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Is it better to continue the uncomplete charging session of the laptop battery after waking it up or should you just let it discharge first?

I am using a new battery on my laptop. My OS is Windows 10 and I've searched for this question for a long time. Suppose it's the end of the day and you are doing the last things on your computer while ...
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Advice in how to properly maintain my UPS

First of all, I hope this is the right place to ask. I have looked around and this seems to be the correct place inside SE. I do not own a server but I use a really old APC Smart-UPS SU1000INET for my ...
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How to manage sudoers file when dealing with multiple similar rules?

When I add a rule in the sudoers file, how can I know that I will not override and invalidate it in another future rule addition? I don't want to eye-inspect the sudoers file and preferably things are ...
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Different situation from: Why cant i access a certain website from my PC but can do it from my Phone?

I read the question of a fellow user who has a similar situation, but with different perceived characteristics, so I decided to open a new question. I can't access my college website from my home pc, ...
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Am I supposed to maintain the latest .NET version in production clients from a maintenance standpoint?

tldr: My applications and COTS don't use .NET, and my Windows 7 clients have up to .NET 3.5 installed by default. Is it a security vulnerability to not install and maintain the latest .NET 4.x version?...
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Does WSL require some sanitary measures after shutdown with a forgotten Firefox session?

Had WSL running with an external X server (vcxsrv). With a Firefox window open, which I forgot, I exited the shell and then from the Windows cmd prompt issued wsl --shutdown. I then noticed that the ...
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How should I clean these faint yellow spots on my display?

It happened two days ago. I thought I had unknowingly used my laptop without sanitizing my hands, so I had sprayed the sanitizer on the keyboard. After that, I closed the left my laptop unused for ...
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Why Windows need much more time than Linux for updates? [closed]

Why windows updates take ages to complete and need re-boot (sometimes 2x), but Linux updates run smoothly in the background while I still can work on the system (and only the kernel update needs re-...
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Is there a way to wipe complete GTK cache?

GTK remembers a lot of stuffs like the last folder I used when you try to "Save As" in any application, the size of the "Open File" window. Is there a way to remove that? I have cleared: rm -f "${...
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Laptop Clicking sound

I've recently heard a sound from my laptop that concerns me. Every 5 seconds, something inside (not the speaker) will make 4 quick clicks in roughly 1/4 second. It will be silent for 5 seconds, then ...
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What does it mean if my computer beeps rapidly and doesn't stop when I turn it on?

There is serious power failure that occurs repeatedly these days in my location, and this caused my PC to shut down suddenly as the electricity goes away(I use Desktop computer.) But when there was ...
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New motherboard, fails to boot

I have an Asrock 760GM-HDV motherboard with an AMD FX 8300, 2x4GB HyperX DDR3 RAM and a GTX 750ti 2GB. I had a problem with an older motherboard that broke, so it was exchanged. With the new ...
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Recommended screws and screwdrivers on a laptop (more exactly Lenovo ThinkPad E490s) [closed]

When doing some maintenance work on a Lenovo Thinkpad (like installing RAM), the manual instructions recommend using new screws. Is that so important? If I decide to use new screws, what screws ...
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change account linux uses for maintenance during boot failures

If there is an issue during boot, then Linux will ask if you want to open a shell as root to repair. This is the message: Give root password for maintenance Is it possible to change this behavior to ...
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Can't align print heads enough on Canon Pixma MX722

I have a excellent condition, but not brand new, Canon Pixma MX722 printer. I have purchased and installed new, genuine (IE. from Canon) cartridges in it. Even when I set the print head alignment for ...
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What tests should I run before my laptop's service warranty expires?

I just got an email warning me that my laptop's hardware service warranty will expire very soon. What tests should I run to identify components that are at risk of failing? I am running Fedora Linux ...
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What regular maintenance should I do on my SSD (primary Windows drive)? [closed]

Should I do anything in addition to ChkDsk /f ? And how often?
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Safe to delete empty folders from c:\windows\assembly?

