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  1. The problem with eBay auctions is that they are open to literally millions of bidders. That almost guarantees that some fool will be available to bid waaaay too much for something he has not done any comparison shopping for. The days when eBay was a place where you could find used goods for a really good price are pretty much gone--it is mostly "stores" these days.
  2. You can assemble a CD using ImgBurn, which is free. But you will need to spend some time learning more than you probably want to know about how a music CD is organized, how to format and use a cue file etc. You may be able to activate your Sony CD Architect with help from Magix, who took over support and development from Sony if the new installation is unable to call home to the server it was programmed to contact.
  3. No way I can see that a change in the PSU is going to speed up a computer, but adding a dedicated graphics card certainly can. If you were using on-chip CPU graphics, you have unloaded that from the chip. If you have software that supports it, you may be shifting some of the processing to spare power on the graphics card. Of course if you just replaced a slower graphics card with a faster one, then more speed is what you would expect. As for the faster response time of the TV vs a dedicated monitor--is your TV using compressed video? Is your monitor?
  4. https://rcmusic-kentico-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/rcm/media/main/documents/examinations/syllabi/s22_percussion-syllabus_2013-online_secured.pdf
  5. The issue does not have to be a currently deployed technology, they may just want the shop. Since Accusonus is not currently competing with Meta, the usual motivation of absorbing competition does not seem to apply. The other major motive for the mega-giants to buy up minnows is to get hold of their personnel. The metaverse is going to need a lot of sound design--it is after all just a big idea for a gigantic multiplayer video game in its current form.
  6. To manually remove ghost devices: Log into an account that is a member of the administrators group. Right click the start button (virtual button that looks like windows logo bottom left screen) to pop up a menu select device manager to open device manager In the device manager window: click on "view" to open a dropdown menu and check "show hidden devices" unconnected (ghost devices) will show as a subtly transparent ghostlike icon image you can confirm by right clicking the device icon and selecting properties ghosts will show as presently not connected you can then delete the devices that are not actively connected. If removing those ghost devices does not help, you might try physically disconnecting your keyboards, deleting those keyboards from device manager and re-installing them one by one to see if that helps.
  7. And probably some difficulty playing them all at once as well.😁 Of course the workaround if the problem is just too many active connections is to disconnect unused devices. If that does not work then you need to look for something like this: You do not say what your OS is, but in older versions of Windows there was a MIDI device limit, and the system typically "remembered" each connection (multiple memories for the same device possible) so that if you did not delete the "remembered" devices you could use up that limit, and get the misleading "not enough memory" message that originated in the OS. Reportedly Win 10 has a much larger limit on devices, but possibly a driver for one of your devices is limited to accessing the older system. You might try deleting ghost devices: https://www.ghacks.net/2018/02/14/ghostbuster-remove-ghosted-devices-on-windows/#:~:text=A ghost device refers to,monitor%2C or any other device.
  8. I have been on Win10 Pro on my main work machine since 2015. I bought my first SSD about 18 months ago, and I must say I was pretty disappointed in the change in speed of a cold boot with the new drive--better, but nowhere near the instantaneous boot that some people talk about.
  9. Slow booting is an issue with most of Windows versions. A lot of features on deck means a lot of movement from hard drive to memory. The fast startup feature helps by storing a lot of the running stuff as a memory image (think modified hibernation). As you add software, you add even more delay--almost everything has to load its own fast starter, check for updates, call home for license confirmation or get the latest ad, and all that may be happening in the background while you are watching the spinning widgets. A small ssd for the OS will definitely help. You can spend many hours trying to understand, fix, break, and fix again the various things that are trying to load, but I finally pretty much gave up, and just use hibernate (unlike earlier versions this seems to work pretty well in Win10) and restart (does a full reboot, which shut down does not if fast startup is enabled) to manage the machine. If you are a glutton for punishment or a speed fetishist I recommend: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns But I really believe it is a better option for most systems to just push the button and go for a cup of coffee.
  10. No I am a real MD (New York Medical College 1977). I just play a lawyer on social media.
  11. The point of a vascular scan in evaluating pulsatile tinnitus is to rule out a more significant cause of the symptom, which may indicate a narrowing or aneurism of an artery in the head and neck. In such cases the sound is really sound (as opposed to a audio-neurologic dysfunction) that is actually being picked up via conduction through tissue. Congestion of the nose/sinuses, to the extent that it includes eustacean tube dysfunction may relate to the symptom in that it impedes the motion of the eardrum and ossicles , and thus makes otherwise subliminal sound more noticeable--like sitting in a very quiet room makes it easier to hear your breath and heartbeat. As to the dental surgery, it is difficult to relate the symptom to the local anesthetic, but the aftermath would produce enough pain to cause you to adjust the pressure on jaw/pharynx that might affect the openings of the eustacean tubes, but that is entirely speculative.
  12. I use KeyPass as a password manager. There is plenty of room in the text entry field to keep all the serial numbers for products from a specific vendor along with the sign-in password for the site. I am naturally very careful to always have access to copies of my password database on and off-site. Although the risk of anyone using installation serials or keys is pretty slim, they are encrypted anyway using this system.
  13. Not just a small developer site. Over the years I have lost credit cards stored on some of the major sites for e-commerce. Some of them (can you spell Amazon) make it hella difficult to liberate your credit card info once you have given it to them. Most of the time, I use PayPal except for sites that refuse to accept it (A-m-a-z-o-n)--not because I believe they are un-hackable, but just to narrow down where the credit card was stolen from. If your credit card lets you use a one-time alias for the real number (virtual credit card) as a payment, it is probably wise to use that. The problem of hacking in general has gotten worse as methods have been found to automate the location and access to sites. The days when simple attacks required armies of bored teenagers or unemployed Africans or Eastern Europeans lured into manual scamming are pretty much over.
  14. Is this a feature-limited version of Narcotic Overdose?
  15. The fact that you have dropouts only when playing samples suggests there is a problem loading the samples in real time. Streaming from a slow disk or other source might be the issue.
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