Posts matching “firefox”.

Firefox and Flash plug-in

Firefox (25.x)

Firefox running on Windows 7 may have issues with Flash plug-in installers or updates. In those cases you can download and install the Flash Player installation packages available on the Adobe Flash Player Distribution site.

 

Optimize Firefox

Optimize Firefox (3.0.x)

Firefox can be manually tweaked by typing ‘ about:config’ in the address bar and then modifying the values of the respective fields of the Firefox control panel (i.e. the page that is displayed).

However, the easier way is to use FireTune, a freeware tool that helps to fine tune network related settings of Firefox.

If that is not enough, then you may consider the Configuration Mania extension to tweak many of the advanced (and hidden) settings.

Disable or remove any unused or unnecessary plug-ins, extensions and add-ons.

To minize page load time, I recommend to install these extensions:

Flashblock (to control Flash animation)

PDF Download (to control PDF files)

While Firefox can be instaled without (Windows) administration rights, you may encounter problems to install plug-ins. Here is some good advice to install the Flash Player plugin.

ZTE Home Station ADSL Modem, Router and Wireless Access Point

Home-Station-VDSL2-ZyXEL-Prestige-P870HNU-51B-2Home Sation ADSL-ZTE-H108N

The Home Sation ADSL-ZTE-H108N is a combined ADSL Modem, Router and Wireless Access Point.

The default adress of the Access Point is http://192.168.1.1 (factory setting).

Works well with Windows 7 clients, iOS, Android and Blackberry. Supports the WPA2 wireless clients authentication and encryption methods. Simple setup menu.

Firefox may not work to access the setup menu. Use Internet Explorer instead.

Tuning the Windows environment – Windows XP re-install

Tuning the Windows environment – Windows XP re-install

Here is a guide to refurbish a Windows XP Laptop system; in other words, re-installing Windows from scratch. In this case, the Laptop was a Toshiba Satellite 1800-514 which has a Celeron 1 GHz processor and 384 Mb RAM (128MB + 256MB) installed and a 15Gb internal hard drive. It is a ‘legacy’ system with limited resources, indeed. However, with some tweaking, it will still perform well for common applications. After customization, the system was able to run iTunes 9, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Office 2003 suite.

1)      Backup all data.
Make sure you are logged on with administrator privileges. Change the folder options to include hidden files and system folders.
Search the system for data files. Not all files may reside under ‘My Documents’, in particular also scan the Shared folders on the system.
An easy way to perform the backup is to use the ‘Sysback’ tool.

2)      Backup user profile specific files.
Custom desktop wallpaper files are stored in C:\Documents and Settings\<user profile>\Local Settings\Microsoft\
Custom account picture files are stored in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\

3)      Backup user mailboxes.
In case of Microsoft Outlook Express, it wise to follow my Microsoft Outlook Express housekeeping steps.

4)      Backup or get a copy of specific drivers for video, sound, modem and network support. In particular, keep a copy of the video drivers; download the most up to date copy from the manufacturer’s site (e.g. NVIDIA or ATI), if necessary. Check if any other specific files or settings have to be saved. Check the equipment model and version in the Device Manager (Control Panel, System, Hardware). The auto detection of some of the devices may not work for older systems, so write them down.

5)      Save your Wireless Network Connection settings, in particular, ensure you note the network name (SSID) and security key.

6)      Set the CD-ROM as first bootable drive in the BIOS and reboot the system with the Windows XP installation CD. Remove all external drives! If not, windows may install them as system drives.

7) Before starting the windows installation process, check the available partitions. Ideally, you should create a partition to install windows on (with at least 30 Gb) and a partition for the user data files (any remaining space). If the drive is too small (50 Gb or less), just use one partition. More information about partitioning is available in my ‘dedicated data partition‘ post. In this case the system has only 15 Gb, which means that you should remain with only one partition.

8) Once Windows has been installed, proceed with the custom driver installation. The first to update is the video driver. Then check the Control Panel, System, Hardware, Device Manager: for any device with a (yellow) question mark, you will need to install or update the driver. Use the files from step 4, install from the manufacturer CD (if available) or download from the internet. This step is only successful if no question marks occur in the Device Manager list. You may need to reboot the system after installation of some device drivers.

