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UCyborg

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  1. Found a quirk in Slovenian version of Windows 98 SE; in registry, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\MediaPath is set to C:\WINDOWS\Medij - but the actual folder is still called MEDIA. So when you go to Control Panel to set sounds for events and click the Browse button, it opens My Documents folder while it normally opens the media folder set in registry.

    Number of user folders' names are translated, not the same way as on today's Windows where Explorer displays translated name, but the folder on the file system still has the english name. Also interesting to note, known command line utilities and commands such as ipconfig, tracert, dir, del, copy are all translated. None of the NT systems are that thouroughly translated.

    I guess updating non-English versions of these systems is practically impossible today if you don't have the updates for specific language yourself or someone else has archived them and made them available.

    Also, didn't I have Slovenian keybaord layout in the DOS prompt all those years ago? I don't have it now. Any ideas if it can be changed and how? It's English despite being Slovenian everywhere else. I tried deleting US English layout, just in case, even though Slovenian was already default, but no change.

  2. 20 hours ago, RainyShadow said:

    This has been mentioned here before - https://github.com/iv-org/invidious/

    Select a working instance and replace the youtube.com domain with it.

    You can use an add-on or a GM script to do this automatically.

    Installing invidious always-dash script unlocks certain videos that refuse to load otherwise and extends a quality selector so videos may be viewed in higher resolution up to 1080p (+ 60 FPS, if applicable). The script has to be modified by adding matching URLs of Invidious instance(s) one intends to use. The script is needed only when viewing the site without being logged in, logged in users have a quality setting they can change.

    Though compression artifacts might still be noticeable since there doesn't seem to be a way to select a codec, so everything is streamed using H.264 (relevant issue on GitHub).

  3. 9 hours ago, videobruce said:

    I used 'Notepad2' instead of M$'s 'Notepad', would that matter?

    No.

    9 hours ago, videobruce said:

    What and who is Microchip and where does that fit into this??

    Their devices communicate via USB using virtual COM port.

    4 hours ago, Tripredacus said:

    Is it possible that a service already exists on the system with the same name as the one that this new INF is trying to create?

    Many INFs wouldn't work then. It's not a critical error that would abort everything.

    I haven't a clue what OP's issue is. Both INFs work for me, at least I could force install through Add legacy hardware wizard since I don't have an actual device to test.

    I tried to replicate the bug with original INF by deleting usbser.sys from C:\Windows\System32\drivers and running sc delete usbser from Command Prompt, but still the driver service was installed and usbser.sys appeared in drivers folder, so who knows under what actual circumstances does this bug they speak of appear.

  4. 2 hours ago, videobruce said:

    Test mode??

    http://maxedtech.com/about-testmode/ - I'd go with Disable Driver Signature Enforcement method on this one.

    2 hours ago, videobruce said:

    Well, I tried it as is, normal install, but the error was "A service installation section in this INF is invalid". And now DM shows COM7 instead of the original device name.

    Seems it wasn't copied right from the browser, the whole file is perfectly valid. :dubbio:

    And here's the description of the issue you're experiencing: Why CDC Serial Device installation fails on Windows Vista and 7 ?

  5. INFs for these types of devices tend to differ from the one you linked to in the following ways (at least the other two I've seen):

    • FakeModemCopyFileSection=12 is added under [DestinationDirs]
    • CopyFiles is set to FakeModemCopyFileSection (so DriverCopyFiles.nt and DriverCopyFiles.NTamd64 sections are redundant)

    Based on these observations, below is a trimmed version of uniden_usbser.inf:

    ;--------------------------------------------------------
    ;	Uniden
    ;
    ;	Communication Device Class
    ;	Virtual Serial Port
    ;
    ;	1/1/2014
    ;--------------------------------------------------------
    
    [Version]
    Signature="$Windows NT$"
    Class=Ports
    ClassGuid={4D36E978-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
    Provider=%MFGNAME%
    DriverVer=01/01/2014,1.0.0.0
    CatalogFile=%MFGFILENAME%.cat
    
    [Manufacturer]
    %MFGNAME%=DeviceList,ntamd64
    
    [DeviceList]
    %DESCRIPTION%=DriverInstall, USB\VID_1965&PID_0016
    %DESCRIPTION%=DriverInstall, USB\VID_1965&PID_0017
    %DESCRIPTION%=DriverInstall, USB\VID_1965&PID_0018
    %DESCRIPTION%=DriverInstall, USB\VID_1965&PID_0019
    %DESCRIPTION%=DriverInstall, USB\VID_1965&PID_001A
    
    [DeviceList.ntamd64]
    %DESCRIPTION%=DriverInstall, USB\VID_1965&PID_0016
    %DESCRIPTION%=DriverInstall, USB\VID_1965&PID_0017
    %DESCRIPTION%=DriverInstall, USB\VID_1965&PID_0018
    %DESCRIPTION%=DriverInstall, USB\VID_1965&PID_0019
    %DESCRIPTION%=DriverInstall, USB\VID_1965&PID_001A
    
