How To Pause DirecTV And Resume Watching In Another Room

Most of us have seen the current crop of advertisements on television for DirecTV, in which they show how simple it is to stop watching a TV program in one room, and resume watching the same TV program in another. For the past several weeks I have tried doing this without success. I guess my thinking was that if you paused the TV program, you could resume the TV program in another room without a problem.

What is confusing about the operation is the fact that, in the TV commercials for DirecTV, they show the pause and resume process in what appears to be one simple operation as the person walks from room to room. Unfortunately this is not how it works. The process is more involved and requires several steps with user intervention in order to complete.

Here are the steps you need to follow in order to watch a program in one room and resume the same program in another:

Press the Record button, then press the List button and select the show you are recording. Select Play from the list. Stop the process by pressing the key with the square stop button. You can turn off your DVR. Go to the room where you wish to resume the playback of the program you were watching. After powering up the TV and DirecTV in your other room, press List from the remote. Select Resume from the list to continue watching your show.

Here is a ‘gotcha’ I have noticed when I have pressed the Record button. In some instances the entire program will get recorded if you have been watching the show from when it started. If this happens to you, you will need to fast forward the program to where you were when you pressed the Record button.

Confusing? Not really. Once you perform the procedure a few times you will be more proficient in its use. However, do not expect the simplicity that the DirecTV advertisement on television shows. The commercial doesn’t even show the actor or actress changing remotes.

If you know a simpler way to achieve the same results, please share your procedure with us.

Comments welcome.

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

Microsoft Windows XP remains a popular operating system for those of us who still have older machines that will not support Windows Vista or Windows 7. For those of us who continue to rely on this older operating system, we may experience the need to reinstall Windows XP for a variety of reasons. Whether the problem is a result of a virus, a bad update, bad driver or a failed software update, you could end up having to try to repair your Windows XP program in order to get your system back up and running properly.

In order to do a Windows XP repair installation, the first step you should do is to make a backup of all of your important files. Though the repair should leave your files and programs intact, a backup is a precaution just in case something goes wrong with the repair. Make sure you backup your data and files to a separate CD or DVD and not on the hard disk you are attempting to repair.

Also be aware of the following:
A repair install is intended to replace system files with files from your XP CD and your applications and settings will remain intact. However, updates and service packs will need to be reapplied after the repair is completed.
In addition replacing system files will NOT fix a virus, adware or malware problem. It is best to remove these before attempting a repair install. I would also recommend that you have a copy of any previous service pack you had previously installed available on CD as well.

Here are the steps to follow to start the repair process:
1. Boot your computer using the XP CD. Note: You may have to change the boot order in your BIOS settings so that the CD boots before your hard disk does.
2. You will see a ‘Welcome To Setup’ screen with the following option – To Setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
4. You must accept the License Agreement to proceed. A search will be done to locate your existing Windows installation.
5. Once the existing Windows is located press the letter R to start the repair process. The repair process is done automatically for you. Do not attempt to stop the repair process and let the repair fully complete.
6. The repair process will continue and all system files will be replaced. Your settings and programs will remain as they were before you completed the new installation.

As mentioned above, you will need to reinstall any updates or service packs that were previously installed to return Windows to its original state before the repair process.

Before connecting to the Internet make sure that your Windows firewall or other third party firewall is working correctly and that your anti-virus software is also working properly.

How To Synchronize Your 2003 Or 2007 Outlook Contacts To Your Apple iPad

I had a very interesting experience last week while visiting our daughter and her family. She mentioned that her Dell PC was infected with a nasty virus. I thought to myself, no problem. I’ll just download the software program Malwarebytes, install it, and clean up her system in no time. The other computer in the house was an iMac that my son-in-law had purchased last year. Not knowing that much about Mac’s I downloaded the file to his system and asked him to transfer the software over to a USB thumb drive. To my surprise he stated he didn’t know how to do it. He stated that he hadn’t had the time to learn on how the filing system worked on a Mac and couldn’t find the download file.

Please do not think that I am being critical of him for not taking the time to learn how the Mac works. He is a very busy man working and raising a new family and I am sure this is not a high priority on his list. But it did in fact teach me a valuable lesson. Since I bought my wife our first Apple product, an Apple iPad, I have been in the process of learning how her toy works. One of the issues I ran into was how to synchronize Microsoft Outlook 2007 contact list from her computer with the Apple iPad.

