Multiple Audio channels on Windows 8

For various reasons at work, I am mucking around with multiple audio channels, from mic to disk, from mic to app, etc.. Windows 8, doesn’t seem to have an easy way to switch, or at least the sound control panel applet is hidden away behind several buttons…. no it’s not, searching for sound will find it. I was going to look for a switcher , here’s what google finds! What we really want is plug and play, but how does it know which one is the one I really need. Continue reading “Multiple Audio channels on Windows 8”

Launching unindexed programs in W8.1

With windows 8.1, my usual desktop metaphor for calling programs and the optimal alternative are less easy to implement; this is especially true for programs that are only occasionally used. I have historically created a folder called “More” and placed favourite’s to the program into the folder. (This is in order to keep my desktop and wallpaper clean.) This doesn’t work so well on smaller screens when you want the whole screen to display the working program. Continue reading “Launching unindexed programs in W8.1”

W8 Virtual Memory

There seems to be a common fault with W8.x, it generates memory warnings well before any reasonable memory usage.

“Close Programs to Prevent Information Loss”

The error message has a bunch of google references.

I have put up a thread at The first suggestion was to check that paging is on and that the file is big enough. I used google to find out how, and it would seem that it is on. I have changed the settings to manual between 12 & 18 Gb.


Another W8 machine,

This time an ACER V5, which I bought from Curry’s/PC World.

The battery comes detached. You need to attach and charge it. The battery release is a slider, not needed for inserting the battery and will need a lever if you need to remove it.

I was promised no anti-virus but they lied, it comes with McAfee.


It installs from WiFi although it needs Internet to install, and I am unsure how to install without opening a Microsoft passport account. This is now, it seems usual, but remains an outrage, why should I have to login to Microsoft’s portal when I want to use my laptop. It seems this is a ‘setup’ requirement, user accounts can be made local.

Extra Apps

I have installed Firefox, AVG and Libre Office.

Recovery Device

I am making a recovery USB, which I was told needs 32 Gb but the display panels state needs only 16 Gb. I was advised that this takes hours, after about 13 I gave up on it, and googled for the error. Why is this, an article called “USB factory default backup fails to create in Windows 8” so hidden? Also since I bought it two days ago, and it seems to have W8.1 is this the right thing? The recovery disk failure is a Windows Bug, it would seem I need to upgrade to W8.1; it comes with W8, so needs to run a Windows Update, should have done this first!


I need to reconfigure the User to use a local login.

I need to check if it has updated to  W8.1

I liked it so much I got my work to buy one for me.

This came with W8.1 but I still had to make a recovery ‘disk’ which i did on a USB, and this was on a 16GB USB drive.

I wanted to install an SSD. I cloned the current HDD using the EaseUS ToDo Backup.

Acer do not recommend this and state it will void the warranty. In order to do this, one has to remove the keyboard. This is not well documented on the web, this comment by VBTech on this page at acer’s community page is about as good as it gets.

  1. Remove the Battery
  2. Undo all screws
  3. The keyboard is clipped to the base and attached by three cables. Ease the keyboard loose, starting from the back corners, manipulating the screen so that it is horizontal with the base helps ease the inner hinge covers loose.
  4. Ease the keyboard free carefully releasing the three ribbon cables from the base. You are advised to use something soft, like a guitar plectrum, once done, fingers and nails are good enough.
  5. The disk is in the bottom right hand side of the laptop. It beneath the USB ribbon cable and in a cradle. The cradle is screwed to the base and to the disk.It needs to be slide off the standard bayonet fittings after being disconnected from the base.
  6. To swap the disk you need to release the screws attaching the disk to the cradle.
  7. To put it together, reverse the order, insert the disk, reattach the ribbon cables, snap the keyboard into position, screw the base back on to the top.

The following links acted as further clues,

Loosen the Keyboard from the back corners,