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Campin' and Computin'
Surviving the Open road With you and your PC Intact!
Eric Anderson Create Space, Inc.

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2 Campin' and Computin' Second Edition Copyright © 2009 Eric Anderson All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or other wise utilized in any form or by any other means, mechanical, electronic, including books on tape, books on CD, photocopying or by any information storage and retrieval system without the expressed written permission in writing from the Author. Requests should be sent to: Eric Anderson P.O. Box 552 Plymouth, Ca. 95669 All the respective brands and company names used in this book are for reference purpose only and their copyright belongs to their respective owners. The use of company names should not be construed as an endorsement or detriment. They are simply used as examples of equipment or software that is available. Dell® is a registered trademark of Dell Computer Corporation. Campin' and Computin' -2-2-2Page 2

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..Some of my favorite web sites...........55 Chapter 10 ........................................................................................................ ....................19 The keyboard reminds me of my typewriter!!!...89 Get back to me on that!!!..................................................................................................68 Appendix 'A' ..Microsoft Outlook.32 Don't get an exterminator for this kind of mouse!................... ..........45 Chapter 9: Virus protection..............................61 The cost of a support request…............................73 Appendix C ................ firewalls and other things to keep your PC safe...........................Operating system.47 PC File security.................................8 Chapter 2: The Dang Hardware......................................................................69 Software ........................... 39 The Audio portion of our program .............47 Viruses and Protection against them..............76 Index ......................................53 Microsoft update.................88 Prologue............................................53 Firewall Protection..22 The Monitor...92 Campin' and Computin' -5-5-5Page 5 ........5 Contents Contents..................14 The Main components..........................................................If all else fails…..................................................71 Appendix B .Windows XP equivalents.7 Dedication...........71 Software ....................................68 Hardware ........... can I use it to watch movies???................The speakers....5 Topics to add to the second edition............................14 The key to a computer?................................................................................................................Quick Solutions............

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This should be password protected. Also talk about how to 'Repair' a connection in order to restore connection.7 Topics to add to the second edition • Correct information on security for internet based on what I learned at Hoot N' Annies. • • • Campin' and Computin' -7-7-7Page 7 . Add an appendix for Windows Vista information. Explain how to limite websites so that they can not hit certain ones. Talk about sharing computer resources using wifi access points. Flush out the wireless internet section. Look for all occurrences of 'Later' and 'previous' to add actual chapter references so people can speed to that section of the book. Talk about how to find the best access point.

smart and a hard working gal too. if you see any boo-boo's there her fault. in this case I have to dedicate this book to the love of my life.  Just kidding! But in all seriousness. funny. created the internet which allowed Carol and I to meet. Luckily for Carol and I. She is my true soul mate. While I have been writing this book. using computers. Al Gore. We got hitched in September of 1999. Carol has brought so much happiness to my life. Though I generally try to be a guy who thinks out of the box. my wife Carol. Every day of every year. I love her more and more than the one before.8 Dedication This book is the first in what may become a series of Information Technology (IT) topics as they relate to RV'ers. So. she has been studying for her new career as a medical transcriptionist. I do love her more! Campin' and Computin' -8-8-8Page 8 . She is beautiful. Carol is the one with which I enjoy every RV'ing experience with. She has also been putting her new skills to work and serving as editor to this book. Ooops. not mine. and subsequently enjoy the open road together and ultimately for me to write this book. I mean the endless list of Colleges and government agencies.

news events. For those who take their RV out for the occasional jaunt. you would have been hard pressed. The ways of staying in touch have evolved just as RV's have evolved. find our needs on the road constantly evolving. is a different story. just what we want to pack along in our new home on wheels. then need to figure out. we need to figure out what we can't do without for our two week vacation. we really had a desire to have at least a laptop on board so we could keep up on e-mail. Even on our occasional weekenders. weather forecasts and the like. Today however. The shear fact is that we as a species are always evolving. Though the traditional RV has been around since the first half of the 1900's. Many of us who enjoy RV's either as a vehicle to the occasional trip to the great out doors. or as our rolling homestead. PDA's and personal computers to Campin' and Computin' -9-9-9Page 9 . We now have cell phones. whether it be as a group or as an individual.9 Chapter 1: Introduction Just as Recreational vehicles have evolved over the years. For those like myself who have always found a calling by the open road and want to do it 'full-time'. so has the RV'ers needs for the accessories that are on board as we travel our nations highways and bi-ways. to pack along your companies 'UNIVAC®' so that you could keep in touch with the family or check your stock portfolio while you are on the road.

Personal computers have only evolved over the last 15 years or so to where they became what some perceive as an essential part of each household. Hopefully through this book. not the other way around.10 keep all of us 'in the know' regardless of where we may roam.10 . magnets and stereo systems. Many who have computers have been given them by well meaning family members. It was just then also that computer miniaturization was taking place. This relatively new agency called NASA was about to place men on the moon for the first time ever. things that had been around for a while. Many computer owners are intimidated by these new fangled machines. My real experience with computers however didn't start Campin' and Computin' . computers are just big fancy examples of Light switches. My first exposure to a computer was when my dad took me to his office one Saturday at Occidental Life® in downtown Los Angeles.10 Page 10 . was dedicated to this behemoth in the late 1960's. you shouldn't fear them. We paid a visit to the company computer center. I hope to take some of the mystery and intimidation out of computers. as I remember. you will now have the information to make computers fear you. they have been nagged into buying one so the family can stay in touch. Through this book.10 . Really. One entire floor. and the 'space race' was pressing industry all over the world to create things that had never been created and make smaller and lighter. So. Or.

From an RV'ing perspective. Many of us use our computers on occasion to send family an e-mail or see pictures of the grand-kids and that is about the extent of it. a Dutchman® tent trailer. a Keystone® Cougar fifth wheel.11 Page 11 . For that group. when my new direction in life came across my path. Shortly after we got married. A posting. looking for existing employees who were interested in computers was posted in the break room. that is Ok.11 .11 until I applied for a job transfer at Safeway® Stores. it takes a woman to come along and really mix things up. Ten years later. I saw this at the time as a way to get a job where I wouldn't have to work 3 to midnight one day and then 10 AM to 7 PM the next. With the way the personal computer has become the new medium of choice. you still want to Campin' and Computin' . I had been working as an assistant manager of a store in El Toro. I met the woman who was soon to become the love of my life. As many single red blooded American male finds in life. and we are now investigating the possibilities of moving to a motor home.11 . we got our first RV. I drove either one of their five 40 foot Buses or one of their two big rigs which included a tractor and a 40 or 48 foot trailer behind it. We met on the internet in one of those match-making forums. California. And you know what. the Concord Blue Devils. we are on our 4th RV. I cut my teeth on the open road while doing volunteer work for a youth group in California. With the aid of a computer.

for a new employer. after meeting the love of my life. Most of us who have worked in the IT (Information Technologies) field know enough to get buy. I then transitioned as an AS/400® programmer.12 .12 stay in touch with what is going on. No one person knows everything about computers. For others. Volcano Telephone®. I cut my teeth on Big Iron (main frame computers) at Safeway® stores. The small size of the team allowed me to really expand my knowledge of PC's. networks and printers starting the day I was hired on there. I hope to help you better understand the workings of your computer so that you are less inclined to toss it out the window as you are traveling to that next great RV destination. At Volcano Communications® there were 130 employees and an IT staff of 3 when I hired on. you need to keep an important thing in mind.12 Page 12 . I also worked on mid-range (AS/400®'s) at the 'Big Red S'.12 . I myself spent most of my career developing software for two companies. most of us 'Geeks' specialize in one or more various aspects of IT or Computers. Like doctors. I've always been a guy who Campin' and Computin' . In the onset of this book. where I worked for them as an AS/400® programmer then as a PC programmer working on various PC and web based applications during my tenure there. our lives would end if our computer was taken away from us. This book is written to help you to better enjoy your computer while you are on the road.

