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Anonymous 18/04/13(Fri)08:06 No. 22539 ID: 8773b5 [Reply]
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my computer's clock is always wrong now.

running windows 7 pro on a vaio laptop, fully current on updates

set to correct time zone, set to automatically synchronize with time.windows.com

I go into settings and go "update now", and the date and time are correct. and then after a little while I look and the time is wrong again, as if it had been set back a bit.

the same thing happens if I manually change it to the date and time I have on my watch.

I noticed this started happening when the computer blue screened on me for the first time on this installation windows. I've narrowed the blue screen issue down to an external sound card with a flaky power connection.

mainly use the computer to just brows internet, no other big apps running usually when I notice the time being wrong. notepad, malwarebytes sits in the system tray as well as avast and ccleaner.

computer stays powered up -- time changes seemingly on its own.
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Anonymous 18/07/03(Tue)20:51 No. 22564 ID: a23fad
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Try replacing the cmos battery.


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Anonymous 18/08/02(Thu)01:41 No. 22567 ID: 53f505

Have you tried switching it off and on again?


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Anonymous 18/08/10(Fri)23:41 No. 22568 ID: a870df

I know OP is long gone but I encountered a similar clock issue so I thought I'd share.

I encountered a couple systems which, when shut down, would stop incrementing their clock. The clock would stay fixed at the time the system was shut down at. When next powered on the time would start incrementing again but you had to sync to an SNTP server to get it to the correct time.

Solution was to re-flash the BIOS, including boot block. Replacing the battery or wiping settings wasn't enough, the entire flash chip had to be wiped and re-flashed.

So OP could try creating a DOS USB drive, copy the DOS-based flasher onto it, then use that to wipe & program the flash. Windows-based flashing didn't work, had to be done from DOS.

If it works look into locking the ability to write to the BIOS, sometimes there's a setting in the BIOS, other times it's a jumper on the board.




Anonymous 18/07/19(Thu)22:54 No. 22565 ID: 41dc9b [Reply]
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Got a 2+ GB movie I want to take and make a webm out of a 1 minute part.

Best webm maker to do this? online services won't do because the file is too big.


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Anonymous 18/07/20(Fri)08:06 No. 22566 ID: 87a10b

https://gitgud.io/nixx/WebMConverter




Hard Drive Anonymous 18/05/08(Tue)02:05 No. 22551 ID: 81bd02 [Reply]
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I recently bought a Gateway DX4375-UR22. It came with a 1 terabyte hard drive. I turned it on, and it booted up using Ubuntu. Me being me, I stupidly decided to take it apart. I put it back together, and now there is a problem with the hard drive. Everything else works fine, except for the hard drive. The drive is a Seagate Barracuda 1000 Gigabyte. I decided to try it in another computer, but the other one does not recognize it as a drive. I tried putting a hard drive from another computer into the Gateway to see if it would boot, but no luck. The seagate drive spins, but it is not transferring data or being recognized. Can I save the drive? How can I boot up the computer?


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Anonymous 18/05/09(Wed)20:07 No. 22552 ID: a870df

Buy dock:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CE65C4W/

Plug dock into second system.

Verify it sees the drive. Remember that if you're booted into Windows that it won't see ext partitions, you'll have to go into disk management to see that the disk is present.

Does the gateway see the disk from the other computer in the BIOS/UEFI? You may have connected the SATA cable to the wrong port when you put it back together, some OEMs have odd eSATA ports on the motherboard that look like a normal SATA port but have to be enabled separately in the BIOS/UEFI as they're meant to be cabled to a eSATA port on the back of the system (but are only present in some models - the rest share the same motherboard but lack the back connector and cabling).




Chan thread watch not working on 4chan anymore? Anonymous 13/12/17(Tue)10:34 No. 20881 ID: 90f18e [Reply]
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Chan Thread Watch seems to have stopped working on 4chan.

Anyone have some idea on a fix? (Or an alternative app?)

