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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Overheating Acer


While at college, my kid's Acer was overheating and shutting down. Fortunately, I had sent her off to college with two identical Acer Windows 10 computers, just in case this very sort of thing happened.

So she switched to the backup Acer and used Crashplan to restore her files there.

But now she has graduated, and the backup Acer she's been finishing up with has a failing display. So I breathed new life into the original Acer, now that I could get my hot little hands on it.

Figuring it was probably a device driver causing the overheating, I decided to do a factory reset. Here's what I did (with some discovery along the way.)

  1. Reset to factory settings and discovered that it went back to Windows 8, jogging my vague memory that I had taken the free upgrade from Win 8 to Win 10. So now I wondered if I could still get my free upgrade, even though it's past the deadline.

    With some research I discovered the answer is yes. Here's someone else's answer on a message board, which proved to be true:

    If you upgraded to Windows to as part of the free upgrade program, your computer was automatically granted a “Digital Entitlement” - A permanent license linked to your hardware. At any point in the future you can re-install Windows 10 on that computer and it will automatically activate itself when you go online.

  2. Before upgrading to Windows 10, I let Windows update run. And run and run and run.

  3. So now I went to the Microsoft website and ran the tool to download Windows 10.

  4. I chose to have Windows 10 install directly, but it hung with "progress 0%" so I started over and ran it to install onto a flash drive. Warning -- don't believe MS when they tell you it can be a 4GB flash drive because that only fits virgin Windows 10, and unfortunately, that tool, without asking, starts putting updates on there, and it hangs. So I used a 16 GB flash drive

  5. So now I was able to start the computer with the flash drive plugged in. But I did have to hit F12 during boot so I could change my boot drive to usb. I didn't think there was any need to change boot order in BIOS.

  6. It worked. That's all







    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Solved: I reset my Windows 10 to 8.1, and now Windows update doesn't work



    The answer: You need the new version of windows update.


    1. Download KB3173424 and  KB3172614 to the desktop
    2. Stop the existing windows update service. To do this, press windows key and R key, type services.msc into the run box, locate the windows update service in the list (wuauserv) and stop it.
    3. Disconnect your computer from the network
    4. Restart the computer
    5. Install KB3173424
    6. Install  KB3172614
    7. Restart windows update (I think)
    8. Connect to the network










     

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Raw local pollen for allergies


    My husband is switching from local honey to local pollen for his seasonal allergies.


    Based on my research, here is a good guideline:
    1. Start off with a half teaspoon or a little less
    2. Look for any allergic reactions
    3. Slowly increase intake over a month
    4. Work up to 1 to 3 tablespoons
    5. The dosage of bee pollen in tablespoons is roughly the equivalent of honey
    It can be taken in yogurt, cereal, or just about anything. Some people prefer to simply chew their bee pollen and swallow. If dissolved in warm water, however, it can take 2 hours to dissolve. Bee pollen gives a pop of energy so maybe it's best to take earlier in the day, rather than at night. However, the experts say it's not a stimulant and for most people it doesn't matter what time of day it's taken.

    Bee pollen has a lot of B vitamins in it (hence the pop of energy). For this reason, it might be best to skip pollen (and honey for that matter) when you have a cold.

    Note: A 2 pound jar of honey lasts three weeks or a little less when taking 3 tablespoons per day.

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Solved! Our Verizon phones were getting no connection in our highrise


    Update:

    I ended up using Remedy 3 (scroll down for that). Also I noticed that when I do a system update on my phone, remedies 2 and 3 revert to the old settings. Annoying.

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    We use Verizon. In June 2016, when we moved, one android cellphone never got a good connection. The others--two androids and an iPhone, got an okay, but sometimes iffy connection.

    For the one that kept dropping calls incessantly, we got a landline phone that's hooked to a VOIP device that supports a Google Voice number. People call the Google Voice number, which then sends the call both to the VOIP and the cellphone.

    But then, in March of 2017, the other androids started consistently dropping calls. Ultimately, there was one spot, one foot by one foot, where I could stand (not sit) in my apartment and sometimes not get the call dropped.

    My 4G phone had one bar, even while I was sticking my hand out the window.

    Then in May, I contacted the company called Smoothtalker about purchasing an extender. After some emails back and forth, in which he collected some good data from me, the owner recommended to me two devices, totaling $500. This seemed like a lot of money, so I started asking around.

