1999-07-03 / Columnists

Got Computer Questions?

Ask Randy From Magichost

Hi Randy, I enjoyed your article in The Wave, and hope it stays as a weekly feature. It was very informative. My question is this; it seems that on my computer, I can only make Pictures in paint program into my wallpaper for my desktop. Is there a way to make JPEGS into wallpaper? --Rita

A: Rita, Windows 95 only supports BMP file types for backgrounds. So if you are using Windows 95 we are going to have to convert the image file to a BMP file. If you are using Windows 98 you’re in luck because it also supports BMP, JPEG, GIF, and HTML file types. To put a JPEG background in Windows 98 simply right mouse click a blank area on the desktop (on the background wallpaper), click on properties, and then click on BROWSE. Find the graphic file you want as the background and click OPEN, then click OK. That’s it! If you are using Windows 95, we have to convert your JPEG file to a BMP file. This is hard to explain considering I don’t know what graphic program you are using to view your JPEG files. Open your JPEG file and try to find an option in your viewer to save the file as a BMP file. Try clicking on File, then Save As, change the file type to BMP and click SAVE. If there is no option for saving the file as a BMP, try opening it in Internet Explorer and follow the above instructions. If you don’t have Internet Explorer or any graphic viewers that will convert your JPEG to a BMP you can download an image converter at http://www.magichost.com/convert.

The same instructions apply to that program.

Q: I recently purchased a CD recorder and almost every time I try to copy a CD I get an error and the CD doesn't work. I thought maybe the CDs were blocked from being copied but my friend said they couldn’t do that. Can it be my CD recorder is defective? Please get back with me as soon as possible I have no tech support and everyone I ask has no idea. –Thanks, Tony

A: Tony, this is a common problem with all CD recorders. Your CD recorder is fine, and is not damaged or broken. The reason for this is because CD-Recorders record at a speed of 2x or 4x, sometimes slower. If your CD-ROM is reading the CD being copied faster then the CD-Recorder can write to your blank CD your going to get errors. It is also possible to get errors when the CD-Recorder is recording faster then the device sending it information. To fix this problem, select the option in your copying software to copy the CD to your hard drive before making the CD. This will prevent the errors described above.

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Please send any questions you may have relating to computers to: Randy Sofia care of the wave (8808 Rockaway Beach boulevard, Rockaway, NY 11693) or send e-mail to thewave@poboxes.com).

(This weekly Q&A column is written by Randy Sofia, a computer programmer, and president of Magichost Internet Services. Magichost is a web hosting service with Rockaway in mind. Visit the web site at http://www.magichost.com or e-mail him at Rockaway@magichost.com)



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