Saturday, February 05, 2011

Runing a Universal windows xp VHD from a usb stick

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Runing a Universal windows xp VHD from a usb  stick



Just because I guess I'm not the only one that burned on it many hours I am happy to share all what I could finally understand and make it works for me...



From my experience I can say the most comfortable system for pc repairs/virus cleaning/portable os for internet/multimedia/mail/Quick work with files... is this xp.vhd .
* its small (lass than 1 gb)
* its boot very fast (11 sec with ewf - 19 sec without ewf)
* full multimedia support so you can Immediately play your media
* full printing support
* your anti virus always up to date (no need wait for updates like in pe builds )
* your anti virus real time protection work (Unlike pe builds)
* easy to install driver from driverforce or driver geek including all type of drivers (better than pe builds)
* with ewf you are protected - only when you need to update or install something you commit write to disk and return to ewf protection
* all portable apps are works (i has 8gb collection i made with Thinstall )



Of course our cool developers deserve thanks for there wonderful tools and deep explanations they give here all the time. :thumbup: Just a few steps I incorporated different guides to get the desired result
I can say I tried all the "usb xp" guides we have here in forum,I spent many hours on this :wodoo:

My conclusion until last week was the only way that really works is to go with wimb's Tool, step by step and create xp_ram.img and update it on many computers

But still it did not satisfy me because of the prominent faults
- You can not run on computers with little memory
- takes too much time on computers with slow usb boot
- I wanted to boot immediately to work rather than to dwell with the learning process, etc ...

Then thankfully I read here a few things and added a few things in my mind
Anyone who wants can try the great success: real universal xp.vhd without learning process needed work from winvblock file disk & g4d ram disk from usb without tne BSOD 0x7B i tried on 9 pc's only i get error But I fixed that too (see Part 13) Since I try it on every computer that I just met all work well!!

my steeps are:

1. make file cald xp.vhd on your local drive(fixed, not dynamic!) [i prefer .vhd instead of img for use with virtual pc if i want later ] {I disabled free space checking with nlite so i use 1gb .vhd}

2. make xpsp3.iso with full "chipset"+"mass storage"+"cpu" drivers integrate and Reduced size by removing Unnecessary components (my .iso is 410mb)

3. run this setup command
title start setup xp on img
map --mem /winvblock.ima (fd1)
map --mem (md)0x6000+800 (fd0)
map /xp.vhd (hd0)
map --mem /IMAGES/xpsp3.iso (0xff)
map --hook
dd if=(fd1) of=(fd0) count=1
chainloader (0xff)



title continue setup xp on img
map --mem /winvblock.ima (fd1)
map --mem (md)0x6000+800 (fd0)
map /xp.vhd (hd0)
map --mem /IMAGES/xpsp3.iso (0xff)
map --hook
dd if=(fd1) of=(fd0) count=1
root (hd0,0)
chainloader /ntldr


4. boot from the vhd from your local disk with this command

title Boot XP from image file 
map /xp.vhd (hd0)
map --rd-size=2048
map --mem (rd)+4 (0x55)
map --hook
write (0x55) #GRUB4DOS\x00v=1\x00xp.vhd\x000x80\x00
root (hd0,0)
chainloader /ntldr


5. connect your usb disk to the pc for the system to recognize it ..reboot when steel connect

6. use wim'b IMG_XP package to Reduced windows size & use all wimb's registry_tweaks (no need to create .img but use the tweaks.reg...) do not install firadisk! winvblock already installed!

7. open device manager and change all "ide&usb" drivers to "standard..." and computer to "Advanced Configuration and Power Interface"... reboot pc...

