Sunday, December 2, 2018

Device Manager showing exclamation marks on all cpu i7 cores

After using Acronis to copy Windows 7 x 64 system disk image from an old Dell Core2Duo desktop to a custom modded Gateway/Acer desktop with Intel DQ57TM motherboard and 1st gen Intel Core i7 870 CPU, you see this message in the device manager:

A driver (service) for this device has been disabled.  An alternate driver may be providing this functionality. (Code 32)

Sure its an old Lynnfield Core i7, a first generation processor from 2009, but's still better than a Core2Duo, it's a poorman's upgrade.

To resolve this problem you need to do: change device installation options to "Never install driver software from windows update" on each core of the CPU, then reboot.

in Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers
click on the computer icon, and then right click, then "device installation options"

Before following through the article (for method 2), I disabled automatic driver installation. To do this, I did the following:
1) Opened Devices and Printers.
2) Right-clicked my computer's device icon and clicked on Device Installation Settings.3) I set the option to No Let me choose what to do -> Never install driver software from Windows Update.4) I kept the bottom checkbox checked. 

I then followed method 2 of the article above, and when I went to manually assign a driver to my processors in device manager, I chose "Processor" rather than "Intel Processor". This solved the issue for me. 

Halfway thru the fix

step 1 
Start here

choose processor driver

at finish, repeat for all cores

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Install SSL Certificate on Amazon Bitnami Wordpress Website

How to Get A Free SSL Certificate and How to Install It

SSL Certificates Should Be Free For Everyone

Let's Encrypt and SSL For Free are two of the most famous free SSL services out there, with your new Amazon EC2 Bitnami Wordpress virtual machine, you now need an SSL Certificate. Get your free certificate at, install it like a boss the hardway using the SSH command line.  In our knowledge base story regarding 31 Tips for Your First Business Website, our advice is to install an SSL Certificate immediately.  Amazon EC2 Bitnami Wordpress is another great way to get a free website, free of hosting charges. We have a list of free hosting options here. You must run it on the free tier.

Where is Wordpress located

Its right here:  /home/bitnami/apps/wordpress/htdocs

How to Install Your Free SSL Certificate on Amazon/Bitnami WordPress

FYI: Bitnami Wordpress on Amazon EC2 uses Ubuntu 16.04
Here's how to manually install a free LetsEncrypt ssl certificate

Go here and register for a free account

Add the ACME challenge TXT records to your domain DNS as instructed.

Logon to your EC2 machine using SSH, then change directory to: /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/ then you will find the SSL certificate files. in this directory:  /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/ you will find server.crt and server.key.
ssh console screenshot
This directory holds the SSL cert and private key files

The use sudo and vim to copy + paste in the server certificate and the private key file. Insert the certificate and key into these files, the server.csr is a request file.
ssh console screenshot
Use vim with sudo to edit
The restart the services.
ssh console screenshot
Then restart the services

Stop and Start the services
/etc/init.d/bitnami stop
/etc/init.d/bitnami start

root@ip-172-30-0-99:/opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/bitnami# ll /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/
total 316
drwxr-xr-x  6 bitnami root   4096 Nov 13 07:09 ./
drwxr-xr-x 14 root    root   4096 Aug 15 10:43 ../
drwxr-xr-x  2 bitnami root   4096 Nov 13 07:09 bitnami/
-rw-r--r--  1 bitnami root    289 Aug 15 10:43 deflate.conf
drwxr-xr-x  2 bitnami root   4096 Aug 15 10:40 extra/
-rw-r--r--  1 bitnami root  20192 Nov 13 06:34 httpd.conf
-rw-r--r--  1 bitnami root  13077 Jul 30 15:17 magic
-rw-r--r--  1 bitnami root  60847 Jul 30 15:17 mime.types
-rw-r--r--  1 bitnami root   7413 Aug  2  2012 modsecurity.conf
drwxr-xr-x  3 bitnami root   4096 Aug 15 10:40 original/
-rw-r--r--  1 bitnami root  17447 Aug 15 10:43 pagespeed.conf
-rw-r--r--  1 bitnami root 141034 Aug 15 10:40 pagespeed_libraries.conf
-rw-r--r--  1 bitnami root    199 Aug 15 10:41 php-fpm-apache.conf
-rw-r--r--  1 bitnami root   1834 Nov 12 03:50 privkey.pem
drwxr-xr-x  2 root    root   4096 Nov 13 07:05 saved.d/
-rw-r--r--  1 root    root   1968 Nov 13 07:06 server.crt
-rw-r--r--  1 root    root    985 Nov 12 03:50 server.csr
-rw-r--r--  1 root    root   1704 Nov 13 07:06 server.key
-rw-r--r--  1 bitnami root    203 Aug 15 10:42 ssi.conf

