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The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error

When you are copying some files from your computer to your hard disk and vice versa or when you have several disks connected to your Windows 10 computer and you suddenly receive an error message saying, “The request failed due to fatal device hardware error”, then this means that there is some issue with the hardware of your computer. This issue might be caused by various reasons but whatever they may be, this post will guide you on how you can fix the “The request failed due to fatal device hardware error”. To fix the error, here are some suggestions that could help.

Option 1 – Check for any hard disk errors

  • On your desktop, right-click on the “This PC” or computer icon and then select Manage to open the Disk Management. Here you get to check your drive’s health.
  • Next, click on Disk Management on the left side panel.
  • From there, check the state of your drives. If it shows that all your partitions are healthy then it means all is good and that the problem may have something to do with some physical issues with your hard drive.

Option 2 – Run the CHKDSK utility

When it comes to some issues concerning the hard drive or removable devices, there is a utility in Windows that might help which is called “chkdsk”. This error check utility can help with several issues in the system including “The request failed due to fatal device hardware error”.

  • Tap the Win + S keys to open the Search box.
  • Then type “command prompt” in the field and from the search results that appear, right-click on Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”.
  • After opening an elevated command prompt, copy and paste the following command and hit Enter:

CHKDSK [volume [[path] filename]] [/F] [/V] [/R] [/X] [/C] [: size]]

Note: In the command given above, “[/F]” will try to fix the system errors while “[/R]” will be the one to fix the bad sectors.

  • Now if you are prompted to run CHKDSK after your reboot your PC, just tap Y and reboot your PC.
  • If CHKDSK is not able to find any errors, tap the Win + E keys and navigate the access window. From there, right-click on the concerned drive and click on Properties.
  • After opening Properties, click on the tab Tools and then click on the “Check” button under the Error-checking section.
  • Wait until the process is completed and then restart your computer

Option 3 – Verify the hard drive using SMART attributes

In case you don’t know, Windows has a built-in feature of SMART analysis which analyzes the hard drive/SSD and checks all the parameters by performing some minor operations. To use it, follow these steps:

  • Tap the Win + S keys and type “command prompt” in the field then right-click on the related search result and select the “Run as administrator” option.
  • After opening Command Prompt as admin, type the “wmic disk drive get status” command and hit Enter.
  • You should get a result after that, and if you see that it’s “normal”, proceed to the next option below.

Option 4 – Format your hard disk

You can try formatting your drive since this problem also occurs on removable hard drives. In addition, if your drive is not properly initialized, this error will really pop up. Thus, you need to make sure that the hard drive is initialized and that the correct partition style is selected.

  • To get started formatting your drive, tap the Win + E keys and then go to the access page of the drive.
  • Next, right-click on the drive and select Format.
  • After that, uncheck the “Quick Format” option and then format your drive properly.
  • Now once the formatting process is finished, unplug the drive and plug it back in afterward.
  • Check if the error is already fixed. If the drive is not initialized, tap the Win + R keys and hit Enter.
  • After opening the Run dialog box, type “diskmgmt.msc” and hit Enter to open Disk Management.
  • From there, right-click on the drive volume and select Initialize Disk.
  • Next, select the correct partition type and proceed.

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Recently, a number of users reported an error when they tried to open graphic-intensive apps like video games. According to users, when they tried to open an app, they get the “Display driver failed to start” error instead. Thus, if you encounter the same error, then you’ve come to the right place as this post will guide you on how exactly you can fix it. Here’s the full content of the error message:
“Display driver failed to start; using Microsoft Basic Display Driver instead. Check Windows Update for a newer display driver.”
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Option 1 – Try to restart the Graphics driver

Although Windows 10 can recover the graphics driver on its own when it crashes, there are times when it fails to do its job. To restart the graphics driver in your computer, simply tap the Win + Ctrl + Shift + B key combination. After that, the graphics driver will be back in less than a second.

