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replied the topic I have not been able to update Windows for a long while. created by tpsracic 546 days ago

Try wsusoffline. Go to and download the software. After download:
1. Extract to a directory,
2. Run UpdateGenerator.exe
3. Adjust download setting to meet your requirement (e.g Windows version, x86/x64)
4. Hit 'Start' button.

I had similar problems in the past, multiple times, multiple laptops (all OEM). This free software is a great help. Even greater because of the following features:
1. No need to install. It is a standalone application that will download updates according to your preferences.
2. Run it only once on each computer. The next time, Windows update will work perfectly.
3. Self update. Upon launch, software will be looking for the latest version and prompt you if you want to update.
4. Can update both Windows and Office.
5. You can update Windows and Office from within application, or you can save the updates into a directory, or an ISO, and update later to save bandwidth.
6. It is FREE. I already mentioned it. You can also donate the developers in the website if this saves you money and time.

replied the topic Free Website Domain created by shahab 546 days ago

Are you looking for free domain name registrar? If so, go to They give you domain name for free.
There are many free domain name registrars in the past, but they are mostly unavailable now.

replied the topic Defrag files and separation created by cadendadd 672 days ago

It is related to how the hard disk drive works with the Read or Write process on the hard disk.

In the old computer days, data are stored in magnetic fields of a high speed rotating disk. Thus, it is better to Write a file in separated blocks because the hard drive head can easily read the beginning and the end of the blocks that constitute a file, without waiting to fully finished storing a file before writing other files to the same disk. Files can be written simultaneously to the disk until the process completed and computer ready to do other tasks. Imagine how long we must wait if the hard drive head must finish writing one file before another, just for the sake of collecting all the blocks into one large, continuous block.

This, however, has a drawback, because this could means that one file is scattered into multiple blocks on the hard disk. And, the more the scattered the blocks, it will take more time, too, for the hard disk drive to Read each files. This is where we need defragment tool. Its purpose is to reunite the scattered blocks into a larger, more compacted blocks to speed up the Read process.

This problem has been solved for a long time in Linux, where data is cached in a separate partition before written to the hard disk, and in Windows 10, where defragmenting is a background process when computer is idle --no need a manual start.

Now we have SSD, instead of disks. I am not sure how it works because I do not have the opportunity to observe it, however I believe that the Read/Write process is different. Unlike old hard disks, SSD doesn't have "disks".

replied the topic Windows 10 update screwed my computer created by hphillpotts 855 days ago

Windows 10 update had literally turned my laptop into garbage. Read my rants (and other people as well) here:

You should never upgrade to Windows 10. Get back to 7, or use Linux.

replied the topic How to combine two m3u of the playlist into one? created by ChessKing 857 days ago

.m3u file is actually a text file. You can edit it manually with a text-editor such as Notepad or Notepad++ (Do not use Word or Wordpad).

If you don't want to edit it manually, you can open all of them using right click (not left click) and choose "Add to playlist". This way you are merging the multiple files. Now you can save them into a new .m3u file.

I'm sure many media players supports this context-menu ("right click"). If yours don't, you can add it via registry.

replied the topic I can't find the file that will make me install code::blocks created by pleaseAnswerMe 949 days ago

I think you have downloaded the wrong file, mate.

Here;s the direct download link (for Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8.x / 10):

(above link from

If you download the linux version then your computer should run on linux, not windows. In that case, go to the folder that containing the *.tar.gz file, untar the file, mark it executable (sudo chmod a+x if you're on a debian-based distro), and run it in a command prompt

Just do not download from unless you want to compile it yourself.

replied the topic Change the IP address problem created by yousifalnaier2 949 days ago

You can't. Your IP is provided by your ISP and there's no way you can change it. Unless if you want a site to think that you are browsing from a different location (e.g. in another town or country), you will only need to find something called "web proxy" (there are thousands of them) and browsing those sites from this web proxy's website.

I see no point of not using a program to hide your IP, though, I can recommend you some if you want.

replied the topic Email Collectors created by ChessKing 949 days ago

Thunderbird. I've been using it for 20 years and never want to switch to other ones.

replied the topic Unable to change graphic driver created by Aravi 1001 days ago

Hi @Aravi

thanks for selecting my answer the best. Please do not hesitate if you have more questions.

replied the topic Unable to change graphic driver created by Aravi 1002 days ago

hmmm ... that will be a neat trick in case you will need to reinstall later.

