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Ax Slinger

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  • Birthday 01/16/1956

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  1. Well, Tx, I owe you an apology. You were right. I checked every USB driver on my computer and they all worked fine. But as I had tried everything I could think of, I tried moving the dongle to the back of the computer again, and this time it worked like I expected it to. And since the dongle was no longer next to the USB port I plug my USB drive into, it works properly again. So I say a big Thank You to you. I can't tell you how many times I started to do something over the last few days that the files for whatever that might have been were on a drive I had no access to. I'm quite pleased to have it working again! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! On another note... What happened to this forum? It used to be a lively place. Now it's all quiet...
  2. I thought he was gonna say "Box that machine back up and take it back to where ever you got it. You're too stupid to operate a computer."
  3. Hey Tx! Yeah, it's been awhile. It's been a crazy time too. Interestingly enough, my last post was on March 9th, 2019, and I haven't left my house unless it's absolutely necessary since March 9th, 2020, two days before California went into lockdown. Even when they lifted the lockdown, we have stayed home as much as possible. Both the love of my life and myself have COPD and various other health issues that make us a high risk for Covid-19 problems. And after we waited for months for a vaccine from Johnson and Johnson because it was a single shot and we would only have to go out once to get it, now the CDC is saying we need boosters. But they've also been saying you might need them for the two shots vaccines. I have week numbers showing on my desktop calendar, and it's been 84 weeks since March 9th, 2020. Counting each trip to Costco for the bulk of our groceries and to the local Winco grocery store for stuff Costco doesn't have cheaper (or at all) once every two weeks, to my pain specialist once every three months for occipital nerve blocks (if you have Cervical Stenosis and you don't want neck surgery, they're almost mandatory for pain relief), a few Dutch Bros Coffee runs after they lifted the lockdown and before Delta was discovered and maybe a time or two for who knows what that I'm forgetting about, that adds up to about 60 times we've been out of the house at the very most in all that time. Of course, we always wore masks, washed our hands what used to be described as "obsessively", and changed clothes immediately after getting home. So far, we're still kickin'. (Knock on wood!) Anyway, thanks for the info but that isn't the problem. It doesn't start doing that 20% Iffy / 80% nothing thing after I start transferring data, it starts immediately after the drive is plugged in, and it continues until the drive is disconnected, whether it's transferring any data or sitting idle. Not to mention, my computer is 5 years old, has been running fine prior to this, and have never had any driver problems. There is only one jumper on the mainboard and it's for clearing the CMOS, which is still set correctly and CMOS has not been cleared. Since I blew the dust out and moved the Logitech dongle the other day, Avast has popped up a thing saying my computer has driver problems four different times, and it's never done that before. However, that could be either a confirmation of my thinking it's a driver problem or a result of my searching Google for info on that, and it's yet another Avast ad popup trying to get me to go Pro. Which I would do "if'n I wern't po" as my Mom used to say, but my bottom line says "Nope, not today." So I'm still looking for a solution. I don't want to mess around with all the different USB controllers and make this problem worse... Which you know I could easily do now days.
  4. Hey Ya'll! I have a question... I think I need to update the USB driver that allows my external hard drives to work. So here's a little background info about what happened. The other day I opened the case up to blow the dust out. I've done that many times before without any problems, but this time instead of just blowing out the dust, I also disconnected a DVD drive I no longer use as it's getting old and doesn't always open properly, and I moved the USB dongle for my Logitech keyboard and mouse from the front panel into a USB extension cable plugged into a USB 3.0 port in back. I had used the cable before for about 2 years and I assumed it worked fine. But about two years ago the dongle in it died, and when I was changing it, I dropped the cable and it fell behind my desk. But I didn't get the dongle plugged into it, and rather than unhooking everything so I could get behind the PC and pull it out, I just plugged the dongle into one of the two USB 3.0 posts on the front panel. Everything worked fine so I left it that way. Fast forward to now when I store the vast majority of my software on two external 8Tb drives, i decided I needed to get that front panel port back, so I moved to the old method. But now it's having problems. When I start the computer, everything is fine and my USB keyboard and mouse work fine. After awhile it starts to get weird, working semi-ok about 20% of the time, and the rest of the time it does nothing. After a day or so I thought it was the dongle again, so I went to Costco and bought a new mouse, and used the don't to replace the old one. After switching them out it seemed fine, but then started doing the same thing again. This time I was paying closer attention and notice as soon as I plugged in one of my USB drives was when it got wonky. So I restarted the computer and surfed the net for about half an hour, without any problems. Then I plugged in one of the drives and once again it went to 20% Iffy / 80% nothing again. So now I'm convinced it's a USB issue. But what do I do to fix it? I have no clue. As usual, off to Google I went, and searched for "How to Update USB Drivers", but I had no idea there was more than one. So which one of these is the right one? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! And as always, Thank You Very Much... Ax
  5. I didn't think you had it in you, Bill... And I have to say, I'm impressed. You misspelled the word "all"... It isn't spelled "m-o-s-t". Soundgarden was formed in 1984, so it doesn't qualify as a 60's or 70's band.