The first thing I did was to Google for a solution. I was surprised that the directions I found on most web sites were difficult to understand and to accomplish. The simple fact is that the process is extremely simple, in fact, so simple I was almost embarrassed to write about it. But I am sure there are many PC users like myself who are new to Apple products like I am, so I thought I would share the solution.

You need to install the iTunes software from Apple onto your PC. Hook up your Apple iPad to the PC that has your Outlook 2003 or 2007 contact list. When you contact the iPad to your PC the iTunes screen will appear. Select your iPad device. Towards the top of the iTunes screen is a tab labeled INFO. Click on the tab. At the next screen you will have the option to synchronize your contact list by selecting Outlook and check the sync button. Let your iPad synch with your computer and you will have all of your contacts and email addresses on your Apple iPad. You will also notice other options if you wish to transfer your Live Mail, Yahoo or other email contacts as well.

I must say that Apple has made this procedure rather painless and very simple to use.

Comments welcome.


Fail to Read Instructions: Guess What You Might Miss

Did you know that by reading the instructions on the Reynolds aluminum box you can avoid the roll having to be removed from its box each time you need a piece of foil. I didn’t. I just always figured that was the way it was. Then lo and behold my husband discovered that there are push in tabs at both ends of the box that when depressed hold the roll in the box as you pull on the roll. This is something that you may have known for years but it is something I didn’t know because I didn’t read the box instructions and I am betting that If I didn’t bother to read them there are others out there who also haven’t read them.

I found it amazing that something so simple could have been a struggle for so long and so it got me to thinking about what else I might be missing.

This in turn led me to think about all the prescriptions my doctors had prescribed for me over the years and what I might have missed by not reading the enclosed warning notices. Once again I was amazed to learn how many of the prescriptions included warning as severe as possible death by taking them. Thankfully only a few of the warnings really alerted me to side effects that I had experienced as a result of taking the medication.

So I guess my point is that whenever you buy a new product, even one that seems self explanatory, or are prescribed a new medication it is important to take the time to read the instructions and learn how to use it effectively and safely. I hope that this helps any of you who might not previously have taken the time to read the enclosed use information on any new product.

Tough Lessons Learned On Researching What You Install

Today Rossgang asks:

Like other people getting bored with Windows and wanting to try out a new operating system, I downloaded Ubuntu Linux and burned it to a CD. Then , as the directions read, I placed it in my PC to try to load it up as a live-CD ( I think thats what its called) and then went to run it. I believe thats where I made a horrible mistake when I decided to not really read up into it at all and try to throw it right on to my family’s computer, which me and my sisters schoolwork revolves around.

Anyway, I put it in and installed it. It deleted Windows and when I turn on the PC all of these white words and check lists start running down a black screen and it asks me to sign in. This is where I found myself completely lost. Having little to no former experience with any forms of Linux I realized I made the horrible mistake of not reading up on it.

To make matters worse I bought a new version of XP home and tried to install it but nothing works. After it loads it says on a blue screen Windows can not be loaded check BIOS settings. I’m completely lost.

Please, I’m begging you, help me. What can I do to get this computer up and running with Windows again? Mind you, Windows was already installed in the system, can I restore it without buying a new hard-drive or have it professionally fixed for money?

To put this as gently as possible knowing you have been through a lot already, nothing I say here today is likely going to make this a super easy process for you. Normally I would walk you through some data backup solution, but normally using something like a Live CD would be one of the ways of doing so. This is not something that you are having much luck with, so never mind that. Short of slaving the hard drive to another PC, based on the experience shared with me, I would just stop and seek outside assistance.

Why not offer you a suggestion for self repair? Simple – because of the value of the data on this hard drive and the lack of technical understanding that has been illistrated by not fully being aware that when you boot from a Live CD, then choose to install and operating system, you need to know what is going to happen with the other one already installed. Of course, this is not your fault – it happens to people every single day. But rather than making this worse, I would get a pro to get the data backed up and then make sure you understand something very important – test out Linux on a LiveCD, or on a dedicated PC. Dual-booting without fully understanding on how partitions work, among other understandably new concepts are something to be learned carefully and on machines that are not critical to daily use. ;)

Rather than making this a learning experience, I would just stop – understand that you jumped into something new and did so without fully understanding the consequences of what can happen.

In the future, I would suggest that you take the time to fully read up on installing ANYTHING new to your PC. Again, I really sorry you had a poor experience, hopefully you will have success with having a local tech getting things back up and running for you.

Do you have an IT-related question? Perhaps you are just burnt out on writing on the walls with crayons? Whatever the comments may be, drop me a line, and you too can “Just Ask Matt!”

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