Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Formatting a USB with Windows

I was recently helping some students format a USB drive to run the Kali Linux distro. After formatting the USB for Linux the USB will not be accessible to a Windows system. Below are the steps to get it back to normal operations for a Windows system.

These instructions are assuming you are using Windows 7 or 8.

  1. Insert your USB disk into computer.
  2. Run cmd as an Administrator.
  3. Run diskpart.exe. Use ? if you need help in this program.
  4. Type: list disk
  5. Find the disk that corresponds to your USB disk.  
  6. Select disk X where X is the number of the disk. Confirm that you're using the right disk or you will have a bad time. You can just type in the X number and it should select it.
  7. Type: clean (Warning: This command wipes the disk's partition. Any data on the disk will no longer be accessible.)
  8. Type: create partition primary. 
  9. Type: format fs=fat32 quick. You can choose NTFS or exFAT instead of FAT32 if you want.
  10. assign. Assigns the disk a drive letter. I would go with NTFS is you are only using your USB drive in a Windows system.
  11. Type: exit to quit.
Enjoy your newly formatted USB drive.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

CCNA R&S 1 - Power Point Chapter 1

These two videos are the Chapter 1 and 2 power point presentations for course 1.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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Cisco CCNA R&S Videos

I will be placing overview videos for my students on the page over the next few weeks. Post a comment if you want to see a particular topic covered.

Cisco Packet Tracer Information

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Monday, September 22, 2014

NVIDIA Drivers for ASUS ROG G750

I purchased one of the G750's this summer. 

I kept getting intermittent Blue Screens from Windows 8. The error was: Driver Power State Failure

The only solution I have found was that the latest NVIDIA driver was causing the problem. The laptop is running the NVIDIA GeForce GTX860M. 

When I reverted to the older driver and the blue screens stopped.

The latest driver: GEFORCE 344.11 DRIVER is not working properly. The driver that is stable on my system is: 332.60.

I will update this article when the newer drivers are released.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

How to switch back to Chrome's old 'New Tab' page

Updated on 4/15/2014: Google has changed the below feature and it no longer fixes the home page. There are some extensions that will let you load the apps page.

Updated on 11/25/2013

Chrome changed their "New Page" view so you are not able to see the apps page. I guess they are trying to force the Youtube comments changes on their browser too. What is frustrating is that they have no easy way to change it back.

After some research, I found the below steps to change the view back.

1) Type chrome://flags into the address bar.

2) Search for the option labeled "Enable Instant Extended API."

3) Change it from "Default" to "Disabled."

4) Restart Chrome.

Here is the page where I found the information.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Minecraft Seed Code for XBox 360: -4300040243928435363

Updated on 6/5/13

A good slime finding app with the seed code in the link:

Minecraft Seed Code for XBox 360: -4300040243928435363
Map is at the bottom.

Best location for the nether portal: X:169 Y:65 Z:50 Orient facing east/west

Village 1: X:-139 Y:65 Z:261
Village 2: X:53 Y:71 Z:373
Village 3: X:-139 Y:70 Z:37
Village 4: X:-188 Y:70 Z:-220

Mushroom Island (connected to land): X:312 Y:65 Z:64

Dessert Mine: X:-274 Y:32 Z:385

End Portal: X-21 Y:44 Z:203
 Not too far from initial spawn point.
EP Entrance from village 1: X:-43 Y:42 Z:259

The Temple is very disjointed and broken up by some caves. I was mainly wanting the portal and to collect temple stone so it was not big deal to me.

Temple Chest 1: X:-37 Y:46 Z:238
Temple Chest 2: X:-22 Y:45 Z:220
Temple Chest 3: X:-88 Y:28 Z:242
Temple Chest 4: X:-26 Y:37 Z:253

Zombie spawner 1: X:-88 Y:57 Z:368
Zombie spawner 2: X:-190 Y:38 Z:388
Zombie spawner 3: X:-169 Y:19 Z:286
Zombie spawner 4: X:-340 Y:31 Z:387
Zombie spawner 5: X:-256 Y:75 Z:257
    - Entrance to 5: X:-258 Y:84 Z:242
Zombie spawner 6: X:67 Y:45 Z:268

Skeleton spawner 1:  X:147 Y:56 Z:216
*** (need confirmation) Skeleton spawner 2:  X:104 Y:19 Z:395****

