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Computer technical support: Systems Engineering. Topics covered include software, hardware, setup, maintenance, workstations, servers, etc.

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70 Articles Found in the Computer Tech Topic  (or one of the sub-topics in bold above)

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Mike Prestwood
1. 10 FREE Must-Have Net Admin Apps

If you maintain more than a few computers, here are 10 applications you should have in your toolbox of software.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
11 years ago, and updated 10 years ago
(9 Comments , last by Hilda.M )

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Douglas.M
2. A PC Repair Double Whammy

This is a story about a PC repair encounter I recently had where two unrelated problems made it impossible to fix the computer.

15 months ago
(3 Comments , last by Marzuq.S )

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Douglas.M
3. A PC Repair Tale

This story describes a real life experience I had with a computer that had more than one problem with it.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
25 months ago
(5 Comments , last by Best.A )

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Douglas.M
4. A Six Point Checklist to Help Your PC Run Better

This article discusses some tips for maintaining your PC so it will run more efficiently.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
55 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(5 Comments , last by aakash.r )

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Douglas.M
5. A Solution to Dealing with Malware That Prevents the Execution of Windows Program Icons

This article discusses how to deal with malware that prevents Windows program icons from running.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
57 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(4 Comments , last by Daniel.J3 )

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Douglas.M
6. A Tale of Two PC Troubleshooting Customers

This article describes 2 PC troubleshooting encounters I had where the outcomes became intertwined with one another.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
5 years ago, and updated 15 months ago
(4 Comments , last by Ron.P )

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Douglas.M
7. A Trio of Free and Useful Software Utilities

This article describes in detail three useful software utilities for PC users that are available for download at no charge to you.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
25 months ago
(2 Comments , last by Best.A )

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Douglas.M
8. An App Generator from Before They Had Modern Apps

This article discusses an “app generator” from the 1990s before we had modern apps. It is used to make a simple bar code scanning app for Toyota Denso BarCode Handy Terminal infrared scanning devices.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
22 months ago
(3 Comments , last by Kenneth.E )

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Douglas.M
9. An Easy, Cheap Way to Get Going After a PC Fails from a Bad Motherboard

This article describes a quick, economical way to get up and running after a PC with a viable hard disk fails due to defective electronic components.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
5 years ago, and updated 15 months ago
(5 Comments , last by EliteExpress )

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Wes Peterson
10. Awesome off-site backup

Backups: Well know we need them and most of use at least one of the available ways to backup. If we don't, we'd be well served to ponder something Mike Prestwood recently said:

"There are two kinds of people; those that back up - and those that will."

In this article I'd like to show you an off-line backup solution that is so simple to set up and use that you'll never again have an excuse for not backing up important work.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
8 years ago
(4 Comments , last by My.e )

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Mike Prestwood
11. bit, kilobit, Byte, PetaByte: What's what? From bit to exabyte, know your quantities.
Posted to KB Topic: Software
11 years ago, and updated 11 years ago
(1 Comments , last by Andrea.F )

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Douglas.M
12. Burn4free is a Free DVD Burning Program

Burn4free is a free DVD burning program you can download.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
6 months ago

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Douglas.M
13. Classic Shell Can Fix a Windows 10 Start Menu Problem

This article describes a free utility you can download that will format your Windows Start menu to give it a pre-Windows 8 look.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
51 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(5 Comments , last by Angelica.M )

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Douglas.M
14. Computer Troubleshooting People Develop Basketball Court Vision

This article describes a computer troubleshooting appointment I recently had that shows how I could sense a solution to a perplexing problem by way of my developed “basketball court vision”.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
24 days ago

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Douglas.M
15. Create and Edit Your PDF Documents Online for Free

This article discusses the features of a free PDF editing resource on the internet called PDFescape.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
6 months ago

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Douglas.M
16. Easy Steps for Replacing a Damaged Laptop Computer Screen

This article describes steps for replacing a damaged LCD display in a PC laptop computer.

 

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
55 months ago, and updated 14 months ago
(1 Comments , last by Chelsea.R )

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Douglas.M
17. Eusing Free Registry Cleaner Removes Unnecessary Entries from Your Windows Registry

This article describes a Windows system registry cleaner that does a good job and is free for you to download.

