Sunday, October 21, 2007

My Wee Peanut

"Peanut" or "Tot"

My Wee hound, Peanut, is the neatest little companion anyone could ever ask for. I bought her from a Pet Store one day, on impulse. Well, not really impulse. When I went into the store, I saw her - there in the puppy pen with her brother. She looked so much like a smaller, younger version of my other, wonderful pound rescue, Tater, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix, that I decided I had to have her. I wasn't making much money at the time, and they wanted $180 for her, so I decided that I would wait a day, then go back the next day, & make up my mind if she was still there. This way, I figured, maybe I would talk myself out of it in the meantime, or maybe she would be sold & there would be no difficult decision to make.

The next day I went to the store. There she still was. I picked her up & she melted into my arms. She was sold.

Since then, it has been wonderful. Peanut is so full of life & enthusiam, she adds fun, love, & humour to my day. She is so much like a little child (hence her nicname "Tot"), she fills the void of the empty nest syndrome I was experiencing. When I return from work, she acts as though she has just met the greatest person in the world, much the way my children used to great me when they were little tots. Peanut will run up, whining & jumping up & down, wagging her tail, with love-filled eyes. She'll bring me her latest "Doolly" (Peanut has many Dolls she adores which we call "Doollies") and present it to me. I always make a fuss over her Doolly, acting as though it was the first time I've ever seen it. She responds with pride & excitement.

Peanut is like a little person in many other ways. Since I was working full-time, I decided to try and "diaper" train her. It worked wonderfully. If need be, and she couldn't find one of the kids to let her out, Peanut would go to her corner & use her diaper. She prefers to go out though, & will only use the diaper if she can't find one of us. She also loves to watch TV, so we leave the toons on for her in the morning, and sometimes at night, when she seems bored. She'll sit on the back of the couch, or on the cushions, curled up with her Doolly, watching the TV. And she has her favorites, too. She seems to like Scooby Doo & The Fresh Princs of Bell-Aire, among other things.

I don't know what I would do without Peanut. I'm so glad I gave in to impulse, & bought the wee hound when I could, at the time, barely afford the price. Things have improved in my life since then, and I wonder if Peanut & the positive affect she had on my outlook is partially, if not fully, to blame.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Problems installing Flash 9 on XP systems - IE 6 & 7

I had this vexing problem some time back w/ IE ver 7 (surprise) being able to display Flash content (ver 9). (This problem also occurs in IE 6). Everything I tried at the Macromedia support site (now Adobe) did not work. Editing the registry was not possible because of permissions issues.

Finally, I happened across a fix which worked:

"If you have any problems installing Flash Player on WinXP systems, see/do this: thing's been giving me fits for 4 months on an already troublesome enough system I maintain. Tried everything in the book prior to this, nothing worked. This does. Takes a while to run that Permissions Reset tool from the command line, but once it's done, Flash will install the way it should."

Hopefully, this will help someone else. :-)

Technical Support

I am making a promise to myself. From now on, I will post everything I discover along the way in my technical troubleshooting journeys.

I started with PCs back in 1988, where the OS of the day was MS-DOS (3.3?), when the only people who owned PCs were Geeks (& Geekettes). I recall installing my first 3.5 floopy drive, & playing with my 2400 baud modem, when the internet consisted of PC Link (& everything was text & the main users were bored Radio Shack employees, & the phone bill was outrageous! The closest server was in Atlanta, GA, I was in Florida). I recall being excited that my first IBM compatible 386 had a hard drive, so I was no longer bound to using 5 1/4 in floppies (in my Commodore 64). I recall my first ink jet printer (HP), & how I didn't have to set the dip switches like I did on my Star printer so it could talk to the C-64.

I took a long break from the geeky PC world to raise 4 children, but after 10 yrs or so, found myself missing my favorite hobby. After much pestering, I talked my at-the-time spouse into buying a new system. We settled on a Dell XPST-450 w/ Windows 98, and I was hooked once again. Oh, & it was wonderful! Zip drives, 13G HD (which seemed like a LOT at the time), and WOW! the internet was so rich, & full of information! In no time I was a top contributor at Win 98 forums, loved to IM, and was creating web pages & learning HTML, JavaScript, & CSS. I loved it so much I decided to get back into the field & leave my boring days as a housewife behind.

Along my journey back into the PC world, I made a lot of neat discoveries & fixed a lot of PC problems. My faves were fixes that involved DOS (which I was well-versed in and came in useful with 98), and unique things I discovered about dual-boot configurations (98/RedHat, 98/2000, 2000/RedHat). I wished I had made these gems available to the world in the event that they may help others understand PCs, and make their experience into this wonderful world more enjoyable.

Well, now with the advent of blogs, I have no excuse. So, any little thing I discover, I will post. My work laptop is an IBM T series running XP Pro, my home desktop system a Dell XPST600 running Windows XP Pro, and my personal laptop a Sony Vaio CR series running Vista Home I have a lot to explore! :O) (I'll have even more when I start messing w/ Linux again).

Look for more technical posts in the future!

I/O device error when reading SD card in Flash Card Reader - Vista

Maybe this will help someone else:Brand new laptop (Sony Vaio CR series) with integrated flash card reader. Everything on the laptop works fines, but when I inserted a 250MB or 2G flash card into the card reader, I kept getting an "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error." error message. Attempts to browse the card caused the system to hang or freeze. Once I did manage to read the 250MB card, but after that it would hang trying to read it.Fix:Went to Sony's update site & discovered a manual update for Texas Instruments® Integrated FlashMedia Controller. I d/l'd it & browsed to the C:\Update directory & ran the install. Worked like a charm. Plugged the card in & *poof* opens right up. Also see this Microsoft KB article: Note: this was a manual update, so you have to run the install yourself - it's not an "automatic update".PS - If you buy a Sony laptop (or any other running Vista w/ TI SD Flash Card Reader) from Best Buy, chances are they won't tell you about this update. I was about ready to take it back thinking it was a hardware problem when I decided to look for other patches/updates other than the usual Windows & virus updates. :-P This update apparently fixes a compatibility issue.