Design over functionality..

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The case: Logitech M600 Touch mouse and derivatives.. This is how it looks.. It has the look and feel of a polished beach pebble but, like most polished beach pebbles, it is not designed to fit nicely into a hand. It has a much lower profile than a regular mechanical mouse, so placing one’s hand […]

MSCONFIG – How many processors..

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A wrong assumption: For a while now, I have been making a wrong assumption about the ‘number of processors’ setting in MSCONFIG. I honestly believed that it was a throwback or compatibility issue with multi-socket motherboards which used to be more freely available than they are now. In the old days before multi-core CPUs, not […]

My Netbook..

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The Toshiba is now sporting the rather old-fashioned and dull Windows 7 again. It is still ploughing through hundreds of updates which have been accruing since 2009, and I feel quite sad about it. The NB250 is fiercely under-powered and awkward to use, but I think that it deserves better. But all is not lost. […]

Windows 10 on the NB250.. More driver issues..

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The Windows 10 Toshiba NB250 partnership looks like it may be coming to an end, and with it of course my participation in the Windows 10 Insider program. I will be a little disappointed, but I am not laying blame anywhere. The NB250 never had manufacturer support beyond Windows 7, and I never thought that […]

Windows 10 on the NB250.. It all came crashing down..

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It all started with an update for the Wi-Fi adapter which returned a BSOD stating a problem with athwb.sys. Windows 10 wouldn’t let me beyond this, so I had to look for a repair. Windows 10 wouldn’t let me do that either because it claimed that there was no administrator account, even though the ONLY […]

Wi-Fi woes.. Updated

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Having taken delivery of the Intel Wi-Fi adapter late this morning, I set about making changes and had decided to install it into the Lenovo and was greeted with a message which made it very clear that the machine did not like its new part. There was no option to do anything other than close […]

Desktop fun.. I love desktops..

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The big one: Speedfan was telling me that internal temperatures were on the rise in my production desktop, so it was time to take a look inside. It weighs a proverbial ton, and lifting it up onto the desk is awkward to say the least. Opening the side reveals an all black interior which makes […]

Important Note February 2015..

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This relates to the problem of getting Windows 7 images since the Microsoft servers are no longer running and to solutions that you can use… What the website says: Important Note February 2015 The download servers msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net, msft.digitalrivercontent.net and azcdn01.digitalrivercontent.net have been taken down, and all Windows OS downloads have been pulled from the Azure […]

Wi-Fi stuff..

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The antenna parts I bought for the HP M9500Y desktop have been fitted and are working well. You might remember me telling you how the previous owner of the machine appeared to have cut the original antenna to within around 2cms of the adapter, and that it was doing anything other than working as it […]

TigerDirect is going, going….. Updated

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The company appears to be in trouble, and is closing almost all stores across North America. There are rumours that TigerDirect will return to a B2B (Business to Business) model, which kind of suggests that retail and e-tail will be only a memory. it’s a bit of a blow for me because a store opened […]

Windows 10 – Where is it going?

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I am batting partly off the article in the link below.. http://www.computerworld.com/article/2896755/microsoft-pledges-to-pick-up-the-windows-10-update-pace.html#tk.rss_all How I see it: Microsoft knows full well what it has to do. Windows 8 left the entire desktop user base in the lurch when it first appeared, having no usable start menu, lots of fairly useless and less than memorable apps (at […]

Windows 10 – a Netbook driver issue

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It’s all about the touchpad this time. The touchpad works fine, in fact everything does, but the Toshiba supplied Windows 7 driver  driver includes an option to disable the touchpad if a USB mouse is connected in Windows 7 but not Windows 10. While other Toshiba supplied Windows 7 drivers have worked, the touchpad driver […]


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