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UPDATE to my posting of August 27th -- PROBABLY THE REAL FIX 12/24/2015

I still have had this problem, which returned and has annoyed me:  If I pause and then restart a video ( or youtube or whatever) the volume returns at a different level than it was.  I googled this problem today in desperation and found I wasn't the only one with it.  I found long and short solutions, so tried the latter because it was a single box to be checked -- and it worked -- at least so far!

I have a relatively new Dell XPS8700 desktop computer, bought with Windows 8 and upgraded to Windows 10.  It has Nvidia and Realtek sound outputs -- I use the (Realtek driven) speaker output on the back of the computer.  In my previous message I related how I replaced the driver for only a short lasting fix.

The problem apparently has nothing to do with Dell, but rather with Windows 10 changing or modifying what Realtek does with their driver.  Here's the fix -- simple, but works for me:

Apparently it's a driver (Realtek supposedly) problem with Windows 10 that causes this issue, that is, playing a video anywhere (youtube, local file, etc.), pausing, waiting a few seconds, and playing again would result in a volume change without any real change being shown in the speaker volume meter.

The following fixed it for me:
    Click start and type sound and hit enter (to open the Sound window). Or you can alternatively right-click on the sound icon in the tray area and select Sounds.
    Select the Playback tab and then right-click on the Speakers and select Properties.
    Go to Enhancements tab (if you have it) and uncheck Disable all sound effects (or any similar thing you might have in there).
For me it immediately fixed the problem, so give it a go and see what happens.  Your mileage may vary, no warranty, etc...

Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Dave McLaughlin
General Discussion / How to hack any LINUX machine!
« Last post by dickJ on December 21, 2015, 09:48:02 AM »
Today ZNet has posted an article on a flaw in Linux Grub that allows you to hack any Linux machine by just pressing Backspace 32 times! Here is the article:
1-16-2016:  More Info - from MS:


Here is a free (donation accepted) program specifically designed to block Microsoft's persistent attempts to convert earlier versions of Windows to Windows 10:

GWX Control Panel

Prior postings:
How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1

This article explains the desperate effort of Microsoft to expand the market share of Windows 10, vis-a-vis Windows 7 and even 8.1. Windows 10 is just beginning to pass WIN XP in percentage of use. The upgrade is being foisted upon the users of earlier versions without obtaining consent. If it weren't so unwarranted an insult and a serious inconvenience to the user, it would be a colossal joke. 

Make Use Of

PC World
General Discussion / Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird are in a serious decline.
« Last post by DougD on December 16, 2015, 08:19:53 PM »
Are a lack of prudent decision making and foolish mistakes causing Mozilla to begin falling apart?

General Discussion / Notes from the December 8th 2015 Photo SIG
« Last post by rsutter on December 14, 2015, 08:53:25 PM »
Hello All,
Here are my notes from the December 13, 2015 SLO Bytes Photo SIG

The focus of the December 13th meeting of the Digital Photography SIG was Rewind - Images from the Past .

Ralph Sutter opened the meeting showing David A. Cox’ review of Digital Photographer's Action Pack, a plug-in for Photoshop.  View Cox’ review at

Then members took turns sharing their interpretation of the Rewind theme.  Some of us showed photos of memorable personal events from the past.  Others chose images of public places from long ago.

We saw photos of great grandparents, early scans of traditional images and the first digital images some of us had ever taken.  We toured yesteryear San Francisco and visited numerous national monuments at an earlier time.

Sutter asked other users of the slideshow creation program, Proshow Gold, if they had found a way to edit slideshow sound tracks downloaded from the Proshow Music Library.  No one had the answer.  Apparently, the .psa extension is unique to Photodex and designed not to be editable.

Ralph detailed how he removes audio from video recordings of his quadcopter flights.  The audio track contained only the whirring of propeller blades, adding little to the viewer experience.

Sutter loads the video files into Microsoft Moviemaker, muted the audio and then saved the project as a new .mp4 file.  He then added new audio tracks back before publishing the project.

Don Jones shared the details of an issue that he had mentioned a week earlier at the SLO Bytes General Meeting.  It relates to a Dell security issue about which Jones had read recently in which certain Dell computers come with a flawed Certificate of Trust pre-installed.  Sutter found a further description at

As always, the meeting ended with coffee, snacks and conversation.
In anticipation of upcoming events, the topic for January’s Photo group will be Weather Phenomena.

You will find notes from previous meetings of the Photo SIG at or by clicking on Notes tab at the top of all pages of the Photo SIG web site.
 Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Microsoft PIN - How Secure?
« Last post by rsutter on December 14, 2015, 08:13:27 AM »
Hello All,

I have created a PIN to log in to my computer running Windows 10 but was puzzled as to why this PIN was a secure alternative to using my much longer password.  I found the best explanation at

Summarizing, your PIN is a secondary authentication.  Before you could set up your PIN, you had to create a Microsoft account and then log in to your computer, entering your password.  The PIN login only works when you have physical access to the computer and locks you out after 5 consecutive failed login attempts.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2015.
« Last post by DougD on December 10, 2015, 10:21:41 PM »
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2015. Version: 1.1

There are (now) eight critical and four important updates.
General Discussion / What version and build of Windows 10 am I using?
« Last post by Alan Raul on December 07, 2015, 07:26:00 PM »
During the Sunday session Alan demonstrated WINVER which is a command that displays the version of Windows that is running and the build number.
Search “winver"

Bob S. showed in Windows 10 there is another way to show the Windows version and build number.

In Windows 10 go to Settings >> System >> About and you will get the Windows version and build.
General Discussion / How to connect 2 computers to one monitor
« Last post by Alan Raul on December 07, 2015, 06:57:28 PM »
A question came up before the meeting regarding "How to connect 2 computers to one monitor."

This relates to older computers and monitors with VGA ports.

2 Ports VGA Switch Selector Box (2 In 1 Out, 2 PC to 1 Monitor)
If you are in no rush, this is a great price although it’s shipped from the Orient.

C2G / Cables to Go 03364 2-Port HD15 VGA Manual Switch Box

C2G 03364 2-1 HD15 VGA Manual Switch Box

2-Port VGA Monitor Switch

General Discussion / How to Manage Bookmarks in Mozilla Firefox
« Last post by Alan Raul on December 07, 2015, 06:49:35 PM »
A question came up before the meeting regarding "How to Manage Bookmarks in Mozilla Firefox."

Create bookmarks to save your favorite webpages

Firefox Help - Tutorials: Bookmarks by Gunnar Jurdzik
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