I noticed that after some programs are uninstalled, they leave empty folders in c:\windows\assembly\ (Windows 7). Although there is no harm in keeping these folders, I want to keep things tidy and ...
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Gmail: Remind me if my site is down

I desire to make my Gmail account to test if my website is down (if it doesn't return 200/OK HSC in a followed URL). I'll just pass a domain, choose timing (once per month / two months / other timing) ...
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Windows - can't run "sfc /scannow", because another maintenance task is in progress

I tried to fix a friends laptop by repairing corrupt system files with sfc /scannow but I always get a message saying something like "there is another maintenance in progress" please try it later. But ...
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How to remove smell of cigarettes from PC setup [duplicate]

I recently moved out of a place with three roomates who smoked indoors. They smoked in the basement which is also where my PC was set up. I left my PC on nearly all the time so it's been breathing ...
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What kind of periodic maintenance should I carry out on HDD backup?

I have a bunch of directories backed up on an external HDD - not an SSD, a magnetic disk. The backup is just onto a single disk (yes, I know, an extra HDD with a copy would be a good idea; but that's ...
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Is it "better" for flash storage to fill with 1's instead of 0's?

When I backup a drive, I like to compress the image, so I fill it first with all the same value so the free space collapses to almost nothing: cat /dev/zero > ~/zeros sync rm ~/zeros For a ...
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Is just me or we are in much extents, powerless when debugging/diagnosing Windows? [closed]

Is there a vast logging system? Like what we see in /var/log on Linux? Is there some place where I can search for "error IDs" or things like this and somewhere that documents so I can study it? Many ...
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Does running laptop on AC with battery degrades battery?

I am using a laptop for long periods of time with battery on and plugged to AC. Does this degrade my battery? The battery gets charged to 100% and stays at it for the remainder of the time.
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How can I manage Visual Studio?

I have installed Visual Studio Express 2013 some time ago, and now I want to manage components that VS installed with. Remembering that installing VS takes hours of a life time - is there a quick way ...
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dell: what else could be the cause of the inspiron 1526 not showing the bios

My dad just gave me his old inspiron 1526, which does not show the bios when booting (see image below of what I should have) I have a black screen at start, without any HD booting noise and of course,...
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Can saliva destroy my computer?

Usually when I am working with the computer's internals, I have to speak clearly and loudly so that whoever I'm working with can hear me, with my head pointing down. However, sometimes this causes me ...
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What the technical difference between Serviceability, Manageability and Maintainability of a system?

Aren't Serviceability and Maintainability almost serve the same purpose in term of IT architecture so how to they exactly differ?
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How do I clean just one color of my inkjet printhead?

I've got an Epson SX235W printer that has four separate ink tanks - black, cyan, magenta and yellow. I recently had to replace the cyan and subsequent prints didn't come out properly - the cyan was ...
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What are the minimum steps needed to remove the bottom cover of a Lenovo T400 laptop?

I want to remove the bottom cover of my laptop to access the bottom side of its motherboard. The Lenovo maintenance manual contains lots of unneeded steps (e.g. remove bios battery?!). What are the ...
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Canned air spray got liquid all over my PSU [duplicate]

Wanted to remove dust from my PC with a canned air aerozol "duster". Tried it a couple of times without applying to my computer and all seemed fine. Decided to go for the PSU first: since it's a the ...
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BASH: finding partition from diskutil output

I'm trying to search the output of a command listing local drives to find a partition called EFI on the boot HDD. I've written a really dirty oneliner as I can't seem to work out how to effectively ...
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Microsoft disk integrity tools like ScanDisk, CheckDisk, and Error-Checking? How do they differ? [closed]

There's been something I've been curious about regarding 'disk integrity' tools for sometime now... Specifically, as regards computers that use an operating-system by Microsoft, there's been 4 tools ...
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Replace pickup roller on Canon mf8080cw, cannot access service menu

