Tuesday, June 24, 2008


...not the one from Casulty but the other one. Can I just say how much I'm enjoying Rockferry: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rockferry-Duffy/dp/B0012OVF2U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1214342900&sr=8-1

DWL-G520 hangs Windows 2008 on startup

So my home grown Windows 2008 machine is fast and cheap but not exactly on the HCL! The DLink Wireless DWL-G520 adapter appears as a "Atheros Wireless Network Adapter".

It works fine apart from one anoying feature - it prevents the machine from starting! With it disabled, it comes up OK, and can then be started OK - just need to disable it every time before shutting down.

Any one else getting this?

Update to Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 for Vista

Still in the process of getting my new Vista SP machine right...I was having issues (could not install additions, could not shut down the guest, Virtual Server serivce could not be managed) when running an XP SP3 guest on the Vista SP1 host.

The following update made things much better :

Update for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Available
This update qualifies support for the following additional Guest and Host Operating Systems: Windows Vista SP1 (Business, Enterprise, Ultimate), Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Web).

Generate a memory dump using a keyboard without the right Ctrl key

We quite often make use of the CrashOnCtrlScroll feature :

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=244139 Windows feature lets you generate a memory dump file by using the keyboard

However, many of the keyboards in our racks do not have a righthand Ctrl key. Previously we had to plug in a full sized keyboard but functionality has been added to allow the keys to be modified. I was slightly confused by the article, so to save anyone else any time head scratching :

To configurethe Left CTRL and SPACE BAR you would set :

Dump1Keys = 0x20 (hex)

Dump2Key = 0x3D (hex)

Or to use CTRL and D :

Dump1Keys = 0x20 (hex)

Dump2Key= 0x21 (hex)

The value for Dump1Keys being :







and Dump2Key being one of the following but converted to hex:


Day 1

My first post on blogger.com!

So I've tried My Space, Facebook, Livespaces, the overhead of doing my own site was too much, so here I am. Let's see how things progress...

You may know me as Ali or Alastair, or you may not know me, hopefully you'll find something here interestering or funny. Let me know if you do!