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Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Review: Best in Class

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Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Review: Best in Class

If you have a budget of $100 or INR 7500 and have shortlisted Sennheiser HD 4.40BT to be your new daily driver for music and movies in 2021, then you are in for a treat. Sennheiser HD 4.40BT is company’s entry into budget premium wireless Bluetooth headphone segment.

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Review

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT was launched back in 2017. In 2020 company has released the upgraded version dubbed as Sennheiser HD 350BT and it comes with some improvements and new Bluetooth technology. With the updated version available, now the question is, is it worth buying Sennheiser HD 4.40BT in 2021?

With strong audio performance, good built quality and a excellent price tag, Sennheiser HD 4.40BT is a definite contender even in 2021 compared to other Bluetooth headphones in the segment.

That said, there are some caveats that you need to consider before making a purchase that we try to unearth in this Sennheiser HD 4.40BT review.

Design

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Review

The HD 4.40 BT offers an over-the-ear design that helps with better comfort and offers sound isolation from background noises. The matte black finish gives an elegant look and protects it from getting scratched easily.

The earpads are plush and offer good comfort for hours of listening. However, the headband left us wanting for more as over longer listening periods, you start feeling its presence. Thankfully, the headband is adjustable with a smooth hinge mechanism for easier adjustability.

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Review

HD 4.40 BT features an NFC tag on the left side of the earcup. The inclusion of NFC is a handy feature. Moving on, on the right side earcup’s side panel, you will find the physical control buttons. There is a power button – long press to power on/off – long press to put it in pairing mode.

You have a single button for playback pause/resume, forward and backward – this button also manages phone calls and summon voice controls. There is a dedicated volume rocker, followed by a 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB port to charge the headset and a built-in microphone. All the physical buttons work as they should and get the work done without complicating the layout.

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Review

In the box, you get a carrying pouch, a micro USB cable and a 3.5mm to 2.5mm AUX cable. While the 3.5mm audio port for wired listing is a boon, it misses out on inline remote control and mic. It means when connected using the 3.5mm cable, you can’t use headphone’s microphone and physical control buttons.

It is important to note that this headphone is not built for running. But, you can take them for a walk around town with reasonable comfort. Travelling with the headphone is comfortable as well, although a hard carry case would have made it more portable.

Performance

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Review

If you like bass, you will certainly like what the Sennheiser HD 4.40BT has to offer. Every track I have listened to sounds excellent. Apart from the extra punch of bass, it also plays high and mids very well. That said, bass on these cans are not on the level of Sony Extra Bass headphones.

The audio output on different music tracks like acoustic, live tracks, and rock/pop sounds crisp and clear, at least in the segment. And if you don’t like the default sound signature, you can always download the CapTune app to tinker with EQ. Although, chances of getting the app to detect your headphone can be challenging at times.

The NFC chip on the left side of the earcup is a useful feature. Turn on NFC on your smartphone, and a gentle tap on the NFC tag will turn on the headphone. Tap once more, and it will disconnect and power off the headphone.

However, occasionally it takes more than one attempt to power on the headphone with NFC. Tap a few times, and that should power on the device.

The volume levels on the headphone is good when connected to a smartphone. It is even better when connected to your PC. Keep the levels at 70%, and you will get strong audio performance with excellent bass depth and solid high-frequency clarity.

With dual omnidirectional mics, the call quality on these headphones is above average. The recording quality is decent, and the caller can understand the conversation without any issues. However, the mics can sound a little far away. Overall, the audio quality is on par with other headphones in the segment and above.

Battery Life and Connectivity

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Review

Sennheiser claims a battery life of around 25 hours for these cans. The battery life lasted for over 22 hours in our testing, with the volume being close to 60-70%. Depending on the volume level, your mileage may vary. You can check the remaining battery percentage in the Bluetooth device section of a PC or smartphone.

It takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge the device, which is reasonable for 20+ hours of battery backup. If you run out of juice when travelling, simply plug in the included AUX cable, and it will sound like any other standard corded headphone from Sennheiser.

The Sennheiser HD 4.40BT comes with multi-device connectivity. You can have it paired with more than one device at the same time. Furthermore, it connects automatically to the nearest paired device unless you have manually disconnected the headphone.

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Gaming Performance

Bluetooth headphones are not ideal for gamers, as the audio lag is clearly noticeable making it harder to listen to enemy footsteps. When connected via Bluetooth, we experienced the usual audio lag/delay with FPS games like COD Mobile and Warzone.

This issue, however, was resolved quickly after connecting the included AUX cable. In wired mode, the headphone offers consistent quality during the gameplay. The enemy footsteps are crisp and clear and give you a good idea of the surrounding.

That said, when in the wired mode, you cannot use headphone’s built-in microphone and rely on your smartphone’s or external audio source to chat with your teammates.

