Toshiba Satellite laptop, Windows 8, and Secure Boot – what a combination!

A student’s Toshiba Satellite laptop equipped with Windows 8 and Secure Boot refused to shut down by simply pressing the power button. The solution is to hold down the Fn button prior to holding down the power button. Keep both buttons depressed until you hear the laptop actually shutting down. Boy, do I love Secure Boot?

Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014: VBA failed to initialize. Please restart Inventor.

If you receive such an error message from Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014, you might need to reinstall the VBA 7 modules. See http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item/print?siteID=123112&id=21910314&linkID=9242018 for more details.

The short story is to shut down Inventor and reinstall the VBA 7 modules using either 3rdParty\x64\VBA\Vba7.MSI or 3rdParty\x86\VBA\Vba7.MSI from the installation media or from C:\Autodesk.

Relocating the Client-side Caching database in Windows 7 and 8

Sometimes the default location of the Client-side Caching database is just plain unsuitable. Client-side Caching, or CSC, is used for storing offline files, local copies of files normally stored on Windows shares, stored on Windows servers. (The Norwegian term is «frakoblede filer».)

The default location for the CSC database is C:\Windows\CSC. If you like to keep the OS and the software separate from any user data, or want to store the CSC database on a dedicated local partition, then it might be useful to change the location to, e.g. D:\CSC. Continue reading Relocating the Client-side Caching database in Windows 7 and 8

CD/DVD drives in Windows 7 and code 39 error

A collegue’s desktop computer has twice lost touch with its DVD drive. The drive is OK, it’s recognized by the BIOS, it even booted from a FreeBSD DVD when told to do so. Yet Windows 7 refused to display the drive. The Device Manager utility complained about a missing driver service and something about a code 39 error. A surfing expedition revealed this article which gives some pretty accurate suggestions. Continue reading CD/DVD drives in Windows 7 and code 39 error

Error message when attempting to run PTC’s Mathcad 14 on 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Have you just installed PTC’s Mathcad 14 on 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Professional only to receive the strange and not so informative error message “Unable to create 12.0 engine factory” when trying to run the software? Continue reading Error message when attempting to run PTC’s Mathcad 14 on 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Professional