Accessibility: Changing Windows Audio Playback Device in One Click

Thanks to Bas helping a person in need at getsatisfaction.com I was able to quickly adapt his autoit script to work for Windows XP to help out with client needing a quick way to change the audio playback device without having to drudge through the start menu then control panel, then sound settings, etc etc etc… Download Script /w Source: toggle-audio (12/14/2012 282KB) XP ONLY *Look into link at top...

Removal of Control Panel Unit from HP LaserJet 4050 Printer

Removing a control panel appeared like a simple job, until you look at it and can’t find where the tabs are placed to get them out of the way before prying. I figured I might as well take a look at the service manual. Easy enough, until you try the second set of instructions. Prying at the panel from the side upwards will destroy the piece. Why is that? Because...

October 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

Free GIMP Batch Image Watermark Script

I use GIMP. It does the job quite well for most things but I felt a bit robbed (of my $0) when I found out there was no watermark tool, especially one that works in bulk. After trying to search around I did find a watermark python script that worked on basic terms at the Gimp Plugin Registry. However I believe it was limited to text and had some features...

Novell Client in XP Not Showing Login Prompt on Startup

There are a couple of times that Novell has gone awry, and re-installs will not solve the trick. I have isolated these events into a few kinds. These issues are of the Windows XP variety. Problem: Novell window does not prompt upon computer start-up with windows login set to automatically login (autologin, generally accessed via command ‘control userpasswords2’). Removing Windows autologin settings brings back the Novell login prompt. Fix: Ensure...

July 27, 2012 | No Comments

iPrint Driver Install – Unknown installation error (-536870353)

If you come here for a solution. I don’t quite have one yet. This appears to be a tough one and I figure it may save time letting other techies know what will NOT fix this as they troubleshoot. iPrint Logs First off, for those who don’t know, iPrint has lots of debug logs available. The first place to look when problems occur is in the C:\NDPS\ippErrs.txt (typically). The main...

July 25, 2012 | 1 Comment

Disable GroupWise “Select an Entry…” Behavior on Recipient Completion

A problem occurred with a client of mine. An odd, frustrating large prompt every time she typed in an email address. I had to dig around for awhile before I found out how to disable this functionality. The Secret: Right click the To: field entry box. Uncheck Search Mode. Not a place I would normally expect a menu option such as this. Which makes this kind of problem a nuisance....

July 25, 2012 | 17 Comments

Silent Installation of Windows XP Mode – WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe

For those installing Windows XP Mode in a managed environment and would like a quiet install, you may find it frustrating trying switches on the WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe file. Regardless of /quiet, /passive, or even /? it will come up as if you simply ran it through explorer. The trick is to break this outer shell of the program and get the files within. There are many ways to do this. I’ll...

KMS activation error: Invalid Volume License Key

I had installed Windows 7 onto an older Core 2 Duo when activation had failed. I had issues activating saying the license was invalid. After re-entering the KMS server and key it still gave me problems. I started with Google which led me to this MS article which didn’t quite solve the problem but gave some insight. Symptom 1 Error message 1 Error Code: Invalid Volume License Key In order...

March 9, 2012 | No Comments

Novell Client 2 SP1-SP2 Auto-Login Tool

  Usage Applying: Enter in the credentials that will be used to log into the windows workstation account, this account does NOT need to exist as the tool is capable of setting up a new account (as administrator only). Note that the password is stored in plain text in the registry. Adjust the check boxes to your liking. They should be fairly straightforward. GroupWise shortcuts will only be updated if...

February 29, 2012 | 5 Comments