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Tuesday, 09 November 2010

Printing from DOS to your USB Laser Printer

Buycomputers recently had a client that needed to print from a DOS programme to their USB Laser Printer. After looking around we found a great free application called Printfil.

Printfil is a simple printing redirection utility.

Once you have installed Printfil you are able to print from DOS to your USB printer, you will find that this can make you save time and money.

Here are a few examples:
• The integrated print preview shows you exactly what you are about to print, which would save you paper and ink if it printed incorrectly.
• You can use USB printers instead of having to buy expensive DOS compatible printers.
• You can print directly to a fax printer instead of printing a sheet and scanning it, or walking and waiting in front of the fax machine.
• Print your jobs to multiple printers simultaneously.

more info and download here

Friday, 17 September 2010

DATA/FILE/FOLDER TOOLS DATA RECOVERY / UNDELETE

No matter how careful we try to be, there's a chance that an important file, picture, track etc will get deleted by accident. Hours of work and valuable photos can all be lost with a click of the mouse, or by selecting the wrong option on a digital camera. A data recovery tool such as Recuva, from the makers of CCleaner, now available as a native 64 bit application, can help you resolve such unfortunate errors.

Western Digital HDD special

http://bit.ly/96fEm6

Monday, 13 September 2010

Locating your smartphone after it has been stolen

Sulaiman, a staff member at buycomputers.co.za , was pick-pocketed at the V&A Waterfront on Friday past and managed to recover his smartphone an hour later after the simcard had been changed all because he had SmartGuard activated on his phone.

Here is what he had to say:
“I installed SmrtGuard on to my Sony Ericsson Experia X10 a while back not thinking I would need it one day but I was wrong. Well this weekend I did. While shopping at the V&A Waterfront I realised that I had been  pick-pocketed. I ran to Cell-u-City, where I had bought my phone, and asked if I could use there internet to logon to the SmrtGuard website. Once, logged in to the dashboard I could see that my phone was still in the  vicinity and that a new simcard had been inserted. After SmrtGuard had revealed the new phone number I made a phone call to it. To my great relief I heard my ringtone nearby and called for security to apprehend the thief. Needless to say I got my phone back and saved myself a lot of time, hassle, frustration and money. All because I had installed the free SmrtGuard application on my Android phone. "

The SmrtGuard application currently works on the Android and Blackberry phones, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch running iOS3 or iOS4 and Nokia beta versions are available. The PRO paid for version allows you Wipe your phone remotely, migrate and restore data wirelessly, Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam software installed.

Buycomputers.co.za will install and setup this software for your compatible devices should you require.



Thursday, 26 August 2010

Do you have a 4GB USB Flash Drive?

Just plug in a USB flash drive or card and let ReadyBoost borrow it. ReadyBoost is designed to help when your PC's memory is running low. Low memory can make your computer sluggish because Windows, which needs a place to stash data, turns to the hard drive. Flash memory offers a speedier alternative.
ReadyBoost Video

ReadyBoost works with most flash storage devices. In Windows 7, it can handle more flash memory and even multiple devices--up to eight, for a maximum 256 gigabytes (GB) of additional memory.

Friday, 13 August 2010

How to add your favorite folders to My Places in Office 2010

I’m in and out of the same folders a lot and some of them are a few layers deep. Working through that hierarchy is monotonous and inefficient. Using Office 2003’s, I added these frequently used folders to My Places (the bar to the left in many dialog boxes)—it’s a great shortcut. Simply choose Add To My Places from the Tools menu.



When I switched to 2010, I couldn’t find this option! (They moved the Tools menu to the bottom of the dialog box in 2007, but the option was still available.) I was more than a little worried–had they removed it? It took me a few minutes to find it!

Even though that option is missing in 2010, adding a folder to My Places takes even less effort than before. First, locate the folder you want to add to My Places. Then, right-click My Places and choose Add nameoffolder/file.



You can add a file or folder to My Places. Once the position is in My Places, right-click it and choose
Move Up to position the new shortcut higher in the list. When you no longer need the shortcut,
 right-click and choose Remove.

My Places is great for adding temporary and permanent shotcuts because they’re easy to add and remove.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

PLEASE! Don't Reinstall Windows because of Blue Screens!

The infamous blue screen of death has hit many users, leaving most people no choice but to format.

We can help you! Follow our step by step instructions and we can help you to finally get rid of the blue screen of death, for good.

You Require:
Windows Symbol Packages
Debugging Tools

Follow the prompts, and when you install, take note of your Symbols location, if you accept the default settings. I normally create a folder first and then direct the install to that folder because I use WinDBG for two Operating Systems, XP and Vista and want to keep them separate and organized.
This Microsoft Support Knowledge Base article will explain how to read the small memory dump files that Windows creates for debugging purposes


Overview
The first step will show you how to create and capture the memory dump, associated with the BSOD you are trying to troubleshoot.
The second step will be installing and configuring WinDBG and the Symbols path to the correct Symbols folder.
We will then use WinDBG to Debug and analyze the screen dump, and then get to the root cause of the problem.

