Thursday, June 05, 2008

Turning Off that Beep in Dell D620 Laptops

You are in a library. Silence all around and people engrossed in books or feeling each other up. You installed this cool new software and need to reboot. So you power down and then power up. If you have a Dell 620, you might be clasping your hands against your ears in anticipation of that loud beep. And ear phones too? You are probably looking at 15 days before you go deaf.

So here's how you can disable that beep:
1. Open Computer Management and click Device Manger.
2. From the Console menu select View > Show Hidden Devices. You can only see this option once you have selected Device Manager.
3. A new item appears in the Device Manager Panel: Non-Plug and Play Drivers.
4. Expand the menu, find Beep and right click.
5. Select Disable.

Go back to living a normal life!

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Resolving PDF Problems!

You need to send that PDF file by close of business to your product manager/SME and the file won't just print. What do you do?

Listed here is a set of common PDF issues and solutions:

Pain: When you right-click a Microsoft Office file to convert to Adobe PDF, the application returns the message, "Missing PDFMaker files," and does not create an Adobe PDF file.

Solution: Remove Adobe PDF from the Disabled Items list in the Microsoft Office application.
To manage your Disabled Items list in a Microsoft Office application:
1. Open the Microsoft Office application (Word, Excel, Publisher).
2. Choose Help > About [the application name].
3. Click Disabled Items.
4. Select Adobe PDF from the list, and clickEnable.
5. Quit the Microsoft Office application, and then restart it.

If the error message continues to appear after you enable Adobe PDF, then check the security level for macros in Word:
1. Choose Tools > Macro > Security.
2. In the Security dialog, click the Security tab.
3. Choose Medium or High.
4. Do one of the following:
-- If you chose Medium, then click OK.
-- If you chose High, then continue with steps 5 through 7.
5. Click the Trusted Publishers tab.
6. Check Trust all installed add-ins and templates.
7. Click OK.

PDFMaker and the right-click context menu should function again.

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Pain: Images look fine in MS Word, but after converting to PDF, image quality is poor.

Solution: Save your image in JPG or TIFF format and embed the image into your Word document to publish using Adobe PDF printer. PNGs are not suitable for word to PDF conversion, TIFFS work much better. Use high quality print setting while converting to PDF. Also, standardize the resolution settings of your desktop (1024*768) and the DPI setting in your screen capture software.

Watch this space for more!

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