A hardware-related problem (including driver problems) on the local computer that does not depend on other computers in a network

Power switchability of SSDs

Tue, 2017-10-03 12:03 by Sebastian42 · Forum/category:

I'm very confused about the phenomenon of power switching to HHDs. I present below the symptoms in three PCs in the hope someone can make sense of it for me.

USB Hard drive not seen in file manager

Fri, 2017-03-10 17:27 by Karol · Forum/category:

I use a USB external hard drive Western Digital WD Elements. it was O.K., during one session it suddenly stopped working. i connected it to an other computer, there it's recognized but isn't seen in file manager. the icon in control panel exists and the properties say it works good but still i can't use it.

Only one channel outputs on the earphone jack and USB

Wed, 2016-02-24 11:43 by Karol · Forum/category:

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad S400, WIN 7, built in Realtek sound card.
on the internal speakers it's fine, but on the 3.5mm jack, and also from an external USB sound card it seems that onle one channel, the L or R, is playing

How to Prolong Lithium-based Batteries

Tue, 2014-06-10 16:38 by admin · Forum/category:

This is an excellent article, explaining in detail what exactly does and does not wear out a lithium-ion accumulator. Highly recommended, if you want to know what you can do to extend the useful life of your battery.

Read the complete article at Battery University

Camera microphone

Fri, 2012-11-30 11:11 by Karol · Forum/category:

I bought an internet camera with a USB cable, no microphone jack, but it has a built in microphone.
I attached an external microphone to the computer with a banana jack, but the sound is still recorded from the camera microphone.
How to transfer the sound reception from the USB of the camera to the microphone jack?

Drive isn't recognised in Explorer

Sat, 2012-11-24 18:24 by Karol · Forum/category:

I inserted another hard drive into my computer, but connected it through a switch to the power supply.
The drive is connected to the motherborad, just like the main hard drive, which holds the operating system.
This is to prevent viruses, etc', since i intended to switch it on only for backup.
At the beginning it worked even when the computer was on, i mean when i turned the switch on, i saw the backup drive in the browser and could transfer files to it, but now i don't see it anymore, even if i shut down the computer and restart after switching on.

Sound skips and plays slow and distorted

Sat, 2011-12-31 16:19 by onelucky7lucky7 · Forum/category:

Problem first occured when iTunes was installed, years ago. Sound skips, plays slow and disorted. Spend many hours trying any and all options. Just found this solution and I can now play my music. It was quick and easy. Thanks so much!

RAID at home

Sun, 2011-08-21 09:18 by admin · Forum/category:

This is a report of some experience with RAID 5 in the home.

We started out here with a HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 controller that does part of its work in hardware, but relies for another large part of its duty on an elaborate driver.

The idea is fine and should work much like a pure hardware RAID controller, if only it had the same quality. But there are some obvious problems, like:

  • This kind of controller is not used much in the professional area and therefore gets less scrutiny and testing.

Car navigation by smartphone

Fri, 2011-05-13 18:50 by admin · Forum/category:

So you want to use your phone while driving. Good idea! Smartphones are excellent navigators. Google Maps has by far the most timely and the most accurate traffic information and dynamically routes you around traffic jams. If your time is valuable, you have hardly any choice but to use it.

But first you may stumble over two problems.

1. Where to put it

The three good ways to mount a smartphone in your care are these:

a) A suction cup windshield holder

b) A vent grid holder

c) A glue-to-the-dashboard holder

Blank disks reported as not blank.

Sat, 2011-03-19 12:16 by Teltoons · Forum/category:

I recently formatted my Hard Drive & reinstalled Windows XP. Now, when I insert a new CD or DVD disk I'm given false information about the Disk(s). I click on My Computer...right click on Dvd Drive (D;)....Properties. Here's what I see. A blue disk (Drive D:) Used space...0 bytes 0 bytes
Free space...0 bytes 0 bytes.

Why ?
Grateful for any help.