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How to Start or Shut Down your AWS Windows Instance

On  initial sign in you see

aws sign in

Click on EC2.

Next click on running instances

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You may have noticed some changes around the office recently. Nothing is working, password boxes are popping up. Dr Sam yelling about why the xrays are not giphy (5)working.

Now that the server is in the cloud password security is EXTREMELY important.

So the default windows password we have been using for the "dentist" account has to be changed. So change it!

The New default 'denist' password should be S@msF**************. (Ask deepa what this password is).

Once you are logged into the default 'den** account with the new secure password the mapped drives will open without asking for a password every time you restart.

If the Dentist account does not work use the Staff account

Current accounts you can log in with are "Staff" "Dentist" and "Xray". All using the new secure password.

Computers are one of the tools you use in our work environment constantly. So basic issues like mapping drives and changing passwords you are expected to know.

All of these tasks fall into basic computer knowledge.


Change your password on Windows 10


 In windows 10 go to settings ---> click on accounts--->Sign in Options

---> change password

#BOOM Super Easy

To change your password in windows 7 or xp go into control panel ---> User Accounts---> change password







Drive z should be mapped to \\  New IP Address alert!!!

The password for drive Z if it asks for it is  SamsFamily*********** (using den*** account)

xray account pass is 9203*******

Opendental server ip = \\ 


usr= xray
pwd= 9203*****!  (If you don't know what this is ask Deepa!)



If your drive Z has any other ip address right click on it, then select disconnect.

Then you will need to remap with the correct server IP address. (See IP address above)


If you do not know how to map a drive click here

At the end of the drive mapping procedure make sure to hit the check box that says to sign on as other user. There you enter the xray username and password.




To Map To A New Ip Address

First disconnect the old drive Z connected to the old ip address

In the browser enter \\ make sure to use the back slashes

Find the Opendentimages folder ---> Right Click --->Map Drive

Make SURE drive Z is the drive you assign it to.--->

Check reconnect at logon then----> hit ok










If Your opendental Is Down Follow These Steps




Save  Opendental startup settings

Right click on the opendental icon, choose run as administrator.
When you do that it will allow you to save the opendental settings.

opendenta lsettings sams family dental


Ez Dent 4 Errors

Easydent 4 is a simple program to use. When the program starts up check that the database and the file servers are on.

The file server program needs to be ran every time the machine first starts.

The xray machine is the xray server. 9flushing office everyone else ignore)So the settings are local.

If the database server is off contact Vatech tech support. 




New Opendentimages file folder location: \\\opendentimages\


To Change the Windows Hosts File




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The open dental software is an open source practice management software for dental offices 

One of the first things you should do  as you initially logged into your computer is to open up my computer and browse to the mapped drives that Open Dental uses typically this is a map to drive Z and the folder is called opendentimages 

You check the maped drives to make sure they are connected.

You should not see a red X or exclamation mark Signifying that the drive is down open dental will NOT work.

If you cannot open the Open Dental images folder the program will not be able to start


Usually clicking on the drive will open it if it was previously mapped correctly. 


opendental server ip  = 



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Dr Mark Kaufman's Xmas Adventurekaufmanbefore2

We the techs at short circuited computer services really work any time any where. 24 hour computer tech for real!

We were called in to a job on Christmas day 2018. The task was to install a sonicwall router, upgrade the switch and the office network.

When I arrived at the office and got the the networking section , I was confronted with this mess.

Nothing but a spider web of computer networking cables.


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bad printDara and Chris 3d Printer Repair

Chris who owns a really cool business making soap bombs came to us with a 3d printer doing this.

Dara texted me at 3 am. I was up so I responded to her and scheduled and appointment through the online booking form.

Most of our communication was done via text message. That initial job was to switch out the motherboard for a new one that the company provided. After the board was switched to me put the machine back together and did a test print, but the same thing was happening

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