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WARNING for Windows XP users with AMD Processors: Things to do BEFORE installing SP3 July 12, 2009

I just spent the last 48 hours wrestling with a nightmare brought on by a HUGE oversight in the latest iteration of Windows XP and service pack 3. My sister has an older Compaq Presario desktop computer with an AMD processor. We upgraded to SP3 a few weeks ago and then on Thursday night her system got stuck in a loop where it would not reboot. I checked all kinds of support sites to see what to do, tried every trick in the book and finally gave in. I pulled out my old XP installation disks from 2002- yeah remember XP has been around a LONG time- and set out to reinstall Windows and hopefully restore her computer so she can put off buying a new one.

It took two rounds of windows updates and then suddenly the errors on booting up ended and the install was nice and clean. I had to go looking for some wayward lost drivers and found out something very interesting. The reason for the cataclysmic failure? Windows Service Pack 3 installs into every computer a special INTEL driver command that confuses a machine with any other driver, causing conflicts and a subsequent complete eventual failure of the operating system. ONE STUPID DRIVER! After reading this, I followed the instructions provided to remove the driver which should protect us from a similar failure any time soon, but since I reinstalled before catching this – I may not have caught things in time. You see- if a future wonderful Windows update decides you need the driver it will try to re-install it and screw up the system again. Why the heck is Windows installing processor control drivers without being asked or asking what your working environment is?  Talk about poor planning.

Bottom line- if you have crashed your system recently after installing SP3- don’t toss out your PC just yet! If you can turn it on and have your initial install disks, go ahead and reinstall. Make sure you update to SP2- then go to your manufacturers website to check for patches and instructions on what to do to keep the Windows woogies aways.

The up side to all of this is her system is running faster than ever since we cleaned away all of the crap, all of the old anti-virus software and all kinds of legacy crap you never seem to be able to remove no matter how many tricks you try. It is clean and only loaded with what she uses every day.  I have had to rebuild machines in the past and it is always a pleasure to use a reconfigured computer- made faster and running smoother once it has been updated and the cobwebs of its past swept away.


Fixing XML Queue problem with Filezilla June 29, 2009

Filed under: Fan Site Resources,Random Stuff — Kate @ 12:41 pm

This is a quick tech tip that will take care of a really annoying problem.

The upgrade to Filezilla that I installed earlier this spring suddenly started giving me an error everytime I opened and closed the program- it said “XML queue document not formed well- queue will not be saved upon exit” and gave me a path to the document. After upgrading and reinstalling the software- which did not fix the problem I took care of it with this simple solution.

Follow the path to the file that has the error- on my PC it was in my ApsData Roaming folder- remove the file. I had two files titled queue – I removed both.

Shut down filezilla and then re-install the program. The missing file which had become corrupted is replaced with a clean working file and your program is restored to working order.

See- I told you this was a simple one!


Getting around Veoh hiding your downloaded files July 29, 2008

Filed under: Random Stuff — Kate @ 7:11 am
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After using Veoh again for the first time in eons and once again being frustrated by their stupid method of hiding your files and automatically deleting things that may be questionable downloads from your pc- I finally dug through my Windows Vista search and found out how to make their files un-hidden so I can transfer files out of their folders and manage them myself.

Here is what you do:

Show hidden files

Follow these steps to display hidden files and folders.

Click to open Folder Options in Control Panel
Click to open Folder Options.

Click the tab Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders and then click OK

That is it! Now you can manage your video downloads and save files to your  backup drives. Have fun!


Tech tip- fixing user error 46 Quick Time for Windows Vista July 16, 2008

Filed under: Random Stuff — Kate @ 1:27 pm

I found this trick and it worked like a charm for fixing my QuickTime errors- the key is make sure you log in as administrator- even if your user logins are as admin- idiotic VISTA doesn’t recognize that unless you specifically tell it to run as admin. You can look at my screen shot below- make sure you click on the run as administrator when you open the command prompt module and this fix will work like a charm!

Source: Windows Resources

Fix for quicktime Error 46: Could not find or load activex control

After installing quicktime latest version in windows vista it didn’t start.It may give you an error message saying

Error 46: Could not find or load activex control

The Solution

There is an old NT utility called SubInAcl.exe that can be used to reset permissions in Windows XP and also in Vista.

Step 1: Download subinacl.msi from here and install it.

