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  1. 30 minutes ago, trium said:
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    Excuse me while I just go find the big "kill this" button 😄

  2. On 27/10/2020 at 05:04, hazelnut said:

    Don't forget to let us know if the old ''dab of glue'' fix worked !

    (hope so)

    It worked 😀 Certainly goes down as one of the more unusual issues I've come across lol, and would have driven me mad if I'd not actually noticed the battery tray was moving.

    And thanks for the suggestions guys :)

  3. 19 hours ago, hazelnut said:

    JD it could be your board :(

    No screensavers or anything?

    It's nothing to do with anything running, it's resetting the time when it's been left off for a while, exactly as you would expect with a dead bios battery.

    10 hours ago, nukecad said:

    Do you have a multimeter to test the battery output?

    If it's OK for a week or two before cropping up again then you may just be fitting old or duff batteries that are dying after a week or two, especially if you're getting them all from the same source.
    They have a long shelf life but it's not infinite.
    Plus if you are getting cheap/counterfeit ones then who knows, and unfortunately there are many fakes out there even on places like Amazon.

    Other than that then as you say check the contacts, a pencil eraser is good for cleaning contacts.

    Also I'm sure that you already have but check that your Time Zone setting is correct and it's not resetting to a different time zone.
    (Something niggles me that I read somewhere that using a VPN to say that you are in a different country can sometimes have an effect on the time zone settings?).

    Then a good malware scan just to make sure that it's not an infection that is causing it. (Unlikely but possible).


    Yeah, I have a multimeter (electronics used to be my thing many moons ago). As I said, the batteries were brand new (bought new as I also thought the ones I was using were maybe duff stock), proper brand from a proper shop (and dated, so not old stock).

    So opened it up tonight. Checked the battery voltage of the one I'd put in, and was registering virtually full, so wasn't some strange battery issue (I had considered maybe there was a short or something draining the batteries flat).

    What I did notice though, and I'm hoping was the problem - the plastic holder the battery sits in seemed loose on the board. There's one slightly springy battery contact on the base of the holder and one on the edge. The one on the edge comes up from the motherboard through the bottom of the plastic holder and when putting the battery in, the upward pressure of the slightly springy bottom contact could push the holder up away from the board a couple of mm, and potentially breaking contact with the battery. It would stay down if pushed down, but it took very little pressure to make it lift up, certainly a slight knock of the laptop could make it spring up. So have put a dab of glue under the battery tray and fingers crossed that was it. Will find out when I turn it on again tomorrow I guess🤞🤞🤞

  4. My laptop keeps losing the system time, have replaced the BIOS battery a few times now and it doesn't seem to fix it for long. The current battery has only been in about a week or two, and already the system clock is resetting on every restart again (brand new, proper brand battery).

    Anything obvious spring to mind before I take it all to bits looking for a physical fault? (I did check the battery contacts when I put the last battery in and it appears to making perfectly good contact with the battery)

  5. 2 hours ago, nukecad said:

    We did have a thing with double 'digest' emails recently but that was fixed and hasn't reappeared.

    Let me check my email inbox though.

    You can always go to your profile and turn off all email notifications.

    I have done now (160 notifications in), but not ideal as I subscribe there for notifications of Piriform updates and I can't be the only one subscribed there getting an email fired at them for every post ever made, for a second time (And on a side note, surely risks email servers deciding piriform emails are spam due to volume being fired out)

  6. 1 hour ago, surpriseantivirus said:

    Essentially the Ccleaner installer has an x% chance of silently installing an application that can honestly be considered spyware, without the users consent. There is no angle that this can be looked at for it to be considered acceptable.

    I actually agree with this point. If this were any other software we would be kicking off about it installing spyware without user permission. That the software in question is (formerly) reputable should make no difference.

    Also it's becoming increasingly difficult to believe the "fix coming soon" that has been promised for a ridiculous time now is anything other than deliberate delaying to keep up Avast installs. It's such a simple fix that it is inconceivable to believe that a billion dollar company couldn't have fixed it straight away, let alone a year or two down the line!

  7. 2 hours ago, Andavari said:


    I'm on 68.4.1 which is Quantum from the PortableApps build. Nothing all that much different for me, although under the hood there's more files making it as of writing this a hefty 497 MB.

