How To: Make RJ45 (Ethernet) cables

The process of making Ethernet lines is quite simple, given you have materials available. I have photo’s below of everything you need, minus the obvious (cable itself). Take a look at the photo’s– paying specific attention to the first photo with the multicolored wire, this is the order in which the small wires inside an Ethernet cable need to sit once slid into an RJ-45 connector (second photo).

First thing you will need to do is cut/peel back the outer layer of the cable, exposing the eight internal wires. The wires will be twisted into pairs (orange/white & orange, green/white & green, etc.) Untwist the pairs and straighten up the wires, then place them in the order from left to right, EXACTLY as in the first photo below. Once this is complete you will slide the RJ-45 plug (PIN SIDE UP) over the wires, making sure not to mix the wires. Look through the top of the plug to see if you can see all eight wires have filled the eight holes in the plug. If you are confident all wires are set and in order, next you will need the crimping tool just like the one in the last photo. Push your new RJ-45 end into the port on the crimping tool and crimp down until it completely releases. Finally you will cut the cable the length you need and repeat the steps for the other end.


Outlook 2013 Stuck at “Loading Profile…”

If you or someone you know is stuck on the image above when they try to open Outlook on a Windows machine, please continue reading. Firstly the reason this is happening is due to an option in Outlook called “hardware graphics acceleration”. When we get this disabled Outlook will open just like normal.

First we want to check to see if it is possible to open Outlook in safe mode. This can be done by going to the start menu and searching “Outlook /safe” (without the quotes).

If Outlook will open go to File–> Options–> Select advanced on the left navigation pane–> Check “disable hardware graphics acceleration”–> Close and reopen Outlook.

If Outlook will not open in safe mode, continue below…

Now we will perform a more advanced way of disabling the hardware acceleration.


Run regedit (Start > Run > type regedit and press ENTER)

Firstly we want to create a backup we can restore later if something is accidentally deleted/added.

To do this, in regedit select file, export, and save the export file somewhere you will remember. (if needed to restore later, select import instead of export in the file menu)

Now for the solution to “Outlook 2013 Stuck at “Loading Profile…”

In RegEdit:

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common

Right-click Common folder, select New > Key and name it Graphics

Select the Graphics key you just created, right-click in the right panel and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it DisableHardwareAcceleration.

Double-click the new value and assign it a value of 1.

Close regedit and reopen Outlook.