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My Flex is back in operation after  being borked by the Windows 10 Anniverary update. Whatever dislike I have of Windows 10, it does not translate to FlexRadio systems service.  Every time I have needed them - even though it hasn't been all that often, I've been taken care of extremely quickly. 

The cure was fairly simple, just the elimination of  SmartSDR, DAX and CAT - then reinstall. 

The problem wasn't anything related to ghosted com ports. I'll write this off to the typical W10 update borkification. I'm checking out fldigi and it's all good now.

Thanks to Dudley, Tim, Gerald and Steve for their superlative support. 
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Larry - WA7LZO

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I have been extremely satisfied with W10 Anniversary. For instance, I had the dreaded unstable USB ports with my Microsoft dock with my SurfacePRO 4 for use with my Bose Companion 5 PC speakers. Loaded up W10A, and all is now 100% well with Bose C 5's, and all other programs, including running 6700. Not a single glitch! Beautiful!


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I suspect it's only a matter of time,  Larry. If you check my history, my problems have been pretty minimal, like fonting. That level stuff. Mostly I postedabout trying to understand why others were hit, while I wasn't. And my time just ran out it would seem. I can't make that claim any more.  Regardless, it wasn't too hard to fix - just life with Microsoft, where we expect borking as part of life.
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It may be that some users (certainly not all) have perhaps upgraded to W10 from W7, and things of this ilk. My experience with The Red Head has always been that if you want to avoid Windoz software woes, you ought to buy a PC factory loaded with the latest Windoz, and not do massive OS uplift deltas. Time to throw that older PC into the dumpster, in cases such as a W7 to W10 major uplift. Heck, even great PC's are now extremely cheap, not costing much more than a very nice dinner for 2, with drinks, at a great steak house in NYC. Replace that PC every 18 months, and stay ahead of, or at least stay reasonably abreast of,  the dreaded technology power curve. Trust me, you will eventually have "issues" with a PC that has undergone such a major OS uplift. It's absolutely a ticking time bomb, laying in wait deep in the weeds. And, based on Murphy's Law, it will strike like a deadly snake, and definitley at the very worst moment! Alternatively, if you have a PC that was purchased with W10 loaded, and now you simply uplift it to W10A, there's a good chance there will be little, or even no, issues.


Or, here's a lot better idea: Use a bulletproof late model  iOS device, like a nice iPad Pro 12.9 or 9.7 incher. And, No, I don't work for Apple! As soon as they come out with Flex support for full-blown OS, then you'll be in like Flint with a new 27 inch retina display iMac! IMHO, their screens are just so beautiful , and the iPad Pro has both WiFi and 4G LTE built in, meaning you're Truly Good to Go, as soon as Flex launches WAN! And, either of these iPad Pro's will mount very nicely in your new Tesla Model 3 (early 2018 Model 3 delivery should jive quite nicely with Flex WAN launch, I'm hoping, with fingers crossed!), with both screens (Tesla and iPad) oriented landscape wise, giving you tons of free leg and elbow room. Augment this fun mantoy package with an appropriate jerk-and-run mount for that iPad, so you can park (right after leaving that slow-as-molasses Dodge Charger Hemi in the dust), as you switch Off Ludicrous, and you dash quickly into Starbucks, and be all set as soon as you hit that huge line, just waiting to give your hard earned stock option cash to Chuckie boy! Some folks are already doing this with VPN and iOS, but let's face it, the real solution is an iPad Pro 3 equipped w/ WAN and 4G LTE. Who wants the mess of cables and headaches associated with VPN?


JM2C, IMHO, and YMMV!

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This is Amateur Radio? I'd rather get a root-canal ... 
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Michael Coslo

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For some,  there are legacy radios, perhaps a Kenwood TS-830.

For me, I came into Amateur Radio via computers, so having a couple 27 inch monitors is FB as FB can be. Fortunately there are many paths to enjoyent in the avocation.
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As a Happy Imac user, I can testify that bulletproof is the word. Having used them since the day's of the Toaster Mac, I only recall one update that made things a little squirrelly - but everything still worked -  and was corrected almost immediately. And that's pretty hazy as to when. Having used Windows and before that MS-DOS, when we got to the point of internet updates, Post-Patch Wednesday was always a busy day. Even when vetted and postponed, I got a lot of calls the morning after updates were pushed out. 

That's the main reason why I always beg for direct Flex support of OS X or Lin-Unix. Reliability. Windows is simply not a reliable platform when you need high uptime.  

I''d happily pay for that, just as I paid for DogPark.