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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ms Excel faulty; “Excel cannot open the file because the file format or extension is not valid”

I though this is the normal file extension problems, if you are using latest excel (*.xlsx) you’ll not be able to open the file on earlier MS Office Excel 2003 due to different file extensions (*.xls) yet this is more complex than that ;

My only clients backup files corrupted and she had no other copies, its her whole year todate info …hmm.. she urges me to recover them.. after reading and google-ing and trying every solutions suggested, im failed to recover the files.

I believed there’s still a way out of this, keep on searching  and finally i came to this post, suggesting, open the corrupted file using OpenOffice n Alhamdulilah..my problem solved ( i can see the smile on my clients face).


unlock huawei modem

Just now, my friends come over asking why his aussie huawei modem (optus) asked for data card pin when local broadband sim is insert. this is almost the same like when we insert a celcom simcard on maxis broadband device.

After googling and testing we found the solutions as at the following link;

Sharing Printer on XP to print with windows 7 devices

Ever caught in this situations? .. your printer is attached on your XP machine and other pc/laptop is using windows 7.

If you get a new laptop running Windows 7, surely you want to share that printer so that any computer can print to it. Unfortunately, trying to print to an shared printer on XP from Windows 7 is not as simple as it should be!

In the following article, i will walk you through the steps for XP to Windows 7 printer sharing. I am assuming your printer is directly attached to a Windows XP machine and you want to print from a Windows 7 machine.

Step 1: First make sure that the printer on the XP machine is shared. You can do this by right-clicking on the printer and choosing Sharing. Click the Share this printer radio button and give your printer a share name. Make sure is less than 8 characters and does not contain any symbols.

Step 2: Make sure you can see the printer share from the network browsing area in Windows 7. You can do this by going to Control Panel and clicking on Network and Internet. Then click on View network computers and devices under Network and Sharing Center.

At this point, you should see the name of your XP computer in the list of computers. Mine XP machine is called Aseem.

Double-click on the computer name and you should see your shared printer in the list. Here you can try to add the printer by right-clicking on it and choosing Connect.

If everything goes perfectly, Windows 7 should automatically add the printer to your set of printers. However, if you get a message like “Cannot connect to printer”, follow the next steps.

Step 3: Click on Start and then click on Devices and Printers. At the top, click on the Add a printer link.

Step 4: Next choose Add a local printer. Yes, that sounds counter-intuitive, but this is what you have to do!

Step 5: Next, click Create a new port and choose Local port from the list of options.

Step 6:  Click Next and in the Port name box, type in the path to the shared printer. It should be something like \\Aseem\HPXP, where Aseem is the name of your XP machine and HPXP is the shared name of the printer.

Step 7: Now choose the printer driver from the list or download the latest driver for the printer and choose Have Disk. Note that if you printer is a little older, it’s a good idea to download the Windows 7 driver for the printer and click Have Disk.

That’s it! Windows 7 will load the driver and you’ll be able to print to the XP machine from Windows 7! The main things to remember are sharing the XP printer and downloading the latest driver for the printer on the Windows 7 machine.