Solving Philips LCD Monitor Problem

Got my Philips 190CW LCD monitor in 2008. Now from times to times the “brightness” option shows up and changes to ‘0’ without pressing any button on the monitor. The brightness control window is in the middle of the screen and no matter what I do, it keeps coming back. Maybe the brightness is automatically controlled by a “Brightness Sensor”?

One solution is to jammed a bit of paper in the ‘auto’ button to keep it pressed. That allows you to see the whole screen. I use a paper clip to hold the button and it works.

Top 10 Highlights of SugarSync

1) Back up and secure your data (you never know when your computer will crash)
2) Access all of your files on the go (from any browser or mobile phone)
3) Share entire folders and collaborate on projects
4) Send large files you usually (try to) email or FTP
5) Share high res photo galleries with friends and families
6) Stream your entire music collection
7) Take pictures with your iPhone, auto-sync them to your computer
8) Open, edit and save office docs with your Blackberry
9) Work from home, without having to lug around your work computer
10) Restore all your data if your computer crashes or is stolen

Increasing Bandwidth Limit

By default (even with QoS disabled) Windows XP and above reserves up to 20 percent of your connections bandwidth. To override this reserve take the following steps.

* Start > Run > type gpedit.msc
* You will see [Local Computer Policy]
* Expand the [Administrative Templates] branch
* Expand the [Network] branch
* Highlight [QoS Packet Scheduler]

* Double-click [Limit Reservable Bandwidth]
* Check [Enabled]
* Change [Bandwidth limit %] to 0 %
* Click [Apply] [OK]
* Restart

Make sure you Log on as Administrator, not as a user with Administrator privileges.


VMware Workstation: Operation on file .vmdk failed

I got an error “Operation on file .vmdk failed.” when i tried to boot up my virtual WinXP machine in VMware Workstation.

Here the things I tried:

a) Repaired the vmdk file –> Basic VMDK-repair know-how

b) Converted to .vhd file –> VMDK(VMWare) to VHD Converter

c) Opened the .vhd file –> Windows Virtual PC

d) Converted the .vhd file back to .vmdk file –> How to convert VHD to VMDK partition types (Convert format to VMDK)

Huawei E1550 USB 3G Modem on Windows 7

Got my USB modem dongle 1 month ago. When I connected it to my Win7 notebook, it does not seem to detect the modem but shown a removable storage that contained the Mobile Broadband Modem softwares and drivers.

After installing the software, the removable storage disappeared. Huawei E1550 USB 3G Modem was nowhere detected. Mobile Broadband Modem software prompted that the device was not connected. Try restarting Windows, but still no E1550 found.

I give-up and use the simcard on my Nexus One.

Yesterday, I tried googling for solutions, tried upgrading (I end up downgrading the firmware), but Win7 still can’t find the modem. Use my WinXP VMWare to downgrade the firmware as it detected the modem. Via Starhub’s website, it is confirmed that these firmwares supports Win7.

Hacking Acer System Recovery password

The Windows Vista harddisk partition on my niece Acer Travelmate 6291 went corrupt. Since the dvd drive is having problem with the backup recovery disks, I decided to load the Acer System Recovery partition by holding the Alt key and press the F10 key simultaneously at the white ACER BIOS screen.

To my surprise, the computer prompt me to enter a password string when I clicked on the “Restore to Factory Default Settings” option after the eRecovery has loaded.

Did some googling on the net and found that the password was stored in the “aimdrs.dat” file located at PQSERVICE hidden partition.

Using Ubuntu 9.10 Linux Live CD, I unhidden the PQSERVICE partition by changing the partition type to “HPFS/NTFS (0x07)” from the Paimpset Disk Utility. The original value was “Unknown (0x27)”.

Found the “aimsdrs.dat” file from the root folder of the PQSERVICE partition. Using the Ubuntu ptedit to open the “aimsdrs.dat” file, I recovered the password.

I hidden back the PQSERVICE partition using the Paimpset Disk Utility to “Empty (0x00)”

Using Ubuntu GParted, I recreated the “C:” partition. Then I did a reboot and entered the eRecovery menu.

Clicked on the “Restore to Factory Default Settings” option and entered the recovered password, the eRecovery process restored a fully functional factory image in approximately 10 minutes.

Reboot the computer after the eRecovery and voila, I have a new Windows Vista.

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