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Hi everyone (PC specs in sig)
So I received the prompt to upgrade my version of Windows to version 1803. Lo and behold, it failed to install. I am currently on version 17127.1 (rs4_release). I've narrowed it down to the Realtek driver being incompatible with both 17127 and 1803. I've tried downloading the latest Realtek driver (https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=220.127.116.1109) but I continue to get the green screen. The driver from Asus is also almost 2 years out of date.
The actual error code that is spat out is: SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION (rtkvhd64.sys).
I won't be replying for some time due to it being almost 7.30am in Australia. I've been up all night trying to solve this issue. I'm hoping my fellow Neowiners will be able to help me out.
So last night i switched off my computer and when i turned it on in the morning my headphones had a lot of static, i tried them in my brothers pc and they worked perfectly, i noticed a few things, i can hear fine if i turn my defualt device to USB PnP sound device, bt with that i cant hear the position of people in my games, i need realtek , i also noticed when that when i select my headphones as Front speaker out in realtek hd audio manager i can hear faint sound but mostly static, ive even tried my bros headphones, they do the same thing except with much less static, its worth noting that i have windows 10 64-bit vs 1709, i5 2400 3.1ghz, MSI H61M-P31/w8 mother board. Plz help me with suggestions as to what i should do next.
Arch Linux host cites freedom of speech defense, after using offensive domain name
by Dreyer Smit
Arch Linux, one of the many open-source distributions based on the free kernel, has been embroiled in controversy after one of the hosts, known as 'Alucard', used an offensive mirror address for one of the packages available to fellow users. However, after this came to light when another user complained, the host responded by saying that his 'freedom of speech' was being suppressed by the complainant.
The domain name 'loli.forsale' prompted a user by the name Florian to complain that a friend was extremely offended by the address, and asked that it be changed immediately. Loli is a term that describes under-aged girls in Hentai, according to Urban Dictionary, which paired with 'for sale' is objectively offensive.
Even though this was changed, he went on to defend this choice by referring to his 'freedom of speech', likening the complaint of the offensive content to oppression. Beyond that, he discussed the time and effort he put into the Arch Linux project. However, this was immaterial to the domain name in question. The defendant had to allegedly obtain professional assistance in his lengthy response due to a disability. His question read as follows:
According to a user on Reddit by the name of 'fameistheproduct', this isn't the first time something in the community has offended some users. At one point, the system automatically generated license codes that could be regarded as offensive by some. The offending content has since been removed by the organization.
Source: Reddit | Image via Faster Land
New Surface Studio update brings "Hey Cortana" Wake on Voice support from Modern Standby
by Andy Weir
Microsoft has released a new update for the Surface Studio, three months after its last updates arrived. Like the updates that it rolled out for the Surface Book and Pro 4 earlier this month, this latest addition for its desktop PC is only being made available to Surface Studios that have been upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update, which Microsoft released last week.
Microsoft isn't upgrading the Surface Studio with new firmware, though. Instead, the latest update only includes a new "Realtek High Definition Audio(SST)" driver - version 18.104.22.16861, which "enables Wake On Voice from Modern Standby".
The company detailed its plans to support that feature at its WinHEC conference in December, although it was originally demonstrated by Intel in 2015. It will allow users to 'wake' their PC from a screen-off, low-power, standby state, simply by saying "Hey Cortana", much like on the Xbox One.
This was possible - to an extent - in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but effectively required PCs to be fully powered-up, with only the screen in a 'sleep' mode; in fact, Microsoft's own documentation acknowledged that the Anniversary Update "provides a checkbox to entice users to prevent automatic system sleep, such that 'Hey Cortana' can listen even when the screen is off." The Creators Update introduces 'true' Wake on Voice support for the entire PC from a Modern Standby state (also known as 'S0ix' - you can learn more in this PowerPoint deck from Microsoft), and the new Realtek audio driver is needed to enable it on the Surface Studio.
That functionality will no doubt be welcomed by the lucky few who have purchased a Surface Studio. So far, it's only been available in the US, but it's launching today in three new markets.
Source: Surface Studio Update History (Microsoft) via MSPoweruser
Researchers show how hackers can use headphones as microphones to spy on you
by Justin Luna
Headphones have always done what we expect them to do-- play tunes and sounds, practically blocking out the noise of the outside world. While we know that they give a one-sided listening experience, researchers might have found a loophole that opens the possibility of a third-party entity listening in on us instead.
Researchers over at the Ben Gurion University in Israel have created a piece of code concept they dub as 'Speake(a)r'. It was designed to demonstrate how hackers could find a way to hijack a computer to record audio, even if the device's microphones have already been disabled.
This technique re-purposes the speakers in earbuds and headphones into microphones, capturing vibrations in the air and converting them into electromagnetic signals. This will then enable the hackers to quietly capture audio without the knowledge of the owner.
“People don’t think about this privacy vulnerability,” says Mordechai Guri, the research lead of Ben Gurion’s Cyber Security Research Labs. “Even if you remove your computer’s microphone, if you use headphones you can be recorded.”
This trick apparently isn't new anymore, with YouTube videos demonstrating how to exactly make this possible. However, unlike the ones in the video-streaming website, the Gurion researchers exploited a little-known feature of Realtek audio codec chips, which reverses the computer's output channel as an input channel.
With many Realtek audio chips out there, the hack can practically be done on any computer, whether you are running Windows, or macOS. “This is the real vulnerability”, says Guri. “It’s what makes almost every computer today vulnerable to this type of attack.”
Guri states that there is no simple software patch to stop the possible eavesdropping attack. Given the Realtek codec chip is a feature in itself and not a bug, the problem reportedly can only be solved by replacing and redesigning the audio chip in future computers.
While this type of attack is indeed alarming, hacks like Speake(a)r are not generally something to be highly worried about, especially for those who don't really mess around with computer systems. It is currently only a proof-of-concept, and most likely won't become a mainstream thing when it comes to hacking anytime soon. Still, in today's era of cybersecurity, it always pays to give extra care to what we do with our computers, in order to keep ourselves safe from criminals.
Source: WIRED via The Next Web