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Journal: Adobe releases emergency Flash update 2-20-14

Journal by Trax3001BBS

ASLR vastly decreases the chances that a remote-code-execution attack will succeed by loading downloaded scripts in a different memory location each time the computer is rebooted. The attackers behind the campaign discovered by FireEye found a way to bypass ASLR on computers running older software. Specifically, PCs running Windows XP, Windows 7 with the now-unsupported 1.6 version of Oracle's Java, and Windows 7 with a now out-of-date version of Office 2007 or Office 2010 don't benefit from the protection of ASLR.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/02/adobe-releases-emergency-flash-update-amid-new-zero-day-drive-by-attacks/

Readers should remember that versions 12.0.0.44, 11.7.700.261, or earlier of Flash, regardless of the platform they run on, contain the underlying vulnerability.

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Journal: BF3's window disappearing, appears BF3 has crashed, or BF3.exe stops

Journal by Trax3001BBS

As you can see I'm awful wordy this is no exception, I had thought it already posted here...

---First you can fix BF3 very easily by reinstalling your audio drivers. (not so weird if you think about it.)

---- BF3's window disappearing or appears BF3 has crashed. ----

I couldn't play two or three maps of BF3 in a row without the BF3's window
turning Gray then disappearing, "BF3 window" because I thought it was due
to being full screen (in a way it was).

I didn't know if it was my setup, even server side or client side - the opportunity
to find that out was...blocked.

Understand my games ran just fine, then all of a sudden Gray, Black, and I'd
reboot myself to reset what might of been wrong (flush the ram).

I use the Event Viewer (eventvwr.msc) all the time. Win7's is much more useful
than the past Windows OS's but it was only showing a "0 (zero) bit bucket error" (nothing).

So took another approach, debugging the only .DMP file left from a crash and found my problem:
VIDEO_TDR_ERROR,
yep a "Windows User Experience Enhancement".

A Timeout Detection and Recovery error, in other words my video card was so busy it didn't
have time to report back it's well being - So the system would reset the video card, taking BF3 with it. While my video card is top of the line, BF3 graphics are rather intense.

My .dmp file was located here X:\Windows\LiveKernelReports\WATCHDOG\

There are registry entries that can fix this at:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers
the keys must be entered as they aren't there by default

TdrLevel - turn on and off Timeout detection
TdrDelay - change the time out period
TdrDdiDelay - time to reset the graphics stack
TdrLimitTime - time limit TDR's are allowed ( I'll be tweaking)
TdrLimitCount - number of TDR's are allowed ( I'll be tweaking)
[url]http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff569918.aspx[/url]

Taking the easy way out I just disabled the TDR,

Recently I had rebooted and entered a map with the same players,
I had left. All the chat's were about the lag they were seeing, lot's of people,
lots of lag - not me, the game played just fine. Seems to be just a matter of time
before most are hit with the same problem, just they didn't crash or online to say
they had.

Collected at different times my Event Viewer error messages claimed:
I had run out of Graphic memory or so fragmented it was unusable, another:
"ReportDescription=A problem with your video hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly.",
yet another:
"The Desktop Window Manager is experiencing heavy resource contention.
Scenario : Video memory resources are over-utilized and there is thrashing happening as a result.

Quote
"Ultimately, this crash is due to game/software developers and graphics card
manufacturers (such as ATI/AMD and NVidia) developing buggy devices and
software and not playing by the rules and standards dictated for a specific
platform like Windows. There are many cases of similar events happening on
UNIX/Linux systems, so this problem is not specifically isolated to Windows." /Quote
[url]http://www.mikemstech.blogspot.com/2011/12/troubleshooting-0x116-videotdrerror.html[/url]

My system:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 case
ASUS P6X58D Premium MotherBoard
Intel Core i7-950 3.8Ghz 1.2 Volts
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB TR3X6G1600C8D Memory 1806Mhz at 1.60volts
EVGA GTX 570 video card (not overclocked)
CORSAIR H-50 Cooling Hydro (CPU water cooler)
CORSAIR HX850 Silver Certified, Modular power supply
3 HD - 2 CD all unspectacular :}

References
[url]http://www.mikemstech.blogspot.com/2011/12/troubleshooting-0x116-videotdrerror.html[/url]
where one should start - also a copy of what my debug output looked like (guess how I found the site).

