Clean Install

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Clean Install Preparation

preparationlist

1. ABR Certs Product Key Activation Backup and Restore
2. Magic Jelly Bean Product Keys
3. Belarc Advisor List
4. Start, Run %AppData%, AppleComputer/MobileSync/Backup
5. Save Favorites + bookmarks.html Chrome, Firefox, Safari
6. Copy Desktop + My Documents/All User Files
7. Copy SWSetup from C: Drive

You are now ready to Clean Install Windows

 8. Clean Install Windows Xp/Vista/7
9. Apply ABR Restore or Activate Windows
10. Install Drivers from SWSetup
11. Install Windows Updates
12. Install Microsoft Office
13. Install Chrome/Firefox/Addons/Settings
14. Install Flash Player, Adobe Reader, VLC Player, iTunes, Quicktime, 7-zip
15. My Personal Programs: Nero, Any DVD Cloner, Imgburn, Adobe Programs, Power ISO, Super
16. Create User Profiles/Desktop Settings/Shortcuts/Printers
17. Create Quicklaunch/Start Menu/Test Programs
18. Copy Saved Data Back Over/Import Bookmarks
19. Run Antivirus/Finish Updates

Postproduction Begins

20. System Restore Point
21. Backup Disc
22. Copy of Windows Disc
23. System Rescue Image
24. Sudo ddrescue Image
25. Compress Lzip/Gzip/Bzip or other method of compressing a bootable image

I will expand on each of these as I perform clean installs. I appreciate any suggestions or links about repairing computers or similar knowledge.

 

Super Mario Saves the Princess…

As a collector of video games, nostalgic technology, and antiquated computers I would like to share two links. This first one is a great site to explore, specifically the IPS Super Mario files. By applying a conversion to a Super Mario World for SNES Rom you can try out all these homemade Super Mario games. I’m currently enjoying this on the Wii emulator. For all of you who dote on a Super Mario Challenge try out Terraria. It is maddening how many times you’ll fail at the same spot.

http://www.theoldcomputer.com/roms/index.php?folder=Nintendo/SNES

This other site has several games to try out. The Mari0 Portal DLC Escape the Lab was quite engaging.

http://stabyourself.net/mari0/

Enjoy the gaming!

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Recover Data, Clean Install, Image, SCANALYZER

Ubuntu Rescue Remix is tool that I have found to be very useful in recovering data and creating images.

http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/

I am currently working on a walkthrough of how I like to recover data and clean install Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. Here is the first part of the process.

Download Ubuntu Rescue Remix here:

http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/files/URR/iso/ubuntu-rescue-remix-12-04.iso

Once the iso is burned to a disc boot your pc from the disc. At the command line I first use this command to view my source and target drives.

sudo lshw -c disk -short

I then use this command to copy the source drive /dev/sda to the target drive /dev/sdb

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHICH DRIVE IS WHICH OR YOU WILL OVERWRITE YOUR DATA!

sudo ddrescue -r 3 /dev/sda /dev/sdb log

This takes several hours for larger drives, but once finished all of the files are saved to a working harddrive. This allows viewing of the files and I can copy the important data back over once the clean install is finished.

The next step I use Magic Jelly Bean and Belarc Advisor to backup product keys if the operating system is still working. I remember one time having to boot a computer into the safe mode command prompt and running the program from there off a usb drive.

I also like to use this method to backup the product keys activation for Vista and 7.

http://directedge.us/content/abr-activation-backup-and-restore

I’d love to hear some ideas about long term archival of hard drive images besides Norton Ghost and Acronis True Image. For my MacBook Pro the built in function that Carbon Copy Cloner utilizes works great and I’ve read Super Duper works quite well.

I’d like to have a very large harddrive hold compressed images of these rescued machine’s clean installations. This is needed so that the image could take up a smaller amount of space and when uncompressed could be pushed to a new drive if a drive were to fail or upgraded. That way if the same pc comes back the process wouldn’t have to be started from scratch. My next 1,000 Google tab session will be looking through the System Rescue Disc and other tools like lzip, gzip, and bzip2.

http://lifehacker.com/292972/partition-and-image-your-hard-drive-with-the-system-rescue-cd

The System Resuce CD provides a great way to achieve what I’m looking for, but the image files created does not have a way to view data until it is restored back to the pc. This is fine for the clean installation images, but the rescued images from the Ubuntu Rescue Remix cd are taking up an entire external harddrive and I’d like to have the contents of the entire hard drive nice and tidy in a folder, so if I miss anything important I can view the contents of the drive and extract the needed file. I will have to try this System Rescue Disc out and see how large the image files are.

I have quite a few bookmarks to sort through for each walkthrough I will post so make sure to check back in the coming weeks. I’d like to link and give credit to where I found the information. Have fun imaging and backing up data!

Please Remember to Breathe Whilst Your Spleen Burst

Two things happened at the end of December. Cards Against Humanity’s well hidden puzzle intrigued me so I found myself lurking through the reddit group looking for a starting place. The reddit group’s discovery of the semaphore flag code’s hint FEEL FOR GREEN pushed many to analyze the string of lights on the 12 envelopes.  So I lurked hoping someone would solve it. Isolating where to look and what to use was a large portion of my readings in December through most of February. I stepped in and decided to create a text representation of the string of lights. Hopefully, my contribution of the pastebins and braille critiques helped the group . I know my entire week of brute force amateur puzzle solving was quite edifying and sleep depriving.

Sometime in December I happened upon an article about the Cicada 3301 puzzle and decided to follow along and lurk on the wiki. I pushed myself to replicate the puzzles. I kept up with the discovery of each onion through the end of the wiki. Most of the puzzles and tools used were new to me and will take some time to learn. Once the puzzle began the individual test my lurking of the wiki was over for the most part. Trolls were abundant and the chat logs were a blast to get through. Around this time I decided to put some real effort into solving the light cipher.

Here are my two posts:

Braille critique (most likely a typo, I know I had help on some of my pastes) Thank you to sethchas and zapbark for the braille translations and finding the clues to solve this.

http://www.reddit.com/r/holidaybullshit/comments/1ye9fr/finally_another_official_clue_from_cah_lets_do/cfkhyxk

This was a great turning point for the group as a whole with all the activity. My pastebin counter hit almost 1000 in 4-5 days. Thank you to Sioux_Moody for directing attention to my pastebin, http://pastebin.com/u/schmooze

http://www.reddit.com/r/holidaybullshit/comments/1yhnih/the_semaphore_was_step_one_and_the_lights_are/

I have also pasted an unedited text of my efforts that I could gather. So have fun reading through the nonsense.

Here is my writeup of the puzzle.

http://pastebin.com/UUDp48cb

Here are my unedited efforts to solve the puzzle.

http://pastebin.com/JitCgy5m

Please remember to breathe whilst your spleen burst.

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