Conclusions

The Sennheiser HD 4.40BT is an excellent pair of headphone that sounds incredibly well, even for 2021 standards. The lightweight design and soft earcups offer comfortable listening over a long duration. The bass is good, so are the mids and lows.

Sennheiser has also placed the playback controls at the right place, making it easier to operate. If you are considering to enter into the territory of high-end Bluetooth headphones without breaking your bank, Sennheiser HD 4.40BT is an excellent choice for everyday use.

Fix – Gameloop installing Turbo AOW engine stuck at 1%

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Fix – Gameloop installing Turbo AOW engine stuck at 1%

GameLoop from Tencent was released as an official emulator to play games like Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG on your PC. If you are from India and trying to install GameLoop, you may experience GameLoop installing Turbo AOW engine stuck at 1%.

In some instances, the GameLoop Turbo Engine installation reaches 15%, 30%, and even 60% and gets stuck. The problem seems to remain the same irrespective of how many times you try.

Gameloop Turbo AWO engine download stuck

On my Intel power PC, the Turbo AWO engine installation and downloading would reach anywhere from 1% to 60% and then get stuck. After a lot of brainstorming, I identified the issue to be with the GameLoop server.

If you are also troubled by this issue, here is how to fix GameLoop by installing Turbo AOW engine stuck at 1% on Windows computers.

What can I do if GameLoop installating Turbo AWO engine is stuck at 1%?

Use a VPN to download Turbo Engine files

To fix this problem, you need to use a VPN client. With the help of a VPN client, we can bypass the restrictions put on Chinese apps. Here’s how to do it.

1. Close GameLoop. Expand the system tray icon, right-click on GameLoop, and select Quit.

GameLoop installating Turbo AWO engine stuck

2. Next, right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager. Right-click on the GameLoop process and select End.

3. Open a web browser on your PC and go to the Windscribe page and click on Download Windscribe. Depending on the OS you are using, click the relevant OS icon to download the installer.

4. Once the installer is downloaded, run the installer. Click Yes when prompted by UAC to install the app.

5. Launch Windsribe and create a new account. Creating an account is important to get the additional 8 GB bandwidth. After confirming the email, log in with your Windscribe username and password.

GameLoop installating Turbo AWO engine stuck

6. Click the server drop-down menu to get the list of available VPN servers. Scroll through the servers and select Germany.

7. Click the Power button on the top right side to connect your VPN to the server. It may take a few seconds and show some messages and then connect successfully.

8. Once the VPN is connected, launch GameLoop. Open the My Games tab. If prompted to download the Turbo AWO engine, click Download. You can see the Turbo AWO engine download in progress at the bottom of the screen.

Wait for the download to complete and install the required engine. Once the Turbo AWO engine is installed, you can install CODM and PUBG on your PC without any issues.

Why the the Turbo AWO engine is stuck at 1%?

Turbo AOW engine stuck at 1% issue seems to be occurring due to the app being blocked by certain countries. If you are in India, you will most likely face this problem as the govt has banned several Chinese social media apps and games indefinitely.

While the game COD Mobile is not Chinese, the app GameLoop is part of Tencent; thus, your ISP may not be able to connect to Tencent servers to download the require Turbo AWO engine files.

But with the help of a VPN client, you can bypass this restriction to fix the GameLoop problem with the Turbo AWO engine on a Windows PC.

Why use GameLoop instead of other Android emulators?

GameLoop installating Turbo AWO engine stuck

Compared to other Android emulators offering similar functionality, GameLoop became popular for its intuitive keyboard controls that gave great control during the gameplay.

It also offers tons of customization options, including key assignments on your keyboard. You can further customize the app by selecting different rendering engines, including OpenGL, DirectX, OpenGL+, DirectX+, and Smart Mode.

Additionally, the emulator allows you to customize the resource usage. You can set the memory and processor usage, change the resolution and DPI settings.

You can also choose to change different resolution and display quality for installed games individually through the Game tab in GameLoop.

On the flip side, at times, you may encounter issues during a game update on GameLoop such as COD Mobile – Joining game, Loading timeout error, and  COD Mobile Gameloop Update Error – this app isn’t compatible with your device anymore.

These errors are also related to server issues and Google PlayStore. Fortunately, you can fix the errors mentioned above by tweaking settings on your PC or smartphone.

8 Best Alarm clock apps for Android (Free/Paid)

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8 Best Alarm clock apps for Android (Free/Paid)

Almost all the Android smartphone comes with an alarm app installed out of the box named clock.

The clock app in your Android smartphone does more than show the clock. It can help you with countdown timers, reminders, setting alarms, and of course, the usual adjusting time on your device.

However, having a dedicated alarm app can make things much easier. The least of all is being able to search it using the Alarm keyword.

Apart from the usual Alarm and other clock features, Alarm apps offer productivity features that help you get consistent sleep and monitor your sleep cycle.

