windows 7

Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 and Sleep mode in Windows 7

Recently I upgraded my system to LGA2011 CPU and used Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 F20 motherboard. I used to have problem with sleep mode in Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit and I tried everything with no luck at all.

All the sudden, I think my PCI sound card (Audigy ZS2) may cause the sleep problem?!? Yep, I took it out and the sleep mode is now working like it should.

If anyone has the same problem like me, you can try to take some add-on cards out ūüôā

Remember, before you do anything, check the Gigabyte’s website for latest BIOS update.

Hope this helps,

Ricky

Read/write info to Asset Tag in BIOS (Lenovo Thinkpad Laptop)

For some reasons you want to remove the Asset tag in BIOS of a laptop (in my case, it’s the Lenovo and I’m on Windows 7)

First, you go here to get the utility to read/write information to the Asset tag

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-75237

Then download,

Utility to Read and Write Asset ID Information —¬†6iaw03ww.exe — it could be a different file name.

Make sure you know where to save the exe file (eg. save on the Desktop)

Run the exe file to extract the utility. You can extract to your preferred drive (C, D or whatever) or its default directory.

In my case, I just use the default location (C:\Drivers\WINAIA)

Now it’s time to edit the Asset Tag.

Click Start button and type cmd into the box, right click on cmd.exe and select Run as administrator, click Yes if you see a confirmation

cmd.exe

cmd.exe

Type the following commands on ONE line and end with the Enter button.

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cd\

cd drivers\winaia

Now you should see, C:\Drivers\WinAIA\

To see the current Asset tag info, type

WinAIApackage.exe –get ¬†[an window will pop up and show you the current info on your Asset tag, Click OK on the pop up to close it]

winaia

Example of Asset info

To set the Asset Tag, type (including the quotation marks)

WinAIAPackage.exe –set “USERASSETDATA.ASSET_NUMBER=this_could_be_anything”¬†[click Yes to confirm if any]

That’s all I need to change but there are more if you want to play around with this.

This is the full list of commands you can use from Lenovo

All options, group names and field names are case-insensitive, except for the USERDEVICE group and the prefix value.

If no options are specified or an incorrect option is specified, then the help text for the utility is displayed.

Here is a list of the valid group names and their associated fields:

USERDEVICE [field1] – These fields are defined by the user.
: Maximum number of user fields is five.
[fieldn]
PRELOADPROFILE IMAGEDATE
IMAGE
USERASSETDATA PURCHASE_DATE
LAST_INVENTORIED
WARRANTY_END
WARRANTY_DURATION
AMOUNT
ASSET_NUMBER
LEASEDATA LEASE_START_DATE
LESE_END_DATE
LEASE_TERM
LEASE_AMOUNT
LESSOR
OWNERDATA OWNERNAME
DEPARTMENT
LOCATION
PHONE_NUMBER
OWNERPOSITION

 

Best,

Ricky

Sources: Lenovo Support

Xmarks Freezes on Firefox

Updated: You should be able to download directly from Firefox via Add-on menu. It’s fixed =)

I’m using Xmarks to sync all my bookmarks too all browsers I’m using. It works perfectly on Chrome and IE but Firefox. I found out the problem that Firefox addon’s website didn’t update the latest version of Xmarks.

When I updated the Xmarks to the latest version, the problem solved.

This link shows you where to get the latest version of Xmarks.

Open your Firefox browser, copy/paste the link below to your address bar

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/xmarks-sync/versions/

Download the Version 4.2.4 (9/7/13) by left click on it, and hit Install when asked.

Restart the Firefox browserxmakr

Check on your bottom left of the Firefox, you will see Xmark logo > click on it > Run Setup Wizard (to fill your info)

I think you can do it from here.

Best,

Ricky

Verify TRIM Command is enabled on Windows 7

Open the Command Prompt (Start > type in the search box “cmd” > right click on the cmd.exe and left click “Run as Administrator”)

To verify the TRIM command is enabled, type the following and press enter in the Elevated command:

fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify

The results will be as follows: DisableDeleteNotify = 1 (Windows TRIM commands are disabled) DisableDeleteNotify = 0 (Windows TRIM commands are enabled)

To enable the TRIM command, type the following and press enter in the Elevated command:

fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0

To disable the TRIM command, type the following and press enter in the Elevated command:

fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 1

Hope this helps,

Ricky

Source: Kingston Tech Support

Easy Driver Packs v5.31 – Fast. Simple.

Updated to ver. 5.3.2

I’ve been using this for years (also use the DPS v13). For the speed and less problems, I would recommend you guys go with this one. Simple and very fast. I’ve tested on¬†multiple¬†PCs from XP to 7 (32/64bit).

Download link 5.3.1

After you download it, pick the one compatible with your system (eg. Windows 7 64bit) and go there.
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Right click on the exe file named WanDrv(x64) and left click on Run as Administrator. Different versions of Windows will have different names but it should start with WanDrv

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It will take seconds to load the program (if something pops up, just say Yes to continue)

Check the box of drivers you want to install or you can check all the boxes.

If you¬†don’t¬†want to make their website as your homepage, UNCHECK the last box and say YES.

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Click Start(S) on the top-left of the program and pick the 2nd option to start the process, Extrac and install drivers (Recommend)

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Now waiting for few minutes. Reboot after it’s done!!!

Hope this helps.

Ricky

p/s: Comment below if you find this helpful or just say hi.

Disable/Enable Hibernate in Windows 7

To make hibernation unavailable, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
  2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
  3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
  4. At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate off, and then press Enter.
  5. Type exit and then press Enter to close the Command Prompt window.

To make hibernation available, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
  2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
  3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
  4. At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate on, and then press Enter.
  5. Type exit and then press Enter to close the Command Prompt window.

Source @Microsoft