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Tell us which page you were viewing by selecting all of the text in the top of your browser that begins with http:// and copying that to the troubleshooting email, and tell us what you were trying to do when the problem happened. Also, we’d appreciate it if you could include the following information:

What kind of internet connection do you have?
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If your computer connects to the internet through a cable modem or a DSL modem, you have a broadband connection. You should be able to use view video as well as listening to programs.

Which OS version do you use?

On PC-based computers with Windows, the version of Windows is the same thing as the OS (operating system). The Windows version is often displayed on the monitor while the computer is booting up. When you click on the “start” menu, the phrase along the left corner of the menu is your OS version.

On Macintosh, with the Finder as the active window, click on the Apple in the top left of the menu bar, then select About This Computer, which displays the Operating System.

Does your computer support sound?

Most personal computers are equipped to play sound.
If your computer has built in speakers, then it supports sound.

To check for a headphone input, look on the back of the computer for audio outputs; find the one with the symbol for headphones, which accomodates a standard “mini” (one-eighth inch) audio plug. Most headphones and computer-ready external speakers use mini plugs. External speakers may need batteries to work, or to be plugged into a power outlet separately.

If you encounter problems getting sound, check that the speakers are powered on, that the volume dial is turned up, and that the Volume setting (usually in the Sound folder of the Control Panel) is not turned to Mute or a very low volume. Computer speakers may have multiple volume controls — a physical volume dial, a volume setting on the Sound Control Panel, and a volume setting on the media player software.

If you do not have a sound card, consult a computer store or anyone you know who is fluent in computer components. Sound cards can be installed fairly easily, but the installation is not without hazards, and should be done by someone with experience.

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