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by Yan
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

derFunkenstein wrote:
For everyone sad about the lack of TR system guides, I'll shamelessly plug this one


Excellent, thanks!
by Yan
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD burn-in software for Windows?
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: HDD burn-in software for Windows?

You mean something like Linux's badblocks? Free or commercial?

I've seen praise for SpinRite, but it costs USD 89. I usually simply use badblocks under Linux.
by Yan
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: "0patch" program
Replies: 5
Views: 726

"0patch" program

0patch claims to install live patches to Windows 7 and Windows programs, and in particular to provide patches after Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7. It's free for personal use. This is a good idea in principle, but the devil is in the execution. This review (three years old) isn't very favoura...
by Yan
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

So obviously replacing the RAM helped, but wasn't enough to solve the problem. Did you check the new RAM by running Memtest86 or Memtest86+ overnight? If it fails, try putting the RAM in a different slot. As I mentioned, you might want to consider whether it's worth replacing your computer piece by ...
by Yan
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

We all agreed that your RAM is defective. Did you replace it?

You probably also have other problems, but if you didn't replace your RAM, then do that before we go to other things.

At this point, you might want to simply replace the computer. How old is it?
by Yan
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Glucowise
Replies: 209
Views: 7762

Re: Glucowise

just brew it! wrote:
TBH I'm LESS inclined to lock this thread, now that he's specifically requested it... :lol:

Serves him right.
by Yan
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

Run mdsched.exe to run Microsoft's memory diagnostics.

Try just one stick of RAM, then the other.

Run Memtest86+.
by Yan
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

Does this help? https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Fo ... mgrgeneral

I don't think this has anything to do with your freezes, however.
by Yan
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

Post the ETW trace synthtel2 mentioned the next time your computer freezes.
by Yan
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Crayon Shin Chan wrote:
I really don't appreciate these brainless '3 top ways' article types that Renee has been putting out, and it's especially telling that she disables comments for all of these.

If you can make a comment about anybody's post except one by the editor-in-chief, well, draw you own conclusions. :-(
by Yan
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

synthtel2 wrote:
Running without D: is a solid next step. The SSD's performance looks reasonable to me, given it's a very low-end drive to start with.

Yes, any 240 GB SSD that costs CAD 44 is obviously low-end. ;-) I hadn't noticed that.
by Yan
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

I think that you are right about D being defective. Do you recommend me unplugging D and using the PC with only C and seeing if frezees still ocurr ? Actually, the results show that your drive passed the test. If it had failed, there'd be something in the column "WHEN_FAILED". But in my e...
by Yan
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

It's pretty clear that your D: drive is defective, and that could cause the freezes.
by Yan
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

Try running CHKDSK with the /R option on the D: drive: CHKDSK D: /F /V /X /R The speed for the C: drive is slower than I'd expect. Can you run Crystal Disk Mark on the D: drive? Can you download smartmontools (file smartmontools-7.0-1.win32-setup.exe), install it, and run it with smartctl --test=lon...
by Yan
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Glucowise
Replies: 209
Views: 7762

Re: Glucowise

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
https://nutritionfacts[.]org/2017/08/10/reversing-diabetic-blindness-with-diet/

The only reference to anything is a note in an anonymous patient's file, so it can't be checked anyway. How convenient. :o
by Yan
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Glucowise
Replies: 209
Views: 7762

Re: Glucowise

just brew it! wrote:
"MAKE YOUR OWN FULL MOON WATER IN 5 STEPS TO CLEANSE AND EMPOWER YOURSELF FOR THE MONTH AHEAD"

Wow, how could I have missed that. That's literally loony. :o
by Yan
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Two possibilities: 1) nobody (it was a blind copy paste); or 2) the new owners and/or editor. Neither choice bodes particularly well... It's copied, with very minor changes, from Read Write , where Renee has two articles. I assume there's a link between Read Write and TR's new owners, because other...
by Yan
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Glucowise
Replies: 209
Views: 7762

Re: Glucowise

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
And here's more hope for diabetics: https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/

Astrology and throat chakra stones: looks like a reliable site for health advice to me.
by Yan
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

I still have a few ideas. ;-)

First, follow wirerogue's advice here to check that TRIM is on.

Second, check Task Scheduler (in Control Panel, Administrative Tools) and see if the freezes happen to occur when a task is scheduled to run.
by Yan
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

This is a bit of a shot in the dark, but what are your power settings?

In Control Panel, do Power Options.If you have Balanced, choose High Performance instead.
by Yan
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

A thing i realised after opening Resource Monitor, where can i found information about freezes in case they happen ? When a freeze happens, see if anything unusual happened, e.g. processor or disk use suddenly changed. Since this happens a few times a day, you shouldn't have to wait long to see if ...
by Yan
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3444

Re: My pc freezes randomly. / help ?

You're not giving us much information to work with. How often does this happen: 10 times a day, once a week, once a month? You don't say what OS you're using, so I'll assume Windows. Run perfmon , right click on "Monitoring Tools", and choose Reliability Monitor. You'll probably see errors...
by Yan
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I ESPECIALLY suggest reading about new Dell XPS on these subreddits or forums - a total disaster in terms of cooling which was mentioned even in review on site like Notebookcheck (they still had to give it a high review score because they receive free review samples from Dell and cannot be overly c...
by Yan
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Glucowise
Replies: 209
Views: 7762

Re: Glucowise

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
The weird part is that these websites are based in Indonesia and Malaysia, respectively. Could this be a scam? Anyone willing to find out?

Of course it's a scam. It's probably not dangerous, bur useless.
by Yan
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Pagey wrote:
Sorry, but to quote Chekov

Pavel or Anton? ;-)
by Yan
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

Yet you appear to be manufacturing a point of contention that was never previously mentioned by anyone. How is that helpful? I think that Srsly_Bro is right. Sweatshopking is surely correct when he says that "Renee was shocked and hurt by the reaction she received here", and it's easier (...
by Yan
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

I hope Renee doesn't think that we are upset and lashing out that it somehow has anything to do with her gender. Gerbils haven't been shy about what's upsetting them. They've mentioned at least 16 specific problems with the site, as well as general disapproval, in reaction to her introductory post....
by Yan
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1461
Views: 56454

Re: Something's different...

sweatshopking wrote:
I know that Renee was shocked and hurt by the reaction she received here.

To be fair, the shock and hurt were reciprocal.
by Yan
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Source for system guides
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

Source for system guides

What's a good source for system guides, like the ones Tech Report has, or used to have?

Just planning in case I have to change sources. :-(
by Yan
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Is it possible to enable Ready Boost on secondary drive?
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: Is it possible to enable Ready Boost on secondary drive?

Ready Boost was designed for systems with very little RAM, 1 GB or 2 GB. It won't be useful on a system with 16 GB of RAM.
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