    Yeah, I occasionally use (current version of) Tor and the difference doesn't bother me much. Just laziness and sticking with what I'm used to. But as my laptop also uses Win7 I can't really stick with an old browser as of today anyway, so not updating FF sharpish would be lazy AND dumb lol

  8. On 09/01/2020 at 04:24, Andavari said:

    A "delightful experience" would be for them to replace the hamburger icons with donut icons!:lol:

    I'm still on the last pre-Quantum release on laptop, so FF is still quite delightful lol. Though I think I've given it long enough for addons that broke with FF60 to become functional again. Plus I quite like the privacy and anti-tracking functionality being added to FF at present, so will finally be making the jump to the NEW 'delightful' Firefox at some point. Probably 😁

  9. 1 hour ago, Dave CCleaner said:

    The experts are all in bed at the moment, but given that this did not seem to happen to any of the early announcements or to other forum areas I suspect it was the "Mr G" announcement robot going nuts on reposting for some reason.  It has been a little cantankerous of late. @Ben CCleaner is, amongst other things, our resident robot wrangler and he will check to make sure that it hasn't become self-aware and planning to go Skynet on all of us.

    Well it does have a habit of sending 2 email notifications for any new post there, but 200 (or 212 to be precise) is a little OTT 😃

  10. 22 minutes ago, Nergal said:

    Notifications have been hit-or-miss lately.  I haven't got any in about two weeks.  Are you getting old ones you've read already?  Dave should see this thread and inform us mods what's up and we'll inform everyone else (or he'll just inform everyone, he does things like that).

    But, from someone who can't do anything about it, sorry for the deluge.

    I'm getting one for every thread ever started in the announcements section.

    A small selection (there's 212 in total, so far):


  11. 6 hours ago, trium said:

    can i really delete this many "entrys"?


    You don't delete EVERYTHING. After it's loaded drivers you can click the "Select old drivers" button and that will tick entries that probably aren't needed and can delete them if you want. Drivers which were installed on the computer when you got it may not be able to be deleted, so don't try to force delete any that it says can't be deleted. But as with anything like this, the risk is yours, make sure you have backups in case it all goes wrong. Personally I only use it to delete old nVidia drivers (which took up a big chunk of space), anything else takes up such negligible space it's not worth messing anything up for.

  12. 2 hours ago, trium said:

    "no entry loaded" + "there are one or more open sessions" ?


    ah, after a while ... there alot of stuff :-) after refresh is the screen white :-(


    something seems hanging in my w8.1 with rapr

    "No entry loaded" at startup is normal, it usually takes 5-10 second to load (maybe longer). Same if you click refresh.

    "There are one or more open sessions" suggests you've multiple copies of the program running, check task manager to make sure there's not a copy running/hanging in the background.


  13. 1 hour ago, trium said:

    im lucky :-)


    i have try it and my screen is empty :-) no old drivers from nvidia. perhaps i was good to my laptop in the years i have it :-)

    If the screen is empty it's not working, should be a list of drivers showing, regardless of whether they're old or not.

  14. 17 minutes ago, Nergal said:

    Obviously you've never been in rural america where even broadband speeds are as slow as a 1990s' modem

    It's not exactly a rising issue that needs addressing. It's a bit like making the entire planet take vitamin C tablets cos there are still some people that get scurvy.

    And those people in rural America have presumably coped perfectly well updating their browser for the last 20 years. Just doesn't add up to cynical old me ^_^

  15. 9 hours ago, Andavari said:

    What is the appeal of using it? And does it have the potential of breaking something, or bricking the Windows installation?

    I use it mainly to delete old nVidia driver stuff after each driver update, which uses up a load of space over time. Other stuff it lists, at least on my laptop, is barely worth bothering with.

  16. 4 hours ago, nukecad said:

    Piriform realy must try harder and give more relevant information and explanations when/before adding things (or making changes), and also be a lot quicker to answer questions about any new features when asked.

    Couldn't agree more. This is the second time in the post Avast era they've added something that went against the Piriform ethos, and for the first time ever (and I've been here 14 years), I no longer trust CCleaner/Piriform. Piriform was always really attentive to issues like this that were raised, part of what got them where they are (and got them trusted). Users in this forum always felt like participants in the programs progress. Now it seems there's an unstoppable roadmap in place of where Avast wants to take it, and to hell with keeping the users informed, or listening to them.

    And the thread Nukecad links to just shows what a confusing shambles this whole random feature preview thing is - you've got a new member signing up to ask for help, and extremely long term members/helpers AND MODERATORS, who just look stupid cos they have no idea what's going on cos they've never even SEEN the feature that isn't working!

    It's just stupid. Either roll features out to all users, or have a beta branch.

    (I'll quit whinging and go away now ^_^ )

  17. 14 minutes ago, nukecad said:

    I would suspect that it is something that has been enabled but not used yet.

    From my reading of the release notes it seems like a beta-testing thing where you may be invited to try something new before anyone else - when there is something new to try.

    The notes say that 'in future' there will be an opt-out.

    I read it as enforced beta tester recruitment (as they've added it to the main program with no opt out) with the ability to enable/disable features remotely. I'm not touching any update until that opt out is added.

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