9)      Start the customization of your windows environment:
Regional and Language Options (in the Control Panel) are a minimum to verify, in particular the keyboard settings (in the Languages tab, Details) need to match the attached keyboard lay-out.
Name and Company Information can be changed in the Registry. Follow the Microsoft instructions.
Apply the items of my ‘Windows XP optimization‘ post.
In this particular case, I applied additional tweaks to improve the performance:

  1. Verification if some services can be disabled (refer to my ‘disable services’ post).
  2. Prefetch setting was set to value 1-App launch (instead of 3-Both):
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters\EnablePrefetcher].
  3. Last Access Timestamp was disabled
    [run: FSUTIL behavior set disablelastaccess 1]
  4. DOS 8.3 filename creation was disabled
    [run: FSUTIL behavior set disable8dot3 1]
  5. Performance counters were disabled
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Perflib]
    (run regedit and create DWORD ‘DisablePerformanceCounters’)
    Set the value of DisablePerformanceCounters to 1
  6. Disable ‘Automatically search for network folders and printers’ in the Control Panel, Folder Options, View tab.
  7. Process idle tasks in the background (this operation may be periodically repeated).
    (run ‘Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks’)

10)   Set the Hard Drive as first bootable drive in the BIOS and reboot the system. Make sure the system is connected to the internet (a wired connection, not Wi-Fi), to allow windows updates to occur. The system may need to be rebooted upon request. In this particular case, only a Wi-Fi adaptor was available.

11)   Install all applications (respect the copyrights) and printers. This may be a good opportunity to upgrade the system with the latest version of the applications. Check on the software developer’s site if any new versions are available. In this case, Firefox 3.5.5 was installed instead of Internet Explorer 8.  Firefox performed better when I checked the performance of the browser, using the Network Tools on my ADSL page.

12)   Create a system ‘restore point’ (Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore).

13)   Restore the data from step 1, 2 and 3. Check the user privileges and access rights of the restored data (try to copy a file to an USB key, to check the file access rights).

14) Perform the five essential steps in XP Maintenance.

Windows Best of Breed (Freeware) Software

Best of breed software

Who said the best things in life come for free? They do, check out my favourite FREEWARE list.
The list is built of applications and tools that I am using or I have deployed. While many alternatives may exist, these are the ones that do the job for me.
There is no such thing as a free lunch, so you will need to tolerate some advertising or constraints in functionality. If you are willing to ‘pay that price’, you have a good deal.

Virus and Spam Protection
Browser, Mail and Internet Phone
  • Google Chrome is a FREE web browser that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • Internet Explorer is a FREE web browser that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • Mozilla Firefox is a FREE web browser that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Note: the reason for using both Internet Explorer and Firefox is because of their different implementation of ‘standards’ which causes unsimilar display results when you design web pages – (check out my posts on Mozilla Firefox).

  • Windows Live Mail is a FREE mail client that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Note: Outlook Express is end-of-life and was my initial prefered mail client – (check out my posts on Outlook Express).

  • Skype is a FREE Internet Phone client and service that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Media Players

  • VLC is a FREE mediaplayer with great video codec support that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • iTunes is a FREE mediaplayer and library tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Note: check out my posts on iTunes support

  • IrfanView is a FREE image viewer that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • Foxit Reader is a FREE PDF reader that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

 

Media Library and Conversion Tools

Note: check out my posts on Videora support

  • DVDVideoSoft.com offers a FREE collection of tools to work with DVD, video and audio files.
  • DVD Profiler is a DVD Collection Database Manager that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • calibre is an ebook management tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • Mixxx is free, open source DJ software that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • Audacity is a FREE audio recorder and editor that works well for XP.

Note: check out my post on recording with Audacity

  • iTunes Sync is a FREE iTunes MP3 Player Integration tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Note: check out my posts on iTunes Sync support

 

File, Print and System Tools

  • Cute PDF is a FREE PDF creator that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • ZipGenius is a FREE file compression tool.
  • FileZilla is a FREE file transfer client and server that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • CCleaner is a FREE system optimization tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • MyDefrag is a FREE system disk defragmenter and optimizer that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • KeePass is a FREE password manager that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • SyncBack is a FREE backup and file synchronization tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • EASEUS Partition Master is a FREE hard disk partition tool that works well for Windows XP.

 

Remote Assistance Tools

  • TeamViewer is a FREE Remote Assistance Client that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • TightVNC and UltraVNC are FREE Remote Assistance Clients.

