Hi - you are right regarding these forums. even for computer freaks like myself who just love to spend hours on solving problems, before asking for help. It is the best of many that I have visited. And I am very very fond of Labradors - the kindest and friendliest of the species. Best of luck. Amos
to Kees, Ramusson, R. Proffitt, jkp and Bob B. for sharing your knowledge with me regarding the four issues I posted on this website. I have not yet had a chance to implement any of your suggestions but will do so when I have a good block of time to devote to this matter. It seems that whenever I attempt problem solving on this system my mind goes wild and I get sucked into many different areas while trying to find answers. I wish I would have discovered this site months ago when I first started using this computer - I'm sure all of you would have saved me much time and frustration, as I've encountered many problems and have resolved them on my own after many hours of playing the trial & error game. I'm quite sure you will hear from me again when I once again enter my problem solving mode.
I'd like to share some additional information with all of you regarding the system I am using in hopes that you may have some additional suggestions for me before I attempt any of the solutions you've already suggested. I acquired the hard drive I am using from my husband's employer. It does run the Windows 98 Second Edition and I believe that it was set up to be used on a networking system for their restoration services business, as there was a Network Neighborhood icon on my desktop when I first started using the system. The gentleman that "tweeked" the hard drive before giving it to me said that he did not know how to remove it and that it was not an issue. I just ignored it for the longest time until I started having problems starting the system after shutdown. It got to a point where the system would hang every time after entering my password, not sure if it was the windows or network password. I solved that problem by bypassing the request for this password, and believe at the same time the Network Neighborhood icon disappeared from my desktop. I feel that the fact that this system was once used as part of a network may be the reason for some of the problems I am encountering.
I am not a computer expert by any means, however, I don't feel that I am completely computer illiterate either - have discovered that if I think long and hard enough about the problems I encounter, and then apply common sense, that I eventually find the answers I am looking for. I feel very confident that with the assistance of the knowledge all of you are willing to share, that I will eventually be able to get this system operating as it should. The problem that is the most annoying at the present time is the lack of any sound, therefore, that will most likely be the problem I attempt to resolve first.
After reading the additional information I have provided, if any of you have any thoughts regarding my overall problems, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Thank you very, very, very much in advance!
(alias "MyCodieOdie", my yellow labrador retriever)