Speed up Zune Marketplace searches


I’ve noticed lately that searching within the Zune marketplace was going really slow.  I just figured it was my internet connection at work.  While listening to the Windows Weekly podcast with Paul Thurrott he mentioned this issue and a fix for it.

Paul said to open Internet Explorer and remove the checkbox from the “Automatically Detect Settings” in the Internet Options/Connections tab/Lan Settings.

It sounded a bit far fetched and I was skeptical that it would work (which is exactly what Paul said on the podcast) but it made a huge difference!  The results pop up immediately instead of taking 30 to 45 seconds!

Thanks Paul for the tip! 

Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access error “A problem occurred while trying to use your mailbox.”


I had a user account who’s mailbox would not open from the Outlook Web Access.  After some poking around on the web and trying several things the following fixed it:

1) Open Active Directory Users and Computers
2) Enable Advance features from the View Menu
3) Find the user and click Properties, go to the Security Tab
4) Click the Advanced button
5) Check the box next to "Inherit from parent. . . "
6) Click Apply and OK 2x

That fixed it for this user.

attcm.exe “application failed to initialize properly (0xc00000005)” error trying to launch AT&T connection manager – Fix

After installing the software and drivers for our AT&T air card on a Windows XP machine I was unable to launch the connection manager.
Everytime I launched it we recieved an error message stating “application failed to initialize properly (0xc00000005).”
I tried un-installing and re-installing and downloading a newer version from their website all to no avail.
Finally after several Bing searches (yes I said Bing, not Google) and trying a few different “fixes” I had success.
I’m not sure which of the final 2 fixes actually did the trick but they were:
Open command prompt and type:   sfc /scannow
This causes the system file checker to run and fix any issues with system files.
I’m pretty sure that’s what fixed it but at the same time I also enabled and disabled the Data Execution Prevention setting under system properties/Performance/Data Execution Prevention tab.
By default it’s set to “Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only” I changed it to “Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select:” hit apply, did not reboot and then changed it back and then rebooted.
After rebooting the AT&T connection manager launched but got hung.  I rebooted again and ever since it’s been working fine.

During the process I also ran to following 2 commands, I don’t think they helped but I put them here since I did it during the troubleshooting:
Note:  I vaguely understand what these do and don’t suggest you do this unless you know what you are doing:
CACLS %systemroot%\System32\*.dll /E /G BUILTIN\Users:R
CACLS %systemroot%\System32\*.ocx /E /G BUILTIN\Users:R

“The Datasheet view is attempting to retrieve data from a different domain” error in Microsoft Windows Server Sharepoint Services 3.0


I kept getting this error message that stated “”The datasheet view is attempting to retrieve data from a different domain…contact your system administrator to resolve this issue.”

Well, I am the system administrator and I had no idea how to resolve this issue!  After a bit of searching on the web I found someone who mentioned load balancing and alternate access mappings.
I’m not doing any load balancing so I looked further into alternate access mappings and found instructions on changing these mappings.
You have to enter the Sharepoint Administration console.  When you install Sharepoint it’s setup on a random port on your server.  In my instance it was http://intranet.domain.com:14212
You can open IIS and right click on the Sharpoint Central Administration site and select bindings it’ll tell you which port it’s setup on.

Once you are get to the Sharepoint Administration, click on operations on the left side then Alternate access mappings on the right side.
So by default I had http://intranet  (this will likely be the name of your server).
I then added an internal url (there’s a button along the menu bar for this) with http://intranet.domain.com

After doing this I no longer get the datasheet view error and am able to edit and save the changes.

Note:  I am using Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 and not the Sharepoint Server 2007.  I don’t know if there’s a difference in the setup or if this error even occurs on that version.

New book i’m reading

This is a new book I’m reading called Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software. I picked it up a couple of weeks ago while I was in Seattle for a Microsoft conference. It’s a good book that looks at computer code in a different light.

Enable Domain authentication for intranet sites in Firefox


To enable windows authentication on your domain.
1. Open Firefox
2. Navigate to the url about:config
3. Locate the following preference names and put as the value the comma separated values of the address roots.
Your value should look something like this:
intranet.cbco.org, server3, misintranet.cbco.org

No update sources on Fedora 11 after upgrade from Fedora 10


From Fedora 11 Common Bugs:

When upgrading from an updated F10 install, yum ends up not working – outputting an error about no yum module found.

