Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Time Machine "The backup volume could not be found" and "Time Machine could not be configured The built-in network interface could not be found".

Time Machine sais:
The backup volume could not be found
Time Machine could not be configured
The built-in network interface could not be found

This worked for my hackintosh, I hope it works for you as well!

1. Open osx86tools
2. Click on "Add EFI Strings/Boot flag"
3. Click "Ethernet settings"
4. Click "Import string to boot editor"
5. Click "Apply changes to"

If you get the Applescript /bin/sh error, check the previous blog post on fixing that one

Solution to osx86tools': Applescript Error /bin/sh: /Applications/OSx86: No such file or directory

I was trying to "Apply changes to" but I kept getting the error:

Applescript Error
/bin/sh: /Applications/OSx86: No such file or directory

I looked in my Applications folder, and saw that osx86tools were in their own folder. Moving the application out of its folder and straight into Applications rather than its own subfolder fixed the problem. I had problems launching it afterwards but I "Force quit" it and it worked!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Debrand / Rebrand the c905 on your own for free

This procedure will reset everything in your phone, backup your stuff before proceeding (the memory card won't be affected). Please note that A2Uploader might be detected as a virus, DISABLE your antivirus before proceeding, you can't afford to have it stop A2Uploader while it's connected to your phone. I can't guarantee that it's a 100% false alert, what I know for sure is that the majority of software that perform low-level functions on phones might trigger false alarms on less-able antivirus suites. I used this version that I have uploaded, if that makes you feel better!

1. Download A2Uploader, USB drivers and customize_upgrade.xml here
2. Install ggsetup- (USB drivers)
3. Download the Sony Ericsson Update service software
4. Launch A2Uploader and click on Identify.
5. Remove-insert your phone's battery
6. Hold C (on your phone) and plug it in. Note that on some phones you have to press 2+5 instead of C
7. Take a note of the CDA number (format 12xx-xxxx) for future reference
8. Select the CDA of the firmware you want to use from this list. When debranding I used the Western Europe (Uk customized) 1214-7311
9. Modify the CDA code in the customize_upgrade.xml to match the CDA you chose from the list
10. Disconnect phone, remove/reinsert battery and click FileSystem tool in A2Uploader
11. Hold C and reconnect your phone
12. Once the filesystem is read, drag and drop customize_upgrade.xml to tpa/preset/custom/
13. Check that the file has been transfered and click "Shutdown FS manager"
14. Turn on your phone and let it install the new CDA
15. After it's finished launch the Sony Ericsson Update service and follow the instructions.

When I was in the process of debranding my phone, SEUS told me that I already have the latest software, even though I followed this procedure. I did two things, one of them was to perform a master reset AFTER having copied the xml to the phone, the second one I can't remember! After that, SEUS gave me the choice to re-flash my phone.

Based on this tutorial found at esato, which was copied from somewhere at topsony

boot0: MBR boot0: Done Non-system disk press any key to reboot

Right. I have windows on HDD1. I have OSX on HDD2. They are on different HDDs. I was messing around with HDD2's partitions through linux and then through OSX, everything turned out fine in the end. A couple of days later, I get a kernel panic (probably my first) and I reboot.

boot0: MBR
boot0: done
Non-system disk press any key to reboot

This is what solved my problem:
1. Booted Ubuntu 9.04 live cd
2. Started Partition Editor (GParted)
3. Set my OSX partition's BOOT flag to ON.
4. Reboot
Et voila!

Not this might not work, or might mess things up for you since the same error might mean many, many other things than just your partition not being active.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Using Harvard style references in MS Word 2007

1. Download the "BibWord styles" from the nice guys at BibWord
2. Extract to \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\Bibliography\Style\
3. Restart Word. The new styles should be in the Style list

For Mac users, the Word Styles folder should be at:
/Applications/Microsoft Office 2008/Microsoft

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

iPhone jailbreak stuck at "Waiting for reboot"

I tried going to 3.0.1 from 3.0, using redsn0w and its developers' suggestions. I updated to 3.0.1 through itunes, and tried to JB with redsn0w 0.8 and the 3.0 ipsw. The jailbreak kept getting stuck at "waiting for reboot".

I just removed the USB cable from the iPhone and reinserted it back at once. It worked, the jailbreak was succesfull - I tried this with two iPhones and I had the same problem which got solved with the same solution.

Although this worked for me, there are no guarantees it will work for you; I bear no responsibility if you break your iPhone!