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  1. happens even on machines that dont have any special color profile installed, and tried your instructions to remove the custom profiles on machines where they existed to no improvement. excellent suggestion though.
  2. When viewing an image with transparencies, the Microsoft Photos App, the default viewer in Windows 10, images look washed out or otherwise display incorrectly. During active resize of the Photos App window, the image shows correctly, but as soon as the resizing stops, the image is back to its washed out look. This is a major problem for designers proofing to unaware recipients whom just think that the image looks poor. This is not Switchable Graphics issue, as was able to reproduce on machines with Switchable Graphics, with Discrete Graphics, and with Integrated Graphics. I created a bug report on the windows feedback hub here, with enough upvotes there, hopefully microsoft will fix the problem: https://aka.ms/AA6ityt The images display correctly in other softwares and on webpages. The problem is that the Photos App is the default image viewer in Windows 10. It's not a good fit to tell every design recipient "hey make sure you aren't opening this in the Photos App" and then that becomes a whole discussion placing doubt in the mind of the client. I have tried the reset Photos App, and even remove/reinstall the Photos App. Affects all up to date Windows 10 machines that I have access to. I can change the default viewer to another software for my own use, but that doesn't improve the recipient's situation. For own use there's also the ability to re-enable the legacy photo viewer - but that's a bad move due to the legacy viewer's inability to properly reproduce gamma and colorspace, that's why it was deprecated and again doesn't help the recipient's situation. transparent images in win10 photos app.mp4
  3. an answer sent to me a bleepingcomputer fixed it. manually downloading the cumulative update KB4522355 which deprecated KB4517389, got windows update to the point of "up to date", ergo usocoreworker no longer persisting, which was preventing sleep.
  4. recently found that my computer hasnt gone to sleep on its own in days. noticed fans were not at idle either. opening task manager performance, found that cpu is at constant use, ranging in about 20-30%. opened a command prompt [Win+R, cmd] to run 'powercfg -requests' and found that usocoreworker.exe was preventing sleep. usocoreworker seems to be part of the latest windows update subsystem. opened windows update to find that KB4517389 was stuck at 98% downloading. in command prompt, i ran 'net stop wuauserve' and 'net stop bits', then i emptied the contents of the %windows%/softwaredistribution/downloads folder. in command prompt ran 'net start wuauserve' (which had already restarted on its own) and 'net start bits'. went into windows update, KB4517389 was found and completed, "restart to update" indicator appeared on the power off in start menu. rebooted. "cleaning up" came on the screen prior to OS. in OS, in command prompt, ran 'powercfg -requests' and usocoreworker was still there. reopened windows update and KB4517389 was in a loop of: getting ready, downloading, installing, completed, getting ready.. so i paused windows updates for 7 days. now usocoreworker was gone from 'powercfg -requests' and cpu usage dropped. now the computer goes to sleep as it should. Hopefully enough folks will have the same issue that Microsoft will push a fix for KB4517389. Any other suggestions to get past this update loop?
  5. My kid got me a wireless headset for my birthday. They're great. They only connect to one source at a time. The better bluetooth adapter is in my main machine, so I hook the headset to it. While the main machine is busy chewing on projects, I have a 2nd machine that i use for netflix. I currently use a 3.5mm audio patch cable from the 2nd machine headphone jack to the mic-in on the 1st machine. System volume is at 50% on the 2nd machine, and on the 1st machine the mic level is at 1, with boost set to 20, with 'listen to mic' enabled. That gets 95% of the crackle out of the line between the machines, and normalizes that feed. I'm not striving for zero latency or audiophile grade capture. I just would like to have 1 less cable across the desk. Can a bluetooth link be established for audio between 2 computers? If so, how? Once I achieve that, then I'll drill down into multiple BT connections at once on my 1st machine. The bluetooth platform promised a PAN (Personal Area Network) which I have yet to experience in practice. Thanks in advance for any direction.
  6. i am looking for real world recommendations on a 6+ port usb 3 hub. prefer externally powered. the ones ive tried either work great for about 2 months then fail or have major issues from the beginning, such as ports not working above usb 2 speeds (even when only a single drive is in use). i have an inline usb power meter ive used to verify i am not overloading the hubs ive tried. so many RMAs..
