[SOLUTION] HP nc6400 wireless button not working

I was working on setting up 10 HP Compaq nc6400 laptops and one would not allow the wireless button to light up in blue. The driver was installed, but it didn’t show any networks in range.

My fix was to press F10 as soon as I turned on the computer, went the the System Configuration menu, Built-In Device Options, and I changed Embedded WLAN Device Radio from Enable to Disable (use the arrows)*. Hit F10, then ESC, Save Changes and Exit. I booted into Windows, shut down, then went in to change it back to Enable. Once I got back to Windows it worked!

*If your setting is set to Disable, set it to Enable and it should fix your problem.

FOR SALE: 2011 Kaplan Pocket Tables

OLD YEAR – STILL IN STOCK NOW (3/9/13):  Kaplan’s 2011 Pocket Tables, or as some people call them, Tax Tables.

A pack of 3 is $10 or a pack of 50 is $89, all with free shipping to the US only.  Email (brian AT brianmorristech.com) or Comment below if you want me to send them and bill you.

Free Airline Ticket Further Reading

If you want to do some reading for extra credit on the free airline ticket folks (read more here), here you go.  Please comment if you have anything valuable to add. There’s just too much for me to read!

US AIRLINES/UNIVERSAL TRAVEL VACATIONS/UNIVERSAL TRAVEL DEALS/THE VACATION STATION/TRAVEL DEALS EXPRESS:

News/Advice (some actually make an effort to learn something, some don’t):

GREAT REPORTING–> http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Free-travel-offer-mystifies-consumers/-/1637132/15701330/-/8s7gus/-/index.html

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/US-Airlines-not-an-airline/-/1637132/15943410/-/s3qujf/-/index.html

http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/26/12403818-the-great-airline-ticket-giveaway-that-just-wont-go-away?chromedomain=todaytravel&lite

http://www.elliott.org/blog/is-this-a-scam-us-airlines-is-offering-me-two-roundtrip-airline-tickets/

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/401043/david-bauerlein/2011-04-02/consumer-advocate-be-wary-travel-clubs-offering-deep

http://www.telegram.com/article/20110227/COLUMN64/102270382

http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/consumer-alert-scheme-using-lure-free-airline-tick/nHK65/

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/10/02/airline-scam-flies-into-the-mailboxes-of-pittsburgh-residents/

http://triblive.com/business/headlines/3601393-74/airlines-airways-american#axzz2s57WCxKI

http://www2.wspa.com/news/2012/may/03/scam-ar-3727347/

http://www.wgal.com/news/8-on-your-side/us-airlines-tickets-real-deal-or-scam/-/17986766/20622384/-/10j1t5l/-/index.html

http://www.wyff4.com/news/local-news/greenville-news/Fake-airline-offers-free-tickets/-/9654794/11802462/-/e9bkr0z/-/index.html

http://www.kwch.com/news/factfinder12/kwch-free-airline-tickets-clever-marketing-or-a-scam-20120814,0,1935584.story

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20130802,0,4815169,full.column#axzz2s56UjT82

Good interview with MA Atty Gen–>http://wgbhnews.org/post/free-vacation-offers-too-good-be-true

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/22212045/2013/05/09/offer-for-free-airline-tickets-is-phishing-scam-bbb-says

http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-citizens-urged-to-be-aware-of-us-airlines-scam-20120802,0,3485955.column

http://www.infobarrel.com/Scam_Letter_from_US_Airlines_About_2_roundtrip_airline_tickets

Folks that went to the presentation:

http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/opinions/x824875839/Letter-Beware-of-scam#axzz1atENPDYQ

http://69.6.215.248/?p=869&cpage=3#comment-12765 (a comment here)

See how they try to answer objections:

http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Us-Airlines-Letter-Responses/2995395

Police warning:

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20111020/WINDSORBEACON01/110200303

