Random Tech Questions you want answered.

Since this morning, my desktop is stuck in a reboot loop. It worked perfectly fine yesterday evening when I shut it down. The reboot starts after a minute or so, whether I log into Windows or not. The screens go blank, and after a few seconds he reboots.

What I tried already:

I opened the computer case, the CPU fans are working fine. The GPU fans are not spinning, but that could be normal behavior at least during bootup.
I tried unplugging my monitors and using one or the other.

Seems like it's going to be hardware related, but I will try Windows Repair / Safe Mode first to be sure. And then unplugging hardware one by one starting from a minimal setup.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please shoot!

The GPU fans should almost certainly always be spinning at least a bit when the power is on. Do you have another GPU you could swap in, or does your CPU do video?

If you can get into windows for even a minite, have you checked the event log? That might give you a clue as to why windows thinks it's happening.
Does the cycle happen faster ane faster if you keep doing it over and over again? Then it could be something overheating.
Do you have a lot of drives, are you close to your power supply's power limit or is it old? Could be a dying power supply.
Also, longshot, might be something wrong with your reset/power button or the wires to it. Maybe try unplugging them and see if it happens when you just bridge the power pins with a screwdriver.
Gpu fans may or may not spin on startup depending your unit's base setup, but it could be that too.

Culprit found... I use the desktop for WFH as well, with corporate anti-malware, but I have no insight in its findings. In the afternoon I got a message from IT, that a "malicious" file called WinRing0x64.sys was found by Carbon Black.

Turns out this file was a part of the OpenRGB program I installed in April, and uninstalled almost right after. But apparently it left this file behind. From the interwebs:

WinRing0x64.sys is a hardware access library developed by Noriyuki MIYAZAKI of OpenLibSys.org, often used to gain low-level access to hardware components, such as CPU and memory, which is typically required for system monitoring or overclocking utilities.

So Carbon Black found this file while Windows was starting, immediately causing a crash and reboot, rinse repeat.

Carbon Black. Say no more.

Ha! We are a VMware focused services partner, so yeah you are right but also it’s the least of our worries right now

Jonman wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:

I believe the One and Series controller is essentially the same thing.

Yes and no.

In addition to minor hardware differences, early One controllers were available in both Bluetooth and non Bluetooth forms. Be aware of that if you're buying for PC gaming as you probably want wireless.

I only use wired controllers on my PC. I've never gotten a consistent connection via any controller. PS4, 8Bitdo, and Xbox controller bought new from Best Buy after the Series launch, across 2 machines with bluetooth dongle on the back, front, and integrated bluetooth. It is all rubbish and the connection will break up all the time. My keyboard (Kechron Q10) is even worse, where it will lose connection and repeat inputs. Wired controllers and wired internet or nothing for me. My computer sits under the desk, but close enough for me to touch with the side of my leg.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

with bluetooth dongle on the back, front, and integrated bluetooth. It is all rubbish and the connection will break up all the time

The problem there is "Bluetooth". Bluetooth is crap.

2.4GHz wireless devices are fantastic.

Yeah the Xbox Series dongles are the way to go to keep your series X controllers connected wirelessly reliably.

TheGameguru wrote:

Yeah the Xbox Series dongles are the way to go to keep your series X controllers connected wirelessly reliably.

Yep, it acts, and reacts, the same as the Xbox with those.

TheGameguru wrote:

Yeah the Xbox Series dongles are the way to go to keep your series X controllers connected wirelessly reliably.

One anecdotal data point over here in favor of regular ole Bluetooth working flawlessly with a One controller on my PC, sans dongle.

Even if Bluetooth holds a connection steadily, you will on average get significantly worse input lag over Bluetooth, often on the order of 2x or worse.

There's a reason that there's no such thing as a competitive Bluetooth wireless gaming mouse. Quality wireless mice reduce the latency difference vs. wired down to almost a rounding error. Both wired and 2.4 wireless range in the 1.5-3ms neighborhood for click latency, while Bluetooth mice don't even enter the picture until around 10ms or so.

Obviously it's up to each person how sensitive they are to latency (and how latency sensitive the games they play are), but it's something everyone considering wireless should be aware of.

Hello people that game while being employed, I come in need of assistance and or guidance, especifically with the employed part. I want to find something that helps me automate some tedious mundane tasks in my daily routine, maybe someone here has a suggestion for an appropiate tool or service that helps with this kind of thing.

So, at work we constantly need to create new "projects", which means opening a project folder, a project channel, a project teamboard, review folders and things like that, in different online services like Dropbox, slack, monday, etc. This means that, for each of these "projects" we have to feed / register the same info over and over, for example:

create a dropbox folder,
a frame folder,
a slack channel,
a monday pulse,
and so on and so forth

So, I'm looking for a tool that can be fed this important info and automate this routine without it being too much of a hassle. One that I can "program" to sort the provided info and perform the repetitive tasks involved in our workflow. Do you know of anything that could help me in this scenario? Thanks in advance for any advice, pointers and or sad anecdotes about similar scenarios you may have gone through.

*Legion* wrote:

Even if Bluetooth holds a connection steadily, you will on average get significantly worse input lag over Bluetooth, often on the order of 2x or worse.

There's a reason that there's no such thing as a competitive Bluetooth wireless gaming mouse. Quality wireless mice reduce the latency difference vs. wired down to almost a rounding error. Both wired and 2.4 wireless range in the 1.5-3ms neighborhood for click latency, while Bluetooth mice don't even enter the picture until around 10ms or so.