In this article, I have listed the best free alarms for Android smartphones and tablets to help you wake up on time to catch up your school bus or train for work.

Let’s get started.

What are the best alarm apps for Android ?

Clock from Google

Alarm clock apps Android

Clock is a free Android alarm clock app from Google. It is one of the most popular alarm apps available on the Play Store with over 500 Million downloads.

Clock is a lightweight app with some basic functionalities, including alarm, clock, timer, countdown, and a Bedtime feature. The alarm functionality is pretty simple, as well. You can set up as many alarms as you want.

Adjust how often you wish to repeat the alarm, set label, change the alarm tone and add a Google Assistant routine where the pre-selected routine can tell you the weather forecast, calendar, reminders, and more when you dismiss the alarm.

The Bedtime feature allows you to choose a regular bedtime. It disconnects you from the phone and plays soothing sounds helping you sleep better.

Download: Clock from Google


Simple Alarm Clock

Alarm clock apps Android

The Simple Alarm Clock is a free alarm clock application that allows you to set, edit, and remove alarms on your Android phone.

While the user interface is clean with all options nicely tucked under the menu option, the ads are a bit of an eyesore for a relatively intuitive interface.

To set the alarm, tap on the + icon. Next, type in your Alarm hours followed by the days to repeat, and finally, select an alarm tone from the gallery. You can also enter an optional message that will display when the alarm goes off.

You can further customize the app in its settings by changing the alarm type, volume, effects, and change theme.

For snooze and stop, it offers three stop buttons, set snooze duration, and time before auto-snooze. The premium version of the app provides identical features but without the ads.

Download: Simple Alarm Clock


Early Rise Alarm Clock

Alarm clock apps Android

If you are bored of the usual alarm clock sound, try Early Rise Alarm Clock. With a combination of soothing sounds, guided audio, and some customized triggers, the app helps you wake up and start your day. The app requires you to answer some questions before you can set the alarm.

Early Rise Alarm Clock is a freemium app, which means most of the content is locked behind a paywall. The app offers multiple meditation audio and wake up feeling. However, only a few of them are free to use.

To set the alarm, begin by selecting a meditation audio, wake up feeling, time, choose volume level, and then click on Start alarm. Proceed to answer a few questions related to your sleep schedule. If you want to cancel the alarm, slide up the screen, and that should do it.

Download: Early Rise Alarm Clock

Smart Alarm Clock for Heavy Sleepers

Alarm clock apps Android

As the name suggests, Smart Alarm Clock for Heavy Sleepers is an alarm for heavy sleepers. It offers a unified profile based workflow with each alarm having its settings.

To setup, an alarm, launch the app and tap on the + icon at the bottom. You can customize the recurrence settings, alarm icon to show, time, days, and add a custom note for each alarm.

Smart Alarm Clock for Heavy Sleepers features decent customization options, including the ability to check alarm history, setup off days, and a Places feature to make your alarm location-aware so that the alarm will only go off in certain areas.

Download: Smart Alarm Clock for Heavy Sleepers

Alarm Clock Xtreme by AVG

Android alarm clock app Heavy sleeper

Alarm Clock Xtreme is another freemium alarm clock for Android devices. While the app is free to use, the paid version offers an ad-free experience. This app comes with two preset alarm options that you can delete if you don’t want them.

To setup, an alarm, tap on the + icon at the bottom. Here you have an option to set a reminder, a quick alarm, or a standard daily alarm.

Apart from the usual alarm features, Alarm Clock Xtreme offers multiple dismiss option where you can add a puzzle that needs to be resolved for the alarm to be dismissed.

Included wakeup feature asks you to confirm if you are still awake before dismissing the alarm. You can further customize the alarm by applying different themes and change settings for better privacy.

Download: Alarm Clock Xtreme

Sleep Cycle

Android alarm clock Light sleeper

If you are looking for an alarm clock to track your sleep routine, look at Sleep Cycle. It is designed to wake you up at the perfect time, feeling rested. With the help of your phone’s microphone, it can ignore all other sounds and analyze your movements.

The sleep aid feature offers plenty of options to analyze your sleeping habits better; You can read stories or use the built-in body and mind guide to help you prepare for a good sleep. Using Sleep Cycle, you can set multiple alarms with their own settings.

Some of the more premium features like Statistics, online backup, sleep notes, wake up the mood, and weather report is hidden behind the paywall.

That said, you need to create an account or login with your Google account to use the app that can be annoying for new users.

Download: Sleep Cycle

AlarmMon

Alarm clock apps Android

AlarmMon is one of the most fun-loving alarm apps you will find in the PlayStore. While the app is quite popular in South Korea, it has been slowly gaining traction in other parts of the world.

To setup, an alarm, tap the + icon at the bottom. Next, you need to select one of the Alarm games and then select an alarm character. You can download more characters if the existing characters don’t excite you.