  7. my kid wants to play games on steam with me, but finding a kid friendly (pre-teen) games has become a larger challenge than i anticipated. To the parents out there, what games do you and your kids enjoy playing? I know that disabling all in-game voices is a must, and would have to NOT have in-game chat, or the ability to turn that off. we've worn out the wii games, which we didnt have to worry about the titles we had purchased. Specifically looking for no nudity, scant-clad skins, innuendo, foul language, horror, gore, excessive blood, or death focus. Nothing like having the pit-chief AI of the rally racer cursing at your kid..
  8. greenshot - screenshot and editor getgreenshot.org ultraedit (suite) - code editor, code comparison, code find, a really powerful suite ultraedit.com filmora scrn - screen recorder and lite video editor, great for tutorials wondershare.com snipboard.io - ever been in support chat and the other side "doesnt have email or file upload"? , drop images on snipboard.io and copy the link to chat. traystatus - simply see in tray what your numlock status etc is, no ads or nags. I HATE logitech Options and also my keyboard didnt have a numlock indicator light. uninstalled Options, snipped the cable in my m720 for the lower thumbswitch and installed traystatus, no more steam crashes or win10 failing to reboot due to Options crashing. traystatus.com one i would like to find a replacement for: linkexaminer - finds errors in a site and generates a concise report. last updated in 2009 and doesnt support https urls. analogx.com
  9. i recently installed filezilla 3.45 and thought the queuing seemed slow. so i did a queue all of my server and timed it, repeated this several times. it consistently took about 30 minutes to queue it all. i uninstalled 3.45 and installed 3.6 (oldversion.com) and ran same test. 3.6 consistently queued it all in about 20 minutes. a 10 minute slowdown to perform a single site download is awful. can some settings be changed to get the 3.6 queuing speed out of 3.45?
  10. It's not a knock your socks off rig, but a max out of what we started with, an education project, and my kid hasn't taken an interest in gaming on steam yet. Hp 505B MT (Narra6 mobo) Athlon II x4 645 3.1Ghz 8gb (2x4) DDR3 1333Mhz (HP bios shows 0, but windows and memtest86+ find it all) Asus GTX 750Ti 2gb GDDR5 [Aliexpress.. VGA, Hdmi, DVI] (had to cut down shroud) [mV +31, limit 100%, Core Clock +201, Memory Clock +200] Kingston V300 120gb ssd [boot] Toshiba 2.5" 1TB 5400rpm 128MB 7mm sata III [storage] WD 3.5" 1TB 5400rpm 64MB sata III [local net share] TP-link Gigabit PCIe Network card StarTech 5.1 PCI Surround Sound Mailiya PCIe USB 3.0 2+2 card (upgraded front usb to 3.0) HP 15-in-1 multi-card reader (custom front mount) Evga 450 BT power supply ZEXMTE USB Bluetooth 4.0 CSR MPOW 059 Bluetooth headset Logitech HD C270 HP DH16AAL lightscribe dvd-rw Windows 10 Pro CoolerMaster Fans Toshiba 46" Regza TV Looks bone-stock from the front/top/sides (other than the usb3.0 blue ports, and the little area of black paint i did to cover where i accidentally scarred the gloss front while cutting-in the card reader. The fans rarely ramp up to audible levels, the machine's day job is ingest station, local network share, ftp server for printer's scanners, and netflix. Proof you don't have to break the bank for HTPC, data handling, and casual gaming (non-ultra settings). Plays MarioKart Wii via Dolphin (I own the Wii and the disc) with WiiMote, and Minecraft each very well. Let me know what you think. Suggestions for a next tweak?
  11. I have had the best experience thus far with VirtualBox out of the many VM solutions I have tried on Windows (despite its XP-esque GUI styling). But please, change my mind - what is your go to VM solution, and why? Which one gives you the easiest snapshot, restore, and network isolation.
