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  1. alacran

    RAM Errors (Update: Now It's Much Worse)

    I always have used for more than 20 years the white "Pelikan" erasers or similars, they do not make excessive wear on golden pins, the idea is to remove the patina and let them almost shiny again. This eraser do not last very long (as it is soft) but I prefer to spend the eraser and not the golden coating on pins. About changing the PSU, it is not a bad idea, and not an expensive one. alacran
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    RAM Errors (Update: Now It's Much Worse)

    First make sure to clean with a soft eraser the golden pins of all RAM boards and also clean the RAM receptacles on MB with a brush and latter pressurized air. If this doesn't fix the problem and as you said you have been using that PC since 2009, it is now 10 years old, so my best guess is: there are internal failures on some or all components (MB and RAM), wich are more evident when they are hot. Anyway if you don't find the source of the failure, only final solution is build a new PC, if you as me prefer to install Win7 on your new rig I recommend to see this thread. alacran
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    What is best Firefox version for Win-7?

    The last version is 65, you can find all language versions here I'm using this version on 7x64 and 10x64 without any issue.
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    WinNTSetup v3.9.3.1

    @JFX I have made several Wimboot installs (Win 7 & Win 8.1) using diferent levels of compression, depending on CPU performance. All working fine even on VHDs. I know the option Wimboot Compact: NONE is there since some time ago, Could you please explain me what is the use of these option? As far as I understand it is a Wimboot install without compression, so far good, but what is the benefit in making a Wimboot install then? I never think about its use before and maybe I am not using a good feature of your great tool. alacran
  5. Best option for just reading pdf files located on your HD is Sumatra PDF reader. Very small and fast PDF reader. It has also portable version. In fact I don't use the over bloated Adobe Reader even on Win 7 or 10.
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    A world of problems.

    A friend of mine disconnected a PS2 mouse and immediately connected another one during running Windows, since then the PS2 mouse port is not working anymore, of course he is using an USB mouse now. Also I fried a Geforce 210 just by disconnecting VGA cord, some time ago because PC was Suspended, not turn OFF and I didn't notice it.
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    A world of problems.

    Every time you open the machine box, you need to first unplug AC power cord on desktops and laptops, and additionally extract the battery on laptops, before connecting or disconnecting anything on your machine, to avoid any possibility of damage to the motherboard. Latter once you did all required inside your machine box, connect all external PS2 (like mouse and keyboard) LPT printers, serial connectors, soud cord if any, etc., and finally you can plug again (first battery if laptop) AC power cord. Only devices that can be hot plugged without risk to your machine are USB devices. So if you didn't follow this procedure it is a big chance you damaged your MB. NOTE: I have seen some MB Bios where you can select the option to hot plug/unplug SATA devices, but this is allways disabled by default, and many other MBs don't have this option anywhere. So to be on the safe side never hot plug/unplug SATA devices unless this is done through an eSATA external port.
  8. And the big questions are: Why MS didn't say this since the very first 10 release? Why wait until now to say this? This looks more as a new (recent) policy for updates, and a good oportunity to use it also as a very good excuse for a big bunch of bad updates plaged of troubles.
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    Microsoft Edge coming to Windows 7 and 8.1

    Yes, it is. I have IE 11 on my own Win7 SP1 uptated upto December 2017 install.esd, but only used IE 11 once, to download FireFox.
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    Microsoft Edge coming to Windows 7 and 8.1

    Well as I think people using Win7 now do not like anything related to 10, and since on 7 you can avoid especific updates, I don't think many Win7 users will download a Windows remake of Chrome when they can download real Chrome if they want, or Opera, or FireFox (as I prefer). So this is going to be just another fiasco. But this seems to me more like accepting actual Edge is another failure, and they are desperately looking for new ideas for the browser (copying others and not developing anything new).
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    I also have upgraded to 1809 and saw the OS running a new "feature" to erase all old stuff on my profile, fortunately all my documents are always on a separate partition to easily use them from any OS. Anyway with all comments everywhere about troubles in every update of 10, Do you realy think it is a good idea to be betting every time an update is installed? And for average users there is no way to stop updates. alacran
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    @Dclem It is good to hear you have your PC running as you like without troubles, but unfortunately your case is an exception, maybe IMAGEFOLIO 4.5 didn't make changes to Windows register when it was installed on your previous PC/OS, and it only expanded to its folder location on Programs directory during install, but that is not the case for almost all programs. alacran
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    Unsupported hardware in 1803 and 1809?

    Just stop using this trash, v1809 is the worse of all versions, I do not use 10 as my every day OS, but I have a partition with 1709 updated to Dic 2017 and all is working fine, updates service is disabled and metered connection selected just in case, to aboid updates.
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    Windows 7 on a Coffee Lake PC

    I remembered I had a GT 710 2 GB RAM on another PC and decided to try this one, now after installing it with its last version drivers all is working great and I have Win7x64 running very fine on Coffee Lake without any issue. Anyway I know this is and old graphic card, but it is good enought for my actual needs and I will remain running Win7 updated up to Dic/2017 (I'm not installing any more BS updates on any of my machines since that date). for as long as possible until FireFox and Avast Free stop supporting it, then go to some Linux distro and a virtual machine to run my especific programs. It's been some time I'm testing some Linux distributions to be ready when needed. Ubuntu is too bloated, Linux Lite (Ubuntu based) seems as a good option for MBR paritioned disks (not bigger than 2 GB). Also Linux Mint x64 is a very good option, good to install on MBR and (UEFI) GPT partitioned disks. alacran
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    Windows 7 on a Coffee Lake PC

    As I read about new H310 ChipSets supporting Win7 on Coffee Lake platform, in order to improve my old (Win7x64) PC, recently bought an Asus Prime H310M-E R2.0 MB, a Pentium Gold G5500 (3.8 Ghz, 2 Cores, 4 Threads), two Kingston HyperX Fury 4 GB at 2400 MHZ modules of RAM, an Adata SU650 240 GB SSD, and as secondary the old 1 TB HDD. On MB page there are available (almost) all drivers for Win7x64 but not the Video Driver, CPU Processor Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630, and on Intel there is only driver for Win10. I tried all known tricks used to install HD Graphics 630 for previous generation processors, adding line for ID (PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_3E91 taken from a Win10 install on another partition) and in fact they work and let me install the HD 630 driver (unsigned, but install anyway), but it is not loaded by the OS during boot, on device manager it is with the yellow mark and says device reported a problem and was not loaded by system (code 36 or 42 depending on driver version), driver versions tested are, 4526, 4541, 4551 and 4678. So even if I think (and also read) both graphics drivers are basically same thing and new one is just renamed from HD 630 to UHD 630 the fact is I can't make it work so far, and I have several programs that do not run on Win10, so Win10 is not an option (and also I hate it). Any ideas? Please don't suggest to buy a video board, I don't want to spend more money. and processor graphics should be enought for my needs (including watching NetFlix by HDMI and play some low resource consuming games). alacran