All the characters are associated with a unique alarm game. If you are a heavy sleeper, choose a character with loud animation. For light sleepers, there are quiet characters with easy games.

When the alarm goes off, you need to play the game to dismiss the alarm. You can also turn off alarm games if you want.

Tapping on the existing alarm will turn it on or off. You can also check your alarm history and customize other features in the settings.

Download: AlarmMon

Challenges Alarm

Alarm clock apps Android

If waking up the heavy sleeper in you is a challenge, Challenges Alarm can help you with this task. While it works great as a standard alarm, you can add a challenge to your alarm like completing a math problem, solving a shape sequence, or retyping words to dismiss the alarm.

You can change the alarm configuration by tweaking the vibration, the number of snoozes, and the snooze duration. It also comes with an option to set an extra loud alarm that will override the system volume.

Additionally, you can choose between a light or dark theme. To duplicate an alarm, tap the three dots beside the alarm and choose Duplicate Alarm.

Use the toggle switch to turn on or off the alarm. While the free version is ad-supported, you can opt-out by making a one time purchase.

Download: Challenges Alarm

Waking up early in the morning can be a challenging task for many, especially for heavy sleepers. Most of the alarm apps in this article come with additional challenges that trick your brain into waking up.

For light sleepers, these clocks offer standard alarm features with unlimited snoozes and customization options.

Have you tried any of the alarm clock apps in this article? Do let us know your experience in the comments below.

YouTube, Gmail, Google Docs and Drive are down

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YouTube, Gmail, Google Docs and Drive are down

What seems to be a outrage, YouTube and other related Google Services such as Google Drive, and Google Docs seems to down. While YouTube is returning the infamous Something went wrong message, Google docs is returning the following error.

Google Docs encountered an error. Please try reloading this page, or coming back to it in a few minutes.

To learn more about the Google Docs editors, please visit our help centre.


We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

The same can also be seen when accessing Google Drive as it shows there were some problems loading you apps. This is not the first time Google’s major services have faced the issue, however, this could be the first time more than one Google service to have gone down due to service outage.

Currently we have no update from Google behind the reason for this outage. We will update this page as soon as we find more details.


Update: Seems like people are able to access YouTube in incognito mode. This seem to an error that has affected Google Account users specifically.

Update 2: Google seem to have worked out the issue, as the YouTube service is back and running. Other Google services such as Gmail, Drive and Docs are also back and online.

However, Gmail still has some issues as it shows the “Gmail is temporarily unable to access your contacts. You may experience problems while this persists” after signing in.

Fix – Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000f error code

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Fix – Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000f error code

The Your PC/Device needs to be repaired blue screen of death error occurs when rebooting or restarting your Windows 10 computer. The error message PC/device needs to be repaired is general, what you need to pay attention to is the error code.

Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000fThe error code 0xc000000f is what causing the error on my PC. Before proceed to the troubleshooting steps, let’s take a look at what’s the issue I was having.

The Synopsis:

My Lenovo laptop has dual storage drives. A primary Samsung SSD with Windows installation and a secondary HDD storage device.

During boot, Windows was failing to recognize my boot drive and showing the error ‘A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed’.

I booted into the BIOS menu and changed the boot drive priority to my main drive. However, that did not fix the issue.  That said, if I booted into the boot manager by pressing the F12 key and then manually select the Samsung drive as a boot drive, the PC would boot into Windows without any error.

This is a temporary fix as the error would creep in after every restart or even when waking up from the hibernation mode.

I was able to resolve the error by repairing the MBR (Master Boot Record) by executing the FixMbr command through the recovery menu.

Now let’s find out how you can fix the Your PC device needs to be repaired – 0xc000000f error code -A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed error in Windows 10.

How do I fix the Your PC device needs to be repaired – 0xc000000f error code?

Check if you can boot into Windows from Boot Manager

Make sure the computer is shutdown. Press and hold the Power button to turn off the system.

Once shutdown, press the power button and then start pressing the F12/F11/ESC key to start the Boot Manager.

In the Boot Option menu, press the down arrow key to navigate to your Boot Drives.

Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000fSelect the drive that has the Windows installation and hit enter. Wait for your computer to boot into Windows.

Booting into Windows 10 can help you in multiple ways. Try creating a Windows 10 bootable flash drive if you don’t have one already as it will help you move forward with other troubleshooting steps.

If you boot into Windows successfully, try changing the boot priority in BIOS to see if that fixes the error permanently

Change boot drive in BIOS

Shutdown your computer.

Press the power button and then start pressing the F2 key to bring up the boot menu.

In the Boot menu, navigate to the Boot tab.

Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000fUsing the down/up arrow keys, select your Windows installation drive.

Press F6 to move it up the order.

Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000fPress F10 to save changes and exit.

