AirPods Not Connecting: Why Wont My AirPods Connect to Mac?

Apple products work really great with each other. Apple has complete control over both the hardware and the software which makes it all the easier to get everything to work so well. 

Apple’s AirPods connect over Bluetooth so while they are great hardware, they are still subject to the problems that most Bluetooth devices experience i.e., connectivity issues. These problems can happen with just about any device i.e. Apple or non-Apple.

Why Wont My AirPods Connect to Mac

AirPods not connecting

If you’re having trouble getting your Airpods to connect to your MacBook, you should know it’s somewhat common. Apple has gone to great lengths to make it easy to pair Airpods with a Mac but even with the easy pair button on the case, you will find that they do not show up in the list of devices that you can connect.

AirPods not connecting

How to connect AirPods to Macbook

If you’re having trouble getting your AirPods to connect to a Mac, try the fixes below.

1. Disconnect from other devices

If you own other Apple devices, and you happen to use your AirPods with them, remove them as a paired device from all other devices. 

Pressing the connect button on the case will put it in pairing mode but that isn’t enough. Unpair the AirPods from all other devices and then try to pair them to the Mac.

2. Update macOS

Not all versions of macOS are compatible or can connect with AirPods. If you’ve been holding off on updating the OS, you’re going to have to do it if you want to use AirPods.

  • If you own AirPods 1st generation, you must have macOS Sierra i.e. 10.12, or later.
  • If you own AirPods 2nd generation, you must have macOS Mojave i.e. 10.14.4, or later.

Update macOS

3. Set AirPods as audio output device

Make sure the AirPods are set as the audio output device instead of the speakers.

  1. Open System Preferences. 
  2. Go to the Sound preference.
  3. Select the Output tab.
  4. Select your AirPods.

4. Unpair and repair AirPods

If you’re AirPods are already paired to your Mac, but they’re not connecting, unpairing and repairing them should solve the problem.

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select the Bluetooth preference.
  3. Click the cross/close button next to your AirPods.
  4. Put the AirPods in their case and press the pair/connect button.
  5. On your Mac, go to the Bluetooth preference.
  6. Select the AirPods to pair and connect them.

5. Reset AirPods

Removing the AirPods from other devices will help but sometimes that’s not enough. Try resetting your AirPods.

  1. Place the AirPods in their case.
  2. Press and hold the connect/pair button.
  3. Keep holding it until the charging light blinks in red, and then flashes in white.
  4. Once the AirPods are reset, pair them again.

Conclusion for Airpods Won’t Connect to Mac

AirPods are known to run into a little connection trouble but the above fixes should resolve the problem.

AirPods offer great audio and they are above par compared to other Bluetooth headphones but like any Bluetooth device, they have problems establishing a connection at times.

It’s nothing catastrophic so run through the above fixes and your AirPods will connect.

The post AirPods Not Connecting: Why Wont My AirPods Connect to Mac? appeared first on AddictiveTips.

5 Great MSN Free Games for Casual Online Play

Windows versions released before Windows 10 used to come with games pre-installed. These games weren’t the kind of games that Windows 10 comes with i.e., third-party games no-one plays. The games were casual games to play when the internet was down like Solitare, Pinball, Minesweeper, Mahjong, etc.

MSN Free Games

Windows 10 doesn’t have nice, free, ad-free games anymore. You can install all sorts of casual games on Windows 10 but the games Microsoft had were fun and fairly decent which made them worth playing.

MSN free games

Microsoft doesn’t package games with Windows 10 but it has a website still resembling the internet of 1998 that has a reasonable catalog of free to play games. These games are simple puzzle games, word and trivia games, card games, action games, and more. It’s a fairly large catalog so here as some recommendations.

Note: many games on MSN Games were Flash-based and Flash is now dead. The games we’ve listed are those that are developed to work without/after Flash or that do not require Flash to run. You will be able to play them in any modern browser.

Windows games

If you miss the games on Window 7 (and older), you can find most of them on the MSN Games website.

1. Battleship

Battleship is simple to play; you’re given five ships to place on the board, and your opponent gets three shots, per turn, to try and sink them. Likewise, you get three shots per-turn to skin your opponent’s ships. While shooting, you only see a grid and where you aim to shoot will involve some guess-work, a little luck, and basic deduction.

The aim is to sink your opponent’s ships before all your ships have been sunk. This game is not Flash-based however, you should maximize the browser window to play it.

2. Chess

Chess, as a game, doesn’t need any explanation. The gameplay isn’t the simplest but MSN Games Chess has a ‘How to play’ guide to get you started. This is a multiplayer game so you can challenge other, real people to a game or you can play a computer. The choice is yours.

