If you can't type your semi colon or colon

September 10, 2010 at 00:51:06
Specs: Windows 98
This is more an answer to my own question. I recently purchased an English/International keyboard and where the semi colon and colon were located on the keyboard, it typed left and right brackets instead, which I rarely use.

Easy fix people. In your Microsoft Word program, you can go to your symbols...look up your colon and your semi colon....hit autocorrect, and where you put in left bracket, put in semi colon symbol and hit replace and autocorrect...then, where you put in right bracket, put in your colon symbol, hit replace and autocorrect.

Next time you go to type, your semi colon and colons will be where they are supposed to be...wallah. Easy.


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#1
September 10, 2010 at 11:53:08
Interesting. I'm in UK so I have to think things the other way round. Just wondering
if there is a more elegant approach that gives a "global" solution rather than just in "Word". It goes like this (untried):

In Control Panel change your regional settings to UK.

In Word (and other MS Office programs) ensure they are set to USA English.
MS Word links to Outlook Express (if used) so that should be OK.

I don't think this would introduce language changes (such as colour for color).
I appreciate you probably want to leave well alone but I think the above would put
it right in all programs you might use, including NotePad etc.

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#2
September 10, 2010 at 13:01:31
Did you check to see if the keyboard was defective or if it had different options for some of the keys?

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#3
September 10, 2010 at 21:09:28
Thanks, Derek. Yes, I think what you're suggesting would be beneficial. Guess what...the semi colon and colons were there all the time anyway....some of my keys had Spanish letters on them...and if I hadn't been such a Donna Dumbass (pardon my french, lol) all I would have had to do was remember my basic Qwerty keyboard...right hand....j,k,l....semicolon, even though my letter for that was a Spanish N, lol. Go figure. lol. Anyway, we're all learning something aren't we?

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#4
September 10, 2010 at 21:32:02
You're absolutely right, Dave. (And I am totally familiar with the Taylor tune, love him and love the song... and we are from the same state, NC...so he's a homeboy, lol.) If you read my post to Derek, you'll see where I was Deanny Dimwit...I think I'm having more fun coming up with moronic names for myself using the same letter than the frustrations of not being able to find my semi colons, lol. Anyway, when I fried my keyboard, I needed a "virtual one" for a while, so I'd suggest to anyone who runs into that problem, just google Click N Type software...they have created marvelous virtual keyboards that work well for the handicapped, but work well for the rest of us spastics who spill things and kill off our regular ones, lol. Here's the link...nice lakefolk people there...http://cnt.lakefolks.com, and nice meeting you "Dave". My favorite movie "Daves" are "Dave" played by Richard Dreyfuss in "Down and Out In Beverly Hills" and "Dave" the computer in 2001 Space Odyssey, lol.

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#5
September 10, 2010 at 22:01:11
Yeah, there was the movie 'Dave' where Kevin Kline plays a douible for the president and eventually replaces him. I think the computer in 2001 was HAL and Dave was one of the astronauts.

There's Daves all over the place. Look out!

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#6
September 11, 2010 at 09:42:17
Many ways to do things on computers LOL.

Err...maybe a USA keyboard would be the best option of all.

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#7
September 11, 2010 at 22:39:46
Oh, right...I stand corrected, "Dave", lol..

it WAS the "computer" named "Dave" not Keir Dullea, but right, lots of Daves around, not only in the computer world, but in the movies, and "life", lol. Probably can't swing a dead cat without running into a Dave (bad example, cruel in fact..lol, moving on)

I'm trying to find a guy who upgraded his old Compaq Presario on another website, but the post was old. Anybody on here want to take a look at what he did and tell me if it would be feasibly possible for me to do the same to my old Compaq 5716? The reason I want to keep it is because it was a gift from my father.

Take a look at his comments...this review was put up on Epinions website Dec. 2003, yeah sue me, I'm antiquated and set in my ways, but I love my Compaq Desktop...it has a zip drive, you don't find these on the newer ones...

anyway, take a look at this guy's review and what he did to upgrade and I'd appreciate any/all comments as to if I can pull this off myself...the complete cost of my Presario in 1999 was over $3 grand with all accessories, scanner, printer, software, etc...so look at what he paid back then....lol...most of these babies are in the Good Will now...but I'd "really" like to keep mine, which I'm typing on now, if I can upgrade to where I can see videos faster, movies, etc.

