Random Tech Questions you want answered.

Anyone else watch the Linus Tech tips secret shopper series? They are doing a new one this year. I just finished watching episode 3. This series was fun the first time and so far it's just as fun again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz7W...

What’s a good way to track where your overall network bandwidth usage is going? Xfinity’s monthly charts don’t give any info beyond total amount used, but I’d like to see a breakdown ideally by device and domains or up addresses. Is this possible to track via the router?

Some routers let you turn logging on, but you've got to watch the logs because if they run out, they either rotate the stack (FIFO), losing data, or just stop taking data in. You could also send the log data to a collector if you have a fancy router.

My Xbox Series X (and XboneX TBH) does not detect my 1440p 144hz freesync monitor as a device that supports 120hz over HDMI 2.0. After digging around on the Internet I found out that’s because my monitor (like many 1440p high refresh monitors) does not advertise over EDID that it supports standard VESA timing.

The suggestion on Reddit (including a Microsoft support person) is to turn off display mode auto detect on the Xbox and manually select the refresh rate. This sorta works. I can get 120h at 1080p to work but not at 1440p and it won’t let me enable freesync at the same time. If I go back to auto mode I can get 1440p at 60hz with freesync.

My interpretation of this (and it seems others have concluded the same) is that monitors like these do support standard VESA timings for 1080p despite not having them in the EDID.

The Microsoft rep on Reddit said there was no plan to have the Xbox auto detect this situation and handle it or to make every option manually selectable.

What I’m looking for is a way to override the EDID info the Xbox sees so that it enables 120hz and freesync (even if I get stuck at 1080p).

I’ve seen things like HDMI audio extractors and display duplicators that can override EDID but I’ve never seen one that has an option for 120hz.

Without knowing what monitor you have and what inputs it has on the back, my guess is, It's possible that the HDMI port on the Monitor itself doesn't support 1440p at 120hz, and in order to get that to run properly you have to plug into the Display port on the monitor.

I have no idea if an HDMI to DP adapter will get you what you want, but it might be worth a try.

Anyone know a have a favorite Android music player app now that Google music is dead?

Just for playing one's own library, not anything subscription-based...

Gaald wrote:

Without knowing what monitor you have and what inputs it has on the back, my guess is, It's possible that the HDMI port on the Monitor itself doesn't support 1440p at 120hz, and in order to get that to run properly you have to plug into the Display port on the monitor.

I have no idea if an HDMI to DP adapter will get you what you want, but it might be worth a try.

AOC Agon AG271QX. It has an HDMI 2.0 port (I'm using with Xbox), HDMI 1.4 port, DP 1.2 port (I’m using with a PC), dual link DVI-D, and a VGA.

This is the Reddit discussion where I found a lot of my info: https://www.reddit.com/r/xboxinsider...

In particular see this series of comments where XboxInsider-Display says “I can see that it does advertise support for 2560x1440P @120Hz, however, the timings it is specifying for that mode are not the standard VESA reduced blanking timings. Xbox One only supports the standard VESA timings.”
https://www.reddit.com/r/xboxinsider...

fenomas wrote:

Anyone know a have a favorite Android music player app now that Google music is dead?

Just for playing one's own library, not anything subscription-based...

GoneMad Music player is my favorite. Rocket Player is my second favorite. I did really like media monkey but for some reason I couldn't get it to work correctly on the pixel. The main feature I like about Gone and Rocket is the ability to make smart playlists.

pandasuit wrote:
Gaald wrote:

Without knowing what monitor you have and what inputs it has on the back, my guess is, It's possible that the HDMI port on the Monitor itself doesn't support 1440p at 120hz, and in order to get that to run properly you have to plug into the Display port on the monitor.

I have no idea if an HDMI to DP adapter will get you what you want, but it might be worth a try.

AOC Agon AG271QX. It has an HDMI 2.0 port (I'm using with Xbox), HDMI 1.4 port, DP 1.2 port (I’m using with a PC), dual link DVI-D, and a VGA.

This is the Reddit discussion where I found a lot of my info: https://www.reddit.com/r/xboxinsider...

In particular see this series of comments where XboxInsider-Display says “I can see that it does advertise support for 2560x1440P @120Hz, however, the timings it is specifying for that mode are not the standard VESA reduced blanking timings. Xbox One only supports the standard VESA timings.”
https://www.reddit.com/r/xboxinsider...

Crap that sucks. I have no idea then. Good luck.

fenomas wrote:

Anyone know a have a favorite Android music player app now that Google music is dead?

Just for playing one's own library, not anything subscription-based...

