How to repair files identified as corrupted by sfc /scannow

A frequently used tool to identify Windows issues is the System File Checker, or sfc. It’s usually run as such:

sfc /scannow

This will scan through your system files and tell you if any files are corrupt. But — is there an easy way to repair those corrupt files, other than doing a full re-install? Turns out, there is: Connecting to the Internet, and using dism, as shown below:

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

See below for a copy-paste log that I did on the system I’m currently using to write this post. SFC identified corrupt files, I ran dism, and then re-ran sfc.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>sfc /scannow

Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan. 
Verification 100% complete.

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not supported in offline servicing scenarios.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool 
Version: 6.3.9600.17031

Image Version: 6.3.9600.17031

The restore operation completed successfully. The component store corruption was repaired. 
The operation completed successfully.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>sfc /scannow

Beginning system scan.  This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.

Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

Credits to this forum for having the original post of the fix.

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Mobile HF QRP – 10 watt limit?

Here’s a question for my Amateur Radio friends out there:

How important are RF power considerations when operating mobile HF?

Here’s why I’m asking: I’m looking into HF, and mobile HF is going to be an option I explore. My owners manual (see below) says to keep the power below 10 watts for CB (29 MHz). I currently operate VHF up to 50 75 watts with no issues, but I know 2 meter and 10/11 meter are well different.

I’ve heard second- and third-hand stories of people killing their ECMs from high power output, so that’s why I’m throwing the question out. I’m not keen on making my VW into a 5-figure paperweight, and I’m okay with keeping it under 10 watts, but I want to know your thoughts and opinions. Note: I’m looking for information strictly related to the possible effect on the vehicle electronics, not human RF exposure. That’s a different topic entirely. 

My intention is to connect the radio’s power supply directly to the vehicle battery (both positive and negative), and use a mount that provides electrical grounding of the antenna as well.

Here’s the page from my owners manual:

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So let me know your thoughts and opinions below. Post your call only if you’re comfortable doing so. Please let me know your thoughts, what bands you operate mobile on, what power levels, and what (if any) your installation considerations are. 



Event ID 129 on Windows Server 2012 on HP MicroServer N40L

Storage Spaces driver.

Symptoms of this issue:

  • Hard drive activity light solid on
  • Occasional disk hangs
  • Event ID 129 in Windows logs storahci “Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort0, was issued.”


  • Go to Power Options > Advanced > PCI Express > Link State Power Management and set it to Off.
  • Reboot the server

Source: Event ID 129 – storachi – Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort0, was issued. (

Fully resolved the issue for me.


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Installation of IE9 via Windows Update fails with 0×80092004

There are two ways to fix this, and I found I had to do both steps to make it work.

1) Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Reset and reset all settings. Try the update again.

Source: Installation of IE 9 fails with error code 80092004 (

2) Open an administrator-level command prompt, and run the following:

FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*9.*.mum /c "cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"

Source: How to install ie9 (Internet Explorer 9) on Windows 7 despite 80092004 error (


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How to format a disk GPT in FreeNAS

gpart create -s gpt adaX
gpart add -t freebsd-ufs adaX
newfs /dev/adaXp1

Also reference this post for more info:


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Counterfeit Prolific programming cables and the Baofeng UV-B5 and UV-B6

Miklor has an excellent tutorial which explains the situation with counterfeit Prolific cables, and how to get the correct driver installed and working.

In short, it’s simply a matter of installing the correct cable driver (the older Prolific driver), plugging in the cable, and then choosing the correct driver in Device Manager. In Linux, the cables seem to work fine with no issues.

There are a couple of additional things to keep in mind:

1) After installing the working driver, make sure you continue to plug the cable into that same USB port. Plugging it in to a different port will cause the Windows driver to reload. If you do, just update it with the working driver again.

2) Windows Update may offer an update to your “outdated” Prolific driver. Just block or hide this update.

3) If you plug the Prolific cable into your radio with the wrong driver installed, the LED will turn red. You ARE transmitting a carrier. Keep that in mind. Make sure your radio is tuned to an in-band, unused frequency before plugging the cable into your radio if you’re not sure of the driver situation, or just check Device Manager, as the wrong driver will show a yellow exclamation mark.

Here’s a photo of the led gone red from the wrong drivers installed:


Have anything else to add to this? Please feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you!

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Baofeng UV-B6 frequency issues above 499Mhz

The Baofeng UV-B6 (and B5 too, I’m assuming) are factory programmed to operate UHF up to 480Mhz. You can easily unlock this to 520Mhz through either the Baofeng software or CHIRP.

However, the radio exhibits some really strange display issues when you tune above 499Mhz. Take a look at the two videos below for a demonstration.

It’s also worth noting that the UV-B6 antenna that mine came with was only indicated for use up to 480Mhz. Yours may be the same.


If you have anything to share about this, please do so in the comments section below. Thank you!

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Fix for Fallout 3 randomly freezing

It seems that Fallout 3 does not handle being run on a processor with more than 2 cores, which leads to random freezing.

Fix: Edit the fallout.ini file in “C:Users(your name)DocumentsMy GamesFallout 3″ (Windows 7 and above)

In the [General] section, locate the bUseThreadedAI=0 line and change it to bUseThreadedAI=1

Below that, add iNumHWThreads=2.

Save the file and restart Fallout 3.

Note that if you’re having issues where Fallout crashes after starting a new game, it’s most likely due to incompatible video hardware, most notably trying to run it with Intel-based graphics.

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Skype no audio and crashing on OpenSUSE 12.3

Skype for OpenSUSE (download link) may have no audio and frequently crash. This issue is caused by missing packages for the audio subsystem.

Solution: install the packages alsa-plugins-pulse-32bit and pavucontrol

sudo zypper in alsa-plugins-pulse-32bit pavucontrol

Please feel free to leave any feedback in the comments section below.



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