Monday, November 16, 2009

Windows - No Disk Error Message: Exception Processing Message c0000013 Parameters 75b6bf7c...

I was getting this message recently on my Acer Netbook, which is currently serving as a "print server". Every few seconds, this annoying dialog box would pop up. At first I thought it was just an Acer thing until this morning, when I fired up my HP Desktop, to my surprise, I received the same annoying dialog box.

Well, since it started with the Acer, which I'm using as a print server, & now it's showing up on my HP Desktop, I took the next logical step & thought of what the 2 had in common...a USB thumb drive.

Since my WiFi feature of my printer failed, I had hooked up my Acer Netbook to the printer via USB, and to print documents, I had been placing the documents on my thumb drive, & plugging them into my Acer, & printing from there (for those documents I didn't feel like placing out on the web in my Google doc storage space). seemed to me this message must be related to documents I had been transferring to the thumb drive. "Windows - No Disk" must be referring to the USB thumb drive which is no longer plugged in.

Next logical question. Why is the system still looking for this document? Why would it be trying to locate it? Only thing I could think of that would trying to be accessing a document at boot-up would be. My Recent Documents.

So, I took the following steps which seemed to have partially fixed the problem. Baically, I cleared "My Recent Documents". (See below for other part of solution) Here's How:

Go to Start > Control Panel > Taskbar and Start Menu > Start Menu Tab> Customize button > Advanced Tab> Recent Documents section > "List my most recently opened documents" section > Clear button

Note: If you don't have Control Panel in your Start Menu (I like it there, I find it convenient), you can turn it on by following these steps:

Show Control Panel in Start Menu (XP):

Right-click the Start button, select Properties, under Start Menu items, under Control Panel, select the "Display as link" radio button


You can also clear the check box for "List my most recently opened documents" if you don't want your most recently opened documents displayed (or viewed by others sharing your PC).

Other part of solution:

My HP Desktop has a floppy drive. When I was running one of my favorite system maintenance programs, I saw the error again. The application was performing a short-cut clean-up, & found short-cuts referencing files on the A: drive (Floppy Drive). Of course, there was no floppy in the drive at the time. This caused the same error, so, presumably, ANY software trying to access these shortcuts (or you, if you clicked on the shortcut) would cause this same error message.

So to get rid of these shortcuts, do the following steps:

1. Go to C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Recent
Here you will find other short cuts not cleared out by the "Clear Recent Documents" button. Click on the properties of each until you find a shortcut pointing to the A: Drive (floppy drive)or any removed media. Delete this short-cut. It is only a short-cut, so it is OK to delete.

2. Go to the recycle bin. The things you deleted will now be in here, so right-click the recycyle bin & choose "Empty Recycle Bin" or "Clean Recycle Bin", whichever yours says, to empty the short-cuts from the recycle bin. Deleting the files forever, at least until a forensics examiner gets a hold of your hard drive...

To get rid of the error:
1. Clean out most recent documents in the start Menu
2. Go to C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Recent, and identify and remove (delete) any short-cuts pointing to any empty drives or removed media (SSD cards, USB Thumb Drives, floppy drives, etc.)
3. Empty the Recycle Bin

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Enabling the Wireless Adapter for Ubuntu

Just so I don't forget again (which is easy to do when you have been away from Ubuntu for a bit). To enable your wireless adapter:

At the Terminal:

sudo su
ifconfig wlan0 up

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Acer Flat screen monitor says "No Signal" and light turns orange when plugged into an IBM Thinkpad Laptop

Well, I feel like an monitor was giving me a "No Signal" message when I plugged it into my laptop (port on laptop, not the docking station). After trying a few things, like unplugging the monitor, holding the on button in for a bit, the usual things you would try, it occurred to me to right-click the desktop & check properties>settings, and make sure I had multiple monitors selected. I didn't, so, while I had the monitor plugged into the laptop, I checked the "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor" checkbox, & voila (or viola as some would say), I had my monitor. Yeesh.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

External USB Hard Drive not showing in My Computer but is in Device Manager

Another useful old post. I actually run into this quite a bit, so have a shortcut to Disk Management on my desktop:

Heehee...this one made me feel like an idiot...I bought a 120 G External USB HD, & connected it to my laptop. For some reason it wouldn't show in My Computer. This perplexed me since I could see the drive in Device Manager & everything looked ok. Then I noticed the drive letter it was assigned - G:

Hmmmm...same as one of my mapped drives set to reconnect at logon. Duh...problem solved - assigned my mapped drive a different letter & voila (or viola as some would say), I could see my drive. That was 20 minutes of my day wasted, but at least it provided me with a bit of humor.

