Blank or Black Screen When Playing Blu-Ray Movie

This only happens when using your Dell Media Direct 4.0 for playing a Blu-Ray Movie. What happens is the video playback may be blank or may have black-video screen. Audio playback seems to be fine. Installing different codecs won’t resolve the issue.

This is actually a problem ONLY with Broadcom Blu-Ray Disc Accelerator card device driver version 1.0.3. To fix this, download the Broadcom Blu-Ray Disc Accelerator card device driver version 1.0.4 or later.

Download the updated driver here: Broadcom BD Accelerator Solution.

If the upgrade will still not fix the issue, I advise you to get a replacement. 🙂


Error 8000FFFF in Windows Vista Auto-Update

Ey guys, it’s been awhile. And it’s also been awhile since I was bugged with problems with Vista. Your computer may get an error 8000FFF when doing Automatic Updates in Windows Vista. Culprit is most probably the incorrect reporting of the system with 4GB of memory.

To fix this issue, do the following steps:

1. Run cmd [command prompt] as administrator.

2. Type: “reg delete HKLM\Components /v AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving” and then hit Enter.

3. Press “Y” to confirm.

4. Restart your computer and you should be able to run Automatic Updates again.

Crackling Sound Occurs on Dell XPS 730

A discussion I found around the Dell community about a crackling sound on a specific Dell XPS computer. Though, I didn’t personally experienced this (that’s because I can’t afford a Dell XPS, hehehehe) this might help you guys ever you’re encountering the same issue. 😉

The audio corruption may occur if the Dell XPS 730 computer have a Creative Labs X-Fi card installed in it. Apparently, the users complaint of crackling sounds that come out of their computers when they move their mice.

The work-around so far is by downloading and installing this: XPS 730-010004 BIOS Update. It’s the version 1.0.4 of the Dell XPS 730 machine. You can check further info on this in Dell’s Community Forum website or Dell’s Support website.

Hope this helps! 🙂

Missing Media Drive Icon After a Cold Boot/Resuming from Standby

Missing Media Drive Icon After a Cold Boot/Resuming from Standby

There has been much speculations on the said issue lately in the Dell Community and suggestions and investigation are compiling up without a definite point-of-failure of a missing HDD after a cold shutdown and/or resuming from standby. So far, the issue affects random types of Dell computers, adding up to its unusual behavior.

The root cause is really hard to figure out but Dell proactively released a fix through an updated firmware from their website. Download the HDD Firmware Update version 7.12, A01 to fix the issue.

Yahoo Messenger 8.1 Causes No Sound Problem on Select Dell Laptops

A recent discovery on No Audio problems caused by Yahoo Messenger 8.1 on Dell Studio laptops. As confirmed on Dell’s support site and community forum, Dell discovered an issue with their new Studio line of laptops with Yahoo Messenger version 8.1 and their audio driver. Hence, the release of an updated driver to correct the problem.

This problem doesn’t exist when using the beta version of Yahoo Messenger which is Yahoo Messenger 9.0 Beta. To fix the issue, download and install the new updated driver of Dell Studio’s Integrated Audio.

Check out Dell Support for further discussion.

How to Change Your Forgotten Windows Password Using a Linux OS Disc

Yup! That’s right. Never thought it could be possible but it gave me the creeps when I successfully did it. The trick was actually maneuvered by a big-time geek and it’s just amazing how he was able to infuse the two opposing worlds of proprietary and open-source to work together. 😉 Just a disclaimer on the following steps — this is hardcore!

If ever you get this annoying error message just because AD struck you in a complete surprise:

You’ll surely try to find ways and means to get into your Windows working environment. However, as Windows is not at all that friendly to common users like you, you’ll soon learn that you’re just wasting too much time on something futile. So anyway, why not give this a shot? 🙂

1. Download a copy of Linux’ System Rescue CD and create an ISO image to a cd. You are free to use whatever burning application you have available in your computer.

2. After successfully creating the System Rescue CD, you’ll need to boot from it. (For real beginners: Insert the System Rescue CD into the optical drive (CD-ROM). Change the boot sequence of your drive to the optical drive in the computer’s System BIOS, save changes and restart. This should allow you to automatically boot to the disc inserted in the optical drive.)

3. Upon booting to the System Rescue CD, it will take you to a command prompt screen that looks like this:

4. Mount the hard drive using this command: ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows -o force. (You can use the df -m command to verify that the drive is already mounted in the right drive. In this example, it is mounted on /mnt/windows.)

5. Change the directory into Windows/System32/config directory inside of the windows installation. Take note that the full path might differ depending on where the Windows folder installation was created. You can do that using this command: cd /mnt/windows/Windows/System32/config

6. The moment you get into that directory, you should be able to see a SAM file, which is where we will change the passwords.

7. In order to change the password, we will use the chntpw command. It’s more effective to use the -l argument first so all the usernames in the file will be listed out.

Command: chntpw -l

8. Add the -u argument with your username (kinda looks like the command below, the username used in the example is geek):

Command: chntpw -u geek SAM

This will take you to this screen:

9. At the prompt, type in your new password and don’t forget to press “y” when it prompts you to save.

10. By this time, your password should already be changed. Type the command reboot to restart the computer. Don’t forget to take the System Rescue disc.

11. Go back to the system BIOS and revert back to your original boot sequence (set it back to the HDD as the 1st boot device). Upon booting up, you should be able to see this screen and should be able to login using your new password.

Have a fun time tweaking your Windows operated computer now! By the way, this works both in Windows XP and Vista operating systems. Ciao! 😉