20 September 2016

BitLocker Orange Screen with White Vertical Lines

That's not right

I powered up my work machine after three weeks and was greeted with an orange screen with white vertical lines in place of the expected screen asking for a password.  Flip - that's not right, perhaps the machine crashed during an update.  Oh well, I will just reboot and everything will be fine - after all it is a Microsoft box.

But the reboot didn't rectify matters and neither did a cold boot with the power removed for thirty seconds.  Time to Google the matter on my phone.  Wow, in contrast with fixing computers twenty years ago the information available on the Internet and the access to other computers to resolve an issue on another machine has transformed the time and effort required to find a solution.  The 'solution' I was glad to learn was that the machine was still waiting for my encryption password under that garish orange veneer and by entering it and pressing Enter the machine would continue to boot as normal.  I was relieved to read this and indeed my machine booted to Windows shortly after.

The next day, today, this didn't approach didn't seem to work and I arrived at the BitLocker Recovery Key screen.  The given on this screen to http://windows.microsoft.com/recoverykeyfaq, was of little help so I reboot the machine and entered my password again, but more slowly this time.  The machine booted into Windows.  This could quickly become a hassle especially if I need to remotely guide someone else using my PC.

More Googling and several sites later I found this working solution which described that the boot font had been corrupted - I wonder what else has been corrupted? - and that reverting from the pretty Windows 8 BitLocker font to the simple text based Windows 7 version would produce a more useable interface.

The command to executed in a CMD window with Admin privileges is:
bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
and to revert back to the, potentially corrupted, pretty screen (change "legacy" to "standard").

The solution was provided by Sholtz and this is the forum thread on TechNet.  Thank you Sholtz.

15 August 2013

Blog Direction and Manchester Mini Maker Faire

Hi all,
I've been wondering what to do with this blog, the name and branding scream SumPod, but I want to include more non-3D printing  projects.  I have decided to keep the name, because I believe the origins of the blog are clear and I expect some visitors to have an interest in the SumPod (if this isn't the case, please let me know in the comments) and just post about my other projects.  I hope you find the content to be interesting and inspiring.

Last weekend, the Museum of Science and Industry was the venue to a Mini Maker Faire.   The atmosphere was great, there were plenty of things for family members to do and many knowledgeable people to talk to.  Besides bumping into some mates, some of who were manning stands: David demonstrating his work on animatronics and walking robots; Jamie with a stand on automation and Hayden promoting FabLab Manchester; I had a surprise meeting with Nophead of HydraRaptor fame.

Projects I hope to cover a large format XY stage using CoreXY kinematics for a footwear scanner (pictures to follow) and some PhD stuff on remote sensing and imaging, I've been working on for longer than I care to remember.


12 November 2012

Touching Two Continents

Hi all,

November started with my PhD viva - the defense of my previous few years of research.  The cross examination undertaken by experts in the field concealed threat detection was successful and pending correction of some typos, I gain the title of Doctor.

11 September 2012

Handed In


Long time, no post.  I've now finished and submitted my thesis.  It's difficult to describe the relief and the euphoria of that weight lifting from my shoulders!  I'm looking to the many tasks I've put on hold pending my submission, that I expect I'll be even busier than before, but at least I won't be writing.  Yes, I have to defend my work in cross examination, but I know my stuff and an that in comparison to writing up should be a doddle and hope to only get minor corrections.

I'll try and not repeat my extended break from posting - I could have posted what I've been researching, but it's sufficiently off topic from my adventures into 3D printing (or not) with the SumPod, as to be irrelevant.

I see Mr Sum, has been busy with some notable changes in the design.
Take care all.
SumPod Guinea Pig