Saturday, 29 January 2011

Flight Simulator X Windows 7 Addon Scenery Problem

I took ages to resolve this problem after re-installing FSX under Windows 7.
It used to be so easy to do under XP & Vista.
In FSX click settings....Addon Scemery. Locate the files in Addon Scenery.
When I came to do this the dialogue box when clicking OK asked again for a file location but you couldnt enter it. This put it into a loop where all you can do is cancel.
Someone helpfully on FlightSim.Com has posted a fix.
Just click on anywhere in the empty space in the middle of the dialogue box instead of OK.
The Scenery is then listed and exiting will load the scenery files.
Ensure in the Graphics set up that the scenery default is not on very sparse as it still wont show.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Desktop shortcuts disappear in Windows 7

If you create shortcuts and they disappear the problem is that these shortcuts are regarded as broken and are deleted by the System Maintenance troubleshooter.

The System Maintenance troubleshooter performs a weekly maintenance of the operating system. The System Maintenance troubleshooter either fixes problems automatically or reports problems through Action Center. When there are more than four broken shortcuts on the desktop, the System Maintenance troubleshooter automatically removes all broken shortcuts from the desktop.
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WORKAROUNDTo work around this issue, use one of the following methods. Method 1 Keep the n...To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.
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Method 1
Keep the number of broken shortcuts on your desktop to four or less.
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Method 2
If you must have more than four broken shortcuts on your desktop, you can disable the System Maintenance troubleshooter.

Note If you disable the System Maintenance troubleshooter, all the maintenance tasks that it performs are disabled. Therefore, we recommend that you use Method 1.

To disable the System Maintenance troubleshooter, follow these steps:
Click Control Panel.
Under System and Security, click Find and fix problems.
On the left navigation pane, click Change settings.
Set Computer Maintenance to Off.

If this utility has been updated you can go into Advanced then deselect the Automatically Fix box.
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Examples of broken shortcuts
You may create shortcuts on the desktop that frequently become "broken." For example, a desktop shortcut for a USB device may be regarded as broken if the USB device is not connected when the System Maintenance troubleshooter performs its maintenance.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

How to Disable the CAPS LOCK

Understanding How Windows Key Re-Mapping Works
Windows doesn’t have a default setting to allow for disabling the key, so what we have to do is re-map the key to something non-existent so as to completely disable it. To do this manually, you’d open up regedit.exe and browse down to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

Here’s the format of the binary data in the Scancode Map key, with the important parts in bold and various colors:

00000000 00000000 02000000 00003A00 00000000

Here’s how it works:

•The first 16 zeros are just there to waste space.
•The “02″ in bold represents how many keys you are going to re-map plus 1. (It really represents the length of the data, but whatever)
•The orange bolded “0000″ is the key we actually want Windows to map TO, which in this case is nothing, or 0.
•The blue bolded “3A00″ is the key we are mapping from, in this case the caps lock key.
•The next 8 zeros are there to waste space as the null terminator.
You can map between multiple keys by incrementing the “02″ and then adding another of the colorful bold blocks in the middle. The 3A00 in the mix is the scan code. For example, if you wanted to disable the caps lock key and then change scroll lock into a caps lock key:

00000000 00000000 03000000 00003A00 3A004600 00000000

It might seem complicated, but it’s really fairly simple once you start working with it.

Downloadable Registry Hack to Disable or Remap the Caps Lock Key
Now that you’ve learned how these things work internally, you can download and extract the zipfile which contains the following files:

ChangeCapsToControl.reg Changes Caps Lock to be a Control key
ChangeCapsToShift.reg Changes Caps Lock to be a Shift key
SwitchCapsToScrollLock.reg Disables Caps Lock and swaps Scroll lock to be Caps Lock
KillCapsLock.reg Disables Caps Lock
DisableKeyboardRemap Uninstalls the preference by deleting the key

Once you’ve applied one of these registry files, you’ll have to reboot your computer for it to work. To uninstall, you can use the uninstall registry tweak, or you can simply delete the Scancode Map key entirely.

Download Keyboard Mappings Registry Tweaks

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Windows 7 Libraries Feature How to Disable it

Libraries" icon is always visible in Windows Explorer:
This might drive you mad and duplicate files in applications such as Picasa where you think you have two copies of everything.
You may end up deleting files which just appear again or delete the originals and the library link ending up with nothing.
Anyway I do not like it.
After following this tutorial, "Libraries" feature will be disabled in Windows 7 and its icon will also be removed from Explorer and Start menu.

A word of warning though
If you have a Homegroup on a Windows 7 Network disabling this feature will cause some problems of connecting your PC's and the error messages will not tell you this is due to disabling the libraries.

You just need to run a small Registry script to disable it. Download following ZIP file, extract it and run the "Disable Libraries in Windows 7.REG" file:
Copy this URL into Internet Explorer

After running the .REG file, log off or restart your system and you'll no longer see Libraries icon in Windows Explorer:
If you don't want to disable complete "Libraries" feature but only want to remove its icon from Explorer, then run "Only Remove Libraries Icon from Windows 7 Explorer.reg" file.
PS: There is also a restore script available in case you want to restore Libraries.