http://ak.aoos.org/pws/web_cams.php This is a link to a web camera group that shows different places in Prince William Sound The San Juan one looks down the bay to where Lulu & I grew up The Mt Eyak & Cordova Boat Harbor is close to where I am living at the moment.
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I have Donna to thank for this, a webcam in one of my favourite places in the world, Botswana, Southern Africa. It's not where I live, so it's kind of cheating, but after all I come from Southern Africa, and Botswana is where I would like to live. You need Real Player for this, if you need it you can download a free version.
Revlu, if you aren't going to use Real Player, better to uninstall it, otherwise it will keep trying to connect to the internet and update itself. You can turn that off in 'preferences', but better to get rid of it altogether.
I like Google Toolbar, I have it as a component of Google Desktop, which indexes all the files on my computer, including emails, and makes them searchable. So I can search either the web, or my computer by typing in keywords into the search bar, very useful when you're looking for a file and have as many as I do to search through. You can, if you wish, use it as a Sidebar, and have all sorts of extras like showing in rotation pics from your computer, news flashes, weather gadgets and so on, but I don't bother with that, I'm not big on bells and whistles.
But just using the simple searchbar in combination with the desktop thingy has saved me hours of work. If you uninstall Real Player, you may lose that toolbar too, but you can always download Google Desktop at Google home page. Hope that helps.
I've screwed everything up. I tried to uninstall RealPlayer, it said there was part of it that couldn't be unistalled, then I accidentally uninstalled RealTekAudio or some such name, then this thing came up said I had to install windows something 7, so I did. I was afraid I wouldnt even be able to get back to Comcast (which is or was my home page), or to Care2, but I managed to get here.
But now I have no audio, and I've lost my instant messenger. And I don't know how to get them back, maybe I figure it out when I get back from work tonight.
I diont kno what ive done ot how to undo it and i feel sick at heart.
all that new stuff at top of page--google toolbar and whatever that thing is with the arrows-- and i dont understand any of it and dont know how to get rid of it or even if i should...i just want my audio back and instant messenger...and nobody will talk to me and if they did i wouldnt understand anyway and it serves me right for not having friends in the real world.
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I wish I could help you, Lulu. I probably could if I was sitting there in front of your computer, but it's really hard for me to try to figure stuff out unless I'm sitting there doing a trial and error thing.
I can't figure out what would cause you to lose the audio. I'm wondering if a system restore would help. It couldn't hurt. Do you know how to do that? Let me know, and if you don't, I'll make a screenshot with directions. I'l check in here often to see if you've posted.
You can just go to your control panel to uninstall the toobar. I've done that scads of times. I'm always playing around with new ones. Make sure you reboot after doing all that stuff.
First the toolbar. If you don't want to see it, do this: find an empty space along the top bar click on it with the right mouse button, and you will get a menu. Go down to Google, and click on it to uncheck it. Then it will disappear.
Next, Messenger. Click Start, All Programs, and look for Windows Messenger. Then look see if there is a menu to restart or something similar, or perhaps it will just restart all by itself. You will probably have to reboot. I have deactivated mine, so I'm fumbling in the dark here.
Then the sound. That is usually linked to your sound card, and you should have a CD that came with the computer, maybe in the little box they always give you. If you do, it's easy, you just put it in and let the drivers install. If not, then I can find the files online.
I have to go out for a short time, will be back a little later to help more. Please don't stress, I will talk you through this, online friends are friends too.
So far so good. I clicked on Windows Messenger in the All Programs, and it reappeared like magic, didn't even ask for password.
This Windows 7 seems to be a good thing. I've noticed everything comes up much faster. And it is not to blame for loss of audio. That happened when they said there was a part of RealPlayer they couldn't uninstall, and I thought the RealTekAudio was what they meant so I uninstalled it.
Systems restore? I saw this icon down in the corner, said systems restore, so I clicked on that, and the icon disappeared and nothing else happened that I know of.
I think I'll try that link Zen provided if nobody has a better idea.
Ok, once it is downloaded, you have to click on it to run it, and it will install itself, so says the readme file. REALTEKAUDIO.R1.64.5F3D.EXE is the file you want.
If you're not sure where you downloaded it to, just do it again and make a note of where you put it, it's quicker than searching for it.
Assuming you've done that and you still don't have audio, then go to Start > Control Panel > and look for 'Realtek Audio Settings'. If it's not there, then you may need to reboot, or click on that install file again. More to come.......
I thought you had gone off, sorry. Let me check... It's downloading now, bit slow, so let's think. You should somewhere see an option to extract all files? if so, then here are the instructions that Realtek gives, see if they make sense to you as you go along.
1. Download the .EXE file to a directory on your hard drive.
2. Execute (meaning click on/Run) the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions.
3. After the files are unpacked, the folder containing the extracted setup files should open automatically. The setup program (Setup.exe) must be run to install the drivers. Please see the readme.txt file for more details.
Mari, thanks, but you were doing pretty well, I thought.
It's easier for me, I'm a different time zone, so I started this first thing in the morning, when my brain is going well. Last thing at night, I cannot be held responsible for anything that I type, I think aliens take over my mind.
Revlu, I didn't get an unzip question, did you doubleclick on that file?
Here is a walkthrough: First you doubleclick on the file, and a box opens tells you all about what is coming up yada yada. Click on Next It offers you a subdirectory where it will save the files, and you click on Next again. When this is done, look at the directory box that opens, and you see various folders and below that a list of files.
Doubleclick on the one called "Setup.exe" I don't want to go further and maybe upset my own files, but from there on, it should go OK. Then it may automatically give you back your sound, or we may have to tweak it a bit via Control Panel. Let me know, and we will talk further, depending on what result you get.
Try Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices. Check the Volume box, be sure that the sound is not muted, and that Realtek Audio is set as the 'audio output'. If it is not, then go to the "Audio" tab, and change it there.
I was thinking it might have something to do with the mute, but I figured that would be too easy.
I wish I could help, but even with a fresh brain, if ever my brain is fresh, I can't explain things unless I'm right there with the person. Lulu, you're the best, but I'm not sending my a$$ to AK.
Probably a dumb question, but your speakers didn't get unhooked somewhere, did they? Nah, pretend I didn't say that.
Maybe it's Bush, or global warming?
I know, levity has no place in a serious situation. It's almost 4 am, I couldn't sleep, and that's my brain on eggs.
I'll check in tomorrow. I really do hope you get it fixed soon, Lulu. I know how frustrating it is, believe me. I was 45 minutes on hold for a tech tonight...last night, and fortunately he was not from Punjab, which is usually where they send me. He actually spoke English with and American accent. If I get stoned for that statement, so be it. I'll plead temporary insanity due to sleep dep. Actually, maybe getting stoned might not be a bad idea. But that's another chapter.