Display bug in VMware vSphere Client

Basically, the display is cut off! So if I were trying to install a new OS, it wouldn’t be very efficient since I’d have to guess what was on display; e.g.


As it turns out, using the correct search phrase returns the answer. HINT: it’s a compatibility issue between the client and display scaling in Windows 10; e.g. mine was set to 150%.

TLDR: The solution is to set display scaling to 100%, and then log out and in for the changes to take effect.

#microsoft, #vmware

Late as a Cygwin user…

… but hey, better late than never!

So I was just complaining about how PuTTY doesn’t seem to handle SSH keys (e.g. AWS, Azure) very well, and then I came to (belated) realization that because rsync can be used in Windows via Cygwin, so can ssh.

Now I don’t waste time in a UI managing PuTTY profiles, generating PPKs, or fidding with regedit.exe to clean up cached host fingerprints.

Try Cygwin, today.

#microsoft, #red-hat

PSA: Keylogger in Hewlett-Packard Audio Driver

A keylogger records when a key is pressed, when it is released, and whether any shift or special keys have been pressed. It is also recorded if, for example, a password is entered even if it is not displayed on the screen.

There is no evidence that this keylogger has been intentionally implemented. Obviously, it is a negligence of the developers – which makes the software no less harmful. If the developer would just disable all logging, using debug-logs only in the development environment, there wouldn’t be problems with the confidentiality of the data of any user.

I found the file MicTray64.exe in my HP EliteBook 840 G3. It’s barely 2 months old, running an up-to-date version of Windows 10 Pro. The prudent measure was to remove this file, as neither Conexant nor Hewlett-Packard hasn’t deigned to respond. I was unable to find the log file C:\Users\Public\MicTray.log, though.


#conexant, #hp, #microsoft

SOLVED: VirtualBox shows only 32-bit guest versions on my (64-bit) Windows 10?

I quickly pressed Windows Key + q to open the Search box and typed in: turn windows features on or off Turn windows features on or off I scanned a few options but one in particular was salient: Hyper-V was enabled.

So I installed the 64-bit version of Docker for Windows after configuring a shiny new VirtualBox CentOS 7 guest. The latter’d ran just fine previously, but was now causing a BSOD, and I wasn’t even able to create new 64-bit guests.

As it turns out, installing Docker enables Hyper-V, but uninstalling Docker doesn’t disable Hyper-V; i.e. these virtualization technologies are incompatible. The fix to this is quoted above: disable Hyper-V.


#docker, #microsoft, #oracle

SOLVED: RDP copy-paste is not working

Fixing this issue is pretty straightforward and involves a few simple steps.

  1. Load up task manager (right click taskbar and select Task Manager)
  2. Go to the Processes Tab
  3. Select rdpclip.exe
  4. Click End Process
  5. Go to the Application Tab
  6. Click New Process
  7. Type rdpclip
  8. Click Ok



SOLVED: The mystery of the disappearing laptop screen brightness slider

Updated for Windows 10.

I noticed that with the power turned off at boot time, I’d be unable to adjust my screen brightness. Instead of the usual 3 options (Turn off the display, Put the computer to sleep, and Adjust plan brightness), just 2 were available; i.e. Adjust plan brightness” had disappeared!

This is probably due to a bad driver (e.g. TeamViewer). The workaround is to restart Windows with the power plugged in, but this is a bothersome fix.

A better solution is to hit Windows + x: Device Manager: Monitors: (Select your monitor): Properties: Driver: Uninstall.

Post-uninstall, click Action: Scan for hardware changes. Your monitor should reappear, this time with the good driver installed.


#microsoft, #teamviewer