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Troubleshooting

How to fix Twitch.tv not loading for Bell users

twitch logo with a circle cancel on itIf you try to load Twitch.tv and it fails to load or only partially loads with broken images and CSS
then your ISP may be to blame. For me, I use Bell Internet and a lot of people are reporting problems with Bell Internet and Twitch.tv where either Twitch.tv fails to load completely or shows a blank or white page, or it doesn’t even complete the DNS lookup and your browser says that the DNS lookup failed.

This problem is common among Bell Internet users and the Bell ISP is to blame for this. The DNS lookup servers on the Bell network are blocking Twitch.tv requests most of the time. Why they do this is not known, but perhaps it’s to save bandwidth as Twitch.tv consumes a lot of bandwidth.

The fix for this is easy and simple, all you have to do is switch your DNS server to Google’s public DNS.

How to switch to Google’s Public DNS in Windows

  1. Click on the Start button
  2. Search for Network and Sharing Center and open it
  3. Click on Change adapter settings in the top left corner
  4. Right click on your adapter and click Properties
  5. Scroll down until you see Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click it
  6. Click the Properties button
  7. At the bottom, select Use the following DNS server addresses
  8. In the Preferred DNS server textbox type in 8.8.8.8
  9. Click OK and click OK again
  10. Try and load Twitch.tv and it should work now
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Troubleshooting

How to remove your name in the top right corner in Chrome

chome new user account switcher in the top right corner near minusYou may have recently noticed that Chrome now displays your name in the top right corner near the
minus, maximize, and close buttons. The new update has brought forth account switching. The point of this is to let multiple people use the same computer and use Chrome with their own personal settings by simple switching to their account. Customizable things such as themes and extensions are now custom set for each user, i.e. Person 1 may have a green theme while Person 2 may have a blue theme.

Despite these new features, the update makes it so your name is always shown on the top right of the window which can not only be annoying, but also privacy-intruding. You may not want your name displayed at all times, whether it’s because you’re using your laptop at school or a coffee shop or you’ve signed in to Chrome on a public computer.

Luckily, there’s a way to remove your name from showing up in the top right corner and it doesn’t require technical knowledge.

Removing the Chrome avatar menu

    Chrome new avatar menu in the top right corner removed

  1. Open a new tab
  2. Copy and paste chrome://flags/#enable-new-avatar-menu into the address bar and press Enter
  3. You should see an option highlighted yellow with the text Enable the new avatar menu Mac, Windows, Linux Enables the new avatar menu. When combined with new-profile-management, it simply shows the new profile management avatar menu. Otherwise it shows a redesigned avatar menu with the same functionality as the old one, plus a tutorial card at the top prompting the user to try out the new profile management UI. #enable-new-avatar-menu
  4. Click on the combo drop-down box and select Disabled
  5. Restart Chrome and the name box should now be gone

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Troubleshooting

How to fix YouTube not adding videos to favorites

YouTube not displaying favorites when saving a video from add toYou may have noticed in the last few weeks or so when you add a video to your favorites it does not appear at the top of the list when you view your favorites. The video counter will go up and when you add the video to your favorites everything seems to work fine. There are no errors or any indication that the video has not been added to your favorites.

This is because YouTube has once again changed its design and now when you add videos to your favorites it gets added to the end rather than the beginning. Why? Well favorites are no longer favorites. The old favorites is now gone and upon creating a new YouTube account you will notice that there is no option to save a video to your favorites when you click on Add to, rather it just displays ‘Watch Later’. The old Favorites is now a list and when you add a video to a list it gets added to the end.

This means that when saving a video to your favorites you need to check the box that says ‘Add videos to top of list’ and your video should appear at the beginning of your favorites.

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Troubleshooting

How to fix Vine videos not playing in FireFox

Screenshot showing media.windows-media-foundation.enabled disabled in FireFox's about:config pageIn FireFox 21.0+, Vine videos do not play or load for that matter. All that appears is the thumbnail of the video. The cause of this problem lies within FireFox’s built-in mp4 media player. For whatever reason, it is not playing Vine videos or HTML5 videos for that matter. Google Chrome has no problem playing Vine videos and surprisingly, neither does Internet Explorer 8, but only because Internet Explorer 8 does not support HTML5 video playback.

Apparently, FireFox tried implementing HTML5 video playback, but did not bother fully testing it for bugs and issues. In order to properly play HTML5 videos in FireFox you need to disable the HTML5 media player. This in turn causes the page to load the flash player version of the media you are trying to watch.

Fixing HTML5 video playback in FireFox

FireFox’s built-in HTML5 media player is called media.windows-media-foundation. Disabling it should fix HTML5 video’s not playing.
  1. Open a new tab in FireFox
  2. Navigate to about:config
  3. If a page loads with the title This might void your warranty! click the I’ll be careful, I promise! button
  4. In the search bar at the top of the page, copy and paste media.windows-media-foundation.enabled
  5. Double click on media.windows-media-foundation.enabled to disable it
  6. Restart FireFox
Try playing a Vine video. It should work now that HTML5 is no longer the default media player.
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Console Gaming Troubleshooting

How to fix PS3 firmware 4.45 brick

PS3 firmware 4.45 bricks the consoleThe latest Sony Playstation 3 firmware is wrecking havoc on many gamer’s consoles. If you are reading this
post and have not yet updated your PS3, make sure you keep it that way. By updating your PS3 to the latest firmware you risk having your console bricked, i.e. made unusable (other than being paperweight of course). It seems this issue is affecting consoles with upgraded HDD and not stock PS3 consoles, however, just to be on the safe side it is advised you do not update it.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to fix your console or unbrick it. It involves a series of steps, but should not take a long time. You do not need to open your console up or go into any technical details.

