Q: How can I convert my CD collection to MP3 music files, and then convert some of the MP3 files to the WAV file format used on music CDs?
A: Download Apple's free iTunes software from www.startribunecom/a4048. and use it to import your CDs as MP3 files.
To convert MP3 files to WAV, burn the songs to a CD using iTunes' "audio CD" format. The resulting WAV files are compatible with CD players, but the song title information will be lost in the conversion. See www.startribune.com/a4050. If you'd like, you can use Windows Explorer to copy the WAV files from the disc back to your PC and rename them with the song title information.
Q: I am unable to open video clips from my Kodak digital camera with my new Windows Vista computer. I have tried using RealPlayer and Windows Media Player, but the video won't run and I get a message saying that Windows is closing the program. What should I do?
A: It isn't a Windows Vista issue, but rather one of having the correct media-playing software on your PC. I had the same problem playing video from my Kodak camera until I discovered that it produces video in the Apple QuickTime file format. You can watch that video on your PC by downloading the QuickTime program at www.startribune.com/a4051.