Monday, January 30, 2012

Power light keeps blinking but won't turn on

Problem
The power button light keeps blinking but the computer won't turn on.

Solution
1. Take a hair dryer
2. Turn the hair dryer on hot
3. Blow hot air into the power supply fan (from outside of the case) until the green light becomes solid

I actually did this and it works. I recommend replacing the power supply though, unless you want to keep using a hair dryer on it :)

References
1. http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware/Desktop-won-t-start-blinking-green-light/td-p/4467

Friday, January 13, 2012

Printers not showing up on Terminal Server with Windows 7 client

Problem:
My local printers aren't showing up on my terminal server when I RDP. It worked with XP but not Windows 7

Solution:
Here's a post on TechNet with a bunch of suggestions Terminal Server and printer redirection 

Since it worked for me on XP but not Windows 7 i knew it was NOT a server setting. It's a driver issue, and the quick way to solve it is to download this: Microsoft's Terminal Server Printer Redirection Wizard Tool and then make your unmapped printers use the Generic / Text Driver. If you need more advanced printing options, then you'll need to install your printer's driver on the terminal server.
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