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Recover missing space on USB thumb drive

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

I have an 8GB thumb drive that I used to burn a boot image onto, and then when I was done with it the damn thing showed 49MB and re-formatting did not make it any bigger! So how to get back my original free space?

I figured I was going to have to plug it into my linux box and do some gpart or fdisk stuff, but turns out Windows has some handy tools. First to see what your thumb drive looks like, search for “disk management” or “create and format hard disk partitions” and you’ll find the tool to use.

Choose the thumb drive and you’ll see all your missing space in the “unallocated” box!

Now run the windows command “diskpart” from msdos prompt. Type “list disk” to see the drives. Based on the disk number in the parition tool you will type “select disk N” where N is the disk number from the parition tool list.

Then do the commands “clean”, and “create primary partition”

If you have your partition tool open you will see these commands take effect realtime so you know it is working, and that is it!

 

Windows 10 DVD Player Not Showing Up

Friday, December 25th, 2015

My first big problem was I was going to rip a Christmas CD and my new Windows 10 upgrade no longer saw my DCD/CD Asus player! It worked fine in Windows 7, but it would not even show up in the device manager (hint: windows-key + “R”, then type “control” and choose hardware -> device manager)

I tried a bunch of things before discovering I had to create a registry subkey! Follow these steps:

Press the Windows logo key + R to open the Run box. (or right-click on windows icon in lower left corner)

  • Type regedit in the Run box, then press Enter. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow
  • In the navigation pane, locate the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi
  • Right-click atapi, point to New, then click Key
  • Type Controller0, and then press Enter
  • Right-click Controller0, point to New, and then click DWORD(32-bit) Value
  • Type EnumDevice1, and then press Enter
  • Right-click EnumDevice1, click Modify
  • Type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK
  • Exit Registry Editor
  • Reboot

Now let me say to Microsoft, what the hell? One of the better things about the recent versions of Windows has been that it autodetects and installs drivers VERY well, and the fact that this happened to me (and frankly a LOT of others based on the dozens of online posts I had to wade through) really shows a lack of QA and continued driver support I would expect from MSFT.

Windows 10 Background Themes

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

I sure do like me a nice background theme! Whenever you start to realize that holy Hell I’ve been sitting in front of a computer for hours and why am I not outside enjoying the wonderful San Francisco weather — that is when you need to tune into a nice background theme and trick your mind into thinking you are on the beach or up in the mountains or playing Angry Birds?! Who the hell thought that was a good theme to make?

In any case, go check out the panoramic themes especially made for multiple monitors. Download and pick your favorite!

Then, make sure you go to control panel -> appearance -> personalization (you should be here already if you just downloaded and installed a theme), then click “Desktop Background” at the bottom and at the bottom of that settings page, make sure “Choose a fit” is set to “Span”. Note that you will need to do that for each theme since it doesn’t apply to all at once.

Enjoy!

Get rid of that Windows 10 reminder

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Argh! That damn reminder for windows 10 is on my task bar and won’t go away!

Fear no longer, here’s what to do. Control Panel -> (do a search for ‘updates’) -> View installed updates

Then look around for “KB3035583″ and “KB2952664” and uninstall them. Those are two that I have confirmed, I also have heard “KB3123862″ should also be removed.

To make sure they don’t get re-installed automatically, you should change your settings (again, control panel, search for “turn automatic updating on or off”) so that windows downloads updates, but let’s you decide whether to install them. Then, when you see those two KB updates in the list, you can right-click them and choose “hide update”.

Another option entirely is to actually go ahead and agree to the windows 10 preview! Ha! You can’t tell by reading this, but I am laughing a lot right now.

Using virt-install with KVM to install Windows XP

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

As a follow-up to my post on installing centos 6x using KVM, I have since had the need to install a winXP ISO on my KVM host. I had to play with the commands a bit before hitting upon the right mix, so here it is:

virt-install --name=vm_xp --ram=512 --vcpus=1,cores=1 \
--disk path=/opt/vm_xp.img,size=4 --network bridge=br0 \
-c /opt/en_winxp_pro_sp3.iso --os-variant winxp --os-type windows --hvm \
--graphics vnc,password=1234,port=5905,listen=192.168.2.10

Human Target Likes Windows 7

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

I was watching an episode of “Human Target” — not a bad show by the way — and I got a kick out of a scene where a guy is moving some windows around using Windows 7, and he used the “shakey” trick to hide the other windows and make the current one go big.

Usually when shows have computer stuff going on, they show a bunch of fake stuff that you can’t do on a computer, so it’s rare when you see something real, let alone a little known Windows 7 trick!

Kudos to Human Target!

Vista is Bad for Window Media Player

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

I was running into ALL kinds of problems with WMP on Vista (64, but I hear 32 is bad also) where it was not ripping my CDs into MP3s, getting errors when trying to even play my CDs, and generally confusing the hell out of me. It was NOT a codec problem, everything was normal on my system. In fact, it would play about 30 seconds of a song and then throw an error.

But I just upgraded to Windows 7, and now my WMP is working fine!

So now I have Microsoft’s new tagline for their advertisements they are plastering all over hell and back: “Windows 7: You can play music now!”