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TeamViewer + Windows 8.1+AMD switchable graphics = black screen

Posted by essjae on December 16, 2014

I use TeamViewer a lot, both for work (with a purchased license) and the free version for home.  Recently, on my home machine, a Dell e6540 whenever I’d connect to it, all I’d see was a black screen. Connecting to another laptop, a Dell e5520, was no problem.

One thing I thought could be an issue was the AMD switchable graphics, so I set the teamviewer_desktop.exe to use the more powerful AMD Radeon HD 8790M.  Made the switch and no luck.  So I asked Google, and found a superuser.com thread (http://superuser.com/questions/777492/teamviewer-other-screen-sharing-showing-a-blank-or-black-screen-to-remote-user)  that said to do the exact opposite, set teamviewer_desktop.exe to use the Intel graphics.

That was the trick, with teamviewer_desktop.exe set to Power saving, TeamViewer functions normally.

Go to the AMD Catalyst Control Center, then Switchable Graphics Application Settings.  If TeamViewer_Desktop.exe is not listed, click Add application and browse to your TeamViewer installation (default is C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer) select Power Saving and click Apply.

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VMWare Workstation 11 now available!

Posted by essjae on December 15, 2014

http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/features.html

Lots of new features, and a big performance boost for Haswell CPUs, 2GB of video memory,  Windows 10 TP ready, QHD+ resolutions, and more!

I originally wrote this up when it was on sale for a 30% discount.  I guess I went over and purchased my upgrades and forgot to come back and publish this.

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VirtualBox 4.3.20 Maintenance Release

Posted by essjae on November 21, 2014

https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog

VirtualBox 4.3.20 (released 2014-11-21)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: fixed reboot hang of 32-bit Windows SMP guests (bug #13319, #13462)
  • VMM: proper Math Fault handling with certain legacy guests (bug #9042, AMD hosts)
  • VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation VINF_EM_TRIPLE_FAULT on older CPUs that don’t support MSR-bitmaps (VT-x only; bugs #13034, #13125, #13311, #13425, #13426, #13463, #13585)
  • GUI: fix 3D overlay window re-parenting issue when VM goes to full screen mode on X11 hosts.
  • GUI: fix occasional loss of focus in full-screen mode on X11 host systems (4.3.16 regression)
  • GUI: Mac OS X: wizards should have Cancel button (bug #12541)
  • GUI: added a global option to prevent automatic raising of the new window by mouse move with multi-screen guests (bug #8878)
  • API: accept remote display port 0 as the default RDP port (bug #8534)
  • VBoxManage: fixed crash when executing showvminfo command under certain circumstances (bug #13190)
  • ACPI: fixed occasional Guru Meditations in ACPI timer code (4.3.18 regression; bug #13521)
  • EFI: improved performance of IDE disk access
  • EFI: fixed a bug in the EFI video driver which prevented Windows to boot in UEFI mode (bug #12022)
  • EFI: properly announce the amount of RAM for big VMs (bugs #11103 and #13211)
  • Storage: fixed a crash under certain circumstances when a medium was ejected from a drive attached to the SATA controller without inserting a new medium before pausing or closing the VM (4.3.16 regression)
  • Storage: fixed an interrupt acknowledge issue causing hanging guests or slower I/O (4.3.18 regression)
  • Storage: fixed broken resume after the VM was suspended due to a full disk if host I/O caching is used
  • Storage: fixed a Guru Meditation under certain conditions when using the DevLsiLogic controller with VMs running in raw mode (4.3 regression; bugs #12254, #12655, #12709, #12774, #12886)
  • Guest Control: fixed a bug which might lead to a crash during recursive copy
  • SDK: Java COM bindings fixes
  • iPXE: enable the HTTP download protocol (bug #13628)
  • Runtime: do not use a fixed stack size creating temporary threads during initialization (bug #13038)
  • Windows hosts: fixed more startup problems on certain Windows hosts due to conflicts with anti-virus software; better error reporting (4.3.14 regression; bug #13187)
  • Windows hosts: fixed DirectSound host audio failure under certain conditions (bug #13418)
  • Windows hosts: fixed additional cases of 4.3.14 regression whereby AltGr stopped working for some people (bug #13216)
  • Windows Additions: preserve guest monitor layout when resizing Windows 7 or newer guests
  • Linux Additions: Linux 3.18 compile fixes (bug #13515)

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Take back your Outlook 2013 real estate

Posted by essjae on October 6, 2014

Going from Outlook 20xx to 2013, you really lose a lot of emails in the message view with the large font format and view settings.