If you choose to play people, it’s a good idea to sign in to your MSN (Microsoft Live) account before you start. The game takes a while to load but it’s light and responsive once you get started.

3. Sudoku

Sudoku is one for people who love numbers. Think of it like a crossword puzzle but with numbers. The objective is simple; fill a row on a 9×9 grid with numbers from 1-9 without any number repeating in any row or column. You can play an easier game where more numbers are pre-filled or a hard game where you have to fill in more numbers.

4. Microsoft Crosswords

Microsoft Crosswords are, as the name makes it obvious, crossword puzzles. The game spans across a map where you have to complete a game to progress to the next one. 

The game again takes a little time to load but it offers great gameplay allowing users to use the keyboard to navigate the game easily.

5. Spot the difference

Spot the difference is a game for a much younger audience. You have to find numbers in an image and they’re fairly easy to find for an adult. If you’re looking for something for a child that mixes learning and fun, this game is worth checking out.

MSN Free Online Games: Conclusion

MSN Games is a website that’s stuck in the past but it still has a few great games that are worth playing. You will find a lot of variations on Solitaire, Freecell, and Mahjong and you’ll even find games like Gardenscapes and Bejewelled. If you’re nostalgic for a fun, casual game, check the entire catalog out.

 

The post 5 Great MSN Free Games for Casual Online Play appeared first on AddictiveTips.

Windows Live Mail Download: How to Install Windows Live Mail (Windows 10)

Email has been around for years and over those years, the number of popular email services hasn’t changed much. Gmail is easily the most popular service at present and there are lots of smaller email services that exist to fill a certain niche.

Unlike email services, email clients tend to come and go fairly often. Some fade into obscurity, some become obsolete, some are rebranded, while others are discontinued in favor of other apps.

Microsoft is fairly notorious for discontinuing some of its more loved/successful apps in favor of new, less stable ones. Lots of its discontinued apps are still loved and sought by users. Windows Live Mail is one such example.

Windows Live Mail download

How to Get the Windows Live Mail Download

Windows Live Mail was a part of Windows Live Essentials. It included incredible apps like the Movie Maker and the Live Writer which was, hands down, one of the most popular desktop publishing apps at one point. 

Windows Live Essentials was available for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. While the apps in it are no longer actively developed, you can still install the Windows Live Mail app.

  1. Download Windows Live Essentials from Archive.org. You can download via torrent or your browser.
  2. Run the file to install the app.
  3. Select the ‘Select programs to install’ option.
  4. Uncheck all apps you do not want to install. Make sure Mail is checked.
  5. Click Install.

windows live mail

  1. Open Windows Live Mail.
  2. Configure an email account to start using it.

Limitations

Windows Live Mail was essentially meant to work with Microsoft’s email service i.e., a Live or Outlook account. Since the app is no longer being developed, and Outlook continues to be actively developed, the two can no longer work together. 

If you like the Windows Live Mail app simply as an email client though, you can use it to configure other email services e.g., a Gmail account and it will work just fine.

Other email services will have to be set up as IMAP and/or POP accounts. Most email services support this and it shouldn’t be a problem connecting them however, Windows Live Mail may need some help getting the correct server address and port numbers.

Conclusion

Windows Live Mail is dead and there is no resurrecting it. Microsoft has a free email client on Windows 10 and it has Outlook. Between the two, there isn’t space for Windows Live Mail to continue to exist. We should point out that while Windows Live Mail is great, using an outdated email client may not be the best, most secure way to manage email.

The post Windows Live Mail Download: How to Install Windows Live Mail (Windows 10) appeared first on AddictiveTips.

DNS Server Not Responding: How to Fix DNS Not Responding on Windows 10

Every device that connects to the internet, sends a request to a DNS server that redirects the request to the correct website. A slow DNS server means a web address takes longer to resolve, and while the delay may only be for a few seconds, you’ll notice it.

A slow DNS is one problem but if the DNS server is not responding, you’re basically unable to access anything. It’s not quite the same as having no internet connection. In fact, your internet may be working but the DNS may be preventing you from accessing any website.

DNS Server Not Responding

Problems with the DNS server usually prevent you from accessing some or all websites. The error message that you see will depend on which browser you’re using and even with the same browser, you may see different error messages. Fixing the DNS server problem may be something you can do on your end or it might be a problem your ISP is having. 

DNS server is not responding

How to fix the DNS server is not responding error?

Before you try to fix the problem, run through the following basic checks.

