Recover Scratched CDs

In todays world we use CD’s, DVD’s very commonly to store all our important data. but when those CD’s or DVD’s get scrated we really become verry angry and try our best to recover the contents like our favourite songs,pics,movies or our documents. we never like to add many cd’s or dvd’s in the list of scratched cd’s so here are some tips to recover such cd’s or dvd’s.

Hand Methode :

Rub a small amount of toothpaste on the scratch
and polish the CD with a soft cloth and any petroleum-based
polishing solution (like clear shoe polish). Squirt a drop of
Brasso and wipe it with a clean cloth.

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Software Method :

There are many softwares available on the
net, which enable the recovery of the CD data. BadCopy Pro is one such software, which can be used to recover destroyed data and files from a range of media.
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Just a few clicks is all it requires to recover the disc from almost all kind of damage situation, be it corrupted, lost data, unreadable or defective.

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How to Maintain :

Always wipe the CD from the center outward with straight spoke-like strokes. Wiping CDs in circles will create more scratches.
* Do not scratch the graphics layer as you cannot repair the disc.
HINT: Hold the disc up to a light with the graphics layer facing
the light source. If you can see light thru the scratches at any
point then the disc may be irreparable and or exhibit loading
or playing errors.
* Clean your Disc players lens regularly with a suitable product to ensure optimal viewing pleasure.
* Make sure to use a soft, lint-free cloth to clean both sides of the disc. Wipe in a straight line from the centre of the disc to the outer edge.
* If wiping with a cloth does not remove a fingerprint or smudge, use a specialized DVD disc polishing spray to clean the disc.
* Only handle the disc by its outer edge and the empty hole in the middle. This will help prevent fingerprints, smudges or scratches.

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October 2, 2006 at 10:25 am 1 comment

Windows Tablet PC Edition..!!

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Tablet PCs are computers powered by the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Operating System and equipped with a sensitive screen designed to interact with a complimentary pen are called Tablet PCs. Tablet PCs are fully functional laptops and more. You can use the pen directly on the screen as you would a mouse to do things like select, drag, open files etc. by interacting directly to the screen without using a keyboard or a mouse the PC becomes much more comfortable to use. The Windows Tablet PC edition is powered with both handwriting and voice capabilities. A number of manufacturers produce Tablet PC models that differ in size, processing speed, design to meet anybody’s needs.

Tablet PC can work for professionals in almost all the fields. The healthcare professionals can be more productive with real time access to the patient information and other data whether you are with a patient, a colleague, at your desk or on the go. It can help the financial service professionals to enhance their customer service whether they are with a customer, in the field or at home. Educators learn to create a high quality learning experiences through increased collaboration, interaction and visual stimulation. The enterprise users and their employees can work smarter.

October 2, 2006 at 9:33 am Leave a comment

Speed up your browsing of Windows 2000 & XP machines

Here’s a great tip to speed up your browsing of Windows XP machines. Its actually a fix to a bug installed as default in Windows 2000 that scans shared files for Scheduled Tasks. And it turns out that you can experience a delay as long as 30 seconds when you try to view shared files across a network because Windows 2000 is using the extra time to search the remote computer for any Scheduled Tasks. Note that though the fix is originally intended for only those affected, Windows 2000 users will experience that the actual browsing speed of both the Internet & Windows Explorers improve significantly after applying it since it doesn’t search for Scheduled Tasks anymore. Here’s how :

Open up the Registry and go to :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace

Under that branch, select the key :

{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}

and delete it.

This is key that instructs Windows to search for Scheduled Tasks. If you like you may want to export the exact branch so that you can restore the key if necessary.

This fix is so effective that it doesn’t require a reboot and you can almost immediately determine yourself how much it speeds up your browsing processes.

October 2, 2006 at 9:26 am Leave a comment

The Ultimate Mouse

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The performance of an optical mouse is difficult to analyze because numerous parameters come into play, and the results are always a compromise. Improving one performance factor doesn’t necessarily lead to a better overall result. It’s a little like what happens with cars. Wider tires with thinner treads will improve handling, but comfort and road grip under difficult conditions suffer. For an optical mouse, end performance is the result of a long, complex process that includes analysis of the surface, calculation of coordinates and transmission to the computer.

Let There Be Light

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A mouse’s sensor takes a continuous series of “photographs” of the surface over which the mouse is moving. By comparing these pictures, the mouse’s processor calculates coordinates. Obviously, for optimum measurement, the images have to be good. Thus the first task is to illuminate the surface. Until recently, red LEDs were used to do that. The surface reflects back the light, which is focused by lenses before it hits the sensor. A recent innovation by Logitech replaced the LED with a small laser. This laser creates a more concentrated beam and its light is more stable, producing a more detailed image. As in a CD or DVD player, lasers are particularly effective for detecting surface irregularities.

