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p310don

Joined: 19 May 2009
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Location: Brisbane, Australia

PostPosted: Wed 16 Nov 2016, 09:44    Post subject:  

Oh man, this is a dumb one.

I have been fiddling with a PC to try to get Mupen64plus to run so my wife can play mario64. Anyway, I found a pet and got it to work, but no sound. I have installed and uninstalled all versions of SDL I could find (apparently related to sound) and fiddled with setting, volume sliders everything.
After about an hour of stuffing around, I gave up, checked my facebook and discovered that a video I played on there didn't have sound. Dammit I've ruined sound.
Then it came to me. I turned off the speakers earlier because my wife and daughter have gone to sleep. Turned them on, and suddenly sound is working again... Embarassed
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drunkjedi


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PostPosted: Wed 16 Nov 2016, 10:16    Post subject:  

Nah that happens,
I have converted few friends to puppy.
They don't come to forum, but ask me for any problem. (I am not even slightly fit for that job though)

One friend called me and said he has deleted drivers for his sound card.
I was surprised, I asked him how did he do it.
He told me, may be his kid did it or some virus, as he has no sound.
That was his experience from when he was using Windows.
Luckily I remembered my brother's advice from when he was in a computer company and troubleshooted on phone, he said always start from power plug.

That actually saved an hour of my phone time.
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Location: Arizona USA

PostPosted: Wed 16 Nov 2016, 10:24    Post subject:  

I've mentioned this before but it's worth telling again: I once spent days doing everything I could think of to get the sound to work, including reinstalling Windows and different drivers. Eventually I thought to check and discovered that I'd plugged the speakers into the microphone jack. In my defense, the two jacks were similar in color and on the backside of the computer where it's awkward to see them clearly.

Still, it's worth writing out a checklist before you start troubleshooting. Maybe then you'll think to prioritize things like double-checking the power switches and plugs before reinstalling Windows, or if there's gas in the tank before you tear apart an engine that won't start. I've never done that, but I've heard of people who did.
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drunkjedi


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PostPosted: Wed 16 Nov 2016, 10:45    Post subject:  

Yeh a friend of mine did that thing.

He bought a car, drove it few days, then called it's service station one night, blasted them off for giving him 'faulty' product that has stopped working after only few days. It wouldn't start no matter what he did.

The service centre guys couldn't assess the situation on phone, they arranged a tow truck and took car back.
Only to discover he just ran it dry.
He used up the full tank they gave, never refuelled.

Now even after some 6-7 years we friends constantly remind him to fill up, just to tease him.
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Burn_IT


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Location: Tamworth UK

PostPosted: Wed 16 Nov 2016, 11:37    Post subject:  

I disconnected the battery on my car when I knew I was going into hospital for an operation that was going to take some time.
When I came out I need to go to the chemist for a prescription and couldn't start the car and called the RAC
I was quite embarassed when they told me the battery was disconnected.

If you ask why - things like the clock drain the battery quite quickly.

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p310don

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PostPosted: Thu 19 Apr 2018, 01:27    Post subject:  

I feel I have contributed too much to this thread, but I have another one...


I had a PC that worked great as a media player. It had a USB TV tuner in it, which ran through SMPlayer to watch broadcast tv.

That PC died in a storm, so I upgraded to a new machine.

Everything worked better, except the TV tuner wasn't working. I fiddled with many settings, figuring out the channels.conf file (which is a PITA to get) etc.

Turns out, the USB ports on the new PC are really close together, so the tuner was plugged in, and the lights were on, but the data connections weren't working. The mouse dongle pushed the TV dongle on an angle, which meant it wasn't properly connecting. I unplugged the mouse dongle and it worked first try.

Took me 2 months to plug in the USB properly.


grrrrr
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greengeek


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PostPosted: Thu 19 Apr 2018, 03:00    Post subject:  

p310don wrote:
The mouse dongle pushed the TV dongle on an angle, which meant it wasn't properly connecting. I unplugged the mouse dongle and it worked first try.
Took me 2 months to plug in the USB properly.
Haha - reminds me of the time i spent several weeks trying to work out why my usb printer wasn't connecting.

Which clackerhead designed the USB type "A" connector just the right size to fit snugly into an RJ45 network port ?#$%$???

Lesson learnt
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musher0


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PostPosted: Thu 19 Apr 2018, 04:59    Post subject:  

I call it "learning". Laughing
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WIckedWitch

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Location: West Wales bandit country

PostPosted: Thu 19 Apr 2018, 18:20    Post subject:  

This definitely seems to be the right thread for me ....

... I suffer quite badly from Seasonal Affective Disorder and am really below par in UK winters. I take a raft of supplements, including low-dose lithium, to control my mood but nothing so far stops the decline in my ability to concentrate during the dark winter months. As a result of this, during my last few years before (semi) retirement, I have refrained from scheduling myself on any safety-critical work during my bad months.

Right .... intro done .... so here are a few imbecilities from the winter just past:

1. Typing into a DOS command prompt window as if it were bash.
2. Typing into a bash shell as if it were an DOS command prompt window.
3. Moving the mouse attached to my Lubuntu system and looking at the screen of my Win 7 system.
4. Trying to compile Tcl using the Python3 compiler
5. Trying to compile C using the Tcl shell.
6. Putting an Iomega Clik drive into a PCMCIA slot and wondering why my PCMCIA wireless card had suddenly stopped working.
7. Trying to charge the battery on my ThinkPad R40e by plugging the power cord into my R50e.
8. Wondering why a USB wifi stick wasn't working when I'd actually plugged in a pen drive.
9. wondering why my headset wasn't working when I hadn't plugged it in.

