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Fatal Error C0000034 installing Windows 7 SP1

I attempted installation of SP1 for Windows 7 on an Acer (Aspire Revo 3610) PC running 64-bit Windows 7. The PC runs as a home server and I started the install while remotely connected. Once it completed the install (with about 5 other Windows updates), I allowed it to reboot. I eventually noticed that it never came back up (I was unable to ping it) so I went to the console (my TV monitor) and it displayed no signal. The power light was on so I left it alone incase it was just a really long install. I actually installed...

posted @ Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:00 AM | Feedback (7) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

How I Upgraded my Tivo Premiere from 47 to 317 Hours

I posted over three years ago about my experiences in upgrading my HD Tivo (How I Upgraded my HD Tivo from 20 to 98 hours) and since then, I moved my family room HD Tivo to the bedroom and replaced it with a Tivo Premiere. Well, I started running low on space so it is upgrade time again. There are new tools to do the easy upgrade which I did yesterday. The upgrade took four hours of which three hours were waiting for the disk-to-disk copy to complete. Also, I recorded the project for YouTube. See details at...

posted @ Saturday, November 6, 2010 12:00 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

How I Redeemed a PayPal Plus Rewards Voucher

I signed up with a PayPal Plus MasterCard some time ago and started to accumulate some rewards points. When I went to investigate how to redeem my points, I found out there were some pretty unusual restrictions. Instead of buying an item from a catalog and applying the points, the PayPal credit card rewards is based on vouchers that may be redeemed during some site’s PayPal checkout process. There are three vouchers – $7 to be applied to shipping for 1000 points; $25 for an item for 2500 points and $100 for an item for 9500 points. Vouchers must...

posted @ Wednesday, September 1, 2010 12:00 AM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

How I Use my Blackberry as a Laptop Modem

Yesterday, there was a major computer room power outage at my company. All Internet connectivity was down. Even the phones were not working. Fortunately, our websites failed over to our business continuity site without a hiccup. However, everybody at their desks had nothing to do since even internal network connectivity was affected. My desktop computer is actually a laptop which I had configured to use my Blackberry as a tethered modem to allow Internet access when traveling. I plugged in my BB, started up the Desktop Manager, clicked the Start->Connect To->Blackberry Bold 9700 and was quickly connected to the...

posted @ Tuesday, August 3, 2010 12:00 AM | Feedback (5) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

My Attempts to Get a Multistream Cablecard from Comcast for my Tivo Premiere

Unlike earlier Tivos, the Premiere requires a multistream cablecard called an M-Card.   My first chat asked if I could pick up an M-Card self-install kit and the operator said yes. I went to the Pompano office, stood in line an hour and the counter person said that was not true. She wrote up the initial order to send out the installer.   My second chat was to make sure the order had instructions to bring M-Cards and not charge me for the installation. The chat person said she added the info to the order.   The installer came last Wednesday with no M-Cards and...

posted @ Wednesday, April 21, 2010 12:00 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

How I Blocked Spam Coming Into my Home Email Server

Some time ago, I blogged about setting up my home email server to support incoming email using the Rollernet.us service (How I Solved Comcast's Block of my SMTP (Email) Port 25). Most of my incoming email is through the webguild.com site but in this case, it is business-related email for my wife’s site, www.debsrealty.com which is hosted by the same home server. The Webguild email was spam-filtered fairly effectively but the email coming in to Debsrealty via Rollernet was leaking lots of Canadian pharmacy and other spam. Lots of this spam is originating from some network of infected computers like the...

posted @ Sunday, March 21, 2010 12:00 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

How I Dealt With an ave.exe Virus Infection

Ave.exe Removal Instructions If you have this ave.exe rogue anti-virus infection and are too anxious to read this posting, these are the removal steps that worked for me on Windows XP: ...

posted @ Thursday, March 18, 2010 12:00 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

How I fixed my slow Windows Server 2008 R2 laptop performance

Yesterday, my Windows Server 2008 R2 laptop was running extremely slow. Eventually, I figured out it was all video related – resizing windows, Snagit, even Outlook opening email. The Aero theme was enabled.   A Google search helped pinpoint it to the Hyper-V role I had recently added. The combination of Hyper-V (the virtualizaton software for Server 2008 R2) and Aero is the problem.   Switching off the Aero theme helped a lot but removing the Hyper-V role is the real answer for now.   I wanted Hyper-V to play around with a virtual image of Win Server +  Visual Studio 2010beta.   Links about this problem: ...

posted @ Thursday, February 18, 2010 12:00 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

How I fixed my slow Gigabit network performance

My connection used to be fast when I first installed my TRENDnet TEW 672GR Wireless “N” Gigabit router. I have three computers that are connected using a wired GB connection. Things just seemed real slow when sending or receiving large files between the home server and my (or my wife’s) PC. For example, shutting down MS Money writes a backup to the server and this took several minutes. Copying a gigabyte .avi movie file would take a long time and copying a DVD would take hours. So I needed some metrics to get a baseline. I decided on Jperf (tutorial) which...

posted @ Wednesday, July 29, 2009 12:00 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

How I Fixed the Windows Sidebar Netflix Gadget

The Netflix Now Showing gadget for the Windows Vista Sidebar is a useful little thing to display the DVDs you currently have checked out as well as a few of the upcoming DVDs you are to receive from the top of your Netflix queue. Sometimes, when my Windows Vista 64 Ultimate starts up and I log on, an error message pops up three times indicating Line 91: Error: 'xmlathome' is undefined: A search of Google showed several people had this error (which was an annoyance but did not prevent the gadget from working). I went to the author's site but there was...

posted @ Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:00 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

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