Upgrading ASUS laptops to windows 7


Newer asus laptops (the ones sold under Vista) are a little tricky to upgrade to windows 7, they have a small hidden partition that handles the boot  and recovery processes.

Once you format your C: to install 7 you will lose some files related to the recovery application. The boot handler in the small hidden partition will try to check the recovery files because it assumes that your windows installation is corrupted, but some file are missing, and that will result in a big red ERROR written on the screen, it looks pretty much like this one.

ERROR

to fix this do the following.

  • Insert your window 7 CD and chose to repair your windows installation.
  • Open the command prompt.
  • write “bootsect /nt60 c: /mbr”
  • restart


everything should work fine.

what you did was to rewrite the master boot records to load windows7 and ignore loading the recovery process

Windows 7 RC to begin restarting every 2 hours on 03-02-2010

If you are still using Window 7 RC with a beta key, you will notice that windows 7 will be auto restarted every two hours starting today March the 2nd 2010.

This is an effort from Microsoft to force the people that are still suing the pre-release version to get the full version on windows 7, or downgrade to a previous OS.

So if you have noticed that your windows server began restarting (apparently  randomly)  after Marsh the first, don’t worry, it is not a hardware issue, it is just a wake up call for you to move on before the beta key you’re using completely expires on June 2010

If you are unsure if you have an RC version on windows 7, just press the start button and type “winver” then hit enter, if you see “Evaluation copy: expires on: 03/02/2010 1:59AM” then you have an RC version

This is a sad day for many many kids around the world.

Automatically Detect and Download all your PC drivers

During the last decade, I got the chance to try many driver repairing tools, some of them were free, some were not. I never liked any of them though, some couldn’t correctly detect the hardware that is unrecognized by windows, some provided dead driver download links, and some were loaded with spywares are scarewares.

When I was working on a friends Acer laptop, trying to find almost all of it’s drivers that Windows curiously was unable to recognize any of them. Even the manufacturer was not quite sure what the hell  they put in this model.

That is when I tried a software called Device doctor, I kinda liked it for the following reasons.

1. Free

2. Was able to detect all the needed drivers.

3. Was able to provide driver updates for the installed drivers.

4. All drivers were hosted at the device doctor website.

5. No registration required !

6. There is even a portable version of the software, to be used without installing from a flash drive, if you were geeky enough for that.

I still haven’t got the chance to really check it’s capabilities, but so far, it’s looking good.

You can download Device Doctor here

Also you can get the Portable Device Doctor here

Windows 7 godmodes and hidden settings.

Hi.

Today We’ll be discussing the hidden settings (and shortcuts) in windows 7.

Windows 7 has some developer oriented settings and control panels, for example shortcuts to directly access GPS setting (yes there are GPS settings), biometry settings, or just printer settings.

To unlock these modes all you need to do is to create a folder with any name (angrybyte of instance) then a single dot “.” and then a special code for the required panel

an example would be to create a folder named:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

opening this folder will open the master control panel ( or the godmode as the guy that originally discovered it calls it).

There are also some other modes and hidden settings, I have came up with a method to create them all in one go. You can read more about it in the post : Unlocking all hidden settings & godemodes in windows 7 in the forums

have fun, and remember, it will break down eventually.

Recording any sound that is being played on your speakers windows 7

Hi everyone. Today we will learn how to record any music , radio, game sound, just anything that your computer can play and save it. This was easy back in days on windows XP. But now it has become a little tricky because the stereo mixing device is now disabled by default in windows 7 and Vista.

To enable it just right click the speaker icon near the clock, then click “recording device”. Then right click any blank space below your devices list and click “Show disabled devices”. Then enable the “Stereo mix” device and set it as the default. Now you can start recording.

This is a first, but  I tried to add a video description to this post. please check it out and tell me how you like it. should I have these video descriptions more often?

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activate the Missing Hard disk partition in windows 7

after I installed windows 7 on my pc, I noticed that 1 of my 5 hard disk  partitions was missing. the real cause of this is not yet clear to me, it is probably related to the ability of the windows 7 installation process to assign driver letters to a big number of partitions, but who knows.

Anyway to get back your partitions do not try extreme solutions such as BIOS settings and chipset INF files, just follow the following steps.

1. right click “Computer” and select “manage” . click “disk management” from the list on the left.

2. locate the missing partition, it is usually the partition without a driver letter.

3. right click it and assign a driver letter to it.

That’s it ! everything should work just fine now.

By the way what was you first impression after installing windows 7? I don’t know about you but I was a little disappointed

Installing dual boot Windows 7 RC on your Laptop

This is a complete guide on how to install Windows 7 RC1 on your laptop computer. for this test I used HP dv4290px-Windows_7_RC

Please read this guide carefully before starting, if you have any questions please ask before you start. and please remember that this procedure can be dangerous, I can help you but I can’t be held responsible if you fry your laptop or lose important data

Since Windows 7 in not yet released, Microsoft is offering you to try Windows 7 for free till June 1st 2010. which is almost 1 year from now.

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

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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

Enjoy