Xeoma – Finally – An Easy Solution for the Home Surveillance System

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History of my Home Surveillance

Its simply a home surveillance system that provides all of the bells and whistles you need to control the security at home.

I have been very frustrated by many other offerings. I started with WebcamXP and then upgraded to WebcamPro7. These ticked all the boxes for me but were extremely resource intensive. Even on dedicated hardware.

Desperate to find something else, I tried out some linux flavoured offerings. Zoneminder just had too much to manually configure and Motion was too basic.

Xeoma’s Turn

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The tools

xeoma_chains_enThe amount of simple drag and drop tools make this a winner. Being able to visually chain them together is a bonus. This makes it an instant winner as you can see in the image above. It means anyone can pick this up and do what they want with ease.

The information

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The information given back makes this so easy to integrate into other applications and tools. For example. it provides it own url links for snapshot images and video streams to use elsewhere. These are most often cryptic and hard to decipher with any other offering I have used. For me, this meant quick and easy integration in to my ZWave Vera home automation system.

The assumptions

Here is the thing. All other offerings made me do all the work. I find the camera. I find the perfect settings. I troubleshoot the login details. I figure out what sensitivity to set for motion detection…. and so on…

Xeoma configured 50% of my cameras with in the first two minutes. The rest it made suggestions as what was needed.

Want emails or sms? Xeoma automatically enters the most popular settings. It doesn’t even ask you them. E.G- I want an email sent.. I need to set up a email account.. Xeoma asks me if its Gmail and then automatically provides the correct Gmail settings.

 

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The Verdict

I am delighted with it and it is priced very affordable. Its feature set, sets it apart from all the others I have tested.

Check them out for a free trial

 

Set up of the iTACH from Global Cache within Vera – Step By Step

Getting Started

 Disclamier

I don’t claim to be an expert. This is just what I learned from reading and asking on the forums. Please let me know if this needs an update. This guide is provided without warranty and I am not affiliated or endorsed by any company or product mentioned.

Resources Needed

iTACH device – http://www.vesternet.com/itach-tcp-ip-to-ir

IR-Blaster – comes with the above.

This guide is based on the above device however, I my understanding is that it suits the wifi and flex versions also.

Downloads

iLearn – VER2.4 – https://globalcache.zendesk.com/attachments/token/wzsrpcfnkkhgn5d/?name=iLearn24.exe

iHelp – http://www.globalcache.com/files/software/iHelp.exe

iConvert – http://www.globalcache.com/files/software/iConvert.exe

 

The following are needed if you take my advice later and manually create your IR Devices

Notepad++ – http://download.tuxfamily.org/notepadplus/6.5.2/npp.6.5.2.Installer.exe (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/)

 

D_xyz.xml

S_xyz.xml

I_xyz.xml

Credits

ME – This guide was written by Konrad Walsh

Mark/Vesternet

a-lurker – http://forum.micasaverde.com/index.php/topic,12857.0.html – This is the gudie that got me started and all I have done the beginning and end of his guide and fleshed it out with nice pictures

GC Training – http://go.bluevolt.com/bedrock/CoBrandTemplate/CourseCatalog.aspx?CategoryID=7134

If I missed anyone please let me know

 

Get Started

Set up the device

  1. Plug in the power, ethernet and ir blaster cables.

  2. Make sure to put the IR Blaster cable in 1:3

  3. Note the position of the IR Learner.

 

Set up the Networking and IR Ports

open iHELP.exe

 This application searches your network for any iTACH devices and reports back their respective IP addresses. It is important that set the IP to a Static IP address.

Using the IP address found by iHELP, open your web browser and go to the units ip address like so:

Click on Network

1 – Untick DHCP

2 – You can keep the IP address given or choose your own

3 – Enter the Gateway address. Usually your router address.

4 – Your networks subnet mask..

