Looking again at Iain’s PC starting up by itself – Pt 3

03/03/21 – Iain said it wakened again at 19.43.

Downloaded logs and only suspect thing is in the System Log where the PC resumed from sleep at 19.43 on the 2nd (not 3rd) – no other logs then at 19.43 on the 3rd the PC changes the time. I understand that Windows may confirm the time from the BIOS clock/ Online then set its own time, BUT its a strange coincidence that the times are identical!

From Ians SYstem Log..
02/03/2021 19:43:33 – The system has resumed from sleep

03/03/2021 19:43:50 – The system time has changed to ‎2021‎-‎03‎-‎03T19:43:50.500000000Z from ‎2021‎-‎03‎-‎02T19:43:33.354680400Z. Change Reason: System time synchronized with the hardware clock. Process: ” (PID 4).

The time side by side to compare…‎

From a week or so previous I looked at the devices that could waken the PC and disabled them all…

REF: https://www.ghacks.net/2013/12/31/find-pc-wakes-stop/#:~:text=powercfg%20%2Dlastwake%20displays%20the%20last,lists%20all%20active%20wake%20timers.

C:\Windows\system32>powercfg -devicequery wake_programmable
HID-compliant consumer control device
HID Keyboard Device
Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Xbox Gaming Device
HID-compliant mouse
HID-compliant system controller
HID Keyboard Device (002)
HID-compliant vendor-defined device (001)
HID-compliant consumer control device (001)
HID Keyboard Device (005)
HID Keyboard Device (007)
HID-compliant vendor-defined device (002)
NVIDIA USB Type-C Port Policy Controller
HID Keyboard Device (009)

C:\Windows\system32>powercfg -waketimers
There are no active wake timers in the system.

C:\Windows\system32>powercfg -a
The following sleep states are available on this system:
Standby (S3)
Hybrid Sleep
Fast Startup

The following sleep states are not available on this system:
Standby (S1)
The system firmware does not support this standby state.

Standby (S2)
    The system firmware does not support this standby state.

Standby (S0 Low Power Idle)
    The system firmware does not support this standby state.

25/02/21 Disabled ALL bewow devices that could waken the PC…
powercfg -devicedisablewake HID-compliant consumer control device
powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID Keyboard Device”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet Controller”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “Xbox Gaming Device”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID-compliant mouse”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID-compliant system controller”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID Keyboard Device (002)”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID-compliant vendor-defined device (001)”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID-compliant consumer control device (001)”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID Keyboard Device (005)”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID Keyboard Device (007)”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID-compliant vendor-defined device (002)”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “NVIDIA USB Type-C Port Policy Controller”
powercfg -devicedisablewake “HID Keyboard Device (009)”

Looking again at Iain’s PC starting up by itself


Searched on Advanced System Settings, and under – Advanced – STart-up and Recovery, Unticked ‘Automatically Restart’.

In device Manager,>Keyboards, in each of 5 HID Keyboard Devices > POwer Management Tab unticked ‘allow this device to wake the computer’.

Run NVidia GeForce Experience, v3.21.0.36 opened and automatically started updating itself!

Performed the Download then clicked the ‘EXPRESS Installation Button….

Installation was completed, BUT the driver Version No never changed, so I guess I have just re-installed the driver !!

Iain’s PC – Keeps waken up from sleep / shutdown

09/02/21, connected to PC via TV. Downloaded Event logs to my C:\temp.

Done a ‘powercfg -lastwake’ to find out why it woke last time, but there where no details…
C:\Windows\system32>powercfg -lastwake
Wake History Count – 1
Wake History [0]
Wake Source Count – 0

No obvious faults in event logs at 1st look, so disabled USB wake timers (apps etc that can waken pc), and disabled the Mouse’s USB device Power Management Tab’s ‘Allow this device to wake the computer’.

Have left keyboards as-is!

Fault with Iain’s Yamaha FGXS730SC electro-acoustic guitar

The FGX730SC is the acoustic-electric version of the FG730S. Features inherited from the L Series, such as non scalloped X bracing and a reverse L block neck attachment, make it an instrument of high quality. Equipped with an A.R.T. 1-way pickup system (System 56), it delivers a clear, bright tone, typical of FG guitars, and performs just as well whether playing accompaniment or lead. Onboard electronics that include a 3-band equalizer with an adjustable mid-range frequency and a tuner make it a perfect instrument for performing live.