Note: check out my posts on Remote Assistance support

 

Enjoy the free ride!

Netgear WPN802v2 – invalid security certificate

Using Firefox 3.0.x to connect to the Netgear Wireless Accesspoint WPN802v2, may fail due to an invalid security certificate error (see picture below):

Alert: <ip address> uses an ivalid security certificate

When this error occurs, you won’t be able to connect to the admin interface of the Wireless Accesspoint. I managed to fix this by creating a security exception in the Firefox Certificate Manager:

Select in ‘Tools‘ from the Menu bar, ‘Options':

Select in the ‘Advanced’ tab – the ‘Encryption’ tab. Next, select ‘View Certificates‘.

In the Certificates Manager, select the ‘Servers’ tab. Next, select ‘Add Exception

Enter the IP Address of the Wireless Access Point in the ‘Add Security Exception’ window and select the ‘Get Certificate‘ button.

The Certificate Status will be displayed.

Select ‘Confirm Security Exception‘ and exit the Certificate Manager.

You should now be able to logon the Admin interface.

Multimedia Streaming Devices: Philips SLM5500

Philips SLM5500

Philips SLM5500
My remarks on the Philips SLM5500/00 product are:
1) make sure you register the product through the SLM5500 setup procedure first (and do not do this from your PC)
2) make sure you have a stable and strong wifi signal on your SLM5500 (unless it is using a wired connection)
3) disable stand-by energy saving features on the PC that runs the Philips Media Manager (PMM)
4) if you want to enjoy Internet Radio, then make sure you have a stable Internet connection: high bandwidth (broadband) offered by a reliable ISP
5) the Philips Media Manager (PMM) was eventually replaced by TwonkyManager to support iTunes playlists.

My PMM setup, WiFi and Internet gateway was:
PMM, WiFi and Internet setup
My Streamium and TV connection was:
SLM5500 and TV

   

 

Intel inside, Idiot outside?
Best of breed software

 

Who said the best things in life come for free? They do, check out my favourite FREEWARE list.
Other software links are on the SEARCH page.

 

Web Mail Chat Phone
IE
Internet Explorer = FREE Web browser
WindowsMac OS
firefox
Firefox = FREE Web browser
WindowsMac OS
Outlook Express
Outlook Express = FREE Mail client
WindowsMac OS
gaim
GAIM = FREE Multi-Instant Messenger
Windows
aMSN
aMSN = FREE Instant Messenger
WindowsMac OS
Skype
Skype = FREE Internet Phone
WindowsMac OS
Virus Spam Protection
Ad-aware
Windows
AVG Anti-Virus
Windows
Spybot Search & Destroy
Spybot S & D = FREE Spyware Scanner
Windows
ccleaner
CCleaner = FREE system optimization tool
Windows
Media Library and Video conversion Tools
iTunes
iTunes = FREE Media Player
WindowsMac OS
DVD Profiler
DVD Profiler = FREE DVD Collection Database Manager
Windows
Videora iPod Converter = FREE Video Convenverter for iPod
Windows
Free Fast Mpeg Cut = FREE basic MPEG video editor
Windows
Media Players
ZOOM Player
ZOOM = FREE DivX Codec and Media Player

 

Windows
WinAmp
WinAmp = FREE Media Player
WindowsMac OS
File and Printing Tools
IrfanView
IrfanView = FREE Image viewer
Windows
xplorer2
xplorer² = FREE enhanced File Exploring
Windows
PDF Creator
PDF Creator = FREE PDF Creator (XP)
Windows
Cute PDF = FREE PDF Creator (Vista)
Windows
ZipGenius
ZipGenius = FREE Compression tool
Windows
FileZilla
FileZilla = FREE FTP Client and Server
WindowsMac OS
Soulseek
Soulseek = FREE File Sharing Client
Windows
KeePass
KeePass = FREE Password Safe tool
Windows
Remote Assistance Tools
TeamViewer
TeamViewer = FREE Remote Assistance
WindowsMac OS
uVNC
UltraVNC = FREE Remote Assistance
Windows
tight VNC
WindowsMac OS
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Legacy Desktop

 

intel Celeron chip
Intel Celeron (400 Mhz) based system
256 Mb RAM (64/64/128) – 128 Kb Cache RAM
PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 (4S4EB2X0.86A.0024.P17)

 

ST340016A
Hard Disk
cd24
Hewlett -Packard
cd-writer
SD-M1612
Toshiba
DVD-rom
Riva TNT2
Graphics card
RTL8139/810xRTL8139/810x
PCI Fast Ethernet adapter
two LAN cards

 

Desktop storage description

 

The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with two partitions:
one 8 Mb partition for the Operating System (Windows 2000 Pro) and the Programme Files,
one 32 Mb partition for the Data Storage.

