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Saab 9-5 Brights Wouldn't Stay On

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:23:20 GMT  <== Tech ==> 

I have a 1999 Saab 9-5, gifted to my son by my sister-in-law. He loves the car, but doesn't like paying for its 20-mile-per-gallon gas, so he drives my 2005 Honda Civic, and I drive the Saab. I recently had two problems with the Saab's high beams.

First, the left high beam wasn't working. I got a new bulb, but that didn't fix the problem. Turned out I needed to get a new orange light control relay. Amazon has it for $25, or you can find it for less on eBay. Replacing the relay made the left high-beam work, but the brights wouldn't stay on by themselves. I had to hold the high beam handle back to keep them on, a real pain while driving. My mechanic recommended replacing the gray relay associated with the high beams. Amazon has that for $12.

Replacing that relay didn't work either, so I went to Shaftsbury Saab, about 15 minutes from my apartment in Bennington, and asked the guy there what to do. He asked a few questions, then recommended that I turn the light control switch inside the car to the farthest clockwise position. I had never noticed that switch to do anything, but since I did that, the brights stay on. Yay!

Saab light switch

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Connecting to a printer via iPhone Personal Hotspot

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 05 Apr 2015 01:01:04 GMT  <== Tech ==> 

In my new apartment, I do not yet have always-on internet. I'm using my iPhone's Personal Hotspot feature to use the AT&T cellular network for an internet connection for my computer. I have a wifi-accessible printer as well, so I connected it to the iPhone via wifi. This allowed my Mac to print as long as it, too, was connected via wifi, but reconnection is much easier if I just plug the iPhone in to the USB port of the Mac. That gives the Mac access, but on a different internal network than the wifi network, so it can't talk to the printer. Solution: make a wifi connection to the iPhone from the Mac before attempting to access the printer.

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