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I have an old Win XP Pro computer I found in the basement and I tried to fire it up to see what was on it.  It boots up and gets to the desktop and then reboots.  There was a noise in the power supply like the fan was going out so I replaced it with a spare I had lying around but the problem persists.  What should I try first?  I know you want to say junk it, good Lord man it's 2020!, but I'm curious to see what files are on it.
I have a Barcode scanner Datalogic wich connects to usb with a dedicated driver wich  generates e.g.   COM5   as port
in my software i read by second COM5 and when data arrives get  it in  sofar no problem use to do this for 25 years on real rs232 ports ,hard to find these days

My problem is that Windows(10)   e.g. after one off their ''great'''updates at nigh the usb connection as sample on COM4 instead of keeping COM5  sets

So i need some script/commandline/utilliy wich i can call when needed instead of opening config/devices/ports(Com & LPT)  to see what the new port is
 Port has always same name   Barcode Scanner(COMx)    so from a listing to create somehow I can see if at one moment COM5 went to COM4
all i have to do then is in software close 5  reopen 4
program  is  VB6
What is the difference between Dell PowerEdge FX2s and Dell PowerEdge FC830?
What are they used for?

Since January 24 I've had a Windows Server 2012R2 Host just randomly bouncing.
It usually dumped at least once a day.
I've opened a ticket with Lenovo, but they've been less than helpful.
It was stable for 4 days, crashed, and then good for 2 more.  Today it has crashed more than half a dozen times in an hour.  The Exchange server that's being hosted here is quite unhappy :(

We've tried updating BIOS and Lenovo TSM, I've run Windows Updates, and have tried managing powers settings on USBs and NICs (not allowed to turn off to save power).

Event Log has these events in conjunction:

The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x00000124 (0x0000000000000005, 0xffffe001d6d67028, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 021420-21437-01.

The above .DMP and minidump are

A fatal hardware error has occurred.

Component: PCI Express Root Port
Error Source: Generic

Bus:Device:Function: 0x0:0x2:0x0
Vendor ID:Device ID: 0x8086:0x2F04
Class Code: 0x604

The details view of this entry contains further information.

I just ran this:

copy %SystemRoot%\minidump\*.dmp "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\"&dxdiag /t %Temp%\dxdiag.txt&copy %Temp%\dxdiag.txt "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\SFdebugFiles\"&type %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\hosts >> "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\hosts.txt"&systeminfo > "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\systeminfo.txt"&driverquery /v > "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\drivers.txt" &msinfo32 /nfo …

We have a Windows 10 PC which has audio and video playing problems.

1. There is an external speaker that is connected to this PC and worked until recently but now audio does not play when playing videos or playing songs.

I have tried the following:

- Used audio troubleshooter which said that audio service was fixed but audio services not responding.
- Connected this external speaker directly into my phone and sound played fine to the speaker.
- Tried updating the sound driver software but was up to date
- Restarted the PC
- Tested the external speaker in different sound ports on PC

Sound still not playing on PC.

2. If playing videos through website such as YouTube, Netflix, RTE Player, etc. the video loads fine but the video will stop and look like it is buffering even if the video has buffered already.

After a while a message says that there are no playback devices available.

Sometimes the video plays fine but still no audio.

What should we do to get audio and videos playing as normal?

Points of My Scenario
1. I am admin for our VMware infrastructure: vCenter Server 5.5 on ESXi 5.5 cluster
2. Microsoft has asked me to update the BIOS for one of the Windows VMs - not the ESXi host
3. I upgraded the hardware version of the VM (from version 8 to version 9)
4. This hardware version upgrade did not change the BIOS version of the VM (Note: I used Windows' built-in msinfo32 to get BIOS version).
5. Info: The VM's "BIOS version/Date" - as reported by msinfo32.exe - is "Phoenix Technologies LTD 6.00 9/17/2015"

QUESTION: How do I upgrade the BIOS of a Windows VM (Server 2012 R2) hosted by an ESXi 5.5 server?
Say you have an inventory with lots of possible part numbers for one physical item, such as for hardware.

Say you stored up to 10 part numbers in 10 fields in one record corresponding to the physical part.  These 10 part numbers could be thought of as distributors part numbers that refer to a manufacture part number.

