Monthly Archives: March 2001

Questions and Answers #2

This week I will answer some of the mail that I have been receiving recently in the hope that it will resolve a number of problems that my readers have been having with their computers.

Dear Chris,

I would like to produce a “Family Tree” but need the relevant data first, is there any way I can trace my ancestors via Births, Deaths & Marriage Registries.

I would like to go backward starting with my parents or grandparents but find myself going round in circles; any help or comments from yourself would be appreciated.

Mr. D. Miller, Paignton

I have had a good look around for any information that would help you with this, Derek.The number one resource for you to look at would be at the Internet site page gives a complete guide to tracing your ancestors, whatever Read the rest

Keeping your computer healthy – Part 5

For the final instalment of this series of computer maintenance articles, I will be reviewing a program that claims do everything that I’ve explained over the last 4 weeks, more effectively and with greater simplicity that the programs that are bundled with Microsoft Windows.For the price of around £30 you will get a copy of the program Norton Utilities 2001 – The latest in the Norton range, which, amongst other things includes improved versions of Microsoft Scandisk and Disk Defragmenter that we have covered in previous articles.

Before I elaborate on all the features of Norton Utilities, what exactly does Norton Utilities versions of Scandisk and Disk Defragmenter offer in comparison to their Microsoft Windows counterparts?Well for a start they’re faster and do a more thorough job than their Microsoft counterparts.Hopefully you’ve all taken my advice in previous articles on System Read the rest

Keeping your computer healthy – Part 4

Keeping in line with the current subject of essential ways to care for your computer and keeping it running in peak condition this week I will answer a number of questions that I have received from our readers over the past couple of weeks.

‘Problems with programs restarting Scandisk’

“Hi Chris,

Following your article entitled “Computer Health Check” in Saturdays Herald Express I thought I would give it a go since I have no computer knowledge as such and so I rely on people like yourself for information as to what I should be doing to look after my computer.I ran the Scandisk program you suggested but after about 5 minuets I got a message on the screen saying “Scandisk has restarted 10 times” and that I should close all other programs so it can finish sooner.I don’t understand this because Read the rest

Keeping your computer healthy – Part 3

As promised last week, we will continue to look at the essential ways in which to keep your system in top shape and the easiest ways to minimise the number of technical support calls that you will have make in the coming years that you own your PC.By simply following the steps I am going to give you today and the tips over the past two weeks, you will be able to take the most fundamental but also the most important steps to ensuring that your PC has a trouble-free existence.

Once again, I would like to state that the information given here to help maintain or repair your computer should not cause any problems whatsoever, however you use the contents of this article at your own risk and neither the Herald Express nor myself can be held responsible for the Read the rest

Keeping your computer healthy – Part 2

As you may remember last week we discussed the use of Scandisk and System File checker as tools to keep your computer in healthy running order.This article will continue on from where we left off last week.

For those of you who missed the first part of this series, there were some very useful hints and tips and although all the information given here can be used by itself, I would recommend that you read last weeks article in conjunction.If you don’t have an old copy of the Herald, then please e-mail me and I will send a copy of the article on to you.

As with last week I would like to say that all the information given here to help maintain or repair your system should cause no problems whatsoever.However, you use the contents of this article at your Read the rest