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Fix: Invalid Firmware Image at Dell Inspiron 3537 BIOS update

For some time now I was trying to update the BIOS of an older Dell Inspiron 3537 laptop from inside Windows (with the InsydeFlash application that the respective Dell update package employs), only to get a blue screen saying Invalid Firmware Image upon reboot and the BIOS update was skipped every time.

Since that update was fixing a critical security issue (Intel Security Advisory INTEL-SA-00115 – CVE-2018-3639 & CVE-2018-3640), I decided to do some more research on it. I eventually came to the conclusion that since I had A9 BIOS version, I needed to install BIOS version A10 first (which addresses CVE-2017-5715 and associated Intel Reboot issue), then try the BIOS version A11 update that the Dell Support online was offering.

Luckily there was a Dell BIOS update guide that was suggesting to visit Dell downloads catalog to find older updates, from where I found all Dell Inspiron 3537 updates and was able to locate the A10 BIOS update.

Updating the BIOS from version A9 (the version I had, as displayed at “Current BIOS” field on the InsydeFlash UI) to A10 and then after reboot from A10 to A11 with the respective update executables worked fine. Can confirm the update is done by launching the update once more and then just Cancel.

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HowTo: remove Javascript imports from OpenLayers map examples

OpenLayers is a fine alternative to the map visualization part of Google Maps Platform, however many of its examples sometimes use features from future and server-side Javascript versions, like “imports”.

Based on lou’s answer at https://stackoverflow.com/questions/51093964/why-examples-dont-work-a-struggle-with-imports/56549364, here’s a fix I just did to make the Marker animation example work when you just copy-paste the example code in an .html file without any pre-processing:

<head>
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<title>Marker Animation</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" href=https://openlayers.org/en/v5.3.0/css/ol.css 
type="text/css"> <!-- The line below is only needed for old environments like
Internet Explorer and Android 4.x --> src="https://cdn.polyfill.io/v2/polyfill.min.js?
features=requestAnimationFrame,Element.prototype.classList,URL">
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</head> <body>
<label for="speed"> speed:&nbsp; <input id="speed" type="range" min="10" max="999" step="10" value="60"> </label> <button id="start-animation">Start Animation</button> <script> var Feature = ol.Feature; //import Feature from 'ol/Feature.js';
var Map = ol.Map; //import Map from 'ol/Map.js';
var View = ol.View; //import View from 'ol/View.js';
var Polyline = ol.format.Polyline;
//import Polyline from 'ol/format/Polyline.js';
var Point = ol.geom.Point; //import Point from 'ol/geom/Point.js';
var {Tile, Vector} = ol.layer;
//import {Tile as TileLayer, Vector as VectorLayer} from 'ol/layer.js'; var TileLayer = Tile; var VectorLayer = Vector;
//var BingMaps = ol.source.BingMaps;
//import BingMaps from 'ol/source/BingMaps.js';
var VectorSource = ol.source.Vector;
//import VectorSource from 'ol/source/Vector.js';
var {Circle, Fill, Icon, Stroke, Style} = ol.style;
//import {Circle as CircleStyle, Fill, Icon, Stroke, Style}
// from 'ol/style.js'; var CircleStyle = Circle; // This long string is placed here due to jsFiddle limitations. // It is usually loaded with AJAX. var polyline = [ ...

and to use an ESRI sattelite map or OpenStreetMap (plain) map instead of Bing Maps one (which requires a key), do this extra edit to the Marker animation example:

  var map = new Map({
    target: document.getElementById('map'),
    loadTilesWhileAnimating: true,
    view: new View({
      center: center,
      zoom: 10,
      minZoom: 2,
      maxZoom: 19
    }),
    layers: [
      new TileLayer({
        source:
            //new ol.source.OSM()

            new ol.source.XYZ({
              attributions: ['Powered by Esri',
                             'Source: Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, \
Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA,\
USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community'], attributionsCollapsible: false,
url:
'https://services.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/rest/services/World_Imagery/
MapServer/tile/{z}/{y}/{x}',

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maxZoom: 23 }) /* new BingMaps({ imagerySet: 'AerialWithLabels', key: 'Bing Maps Key from http://www.bingmapsportal.com/ here' }) */ }), vectorLayer ] });

Here’s the modified result:

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Fix: Word print view showing no margins and pages appear collated

I’m often asked by friends and family to assist them on frustrating technical issues they can’t resolve by themselves. Thanks to remote access / support software like TeamViewer, this is a piece of cake nowadays.

