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"reload" mac audio drivers without rebooting

EDIT: most likely only works for osx before 10.13 This is what you need, sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext But if you ...
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Windows 10, 'System' process taking massive amounts of RAM

I've looked at xperf traces of several users and here the function ntoskrnl.exe!SmKmStoreHelperWorker of the Kernel starts to allocate memory. (Click image to enlarge) I discovered this on ...
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Keyboard not working in Windows 10 Apps + Start Menu

If you are still stuck try this simplest of the solution. Press Win+R (to open Run ) Copy paste and press Enter to run this program. C:\Windows\system32\ctfmon.exe. It brings back the language bar ...
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What exactly is a laptop "display audio" driver?

HDMI and DisplayPort are capable of transmitting audio as well as video. So, to Windows, it looks like an additional soundcard appears on your system, for which a driver is needed. So if you ...
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How to get rid of the Bang & Olufsen panel on HP laptop?

Click on it and press Alt + F4.
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Is there an Apple USB Ethernet driver for Windows?

I did a little more hunting online and found this link to a blog that said they'd found the driver for the chipset in the adapter, and convinced it to work. I followed a variant on their instructions, ...
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What can cause a USB 3.0 port to revert back to USB 2.0?

If you have a look at the USB 3.0 pinouts, you'll see that the USB 2.0 lines are distinct from the USB 3.0 lines. So when the USB 3.0 lines are interrupted, or their quality is so bad that data ...
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Keyboard not working in Windows 10 Apps + Start Menu

I had the same problem. This is what worked for me: Open Task manager. Find Cortana (or SearchUI/Search) on the Processes tab Right click it - End task
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How can ntfs.sys be loaded if the driver is located in an NTFS partition?

ntfs.sys is the NTFS driver for the Windows operating system. However, Windows does not start itself. It relies on the Windows Boot Manager. Windows Boot Manager and winload have built-in NTFS support....
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How do I "safely" keep my NVidia card up to date?

Log in to GeForce experience using your favourite spam email address, with info as true / alternative to true as you feel comfortable with. Now you can get driver updates, and need not be worried ...
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Installing Windows 7 x64 on a computer with only USB 3 ports

There is a tool for exactly this case supplied by intel. It slipstreams the drivers into the installation media in a way that it will also work once installed (I only tested it with an EliteDesk 800G2 ...
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How does the CPU communicate with the GPU before drivers are loaded?

"Are there some base instructions...?" Yes, exactly. All GPUs are required to implement one of several simple interfaces - they're too primitive to be called "instruction sets" - which platform ...
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Windows 10 Installation - A media driver your computer needs is missing

Finally I solved the problem. The cause of the error "A media driver your computer needs is missing" may be that the ISO image is corrupt. I did not expect that because I downloaded the entire 4 GB ...
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Asus ATK driver for Windows 10

ASUS support site is not very user friendly 👎. I made a post with all the ASUS drivers for Windows 10 👍, including ATK Package. Here you can find ATK Package 1.0.0061, for 64-bit and 32-bit ...
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Is there an Apple USB Ethernet driver for Windows?

If you prefer to download the driver directly from Apple's site: Download the latest version of "Boot Camp Support Software" from Apple.com: http://support.apple.com/downloads/#macoscomponents Open ...
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Windows: how to install driver from recovery command prompt?

For me pnputil.exe did not do the trick. However, I found the following command, which helped: dism /Image:C:\ /Add-Driver /Driver:D:\ /Recurse. This assumes that your Windows is installed at C:\ and ...
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Prevent Windows 10 from installing/updating a specific driver?

Looks like there was no easy way. In Windows 10 preview they force automatic updates on you, and since build 10049 there's no way to restore the "old" Windows Update applet in Control Panel. But I ...
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How to get rid of the Bang & Olufsen panel on HP laptop?

A coworker informed me that certain versions of the B&O control panel have an option to disable it. This would be the preferred approach: If (like me) your version does not have such an ...
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Issue installing BootCamp drivers for Windows 10

I had the same problem as well. The issue seems to be that the Bootcamp software is looking for the correct Realtek drivers, but can't find them so it just hangs. To fix it, manually install the ...
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Force a single USB 3.0 port to work as USB 2.0

Although this is not a software solution, if you use a USB 2 extension cable then it will prevent the 5 USB 3 pins in the plug from physically connecting the wires which carry the USB 3 handshake ...
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Your webcam is currently being used by another application?

Right click on windows icon on the left corner of the taskbar. Click on the settings icon (just above the power icon), this will open windows settings panel. Click on the privacy icon (lock symbol), ...
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How to Automatically update all devices in device manager

The article Script to install or update drivers directly from Microsoft Catalog contains a PowerShell script for doing what is asked. The article includes good explanations of each part of the script....
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This driver has been blocked from loading (Windows 7)

This error happens if you try to install a 32 bit driver on a 64 bit machine.
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What can cause a USB 3.0 port to revert back to USB 2.0?

If you look at USB 3.0 connector, or better measure interconnect parameters, you will see not much of a difference. In both cases the differential impedance, although designed for 90 Ohms, will have ...
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How does the CPU communicate with the GPU before drivers are loaded?

I'll try to clear up the "voodoo" behind all this, by explaining how the old hardware worked. Modern GPUs do not work like this but they emulate the CPU-to-graphics-card interface. tl;dr Graphics ...
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Installing Windows 7 x64 on a computer with only USB 3 ports

An alternative to injecting drivers is checking your UEFI/BIOS for a legacy USB mode. This, as I understand it, presents the peripherals directly to the operating system (perhaps as if they were ...
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Make Windows 10 Recognize Bluetooth Dongle as Bluetooth?

I'm using a similar bluetooth dongle, from the same brand (Orico BTA-403) and Windows 10. In my case I had to do this: 1. Turn on Bluetooth Windows Services Open windows services (run services.msc ...
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Create "Fake keys" that the computer interprets as real?

When you press a key on your keyboard, the hardware generates a 'scan code', which software then interprets as a certain key press. Key reassignment KeyTweak allows you to reassign the key press ...
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How to get rid of the Bang & Olufsen panel on HP laptop?

One time solution You can close it by focusing it (clicking on it) and pressing Alt+F4. Permanent solutions 1. Turning it off On some HP laptops there is a setting for this in the B&O Control ...
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How to reset/restart an internal Macbook trackpad driver?

Find the terminal app then enter this: killall Dock
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