My Scion TC Passenger Window Wouldn’t Roll Down

My passenger window would not roll down. I already knew why I just couldn’t remember what I needed to do to fix it.

Just like my IT and entertainment troubleshooting I want to leave this here so I am remember next time.

When the battery is disconnected on virtually any car it wipes the radio, clock and messes with the automatic windows.

The passenger window will work with the passenger side controls but not on the drivers side. Simply roll the passenger window down (using passenger side controls) just a little bit and then roll it back up by holding the button in the up position for a few seconds. This will reset the system and your window will work again.

I believe my wife’s Ford Fusion has the same commands to fix her windows.

Unable to find Plex Server

I was unable to find my plex server for a very long time. I got frustrated and left it. It took me SIX months to get back to it. SIX MONTHS! I was frustrated. Thankfully I have it figured out now.

My issue was one of simplicity and stupidity but the latter might be too harsh. My issues were actually two fold. Number 1, I had 2 devices that were registering with the same IP. Not sure how that happened but I had one set as a static DHCP and another as just a static on the device. Switched them both to static DHCP with the Plex server having a new IP. Rebooted and that was that. The second issue I came across – and this one took awhile to discover – was that I had my server under one plex account email and my plex clients under another account. I’m using ubuntu server to host so I have to edit an XML file. It varies depending on what OS you are using.

What’s weird for me is the name of the support article. It’s called “Why am I locked out of server settings and how do I get back in?” I wouldn’t have thought to use any of those keywords in a search. I get how it is the same issue but still weird for me.

Here is a direct link to that article: https://support.plex.tv/articles/204281528-why-am-i-locked-out-of-server-settings-and-how-do-i-get-in/?_ga=2.255073608.1513918720.1555362890-1751339953.1555209432

Unable to call Landlines

I had been unable to call landlines for some strange reason. It was in the US Virgin Islands. My trunk provider is voip.ms. Kept getting a busy signal. I troubleshooted it with voip.ms and as always they found a way.

Very simple put, my caller ID was set to area code + number. 3407741340. This caller ID worked great for any US numbers that I tried and even my 340 cellphone. I had another system setup where I was also able to call landlines. This had me believe the problem was in my dialplans. Nope, I was wrong again. If I moved the trunk out of my asterisk system and used it as a stand alone SIP trunk I had the same issue.

The solution was very simple and something I hadn’t considered. I was missing a “1” in front of the phone number listed in the caller ID. That’s it. That is all it was..

SignalWire Setup on Yealink Phone

I was trying to setup a Fanvil Phone to test it out. Ran into some issues setting it up with SignalWire. Then I remembered that I hadn’t posted a screenshot of it working on my Yealink phone.

It’s pretty straightforward. I do use TLS because it is available. You will see that I am using port 5061.

Here is a quick rundown:

  • Register name and User Name is both the same thing. This would be your SIP endpoint username. Do not include anything after the @ sign.
  • Password – You set this up when you created the endpoint
  • Server Host – This is the part that comes after the @ sign and usually is the name of your project followed by a string of letters and characters and ends with sip.signalwire.com
  • Port is 5061 for TLS.
  • Transport also TLS. You can use UDP but then change the port to 5060 in the above field.

Set this to whatever you want but if your hardware and software supports Opus then this is a no brainer. USE OPUS!!!! Normally I would have had G.729 second on the list but its relatively new to SignalWire support.

I’ve got it up and running on my Fanvil test phone as well now. I will add those screenshots later.

WordPress 5.0 Publishing Failed

I couldn’t auto-save or just regularly save any post on WordPress 5.0. A google search turned up a few options but none of them worked for me.

Suggestions included changing permalinks then changing it back. There was a php.ini line that I tried. I think if I would have reverted to the old editor it might have worked.

While troubleshooting I checked Google Debugging at it was showing access-control-allow-headers errors. I searched for that and came up with almost nothing except one little gem of wisdom. it said that the URL I was using might be different than that of my site. Specifically, the hits were talking about http vs https. My SSL was good so I didn’t think that was the issue.