 

Posted to KB Topic: Software
55 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(6 Comments , last by Happy.E )

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Douglas.M
18. Freebyte Zip is a Simple to Use Freeware Archiving Utility That Also Runs on the Dos Command Line

This article describes how to use the Freebyte ZIP free archiving utility software.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
25 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(1 Comments , last by haris.k )

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Wes Peterson
19. Great Sound for $30? For a while, now, most new computers have come equipped with a sound system on the main board. Unfortunately, many of them are not very good. Would you believe that a simple, $30 upgrade can deliver superb sound and recordings?
Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
12 years ago
(2 Comments , last by Best.A )

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Douglas.M
20. Hardware Configuration Preventing Custom Software from Running

This article discusses a real life troubleshooting encounter that I resolved by manipulating the network drive mappings.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago, and updated 15 months ago

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Douglas.M
21. Hirens Bootable CD/DVD is the Swiss Army Knife of Utility Software

This article describes a software package you can download for free that offers a great variety of utility software you can use for many PC troubleshooting problems.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
5 years ago, and updated 15 months ago

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Douglas.M
22. Hitman Pro is a Good Way to Get Rid of the neopoptab.com Malware

The Hitman Pro software is effective at ridding your PC of the “neopoptab.com” malware.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(5 Comments , last by josef.s2 )

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Douglas.M
23. How I Replaced a Damaged LCD Screen in a Laptop

This describes the steps I took aided by photos of how I replaced the LCD screen in a laptop computer.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
22 months ago, and updated 15 months ago

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Douglas.M
24. How I Revived an Outlook PST Data File That was on Top of Bad Disk Sectors

This article discusses the steps I had to take to rescue an Outlook PST file from disk sector errors.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
9 months ago
(1 Comments , last by Pervez.J )

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Douglas.M
25. How to Concatenate Multiple PDF Files Together without Having to Buy Adobe Acrobat

This article describes PDFBinder, a free software utility that helps you to merge multiple PDF files together into a single document.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
92 days ago

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Douglas.M
26. How to Copy Files and Folders from a Crashed Hard Disk That Will Not Start Windows

This article describes how a USB data transfer cable with 3 different sockets can be used to recover data from a software crash on a hard drive.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
22 months ago
(5 Comments , last by Pervez.J )

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Douglas.M
27. How to Make MS DOS Programs Run on Windows 7, 8 and 10

This article describes how to use Virtual Machine software to make old MS DOS programs run on the newer Windows operating systems.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(2 Comments , last by Kyle.L )

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Douglas.M
28. How to Manually Remove Fraudulent Scareware That Malware Scanners Cannot Get Rid Of

This article discusses an unconventional and manual technique I sometimes use to flush out malware that escapes conventional scanning programs.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
6 months ago

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Douglas.M
29. How to Solve Spooler Subsystem App Has Encountered a Problem

This article discusses how I solved a printer driver installation problem.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
24 months ago, and updated 15 months ago

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Douglas.M
30. How to Transfer Data from One Mobile Device to Another

This article describes how “SyncIOS Mobile Data Transfer for Windows” software utility can facilitate the transfer of data between two mobile devices saving you much headache and hassle in the process.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(9 Comments , last by pham.y )

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Douglas.M
31. How to Use Router Port Forwarding

This article discusses how to implement router port forwarding or port triggering so you can have a camera view of a remote location such as a convenience store or restaurant on any PC, smartphone or tablet from anywhere.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(2 Comments , last by Alma.W )

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Douglas.M
32. IM-Magic Partition Resizer (Free Version) Easily Changes the Size of Your Disk Partition

IM-Magic Partition Resizer (Free Version) is a software utility that is very easy to install. It uses a visual interface that allows you to easily resize a hard disk partition to your liking.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
97 days ago

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Mike Prestwood
33. IP Address Field I set up the SMTP virtual server on my web hosting server. I can send from other boxes, but not from websites hosted on the box that has the SMTP Virtual Server. Any ideas?
Posted to KB Topic: Software
13 years ago, and updated 12 years ago

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Eric Prestwood
34. Is your IP blacklisted?

How to check if your IP address is blacklisted:

Go to http://www.mxtoolbox.com/ and enter in the IP Address of your outgoing IP address. 

