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Having issues upgrading APC 9640 Network Manager card 3

Of course this is still a thing. Even though when you log into the management page, you can click firmware upgrade, it fails to upload throwing:

Trying numerous browsers, the upgrade always fails via the browser for my AP9640/41/42 APC Network Management Cards. So just like I experienced before with the AP9617/18/19 cards, you have to drop into FTP to successfully upgrade. The process is one of a few options pulled from APC’s website: https://www.apc.com/us/en/faqs/FA156047/

Before upgrading, make sure you pulled down the Bin file, which as of this posting (November 2021) was: apc_hw21_su_1-5-1-1.nmc3 You can find it by downloading the latest file from apc’s website and running the exe file. Then dive into the directories to C:\apc_hw21_su_1-5-1-1\Bins . If for some reason this file doesn’t exist anymore, you can pull it down from here: https://vivithemage.com/extra/apc_hw21_su_1-5-1-1.nmc3

MD5 HASH: AEDA1DEECF92D6DC956DE9A8235DDB11
SHA256 HASH: 2D68A703308F222E453BA525816B544635DE03D451D406BB52A856CD0920F1A9

This is what you have to do to upgrade:

Manual (via FTP) – Network Management Card 3

1. To perform a firmware flash with this method the Management Card must have been previously configured with a System IP, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway and attached to the network. In addition, FTP Server must be enabled.

2. Open an MS-DOS command prompt window on a PC which is connected to the network. Change to the directory which contains the firmware upgrade files. Some example commands which need to be entered are shown in bold in order to change directoriesPlease note, this is just an example. You may need to enter a full path to a directory which requires different syntax.
C:\>cd apc
C:\apc>

3. Open an FTP client session.

C:\apc>ftp 192.168.1.100 (192.168.1.100 being the IP address of the web card)

4. Log in as Administrator (apc is the default user name and password).

5. Upgrade the firmware:

ftp>bin(specifies binary transfer mode which is required)
ftp> hash (optional – enables hash mark printing as a way of monitoring file transfer progress)
ftp>put apc_hw21_SU_XXXX.nmc3(XXX being the version number downloaded)
6. When FTP confirms the transfer, type quit to close the session.

7. Wait about 20 – 30 seconds.

That is it, APC Network Manager will reboot and you’ll be upgraded.

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General Computing Uncategorized

SABnzbd 3.4.1 Windows – Untrusted certificate

Interesting issue that popped up right after upgrading. My SABNZB started throwing cert errors on all of my usenet servers. Too much of a coincidence, and it looks like there was an expired cert. The error SabNZB kept spitting out was:

Server blablabla uses an untrusted certificate [Certificate not valid. This is most probably a server issue.]

This is a shameless pull from /u/MonstaGraphics on reddit who posted the fix.

  1. Press the Windows/Start button, Type MMC and press enter.
  2. Press Ctrl+M.
  3. Double-click on “Certificates” in the left list, then click the “Finish” button. Click “OK” to close the window.
  4. Expand “Certificates – Current User”, then expand “Intermediate Certificate Authorities”, then click “Certificates”.
  5. Find the expired certificate titled “R3”, and delete it. Close the Window, you don’t need to save anything once prompted.
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Gaming

Fallout 4 mouse lag fix

I have not played fallout 4 in a while, but for some reason, mouse lag was still a problem as it was in fallout 3 and New Vegas. The fix is the same though. Navigate to here:

C:\Users\**USERNAME**\Documents\My Games\Fallout4

Use your favorite file editor to modify these two files: Fallout4.ini and Fallout4Prefs.ini If you do not have a file editor, try notepad, or get yourself notepad++ to enable yourself a lot more editing functionality.

You want to change line iPresentInterval=1 to be iPresentInterval=0

That resolved it for me, again. At least the fix is consistent!

Enjoy.

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Nintendo Switch does not detect SD Card – Plug ribbon cable back in option

My Nintendo switch v2 stopped detecting my SD card. I was able to plug the SD card back into my PC and it was detecting OK. I am guessing my son dropped the switch, and I am out of warranty. So I took it apart to see what was behind there, I figured these connectors aren’t super strong, they are usually a ribbon cable. I was right, it was not connected anymore. Put it back in, and it was good.

