Upgrade Computer BIOS

Upgrading Computer BIOS

The complete name of BIOS is “Basic Input-Output System”, which is a computer program that is found in the ROM memory within the motherboard. The major task of BIOS is to supply the information, which is necessary for the hardware compatibility with the computer. It consists the programming, which help the computer to boot. The BIOS does not have the capability of physical functioning, although, you are able to “Flash” BIOS if you feel it’s necessary.

Flashing the BIOS of PC could be dangerous, in case you are not cautious. There are chances of BIOS corruption if while updating power outage happens even for couple of seconds. In such circumstances, the only solution is to change your BIOS chip or even motherboard. When you prepare for upgrading BIOS, it is recommended to have UPS with the backup of at least 10 minutes as a preventive measure.

  • One of the common purposes of upgrading BIOS is to make Windows XP compatible with recent adware for resolving a system obstacle. Undoubtedly, BIOS upgrading could boost up the system performance and might allow you to utilize few computer hardware. However, it does not ensure solution for all system problems.
  • Next question that arises is how to find the appropriate update for your BIOS. If you are aware of the manufacturer of your desktop or Laptop such as DELL, HP, LENOVO then you can find the BIOS update from their website. For the self-assembled computers you will have to go to the website of motherboard manufacturer.
  • Next step pertains to the model no. of the motherboard or computer, for this you should note down the model no. of the motherboard or your computer to find out the appropriate update. You can find the motherboard model number from the memory test. You will have to put this model number in search box for update.
  • After downloading the upgrade, copy it on bootable CD or floppy. Now read the READ ME file instructions to install updates. Before proceeding further, take the back up of your OLD BIOS on CD.
  • BIOS manufacturers have numerous instructions for installing the update. The most popular is boot with the floppy or CD drive. Insert CD restart you PC and follow the instructions, after installation remove the disk.

Upgradation of BIOS is a very effective way to make your Windows compatible with the new amendments, and for resolving the hardware problems. We recommend you to upgrade your BIOS frequently with the proper care.

Fixing HP Installer Plug-In And Uninstaller That Has Stopped Working Giving Error Messages

Fixing HP Installer Plug-In And Uninstaller That Has Stopped Working Giving Error Messages

When trying to install or maybe uninstall HP printing as well as scanning software, or getting driver for printer of HP, scanner or any other imaging devices, an error message may be displayed. The process installation or uninstallation of HP program will automatically stop and cannot continue further or finish.

  1. HP Installer Plug-in Option has stopped working.
  2. Due to a problem, the program was stopped working correctly. If there is solution present for that problem then Windows will shutdown the program and it will notify about the available solution.
  3. The attributes which are extended are inconsistent.
  4. Installer/Uninstaller of HP has stopped working.
  5. Installer Recovery plug-in of HP has stopped working.

In order to resolve this problem for the smooth running of this software as to avoid installation or un-installation problems with HP software suite, the user will have to uninstall IE8 browser. After that, the user should restart the computer so that the desired changes can take place.

The order worsens off internet-explorer did not give any such problem was running the HP software. We should be expecting an update patch very soon on this.

HP’s Palm Pre 2 Will Have WebOS 2.0, Will Be First Available In France

It is indeed an opportunity to witness 2 of HP’s great launches this week– an upgraded version of the HP webOS earlier utilized by Palm for its smartphone, and the Palm Pre 2. The OS can be called Hp’s advanced version of the webOS, a boon that came by when it took over Palm in April for $1.2 M. This latest version is to be named webOS 2.0 to be released during the weekend together with Palm Pre 2 smart phone.

The Palm Pre 2 is expected to be opened in France to begin with the help of the French Wireless Carrier SFR. SFR’s details of the phone are that the device is proposed to come equipped with a 1GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It is also to be a sleek phone with a slide-out keyboard. The price is yet to be revealed, and meanwhile you can check out some of it’s features:

The Palm Pre 2 comes with a 1GHz processor and a 5mega pixel camera. Multitasking becomes more easier as all the open windows are stacked up like a deck of cards. If you like quickies, then there are short cuts for updating status, emails, listing items etc,. Now you can search the web right from your phone. HTML 5 is in, and your Palm Pre is not behind in technology! Like watching Adobe embedded videos, the beta of Adobe Flash Player makes your life more easier. For all you office folks, the Quick Office Connect Mobile Suite is an attractive feature that allows viewing of Microsoft word, Excel and Power Point as well as integration with Google Docs and Dropbox.

