5 Minute Fix Internal hard disk drive not found
My old Dell Inspiron 1545 Laptop computer was sitting around collecting dust for years until I decided to repurpose it as a training laptop earlier this week.
I did a factory restore and everything was working fine until I rebooted the system and got the message:
Internal hard disk drive not found
I did a Google search and saw several possible solutions stating that I should try to "reseat the drive". I thought this would be a major issue to fix that would require someone els, but I was able to fix the problem in less than 5 minutes
I love fixing computers! Keep in mind that I am a V.I.P. - Vision Impaired Person, with almost no central vision.
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Windows Network Diagnostic Commands
The following are common Microsoft Windows network commands
Ipconfig is a Console Command which can be issued to the Command Line Interpreter (or command prompt) to display the network settings currently assigned to any or all network adapters in the machine. This command can be utilised to verify a network connection as well as to verify your network settings.
For Windows 95,98,ME use winipcfg
Displays active TCP connections, ports on which the computer is listening, Ethernet statistics, the IP routing table, IPv4 statistics (for the IP, ICMP, TCP, and UDP protocols), and IPv6 statistics (for the IPv6, ICMPv6, TCP over IPv6, and UDP over IPv6 protocols). Used without parameters, netstat displays active TCP connections.
The tracert command is used to visually see a network packet being sent and received and the amount of hops required for that packet to get to its destination.
Users with Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP who need additional information network latency and network loss should also consider using the pathping command.
Helps in determining TCP/IP Networks IP address as well as determine issues with the network and assists in resolving them.
Provides information about network latency and network loss at intermediate hops between a source and destination. Pathping sends multiple Echo Request messages to each router between a source and destination over a period of time and then computes results based on the packets returned from each router.
Telnet is software that allows users to remotely access another computer such as a server, network device, or other computer. With telnet users can connect to a device or computer, manage a network device, setup a device, transfer files, etc.
FTP is short for File Transfer Protocol, this page contains additional information about the FTP command and help using that command in Unix and MS-DOS (Windows).
The function and syntax of the Windows ROUTE command is similar to the UNIX or Linux route command. Use the command to manually configure the routes in the routing table.
Displays, adds, and removes arp information from network devices.
Displays information that you can use to diagnose Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure. Before using this tool, you should be familiar with how DNS works. The Nslookup command-line tool is available only if you have installed the TCP/IP protocol.
MS-DOS utility that displays protocol statistics and current TCP/IP connections using NBT.
One common way of using netsh is to reset the TCP/IP in Windows 2k/XP
Type this in Run or DOS Window – "netsh int ip reset"
In Windows XP you can run a graphical diagnostics by typing "netsh diag gui" into the run dialogue box. (This may take a little time to startup)
DOS command used to show both local and remote MAC addresses. When run with no parameters (ie. getmac) it displays MAC addresses for the local system. When run with the /s parameter (eg. getmac /s \\foo) it displays MAC addresses for the remote computer. When the /v parameter is used, it also displays the associated connection name and network adapter name.
Included with Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, and Windows 2000 Resource Kit. Can be downloaded for the Windows 2000 here: http://www.microsoft.com/wind
Find All Active/Used IP Addresses on Your Network
There is a really neat way that you can quite easily find all active/used IP Addresses on your network without the need for any third party applications or worse, pinging each IP Address individually.
Open the Command Prompt and type in the following:
FOR /L %i IN (1,1,254) DO ping -n 1 192.168.10.%i | FIND /i "Reply">>c:\ipaddresses.txt
Change 192.168.10 to match you own network.
JW PLAYER 5 Config
I use JW Player 5 as the media player for websites I build.
Seamless Responsive Photo Grid
I implemented a version of the Seamless CSS Photo Grid from CSS Tricks to my TOROCMS platform that this and other websites run on.
Dreamweaver Dark Code View Theme
As a Web Developer, I'm usually sitting in front of the computer for many hours at a time during the day. My eyes get tired after awhile, especially when I'm looking at lines and lines of code on a screen with a white background.
Dreamweaver CS4 is my go-to code editor because it has so many great features. It even allows customization of the code viewing environment, which I had played around with in the padt.
I was really happy when I found this great post on how to setup a dark code view theme in Dreamweaver.Â
My Personality Profile
Your personality type: "Reliable Realist"
Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living. Extremely thorough, responsible and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Well-organized and hard working, they work steadily towards identified goals. They can usually accomplish any task once they have set their mind to it.
Careers that could fit you include:
Business executives, administrators and managers, accountants, police, detectives, judges, lawyers, medical doctors, dentists, computer programmers, systems analysts, computer specialists, auditors, electricians, math teachers, mechanical engineers, steelworkers, technicians.
YouTube Phishing Scam - I Really Hate Phishing Scams
I'm usually pretty good at detecting phishing scams sent to my email account, but this one got me to click the link. Here's what the email looks like.
Veterans Info Channel Website Soft Launch
UPDATE: The Veterans Info Channel website is now Veterans Info Site - information for US Military Veterans.
US Military Veterans Information
Find and Share Veterans Information, resources, services and products that military veterans and their families need.
My DIY Business Cards for TJ Technology Professionals
I designed my own business cards today for my IT business, TJ Technology Professionals. After I finished the design, I uploaded it to the Staples website and had them create me 100 cards for $15.e, I found myself saying, "Wow, that really was easy."
TJ Technology Professionals Website Launched!
I launched the new website for my IT Services company today. The new website replaces the TMJCSS.COM website I had been using since I started freelancing back in 2003.
I finally established TJ Technology Professionals, LLC while we were stationed in Virginia. It was pretty tough to decide when and where to officially register the business, mainly because of my status as a military spouse and the amount of moving around we do.
Now you know where to go if you need a website designed or developed, or if you need managed IT services - TJ Technology Professionals, LLC.