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by caveney / August 3, 2004 5:53 AM PDT

I am having problems with two computers on our home network.

The first one is an internet issue, I think, when my daughter logs onto the internet the hour glass next to the cursor does not go away and her background blinks on and off. You have to click when it is "on" or it does not work. She has a newer gateway, running win XP.

The other computer (other daughter) for some reason I cannot install the printer information for her to share our printer on the main computer. The printer was deleted in error and now I cannot seem to reinstall (even with disc) She has a new Dell with Win XP. Also cannot play games on internet, says Java is not enabled, but I have checked and it is.

Help would be greatly appreciated, if possible. If not, time to call my computer guy.


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Re: Some areas to check.
by Stan Chambers / August 3, 2004 6:48 AM PDT
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The presence of the hourglass indicates that the page has not fully loaded. This can happen when cookies are disabled under the security setting in your browser or firewall.
As for the printer, if a USB printer, be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Driver installation must follow a particular routine, on some, to be successful.

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Re: problems....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 3, 2004 6:50 AM PDT
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You really haven't listed the things you have tried with either of these computers but here are some suggestions to get you started:

1. First, the daughter's computer with internet problems. Is this a dial-up connection, DSL, Cable, something else? In the meantime, make sure you visit Gateway's site, or the manufacturer's site and install the most recent video, audio, modem and ethernet drivers for that computer. Next, download, install, update, then run the free spyware removal tools from the links below. Delete all spyware that they detect:

Ad-Aware 6 Spyware Removal Tool

?Spybot Search & Destroy? Spyware Removal Tool

CWShredder Hijack Removal Tool

Next, follow the procedures in the links below to shut down unnecessary start up programs and clean out the junk files from the hard drive:

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

2. Next, the other daughter's printer issue. Many newer printers require that you uninstall the printer software FIRST, then remove the printer from the "Printers" folder when deleting a printer. Which make and model of printer are you having problems with? Your best approach now would be to open the Control Panel, double click on the "Add/Remove Programs" icon, then uninstall the printer software, if it's listed there, then reinstall the software from the printer manufacturer's site or from the CD. If it's not there, usually the printer manufacturer's website has newer printer updates that can be downloaded and installed. It might overwrite the old stuff and get thing running.

Hope this helps and let us know how it goes.


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