The solution to such problems isn’t always straightforward though. Just came across a Microsoft Word installation where suddenly the Print view had started using a strange layout with grid lines in the background, no margins and with the consecutive pages showing collated as you scrolled in the document. This defeats the whole WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) concept that most people like about modern word processors.

Removing the grid lines is straightforward from the View menu (Appearance section), but to fix the other issues, the only way I found was, at the Zoom section of the View menu, to change to Multiple Pages, then change to Single Page, then Set Zoom to 100% and finally Set zoom to Page Width. After all is fixed you can then switch those settings to how you prefer them (say zoom 100% instead of page width).

If that doesn’t work, you could try resetting Microsoft Word user settings to their defaults, both an automated and a manual way is offered at:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/822005/how-to-reset-user-options-and-registry-settings-in-word

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Fix: “The Global element ‘xx’ has already been declared” warnings in config files after .NET framework upgrade in Visual Studio solution

Had just converted to target .NET framework 4.7.2 a Visual Studio solution full of 4.5 libraries, console apps and an MVC 5.0 (recently converted from 4.0) web app and all seemed to build fine, but then noticed that with web.config of the MVC web app open in the editor, it was showing lots of warnings of the form:

The Global element ‘xx‘ has already been declared in …

and marking them in the text with blue underscores under some whitespace

Seems others have had this issue too with configuration files (both ASP.net and Entity Framework ones) after changing target .NET framework:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/11816916/fix-the-global-element-configuration-has-already-been-declared

Luckily the solution was hidden in that thread, just had to pick the best one (read on below)

– at https://stackoverflow.com/a/52274659/903783 one reads (see related screenshot there):

I noticed this issue with my VS2017.

Changing DotNetConfig.xsd to use "Automatic" solved the problem.

This doesn’t seem to work permanently (only worked once for a while for me)

– at https://stackoverflow.com/a/28114738/903783 is says:

With the symptoms as described in the question, and using Visual Studio 2013 (Update 4), I could see in the XML Schemas [sic] dialog that both DotNetConfig.xsd and DotNetConfig40.xsd were selected for use.

I’m using a .NET Framework 4.0 project.

The two XSD files conflict with each other, each defining the same elements, causing the warnings to be emitted.

These schema files are contained in the %programfiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\xml\Schemas\ folder.

DotNetConfig.xsd is in the 1033 sub-folder and appears to be the newer, more complete version.

No matter what settings I selected in XML Schemas, I could not deselect, or remove DotNetConfig40 nor DotNetConfig. I tried "Remove", and changing the Use parameter from "Use this schema" to "Automatic" and then "Do not use this schema".

No matter what was selected, for either file, when I would return to the dialog, both would be selected for use. I also tried the trick of moving to another row before pressing "OK" to no avail.

Finally, I renamed the DotNetConfig40.xsd file to DotNetConfig40 DO NOT USE.xsd to prevent it from being loaded. This immediately solved the problem.

This does work (adapting the path for VS2017), but one isn’t sure (unless they check the file dates maybe) which file to keep, in my case it was 1033/DotNetConfig.xsd and DotNetConfig45.xsd, nor are they sure this won’t cause any side-effects in other solutions/projects.

– Finally, at https://stackoverflow.com/a/33823331/903783 it read:

I struggled with this for a while as well. Turns out, my version of the problem originated from the hidden {PROJECTNAME}.SUO file created by Visual Studio.

My guess is, VS will cache the XSD schema associations in this file. The warnings popped up after I changed the target framework, and they disappeared after I deleted the SUO file and restarted VS.

This fixed it permanently. Deletion of the .suo ended up with the DotNetConfig.xsd and removed the DotNetConfig45.xsd from the XML schemas list for the projects in the solution. In fact I deleted just a .suo file with no filename part, just a file extension, found by typing “.suo” at the search filter in the top-right of the solution’s folder window in Windows 10 File Explorer.

