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Jul
23
comment Invisible data taking memory
The interrupted update didn't get to clean up. Windows also creates restore points and stores uninstall info. Thus you will suffer a slow loss due to updates. There is a disk cleanup wizard that can recover the space if you really want to but in general I wouldn't for this sort of stuff.
Jul
16
comment Using two hard drives for a laptop, one at a time
It didn't cause me any trouble when I did it although the old drive wasn't in for long. I just needed a license key and then swap back.
Jul
16
comment Using two hard drives for a laptop, one at a time
Windows doesn't lose it's activation just because you took the drive out. So long as the hardware is similar enough it works. I've popped an old drive in before to get data out of the registry--something that's not easy to do with it mounted externally.
Jul
7
comment Does a USB 3.0 connection require a USB 3.0 cord?
And note the reverse on power: I have a USB2 device that draws too much power, it originally had a two-headed cable that let it draw power from two ports at once. Now it's fed from a single USB3 port with no gripes about drawing too much.
Jul
5
comment Windows File is ludicrously huge and I cannot unzip it
That compressed size looks very fishy--converted to binary it has a 1 in the 48th bit and the whole next word is zero. That looks like data corruption, I doubt there's any extractor that will appreciate this.
Jun
23
accepted Why is my share partially read-only?
Jun
23
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Jun
18
comment Cannot load google.com
@Ramhound If it's something that isn't properly infected--it only runs when he does some particular act, not at startup.
Jun
18
answered Cannot load google.com
Jun
9
comment Can't type a less than or greater than
Your fix applies to Windows getting confused about what keys are down--over the years I've done it many, many times. One quick press of all shift, ctrl & alt keys clears the problem--all at once doesn't matter but is faster than one at a time. However, this was a hardware issue, cleared by unplugging my keyboard.
Jun
9
comment Can't type a less than or greater than
@Steven Thank you! I was looking all over through Windows settings, your comment made me try unplugging the keyboard and plugging it back in again. <<Hallelujah>>
Jun
9
asked Can't type a less than or greater than
May
29
comment Is my UPS responsible for all this damage?
@fixer1234 I'm sure it couldn't blow an actual transformer--but what about control electronics?
May
28
answered Is my UPS responsible for all this damage?
May
1
comment Why do PCs still require a CMOS battery?
@smokes2345 The laptop is engineered for multiple drives, the BIOS should understand that. (And the repair manual really should give some indication of where that battery is hiding!!)
Apr
30
comment Why do PCs still require a CMOS battery?
I have a mid-00s laptop with a dead CMOS battery--unplug it and it's going to try to boot from physical drive #1. That's not the boot drive.
Apr
27
comment mega length usb cables
5 meters, not 3 meters.
Apr
27
comment How to extend USB beyond the recommended maximum cable length of 5m?
He's trying to go three USB lengths--you can't chain unpowered hubs. At least one of them has to be a powered hub, or else use the repeater like you linked.
Apr
18
comment What makes Secure Login (CTRL+ALT+DEL) Secure?
@MrLister You can fake a Ctrl+Alt+Del but you can't intercept a real one.
Apr
7
comment USB device prevents system POST
@Ramhound I've seen it with multiple devices--I don't think it's a case of broken but it could be a design flaw.