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Microsoft Visio 2010 Premium Product Keys

Visio KMS client key from Microsoft

You can use these with AutoKMS tool such as Office Toolkit 2.4.9 (office 2010/2013) which will re-arm them once every 180 days. So you are always in the grace period.

Visio Standard 2010


Visio Professional 2010


Visio Premium 2010


Keys from our Russian friends. you can only install with these keys, you cannot activate.
Visio Premium 2010:
Visio Premium 2010:

The IT Bros on KMS Activation Visio 2016/2019 with KMS

"...But just in case, below you can find a list of official public GVLK keys for MS Office apps, which must be used during client activation with KMS server. ..." -- from the IT Bros website

Visio Professional 20199BGNQ-K37YR-RQHF2-38RQ3-7VCBB
Visio Standard 20197TQNQ-K3YQQ-3PFH7-CCPPM-X4VQ2

Move Mailboxes Failure in Exchange 2016 EAC

When you use Exchange Control Panel in Exchange 2016 to Move Mailboxes, they go straight to migration and then nothing happens.

Here's how to move them like a boss by using the powershell command line. To start, open the Exchange 2016 Shell on the server console.

If you are getting issue in moving mailbox by EAC. So you can also try the PowerShell commands
Step 1: Get the Mailboxes Name:  i.e.  "John Johnson" or "Joe Jackson

Use the PowerShell command to get the list of mailboxes exist in Exchange Server Database
  • Get-Mailbox -Database My_MBDatabase -ResultSize Unlimited
Step 2: Create Move Request

To start the migration process of mailbox database to another database use PowerShell command
  • New-MoveRequest -Identity "Joe Jackson" -TargetDatabase My_MBDatabase
Step 3: Check the migration process

User can also check the mailbox Migration process statistics by PowerShell command
  • Get-MoveRequestStatistics -MoveRequestQueue My_MBDatabase
Hope my suggestion helps you in migrating the Database in Exchange Server
Cleanout the failed Move Requests from the EAC
Show the the status of old move requests
Clear them out and start all over again
Get-MoveRequest | Remove-MoveRequest
Show the status of current Move Requests
Get-MoveRequestStatistics -MoveRequestQueue MyMBDatabase

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Download Offline / Full Installer for Google Chrome

Links to Download the Full Offline Installer of Google Chrome

64Bit and 32 bit

Download Old Versions of Chrome

We are offering two old versions of 64 bit Chrome that you can use with the above advice.  Chrome Version 58 and Chrome Version 72 Enterprise. Download and Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Protected .mdb access database password recovery

Oops I forgot my Access database password for the Nth time!

Database passwords are so stupid and useless, because they are so easy to crack.

Supposing that you need to get the password for your Shoretel Application Server for example

NirSoft Access PassView can get it. Download it from here:

Example Output

Filename: M:\Share\Shoretel\STPSLicenseService1.0.7\ShoreTel Application License Service\Licenses.mdb
The password is:

Don't laugh, that's really the password, duh.

Monday, October 29, 2018

How Do I Setup An External Time Source For My Windows Domain Controller using w32tm?

