Headphones not working on your laptop? A strange solution that is actually working.

Today, I ran into some trouble connecting my headphones with my laptop. Normally, when you connect some headphones to the 3.5mm jack, the sound switch automatically from speakers to headphones. But not today.

I tried with 2 different pair of headphones and nothing. I restart my computer and nothing. I even restarted with the headphones connected and didn’t work. I started to search internet for solution (like sound drivers or so) but I found a different approach of the problem.

Strange but the first thing to try and I really expected to work was this idea: on kioskea, a guy recommended to turn your pc off and remote power supply and battery and press the power button (like nothing is happening). And yes, it works :)

It is strange but basically doing that is somehow set your the entire electrical circuit to a hardware reset state. So if you have some static electrical charges that have no load -to discharge- (some switched off/floating capacitors) that keeps your system into a strange state, then is not working if you just reset your PC. You need to do this kinda strange trick to put your PC to a “real” switched off state.

If you do this and but battery/plug-in back then you’ll have a nice sound on your headphones :)

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USB Memory only 1GB from 16GB, 8GB, 4GB, 2GB

So … yesterday I just installed Ubuntu (linux) alongside Windows and I used my 16GB usb memory through the process. I simply performed a format to the USB memory and transform it into an bootable device with Ubuntu. All things went perfect until I returned to Windows and wanted to use my memory for something else.

The surprise was when I just saw that my Memory has only 1GB (0.98 MB to be more accurate) instead of my usually 16GB (14.67 GB actually). I tried to format the device couple of time and no success in bringing back the entire capacity. After a couple more minutes I went to Disk Management (Right click on Computer and select Manage to go to Computer Management) and found this:

1gb after formatSo, my Disk 2 (USB memory) has an Unallocated space and is using only those 1006 MB. So, what can you do about this? How can I restore my USB device to its original settings?

The solution is quite simple and requires a Windows tools called DISKPART while the formal right click and shrink or extend options are not available for Removable devices like an USB Memory. So, let’s start:

1. Open the Command Prompt window (go to run and type cmd)

2. Type DISKPART in Command Prompt and run it as Administrator (you will be asked about this if your cmd processes is opened with normal user)

3. Type list disk in diskpart. You should see something similar to this window:

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4. Locate your USB memory number (in my case is disk 2) and type select disk 2 (change 2 with your disk number).

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5. After you get the messege: “Disk 2 is now selected disk.” just type clean

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6. After you get “DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.” message type create partition primary

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7. Now type select partition 1

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8. Type Active

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9. And that’s all. Type exit to close the DISKPART tool.

Go back to Disk Management and you will see that the Memory capacity is back to normal: one big piece of 14.67 GB :)

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The only thing left is to format again your drive (you will be asked about this when you try to access it). Just make a quick format and enjoy!

My keyboard is opening different tasks. E open Explorer, F opens search, D showing Desktop

Today I had a quite strange experience with my computer (laptop). While I was playing Starcraft II my commands started to be quite crazy… suddenly when I was selecting individual buildings or made individual tasks, the game started to select all the stuff around and do tasks after tasks with all the selected parts. It was clear for me that somehow my keyboard was stuck (the behavior was like the Shift key is always pressed). I immediately pressed Windows Key + D to show my desktop and the same behavior was performed with my desktop icons. Each time I tried to select something (like click) it was added to my selected stuff.

To unblock the keyboard I simply pressed shift keys, then ctrl keys and after pressing all 4 of them my computer seemed to work fine. So I return to my “peaceful” game.

The strange behavior was actually started when I needed to press different keys. So, when I start typing something into a conversation everything was started to be strange. Different Explorer windows oped-up, search activated, maximize and minimize the game and a suddenly log off. To be honest, my first thought was that I have a virus, something like a RAT software and someone is commanding my computer. But after a moment of fear I had the revelation that all those commands were done by me while the Windows key was somehow blocked. There are a lot of shortcuts in Windows that can trigger those commands. So I pressed the Windows key a couple of times and in that point my computer returned to normal operation.

I can’t explain how can my keyboard got stuck on a couple of buttons at the same time. This was my first and the last time when it happens.

With friendship,Alex

featured image via Andy

iTunes – Package installation problem

It can happen when you try to install iTunes on a Windows PC to get this error:

There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A DLL required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.

The solution is simple, just right click on the installer and choose “Run as administrator“.

