HP Mini 110-3518cl


HP Mini-Note 2133, Asus Eee PC 701 and Everex ...
HP Mini-Note 2133, Asus Eee PC 701 and Everex Cloudbook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, we will be doing a recovery on a HP Mini model 110-3518cl. After plugging in the computer, switch on the power which is on the right side of the computer, hold down or press the ESC key.
You should see the starup Menu
F1 System information
F2 System Diagnostics
F9 Boot Device Options
F10 BIOS Setup
F11 System Recovery

Once you press F11 you should see the Recovery Manager. There you will be given three choices.

The first box gives you the option to choose:
Microsoft System Restore
System Recovery
Minimized image Recovery

2nd box allows you to run a computer checkup

3rd box is for if you wish to back up your files

If you wish to continue click on System Recovery

The next page gives you the option to back any files before restoring the computer. If you wish not to back up your files, click where it says“Recover without backing up your files.”

After making your selected choice, then click NEXT. A warning will prompt you to make sure to disconnect any devices except for the power and the mouse. Click OK.

You will see Welcome to Recovery Manager, click NEXT to begin.

The computer will start the process of restoring the computer to Factory settings. This may take a while, so you might want to go and do something else. This should take around 20 minutes.

After recovery is complete click FINISH. Install any software to protect your computer, I have provided some links to help you with this process.

Ccleaner

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Below is a link for Free AVG- Antivirus

http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage

Below is a link for Free ZoneAlarm Anti-Virus

http://www.zonealarm.com/software/free-antivirus/

Below is a link for Free Avast Anti-virus

https://www.avast.com/en-us/index

Malware Bytes prevents and searches types of Malware that you may have inadvertently loaded inside your computer. If your computer is acting weird, run a scan of Malware Bytes. Below I have provided a link for a Free Malware bytes.

https://www.malwarebytes.org/free/

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So, how do I shut off the track pad on my ASUS X550CA Laptop?


Apple Macbook Pro (Early 2008) 17
Apple Macbook Pro (Early 2008) 17″ Trackpad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Track pad on a  laptop is a useful tool,  however, I found out early on,   it got to be more of a nuance when I tried searching for something on the internet.

YouTube, had several people who had different ideas, however since I was working with Windows 8.1 at the time, this being a tablet format nothing worked.

To give you an example,  I would try to type inside the search field, and I would end up with garbage as the text. This would then  delete itself and it got to be so frustrating. I went as far as switching to a large keyboard for a while.  I was at my wits ends and just thought that it was something I was going to have to deal with.

I feel the Lord lead me to the answer when I thought of giving it one last try on the internet. It was like there it was, so I figured well it wasn’t going to be easy, having to go through the Bios, my thinking was why there of all places. So, I gave it a shot and sure enough it was just what I needed. Thank You Lord Jesus.

We will be working on Windows 10,

When you open Windows 10, click on the Microsoft Windows logo,

Microsoft Windows Key

menu tabnew start menu

Once you click on this, you will see the New Start Menu, move down where you see settings.

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double-click on settings

Go to Security and Update

windows 10 setting for bios

Click on Recovery:

recovery

Off to the Right is Advanced Startup>

Advanced Startup

Click restart.

When the computer restarts, click Troubleshoot

Once you see Advanced Options then click UEFI Firmware Settings>

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Click Restart

 The BIOS Will open up click on the Advanced Tab>Internal Pointing

device>

Click the + or minus  to disable Internal pointing device(Track pad).

press F-10 to save and exit.

The computer will restart and you should have no other problems with the tracking pad.

Putting God First

SpeedFan


A couple of weeks ago, we talked about how to keep your computer cool, by keeping the fan free of dust, that includes all the ports on your laptop especially. I figured it would be a good time to look into a product called “SpeedFan” This monitors your fans, allows you to make adjustments in control of the fans, it also gives a reading on how the temps are on your CPU, and the ability to check the health of your hard drive.

Instead of downloading from speed fan.com use the link below. It is much faster and easierspeedfan 1
http://download.cnet.com/SpeedFan/3000-2094_4-10067444.html

After downloading, make sure you decline the extra products you don’t want installed on your computer. Take it slow as go through each one.

You have several settings to choose from.