  12. I have an HP envy that included a Kleer (KleerNet) audio transmitter. I have not been able to find any headsets (headphones + mic) that say they will connect to this laptop. I.e.: sennheiser makes Kleer headsets, but they are configured to use only the sennheiser transmitter which is externally powered with an audio line-in. I would like to buy a headset that connects to the Kleer transmitter in this laptop. I have tried bluetooth headsets, but there is too much delay in the audio for gaming. Alternatively, if i could find a bluetooth 4.0 module to fit in place of the bluetooth 3.0 module that is inside the laptop, perhaps that would remove the delay? I have considered replacing the bluetooth module anyhow due to the ability to use my m720 mouse without the usb unifying receiver - but I have not seen any performance lag comparisions of bluetooth vs. usb unifying receivers.
  13. The always vibrate route may help some folks. I've tried it, but even with custom vibrations per notification type - for me it was difficult telling things apart and i couldnt hear it from any distance beyond being on my person - if I even noticed it then. But that's a ME issue. The smart watch solution is a good idea. I've watched several LTT reviews of bad android watches, but dont recall any as being recommended. Is there a particular brand or model you would suggest looking at first? I do plan that in time we will gather a voice large enough to get the android dev team's attention to re-add the feature, but until then, I may have to learn to wear a watch again Thanks for the feedback.
  14. Understood, however not all devices can be rooted, some folks lack the capacity to root their device even if it is possible. The stance of "it's not important to me therefore it must be irrelevant" is exactly the challenge that users affected by this feature omit are up against. There are many forum posts at many different vendors' sites about this very issue, but with no support channel in place to actually reach the android development team, there is no way to quantify how many folks are actually affected. i.e.: people posting about this at samsung dont gain any traction: it's an android issue, not a samsung issue, samsung is not the place to post about it, and samsung isnt going to gather that feedback and give it to the android dev team. rinse and repeat for every vendor of android powered devices on the market.
  15. We're not asking for an either/or setting, youre correct some folks will want the sound in headphone only. we are not asking for feature add, but for a feature reinstatement that existed in past android versions. Here are some use-case examples in response to your question: When working, i do not constantly have my earbuds in, so that i can hear my child, but i leave the earbuds plugged in so that i can quickly take a call in-ear while being able to continue to work a keyboard. This in effect silences my device, and i miss timely messages. I am loosing business because my alerts will not sound when a text/email come through. I am a HVAC service technician and am always in noisy environments. This is a big problem and needs to be solved quickly. I have used android since android 2.0 and this is by far the biggest problem to date. I also work for a local housing authority and receive my emergency on call via text. Some of our tenants have serious medical issues and this problem "COULD" possibly cost someone there life if I don't get notified in a timely manner. I cannot hear notifications from my phone when my Bluetooth headphones are connected. My headphones are the LG Tones and rest around my neck when not in use but remain connected so that I can answer a call or listen to audio at a moment's notice.
  16. I do not disagree with you there. The issue is not that the sounds play through the headphones. the issue is that with Pie the sounds can ONLY play through the headphones. In previous versions of android, the routing could be specified to: 1. headphones 2. device speaker 3. both . Everything is good when you have headphones in, or are sitting in your car, or are near your bluetooth speaker. But if you lay your phone and earbuds on the counter, or get out of your vehicle, or walk yourself/device away from the speaker - the notifications are inaudible. The problem is with the inability to set the user's routing of the notification sounds. that ability was stripped out of Pie.
  17. Android Pie severed the ability to have notification sounds (sounds other than a call ringtone) play over the device's speaker when corded/bluetooth headphones/vehicle are connected. So if say you have headphones connected, any notification (other than a call) is inaudible if the headphones are not in/on ear. There is no support channel I can find to submit this OS fail to Android, and I have started this petition, but in my limited circle, it hasnt gotten very far yet. http://chng.it/4WV6Dsdr I have likely oversimplified the explanation of the ramifications of the issue here. It is a major productivity killer. Does anyone here have suggestions? I have not been able to root my device, nor do i really want to go there and do that.
