HP 8200 SFF woes

Just an update on my earlier post. The computer’s Power supply was replaced but it didn’t boot into recovery for re-imaging.

After copying over recovery partitions from an identical computer, looking at boot entries via bcdedit and taking pictures and comparing them of the bios, I found a fix. The error was, by the way, “The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible”. There’s a HP post on this with different ways but I didn’t find a solution (or bothered to read it all, I did skim it though). It turns that there a BIOS setting that enables and disables recovery.

HP 8300 BIOS recovery option fix

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Things I’m doing around the place

So A few days ago, at Riverina Water county Council, I replaced a computer with the help of the IT guy. Apparently there was some issues, such as phantom key presses which could possibly be from possible previous virus infection and sticky keyboard.

So we replace both computer and keyboard and take it down to do some backup/re-image to another user. but BAM!!! The computer blows the fuse on the power. Well there goes my DBAN and other miscellaneous things on the my computer (I was at the same desk). After the turning the power back, everything is fine but the computer…. hmm was it related?

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I found out whilst working my job at CSU, that if you are running prettyphoto and load a youtube video, you can make them autoplay. real science there I know. I alomost didn’t think it was blog worthy until I tried my but “Autoplay=1” didn’t work :/ but “feature=player_embedded” did. hmm okay. (note I’, remembering this from a few eek ago, memory might be abit rusty.

I’ll put a prettyphoto examples up later when i get the chance, possibly after my website re-design which I’ve been too busy to do unfortunately.
Mental note: when fixing computer with cryptolocker, set the computer to be out of the way before running recovery. And figure out how to use USB 3.0 in vmware player (i’m running the SIFT forensic workstation for recovery after a used a few other utilities eg recuva). Yeah it’s going to take awhile.

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But I don’t want to be a web designer

So yesterday at work I discovered (but i already knew it-just didn’t take note) that sometimes, webpages render differently on Internet Explorer 8 and below.
Specifically, IE8 decided that it won’t auto re-size my main page’s image but but put scroll bars on the middle of the page.

It’s quite embarrassing when it works on your computer but on the boss’s computer it has a big scroll bar there.
So, take note of the margins and padding, then re-size accordingly and re-upload. Problem solved.

Also, i started making my own css file for some semi-complex html lists, as the standard ones weren’t quite what I wanted.
Also, who knew there was a “background-position: ; ” css style? The one I was working on decided to not use the default “top left” for some reason.
Silly non-standards compliant web browsers.

Got it all worked out but I don’t want to be a web designer.
Joshua.

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