Monday, May 28, 2012

Mystery Q: Drive in Windows 7

Some people have come across an issue where they suddenly find a inaccessible Q: drive appear in My Computer in Windows 7. However I have found that this isn't Windows but Microsoft Office.

If you use Office 2010 Starter Edition or similar lite versions of Microsoft Office products, you will find a new Q: drive setup on you computer.

This Q: drive is setup by Microsoft Office for Click-to-Start type applications. This can be thought of a virtual drive that can only be used by Microsoft Office. This is a allocation where the applications can be downloaded and run from. Click-to-Start applications aren't fully install and are downloaded partially each time you run the application.

The Q: cannot be access in any form. The new Q: drive is need for Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition. You cannot hide or remove this Q: drive.

For more information, see here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Windows Server 2012 Beta Screenshots




Saturday, May 5, 2012

Windows Network Card Configuration Script


As part of my job, I work in the field on various different sites configuring routers, testing network etc. This can be a dedious task especially when I need to constant change my network adapter settings, like IP Addresses and Gateway settings.

I have developed a simple script that allows me to quickly change between Dynamic IPs and Static IPs. If using Static, I am able to enter the values I need to complete my work.

While it isn't hard to change an IP Address in Windows 7, I find it requires more clicks than Windows XP and that is why I developed this script.

You can download the script from the link below and modify as needed. You will need to modify it to identify with the label of your intending Network Adapter. In my case, my Network Adapter is labelled "Local Area Connection", however yours may differ.



If you find this script helpful, please let us know in the comments below.

HP LaserJet P3005 Cold Reset


To perform a factory / hard / cold reset on a HP LaserJet P3000 Series printer wasn't that straight forward in my eyes. Although in the menus there was an option for Reset Factory Defaults, this did very little in erasing the configuration and returning the printer to a default state. After reading through a few manuals I found the following performed what HP call a Cold Reset.

Cold reset
A cold reset unlocks menus that have been previously locked and sets all control panel menu items(including EIO settings) back to the factory defaults. However, it does not clear the values in the SERVICE menu (such as the serial number and page counts).
NOTE  
Before performing a cold reset, print a menu map and a configuration page. Use the information on the configuration page to reset any customer-set device configuration values that the cold reset procedure changes.

  1. Turn the device off.
  2. Turn the device on. When the memory count begins, press and hold the green Check button. Continue holding down the Check button until all three device control-panel lights flash once and then remain on. This might take up to 10 seconds.
  3. After the message SELECT LANGUAGE appears on the display, press the up or down button until COLD RESET is highlighted.
  4. Press check button. The device performs a cold reset and then continues its power-on sequence.
  5. Check all I/O settings and reset any customer-set device configuration values.