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And this should fix the error. If any further problems just let me know ;)

Windows 8 Default Font Download – Repair Kit

A long time ago I’ve offered you a simple solution on how to restore your default fonts in Windows 7. The basic idea is that you can get in real problems if your default system fonts get messed up. For example, when you install too many fonts or even worst, when you allow other software to replace your fonts. In this cases, your explorer, your browser, your games and basically everything on your computer can show strange characters and bad font style.

To repair this error I recommend to restore all your fonts:

1. Go to C:\Windows\Fonts (where C:\ is my Windows drive) and delete as much fonts as you can. (ctrl+a to select all and delete key to delete … skipped where the system couldn’t remove the files)

2. Download the default Font folder  (.zip file, 250MB) :

Download “Windows 8 Default Font Folder” uc – Downloaded 33140 times –

3. Extract the content of that folder.

4. Select all the files in the extracted folder (ctrl+a)

5. Right click and select Install

Enjoy! If you search the default fonts for Windows 7, click here.

L.E.: If you search the default fonts for Windows 10, click here.

How to change or lock Laptop display/image orientation (is rotating 90 degrees)

A lot of people are asking me about the option to rotate the display 90 or 180 degrees. Most of them are using laptop computers that automatically rotates the display when you tilt the laptops. And that’s because those laptops have a sensor that can obtain the orientation of your device exactly like the ones in smartphones or tablets.

For some users, this automatically orientation of the display is quite annoying while they are never using their laptops in different position than the classic one. For example, if you take your laptop from your desk to your bed you can easily get your display rotated 90 degrees when you actually don’t need it.

In order to get back your screen in the normal orientation you can simply press at the same time the following keys: CTRL+ALT+UP arrow.

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If you want to disable the automatically orientation of your display you can fly with you mouse to the right of your display and click on “Settings” from the menu.

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Then, click on “Screen” and press the small icon on top (“Turn off autorotate”).

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And this should work. You can also right click on desktop and choose “Screen resolution”. There you have an option “Allow the screen to auto-rotate”.

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How to log off in Windows 8

Have you ever asked yourself how to lock your Windows 8 PC? What about logging off?

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If you press the power button in Windows 8, you will get an menu with “Sleep”, “Shut down” and “Restart”. If you are expecting to find an Hibernate or a Log Off option you will be disappointed. About the Hibernate button we already talked in this post. But what about logging off?

Well … this is simple … just click on your name in top right of the start screen. And the log off is now changed in Sign Off while Microsoft is expecting that your Windows 8 device is more likely to be connected to internet. Have fun!

Unable to open connection file Default.rdp

At work I am usually using my office computer via an “Remote Desktop Connection” while I in a different rooms. Today I stepped over an error that says “Unable to open connection file – C:\Users\Bogdan\Documents\Default.rdp” while I tried to open the remote desktop application.

I searched for solutions via internet and the most simple way to clear this error was to actually delete the file that contains the default connection.

1. So, I just browsed into my computer down to “C:\Users\Bogdan\Documents

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Here, if you show the hidden files, you will be able to spot “Default.rdp”

2. Close any remote Remote Desktop Connection errors or open programs and delete the default file.

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3 Finally, open again a new Remote Desktop Connection. The error should be cleared now. A new Default.rdp file will be created.

Have fun!

Available memory less than 15MB!!! -285917184

This error is usual on a 64bit OS (Windows 7 or Windows 8) when you need to open an older software/game. For example, if you try to play Counter-Strike 1.6 on a computer with 64 bits Windows 7 you will definitely get this error.

In order to clear the error and get your program/software going you need to make a simple configuration. Right click on your program (executor or .exe file) and choose “Properties”. On the new window click on “Compatibility” tab. Then check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and try with Windows XP SP3.

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If Windows XP3 option is not working, then choose other version until you find one that works fine with your program. Usually, the above setting will work great.

Have fun!

RalinkCheckBTDev is using a lot of processor resources

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A  couple of days ago I’ve updated my Bluetooth driver in order to repair a problem of my “always white wifi button“. Also, I’ve made an update to all my Wi-Fi Adapter drivers. Since then when I’m starting my computer, a lot of processor resources are used by a process called “RalinkCheckBTDev”.

I’m running Windows 8.1 Pro 64bits on a Read More

Wireless LED problem in HP laptop: always white (even with Airplane mode on)

I had a problem this days with my HP ProBook 4540s laptop. On the top of my keyboard I have are 2 extra button, one for internet and one for wireless communications (WiFi network, Bluetooth). Pressing the wireless button, my computer will switch on/off the Airplane mode. When The Airplane mode is active (with no wireless communication enabled) the LED is orange. When the Airplane mode is off (WiFi communication is enabled) then the LED indicator is white. Everything was fine until I Read More