Do-It-Yourself


D-I-Y: Repairing an Intermittent Retractable Mouse

After two years, my retractable mouse has its first maintenance/repair work today. The small cable connecting the mouse and the USB plug have been intermittent since yesterday. I’ve discovered that the cable had an open connection somewhere at the tip near the mouse.

D-I-Y: COMBOFIXing Your Infected Computer!

I’ve proven this tool many times against hard-to-get spywares and malwares. The ComboFix by “sUBs” is a command-line tool, meaning it runs from the root directory of your system.

It integrates NirCmd–a command-line utility “that can write and delete values and keys in the Registry, write values into INI file, dial to your internet account or connect to a VPN network, restart windows or shut down the computer, create shortcut to a file, change the created/modified date of a file, change your display settings, turn off your monitor, open the door of your CD-ROM drive, and more…”

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D-I-Y: Grounding Your Audio-Video & PC System

Grounding or Earthing is a safety precaution to prevent electrical shock from electrical equipment or appliances.

(Photo courtesy: Wikipedia)

The theory is simple–electricity goes back to earth to complete a cycle. However, in many electronic gadgets grounding doesn’t necessarily mean connecting directly to ground or earth. It can be done by using a large conductor such as printed circuit board or the casing of the appliance or equipment itself can be used as a ground.

However, electrical insulation sometimes failed and an enormous amount of electricity can go to the casing and can cause electrical shock. In some cases, just like my audio-video and PC system, the ground voltage is high which is no longer within the tolerable limit of our body.

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D-I-Y: Using Google DNS

I’d tried openDNS service but it has so many site-restrictions like you can’t open some sites. I also discovered that openDNS can’t logon to SmartBRO server in your next boot.

So, i resorted to my ISP’s DNS and put my internet protocol setting at “Obtain DNS server address automatically“.

The DNS (Domain Name System) is used to identify you computer when connected to the net. It’s like a phone book in the internet where host names are translated to IP addresses.

Last week Google launches it public DNS and it proves fast and efficient as i tried it to my PLDT DSL connection. Google’s public DNS addresses are easy to remember: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as preferred and alternate respectively.

Follow the step-by-step procedure below…

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D-I-Y: 10 Secrets to Speed-Up your XP

10-xp-secretsI’ve got the XP Speed Secrets from Metacafe.com and i inserted in here some of my comments and personal inputs about it. You may listen to the podcast of our November 30, 2008 episode at our profile in Friendster for the details of the discussion.

For a complete PDF copy of the XP Speed Secrets, click How To Speed Up XP & Vista or read the whole document below:

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D-I-Y: How to Increase Virtual Memory?

When your RAM is depleted, windows will temporarily allot memory space from your hard disk. Windows call it virtual memory. You can adjust the space in your hard disk which windows shall allot for virtual memory by adjusting the paging file size. Here’s the way:

  • Right click MyComputer
  • Choose Properties
  • Click Advanced Tab
  • Click Setting unde Performance
  • Click Advanced Tab in the performace options dialogue box
  • Click Change in Virtual Memory
  • Highlight Drive C… adjust Initial Size and Maximum Size…. If your system has below 512mb RAM… don’t adjust, use the default setting. Otherwise, adjust the initial size up to the level of your Physical memory. If your physical RAM is 2gig… set to 2gig as the initial size… Take note the paging file size is in MegaBytes unit.
  • After setting… click ok… and reboot your PC.

Here’s a screen shot of the procedure:

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D-I-Y: How to Turn Off Windows Automatic Restart (B.S.O.D.)

Windows is configure by default to restart your PC once it crashes. The infamous Blue-Screen-Of-Death (BSOD) appears after your system crashes for a moment before your PC restart. However, there are important details in the BSOD that everyone ought to know–why your system crashes?

We can control how windows behave during crashes by setting off the automatic restart and give us time to read the BSOD screen before manually restart our PC. Here’s the procedure:

  • Right click MyComputer
  • Click Properties
  • Click Advanced Tab
  • Click Settings under Startup and Recovery
  • Untick the radio button for Automatically restart under System Failure
  • Click OK

Here’s a screen shot of the procedure:

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USB Background Image–How To Do it?

STEPS IN MAKING A “USB BACKGROUND IMAGE”
1-    Look for a jpg image for your background…
2-    Copy that jpg image onto your USB disk…
3-    Open a notepad
4-    Copy the codes below onto your notepad:

[ExtShellFolderViews]
{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}={ BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}
[{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}]
Attributes=1
IconArea_Image=bird.jpg

6-    Change the title of the image in codes above (IconArea_Image=bird.jpg) Replace “bird.jpg” to whatever title of the jpg image you saved earlier into your USB.
7-    Save the notepad file as “desktop.ini”(don’t write, of course. the double quotation marks) into your USB.
8-    Right click in the USB area and click “refresh”. It’s done!

D-I-Y: Facebook Chat @ my browser’s sidebar

If you’re not contented seeing who’s online in your Facebook Chat box, here’s a convenient way seeing your friends on Facebook Chat right at your browser’s (Firefox only) sidebar.

Go to BOOKMARKS-> ORGANIZE BOOKMARKS (highlighted)

facebook-chat-sidebar-screen-shot

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D-I-Y: How to Turn Off the AutoRun and AutoPlay

Oops… i’m late in posting this article which i had promised last Sunday during the “Hi-tech ‘Ta Bai!” radio show in DyAB1512. Anyway, here are the steps to turn off the AUTORUN and AUTOPLAY features for our USB stick drives:

start-screen-shot run-box-screen-shot

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Adding Your Name in the System Tray

As i have promised in my radio show–”Hi-Tech ‘Ta Bai!” on Sunday (Jan.4, 2008), here’s the post on how to add your name or any names in the system tray of your desktop (located at lower right portion):

Go to CONTROL PANEL… (click start to access CONTROL PANEL)…

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