Whilst here, visit this page:

 

Set connector 3 to IR Blaster

Click Save

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Install MIOS/Vera Plugin

Open you Vera controller interface and head to apps/install apps

Look for the Global Cache GC100

 

You will then see this device added under devices

 

Click on the devices’ settings button(spanner)

 

Enter the IP address you set up earlier

Close the dialog and click save

 

Set up your IR Devices

Here you have a choice

option 1: Cross your fingers and hope the list included with this plugin has your device and actually works

or

option 2: Manually create your own devices. Easier than it sounds with this guide.

I tried option 1 and gave up.

I recommend option 2.

 

Option 1: Use the plugin built in devices

Go to Add Devices/Add IR Device:

 

Click OK to warning:

 

Select third option(1:3 where we plugged in the IR Blaster earlier)

and click on Guided Setup:

 

Choose your device and hope for the best..

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Option 2: Manually Create your IR Devices

Following this guide here, I did the following to add my Pioneer AV Amp and NoName Viewpia 42” TV

Create a folder on your Desktop to hold the files we will create called MyIRDevices

Inside here – create three files

D_xyz.xml

S_xyz.xml

I_xyz.xml

  replace xyz with what you want to identify your device as. In my case they are called

S_Pioneer_VSX-S4.xml

D_Pioneer_VSX-S4.xml

I_Pioneer_VSX-S4.xml

 Now open these with Notepad++

Start with S_xyz.xml

and paste the following in:

In D_xyz.xml, paste:

 <!--?xml version="1.0"?-->10urn:schemas-micasaverde-com:device:IrDevice:1IR: Pioneer VSX Series 4Pioneerhttp://pioneer.comAV ReceiverVSX-4xx1.0uuid:31c11a90-682e-11e3-949a-0800200c9a66raw1I_Pioneer_VSX-S4.xmlurn:micasaverde-com:service:TogglePower:1urn:micasaverde-com:serviceId:TogglePower1S_TogglePower1.xmlurn:micasaverde-com:service:Volume:1urn:micasaverde-com:serviceId:Volume1S_Volume1.xmlurn:a-lurker-com:service:Pioneer_VSX-S4:1urn:a-lurker-com:serviceId:Pioneer_VSX-S4S_Pioneer_VSX-S4.xml 

and finally in I_xyz.xml, paste:

<!--?xml version="1.0"?--> <!-- Pioneer_VSX-S4: Toggle Power 7E,81,54,AB --> urn:micasaverde-com:serviceId:TogglePower1 OnOff 0000 0067 0000 0066 002E 01CC 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F0 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F0 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0F99 <!-- Pioneer_VSX-S4: Toggle Power 7E,81,54,AB --> urn:a-lurker-com:serviceId:Pioneer_VSX-S4 On 0000 0067 0000 0066 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0FA6 <!-- Pioneer_VSX-S4: Toggle Power 7E,81,54,AB --> urn:a-lurker-com:serviceId:Pioneer_VSX-S4 Off 0000 0067 0000 0066 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0FA6 <!-- Pioneer_VSX-S4: Volume down 5E,A1,D8,27 --> urn:micasaverde-com:serviceId:Volume1 Down 0000 0067 0000 0081 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F0 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F0 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F0 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0F99 <!-- Pioneer_VSX-S4: Mute 5E,A1,38,C7 --> urn:micasaverde-com:serviceId:Volume1 Mute 0000 0067 0000 0065 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03EF 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F0 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0F99 <!-- Pioneer_VSX-S4: Volume up 5E,A1,58,A7 --> urn:micasaverde-com:serviceId:Volume1 Up 0000 0067 0000 0066 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0FA6 <!-- Pioneer_VSX-S4: Display Dimmer --> urn:a-lurker-com:serviceId:Pioneer_VSX-S4 DisplayDimmer 0000 0067 0000 00CC 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0FA6 <!-- Pioneer_VSX-S4: DVD --> urn:a-lurker-com:serviceId:Pioneer_VSX-S4 SelectDVDInput 0000 0067 0000 0066 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0FA6 <!-- Pioneer_VSX-S4: BD --> urn:a-lurker-com:serviceId:Pioneer_VSX-S4 SelectBDInput 0000 0067 0000 00CC 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 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0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 03F3 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0FA6 <!-- Yamaha RX-V673: Repeat (no data bytes) --> urn:a-lurker-com:serviceId:Yamaha_RX-Vx731 RepeatKey 0000 006D 0000 0002 0154 0055 0016 0ECB 

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Understanding what we’ve just done

Now to explain what all of that is

This is the codes I used for the Pioneer VSX 4 Series Amplifier.

