Category: Windows XP x86

Safely ejecting USB flash thumb drives in Linux

In Windows, we use safely remove devices when removing USB drives, as typical inexpensive flash drives write data quite slowly (less than 5MB/sec). This is because by default, Windows “write caches”, that is, Windows uses RAM to temporarily store files — making the copy/write operation appear done faster than it actually is. In Linux, the […]

Which format to use for sharing USB flash thumb drives and USB HDD

I have found that EXFAT is the most convenient format for sharing files between Mac/Linux/Windows/Android. EXFAT is supported from Windows XP through Windows 8.1 and beyond. EXFAT is supported on Mac OS X from 10.6.3 and newer [1]. EXFAT is supported on Linux from CentOS 5 and Ubuntu 10.04 and newer. EXFAT is supported from […]

Stop MATLAB high CPU usage on Idle (Windows/Mac/Linux)

For at least Matlab R2013a and R2013b, you may find that after opening the Matlab Help Browser (and even after closing just the Help Browser while keeping Matlab itself open), that Matlab uses 100% of one CPU core at about 25% duty cycle. You can try pasting this command into Matlab (it will persist, you […]

Xrdp on Ubuntu 12.04 through 14.04

Note: ubuntu-2d was REMOVED from Ubuntu 12.10 onward. So for Xrdp on Ubuntu 12.10 and newer, observe the specific steps below. For cases where you have to allow RDP users from Mac/Windows to connect to a linux machine, and for whatever reason you can’t install TightVNC on the Mac/Windows user PCs, you can try Xrdp, […]

Using SketchUp 8 in Linux (wine)

You will possibly get a “SketchUp was unable to initialize OpenGL” error when trying to use SketchUp 8 under Wine 1.5 (and sometimes under Windows XP on older hardware). To fix this OpenGL error for SketchUp8 on Windows XP or Linux/Wine, type “regedit” and then edit the key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Google/SketchUp8/GLConfig/Display to have a value of 1. […]

Installing FFMPEG and FFPLAY on Windows

To install FFMPEG and FFPLAY on Windows (XP through 7) follow these steps: 1) download FFMPEG from 2) unzip the folders inside to c:\ffmpeg 3) set your PATH to include c:\ffmpeg\bin You can now use the powerful FFMPEG from the Windows Command Prompt. Note: if you don’t already have 7zip installed on Windows, download […]

One-click RDP over SSH tunnel with Windows machines at both ends

While you can use PuTTY for SSH tunneling and then manually launch Remote Desktop Connection, I find it more efficient to simply reuse techniques so convenient from Linux. Here is how to do one-click RDP over SSH tunnel using Windows on both ends using Cygwin. Example: Suppose your remote SSH server on the remote Windows […]

Windows XP: missing class msstdfmt.dll

This class missing msstdfmt.dll might be related to a VB6 program you’re trying to use. To download msstdfmt.dll from Microsoft, follow these steps: download 2gb152.exe (<1MB): Run this 2gb152.exe, extracting its contents to c:\temp Copy msstdfmt.dll to c:\windows\system32 click Start, Run, then type cmd and press Enter type regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\msstdfmt.dll Now your program will […]