This game is currently unavailable ( Dependency failure ) in Steam

December 1, 2012 1 comment

This morning I tried to play some CoD:Black Ops 2 and after the game had updated, I couldn’t start the game. I kept getting an error:


After some poking around, I found out that there were actually other components of the game that were still installing. In my case, it was the Zombies addon. I was able to verify this by going into the Steam client and viewing my Library of games. There, I saw the other components still updating:


Steam apparently wasn’t smart enough to let me know there were still updates taking place, but as soon as they were done, I was back to playing Black Ops 2!


“The file is corrupt and cannot be opened” when opening Outlook Attachments with Office 2013

September 10, 2012 42 comments

I left Outlook 2010 installed when I upgraded to Office 2013 because we’re still using Exchange 2003 which is not supported by Outlook 2013.

After upgrading, I couldn’t open any attachments directly from Outlook, even after downloading them first.

Excel, Word and PowerPoint would give me an error “The file is corrupt and cannot be opened”.


After manually downloading the attachment, I received the same error. I found that when I looked at the file properties, Office marked the file with a nice message: “This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer.”


I found that in order to prevent this behavior, I had to change some settings in Excel.

File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings…

Click the “Protected View” menu item and uncheck the three security options. This must be repeated for Word and PowerPoint as well.


The message is still there in the file properties after downloading a file attachment from Outlook, but now Office doesn’t complain when trying to open them, nor does Outlook.

Categories: Microsoft Office

Windows 7 USB Drive Netbook Install

April 1, 2012 Leave a comment

here are plenty of guides out there to install Windows 7 from a USB drive, but found there were quite a few caveats.

The step-by-step:

1. Get a usb drive that has no important data on it (it’s about to be destroyed) and connect it to a Vista or Windows 7 computer.

2. Fire up the command prompt (with admin rights!) and run DISKPART.

First type DISKPART and hit enter to see the below message.

Bootable USB Drive

Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number (ex: Disk 1) of your USB flash drive. In the below screenshot my Flash Drive Disk no is Disk 1.

4. Next type all the below commands one by one. Here I assume that your disk drive no is “Disk 1”.If you have Disk 2 as your USB flash drive then use Disk 2.Refer the above step to confirm it.

So below are the commands you need to type and execute one by one:







(Format process may take few seconds)



Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.

Bootable USB Drive

5. Next insert your Windows7/Vista DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive. In this guide I will assume that your DVD drive letter is “D” and USB drive letter is “H” (open my computer to know about it).

6. Maximize the minimized Command Prompt in the 4th step.Type  the following command now:

D:CD BOOT and hit enter.Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.

CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.

7. Type another command given below to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.



Where “H” is your USB drive letter. Once you enter the above command you will see the below message.

8. Copy your Windows 7/Vista DVD contents to the USB flash drive.

9. Your USB drive is ready to boot and install Windows 7/Vista. Only thing you need to change the boot priority at the BIOS to USB from the HDD or CD ROM drive. I won’t explain it as it’s just the matter the changing the boot priority or enabling the USB boot option in the BIOS.

Note: If you are not able to boot after following this guide means you haven’t set the BIOS priority to USB. If you got any problem in following this guide feel free to ask questions by leaving comment.

Categories: Windows 7

HTC Thunderbolt Root Problems

March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Yay! I upgraded my Droid X to the Thunderbolt this week and rooted the thing as soon as team AndIRC put out the instructions (found here:

I did have a few problems getting it rooted the first time around, so here’s a few notes in case you get stuck as well.

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Disable Gmail Spam Filtering

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

As an administrator of Google Apps accounts, I have found that we needed to stop the Gmail spam filtering because we wanted to use an in house software package instead. Unfortunately, there’s no way to turn spam filtering off. However, there is a workaround:

  • In your Gmail account, go to Settings
  • Click the ‘Filters‘ menu
  • Click ‘Create new filter
  • In the Has the words: section, type is:spam, and click ‘Next Step’
  • Click OK when Gmail prompts you with a warning
  • Choose ‘Never Send it to Spam‘ and click ‘Create Filter’

Now Gmail will simply move anything it classifies as spam to the Inbox, thereby disabling the spam filter.

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Import iMovie Video Projects to External Drive

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve been using iMovie at work to do some video post production and had a problem when I ran out of space and wanted to import footage to an external drive. Thanks to Apple’s lacking documentation (or my inability to find the details), this wasn’t as straightforward as I would have hoped.

In iMovie, File > Import menu gives you a ‘Save To’ drop down menu. To get your drive to show up here, there are two criteria you need to meet:

  • The external drive must be fast enough. My 2TB external drive wasn’t available when connected via USB 2.0, but became available when connected via FireWire.
  • The external drive has to be formatted as Mac OS Extended or Mac OS Extended Journaled.

Once the drive was properly formatted and connected via FireWire, iMovie saw it as an option for import.

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A Disk Read Error Occurred: Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart

January 9, 2011 1 comment

Well this is a step back in time. I was upgrading the hard drive in a friend’s aging laptop to something with more capacity. We were doing a fresh installation so this should be easy.

1. Install hard drive.
2. Power on PC
3. Boot from Windows XP Installation Disc.
4. Ran through the partitioning and file copy process, reboot.
5. ERROR: A Disk Read Error Occurred: Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

Huh? Search for this error on Google and you’ll a variety of different solutions. Western Digital even has a page dedicated to the error. Unfortunately, none of those solutions worked for me.

The Fix
Honestly, I’m not sure which of these two solutions actually was responsible for the fix. Maybe it was one of the other or maybe the combination of both.

First, I downloaded and burned Hiren’s Boot CD. If you don’t already have this in your repair arsenal, this is a must have. I booted the disc and used the MBR tools to wipe the MBR from the hard drive.

I then booted back to the XP CD and choose to format the 320GB hard drive into two partitions…a 100GB and 220GB partition.

After doing that, the installation went nice and smooth! I’ve learned to just accept that sometimes things just work and I don’t need to know why.