The Dell Latitude E5440 HackBook is a Hackintosh laptop that is capable of running Windows and macOS from one solid-state or hard disk drive. If you are considering making one on your own, know that it can be easy or difficult depending on your knowledge and access to websites across the globe.
* Do not connect to the Internet during the install of macOS.
* Solid-state Drive or Hard Disk Drive should be 7mm.
* Temporarily keep the system from the Internet.
* Setup the keyboard once the install is complete.
* Disable GateKeeper to install apps easily.
* Enable TRIM Support for your installed SSDs.
* Revert CoreStorage paritions: diskutil cs revert /
* Turn off the auto features of the App Store
Once your recording starts, QuickTime for macOS may hide itself leaving only the stop button on the menu and its icon on the dock. You will want to click on the QuickTime for macOS icon on the dock and that will make it the focus on the menu when you can now click on the ‘Esc’ key on your keyboard to bring up the Screen Recording window. The Screen Recording will give you the option to pause when you press and hold the ‘Alt’ key on the keyboard.
The TP-Link TL-WN725N is perfect for a small factor Hackintosh or a HackBook that needs a wireless connection. If your device lacks an optical drive or if you misplaced your disc, you can go online for the Wireless-USB-Adapter-Clover since it is compatible.
You may have noticed but there isn’t a timer for QuickTime recordings and if you are trying to meet a minimum (ie. for YouTube), you may find out that sometimes, you come up short so here are some ways to keep track.
If you have multiple monitors, use one of your free Internet browsers and navigate to Google.com. There, you can use their timer (to limit) or stopwatch (for tracking) with ease.
If you do not want to use the Internet, Siri can help. Ask “her” to set a timer for you in which she will inform you that she can’t and instead notify (with a popup) you at the time your timer would end.
Your Android or iOS device has apps that will help. Keep in mind that if audio is recording as well, it may pick up audio from your device.
Whenever you see Index of / as the title of a web page in Search Engines, it is an indication that the website listed is missing an index file and has also allowed directory listing in their .htaccess file located in the root of the site.
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When I travel around, one item I like to have with me is a towel as it has many uses.
At times, I am given electronics to repair without advance notice so make sure that it does not get scratched on the way to the office for repairs, I carefully wrap it with the towel.
Sometimes, there is a cold draft that comes in from under doors and with a towel, I can have the air blocked off thus keeping the room to a comfortable temperature. Also, if I need to utilize a space heater, it will reach the set temperature faster and do less work as it is not fighting against the incoming air.
As with the draft, light can enter through the crevices around the door and the towel can help reduce the intensity.
Keep odors from entering from the hallway outside your door by using a towel as a barrier.
When someone has something important to print by the end of the day, they are greeted with a message showing 0x6100004a and since I am the printer guru, it then becomes my task to fix it. Normally, this takes about an hour (removing parts and cleaning them) to properly fix but it can be done in a quarter of the time to get the user to print their document then tweak overnight. Below are just a few ways you can see if the error is valid or a ghost issue and models showing the error message.
* HP OfficeJet 6830
* HP OfficeJet 6962
* HP OfficeJet 6958
* HP OfficeJet 6968 (in the video)
* HP OfficeJet 6975
If you are a frequent Hackintosh or HackBook user, a Post Installation application that you may have on hand is the Clover Configurator. Clover Configurator is a Mac OS X application that is designed to help you
* generate new configuration files
* edit old configuration files
* mount and unmount the EFI partition
Need help removing the McAfee Agent? If so, open up Microsoft Notepad, place the following code. Once entered, save as .bat or .cmd file. If you maintain multiple devices, put a copy on a USB Flash (or on your file server) so that you can access easily from Windows Explorer. When executed, it will launch a Command Prompt session.
TITLE Remove Endpoint Agent v1.0 by Stephan Pringle.
COLOR 1F && CLS
ECHO (A) Locates FrmInst.exe on PC.
ECHO (B) Removed from the Control Panel.
ECHO Copyright (C) 2018 Sipylus. All rights reserved
"C:\Program Files\McAfee\Agent\x86\FrmInst.exe" /remove=agent
The Canon PIXMA MX920 can be obtained for under US$200.00 (on Amazon) as it is shipped with starter cartridges (starter cartridges and do not have the capacity of the regular size) which helps in keeping the cost low so be sure to obtain regular size after purchase. If you have a Bank of America card, buy from Staples and get a discount (usually 10%) along with (US$5.00 or more) Cash Back.
