I have encountered a lot of HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw during my support for printers, and each time, the requester contacting for support was never the primary user or the purchaser. It was the coworker of an employee or relative of a home-based business user.
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Buy Bitcoin with a Credit Card or Debit Card
If you need to buy Bitcoin with a Credit Card or Debit Card, you have come to the right place as a professional hacker, I have gotten free Bitcoin for returning access to files and deleting compromising photos.
Intel Turbo Boost
One feature that I wouldn’t say I like being enabled on a computer (especially from Dell) is the Intel Turbo Boost.
The CPU will have a slight overclock on AIO Computers and will run hotter. To compensate, the internal fans will kick into high gear to keep things cool. This creates unnecessary noise from the fans attempting to pull cool air from the base of the computer to exhaust the warm air inside through the vents located at the top.
Unable to Open .SYLK Files
If you are unable to open .SYLK flies; there are a few things to check to be able to do so.
To be able to open .SYLK files, you will need access to Microsoft Excel.
The once useful, Malwarebytes, will block Microsoft Excel from opening .SYLK Files so you will want to uninstall it from your device. There should be an option to whitelist the file but since Malwarebytes causes issues with other programs, you should just remove it and save yourself some headache.
AIO is Showing an HDMI Message
If your AIO is showing an HDMI message, it’s all your fault.
Windows Media Center on Projectors
Are you experiencing issues with Windows Media Center on projectors? I have seen it before while supporting computers and projectors at educational institutions in my local area and can provide you with a few pointers to aid in resolving your issues.
00:00 – Windows Media Center.
00:14 – All-in-one computer with Windows 10.
Upgrade a Mounted AIO Computer Alone
There will come a time when you will have to upgrade a mounted AIO computer alone and this guide will help you do just that safely.
* Eye Protection
* Paper and Pencil
* Screwdriver (Flat-head and Phillips-head)
Protected Content Error
If you are seeing a Protected Content Error message, you are probably doing the same thing as myself which is to configure an old laptop that your boss planned to throw in the garbage since it can’t run Windows 11 and use it for watching Amazon Prime Video on Ubuntu. In my situation, it was a white MacBook that even Steve Jobs would look at me funny for still trying to use to this day but the hardware is still solid and can run alternate Operating Systems with a little love and sneakiness.
Digital Rights Error
If you are seeing a Digital Rights Error message, you are probably doing the same thing as myself which is to configure an old laptop that your boss planned to throw in the garbage since it can’t run Windows 11 and use it for watching Amazon Prime Video on Ubuntu. In my situation, it was a white MacBook that even Steve Jobs would look at me funny for still trying to use to this day but the hardware is still solid and can run alternate Operating Systems with a little love and sneakiness.
Opening HEIC files on Microsoft Windows
If you are having trouble opening HEIC files on Microsoft Windows, you are not alone. Instead of trying to install an app (see below) that may lose compatibility over time, start as a trial then drop features while nagging to upgrade to the paid version, I utilize alternate resources instead.
* HEVC Video Extensions (Paid)
* HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer (Free)
With online-convert.com, I utilize their PNG to JPG feature as this converts the HEIC files to the JPG format that is easily viewable (and most importantly) printable on Microsoft Windows. You do not have to worry that you can’t install programs on Windows 10 Home in S Mode as nothing is required to be installed.
We give staff the permission to submit a photograph of themselves for use on their employee IDs and with the Apple iPhone becoming popular, we often receive the photos as an heic file. Using the tips above, we are able to view or convert the file to JPG/JPEG and have it accessible under Microsoft Windows and other Operating Systems.
Sign Out Your Microsoft Account Everywhere
How do you sign out your Microsoft account everywhere? If you are on the device that you would like to keep, you are halfway there to get your issue solved.
Personal Microsoft Account
Your personal account will be one that was created by Microsoft (such as msn.com, live.com, hotmail.com) and can be done from https://account.microsoft.com where you can unlink from the devices that show access to your account.
School or Work Microsoft Account
Your school or your work account will be the one that has the school or company domain name in the email address and can be done from https://mysignins.microsoft.com/ where you can unlink from the apps and devices that show access to your account.