Alternatively you can simply edit /etc/apt/sources.list and comment (#) like the following line:

# deb cdrom:[Xubuntu 17.04 _Zesty Zapus_ - Release amd64 (20170412)]/ zesty main multiverse restricted universe

(I am using Zesty)

replied the topic Unable to change graphic driver created by Aravi 1002 days ago


above links I quoted above mentioned about updating kernel, probably simple "apt dist-upgrade" will do.

prior to that, you might want to fix error shown in your apt update using this command line:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 'pubkeys'

where 'pubkeys' is the number in the end of GPG error (your screen shot)

Also, your screenshot recommends bumblebee, and the links quoted above suggested that bumblebee might works. Go on try that.

Try also editing your /etc/default/grub to set nomodeset during boot the following line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset"

Check here for info: Basically: nomodeset - tells the kernel to not start video drivers until the system is up and running

replied the topic Unable to change graphic driver created by Aravi 1002 days ago

>> 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:5916] (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])

Open up and check that 8086 is Intel Vendor ID, and 5916 is unknown Device ID from that vendor.

I do not have NVidia card to play with, but search effort using keywords [8086:5916] says upgrading kernel will solve the problem, as mentioned here: (last post) (last post)

This one descibes in detail for various workaround for a different Acer model, probably worth to check:


Which PPA do you use, anyway?

replied the topic C drive space is not reducing created by HFAvery 1002 days ago

Programs, restore points, doesn't take much space so deleting them is not sufficient to restore spaces (unless your programs are games that can take up to 10GB).

However, pagefile does big. It can be 4GB or more, you can reduce the size from Performance setting.

Another method is moving your default folders (Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Downloadss) from C:\User\You\#DIRECTORY# to another dirive/partition such as D:\#DIRECTORY#

If you do not have another drive/partition, there is no other way but replace your disk drove with a bigger one.

replied the topic Unable to change graphic driver created by Aravi 1002 days ago


a quick search resulted in some problems with proprietary driver and to replace with another version from PPA, which you did. Another workaround includes downgrade driver version, but that's rare.

Try running this command:

lspci -vnn | grep -i VGA


sudo lshw -c video

Please copy-paste the output here.

replied the topic Black screen i get black screen and it happens a lot how to fix this created by sumeru 1025 days ago

How much RAM do you have? Which applications open when your screen gets black? What's the behaviour: is your screen gets black and your laptop turned off or the screen just off and then turned on again?

Anyway, I will assume that your screen gets black but the computer is still running. If that's the case, either you have a driver problem, or memory problem. Possibly you have a hard disk error problem too (it's too old and gonna die soon), but I will ignore that because the solution is obvious (replace the hard disk).

If you have a driver problem, update the driver might solve the problem. Quite rarely, a certain driver conflict with another driver, in which case it is quite hard to troubleshoot which one cause the problem. Uninstalling some software might help.

You can also try It scans your computer for updated drivers. Looks like a decent software to me.

If you have a memory problem, you need to upgrade your RAM. If somehow you can't upgrade your RAM, you need to find a light-weight alternatives for your software. Most FOSS are more lightweight than proprietary software because they don't register as much in the registry. You can also try portable apps which do not require installations.

If your memory problem is due to browser (e.g open too many tabs), you can look for addons (Chrome) or plugins (Firefox) to clear you memory. Yes, browsers use a lot of RAM when idle.

Cleaning your registry can also help you, even if only a little bit. I am using a portable version of Wise Registry Cleaner here:

replied the topic What's the best forum software 2017? created by thsigit 1026 days ago

@FixitJorge I would go for xenforo too if a paid software. As for FOSS, I've been thinking of Vanilla. But I will try phpBB thanks to your suggestions.

replied the topic Windows 10 Problem: ntdl.dll error created by thsigit 1028 days ago


Downloaded the latest Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2017 but still not solved.

From other ntdl.dll problems I have in my machine, I had resolved them by running them as administrator, tried running them in safe mode, or looking for other apps that might conflict and all these worked until today.

I suspect that it is likely there's conflict between libraries that causes error with ntdl.dll. I had tried all the tips I can get from google search past two weeks and yours is the only one I have never heard of. Although it is not working, but your answer is unique thus the best.


replied the topic Best alternative tool in linux ubuntu created by Aravi 1029 days ago

If you are not confined to Ubuntu --or you can spare a 20 GB partition for alternative OS-- you can probably try Deepin.

