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Change Network Card MAC Address in Windows

November 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Every network capable device has a unique MAC (media access control) address. In the most basic sense, a MAC address is a serial number that allows one networked device to identify and communicate with another. Normally, there is no reason to change your network card’s MAC address. Doing so may even cause problems if you […]

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Change the Windows Vista Start Menu Power Button to Shut Down

November 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Change the Windows Vista Start Menu Power Button to Shut Down

The default action for the Power button on the start menu in Windows Vista is Sleep, which puts your computer in a low power (but still “on”) state. Some (most?) users would prefer that the power button shutdown Vista. You can configure this setting easily by using the advanced power settings panel found nested deep in […]

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Hide the “Safely Remove Hardware” Icon From the System Tray

October 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments

The “Safely Remove Hardware” icon was included with Windows XP and Vista to provide a “safe” way to disconnect removable devices. According to Microsoft, you are supposed to use this icon, instead of just unplugging your removable devices (such as USB flash drives, eSATA drives, etc.). Realistically, as long as the device isn’t being written […]

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QuickBooks Crashes When Using “reconcile” Or “email”

September 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

For some time, my QuickBooks Pro software would freeze (and ultimately have to be terminated) when ever I would attempt to “reconcile” my bank statement. Additionally, when printing from other programs I would find that my computer’s default printer had been inexplicably changed to the “QuickBooks PDF Converter” device. Following are the steps I took […]

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How to Backup Your Windows XP Activation Status

August 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on How to Backup Your Windows XP Activation Status

If you have ever installed Windows XP, you know that Microsoft requires you to “activate” Windows. This is usually done with the help of a guided program that runs automatically after Windows starts for the first time. If you are reinstall windows on the same computer, you may have to complete the wizard again. If […]

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Fix for Grayed Out Or Missing Windows Explorer Folder Pane

August 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on Fix for Grayed Out Or Missing Windows Explorer Folder Pane

After installing/uninstall some programs, the “Folders” pane in Windows Explorer may not work anymore. Most often it will just display a gray background and not show the folder tree. Other times, it may show something other than the expected folder tree. If the “Folder” pane on your computer looks like this: a simple registry fix […]

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Option to Install Windows is Grayed Out (when Running Network Install)

July 30th, 2008 · 18 Comments

This is not a guide to installing Vista on your m200. This is a follow-up to the original post here. This post is only for those that have tried installing Vista or XP on a laptop using TFTP32 and have experienced a grayed out “Install Windows” button.

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Fixing the “The SYSTEM HAS REACHED THE MAXIMUM SIZE ALLOWED FOR THE SYSTEM PART OF THE REGISTRY” Error

July 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

All versions of Windows store crucial system and program information in the registry. On some versions (Windows 2000 and NT), the size of the registry is restricted by a setting. If the registry size reaches this maximum set value, an error will be displayed. If you are running Windows 2000 or NT, you can manually […]

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The Fail-Safe (but Lossy) Way to Remove DRM From Audio Files

July 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

There are programs available (such as FairUse4WM) that can remove the DRM encryption from audio files without compromising the files quality. Unfortunately, DRM updates, new audio formats, and software patches quickly make this programs outdated. The other method of removing DRM is to play the audio file and record the output. This method doesn’t produce […]

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Getting Around the “cannot Read From the Source File” Error

July 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on Getting Around the “cannot Read From the Source File” Error

There are 2 situations where Windows will present you with a “cannot read from the source file” error: You try to open/view/edit/delete a file which has already been moved or deleted. You try to delete a file (or folder) which is still present on your computer. In the first case, the solution is simple, return […]

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Solution to “Cannot Find Proofing.en-us” Error When Installing Office 2007

July 12th, 2008 · 21 Comments

I opted for a download only version of Microsoft Office 2007 for a discounted rate. Ever since I first tried installing Office 2007, the installer gives me error messages about not being able to find files. At first I wrote these off to a poorly designed conversion from the CD media Office normally comes on […]

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Fix Outlook Express to Properly Handle E-mail (mailto:) Links

July 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Many people rely on Outlook Express to send and receive e-mail. One of the most common issues with Outlook Express is that it will fail to handle “mailto:” links on web pages correctly. Clicking an e-mail address in a web page may open a blank window, present an error message, or not respond at all. […]

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Change the Header And Footer of Internet Explorer Printouts

July 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Change the Header And Footer of Internet Explorer Printouts

When you print a web page from with-in Internet Explorer, the printout will contain a header an footer. By default, the header contains the web page’s title and pagination, and the footer contains the URL and date. You can change the header and footer to include other information too.