8 years ago

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Eric Prestwood
35. Kavoom vs Multiplicity vs Synergy

tbd

Posted to KB Topic: Software
7 years ago, and updated 7 years ago
(1 Comments , last by Anonymous )

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36. Laptop PC Manufacturers Have a Way to Get You to Buy More Laptops

This article discusses something I have noticed in my computer repair appointments that have convinced me that laptop pc manufacturers have a master plan for getting you to buy more of their laptops.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
15 months ago
(1 Comments , last by Pervez.J )

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lowster11
37. Laptop PCs: basic troubleshooting and repair

Individuals who seek to get work done away from an external power source cite usable battery life as one of the key factors involved in how much work they can get done while on the go. Yet many of those same individuals don't know how much latitude they have in controlling power consumption while operating on battery power, nor do they always take the steps necessary to maximize battery lifetime. Over the long term, proper storage of your battery when not in active use can also extend its lifetime significantly as well.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
9 years ago, and updated 9 years ago

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Jon.W
38. M.2 to M.2 SSD Image Transfer

The M.2 2280 form factor solid state drive is becoming more prevalent in today‘s computers because of its ability to save space and pure speed.  The M.2 port accepts two interfaces, the mSATA and the NVMe, the mSATA has two keys on both sides (B+M) and the NVMe has one key on the right side (B).  The NVMe uses 2 more PCIe lanes than the mSATA, because of this many people are switching to the NVMe interface.  At the time of this writing it is unusual to come across a PC with 2 separate M.2 ports.  Also it is difficult to find adapters that properly accept the NVMe interface. 

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
14 months ago
(2 Comments , last by Pervez.J )

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Mike Prestwood
39. MbPS Megabits (mb) per second. A bit is either a 0 or 1 (a digit) and a byte is a string of 8 bits. 8 mbps (megabits per second) equals 1 MB/sec (megabytes per second). Therefore 54 mbps is equal to a max of 6.75 MB/second.
Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
12 years ago, and updated 12 years ago
(3 Comments , last by Ashwin.k )

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Douglas.M
40. Modern Storage Media is Much Better than the Old Days

This article discusses how storage media has improved dramatically since the early 1990s.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
22 months ago, and updated 14 months ago
(4 Comments , last by Pervez.J )

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Mike Prestwood
41. NAT Network Address Translation (NAT). The process of modifying network address information in a data packet header while in transit across a router for the purpose of remapping a given address space into another. Allows you to hide your local IP addresses from the Internet.
11 years ago
(1 Comments , last by Tally.B )

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Douglas.M
42. No Audio Device? No Problem!

This article describes how to restore the sound on a computer when the audio driver is correctly installed, but the sound is still not working.

 

Posted to KB Topic: Software
57 months ago, and updated 14 months ago

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Douglas.M
43. PC Repair: Matching Wits with an Invisible Enemy

This article describes one of my PC troubleshooting encounters that required a little more thinking and effort than usual.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
5 years ago, and updated 15 months ago

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Douglas.M
44. Rescue Your Damaged or Missing Files with R-Studio NTFS

This article discusses how R-Studio NTFS software can be used to rescue damaged or missing files on your hard drive.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago
(1 Comments , last by Gail.F )

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Mike Prestwood
45. Restart Windows Computer Batch File

In a batch file, schecule DOS command shutdown. Use shutdown /? for specifics. Use net stop to kill services before hand if you wish. Use task scheduler to schedule the execution of the batch file.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
9 years ago

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Daniel Fought
46. SAN A high speed network of storage devices availabe to all servers on a LAN or WAN
Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
11 years ago

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Mike Prestwood
47. Self Help: Computer Restore Disks

Phone numbers of the major computer manufacturers.

8 years ago
(1 Comments , last by Uwais.Q )

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48. Self Help: Find Drivers & Updates

Link page for common support pages.

8 years ago
(1 Comments , last by Uwais.Q )

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49. Solve the Redirected Hosts Problem All by Yourself

This article describes a remedy I have used to address the issue of random web page redirection.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
5 years ago, and updated 15 months ago

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Douglas.M
50. Solving Default Printer Problem Error 0x00000709

This article discusses how to fix a printing problem associated with error 0x00000709.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
6 months ago

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Douglas.M
51. Some MS DOS Programs Still Clinging to Life Support

This article talks about how you can still run old MS DOS based software on the newer Windows and the pitfalls that come with it.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(10 Comments , last by Pervez.J )

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Douglas.M
52. Spybot Search and Destroy Version 1.6.2 Helps Slow Running PCs

This article describes a good, highly versatile spyware scanner I use to chase out pesky problems on ailing PCs.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
5 years ago, and updated 15 months ago

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Douglas.M
53. System Image Backup Utility from Microsoft is Your Best Friend

This article discusses how the “System Image Backup” feature in Microsoft Windows Control Panel can save you from untold wasted time and aggravation in the event of a catastrophic hard disk crash.

