q+a I love playing computer games. But I can’t afford a new computer. I am using my uncle’s old PC, which has a Pentium III processor, 512MB SD RAM, and 80GB hard disk. It has a 24-bit colour display and so most games do not work. Could you let me know of some that will run on it?
You have not mentioned what graphics card you have installed in your PC. Assuming it is at least a card with 32MB RAM, these games will run beautifully on an old PC:
Deus Ex; Thief and Thief II; Diablo; Half Life; Unreal; Age of Empires; Settlers 2; Doom 1 and 2; Civilization 2 / FreeCiv; Quake 1, 2 and 3; Return to Castle Wolfenstein Baldurs Gate; and Oolite.
q+a I have an iPod touch (8GB). I would like to load games without a WiFi connection. I need your help on this.
I would exhort you to get a router so that you can get WiFi. With Apple introducing iCloud it will be very helpful.
Otherwise, what you need to do is plug your iPod to your laptop or desktop. Before that make sure you have the latest version of iTunes. At the time of writing, the latest version is 10.3.1. Once your iPod is connected to iTunes it will show up under devices on the left of your screen. You will be prompted to download and install the latest version of iOS (4.3.3). iOS is the operating system that runs on all Apple hand-held devices, including the iPad. Let the process of updating your iOS continue. Do not interrupt it. Once you firmware is updated your iPod will go off and restart on its own.
Now log in to iTunes with your Apple ID. Go to the App Store and choose the games you want to download into your computer. Put your cursor on the iPod symbol. Do not press or click. On the top you will find tabs for Info, Apps, Songs, Movies, Book and other stuff. Click the Apps tab and put a check mark on Sync Apps. Also make sure that you put a check mark against sync all new apps. Now press Apply and Sync. Both these buttons are on the bottom right hand corner of the iTunes window. Once the syncing is complete iTunes will let you know so that you can eject your iPod by clicking on the arrow on the iPod icon under devices.
q+a I have Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed in my computer. Recently I hid some folders in the C: drive, but I cannot retrieve them with the help of show all hidden files and folders option from the folder menu in the control panel.
Go to Start — Run and type in cmd (without the quotes.). This will open the command prompt, starting you off at the C:\documents and settings\(user name)> prompt. To get to the root of the C: drive, type cd. and press enter. Then repeat the step. You will now be looking at the C:\> prompt, meaning the root of your main hard drive, just as if you have opened My Computer and double clicked on drive (C:\).
Now you need to navigate between folders in the command prompt. For that you can use the CD command, which stands for change directory. To get to the Windows folder from the C:\> prompt; type: cd windows and hit enter. Now go to the folder where you have hidden your files. You need to clear the hidden and system attributes for all the files you hidden. Type (attrib –s –h –r *.*). Hit Enter. Now close your command prompt and go to Windows explorer and you will be able to see your hidden files.
Windows on Mac
q+a Can I install a Windows application in a Mac?
No, you cannot install Windows programs on a Mac. You could, however, partition your Mac with Boot Camp and install Windows in one partition. Just keep more hard disk space for your Mac partition.
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