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Tomcat76

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  1. A bit bizarre that I can't find any info on this online. I am passing on a couple of hard drives to someone else and want to test them but don't wan't to spend more time on it than necessary. I'm currently going with CrystalDiskInfo (SMART info), HD Tune (error scan, if 2TB or smaller) and HDDScan (short and extended self-tests). Passmark DiskCheckup is only used in case HDDScan fails to complete an extended scan. Is there a difference between an extended self-test and HD Tune's error scan? Can one of these be eliminated?
  2. @UCyborg Yup, it's working fine. This is what the exported .reg file looks like for the Ribbons screensaver (handy as a one-time activation on other PCs): Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] "ForceScreenSaver"="REG ADD \"HKCU\\Control Panel\\Desktop\" /f /v \"SCRNSAVE.EXE\" /t REG_SZ /d \"C:\\Windows\\system32\\Ribbons.scr\"" @jaclaz I wanted to avoid referencing an external file (.reg, .cmd, etc) in the Run command to keep it as simple as possible.
  3. The Windows 7 PCs here regularly lose their screensaver after a reboot. The name/value with the screensaver name is missing from the registry when that happens, so I want that name/value to be re-added upon every system boot. I can put a REG ADD command in a CMD file and have it run from HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, but I was wondering if it's possible to avoid the CMD file and have the REG ADD command directly in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. I can't seem to find anything on this online.
  4. On a new install, after setting the theme to Windows Classic, I just run this .reg file. There are different versions floating around the internet but this is the one I'm using. You may want to backup the Colors and WindowMetrics subkeys first. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager] "ThemeActive"="0" [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors] "ActiveBorder"="212 208 200" "ActiveTitle"="10 36 106" "AppWorkSpace"="128 128 128" "Background"="58 110 165" "ButtonAlternateFace"="181 181 181" "ButtonDkShadow"="64 64 64" "ButtonFace"="212 208 200" "ButtonHilight"="255 255 255" "ButtonLight"="212 208 200" "ButtonShadow"="128 128 128" "ButtonText"="0 0 0" "GradientActiveTitle"="166 202 240" "GradientInactiveTitle"="192 192 192" "GrayText"="128 128 128" "Hilight"="10 36 106" "HilightText"="255 255 255" "HotTrackingColor"="0 0 128" "InactiveBorder"="212 208 200" "InactiveTitle"="128 128 128" "InactiveTitleText"="212 208 200" "InfoText"="0 0 0" "InfoWindow"="255 255 225" "Menu"="212 208 200" "MenuBar"="212 208 200" "MenuHilight"="0 0 0" "MenuText"="0 0 0" "Scrollbar"="212 208 200" "TitleText"="255 255 255" "Window"="255 255 255" "WindowFrame"="0 0 0" "WindowText"="0 0 0" [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics] "AppliedDPI"=dword:00000078 "BorderWidth"="1" "CaptionFont"=hex:f5,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,54,00,61,00,68,00,6f,00,6d,00,61,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00 "CaptionHeight"="-270" "CaptionWidth"="-270" "IconFont"=hex:f5,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,90,01,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,54,00,61,00,68,00,6f,00,6d,00,61,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00 "IconSpacing"="75" "IconTitleWrap"="1" "IconVerticalspacing"="-1125" "MenuFont"=hex:f5,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,90,01,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,54,00,61,00,68,00,6f,00,6d,00,61,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00 "MenuHeight"="-270" "MenuWidth"="-270" "MessageFont"=hex:f5,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,90,01,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,54,00,61,00,68,00,6f,00,6d,00,61,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00 "MinAnimate"="0" "ScrollHeight"="-240" "ScrollWidth"="-240" "Shell Icon BPP"="16" "Shell Icon Size"="32" "SmCaptionFont"=hex:f5,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,bc,02,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,54,00,61,00,68,00,6f,00,6d,00,61,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00 "SmCaptionHeight"="-180" "SmCaptionWidth"="-180" "StatusFont"=hex:f5,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,90,01,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,54,00,61,00,68,00,6f,00,6d,00,61,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\ 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
  5. My previous attempts were on my "old" XP machine, which I haven't disposed of yet. I now tried WUMT + wsusscn2.cab from July 2020 on my "new" XP machine: it failed too. Even more curious: the wsusscn2.cab from December 2019 failed on my new system as well. EDIT: I did some more testing on a really old XP system (Preshott 3Ghz). BOTH the December 2019 and the July 2020 are working on that machine! All three machines have Avast and are converted to POSReady 2009, so those can't be the source of the problem. PC1 - Intel X58 - XP Pro SP3 ENU VL July 2020 file fails Dec 2019 file fails PC2 - Intel H55 - XP Pro SP3 ENU VL July 2020 file fails Dec 2019 file works PC3 - ATI RS400/RC400/RC410 - XP Pro SP3 NLD OEM July 2020 file works Dec 2019 file works Could it be the license type?