From the website (

deepin is a Linux distribution devoted to provide beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users. deepin paid great attention to the easy to use experience and beautiful designs and developed a series of daily use oriented original applications like Deepin Store, Deepin File Manager, Deepin Terminal and Deepin Image Viewer, etc. It supports more than 30 languages and has 50 milion total download counts and ranks top 20 focus list.

It is a Debian-based distro like Ubuntu, and supported by a major company in China called Wuhan.

It develops its own Desktop Manager called DDE (Deepin Desktop Manager) and a handful of so-called original application listed here:

Some screenshots:

Deepin on Distrowatch:

There are many reviews on the web praising on Deepin, but I can't vouch for stability just yet. This distro is based on Debian Sid (unstable) and they have many plans ahead -


To answer your questions, based on my desktop/laptop:

MS Office 365 -- an equivalent will be LibreOffice, OpenOffice, and WPS Office.

LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice, and installed by default by most Linux distro because they don't like it when OpenOffice was acquired by Oracle, after which it was discontinued and donated to Apache Software Foundation. See

WPS Office is developed by Chinese company, Kingsoft, and the interface design looks a lot more better than LibreOffice/OpenOffice (I do not use it, though)

Media player - Linux has a wide range of media player like Amarok, Clementine, Gnome Videos/Totem, etc. I tried each of them for a short period and arrived at VLC player for videos and gmusicbrowser for mp3 and other music files.

I like VLC because it can download subtitles while playing, and gmusicbrowser because it can automatically fetch song lyrics while you're listening. Sadly it doesn't receive much development lately. Latest stable release was 20-08-2015 Although, Zesty still supports it:

Image Viewer: design-wise -- unfortunately none is good enough.

Image editing: There are a handful of image editing software, too many to use at once. Each one of the following is either the same or more powerful than proprietary software out there: GIMP, Krita, darkroom (for photography); Inkscape (for vector design). I am sure there are a lot more than this very short list.

Chat application -- pidgin is still the main chat application in Linux. I do not use it because you can install Linux versions of Skype, Telegram, Google Talk (via Chrome). If you do Twitter perhaps you will like Corebird (

It is probably worth also to check Franz ( -- It is a new software (first release 2016) I found a minute ago, but it supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and more.

Other useful tools -- It really depends on what you need. For work, I use FileZilla (an FTP tool), vim/gedit (text editor), console/command line, Apache/MySQL/PHP (they come native in Linux, yay!). I don't do games here but Steam also comes native on Linux. Double yay!

replied the topic Which one do you like better: Windows 7 / Windows 10 created by thsigit 1029 days ago

Hey @Aravi

I've thought so, although not as precisely put as yours. Thanks for confirming this, and making it more make sense to me.


replied the topic Registry cleaner created by stevebill 1029 days ago

I've been using ccleaner for years. Recently I got acquainted to Wise Registry Cleaner and it seems that the latter cleans so much more.

Download free version here

Can also try portable version is here:

replied the topic Is there will be any problem if one go for non LTS version created by Aravi 1030 days ago

I've been installing Ubuntu, and using it on a daily basis, on various machines since 10.04. Recently I exchange my laptop (Intel core i3 2570 with 2GB RAM, multiple boot: Win 10, Ubuntu 16.04, OpenSUSE, Debian 8, Fedora 24) with another one (Intel core i5, 4GB RAM, dual boot: Win 7, Win 10). I need to install Linux (any version will be fine) so I choose Ubuntu 17.04 for a simple reason: it doesn't require you to create a swap partition.

As you may aware of, for Ubuntu 16.10 and earlier, during install, it will require you to create a swap partition and if you don't want to do that you can create your own swapfile for this purpose. Ubuntu 17.04 by default saves you the trouble --no need to create swap partition or swapfile, no references whatsoever in /etc/fstab re: swap.

As for (major) upgrades, I see no problems regarding your personal data or software. You can always use "sudo apt update || sudo apt upgrade" for minor upgrades, and "sudo apt update || sudo apt dist-upgrade" for upgrading from 17.04 to 17.10, and from 17.10 to 18.04, and so on. In fact I on the aforementioned laptop I continuously updated from Ubuntu 14.04, to 15.04, and finally to 16.04. I can't just miss the new release every April of the year.

All over the year, the files, the partition, etc still remain intact. It is maybe worth noted that I use a separate partition for /home directory, and a separate /data directory shared between Windows and Linux.

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