What I did notice was my admin page was lacking the www even though the admin section (and nothing in wp-settings) was www. I changed my settings to remove the www and then everything worked.

Be forwarned this will probably affect your SEO. Google showed only “www” links but now I am getting rid of the “www”.

Using Star Codes with Obihai 1000 Phones

I was unable to use star codes with obihai 1000 phones for a very long time.  It wasn’t really a big deal before but was irritating that I couldn’t find an answer.  Thanks to a post from voip.ms wiki i figured out that I had to change the ITSP digitmap line.  One just has to add |*xx| after |xx.|

Not sure why this was even the case as it is this issue only relates to Obihai phones.  In case anyone is curious I use these phones on a few different systems.  They are all Asterisk based.  Usually Wazo but sometimes direct to voip.ms.

DHCP Options for Sophos XG

Here is the clip from the manual for DHCP Options for the Sophos XG.  Got to keep remembering these!

 

Manage DHCP options dhcp[dhcp-options{add|binding|delete|list}] • To add a custom DHCP option dhcp[dhcp-options {add optioncode 1-255 optionname String optiontype {array-of |one-byte|two-byte|fourbyte |ipaddress|string|boolean }] • To delete a custom DHCP option dhcp[dhcp-options{delete optionname optionname}] • To display all configurable DHCP option dhcp[dhcp-options{list}] • To manage additional options for DHCP Server • Add option to DHCP Server dhcp[dhcp-options{binding add(dhcpname DHCP Server name optionname DHCP options value text)}] • Delete option from DHCP Server dhcp[dhcp-options {binding delete {dhcpname dhcp server name)}] • Show options assigned to DHCP Server dhcp[dhcp-options {binding show {dhcpname dhcp server name)}]

here is a sample from what you would type in to see what you already set:

 

console> system dhcp dhcp-options binding show dhcpname “DHCP Server”
Options Configured from GUI
—————————
Domain_Name
Subnetmask 255.255.255.0
Default_Gateway 192.168.1.1
Domain_Name_Servers
Options Configured from CLI
—————————
TFTP_Server_Name(66) “192.168.1.120”
ciscophone(150) “192.168.1.120”

Resetting Netflix on Panasonic Viera Smart TV

Resetting Netlfix on the Panasonic Viera Smart tv didn’t really go as planned.  However, I did resolve my issues.  Netflix wouldn’t load at first.  I tried to remove the channel (they call them apps) and I guess you can’t actually do that.  I also tried the netflix cheat code to get into the settings menu.  No luck.

What did work was changing my DNS entries for the TV.  Why that?  Who knows.  I certainly don’t know.  Everything else on the TV worked including youtube and amazon video.  I changed the DNS to default instead of my standard Google DNS of 8.8.8.8.

This is a 2012 smart tv.  I hate smart tvs.  Not just hate but I could go to bed thinking of ways to smash them. They never get updated.  The UI is never user-friendly and when things go wrong you can’t do much about it.  Give me a roku or googlecast any day of the week!

How I brought my Cisco 7961G Back to Life

This is how I brought my Cisco 7961G back to life.  Many hours later but here are my notes.

I used TFTpd32 as my tftpd software but I wasn’t having any luck with the DHCP piece for the 1 of my 2 7961G phones.  Prior to this last brick I had at one point been successful with a flash to SIP but then the next test it failed and I was back to square one.

In a nutshell:

  • I had to set both option 66 and option 150 to the ip address.  I made sure that the name included “”
  • I took the handset off the phone.  Weird.  I know but it was on the Cisco site as a possibility.
  • I used my router for the DHCP server and Tftpd for the tftp server and as the dns server
  • That Hex stuff..didn’t work
  • I used the firmware from the file called cmterm-7941-7961-sccp.8-0-3.zip
  • I added an XMLDefault.cnf.xml file and changed the one line inside it

My next challenge is to get it upgraded.