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Meet & Greet! / Life will be beautiful again
« on: November 07, 2020, 10:04:58 AM »

LandzDown Lounge / The last poster is the winner
« on: October 18, 2020, 05:04:55 PM »
This is a new game.

We say whatever comes to our minds. The last poster, with more than 10 posts in the thread, by the end of each month, will be the winner.

One of the administrators will announce the prize.  ;)

The prize could be anything! E.g. A dedicated song, a BRAVO gif, a new computer etc.

Corrine? What do you say? Can we start the October's competition?

A friend asked me to help her with her HP Windows 10 laptop.

At start up, she gets a message that 3f0 Boot Device not found.

There are some options to start diagnostic tests, and I told her to try the long test for the disk.

She got this message: Hard drive issue SMART Check PASSED Long DST FAILED

And she gets the first error message again, that Boot Device not found.

What do you think?

Is it a hard disk failure? If yes, is it possible to recover her data?

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...

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