Hyena (하이에나) Original Sound Track
00:12 – HYENA
03:51 – 너에게 가는 이 길 위에서
07:44 – 그대여 그대여 나의 그대여
11:08 – 하이에나
14:47 – FREAK (Korean Version)
18:09 – 나는 너야
22:01 – Far away
25:56 – 오늘도 어제처럼
29:27 – 인기척
33:26 – 내일부터 우리가 못본다면
Song 1 of 10
너에게 가는 이 길 위에서 (너.이.길) On the road
Song 2 of 10
그대여 그대여 나의 그대여 Dear My love
Song 3 of 10
Song 4 of 10
FREAK (Korean Ver.)
Song 5 of 10
나는 너야 I Am You
Song 6 of 10
Song 7 of 10
오늘도 어제처럼 Today, Just like Yesterday
Song 8 of 10
인기척 (Inst.) Always Be Around (Inst.)
Song 9 of 10
내일부터 우리가 못본다면 If we can’t see from tomorrow
Song 10 of 10
Toshiba Satellite C55-C5268
A few months ago, someone brought to me a Toshiba Satellite C55-C5268 to fix as the mechanical hard disk drive had failed. I should have told them to junk it but since it could POST, I gave them the specs for a replacement and I gave them Belkin 55-Piece Computer Tool Kit so that they could install it themselves.
Time passed and now the laptop will not take a charge and since replacement batteries and power adapters that were bought by the owner did not solve the issue, they thought of me and brought it in again for repairs. Since I am very familiar with Toshiba laptops, I deduce four causes and will go over them below along with other issues that you will see on laptops from Toshiba made around 2015.
The obvious issue is a damaged or disconnected jack since this is where the adapter is plugged in. Replacing should help or see if you are “the bomb” with your soldering skills. Also, make sure the plugs on the circuit board are connected in order and securely.
Just because you see a green light on the power brick does not mean that juice is getting to the laptop so test it on another laptop to confirm or borrow a known working to test.
While supporting law enforcement, I had the opportunity of installing Enforcer.
1. Copy the 2 folders in the zip file to the C:\ drive.
2. Copy the shortcut to the Public Desktop folder.
a. (This allows anyone who logs into the PC to see it).
3. Make sure the user(s) has admin rights
a. (This allows the program to install .NetFrame 4.8 if needed).
4. Test out the shortcut.
a. (The username of the logged-in account will automatically input itself).
5. Close out the Enforcer program.
Optional but recommended: Make Adobe Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat Pro the default reader instead of the one built into Windows or Edge.
HP LaserJet P2015
I notice that lots of people end up owning the HP LaserJet P2015 and because they break down frequently, you can always find old ones selling for parts. The most sought-after part is the formatter so owners must know how to remove the Formatter from an HP LaserJet P2015 so that they can install the replacement. When getting the formatter, make sure it has the Ethernet port even though you may be doing printing via the USB cable as you future-proof it for network printing.
Note to Self
When you see Note to Self in your inbox, it is an indication that your email viewing program has detected that the sending and receiving email address is the same. This could be an email to remind you of something when you get back into the office or the Microsoft Outlook Test Message when setting up an email account with the mail program.
Repair a Corrupted Windows Profile
If you are here, you might have an issue where you need to repair a corrupted Windows profile. For some reason or another, when a Windows local or network profile attempts to log in, the user will receive a message that the session is temporary and that if they log out, all their changes will be lost. Also, when you log into the account, the files on the desktop (and their current wallpaper) are not accessible.
The steps to recreate a network profile is similar to the steps to recreate a local profile so you should not have an issue to correct the issue.
Hackintosh Can’t Screen Record with QuickTime
If your Hackintosh can’t screen record with QuickTime, there may be a simple fix for it. I tend to see the issue on gaming systems since they allow a GPU to be used and a setting to be enabled or disabled depending on the user. On my first custom build, I wanted to go for an Nvidia card but due to mining, cards were in short supply or at high prices. I am actually glad that happen as I was able to obtain a Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 580 8GB when they first went on the market and with Nvidia, not the being the best choice on macOS versions above High Sierra, I grabbed a couple more cards for safekeeping since the manufacturer does not offer repair services no matter how much money you want to throw their way.
