Archive for February 25th, 2010

An issue I had with a clients laptop after reinstalling Windows XP was the CD/DVD drive was not displaying underneath My Computer. When inserting a CD into the drive you could hear the drive spin up but the drive never displayed underneath Windows XP My Computer window. Initially I thought the issue could be resolved with a file available from the Sony support web site but it did not fix the CD/DVD drive issue. Finally after some research I located a registry edit that did resolve the problem so below I describe how to resolve the issue.

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A client recently had me reinstall Windows XP on their Sony Vaio VGN-TZ180N laptop. There were lots of driver issues after installing Windows XP Professional that were mostly resolved by downloading various drivers from Sony’s support site for the laptop. One that caused me a bunch of problems because I assumed it was related to reinstalling the operating system was the display driver. Once I finally figured out what the issue was it was really easy to resolve but again locating the problem was hard to do. Below I describe the drivers to install and how to resolve the issue of the display only filling about half the width of the laptop screen.

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I’m back with another short post. Today I was adding a screen to one of my racks and I wanted it to display data such as a top session or something of that nature. They are servers so there is no X-server. I got the screen all hooked up and running they way I wanted but after 10 mins or so it went to sleep. This was rater annoying since I wanted it to display all of the time. I did some searching and was was unable to find a suitable fix. One of my friends came through in the clutch with the fix. Its so simple I am almost embarrassed to post it however since I couldn’t find it may be this will help the next guy.

Simply enter this into the framebuffer session you wish to keep on:

setterm -blank 0 > /dev/tty
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