How To’s

Guides and how to tutorials to fix common PC problems.

  • Fix: HDMI No Signal

    As time proceeds, more and more companies embrace the concept of HDMI connection. What isn’t to like? It gets plugged in easily and transmits both video and sound with the capability to support huge resolutions. It has versatility and has more or less become the main medium for connection between…

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  • Fix: Rainbow Six Siege crashing

    Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six is a media franchise about a fictional international counter-terrorist unit. It contains a series of missions and objectives and is seen as one of the emerging games in the modern day world. Despite it being updated frequently by the developers, players have reported that the game…

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  • How to Uninstall Windows Updates

    Microsoft periodically and promptly release updates for every single iteration of the Windows Operating System that it supports at any given time. Depending on the iteration of Windows and Windows Update preferences, any and all released updates are either automatically downloaded and installed by the system, or the system makes…

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  • Fix: Failed to install BattlEye service

    BattlEye is a client-side software which tries to detect if any of the users are using a cheating software to gain unfair advantages while playing the game. Instead of normal games trying to punish cheaters, this module prevents the game from being started in the first place by not launching…

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  • Fix: Unable to lock the administration directory

    Newcomers to GNU/Linux often run into some trouble when a command needs to be executed with root superuser privileges. Sometimes these commands will throw out “unable to lock the administration directory” error messages, especially when attempting to install updates or new applications from the command line. This error message is…

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  • Fix: VAC was unable to verify your game session

    There was a very disruptive behavior seen by CS: GO where players would get the error “VAC was unable to verify your game session”. Hence the players are unable to que for matchmaking and play any matches. VAC is Valve Anti-Cheat System. Its main job is detecting installation files anomalies…

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  • Fix: Your video card does not support alpha blending

    Alpha blending is used for displaying an alpha bitmap (this is a bitmap which has semi-transparent or transparent pixels). In addition to RBG colors, each pixel in an alpha bitmap also has a transparency component known as the alpha channel. Users might encounter the error “Your video card does not…

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  • Fix: Failed to create d3d9 device

    Many users have come across a problem where they encounter an error “Failed to create the d3d9 device. This can happen if the desktop is locked” on their screens whenever they try to play a game directly or through other game launchers such as Steam. The reason why this error…

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  • Fix: Sims 4 won’t open

    There have been many reports by players that upon clicking the Sims 4 launcher, the application doesn’t respond and shows no signs of processing. There is no action seen and it is as if you haven’t clicked the launcher at all. Furthermore, you may also experience the Sims 4 play…

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  • How to reconfigure the search key (and others) on the Chromebook keyboard

    If you own a Chromebook, you have probably noticed the new addition that Google has made to the keyboard, which is the Search key. This key is supposed to add the practice of searching on Google to the hardware itself. After all, that is what the Chromebook as a product…

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  • How to Instantly Look Up Word Meanings in Chrome

    The one feature that Mac OS has that I’ve always been jealous of is ‘lookup’. This feature allows the user to just click on a tap on a word for the meaning of the word to appear right above it. Since so much of our web content is consumed as…

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  • Fix: Minecraft Error code 5

    Minecraft is a sandbox game and allows players to build using cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. It has several activities such as resource gathering, crafting, combat, and exploration. Minecraft has been in the gaming industry for quite some time and has made a huge digital footprint. Despite it…

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  • How to Use Fast Audio Switcher on Windows 10

    A lot of PC users have been disappointed by the fact that Microsoft decided not to include and a quick audio switcher with Windows 10. This is even more surprising considering the fact that Windows 7 used to have a quick audio switcher in the tray icon. If you’re using…

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  • Fix: Diagnostics Policy Service is not running

    Users experience the error “Diagnostics policy service is not running” in the troubleshooting window when their internet is not working. This error is quite common and users are mostly prompted with another dialogue “Computer has limited network connectivity”. The troubleshooter stops here and does little to resolve the network issue.…

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  • Fix: Broadcom Netlink Gigabit Ethernet Driver Stops Working in Windows 10

    Some users have been reporting a problem with the Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet Driver Network Adapter. As it turns out, whenever this issue occurs, the LAN connection will effectively stop functioning, momentarily, interrupting the network connection. While the network connection is interrupted, it will show as a connection with Limited…

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  • How to Enable Android File Browsing in Chrome OS

    Chrome OS has been integrating further with Android features – access to Android apps and the Google Play store was a great addition some time ago, and its been recently reported that Chrome OS will soon unveil integration with Android Messages. The only major nag that’s been plaguing all this…

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  • How to Remove Samsung Pass from Knox Tripped Devices

    Samsung device users who root their device or otherwise do anything that trips Knox will find that Samsung Pass no longer functions for them. Samsung Pass is a biometric authorization software that basically allows you to use fingerprint, facial recognition, or signature for logging into various platforms. But once you’ve…

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  • How to Root the ZTE Grand X View K85

    The ZTE Grand X View (K85) is a budget-range Android tablet that has been notoriously difficult to root through traditional methods – many users were trying one-click root solutions like KingRoot, with varying results. Fortunately, there is now a recently discovered method for rooting the ZTE Grand X View with…

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  • Fix: Error occurred during initialization of VM could not reserve enough space for object heap

    Even though Java applets aren’t a popular web technology these days, there are countless reasons to deploy a Java virtual machine directly on a Linux server. If you try to run the Linux java command outright either on discrete hardware or inside of its own VM, then you might get…

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  • How to Change Recycle Bin Icon

    Recycle bin, if you don’t know already, is contains all the deleted files of your system. The recycle bin’s icon is usually present on the Desktop. Since recycle bin contains the deleted items, it changes its icon to an empty dustbin whenever it is empty. On the other hand, it…

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  • Fix: Couldn’t switch to requested monitor resolution

    The error “Couldn’t switch to requested monitor resolution” occurs when your game client is unable to scale to the resolution which is set in the configurations or the resolution in which the launcher is trying to launch. This error is a very common one with it popping on every random…

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  • How to Select Multiple Files on Mac (OS X or MacOS)

    Due to many reasons, Mac and PC users need to select multiple files (lines) in Finder for deleting, moving, copying, etc. When needed, here is how can you do it on your Mac running OS X or MacOS. Select Contiguous Items If you want to select contiguous files or folders…

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  • Fix: server certificate does NOT include an ID which matches the server name

    When attempting to configure SSL on a server designed to run Apache or potentially another similar web hosting technology, you might end up getting an error that tells you that the server certificate does NOT include an ID which matches the server name. This is technically just a warning and…

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  • Fix: ssh_exchange_identification ‘connection closed by remote host’

    While in many cases the ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host error can be caused by issues related to the hosts.deny and hosts.allow configuration files, there are other things that can cause the problem. If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve already checked to make sure that both of…

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  • How to Install and Uninstall Edge Extensions

    Windows 10 in its Anniversary Update introduces a new feature Edge Extensions, available browser extensions can be installed from the store depending on your need. It is added to personalize and add new features to the Microsoft Edge. There are several methods through which these extensions can be installed and…

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