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Last updated October 10, 2006
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One Monitor with Two Computers

Question: Can I hook up one LCD Monitor between (two computers) an Apple PowerBook G3 computer with an analog graphic board which will support a second monitor, and a Apple PowerBook G4 computer which has graphic support to run a second digital monitor?

Answer: Provided that the LCD Monitor have the proper inputs, you can. On the back of the LCD Monitor many manufactures included in their design, two inputs: one analog and one digital input are common. One computer can hook up to the one analog connection, and the second computer would connect to the digital. On the front of the LCD Monitor, there are a set of buttons. One of those buttons will allow the user to switch between analog and digital sources - in this case two computers.

If only one computer is turned on, the monitor will automatically switch to either digital or analog depending on the computers graphics board, and the connection on the back of the monitor to the computer used.

If both computers are to be used at the same time, I would suggest starting the analog connected computer first, and than the digital second. If both computers are up and running and the analog or digital computer goes to sleep at anytime, while using the LCD monitor. The monitors auto detection function will switch to the computer still running. Corrections can be made by waking up the computer from the sleep mode. Than use the button on the front of monitor to switch back to the analog or digital connection.

Conclusion: Both computers can be on, however the Monitor will only allow for one input to function at one time. The analog and digital button may be used to switch back and forth between the two computers before the monitor can be used with one of the on computers.

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Good Camera - Ram Gone Bad

 The camera came with a 16 MB smart media card and I was soon to upgrade to a 64 size card for the added memory and the convince of not having to switch out memory cards during a shoot. Since I had upgrade to the larger memory I have not used the older card. As a note todays camera memory is as in expensive and buying a 64MB Smart Media card is going to be hard. Now for the same price I had paid a few years back you get double the memory capacity. There is 128 MB, 256 MB and even a 1GB Smart Media memory card available for use with my camera.

New

When the camera was first purchased it shoot pictures with no problem. I used the camera everywhere, and that meant inside and outside. We used the camera in the summer and in extreme cold in the winter. The camera had no problem shooting in these extreme conditions. However maybe good things do not last for ever. I recently went back to the place that I bought the camera and was at that time suspecting not the camera as much as the memory card itself. All the sales person said to me was did you buy the extra warranty and I could not remember.

Trusted Camera Manual

I went back home and pulled out the trusted camera manual. (If you have misplaced it and have access to the internet, many manufactures have manuals online in pdf form. My manual mentioned a combination of flashing lights on the camera pointed to memory error. There was no mention of having to clean your memory card. However when I first bought the camera I bought a reader with it. These days I use the supplied wire between camera and computer to download. I find that every time you pull out a memory card you have the potential of breaking that expensive card. But even with that said, when the camera is being used in the environment there is dirt floating around in the air some we do not even see.

Cameras are not Air Tight

Cameras are not built air tight and dirt does make its' way between cameras reader and the memory card in the camera. It is a good idea to clean the connection or gold part of the card if your experiencing camera difficulties or freezes. Do not do this unless you have experience unusual behaviors with your camera. The memory media is an expensive and sensitive piece of equipment. Another thing to remember is to download information from the camera to computer often., especially before cleaning the card.

Memory Problems Can Occur

Cards are easy to clean but problem can occur when removed from the protection of the camera so it is important to download often to your computer. I found that after cleaning the memory card that camera would suggest reformatting the card. If this happens remove the card again and with a soft cloth or even a cotton ball lightly clean off the gold parts or contacts of the memory card. You can try doing this a few times before giving in to reformatting the card as suggested by the camera.

Before Uses

When installing memory card it is a very good idea to use the reformat function rather than the erase all content of the memory card. Many cameras on the market will format the memory card to their requirements. Those cards are used in many cameras other than the one you are using.

