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RE: Question about Microsoft Moviemaker (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: iowagirl2006 on 11.12.2008 at 09:55 pm in Computer Help Forum

I have not had any luck with the Video CD's using Movie Maker. It could be my computer and/or my DVD player. They play on my computer, but not on my DVD player/TV.

I have fantastic luck with the DVD's.

I don't know about the SD card - you wouldn't be out anything trying it.

I use a third party software (Roxio) to burn the file to DVD.

You can pause the slideshow, just like any other DVD, with your remote.

Did you know you can change the length of the clip? They don't have to be 5 seconds.

Before you create your slideshow - Select TOOLS->OPTIONS-> then set the picture duration. You can also select the transition duration.

If you already have your slide show created - you can drag each individual clip (on the Timeline view, not storyboard) to whatever length you want. If you want one clip 10 seconds, and another 5 - it is as easy as dragging them to the length you want. You can expand the view of the timeline by clicking the magnifying glass with the + in it. That makes it easier to edit indiviual clips.

When I am finished creating the show - under Step 3 - I select "Save to my computer"
-> I name the show
->I select Other Settings...High Quality NTSC.

It saves that file in My Videos. That is the file I burn to DVD, using Roxio DVD Creator. It will give you a high quality picture to view on your TV. I have a widescreen HDTV and they look great on it!

This step may take a while depending on the length of your show and the speed of your computer. It is a different step than just saving your work (File->Save Project) I do recommend saving your project often while working on it , by selecting File->Save Project. This file is NOT a created playable slideshow - you need to finish out step 3 for that.

WMM does tend to lock up if you are low on RAM or have lots of other apps running. At least that is the case with the XP version. Nothing worse than loosing the whole thing when you are almost finished!

WMM Forums are also a great place to learn some new tricks :) I have learned so much just reading the posts there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Windows Movie Maker Forums


clipped on: 11.13.2008 at 07:48 am    last updated on: 11.13.2008 at 07:48 am

RE: shortcuts slow to open (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: damccoy on 11.10.2008 at 07:29 pm in Computer Help Forum

We never addressed the .pdf reader that you said you required. Below is the one I use on FF. It is a good feature to begin learning about plugins/addons. There easy and removable. I am not a FF advocate, but I have customized mine with:

Download Statusbar
PDF Download
Read It Later
Tab Scope
Undo Closed Tab Button
U.S. English Dictionary

Try a few and have some fun.


Here is a link that might be useful: PDF Download


clipped on: 11.11.2008 at 08:29 am    last updated on: 11.11.2008 at 08:29 am

RE: shortcuts slow to open (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: ravencajun on 11.10.2008 at 05:10 pm in Computer Help Forum

Maybee your IE is still there and you can use it at any time even with firefox open they work fine together, all you do is just click on the big blue IE icon on your desktop and it will open your IE browser do the same for firefox just click the firefox icon and it will open firefox. Which ever one you want to use you just click it's button. If you have the firefox icon on the desktop you can just grab it with your mouse hold down the button and drag the icon down there to the quick launch bar where your other icons are then let go and it should create a new icon for you down there too.

When you want to go to the windows update site to get any windows updates you will have to do that using your IE browser because Microsoft will not accept firefox. That is the only place I ever use my IE now, I use firefox for everything else. This will not at all affect your Windows updates if you have them set to do automatically or to notify you. Only if you want to go to the actual windows update webpage then you need to click on your IE icon and use it.
Your windows update notifier is not tied to your browser at all so this will not change that at all you will still see that update notifier the same as before.

To do any updates for firefox itself it will occasionally check automatically for updates and if it finds some it will pop up and tell you that it has found an update for your firefox or for any add ons you may have then you click ok to let it do the updates, it will then tell you it has to restart firefox (not the whole pc just firefox) say ok and it will shut down firefox then re-open it and the updates will be installed automatically.

Have you managed to get your home page set up on firefox now? If not what you need to do is just go to the webpage that you want to use as your home page, for example if you wanted to use this forum, while you are on the website here you would click up top tools> options then on the main tab there you will see where you have the options for setting your home page, just select the one that says use current page, that will set the page you are currently on as your home page, anytime you want to change it just go to the page you want to set and do the same thing again.

