Linux Mint Broken on VirtualBox

I updated Linux Mint 20.1 this morning on VirtualBox.

Update: Apparently this is about two weeks old, but not fixed as of 17 Aug 2021. Here’s a LM Forum post. I tried the work around to disable 3D and that works.

And this is what the menus look like now:

Rebooting does not fix anything. It is permanently stuck like this. Completely unusable / unfixable of course.

I’ve been using Linux Mint on VirtualBox for years and specifically LM 20.x for as long as it has been available. Sometimes there are minor problems, but this completely breaks LM on VB.

Reinstall From Scratch?

I created a new VM and reinstalled LM 20.2 on the latest VirtualBox. It worked fine as installed, but with the first update, it went back to the same problem. Here are the details:

After the clean install of LM20.2 on a new VBox on the latest VBox on a Windows 10 host the Linux Mint appears to work properly. After the guest updates – latest with latest install of VirtualBOX – everything is fine. Apparently. But the update completely trashes the graphics. I have no idea what caused it.. Maybe kernel, maybe something else. But I have work to do so I’m not going to diagnose it further. I’m just not going to update until I can confirm that this problem is fixed.

Here are the updates that LM 20.2 did after the install.

So apparently the only recourse I have is to REINSTALL THE WHOLE THING FROM SCRATCH AGAIN. and then NOT UPDATE IT.

Please do some QA on VirtualBOX before you SHIP an update.

Thanks
:ww

WordPress and Ghostery Today

I just started a post today. And it failed. Just got a white screen.

I’m a user of Firefox and Ghostery. Ghostery is a privacy and anti-malware plugin that

So now I can’t post unless I “Trust” wordpress. This is new behavior. Always before I have been able to post and do all the other things with Ghostery enabled. I have submitted my unhappyness to WordPress and listed the trackers and other stuff that they are using that Ghostery blocked.

So wordpress wants to track you and suck in other stuff that is questionable, even if you pay for their service, which I do to the tune of $100 per year.

Not happy. And said so.
:ww

FFXIV Crash on Play

Post is back-dated by one year to keep it off the front page.

After logging in, if I hit the play button without waiting 5 or 10 seconds, the following crash occurs. Waiting always seems to prevent this.

This is not a new bug, but has occurred for many months now.

System Information


-=-=-=-=-=-=- FFXIV Information -=-=-=-=-=-=-

MyDocument	C:\Users\darre\Documents
FINAL FANTASY XIV ONLINE	G:\FFXIV\SquareEnix
FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn	Language 1		Region 2
ProxyEnable 0
ProxyServer unspecified
ProxyOverride unspecified


