How to Create a Bootable Dell Diagnostic CD

I am working on a Dell OptiPlex GX400 which was rebuilt once. The machine freezes during boot process. I suspect that it's a hardware related problem. I want to run the diagnostic utility to find…

IE6 Installation Problem

I helped a user do a repair installation of Windows 2000. After reinstallation, I had to install IE6 again. When I ran ie6setup.exe, it says "A previous installation has pending work requiring s reboot. you…

Laptop Battery Recall List

There have been quite a few laptop batteries recalled recently. I have compiled a short list of major brands. Surprisingly, Sony hasn't recalled VAIO's batteries. Sony https://esupport.sony.com/perl/compatibility.pl?comp_project_id=7 Dell https://www.dellbatteryprogram.com/ Apple https://support.apple.com/ibook_powerbook/batteryexchange/https://support.apple.com/macbookpro15/batteryexchange/ Toshiba http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_dtlView.jsp?soid=1482876 Lenovo (IBM)…

$399.00 Laptop

Do you remember that people get in a long line to buy a $399.00 laptop after Thanks Giving? There are several incidents that people actually fight to buy the laptop they want. Even though you…

Vista RC1 on MacBook

When I heard that RC1 is available for download, I downloaded it and installed it on my MacBook right away. Compared to my Vista Beta 2's installation note, I found the following favorable points. The…

MD5 and SHA1 for Vista RC1

The information is from the Windows Vista RC1 download page. 32-Bit MD5 hash: 22486e815a38feffd9667317dfeec55a SHA1 hash: e00b4ebbc81fb420cf047973b95a9cfb7cdf51b7 64-Bit MD5 hash: f3a385aae6e4dea9226e31d9f1148b56 SHA1 hash: 8e4de7a72c828a3543ff1663243eb0836da07eea

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Windows Vista RC1 Available for Download

Microsoft has finally released Vista RC1 for everyone to download. You will need to join Windows Vista Customer Preview Program to get the product key. If you have done so for Vista Beta 2, you…

How to Use nvram to Set Startup Disk…

A little background before I go into the details of this guide. If you install Vista Beta 2 on a MacBook using BootCamp Assistant, you cannot set the default startup disk at ease. You can…

ps Display Width in OS X

In one of my OS X scripts, I used the following to check the running process. ps -aux | grep '/etc/bkupexec/agent.be' However, it doesn't always work. I didn't know exactly why. On one occasion, I…

How to Use Vista Beta 2 Boot Manager…

UPDATE: [The trick detailed below only works if your default startup disk is set to Mac OS X. The boot.efi file only let you reboot the machine, it DOES NOT boot the system to Mac…