Dave via email asks:
Hi Aunty, can you help with my problem please? When I plug my MP3 player into my PC and download music, no matter how many I put on it, it will only play between 20 and 25 songs, even if there are 100 on there. When I check the card it states that it is a 16GB, and that I have only used about 1%. When I put my wife's memory card in my MP3 player (with about 400 songs on) it will play them all so the MP3 player is ok. I have tried formatting the memory card but it doesn't seem to make any difference. It is driving me mad!! I am sure that it is something simple, but I just can't fathom it out so is there something else that I should be doing?
Hello Dave. You haven’t mentioned what happens if you put your SD card I to your wife’s MP3 player, if she can also only play 20 songs then I’m thinking it’s a faulty SD card. I think the last 16GB SD card I bought for my phone was about €7. There is a program built into Windows called Diskpart that will let you delete the SD card partition (which is the next step up from formatting) but it is a very dangerous tool in the wrong hands so I would avoid it.
Alison from Gran Alicant asks:
I have a new Dell laptop with Windows 10 and I’ve started using the built in Cortana search function which I think is brilliant. The problem I am having is that when I speak into Cortana to look for something on the Internet it always brings up Bing and Edge but I’ve always been told Google search and Chrome are the best for surfing the Internet. Is there anyway I can set Cortana to use these instead? I have looked everywhere but I must be overlooking something.
Hi Alison. Because Cortana is a Microsoft product they have set things up so you are pretty much forced into using their search (Bing) and browser (Edge) apps. There are a couple of free add-on tools that can redirect Bing to Google Search and open Chrome instead of Edge, but they are a bit fiddly to configure. I have sent you a link to a website where you can download the two apps and instructions on how to set them up.
Tracy via email asks:
I have just bought an HP laptop from my local electronics shop but I can’t get on with the built in mouse touchpad, and as I am a touch typist, the small Spanish keyboard layout is causing me problems. I can have a friend buy a UK keyboard and mouse in England and bring it over but is this something I can setup myself?
Hi Tracy. It is fairly simple. Get a wireless keyboard & mouse set which will come with a small USB dongle that you plug into a free USB port and that’s all there is to it. You will have to go into the Windows Settings and search for “input method” to tell it that you now have a UK keyboard layout.
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