Archive for March, 2005

java in firefox on linux

March 27, 2005

Using the current versions as of today:
ln -s /usr/java/jre1.5.0_02/plugin/i386/ns7/ /usr/lib/firefox-1.0.2/plugins/


disable xp auto login

March 23, 2005

Fresh install of XP Pro off an Alienware OEM disc and it automatically logs on as administrator despite other users being setup.
regedit HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon and change AutoAdminLogon from 1 to 0.
Also, creating a password for the admin account should have the same effect and is a good practice in general.

Enable remote desktop remotely

March 22, 2005

Use regedit > Registry > Connect Network Registry… to open the specified computers registry from the local machine.
Change the value of fDenyTSConnections in HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer from a 1 to 0.

NB: The remote registry editing service must be enabled on the remote machine.

print sharing woes [pt. 2]

March 15, 2005

When trying to setup the Toshiba copier as a shared printer on a 2K box, I picked up this error:
Printer settings could not be saved. Operation could not be completed.
I logged in as an administrator, deleted and reinstalled the printer, but the problem persisted.
I finally got it to work by installing a phony local printer using the Toshiba drivers, sharing that, then changing the port in the printer properties to \e-studio45\direct.

print sharing woes

March 15, 2005

Trying to connect to HP OfficeJet G85 printer shared on an IBM XP Pro box. Connectivity was good, but name resolution was not reliable (p2p network). I banged my head against the wall trying to set it up via the IP address. Everytime I tried to connect to \\hpoffice I got this error:
Windows cannot connect to the printer. Either the printer name was typed incorrectly or the specified printer has lost its connection to the server.

I finally set up a static entry for the IBM in the host file of the client PC. Then connecting to \IBM\hpoffice worked fine. Go figure. I also noticed that the Printers and Faxes folder only showed up when connecting via \IBM

don’t buy toshiba copiers

March 15, 2005

I support two clients with Toshiba E-Studio 45 copiers/network printers. Toshiba’s support is non-existant and the local supplier is of little help. From what I can tell, they do not support TCP/IP (lpr) printing. They must be configured through an smb share \e-studio45\direct.
As we started installing XP SP2 we noticed printing slow down to a grind. No matter what I tried (disable firewall, changing spool settings, etc.), printing to the copier across the network locks up the clients for 1-2 minutes.

I remember when we began installing XP workstations, it took Toshiba almost a year to get a compatible driver so I am not holding my breath on this one getting fixed.

As both the networks are peer-to-peer, the only fix/workaround was to setup the printer to be shared through a 2k/XP SP1 workstation.