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  1. Piyono

    MediCat Live USB

    https://gbatemp.net/threads/medicat-usb-a-multiboot-linux-usb-for-pc-repair.361577/ Is this legit? As in, is it compiled by a well-meaning individual without malicious intent? At first glance it passes my BS filters but I thought I'd get a differential diagnosis.
  2. Piyono

    Home Mesh Network With OpenWrt?

    Right! Wow, that feel like forever ago.
  3. Piyono

    Home Mesh Network With OpenWrt?

    CounterStrike! Wow, that takes me back. Funnily enough the only game I still play is Team Fortress 2, which was another Half-Life Source spawn.
  4. Piyono

    Home Mesh Network With OpenWrt?

    Thanks for the offer, Clocker. We ended up going with a product from a newer company called Mercku. It's been several months and so far I'm rather displeased. It's not particularly speedy, nodes disappear and gaming lag is pretty terrible. It also suffers from what feels like bufferbloat and...
  5. Piyono

    Routing Between Subnets

    Yes, that seems to be the case.
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    Routing Between Subnets

    Clarification: 1) Yes, but cable is replacing ADSL, which should be gone by month's end. 2.0) Yes 2.1) Yes 2.2) I don't know what the subnet mask is. 3) Yes. DHCP range is 192.168.127.100–199. 4) Yes. 5) Yes. DHCP range is 192.168.1.11–31 (although once DSL goes away the Archer C7 will be...
  7. Piyono

    Routing Between Subnets

    I mean that password access to the modem has (apparently) been disabled by (presumably) Rogers Cable, and thus the management console is unavailable. Accessing the modem at its LAN IP address presents a password-less guest overview page of little utility. I've been hounding my ISP for admin...
  8. Piyono

    Routing Between Subnets

    Hmmm... It could be a /16. The sticker on the back doesn't specify. I don't have management access to the modem and the guest overview doesn't provide that information. Is there any other way of finding out?
  9. Piyono

    Routing Between Subnets

    Mercku Replied: Is that right? Wouldn't I still need to manually give a computer a 192.168.100.x IP in the correct subnet in order to access the modem?
  10. Piyono

    Routing Between Subnets

    Aside from one old iMac (and some recreational VM-ing on my part) this is a Windows 10 household. Tracert shows a single hop to modem; predictably, through the Mercku (for which my dislike is increasing what with its instability and snowflake temperament). The modem doesn't show up in the ARP...
  11. Piyono

    Routing Between Subnets

    We're switching from DSL to Cable. Until I wire everything in I plugged a Mercku mesh router directly into the cable modem, as you can see in the diagram. The modem's LAN IP is fixed at 192.168.100.1 (even though we purchased the modem we don't get management access :mad:). The Mercku router is...
  12. Piyono

    Lubuntu No Bootu

    As it turns out, friend-of-friend either gave up on the laptop or disappeared back to Paris so situation over.
  13. Piyono

    Lubuntu No Bootu

    LOL Nope! Yup! 🤦‍♂️ It's what I get for being the only member of my social circles who solves problems and fixes stuff, and for not finding someone to deflect to before I left.
  14. Piyono

    Lubuntu No Bootu

    Thanks, Chewy, Now I have reason to brush up on my Linux skills. I'll keep the thread posted on developments.
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    Lubuntu No Bootu

    My guess is that the netbook became unusably slow with Windows installed (which was par for the course with those machines) and someone installed Lubuntu in, like 2010, and it was never updated. My hope is that I will be able to walk them through it on a voice call.
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    Lubuntu No Bootu

    A friend of a friend 9000 miles away is running Lubuntu on an ancient Packard Bell netbook. During an update (today?) the machine kernel-panicked and won't boot. My friend's friend human-panicked; I got the call and a bunch of screenshots. I would gladly muscle through this if I was there in...
  17. Piyono

    Mysterious Password Change. Malware Attack?

    Took the easy route and de-prioritized WBM in the BIOS.
  18. Piyono

    Mysterious Password Change. Malware Attack?

