Category: "Computers and Internet"

Beedee Won't Startup with STOP 0x0000007E pci.sys

09/17/06 | by Clarise | Categories: Information Managment, Computers and Internet

I thought my Saturday was going to be one of my normal lazy non-working Saturdays doing housework and catching up with things I did not do during the week. So, I woke up late, did my normal routine of booting up my Dell Workstation which we call Beedee and while it boots make my coffee. But, of course things didn't work that way.

Beedee running Windows XP SP2 (with all the latest updates) won't boot up (Safe Mode, Last Known Working Configuration, etc) and would just go into this restart mode. It is going into the restart mode because I have not changed XP's default setting of recovery settings when it encounters the Blue Screen of Death. So, I booted from the original Windows XP CD and pressed F8 to disable the automatic restart. Finally I see the blue screen of death with the error:

*** STOP 0x0000007E(0XC0000005,0XF8560A05,0XF89D54C8,0XF89D51C4)
*** PCI.SYS - addressF8560A05 base at F8556000, Datestamp 41107d31

Using Joseph’s Vate, I searched the Microsoft Website and found this:
You Receive a Stop Error 0x7E in Pci.sys

The article was not useful to me since under resolution it has: “To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP.” XX( I have the latest service pack and all the updates. I searched the web for other solutions but I did not really find anything.

Joseph helped me and we thought that maybe my pci.sys is corrupted and I can just copy it from the original CD. We thought if that did not work, I’ll just reinstall XP SP2 since I have all my backups. So, with this plan, we disconnected all my connected peripherals (e.g. USB hub, etc..) and then Booted from the installation CD. We then followed Method 1 of the article:
"Pci.sys Is Missing or Corrupt" Error Message When You Start Windows which tells you how to Restore the File using the Windows Recovery Console.

After that was done, we restarted in Safe Mode and this time, there was no more Blue Screen of Death. :>> From there, it gave me the option to recover from different Restore Points. I chose a restore point. The restore worked and I am happy that Beedee is back up and running.

I changed XP's default setting of recovery settings so it won’t restart every time there is a system failure. This is what I did:
1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Advanced tab.
3. Click Settings for Startup and Recovery
4. This will bring you to Startup and Recovery. Under System Failure, uncheck “Automatically restart”

Anyway, this concludes my long blog. For those of you who may one day encounter (hopefully not) the same error, I hope this post may prove helpful.

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Quantifying BI Benefits

One of the questions I am usually asked is: "How do you quantify a successful BI Solution?"

Computing ROI becomes a challenge for most because a BI solution brings both quantifiable and qualitative benefits. The key to calculating ROI is being able to define, measure and quantify specific benefits in terms of dollars and cents and then compare that monetary value to the cost of your investment to achieve those results. Calculating ROI is easier said than done because the challenge lies in putting monetary value to some of intangible benefits of the BI solution e.g. performance improvement, time savings, etc.

In a TDWI Report Series: Smart Companies in the 21st Century: The Secrets of Creating Successful Business Intelligence Solutions by Wayne Eckerson, the diagram below shows that BI solutions have more intangible benefits than tangible ones.
BI Tangible and Intangle Benefits
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The value of a BI solution increases with the number of subject areas it supports as well as the number of happy users. The BI solutions must support the business requirements. In our experience, successful BI projects are incremental. We start small but add value exponentially by adding new subject areas and users. Incremental implementation makes it easier for the users and project sponsors to see the value of the BI solution right away. It helps builds the trust and confidence hence, is able to pick up momentum and funding for the next increments of the implementation. Over time, it matures and becomes a valuable enterprise resource.


Ingres and Enterprise Acceptance

12/01/05 | by Clarise | Categories: Computers and Internet, Open Source, software, technology, Database

Ingres is one of the early relational databases. For those who have been working on relational databases for some time, Ingres has a reputation for being a mature database. When Ingres became an Open Source database, it has made the choice for Open Source databases interesting.

Last November, Computer Associates International, Inc. and a private equity firm, Garnett & Helfrich Capital announced a partnership to divest CA’s Ingres open source database unit into an independent corporate entity, Ingres Corporation.

Ingres Corporation also announced its Management Team including the addition of former Veritas Software executives.

Will Ingres be a key force in enabling the enterprise acceptance of Open Source Databases?


Comparison of Six BI Products

11/30/05 | by Clarise | Categories: Information Managment, Computers and Internet, technology

I found an interesting article last night from Network Computing. The article, Business Intelligence Suites Gold Standard BI compares 6 Business Intelligence products - Actuate, Applix, Cognos, Information Builders, Microsoft and MicroStrategy. Using Network Computing's corporate data stored in Oracle9i, the products were evaluated based on their ability to leverage corporate infrastructure, including using Active Directory 2000 as an authentication source and Exchange 2000 for e-mail distribution of reports.

For those involved with Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing, it is an article worth reading.


TechCrunch Meetup/Riya Launch Party

11/19/05 | by Clarise | Categories: In real life, Computers and Internet, Photos

Congratulations to the Ojos team! Joseph and I were at the TechCrunch Meetup #4 - Riya Launch Party. The event was a success. Thanks to Mike for being a great host and for Munjal, Tara and Ojos team for the food and drinks.

Do you know who these folks are? I bet Riya can tell you. &#59;D

Mike's Opening Remarks
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Mike's Opening Remarks

Munjal Welcome
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Munjal's Welcome

Ojos Team
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Ojos Team

Riya and Deven
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Riya and Deven (poor kids .... terrorized by all the camera flashes 88| ... it is hard to be a celebrity)

Tara Demo
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Tara's Demo

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