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Q. My computer keeps putting up a "You have a cookie" message. I'm getting different advice on whether to get rid of the cookies. How do I bury the cookies in the background?


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 15, 1999

Q. My computer keeps putting up a "You have a cookie" message. I'm getting different advice on whether to get rid of the cookies. How do I bury the cookies in the background?

A. Cookies are a way Web sites save information about you between visits. They are harmless and are there for your convenience. It sounds as if your browser is set either to prompt or disallow cookies. In Microsoft Internet Explorer, you can change this from the menu bar by: View, Internet Options, Advanced, Security -- click "Always accept cookies." In Netscape: Edit, Preferences, Advanced -- click "Always accept cookies."

Q. When I let my PC sit for a while, maybe an hour, and then try to open programs such as Windows Explorer, I get a message saying: "Error starting program . . . The MPR.DLL file cannot start. Check the file to determine problem." If I reboot, everything is fine unless I let it sit idle.

A. This is a known problem when Hewlett-Packard ScanJet Button Manager is running in the background. Use one of the following methods to work around the problem:

* Disable ScanJet Button Manager. For information on how to do so, consult the documentation that came with your scanner, or contact Hewlett-Packard.

* Press CTRL+


Q. When trying to boot my computer running DOS, I get an error message: "Hard Disk Failure." I used to get a message that rebooting would work, but now it repeats the error process

A. It sounds like a dead hard drive, but you should also check the cable connections first. Turn off the computer before checking cable connections. Make sure that all cable connections are tight and that the power plug also is connected. Reboot your computer to see if this fixed the difficulty. Another possible reason for this error could be that the drive is not properly defined in the computer BIOS (or CMOS) and cannot be "auto detected." Boot DOS from a diskette. While the computer is booting, please access your BIOS setup. This is usually accomplished by a keystroke command during the boot process. If you do not know how to access your BIOS setup, please consult your computer's documentation or contact the computer manufacturer. Once you have accessed the computer's BIOS setup, you will need to go to the Standard CMOS setup or Main setup screen. Here you will see the hard drive's geometry definition (heads, cylinders, SPT). Make sure these match the hard drive (which should be listed on a label on the outside of the hard drive).

Q. In Windows, how can you get your computer to open every window with the data viewed as a list instead of a large icon?

A. In Windows Explorer, if your View/Options/Folder settings are "Browse folders using a single window," then each window will display what you last selected. If your View/Options/Folder settings are "Browse folders using a separate window for each folder," then each individual folder will remember the way it was last displayed, regardless of which display option you selected for other folders later.

Q. Your Jan. 16 column mentioned that the Cookies folder should have the certain .dat files in it. I have index.dat, but no Mm256.dat or Mm2048.dat.

A. Apparently Windows 98 handles this functionality differently than Windows 95. Still, you shouldn't need to take any action in this regard.

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