8. Optional, use "XPlite Professional 1.9" to Reduce your windows (Very significantly)

9. download UsbBootWatcher.zip from here:
Also download usb_xp_init.cmd from here:
Unzip UsbBootWatcher.zip and put usb_xp_init.cmd into the folder we have just extracted UsbBootWatcher. The directory structure should look like this:
amd64 - directory
x86 - directory

10. Boot into other Windows so you can edit your xp.vhd windows (you can mount the xp.vhd as local drive from windows7/Win7PE disk mangment or boot it on virtual pc)

11. Run usb_xp_init.cmd and type the path of system32 directory of the mounted vhd. (for examle D:\Windows\system32)
When it completed unmount the vhd

12. now you be able to boot this xp.vhd from your usb drive on different machines Without any additional actions (At least I can)

13. If you still encounter screen of death (happened to me once of 9 computers) Copy the .vhd file to the local drive and run it from there (or add --mem to map entry and run from ram disk)
after you boot to desktop wait for system finish the automatic drivers instantiation, then copy the vhd back to usb (or use IMG_XP_Update.exe to update your .vhd that placed on your usb) now its can safely boot from it

14. Optional, use ewfmgr To protect your disk and to improve performance Especially if it is a flash drive that his writing is very slow
how to install ewfmgr?

There may be other ways, my way is to boot the system with ewfmgr.iso (thanks to etboot project) its works in xp rc environment . (in our case we can boot it from virtualpc or from g4d + map vhd ) I brought up for you
select 1 to install ewf
select drive {c:}
select win folder {windows}
restart
after we boot into windows run cmd >
ewfmgr c:\ -enable = protection on
ewfmgr c:\ -disable = protection off
ewfmgr /all = all comand line




15. enjoy!
  :clap: :clap:

some links

winvblock.ima

ewf.iso

Friday, February 04, 2011

Acronis True Image Home 2011 (English) FREE Download

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Acronis True Image Home 2011 (English) Download

Acronis True Image Home 2011 (English)

Acronis® True Image Home 2011 provides home users with reliable backup and disaster recovery of systems, applications, settings and personal files. You can easily define where, locally or online, and how often to backup a PC. Create copies of your hard drive with just a few quick steps while continuing to work.
Download:

Firefox web browser | Help us test the latest beta

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Firefox web browser | Help us test the latest beta: "Help test the future of Firefox! The latest beta version of Firefox is now available as a preview release. Take it for a test drive and let us know what you think! Important Information Please read before downloading This is pre-release software: you may encounter compatibility problems with some websites and add-ons. If you find a problem please let us know or file a bug. For more details, read the release notes and known issues. Free Download 4.0b10 for Windows English (7.7MB)

Telnet vs SSH

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Telnet vs SSH



Secure Shell, commonly known as SSH, and Telnet are two network protocols that have been used widely at one point in time or another. They are both used to connect to remote servers in order to facilitate some sort of communications. The primary difference, which also led to one superseding the other, is in security. SSH offers security mechanisms that protect the users against anyone with malicious intent while Telnet has no security measures whatsoever.

Telnet was designed to work within a private network and not across a public network where threats can appear. Because of this, all the data is transmitted in plain text, including passwords. This is a major security issue and the developers of SSH used encryptions to make it harder for other people to sniff the password and other relevant information. Telnet also omits another safety measure called authentication. This ensures that the source of the data is still the same device and not another computer. Without authentication, another person can intercept the communication and do what he wishes. This is also addressed in SSH as it uses a public key to authenticate the source of the data.

Due to the security measures that were necessary for SSH to be used in public networks, each packet contains less data to make room for the data of the security mechanisms. In order to transmit the same amount of data, you would need to take-up a lot more bandwidth. This is called overhead and was such a major issue back when internet speeds were very low because it translates to a performance hit.

source:http://www.differencebetween.net/technology/internet/difference-between-telnet-and-ssh/#ixzz1Cwjb1Obz

The security issues of Telnet forced a lot of people to use SSH in order to protect themselves. It didn’t take a long time before SSH replaced Telnet in a great majority of its uses. Telnet did not fade away though as it is still used in some areas, mostly in testing and debugging. Telnet extensions were developed to provide security but they are not used in most Telnet implementations.


