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Software / Re: Skype ... I've no idea where to start
« Last post by Rupert on January 19, 2015, 07:17:49 PM »
Thanks Willabong, I knew you'd have most of the answers!

It all looks pretty simple, so now I shall research webcams.  Do they all include a microphone?
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Software / Re: Skype ... I've no idea where to start
« Last post by Willabong on January 19, 2015, 06:56:07 PM »
Never used Skype myself, but I believe it is FREE as are the video calls, go here to download it:   http://www.skype.com/en/

You will also need a Web Camera, if you don't have one, Tesco and Asda sell them.

Install the Web Camera first, the software will be supplied with the Camera. Then install Skype, it should pick up your Web Cam, or allow you to select it.

Make sure your daughter has the same setup, then it is a matter of exchanging e-mail details  (I think), Nick will know for sure!

You will need to know when your daughter is going to call (skype) you, and vice versa.
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Software / Skype ... I've no idea where to start
« Last post by Rupert on January 19, 2015, 05:14:30 PM »
These days so many young people seem to be able to phone their friends and actually see them during the call, much like the futuristic videophones in old sci-fi films.  I'm going to make the assumption that what they're doing is 'Skyping'.

I have one desktop computer with a 23" widescreen HD monitor (no laptop or tablet and certainly no smart phone), if I wanted to Skype I presume I would need to buy a kit of some sort, which would probably comprise a little camera and a microphone to mount on top of the computer screen, plus some software to install on my computer.

The PC is just a few months old and runs Windows 8.1 x64 bit.  I have superfast (70 Mbps) broadband c/o BT, so where do I go from here?  Assuming I get everything set up OK, does the person on the other end need to be expecting my Skype call in order for me to be able to make the connection?  If my daughter was to Skype me I'd certainly need to know that she was about to do this, since the computer is upstairs in the spare room, in sleep mode when not in use.  I can only imagine that you need to call up the person on the phone first, establish that they're near a Skype-enabled device, before going ahead with a Skype call.

Is there a special charge rate for Skype calls, or should it be covered by my current BT package?  How do I dial out using the computer .. is it a bit like sending an email?

So many questions, I know, but I've been thinking for a while that I'd like to be able to Skype occasionally if it's not too much trouble to set up and doesn't cost too much.  I wonder if there's a beginner's guide to the whole thing somewhere?

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Hardware / Re: A question about Recovery Image (D:)
« Last post by Nick Peers on January 15, 2015, 09:40:50 AM »
Not at all! Always good to find out more about these things - I never knew, for instance, that the drive is at least protected with various dire warnings attached (I long ago removed the recovery partition from my old Vista laptop as I quickly upgraded it to Windows 7!).
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Hardware / Re: A question about Recovery Image (D:)
« Last post by Rupert on January 14, 2015, 07:10:13 PM »
Cheers Nick .. In answer to your question, it always shows 1.60 GB free of 12.6 GB, so I don't think it's really 'filling up'. 

I opened drive D and the first level shows Recovery - illustrated by a little picture that looks a bit like a portable external hard drive.  Opening this file folder further, the next screen shows an HP logo at the top, under which is the title of the folder: Recovery Partition.  Under this, in red, there's the word Warning.  Then it merely says what I expected it to, namely: This area of your hard drive (or partition) contains files used to perform a system recovery.  Do not delete or alter any of these files.  Any change to this partition could prevent a system recovery in the future.

I'm sure everything is actually working just fine the way it is and the way it's supposed to .. I was merely curious to know a bit about this drive that I should never access.  Hope I haven't wasted your time!
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Hardware / Re: A question about Recovery Image (D:)
« Last post by Nick Peers on January 13, 2015, 05:43:58 PM »
Ah, apologies. Are you saying it's slowly filling up? If so, it's possible the drive is being used by Windows to temporarily unpack files for Windows Update (it likes to do that - use a different drive or partition). Those temp files should subsequently be deleted, but they're often left behind. If that's the case, open up drive D and let me know what files and folders you can see in there - I'll hopefully be able to identify them.
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Hardware / Re: A question about Recovery Image (D:)
« Last post by Rupert on January 13, 2015, 05:31:18 PM »
Thanks Nick.  I'm quite happy that it sits where it does in full view .. I know not to touch it and I'm the sole user of this PC. 

You didn't answer my main query though: 'Why does it always appear to be nearly full'?  What happens when that last 1.60 GB of data finds its way in there?  Would it ever actually become 'full' and if so, with what?
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Hardware / Re: A question about Recovery Image (D:)
« Last post by Nick Peers on January 13, 2015, 04:41:13 PM »
Rupert, that's your recovery partition. Normally it's hidden from view - so you can't accidentally access it - but HP machines in particular have a habit of leaving it in full view. The partition will contain all the files required to restore or recover your PC.

I think it's possible to "hide" the drive simply by removing its drive letter using Computer Management. See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/change-add-remove-drive-letter#1TC=windows-7 for a guide to doing so if necessary. The drive isn't touched, should still be accessible in case of an emergency, but it will no longer show up in Windows Explorer (you can always put it back again later if necessary by adding back the drive letter, but I doubt you'll ever need or want to!).
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Hardware / A question about Recovery Image (D:)
« Last post by Rupert on January 13, 2015, 04:34:46 PM »
Whenever I open the File Explorer of my new HP PC, which brings up the screen entitled This PC, I always notice under Devices and drives that there is one named Recovery Image (D:).

Whilst I understand what this drive is for and, more importantly, that I should never save or store anything in there, I am curious to know why it always appears to be nearly full?  It's currently showing 1.60 GB free of 12.6 GB.
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Hardware / Re: External hard drive: powered or unpowered .. does it matter?
« Last post by Willabong on January 06, 2015, 02:56:04 PM »
No! Not all, so check before buying!
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