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Fedora 8, Fedora 9, HP6626us laptop wireless setup

4)

Hers the steps l took to get the broadcom bcm43xx wireless network card working under Fedora 9 (sulphur) on my HP dv6626us AMD Turion64 based laptop.

1)

[root@localhost ~]# yum install bcm43xx-fwcutter
Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit
Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
Package bcm43xx-fwcutter-006-4.fc9.x86_64 already installed and latest version
Nothing to do

2)

Download firmware

wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/source…80.53.0.tar.bz2

3)

[root@localhost steve]# cd broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0
[root@localhost broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0]# ls
kmod  libbcmcrypto.so  nas  WHERE_FROM  wl

4)

[root@localhost broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0]# cd kmod
[root@localhost kmod]# ls
wl_apsta_mimo.o  wl_apsta.o
[root@localhost kmod]# bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o
*** WARNING ***
This file contains new version4
firmware. v4 firmware is _not_ supported by
the driver in mainline kernels. For v4 firmware
you need latest bcm43xx development version
(wireless-dev kernel tree). If you don’t know what
this warning is about, use a 3.xx.xx.xx driver version
instead to extract the firmware.

filename   :  wl_apsta.o
version    :  4.80.53.0
MD5        :  9207bc565c2fc9fa1591f6c7911d3fc0
microcodes :  4 5 11 13
pcms       :  4 5

… and so on………………
extracting bcm43xx_initval25.fw …
[root@localhost kmod]#

Now , reboot your laptop

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Silverlight via Open Source

I use and work on Silverlight 2 development using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. Heres an interesting development l just found out about callled Moonlight, which is geared towards being an open source implementation for unix/linux. Cant wait to try this on my linux distro Fedora. Heres the website link: http://go-mono.com/moonlight/

Another interesting development to watch is: eyeOS – web based operating system – see: http://eyeos.org/en/

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Reportviewer control

Here is a code snippet l got working which enables you to render using Visual Basic .Net an SSRS (Sql Server Report Services) Report to Adobe Acrobat PDF format or Microsoft Excel XLS file.

Public Sub RenderReportTOExcel(ByVal inReportFileName As String, ByVal inReportName As String)   ‘7/14/2008 SM

        ‘converts SSRS report to microsoft excel/acrobat pdf file

        Dim objReportViewer As New FrmWithReportViewer
                ‘Dim strFormat As String = “PDF”
        Dim strFormat As String = “Excel”
        Dim strDeviceInfo As String = String.Empty
        Dim myURLAccessParams As System.Collections.Specialized.NameValueCollection = Nothing
        Dim reportStream As System.IO.Stream = Nothing
        Dim strMimeType As String = String.Empty
        Dim strFileNameExtension As String = String.Empty

        Dim file_name As String = “d:test001.xls”
       
        objReportViewer.Text = inReportName

        OFD.FileName = “exportfile.xls”
        OFD.ShowDialog()
        file_name = OFD.FileName

        Dim raw As System.IO.FileStream = New System.IO.FileStream(file_name, IO.FileMode.Create)
        Dim buffer(1024) As Byte
        Dim read As Integer = -1
        Dim intCount As Integer = 1

 

        With objReportViewer.ReportViewer
            .ProcessingMode = Microsoft.Reporting.WinForms.ProcessingMode.Remote
            .ServerReport.ReportServerUrl = New Uri(My.Settings.ReportServerURL)
            .ServerReport.ReportPath = My.Settings.ReportPath + inReportFileName
            reportStream = .ServerReport.Render(strFormat, strDeviceInfo, myURLAccessParams, strMimeType, strFileNameExtension)

            lblMessage.Text = “Working…”
            read = reportStream.Read(buffer, 0, buffer.Length)

            While (read > 0)
                raw.Write(buffer, 0, read)
                read = reportStream.Read(buffer, 0, buffer.Length)
                intCount += 1
            End While

            lblMessage.Text = “Completed.”

