Random Tech Questions you want answered.

watching avg resource use in system monitor shows audiodg.exe and system interrupts high on the list. I have like 7 tabs open in chrome on static pages, one playing pandora. A few programs idle in the background. ie steam. No clue....Is there a problem log to review?

So for hard drive issues one tool to check out is StableBit Scanner. It cost $30 but there is a fully functional 30 day trial available. It can be used to tell if there is something wrong with the drive or if the files on the drive are damaged.

So, I created the bootable USB drive and reset my Windows.

It appears this worked.

Now to let it sit overnight to see if it is stable. I am also running Stablebit to scan the surface of the HD to see what it is going on.

mudbunny wrote:

So, I created the bootable USB drive and reset my Windows.

It appears this worked.

Now to let it sit overnight to see if it is stable. I am also running Stablebit to scan the surface of the HD to see what it is going on.

Welp, resetting windows didn't work, as the Stablebit scan crashed overnight and locked up my computer, so I re-installed windows and am running it again.

So, it looks like on a 750G hard drive, I have about 930 corrupted/ruined sectors.

I forced windows to repair the sectors, and it said it repaired them all.

I assume that is a good thing?

How old is the drive? More than a couple of years and it is probably time to replace it.

LeapingGnome wrote:

How old is the drive? More than a couple of years and it is probably time to replace it.

It's a laptop drive that is about 4 or 5 years old.

I'm interested in running a network cable through my heat/air duct from the upstairs bedroom to the living room where my modem is located, about 25' away. After doing a little research, it looks like I'll need plenum rated cables, which are safe to use around extreme heat. My questions are, how easy is it to run cable through a duct with a 90 degree angle, and can anybody recommend a good plenum rated network cable?

Running Man wrote:

I'm interested in running a network cable through my heat/air duct from the upstairs bedroom to the living room where my modem is located, about 25' away. After doing a little research, it looks like I'll need plenum rated cables, which are safe to use around extreme heat. My questions are, how easy is it to run cable through a duct with a 90 degree angle, and can anybody recommend a good plenum rated network cable?

With the correct tools (fish tape/stix, a rod with a hook... whatever is needed to negotiate the run) running cable through ducts is easy. Usually it's a combination of pushing the cable from one end until you can snag it and pull it out from the other. Sometimes it's easier to run some twine first, then tie it to the cable and pull it through.

Unless you're buying bulk cable, there aren't a lot of choices for plenum rated stuff from name brand manufacturers.

Mediabridge and Sewell don't have any, though I like their bulk cable.

Tripp Lite has one:
https://www.tripplite.com/cat6-gigab...

Monoprice has one. Though I like the above names much better Monoprice's warranty is great:
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_...

Ah that's perfect, thanks LouZiffer. I'm going to go with the 30' Monoprice cable. Getting my hands on some fish tape is going to be the tricky part, I'm not really keen on shelling out lots of cash for something I'll only use one time, but once I do I'll try running twine through it first.

The one time I had to fish something through a drop-ceiling (not quite the same) I used a collapsable tent-pole. That might work.

mudbunny wrote:

The one time I had to fish something through a drop-ceiling (not quite the same) I used a collapsable tent-pole. That might work.

My Dad has a long string affixed to a tennis ball he uses for cable runs over drop ceilings. Pop out a tile on either end of the run and toss it across. If you miss the hole on the other end you reel the ball back and try again. Once it's through you tie the cable to the string and pull it through.

An old room-mate of mine ran regular cheap Cat5 through the heating duct to get data down to my basement. Cable's still going strong, 7+ years later.

Plenmum, shmenum.

Jonman wrote:

An old room-mate of mine ran regular cheap Cat5 through the heating duct to get data down to my basement. Cable's still going strong, 7+ years later.

Plenmum, shmenum.

Is it the heating duct or the cold air return? Cause one of those things makes sense, the other is what you do only if the other isn't feasible.

I assume you are mostly just stirring the pot with your colloquial evidence Todd Howard would approve, some things "just work"!!