The version of yum in f10-updates was newer than the one in F11-GA – it caused yum to not be updated during the anaconda upgrade process. There is a simple one-time work around as root:

export PYTHONPATH=/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages

yum clean all

yum update yum

That should update you to the current yum from F11-updates and you’ll be all set.

Update:  I also had a strange problem with my user account, so I just made a new one then deleted the buggy one.  All is good now.

Add OSX to Fedora Grub triple boot of Windows 7, OSX and Fedora


I managed to get triple booting setup with OSX (iDeneb 10.5.7), Fedora 10 and Windows 7 on my Lenovo T400.

I did it by first installing Windows 7 then OSX next.  After the OSX install I couldn’t boot to Windows 7.
To fix this I booted onto the Windows 7 installation disk and selected repair then command prompt.
At the command prompt run diskpart.  At the diskpart prompt do the following:
list disk
select disk n (n is the disk where Windows is installed)
list partition
select partition n (n is the partition where Windows is installed)

Now Windows 7 should boot, if it doesn’t (and mine didn’t normally) boot onto the Windows 7 install again and select automated recovery of the boot area.
Windows 7 now boots and OSX doesn’t.  Install EasyBCD in Windows, this is used to edit the bootloader.  You can add the OSX in the Add/Remove entries section.
Save and reboot.  Now you should be able to dual boot Windows 7 and OSX.

The next step was to install Fedora 10 (I tried 11 but there was a bug that kept the partitioning tool from installing into the free space on my drive.)
After installing Fedora 10 I was able to dual boot into Windows 7 or Fedora but no OSX using the Grub bootloader.

Next we need to edit the Grub config file that controls what shows up on the menu.  Within Fedora open a terminal and type:
su and hit enter
Put in your root password
Next type:  sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
This opens the menu.lst file in a text editor.  The first thing I did was change the Windows option from Other to Windows 7 in the title field.
Next I added the following to get OSX into the menu:

title OSX
root (hd0,2)
chainloader +1

Now the root(hd0,2) you have to customize to your setup.  For mine the OSX partition was the 3rd partition on the drive so it ends up as hd0 (the first hard drive),2 (3rd partition starting at 0)

Save and reboot.  You now can triple boot Windows 7, Fedora and OSX.  In theory.
I also changed the default from 0 (Fedora) to 1 (Windows).  This way it automatically goes into Windows (my choice OS) if nothing is selected.

Slow remote desktop from Windows 7 to a Server 2008 machine

I’ve upgraded one of our servers to Windows Server 2008 64bit.  After finishing the install I connected to the server using remote desktop and found the remote desktop session to be super sluggish and painfully slow.  Sitting at the console showed no issues with speed.

After a bit of searching the web I found the following instructions fixed the problem:

(On the Server 2008 machine)
Go to Manage Network Connections, right click on your network connection and click properties, click Configure then click on the advanced tab.
Select “IPv4 Large Send Offload” and change the value to Disable.
After about 20 seconds you can reconnect your remote desktop session and it’s all good.

I don’t recommend doing this on a production server until you know what consequences are involved.
I tend to just do then see what happens but this isn’t always a good idea!  :)

Asus T91 – First impressions and installing Windows 7

I’ve been playing with the new Asus T91 convertible netbook today. So far I’m liking it. It comes with some custom touch screen apps that are cute and all but I didn’t care for them much.

Here are some first impressions:

Dang this keyboard is small, but I’m getting used to it.
I don’t care much for the glossy finish, fingerprint city.
The touch screen is very responsive and accurate.
There’s more heat from the bottom of it than I expected since it’s a SSD drive.
Super quiet, not hardly any noise out it. Probably why I’m feeling as much heat as I am.
Dang this keyboard is small. I just deleted 2 sentences accidently.

There’s a lot of extra software, like Office trial, Microsoft works, skype and other crap. Though I guess everyone does that now.
The system is pretty responsive under both XP and Windows 7.
The swivel top is solid and turns smoothly.
Screen brightness and clarity are excellent, I haven’t tried it outside in sunlight yet.
The custom touch screen software (memos, foto fun and 3D interface) is cute and looks professional, but not something I’d use on a regular basis.
The 3D interface works well most of the time, a little laggy at times.