Create Memory Dump
Keep in mind that if you are not experiencing a blue screen fatal system error, there will be not memory dump to capture.
1. Press the WinKey + Pause
2. Click Advanced and under Start up and Recovery select Settings.
3. Uncheck Automatically restart.
4. Click on the dropdown arrow under Write debugging information.
5. Select Small memory dump (64 KB) and make sure the output is %SystemRoot%\Minidump.
6. Restart the PC normally as this will allow the System to error and Blue Screen and then create the Minidump.
The location of the Minidump Files can be found here:
C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini000000-01.dmp

Setting up and using WinDBG
1. Click Start | All Programs | Debugging Tools for Windows, and open WinDBG. Select File | Symbol file path and modify it to suit your situation, then copy and paste it into the box and click OK. I suggest:
SRV*c:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Or if you are using different Symbols:
SRV*c:\Vistasymbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
SRV*c:\XPsymbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols

Figure A - Symbol Path












2. Close the workspace and save the Workspace information. This should lock in the Symbol path.

Figure B - Workspace







3. Open WinDBG and select File and select Open Crash Dump then navigate to the minidump file created earlier, highlight it and select Open.

Click on:
! analyze -v
Under Bugcheck Analysis.

Figure C - ! analyze -v











Tips! If you look to the bottom of the screen you will see kd> to the right of that type in !analyze -v or .lastevent, and press the Enter key, it will show you the exception record and stack trace of the function where the exception occurred.
You can also use the .exr, .cxr and .ecxr commands to display the exception and context records.
When working with Drivers you can use kd> lm tn to get extra information.
[Ctrl]+[A] will let you copy the information and paste it into notepad.

Figure D - kd>




For example, look to the bottom of the page for information similar to what is shown in Figure E.

Figure E - Stack trace










Conclusion
The problem creating the BSOD was caused by the installed dialer software for a USB modem. It turned out that uninstalling the software didn't resolve the problem.
The answer to the problem was achieved by using the WinDBG tool to Debug and analyze the memory dump file. The fix was to rename the C:\Windows\System\fldevice.sys driver to C:\Windows\System\fldevice.sys.old. Windows was still referencing the file even though the software had been uninstalled. This tool is invaluable and will help you to resolve the problems that you may encounter when you get a BSOD.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

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Thursday, 08 April 2010

Convert your Flash Drive to a Hard Drive

Follow these quick and simple steps and you will be able to use your USB Flash Drive as a Hard Drive.

→ Open your Command Prompt (Start > Run > cmd)
→ Type in the following command "C:/windows/system32/diskpart"
→ You must now type in "C:/DISKPART> List Disk" to view the list of drives.
→ You must now select the Disk Type, for example: "C:/DISKPART>select disk 3"
→ It will then notify you that the disk is selected.
→ You must now create the Partition Type.
→ Type the following: "C:/DISKPART>Create Partition Primary"
→ If it gives an error then Type "clean" and then do the previous step again.
→ Once done, type "C:/DISKPART>Active"
→ Then "C:/DISKPART>Format fs=Fat32 quick"
→ It will then notify you that it is 100% complete.
→ Now assign a drive letter, type: "C:/DISKPART>Assign"
→ Then when you are complete, type "C:/DISKPART>Exit"

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Disable Autoplay for CD's and USB devices

Autoplay can become very frustrating when you put in a CD or plug in a USB device and the autoplay window pops up and asks you what you want to do with the files. This may be fine the first couple of times it happens, but after a year or two it just gets frustrating.


Follow these steps to disable Autoplay:

Click on Start, and click on Run.

Type this in the Run windows: gpedit.msc

You should now see the Group Policy window. Drop down the Administrative Templates and then select the System folder

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In the right side pane look for an option called "Turn off Autoplay"

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Double click on this option, and set the radio button to Enabled, and then change the "Turn off Autoplay" to All Devices

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You will now be safe from the Autoplay curse.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

How to Activate GodMode in Windows 7

GodMode is a feature in Windows 7 that brings together a long list of customization settings allowing you to change all your settings, all in one folder! This is very easy to enable, and very useful if you like to tweak things around alot.

Follow these 5 Steps to Activate GodMode:

Step 1
Right click.

Step 2
Click create a folder.

Step 3
Name this new folder, "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}"

Step 4
Sit back and watch as the folder changes form to look like the control panel.

Step 5
Open the folder, and happy tweaking!


You can view a instructional video on CNet, click here