* Cannot Record. Try recording again.
* Your screen recording can’t be saved
* Unable to save recording.
Fix the EFI System Partition for Multi-booting
To fix the EFI System Partition for Multi-booting, you will need to boot via USB or make changes to GRUB since GRUB will not boot macOS.
QuickTime for macOS
I must admit that I like QuickTime for macOS. I can do a screen recording and submit it to YouTube for others to see. On one occasion, I discovered that some Hackintosh can’t screen record with QuickTime but was able to find a solution by trial and error.
The reason when I like to utilize QuickTime for macOS is for a feature that has sadly been dropped in macOS Catalina. That feature is to be able to enable pause in QuickTime for macOS so that you can take a break, save time cutting unnecessary footage in post-production or stop from recording sensitive information.
Epson Perfection V300 Photo Flatbed Scanner
Recently, I had the opportunity to assist a client with their Epson Perfection V300 Photo Flatbed Scanner. Here are a few things that you should know if you will become the owner or user of one at home for at your business.
For the scanner to work, drivers must be installed. Be sure to disconnect the USB cable when doing so and connect only when the software installer requests you to do so.
This scanner is not a multifunctional one. This means no ink cartridges are required so you do not have to worry about buying ink when one runs out (or dies up from infrequent use) just to scan a document to your computer.
The scanner will operate with the lid up. This is great if you have to keep adding documents (since it lacks an ADF) or if you are scanning a thick item such as a book. When doing copies, keep in mind of copyrights and that there are certain documents are not allowed to be scanned.
Epson is nice enough to include PDF software with the scanner, but it is not enabled by default. You have to select it in the settings upon your first scan and then you are set for future scanning. Please note that if you try to install Adobe Acrobat, you may get a warning message telling you that a better PDF program is already installed so you no longer need install the software to use the Create from PDF option but will not have it for editing such as doing redactions on your scanned jobs. As the client did not need the Adobe Acrobat software, I did not try to remove the Epson suite and place the Adobe software first to see if it would now work in harmony.
HP LaserJet Enterprise M806
Now that the HP LaserJet 9050n are getting old in the tooth, the printer is being swapped out for the HP LaserJet Enterprise M806. Here is what you need to know if you are the owner or will support the devices.
After using your HP LaserJet Enterprise M806 for the first time, practice how to do a cartridge replacement and follow it up by doing so once a month. It’s very easy to do and will give you an idea if the printer needs a good cleaning or find any ripped paper that you may have missed. Don’t worry about the cleaning since those who use this printer tends to be in an office environment so the task will fall to the IT Department.
The HP LaserJet Enterprise M806 does not come with a wireless feature, however, if you add an access point to your network without having AP Isolation enabled, it will give you the ability to print to the HP LaserJet Enterprise M806 from portable devices. if AP Isolation is enabled, VPN will be needed especially with a firewall in place.
Watching Amazon Prime Video on Ubuntu
If you are planning on watching Amazon Prime Video on Ubuntu, you should be aware of how to enable DRM in the default web browser (currently Firefox) that is installed for you.
On Microsoft Windows or Apple macOS, you do not have to know how to disable or enable DRM as it is done for you by default but on Ubuntu, this must be turned on since it can affect your privacy. If you are planning on streaming other sites or utilizing any free Internet browsers not shipped with Ubuntu, be sure to load up the Terminal and execute
sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras or the moment after you install GParted to the system.
Error Messages Seen
* Digital Rights Error
* Protected Content Error
Convert Legacy BIOS to UEFI
To convert Legacy BIOS to UEFI or MBR to GPT to meet the requirements for Windows 11, try the following.
– Validates that the selected disk can be converted
without performing the actual conversion.
– Validates that the selected disk can be converted
and performs the actual conversion.
– Specifies the disk number of the disk to be processed.
If not specified, the system disk is processed.
– Specifies the directory for logging. By default logs
are created in the %windir% directory.
– Specifies the GPT partition type to be used for a
given MBR partition type not recognized by Windows.
Multiple /map switches are allowed.
– Allows the tool to be used from the full Windows
environment. By default, this tool can only be used
from the Windows Preinstallation Environment.
If conversion is successful the disk can only be booted in GPT mode.