  18. I am trying to find a single partition tool (paid isnt an issue) that can handle setting primary, active, boot, and can properly modify extended partitions. I have a quad boot setup: (xp, win7, win10, cublinux). I have some hardware that requires the older OSes for their software and i am trying to get rid of some older failing pcs and put everything on one pc. if win10 isnt on the drive, xp will boot. if all installs are on the drive, if i use grub2: win7, win10, and linux will boot. if i use win10 bootloader, all technically boot, but xp halts at the splash screen. standalone sector by sector cloning to facilitate the trial and error of this process has wrapped the extended partition (that started around linux) around all partitions except the xp partition. gparted cannot handle the primary and active parts. other tools either cannot handle linux partitions or cannot see the extended partition at all. some tools wildly misinterpret extended partition. I cannot run chkdsk /r on the xp partition as the pc i am moving to has a sata controller that causes the drive not to be found by the cd. I am working in a MBR platform. I am not asking for debugging on the quad boot setup, but i am hoping to be directed to a better gui partition tool. I know what the end-result layout needs to be, but have no means to get there.
  19. What is the black tape used in laptops to cable manage wires to the board? When doing laptop repairs, mainly re-doing thermal paste, the tape that is used to cable manage on the motherboard doesn't re-stick well. They seem to be fabric backed. The best guess i can find is automotive wire loom tape. electrical tape will not stay adhered, and i refuse to use scotch tape. My concern using the automotive tape is the adhesive being too strong during later removal, damaging the board or leaving residue.
  20. why isn't bluetooth 4.1, 4.2 or 5 mainstream in usb dongles? there are 3.5mm transceivers and pci(e) cards that spec up to 4.2, and headphones that spec 4.2 . I have found nearly zero bluetooth 5 peripherals.
  21. found how to get msi afterburner to unlock the core and memory clocks 795/925. now i get 17fps out of furmark, and a full 30fps out of just cause 2. oddly enough, despite the increase in the memory clock, the actual memory clock usage only goes up to about 270Mhz. Is this normal for built-in gpu to not use the full memory overclock?
  22. wow, so after accidentally finding a post in another forum, it seems that the setting for "powerplay" must be turned on in catalyst control center, otherwise the radeon locks the card down to its minimal settings, way below the default. now running furmark, i get an "astounding" 14 fps, and gpu-z shows the gpu core running at 600mhz, but the memory clock only gets up to 216mhz. So now i just have to find a way to force the memory clock up to the default 800Mhz, and I should be in business. I am searching for memory clock tools for this radeon, which may be an ATI instead of an AMD..
  23. @Tristerin yes the drivers are loaded for the radeon, the driver in use is 8.882.2.3000 and the radeon bios (which i'm not sure can be upgraded), is BR41055.001. In the computer's bios, i have things set to fixed switching, meaning that per the selection made in catalyst control center in the OS, either the intel or the radeon is in use for everything (the other option in bios of 'dynamic' would be auto-switching per program window in the OS). so for the screen shot tests above, i select the intel card, confirm the card is the only one in use via device manager, and run the test. then i select the radeon card, confirm the card is the only one in use via device manager, and run the test. fwiw, i just re-encoded a video file with nero recode on each graphics card. with seemingly the same fan spin on each run, the intel got up to 73C while radeon never got above 58C. I would almost suggest there is some damage to the radeon card, but there is zero instability in the laptop. It's like the radeon just never tries. edit: per the gpu-z graphics card tab, the gpu clock is set to 600Mhz (the default) and the gpu memory is set to 800Mhz (the default), which is what afterburner read, but when i go to the gpu-z sensor tab, the clock reads 100Mhz and the memory reads 81Mhz. Afterburner read those as a constant 600 and 800 respectively.
  24. @Tristerin attached is screenshots of afterburner after running Just Cause 2 ingame benchmark for just over 2 minutes. intel on the left (setting up steam was logged prior to the benchmark run), and radeon on the right. just watching the fps numbers, the intel stayed around 9fps or better, where the radeon stuggled to stay at 6fps. the intel was much further along in the benchmark at the 2 minute mark than the radeon even got to.
  25. @xAcid9 the gpu clock is set to 600Mhz (which is the default) and the memory clock is set to 800Mhz (which is the default). i additionally found and ran FurMark, and the intel and the radeon both averaged 3fps, with the radeon temp occasionally bumping 50 Celsius, but spending most of the time at 49 Celcius.