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76 Computer Tech Articles

Group: Computer Tech


Topic: Admin Workstation Tools

Ping is probably one of the most important tools for network connectivity troubleshooting.

Posted By Sean McCune, Post #102423, KB Topic: Admin Workstation Tools
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Topic: Backup Software

Our FAQ list primarily for our clients where we highlight the most important Carbonite questions.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102183, KB Topic: Backup Software
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To add an extension, right click on a file, select Properties. On the Carbonite tab, check the Back up files of this type (within folders selected for backup) checkbox. Alternatively, you can specify specific files to back up by right clicking the file and selecting Carbonite | Back This Up.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102182, KB Topic: Backup Software
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Topic: Cables and Connectors

Here is an overview of some of the most common ethernet over twisted pair cables (or CAT cables) currently used.

Posted By Eric Prestwood, Post #102376, KB Topic: Cables and Connectors
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Topic: Computer Tech

This is a story about a PC repair encounter I recently had where two unrelated problems made it impossible to fix the computer.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102846, KB Topic: Computer Tech
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Phone numbers of the major computer manufacturers.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102322, KB Topic: Computer Tech
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Link page for common support pages.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102321, KB Topic: Computer Tech
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This article discusses how the “System Image Backup” feature in Microsoft Windows Control Panel can save you from untold wasted time and aggravation in the event of a catastrophic hard disk crash.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #103848, KB Topic: Computer Tech
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Topic: Domains

For a particular user on a particular computer, all programs installed for all users will still be available whether they log into their computer or the domain. You will have to migrate all other user specific settings either manually or use an automated tool.

Both of which are incomplete so expect to have to manually migrate some application specific settings and data for each user. At a minimum, log into the old local account and migrate My Documents, Desktop, Favorites, and perhaps e-mail such as the Outlook .PST or Outlook Express .DBX files.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102028, KB Topic: Domains
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Topic: Exchange Server

http://blogs.technet.com/b/austinmc/archive/2009/07/29/how-to-set-the-default-calendar-permissions-for-all-users-in-exchange-2000-2003-and-2007.aspx
Posted By Eric Prestwood, Post #102426, KB Topic: Exchange Server
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Posted By Erik.H, Post #102692, KB Topic: Exchange Server
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Topic: Hardware

This story describes a real life experience I had with a computer that had more than one problem with it.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102804, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article describes 2 PC troubleshooting encounters I had where the outcomes became intertwined with one another.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102683, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article discusses an “app generator” from the 1990s before we had modern apps. It is used to make a simple bar code scanning app for Toyota Denso BarCode Handy Terminal infrared scanning devices.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102832, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article describes a quick, economical way to get up and running after a PC with a viable hard disk fails due to defective electronic components.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102686, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article describes steps for replacing a damaged LCD display in a PC laptop computer.

 

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102729, KB Topic: Hardware
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For a while, now, most new computers have come equipped with a sound system on the main board. Unfortunately, many of them are not very good. Would you believe that a simple, $30 upgrade can deliver superb sound and recordings?
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100631, KB Topic: Hardware
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This describes the steps I took aided by photos of how I replaced the LCD screen in a laptop computer.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102829, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article describes how a USB data transfer cable with 3 different sockets can be used to recover data from a software crash on a hard drive.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102841, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article discusses something I have noticed in my computer repair appointments that have convinced me that laptop pc manufacturers have a master plan for getting you to buy more of their laptops.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102847, KB Topic: Hardware
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Individuals who seek to get work done away from an external power source cite usable battery life as one of the key factors involved in how much work they can get done while on the go. Yet many of those same individuals don't know how much latitude they have in controlling power consumption while operating on battery power, nor do they always take the steps necessary to maximize battery lifetime. Over the long term, proper storage of your battery when not in active use can also extend its lifetime significantly as well.

Posted By lowster11, Post #102177, KB Topic: Hardware
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The M.2 2280 form factor solid state drive is becoming more prevalent in today‘s computers because of its ability to save space and pure speed.  The M.2 port accepts two interfaces, the mSATA and the NVMe, the mSATA has two keys on both sides (B+M) and the NVMe has one key on the right side (B).  The NVMe uses 2 more PCIe lanes than the mSATA, because of this many people are switching to the NVMe interface.  At the time of this writing it is unusual to come across a PC with 2 separate M.2 ports.  Also it is difficult to find adapters that properly accept the NVMe interface. 