Option 2 – Try running the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

Running the built-in hardware and devices troubleshooter can also help you in fixing the “Display driver failed to start” error.
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  • From there, go to the Troubleshoot option located on the left-hand side of the list.
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  • After the system restarts, check if the problem’s now fixed. If not, refer to the next option given below.

Option 3 – Try to update or rollback the Graphics driver

You can try to update your Graphics card driver using the Device Manager in your computer to resolve the “Display driver failed to start” error or you can also go directly to the website of your graphics card manufacturers like NVIDIA, Intel, or AMD and go to the section called Drivers then check if there’s a new available update – if there is, download and install it. To update your Graphics driver via Device Manager, refer to these steps:
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  • After that, a list of device drivers will be displayed. From there, look for the Display Adapters and click on them.
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lan network cables

The main advantages of a hard cable connection are of course faster speed and stability compared to Wi-Fi. But if we look into the cables themselves there is also a big difference between them. Not all cables are the same and quality as well as speed vary a lot between them. Choosing the right cable is essential in order to make a maximum of your internet and we have some great tips and explanations of what cables do so you can make the right choice and enjoy your full internet potential.

Not all cables are the same

Cheap cables and expensive ones are not the same no matter what everyone tells you. The old proverb you get what you pay is true and more expensive cables will be made from better materials and will have a higher transfer rate.

Quality network cables are separated into different categories with proper markings and when buying one you should always look for these markings on the cables themselves, do not buy cables that do not have markings since they will often provide lower transfer rates or will not be shielded from outside influences resulting in packet drops and instability in a network.

Categories and what they mean are:

  • Cat-5 with a maximum speed of 100Mbps, typically unshielded.
  • Cat-5e with a maximum speed of 1Gbps, available in both shielded and unshielded varieties.
  • Cat-6 with a maximum speed of 10Gbps for runs under 55 meters (around 180ft), available in both shielded and unshielded varieties.
  • Cat-6a with a maximum speed of 10Gbps, shielded.
  • Cat-7 uses a proprietary GG45 connector rather than the standard RJ-45 connector seen on other cables for speeds of 10Gbps, shielded.
  • Cat-8 with a maximum speed of 25Gbps (Cat-8.1) or 40Gbps (Cat-8.2) at a distance of around 30 meters (around 100ft), shielded.

Unless stated, these standards are typically rated at their quoted speeds for a run of around 100 meters (around 330 ft) and use a standard RJ-45 Ethernet connector. Each generation of cable is designed to be compatible with the generations that came before it, so it’s possible (for example) to use a Cat-6a cable with a router that only supports speeds of 1Gbps.

Shielded cables

When purchasing higher quality cable you might not be able to choose if you have shielding or not since some standards like Cat-6a, Cat-7, and Cat-8 are always shielded. But if you do not have the need for these and you are satisfied with Cat-5e for example you can choose.

Shielded cables are a little more expensive but they will provide you with a coating that will eliminate interference from outside waves making cables more reliable. Of course, if the cable will go through a room that does not have many radio waves or some other interferences then buying a shielded cable is a waste of money.

Cable platings

Usually, there are two types of connector platings on connectors, silver, and gold, and people usually think that gold is much better but there are major differences between silver and gold platings and truth to be told there is no better one, both are different and should be considered depending on your need.

Silver plating will provide you with faster speed since its conductivity is larger than gold, but gold is slower on the oxidation front so its life span is longer. On the other hand, if your cables are always connecting and disconnecting gold will be first to be scrubbed off from the surface since the gold coating is much thinner.

Overall if you would only connect cable once and have slower internet than cable capacity gold is the way to go, in another case if you would use the cable as always connecting and switching and your internet plan is the same as cable transfer capacity you might want to go with silver one.

Cable material quality

Network cables are made from copper, your standard conduction material but even here there are differences in quality and therefore the chance of pocket losses over it. More quality less loss and more stable connection and this will depend on the purity of copper that is used in the cable itself. More purity in copper, more stability, simple as that.

