November 18, 2010

Have electronics questions? Kim Komando has the answers

OSKALOOSA — Q. I need a record of recent conversations with someone. Is it possible to print call logs from Skype?

A. Skype call logs can’t be printed directly. But you can copy and paste them into another program for printing. Open a new chat window in Skype by double-clicking on a contact. Right-click in the conversation area and choose Select All. Then right-click and choose Copy Selection. Open a blank document in your word processor and paste in the log text. This text will include instant messages. You can print out the log from there. This only works for one contact at a time. You’ll need to repeat the steps for multiple contacts.

Q. I use ReadyBoost and a USB 2.0 flash drive for added speed in Vista. Will a USB 3.0 flash drives improve performance even more?

A. ReadyBoost uses flash memory to supplement the RAM installed in your computer. Technically, USB 3.0 flash drives will offer better performance. They have faster read and write speeds. You will need a USB 3.0 port to take advantage of the faster speeds. You can add a USB 3.0 card to your desktop. However, there aren’t many options for a laptop. In both cases, though, you are better off upgrading your RAM. Adequate RAM makes ReadyBoost unnecessary in most cases.

Q. My new Windows 7 computer boots quicker than my old computer. But it is still slower than I expected. How can I speed it up?

A. It helps to clean up the programs that run during start-up. Click Start>>All Programs>>Startup. Delete the icons for any programs you don’t use. Then click Start and type “msconfig” (minus quotes) in the Search box. Hit Enter. On the Startup tab, deselect programs you don’t want to run at startup. Search Google for programs you don’t recognize. Finally, open the Boot tab in msconfig and click the Advanced Options button. Select the Number of Processors option. Select the highest setting available. Reboot the computer.

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