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I agree with loptair, even if he is being a smart-ass . Seriously, I didn't want to list all of the damn stupid suggestions that the support people make on those sites. We could be here for a long time.
It is true that the driver verifier has been around since 2000, so why are drivers still crashing Vista, 7, 10? It would appear that device makers just don't use the tool (or it's insufficient - more likely). And for all of MS' anal retentive desire to make the device a better place for users, they leave this gaping, easily infected hole in their backside available.
So, was I dreaming about the application verification push?
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
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There are WHQL drivers, but I think many manufacturers don't bother about paying to certify them, and when you buy "brand" computers they are often preset to accept nonsigned drivers.
You can check if a driver is signed in the device manager, check driver details and look for a MS signature, if I recall correctly you need to be an administrator to do that.
My solution is to install Microsofts own drivers instead of the manufacturers. You'll lose a ton of setting, but usually gain both performance and stability. Assuming the driver is made for the hardware that is.
driver verifier has been around since 2000, so why are drivers still crashing Vista, 7, 10? It would appear that device makers just don't use the tool (or it's insufficient - more likely)
Driver verifier is different to driver verification (the signing process).
Verifier WAS a very good tool, before Microsoft made a complete balls up of its low resource simulation. Well, in fact it still is a good tool, you just cant do low resource simulation anymore, it is bollocks.
Dis I say its low resource simulation was a complete and utter TOTAL F***ING JOKE MICROSOFT YOU C***S ARE YOU F***ING LISTENING! yet?
And you are right, many companies obviously dont use it because their drivers fail when verified.
So I felt like playing some tunes. I don't do playlists. Normally I'll double-click on a file in Explorer, which launches VLC (my player of choice), and then I might drag some more random items on the queue.
This time around I picked all the files in a folder (20 or so), right-clicked on the bunch, and selected Play. I thought VLC was taking more time than usual to start playback...until 20 instances of VLC appeared, each one playing a different song...all at the same time.
To put it roughly I've been busier than a cat trying to busy sh*t on a marble floor.
I moved into a 23 ft. camper so I could do volunteering at Florida State parks, I'm currently at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park[^]. To say cramped would not describe it; mid tower computer, large ups, two 23" monitors and a host of electronic test equipment and parts. Actually I've got all that crammed into what used to be the dining booth but work and storage space is at a premium so, and here's the point, because of this limited space I had to take the robot apart. I'm limited in the size of projects I'm able to do and I've got a ton of them. Plus I've been busting butt working on a web site for my oldest son's business and it's been a bitch.
Don't ever offer to create a web site for relatives. They don't know what they want, when you give them what you think they want it's not what they wanted. So I've had to design it so versatile that I can hand it to them, teach them how to use it and say the balls in your court.
I have purposly stayed away from web stuff to avoid that very reason, I have had issues with becoming the help line to my cousin when she was trying to use her Apple Mac something or other,
didn't know anything about them, then know less now...
And ironically, if you select a several audio files to play with Microsoft's player, and you want them in the right order (from first to last) you have to select the last one first, then shift-select the first one last, otherwise, if you select from top to bottom, it plays them in reverse order!
Oh, the Cacophony[^], now that brings back some memories.
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