Conclusion

So as you can see, there are a lot of different things that will influence your pick of proper network cable but the overall best advice is to get one that will fit well into your needs and setup. pair it up with your router and your internet plan since just simply buying something that you can not use is really a waste of money.

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User32.dll Error Code - What is it?

User32.dll is a Dynamic Link Library file. Windows stores instructions for graphical elements such as dialog boxes and Windows in this file. This file is a crucial file, necessary to run Windows operations. If this file is damaged, deleted, or removed from the system you may not be able to run the programs on your system that use and share the User32.dll file thereby causing you inconvenience. The User32.dll file error is displayed in the following format:

“This application has failed to start because USER32.dll was not found. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.”

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“[Program] illegal system DLL relocation”

Program here refers to the name of a program that caused the User32.dll error message.

Solution

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User32.dll errors are triggered by the following reasons:
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User32.dll error is also referred to as C0000135 blue screen of death error. When the User32.dll error occurs it not only locks you out of your desired program but also turns your computer screen blue. If the error is not repaired timely it may expose your PC to serious threats such as abrupt system shutdowns, system failure, and crash.

Further Information and Manual Repair

To resolve the User32.dll error on your PC, try the following solutions:

1. Reinstall Programs Causing User32.dll errors

Sometimes User32.dll error may occur due to missing DLL files.  This happens when you delete a program from your PC and accidentally the DLL file also gets deleted which is shared by other programs on your system. Therefore to resolve this first find out what programs on your system use User32.dll to load and run on your system. To do this use the Tasklist command-line tool. It displays the names of all the programs that currently use the User32.dll file. After this, reinstall the programs that use User32.dll files on your system. This will hopefully resolve the error.

2. Install and Run Restoro

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dxgkrnl.sys Blue Screen Error in Windows
Dxgkrnl.sys is a file related to the Microsoft DirectX driver – a suite of technologies developed by Microsoft to provide hardware acceleration for heavy multimedia applications like 3D games as well as HD videos. However, there are times when you encounter Blue Screen errors for this system file which is quite a lot. So when you encounter a Blue Screen error that’s related to this file, then it could be that the dxgkrnl.sys file is infected with some virus or malware and this might go unnoticed since antivirus programs regard dxgkrnl.sys as a system file. Here are some Blue Screen errors related to the dxgkrnl.sys file:
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Option 1 – Try running the DirectX Diagnostic Tool

Since the dxgkrnl.sys error has something to do with the DirectX Graphics APIs, you can run the DirectX Diagnostic tool to resolve the problem.

Option 2 – Try updating or re-installing DirectX

If the DirectX Diagnostic tool didn’t work, you can try to update or reinstall DirectX instead. This can help in fixing the problem because when you reinstall or update DirectX, it will replace the incompatible or corrupted components of DirectX from your computer.

Option 3 – Try to run the DISM commands

You might want to repair potentially corrupted files in your system as having them could also trigger the dxgkrnl.sys Blue Screen error. To repair these corrupted system files, you can run the DISM commands:
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  • Once you’ve executed the commands given above, restart your computer and check if the dxgkrnl.sys Blue Screen error is now fixed.

Option 4 – Try updating or reinstalling your Graphics drivers

Updating or reinstalling the Graphics drivers in your computer can also help in resolving compatibility issues between the operating system and the driver that also cause this kind of BSOD error.
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  • Type in devmgmt.msc into the box and tap Enter or click OK to open the Device Manager.
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  • After that, right-click on each entry under the Display Adapters and select the “Uninstall Device” option from the menu.
  • Now restart your computer.
  • After restarting your computer, go to the Settings app and Check for Updates in the Windows Update section.
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Option 5 – Try to run the Blue Screen Troubleshooter

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  • From there, look for the option called “Blue Screen” on your right-hand side and then click the “Run the troubleshooter” button to run the Blue Screen Troubleshooter and then follow the next on-screen options. Note that you might have to boot your PC into Safe Mode.

