Category Archives: Windows

Blank Screen on Dell Vostro After Windows 10 Upgrade

This is a problem with the graphics driver and the BIOS.

1. The problem is caused by the computer selecting an external monitor (which may or may not be present) as the main monitor for the laptop. If you have an extra monitor, attach it to the Vostro and the screen will probably show up there.

2. Update the BIOS to A12. You can find the update on the Dell site. You might need to go looking for it specifically. When I used the Dell site to search for updates (of any kind), it led me to update the BIOS, but only to A09. I had to go back to the site and search for further BIOS updates in order to find A12.

3. You can try upgrading the graphics driver, but I don’t think that helped in my case. Disabling the graphics driver will force the screen back to the laptop monitor, but you will be using a very basic, generic graphics driver in that case, so you will have limited functionality. The above BIOS update is the only thing that worked for me.

How To Turn Off Cursor Animations in Microsoft Office

I don’t know. Maybe some people like how the cursor flies around the screen in Office 2013 applications. I do not.

Here’s how to stop the insanity.

  1. Open any Microsoft Office 2013 program.
  2. Click on the “?” thingy at the top right hand corner of the window.
  3. In the search box, type “turn off office animations”.
  4. Follow directions.
  5. Breathe.

How to Fix the Code D100 PPPoE Problem After Windows Update

After I updated my computer to Windows 8.1 (from Windows 8.0), I got a garbled error message on my screen that said something about “Code D100” and PPPoE. I couldn’t read the rest of it because it was in incorrectly encoded Japanese, despite the fact that my computer is Japanese. I figured out that the problem was with the Flet’s Connection Tool (フレッツ接続ツール). I was able to fix it by downloading a new version of the connection tool here.

How to Get Windows Narrator to Stop Reading Your Screen

I just updated my computer to Windows 8.1 and while I was working on a spreadsheet in Google Drive, I suddenly pressed a combination of keys that made my computer start reading out stuff on the screen. Here is how I got it to stop.

Press [Windows] and [Enter].

This will also make it start again. I got myself into this mess by trying to make a line break in a cell in my spreadsheet (which is done with [Alt] and [Enter]) and mistyping.

More info is available on the Windows site.

How to Fix the Windows Taskbar Problem in Google Chrome

Sorry to report that this was only a temporary solution. It worked until I turned my computer off, and then it stopped working. If I repeat the procedure, the taskbar comes back again until I turn the computer off. Back to the drawing board…


I like to have the maximum amount of screen space, so I set the taskbar at the bottom of Windows to hide when it’s not in use. Whenever I need the taskbar, I just hover over where it should be and it pops up. However, I recently noticed that I couldn’t get my taskbar to unhide itself when I was using Google Chrome as my browser. The taskbar worked fine with every single other program, but not Chrome.

Here is how I fixed this problem.

Unhide the Windows Taskbar When Using Chrome
Follow these steps to move the position of your taskbar and move it back again:

  1. Minimize Chrome or close it so you can see you taskbar.
  2. Right click on the taskbar and select “properties”.
  3. Change the position of your taskbar from the bottom of your screen to the right of your screen.
  4. Click on Apply or OK and close the dialogue box.
  5. Right click on the taskbar again and select “properties” again.
  6. Change the position of your taskbar back to the bottom.
  7. Click on Apply or OK and close the dialogue box.

That is it. After I did that, my taskbar worked fine in Chrome. I’m not sure if this will be a permanent fix or not, but it seems to be working for now. I will report back if this solution doesn’t seem to stick.