How do I find the computer name in Windows XP?

Right click on the MyComputer icon which is on your desktop, click on the Computer name tab and look for Full computer name.

When I play a movie I have audio but no picture? Please help.

Download a little program called GSpot, install it, open the movie file you want to play with GSpot – it will tell you what codec you are missing. Then go to this site and see if you can find the codec that you need (if you don’t, then try searching for it on Google). Install the codec and try again – you should have picture and sound.

I need media_subtype_DTS (0×2001) Dolby Laboratories, Inc codec, where do I get it?

Here is a direct download link – download, install, close and reopen your movie player and you should have sound.

Cannot delete file: It is being used by another person or program

The messgae comes in a few more different flavours but it boils down to the same thing – you can not delete, move, or rename the file.

Try the following steps – wait a few minutes and try again. It could be that the program that is using the files is still busy closing down. Close all the running programs and try again and if that doesn’t help either then reboot your PC in safe mode and you should have no problem deleteing your file.

There is even simpler and more elegant solution – download unlocker – a tiny program that will help you deal with the problem. After downloading and installing the program right click on the file and choose unlocker, if you see the message No locking action found then you can choose No action, Delete, Rename or Move form the drop-down menu. If the unlocker founds the program that is using your file then you have the options to kill the process, to unlock the file from the process without killing the process or to unlock all processes locking the file without killing the processes. It is usually safer to choose either the second or the third option.

Internet Connection Sharing in Windows XP

Internet Connection Sharing in Windows XP

Sharing the Internet connection between two computers running WIndows XP

Connect the first one of your computers (the server) to the Internet and test the connection to make sure that it is working properly. Then click Start -> Control Panel -> double click Network Connections -> right click the Internet connection and select Properties. Click the Advanced tab and check the Allow other network users to connect trough this computer’s Internet connection as shown on the figure below:

Internet connection sharing

Leave the option Allow other users to control or disable the shared Internet connection unchecked or checked depending on your preferences. Click OK.

In order to share your Internet connection you need to network your main computer (the server) with your other computer (the client) – this can be done with cross-over cable connecting the two PCs’ network cards.

Configuring the client – on your second PC open Control Panel -> double click Network Setup Wizard -> click Next -> Next again and on the following screen select This computer connects to the Internet trough another computer on my network or trough a residential getaway as shown on the figure below:

Internet connection sharing

if your computer has more than one connection select Let me choose the connections to my network, click Next then select the connection you want to configure (this is the connection between your two PCs) and then finish the Wizard (when prompted enter a computer description and computer name, and the name of your workgroup – this should be the same on both computers – MSHOME by default). After you’re done with the wizard right click on the Connection and choose Properties -> select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the “Properties” button -> make sure that Obtain an IP address automatically and the Obtain DNS server address automatically check boxes are selected.

Reboot both computers.

Troubleshooting. If you have followed the instructions and still can not share your connection do the following.

On the client computer click the Start button -> Run -> type cmd and press OK. In the Command Prompt type:
ping 192.168.0.1 and press Enter as shown on the figure below:

Internet connection sharing

You should see something similar to the screen above which means that your two computers are connected properly. If you receive Ping request could not find host… or similar message that means that your two computers are not connected – in case of wired connection make sure that the cables that are connecting them are plugged in properly and that you’re using the right cables (cross-over cables).

On your main PC (the server) open Control Panel -> double click Network Connections -> right click your network connection (the one connecting the two PCs) and select Properties -> select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the “Properties” button. Click Use the following IP address and enter IP address: 192.168.0.1 Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0, leave default getaway blank. Select Use the following DNS server addresses but leave blank as shown on the figure below:

Internet connection sharing

On your second PC (the client) open Control Panel -> double click Network Connections -> right click your network connection (the one connecting the two PCs) and select Properties -> select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the “Properties” button. Click Use the following IP address and enter IP address: 192.168.0.2 Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0, default getaway 192.168.0.1 select Use the following DNS server addresses and enter 192.168.0.1 for the first one and leave the second one blank as shown on the figure below:

Internet connection sharing

Reboot both your computers.

How do I disable error reporting in Windows XP?

Click Start -> Control Panel -> System -> open the “Advance” tab -> click the “Error reporting” butoon (bottom right) -> select “Disable error reporting”

Can I format my computer without a startup disk?

If you are running Windows XP you can reformat your hard drive using only the XP disk. For step by step instructions on how to do that click here.