Nov 20, 2015

HP Pavillion g7-2269wm Windows 7 Drivers

HP Only provide Windows 8 drivers for this model on their website. If you not a fan of windows 8 and want to use Windows 7, you just need to install windows updates to get most of the drivers. Most of the drivers automatically installed along Windows 7 installation such as Audio, Graphic and Wireless.

You will notice in Device manager there will be 2 drivers missing. They are:

PCI device and Universal serial USB controller. So it is easy to identify what drivers we need by looking at the hardware ID.

PCI device:  -  Refer to Card Reader

Universal serial (USB) controller - Refer to USB 3.0 -PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7812&SUBSYS_184B103C&REV_03

So you just need to Install these 2 drivers and your are done.

1. Card Reader
Realtek Card Reader Driver : (SP56467)

2. USB 3.0
Install Both driver and reboot:
AMD USB 3.0 Chipset Driver : Download
AMD USB Filters : Download

USB drivers will provide the drivers so that your computer recognize your USB 3.0 and make it usable. The USB Filter driver on the other hand will provide power management and performance optimization.

Nov 19, 2015

Fix Windows 10 Doesn't Shut Down Properly

Windows 10 shut down problem normally cause by software version (unstable version) or unstable Software configuration. Instead of shutting down, your computer keep hibernating with the power light on and this is common for HP notebook.

Solution 1: Disable Hybrid Shutdown
The most common reason for Windows 8 and Windows 10 unable to shut down completely due hybrid shutdown, this feature enable by default in Windows 8 and 10 increase shut down time but decrease your boot time. To disable this feature:

1. Right Click on start and select power option and select choose what the power button do on the left panel.

2. Click on "Change setting that currently unavailable"
3. Now to disable the hybrid shut down, uncheck the "Turn on fast start-up (recommended). Click save changes and we are done. Your setting should look like this:

Solution 2:Power Drain (For HP Notebook)
1. Turn off your laptop by pressing the Power Button 5-6 seconds (hard Shout Down).
2. Remove the Power Chord and Battery.
3. Press the start button for 25-30 Seconds.
Now plug in the power the power chord and battery and test if it solve your problem.

Solution 3: Enable Intel Virtualization Technology
This solution applicable for Notebook with Intel Processor and not all Intel processor support Virtualization Technology.
1. First install Intel Processor Identification Utility.
2. Install and go to CPU Technologies and make sure the virtualization technologies is marked with YES.

3. Restrat your computer (or do the hard shut down then power on again). Enter BIOS, to enter BIOS, during power on press the BIOS key, your laptop has been assign with specific BIOS key such as F10. The most common are ESC, DEL, F2, F6 , F10 and F12.
4. On the BIOS page navigate to Advance option and enable the Virtualization technology. The location of the Virtualization setting is different depend on your notebook BIOS.

Solution 4 : Downgrade your Intel Management Engine. (Only for Model with Intel Processor)
It's a known issue that 11.xx Intel management Engine Interface could mess with shut down time and sleep option. The stable version would be 9.5xx or your original driver version (before update). Just rollback the driver to return to the previous version in device manager.(right click - properties - roll back driver)

You can also uninstall current version and download and install 9.5 version.

Solution 5 : Disable USB suspend Selection Setting
1. Go to power option, click on the plan you currently use and select advance setting.

2. Scroll down until USB Selective suspend setting.Press the + icon to expand. Disable both on battery and plugged in.

Solution 6: Disable Coolsense technology (HP Model)

1. Open command prompt as admin.

2. Copy and paste this line:

echo Start
echo #
echo ######################## Default dirctory for x86 x64 ########################
echo #
echo this command is default system32 directory for x86 OS or x64 OS
cd %windir% & cd system32
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" /v "HP CoolSense" /f
reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" /v "HP CoolSense" /f
echo #
echo ######################## Change the dirctory for x64 ########################
echo #
echo this command is x86 application's registry for x64 OS
cd %windir% & cd syswow64
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" /v "HP CoolSense" /f
reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" /v "HP CoolSense" /f
echo End 

If you have other solutions you might want to share it here.  =)

Nov 18, 2015

Windows won't boot without flash Drive/USB Drive/CD

This problem cause by bootloader, a program that load your operating system. So, if your hard disk (internal) does not have the bootloader it won't boot to windows because no program will load your operating system (Windows XP/7/8/10 etc). In one case (Asus Notebook) the bootloader not installed in C partition (the windows partiton he use to install windows) but installed on the USB disk. So, without the USB disk he can't boot to windows.

