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  1. Guys, chill, I mean it, don't worry about me. I swapped the RAM and I haven't had any bluescreen ever since, so all is well what ends well and yes, it was a problem with the RAM after all, so thanks to everyone who pointed that out. I'm happy with the answer, we can safely close the topic.
  2. Correct. The reference contact person is Weolar and the builds are provided by him to the companies who purchase the extended support afaik. I'm very very very lucky to be one of the people that receives those builds, but of course they're private and I cannot share them, however they do have some bugs. Anyway, they run just fine on Windows XP SP3 x86 without the need to use One Core API.
  3. Not exactly the best solution, but when I wanna download something from YouTube I use JDownloader2 which is running using Java and it's cross platform. It's still updated regularly and it still runs on the latest XP supported version of Java just fine. This is not an accident, but rather a nice coincidence given that JDownloader2 is cross platform and therefore supports all OS capable of running Java, including a wide variety of Linux distro which are running a very old version of Java, which is why it still works perfectly fine on XP at every update. As for the FFMpeg libraries it uses, I'm of course using Reino's fork that he regularly publishes on Doom9 and that have been already mentioned in this thread. As for things I wanna watch on my PC without downloading them, with M108 (the chromium fork), all videos work, including VP9 ones and AV1 ones as they're royalty free codecs whose decoders are included/embedded in chromium however they all run via software decoding due to the nature of the XP compatible versions of chromium. Nonetheless, for anything up to 1920x1080 60p software decoding on a quad core is fine. I don't of course expect it to be playing 4K or 8K footages via software decoding on a puny 4 cores CPU, but realistically most of us probably have a FULL HD 60Hz display anyway, so we're gonna be more than fine for the time being.
  4. Damn, I'm really sorry to hear that 'cause these RAM sticks (ironically also HyperX) are actually 8 years old and I was emotionally attached to them... I will try running a memory test through it, though, but if you say that it passed it then I don't know how reliable that can be...
  5. Hi there guys, I was doing my usual stuff when suddenly I got the following bluescreen error message: STOP 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0xB9D17E94, 0xA7664FF0, 0x00000000) fltmgr.sys - Address B9D17E94 base at B9D11000, DateStamp 480251da I rebooted and it seems to be working fine but I'd like to know what caused this issue. I looked for a MEMORY.DMP file in C:\WINDOWS, however the only one I could find is a 1.9GB one from 30/07/2017 which means that it's not the one of this latest crash. BlueScreenViewer also doesn't report anything at all which leaves me puzzling a bit... I wasn't doing much, I only really had 3 different RDP sessions opened to computers in my local network and that was pretty much it, really...
  6. Well I don't know how things are nowadays, however I remember using Freegate back in the days and their intention were actually not bad: it was a free proxy run by a non profit organization (NED - National Endowment for Democracy) to allow people in censored countries to be able to browse the web freely with a U.S IP Address. I personally used it to watch Hulu (back when Hulu was free).
  7. Thank you @AstroSkipper for the build, I installed it and it works like a charm!
  8. Interesting! I'm currently still using v2.3.18 which is the last officially supported one, so if the patched 2.5.4 version you're using works reliably well I might use it and ditch v2.3.18. I found the source code and the XP guide (https://openvpn-for-windows-xp.sourceforge.io/), so perhaps this weekend if I have time I'll try to setup the environment and build it, however if you already have a trusted build feel free to send it over.
  9. Same here, including occasional bluescreens caused by the driver.
  10. Yep RDP also works as long as Network Level Authentication is disabled, which is totally fine for an internal network, but I wouldn't dare to use it over the internet (public network) in the wild nowadays... (unless you're asking for troubles, that is). Out of curiosity, are you using RDP without NLA over the internet? O_O I'm personally using Anydesk for remote connections over the internet (public network) and RDP for internal connections between computers in my house (internal network).
  11. Yep, I use Anydesk all the time ever since Team Viewer left us stranded. It has been working reliably well and I'm really glad that it still does.
  12. Ah, I see... Good to know. This also means that the net market share stats for Windows are gonna be completely screwed, nice.
