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Show and Delete Hidden Devices

Recently when I was trying to get a sound card to work in our Call Manager, I ran across these tips that helped me from a couple other sites that are definitely worth checking out. These will help you clear out everything listed for sound and multimedia, which can sometimes keep devices you added from working, such as a new sound card.

From Techguy.

To get rid of that unwanted driver, device, or service:

  1. Open the Start menu and choose Run
  2. Type in “cmd” (without the quotes) and click ok.
  3. At the cmd prompt, type in “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1″ (without the quotes) and press enter. (Note: Nothing seems to happen as you are actually setting an environment variable which is going to help to see hidden devices)
  4. On the next cmd prompt line, type in “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes) and press enter to launch the Windows Device Manager Console.
  5. In the Device Manager Console, from the “View” menu, select “Show Hidden Devices”.

Now, as you expand the different drivers and devices in device manager you will see not only the items that Windows currently detects as installed on your pc (these are the usual items displayed), but you will also see drivers, devices, and services which have been loaded in the past but were not uninstalled or are not currently started. You can find your offending device, right-click, and choose “uninstall” to remove it from the system completely.


  1. Boot to safe mode.
  2. Go into the device manager.
  3. Remove all devices in multimedia/sound.
  4. Reboot to normal mode and allow the devices to reinstall.

Microsoft has some built in devices the device manager such as Microsoft Kernel Audio Mixer that may be damaged.

Those devices can only be seen/removed in safe mode under Windows ME. The problem you are having is usually caused be a corrupt MS Kernel driver or Audio Codec.

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IP Subnetting Made Easy

One of the great things about having a blog is I can do whatever I want with it, this post is on learning IP subnetting and I have found a good video to go with it, so I am bumping it up to today and adding the IP subnetting video, one of the many training videos from Cisco, will and possibly some more info later.

If you’ve ever struggled to learn IP subnetting, here is a detailed bookmark for you. Essentially, subnets are smaller networks inside of a larger one, breaking up IP networks helps avoid wasting IP addresses and this little guide will make it seem easy. Wish I had this when I first started to learn networking and Cisco routers, would’ve made it much easier. Years later, I had a teacher give me some of the same advice and I thought, where have you been.

IP subnetting is a fundamental subject that’s critical for any IP network engineer to understand, yet students have traditionally had a difficult time grasping it. Over the years, I’ve watched students needlessly struggle through school and in practice when dealing with subnetting because it was never explained to them in an easy-to-understand way. I’ve helped countless individuals learn what subnetting is all about using my own graphical approach and calculator shortcuts, and I’ve put all that experience into this article. Source: Techrepublic

Check out this great quick reference from the article.

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Command Line Tips for Linux

I’m still learning Linux little by little myself, I just use it on a couple web servers, so I don’t actually have to use it too much, so the command don’t stick with me for very long, hehe. has a post today about command line tricks in Linux, and about every comment adds some more, so this is a really good page to reference if you are still learning how to use Linux. Here are two and three.

2. tail -f /some/file

This tails a file: it’ll read what’s at the end and output it to your terminal. The -f parameter tells it to keep outputting as the file grows. I use this a lot when examining log files that are constantly being written to.

3. ctrl+z and bg

ctrl+z is the long lost brother of ctrl+c. It’s a signal that tells the process to suspend execution, while ctrl+c terminates it. Ctrl+z is useful if you execute a process but you want to get control of your shell; it’ll suspend the process and send it to the background. Think of ctrl+z like minimizing a window, except once it’s minimized it’s not doing anything anymore. If you want the process to stay in the background but continue running, that’s where bg (background) comes in: typing bg once a process has been suspended makes the process resume but still keeps it in the background. Source: Web Developers: 13 Command Line Tricks You Might Not Know

Even if you don’t use Linux but are into web development, is definitely a site worth checking out.

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30 Free Software Titles for Windows

This gentleman just reloaded his Dell computer and decided he would share his list of free, open source software he uses on his Windows machine, from Firefox to True Combat: Elite, many of them replacing expensive software titles or suites. It’s a nice list and contains quite a few I haven’t tried yet, but will definitely take a look at them. Especially the game, if it is as Quake or Halo it is bound to be worth checking out for free!

What follows is a list of thirty pieces of software that are the cream of the crop of open source software for Windows. Not only is every piece of it free, almost all of them directly replace expensive software packages. Source: The Simple Dollar

I have tried the Nasa Worldwind, and Firefox of course, I like the sounds of Health Monitor and Filezilla.

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DLL Help Center

One of the good things about having a blog, you can post something and its like making a detailed bookmark, where you add the info that was on your mind, why you wanted to remember it, etc, which is what a lot of this stuff is, detailed bookmarks. Heck, that sounds like a good name for a new category. Anyway, wanted to add this page I found courtesy of, it’s called dll help, and you can lookup which software installed which version of a specific dll.

This database contains information about DLL files that are included with selected Microsoft products.

DLL Help exists to help developers, system administrators, and other IT professionals who face file version conflicts with Microsoft software. Use DLL Help to identify the software that installed a specific version of a DLL file.

Note This tool does not provide direct links to download the files listed in the database. DLL files are generally not available for download from Microsoft. To find downloadable files, try the Microsoft Download Center.

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