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How do I read a message that flies by too quickly on my screen?

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.

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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.

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