I’m not sure if this is placebo but I swear that the Office programs run faster and even the add-ins such as the Grammarly Add-In for Outlook runs a lot faster. I’m in the preliminary stages as I am still testing it out. But once I heard that Office 2019 was going to be installed by default as a 64-Bit application, I figured it was time to make the move.
I had a client who was experiencing Adobe InDesign 2019 crashing a few seconds after opening it. . It did not matter what file they were working with. I created a brand new file and within a few seconds of trying to draw with the Pen tool, InDesign would close out and crash. This was happening on a brand new iMac, with High Sierra and Adobe Creative Cloud.
I could not recreate the problem on my laptop which is a MacBook Pro with Mojave and I am using the same version of Creative Cloud/InDesign as my client.
I soon Googled and then searched Twitter and found that multiple people were having the same issue. I figured at that point it was probably an issue with the activation servers that the software uses to call home every once in a while.
Just the fact that the software is calling home so much and a mistake on one of Adobe’s server can cause such a large issue is very concerning. Especially when you’re paying these guys hundreds if not thousands of dollars per month to borrow their software. The last they could do is get it right.
According to this forum post from an Adobe staff member by the name of Steve, the issue was a server on Adobe’s end, which I guessed correctly: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2581509.
Per the thread, things should be fixed. We’ll see.
I’m having some of the strangest issues with my workstations. Here are the specs:
ASUS Rampage V Extreme
Intel Core i7 5820K @ 3.30GHz
Corsair Dominator Platinum 64 GB
Samsung EVO NVMe 500GB solid state drive
Seasonic 1000W PSU
I recently upgraded to gigabit Internet with Spectrum Business. I initially was seeing horrible speeds, anywhere from 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps. I finally hooked my 15″ Mid 2015 MacBook Pro up with Lightning to Ethernet adapter and plugged directly into the modem. I can see my connection is NOT the problem. I see anywhere from 800 Mbps to 1.3 Gbps on the MacBook, CONSISTENTLY. This is the mind-boggling part.
Now we go back to my Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit workstation. I was on 1803 and updated to 1809 last night.
I consistently see speeds being gimped from the gigabit I should be getting to around 100-300 Mbps which is pissing me off. I know that something is using up my network resources and or is doing some traffic shaping. I’ve tried a clean boot, but some programs don’t adhere to a clean boot and keep running anyway. I wish I could do a clean install but don’t have that kind of time anymore. I may look into installing Windows onto one of the various spare PCs I have lying around the house but, procrastination and stuff.
In the meantime, I’d like to put this out there and if anyone else has seen their speed test speeds being gimped but clearly know that it’s working properly because they hooked up another device, whether it’s a Mac or another PC with a different OS or a clean install with no other applications running, let me know.
Something is gimping the connection. I have disabled the firewall, antivirus, and any other programs that I can think of that would use the WAN link heavily. I sometimes can see gigabit speeds through fast.com and speedtest.net, but it’s not consistent. I know some people might be thinking well, there are peak hours and other various explanations, but that does not explain why my MacBook Pro can consistently, and I mean at any time of the day, do speed tests out to fast.com and speedtest.net’s various servers and see close to if not gigabit speeds!
I found a blog that suggested running TCP Optimizer from https://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php. I ran it, and so far I see consistent gigabit speeds. I will continue testing throughout the day and will report back if it’s a permanent thing.
Well, I can confirm that the TCP Optimizer has fixed my issues. If you see weird slowdowns on your WAN connection as though something is throttling your speed, check out the TCP Optimizer. I ran it, changed the settings to optimal and restarted. It’s been about a full 24 hours and no problems to report. I’m seeing the full 1 Gbps connection being used on all speed tests.
When Apple announced that their new iPhone XS Max was going to have dual-sim capability I was ecstatic. I finally moved my business line which is on Verizon to the eSIM. Last night I purchased a Simple Mobile SIM card from Best Buy and setup a personal line. I didn’t have much problems other than the activation taking a few hours.
Here is the issue I am having. I have two phone numbers which are VOIP lines that, after X amount of rings, forward the call to my Verizon phone number. I noticed this morning I was receiving voicemails with no missed calls. I immediately figured it was related to the dual-sim. I can fix this temporarily by either turning on airplane mode and then turning it off and or going into cellular settings and disabling my personal line and then turning it back on. This will fix the problem temporarily but will eventually start blocking calls that are forwarded from this VOIP line that I own.
