Category: Windows

Duplicati + DigitalOcean Spaces = Encrypted Cloud Backups $ < s3

Duplicati + DigitalOcean Spaces = Encrypted Cloud Backups $ < s3

If you backup your data to the cloud you should ensure that your files are strongly encrypted. There are many solutions out there for cloud backups and some can be rather expensive. In this article, we will install and configure Duplicati for Windows to perform encrypted cloud backups to DigitalOcean Spaces.

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Synaptics Touchpad stops working after recent Windows 10 updates

Synaptics Touchpad stops working after recent Windows 10 updates

I recently installed the final release version of Windows 10 on an HP Pavilion 15z-n200 laptop. This is a lab machine used for testing application compatibility with Windows 10. I downloaded Windows 10 and created an Installation USB drive using the instructions found here. The installation was successful and everything worked until I installed the 4 recently released Windows Updates (KB3081436, KB3087916, KB3074686, and KB3074678) for Windows 10. The Synaptics Touchpad stopped working and Device Manager was reporting a problem with the Device Driver for “Synaptics PS/2 Port Compatible TouchPad”. The error reported was “The device cannot start. (Code 10)”.

I attempted to Update Driver Software via Windows Update with no luck. Next, I turned to the HP 15z-n200 drivers page. There is curently no Synaptics Touchpad driver listed for Windows 10 but I tried the one for Windows 8.1 (filename: sp64226.exe). When I tried to install the driver it reported that a newer version was already installed.

Next, I turned to the Synaptics website and downloaded their generic driver (filename: Synaptics_v17_0_19_C_XP32_Vista32_Win7-32_XP64_Wion7-64_Acme_Inc.zip) which also resulted in the same “newer version of the driver already installed”.

After some digging I read others were experiencing similar problems with a Toshiba laptop after the Windows Updates. I tried a suggestion to install the Toshiba provided Synaptics Driver (filename: os2013231a_tc00558600b.exe), rebooted, and the Touchpad mouse was working again. Ok, on with the testing!

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