I changed my desk top printer.
The old one had a slot for XD memory cards and called up a Wizard for
transferring photos to my PC.
The new one only takes SD/MS Duo so I bought a USB adapter.
This worked but was a bit temperamental about needing the adapter
plugged in before loading the card.
Suddenly this has stopped communicating with the PC.
From the plethora of adapters that google found is there a direct SD MS
Duo to XD that I can plug in to the new printer?
Hmm.. I seem to have got bigger problems than this:-(
Dragging and dropping to the desktop no longer works as expected. Stuff
drags OK but disappears when dropped and only reappears after a restart!
Oh well! This might be the nudge I need to move from XP to W7.
I took that giant step about six months ago and, to be honest, am
perfectly happy with W7. Firing up an old PC still running XP looks
odd, now. I have not found anything that will not run with W7, or for
which drivers are not available. My version is 32 bit though, not 64.
I run PSP5 which must be 20 years old, and docts and spreadsheets which
started life as Lotus files, yet open perfectly with Libre.
The next dilemma is W10. There are those who love it, and those who
would not touch it with a barge pole (Nein danke!). What to do?
I'm currently jumping between XP (on this Mac Mini and my current
'daily desktop'), W7, W10 and Ubuntu and Mint (Linux). *Sometimes*
I'll reboot this or one of my other Minis into OSX but only really to
update them and check they still work.
Same here that I can remember (eg, there is nothing I can't do that I
want to etc).
Most of mine are also 32 bit as few have much more than 4G of RAM.
I've never created much in the way of documentation or spreadsheets so
never had MS Office. The last time I did create a few docs I did in
WordStar 6. That said, most of the documents I do need to open I can
also do in LO.
Well, I have a spattering of W10 PC's and laptops and I'd say it was
ok. I think it fits in with the 'every other release is a goodun'
concept (so XP, W7, W10 etc). To all intents and purposes it seems to
be the same as W7 and you can still find most of the familiar stuff of
/ from W7- behind the new facade (that I would say I didn't use at
all) if you want / need.
OOI, have you tried any of the latest Lini, like Mint or Ubuntu? If
you are lucky and they run smoothly on and connect to your existing
hardware (and there are no 'Windows only' programs you *need*), then
it could be a an alternative (or used alongside at least)?
I just replaced the spinny HDD in my main Tosh laptop with an SSD,
reinstalled W7 and upgraded it to W10 and also installed Linux Mint
17.3 dual boot. Both run equally fast but there are still loads of
silly niggles that happen on Linux that don't on Windows. Like, simply
accepting the 'Recommended' nVidia driver worked (sometimes it can
stop the thing rebooting into a GUI) but then none of the LO programs
would open? Switching back to the Open Source nVidia driver, allowed
LO to open again <shrug>.
Cheers, T i m
Try it and see if you like it. There are a few things that I would
prefer, like being able to keep some pairs of windows paired
that Win7 doesn't do. But some things that have been dropped
that I still use like Media Center at times.
Win10 works better than win7, it looks different unless you put
something like "classic start" on it.
You can turn off the so called telemetry easily.
Some are just paranoid, M$ isn't out to get them even if someone else is.
'If you can get Linux to install and run reliably in the first place
I CGAF about its interface (as long as it's not Unity <g>), I would
just like it to work!
Sort of, it's fairly easy to install another DE, what's not so easy is
then picking through the duplicated utilities or finding out why the
menus for those utilities don't display properly etc.
It seems to be the case on many things, especially those things he
thinks he knows about but doesn't really (like 'people' and 'OS's').
The PC I recently built for my inlaws that is supposed to be running
Linux Mint (as their 'business machine' <gulp, what have I done) was
playing up from the start, but ONLY under Mint. Windows 10, rock
solid. Memtest (the memory testing utility that comes on most Linux
boot DVD's), said 'no problems'. However, remove one of the 2 4G DDR3
RAM modules and Mint seems happy again! ;-)
Except, it's now crashed a few more times but the strange thing was
what I thought was a duplicate PC, built by and for my mate in the PC
shop to also run Mint (he has done for a few years now since I
introduced it to him ... only for mail and data recovery .. it won't
work with any of the iCafe software he's tried so far so can't be used
on the iCafe PC's) was working fine. However, not only has that also
crash out in a similar way:
It turns out it's completely different hardware! (Foxconn rather than
a Gigabyte motherboard, add-on rather than onboard video etc).
We are now wondering if it's something about the latest Mint (17.3)
and hoping if it is, someone else has seen it and might get on with
fixing it. Who do you call for support in such circumstances?
