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Flash Player problems?

08 January 2017 - 08:59 AM

I haven't been following the issue at all, so I'm approaching this with very little info.


First question: Is there a problem, or a danger, using Adobe Flash Player? I would like to use an on-line electronic circuit design program that requires Flash Player to be installed in my Opera browser, and I've downloaded Flash Player ver did I make a mistake by doing that? I also installed the same version on Firefox.


Second question: What is the danger, if any?


Third question: Should I remove, or disable, Flash Player?

Is there something about Windows 10 that makes Thunderbird slow?

12 August 2016 - 05:51 PM

I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 several months ago, and have been noticing what I think is a problem with my email (I have a charter.net account).


My regular email program is Thunderbird, which has worked well for me for very many years. However, when I moved to Windows 10, I set-up the MAIL program as a second email program, so that I could compare its operation to Thunderbird. I've decided that I still prefer Thunderbird to the MAIL program, but I am still using them both.


Here is the problem: My emails seem to be delayed before they arrive, and they seem to arrive first in the MAIL program (but still take way too long to arrive), and then much later in the Thunderbird program, sometimes several hours later.


I began to notice this whenever I had to wait for a web-site to email me a confirmation of a sale, or an access code for a secure site, or an email to reset a password, etc. In the past, these kinds of emails arrived almost immediately in Thunderbird, and if I didn't see them I would just click the "Get Messages" button and they would be there. Now, it takes hours before I see them in MAIL, and then hours later they show in Thunderbird. I have checked the settings and adjusted to "Check for new messages every 1 minute".


So, how do I troubleshoot this? Is the problem with charter.net? If so, why does MAIL seem to receive everything faster than Thunderbird?

Could MAIL possibly be interfering with Thunderbird?


Help please, I'm not sure how to proceed to troubleshoot this.

recent Windows 10 install.....problems with shut-down

31 May 2016 - 06:18 AM

I recently have upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, but now I have noticed that the desktop computer does not appear to shut down completely. Here is what is happening:

  1. from the Windows 10 start menu I select "Power"
  2. a box pops up with 3 choices: Sleep, Shutdown, or Restart
  3. I select Shutdown and the computer appears to shut down
  4. When I return to the computer, if I hit any key on the keyboard, the computer now performs POST and then starts Windows


This seems like the computer had gone into hibernation, rather than a shutdown. It seems to me that after a "Shut down" you should be required to hit the Power button to start the computer. Am I missing something here? What is going on?

Email help for Windows 10

24 May 2016 - 06:16 PM

I recently went from Windows 7 to Windows 10..........it went pretty smooth except for an issue where a driver did not load........other than that it was OK. Windows 10 comes with an app called MAIL, which I tried to set up and am having some problems. First, my go-to email program is Thunderbird which I've been using for many years and I like it. But I think it might be nice to have a second app, MAIL, to access my email which is through Charter............my email address is [email protected]


I can't get MAIL to access the charter email, even though it ran its own setup, and then said that it was downloading the emails, but I can't access them.


So, a basic question is: am I able to access my emails by using 2 different apps, or do they "fight" each other?


Need some help to troubleshoot this, please.

speaker problems with Windows 7 64-bit

30 April 2016 - 09:42 AM

I've had problems with the 4-speaker quadrophonic audio, especially when playing a You-Tube video, or also when playing songs in .wma format.


The problem is that I cannot get the rear speakers to play........I have a Realtek ALC887 and used the Realtek software to configure the system for quadrophonic sound. Using the Realtek software, I can hear the sounds from all 4 speakers one-by-one as the software does a sound test.


But, when I play a You-Tube video I only get sound through the 2 front speakers, and not getting any sound at all from Windows Media Player, which actually starts to play a song, but has no sound at all, and under the "play-to" button, the drop-down shows "No media devices found".


Need a strategy to troubleshoot this..........might be 2 separate problems 1) no sound from Windows Media Player and 2) only front channel speakers from You-Tube.