Just a Reminder

Does anyone remember what happens in CNET help forums after Christmas each year?

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More spam?

Did I get it right?

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that might be true also, but...

...not what I was aiming at.

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The Mods had a few too many sherbets...

and don't know which forum they'e posting in? Severe headaches? Must be post Christmas.

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No, I'll tell.

It's when everyone has their new computer for Christmas, often with what for them is a newer operating system installed, and suddenly flood the forums with questions about it, or problems moving things over to it, complaints about their comfort zone in whatever older OS they were using being upset, and so forth. It happens every year after Christmas. I just hope W10 doesn't drop another update too soon on them like the last one that caused problems, especially with their video drivers.

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Just a day ago I lucked into a relative bringing me one.

One of those with a messed up video driver.

Turns out it wasn't the video driver after all. The clue was during boot it was showing the old "press any key to skip disk checking" and I know to let it do that.

The disk checking fails and it has a pending update so the pending update is on hold till the disk is clean.

Fix? Go ahead and log into the spare admin account to do the usual CHKDSK /F/R/X and then reboot. Two boots later the update installs and the video is back to normal.

So for this case it wasn't the video driver after all.

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that's interesting to know

Nobody tells us about that. If it happens a minute before they see the video problem, they don't equate the two.

And it's back. Sitting on a page, fully loaded, shows my profile signed in, and "problem submitting the post" message. Sigh. Seems to happen mostly when going direct to a post in the thread instead of just the thread link. Remove the #post-number and it works again.

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thanks James.
This is true.

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And the winning stocking stuffer this year?
You guys really have to try these out! I have one that makes little penguins (shhh, linux) and other images when you look at the lights on christmas tree. They really work! They seem to work best on the little lights, more blurred on the big inner bulbs, but perfect on those small lights. When you put them and look at the lights, it causes all of them to look like each light is in the middle of a crystal image of reindeer, star, etc. Very cool. These are going in our Christmas box to use for years to come.

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