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When my system boots up, there are error messages that scroll by too fast to read. I have used the pause key, but I'm never "lucky" enough to pause on the error screen. How do I stop the scrolling and go forward 1 page at a time so I can read the message?

It is frustrating, isn't it? And to add insult to injury, there are even times where there just isn't a way to pause or page the messages that are scrolling by.

So what to do?

I did stumble upon one trick that's pretty cool ... but it requires a little hardware, that you might already have.

Do you have a video camera? Or a digital camera that can take short video clips? That's all the hardware you need.

"Take a video of the error message..."

Take a video of the error message as it appears and disappears. It's that simple. Then, play it back, and you step through the frames slowly, examining the messages that otherwise flash by too quickly.

To give credit where credit is due, I read this tip on The Langa List, another good newsletter for technical tips and information.

Article C2487 - December 12, 2005 « »

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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December 14, 2005 6:06 AM

why does it logg off so many bloody times w.b

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