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  1. Printer Powers Up - My Computer Shows Phantom Drive

    SOLUTION: I opened the Device Manager window before powering up my AIO printer. A new listing appeared under Imaging Devices > EPSON WF-2750/2760 Series. The redundant (and useless) item under Disk Drives > EPSON Storage USB Device has been disabled. Removable Disk is gone from My Computer. All printer operations are working normally. Why don't I uninstall EPSON Storage USB Device from Device Manager? After using all printer functions several times, uninstalling is probably a good idea. I say "probably" because this item may reassert itself each time I press the power button.
  2. Printer Powers Up - My Computer Shows Phantom Drive

    Thanks bphlpt. After having some bad luck with AIO printers, a friend recommended this model. It prints, copies, scans, and faxes. I don't see any additional slots for SD cards, USB sticks, etc. I downloaded a 295 page user manual. Maybe something in this lengthy manual will explain the Removable Disk in My Computer. When I power up this printer, I hear the assigned WAV sound for a new external device. XP is loading two devices, because I hear that sound twice! It's not causing any problems, but I would like to understand what's happening.
  3. I just purchased an Epson AIO printer. My Computer lists this device correctly under Scanners and Cameras. However, a nonexistent Removable Disk is also listed under Devices with Removable Storage. If you select this phantom Removable Disk with your mouse a message box appears. It says, "Please insert a disk into drive." In Device Manager it's listed under Disk Drives as EPSON Storage USB Device. I apologize for asking this question, when I already know the answer. Is there something I can do to remove that phantom drive from My Computer?
  4. Yes jaclaz, I said it was an "ancient glitch" in the first sentence of my post. Many years ago it was clearly understood that all folders in XP "appeared" to have a read-only tick, but it should be completely ignored. It effected nothing. If you google this subject you'll find countless old posts, because that tick scared a lot of people. They actually dumped and reinstalled their systems over and over, trying to make this harmless glitch go away! I downloaded the portable version of File Extension Changer from Softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/File-management/Windows-Portable-Applications-File-Extension-Changer-Portable.shtml I wish this app had worked. It's suppose to create batch files that REDO and UNDO the extension changes. I know there are many similar apps, but this one had the options I needed.
  5. XP Pro_SP3 An ancient glitch with XP has never been a problem, until I tried a portable app called File Extension Changer on a USB flash drive. Read-only is automatically ticked in all XP folders. There are thousands of posts and blogs about this subject. Here is an old Neowin post explaining why all XP folders are created with a read-only attribute. https://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/647556-read-only-unchecking-bugged/ File Extension Changer displays an error message (see attached image) because every folder appears to be write-protected. We all know that a read-only folder attribute is usually meaningless in XP. The solution would be simple if unticking read-only worked. It doesn't. Is there a workaround for this problem, or should I abandon File Extension Changer?
  6. The most popular browser addon, plugin, or extension is a download manager. The browser I'm using right now has Download With > FlashGet in the Context Menu. If all your downloads are direct links, this type of integration is all you need. 95% of my downloads are redirects. That means a new tab or window opens before the download starts. All cloud storage file and video sites use redirects (also called URL forwarding). Your favorite download manager is useless most of the time. The "Save As" browser applet seems to be your only option. I recently tried Portable SlimBoat. It claims to have a fully functional download manager that will pause or resume broken downloads. Here is a direct quote from FlashPeak: "You no longer have to worry about broken downloads. You can close the web browser and pause all the download jobs. In the next session, you can pick up the download jobs right where you left it off." I tested SlimBoat with a 75 MB file. At 50% I closed the manager. Half the file (about 37.5 MB) should have been cached to my local drive, so the download could be resumed. It didn't work. The file was listed as zero bytes. This would never happen with a "real" manager like uGet, EagleGet, FlashGet, etc. I know how to use most any browser, but I'm not an expert on how they function. Is there a lightweight browser that will integrate and launch a real download manager with redirects?
  7. Move One Context Menu Item

