• Sharing Printer from 64-bit box to 32-bit clients

    Well, I was starting to turn all my Windows boxes to 64-bit--all Linux ones are 64-bit already. I expected to see an improvement, but yet to see in practice. Along the way to transform to 64-bit, I had a problem about printer sharing. By the fact that I had network attached printer, you might wonder why I need to share it again. If I told you here that my printer was HP, most of you guys might get it why I prefer to do this way.

    1. HP drivers are crap.
    2. It comes with a lot of bloatwares.
    3. Too many running processes required.

    Windows also doesn't have currently HP printer driver, so I couldn't print that easily. The advantage of this method is you could just add a shared printer with minimum driver installed on your workstation. Please share if you have a better way to do so.

    additional drivers

    By the way, Microsoft put some trick making this more difficult than it should be. The idea is when you install the driver on the 64-bit box then share. This is simple. However, this will allow only 64-bit machine to use this shared printer since there is no 32-bit driver or any particular driver for your machine architecture. Simple solution is adding another architecture driver to that. That was an unexpected problem started.

    Windows Media (x86 processor)

    1. Add drivers, then it will ask for driver for the architecture you choose--32-bit in this case.
    2. Browse for the 32-bit drivers.
    3. Then it will ask for Windows Media (x86 processor) [ntprint.inf file]
    4. What the heck is that??
      • I put VIsta setup disc
      • download new drivers
      • find the file in %windir%

    Those above don't help. So, how do we know where and what that files are. I just found that it was located in your x86 machine.

    %windir%\winsxs\x86_ntprint.inf_******************

    That's where you need to point to or you can just copy that folder out to 64-bit. That would be fine as well. After this, you've done. Sit back and relax. All your machine will be able to use the shared printer seamlessly.

    Thanks to the development of network, so that we can live our lives much more comfortable :-P

    Note: For sharing printer from 32-bit box to 64-bit one, you just have to get the **_ntprint** folder from 64-bit machine, then add driver as procedure above. You will be all set. =)

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Wallpaper

    Yes, I know I just posted Dell's ones minutes ago. But I can resist sharing this as well. They are so cool and this is the one I'm using right now. Lenovo provide such a good one here on Ideapad U110--a lovely ultraportable notebook. What I'm pretty sure of is you guys all would love this set.

    Lenovo_Spring_W lenovo_Summer_W Lenovo_Autumn_W Lenovo_Winter_W Lenovo1_W Lenovo2_W lenovo_Chr1_W lenovo_Chr2_W Lenovo_SF_W

    Theme of this set is seasons; first 4 wallpapers are Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Very nice indeed. As usual, you may click on the thumbnail for original size (1920px*1200px.) These are all wide screen version. Believe it or not, Lenovo are so kind to give us full screen version also. If you guys like it, just let me know. I just think that most of you guys all have wide screen monitor, so these are all you need. Unlike me, with my 4:3 screen on the great X61T.

  • Dell Studio Wallpaper

    Another good wallpaper from Dell; since our lives need something new to keep us fresh. Well, this might be a chance to add new wallpapers in your collection. I grabbed these from Dell Studio 15--some are old, traditional Dell; 3 are new, and they all are here.

    Hearts_1920x1200 Seagull_1920x1200 Tranportation_1920x1200

    Click them to see the original size (1920px*1200px)

  • Missing Fingerprint software on your HP laptop

    It's a weird issue since wouldn't provide their fingerprint software in recovery partition although your system has fingerprint reader. And HP website doesn't good at providing information about it that much. It's intuitive and easy to find drivers enough for Windows, so it won't bother you about missing any. However, after I had tried several times, all drivers and apps available in the product page are not enough to make the machine perform as good as HP factory image. Maybe I miss something? But that should mean HP give me less info too :-P If you have any recommend, please share. I have tx2500z.

    Digital Persona Fingerprint Reader Well, anyway, if you are restore your OS back with HP recovery partition or disc, you will not have Fingerprint Software with you and the thing is there are 2 different softwares available from HP; first is Bioscrypt VeriSoft Access Manager and another one is Digital Persona. Frankly you can use both of them--but should be only 1 at a time, ok? I believe that the first one is originally for older system (2007 or before) and the latter one is for newer one. I do recommend the 2nd one, it's really good one. You can even save password for your IM or any programs since its logo would float almost all the time when there is password field show up.

    Here is the link for Bioscrypt VeriSoft Access Manager and surely this is for Digital Persona.

    Have fun swipe your finger!!

    Note: if you are not yet doing restoration/clean installation, don't forget to archive C:\SWSetup. That's all you need--everything, all drivers and apps that you have since the first you got your machine.

  • Bypass Windows XP/Vista/Win7 login screen

    If you prefer the fast way (less secure), Vista does provide an easy GUI for configure this.

    Vista: control userpassword2

    Here is the what you have to call. I just wonder why they don't provide this in normal User Account page. Then you just to select the account you want to access automatically, then uncheck this:-

    User Accounts

    It will ask you a password of the selected account. Then next time, you restart the computer, you will never have to put a password anymore :-D

    Update before Win 7 launch (Oct 19, 2009): Although this command works with Vista and XP, it doesn't seem to work with Windows 7. The alternative is using 'netplwiz' instead of 'control userpasswords2' and yes,  netplwiz works on Vista and XP too. Quite good, huh?