Bad_Pool_Header

If you have never heard of, or had experience with the Windows error BAD_POOL_HEADER, it can be scary. The BAD_POOL_HEADER error is usually associated with the way Windows allocates memory/RAM to devices and applications. Device drivers are usually the most common cause. Other causes including hard drive disk write errors and bad sectors that only surface intermittently. RAM = Random Access Memory errors would be suspect for memory pool issues overall.

The Fix

Shut down your PC and disconnect all external USB devices except the mouse and keyboard. Turn your PC back on. That should do it.

My suggestion, use your computer for as long as you can without plugging your USB devices back in. Memory errors can be difficult to troubleshoot because they usually happen when we least expect. Give it a few days or so before plugging your USB devices back in. This has worked for me on my personal PC as well as my customer’s.

If you find the Windows BAD_POOL_HEADER error happens often, you could always continue unplugging your devices before you boot up, just so you are able to get to your desktop. If you like to troubleshoot, figure out which device(s) are responsible for the windows error by testing how your PC behaves when only 1 USB device is connected. If you have no problems, connect another etc. You could also try replacing or increasing your Memory/RAM.

There are a few other fixes for the BAD_POOL_HEADER, but they rarely need to be used. If this fix does not work for your particular situation, please explain in the comments below.

 

BAD_POOL_HEADER - FIX

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Windows 10 Slow To Sync Google Drive

After spending countless hours tinkering with Windows 10, I noticed a few things that need to be looked at by the Windows 10 Team. Today I’m only going to talk about 1 of those things, the speed and efficiency that Google Drive syncs our files.

Google Drive is a service we pay for. Personally, I love Google Drive. I’ve been paying for this service for a few years. I rely on it to work. So when my computers have trouble syncing with Google Drive, it really bothers me. I’ve had sync problems in the past with Google Drive, but was able to fix it. Keep in mind, when you are dealing with remote syncing issues, it could take many hours to figure out what the root cause of the issue is. Why? Because there are so many things that you have to eliminate systematically it takes a while. Especially if you are not a Google Drive developer, which I am not. This Google Drive syncing issue existed in Windows 8.1, and it’s worse in Windows 10. I’m sure this has something to do with how new Windows 10 is… I’ve had Google Drive syncing issues with 2 of my new laptops and my main workstation, which all have Windows 10 Pro.

How do you fix this?

You don’t. This is an issue that the Google Drive Team and the Windows 10 Team need to talk about. Sure, you could try disabling all startup programs, uninstall resource hogging programs as an attempt to make your system as lean as possible, but that will just make your computer run a tad faster. That’s a good thing, but won’t help this issue. It’s how Windows 10 works with Google Drive that is the problem. My main complaint, Google Drive takes too long to sync. With a clear and secure network, 130mb dn / 50mb up and a super fast workstation / gaming rig. All of my programs run lightning fast!!! Except Google Drive.

If you have any comments or suggestions on this issue please post them below. I would love to hear what you think.

Microsoft Office Alternatives

The only 2 real Microsoft Office Alternatives are OpenOffice and LibreOffice. I have been lucky enough to support and use Microsoft Office, OpenOffice and LibreOffice in the work place and personal. If you are familiar with using Microsoft Office, you’ll be fine making the transition to OpenOffice or LibreOffice. Both programs are virtually identical and will not leave you short on office tools. Currently Microsoft Office 365 plus 1TB of OneDrive can be had for $69.99 per year. That’s not bad. However, these open source office suites are finely tuned, fast and bug free. Not to mention, OpenOffice and LibreOffice are completely free. Or donate, they deserve it. These open source office suite alternatives are slowly becoming more attractive to the paying Microsoft Office customer and soon to be in the workplace everywhere. Businesses will eventually figure out how much money they could be saving by using a product that performs exactly the same as Microsoft Office but is free.

Currently I have LibreOffice 4.4.4 installed on my Windows 8.1 computer. If I need to create an invoice, document, presentation and email or print, I can. Microsoft Office, OpenOffice and LibreOffice work well together. Each program offers many file formats to “save as” for cross platform compatibility.

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