Disclaimer: the feature Clock(is used for over-clocking the processor) Before you try to over-clock the processor, make sure you know what you are doing or you will fry the processor, thus destroying your computer.  Info, Exotics, and Chart are the other features in the program

Some or most will have  SMART (Self-monitoring analysis  reporting technology)used to monitor  to let  know when their  hard drive might be failing, so, you can prepare for it by placing your files on discs, such as DVDs or CD‘s.

To enable this you need to go into the BIOS;(Basic Input Output System) In order to get here restart your computer. On the Splash screen look for   the F  key to reach setup. Once you have arrived at  the BIOS. Look under the main tab, we are using a Phoenix Bios. So, if you’re using a different Bios. You are looking   for Hdd Smart. We want to enable it, and than press f-10  to save.

Now, open Speed Fan, click on SMART, on the drop down tab, select your hard drive, and click short test or Extended test tab to see how healthy your hard drive is.

Under the Exotics tab, is where you can monitor your fans, hard drive and CPU temps. Just click on the tab “show the Magic

Under the Charts tab, you are able to see how each part is doing from hard drives, to fan speeds, to Temps.

The reading for the temps is Celsius, if you would like  Fahrenheit for your settings,  click configure, under the tab Minimize, than  Options, click the radio button from Celsius to Fahrenheit ,  then OK.  By pressing F-1, you will able to use the help feature. You can make adjustments to the speed of the fan, or just leave the settings where they are.  Your choice.

Putting God First

God Bless

 

 

 

 

 

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Press f-1 To continue F2 to enter setup


Today, we are going to discuss on how to possibly get rid of the

Press F-1 To continue, F-2 to enter setup”  error message. IMG_0341 (2)

I was working on a Dell Dimension 9100,   I had just finished re-installing the Operating System Microsoft Windows XP, restarted the computer and then the error message appeared. I have seen this in the past and really wasn’t sure on how to get rid of it, one of the ways, is usually to

replace the CMOS Battery. Below is a link how to replace the Battery. This goes in-depth.

https://infotechcomputing.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/changing-the-cmos-battery/

Replacing the CMOS Battery didn’t work this time, so I restarted the computer. Pressing F-2, I was able to boot into the Bios Menu.  After going through all the different sub-Menu’s, I came across “Post Behavior” My Bios is a Phoenix bios yours might be something else.

So, I came across four different things to try. They were:  Fast Boot, Num lock Key, Post Hotkey and Keyboard Error

Now, depending on the circumstance or system. this may or may not work.

 When I got to Keyboard Error.  I  set  it up as to not report keyboard errors.

Pressed enter, than saving upon exiting, which is  usually ESC(Escape Key,) F-10 to save settings.

Restarted the computer and the error message was gone. To be sure I restarted the computer, no error message was present.

I Hope this helps you out.

God Bless

Replacing the Hard drive


Photo of SATA ports on a motherboard
Photo of SATA ports on a motherboard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today we begin by working on a hp Pavilion a1709n Desktop. We will replacing the hard drive. The old hard drive has died, so we are going to replace it with a Western Digital sata 500GB.

We will start by going into the Bios(Basic Input/Output System) you should be able to find this on the screen when you first start the computer, however if you don’t find it, try one of the Function Key‘s F1 thru F12

Once you have entered the Bios, look for Advanced setting, you will want to look for something that allows you to adjust the boot order, and make the settings for the cd-rom to be the first so when you put in the cd and start the computer, it will start to load Windows. http://www.ehow.com/how_6186103_boot-cd-hp-pavilion.html

First off, we want to shut off the computer. Then remove the Keyboard, Mouse, Ethernet, Display, which is either a VGA, or DVI power cord from the back of the computer. Put on your Esd (Electrostatic wrist band) grounding yourself to the computer. Next, remove the cover from the computer, removing the thumb screw and sliding off the cover.

There are three tabs on the inside of the case that holds on the front panel , push in on each of these to remove the front panel, it will swing out.

Remove the Sata (“Serial Advanced Technology Attachment Source:http://www.pmicomputersupplies.com) colored wire, and power connector from the back of the hard-drive. you will need to remove the memory card Reader Drive, there is one screw holding in this device, once you slide this out, you can disconnect the cable to the Memory Card Reader or just move it out-of-the-way.