I have tried very hard to make copious entries into the Index. I encourage you to not just read the index and look for a 'snippet' of information. you may miss out on some of the other great stuff along the way. when it comes to computers.13 Page 13 . But. I know that we are all busy. As such. the sooner we accept the fact that computers and change are part of our new course in life. I hope to share what I have learned and some of the laughs that I've had through this book. so regardless of where you choose to get started. we’d better get to it so we can enjoy our "Campin' and Computin'" Campin' and Computin' . So. the faster we'll be able to get through some of the minutia and start to enjoy them. In doing so. but it is something I have gotten use to. I'm not all that crazy either about the constant change in the field of computers. The other thing to keep in mind is as much as we might resist it. install servers and literally get my hands dirty in my job.13 .13 .13 enjoyed working with his hands so it was nice to move computers. change is constant. I tried to do this from the beginning so the 'lack of index entries' didn't become too much to recover from. I came to the conclusion that this book could also be a reference book as well. As I wrote this book. printers and pull cable.

programmers accuse hardware of making their programs do things that we don't want them to. there are many pieces that must fit together on your PC so that the user gets the most enjoyment out of it. when a computer user experiences a problem. we can start to help familiarize you with your computer friend. not some malicious intent by a piece of equipment sitting in a room somewhere. Hopefully in this chapter. For the consument RV'er however.14 .14 Page 14 . One of those aspects of computers that make any programmer cringe. ah hardware. the computer may represent a form of communication. it is really a program bug that has cropped up. a place to store recipes and family pictures. As a programmer I had to learn early on that 99 times out of one-hundred. It's one of those things that the programmer seems so unable to control. The Main components Like an RV that might be new to you. The hardware is useless without some sort of instructions. even if it isn't brand new.14 Chapter 2: The Dang Hardware Hardware. For those technically diverse families where the computer doesn't belong to the one most concerned with the systems of the RV. Also. in other words software.14 . the computer may just represent something tying up precious space and adding weight. or a reminder that we need to sit at it every day so that we can earn a living. to Campin' and Computin' .

The Monitor: The Monitor is considered an 'Output' component where you the user. This chapter's purpose is to introduce you to the hardware side of things. This is referred to as 'Input' device into the computer.15 make it do things. Now. The Keyboard: The keyboard is considered an 'Input' component where the user.15 . Likewise. You know how helpless you first felt when you had your first RV without a manual. There are now some monitors which are touch screens that allow you to directly interact with images on the Campin' and Computin' . which are usually results of some sort of 'Input' from yourself. software is useless without something to run it on.15 Page 15 . as in 'I want my computer to turn on'. reads the 'Output' from the computer. Your computer feels equally helpless without some instructions. much like 100 gallons of diesel does you no good without a rig to run it on. All personal computers have the same basic components. but it can't be fully enjoyed without some of the key accessories. even something as simple as you turning on the computer could be considered input. The system might work with only some of the components. yourself for instance. presses the keys to convey information from you to the computer. And the computer will give you output such as 'Please sign in'.15 . These components could also be thought of like components in a stereo system.

16 screen and there by send commands to the computer. or other pointing device to pick a picture or select some text on the screen and tell the computer you want to do something with the item you have selected. The Mouse: This is also considered an input device.16 . but for right now.16 . Campin' and Computin' . In those cases. we'll just leave it as an 'Output' device.16 Page 16 . There are usually two or more buttons that are on the mouse as well as a 'Whiz Wheel' that can be used to tell the computer you want to speed through the content of a document. the monitor would be considered an 'Input/Output' component. You use the mouse.

17 . you can listen to the audio output from your computer as it responds to the various commands that you give it. The printer: This is considered an output component where you can receive your 'output' from the computer and it could be saved for all the days to come if you so desire. There is also some of what we refer to as 'Multi function' units which are printers. More Campin' and Computin' . Though printers started out as pretty boring text based output devices. they have been enhanced in such a way that you can now produce photo quality pictures that can be framed and hung inside your RV. a name is just a name.17 . over the last 15 years or so.17 The speakers: This is about the close as anything in a computer setup that directly resembles your 'Stereo System'. where you can scan a document or a picture into the computer and store it for future viewing on the monitor or printed out. an optical scanner can be used as an 'Input' component. The Scanner: Not to be confused with the 'Bar code scanner' at your local supermarket. The CPU or Computer: Some techie types might refer to your computer tower (or case) as a CPU (central processing unit). And. You can also listen to music through your computer using these. scanners and sometimes 'Fax' machines all rolled into one.17 Page 17 . Through the speaker components. though not correct.

My favorite pet is a dog. Your computer needs an input device and an output device. Frankly. cat. Without at least one each of those. However. That exception is a multi.18 correctly though. as in any other part of life. Some of you reading this book today may have a pet. Of course. be it a dog. our life wouldn't be complete with out our precious four legged friends. And like the pooches that my wife and I love to have at our sides. and you aren't sure how to get things done without it. You may find that there the other components we have mentioned earlier that may make you feel like you have lost a limb in the middle of your life.18 . The computer itself is what makes everything else work. there are always exceptions to every rule. Inside the tower or laptop. the 'tower' is the computer that connects the keyboard and the monitor together to get some real work done. there are some of the components that your computer just can not do with out.18 . the computer might as well serve as a wheel-chock for you. As we delve deeper into later sections of this chapter we will explain more about the various components that make up a modern day computer. bird. is the actual CPU and we'll get to that a little later. you can't forget the all important A/C or alternating current which gives the computer the juice to read your input and give you a response.18 Page 18 .function Campin' and Computin' . Without it. that being said. That is why my wife and I have the e-mail address we do. virtually none of the other components would be able to perform any function. reptile or some other form of life.

19 . the on-off switch. and the 'O' indicates the off position. Well. the visual representation of that is a '1' or a '0' (zero). has a 1 and a 0 as part of the switch. Information or data is stored in a series of 'light switches'. or they are off. One is a light switch.19 .19 printer/scanner. Either way. if it is a rocker or push button type.19 Page 19 . These 'switches' are referred to as 'bits'. The switch is either 'On' or it is 'Off'. Each piece of information that is stored on a computer is broken down into a single bit. we'll get into that later on. or switch if you will. the '1' or 'I' indicates the 'On' position. Campin' and Computin' . things in a computer are either on. Some techies might argue that a magnet with it's north and south poles are a more accurate example of all things 'computer'. The key to a computer? There are a couple of analogies to keep in mind when dealing with computers. The reason it is an exception is because they usually have an on-board computer that allows them to perform limited tasks even if they are not connected to your computer at some given point in time. But. but I think it is a harder concept to visualize. The exact same thing applies to computers and their internal workings. Have you noticed how on a lot of equipment you buy today. Frequently.

then you may want to skip this section and proceed to the section entitled 'The keyboard reminds me of my Campin' and Computin' . I have another analogy that might be one that you have to make a personal decision about. You know how cuts on the keys for your RV is (hopefully) different than the cuts on keys for other RVers? You may not care that the cuts are different or what a given cut in that key means. it just better start the engine'.20 .20 Fig 2-1: This is what the on-off switch on my compressor looks like.20 . That analogy is the cuts on a key. If you fit into the category of 'I don't care about the cuts of my key.20 Page 20 .