Wait for your computer to reboot and check if the error is resolved.


1. Run Startup Repair

Without an Installation media

To run Startup Repair we need a bootable Windows installation media to open the Recovery menu. However, if you were able to boot into Windows successfully earlier, you can run Startup Repair without the installation media as well.

Click on Start and select Settings.

Next, click on Update and Recovery.

A required device isn't connected or can't be accessesOpen the Recovery tab from the left pane.

Under Advanced startup, click the Restart now button.

A required device isn't connected or can't be accessesClick on Restart Anyways if prompted, and wait for the system to resart.

Under Choose an Option, click on Troubleshoot.

A required device isn't connected or can't be accessesSelect Advanced Options.

Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000fClick on Startup Repair.

Windows will try to repair any issues that is preventing Windows from booting normally.

However, if you see the Recovery – Your PC/Device needs to be repaired again, move to the second step.

Run Startup Repair with Windows installation media

If you are unable to boot into Windows, you need to create Windows 10 bootable flash drive. Once you have the bootable flash drive ready, proceed with the steps below.

Make sure your system is off.

Insert the bootable USB flash drive into your computer.

Press the power button and start pressing F12 to open the boot manager.

In the Boot Options Menu, use the down arrow keys and select USB flash drive as the boot drive and hit enter.

Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000fIn the Windows installation screen, click Next and then click on Repair your computer option.

A required device isn't connected or can't be accessesClick on Troubleshooter under Choose an Option.

Click on Startup Repair

Wait for the Startup repair to fix any issues. However, if it fails to repair the problem and the error persists, follow the next step to repair the Master Boot Recorder (MBR).


2. Use Command Prompt to fix boot records

The Your PC device needs to be repaired 0xc000000f error code error can occur if your boot recorders are corrupted or missing. You can rebuild the boot recorders by using a simple command prompt command.

Beiung with booting into the Recovery Menu using the Windows 10 bootable USB flash drive.

Insert the USB flash drive and restart your computer. Keep pressing the F12/10 or Esc key to bring up the boot manager.

Select the USB flash drive under Boot Manager Options.

When the Windows installation screen appears, click Next.,

Click on Repair your Computer.

Click Troubleshoot under Choose an Option.

Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000fSelect Command Prompt under Advanced Options.

In the Command Prompt window, type the following command one by one and hit enter.

Bootrec /FixMbr
Bootrec /FixBoot

Bootrec /RebuildBcd

Once all the commands are executed, type exit and hit enter.

Even if you see an error for the last two commands, exit and restart your computer.

You may also want to make sure the boot priority is set correctly in BIOS. To do this, press the Power button to restart the computer and start pressing the F2 keys to bring up the BIOS menu.

Open the Boot tab using the arrow keys.

Under Legacy, make sure your boot drive is first on the priority list. You can change the values by pressing F5/F6 on your keyboard.

Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000fPress F10 to save the changes and exit.

Restart the computer and check if the Your PC device needs to be repaired – 0xc000000f error code is resolved.


3. Reset Windows 10

If the issue persists, even after repairing the boot manager try resetting your computer to fix the error.

Note that resetting the computer will remove apps and files depending on what kind of reset you choose. Make sure to create a list of installed apps on your computer before proceeding with Windows 10 reset.

If you can boot into Windows 10, do the following.

Click Start and select Settings.

Go to Update and Security.

Click on Recovery.

A required device isn't connected or can't be accessedClick Get Started under Reset this PC.

Click on Keep my Files.

Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000fNext, select how you want to reinstall Windows. Select Local Reinstall.

Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your computer.

If everything goes right, Windows will boot successfully without the error and you should have your files intact.

As a last resort, try clean installing Windows.  Cleaning installing Windows will delete all the files in the installation drive, so make sure to create a backup.


4. Clean install Windows

Shutdown your computer.

Insert the USB flash drive and then boot into BIOS by pressing F2 during restart.

In the Boot tab, set the USB flash drive as a priority drive.

Press F10 to save the changes and exit.

The PC will boot from your installation media and show the Windows installation screen.

Click Next and then Install to proceed.

Your PC/device needs to be repaired 0xc000000fFollow the on-screen instructions to install Windows 10.

A required device isn't connected or can't be accessesOnce Windows 10 is installed, enter BIOS again and change the boot priority to your Windows installation drive from USB flash drive.

Restart the computer and check for any improvements.

The Your PC needs to be repaired – The required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed Error code – 0xc000000f error usually occurs due to boot drive misconfiguration. You can fix the error by follow one of these steps by step methods.

Quickly Fix 503 Service Unavailable WordPress error

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Quickly Fix 503 Service Unavailable WordPress error

The 503 Service Unavailable error can occur when you try to access your WordPress website. I noticed the error when trying to access my WordPress blog hosted on Linode and managed by Server Pilot.