This guy's reviews are well respected on Epinions...comments? I'm trying to find him but can't. Thanks to everyone...fun stuff..."moon"

theproductguy's Full Review: Compaq Presario 5716 (122680-053) PC Desktop The Compaq Presario 5716 is a really great computer! I've been using one for many years. Here's a few things that I've done to improve upon this machine, and personalize it for my specific needs.
>
> Product specifics:
> The Compaq Presario 5716 comes from the factory with a decent Pentium III (slot 1) 450 Mhz processor (can be upgraded to 500 Mhz). When I upgraded to a 500 Mhz processor, I was able to use the existing heatsink (processor cooling device) from the old 450 Mhz processor, which saved me a few dollars. Upgrading is very simply, you remove the computers case, locate and replace the processor, replace the case and boot the computer up.
>
> Memory:
> This computer comes with 128 MB of PC100 SDRAM (DIMM) memory, which simply isn't enough to run todays more powerful applications smoothly. I upgraded this computer (using all three slots, each with one 128 MB memory chip) to its maximum of 384 MB RAM. This installation was as simple as removing the case and retaining screws. Then, swapping the old memory with the new. Replace the case and screws. Reboot the computer.
>
> Drives and storage included:
> Included with this computer is a large 15 GB hard drive (I still haven't filled it in 6 years, and I've installed all my favorite programs and games). Also, a 6 speed CD/DVD ROM, a 3.5" floppy drive, and an internal 100 MB Iomega zip drive (works like a very small portable hard drive).
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> Graphics system included:
> This computer comes with a decent 8 MB graphics card, but I upgraded to a PNY Verto 32 MB GeForce2 MX200. I was not able to play one of my favorite games (Blizzard's WarCraft III) until I upgraded the graphics card on this computer. The video card upgrade also enhanced my DVD video clarity by 110%.
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> Exterior details
> This computer comes in a cool case, the front has a door that opens to the right, and it hides away the computers 3 5.25" drive bays. At the bottom of the computers case, in the front, is a small sliding plastic panel that keeps your USB, Joystick, and S400 ports covered, and dust free.
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> The case itself is a bit long from front to back, and I've had a hard time finding a desk that it will fit on, without leaning off a few inches in the front or rear.
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> Does it include software?
> This computer includes Windows 98, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Word, and many other business and creative programs. Along with a few basic Windows games (solitare, hearts, and winmine). Also included is a set of system backup CD's, in case you ever needed to completely restore the system.
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> I've since upgraded the Windows version on this computer to Windows XP Home edition (it required approximately 1 GB of the 15 GB existing hard drive space). I could not get this computer to network, and share my existing Windows XP broadband connection, until I upgraded from Windows 98. This Compaq just would not accept the Windows XP Network Setup CD (it installed, but did absolutely nothing), so I simply full installed Windows XP.
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> How is the software performance on this computer?
> The computer wouldn't run my favorite applications smoothly until I upgraded the RAM and processor to its maximum. After upgrading I was able to run Adobe Photoshop, Jasc Painthop Pro, the Jasc Animation Shop, and many other "memory eating" graphics programs. It also helped with my video games, as they also ran and loaded scenes faster.
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> The input devices
> Awesome keyboard! It has more button's and options than any other keyboard, ever included with a computer that I've purchased. You can control just about everything, from loading your internet and favorite browser, to simply controlling the DVD and Music playback.
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> The mouse included with this model is the "scroll wheel" type. It lasted for many years, but the moving ball used on the bottom collects a lot of dust, and then they do not work that great. This mouse will require you to take it apart, and clean it out regularly if used often.
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> Networking with the Compaq 5716:
> Networking with this computer is a breeze! Included is an excellent 10/100 mps ethernet card. You can easily network this computer to any other computer running Windows 98.
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> Final notes:
> Upgrading this computer was very limited due to the way Compaq computers are manufactured. They place all of the cool equipment that you would want to upgrade (soldered) onto the main motherboard. So you can't remove it. This includes the sound card and factory video card. But these items can be upgraded by simply removing a jumper from the motherboard. And when the jumper is removed, you can simply install the new items with the old still soldered in (they're simply disabled). All this information is available (but not in very good detail) on the Compaq technical support documentation website.
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> Amount Paid (US$): 649.99
> Operating System: Windows
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> RAM: More than 256
> Internal Storage: Zip Drive
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#8
September 11, 2010 at 22:41:26
Right you are, Derek. I should've watched out for the word "universal", lol. FYI, first born's name is "Derek". Small world, huh?

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#9
September 12, 2010 at 00:07:09
You can update everything if you want. 98 will even let you upgrade the motherboard but you will need to make sure 98 drivers are available. But upgrading the motherboard may not be practical if it's one of those proprietary boards that compaq used to use.

Some of the bios' for those P-II and slower P-III's would give a bios hardware error in device manager if you had the 384 meg of ram and were running 98. Sometimes a bios upgrade would fix that.