Certainly not my mates supplier and probably not Gigabyte or Foxconn
either? I know, I could ask the Linux geeks, except they will deny
that Ling could ever go wrong and it must be my fault for how I built
it or that I must hate Linux for telling the truth about what I see of
it! (Ignoring the fact that I am installing it for myself and others
I have now got the best part of a new machine in the way of substitute
parts to swap out to see if we can find the cause. I can't say that
I'm very hopeful (as W10 runs fine etc). ;-)
Cheers, T i m
On Sun, 01 May 2016 15:07:11 +0100, dennis@home wrote:
That's a rather extreme viewpoint. Better, imho, to have used the
expression "TNP is *frequently* wrong these days."
TBH, TNP seems to be developing a Rod Speed-esqueness in his posting
style. Quite frankly, he generates so much splash-back as an advocate,
I'd rather he was *outside* my tent trying to pee in, than inside, trying
to pee out.
Thanks to all for the comments. I rather thought Linux would get a
mention somewhere :-)
I'm tempted to just go for it, and see what happens. I've managed to
get used to new MS OSs over the years, and a few months after the
change, have probably forgotten what the old one looked like.
It needs Classic Shell to give it a proper start menu with All Programs
listed properly (ie as for all previous versions Win 95 .. Win 7) and to add
a link to Control Panel (ie the full set of old-style apps rather than the
cut-down set of Metro apps which try and fail to do the same job). That
makes it usable.
There are still things missing.
The most obvious is Windows Media Centre for scheduling TV recordings - you
now have to use third-party apps for that.
Also some of the options in the Control Panel apps have had functionality
removed. When you hover over the network icon, you see the name of the
network displayed. For wireless, this is the router's SSID, but for Ethernet
is is usually something like "Network 3". On older versions (certainly up to
WIn 7, and maybe also Win 8) you can go into the Netwrok and Sharing app of
Control Panel, double-click on the "house" icon for "home network" and
rename the network. On Win 10 that can't be done, and there's other
functionality removed as well, such as the Network Map.
I'm not a great fan of the white-on-black colour scheme for the system tray
(bottom RHS of screen) but that seems to be flavour of the month and some
people are trying to adopt it for the whole UI of their Windows 10 PC. Fine
that it should be allowed (as made easy) but not fine that it should be
enforced as a default.
One thing that I really HATE is the inability to install/remove individual
Windows updates which I think was something that happened between Win 8 and
Win 10. I want absolute control over which updates I install, and to remove
any that have slipped through the net. Suppose we get more enforced upgrades
like the KB3035583 Get Windows 10 update: we'd want to be able to say
"install most updates but not that one".
As with all Windows updates, the new engine and gearbox are great; just a
shame that they tinkered with the controls and the dashboard instruments -
to use a car analogy.
The trouble is (for many) is it (OSX) only runs a subset of the stuff
(hardware and software) that's available for Windows. Most of the
mainstream stuff is covered but some of the more prosaic / specialised
stuff is available for Windows only. I think Apple picked up a few
users when they moved to Intel processors and were then able to run
Windows (and other OS's presumably) on the same hardware without the
need for any visualisation (BootCamp etc, as I'm doing here right
Also and like with Android, you don't tend to get the OS / hardware
compatibility you can get with Windows / Linux because the OS is made
(modified?) to match the hardware. ;-)
Apple hardware is often considered expensive (and it's rarely 'cheap')
but it's often fairly well specced and nicely made / designed. eg,
This Mac Mini is virtually silent and is low power consumption and
Mums iPad has a better battery life than my Archos Android tablet
(that cost half as much, even back then).
Unlike some, I have no issue with Apple but because I'm not a brand
follower only buy those things that *function* for me and often get
them cheapER by buying them second user. ;-)
Cheers, T i m
On Wed, 4 May 2016 03:19:18 -0700 (PDT), whisky-dave
You don't believe it's true but you know it's true? ;-)
Common to whom Dave? I know of some that Mac users themselves have
said they have missed on OSX, like Irfanview and Forte Agent.
Any utility that you need to talk to more technical gear, like vehicle
OBD diagnostic readers and the like. Trust me, whenever I try some new
program or utility I look to see if it's also supported on OSX and
Yes, but not natively (till they moved to Intel).
I run XP every day, all day and I can't remember the last time it ever
It can 'get' locked up now and again, like if you plug in a weird USB
drive or device, just as I observed on my mates Linux PC yesterday in
fact and the 24" iMac I was repairing recently.
Fact, Windows represents about 80% of the PC userbase and therefore
it's also very very likely that any software or hardware manufacturer
will create their products for Windows first (if not 'only').
