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Dell Monitor Stuck in Power Save Mode

“Throughout the last six months I’ve come across computers at my work with monitors that just wont display at all. Instead I get the message, “Monitor is in power save mode, activate using PC.” Now this is happening when the PC is booted and running. Beyond turning on the PC’s power, how can you activate the monitor? Is this message an indication of some other problem?”

As someone who routinely runs into this issue, I’ve also been wondering about this for the last few months. I bought an old Dell E176 on Ebay for console access. Recently when I needed it for upgrading a few computers, this became a issue. After reading through the forum posts, it’s clear that Dell monitors have problems with there memory settings (in the monitor’s hardware, not the PC) and coming out of power save mode.

Solution

Unplug the power cord for the monitor from the wall and wait for about 10 seconds, then replug-in the monitor. This should force the monitor to come out of sleep mode and re-calibrate it’s settings. Unplugging the VGA/DVI cable doesn’t do this.

Afterwards, set your desktop power settings to never sleep the monitor. Otherwise, do the aforementioned again.

 

Zimbra 8 – Adjust max attachment size for email

This sets the maximum attachment size to 50 megabytes. Log into the shell account and type the following:

su zimbra
zmprov mcf zimbraMtaMaxMessageSize 50000000
zmprov mcf zimbraFileUploadMaxSize 50000000
zmprov mcf zimbraMailContentMaxSize 104857600
zmprov modifyConfig zimbraMtaMaxMessageSize 5048000
postfix reload

Then restart zimbra

zmcontrol restart

Move VirtualBox Virtual Machines to another Hard Drive

Source

  1. Use clonehd to create a clone. Open a Terminal window and enter vboxmanage clonehd [original] [clone], replacing [original] with the full paths to the .vdi file you want to clone and [clone] with the location where you want the clone, i.e. vboxmanage clonehd /VM/ubuntu10.10.vdi /Volumes/ExternalDisk/VM/ubuntu10.10.vdi.
    vboxmanage clonehd "C:\Users\Admin\.VirtualBox\HardDisks\Ubuntu 9.1 Karmic Koala.vdi" "E:\VMs\Ubuntu_9.1_Karmic_Koala.vdi"
  2. Open VirtualBox and go to Settings – Storage for the machine.
  3. Remove the disk in the Storage Tree.
  4. Add the cloned disk instead.

TXF Converter for 2010 ThinkOrSwim and Ameritrade Excel to CSV Files

After attempting to import my equity trades into Intuit’s TurboTax 2010 Home and Business edition, I discovered that  support for importing CSV files has been removed. So, I decided to roll my own program.

You can download the source here or download the Windows executable here. Please note, the .NET 4.0 framework is required. After executing the program, you need to enter in the full file path [directory and file name] in the file text box and the full path for the directory where you want the file to be created. A ‘TXF’ file should be created afterwards in the specified location.

You can import the TXF file in TurboTax 2010 by opening your current tax return and selecting File -> Import -> From Accounting Software. Check the details before finishing the import to make sure everything looks right.

If you want more details about the TXF file format or the CSV reader I used in the program. Please check out the following links.

TXF Format
LumenWorks CSV Reader

 I’ve only tested the TXF files from this program on Turbo Tax 2010 Business and Home edition. This software is provided without warranty or support.