How can you search on any one of those part numbers (don't assume its in any particular field)  and have it pull up the record in a quick way?
To amplify, it would be like if you searched the file on any possible distributor part number in order to pull up the manufacturer  indexed record, without know which distributor the part number came from.
I have a library on a cd emulation usb drive. The computer describes it as a cd drive. When it is inserted the first time, it works properly. If it is removed, the system no longer recognizes it and it doesn't appear. Sometimes one of the ports reports error 47

Code 47 error is one of the common device manager code errors generated for peripheral devices. The full error message is Windows cannot use this hardware device because it has been prepared for “safe removal”, but it has not been removed from the computer

The device does not come up as a device that needs to be disconnected. How can this be repaired?
Dear Experts,

I would like to speed-up the process of upgrading my Workstations from Win 7 to Win 10.
For this reason I have purchased Acronis True Image 2020 in order to clone a pre-configured SSD drive (GPT, Basic).

All Workstations are hardware identical (motherboard, ram, cpu, ssd model and size, even the case is the same).

The cloning result seems successful but I am facing the below issue:

I use Computer A in order to clone the Win 10 and turned-off Computer A.
On Computer B, I installed the first cloned SSD and powered-on the Computer.
Computer B was successfully booted to Win 10 but I noticed that after powering on Computer B, Computer A was also powered-on automatically.
(this has happened more than once, so it is not a random case)

Of course Computer A and Computer B are under the same Network and imagine what will happen if the rest cloned computers have such behavior.
Finally, if I remove the Network cable from Computer A, it will not boot-up once Computer B is powered-on.

Awaiting your comments,

Best Regards,
I've never set this up before so I have instructions but I have a few questions:
Does this:
a)      Have to be on its own Hardware box – I have a free box that I can user
b)      How much disk space does this require – I will create another Lun on my SAN for this
c)      Can I add other VMs to this box once VCenter is configured or does this have to be a stand-alone?
I will eventually migrate what I have currently on a 2008 Server but because this V-Center is going to have multipurpose with user logins (I have vendors that will need access to certain servers) I tend to want to wait to deploy my current VMs
can i use the samsungNVMe 960 EVO disk with the H97M-PLUS board?
it's specs say :  Intel® H97 chipset :
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)*1

but i got weird issues when trying to install windows10 from USB
or do i need a driver?
Morning all,

I'm looking at getting a AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and throwing it in an HTPC, but my current CPU is a 4670k and my other one is a 3970k. As you can tell, i'm out of the game for CPU hardware.

Now, I'm wondering if I can use a Gen2 motherboard with a Gen3 CPU, or do you guys have a better option for an HTPC?

I did consider the i3 as well, I'd like to use this with either an ITX or M-ATX board and case.

I've been converting a number of network sites from the use of wooden shelving to 19-inch rackmount.
I understand the rackmount post-mounting standards but didn't realize the wide variety of equipment manufacturer mounting bracket designs.
Also, I've done considerable web searches and don't find details for such seemingly mundane things.
To keep it simple enough here, I'm interested in L-brackets or "ears" that attach to the front corners of "19-inch" full-width devices: switches, routers, firewalls, etc.

Generally, the brackets are attached to the device with small flathead screws.
The simple question of "what size are those screws?" seems to be hard to determine.
Juniper Networks
I can imagine that there is variation in screw size within companies' product lines.  Is that a common situation?
What sizes?

Right now, I need a set of mounting brackets and screws for a Juniper Networks SRX340.  
Where can these be purchased?
I wonder if this is possible? It certainly didn't work when i tried it, having moved the SATA system disk to a USB3 caddy. It tried to boot, the disk having been seen by the BIOS, but clearly something wasn't happy as it went into a never-ending repair cycle. Is there a way to make it happy perhaps?

I tried to google this but all i found was irrelevant stuff about cloning and copying.
GOAL: keep WIndows 7 available and install a different OS on a small, new (internal) SSD.
Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

         I have recently purchased a new battery for an Acer Aspire V3-  731-4473 laptop.  At this point, I am needing an online link to a multimedia tutorial on how to remove the old battery and install the new one.  

        Any submitted online multimedia tutorial links addressing this will be greatly appreciated.

        Thank you

gateway NE56R31U laptop power button blinks 5 times will not turn on.  I replaced the battery, still nothing.  I took the batt out and unplugged AC and held pwr down for about 45 seconds, but nothing.

Any assistance is appreciated.