Option 6 – Try disabling the SLI Technology in NVIDIA Control Panel

In case you don’t know, there is a technology called SLI that comes with the NVIDIA graphics cards. With the help of this technology, the usage of various GPUs is allowed on a computer and hence helps in triggering the Alternate Frame Rendering and boosts the Graphics Performance directly. This is why this option to disable the SLI technology is suitable in fixing the problem if you are using an NVIDIA Graphics card.
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  • Restart your computer.

Option 7 – Try turning off NVIDIA Surround

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Solution

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The rundll error code is triggered due to multiple reasons such as:
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Further Information and Manual Repair

To resolve the rundll error on your system, here are some solutions that you can try:

Solution 1: Reboot your System

Sometimes rebooting your system can also resolve the issue. However, if it doesn’t then you need to try some other solution to fix it.

Solution 2: Identify the Program Triggering the Error

To fix rundll error, the first thing that you need to do is to identify the program generating this error and check it for validity. For this, simply analyze the rundll error dialog box. Let’s say you get the following run.dll error on your system Error loading
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Solution 3: Run an Antivirus

If the cause of the run.dll error is a malware attack then you need to download an antivirus and run it on your system. However, this may impact the speed of your PC. Antivirus is notorious for slowing down PC speed.

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About Browser Hijackers

Browser hijackers (sometimes known as hijackware) are a kind of malware that alters internet browser settings without the computer owner’s knowledge or approval. These kinds of hijacks are rising at a worrying rate around the globe, and it could be actually nefarious and sometimes dangerous too. There are plenty of reasons why you might experience an internet browser hijack; but commercial, advertising, and marketing are definitely the key reasons for their creation. Generally, the idea would be to force users to visit particular sites which are looking to improve their site visitor traffic and produce higher advertisement revenue. While it might seem harmless, these tools were created by malicious individuals who always attempt to take full advantage of you, so that they could make money from your naivety and distraction. Furthermore, hijackers can make the entire infected system vulnerable – other destructive malware and viruses will grab these opportunities to intrude into your computer effortlessly.

Signs of browser hijacker infection

The typical symptoms that signify having this malware on your computer are: home page is modified; you find new unwanted favorites or bookmarks added, typically directed to ad-filled or porn websites; the default search engine is modified; discover new toolbars which you did not add; you may see random pop-ups start occurring frequently; your internet browser has instability issues or exhibits frequent errors; you cannot visit specific websites like home pages of antivirus software.

So how does a PC get infected with a browser hijacker?

Browser hijackers attack computer systems via malicious email attachments, downloaded infected files, or by visiting infected sites. They sometimes are included with toolbars, add-ons, BHO, plugins, or browser extensions. A browser hijacker can also come bundled up with some free application that you inadvertently download to your computer, compromising your internet security. A good example of a popular browser hijacker is the most recent Chinese malware named “Fireball”, which has infected 250 million PCs throughout the world. It works as a hijacker but could be changed into a fully functioning malware downloader afterward. Browser hijackers will interrupt the user’s browsing experience significantly, keep track of the websites frequented by users and steal private information, cause difficulty in connecting to the net, and ultimately create stability problems, causing software programs and computers to crash.

Browser Hijacker Malware – Removal

Certain browser hijacking can be quite easily reversed by identifying and removing the corresponding malware program through your control panel. However, the majority of hijackers are extremely tenacious and need specialized tools to eradicate them. Additionally, manual removals require deep system knowledge and thus can be quite a difficult task for inexperienced computer users. Installing and running anti-malware programs on the affected computer could automatically delete browser hijackers and other malicious programs. Safebytes Anti-Malware features a cutting-edge anti-malware engine that will help you prevent browser hijacking in the first place, and clean up any pre-existing issues. In addition to anti-malware, a PC optimizer software, for example, Total System Care, will help you fix Windows registry errors, remove unwanted toolbars, secure online privacy, and stabilize software programs installed on the computer.

