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Dec
9
comment What is different about GPU drivers from other device drivers, that allows for performance optimizations?
Regarding the VTCs: This isn't ambiguous. There is specific reasoning regarding what gets tweaked and why, with GPU (and CPU) drivers.
Dec
9
comment What is Windows 8 syncing, specifically?
I'm accepting this for now since this seems to be the best answer so far.
Dec
9
comment What is different about GPU drivers from other device drivers, that allows for performance optimizations?
@Louis They aren't just ads. They're because NVidia maintains special relationships with certain game studios and offers assistance to the developers to optimize the game code for NVidia graphics hardware. AMD does this too (occasionally you'll see an AMD logo in a game), but NVidia has historically had a much larger presence.
Nov
21
comment Advise on sony notebook graphic card/monitor/bios fault
I had this also happen on my Dell laptop back in the day. However, I think it's a broken connection between the motherboard and the display, and not a dying GPU. I say this because it was like this for a year (progressively getting worse) but didn't cause any issues, and occasionally I could temporarily fix the lines by pressing on parts of the bezel around the screen. The GPU did eventually die but with completely different behavior.
Nov
14
comment full-screen browsing with IE10 on Windows 8
@Tom Yeah. They're for multiple scenarios: (1) Automatically ask the user, (2) One-click setting for everything, (3) Fine-grain control for different situations within one over-arching category. Usually most people only have to worry about (1) and (2).
Nov
8
comment How to set separate Home and Work network locations in Windows 8?
@Xandy I don't know. My old laptop is still Win 7 so I could test that. But hopefully there is a way to enable this in Windows 8.
Nov
7
comment How does limiting a laptop battery's full charge to less than 100% extend its battery life?
Ah, I can see in the link that it mentioned that holding it at max charge is itself stressful, and that some chargers, while terminating voltage at 100%, will still top it off if it drops any, so while it avoids overcharging, it does still keep it at a level that will degrade the battery's life.
Nov
7
comment How does limiting a laptop battery's full charge to less than 100% extend its battery life?
But once the battery reaches 100% capacity, wouldn't it stop trying to charge the battery? Before I turned this on, I did see something similar to my screenshot above, where it said "100% available, not charging". Wouldn't that mean it isn't supplying more power than its maximum voltage?
Nov
7
comment How to set separate Home and Work network locations in Windows 8?
@Xandy I did see that too, but when I bring my laptop to work, it's not connected via VPN, but WiFi. Both home and work wifi networks are classified as "Private", not "Public", yet I don't want them to share settings.
Nov
7
comment Is there something like the GNU locate command in PowerShell?
dir/s is slow because it brute-forces the search (looks everywhere). It harks back to DOS (being a DOS command), which is why it operates that way. I suspect the only reason it still exists is as a fall-back in case your index database isn't adequate.
Nov
6
comment Windows 8 Start Screen: Show programs in order of most frequently used
@JohnnyW Haha. Admittedly, I didn't check the author of that question. However, it could be useful to others perusing the site. ;)
Nov
6
comment Windows 8 Start Screen: Show programs in order of most frequently used
@JohnnyW You can. There are other questions on here that explain how to do this.
Nov
6
comment What are these weird graphical artifacts?
@patricksweeney Yeah, your laptop display probably is malfunctioning.
Nov
6
comment What are these weird graphical artifacts?
If you are seeing changing colors, it is most certainly a hardware issue. A static image will not reproduce the problem on other machines. It wouldn't even capture it, as the source image is not changing at all.
Nov
5
comment How to set separate Home and Work network locations in Windows 8?
@Windos I don't think that's it, unless you mean to say that I should be logging in under my work account (which does reside on our domain, here). I haven't tried this yet, but I didn't have to do this in Windows 7.
Nov
5
comment How to set separate Home and Work network locations in Windows 8?
@Windos Personally, I asked because I find that hard to believe. It does appear that way, but since Windows is used significantly in the workplace, and BYOD is only gaining in popularity, it seems odd they'd dumb this feature down at all.
Nov
5
comment How to set separate Home and Work network locations in Windows 8?
I did see this, and I selected the second option (Yes). However, both my home and work networks apply to that option, and aren't separated. I want my computer to treat home differently from work (different sharing settings, but enabled, and different default printers).
Nov
5
comment Tweetdeck: Is wyUpdate safe?
@User I'll edit it into this answer. I think you should accept this one. :)
Nov
3
comment How do I run a Metro-Application from the command-line in Windows 8?
Very cool information, here!
Nov
3
comment How to search for a folder from the Windows 8 Start screen
The ‘foldername:‘ syntax works under the "search files" mode, but it will then return files in the named folder, it seems.