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Jan
7
comment Installed Ubuntu 11.10, got a blank screen upon login
@user185096 So, when you run startx, you get the same black screen?
Jan
7
comment Installed Ubuntu 11.10, got a blank screen upon login
Yes, startx is a command that starts the windowing environment. So you will need to log in at the text prompt first before you can run that.
Jan
1
comment Can one write on those new Windows 8 touchscreen ultrabooks with a stylus?
This is true but some Windows 8 tablets/ultrabooks do have active digitizers. See my answer.
Jan
1
comment Motherboard went up in flames
@BenVoigt That is true. However, unless the PSU catches fire itself, I doubt it would cause problems such as what was pictured. Poor power regulation can cause hardware failure, but I doubt it could cause the motherboard to catch fire.
Dec
17
comment Why is my mouse randomly deselecting and unclicking?
@Coldblackice Good luck!
Dec
17
comment pen cursor in OneNote can be hard to see when using tablet peripheral
Aha! Well, then, that makes a lot more sense!
Dec
17
comment pen cursor in OneNote can be hard to see when using tablet peripheral
Yes, though I still wonder why you would desire to see the cursor when you're using a digitizer pen? Just point and tap where you want to tap. When I lift the pen off, the cursor is as good as disappeared, to me. (I've used a pen with OneNote quite often).
Dec
12
comment Is a there a shortcut key to go to a specific window?
The <kbd>Win</kbd>+<kbd>*number*</kbd> shortcut. It will focus the specific window without having to go through <kbd>Alt</kbd>+<kbd>Tab</kbd>.
Dec
12
comment Is a there a shortcut key to go to a specific window?
This is the Windows-native and correct solution.
Dec
11
comment Why is my mouse randomly deselecting and unclicking?
Have you tried a different mouse? Have you tried plugging the receiver into a different USB port? Have you added any new devices to your computer that connects over USB (or in general)?
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.