    It's been a long time since I've dealt Windows Boot Manager issues or used bcdedit... I barely remember how this all works together. So much memory to refresh.
  19. Piyono

    Mysterious Password Change. Malware Attack?

    Okay, something is going on but I don't know if it's malicious, anymore. In fact, I'm suspecting a failed Windows update. The system is booting from the wrong volume. Somehow the drive letters got swapped and the HP SSD EX920 I installed as the system drive has become Drive F, while the Seagate...
  20. Piyono

    Mysterious Password Change. Malware Attack?

    Now I'm noticing that there were a whole lot of failed Windows updates and a pending restart. Also, the desktop folder, which is on a second drive, is still intact, but it's no longer assigned as desktop. Perhaps an update failed and reset the user account to some default state, and reverted the...
  21. Piyono

    Mysterious Password Change. Malware Attack?

    Nope, scratch that again. Today she woke up and there were chrome tabs open with Clonezilla and Paragon open. Her taskbar icons are gone and desktop cleared. AOMEI Backupper and EassUS Todo Backup and Macrium Reflect have all been installed (although I'm not sure what an attacker would want with...
  22. Piyono

    Mysterious Password Change. Malware Attack?

    Scratch that-- I just found the working misspelling. It was only one letter off but it was clearly changed because I know what it used to be and what it is now. She swears up and down that she wasn't prompted for a password change, and that the kids don't know her password so how it changed is...
  23. Piyono

    Mysterious Password Change. Malware Attack?

    Windows 10 on my sister's Lenovo E585 suddenly stopped accepting her password. The Windows login recovery security questions have changed, as well, to ones that I don't remember choosing. I thought maybe the input language had changed but it has not. She was running as an administrator with full...
  24. Piyono

    Home Mesh Network With OpenWrt?

    RT-AC68U is CAD$195 on amazon.ca :/
  25. Piyono

    Home Mesh Network With OpenWrt?

    I currently have two wireless APs serving the house; the primary one in the garage (ground floor) and a secondary one in the basement. They both share an SSID and password but moving about the house necessitates manually disconnecting/reconnecting to maintain signal strength. This can get...
  26. Piyono

    No New Windows 10 Feature Updates For My P50

    Today Windows Update greeted me with a new message: It's almost as though Microsoft heard my cries and reached out to assure me that this machine is still in the update queue. I have not been forsaken!
  27. Piyono

    No New Windows 10 Feature Updates For My P50

    Double-entry. How do I delete a post?
  28. Piyono

    No New Windows 10 Feature Updates For My P50

    I did a little more digging and found several reports of feature updates not appearing. There's plenty of speculation but nobody seems to have a clear understanding of why this happens. I guess I'll just update manually.
  29. Piyono

    No New Windows 10 Feature Updates For My P50

    I check for updates rather frequently so I doubt I've missed any kind of window. I've wondered if it's a compatibility thing that Lenovo quietly reported to Microsoft behind the scenes, which makes me hesitant to use the WUA. I'm not as adventurous as I once was. The thought of crippling Windows...
  30. Piyono

    No New Windows 10 Feature Updates For My P50

    This is an edited cross-post from a thread I started on the Lenovo forums (to no avail, yet): Windows Update on my P50 has detected no new feature updates since 1803. Not 1809, not 1903. Security and other updates appear regularly. I realize I can manually update but I'd like to know why the...
  31. Piyono

    Can I Circumvent Lenovo and MS Licensing

    When the WMCT creates an ISO does it take into account and incorporate the drivers I already have installed or is it a one-size-fits-all, generic image?
  32. Piyono

    Can I Circumvent Lenovo and MS Licensing

    Do you mean that I should download the files using the WMCT or separately, from some other place?
  33. Piyono

    Can I Circumvent Lenovo and MS Licensing

    Gotcha.
  34. Piyono

    Can I Circumvent Lenovo and MS Licensing

    Okay, I just re-discovered the Windows Media Creation Tool. Maybe this is my answer.
  35. Piyono

