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Canon C5235 won’t print?

April 21, 2017

OK I’m not sure if this is worthy here but I had a strange issue of a Canon copier (Image Runner C5235) that wouldn’t print. I sent the test page or any other print job to it, the copier would whirr up as if going to print and then… nothing. The status read all okie dokie but nothing would actually print.

The long and short of it is that I used a PCL6 driver, supplied by Canon themselves no less, and this apparently isn’t compatible with this model. Even though the PCL6 driver is the one I downloaded from this model’s driver download page…

Aaaaaanyway, I downloaded their UFR driver and it worked like a charm.

I’ll just leave that there…

Firefox’s Tiles on startup/homepage

September 26, 2016

I had a client ask about this and it’s really not obvious how to set this up so did some research and I know I’m not going to remember this in… an hour from now… so here it is;

  • Set the startup (home) page to about:newtab
  • From there you can pin, delete, etc the tiles.

Cloning a drive can also clone it’s ID, and mess up DFS synchronization and AD functionality in general

September 21, 2016

Yesterday I worked with MS tech support to solve a problem at a client with a new server that it turns out I created months ago. The problem I was having was that the sysvol was not syncing between the old and new servers. Also, AD was looking to the old server for some AD functions when it should have been looking to the new server, which holds all the FSMO roles. The question was why? I could not decommission the old server until this was resolved.

I replaced the hard drive in the old server several months ago because the boot partition was too small and was always full. So I installed a larger HD but had left the original hard drive also connected as a secondary drive. It was not booting from this drive, so I assumed it would not cause any trouble. It turns out that DFS looks to the volume ID to identify a drive when syncing, and when you clone a drive the identical volume ID can end up being cloned too. So DFS was finding two drives where there should have been one, and was therefore confused.

Once I took the older drive offline, DFS syncing operated normally. All is now well. So lesson learned. If you clone a drive with Active Directory data on it, do NOT leave the original drive also attached to that computer. If you want to use that drive for anything it should be wiped first.

Want to turn off Hibernation quickly?

November 16, 2015

Open an administrator elevated CMD prompt and then type this;
“powercfg.exe -h off”

What up with Windows 8 safe mode startup?

February 10, 2015

This infuriated the hell out of me.

So apparently the correct way to do this is to hit F8 during startup. So I did. Nothing.

Then I do some more digging and find, oh no it’s now SHIFT+F8. So I did. Nothing.

Then I dig some more and find a new one… F11! So I did. Get this… I only works every other boot! WTF?

So I got it and then it asked me for a username to get in and low and behold the username/password combo doesn’t work! In the end I used a boot disk password wiper to clear it out and used that but man it’s a pain compared to every other version of Windows ever… Sorry. Just had to rant.

Adding a date stamp to a zip file

December 15, 2014

Specifically I’m using 7-zip because it’s awesome.

I got the info from this website ; http://superuser.com/questions/206817/7-zip-cmd-add-current-date-to-archive-and-include-only-the-last-modified-folder

Basically when you write the script, you’re pulling in parts of the date query from a command prompt and adding it to the file name you want to create.

7z a -r "%DATE:~7,2%.%DATE:~4,2%.%DATE:~-4% Backup".7z

Where you have %DATE:~7,2%  this is basically saying from the DATE request, start at character 7 and use the next two characters. So where DATE might produce something like;    Thur  11/04/2010    as in their example, it would in fact copy “04” from that  because it starts at character 7 which is / and then uses the next two characters, namely 04.

So the next bit is another DATE request and

AntiMalware/adware/spyware/annoyingware

November 4, 2014

So I wanted to give a few quick links for anyone who wants a good, free (with the option to buy) and reliable anti-bad stuff scanners.

  • Malwarebytes – http://www.malwarebytes.org/
  • Superantispyware – http://superantispyware.com/
  • Hitman Pro – http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro/
  • Junkware Removal Tool – http://thisisudax.org/
  • ADWCleaner – http://general-changelog-team.fr/en/tutorials/software/313-how-to-use-adwcleaner-version-3-x

Feel free to comment more!

iTunes Migration – Windows 7 to 8

October 24, 2014

Wow, seriously Apple just make a button that makes this easy would ya?

I have some clients that have huge music collections and some that have hundreds of playlists, not to mention just about any kind of media you can think of thrown into the mix, so over the years I’ve seen my fair share of weird iTunes migration problems.

Now recently I had the opportunity to move a Windows 7 iTunes library to a Windows 8 machine.

This normally goes smoothly but this time several files complained that they couldn’t be found! Weirdly the path was showing a Windows XP path – i.e. c:\documents and settings\user\… and considering this was a windows 7 machine it was coming from, I have no idea why iTunes suddenly forgot where those files were!

So cutting to the chase here’s the fix;

  • I’m assuming you’re running Windows here
  • On the old computer open iTunes.
  • Click on File > Library > Organize Library.
  • Click on Consolidate Files and OK.

Now once this is complete, you’re ready to copy the Library over. Copy it to the new machine and really that’s all you need. No more AppData folders or any other shenanigans.

Can’t add Windows 2012 server to domain

September 26, 2014

Couldn’t add a 2012 server to a 2003 functional level domain…

I checked all the bits I could think of and everywhere it said that the functional level of the domain was 2003. Yet every time I tried to add the 2012 server it complained it was 2000.

The devil is in the details as it said the FORREST functional level and I just read that as DOMAIN level.

Anyway they are two separate things and you need BOTH to be raised to 2003 before you can add that 2012 server.

To raise the FORREST functional level;

  • Open up Active Directory Domains and Trusts.
  • Right click on the Active Directory Domains and Trusts just above your domain name.
  • Click on Raise FORREST functional Level.