I’m the process of setting up a home theater PC (HTPC) on each of my two home televisions. I have Logitech Harmony universal remotes on both but need a keyboard and mouse for my living room HTPC. While perusing Staples before the holidays I came across the HP Wireless Mini Keyboard: a compact 2.4GHz wireless keyboard with a built-in mouse. The packaging bills this device as a replacement for a laptop keyboard but it works wonderfully on a HTPC. The keyboard is a netbook chiclet style and there is a…read more
Started to experience a different error with a group of Hewlett Packard DX2200 PCs; earlier I discussed at length [intlink id=”1456″ type=”post”]odd SATA issues[/intlink]. I powered on a DX2200 and it started a rapid beeping, like when you hold a key down on your keyboard. I had experienced this over the years with defective keyboards so I replaced the keyboard but the issue persisted. I removed the keyboard and tried again with the same fast beeping. I then removed all cables except for power; same thing. Opening the PC up…read more
Pulled an old HP 2100TN out of storage today and printed it’s configuration page: a very old and unused IP address and gateway was assigned. A quick poke around the internet showed an easy way to clear the JetDirect settings: hold the CANCEL button while powering the unit on and continue holding it for ten seconds. It will reset to DHCP and another print of the configuration will give you the IP address.
Tape backup; boring, uneventful, necessary. Nothing splashy or exciting about the oldest backup medium. Why is it still in use? Tape is reliable, relatively inexpensive and gets the job done. Most businesses running a server use a tape drive for daily backup of important documents, system files, what have you. Still don’t see the need? Say your business works on important documents every day, making daily changes. Something goes wrong and you need a copy of a file from six days ago. Since you overwrite the file on the server…read more