TDR explanations, registry settings (Win7 and above)
[url]http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff569918.aspx[/url]

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Journal: Solved windows 7 event viewer not working

Journal by Trax3001BBS

Working on a web site with kompozer, until then figured I'd place things that could help others here.

Like Windows 7's Event Viewer not working anymore, claiming the service isn't running

Bottome line:
The trick is to rename
X:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup
to say:
X:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup42

RtBackup will recreate itself and everything will be back to normal.
----

Windows 7 event viewer (eventvwr.msc) has grown up.

Understand Win7 is a new OS for me installed for BattleField3. BF3 is also what I'm
mostly fixing or tweaking the OS for as well. This is also the first time I've ever used
permissions always installing windows on a FAT 32 format

XP and below you would use the event viewer to get a clue to your problem, with Win7 it
actually helps a lot.

I was using the event viewer to track down my problem of not being able to play BF3 2 or 3 games
in a row without the BF3 screen fading to gray then disappear, of course near the end where I'd
lose everything I'd gained.

Now weirdness enters the very day I took a serious approach at this problem.
I kept track of the times I was in game, it ended, the next started, and time of crashes
so I could track the times later in the Event Viewer.

Down to work I opened the Event Viewer and it won't, it quit working, claiming the service
needed to be running first, the service was indeed running.

The event viewer is dependent upon the Task Scheduler and it the event viewer, and between the two
there was a time I wasn't sure what if any services were working.

I tried a repair install of Win7 and couldn't because of SP1 - rough day I have another version of Win7
and two versions of XP I can boot into as well as the CD drives, I think I used them all to attack
the problem from the outside. Working with permissions (sidestepping them) and trying to get a copy
of Win7 to install. While maintaining everything or no data loss, I'm not one to format and start over.

Next day different approach - I finally found the answer at
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/cannot-start-windows-event-log-service-on-windows/e2c218ad-8637-49ee-8023-50eae0e4ddcb

The trick is to rename
X:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup
To say:
X:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup42

RtBackup will recreate itself and everything will be back to normal. Simple as that.

I couldn't rename RtBackup. Working with permissions for so long I went into my XP64 OS to
work with it, only to find the directory was "Read Only" sigh...

BTW my cure all ERUNT wouldn't work (permissions) or this post would be much shorter or not at all.
Before I do anything I'll run ERUNT just in case. http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

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Journal: BF3 - how to cripple or crash any Windows OS with it.

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Looking for a post I posted I came across this article (not the right one):

Battlefield 3 Performance: 30+ Graphics Cards Tested http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/10/29/1922214/battlefield-3-performance-30-graphics-cards-tested

I know how to crash a system with any video card running BF3, Bold statement as it's not totally the video cards fault and a crash isn't always the result; but you will have a lot of problems until you reboot.

Running BF3 without pagefile.sys or disk cache, will crash or or severely cripple the OS.

After playing for a while you will be asked politely to quit BF3 as your running out of resources - windows 7 also request shutting down it's charm (DMV.exe) and other services.

Thing here is all the requests are behind the BF3 game screen, you'll start loosing control of any equipment your in, or other odd stuff pertaining to input.

I have 6 Gigs of ram and BF3 is the only application where a Pagefile is required, even Photoshop runs without one now.

Yet for all it's problems BF3 is a very enjoyable game that I play daily but now with a pagefile on a slow drive. My video card: EVGA GTX570

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Journal: I know! I know!

Journal by Trax3001BBS

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