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Connecting your Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to a Dell Monitor via Display Port

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis article is a little off topic, but I can now provide a solution to a technical issue that I have been having and hopefully, it will save someone else out there the hassles that I have been having.

The problem is that when connecting my Surface Pro 3’s Mini Display Port (MiniDP) connection to the Display Port (DP) connection of my 27″ Dell Monitor (U2713HM), the monitor would refuse to power up if the computer was already on.

The solution is simple you say: “Turn on the Monitor and then turn on the computer”.

Yeah I know, but I am also using a smart power board which only provides mains power to the monitor (and other peripherals) after the computer is on and drawing power. Because I am using this board (and saving on standby energy costs), I can’t turn on the monitor first.

I was able to get everything working as desired using a long Display Port cable (that was included with a different Dell monitor a while back) and a Delock MiniDP to DP adaptor I bought from Optiwire. Both times the cable, which says it should work for Mac and PC failed to work. The same issue, the Dell Monitor fails to power up and has to be left off and disconnected for a few minutes, before it will work again.

Jeff from Optiwire (http://www.optiwire.ie/ Note: site will be live soon) was very helpful and together we did some research on the interwebs and found a number of forum and discussion posts where other users were having similar issues when connecting Dell Monitors via Display Port.

Now, we never found anything from Dell admitting that they had an issue, but it seems that the problem is to do with pin 20 (DP_PWR) on the Display Port connection. If it is connected, and has power on it, some Dell Monitors will fail to power up.

As I wanted to have a spare Display Port cable and adaptor, I ordered another short cable and adaptor for use with my Surface Pro 3. When they arrived they failed to work again.

So, with a quick bit of troubleshooting, I identified that the old cable worked with either of the adaptors, but the new cable did not. In disgust, I got out the trusty multimeter and started checking the pin 20 connections.

The result is that the old cable does not have pin 20 connected and that is why it worked. The new cable and adaptors do have pin 20 connected. And so did the MiniDP to DP cables.

So my solution: I popped open the case on one of the adaptors, located the circuit board track for pin 20 and scratched through it. Now the modified adaptor works with the new short Display Port cable.

So, if you are having trouble with a Dell monitor using a Display Port connection, either find a cable that does not have pin 20 connected, or modify the cable (or adaptor) to disconnect pin 20.

Problem solved.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Microsoft, Public Service Announcement, Surface Tagged: General, Troubleshooting

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March 4, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Tech Tuesday: SmartConnect & Salesforce: External ID Fields

Watch as our Senior Consultant, Chris Hanson, takes us through a video on SmartConnect and Salesforce integrations. Salesforce provides an option to simplify integrations to its multiple objects by allowing users to create and modify External ID fields. The following video illustrations how to leverage an existing External ID to integrate into Salesforce.

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March 3, 2015 · Frank Hamelly MCP-GP MCT MVP · No Comments
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Considering an Upgrade from Dynamics GP to Dynamics AX?


Recently I’ve delivered Dynamics GP training to new users who came from a company using Dynamics AX.  In my own experience, other than the additional features that Dynamics AX offers over Dynamics GP (which are considerable) and getting accustomed to the ability to post a transaction initiated in the General Ledger backto a subsidiary module in AX, there is a lot of commonality in the User Interface (UI) between the two applications.  This is particularly important for companies that have perhaps outgrown Dynamics GP and are considering a move to a more full-featured ERP system such as AX.  Microsoft has done a commendable job of unifying their ERP system UI’s, which offers the client the benefit of quicker and easier user adoption when moving from one application to another.
Additionally, both applications are tightly integrated with Microsoft Office tools, further easing the transition to a new system.
The first image below is of the Dynamics GP 2015 Financial module, with the menu items arranged in basically the same sequence as the Dynamics AX 2012 R3 image below it.  Notice how the menus and the Navigation Pane layout are quite similar in both applications, albeit the AX UI is cleaner, in my opinion.  Maybe the GP development team can get together with the AX dev team on that one.
Based on their comments, my recent trainees report the same experience.  They’ve indicated that adapting to Dynamics GP from AX has been much quicker than they thought it would be, primarily because of the similarities between the two UI’s. 
 
In considering an upgrade from Dynamics GP to Dynamics AX, user adoption and performance ramp-up can be relegated to the bottom of the list of concerns.

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March 3, 2015 · Frank Hamelly MCP-GP MCT MVP · No Comments
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Values for SY01402 – System User Defaults

I needed to research the settings in the System User Defaults table recently, so I took out my list of what the syDefaultType field translated to. The table below shows the value and its definition. These constants are from the GP2013R2 build


