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Soliciting information about user PC, software, and hardware configurationwould likely take up volumes and bandwidth, so I'll choose some parameters andlimit my input to those specified as best as possible.
OS = WinXP (clean install)
Current generic USB BIOS support
Main board generic USB operability
Functional removable storage device(s)
The following may be a viable option. Check, first, to see what WinXP hasalready done with your drive assignments. Jot it done without getting writer'scramp. Your "hard copy" can be referred to later without trying torecover memory loss about what mouse click did what. I would recommend navigating the following areas before organizing your PCuse there.
You may need some pertinent information up front about your machine and its installed devices before committing to actual settings. Double click the desktop icon "My Computer," select the firstremovable drive in the "Devices with Removable Storage" and"Right click" it and select "Properties." You'll see adialogue box with several taps. In the "General" tab you can give it a name in the rectangular boxprovided much the same way you can name your HDD. When you're certain what youwill name it, type it in later, and click the "Apply" button. I wouldsuggest waiting until you know what you're going to primarily use it for beforemaking it easily recognizable by name in Windows Explorer or My Computer. In the "Auto play" tab you can actually specify what "contenttype" the flash drive will operate under if you have different flashdevice readers as a result of a multi-port interface. To get an idea, click the downward arrow on the top right to see what's already available for assignment.Assigning a specific task to the drive is often associated with the same devicebeing routinely used for a specific task. For instance, data from camera memorycards and flash memory device routinely used for the photo operations. If it'sa singular multi-tasking port, as opposed to multi port interface, photo filesmay not be the only application generated files on this flash memory device, soleaving the "Radio Button" selected at the bottom for "Prompt meeach time to choose an action" will more likely serve your purpose. It maybe worth while establishing in advance what applications you're going tocontinue to use until you're a pro at swapping applications. The "Tools" tab section gives you disk maintenance options for theflash media. Similar to HDD maintenance settings, this area can be monitoredfor drive condition, FAT / NTSF, and space utilization. The "Hardware" tab section gives you a listing of hardware devicesthat can be modified. By highlighting the flash drive device (USB reader...)and clicking the "Properties" button you can find out details aboutthis device. Under the "General" sub-tab you can enable or disable it throughthe bottom box, as well as troubleshoot it if device is not operatingcorrectly, so indicated in the "Device Status" section.
The "Policies" sub-tab could be a very important configurationsince it tells the OS about how the flash memory device will be connected anddisconnected from the reader port by the user. Early removal of the memorymedia can disrupt data written to it and alter how it will be read from thatflash media in another reader device (one of the stray variables). Incompletefiles often show up as file error messages. Choosing the radio-button"Optimize for performance" usually generates an icon on the taskbar.It also commits you to using it regularly. It's safer where critical files areconcerned. It is also a matter to be considered while using the same flashmedium between different machines. Know this up front.
Under the "Volumes" sub-tab you can get specific data about thedevice as well as make a note of it for future reference through the"Populate" button. This is much the same thing that is requested whena "search" is done of a drive. Going through "Start" to"My Computer" and clicking the removable device will activate thisprocess, too. It will also let you know whether the device is readable on yourmachine. The "Start-My Computer-drive icon" navigation procedure willexpect data to be properly preconfigured and in place on the drive in order tobe read. (Formatting the flash memory is a stray variable here) Anon-configured flash drive is similar to a new HDD without any OS on it. Itdoesn't show you much. When properly configured one can get information hereand monitor subtleties of change when they start occurring. Usually strangeentries from the previous. These changes could indicate an incompatibilitybrewing between different machines and their respective setups. Encryption orno encryption, administrative authorization requirements, and password access,for instance. At any rate, the more you know about how and where you're goingto use the flash drives the more flexibility you can incorporate into thedevice or restrict its use as you modify your own use of it to deter data loss.
Under the "Driver" tab you'll see what's already loaded into memoryby pressing the "Driver Details..." button. It is only informativeand will not change anything. Well worth the navigation to get there. Thesedrivers can then be checked against what is needed for your machine andrequired for other machines in the loop of data transferring. Knowing whatother machines are currently running can make data transfer much easier.(Useful for students on campus) If your machine is older it may require updateddrivers which usually take into account past bugs, fixes them, and makes yourUSB device more accessible. Keeping all machines in the data loop "driverupdated" reduces the chances of incompatibility and unexpected failure.Theses come to mind here. Novice, savvy, or expert, by navigating some of the above suggestions you'llhave a better idea of where to look for problems should they occur.
Saving important files to HDD disk or a CD/DVD RW may be an extra motion,but a fail safe measure where questionable machines or a lack of familiarity ofthe machines are concerned.
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Nov 19, 2013 | Computers & Internet
Whether your holding a video business conference, having a personal video chat with a friend or recording video with your laptop webcam, image clarity plays a huge factor in the quality of the video.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the image quality, including available lighting and screen resolution settings.
Adjust your webcam settings, such as brightness contrast, hue and saturation to accommodate the lighting in the room. In order to access your webcam settings, click on "Start" and open the "Control Panel."
Choose "Hardware" and then choose your internal webcam from the hardware menu.
Select the "Properties" tab to open the setting controls and slide each bar until you achieve the ideal visual settings for your broadcast.
Increase the available lighting behind you when conducting a webcam chat, but do not increase the lighting close to the webcam.
A lack of back lighting not only creates a darker image projection, but can cause graininess. Too much light close to the webcam can blanch the image, making it difficult to see.
Adjust your screen resolution.
When the image quality is blurred and distorted during a webcam broadcast, lowering your resolution can sharpen the image projection.
To lower your resolution, right-click on your desktop and click "Properties." Choose "Screen Resolution," from the available prompts.
Lower the screen resolution one step below where it is currently set and test the image quality.
If it needs further sharpening, repeat the process until you achieve the desired clarity.
Adjust settings in the video chat program you are using.
For example, if you are using Skype, select "Tools" and click on the "Video" icon in the left toolbar.
Select "Webcam Settings" and adjust your visual and camera function settings, such as the hue and saturation, as well as lighting compensation.
Test your bandwidth settings.
If the traffic on your network is high, and multiple users are sharing the same Internet connection, it can affect your bandwidth and lower the quality of your video projection.
In order to conduct a quality video session, you should have minimum bandwidth connection of 128 kbps.
To check your bandwidth, visit an online test site like SpeedTest and run a bandwidth check.
Dust off the lens to free dust particles with an air can.
Dust particles can cloud the clarity, but you don't want to wipe them away with your fingers or a rough cloth.
Blasting the lens with a burst of canned air will blow away debris and help improve picture clarity.
Hope this helps
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