Technology: Trying to use Elgato Video Capture device in 2022 (spoiler: don’t, video freezes)

I recently bought one of these at a thrift store for $4 to digitize some tapes. I tried using my newest PC (AMD 5600x 32gb ram) and the video would freeze a few seconds into playing it. if I opened OBS at the same time, the audio would cut out but the video would keep playing on the elgato software. I finally gave up, don’t waste your time getting this device working on newer computers.

To get this working, I did have a spare PC and a windows 7 CD so I installed it on that computer, and after a little playing around with it it worked as intended not surprisingly, although a bit buggy, sometimes video would freeze unless you wen’t back to the video screen. also rewinding causes the video to freeze. I get the feeling if the signal on the software drops even a little bit, it will freeze the display on the elgato software. What I ended up doing was pressing play and right away quickly pressing next through the various screens and quickly started the recording.

If you do want to use this device I would suggest getting a cheap pc with windows 7 but don’t waste your time on newer

Manual: Cyberpower K2 Skorpion keyboard

https://www.cyberpowerpc.com/page/Skorpion-K2/

RGB settings

fn + <key> | each one is a different setting

  • PB = sinusoid
  • SL = rainbow circle expanding outward (fn+left/right inverses direction)
  • PS = rainbow snake around keyboard
  • Ins = whole color rainbow
  • HM = exploding from key presses
  • PU = rainbow sinusoid across keyboard
  • Del = rainbow lines across keyboard (fn + left/right reverses direction)
  • End = preset color colors (fn+end to start edit mode, cycle through key colors, fn +end to exit edit mode)
  • PD = single color fading keys

speed up effects
Fn + plus/minus key

brightness
Fn + up/down

How To: Fix Asus router disconnecting Spectrum/Charter

Frequently my Asus router disconnects and loses signal and it takes a while to actually regain signal and sometimes I have to power cycle the modem. I had no idea why until recently I accessed the router admin page and saw that the internet section said: Your ISP’s DHCP does not function properly so I google around and realized that Asus routers have a DHCP Query Frequency setting and the default is “Aggressive“. Spectrum being the POS that it is sounds like it blocks the device from getting an IP address from too frequent polling. So I switched that setting to “Normal” as the suggestion on the links below and it appears to have fixed the problem!

Sources:
https://www.snbforums.com/threads/so-what-is-the-point-of-aggressive-dhcp-query-frequency.11738/
https://www.geekyramblings.net/2019/01/21/your-isps-dhcp-does-not-function-properly/

How to: Select a replacement power adapter for your electronics (e.g. for an Asus router)

Every once in a while I find a nice cheap ASUS router without a power adapter, hunting for the specific adapter that came with the router can be a pain and often times power supply prices are unreasonable. But it’s not necessary to buy the exact same one so you can find a much cheaper power supply. Here I will describe how to find a matching power supply for your router

Take a look below for a list of power supplies for ASUS routers, and if there is one missing send a comment and I’ll update it!

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How to: Fix Microsoft Sculpt Mouse left button

I was sold a faulty mouse where the left button registers some of the clicks but not all. The seller refunded me my money but didn’t want me to return the keyboard to save on expenses. I disassembled the mouse and two screws were loose, so I suspect that the seller knew the mouse was faulty and tried disassembling it and sold it instead hoping the buyer wouldn’t catch it… tsk tsk…..

Upon disassembling the house further I saw that the type of switch that it needed. I was able to find it only on aliexpress. I measured it to be roughly 6x6x2.5mm so that is the part I ordered. It is advertised for a different microsoft mouse but probably was also used on the sculpt.

I’ll to put together a video of this repair when it arrives.


https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001949056219.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.729e4c4dyx3i16

How To: Host Virtually Jackbox Games using Google Meet (with audio!)

Since the pandemic started, I’ve hosted virtual board games like jackbox game nights every Tuesday through google meet. After the first night hosting, I realized that google meet does NOT share pc audio for others to hear. People missed out on the goofiness of the jackbox games. By the next night, I was able to figure out a way to share the audio, which although a bit clunky it’s worked well.

You will need:

  • A laptop/desktop with the game
  • A phone

Setup overview

  • Laptop/Desktop
    • Jackbox Game Instance
    • Google Meet –> Video feed
  • Phone
    • Jackbox Game Controller
    • Google Meet –> Microphone feed

PC Setup

Step 1) Setup PC to share audio (using Stereo Mix) and Jackbox game

  • At the bottom right of your taskbar, right click on the speaker icon and select sounds

  • Click on the Recordings tab
  • Right click a blank area and press Show Disabled Devices

  • Look for the one that says Stereo Mix and enable it

  • Now Right click on Stereo Mix and make sure Listen to this device is checked off (not sure what this does exactly but that’s how I have it)

Step 2) Change Google Meet Call inputs to use Stereo Mix

  • Launch a new google meet call by going to https://meet.google.com/
  • Click on the three dots at the bottom right and select Settings

  • Now under AUDIO you should see Stereo Mix as an option, select it.
  • Whenever you want to share your pc audio change the Audio setting to Stereo mix and when you want to use your mic change it to your microphone.
  • Note: You can’t share both at the same time, and people won’t be able to hear you when sharing audio through Stereo Mix

You can now Share Window and select the window with the jackbox game.