How to reassign a drive letter:
To change an existing drive letter on a drive, on a partition, or on a volume, follow these steps:

1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.
3. Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
4. Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
5. Click Change.
6. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, click the drive letter that you want to use, and then click OK.
7. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the drive letter change.

The drive letter of the drive, the partition, or the volume that you specified is changed, and the new drive letter appears in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool.

Maxtor One Touch III Mini - Solution to EasyManage Crash on Windows XP

This is one of my older posts from the Maxtor forums which I thought was worthy of posting here...

I have had the problem with the error message: "Maxtor EasyManage has encountered a problem and needs to close. Please inform Microsoft about this." with the Maxtor Easy Touch III, and tried the compatibility solution (setting EasyManage to run in W2000 compatibility mode). This worked, but, curiously, only for a while. I recently plugged my harddrive in to backup my work data, and started to get the error message again. I verified that the compatibility check box was checked, & windows 2000 selected...still had the problem.

I decided to try the other options, and selected the "Turn off advanced text services for this program", selected Apply, OK, and the error went away. Not sure what that check box is for, but I wonder if it depends upon a service that was not running and so threw the error?

Anyway, in my case I needed the "Compatibility mode" check box and the "Turn off advanced text services for this program" check box selected to make this error go away.

Windows XP SP2
Administrator account

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Enabling Sound on Ubuntu after Upgrade to ver 9.0.4

After many fits getting my Ubuntu install to play nice by installing wireless/sound drivers, I decided to upgrade from ver 8.x to 9.0.4 (Jaunty Jackalope?). After installing/rebooting the system, I discovered my sound no longer worked. Verifying that the speakers were on & plugged into the sound card (simple crap first), I reported the bug to Ubuntu. After that, I tried reinstalling the drivers by going to "Terminal" (Ubuntu's Command Line), & entered:
sudo su
cd (directory where sound card lives)
make install

I rebooted...

Still no sound, so I hit the internet again & found a troubleshooting guide here:
which led me here:

Being new to Ubuntu, I'm still floundering, so all you seasoned Ubuntu dudes & dudettes are probably laughing your asses off right now. After going through this useful guide, I made my way down to the "Checking permissions and resources" (hello!)

I went to: System>Preferences>Sound, and found that my permissions to use "Audio Devices" was unchecked.

Of course, I didn't have permissions to change my permissions, which led to another discovery. There is, in this same dialog box, an Unlock button. Hmmm...Unlock what, I wondered, so of course I clicked it. It asked me for my Password, I entered it, & voila (or viola as some would say), I now had the ability to change my permissions. In fact, I gave myself permissions to everything (I've been known to be generous).

I rebooted.

I now have sound, AND, the upgrade seemed to fix my browser woes (couldn't get YouTube, Pandora to work before).

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Enabling Windows Vista Home Premium's default Administrator Account

OK, this was irritating me from the git-go, so I did some research & found out how to enable the built-in administrator account in Windows Vista Home Premium. Here's the easiest way:

Goto Start>right click the COMMAND PROMPT shortcut and select "run as administrator"

Enter & run the following command to enable the Administrator account:

net user administrator /active:yes

Log into the Administrator Account & create a password. The end.

More on the built-in Administrator Account:,289483,sid192_gci1254063,00.html

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Error updating Free AVG (ver. 8.0) - Invalid update control CTF file

Free AVG is my favorite anti-virus/anti-spyware application. It's light, easy to configure, and best of all, free.

Recently, I noticed an exclamation point over the AVG icon in the system tray. (AVG ver 8.0.176. OS Windows Vista Home Premium, ver 6.0, build 6001), Opening the AVG User Interface (right-click the AVG icon in the system tray), I noticed the latest virus definition updates were marked as not being updated. I clicked the "Update Now" menu button, but received an error message when the application tried to update itself. The error read: "Invalid update control CTF file". I went to the AVG website, & found the fix which resolved the problem. Click on this linkto read more: & download/save the following executable: deleteupdatefiles.exe.

The error message makes the problem pretty obvious (which is a rare thing, usually error messages reveal nothing except confusion), the update control files are corrupted. These files need to be deleted, and during AVG's next attempt to update, new control files should be downloaded/created and update process should complete.