Print From Snow Leopard To Windows 7

So you have a printer connected to your Windows PC and you bring an Apple computer into your network / home / business and want to be able to print from your Apple / Mac to your Windows printer.

Here is the solution to this using Windows 7.
On the Windows 7 PC :    

  • Open the Control Panel  
  • Go to "Programs and Features"  
  • Go to "Turn Windows Features on or off"    4.    
  • Locate and click on the "LPD Print Service" under "Print and Document Services"  
  • Now go to "Hardware and Sound "and open up view devices and printers.Make sure the printer you want to use is shared with a name that has no spaces , I call my HP Officejet Pro 8500 HP

LPD Printing

On your Mac:

  • Open "System Preferences" – "Print & Fax"  
  • Click "+" to add a printer    
  • Right click anywhere on the tool bar and select "Customize Toolbar" then drag with your mouse and or touchpad the "Advanced" button to the toolbar    
  • Select "Advanced"   
  • In the "Type:" field select "LPD/LPR Host or Printer"    
  • In the "URL:" field enter lpd://your windows ip address/your printers share name; (e.g., lpd://10.0.0.45/HP) Remember the IP address is the address of your PC which is assigned by your router   
  • Select your printer software using the print using setting and select your printer software from the list Finally click the "Add" button and you printer will be added

 

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iPad Tips Part 3

This week is iPad week and here are another 2 tips

iPad Tip 5

The default signature  "sent from my iPad" may look fine but really you should change it.

  • Go to "settings"
  • Mail,Contacts,Calenders
  • Click on "Signature"

Then alter your signature

iPad signature change

iPad Tip 6

When it comes to copying and pasting text , you hold your finger down on a word until the command appears which will give you a selection choice.

Then tap , copy/ paste etc.

If you want to select a paragraph then tap 4 times.

iPad copy paste

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iPad Tips Part 2

This is iPad week , so here are another 2 tips for using the iPad

iPad Tip 3

So you want to type a word in all capitals , rather than keep hitting the shift key just double tap the shift key and you will have all caps.

iPad Capital letters in word

iPad Tip 4

With the iPad you are able  to password protect your apps , iTunes purchases , access to YouTube , access to Safari

So how do you do this

Go to Settings, then General, then Restrictions.

Press Enable Restrictions and type a password, then turn on the restrictions you want for the apps available. Please Note that the password you use for Restrictions is and should be different from your iTunes password 

iPad enable restrictions

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Are You After A Guide to Facebook Privacy

Facebook

If you are looking for a guide to Facebook and all the privacy settings Make Use Of have recently added their l Facebook privacy guide for download which gives an explanation to Facebook and all the different privacy settings you should be considering when using the social network site.

The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Guide [DOWNLOAD].

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How To Create A New iTunes Library

iTunes libraries offer you the chance to sort your music by genre, mood, season or era. Libraries make accessing and searching for your music much easier. You can file holiday music in a separate library, so that it is not included on your regular rotation of songs.
I am sometimes asked , how do I create a new Itunes library and this can be so:

  • Your music library is out of control with multiples and you cant be bothered sorting them out
  • You want to file ceratin music catagories in sepearte in  libraries

Whatever your reason it is fairly easy.

When you open iTunes just hold down the shift key and a dialogue box will appear.

Itunes new library

Click on "Create Library"
You can now begin putting music in your library.

If you want to share the music in your current library with your new library you should click "Copy Files to Itunes Music Folder.

This stops you from erasing the song from the original library.

How do you look for shared libaries ?

On iTunes open edit and select preferences

Itunes new library2

Look for shared libraries by clicking "Edit," then "Preferences." Then click "Sharing" and check "Look for Shared Libraries."

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Move Mouse on Multiple Monitors

If you have multiple monitors you will want to move your mouse and desktop items across the screen diagonally from one monitor to the other in the direction that you choose.

So how do you do this.

Right click on your desktop and go to " personalize"

or go to Control Panel and open" Personalization"

Display 1

Click on Display

Display 2
Click Change display settings

Display 3
You will now see your 2 monitors labeled 1 & 2 .

To alter the position and the way you move items on your desktop just click on the monitor on the screen and drag to the other side of the monitor

  Display 4
You can now rearrange the monitors to accommodate the way you want to work on your screens.

When you have finished arranging the screens , just click apply.

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Laptop Not Booting Have A Look At The Battery

Acer-aspire-laptop-battery So you have a laptop that is about 2 years old and suddenly it will not boot.
Batteries in laptops are designed for a maximum number of charges and if you were to charge your laptop every day for 2 years , the battery can die.
So to eliminate the battery as an excuse for the laptop not booting ,pull the battery out , plug the power cord in and try and turn on the computer.
If the computer turns on then get yourself a new battery if not then it is probably not the battery and it is time to look elsewhere for a problem.

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Data Recovery , Ubuntu and The Blue Screen Of Death

Ubuntu

I was asked the other day to recover data from a computer that had the dreaded " Blue Screen Of Death ".

Now the first thing was trying to get past the "BSOD" by booting into safe mode and then trying the various options , last known good configuration etc.

None of this worked.

This is when I booted from my Ubuntu disc.

Ubuntu is a Linux operating system that you can download for free and make an ISO CD IMAGE

Ubuntu will give you the option of having a look without altering your current Windows installation and that is the option you want , not the install option which will wipe your hard drive.

Let the installation run and in a few minutes it will look like a new desktop but you should have access to your files.you will see the hard drive symbol appear on the left hand side of the screen.

You can then back them up to a portable hard drive , flash drive etc.

There is also an option to repair the disc which I did and then reboot the system to see if Windows will run.

In this case it did and once again emphasizes the need to back up on a regular basis.

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