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How To: Access Windows on a "Go" Senior's computer - and why.
MyGait is a heavily advertised computer that tells seniors all the work is done for them. ¬†They are told when they purchase this computer, all of their troubles will be over forever. ¬†However, what they don't tell seniors is that the computer has no optical disk, printer drivers, or any software except the "Go" browser. ¬†So you cannot print your email or watch movies.
And the problem is, the "Go" browser auto-boots every time, you never get to see the any of the familiar Windows screens. ¬†Yet, the underlying operating system is good old Windows XP Home Edition. ¬†If you wish to install any other software or hardware on the MyGait, you must first install an external DVD drive. ¬†I recommend you install the external DVD drive, then at least install software to play DVDs and a basic word processor or Open Office.
Hint: install a DVD burner, not just a DVD-ROM. ¬†This will enable you to burn and copy both DVDs and CDs. ¬†Yes, a DVD burner will burn and play CDs. ¬†Do not bother with a read-only device, you will eventually be disappointed and the difference in price between a read-only and a read-write DVDis only a few dollars. ¬†Note: You MUST install burning software before you can create DVDs or CDs on your computer. ¬†For directions how to install optical disk software on your computer, read my FireHow article:
How To: Install disk burning software on your PC - and why.
Once you have installed the drive, the hard part is over and you should be able to continue on your own. ¬† Thus, you are getting two-for-one, that by showing you how to install the DVD, you will also learn how to get to Windows on the "Go" computer.
Directions to Install a DVD burner on a MyGait "Go" computer:
Have your DVD device ready, but NOT plugged into the computer. ¬†This article assumes you have a DVD that is powered by the USB cable, not a power transformer.
1. Turn on an boot up the "Go" computer. ¬†Wait until the splash screen appears, but DO NOT click on the big green "Go" button.
2. Now press ctrl-esc. ¬†Note that on many "Go" keyboards, the esc key is labeled "ES". You should see the Windows start menu appear on the lower left corner. ¬†Click on it to open.
3. You will see only two options in the right column of the start menu. ¬†"Network places" and "Printers and Faxes" Click on "Printers and Faxes" to open the "Printers and Faxes" window.
4. Read down the left-side navigation panel until you see "Other Places" and open that menu if it is not already open. You should see familiar options, such as "My Documents" and "My Computer". ¬†This is your ONLY access to the Windows operating system when using a "Go" computer.
5. Click on "My Computer" to open the "My Computer" window. Plug in the USB cable from your DVD player and wait for the system to detect the new drive. ¬†It should, as all new DVD players are plug and play devices. There you go.
You have now installed a DVD player. ¬†Pop in a CD and see if you can here the music, since the "Go" computer comes with the dreaded Windows Media Player. ¬†If you want to watch a DVD movie, you will have to install a third-party DVD player such as PowerDVD.
Note that DVD devices come in two types, those with a separate power transformer, and those that tap power off one or two USB ports. ¬†If you have one that needs two USB ports, you must plug it directly into the computer without using a USB hub.
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