Category Archives: computer tips

Unable to open kernel device ‘\\.\VMCIDev\VMX’: The operation completed successfully.

If you encounter the following error message: Unable to open kernel device ‘\.\VMCIDev\VMX’: The operation completed successfully. Did you reboot after installing VMware Workstation? Module ‘DevicePowerOn’ power on failed. Failed to start the virtual machine. You may want to try editing the VMX file for your virtual machine and changing this variable from true to false: vmci0.present = “false” (it was the located on the last line in my VMX) After making this change, I was able to successfully boot

How many external displays does the new 2021 24″ M1 iMac support? [ANSWERED]

Question: How many external monitors do the brand new 24 inch M1 retina iMacs support? (announced/released April/May 2021) Answer: According to Apple, the M1 iMac appears to support ONE external display of up to 6K, Every iMac features two Thunderbolt ports for superfast data transfers, giving customers high-performance options to connect to more devices, including support for up to a* 6K display, like Apple Pro Display XDR […] *emphasis added on “a” (single) display… not plural… Source: Apple.com This is

How do I keep emoji colors when printing them from Google Docs/Drive? [SOLVED]

It is well documented that printing from Google Docs (Google’s online Word equivalent) will result in black and white emojis. This happens despite the face that the emoji appear in full color on your screen before printing. Likewise, adjusting printer settings does not make any difference. Thankfully, here is a workaround so you can print color emojis in Google Docs! Save the Google Drive document as a PDF before printing Print the resulting PDF with full color emojis Voila, you

Mass Delete Multiple Downloaded Quicken Transactions

Sometimes  you may need to delete Quicken downloaded transactions. However, on face value, it appears that Quicken makes it very time consuming to delete downloaded transactions. 🙁  Thankfully, there is a way to delete more than one transaction at a time! This cuts down on the number of clicks required and will hopefully save you some time. 🙂 UPDATE: I finally figured out a way to delete ALL downloaded transactions in a Quicken account. I am making this Tip 1

Increasing the PHP file upload limit for phpMyAdmin on IIS/FastCGI [SOLVED]

Recently I encountered a somewhat unusual web host. They were running FastCGI/PHP on MS IIS and they needed their PHP file upload limits increased. This is trivial on a normal PHP installation, but it took a bit more sleuthing to determine the proper location(s) for php.ini on this IIS install. For reference, here are the locations: C:\Program Files\PHP\v7.4\php.ini C:\Program Files (x86)\PHP\v5.3\php.ini The changes needed were: upload_max_filesize = 200M post_max_size =200M A few tips: Make the changes to the proper php.ini

youtube Api Could not be loaded ! Please Check and Renew SSL Certificate ! [SOLVED]

Recently I encountered the following error message on a client’s site: This error is fairly glaring as it covers the video that was meant to be playing. After some research, I was able to narrow the issue to a slider plugin and specifically the following javascript libary: jquery.themepunch.revolution.min.js and another more recent site had the same code in the file: rs6.min.js on both sites, the file was located in: \wp-content\plugins\revslider\public\assets\js\ After reviewing the code, it is evident that the javascript

Best iPad for video meetings – ALL iPad camera specs LIST Video Conferencing & Photography

Last updated: April 28th, 2020 The iPad was first introduced in 2010 without a camera. Since then, the capabilities and models of the iPad family have steadily expanded. In this time of physical/social distancing and teleconferencing via a myriad of apps (Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Facetime, etc.), camera quality has become even more important. Unfortunately, it can be hard to keep track of the camera changes over the iPad line after so many years. Therefore, I compiled a handy

Rotate a tablet screen when using TeamViewer or remote work software

Summary: sometimes a PC or tablet may be stuck in the wrong screen orientation when you log in via TeamViewer or other remote software. Solution: Turn rotation lock ON Rotate via the “orientation setting” Apply settings and you are done! Details: Recently I had to do some work for a client via TeamViewer. While that is normal, the ruggedized tablet that I was logging into was a little out of the usual. Specifically, the tiny tablet was running Windows 10