    XP Pro_SP3 You can edit the Registry or use an app to add or subtract Context Menu items. That's not what I need to do. Delete is located above Rename on my Context Menu. I don't know why this is happening to me, but I've clicked on Delete instead of Rename several times. There is no Undo Delete command with a flash drive. Your only option is to use an app like Recuva. The file recovery apps I've tried dredge up so many junk files they're a nightmare to use. If I could remember all the time (which is impossible) I would use keyboard shortcuts instead of a mouse with flash drives. I want to move Delete to the bottom of the Context Menu, walled off from all the other items with a separator line. I don't know how to do this with a Registry hack. I'm hoping there is an app that can do the job.
  8. My Computer Menu Someplace Else

    XP Pro_SP3 I've got a My Computer toolbar on the Taskbar. Any toolbar can be dragged to other locations on the Desktop. Is there an app that will create a My Computer menu someplace else, like the Tray (Notification Area) or the Quick Launch Toolbar? I don't mean a simple menu with a passive list of shortcuts. I can create a menu script that will display passive shortcuts. I need a fully active menu that behaves exactly like a My Computer toolbar. I never really liked having extra toolbars on the Taskbar or floating around the Desktop. That's why I'm asking for an app that adds a fully functional My Computer to the Tray or Quick Launch Toolbar.
  9. Resizing a Window

    This is an open source app for advanced electronics hobbyists or professionals. I respect the people who authored this app, so I blanked out most of the windows contents. A is the complete window. I want to resize the window so the only visible area is the meter display (Not Active) at the bottom labeled B. I tried NirCmd and Resource Hacker. The results are the same. The window is resized from the bottom up. The image labeled C is the problem. The window class (not title) is TMainForm. Here is the NirCmd I tried: nircmd.exe win setsize class "TMainForm" x, y, width, height I need to resize the window from the top down, so the meter display (B) is the only visible area. It's ok if the caption bar is included. The apps listed at the Raymond.CC blog are popular, but I need an app that supports command lines for a script. https://www.raymond.cc/blog/how-to-resize-an-unresizable-window-or-dialog-box/ NirCmd has a long list of windows commands (version 2.81). Is there a way to combine or execute a few of those commands to produce the results I need?
  10. NirCmd, WinINet, and RAS

    XP Pro_SP3 There is cell and broadband service in my small, rural town. I've lived here for 10 years. About once or twice each month broadband drops out for several hours. A very inexpensive dial-up ISP is a good backup. IE 6.0 is installed with SP3. I've always used Mozilla browsers, so I never had any reason to update IE. I was beginning to have a few page rendering problems, so I decided to try other lightweight browsers. A couple recommended IE 7.0 or better, so I installed IE 8.0. (I edited out all personal info from the attached images.) You can create your own WinINet and RAS scripts, but NirCmd does the job with a simple shortcut. Before installing IE 8.0, NirCmd "inetdial" used the wininet.dll and launched the active dialog box you see in the image. I really like this dialog box. After dialing a number it displays the connection info you want to see. NirCmd "rasdialdlg" opens dial-up properties if you need to change the settings. After installing IE 8.0 (and a newer version of wininet.dll) NirCmd "inetdial" opens dial-up properties, not the active dialog box that connects you to the web! There are other ways of connecting like creating a shortcut to the RAS phonebook file or rasphone.pbk. There are also many applets that will do the job. I don't like any of these alternatives. If possble, I want to restore that active WinINet dialog box. I don't know why NirCmd "inetdial" stopped working after installing IE 8.0.
  11. Does the latest version of reCAPTCHA work with XP?

