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This is the blog for Heart Computers in Olympia, WA. We use this to post computer tricks and stories from our job which we hope you find useful or at least funny. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more great, easy ideas to keep your computer running well for years. Click on the links at the top to find out more about our services and ethos.

WordPress How to Fix: Warning: printf() [function.printf]: Too few arguments in template-tags.php

If your theme is throwing errors in WordPress, the best way to fix it is of course to fix the underlying issue in the theme. For some, this fix is outside their technical ability or they don’t want to introduce a fix that will get over-written in the next theme update. It’s always helpful to let a developer know if their theme is having issues, as they may not know!

For a quick fix, you can tell WordPress to just not print any errors it gets and instead just write them to the logs.

Go to your wp-config.php file (in the root of your wordpress directory) and find the line that says:

define('WP_DEBUG')

Be sure to change the WP_DEBUG value to false and add the following lines below it:

error_reporting(0);
 @ini_set('display_errors', 0);

These additions to your wp-config.php file will prevent wordpress from displaying ANY errors, so use with caution!

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Windows 7 Install Can See Directories but not Disk

So, you just got your blazingly-fast solid state drive/SSD but it won’t boot. You’ve probably already tried doing a “startup repair” (a standard procedure for many SSD cloning/transfer  methods), but you’ve run into this interesting problem: Windows can see your drive and you can even browse the directories, but it doesn’t detect a Windows installation.

Unless something is horribly wrong with your Windows installation, the problem is probably that you don’t have the boot partition with the boot flag set on. In Windows, this is called marking a partition as “active”. There’s a great guide for how to do this here.

Once you mark the partition as active, reboot the Windows 7 installation CD and it should have no problem detecting the Windows installation. Once you run the boot repair, you should be able to boot with no issues. If this trick has helped you, let us know. What other problems have you encountered during Windows installations?

Note: If, even after doing this, the Windows installer still isn’t detecting your Windows installation and your installation was working fine before, there’s one of two possibilities. Be sure you’re using the correct Windows disk. Most computers come with a Windows 7 license, so using a “retail” disk will not work on them. What you need is the “system builder DVD“. You must also use the correct license (Home premium, professional, etc). If Windows can’t see the drive, you may have to load drivers manually or change your BIOS/UEFI settings.

How to Crack Dell Inspiron 1420 BIOS/CMOS Password

We recently had a computer come into the shop (a Dell Inspiron 1420) with a locked BIOS password. The user had no idea what it was. Normally, we buy the passwords on eBay or use password crackers, but we thought we’d try a great online tool at http://bios-pw.org/. It worked for the admin password no problem.

 

When the password prompt comes up, enter the wrong password, and then you’ll see your service tag or system info. Plug that into the website and try the passwords it gives you, the second one worked for us. If that doesn’t work, you can always buy one on ebay. Just search for “computer model BIOS password”.