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MDude

Weird occurance with Windows?

Was trying to Install the DirectX SDK, after having isntalled Visual Studio 2015, as part of setting up http://gameplay3d.io/ . But it kept failing, at frist because something was keeping it from writing to a particular file. Apparently Explorer was the culprit for some reason, so of course I immediatly shut down the explorer.exe process tree and restarted the installer from a command line. This failed as well, though for no discernable reason beyond "failure", so I restarted thje comptuer to see if that would help. Windows then said it was configuring updates even though I have updates set to notify rather than isntall automatically, and haven't installed updates since the last time I rebooted, which was for installing Visual Studio. When it rebooted, it configured again but got stuck at 100% and wouldn't boot.

After several minutes, I got impatient and forced a reboot, which didn't help because it just got stuck at 35% instead. Restarting again, I plugged in a ps/2 keyboard to so as to try selecting safe mode during the boot process (usb one wasn't being recognized quicly enough), but it jsut noticed that updates werne't configured and shut down. Even after noticing a startup problem, going back to a restore point, and trying to use safe mode with command line, it wouldn't let me go around configuration. But finally it realised the configuration wasn't going to work, and set about reverting it. At least it knows to do that after so many tries, but I wonder what made it think it had an update to configure in the first place. The DirectX isntaller? That didn't even complete properly. Anyway, now that I've got it running it does have an update queued that I'll have it intall, and then reboot. Hopefully this it won't get stuck on configuration this time.
MDude

MDude broken things #1

Today on MDude's Livejournal, I'm going to tell you about one of my broken things! This time, it's my printer.

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This all-in-one printer/scanner/copier has been around for a while, long enough to not have a USB cable at least. I got it hooked up, but my computer dosen't seem like it's connected to it. I'm not quite sure what's wrong, but I'm thinking the cable for it is broken, since it's a pretty thick cable, and it has to run under this realy thin slit under the back of the desk. Also, the cable barely even reached from the printer to the computer, so I'm not even sure if it able to plug in all the way. Anyway, I'm hoping I can have it replaced with a seperate printer and scanner, since they're easier to take care of than an all-in-one. I'm also hoping that the back of this desk gets sawed out, since it's just a thin panel of wood that dosen't need to be there. And on to the next item.

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This is a digital vido camera, and probably like the third one to ever exist. Maybe the second or first. The problem is that even iwth fresh batteries, it won't turn on. I'm thinking it has an internal battery or sometihng that wore out, since it seemed like it decharged pretty quickly when it did work. That's annoying, since it has a worse resolution than my webcam, but it had a mircophone in it, so I would be able to take videos with sound without having to take a seperate device to record sound, and the only portable thing I have to do that is my labtop. Unless I could find that kid's tape recorder toy, tape the sound in that, then play it back into the microphone jack in the computer, but that would be a hassle to. So yeah, I'll be looking for another thing like this. Oh, and also, it has a touch screen, and it comes with this telescoping pointer for FINE POINTING ACTION.

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Tune in next time when I show you a pair of computers that don't give video output!