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WalksInSilence

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  1. I suppose it is better than having the nag surreptitiously installed as a scheduled task which is what happened with XP (Pro 32bit). I have other Win7 Pro installations and not, at least not yet, been prompted to install the "Important" nag update on them. This made made me suspicious so I've checked all scheduled tasks and Customer/Windows Experience opt out settings and am pleased to report found nothing. But just the fact the update nag has been presented as "Important" is going to make me even more careful with my update checks from now on.
  2. Today I was notified of an "Important" update: KB4524752. Checked what this small update was all about and not surprised to find it will allow to MS nag you regularly about the end of Win7 updates support in 2020. I've marked it to Hide this update but you can bet we'll get more of this sort of thing in the coming months.
  3. Windows XP supported MSE definitions updates at least until 2016 and could still be updated manually until April (?) this year. Unless MS are real gits MSE itself might not get updated after 2020 but there's no reason to suppose the definitions won't be updated. But who knows? When MSE on XP couldn't be updated via the program itself and had to be manually downloaded/installed we were given no specific warning that was going to happen. One day the definitions could be updated as usual the next day the progress bar stalled. It retried and then stalled again with no explanation. You had to Google to discover the reason. Similarly when all support for MSE on XP stopped it happened suddenly without warning too.
  4. I was going to bring up the Windows Updates issue. That 32GB recommended free space for 64bit OS mentioned by alacran is a MS joke. My Win7 64bit Windows folder is now 3+ years old and it has grown about 4GB/year, every year. The monthly Windows Updates marked as 'Important' are typically 250+MB minimum. They do not just replace they usually add so with only essential updates there is a 3GB/year reduction of free space. That is without the optional updates like MS .NET Framework which is actually required for a number of popular 3rd party programs. My Windows folder is now 36+GB, so long ago that recommended 32GB free space was shown to be a ridiculous under-estimate of what is really required. Add Pagefile.sys (default = total RAM ie. in this case 8GB) and Hiberfil.sys and that's another huge chunk of free space lost too. On my current system (16GB RAM) those two take up 26GB. The 120GB SSD which I'm also using on this this PC is shown as half full just with the OS and other system files.
  5. Question - I use Firefox primarily and have uBlockOrigin turned off for MSFN pages. I see the adverts but still regularly receive messages asking me to turn off advert blocking, why? Is it the Firefox no tracking options that are being detected? If so I only have that on for any 'private' windows I open but I do have the 'Do Not Track' signal option ticked too. Not wanting my browsing habits tracked, by advertisers in particular, is a right. It is not advert blocking.
  6. Agree ^ should be good enough for 1080p video playback but it is easy to find reviews that show you'd be lucky to get any game made in the last three years playing at acceptable fps even at minimum quality settings. That is a good indicator of Radeon Vega 3 graphics capabilities or better described as lack of capability. However that article/review above reminded me that one of the reasons I went for the i3 with Intel HD4600 graphics 4th generation CPU I use in my daily use PC was that it could get Tomb Raider 2013 playing at 25+fps. Those review figures suggest the Vega 3 graphics are considerably better so, for general use online, you can be confident it will be absolutely fine. 8GB RAM is more than you need for the purposes described but I would not skimp on that. Only change I'd make is with the SSD - more is better. I too use a 120GB for the OS and programs and if there is one thing I'd do with a new build now and the same budget is double that or more. 120GB soon gets filled and in absence of any other built in storage it could be limiting. My Crucial 120GB cost me a little more than £50/$65 which was good value 4 years ago but for that price you can buy a decent 500GB SSD now. You can get 240GB ones for under £30/$40. Far cheaper and faster than any external storage solution.
  7. That should not be happening - I've not been using a desktop that long, only about 4 years, but I bought the MB almost 3 years before I actually fitted it and finished the build. I've not had to replace the now what must be a 7+ years old CMOS battery yet, My PC is powered down every day and as I use another one too with an equally old battery. One or the other is often not receiving any mains juice for 48hrs or more. As a result of the problem with that (2) PC described when I took out the CMOS battery I used a multi-meter to check the output and it was 2.9v. Pretty much perfect despite its age. The CMOS battery in the laptop I mentioned lasted 13 years before it died reverting the BIOS back to factory default. So if your PC is eating batteries there is something not right. The usual suggestions offered are the use of cheap batteries that have been on the shelf for years or a voltage leakage path draining the battery even when the PC is shut down. The latter is very difficult to diagnose and trace apparently.
  8. Good advice but another often offered suggestion for boot problems. But how often does it turn out to be the cause? Only if the BIOS was seriously messed up on both banks enough to cause a boot problem like that described would clearing the settings by removing the CMOS battery fix the issue. The OP's description of his problem I'd be thinking overheating and the causes thereof like others here suggested back then. Clearing the BIOS settings is worth trying for sure. It was the first thing I tried in the (1) case I described, but since I had not updated the BIOS and the settings were still all factory at that time ie. 'optimised default' I did it with no real expectation of it working; and it didn't.
  9. I really just wanted to record these cases somewhere as the second, in particular, appears to be a rarity so it might prove useful to someone in the future. With threads named like this it is certain to turn up in any search results about boot problems in general. I wasn't questioning any of the previous advice at all, far from it. But it doesn't hurt to mention that the cause of a suddenly malfunctioning PC is not always going to be something serious and expensive. People need to be given a bit of hope the cause might indeed be just a loose connection or something that is not going to cost them a big wad of money for a new PSU, RAM or on whatever is needed to fix it. The PS/2 keyboard thing still has me flummoxed - the connector or cable could not have been jolted or moved, Voodoo or gremlins is as likely an explanation as anything I can come up with.
