Outlook 2010 can’t book meeting room as resources on Exchange 2003

First of all, in Exchange 2003, there are not real “Resources” objects. Meeting rooms are like normal users. So Microsoft implemented “Direct Book“, which is implemented on Outlook client side.

in Outlook 2010, this Direct Book option is not enabled by default. If you add a room to resources and send the invite, an invite email is sent to this room user inbox. If nobody monitors this email account, your room will not be booked and the calendar of this room will not be marked as busy. You will realize this when you see other people in the meeting room at your meeting time you are trying to book.

The fix:

Easy done by a registry update.

  1. Exit Outlook.
  2. Start Registry Editor.
  3. Locate and then select the following subkey in the registry:
  4. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options\Calendar
  5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  6. Type EnableDirectBooking, and then press ENTER.
  7. Right-click EnableDirectBooking, and then click Modify.
  8. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  9. Exit Registry Editor.
  10. Start Outlook.

Done.

 

More information can be seen at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982774

 

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Westinghouse LCD Monitor L2410NM HDMI issue

My Westinghouse LCD Monitor was working fine with my old computers on VGA port until I got a new Dell XPS 8500 with Nvidia GT640 video card. I tried to use the HDMI because of my I hate the extra adapter converting DVI to VGA. The image through HDMI looks horrible on L2410NM. The color is washed up.

I googled around and realized it is the monitor’s fault for not giving correct EDID. Someone on hardforum.com has a smart solution without messing up with the video card’s driver. It is a Windows Registry change:

Hey here is the fix, it works this way without editing the driver inf file and it works in Vista and Win7. I don’t know if it works in XP.

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Run Regedit & Navigate to:

HK_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Video

Open the folder & check each folder (eg. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Video\{E 0CC2030-CCD8-49B9-8267-83140EF868CB} )

Check each sub folder called “0000” until you come across one which expands and includes the following:

>Display
>Settings
>Uninstall
>Volatilesettings

Once you’ve located this, right click the “0000” folder and select “New” followed by “Binary Value”.

Rename the value to:

OverrideEdidFlags0

and hit enter or okay

Next up, you need to right click the new key and select “Modify Binary Data” from the list.

Enter in this info below:
5c 85 80 51 00 00 ff ff 04 00 00 00 7e 01 00

After you enter the info in the value will show as (invalid DWORD (32-bit) value) but this is correct. Reboot and your monitor will work once again. BTW you will need to do this after every driver installation. I have experienced some severe blanking and weird noises from the monitor after some driver upgrades. You might want to connect up the VGA when updating drivers.

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Yes, it worked for me. Note this solution is only for this exact model of monitor.

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