So here how to fix it:

First of all Insert you installation Disk (either DVD or USB Stick)

In Windows 8:
When installation windows appear Click Next - click Repair your computer

 click Troubleshoot
 click Advanced options
 choose Command Prompt
Then type: (press enter to execute the command and do it one by one)

bootrec / fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot 

Windows Vista/7:
It is the same method as Windows 8 you need to access the command prompt. to do this insert you installation Disk and select repair. Then select keyboard - Use recovery tools - Command prompt

The type the following command one by one and press enter after each line.

bootrec / fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot

You can also use Bootrec.exe by microsoft instead. I never try it and it is a lot to explain how to use this tools. so I just write the easiest method to fix this =p

Oct 23, 2015

Clean Installation of Windows 10 on Acer Aspire

I've decided to install Windows 10 on my Acer Aspire E15, and I did it today, and I notice great difference in terms of performance over Windows 8.1. (I will point out what I did to make a clean installation on my Acer Aspire Notebook

1. Activation.
It will took 24-48 hours to activate if you make a clean installation. So, upgrading from your previous version is recommended. There are lots of complaints on various forum saying they could not activate windows after clean installation. Microsoft also mentioned that you need to upgrade first before make a clean installation. However recently I found that after the installation, you need to log in to your Microsoft account (live account) and it will activated within 1 or 2 days.

2. Windows Version
Check your windows version so that you can upgrade for free, for example I am using Windows 8.1 Single Language so I can only install Windows 10 Home. If you install Windows 10 Pro Over Windows 8 (basic edition) you will need to purchase the activation key.

3. Create a bootable USB
You will have no problems if you are using DVD to install windows 10. If you are using USB, most current Notebook uses UEFI, it means using Windows USB/DVD released by Microsoft will not work. What what I did was download and install rufus, run the program and create a bootable USB. It has a feature where you can select to format it as GPT for UEFI because MBR only works for notebook tat using BIOS (not UEFI). You also need to select fat32 and not NTFS for the file system.

4. Installation
Upon power on your laptop, press F12 (other model might need to press other keys) to enter the boot selection, select your USB device to start install windows 10. . Remove your USB upon reboot so that it will not boot from the USB and restart the whole installation process again. If you familiar with BIOS/UEFI you can change the setting in the BOOT menu and set your USB as 2nd boot device and your HDD as the first boot device.

5. Product Key/CD Key/Activation
During installation, it will ask for Product Key twice. First time you just need to select Skip and the second select do this later. After the installation finish, just connect to the internet and it will automatically  activated within 2 days . (If not you may need to contact Microsoft to sort it out, and of course someone did contact Microsoft using online chat and success, but he also mentioned how long he have to wait to resolve that matter.)

6. Drivers
Windows 8 or Windows 7 driver should work in Windows 10, but the first thing you need to do is to run automatic updates because it will install the latest drivers for you notebook. I noticed on my Acer there are 3 drivers missing which is (you can check this on device manager):

Video driver : Basic Display Adapater
I use Intel HD driver, I got 4 options to install driver which are download from Acer website, Download from Intel website, run automatic update or directly right click and select update driver from device manager. I use the last option because it does not matter what version it will install, It's low end graphic and the driver won't show any significant improvement. (right?)

TXE Driver : I forgot the name before I installed the driver (lol)
However this driver will not updated automatically, I need to download TXE driver from Acer to install this driver.

SMS message access
This device is some sort of bluetooth component, I just need to install bluetooth driver from acer website. Since I didn't use Bluetooth, I just ignore and leave it there.

So there you go, If you have problems, question or suggestion, leave your comments on the comments section below.