  10. I know this is an old topic but I want to add two possible other causes which resulted in a similar problem. 1). New build PC which worked fine for two weeks then suddenly gave a blank screen even before POST. No error messages or beep codes, no way to get into BIOS/UEFI or Safe Mode it just powered up. Fans, including GPU fans, HDDs and disc drive close/eject, on/off and reset all working. Cause: I eventually determined it was the cheap PCI Sound Card I had fitted, as an afterthought, that had apparently just died. With that removed the PC went back to normal as if nothing had happened. Why a sound card dying should have had such system wide effects I have no idea. 2). Same PC six weeks later, working perfectly until out of the blue it refused to boot. This time I had a beep error code but it did not correspond to any of the listed beep codes for my MB: 33 beeps/2 shorter beeps/3 or 4 beeps then nothing. Again no way to enter BIOS/UEFI or Safe Mode but PC power supply as before OK with everything spinning up as it should but nothing else happening. Cause: a PS/2 Keyboard. I have this as a rather good way of starting the PC. Many MB BIOS include this option "Start from Keyboard" or similar. What they don't mention is that it only applies to legacy PS/2 Keyboards not USB ones. You can use an USB keyboard alongside it like and other USB device but it won't work until the basic USB drivers are loaded. I'd been using this PS/2 start by keyboard option to save wear and tear on the notoriously fragile start button spring on the otherwise decent CoolerMaster case I used. Of course nobody had told me this before I bought it. The PS/2 keyboard worked to turn on the PC even with this problem so it didn't seem a likely culprit but whatever the precise cause when I unplugged it the PC started booting normally again. I reattached the keyboard and since then I've had no repeat so whatever the problem was - go figure as they say. Thing is I've done some searches and can find no reports of anything similar anywhere ever. A legacy PS/2 keyboard or perhaps the MB BIOS having some sort of temporary spat with it preventing a PC from booting. The point is that when something with such sudden dramatic effects occurs the first thing you'll usually be told on forums is that it is CPU, RAM, MB or PSU failure or something else equally serious. That is not necessarily true.
  11. I'm using Waterfox portable more and more on my newer PC and enjoying it even though my favourite DownLoadThemAll doesn't display as well as it is meant to it is at least usable. I also found a source for legacy Firefox/Waterfox plugins:- https://legacycollector.org/ and am pleased to say I now have most of my other favourites, like New Tab Homepage, installed and working again. Why that is not a standard Firefox/Waterfox new tab option I do not understand either. One thing I'm doing though is keeping copies of them and a previous portable version installer for Waterfox so that if any future version update refuses to work with those plugins I can always revert back to that older version.
  12. I have since found other sound cards which look suspiciously identical but sold under different brand names. There is one with a red rather than black PCB listed on Amazon (UK) and far more expensive (£40/$50) than what I paid (£7.99/$10 I believe) or that eBay listing. It does come with a claimed 3 year warranty though but I wouldn't take the risk I had just bought a duff example and certainly not at the price being asked.
  13. Thanks, I isolated the problem card just before you posted ...................................its not the MSI GPU. Yay! It was actually the sound card. I tried it in both the spare PCI slots with the same result. How annoying, I only fitted it at the last moment because I wanted digital optical audio output (TosLink specifically). The problem is that to get a sound card with TOSLink digital output like that you have to spend quite a bit more than I wanted too. But I guess it is an important prerequisite that it doesn't end up crashing the whole system a few days after installation and looks like you don't get a guarantee of that with a cheap card. I can not remember where I bought it from possibly the local high street tech store Maplins (UK) which went belly up a few years ago and is now only a recently returned online presence. They don't sell it now. The card is marked as "Xenta" High Speed Sound Card and came with an installer driver mini-disc for Windows up to Win 7. If it is the same Xenta company they, mysteriously, now don't appear to supply sound cards or the other card types they used to. Hmmmm - no information about the sound card anywhere so it won't be difficult for others to avoid now. Found this listing on UK eBay:- https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Xenta-High-Speed-Sound-Card-6-Channel/1723192452 After the hassle that piece of rubbish has caused me over the last 48 hrs I wouldn't even buy it at that price.
  14. I tried clearing the CMOS value first and even taking out and testing the CR2032 battery. Battery fine, just less than 3v, but it did not make any difference. Next I removed all the RAM modules, tested them. All good. So I then thought why not see what happens when none are fitted. When I heard those warning beeps on reboot it suggested, maybe the MB is OK. However it took disconnecting everything - not just the power and SATA connectors from the SSD, HDDs, DD and GPU which is what I tried to begin with. No, I had to take the GPU, sound card and a legacy landline/answerphone card out of their PCI slots too. Only when I did that and rebooted did it POST and give me VGA graphics output prompting me to load optimised defaults. After doing that I still had a few other hassles but eventually it booted to my desktop using the CPU/MB's 64MB graphics of course. I still do not know which PCI device it is yet with problem. I'm going to have test each one but my money is on the GPU. Hope I'm wrong because the other two I can well do without. I'll post again to confirm which device it was with the problem. But why should a dead or faulty card have such a suddenly dramatic affect on the whole system? What could have caused that anyway? Whatever the case thanks again all for the previous suggestions and help.
  15. Thanks. Very interesting possible explanation - the PSU is actually one of those generic ones that came pre-fitted in the CoolerMaster 330E case used. I was on a limited budget and at £50 for case and PSU it seemed like a good idea. It is more than powerful enough at 550W for the system requirements but although I was warned it could be a weak point in the build as regards power output if I wanted to upgrade the GPU I never thought about it actually partially failing. But if just the 12V rail has gone bad then it might indeed explain the symptoms. As suggested I'll try detaching the SSD, HHDs and the GPU while I'm at it - and revert to the default MB graphics output of course. My big fear is that the MB has failed but at least your idea about it being the PSU has given me some hope.
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