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July 06, 2007
  • Wifi I recently changed the wireless configuration around the house. One of the primary tasks that I wanted to accomplish was changing the security to WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2). For those of you wondering how you might go about doing this, here is a slide show that provides a nice screenshot overview.

    Windows Vista machines support WPA2 out of the box, but I was confused and concerned when two XP machines in the house could not connect to the network. One machine was able to see the network, but unable to connect, while the other could not even see the network.

    As it turns out, XP machines need to have the following patch applied:

    The Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2)/Wireless Provisioning Services Information Element (WPS IE) update for Windows XP with Service Pack 2

    Once your machine is updated with that patch, you should be able to enable WPA2 along with AES. Most people are often unaware that WEP (the default security many people use) can be crack in minutes. With WPA2 and AES, you are afforded a much more secure network experience.

    Jul 6, 2007 at 09:00 AM in Security
  • Goodbye my Apple MacBook Pro, I hardly knew you.

    I previously posted the question An Apple MacBook Pro... Why not?, and I have an answer for the time being. The short of it is this - the new MacBook Pro's use an Nvidia graphics card (the 8600M GT) and Nvidia cards do not work well with Windows Vista. I am not certain about Windows XP, but with Windows Vista via Boot Camp 1.3 I continuously encountered the dreaded nvlddmkm errors . In Nvidia's own forums you will find over 72 pages of discussion about this error, dating back to January. It has not been solved, nor does Nvidia have any answer posted anywhere, nor via phone support.

    In my own experience, I received both BSOD as well as the the annoying screen flash followed by the nvlddmkm error message as shown here and discussed in the above forum (the registry changes  did not resolve it for me btw). The clue about what is going on lies in the fact that the error only occurs when using Aero. When running Vista, if you turn off Aero and simply run Basic mode, the errors stop. Moreover, you can cause it to happen at will simply minimizing/maximizing windows such as Internet Explorer. Clearly something is going on with the DirectX rendering for which the Nvidia driver is choking on, but sadly, not a single support rep would listen or had a way to contact anyone that would help fix the problem.

    Jul 6, 2007 at 12:23 AM in Computer Hardware