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Monday, October 20, 2014

fix turn-sharing-on-or-off issues in Windows 8.1 with Chromecast for good.

If you cannot connect Chromecast under Windows 8.1 for some reason and the online help system refers you to turn-sharing-on-or-off, then you will be pleased to hear that there is a fix, even the Chromecast support will not tell you:
Press the Windows icon key on your keyboard.and X key.
Click on Command Prompt (Admin.)
Click on Yes if prompted by your firewall pop-up.
Type netsh winsock reset and press enter
Restart PC

This way I have fixed the issue on 2 Windows 8.1 laptops, one x86 and one x64!

And now I am using it successfully with netfix, (I have seen it at a friend this weekend, and in Peru last year (despite some people living in Peru saying it's like like here and here), I have quite liked it. and I don't seem to be the only one :)

However I have still managed to only get it to work on my desktop computer just ones so I decided to rather use it together with my iPhone5S instead. It also has the advantage of turning the iPhone into a Chromecast remote control when I am sitting in front of the computer :)

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Upgrade of my HP Compaq 6910p laptop

Finally the Upgrade of my HP Compaq 6910p laptop is completed. 
Complete refurbishment/upgrade performed over the last months:
-new battery pack
-secondary battery pack installed.
-Belgian French keyboard replaced with German keyboard.
-exchanged the 2GB RAM with 8 GB RAM (2x4GB)
-tossed out 160 GB HDD and replaced with Samsung 250 GB SSD (latest firmware applied).
-replaced 65w PSU with 90w PSU.
-Applied latest HP BIOS but a modified version with network card support whitelist removed.
-Sierra 3G/HSDPA card installed. Applied latest firmware to go from a 3.6Mbps peak rated device to a 7.2Mbps peak rated device

Getting the 

HG Sierra UMTS 3G HSPDA PCI-E MC8775 unlocked Card

 is not eaasy as it first requires applying a new modified BIOS to remove the whitelist (more about this later) and then you come across 3 other issues:

-The card requires applying the latest firmware to ensure it works in highest speed, but the download links in the blog article with the soution are down
-The card only works with Sierra Wireless' "AirCardWatcher" dialup tool but it's not obvious at first that you require it or where to get it from
-Sierra Wireless offers zero end-user support.

This blog post will help you to get around.

So once you have successsfully applied the modified BIOS with the whitelist removed,.read the blog post here: 3g modem wiki entry for this card

The tool and firmware can be found here

The neccessary driver for this card can be found at the HP homepage here

Last but not least you can find the AirCardWatcher General program here.

Despite that the drivers are from 2008, they just installed and work fine under my Windows 8.1. Update 2! :)

The BIOS for the HP Compaq 6910p without whitelist can be found here: here -click-

Make sure you install the one with the right chipset!

If after the update you receive an info that the BIOS update failed, then you may need to downgrade to the version f17 or f15  first and then re-apply to f19

Hope this helps! :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Push notifications stopped working after exchanging iPhone5S (iOS7)

I have had to exchange my iPhone5S for a new one at the Apple Store last Saturday, because the glass was bent for some reason and would pop out of its frame on one side. (known issue as described in the apple forums here). Fortunately they have swapped it right away as exchanging the glass would not be allowed because of touchID.

So no problem, back home restore the phone from iTiunes backup.

It worked but I noticed today that Push notifications stopped working.
Apple Support office was already closed, so I browsed the Apple Support Forums for all the odds of solution suggestions. However all of them didn't help except one, which is - according to the feedback - the solution that works in the majority of all cases).

Uninstall and reinstall the "find my iphone" app!

(as described in the apple forums by Rooki here)

Have fun with your iPhone and iOS7!

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Monday, June 02, 2014

Troubleshooting bluescreen issues by USB driver comflicts of Thrustmaster TH8RS and ASUS M5A78L/USB3 in Windows 8.1 x64 Update 1

It isn't easy to face bluescreen issues in Windows 8.1, but sometimes it still happens if you happen to come across a bad driver/outdated driver and driver conflicts. So, after buying the Gear Shifter, I faced hourly bluescreens.

The trained eye may notice that the Thrustmaster Support Download Site for the TH8RS only mentions Windows XP-Windows 8, but not 8.1.

Since the bluescreen issues only appeared as soon as the Gear Shifter was connected and only since I got it installed, I guessed that a driver issue with this device maybe the reason for my bluescreens.

So, searching for evidence may not be as straightforward if you don't know what tools to use. I have passed the "trial and error" phase since long, and also Windows Event Manager is not my tool of choice.

Step 0) Starting Windows 8.1 in Safe Mode with Network functionality.