21 . we look at numbers from right to left as well. Eight bits grouped together is called a byte.AKA: NULL} 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 . Bit 8 12 8 0 0 0 0 0 Bit Bit Bit Bit Bit Bit Bit Byte/Character 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 Numeric value of column 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 {No value . they could mean more.21 typewriter!!!' which is on the next page. The reason they choose to group bits in groups of eight. if you are curious. is because of the number characters and symbols that could be represented. Someone decided that bits should be numbered from right to left.21 Page 21 Campin' and Computin' . If you have heard the term '56KB'.000 bytes. if we group them together. Each byte is the same as a character.21 . then please. it was decided that the 'standard' is to group them in groups of 8. So. However. bits don't mean much to an average user. that stands for 56 Kilo-Bytes or 56. the great computer gurus came up with the idea that though a 'bit' by itself doesn't mean much to people. think of it as a number. read on! By themselves. Some bit to byte examples are shown in the following figure. That term may be slightly familiar. More or less. Most of the time. So.

it sees the bit as either on or off. A byte of information is pretty much the building block.22 . The keyboards main function is to serve as the primary input device to your computer. The computer only sees things as either a '1' or a '0'. or the key to the way data is stored. The information presented so far about bits and bytes while true. In other words. None the less. Well. transmitted and manipulated by the computer.22 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 9 Fig 2-2: An example of bit representation of data. Campin' and Computin' . that’s a good thing! That means that the entire semester you spent in typing class in high school didn't go to waste! That semester actually has served me very well. The keyboard reminds me of my typewriter!!! So the keyboard of your computer reminds you of your typewriter.22 .22 Page 22 . All of the various components (peripherals in geek speak) that are attached to your computer pretty much function by sending and receiving data bits. I wanted to give you an idea of what data that you type and read looks like to a computer. is very rudimentary and the different operating systems of various computers (primarily Apple® or Microsoft®) use those bits and bytes in different ways.

rest assured.23 . it functions as the keyboards on the old Selectric (and other) typewriters. None the less. there are a number of keys that are specific for large mainframe computers. if they were hooked up to them. it can be a bit 'disarming'. everything will be Ok. 'Scroll Lock'. But.The Esc Key Campin' and Computin' .23 .23 Page 23 . pressing any one of the keys. But for the average PC user. these keys have no value and can just be ignored. if you do accidentally hit the 'Sleep' or 'Hybernate' button. 'Pause' and 'Break'. . Some things you do may cause your computer to shut down. Because the Windows® based PC is used so prevalently in large corporations. This is where a personal computer like yours. but that is generally by design and a simple press of the 'Power' button which you normally use to turn the computer 'On' should bring things back to normal. is used to access larger computers.23 For the most part. 9 times out of 10. When it comes to the rest of the keys on the keyboard. I would like to go over what some of the special keys on the keyboard will do as far as interacting with your personal computer. by themselves will not cause any thing bad to happen on your computer. Those keys that are used when working with large Mainframe computers are 'SysRq'.

The computer will make note of all of the open applications and the data within them.24 . Campin' and Computin' .24 . but it can also be found on 'higher end' key boards for desktop PC's. When you turn the computer back on by pressing the power button. the computer will re open the same applications so that you can pick up where you left off. pressing this key may get you out of the limiting function you have inadvertently entered into. and you don't seem to have full access to all of the real-estate on the screen. . Entering hibernate mode usually causes the computer to go to sleep quickly.The Hibernate Key This key will generally tell the operating system to put the computer in a hibernate mode. write them to the hard drive and then shut down the computer. Also. if you find that you are moving the mouse around on the screen.24 This key usually will be interpreted by the software as meaning you want to quit the function the computer is currently performing. You will most frequently find the 'Hibernate' key on laptops.24 Page 24 .

you simply press and hold down the matching key close to the space bar.25 .The CRT/LCD Key Campin' and Computin' . usually this is a 'Function' key marked with either the word 'Function' or 'FN' that is the same color as the command like 'Hibernate'. Like the 'F1' and 'Hibernate' key shown in the previous screen shot. The primary function in the case of the 'F1/Hibernate' key shown in the previous screen shot is to issue an 'F1' key stroke to the computer.25 Page 25 . However.25 Fig 2-3: Shown in this screen shot are the 'Esc' and 'Hibernate' key. this means that it is a multi-function key. if you want to issue the 'Hibernate' keystroke. .25 . *NOTE* When a key has multiple designations.

This key. Note. if I have the sentence 'I love New York' and the 'Insert' Campin' and Computin' .26 . what is already there. that you want the text to always be 'Inserted' where you are typing as opposed to 'Overtyping'.The Insert Key This key tells your computer that when you start typing some where. . For instance. Fig 2-4: Shown above is the 'CRT/LDC' key as found on most laptops. which is primarily seen on laptops. swaps the video signal from the main display to an alternate video output jack on the computer.26 .26 This key will control where the video signal on your computer is directed to. you may need to press the 'Function' key to get the CRT/LCD key to work when you are hooked up to an alternate monitor.26 Page 26 .

there is a 'defacto' standard of the action to take when you press the 'Home' key. the computer overtyped some of the letters in 'New York'. Well. . . . The 'Backspace' key deletes characters to the left of the cursors current position and the 'Delete' key deletes characters to the right of the cursors position. That being said.27 Page 27 .The Home Key This key talks to the software that you are working with at a given time. in the early days of computers. my sentence would read 'I love to visit'. Generally. people leave the insert function turned on. pressing the 'Home' key would cause the cursor to move to 'Top Left' position of the screen. Pressing the 'home' key generally moves the cursor to the beginning of the line you are currently typing.The delete key As I'm sure you may have figured out by now. You may wonder why it is called the 'Home' key.27 . However if the 'Insert' function is off.The End Key Campin' and Computin' . This is because as I typed the words 'to visit'.27 . the 'Delete' key clears typed characters much in the same way as the 'Backspace' key does. I place the cursor right before the 'N' in 'New York' and I type the words' to visit '. It is up to the software to decide what will happen when you press the key. also referred to as the 'Home' position.27 function is on. my sentence would now read 'I love to visit New York'. when their primary purpose was to work with mainframe computers.

.The Page Down Key The 'Page Down' key is very similar to the 'Page Up' key except that it moves your view down one full page. pressing the 'Page Up' key will cause the program to scroll up one full page. This key pad also doubles as your cursor controls.The Num Lock Key Most keyboards have what is referred to as a 'Ten Key' pad. In text editing software packages though. simply press the 'Num Lock' key to use the numbers on the key pad. . the text that you see at the top of your screen.The Page Up Key The 'Page Up' key also is one that works directly with the software you are currently using at the time.28 . Pressing this key will not change any of the text you are working with. For example. will move down to the bottom of the screen and you will now be able to see all of the text that was above what you could see before pressing the 'Page Up' key. it simply moves the view of the document up. the 'Ten Key' pad will function as cursor controls to move the cursor around Campin' and Computin' . If you want to activate the 'Ten Key' pad.28 .28 Page 28 . others will. the 'Ten Key' function is de-activated. Generally. When the 'Num Lock' key is off.28 The end key is very similar to the 'Home' key in function except that it moves the cursor to the end of the line of text that you are currently on. . Some software won't respond to it.

if things aren't operating the way you expect.29 on your document. hailing back to the Mainframe days. it would cause the current screens text to be printed out to a printer. I'm a very visual person who likes lots of pictures.The Print Screen Key This is one of my favorite keys on the keyboard. You can't see the snapshot after you press the key. That way. it causes a snapshot to be taken of the screen you are currently working on. place it in another document as a picture. an indicator light on your keyboard will illuminate indicating you are in 'Num Lock' function.29 .29 Page 29 . Again. the Print Screen key on PC's a little in-accurate. Heck. I'm a guy. However on a PC. You can then take that snapshot. if you pressed the 'Print Screen' key. so what do you expect? At any rate. When you have the 'Num Lock' function turned on. . Similar to what is shown in figure 2-5! Campin' and Computin' .29 . you have some indication about what is going on. but it is in memory.

30 . Campin' and Computin' . We'll get into the use of the 'Paste' function when we get to the section on the operating system.30 .30 Fig 2-5: This is a snapshot using the Print Screen Function. I got the picture there by using the 'Paste' function.30 Page 30 .

