Android ES File Explorer cannot access shared folders on Windows 7

It was working for me  just fine, accessing shared folders from my windows 7 desktop from my android phone, tables, and TV set box was something I do everyday. But then it stopped, ES File Explorer; my favorite android file manager, has started showing errors saying it cannot connect, I blamed the explorer it self, my router, my firewall, antivirus,sharing settings. it took me hours to get to the root cuase of why all of a sudden android can no longer connect to my shared folders (while other windows based computers can).

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The first step to the solution was to use terminal emulator on my phone to confirm that I can still ping my desktop from my phone, and it worked. the next step was to use wireshark on my computer to see what exactly is ES file explorer asking of my computer, and what is it replying to it. I found incoming messages in SMB protocol (samba) my phone requests to access samaba shares on my computer, then windows replies with “Out of memory”!, after doing some digging I found that this is a common issue in windowes and it is solved by a registry change.

open regedit and the go to the following key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters Look for IRPStackSize, if you dont see it, then create it by Clicking Edit, then New, and then click DWORD Value 32. Type IRPStackSize as the name, and then press ENTER. Note that IRPStackSize  is case sensitive. edit it and set the value to 12, then restart your computer. give your computer a few seconds to finish loading then try acessing your shared folder from your android device using ES file explorer. it should work, if you’re lucky.

Update HTC Vivid to ICS 4.0.3 safely in just a few minutes

I just received my HTC vivid from Amazon. The phone is looking great, 4″ display, dual core 1.2Ghz cpu, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera and support for 2G 3G and 4G networks!

Htc Vivid comes with Android 2.3.4  Gingerbread, which is pretty nice, but you know what is better? HTC Vivid was one of the first phones of its series to receive the official Android ICS, which comes bundled with the latest version of HTC sense.

One of the first things that I’ve done once I got the phone was to look for how to update it ICS, I read many many pages talking about rooting, bootloader stats, and some very long and complicated update guides. the good news is: you dont really need that! if you just got the phone (not previously used) and have never unlocked its bootloader and messed with its ROM, then updating to ICS can be as easy as this:

1. wake sure you have a working Wifi.

2. go to dialer and dial *#*#682#*#* wait for a few seconds, and a prompt will tell you that an update is being downloaded. wait for it to finish, then click update now when prompted to. the screen can go off during download, dont worry, just make sure you have more than 50 of the battery to continue.

3. Sit back, relax, watch some TV series, the update process will take more than 5 minutes. The screen will go off at times and come back on to the update prompt, dont worry, just focus on the TV series and dont touch nothing.

4. when the phone reboots, you’ll have a fully working ICS.

Now to some questions that I had before I updated my HTC vivid and to which I didn’t find an answer online:

Does HTC vivid ICS support arabic texts? Yes, while 2.3.4 has broken letters, ICS displays arabic perfectly. just get any free arabic keyboard and you’re good to go. The menues language however is latin only.

I have an unlocked sim HTC vivid will it get locked if I update to ICS? No it won’t, if your phone is unlocked out of the box then you’re good to go.

 Can I OTA my HTC vivid while being outside of the US? yes you can, just follow the steps, and it work fine htc vivid ics