I could go on but it would get tiresome. The thing is that on each occasion I've lost between 10 and 20 minutes over mindless blunders. Over a winter it all mounts up.

I should really live about 1000 miles farther south but that's out of the question while my aging father heads into his nineties. At this rate it's a toss-up which of us will go gaga first Sad

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Burn_IT


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PostPosted: Thu 19 Apr 2018, 18:36    Post subject:  

Try using "daylight bulbs".
They actually do help. I used to be a sad person, but spent a bit extra on getting "bulbs" that give off light biased more towards the blue end of the visible spectrum and it helps a lot.
Also you can change the "white" on your computer screen so that it is not quite as yellow.

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musher0


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PostPosted: Thu 19 Apr 2018, 20:42    Post subject:  

@WIckedWItch:

I wouldn't worry about it! Some great inventors and some great artists
were / are just as clumsy, distraught, dropsy, forgetful, etc., as you are.

Don't blame yourself. It's probably just a case of reality trying to catch up
with what your quick and bright mind wants it to do! Smile Maybe it's reality
who should be taking the lithium pills and turning on the "daylight
bulbs"!!! Wink

Just to be clear: I'm trying to be humouristic about a serious matter, but
no disrespect at all is intended. I sometimes do blunders like yours, and
I'm not a great anything. It's just that sometimes we expect too much of
ourselves. (It's a feature of perfectionist people.)

BFN.

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WIckedWitch

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PostPosted: Fri 20 Apr 2018, 09:19    Post subject:  

Burn_IT wrote:
Try using "daylight bulbs".
They actually do help. I used to be a sad person, but spent a bit extra on getting "bulbs" that give off light biased more towards the blue end of the visible spectrum and it helps a lot.
Also you can change the "white" on your computer screen so that it is not quite as yellow.


I do, but I am also prone to migraines and there are times when using daylight-balanced lighting will spark one off Sad((

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Burn_IT


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PostPosted: Fri 20 Apr 2018, 09:40    Post subject:  

I suffered from terrible migraines for years.
I found that if I sucked on a glucose tablet as soon as the disturbed vision started, and sat in a dark room for abut 20 minutes, I could avoid them or at least lessen the severity.

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spiritwild


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PostPosted: Fri 20 Apr 2018, 19:43    Post subject:  

I was thinking about things the other day from a before and after perspective.
Learned wisdom. When my company bought a waterjet, I was the person who had to learn the maintenance and rebuild. At first glance there where more tiny intricate parts that I wanted to deal with. When they were all laid out, it was quite intimidating. I'd never seen anything like it and it was really alien to me.

The other day I was rebuilding the pump and thought "This is really kind of primitive stuff" once you have messed with it.

It reminded me of the first time I started messing with puppy Linux. Since I'm the creative type person, I've definitely had to screw some stuff up royally before I learned my lesson. Then do it again. I recall doing something to break the desktop. all the icons were just boxes with red X inside. Man, I thought that was the end of days at the time.
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mikeslr


Joined: 16 Jun 2008
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Location: 500 seconds from Sol

PostPosted: Fri 20 Apr 2018, 21:48    Post subject:  

The juxtaposition of Burn_it's and spiritwild's tales reminded me of:

Jake was suffering from terrible headaches. Finally, Sadie, his wife, convinced him to see a doctor. After a battery of tests the doctor advised him that only castration would provide him relief. So he talked it over with Sadie.

"Vell." she said, "Ve've had a long and gud marriage. Ve have children and grandchildren. It von't be so bad. Ve'll do vhat ve have ta do."

After the operation Jake was very depressed for a long time. Finally, Sadie told him, "You know, Jake, vhen I'm depressed vhat I do is I buy myself a new outfit. Vhy don't you go down to the lower East Side and get yourself a new suit."

Taking Sadie's advice, Jake was walking by Herbie's Haberdashery and Hats when he was accosted by its owner.

"You look like a man who needs a new suit", said Herbie.
"Yes," Said Jake, "But how do you know dis?"
"I'm the haberdasher. It's my job to know dees tings." Said Herbie. "Come in, Come in. Nu, a blue suit, Yes.?" not quite asking continued Herbie.
"Yes." Responded Jake. "But how do you know dis?"
"it's my job to know dees tings." Said Herbie. "Size 42-Short, sleeve length 34, pants legs 30, in-seam 24 " he continued.
"Yes." Responded Jake. "But how do you know dis?"
"It's my job to know dees tings." Said Herbie, continuing with "And you'll need two white button-down shirts, medium, sleeve length 34."
"Yes." Responded Jake. "But how do you know dis?"
"It's my job to know dees tings." Said Herbie, continuing with "And you'll need a half-dozen jockey-shorts, size large."
"Ah, I've got you dhere." Said Jake. "I vear medium."
"No!" said Herbie, adamantly. "If you vear medium jockey shorts they vill squeeze your balls and you'll get dees terrible head-aches."

mikesLr

p.s. Sorry, burn_it, my intention wasn't to make light of your problem. I have days like that myself. But, now being diabetic, I can't follow your course of treatment. And I'm not yet ready to follow Jake's. Suggest you google "Migraine 5HTP". Really. But 5HTP is not a drug like aspirin, taken when you have symptoms. Rather, it's something your body produces naturally, but after about 50, not enough.
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