Fix: jqGrid search operator menu items jumping around on hover

A colleague noticed earlier on today, that on the Chrome browser they were using, the search operator menu items of a jqGrid on a web app’s UI were jumping around on hover, making it practically impossible to select one.

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Seems this had started occurring on that ASP.net MVC web application, after a recent update to the latest jQuery-UI NuGet package.

Probably the issue wouldn’t occur if it wasn’t using the older free version of jqGrid. Will probably transition it eventually to free-jqGrid, the free fork (and quite evolved since forked) of the older free version of jqGrid, since jqGrid’s newer version is now commercial.

For the time being, I ended up adding this fix to Content/Site.css of the ASP.net MVC webapp:

/* jqGrid search operator menu item hover (uses jQuey-UI) */

a.ui-corner-all.g-menu-item.ui-state-hover {
    border: 1px #cccccc !important; /* fix for Chrome: removed "solid" (was causing hovered items to resize and menu to relayout, making it too hard to select them */
    /*border: 1px solid #cccccc;*/ /* this is used by jQuery-UI for .ui-state-hover */

    color: blue; /* showing blue color for hovered over menu text, should show better than a hover border since selected item already has a border itself */
}

This also has the added extra that on hover it shows the hovered item’s text in blue:

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HowTo: Fix DVD/CD with Live filesystem (Packet/UDF) on Windows

The other day I found how easy it is to use a Live CD/DVD (where packet writing occurs when adding stuff) instead of a Mastered one (where all is kept to be written when you close the disk) on Windows.

It feels more like using a USB flash disk and should be more safe regarding losing data in the long run if you want to keep some file archive. In theory at least, since there are cases the live disk last write operation may fail and it may appear as an unreadable disk after one, making funny noises when you insert it and freezing for long time periods Windows Explorer when you try to access it.

However, the UDF filesystem that it uses keeps multiple VAT tables for the blocks written to the disk, which means it can be restored to the last workable state of the disk (you might still lose data from the last block I guess, but you’ll have access to the rest of the files you had written to the disk). For any files you find missing, you can try file recovery software with deep search option, like ISOBuster.

To restore such a disk back to working state, on Windows 10 you can right click the Start menu button and from the context (popup) menu shown, you can select to run PowerShell as Administrator. Then you can write CMD and press ENTER. The classic command-line shell (DOS syntax) will open up, where you should type-in chkdsk /f e: (replacing e: with the letter of the drive where the problematic disk has been inserted – can find that one easily from Windows Explorer / My Computer) and press ENTER again.

The disk should be detected as being of UDF format and the disk checking (chkdsk) command will check for a valid VAT on the last written block and if it can’t will try to revert the media to a previous state, before the corruption occurred by placing at the the end of the disk the last valid VAT.

Windows PowerShell
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> cmd
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17134.165]
(c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. Με επιφύλαξη κάθε νόμιμου δικαιώματος.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>chkdsk /f e:
The type of the file system is UDF.
Volume Μουσική is UDF version 2.01.

Chkdsk is running on media that does not support writes in place.
On such media chkdsk operation is limited to verifying the presence
of a valid VAT on the last written block and if necessary searching
for the last valid VAT and placing it at the end of the disk.
This could revert the media to a previous state before the corruption
occured.

Chkdsk could not find a valid VAT at the end of the volume.

CHKDSK is searching for a valid VAT …

And after some ages (stayed at 0% for some time and then took around a day progressing slowly on my machine for a DVD) you’ll hopefully see something like:

Search for VAT completed.
Chkdsk is copying last valid VAT at block 1722719 to the end of the
volume. This will revert the volume to its state at 01:13 on
10/09/2018.

Windows has made corrections to the file system.
No further action is required.

   4595200 KB total disk space.
    222240 KB available on disk.

      2048 bytes in each allocation unit.
   2297600 total allocation units on disk.
    111120 allocation units available on disk.

Then type exit followed by ENTER key twice to exit the command processor (cmd) and PowerShell. This will close the console window.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>exit
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> exit

Enjoy your disk with its files again, hopefully all of them… Plus you’ll be able to add more files to the disk, which could have even been near to empty when the corruption had occurred. Note that when you’re finished and don’t want to write anymore files to the disk, you can right click it and close the session, so that it can be readable on more systems.

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