    Summary:
  • 1. SSH and Telnet commonly serves the same purpose
  • 2. SSH is more secure compared to Telnet
  • 3. SSH encrypts the data while Telnet sends data in plain text
  • 4. SSH uses a public key for authentication while Telnet does not use any authentication
  • 5. SSH adds a bit more overhead to the bandwidth compared to Telnet
  • 6. Telnet has been all but replaced by SSH in almost all uses

Green Party announces opposition to UBB

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Green Party announces opposition to UBB


We here at jerryblogger.com are happy to hear that the Green Party of Canada came on board and has lent their support in urging the Minister of the Industry to reverse the CRTC’s decision, which allowed large Canadian ISPs to charge gross overage fees.
We appreciate their support, and are pleased to see the Green Party applauding Canadians who are getting involved in the issue and making their voice heard.
Emma Jane Hogbin, the Green Party Science and Technology critic noted "We should listen to the many Canadians that have used tools such as Openmedia.ca's "Stop the Meter" campaign to voice their concerns."
If you haven’t already, please sign the Stop The Meter petition within the next 24 hours, there are still many more obstacles Canadians face in dealing with this issue.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Check Your Firefox Plugins!

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Check Your Firefox Plugins!

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Keeping your third-party plugins up to date helps Firefox run safely and smoothly.

Keeping your third-party plugins up to date helps Firefox run safely and smoothly.


  • Step 1: Click Update to update a plugin.
  • Step 2: Complete all recommended updates before restarting your browser.


Spread the Word with a Badge

Help protect your friends! With a badge on your site, you can:
  • Use JavaScript to detect plugins
  • Warn people if they have outdated plugins!

How to Use a Badge on Your Site

  1. Choose from the sizes below.
  2. Copy the code below the badge.
  3. Paste it into your blog or other website.
We can check your plugins and stuff

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

How to Unlock Bell's 2wire 2701HG-G Modem

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How to Unlock Bell's 2wire 2701HG-G Modem


WARNING ! Any flashing may brick your device. All next actions will be at your own risk.

1. Prepare a new firmware for your device
Direct Download link for 2wire_reinstall_voice_5.29.117.3.2sp File size:10.45 MB
File name: 2wire_reinstall_voice_5.29.117.3.2sp File size:10.45 MB



2. We have to Power On our modem and connect it to a computer by Ethernet ( flashing will be proceed directly from computer )

3. Wait while Power LED on the modem front side stop blinking and become stong green and while your computer get an IP from router .

4. Open your browser and write in address bar : http://gateway.2wire.net/tech/upgrade.html
It will redirect you to the internal tech site . Press Continue




5. Choose the firmware that you downloaded before and press Upgrade Now




And wait while the site told you that upgrade was successful . ( when I was flashing my modem I have to refresh this page , maybe you won't need it )

6. After flashing the device i advise to unplug the modem , wait 10-15 seconds and plug in for resetting settings .

Last but not least parts .

7. Go to your modem internal site http://gateway.2wire.net
Click on Diagnostic -> Advanced Settings (main page will differs from Bell's a little bit)

Your DSL settings must look like mine (thx to Fergless for the assistance with right settings )

8. Click Save. Connect DSL to your modem and wait while Internet LED comes Solid Green . If everything was fine , you will see it in 2-3 minutes.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Firefox Optimized with SSE2

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Firefox Optimized with SSE2SSE

SSE is CPU extension, improve loading.
  1. All builds are for Windows 2000 and above only. (Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 are all above Windows 2000)
  2. SSE builds are optimized for Pentium III/equivalent.
  3. SSE2 builds are optimized for Pentium IV/equivalent.
  4. The above list is sorted by versions in descending order i.e. the recent versions are at the top of the list.
  5. All builds have the full functionality as the official builds from Mozilla i.e. no loss of functionality as a result of any tweaks.
peacemarker benchmarch by Jerry Blogger

With SSE2 patched Firefox is much faster !

Although  Google Chrome is the fastest, it has problem when browsing problem with some old website and it does not have much pug-in to speed up your usage of Internet. So Firefox with SSE2 patched is much first choice.


File name: firefox-3.6.13.en-US.win32.installer-SSE2.exe
File size:8.10 MB


File name: firefox-4.0b9.en-US.win32.installer-SSE2.exe
File size:10.35 MB



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

True Sense of FP_NO_HOST_CHECK

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It seems no answer with it on the internet. Cannot find any make sense answer to define: FP np host check... >< Finally!!! I found that answer and publish here....