  6. My WinXP is UK. Windows Update Agent files are version 7.6.7600.256, except wuweb.dll which is at 7.6.7600.257. As per Md5Checker 3.3, the MD5 for the downloaded wsusscn2_sha1.cab (July 2020) is a match. The December 2019 wsusscn2.cab (WBM link provided by max-h), on the other hand, does work with WUMT. Its MD5 appears to be BE65CE3E77B7EF1EFDEB112A95495607.
  7. @caffeinepizza That wsusscn2 file and WUMT program are the same that I have and produce the same error. Interesting update packages, though. Thanks.
  8. If I run Cert_Updater_v1.6.exe, after being asked if I want to update the certificates, I receive following error message: Title: Windows - No Disk Message: Exception Processing Message c0000013 Parameters 75b6bf7c 4 75b6bf7c 75b6bf7c No matter which button I click, the error message keeps coming back. The only way to kill it is to open Task Manager, kill the error message and then kill the utility. EDIT: I tried the utility on two other XP machines with success. The PC I tried it on first probably has a borked up Windows install.
  9. As Dave-H, I can't get this to work with WUMT. I'm using WUMT 20.12.2016 on Windows XP SP3 (POS Ready 2009). I renamed the cab to wsusscn2.cab and placed it in the same folder as the WUMT executable. Error message: An error has occurred: 0x800B0100 No signature was present in the subject I wanted to try this with WSUS Offline Update 11.9.1 ESR, but I can't figure out where I'm supposed to put the cab file, and if additional steps need to be taken as the official documentation specifies the program is downloading and using the cab from Microsoft or from Github.
  10. For my current project, I'm assembling a slightly older-gen PC (era Z270/X299), though I guess this question applies to systems of any era. I will be using a dedicated graphics card regardless of whether the CPU has built-in graphics, but does it make a difference in terms of stability whether I use it in combination with a CPU with graphics built-in or one without graphics? I'm sure that an i7-9800X or i9-9900X (Skylake-X Refresh) would give me better cpu performance over an i7-6700K (Skylake) or even an i7-7700K (Kaby Lake), but I'm only wondering about stability.
  11. Thanks. I did some further testing now. Updating Serpent to the latest build (20190330) didn't change anything. I them compared certain prefs in about:config with my Firefox 47.0.2 install that I thought could be related (font settings, etc.) and made some changes, but nothing helped. Next, I installed New Moon 28 build 20190330. Same issues. Lastly, I installed New Moon 27 build 20190330. Now I'm finally getting clear font rendering on coolblue.be. This New Moon version doesn't support HTML5 video, so I installed the LAV filters: problem with embedded YouTube videos appeared. Then I tried the Primetime plugin... the fuzzy text on embedded YT videos is a little less fuzzy, but it is still. Is this info somewhat helpful to a developer? If of interest, here's an example page: https://www.coolblue.be/en/product/795031/philips-fc9745-09-powerpro-expert.html There's a big green button "Add to my shopping cart" on the right hand side. On initial page load, Firefox 47.0.2, Firefox 52.9.1 ESR, Serpent 52, New Moon 28 and New Moon 27 display its text correctly. But as you scroll down the page, that button becomes part of a new, fixed header at the top of the page. Here, FF47, FF52 and NM27 display the text normally, but Serpent and NM28 make it fuzzy. Interestingly, if I hover the button with my mouse, the text suddenly becomes clear. Also, in Serpent and NM28, black text is not really black but a very dark shade of gray.
