Checklist for formatting your computer

I’m sure there are lists like this on the Internet already, but I wanted to create my own list and publish it.

Things you want probably to back up:

  • Digital photos, remember to check all user profiles if you have multiple profiles on your computer
  • Recorded videos
  • Special hardware drivers, in case if your Windows/Linux can’t find them automatically
  • Downloaded files, I keep all downloaded files in C:\Zipit so I would just back up that folder
  • Possible music files from My Music folder, or somewhere else similar folder
  • .torrent files. If you are µTorrent user, it saves .torrent files to Application Data folder if you haven’t specified the folder in µTorrent settings.

I personally like to copy the following to a safe place to save time when I’m reinstalling everything back.

  • Different program settings. This is so you don’t have to waste time reconfiguring all programs again
  • Scripts for mIRC. I’m an active user of this program so this saves me time of trying to recode all of my scripts again
  • Browser bookmarks. I’m using Opera Link so it will automatically sync my bookmarks to fresh install of Opera browser

Could not determine your IP address on Invision Power Board

If you encounter “Could not determine your IP address” error message after installing Invision Power Board on your localhost or shared hosting and you don’t know what to do, continue reading.

Open up a file called ipsRegistry.php at *IPB rootdirectory*/admin/sources/base/ipsRegistry.php. Search the error message and you will see the following code

// Make sure we take a valid IP address

if ( ( ! self::instance()->ip_address OR self::instance()->ip_address == ‘…’ ) AND ! isset( $_SERVER[‘SHELL’] ) AND $_SERVER[‘SESSIONNAME’] != ‘Console’ )
print “Could not determine your IP address”;

Now comment that code out and you will be able to access your new forums.

You might also get this same error when you try to update your IPB forum installation. You can use the same trick and comment out the same code at ipsRegistry_setup.php. The path for this is *IPB rootdirectory*/admin/setup/sources/base/ipsRegistry_setup.php

If this helps, please leave a comment so I know 🙂

Laptop randomly bluescreening

My laptop has been suffering from random BSODs lately and I, as any normal computer user, would want to get them fixed. Windows created dump files from these bluescreens, so I had to use Google to find a program that can open .DMP files. I found this guide and it had a link to .iso image download of Debugging Tools For Windows on Microsoft’s download site. That disk image had a program called WinDbg and I used that to open the DMP files. Both memory dumps had “VISTA_DRIVER_FAULT” written in them. That pointed me towards drivers that might be either out-dated or corrupt. After this I remembered that i had VLC open when these bluescreens happened. This lead me to believe either my sound or graphics card drivers are bad. I updated ATI drivers and re-installed sound drivers. I’m hoping this solves my problems.

My laptop specs are following:
Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
Laptop model: HP Pavilion DV7-3013eo