    [SourceDisksFiles]
    
    [SourceDisksNames]
    
    [DestinationDirs]
    FakeModemCopyFileSection=12
    DefaultDestDir=12
    
    [DriverInstall]
    include=mdmcpq.inf
    CopyFiles=FakeModemCopyFileSection
    AddReg=DriverInstall.AddReg
    
    [DriverInstall.AddReg]
    HKR,,DevLoader,,*ntkern
    HKR,,NTMPDriver,,usbser.sys
    HKR,,EnumPropPages32,,"MsPorts.dll,SerialPortPropPageProvider"
    
    [DriverInstall.Services]
    AddService=usbser, 0x00000002, DriverService
    
    [DriverService]
    DisplayName=%UsbSerial.DriverDesc%
    ServiceType=1
    StartType=3
    ErrorControl=1
    ServiceBinary=%12%\usbser.sys
    
    [Strings]
    MFGNAME="Uniden Corporation"
    MFGFILENAME="Uniden_usbser"
    INSTDISK="USB2UART"
    DESCRIPTION="Uniden Serial Port"
    UsbSerial.DriverDesc="Microsoft USB Serial Driver"

    You'll have to turn on test mode to install it (or maybe not), afterwards, it should work with test mode disabled since only Microsoft's official signed driver file is loaded.

  6. I don't remember the last time Firefox (up to 52.x versions) or its derivatives, namely Moonchild Productions' offerings (not aware of anything I'd consider better), haven't actually leaked memory, regardless of OS or hardware acceleration on/off.

    Good luck with "optimizing" and let us about the positive results, I think the failure has the high probability unless you're better than all the programmers that came before.

  7. On 5/29/2021 at 6:29 AM, Wunderbar98 said:

    If someone is a math whiz for the registry entry or knows an easier way to figure this out, such as a freeware utility for Windows 98, please let me know, thanks.

    Coded a quick tool to read it, run it from DOS prompt.

    win9xinstdate.zip

    AIDA64 Extreme isn't free, but there's a trial version that reads it. Currently latest version 6.33.5700 still runs on Windows 98, but you need to download ZIP package.

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  8. 3 hours ago, Mr.Scienceman2000 said:

    what hardware it was? How much ram, what cpu, gpu, hdd etc. I had exactly opposite experience on my systems and never had those issues. Sounds you had no proper video drivers/ones provided were bad or just bad luck.

    Intel Celeron 2,00 GHz (eventually overclocked to 2,5 GHz), 256 MB RAM, eventually upgraded to 1 GB, NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440, HDD - unknown Maxtor 60 GB, which eventually had to be replaced, got a 80 GB model then, this one died at one point as well, don't remember the year, but the entire timespan of that computer's service was 2001-2009.

    Thinking about it now, I don't think it was actually that slow, it might have been just my crazy expectations, probably that disk just couldn't fetch data fast enough for everything to open instantly plus there was this quirk, taskbar always remained frozen for at least a minute after startup. And we ran a freaking anti-virus then, first Norton AntiVirus 2002, then switched to ESET NOD32. The stupid old me surely didn't think of that, I was disabling services, even COM ports in Device Manager, but not an antivirus. Though NOD32 was supposedly non-intrusive.


    Anyway, the only speed related optimization that I'd do on XP is running TCP Optimizer. Windows XP and below are tuned for slower internet connections and there's no automagic function adjusting parameters dynamically. Find some website with higher resolution images and watch how fast they are appearing before and after.

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  9. I used to disable services many years ago on old PC that ran XP, but I wasn't impressed. Was much happier with results from overclocked CPU and GPU.

    XP appears inherently slow in some areas. Not long ago I was decompressing files from external USB HDD to internal HDD, some FreeArc packed stuff. The overall impact on computer responsiveness was great. Note that the destination disk wasn't even the one containing the OS.

    Was browsing the internet (at the slower pace, page loads being delayed by few seconds there and there) and when I wanted to restore minimized KeePass to look something up in my KeePass database, watched its window sloooooowly repaint (cca. 7 seconds). It should have been instant.

    Then there's Direct3D. Anything D3D that runs in a window will slow down as soon as a single pixel intersects with another screen that is not the one it was bound to. Maybe the D3D problem still exists on Vista/7 with XPDM graphics drivers? Don't know about that case.

    XP being XP I guess.

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  10. I copy URL bar content and if I paste it back, the copied URL is pasted. But if I paste it in this very form, where I'm typing this message, the site title is pasted. If I use the link insert form, then URL is pasted in the URL field and site title is pasted in Link text field. Anyone got the name of this feature?

  11. On 5/22/2021 at 3:43 PM, Tonny52 said:

    Control System is gone

    You mean "System" from Control Panel? You can open it through the context menu you get if you right-click on it. Or the normal way through Open-Shell start menu if you have Control Panel displayed as menu.