Are you having a hard time locating the TP-LINK USB Printer Controller? If you have followed the instructions by TP-Link, do not forget to change the Hardware Version number to match your device.
An example is seeking for the Archer CR700 (which currently comes in V1 and V2) and by default, the site chooses the V2 so the “Utility” tab is missing. Once that is set correctly to V1, you can download the following:
* TP-LINK USB Printer Controller Installer.dmg
* TP-LINK USB Printer Controller Installer.exe
Please keep in mind that the software may be limited to the V1 hardware and is no longer in the V2 or the V2 now has this built into the firmware.
If you are unable to see your Windows 10 desktop and keeps on seeing tiles, there is a very high chance that you are stuck in tablet mode. It happens while using the mouse and by clicking on the action center located lower right corner of the taskbar (next to the date and time) then another click one the Tablet Mode option so if this has happened to you, you can get out of it in a few seconds by repeating the step.
I have been asked quite a few times about ways to make money online and usually do not share the the tips that I know because it will make additional competitions plus restrictions when they abuse or misuse the tips. Here is what has worked for me over the years being online and offline as well.
There are companies that wants to get their products out there and if your browser or network connection is not blocking them, you will see it listed on the web pages of sites that you visit. If you have a website and it get traffic, Affiliate Marketing is a great way to start out but do not over do it on visual advertisements as the browser has to load them when the user visits. Remember that the user came to read the content, not see the ads. Ads are only helpful if they are shopping and your banner or link shows how to get it at a discount.
This do not always work but becoming a reseller of Internet services can be a way to make money online. You find the perfect domain name that is not registered or find one that an owner let expire (as they are short on funds, passed away or not paying attention) and register it. When someone needs the domain name, they will contact you for an offer.
One way to make money online and store credit is to take online surveys. I have taken online surveys and has used the funds to rent movies, buy music from artists that I like along with electronic version books to improve my knowledge and skills which has helped in getting my foot in the door at companies in search of talented people.
I have noticed that quite a few people in the Marketing Department of a company I visit has Super Talent DG 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive for times when an attachment is too large to be transmitted via email to a user. Unfortunately, these drives seem to be breaking very easily so if you are planning on getting one or is already in possession, here are some things to keep in mind.
Removing from Your Device
Before ejecting the Super Talent DG 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive from your device, be sure to use the eject feature as this will ensure that no reading or writing tasks are being performed as those that contacted me for data recovery services were pulling it out as they were in a rush.
Are you thinking about acquiring the HP Deskjet 895Cse or is a current user? Here are some things I have come to learn during my support of the devices.
The HP Deskjet 895Cse requires two ink cartridge to perform. If one or both is not installed, the ink alert LED will blink on the printer to let you know. On the left of the DeskJet printer is the tri-color cartridge (which holds Cyan, Magenta and Yellow) and on the right is black. when placing the cartridges, please remember that the gold contacts needs to be facing away from you or it will not fit. Loading inks is as easy as making sure it has power, pressing the power button and lifting the cover.
In the Devices and Printers section, I found Draft, Normal and Best print options. Lower quality means faster printing while Higher requires time and ink so set accordingly.
If Outlook prompts for a password, there are a few reason that it could happen and you may be able to resolve it yourself without putting in a call (since you can’t email) to your IT Department.
Password is Expired
A common reason that outlook will prompt for a password is that your network account is expired. Try accessing email from the once of your free internet browser and seek a detailed error message upon login. If it is expired, it will alert you to change it and list any stored emails. You can then return to Microsoft Outlook and have it open without it requesting a password. Keep in mind you may need to log off your network account or lock the screen then use the new password so that you can access a shared folder on your network.
Are you are seeing a message about Qt5Widgets.dll is missing on your Windows PC? If so, try and remove and reinstall Malwarebytes Premium Trial if you or your IT Department was installing that software recently especially if you received a prompt by Malwarebytes itself to restart the computer.
So why did you get the prompt? Well, it most likely got hanged at some point during the install. Fortunately, Malwarebytes prompts to reinstall and since the issue is new, I knew the root cause and fixed it with a reinstallation. If you are in the IT Department, you may want to skip Malwarebytes Premium Trial since it has a reminder notification to upgrade after 14 days passes and will cause the end user to call your department unnecessarily for popups so substitute with the Barracuda Malware Removal Tool instead.
