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  1. Replies 7 Views 1,097

    Most newer Youtube videos use OGG format for the...

    Most newer Youtube videos use OGG format for the sound; not always recognized by all media players.
  2. Thread: Can't burn DVDs by mike s
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 74 Views 7,770

    New suggestions that I don't see here. Take...

    New suggestions that I don't see here.

    Take Windows out of the picture.

    Download an ISO of a live Linux system (Knoppix is comprehensive and friendly to newbies) which has a built-in burning...
  3. Thread: DELL Update For Windows 10 - Is it needed? by mike s
    Forum: Software and Apps
    Replies 8 Views 9,157

    It can be useful on laptops for support of the...

    It can be useful on laptops for support of the custom power profiles supported by recent BIOS versions (e.g. "mostly plugged in" allows you to stop charging at, say, 90% to prolong the life of the...
  4. Thread: DVD burn speed. by mike s
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 22 Views 13,579

    CDBurnerXP has a status box that shows speed as...

    CDBurnerXP has a status box that shows speed as the burn proceeds:

    http://news.softpedia.com/images/extra/NEWS/large/CDBurnerXPbig3.jpg
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    Are all of these ports part of the PC itself, and...

    Are all of these ports part of the PC itself, and connected directly to the motherboard?

    Attempting to boot off a USB add-in card, or external hub, can sometimes fail.
  6. Thread: Should I update driver or not? by mike s
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 34 Views 6,194

    Suggest a conservative approach to driver,...

    Suggest a conservative approach to driver, firmware, and BIOS updates - if it isn't broken, don't try to fix it.
  7. Thread: eSATA seems incompatible with Windows 10 by mike s
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 9 Views 15,699

    I have used 3 different external enclosures,...

    I have used 3 different external enclosures, which feature dual USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces, in Windows 10 V1903 using a Bytecc USB3-to-eSATA bridge cable, and they work perfectly.
  8. Thread: New BD-RW drive not working by mike s
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 23 Views 15,720

    OK, I'll defer to your real-world experience. In...

    OK, I'll defer to your real-world experience. In any case I think we agree that he can test the suspect drive elsewhere to see whether it is defective or there is another compatability issue.
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    More details here:...

    More details here:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/929461/the-cd-drive-or-the-dvd-drive-does-not-work-as-expected-on-a-computer
  10. Thread: New BD-RW drive not working by mike s
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 23 Views 15,720

    None of my comments were intended as personal...

    None of my comments were intended as personal criticism, please don't think that. I believe the "BD-RW" is encoded in the "friendly name" for the device in the drive's firmware, and Windows is just...
  11. Thread: External usb floppy constantly seeks / chugs by mike s
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 9 Views 1,281

    FWIW one of my Win10 installations is on an aging...

    FWIW one of my Win10 installations is on an aging Dell Optiplex tower which came with an internal floppy. The floppy is always having short bursts of activity:



    shortly after boot
    ...
  12. Thread: New BD-RW drive not working by mike s
    Forum: Drivers and Hardware
    Replies 23 Views 15,720

    Agree, sounds like a faulty drive. You might be...

    Agree, sounds like a faulty drive. You might be better off asking for a more modern product which is also more likely to be shipped as new; e.g. the LG BU20N, BU50N, etc.

    BTW the DVD region code...
  13. Thread: Sandboxie 5.31.6 is out, compatible with W10 1909 by mike s
    Forum: AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
    Replies 34 Views 11,197

    Many .EXE installers are merely wrappers for...

    Many .EXE installers are merely wrappers for embedded MSI's which require the Windows Installer service to complete the task anyway, so that is not always a useful workaround.

    But worse: my own...
  14. Thread: Sandboxie 5.31.6 is out, compatible with W10 1909 by mike s
    Forum: AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
    Replies 34 Views 11,197

    I'm not sure when, exactly, this started...

    I'm not sure when, exactly, this started happening, but probably around the release of 1909. Some of Sandboxie's functionality which is of most value to me has stopped working.

    This is the...
  15. Thread: Outlook View Will Not Stay Set in Office 2019 by mike s
    Forum: Microsoft Office and 365
    Replies 4 Views 795

    FWIW my office uses Outlook 2016 and I have the...

    FWIW my office uses Outlook 2016 and I have the same issue.

    Usually it is triggered by scanning through the mail folders in the column at the left of the screen. Upon returning to the favorites...
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    This worked for me even on my managed office PC....

    This worked for me even on my managed office PC. Uncheck the "allow themes to change" box under "icon settings".

    250515
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    I just tried the vbscript and it does behave as...

    I just tried the vbscript and it does behave as described. It uses less CPU than the battery limiter (which can also interfere with sleep) as it is not running "all the time". Have switched on one PC...
  18. Replies 4 Views 9,075

    I use this "battery limiter" Battery limiter |...

    I use this "battery limiter"

    Battery limiter | robotonfire

    it works well and is configurable. It tends to use a not-insignificant amount of CPU time on low-end systems tho.
  19. Thread: Problem with old programme by mike s
    Forum: Software and Apps
    Replies 11 Views 1,798

    Assuming this is a 16-bit (DOS) program, it will...

    Assuming this is a 16-bit (DOS) program, it will never run in 64-bit Windows.
    If it is that important you would have to launch in within a VM or DOSBox.
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    It's probably a legitimate product which cost...

    It's probably a legitimate product which cost about $20 or so at the time; prices have since dropped anyway making the original payout seem not so much of a bargain as of now.. The drive functions...
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    Thanks Helmut. In a way you are essentially...

    Thanks Helmut. In a way you are essentially restating my observation that a assembling DIY USB SSD can be a hit-or-miss proposition.

    In the OP I indicated that I did not purchase this set of...
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    DIY External (USB) SSD - pitfalls of power loss?

    A while ago at Micro Center I noticed a bucket of these SSD's at a very cheap price and tossed one into my basket:

    https://www.amazon.com/Inland-Professional-120GB-Internal-Solid/dp/B076XMH2JT...
  23. Replies 4 Views 1,889

    Have you tried running the driver update...

    Have you tried running the driver update assistant app downloaded from the Intel web site? It might be able to identify a newer chipset driver than your manual search.
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    Incompatible ACPI BIOS/driver? On an old...

    Incompatible ACPI BIOS/driver?

    On an old laptop I've had similar issues and with each Windows update had to go and manually disable hibernation in order to restore smooth functioning to startup...
  25. Thread: CD Ripping Errors by mike s
    Forum: Software and Apps
    Replies 3 Views 607

    Not knowing anything about how Windows does this,...

    Not knowing anything about how Windows does this, I'd suggest using reliable third-party utilities to rip CD's such as Exact Audio Copy or CDex. Might return better diagnostics too -- EAC gives you a...
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