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Dec
9
comment Event ID:4797 “An attempt was made to query the existence of a blank password for an account.”
But the question remains. "An attempt was made to query the existence of a blank password for an account." Who attempted to query the existance of a blank password for an account? I see this answer explains how to disable these security-auditing events. But who is generating them? Where is the IP address of the person who tried to login as me with no password?
Oct
22
comment How to place SuperFetch cache on an SSD?
I had since looked into it; and turns out my motherboard doesn't support it. The SouthBridge does, but the motherboard is missing some sort of glue that makes it enabled.
Oct
1
comment Is it possible to recover a computer from a failed BIOS update?
Which it did not. Leaving the alternative of spending money to have the thing shipped back.
May
17
comment How to make Google Chrome honor my Windows DPI setting?
Text is horribly blurry. Looks like they're simply applying the blunt hammer of scaling the final composited window image - rather than actually supporting high-dpi. Hopefully it's a work in progress; maybe in 7 years Chrome will be where IE was 7 years ago.
May
14
comment How to force a remap of sectors reported in S.M.A.R.T C5 (Current Pending Sector Count)?
@MarkJeronimus The only think i can think is that there are pending sectors in an area outside of a partition (i.e. outside of "Drive C"). Using something like Western Digital's hard drive tool to write zero's to the entire drive - including partition tables and boot sectors.
May
11
comment How to force a remap of sectors reported in S.M.A.R.T C5 (Current Pending Sector Count)?
@MarkJeronimus Try using a file wiper, which will write all zeros (or all random data) to the file. That should get the drive to realize you don't care about those sectors anymore.
Apr
21
comment Cannot disable DPI scaling for Visual Studio 2012
The real reason, for those that live in the real world, is that every C# language feature starts at -100 points. Microsoft has finite resources, and a feature has to be worth it.
Feb
20
comment How to remove certain UML labels in Visio 2010
On the Window menu.... There is no Window menu!
Feb
8
comment Should I enable or disable Prefetch/Superfetch with my new SSD?
Although the SuperFetch benefit will not be as large with SSD as with a HDD, you will still benefit by having SuperFetch on - even when using an SSD. It is also important to ensure it is on if you have both SSD and HDD (e.g. user profile, documents, Outlook archive, dozens of gigabytes of games on the spinning platter). Windows 7 mistakenly would turn off SuperFetch if the primary disk was solid state. Windows 8 got smarter about leaving SuperFetch on. And yes, SuperFetch is still useful for caching in RAM things stored on a SSD.
Jan
26
comment How to check whether my hardware is 64-bit capable in Windows?
It was hoping the web-site would describe a way to see if my machine is 64-bit capable.
Jan
25
comment How to check whether my hardware is 64-bit capable in Windows?
That tells you if you're running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. Not if you can run 64-bit Windows.
Dec
27
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
GParted fails to boot. It shows a graphical menu screen, then a console screen decompressing things, then a black screen that stays black for (at least) four minutes (at which point i hit the reset button). Clonezilla refuses to use the source disk (it's confused by an MBR partition on a dynamic disk).
Dec
26
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
Also, drive cloning fails when they encounter the bad sector (at least DriveImageXML did).
Dec
26
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
It very well might be that this is an old, now discontinued, now unsupported, 64 GB Kingston drive. Or maybe it's just a bug in the drive's firmware where they forgot to implement sector remapping.
Dec
26
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
@ThomasW. i don't mind a self-booting tool; using whatever OS it likes. Of course i'd prefer a GUI tool. i got tired of using command lines in 1990. i started to looking into using CreateFile to open the volume directly; but realized i'd have to start from scratch, parsing all the undocumented data structures. i opened the volume directly for editing in my favorite hex editor but had the same down-side, having to manually parse hex structures.
Dec
26
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
Katy Coe has an excellent blog that starts to delve into the guts of NTFS. But my eyes glazed over when i had to start calculating offsets, logical cluster numbers, virtual cluster numbers, and the fact that $BadClus is a spare file that is actually the size of the entire volume. i'd almost certainly destroy my (functioning) drive.
Dec
26
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
As an SSD, there are no spare sectors to remap into. That is why the drive's SMART continues to note a Pending Sector Count of zero, and a Reallocated Sector Count of zero.
Dec
19
comment Why is it bad to map network drives in Windows?
A situation where network shares are not perfectly share to map as drives is if you are running an automated job. The mapped drives are loaded with the account's profile. If the user's profile is not loaded, then those mapped drives will not exist.
Dec
15
comment Kingston SSD with several bad blocks and zero reallocated sectors
Similar issue, except it's a single bad spot. Each scan it's the same single bad spot (e.g. not a bad cable). Zero reallocated sectors. The pending sector count is zero, meaning the drive doesn't even realize there is a bad sector that needs replacing.
Nov
28
comment How can I pin a program to the Windows 7 Taskbar, with parameters?
@barlop For the love of god, please don't use it.