A good overview about possible reasons is given there:
In my case it was a running wild windows update service:
I couldn’t see it in TaskManager, only in Procexp.
Reason is a corrupted or deleted trashcan file. In my case, a virus scanner had renamed the trashcan file.
How to repair the trashcans is described here (in german) and here in english.
Last week, my company updated Outlook on all PCs. After that, on my PC, Outlook couldn’t connect with the Exchange server. It’s been caused by Fiddler starting before Outlook and meddling with the LAN settings in the internet options.
I didn’t find a real solution to this connection problem.
A workaround goes like follows:
- Make sure that Fiddler starts some seconds after Outlook. If you are autostarting both, you can reach this easily with a small batch file like this to start fiddler:
timeout 10 start fiddler.exe
- That’s not all, though. After awakening the PC from sleep mode, Outlook is disconnected again. I’ve written a small batch file to close both Outlook and Fiddler and restart them again. Whenever I wake the PC up, I need to run this batch file.
@echo off rem Need to use taskkill here. With pskill, fiddler wouldn't restore rem LAN settings and then Outlook could not connect when starting. taskkill /IM fiddler.exe taskkill /IM outlook.exe start outlook.exe echo . echo Soon fiddler will be started ... timeout 7 start fiddler.exe
If anybody who reads this found a better solution, I’m quite interested!
How to Switch off the Number Block on a Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook S7220 or 7210
Somebody at Siemens or Fujitsu had the fantastic (not) idea to put something like a fake number block onto their notebooks.
You won’t ever need it. But you’ll accidentally switch it on and then you’re helpless. Some of your keys around k,l,o then will just not print k,l or o but 2,3,*,/ and 5.
123 instead of jkl and 56* instead of iop and so on.
You’ll doubt your senses are working correctly. You’ll think you should have stopped taking those pills long ago.
But your brain and your senses are working fine. The problem is, you’ve switched on accidentally the
F*ck Fake Number Block.
At first you won’t know that you’ve switched on the number block, as you never knew of its existence. You’ll just see that the keyboard on your Lifebook has gone bat shit crazy.
You can switch it off by pressing the Fn key, releasing it and then pressing the Num Lock key. Pressing Fn and Num Lock together won’t work.