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NVIDIA drivers and multi-monitor setups

nvidiaSince July 2015, my GeForce Experience has become somewhat of a nightmare.

I'm among a few dozen people who are suffering from several issues with their multi-monitor setup with the latest NVIDIA drivers and the only solution so far seems to be to stick to driver version 353.62 which was released way back on the 29th of July 2015.

No matter which driver version I tried, every version any newer than the previously mentioned version 353.62 would break my monitor setup in Windows 10 in one way or another on a NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X.

These problems include:

  • window positions resetting to the primary monitor when waking up from standby mode
  • monitor IDs swapping between primary and secondary monitor on each boot
  • Windows crashing with blue screen of death

Fix Skype's cloud-based group chats

Since Microsoft introduced Skype's cloud-based group chats which replaced the previous peer-to-peer group chats, you may sometimes find yourself in a situation where you are unable to send messages to those cloud-based group chats.

The source of the problem remains unknown but it appears to be limited to the cloud server that your Skype client is configured to use. Luckily, this can be changed.

How to find software bugs

BugsI'm really not trying to find bugs in software but for some reason, I keep finding them.

By now, I figured out some rules which seem to make it much more likely to find bugs in software even though it is marked as being stable or production ready:

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Got rid of G Data Antivirus, system is fast again

G Data AntivirusI got rid of G Data Antivirus for several reasons, one being that it was consuming system ressources like people consume air. When an update is running, which happens about every 10 minutes, you can go and prepare dinner, take the dog for a walk or visit another country. Take your time, your system will be unusable as long as that "program" is "protecting" your system.

Another fascinating fact about G Data Antivirus is, that it lacks some rather important configuration options. It seems to be impossible to disable the annoying tooltip which clogs up the lower right corner of your screen every time G Data Antivirus analyses something that is bigger than 100 KB. Don't you love little boxes popping up on your screen every time you open a video in your webbrowser? Well, I don't.

G Data Antivirus was apparently also the reason why games like Mass Effect 2 kept freezing up every 10 seconds and the main reason for permanent harddisk activity. Not even O&O Defrag caused that much load on the harddisk and that thing is supposed to cause some load as it is designed to physically reorganize the files on the harddisk in the background.

Since G Data Antivirus uses two scanning engines, avast! and BitDefender, I switched to avast! Free Antivirus and my problems are basically gone.

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