-=-=-=-=-=-=- System Information -=-=-=-=-=-=-

SYSTEM_OS	Windows 10 Home 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (19041.vb_release.191206-1406)
SYSTEM_CPU	AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core Processor              (16 CPUs), ~3.9GHz
SYSTEM_CORE_NUM	SYSTEM_CORE_LOGIC 16  SYSTEM_CORE_PHYSICS 8
SYSTEM_BIOS	5603
SYSTEM_LANGUAGE	English (Regional Setting: English)
SYSTEM_MEMORY	32699.738MB
SYSTEM_VIRTUAL_MEMORY	134217727.875MB
SYSTEM_PAGE_FILE	37563.738MB
SYSTEM_STORAGE	C:\    SYSTEM_HARDDISK_DRIVE    SYSTEM_TOTALDISC_SPACE 930.903GB    SYSTEM_FREEDISC_SPACE 849.201GB
SYSTEM_STORAGE	D:\    SYSTEM_HARDDISK_DRIVE    SYSTEM_TOTALDISC_SPACE 465.635GB    SYSTEM_FREEDISC_SPACE 131.717GB
SYSTEM_STORAGE	E:\    SYSTEM_HARDDISK_DRIVE    SYSTEM_TOTALDISC_SPACE 3725.896GB    SYSTEM_FREEDISC_SPACE 2531.600GB
SYSTEM_STORAGE	F:\    SYSTEM_HARDDISK_DRIVE    SYSTEM_TOTALDISC_SPACE 5589.013GB    SYSTEM_FREEDISC_SPACE 2107.180GB
SYSTEM_STORAGE	G:\    SYSTEM_HARDDISK_DRIVE    SYSTEM_TOTALDISC_SPACE 1863.000GB    SYSTEM_FREEDISC_SPACE 1411.436GB
SYSTEM_DIRECTX_VERSION	DirectX 12
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS	NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DEVICE	\\.\DISPLAY1
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_CHIP	GeForce RTX 2060
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_MAKER	NVIDIA
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_VRAM	5980.000 MB
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_SHARED_VRAM	16349.869 MB
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DAC	Integrated RAMDAC
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DISPLAY_MODE	2560 x 1440 (32 bit) (59Hz)
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER	C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll,C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll,C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll,C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER_VERSION	27.21.0014.5671
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER_DATE	9/29/2020 16:00:00
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
3.0
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_PIXEL_SHADER	3.0
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_VERTEX_TEXTURE	SYSTEM_SUPPORT
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS	NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DEVICE	\\.\DISPLAY2
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_CHIP	GeForce RTX 2060
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_MAKER	NVIDIA
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_VRAM	5980.000 MB
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_SHARED_VRAM	16349.869 MB
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DAC	Integrated RAMDAC
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DISPLAY_MODE	2560 x 1440 (32 bit) (59Hz)
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER	C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll,C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll,C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll,C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_dispi.inf_amd64_8dccece3a1276290\nvldumdx.dll
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER_VERSION	27.21.0014.5671
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER_DATE	9/29/2020 16:00:00
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
3.0
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_PIXEL_SHADER	3.0
SYSTEM_GRAPHICS_VERTEX_TEXTURE	SYSTEM_SUPPORT
SYSTEM_SOUND	ASUS PB258 (NVIDIA High Definition Audio)
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_ID	{8EBEF799-C2A7-41AF-AC40-109690021FAE}
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_NAME	nvhda64v.sys
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_VERSION	1.3.38.35
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_DATE	6/8/2020 16:00:00
SYSTEM_SOUND	Digital Audio (S/PDIF) (High Definition Audio Device)
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_ID	{75C710A7-E0C2-472A-905B-7DA234C62EAF}
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_NAME	HdAudio.sys
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_VERSION	10.0.19041.264
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_DATE	5/8/2020 16:00:00
SYSTEM_SOUND	Speakers (High Definition Audio Device)
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_ID	{F4CBF92D-DA0F-484A-87FB-59F261D71B89}
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_NAME	HdAudio.sys
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_VERSION	10.0.19041.264
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_DATE	5/8/2020 16:00:00
SYSTEM_SOUND	Speakers (Logitech G430 Gaming Headset)
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_ID	{86AA27D4-E7E8-40F5-B2C0-8E21EB9CC95A}
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_NAME	USBAUDIO.sys
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_VERSION	10.0.19041.1202
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_DATE	8/25/2021 16:00:00
SYSTEM_SOUND	VA32AQ (NVIDIA High Definition Audio)
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_ID	{5C33B1FD-0B50-46C1-A715-F4897961E2F4}
SYSTEM_SOUND_DEVICE_NAME	nvhda64v.sys
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_VERSION	1.3.38.35
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_LANGUAGE	English
SYSTEM_SOUND_DRIVER_DATE	6/8/2020 16:00:00
SYSTEM_INPUT	{6F1D2B60-D5A0-11CF-BFC7444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	Mouse
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 3  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 8  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{6F1D2B61-D5A0-11CF-BFC7444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	Keyboard
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 128  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C8640-1857-11EB-8009444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	Logitech G430 Gaming Headset
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{274B9BE0-1857-11EB-8001444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	HID-compliant consumer control device
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 573  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C1110-1857-11EB-8002444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	HID-compliant system controller
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 3  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C1110-1857-11EB-8003444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	USB Receiver
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C5F30-1857-11EB-8004444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	USB Receiver
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C5F30-1857-11EB-8005444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	USB Receiver
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C8640-1857-11EB-8006444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	USB Receiver
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 767  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C8640-1857-11EB-8007444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	USB Receiver
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 3  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0
SYSTEM_INPUT	{274C8640-1857-11EB-8008444553540000}
SYSTEM_INPUT_NAME	USB Receiver
SYSTEM_INPUT_REMARKS	SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_AXIS 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_BUTTON 0  SYSTEM_GAMEPAD_FOV 0