  6. What amazes me is that Republicans say idiotic stuff like that, and they think Democrats are stupid... Now that is funny!
  7. Six of one, half a dozen of another. You can word it however you like, but what I said still makes sense. If something is made with cheap parts it will not last as long as something made with better quality parts. (Note: I did not say "top quality", I said "better quality".) I'll ask you the same question I asked before. How many computers have you bought in recent years? Not counting such things as a replacement keyboard or optical mouse, etc., I'm still using the same one I had when I started working on this forum in 2002. At that time it was two months since I had put it together. I agree with what Chopdoc said about reliability. Systems made for higher performance are not necessarily made with quality parts. It is debatable how reliable systems like that really are anyway, because people who buy them tend to upgrade every time something faster comes out. I don't know of anyone who has ever kept one of those systems until it keeled over and died. In the end it's all about personal choice. If you want to buy a proprietary computer you will. It's your choice.
  8. Yeah, but how many computers have you bought in the recent years? Building a computer yourself has nothing to do with being able to say you can do it. Anyone with a little common sense that can follow written instructions can do it. It's about building and using a quality computer. My computer, or parts of it anyway, is almost ten years old. And some of those parts will undoubtedly find their way into the next one. Most people who buy proprietary computers don't do "Bare Bones Upgrades". Computers are famous for not working because of one part failing. So when that happens they go out and buy a whole new computer, and about 80% of the time it's a waste of money to do that. Doing that is in my opinion about the same as buying a new car because you have a flat tire. Not to mention, simple logic should tell you that if a new computer has a cheap price, it's because it has cheap parts. Because if it had expensive parts it would not be cheap. And cheap parts means it will fail sooner than a computer made with quality parts. This is why cheap computers are not necessarily cheaper in the end.
  9. Well, everyone has a choice... If their employees don't want to work there they can quit. Nobody is forcing them to work there. If their customers don't feel like they have been treated right they don't have to shop there. There's other places to buy the same products. If the communities are not happy with them they can refuse to issue them a new business license after the current one expires. It's happened before. Yeah, I'm not surprised. Remember when they used to have no limit? They were losing money on that big time. But even 90 days is still better than 14, which is the most I have seen any other store offer.
  10. That is nothing more than bias against Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart buys their computers products from the same people as a majority of other companies do. What's the difference between Wal-Mart and Staples, or Office Depot, Best Buy, Circuit City, Fry's Electronics, Costco, etc.? Or even Radio Shack for that matter? With a few differences they are all basically the same. If they sell new computers, they are most likely the same proprietary computers made by the same companies. So in the end it doesn't matter who you buy it from. What matters is how the products are supported and whether you can return it or not. Since most stores don't do support anyway, that isn't the central issue. What it comes down to is the return policy. And that is why I always tell people to go to Costco. You will get a computer that is basically the same as any other major outlet has, for less than it would cost somewhere else usually, and a six month return policy. If you can beat that, I'd like to know where... Because I have never seen a store with a better return policy for computers.
  11. Well, people who by junk computers actually do learn how to fix them. Either that or they go broke paying $100.00 an hour technicians... But they do learn one way or the other.
  12. First off, and I realize that person said this was a gift but I'll say it anyway... Never buy a refurbished laptop. Desktops are iffy, laptops, no way... Secondly, to answer the question in the thread title, "HP vs Dell", I say neither unless it is a new laptop, then maybe an HP would pass. But there is just no way I would ever buy anything from Dell. It's junk. It's always been and always will be junk. And last, I would never buy a computer online. You don't see what you're getting, and buy the time a problem pops up you may not have anything you can do about it. You should always buy a computer in person from a person you can recognize and talk to at any time. I know there will people here who disagree, but think about what you're going though right now and ask yourself this question... Do you want to do it again? If there is a Costco nearby, go there to buy your computers if you can't build one yourself. You will have six months to make sure it works ok before you can't return it, which makes it well worth the $50.00 a year membership fee.
  13. Oh, well that explains it. I thought it was a purdy woman jumping up and down and gettin' all het up.
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