 

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Wintel Laptop

 

Toshiba Satellite 1800-514
Toshiba
Computermodel: S1800-514
BIOS-versie: TOSHIBA Version 2.10
Celeron 1 GHz
128MB + 256MB
15GB 14″TFT DVD
 

USR5411 Wireless MAXg PC Card

 

Windows XP
 

ARCHOS ZIP MiniDrive Plus
Archos Zip Drive
PC Card, IDE / EIDE
100 MB – 3.3 MBps
QuickCam Messenger

 

File and Print services over TCP/IP have been disabled for security reasons. The IPX/SPX protocols have been installed to communicate with the Desktop PC for File and Print sharing.

 

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Wintel Desktop

 

AOPEN
300W Case
Black Housing
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Service  Pack 2
iiyama Vision Master 1451
Vision Master 1451

 

Logitech®
QuickCam® Zoom
Logitech QuickCam Zoom
Logitech®
TrackMan Marble+
Logitech Trackman Marble Plus
INTEL PIV 2600
Intel Pentium 4
512KB Cache Socket 478 800FSB
Boxed with cooler Hyper-Threading

 

APACER Memory module
2 x DDR 256MB 400Mhz PC3200
Kingston KVR400X64C3A/512
2 x 512Mb PC3200 CL3 184-Pin DIMM

 

ASUS P4P800-VM
AI Bios ver. 08.00.09 PPVM1701
Intel 865GE, P4 478 800FSB, VGA, SATA, 4DDR Dual Channel PC3200, 3PCI, SOUND, LAN
Logitech® Media Keyboard
Western Digital 160GB (WD1600JD)
SN WMAES4588646
WD Caviar SE SATA 8.9ms
7200rpm 8M Hard Drive

 

Apacer USB 2.0 Card Reader
S/N 26541001901544
Black – CF Type I & II, Microdrive, SM, MMC, SD, MS, MS/PRO + USB 2.0
NEC-3520 (Black)
599960350 - Firmware 3.04
16x DVD re-writer

 

ZIP Plus
Iomega ZIP Plus

 

MSI Star Key 2.0 Bluetooth USB Dongle
MSI Star Key 2.0

 

ASUS WL-167g
Asus Wireless USB

 

Desktop storage description

 

The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with two partitions:
one 15 Gb partition for the Operating System (Windows XP Pro) and the Programme Files,
one 145 Gb partition for the Data Storage.
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WinAMD Desktop

 

AOPEN QF50A (Black)
300W Case
AOpen QF50A Black
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Service  Pack 3

 

Benq T720
Benq T720

 

QuickCam Messenger
Amarina KBS8700
AMD Sempron 2600+
S462 (Socket A) Boxed
SN E106332C51538
1.833 Ghz
256KB L2 Cache 266FSB
Boxed with cooler

 

OCZ Memory
OCZ4001024V3 1024MB 400MHZ DDR
2 x OCZ4001024V3
1024MB 400MHZ DDR PC-3200

 

MSI K7N2G
ATX Mainboard – Socket 462 – Socket A
Supports Athlon XP, Duron and Sempron
NVIDIA® nForce2 IGP Chipset
333FSB, VGA, 5 PCI, SOUND, LAN
WinTV-PVR-150  Model 01046

 

Western Digital 80Gb
SN WCAM94847819
EIDE 8Mb ATA100 7200RPM

 

Western Digital 160GbWD1600JB
WD 160 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
Firmware Rev. 1-01
NEC 4571
Bose MediaMate®
Bose Mediamate Speakers
Logitech®
TrackMan Marble+
Logitech Trackman Marble Plus

 

Desktop storage description

 

The Desktop PC’s Hard Disk is configured with three partitions:

 

(C:) System    one 20 Gb partition for the Operating System (Windows XP Pro) and the Programme Files,
(D:) Data        one 55 Gb partition for the Data Storage.
(M:) Media    one 150 Gb partition for the Multimedia Data Storage (music and video).