I use DoubleTwist. It's simple, with a good UI which is all I really want. I don't have much more specific wants than to be able to play an album or a playlist though.

fenomas wrote:

Anyone know a have a favorite Android music player app now that Google music is dead?

Just for playing one's own library, not anything subscription-based...

I was going to suggest trying YouTube Music's on-device support, as you don't have to sign into an account to use it, but wow is it slow to load your library--among other odd issues.

so i'm streaming my schools lectures for the class off of youtube/gamecaster with my laptop and a pair of beats bluetooth headphones i ask the proff to wear.

Is there a way that i can get my headphones to connect to both my pc and my ipad for its microphone? from what i can tell i can only pair one thing at a time to them. is it possible to set up a relay or something on my computer? i like to use a notability recording as well for my own so that i can follow my notes with their slides/recording.

thanks!

Try Parsec. Use it to stream your PC to your ipad. I haven't tested it on a tablet but it does work for streaming a PC to a laptop on the same network. (if I get what you are asking for as I can get audio out of both the PC and laptop this way)

hmm maybe i need to clarify....

what i want is for my bluetooth headphones to give audio to both my computer and my Ipad as the recording is much more clear than using just my ipad mic

FiveIron wrote:

hmm maybe i need to clarify....

what i want is for my bluetooth headphones to give audio to both my computer and my Ipad as the recording is much more clear than using just my ipad mic

I don't think you can pair to two devices at once with regular Bluetooth. If your computer is a Mac then you might be able to, as I know Apple has some special setup with their headphones. Whatever they do that makes switching easier might make it possible to work with both?

And that's assuming you're using Beats/Apple on your end. I just noticed you said the professor was the one with the Beats headphones.

Might be easiest to get a cheaper mic and speakers for your PC that are still sufficient for class participation.

I've also seen people wear Earpods or similar earbuds underneath headphones when they need audio into two devices.

Trying to figure out what is lacking in my current laptop setup. I have my work laptop and a home laptop that alternately plug into a universal docking station that goes out to my monitor via a display link cable:usb out of the laptop, hdmi in to the monitor. My screen resolution is being limited by the hub but the specs on the hub seem to claim it supports higher resolutions. Googling my problem has yet to yield any useful results.

The docking station is a dell d3100, laptops are an hp & an asus rog.

Clumber wrote:

Trying to figure out what is lacking in my current laptop setup. I have my work laptop and a home laptop that alternately plug into a universal docking station that goes out to my monitor via a display link cable:usb out of the laptop, hdmi in to the monitor. My screen resolution is being limited by the hub but the specs on the hub seem to claim it supports higher resolutions. Googling my problem has yet to yield any useful results.

The docking station is a dell d3100, laptops are an hp & an asus rog.

What resolution and refresh rate are you being limited to?

Note that going from DP to HDMI will probably limit things a lot (the cable/converter will limit you). The displayport on that dock is only rated to 30Hz, though it can do up to 4K if hooked to a displayport monitor. You might be better off using an HDMI cable and plugging it into the HDMI port in the dock.

LouZiffer wrote:
Clumber wrote:

Trying to figure out what is lacking in my current laptop setup. I have my work laptop and a home laptop that alternately plug into a universal docking station that goes out to my monitor via a display link cable:usb out of the laptop, hdmi in to the monitor. My screen resolution is being limited by the hub but the specs on the hub seem to claim it supports higher resolutions. Googling my problem has yet to yield any useful results.

The docking station is a dell d3100, laptops are an hp & an asus rog.

What resolution and refresh rate are you being limited to?

Note that going from DP to HDMI will probably limit things a lot (the cable/converter will limit you). The displayport on that dock is only rated to 30Hz, though it can do up to 4K if hooked to a displayport monitor. You might be better off using an HDMI cable and plugging it into the HDMI port in the dock.

1920x1080. I assumed the hdmi ports were output only.

Clumber wrote:
LouZiffer wrote:
Clumber wrote:

Trying to figure out what is lacking in my current laptop setup. I have my work laptop and a home laptop that alternately plug into a universal docking station that goes out to my monitor via a display link cable:usb out of the laptop, hdmi in to the monitor. My screen resolution is being limited by the hub but the specs on the hub seem to claim it supports higher resolutions. Googling my problem has yet to yield any useful results.

The docking station is a dell d3100, laptops are an hp & an asus rog.

What resolution and refresh rate are you being limited to?

Note that going from DP to HDMI will probably limit things a lot (the cable/converter will limit you). The displayport on that dock is only rated to 30Hz, though it can do up to 4K if hooked to a displayport monitor. You might be better off using an HDMI cable and plugging it into the HDMI port in the dock.

