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GENERAL questions about asking questions

After several years of PC issues and questions I'm attempting to get some answers to various things.

My questions range from why only one of my speakers produces sound 99% of the time to items repeatedly appearing in my start-up menu even though I instruct Windows to not load them to my anti-virus program to Win Update issues.

That said, is it proper protocol to ask each question on CNET Forums in a separate thread and, if so, where? i.e. Do I ask a speaker question in Win XP forum or somewhere else? Or should I ask the question elsewhere - i.e. Dell or Microsoft forum?

I'm so confused I don't even know where to go for help.... And I used to think I was semi computer smart!

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The "words in red"

When you post, "the words in red" ask you to supply the details and "what details."

As to the forum, speaker issues could be hardware or the file playing has only one channel or "mono." So either you replace the speakers or look at some REAL TIME EQUALIZER (not all software or machines have that ) to diagnose if the machine thinks it is outputting to left and right or see if it's just a left channel only audio file. If it's a failing cable, speaker or such then you replace it.

As to the start up menu. MSCONFIG might have been used but I don't see the "details" which is important to answer why it may come back.

About Windows Update issues. This area is FAR FROM PERFECT. I've seen people part with too much money when this could have either been ignored while Microsoft works on it.

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I would ask each question one at a time

I see from your profile that you have been a member here for some years, and have posted a number of times in these forums, so you probably know already how to post, but just need the confidence with what information you need to give.

I would just 'dive in' and ask. But I would keep each discussion, (thread), to one question, unless the problems are related. That might be difficult for you to decide, as asking one question may lead onto other problems/difficulties.

The most important thing is to give us information. We're not there with you sitting in front of your computer, so we can only see what you post. That is why the note in red font above each post window is so important, ie;

<b style="font-weight:normal; color:red">Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.</b>

Without that, we waste time asking for details of the computer, the history of the problem, symptoms, and so on. So, even though you raise different discussions, that basic information is needed each time. Not everyone will read the one post where you gave this information and assumed that is sufficient for all other discussions.

You may want to start with Grif's excellent thread A few tips for computer newbies. Although you are not a newbie, you may still find useful advice about how to keep a system working well.

Good luck.


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