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jaclaz last won the day on July 11

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  1. Poor little thing, I feel for your pain and sufferings. But still you are not talking of the software (which is what is explicitly allowed) nor of the effects (or lack thereof) of the software (which may be allowed), you are talking about decisions by this (or that) government and the effects they had on your holidays plans. jaclaz
  2. Here you are. https://gir.st/blog/greenpass.html It contains a number of (partly personal/sensible) data. I would not be preoccupied by the privacy aspect, there is nothing seemingly more than the barely needed info, but name, surname and date of birth are exposed (like on *any* other piece of ID), I would not share an image of a real one like I wouldn't post an image of my driving licence. jaclaz
  3. Good. This green pass is actually EU, the site is: https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate_en in theory the situation should be the same in all EU (all countries are green), the pass is similar, it is always national language + English. By clicking on the countries on the map you can get to each country official national site. In Italy those that need to verify the pass (airport security, police, etc.) do have to use an app , called VerificaC19: https://www.dgc.gov.it/web/app.html each one of the states has - I believe - their own app with various degrees of amount of data showed to the operator (due to privacy laws or better their interpretation in the various countries). jaclaz
  4. Well, partitions/volumes/file systems (and the way Windows mounts and accesses them) are complex. The fact that (when mounted externally) you cannot access those two partitions may mean both "the disk drive is beyond any possible recovery" or "a minor issue happened and a one or a few bytes were corrupted". The "standard" procedure remains the same: 1) make an image or a clone (personally I prefer if possible the image) 2) attempt to repair the original 3) if things go worse image back the disk from the image or clone (on the original or on a new disk) and try something else You can try in Windows 10 to access the disk (externally) and open Disk Manager. A screenshot of the situation in Disk Manager may be already telling what kind of issue it could be. The next thing I usually suggest is to get DMDE: https://dmde.com/ and use it to open the physicaldrive and let it scan/find volumes, as well a screenshot of DMDE "Partitions" view is needed to understand what could it be. BTW DMDE has also the possibility to make an image of the disk. Besides and beyond the recovery (if possible) of the filesystem, you can also attempt recovery of the files (if any) that DMDE still "sees". Though the tool can also be used to recover "RAW" data (i.e. carve the file system for recognizable files, similar to what Photorec can do) for the moment it is IMHO better to see what can be recovered, hopefully the full filesystem, if not, the files on it (or as many as you can find), because when you need to switch to RAW, even if you might recover the actual file contents most metadata (filename, dates/times, position in the file system) will be lost. jaclaz
  5. You can close it. The Italian green pass is basically a piece of paper with a QR code that you can either print or have stored on your smartphone (if any), you can get it via a couple different apps or by accessing (with particular electronic credentials) a couple of sites, for the electronically/technically handicapped, you can get a paper print (maybe) from your doctor or from some "services to the citizens" spots, including - possibly some pharmacy/chemists and associations of voluntary assistance. This is a facsimile: jaclaz
  6. Well, if you can see the contents of the hard disk when connected as external drive, the hard disk has not "crashed", very likely you only have some corruption on the "main" volume/file system, it could also be only a trifling thing, like a boot file deleted/overwritten by mistake. In these cases it is usually worth the time to troubleshoot the issue and repair the booting. If you believe that the hard disk has issues the "normal" procedure is to clone the disk to a new one "as is" and then repair (if possible) the contents or use the recovery partition to re-install the Vista to "factoiry state" (it is usually possible to use a USB stick with programs to initiate the booting of the recovery partition even if the standard boot doesn't work or to repair just the initial booting sequence) . It has to be seen, but Toshiba laptops (at least some of them) have a recovery procedure (using the recovery partition) that is initiated from BIOS (by holding the 0 key pressed when switching on), see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=003hzPvuKtY otherwise, it is generally possible to boot from USB and start the recovery manually. In these cases you don't even need the OEM key to install/activate, what is restored is an image, it depends on specific manufacturers but often the actual OS uses (used) a different key (the same for all the laptops of that model/batch) and the OS is pre-activated, the key on the sticker (though usually working with *any* OEM version of the same OS) is actually only there for licensing proof. jaclaz
  7. Let's try to disambiguate. Some BIOSes when you press F12 and choose to boot from USB do not correctly switch disk order and this can cause to not actually boot from USB (the reasons may be multiple, depending on how the USB stick has been partitoned/formatted, which bootloader is on it, etc.), in some cases - and yours seems like one of those - the USB is simply and plainly ignored. Usually the same BIOS do work when you switch the order of booting devices in BIOS setup, putting USB as first. Have you tried this? Is that an Insyde2 BIOS? (these are re-known to be buggy/make queer things when USB booting depending on the bootloader/bootmanager on the stick) Anywyay, since the BOOTMGR you are currently booting from is the Windows 7 version, it parses - besides /boot/BCD - also /boot.ini, so you can temporarily add to the root of your internal disk (where BOOTMGR is) a couple files and add to the boot choices a grub4dos. From this latter, it will be possible to understand which disk is which and - if needed for *whatever* reason - (of course as long as the disk is seen) boot it from the grub4dos on the internal disk. Here is how to, the procedure is simple, and - once hopefully the issue is solved - files can be simply deleted: 1) add a grldr file in the root (you don't need a latest-latest) get a grub4dos release here, I suggest latest 0.4.5c http://grub4dos.chenall.net/downloads/grub4dos-0.4.5c-2016-01-18/ but any later 0.4.6a version should do as well 2) add a boot.ini file (simple text file, you can copy/paste in Notepad) with these contents: [boot loader] Timeout=30 default=C:\grldr [operating systems] C:\grldr="grub4dos" When you reboot (still with the USB inserted and "skipped over") you should have an added choice to boot to grub4dos, choose it, at the grub> prompt (if needed press "c" to get to command line) issue the command: geometry (hd [TAB] it should propose you the hd drives it sees, typoically (hd0) and (hd1) complete the line to: geometry (hd0) and press [ENTER] then repeat with geometry (hd1) [ENTER] post output. jaclaz
