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Entries from January 2008

Troubleshooting Error Messages When Trying to Send And Receive E-mail in Outlook Or Outlook Express

January 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

If you receive an error message when performing a Send and Receive in Outlook or Outlook Express, examine the message for the error code. The following error codes are the most common: 0x800ccc15 0x80042108 0x800ccc0e 0x8004210b 0x800ccc0b 0x800ccc79 0x800ccc67 0x80040900 0x800ccc19 0x8004210a 0x80042109 0x800ccc0f 0x800ccc0d All of these error codes are typically associated with Outlook […]

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Change the Registered Owner And Organization in Windows XP & Vista

January 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on Change the Registered Owner And Organization in Windows XP & Vista

When you first install Windows XP or Vista you are asked to enter the name owner of the computer and the organization it is associated with. Sometimes you need to change this information (particuallry if Windows came preinstalled on your computer and the registered owner is something like “Dell Customer”).

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Creat Your Own Vista Recovery Disk

January 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on Creat Your Own Vista Recovery Disk

The retail version installation disk for Windows Vista contains more than just installation related files. There is also a “recovery center” included on the disk which lets you repair start up problems, restore backups, and lots more. However, if you bought a computer with Windows Vista preinstalled, chances are you weren’t provided with a Vista […]

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VundoFix

January 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on VundoFix

VundoFix is a simple, automated tool for fixing infections caused by the Vundo (or similar) viruses. A Vundo infection bombardes the user with pop-ups for WinFixer, Amaena, WinAntiVirus, ErrorSafe, SystemDoctor and DriveCleaner. You may also notice multiple “pos.tmp” files on your computer, particularly in the “My Documents” folder.

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Removing DRM (aka “Copy Protection”) From Ruckus Music Downloads

January 20th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Ruckus is a free music download service offered by several universities and colleges. The service requires you two sign up with an approved .edu email address. After signing up, you can download their proprietary music player (“Ruckus Player”) and use it to download music and videos from the Ruckus website. The idea is that by […]

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Keep Your Programs Up-to-date with SUMo

January 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on Keep Your Programs Up-to-date with SUMo

SUMo is a free program from KC Softwares that scans for programs installed on your computer and then informs you if updates are available. It is similar to File Hippo Update Checker, except this program shows you all the information that you need right in the program, where as File Hippo redirects you to a […]

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Keyboard Not Working Due to Missing Or Corrupt Drivers (Code 39)

January 18th, 2008 · 58 Comments

If your keyboard is not working, and its status is listed as “Code 39” in device manager, there is a good chance a simple registry edit can fix the issue. Here is what you need to do:  ***UPDATE: I’ve created a REG file that when run should fix the problem. However, I’ve only tested the […]

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Should I Use USB Or Ethernet to Connect My Cable Modem?

January 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Should I Use USB Or Ethernet to Connect My Cable Modem?

With broadband access expanding to new areas and being accepted by new customers daily, one question seems to come up frequently. Most cable modems include ports to connect the modem with ether an Ethernet cable or a USB cable. If the cable modem is being connected to a router, switch, hub, or other network device, […]

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Fixing “lsDelete Program Not Found – Skipping Autocheck” Error on Start-up

January 15th, 2008 · 30 Comments

There is a bug in Ad-Aware that can cause users to receive the message “lsDelete program not found – Skipping Autocheck” (that is Lsdelete, not Isdelete or 1sdelete) while their computer is booting. This seems to occur after the user has uninstalled Ad-Aware. While it presents no immediate problems (other than a slight start-up delay), it […]

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All About Cisco Clean Access Agent (and Circumventing It)

January 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Cisco Clean Access (CCA), is an access control system that is becoming popular on many school networks. Originally, the system was produced by Perfigo and marketed under the name of Perfigo SmartEnforcer. After being bought out by Cisco, the system was renamed to Cisco Clean Access. Recently, Cisco has renamed its product to Cisco NAC […]

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SIW – System Information for Windows

January 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on SIW – System Information for Windows

SIW is an advanced System Information for Windows tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings and displays it in an extremely comprehensible manner. You can download the latest version here: http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html

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Windows 98 Pseudo Repair Install

January 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

If you are familiar with the Windows XP Repair install option, you probably know that you can often restore a damaged Windows XP installation to a working state without losing data. Windows 98 has a similar, but fairly undocumented/unrecognized feature. To restore the critical Windows files, but leave your data intact, do the following:

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Internet Explorer Only Prints Source Code

January 6th, 2008 · 5 Comments

It seems that after uninstalling AOL, many people experience an issue with Internet Explorer (version 6 and 7) that causes source code to be printed instead of the normal page view. If you are trying to print from Internet Explorer and are only getting cryptic code, instead of the page view you expect, try the […]

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Troubleshooting a Stop 0x0000000A Error in Windows XP

January 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Troubleshooting a Stop 0x0000000A Error in Windows XP

If you are receiving a STOP error message with the code 0x0000000A during the installation of Windows XP, take a look at this Microsoft article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314063

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Microsoft Windows XP Screen Flashes Blue, Then Restarts…

January 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Microsoft Windows XP Screen Flashes Blue, Then Restarts…

Windows XP has an option to automatically reboot the computer when a STOP error occurs. This convenient because it ensures your computer doesn’t stay “frozen.” However, this feature also means you won’t be able to read any of the information present on the STOP error screen. If you are trying to troubleshoot a STOP error, […]

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