I’ve installed Windows 7 RC on it and everything is working so far. I have an unknown device in the device manager that I’ll have to figure out. The Asus drivers website doesn’t have Windows 7 as an option just yet for downloading drivers. The default install picked up the sound, wireless, nic etc. The video started out as standard vga and then updated to the Intel media accelerator 500 on it’s own.
The unknown device might be the bluetooth since I don’t see it anywhere, though it might be the camera too.
The unit came with a 16gb SD card which I wasn’t expecting.

I’ll update in a few days after I install some more stuff on it and experiment some more.

My main use for the device will be using it to connect into work and fix server and other network issues as well as reading eBooks, surfing the web, email and watching videos on it (curious to see how it handles videos).

Update 7/17/2009:
The unknown device ended up being ACPI. I tried the XP drivers which didn’t work and kept popping up an error. The next time I booted the machine Windows 7 popped up a message that said “There seems to be an issue with your power managment would you like to fix it?” Why yes, thanks. It then took had a link to an ACPI driver from Asus which downloaded and installed fixing this issue.
I streamed some TV shows (xvid AVI’s) across my network and watched them on the T91, they worked without a hitch. I haven’t tried Hulu or Netflix streaming just yet.
After installing the ACPI I now have an icon that let’s me change screen resolution and turn on or off the wireless and bluetooth. When I enabled the bluetooth it installed drivers. I haven’t tried any bluetooth devices on it yet.
The heat issue seems to be mostly when the power adapter is connected and it’s charging the battery. I used the machine to surf the web in the tablet position on battery power and it did get warm, but not as much as it did the night before when plugged in.

Update 7/25/09:
I’ve been using the T91 now off and on for a week and I really like this machine as an extra
super portable laptop. I still find myself going back to my main laptop (Lenovo T400, which
I love) for Photoshop editing, playing games (Command and Conquer, Far Cry 2) and a couple
of other apps that just are easier to use on a higher resolution.
I’ve installed a few smaller games (Pop cap stuff) and they ran just fine. I’m running those games from the SD Card. I tried Crayon Physics Deluxe (installed to the main ssd drive) and it choked on it even with the resolution down and in windowed mode.
Next I tried Quake 3 (running from the sd card) for kicks and it ran pretty good.
One weird issue i ran into is the Eee PC tray utility crashes from time to time. With this utility you change the screen resolution and turn on or off the wireless etc. I can’t get the button that’s on the monitor bezel to work in Windows 7 just yet. It’s supposed to be used to change the display from landscape to portrait. But you can use the Intel tool or the built in Windows mobility center.
As far as applications I’ve installed Photoshop 7 (figured it would run better and take up less space than CS4, plus I don’t need all of CS4 on here anyways), Open Office (where I’m typing this up). After installing these applications plus Windows I’ve got 5.3gb free on the C drive. On the E drive (the sd card) I have about 14gb free. I did also move the My Documents and My Music folders to the E drive.
I’d like to re-iterate one point, this keyboard is small. I’m getting better but the right shift key is trouble for me and I keep hitting the caps lock. For some reason I miss the space bar frequently.
The speed on the device is a bit slower than I expected compared to some of the netbooks I’ve used in the past but for the ways I’m using it it works well. I did turn off the themes in Windows 7 which helped a lot on the performance as well as going through and shutting down services that I don’t need. One other quirk that I’ve found is everytime I boot the machine the display brightness is lowered even though it’s plugged into the wall. It’s easily fixed by hitting fn & F4 but it’s kinda annoying.
Overall I’m really liking the machine.

Update 7/27/09:
I decided to re-install Windows 7 for the heck of it. The only drivers I installed this time was the Asus ACPI and the touchpad drivers. The only reason I install the touchpad driver is because without the driver and utility the vertical and horizontal scrolling by touching the edges of the touchpad don’t work. The install took about
I did find out one very useful thing from the Intel video utility. You can hit ctrl-alt and left, right up or down to quickly rotate the screen layout. Also the default Windows 7 webcam drivers work and I tested it with MSN messenger. I still need to try the Bluetooth.