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Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / RAM reduced?
« on: August 29, 2020, 07:23:09 AM »
I am sure that my computer had 8GB RAM installed. It is something I am 100% sure about.

I noticed today in the Settings that the RAM installed is 6GB.

How this is possible?

LandzDown Lounge / Good books to read
« on: July 19, 2020, 07:36:48 AM »
It would be good if we shared some book titles, regarding books we have read and liked. I know that each one has his/her style but that is no matter. A good book is always a good book.

I'm starting with these:

The last lecture, Randy Pausch
Blindness, Jose Saramango
Think of a number, John Verdon
The friend, Teresa Driscoll
You choose, Phillip Tomasso

It's something started after the 2004 update (Windows 10).

Before, I was always signed in, and never needed to enter my password. Now, every time I log in Windows, I get this warning.

Any ideas to fix it?  :-\

Internet / Automatic website translation in Edge
« on: May 27, 2020, 01:03:47 PM »
I didn't know about this new Edge's feature and I like it.

See attachment.

The translation icon is at the left of the Favorites star.

Of course, you have to enable (if it's not by default) the option Offer to translate pages that aren't in a language I read.

Settings > Language > Enable that option.

Meet & Greet! / Happy Mother's Day!
« on: May 10, 2020, 03:12:15 PM »
To all the Mothers of this Forum, and to all the Mothers of the world,

Happy Mother's Day!

I was wondering why μTorrent has that μ at the beginning of its name. μ is the small Greek letter for the letter m. M is the capital letter in Greek too.

Although we often use this P2P program as uTorrent, I found that the correct name is μTorrent. The u is inserted to more easily write the μ, but it's not the same. Actually, there is no u letter in Greek. μ is for the word micro/μικρό, referring to the program's small memory footprint: the program was designed to use minimal computer resources while offering functionality comparable to larger BitTorrent clients such as Vuze or BitComet. (From Wikipedia).

I noticed that they recommend to pronounce it as mu or moo, but it's wrong. It's mi actually, like the musical note MI, or when you say Me.


Internet / SharePoint
« on: April 10, 2020, 03:28:25 PM »
Can anyone tell me about this application?

It's rather popular these days. I read some things, but I would like some more info about its usage and usefulness.  :)

Meet & Greet! / Happy Women's Day
« on: March 08, 2020, 05:56:42 PM »
Yes, no need for a day for the obvious, but this day "forces" us to think a bit more of that obvious.

To all the beautiful Women of this Forum,


Security Alerts & Briefings / About Windows Updates
« on: March 07, 2020, 08:49:47 AM »
I'm a bit confused about this:

Are the Windows updates set to be done automatically by default or not?

I noticed that sometimes, my computer downloads and installs updates, but most of the times I accidentally see about an update when Corrine writes about it, and go and check for updates. The Windows Update service is set to automatic.

Having in mind that there are many people with computers still in older versions, I wonder what is the best advice about Windows updates. Often check for updates is enough?

Is there an option to make Windows updates automatically and vice versa?

Internet / Palemoon extremely slow
« on: January 25, 2020, 09:59:14 AM »
My Pale Moon is extremely slow the last months. Not always, but there are times I can't even open a site. I thought it was my internet connection, but I noticed that Edge has no issue.

I tried running it with no add-ons and in safe mode, but the problem is there. I also created a new profile and used it, but no change.

Any idea?

Hello, LzD friends.  :)

I have a dream problem.

Some weird/bad/unlucky incidents occurred to a friend of mine. Her external disk died suddenly. She only cares about hundreds of family photos saved in there. They are valuable for her, as she lost her father recently. She took the hard disk to a technician, who tried to recover the disk's content, but unfortunately without a result. Her only hope was an old HP laptop she had, but the laptop could not even start to log in Windows. So the technician took off the hard disk, only to discover that it was a very old model (he talked about PATA instead of SATA). He can't help her because he hasn't got something for it.

My question: Can an enclosure make the job, as for normal hard drives? Can we just order the proper case, connect it via usb cable with a computer and see what is inside the hard disk?