Got this to look at but had no idea what the fault was, or if there even was one.
Straight off, the thinnest string is missing and so was it’s Bridge-Pin. Also, more importantly was that the 9V battery box had a very acid corroded terminal, so bought a new box from Andertons.co.uk…

On swapping out the box, I was then able to test if the guitar O/P to the amplifier worked or not – it didn’t!!

Further investigation showed that the guitar has a preamp module and 2 under-side ‘contact’ pickups.

On hooking a scope up to the pickups I was able to get a rising signal from each string approaching 100mV, so my assumption is that the pick-ups are ok.

After connection the guitar amp’s 1/4″ jack (this when inserted turns on the amp) to the guitar O/P, the scope signal was quite flat with no change from any strings. This was tried with a brand new tested 9V battery, so my assumption ?? is that the pre-amp is faulty.
The pre-amp is labelled model: AB1CBL, but a google search shows it is as similar to a ‘Yamaha WG320100’.

A new one from Australia (all I could find) is approx. $170…

Ebay though have very similar & cheap ones , although the physical size may be different, as is the I/P’s & O/P’s, but may be worth the risk…
search : ‘4-Bands Acoustic Folk Guitar Preamp EQ Equalizer Piezo Pickup with Tuner‘…
These have a plug-in battery box and a saddle fitted piezo transducer with a smallish mono jack.

UPDATE – have ordered the preamp from Ebay @ £14.14.

AND, if the preamp repair does work, it will still need new strings, new Bridge pins and maybe a new ivory saddle to sit in the bridge as a bit had broken off – although a bit super glue may do. I will tape the broken bit to the guitar.

If I end up having to get it repaired professionally, try ‘Harris’ at DM Studios in Dundee (he is often in late 5-10pm).

Back Pain Update April 2019

Been having some unbearable pains, since start of year getting gradually worse.

I had tried doing approx 40 cat-cows morning at night and deep low back stretches by touching the gground with near enough straight legs, or by hanging my upper body weight over at the waist. That seemed to give some relief but then it got much worse.

My SI Joint belt had bee lost for some time and I found an old back support belt with heat retention for back and front. This support is good at supporting, but gives too much heat somethimes, and heat at the front groing area where is is definitely not required. Anyhow I percivered and tucked my front shirt between belt & skin. I also started taking Turmeric capsules (I’d tried them previously with no success) and Ginger tablets. Alongside this I cut-out Dairy from my diet.

That was over 3 weeks back and my back has impoved a lot, so much so that walking Jasper is now pleasureable and it is much easier getting through a day. I did have a long weekend past, taking the Monday/Tuesday off so that also helped. I am writing this on the Friday, so three days back at work and I am much happier, and pain much more bearable.


Things I am doing that may be helping with pain relief…
Wearing heat belt
Taking Ginger tablets
Taking Tumeric capsules

Orkney holiday May 2019

Pre-Orkney – The long drive before Ferry trip.

Stayed at an Airbnb near Wick (The Croft – a room with a view) the night before ferry departure.

We drove with temperatures at Slioch summit dropping to 3 degrees! This was topped with temperatures in Caithness dropping to 1 degree with us driving in sleet and snow.

Lovely place to stay. It had its own little lounge and bedroom upstairs above the owners Chocolate factory. The owners kept racing Huskies, although most elderly and probably retired.

Day 1 – Saturday

Ferry from Gills Bay to St Margarets Hope. Lunch at Robertsons CoffeeHoose at St Margarets.

Stopped at Tesco in Kirkwall for supplies and felt like a tiring trip so straight to holiday cottage to settle-in.

Day 2 – Sunday

Visit to the Ring of Brodgar in strong bitterly cold winds.

A short drive to the Maeshowe Visitor Centre to get their mini-bus to Maeshowe burial chamber.

After tea we went to storytelling evening at Via House for 8pm, not leaving until after 11.

Day 3 – Monday

Drive to Skara Brae & Skaill House.

Then a short drive to Birsay Tea Room for Orkney ice creams. Stopped into Skaill Bay beach for Jas to get a run.

Day 4 – Tuesday

Trip to Farm Museum West of Dounby to find they were about to close for lunch, and they advised that we should come back.

