ASK THE PROS August..National Catfish Month

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Can you believe we’re approaching the end of the summer, I can’t? It just doesn’t seem possible that we’re in August already and getting ready for my favorite holiday, National Catfish Month. Grab some chicken livers, some treble hooks and a baseball cap. Let’s give momma something to fry up for Ask The Pros Snacks.

RICK ASKS
I have a Compaq Armada 1700 6266/T/4000/D/M/1. I just replaced the 4.3GB hard drive with a Seagate Momentous 4200.2 40BG hard drive. I installed WIN 98, in My Computer, the hard drive shows only 7.36GB capacity. This is the 2nd drive I have tried with these results. Is there sumething in the system that limits the useable size of the drive or did I do something wrong? How can I correct this?

The system has 288MB of ram.

Thanks for any help.

Answer

Wow, that’s quite an old system you’ve got there Rick. The answer to your question is yes, the system is limiting your available drive space.

According to the the specs there is room for a second hard drive which might allow for more storage space. I can’t really tell from the info whether that drive is attached or just held in a storage area. You’ll also be limited by the Fat16 file system which was required by the original Windows 95 operating system. In addition there are limitations placed by the hardware responsible for reading the drive.

I certainly wouldn’t want to push you into an upgrade but there are some extremely nice netbooks available at very reasonable prices these days.
I know Dell offers a Mini9 for around $199.00 and I’ve seen Acer Netbooks at WalMart for $249.99. I’m thinking with a little searching you should be able to wrangle up a brand new netbook for the cost of what you’re spending on a couple of laptop hard drives. Those will include newer operating systems and certainly much more storage capacity.

I’m including your system specs so you can compare with what’s available now.

Damian Asks
Upon testing at pcpitstop you recomend that i disable FireFox from remembering passwords. when i do a search of my puter, theres nothing from firefox. So my question is,where do i find it, and how do i remove it safely.

THANKS

Answer

If I understand you correctly you are saying that you don’t think you have Firefox installed on your system, so the easy way to check is to look in your Add/Remove Programs section. If you find it, uninstall it.

Have you ever installed the Beta version of FireFox 2.0? That version has a record of known issues with installation and removal.

If you do have FireFox installed and want to disable Remembered Passwords just open FireFox/Tools/Options/Security/uncheck the “Remember passwords for sites”. That should do it. You also have the option with FireFox to use InPrivate Browsing. This removes any trace of where you’ve been on your browser. Open Firefox/Tools/Start Private Browsing/Start Private Browsing.

Your question also gives me a chance to approach another subject. How do I find that program I downloaded yesterday, where is it? I know it’s a problem sometimes finding where things have been downloaded and where they are being stored. It’s like they just got flung into space or something. I found this really neat little program that has been a lifesaver for me while using Windows 7. Quite honestly the files search feature in Windows 7 seems to be more of an Achilles heel than a feature.

Enter Search Everything in your search engine. It’s free, easy to install and it’s fast and simple.

Thanks everyone for another great group of questions. The participation has been excellent and we are doing our best to answer them all.

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3 thoughts on “ASK THE PROS August..National Catfish Month

  1. RE: Rick and his Compaq Armada 1700 6266/T/4000/D/M/1.

    I was surprised that this question was not answered more thoroughly than just “upgrade to a new computer”. If Rick wants to use an old system and Windows 98, I assume he has his reasons, such as wanting to play a game that just doesn’t work in a later OS.

    First off, yes, there are limits on how big hard drives can be using older file systems. Your Windows 98 probably installed using FAT16, which is very limited. However, there’s no reason why it cannot be upgraded to FAT32, since Windows 98 is a 32-bit OS. There should be a utility to do so on the fly in start/programs/accessories/system tools. FAT32 can use up to 32Gb of hard drive space.

    That won’t get you where you need to be, though. You will need to reformat the entire hard drive using FAT 32, and you’ll need to partition it. By using a partition tool such as FDisk (part of the software you get when creating a Windows 98 boot floppy) or an advanced tool like Partition Magic, you can divide your drive up into sizes that the OS can deal with. Your 40Gb drive, for example, can be divided into two 20Gb partitions, which Windows 98 will recognize as two separate hard drives and work with quite happily.

    To do the job properly, reinstalling Windows will be unavoidable, but the end result will be a Windows 98 PC that is using its entire hard drive, and much more efficiently too.

  2. After I install IE8 there have been nothing but errors. The errors does not have any identiable to point you in any direction. It seem to be just general if there is such a thing. Is there a fix for that or any tips. Help.

    Phillip

  3. I have three same entries in Device Manager. Can I delete two of them?
    Device Manager > Human Interface Devices > HID-compliant device (shows up three times with same date and version number).
    Can I delete two each ‘HID-compliant device’?
    Please advise.
    Carl Bruck

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