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If your computer or phone is giving you issues:

Please read this before posting: 4 Reasons Why IT People Ignore Your Requests for Help
Restart the computer. Hopefully this will take care of any issues
If your problem has not yet been solved, try to Google it. There may be a very simple solution
On a Windows computer, a system restore may do the trick.
(This is a work in progress, please feel free to add whatever you may feel is helpful)

Please post whether or not the problem was fixed
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4665 on: January 10, 2018, 10:10:42 PM »
My friend just bought this USB to VGA adapter, and it's not working properly - the monitor is blurry and hard to see

Is it a good? Should we try something more expensive?

USB 3.0 to VGA Adapter - Support Max Resolution 1080p, for PC Laptop Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ XP Built-in Driver.No need to install CD. (Black) (Black) ($13.42)

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4666 on: January 10, 2018, 10:17:09 PM »
I was bored last night, so made my own VPN using these instructions:
https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/09/how-i-made-my-own-vpn-server-in-15-minutes/
https://github.com/trailofbits/algo

It works, is mostly free (only cost is the cloud provider), but a note of caution - to initially set it up you need Linux or Mac. I only have Windows so I used VirtualBox to install Linux Ubuntu and did it from there. Honestly most of the hassle was getting Linux set up.
Also note that I got an error that was fixed with this patch:
https://github.com/trailofbits/algo/issues/744#issuecomment-348698413

If you're up to the DIY approach  :D
Thanks, but I think this is too much for me.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4667 on: January 10, 2018, 10:20:36 PM »
My friend just bought this USB to VGA adapter, and it's not working properly - the monitor is blurry and hard to see

Is it a good? Should we try something more expensive?

USB 3.0 to VGA Adapter - Support Max Resolution 1080p, for PC Laptop Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ XP Built-in Driver.No need to install CD. (Black) (Black) ($13.42)


Most likely something to do with the driver (altoiugh they claim that no driver is needed...).

He definitely has better chances with something like this than with that off-brand poorly-rated one, but it also costs a nice amount more.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4668 on: January 10, 2018, 10:29:43 PM »
Most likely something to do with the driver (altoiugh they claim that no driver is needed...).

He definitely has better chances with something like this than with that off-brand poorly-rated one, but it also costs a nice amount more.
Tried downloading a driver from the website but it said they were up to date. I would have recommended the startech one if I was asked, I have it and it works great. I'll see if we can return the cheap one.

Thanks for the advice!
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4669 on: January 11, 2018, 01:16:33 AM »
Tried downloading a driver from the website but it said they were up to date. I would have recommended the startech one if I was asked, I have it and it works great. I'll see if we can return the cheap one.

Thanks for the advice!
Says up to date doesn't mean anything, you can try to uninstall current and install that one you think is correct.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4670 on: January 11, 2018, 03:26:31 AM »
Thanks, but I think this is too much for me.
It also doesn't suit your needs if I understood correctly.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4671 on: January 11, 2018, 07:53:46 AM »
Says up to date doesn't mean anything, you can try to uninstall current and install that one you think is correct.
Thanks, what are the chances that it would help?
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4672 on: January 11, 2018, 08:10:55 AM »
Thanks, what are the chances that it would help?
Impossible to say.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4673 on: January 11, 2018, 08:28:05 AM »
Impossible to say.
We're gonna just order a startech then. Thanks!
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4674 on: January 13, 2018, 09:04:41 PM »
He definitely has better chances with something like this than with that off-brand poorly-rated one, but it also costs a nice amount more.
This one works great - thanks!
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4675 on: January 14, 2018, 03:41:59 PM »
I accidentally dragged something in windows, and moved a file or folder to a new place.

I don't know what it was.

How do I find out what happened?
When somebody thanks you for a favor you've done, respond "my pleasure", not "no problem".

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4676 on: January 14, 2018, 03:44:28 PM »
I accidentally dragged something in windows, and moved a file or folder to a new place.

I don't know what it was.

How do I find out what happened?
Right after you do it, control-z might bring it back. Otherwise you can look in all the folders that you might have put it into and see if you can find it and put it back.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4677 on: January 14, 2018, 03:52:17 PM »
I accidentally dragged something in windows, and moved a file or folder to a new place.

I don't know what it was.

How do I find out what happened?

try this?

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PowerShell 2.0
Latest 10 changed files

Dir C:\folder -r | ? {! $_.PSIsContainer} | sort LastWriteTime | select -last 10
Changed files since given date

Dir C:\folder -r | ? {! $_.PSIsContainer -AND $_.lastwritetime -ge '04/18/14'}

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4678 on: January 14, 2018, 04:30:24 PM »
try this?
Can you explain this for a layman?
When somebody thanks you for a favor you've done, respond "my pleasure", not "no problem".

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #4679 on: January 14, 2018, 05:02:31 PM »
Can you explain this for a layman?
click start and type powershell to open powershell.

Narrow down to the lowest directory possible (if you know you dragged it to something in program files for example) and navigate there.  (Type cd 'program files') if you don't know, navigate to root (type cd).

Copy one of the commands I posted above and delete the C:\folder and press enter.