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    Digital Photo Basics
  1. Getting Pictures from Camera into Computer
  2. Getting Acquainted with Irfanview
  3. Basic Terms: View Size vs Print Size, etc.
  4. Virtually Free Photography - Naming Pics, Albums
  5. When Digital Camera Photos Can't Be Found
  6. Digital Photography for Not So Digital Seniors

  7. Crop, Resize, Align, Colors
  8. How to Crop and/or Resize a Photo
  9. Problem Enlarging Digital Pictures
  10. Understanding CYMK & RGB Colors
  11. How to Straighten (Rotate, Align) a Photo
  12. Darkrooms Replaced by Computers
  13. Be Your Own Photo Processing Studio

  14. Adding Text to Pictures
  15. Adding Text to a Photo
  16. Text & Picture In a Word Text Box

  17. Displaying Your Pictures
  18. Printing Multiple Photos on a Single Page
  19. Displaying Your Photos as a Slideshow
  20. Merging Two Graphics Into One
  21. When Multiple Photos Don't All Fit on a Print-Out
  22. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?

  23. Online Images - Emailing Pics
  24. Reducing a Digital Photo's File Size
  25. Red X Instead of a Picture
  26. Reducing the File Size of a Video
  27. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?
  28. Copying Images from a Web Site or an Email

  29. Pic Formats - File Extensions
  30. Digital Picture Formats (JPG, BMP, GIF, TIF, etc)
  31. Difference Between "Drawing" & "Painting" Programs
  32. Digital Cameras & Megapixelss
  33. Choosing File Associations for Picture Files
  34. Understanding "Animated GIFs"
  35. Comparison of JPG and GIF Image Files

No Sound from My Speakers

I hear quite regularly from readers who say their computers' speakers have stopped working. Well, if you have checked to make sure the speakers are properly connected to the PC, that their power switch is on, that their volume control is up, and that they are getting power from a plugged-in AC adaptor or a set of viable batteries, here's what to do next:

Speaker Icon

Double-click the "speaker" icon in your System Tray (near the digital clock). This will display volume adjustments for different sound devices. Be sure that none has its Mute button checked and that the volume lever on each is at least half way up. If none of these steps produce sound, try playing a music file and look for the volume control on your Media Player. Make sure it is not set to zero.

Speaker Icon

If you still have no sound,
it could be your audio card. Simultaneously press your keyboard's Windows key and Pause/Break key to display System Properties. Click Hardware>Device Manager, and click the plus sign (+) to the left of Sound, Video & Game Controllers. If any of the listed devices displays a yellow exclamation point, right-click it and choose Uninstall (or Delete). Finally, restart your computer.

If a sound device has somehow malfunctioned, the above procedure may fix it. If so, you will get a message saying "New hardware has been found & Windows is trying to reinstall it." No guarantee this will work, but I have seen it work in many, many cases.

If this procedure fails and you still see a yellow marker on the device's icon, you may have to install a replacement. Sound cards can be easily purchased and user installed in most desktop PCs. Laptops need to be taken to a technician. If you are unfamiliar with opening a tower and replacing parts, have a technician handle the situation.

Missing Speaker Icon

If your Speaker icon is missing from your System Tray altogether, you can get it back as follows: Click on Start>Control Panel>Sounds & Audio Devices and click on Sounds or Volume. Checkmark "Place Volume Control Icon in the Taskbar."

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