Thursday, December 8, 2016

PrimFilm 1800u slide and film scanner

Since Windows 8 my PrimFilm 1800u slide and film scanner will not work. Apparently the PrimFilm driver is not certified by Microsoft and neither PrimFilm nor Microsoft care. I did finally find a workaround fortunately.

 I followed the instructions on the youtube video named "How to install unsigned drivers on Windows 10 - By TotallydubbedHD". ( I used the old driver "SF_Eng_1.3".
I followed my handwritten instructions below which are real rough -

Windows key + I
Get charms bar.
left click on power
   shift - reset
Get Troublelshoot screen
   startup settings
  Press 7
Go to device Manager
       find scanner
      double click
       right click
        find driver
       Get red message not digitally assigned

After this Windows 10 worked fine with the scanner. It has been a long time.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Screen cable replaced on laptop computer

Linda’s older Toshiba laptop had an intermittent dark screen which got worse as time wore on. By raising or lowering the screen the screen will light up at times. The internet had examples of this happening and indicated the screen cable was bad. So finally getting to Toshiba by phone they provided the part number for the new cable. And then after less than $15 through Ebay the new cable arrived.  

I do not like to take a laptop apart unless we believe the laptop to be dispensable. I did find a good video on how to take this one apart.
(Laptop model L355D; cable V000140130   Toshiba phone 1-800-331-4829)

I was able to dissemble this unit. One screw failed to remove and broke the metal insert from the plastic upon loosening the screw. But the remaining 20 screws removed properly. So I was able to remove the keyboard and then the whole top showing the motherboard. Then take apart the screen assembly. I did break out two screws near the hinge which I think was my fault of not removing them early enough. But I did get the new cable installed and all back together and it looks like it works perfect and opens and closes normally.

Maybe a few more years of operation?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Obtaining a new key for the 2002 Prius, (long road)

We lost one of our Ignition Transponder Key to our 2002 Prius. Toyota wanted $36.21 for a blank key and an additional $105 to program the key. I took our good key to Henry’s Hardware in Kingston and had them cut and program a new key for $69 however the key did not open the locks or turn  the ignition. No charge. I found and ordered an Uncut Un-programmed Transponder Ignition Chip Car Key on Ebay for $6.24 which included shipping.

I took this Uncut key to Coast to Coast Hardware in Poulsbo and they cut it but it would not open the doors but did rotate the ignition but the programming did not work. They cut another key which did open the doors but had no Transponder so could not start the engine. They charged $11 for the two keys.

I was eventually able to program the Transponder Key using the below program so now all works however I need two keys instead of just the original one key. We did not loose a FOB Remote so we could use that with the new Transponder key and all should work fine.

The below key programming worked. (From
This is something you can do yourself and really only takes a little more than a minute.
1. Begin by sitting in the driver seat with all the doors shut.
2. Insert your working master (black) key in the ignition.
3. Very Quickly, turn the key from "LOCK" to "ON" 5 times. (You will end with the key in the "LOCK" position)
4. Immediately, open and close the driver door 6 times very quickly. (End with the door closed)
5. Immediately, remove your working Master Key and insert your new Master Key
6. Turn the key to the "ON" position and leave it there while you wait for 1 minute.
7. After the minute, if you want to program another key, just remove the first one and insert the next one, turning it to "ON" and leaving it in position for 1 minute.
8. When you are through programming keys, just take the last one out, open and then close the driver door to lock in the programming, and your done :)
You can erase all the keys and start over by turning a working master key 6 times and then opening and closing the door 7 times. Then remove the key and reprogram again.
Remember : You only have a few seconds to perform each maneuver so don't waste time. You will know when you have done it right when you insert the blank key and the security light on the radio stops blinking. If it does not work, try completing the sequence faster, time yourself. And don't worry, if it doesn't work the first time, just do it again :)