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Windows Vista Accessibility Demonstrations
Windows Vista includes built-in accessibility settings and programs that make it easier for computer users to see, hear, and use.Accessibility Today Video
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Accessibility Tutorials - Windows Vista
Windows Accessibility - Video Tutorials (YouTube)
Changing the Resolution
Adjusting the Font Size
Changing Windows colours
Making the Mouse Cursor larger
Speeding up a sluggish computer
Apparently if you are running Windows Vista and are finding it a bit slow - perhaps when using voice recognition, there is an easy way to speed it up. Normally this would require opening up the case and plugging in extra RAM chips. Vista has a feature called ‘ReadyBoost’ which uses some or all of the memory from an external storage device such as a USB memory stick/pen drive or memory card (collectively known as flash memory/drive) like the ones you find in digital cameras. Most new flash memory should be compatible with ReadyBoost.
Once you insert the flash memory into the USB port or card reader slot Vista will automatically detect it and install the appropriate drivers and then you will be given some options by AutoPlay as shown opposite, as to how you would like to use the memory. [If you are unable to see the image then please email me for a PDF version of this tip.]
Typically, you would just use it to store and/or access files, thus clicking on the option that is most appropriate to allow you to do this. However, there should be another option offered if your flash drive is compatible, that of ‘Speed up my system’. If for some reason the dialogue box does not display, then locate the memory stick/card using My Computer or Windows Explorer and then right click on the flash drive and then click on Properties and then the ReadBoost tab, and make the following selections:
Click Use this device.
Move the slider to choose how much of the available space on your memory stick/card you want to reserve for boosting your system speed. (Follow the recommendation given in the second paragraph under the slider.) Click Apply and then OK - job done.
It is recommend that you use at least a 2 gig or higher of flash memory and permanently leave it in your computer. With the price of memory being relatively cheap it’s worth doing this if you do not have a spare one lying around. At the very least you should notice that your computer starts up quicker from a cold start (after shutdown) and after being in hibernation mode [see September 08 for information on different power modes].
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|invisiblebloke||Print screen errors in Vista||0||Apr 14 2009, 4:31 AM EDT by invisiblebloke|
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A user was getting an 'out of memory' error every time they tried to take a screen shot and then paste into Windows Paint. You apparrently can't uninstall and reinstall Paint on it's own as it's part of the operating system. After trying several options, the problem was eventually traced to the settings in Paint itself. Ginto Paint and select 'Image' from the toolbar. Check what the image attributes are. If they are set too high, then you may not have enough memory to store the image in the clipboard. Select the default setting and this should cure the problem.
|invisiblebloke||Vista 64 bit operating system||1||Mar 27 2009, 12:27 PM EDT by DamianChick|
Thread started: Mar 24 2009, 7:19 AM EDT Watch
Some assistive technology is not presently fully compatible with Vista 64 bit OS. A guy with C5 paraplegia recently had problems getting Dragon Naturally Speaking to work on his new Vista 64 bit OS based laptop. When he bought it, he was unaware of this incompatibility. Unfortunately, although he eventually managed to cancel his purchase agreement with the laptop supplier, it has still cost him his (substantial) deposit. I understand that Dragon Naturally Speaking Version 10.1 is due to be released sometime in March 2009 and this is expected to be fully Vista 64 bit OS compaitible. This is the second enquiry I have handled regarding 64 bit OS compatibility with assistive software. I recommend you carefully check compatibility of assistive software with particular operating systems, before you buy. It could be a costly mistake. That advice includes any operating system and not just 64 bit.
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