You will want to in that same Options box click on the tabs tab and in there make sure these are selected, new pages should be opened in a NEW TAB
then there are 4 options below that and you want to make sure the top 3 are selected.
If you need to change the font type or the size of the fonts on the pages you can change that in Options >content tab
When you want to clear your cache on firefox you go to Options> privacy then at the bottom is your option to clear the cache, when you click that it gives you more options/settings on exactly what you want it to clear, I always have mine clear cache and download history. you can also clear the cache by clicking on Tools > clear private data.

Once you get the hang of firefox and start trying some of the wonderful add ons that are available for it you will wonder why you did not try it sooner.


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RE: shortcuts slow to open (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: damccoy on 11.10.2008 at 12:47 pm in Computer Help Forum

You can have multiple windows open with IE7 if a user so wishes.

FF plugins are easy to obtain and install. As was asked, what one do you need?

We have to remember FF is only a work around. We haven't remedied the original IE concern.

I don't think this is the problem but you might consider repairing IE7:

First back up your Favorites list and then from Microsoft:

Method to Follow if You Have Internet Explorer 7

If you have Internet Explorer 7, you can repair damaged files or missing registration information in Internet Explorer 7. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Start Internet Explorer 7.
2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
3. On the Advanced tab, click Reset.
4. In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, click Reset to confirm.

I don't think error-checking is the answer either, but it won't hurt to try.

My Computer>right click on C:/ drive>Properties>Tools tab>Error-Checking Check Now>check both boxes>Start>Yes>Reboot system

The system will come up in a DOS like presentation and operate automatically so don't be concerned. Some of the steps will take a considerable amount of time, particularly if it has never been done before so don't plan to watch. When the task is completed it will continue to reboot normally.



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RE: shortcuts slow to open (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: ravencajun on 11.10.2008 at 01:56 pm in Computer Help Forum

Maybee when you did the install of firefox it should have asked you when you double clicked it to install if you wanted to put those shortcut icons there on your desktop and it should have asked if you wanted it to import your favorites from IE to firefox, did you tell it yes to do that? You can still have it import all your faves so you have copies on both IE and firefox. to do that click on bookmarks up at the top of FF then organize bookmarks then file then import and select all that you want to import you can select them all or any.

To get your shortcut icon on your desktop if it is not there go to Start > all programs> firefox right click on the firefox and select shortcut to desktop, once you have it on the desktop you can simply click that to open your firefox, if you want it down in the quicklaunch bar you will have to drag it from the desktop down into the quicklaunch bar.

When you are on a site that says you need a plug in rather than get it there it is safer to choose to go to the actual home site of the plug in so if it is wanting an adobe plug in you can go directly there and get the firefox version.

We have many threads here with good firefox tips and tricks and will help you learn firefox, it is super easy and you will soon love it. Just ask when you need help.
some sites to look at to help you get a start with firefox:
video tutorial there are more links on the right of that page

How To Use Firefox 3


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RE: shortcuts slow to open (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: ravencajun on 11.08.2008 at 07:21 pm in Computer Help Forum

ah ok that is what I suspected, then your problem will not be with your system most likely, it will be something slowing down your browser or your connection.

For IE7 a few things to try to help speed it up,
Disable the SSVhelper plugin in IE7 by going to:

Tools->Manage Add-ons->Enable or Disable Add-ons

Select the SSVHelper Class line, click the Disable button, and then click OK:

You can also disable the built in Phising filter which will speed it up
disable via: Tools > Phishing Filter > Turn (on/off) Automatic Website Checking.
Even if you have this feature set to off, you can always check a site you are unsure of manually through the Tools > Phishing Filter menu.

After installing IE7, XP will load ctfmon.exe at startup. You can disable it in the Services, but it will reload itself every time you run IE7.

To fix this and speed up IE7 -

Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages -> Details -> Advanced.

Set the checkbox "Turn off advanced text services" and [Apply].

this is a neat trick to view in thumbnail
CTRL+Q Speed Up IE7 Tabbed Browsing
8 top tips for IE 7 more tips and tricks to consider

try a few of those and see if they help


clipped on: 11.11.2008 at 08:17 am    last updated on: 11.11.2008 at 08:17 am

shortcuts slow to open

posted by: maybee on 11.07.2008 at 02:46 pm in Computer Help Forum

All of my saved shortcuts, whether in my favorites or on my desktop are very slow to open. After they do open, things move along well, but it takes a long time for them to open (a looooong time). I've done a Crap Cleaning scan, SuperAnitSpyWare and McAfee scan and all was well with them. This has just been happening the last day and a half and I haven't installed anything new...XP pro...HP Compaq Computer...IE 7...SP3


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