Tuesday, 17 January 2012

WIndows XP Activation not working

This is an irritating issue, It usually happens after a repair install windows wants to be activated to log on. When you click on activation it disappears, only your background and pointer remains.

The problem is caused by windows reverting internet explorer back to version 6. Your windows activator needs IE to work. So what we need to to is update IE to version 7 or 8 then simply activate.

Another problem tho, sometimes you need to get into windows normal mode to update IE6, to activate (Typical Microsoft). Issue with an issue and a cherry on top.

To solve this problem we need to boot into SAFE MODE Restart computer, while booting before windows load press F8 a couple of times until menu appears and choose safe mode.
in safe mode we click on start then run or (start button + R on keyboard). In Run dialog box you must type the following exactly case sensitive "rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk". Wait a moment and restart into normal mode, windows XP 30 day trial has been reset.

I went and made a *.bat file with the code to run. I had a need for it a couple of times before.

If you were wondering or in need of windows 7 30 day trial reset it is "slmgr -rearm" but can only be used three times in a row.

Remember: This is just a way to get into windows to repair and activate your windows copy with legal license.

Windows XP Setup only detects 129GB HDD

This is a small matter but needs to be covered, If you have a bigger HDD that 129GB but windows installation setup only detects 129GB to partition.
The problem here is that the installation disk is too old (no service packs slip streamed with disk.
Need to find disk with at least Service pack 2 or higher windows XP version or use "Nlite" and add those service packs to your version. Then just write and use new disk.

Hope this Helped, Enjoy!! 

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Windows XP Setup - No Hard Drive Detected

This problem mostly occurs on laptops. You start windows XP setup and during installation it just tells you sorry No HDD available but the HDD picks up in the BIOS.

The Problem is that your SATA  HDD is set to ACHI mode in the BIOS and windows XP setup does not have the necessary drivers integrated into the setup process to pickup up your HDD in this mode.

There are two ways around this problem, either go into your BIOS (F2 or DEL, Depends on main board) and look for your SATA HDD Mode Setting. This needs to be changed to compatible or IDE Mode. (Wording of manufacturers may differ) The drive should now pick up no problem.

If you want or need to keep it on that settings you need to go to the manufacturers website and download your main board ACHI drivers. You then need a program called "Nlite" to edit your windows installation disk. Edit the XP disk and integrate the downloaded drivers, when you use the new disk it should pick up your HDD because it has the drivers now.

In older desktop computers it can be due to drivers & SATA 1 controller. The older main boards had a separate RAID controller for SATA HDD's, meaning it will not be detected in the BIOS but in controller there after if SATA is enabled. You need to jumper the HDD to run on 1.5gbps to be compatible with SATA 1 and the raid drivers needs to be downloaded from manufacturers website and loaded with XP.
"Nlite" can be used as above.

Hope this Helped!! Enjoy

Monday, 2 January 2012

3G Dongle, Cellphone-Bluetooth Internet

Using your Cellphone as a modem through Bluetooth can sum times give you hassle and not connect. The same with 3G Dongles to set up Internet the following must be done.

Install The Bluetooth Dongle/Device, Turn on phone Bluetooth and make sure it is visible on Bluetooth network. Pair phone with device.
Go to network setup and setup dial-up connection, When Asked for name any name will do. The dial number will be " *99***1# " under normal circumstances depends on phone data profile because
the " ***1 " refers to the profile number, Finish setup and try.

If not working it is profile problem then no worries we try something else, a PC always has another way around a problem. We just change the dialing number to " *99# " and then we need to go to device manager. ( right-click My Computer - Properties, (Win XP Hardware Tab - Device Manager) ( Win Vista/7 Left side of properties window - Device manager)). Under modem Category choose Bluetooth modem or 3G modem Whichever One we Need to setup to work. (Right-click - Properties then click on advanced Tab) In The Command box enter the following " cgdcont=1, "IP", "INTERNET" ". the Internet part applies to MTN & vodacom if you have virgin mobile this changes to "VDATA". If you use another service provider i found that mostly "INTERNET" works otherwise consult your service provider.

Your connection should work now if not it can be that you perhaps have some other issue.

Hope this helped, Enjoy!!

DVD Drive missing in My computer

Problem: Optical drives suddenly disappears only trace is in Device manager exclamation mark next
                 to driver entry.
Reason: This is usually caused by incd or other software creating an invalid upper or lower filter entry.
Repair: Open Regedit by typing "regedit.exe" into run command on your start menu.
            Go to - "HKLM/currentcontrolset/control/class/{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}"
                       OR (where the heading on right-side under class is dvd/cdrom-drive)
            Delete all keys on right that has to do with upperfilter and/or lowerfilter.
            Close Registry Editor
           Reinstall driver in Device manager or restart PC.
           Drives should be working ounce more.

Hope this helped ENJOY!!