It's still working on other sites. (like 7chan, and p4c)


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sage 16/10/05(Wed)18:00 No. 22216 ID: 335dd5

>>22214
>>22215
luv thred. we gay


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Anonymous 16/10/05(Wed)19:12 No. 22223 ID: 3b9920

>>22222


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Anonymous 16/10/06(Thu)00:07 No. 22226 ID: 5a53ee
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Thunderstruck Anonymous 16/07/31(Sun)20:45 No. 22140 ID: 6b9abe [Reply]
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So, apparantly thunder struck down in the area I live in, I had pulled out all the equiepment from the outlets, except for my router because I forgot. Should I be worried something might have been damaged or would it have shown by now? The router is connected to a switch and two computers. Everythning seems to be working fine but im kinda worried since the ligthning apparantly broke stuff for other people. Also do surge protectors really work if lighning strucks? Maybe I should consider buying some.


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Anonymous 16/09/09(Fri)00:10 No. 22170 ID: 1bbee6

Consider upgrading your electrical service panel so that it protects your house from surges.

Surge protectors are fine but they wear out. The service panel upgrade is really expensive but you can get your insurance to help mitigate it


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Anonymous 18/04/15(Sun)21:02 No. 22544 ID: 84326b

>>22143
a decent UPS is great for stable power, but rarely is it actually "CLEAN" power. it'll probably even tell you on the back that it's output has an amount of harmonic distortion to it.

if what you plug in has its own switching power supply (smaller AC adapter [not the larger heavy ones that use a transformer], computer, etc), then it should be fine, but anything that actually requires a proper 60hz/50hz sine-wave like an AC motor or something might suffer.

here's a guy talking technical about the UPS mention here >>22144 I believe:
https://www.halfgaar.net/apc-ups-cs-650-review

tl;dr
need need actual clean power? have to get an actual line conditioner.


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Anonymous 18/04/16(Mon)12:47 No. 22545 ID: a870df

>>22544
Back-UPS models work the way he describes.

Smart-UPS models always run off the battery. Think line conditioner on steroids.

The downside is that if your power company is shit you will end up replacing the batteries every couple years, because every power event gets either sent to or pulled from the battery.

The upside is they're lead acid batteries that can be bought everywhere and not just from APC. Find a local battery store and the likelihood is they'll either have your battery in stock or you can special order it for 50% or less of what APC would charge.




Defraggomg a "My Passport " drive. Anonymous 17/06/30(Fri)01:05 No. 22480 ID: 4ae916 [Reply]
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I have an external WD My Passport 2EE2 USB external drive and was wondering if I could use PerfecDisk Professional to defragment it?
I haven't really found anything that says either way.

Perfectdisk also says it will defrag SSDs but I am a little leery.


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Anonymous 17/06/30(Fri)06:52 No. 22481 ID: e339bd

You can defrag an SSD but it's detrimental because every block is equally fast as any other block and you're just going to cause additional wear on the SSD (because the SSD controller decides which block presented to the computer gets mapped to which block of flash memory, so you're not moving blocks to a contiguous block of memory unless the SSD controller decides to do it - for its own reasons).

I don't have any idea what a 2EE2 drive is, and Google doesn't either. If it's a hard drive then you could defrag it. If the drive is connected over USB 2 and it's 1TB or larger you will be defragmenting that SOB for days, possibly even weeks (WD's first 2TB 2.5" drives were as slow as they were fat).

You don't have to pay for any special software, Defraggler is free and does a fine job, as would the defrag included with Windows. I stopped paying for defrag software when Norton left DOS behind and you should too.


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Anonymous 18/04/15(Sun)20:37 No. 22543 ID: 84326b

depending on how much data you have on the drive, one quick and dirty way to defrag that I've done before is to just:

copy everything off the drive
re-partition and format the drive
copy everything back




Anonymous 18/03/18(Sun)21:21 No. 22532 ID: 77d2bd [Reply]
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A couple months ago I got drunk as fuck and stole a Macbook from a frat house. I immediately factory reset it once I got home. Can it still be tracked?


