Toshiba Satellite 1800-514

Computermodel: S1800-514
BIOS-versie: TOSHIBA Version 2.10
Celeron 1 GHz
128MB + 256MB
15GB 14″TFT DVD

Installed Operating System:

Initially this system comes with Windows XP Home Edition, however, it was upgraded to

Windows XP
Professional Edition – Service  Pack 2
excellent price/quality value

Installed Devices:
USR5411 Wireless MAXg PC Card
ARCHOS ZIP MiniDrive Plus
Archos Zip Drive
PC Card, IDE / EIDE
100 MB – 3.3 MBps

Nero Burning ROM

Nero Burning ROM

IMAGE RECORDER – no CD-burner found

Typically, this error will occur with Nero Express, when the CD-burner type mismatches with the OEM version. To fix this, remove the version and replace it with the OEM version shipped with the installed CD-burner.

No access to the CD-ROM:

If users on your system have been defined with restricted rights (i.e. no Administration rights), Nero Burning ROM (version 5.x and beyond) may not find the CD-ROM to burn. To fix this, change with the Administrative Tools (note: you need to log in as Administrator first), the Local Security Policy setting:

Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged-on users only.

Local policy setting:

Enabled

 cdromaccess

ASPI Drivers to access the CD-ROM:

It must be said, Ahead is providing one of the best supported ASPI drivers for W2k and XP:

Search for the ‘wnaspi32.dll’

Alternatively, you may try Adaptec:

Adaptec Windows ASPI Package Support Options

Need to know more about ASPI drivers? Bart will tell you.

Authentication: There’s a good chap!

Each provider makes its own choices for authentication. Protocols may vary as new ones become available on the market. Encryption technologies and Intranet security standards challenge (read conflict with) the authentication protocols. While in the earlier days, some providers used clear text logon scripts (like CompuServe) for PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) connections, today PAP (Password Authentication Protocol) and, better, CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol) is used. The smart ones will support all three types (for compatibility). Be aware chaps, that some providers may only support one protocol. That’s were trouble starts: your (favorite Point-to-Point Protocol) software must be able to support the chosen (read forced) authentication protocol. Advanced software will include options to select either of the protocols or even negotiate with the server. However, limitations may occur and even worse, some vendors do not even mention which protocol selection they embeded. It gets even more complex when tunneling is used or needed for security. Many providers used the EnterNet client (and so did the ‘TurboLine’ provider Belgacom). Note that the  MAC version did not offer a selection option between PAP or CHAP. Information about this MAC client setup is published on the EnterNet pages.
The Alcatel SpeedTouch Home works fine with the EnterNet MAC client. The RASPPPOE client is preferred for Windows 2000 (tested with the Belgacom TurboLine and SkyNet GO).
The Thomson SpeedTouch 510 works fine with the native Windows XP PPPOE client and the EnterNet 300 client (tested with Wanadoo eXtense 512k).
Many other configuration modes are possible.
Tips and Tricks published by D. Petri

 

 

Authentication: There’s a good chap!

Each provider makes its own choices for authentication. Protocols may vary as new ones become available on the market. Encryption technologies and Intranet security standards challenge (read conflict with) the authentication protocols. While in the earlier days, some providers used clear text logon scripts (like CompuServe) for PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) connections, today PAP (Password Authentication Protocol) and, better, CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol) is used. The smart ones will support all three types (for compatibility). Be aware chaps, that some providers may only support one protocol. That’s were trouble starts: your (favorite Point-to-Point Protocol) software must be able to support the chosen (read forced) authentication protocol. Advanced software will include options to select either of the protocols or even negotiate with the server. However, limitations may occur and even worse, some vendors do not even mention which protocol selection they embeded. It gets even more complex when tunneling is used or needed for security. Many providers used the EnterNet client (and so did the ‘TurboLine’ provider Belgacom). Note that the  MAC version did not offer a selection option between PAP or CHAP. Information about this MAC client setup is published on the EnterNet pages.
The Alcatel SpeedTouch Home works fine with the EnterNet MAC client. The RASPPPOE client is preferred for Windows 2000 (tested with the Belgacom TurboLine and SkyNet GO).
The Thomson SpeedTouch 510 works fine with the native Windows XP PPPOE client and the EnterNet 300 client (tested with Wanadoo eXtense 512k).
Many other configuration modes are possible.
Tips and Tricks published by D. Petri

 

 

Wintel Desktop

This is a custom built system. While all components are quite old, the system still does a good job.