Step 2: Download modified version of reset.cmd from here and save the file in
C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools

Step 3: Open Command Prompt and type the following (hit Enter):

cd c:\program files\windows resource kits\tools

Step 4: Now type reset.cmd and hit Enter (You need to make sure you are logged in as administartor)

You will see the Command Line Tool running for some seconds. The issue should have been fixed and Quicktime should run again.


Free Gallery Hosting & Coppermine for Dummies July 8, 2008

Check it out Here:

I put together two FREE Coppermine galleries this week- using 000webhost- a great FREE full featured webhosting site.

Operation Save Clark Kent Fan Art Gallery

Charmed HQ Photo Gallery
For fun Coppermine templates- go to the demo thread

on the Coppermine support site and scroll through available templates. Once you find something you like , go to the downloads area and download the file to your hard drive.

This is what you need to post your art/ photos in your own gallery:
1) Image resizing software that will allow you to optimize your photos/art for posting. I recomment VSO resizer. You want Coppermine wallpapers to be no more than 1200 x 1024 size and jpg format works best
I recommend the free program VSO Image Resizer

2) Thumbnail generation program- you will want to make your own thumbs offline to minimize server loading and your bandwidth use on free sites. Easy thumbs is a powerful program and FREE
When you go to make your thumbs you can set the prefix to thumb_
this will automatically generate thumbs with the right name to load right into Coppermine

3) 000webhost which I list above is SUPER easy to use. You can pick your own sub-domain name for free- I used OSCK for our gallery with their suffix added to it. Once your account is active, go into the autoinstaller area in the user panel online and install Coppermine. This takes about 5 minutes or so. If your site is going to be your gallery- don’t mess with a sub-domain name let it install right into your root directory- ie your site that you have just set up. This will be done for you automatically. The installer is installing Coppermine and a MSQL database which will house, store and index your images.

4) Your gallery is installed- open your webpage. You should have a generic Coppermine gallery that appears. Good- now you can customize it! You can pick one of the themes that comes with the software, or like I did for OSCK you can find a theme online if like me you don’t want to mess with coding a skin for the site. I did go in and change my header image – this is pretty easy to do and just requires figuring out which file in your template images folder is the header image and swapping it out for your own.

5) If you are adding a new skin- you will need a FTP client to load it as well as your images. I cannot emphasize how nice using the FTP client is–especially with a decent number of photos.

  • Open your FTP client plugging in your logins.
  • Go to the public HTML folder
  • You will load your new theme into the content/ themes folder
  • Add your images in folders in the albums folder. Make sure you name your folders and organize them so you will be able to know what is where with ease. Once you have loaded things into coppermine these folders cannot be changed around.

6) Open your cpanel if you have added a new theme, go into your public html and extract the new theme ( it will be zipped) into the theme folder. Exit the cpanel. If you want to do things even faster- extract the files on your pc and then load the folder with the theme into your themes folder in coppermine through your ftp client

7) Go to Coppermine, pick your theme in the config menu.

8)Build your categories for your gallery and then albums to go in each category. You can’t add pictures if there is no album to put them in.

9) Add your photos- you can use the batch add tool to add photos in folders to albums in your gallery.

  • If you get a message that you need to change permissions on your folders- go back to your FTP tool, open your database and go to the albums folder where you have loaded everything. Right click on the albums folder and go to file properties- change the number from 755 to 777 and select to have this cascade to all files beneath the main folder.
  • Now shut down your ftp tool and click batch add again.
  • Since you have used the thumbnail generator to make your own thumbs and they are in the folder with their originals Coppermine will only add the big photos to your album, automatically knowing that files with the prefix thumb_ are thumbnails. Loads are blazing fast when you do this too!

That is it! You now have a free gallery for your artwork, scans- whatever to share with friends and the world!


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Fox renews King of the Hill April 4, 2008

Filed under: Heroes,Random Stuff,Sci-Fi TV News,Smallville News — Kate @ 3:05 pm

Propane rules! Fox has renewed King of the Hill for a 13th season. The down home hilarity of Hank and Peggy Hill, their son Bobby and dog Lady Bird, will continue for another year, likely remaining in Fox’s strong Sunday night animation lineup that includes The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad — although that’s only speculation on my part.

King of the Hill

Creators Mike Judge (the voice of Hank and Boomhauer) and Greg Daniels (The Office) will continue at the helm, and all the usual characters remain. That means more of Kathy Najimy as Peggy, Brittany Murphy as Luanne, Pamela Adlon as Bobby, Johnny Hardwick as Dale, and Stephen Root as Bill.

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