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Streaming audio from windows to linux using PulseAudio

I have Linux box with Ubuntu + PulseAudio network server installed. I can stream audio from my laptop (with Linux installed too) to the box over local network. I've recently installed Windows 7 into ...
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Print job leaves queue but document isn't printed

I'm dealing with an HP Deskjet F380 All-in-One printer. It's connected via USB to a desktop running Windows 7 Enterprise x64. If I attempt to print something like a web page or a word document, the ...
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Live rsync/directory monitor for Windows?

Right now, we have a central Linux server and several satellite Windows servers dispersed around the region. Every 15 minutes, the Linux server rsyncs files from the others (which are running the ...
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Windows “type into list view” timer customization

When the cursor is in windows explorer (the file manager, not the browser), pressing a number of keys selects the filename starting with these characters. This is set by "folder options->view->when ...
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Restoring factory recovery partition (samsung)

I have upgraded the HDD in a Samsung laptop and would like to restore the "Press F4 for recovery" partition. My new disk has three partitions, System, Windows, and Recovery. I did a dd of the ...
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Connect iPad to windows 7 VPN

My iPad keeps spitting out the error: "A connection could not be established to the PPP server." I am trying to connect it to a VPN I set up with Windows 7 as an incoming connection. On the iPad, I ...
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Windows 10 - Wi-Fi limited on reboot

So I've just upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7. So far I'm not impressed. I could talk about other problems I've been having, however there's one main issue that has been bothering me. When I ...
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Drive ownership corrupted Windows 7

A few weeks ago the fan in my laptop (HP Pavilion dv6) died. I took my computer apart to test the fan, which had definitely burned out, and ordered a new fan. In the meantime, there were files on my ...
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How do I stop Remote Desktop from prompting for username and password twice

When I user remote desktop to connect to a Window 7 Professional computer (using win7 pro RDP) it first prompts me for my password: after successfully authenticating there, it connects to the ...
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Surface Pro 2 / Windows 8.1 - Charging Issue

I purchased the Surface Pro 2 a few days ago (release day) and it has been running great, but over the last 3 days I have encountered a weird charging issue. I like to drain my battery down to near 8%...
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Windows Explorer: Customize view settings via batch or shell-extension?

In folders with shortcuts (and junctions) I oftenly like to have mid-sized icons, sorted names and grouping by type. Alas, Explorer oftenly forgets these settings once I made them manually. The ...
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Stop Windows 10 search from running commands

We disable the run box on our network through a GPO which for anything upto 10 stopped you browsing to UNC paths or running commands of any kind. In 10 it has the same effect UNLESS you use the search ...
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Why does my screen keep locking every two minutes or so?

I am running Windows 10 Pro, build 10586, on a Lenovo T-520. Fairly recently a behaviour has appeared, where the screen locks, and goes blank, after about 2 minutes of not using the PC. I have ...
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How to collect data about processes network activity?

Windows has Performance Monitor and Data Collector Sets feature. Apparently, it can log all system information. I want to know, how much data, per process name, per remote IP address, was received ...
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Is there any file check summing software which deals correctly with deep paths?

I have been looking for software which will checksum and verify/compare NTFS volumes with deep paths on Windows, and failing verification on every one I've tried. I've even tried writing my own python ...
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How does windows tag a file?

When a jpeg is tagged using something like MS photo gallery, does the file get updated or does windows store tagging information somewhere separate. The reason I ask is I am backing up photos and ...
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Remove the rectangle around desktop icon when selected

Is there a way to remove the rectangle around desktop icons, whithin the aero theme? Take a look at this icon. You can see the box around the icon when it's highlighted: Now, take a look at the ...
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Windows 7, Printer is unavailable until PC reboot

We are having a problem that I haven't seen before and can find no answers to online. A desktop running Windows 7 is unable to print using network printers. When the user tries, no matter what ...
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Best way to repackage ripped DVD to mpg

I have a bunch of DVDs that I've already ripped into a VIDEO_TS directory containing .IFO and .VOB files. I have a cheap primitive video player that will accept .mpg files. I've tried two different ...
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How do I press the Windows key from a Mac running a Citrix session on a Windows host?

For example, I wish to perform Windows+E to open the Windows file explorer in the Windows environment running over Citrix from my Mac. The Citrix-Online-Plugin-for-Macintosh-Administrators-Guide [1] ...
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Cursor crawls by itself. What should I do?

I am using Windows XP on a desktop computer. I've got an optical mouse. I got tired, it's so annoying!!! The computer mouse is stalled, but the cursor is slowly crawling to the upper-left corner of ...
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Ghost boot disk on a pen drive

I am in process of ghosting several windows 7 machines. I have disk but no pc comes with floppy drives. So I need an external so I was hoping to create a bootable pen drive with ghost. I have the ...
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Hidden Files: Odd large system files taking up space on hard drive

In the above image there are four large files with names composed of what appear to be random (non-Roman) Unicode characters. I have no idea where they came from. Is anyone familiar with these? Do I ...
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Change command prompt to only show current directory name

I was fiddling around with the prompt commando in cmd and was wondering whether there was a way to show the path like C:\..\dir4 instead of C:\dir1\dir2\dir3\dir4. I have searched around, and I can ...
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Where is the revoke.asc file once I've created it from the command line?