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Remove Old, Moved, Or Non-existent Company Files From the QuickBooks Open Screen

June 27th, 2008 · 6 Comments

When you run QuickBooks you may be presented with a screen such as this: If you have company files listed that non longer exist, have been moved, or are for some other reason unable to open, you probably want to prevent them from being displayed. Here’s how:

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K-Lite Codec Pack: Play All Your Media Files

June 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on K-Lite Codec Pack: Play All Your Media Files

To play a media file you need two things (in addition to the media file itself obviously): a media player and a media codec. Most of you should have a player already. All versions of Microsoft Windows, in fact, include a media player known as Windows Media Player. There are also plenty of alternative players, […]

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Deleting Files “in Use”

June 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Deleting Files “in Use”

If you have ever tried to delete a file, while it was still opened by a program, you probably received an error message to the effect of “Cannot delete file: Access is denied”. There are several other variations of this error, including: Cannot delete file: Access is denied There has been a sharing violation. The […]

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Process Explorer

June 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Process Explorer is like Window’s Task Manager on steroids, and then some.

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Fixing the “Unmountable Boot Volume” Error

June 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

If you’ve turned on your computer, only to receive a “Unmountable boot volume” error followed by a restart, this guide is for you. This error occurs when Windows can’t access the drive crucial system files are on. Spyware or virus infections can cause this issue, in addition to hardware failures. Most commonly though, the issue […]

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What is the Difference Between Hubs, Switches, And Routers?

May 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on What is the Difference Between Hubs, Switches, And Routers?

If you are setting up a network of more than two devices, cahnces are you will be confronted with all three of these terms. Hubs, switches, and routers are are crucial network components, and they each perform a unique role. Mix them up and your network won’t operate efficently…or at all. So jsut what is […]

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PHP Invoice System

May 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on PHP Invoice System

I’ve created a simple invoice system to facilitate my business. It will work “out of the box” for many situations, but was designed to be more of a framework which can be tailored to your needs. Here are some of the current features:

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Troubleshooting Problems When Installing Vista on a M200

May 24th, 2008 · 5 Comments

This is not a guide to installing Vista on your m200. If you are looking for step-by-step instructions to install Vista on your m200, please see the post here. This post is a series of hints and tips that will help you should you run into problems when following the step-by-step guide.

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How to Resolve the “NTLDR is Missing” Error on Windows Start-up

May 24th, 2008 · 15 Comments

If the NTLDR becomes damaged, you may get an error message informing you that “NTLDR is missing” when you start your computer. After this error message, you will be prompted to restart your computer at which the same error will be displayed again. This effectively prevents you from being able to access Windows at all. […]

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Changing the URL of Your WordPress Blog

May 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on Changing the URL of Your WordPress Blog

For the regular visitors here, you might have noticed that I have changed this blogs URL from http://personal.ryantdams.com to //blog.ryantadams.com. Behind the scenes I also moved the actual WordPress files from a folder on my web server named “personal” to a folder named “blog” to better match the new URL. The big problem with changing […]

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General Fix for Windows Update Issues

May 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on General Fix for Windows Update Issues

If you are having issues with Windows Update, particularly having the installation of updates constantly failing, you can try the following fix:

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Fixing the “Cannot Find the File Flash.ocx” Error Message

May 11th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Flash is a programming language that many publishers use to create animations, games, and interactive programs for the web. Flash is also used for programs run locally on a users computer. To use these Flash based programs and web applets, the end-user must have Flash Player installed. One component of Flash Player is a file called […]

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