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Archive for December 2nd, 2019

“There was a problem starting C:\Program” “The specified module could not be found.”

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/12/02

If you get this error:

There was a problem starting C:\Program

The specified module could not be found.


Then it is likely a process trying to run an unquoted path like this:

"C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" C:\Program Files (x86)\ThinkPad\Utilities\PWMTR64V.DLL,PwrMgrBkGndMonitor

Searching did not reveal anything unusual, nor did [WayBack] ProcExp (there were no parent processes), or [WayBack] AutoRuns:

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Blast from the past: dial-up modem sounds

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/12/02

Because fewer and fewer people have used them in real life: this is how geeks communicated even before the internet era.

Below a series of videos with modem sounds. One as recent?! as 2008 when dial-up was still possible in many places. Now it’s a not just a thing from the past, but an area where mankind learned a lot about signal processing, for which the knowledge is still in use today.

  1. The Sound of dial-up Internet with dial tones and initial training sequences
  2. ALL Old Modem Sounds (300 baud to 56K) demonstrating how a Conexant V.92 based soft-modem could create most modem standard used in North America (Bell 103, V.22(bis), V.32(bis), V.34, V.90, and V.92), corresponding to 300 bps, 2400 bps, 14.4K, 33.6K, and 56K.
  3. Dial Up Modem Handshake Sound – Spectrogram which is a pre-amble to absorptions: The sound of the dialup, pictured.
  4. Sound of the dialup modem explained



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Windows XP Pro won’t boot, safe mode boot hangs at agp440.sys – Microsoft Community

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/12/02

When safe mode is a good thing: [WayBackWindows XP Pro won’t boot, safe mode boot hangs at agp440.sys – Microsoft Community

During the regular boot, after a minute or so on SSD, a legacy Windows XP SP3 machine didn’t reboot.

During safe mode, it hung after loading agp440.sys. Apparently this is a Good Thing ™ as it means that chkdsk is running in the background as the post above explains.

Nice to know!


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