USAirways’s warning:

http://www.usairways.com/en-US/contact/scamalert.html

Personal blogs of recipients:

http://www.elliott.org/blog/is-this-a-scam-us-airlines-is-offering-me-two-roundtrip-airline-tickets/

http://articleurge.com/2012/02/us-air-lines-award-notification-see-the-letter-check/

http://voices.yahoo.com/did-really-win-two-free-tickets-us-airlines-7610568.html?cat=16

http://theunemployedmom.com/2011/04/15/us-airlines-scam-for-2-roundtrip-tickets/

http://danejackson.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/beware-the-us-airlines-free-airplane-ticket-scam/

http://blog.coloradocoachingcompany.com/2011/11/26/us-airlines-scam-for-2-roundtrip-tickets-erica-bale-scam/

http://www.chrisam.net/blog/tag/us-airlines/

http://www.scaminformer.com/scam-report/us-airlines-company-mailed-me-a-scam-letter-informing-me-c25583.html

http://www.islandpacket.com/2010/07/12/1304593/vacation-station-closes-hilton.html

http://jenmurph1221.blogspot.com/2012/08/us-airlines-scam.html

Public Forums:

http://us-airways.pissedconsumer.com/us-airlines-fly-the-us-skies-scam-nashville-20101215211676.html

http://us-airways.pissedconsumer.com/us-airlines-2-free-tickets-worth-1400-00-20110328229290.html+

http://us-airways.pissedconsumer.com/us-airlines-fly-the-us-skies-scam-20110415232480.html

http://us-airways.pissedconsumer.com/us-airlines-scam-20110415232562.html

http://us-airways.pissedconsumer.com/us-airlines-20111001265472.html

http://whocallsme.com/Phone-Number.aspx/8663998115

http://www.fodors.com/community/air-travel/us-airlines-award-notificationscam.cfm

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6220214/did_i_really_win_two_free_tickets_on.html?cat=16

http://www.idology.com/blog/592

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-866-292-1140

Better Business Bureau:

http://www.bbb.org/nashville/business-reviews/travel-clubs/vacation-station-the-in-nashville-tn-37059617

http://www.bbb.org/columbia/business-reviews/travel-agencies-and-bureaus/the-vacation-station-in-charleston-sc-34004033

http://watchyourbuck.com/2012/07/26/scam-alert-american-airlines-name-being-used-in-fake-ticket-scam/

http://snakeriverbbb.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/american-airlines-name-being-used-in-fake-ticket-scam/

http://www.bbb.org/blog/2012/07/scammers-lure-victims-with-fake-free-plane-tickets/

Press release from the sender:

http://www.prlog.org/11360583-all-about-us-airlines-letter.html

http://www.prlog.org/11657515-us-airlines-letter-gives-two-free-round-trip-tickets.html

http://www.free-press-release.com/news-is-this-us-airlines-letter-for-real-1301289516.html

http://www.free-press-release.com/news-us-airlines-letter-gives-two-free-round-trip-tickets-1317004132.html

http://www.free-press-release.com/news-us-airlines-offering-2-complimentary-airline-tickets-1315793527.html

More attempts to get onto Google by the sender:

http://www.thereviewchimp.com/tag/u-s-airlines-letter/

http://hallewace.hubpages.com/hub/US-Airlines-Letter-Offers-2-Airline-Tickets

Websites set up by the sender:

http://complimentaryroundtriptickets.wordpress.com/

http://usairlines2airlinetickets.wordpress.com/

http://twoairlinetickets.wordpress.com/

http://www.letterfromusairlines.com

http://airfareanddeals.com/

Videos created by the sender:

http://www.youtube.com/user/jeffaaronjames#g/u

http://www.youtube.com/user/usairlines999#g/u

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBHn0qo7J8k

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xq5vhm_us-airlines-letter-18662974850-part-1_travel

http://www.myspace.com/video/contributor/us-airlines-letter-christine-hay-18662974850/108680222

DOUBLE NAME COMPANIES:

http://tucsoncitizen.com/bbbconsumeralert/tag/airline-ticket/

http://brahblog.com/2009/08/08/all-the-same-scam-bradley-tate-spencer-burns-hammond-reed-donovan-rich-lambert-steel-and-watson-brooks/

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=2027392

http://willbradyjournal2.blogspot.com/2010/07/scams-nicholson-barnes.html

VACATION STATION/UNIVERSAL TRAVEL VACATIONS/GLOBAL VACATION NETWORK/LUXURY TRAVEL PROMOTIONS/SOUTHWEST TRAVEL/WORLD CLASS TRAVEL/ROYAL CLASS TRAVEL/CDA CONSULTING:

