Posts Tagged ‘windows-xp’

How to use a drawing tablet and Windows XP writing pad IME to write Japanese and Mandarin characters with autosuggest

2012/02/04 2 comments
  1. Our small group work spaces each now have a Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet installed.
  2. You can use these tablets in conjunction with the Windows XP writing pad IME to input Mandarin/Kanji character strokes and receive autosuggest options you can pick you character from which make not only writing faster, but also reward you for remembering your characters, expose you to more and help you identify the correct one from a list of options.
  3. Here is what the Windows XP writing pad IME and Wacom tablet looks like in action: (behind the pen: our Japanese tutor).
  4. Here is how to access Windows XP Japanese IME keyboard and handwriting:
    1. Open the application you want to write in, e.g. MS Word (the language input option is specific to the current window and defaults to”English-US international”  in the LRC if you open a new window).
    2. In the taskbar, in the language toolbar section, select Japanese or Chinese or Korean.
    3. If only the language identifier is showing in the language toolbar, right-click on it and choose “Show additional icons”
    4. Select as input method for the chosen language from icon “Options” or “Tools”” , the “IME pad” / “Handwriting”
    5. Prerequisites
        1. you need to have the handwriting IME installed for Japanese or  Chinese or Korean in Control Panel / Regional and Language Options / Text Input, and East Asian language support).
        2. For simplified Chinese, the IME Pad may not be checked to be displayed by default. Access the Tools icon menu to check it.
        3. For both simplified and traditional Chinese, if checked, the IME Pad becomes a separate top-level ion in the language bar.
        4. Some screenshots may help:

      korean-ime-pad-enable  chinese-simplified-ime-pad-enablechinese-simplified-ime-pad chinese-traditional-ime-pad

Logging off fails on teacher station?

  1. Symptoms: Cannot log off.
  2. Diagnostics:
    1. Not even after taskkilling so far (got to around “S” in process name initials)). CIMG0003 - Copy
    2. When did this behavior first manifest itself? This week? MS-Office 2010 upgrade? Novell upgrade?
  3. Workaround: Current best workaround is power-cycling the computer.
  4. Solution: Problem seems to have disappeared. Cause and resolution unclear, though.

Speaking dictionary/pronunciation help, Part 1–the pedagogy

2011/05/24 1 comment

On the LRC PC’s,  you can copy foreign language text to the clipboard (or with non-western languages to an MS-Word file) and have a wizard (right click, choose: “Read Clipboard”) pronounce for you, like so:


The following languages are supported:

Language Demo
American English  
French Le Monde
Japanese Japanese
Portuguese (Brazilian)  
Russian Gazetta
Spanish El Pais@10:34

Note 1: In reality, the audio quality is smoother than in these demos which needed to be recorded over the network using MSTSC, because of Windows Media Encoder not being able to capture the special video overlay of the MS-Agent technology.

Note 2: Deskbot has problems understanding the Windows clipboard text encoding of some non-western languages. For these languages, instead of simple double-clicking the deskbot wizard to have him read out the clipboard (which would result in gibberish), paste your text into a MS-Word document and have deskbot read this document for you instead: Use the Deskbot option “Read Word document” (allowing Word to translate the character  encoding into a format Deskbot can understand enough to aurally (even if not visually) display).

Listen to the Deskbot’s self-introduction when you log in to learn how to change the default language to the language you study.

You can also change other settings (in the LRC automatically limited to your current user session) by right-clicking the  deskbot notification-area icon deskbot-notification-area-icon

Or if you want to configure your own Windows XP computer to support foreign language text-to-speech, the procedure and settings we recommend are documented in Part 2.

Computer Lab Imaging with Ghost Console and Deepfreeze Console

0.     As of Winter 2011 Novell – AD and Deepfreeze 7 upgrade, flagged for updating: TBA.

1.  DEEPFREEZE console

1.1.    Unfreeze the image source client

2.       Client  PREPARE THE IMAGE

2.1.    Login as labadmin,

2.1.1.NAL [tba], labtools, icon Microsoft Update (be sure to use icon in launcher it will disable policies that won’t allow it otherwise use

2.1.2 Remove the machine from the domain: My Computer / System Properties / Computer Name / Button: Change / Member of: Workgroup: LRC (if it asks for a user/pwd, leave both blank and click OK), restart as prompted using Ghost Console / Add to workgroup

2.2.    Login as ITSadmin (work station only)

2.2.1.Create user testuser (Administrator), will be based on past default user template

2.3.    Log in as testuser

2.3.1.Document what you are doing by running c:\temp\ / menu button: start encoding / when done, menu button:  stop encoding, rename output file to not overwrite existing output,

2.3.2.Make changes ß centre_image_request_list_allda if software installs complain about missing H: (home) drive, plug in a thumbdrive and change its driveletter to H: ghost-client-update-fails-outside-domain-since-no-h-drive

2.3.3.Clean before making testuser default user:              control / internet options / clean history and temp files              recycling bin: empty              right-click start button: / menu item:properties / button:customize / tab:general / button:clear list + tab:advanced: clear list              C: / properties  /disk cleanup, all, except: “Compress old files”, “cached installers”, “Office setup files”       Firefox: menu: tools / clear recent history / time range: “everything”/ check everything and click button “clear now:” image

