Google Chromecast update fail and other issues

Fix – Update stuck or hanging? Can’t connect? Read this troubleshooting guide.

We have used Chromecasts since the first ‘model’ came out, and generally they have run without an issue.  Our first Chromecast appeared to have died, it would no longer connect,  so we bought a new Chromecast 2 and spent an evening trying to set it up.  Everything appeared to be working OK until it tried to fetch an update, at which point it just stayed at 0% (zero percent).  Here’s what we tried and how we eventually fixed it:

  • First we tried switching it off and waiting 30 seconds or so before switching back on.  This has worked for some but not for us, it just went straight to the update screen and stayed at 0%.
  • Next we tried resetting it to factory settings, another online suggestion, by holding the reset button for 25 seconds or so until it rebooted.  We went through the setup procedure again, it tried to fetch an update annnnnnnd stuck once more at 0%.
  • We recently upgraded our broadband and BT had kindly sent us a new Home Hub.  Now I don’t know if other routers have this functionality but when you log on for the first time with a new device you are redirected to a set up page where you can set parental controls etc.  Possibly the Chromecast was being treated as a new device when it tried to get an update, being redirected to this page would certainly confuse it.  To switch off this feature do the following:
    • In your browser go to http://bthomehub.home/
    • Select ‘Advanced Settings’
    • On the next screen enter your username and password and on the following screen select ‘continue to advanced settings’.
    • Select ‘Home Network’ and then ‘Smart Setup’
    • Change ‘Enable Smart Setup’ to ‘No’ and click the apply button.
    • Reset the Chromecast to factory settings once more and try again!
  • Now this didn’t work for us initially but we did discover that our old Chromecast 1 was now able to connect and function correctly once more and I think this was part of the solution to getting the Chromecast 2 up and running also.
  • The final key to the puzzle for us was to ……..

    Change to another HDMI port, I don’t know why that worked but suddenly the update was fetched and we’ve been streaming without an issue ever since.

Unable to force Windows 10 Upgrade?

How to solve the issues of wuauclt.exe/updatenow appearing to do nothing

I have been trying to force Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10 using the the following steps:

  •  Delete all files in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download.
  • Run the command prompt as administrator. (Right click the Command Prompt icon and select ‘Run as Administrator’)
  • Type in ‘wuauclt.exe/updatenow’ without the quotes.
  • Hit Enter

Nothing happened.  I was puzzled as I had already run these steps successfully on a PC running Windows 8.1 and it worked flawlessly.  No matter what I did or how up to date my updates were wuauclt didn’t seem to do anything.  However after some hunting around I found the solution:

Open the registry editor (regedit.exe) and locate the registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]

It should exist, but if not, create it.

Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with Name = “AllowOSUpgrade” (without the quotes), and set the Value = 0x00000001 – you actually just need to enter 00000001, 0x is added by the editor.

Now, run through the steps above once more and Windows 10 should begin to download. I hope that saves you from the frustration that I suffered.  Full details on how to force Windows 10 upgrade and this solution can be found here.

SOLD – VW T25 High Top Campervan

1981 2ltr Petrol Air cooled with Drive Away Awning – MOT September 2015

VW with Awning

Features include:

  • Drive away awning.
  • Captains chair (passenger seat).
  • 2 ring gas cooker and grill.
  • 12 volt/gas fridge. Runs off battery when travelling, gas when parked up.
  • Sink with electric pump.
  • Large on board water tank (housed under rear seats)
  • Rock ‘n roll bed.
  • Additional double bed in high top.
  • Leisure battery – Requires replacing.
  • CD player/radio with 4 speakers (2 front, 2 rear) and line in.
  • Over cab storage.
  • Hook up lead with 4 bank adapter.
  • New curtains.
  • Taxed

Recently MOT’d has had a replacement rear swinging arm fitted.  The body work is sound and runs well.  Took us to Glastonbury and on for a tour of Devon this year with numerous weekend jaunts into Wales.  Not in the first flush of youth but ready to go.  Cosmetically leaves you plenty of scope to make your own mark.

Select thumbnail below for a whole gallery of images!

 

WordPress, Jetpack, How-To show a gallery in Carousel by single link or thumbnail

How to launch a gallery in the Jetpack Carousel from a single thumbnail or link without rendering all the gallery as thumbnails in a WordPress Post

I quite like the Jetpack Carousel but unfortunately to have it display a gallery you have to render the entire gallery as thumbnails. What I want to do is launch the carousel from a single thumbnail or link. This gives the advantage of being able to display a couple of choice photos in a post and allowing the reader to view the full set if adequately interested.

So where to start? Well the one minor inconvenience is that you need to be working in Text rather than Visual mode in the WordPress post editor. Then select the Add Media button to create your gallery.
caro1

Then from the Insert Media screen choose Create Gallery.
Insert Media

I’m just going to choose a few random pictures that I have previously uploaded for this example.

Create Gallery

Adding captions and titles will make the carousel display more interesting and informative. Once you are happy with the gallery, insert it and in text mode in the editor it will look something like this:

Gallery code

and in your post preview it will display thus:

which actually doesn’t look too bad but when you have a hundred holiday shots or thirty/forty illustrations as in this post. Then it starts to get a bit messy. What I want to do is just display the thumbnail of the two horses and use that as the link for the entire gallery.

The first step is to preview your post so far, then click on the image that you want to use to launch the carousel. Note, the image you choose to launch the carousel will also be the first image that displays in the carousel.

Carousel

Then copy the address of the page from the top of the browser which should look something like this:
http://redeyedmonster.co.uk/?p=1669&preview=true#jp-carousel-1997
If you don’t mind publishing your post at this point and then selecting an image from the carousel you will find that the link is a lot neater:
http://redeyedmonster.co.uk/#jp-carousel-1997
That is the link you are going to use to launch the carousel. If you just want a text link then you could do something like this in the text editor:
<a href="http://redeyedmonster.co.uk/#jp-carousel-1997">Look at my photos!</a>

Which will render in your post thus:
Look at my photos!

To use one of the gallery thumbnails as an image for the link, select the add media button and select the image you want to use from the media library. It will already be there as part of your gallery.

Insertthumbnail

Select alignment and the image size you require e.g. thumbnail and then in the ‘link to’ section select Custom URL and paste the link to your carousel in the box below.

And that’s all you need to do:

Horses at the hilltop pool

Ta Da! “But wait a minute”, you say, “I still have all these gallery thumbnails clogging up my post!” Now here is the easy part, all you need to do is wrap the gallery code in a div with it’s display properties set to none:

<div style="display: none;">
[gallery ids="2003,2002,1998,1997,1991"]
</div>

That’s it. I hope you’ve found this helpful.

A Book My Father Bought

Stories from The Arabian Nights Retold by Laurence Houseman
With Drawings by Edmund Dulac

Having transformed himself by disguise

My Mother said:

“With your Father it was either a book or something to eat”

Taking into consideration that statement and the fact book precedes something to eat, I believe it most probable that they went without their supper the day he bought this. Printed in 1907 and acquired by my Father in the mid fifties, before I was born, it was already in a sorry state and hasn’t, over the years, recovered. The binding is falling apart, pages are loose and there are signs of water damage. What is remarkably untouched and unblemished by the ravages of time however are the colour plates by Edmund Dulac. These have remained covered by titled tracing paper and are, I think, the reason my Father made this, at that time, extravagant purchase.

Select the cover below to explore these gorgeous prints.

Stories from The Arabian Nights Retold by Laurence Houseman With Drawings by Edmund Dulac