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Jun
27
comment Why does 64-bit Windows need a separate “Program Files (x86)” folder?
But why does it have to put it in different folders? Windows is already fully capable of determining the architecture of an executable by looking at the PE header. Why can it not load the appropriate environment when it loads the executable?
Jun
27
comment How to use dedicated video card instead of onboard?
DMA57361 is correct. There is no standard for BIOS settings, even within the same mfg, and there are at least half-a-dozen ways to do this, so you really do have to check the manual for your own motherboard.
Jun
27
comment How to use dedicated video card instead of onboard?
Interesting. That it shows up in Windows means that the dedicated card is already enabled, but is being used as a secondary (try right-clicking the desktop and selecting Screen resolution; it should show both adapters, though you may first have to plug a monitor into both).
Jun
27
comment How to use dedicated video card instead of onboard?
That's a good point. Many more modern video-adapters and motherboards will be able to detect when a monitor is plugged in or not and switch automatically. +1 for the easy trick.
Jun
27
revised Extremely Slow XP Pre-Boot (Driver Loading Phase)
Was missing a parenthesis.
Jun
27
revised Can a full pagefile slow down my PC?
Added explanation of the actual problem.
Jun
27
revised What happens when a 32 bit program (running on an 64 bit machine) hits the memory limit?
added 974 characters in body
Jun
27
answered What happens when a 32 bit program (running on an 64 bit machine) hits the memory limit?
Jun
27
comment Automatic shutdown prompt on Windows 7
@avirk, how/where do you detect if the system is idle? (Hmm, I don't think I have ever heard of a console tool that can let you determine idleness.) o.O
Jun
27
answered Can a full pagefile slow down my PC?
Jun
27
comment In FAT12/16 on DOS and Windows, what extensions are used for directories?
@AndrejaKo, if you open a floppy disk in a disk editor, you should see that the extensions (and filenames for that matter) are padded with spaces because spaces were not supported in FAT12/16. You can also pad them with nulls since that has been used as both "blank/clear/empty/non-present data" and a string terminator since shortly after the big-bang. I have even seen FAT partitions with both (for example, look at the volume label entry in the root directory as well as the boot-sector).
Jun
27
comment How do I change wallpaper real time regedit commands?
I'm afraid not; Explorer just doesn't support compressed graphic files for wallpaper. Like I said, even Windows 7 converts the wallpapers to bitmap. (Don't ask me why they did it that way; I can't imagine there would be a practical performance issue since a compressed graphic file should only need to be decoded once per boot, when the desktop is first created.)
Jun
27
answered How do I change wallpaper real time regedit commands?
Jun
27
comment Alternative to setpoint that allows key configuration profiles for multiple mice?
Here's another complaint about SetPoint (and its ilk). It would be great if there were a lightweight third-party tool that could expose the enhanced functions of keyboards and mice.
Jun
27
comment Optimal Fan Placement and Direction for Air-Cooling a Computer
Good point, especially with modern cards. Thanks for the link to the great article. The point about dust is good to consider too. It's a little odd that the positive-pressure diagram they show indicate the air being sucked into the case from the top even though it is generally accepted that it is more efficient to suck air in from the bottom and exhaust it out the top. I suppose you could put the filtered intake fan on the bottom to combine the best of both designs (maybe add some "high-heels" to the case's feet to give it i a little more clearance so that the fan has enough air to suck in).
Jun
27
revised Disable DirectDraw, but still have Direct3D?
edited tags
Jun
27
comment Does the 'sysrq' key have any function in Windows?
> I believe SysRq has always been alt-prtscr. Like Break. I assume you mean like Break is Ctrl+Pause. > No, old-school 84-key layouts had it on a dedicated key. This question is about (modern) Windows. (Technically I suppose it could be possible for an old keyboard’s controller to send the scancode for the SysReq key to a current version of Windows, but then who has a Windows 7 system with a 5-pin AT keyboard?)
Jun
27
comment Does the 'sysrq' key have any function in Windows?
I think they closed it because the Wikipedia page does mention a use in Windows (debugging in NT). Also, since the SysReq key is technically just Alt+PrtScr, Windows does use it to capture just the active window. As for programming/remapping, you can remap it, but you need to remap Alt+PrtScr (just like you cannot remap @ since it is not a separate key; you remap Shift+2 instead).
Jun
27
comment ESD considerations of an open-air/wood and plexiglas case
For wood, don’t forget humidity as well. Sweaty cases are not ideal. As for ESD and plexi-glass, I can’t help but think of all those nurses walking around and touching electrical medical equipment with rubber Crocs… (or myself walking on the carpet in the winter with rubber-soled slippers).
Jun
27
comment Subtitles in VLC are displayed as question marks
Can you check the file in an editor to see what encoding it has (e.g., BOM, Unicode, etc.)?