This error usually occurs due to PHP processes crashing while executing a script. As a result, Apache is not getting a valid response from PHP and considers the PHP-FPM service to be unavailable.

WordPress apache errorSo, how to fix this error? The most common reason for this error is a faulty WordPress plugin. Disable the plugin, and that should resolve the error.

You can read more about the same on the Serverpilot blog.

In this article, let me explain how I fixed 503 Service Unavailable error by disabling a few buggy plugins.

How to fix 503 Service Unavailable error in WordPress?

Since you cannot log in to your WordPress dashboard to disable the plugin, you need to have an FTP client like File Zilla set up to be able to access your server.

Next, we need to find the faulty plugin. To find the plugin you need to access the PHP error log.

The 503 Service Unavailable page usually shows where you can find the error log. Check the image below for reference.

WordPress apache error

1. Launch your FTP Client and log in to your server.

2. Next, navigate to the PHP error log path, as shown in the service error page.

503 service unavailable

3. Right-click on the websitename_php7.4.error.log file and select View/Edit. You may need to install the Notepad++ app if the log file does not open in the notepad app.

503 service unavailable

4. Once open, go through all the logs and the plugins that are listed. In my case, the plugins that were causing the issue were WP Downgrade and CF Post Format.

Make sure you note down the name of the plugins and themes that are causing the issue.

5. Next, open the Public/wp-content folder.

503 service unavailable

6. Open the Plugins folder. Locate the plugin that is causing the issue, right-click on the plugin folder, and select Rename.

‘PHP did not respond properly to the request

7. Rename the plugin as disabled.pluginname. Do this for all the plugins in the error log.

To disable a problematic theme, open the Themes folder in Public/wp-content/themes and rename the problematic theme folder.

Once you have disabled all the plugins and themes (if any), restart PHP. You can restart PHP using the following command after you log in to your server as root.

sudo service phpX.Y-fpm-sp restart

In the above command, replace X.Y with your PHP version.

If not, you can reboot your server from your cloud server dashboard.

For Linode users, log in to your Linode account. Click on the Linodes tab. Click the Three-dots and select Reboot.

PHP did not respond properly to the requestOnce the reboot is complete, you can access your WordPress website without the 503 Service Unavailable error.

If you are using another hosting provider, refer to the documentation to know how to restart PHP or reboot the server.

That’s it. By following the steps in the article, you can fix the 503 Service Unavailable ‘PHP did not respond properly to the request; as a result, Apache considers the PHP-FPM service to be unavailable’ error in WordPress.

Fix: Install Missing Connect App in Windows 10 [Miracast Wireless Display]

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Fix: Install Missing Connect App in Windows 10 [Miracast Wireless Display]

Windows 10 comes pre-installed with the Miracast wireless display feature that allows you to project your screen to other supported devices. Additionally, it also comes with the Connect app for casting your phone’s screen to your PC.

If you have recently updated to the newer version of Windows 10, you may notice the Connect app is missing. This is because Microsoft does not install the wireless display feature by default anymore.

Now it is offered as an optional feature. So, to get the project to this PC option, you have to install the Connect app manually. In this article, we explore how to install the Connect app in Windows 10.

There are two ways to install the Connect app in Windows to be able to mirror your phone to PC. I have listed both the methods in the article below.

1. Install Connect app from the settings

1. Click on Start and select Settings.

Install connect app Windows 10

3. Open Apps.

Install connect app Windows 10

4. Under Apps & features, click Optional features.

Install connect app Windows 10

5. Click the Add a feature button.

Install connect app Windows 10

6. Search for Wireless Display.

Install connect app Windows 10

7. Select Wireless Display and click on Install.

Once installed, click on Start, and the Connect app is available under the Recently Added section.

Connect app Install Failed message

If you see the Install Failed message when installing wireless display from settings, try installing it using the command prompt.

2. Install Connect app using the command prompt

1. Click on Start and type cmd.

connect app is missing

2. Click on Open as Administrator.

3. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and hit enter:

DISM /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:App.WirelessDisplay.Connect~~~~0.0.1.0

Wait till you see the success message. Once installed, click on Start and open the Connect app from the Recently Added section.

Uninstall Wireless Display in Windows 10

If you want to uninstall the Wireless Display and the Connect app in Windows 10, here’s how to do it.

1. Click on Start and select Settings.

2. Click on Apps.

3. Select Optional features.

connect app is missing4. Under Installed features, search for Wireless display.

5. Select and click on Uninstall.

That will uninstall the Wireless Display and Connect app from your Windows 10 computer. If you want to install it again, repeat the steps from step 1 or step 2.

Using the Connect app

connect app is missingTo project your phone to Windows 10 PC screen, open the Connect app on your PC. Next, open the Wireless Display or Smart View option on your phone. Select your PC from the list of devices shown to start projecting.