  13. No it doesn't as anyone can request commercial support to Weolar afaik: weolar@miniblink.net I'm not sure whether a private user can buy the commercial support and the versions he provides the companies with or not, but it's definitely worth trying and after all I wouldn't see why he wouldn't. For those looking for his GitHub account, it's here: https://github.com/weolar
  14. This is because the original developer of that version of chrome goes by the name of "Weolar" who is selling official support to companies around the world. Official private builds don't have restrictions like a timebomb. I don't know whether the build got released publicly or if it was leaked by someone, but assuming the first case, I think (but this is speculation) that making one build freely available to the public helps attracting commercial support, but again I'm just speculating here. All I can say is that I've been one of the very lucky people using the official private builds for quite some time (M76, M92, M108) and I reported several bugs which, eventually, got fixed, although I found some regressions in M108 which is the last one I've got (that's right, I haven't received M115 yet). One of the regressions is that if you have the "Save as" to ask you where to save the file that you download instead of saving them automatically to the download folder, it "forgets" the filename, so that it opens the prompt but there's no file name there. That bug was introduced in M92 and it got fixed in later releases but somehow got reintroduced in M108. About M108, it got several releases as the first ones led to a memory leak but that got addressed in later versions of that release (the last being from June 2023 this year). Another issue has to do with the timing and the handling of sampling in the input devices like the microphone that leads to unpleasant artifacts, crackling noises etc. This has been reported by other people (and not just me), however it never got addressed, unfortunately. It affects all version from M76 to M108. One thing you may wanna do is change the user agent, though, 'cause by default it spoofs XP as Windows 10 to the various websites. This is how I created the shortcut on my desktop, though: C:\Programmi\Chrome\chrome.exe --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/108.0.5359.125 Safari/537.36"
  15. Telegram still works on XP. Sure you'll have to use an older version and you're gonna get an annoying banner begging you to upgrade your OS, but it still works. Older versions of the TeamSpeak client can also be used as long as the server is also relying on an old version.
  16. Given that a while ago the discussion about email services was brought up, upon logging in to my Gmail account today I've got a big fat warning: "Basic HTML will be discontinued by the end of the year. Switch to the modern version now otherwise you'll be switched to the new version automatically in January 2024". So, for everyone who has been using the classic HTML display version of Gmail using the browser, it looks like we're gonna be forced to move to the new, bloated, totally unnecessary Javascript version soon. That being said, I have no idea yet how it's gonna behave with the Roytam's browsers, but I wanted to put it here so that it's not gonna catch anyone by surprise. Still, I'm very much against this Google's decision, but well... we can't really complain about a free service I guess...
  17. In my spare time I follow Dave Plummer's YouTube channel where he talks about various different things, mainly about his days at Microsoft many years ago (he's a retired Microsoft employee and, for those who didn't know, he's also the creator of Task Manager). Anyway, he visited the IBM lab as recently as last week where they're making new modern mainframes and long story short they're still relying on Windows XP on some of their equipment (albeit the embedded version): In the video, he said: "and here's where I discovered that they're relying on an old friend, something I've worked on, Windows XP. That's right, their stations still run on Windows XP. I guess when you absolutely, positively, need your fill station to work every time you only rely on the very best". for those who are curious about the video, you can go to minute 16:35
  18. Thanks! That did the trick. I backed up the original ACPI.sys in a safe location on my disk. Then, I swapped acpi.sys both in C:\Windows\system32\drivers and C:\Windows\dllcache with the latest one and indeed it worked: I'm now running on version 5.1.2600.7777.8 and everything seems to work just fine. I even tried to use the ACPI Shutdown command and the PC received it just fine and shut itself down. Looks good. Yeah, this is an old installation, so I probably won't benefit from the upgrade, but it was nice seeing that XP reacted well and played nicely once I used the new ACPI driver. The battery % also looks good Thanks for the suggestion, I'll keep it in my utility section.
  19. Right, yeah, it brought back the original one: Is there a non so brutal way to update the driver?
  20. Gotcha! I don't see an inf file, though, do I just swap it with the one in C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers ? EDIT: Well, after backing up I did exactly that and nothing bad happened so I guess it's working xD
  21. I downloaded the package out of curiosity and I can see it going up to 23 - acpi 7777.8 - 2023.04.17 - A5x11+A5x03 which I assume it's the latest one. Out of curiosity, what's the difference between this and the original ACPI implementation available on XP?
  22. Yes, Windows98 indeed supports ACPI, however this is a very very very old installation and the initial setup didn't really install the ACPI support. Reinstalling isn't really an option as I keep it alive (cloned and virtualized) mostly for historical reason as it being my (almost gone) childhood OS from my first PC. I tried the post-install ACPI registry trick, however it sadly didn't work and the CPU was still being used at 100% when it wasn't doing anything. Rain has been my go-to for quite some time (actually many years) as it was indeed executing the HLT instruction when the CPU didn't have anything to do, thus keeping the fan quiet and not wasting unnecessary current, however in the resource monitor Rain was being displayed as the one always using 100% of the CPU (albeit running the HLT instruction) which was one minor inconvenience that always bugged me a bit. Now, with AMNHLTM, the solution is much "cleaner" as it's just a vxd file and once you install it, it just performs its job. No skewed % in the resource monitor, no toolbar indicator/autostart program (unlike rain) and it works like a charm. Indeed, if people can make the official Win98 implementation to work it would be better, but for those who can't for whatever incompatibility reason, this is probably the best solution.
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