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comment svchost.exe high memory usage - wuauserv
you can always reset wuauserv with the following BAT script For the record, it's either (.)BAT file or batch script (or batch file), not BAT script which sounds more like a script for The Bat!.
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comment What is the lastest working version of VMWare Player on Windows 7 32 bits?
(I’m upgrading VM Player 4 to 6; hopefully the horrible “jealous child” bug has been fixed since VMP4.)
Jun
19
comment Tooltips shadow stuck on desktop
This worked perfectly. Changing resolution or toggling shadows did nothing.
Mar
13
comment What is the “Date” column in Windows 7 explorer? It matches no date column from Windows XP explorer
Also, the Date column always puts folders before files unlike the other date columns which put them before or after depending on the direction of the sort.
Mar
13
comment Windows 7 Explorer Columns: meaning of “Date” in relation to “Date Modified”/“Date Created”?
Also, the Date column always puts folders before files unlike the other date columns which put them before or after depending on the direction of the sort.
Feb
2
comment Restoring MBR, partition table, and boot sector of memory card without data loss (“USBC”)
It happened again recently; another card had the USBC corruption. I had specifically gone out of my way to avoid modifying the card because I had accidentally deleted some files and wanted to avoid overwriting anything on it. Yet somehow, the card suddenly became corrupted (fortunately I had cloned it first). The write-protect switch was useless because the reader I was using was another cheap Chinese reader from eBay which seemed good (certainly much better than the previously used rubbish one), but it did the same thing. Cheap Chinese card-readers are trash and should be avoided!!!
Jan
27
comment Remap laptop brightness keys to Fn + Arrow keys
No, the Fn key is specially handled in the keyboard controller (i.e., hardware) rather than through the OS (software), so on almost all laptops, it is not possible to modify its use.
Jan
4
comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
Well I let TestDisk rewrite the partition table, and now it is not giving those errors. I will try plugging the drive into the computer tomorrow morning and hopefully it will get past the BIOS like it used to. I’ll update then…
Jan
4
comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
I tired fixboot, but it did nothing (testdisk still gives the same error).
Jan
4
comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
Except that I cannot boot into Windows on the drive in question. I can boot into another instance of Windows with the problem-drive attached as a USB drive. I don’t think bootrec can affect the MBR of another drive. And I’d prefer to avoid live-cds and such if at all possible; I’m sure it doesn’t have to come to that, there should be a way to do it in Windows.
Jan
4
comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
@sawdust, well yes, technically third, but in that context, I was referring to the partitions of use (the 100MB boot-partition is actually hidden and inaccessible in Windows, so I wasn’t counting it when I was describing the user-partitions). That partition is the primary anyway, the others are in the extended partition, so in a way, the third one is indeed the secondary partition.
Jan
4
comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
@psusi, I didn’t have the system on hand when I posted the question, but I got the information. TestDisk says number of heads/cylinder mismatches 224 (NTFS) != 255 (HD) … number of sectors per track mismatches 19 (NTFS) != 63 (HD) and it says bad relative sectors under each of the two partitions (boot-partition and main full-drive partition—the other one is indeed gone and merged into the main one).
Dec
13
comment Recursive download of subfolder with wget - --no-parent apparently not working
it only download the index.html file That was because you were using l 2. Since you did not change the accepted answer, I guess you never increased the recursion level to realize this is the best answer for the question as it had been asked.
Dec
13
comment wget recursively with -np option still ascends to parent directory
I was just having this problem (ascending to parent even with -np). I did a quick search, landed here, saw my old answer, added the trailing slash, and bam! it worked. ☺
Nov
19
comment Windows FAT/NTFS Low-Level Disk Viewer (Norton DiskEdit alternative)
The problem was (and still is) that most of those just open the disk/image in a simple hex-editor; they don’t actually interpret the bytes as disk structures like boot-records, FATs, and directory entries.
Nov
18
comment Is CRT degaussing really dangerous for nearby laptops?
I saved a copy of those old computer photos for nostalgia purposes. ☺ Ah, good times.
Nov
18
comment USB memory stick discovery is slow
Do you recall if this also occurred with other, non-storage USB devices such as input devices?
Jul
22
comment How to access Windows Registry from actual real MS-DOS
That’s just nitpicking. ◔_◔ DOS was discontinued when they stopped making new standalone versions and switched their focus to Windows only. Yes, it continued to exist even through Windows ME (even though they prevented booting directly into it like with previous Win9x versions), but once Windows 95 came out, they stopped caring about DOS and certainly did not bother to implement a way to access or edit the registry from DOS mode.
Jul
22
comment How to refresh bookmark favicons in chrome
You can try setting a bookmark while having Chrome Sync enabled and set to sync bookmarks. In my experience, it automatically touches every single bookmark, causing them all to float to the top of the history, and ostensibly, also refreshing their icons. I posted a bug-report about this behavior a while back, so they may or may not have fixed it.
Jul
21
comment Map “fn” + “home” to screen brightness using AutoHotKey?
Except that it almost certainly won’t work because in pretty much every system made in the past decade or two, the Fn key is a special case handled internally in the keyboard controller hardware and does not go through software. Therefore, it cannot be intercepted or remapped.