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2006, October 04 (Wed)

Windows Vista quirks: openvpn, nero & daemontools

OpenVPN Installation laesst Windows unkontrolliert neustarten? Die TAP Treiber lassen sich im Abgesicherten Modus problemlos per Geraetemanager loeschen.
Danach versucht es mal mit diesen: http://openvpn.se/bb/viewtopic.php?t=911

Nero Installation endet in einem BSOD aber eigentlich wollt ihr nur was brennen und braucht den ganzen Multimedia Ramsch nicht? http://www.updatepack.nl/

Daemon Tools 3.33 starten zwar auch in Build 5728 noch, aber die CD Laufwerke fehlen? Dann solltet ihr den CD Treiber C:\Windows\System32\drivers\cdrom.sys mal durch die Datei aus Build 5600 ersetzen ;) http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/t13932-just-tried-406-on-vista-5728.html

2006, December 08 (Fri)

Windows Black left handed mouse cursor

Someone made me a set of black left handed (flipped) mouse cursors.

Unfortunately, I forgot who was it. (If you're reading this, contact me please and I'll add your credits!)

I'd been looking for these all over the net without luck, so I'm really grateful to this person.

What I do remember though is that he gave me the permission to publish them, so I'm doing this here, and hope other people looking for them will find this place.


2007, January 16 (Tue)

Netzwelt, Web Dump, Windows Irssi 0.8.10 for Windows (Cygwin/Win32)

(Update the download has been removed but I preserve the post for itself. Please install irssi from Cygwin’s setup.exe)

This has been in my static folder at least since the official release of that version, but I hadn’t posted it on the website yet.

Back in the days, when I was looking for a Windows version of this rather popular *nix IRC client, they did not have a single working link on their website/ download page http://irssi.org/!

Of course you can always tell the users to “just build it yourself”, but seriously, which average user is capable of doing that?

So after researching the Internet and not finding any suitable Windows build of Irssi, I decided to fix that gap myself. So I created above build.

When I checked back at the time of writing this entry, they now link to a build of Irssi 0.8.9 on their download page; I would claim that this is no official build (but maybe they’ve gotten the creators permission to hot-link (deep-link) it).

I believe I had already found this build at the time when I was looking for one, and the website didn’t have any; but not only is it outdated (version-wise), it also does not support Perl, Irssi’s premier scripting binding. Since I like to enhance my client with several scripts, that was no good.

Also, there is a new feature called “recode” in Irssi 0.8.10, which (although it ultimately sucks) enables you to chat in places where ISO-8859 and UTF8 charsets are in mixed use.

Given these two reasons, the 0.8.9 version of Irssi was not an option to me.

For those interested in making their own Irssi/Cygwin builds on Windows, I’ve written down the necessary steps. Hit the jump to read them.

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2009, January 04 (Sun)

Windows EeePC: A disk read error occurred

After an attempt of installing dual-boot openSUSE to my ASUS Eee PC 1000H, I must have screwed something up since trying to boot the preinstalled Windows only ended in

A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

I could fix this problem only by using the Recovery DVD's Ghost Image (I used a VirtualBox to have Ghost32 extract it) and then copy the beginning of /dev/sda1 to the actual partition:

dd if=ghost_sda1 of=/dev/sda1 count=7

It might also be necessary to restore the MBR. These steps can be done from a Linux USB stick for example.

Finally, I decided for the following partition layout: sda1 - /windows/C, sda2 - /windows/D, sda4 - Extended < Linux swap, /, /home >, sda3 - BootBooster EFI (at the very end of disk).

2010, November 08 (Mon)

Windows Windows 7 rescue USB

I was able to create a Windows 7 rescue USB drive

I have yet failed to do it with pure Linux, but if anyone knows how, I would be very interested to learn. Reason for this is that some companies only do firmware updates from Windows — avoid such companies/products if possible :-(

some guides describe how to use diskpart to format the USB drive. This did not work for me on Windows XP, it didn’t show the USB at all in there. Trying to format the drive with linux didn’t result in a bootable one, even after I tried several tools such as “MbrFix” and “bootsect” (a Vista copy I found on the net), all from within Windows. Partitioning with diskmgmt.msc was also not possible for me.

here were my steps to success in some more detail:

  • fdisk the USB drive with one partition (if you have already messed everything up, consider dd if=/dev/zero of=your_drive etc…), type “b” (Win95)
  • (quick)format the drive in Windows
  • extract the repair image somewhere
  • use wintoflash to have it copy the files to the USB

good luck!

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