Dakuna wrote:
Jonman wrote:

An old room-mate of mine ran regular cheap Cat5 through the heating duct to get data down to my basement. Cable's still going strong, 7+ years later.

Plenmum, shmenum.

Is it the heating duct or the cold air return? Cause one of those things makes sense, the other is what you do only if the other isn't feasible.

I assume you are mostly just stirring the pot with your colloquial evidence Todd Howard would approve, some things "just work"!!

It's a valid question - I'm guessing heating duct, as it's warm to the touch.

I'm not suggesting it's necessarily a good idea, just that it's AN idea.

Hobear wrote:

SSD is only a year or two old. Not sure if that would be it but will keep an eye on it.

Temps are 15 C to a max listed of 31 but mostly staying in 15 to 25.

I have played around with a few things and still getting these hitches...Still not noticing a consistent issue I can apply.

Gah looks like I might be reformatting.....

Have you run Resource Monitor?

Heavy disk activity from one process can severely hamper others. This may not be as much of an issue with an SSD, but could cause problems if you also have stuff running from a traditional platter drive. Especially if you're using all your RAM and there's paging going on.

My work machine crawls any time TrustedInstaller decides I need something updated in the middle of the day.

Jonman wrote:

An old room-mate of mine ran regular cheap Cat5 through the heating duct to get data down to my basement. Cable's still going strong, 7+ years later.

Plenmum, shmenum.

Seriously though, I wonder how much heat runs through a heating duct on a cold day? From my amateur research it looks like the plenum cables help out during a house fire, to prevent toxic gases, but I can't determine realistically how necessary they are otherwise, over a regular Cat5 or 6.

Plenum rated cables also keep fire from spreading inside forced air systems where air will easily feed the fire that runs along cables. They'll help to contain it. Some folks don't go with plenum rated cables in ductwork like that, but I won't advise it because it's not my property/life we're talking about.

Looking at latency Mon tool I see my Network Driver Interface Specification NDIS driving is boinked. Looks like I found my problem. Thanks to here for some good latency tools. Thank you all for helping me take a look. I'll post as this comes along.

LouZiffer wrote:

Plenum rated cables also keep fire from spreading inside forced air systems where air will easily feed the fire that runs along cables. They'll help to contain it. Some folks don't go with plenum rated cables in ductwork like that, but I won't advise it because it's not my property/life we're talking about.

If there's a chance it could affect my homeowner's insurance I'd better stick with plenum. Again, thanks everybody for the input.

Plenum is plentiful in professional settings. I'd never go without it. Why take the chance of creating a fire "det cord" that winds all through your house?

An electrician is coming over this weekend to do some unrelated wiring, so I'll get his opinion and post it here, for those interested.

This is ridiculously obscure, but does anybody know where I can buy replacements for the little round rubber pads that go around the screen on the upper half of a Game Boy Advance SP?

These little f*ckers:

Spoiler:

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/BVt49FF.jpg)

If I search for stuff like "GBA SP rubber pads" I only find places selling the rubber pads that go under the buttons.

Go to a home hardware store. You can usually find those little rubber things near the same area where you will find the fuzzy things that go under furniture to help them slide on wood floors.

Those are the screw covers. Search for GBA SP screw cover set and I bet you find them.

This kit has them included. I doubt you'd be able to find them by themselves.

Is there an easy way to search what hardware is accessing my bad driver NDIS.sys? I looked through all network items and in properties didn't see it being utilized. It is being called but not sure by what hardware.

Hobear wrote:

Is there an easy way to search what hardware is accessing my bad driver NDIS.sys? I looked through all network items and in properties didn't see it being utilized. It is being called but not sure by what hardware.

Are you sure it's being called by hardware? That's typically used by the Windows system process. Sometimes malware can try to disguise itself as ndis.sys though. Process Hacker should be able to tell you if there are multiple copies out there and what's using them.

EDIT: Use "Find Handles or DLLs" if it doesn't show up under anything else.

What's a good Android podcast app? I tried using Google's, but it fails to download episodes most of the time. Downloading and subscriptions are about all I care about.

Lots of people like Pocket Casts.

I use Player FM.