You should now be:

  • 1) Sharing the audio from your computer
  • 2) The jackbox game window
  • 3) Your webcam from your pc if you chose to

Phone Setup

  1. Join the Google meet call on your phone
    1. Turn your video off
    2. Turn your mic on
    3. Keep the call in the background. In Android: press the back button or fling your finger upwards from the bottom
  2. Join the jackbox game
    1. Open a browser and go to jackbox.tv and join the game by inputting the code

Note: Having the call and the game going will drain your phone battery rapidly so make sure you keep your phone powered!

You should now:

  • 1) Be sharing your voice to the google meet call through your phone
  • 2) Able to play the game through your phone

If you’ve made it this far you are ready to have an awesome time with friends! I hope you found this helpful and stay safe!!

How To: Share PC Using Google Meet (Win 10)

I regularly host jackbox game nights using google meet and after the first night trying it out I realized that there was no easy way to share pc audio with others. Doing some research led me to the steps below which although a little clunky worked well. Some people have had luck using “Share window” and it also shares the window audio but that was not my case. I’ve listed below links to sources where people discuss this same issue. Some people have had luck using VB-Cable but this guide doesn’t show you how to use that.

Step 1) Enable “stereo mix” on your windows pc

  • At the bottom right of your taskbar, right click on the speaker icon and select sounds

  • Click on the Recordings tab
  • Right click a blank area and press Show Disabled Devices

  • Look for the one that says Stereo Mix and enable it

  • Now Right click on Stereo Mix and make sure Listen to this device is checked off (not sure what this does exactly but that’s how I have it)

Step 2) Change mic input on Google Meet Call

  • Launch a new google meet call by going to https://meet.google.com/
  • Click on the three dots at the bottom right and select Settings
  • Now under AUDIO you should see Stereo Mix as an option.
  • Whenever you want to share your pc audio change the Audio to Stereo mix and when you want to use your mic change it to your mic.
  • Note: You can’t share both at the same time, and people won’t be able to hear you when sharing audio through Stereo Mix

Sources:

  • https://www.reddit.com/r/jackboxgames/comments/flutlz/google_hangouts_plus_quiplash_quarantined_fun/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share
  • https://support.google.com/meet/thread/23407453
  • https://support.google.com/meet/thread/36010293?hl=en
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/jackboxgames/comments/fl6tsn/screen_sharing_with_audio_via_google_hangouts_or/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share

How To: Fix Spyder gui terrible scaling with high dpi monitor (Windows 10)

I recently upgraded my monitor to 4k and the first thing I realized was that spyder scaled horribly, tiny text along large icons etc. This appears to be a problem with qt as me and others have managed to fix this by modifying the qt.conf file as below. There is a closed issue on github with a recent post.

https://github.com/spyder-ide/spyder/issues/4316

Sources:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/35854289/spyder-interface-icons-very-small-on-high-resolution-screen-in-windows-10

1) Locate the qt.conf file

Where is the qt.conf file?

If you installed as admin ( and meant for all users )
C:\ProgramData\Anaconda3\
If you install as a normal user
C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local\Continuum\Anaconda3
or here:
C:\Users\User-Name\anaconda3\

Source: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/37117571/where-does-anaconda-python-install-on-windows

2) Modify the qt.conf file

In order to modify this file I had to first copy it to the desktop, modify it then replace it on the C: drive. Add the following lines to the file. Change to 0 or 1 depending on your display

[Platforms]
WindowsArguments = dpiawareness=0

3) Restart Spyder

In order for changes to take effect you will need to close and restart spyder. If that didn’t work for you change the value to a 0 or 1

How To: Fix missing “At a glance” widget not showing the weather.

Problem: Androids “at a glance” widget doesn’t show the weather

Solution: Uninstall and reinstall updates to the “Google” app

  • Go to:
  • Settings
  • Apps & Notifications
  • “See All __Apps”
  • Find the “Google” app
  • Click on the 3 dots (top right corner)
  • Click on Uninstall updates (as soon as I did this the weather app came back)
  • Reboot phone
  • Update Google app

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/GooglePixel/comments/afmqo4/solved_missing_weather_in_at_a_glance_widget/