Posted By Jon.W, Post #103852, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article discusses how storage media has improved dramatically since the early 1990s.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102839, KB Topic: Hardware
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Network print servers are an inexpensive and great solution to a common home or office network.  Sure you can "share" printers attached to particular machines, but that creates a dependency on that machine being up and running.

With a network print server, that dependency disappears. People on the network can print without a particular machine being on and available.

They solve one other important problem, too.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102319, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article discusses a real life example of how I got more computer for myself at a lower cost.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102811, KB Topic: Hardware
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This article talks about a PC repair encounter where I needed to be more resourceful than usual to fix the problem.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102815, KB Topic: Hardware
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Topic: Non-Removable Storage Technology

If you've used computers for more than a few years, you know that you don't wonder IF a hard drive will fail - you wonder WHEN. It just happened to me - again. But this time it looks like the results will be pretty painless. The reasons? * RAID Level 1 * Superb Hard Drive manufacturer warranty support
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100793, KB Topic: Non-Removable Storage Technology
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Network Attached Storage isn't new, but it's become affordable, and it has many advantages over the external hard drive. The NAS (Network Attached Storage) device is a lot like an external hard drive and connect similar to how network file servers connect. NAS devices are similar. They typically have a small, firmware-embedded Linux kernal, a web-hosted management interface, and support some number of hard drives.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101668, KB Topic: Non-Removable Storage Technology
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Topic: RAM

DDR RAM generally comes in one of  four speeds: PC1600, PC2100, PC2700, and PC3200.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102078, KB Topic: RAM
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This article describes an online test you can run on your PC to detect the correct type of memory it will use as well as the maximum amount.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102675, KB Topic: RAM
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Topic: Removable Storage Technology

Wherever would we be without portable, inexpensive removable media? From the old, eight-inch floppy, to the latest Blue Ray DVD format, little spinning disks have provided computer users with convient, off-line storage. This is a brief overview and history of the various disk formats that have come, gone, and are - for the moment - sticking around.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100696, KB Topic: Removable Storage Technology
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Topic: Software

If you maintain more than a few computers, here are 10 applications you should have in your toolbox of software.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #101314, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses some tips for maintaining your PC so it will run more efficiently.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102730, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses how to deal with malware that prevents Windows program icons from running.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102722, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes in detail three useful software utilities for PC users that are available for download at no charge to you.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102805, KB Topic: Software
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Backups: Well know we need them and most of use at least one of the available ways to backup. If we don't, we'd be well served to ponder something Mike Prestwood recently said:

"There are two kinds of people; those that back up - and those that will."

In this article I'd like to show you an off-line backup solution that is so simple to set up and use that you'll never again have an excuse for not backing up important work.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102295, KB Topic: Software
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From bit to exabyte, know your quantities.
Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100978, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes a free utility you can download that will format your Windows Start menu to give it a pre-Windows 8 look.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102734, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes a Windows system registry cleaner that does a good job and is free for you to download.

 

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102731, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes how to use the Freebyte ZIP free archiving utility software.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102803, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses a real life troubleshooting encounter that I resolved by manipulating the network drive mappings.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102821, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes a software package you can download for free that offers a great variety of utility software you can use for many PC troubleshooting problems.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102687, KB Topic: Software
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The Hitman Pro software is effective at ridding your PC of the “neopoptab.com” malware.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102823, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses the steps I had to take to rescue an Outlook PST file from disk sector errors.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #103855, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes how to use Virtual Machine software to make old MS DOS programs run on the newer Windows operating systems.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102818, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses how I solved a printer driver installation problem.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102806, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes how “SyncIOS Mobile Data Transfer for Windows” software utility can facilitate the transfer of data between two mobile devices saving you much headache and hassle in the process.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102834, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses how to implement router port forwarding or port triggering so you can have a camera view of a remote location such as a convenience store or restaurant on any PC, smartphone or tablet from anywhere.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102835, KB Topic: Software
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tbd

Posted By Eric Prestwood, Post #102357, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes how to restore the sound on a computer when the audio driver is correctly installed, but the sound is still not working.