  12. Yeah, those bars are stored as images in your theme's .msstyles files, so if you find a full Windows 7 theme and apply it, they'll change.

    You can modify your stock C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero\aero.msstyles with msstyleEditor and only alter those bars and save the file under different name. The bar images can be extracted from Windows 7's aero.msstyles (or any win7 imitating .msstyles file for newer OS that has ripped 7's resources, just have to find such theme on DeviantArt or wherever).

    When you save any theme in Windows, the file is created under %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes where the path to .msstyles file must be adjusted accordingly and then tell Windows to reload it, but before that can be done, utility like SecureUxTheme is needed to be able to load non-signed .msstyles files.

    That's the way that doesn't involve paid software.

  13. I tried RTSS on virtual machine this time as I'm not in native install ATM, I tried both May 2020 (your kernelbase.dll was revised with this update) and May 2021 cumulative updates and they don't seem to be an issue. I can try the native install next time with those updates, though I doubt it'll be any different.

    Didn't really do anything to get it working, it just works.

    On 5/19/2021 at 1:32 PM, Jaguarek62 said:

    This is the crash dump:

    OK, that is the log entry. I noticed I didn't add a link to documentation in my previous post - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/wer/collecting-user-mode-dumps - that's how you get the dump file.

  14. 21 hours ago, Mr.Scienceman2000 said:

    Have you changed ignotion coils and timing chain/belt?

    Yup, they're not older than 3 years.

    21 hours ago, Mr.Scienceman2000 said:

    And misfire should be resolved as soon as can or may permanent engine damage

    Well, crap...all seemed nice and dandy after February's mechanic visit.

  15. 13 hours ago, Mr.Scienceman2000 said:

    you have likely never driven Saab 900 turbo or old Volvo.

    True, but I was involved in an accident many years ago as a child. My mum drove then shiny new Volvo S40, a model made in 1999, we were going out from the home neighborhood and she got out on the intersection to the main road too early as the speeding Renault 5 was driving down the main road, the speed limit on that road is 70 km/h. The driver couldn't stop it in time and we were hit from behind. Not much was felt, there was just a loud bang. Renault was totally kaput on the front side, the driver was OK I think, Volvo only took slight damage.

    13 hours ago, Mr.Scienceman2000 said:

    What year car you got?

    2001 Volkswagen Polo with 1.0 petrol engine.

    13 hours ago, Mr.Scienceman2000 said:

    Do you have excess fuel use or lack of horsepower? For example car is not stable on idle or to accerelate.

    I'm not sure about fuel consumption because I don't have information about its consumption history before I got it in 2017. Some guys from some not really car specific magazine gathered information about fuel consumption from approval tests of 25 most common cars around these parts in 2016, the consumption of the petrol cars ranged from 5.97 to 8.01 liters per 100 km. Mine is about 6.3 liters (only if we can assume petrol stations' pump gauges are trustworthy). My everyday routes are quite ideal though, mostly highway, so the engine can run at constant speed most of the time.

    The only oddity I noticed this spring, it happens occassionally that the engine loses its breath for a second or two, when the RPM goes down a bit. One time it happened, CHECK light also blinked. This car required replacement of ignition cables couple of times in the past, the current are about 3 years old, maybe it's happening again?

    13 hours ago, Mr.Scienceman2000 said:

    One other thing that may trigger error light is dirty injection system. Not always catalysator unless you got exact ecu error code. If code wont point to catalysator I would recommend unplugging that battery for while, get fuel injector cleaner and add it to petrol.

    Alright, I also read that light could mean many things, so I guess I'd need to buy one of those diagnostic tools and figure out where the heck to plug it in to get the exact code. Quick searching suggests it's somewhere under steering wheel.

  16. On 4/21/2021 at 8:55 AM, Mr.Scienceman2000 said:

    And peoples say buying new car is good for climate and safer than old ones...

    There are hints that the time may come when old cars just won't be acceptable anymore due to emissions. Regarding safety, do they mean crash resistance? Renault 5 does fall apart rather easily. :P What about the bulkiness of many modern cars? Is it all about safety standards, something about being easier on the unlucky pedestrians if they're hit or are there other reasons?


    Does anyone have an experience with CHECK light? Mine's been on for years, it was said there's nothing to worry about. It stays off for a day or two after yearly mechanic visit and on a very rare ocassion, when it may decide to stay off for few days. It seems not a single year passes when the mechaninc doesn't find anything to fix. I didn't get around asking him what he thinks about that light though.

    So the manual says it's about emission control system and the description that something's wrong with the system for driving the engine and that the car should be taken to official manufacturer's workshop. Then I read on some site that the most radical and expensive solution might be replacing catalytic converter and one of the easier solutions that could work was to pour in a can of Cataclean fuel additive and eventually reset the warning light, which you can supposedly do by unplugging the battery for several minutes. Now I wonder if that Cataclean is actually good for something. Also, the gas stations here all have the text on the pump that says their fuel cleans the engine. :dubbio:

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