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Easy (lazy) way to get your serial number for your Dell, or other OEM system?

Posted by essjae on November 15, 2016

Need your serial number?  Laptop’s docked, or workstation not easily accessible?

Here’s an easy way to get your vendor serial number:

  1. Start a command prompt, click start, type “cmd”, hit enter
  2. type “wmic bios get serialnumber”

This will return your Dell, Lenovo, etc serial number.

Note: If you have a custom or home built system, you’re not likely to get an serial number, you’ll probably see something like  “system serial number” or “to be filled in by o.e.m”

wmic

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Dell Windows Recovery Images via the web

Posted by essjae on March 29, 2016

There are apparently a lot of people that don’t know about this, (or maybe google)?, so here’s a little publicity for Dell.

You can download the Windows recovery image for your Dell computer here:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/OSISO

All you need is your service tag…and having purchased your Dell with Windows.

Here’s the full text of the site:

Recovery Image of Microsoft Windows

Download the recovery image

Download a recovery image of Microsoft Windows Operating System customized for your Dell product. Dell customization of the Windows image includes:

  • Updated patches that address common issues for Dell systems.
  • Dell support information.

The image provided in this download was configured to be bootable from either a DVD or USB.
Note: The recovery image contains the version of Windows that came installed on your computer. If you have upgraded your operating system, you will need to reinstall the upgrade after you have restored your system to the factory settings.


Identify your Dell PC

To ensure that we provided the correct image available for your Dell PC, provide the Service Tag of the system to which the image will be installed.
Dell’s Hosted Recovery Image is designed to work with Dell systems. It is not designed to be supported on non-Dell PCs.

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Dell e6540 Windows Experience Index (WEI)

Posted by essjae on October 9, 2013

e6540 WEI

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Hyper-V 2012 Supported OSes/Max vCPU/Notes

Posted by essjae on November 13, 2012

While not exactly hot off the presses (updated 2012Oct23) it is not super visible.

http://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh831531.aspx

Guest operating system (server)
Max # of virtual processors
Notes
Windows Server 2012 64 Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.
Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) 64 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Server 2008 R2 64 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions. Upgrade the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 (SP 2) 8 Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Home Server 2011 4 Edition information is not applicable. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials ed. – 2Standard ed. – 4 Essentials and Standard editions. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Server 2003 R2 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) 2 Standard, Web, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 2 Standard, Web, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
CentOS 5.7 and 5.8 64 Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
CentOS 6.0 – 6.3 64 Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 and 5.8 64 Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 – 6.3 64 Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 64 Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.
Open SUSE 12.1 64 Integration services are built-in and do not require a separate download and installation.
Ubuntu 12.04 64 Integration services are built-in and do not require a separate download and installation.

Guest operating system (client)
Max # of virtual processors
Notes
Windows 8 32 Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.
Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) 4 Ultimate, Enterprise, and Professional editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Upgrade the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows 7 4 Ultimate, Enterprise, and Professional editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Upgrade the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2) 2 Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate, including N and KN editions. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) 2 Professional. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows XP x64 Edition with Service Pack 2 (SP 2) 2 Professional. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.

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Don’t ask, don’t tell…Apple’s policy on Mac malware

Posted by essjae on May 19, 2011

Ars has a wonderfully insightful article with internal Apple memos regarding the Mac Defender malware.  The best part, Apple says to tell customers:

  • Do not confirm or deny that any such software has been installed
  • Do not attempt to remove or uninstall any malware software
  • Do not send escalations or contact Tier 2 for support about removing the software, or provide impact data.
  • Do not refer customers to the Apple Retail Store.  The ARS does not provide additional support for malware.

Even more telling: “Apple’s [IT] department mandates the use of Norton Antivirus on company machines.”

from: http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/05/malware-on-the-mac.ars/1

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nVidia Geforce 270.61 drivers released!

Posted by essjae on April 19, 2011

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nVidia, the dreamcrusher

Posted by essjae on October 28, 2010

Everytime nVidia releases a new version of the video card drivers, I keep up the hope that it will fix the “Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version XXX.XX stopped responding and has successfully recovered.”

I was hoping 260.99 would be the one…after all this has only affected every driver release since at least 195.62 which was back in December 2009.  Unfortunately, less than 24 hours after updating my drivers, the first error popped up.  Since this is on my Dell laptop, I’ve got no option for swapping out the video card.

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Android 2.1 update available Thursday for Droid

Posted by essjae on March 17, 2010

Latest on the Motorola Droid Android 2.1 update

http://www.androidcentral.com/latest-motorola-droid-android-21-update

Although, I think I won’t be updated for several days since they’re rolling out in batches

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Displayport adapters aren’t perfect

Posted by essjae on February 10, 2010

 

Every once and a while I get a link failure…only way I’ve found to fix it so pull and re-plug in the adapter from the card.

Update:  The lastest drivers from AMD seem to have resolved this issue.  I haven’t lost my display port for a couple months now.

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ATi eyefinity: Farcry 2 Pics

Posted by essjae on January 28, 2010

I’ve got 3 identical monitors: Dell e248wfp (1920×1200), 1 ATi 5870, and 1  Accell DisplayPort to DVI adapter, two profiles with hotkeys to switch from 3 as 1 to 3 separate displays, and pictures of Far Cry 2 in 1920×1200 and 5760×1200, and a small box of Dramamine.

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