15 months ago
(5 Comments , last by Pervez.J )

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Douglas.M
54. The CD/DVD Drive is not recognized by Windows Device Manager

This article discusses a Windows registry fix to make your PC see a connected CD/DVD drive that isn’t otherwise being detected by the operating system.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
5 years ago, and updated 13 months ago
(6 Comments , last by Robert.P4 )

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Douglas.M
55. The FileHippo Website Offers a Wide Selection of Freeware

The FileHippo website offers a wide selection of software you may download for free.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
55 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(8 Comments , last by Rodgers.G )

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Douglas.M
56. The Free DBXtract Will Recover Data from Corrupted Outlook Express DBX Files

Free DBXtract version 4.50 is available at no charge and it can recover emails from corrupted Outlook Express .dbx files.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
5 years ago, and updated 13 months ago

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Douglas.M
57. The Free www.Online-Convert.com File Transformation Website

This article discusses the features of the www.Online-Convert.com for converting a variety of files to different formats.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
6 months ago

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Douglas.M
58. The Google Docs Viewer Supports a Variety of Documents for Online Reading

This article describes a cloud based software utility for quickly viewing PDF documents stored on a website called Google Docs Viewer.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
92 days ago

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Wes Peterson
59. The Internet's Become Nasty The Internet has become a dangerous, often unfriendly place, especially for software developers. This article discusses some of the problems and some of the solutions.
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12 years ago

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60. The Shadow Lurks, But Relax - It is a Friend Not a Foe

This article discusses a software utility called “ShadowExplorer” that could potentially, depending on the situation, recover many of your files that had been encrypted by the vicious ransomware, “Cryptowall”.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago, and updated 15 months ago
(1 Comments , last by Clarence.S )

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Douglas.M
61. The US Government DO NOT CALL Download Files Should Be Structured Better

This article discusses why I think the US government’s DO NOT CALL download data files should be structured better so most people can import them into commonly used database programs.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
8 months ago

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Douglas.M
62. The Windows Operating System is missing a Crucial Component

The Windows operating system has never offered a means of controlling the amount and type of software a PC can run relative to its processing power and memory.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
39 months ago, and updated 13 months ago

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Wes Peterson
63. The Wonder of Network Print Servers

Network print servers are an inexpensive and great solution to a common home or office network.  Sure you can "share" printers attached to particular machines, but that creates a dependency on that machine being up and running.

With a network print server, that dependency disappears. People on the network can print without a particular machine being on and available.

They solve one other important problem, too.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
8 years ago

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64. Upgrade Your PC and Downgrade Your Price

This article discusses a real life example of how I got more computer for myself at a lower cost.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
23 months ago, and updated 15 months ago

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Douglas.M
65. Use Printfil by @SwIt Utility Software to Redirect LPT Ports to Windows Host Printers

This article discusses the “Printfil” software utility that can be used to make a MS DOS based application re-direct output meant for the LPT port to a modern Windows host printer.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago

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Douglas.M
66. Use the Free Online Image Editor to Modify Your Image Files

This article describes Free Online Image Editor that will assist you with editing your graphical images in a variety of ways.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago

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67. Wells Fargo Advisers Financial Network

When setting up remote access for clients in the Wells Fargo Advisers Financial Network , There are prerequisites that must be approved by Wells Fargo.  

Example:  Setting up exchange email address on an iPad.  The client must contact Wells Fargo to "request"  an "iPad account" and to be set-up on their "MDM server"  This is done by the client.  We can facilitate this, but the client must be present to authenticate.   More notes to follow.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
6 years ago

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68. What to Do when Windows Has Been Installed on the Recovery Partition

This article discusses how I was able to change the D: drive with the Windows installation on it to the C: drive, while preserving the Windows installation that had been installed to the D: drive.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
22 months ago, and updated 15 months ago

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69. What You Don't Remember to Do Can Make All the Difference

This article cites a real life example of one of my PC troubleshooting encounters where not remembering to do one little step can make a big difference in the outcome.

Posted to KB Topic: Software
23 months ago, and updated 15 months ago

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70. When Creativity and Resourcefulness Make the Difference

This article talks about a PC repair encounter where I needed to be more resourceful than usual to fix the problem.

Posted to KB Topic: Hardware
23 months ago, and updated 15 months ago

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