2.4.    Log in as itsadmin

2.4.1.Document what you are doing by running c:\temp\ / start encoding / rename to not overwrite existing output,

2.4.2.Manage testuser – default user transition              USERS                     Make testuser default user:   Unhide: explorer / tools / folder options / tab:view / show hidden files and folder, unhide protected operating system files          make a backup of old documents and settings/default user (entire directory, not only ntuser.dat): zip onto thumbdrive with date/version number )   xp copy profile windowskey+pause/break /tab:advanced / section:user profiles / button:settings, select the profile [you cannot copy the active profile, so log in as itsadmin], button: copy to, new window: copy to, section:copy profile to, button:browse, select c:\documents and settings\default user, button:ok                   [not even the ntuser.dat seems necessary, since even the ntuser.dat gets updated by copy profile] c:\document and settings\testuser\ntuser.dat [+dolater:subfolders?]: back up ntuser.dat to ntuser.old, then  copy into default user explorer / tools / folder options / tab:view / do not show hidden files and folder, hide protected operating system files                     Remove other accounts:   system / advanced / user profiles / clean profiles: delete all accounts except default user (it if shows) and itsadmin   administrative tools / computer management / treenode:local users and groups management / delete non built-in users and non-administrative users

2.4.3.Uninstall deepfreeze (by re-running the installer from unccapps/installs / df#wks.exe) (this will restart the computer; log in again as itsadmin)

2.4.4.delete c:\nalcache

2.4.5.backup the c:\temp \*.wmv screencasts onto a thumbdrive this as last step: run c:\windows\system32\trend\ImgSetup.exe, which gives a message: “this program has been configured to start whenever the system is restarted.”

2.4.7.if sysprep required (deploying to non-uniform hardware, e.g. dell optiplex 760 vs 780), run

2.4.8.Reboot to login screen

3.       Ghost console configuration

3.1.    Ghost console: upload/backup and download/deploy/clone the image

3.1.1. configuration resources / images / right-click: new / image pointing to a file with the NAME that includes today’s date in the format MMDDYY

3.1.2 task: “CAPTURE IMAGE” (not run): open

                  ISource machine: set to machine you have created the image on

                  Image: set to  config resource that you have just created

                   [IF NOT CHECKED]check tab:general /checkbox: Remove machine from Domain before taking an image. You must remove the computer from its domain if you are going to roll out the image file to a number of computers. [except if using sysprep].

     button: save, button:execute


4.       DEEPFREEZE console

4.1.    UNFREEZE ALL CLIENTS [LRC must be closed]

5.       Ghost console configuration

5.1.    Deploy task:

5.1.1.DEPLOY IMAGE TEST”:              [ITEM IS ONLY FYI]tab:general / check: clone,  but uncheck: configuration [tba: NOT unchecked now?] , refresh configuration, refresh inventory [tba: why?]              [ITEM IS ONLY FYI]tab: clone: check “use Ghost walker to perform a sid change”

5.1.2.configuration task “ADD TO DOMAIN”              [ITEM IS ONLY FYI] Alternative individually: ghost console / default configuration / right click computer / properties/  configuration / edit default configuration / tree: workgroup/domain membership              [ITEM IS ONLY FYI]alternative via batch configuration template:  task “Add to AD group” to add to AD [for lcs? Is this why we do this separately from the domain?]: tab:general, check configuration , target machine group: browse for your default group / coed434, tab;configuration:  browse for “add machines to ad”  – based on template “add machines to ad”, check allow template settings, tree: workgroup/domain membership  / check apply member of , check uncheck computer name which is already set, no description , workgroup/domain:, container:unccharlotte / labs / clas / lcs / workstations, uncheck: Move computers that are currently in a container.    

6.       Ghost console: TEST DEPLOY/ADD AD with 2 computers:

6.1.    Test: template task: download/deploy to 2 clients

6.2.    Test: on client:

6.2.1.Are clients joined to domain [cannot log in with domain account if not; global test: tba]

6.2.2.logging in (creating profiles based on default user) as staff and labstudent: language & translation apps coming up?

7.       Ghost console : PRODUCTION DEPLOY/ADD AD

7.1.  checks: are you deploying the right image? Are all computers turned on? Cancelling a Ghost deploy task is a pain, if it does not reboot to the login screen, run a token task like deepfreeze-boot-unfrozen  

7.2. Clone/Download, Add to Domain/AD

7.3.    Test the clients are joined to domain

7.3.1.For all: ghost console / default configuration / right click computer / properties/ configuration

8.       Clients

8.1.    Login as labadmin staff account (domain account ß uncheck “workstation only”, to freeze with this default)

8.2.    DEEPFREEZE: install from novell-delivered application, from Ghost console: deepfreeze7-install, reboot to frozen install: from Ghost console:deepfreeze7-bootfrozen

9.       DEEPFREEZE console

9.1.    Test the clients are frozen (exclamation point denotes "not sure")

9.2 Add your scheduled maintenance window, again, to avoid domain trust issues .