  12. As far as I know, I only have legacy addons. But some of them don't work with older versions of Firefox. Should I consider New Moon to be at the level of FF28 in this regard? For me, the default value for gfx.content.azure.backends was "direct2d1.1,cairo" so I left it alone. I swapped "skia" with "cairo" for the other pref. No difference, though. Meanwhile, I found out that Dailymotion videos are affected by this as well. I just checked my Firefox 47.0.2 install and those prefs are still set to their defaults -- "direct2d1.1,skia,cairo" and "direct2d1.1,cairo" respectively -- and I don't have the problem there. So it's probably something else. According to extensions.ini, these addons are incompatible: Open in Browser 1.18 UAControl 0.1.3.1.1-signed.1-signed RightToClick 2.9.6 I need those, unfortunately. Thanks for the tip on media.ffvpx.enabled. I'll try that.
  13. I was wondering if there's a webpage explaining the differences between those FF incarnations. I have a couple of questions I was hoping to answer myself, but it seems I will need to turn to the community for extra information. I have tried Serpent for the past couple of days so my observations are based on that. 1. Does New Moon support the same addons FF52/Serpent does? 2. I wanted to compare the Primetime plugin to the LAV filters, but it seems Serpent already has built-in support for h.264. Using the built-in filter, I noticed some artifacts with YouTube videos when paused and accidentally hovering the video controls bar. But if someone tells me these built-in filters are the least taxing on memory, I will learn to live with it. 3. The biggest problem I've come across so far with Serpent is that text appears fuzzy in certain places, as if anti-aliasing is not in effect. a) Embedded YouTube videos When the video is playing and I hover the mouse over the video, the video's title as well as the time indicator in the controls bar appear fuzzy and are barely readable. When the video is paused, the video title and time indicator text is clear and crisp again. Everything is fine when watched on youtube.com. This problem doesn't appear to be there in FF 52.9.1 ESR and FF 47.0.2. b) Google Maps Caption text and tooltips ("Satellite", "XX photo's", etc.) are fuzzy. c) On a product page on coolblue.be, some text appears fuzzy during scrolling and it remains fuzzy for about a second after I stop scrolling. Some text in the fixed header is always fuzzy. 4. In terms of "long-term" memory footprint, Serpent seems to fair quite a bit better than FF 52.9.1 ESR; it takes quite a bit longer before it reaches 1.3GB and completely stalls. It's still nowhere near FF 47.0.2, though, which allows me to browse heavily for several hours. The main reason I wanted to move away from FF 47.0.2 is that it won't allow me to login to Flickr anymore ("Grass is always greener" error), even after spoofing a more recent version of Firefox and Windows. 5. One of the biggest problems with FF 52.9.1 ESR is that it won't allow me to scroll a very large Facebook Photo Album all the way to the bottom; at some point, it will freeze and eventually crash, even if it's the sole window/page that's open. I have yet to try this with Serpent.
  14. Strange observances with FF 52.9.1 ESR... * on the Troubleshooting Information page (Help > Troubleshooting Information), most entries are blank. * opening Troubleshooting Information causes the firefox.exe process to not be released from memory after Firefox is closed. * on one occasion, I had a crash leaving the Troubleshooting Information page open. *** EDIT *** Nevermind. This is caused by me using junction links for Firefox's appdata folders. Apparantly Firefox doesn't like that too much once there are addons installed.

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