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iPhone thinks its still in dock – no sound

We had an iPhone that wouldn’t play thru the built in speakers (the little ones at the bottom). You could send stuff to the headphones (if you plugged in a set), or Apple TV, or thru the Dock – but that is all.

Even when it wasn’t in a dock.

I did some looking around the internet, but didn’t find a solution that worked. So, what I did was to plug it into a dock connector, then apply a little pressure up on the connector while removing it. Repeat, while applying a little pressure down on the connector…  Oh, yea, and use a nicely fitting connector (the one that came with the phone appeared to be a little use after all the wear and tear – so I used a different one)

Repeated 4 times, and then checked. Sound came out the built in speakers.

Other solutions I have seen on internet involved a q-tip and rubbing alcohol, I didn’t have either one handy. So, I agree with the idea that it’s crud on the dock connector – just I basically scrapped it off.

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Posted December 18, 2012 by mmdmurphy in tips

Keeping folders organized

http://lifehacker.com/5510961/how-to-automatically-clean-and-organize-your-desktop-downloads-and-other-foldershttp://dropit.sourceforge.net

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/folder-marker-home-3-2/#comments

http://dropit.sourceforge.net

Posted December 4, 2012 by mmdmurphy in freeware, tips, windows

SSD Drives

Bought a 120 gig SSD drive, what a pain!

First off, you really ought to run ‘chkdsk /f /r’ on your drive before you begin, and reboot. I wish I would have.

Secondly, I am using ‘EaseUS Partition Master 9.1.1 Home Edition’ to manage partitions. Could have used gparted, but didn’t. No reason.

http://lifehacker.com/5837543/how-to-migrate-to-a-solid+state-drive-without-reinstalling-windows

http://lifehacker.com/5802838/how-to-maximize-the-life-of-your-ssd

During the process, I would use CCleaner to

  • bring up a list of apps that are installed
  • make a list of 3 or so
  • uninstall those 3
  • use CCleaner to do a registry check
  • reboot – occasionally doing chkdsk /r /f and/or resize partitions
  • reinstall latest version of those applications

(Of course, I also moved data files and stuff at the same time, not like I was resizing it in tiny bits)

Worth it when I was done? HELL YES.

I am currently considering:

http://www.ghacks.net/2010/06/10/use-a-ram-disk-to-reduce-writes-on-solid-state-drives/

http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk – free for home use, if you make less than a 4 gig ramdisk. I have 18 gig RAM, and am willing to put 4 into this…

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Update – I tried the ram disk, and ran into issues booting. Sorry, I don’t have the details anymore, but I have shelved it for now.

Posted June 24, 2012 by mmdmurphy in freeware, tips, Uncategorized, windows

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Cyberlink PowerDirector 10 installation

Here’s how I got it to work-

  • Install Demo copy – don’t bother with your license key, but run it once.
  • Install CyberLinkPDR10R_toUltra_1005_GM2_113320_VDE110929-04, and NOW try your license key. I opened an old project that uses H.264 and activated the codec at this step – but I don’t know if you need to.
  • Install CyberLink.110906_ContentP_I_PCP110812-04
  • Install CyberLink.110906_ContentP_II_PCP110812-05
  • Install CyberLink.CL_110829_RomancePackv3_MTP110329-03
  • Install CyberLink.1012_GM2_Patch_VDE110926-01

Posted October 29, 2011 by mmdmurphy in tips

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Courion Tip – T-SQL string parsing

Here’s the scenario… I have to generate SNC user names from the user profile table. I was told that it starts with a p:, and that the domain part of the email address HAS to be upper case. So, for instance

dummy.user@example.com would have an SNC name of p:dummy.user@EXAMPLE.COM

Here’s the custom macro I came up with:

select 'p:'+
LEFT(EMAIL_ADDRESS,CHARINDEX('@',EMAIL_ADDRESS))+
UPPER(RIGHT(EMAIL_ADDRESS,LEN(EMAIL_ADDRESS)-CHARINDEX('@',EMAIL_ADDRESS)))
from PROFILE
where EMP_ID =

Posted July 28, 2011 by mmdmurphy in Courion Tip, SQL, tips

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PING PXE on Windows Server

Where to start? PING = Partimage Is Not Ghost.  Ok, I get it.

THE biggest hurdle to getting this to run? For some reason, I figured a machine that could get an IP address for the PXE process could get an IP address later on. Not true. Oh, and make sure you have ONE dhcp server on your network – this one! I didn’t make that mistake, but I see how you could. I actually set this up on Windows Virtual PC’s as a pilot for a customer, but I finally got it all working…

So, here’s how it seems to work – or at least close enough to get it working. PXE gets an IP address, then PXE downloads the OS over TFTP. Then it does something like a pseudo reboot and uses the initrd as part of the final “build” on the client computer.

Ok, so, if it can get an IP address to do the TFTP, why can’t {what I am calling} the final build?

Anyway, so what do you do about this? The answer is pretty simple. The file “default” that they ask you to make? Well, you hard code the IP address of both the client computer, the server (where you will store your images) the subnet mask, the default gateway, and, what the heck, you might as well hard code the user name and password there too!. I will post my ‘default’ file.

The second thing I did to get this to actually work? I downloaded their files and put them where I think they belong. Which wound up being 2 separate places. And then it didn’t seem to work. So, I downloaded the PING iso file, and copied all the files from there. So, some combination of files was missing, but now I seem to have them all.

Hint – I now get the PING logo, whereas before I didn’t.

Now let’s walk thru this. TFTPD32 settings – note, I did the ‘service’ install – watch which one you download!

Contents of the ‘default’ file (if you copy and paste, make sure you know what is on one line and what isn’t, and that you get it all!). And NO, I do NOT get a nice menu to pick from. But it does work.

DEFAULT default
PROMPT 1
TIMEOUT 300
DISPLAY boot.msg
LABEL default
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL backup
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL restore
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL dummy
KERNEL kernel

Notes:
Server is 192.168.1.201, subnet mask is 255.255.255.0, the PXE “client” will be 192.168.1.222, the share is called images, as is the user name and password.

In following my “shotgun” approach, all this is duplicated under Create_New_Image.

Good luck!

Posted February 19, 2011 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, sbs2003, tips, windows

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Ubuntu Netbook – Removing Unity

Ok, so I didn’t remove unity. But I thats what I searched for when I wanted rid of it.

So, here’s what I did (from memory)

“sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop”

Let it finish, reboot, and if you have auto logon setup, log out (not reboot, log out) select … uh…. the new one from the bottom of the screen. I believe it keeps the setting for the last one you used, so it comes back up to it.

Hope that’s enough detail for you!

Posted February 16, 2011 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, tips