Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to build your own virtual LAN network on one machine with VMware Player

I have one laptop here that I am trying to test out some configurations on.  The problem is that the one VM can't see the DHCP server.  They weren't on the same network.  How could they be?  The laptop isn't plugged in to any network at all.  There is no network cable plugged in to it.  Here is how you configure it to work.

After creating your virtual machine edit the virtual machine settings.

Next locate the Network Adapter.

You are looking for the setting "LAN Segment".  Select LAN Segment and choose "LAN Segment 1".  Make sure you remember if you choose 1 or 2 because you have to set all of them on the same. 

If you want you can also create your own and name it whatever you want if it is easier.  You just have to click the LAN Segment button.  Click Add and name it whatever you want.  After clicking Ok it should show up in the drop down box.

VMware Player version: 5.0.2 Build - 1031769

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My computer boots and Windows Boot Manager asks to select an operating system

After installing Windows 7, I started to get this....

To fix this, boot into windows and Click the start button -> Right click Computer and select Properties.

Select Advanced System Settings.  Look for the part that says Startup and Recovery.  Click Settings.  You will see a check box that says Time to Display list of operating systems.  You want to uncheck that and make sure the box above it says Windows 7.  Click Ok twice and reboot.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How to turn off the password requirement when Windows 8 awakes from sleep

From the Metro interface (this is the one with all the different titles)

Scroll up to the right hand corner to bring up the charm bar

Click Settings

Click Change PC Settings

Click Accounts

Click Sign-in Options

Look for Password policy

Under that there is a change button.  Click that.  It'll change it so that every time the computer goes to sleep, it won't require you to login.  I would recommend though having it lock when the screen saver comes on for at least some protection.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hackintosh Asus Rampage Formula (UPDATED: NOW INCLUDES 10.9 MAVERICKS)

Asus Rampage Formula

Nvidia 6800GT

Audio: SupremeFX II (Chipset:AD1988B)
Source:  Link  Link  Link

Go to It is the place for everything.

Network Driver I found here

Download driver and put in /Extra/Extensions

Reboot and go into Network Preferences and it will say it found a new network device.

boot with flags:  PCIRootUID=0

How to install:  Link

boot with flags:  GraphicsEnabler=Yes -v

Took a couple of minutes but eventually booted.

How to install:  Link

After install was complete rebooted off USB selected the Mavericks Install Drive and booted with the flags again GraphicsEnabler=Yes -v

To get the network drivers to work was a little bit more tricky.  I first needed to download this utility.  It's called KW.zipI downloaded it to a USB drive and copied it over.  Unzipped the file and ran Kext Wizard.  Then click Installation -> Browse and then select the drive you downloaded from the above link.  The destination is important because it seems like the only way this will work is if you put it in System/Library/Extensions.  If you don't do it correctly, it will keep popping up with error messages.  This utility does it the right way.  Reboot and open Network Preferences.  It will say it found two interfaces.  For what ever reason it was saying that neither was connected.  I removed both by hitting the minus sign and readded en1.  I have the cable plugged into port 2 on the pack which is the top ethernet port.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How do I turn off 3D in Google Earth

Recently I downloaded the newest version of Google Earth.  By default it was in 3D because my video card supported it.  I didn't want it that way and I wanted it turned off.  Here is how I did it.

You are looking for an option called Stereoscopic 3D.  It is in the Nvidia Control Panel.  If this is enabled, uncheck it and save it.  Now close and reopen Google Earth.  It should now be fixed.

I also had a bigger issue.  If you can't find the Stereoscopic 3D option, here is how to enable it.

Stereoscopic 3D Missing in Nvidia Control Panel

OS:  Windows 8.1
Video Card:  Nvidia Quadro NVS 295

Stereoscopic 3D missing in nvidia control panel

I had just loaded a clean install of Windows 8 Professional.  I installed google earth and it was in 3D.  This was new and I've never seen this before.  Reading online it was because the Stereoscopic 3D was enabled, but there wasn't a section in the nvidia control panel.  Here is how I fixed it.

First I downloaded these drivers.  Link 

The card that I had in that machine was the Nvidia Quadro NVS 295.

After downloading the file, I chose custom install.  Here is where I noticed something was missing.
Notice in the picture below that the two 3D options are unchecked.  Previously the current version beside those were "Not Installed".  I selected all options and told it to a Perform a clean install.

After two reboots everything seemed back to normal and opened up the Nvidia control panel now and here is what I saw.

I now have the option to turn Stereoscopic 3D on and off.  By default I it was turned off.  I loaded up google earth and now it was back to 2D.

OS: Windows 8.1

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

How to stop your child from deleting installed apps in IOS

My son kept deleting apps he decided were "yucky" haha...

Here is how you stop them from deleting apps you want.

Go to Settings -> General -> Restrictions

Click enable

You will now be prompted to enter a pin so that your child can't come back and turn the restrictions off.

Now find deleting apps and swipe it to the left to turn it off.

Now if you want to delete an app, you have to come back here and turn it on.  It's a pain but its better then trying to figure out what app they deleted!

Specifying your sent folder /Syncing Folders between OS X Mail and your IMAP Mail provider

I was configuring the mail app in OS X, but I quickly noticed something.  When sending email, the sent mail would be put in a folder locally and not on the server where it should be.

Here's how to solve that.

Open OS X Mail app.  This is also assuming you already have your email configured.

On the left side you will see folders like Junk, Trash, Sent, etc.  If you click those and there is already emails in there, that is most likely your folder on the server.

Click the email and then go to Mailbox-> Use this mailbox for -> and select the purpose (ie: Sent)

Now it has been setup to use that specific folder for that action!

Friday, August 30, 2013

.htaccess and Drupal Multisites

I was having trouble getting htaccess to work on the Drupal multisite I was setting up.

I figured out how I am able to do this.  Due to the way Drupal serves up the multisites, it looks to the document root for htaccess.

I ended up adding my configuration to my httpd-vhost.conf.

Just create a VirtualHost for each site.

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html

    <Location />
        AuthUserFile /users/jsmith/.htpasswd
        AuthName "Please Enter Password"
        AuthType Basic
        Require valid-user


<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html

    <Location />
        AuthUserFile /users/tsmith/.htpasswd
        AuthName "Please Enter Password"
        AuthType Basic
        Require valid-user


This is how I got it to work.  If there is a better way of doing it, please post in the comments.