Escape Key not working in Games

Had a small issue today and found the answer here:

The problem was that while playing Portal or Red Alert 3 the Esc Key was not working.  As the post above says the fix was that Photoshop was capturing the keystroke for some unknown reason.

So, if you run into this issue while playing a game or otherwise, try closing Photoshop and potentially other applications to see if that resolves the issue.

FYI: I was playing Portal through Steam and have Photoshop CS4.

Stuck Uploads in SugarSync

In short you can “reset” SugarSync using:
Choose to maintain your synced folders when you start back up. (it’s the default option)

I ended up with an issue in SugarSync where after rapidly creating and deleting/renaming directories in Windows, SugarSync got confused and thought that the hidden file Folder.jpg needed to be uploaded when in fact the file no longer existed.

So what do we do when SugarSync get’s it’s upload queue messed up.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to reset the queue?  Well it isn’t documented but after spending 3 days to get a customer service reply I learned that ctrl-shift-R will perform the reset.

It is essentially like uninstalling and reinstalling SS from what I can tell and you should leave the box checked to maintain your synced folders when you restart the SugarSync Manager.

Windows 7 won’t boot after Catalyst Uninstall

Tonight I had a terrible annoyance while upgrading to the latest Catalyst Drivers.  Now, for the most part this whole AMD / ATI thing has been very good for me.  As a fan of both companies for many years the tighter integration of their product lines has yielded a number of products I’ve bought in recent years.

The Problem

After uninstalling the old catalyst driver from my machine (which I did using all the default settings)  I rebooted my machine before installing the new ones and windows 7 would not boot.


It turns out that the RAID driver for the motherboard chipset is in the catalyst suite now.  I had to download the driver from my Motherboard MFG and then put that on a USB drive.  When the recovery console came up I click “Load Drivers” at the bottom and this allowed me to select the first option and and run the startup repair.

Other Thoughts

Really AMD?!?!?  The catalyst driver set should be the video driver.  At the very least if the whole thing is going to be so integrated it should be made smart enough to warn you that the driver that lets you access your OS is being removed.  In the end I don’t think RAID drivers and graphics drivers have no business being part of the same install or uninstall.

Searching for Parenthesis in Windows 7

When you copy files and there is already a file of the same name in the folder Windows will kindly ask you what to do with it.  If you choose to keep both files it will add a (2) or (3) to the end of the filename of the file being copied in.

After a large copy it can be very difficult to find these potential duplicates because the Windows 7 search is poor.  Finding parenthesis is a real pain in the neck.

After some searching I was able to find the answer I was looking for here:…

Quite simply use the following in the search field:


I plan to elaborate as to what the means to windows, but clearly windows needs more than just quotes to make a literal string.

Tortoise SVN (TSVN) menus missing from explorer

Came across a small issue in TSVN when doing a fresh install on a laptop I just restored to factory defaults.

The Issue:
When I right clicked, the usual subversion options no longer appeared where they would in the context menu.

The solution was to go into Start | All Programs | Tortoise SVN | Settings
Select “Icon Overlays”
Then I toggled the first checkbox “Show overlays and context menu in explorer only” off, then applied, then toggled it back on again and applied the change.

This process “fixed” whatever was missing from windows that caused the SVN commands from showing up where they ought to. Once it is fixed, it seems to remain fixed no matter if you leave the aforementioned option on or off (I like it on, seems to aid with performance.)

Some thoughts and observations:
As to what caused the problem, the only thing I did differently this time from any other installation was that when I installed TSVN, rather than let it reboot when prompted to, I entered the settings page and set everything to the way I like it and then reboot my machine. Maybe it is best to allow it that reboot before you screw with any settings. (duh?) *shrugs*

But for any of you who may be having an issue with subversion options missing from explorer, give this fix a try.


In the comments of my old blog there were some people that said with newer versions this hasn’t been working for them.  Some claimed success with doing a repair installation of tsvn.

Let me know what works for you.

nhelper Missing Error after nlite XP Install

Came across some a rather annoying issue when reinstalling windows the other day. I used nlite to get my RAID drivers in since I don’t have any usb floppy drives laying around. When installation was complete however, I got the following error:

Title: “nhelper”
Error: “Windows cannot find ‘nhelper’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and try again. To search for a file click the Start button, and then click Search.”

Joy! nhelper isn’t anything necessary, and the best solution would be to figure out where it is being called from so that we can remove it from the startup.

But the quick fix seems to be to copy the file nhelper.exe to your windows/system and windows/system32 folders. Click here to download nhelper.exe

There seem to be better fixes that were in the old comments though I haven’t tried any of the, myself.  I’ve re-posted them here.


Blogger Asdaq said…
Simple Solution:

1-RUN> Regedit
2-Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx
Its subfolder contain 4 & 5 value entry.
3- Delete the 4 and 5 value entries.
4- Restart system.

February 9, 2010 1:51 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said…
Asdaq – that was a quick fix.

March 12, 2010 12:50 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said…
many many thanks

March 25, 2010 8:53 AM
Anonymous Stefan Wobbe said…
Or download this tool what does the same:

April 4, 2010 9:12 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said…
Thanks Asdaq.
works for me!

April 30, 2010 7:18 PM