Friday, 6 December 2013

3TB Hard Disk Detects As 2TB Disk

I recently purchased a 3TB hard disk to install in a Dell Optiplex 760 PC, as this PC has only the space and capacity for one hard disk, adding it as a secondary drive was not an option, so I wanted to put Windows 7 (64 bit) Home onto this disk as the only hard disk in this system, but things didn’t go to plan.

I installed the disk and started to install Windows, it came to the point of make a drive partition when I started to have issues, at this point it would only let me create a max drive of apx 2TB with the other 700 odd GB as unallocated space, I thought this must be wrong so I accepted the default and installed Windows.  After the install I went into Windows disk manager to check, and got the same results, I could see an extra 700 or so GB but I couldn’t do anything with it at all. 

So like many people I hit Google at this point.  After much reading I found that my system like many others must not support primary disks of above 2TB, even though the operating system can, the hardware could not.  I updated my Dell BIOS from A02 to A16 which requires you to download a file from Dell and then just run it in Windows and wait 10mins and the system will then reboot with the updated BIOS version.  But this did not fix the problem. There is a very good article I found here (  ) that explains the 2TB and above issue in detail, so no need for me to type up pages of info ! Plus have a read of this Microsoft article that answers many questions also -

Apparently I read online that you can get above 2TB drive to work in most PC’s if you buy a “Highpoint Rocket Card” however a quick look on eBay, Amazon etc and it isn’t worth the hassle given that these cards cost £30 plus.  Because in my situation I’m left with no option but to have the drive external ( unless I pay £30 plus for a card and there is no guarantee this will work ) I decided to buy a good quality external hard disk caddy from Amazon, based on good reviews, this cost me apx £15 delivered.  This is now going to be used as a second hard disk, externally.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Startup Location Windows Server 2008

On Server 2008 R2 the all users start-up is located in a different place, it is now :-

 C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

 So if you need to add something to the start-up then this is where it needs to be added, I have used this recently to add something to all users on 2008 Terminal Server also.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Microsoft Hotfix And Error Code 110

I recently downloaded a Microsoft hotfix, and came to install it and it started to extract and then came up with the error :-

"The self-extracting zip file is part of a multidisk zip file. Please insert the last disk of the set."

You get no option other than to press “ok” and then you get another error

"An error occured while unzipping. One or more files were not succesfully unzipped. The error code is 110."

I re downloaded the file again and got the same error, went to another PC re downloaded and got the same error.  The only thing I spotted was the file I downloaded should have been 11mb and it was only 940kb on the ones I had downloaded, at first I thought maybe the copy on the Microsoft site was corrupted, then I thought that’s not really going to happen.  All our PC’s all go out via a Microsoft TMG 2010 server and we had had problems in the past downloading certain files, but I thought this issue had gone away, but it seems not.  I re downloaded the file from a different internet link and it was then fine. 

Bit of a confusing error as you are lead to believe something is missing….

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Acer Laptop Mouse Not Working

I did a repair on an Acer laptop, it needed a new power connector so involved stripping the laptop down, after doing this I noticed that the on board mouse / touchpad was not working, I thought I must have not connected it back up correctly, so I stripped the laptop down again and checked and everything was connected ok, looked on the net as to where this connects, and it looked like it was connected ok.  I disconnected both ends of the ribbon cable for this and reconnected again, and tested but still no luck.  At this point I started to think maybe the ribbon cable was damaged so I removed it totally and tested it with a meter and it appeared to work ok.  This is the point you start to panic thinking that maybe something on the mainboard has blown.  However after another google on this matter I found it was possible to disable it via some FN keys, so I wondered if I had somehow done this.  As luck would have it, I must have “somehow” disabled it.

To fix is very easy, You need to press FN and F7 to (together) to enable the on-board touchpad / mouse.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Open Device Manager As Administrator

You may be logged onto a PC in a domain environment (or other) and you don’t have admin rights but need to make a change in device manager that requires admin rights, this is a very simple issue to resolve, and one that I used myself today on Windows 7.

1. Open a command prompt as an administrator, Right click “Command Prompt”  and click “Run as Administrator.
    2. Type devmgmt.msc

    3. This will now open Device Manager as an administrator.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Windows XP End Of Life

Support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014.  An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows new drivers for your hardware and more.  Windows XP users are advised to upgrade as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

DPM_SQL_PROTECT Folder On Microsoft SQL Server

On your SQL Server you may see a folder called “DPM_SQL_PROTECT” this maybe within the SQL Data folder, this should be empty, unless there is a backup/sync in progress, check on your DPM server and you may see that the database is synchronizing or backup in progress once complete this folder should then be empty.  As an example I was looking  a SQL instance that has 200Gb plus of databases and the “DPM_SQL_PROTECT” folder was apx 50Gb.


Sunday, 28 July 2013

Audacity Failed To Start Because The Application Configuration Is Incorrect

I had just installed Audacity onto a Windows XP machine and got the following error "Audacity failed to start because the application configuration was incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix the problem" as you can guess the first thing I did was to remove and reinstall the application but no luck same error.

After looking on the net I found you can fix the problem by downloading Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) or Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64)  I installed this and it then resolved the problem.  From what I read online this can happen on different versions of Audacity.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Error Code 32777 When You Try To Activate Windows XP

If you try to activate Windows XP, you might get error 32777.

If you have just rebuilt the machine, like me change the system time is normally the last thing I do.  

But windows will not activate if the system time is to far out from the current time.  I changed the time and date to the correct one and it then worked ok for me.

