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?
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.
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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In 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.
A 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.