Blinking Cursor after Fresh Win7 Install : Solved

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The issue was the install was not replacing the GRUB loader correctly on the HD, even though the install process should have been…. heres the story and fix.

I replaced a hard drive in a computer, and tried to install windows 7pro 64 on it. The install copied/expanded files and did its thing… however after it rebooted to finish the last piece of the install… i saw the manf. splash screen as expected, then it just went to a black screen blinking cursor… for ever

~~In before you say did you…
-made sure the DVD was out
-rebooted multiple times
-made sure bios boot order was to HD first
-reinstalled OS again, deleting partitions and fresh formatting
-tryed F8 to boot into safe mode after install… nothing

So then I figured out if I hit F12 as prompted to change the boot order I saw the HD, DVD, etc… but also windows boot manager… if I did that it finished the last leg of the install… .but upon further reboots it does the same thing… so overtime I rebooted I had to make sure I hit F12 and select windows boot manager.

Technically thats a fix, but its not very user friendly, especially when you power it up and forget to hit that.. The issue was the GRUB loader on disk was not being overwritten correctly, so I did some more digging on the inter webs and found you can manually scrub the GRUB loader during install, and that worked….

The fix required me to reinstall again… but whatever at this point… what’s one more wipe and install

-boot from DVD/CD and start reinstall of windows process.
-@ the second install window hit Shift+F10 to get cmd prompt
-type the following commands… waiting for each one to complete before you go to the next.
diskpart
list disk
select disk 0
 <– if only one drive
clean
exit
exit

I then went through the rest of the install and the fist worked.

Although, i should mention I also did not partition / format the drive this time though. The command above deletes all portions, and this time I just selected the unpartitioned space for the install and let windows auto create the portions it needed .

If your here reading this… hope the fix works for you.

I don’t need no f*ckin’ case on my phone

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Every day, I carry one of the most advance pieces of technology in the known universe. Not too long ago, people wouldn’t be able to fathom the capabilites this device can do for me . Add to this the fact that the device is so well designed and precision engineered to the micron that its able to fit in my pocket… well then… now we got something really special. So special circa 2006’s James Bond would be envious, and 1964’s Bond would think I’m from space its so far out of his league of imagination.

And I don’t have a case for this device…  Because, unlike my grandma, I don’t cover my sofas with plastic.

So I cracked….errr…. shattered my iPhone 6 like the second week I got it. The screen and digitizer were more than i liked to pay, so as self punishment I lived with it for a few months… I’ve finally ordered the new screen this week. Friends and family keep asking me though… are you going to get a case now?

F- NO

haha… this post from gizmodo pretty much sums up why. I thought it was a really good editorial tech piece of writing I thought I’d back link to it here incase anyone hasn’t read it yet.

http://gizmodo.com/5945198/you-dont-need-a-fcking-case-for-your-iphone-5

Hi

If you’ve been to my site before and you your like… wtf.

… well thats because my server is having hardware issues, and I’m currently in the process of transferring the various sites I host over to the new server. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon enough, so come back.

 

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Cheers,

Tim

Microsoft Virtual CD Drive… it exists

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Ever download an .Iso image file of a CD… sometimes manufacturers provide these “virtual CD” files with instructions on how to pop in a blank CD so you can write the file to the CD for use…

well you actually can skip that step and mount it directly in a virtual CD drive… eliminating the time to burn and wasting a blank CD. You could always do this with virtual drives, I often used Virtual Clone Drive, but found out today that Microsoft actually makes one available as an update to the operating system of windows XP, Vista, and 7.

I haven’t used it yet personally, but found it looking for something else on Microsofts website… you can download it here… I probably will at some point.

 

How do I get NCARB software on my computer

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How… Easy… just go to the NCARB site and download and install it… oh wait… you get some 64bit errors?… it’s only compatible with windows XP or other 32bit operating systems?… and your computer is post 1984 and/or even a Mac… bummer.

Well, actually… fret not as you have two options (…if you have internet where you study).

