Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Remote Desktop

I am always asked for methods of accessing your desktop remotely, some
good programs are...

TeamViewer (easy to use, highly recommended):


Windows RDP (included with XP, Vista, 7):

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Backup & Restoring of AOL saved PFC cabinet files

Use the following directions backup your Personal Filing Cabinet...

To backup mail in your AOL Saved on My PC filing cabinet:

•Search your computer for a file called "(your AOL screen name).abi".
•If your screen name is "myscreenname", for example, search for a file called "myscreenname.abi".
•You should find it in a folder called organize. A typical location is "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AOL\C_America Online 9.0\organize". You can go to this folder directly, too.
•Go up one directory, to the C_America Online 9.0 folder.
•For other versions of AOL, the folder name may be different. In any case, go up one directory from the organize folder.
•Highlight the organize folder.
•Select Edit | Copy from the menu of the Explorer window.
•Open the desired backup location (a CD or DVD, another hard disk, a network location or a USB stick, for example) in Explorer.
•Select Edit | Paste from the menu.

How to Restore Locally-saved AOL email

To recover mail and other AOL data from a "Saved on My PC" copy:

•Log on to AOL with your screen name at least once to create the user mail
profile, then make sure AOL is not currently running.

•Search your computer for a file called "(your AOL screen name).abi".
•If your screen name is "myscreenname", for example, search for a file called "myscreenname.abi".
•You should find it in a folder called organize under "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AOL\C_America Online 9.1\organize", although some variation in the path has been noticed from time-to-time.

•Go up one directory, to the C_America Online 9.1 folder.
•For other versions of AOL, the folder name may be different. In any case, go up one directory from the organize folder.
•Rename the organize folder "organize.save".
•Go up another directory.
•Open the folder containing the backup copy of your old organize folder in a new Explorer window.
•Highlight the backup organize folder.
•Press Ctrl-C.
•Switch to the AOL folder window.
•Highlight C-America Online 9.1 or whatever the folder containing the organize.save folder is called on your system.
•Press Ctrl-V.
•Log on to AOL.
•If everything is back in place, delete the organize.save folder.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Windows XP Rebuild & fixboot command

If your copy of XP will not boot, and even safe mode or LKGood cannot help you...
Try using the rebuild option...

Boot up from XP setup disk and enter recovery console...

cd \

attrib -h -r -s boot.ini

copy boot.ini boot.ini.old

delete boot.ini


bootcfg /rebuild



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fedora auto-login

Modify the /etc/gdm/gdm.schemas file to have the following...

AutomaticLoginEnable setting at true

AutomaticLogin set with the actual system login - do NOT use the friendly
or full name

Reboot and the system will enter Gnome desktop automatically.


Fedora 11 single user mode

To get into single user text based mode from GRUB... hit F8 a million times between post and GRUB loader, then choose A to append to existing boot line, then insert an s to the line and continue booting.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fedora YUM and installers will not work

If using Fedora (any flavor but I tried on 8, 10 and 11) and YUM installer (or package installer) and you get the following, (even with a fresh install of Fedora)...

"Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml)"

I finally was able to get around this problem, caused by my corporate
firewall, by using this combination...

1) Disabling client firewall in Fedora

2) Exporting the proxy server at the command line (even though I had
specified it in the GUI) as follows...

export http_proxy=http://%yourproxyhere%:port#

3) Changing each https entry in the /etc/yum.repos.d/*.repo files to http to
make fetching non-secure.

4) Inserting the following into the /etc/hosts file... mirrors.fedoraproject.org mirrors.rpmfusion.org

And finally it worked for me.


Skype unable to create account

If you are running Skype and it hangs at "creating account" during first time

Try disabling all firewalls. In this case, a copy of McAfee Client Firewall was
causing the issue. The account creation went through after that. This could also cause you not to connect to Skype at all.

Issues with Webpage ads not displaying

A friend of mine has an ad income generator and had issues with her ads not displaying correctly in any Windows browser. Although she had a recent virus attack, it wasn't the virus causing the issue.

Disabling Symantec client firewall resolved the issue. One of the sub-components of SCF was disabling certain webpage ads from displaying. The SCF security settings could have been hightened during the attack, and needed to be put back to normal.

Issues with Network Shares not Accessible

You are trying to attach to a network share using Windows... and you get a response "sharename already in use" or something to that effect. It may be
your Norton or Symantec client firewall causing the problem. Disable it
and you should then be able to attach without hassle. If you wish to keep firewalling active at your client, you will need to drill down to the actual
specific setting that is causing the issue. Or, you can setup the client to
disregard IP address ranges on your local network (like having it ignore
every 192.x.x.x address).

Symantec CF would not allow me to attach to a customer's Terastation Live.
I find having to do this workaround particularly stupid since network sharing
is a basic Windows function nowadays...

Symantec Corporate A/V hangs at 99% updating

If you are running Symantec Corporate AntiVirus (I have versions 7 and 10.x) and it ceases to update after 99% and just hangs there... there is a simple resolution although it makes no sense.

Open the client and goto CONFIGURE... DISABLE tamper protection, Exchange mail support, Lotus Notes support, and (at least temporarily) Internet Mail support. Rerun the updater and it should go through next time.