Veritas Backup Exec Snapshot technology error (0xE000FED1): A failure occurred querying the Writer status.

Having experienced a number of intermittent failures related to 0xE000FED1 we looked into increasing the retires and timeouts and found that the following values resolved the issue.

Browse to or create the following registry structure HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\Besc

Under Besc create the following DWORD values:

Create a 32bit DWORD with name “UseSnapshotEngineRetry” and value (decimal) 1

Create a 32bit DWORD with name “SnapshotEngineRetries” and value (decimal) 5

Create a 32bit DWORD with name “SnapshotEngineWaitTime” and value (decimal) 360000 (that is 6 minutes in milliseconds)

You can find further information on the registry settings in this Veritas article:

This app has been blocked for your protection. An administrator has blocked you from running this app. For more information, contact the administrator.

I recently got this message when trying to update the BIOS on a HP Elite 8300 Small Form Factor PC.  I knew that the download was safe and needed to get the BIOS updated.  I worked around this block by launching a command prompt as Administrator, I then typed in the full path of the exe into the command prompt to launch it and this bypassed the block.

Unexpected system crashes and red screen of death (RSOD)

Having recently upgraded my system I kept finding that my computer would unexpectedly restart, games would crash out and after playing almost any game for 15-30 minutes I would get a Red Screen along with buzzing and then the computer would restart.

As with any issue the route cause and resolution might be different for you but I found that disabling XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) completely resolved my issues.  XMP clocks upthe memory in your system, sometimes above what the manufacturer recommend so this would be classed as overclocking.

Other troubleshooting steps that you could perform if this does not resolve your issue

Check to see if any other components in your system are overclocked (CPU, GPU or Memory).

Check your system and component temperatures and ensure that all fans are running correctly.

Test your Hard Disk Drive using manufacturers or third party diagnostics software.

Test your Memory using manufacturers or third party diagnostics software.

Update the system BIOS

Update drivers (especially Chipset and GPU)

Star Wars X-Wing Alliance PC Game

Here is a collection of useful information when trying to get Star Wars X-Wing Alliance running on your PC

In newer versions of Windows you will need to install or turn on DirectPlay

This can be achieved using the following steps

Step 1

Go to “Control Panel” then “Programs and Features and then click on “Turn Windows features on or off”

Step 2

Expand “Legacy Components” then tick “DirectPlay” then click “Ok”

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