Monthly Archives: December 2006

Backup Favorites and the Outlook NK2 file

By | December 20, 2006

On our network we are redirecting some things but not all folders.
Users always start yelling about I am missing my favorites or when
I type in Outlook I do not get the "names" to popup.
So the script below will copy these important files to a backup location.
I made everything modular because this script does some good things.
1. It will detect who the currently logged on user is.
2. It performs a file copy using the %userprofile% variable.
3. Lastly, it checks to see if a folder exists. (I know this one is not that exciting)

Windows Update Fix

By | December 15, 2006

Of recent, Windows Update has been crashing the svchost.exe causing my network drives to show up as disconnected in windows explorer. This is causing many of my applications to fail. The error I was receiving was:

Faulting application svchost.exe, version 5.1.2600.2180, faulting module msi.dll, version 3.1.4000.2435, fault address 0x00012780.

I have created a simple batch file to fix this error as opposed to doing this manually.


KB928388 and SalesLogix

By | December 13, 2006

The new Time Zone patch from Microsoft breaks an application of mine called SalesLogix. After encountering this problem and finding no answers from SalesLogix, I started doing research myself. Even after uninstalling the update, SalesLogix still failed to run. I later found this is from registry entries which the uninstaller left behind. Below is my fix for this problem as there are currently no fixes from SalesLogix

UPDATE: SalesLogix has released a fix for this. As far as I know right now, it is only in Service Pack 6. I dont know of any other way to get this fix without upgrading to the latest service pack.

 UPDATE: A new Windows update has the same effect.   KB931836 will have the same effect as KB928388. Luckily the fix below will fix it also.

Dell Wireless Ad-Hoc Fix

By | December 6, 2006

Recently, a friend of mine (who am I kidding I don't have friends)
who works for a large tier 1 automotive Axel supplier told me of an issue with over 2000 laptops.
He stated that their "NT" and "Desktop" groups could not fix an issue with their Broadcom wireless drivers.The problem was that the Broadcom utility used to change the built-in wireless devices from Ad-Hoc mode to Infrastructure mode was set to Ad-Hoc by default. Now users being what they are would not be able to do this for themselves, so the wireless division asked the aformentioned groups to try to solve the issue, but was told "sorry". They the wireless guys would have to fix all of the laptops by hand (using remote access). Well,first off this is crazy!
I told my buddy I could write a script to fix the issue.

The script below is for the following WLAN NICs and laptops:

Dell TrueMobile 1150 PCMCIA   Dell C800, C810
Dell TrueMobile 1150 Mini-PCI  Dell C840
Dell TrueMobile 14xx Mini-PCI  Dell D500, D505, D510, D800, & D810

The 14xx Series can be 1400, 1450, 1470, or 1490.