Malware Blocking Internet And All Antivirus Software? Do This!

Malware can cause a lot of damage to your PC. Some malware variants modify internet browser settings by including a proxy server or change the PC’s DNS settings. When this happens, you will be unable to visit some or all of the websites, and therefore not able to download or install the necessary security software to clear out the infection. If you’re reading this right now, you’ve perhaps recognized that virus infection is a reason behind your blocked internet connectivity. So how to proceed when you want to download and install an anti-malware program like Safebytes? Although this sort of issue will be difficult to get around, there are some steps you can take.

Install in Safe Mode

If the malware is set to run at Windows startup, then booting in safe mode should avoid it. Only minimal required programs and services are loaded when you start your PC into Safe Mode. You will have to do the following to remove malware in Safe mode. 1) At power-on/startup, press the F8 key in 1-second intervals. This will invoke the Advanced Boot Options menu. 2) Choose Safe Mode with Networking with arrow keys and press Enter. 3) As soon as this mode loads, you should have an internet connection. Now, obtain the malware removal program you want by using the browser. To install the software, follow the directions within the installation wizard. 4) Once the software is installed, let the scan run to eliminate viruses and other malware automatically.

Switch over to some other web browser

Web-based viruses could be environment-specific, aiming for a specific web browser or attacking particular versions of the web browser. If you are not able to download the security software using Internet Explorer, it means the virus may be targeting IE’s vulnerabilities. Here, you should switch to an alternate internet browser such as Chrome or Firefox to download the Safebytes application.

Create a portable USB antivirus for removing viruses

To effectively remove the malware, you should approach the issue of running an anti-malware program on the affected computer from a different perspective. To run anti-malware using a USB flash drive, follow these simple steps: 1) Download the anti-malware on a virus-free PC. 2) Mount the USB drive onto the same system. 3) Double-click the Setup icon of the anti-malware program to run the Installation Wizard. 4) Choose the drive letter of the USB drive as the location when the wizard asks you exactly where you would like to install the anti-virus. Do as instructed on the screen to finish off the installation process. 5) Now, transfer the flash drive to the infected PC. 6) Double click the Safebytes Anti-malware icon on the USB drive to run the application. 7) Run Full System Scan to detect and clean-up up all types of malware.

SafeBytes Anti-Malware - More Protection For You Personally

These days, an anti-malware tool can protect your computer from different kinds of online threats. But exactly how to select the best one among plenty of malware protection software that’s available on the market? You may be aware, there are many anti-malware companies and tools for you to consider. Some are worth your money, but many aren’t. You must be careful not to choose the wrong application, especially if you purchase a paid program. While thinking about the highly regarded software programs, Safebytes AntiMalware is undoubtedly the strongly recommended one. SafeBytes anti-malware is a powerful, very effective protection application designed to assist users of all levels of computer literacy in detecting and eliminating harmful threats out of their PC. Once you’ve got installed this tool, SafeByte's state-of-the-art protection system will make sure that absolutely no viruses or malware can seep through your computer.

SafeBytes anti-malware takes computer protection to a whole new level with its advanced features. Listed below are some of the great ones:

Anti-Malware Protection: This deep-cleaning anti-malware software goes much deeper than most antivirus tools to clean out your personal computer. Its critically acclaimed virus engine finds and disables hard to remove malware that hides deep inside your computer. Real-time Threat Response: Malware programs attempting to get into the computer are identified and stopped as and when detected by the SafeBytes real-time protection shields. It’ll inspect your personal computer for suspicious activity regularly and its unparalleled firewall shields your PC from illegal access by the outside world. “Fast Scan” Features: SafeBytes’s virus scan engine is among the fastest and most efficient in the industry. It's targeted scanning highly increases the catch rate for viruses which is embedded in various PC files. Web Protection: SafeBytes gives an instant safety rating to the web pages you are going to visit, automatically blocking dangerous sites and ensuring that you are certain of your safety while browsing the world wide web. Light-weight: SafeBytes is a lightweight and user-friendly antivirus and antimalware solution. As it uses very little computer resources, this tool leaves the computer’s power exactly where it belongs to: with you. 24/7 Guidance: SafeBytes provides 24/7 technical support, automatic maintenance, and software upgrades for the best user experience. To sum it up all, SafeBytes Anti-Malware offers great protection combined with very low system resource usage with both great malware prevention and detection. Malware trouble will become a thing of the past when you put this application to use. If you’re looking for the very best malware removal application out there, and when you don’t mind shelling out some money for it, opt for SafeBytes Anti-Malware.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