-=-=-=-=-=-=- Application Information -=-=-=-=-=-=-

FFXIVLauncher
Edit Post ‹ Windy Weather — WordPress.com — Mozilla Firefox
2021_11
Holosmith - Guild Wars 2 Wiki (GW2W) — Mozilla Firefox
Clipboard01 - IrfanView
Final Fantaxy XIV Characters - Google Sheets — Mozilla Firefox
Google Calendar - Week of November 7, 2021 - Google Chrome
ArtStation - N I X E U — Mozilla Firefox
2021_11
Alienware Aurora R2 Saga – Windy Weather — Mozilla Firefox
Main Scenario Quests - Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn Wiki - FFXIV / FF14 ARR Community Wiki and Guide — Mozilla Firefox
Settings
Settings
VirtualBox
Pablos New Computer
Captures
Microsoft Text Input Application


-=-=-=-=-=-=- Install Information -=-=-=-=-=-=-

The Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt
AMD Chipset Software
AnyDesk
Battle.net
Glyph
RIFT
Google Chrome
Guild Wars
Haali Media Splitter
MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter 3.9.9.51
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge Update
NC Launcher 2
NewBlue Titler Pro 5 for Corel
Steam
The Elder Scrolls Online
Heaven Benchmark version 4.0
VLC media player
World of Warcraft
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate 2018
Aion Classic
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) - 12.0.30501
Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 X86 Minimum Runtime - 14.28.29334
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x86 Minimum Runtime - 12.0.21005
Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 X86 Additional Runtime - 14.28.29334
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010  x86 Redistributable - 10.0.30319
Canvas 11.1
FINAL FANTASY XIV ONLINE
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x86) - 11.0.61030
Aion
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729
TERA
GOG Galaxy
Setup
AMD PCI Driver
AMD_Chipset_Drivers
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
AMD PSP Driver
AMD Ryzen Balanced Driver
Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable (x64) - 14.28.29334
AMD SBxxx SMBus Driver Alpha
MyDVD Content Pack 1
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x86 Additional Runtime - 11.0.61030
Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable (x86) - 14.28.29334
QtScreenShotArchive version 1.5
Promontory_GPIO Driver
TextPad 5
MyDVD Content Pack 2
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x86 Minimum Runtime - 11.0.61030
ICA
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x64) - 11.0.61030
Arc
Gameforge Client
Runes of Magic
AMD GPIO2 Driver
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x86) - 12.0.30501
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x86 Additional Runtime - 12.0.21005
SynchQt version 1.1.0
7-Zip 16.04 (x64)
CrystalDiskInfo 8.12.0
FreeCAD 0.19.2
GIMP 2.10.14
Guild Wars 2
HWiNFO64 Version 7.12
IrfanView 4.57 (64-bit)
Mozilla Firefox (x64 en-US)
Mozilla Maintenance Service
PerformanceTest v10.0
proDAD Adorage 3.0 (64bit)
proDAD Route 4.0 (64bit)
proDAD Script 4.0 (64bit)
proDAD Mercalli 2.0 (64bit)
proDAD Vitascene 2.0 (64bit)
Sweet Home 3D version 6.5.2
VLC media player
blender
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010  x64 Redistributable - 10.0.40219
Microsoft Update Health Tools
Corel Update Manager
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x64 9.0.30729
Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 X64 Additional Runtime - 14.28.29334
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x64 Additional Runtime - 11.0.61030
Boris FX Continuum Plug-ins 11 for Corel VideoStudio 2018
Contents64
Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.28
Windows PC Health Check
VideoStudio 3D Title Editor
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x64 9.0.30729.17
VSClassic64
Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 X64 Minimum Runtime - 14.28.29334
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x64 Additional Runtime - 12.0.21005
LibreOffice 7.2.1.2
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x64 Minimum Runtime - 11.0.50727
Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x64 Minimum Runtime - 12.0.21005
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x64 Additional Runtime - 11.0.50727
NVIDIA Ansel
NVIDIA Control Panel 456.71
NVIDIA Graphics Driver 456.71
NVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.19.0218
NVIDIA HD Audio Driver 1.3.38.35
NVIDIA Install Application
NVIDIA Display MessageBus
NVIDIA Display Container
NVIDIA Display Container LS
NVIDIA Display Watchdog Plugin
NVIDIA Display Session Container
NVIDIA USBC Driver 1.45.831.832
IPM_VS_Pro64
Graffiti x64 Corel VideoStudio 2018
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x64 Minimum Runtime - 11.0.61030
VSUltimate64
Inkscape
Share64


