Acer Chromebase for meetings

The Problem: so you bought a used chromebook or chromebase and you encounter the enterprise enrollment. in other words its asking you for your google credentials but your credentials dont work because your chrome device is managed by the original organization that purchased it..

To return a Chromebase 24 for meetings device to its original (factory) state, follow these steps:

  1. Connect the mouse and keyboard to the device.
  2. Put a paperclip (or pushpin) into the recovery button hole while turning on the device. The recovery button hole is located on the back of the Chromebase device.
  3. Press Ctrl + D.
  4. Press the recovery button with the paperclip again. The device will reboot and the screen will display a red exclamation mark.
  5. Press Ctrl + D. The Chromebase will reboot and start the transition to developer mode. This clears all local data. The deletion takes approximately 10 minutes.
  6. After this process is completed, press the spacebar at the bootup screen.
  7. Press Enter to return to verified mode. The device will reboot and re-enter verified mode.

inside the Acer Chromebase 24

 

this alone won’t likely work, if not, continue:

if you skip this you will get this error: flashromPartialWrite() so read on carefully

you’ll haft to get into the system and remove the rewrite screw. on the Acer Chromebase 24 if a bit difficult to open the case, but very doable. 3 screws at the bottom and then a couple pry tools should do the trick, unlike most laptops, or other all in ones, this particular model is difficult to get in simply because of the rigidity of the plastic and design. lay it on its face, remove the stand, then the 3 screws at the bottom edge, once those are off, its a matter of prying the back off. once this is done, you will see a whole lot of sheet metal covering all the electronics, remove what you can and you’ll find a motherboard and on this motherboard is the rewrite screw, take it off and boot the machine back up.

get yourself into developer mode then type (Ctrl-Alt-F2) to bring up the command prompt then follow the steps below

Type: chronos

Press Enter

Type: sudo su

Space after “sudo”.

Press Enter

Type: vpd -l (lowercase L)

Space after “vpd”.

Once you type vpd -l, this will display the current motherboards information including the motherboards current serial number.

Press Enter

Type: vpd -s “serial_number”=”0000000000X”

Space after “vpd”, Space after “-s”.

The Product S/N will be the Serial Number with the last letter. Make sure the serial number is CAPITAL letters.

Press Enter

Type: vpd -s “Product_S/N”=”0000000000”

Space after “vpd”, Space after “-s”.

The Product S/N will be the Serial Number without the last letter. Make sure the serial number is CAPITAL letters.

Press Enter

If flashromPartialWrite() error displays go back to the Read/Write Copper where you have removed the sticker and re-clean the area with alcohol and try again. Make sure you shut down the chromebook and remove the battery before cleaning.

Type: dump_vpd_log –force

Space after “dump_vpd_log”.

Press Enter

Type: dump_vpd_log –full –stdout

Space after “dump_vpd_log”, Space after “–full”.

Press Enter

You can now type “vpd -l” then Enter to verify that the serial number has changed.

Once the S/N change has been verified

Press F3 + Power

This will reboot the system back to the screen that says, “Chrome OS verification turned off”

Press the Spacebar to re-enable the Chrome OS Verification.

Press Enter to restart the system.

 

HP laserjet p2015dn print issues

so your HP printer suddenly stops working.. and you get a blinking indicator light.. if your lucky you may get a little usage out of it by turning it off and on again. but even then it still eventually stops working. and for the rest of us.. it doesn’t work at all.

the HP LaserJet p2015dn

 

The Problem: your printer will not print, you’ve already troubleshooted every possibility you can think of and your suspicious that your HP laserjet p2015dn printer needs a new formatter board.

The Solution: bake your board: other then replacing the board or buying a new printer this is your only viable option.. and even this isn’t full proof.

  • Remove the formatter board and remove the tape near the memory slot (if there). Prop up on four corners and place in a baking pan chips facing up and make sure the bottom of the board does not touch the pan. Preheat regular oven to 350F (177C), place in oven for 8 minutes. Remove and let cool for 30 minutes and put back in printer.

I can vouch for the method above, it worked for me.. there’s a lot of talk about this method in the HP support forums and a lot of users are seeing success to varying degrees (pun intended) I’m adding the how-to here for my own reference and hopefully for someone else to stumble upon.

Open Command Window Here

The Problem: you want to run the command window within a specific directory in windows 7.

Solution: Hold Shift + Right Click

this will enable additional options on the right click menu including the “open command window here” option. below is a picture of the difference when trying this on the desktop.

command window

shift + right click

Please wait while windows configures Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010

The Problem:

Every time that you open a Microsoft Office 2010 application, you receive the following message: “Please wait while windows configures Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.”

Possible Solutions: (reboot after doing any of these)

  1. Uninstall everything Office related then run this utility
    Windows Installer Cleanup Utility:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301
  2. Problems with uninstall? Go to:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/928218
  3. try running the SubInAcl tool:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=E8BA3E56-D8FE-4A91-93CF-ED6985E3927B&displaylang=en
  4. This may work for some users.
    Start -> Run -> reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d
  5. Go to start ->programs -> accessories -> command prompt (Run as Administrator). Use the following command: secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose

With the exclusion of number five I tried all of these to no avail.. after spending 2 hours troubleshooting I decided the best thing to do was to backup and reformat the drive. my suspicion being that there was more at play here then I could see.