Connect app not working? Check out the detailed guide on how to fix Windows 10 Connect app not working with Wireless display in Android.

 

 

How to Hide Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar Permanently

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How to Hide Google Chrome Bookmarks Bar Permanently

The bookmark bar in Google Chrome is a convenient way to access the websites that you visit frequently. If you want to disable the bookmark bar in Chrome, all you have to do is right-click on the Bookmarks bar and select Show Bookmarks Bar option.

However, there is an annoying problem with this step. Even if you disable the bookmark bar from settings, it will still appear on New Tab Page.

In this article, we walk you through a simple step by step guide to help you permanently hide the bookmarks bar in Google Chrome. There is a video explaining the same at the end if you prefer the visual medium.

Permanently Disable the Bookmark Bar in Google Chrome’s New Tab Page

1. Press the Windows key + R.

disable chrome bookmark bar

2. Type regedit and click OK.

3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome

4. Right-click on Chrome key, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

disable chrome bookmark bar

5. Rename the value as BoomarkBarEnabled.

disable chrome bookmark bar

6. Right-click on BookmarkBarEnabled value and select Modify.

7. Enter 0 in the Data field and click OK.

disable chrome bookmark bar

8. Now, if you relaunch Google Chrome and open a new tab, the bookmark bar is not visible.

Note that once you have disabled the bookmark bar from the Registry Editor, you won’t be able to enable or disable the bookmark bar from Chrome settings.

Enable Bookmark bar in Chrome

Disable New Tab Page bookmarks

If you want to enable to the bookmark bar in Chrome, open the registry editor, and modify the BookmarkBarEnabled value. Instead of 0, enter 1 in the Data value field.

Show bookmarks bar on New Tab Page

If you want to hide the bookmarks, bar only on the active tabs but show it on the New Tab Page, here is how to do it.

1. Make sure you have deleted the BookmarkBarEnabled value from the registry editor.

2. Right-click on the bookmark bar and select Show Bookmark bar to show or hide the bookmarks.

3. You can also do it using the Ctrl + Shift + B to show/hide the bookmarks bar.

4. Alternatively, you can also do the same by going to Menu > Settings. Turn off Show bookmarks bar.

That’s it. By making a simple modification to your registry editor, you can easily disable the bookmarks bar in Google Chrome permanently from the New Tab page.

Although the browser has an option to show/hide bookmarks bar, it’s almost unusable due to the fact Chrome still shows the bookmarks bar on the New Tab page.

This can be an issue for the users who don’t want others to have access to their bookmarks bar when screen sharing or accessing the desktop.

Google has added some excellent features like Dark Mode in Chrome in the latest update. However, having the option to completely disable the bookmarks bar would save the users from the hassle of going extra miles and editing registry entries.

Set a Different Wallpaper On Each Monitor In Windows 10

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Set a Different Wallpaper On Each Monitor In Windows 10

If you are using a dual monitor setup to increase your productivity, why are you still using the background wallpaper on both the monitors? Windows 10 allows you to set a different wallpaper on each monitor in Windows 10.

Let’s find out the two ways to set different wallpaper on each monitor in Windows 10.

How to set different background wallpaper for different monitors in Windows 10

1. Use the Settings app

  1. Click on Start and select Settings.
  2. Go to Personalization.
    Set different wallpaper second monitor
  3. Select Background.
  4. Scroll down to Choose your picture
  5. If you don’t have your picture displayed, click the Browse
  6. Select and add your picture.
  7. Right-click on the picture that you want to set as the background wallpaper.
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  8. Select Monitor 1 or Monitor 2 as per your preference.

Repeat the steps to set different wallpaper background on all of your monitors.


2. Use Control Panel Personalization

Note: On the newer version of Windows 10 (Build 1903) these steps will not work. Follow these steps if you are using an older version of Windows 10.
Use Control Panel Personalization

  1. Press the Windows key + R.
  2. Type control and click OK to open Control Panel.
  3. Click on Appearances and Personalization.
  4. Click on Personalization.
  5. Select Desktop Background.
  6. Click the Browse button to add the picture that you want to use.
  7. Make sure you have selected the image that you want to set as wallpaper.
  8. Right-click on the image and select ‘Set for Monitor 1/2/3’.

Repeat the steps for other monitors as well. If you want to customize a bit more, explore the Picture position and shuffle feature just below the Set for Monitor option.

You can set Windows to change the wallpaper as frequently as every 30 minutes. You can also shuffle the images from the library.

Don’t forget to use the power saver feature to conserve power when on battery.


3. Use a third-party tool to automate the process

There are multiple third-party tools that can automate the background wallpaper setting process on multiple monitors. John’s Background Switcher for Windows is one such tool.

It allows you to set different wallpaper background on different monitors. Apart from that, it can also change the wallpaper frequently by downloading them from stock-free images sources like Flickr and Pixabay.

