Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Windows 10, Intel HD Graphics Driver & "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered"? Try turning off 3D Settings...


If you are seeing Display driver stopped responding issues and have an Intel card, try turning off your 3D settings, reboot and see if that helps.

Since upgrading to Windows 10 I've been getting "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" every so often. SnagIt would trigger it, but other apps too.


Yet sometimes it would go away, and stop happening.... grrr. I thought it was my Intel 4600 HD driver versions, that updating would fix it and that the issue would come back in later versions.


It was the 3D Settings! A problem I've run into before, sigh, Windows 10 Start Menu Text changing color and to dark to read? Try turning off your Intel 3D settings...



Problem: Intel Video Driver, Windows 10 "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" when using SnagIt and other apps.

Environment: GS60 (Gold), Windows 10 Pro (x64) [upgraded from Windows 8.1), Intel HD 4600 (Driver version]

Fix: Change the Intel 3D settings in the Intel Graphics Control Panel to:

  • Application Optimal Mode: Disable
  • Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing: Turn Off
  • Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing: Turn Off
  • General Settings: Balanced Mode


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Windows 10 Start Menu Text changing color and to dark to read? Try turning off your Intel 3D settings...

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Woot! Nominated for THE BEST SOFTWARE BLOG in the Bytes that Rock Awards 2015


How cool is that? My blog has been nominated in the Best Software Blog category for the 2015 Bytes that Rock Awards. It's just an honor to be included in this list, I mean check out the other nominees... yeah, wow. :)

Please Vote: http://www.rockybytes.com/bytes-that-rock/cool-thing-of-the-day

See the entire Software Blog nominee list: http://www.rockybytes.com/bytes-that-rock/blog-awards/software-blogs

last, but not least, check out Bytes that Rock!


Saturday, November 07, 2015

What I'm on Channel 9... again? Yep! This Week on Channel 9 @ MVP Summit

For the second time this week I was in the Channel 9 Studio recording a show, this time hosting This Week on Channel 9. The best part was that I suckered (um... errr... um... invited... yeah that) co-VS ALM MVP Brian Randell to be my co-host.

TWC9: MVP Global Summit 2015


This was only my third time on TWC9 (well 5th if you count the Skype ones), my second on campus (first was last year at the Summit, TWC9: Two Geeks and a Cube) and first recording ever in the Channel 9 Studio. Yeah, I've been doing Channel 9 stuff for nearly 5 years and this is the first time I've done anything in the Studio. That has to be a record... LOL

Thanks again to Brian, Golnaz, Kaitlin and @ch9

Thursday, November 05, 2015

RadioTFS #100 (with video!)


While the whole RadioTFS crew was on the Microsoft Campus for the MVP Summit 2015, we took over the Channel 9 Studio to record our 100th episode. How cool is that! Yes, now you can see what we all (currently) look like and put the voices to faces...

Channel 9: RadioTFS Channel 9 Studio Takeover (aka RadioTFS #100 @CH9!)

RadioTFS: 100 // The Channel 9 Studio Takeover


Yeah, my hair is a mess... lol

Friday, October 16, 2015

Surface Book 1TB and Surface Pro 4 1TB Versions now available (for preorder)...

My son gets the credit for pointing this out to me... Looks like the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 1TB versions are now available for preorder (at least in the US)


(Make sure you select i7m 16GB Memory, then you select 1TB storage...)





$2,699 for the SP4 and $3,199 for the SB with with TB...

Friday, September 25, 2015

You are listening to RadioTFS, right?


You all are listening to the RadioTFS podcast right? You know, the one that I host with Martin Woodward and Paul Hacker? The one where every two weeks we talk all things TFS, VSO and ALM? And we interview many of the TFS/ALM influencers, MVP's and Microsoft team members?

And guess what? Episode #98, "Pocket Dialing Paul" is just out! Woot!

Well, if you're not... it's not to late!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Never Forget

Don't forget, but don't let the past overshadow the future...

We will never forget, but we will live for today...

Today is a day to remember, to celebrate our hero's...

Those that serve, served and will serve...

Don't forget, yet live for today...

Make today the best day of your life, and tomorrow better...

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Windows 10 Start Menu Text changing color and to dark to read? Try turning off your Intel 3D settings...

Problem: Windows 10 Start Menu Text changing color and too dark to read. Edge Favorites Bar background color is dark. Action Center Text to dark to read.

Environment: GS60 (Gold), Windows 10 Pro (x64) [upgraded from Windows 8.1), Intel HD 4600 (Driver version

Fix: Change the Intel 3D settings in the Intel Graphics Control Panel:

  • Application Optimal Mode: Disable
  • Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing: Turn Off
  • Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing:: Turn Off
  • General Settings: Balanced Mode







Full Story...

