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Printing Web Pages; Computers That Turn On Automatically

Sunday, October 17, 2004; Page F06

When I print a Web page, the printout truncates five or more letters on the right-hand margin. This happens even when the entire page already fits on my screen. Any idea how to get Web pages to print fully?

One option, as this reader noted elsewhere in his letter, is to click the "printable copy" link many sites offer, which will yield a version of the page formatted for standard printouts, without most of the graphics of the original.

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Another option is to print a page sideways -- in Internet Explorer's Print dialog box, click the Layout tab and select landscape mode instead of portrait mode. You'll get a series of wide pages instead of tall ones, which should accommodate all but the most unwieldy Web pages.

My new Compaq turns on by itself at random times. I think this began after I installed a modem from an old Gateway computer in the Compaq.

This one had me puzzled until I remembered a pair of obscure system-level options called "Wake on LAN [Local Area Network]" and "Wake on Ring" that allow the computer to turn itself on when it detects incoming network traffic via an Ethernet or modem connection. I suggested to the reader that he check his Compaq's BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) settings for anything awry.

This reader was ahead of me -- he wrote back that he'd already looked around his machine's BIOS settings, had disabled Wake On LAN, and the PC hadn't turned itself on since. Tinkering with BIOS settings can be risky, but it can fix some of the weirder PC malfunctions.

If you're curious about this part of your computer, restart and watch its start-up screens. You should see a message inviting you to adjust system settings by pressing a designated key, such as F8 or Delete. Press that key and you'll enter the BIOS menu, which you navigate with keyboard commands. Look all you want, but don't touch unless you know what you're doing.

-- Rob Pegoraro

Rob Pegoraro attempts to untangle computing conundrums and errant electronics each week. Send questions to The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071 or rob@twp.com.

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