 

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102723, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes one of my PC troubleshooting encounters that required a little more thinking and effort than usual.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102676, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses how R-Studio NTFS software can be used to rescue damaged or missing files on your hard drive.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102822, KB Topic: Software
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In a batch file, schecule DOS command shutdown. Use shutdown /? for specifics. Use net stop to kill services before hand if you wish. Use task scheduler to schedule the execution of the batch file.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102136, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes a remedy I have used to address the issue of random web page redirection.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102684, KB Topic: Software
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This article talks about how you can still run old MS DOS based software on the newer Windows and the pitfalls that come with it.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102842, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes a good, highly versatile spyware scanner I use to chase out pesky problems on ailing PCs.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102685, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses a Windows registry fix to make your PC see a connected CD/DVD drive that isn’t otherwise being detected by the operating system.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102677, KB Topic: Software
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The FileHippo website offers a wide selection of software you may download for free.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102728, KB Topic: Software
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Free DBXtract version 4.50 is available at no charge and it can recover emails from corrupted Outlook Express .dbx files.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102678, KB Topic: Software
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The Internet has become a dangerous, often unfriendly place, especially for software developers. This article discusses some of the problems and some of the solutions.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100540, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses a software utility called “ShadowExplorer” that could potentially, depending on the situation, recover many of your files that had been encrypted by the vicious ransomware, “Cryptowall”.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102833, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses why I think the US government’s DO NOT CALL download data files should be structured better so most people can import them into commonly used database programs.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #103858, KB Topic: Software
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The Windows operating system has never offered a means of controlling the amount and type of software a PC can run relative to its processing power and memory.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102746, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses the “Printfil” software utility that can be used to make a MS DOS based application re-direct output meant for the LPT port to a modern Windows host printer.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102830, KB Topic: Software
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This article describes Free Online Image Editor that will assist you with editing your graphical images in a variety of ways.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102820, KB Topic: Software
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This article discusses how I was able to change the D: drive with the Windows installation on it to the C: drive, while preserving the Windows installation that had been installed to the D: drive.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102836, KB Topic: Software
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This article cites a real life example of one of my PC troubleshooting encounters where not remembering to do one little step can make a big difference in the outcome.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102814, KB Topic: Software
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Topic: Windows Server 2003

In Windows Server 2003 terminal server, how do you automatically log off disconnected sessions? I'm getting the following error:

"The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections. The system can not log you on. The system has reached its licensed logon limit. Please try again later."

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102149, KB Topic: Windows Server 2003
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Topic: Windows Server 2008

Well, here it is almost 3 months later and I have not been booted, banned, or eighty six-ed from my Windows 2008 Server, because honestly, I did not think I would last 2 weeks.

Posted By lowster11, Post #102160, KB Topic: Windows Server 2008
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70. Dynamic IT

With Hyper-V, organizations can implement dynamic IT environments. Dynamic IT environments provide a new approach to provisioning servers that is based on actual utilization and service demand rather than on less flexible criteria, such as expected demand.

Posted By lowster11, Post #102159, KB Topic: Windows Server 2008
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My rants and raves about the Windows Server 2008 w/ Hyper-V VPS that I have for 1 full year.

Posted By lowster11, Post #102150, KB Topic: Windows Server 2008
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The process for optimizing virtual machine placement includes the following stages:

Posted By lowster11, Post #102229, KB Topic: Windows Server 2008
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The Windows Server Backup utility provided with Windows Server 2008 was completely different from the backup program included with earlier Windows Server versions. Unlike previous versions and most commercial backup products, the new program is designed primarily to back up entire volumes to an external hard disk drive.

Posted By lowster11, Post #102198, KB Topic: Windows Server 2008
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Topic: Wired Networking

Do I need different connectors for Cat 6 then what I'm currently using for Cat 5?

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #102005, KB Topic: Wired Networking
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Topic: Wireless Networking

This is hard trying to nav the boards in my Droid SDK!

Posted By lowster11, Post #102187, KB Topic: Wireless Networking
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Setting up a wireless router is easy. Essentially you turn your cable or DSL modem off and your wireless router on. Then, you connect the router to the modem with a cable, and turn the modem back on. You are more or less done. The wireless network wizard on your computer will pick up the router and, if your ISP does not have any special requirements, away-you-go, you are on the Internet.

Posted By lowster11, Post #102174, KB Topic: Wireless Networking
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