Miscellaneous Solutions Category


Recover a Bricked Uconnect 8.4 after failed update

Recovering a Bricked Uconnect 8.4 after failed update. While attempting to install Uconnect Software Update "SIRI UPDATE FOR UCONNECT® 8.4A_RA3_16.13.13_MY13_&_M14" via a USB flash drive, I encountered the error "Sierra Wireless: bolo file install failed". The update process went smoothly up until Unit number 10 of 11. At step 10, Unit Name: Embedded Air Card, the process was stuck at 1%, and eventually timed out with the error "Sierra Wireless: bolo file install failed".

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Uconnect 8.4 Clock Running Slow – How I Fixed it

The other day I realized my Uconnect 8.4 clock was running slow. It seemed the time on the Uconnect system kept creeping back several minutes per hour. I could adjust the time, and it would inaccurate several minutes later. Even after a full system reset. Finally, I stumbled upon a soft reset solution that appears to work. After several days, the clock is back to keeping accurate time.
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Protecting a Facebook Account from Hackers

It is good practice to use preventative measures to Protect your Facebook Account from Hackers. After all, fixing or even regaining access to a hacked Facebook account becomes much tougher after an account has been compromised. I am one that feels the more features available in an internet application, the more the security risk, and we all know that many features are available within Facebook. So to block the many Back Doors, Facebook offers many customizable options.

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How to Embed Mp3 Music on a Website

It is easy to Embed Mp3 Music, Audio Files, or Songs on a Website or Webpage, so that your visitors can choose to play music in the background while they browse your site. This can be accomplished via the embed tag. However, some browsers like Firefox might not be natively hooked to a default media player, leaving the user to install additional plugins. Sure you could embed Windows Media Player, but the code would not function if the user was without Windows Media Player installed.
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YouTube Videos Wont Play Green Screen

If YouTube Videos are playing sound but not playing video, and instead you see a Green Screen, the following simple solution is for you. I have personally experienced the Green Screen video playback issue (videos showing green and wont display) shortly after updating Adobe Flash Player. As it turns out, correcting a simple Abobe Flash Player setting resolved the problem.

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Convert Doc to PDF files using PDFCreator

In the following simple solution, I'll show you how to Convert Doc to PDF files using the Open Source PDFCreator. I stumbled upon this PDF Creator tool while I was doing some research for a client who was looking for an offline tool he could use to convert his document files into PDF (Portable Document Format) files. This tool seemed to do the trick and more. PDFCreator includes a PDF print driver which allows the user to print to a file from virtually any Windows application that supports printing. It can be used like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows program.

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getPlus + (R) Adobe Download Error

If you have encountered the dreaded getPlus + (R) Adobe Download error, your not alone. The error seems to stem from the package manager Adobe uses to fetch downloads like Adobe PDF Reader. In the case of downloading Adobe PDF Reader, I will show you my simple solution for fixing the problem and getting Adobe Reader downloaded once and for all.

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Free 3GP Video Converter

"Free 3GP Video Converter" is a free video conversion utility created by DVDVideoSoft Limited. The Free tool can be used to Convert 3GP video files (3GPP format) recorded using your cell phone to acceptable video formats that can easily be played back on your computer. Quickly convert 3GP to AVI or 3GP to MP4 files or extract audio from 3GP video files and save the audio in MP3 format. Free 3GP Video Converter can also be used to convert AVI or MP4 video formats back to 3GP.

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PhpMyAdmin SQL Search and Replace

In the following simple solution, I'll show you how to Search and Replace SQL database information from PhpMyAdmin. This SQL query method is extremely helpful when you need to replace multiple text strings and do not wish to export the entire database just to make those changes. With the SQL Search and Replace (SQL Query Method) the database changes can be made instantly on the fly.

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Pool Chlorine Level Does Not Register

Chlorine Doesn't Register? If you use chlorine in your pool and are noticing that your chlorine levels PPM (Parts Per Million), are not rising or even registering with your Pool Test Strips or Pool Test Kit, your not alone. This is a common problem many pool owners face at one point or another.

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Firefox Inline Spell Checker

Firefox includes a built in spell checker that can check for spelling errors. However, by default the spell checking feature only checks for multiline fields, which does no good if your typing a single line entry into a single line entry box. In the following simple solution, I'll cover the process of tweaking the firefox spelling checker to allow you to detect spelling errors and mistyped words as you type them in single line entry fields.

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This site may harm your computer

This site may harm your computer: This morning 01/31/09, a glitch in a computer security program used with the Google search engine temporarily prevented users from visiting any website retrieved from Google search results.  The problem was related to Google's Stop Badware (anti-malware) software. This software was created in an effort to keep Internet users from visiting sites that might attempt to install malicious software.

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How to Fix Adsense Notifier Password Problem

In the following simple solution, I will show you how I temporarily fixed Adsense Notifier 0.9.8 to work with Firefox 3. The Adsense Notifier is an addon for Firefox that displays Adsense statistical information in the Firefox status bar. This Allows an Adsense user to view their earnings at a glance instead of logging into the Adsense website multiple times a day. It was created by Allen Holman of mincus code and has become a quite popular addon for many Adsense users.

