Why doesn’t my Windows virtual machine recognize my USB mic?

Reader says, I want to use a USB mic on the Windows side of my MacBook Pro using Parallels. I’ve installed Audacity, and this Windows program doesn’t recognize the USB mic and record my voice. Can you help?

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Completing Skype calls from the US to the UK

If you are Skype user in the United States who has contacts in the United Kingdom, you may run into a situation like I did recently where you repeatedly receive a pre-recorded message that your call cannot be completed at this time. Fortunately, there’s a simple fix for this persistent and aggravating error message.

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October 12, 2016 · 12:45 pm

Another fix to the ScanGear CS release lock switch error

Release lock switch error

Imagine that you resolved a computer problem a couple of years ago and your equipment was working fine until, very recently, you discovered the same issue had resurfaced. Moreover, you apply the same steps that worked previously and, to your dismay, learn that they don’t fix the problem. Such was the case with my 12-year-old CanoLiDE 80 scanner that I’d been successfully using to digitize photos and documents on a Windows XP virtual machine.

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August 18, 2016 · 1:07 pm

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Fix for failed 10.11.4 installation

osx 10.11.4 bug fixIn the not-too-distant past, OS X system patches were rather innocuous and straightforward and I gave very little thought when I initiated the installation. These days, incremental updates (e.g., upgrading from ‘dot-one’ to ‘dot-two’) that typically take up one or two gigabytes of disk space affect key components of the Mac’s operating system in a variety of ways and, thus, can have a greater chance of wreaking havoc.

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March 23, 2016 · 7:35 pm

Deciding whether to upgrade to Data Rescue One

Data Rescue IIA OS X software program that I have used for years to recover erased files is Data Rescue II that I originally bought in 2007. Even though I can still run Data Rescue II under El Capitan 10.11, the fact that many ‘vintage’ programs no longer work motivated me to evaluate my options with regard to the developer’s latest release called Data Rescue One.

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Help! I want to use Google Chrome after deleting my Safari cookies

Reader says, I cleared all my browser cookies the other day and there are some web sites I cannot access. It says “Safari failed to open page.” If I set Google Chrome as my default will I lose my other web sites? Will I have to reset all my passwords?

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