Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Samsung Locked!

I haven't seen this before, but it was an easy fix.

My customer's Samsung LCD monitor was off center, but when he tried to use the Auto adjust feature or manually change the screen position, the menu always showed "Locked!"

A quick search showed that all that needed to be done was to hold the Menu button down for five seconds to unlock it. Adjustments were then made and all was right again in the world (at least in a world that only contains one Samsung LCD monitor and nothing else).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Two More Free MS Press eBooks

MS Press is celebrating it's 25th anniversary by giving away free stuff.

The books are Windows SBS 2008 Admin's Companion and Visual Basic 2008 Express.

Follow the links at the MS Press blog site. (You have until April 22nd.)

As noted on the blog... the first MS Press book was in 1984, for Mac :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Availability Error

This error kept creeping up on our front-end Exchange 2007 server:
Event ID: 4011
Process 6168[w3wp.exe:/LM/W3SVC/1/ROOT/EWS-1-128806932311406509]: Configuration for forest was not found in Active Directory. Run the Add-AvailabilityAddressSpace command in the Exchange Management Shell for an Exchange Server 2003 Active Directory forest.
Luckily the answer was on theTechNet site, I just ran this using the EMS...

Add-AvailabilityAddressSpace -ForestName -AccessMethod PublicFolder

Soon we'll be without a mixed 2003/2007 environment, I look forward to that day.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Laptop Power

This is an interesting breakdown on laptop power consumption from the Windows Tips and Tricks UPDATE newsletter:

Q. What uses the most battery power on my laptop?
John Savill

A. The LCD display. In fact, almost half the power in most laptops is used by the screen, which is why dimming your screen can save you a lot of battery life. Below is a list of the major power consumers on your laptop. This list also applies to desktop computers, other than the screen figure.

LCD: 43%
Chipset: 21%
Processor: 9%
Graphics: 8%
Hard Drive: 5%
Network: 4%
Other bits: 10%

Obviously different systems will vary based on their components, but this gives a rough idea of where that battery power goes.