The Control Key This key is one that tells the software that you are using that you want to use a short cut within the software. if you press and hold the 'Control' key down and then press the 'C' key.31 . But. the software will more than likely interpret this as that you want to copy the selected text to memory. For instance. Campin' and Computin' .31 Page 31 .31 . You can then move the cursor to the new location and press and hold the 'Control' key and then the 'V' key to insert the text at a new location of the cursor. .31 Fig 2-6: This is showing most of the keys just mentioned previously.

Not to be left out.The F'ing keys Partdon me for the introduction to this little paragraph. that RV's didn't have any TV sets in them.32 those are 'Cut. if you have a computer. It is up to the software that you are using at the time to determine what those keys do. The Monitor. The 'Alt' key isn't used all that frequently. it is not unusual to see two or more television sets in a rig. as RV's have evolved by leaps and bounds to contain the creature comforts that they do. may or may not have any function at a given time. The 'F1' key is again somewhat of a 'defacto' standard. then press and hold the 'Alt' key. For really complicated short cuts. copy and Paste' functions and I am getting ahead of myself. In most cases. there will more Campin' and Computin' .32 Page 32 .32 . and then click on some letter to do something. .The Alt Key This key is usually used in conjunction with the 'Control' Key. which are at the top of the keyboard. the software may require that you press and hold the 'Control' key. But today. but I just could not resist!  The 'F' keys. yet another TV looking device.32 . If you have a back up camera there is a monitor. . it will bring up a help panel from which you can look for help in working with the program you are using at a given time. can I use it to watch movies??? It wasn't that many years ago.

The monitor. monitors are generally of the 'Flat Panel' variety and are much lighter and more energy efficient than their glass predecessors. has taken many different forms over the years that it has evolved. Then. Today however. but with all the glass that it took to make one of those units.33 Page 33 .33 than likely be one more item on board that will look like a TV set. so have flat panel monitors. too. just as 'Flat Panel' TV sets have become popular. As a person who’s job occasionally entailed moving monitors around. CRT's were very popular up until just a few years ago. they were very heavy. my back was never to eager to help when word came that one of those 21" behemoths had pooped out and needed to be changed. which is the primary output device from the computer. The glass predecessors. like the ones used at my dads previous employer and even those that I used when I first became a programmer were monochrome.33 .33 . your computer monitor. Not only were they awkward. The monitor is the one part of a computer that people feel the most familiar with. especially when they have never had a computer. On the early computers. Today. they migrated to Color monitors which ranged in size from 12 inch monitors all the way up to 21" displays in many commercial applications. With a couple of Campin' and Computin' . also referred to as CRT's (cathode ray tube) were very similar to the color TV sets. They were used generally to present textual replies to the information entered or requested by the user. or more simply black and white.

The following Picture is of a S-Video Jack. Most 'flat panel' televisions today have the needed connections so that you can connect your computer to the TV. in itself. all computer flat panel monitors hook directly to your PC and are not capable. is pretty useless. may or may not have a compatible jack that will allow it to connect to a flat panel TV.34 exceptions. you can buy TV tuner accessories for your PC that will allow you to watch your favorite TV program as long as you have a cable or over the air signal. depending on the video card. Also. The connection between a laptop and the flat panel TV is frequently using the round S-Video (Super Video) connector on the back of your laptop. to allow you to watch a movie or TV program. that being said. You need some sort of 'video driver' or 'video card' that will generate the images that the monitor will display. most computers today have DVD drives in them that allow you to watch your favorite movie using your computer.34 Page 34 . Campin' and Computin' . The monitor. Now.34 . but most of the higher end 'cards' will have the needed jack to set you up. in and of themselves.34 . will contain this video card to drive the monitor. Tower computers. Your computer either the laptop or tower. This can be used as a way to show movies or slide shows on your flat panel TV for everyone to enjoy.

green. Computer monitors come in various shapes. In most typical configurations. monitors can be either CRT style or flat panel. it will be using the RGB (red.35 . sizes and features.35 . The main Campin' and Computin' . and blue) port on the back of your computer. However. The RGB port looks like the following. As I indicated earlier. where you are connecting your traditional CRT or flat panel monitor to your computer. the majority of all monitors sold today. are flat panel style. Fig 2-8: This is what a RGB connector looks like.35 Page 35 .35 Fig 2-7: This is what an S-Video Jack looks like.

Campin' and Computin' .36 reason for this is they have a lower profile and take up less space on a desktop.36 . Fig 2-9: This is a picture of conventional CRT monitors.36 Page 36 . They have the added benefit of being more energy efficient and cause less waste in our landfills.36 .

37 Fig 2-10: This is a picture of a standard flat panel monitor. The bigger the monitor.37 . Campin' and Computin' . It will do in a pinch. This size we find more than adequate for use in our RV. We have also used a 15 inch in the past. the more space you are going to take up on your RV desktop. In general .37 Page 37 . but with the 17 inch we get fonts that are just enough larger to make reading that much easier. so you might want to see if a 17 inch will be comfortable enough for you. the smallest flat panel monitor that you can find today is a 17 inch (diagonally measured) monitor. So though you might be tempted to think 'bigger is better' remember you are dealing with space issues in your RV.37 .

38 . 'Liquid' is part of the equation. If you have an LCD monitor or TV set.38 Flat panel monitors will either be in LCD or plasma format of projection. could be permanently damaged. A good LCD monitor will have a resolution of 1440 X 900 DPI (dots per inch) and a Contrast ratio of 1000 to 1. the higher numbers the better. In both these cases. either consider the higher numbers. the workings of the projection element. it is best to not allow the interior of your RV to drop below 32 degree's Fahrenheit. but we have found both of these above mentioned numbers to be more than adequate for our computing needs. the price of these sorts of things may continue to drop. As always. If your LCD screens stay at or below that temperature for more than an hour or so. Since this is the case. As a result. Expect to pay $175 to $200 for a decent 17 inch monitor. You should keep one thing in mind when it comes to your Computer monitor as well as your TV's in your RV.38 . The LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) style monitors are more durable when it comes to the jostling on board while you are traveling down the road than the plasma screens. but at Campin' and Computin' . If you want to enjoy movies on your computer. you may very well want to consider going with an LCD monitor for your computer use. or features to be added. You will find that most warrantees of LCD monitors and TV's are void if the unit is subjected to 'Freezing' temperatures.38 Page 38 . or hooking the computer up to your TV in your rig.

One of the main reasons that computers became so mainstream in the home is because of the development of the GUI (graphical user interface) operating systems. it is not something you see very often. More than likely. Unlike your spouse.39 . it's one that hooks up to your computer. Though it is possible that they could climb up the power cable and into your rig. The mouse has become as important as the keyboard when it comes to getting your computer to respond to your desires. Hold on to the receipt and packing material so that you can return the monitor if you find that the speakers are inadequate. a mouse is completely under your control. So. please see the chapter entitled 'The Audio portion of our program . if you have a mouse in your Moho. 'BUYER BE AWARE'. or first thing when you unpack the new monitor in your rig. You may find some monitors that have speakers built into the monitor. Though this may be very attractive for the RVer because it reduces the space used and weight added.39 Page 39 . Campin' and Computin' .The speakers'. The speakers on many monitors are pretty light duty and may not be adequate for your listening enjoyment. Don't get an exterminator for this kind of mouse! It's not too often that you find a mouse in your RV.39 . those are the numbers that are out there. For more information on the Audio portion of our program.39 the writing of this book. be sure to test them out at the store if possible.