Option #1 | Pay NCARB more money than you already do,  and add their “cloud based” practice software. Technically, a virtual machine running windows XP somewhere in the world and the NCARB practice software pre-installed on it. If you do this option to get the testing software, your essentially  paying for remote access through the internet to this virtual machine they assign you somewhere in the world so you can use their practice testing software. Its the easiest option to getting the NCARB software installed but its $10 a year, and you will not be able to modify / install any alternate tests you see on various websites or ARE study forums.

Option #2 | Install your own virtual machine on your Mac OS or Windows 7 or 8 that runs Windows XP 32bit in the background, and once thats up and running you can install the NCARB practice software til’ your heart’s content, add various alternate practice files, and even run it offline sans the internet in your cave or wherever you study that doesn’t have internet.

For those that don’t know, a virtual machine (or VM) is software that emulates another computer running in the background of the computer your actually sitting in front of. An example would be say your sitting in front of a computer running windows 7 (64bit), which is incompatible with the NCARB software. As an option you can setup and run a virtual windows XP computer that runs in the background. Once this winXP VM is running in the background you can install any software on it like it was its own little computer inside your computer… including the NCARB practice software running on it.

Check out how to install a VM of windows XP on a mac… post to follow, link will be updated

Check out how to install a VM of windows XP on a windows 64 bit machine… post to follow, link will be updated

What is the IP address of the printer on my MAC OS

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I manage a network of about 20 workstations, 5 printers, and some other fun stuff.

Most of the workstations are windows based, and if I need to find out the IP address of one of my printers on the network I can easily go to print properties and see the port configuration… its not that easy on the MAC… atleast until I figured out the below. You see, Mac uses a unix based printing language called CUPS, and there is actually a neat little web interface for this if you enable it… with that you can see more (like the printer’s IP address).

So two steps, 1.enable cups web interface, and then 2. find the IP address of the printer you want.

1a. System Preferences -> Sharing -> Check off  “Printer Sharing”

1b. Open Terminal, type the following: cupsctl WebInterface=yes

2a. Open the CUPS web interface with the following address in your safari browser http://127.0.0.1:631

2b. Click the tab Printers -> Then the click the name of the printer

It should display some basic info about this printer, one of the lines will have it’s local IP address

 

 

ARE Forum FTP site

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At the time of this post, the ARE forum is still down. However, I just found out their FTP site is still up. Here is the direct Link : http://www.areforum.org/up

If you, like me, are still trying to study for your architectural registration exams while the site is down, this is vary useful… especially if your searching for the vignette alternates. If you don’t know what the ARE is… then sorry for wasting 10 seconds of your life to read this.

iOS7 Halloween Hack… sort of

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A Co-Worker told me about this hidden setting… It essentially inverts the default color pallet of your phone. At first I thought it was just the colors of the app icons to make them anti-apple, but then I quickly realized it does it to all the menus in the apps themselves as well as pictures.

This invert trick turned the blues to a cool orange color and made pics of my son’s look like zombie kids… perfect for halloween if you can stand browsing web pages and what not like this… worst case you can always change it back.

Here’s where to toggle the setting:

Settings > General > Accessibility > Invert Colors

Wha-La… a halloween interface!

MS office 2013 activation error

Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 12.02.15 PMThis pissed me off.. but most computer things do now-a-days, as I don’t have the time to “fiddle with them”. Scroll to bottom to see solution.

Basically, I was getting an error 0xC004f017 or 0x80070005 every time I tried to activate a new office 2013 product at my office. They give you an alternative to online activation by calling an automated number, but its one of those voice activation bull shit systems that piss you off even more because it takes forever and a day longer than just entering some f’ing numbers quickly… As you can see… i’m still pisssed off after doing this to a few machines, until I finally sat down and figured out how to get the f’ing internet activation to work.

 

Solution: right click on word (or excel, or whatever office program) and select “Run As Administrator” 

It will launch the program as normal, and the activation menu will eventually pop-up as normal, but now it will not give you that error, and succeed in activating your office suite software.