  • Restart your router.
  • Restart your system.
  • Forget and reconnect your WiFi network.
  • Try using a different browser.
  • Try accessing the internet from a different device. If it doesn’t work, the problem may be with your ISP.
  • Turn your VPN off if you’re using one.

If the above doesn’t work try the fixes below.

1. Switch to Google DNS

A DNS server may go down. It’s a service and like any service, it can run into problems. Often, the easiest fix is to switch over to Google’s DNS server which is free to use.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Network and Internet.
  3. Select Network and sharing center.
  4. Click your WiFi network.
  5. Click Properties under the Activity section.
  6. Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  7. Enable the ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’ option.
  8. In Preferred DNS server, enter 8.8.8.8.
  9. In Alternate DNS server, enter 8.8.4.4.
  10. Click OK, and close all windows.
  11. Try to access a website.

2. Run the internet troubleshooter

Windows 10 has its own internet troubleshooter that may be able to fix problems with the DNS. It won’ change the DNS server that you connect to but it may be able to resolve problems with the server setting.

  1. Open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
  2. Go to Update and security.
  3. Select the Troubleshoot tab.
  4. Click Additional troubleshooter.
  5. Run the Internet Connections troubleshooter.
  6. Apply all fixes that it recommends.

3. Flush DNS and renew IP

If the Windows 10 troubleshooter can’t fix problems with the DNS server, you can try manually flushing the DNS and renewing your IP.

  1. Open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  2. Run the following commands one-by-one. They will flush the DNS and renew your IP address.
netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /renew
  1. Restart your system.

4. Manually configure network

Internet connections tend to configure automatically once you enter the password but a great deal is set up under the hood. It may help resolve DNS problems if you manually configure a network. 

  1. Open Command Prompt.
  2. Run this command: ipconfig /all.
  3. Look for Physical Address but make sure it’s for the network you’re connecting to e.g., note down the physical address for Wireless LAN if you’re using a wireless network.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Enter this in the location bar: Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center and tap Enter.
  3. Click your connection.
  4. Click Properties under Activity.
  5. Click the Configure button.
  6. Go to the Advanced tab.
  7. Look for MAC Address or Network address.
  8. Enter the Physical address that you noted earlier and click OK.

5. Update router firmware

Your router’s firmware may need to be updated. Normally, your ISP should be able to push a firmware update to the router during routine maintenance but you can manually update it yourself. It may resolve problems with the DNS.

In order to update the router firmware, you need to access the router’s admin panel. You can access it from your router.

  1. Open Command Prompt.
  2. Run this command: ipconfig.
  3. Note down the Default gateway address.
  4. Open your browser.
  5. Enter the Default gateway address and tap Enter.
  6. Sign in with the admin username and password.
  7. Look for the firmware update option and install updates that are available.

Note: the admin panel for each ISP and router differs so you’ll have to look around.

6. Change DNS in router

The router also has a DNS setting and it may be overwriting your system’s DNS server setting. Access your router’s admin and change the DNS to Google’s DNS or allow the router to default to your computer’s DNS if there’s an option for it. To change the DNS on the router, follow these steps.

  1. Open Command Prompt.
  2. Run this command: ipconfig.
  3. Note down the Default gateway address.
  4. Open your browser and enter the Default gateway address and tap Enter.
  5. Sign in to the router’s admin panel and look for DNS settings.
  6. Use Google’s DNS server.
8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
  1. Restart the router, and your system.

7. Run Windows 10 in safe mode

It’s possible that an app on your system is blocking the DNS server or your internet. To determine this, you should run Windows 10 in Safe mode.

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Click the power button.
  3. Hold down the Shift button and click Restart.
  4. On the boot screen, go to Troubleshoot>Advanced Options>Startup settings.
  5. Click Restart.
  6. Select the Safe mode (with networking) option.
  7. Try accessing the internet.

8. Disable third-party apps

If you’re able to access the internet in Safe mode, a third-party may be blocking the DNS or the internet. 

  1. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. Go to the Startup tab.
  3. Disable all apps.
  4. Restart the system.
  5. Access the internet.
  6. If you’re able to access the internet, a third-party app is likely responsible.
  7. Enable apps one-by-one to see which one is causing the problem.

9. Disable virtual adapter

Windows 10 creates a virtual adapter by default and normally, when there isn’t an app to use it, it won’t interfere with a network connection. That said, it can cause problems and disabling it may help.

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Go to View>Show hidden devices.
  3. Expand Network adapters.
  4. Look for Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter.
  5. Right-click it and select Uninstall device.
  6. Repeat this for all virtual adapter devices.
  7. Restart the system.