Windows Time Sync Commands

Net Stop W32Time
W32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /manualpeerlist:""
W32tm /config /reliable:yes
Net Start W32Time
W32tm /config /update
w32tm /resync

Strip Chart Test

w32tm /stripchart /computer:"" /samples:5 /dataonly

An Example

C:\Users\Administrator>w32tm /stripchart /computer:"" /samples:5 /dataonly
Tracking [].
Collecting 5 samples.
The current time is 11/18/2019 11:29:41 PM.
23:29:41, +00.2785488s
23:29:43, +00.2738542s
23:29:45, +00.2741342s
23:29:47, +00.2751842s
23:29:49, +00.2732097s

Useful Links

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Apple PlainTalk Microphone Adapter

Apple PlainTalk Microphone Adapter

by JM Talbert2 / November 12, 2009 4:00 AM PST
The PlainTalk Microphone has an elongated mini TRS plug and an enclosed Mono Mic Preamp.

Tip (White) is the power supply for the enclosed preamp. 5v to 9v seems to work.
Ring (Black) is the line-level output from the preamp.
Sleeve (Shield) is Ground

Use a 9 volt battery, a Stereo 1/4" Jack for the line out, and an enclosure. Cut off and toss the elongated mini TRS.

Make the following Connections:

1. Black from the PlainTalk to 1/4" Tip.
2. White from the PlainTalk to + side of 9volt battery
3. Shield Ground Wire from the PlainTalk to 1/4" Sleeve.
4. Negative side of 9 volt battery to 1/4" Ring. When a Mono Phone plug is inserted into the 1/4" Jack the Ring will connect to the Sleeve completing the circuit with the battery.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Mercedes Benz Diesel CDI EGR Emulator Circuit Diagrams

Mercedes EGR Emulator Circuits for Electric Wahler EGR on Diesel Engine

For any car fitted with a MAF you can't just block the EGR valve as the MAF detects the reduced airflow when the valve operates. If it fails to report this reduction the ECU throws a code, turns on the MIL light and engages Limp Home mode.
The EGR valve is operated in varying degrees whenever the engine is in cruise mode.

A circuit has to be designed that reduces the MAF output voltage whenever the EGR valve
 is called to actuate.

Having seen a mod on another forum I decided to give it a go and installed it last night.

The circuit is really simple. The EGR valve
 transducer is fed with constant 12v which is proportionately shunted to Gnd to create the potential to activate the transducer, to engage the EGR solenoid and allow hot gasses into the intage via the EGR valve in varying degrees.

The MAF is in the cold air intake. the EGR gasses enter further downstream. the MAF then monitors the reduced cold intake when the EGR valve admits hot recirculated gas. In the Emulator circuit, the biasing circuit drags the MAF voltage lower when the EGR signal line goes low, thereby fooling the ECU into thinking the EGR just kicked in as commanded.

Here is the circuit number 1

Simple EGR Emulator Circuit Idea
Complex EGR Emulator Ciruit Idea - Will it Work?


Below are the known connections for W210 300 TurboDiesel and W210 270CDI, W210 320CDI and W163 ML270 CDI. 
EGR transducer negative side:
300 TD: Pin 35 (grey-green wire)
CDI: Plug 3, Pin 50 (grey-black wire)

2003 ML270 CDI
The wire from MAF pin 5 to the ECU Pin 24 plug 2 is Brown/White.

EGR transducer positive side:
300 TD: Any pin/wire that has switched +12V
CDI: Plug 3, Pin 37 (grey-red wire)

MAF signal:
300 TD: Pin 21 (yellow-white wire)
CDI: Plug 2, Pin 24 (yellow-white wire)

W210 300TD is:
Switched 12v (sorry, can't remember which pin I used)
EGR signal = Pin 35
MAF signal = Pin 21

ML270 CDi:
12v = Pin 37, plug 3
EGR signal = Pin 60, plug 3
MAF signal = Pin 24, plug 4

The above will work for all Vacuum transducer type EGR valves, but the connections may vary.

Inside the ECU box:
Hook up the circuit inside this box. It will be insulated and safely dry there!

