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March 30, 2020

Diagnostics

War Stories: The Case of the Persistent Device Driver

When it comes to keeping device drivers up-to-date, life with Windows 10 is always interesting. Lately, I’ve found myself in such circumstances with one of my two Lenovo X380 Yoga laptops. Lenovo’s System Update facility (now integrated in the Lenovo Vantage app) shows I need to install an Intel driver on the Fast Ring (Build

Toolkit Item: 8GadgetPack

Supposedly, Windows Gadgets came in with Vista and went with Windows 7. Even before Windows 8 came along, MS decided to retire Windows Gadgets in 2011 (see this Spiceworks Community post that quotes the MS info from the time). This post states that the decision lets the company “focus support on the much richer set

XPS 2720 GbE Interface Fails

Just yesterday, I sat down at my 5-year-old Dell XPS 2720 to install an Insider Preview Fast + Skip upgrade, and noticed the Wi-Fi icon sitting in the notification area. “Hmmm” I said to myself “I thought I had a Cat5 cable plugged in.” I did indeed, but the status lights on the unit’s built-in

War Stories: XPS 2720 Webcam MIA

Poking around on one of my older test machines recently, I noticed no webcam was present. This is my 6-year-old Dell XPS 2720 All-in-One (Haswell i7-4770S, 16 GB RAM, 27″ touch screen). Although I can see the webcam lens every time I sit in front of this machine, there are no internal traces of a

Toolkit Item: LatencyMon

LatencyMon, from Resplendence Software Projects, describes itself as a “real-time audio suitability checker.” Essentially, the software works by emulating an active audio playback session in Windows Vista (and newer versions, through Windows 10 and Server 2019). While it’s running the program measures various kinds of delays that occur on its host system and reports back

Fix Post-Update Win10 Black Boot Screen

After some Windows updates — including the June 18 KB4503327 for 1809 — the screen goes black once system startup is complete. Find techniques here to get back from a black screen to one that works properly.

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