"A meek endeavor to the triumph" by Sampath Jayarathna

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bootable USB thumb/pen/flash drive for a Vista and/or Windows 7 installation

  • USB Flash Drive (4GB+)
  • Microsoft OS Disk (Vista / Windows 7)
  • A computer running Vista / Windows 7
Step 1: Format the Drive
The steps here are to use the command line to format the disk properly using the diskpart utility. [Be warned: this will erase everything on your drive. Be careful.]
  1. Plug in your USB Flash Drive
  2. Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”
  3. Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:
    list disk
    The number of your USB drive will listed. You’ll need this for the next step. I’ll assume that the USB flash drive is disk 1.
  4. Format the drive by typing the next instructions into the same window. Replace the number “1” with the number of your disk below.
    select disk 1
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    format fs=NTFS
    When that is done you’ll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.
Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable
Next we’ll use the bootsect utility that comes on the Vista or Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable. In the same command window that you were using in Step 1:
  1. Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive.
  2. Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives:
    cd d:\boot
  3. Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
  4. bootsect /nt60 g:
You can now close the command prompt window, we’re done here.

Step 3: Copy the installation DVD to the USB drive
The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive. After you’ve copied all of the files the disk you are ready to go.

Step 4: Set your BIOS to boot from USB
This is where you’re on your own since every computer is different. Most BIOS’s allow you to hit a key at boot and select a boot option.

Find the original article here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

How to enable flah player in Opera browser

After looking all around, finally figure it out myself and and still laughing at myself why I didn't looked at this in the first place.

Here you go,

If your Opera browser is giving an error message or warning and not playing youtube videos or any other flash based videos, and you've downloaded the flash player countless times and not any success, here's what you needed to do.

After installing flash player as the browser suggest, just go to Tools, Advanced, Plug-Ins and then scroll down to the place where Shockwave Flash is listed, make it enable. Thats all, if you are still laughing, I'm with you, TOTALLY :) and the fun part I'm a PhD CS major, and I had to run around several days and several uninstalls of Opera to figure this out :)