December 5th, 2010

marcus 2013

Unsolved computer issues

OK, let's try it this way...


I have two computer problems, one PC and one Mac, which I can't solve.

The new PC is apparently missing some Activex controls / drivers / whatever the hell that they are, and as a result doesn't seem to want to connect to cameras, faxes, etc. very well. Does anyone know which files might be involved in this, and how I might get the buggers installed? This is an XP PC running service pack 3. I think this is mainly a problem with security settings, but I'm really not sure which ones need tweaking. None of this was a problem on the old PC, so I'm wondering if I could just copy the relevant files from it.

The iBook doesn't want to talk to the network hard disk, although it knows that the network is there and can print to the network printer. I think it needs to forget everything it thinks it knows about my network and start again, but I have no idea how to do this. I can't even remember where the info on the network is stored, and the network utilities I can find don't seem to be much help. Can anyone suggest a fix? It's running OS-X 10.4

I've decided to give up on the web site problem since I have a partial fix and will probably leave NTLworld / Virgin eventually anyway.