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Keeping track of your resources

By JOHN TORRO

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 21, 2001


Q. I launched MSconfig and tabbed to Startup. I am looking for the Resource Meter. I can't find it. Is there a way I can put it there?

A. You'll find the Resource Meter under Programs, Accessories, System Tools. If the Resource Meter has not been set up on your system, launch Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, click the Windows Setup tab, select System Tools and click the Details button. Select System Resource Meter and click OK. Once you have it loaded as a program item in Accessories, click Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools. Right-click Resource Meter and select Copy. Click Start, Programs, find and select Startup, right-click and select Paste (make sure your cursor is over the Startup group item). This will copy the Resource Meter shortcut (or any other menu item you do this with) to your Startup folder.

An unending Defrag

Q. You wrote about a bug with Windows Defragmenter never stopping. I am experiencing the same sort of problem with my new system, which has Windows Me. I start Defrag, but it never quits. You gave Microsoft's page for this bug patch, but I cannot find it.

A. A good place to start debugging Defrag/ScanDisk problems after addressing the usual procedures such as disabling anti-virus programs, screen-savers and Automatic Power Management, or APM, options is: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q286/2/63.asp. This page will list different Defrag/ScanDisk problems along with recommended fixes. Choose one that most fits your environment.

Keeping Sent mailbox tidy

Q. Can you suggest how to delete Sent mail easily? Currently I click on each Sent e-mail, a box comes up asking if I really want to delete this, I say "Yes," and it's gone. I know there has to be an easier way.

A. From the Outlook Express menu bar, select Tools, Options, then the Send tab. Click the "Save copy of sent messages in the Sent Items folder" option to unselect it (it is selected by default). This will prevent your sent mail items from accumulating. You also can click the first sent mail item, then while holding the Shift key, click the last item. This selects all items at once, then press the Delete key and delete all with just one confirmation.

Removing the password

Q. I would like to remove the password on my computer. What is the procedure?

A. Control Panel, Passwords, Change Passwords. Enter the current password and leave the new password blank. Also, just a reminder that unless you're using Windows NT or 2000, Windows passwords are meaningless and really protect nothing. Clicking Cancel at the log-in box will continue the boot into Windows, where you'll have access to everything on the PC.

Intermittent capitals

Q. When typing, I occasionally get a capital letter, especially with the letters d, i, w and x, my caps lock comes on and I have to go back and correct it. Would the problem be in my keyboard or in my settings?

A. The old Gateway 2000 programmable keyboards would sometimes go awry like this and cause all kinds of problems, which is why they discontinued them long ago. If you have one of these old Gateway keyboards, press and hold the Ctrl-Shift-SuspendMacro keys and this should reset it. Otherwise, you may have a defective keyboard. Try borrowing a keyboard from another PC to see if that corrects the problem. If so, you should be able to buy a new keyboard for less than $20.

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