If you’d like to manually remove Daily Bible Guide without using an automated tool, it might be possible to do so by deleting the program from the Windows Add/Remove Programs menu, or in cases of browser extensions, going to the browsers AddOn/Extension manager and uninstalling it. You will probably also want to reset your internet browser. If you choose to manually remove the system files and Windows registry entries, utilize the following list to ensure that you know exactly what files to remove before performing any actions. Please remember that only experienced users should try to manually edit the system files simply because removing any single critical registry entry results in a major problem or even a PC crash. In addition, certain malicious programs have the capability to defend against its removal. It is advisable that you carry out the removal process in Safe Mode.
Files: Search and Delete: 2vauxstb.dll 2vbar.dll 2vbarsvc.exe 2vbprtct.dll 2vbrmon.exe 2vbrstub.dll 2vdatact.dll 2vdlghk.dll 2vdyn.dll 2vfeedmg.dll 2vhighin.exe 2vhkstub.dll 2vhtmlmu.dll 2vhttpct.dll 2vidle.dll 2vieovr.dll 2vimpipe.exe 2vmedint.exe 2vmlbtn.dll 2vmsg.dll 2vPlugin.dll 2vradio.dll 2vregfft.dll 2vreghk.dll 2vregiet.dll 2vscript.dll 2vskin.dll 2vsknlcr.dll 2vskplay.exe 2vSrcAs.dll 2vSrchMn.exe 2vtpinst.dll 2vuabtn.dll AppIntegrator64.exe AppIntegratorStub64.dll BOOTSTRAP.JS 2vffxtbr.jar CHROME.MANIFEST CREXT.DLL CrExtP2v.exe DPNMNGR.DLL EXEMANAGER.DLL Hpg64.dll LOGO.BMP NP2vStub.dll T8EXTEX.DLL T8EXTPEX.DLL T8HTML.DLL T8RES.DLL T8TICKER.DLL VERIFY.DLL s_pid.dat 2vEIPlug.dll 2vEZSETP.dll NP2vEISb.dll 00082350.exe files.ini Folders: %APPDATA%\DailyBibleGuide\ %PROGRAMFILES%\DailyBibleGuide\ %PROGRAMFILES%\DailyBibleGuideEI\ Registry: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ Value: DailyBibleGuide Browser Plugin Loader Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ Value: DailyBibleGuide Search Scope Monitor Key HKCU\Software\DailyBibleGuide Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\DailyBibleGuide Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\MozillaPlugins\@DailyBibleGuide.com/Plugin Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DailyBibleGuidebar Uninstall Internet Explorer Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DailyBibleGuidebar Uninstall Firefox Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\beea7fa9-d1f4-49a2-9b1f-6fb7a2d9bc2a Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\0631bff0-6846-48ca-982d-d62d7f376e97 Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.XMLSessionPlugin Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.UrlAlertButton Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.ToolbarProtector Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.ThirdPartyInstaller Key HKHKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.SkinLauncherSettings Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.SkinLauncher Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.SettingsPlugin Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.ScriptButton Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.RadioSettings Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.Radio Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.PseudoTransparentPlugin Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.MultipleButton Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.HTMLPanel Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.HTMLMenu Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.FeedManager Key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DailyBibleGuide.DynamicBarButton
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Should you buy used GPU in current market?
Things have stirred lately with Chinas ban on crypto mining and many used GPUs will flow the market probably. But should you buy a used GPU? Short answer: NO, long answer: keep on reading to find out why.

