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It’s been so long since I’ve posted. Got a bit busy with another blog. It’s still technology related though as I was just checking out other ways to create blogs.

I’ve been swimming with Blogger’s waters lately and this is what I’ve come up so far: http://localtechguy.blogspot.com/

Please do try to visit this new blog for more technology related and technical support updates from yours truly. πŸ™‚ Β Meanwhile, see you in The Local Tech Guy.

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. πŸ˜‰

To resolve this error, download the Microsoft Hotfix.

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.

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! πŸ˜‰ )

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

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 β€” This creates a route on a map thru pictures of landmarks enhancing the directions.

Cocktail β€” 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 β€” Nature friendly? This guides you in reducing your carbon footprints.

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

Photostream β€” Instant photoblogging thru Flickr. Fantastic!

Pocket Seismograph β€” Conscious enough of every wave of movement below your feet? Save yourself! πŸ™‚

Quicklist β€” An excellent organizer!

Ringroid β€” Create the composer you are, or if you’re a frustrated musician, vent it out here. πŸ˜‰

ShopSavvy β€” 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 β€” Well, you now have yourself a stenographer inside. πŸ˜‰

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

And here’s what Google can say about it:

WLAN Autoconfig Will Not Start in Windows Vista

If anyone of you guys having problems starting (whether automatically or manually) the WLAN Autoconfig in your Windows Vista operated computers, you can perform the following steps (Warning: they’re a bit tricky so please try to imagine):

1. First download the .bat that corresponds to your Windows Vista version in order to reset the default services options:

*Vista Safe | [Direct URL: http://www.tecno-soft.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/vistasafe.bat]

*Vista Ultimate | [Direct URL: http://www.tecno-soft.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/defaultvistaultimate.bat]

*Vista Home Premium | [Direct URL: [http://www.tecno-soft.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/defaultvistahomepremium.bat]

*Vista Home Basic | [Direct URL: http://www.tecno-soft.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/defaultvistahomebasic.bat]

*Vista Business | [Direct URL: http://www.tecno-soft.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/defaultvistabusiness.bat]

2. Ensure and verify that all the dependencies of the WLansvc are initiated, NDIS Usermode I/O Protocol is not activated from the services panel and is relatively hidden.

3. In order to activate it, just right click over My Computer, then click Manage, go to Computer Management then select Device Manager.

4. To show the hidden devices go to the Menu View> Show Hidden Devices. Click on the plus (+) sign next to Non-Plug and Play Drivers. Look for the NDIS Usermode I/O Protocol, and double click it. In the Driver tab, set Type to Demand.

5. If that’s a success, then you can now initiate WLansvc service correctly without any trouble.

Hope this helps guys! πŸ˜‰

BSOD (caused by usbaapl64.sys) in Windows Vista when Upgrading to iTunes 8

Okay, given the release and announcement of new Apple products and iTunes 8, there are a lot of users that would definitely complain about a supposed known issue when they upgrade to iTunes 8 in their Windows Vista operated computers.

It usually happens when a user plugs-in their iPHONE or iPOD to their Windows Vista operated computers and they have recently upgraded to iTunes 8. An interesting find after digging into this website:

http://blogs.tech-recipes.com/davak/2008/09/10/fixes-itunes-8-plus-usbaapl64sys-plus-vista-equals-bsod/

Here’s the suggested fix for the said BSOD: iTunes 8 plus usbaapl64.sys plus Vista equals BSOD

The Blue Screen Of Death will note the error is with usbaapl64.sys.

These problems are actually related to Logitech and HP drivers. You need to uninstall iTunes 8.0 and then remove any Logitech and HP drivers on your system. Then you can re-install iTunes 8.0. However, the downside of this is that your Logitech and HP hardware will no longer since the drivers were removed.

Most often, removing or unplugging the HP or Logitech device from your computer is already enough to prevent the error without the tedious job of uninstalling the drivers. Sometimes, moving your USB device or Apple device to different USB ports may also work.

With this kind of error on the loose, I’m confident Apple will release a fix soon. However, until a fix is yet to be found, you can just downgrade your itunes to an older version temporarily. But that’s a very tricky process though. πŸ˜‰ Here’re the steps:

1. Uninstall all Apple Products including quicktime, apple mobile device support, and iTunes.
2. Download and install older version of iTunes 7.7.
3. Go to your iTunes music folder.
4. Backup (or rename) your iTunes Library.itl file and then delete it. By backing up this file in a safe place you will keep your iTunes 8.0 library intact.
5. Open the Previous iTunes Library folder.
6. Copy the most recent .itl file to your main iTunes music folder and name it iTunes Library.itl
7. Start iTunes.
8. Deauthorize and then Reauthorize computer (if you don’t, you will have to reinstall all the apps onto your iPhone). You can find this option through the Store Menu.
9. Sync with fingers crossed. πŸ™‚

Source: http://blogs.tech-recipes.com/davak/2008/09/10/fixes-itunes-8-plus-usbaapl64sys-plus-vista-equals-bsod/