ASUS P4P800-VM
AI Bios ver. 08.00.09 PPVM1701
Intel 865GE, P4 478 800FSB, VGA, SATA, 4DDR Dual Channel PC3200, 3PCI, SOUND, LAN

INTEL PIV 2600
Intel Pentium 4
512KB Cache Socket 478 800FSB
Boxed with cooler Hyper-Threading
APACER Memory module
2 x DDR 256MB 400Mhz PC3200
Kingston KVR400X64C3A/512
2 x 512Mb PC3200 CL3 184-Pin DIMM

AOPEN
300W Case
Black Housing
iiyama Vision Master 1451
Vision Master 1451
Logitech® Media Keyboard
Logitech® QuickCam® Zoom
Logitech QuickCam Zoom
Logitech®TrackMan Marble+
Logitech Trackman Marble Plus
MSI Star Key 2.0 Bluetooth USB Dongle
MSI Star Key 2.0
ASUS WL-167g
Asus Wireless USB

Desktop storage description
The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with two partitions:
one 15 Gb partition for the Operating System (Windows XP Pro) and the Programme Files,
one 145 Gb partition for the Data Storage.

Western Digital 160GB (WD1600JD)
SN WMAES4588646
WD Caviar SE SATA 8.9ms
7200rpm 8M Hard Drive


Apacer USB 2.0 Card Reader
S/N 26541001901544
Black – CF Type I & II, Microdrive, SM, MMC, SD, MS, MS/PRO + USB 2.0
NEC-3520 (Black)
599960350 - Firmware 3.04
16x DVD re-writer


ZIP Plus
Iomega ZIP Plus


Installed Operating System:

Windows XP
Professional Edition
Service  Pack 3

WinAMD Desktop

WinAMD Desktop

This is a custom built system. While all components are quite old, the system still does a good job.

MSI K7N2G
ATX Mainboard – Socket 462 – Socket A
Supports Athlon XP, Duron and Sempron
NVIDIA® nForce2 IGP Chipset
333FSB, VGA, 5 PCI, SOUND, LAN
AMD Sempron 2600+
S462 (Socket A) Boxed
SN E106332C51538
1.833 Ghz – 256KB L2 Cache 266FSB – Boxed with cooler
OCZ Memory
OCZ4001024V3 1024MB 400MHZ DDR
2 x OCZ4001024V3 – 1024MB 400MHZ DDR PC-3200


AOPEN QF50A (Black)
300W Case
AOpen QF50A Black
Benq T720
Benq T720
Amarina KBS8700
QuickCam Messenger
WinTV-PVR-150  Model 01046

Desktop storage description

The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with three partitions:
(C:) System    one 20 Gb partition for the Operating System (Windows XP Pro) and the Programme Files,
(D:) Data        one 55 Gb partition for the Data Storage.
(M:) Media    one 150 Gb partition for the Multimedia Data Storage (music and video).


Western Digital 80Gb
SN WCAM94847819
EIDE 8Mb ATA100 7200RPM


Western Digital 160GbWD1600JB
WD 160 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
Firmware Rev. 1-01
NEC 4571
Bose MediaMate®
Bose Mediamate Speakers
Logitech®
TrackMan Marble+
Logitech Trackman Marble Plus

Installed Operating System:

Windows XP
Professional Edition
Service  Pack 3
Additionally, changes have been made for security and to optimize the disk space use:
– ‘My Documents’ has been moved to the D: drive
to make this change, right click on the folder, select properties
in the Target tab, select Move
– ‘Temporary Internet Files’ folder has been moved to the D: drive
to make this change, go to the control panel and open Internet Options
in the General tab, select Temporary Internet files Settings
– ‘Temp’ folders have been moved to the D: drive
to make use of these folders, you must change the Environment Variables of the System Properties
create the directories first, then go to the control panel and open System
select Advanced of the System Properties and edit the environment variables:
in User variables:
Temp  -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
TMP    -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
in System variables:
Temp  -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:
TMP    -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:


Microsoft File and Print Sharing has been disabled. File are shared through ftp with the FileZilla Server.
This allows any system (including Linux and Vista) to access files on my shared folders.

Services optimization has been done based on the list provided by TweakHound’s super tweaks.
Display settings have been set for optimal performance.

To keep the system running smoothly, you can refer to the Complete PC Preventive Maintenance Guide (PC World)

Tuning the Windows environment – Netbios Security

Netbios Security
In Windows XP, you can secure your files from the Internet and disable Netbios over IP in the TCP/IP protocol settings (Advanced options). Windows uses the NetBIOS protocol to share files and print services over your home LAN. By default, NetBIOS is routed over TCP/IP and as such creates a security vulnerability on your PC. Check your TCP/IP protocol bindings and disable file and printer sharing. In the advanced TCP/IP settings, under the WINS tab, disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.
Install IPX/SPX. IPX/SPX is not installed by default. If you need to share files and printers, then install Novell’s IPX/SPX powerfull protocols. In the Network Connection’s Properties, choose Install and Protocol: NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS.
Make sure the network bindings are adjusted. This you can modify with the Network Connections Advanced Menu Option ‘Advanced Settings’ in the ‘Adapters and Bindings‘ tags. Under the Start menu, select ‘Network Connections’. In the Network Connections window, select ‘Advanced’ from the top menu. In the pull-down menu, go to ‘Advanced Settings’. The Advanced Settings show the ‘Adapters and Bindings’ with the enabled bindings for each Connection. Make sure only NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS is enabled (see Dutch example below):

Read also the Step-by-step procedure for Network Bondage on the Shields Up! pages.

SpeedTouch modems

 

Alcatel SpeedTouch Home

The Alcatel SpeedTouch Home can be upgraded and used as a shared device.

 

 

SpeedTouch 500 series

The Thomson SpeedTouch 510 is a multi-user ADSL gateway with a built in firewall. Various configuration modes are possible.

Works fine with Windows XP and Vista Home Premium.

 

Before you proceed with upgrades, keep in mind these basic rules:

1 never change the configuration settings if your modem is working well,

2 before making any changes, make sure you have a backup of the original settings,

3 after making any configuration changes, check if your connection is still safe and no security holes exist to your LAN.

 

sttoolUpgrades of the  SpeedTouch Home, SpeedTouch 510, SpeedTouch 510v4 have been succesfully implemented in SoHo environments.

Various configuration modes are possible to configure the SpeedTouch in bridged or NAPT (Network Address & Port Translation) mode.

Note that for France you should configure the PPP connection with VPI 8 / VCI 35 !

Check out my SpeedTouch firmware posts.

SpeedTouch Links

  • Speedtouch 500 Series Firmware Releases can be downloaded at Speedtouch support.
  • Nubz AlcaTool is a configuration utility for Alcatel SpeedTouch Home and Pro series ADSL modems
  • The ST510 Firewall Configurator utility download.
  • An Expert password calculator can be found on-line.

Avid Cinema

The Video editing features of the Power Mac 6500/275 Creative Studio are based on the Avid Cinema and QuickTime products. The Avid Cinema card may cause conflicts depending on which Mac OS is used. Moreover, it depends on the QuickTime version installed. My recommendation is to work with Mac OS 8.5 or higher and to upgrade the Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5. Be aware that the Apple Videoplayer uses the same resources and must be checked. Best experience I had with Apple Videoplayer version 1.7.x. You will find all these updates on the sites listed below (Apple and Avid).
ATI Chip
Conflicts with Mac OS 8.5
Upgrade your Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5 and disable the ‘ATI Memory manager‘ extension.