Friday, 5 July 2013


You may see a folder called “DPM_SYSTEM_STATE” on a client machine that DPM backs up, and in it should be a file servername.bkf

This is to do with the system state backup that is done by DPM.

 You can move the location of this to another drive as follows.

1.       Locate PSDataSourceConfig.xml ( usually c:\Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\Datasources )

2.       Make a backup copy of this file ( not needed but is best practice )

3.       Locate “FilesToProtect”

Should now show as  <FilesToProtect>%SystemDrive%\DPM_SYSTEM_STATE\%computername%.bkf

Change to required path i.e.  <FilesToProtectD:\DPM_SYSTEM_STATE\%computername%.bkf

4.       On DPM Server Modify the protection group and run a consistency check.

5.       You can now delete the current file and when the backup is ran again it will go to the new location.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Remove PCEU Virus aka Police Central e-crime Unit

I was looking for some info on certain songs, all of a sudden I got hit by the famous "Police Central e-crime Unit" aka  "PCeu Virus" screen of death.  Once you get this your "stuffed" it's a nasty virus/malware that stops you from disableing this image and it appears each time you boot.

See below the image for how I got rid of this :-

So first of all don't panic ! and dont reboot ! Stop and think first !

1. So i got hit by this while web browsing, lucky enough I know it isnt real and didnt pay up, if you did. you would still be stuck with this anyway !.  On the PC I was on at the time it was running Windows Vista.  I tried CTRL ALT DEL and no it open up that screen ok but would not load "Task Manager"

2.  I've got multiple users so I selected "Switch User" and logged on as another admin account, It got me in ok but I could not run Task Manager, so  I downloaded "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free" and started a scan, I opted for a quick scan and it took about 45mins to scan my 60Gb of data on the C drive.

3.  At the end of the scan it found 5 suspect items so I removed them, crossed my fingers and rebooted.

4. Lucky enough that did the trick and got rid of it.

If this don't work for you or your not in the same situation as me visit the following link there is some great guides on how to remove this virus there -

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Microsoft's 255 Character File Limit

If your like me and work in IT every so often this issue will crop up.
Where a copy fails or a backup fails due to long file paths, most users dont understand this or why there is a limit many people I speak to say "there should not be a limit" nice in a perfect world, anyone of a certain age who had a DOS or Windows 3.x based PC will remember the 8 character limit ! ( )
Here is a good description of the Microsoft 255 Character limit that we all face at some point.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Join In - North Staffs TV

North Staffs TV will soon be in a position to start delivering local TV content out to North Staffordshire and the world via the internet. They have premises, they have a plan and now they need you to help them deliver it.

They are looking for a wide variety of skills, from presenters, camera crew, editing team, production, web editors, content writers, administrators, journalists, graphic designers and much more.

For more info visit - 

Friday, 1 March 2013

Speed Test Tether Orange Mobile To Laptop - Test 1

So, this will be first of many posts and tests i'm doing with my Samsung S2 tethered to my Packard Bell Windows 8 laptop.

For more posts look for the label "Tether Test"

The following test was done with a full signal on my Orange phone at 9.30pm on Friday 1st March 2013.  I did a few tests and all were apx the same results, around 2.85Mb download and about 1.32mb upload.

The test was done at

I am interested to see what results I get over the next few months at various times of the day and night and with various signal strengths on my mobile phone.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Jeep Twitter Account Hacked - Including Photo's

In the past hour another Twitter account has been hacked this time the official Twitter account for Jeep ( )
Update - Just over a hour after the hack the Twitter account is back to normal and all the hackers posts have now been removed - lucky I screen shot them earlier !
Here is how the Twitter account of @jeep looked when it was hacked.


Thursday, 24 January 2013

TMG2010 - Allow RDP Access To Server

When you setup TMG 2010 for the first time, your IP address is automatically allowed access via RDP, you may need to allow other staff to access the TMG server via RDP also.

Allow remote access to TMG server via Windows Remote Desktop

1.       Click on “Firewall Policy”

2.       On the right hand task bar click on “Tasks”

3.       Click “Edit System Policy”

4.       Scroll down to “Remote Management” section and select “Terminal Server”

5.       Click the “From” tab

6.       Select “Remote Management Computers” and click “Edit”

7.       Add your PC or IP range to this, click “Ok” then “Apply”

Friday, 18 January 2013

Set Timeout On VPN Connection - TMG2010

To set a timeout on a VPN connection on TMG2010

1.       Open “Routing and Remote Access”

2.       Right Click “Remote Access Logging & Policies”

3.       Click “Launch NPS”

4.       Once “Network Policy Server” open’s click “Network Policies”

5.       Right click “Forefront TMG Default Policy” and select “Properties”

6.       Move to the “Constraints” tab

7.       Click “Idle Timeout” and tick the “Disconnect after the maximum time” and set that in the box below in minutes.  (i.e 120 for 120 mins)

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Power calibration error - Nero 10

I have been having problems with Nero 10 now for the past 6 months or so, it will burn audio CD's ok and normal data CD'd and DVD's but if I tried to burn something in Nero Vision 10 then it would fail, so I saved the log file and in there amungst all the other stuff is "Power calibration error" which is a common fault if you read the forums.

So I checked what drive I had and it was a Sony DRU-190S and it was running 1.62 firmware I found the Sony site and there is now a version 1.63 firmware, so i downloaded it and updated my drive, rebooted the PC and what do you know problem solved.  Very strange as it used to work find then one day stopped working.  Here is the link to download the firmware from the official Sony woebsite. ( )