Category Archive: Tips and Tricks

Mestrelab Campus License

Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 10:47 am MT - posted by Ross Madden

As of February 2018, the Department of Chemistry has funded a CSU site license for several MestreNova plugins.  The following functionality is covered by this site license: NMR qNMR IUPAC Name Reaction Monitoring Installing MestreNova To install MestreNova, simply download and install from this URL: Installing License Files Once you have installed the current […]

Junk and Quarantine E-mail

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, 11:53 am MT - posted by Ross Madden

On occasion, CNSIT receives questions regarding the possibility of a message being caught by an incoming e-mail filter.  The symptom for the end user is usually that a message they have expected hasn’t been delivered.  Typically, there are 3 options for the message’s absence. Junk Folder on the Client The first place to check is […]

Windows 7 SP1 Update Slowness Fix

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 11:07 am MT - posted by Ross Madden

We have noticed a bug in the update process for Windows 7 SP1 machines.  The pattern we see is when a machine hasn’t run updates since before October 2016, and when a current update is started, we sit on the “Checking for Updates” step for what could be hours and hours.  One solution is to […]

Hard drive full? This may help!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, 2:30 pm MT - posted by Ross Madden

Is your hard drive in the red and you have no idea where all that space is being consumed?  We often use the following free programs to interpret this mysterious phenomenon.  These utilize a type of graph called a Treemap, which attempts to visualize the files in blocks.  The larger the block, the more space […]

CNSIT South Graduate Student Orientation

Monday, August 15th, 2016, 1:24 pm MT - posted by CNS IT

Your CSU eID Account Your CSU eName (aka, eID) is your University wide username.  This, in combination with your CSU password, is what you will use to gain access to almost all resources you have access to. Your E-mail Account (O365) Your CSU inbox is where mail sent to your CSU e-mail address is delivered.  […]

Prevent Windows From Automatically Updating to Windows 10

Monday, April 11th, 2016, 6:10 pm MT - posted by Ross Madden

With Microsoft becoming increasingly more aggressive with the Windows 10 update notifications, I thought it was a good time to create an article with some tips on how to prevent an accidental upgrade. First, the easy way (and recommended way).  Download the following standalone app called the GWX Control Panel here: (  Download it, run […]

New BMB Order Form

Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 1:34 pm MT - posted by CNS IT

There is a new BMB Order Form! It looks and acts very much like the old order form, with a couple of minor changes. First, The bottom button is now a email button instead of a submit button.                         Put in your email address […]

Cloud Storage for Personal Data

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 12:08 pm MT - posted by Ross Madden

Personal storage has been handled by many different technologies over the years.  At first, the term was just used to describe data on your personal computer – stored in it’s local hard drive.  We may have supplemented this storage with the use of external hard drives that we could move around from one computer to […]

Troubleshooting PDF Printing Problems

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 3:29 pm MT - posted by Ross Madden

PDF files sometimes give us a lot of trouble when we try to print them. The causes are usually unknown, but may stem from inefficient PDF creation on the publisher side (not everyone uses Adobe Acrobat Pro to create their PDFs, unfortunately). Here are some tips to help you get that pesky PDF to print […]

Website Creation Kickstarter

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, 3:58 pm MT - posted by Ross Madden

We are often asked about how a user can create a webpage for themselves, or for their research group.  While CNSIT will not create and manage group and personal web pages (we have enough on our plate at the department and college level) we can assist in getting you up and running.  The information in […]