Month: May 2007

HP Compaq nx6125 or Agency Series laptops boot wacky…

HP Compaq nx6125 or Agency Series laptops boot Windows XP wacky, due to weird drive geometry. I had a customer’s machine, an HP Compaq nx6125, also known as an HP Agency Series HSTNN-C12C. The hard drive was failing, so naturally,

Posted in Computer Fixes Tagged with: , ,

I witnessed death

I had an appointment just south of Utica Ohio at a local concrete wall contracter. I was just finishing up work on the computer there, when I heard a screech and a crash. Both I and the owner swung around

Posted in Daily Life Tagged with:

A fix for the search feature

A while back I sent the creator of the Presstopia blog software (the software running this blog as of time of writing) a message regarding the somewhat broken search feature. He got back to me today to let me know

Posted in Geek Stuph Tagged with:

Unable to start RPC Service

If you get Could not Start the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Service. Error 2: cannot find the file specified, it’s probably because you are missing svchost.exe from the C:windowssystem32 directory. Running sfc /scannow or copying the file from a working

Posted in Computer Fixes Tagged with: , ,

For your security, some settings are controlled by Group Policy

Nifty trick found today while trying to diagnose a Windows firewall issue, getting error “For your security, some settings are controlled by Group Policy” Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe Navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft WindowsFirewall

Posted in Computer Fixes Tagged with: , ,

You can’t argue with free, but I will anyways…

So, about a month ago my video card died. It was an MSI Radeon X1900XT 512MB PCI-e. Nice card, quite fast. One day, it just refused to show video. I gave the part back to my vendor, since it was

Posted in Daily Life, Geek Stuph Tagged with: , ,

I went old hat again.

Yup, I love knowing all the old DOS/Win3.1/Win9x tricks. Another one of my technicians, D, was having issues with a Majhongg program. Whenever you tried to run the program, it complained of not having a “suitable device”, and to check

Posted in Daily Life, Geek Stuph Tagged with: ,

I hacked my own blog’s core code…

So, the search function in the Presstopia blog software used for my blog is kinda broken. If you do a search for a term, and that term happens to be part of any non-display part of an <a> tag (i.e.

Posted in Geek Stuph Tagged with: , ,

Favorite Video Game Music

Just thought I would jot down the names of some of my favorite video game songs and/or whole games with great music: Super Mario Bros. – NES: Main Theme. Need I say anything. M.C. Kids – NES: The thing that’s

Posted in Daily Life Tagged with: ,

New post on ShatteredWindows, and XP Pro CD

Just wrote a cool new parody article for ShatteredWindows, making up crap about Apple, and iPods and the recent news about them potentially killing people. It’s funny stuph, but totally untrue …. but still funny anyways. Check it out here:

Posted in Computer Fixes, Daily Life Tagged with: ,