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How to fix Telecom T-Stick/Vodafone Vodem Initializing issues

· 2 min read

Make sure you have credit on your Vodem/T-Stick. This is the common cause of why the modems will not load webpages.

  1. Disconnect the T-Stick/Vodem
  2. Click Start
  3. Click Programs/All Programs
  4. Click Accessories
  5. Click Command Prompt
  6. Type:  set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 (this will reveal hidden device drivers in device manager) > Press Enter
  7. Now we need to load Device Manager, click Start
  8. Right click Computer/My Computer
  9. Click the hardware tab
  10. Click Device Manager
  11. Click View
  12. Click Show Hidden Devices
  13. Device Manager will now display a list of devices that look transparent
  14. Go through the list, clicking “+” next to each one, mainly in the Network Adapters and Universal Serial Bus controllers sub-section.
  15. Look for anything related to ZTE/Vodafone/Telecom T-Stick
  16. Now right click the devices that indicate they are for the device and select Uninstall, click Ok to confirm
  17. Once you have removed the devices relating to the mobile broadband device, close Device Manager.
  18. Reconnect the T-Stick/Vodem and your computer should recognise it as a new device and install. It should now be up and running.  If not repeat step 14.

How to run Diablo 2 in Windows 7

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First things first, make sure you have Diablo 2 installed.

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  1. Right click the Diablo 2 icon
  2. Left click Properties
  3. Click Compatibility
  4. Check the checkbox “Run this program in compatibility for” and select: Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
  5. Check run in 256 colors
  6. Check Disable Desktop Composition
  7. Check Run this Program as Administrator (this will by-pass any User Account Control issues)
  8. Click Ok
  9. Now open Diablo(it should now run)


Note: It has also been reported that setting up and adding your Diablo 2 keys to will allow you to download a client from Blizzard that will run fine.

Set the Macbook Keyboard Back-light to be on permanently

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  1. Open Finder
  2. Navigate to: Users/YourUser/NameHere/Library/Preferences
  3. Warning: Be mindful of changing the wrong file or touching incorrect settings in this folder. This could go wrong!
  4. Open:
  5. Change kHWMin to have a value of: 1
  6. Close and save

_You have now adjusted the minimum light the light sensor needs to activate the back-light on the keyboard. _

Note: Only valid for Macbook Pros, normal Macbooks do not contain keyboard back-lights.


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Warning: Resetting the PRAM/NVRAM will cause the Mac to lose operating system settings such as Time and Volume settings.

Note: Used successfully to fix Touchpad not “clicking” issue on a Macbook Pro

  1. Make sure the Mac is turned off
  2. Press Command+Option+P+R and hold down the keys
  3. Press the Power Button on the Mac (while still pressing the keys down)
  4. The Mac will then flash and restart, release the keys once you have reached the second start-up noise.
  5. You have now reset the settings and your Mac should continue booting.



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How to get emailed hard drive status reports

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Want to get emailed disk status reports of your drives/hard drives and you are using a Windows PC? Using a great tool developed by Acronis you can. Acronis Drive Monitor runs down in the notification tray (by the time) and monitors your hard drive(s) temperature/spin time and sector failure rate giving you a good indication of when/if they are going to fail before they do. If you are away from the computer or simply would rather get status reports emailed to you, this is how you do it.

  1. First things first download Acronis Drive Monitor
  2. Install Acronis Drive Monitor
  3. Down by the notification tray you will see a little icon of a hard drive, double click it.
  4. To view the status of your disks click “Show Disks” you will get an overview on the drive(s) health, clicking on S.M.A.R.T parameters gives you more of an advanced look.
  5. Click Options (up the top of Acronis Disk Monitor)
  6. On the Alerts tab, click “change settings
  7. Type in the email address you would like them sent to you can have multiple addresses by separated them with a semicolon.
  8. Type in the from field who you want them sent from (ie Home Computer)
  9. For the outgoing mail server settings you have to type the outgoing mail settings for the email account you wish to use to send from, the easiest way is to check your mail client for the ones used there and copy them in.
  10. Click Sent Test Message to email a test email to the email address you specified above. Once it has been setup click Ok.
  11. Now you can select to be either emailed about Critical Events (which stops email spamming in your inbox) or you can either have regular disk status reports sent (for a Windows server it is probably better for this to be selected so then you can go back and have a look at drive status if needed.
  12. Congratulations you have just set up your computer to email hard drive alerts.

Note: One of the adjustments I make for my home computer, is to disable Backup alerts (under Backup Monitoring)