Welcome to the Help with this STUPID computer! FAQ! As always, this is a work in progress. If you find links need to be updated, added, or deleted please post a response to this post. If there are areas that you think need to be addressed, please post a response to this post. In addition to the main page, I've added three sections. The first section consists of general information. The second section covers viruses, spam and computer safety. The third section is more advanced and covers things like dual boot system, home networking, building your own computer. I recommend that everyone read through all three sections to become familiar with what is where. You don't have to check all the links, but it is helpful to know where to find stuff. Also, you will really impress the computer gurus on the board if you mention that you read the FAQ prior to posting -- especially if the question is not answered in the FAQ!What is this board?This board was designed to help people with computer related problems and questions. All OS flavors are welcome, but keep in mind that the majority of the posters use Windows machines. I have a problem. What do you need to know to help me?First, we'll need a major credit card with a high line of available credit. Just kidding, cash will be fine ….. Or you can pick up a snazzy FOOL ballcap:http://www.foolmart.com/Shopping/Product_View.asp?PRODUCT_ID=ALL505&REF=CSBO03103 Seriously, your first post should include the following:--System information including operating system, processor, RAM, networked or stand-alone--Browser information including version, plus ISP information (AOL, broadband or dial-up ISP) if it is an online question/problem--Complete description of the problem. What happens, when it happens, what programs are running, any error messages--Any recent changes to your system. (This includes hardware and software updates, new installations, etc.)Anything I can do to trouble-shoot Windows problems on my own?This is a good place to start:http://support.microsoft.com/directory/default.aspAnd another:http://www.microsoft.com/technet/Tips for searching MS Support (thread)http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15272633 And here is one for Dells:http://members.home.net/dtfaqs/faq.htmlAnd one for Compaqs:http://www.compaq.com/support/files/Not to leave HP out of the bunchhttp://www.SearchHP.com/p3So I don't run Windows, but I still have a question, how can I get help?You can still post here! Some people on this board use non-Windows computers or use several different OS. If we can't help you out, here are some other resources:Fools of a Feather / Apple Users Grouphttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=112965 Fools of a Feather / Linux Users Grouphttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=112966 OK, how about software issues, can you help me out with that?You can post your question to the board, or you might find one of these boards more helpful:Managing Your Finances / Investing Softwarehttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=100151The Information Desk / Spreadsheet Advicehttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=100002Speaker's Corner/Computer Gameshttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=113106 Speaker's Corner / FrontPage Forumhttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=113878Speaker's Corner / Mastering Microsoft Moneyhttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=112986Speaker's Corner / Mastering Quickenhttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=113641Speaker's Corner / NAIC Accounting Softwarehttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=113329Speaker's Corner / TC2000 Usershttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=113079Hmmm, how about my website? Got a link for help with that?Speaker's Corner / Webmaster's Cornerhttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=115200So, link-master, bet you don't have anything to help me out with my Palm.Speaker's Corner / Palms, PDAs & Handheld Computinghttp://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=113105I give up! You must have a link for everything!http://www.howstuffworks.com/index.htmSection 1 – General Informationhttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16432933 Section 2 – Viruses, Spam, and Computer Safetyhttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16432967 Section 3 – Advanced Issueshttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16432990 Computer FAQ Ver 2Updated 1/9/02
Many thanks to Dawn and contributors. A fantastic piece of work!
Wow!Dawn -What a fantastic job you've done with these. Many thanks to you and all the other contributors who have taken the time and put forth so much effort to make the mysteries of these "stupid" computers more understandable (or at least, more user-friendly) to us.Thanks for all your hard work....t