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NEW 17 Inch UniBody MacBook Pro Arrives

The New 17 inch Unibody MacBook Pro by Apple has finally arrived. Adopting many of the key features that make the New 15 inch MacBook Pro so unique. Features such as an LED display (with full HD resolution), all aluminum Unibody construction, Etched Glass Track Pad (Track Pad is the button) and dual nVidia 9400M and 9600M GT video cards.

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How to Clean a Laptop Screen

Be careful when attempting to clean a Laptop screen or LCD monitor as there are many chemicals that can damage the finish of a Laptop screen or LCD monitor. In addition, you should ensure that the fabric used in conjunction with the chemical is not too abrasive or harsh or you risk scratching the screen surface. In the following simple solution, I will show you what I personally use to clean my LCD screens.

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How to Fix a Stuck Pixel

In the following simple solution, I'll show you How to Fix a Stuck Pixel on an LCD monitor. A stuck pixel differs from a dead pixel in that, in most cases, a stuck pixel can be fixed while a dead pixel cannot be fixed. A dead pixel will generally appear as a black dot that does not change color, while a stuck pixel may appear white or any other color. There are a couple of approaches to fixing a stuck pixel. One approach is the pressure method. Another approach is via visual software using quick transitioning colors.

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BitDefender Wont Uninstall (FIXED)

Help! BitDefender won't Uninstall. Just the other day, I went to install ESET Smart Security (NOD32) on a clients computer. The client said recently that they let their previous BitDefender Antivirus Software subscription expire and rather than renewing their subscription, decided to give ESET Smart Security a try.

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How to open .001 files

How to open .001 files: In the following simple solution, I will show you how to open files that use numbered extensions like .001, .002, .003, .004 etc. These files are "split" and contain separate components or parts of a program and need to be "joined" back together in order for the application to work. In many cases, these parts will end up creating an ISO or Bin file. In other cases, the parts will end up making a directory that houses an installation directory for the program, or the entire program in ready to run form.

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How to open SFV files

In the following simple solution, I cover how to Open SFV files. These are files with an .sfv extension. SFV stands for Simple File Verification and is commonly used as a CRC hash checkfile to ensure that a download has not become corrupt or damaged. There may be times when you stumble upon an archive (.ZIP, .RAR, .ACE files) downloaded from the internet that comes bundled with a file that has an extension of .sfv. Hence, it is good to know how to open and use this file to check the archive for corruption.

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How to Replace a Toilet Flapper

How to Replace a Toilet Flapper. Generally, when a toilet tank begins to intermittently fill with water (the aftermath of flushing) when no one is using it, this is a sign that the toilet flapper needs replacing. Modern toilet flappers are made of soft rubber and can last many years. However, using harsh chemicals to clean and disinfect a toilet and tank can rapidly deteriorate and or harden a rubber flapper, resulting in a flapper that no longer holds a seal. In the following simple solution I cover the process of replacing a toilet flapper.

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Remove meta name="generator" content="WordPress"

As of WordPress 2.5, and beyond, the <meta name="generator" content="WordPress" /> meta tag was moved from the template to the core of WordPress. This means that you can no longer simply remove the call from the template. We now need to include a function in functions.php In order to remove meta name generator" content tag. I feel it's important to remove this tag, because it exposes the WordPress version your site is running which could lead a person to expose vulnerabilities for the particular WordPress version and further compromise your site.

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Upgrading from T5450 to T7500 CPU on HP Laptop

Upgrading from a T5450 to T7500 on an HP laptop. Is it worth it? Is the CPU or Processor upgrade procedure complicated? How long does it take? These are common questions in regard to upgrading from the factory original T5450 processor that ships with many laptops including the HP DV9500. In the following article, I discuss my experience in regard to working with and upgrading the HP DV6000, DV9000 series laptops.

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9800M GT vs 9800M GTX Benchmark

Is the 9800M GTX worth the price difference? A lot of midrange and entertainment laptops are now shipping with either the nVidia 9800M GT or the 9800M GTX video cards. I've recently had a few friends ask if the 9800M GTX is worth the upgrade or price difference. With a little bit of research and the help of a benchmark test from notebookcheck.net, I would have to say that the performance difference would not validate the price difference.

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Free Spell Checker for Internet Explorer

ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer spell checking plugin or extension that can be used to spell check text input box entries on a webpage, forum posts and much more. The Free spell checker is typically used by those who do webpage or blog editing, or frequently post in forums. The main advantage of ieSpell is that it runs much faster than a server side solution. Moreover, with ieSpell, you can store a personal word list to use across multiple applications, instead of maintaining separate lists for each individual application.

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Blue Screen of Death Screensaver

The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is one of the most feared screens in the Windows world. When encountered, the blue screen is usually a sign of failing system hardware or software incompatibility issues. However, did you know that there is a screensaver prank available directly from Microsoft that will allow you to play a trick on your friends, co-workers or classmates?

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