 

Conflicts with Mac OS 8.6
Upgrade your Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5 and disable the ‘ATI Resource Manager‘ extension. Apple Videoplayer 1.7.3 should be installed as part of your Mac OS installation.
My system currently works with these versions of software. The reference list of the active extensions can be downloaded (Dutch Mac OS version). You will also notice that I keep using QuickTime version 3.
Always disable Virtual Memory and keep the disk cache size to a minimum. In some cases you may need to enable the file sharing to capture video.

 

Conflicts with Mac OS 9.0.4 (reported by Dean Shepard)
This reports refers to  a 6500/300 with Avid cinema card.
“I have found that the Cinema card works ok with MacOS 9.0.4. Again you need to restore the AppleTelecom software to get it to work. However, despite having the VideoStartup v 1.7.3 extension, I can’t get the TV Tuner card or the FM Radio card to tune in at all.  May have to go back to Videostartup 1.7.2.  I installed MacOS8.0 on a separate disc (Orb 2.2Gb removable), upgraded up to OS8.1 whereupon both devices worked again. So it must be a software problem that needs rooting out.”

 

General comment:
Keep in mind that this system works with an on-board ATI Graphics Acceleration Chip (see picture above) for which ATI native drivers will not work.

 

Check out the following articles and sites for official documentation:

 

 

Power Mac 6500/275 Creative Studio

Yes, brothers and sisters, Jobs created this machine to show the world what everybody was talking about. The Power Macintosh Creative Studio is at once a good computer, phone/answering and fax machine, a TV/Radio and a Video editing device! Please refer to the links below, to know more about the specifications of this beauty. Note that this device can still compete in today’s world although it was launched in the mid nineties (°1997). My system was upgraded with an additional 64 Mb RAM (96 Mb in total), an AsantéFast PCI Ethernet adapter and an external Iomega ZIP Drive. The system was complemented with the Color Stylewriter 2400.


Power Macintosh 6500
Please refer to the following references:
The details of my configuration (Dutch version only) are published on The Net Gate Scratch site.
Some other folks have spent time to comment the system issues and to figure out problems:
The 6400 Zone‘ is a rich source of information about similar system users.





Video editing support
The Video editing features are based on the Avid Cinema and QuickTime products. The Avid Cinema card may cause conflicts depending on which Mac OS is used. Moreover, it depends on the QuickTime version installed. My recommendation is to work with Mac OS 8.5 or higher and to upgrade the Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5. Be aware that the Apple Videoplayer uses the same resources and must be checked. Best experience I had with Apple Videoplayer version 1.7.x. You will find all these updates on the sites listed below (Apple and Avid).
ATI Chip
Conflicts with Mac OS 8.5
Upgrade your Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5 and disable the ‘ATI Memory manager‘ extension.


Conflicts with Mac OS 8.6
Upgrade your Avid Cinema software to version 1.1.5 and disable the ‘ATI Resource Manager‘ extension. Apple Videoplayer 1.7.3 should be installed as part of your Mac OS installation.
My system currently works with these versions of software. The reference list of the active extensions can be downloaded (Dutch Mac OS version). You will also notice that I keep using QuickTime version 3.
Always disable Virtual Memory and keep the disk cache size to a minimum. In some cases you may need to enable the file sharing to capture video.


Conflicts with Mac OS 9.0.4 (reported by Dean Shepard)
This reports refers to  a 6500/300 with Avid cinema card.
“I have found that the Cinema card works ok with MacOS 9.0.4. Again you need to restore the AppleTelecom software to get it to work. However, despite having the VideoStartup v 1.7.3 extension, I can’t get the TV Tuner card or the FM Radio card to tune in at all.  May have to go back to Videostartup 1.7.2.  I installed MacOS8.0 on a separate disc (Orb 2.2Gb removable), upgraded up to OS8.1 whereupon both devices worked again. So it must be a software problem that needs rooting out.”


