Sunday, 27 October 2013

Microsoft Hotfix And Error Code 110

I recently downloaded a Microsoft hotfix, and came to install it and it started to extract and then came up with the error :-

"The self-extracting zip file is part of a multidisk zip file. Please insert the last disk of the set."

You get no option other than to press “ok” and then you get another error

"An error occured while unzipping. One or more files were not succesfully unzipped. The error code is 110."

I re downloaded the file again and got the same error, went to another PC re downloaded and got the same error.  The only thing I spotted was the file I downloaded should have been 11mb and it was only 940kb on the ones I had downloaded, at first I thought maybe the copy on the Microsoft site was corrupted, then I thought that’s not really going to happen.  All our PC’s all go out via a Microsoft TMG 2010 server and we had had problems in the past downloading certain files, but I thought this issue had gone away, but it seems not.  I re downloaded the file from a different internet link and it was then fine. 

Bit of a confusing error as you are lead to believe something is missing….

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Acer Laptop Mouse Not Working

I did a repair on an Acer laptop, it needed a new power connector so involved stripping the laptop down, after doing this I noticed that the on board mouse / touchpad was not working, I thought I must have not connected it back up correctly, so I stripped the laptop down again and checked and everything was connected ok, looked on the net as to where this connects, and it looked like it was connected ok.  I disconnected both ends of the ribbon cable for this and reconnected again, and tested but still no luck.  At this point I started to think maybe the ribbon cable was damaged so I removed it totally and tested it with a meter and it appeared to work ok.  This is the point you start to panic thinking that maybe something on the mainboard has blown.  However after another google on this matter I found it was possible to disable it via some FN keys, so I wondered if I had somehow done this.  As luck would have it, I must have “somehow” disabled it.

To fix is very easy, You need to press FN and F7 to (together) to enable the on-board touchpad / mouse.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Open Device Manager As Administrator

You may be logged onto a PC in a domain environment (or other) and you don’t have admin rights but need to make a change in device manager that requires admin rights, this is a very simple issue to resolve, and one that I used myself today on Windows 7.

1. Open a command prompt as an administrator, Right click “Command Prompt”  and click “Run as Administrator.
    2. Type devmgmt.msc

    3. This will now open Device Manager as an administrator.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Windows XP End Of Life

Support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014.  An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows new drivers for your hardware and more.  Windows XP users are advised to upgrade as soon as possible.