Whilst it looks like a lot of information, its actually simple to follow.

In the S_xyz.xml file you will see this:

Simply put, these are the list of actions you want to have available to control on this device. You can name these whatever you want. These will relate directly to actions listed in the I_xyz.xml file. E.G:

 <action>

<!– Pioneer_VSX-S4: Toggle Power 7E,81,54,AB –>

           <serviceId>urn:a-lurker-com:serviceId:Pioneer_VSX-S4</serviceId>

           <name>Off</name>

           <ir>0000 0067 0000 0066 0153 00A9 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 00 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 0014 0016 0014 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0FA6</ir>

 </action>

The D_xyz.xml file needs the following changes made:

<implementationList>

       <implementationFile>I_Pioneer_VSX-S4.xml</implementationFile>

  </implementationList>

Name the implementation file to match your new one.. currently I_xyz.xml

and the service file needs to be included:

<service>

       <serviceType>urn:a-lurker-com:service:Pioneer_VSX-S4:1</serviceType>

       <serviceId>urn:a-lurker-com:serviceId:Pioneer_VSX-S4</serviceId>

       <SCPDURL>S_Pioneer_VSX-S4.xml</SCPDURL>

</service>

Name the service file to match your new one.. currently S_xyz.xml

Critical step:

UUID

You need to generate a UUID for this device. Please use this website to generate it and just copy it into this field:

http://www.famkruithof.net/uuid/uuidgen

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Getting your IR Codes and Including them into the Implementation File

Setup iLearn

Open iLearn.exe

  1. Select iTach Learner

  2. Insert Static IP Address

  3. Choose Connector 3

  4. Click Connect

Sending the IR Commands

Using your original remote or known working remote, click the button you want to set up. Lets choose MUTE.

Pointing the remote about 2 inches from the ir learner, press the MUTE button only ONCE

Watching this field, you will see this info populated:

Press the gaps button to increase the lines selected like this:

Give it a name – MUTE and click save data

Now click the SEND IR button to ensure it works.

If it works, then we need to convert the Global Cache code to HEX.

Using iConvert

Still in the iLearn application.. click the New File button and save out your codes to a file.

Then copy the entire new string for MUTE either from the interface or from the file and paste it into iConvert:

  1. Paste GC Code

  2. Click Convert

  3. Copy HEX Output

  4. Paste this into the I_xyz.xml file in the appropriate place:

I recommend you learn how to do just one button and get that working in Vera and then start all over again.. It will make much more sense.

So thats what we will do now.

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 Creating Your New Vera Device

Back at the Vera interface

Click Apps

Click Develop Apps

Click LUUP Files

Click choose file and upload each of the files you created.

Notice point 7: Restart LUUP

 Once this has completed

go to Create Device

and enter D_Pioneer_VSX-S4.xml in the field Upnp Device Filename:

Set Up Your New Device

Reload VERA

  1. Then on your new device click settings:

  2. Click Settings Tab

  3. Drop down IR Transmitter and choose the third item

  4. Click x and Click Save

  5. Click Reload

Now visit this page

vera-ip-address:3480/data_request?id=lu_invoke

Find your new device in this list

….

#109 AutoVera

#97 Averaging Temperature Sensor

  #99 99. Averaging Outdoor Temperature Sensor

#147 Ergy

#46 Heliotrope

#150 IR: Pioneer VSX Series 4

#149 IR: ViewpiaTV42

You will see something like this:

 Now click MUTE and make sure it works.

You will see a page similar to this:

This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.

<u:OnOffResponse xmlns:u=”urn:micasaverde-com:service:TogglePower:1″>

<OK>OK</OK>

</u:OnOffResponse>

If it does, go ahead and create a scene in order to use the new device. Well Done!