  8. I would like to remember to the younger folks that were not around at the time that Windows 2000 was targeted at the same audience that used till then NT 4.00, professionals/businesses, at the time of the shift from NT 4.00 to 2000 hardware was either already adequate or bought new and adequate. The "other" audience (home/personal) had a "dedicated" line, 95/98 and later ME, hardware requirements were much lower than those for 2000 (but anyway ME ones were more than 95/98 ones). Single point anecdata, in early year 2000 my desktop at work had 512 MB memory, a few workstations had 1 GB/2GB whilst my newly bought "top of the range" personal laptop coming with ME pre-installed was 64 MB and I upgraded it to 128 MB in order to install 2000 on it and have it run decently. What XP did, only one-two years later, was to attempt to unify the two lines, bringing to the businesses the (senseless) bells and whistles and forcing down the throat of home/personal (senseless) security/access rights/and what not, but since - all in all - the hardware needed to run XP was not that much more powerful than the one used to run 2000, the shift was somehow less dramatic, only a few people still running on "suitable for 9x/ME" hardware noticed the bloat/slowness of XP (when compared to 2000). Vista, when it came out, was essentially a crippled, bloated, slower XP, that everyone installed on existing underpowered machines AND that was also installed by OEM's on new, underpowered laptops and desktops, besides all the flaws in the OS, the real performance issues were about the poor hardware it ran on. By the time Windows 7 came out, currently in use hardware (that was upgraded to be able to run Vista) was already fast/smooth enough, and the requisites for the OS were essentially the same (I personally like to call 7 "Vista SP3", though it is not entirely accurate). Also in 9x/ME/2000 and even early XP times the internet was much less bloated, and browsers didn't eat memory like they do today (on *any* OS) by 2007 web pages were already much larger, and out of the 4 GB that today - in Tripredacus' words - are a no-brainer, around 1 is the OS, and the other 3 (or more) are needed for browsing the web. jaclaz
  9. WHICH bootloader? The windows 6+ one (BOOTMGR+ /boot/BCD choices)? If yes, which exact version of the BOOTMGR is it? (I mean the one from 7, or Vista or what?) Maybe the issue is with the bootable (actually non-bootable) USB stick On some BIOSes you need to change the disk boot order (as opposed to choosing with F12 or similar to boot from USB) or viceversa. Using Easy2boot for that is a good piece of advice, otherewise you can still use grub4dos manually, if the easier Easy2boot works, there is no need to make it more difficult than needed. jaclaz
  10. Cannot say if "normal", but it is something that can happen alright with "secondary" devices, after all the idea of "Safe Mode" is to load the least possible drivers in order to troubleshoot a malfunctioning system (and the malfunctioning can often be linked to a "bad" driver). In theory in Safe Mode you should have only very basic input and output devices, i.e. VGA screen, keyboard and mouse (either PS/2 or USB) anything else is not loaded. Then there is the difference between with network and no network, but that wouldn't change anything for HID devices. jaclaz
  11. Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. It seems to me like you somehow forgot to state how excited the good MS guys are about this crap. jaclaz
  12. Ah, well, then it doesn't matter, it was only some "quirk" in the previous install attempts (or *whatever*) and you finally managed to install the "generic" Windows 8.1 driver. Anyway I looked around a bit and it seems like it exists an Asus Precision Touchpad driver in version where the .sys is Major/Minor 6/2 (and that has ELAN1200 in the .inf), it may be an option for other people, I am attaching it, only the bare driver, just in case. jaclaz ASUS_ASUS_Precision_Touchpad_11.0.0.15.zip
  13. If you right click on the device in device manager and check "properties" (or *whatever*) of the driver you should be able to find out which exact version it is. Or find the AsusPTPfilter.sys on your system and look at its version. I had a quick look, and - strangely enough - the .inf file begins with: BUT the .sys has version So - maybe - the driver is a 8/8.1 that works also on 10 and "marked" as "10 only" (as a matter of fact in the .sys optional header, as seen with CFF explore the MajorOperatingSystemVersion is set to 0x0A, aka 10, but I seem to remember that for .sys files - unlike .exe ones - the MajorOperatingSystemVersion is not relevant (in the sense that it doesn't prevent the .sys to work). jaclaz
  14. All is well that ends well . Can you post the exact driver that worked for you? (it may be useful to some other member having your same issue). I am removing from my last post the link to the page that tricked me .. jaclaz
  15. I don't understand. Cheap router must have a known IP address. Then it may (or may not) have DHCP server on. Let us assume that the DHCP server on the router is ON and cannot be turned off (nor any other settings changed because you have no access to the router configuration). IF DHCP server is on AND the Win9x machine is set to receive its IP from the DHCP server, THEN it will have the delay/lag. IF DHCP server is on BUT the Win9x machine is set to a fixed IP, THEN there won't be any delay. The only problem may be if the DHCP server has assigned already the same fixed IP of the Win9x machine to another device in the network (IP address conflict). Generally (but not always) the cheap router will have an IP of and a subnet mask of, but the DHCP server is not set to assign all IP's in the range, and - again usually - it will assign them in order, starting from, setting the fixed IP to a high number, like will normally prevent any conflict to happen. jaclaz

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