. Click Start.
2. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
3. Click the System Restore tab.
4. Clear the "Turn off System Restore" or "Turn off System Restore on all drives" check box.
5. Click Apply, and then click OK.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How to stop my XP folders opening in new windows?

Tools -> Folder Options ->General(Tab) -> Open each folder in the same window ->Apply

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Suggest me some short cut keys for Windows

Shortcut Keys  Description
Windows Key + D  Minimizes all windows and returns the user to the desktop.
Windows Key + M Minimizes all windows.
Windows Key + SHIFT + M Undo the minimize.
Windows Key + E Open Microsoft Explorer.
Windows Key + Tab Cycle through open programs through the taskbar.
Windows Key + F Display the Windows Search / Find feature.
Windows Key + CTRL + F  Display the search for computers window.
Windows Key + F1 Display the Microsoft Windows help.
Windows Key + R Open the run window.
Windows Key + Pause / Break key  Open the system properties window.
Windows Key + U Open Utility Manager.
Windows Key + L Lock the computer (Windows XP and above only).

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Where can I get free online storage?

There are thousands of popular free online storage spaces available. Some websites even offer 50GB of storage spaces for free. - 50 GB - 5 GB - 10 GB ( I am using this for more than 2 years) - 1 GB ( This is also a social network site) - (Most popular)

In these websites, you can store photos, videos, mp3 and documents. Almost accepts any file.

Store - Share - Relax!

Monday, November 3, 2008

I couldn't zoom web pages in Internet Explorer using ctrl ++ and ctrl --, Why?

Because Ctrl ++ and Ctrl -- are short cut keys of Firefox. Using which you can zoom in or zoom out a web page only if your browser is Firefox.

OK, How to zoom web pages in Internet Explorer?
You have 5 options
View -> Text size -> smallest
View -> Text size -> smaller
View -> Text size -> medium
View -> Text size -> largest
View -> Text size -> larger
Select either one to zoom in or zoom out. Is it enough Mr. Cool?

How to Install new fonts?

Control Panel
Fonts -> File ->Install new font -> (select) drive -> (select) folder -> OK

Note :
(select) drive : You should select the drive, in which you have the fonts
(select) folder : You should select the folder, in which you have the fonts

That's all. It's simeple! Now you can use the new fonts.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Tell me how to zoom a web page in Firefox? Is there any way to increase the font size of a website?

Zoom is the right word I can use.
A web page can be zoomed very easily in Firefox.

Press Ctrl ++ to zoom in

Press Ctrl -- to zoom out

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Suggest me a software for 'Screen Recording'

What is a 'Screen Recording' Software?
Generally these Screen Recording softwares
  • Helps us to prepare 'Tutorials'.
  • It captures everything from your monitor.
  • It can be an image, animation, flash file or text.
  • Whatever happens in your monitor, including your mouse movement, is captured and saved as an .avi

There are many freewares available for 'Screen Recording'.
CAM STUDIO - Open Source : This is my favourite
Freez Screen Video Capture : This is also reasonably good
Auto Screen Recorder 3 : This one is also equally good.

With all these softwares, you can either record the full screen or just part of the screen.

Use - Capture - Present - Enjoy!