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Dell Inspiron 1525 Base System Device Driver Windows XP

Earlier today I reinstalled Windows XP on a friends Dell Inspiron 1525 and while working through the custom Dell drivers I ran into a minor issue. The issue was related to some devices showing up in the Windows XP Device Manager called Base System Device. Typically these are chipset devices but I thought I had installed all of the necessary drivers so I was a bit confused. In reality I forgot to install one of the chipset drivers called Ricoh. Below is information on how to install the drivers for the unknown Base System devices on a Dell Inspiron 1525.

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ERROR 1146 (42S02): Table ‘mysql.servers’ doesn’t exist

Earlier today while adding a new site to a server running as a web server with many virtual hosts I ran into an error flushing the privileges after I added a new MySQL database followed by a user with only access to that new MySQL database. After a bit of investigation I realized that when I recently updated the MySQL server on the CentOS Linux server in question it must have had some issues during the upgrade. Below I describe not only the error in more detail but also how to resolve the MySQL error when attempting to flush the privileges.

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whois de Domain, Use whois For .DE Domains

Recently I wrote an article about using dig and whois on Windows 7. If you want to review the previous article click here. A question recently came up about how to whois .de domains. For each TLD or Top Level Domain such as .de, .co.uk, .mil, .ru, etc. you will need to use a different whois server. Below there is information about attempting to run whois against google.de without specifying a different whois server followed by information using the proper whois server.

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.htaccess: Options not allowed here

Earlier when mirroring a Zen Cart online store for a customer to work on some custom modifications for him I ran into an error when attempting to visit the site in a web browser. The issue relates to Rewrite rules in the .htaccess file which I was able to easily track down by viewing the Apache error logs for the site. Below is more information regarding the error located in the logs and how I was able to resolve the problem.

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Create Zen Cart MySQL Database And MySQL User

I always forget specific MySQL syntax including creating a MySQL user and granting that user specific access only via localhost to a specific database. So when I install Zen Cart I always end up looking how to do this via the MySQL documentation. Below are simple instructions on how to create a MySQL database using mysqladmin, create a MySQL user, and grant permission to the created database to the created MySQL user.