-=-=-=-=-=-=- Proccess Information -=-=-=-=-=-=-

C:\Program Files (x86)\AnyDesk\AnyDesk.exe	00001AAC
C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe	000022F4
C:\Program Files\IrfanView\i_view64.exe	0000531C
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe	00004C04
C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.549981C3F5F10_3.2109.6305.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Cortana.exe	00001F90
C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_2021.21090.10008.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Microsoft.Photos.exe	00003E74
C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.YourPhone_1.21092.145.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\YourPhone.exe	000041E8
C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.ZuneVideo_10.21092.10731.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Video.UI.exe	00003BFC
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE	00001A48
C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel\SystemSettings.exe	0000179C
C:\Windows\System32\CompPkgSrv.exe	00003450
C:\Windows\System32\RuntimeBroker.exe	0000062C
C:\Windows\System32\SecurityHealthSystray.exe	000027AC
C:\Windows\System32\SystemSettingsBroker.exe	00001524
C:\Windows\System32\oobe\UserOOBEBroker.exe	00001A64
C:\Windows\System32\smartscreen.exe	00002660
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe	00002BD8
C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy\LockApp.exe	00002280
C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Search_cw5n1h2txyewy\SearchApp.exe	000035BC
C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\StartMenuExperienceHost.exe	00001E5C
C:\Windows\SystemApps\MicrosoftWindows.Client.CBS_cw5n1h2txyewy\InputApp\TextInputHost.exe	000016E4
C:\Windows\SystemApps\ShellExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\ShellExperienceHost.exe	00003764
C:\Windows\system32\ApplicationFrameHost.exe	00003698
C:\Windows\system32\DllHost.exe	000038E8
C:\Windows\system32\SettingSyncHost.exe	0000131C
C:\Windows\system32\sihost.exe	000006BC
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe	000042D8
C:\Windows\system32\taskhostw.exe	00001BD0
G:\FFXIV\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn\boot\ffxivlauncher.exe	00002050
G:\FFXIV\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XIV - A Realm Reborn\boot\ffxivsysinfo64.exe	00004BE4

Computer Failed Today

Back in October 2017 I built a new system with an AMD Ryzen 1800x CPU. The system has been great. With 8 cores and 16 threads and a nice Nvidia RTX 2060 Graphics card, it has been a real performer for gaming and video editing.

In January 2020, the power supply died and I replaced it with a similar model to avoid having to rewire the system power lines.

Today, I’d played FFXIV through the morning and just finished a 1/2 hour dungeon run – nothing special or stressful. And as I finished that and it suddenly stopped working. Just rebooted out of no where. No blue screen. Just a reboot. Boot loop. I tried to trigger a repair but looks like windows has removed “Safe Mode” boot. But after booting a couple of times, it displayed a message  that it was attempting to “repair and restart”, but it just kept rebooting.