    It never crossed my mind that a reCAPTCHA challenge would function with JavaScript toggled off! I tried that Google reCAPTCHA demo with K-Meleon. As you can see in the attached image, JavaScript has been disabled on the privacy toolbar. It worked perfectly! I immediately visited two sites that failed to load reCAPTCHA. They both displayed that message about enabling JavaScript. After releasing the K-Meleon JavaScript button I reloaded the page. The reCAPTCHA challenge displayed normally. 1. I go to a site with JavaScript disabled. 2. Wait for the message about enabling JavaScript. 3. Reload the page with JavaScript enabled. 4. reCAPTCHA works! I don't know why this disabling and enabling of JavaScript fixes reCAPTCHA in my browser, but at least I've got a procedure that works. That Google demo works with scripting disabled. It's hard to imagine any "real" reCAPTCHA challenges functioning without JavaScript. jumper, I found several posts that mention SeaMonkey working with reCAPTCHA. I will download the last version for XP: http://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/legacy Thanks jumper, dencorso, and Mathwiz.
  12. XP Pro_SP3 Please, before you read this post perform a google search. Type "firefox reCAPTCHA." I just did and the results list is 218,000. On the first page of that google search you'll find a post entitled, "ReCaptcha impossibly difficult on Firefox exclusively." There are countless posts, blogs, etc., trying to resolve this problem. Google's reCAPTCHA is used on thousands of sites. As you can see from the attached image, it frequently fails to load into Firefox and other Mozilla browsers. I've got the latest version of Light Firefox and K-Meleon installed. If you're not familiar, Light Firefox uses the same Gecko engine. It loads web pages faster and the features it lacks I don't need. I decided to try one of the smallest browsers, QtWeb. It has many flaws, but I just wanted to see if it would load a reCAPTCHA box. It also fails to load reCAPTCHA. The version numbers for Firefox and Light Firefox are not the same. I just installed Light Firefox 48, which is the latest version. Many experts recommend disabling add-ons, if reCAPTCHA is blocked. Since I just installed Light Firefox there are no add-ons. The folks at Mozilla want you to have the latest version of Java (JRE). The last version of Java compatible with XP is The problem is, many people are running Windows 7, 8, and 10 and they also fail to load that reCAPTCHA box. Another recommended "fix" is trying different UA (User Agent) strings. I've tried two or three dozen. Didn't work. I need a browser (excluding IE) that is compatible with XP Pro_SP3 and displays Google's latest version of reCAPTCHA.
  13. Installing Firefox

    Guys, I freely admit that my "knowledge base" about Firefox is almost zero. That's why I'm asking very simple questions. After reading your replies to my post, I don't think Firefox is a good choice for me. For several years I was hooked on a lightweight Mozilla browser, K-Meleon. It loaded web pages incredibly fast, compared to all the other browsers I had tried. I'm using the latest official stable release, version 75.1. Unfortunately, the past several months have been a disaster for K-Meleon. Many web pages will not render properly. I see constant messages about "switching to a supported browser." If you visit the K-Meleon forum, there are several updated builds created by forum members. Apparently, these newer builds fix the web page rendering problem. Before I abandon K-Meleon forever, I'll post a message asking about these updated builds.
  14. Installing Firefox

    I've got XP Pro_SP3. This document is about installing Firefox with XP. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/get-latest-version-firefox-windows-xp-vista It says, "This article is no longer maintained, so its content might be out of date." Has someone created a combined installer package for XP, so you don't have to download and install an old version of Firefox, before installing the latest version? Maybe an MSFN member has created their own version of Firefox for XP. If there is no combined or slipstreamed version for XP, please tell me the best old version of Firefox to install, before I download the latest version. It says you can use the Firefox updater, but I never install updates when I'm connected to the web. I prefer downloading everything and installing offline.
  15. You almost have to buy certain items through eBay. Saving 50% with free shipping can add up to thousands of dollars over several months. There is something strange about a few eBay sellers. They're not "the bad guys" but they do list new and used items at sky high prices. For example, you'll see 50 listings for an item available in local brick and mortar stores. Most will be below store prices. One or two listings will be double or triple store prices! The thing is, you see this kind of listing all the time on eBay. I actually contacted a guy selling a printer double the msrp. In a very polite way, I asked what kind of fool would pay double the msrp. He actually replied! The idea is eBay has millions of members. All he needs is one extremely uninformed person to pay his price. Again, these sellers are not breaking any laws. I've always wondered, do these eBay sellers really find totally ignorant buyers who will purchase an item double or triple above the msrp?