Obviously it's up to each person how sensitive they are to latency (and how latency sensitive the games they play are), but it's something everyone considering wireless should be aware of.

Yeah, I should have been clearer - my anecdotal report was that the Bluetooth connection on my One controller to my PC "just works". I certainly don't notice any lag with it, but I'm a long, long, long way from a competitive gamer, and don't tend to play games with a controller in which modest input lag would be an issue.

To be honest, I'm surprised it works as well as it does, both in terms of connection stability and negligible lag, which was exactly what I was posting an anecdotal "yeah but it works" post.

Feeank wrote:

Hello people that game while being employed, I come in need of assistance and or guidance, especifically with the employed part. I want to find something that helps me automate some tedious mundane tasks in my daily routine, maybe someone here has a suggestion for an appropiate tool or service that helps with this kind of thing.

So, at work we constantly need to create new "projects", which means opening a project folder, a project channel, a project teamboard, review folders and things like that, in different online services like Dropbox, slack, monday, etc. This means that, for each of these "projects" we have to feed / register the same info over and over, for example:

create a dropbox folder,
a frame folder,
a slack channel,
a monday pulse,
and so on and so forth

So, I'm looking for a tool that can be fed this important info and automate this routine without it being too much of a hassle. One that I can "program" to sort the provided info and perform the repetitive tasks involved in our workflow. Do you know of anything that could help me in this scenario? Thanks in advance for any advice, pointers and or sad anecdotes about similar scenarios you may have gone through.

Nevermind, I found what I used to use a few years back, had completely forgotten about it, it's a service called Zapier and apparently can do what I need...mostly, though you have to pay a monthly fee to use it's most powerful features. If by any chance someone here has used Zapier before (or something similar) it would be great to read your impressions on it.

I think the "real" way of solving that problem is using a scripting programming language. Like a little Python/Ruby/Bash/whatever script you can run that does all those things. We like to tie those scripts to our Slack chatbot so that anyone on the team can trigger the tasks with a simple chat message.

But if you don't have anyone capable of writing one, then yeah it would probably have to be a Zapier or IFTTT or one of those.

what's a frame folder?

astralplaydoh wrote:

what's a frame folder?

Frame
Sorry, It's a webservice for video production - review
Zapier works really well btw, I may have potentially solved my problem already, though there are still a few kinks to take care of before implementing the automations we need.

Family & friends have sucked me in to casual bird watching. While great for most things, my phone’s camera is entirely inadequate for getting decent pictures of birds in the wild. I’m not invested enough in the hobby to get an expensive DSLR w/zoom, so I’m wondering if anyone has experience with attachable telephoto lenses for phones e.g Apexel brand.

I’m using the merlin app out of Cornell for identification & logging purposes in case anyone cares.

Getting an error that I can find almost no detail about via google:
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Anyone see this file type before? OneDrive seems to think it exists, but I can't find it via search within my OneDrive folders. Doesn't go away upon restart either.

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Getting an error that I can find almost no detail about via google:
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Anyone see this file type before? OneDrive seems to think it exists, but I can't find it via search within my OneDrive folders. Doesn't go away upon restart either.

Does the _#### change on reboot? If so, it makes me think it's some kind of PID for an app that's running and then deleted the lockfile after creating it?

Can you see more info if you use a windows powershell prompt and issue a Get-Process -Id #### ?

Thank you! Yes it did change after reboot. Good thought on the powershell check--looks like it's something related to Nvidia's overlay:
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Disabling it eliminates the issue, but I'm still unclear why it's happening. The overlay exe file is in a Program Files subfolder, which isn't backed up by OneDrive.

Edit: apparently the lock file is created on the videos folder, which is currently backed up. Interesting...

Sounds like NVIDIA's whatever-they-call-Shadowplay-nowadays video capture in action.

Could you exclude .lock_ files from the OneDrive backup? I don't know if it would allow for a wild card in something like that.

Tyrian wrote:

Could you exclude .lock_ files from the OneDrive backup? I don't know if it would allow for a wild card in something like that.

heh exactly what I tried and you are correct, it doesn't allow wild cards. I posted about it on Nvidia's community forum, will keep an eye out for responses. Not a huge issue though, just annoying.

been having an odd thing happening in task manager (win10) that i'm not sure what to do with or about.
I have a pair of mirrored HDDs for backup and for a few weeks i've noticed that they are hovering around 50% usage pretty much all the time. one will read, one will write. is this just the parity process? should i do anything about it?

Tycho the Mad wrote:

been having an odd thing happening in task manager (win10) that i'm not sure what to do with or about.
I have a pair of mirrored HDDs for backup and for a few weeks i've noticed that they are hovering around 50% usage pretty much all the time. one will read, one will write. is this just the parity process? should i do anything about it?

I have been searching for a way to have Windows to shut down hard drives, until I need to use them, for ages and come up with nothing. In my case I use my mechanical hard drives for storage and don't need them to spin up every time I open explorer.

Looks like there is a tool called "RevoSleep" that can do this?

The one worry for me would be that spinning them up and down will prematurely age the drive. That's a relatively large source of wear and tear, as I recall, and one reason enterprise class systems back in the spinning rust days tried to avoid taking their drive arrays down any more than necessary. "Spinning" is the natural state for mechanical drives.

what I should probably do is just pull the drives when I'm not backing up (they're in hot swap bays) I'm just being lazy i guess.

What I recall from datacenters is that hot swap connectors, again, are not designed to be constantly cycled.