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Is Your MIME Too Silent?

As Editorial Director Fred Langa learned while visiting our own site recently, Netscape Navigator could be denying you the joy of MIDI sounds on some sites. Netscape won't play any Multimedia Internet Mail Extension (MIME) object-such as a MIDI file-that you've downloaded unless the Web server delivering it lists the MIME type just as Netscape expects. That means who-ever's handling the server must give the MIME types Netscape-friendly settings.

Chief Technical Editor David Gabel had trouble running Microsoft Fax, so he called Microsoft tech support. He got a call back-a voice-mail message asking him to describe the problem in writing and, you got it, fax it to Microsoft. Eventually they talked and decided that the Exchange Profile had been botched during the setup. The cure: Start a new profile with only the fax service (not mail) and send a fax using the profile. If it works, then install the mail service you want, with a local PAB file. If you're using Microsoft Mail service, set up a local PST, too. If fax and mail both work, point to the network's mail resources and retest. Then delete the malfunctioning profile.

While setting up modems, Technical Associate Dave Hafke tripped over a conflict between some S3-based video cards and COM4. Older S3 chipsets decode the card addresses incorrectly under Win95, causing a conflict under some resolutions. Problem chipsets include the 801, 805 and 928 versions, typically found on the Diamond Stealth 32 and Stealth 64 and Orchid Fahrenheit 1280. The best solution is to change the COM port's address. If you can't, avoid the problematic resolutions or keep colors down to 256 or less, and set the Windows video-acceleration slider to zero. Or you could use a Win3.1x S3 video driver, but it won't support animated mouse pointers or mouse trails.

Copyright 1997 CMP Media Inc.


(From Windows Magazine, January 1997, page 112.)