syDefaultType Definition
1 SCBARAUTOHIDE
2 SCBARWHICHSIDE
3 SCBARWIDTH
4 SCBARICONSIZE
5 SCBARAUTOOPEN
6 UNDERLINED_PROMPTS
7 COLORSCHEME
8 BACKGROUND
9 TOOLBARBUTTONS
10 MESSENGER
13 REMINDERS
14 MAPPOINT
15 FIELDSECURITY
16 COMMISSIONS
17 VENDORLISTSORT
18 VENDORLISTINACTIVECB
19 CUSTLISTSORT
20 CUSTLISTINACTIVECB
21 ITEMLISTSORT
22 ITEMLISTINACTIVECB
23 SOPITEMMISSINGCB
24 POPITEMMISSINGCB
25 EMPLISTSORT
26 EMPLISTINACTIVECB
30 AUTOCOMPLETE
31 PRINTONEPOPERADDRESS
40 HRVETSNAICSNUMBER
41 LISTWINDOWSIZE
42 NAVBAR_BIGBTNCOUNT
43 SOPMANAGESOPTYPE
45 CPRCONVERSION
46 SQLREPORTING_TARGETLOC
47 SQLREPORTING_RPTMGRLOC
48 SQMOPT
49 SHAREPOINTSERVERURL
50 LOCKEDTOOLBARS
51 REGKEY
52 HOMEPAGEMETRIC
53 HOMEPAGEREMINDERS
54 HOMEPAGEOUTLOOK
68 MFG_MODULE_ENABLED
69 REMINDERSCUES
70 REMEMBEREDCOMPANY
71 REMEMBERUSERENABLED
72 SHOWALLMETRICS
80 RPTTEMPLATES_ENABLED
82 RPTTEMPLATES_ALLOWSTDORTEMPLATE
83 POSITIONCONTROL
84 FACTBOX_ROTATIONFREQUENCY
85 FACTBOX_IMAGESIZE
90 ISSHAREPOINTONLINE
91 EMAIL_SERVER_TYPE
92 EMAIL_PROTECT_WITH_PASSWORD
93 EMAIL_PASSWORD_RADIO
94 EMAIL_PROTECT_PASSWORD
95 PHONEHOME
96 SLAHWINDOW
97 WEBCLIENTSQLLOGIN
1493 SMARTLIST
22001 MBS_DEXPROFILE
22002 MBS_SQL_LOG

Enjoy!
Leslie

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March 2, 2015 · Leslie Vail · No Comments
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Backups and Cloud Storage

David Meego - Click for blog homepageEvery few years, I have posted blog articles about backups and how important they are. Today it is time for another article on this topic as times have changed and you might not be as safe as you thought you were. I know this as a good friend of mine has just suffered the scenario I am about to discuss first hand ….

By now you should know some of the basics of a good backup regime. Below is my personal list of guidelines:

  • Backup up anything you are not willing to lose. Programs can be replaced, data can’t.
  • Backup often so your latest data is safe. How many hours/days can you lose?
  • Backup to a separate physical drive. Don’t trust a single drive not to fail.
  • Backup to multiple drives and cycle through them, so you have a history.
  • Take at least one backup drive offsite, in case of disaster.
  • Verify backups, especially if using media like tapes or optical discs (CD/DVD).
  • If you find a problem, don’t backup. You might overwrite good data with bad.

Now, I will have to add some of new guidelines:

  • Do not have all backup drives connected and available to any single machine.
  • Backups to cloud storage (OneDrive, DropBox, etc.) can be a good idea.
  • Using automatic synchronisation of your data to cloud storage can be a good idea.
  • However, don’t rely only a cloud storage backup as your only backup.

The scenario that my friend recently faced was this. Her personal computer was set up to synchronise her personal documents with a cloud storage provider. So all her documents and photos were saved into the cloud. Sounds great. If the computer is stolen, or there is a fire or if the hard drive fails, the data is safely stored in the cloud and can be recovered.

Having the automatic synchronisation enabled means that you never have to remember to update changed or new documents and photos to the cloud, it just happens for you. This is wonderful …. until …. nasty people out there created crypto viruses.

Crypto viruses such as CryptoLocker and CryptoWall are ransomware which once on your computer will encrypt your personal data (on local, external and network drives). Then they will ask for money (usually in Bitcoins) to decrypt your files. Usually, there is a deadline as well, after which the private key used to encrypt the files will be destroyed.

Even though, it is possible to remove the virus itself, the encrypted files usually cannot be recovered. Paying the money has no guarantee that you will get your files back and only encourages these sorts of viruses.

So you may ask “What’s the problem, the data was safely backed up in the cloud?”

The answer is yes, it was backed up and due to the automatic synchronisation, all the updated and now encrypted files happily updated over the originals and made them inaccessible.

Moral of the story: Don’t rely on synchronised cloud storage as your ONLY backup.

Previous articles on backing up your data:

Hope this helps you avoid disasters

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: News, Public Service Announcement Tagged: General, News

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March 2, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Winthrop Development Consultants website is now live!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on from my posting last week about What can Winthrop Development Consultants do for you?, I just wanted to highlight that the Winthrop Development Consultants corporate web site is now live.

For a number of months, when selecting Winthrop Development Consultants from the WinthropDC.com landing page all you where presented with single web page that contained a giant business card (yes, it was actually a screenshot of the business card artwork) and links to this blog and my other social media sites.

Now it is an actual web site that provides information about Winthrop Development Consultants, about me and my career background, about the services we offer and has a place holder for information about the products we will offer.

If you have not had a look already, please check it out.  If you have any feedback, please post a comment on this post.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Business, News Tagged: General, News

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February 27, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Applying Payables Documents in SmartConnect Integrations


Today we’re presenting our first ever “Tech Thursday” (since we know you can’t get enough of our Tech Tuesdays) from our Director of Professional Services,

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February 26, 2015 · Frank Hamelly MCP-GP MCT MVP · No Comments
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