These changes cannot be undone!
MBR2GPT: Attempting to convert disk 0
MBR2GPT: Retrieving layout of disk
MBR2GPT: Validating layout, disk sector size is: 512 bytes
MBR2GPT: Trying to shrink the OS partition
MBR2GPT: Creating the EFI system partition
MBR2GPT: Installing the new boot files
MBR2GPT: Performing the layout conversion
MBR2GPT: Migrating default boot entry
MBR2GPT: Adding recovery boot entry
MBR2GPT: Fixing drive letter mapping
MBR2GPT: Conversion completed successfully
MBR2GPT: Before the new system can boot properly you need to switch the firmware to boot to UEFI mode!
Playing Discs in Windows Media Center
One of the coolest things to do on Windows 11 is playing discs in Windows Media Center.
Google Update Service
Do you maintain a Windows Server? Chances are that you have run into the Google Update Service (gupdate) in the dashboard of the Server Manager and can’t figure out why especially if you do not use
This is caused by the installation of Google Chrome by you or another administrator to avoid using Internet Explorer. Don’t worry. Sooner or later, Microsoft will want you to avoid Internet Explorer as well.
Hackintosh USB Port Limit Patches
Adding macOS to a Hackintosh requires a USB patch to get all USB/USB3 ports recognized and working along with USBInjectAll.kext. If you look at any Mac in Apple’s lineup, you will see that anything not in their pro lineup usually comes with four or fewer USB ports. Because of that, there is a port limit on the number of USB ports in macOS that can be bypassed by either making a custom DSDT for your specific motherboard or by using the USB patch, as it is much simpler and more accessible for those that are just starting with a Hackintosh or don’t want to bother making a DSDT patch.
Out of convenience for everyone, I will try and maintain a list of working patches depending on what version of macOS is being used. What you will need to do is mount your EFI partition using an EFI mounter like the Clover Configurator app and then add USBInjectAll.kext along with an XHCI Series kext if necessary, then open up your config.plist located in EFI/Clover/ and add the patch by copy-pasting from the list below.
- Catalina 10.15.1
- Patch #1:
- Name*: com.apple.iokit.IOUSBHostFamily
- Find* [HEX]: 83FB0F0F
- Replace* [HEX]: 83FB3F0F
- Comment: USB Port Limit Patch 1 PMHeart/DalianSky
- MatchOS: 10.15.x
- Patch #2:
- Name*: com.apple.driver.usb.AppleUSBXHCI
- Find* [HEX]: 83F90F0F
- Replace* [HEX]: 83F93F0F
- Comment: USB Port Limit Patch 2 PMHeart/DalianSky
- MatchOS: 10.15.x
Hackintosh with NVMe SSD
Are you considering building a Hackintosh with NVMe SSD technology rather than SATA SSD?
Before you can get your favorite version of macOS installed so you can go online to watch cat videos, you will need to add drivers to the drivers’ folder to enable support.
The M.2 SSDs typically look the same as NVMe SSDs and can be spotted by the notches. M.2 will have 2, while NVMe will have 1 notch.
M.2 SSDs do not have the speed of the NVMe SSDs and will be inexpensive compared to their NVMe counterpart.
Not all NVMe SSDs are compatible so you will find that the ones that work flawlessly will be in limited supply or with a high price so if you have the ability to acquire those that do, get extra and put them away. Please note that the warranty may run out by the time you need them but you won’t have to pay a premium to get your hands on them at a later time.
Youtube Video to a Dynamic Wallpaper
One of the coolest personalization that you can do on your Mac is to convert a Youtube Video to Dynamic Wallpaper.
Remove FileVault Preboot from Preboot
This demonstration is for Power Users to remove FileVault from Preboot when using the Clover Boot Manager to launch macOS on an unsupported (ie. Hackintosh) system. If you are not a Power User, you are encouraged to hide it instead by reconfiguring your config.plist manually or with the Clover Configurator app.
00:00 – Clover Bootloader.
01:10 – Open Terminal.
01:30 – Type in
diskutil apfs deleteVolume Preboot
02:00 – If you prefer, you can clear the terminal or bash history.
02:15 – Restart macOS and confirm the changes.