Category Archives: computer troubleshooting

Diagnosing your network and measuring speed.

Diagnosing your network? Here’s a GUI program to ping and get averages and speeds over a period of time – nine years ago we featured Performance Pinging by Carsten Schmidt and cannot find a working website from the author to … Continue reading

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Default_error_stack files

You’ve discovered hundreds or even thousands of default_error_stack files.  What should you do and what are they? These files tend to be driver errors and can be safely deleted.  There were over 2.3 GB of these data files on my … Continue reading

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Truly reset the TCP/IP stack – Fix network/internet problems

Having connection issues and no viruses or malware?  Hardware OK? Try typing the following at a command prompt to fully reset the TCP/IP Stack- netsh winsock reset netsh int ip reset netsh interface ipv4 reset netsh interface ipv6 reset netsh interface … Continue reading

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GeGeek Toolkit – An interview with Jason

Years ago we found GeGeek.com (Credit goes to Rick over at What’s on My PC) and realized that the website and Toolkit was an unreal resource and treasure for young IT Professionals. Recently we struck a conversation with Jason of GeGeek … Continue reading

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GeGeek Toolkit Review 2018 ver. 11.41

We did a review of GeGeek’s Toolkit back in 2014 after hearing about the website and toolkit from Rick over at “What’s On My PC’.  Recently, Jason of GeGeek reached out to us and gave us the latest release of … Continue reading

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IO Graphs in Wireshark-TCP Spurious Retransmission events

TCP Spurious Retransmissions may be seen from time to time when using Wireshark.  How do you see them?  Capture some data with Wireshark on your workstation or server.  Click on Statistics, IO Graphs and click throughout the graph on the … Continue reading

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Multi-session remote access to Windows 10 Enterprise?

Multi-session remote access to Windows 10 Enterprise? Probably – Up to 10 simultaneous connections according to Computerworld. Read more

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Fix Windows Update errors by using the DISM or System Update Readiness tool

At an elevated command prompt (command prompt as administrator) – type  DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth What should you try first? – Try the PowerShell post we made on an earlier date to check for updates. Open PowerShell as an Administrator … Continue reading

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Understanding DNS

Here’s a couple of articles over the basics of DNS services Quick review of flushdns, registerdns, and DNS queries Active Directory Internal Naming and DNS Strategy Understanding DNS How to flush the DNS cache on Mac, Linux or Windows Lost … Continue reading

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Have a web server you’ve recently added a SSL certificate on and SQL is not starting?

Here’s a solution if you SQL isn’t starting –  SQL Dude’s Blog NARTAC also makes a software to help you tweak and strengthen ciphers and protocols.  IIS Crypto can be downloaded here. You can also test your site or other … Continue reading

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Windows won’t update? Download the Servicing Stack Update (SSU)

There are several things you can do when Windows won’t update. With Windows 10, you can open an elevated command prompt and type – DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth You can also Download the Windows Update Troubleshooter Ultimately, you can use the … Continue reading

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vEthernet adapters left after uninstalling Hyper-V

If you have ever installed Hyper-V, you may have noticed left over vEthernet adapters.   You may also noticed that you have issues with TCP/IP.  Here’s what to do. Open a command prompt or PowerShell as an Administrator Type netcfg -d … Continue reading

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Privacy – Use WebRTC Network Limiter for Chrome

Other than using a VPN, you can use WebRTC Network Limiter for Chrome to help protect information that may leak on the internet. Go to IPLeak.net – Analyze your computer and follow the tips listed at the end of the … Continue reading

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Updating Drivers? Don’t forget the chipset!

While I’d like to guess that over 98% of the computers that I have worked on that are privately owned; the drivers were out of date or missing critical drivers that other drivers rely on. Here’s what I mean.  If … Continue reading

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Extended attributes are inconsistent error on Windows

1. Right click the volume icon in the task bar and select sounds 2. Scroll down on the Program Events: Look for and select the option that says Windows User Account Control 3. Change the Sounds, select option to (None) and then click on okay Thanks Josh!

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Need to optimize your network? Look at adjusting LocalPriority, HostPriority, DNSPriority or NetBTPriority. 

Need to optimize your network? Look at adjusting LocalPriority, HostPriority, DNSPriority or NetBTPriority.  (Host/DNS resolution) The tweak works by increasing the priority of four processes. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\ServiceProvider\ LocalPriority = 4 (DWORD, the default is 499, change to 4) HostPriority = 5 (DWORD, … Continue reading

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Export your drivers using PNPUTIL

Want to export your drivers so that you have them later? Open a command prompt or PowerShell as an administrator Next create a folder to hold your drivers Type pnputil /export-driver * c:\smalldriver   (This is my folder on a small … Continue reading

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SyMenu – Download over 1,000 utilities from NirSoft, SysInternals and more

SyMenu allows you to download utilities from NirSoft, SysInternals and more.  Download the program from here and check the programs you want. Once you download the programs, you can use SyMenu to run the many programs  (over 1200) from a … Continue reading

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Is your SSD or HDD dirty?

You can of course use the Windows GUI to check your SSD or HDD.  But did you know that you should check your drives by typing the following (you can copy and paste in a elevated command prompt and change … Continue reading

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Bad HDD? It could be your Windows Updates

Recently we had a server that kept trying to install Windows Updates AND it would attempt to do updates IF the you skipped the HDD scan.  The updates would fail and the computer would reboot to a login screen. Here’s … Continue reading

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