Saturday, April 7, 2012

Samsung SyncMaster 206BW repair

after 4 years, monitor started to blink.  couple seconds blank, 1 second normal.   would last until reboot then work normally for a while.  started to get worse.  was not sure if it was graphics card or monitor.

hooked up a good monitor to the graphics card (two outputs) and eventually the symptoms returned on the one while the other worked so knew it was not the card.

found an article on identifying bad capacitors on power supplies [they bulge at the top] along with some you tube videos of opening up monitors. 

half dozen screws and couple of connectors later I found 3 capacitors that were bulging.  $5 at radio shack and 30 min later monitor was back in action.

top photo is before.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

HTC Widget[HD] for iphone

used winscp to log in
host = [ip adress may be different]
username = root
password = alpine [default]

to have widget only show up on lockscreen rename wallpaper.html wallpaper.html.hide [any sufix will do]

file is in folder /private/var/stash/Themes.XogOIB/HTC Widget [HD].theme

to change zip code edit WeatherWidget.html

file is in folder  /private/var/stash/Themes.XogOIB/HTC Widget [HD].theme/private/WeatherWidget

to change background from black on lockscreen

edit LockBackground.html (same folder as theme above)

replace file name between ' ' with your filename.  i copied the file i wanted to use into this directory

background-image:url('/private/var/stash/Themes.XogOIB/HTC Widget [HD].theme/solidblue.png');

if using a picture i.e. jpg then also include the line

background-size: 60%;

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cayman Maintenance

mileage / date

52,751 2/28/18
- right headlight bulb $14

52,350 1/3/18
- oil change $100

49,290  12/21/2016
-oil change $105

oil - mobile 1 0w -40 ($80)
oil filter - stp S8278 ($20)
mwr lift $5

47,050  1/30/2016
- oil change  $115

oil -  mobile 1 0w-40 (10 quarts $85)
oil filter - mahle OX 128/1D ($20)
mwr facility lift charge - $10

- replace right brake light

46,772  1/2/2016
 - reset service service indicator (black forest $30)

44,243 02/22/15
- oil change.  $100
oil -  mobile 1 0w-40 (10 quarts $75)
oil filter - mahle OX 128/1D ($20)
mwr facility lift charge - $5

 39,900 12/19/2013
- driver side parking light ($10 O'Reilly Auto Parts)
36,695  02/27/2013
- replace front tires Sumitomo 235/40X18 $ 340

35,854  02/02/2013
- replace headlight low beam driver side $10

35,108  12/31/2012
- minor maintenance check by dealer  $310
- oil change (no charge)
- spark plug replacement

35,050  12/30/2012
- passenger side parking light ($10)

- replace rear tires Sumitomo 265/40/R18  $400

26,150 02/17/2012
- front brake pads $105

 26,116 02/13/2012
- major maintenance check by dealer ($55)
- oil change (no charge)

26,100 2/12/2012
- pollen filter ($20)
- air filter ($40)
- wiper blades ($10)
- right brake light ($4 for 2)

17,788 03/15/2011
- replace right brake light ()
- left fog light ($4 for 2)

16,950  02/10/2011
- minor maintenance check #2 by dealer $391
- brake fluid flush
- oil change (no charge)
- detail (wash & wax)

10,591  04/17/2010
- replace left brake light ($8 for 2)

7,936  01/05/2010
- minor maintenance check #1 by dealer $275
- pollen filter
- oil change (no charge)
- horn replacement (no charge)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jailbreak iphone 4 w/ ios 5.01

straight forward with win 0.9.10b5
i did have to run the reds0w.exe file from a desktop folder and right click run as... as it would fail on step 1 othwerwise.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

installing dd-wrt firmware on D-Link 601 router

I wanted to connect my ONKYO receiver (ethernet connection only) to the internet but did not want to run a ethernet cable from the wireless router that was upstairs.

two methods - both involve installing 3rd party firmware on my d-link 601 router.

client mode using dd-wrt.  this worked but was only a "one way" connection.  The onkyo receiver could connect to the internet but i could not connect to it from my desktop or iphone remote application.  dd-wrt has a client bridge mode but i could not get that to work and after reading the forums, apparently a lot of other folks could not either.

client bridge mode using gargoyle.  this worked.  i am able to see the connection on my network and access the receiver ip address as well as use the iphone remote app.  with this set up, the router in the client bridge mode is set up next to the receiver in the living room and gets its internet connection wirelessly from the main router.  then use an ethernet cable to connect the receiver to the router (LAN port) to provide internet connection to the receiver.

loading 3rd part software.  instructions for dd-wrt can be found on this page and files for various routers can be found on this page

NB.  read and heed the peacock thread  this has lots of good info like do not trust the database search function.  my router could not be found on main pages.

instructions for loading gargoyle for dlink 601 can be found on this page.

i used firmware file 1.4.5  found here  choose aAR71XX architecture to get access to dlink file

was able to flash back to dlink firmware but took some doing as do not think i followed the directions well.  one tip is getting to the recover page on a browser other than firefox or IE.  i used ultra simple web browser

if i had read the dlink posts ahead of time i would have known dwt client bridge did not work on my router.  apparently gargoyle firmware will but need to do some more research

discussion on client mode can be found here

it was straightforward but the web site is a bit difficult to navigate.  i had a D LINK 601 router and it was not included in the database.  however, reading the peacock thread it says to ignore the database menu and go straight to hardware files.

final configuration

d-link 615 (primary router)
d-link hardware E1 firmware 5.00NA
802.11 mode=mixed
enable auto channel scan
channel width 20Mhz
security mode = WPA personal
cipher type = TKIP and AES

d-link 601 rev a configuration (router running gargoyle and hooked up to the receiver)

gargoyle version 1.4.5

device configuration = wireless bridge/repeater
bridge address
subnet mask
AP gateway =

connect via client bridge
repeater disabled
operation mode N+G+B
SSID = [same as my primary router]
wireless channel = 6
encryption = WPA2 PSK