Windows Failed to Start – Installing from USB

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Published on: February 10, 2016

I just recently helped a friend of mine troubleshoot an issue while trying to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 into a clean HD. She was using a USB ISO of Win7 Pro that was created using Microsoft’s CD/DVD Install Tool. Mind you, she used this not too long ago successfully. However, for this install, it kept giving her the following error:

Windows Boot Manager

Windows Failed to Start..

File:  \Boot\BCD

Status:  0xc0000098

Aside from re-doing another USB Install Image, you can try the following:

  1. On a working computer browse the content of the USB drive
  2. Go to \Boot
  3. You should see some files including a file named BCD.
  4. Look at the date see if it was modified. Look at the File size. It should be around 256KB.
  5. If the date is modified and the size is different, then that is your issue.
  6. Good news is, if it was modified there should have been a backup made of it in the same folder. Look for a file name that has “Backup” on it
  7. Rename the current BCD like BCD.old or delete it completely.
  8. Rename the backup file to BCD. Make sure you do not put any file extension.
  9. Now try to boot with it. Should now boot up properly to enable you to do your install.

 

How to view Minecraft client logs

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Published on: November 10, 2015

A lot of people do not know that the Minecraft Client creates a log file every time you login and play. It is stored in your Minecraft folder. However, it’s not as easy to find unless you are familiar with installing plugins and mods. Below is a quick tutorial on how to access this folder so you can view your logs if you wish. This was done for a friend who has Windows 8.1. Instructions for Win7 and Win10 may differ slightly, but should be similar. Any questions or comments please let me know.

Follow these steps to display hidden files and folders in Windows 8 and 8.1:

  1. Press the Windows + S key combination to open the “Search” box.
  2. Type “folder” into the Search box, then select Folder Options from the list of search results. The “Folder Options” window should open.
  3. Select the View tab.
  4. Under “Advanced Settings”, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  5. Click Apply, then click Ok.

Now all of your system’s hidden files and folders should be visible.

Now lets find the .minecraft folder.

  1. Press Windows + R (Windows button and “R” at the same time). This will bring up the “Run” Dialogue box
  2. Type in %appdata%. Click Ok
  3. It should bring you to \Yourusername\AppData\Roaming folder
  4. You should now see a folder named “.minecraft
  5. Click “.minecraft”. You should see a folder called “logs
  6. Click “logs”. You should see a bunch of files with *.log.gz extensions. For example, YYYY-MM-DD.log.gz

You can open the files with a compression program like winzip, winrar, or 7zip. If you don’t have any of those, I suggest you install one.

Open any of the .gz files with your compression program (winzip, winrar, or 7zip). Then you will see a file that has an extension of .log. For example, YYYY-MM-DD.log. You can view the .log file with Notepad/Wordpad or any other wordprocessor program.

Each logs are archived by date.

How To Replace An Auto HVAC Fan Resistor

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Published on: January 3, 2015

So, one day my wife come home and tells me something is wrong with our 2002 Toyota Highlander. She said the Heater is not working right. It only works when the fan is set to the highest setting. Same goes for the AC.  In the past I’ve fixed the issue when the HVAC unit worked inconsistently when the cool/heat setting would switch from Heat to Cool by itself. I fixed that by opening up the center console and re-soldering a loose connection.

Anyway, this one was not the same issue. So, I consulted my good friend Google and found out that the issue, more than likely, would be the Fan Resistor.  Although I did not find any instructions on the net specific to my vehicle, I think this generally applies to most. So, I hope this tutorial helps you.

Things you will need:

  • Right angle screw driver or a flexible screwdriver or a short screwdriver. The part is very hard to reach with a regular screwdriver.
  • Flashlight or any portable light source.
  • The replacement resistor part. For my 02 Highlander I got mine off of eBay. Here’s a search link.  Cost $~$25.00
  • Total time to install: 30 minutes.

Step 1

Locate the resistor. It will be under the dash of the passenger side. To the left of the glove compartment

Passenger Side

 

Step 2

Look under neat and behind the glove compartment. This is when your light source will come in very handy. If you look up you should see the unit attached to a plastic housing held by two screws. There should be a plug that connects to the unit that you should unplug.  See picture.

Screws locations

 

Step 3

Once you take off the old one, just replace it with your new one and Voila! your fan should work once again.

Here’s the pic of the old and new parts and the tools used.