The Modification: 
A small circuit #3 (consisting of two resistors and a diode) is hooked-up the wiring harness going to the ECU. One 1kΩ resistor acts as (the load of) the EGR transducer. Another 470Ω resistor in series with a 1N4004-diode utilizes the control signal for EGR operation to pull the Voltage drop the ECU expects to see on the MAF-signal. That’s all! The ECU is fooled, and the engine still gets the same amount of airflow but it’s all clean air coming through the inlet, getting full boost!

The EGR-transducer can now simply be unplugged. This causes the EGR-valve to stay closed at all time. That’s it! No clipping of wires and everything still looks original under the hood. For emissions testing, if needed you can simply connect the EGR-transducer and unplug it again when passed!!!

Making the circuit:
1/4 watt resistors are fine as there is no current, just signal voltage.
First identify your components. L-R = diode, 470 ohm and 1000 ohm resistors.

Solder the 470 ohm resistor to the tail of the diode. Note the silver band on the diode shows which is the + positive blocking.

Add the 1k ohm resistor to the other end of the diode and add appropriate wire then clip off any stray tails.

Fit heatshrink tubing to the bare sections.

And then tape over with material tape for protection to complete.

(The Red wire is +12v, Yellow is MAF, Green is EGR transducer signal.)

Wahler Electronic EGR Wiring 

On Mercedes Benz CDI engines such as in Sprinters, ML, C, E, and S class from the mid 2000's and on, you will find an electronic EGR valve made by Wahler.  The images below show their wiring connections.  
Wahler EGR Valve Wiring

Walher EGR Valve Pinout for Electronic EGR Valves

Your EGR Emulator will connect to your MAF sensor like this

Your EGR Emulator will connect to your MAF sensor like this

Additional Reading
EGR Valve Emulator Install Guide (emulate a Wahler egr)


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Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Populate the Outlook 2010 Auto-Complete List

How to Populate the Outlook 2010 Auto-Complete List

Outlook won't populate the auto-complete cache automatically but it’s a fairly simple task for users.
Open a new message and click the To button, select all of the names in the Suggested Contacts folder and add them to the message. Repeat for your Contacts folder. Close the message without sending.
This method works in all versions of Outlook that use autocomplete.
Note that there is a limit to the number of names you can have on the autocomplete list. In Outlook 2003, it's 1000. In Outlook 2007 and 2010 it's 2000. In all versions, it's an MRU - most recently used - list, so frequently used addresses will always be on the list.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cisco 3560 switch Password Reset and Recovery Procedure

Cisco 3560 switch Password Reset and Recovery Procedure

3560 password recovery enabled procedures
Before you start you will need a Cisco console cable, which has a DB9 and RJ45 on the other end, plug in the RJ45 to the Console port on your cisco, then plug in the DB9 to a USB-serial converter such as the TripLite USA-19HS, use Putty to connect to serial, usually the speed is 9600 or 19200 baud, N,8,1
Pull the power cord.  Now plug it back in, then Push the green button in front, while plugging in power, then hold it down while Cisco starts up, You will see a message on your console window indicating that you are in password recovery mode. Let go of the button.

type this for password recovery.
switch: flash_init
switch: load_helper
switch: rename flash:config.text flash:config.old
switch: boot
after the switch boots and you are at the enable prompt, type this:
switch# rename flash:config.old flash:config.text
Switch# copy flash:config.text system:running-config
If you do it wrong you will see this:
switch: dir flash:/
unable to stat flash://: invalid argument 
change the password now
switch:  conf term
switch:  enable password level 15 MySecretPassword123

Some Useful Commands

switch: dir flash:/
Directory of flash://

    2  -rwx  676       <date>               vlan.dat
    3  -rwx  1929      <date>               private-config.text
  464  drwx  192       <date>               c3560-ipbasek9-mz.122-55.SE7
  463  -rwx  26639     <date>               config.text
  502  -rwx  3096      <date>               multiple-fs

544256 bytes available (15454720 bytes used)