Wake On Lan (WOL) – What Is It & How To Use It

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Technology often yields ridiculous conveniences, like being able to turn on your computer from miles away without pushing the power button. Wake-on-LAN, has been around for a while, so let’s see how it works and how we can enable it.

What is Wake-on-LAN?

Wake-on-LAN is an industry standard protocol for waking computers up from a very low power mode remotely. The definition of “low power mode” has changed a bit over time, but we can take it to mean while the computer is “off” and has access to a power source. The protocol also allows for a supplementary Wake-on-Wireless-LAN ability as well.

 

WoL is dependent on two things: your motherboard and your network card. Your motherboard must be hooked up to an ATX-compatible power supply, as most computers in the past decade or so are. Your Ethernet or wireless card must also support this functionality. Because it is set either through the BIOS or through your NIC’s firmware, you don’t need specific software to enable it. Support for WoL is pretty universal nowadays, even when it’s not advertised as a feature, so if you have a computer built in the past decade or so you’re covered. If, however, you have a more modern computer, you may find that you have advanced BIOS options for allowing the computer to power on via a time schedule. It’s not technically WoL, but in terms of functionality, it’s pretty close.

For those of you who build your own rigs, take care when buying an Ethernet card. While most built-in cards on motherboards don’t need this step, discrete network cards often need a 3-pin cable attached to the motherboard to support WoL. Do your research online before you buy so you’re not disappointed later on down the line.

The MagicPacket: How WoL Works

WoL-enabled computers essentially wait for a “magic packet” to arrive that includes the NIC’s MAC address in it. These magic packets are sent out by professional software made for any platform, but can also be sent by routers and internet-based websites. The typical ports used for WoL magic packets are UDP 7 and 9. Because your computer is actively listening for a packet, some power is feeding your network card which will result in your laptop’s battery draining faster, so road warriors should take care to turn this off when you need to eke out some extra juice.

magic packet

Magic packets are usually sent over the entirety of a network and contain the subnet information, network broadcast address, and the MAC address of the target computer’s network card, whether Ethernet or wireless. The above image shows the results of a packet sniffer tool used on magic packet, which brings into question exactly how secure they are when used in unsafe networks and over the internet. On a secure network, or for basic home use, there shouldn’t be any practical reason to worry. Many motherboard manufacturers often implement software along with WoL capabilities to offer hassle-free or largely configuration-free usage scenarios.

Enabling WoL on Your System

BIOS

Most older computers and many modern ones have their WoL settings buried in the BIOS. Depending on your system, you need to hit Escape, F2, or Delete to get into the BIOS, but if you’re not sure then you should check your system’s documentation. Once you’re in, check under Power Management or Advanced Options or something of that sort.

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On this HP computer’s BIOS, the setting is found near the “resume after power failure” option.

Many computer, however, do not have a BIOS option. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the capability isn’t there, it just means we need to go through the operating system to enable WoL.

Windows

Click Start, then search for and open the Device Manager. Find your networking device in the list.

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Right click on it and go to Properties, then click on the Advanced tab.

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Scroll down in the list to find “Wake on Magic Packet” and change the Value to “Enabled.” You can leave the other “Wake on” settings alone. Click OK when you’re done.

OS X

Open up your System Settings and choose Energy Saver.

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Under the Options tab, you should see “Wake for Ethernet” or something similar. This enables Wake-on-LAN.

Linux

Ubuntu has a great tool that can check to see if your machine supports WoL and can enable it. Open up a terminal and install “ethtool” with the following command:

sudo apt-get install ethtool

You can check your compatibility by running:

sudo ethtool eth0

If your default interface is something else, substitute it for “eth0”.

wol ubuntu

Look for the “Supports Wake-on” section. As long as one of the letters listed is “g,” you can use magic packets for WoL. To enable this option, use the following command.

sudo ethtool -s eth0 wol g

This should take of it. You can run the command to check and see if it’s enabled now. Look for the “Wake on” section. You should see a “g” instead of a “d” now.

