cmd works for everything apparently

It seems the longer I sit at the computer the more problems there are! The internet was working perfectly fine until it started getting choppy, taking a while to load and sometimes not loading certain pages until I refreshed a couple of times. Then AIM and MSN started signing on/off and that’s when I knew something was wrong.

Windows Live Messenger gives you this nice little option to check what’s wrong, and it kept saying my default gateway was offline. I figure I have a Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter (from Linksys) and it’s definitely given me some trouble in the past so I decided to unplug/re-plug it, and then I’d get internet for a minute until it stopped working again.

Alright by this time I was doing diagnostics in the default IP of the router, but that just made my little brother upset because I was interrupting his wonderful WORKING internet. I power-cycled the router, lalala… but nothing.

Finally I came back to my PC and stared at it. Like really stared at it. The network adapter was still connecting to the router/network, but it wasn’t giving me any internetz. So you know, I played Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for a few hours to give my poor tired brain a rest.

With renewed energy I came back to my PC and went to the cmd and entered “ipconfig” to see if I was getting a dreaded 169.254.*.* IP address, but I wasn’t! Alright so I then I tried the handy dandy “ipconfig /renew” – and that’s when I got this: “an error occurred while renewing … unable to contact your DHCP server.”

I could have cried.

But instead I used the macbook (what would I ever do without a backup means of internet?!) to google this error and found a solution (after reading around a little bit). Here it is!:

Press Start/Pearl –> Run
Type in “cmd”
Type “netsh int ip reset” and press enter.

This reset some settings or other (you can read about it if you want, but really who cares?)… and my internet finally works!

Yet another technical fix on my mostly very personal blog. Just sharing I guess in case anyone has this problem. The easier to find for people, the better. Just contributing some of my issues and solutions… lol…

Oh, technology.

Windows Defender Won’t Turn On

For a verrrry long time my Windows Defender has been off and everytime I try to turn it on it looks for definitions update only to say there are none and it fails. I’m finally getting around to fixing all the problems with my PC and so a quick google search found me the solution:

Click Start –> Run
Type “cmd” into the box.
Type the following command line: “winmgmt /verifyrepository”
The system may return a message saying, “WMI repository is INCONSISTENT”
If so, type this into the command line: “winmgmt /salvagerepository”
The first time you run this it will fail. (It will issue stop commands to the services causing it to fail. It might take a couple minutes for the services to shut down). Run the command again. You actually may have to run it 3 times before it finally runs and completes on its own.
Reboot your system.
Try turning Windows Defender on at this point if it doesn’t automatically turn on (though it probably will).

This will also ensure that Windows Defender detects the antivirus program you use (if you have one).

Font Rendering in Firefox 3 on Windows

I’ve been using Firefox 3 for quite some time on my macbook, and everything was working smoothly (minus a few non-working addons, but that’s expected). Anyway, Firefox 3 final release was released yesterday and I took this opportunity to download and install it for my Windows PC this morning.

Immediately I was sorely disappointed by the font display and the great inconsistency between it and the mac version of FF3. Heart-strutter.org looks absolutely horrifying in FF3 (on Windows) and maybe someone can tell me why. I have ClearType off in Vista, by the way. Turning it on just made it look slightly less bold, but it still looks bold nonetheless.

Taking the same block of text this is what my domain looks like across three browsers:

Firefox 3 on Windows:

Internet Explorer 7:


Opera 9.5:

By far my favorite is Opera 9.5. This is the way my text lookED in FF2 and the way it looks on the mac version of FF3. The font name is Garamond just in case you can’t tell. At first I even thought there was an accidental open b or strong tag, but that’s clearly not the case. I’m considering rolling back to FF2 because of this, but there has to be a fix! I’m going to check Flock in a moment as well.

Anyyy help is appreciated. I’ll be googling a bit more, but so far I can only find people having this problem on Linux. Uh… while I use Ubuntu, Windows is clearly not the same as Linux.

Edit: I filed a bug on Mozilla’s Bugzilla and that can be found here, but it’s kind of a duplicate of this bug here (except for me it’s not Arial, but Garamond).