Yesterday I decided to network my computer with my mothers so that I can take advantage of her cable internet link to download some chunky stuff that I’ve been after for a while, and I discovered that my little brother who knows every bloody thing about computers has deleted it, presumably on the basis of I-don’t-know-what-it-does,-therefore-it’s-unnecessary".
How do I get it back? I’ve tried re-installing windows three times and it’s still not there. I can’t find it on the Windows CD itself to copy over manually.
Creative ideas of punishment would also be appreciated.
OK, just tried it. Tweak worked fine, it looks great and I’ll keep on using it, but it didn’t work for this purpose.
What I think the reason for that is that tweak only hides (I think) the icon, whereas my brother clicked on it and hit ‘delete’, wiping it forever from this desktop.
I’ll tell you the rest of the problem in case there’s another answer:
What I’m trying to do it set up what I think is called a “laplink” between the two computers with a parallel cable connection. I’ve decided to do it this way rather than 1)set up a proper network or 2) stick both drives into the same machine becuase for 1)I lack the funds and for 2) I lack the technical know-how. A cable cost about AU$15 and so far I can use the ‘directcc’ application to connect the computers, but I can’t access their drives. I’m sure this has to do with the missing NN. If there’s another way around this please let me know.
Cnote is right; you can’t just “delete” it like other icons. (As if you needed my validation on that point. :))
But I would also like to add that there are a few utilities that can tweak your system like X System. You may have to ask your little brother which one he used. (Where is he anyway? - you should make him fix the problem!)
Or, as a last resort, you could format your hard drive and reinstall windows again. I don’t know how much of a problem this is for you, but you say that you have reinstalled three times, so it might be an option. Annoying though…
Are you really sure it’s gone? It’s fairly easy to change the name and icon, so you may not recognize it. It may also be moved to screen position not displayed at your current resolution.
Does it appear in the desktop toolbar? (right-click the taskbar and select Toolbars>Desktop)
Does it appear in Windows Explorer?
I can’t think of another way to hide it, so if/when you find out how it was done, please let us know.
In the meantime, I think I can help you with DCC.
DCC is (or has been for me) THE most difficult way to connect two machines.
But it seems you’ve got the hard part accomplished already. The DCC wizard says they are connected right?
Sharing must be enabled. Open “Network” in Control Panel, click the “File and Print Sharing” button, and check the appropriate box. You will need to restart.
Then, in “My Computer”, right-click the drive you want to share, select “Properties”, and set the appropriate options on the “Sharing” tab.
You will still need NN to access the other computer, so if it doesn’t appear in Windows Explorer, we may be right back where we started.
I ran across an article that mentioned the icon may be missing because it’s now a part of the ‘My Computer’ icon. It’s there, but it’s not a seperate icon anymore. But, it was directed at Win ME users.
I know you said 98 SE, but I thought I’d add that just in case.
Guys, thank you for all your wonderful suggestions. unfortunately they haven’t done the trick. I’ve decided to take it back to the shop and see what they can do. It’ll probably be something incredibly simple that I’ll have to fork out $50 for, but I need this stuff.
Re my brother. He’s currently in Bali at the moment, so that’s no good (I’m in Sydney). Also, when I said he knew ‘every-bloody-thing’ I meant that he knows very little but thinks it’s a lot. I.e., he knows enough to screw it up but not enough to fix it up. That’s usually left to me.
I’ll post again when I get the answer to let you know what was wrong.