Thank you,
Dear Expert
I have a small protect, and I want to introduce to my organization concerning saving energy. I want to have the ability to be able to control the light system and air-condition with an app and a central system via a Wi-Fi connection.
what kind of safeguards/controls/caps do you put in place with corporate contracts when you issue smartphones to your employees (mainly how to avoid huge bills if they misuse their device). Trying to think of every possible way an employee could rack up a large unwanted bill on the company account and make sure when we go to tender on a new supplier that the contract is in place to prevent these from happening.
We have a conference phone that needs to be moved around constantly where there is no ethernet jack.  Since our conference phone is a "wire only" phone, is it possible to locate a wireless hub that will connect to our router and then plug directly into the conference phone via an ethernet port?

Does such a thing exist and what's it called?
Had this error in my Windows 10 pro computer:

I went to the event viewer and found around the time of the bluescrren  an EventId 7 The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block[ (source disk).  

On top of this one had these 3 other error messages:

  • EventyID: 6008  The previous system shutdown at 4:02:47 PM on ‎1/‎21/‎2020 was unexpected (source Eventlog).
  • then Event 7023 The NcbService service terminated with the following error: A device attached to the system is not functioning (source Service Control Manager).
  • Finally the last one EventID 1001 The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x0000007a (0x0000000000000004, 0x0000000000000000, 0xffff9416212fd5a0,  0x0000023eefc0b000). A dump was saved in: C:\WINDOWS\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: d94ff23b-55cc-4cc5-b6da-e66c3c3d468f.

After searching for possible solution, found these:

  • chkdsk /f /r
  • sfc /scannow
  • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Prior running them I wanted you opinion.

Should I run them in the same sequence, one by one starting with chkdsk?
Can I run them simultaneously?

Or, How can I fix these problems?
I purchased a Crucial 1 TB M2 SATA SSD last July and only today removed it from its original packaging to try to use it. I installed the SSD into a FIDECO M2 SATA External SSD enclosure - USB 3.1
I connected the FIDECO device to a windows 7 Pro laptop (Dell Precision workstation 7710). I ran the disk manager which displayed a new disk, Disk3 which was not initialised. I proceeded to initialise the disk but got the message "Device not ready" . I have tried to re-seat the SSD in the FIDECO caddy a few ties but to no avail.
When I connect the CADDY to the USB C port on the laptop, the white LED is lit in the caddy indicating at least that power is being applied.
the SSD had remained un-opened for 6 months and this is the first time that it has been used. Is it possible that there is a limited shelf life on this SSD ?
I don't have any other M2 SATA SSD to test the CADDY or another CADDY with which to test the SSD.
Is there any windows 7 diagnostic software which would provide diagnostics to identify whether or not the CADDY is at fault or the uninitialized SSD is at fault ?
I'm being told by my disty that this sku can be moved to new hardware if the old hardware dies. as far as i can see, this is an OEM license, which as far as i know, is not supposed to be moved to new hardware. although it *might* work there is no guarantee as far as i know.

this is going to be a baremetal server, not a vm. i want to make sure that if the board dies, then we don't have to buy a new license for the server.

can anybody  go definitive for me please?
We have NVR recorder WH-D5216 with SATA 4GB HDD (less than 3GB avail).  About 5 yr old system.  Overwriting option is enabled.  Retention policy almost a month with a motion detection enabled.

The system skipped recording (50hrs) earlier this week.  But recovered on its own.  Looks like the drive gave up today again.  And looks like its for good this time.   Shows 0.00 GB space with Status ERROR. I assume is time to replace the drive, or the entire system.  Its SATA HDD. Tried to boot remotely twice  no luck.

Is there a limit on how many times the HDD can be overwritten?

I have installed the apps AdvanceSystemCare which came with IOBit.  It seems to work fine but this morning gave me the screen below:

I have tried and still trying to see what each does and if I should activate them but thought maybe Expert-Exchange may help me with this.

What is
  • Turbo Boost
  • Hardware Accelerate
  • Deep Optimization
  • App/Toolbar cleaner

I am using a HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13-ac0XX notebook (500gb storage SDD, 16g ram, i7) - Is it necessary to have these option ON even with this fast computer?

Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

            I am needing guidance in resolving a wireless printing issue with an HP ENVY Photo 6255 printer.   Basically, whenever I send a document to the printer, I get a message indicating the printer is offline.  That said, what can I do to get the printer back online so it will receive and print my documents?

             Any technical help directed toward this concern will be greatly appreciated.

             Thank you







Hardware includes cell phones and other digital living devices, tablets, computers, servers, peripherals and components, printers and scanners, gaming consoles, networking hardware such as routers, hubs, switches and modems, storage devices and security equipment such as firewalls and other appliances.