Spider spawner 1: X-97 Y:13 Z:407
Spider spawner 2: X-112 Y:46 Z:122

Cave spider spawner 1: X:-146 Y:39 Z:361
Cave spider spawner 2: X:-136 Y:38 Z:319
Cave spider spawner 3: X:-316 Y:31 Z:406

Mine chest 1: X:-185 Y:42 Z:346
Mine chest 2: X:-169 Y:46 Z:366
Mine chest 3: X:-172 Y:45 Z:406
Mine chest 4: X:-337 Y:32 Z:430

Cave 1 entrance: X:64 Y:67 Z:185
Cave 2 entrance 1: X:-124 Y:67 Z:122
Cave 3 entrance 2: X:-49 Y:73 Z:103
Cave 4 entrance: X:-176 Y:61 Z:95

Diamonds  1:  X:-350 Y:14 Z:314
Diamonds  2:  X:-240 Y:5 Z:265
Diamonds  3:  X:-261 Y:5 Z:265
Diamonds  4:  X:-281 Y:5 Z:256
Diamonds  5:  X:-270 Y:5 Z:154
Diamonds  6:  X:-207 Y:5 Z:216
Diamonds  7:  X:-207 Y:5 Z:251
Diamonds  8:  X:-279 Y:5 Z:257
Diamonds  9:  X:-232 Y:5 Z:221
Diamonds 10: X:-220 Y:5 Z:255

Monday, January 7, 2013

XBOX Seeds for Minecraft =

This seed will work in the latest update as of 1/7/13.

XBox 360 Seed Codes with points of interests.

seed:  The name is Blumpkins the code is: -2100870927

A good varied world with two mushroom islands. The Nether does have a strong hold in the opposite corner of the portal entrance. The upper right corner has good forests. I have not mapped any swamp biomes at this point.

Village #1 - x: 368 y: 81 z: 287
Village #2 - x: 119 y: 74 z: 109
Village #3 - x: -40 y: 61 z: 301

Desert        - x: -45 y: 60 z:   16
Desert Beach        - x: 22  y: 60 z: -360

End portal Dungeon x: 299 y: 36 z: 90

Abandoned Mineshaft #1 - x: -363 y: 24 z: 128
Abandoned Mineshaft #2 - x:   37 y: 37 z: 238
Cave Spider Spawner #1 - x: -309 y: 23 z: 114
Cave Spider Spawner #2 - x: -343 y: 23 z: 171
Cave Spider Spawner #3 - x:   18 y: 34 z: 323
Cave Spider Spawner #4 - x:   37 y: 37 z: 238
Cave Spider Spawner #5 - x:  209 y: 35 z:   7
Cave Spider Spawner #6 - x:  205 y: 35 z:   3

Spider spawner #1     - x:   -9       y: 67      z: 340
Spider Spawner #2     - x:  415      y: 22      z: 310
Spider Spawner #3     - x:  214      y: 27      z: 302
Zombie Spawner #1    - x:  -40      y: 61      z: 301
Zombie Spawner #2    - x:  272      y: 43      z:  35
Zombie Spawner #3    - x:  116      y: 50      z: 372
Zombie Spawner #4    - x:  349      y: 57      z: 353

Skeleton Spawner #1    - x:  157 y: 50 z: 328

Chest in mine #2  - X: 34 y: 38  z: 278
Others are located in mine but I did not map them.

Mushroom Island #1  - x: -278 y: 65 z: 98
Mushroom Island #2  - x: -380 y: 66 z: -253

Minecraft seeds XBox

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chrome Sync

I recently changed my password for Google. Shortly after I did, my Chrome Sync log in stopped working. It would let me try and log in but it would always default back to “you are not logged in screen.” It was very frustrating as it was happening on my home computer too. I created a new “dummy” account for Google and it would let me login with that account. I tried uninstalling Chrome and re installing. There did not seem to be any help on the Google newsgroups either. I went for about a week and finally decided to check one more thing. I went on to the Google Dashboard and told it to clear my Chrome Sync. I waited 5 minutes and “presto” it allowed me to login again.

So long story short for those Facebook readers.  If your Google Chrome does not allow you to login. Save/Export your bookmarks, go to the Google Dashboard and clear your Chrome sync settings.

**Update on 4/17.
I also installed XMarks which synced my bookmarks across browsers. That kept me from losing my information when I stopped the sync on the dashboard.

Keywords: "Chrome says I'm not signed into my Google account"
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