            raw.Flush()
            raw.Close()
            raw.Dispose()
        End With

        raw = Nothing
        reportStream = Nothing

    End Sub

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Windows Vista Ultimate

I use Kaspersky internet security version 7.0.0.125, recently my vista/internet explorer kept crashing/giving  this error message – “a runtime error has occured. Do you wish to debug? Line 1: invalid character” and windows offered to check for a solution. This feature is very useful and does work. You can also get at it by going to the control panel, then selecting the problem reports and solutions link. It maintains a list of unresolved problems and suggested solutions. In my case, it said:

Run the Kaspersky Anti-Virus tool to fix this problem

This problem was caused by Kaspersky Anti-Virus, which was created by Kaspersky Lab.

Solution


To solve this problem, you will need to run the automatic update tool that comes with Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Go online to learn how to use the tool:

Kaspersky Lab

It also had links to the Kaspersky website update tools section. This problem seems to be resolved with after downloading and installing their update kav8.0.0.357en.exe

Related to this, l also went ahead and installed as suggested by Vista:

This problem was caused by a compatibility issue between this version of Windows and this version of Visual Studio 2005. This program was created by Microsoft.

Solution


To solve this problem, go online and install the following updates:

  1. Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1
  2. Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista
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Windows Tech Notes

Virtual PC 2007

Using Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, selecting other allows you to install Windows 2008 Server as l have successfully done on a Microsoft Vista Ultimate workstation and a Windows XP workstation. To add the essential Virtual Machine Additons under the action menu, make sure you are logged into the Virtual Operating System. After this, you can now go to the Edit menu/Settings and add say Shared Folders.

Installing SQL Server 2008

On server configuration, when you get this error message ” Must provide AGTSVCACCOUNT parameter” – heres what worked for me. Set sql server agent, sql server (MSSQL), sql server analysis, SSRS, SSIS with blank passwords, but NT_AUTHORITYNETWORK SERVICE as username. For SQL Server Browser – it defaults to NT AUTHORITYLOCAL SERVICE.

Windows Server 2008

Heres the error l get trying to log into my Windows 2008 server remotely.

” To log on to this remote computer, you must be granted the allow log on through terminal services right. By default, members of the remote desktop users group have this right. If you are not a member of the remote desktop users group or another group that has this right, or if the remote desktop user group does not have this right, you must be granted this right manually”

To get Remote Desktop to work, add the user as a menber of the Remote Desktop users group AND also, go to the local security policy, Local policies branch, right click on Allow log on through terminal services properties,  and add the Remote Desktop Users group.  You do not need to install Terminal Services Server to get this to work.

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Website Platform Migration

Please note visitors, that this website will soon undergo a migration to web hosting featuring asp.net, sql server, silverlight and associated Microsoft .Net/ASP.Net technologies. This will allow me intergrate some cool emerging new features seen in most current websites including microsoft.com, myspace.com, facebook.com, dell.com and many more.

These all will now be featured on a duplicate mirror domain: http://www,mbah.us

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Windows 2008 Server On Dell SC430

My Dell server came with 1Gb (512Mbx2) 80Gb. Over time, l’ve upgraded it to 1.6Tb (160Gb+500Gb+500Gb) storage capacity and yesterday l added 2x 1Gb ECC 533Mhxz DDRs bought online from Crucial Memory to bring up the memory to 3Gb. Then l decided to try out installing the new Windows 2008 server – 64bit version. Here are some notes/comments.

  1. I noticed the time it takes before you get to the server login screen was much more shorter compared to Windows 2003 with the same server hardware. I dont know if this is because of the obvious performance enhancement by Microsoft or the 64bit version OS. I suspect its the former.
  2. After installing W2008, you’ll need to set up by default a strong password. In Windows Server 2003 this was suggested but you can skip it. Now its enforced before you can do anything else.
  3. Remote Desktop is turned off by default, and now has a new secure RDC option when you turn it on.
  4. On Server management, creating an AD (Active Directory) Forest preceeds being able to do anything else.
  5. When creating a share folder, the everyone group doesnt appear by default. You have to setup users/groups and add their specific access permissions.