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Sending WoL Magic Packets

To send out WoL requests, you have a cornucopia of options available.

depicus

Depicus has an excellent series of lightweight tools to get the job done, including a GUI-based one for Windows and command-line-based one for both Windows and Mac OS.Wiki.tcl.tk has a great cross-platform lightweight script that handles the requests as well.

DD-WRT has great WoL support, so if you don’t feel like downloading software to do it, you really don’t have to. Lastly, if you’re out and about, you can use your Android device to wake your computers.

 

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156 Really Useful Windows Run Commands

I came across this list and thought I’d share it with my readers. Its a really useful list of RUN COMMANDS

To Access… Run Command
Accessibility Controls access.cpl
Accessibility Wizard accwiz
Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control admintools
Adobe Acrobat (if installed) acrobat
Adobe Designer (if installed) formdesigner
Adobe Distiller (if installed) acrodist
Adobe ImageReady (if installed) imageready
Adobe Photoshop (if installed) photoshop
Automatic Updates wuaucpl.cpl
Bluetooth Transfer Wizard fsquirt
Calculator calc
Certificate Manager certmgr.msc
Character Map charmap
Check Disk Utility chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer clipbrd
Command Prompt cmd
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Control Panel control
Date and Time Properties timedate.cpl
DDE Shares ddeshare
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel (if installed)* directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility cleanmgr
Disk Defragment dfrg.msc
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager diskpart
Display Properties control desktop
Display Properties desk.cpl
Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected) control color
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility verifier
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
Files and Settings Transfer Tool migwiz
File Signature Verification Tool sigverif
Findfast findfast.cpl
Firefox (if installed) firefox
Folders Properties folders
Fonts control fonts
Fonts Folder fonts
Free Cell Card Game freecell
Game Controllers joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) gpedit.msc
Hearts Card Game mshearts
Help and Support helpctr
HyperTerminal hypertrm
Iexpress Wizard iexpress
Indexing Service ciadv.msc
Internet Connection Wizard icwconn1
Internet Explorer iexplore
Internet Properties inetcpl.cpl
Internet Setup Wizard inetwiz
IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration) ipconfig /all
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents) ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents) ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration (Release All Connections) ipconfig /release
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections) ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS) ipconfig /registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID) ipconfig /showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID) ipconfig /setclassid
Java Control Panel (if installed) jpicpl32.cpl
Java Control Panel (if installed) javaws
Keyboard Properties control keyboard
Local Security Settings secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
Logs You Out Of Windows logoff
Malicious Software Removal Tool mrt
Microsoft Access (if installed) msaccess
Microsoft Chat winchat
Microsoft Excel (if installed) excel
Microsoft Frontpage (if installed) frontpg
Microsoft Movie Maker moviemk
Microsoft Paint mspaint
Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed) powerpnt
Microsoft Word (if installed) winword
Microsoft Syncronization Tool mobsync
Minesweeper Game winmine
Mouse Properties control mouse
Mouse Properties main.cpl
Nero (if installed) nero
Netmeeting conf
Network Connections control netconnections
Network Connections ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard netsetup.cpl
Notepad notepad
Nview Desktop Manager (if installed) nvtuicpl.cpl
Object Packager packager
ODBC Data Source Administrator odbccp32.cpl
On Screen Keyboard osk
Opens AC3 Filter (if installed) ac3filter.cpl
Outlook Express msimn
Paint pbrush
Password Properties password.cpl
Performance Monitor perfmon.msc
Performance Monitor perfmon
Phone and Modem Options telephon.cpl
Phone Dialer dialer
Pinball Game pinball
Power Configuration powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes control printers
Printers Folder printers
Private Character Editor eudcedit
Quicktime (If Installed) QuickTime.cpl
Quicktime Player (if installed) quicktimeplayer
Real Player (if installed) realplay
Regional Settings intl.cpl
Registry Editor regedit
Registry Editor regedit32
Remote Access Phonebook rasphone
Remote Desktop mstsc
Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests ntmsoprq.msc
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof) rsop.msc
Scanners and Cameras sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks
Security Center wscui.cpl
Services services.msc
Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows shutdown
Sounds and Audio mmsys.cpl
Spider Solitare Card Game spider
SQL Client Configuration cliconfg
System Configuration Editor sysedit
System Configuration Utility msconfig
System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At The Next Boot) sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return Scan Setting To Default) sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Sets Cache Size to size x) sfc /cachesize=x
System Information msinfo32
System Properties sysdm.cpl
Task Manager taskmgr
TCP Tester tcptest
Telnet Client telnet
Tweak UI (if installed) tweakui
User Account Management nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager utilman
Windows Address Book wab
Windows Address Book Import Utility wabmig
Windows Backup Utility (if installed) ntbackup
Windows Explorer explorer
Windows Firewall firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure wmimgmt.msc
Windows Media Player wmplayer
Windows Messenger msmsgs
Windows Picture Import Wizard (need camera connected) wiaacmgr
Windows System Security Tool syskey
Windows Update Launches wupdmgr
Windows Version (to show which version of windows) winver
Windows XP Tour Wizard tourstart
Wordpad write

