If you find Protrace files appearing on your desktop on your local machine or terminal server this is due to a database engine called Progress. If you open up the files which usually end in a .random number in notepad you should see a header such as :

PROGRESS stack trace as of Wed Nov 30 16:06:55 2011

From progress site  :

A protrace files (also called stack trace) is a report generated to aid in debugging by showing where exactly an error occurs. The last few stack frames often indicate the origin of the problem or the bug.  A protrace file is generated from a core file. A core file is generated by an error in a Progress executable.  A protrace file is a stack trace from a Progress session that had a serious error. The protrace file is created from a core file being ‘unwound’ by an operating system utility.

They are usually created when a user crashes out of a session or a session ends abnormally, so you can delete these of your own accord or forward them onto your database/program developer!

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Recently a client using an open source ASP CMS system to edit a website was having with the CMS’ page timing out due to script errors. It seemed it was timing out on the MCE editor part of the page. Checking the local firewall on the machine , disabling the anti virus did not resolve the issue. I then tried to VPN to another site , which used a different default gateway ( Router ) and it worked straight away.

Upon diagnoses of the local router a ‘BT 2Wire’, it seemed the advanced filewall settings where causing the issue. As soon as we turned off Stealth Mode it fixed the issue

http://btbusiness.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10866/~/editing-advanced-firewall-settings

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Recently a client had bought a Philips LFH2310/00 Dictation Foot Pedal to go with a Philips LFH9375/00 Dicatation Device

The dictaphone came with SpeechExec Dictate software, however after playing around with the settings, it seems the foot pedal was only recognised in ‘SpeechExec Dictate Pro‘. To purchase this Pro license it was going to an extra cost around £135

One issue I had with this software anyway was that you could not assoicate .DSS or DS2 files with the Philips Speed Exec Player.  This means you would have to save the file on your computer and open through the Philips Speed Exec Player each time instead of just doubling click on the DSS File.

After some searching around, I found some free Software which works with the foot pedal and file assoication for anyone else with this issue here’s the link : http://www.nch.com.au/scribe/index.html

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Most software that comes with nework printers ( HP, Brother or Lemark ) addprinters through a WDS Printer Port Interface. This is good when it works, because printers advertise themselves on networks so windows can find them as well as their device driver. Sometimes I find the WDS Service stops on local machines causing issues. Trying to diganose whether the problem is communication related between the computer and the printer or an actual printer issue is hard through WDS. If I go get issues I like to find the IP address of the device to ping it, as well as remapping the device through a Local TCP/IP address instead of WDS. To find the IP address of a printer using WDS in Windows 7 or Visata. If you right click on the print in Device and Printers, and click properties. You should be able to see the Web Services Tab. Click on this and at the bottom should be the IP Address. If the device responds a ping reply, then try changing the port to TCP.

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When trying to open my RDP Client MSTSC.exe , it gave me the follow error: “Remote desktop connection has stopped working” , after looking at the crash it seemed the fault had occured with mstscax.dll

I found the file from a working Windows 7 SP1 32bit machine here : http://pariswells.com/upload/mstscax.zip and copied and replaced the dll in C:\Windows\System32\mstscax.dll , which fixed the issue

To get round the trusted installer , you will need to give yourself ownership of the file , then change the security settings so you have full write access to it

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Recently after trying to set file associations for a .accdb file ( Access 2007 / 2010 file type ) , when trying to open an .accdb file it would display the .accdb “is not a valid Win32 Application”.

When trying to right click on the file and choose “open with” and find the MSACCESS.exe executable in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 14 ( 2010) Office12 ( 2007\ it would still display the same error message. If you opened Access up and went to file open , and find the file manually it would open the file correctly. The issue is the file associations are set in Explorer , so you have to reset the file associations, then restart explorer for them to work.

Go to Regedit and deleted the following key : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.accdb

Then download this , and run it :

http://www.pariswells.com/upload/fixaccdbfileassoc.zip

Now go to CTRL ALT Delete , Task Manager , Find Explorer.exe under processes, End the process. Then go to File and Run and type in Explorer.exe and press enter. You should now be able to open your .accdb files. A restart would of also performed this acction

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I was installing Blackberry Enterprise Server 5.03 on a Small Business Server 2008 Box. Following through the receommend guide here http://www.edutech.me.uk/bes-express/installing-bes-express-on-sbs2008-server/

However after the reboot of the server it brought up the Database Management prompt and would not allow me to select a Local Server even though I had asked the Blackberry setup to create a New Database. Looking through the SQL Server 2005 Configuration it didn’t look like the BLACKBERRY Database had been setup. After a brief look online it looks like the blackberry account ( besadmin ) setup needs to modify through Active Directory via the following:

Account tab > Account options: Select option: Use Kerberos DES encryption types for this account.

I made the change, uninstalled the software and went through re installation again , and after the reboot , the database had been created this time and setup was able to complete

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After installing Sage Payroll 2010 on a Windows 7 machine the program loads with a splash screen then disappears. Even after running is with administrator rights and Windows XP compatibility mode the issue still occurs.

The fix is to Open a Command Prompt Screen , Start , Type CMD right click and run as administrator

Enter “regsvr32 msxml3.dll”

Reinstall Sage Payroll Over the Top

Sage Payroll now works !

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The page here has a solution however it doesn’t work : http://wpquestions.com/question/show/id/1840 and the topic is closed hence for this post!

You need to edit this file : wpsc-transaction_results.php

I placed my code after the true statment for correct purchase

if ( ( true === $echo_to_screen ) && ( $cart != null ) && ( $errorcode == 0 ) && ( $sessionid != null ) ) {            
The value you need is $cart[0][prodid];

There are 2 array’s you can get information from $purchase_log and $cart

 

 

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Recently I was trying to install Windows 7 on a custom built system with an asus m2n-sli deluxe motherboard. When running through the Windows 7 Setup , the screen would stay on the “Starting Windows” screen and then eventually come back with a Blue Screen with the Error machine check exception. I tried different power supplys , windows disks and memory. Eventually I found machine check exception is in fact an issue with the processor speaking to the memory. I increased the CPU voltage from 1.41 volts to 1.51 and increased the DDR2 memory to 1.9v and Windows 7 setup went through fine!

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