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  1. This is an open source app for advanced electronics hobbyists or professionals. I respect the people who authored this app, so I blanked out most of the windows contents. A is the complete window. I want to resize the window so the only visible area is the meter display (Not Active) at the bottom labeled B. I tried NirCmd and Resource Hacker. The results are the same. The window is resized from the bottom up. The image labeled C is the problem. The window class (not title) is TMainForm. Here is the NirCmd I tried: nircmd.exe win setsize class "TMainForm" x, y, width, height I need to resize the window from the top down, so the meter display (B) is the only visible area. It's ok if the caption bar is included. The apps listed at the Raymond.CC blog are popular, but I need an app that supports command lines for a script. https://www.raymond.cc/blog/how-to-resize-an-unresizable-window-or-dialog-box/ NirCmd has a long list of windows commands (version 2.81). Is there a way to combine or execute a few of those commands to produce the results I need?
  2. XP Pro_SP3 There is cell and broadband service in my small, rural town. I've lived here for 10 years. About once or twice each month broadband drops out for several hours. A very inexpensive dial-up ISP is a good backup. IE 6.0 is installed with SP3. I've always used Mozilla browsers, so I never had any reason to update IE. I was beginning to have a few page rendering problems, so I decided to try other lightweight browsers. A couple recommended IE 7.0 or better, so I installed IE 8.0. (I edited out all personal info from the attached images.) You can create your own WinINet and RAS scripts, but NirCmd does the job with a simple shortcut. Before installing IE 8.0, NirCmd "inetdial" used the wininet.dll and launched the active dialog box you see in the image. I really like this dialog box. After dialing a number it displays the connection info you want to see. NirCmd "rasdialdlg" opens dial-up properties if you need to change the settings. After installing IE 8.0 (and a newer version of wininet.dll) NirCmd "inetdial" opens dial-up properties, not the active dialog box that connects you to the web! There are other ways of connecting like creating a shortcut to the RAS phonebook file or rasphone.pbk. There are also many applets that will do the job. I don't like any of these alternatives. If possble, I want to restore that active WinINet dialog box. I don't know why NirCmd "inetdial" stopped working after installing IE 8.0.
  3. It never crossed my mind that a reCAPTCHA challenge would function with JavaScript toggled off! I tried that Google reCAPTCHA demo with K-Meleon. As you can see in the attached image, JavaScript has been disabled on the privacy toolbar. It worked perfectly! I immediately visited two sites that failed to load reCAPTCHA. They both displayed that message about enabling JavaScript. After releasing the K-Meleon JavaScript button I reloaded the page. The reCAPTCHA challenge displayed normally. 1. I go to a site with JavaScript disabled. 2. Wait for the message about enabling JavaScript. 3. Reload the page with JavaScript enabled. 4. reCAPTCHA works! I don't know why this disabling and enabling of JavaScript fixes reCAPTCHA in my browser, but at least I've got a procedure that works. That Google demo works with scripting disabled. It's hard to imagine any "real" reCAPTCHA challenges functioning without JavaScript. jumper, I found several posts that mention SeaMonkey working with reCAPTCHA. I will download the last version for XP: http://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/legacy Thanks jumper, dencorso, and Mathwiz.
  4. XP Pro_SP3 Please, before you read this post perform a google search. Type "firefox reCAPTCHA." I just did and the results list is 218,000. On the first page of that google search you'll find a post entitled, "ReCaptcha impossibly difficult on Firefox exclusively." There are countless posts, blogs, etc., trying to resolve this problem. Google's reCAPTCHA is used on thousands of sites. As you can see from the attached image, it frequently fails to load into Firefox and other Mozilla browsers. I've got the latest version of Light Firefox and K-Meleon installed. If you're not familiar, Light Firefox uses the same Gecko engine. It loads web pages faster and the features it lacks I don't need. I decided to try one of the smallest browsers, QtWeb. It has many flaws, but I just wanted to see if it would load a reCAPTCHA box. It also fails to load reCAPTCHA. The version numbers for Firefox and Light Firefox are not the same. I just installed Light Firefox 48, which is the latest version. Many experts recommend disabling add-ons, if reCAPTCHA is blocked. Since I just installed Light Firefox there are no add-ons. The folks at Mozilla want you to have the latest version of Java (JRE). The last version of Java compatible with XP is 1.7.0.25. The problem is, many people are running Windows 7, 8, and 10 and they also fail to load that reCAPTCHA box. Another recommended "fix" is trying different UA (User Agent) strings. I've tried two or three dozen. Didn't work. I need a browser (excluding IE) that is compatible with XP Pro_SP3 and displays Google's latest version of reCAPTCHA.