Points To Remember

1. If you experience unusual behavior with your camera try this first before bring in for service.

2. Read the cameras trouble shooters section to see if the camera has a self diagnose program that can help you out.

3. Before removing camera memory remove content to your computer if you can.

4. Switch camera off. Remove memory card from camera.

5. Do not use any liquids with your cleaning process. Do not touch the gold or connection parts of the memory card. Holding card from its edges will help with not adding static to this card.

6. Use a soft lint free cloth or cotton ball. When cleaning use next to no pressure so that the etched gold plating is not damaged.. After cleaning the memory card check for any lint or debris that might have been left behind. Canned air is a good way to clean lint from the card.

7. Return memory card back to the protective compartment of the camera.

8. Switch camera back on and take a picture. If you experience the same problem try and clean the card again by following the same steps above.

Problem Is Still There

If the problem is still there, it might be something. Read your owners manual, contact the web site of the manufacture. If no solution is in sight than take it to a certified camera service center.

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Adding Music To your web pages

If you have been thinking about adding music to your web site pages, this article will guide you by showing you how to do it.

Basically there are two ways a music file can be used on a page. The first is as a hypertext link that can be clicked on and than plays. The second is as an embedded file such as background music which plays automatically when the page is loaded. Embedded files are loaded along with the rest of the page, so the sound file is downloaded to the user's computer whether or not the user chooses to do so. This is not a preferred way as some users will avoid going to that page. Music files can slow down downloading of the page. For a slow computer the user may not want to take the time to wait and may go on to another web site. If you choose this offer your view a choice or warning from the home page that there will be music played when they enter into a linked page. A good practice is not to use music on your home page. If you have an audience which expects music than use it sparklingly on the home page.

The following HTML code adds MIDI to your site. If you use a Web page editor such as Front Page or Macromedia you may not deal directly with HTML code. However, I strongly urge you to learn the basics of it, since you can exert much more control over your pages this way. Make sure that the music MIDI file is uploaded to the same directory where you keep your Web pages.

Use this code: <A HREF="filename.mid">. Add your midi, wav or mp3 file in place of filename.

When playing music in the background use this code: <EMBED SRC="filename.mid" WIDTH="142" HEIGHT="58" AUTOSTART="TRUE" REPEAT="TRUE">

This is what the code means for playing music in the background
EMBED SRC="filename.mid" is the specifies MIDI file. WIDTH and HEIGHT are the size of the control panel that appears on the page. Useing the values 142 and 58, or you can experiment with making the player larger or smaller. To make a small player panel look better, add the code CONTROLS=SMALLCONSOLE before the WIDTH and HEIGHT values. For small consoles, consider using WIDTH="144" HEIGHT="25".

You can hide the player by setting WIDTH="0" HEIGHT="2" This way, the music plays in the background but the viewer of the page cannot stop or restart it.

AUTOSTART="TRUE" this is the default setting, which makes playback to begin automatically whenthe page is opened. If you set AUTOSTART="FALSE" playback will start only when the play button in the player panel is pressed.

REPEAT="TRUE" causes playback to loop until the stop button is pressed. If you set REPEAT="FALSE" or leave this code off entirely, the song will stop after it has played back once.

These codes will work on both Netscape and Internet Explorer browsers. Internet Explorer also can use the tag called "background sound" . For example, you can use <BGSOUND="surfing.mid"> to play the file in the background without displaying a play panel. Do not however, use this tag with Netscape. Since many internet surfers use both web browsers it is strongly recommended to use the EMBED=SRC method since it works with both. Do not use both EMBED and BGSOUND tags together. This will cause some versions of Explorer to play the file twice at the same time not good. 

When using FrontPage editor you have to add this code manually, because entering a file name in the "background sound" dialogue box will use the Explorer-only code. Other wise the user may be propted that a plug-in is needed. In this case I recommend using Crescendo or Beatnik. Netscape really doesn't need a plug-in, but you can use either of these).

Once the music file has been uploaded to the server along with your web site. The file needs to be test to hear if the music plays correctly. If you have a problem, the browser displays text instead of playing music, your server may not be configured properly.