If you own or use a local or network printer, eventually, you will receive a message that the printer is out of paper and you will need to do one or more of the following to fix the problem.
Check the LCD Panel
Most users will want to check the trays to see if it ran out of paper but this is unnecessary as the LCD will tell you which tray it is looking for paper. Often, print jobs will try to go to the manual feed or Tray 1 area due to the page settings so being at the printer’s display screen will let you know if you have to bypass Tray 1 or add paper to Tray 2.
Sometimes Tray 2 is full or Letter Size and Tray 3 is empty of Letter Size. This isn’t supposed to be a problem as the printer should start taking paper from Tray 2 but some printers will refuse to do so unless you walk over to printer and tel it that is your wish. Some users find this helpful if Tray 2 has Letterhead Paper while Tray 3 has Plain Paper.
If you are receiving an Insufficient Memory error when printing fillable PDF forms, I have a solution that should help. The affected computer will need access to the Internet so that you can download a software program which is a PDF converter.
This job requires more memory than is available in this printer. Try one or more of the following and then print again:
For the output format choose Optimize for portability.
Reduce the number of fonts in this document.
Print the document in parts.
1. Download and install free version of CutePDF Writer.
1a. Some antivirus software sees the installer as PUPs due to bundled apps.
1b. Install the software using the custom feature to avoid bundled apps.
2. Print the troubled document and choose CutePDF as your printer
3. Follow the prompts by CutePDF Writer software.
4. Locate the converted file you just saved and then print it.
5. You should no longer get a blank page plus message.
The CutePDF software (Adobe PDF if you have the paid Acrobat Pro version) reduces the number of fonts as you saw stated in the error message making it uneditable and easier to print.
I thought that it would be difficult but it is very easy to create an EFI Partition on a USB Flash drive using a Windows PC for a Hackintosh. These are the steps that I found worked without searching for additional software.
01. Plug in the USB Flash Drive under 8GB into an available USB Port on the Windows PC.
02. Press and hold the Windows Key + R to launch the Run window.
03. Type in CMD and press the ENTER key to launch the Command Prompt.
04. Type DISKPART and press the ENTER key to launch the interface.
05. Type LIST DISK and ignore DISK 0 as this is usually the hard drive where your Windows OS booted.
06. Type SELECT DISK 1 (sub 1 for your actual USB) press ENTER.
07. Type clean and press ENTER. (You may receive an error)
08. Type clean and press ENTER. (You should be successful)
09. Type create partition EFI size=200 and press ENTER.
10. Type format quick and press ENTER.
11. Type assign and press ENTER.
12. Type Active and press ENTER. Ignore any error message
13. Type exit and press ENTER and close the CMD window.
You can now copy your Clover files, eject the drive and test but before ejecting, call the volume name EFI.
I had the opportunity to get my hands on a Dell Latitude E6410. The seller mentioned that they could look at the BIOS and see POST or and get to the Command Prompt on a bootable CD but the Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Windows would not show up.
I thought this would be a corrupted video driver which I could attempt to repair or replace and at the most, reinstall Windows 7, 8 or 10 but I would come to learn that this was not so and was a hardware problem that would require the motherboard to be replaced.
I’m not sure what happened but the USB port on the right was damaged and one (1) of the four (4) pins was touching metal so when the POST completed and it was time for the OS to take over, it crashed when support for the USB was granted. Thankfully, this could be bypassed with an option disabled in the BIOS.
To save replacing the motherboard, I disabled the USB port in the BIOS. This allowed the me to install Windows 7 and upgrade to Windows 10.
A few weeks later when I had some time, I opened the unit and straighten the pins and was able to enable the USB ports settings in thee BIOS.
With the E6410 working perfectly, I can now run make it into a Hackintosh to run Windows, macOS and Ubuntu.
If you find that you can’t Play YouTube Videos on a Windows PC after doing so the previous day, I may have a simple fix for you.
The first troubleshooting tip is to trying to do a sound test from the Windows Taskbar. While doing the sound test, if you receive a message informing you that your device is already using the audio, please save all your open documents and restart the computer. When you attempt to replay the video again on YouTube, it should work now. If not, you have also confirmed that your sound drivers needs to be reinstalled.
If the video playback is green and sound can be heard, follow the tips based on the browser being used at the time.
Keep in mind that to interact with YouTube.com, you will need one of the supported browsers for YouTube to avoid error messages. If you have it, update it or download a competitive version.