  5. Guys, I freely admit that my "knowledge base" about Firefox is almost zero. That's why I'm asking very simple questions. After reading your replies to my post, I don't think Firefox is a good choice for me. For several years I was hooked on a lightweight Mozilla browser, K-Meleon. It loaded web pages incredibly fast, compared to all the other browsers I had tried. I'm using the latest official stable release, version 75.1. Unfortunately, the past several months have been a disaster for K-Meleon. Many web pages will not render properly. I see constant messages about "switching to a supported browser." If you visit the K-Meleon forum, there are several updated builds created by forum members. Apparently, these newer builds fix the web page rendering problem. Before I abandon K-Meleon forever, I'll post a message asking about these updated builds.
  6. I've got XP Pro_SP3. This document is about installing Firefox with XP. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/get-latest-version-firefox-windows-xp-vista It says, "This article is no longer maintained, so its content might be out of date." Has someone created a combined installer package for XP, so you don't have to download and install an old version of Firefox, before installing the latest version? Maybe an MSFN member has created their own version of Firefox for XP. If there is no combined or slipstreamed version for XP, please tell me the best old version of Firefox to install, before I download the latest version. It says you can use the Firefox updater, but I never install updates when I'm connected to the web. I prefer downloading everything and installing offline.
  7. You almost have to buy certain items through eBay. Saving 50% with free shipping can add up to thousands of dollars over several months. There is something strange about a few eBay sellers. They're not "the bad guys" but they do list new and used items at sky high prices. For example, you'll see 50 listings for an item available in local brick and mortar stores. Most will be below store prices. One or two listings will be double or triple store prices! The thing is, you see this kind of listing all the time on eBay. I actually contacted a guy selling a printer double the msrp. In a very polite way, I asked what kind of fool would pay double the msrp. He actually replied! The idea is eBay has millions of members. All he needs is one extremely uninformed person to pay his price. Again, these sellers are not breaking any laws. I've always wondered, do these eBay sellers really find totally ignorant buyers who will purchase an item double or triple above the msrp?
  8. I'm 90% certain I found an app that selectively hides tray (notification area) icons and lists all removable USB devices, ready to be ejected. Many times you're googling about some computer related topic, and you find an obscure app that might be useful. In this case, the word "obscure" could be applied to most apps. There are millions and very few become popular. Is there a tray app that ejects USB devices and hides selected icons? I didn't save the link, and I've tried finding the app again with no luck. It's very frustrating. You can't save every link to anything that might possibly be useful in the future! I just wish I had saved the URL for this potentially unique app.
  9. XP Pro_SP3 Unofficial USB driverpacks for 98SE was the primary reason I kept using this old system. You booted into Safe Mode, deleted everything related to USB in Device Manager and installed the driverpack. I performed this procedure twice. Each time the updated drivers improved almost everything. Removable USB devices loaded and unloaded smoothly and quickly, with very few glitches. For whatever reason, I've never had much luck with XP USB drivers. I use third party apps and my own scripts to manage removable USB devices. It helps a little, but not enough. A good analogy is an old car. When the engine starts (or doesn't start) there is always another problem to resolve. I'm reluctant to download that huge (almost a full gig) Unofficial XP_SP4. XP is limited to 3 gigs of ram, if you're lucky. The comments I've read are mixed. Adding so much to XP almost demands more memory. If there was a way around that 3 gig ram cutoff I would try SP4. Plugging in and ejecting a simple USB stick is a pleasure with updated 98SE drivers. I wish that were true for my copy of XP. Has anyone created an "unofficial" USB driverpack for XP Pro?
  10. Like millions of other people, I want to forever eliminate the Safely Remove Hardware icon. When I disable Stobject.dll the results are empty flash drives labeled as a "Removable Disk." Why is this happening? Am I the only XP user that has this problem after disabling Stobject.dll? Maybe I am, because I can't find anything while googling. After a system startup or reboot the first flash drive plugged into a hub loads smoothly. The second or third stick hangs. You see that USB icon symbol waiting and waiting until the drive finally loads. It's like a car without gas trying to drive uphill! Again, why is this happening? I'll try to answer my own questions. Perform a fresh install or slipstream the "Unofficial Windows XP SP4" and then perform a fresh install. A drastic solution maybe, but I can't think of anything else. By the way, you've probably noticed that Google searches about computing almost always list MSFN on the first or second page. I've joined and abandoned more forums than I can remember. You guys are the best. That's not a compliment, it's just a fact.
