Netricity Powerline 500M Ethernet Bridge Adapter Failed After 13 Months

Introduction

Panic set in last night when I couldn’t access the Internet. Eventually I tried my laptop after checking the lights on my Home Hub and reset it a few times. That worked O.K. and in the end I deduced my power-line network had failed. It turned out that a Netricity Powerline 500M Ethernet Bridge Adapter Failed. The one connected to the PC had green lights on it suggesting it was hunting for the other adapter. The one at the router had some red lights on it. I unplugged it and went to bed. When I got up and tried it this morning the lights on the faulty one wouldn’t light  in any colour. So that was the end of my Netricity (economically priced) power-line network. I had kept the receipt but, guess what, it was 13 months old so out of guarantee by one month, typical.

Getting A Replacement

So by 09:10 I was in the local technology store, Maplin – where I got the original from, to get a replacement. I had looked one up before I went. I settled on a Delovo “dLAN 500AVplus” having previously been happy with the 500Mbps technology of the Netricity devices. Here is the Devolo website.

Well I am happy again now and to some degree the working Netricity adapter is compatible with the Delovo adapters. However I can’t seem to control it from the Delovo Cockpit. One of the benefits of the new adapter is the mains socket reappears on the front so that it can be used for something else. The manufacturer recommends plugging the router or PC into this because they have built in a filter (HF I presume) to reduce interference.

Here is the new adapter below:

Devolo 500Mbps Powerline Adapter
Devolo 500Mbps Power-line Adapter

My Excel Jump List stopped adding Recent Files

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Excel Jump List stopped adding Recent Files
Excel Jump List shown above the Task Bar.

I had a problem where I had MS 2010 Excel pinned to the Task Bar but the Excel Jump List stopped adding Recent Files. The Jump List is the one you see when you right click on an icon of an application pinned to the task-bar. Some programs (not all) show recently used files on this list. The user can then choose to permanently pin them to the Jump List. On the right is an example of an Excel Jump list.

In my case new recently used files stopped appearing on the MS Excel Jump List. I read through various bulletin board threads on the Internet but their suggestions did not resolve the problem.

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My Fix when the Excel Jump List stopped adding Recent Files.

This is how I resolved it. I repaired my MS Office application. The application has this facility built in. To repair it go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and right click on MS Office Professional Plus 2010 (in my case). The options are Uninstall or Change. Choose Change and the following window opens:

Excel's Jump List stopped adding Recent Files

Select Repair and click continue. This will start the repair process which will take several minutes. I think it more or less re-installs Office but doesn’t interfere with your settings. Beware that you may find other Office Jump Lists get cleared. But they all work afterwards.