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Bad News for System Builders

It appears as though the flooding in Thailand will bring with it not only humanitarian issues but also severe supply issues. I have just received two emails one from Western Digital and one from Newegg concerning supply shortages. This sounds as though there may be a rough couple of months for us small business' that make a living in this ever dynamic industry.


To Customer:

As some of you may already know, the recent flooding in Thailand has resulted in supply shortages of many hard drives. As a result, we have been limiting all hard drive purchases to one per customer and are listing all internal hard drives as loss leaders until further notice. We want to thank you for your continued support of the Newegg brand. As soon as we have any additional updates, we will let you know. Thank you.

Hideaki Kondo
Affiliate Marketing Manager

Western Digital:

In mid-October we temporarily suspended production at our two factories in Thailand, which have been inundated by floodwater, to protect our employees and our equipment and facilities. We manufacture approximately 60 percent of our hard drives in Thailand. With the greatest direct manufacturing exposure to the flooded areas, the impact on our business in the short term will be greater than to other HDD manufacturers.

In addition, many of our component suppliers have been impacted, leaving material for hard drive production considerably constrained. We are working with suppliers to assess the extent of their impact and help devise short- and long-term solutions. This is a complex and dynamic problem that will require extensive rebuilding for the Thai people and government, and bring unprecedented challenges to the HDD industry for multiple quarters.


Outlook .pst errors

If you are having problems launching outlook or if you receive an error regarding errors in your .pst (personal file folder) you can try to run ScanPST.exe and fix problems.

The program itself can be found in one of the following locations

  • local disk:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12
  • local disk:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\
  • local disk:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\NT
  • local disk:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033
  • local disk:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12
  • local disk:\Program Files(x86)\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\
  • local disk:\Program Files(x86)\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033

Once opened you can browse to your .pst file which is generally located in the following folder

  • local disk:\Documents and Settings\%user%\local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook            for XP
  • local disk:\Users\%user%\appdata\local\microsoft\outlook         for Vista/7

You then click repair and ScanPST.exe will begin a series of checks on your file. Once that is complete ScanPST.exe will ask if you want to create a backup of your file before you proceed with any repairs, give this a relavent file name and choose repair.


Categroy 5e pin-out Diagram











These are the standard pin outs for creating a category 5e (cat 5e) ethernet cable for use with wired 10/100/1000 networks.

*Unless you need to create a "cross-over" cable you would use the same standard A or B for both ends. Using A on one end and B on the other end is for creating a "cross-over" cable.


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Increase IRP in Windows Registry

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If you are having a problem with an error stating "not enough server storage is available to process the command." you may have a value in the registry for irpstacksize that is too low here are the instructions on how to resolve this:

  1. Click Start and select Run
  2. Type regedit
  3. Expand the HKLM key to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters
  4. Select the DWORD Value IRPStackSize and choose edit
  5. Input a Decimal Value between 15 and 48 (48 being more)

A Description of IRPStackSize from Microsoft:

The IRPStackSize parameter specifies the number of stack locations in I/O request packets (IRPs) that are used by Windows 2000 Server, by Windows Server 2003, and by Windows XP. You may have to increase this number for certain transports, for media access control (MAC) drivers, or for file system drivers. Each stack uses 36 bytes of memory for each receive buffer.