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fr 29 Dec
2017

S-VHS and USB video captureWe recently transferred a twenty year old S-VHSPC Tips tape to DVD using a nine quid USB capture adaptor from eBay and then made three copies of the DVD.  At nine pounds we didn't really expect the hardware and software to work, it did but it took some three days of fiddling about.  This video very much helped with the copying.

fr 8 Dec
2017

PC TipsWe upgraded one of the four hard discs in a Netgear NAS (Network Attached Storage) from 1Tbyte to 2.  The NAS did recreate the data on the new disc from the original three but it took nearly two days.

we 22 Nov
2017
St Cecilia's Day patron saint of musicians

PC TipsIt seems that Microscoft have been pratting about with the photo viewer in the latest Win10 upgrade.  The slideshow icon has disappeared but user key f5 will do it; and there's now a different response to the magnifying glass zoom so useful to know that Ctrl + mouse wheel will zoom a pic.

sa 4 Nov
2017

PC TipsWith our admittedly elderly iPhone 5s we've found that turning Bluetooth off reduces battery drain.  After a recent ios version 11 upgrade we found Bluetooth was on again, so we turned it off ... again.

su 22 Oct
2017

PC TipsPaper pickup roller on HP laser printerOur HP laser printer stopped picking up paper from the horizontal paper tray.  We cleaned the pickup roller with a micro-fibre cloth, no difference.  Oh poo, gonna have to buy a new printer.  An online H-P maintenance page said to clean the roller with water ... that did it!

th 28 Sep
2017

PC TipsIt's taken three attempts for BT to actually dispatch a router/hub, hopefully it will arrive today.  Worth tracking online and complaining sooner rather than later, we complain via the online chat.

th 14 Sep
2017

PC TipsAcronis softwareWhen upgrading a hard or solid state disc Acronis is really useful for cloning the old disc to new and these days the software doesn't have to ... more here

fr 25 Aug
2017

pc tips/the Internet has spawned a social media page.

th 24 Aug
2017

PC TipsIt worried us for quite a while that the Windows 10 accent system colour kept changing all by itself on a desktop.  It was happening because we'd set the background to slide show and when the graphic ... more here

th 27 Jul
2017

FreeviewAlthough there's no mention of it on their websitePC Tips Freeviews's channel on Freeview (100) says Wednesday the children's, news, text and streamed channels are moving.  If like us you ... more here

we 19 Jul
2017

PC TipsEmbarrassing how long it took us to work this one out <blush>. SpamFighter SPAMFighter's Block/Unblock/Empty Spam Folder buttons suddenly greyed out so they couldn't be used.  Uninstalled- ... more here

tu 27 Jun
2017

Firefox a free web browserWe have a couple of laptops here still running Windows XP.  We've given up trying to persuade no longer updatedPC Tips browsers Explore and Chrome and email client Outlook Express to run and replaced them with the still maintained and free Firefox and Thunderbird respectively.

su 4 Jun
2017

PC Tipsrecycled tip from May 2007Here's a bit of good clean fun.  Whilst holding down the Windows key press and release R.  This will pop up the Run window.  (The Windows key is usually second left ... more here

th 11 May
2017

PC TipsShould have ignored our own advice, connected two different (admittedly by the standards of flat screen elderly) tvs as a second monitor on a desktop, some the of the screen lost at top and bottom and an image sufficiently soft that though it didn't matter much with graphic it made reading text very hard going.

mo 24 Apr
2017

PC TipsIn the last 18 months we've had three monitors and two tvs fail.  When the third monitor failed it occurred to us that one of the failed tvs had an hdmi input and still gave a picture with the internal dvd player if not Freeview... just saying.

su 2 Apr
2017
recycled tip

A euro keyPC TipsIf like us you've got a euro sign on the $4 key but don't know how to get at it the trick is theThe angry dog key angry dog key (Alt Grrrr) immediately to the right of the spacebar; whilst holding down Alt Gr press and release 4 ... € see, it works!

th 9 Mar
2017

recycled tip

PC TipsGoogle pops up what you're looking for, you click the hyperlink and a vast sprawling page of text appears, rather than endless scrolling to find what brought youGoogle Chrome find box there go Ctrl + F (F for Find) and your browser will open up something like Google Chrome's find box on the right or Internet Explorer's box.  Your entered text will be highlighted and you can click through the occurrences on the page.  Ctrl + F works with Word, Excel and loads of other apps too.

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