Monday, November 8, 2010

Add Quick Launch Tool Bar

Issue: Quick Launch tool bar is not on by default in windows 7

Quick:  right click add tool bar and past in %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Visual: Learning:

Link to details

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Realtek audio driver fails to load

Issue: Install Realtek HD Audio Driver failure !!
Quick: disable and uninstall UAA bus driver first

Start menu
Right Click "My Computer"
Select Properties
Device manager button
You should see the realtek device with an exclamation point (!) next to it
Right Click and select disable
In the same page under System Devices right click and disable "Microsoft UAA bus driver"
now right click and uninstall UAA bus driver
Now right click "sound video and game controllers"  and select "scan for hardware changes"
It should find the sound device and let you install the driver.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Snap Server is not accessible error

Issue:  Suddenly started getting message that our snap server 4400  "is not accessible.  you might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.  The user name could not be found.  Reboot fixes it but it comes back again.  Getting internal fault in PID errors in the log file of the snap server.

Windows 7 machine on the network seems to be the source of the problem.  As soon as the windows 7 machine tries to get to the snap server it kills it for everybody.

Found work around on this page.
Procedure below fixed it for me:
4. Adjust the security setting on the Windows 7 computer:

1) Click the Start Button, type "gpedit.msc" (without quotation marks) and click OK.
2) In the "Group Policy" window, double click on "Windows Settings" under "Computer Configuration".
3) Double click on "Security Settings"-> "Local Policies"-> "Security Options"
4) In the right panel, double click on the "Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level", please select "Send LM & NTLM Responses".
5) Click Apply and OK.

5. Adjust sharing settings:
1) Go to “Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings”.
2) Under “File sharing connections”, select “Enable File Sharing for Devices that Use 40 or 56-bit encryption”.
Did see the option and did not need to do these steps below for it to work for me.
3) Under “Password protected sharing”, select “Turn off password protected sharing”.

4) Save the changes above.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Virtual CD for CD-less computers

Issue: I recently bought a little mini computer for the kids that comes without a CD drive.  Kids need to run some programs that are CD based.

Quick: Download Free Virtual CD software and run from ISO images

Visual/ Learning: has a free tool for creating a virtual software based CD drive. 
Download and install the software on the CD-less computer.

Create a ISO image of your CD on another computer that has a CD drive.
I use Nero but you can use any burning software that support creation of ISO files.
I created a share on my computer with the CD rom drive so that I can copy over the network to my other computer.
Connect to the share from the CD-less computer
Copy the ISO file over to the CD-less computer hard disk (wherever is convenient)
Right click the system tray icon for the virtual CD manager
Select Virtual CD/DVD-ROM from the menu
Point it to the ISO file you created for your CD.
You can not access the CD drive and it looks just like you have your CD loaded in a physical CD drive.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Perl - Debugging Scripts

Issue: Using perl script and you need help finding a problem.

Quick: Use the built in debugger tools

perl -w scriptName    This will give you warnings about the script if there are any.
perl -d scriptName     Will put you in debug mode
w                               Lists code.  another w lists the next lines of code and so on
.                                 Resets code listing to current execution point
s                                Steps through code
n                               Steps through code and treats subroutines as a single step
p $variableName      Prints value of the variable
x %data                   Prints array data
x \%data                  Prints better looking array contents
b 20                         Set breakpoint at 20
L                           List all break points
d or D                      Deletes breakpoints
c                              Continues to break point
c 12                        Continues to line 12

Some links to debugger tutorials
Short Tutorial
Longer Tutorial

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Regular Expressions Searching

Issue: a "Regular Expression" is a way of building complex searches but they are also confusing to use.  Below are some search expressions that I have found useful.  And links to some tutorials.


/btarget/b  - will find the whole word target in a text string (works with start/end line, spaces, special char
 examples -- target @target -target-

(^| +)target( +$) - will find target at start/end of line or with spaces before/after. Will not match special characters.
example --    target

Here is a tutorial on regular expression searches

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Moved Outlook Cached Names (Autocomplete list) To Another Computer

Issue:   You get a new computer (or Outlook Profile) and now Outlook no longer auto completes the frequently used names that you type into the To field.

