Activating the sound front panel on Asrock motherboards

sometimes, after installing a new asrock motherboard, you will notice that the front panel is not working (either the MIC or the headset jacks). this problem is caused by the board failing to detect that your computer case does have a front panel and that it is connected.

To get around this problem and use your front panel, go to the BIOS settings and find the front panel detection setting and change it from auto to enabled. this will make the front panel jacks appear in your realtek audio manager.

This problem has been detected by Asrock and they released new BIOS versions that change the default setting to enabled instead of auto.

I used to love asrock, but not anymore, what about you? do you like the newer asrock MBs?

Restore overwritten or modified documents

shadow-copiesThere is a small life saving utility that comes with windows vista, you can use it if you have overwritten or modified an important document by mistake.

To restore the previous correct version of the document right click the modified document and select “Restore previous versions”. Allow windows a couple of minutes to lookup “shadow” copies of the file. select one of the discovered shadow copies then hit “copy” at the bottom of the window, save the original copy of the document somewhere else.

That’s it, you saved your job

ZSMC USB PC Camera (ZS0211) Driver for Windows Vista 32 64

This one gave me a really hard time to find, So I decided to upload it for you nice ppl to save you some time.

This driver works for the ZSMC USB PC Camera (ZS0211)  as well as  for many cheap china made webcams. it works under windows Vista 64  bit
Anyway the trick is not in the driver it self but in windows Vista. Download it here (LINK UPDATED !!!)

-restart your computer.
-hold F8 before windows Vista loads (right after the BIOS POST screen)
-select “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement”
– now boot to windows and install the driver. your ZSMC USB PC Camera (ZS0211) will now work


If you get sick of this piece of junk, just get a new webcam, you can find good cheap Windows 7 64 webcams on amazon


New hard disk not appearing in ‘my computer’? make it

Problem: You got a new hard disk, after installing it, your system can’t find it.

Causes: If the hard disk appears in the “Device manager” it is probably just not formated.  Samsung and other brands ship their HDs unformated

Solution: From the control panel go to “Administrative tools” choose “Computer management” and inside it select “Disk Management”. In the lower portion of the form you will find your HD as “unpartitioned” right click it creat partitions as you wish then format them as you wish.

You can check more Quick tips for your computer here

Fix desktop crashing into 16 color display mode

Problem: When Windows Xp starts, the display reverts to a low resolution 16 color mode.

Cause: Generally this is caused by a malfunctioning display adapter driver, I have seen it on built-in VGAs from intel.

Solution: reinstall the display driver, if you still have the same problem, uninstall the VGA driver and do not install a driver for it again, windows will just use software support to display your desktop correctly. but you still wont be able to play games or correctly view movies until you find a working driver and install it.