Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Google Chrome Will Not Play Music

Is the silence of Google Chrome driving you nuts?

I am running Windows 7 32bit on a Laptop and Windows 7 64bit on a PC. Something is really odd about the way Google's installer chooses the destination folder. For example, on my PC running 64bit Chrome is installed in a new Google folder in my C: drive Programs Folder (x86). This is the usual place for almost all programs. On my Laptop running 32bit Chrome is installed in the C:\Users\name\AppData\Local\Google folder.

The other odd things is, Chrome on my PC plays background sound on websites and sound on YouTube. My Laptop plays no sound in the Chrome browser. I even copied the folder from my PC onto a memory stick and plugged it into the laptop.

For a while when I clicked the exe file on the memory stick Chrome opened and played music on site and video sound. The folder was also copied onto the Laptop desktop and clicking the exe file there also opened Chrome and it played all sounds.

After 10 minutes, however, Chrome would not open any more. Even copying the folder into the Program Folder did not work.

Your only option is to install portable Chrome and update it manually. It is exactly the same as the "fixed" version and you can even sign in and get your bookmarks installed.

Get Google Chrome Portable from here.

For the direct download click here.

Portable Chrome will play all sound from the word GO.

The exe launcher file for Portable Chrome is in the Download folder where you put the initial download. Leave it there and drag a shortcut to where you want, or mover the whole portable folder to your Programs Files folder and drag a shortcut from there.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Windows 7 Background Wallpaper Keeps Resetting, default, will not work, won't, changes back, same picture, not save

Windows 7 Background Wallpaper
Are you having the problem where however many times you click "Personalize" on the desktop background, make changes, then save it, the computer resets to a "default" background picture when you restart?
Windows 7 Background Wallpaper
The background picture is usually the one with a river going from top left to bottom right with fields either side. It is an ugly and dull background isn't it?
Windows 7 Background Wallpaper
This background is the default for Bing Desktop and you can delete the picture in,
Windows 7 Background Wallpaper
You can even delete the BingDesktop folder. When you reboot guess what? The BingDesktop and Themes folders will reappear with the same picture when you restart the computer.
Windows 7 Background Wallpaper
The AppData folder is normally hidden in the Name folder. You can uncheck the box in the Name folder and then you can see it and browse on down. There is no need for you to do this,
Windows 7 Background Wallpaper
Go to "Control Panel", "Uninstall a Program" and uninstall Bing Desktop.

Just do that and your problem is solved.
Windows 7 Background Wallpaper
By the way dump Google Toolbar as well. This is another nuisance that your computer can do without.
~~~~~Windows 7 Background wallpaper~~~~~

Friday, August 17, 2012

Make Your Own Shortcut Manager, Making, Icons, Folders, Program, exe files, Software


Users can make their own shortcut manager. You just need to make a link in the taskbar to a folder with links in it. Create a folder in the John Smith folder called LINKS. Right click on the Taskbar. Cursor over Toolbars. Then click New Toolbar and browse to the new LINKS folder and choose it.

To make individual shortcuts more visible on the taskbar just drag new shortcuts from the Desktop to the now visible LINKS (the area under the three horizontal dashed lines on the Taskbar).

Change the icons to ones you like.

Right click on an icon.
Click Properties.
Click Change Icon.
Select a new icon image from the window that opens.
Click OK, Apply, then OK.

In the image shown above, the first five icons are folders.
Change folder icons by right clicking one.
Left click Properties.
Choose the Customize tab.
Click the Change Icon button.
Select a new icon image from the window that opens.
Click OK, Apply, then OK.

If this doesn't work click on Explorer.
Select the LINKS folder.
Then do the same as in instructions 2 above for the appropriate folder you see there.
Close and open the folder icons in the taskbar a few times then the icons pictures will eventually change.

Remember the taskbar is visible all the time, even when you have browsers and writing programs open, so accessing shortcuts on the taskbar is easy.

If you want to order the shortcuts in your own way, just rename them with 1- in front of the name, then 2-, 3- and so on. You will find it easier to click and drag the shortcuts to the order you want on the Taskbar. They will stay where you put them. Shortcuts in folders will have to be renamed with numbers because of Microsoft's silly fixed alphabetical sorting system.

If you want you can create more folders on the Taskbar in the John Smith/LINKS/ folder.

Use names for the folders that suite you like, Accessories, Files, Creative, Media, Internet and/or Web. Just click a folder icon on the Taskbar and the folder opens. Drag shortcuts to the open folder, putting them in each folder according to category.

Oh, I find it better to drag the Taskbar to the right side. This gives you more height to view web pages. Modern screens have too much width. You can learn which icon represents which program by cursoring over the icons - a box with the program or folder name will appear for each icon.