Instructions for PS3 firmware 4.45 brick fix

The PS3 system needs to be in what is called recovery mode:

  1. Make sure the PS3 is in standby mode first, i.e. the red light is on
  2. Press and hold the power button
  3. You will hear a beep, keep holding the power button
  4. A second beep will sound, let go of the power button after you hear it
  5. The PS3 should be in standby mode again
  6. Press and hold the power button again
  7. Keep holding it after the first beep
  8. There should be two fast consecutive beeps, release the power button when you hear them

The PS3 system will now boot to recovery mode. Attach the USB cable to your console and controller and press the PS Button.

Warning: Do not play around with the options on this menu. Doing so may result in your HDD being formatted. Your HDD carries trophies, saves, videos, pictures, music, games, and other important data.

  1. Download the firmware fix from Sony
  2. Make a folder on your flash drive called PS3 then make another folder inside the PS3 folder called UPDATE. Make sure they are both in capital letters. The directory should look like this: /PS3/UPDATE
  3. Place the firmware fix inside the UPDATE folder
  4. Insert your flash drive into one of your PS3’s USB port
  5. Select ‘6. Update Firmware‘ from the recovery menu
  6. Follow the instructions from then-on
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Troubleshooting

How to fix inventory not available in Steam

steam logo

There is a new bug or issue that’s affecting steam’s trading system. When attempting to trade another person, you sometimes get the error ‘Your inventory is not available at this time. Please try again later.‘. Refreshing it can help from time-to-time but in most cases, it does not.

Luckily, there’s an easy solution to this problem.
Simply follow these steps and your issue will be fixed:

  1. Open the Steam Community website and login if you’re not already logged in
  2. Navigate to your profile page
  3. On the right hand side under Actions, click Edit my Profile
  4. Change the Custom URL
  5. Click Save
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Troubleshooting

How to fix spell checker not working in Google Chrome

Spell Checker not working in Chrome

Recently I found spell check not working in Google chrome and wondered why this had happened. It turns out chrome had updated to Version 22.0.1229.79 m and this broke the spell checker. I searched and searched for an answer on the web, but could not find a solution. Eventually, I decided to look into the settings and toy with it to see if it would help and it did!

I now have spell checking in Google chrome and the fix was very easy. In fact, I only had to change one option to get it to work again.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. Open Google chrome and go to the Settings
  2. Click Show advanced settings…
  3. Under Privacy uncheck Use a web service to help resolve spelling errors
  4. Refresh your tabs or just restart Chrome
  5. Spell checker should now work in Chrome

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Troubleshooting

How to fix no sound from YouTube in Google Chrome

Chrome no sound YouTubeI recently had a problem where I could not get any sound to play when I was watching YouTube videos or playing flash games in Google Chrome. Other browsers, like FireFox and Opera worked fine. The cause of this bug comes from the newest flash player, version 11.3. This bug was really annoying because I had tried many solutions, but none had worked until I tried disabling all, but one of the flash player plugins.

I noticed that I had 3 different flash player plugins running in Google Chrome and thought that 1 should be enough. So I decided to disable 2 of the flash player plugins and leave one running and it worked! I had fixed my issue with no sound from Google Chrome when watching YouTube videos.

The Solution

  1. Open a new tab and navigate to chrome://plugins/
  2. At the top right, click on +Details
  3. Scroll down until you see Flash
  4. Disable all the flash player plugins, but the one with the directory MacromedFlashNPSWF32_11_3_300_268.dll
  5. Open a new tab and go to YouTube
  6. Watch a video and you should be able to hear sound
  7. Enjoy
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Console Gaming Troubleshooting

Java PS3 Media Server not working with ESET

Java PS3 media server is a great tool for streaming music and videos to your PS3 so you can watch or listen to them on your TV or home theater system. When I heard about this great tool I decided to download it and try it out for myself, but upon successfully installing it and trying it out, to my disappointment, it could not find the PS3.

Java PS3 Media Server not working

After hours of painfully troubleshooting it, I finally found the solution to the problem, ESET Smart Security.

Here’s what I did to fix ESET’s firewall from blocking java ps3 media server:

  1. Open up ESET Smart Security
  2. Click on Setup -> Network -> Advanced Personal firewall setup
  3. Set the filtering mode to Automatic mode with exceptions (user-defined rules) and click OK
  4. Click on Configure rules and zones
  5. In rules, click new. Name it whatever you want.
  6. Set the following parameters:
    • Direction: Both
    • Action: Allow
    • Protocol: TCP & UDP
  7. Click the Local tab and under Application, browse for the file javaw.exe usually located in C:Program Files (x86)Javajre7binjavaw.exe
Note: The directory may differ for you, but make sure to use the latest Java version, i.e. if you have both Java version 6 as well as Java version 7, make sure you select the javaw.exe that’s located in the version 7 Java directory.