can’t type your password at the “Welcome” screen in XP

The Problem: so you’ve logged out of your windows XP computer to find that when you try to log back into your account you cant type your password.

According to Microsoft support this problem may occur if you have installed any of the updates that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:

884883  Multiple versions of Comctl32.dll may cause both Windows XP style and Windows Classic style windows to appear in Windows XP
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  MS06-015: Vulnerability in Windows Explorer could lead to remote code execution
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  MS05-016: Vulnerability in Windows Shell that could allow remote code execution
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  MS06-045: Vulnerability in Windows Explorer could allow remote code execution
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  MS05-049: Vulnerabilities in the Windows shell could allow for remote code execution
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  MS06-057: Vulnerability in Windows Explorer could allow remote code execution

The Solution: not necessarily a fix but I did find this work-around that seems to work, use the classic logon screen to log on. follow these steps:

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL two times while the Welcome screen is displayed. For example, press all three keys at the same time, release all three keys, and then press the three keys again.
  2. Type your account name in the User name box.
  3. Type your password in the Password box.
  4. Click OK.

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.

Magic Mouse scroll not working

I think we’ve all ran into this one a time or two, you’re mouse cant scroll or can only scroll one direction. or it just “kinda” scrolls.. whatever the scenario. its not working right. on a lot of older mice this isn’t a big problem… clean it. but this task isn’t always so easy.

The Problem: your mighty mouse (not to be confused with the newer magic mouse, (see the pic below) will no longer scroll.. sometimes it will only scroll one direction, up, down, etc

the mighty mouse

The Solution: hold your mighty mouse upside down and press the scroll ball against the palm of your hand (preferably against a cloth)  and move your mouse in a circular motion. after a minute or two you should be able to scroll normally.. this is a pretty common problem and apart from taking your mouse apart, this is the easiest, fastest solution… that is of course if it works for you.