Step 1) Finding out which kind of error you are receiving and which system files conflict with each other: Use
You can see that most times, it crashed because of "IRQ NOT LESS OR EQUAL", wich means that some devices have an interrupt address conflict. You can see by the red marked files, that HIDCLASS.SYS (so Human Interface Device driver for USB devices) and the Windows NT OS Kernel" conflicted with each other.

Now we know what is happening but we don't know yet about the "Why". So:

Step 2) Checking out which HID and USB Controller Drivers are installed and whether they are the latest versions. We use DriverMax for that.
When we scanned for currently installed drivers and we hover over the "Date" line of the USBG Host Controller Driver, we can find the date of the installed driver vs the recent driver version, we see that the installed version is from 2006! That's incredibly outdated, long before Windows 8.x and even Windows 7 was released. Also I see the generic USB hub driver is outdated (however I don't think that's the reason for the bluescreen, but since 2 is the maximum amount of driver downloads per 24h of the free version, why not? ;) ).

Step 3) After restarting Windows 8.1 in normal mode , we may be facing a blue screen again this time because the ASMEDIA onboard USB3.0 drivers crash :(

Don't mind the German in the error message, important is the last bit of information. You can see the reason again and you can see which driver is involved. In this case, the ASMedia USB3.0 driver for my on-board USB3.0 ports.

Since this happens right after loggin into my Windows 8.1 user account, I have no other choice but to reboot into Safe Mode with Network again.

May I kindly refer here to my previous post which discribes where to get a working driver from, here or if this one doesn't work, use the previous one supplied by ASUS as described here. (WARNING: DO NOT use the most recent one supplied by DriverMax, because it will make your system instable!)

The problem just is, you cannot installed it in safe mode, and since it instantly crashes in normal mode, you are in a devil's circle. To break the circle, simply go to the Device Manager in Control Panel and uninstall the driver .

After restarting into normal mode, you may notice that the Windows 8.1 stock driver has been installed and that the USB root hub mentiones "non functional".

So, then we download and install the ASMEDIA driver as mentioned previously. Once we restarted Windows 8.1 the bluescreen and USB driver  IRQ conflicts  are gone!

Happy Gaming! :)

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Support for the ASUS M5A78L/USB3 motherboard - extended lifetime for Windows 8.1

In contrast to what ASUS Germany Suppport told me in an email before, (i.e. that the product is not certified and supported for Windows 8), it seems they changed mind now and put up a Windows 8.1 driver download page in December 2013 and also released a new BIOS.

The page can be found here on their support page for this model . Thanks ASUS! :)

And I tried it, the official Windows 8.1 USB 3 drivers of the ASMEDIA USB 3.0 ports offered on that page of the board really work now ! :)

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Epson Perfection 2480 Photo drivers for Windows 8.1 x64

I have written about the driver issue with 64bit Windows and the Epson Perfection 2480 Photo before and this time with Windows 8.1 it's no exception, however that the old driver that worked in Windows XP X64, Windows Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64 no longer work in Windows 8.1 x64.

But there is a workaround. You can use the free DriverMax and search for drivers for devices that have the drivers missing. It will find a driver that will work. It even works with the USB Remote Control feature of the Fritzbox 7390 router.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

The smartphone market made things change in 2013 - a little overview

We are at the 4th quarter of the year and the Smartphone market is hyped, by many factors, good and bad changes happened in the recent past that I wanted to discuss and mention in this post.

I seriously think changes that are done to adopt to the ever growing market are done too fast by big companies without being well thought regarding the effects this has to the users.

E.g. Skype now informs you via a pop-up that Skype Desktop API will be discontinued by December this year, making many plugins and even commercial programs like Pamela and Messenger Plus! for Skype will be no longer available for use.

This also affects hobby projects like my C64 diskmag Scene World, where we use thew Messenger Plus! for Skype Skype plugin to record Skype video interviews with computer industry pionneers for every isssue.

Right now, I do what Pamela suggests (see above) and stick with an older version of Skype. Lucky enough 6.7 for Windows Desktop can be found here.

While this is bad for freeware and commercial solutions that rely on the Skype API, there are now already alternatives that of course use that for marketing. Like SuperTinTin here, which means I have to buy it from my own pocket just to be able to do the Skype videos again in the future. Sad!

Skype reasioning is, that people shall rely on the new Skype URIs that are also used for their mobile smartphone clients. Means less resources neccessary to use for Microsoft developers (Yes, Skype is owned by Microsoft nowadays, and they didn't kill any platform in contrast to what people were afraid of (a lot of users said "now Linux, and Mac clients will be dead :( ), instead they decided to make the life for the 3rd party Skype applications hard.

Skype explains the reasons in their Support database here and speaks about the road ahead in their "Big Blog" here.

Last but not least let's look at the statistics of the smartphone world via an info graphic:

Are We Wasting Time With Smartphones?

This Infographic is produced by Coupon Audit (provides Shoebacca coupon) and Nafcom


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