don't toss out your spouse in exchange for a mouse as a 'Mouse' doesn't really have the capacity to bring home the bacon like a spouse might. our minds are boggled as to what those 100 shares might have equated to today. they have been a truly pioneering corporation over the last 50 years. they don't normally leave the milk jug out on the counter or buy jewelry that really isn't needed. But. The first mouse was developed by Xerox Corporation back in 1981. and to our mom. She demanded that he cash in those shares of stock immediately because the money was needed elsewhere. All goofiness aside though.40 . I remember the story that my sister has told me about how one day in the 1960's my dad came home and told our mom that he had bought 100 shares of this company called Xerox.40 . the mouse has become very important when it comes to computers these days. Xerox. he cashed it in a few short days later. by pressing its buttons in different ways.40 Additionally. it is referred to as a 'double click'. IBM wasn't far behind with their two button version. The first widely recognized mouse is the single button version that Apple introduced in 1986. The mouse is used to move the cursor to a point on the screen where you can then. Wow. A single click is referred to as a 'click' where as if you press a given button in rapid succession twice. get it to do things. this was just another one. The pressing of a mouse's buttons are referred to as 'clicks'. So. Ah. My dad was well known for frivolous expenditures. Campin' and Computin' .40 Page 40 .

just like the pesky kind. Unless you haven't turned your computer on yet. One of the first things you may not know about a mouse is that the operating system you use. One of the common attributes to all mice is they have two buttons. come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. you've figured out by now that the mouse button under your index finger is the one that pulls the trigger on most of the graphical operations that you want to do with your computer. Just from clarity stand point.41 Mice. but other reasons for different shapes and sizes are because peoples’ hands come in different. let us say you are using your right hand to drive the mouse. Some of those variations are just for looks and the benefit of the 'Marketing guys'. you can adjust the settings of the right and left buttons on the mouse so that regardless of whether you are right or left handed. one for the index finger and one for the middle finger.41 .41 Page 41 . can be configured in such a way that the mouse can either be for a right handed person or a 'South-paw' (lefties). With Microsoft® Windows®. shapes. sizes and dexterities.41 . To select an item on the menu that has been selected by 'right clicking' (the button under your Campin' and Computin' . The button that is under your middle finger is in charge of bringing up a menu of alternate functions that you can do with the item that you have selected. you can always use your index finger of your dominate hand to trigger the primary functions on the mouse.

If we position the mouse over the 'Kodak Easy Share' icon and then press and hold the index finger button Campin' and Computin' . simply move the mouse to the item on the menu you want to select and then click on that menu item. Drag and drop is a process where you press and hold down the button under your index finger on an item that you want to move from one location to another.42 .42 Page 42 . Fig 2-11: The Kodak Easy share icon is in the second column. For instance. You can also use your mouse for what is referred to as ‘Drag and Drop’. fourth from the bottom. let's say you want to move 'Kodak Easy Share' icon on your desktop from the left hand side of your screen to the right hand side of your screen.42 middle finger) on an object.42 .

as shown on the next screen shot. that is where icon will land.43 Page 43 . you were able to drag the icon over. but once you release the mouse button. 2-12: Now. lets say.43 down and then 'drag' the icon to the right hand half of the screen. the icon flew back over to the left hand group of the screen. This is because the Auto-Arrange is turned on. there are a few easy steps to do this. click on the start button and then click on 'Control Panel'. our icon is in its new position! Now.43 . Fig. As shown on the following picture.43 . In order to change the left and right mouse buttons to fit your dominant hand configuration. If the 'Control Panel' screen doesn't Campin' and Computin' . We will tackle this issue later on in the book.

44 Page 44 . Once you have clicked on the 'Mouse' icon.44 . Fig 2-13: The control panel in 'Classic View'. double-click on the 'Mouse' icon. click on 'Classic View' on the left hand part of the image. you should see a screen similar to the one shown in the image below.44 . consult appendix 'C'. in the Control Panel. Campin' and Computin' . Next. For how to access the control panel in Windows XP.44 look similar to the figure 2-13.

simply click on the first check box at the top that says 'Switch Primary and Secondary Buttons'. it is pretty hard to get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of your computer system without a set of reasonable loud speakers attached to it. it more than likely has a set of loud speakers built in to it so that you can get some voice and musical audio out of your computer. The Audio portion of our program . This will allow you to customize your mouse so that you can use it with which ever hand is the dominate one.The speakers Just like an RV without Windows® to view your surroundings.45 .45 Page 45 . If you have a desktop computer. If you have a laptop.45 Fig 2-14: The mouse control panel From the previous image (figure 2-14). there is a basic speaker Campin' and Computin' .45 .

46 .dci. If you enjoy listening to the symphony. If however. For myself. you may want to spend the money for a slightly better set of speakers. the computer will not use this speaker for anything but a beep or honk.46 built into the box so that it can give you a 'very annoying' beep. Country or Acid Rock are more your fair. (www. keyboard and mouse. home entertainment store or office supply store will more than likely yield you a large selection of speakers to choose from.46 Page 46 . if you do something that doesn't agree with it's very delicate digestive system.46 . It’s much like music played by high school or college marching bands. Campin' and Computin' . is entirely up to you and how you will use them. you too may want to invest in a set of external speakers to attach to your laptop. A trip down to your local computer store. If you hook up your laptop computer to an external monitor. then any set off of E-bay will be fine since the music sounds like garbage any way… JUST KIDDING! (I’ll be paying for that one since my wife is an avid Rock listener). I enjoy heavily instrumental music like 'Drum and Bugle Corps'. classical or other instrumental music from your desktop computer. The type and quality of speakers you choose.org). In the case of that built in speaker of a desktop computer.

it does not. I'm a conservative person.47 . As they say about pregnancy and STD's. And if you're not willing to abstain. Viruses and Protection against them Though I am not a conspiracy theorist and as such I don't buy into the idea that Virus protection companies write viruses so that they can sell software to remove these viruses. In some ways I'm a liberal. use protection and common sense. I've worked on plenty that friends have had that developed a problem. firewalls and other things to keep your PC safe. Most of us have heard of viruses that impact computers. I also use an Anti-virus and Antispy ware software on my machine to provide an Campin' and Computin' . Also. the best way to avoid them is abstinence.47 Chapter 9: Virus protection.47 . In other words. can bring things to a screeching halt. Does this absolutely guarantee that I won't get a virus on my PC? No.47 Page 47 . but when it comes to finances and computers. I steer clear of web sites that promise something for nothing and there are only a limited few that I will download from. The same is true when it comes to computer viruses. I do wonder who funds these folks who have the where-with-all to write the debilitating programs that once installed on a PC. I've only had one computer that was in my household that had a problem with viruses.

48 additional level of protection against the infection of my PC.Anit-Virus® Symantics .48 Page 48 . the virus software companies are always playing catch-up. she downloaded 30 different games and music sharing Campin' and Computin' . There are three companies out there are a large majority of folks use to protect their PC's against viruses. she didn't catch the fact that the young lady was visiting some web sites where she could download 'Free software'. in no particular order: Norton . So.PC-Cillin® Microsoft .48 .48 . It may take a week or so.One Care Live® Any of these three packages will do a decent job of protecting your PC. But the thing you need to keep in mind is that virus developers or hackers are always developing new viruses. They left the house in the care of their 12 year old daughter and her grandmother. The grandmother wasn't particularly computer savvy or interested in computers. While the grandmother was working to ensure the 12 year old wasn't chatting on some undesired chat room or looking at undesirable content. after a new virus is released. before the virus software protection companies can identify and come up with a way to identify and repair the threat and then get it distributed. Well. I know of one story where the husband and wife of a household went on a week long vacation. They are.