It took a few months but I finally ran into the Trojan.Emotet malware on a client’s computer. They were happy that I discovered it as they had McAfee Antivirus installed on the computer and it failed to catch it and is now wondering if it slipped in through email from Ernstacha Malivert (a most likely choice for Human Resources employee reviewing resumes) or their USB Flash Drive.
Detection of Trojan.Emotet
I was able to detect Trojan.Emotet thanks in part to the free version of Malwarebytes which I had just installed on the user’s Windows machine. I personally use Malwarebytes (including the paid version) as added protection for all my Hackintosh and HackBook systems.
Protection from Trojan.Emotet
If you are in Human Resources, have potential employees fill out an online form available on or through the company’s website rather than email in a file which could compromise the security and data on the PC and network. Another option is to have the resumes faxed in. We use the fax feature as the incoming fax is converted to PDF by our telecommunication systems.
Second, any device that is connected to a network or the Internet should be scanned at least once per week while the detection scanner updated daily.
I have found a great way to block YouTube Advertisement and I find that it work with all browsers and operating systems that is capable of viewing YouTube.
What You Will Need
– An Internet Browser with Tabs
– Knowledge of Bookmarks and Shortcuts
Create a bookmark or desktop shortcut for Bing Search as Bing will be used later on as your YouTube player. It will be required for publishers with a channel over 10,000 views.
Removing The Ads
When you need to see a YouTube video, copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to see into the Bing Search box that you you have open in another tab. When it is found by Bing Search, select the ‘Click to view on Bing’ link. The YouTube video will start to play and without any pre-roll ads as Bing’s servers are filtering them out. While the video is playing, be sure to right click and disable annotations so that any popup banner ads will not show/float over the video. Ads or promotion that are recorded directly into the video (sponsors for the video) will always show and you will need to fast forward around these.
Supporting the Video Channel
If the video was useful to you, you can then open the video in a new tab so any ads will show. It will also give you the chance to comment on the video should comments not be disabled or download any attachments the publisher linked to in their description. Be aware that those links can be monetized as well with AdFly.
I was about to grab some lunch when a client called in frantically that they had a COM Surrogate warning message that popped up on their screen.
Since I setup their Windows 8.1 Professional machine for them years ago when the Operating System got released from Microsoft, I knew they should not have any codec problems as being mentioned on the Internet or viruses as well as I have also install the Barracuda Malware Tool on their system for added protection.
When I arrived at their location, I saw the COM Surrogate message that they mentioned (coming from Windows Photo Viewer) stating that COM Surrogate is not responding and if you close the program, you might lose information.
To make matters worse, the client could not get the COM Surrogate warning message off the screen because clicking the “Close the program” option or “X” on the windows did not work. After taking a screenshot to add to their support ticket, I was able to get rid of the warning by finally hitting the Esc key that is located on the top row of their keyboard.
A Q&A Chat with the client led me to find out that the client was trying to view and delete photos through the delete option in Windows Photo Viewer that was being stored on their USB Flash Drive and was also still compressed in the .zip file that was shared with them through a public folder on DropBox.
If you have a .zip file with photos as my client and need to remove some of the photos or files, you must first unzip the compressed file, delete the unneeded files and then compress it once again when you are done so that you can share the edited version. Failure to do this will let you get the same COM Surrogate error message as well.
Note: I have not tested this situation but if you receive the files on a CD, DVD that is not rewritable, please assume that you will have a similar issue unless you export the files to your computer for editing.
While installing a DYMO LabelManager PNP Label Maker for a client in their office, I noticed that .Net Framework 3.5 was required. I felt this was not a problem as I can enable .Net Framework 3.5 in the Control Panel of the Windows 8.1 Operating System or download it from Microsoft’s website.
Neither of the above worked until I remember that I am in an office environment and WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) might be a cause of the client and myself not being able to install the programming infrastructure to operate the labeler so I switched over to the local Administrator account on the computer, and proceeded to execute gpedit.msc from the Run window.
If you receive a Script Error message when surfing with Internet Explorer, try the following.
The first method that you should try is by clearing cache and cookie info from the machine to see if it resolves the issue.
Reset The Browser
Resetting the Internet Explorer browser is one way of solving the Script Error message. Do this only if other free Internet browsers that are installed on that machine is fine or if Internet Explorer is operating normally on other computers located on your network as this will prevent you from eliminating local browser settings when the issue is on the website itself.