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16 bit Windows Subsystem
At work, all desktops use the 64-bit version of Windows 7, but we still have some legacy 16-bit applications.
As XP support is ending, we are using VMWare View to provide 16-bit apps on a virtual 32-bit Windows 7 desktop.
For one of the applications we had this error:

config.nt. The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the applicate.

Changing compatibility mode made no difference, search results said the autoexec.nt or config.nt is missing, but the files were there.
So I fired up ProcessMonitor and watched NTVDM.EXE which runs 16-bit apps in Windows 7.

WriteFile - C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Temp\scs1DE8.tmp - Success
CreateFile - C:\USERS\ADMINIST\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\SCS1DE8.TMP - Path Not Found

For some reason, a temporary file is accessed with a truncated username, stopping the app from working.
The work-around was to use a login username that is 8 characters or less, and then it worked.

Posted by Rich on Monday 24 February 2014 - 05:49:04 | Read/Post Comment: 0
Ricoh Printer Mystery
Occasionally you get problems that make you really say to yourself WTF???.

After having succesfully migrated DHCP from Server 2003 to Server 2008 R2 SP1
for over a hundred subnets, I get a call saying Ricoh printers on two of the subnets
can no longer get an IP and are defaulting to 11.22.33.44.

Other brand printers, the computers, etc, were all correctly picking up an IP address,
just not the Ricoh's, and just on those subnets, even though they were set to DHCP.

After trying various things without luck, I noticed that the affected subnets had a
BAD_ADDRESS 'This address is already in use' entry imported over the old servers.
After deleting the entry and rebooting the printers, they all picked up their reservations!

The bad IP and MAC did not look similar or have any obvious relationship with those not
working, but never the less, removing it fixed multiple Ricoh printers on that subnet.

Posted by Rich on Tuesday 15 October 2013 - 11:03:33 | Read/Post Comment: 1
Realtek Driver Issues
Installed Windows 7 64-bit on an old Novatech / Clevo laptop, made when Vista was out.
Windows automatically installed a driver, but the integrated microphone did not work.

Installed the latest Realtek audio codec driver, which made the microphone work, but now
the sound was distorted, like speaking into a fan. Reducing the quality from DVD 24-bit to
CD 16-bit changed the distortion into lots of crackles, pops, and other static noises.

Tried an old official W7 driver from the Clevo site, but still the same problem. Dug out the original
driver CD with R1.91 drivers, but the setup.exe was designed for Vista and refused to install.

Went into Device Manager, chose Update Driver on the 'High Definition Audio Device' and pointed
it to the Vista64 folder within the Realtek drivers, it installed, and everything worked perfectly.

Posted by Rich on Wednesday 18 September 2013 - 17:38:40 | Read/Post Comment: 0
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