  1. Download John’s Background Switcher.
  2. Run the tool to install.
  3. Launch the tool. You can access it from the system tray.
  4. Click the Add button and select Pictures on your computer.Set different wallpaper second monitor
  5. Add all the pictures that you want to set as your background.
  6. Under Switch Options, click the dropdown menu under Multiple monitors.
  7. Select Different pictures on each monitor.
  8. Click OK to save the changes.

You can also change how frequently the background wallpaper changes, picture mode, and even add your Dropbox and other cloud accounts as the image source.

That’s it. By following the steps you can set a different wallpaper for different monitors in Windows 10. Do let us know your favorite wallpaper configuration in the comments.

Fix: An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host

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Fix: An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host

The An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host error occurs when trying to establish a socket connection between the client and server. This error is usually triggered if the remote side closes the connection.

The error can occur if you are sending malformed data to the third-party application or if it senses the data to be malformed. In other cases, it can be an unstable link between the client and server, a glitch in the third-party app or system resource issues.

Here is how to fix the existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host socket exception error in your computer.

How do I fix an existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host error?

1. Enable Strong Cryptography

an existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type regedit and hit enter. This will open the Registry Editor.
  3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\.NETFramework\v4.0.3031
  4. Locate the ScsUseStrongCrypto
  5. If the ScsUseStrongCrypto value is not present, navigate to the following path instead:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\.NETFramework\v4.0.30319
  6. Double-click on the SchUseStrongCrypto
  7. In the Value data field enter 1 and click OK.
  8. Close Registry Editor and try to establish the connection again and check if the issue is resolved.

The aforementioned error will occur if Cryptography is disabled in Registry Editor for a machine which will also disable the usage of TLS 1.2. Try enabling the property in Registry Editor to see if that fixes the issue.

If you are unable to enable strong cryptography through Registry Editor, follow the steps below to do it via PowerShell.

Use PowerShell to enable strong cryptography

  1. Open PowerShell.
  2. Enter the following command one by one and hit enter to execute:
    Set-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\.NetFramework\v4.0.30319’ -Name ‘SchUseStrongCrypto’ -Value ‘1’ -Type DWordSet-ItemProperty -Path
    ‘HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\.NetFramework\v4.0.30319’ -Name ‘SchUseStrongCrypto’ -Value ‘1’ -Type DWord
  3. Once executed, reboot your computer and check for any improvements.

2. Update .NET framework

an existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host

  1. Go to Microsoft Download centre.
  2. Download Microsoft .NET framework.
  3. Run the downloaded file to execute it.
  4. Follow-on screen instructions to install the latest of .NET framework.
  5. Once installed, reboot the computer and check if the error is resolved.

3. Force use TLS 1.2

  1. Open the global.asax file. You can find it by navigating to the root of the project.
  2. Select View Code from the list.
  3. Scroll down to Application_Start method.
  4. Add the following line of code under the method:
    if (ServicePointManager.SecurityProtocol.HasFlag(SecurityProtocolType.Tls12) == false)

            {

                ServicePointManager.SecurityProtocol = ServicePointManager.SecurityProtocol | SecurityProtocolType.Tls12;

            }

  1. Save the changes and run the code to see if the error is resolved.

Adding the above-mentioned lines can help you resolve the issue if the application that is triggering the error is configured to use TLS 1.1 by forcing TLS 1.2 usage.


4.  Edit the .Context.cs file

  1. Locate the .context.cs file. You can find it under .edmx > context.tt file.
  2. Open the .context.cs file.
  3. Add the following line to your construction.
    public DBEntities()

        : base(“name=DBEntities”)

    {

        this.Configuration.ProxyCreationEnabled = false; //add the following line to your code

    }

  1. Save the changes and check if the error is resolved.

Adding the above line of codes to your constructor will help you resolve the issue if you are using Entity Framework.


5. Diagnose the error with Wireshark

an existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote hostThe troubleshooting steps in the article above are user-specific and if that did not help you fix the problem, try to diagnose the issue by yourself.

The existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host usually occurs when the remote side closes the connection. If you are working with a third-party application, the error can occur due to one of the following reasons.

  • The remote site is detecting malformed data being sent from your connection and closing the connection.
  • The application is experiencing a service outage.
  • Your request may have triggered a glitch in the third-party app causing it to malfunction.
  • You or the remote site may have exhausted its system resources.

To diagnose the issue, fire up Wireshark. This will help you to analyze the behaviour and narrow down the problem.

You can filter the Wireshark dump by IP address and port number. Start by looking at the end of the stream and follow the trail back to see where and what went wrong.

Knowing what is causing the ‘an existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host’ error is the first step towards fixing the problem. While we have listed some common solutions that have helped other users fix the error, the issue can vary depending on the user.