My DELL laptop, running Windows 8.1, started buzzing every 60 seconds during YouTube video’s earlier this evening (16 Feb 2015). It was annoying and I wasn’t sure what was doing it. Was it Youtube? Was it the laptop? Was it my gaming software?
Rather than being an average user (ie: wondering how much I would have to pay Richard Pascoe to fix my laptop), I researched online to determine if it was a known issue.
TIP #1: The first thing you learn on most ICT help-desk’s is that Mr Google is your best friend. Heck, every job interview I have there is nearly always this question:
Q: What do you do if you don’t know the answer to a user’s query?
A: Google it.
Bingo. I had to test a few key words; Initially I was thinking it was due to Nvidia updates, so I searched Google for ‘recent Nvidia update problems’.
TIP #2: Always seek for your issue with the word ‘problem‘ in the search. Then select ‘Search Tools‘, drop down on ‘Any time‘ to ‘Past week‘, thereby reducing search range to most recent information. If you don’t, it will default to the most common looked at page – which are often many years ago!
Initially some of the results suggested Nvidia, but most were not recent enough. I suspected the issue might be closer to home: The laptop. So I changed to the search parameters to ‘dell audio buzzing’, the answer was revealed and verified in the DELL community support forums:
1. Open ‘Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features’
2. Remove ‘Dell Support Assist’ and ‘Dell Support Agent’
3. Reboot or Restart your machine.
4. Play youtube video to test if issue persists.
DISCLAIMER: This remedy fixed my laptop with its specifications. It may not suit every brand or computer. If you are not sure or don’t feel confident doing this yourself, I highly recommend Richard Pascoe, the Adelaide Tech Guy. I get no kickback from recommending him, we are just good friends.
Despite two real-world events today, I’ve still managed to get onto the online world to visit and read a few world wide web sites of personal interest … and here they are for others to read.
OK, they are really published here so I don’t have to bookmark them on my computer. Since Deli.ci.ious changed hands I have found it to be more useless than a watch with no hands.
What this list really shows how extra-eclectic my reading often is. One of them has music playing in the background – a little old hat for web sites, yet this is cool.
- The Business Mistake that Cost Me $1.5 Million – Entrepreneur Jen Bilik learned a lesson the hard way when she trusted the wrong person.
- Backed by first round’s dorm room fund, Pagevamp turns Facebook pages into Websites.
- Why businesses should act human on Facebook.
- Conran imagines a digital camera with a retro spirit .
- StartUp Weekend Adelaide . Being a long-term resident and worker in Adelaide, I had to mention this page. I really should get along to one of these events, just to see what it really is all about.
- The difference between a Mobile Site and a Full Site by Jakob Nielsen.
- The Innovative Brain
For anyone who think they can determine a person’s personality by the web sites they visit … good on you.
For anyone thinking this is just an average post, I agree. It’s time I started writing again. Again.
- Google: Site Speed Penalty Coming To Mobile Web Sites (searchengineland.com)
- Jane Austen, Web Content and Jakob Nielsen (eteamjournal.wordpress.com)
- 10 Top Web Design and Development trends for 2013 (spyghana.com)
- Use Facebook’s Mobile Site for a Faster, Battery-Friendly Facebook (lifehacker.com)
I like finding and reading/watching all manner of interesting articles from all over the world wide web. I have done so for over ten years, and surely will continue garnering loads of information of all subjects. Even if pointless. Yet tonight’s find isn’t useless, yet maybe just a little left field for me.
Being an ardent U2 fanatic, I particularly enjoyed this guitar lesson. Yet I don’t play guitar. Yet now that I have learnt how to create a ‘Bo Diddley Beat’ on a guitar, the next time I get to hold a guitar, I will attempt to try this out. No doubt failing miserably.
That’s all. So as they do in Twitterland, and now on Facebook, here is a hashtag #justsaying
Every day I read a myriad of web sites that meet my interest. More often I post them on Facebook or Twitter. This morning an idea hit me right between the eyes: Post these links onto my Blog. Stupidly this is exactly why I started for blogging back in the late 90’s.
Yet when I was invited to use Facebook, I lost interest in a lot of things, particularly blogging. That fact annoys me. I seriously gotta get off that ‘book and get back into paperbacks!
So, today, after much trawling of websites throughout today, I found a LOT of sites of interest, yet these six are the ones that interest me most. I like to write my own special by-line to sell the sites. It helps to improve my copy-writing skills, all self taught!
1. If any of your pages have been swallowed into the abyss, most likely it was devoured by a terror of the deep. That is all. Not sure why I listed this link, it just tickled my sense of humour.
2. Got memory-loss issues? Can’t recall the something you saw just 4 seconds ago? Forget where you were last night? Or simply want to record every important moment in your life?
/ Found at blog.makezine.com.
3. Want to learn all that you want without ever stepping into a classroom? You can. For at least seven years the internet has provided many locations through which you can learn the physics of underwater macrame or toilet-paper-mache.
5. The Microsoft Surface bombed in the sales department. No surprise to me. When they first started marketing them here in Australia, most of us watched transfixed as a bunch of teenagers pranced around a fountain ‘clicking’ the monitor to the keyboard.
It looked good, the marketing was schweet … yet few of us imagined actually owning one, let alone getting the opportunity to touch one. I did, just the one time. Mr Richard Pascoe brought it to lunch one time, whereupon I proceeded to push all the buttons. (Still wishing I had pushed a few more, but hey!) I liked the look of it, yet was concerned with a few issues:
- Keyboard. Or lack thereof. It barely feels like a keyboard. Touch-typists are going to get pissed off real quick. I did. This device is not built for coders or photo editors, it is for everday users, like, say – social networkers who spend 98% of their time jibberjabbering about their movement around their city. Not for coding or moving files between servers. It is a toy, and expensive one that that.
- Windows 8. Sigh. The few times I have had the misfortune to use Windows 8, I have been less than impressed. Put your cursor into the corners of the screen if you want to get anywhere. Don’t believe all the hype, it’s a severely dumbed-down interface. The Apple people must be flattered.
5. You don’t have to be a genius to do anything. You just need to be persistent and willing to learn how to a computer – either at school or online , or from a book. Maybe read a book online. Imagine it, learning without teachers. Sure, network with cohorts in the same industry, just don’t spend a fortune to learn what you want or need to know. Has worked for me. / Disclaimer: It also helps to employ people smarter than yourself. That’s how the guys in this video below have run their respective business’s.
6. Thanks to Peaches for helping me find this command for Notepad++ to convert between HTML, Markdown and Textile. As the author/write of this command says, it is going to be useful for writing material from scratch, to polish existing content in HTML, and to lift material from other documents or websites.
OK, that’s enough for you to mull over. I don’t want to use up all my energy in one sitting, gotta save some doozies for next time I post here.
PS. 7. Read how Facebook died/dies. Sorta, kinda, maybe.