Monday, January 20, 2014

simple fix: network printer error 0x00000709

This is a pretty simple fix for Network printer error 0x00000709.

1) Add a printer manually using a local port (LPT1) and load your printer driver.
   a) Devices and Printers
       Add a Printer
       The printer that I want isn't listed
       Add a local printer...
       Use an existing port (pick one... I use LPT1)
       Have Disk
          Browse to driver
          Pick printer driver
                Remember to load the correct x32 or x64 driver.
       Type a printer name
       Share printer if you want
   b) It will correctly show your printer offline
   c) Connect to your network printer share
   d) delete local printer (LPT1)


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

VMware Workstation autostart

I am running OpenVPN at home and want to have VPN available when my computer unknowingly reboots or Windows 8 automatically does Windows Updates and reboots, even though I have it set not to do that.

·         Allow shared VMS (Edit -> Preferences)

·         Put VM in sharedvm subdirectory
o   D:\virtualbox\working\sharedvm\OpenVPN_OVA
§  OpenVPN-AS-Appliance-2.0.1.vmx and vmdk is in this directory

·         Double click on the vmx file

·         It opens…

o   Make sure it shows under Shared VMs. If not, just drag and drop it.

 · Click on Shared VMs. and then "Manage AutoStart VMs"

·        Enable virtual machine(s) you want to autostart.

·     DONE!

Optionally, you can have it start when you login to Windows. Just put this in the start folder:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmrun.exe" -T ws start "D:\virtualbox\working\OpenVPN_OVA\OpenVPN-AS-Appliance-2.0.1.vmx"

Some people may need the following sentence: change attributes to where your VM is located and the correct vmx name.

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