  11. XP Pro_SP3 Stobject.dll is an Explorer.exe process. It's the USB device "Unloader" with the Safely Remove Hardware icon. Disabling this DLL is a very popular hack in favor of third party apps like HotSwap!, USB Safely Remove, or USB Disk Ejector. The reason is obvious. They all display the complete volume label name, so you can't eject the wrong flash drive if several are plugged in. I've tried all four command actions listed below. The results are not good. My USB devices are listed as empty Removable Disks: One: Unregister the DLL with this "Run" command: regsvr32 "c:\windows\system32\stobject.dll" /u Easy to undo. Run the same command without "u/." Two: Use a command supported app like Icon Remover: IconRemover.exe /hideapp /removeicon /closeapp Three: Create or download a batch file. You can try the link below from the Raymond.cc blog. This batch file didn't work for me. In fact, it added an icon for Sounds and Audio Devices. Very strange! https://raymondcc.r.worldssl.net/hide-safely-remove-hardware.bat Four: My preferred method is a Startup folder script. It's the best way because you can control the startup order and add a logical delay between each app or process. The USB device "Loader" is launched with the ubiquitous Rundll: rundll32.exe newdev.dll,ClientSideInstall \\.\pipe\PNP_Device_Install_Pipe_0.{Registry Key} Something is also screwed up with Newdev.dll. If a flash drive loads smoothly, the USB device icon symbol does not appear in the Notification Area (System Tray). When this icon is visible and lingers for several seconds I know the system is having trouble loading the device. I created scripts to temporarily disable or workaround these two DLLs that load and unload USB devices. What I really need is a complete drop-in replacement for the entire process! I know, it doesn't exist. I do need help resolving these problems.
  12. You're absolutely correct, jaclaz. I was very tired when I stumbled across that junk app. Fortunately, a quick Google search was enough to bring my exhausted brain back to reality. I FOUND THE CAUSE AND SOLUTION! Several months ago I had to disable AutoPlay in the Group Policy Editor. It wasn't just crashing my system, it was exploding my system! As soon as AutoPlay was disabled, I could load a flash drive or an optical disk with no trouble. Disabling AutoPlay created another problem. I like to create my own autorun.inf files on flash drives. They're useless if AutoPlay is disabled. A very nice applet called "USB Detect Launch" will run any script or program. You provide the applet with a volume label and a command line for each flash drive (or any USB device): https://mattcollinge.wordpress.com/software/usb-detect-and-launch/ Shortly after disabling AutoPlay I found USB Detect Launch. I assumed it was created to ignore parallel connected devices like a floppy drive. Apparently, I was right until something changed a few days ago. After many months this applet decided to "seek" my floppy drive! The solution is very simple. Add this command to the list: ignore:a:\ This question has no logical answer, but I'll ask anyway. Why did USB Detect Launch ignore my floppy drive for several months without the "ignore" command?
  13. XP Pro_SP3 I know what you're thinking. Why would anyone need a floppy disk drive? In addition to having many bootable flash drives, I just feel more secure having a working floppy drive that can load a boot disk if needed. (I've got an unopened box with 200 new floppy disks.) The system is continuously flashing the floppy LED. I hear that brief jolt each time the system checks for a disk. This problem started about three days ago. It seems like malware is blamed for almost everything. The system is not infected with malware. Its clean. I tested the floppy drive with an MS-DOS boot disk. No problems. Its working fine. I temporarily disabled the floppy drive in Device Manager to protect it from self-destruction. I can't find any procedure on the web for resolving this problem. Several sites recommend an app called Reimage Repair: http://threadposts.org/question/2217973/Random-floppy-drive-seek-and-hard-drive-light-flashing.html If you google about Reimage Repair there are many negative comments. I don't think it's a good idea to install this app. Is there something I can do to stop XP Pro from seeking the floppy drive over and over?
  14. It's easy to find software that will show you a "before" and "after" snapshot of your Registry. This can be very helpful if you're concerned about malware, unauthorized downloads, etc. That's not what I need. About once a month I run a script created by me. The script has a miniscule flaw which is not fixable unless I junk many hours of work and start from scratch. I'm hoping I don't have to do that! Example: Before running my script there is a Value Name like "John Throws a Football." After the script terminates the Value is changed to a generic name like "Football." The problem is there might be a dozen "Football" Value Names, so I can't quickly find the old Value location and change it back to "John Throws a Football." Is there a Registry tracking app that can follow "John Throws a Football" before I run the script and show the exact location of the new Value Name after the script completes its run?
  15. XP Pro_SP3 I posted about a Start Menu problem a few weeks ago. Using a couple of process logging apps, I was able to determine the cause of some very erratic and quirky behaviour. Everything was working normally for several days. Now, I've got a new problem which may be easier to fix. The Start Menu instantly closes when I release the left mouse button after moving an item. Just to be clear, the items I'm dragging are all inside the Start Menu hierarchy. I haven't changed any of the "Taskbar and Start Menu" settings. The Start Menu shouldn't close after you drag a single item to a new location.