GPU 1080tiGPU shortage and its cause

As you all know by now, we live sadly in a world struck by a global Pandemic. Due to this awful disease and measures taken against it, many people are either working from home or are at home making the manufacturing of new chips problematic while demand on the market has raised. Throw into that mix crypto mining which has raised in popularity and you have, well today's market where we have GPU shortage. Now with the latest news that China has banned the mining of cryptocurrency, there is to be expected that at some point in time mining cards used there will fit the market in the whole world. Sadly even with a large quantity of GPUs that will become available, the overall price of cards will not be much lowered I am afraid since demand is still very high and many people would not want to purchase used mining cards and neither should you.

Be prepared for the worst scenario

Although this sounds very pessimistic and in most cases, it will not turn out to be true, you should always prepare yourself mentally that you might be in that lower percentage that will end up with a really bad GPU. What has come up to be absolutely true when considering GPU that were mining is that if anything at all can be done to GPU in order to increase performance, it has been done. Miners want to optimize and almost every GPU if could be overclocked, it was overclocked. Extensive mining also means that thermal paste has been dried and it is pretty useless at this point and there is a very high chance that fans and heat sinks will need much cleaning or even replacement raising the price of the card itself for mentioned paste, fans, and heat sinks. There's no way to tell what the previous owner might have done with a graphics card when you're shopping online, so our advice is to assume the worst. Don't trust the seller to give truthful information. Any listing that says it was "never used for mining" at this point is probably a lie.

Age of the GPU matters

Date when GPU itself has manufactured really matters. Newer cards even if used extensively have been used for a much shorter period of time and are not so damaged were ones produced a few years ago have seen a lot of action. Let’s say that you get RTX 3060, In the worst-case scenario it has been mining since late February of 2021 and basically, it is still under warranty so it should behave OK and put some good work in gaming even in that state. On another hand, if we take for example GTX 1080Ti which is 4 years old GPU things start to change drastically. 4 years GPU could be worn out even if it was used just for extensive gaming sessions let alone for mining.

No return policy and seller rating

Most of the time you will run into a product that cannot be returned or no refunds policy. This should bring a red flag right away and deter you from purchase. Sellers with the highest ratings are more trustworthy since many of them will not want to destroy their reputation but these will probably not even have these kinds of merchandise in their store. Buying with a poor rating seller and no return policy on a product is just asking for trouble. And although some stores do have arbitration and will stand on the customer side there is no guarantee for that and it will take too much time to process.

If you really must buy a second-hand GPU

Of course in these troubled times sometimes due to malfunction or any other reason, there would not be another choice than to buy a second-hand GPU. In this case, if there is no other option consider sellers with many positive ratings. If you can buy locally that would even be better or the best-case scenario would be if you could visually see and inspect GPU itself in order to see in what state it is. Look for warranty stickers to see if they are thorn and the card has been tampered with. Also take a good look at screws, if they have scratches card has been opened, probably to replace fan or heating sinks which means that it has worked a lot.

Conclusion

It is very difficult to give the best possible advice on this situation since of GPU shortage, but I would much prefer a new GPU with lower performance than a hi-performance one which was mining.
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Fix Windows Update Error 0x8007025D-0x2000C
Recently, a number of users reported getting an error code 0x8007025D-0x2000C while updating their Windows 10 computers using an ISO or the Media Creation tool. You will also see a detailed error message saying, “The installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during APPLY_IMAGE operation” together with the error code 0x8007025D-0x2000C. This kind of issue usually occurs when there is some problem with the installation files and when Windows Update fails to apply upgrade using the Media Creation Tool or ISO. To resolve this issue, you can use the troubleshooting options given below as a reference.

