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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 14, 2014, 01:54:15 PM
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 11, 2014, 09:10:25 PM
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 11, 2014, 08:54:09 AM
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 09, 2014, 06:57:22 AM
Check if your BIOS has 'Fast boot' enabled. If so turn that off. Now the hard disk has more time to spin up properly and your BIOS might be able to detect it the first time around.

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 09, 2014, 06:40:40 AM
Was the laptop used (not by you) to connect it to a beamer? And forgot to put the original video configuration back?
Not having real experience with Vista, so I am not sure it automatically readjusts output to the Notebook monitor when it detects the beamer isn't connected anymore.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 08, 2014, 10:58:43 PM
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 08, 2014, 10:57:35 PM
Great summarization IanB.

Delayed write failure errors only occur when a device isn't responding in the allotted time to signal the file system that the write action can take place.
And there are many reasons for this to happen and have been already discussed. However, these are practically always hardware related (in my personal/anecdotal experience at least).

Are the systems also properly cooled? All the time? Are you sure?
The reason I ask is that here in Paraguay there can be very high ambient temperatures. Because of that I need hard disk cooler, which are screwed on the bottom of the drive and have 2 fans on it (one to blow air onto the device, the other to suck the hot air away). Without these,  I can run these disks for only a few hours (in spring and summer) and then the operating system/file system plain simply "looses" the drive. 

Running hard disks at high temperature seriously shortens their life span and damages it in the mean time.

If you do work with hard disk coolers, are these functioning properly? A fan that is stuck or not moving smoothly draws much more power than you expect and in essence becomes a heating element...residing under your hard disk, making the drive more hot more quickly.

Do you use solutions that make any of your PC fans slow down after a while? Are these coolers perhaps connected to chassis fan connectors? (I have such crap here when people bring me computers to repair.

Software can do crazy things if the hardware supplies a '1' when the software expects a '0', When that happens on a slightly bigger scale a cascading effect occurs that makes your computer behaves erratically. With the densely packed (magnetically/electrically) hard drives of today, there isn't much margin for error anymore on the hardware side and in combination with an intertwined operating systems such as Windows those errors can create havoc easily.

You have a vague problem and it is good of IanB to ask/confirm the details of your setup. Without a good description our guesses are as good as yours  tongue
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: BYOBU - Even more fun with Screen and Tmux on: September 08, 2014, 03:28:08 PM
Here in Paraguay I get a message that says the video is not allowed to be accessed on certain sited. And the message offers a link to watch it on YouTube itself.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 06, 2014, 11:39:58 AM
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Rollback RX or Acronis ? on: September 06, 2014, 12:36:53 AM
Perhaps this [redobackup.org] is a better solution...
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 05, 2014, 01:58:58 AM
Take a look at the event viewer. Although not as extensive with information as modern versions of Windows, even the one in Windows XP should be able to give you a hint of where to look for the error.

Do these errors occur at the same time? Are the computers you mention in close proximity (for example: same housing block)? Then I would try a voltage stabilizer or UPS or high quality PC power supply on at least one of the computers and check if that makes a difference. If so, you are getting bad power from the grid, which could cause the hard disk controller on your MoBo to act up giving you these kind of errors. That could also happen when the hardware you are using is getting old or got too hot too many times. This can even create bad blocks on brand new hard disks almost directly after these are connected and used for the first time.

I have learned a long time ago that software like MHDD is much more reliable in telling you the true state of your hard disk. More so than anything else Windows can offer. Windows also keeps telling you there are no problems when there clearly are. MHDD is dangerous software to use and should only be used by people who really know what they are doing and don't mind the spartan interface. 

Where I live in Paraguay electricity can be very problematic. Now I have a Windows PC that I use as a server and it automatically reboots after a power failure. At some point in time Windows wouldn't boot at all anymore because it couldn't read/write on the registry files. After restoring working copies of these registry file by hand in the recovery console several times I got tired of it. After restoration Windows would boot, and chkdsk would fix whatever else was wrong and the system remained working until the next power failure. Mind you, there was no problem rebooting the server if stopped and started the normal (Windows) way.