You can get very close to 2010 following these settings: http://www.msoutlook.info/question/755

Here’s the gist, but hit the link for screen shots and details:

Decrease the name of the sender back to a similar size as in Outlook 2010

Go to “Conditional Formatting”

Anyway, to reduce the display size of the sender name, add the following very simple Conditional Formatting rule by pressing the “Add” button:

Name: Smaller
Font: Smaller
Condition: No need to set any

Remove the first line of the message:

To remove the first line of the message from the Message List, switch to the View tab, click on the Message Preview menu button and select: Off

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VMware Fusion 7 released 9-4-2014

Posted by essjae on September 5, 2014

http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/features.html?src=WWW_Fusion_US_HPBanner_Tier1_3_Features_Promo

  • Yosemite and Win 8.1 Support
  • Virtual web camera compatible with iSight and external webcams
  • Virtual hardware v. 11

This should also indicate a Workstation 11 and Player 7 release in the near future.

Comparison: http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/compare.html

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VirtualBox 4.3.14 Released

Posted by essjae on July 15, 2014

This is a maintenance release, details here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog

 

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VMware Workstation 10.0.3 Released

Posted by essjae on July 1, 2014

Release notes here: https://www.vmware.com/support/ws10/doc/workstation-1003-release-notes.html

 

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Moka5 4.0.3 Patch Released

Posted by essjae on June 24, 2014

http://docs.moka5.com/#patch-information-4-0-3 

This patch closes security vulnerabilities that were recently discovered in OpenSSL and GnuTLS, which are popular cryptographic libraries used by Moka5 and many other applications. Please see the Security Advisory for more information.

 

This patch also resolves several known issues, many of which are related to Replica Image Stores. 

 

For more information, please refer to the Resolved Issues section.

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Dell Wireless TouchPad

Posted by essjae on April 23, 2014

I purchased the Dell Wireless Touchpad sometime last year after I moved my primary workstation to Windows 8.  I didn’t really start using it much until lately.

delltouchpad

I’ve found it’s a great add-on to the mouse and keyboard when working with Windows 8 on a multi-screen setup.

I mainly use it for the left and right edge sweep to get to the Charms bar or to switch between programs.  I wouldn’t give up my mouse for this, but it’s definitely a value add for only $30.

 

 

 

 

Charms Bar

charms

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Windows 8 Tweaks Part 2

Posted by essjae on April 22, 2014

in my earlier post,  Windows 8: Tweaks, I mentioned a Registry fix for the fat border issue with Windows 8.

I’ve found a simpler solution, there is a little tool, Tiny Windows Borders for Windows 8

This is a GUI interface for adjusting the Border Width and Border Padding for Windows 8.x.  Easier than messing with RegEdit!

tinywindowsborders

Also, if you want to slim down those outrageous title bars in Windows 8, the process is simple as well.

Right-Click the desktop, select Personalize, Click Display on the left side of the Personalization Window. (Per feedback, I’m including more pictures in my posts.)

display-cp

Next, under Change only the text size, select Title Bars and reduce the font size to your desired size, even going down to 10 makes a visible difference.

titlebar-cp

 

Also, another thing I like to do after I install Start8 or StartIsBack is to restore the quick launch menu.  I have had this tip on my old website www.essjae.com for a long time, but here it is again.

  • Right-click the Taskbar, select Toolbars–>New Toolbar.
  • In Folder text box copy and paste the following:
        %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
  • Right-click the Taskbar, uncheck Lock the Taskbar, and right-click on the new Quick Launch toolbar. Uncheck Show Text and Show Title, click View–>Small Icons
  • Drag the toolbar divider all the way to the left of the taskbar to position it next to the Windows Orb, adjust the spacing on the taskbar as necessary
  • End result:     quicklaunch
  • Note: the default quick launch is pretty slim, most of the icons above were manually added

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