Archive for June, 2009

Connect Samsung ML-1630W to wireless router

(Note – technical entry.  Skip unless you are trying to configure your Samsung ML-1630W to a wireless router)

I. Hate. Printers.

I bought brand new ink cartridges (of every color) for my Epson Stylus Photo RX-510 last week. I needed to print out a document that only needed black ink, but the stupid printer refused to work unless all the color ink cartridges had ink in them.  What a scam.  So I hauled myself to Sim Lim and bought 90 SGD worth of ink cartridges.

Today I fired up the printer because I needed to print 2 pages of a document.  In black.  IT DIDN’T WORK.  I spent hours troubleshooting it and finally gave up.  It was dead.  Time to get a new printer.

Have you ever gone to Sim Lim while suffering from a cold?  It’s not enjoyable at all. Trudging from store to store, asking about prices, trying to bargain, batting away all the flyers people are shoving at you… bah!

I bought the Samsung ML-1630W on the recommendation of a friend.  It’s a monochrome laser printer.

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Reviews of it on Amazon indicate that people have trouble setting it up on the network.  I did as well. I resorted to calling Samsung technical support who, while extremely friendly, were horribly wrong in their assessment.  They told me the printer was broken and that I should return it to the store.

So I rolled up my sleeves and figured out how to do it myself.

My network configuration – wireless router with WPA-Personal security, some laptops connected wirelessly and a desktop connected via wire.

To get the Samsung ML-1630W to connect wirelessly and configure the network key, you have to do the following:

  1. Connect the crossover (looks like an ethernet / RJ-45 cable) cable from the printer to a computer
  2. Disable your Firewall (Yes, it’s insecure, but you have to do it).  Disable the firewall for all network configs (i.e. home, work, public)
  3. From the CD that comes with the printer, go to the Application folder, SetIP folder, and run Setup
  4. Run SetIP – you should see something like “SEC0015xxxxx” listed under printer name
  5. Select it and click “Manual Setting” (3rd button from the left)
  6. Enter the Mac address that is already displayed for the printer when SetIP first launched
  7. Enter an IP Address that is in the valid range of your wireless network (i.e. if your network assigns IPs from 192.168.1.100 to 192.168.1.50, enter something like 192.168.1.25)
  8. Enter Subnet Mask and Default Gateway (you can get these by going to the Windows command prompt and typing in IPCONFIG – then look for the associated IP addresses)
  9. Hit Apply – this will force the printer to always have these IP settings – you need to do this cause the printer is too stupid to work with the Dynamic IPs assigned by the router’s DHCP server… even though it’s supposed to!!!
  10. Disconnect the crossover cable from the printer
  11. Connect the printer to your router using an ethernet cable
  12. Launch the web browser from your computer
  13. Go to http://IPAddressOfPrinter (if you assigned it 192.168.1.25 you would go to http://192.168.1.25)
  14. Web page for the printer should load
  15. Click on “Network Settings” on the top tab
  16. Click on “Wireless” on the left menu
  17. Select “Custom” from Wireless Settings and click next
  18. By “Search List” click the dropdown and find your wireless network
  19. Go to the bottom and insert your network key
  20. Click Apply
  21. Unplug the ethernet cable from your printer – it should then connect wirelessly to the router
  22. Pump your fist in the air and yell, “Take that Samsung!  Screw your technical support! I am a computer god!”  And then realize you spent hours fussing over this and feel hateful towards all big companies and their inability to provide adequate technical support.
  23. Leave a comment on this entry if it worked for you. :)

 

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Gates on Gates

People should envy Bill Gates not for his wealth but for the relationship he has built with his parents.

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Visiting lolcats.com always brightens my day.

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And this is what we’ve come to…

“We have watched half of the first season and the picture and sound are great. We live in the Philippines and there is no other way for us to see these. I want my Filipina wife to see these because this series shows a lot of family values and ways of dealing with people that we use in the US. I want my wife to learn about the culture I come from and our TV shows like this are a very good way to do this.”

– in reference to Star Trek Voyager

Project Natal on Jimmy Fallon

The internet has been rife with speculation about whether the Project Natal demonstration at E3 was rigged.

Kudo Tsunoda, creative director for Project Natal, made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and dispelled those rumors.

Natal is going to be awesome!

Success & Motivation by Mark Cuban

Normally I’m not one to share inspirational / how-to-be-successful articles (I find most of them cheesy), but I like Mark Cuban’s plain-talking straightforward views.

I also admire how he was pretty much just like any of us.  A struggling student, didn’t get the best of grades, and goofed off with his friends most of the time.

Success and Motivation – 2009

I particularly like this:

“1. Recognize that its ok to live like a student.

It doesn’t matter where you live. It doesn’t matter how you live. It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive. It doesn’t matter what kind of clothes you wear. It doesn’t matter.  Your biggest enemies are your bills.  The more you owe, the more you stress. The more you stress over bills, the more difficult it is to focus on your goals.  More importantly, if you set your monthly income requirements too high, you eliminate a significant number of opportunities. The cheaper you can live, the greater your options. Remember that.”

Windows 7 Themes

I’ve installed the Windows 7 Release Candidate on all my machines.  It’s running on a custom-built Intel Core 2 Duo desktop, a HP Mini 1000 Netbook, and a 15 inch Macbook Pro running Boot Camp.  They are all running very well.  The only “problem” is I can’t get the microphone in the HP Mini 1000 to work but I haven’t spent time trying to fix that yet.  The other machines are running great and the only times I have needed to reboot have been when Windows Update sent some test patches through the system.

Best of all, sleep mode finally WORKS!  On my Macbook Pro it was > 70% chance that if I closed the lid or otherwise put the machine to sleep, it would hang and need to be powered off without the proper shutdown procedure.  Now I snap the lid shut and it goes to sleep like a little baby that has drunk Nyquil.

Anyway, a great personalization feature of Windows 7 is themes.  There are some included by default that are beautiful.  Architecture, Characters, and Scenes are the ones I like the most.

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This entry from the “Engineering Windows 7 Blog” explains how to create, save, and share Windows 7 themes.