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Computers / Re: SpinRite - HDD saviours since 2003
« Last post by thar on 26 March 2017, 19:57:53 »
I'm sure I've used this in the past, but thanks for the reminder snadge.

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Audio / Re: ipod nano
« Last post by snadge on 26 March 2017, 17:28:00 »
hello and welcome,

when music is encoded to from 1 format to another then what happens is the type of ID Tag (that tag that holds the track info) coding used may have been different at the time of encoding, resulting in using a type if ID tag that certain devices deont recognise...that is your issue

its all about ripping your music from a CD with the same settings OR if getting MP3s off friends use MP3TAG, or internet then editing their IDtags to match IF they dont (viewed in MP3TAG)

simple fix... delete the entire album from ipod and itunes and re-rip it :)

sounds like to me you might have pieced together the album from various source???  if so get the whole album from same source...even then u cant trust they havent done the same
Audio / ipod nano
« Last post by oldguy on 26 March 2017, 15:20:41 »
I have an older ipod nano gen5 which I use for music and it works very well.
Recently I obtained a nano 7th generation and sync it with exactly the same library of tunes that is used on my old unit.
The problem was when I viewed the artist menu on the 7th generation some had tunes missing where as the 5th gen.shows all tunes from that artist,however if I look for the tunes in the song title menu they are present.
As a further test I borrowed an iphone and transferred my music to it with similar results ie songs missing from artist menu.
I have asked at retailers and no one seems to have a clue.
I am a oap so if some of you younger folks can get me around this in simple language I would be very greatfull.
Tech News & Reviews / Openreach opening up 'Dark Fibre' to other ISPs..?
« Last post by snadge on 24 March 2017, 16:03:24 »

ETH010/17 Dark Fibre Access (DFA) to be available in deregulated market areas

Ethernet Communications Providers (CPs)
To inform Ethernet CPs of an important portfolio policy decision on Dark Fibre Access (DFA) availability in deregulated areas in the UK.
We’ve published a briefing for Communications Providers (CPs) relating to Dark Fibre Access (DFA) availability.
Click here to read the full briefing. Please note that you’ll need your Openreach portal ID and password.
Issued by GC
The contents of this briefing are accurate at the time of writing and are subject to change.
If you wish to discuss the information contained within this brief, please contact your Sales and Relationship Manager.

Tech News & Reviews / Google and Symantec clash on website security checks
« Last post by snadge on 24 March 2017, 15:56:36 »

Search giant Google and security firm Symantec have clashed over the way websites are kept secure.
Google claims Symantec has done a poor job of using standard tools, called certificates, that check the identity of thousands of websites.
It will change its Chrome browser to stop recognising some Symantec certificates, causing problems for people who visit sites using them.
Symantec said Google's claims were "exaggerated" and "irresponsible".
The row concerns identity checks known as "security certificates", which underlie the HTTPS system that ensures data is encrypted as it travels to and from a website.
Symantec is one of the biggest issuers of basic security certificates as well as their extended versions, which are supposed to give users more confidence in the security of a site.
'Strong objection'
Google alleges that Symantec has not done enough to ensure that these basic and extended certificates are being issued correctly. It claims to have evidence that over the past few years 30,000 certificates are suspect.
In a bid to tackle the problem, Google said it would change the way many versions of Chrome display information derived from Symantec certificates. This could mean many users get warnings that sites are insecure or are blocked from visiting them.
In response, Symantec said it "strongly objected" to the way Google had acted, saying its decision was "unexpected".
Its statement added that Google's statements about the way it issues certificates was "exaggerated and misleading". It threw doubt on the claim that 30,000 certificates had been issued incorrectly and said only 127 had been identified as wrongly issued.
Symantec said it had taken "extensive remediation measures" to improve the way it issued certificates and noted that many other certificate issuers had not gone as far.
It queried why it had been "singled out" by Google when other certificate issuers were also at fault.
"We are open to discussing the matter with Google in an effort to resolve the situation in the shared interests of our joint customers and partners," it concluded

Broadband / Re: Internet dropout on one computer but not the other.
« Last post by snadge on 24 March 2017, 15:50:13 »
Hi and  welcome:1

You MUST try the PC directly into the superhub with LAN...this  would know if it were your internal data cabling, in which case i would get the get back out the guy who installed it.

was the electrician a network specialist too? just being an electrician isnt always good enough on its own.

do you get wifi pings and throughput no problem in that room? if so this 100% points to the internal cabling.

also,, what is the syptom exactly? (if the laptop works fine#?
if your sure they arent them simply reinstall your Ethernet driver from your manufacturers website, if you tell use the make and model of ur PC we will link you to the driver
Computers / SpinRite - HDD saviours since 2003
« Last post by snadge on 24 March 2017, 13:23:37 »
Iam ashamed i have only just read of this tool that every tech and enthusiast should have in their system.... SPINRITE, see the video in webpage below as it explains and makes total sense, there are hundreds of reviews who have rescued non-booting or faulty systems with this excellent tool.


its Steve Gibson so if anyone know who that is will know he is one of the best software cryptographists in the business

I wont explain how it works as his video tells it best, but this is a nust have tool for PC techs alike
Broadband / Internet dropout on one computer but not the other.
« Last post by jwhite1985 on 24 March 2017, 10:10:36 »
Hello all,

I've a problem with my internet for which I can't seem to find an answer with various google searching, so I was hoping someone could help on here.

I have a newly installed wired data cables in my home, through the walls and floorboards. This was done by an electrician when he re wired my new house. There is a data wall plate close to my Virgin Media router downstairs where they have installed the cable box, which runs 3 data cables to various points in my house so I can have a wired connection to my desktop PC in my study, and my TVs in the bedroom.

Whilst I prepared the study, I have been using my desktop downstairs wired directly to the router, not using the internal cabling, which has been fine. Pings of about 15 ms and no drop outs or any other issues. This has been true of the WiFi too.
Since I have moved the desktop upstairs and used the internal cables however, I have been getting intermittent drop outs using the desktop. I notice this mainly when internet gaming, but also when browsing, or connecting to my work's server. There are no ping spikes before the dropouts, and they last only about 1 to 5 seconds before reconnecting. They happen approximately every 5 to 20 minutes.

 I thought it may be a problem with the internal cable, but it works absolutely fine when I use the wired connection with my laptop, with no drop outs at all. All other WiFi devices around the house work fine too, so I don't think this is a ISP problem. The problem seems to be when I use my desktop PC on the internal cabling only.

Things I've tried: Using a USB ethernet port for my desktop (I have no idea if this would change anything): same issue.

Things I could try: Wiring the desktop back directly to the router without using the internal cables, like before, but that would mean having the PC in the living room which I don't want, or running an untidy ethernet cable up my stairs. I could also try wiring the desktop into one of the other internal cables in another room, to try to see if it is only affecting the cable going to the study.

Do you think this issue is to do with the internal ethernet cabling, and if so, why is my laptop having no issues? Or with my desktop PC, and if so why is it working fine when connected directly to the router?

Both my desktop and my laptop are running Windows 10, fully updated. My desktop is 5 years old now, but has been upgraded periodically and is high spec.

My ISP is Virgin Media on the Vivid Gamer 200 package.

I appreciate any help, thank you.

just don't make complex software even more complex as a result of a more complex architecture

Couldn't agree more.
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