Inaccessible Boot Device on Multi-Core Processor when re-Starting a Windows Vista Computer

Have you encountered this kind of blue-screen error? Irritating, huh? Well…

Just found out recently after having to experience the same BSOD for 3 times in a row. I tried googling for the answer and fortunately found a convenient explanation and fix in the Microsoft website.

As per Microsoft, the error occurs due to the race inter-lapping of threads reading and written causing a the PCI root node to be missing from the device tree. Hence, the inaccessible_boot_device because the storage is now missing. It’s kind of a brain-twister really but it goes something like that. To go through all the techie-jargons, check out the Microsoft explanation on this. 😉

To resolve this error, download the Microsoft Hotfix.

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No WPA2 Option in Dell Wireless Utility

So you have Dell computer using a Dell Wireless Card and you want to set your network security for WPA2 Encryption but sadly you don’t find any option in the Dell Wireless Utility to set it to WPA2. You double-checked your Windows Zero Configuration and found that it’s possible to choose the WPA2 Encryption. But still, you would want to use the Dell Wireless Utility since it’s the utility that came installed with your card. And you just want to make sure everything’s working alright.

Is this Dell’s fault? Do you think you have a bad Wireless Card or a bad Dell computer? Don’t fret pal, here’s the work-around instead of picking up the phone to get hold of a Dell technician:

Choose either WPA-Personal (PSK) or WPA-Enterprise in your Dell Wireless Utility. This will enable you to connect again to your network with a WPA2 Security Key setting. You can also use this when manually adding a non-broadcasting network with WPA2 configured.

Internet Connection Lost after Installing MS Security Update KB951748

Internet Connection Lost after Installing MS Security Update KB951748

This happens when you have ZoneAlarm Internet Security or Firewall installed in your computer. The moment the MS Security Update KB951748 finishes downloading and installing in your computer, your internet connection gets lost and you’ll have no idea what caused it.

Here’s the work-around:

1. You can set your ZoneAlarm Firewall Security (Internet Security Zone) from HIGH to MEDIUM.

Other known work-arounds by advanced users would be to uninstall (remove) the MS Security Update KB951748 from the Add/Remove Programs of your Control Panel (this works for Windows operating system users) and then configuring the Windows Update to Turn-off. Or you can also run System Restore then Turn-off your Windows Update afterwards.

Force Dell PC Restore thru BOOT_DSR.exe

To all Dell computer owners out there. Sometimes our computer systems bug down on us big time that the only solution for us to do is to reload the operating system to erase all our problems (only if the issue lies within the depths of the operating system); but what if you don’t have a restore disc or an operating system intallation disc? Is it the end of your world? Do you call their support trunkline?

For all you know, some Dell machines were designed with back-up recovery tool preloaded in the hard drive during its building. With features like Norton Ghost and PC Restore (or Dell Image Restore to some), reloading the operating system in our Dell machines/computers is just at the tip of our hands.

However, what if your PC Restore (which is accessible by pressing Ctrl and F11 altogether) won’t work and won’t let us do the reload? As long as the computer is booting up to Windows (even with all the errors and what-nots), you can still run Dell’s PC Restore function by manually running it from it’s location. Here’s how:

1. Run the Dell PC Restore function from this directory: C:\dell\utilities\dsrfolder.

2. It will just give you a warning, you just have to click YES and it will continue with its process by restarting the computer and boot to the PC Restore Utility.

Or, another way is clicking this executable file: BOOT_DSR.EXE. (I’m not sure though if this work-around will work with Dell systems without Norton Ghost. But heck, you could always give it a shot! 😉 )

To learn more about Dell’s partitioning and PC Restore features, check out these websites for further reading:

1. http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/fixes.htm

2. http://tinyurl.com/45553j

Windows XP Logs Off As Soon As you Log In

Irritating? Here’s why:

Windows SA replaces userinit.exe used in logon with its own wsaupdater.exe. But uninstalling doesn’t revert it back. Some ad-aware programs may also remove or quarantine wsaupdater.exe thinking that it’s harmful.

Here’s the fix:

1. Boot using your Windows XP disc.
2. Enter Recovery Console.
3. At the ‘command prompt’ go to C:/windows/system32
4. Next type the command: copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe
5. Exit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon. But you’re not done yet. 😉
6. Run regedit.
7. Find the Userinit key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
8. Modify the entry:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wsaupdater.exe, (DO NOT FORGET THE COMMA ü)
So that it reads:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\userinit.exe, (DO NOT FORGET THE COMMA ü)

Hope this helps! 😉

Introducing: Google and T-Mobile’s Android G1 Applications!

Crazy about the new Google/T-Mobile’s answer to Apple’s iPhone? Take a look at what’s inside the Android G1 interface.

The new Google and T-Mobile’s Android G1 already has WiFi, GPS, a touchscreen, an accelerometer, a camera, Gmail, Google Maps, a Webkit-based browser, and an application market, which is basically similar to the iPhone App Store. What’s great is it’s $20 cheaper than the iPhone!

Here are some features:

BreadCrumbz — This creates a route on a map thru pictures of landmarks enhancing the directions.

Cocktail — Enumerate what ingredients you have with you and it can surely give you a list of all the possible cocktails you can create. Yummy!

EcoRio — Nature friendly? This guides you in reducing your carbon footprints.

Krystle II — Remember Tomigochi? This app can be your own pet that you can take care of and stroke, of course using the touch screen.

Photostream — Instant photoblogging thru Flickr. Fantastic!

Pocket Seismograph — Conscious enough of every wave of movement below your feet? Save yourself! 🙂

Quicklist — An excellent organizer!

Ringroid — Create the composer you are, or if you’re a frustrated musician, vent it out here. 😉

ShopSavvy — Not sure of the price of the same item in other stores? This surely comes in handy to compare prices with other stores offering the same commodities. Talking about wise spending!

Text-to-Speech Library — Well, you now have yourself a stenographer inside. 😉

Translate — Can’t understand different accents by different people? Let Google translate it your own language.

And here’s what Google can say about it:

How to Remove Content Advisor Password in Internet Explorer

Do you want to remove Content Advisor Password in your IE? Follow the steps below:

1) Click on Start and choose Run.

2) Type in RegEdit and select OK.

3) Now click on the little plus sign to the left of H_KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

4) Continue to drill down, always clicking on the plus sign at the left of the named key, through Software, Microsoft, Windows, Current Version and Policies.

5) Now click on the Ratings folder.
 
6) In the right pane of the RegEdit window, you’ll see an icon called Key. Click on it and press
    Delete.

7) Next, choose Registry and then Exit to exit RegEdit. You’ve just deleted your original Content
     Advisor
password.

8) Restart the computer and run Internet Explorer again.

9) Choose View and then Internet Options (or Options for version 3.x). For IE 5 or greater, Click
    on Tools, Internet Options.

10) Click on the Content tab and click on Disable. When asked for a password, don’t enter
      anything; just click on OK. This will disable Content Advisor because there’s no longer a
      password.

Source: http://www.pchell.com/support/contentadvisor.shtml