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/universal-travel-vacations-c410691.html

http://universal-travel-vacations.pissedconsumer.com/misleading-free-airline-tickets-20110117216786.html

TV: http://www.wtoc.com/Global/story.asp?S=13958413

BBB World Class Travel: http://www.bbb.org/tucson/business-reviews/travel-clubs/world-class-travel-in-tucson-az-20029433

BBB Southwest: http://www.bbb.org/tucson/business-reviews/travel-clubs/southwest-travel-club-in-tucson-az-20007983

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/global-vacation-network-c237159.html

http://www.yourgetaway.info/

A little different marketing ploy: http://www.10tv.com/live/content/consumer10/stories/2010/02/17/story-columbus-vacation-scams.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=102

http://tucsoncitizen.com/bbbconsumeralert/2010/11/10/southern-arizona-consumers-receive-mailing-from-world-class-travel-suggesting-they%E2%80%99ve-won-a-computer-other-prizes/#more-342

CASTAWAYS VACATIONS CLUB/BEACHCOMER VACATION CLUB/DISCOUNT GLOBAL TRAVEL/SOMERSET VACATIONS/GOING PLACES TRAVEL:

http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200903/1237169915.html

Blogger: http://romsteady.blogspot.com/2007/04/pen-is-mighter-than-vacation-club.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i10700-k1586708-Castaways_Vacation_Club_aka_Beachcombers_Vacation_Club-Timeshares_Vacation_Rentals.html

http://www.ripoffreport.com/directory/Castaways-Vacation-Club.aspx

Lawsuit: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/Complaint021910_2.pdf

Newspaper: http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/84829817.html

BBB: http://www.bbb.org/wisconsin/business-reviews/travel-clubs/going-places-travel-corporation-in-grand-chute-wi-44157486/

ROYAL PALMS TRAVEL/PHOENIX VACATION CLUB/SEALAND TRAVEL CLUB/BABB & MILLER/VIVA VACATION/ALL INCLUSIVE EXCURSIONS/DESTINATIONS UNLIMITED/VIP TRAVEL:

Google search: http://www.google.com/search?hl=&q=Royal+Palms+Travel

Lawsuit: https://www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/releases/2010/031710royalpalms_pop.pdf

Actual story: http://www.dallas.bbb.org/article/complaints-on-royal-palms-travel-allege-misrepresentation-13237

TV news: http://www.khou.com/news/texas-news/Marine-Upscale-travel-club-fails-to-keep-promises-101796173.html

Newspaper: http://www.prestonhollowpeople.com/2010/03/23/texas-ag-lays-down-law-on-all-inclusive-excursions/

http://www.prestonhollowpeople.com/2010/05/18/travel-club-cleans-up-act-but-thats-not-stopping-lawsuit/

http://www.elliott.org/blog/texas-targets-unethical-royal-palms-travel-club/

BBB Phoenix Vacations: http://www.bbb.org/central-texas/business-reviews/travel-clubs/phoenix-vacations-in-dallas-tx-90069689

BBB Royal Palms: http://www.bbb.org/central-texas/business-reviews/travel-clubs/royal-palms-travel-incorporated-in-dallas-tx-90069626

Angry people: http://phoenix-vacations.pissedconsumer.com/phoenix-vacations-has-committed-fraud-taken-thousands-of-my-dollars-20080612123866.html

http://vip-travel.pissedconsumer.com/vip-travael-sealand-travel-all-inclusive-excursions-big-scam-20091007158776.html

And more: http://www.measuredup.com/review/Phoenix-Vacations-Complaint-Going-Places-Travel-Phoenix-Vacations-3402

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/royal-palm-travel-c157621.html

OUTRIGGERS VACATION CLUB/OUTRIGGER TRAVEL CLUB/PARADISE DESTINATION/FANTASIA TRAVEL GROUP/VACATION PROFESSIONALS/TRAVEL TO GO/GOOD TIMES TRAVEL CLUB/ONLY WAY 2 GO TRAVEL/TRITON TRAVEL GROUP/ANYTIME VACATIONS:

http://vacationtourtricks.blogspot.com/2010/12/anytime-vacations.html

AARP: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-08-2010/scam_alert_vacation_club_vexation.html

