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CoRD cannot connect to Windows 2008 Server

Posted: May 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: howto | Tags: , , | No Comments »

It happened to me to have a colleague that could not connect to a Windows 2008 Server using his Mac.

We have tried different things like adding him to Remote Desktop Group (which is a must) and to Administrators group but the CoRD application was not showing anything immediately after connecting to the server.

So, nothing happened when we hit the button to connect to the server. The window just disappears.

After a week-end and another attempt to connect to a different remote Windows computer it came out that the Remote Desktop setting were allowing only computers with “Network Level Authentication” enabled (more secure).

Enabling the “less secure” option on Windows 2008 Server (any version of Remote Desktop) fixed the problem.

Network driver update killed facebook

Posted: December 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: idiots | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I while ago I had met a strange issue.

I noticed that facebook is not loading in browser if accessed at work. We do not filter facebook, so, for this reason, the issue was more odd.

I could not find anything in our DNS, it returning correct results.

So, I gave up and stop using facebook. Until I have opened it accidentally while surfing over the wireless connection. Over wireless it was working.

In this conditions I got more interested in this issue. It was clear for me that the cause was on the laptop I am using. So, I have reinstalled the drivers. No luck.

After some days, I realized that I have updated the wired network driver via Windows Updates.  I went to the installed updates, uninstall the new version of the driver and… facebook WORKED!

Here is the culprit (winqual link is not working):

Realtek – Network – Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller

Download size: 272 KB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Optional

Realtek Network software update released in June, 2011

More information:

Help and Support:


It seems that winqual.microsoft.com was replaced with sysdev.microsoft.com.

IIS error: HTTP Error 500.19 – Internal Server Error

Posted: March 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: howto, idiots | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

IIS permission error suck.

I got this error on a freshly server provided by a company:

HTTP Error 500.19 – Internal Server Error
Module IIS Web Core
Notification Unknown
Handler Not yet determined
Error Code 0x80070005
Config Error Cannot read configuration file due to insufficient permissions
Config File \\?\E:\inetpub\wwwroot\web.config
Requested URL http://localhost:80/iisstart.htm
Physical Path
Logon Method Not yet determined
Logon User Not yet determined

I coul find a page with all errors and how to solve them,  but, none worked:


More testing reveled that moving the wwwroot directory from C drive to another drive, somehow affected the security and the access was denied to read the web.config file even the file was a non-existent one.

The solution, after some tests, was to not use wwwroot at all for the default web site. Instead, we created an empty directory in inetpub, and, it worked from the first try.

Also, the old configuration was working if the port 80 was changed to 8080. I have not tried other port, I was too angry to try another (e.g. 81).


Toshiba Tecra A8-PTA83E – Enable sound on Windows 7

Posted: May 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: idiots | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

After upgrading from Windows Vista or from Windows XP you will find out that the sound doesn’t work.

Like me, you have tried all the drivers available on the internet: XP sound drivers, Vista 32bit or Vista 64bit sound drivers. Still, no luck.

On a forum, I have found a post about a tool that enables the sound for Vista.

The name, obviously, is “Sound Utility to Turn Mute Off”.

The link to the tool:


Let me know if this helped you, it did worked for me in Windows 7 x64.


EDIT: The step was required only when I have first time installed Windows 7. Second time I have installed Windows 7, the sound was working from the first boot.

Windows XP, suddenly “USB device not recognized” message

Posted: September 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: howto, idiots | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

USB stopped working, suddenly! F#uck! Nothing on USB is working, but it did! WTF can you do?

On MS support the KB articles are not offering a straight to the point solution for this.

So, I have searched the internet and after a few searches I have found this article (Google PR 3 page):


The answer is:

UNPLUG YOUR COMPUTER FROM THE POWER SUPPLY!!! and wait a few minutes to have all residual power consumed.

So, I did it.

And, it worked.

I had a 3 m USB cable extension for a USB WIFI adapter and, after removing it, is all good. It works!!!

Later edit:

This is a bit extreme, it still works if you shutdown the computer, unplug the power cord, push the buttons of the computer a few times, plug-in USB devices and wait for a minute or so.

One cause of this may be the grounding of the appliances, high density of wireless devices, unshielded USB cable, or, a combination of these.