May 292013
 

Ultimate Boot CD has released version 5.2.4.  Please let us know what you think about the tool in the comments below.  If you would like to download it follow the link below to download it below from Server Ninjas.  If you get a chance stop by the Ultimate Boot CD website and thank them for this great tool.  We are just a distributor of the ISO.  The project team over at Ultimate Boot CD does the real work.

Download:

http://www.serverninjas.com/ultimate-tool-list/boot-utilities/ultimate-boot-cd/ultimate-boot-cd-download

 

 

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Overview From The Ultimate Boot CD Website

You need the Ultimate Boot CD if you want to:

 

  • Run floppy-based diagnostic tools from CDROM drives. More and more PCs are shipped without floppy drives these days, and it is such a royal pain when you need to run diagnostic tools on them.

 

 

  • Free yourself from the slow loading speed of the floppy drive. Even if you do have a floppy drive, it is still much much faster to run your diagnostic tools from the CDROM drive, rather than wait for the tool to load from the floppy drive.

 

 

  • Consolidate as many diagnostic tools as possible into one bootable CD. Wouldn’t you like to avoid digging into the dusty box to look for the right floppy disk, but simply run them all from a single CD? Then the Ultimate Boot CD is for you!

 

 

  • Run Ultimate Boot CD from your USB memory stick. A script on the CD prepares your USB memory stick so that it can be used on newer machines that supports booting from USB devices. You can access the same tools as you would from the CD version.

 

New features in UBCD V5.x include:

 

  • New! The Linux-based distro Parted Magic is now included with UBCD V5.0. This should be the method of choice when you need to resize/rescue partitions, access NTFS filesystems or work with USB storage devices.

 

 

  • New! UBCD V5.x now supports both syslinux/isolinux and grub4dos. This helps improve the chances that UBCD will boot on any particular machine.

 

When you boot up from the CD, a text-based menu will be displayed, and you will be able to select the tool you want to run. The selected tool actually boots off a virtual floppy disk created in memory.

 

There is allot more information over at the main Ultimate Boot CD website. Please follow the link below!

Ultimate Boot CD Main Site

May 292012
 

I had tried several years ago to attach a third monitor using the onboard video along with the PCI-Express video card.  I tried several different configurations but found out this type of solution was not supported.  I happened to catch an episode of Defrag on Channel 9 that said it was possible to do with newer systems.  So once again I tried to connect a third monitor using the onboard video along with a PCI Express Video card.  Thankfully it worked this time around.  I finally have my third monitor up and running without having to purchase any additional hardware.  I have not been able to pinpoint what happened to allow this.  If you have bought a computer in the past couple of years it will probably work.

Defrag Show Link:
http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/The-Defrag-Show/Defrag-WHSMC-Error-1325-Using-Onboard-VGAPCI-Video

Sep 292010
 

Its amazing how quickly we can forget small options in operating systems that we no longer normally use.  I came across one example tonight when working on an XP machine for a friend.  I had to do the song and dance of removing the old hard drive from the computer and putting it in an external drive.  I then hooked up to their old XP machine and quickly realized I did not have a security tab under folder properties.  This was essential in order to change security on the files in order to copy them over.  It took me a little bit to remember the below steps in XP to make the security tab visible on a home machine.

1.  Launch Windows Explorer
2.  Open up folder options under the tools on the menu bar.
3.  Click on the view tab.
4.  Under advanced settings uncheck “use simple file sharing (recommended).
5.  Click OK.

There is one last very important piece of information that you might over look.  In order to see the security tab you also have to be logged into the machine with administrator privileges.