Now I divide my hard disks into partitions. At least 3 but I prefer 4. In other threads in this forum I explained why (in a very opinionated way), so search for those posts if you want to know, I won't bore you with this here and now. The 1st partition only contains the Windows installation (no user data, temp files or page file) and in this way the first partition was only 5 GByte in size and still had over 20% of free space.

To solve my dilemma I shrank the second partition by 5 GBYte and move the 1st partition into the "liberated" space on the hard disk (MiniTool partition software is freely available and works very well). Now the PC starts up without a hitch after a power failure as well as the normal reboot procedure. Point is that Windows/chkdsk deemed the 1st 5GByte of the hard disk to be good, while it clearly wasn't.

Problems with flaky power grid also became a lot less after I installed the better class of power supplies in all of my PC's (80% efficiency Gold rated), much more than using UPS'es (I have 7 or 8, all of them with fried electronics (some even came from the USA)...so after a while I stopped repairing them. Too much hassle for hardly any gain (in my local situation, your location cannot be as bad as here, so use an UPS!).

$MFT is the Master File Table where the NTFS file system keeps track of the files on the hard disk/partition. The other one is a part of the Windows registry that isn't written correctly. As mentioned earlier, there are ways to restore these files from the registry, but that will require working with the recovery console. Sorry, too tired to google it for you...but you should be able to find these instructions.

Changing anti-virus software might help as well. Also, check in the Windows Device Manager if your network card and USB controller have an option enabled that allows Windows to turn these off to conserve power. If that is the case, turn this off and see if there is a difference. If so, your OS was too eager to conserve power.

Those are the first things that sprung up in my mind after reading your post. If the above works out for you...great! If not...back to the drawing boards then.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: bluetooth: folder browsing possible? on: September 05, 2014, 12:41:31 AM
When I was living in the suburbs of Asuncion, I got a WiMax based connection to the internet. But that was directional antenna, mounted on a pole that was 5 meters high and fastened to the house.

I could be wrong, but I don't think WiMax was ever intended to make wireless connection over short distances.

For the rest, after you successfully connect to another device (be it by Bluetooth or something else) only the first layer of connection/communication is established. Now the software on the device you use as controller needs to be able to communicate with the software on the device that you want to control. If that is not the case...then the software on either the controller or the controlled can't communicate with the API's both devices have available. 

To my limited knowledge software can communicate through an API and options that can be offered to the user depend on the functionality encapsulated in that API. Not all are created equally, so mileage varies a lot. Take a look at the layers in the OSI model, then you will get a more clear picture of what is necessary before software is even able to communicate between devices.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 04, 2014, 07:57:56 AM
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 03, 2014, 12:07:00 AM
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buying a 125CC Motorbike...Your Opinions Wanted! on: September 02, 2014, 11:59:10 PM
A Suzuki 'hayabusa' or Honda 'blackbird' are definitely no beginner bikes. (Yamaha very likely has a similar bike, but I don't know about, so it was omitted...sue me  tongue)
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buying a 125CC Motorbike...Your Opinions Wanted! on: September 02, 2014, 10:56:17 PM
When geared properly, you shouldn't have too much problems keeping up with traffic (highway). 250 is already a big improvement over 125 because of the wider range in acceleration and better brakes. you want that as there a lot of "blind" car drivers that do not have the capability to respond properly to your kind of traffic. Bikers that have a lot of experience driving a car are the best suited for driving a motorbike. Because you will need to drive for both the car and your bike to avoid accidents.

Driving a motorbike here in Paraguay taught me that.

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Stinking, Rotten ASUS Router Died Overnight! on: August 29, 2014, 01:20:31 AM
Sounds like there is a problem with getting the required power to the router. Open the box and check if a capacitor (or other component) blew in the section where power is converted from AC mains to the required DC voltage (usually 5 or 12 volts).

If replacement of the broken part is possible. Done that here with PC power supplies on occasion. Used a capacitor from a broken washing machine that matched the broken capacitor from the power supply almost perfectly. Been using that power supply for 2 years now. Even used parts from broken PC power supplies to fix a micro-wave as well.