If this is the case you will have to ask your administrator to check for the following settings.

Server settings

MIME type = audio/midi or audio/x-midi
action = binary
suffix = .mid
type = midi

 

Music sample - go here

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Can I Upgrade My Notebook / Laptop Hard Drive?

Manyt notebook/laptop computers use a 2.5 inch hard drives. However  there are two different types of 2.5 inch hard drives a Slim and a Regular. The Slim, is also known as the low profile, which has a physical dimension of about 11 millimeters in height. This hard drive is found in newer laptops built after 1996. The Regular version, is also known as the high profile, and are about 18 millimeters in their height. This type of hard drive is normally found in older notebooks. To find out the type of hard drive your laptop/notebook uses, consult the manual that came with the notebook. If this information cannot be found in the manual, you may determine the type of hard drive simply by removing the existing hard drive in your notebook and measure the height of the drive (not including the supporting brackets). In most cases, the slim drive will also work on notebooks using regular hard drives.

Some hard drives do not come supplied with holding bracket . When removing the older hard drive from your computer save the bracket and use to install on the new drive. It is better to have this installation done by a professional installer. With some older system the BIOS will not support larger hard drives.

Size

All notebook hard drives have the same length, width, & pin interface.  The physical height of notebook hard drives vary by manufacturer, capacity and date of production. The heights of notebook drives range from 8.5mm to 19mm. Many notebook/laptop computers that were manufactured in the last 6 years will accept a hard drives of  12.5mm or less. Many manufacturers of very thin notebook computers can only use the 9.5mm notebook hard drives. The 9.5mm drives are typically used in notebook computers manufactured in the past 2 years.

If your notebook currently has a 12.5mm drive or larger, it will work fine with either a 9.5mm or 12.5mm hard drive.  If your notebook currently has a 9.5mm drive, it will only work with a 9.5mm.

Screw Hole Alignment

Notebook hard drive manufacturers changed the location of the screw holes on drives around 1997 with the release of some 2.1GB hard drives.  The newer drives have screws on the outside of the drive like this:

If your notebook computer currently has hard drive of 2.1GB or smaller, this issue may affect you.   If your notebook currently has a hard drive of 3GB or larger, the mounting screw holes should be the newer pattern & this issue does not affect you.

If your current hard drive has the old screw-hole pattern, you may need to replace your hard drive caddy, drill holes in your existing caddy, or use double-stick tape to hold a newer drive in place (the double-stick tape should work fine if the drive interfaces with a flexible cable).

BIOS Limitations

An important issue when upgrading your notebook computer is whether your current BIOS will support the larger hard drive. Often notebook manufacturers have programmed BIOSs with a limitation of 8.5GB.  So that if you install a 20GB hard drive, the system will only recognize the drive as 8.5GB.

If your current notebook hard drive is 8GB or smaller, you may have a BIOS limitation.  If your system has a drive larger than 8GB, then your BIOS should be able to recognize drives up to 40GB.

There are 2 solutions to this problem.  You can obtain an upgraded BIOS from the notebook manufacturer & "flash" your BIOS. You can try going to the manufacturer's website and downloading the latest BIOS upgrade if available & install it on your system.

If an upgrade BIOS is not available, you can use special "drive overlay software" to override the BIOS limitation. Some suggestions are EZ Drive, available at: http://www.storagesoft.com    EZ Drive should work with any notebook system to get around a BIOS limitation.  An alternative is to download Disk Manager 2000 from IBM at:  http://www.storage.ibm.com/hdd/support/download.htm#diskmgr2k
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Suggested US Price Range
 5GB  Hard Drive  $225  $260
 10GB  Hard Drive  $240  $275
 20GB  Hard Drive  $270  $305
 30GB  Hard Drive  $335  $370
 40GB  Hard Drive  $445  $480

 
 Chech your owners manual or the computer shop in which you bought your computer from. 

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