Quick: go to drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook copy profile name.nk2

Link to Microsoft Tip
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On the computer with the saved AutoComplete names, go to drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.

Note Depending on your file settings, this folder might be hidden. To view the files in this folder, do one of the following:

Microsoft Windows XP
Click Start, and then click My Computer.
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
Click the View tab, and then, under Advanced settings, under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders.

Microsoft Windows 2000
Double-click My Computer on your desktop.
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
Click the View tab, and then click Show hidden files and folders.
Right-click profile name.nk2, and then click Copy.

Tip You can copy the file to removable media, such as a floppy disk or a CD, and then copy the file to the correct location on the other computer. Or you can attach the file to an e-mail message and send the message to yourself. On the new computer, open the attachment in Outlook, and then save it to the correct location.

On the computer where you want to populate the AutoComplete feature, copy the file to drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.

If the Outlook user profile name is different on the computer where you are moving the .nk2 file, you must rename the file with the same Outlook user profile name after you copy it to the correct folder. For example, if you move Kim Akers.nk2 from the original computer with an Outlook user profile name of Kim Akers, and you copy the Kim Akers.nk2 file to the new computer, you must rename it with the Outlook profile name being used on the new computer.

When prompted about replacing the existing file, click Yes.

Open Outlook to view changes.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Outlook Forms


Upadte Existing Outlook Forms

Issue: You have a bunch of Outlook forms in a folder and you want to update them to a new form layout.

Quick: Download Omsgclas.exe utility

As an example you might have a bunch of help desk forms stored in a folder.  Over time the form layout may change to make the form easier to use.  The problem is that if you need to open an old form the layout is not updated automatically but is the old, harder to use version of the form. 
Microsoft has a knowledge base article on how to fix this (Update existing outlook forms to a new form)
and utility to help as well.

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Create a VBScript routine

There are three tasks to this solution.

Create a new item to store the VBScript code.

Enter the VBScript code and save the form.

Run the VBScript code.

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Create a new item to store the VBScript code

On the File menu, point to New, and then click Mail Message.

On the Tools menu, point to Forms, and then click Design This Form to enter form design mode.

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Enter the VBScript Code and Save the Form

On the Form menu, click View Code.

In the Script Editor, type the following code. You do not need to enter the lines that begin with an apostrophe, since these lines are comments that are ignored when executed.

Sub Item_Open

' Change the following line to your new Message Class

NewMC = "IPM.Contact.MyNewForm"

Set CurFolder = Application.ActiveExplorer.CurrentFolder

Set AllItems = CurFolder.Items

NumItems = CurFolder.Items.Count

' Loop through all of the items in the folder

For I = 1 to NumItems

Set CurItem = AllItems.Item(I)

' Test to see if the Message Class needs to be changed

If CurItem.MessageClass <> NewMC Then

' Change the Message Class

CurItem.MessageClass = NewMC

' Save the changed item


End If


MsgBox "Done."

End Sub

On the File menu, click Close.

On the File menu, click Save As. Make sure the default setting for file type is Outlook Template (.oft), and then select a location to save the file. Enter a file name for the form and then click OK.

Close the item by clicking the X in the upper-right corner of the item window and then click No when prompted to save changes.

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Run the VBScript code

Open the folder that contains the items you wish to update.

To run the VBScript code, open the item again by using Windows Explorer to locate the file and then double-click the .oft file. The code will run automatically because it was entered into an Item_Open event procedure. If you receive a macro warning, click Enable Macros.

Wait while the code changes the message class for all of the items in the currently selected folder. Depending on the number of items, this may take several minutes. When the code finishes, you should receive a message that says Done.

Note If you wish to edit the VBScript code later to change the name of the message class, hold down the SHIFT key when you open the item. This prevents the VBScript code from executing and you can go into design mode, make changes to the VBScript code, and save the form.
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