1920x1080. I assumed the hdmi ports were output only.

They are. I misread and thought you were going from the displayport in the dock to an HDMI monitor. Instead, you're using a displaylink cable from the laptops, and an HDMI cable from the dock. Hrm. It should support more, but maybe the monitor doesn't support its max of 2048x1152 over HDMI (one step up from 1080p - but not quite 1440p).

It can potentially do 1440p at 50Hz over HDMI, but many monitors don't support that. Most monitors run at 60Hz.

EDIT: So you know what to look for, what it can do is a combination of...

- What laptop port you have it plugged into (USB 2 would have limitations vs USB 3).
- What cables you're using and their max supported speed.
- What monitor you're using and its supported resolutions/refresh rates.

Somewhere in there is the answer. You're a single step below its maximum for HDMI, which tells me something either isn't compatible with the highest resolution and/or the 50Hz refresh rate at that resolution.

fenomas wrote:

Anyone know a have a favorite Android music player app now that Google music is dead?

Just for playing one's own library, not anything subscription-based...

Poweramp, especially if you have a well maintained file folder structure as it lets you display things in that manner. Not just folders in general, but the exact hierarchy you put in place. So I have everything by Artist folder, Album folder, and when I enter into my "library" it shows me just the artist folders first, even though there are no tracks there, but only contained within subfolders. Once I start playing a song in a subfolder, it continues to just play the next track until the end of the folder, and then continues to the next folder in the structure. It is the ONLY app I found that does this, having looked at 20+ options some years ago. I think it's a $5 unlock for the full version but with a trial.

I downloaded GoneMad Music Player and it looks to do this, too, but has a bit less customization from what I can tell at first glance, including view options.

Thanks for all the audio app ideas! I tried MediaMonkey first, since I it's what I use on windows, and it seems to work well even at the free tier. But I've downloaded some others to compare when I have a chance.

So my PC has been feeling sluggish from time-to-time and when I look at Task Manager I see System Interrupts taking 80 to 100% of my CPU. Anyone else run into this, and, if so, how'd you fix it?

Math wrote:

So my PC has been feeling sluggish from time-to-time and when I look at Task Manager I see System Interrupts taking 80 to 100% of my CPU. Anyone else run into this, and, if so, how'd you fix it?

That can be from a faulty device. First step I would take is unplugging everything inessential (especially USB hubs and devices) and see if that changes anything.

Related to that, it could also be a buggy driver. Windows these days is pretty good at keeping most drivers up-to-date on its own, but if you have a really old or uncommon device(s) attached, you may want to see check for driver updates on your own.

Aside from faulty hardware or software, it could also be something legitimately (or illegitimately) generating a lot of I/O. Legit could be that you forgot that you had Steam redownload your entire game library to a new HD. Not legit could be malware using you as part of a botnet.

I've been super happy with the 1More Stylish earbuds I bought last year, but since I cleaned it last week the right ear bud sounds super muffled. I didn't take anything apart, just cleaned it gently with a Kleenex. There is still sound coming out, but very quiet. I was careful not to push the dirt into the earbud so I'm not sure how this happened. Or maybe correlation isn't causation.

I tried disconnecting/reconnecting the buds to no avail. I might run out the batteries to see if that helps.

Google turns up empty, and I'm having issues getting in touch with 1More support so far. If anyone has any theory I'd be most happy to hear it.

I don't know if earbuds work like the bigger Sennheisers, but on the Senns there's a super-thin film dome over the speaker that needs to be a dome; if you dent it, the speaker won't sound right. The solution with the Senns is to pop it back out with your mouth; it takes just the tiniest bit of suction to fix it.

Dunno if that will help, but if nothing else, imagining you sucking on an earbud is something I'll find mildly amusing. And if I get to be amused, and it works, so much the better.

Malor wrote:

I don't know if earbuds work like the bigger Sennheisers, but on the Senns there's a super-thin film dome over the speaker that needs to be a dome; if you dent it, the speaker won't sound right. The solution with the Senns is to pop it back out with your mouth; it takes just the tiniest bit of suction to fix it.

Dunno if that will help, but if nothing else, imagining you sucking on an earbud is something I'll find mildly amusing. And if I get to be amused, and it works, so much the better.

I'm not going to lie, I felt like an idiot. But hey, if it was a prank, at least it was a genius one. So yeah, I sucked an earbud. It... actually worked!

Hah! That's just about the definition of win-win.

Ha! Makes sense but I would have never thought of that simple fix.