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Adobe Blue screen's when 2 PDF's are opened at the same time

well here is a new one, when you open 2 pdf's at the same time in acrobat reader 9, and you have 2d acceleration enabled (default) windows pukes.

found this article that explains it just the same senario except we are using ATI, however disabeling the 2d does fix the problem.

TopicAcrobat Reader 9 Crashes PC When Opening 2 Documents Simultaneously (2D Graphics Acceleration Relateshaungupta - 09:31pm Dec 16, 2008 Pacific

Hey all,

Weird issue. I noticed my Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 crashes when opening two PDF's simultaneously. The first one opens just fine. The second one, a new window opens, but there's only black inside the 2nd Reader window. It finally (after way too long) begins to show the document, and then I get a blue screen of death with a fault in nvlddmkm.sys, the nVidia display driver for my video card. It says it was unable to reset the display drivers, dumps the memory, and reboots. One interesting note is that if I close the "black" window before it blue s…

Easy Uninstaller for Norman Anti Virus

yes i said Norman (not to be confused with Norton). This POS antivirus has missed countless virus'es, trojans, and backdoors running on workstations and im am more then happy to see it go. for those of you also jumping ship here is a simple vbscript to uninstall

Dim WshShell, oExec
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set oExec = WshShell.Exec("C:\Norman\nvc\Bin\Delnvc5.exe /quiet")
Do While oExec.Status = 0
WScript.Sleep 100
Dim WshShell2, oExec2
Set WshShell2 = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set oExec2 = WshShell2.Exec("shutdown -r -t 120")
Do While oExec2.Status = 0
WScript.Sleep 100

I used a bat file to run this against may workstations with psexec.exe

FOR /F %%I IN (clients.txt) DO call :COPYFILES %%I

IF %1 =="" Goto :END

copy uninstall.vbs \\%1\c$
psexec.exe \\%1 wscript.exe C:\uninstall.vbs


Hyper-V vs Xen vs Vmware

I would like to start out saying i have always been a supporter of VMware, their product was great implementing my first virtual data center. However after testing both VMware, Xen, and Hyper-V I have become more and more fond of Hyper-V for several reasons.
1. Its included in the 2008 OS (free)
2. Its a familar windows interface , and makes teaching older admins easier
3. Fail Over clustering is (free)
4. If you buy datacenter edition, you can install as many manchines as you want , and they are covered by the datacenter lincense.

VMWare although has the lowest disk and memmory footprint, is just too expensive to for the same fuctionality.

Xen, was a contender however it was targeted towards more virtual linux platforms and since its free release many linux stros have jumpedship in favor of KVM

My current deployment is under way and i will report back after a few months of usage.