Occasionally I get a PC in my shop which has a broken or non working cd drive. One of the mail tools I use is a disk called Hirens Boot CD. Yes I know its considered Warez however it is by far the best collection of tools for a PC tech around so I use it all the time. I will leave finding the actual disc up to you however once you have it you may want to create a USB drive with Hirens for situations when you dont have your cd or the cd option is unavailable.
One of my clients got a new Panasonic DP-8045 Digital Imaging Device which is a great device for heavy print use. The client needed various things configured on the device including networking so various computers could print to the device. To configure most of the settings you need what Panasonic calls the Operator password.
Yesterday afternoon a friend dropped his computer by so I could make it go a bit faster which I initially thought must just be some application using up a ton of resources or something. The issue ended up being that the computer was an older PowerPC G4 running Mac OSX 10.3 that didn’t have a lot of RAM and hadn’t been updated in a long time. I happened to have PC133 RAM to stick in it so I added 512MB of RAM and then attempted to begin the software updates which requested his administrator password which I did not have. Turns out that he didn’t have the password either so below are directions on reseting the administrator password on a Mac running OSX. The process take a little while as you are required to boot into single user mode, go back through setup, modify the admin, and then delete the temporary admin account.
There are quite a few articles on how to do this around the internet but I noticed the other day that we did not have one so I decided to make a quick post on how to do this. In previous versions of Windows such as XP all you had to do was press F8 at boot time and the administrator account icon would appear on the log on screen so that administrative tasks could be preformed. This is not the case in Windows Vista or Windows 7. Below I will show how to enable the Administrator account using a elevated command prompt.
Today I was working on a Vista laptop and I encountered the error “page failed to load” while trying to open many of the control panel icons. I thought at first maybe the permissions for the user were screwed up even though the user was an administrator. So next I enabled the administrator account and booted into that only to find that the issue was still there. The problem was specifically happening when I tried to select user accounts. In my searching I found may so called “solutions” but none of them survived a reboot. Below I show how I repaired the file system to fix this error.