Credit goes to MyPcHell

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[How To] Samsung Apps Error 4002 – After You Flashed A ROM – Obviously On Rooted Handsets

I recently upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S 2. I was a long time HTC fan but their recent move on bootloader locking made me jump ship. The Galaxy S 2 is an amazing device. Anyway, maybe I’ll write more on that again..

Of course, the first thing I did with my phone is root it. Which Samsung has made easy for the developers to create the tools needed.

The second thing I did was start flashing ROMs and I ran into one irritating problem. Once I flash the ROM the Samsung Apps threw an ERROR 4002 up. I had no idea what this meant. However, from some searches I found out that it needed a file called CSC in order to determine you region and DRM rights etc.

So, what I came up is this..

I restored the original ROM and used root ability to find the CSC files and copy them to the SD Card, then restored my new ROM and copied these in the ROM. Bang.. it all works as its supposed too..

WARNING: ROOT REQUIRED – Dont bother commenting below that “It needs root!.. this article is crap.. blah blah

Disclaimer: Any damaged caused to your phone is your problem… If you lack confidence, buy a nokia :P This may work on any Samsung

Step By Step

  • Buy/Download Root Explorer
  • Go to the ROOT of the file system.. keep pressing back or up.. till you see /
  • Scroll Down to SYSTEM
  • Inside here copy the CSC Folder and the two files that follow ending in CSC to your SD CARD
  • Flash your new ROM or Restore the New ROM from your Nandroid backup
  • Open Root Explorer
  • Navigate to are you saved you CSC files on the SD CARD
  • Copy them and navigate back to the root / and then to /system
  • Switch the system at the top so that it is in MOUNT R/W
  • Paste Files

All done

Let me know if you want my CSC files. I am in Ireland on o2 so that may make a difference, I have no idea…..

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Set Up A BOSS Key To Protect Yourself From Wandering Eyes(The Boss)

They come under many names, boss key, panic button or anti boss to name a few. Computer users can make use of these applications to quickly switch from their current desktop view to one that is hiding specific windows, applications or everything.

That’s helpful for instance while visiting websites during work that are not work related. A click of the button displays a Word document, Excel spreadsheet or another window that looks work related.

This article lists the majority of free boss key applications available, each with a short summary of what they are offering. Only free programs and extensions have been considered for this list.

Windows Software

Blind Bosskey Lite – professional application that makes use of “hide-lists”. The user can add windows, process and executables to the hide list, to hide all selected items with a hotkey or a click on the system tray icon.

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BossKey – A 7K application which can create up to ten virtual desktops that are accessible via hotkeys.

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Clicky Gone – Open Source software that is offered as a portable version and an installer. Can hide all or selected applications, lots of hotkeys and settings. May take a bit longer to get used to.

Dad’s Around, a portable solution that can minimize all windows by pressing a hotkey, silence the audio, blacken the screen and even kill the foreground process.

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Don’t Panic – Requires initial configuration, namely applications that should be hidden when the panic button is clicked on or activated via hotkey. Offers additional features like clearing recent files and the Internet history.

Hide My Browser Free – has been specifically designed to hide web browser windows.

