12+ hours in and here’s where I’m at . . .


Trying to install Win10 Anniversary edition for the 3rd time.  This is my demo HP laptop that came with Win8.1 and has been running Win10 for a year.  This is my 3rd try with the same result – I have a blank screen.  HD lite does flash randomly – at least once every 15 seconds – so this might just be a waiting game.  After each of the first 2 failed installs, it rebooted and reinstalled a previous version of Win10 and came right back to a working laptop.  Read a few hints online – made certain everything was up to date, removed the wireless mouse USB hub, ran a few checks as admin and it did find and fix some file error.  Went to MS web and downloaded and started the Anniversary install again.  That was at 3:30p.m.  And the screen went blank after the second reboot at approx 32% updating.  It is now 11:15 p.m. and I’ll put a box over the screen again tonight to stop the glare, and I’ll let you know how it is in the morning.  Fingers crossed      🙂



15 db improvement on my wifi!

Android tablets have became my primary leisure computing machines, so I’ve been free to migrate from the computer room to my basement mancave, where the TV is larger, and the remote control is MINE. But the wifi was weak/slow, and got worse when my current docsys 3.0 gateway replaced separate modem and router. I knew about wifi extenders, but feared they were difficult to install and sometimes not all that effective. But when I saw that Aldi had one for $19.99, I decided ‘what the heck’. I paid cash, opened the package carefully, and kept the receipt — to facilitate a refund, just in case. I am very pleased.

I downloaded an app to my tablet that made it 1-2-3 easy to wirelessly link the new extender/repeater to my gateway. It even generated an SSID for the additional wifi signal, by adding ‘_Extd’ to mySSID. I regularly use several Android apps, ‘Wifi Analyzer’ to show the signal strength of wifi signals my tablet detects, and ‘Speedtest’ to show the download and upload speeds of the wifi I’m connected to. They both confirm my subjective impressions.

When I connect directly to my router, er gateway, my tablet indicates a ‘Strong’ 26Mbps signal, Wifi Analyzer shows the signal strength is -65db, on channel 1, which is 2412 MHz, and Speedtest indicates about 10 Mbps d/l and 13 Mbps u/l speeds. When I connect instead to _Extd, the extender/repeater, my tablet indates a ‘Very Strong’, 72Mbps signal. More significantly, Wifi Analyzer shows my signal strength improves 15db to -50db, on channel 40, 5200 MHz, and Speedtest shows about 20 Mbps download and 15 Mbps upload.

So how much stronger is a 15db inpovement? 3db is double, 10db is ten times, and 20db is a hundred times stronger — so somewhere between 10x and 100x! It’s the best 20 bucks I’ve spent recently!

–Lucky Luby, aka Steve