Option 1 – Try recreating the Windows 10 installation USB

Recreating the Windows 10 installation USB might help in fixing the problem. You can use a USB drive to do so but make sure that it has a great read-write speed. Follow the steps below to recreate Windows 10 installation USB”
  • Click this link and then click the Download Tool Now button.
  • Next, click the “Use the tool to create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file)…” option and follow the next given instructions on the screen.
  • Now select the ISO file option in step 5.
  • After that, you should now have an ISO file.
  • Next, go to the location where you’ve downloaded the ISO file.
  • Then right-click on the Windows 10 ISO file and select the Open with option and then select File Explorer.
  • Now click on “setup.exe” and follow the next instructions that appear on the screen. When asked, you have to select either Nothing (clean install) or Keep personal files only option. Take note that you must not select the “Keep personal files, apps, and Windows settings since it doesn’t really work.

Option 2 – Try running the Windows Update troubleshooter

You might also want to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter as it could also help in fixing Windows Update error code 0x8007025D-0x2000C. To run it, go to Settings and then select Troubleshoot from the options. From there, click on Windows Update and then click the “Run the troubleshooter” button. After that, follow the next on-screen instructions and you should be good to go.

Option 3 – Update the BIOS

Take note that you have to be careful when modifying something in the BIOS. So if you don’t know much about it, it’s best if you skip on this option and try the other ones instead. However, if you are well-versed in navigating the BIOS, then follow the steps below.
  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Next, type “msinfo32” in the field and press Enter to open System Information.
  • From there, you should find a search field on the bottom where you have to search for the BIOS version and then press Enter.
  • After that, you should see the developer and version of the BIOS installed on your PC.
  • Go to your manufacturer’s website and then download the latest version of BIOS on your computer.
  • If you are using a laptop, make sure that you keep it plugged in until you have updated the BIOS.
  • Now double click on the downloaded file and install the new BIOS version on your computer.
  • Now restart your computer to apply the changes made.

Option 4 – Try restarting the Background Intelligent Transfer Service

The Background Intelligent Transfer Service or BITS is a part of the Windows Update service and is the one that manages the background download of Windows Update, as well as scans for new updates and so on. And if Windows Update is experiencing some problems, you can try restarting BITS but make sure that you have admin privileges to do so.
  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Next, type “services.msc” in the field and hit Enter to open Windows Services.
  • From the list of Services, look for the Background Intelligent Transfer Service and double-click on it to open Properties.
  • After that, you need to set the Startup type to “Automatic (Delayed Start) and click on Apply.
  • Now click the Stop button to stop BITS and then click the Start button to restart the service.
  • Click OK to save the changes made and then restart your PC.

Option 5 – Try to update Windows after a couple of minutes or an hour

There are times when the issue is from Microsoft’s end. It could be that there’s some issue with Microsoft’s server so it would be better if you give it a couple of minutes or an hour or so before trying to run Windows Update again.
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Fix 0xC03A0005 error in Windows 10
When performing a Windows Backup to the NAS device (backup to a network share) that is running Samba, fails with an error message The backup failed, The version does not support this version of the file format (0xC03A0005). The problem occurs because of a conflict with the VHD file that is created by Windows Backup and is mounted during the process. There are three types of VHD files:
  1. Fixed,
  2. Expandable
  3. Differencing
If the VHD file is a sparse file that is not supported by the native VHD driver, the mounting will fail, and you will get this error. An example VHD file is one that keeps expanding depending on the backup size. The problem occurs only in the case of  File Level backup (file/folders in a volume) but not on the block level backup as the vhd file is never mounted. However, in the case of File Level Backup, the vhd is mounted, created by Windows Backup, which does not support the mounting of sparse files.

The solution is to use Strict Allocate: option in the smb.conf file

Login to SMB using SSH. Open the configuration file using the VI editor located at /etc/samba/smb.conf. If the option is not there, you can manually add strict allocate = yes which will make sure there are no sparse file that is created.
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