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Solutions: Adapter may make old cordless peripherals compatible with new PC

I have a 6-year-old HP desktop running Windows XP3 that has a cordless keyboard and mouse, and a 19-inch flat-screen monitor. I want to buy a new HP desktop but was told the monitor, keyboard and mouse will not work with a new computer. Do I really need to replace these?

Without the specifics on the model numbers of your cordless peripheral, or if they connect through a USB receiver or Bluetooth, I can't give you a definitive answer. If they connect through a USB receiver, it should be easy enough to find out the drivers' compatibility with the target hardware/operating system through the vendor's website support. If the cordless connections are through Bluetooth, that may be a little more restricting, but the solution is the same. Check the specific models (cordless equipment and the specific HP model you intend to purchase) support websites for compatibility lists. You may just need to buy a Bluetooth USB adapter for the new PC.

I use Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows Live Mail. Often when I forward an e-mail with pictures or cartoons, I get a message that one or more of them cannot be found. What causes this?

From what I've researched, this seems to be a known issue with Windows Live Mail forwarding embedded pictures (in the body of the e-mail) on certain PCs. Microsoft says it is working on a fix. To work around this until it is corrected, try saving the pictures individually to your hard drive (File, Save Attachments) and then attach them to the forwarding e-mail.

I followed your instructions about downloading Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player directly from Adobe (I had been having trouble with YouTube starting and stopping) and now I cannot see any video from YouTube, although I do get audio.

Try this: Right-click the blank video window and choose "Settings.” This opens a small window titled "Adobe Flash Player settings." Click on the first icon on the bottom of that screen and uncheck the "Enable Hardware Acceleration" option. Click Close and then restart Internet Explorer and try it again.

I have an HP Pavilion running Windows Vista. A few weeks ago I started getting a warning when I tried to forward mail, reply or compose. The warning goes as follows: "A script on this page is causing Internet Explorer to run slowly. If it continues to run your computer might become unresponsive." I am asked to hit yes to cancel or no to run. After experiencing this problem I installed mbam-setup.exe as per your suggestion thinking this might end this problem, but it's still there.

This is a legitimate error, not a virus. And it is exactly what it says it is. It could be your e-mail provider is experiencing server/performance issues. You can continue to just click "No" to allow it to complete. If you would like to get rid of the message, it involves a registry change. Fortunately, Microsoft provides an "automatic fix" for this particular issue that will do the registry change for you. Go to tinyurl.com/SPTSolutions1 and scroll down the page to find and click the big "Fix It" button. The button will have a picture of a man holding a wrench. You can't miss it.

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Solutions: Adapter may make old cordless peripherals compatible with new PC 03/13/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 13, 2011 5:30am]

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