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/outriggers-vacation-club-c153117.html?sort=dated

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/destination-paradise-c170246.html

Fantasia BBB: http://www.bbb.org/boston/business-reviews/travel-agencies-and-bureaus/fantasia-travel-group-in-methuen-ma-119699/

Lawsuit: http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=cagopressrelease&L=1&L0=Home&sid=Cago&b=pressrelease&f=2010_07_06_fantasia_travel&csid=Cago

Newspaper: http://www.wickedlocal.com/plymouth/news/business/x644698521/Travel-agency-booked

STAR VACATION CLUB/TRAVEL SERVICE NETWORK

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/star-vacation-club-c1945.html

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/star-vacation-club-c9899.html

GLOBAL EXCHANGE VACATION CLUB/VIP TRAVEL AGENCY/HOLIDAY TRAVEL OF AMERICA

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/holiday-travel-of-america-c35712.html

Newspaper: http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/21681/The_Very_Deceitful_Holiday_Travel_of_America

http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=27410

DREAMWORKS VACATION CLUB/DREAMWORKS VACATIONS/FIVE POINTS TRAVEL/BENTLEY TRAVEL/MODERN DESTINATIONS UNLIMITED/LABONNE VIE TRAVEL/VACATION CLUBS, LLC/DREAM VACATIONS INTERNATIONAL:

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/dreamworks-vacation-club-c60341.html

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/modern-destination-unlimited-c271860.html

Lawsuit: http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases11/pr20110202a.html

http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases09/pr20091210b.html

http://www.state.nj.us/oag/ca/ocp/orders/DreamShow.pdf

http://www.walletpop.com/2011/02/09/consumers-to-get-back-almost-2-2-million-from-travel-clubs/

TV: http://www.nbc40.net/view_story.php?id=12512

http://www.shorenewstoday.com/index.php/egg-harbor-twp/eht-general-news/1564-travel-club-denied-mercantile-license-over-fraud-allegations.html

VACATION TRAVEL OUTLET/VACATION SERVICES OF AMERICA/VACATION TRAVEL CLUB:

http://www.ripoffreport.com/travel-services/vacation-services-of/vacation-services-of-america-v-98w2f.htm

Justice Dept: http://www.justice.gov/usao/mow/news2009/wood.ind.htm

Lawsuit: http://ago.mo.gov/newsreleases/2006/121906.htm

SUN COUNTRY TRAVEL/TEXAS TRAVEL PARTNERS/HORIZON TRAVEL/NATIONAL VACATIONS:

JURY Lawsuit: https://www.oag.state.tx.us/oagnews/release.php?id=1589

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/horizon-travel-national-vacations-tci-c3541.html

GRAND CROWNE LEISURE TRAVEL CLUB:

http://www.ripoffreport.com/directory/Grand-Crowne.aspx?p=2

INTERESTING:

I guess if the pitch keeps working, keep doing it (check the date):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55195-2004Jul16.html

DECORATION ART, LLC fraud charge

DECORATION ART, LLC 904-2635578 FL

On another blog post asking folks to comment about small dollar fraud charges, scores of comments were left about Decoration Art, LLC.  My first report was by Stacie on Sep 22, 2010. Comment here is it hit you!

Here’s their BBB report:

http://www.bbb.org/north-east-florida/business-reviews/internet-services/the-screen-art-in-jacksonville-fl-4452798/

If it’s like other operations I’ve seen in the past, this business owner may be a money mule not knowing that the charges are actually entered (with stolen credit card numbers) by the same bad guys that Mr. Lee wires a cut of the money to.  The owner better be careful, because money mules are a big target of law enforcement. Even though they get such small amounts in, they probably wire amounts just under $10,000 offshore to evade the law.

I’ve gotten my hands on an email from Mr. Lee:

From: Michael Lee
To: xxxxx@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2010 6:22 PM
Subject: Re: Undocumented Billing Received – response needed

This was on on-line ourchase for a screen saver attach is the purchase receipt, settlement report, and refund policy, the web-site is www.thescreenart.com.

Michael Lee

The MO is exactly the same as all these other frauds related to screensavers called DEVBILL:

http://digitalagefraud.com/morefraud.html