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  • September 7, 2012

    Amazon New Kindle Fire HD

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  • Toshiba Satellite A135 have noisily added power on passwords after BIOS updates and just by random.  So I decided to find a fix and document it for everyone. 1. connect JOPEN1 (U) with JOPEN1 (T). 2. JOPEN1 there are two lines not connected to each other. 3. Two of these lines resemble the letter T and U positions overlap each other above T U. 4. Because the distance is too close and so small, it could not rely on a pair of tweezers or a pin. Finally I decided to use a small minus screwdriver. 5. I connect the two pins is (T and U) for about 45 seconds. 6. Then I put right again and turn on the laptop again. 7. Finally we can breathe with relief because the BIOS display appears immediately without question a password again.
  • August 21, 2012

    Installing XP drivers on Vista or 7

    1. Downloading latest drivers (v14.19.50) for XP from the manufactures site and extracting them to a separate folder 2. Booting Windows 7 or Vista in the safe mode 4. Then navigate to Device Manager -> Video Adapter (VGA compatible) -> Properties 5. Click Driver -> Update driver -> Browse -> Let me pick -> Display adapters -> Have disk -> give path to the folder of the extracted driver 6. After you get error about driver installation in Device Manager click on “Scan for new hardware” 7. Boot your W7 or Vista in “Disable driver signing enforcement” mode
  • August 21, 2012

    Disable Driver Signing

    To disable windows driver signing follow these steps: 1. Run command prompt as Administrator 2. type bcdedit -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS 3. Then type bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON 4. See security risk warning above. 5. If it doesn’t work for whatever reason you can just remove loadoptions 6. Use bcedit and switch testsigning off bcdedit /deletevalue loadoptions 7. Then bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF
  • April 10, 2012

    HP ASR Keeps Rebooting Server Fix

    Most Servers have HP ASR Enabled by default. 1.Hit F9 during the server POST to enter the BIOS 2. Select Server Availability and hit Enter 3. Select ASR Status and hit Enter 4. Select Disabled and hit Enter 5.Hit Esc twice 6. Press F10 to confirm exit
  • April 9, 2012

    HP Client Autotmation Review

    I have had the privilege of implementing over the last few weeks a tool that HP makes called the HP Client Automation Tool.   The HP Client Automation tool is similar to SCCM the tools is used for desktop management.  I first was surprised to find out that this tool has both a free and a payed version. The free version is more stripped down good for managing BIOS and a few other small features of the desktop.  The payed version is more in depth. I was happy with the tool having patch management, OS deployment and package deployment all rolled into one tool. There also is a reporting mechanism that does a great job.  The tool also allows you to manually put in clients or you can query your active directory infrastructure.  The tool does have certain perks that SCCM does not have BIOS management being the big one which is why this client decided go with this product over SCCM since there entire infrastructure is HP.  There is also an option to install server smart packs. The big draw back for me is the clunky web interface also you must have a copy of SQL which is expensive in it self.  Overall a good desktop management tool I would recommend for any company with an HP infrastructure.
  • July 28, 2010

    Silent Install Adobe CS3

    Copy the entire Adobe CS3 software up to a share drive. Run Setup.exe with –record=1 option run through the install. Copy the 2 files it creates to the same directory as the setup.exe.  Rename them to install.xml and remove.xml. Create your payload file copy and paste the code below into and notepad and named to “application.xml.override“.  Remember to enter your Serial Number. serialnumber Suppress Suppress Suppress Then dump that override file into the payloads folder in the folder that ends with  _US_volume Create your command line for the install setup.exe –mode=silent –deploymentFile=”:install.xml” CS3 should install silently with no issues.  Exit code 0 means everything installed ok if you get an exit code 7 rerun threw these steps.