Archive for October, 2008

White wallpaper after malware infection

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I’ve got infected by some malware yesterday that also changed my wallpaper (Windows XP machine).
After removing the malware i couldn’t change my wallpaper.
I had the following symptoms:

  • Can’t change wallpaper, it stays white.
  • The icons on the desktop are blue shadowed and the text underneath the icons have a blue background.
  • You can’t click on the icons itself, only the text underneath the icon.

I was looking for the problem in the registry but couldn’t find it.

The fix is surprisingly simple:

  • right click on your desktop and select ‘properties’.
  • Select the ‘Desktop’ tab.
  • Click on the ‘Customize Desktop…’ button. A new popup window opens called ‘Desktop Items’.
  • Select the ‘Web’ tab.
  • Make sure the ‘Privacy Protection’ option is not checked.
  • Click on ok. The window will close and click on apply settings on the properties window.

My first MAC!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

I have bought an Macbook Air!

It will replace my old laptop which is struggling with more and more problems. I have looked to other ultra portable laptops (screen <= 12″)  but most of them were to high prized or too ugly or had specifications i did not like. Two candidates were the Toshiba Portege R500 and the Lenovo Thinkpad X60. According to reviews the keyboard of the R500 is a bit fragile and the Thinkpad X60 has no touchpad!. The Macbook Air is high prized also (1799 euro), but i bought it from ebay which saved me about 500 euro. I think it’s a very good deal.

The party was over when i discovered that there was no european power plug included, so i had to buy one from a webshop. A week later i received the plug and i was finally able to start the Macbook up. Soon i discovered that the battery was not recognized and the Macbook immediately shuts down when i remove the MagSafe plug. I tried to do an System Management Controller (SMC) reset with no luck. I brought it to an Apple shop and they have repaired it under warranty. Now everything is working fine.