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Jafo's Articles In Personal Computing
September 13, 2016 by Jafo
I have 4 computers running Windows 10.

On all 4 I've either avoided by deferring and/or simply not been in the rollout of the Anniversary Update yet.

So I decided to treat [?] Terry to the new and 'improved' Win 10 and loaded it on hers via me 'forcing' the update.

And all worked fine....even improved some graphics glitches [as in eliminated them, not made them bigger].

So...

Armed with an exuberance of confidence [you know....confidence - that feeling you have...
November 26, 2015 by Jafo
A niece's computer is 'entertaining' me.

It's Win 10 [need I say more]....

I had this idea to boot into safe mode to do an sfc /scannow... as there appears to be 'issues'.

Now, getting into safe mode isn't the problem....did that....as far as the login.

Dunno what the password is....

"Fuck it", I said "I'll reboot back to 'normal'.

So I reboot....

...and I'm back at the safe mode login.

Yes, there are ways to hold shift...while ...
October 25, 2015 by Jafo
My 'mean' machine chucked a wobbly on Saturday....

Dunno what happened, but those wonderful BSODs referenced 'asmtxhci.sys' which is an ASUS USB3 driver.

I have a vague feeling it might have been caused by plugging in a mem card reader earlier that day.

Being a 'devoted' user of  True Image 15, I had incremental backups of the OS and a last full one that dated to Wednesday ... which is ultimately what I restored to.

Being clever, I also have in place ever...
May 31, 2015 by Jafo
....and you'd rather Microsoft didn't push it down your throat....

 

http://www.ghacks.net/2015/04/17/how-to-remove-windows-10-upgrade-updates-in-windows-7-and-8/

 

Microsoft.... it's actually polite to ask.
February 16, 2015 by Jafo
I 'really' only have it on my Laptop...[the 2 installs in VMware and VirtualBox don't really count]...

....and now Internet Explorer is in a death-spiral of crashing...and telling me it has...and telling me it will restart....and do I want to restore the last session...and then it crashes...and tells me it has....and telling me it will restart....

The IT Crowd will tell me to...

"turn it off and turn it on again..."

...which I'll try first....

 

...but I...
February 3, 2015 by Jafo
Following on with ID's thread re new PC build.... and I'd only hijacked Starkers' one to describe what I'd been doing to date...so here's my own thread with the ins and outs of what's what.

My old machine [also home-grown] was a [then] reasonably OK machine....

Lian Li PC-A6010 case [black]

Antec TruePower Quattro 1000w PSU

ASUS P6T-se  X58 i7 MoBo

Intel i7 920 2.66Ghz LGA1366 CPU

12G OCZ Triple [6x2G] PC12800 DDR3 Gold Ram

CoolerMaster V8 CPU Co...
December 14, 2014 by Jafo
Always seem to get sidetracked when I'm wandering around YouTube....

Kinda liked this one, though...
October 23, 2014 by Jafo
No matter how clever you are with doing backups...and even redundancy backups....

There comes a time when it all goes pear-shaped.

Simplest error - 'CRC'

Cyclic Redundancy Check - Error.

 

What happened....

I noticed a Syncback log showing a file-backup failure due to a CRC error.

I checked and found the same file had caused the True Image backup of the drive to fail.

I didn't have an even vaguely recent copy of the file....it was a still-to-be-worked-on ...
February 8, 2014 by Jafo
As some will know....I've been doing the hand-me-down process with computers after getting a Core 2 Duo for $6.40 that was better than several machines I already had.

Now, one of them is a sad old P4 1.6 with 1gig of ram and a 20gig HD.... running Win 7 Pro 32.

And there's the trouble...the little HD ....the OS was 'struggling' [to put it mildly].

A little proggy called 'scanner' a pie-chart display of disk usage [files] soon made it well and truly clear....

F...
January 23, 2014 by Jafo
I took a hole pile of 'junk' to a 'thrift shop' called Savers today....bit of a New Year's clean-up.....which entitled me to a 20% discount on anything I bought there....

I found a little desktop PC that said 'for parts only'...for $8 ....and looked inside [it's a pop-top] and said 'what the heck....can't lose...even if it's fried' [it wasn't].

So.....$6.40 later....got it home....plugged various junk in....and fired it up.

No OS .... ...
November 12, 2013 by Jafo
For those who suffer from eye-strain due to glare... [whilst on the computer, I mean]...

Set-and-forget [except if doing digital graphic editing].

http://justgetflux.com/ 

It works...
March 31, 2013 by Jafo
As you may have guessed by now....I'm kinda into Microsoft's FSX [the flight sim] .... because the scope for 'skinning' is pretty much limitless.   All those planes ...all those liveries....

But, along with high-end graphic cards, etc. you need input [as Number 5 would say] ....via something half-decent as a throttle and stick.

I've been using the Saitek X52 Pro for a couple of years...

 

 

...but there's another one....and it has a high...
February 18, 2013 by Jafo
Well...I guess it takes/took 10 days or so of over 30c weather... but after x years of almost permanent running my V8 Coolermaster fan decided to bugger off and go troppo.

It's not like it was ever an issue.....until a shutdown/reboot ...cos I never shutdown.....

But then silly old me did.

So the fan said time for a holiday and shut up shop.

I got it kick-started one time with some compressed air and a poking or three....

...but today it said 'no way, Jose,  find some...
November 26, 2012 by Jafo
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September 16, 2012 by Jafo
The sanity of a good 'backup plan' cannot be stressed highly enough...or often enough.

As some might know...I skin aircraft in the MS flight sim...'FSX', and have recently got into extensive/complex and detailed graphics with 'a lot' of layers.

The images are 4096x4096 pixel resolution...so a single bitmap isn't exactly tiny.  Currently the multi-layer sets have up to 57 layers, which means the saved filesize in psp format is a bit over 200meg.

Now that ...