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Magic Boss Key

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Has lots of options. Windows can be hidden by pressing the left and right mouse buttons at the same time, or by pressing F12. The application mutes the sound when the windows are hidden, and can furthermore hide all desktop icons and the taskbar if configured to do so.

Plancoin hides windows based on keywords, option to configure an exclude or include listing. Supports hotkeys.

VicMan Boss Key, commercial application that is now offered as freeware. Can hide the active window with a hotkey.

Window Hide Tool

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A sophisticated tool that can be configured extensively. It is for instance possible to group applications and set hotkeys for those groups, define system wide hotkeys or password protect the program so that it cannot be accessed without supplying the password first.

WinHide.SB – Can be used to hide specific windows from appearing in the taskbar and on the desktop. Supports hotkeys and controls via the system tray.

Web Browser

Boss Key and Buttons [Firefox] – Press F12 to minimize browser windows, or both mouse buttons for the same effect. Also available for Google Chrome

Minimize Chrome to tray.

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Simple Boss Key [Firefox] – Maps the F12 key to minimize the browser. Suggests to open a harmless site in the first tab, as this is shown in the taskbar. May interfere with other add-ons that have mapped the F12 key (like Firebug)

Panic Button [Firefox] – Adds a Panic Button to Firefox that can hide all windows, minimize all windows or quit the browser. Maps F9 to the panic button so that a press of the button will invoke it as well.

Panic Button [Userscript], works in both Firefox and Google Chrome. Displays a Panic button on every page, which when clicked on changes the site to a harmless one.

Work Folder – Not a boss key application per se. It is a gaming site that looks like a folder on the local hard drive.

 

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Automate Mouse Control With GhostMouse

Ghost MouseHave you ever wanted to automate some of your regularly used mouse and keyboard actions? If yes, you can try out GhostMouse, a freeware tool to record and play mouse and keyboardactions. GhostMouse Win7 is a tiny program that lets you record and playback a series of keyboard and mouse actions, and saves operation records as script files for later use. You can record actions and then play them whenever you want to repeat a set of actions you have performed.

 

Record OptionsThe interface is dead simple, click on the red button to start recording and when you want to play click on the play button. While recording, you can set what all actions need to be captured by the tool.

 

PlaybackFor playback, you can set the speed and also repeat it using the settings.

 

Features;

  • Compact and easy to use
  • Windows automation software
  • Record all mouse and keyboard events
  • Convenient settings interface
  • Using recorded files anytime, anywhere

The app is perfectly compatible with VistaWindows 7, and 64-bit systems.

Download GhostMouse

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WizMouse Enables Mouse Over Scrolling on Any Window

WizMouse is a free and lightweight Windows application that enables a simple but effective trick: the ability to scroll the contents of a window that is under your mouse cursor without shifting the focus to that window.

It may not seem like much, at first glance, but the ability to scroll a window without having to click on it and shift the focus of your current window is a huge time saver. Once WizMouse is installed simply mousing over any open window and engage your scroll wheel for instant scroll with no additional click or shift in focus necessary. You’ll get so used to it you’ll forget that it wasn’t built into Windows from the start.

Hit up the link below to grab a copy of WizMouse, a free and Windows only application.

WizMouse [Antibody Software]

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First Steps To Troubleshoot Software Errors

Windows Task Manager

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Computer software—be it your operating system, your word processor, or your favorite game—is prone to different types of problems, such as unwarranted crashes and confusing error messages. These error messages unnecessarily hamper your work and cause frustrations. Most of the time, when a software error occurs we panic and are tempted to seek the help of external technical support. But, this method is not only time-consuming, but can also be quite expensive.

Fortunately, there are a few simple steps that you can perform to resolve (or at least narrow down the causes of) software errors yourself. Some of these steps are listed below. So, the next time you encounter a software error, you may use these steps to troubleshoot your problem.

  1. Close all open programs to free up RAM

    All programs running on your computer need to access Random Access Memory (RAM) to perform various functions. Now, as RAM is expensive, we have a limited amount of it on the system. So, if you are running a large number of software on your computer, your system may slow down and generate errors. If this happens, close all open programs to free up RAM space and then launch the application you want to work with.