You might be lucky as well. Attempt a repair only if the device isn't under warranty anymore, of course. When it isn't repairable, you at least got the satisfaction of breaking it up...
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: August 28, 2014, 09:50:02 PM
The Strain: episodes 1 & 2 and 3 woke/kept my interest, 4 and 5 not so much...but 6 is getting better again. I'll keep watching this one.
The Last Ship: I'm with Wraith on this one, much more entertaining than I originally anticipated.
Dominion: great concept, good production values...but the main actors don't bring 'it' for me.
Under the Dome: waste of time. There should not be a season 3.
Falling Skies: at its usual strength. The professor should do a new: The Librarian movie again. I always found those entertaining 1, 2, 3.
Defiance: season 2 is indeed better than the 1st one. I liked Julie Benz in Dexter, I like her much more in Defiance.
The Knick: interesting one about a New York hospital around 1920, where Clive Owen is finding the proper operation procedures we take for granted nowadays.
The Leftovers: weird one from the creative minds behind Lost. 2% of the global population disappears without any trace at the same time and we get to watch how the ones that stayed behind deal with this.

I recently finished an oldie but goodie: Legend of the Seeker (only two seasons) don't let the first appearances trick you into thinking that it is intended for pre-teens. The producers from series as Spartacus, Hercules and Xena were behind it. A lot of actors play in Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus. Legend of the Seeker is much more suggestive and uses dominatrices, while Spartacus is brutal gore and nudity. Fight scenes in both series are well done. Production values from Spartacus were better, story-wise the advantage would go to Legend of the Seeker.

As a fan of D&D I can't help but think that the story of Legend of the Seeker would translate in an awesome D&D campaign.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: August 28, 2014, 08:51:02 PM
My condolences, it is always bad to loose a furry friend. Especially when they were part of your entourage when you are going through the stages of life.

However, if time spent between you and Saffron was enjoyed by both, find happiness in your memories with Saffron. I understand she was around 20 years old...that is a long time and that couldn't have happened if Saffron wasn't happy with you, the situation at your place and life in general. So you have done your done your best for Saffron in good times and bad. What friend would want more? Although cats hide it under more layers than dogs do, they know and appreciate this.

Now Saffron is at piece, it is how it must be. Unfortunately.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CMD-commands on: August 27, 2014, 07:31:32 PM
Rob van der Woude - his webpage discusses batch commands extensively...including in which version of Windows a command works.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 27, 2014, 07:10:39 PM
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22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird issue with computer: Volume spontaneously going to 100% at random on: August 26, 2014, 07:21:25 PM
All the inconsistencies that occur with USB-based keyboards...especially when they age...make me really appreciate the PS/2 keyboard that I actively use for more than 10 years. Not one key wrong except for my ability to type with drunk fingers and a sober mind.

There are exceptions to the rule with USB-based keyboards, but not that many (in my strictly anecdotal experience).

23  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Suggested top 30 solitaire board games on: August 23, 2014, 01:51:47 AM
Not completely on-topic and I'm too lazy to look if this has been mentioned before here in the forum, but if you like board games you can also take a look at Youtube channel: Geek and Sundry

There is a section called: Tabletop where Whil Wheaton and Felicia Day play board games with a group of (semi-)famous people and/or friends. I have found this channel to be very enjoyable. Never thought that seeing other play could be fun, but it really is. Wasted more hours than I care to count playing boardgames/D&D (2nd Ed FTW!).

Sometimes there is coarse language, so if you are easily offended, you might not want to watch Whil uttering something when he's losing...again  Wink

Nice and big diversity in games being played on the show and captures the spirit of board gaming very well.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wi-Fi Turbocharge: The Future of Connectivity (From The Web) on: August 20, 2014, 09:37:29 PM
Higher frequencies are more easily stopped by most types of materials. Yes, the frequency band is less clouded...until everyone gets on board with this frequency. Can you imagine the fun when IoT starts hogging this frequency band as well?

To be honest, get me a cabled connection any day.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome and Malware detection on: August 15, 2014, 02:30:01 PM
Use 'autoruns' from the Sysinternals Suite before you install Chrome. Repeat this after Chrome is installed. There are quite some additions. One of these is Google Update. When using 'autoruns' to disable it from running when Windows starts...you just get a new entry of Google Update, that is set to boot automatically. Repeat ad infinitum.

Technically Chrome is not malware, but accompanying Google software behaves just like it. So....pot calling kettle black?
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