Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Google Play Music – Could not identify your computer error

So by now you are probably pulling your hair over this error.  If you want to lose all your hair try talking to someone at Google support about the issue, you will lose your mind and hair!!!

Basically Google Play Music allowed you upload your music within the Chrome browser if you installed the Google Play Music app/extension to the Chrome browser.  But then starting sometime in late Nov 2018 you started getting that error.

When I contacted Google about the problem, it started in early, the support person insisted it was never possible to drag your music to the browser to upload music!  Yep I got a typical winner from Google.  After telling her multiple times it’s been working for years she finally decided to change her tune and listen.

I told her I had multiple accounts and computers and it was obvious it was the new Chrome browser.  I had a laptop that I don’t use often that had an older version of Chrome installed.  I was able to upload music with no issues on the laptop. Then I selected the function to upgrade the browser to Chrome v71 and poof, I no longer could upload music.

So the solution is to downgrade the browser to v70.  But Google does not allow you to download/install older versions.  Luckily using Google search I found a site that houses older versions of Chrome.  First you need to uninstall v71 of Chrome or the older version will not install. Make sure you leave your browsing history intact during the uninstall.  Then I installed v70.0.3538.77 from a site called The exact URL is listed below. 

I highly recommend keeping this older copy on your computer, who knows Google could shutdown that site.  Also don’t look at the current version installed, that will trigger the auto-update and install the latest BUSTED v71 which won’t play nice with Google Play Music.

Lastly the support person told me I had to provide feedback from GPM.  She alone can’t really open a ticket proving that it does not work!  She can’t even see the feedback on the forums or Google reviews on the app not working since v71.  No wonder Google takes so long to fix bugs, their entire support structure is retarded.  I know this from several whooping Pixel/Android bugs.  Google takes months if not years to fix issues. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Cricket Wireless APN settings when MMS is not working

Do you have MMS issues with Cricket Wireless?  These settings below worked for me and I tried just about every different setting on various discussion groups before this one finally solved my problem.  The issue is, reboot your phone and the problem comes back. I am using a Pixel XL running Oreo 8.1.  It's stock Android, no rooting.

I got the typical responses to stop using the built in texting app and install Textra.  I tried Textra and it did not solve the problem.  Plus Textra would not even indicate you received a MMS that it could not download, so you have no clue someone is sending you a MMS message when using Textra.  So I uninstalled it.

Anyways here is the fix that works for me.  You need to add a new APN.  Follow these steps:

Pull down the notification bar from the top of the screen
Press the gear button
Select Network & Internet
Select Mobile Network
Select Advanced
Select Access Point Names
Press the + key to add a new APN

Use these settings below and make sure you press the 3 dots in the upper right corner and select Save:
(Make sure the radio button is selecting the new APN you just setup)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Logitech C920 camera not working on Windows 10 fix

So by now you are probably done with the Logitech support folks.  As usual the manufactures don't hire anyone that has a clue. 

The C920 worked fine on Windows 7 and early releases of Windows 10.  Then Microsoft came along with the Creators update and presto no more reliable webcam.  It sometimes works, for a minute or so and then disappears.  Logitech support will have you do the usual handstands and it won't solve the problem. 

The fix is simple enough provided you have a USB 2 port.  Don't plug your C920 into a USB 3 port.  It won't work reliably with USB 3 and Windows 10.  Once I moved my C920 to a USB 2 port it's back to normal.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

LED 3D cube using 512 LED to form a 8x8x8 matrix

I built an inexpensive electronic soldering project kit from eBay.  This brought back my memories of when it was popular to build Heathkits.  This kit is a lot of fun to build and will test your soldering skills and patience levels.  One thing for sure, it's no Heathkit when it comes to the documentation.  After receiving the kit I was directed to a Google Drive link that the eBay seller had included in the packaging.  It was already a bad sign as the link was a lengthy set of numbers and letters that was photocopied one too many times and was borderline unreadable. 

I finally had to contact the seller because after entering the link countless times I could not get the documentation.  The seller got back to me within 48 hours with a working link.  Well it was not much help as the link included a bunch of out of focus photos and a video that was so poorly done it reminded me of the days of VCR like quality after a tape had been recorded on a few hundred times.

After searching up and down on Youtube, there was no video posted for this specific kit.  I decided I should have the video camera ready to document my project build.  I can't say I did a stellar job either as it was not possible to go back and film something again once I soldered a step together.  But it's better than what they provide you and hopefully some of you will find it a decent resource if you decide to build this electronic kit.

You will need a 25 watt soldering iron, pliers, cutters, electronic solder (60/40 rosin core), 3rd hand and some masking tape.  The kit provides plenty of extra LED's in case you have a few bad ones.  I would also highly recommend a volt meter with a diode check feature.  Without it you will have to risk soldering this whole project together to later find out you might have a bad LED in the matrix.  And that's no fun, as for some odd reason I had one even though I tested each one.  It took a minor miracle to de-solder that one LED out of the matrix and replace it. 

You will also need a USB power source.  I used a cheap phone charger dongle that can easily be had at your local drug store like Walgreens.  The cube pulls under 200mah at 5 volts.

Once I had the kit soldered up and fully working I went back on eBay and bought the plexi glass cover for the project.  I highly recommend this, it makes the kit look better and keeps it free of dust and someone accidentally bending the LED's.

I never did find out what that USB board does.  The cube's built in demo animation show is good enough.  It's a great conversation piece.  Anyone that comes over to you home will instantly notice it and love the coolness of it.