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Friday, November 7, 2008

HP LaserJet beta software

Got some drivers for LaserJet 1018, 1020, 1022, which is a pain to install in Vista.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

PHP, mySQL, Apache

Install links:

Default root is: C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\htdocs

Add these lines to httpd.conf to access PHP:
# For PHP 5 do something like this:
LoadModule php5_module "c:/program files/php/php5apache2_2.dll"
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

# configure the path to php.ini
PHPIniDir "C:/program files/php"

mySQL testing:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Server Execution Failed in Windows Vista

Special thanks to Todd9774, this fixed the server execution failed problem and my cannot remote into my desktop issue.

Hi everyone. I have had this issue resolved for about 2 weeks now, but I have been too busy to post.

I have Vista Ultimate on my laptop, and I had the red X over the network icon, and the "Server Excecution Failed" message. It appeared that all automatic services running off of the "Local Service" account were not starting at boot. The fix, from Microsoft, is below.

1. Back up the registry.

2.Download and install SubinACL from

3.As an administrator, run the following commands from a command prompt (switch to the install directory for SubinACL first. Default is "C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools\" for 32-bit, and "C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Resource Kits\Tools\" for 64 bit):

subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f

subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f

subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f

The first two commands can take considerable time to complete, however each command can be run in a separate window to save time.

3. After completing all four of the above commands you have to reapply the default security template by running the following command:
secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose

4. Reboot.

It appears, at least for me, that several permissions were reset in the registry. I am a very advanced user, but to be honest, I am not sure how this happened. All I know is I am fixed, and that the issue happened after reboot of the October Microsoft patches. Also, be aware, that all of your permissions on the registry are going to be adjusted.

Hope this helps.

- T.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

D-Link DI-624 Wireless Connection No IP Issue

Day one, I was able to connect to the router wirelessly. Two days later, my computer will connect but will never get the IP address. This seems to be a problem with all wireless connections (DWL-G520 and DWL-G650), wired connections will continue to work regardless. Unplugging the router, and plugging it back in, fixed the wireless problem. But you'll end up back to Day one.

Set a static ip address for each wireless MAC address on the router.
Set the static ip address on the wireless computer.

Problem 2:
Will now get a static ip address and can connect, but a few days later, cannot connect period.

Solution: (weak signal)
Change channel, eg 11.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Installing Windows XP via an USB CDROM and a floppy

This procedure will not work when IE7 is integrated into the CD, because this causes files with long names, *.dll.mui to exist in the i386 folder, and winnt.exe will complain of missing *.dll.mui files. You can still integrate SP3 and WMP11 without any problems.

1) Create an USB CDROM supported bootable floppy (rawrite2 -> dosboot.img):

2) Download and run boot98sc.exe to create a floppy with smartdrv.exe and himem.sys on it.

3) Copy the contents of the boot98sc.exe floppy to a folder on the desktop.

4) Follow the instructions on this page to add smartdrv.exe and himem.sys to the floppy, this will help speed up the whole process. You can grab smartdrv.exe and himem.sys from the folder on your desktop.

5) Copy fdisk.exe and to the floppy if you want to quickly wipe your hard drive. Then create a primary DOS partition, and make sure you "format C:" afterwards.

6) Reboot.

7) At the prompt, run "xcopy32 R:\i386 C:\i386 /e", press D for directory

8) Reboot.

9) Disconnect the USB CDROM drive. CD I386 folder (C:\I386) then type winnt.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Remote Desktop in Vista Home Premium

1) Disable UAC
2) Download and extract,
3) Run as Administrator, or better yet, login as Administrator then run the bat.
4) Make sure termsrv.dll is 438KB.
5) Make sure Terminal Services is set to Automatic.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Making a bootable USB drive

Basically forcing a USB drive to act like a hard drive.

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To enable the ForceFormReload registry key functionality, follow these steps:

Start Registry Editor.
Click the following key in the registry:
On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value
Value : ForceFormReload
Data Value : Reg_Dword
Value Data : 1
Quit registry

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Find the exact URL of a downloaded file

I used Firefox 3, I'm not sure if this trick works with Firefox 2.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Went through the following to remove it.
Deleted the following from C:\

Deleted from C:\Windows\System32,

Removed from registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"kava" = "%System%\kavo.exe"

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Create a file of a certain size in Windows XP

fsutil file createnew

For example,

fsutil file createnew d:\temp\1mbfile.txt 1000000

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Setting up an IP address using arp

arp -s XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Auto mount NTFS drives in Ubuntu

1) Install NTFS Configuration Tool
sudo apt-get install ntfs-config
2) Use it and mount the drives you want
3) Restart to test

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Bizarre eMachine m2350 laptop Windows XP SP2 registry problem

For some reason after installing Windows XP SP2 into an eMachine m2350, the laptop suddenly won't boot into windows, and will display a 1 ms BSOD, that looks like this (if you can catch it). How to fix it? According to "system7", you need to delete the registry key, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentSet001

What do you need?
1) A Bart PE CD
2) An eMachine m2350 (duh)

Making a Bart PE CD (reference:
1) Download and install Bart's PE Builder (self-installing package),
2) Insert a XP CD into your CD-ROM drive, cancel and close whatever that pops up.
3) Run Bart BE Builder
4) Set the "Source" to whatever drive your XP CD is in, and set the "Create ISO image" to your desktop.

5) Burn the ISO to a CD-R or CD-RW (your choice).

Registry Fixing (reference:
1) Boot the resulting Bart PE CD on the laptop.
2) Click "Go".
3) Run "registry".
4) Click "HKEY_USERS".
5) File -> Load Hive.
6) Go to C:\Windows\System32\Config\ (I had to type this in)
7) Open "SYSTEM".
8) It asks for a name, type "asd".
9) Go to "asd\CurrentSet001\Enum\Root" and delete SYSPREP_TEMPORARY, do the same for "asd\CurrentSet002\Enum\Root".
10) Click "asd", and go File -> Unload Hive, then reboot.

Friday, February 15, 2008


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Restore compress file association