49 . if you ever think you may let someone like another family member use your PC. this is a case where it is 'Better to be safe than sorry'. I know this may sound like a harsh solution. Because there were so many. the virus software was over-run and could not clean them all. Though part of me thinks the following is a bit advanced for this 'Introductory' book. So. Believe it or not.49 .49 packages during the time her parents were gone and a great many of them had viruses in them. saving precious picture files and other documents. consider establishing a guest account on your PC and lock down the accessibility of that account so that software can not be downloaded from the internet. the PC had to have all the contents deleted from the hard drive and the operating system. The bad news was.00's of dollars to have someone like myself repair your PC. I encourage you. Because of situations like this. Software and files re-loaded. the story I relayed to you above. The good news was that. I was able to backup the needed files to an external hard drive. before the system was totally corrupt. the family brought the PC to me. I think the information is important enough that it should be covered to give you a fighting chance before I get a chance to come out with any follow up books. repeats it self hundreds of times every day across our nation. but it is better to do that then to have to spend $100.49 Page 49 . Campin' and Computin' .

from the start button. Campin' and Computin' .50 Page 50 . Fig 9-1: This is the run dialog box with MSCONFIG.50 . on the general tab. As shown on the following figure. click on the 'Run…' option. When Windows asks you what you want to start enter MSCONFIG as is shown in the following screen shot. you will see the MSCONFIG application. The MSCONFIG application is used to determine which programs start up when your computer boots up. Try the following. Once you click 'Ok'. Then click on the 'Load Start up Items' check box so as to un-check it. click on the 'Selective Startup' radio button. The idea is to limit the number of programs that start up so as to limit the number of viruses that might be activated.50 .50 If you do find that your computer is infected by a virus and the virus removal software doesn't seem to be deleting the virus.

It should be noted that the use of the 'MSCONFIG' tool is not something you would normally do.51 Then click 'Apply' and then click 'Ok'.51 . It is something that you do when you are in a situation Campin' and Computin' .51 . Doing this 'Selective Startup' may allow the virus scanner to more fully cleans the viruses from your hard drive. restart the computer. Click 'Ok' to clear this message.51 Page 51 . start your virus scanner software and put it through a full scan of your system. it will inform you that you are in a 'Selective Startup' mode. Once the computer is rebooted. When prompted. Now. Fig 9-2: System configuration General tab.

52 Page 52 .52 where the virus removal tool doesn't seem to be removing the virus from your computer.52 .52 . Campin' and Computin' .

as with virus's. These software packages allow others to 'Peer' into your computer and see what music files you may want to share. So. I've heard many accounts where folks have had their tax returns. if you don't have to install it. It also allows you to do the same on someone else's computer. Word documents and other important files copied from their PC's. Though both Lime Wire and Napster have made an effort to protect the PC's their software is installed on. unwillingly. Firewall Protection Campin' and Computin' .53 Page 53 . I encourage you to either tightly lock it down so that they can not install 'File Sharing' software on your PC.53 .53 PC File security If you have kids or grand kids that like to get on a computer and surf the internet. Excel spreadsheets. or have a PC that is only for their use. Lime Wire® and Napster® are a couple of examples of file sharing software packages. they do provide one more avenue for hackers to gain access to your PC and download files that you may not have intended for anyone to have access too. File sharing software is used primarily to share music files between individuals Personal Computers.53 . don't do it.

hackers aren't brilliant people. a 'Firewall' comes included in the operating system and is turned on by default. I will say that the reason the Windows fire wall prompts you so much is because there is so much more in the way of viruses and hackers that attack WINDOWS based PC's because of their larger install base. But training Campin' and Computin' . Firewalls may prevent some software applications from working correctly. the use of a firewall may complicate matters for you.54 Another thing that is important to have installed on your PC is a 'Firewall'. So.54 . I think it is a good idea to have a Firewall installed and running. Also. Dodge' debate). Much hoo haa has been made by the good folks at 'Apple computer' about a windows based PC always 'prompting' the user to respond to this question or that question. And though I wont get into the debate of if an 'Apple' PC or a WINDOWS based PC is easier to use (It's kind of like the old 'Ford. Chevy. Firewalls can either be a hardware device or a piece of software. you are in luck. If you are running an operating system of Windows XP or newer.54 Page 54 .54 . any more brilliant than you or me. the firewall is a piece of software that is installed on the PC. They claim that their computer is much easier to use because of this. For most personal computers. The purpose of a firewall is to keep others from looking at your computer and manipulating it from some other place on the internet or network that you are connected too. None the less. Hardware firewalls are normally installed on large corporate networks.

55 . When Microsoft finds out about these 'Bugs'. A bug is basically a section of code that when given a certain set of circumstances. I will cover 'Firewall' management in my next book. or worse yet. And neither Microsoft or Apple are immune from bugs being release with their software. which is shown as follows. Campin' and Computin' . will cause the computer to give incorrect responses.55 on what makes a Windows based PC work is much easier to come by than that for a Apple based PC. 'Managing your computer on the road. In order to do this. This will cause the 'Tools' menu to be displayed. Microsoft update No vendor releases software that is bug free. cause the computer to crash and shut down. click on the 'Tools' menu on the far right hand side. You should have your PC touch base with Microsoft's headquarters on occasion and download the latest fixes for the software that is installed on your PC.55 Page 55 . they will put out a 'Fix' also known as a 'Patch' which 'Patches' the bug in the software.55 . Once your web browser is up and running. These 'Fixes' are sent out via a process known as 'Microsoft Update'. start up Internet Explorer.

For the most part this is true. will the following is the same. When you are presented with the screen shot shown above.56 . The web site address for Microsoft's update web site is Update.microsoft. Campin' and Computin' . This will cause the Windows Update web site to be accessed.56 . click on the 'Windows Update' entry.56 Page 56 . you will have to manually enter the web site address. Now you remember how I mentioned earlier in the book that for every rule there is an exception. Entering this web site address into the URL field on your web browser should also cause the update web site to be displayed. If you are not using Internet Explorer.56 Fig 9-3: This is the tools menu in Internet Explorer. but the Microsoft update web site is one of those exceptions. The rule I indicated earlier was that all web sites start with www.com.

57 .57 Fig 9-4: This is the initial screen for the Microsoft update process. In the first screen shown. It will then determine what updates need to be applied to your PC based on that inventory that is taken. click on the 'Express' button. Campin' and Computin' . The Microsoft update web site will then take inventory of all of the Microsoft software on your PC.57 .57 Page 57 .

58 Page 58 . you will be presented with a list of what updates are available for your PC.58 . Fig 9-6: This is a list of the updates for my PC after the scan is complete.58 Fig 9-5: This is what the screen looks like while inventory is being taken. Campin' and Computin' .58 . Once the inventory is complete.

Campin' and Computin' .59 As you can see there are three updates that are available for my PC. it may require a reboot of your pc when the updates are complete. First the program will download all of the updates and then install them. Also. you can see that it is downloading the first of 3 updates. This will cause the updates to be downloaded and then installed.59 . In this screen shot. this process could take a while. All you have to do at this point is click on the 'Install Updates' button. The previous screen shows the status of the downloads and the subsequent installs of the updates. Fig 9-7: This is the status screen for the download and updates.59 Page 59 . Depending on your internet connection speed.59 . This updating process may take a while.

60 .60 The reason updates are sometimes required is because services may be running that are going to be changed as part of this update.60 Page 60 . your PC will have all of the latest fixes for the Microsoft software that you have purchased. When the update is complete. their instructions will sometimes tell us the services to turn off before the update is applied so as to avoid the rebooting of a computer.60 . because Microsoft assumes that IT folks are more 'Computer savey'. However. Some of the software that I use as a programmer also gets updates like this. The cleanest way to ensure that the updates are applied and everything in the computer is synced up. is to reboot the computer. Campin' and Computin' .

As a result. The reality is.If all else fails… … ask for help. knit a sweater or cook 'Egg plant Parmesan'. I know more about some things than other people. Campin' and Computin' . If you contact me with a problem. Doing this allows me to remote into your PC and help you out with what you are working on. it is impossible to write about every possible topic and write every possible answer to every possible question. but maybe you would be the person I want to turn to in the event that I want to learn how to repair an engine. click on the 'Help and Support' entry.61 Chapter 10 . especially when it comes to computers are concerned. it is easiest if I can see what they are seeing. So many of us are afraid to ask for help because we are afraid it will make us look 'Stupid'.61 Page 61 . I may know more about computers than you do. but others know a lot about other topics than I do. click on the start button and then from the displayed menu. A lot of times when someone has a problem with a computer. To initiate a support request. Additionally.61 .61 . I may need you to initiate a support request. this will cause the screen shown in Figure 10-1 to be displayed. bait a fish hook. I am here to help you.

