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General Discussion / Will I always be able to open my Windows files?
« Last post by Rupert on September 12, 2015, 04:47:35 PM »
I first underwent PC orientation in 1997 and ever since then I've accumulated numerous files in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Naturally I've cleared loads out down the years but, as my Windows OS has evolved ('97, '98, 2000, XP, Vista and currently 8.1) I've often wondered if there is something inbuilt with Windows that ensures that archival material will always be readable in the future?
Windows / Re: Speakers icon periodically disappears from system tray
« Last post by Willabong on August 25, 2015, 10:44:09 AM »
It shouldn't?  But the icon is not essential to the sound working, it is only an indicator and a means of getting to the sound settings quickly, and has no other function.
You could go into your sound settings (right click on icon or find the settings in control panel), switch the 'display icon in system tray' off then on again (don't forget to apply the setting), this sometimes is all that is needed to correct the problem.
If you know someone who has a computer, ask them to check ebay out, to see if they have this problem? The point is, that if they don't have the problem (and I don't), then it points to your computer as being the source of the problem.
I'll try to make contact with eBay but they're such a huge concern I don't rate my chances of a speedy or relevant reply!

I only have the one computer so I can't try the other option you mention unfortunately, but thanks again for your suggestions.
Windows / Speakers icon periodically disappears from system tray
« Last post by Rupert on August 24, 2015, 02:38:16 PM »
When things are working normally, there's a little speaker icon visible in my system tray (lower right of screen).  This will usually have a 'No Entry' symbol by it, indicating that sound is currently off.  When I press the sound key on my keyboard I get sound and can control the volume using the appropriate keys.

Every now and then, when I boot up the PC, the speaker icon isn't there, although I can still activate sound and volume in the usual way and the on-screen indicator momentarily appears as normal in the upper left of my screen.  I've found that by simply restarting the computer the icon always returns.

Why should the icon disappear intermittently in this way?

(OS is Windows 8.1 x64bit)
I use ebay occasionally and have never experienced a problem such as you describe?  Check to see if ebay has a contact email address, then send them a description of the problem.
Also if possible try a different computer to find out if the same problems occur on it?

Wireless mouse and keyboard are not the problem, Willabong, but thanks for your suggestion.

I can be at the computer for a length of time, looking on here and numerous other places, including the websites I mentioned above as being 'troublesome'.  The issues only occur on the sites mentioned, everything being fine elsewhere, so it has to be an inherent problem with the websites themselves.

I'd love to know if other eBay users have similar problems when they're logged on and trying to navigate the site.  It drives my wife crazy these days when her keyboard and mouse commands are not followed properly.  As I said before, she's probably going to give up on eBay altogether as a result.

Hardware / Re: PC extended warranty - is it worth it? Thoughts anyone?
« Last post by Willabong on August 19, 2015, 10:31:07 AM »
I would say there is a case for extended warranties in some cases:  A Printer/Scanner combo when it breaks down can cost an arm and a leg to replace. But Curries offers a replacement warranty that can be very cost effective.
However a PC is a different animal, and as a breakdown usually involves a drive or power supply (relatively cheap things), the price of an extended warranty is never justified!
So really, it is up to you or I using common sense, when considering an extended warranty?
Is your Keyboard and Mouse  wireless or wired, and if wired, is it usb?

Either way, remove the wirless widget from the USB port it is connected to and try a different USB port. Or if wired, then remove the cables from the current USB port and try a different one!
And make sure all the cable plug ends are pushed firmly home!
Hardware / Re: PC extended warranty - is it worth it? Thoughts anyone?
« Last post by Rupert on August 18, 2015, 04:12:06 PM »
Thanks for your reply, Nick. 

My own thoughts are along those lines so it looks like I'll be hanging onto my cash for now!
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