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Feb
11
answered My computer doesn't start - it is stuck in a turn-on, turn-off loop
Feb
10
comment Why can’t Windows 98 be installed on latest computers?
The last time I tried to install W98 on anything I found it was impossible to install with 2gb or more of memory. (You could get it to run by modifying a config file but you had to install it with less memory available to be able to do that.)
Feb
2
comment Program for remove exact duplicate files while caching search results
And I find that it looks like someone did wake up to the need: duplicate-file-detective.com/v4/new.htm (I have not tried this, I just stumbled on it.)
Feb
1
comment Program for remove exact duplicate files while caching search results
Oh, the irony! I'm in the process of polishing up a program that does exactly what you want. It saves hashes of everything it looks at and thus when run again it doesn't take ages to check everything. I wrote it originally for exactly this sort of scenario--not taking forever when you add stuff to a large collection. I was surprised at the lack of a commercial solution that worked this way.
Jan
24
answered CPU fan turns on and off repeatedly without booting
Jan
19
comment Pulling the plug out for 10 seconds
Reversing the ethernet cable also ensures that you actually have properly traced the cable. (Obviously only an issue if you have other ethernet cables--but this is quite possible even in a home environment. I have an ethernet-connected printer so it's available to machines on the Wi-Fi.)
Jan
7
comment “Need to format the USB Flash drive” message… can the data be recovered
Second this--I've used it successfully on things that nothing else would touch or would even crash on. The only time it's let me down at all was a failure to figure out the RAID parameters--it appears it wasn't willing to consider that the offset was zero. I was able to do it manually, though.
Dec
27
comment Windows 7 Install: No drives were found
Could there be another controller in the machine? I've had the Windows installer refuse to associate with the OS drive because it got lost looking at another controller for which it didn't have a driver. Pull the offending controller and it was happy. Windows itself had no problem with the extra controller, only the installer.
Nov
24
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Nov
2
comment How to use SSD as external drive and get the good performance?
Having an SSD as an external will use no more of it's life than having it internal. I've found myself using up less than 2%/year despite heavy use.
Nov
2
comment How to use SSD as external drive and get the good performance?
I have heard of people patching Windows so it can boot from a USB device. It's just a matter of switching around a couple of steps but I don't know the details.
Nov
2
comment What is a bare or OEM hard drive?
@AndréDaniel They still have normal warranties. I've sent multiple such drives in under warranty, it's always been honored.
Oct
25
comment Is there any way to find the remaining life on a SD card?
Not having Smart doesn't mean they don't have some reporting scheme. I have found one for a few models of one brand of card but no general answer.
Oct
23
comment 64GB SDHC (_not_ SDXC) — how to get this to work with my computer?
Your edit makes it clear you have a fake. They report a capacity higher than they really have, once you write beyond their real capacity you lose your data. You have an 8gb SDHC card that's been tampered with to report 64gb.
Oct
23
asked Is there any way to find the remaining life on a SD card?
Oct
14
answered Keyboard keeps typing ]]] by itself
Sep
20
comment Can I use a ethernet splitter to connect a router to two devices?
I have seen it work on hardware something like 10 years old (some electrician imagined themselves able to deal with networking.) Error city but the network resent the lost packets and thus it pretty much worked. This was under very light load conditions.
Sep
16
comment Custom built PC shuts down ONLY after a game starts. What's wrong with my PC?
Or a failing power supply. I've seen old ones deliver well below their rated power and turn off if asked for more.
Sep
3
comment Replaced HDD, windows cd-key scratched from laptop sticker, what to do?
@Iszi No, I'm talking about a specific issue with Dell keys--they only work with Dell disks, not generic OEM disks. It will install but not activate.
Sep
2
comment Replaced HDD, windows cd-key scratched from laptop sticker, what to do?
If you have the old HD and it can be read you can use the magic jellybean keyfinder (note: many AV programs don't like it) to recover the key. My understanding is that it doesn't work properly on DELL machines, though--you have to have DELL disks, not an ordinary Windows disk. The ordinary Windows disks can be downloaded legally but I'm not aware of any such source for DELL disks.