Where is the revoke.asc file once I've created it from the command line? I've looked in the root of my home directory: C:\Users\Me and cannot find it. I've searched *.asc - no luck. If I run gpg --...
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Data retransmission and WSAECONNABORTED (10053) socket error

Say I have two sockets that are connected to each other (Socket A and Socket B). If the computer that have Socket B is unplugged from power, then if Socket A tries to send some data to Socket B, the ...
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curl: (7) Failed connect to www.google.com:80;

I have installed Git for Windows and got cURL automatically. C:\>curl --version curl 7.30.0 (i386-pc-win32) libcurl/7.30.0 OpenSSL/0.9.8y zlib/1.2.7 Protocols: dict file ftp ftps gopher http https ...
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Mac OS X 10.8 not binding to Windows domain

I have five iMacs with OSX 10.8.5. Two of the iMacs are binding to Windows domain server (2012) successfully. But I can’t bind remaining three iMac machines, and it is showing authentication error ...
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Can't display/remove registry entry set by malware

I have a registry entry with strange characters: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Desktop\Install\{a33ad396-dacb-512c-46ab-10675be7c6b5}\ \...\‮ﯹ๛\{a33ad396-dacb-512c-46ab-10675be7c6b5}\GoogleUpdate....
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Trying to delete a directory stored on a Windows server, mounted on a Mac

I am trying to delete a directory stored on a Windows 2008 R2 server, mounted on a Mac as network home (10.8.5). The directory was created by Safari and stores temporary internet files. I need to be ...
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Missing folder in explorer

The 'Users' folder on one of my clients SERVERS is mysteriously missing from its parent folder. (I DO have hidden AND system folders shown, I have disabled and re-enabled this) The folder is shared ...
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copy|move sparse files on NTFS with Windows

How can I copy or move a sparse file from one NTFS volume to another NTFS volume while maintaining the sparseness using the native tools included with Windows? If there is no way to do this with the ...
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Very strange behaviour of mouse / not able to click certain elements of UI

So from one moment to the other, in Windows 7, i wasn't able to click certain elements of the UI. I could click icons in the taskbar but not on the desktop (just no reaction), then I could click icons ...
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Accessing a TrueCrypt Encrypted Drive from a Dead Laptop

I have an old HP pavilion laptop lying around still -it died a few months ago, but the hard drive is fine. I had it fully encrypted with true crypt (pre-boot authentication). Recently I've purchased ...
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Printing in Windows 7 64bit

I have a Laserjet 6MP (parallel printer port only) connected via a USB to Parallel cable. It used to work fine, until I built a new computer and moved the printer to the new PC. Windows sees the ...
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VMware guest can access host but not vice versa

On my Windows I installed VMware with a guest Centos VM. As a LAMP stack is working on my Windows, I can access the web content from the VM via something like 192.168.11.5. Later on I run nginx on ...
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Keep application on top (even when Show Desktop button is pressed)

Is there any way to keep a specific window always visible even when the Show Desktop button is pressed? I'm working with multiple monitors, on my 2nd monitor I have several apps that I want to always ...
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Recovering images after formatted HDD & new OS install

Not sure if this is correct place to ask my question but I thought I could get best answers here. So as the topic says, I've problem with recovering some images from a formatted hard drive. HDD was ...
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Is it possible to create a symlink to a webdav directory on Windows?

I know I can map a webdav folder to a drive letter in Windows, but I need to map ~10 different webdav folders (different servers) and assigning a drive letter would be ugly. Is it somehow possible to ...
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path to downloaded Bing Wallpapers

I have just read this article which provides the generic theme template and some changes to be made to it so that when applied that theme downloads the bing wallpapers from the wallpaper server feed ...
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Is it OK to installed window server security updates if you dont plan on rebooting for awhile?

I know for some of the patches to actually take place a reboot is required but my thought is if I installed it as soon as the patch comes out then any patch that does not require a reboot will be ...
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is there any relation between dpi setting and display resolution?

I was wondering what happens when i change display resolution(i.e. 1280x1024 pixel) in my os(windows xp) does it affect the dpi(ppi) setting of my os too? or when i change the dpi(ppi) setting of my ...
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Generate different passwords for PCs in a WLAN

I have a TP-Link Wireless Router (TL-WR340G) and I use it for both Wired and Wireless connection. I have two desktops that connects to the router through cables and I also have 2 notebooks that ...
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No sound in any media player

No media player has any sound. If I try to play any video file there is only video, and no sound. This happens with Windows Media Player and Media Player Classic. I have K Lite Codec Pack version 8 ...
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Command line merge a sequence of overlapping binary file chunks in Win or Linux

I have a set of binary file chunks from a video file. They are partly overlapping. To exemplify say that the video file binary data can be represented like this: ---ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVXYZ ...
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Is network sharing information logged anywhere in windows?

My question is for Windows XP as well as Windows 7. When I share a folder on a network by right clicking a folder>Properties>Sharing(tab)>Share this folder on the network does Windows log the ...
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My hp laptop freezes when i start it up

After I installed a new formatted SSD my HP 250 G2 notebook freezes. When I start it up I get a blank screen and when I push an F key after starting, I only get message in corner and nothing happens. ...
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Windows 8 doesn't support 1920x1080

I have Windows 8, and after I installed it I found out that I can only use a 1600x900 resolution or less. I managed to make it 1920x1080 with the Nvidia control panel and its fine, but every game that ...
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LAN Adapter not present

I'm trying to get my friends PC to connect to my LAN switch, which it always used to do, but now I see after a few months that there is actually no Local Area Connection (1) or Local Area Connection (...
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If I drag and drop a file to “copy” it from one drive to an other, if the object drive has an identically named file, does that file get overwritten?

In Windows 7 if I drag and drop a file to "copy" it from one drive to an other, if the object drive has an identically named file, does that file get overwritten ?