- Open the Spotify Desktop App
- From the Edit main menu select Preferences (or CTRL+P)
- Scroll down to the Display Options section
- Set Show desktop overlay when using media keys to Off
- Return to the Spotify opening screen
That’s it! 🙂
That’s it! 🙂
Firmware update from 01.00.07 to 1.2.0 is not permitted. The system is configured to block firmware updates to previous revisions
Sound familiar? I couldn’t install any Dell firmware updates for my XPS 15 due to a rogue prefix ‘0’ in the default factory firmware version ‘01.00.07’ causing the Dell BIOS update tool to think it’s downgrading itself. 😐
Here’s how to fix it.
My Dell XPS 15 and Nexus 5 just don’t get along. Updating to the latest Bluetooth drivers for the Broadcom-enabled embedded chipset resolved this.
Here’s how to update your Broadcom-based Bluetooth drivers in Windows 10:
That’s it. 🙂
Here’s how to hide FileZilla’s pesky “Transfer complete” notification that appears after each file upload/download on Windows 10. I assumed you could toggle it off within FileZilla itself but it didn’t stick.
I put up with this way too long before I did anything about it!
Here’s how I disabled the background image that appears behind the login screen on Windows 10 and replaced it with solid colours.
This change is immediate, hit Start + L to see the login screen.
Thanks Matt, I borrowed your login screen image as I wasn’t going to go through your steps to do it myself! 🙂
Source: How-to Geek
Here’s how I fixed the stuttering and lag issue with my Logitech MX Master working with Windows 10 Home and Pro:
The WiFi network adapter will restart the device so expect to lose network access for a moment before network access is restored. Happy days.
Update 1: Yeah the above helped but didn’t fix it entirely, somehow unticking the Enable pointer shadow option within the Mouse Properties dialog (open Start then type in Mouse) makes a big difference, I do still notice some stutter when copying files or using Google Photos.
Update 2: Uninstalling the Realtek AC’97 software from Add/Remove Software and restarting did wonders on-top of the above steps. No more stutter!
Today I noticed my internet speed running slower that usual when running an internet speed test over the wireless network, I isolated the network usage to automatic Windows Update downloads that were in progress yet frustratingly there was no way to stop the Windows Update session.
Here’s how to pause/suspend an in-progress Windows Update session in Windows 10 as a local Administrator (by default for personal computers):
cmdto open the Windows search dialog with Command Prompt appearing as the Best Match
net stop wuauserv
The Windows Update service was stopped successfully.
That’s it! 🙂
To resume your Windows Update session either open Windows Update from Settings > Update & Security and click the Retry button, open another Command Prompt window using the above instructions and replace
net stop wuauserv with
net start wuauserv, or simply restart Windows from the Start > Power menu.
Update: I’ve moved EasyCAP driver file hosting to Google Drive as Google Cloud billing hit $100 AUD per month, EasyCAP driver downloads were 638 Gigibytes for the month of November! All links have been updated. 🙂
The EasyCAP converts an RCA or S-video source into a USB video and audio capture device – known as a Sound, video and game controller device in Windows – the possibilities for connecting analog sources to a Windows machine are endless and it’s priced insanely cheap.
All of this positive feedback stops when you connect it to a Windows machine – XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and now 10 – and realise there are hundreds of variations of this device produced with drivers designed specific to each variant with no original manufacturer to provide drivers or compatibility… at this point most users bin it and go on with their lives… I almost gave up too…
After a fortnight of driver hunting, driver conflicts, BSOD’s from resource conflicts and even ‘Windows driver paywalls’ – where you have to pay to download drivers for the EasyCAP – I got ‘my’ EasyCAP working as a video and sound capture device in Windows 8.1 (and Windows 10)!
Here’s the gotcha, ‘my’ EasyCAP – shown in packaging above but with labels on each cable – is sold on eBay, Amazon, etc. as the EasyCAP Capture USB 2.0 Video Adapter with Audio which is shared by every other variant out there but internally it is called the eMPIA Technology USB 2861 Device.
Unfortunately there is no way to tell what variant you have until you open the package and check the Device Properties for that Unknown Device showing within the Windows Device Manager and at that point you then can start looking for drivers that may be ‘compatible’ with – definitely not designed for – Windows 8, 8.1 or 10.
The eMPIA Technology USB 2861 Device has the following hardware details shown within the Windows Device Manager.
Screenshot from Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
Manufacturer and Provider:
Below is a link to the Windows 7 drivers that were compatible with my EasyCAP device and further down a list of other EasyCAP drivers you can try. All of them require you to disable Windows Driver Signature from Advanced Startup; you can read about this from Sparkfun’s tutorial for Disabling Signed Driver Enforcement in Windows 8.
The driver package that worked in Windows 8.1 and now Windows 10:
I suspect this USB 2861 Device 5.8.306.0 – 3/6/2008 driver package hosted on the Microsoft Update Catalog is a newer driver release than the one I have working but I have not installed it so cannot confirm compatibility; in my mind, don’t fix something that ain’t broke…
Other driver packages and installers that might help other frustrated EasyCAP users (some are duplicates but different driver versions), good luck!
Note: Google Drive cannot scan ZIP archives over 85MB and EasyCAP_USBVID_1B71&PID_3002_FullCD.zip just happens to be 85MB. It’s clean just wanted to give you heads up. All other download files are ~4MB up to 34MB.
I will host these driver packages as long as I can and mirror them if the server load is too high. Yup we hit the $100 AUD per month billing limit for file hosting, the downloads links are now direct links to Google Drive. If you have a question ask here in the comments as other readers may help you.
Here’s my H2testw report for the Integral Fusion 8GB USB Flash Drive. The report was run on a Windows 8.1 laptop with a Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series hard disk using an available USB 3.0 port with H2testw 1.4 configured to write and verify the entire contents of the drive.
Here is the H2testw report in plain-text.
Test finished without errors. You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again. Writing speed: 4.91 MByte/s Reading speed: 24.7 MByte/s H2testw v1.4
Here’s my H2testw report for the SanDisk Ultra microSDHDC UHS-I 16GB which is a Class 10/UHS-I class micro SD card. The report was run on a Windows 8.1 laptop with a Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series hard disk using the provided micro SD to SD adapter with H2testw 1.4 configured to write and verify the entire contents of the drive.
Here is the H2testw report in plain-text.
Test finished without errors. You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again. Writing speed: 14.0 MByte/s Reading speed: 18.8 MByte/s H2testw v1.4