62 Fig 10-1: This is the 'Help and Support' screen. This will cause the following screen to be displayed… Campin' and Computin' .62 Page 62 .62 . From the above screen click on the 'Tools' entry which is shown in the lower right hand corner of the form.62 .

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64 Fig 10-3: This is where you initiate a support request. From the screen shown above, click on the 'Invite Someone to help you' link that is shown.

Fig 10-4: This is the e-mail portion of the Remote assistance screen. In the 'Remote assistance' screen that is displayed, enter my e-mail address in the 'Type and e-mail address' field as is shown above. After you have done that, click on the 'Invite this Person'.

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Fig 10-5: This is where you enter the message you want to include as part of your request. As you can see in the above screen shot, you can enter a brief message to me as part of your request for help.

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you may not get the dialog box shown in figure 10-7. and you get the above dialog box. click on the 'Send Invitation' button. The invitation document Campin' and Computin' . During this time I have full control over your PC.66 . more than likely the invitation will be sent.66 Page 66 . the click 'Ok'. After that. If you are using Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express for your e-mail client. If you are using a web based e-mail client.66 In the above screen shot. Once you have entered the amount of time the connection will be open as well as the password. You will then be presented with a screen that looks something like the following.66 . Fig 10-7: If you normally use a web e-mail client you'll get this dialog box. the connection. allowing me or anyone else for that matter to control your PC will be closed. you select how long you will allow me to be connected to your PC.

open your web based e-mail client and start an e-mail to 'thervitguy@ymail.67 will be saved in 'My Documents' which is fine.67 . Campin' and Computin' .com' as is shown in figure 10-9.67 . Once you have saved the invitation. Fig 10-9: When doing your e-mail include the invitation. Fig 10-8: Use the default file name and click 'Save' for the invitation.67 Page 67 .

I'll give you 15 minutes of my time to answer your question over the phone. After the initial 15 minutes. my rate is $40. consult my website for pricing. E-mail: thervitguy@ymail. This will send me a link so that I can respond to your invitation and connect to your computer.Quick Solutions Campin' and Computin' . I will do up to 15 minutes of remote access to your computer.00 a hour until January 1. you are entitled to one free e-mail question. If you purchased this book.com Phone: 209-304-2966 Appendix 'A' . if you call me. The cost of a support request… Just so you know. Additionally. include the invitation as an attachment to the e-mail.68 .68 After you pen your e-mail. After that. 2010. the following is the pricing for my support requests.68 .68 Page 68 . if needed to resolve your question.

Things should be OK now. see solution 2. Check message screen on device and there is no indication of a problem.Press and hold 'Control+ALT+DEL'.69 . If nothing happens see solution 2.If this problem involves a printer. Then power up the computer again.Has your computer becomes non-responsive to anything you want it to do. Problem: Printer Unresponsive . If there is no message. If the device involved is not a printer or this did not resolve the problem.69 Page 69 .Check device icon on system tray. This will cause the computer to shut down. bring up 'Services' and restart the 'print spooler' service. Solution 1 . If you get an option that allows you to restart your computer.69 Hardware Problem: Software unresponsive . If there is an error message take the action indicated when you double click on the icon. things should be 'Ok' now.Press and hold the power button down for 10 seconds. select restart. The cursor doesn't move when you move the mouse. Once the computer finishes rebooting.Your printer or scanner becomes un-responsive. Campin' and Computin' . the see solution 3. Solution 2 . Solution 2 . Solution 1 .69 .

Press and hold the power button down on the Printer or Scanner for 10 seconds until it shuts down.70 . Restart device.70 Solution 3 . Campin' and Computin' .70 Page 70 .70 .

but not sending correctly.Microsoft Outlook Problem: E-mail is not downloading .71 Software .Operating system Problem: Not all of computer screen is accessable . select the one you normally use. Software .You are visiting an RV park and find that your e-mail is not sending or receiving correctly. It may appear that email is coming in correctly. Campin' and Computin' . and you don't seem to have full access to all of the real-estate on the screen. If presented with a list of e-mail accounts. Uncheck the check box for the 'My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication'.This may be due to the type of Wireless internet host you are dealing with. this may get you out of the limiting function you have inadvertently entered into.Try pressing the 'ESC' key. In the more settings dialog box. Now.You find that you are moving the mouse around on the screen. The solution that I have found that fixes this problem most of the time is to go to '(e-mail) Accounts' in the Tools menu in Microsoft outlook. found towards the lower right hand corner of the screen. Solution 1 . select the option for 'Changing' an account setting.71 Page 71 .71 . click on the 'More settings' button. Then. Solution 1 . select the 'Outgoing Server' tab. Next.71 .

72 click the 'Ok' and next buttons until all dialog boxes are closed.72 . Try the e-mail send-receive again. Your problem should be resolved.72 Page 72 . Campin' and Computin' .72 .

Website WWW.73 .RV. basically.CAMPINGWORLD. WWW.73 Appendix B .73 . WWW. Class 'A' Moho owners. unbiased reviews of RV parks throughout the nation. WWW.THERVITGUY.Some of my favorite web sites The following is a list of some of my favorite web sites that I use for various information about RV'ing and also some of the ones I use for computer related stuff. I've also thrown in some of my favorites that I use for Personal stuff as well. This web site is where I look COM for comprehensive.RVPARKREVIEWS.73 Page 73 . This is the web site where COM you can purchase anything you can find at the venerable Camping world store to enhance your RV experience.COM This is the web site hosted by yours truly in regards to Campin' and Computin' . Tent Trailer Owners. There are areas for Fiver owners.NET Description This has a large number of Forums (Places to post and find information) on almost anything RV related. the whole shootin' match.

DELL. Though I'm sure every news organization has it's own 'Bias'.74 Page 74 WWW.74 WWW.PETFINDER. post the pooches for adoption on this web page. A large number of the Humane Societies through out the US. that my wife and I find very helpful and interesting.C OM WWW.COM WWW. I go to this web site many times for information about Microsoft software.74 .74 .COM WWW. The main web site for the 'HP' Computer corporation.COM WWW.HP.GOODSAMCLUB. One of my favorite personal stuff web sites for looking for our next best friend. This is a great place to hook up with other RV'er's and find out information about up-coming samborees.COM WWW. Search engine and home .MSNBC.COM RV'ing and Computers Believe it or not. The main web site for the 'DELL' Computer corporation.YAHOO.COM Campin' and Computin' . I like this web site a lot because it contains a lot of good news content.MICROSOFT. this one has a Animal section under the 'Health' area.

Search engine and home page that gives you the ability to customize your home page to some degree for content that you desire. WWW.75 page that gives you probably the best way to customize your home page.75 .EXCITE.75 Page 75 .75 .COM Campin' and Computin' .

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This is a setting on the desktop that will Automatcially arrange the icons on your desktop screen.Built In Operating System .This is generally synonymous with a character or letter.77 .77 . -BBIOS . Generally. It is either on or off and consequently represents a 'One' or a 'Zero'. The term comes from idea of pulling up by your 'Boot straps'. 8 bits makes up one byte. BYTE .The smallest unit of measure for computer data. -CCampin' and Computin' .This stands for 'American Standard Code for Information Interchange'. Boot Up . BIT .This is the process of the computer starting up. Auto-Arrange .These are the instructions that the computer uses for its initial startup.77 Page 77 . It is a cross reference between various characters and the 'ASCII' code that they are stored in a computer.77 Glossary -AASCII .