 

The system runs with Windows XP SP3 and is connected to a flatscreen Sony TV (Bravia).

 

Additionally, changes have been made for security and to optimize the disk space use:

 

- ‘My Documents’ has been moved to the D: drive
to make this change, right click on the folder, select properties
in the Target tab, select Move
- ‘Temporary Internet Files’ folder has been moved to the D: drive
to make this change, go to the control panel and open Internet Options
in the General tab, select Temporary Internet files Settings
- ‘Temp’ folders have been moved to the D: drive
to make use of these folders, you must change the Environment Variables of the System Properties
create the directories first, then go to the control panel and open System
select Advanced of the System Properties and edit the environment variables:
in User variables:
Temp  -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
TMP    -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
in System variables:
Temp  -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:
TMP    -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:

 

Additional Keyboard Lay-outs have been added manually:

 

see full instructions at http://mai9.net/wiki/index.php?title=Windows_XP_(Stripped_to_the_Bone)

 

1. Find a computer with Win XP that uses the keyboard layout you want to use.
2. Run “regedit” and navigate yourself to the branch “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts”
3. Once there, browse through the sub-branches looking for the keyboard you want (“Spanish” is in branch “0000040a”). Export that branch to a file in a USB drive. Also, remember the filename from the value “Layout File” (in my case “KBDSP.DLL”).
4. Open the Start Menu and choose the “Run” command, type “%SystemRoot%\system32\” and then press Enter.
5. In that folder look for the .dll file that was in the regedit branch value “Layout File” (in my case “KBDBE.DLL”). Copy that file to the USB drive.
6. Unplug the USB drive from the regular WinXP and plug it to the machine with the WinXP Stripped to the Bone Edition. Copy the .dll to “%SystemRoot%\system32\”, and import the .reg file you created on the 3rd step.
7. By now you have done all the ‘hacking’, this last step is to activate the installed language: Go to “Regional and Language Options” in the control panel, move to the tab “Language”, click the “Details” button, on that window click “Add” to add the keyboard you want, click ok, select the keyboard in the drop down menu, click ok a couple of times and reboot. That’s all.
Microsoft File and Print Sharing has been disabled. File are shared through ftp with the FileZilla Server.
This allows any system (including Linux and Vista) to access files on my shared folders.

 

Services optimization has been done based on the list provided by TweakHound’s super tweaks.

 

Display settings have been set for optimal performance.
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BENQ Joybook R23E

 

BENQ Joybook R23E
512 Mb RAM – 60 Gb Disk
Windows XP
Professional Edition
Home Edition Service Pack 3

 

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ACER Aspire 2920

 

ACER Aspire 2920
Vista Home Premium SP2

 

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ASUS M6B00N Notebook PC

 

ASUS M6B00N Notebook PC
Windows XP Home SP3

 

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HP Pavilion dv9000 (HP Pavilion dv9253ea notebook PC)

 

HP Pavilion dv9253ea notebook PC

 

Vista Home Premium SP2

 

HP Pavilion (HP Pavilion zd7010EA Notebook PC)
Windows XP Home SP3

 

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External Storage Media

 

WDG1U3200
ICY DOCK MB122AKGF
LaCie 320 Gb USB
OneTouch4 Mini 160 GB
LaCie Big Disk Quadra
WD 320 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
ICY DOCK MB122AKGF
WESTERN DIGITAL 320GB 8MB (7200/100) WD3200JB
LaCie 320GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB Cache
OneTouch4 Mini, 160 GB
LaCie Big Disk Quadra
2Tb
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Multimedia Streaming Devices
Streamium Café
Philips SLM5500Philips SLM5500/00

 

My remarks on this product:
1) make sure you register the product through the SLM5500 setup procedure first (and do not do this from your PC)
2) make sure you have a stable and strong wifi signal on your SLM5500 (unless it is using a wired connection)
3) disable stand-by energy saving features on the PC that runs the Philips Media Manager (PMM)
4) if you want to enjoy Internet Radio, then make sure you have a stable Internet connection: high bandwidth (broadband) offered by a reliable ISP
Twonky Vision
My PMM setup, WiFi and Internet gateway:
PMM, WiFi and Internet setup

 

My Streamium and TV connection:
SLM5500 and TV