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by fine-tune
Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Save My Desktop - If You Can!
Replies: 20
Views: 8095

Re: Save My Desktop - If You Can!

Janitor Tzap, that's a really great idea!! I immediately removed the side panel from the tower. I can see the CMOS jumper pins. They are called CLR_CMOS. There is another way to reset the CMOS. Pull the battery and connect a jumper wire to the negative and positive battery terminals. Most mobo user...
by fine-tune
Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Save My Desktop - If You Can!
Replies: 20
Views: 8095

Re: Save My Desktop - If You Can!

haklesup, please read my original message. The Pioneer burner is most definitely listed during POST. It's also listed in the Boot Menu and in the BIOS (or CMOS) setup. I just loaded a BartPE boot disk from the Boot Menu. Obviously, the burner is fine. gunter, I tried EVERY SYSTEM and REGISTRY HACK! ...
by fine-tune
Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Save My Desktop - If You Can!
Replies: 20
Views: 8095

Re: Save My Desktop - If You Can!

Janitor Tzap, the operating system I'm using right now doesn't exist! I can download and upload files which are scanned by dozens of virus and malware detectors in the cloud, or by several of my own apps. The system I use at home when I'm online is mounted as a virtual image. I go offline and the im...
by fine-tune
Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Save My Desktop - If You Can!
Replies: 20
Views: 8095

Save My Desktop - If You Can!

With powerful laptops and AIO (All-In-One) computers the traditional tower style desktop is fading. I've built many desktops over the years, and I'm thinking about going in that direction too. I still have a really nice desktop in my home office and I've got a serious problem! After replacing the CM...
by fine-tune
Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Nuts & Volts Magazine Discussions
Topic: Brave Browser - July Nuts & Volts
Replies: 0
Views: 6274

Brave Browser - July Nuts & Volts

There are countless blogs and forums asking "what's your favorite browser?" I'd like to magically replace all ten billion replies with my own. The answer is "well, maybe, sort of, I guess, I think," and on and on into oblivion. I use K-Meleon most of the time. It does load web pages faster than Inte...
by fine-tune
Tue May 31, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fluorescent Dimmer - It's OK?
Replies: 8
Views: 3025

Re: Fluorescent Dimmer - It's OK?

That is an option Steve G, but once I remove the fixture it's going to be replaced, not rewired. The idea is to find a simple solution that works. Modern fluorescent dimmers may be very good, but I have never used one. I guess my brain is stuck in the past. If I remember correctly, the early attempt...
by fine-tune
Tue May 31, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fluorescent Dimmer - It's OK?
Replies: 8
Views: 3025

Fluorescent Dimmer - It's OK?

I have a huge collection of electronics books and old factory data books. I know everything is online, but it's too painful to throw them in the trash. Long before ultra miniature SMD's there were published designs for fluorescent dimmer switches. I never tried to breadboard any of these schematics....
by fine-tune
Thu May 05, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Modem Trouble
Replies: 4
Views: 2104

Re: Modem Trouble

I googled "dial-up modem if you would like to make a call, please hang up and try again." The list of possible causes are almost endless. I don't know why, but I've never had a problem with a dial-up modem that required more than 10 minutes to resolve. Just good luck, I guess. Like I said, keeping t...
by fine-tune
Thu May 05, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Modem Trouble
Replies: 4
Views: 2104

Modem Trouble

Years ago when we all transitioned to broadband I decided to keep my dial-up modem as a backup. Cost almost nothing. I'm glad I did, because broadband has never been 100% reliable in my community. I have several brand new Jaton WinComm V.92 modem cards. The chipset is Intel/Ambient MD5628 D-L-C. I j...
by fine-tune
Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Those Pesky Membrane Switches
Replies: 7
Views: 2585

Re: Those Pesky Membrane Switches

I googled "membrane switch" and there are a million images. Anything soft and mushy reminds me of a membrane, but I guess the strict technical definition does not include those silicone keys on a TV remote. Normally, I would never consider repairing a TV remote. The three units I've got are kind of ...
by fine-tune
Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Those Pesky Membrane Switches
Replies: 7
Views: 2585

Those Pesky Membrane Switches

My favorite bench style DMM was manufactured by B&K Precision. This instrument had every feature I wanted and when all the switches began to fail it was depressing. I asked a service company to estimate the cost of repair. It was more than I had paid for the thing, so I did the job myself. It was ho...
by fine-tune
Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: X10 Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1991

Re: X10 Problem

It's hard to remember, but there were X10 modules that did not have a rotary code switch. My unit is very simple! I think they were made exclusively for Radio Shack. There were three codes. A, B, and C. Because the LED on the remote is lighting up, I'm going to assume there is nothing wrong with the...
by fine-tune
Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: X10 Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1991

X10 Problem

Many years ago I built two complex brackets to support a simple X10 remote and a control module. The darn thing has been in my garage for more years than I can remember. The remote uses an A23 12 volt battery that also seems to last forever. The remote or control module is having a problem. It may n...
by fine-tune
Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amazing & Strange Kevlar
Replies: 2
Views: 1716

Re: Amazing & Strange Kevlar

I wanted someone besides me to use the word "abrasion." I've got the usual assortment of Dremel accessories. I also have a more costly flexible shaft rotary power tool made by Foredom. Foredom power tools are same quality used by dentists. The edges of any drilled hole can be very sharp. Each hole d...
by fine-tune
Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amazing & Strange Kevlar
Replies: 2
Views: 1716

Amazing & Strange Kevlar

My business has nothing to do with the manufacture of Kevlar. For other reasons, my partners and I visited a Kevlar factory a few years ago. They gave us spools of Kevlar thread as samples. I decided to test the strength of this thread, so I performed some tests. Six cinder blocks were lifted 4 ft. ...