Installing the Nortel Contivity VPN Client on Vista

Odd tip of the day…

I was trying to install Nortel’s Contivity VPN client on my Vista laptop today and kept getting the error:

This version of the Contivity VPN Client can only be installed on Vista.

If this is a Vista system, turn off compatibility mode for the CVC installer (typically this is eac607d.exe).”

I found a blog posting in Spanish at the Universidad de Jaen that (when I translated it with Google Translate) mentioned renaming the install file to eac607d.exe.  Now, why that makes any sense is beyond me, but it worked!  (At least until I hit the next error.)

Next I got this error:

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The version of the Nortel Contivity VPN Client that I was trying to use when I got the error above was 6.7.0.26.  (I got it from a client.)  I tried a plain old vanilla copy of version 6.7.0.27, and that worked!

Internal Microphone with Vista

This one might fall into the "Duh, Marc" category, but when I get stuck, I figure maybe someone else out there might get stuck, too.  (And it makes me feel better to think that way.)

I was trying to get Skype set up on my Dell Latitude D820 laptop this morning (which is running Vista), and I couldn’t get the microphone to work.  When I went into the Control Panel, Sound, and looked at the Recording tab, I saw this:

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So the internal microphone was there, but it was "Currently unavailable".  After a little poking around on the Web, I found the answer: I needed to set the Internal Mic as the default:

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Once I did that, all was right in the world again.

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