    At times, there might be a problem with a software that might cause it to eat up a lot of memory. To identify this software, open Task Manager, and then on the Processes tab, check the Memory Usage column for the application that is consuming the maximum memory. You can ‘End Task’ this application and then repair it—usually by updating or reinstalling it—to resolve the issue.

    Many times, errors such as error code 1311 may generate during a program installation when you are trying to install a new software on your computer. Your antivirus software may be causing this problem. So, if this happens, you must turn off your antivirus software and then continue with the installation.

  1. Restart your program

    In case you face problems even after closing all running applications, then you must close and restart your program. If your program is in conflict with some other running application then, restarting the program quite often resolves these issues.

    For instance, ActiveX problems may occur if there is a problem with your Internet Explorer. If this happens, you must try to restart the Web browser and then try to open your Website again. Here, you must also ensure that you allow the particular ActiveX control to run.

  1. Reboot your PC

    If you are unable to resolve the error by restarting your program, try to reboot your computer and then relaunch your application. Many program conflicts are conditional and are resolved when you restart the system.

  1. Uninstall any newly installed programs or hardware

    If you start encountering software errors soon after installing a new hardware or software, then this new hardware/software might be causing some conflict. If this happens, remove this new product then relaunch your application to see if it works.

  1. Uninstall and reinstall your application

    Software errors may occur if there is some problem with the program files of your system. If this happens, you may try to uninstall the application and then reinstall it to repair the damaged files. You must uninstall the application using Add or Remove Programs or a third-party program uninstaller utility. If the application you are trying to remove is very large, you may check for and download its removal tool from the manufacturer’s website. For instance, to remove a Norton product you may download and use Norton uninstaller to completely cleanup all files related to the product you are trying to remove.

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Simple Steps for Solving Computer Problems

The Registry Editor in Windows Vista

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It is not uncommon for computer users to encounter computer errors every now and then. These errors not only hamper your work, but may also cause unnecessary frustration.

Most of these errors are pretty common and can be easily resolved. For instance, the stop: c000021a error is raised by the kernel when it sees that some crucial Windows service is not running anymore.  The sndvol32.exe download error is generated when you are facing some driver problems, and the msvcr71.dll windows 7 error is encountered when the msvcr71.dll file is missing or corrupt.

Whatever your skill level may be, you can solve all these problems by following the very simple steps listed below:

Step 1 – Perform regular registry cleanups – The registry is your system’s master database. It stores all information and settings related to literally everything that moves or lives in your computer, from the most complex software to the mere colors of the taskbar.

As the system gets older, several outdated settings remain behind in the registry, causing a bottleneck in system performance, and also frequent application crashes. To take care of the registry, invest in a good-quality registry cleaner software, which will scan, fix and optimize your registry within minutes. However, it is very important to make sure that you download the software only from a trusted vendor, or else it can backfire as well.

Step 2 – Update device drivers
– In case you didn’t know it, device drivers are the most powerful programs on your computer. They sit close to the hardware, and do much of the control and data access. In a sense, they are what the operating system essentially is. Therefore, it is very important that you update them as well.

Now while it may sound like rocket science, believe us that it isn’t so at all. All you need is a good third-party driver-update tool, and it will scan and update the system drivers at the click of a mouse. It is as easy as running any other software.

Step 3 – Perform full system anti
-virus scans – While everyone has heard of anti-virus programs, and even most likely has one installed on his or her system, a few words of advice would be prudent here. You shouldn’t rely on free anti-virus programs too much, and should go for a professional anti-virus even if it costs you at the start. The benefits are just too many to list.

You should also have a good internet connection so that your anti-virus tool is updated regularly for the latest in virus definitions and threat databases. At the same time, you should schedule regular scans for your computer, and even check the boot sector for possible viruses. This will ensure that you remain protected from any detrimental viruses or worms.

As we have shown in this article, it is very easy to keep your system free from most of the common errors. As they say, it’s easier to do it, than understand it!

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