October 2, 2006 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

Common Control Panel Applets

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Accessibility Options

access.cpl

Add New Hardware Wizard

hdwwiz.cpl

Add/Remove Programs

appwiz.cpl

Date and Time Properties

timedate.cpl

Display Properties

desk.cpl

FindFast

findfast.cpl

Folder Properties *

folders

Fonts Folder *

fonts

Internet Properties

inetcpl.cpl

Joystick Properties

joy.cpl

Keyboard Properties

main.cpl keyboard

Mouse Properties

main.cpl

Network Properties

ncpl.cpl

Password Properties

password.cpl

Phone and Modem options

telephon.cpl

Power Management

powercfg.cpl

Printers Folder *

printers

Regional settings

intl.cpl

Scanners and Cameras

sticpl.cpl

Sound Properties

mmsys.cpl sounds

Sounds and Audio Device Properties

mmsys.cpl

System Properties

sysdm.cpl

User settings

nusrmgr.cpl

TweakUI

tweakui.cpl

To run this applets follow the steps below

step 1: Go to start-> Run

step 2: In Run window type the corresponding applet.

October 2, 2006 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows XP

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To Press
Set focus on a notification. Windows Key+B
View properties for the selected item. ALT+ENTER
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW
Display the items in the active list in a dialog box. F4
Refresh the active window. F5
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Display the top of the active window. HOME
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW
Display the items in the active list in a dialog box. F4
Refresh the active window. F5
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Display the top of the active window. HOME
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. Menu key
Switch ToggleKeys on and off. NUM LOCK for five seconds
Display all subfolders under the selected folder. NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)
Collapse the selected folder. NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)
Display the contents of the selected folder. NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu. RIGHT ARROW
Display current selection if it’s collapsed, or select first subfolder. RIGHT ARROW
Switch FilterKeys on and off. Right SHIFT for eight seconds
Display the items in the active list in a dialog box. F4
Refresh the active window. F5
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Display the top of the active window. HOME
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. Menu key
Switch ToggleKeys on and off. NUM LOCK for five seconds
Display all subfolders under the selected folder. NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)
Collapse the selected folder. NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)
Display the contents of the selected folder. NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu. RIGHT ARROW
Display current selection if it’s collapsed, or select first subfolder. RIGHT ARROW
Switch FilterKeys on and off. Right SHIFT for eight seconds
Switch StickyKeys on and off. SHIFT five times
Prevent the CD from automatically playing. SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document. SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin. SHIFT+DELETE
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. SHIFT+F10
Move backward through options in a dialog box. SHIFT+TAB
Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box in a dialog box. SPACEBAR
Move forward through options in a dialog box. TAB
Carry out the corresponding command. Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu
Display or hide the Start menu. Windows Key
Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain. Windows Key+ L
Display the System Properties dialog box. Windows Key+BREAK
Show the desktop. Windows Key+D
Open My Computer. Windows Key+E
Search for a file or folder. Windows Key+F
Display Windows Help. Windows Key+F1
Minimize all windows. Windows Key+M
Open the Run dialog box. Windows Key+R
Restores minimized windows. Windows Key+Shift+M
Opens Utility Manager. Windows Key+U
Displays the properties of the selected object. ALT+Enter
Cycle through items in the order they were opened. ALT+ESC
“Close the active item, or quit the active program. ALT+F4
Opens the shortcut menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
Display the System menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
Switch between open items. ALT+TAB
Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option in a dialog box. ALT+Underlined letter
Display the corresponding menu. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name
Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons in a dialog box. Arrow keys
View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer. BACKSPACE
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box in a dialog box. BACKSPACE
Copy selected item. CTRL while dragging an item
Select all. CTRL+A
Copy. CTRL+C
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Display the Start menu. CTRL+ESC
Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously. CTRL+F4
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Create shortcut to selected item. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item
Highlight a block of text. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Move backward through tabs in a dialog box. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Move forward through tabs in a dialog box. CTRL+TAB
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph. CTRL+UP ARROW
Paste. CTRL+V
Search for computers. CTRL+Windows Key+F
Cut. CTRL+X
Undo. CTRL+Z
Delete. DELETE
Display the bottom of the active window. END
Carry out the command for the active option or button in a dialog box. ENTER
Cancel the current task. ESC
Display Help in a dialog box. F1
Activate the menu bar in the active program. F10
Rename selected item. F2
Search for a file or folder. F3
Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer. F4
Display the items in the active list in a dialog box. F4
Refresh the active window. F5
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Display the top of the active window. HOME
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN

October 2, 2006 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

AMD’s Dual Core Laptops

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On May 17, 2006, AMD announced its first 64 bit dual-core laptop processors: the Turion 64 X2 series. Thanks to its two processor cores, these CPUs are capable of concurrently running several applications. This means that they substantially reduce input delays when the user switches tasks, and enable the development of much more powerful laptops. Even better, power consumption is apparently not much higher than that of its predecessor, the Turion 64.

Unlike its competitor, AMD’s Turion 64 X2 mobile platform is open: the chipset and WLAN components are not made exclusively by AMD, but come from renowned manufacturers like ATI, nVidia, Airgo, Atheros and Broadcom. However, this won’t be the case for long, as ATI is reported to be joining the AMD fold shortly…

Be that as it may, ATI offers two chipset variants for Turion 64 X2 laptop processors: the Radeon Xpress 1100 and 1150. nVidia’s portfolio features a combination of nForce Go 430 MCP and GeForce Go 6150 IGP for these CPUs. Both chipsets have integrated graphics cores.

October 2, 2006 at 7:49 am Leave a comment

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