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Screen Upside down (or sideways)

Here’s another oldie, but I still get calls on this regularly.
I happens predominantly with computers using windows XP and Intel or NVidia graphics adaptors.

To fix the problem, press CTRL-ALT-UP.
To turn it upside down again, press CTRL-ALT-DOWN. To turn things to the left, CTRL-ALT-LEFT, and to turn it right, CTRL-ALT-RIGHT.

One gotcha. If you had rebooted to PC to try and fix the problem, you might need to log in first, before the keys will work.

FYI. There are 5.3 million hits on this google seach –

Windows 2008 Easy Print

Turns out that Windows 2008 Terminal Server Easy Print technology is not as easy after all. It is a great technology, but there are some things to watch out for.

Requires Windows 2008 with TS Role (Duh!)
Also requires RDP v6.1 (which comes with Vista and XP Service Pack 3).
Also Requires .NET Framework v3.0 SP1 or later.

The technology states that it will automatically redirect print jobs via RDP to the local printers. Most of the time, it works great. However, I found out that it definitely does not work across Remote Web Workplace on SBS2003. It requires a direct connection via RDP. Normally, this is done through port 3389.

For more information –

*** UPDATE ***
Just found out that RDC v6.1 is available for Windows XP SP2.

Server Reboots – When a power cycle is not enough

Had one of those problems today. The server had to be restarted. The client pressed the power button and held it for 5 seconds, because there was nothing on the screen. Then they turned the server on again. Nothing. Tried it a few times with no luck.

I got to the site and tried it too. No luck. Finally, I pulled the power cord out of the power supply. Plugged it back in after 10 seconds, and up came the server. Why? I don’t know…

How to change Terminal Server’s listening port

An oldie but goodie. I use this often –

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp

Change the port number from Decimal 3389 to something else.

You will have to restart the server after this.

PS. To access Remote Desktop quickly, type mstsc -v:[server, IP, or net address] from a command prompt.

Getting rid of a Sync’ed server

Finally found an answer to a problem that had been bugging me for some time.
When a new server gets put into place, some workstations with XP Pro might have offline files configured. How do we get rid of these entries? It wasn’t enough to just delete the files. The PC kept wanting to look for the old server.

1. Open Up Windows Explorer. Tools. Folder Options. Offline Files. View Files. Ctrl-A to select all files. SHIFT-DEL to delete all offline files stored on the PC.
2. Regedit. HKCU\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\netcache\. Locate and remove all entries pointing to the old server.
3. Do this for all users loggin on to the PC.

PS. Daniel Mundy added a comment on the previous blog site:
Or you can set the following registry key once, avoid having to log in as each user:
Key Name: FormatDatabase
Key Type: DWORD
Key Value: 1