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Anonymous 18/03/21(Wed)19:56 No. 22536 ID: 195cb2

Yes, but only if you run OS X or connect the recovery partition to the internet (to, for example, factory reset it).

That's because iCloud lockouts occur based on the motherboard serial number. When you connect it to the internet it checks the motherboard's serial number against the systems in iCloud that are scheduled to be locked out. If the serial number matches an earlier lockout request, your system gets locked. If the theft was reported it could also be tracked by authorities in coordination with Apple using the same iCloud servers, which all OS X systems will connect to to get OS updates and App Store downloads and everything else Apple.

Safest is to hold down option at startup, stick a flash drive containing Windows or Linux installation in, and use that to completely wipe the internal drive including the recovery partition. Then run Windows or Linux on it from then on.

Source: At my job we've hunted down idiots who stole Macs from us and turned the info over to the police, who then arrested the idiots and returned the equipment to us. Occasionally we get calls from pawn shops who the idiots sold the equipment to asking us to unlock them, at which point they get placed in contact with the police and do the eternally happy dance of minimum wage pawn shop employees who are caught in possession of stolen property.


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Anonymous 18/04/04(Wed)17:00 No. 22537 ID: fc52cd
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Just launch iTunes, switch to audiobooks, and let it self destruct.


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Anonymous 18/04/15(Sun)13:24 No. 22542 ID: aaabf4

>>22533
If you're not going to use it why not return it?




Anonymous 18/03/03(Sat)05:58 No. 22527 ID: 1d1dfa [Reply]
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not sure if right place to post, trying to get a demonoid invite, just wanting to not wait a week per torrent due to poor seeds


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Anonymous 18/03/08(Thu)01:22 No. 22530 ID: a870df

Demonoid is back?

And it's not being run by the RIAA/MPAA/FBI? How sure are we of that?




PC-Doctor Anonymous 18/01/07(Sun)16:52 No. 22506 ID: 6b9abe [Reply]
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So, I have stumbled upon a pc-doctor-USB. Are there any kind of hardware locks on them? Or would copying the whole thing to another USB work?
Im not talking about all those free programs, im talking about the real pc-doctor that companies use.


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Anonymous 18/02/03(Sat)12:52 No. 22512 ID: 6b9abe

>>22511
Thank you, thats kinda what I was wondering about. You dont need any kinds of codes or serials to use it. So far ive been using it with my computer disconnected just to be sure.
I guess sharing it online would be a bad idea then.
I have no idea how the serial work though, you can boot directly from the USB.


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Anonymous 18/02/03(Sat)12:53 No. 22513 ID: 6b9abe

>>22512
By that I mean that it can be used by anyone, but I suppose they dont care since they can still find who owns it?


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Anonymous 18/02/04(Sun)05:47 No. 22514 ID: 96f033

>>22513
It's possible they sell it without any kind of serialization, but for a product that starts at $329 it's kind of unlikely. I've had $100 products that require entering a serial number to unlock the device before booting the first time. After the first boot it was written to the drive so no entry required.

Do you care if the company who bought it gets in trouble? Its not like they could stop it from working offline.

I would also try dd'ng it to another drive and making sure it actually boots and functions before sharing any images of it. Its possible they could check the USB drive manufacturer code and if it doesn't match it'll detect the difference and fail. Don't want to look like a fool AND have whoever bought it get in trouble.




Anonymous 17/12/05(Tue)23:19 No. 22504 ID: 4ae916 [Reply]
22504

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Intel driver support assistant tells me I have 1 update.
- but It doesn't say what it is or how to apply it.
Does this program automaticity install the update?
or what exactly do I need to do?


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Anonymous 17/12/13(Wed)00:56 No. 22505 ID: a870df

I installed the latest version and after much whirring and trashing of disk it told me an update was available. I scrolled down the page and it showed me which device needed to be updated.

So I guess... scroll down?




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