I am assuming it is some kind of bug and hope it is not by design. The fact that I can fix it by disabling the line and re-enabling it leads me to believe that this is a bug and not by design.
I ran into this problem with a client’s computer. A brand new Dell OptiPlex 7050 with a NVMe solid state drive. Trying to print a simple .jpg picture would allow the default printer to come up in the settings box but trying to select a secondary printer would cause this error to come up. I tried uninstalling the printer and reinstalling it. The only time I had success was by utilizing the PS driver for the printer. The printer in question is a Ricoh C3003 MFP. After uninstalling and reinstalling it a third time it resulted in ALL printers just saying Connecting… Restarting the print spooler service and changing the driver did not help. I finally found something on Google that said it’s easier to just right click the .jpg and click on print as it will bring up an entirely different program to print the picture. Windows 10 and its what I call “tablet” apps aren’t the greatest. I find them to be extremely buggy and more often than not, I never find an actual fix for the problem. I always have to find a workaround, which, unfortunately, is quite sad.
For quite some time I enjoyed the feature of Windows 10 account sync. I could sync I favorites, wallpaper, I believe certain passwords, and app settings. I also found that I could sync these same settings with a computer joined to an Active Directory domain. It appears that you no longer can do this.
It wasn’t until maybe a few months ago that I realized my syncing stopped working. I had to do a clean install on my home workstation, and as soon as I got Windows reinstalled, Windows asked me to sign in with a Microsoft account or a Work account. I signed in with my Work account thinking I’d be able to continue then syncing everything from my home workstation to my office workstation. I soon found out that it is not possible anymore. You have to completely avoid using a Work account if you plan to use Microsoft’s sync feature. Why? I don’t know. In my honest opinion, Microsoft loves to give their business customers the middle finger when it comes to these kinds of things. I wish more companies would blur the line between business and customer features. Alternatively, give it to us both! It worked once before, and I’m not sure why they stopped it.
Another thing that pains me is the way they make a distinction between a “Microsoft Account” and a “Work Account aka Office 365 account”, what’s the difference? One’s free from Microsoft, and the other is an account WE PAY FOR! We’re giving Microsoft money, and they decide to take features AWAY from us or punish us for using a certain type of account!
On top of getting a 10 TB external drive that normally costs $289.99 you also get a 32 GB thumb drive. One more thing, people have been shucking this drive and according to reports it’s a white label drive with 256 MB of cache. It is not a WD Red drive. However, people have also been reporting that they’ve had no problems installing it into their storage servers/NAS devices. No 3.3 mod was required to get the drive to show up and work properly. It’s plug and play. If you click the picture above it’ll take you right to the Black Friday special.
So Adobe took it upon themselves to change the way you free transform in Photoshop CC 2019. Before you’d hold shift and drag and it would keep its aspect ratio instead of having your text look too tall or too thin or too wide and out of aspect ratio.
I finally figured out what they did. The aspect ratio lock is on by default now. If you hold shift it’s the reverse of what you would expect in past Photoshop versions. I honestly don’t understand why they would do this as it’s been one way all these past years and versions and I am talking years!
Since the very first version of Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise, I’ve had this issue whereupon a reboot and logging back in for the first time my network connection is not available. There network icon in the system tray near the time is also disconnected. I’ve been able to get around the issue by giving myself a static IP address but that’s very annoying and that should not be required to have a valid Internet/network connection upon a reboot.
The symptoms are basically NO network connection, LAN or WAN. Upon first logging into Windows, I immediately see the X on the network icon and upon opening a CMD window and doing an ipconfig command I see that I do not have an assigned IP address.
My first theory is that because I have an SSD, Windows restarts and logs me in so quickly that the DHCP service doesn’t get a chance to grab an IP address. But that seems absurd that DHCP wouldn’t be able to either sustain or grab an IP as soon as the service is started. I’ll continue investigating and posting my findings.