Two models I found in Amazon (I'm searching in, as if I order from US items won't come in time and there will be also extra taxes):

Thank you!

LandzDown Lounge / Sound problem
« on: September 08, 2019, 09:21:29 AM »
Suddenly I am hearing a strange bad sound every time the computer plays audio (loud). It is like a screw that is inside the laptop and moves due to the sound waves.

What I did:

I recorded with a sound editor program (audacity) the sound from the computer to check if the sound is internal issue. The result was perfect, no problem at all. So the problem is due to something in the "environment" of the laptop. Of course I didn't use the computer to hear to the sample of sound, but another device.

I tried to open it (I did it before, when I replaced the hard drive), to see if everything is in their place, but there are two screws I can't deal with... :(

Any other ideas? I will be very  :(  if I can't use the computer for audio works, so any comment will be very appreciated...

I'm having an issue with a Dell Inspiron laptop, that I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, using the Media creation tool.

Everything went OK, all the updates are done, but the problem is the following:

When I select Restart, the computer starts, there is the Dell screen, then the Windows logo, and then a black screen (no white moving arrow). It's not the black when the computer is turned off, but it's black. What "solves" the problem: Click the power button once, the computer gets in to sleep mode, and then once more, to wake it up. After this, the log in screen appears. The log in screen appears also when I close the lid (the computer gets into sleep mode), and then open it again. In other words, the computer needs to sleep and then wake up!

No problem at all if I shut down and then press the Start button. The problem is only when I select Restart.

I already checked the display driver (Intel) checked for updates, uninstalled and reinstalled but nothing changed.

A topic I found suggests bios updating, but I'm not sure if I can do this.

So... I'm asking here for help, hoping that a simple and unexpected solution will occur, as always!

Thank you!  :)

Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday, Corrine!
« on: August 04, 2019, 08:00:05 PM »

Officially is 5th of August here, so I can officially wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


Security Software Programs / MCShield Problems
« on: July 12, 2019, 08:20:35 AM »
I'm using this free program for several years, in fact ... since 2011 when I first came here at LzD, and I was advised by Corrine to use it. It is a program recommended to protect a computer from infected usb sticks, a resident drive detector and scanner, meant not just to block the autorun.inf, but also to clean the malicious files from the drive.

BUT: Since the last Windows update (July 9, 2019—KB4507453), the program creates errors during it's run:
  • As soon as I log in Windows: attachment 1
  • When I insert a usb stick in the computer: attachment 2

In spite of the error pop up, it seems that the program does make the scan, since it says that no malware detected on the inserted drives.

Searching about this issue, I went to MCShield's forum. The language is Bosnian, so I used the Google translator, and saw that this problem started a few days ago, concerning both, Windows 7 and Windows 10 computers (page 12). So, I don't know if the Windows update is really the source of the problem or just a coincidence.

In the forum, a user says that when he pasted a downloaded vbscript.dll in the program's folder, the problem was solved. Another user says that sfc /scannow helped him to overcome the problem.

I tried the sfc /scannow, after I ran DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth (I have Windows 10, so it is recommended using DISM first, restore the Windows image, and then run sfc to fix corrupted files from the restored image), but the problem is not solved.

I also ran FRST to have a look to the errors created and got this:

Application errors:
Error: (07/12/2019 11:07:50 AM) (Source: Application Error) (EventID: 1000) (User: )
Description: Faulting application name: mcshieldds.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x51103f08
Faulting module name: vbscript.dll, version: 5.812.10240.16384, time stamp: 0xd56d6774
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00027857
Faulting process ID: 0x26b8
Faulting application start time: 0x01d53888e58e3b44
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\MCShield\mcshieldds.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\System32\vbscript.dll

Report ID: b2b23768-ac40-4aee-8d7f-bd4fd676f207
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:

I don't know if anyone of you ran into this problem too and found a solution. I like this program and I would like to continue using it. Unless there is an alternative, doing the same job.

Any ideas?

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