 

How to install Mumble VOIP Client

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Published on: October 18, 2014

Mumble is a VOIP application similar to popular programs like TeamSpeak, Skype, etc. What is good about Mumble is that you can actually host your own server. It is also free and opensource. This is good for those who are concern about privacy issues. I’ve recently installed Mumble so my son and his cousins/friends can voice chat while playing Minecraft. Here’s a step by step instruction on how to install the client on your machine.

  1. Download Mumble from http://sourceforge.net/projects/mumble:
  2. Click on the Download button.
  3. It should download automatically. Save it anywhere in your computer.
  4. Find the file you just downloaded. It should be called “mumble-1.2.8.msi
  5. Double click to start the installation.
  6. Click Next
  7. Accept the Terms and Click Next
  8. Click Next to install the Client. No need to install the server unless you want to host your own server.
  9. Click Next to begin the installation.
  10. Check the box to “Start Mumble” and Click Next.
  11. You should now see the Mumble Main screen.
  12. Now let’s configure your Mic. Click on Configure –> Settings.
  13. On the Audio Input Screen, select the Transmit drop down option to “Continuous“. Click Apply and Ok
  14. Ok now lets configure the server. Click on Server –> Connect.
  15. Click Add New
  16. On the Add Server screen put these parameters
    1. Label – Yourserver (This is the name of the server you connecting to)
    2. Address – www.hostname.com (or your IP address xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx)
    3. Port – 64738
    4. Username – Your Name (Whatever you like)
  17. Click Ok
  18. It will be saved on the top as your favorites.
  19. Click Connect.
  20. If you get a message to add a certificate, click YES
  21. That’s it! Have fun!

 

How To Add A Headlight On Warning Buzzer/Chime

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Published on: November 4, 2013

Have you ever came back to your car and found out that it would not start because you had forgotten to turn off your headlights before you left? I know most new cars either have a warning chime/buzzer to alert you if you left your headlights on. Others that have running daylights also do not have to worry about this problem due to their cars turning off the headlights automatically after a delay. But what if you have an older vehicle that does not have an auto shut off or chime? If you forget….more than likely, you will have to call someone to jump your car.

I have a 2002 Highlander that unfortunately does not have an auto shut-off or a chime reminder. So, needless to say the headlights had been left on numerous times. I know I should have done this a few years back when I got the car but I just kept putting it off. Well, one day I noticed a couple of sticky reminders on the car saying, “Headlights”. This is my wife’s way of reminding herself to make sure to turn off the headlight. Well, that was enough to get me motivated on doing a mod.

Obviously, this is was done on my 2002 Toyota Highlander, but can be universally applied to almost every vehicle. It is very simple.

Things you will need:

  1. 12VDC Chime or Buzzer (got mine at Ratshack for $10.99. Item #273-071)
  2. Long Nose Pliers

Step 1.

Locate the fuse box in your car. For the 02 Highlander it was on the driver side. It is hidden behind the pull out tray/pocket located below the steering wheel on the left side. Pull that out. Should be fairly easy. It will reveal the Fuse Panel behind.  The tray will also have a sticker diagram for the fuses located on its backside.

Step 2.

Locate the fuse for the Tail Light and Rear Wiper.

Step 3. 

I would suggest working on one fuse at a time. Select which one you want to do first. For this exercise, we will pull out the Tail Light fuse first from the fuse connector panel. For the Highlander it’s a 10 AMP fuse labeled “Tail”.  Second to the bottom on the last column.

This is when your Nose Long Pliers will come in handy. Using your bare fingers could pose some difficulty. Careful not to drop it. I had lost a fuse by yanking on it hard then it slipped and was a pain locating it again.

Look at your chime/buzzer. You would need to insert the Red (+) lead into one of the blade slot of the Tail Light Fuse connector. While you are holding the wire in the connector, re-insert the fuse back to its location. This will effectively wedge the wire between the blade and the connector.

Step 4. 

Repeat the same procedure for the Rear Wiper fuse. For the Highlander its the third row, third column from the left. It is labeled “RR WIP” (15 AMP). Please note that the Ratshack chime/buzzer I chose had three wires. Thus, I combined the blue and the black wire (-) together by twisting them and inserting them into the fuse connector. It should be wedged in place after you put the fuse back to the fuse connector.

Setp 5.

Go ahead and do your test. Without the keys turn on your headlight. It should now chime, reminding you that you left your headlights on. Put your keys in the ignition and turn your headlight on. It should remain silent, like it should.

Step 6.

Mount your chime/buzzer however you want by velcro or screw. Place the tray back in place and your done.

That’s it! Simple but effective mod. A battery saver! Below, I’ve included some snapshots of the process.

 

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