Now, the HP has what is called a latch drive bracket, you have to pull up on the plastic tab to release the hard-drive. Then, you should be able to pull it out through the front of the computer. Remove the new hard drive from the packaging, you will need to remove the mounting screws from the old hard-drive or you can use the several screws that HP has embedded in the front of the computer case.

Once you have screwed in the mounting screws on the hard drive, pull up on the plastic Latch Drive Bracket and slide in the new hard drive. If you are going to use another bay for the hard drive you will have to remove the blank plate, using a flat head screwdriver. Insert and twist to remove this plate.

Once the Hard drive has been slide into the bay, reconnect the Serial(SATA ATA hard drive disk cables to the back of the unit. Reconnect the memory Card Reader Drive,if you had to remove it. Once this is done, remove the ESD static strap from inside the computer, replace the side and front cover.

Now, we can start reformatting the Hard Drive. We will installing Windows Vista Operating system. Take the recovery discs, open up the CD-Rom, pop in the first disc and you should see Windows Loading Files. It will then bring on the screen the recovery Manager, after you click Next, it will ask for the Supplemental disk, place this inside the CD Rom, close the tray and the formatting will begin.

Than it will tell you that it is reformatting the Windows partition of the hard drive. After using the supplemental disk, it will ask for you to put in the first disk. after it is done, it will ask for the Second disk. When it is finished it will display that the “Recovery is Complete.” Click Finish to restart the computer. Make sure you remove the disk.

At some point you will have to produce the product key for the Microsoft operating system. You should find this somewhere on the desktop.

Don’t forget to partition the hard drive. If you notice that the hard drive is only showing 50GB of your 500GB then you didn’t partition the hard drive correctly. Use the Link below

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windowsvista/ht/partition-hard-drive-vista.htm

You may need to reinstall Windows, after that your done.

Once at the HP website, type in the model of the computer, this will bring you to the drivers and download page. You want to make sure to update your drivers and the Bios.

Now the Bios is tricky in that if for some reason you lose power while downloading the bios, you will lose the computer. Any interruption of power will cause this to happen. This Bios loads directly to the motherboard, I have done this several times and never ran into a problem.

The link below will take you to the downloading page for drivers and Bios

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?cc=us&dlc=en&jumpid=reg_r1002_usen_c-001_title_r0001&lc=en&product=3354752&

If you run into any problems working on the computer you can go to the link below

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00873755.pdf

 

How to install a fresh copy of Windows xp


Windows XP screenshot
Windows XP screenshot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once a year is always a good time to reinstall Windows. Today, we are going to do a clean install for Windows XP.

First thing though you will need to find the Windows XP Operating disc.  Once you have it, you want to insert in the CD-ROM.  Then Restart the computer, when the screen appears, look for what function key works on how to enter set-up. That way you can set-up the CD-ROM as the boot drive.

Restart the computer but, this time press (F-2) or whatever number your computer screen specifies. It could be f-1, f-2, f-4, f-6, f-8, or f-12. Once you enter setup this is where the bios is.(BIOS) Basic Input Output System controls your connections, display, mouse speakers etc..go to the boot sequence than using the minus and plus sign to move the cd rom to the number 1, spot > hit escape, you should see save and exit, >click enter, bios will exit the system.

Restart computer, on the screen will appear the words “boot from CD  strike any key on keyboard”, it will start to load drivers, it will then ask if you want to repair windows, you’re looking for the other choice to install windows.  Than you will want to delete the partition,>   create a new partition, Making sure you use the largest number for the partition>  The words raw, will appear after it’s done. >Than the computer will start the install Windows XP.

You should do a clean install at least once a year to keep your computer running smoothly.

updating date in bios


English: picture of computer screen
English: picture of computer screen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you switch out the battery on the motherboard, you have to reset the date in the bios. To enter the bios, restart the computer, when the screen appears, hold down the F-2 key. You should see the words “Entering Setup” The next screen you should see would be the infamous bios. To Change the date follow the instructions on the bottom of the screen which normally is a plus or Minus, use the arrow key to change the date. When you are through, you will want to save. Press the F10 key, than press enter.IMG_0220