General comment:
Keep in mind that this system works with an on-board ATI Graphics Acceleration Chip (see picture above) for which ATI native drivers will not work.


Check out the following articles and sites for official documentation:







Apple Telecom support
The built in Geoport adapter requires specific software. When upgrading your Mac OS, look always for the Geoport/Express modem support (ref. Geoport Modem Tool). The last bundled software I found was on the Mac OS 8.0 CD-ROM. However, you will have to instal it separately from the ‘CD extra’s’ folder. The good news is, that it is compatible with Mac OS 8.6. The latest Apple Telecom Software (NA version 3.1.3) and the (Dutch) updater software is available from the Apple site. Verify the key assignments to enable the Telephone Tool. If you assign a ‘normal’ key (i.e. without a ‘command’ or ‘ctrl’ combination), this one will no longer be available in other software. Finally, Mac OS 8.6 users should also update the Apple Remote Access software to Version 3.1.3 (Dutch version).
Check out the following articles and sites for official documentation:


Troubleshooting no dial tone (Dutch version)





MAC OS 8.5 support
The system came with Mac OS 7.6 pre-installed. This is history, to get a clean install and keep up with more recent software versions, you may opt to go for Mac OS 8.5. These are the steps that I successfully followed:


step 1: Boot with the Mac OS 8.5 CD-ROM (hold the ‘c’ key at start up)
step 2: Run ‘Schijfinstallatie’ (disk installation)
select: Mac OS Uitgebreid (HFS+)
at reboot you need to run the Mac OS installation and configuration.
step 3: Run ‘Drive Setup 1.7.3’
select: Update Driver
reboot your system
step 4: Run ‘Apple Telecom installatie’ (see my notes on Apple Telecom)
step 5: At this point you should check if all the devices (printer, ethernet card, Remote control, …) are well configured and work correctly. To avoid confusion, enable only printer extensions for devices that you have attached. This way, the chooser (Kiezer) will only let you select devices that are actively available). Disable Virtual Memory.
step 6: Run ‘Mac OS 8.5.1 Update’
To make sure, run step 3 again. You may note that the system will take up about 6 Mb more, than when you installed on 8.5.
Your system should be fine now. Enjoy!





MAC OS 8.6 support
This system will run slightly faster with Mac OS 8.5. But the ‘Sherlock 2’ features and the TCP/IP support of Mac OS 8.6 are worth the speed drawback. Make sure you run the ‘Drive setup‘ after each upgrade to update the driver.


General comment:
Do not apply any patch or upgrade unless you experience the problems that are described by the vendors. Indeed, in some cases you only make life difficult. Follow the golden rule ‘do not touch it, when it works’.


Check out the following articles and sites for official documentation:


Flashing “?” solution description
Drive Setup 1.3.1 Read Me (check also for Drive Setup 1.7.3)





StuffItt Deluxe support
What WinZip offers to Windoowzz users, StuffItt does for MacOs users. If you started with StuffIt Deluxe 5.0 from Aladdin Systems, you can upgrade it. A free upgrade to 5.1.5 is available to registered users (have your serial# ready to instal). DropStuff and Expander version 6.0.x is available for PowerPC systems or higher. These upgrades are highly recommended if you experience problems with recently compressed files. They will coexist with your Stuffit Deluxe 5.1.5.





Microsoft Office 98 support
Installing Office 98 on the MAC is easy as (Apple) pie. After dragging the folders to your hard disk, the programs starts a first run installation when you open an Office programme. If this process aborts with a disk error code, update your drive setup.
Run ‘Drive Setup 1.7.3’
select: Update Driver
reboot your system
Additional dictionaries and spell checkers need to be installed manually (Value Pack option). An installer for the Value Pack offers you a selection list.
Check the  Microsoft web site (download area) for the latest updates. The Microsoft Office Manager (aka MOM) is available for download and can be easily added.





Microsoft Office 2001 support
Information about Microsoft Office 2001 is published on the Office Mac pages.