This function will copy the selected text.Highspeed internet connection. For example the menu you are presented will look one way if you click on a folder and a different way if you click on a music file. -DDate/Time . Copy .78 Context Sensitive menu . Use 'Paste' to move the selected Text.This is a menu that varies based on the item that you clicked on.78 .78 .Dots Per Inch. The cursor could be in the form of a vertical bar on a document or the form of an 'Arrow' on a graphical document like a picture. Cursor . Cut . file or section to a new location. Use 'Paste' to insert the selected Text. This is a unit of measure of how many dots of color make up a scanned image.As a menu option inserts the current date and time at the current location of the cursor. file or section to a new location.78 Page 78 . file or section of an image from the current document.This indicates the current focus point for the computer. file or section of an image from the current location. DSL . Campin' and Computin' .Digitial Subscriber Line . DPI .This function will cut the selected text.

-GGoto… .geocaching.com -HCampin' and Computin' .As a menu option indicates that we are going to enter into a process of finding some word or phrase in the current document.As a menu option allows you to immediately go to a given line number in the document.A hobby where you use a GPS receiver. www. Geocaching . In the terms of communications.As a menu option indicates that we want to find the next occurrence of a given word or phrase that we just did a find for that is after the current Cursor position.79 Page 79 . Find Next . -FFind… . a set of coordinates and your deductive skill to find treasures hidden all over the world. it means two way communications. In regards to printing.79 Duplex .79 .79 . -EExit .This means basically to do things two-way.Exit the application. it means to print on both sides of the paper.

In the metric system a Kilo means onethousand units. -KKilo-bytes . an IP Address is a 'Internet Protocol Address'. A kilo-byte represents approximately 1000 Bytes. Similarly see 'Stand by'.80 .Entering the hibernate mode means that the computer will save the open desktop and the open files to the hard drive and then power down the PC. -JJustify . If a document is Left justified. This is the unique address assigned to a piece of computer equipment that has access to the internet.80 Page 80 . In actuality. This means when the computer is turned back on.This is a method of communicating across the internet. the operating system opens up the computer in the same state in which it entered hibernate.This has to do with alignment of characters on a text document. Right Justified means that the text all lines up on the right hand side of the document. For instance.80 .80 Hibernate . such as in 'Kilo-grams' means an item weights 1000 Grams. Campin' and Computin' . -IInternet Protocol . the text all starts in the same place on the left side of the document. a Kilo-byte represents 1024 Bytes.

81 . -OOpen… .This is a page orientation where if you were to print a picture on it.Mega is synonomous with a million.As a menu option allows you to select an existing document to open somewhere on your PC. -MMegabyte . the picture would be wider than it is tall.National Television System Committee. Modem . Landscape print orientation is also used for spreadsheets. NTSC . This is a format of DVD recordings that are used as a standard in North America. this represents roughly 1 million bytes. So.81 . -PCampin' and Computin' .This is a piece of equipment that MODulates and DEMotdulates audio tones so that your computer can communicate across the voice portion of the Telephone network.81 -LLandscape .81 Page 81 . -NNew… .As a menu option allows you to create a new blank document.

This is a page orientation where the page is printed so it is taller than it is wide.As a menu option allows you to set up the page orientation such as 'Landscape' or portrait.Read Only Memory. ROM .As a menu option is the process of looking for a word or phrase and replacing it with a new word or phrase. Print… . Paste .This is similar to a 'Stack' of documents. -RRAM .82 .82 . Portrait . file or portion of an image into the current location of the cursor. much like a portrait (or painting) is viewed. Such as a Stack of documents are qued up for printing.82 Page Setup… . Replace… .Random Access Memory.82 Page 82 . -SCampin' and Computin' .As a menu option allows you to determine and control the printing of the current document you are working on. -QQue .This will insert a previously cut or copied Text.

Save As… . Campin' and Computin' .83 .As a menu option allows you to save the document as a new file name or in a new location.83 Page 83 .83 .83 Save .As a menu option allows you to save the changes you have made to the existing file in an existing location.

Stand by mode is where selected peripherals of your computer are shut down. -TTool Bar . There is a cable that will connect to this plug for driving your home TV set off of your laptop so that you can watch digital slide shows and such.A string is a set of characters that may make up one or more words. Similarly.84 Page 84 .As a menu option this highlights the entire document as if you were going to copy the entire document to another document. see 'Hibernate'. S-Video . it is still drawing some power. The only portions of the computer that remain active are the CPU and the power applied to the memory.84 . String . The tool bar is. Stand by mode .84 -S (Con't) Select All . This allows the computer to switched on very quickly. Campin' and Computin' .84 . place at the top of the application screen. The only draw back is that while the computer is in stand by mode.Super Video connector that appears on most laptops. Short Cut .This is where the most frequently used 'Tools' are placed in an application.A series of Keystrokes that will execute commonly used functions within the software. as a standard.

UPS .85 .85 -UUndo .85 Page 85 .Uninterruptible Power Supply .Batter back up for your primary power for your computer equipment.Undo a previous just made to the document. Campin' and Computin' .85 .

86 -VVideo Adapter - This converts the computer results into a video image that can be displayed on the screen of your computer. -WWifi - Wireless Fidelity - Wireless highspeed internet access. WWW - This stands for World Wide Web. -XXML - This is short for 'eXtensible Markup Language'. XML is a language that us used extensively in web applications and in some newer microsoft applications for not only application development but also in some methods of data storage. -YY2K - The is used to refer to the 'Year 2000'. Though some feared that this was going to be the end of the world, that did not turn out to be the case. -ZZX-81 - One of the first personal computers that was mass marketed. It was sold in kit form and also preCampin' and Computin' - 86 - 86 - 86 Page 86

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Auto-Arrange.............43 Context Sensitive menu ...............................78 Copy..........................78 Cursor........................78 Cut.............................78 Date/Time..................78 DPI.............................78 Drag and drop............42 Duplex.......................79 Exit............................79 File Sharing................53 Find............................79 Find Next...................79 Firewall......................54 Geocaching................79 Goto...........................79 GUI.............................39 LCD............................38 Lime Wire...................53 Microsoft Update.......55 MSCONFIG.................50 Napster......................53 New............................81 Open..........................81 Page Setup................82 Print...........................82 Prologue.....................89 Remote assistance... .64 Replace......................82 S-Video......................34 Save...........................83 Save As......................83 Select All....................84 Selective Startup.......50 support request. . .61, 64 Undo..........................85 Video card..................34

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I really did find it a joy writing it. Web site: www.89 . but would like to know more about how to better manager their computer and gather what makes them tick.com I have a couple of other books in the works that you may find of interest.89 . Below is where you can get information about my e-mail address and my web page. Running your computer based business on the road .89 Prologue Thank you so much for taking the time to read my book. Please feel free to go out and drop me a line letting me know what you think about the book. If you are more comfortable. This book is currently being written and should be released in 2010.thervitguy. please use the following page to send me your written comments.I'm currently working on the outline for the Campin' and Computin' .com E-mail address: thervitguy@ymail. It is intended for those that are somewhat computer saavey.89 Page 89 .This second book in the series takes over where the first book 'Campin' and computin' leaves off. I will be sure to add any relevant content to the next edition of my book. Managing your computer on the road .

Remember: Chase your dreams today.90 Page 90 . Now. for tomorrow.90 .90 third book in the series. you can get more out of your computer and be more comfortable with it.90 . This third book should be released in late 2010. But I'm hoping that with this new book as your tool. Don't spend too much time using your computer if you can be outside exploring. go out and enjoy the open road and see all of the wonderful places out there. It will discuss some of the must haves for a RV homed Computer based business as well as some things to get informed about when it comes to the tax implications of running a business from your rig. they may not be there to chase! Campin' and Computin' . It will discuss the in's and out's of running a computer based business from your RV.

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