I have a Canon mf8080cw printer that I need to change the tray pickup roller (not the ADF). This roller needs to be rotated in order to be removed. It is my understanding that this is done through a ...
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Lubricating a mechanical keyboard [duplicate]

My 1.5 year old son decided to test if my keyboard was compatible with the remains of a can of Red Bull, which obviously wasn't empty enough. It only affected a few keys, so it was somewhat easy to ...
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HDD maintanance. minimal power on of external hard drive (for backup) [duplicate]

I want to use a external hard drive (not ssd) for backup. however I have heard that because of the mechanical nature of a HDD, it needs to be powered on and spin regularly to maximize its lifespan. ...
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How to solve white stripes issue on printer

I have an old Lexmark x502n Laser Multifunction color printer. It works perfectly, except it stripes everything I print with white lines: I searched on internet and it seems that whenever something ...
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What functions do registry cleaner programs perform and has Microsoft stated a recommendation on their use? [closed]

My IT folks tell me programs like CC Cleaner, AVG, Advanced System Care and other one-click and registry cleaner programs aren't worth using. They say that they can do more harm than good. I agree ...
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Windows 7 Enterprise - How to remove "Maintenance Folder" and its respective shortcuts for all the users in a domain?

I am trying to remove the "Maintenance Folder" and cleanup the statr menu for my company. I seem to have hard time to remove this folder. Is there any registry value or GPO setting to deploy in order ...
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Compile from source and ensure updatability

I would like to setup a new server with the following packages Ngnix with SPDY and PageSpeed extension PHP-FPM with Phalcon extension MySQL with Sphinx extension Sphinx In order to have the most ...
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Will using a bicycle pump to clean my laptop damage it?

I have a Lenovo G580 laptop. Unfortunately, there is no way to access the fan even after opening maintenance hatch, so I have no real way of removing dust from the cooling vents without using some ...
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SMART-Test never finishes

When running SMART-Tests using smartmontools, they NEVER finish. I always get "Interrupted (host reset.)" on various different systems and disks, including Debian in x86 and ARM, OS X on x64, with ...
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Run htop over ssh via single command

I want to run htop over ssh - but launch it automatically on a keyboard-less system with a shell script. My first idea was ssh user@test.home 'htop' but: Error opening terminal: unknown. Is there ...
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UPS - practical maintenance advices to help end-user keeping batteries (classic lead acid models) in good shape

I have read that most (maybe all?) UPS devices for personal computing have lead-acid batteries inside. As long as its chemistry, compared to lithium-ion, is very different, I would like to know ...
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How to get status of Windows 8.1 maintenance?

How do I get the status (5% complete, 10% complete, etc.) for the Windows maintenance, once it is running? Can that be turned on, if it exists, when not running? I am running Windows 8.1 Professional ...
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Is any special maintenance required for an edible ink printer?

Is there any special maintenance required in order to maintain food safety and keep the printer operating correctly? For example, do I need to manually clean the print head periodically to prevent ...
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How can I perform Disk Cleanup on all user accounts that exist on a computer?

Can you help me with some ideas regarding a possible way that I can use for performing maintenance tasks on all computer users in one shot (e.g. Disk Cleanup, Registry Cleanup)? I would like to kill ...
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What is Windows Automatic Maintenance? and How can I manually disable it? [duplicate]

It really frustrates me and I can't disable it! Automatic Maintenance seems to take forever and reaches 80% in CPU usage or more, if it's ran automatically it stops as soon as I touch the Touchpad but ...
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Does a windows 8 PC REALLY need maintenance every few months by a tech expert? [closed]

OK, is this for real, or is my AntiVirus company trying to pull one over on me? I have a Windows 8 HP Envy laptop a little under a year old. I purchased WebRoot antivirus at Best Buy when I bought ...
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