Still looking for something to do to fill in time, we drove to a wildlife centre near Tingwall, but missed our turn at Finstown and ended up driving for 10-15 minutes before turning back, then guess what – wildlife centre is closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, which seems quite common on Orkney.

Looking for a place to eat we drove to the hotel at Dounby only to find that they stopped serving hot food 10 minutes ago. With a co-op accross the road Gail got a salad and I had a sannie.

Day 5 – Wednesday

Italian Chapel then on to Sandi Beach. Jas loved the sandy drop to deep water with the thrashing waves.

A short drive up the East Coast took us to The KirkCafe for a lovely lunch (thru had gorgeous toilets!).

Then on to The WoolShed past Evie, and managed to get some Swannie bears just after the brewery shop had closed.

A short drive to Scara Brae to get a coffee, then North again to Birsay to walk the causeway across to Birsay Brough – we missed the Trust’s opening times, but sat for 20 minutes till they shut and walked over for free.

Day 6 – Thursday

Short drive through back street in Finstown to a car park below Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn.

Ref: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/cuween-hill-chambered-cairn/

A short crawl in on our hands and knees. Gail bumped her head on the way out.

We continued on up the hill to a large number of not-so Neolithic standing cairns, supposedly made by folk visiting just laying a new stone.

Our guided talk at The Ring of Brodgar was at 1pm so we have about an hour to kill – soup at The Standing Stones Hotel we though. We were just parked at side of Building when we were asked to move to let two tour coaches in. By the time we moved and parked we were beating to the hotel by the tourists.

We drove on and Gail had spotted an ice-cream parlour at roadside. A great find as they done great Orkney ice cans and coffee.

Onwards to the free guided talk at the ring of Brodgar. Talk was great, very informative but we had to leave just minutes before the end as we were meeting gails cousin at 2.30.

Another short drive to Birsay and we met Gails cousin David and his wife Joan for coffee at the Birsay Tea Shop. Both Jas and David’s dog Frankie got on well and we had a short walk along the north coast.

The ice crane were so good that Gail wanted soothe, so off we went again to the ice cream parlour.

Day 7 – Friday

Visit to St Magnus Cathedral, the Wireless Museum and the Orkney Museum. We met up again with David and Joan and took the dogs to the beach next to the airport.

Day 8 – Trip Home

Ferry meant to be leaving at 11.30am with last check-in at 11. We got there for 10.50 and found that the very was late in arriving. On top of this, there were 4 maybe 5 lorry storage containers that we unloaded to be hooked up with awaiting cabs.  There was also a container to be loaded.

All-in, the ferry was about an hour late in leaving.

We stopped in Aviemore at the Winking Owl for a coffee. There was snow getting dumped on the high Cairngorm Munros, with snow level about a 1/4 to 1/3 the way down.

Another stop at Pitlochry as Gail had fancied a gluten free fash supper, but there had been something dropped in the frier so the fat was contaminated. We ended up with gluten free fash fingers and chips form the Co-op to cook when we got home.

Finding Grid References for Maps

To find the OS National Grid Ref use wheresthepath, and either  use control key with mouse wheel to find your point of interest or click the Binoculars Icon to Enter a Place name, then click the finger pointing hand to give the NGR.

Another way is to use freemaptools but this system is not to accurate as uses the WGS84 co-ordinate system, whereas we should be using  OSGB36 co-ordinate system.

MagicMap is another good mapping tool with many different mapping options and overlays.



Visit to Evelyn’s to help with WiFi.

Router was not ltting phone connect/get an IP.  Disconnected the phoen from router and reconnected given the router password again. OK Now. Power cycled phone and still .

She also had a problem with logging on to OneDrive on her Kindle (Fire ??). I reset teh Onedrive password and would still not conenct, saying that the device was not connedt to WiFi /Network. AFter googling seems to be common problem on Kindle and Microsoft were to fix.  Shall leave 2-3 weeks then google again and maybe go up to Evelyns to have another go.

Also, a problem with Facebook on her Windows phone – was insatlled and opened up ,but has not updated since June this year.  App had no wasy to log here off, in fact no settings at all. May have to take a tablet and try to reset her Facebook pwrod online – note that this will cause a connection problem on her Kindle too.