Updated to WordPress 2.3.1

Just found a few minutes to update WordPress and a few plugins 🙂

Things with the flat in Cambridge are progressing well, and we should get the keys tomorrow, hooray!

Also, at some point, I need to upload photos that Jade and I took on our recent trip to the beautiful island of Jersey 🙂

Vista: The specified print monitor is unknown

The specified print monitor is unknown


When trying to install a shared network printer in Windows Vista, you get an error which states:

Windows cannot connect to the printer.
The specified print monitor is unknown.

The Cause

This is a bug in Vista. If you disable the UAC, Vista is seemingly unable to add a network printer.

The Fix

To fix this, you’ll need to install a “Performance and Reliability Update”, KB938979. Bizarrely, this update is listed as Optional by Windows Update, and so you may not have installed it. I shall refrain from commenting further on the lunacy of this 😉


Bubbles in Camden

Just wanted to take 10 minutes or so to highlight what’s going on in my life at the moment, and perhaps explain why I’ve not been very active online lately.


I started my new job at DisplayLink on the 17th of September. I’m enjoying it a lot, but the hours and commute are longer than Crownhill so I’m generally finding myself with less spare time than before.


Naturally, most weekends are spent away from a computer, with Jade, either in Cambridge or London. I just added a bunch of photos from my latest visit to London on Flickr, where we popped into Camden, Covent Garden, along the Thames, towards the Millenium Bridge, a brief stop at St Paul’s, and then onto the Tate Modern. It was a very pleasant day 🙂

I’ve also been looking for a flat in Cambridge to reduce my commute.


The blog has been neglected badly. I have a lot of things I want to do and post about, and also a lot of draft posts that I need to finish, including:

  • Investigating the new aircrack-ng 1.0 beta with (alleged) AirPcap Tx support built in
  • Testing the new AirPcap Tx beta from CACE (Probably best left to Crownhill for the moment)
  • Automating software deployments using AutoIT
  • Setting up a WSUS Server
  • Basic Linux commands

This will all come in time.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Halts on “Checking Product Key”

If you’re installing Windows XP Service Pack 2 and it halts or hangs on you while it is allegedly “Checking Product Key”, you can fix it like so:

1) Please go into the CMD prompt (Start/Run –> cmd.exe )

2) Then type cd /d %windir%\inf and make sure we are in that

3) Then type ren oem*.inf oem*.old, it will go back to the prompt
after giving you some error (Do not worry about it)

4) Then type ren oem*.pnf oem*.old1, it will go back to the prompt
after giving you some error (Do not worry about it)

5) Then goto start – run – type “%windir%\inf” and you will see
the files in the folder.

6) Then find the file by name INFCACHE.1 and take a backup of it
to desktop (by copying it to desktop) and delete the INFCACHE.1
from c:\windows\inf.

7) Close all windows and reboot the computer to safe mode and
start the installation of SP2 and it should go fine.

This solution is dotted all around the internet, but I can’t find it’s original source. If you know the source, let me know and I’ll credit it correctly.

Vista Crashes: yk60x86.sys


Vista Crashes (Blue Screens) with an error message mentioning yk60x86.sys.


We’ve got a bunch of Sony Vaio VGN-SZ5MN laptops at work and a lot of them are blue screening (BSOD) as soon as you plug in the Ethernet cable. If that’s not enough of a clue (hehe), the problem is the Marvell Yukon Ethernet Controller driver.

To fix the problem, download the updated driver from the Marvell Driver page.

Or try this direct link to the Driver Installer for Windows 2000/XP/Vista