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MADscrapper

Member Since 31 Dec 2006
Offline Last Active Feb 08 2009 05:35 AM

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In Topic: Just Tried My First Layout

19 August 2007 - 08:57 PM

MaryJo,
I first started digital scrapbooking almost a year ago. Before that I had PSE4 and tried to teach myself the program with books. I was so lost I gave up for a while. I just couldn't comprehend the whole layers idea. I began searching the internet to see if I could find more info and I came upon Scrapgirls. I joined and purchased Scrapbook Secrets 1 & 2. These tutorials are the ONLY instructions that I found useful even after spending tons of money on books. Ro's tutorials are so simple and I could just feel it all click. Sometimes you have to watch them a few times but she'll have you up and running in no time flat.

Keep plugging away and it will "click" for you too.

P.S. I love surfing through the various digi sites and I've found that Scrapgirls is by far the best.

Mary

In Topic: Computers, Computers, Computers

19 August 2007 - 07:55 PM

I have a Gateway laptop that I have had for about a year. It's got 1GB ram and 160 mb hard drive with the 15.4" screen.
It suits my needs perfectly and it's the perfect little machine for me at the moment. My family does a lot of camping and I bring my laptop everywhere we go. I never leave home without it.

I've noticed you can now get laptops with more ram, etc. I think I may just get an external HD to use as a back up. I'm waiting for the 500MB to come down to around $100. It's almost there.

I also have two Dell desktops and my husband has a Dell Laptop.

Good luck in your search for the perfect laptop. I'm sure whatever you find will suit your needs and you'll be very happy you made the investment.

Mary

In Topic: Web Page

19 August 2007 - 07:35 PM

I'm actually taking Web Design classes and I've been using Expression Web. It's pretty easy to use and so far I like it. It's the Front Page replacement from Microsoft. I've used Geocities which is a Yahoo product that allows you to have a free website and all the tools you need for editing are provided for you. It's just not the most reliable program out there. I've had a lot of problems.

Good luck.

Mary :clapping_kitty:

In Topic: Pse 5 Running Slow

28 January 2007 - 10:29 AM

I don't have PSE5, I have 4, but sometimes my machine will slow also.

I'm not a computer genius but here are a few little things that I've learned along the way.

Try this:
Right click on the task bar in the lower right hand corner of your screen, near the time.
Click on Task Manager in the pull down bar.
Click on the tab that says processes.

This will tell you what processes are currently running on your computer. It will tell you what your current CPU Usage is. (This number is always moving and if it's way up near 100% then you need to look at what else is running.)
If you look in the column that says CPU you will see some numbers. Most will say 00 and some will show activity. Many times when your machine locks up if you go to this section you can find out what process is jamming you up. Sometimes it may not even be the program you are running.

Anti-virus scans, spy sweepers take a lot of juice to run and they can really zap your speed if they are running at the same time. Sometimes you may be unaware that it is running in the background.


If you choose to end the process that is bogging you down just make sure it is something that you won't be needing while you are working your program. The processes will reset themselves when you reboot. (Ex: I had a svchost.exe that was sucking all my power. I ended the process and it did the trick but my sound was shut off so you have to be careful. After I rebooted, it was fine again.)

HTH,

Mary

In Topic: Upgrade Ram?

24 January 2007 - 07:21 PM

I was talking to our computer guy at work about updating the memory on a computer I have and he was telling me the same thing about the number of slots you have inside your computer. He also said that if for instance you have 256MB ram you can buy the bigger memory and either add to the exsisting 256K or you could remove it and put in two 512MB or two 1GB. Whatever you can afford to do. He said that even the 1GB's are not big enough anymore with all the new software programs that are coming out.

I don't know if it is true or not, but I heard that you need at least 1GB to run CS2 comfortably on your computer.

I have a 1GB and so far I'm happy with it but for how long......

Mary