I assumed at this point that the SSD was bad, or so worn out that it was causing the error. So I tried SpinRite, a HD diagnostic that I have which boots into DOS from a DVD. No go. That booted, but then just looped forever with the message “Discovering Systems Mass Storage Devices…”.

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Windows 10 Random Beeps

For the past few weeks I’ve noticed Windows 10 beeping at random times. These beeps don’t seem to be correlated with anything I’m doing. I finally did a google search. It turns out that this has been a thing for quite some time.

I could not get the troubleshooter to work. But continued searching found that the beeps were an indication that the Event Log was being used. And using the Event Viewer – just type Event Viewer into the white search box at the bottom left of the desktop – showed errors in the Application log. And these errors were ESENT 455 errors. So a google search of that showed that the problem was easily solved.

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Strange Java Issue

Update

See below for the solution. Spoiler – It’s a typo.

Back in April 2020, I wrote a little program to run a sequence of LibreOffice Impress Slide shows. For ease of deployment on Windows and Linux, I built the program in Java. And it worked just fine. Here’s what the program looks like:

You can follow the whole Saga of its development using this link. The program has been working very well on Linux Mint 19 and 20 and Windows 10 for a couple of months now. I’ve not changed anything since May 16. Here’s the github repository.

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Windows 10 File Sharing Broken Again

I have a bunch of computers. Not surprising since I’ve been a software engineer for decades. Windows file sharing has always been exasperating. It works, then it fails, then it works again.

So here’s an example.

Intrasitive Networking

I have had a little Gigabyte Brix computer for a couple of years now. I would like to set it up to play audio books so I moved it and hooked it to another monitor. I thought that a few weeks ago, file sharing was working fine, but now it’s not. I just need to copy the audio books to it so I can play them. So Crystal can see the GBBrix shares and read files from that system. But the GBBrix system cannot see any other systems on the network and so cannot copy files from them. All the shares are set “Everyone can read”.

Foolish me.

By “intransitive” I mean unable to communicate in both directions between two nodes of a network. Google cannot find this definition for me. All it finds for “Transitive” or “Intransitive” relates to Verbs in a language. Oh, here’s the definition. Number 2 – Logic. In either order a >> b and b >> a.

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Bad Audio Recording

A Few Headsets

I have a nice gaming headset. Logitech G430. Works fine with Discord. However, it fails when I use it with Corel Video Studio, or with Windows 10 Gaming Capture for captures in a game. It clips and drops parts of the audio, especially at the beginning of phrases. I’m in a very quiet space, so background noise is not the problem.

I decided to purchase another headset by another manufacturer to see if that fixes the problem. We’ll see. But in the mean time, I already have another device to record audio.

Headsets used to be very expensive. The G430 started out at $99 and is now $39, like the EKSA. Lots of choices on Amazon and elsewhere. Looks like they probably all use the same USB – Audio chip.

Older Headsets Have Their Own Problems

Plantronics USB Headset, circa 2000

This older headset has it’s own problems. Turns out the hard plastic parts rub against each other, causing pops and snaps during recording. I guess the plastic got old and sticky over the years. The pops and snaps are so loud that the headset is unusable for recording.

Also notice that I had to replace the muff with some cloth. The foam had rotted away, as foam of that type does over time.

Enter the Webcam

I’ve had this Logitech C510 webcam for a long time. And it still works fine. But has long since been superseded by newer models. However, the problem with this device is that it hasn’t worked for sometime, for audio. Works fine for video, but Windows 10 has not seen the microphone for some time.

Let’s use google to find out why.

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Failing to Serve Customers

To serve customers in these times, most organizations need to make Appointments. Various organizations that I’ve dealt with do this in different ways:

Umpqua bank, for example, has always had a large staff of helpful folks on phone banks, so they make appointments by phone. You call them ONCE and make an appointment at your local bank. However, if you have to change an appointment, then you need to call them back and they need to Skype the local branch to change the appointment. You get email confirmations of all the changes. Ok. Not the best, but Ok. One phone call that you make.

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