Whilst on the Mac n/g someone asked about webcams. Someone else had
bought one from Argos that he had used to good success and tried it in
the first place because it said that it was 'Mac compatible'. So I
bought one and it worked fine on my Mac (and in Windows as well 'of
course'). Someone else bought one of the back of what we had
experienced and it didn't work on his Mc (same v of OSX). It worked
when he booted into Windows though so the camera itself was fine. We
all looked closer and it turned out the hardware was slightly
different, sufficient to make it non Mac compatible but didn't affect
Windows. He ended up taking it back. ;-(
How might Argos fix that problem? The simplest way is to remove 'Mac
compatible' from the advert as that's only going to impact the sale of
that item by 10% and that could be cheaper than any technical
It's the same case but worse when looking in std retail stores for
stuff that is 'Linux compatible'. BIL went into PCW for a 'Linux
compatible printer' for the Linux PC I built for them recently. The
guy in there had never even heard of Linux, let alone knew if the
printer was Linux compatible. Luckily (for him) the guy in Staples was
more interested and went and checked (as it didn't mention Linux
support on the box itself) and he came back and said 'yes, it should
be'. But what if it didn't actually work, or worked for network
printing but not network scanning, how much leverage can you apply re
support for something that is not outwardly supported?
Cheers, T i m
On Wednesday, 4 May 2016 12:06:00 UTC+1, T i m wrote:
I don;t believe it is true for the (many) but is true for teh few.
Have you ever used microwave office ?
how many PC or MAc users have even heard of it ?
and I've never used either so haven't missed them.
I've never heard of any Mac users say they miss Irfanview or Forte Agent.
So you can't run windows on a Mac is that what you're saying.
So mac coul;d emulate PCS but not PCs emulate a Mac.
Although I did here once that a PC could read a Mac disc but couldn't write to it.
I had the same with my BBC computer but I had to move on from 8 bit ;-)
I had my imac for 5.5 years and the only time it ever froze on me and needed the plug pulling was after I inserted a belkin USB hub.
Yes I know it's like TV programs and films far more are made in undia pakistan and china.
So the manufactuer got it wrong but in what way.
You're assuming it's the Macs fault when it could be a simple user error.
and argos's double fitted matresses don't fit ikea double foam mattresses very well either even though agros claims they are for double mattresses.
I don't give a shit. Don't buy things that aren't compatable or unknown is the key.
On Wed, 4 May 2016 06:12:34 -0700 (PDT), whisky-dave
And if you are one of few then it could be a deal breaker (as it often
is for me). ;-(
Quite, therefore you aren't part of the group I am discussing.
I have, so?
No, that's the exact opposite of what I'm saying and very much part of
why I (and I believe many others) picked up on the Intel Macs. I know
quite a few support guys who (now / can) run a Mac AND have full blown
/ real Windows.
Erm, I used to run Sheepshaver on (this) XP on my Mac Mini so I could
help my Dad who was still using OSX9.2 on his old CRT iMac.
You may be right.
I still have my BBC-B but never really used it much, preferring the
ZX-81 / Spectrum for the same reason I prefer Windows to OSX or Linux.
That is because there was more stuff (especially games) out there for
the more 'consumer' orientated Spectrum than 'geeky' BBC.
Dad had his iMac for longer and had to force power it off several
times. Maybe part of that was because he was running an older OS and
he did that because he had older programs he relied on that wouldn't
run on OSX?
You are probably right.
The manufacturer changed the hardware in a subtle way that only
impacted OSX (not Windows). It returned a slightly different USB code
and possibly required a different driver that didn't exist.
No, it was definitely a lack of compatibility between that hardware
and OSX on the same machine that ran Windows and could use the
hardware with no issues. The user was perfectly competent.
Maybe bed sizes are like clothes sizes? ;-(
Then why discuss it?
And how do you do that exactly? This particular USB Webcam was both
compatible with OSX (it had successfully been used by two of us) and
was know (it had been successfully used by two of us). How could
anyone predict that the manufacturer would change the specification of
the hardware very slightly yet that change would only stop it working
on OSX, not Windows?
This is my whole point, because 'most stuff' IS designed for and
tested on Windows (first) you are less likely to be able to do as you
suggest with any OS other than Windows.
Please don't be like one of those blinkered geek's that stick their
fingers in their ears and go 'blah blah blah', just because someone
tells it as it is.
Just because *you* haven't ever been frustrated that *you* can't run
some software on OSX or get some hardware to work on OSX doesn't mean
there aren't many pro Apple / Mac users who are. The fact that it
hasn't affected you or if it has and you don't care, doesn't change
It's like the Linux geeks who have to run Windows because their chosen
software isn't available on Linux (or chosen hardware isn't supported)
but because they run Windows in a VM, don't believe they are running
Windows!!! Really, it's true! ;-)
Cheers, T i m
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