You can install a faster DVD player and you can put in a cd burner as well. It may not take a DVD burner.

If you're going to stick with 98, max out the ram and check to see if you have the hardware error in device manager. If so consider a bios upgrade. It will show as a 'rompaq' on the compaq support page for your model. 98 is not a memory-intensive OS as is XP and later versions of windows but the applications you run may like the additional memory.

You can install a larger hard drive too. I'm not sure what the largest is that it'll take. It may take up to a 128 gig drive. But if you get one the bios doesn't recognize a bios upgrade may help. Or you can get one of the promise ATA controller cards that should see the full capacity. They're fairly cheap on ebay. Oh, and you'd look for an ATA drive; not SATA. If you stick with 98 a 40 gig drive would probably be adequate. A new drive will come with software to copy the old one to the new on or you can download it from the drive manufacturer's site.

If you upgrade to XP you'll need an upgrade version else you'll need to do a fresh install causing you to lose your existing software. XP will run OK on the 384 meg if you don't have a bunch of stuff running in the background.

If you do something radical like upgrading the motherboard, you'll need to do it before installing XP because it'll only run on the original motherboard it was installed on. If you do upgrade the motherboard (assuming you can find one that fits) what should you look for? Well, anything that fits the case. As I mentioned above, you'll need 98 drivers if you stick with 98 and you may need a higher wattage power supply.

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#10
September 12, 2010 at 00:49:34
K, thanks so much, Dave. I get what you're saying and it helps. I'm not married to 98, and don't have a problem wanting a more updated OS...my only sentimentality, so to speak, I guess is the Compaq shell itself....so I guess basically, I can do anything I want, huh, as long as I can get the Compaq shell to accept it.

My father wanted to do some nice things for me that year, because I'd been helping take care of my ailing mother so he could keep his night job. (Generous man, as always, he also bought me an Acura, God Bless'im. ) She died a year later. He took me to get the Compaq and accessories at Comp USA in Greensboro in 1999. Comp USA still has a store located in Raleigh...I'll bet they could get me upgraded easily don't you think. My husband has a Dell that is routed from my Compaq behind the wall here so I do have some more upgraded capabilities over there, but would like to more upgraded "over here", lol. From some of the comments theProductGuy made it almost sounded like I could do it myself, but I'm still not sure. I could always get over the sentimentality of the thing and buy newer stuff, but I doubt that will happen. I still have my Acura Dad bought me and I'm restoring it, and it's a 1991. I take good care of things. The mechanic said he'd never seen an Acura in such good shape. It's an Integra, five speed, just love it. Woah, I'll have to start a new message board in the vehicle section somewhere if I keep talking like this. Thanks, Dave. Will carefully consider everything you've mentioned. Really helps. "moon/carol" uh, oh, getting into real names here...danger, danger. lol.


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#11
September 12, 2010 at 01:07:38
You could also keep the compaq as it is or just do some minor upgrades and then buy a newer computer for the things that need a newer OS or lots of ram. As long as you've got the room for it, a newer one may cost about what you'd spend on upgrading the compaq. Although I usually use a 98 machine, I've also got an old 486 and a really old 8088 running dos, an ME machine and at least one with XP. (Yeah it's kinda cluttered here)

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#12
September 12, 2010 at 08:15:39
You know I hate to beat a dead horse about The 2001 Space Odyssey film...but since I've already swung a dead cat...lol...
and I've been ditsy all week and am not even blonde.... lol...but I realized with my earlier comments, I "still" didn't have it right. So, just for fun, and for clarity that I'm not totally film illiterate...here goes..."Dave" was played by Keir Dullea...he was being spoken to by "Hal" the computer who was being voiced by an actor named Douglas Rain. Thank GOD...I thought I'd lost all my marbles...you told me that at the getgo, I just kept expressing it wrongly on here. I don't recall the film too well except I had a boring date, and some monolith type thing was important in the film...I think, or was that "Planet of the Apes" I do remember that Soylent Green was people...lol. They can't flag me as inappropriate for the topic here because I have mentioned Hal the Computer, lol.

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#13
September 12, 2010 at 12:35:54
I didn't get the ending of 2001. Yeah I know it was supposed to be some futuristic human race being reborn thing but I don't see how you get that from the ending. It seemed to me it was going just find as a regular sci-fi movie and then got all weird. I hate watching a movie and then at the end I say "huh, what was that?" I used to have a girlfriend who would explain things like that to me but that was a long time ago.

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September 17, 2010 at 17:37:57
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September 17, 2010 at 18:11:48
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