30 June 2016



04 October 2013

Two posts in a day!

A year of nothing, and now two posts in a day.

How to write to an NTFS drive on Mac OS X 10.8.4 (specifically, how to replace a troublesome ntdll.dll file on Windows 7 running in Bootcamp):

  1. Boot into the Mac OS.
  2. Start a terminal session.
  3. diskutil info /Volumes/BOOTCAMP | grep UUID
  4. Copy the UUID
  5. Use your favorite text editor (why would it be anything other than vi?) and sudo /etc/fstab
  6. Type: UUID=<UUID you copied> none ntfs,rw,auto nobrowse all on one line. The nobrowse is critical for this to work.
  7. Save the file
  8. Open the disk utility, find the BOOTCAMP volume and unmount it.
  9. Remount the BOOTCAMP volume.
  10. In the terminal window type open /Volumes/BOOTCAMP to open the windows partition in the Finder.
  11. Modify as needed. (This, at least, worked just fine for me to replace a balky ntdll.dll file that was crashing whenever I'd be organizing files in Windows Explorer.)

One Year

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04 October 2012

HP 2035, HP 1020, Windows 7 64-bit, printing problem

For future reference, this is how I got a balky HP 2035 to (finally) print from Windows 64-bit, both by USB connection on a local machine and through a network connection. Frankly, it shouldn't be so hard.
  1. Spend a lot of time researching. Find a lot of people saying things like "C'mon, Microsoft or HP or Adobe, fix this problem." (One common problem has to do with printing a particular sort of Adobe file on an HP 1020 in Windows 7 64-bit. That was not precisely the problem I was having.)
  2. Delete every HP printer from the system.
  3. Restart the print spooler.
  4. Go into the Print Server properties and delete every HP driver in its entirety.
  5. In the registry, go to HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Print/Printers. Delete every HP entry you can find.
  6. Go to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository.
  7. Take ownership of the suspected troubling HP folders (in the case of the 1020 and the 2035 these were obvious). Give yourself full permissions, apply those to child objects, and don't allow inheritance.
  8. Delete those folders.
  9. Disconnect the printer and use the HP driver. I had to use the one on the CD; the latest download failed utterly. Follow the instructions in the driver install (this seems to matter).
  10. Install the other printers.

Repeat this on any other computer with which you want to use that printer over the network.

To be clear, this is what I did specifically for an HP 2035, in part because I got the 2035 hoping it would work more easily with Windows 7 64-bit than did the gob of HP 1020s we have where I work. I was greatly dismayed when I had exactly the same problem. I now suspect that had I gone through these steps for the 1020 it would also have worked.