Friday, 15 June 2012

Windows Server 2012 Test Install

So as a test I decided to install Windows Server 2012.  I installed this onto Oracle Virtual box.  I started the install and hit an error, “Windows failed to start” with error code “0xc0000225” .
To fix this error, you need to shutdown the virtual machine.   Then right click the machine and select “Settings” the select “System” and tick “Enable IO APIC” You should do this on any host that you need to run in 64 bit mode, it is also required if you want to run more than one CPU on your virtual machine. 

When you install Windows Server 2012, you can choose between Server Core Installation and Server with a GUI as per the two screenshots below.  The “Server with a GUI” option is the Windows 8 equivalent of the Full installation option available in Windows Server 2008 R2. The “Server Core Installation” option reduces the space required on disk, the potential attack surface, and especially the servicing requirements, Microsoft recommend that you choose the Server Core installation unless you have a particular need for the additional user interface elements and graphical management tools that are included in the “Server with a GUI” option. For this reason, the Server Core installation is now the default. Because you can freely switch between these options at any time later, one approach might be to initially install the Server with a GUI option, use the graphical tools to configure the server, and then later switch to the Server Core Installation option. I went for the “Server with a GUI” option for my test machine.

The following link provides information on installing Windows Server 2012 :-

One you have installed it you then log in with the very dull looking login screen.

Once your in you can then have a browse around at the new features, if you have installed Windows 8 then it looks almost the same as that.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

May Un Mar Lady Hits The Radio

The Sentinal cartoon that has been running for more than 20 years is due to be turned into a radio series with the help of 6 Towns Radio.  The idea came from 6 Towns Radio DJ Terry Bossons who said "After reading these cartoons all my life, I thought it would be great to breathe new life into them and came up with the radio play idea."

The episodes, which last for roughly one minute, will appear on Terry's Friday afternoon show, Bossons About, from 4pm. They will also be uploaded to the 6 Towns Radio website so people can listen again at any time.

The instalments will be aided by some well-known voices, including Nick Hancock, Pete Conway, Denis Smith and Wendy Turner Webster, who will take on the various roles, including publicans and barbers who pop up in the cartoons.

The voices for the famous bickering husband and wife will be real-life husband and wife team Nick and Maxine King, Nick who presents a Northern Soul show on 6 Towns Radio, said: "It feels good to be a part of it and I suppose I do have quite a strong Potteries accent"

The cartoon's creator, Stafford-born Dave Follows, passed away in 2003 after losing his battle with cancer. Son Chris, aged 41, who lives in London, said: "We're all really pleased to hear the May un Mar Lady characters come to life with real Stoke-on-Trent voices"

You can listen on-line to 6 Towns radio at

Thursday, 7 June 2012

TP-LINK TL-WA701ND And Sky Broadband

This example shows my TP-LINK TL-WA701ND conning to a Sky Broadband box, but this example will work with other models of TP-LINK and other broadband providers.

The end result of this is that, I have full Wi-Fi coverage in the house, I can be on the internet on my mobile phone in one room and walk into the rear of the house it will then auto connect to the other box and I dont even notice, plus we can now use Wi Fi in the garden which is great if you want to sit outside in the summer, if we get any more sun that is.

So, it was time to upgrade the network at home a bit, due to a few wireless issues.  Same as most people, my wireless does not cover the entire house, even though the box is in a centre part of the house and has had a new high gain aerial which did improve things, but its still not perfect.

I was lucky enough to have a RJ45 cable feed to the back room that goes from the Sky router to the PC.  So I connected this to a Hub i had and then connected the PC to this alongside the feed to the new TP-LINK box.  I put the TP-LINK as high up as possible so it had the best range.

I decided to buy the TP-Link TL-WA701ND 150Mbps Wireless Lite N Access Pointfrom Amazon, this has some great reviews and at £17.99 you cant complain at the price either.

Connecting it up is easy to start with you need to assign a static IP address of to your PC, you dont need a gateway or DNS. Click on the mask and it will auto insert then connect cable from your PC to the box and power it up.  Enter in your browser and you can then login with the default username and password (admin/admin) but remember to change the password later.

If your Sky box is not on the 192.168.1.x range then you will need to give this TO-LINK box a new IP address in your range. My network is the 192.168.0.x range so i gave my TP-LINK a IP of and the gateway points back to which is the Ip address of my Sky router.

Regarding the wireless settings, I had fun getting this bit to work how I wanted but in the end I set the box as "Access Point"

One final thing to note, is UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE this bit saved my life, I could get it to connect but it would not auto switch if I moved to the other side of the house, I found a random internet post that suggested upgrade the firmware and this sorted the issue for me.  Also you need the Channel to be the same on both box's as well, this is on the Wi-Fi settings.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

6 Towns Radio Show 02-06-12

I did a live show on 6 Towns Radio yesterday, played a wide range of music, have a listen at the link below.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

STOP 0x0000007B Error Installing XP On Dell PC

So you might get this blue screen error if you have a Dell PC and your trying to install/reinstall Windows XP.

STOP 0x0000007B 0xF7A9263C 0xC0000034

The fix is as follows :-

1. Enter the BIOS by pressing F2 on boot up.
2. Select "Drives"
3. Select "SATA Operation"
4. It will be set as "Raid Auto/AHCI" change this to "Raid Auto/ATA"
5. Reboot and this will now let you install Windows XP