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  1. Piyono

    MediCat Live USB

    No specific goals, here, just curious because it's in my nature to wonder about rescue tools.
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    Admin Permissions Per App

    Eight months on and I've realized that I neglected to report back on how I got Steam to run as admin. The solution—after some trial and error—was to create a shortcut and in the target to type: C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /user:DESKTOP-UFI6199\Administrator /savecred "C:\Program Files...
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    Windows Admin Account F-Up

    I wiped. I reloaded. (y) Who has time to chase these problems down? Not I. I thought it was beguiling enough a circumstance to share so I documented it.
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    Windows Admin Account F-Up

    I also tried booting into a command prompt from the Windows 10 installer and running sfc /scannow, chkdsk and bootrec with various switches. No love. I checked the disk partitions using diskpart and things looked pretty messed up so I think it's time for the nuclear option.
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    MediCat Live USB

    In-ter-est-ing!
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    Windows Admin Account F-Up

    My nephew got a MAR-refurbished T480s which came factory-reset and already logged into Windows. While I was setting it up I absent-mindedly performed the following actions in User Managment console in this order: 1. Added a password to the default Administrator account. Hit Apply 2. Renamed the...
  7. Piyono

    Checking TBW on WD Blue

    Crystal Disk Info reports a figure. Different than the figure reported by SMART but close enough.
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    Checking TBW on WD Blue

    I found a S.M.A.R.T. parameter called Data Units Written. According a document by Kingston this reports the number of 512B sectors written, not including metadata.
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    Checking TBW on WD Blue

    WD Dashboard doesn't report TBW anywhere that I can see. Is there another utility that can report this?
  10. Piyono

    Admin Permissions Per App

    It seems as though the _runas_ shortcut I set up is requesting an admin password.
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    Admin Permissions Per App

    I set my nephews up with User accounts on their bedroom computers. This is fine for the most part but once a week or so Fortnite tries to update. This requires admin privileges and hence adult/Admin involvement. I've tried creating a Fortnite shortcut using 'runas' but this apparently hasn't...
  12. Piyono

    Mysterious Internet Outages

    The previous configuration involved a DSL modem in the garage and there was no cable running between the office and garage so it's hard to compare. Anyway, right now we're using the Mercku as the primary router, which kind of sucks because the firmware is very basic but it also hasn't dropped...
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    Mysterious Internet Outages

    I suppose there could also be a hardware issue with the TP-Link. I swapped it for the D-Link running DD-WRT. So far (9 hours) no dropouts.
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    Cable Modem IP Different Than My Public IP

    My Hitron CDA-35 cable modem (available only through ISPs; purchased from Rogers) reports a WAN and gateway IP addresses that bear no resemblance to my public IP. The modem's IP addresses are in the public address space; why would the ISP give me one IP to connect to them and then another to...
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    Mysterious Internet Outages

    My internet's been going out daily since I configured the network as in the image below, and I'm darn near my wits' end trying to figure out what's going on. The outages come once or twice a day, without out apparent rhyme or reason or correlation to any of my activities. When an outage occurs...
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    Fan Noise After Adding SSD To Mid-2011 27" iMac

    Yeah, I remember that 100% fan thing from a decade ago. It was pretty hilar back then as a non-Mac-PC user. This is the first I've heard of an embedded whitelist, however. I had always heard that it was the presence of a thermal sensor that made the difference. I downloaded an app called Macs...
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    Fan Noise After Adding SSD To Mid-2011 27" iMac

    For the record, my intention is to use the SSD for the OS and apps, while retaining the HDD for storage / fan noise mitigation.
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    Fan Noise After Adding SSD To Mid-2011 27" iMac

    I posted this earlier today on the MacRumors forum. --- This morning I followed OWC's tutorial video and installed an old Samsung EVO850 SATA 500GB SSD into a mid-2011 27" iMac i5. I used a generic Chinese SATA cable from eBay, with no in-line or other kind of thermal sensor because I was led...
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    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.
  20. Piyono

    Home Mesh Network With OpenWrt?

    Right! Wow, that feel like forever ago.
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    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.
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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?
  27. 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?
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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.
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    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.
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    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...
  35. Piyono

    Mysterious Password Change. Malware Attack?

    Took the easy route and de-prioritized WBM in the BIOS.
  36. 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.
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  42. Piyono

    Home Mesh Network With OpenWrt?

    RT-AC68U is CAD$195 on amazon.ca :/
  43. 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...
  44. 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!
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    No New Windows 10 Feature Updates For My P50

    Double-entry. How do I delete a post?
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    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.
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    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...
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    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...
  49. 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?
  50. 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?
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