10. Disable Ethernet, Bluetooth, Hotspot

Windows 10 can connect to a Wireless network and an Ethernet, Bluetooth, and Hotspot but they can interfere with an internet connection. 

  1. Open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
  2. Go to Devices>Bluetooth.
  3. Turn Bluetooth off from the switch.
  4. Tap the Win+A keyboard shortcut.
  5. Turn the hotspot off from the toggle.
  6. Disconnect or unplug the Ethernet cable.
  7. Restart the system.

Conclusion

If the above fixes don’t work, you should contact your ISP, especially if the issue is present on other devices. They may be able to resolve the problem or let you know if their service is having problems. In that case, you will have to wait for them to resolve it on their end.

The post DNS Server Not Responding: How to Fix DNS Not Responding on Windows 10 appeared first on AddictiveTips.

FRAPS Download for Windows 10 (Full Review 2021)

When it comes to recording your screen on Windows 10, the number one software that everyone will suggest is OBS (Open Broadcaster Studio). It is a great app; it can record and stream, you can use it to set up scenes, and it can record the desktop, a particular window, multiple windows, and even a webcam feed.

One major reason OBS is always suggested is that it’s free. The app is free but it can run into odd problems and if you want something more intuitive and simpler to set up and use, you will likely look for other options.

FRAPS for Windows 10

FRAPS is a popular screen recording tool for Windows. The app claims to support Windows XP, 2003, Vista and Windows 7. There’s no mention of either Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10 which may lead some to think the tool won’t work on a Windows 10 system.

FRAPS on Windows 10

FRAPS works on Windows 10. It has a free version, and a licensed version that costs $37. The free version of the app comes with considerable limitations which means it’s only good for a test run of the app. If you plan on using it long term, you will need to buy a license.

The free version of FRAPS will,

  • Record video with a watermark. The watermark is small and placed at the top and somewhat negligible. 
  • Limit video recordings to 30 seconds.
  • Screenshots can only be saved in the BMP format.

Why use FRAPS?

While FRAPS is a paid app, it does have its benefits.

  • The app supports older CPUs, e.g. a Pentium 4 which means no matter how old the hardware on your system is, you will be able to use this app to take screenshots and record screencasts.
  • You can use the app on older versions of Windows 10, even those that are no longer supported outside of security updates.
  • You can control the FPS of a recording.
  • Sound can be included in the recording.
  • The mouse cursor can be shown or hidden per your own preferences.
  • You can add an FPS counter to the recording.
  • You can lock the framerate of a recording so that it doesn’t fall below a particular threshold. 
  • For longer videos, the app can automatically split files into smaller chunks of 4GB.
  • FRAPS offers a very clean recording interface. You will not see any overlays or other indicators of a recording app on the screen.
  • FRAPS will automatically save a video or screenshot with the name of the app it was recorded/taken in, with the date and time added to the file name.

Limitations

  • One major limitation that FRAPS has, regardless if you buy it or not, is that it can only record apps on Windows 10 and not the desktop itself.
  • It doesn’t seem to play nice with UWP or Microsoft Store apps. Check if it can record the app you want to record before you purchase a license.
  • The app is generally geared towards games and not other app types.

Record with FRAPS on Windows 10

In order to use FRAPS to record an app you need to do the following.

1. Change default media player

If the Movies & TV app is set as the default media player, FRAPS will not record your screen.

  1. Open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
  2. Go to Apps>Default apps.
  3. Select Media player and select either Windows Media Player or another non-UWP app like VLC player that’s installed on the system.

2. Enable Windows 7/8 compatibility

FRAPS should work fine with Windows 10 but it is generally a good idea to enable compatibility mode for the app.

  1. Download and Install FRAPS.
  2. Right-click the app’s EXE or shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Enable the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” option.
  5. Select either Windows 7 or Windows 8. 
  6. Click Apply.

3. Start recording with FRAPS

  1. Run FRAPS with admin rights.
  2. Open the app you want to record.
  3. Tap the F9 key to start recording a video or tap F10 when you need to take a screenshot.
  4. Tap F9 to end a recording.

FRAPS – FPS counter and benchmark

FRAPS is a screen recording and screenshot tool but it can also display the current FPS for an app/game. This is a small but fairly useful feature. You can toggle the FPS counter with the F11 key.

Conclusion

FRAPS has not been updated in quite some time. The UI is rather outdated but it’s an old and loved app. It offers a clean recording interface that’s easy to manage. It won’t work as a stand-in tool for streaming but for good quality video recordings, or for taking screenshots, it’s not bad.

The post FRAPS Download for Windows 10 (Full Review 2021) appeared first on AddictiveTips.