Archive for February, 2015

I lost my Apple TV (ATV/iTV) remote. Here is what to do next…

A few options – most require some pre-prep…
1. PRE-PREP. make sure you have turned on home sharing and you know what the userid is. SOLUTION: Then you can download the remote app from apple: https://www.apple.com/apps/remote/
2. PRE-PREP. add a bluetooth keyboard – better for searches anyway.
3. PRE-PREP. program another remote (eg: your dvd player): http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201856 – make sure you do not program the power button (because then you can use same remote for apple tv as well as dvd)
4. PRE-PREP. buy a universal remote – I had a Logitech Harmony 550. I had to update s/w: http://support.logitech.com/product/harmony-550-advanced-universal-remote. Setting you use is Media Center.
** top tips for #4 ***
If after updating your Harmony Remote the Apple TV does not respond, please follow these steps:
1. Press the Device button on your Harmony.
2. Select the Apple TV. It will be listed as a Media Center PC.
3. Hold the Harmony within 3 inches of the Apple TV.
4. From the LCD of your Harmony, select the command Unpair.

The Apple TV should now respond to your Harmony Remote. Problem is that this then replaces the AppleTV remote (which we found later :-)) But it is simple job to add it back again (which of course then removes the Logitech :-~)

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Posted by admin - February 26, 2015 at 09:22

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Win8 remove taskbar thumbnail previews

This has been bugging the hell out of me: I like the lists (I can see what has been saved and what has not). I hate the previews (no extra information provided by them – and takes away my saved / not saved view) 🙂

From
KEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

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Posted by admin - February 26, 2015 at 09:11

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wp8.1 emulator troubleshooting – Windows Phone OS is starting OR Loading OR freezes

I had lots of issues with getting wp8.1 emulator working with visual studio 2013 update 4, although it worked fine with a physical device.
Challenge is that emulator creates virtual machines and then it is a network connection over to the virtual machine.
Looking at the hyper-v manager, I could see that the virtual machine had been created ok, and VSExpress 2013 was starting it ok (and it stopped and restarted each time I hit debug in VSExpress).
My problem was that we use F-secure as a firewall and it was blocking communication.

My fix: activated airplane mode, disabled firewalls then tried again.
2 minutes in, everything was ok – vm had been created (I was deleting them and the virtual switch before starting each run) and connection had been made.
Second time took 5 seconds to run.

I then switched firewall back on, airplane mode off. Even internet worked.
The only thing it did not seem to survive was an overnight sleep state – but that’s ok.

Note, if I use windows firewall, this already ships with the right port rules – but I could not see anything to do with VS or xde, so must be the generic hyper-v ones.

Really difficult for me to see which are the origin ports, as these are dynamically generated. But I can see that on the emulator it is port 135.

OTHER TROUBLESHOOTING
Along the way, I came across many useful sources of info…

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Simple fix might be to plug in the physical LAN cable – don’t ask, just the way hyper-v virtual switches work… (something to do with sharing same MAC).
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Troubleshooting the Windows Phone 8 Emulator
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(WP8) Emulator (XDE) Troubleshooting Tips
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Windows phone emulator not working (visual studio update 3)?
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https://www.beta.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/896712/app-fails-to-deploy-into-emulator
One possible reason for the behavior you are observing is corrupt Hyper-V settings. To correct that, please follow these steps:

1. Close Visual Studio.
2. Open the Hyper-V Manager.
3. Delete all Emulator virtual machines.
4. From the Virtual Switch Manager, delete all Windows Phone Emulator-related switches.
5. Start Visual Studio and try deploying to the Emulator.

When I did that I then got the error: “you do not have permission to modify internal hyper-v network adapter settings, which are required to run the emulator”

Hit retry – but then it paused on the “Windows Phone OS is starting”.
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I then tried other format emulators – did not work.

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I then tried launching from the command line – works, but then you do not get the connection between the two:
“c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\8.1\xde.exe” /name “Emulator 8.1 U1 1080P 6 inch.myusername” /displayName “Manual” /video “1080×1920”

My actual command line when executed from visual studio:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\8.1\XDE.exe” /name “Emulator 8.1 U1 1080P 6 inch.myusername” /displayName “Emulator 8.1 U1 1080P 6 inch” /vhd “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v8.1\Emulation\Images\flash.update1.vhd” /video “1080×1920” /memsize 2048 /diagonalSize 6 /language 409 /bootlanguage 409 /creatediffdisk “C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\XDE\8.1\dd.1080×1920.2048.60.gdr1.vhd” /snapshot /fastShutdown

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Possible solutions for WP8 SDK Emulator issues – WP8 Hyper-V emulator cannot see the wireless network adapter
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I was running on a domain where I am not the admin of the domain (that’s why I think I had lots of problems with hyper-v user privileges. Even adding the domain user in via mmc did not help (note: need to be connected to the domain to do that – otherwise you can only add local users).
Good luck!

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Posted by admin - February 26, 2015 at 09:06

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CISCO anyconnect win8.1 “failed to initialize connection subsystem”

Microsoft very recently released some patches for win8.1. This breaks CISCO anyconnect. Error message: “failed to initialize connection subsystem”. This can be fixed by going to: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3023607

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Posted by admin - February 26, 2015 at 08:36

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