    A friend suggested that we contact Verizon before buying an extender. The Verizon rep said that the fact that it's a hi rise shouldn't matter, that we're on the 26th floor shouldn't matter, and the fact that many more people have moved in after we moved into the new, empty building, and the fact that the building is LEEDS certified shouldn't matter.


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    Remedy 1

    The Verizon rep suggested a setting change on each phone. I'll outline how to get to the setting on my LGG4, but it's similar for other phones:

    settings-->networks-->more-->mobile networks-->system select-->network mode-->LTE/CDMA.

    (You should see that the setting used to be Global; now you are changing it to LTE/CDMA.)

    It seems to have worked. We spent a while on the phone with the Verizon rep using this new setting, which worked well, and then we did some experimenting with each other in the apartment, with one dropped call but we haven't been able to reproduce that error.

    Interestingly, our phones still only show one bar.

    Note: It is important to understand that travel outside of the United States or Canada will mean a temporary change back to "global" in the settings.

    The rep did tell us that this change of settings will only work for android; not for iPhone, but we don't know if the iPhone is getting good reception, because the owner has been away a long time.

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    Remedy 2


    If we find that this change of setting is not good enough, then there is a second recommendation from the Verizon rep, which we haven't tried yet.  Leaving the new settings we already did, here are the instructions for the Glaxy S7 and the LG G4, which will likely be similar for other android phones:

    Go into Settings-->Backup & Reset Network Setting

    And she also said this second remedy can be done on the Iphone:

    Go into General Reset-->reset network settings

    Another note: One of our android phones is so old that it doesn't allow the second remedy (resetting the network connection). So to reset this phone, we will need to call Verizon and have a technician reset it from their side. 


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    Remedy 3

    I discovered Wifi calling, and my android supports it. Some iphones support it too.
    Wi-fi calling


    To change your preferred network on your Android device:
    1. Go to Settings on your device.
    2. Tap Advanced Calling.
    3. Tap Wi-Fi Calling.
    4. Tap When Roaming and select the network you want to use while roaming: Prefer Other Cellular Network (default) Prefer Wi-Fi.





    Solved! Our Verizon phones stopped working in our high rise



    We use Verizon In June 2016, when we moved, one android cellphone never got a good connection. The others--two androids and an iPhone, got an okay, but sometimes iffy connection.



    For the one that kept dropping calls incessantly, we got a landline phone that's hooked to a VOIP device that supports a Google Voice number. People call the Google Voice number, which then sends the call both to the VOIP and the cellphone.



    But then, in March of 2017, the other androids started consistently dropping calls. Ultimately, there was one spot, one foot by one foot, where I could stand (not sit) in my apartment and sometimes not get the call dropped.



    My 4G phone had one bar, even while I was sticking my hand out the window.



    Then in May, I contacted the company called Smoothtalker about purchasing an extender. After some emails back and forth, in which he collected some good data from me, the owner recommended to me two devices, totaling $500. This seemed like a lot of money, so I started asking around.



    A friend suggested that we contact Verizon before buying an extender. The Verizon rep said that the fact that it's a hi rise shouldn't matter, that we're on the 26th floor shouldn't matter, and the fact that many more people have moved in after we moved into the new, empty building, and the fact that the building is LEEDS certified shouldn't matter.



    The Verizon rep suggested a setting change on each phone. I'll outline how to get to the setting on my LGG4, but it's similar for other phones:



    settings-->networks-->more-->mobile networks-->system select-->network mode-->LTE/CDMA.



    (You should see that the setting used to be Global; now you are changing it to LTE/CDMA.)



    It seems to have worked, but we'll give it some time. We spent a while on the phone with the Verizon rep using this new setting, which worked well, and then we did some experimenting with each other in the apartment, with only one dropped call.



    Interestingly, our phones still only show one bar.



    Note: It is important to understand that travel outside of the United States or Canada will mean a temporary change back to "global" in the settings.



    The rep did tell us that this change of settings will only work for android; not for iPhone, but we don't know if the iPhone is getting good reception, because the owner has been away a long time.



    If we find that this change of setting is not good enough, then there is a second recommendation from the Verizon rep, which we haven't tried yet. Leaving the new settings we already did, here are the instructions for the Glaxy S7 and the LG G4, which will likely be similar for other android phones:



    Go into Settings-->Backup & Reset Network Setting



    And she also said there's a secondary remedy for Iphone:



    Go into General Reset-->reset network settings