    Can I Circumvent Lenovo and MS Licensing

    I think I read somewhere that once you upgrade to Windows 10 the BIOS will somehow remember this and allow future installations but I don't really know if that's true or not.
  36. Piyono

    Can I Circumvent Lenovo and MS Licensing

    Hey, Fam. I have a 2016 ThinkPad P50 which shipped with a Windows 7 Professional license. Still under warranty. At some point in the last 2 years I lost the you-get-only-one USB flash backup I made and had to order (Windows 7) recovery DVDs (there's no DVD drive on the P50). Now I want to...
  37. Piyono

    Spooky Malware

    Hey, SR, it's been a spell. A friend of mine just sent me screenshots of Chrome running on her MacBook. You can see the notifications on the side. They just keep coming. It seems as though she's picked up something nasty. You see the notification at the top, which reads "remistrainew.club"...
  38. Piyono

    Troubleshooting Suspicious Behavior

    Hey, Fam, On my Lenovo P50 running Windows 10, Internet Explorer 11 has been mysteriously launching and running quietly in the background while guzzling 10-11% CPU. It uses this much when I launch it manully as well. How can I figure out the cause of this behavior short of poring over Process...
  39. Piyono

    "THE" Cloud

    ***Yaaaaawwwwwrrrnnn*** Cloud? WTH is a cloud? Woah, how long have I been asleep?
  40. Piyono

    Plus Me.

    By the way, thanks, Will. Piyono
  41. Piyono

    Plus Me.

    Same. I'm one of the last remaining few amongst my friends without a Facebook account. I avoided social networks until Google+ came along. I figure that Google is such an integral part of my day what with email, contacts, docs, photos, search, shopping and so forth, that opting into another of...
  42. Piyono

    Plus Me.

    Anyone got a Google+ invitation for a brother? Yeah yeah, chutzpah, I know. First post in over a year and I waltz in looking for handouts. Look, at least you know I've not been cheating on SR with some floozy forums, right? I'd have a Google+ invitation by now... How y'all doin? :)
  43. Piyono

    Hardware RAID Enclosures

    Good points, Blakey. My eyes have had some time to shrink down to a size more in line with my budget, which is good, because my budget is much more comfortable with RAID 1 than RAID 5 at the moment.
  44. Piyono

    Hardware RAID Enclosures

    Specifically because a) they're really expensive and b) are geared towards file storage as opposed to workstation usage.
  45. Piyono

    Hardware RAID Enclosures

    The Synology stuff looks nice but doesn't quite meet my needs.
  46. Piyono

    Hardware RAID Enclosures

    It looks nice but it uses an external power supply (strike 1) with a DIN(ky) connector (strike 2). Double no-no in my book. Also, there is no mention of which RAID controller is used (strike 3a), and no performance data is provided (strike 3b). Furthermore, I've been up-close and personal with...
  47. Piyono

    Hardware RAID Enclosures

    Good question, Handy. Answers: 1.) DAS. eSata, primarily, although FW400 and USB2 would be nice as secondary options. 2.) All I want, really, is to have my ass covered in case a drive decides to go south mid-session (which happened last week). I've never had bottleneck issues with a lone...
  48. Piyono

    Hardware RAID Enclosures

    Been doing more reading and I'm discovering a whole subset of problems relating to drive/controller compatibility. Some reports say that certain drives don't work with certain controllers. It's a whole can of worms that I didn't want to get into, but there it is. Also, what of RAID-specific...
  49. Piyono

    Hardware RAID Enclosures

    The machines at Dolby Labs, were they DAWs? What kind of track counts were they subjected to? Were they using hardware RAID? FakeRAID? Software RAID? What do you mean by "jittery", and how is RAID-1 less "jittery" than a single drive? It's just mirroring, after all.
  50. Piyono

    Hardware RAID Enclosures

    I'm now running a commercial recording studio and I've been looking into incorporating a RAID into my DAW. I'm leaning towards an external 4-bay enclosure for running RAID-5 with a hot spare; I like the idea of being able to toss the array into a safe at the end of a workday, or to be able to...
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