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Where are the 5GHz media stream­ers?

I cur­rently use the WD TV Live, what is frus­trat­ing with this prod­uct is that it op­er­ates at the 2.4 GHz band and doesn’t recog­nise the 5Ghz band, which is e ec­tively ig­nor­ing the ad­van­tages of routers such as the ASUS RT-AC87U.

Is there a stream­ing de­vice that TechLife could rec­om­mend as an al­ter­na­tive that takes ad­van­tage of the 5GHz band for use peo­ple at­tempt­ing to stream HD.

GREG JOHN­SON

Ed replies: In Aus­tralia, there don’t seem to be any play­ers that are both as pol­ished and friendly as the WD TV Live and that also sup­port 5GHz Wi-Fi. If you’re will­ing to take a slight leap, we’d sug­gest jump­ing on Ama­zon and buy­ing a Roku 2 or Roku 3, which start at US$70 do sup­port 5GHz. e caveat is that they come with US power adapters, so you’ll need an adapter plug to use them. And be­ing from the States, they won’t hook into any lo­cal Aussie stream­ing ser­vices, ob­vi­ously.

Win­dows 10 driver woes

I have a desk­top with a Nvidia 250GT graph­ics card which doesn’t work with the latest driver. I re­cently up­graded to Win­dows 10. A er up­grad­ing Win­dows au­to­mat­i­cally tried to up­grade the dis­play driver re­sult­ing in the com­puter crash­ing. It could only be restarted in Safe mode. A er rolling back the driver and restart­ing, the driver is again au­to­mat­i­cally up­dated and the com­puter crashes.

I have tried us­ing the Win­dows 10 down­load­able tool that can block up­dates and driv­ers to hide the driver up­date but the driver still ap­pears in the list of up­dates and tries to in­stall it­self. I have also set ‘De­vice In­stal­la­tion Set­tings’ to ‘Never in­stall driver so ware from Win­dows Up­date’. e only way to pre­vent this driver up­date is to set up­date to ‘No­tify Sched­ule Restart’. But by do­ing this no up­dates are in­stalled.

Is there any way I can pre­vent Win­dows try­ing to up­date this driver?

CARL FRAN­CIS

Ed replies: It sounds like you’ve tried ev­ery method avail­able through Win­dows Carl (bar­ring turn­ing o Win­dows Up­date com­pletely, which we wouldn’t rec­om­mend), but we’ve no­ticed that Nvidia seems to o er two Win­dows 10 driv­ers for your graph­ics card (as in the screen­shot be­low), one slightly older which may work if the latest doesn’t. It could be time to seek the wis­dom of the crowd on this one too: have any other TechLife read­ers ex­pe­ri­enced and over­come sim­i­lar driver prob­lems in Win­dows 10?

“I CUR­RENTLY USE THE WD TV LIVE, WHAT IS FRUS­TRAT­ING WITH THIS PROD­UCT IS THAT IT OP­ER­ATES AT THE 2.4 GHZ BAND AND DOESN’T RECOG­NISE THE 5GHZ BAND”

The lat­est Roku me­dia play­ers sup­port GHz Wi-Fi, but aren’t com­monly avail­able in Aus­tralia.

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