If you think that might be you, here’s what it looks like to reconnect the ribbon cable. You can find numerous teardown videos to get to this stage, it’s only a few screws. One caveat, be very gentle with the screws, do not over tighten them as they are very soft metal. They will strip easily.

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General Computing

Bypassing the Google Chrome “Your connection is not private” Warning

Sometimes this will pop up, specifically with a website that has a CA signed by the military, government, or self signed certs. In Google Chrome, at least as of version 92.0.4515.159, you can do this to get around it. Just know, that your session may not be as secure as you’d like, so you better know what you are hitting!

The fix is to left click anywhere on the site page, and then type:

thisisunsafe

If it worked, the site should reload and get you in. You do not need to press enter, it will automatically take it. There’s no text box, or typing prompt, just type it on the screen after you left click on the page.

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Google Fi $20 credit

I know Google fi has been around for quite a while, but I recently switched and have been enjoying it a lot. My favorite perk has been when I travel internationally, you get high speed data rolled in to 200+ countries. Assuming you pick one of their plans that allow for that functionality. If you want a free $20 credit, you can sign up with promo code 8JRXF9 or this link will also take you there: https://g.co/fi/r/8JRXF9

It also kicks me over a $20 credit, so win-win!

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Operating Systems

CentOS 8 Stream Error setting up base repository

This is a super simple fix. If you are trying to set up a centos 8 stream server with just the boot iso and the internet. You need to select the repo that it can pick from so you can get your packages. When you are selecting your isntallation source, the “on the network” source you can pick for a repository URL is:

mirror.centos.org/centos/8-stream/BaseOS/x86_64/os/

Select done and then you can select your packages. My go to is a minimal install, then you can continue your installation.

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Coupon code for namesilo.com renewals or transfers

This code should work on renewals as well as transfers. It should get you $1 off your domain purchase. The code you can use when you do a renewal or transfer with namesilo.com is:

vivi-onedollar

Full disclosure: I get some sort of affiliate return. But the goal would be to save you at least a dollar!

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Gaming Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch static port for PfSense on its outbound NAT fix NAT D

This should resolve anyone trying to connect outbound with their Nintendo Switch when it gets stuck on NAT D when using a pfsense router. I am using version 2.5.1-RELEASE as of this guide creation. Doing this also creates no reason to enable uPNP either. This assumes your Nintendo Switch is using a Static IP, or has a DHCP IP reservation so you can keep using the same IP. But if you have not set up a DHCP static lease, see step 1, otherwise skip to step 2.

1. Set a static IP address for the device via DHCP static mappings

  • Status -> DHCP Leases, find the device, click + to add a mapping, set a static address, save, etc. I have an IP range outside my DHCP scope that I like to use for static leases.

2. Switch to Hybrid Outbound NAT

  • Firewall -> NAT, Outbound tab
  • Select Hybrid Outbound NAT, Save

3. Add Outbound NAT rule

  • Firewall -> NAT -> Outbound tab
  • Click Add
  • Set the console address as the source (Type = Network, then enter the IP address, pick /32 for the CIDR)
  • Check Static Port
  • Click Save

That is it, you should now have NAT Type B, which should let you play Splatoon 2, and connect to other Animal crossing users.

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EVGA Associates code for 10% discounts

Warning, this is purely an ad post for my associates code. Good news is it can get you up to 10% off any hardware at evga.com and it’s store. When you go to check out, just punch in this associates code during checkout: I6AM2ZPP7846RU5

That is it! Should save you up to 10%. Otherwise here’s the total savings per product type:

Product Type
Audio
10.00%

Capture Device
5.00%

Cases
10.00%

Cooling
10.00%

Gaming Keyboards
5.00%

Gaming Mice
5.00%

Graphics
3.00%

Motherboards
5.00%

Power Supplies
10.00%

I appreciate you for using my code!