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AzyWng

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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3705 on: July 27, 2018, 11:06:31 pm »

While we're on the subject of drivers, any way to easily update them/know when to update them without having to every so often open up Device Manager and try to update them manually?

I'd look for any driver managing software, but they all seem super duper shady.

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« Reply #3706 on: July 27, 2018, 11:11:47 pm »

Microsoft *tries* to do this for you, with its certified drivers program...  But it is very dubious too. (often installs drivers that CAUSE bluescreens on systems that have perfectly working drivers.)

Sadly, there really is no good solution that I can suggest.
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« Reply #3707 on: July 28, 2018, 10:33:33 pm »

Oh. What a shame.

In any case, I tried updating the qualcomm whatever the hell it is driver, but it said it was already updated.

I don't recall adding anything to this laptop, so I don't think there's an add-on card to wipe off here.

Haven't seen any more bluescreens so far.

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« Reply #3708 on: July 28, 2018, 11:28:46 pm »

Normally I'd suggest deleting the driver and reinstalling it, but doing that for your network card is a bit tricky. With any luck, a later update will prevent the problem from recurring.
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« Reply #3709 on: July 28, 2018, 11:44:39 pm »

You do realize this is Windows I'm talking about, right?

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« Reply #3710 on: August 06, 2018, 01:26:26 pm »

So moving here from the WTF thread in hopes of finding a fix or something.

Today, out of the blue, my laptop started having sound issues, at first I thought it was YT or FF related but it seems all sounds are afffected. Basically, every several seconds (but it's random so it can be more or less frequent) the sound kinda glitches and does that irritating buzz sound when a program freezes or something while producing sounds.

I've looked it up online and folks seem to say that it was a conflict with the Realtek wireless drivers but messing around with those did nothing to resolve it. Reinstalling the audio drivers likewise did fuck all. I really have no idea what to do besides reinstalling windows completely, but even then I'm not sure if it'd work.

The most baffling thing tho is that it just started fucking up, I really don't remember doing any updates or any software changes in the past two days that would cause this to start today.
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« Reply #3711 on: August 07, 2018, 12:08:26 pm »

My laptop has been acting up too.

The CPU and/or GPU (they're close together and on a single heatpipe) are heating up something fierce whenever I try playing a game. One can't really hold the laptop on the lap any more, and it gets stuttery after a while. It used to run relatively demanding games without any issues. Now it gets super hot even with small, low-graphics titles and I'm getting worried about my sperm count.
The problem appeared gradually, over several months.

The fan works, the intakes and exhausts are unobstructed, and the heatpipe is attached. The copper of the pipe is blackened at the bottom, where it touches the plastic. The task manager doesn't seem to indicate any extreme resource usage.

Any ideas?
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« Reply #3712 on: August 08, 2018, 03:18:27 pm »

The black stuff sounds like burnt plastic, which might be impairing the cooling somewhat. Other than that, try replacing the thermal paste on your CPU since that could be causing issues with head dissipation as well.

Anyways, managed to fix my issue, kinda. Got a neat little program that monitors how windows processes audio and similar in real-time and if there's any latency which could cause issues like mine. As it turns out there was and it said that my most probable cause is either CPU being throttled (it wasn't) or an issue with BIOS. So I updated BIOS to a newer version. That fixed the issue pretty well it seems.

Except now windows isn't registering the existance of a battery in the laptop. It'll use it if it's unplugged but it doesn't seem to be able to access the charge level anymore. Think I'll try reverting to the older BIOS version to see if the problem returns that way or if it even fixes the new issue :V

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Well, that's not even an option since it seems to refuse to go back to an older version, guess I'll have to hope for a new update to come out whenever (even tho the most recent one is over two years old at this point, so fat chance there) and hope something else doesn't fuck up majorly in the meantime :I
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« Reply #3713 on: August 09, 2018, 07:03:42 am »

Two questions:

I very recently got a new pair of headphones with a mic attachment. The headphones work fine on my laptop and my phone, and I can use the mic on my phone, but I can't use the mic when the headphones are plugged into the computer.

The heapdhones are Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon. Don't know what number exactly, however, but I do know there aren't any specific drivers for the headphones. The laptop is Windows 10.

How do I make the mic work on my laptop?

Second question - How do I emulate Windows 98? I don't own a copy of it, sadly, but is there a way to legally acquire one, and if so, how do I emulate it? Again, Windows 10 laptop.

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« Reply #3714 on: August 09, 2018, 12:43:45 pm »

Do you have a headphone and mic jack on your computer or is it a single jack? I'm guessing your headphone plug looks like this
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Your computer probably does not have that 4th contact and is audio only. You'll likely need a splitter to get separate audio and mic outputs.
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2nd- Windows 2000 should run anything from 98. There may or may not still be a developers version floating around. That one has no license key.
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« Reply #3715 on: August 09, 2018, 01:14:20 pm »

Windows 2000 should run anything from 98.

98-2000 was one of the first big "compatibility breaks", because 2000 is NT-based.


Windows 98 is not for sale anymore, but you could probably get a copy on Ebay that includes the liscence book easily enough. For emulating it, there are several options. Which one you choose depends on what you intend to use it for.
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« Reply #3716 on: August 09, 2018, 01:42:41 pm »

Single jack, I'm afraid - so using a splitter is not an option.

As for what I intend to use Windows 98 for?

Well, I think one of the games I own (Survival Crisis Z, which I've brought up/complained about a number of times) might run a lot better on an older OS, so I intend to emulate Windows 98 for that.

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« Reply #3717 on: August 09, 2018, 02:01:19 pm »

That looks a bit iffy. Most of the emulation options I know of either are not gaming-oriented, or else are focused on much earlier games than that.
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« Reply #3718 on: August 09, 2018, 03:40:37 pm »

Single jack, I'm afraid - so using a splitter is not an option.

Get a usb headset or an adapter to turn yours into usb.
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« Reply #3719 on: August 09, 2018, 10:46:19 pm »

irrelevant now
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