ASUS Rampage V Extreme 3.1
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400MHz 64GB kit
Intel Core i7-5820K CPU not overclocked
EVGA nVidia 1070
Seasonic PSU (don’t know the exact model off hand)
Samsung EVO 870 NVME PCIe 500GB SSD
Samsung 850 500GB x2 in RAID0 using Intel RAID Controller
SanDisk 960GB SSD plugged into Intel Controller
Corsair K95 RGB keyboard with Cherry-MX Red switches
Logitech G700s using Logitech Gaming Software version 9.2
I have been fighting with trying to find the root cause of this issue where my mouse cursor will suddenly start stuttering and lagging as you move it around the screen. The entire computer starts to lag as well including watching video and audio. I thought I had it narrowed down to either some kind of USB issue with my motherboard (ASUS Rampage V Extreme. I’m not so sure now. When it starts is completely random. I can get task manager to open, but there isn’t any process that can be seen using up system resources to the point that it would make my system lag.
It just happened about five minutes ago while I was browsing Outlook and also Google Chrome. I had a ton of stuff open, but I have 64 GB of memory and an NVME Samsung EVO PCIe SSD. I opened task manager and could not see anything out of the ordinary except for Google Chrome 64-Bit using around 4 GB of memory. But again, I have 64 GB, and 4 GB shouldn’t even make a dent on that amount of available memory plus the added PCIe NVME SSD.
I started to ALT+F4 all the windows that were open and surprisingly after I got through all the windows the mouse lag/stutter stopped. I can’t say for sure which program that was closed caused it to stop the stuttering. The next time it happens, I will try to go slower and kill each window one by one until the mouse stutter stops.
I also have a Logitech mouse and have seen this weird issue when you use Windows faster user switching and have two people logged, and the lcore.exe process is running within two user’s accounts. But I don’t think it’s related to the lcore.exe process because I’ve had a hotkey to kill the process while it was happening and it did not cause the stuttering to stop.
Feel free to comment below if you have the same problem.
I seem to have narrowed it down to possibly being VMWare Workstation’s USB driver that is causing this to occur. I can’t say 100% certainty, but I’m very close. I’ll keep working on this and will update the post as time goes on.
Doesn’t appear to be related to VMWare Workstation. Tonight I found that my workstation at my office is doing the same thing. It seems like it happens after the computer has been on for a few days with no reboot. I could easily reproduce the issue by opening task manager while Chrome was open. I did this at home and left it while I went out for a bit and came back, and the mouse was still lagging/stuttering/freezing/jumping around the screen.
I’m not any closer to fixing this, but I did go ahead and disable pretty much everything that isn’t necessary and am trying to reproduce the issue again. I might have to wait a few days before it shows itself again which is infuriating.
I disable the vast majority of the software that starts on my computer and started opening up hundreds of tabs within Chrome. I’ve got Chrome using up around 5GB of memory right now. Another thing I did uninstall completely was Grammarly. Grammarly latches on to everything as it tries to check your grammar so it makes sense that it might cause a lot of problems like this, but I can’t find anyone else online or through my Google-Fu that had a similar problem, so it’s likely not that.
I won’t know until I probably leave the computer on for a few days as it appears to clear up after a reboot.
Unfortunately, I am still fighting with this issue. I have tried so many things to no avail. Just today, things started to freeze up completely, and it would unfreeze every few minutes. I tried opening up Task Manager and tried killing processes, but that did not help either. I thought for a while that it was related to my SSD setup and I might be getting closer to figuring this thing out. I have a new Samsung 970 EVO NVMe 500 GB drive that I installed and disconnected all other SATA SSD hard drives. For a time, things were OK. Not completely fixed, but not as bad. I attributed that to my SATA SSD hard drives failing or at least one of them that were connected. I cannot do a diagnostic on them as they’re both NFR OEM/enterprise SSD drives and Samsung Magic does not recognize them.
In any case, I am a bit bothered by how crappy my system performed. It was top of the line for when it was purchased, and I have never gone above all programs using more than fifty percent of my available memory, which is 64 GB worth.
At this point, I am thinking about buying a new motherboard, PSU and CPU and re-using my memory and video card. If that doesn’t fix it, then I guess I may be pushing my system to its limits, which I highly doubt.
This problem typically rears its head when I have had a ton of programs open along with the uptime being anywhere from one to five days without a reboot.
Within the past two weeks, I have started to experience weird freezing that occurs for a minute or two and then releases the computer, and I can do whatever it is I was doing. I have opened up the Task Manager and could see my network process using up 200+Mbps. I updated my NIC’s driver and sure enough, it sort of fixed the issue.
As of 4/8, I have once again, disabled any unnecessary startup items and disabled all non-Microsoft services to try and see how long it will take before the problem returns.
I will keep you posted.