Windows 98 lets users turn off modem sounds

Help Line

August 16, 1999|By James Coates | James Coates,Chicago Tribune

I have a SupraMax 56K Voice PCI modem in my DEC 3000 computer. Is there any way to turn the sound down or off? I don't use the voice feature.

Windows 98 allows users to turn modem sounds on or off by changing the settings on a control panel. Click on the My Computer icon at the top of your desktop display, then choose the Control Panel folder and look for the yellow telephone icon named Modem. Click on the Modem icon and then choose Properties on the menu that pops up.

You will find a slider bar that lets you either turn down those modem sounds to a whisper or shut them off completely.

I have a 333-megahertz computer running Windows 98. I installed the update in April. Recently, when my daughter has tried to play Solitaire, it won't work: Nothing comes on the screen and the computer makes a sound like there was an error. Any ideas on how to fix this?

You need reinstall the game portion of Windows 98. Insert your Windows 98 disc in the CD-ROM drive and choose the install/uninstall icon. You will get a display of all the Windows programs with a check mark beside each. Uncheck everything except the one for Accessories. Then double click on Accessories and uncheck everything that comes up on the next display except the one marked games. Then click Apply and your Solitaire game will be reinstalled and thus repaired.

I subscribe to America Online, and I wanted to know whether there is any way that I can notify my electronic correspondents when I am out of town and unable to return e-mail.

AOL falls down badly here because its clunky e-mail software simply doesn't allow the sort of automated responses you want.

Most other e-mail software is better. Almost all the non-AOL software uses what is called pop e-mail service and includes modules to allow users to set up automatic replies.

The only way to get that is to get a new Internet service provider. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to set up the robot response is to use the rules feature included in the Microsoft Outlook Express software that is included in the Microsoft Internet Explorer free of charge.

In Outlook Express you just click on the Tools item on the toolbar and then select Options, where you will find a tab marked Rules.

Getting it to work takes a bit of juggling, but the software walks you through the steps quite nicely.

This use of rules for incoming and outgoing e-mail allows substantial other refinements, including allowing users to automatically trash junk e-mail, to give special attention to notes from special people such as family members or customers and to automatically forward important messages to other accounts.

Send e-mail to jcoates@tribbune.com.

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