Like tens of millions of others, I upgraded my main machine last week from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Sure, I've been an Insider for forever and running Win10 on a number of machines, but for my main, I wanted to wait for Day One and experience what everyone else did.

Wednesday night I upgrade. The Get Windows 10 process didn't work for me, so grabbed the ISO, mounted and installed it from there, which worked great.

Thursday everything seems to be okay (once I upgraded a couple drivers...lol) but the text on my Start Menu looked funky. Same with the Action Center. Same with Edge. Funny as in changing colors and becoming so dark I couldn't read it. Check out these screenshots...


See what I mean? Funky.

I updated the video driver, tried contrast settings, color, accent, etc. etc., and nothing worked.

A few others had the problem too (so it wasn't just me going crazy) Windows 10 Start Menu Text too dark to read

Last night RASTX posted how he had the issue and how he fixed it. Which also worked for me too! Woot!

The problem? Intel 3D settings! WWWHHHHaaaattttt? Yeah, 3D settings.

With my Intel HD 4600 3D settings set like this (and a reboot, don't forget that)...


... my Start Menu/Action Center and Edge were back and now normal!



I am now a very happy Windows 10 Camper!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Visual Studio 2015 "The request was aborted. Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel" when Signing In or NuGet? Check your IE Settings...

As you all know VS 2015 was released on Monday, 7/20. [Missed the event? No you didn't! Catch it all here On Demand on Channel 9, Visual Studio 2015 Final Release Event]

Being me, I of course downloaded the RTM bits as soon as they were released and installed it on my main work machine.

Install was smooth, no errors, just installed.

I fire it up, try to sign in and...


... sigh. Okay, maybe it's just a hiccup?

Let's fire up a project and, hey check NuGet for updates...



Fall back to VS 2013, NuGet and all still works like a charm. Access the https://api.nuget.org in IE, works like a charm.

Fiddler was installed with it's awesome HTTPS support, maybe that's it? Turn off Fiddler HTTPS, remove cert, uninstall, reboot. VS 2015 Sign-in/NuGet for work now? Nope.

Repair VS 2015. Reboot. Work? Nope.

Devenv.exe /resetsettings help? Nope.

Look at the /Log, ActivityLog.xml and see anything that stands out (except the big red errors when I try to use the NuGet Package Manager. Nope.

Add Nuget.org to IE's trusted sites? Nope.

Anyone else here on the same network have VS 2015 yet (so I can see if it's just me)? Nope.

I was about to throw in the towel and ping the ALM MVP's when I tried one more thing. Was I using a proxy? OH, I am! My "Use automatic configuration script" was checked. Hum... Let's uncheck that and see if THAT helps.

YES! That was it.


The proxy, setup up by my company, seemed to make VS 2015 an unhappy camper. Unchecked, everything in VS 2015 worked like a charm!

I was able to easily repro this, checking, broke VS 2015, unchecking, VS 2015 was happy (of course restarted VS 2015 between all these checks/unchecks).

Morale of the Story: If you install VS 2015 and get some weird behavior when access web resources, like "The request was aborted. Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel," check your IE Settings.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

[Today only] It's DRM Freedom Day! Packt Celebrates Day Against DRM - 24 hours, $10 sale on no DRM eBooks!

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Packt celebrates International Day Against DRM, May 6th 2015

Packt Publishing firmly believes that you should be able to read and interact with your content when you want, where you want, and how you want – to that end they have been advocates of DRM-free content since their very first eBook was published back in 2004.

This year, to demonstrate their continuing support for Day Against DRM, Packt is offering all its DRM-free content at $10 for 24 hours only on May 6th – with more than 3000 eBooks and 100 Videos available across the publisher’s website www.packtpub.com, there’s plenty to discover, whatever you’re interested in.

“Our top priority at Packt has always been to meet the evolving needs of developers in the most practical way possible, while at the same time protecting the hard work of our authors. DRM-free content continues to be instrumental in making that happen, providing the flexibility and freedom that is essential for an efficient and enhanced learning experience. That’s why we’ve been DRM-free from the beginning – we’ll never put limits on the innovation of our users.”

– Dave Maclean, CEO

Advocates of Day Against DRM are invited to spread the word and celebrate on May 6th by exploring the full range of DRM-free content at www.packtpub.com - all eBooks and Videos will be $10 for 24 hours, including the latest hot titles.

The team at Packt is doing it again this year, 24 hour, $10 DRM Free eBook and video sale. Check it out here, http://bit.ly/1KgMzkl


This is today only, so load up your cart and library now!


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