Buyers from US and Canada, patience is a virtue you are in great need of because you will have to wait for another few months more if you wish to buy this phone. Users in North America however are a bit more lucky as they a re able to obtain the device on Verizon Wireless Network, at the same time make full use of Verizon-Skype partnership and make Skype to Skype calls through this new device.

Whether webOS will manage to come back with a bang into the list of leading mobile operating systems, is something which has managed to create a great interest in its users. But all that is yet to be seen. The Palm Pre 2 will be the first device to ship with webOS 2.0 with a new name Mobile OS[probably to enable usage on many Palm smart phones], assuring you of interesting facilities like ‘true multitasking’, stacks [for organizing apps] Just Type, HP Synergy Exhibition, enabling users to run apps designed specially for the Palm Touchstone Charging Dock] and support for Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 Beta in addition to favorites new tagging option,Skype Mobile [on the Verizon version only], text assist, integrated Quick Office, VPN Support, a redesigned launcher and full support for Bluetooth keyboards ad SPP peripherals.

The Pre 2 portal is now open presenting a 3.1 inch 480×320 HVGA Multitouch display, black enclosure, Exchange support, built-in GPS, ambient light, proximity sensors, an accelerometer, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 16GB of inbuilt storage and much more.

Home asdfjkl; Keys Not Working – Dell, HP, Sony, Compaq, Toshiba

asdf jkl; keys are not working in my desktop / laptop

I recently gave solution for a similar problem. In the previous case the keys: qweruiop were not working.

The solution for asdfjkl; keys not working is just the same.

The problem once again seems to be with dirt settled in your keyboard and mostly has nothing to do with a faulty keyboard.

Please check this post on how to clean your keyboard and solve the problem.

Keys qwer uiop Not Working, Rest Other keys Are Working Fine – Laptop, Desktop

Keys q,w,e,r,u,i,o,p / 1,2,3,4,7,8,9,0 / a,s,d,f,j,k,l,; Not Working, Rest Other keys Are Working Fine  in Laptops And Desktops

Finally, found a solution to get the keyboard working!!

This seemed to be a very common problem with laptops and desktops. Compaq, HP, MAC, Sony, Dell, name a brand and they would have had this problem at some point or other!

Specific keys not working has nothing to do with virus or hardware failure and the fix is very simple.

While searching a solution for the Keyboard problem where the keys would all of a sudden stop working, I found out that the following / similar combination of keys stop working :

1234 7890
qwer uiop
asdf jkl;
zxcv m,./

Many more such combination of keys stop working! What was strange was, I ran all possible anti-spyware, anti-malware, anti-virus software, but nothing seemed to work.

If you notice, all these set of keys have a pattern. They are placed in a line on the keyboard, either vertical or horizontal.

Searching further I found out, when the keys are pressed and depressed, there will be electrical contacts between some underlying sheets, which results in proper functioning of the keyboard.

And in our case, the circuit pattern has some sort of a problem, which is causing this type of an issue.

Solution for Desktop Computers Keyboard:

If your desktop is having this problem, then it must be quite easy to fix it.

I removed all individual keys of the affected row, got hold of a new painting brush / tooth brush and used it to remove off the dust / crumbs / dirt that had settled on my keyboard. Fixed the keys back in their respective places and this fixed the problem.

This video on How to Clean your desktop computer’s keyboard should help you, however it’s a bit more complex than what I did with my keyboard:) :

Solution for Laptop Keyboard:

You should attempt cleaning a laptop keyboard only if you have prior experience, else you risk spoiling your laptop which can cost you quite a bomb.

My serious suggestion is, take your laptop to the nearest laptop repair store and get the keyboard cleaned by an expert. It should not cost you more than $20 – $25 or something similar depending on which country you are from.

However, if you search you surely will find videos which will show how to clean your laptops keyboards. You should attempt it only if you are an expert.

Here’s one such video from YouTube:

Other temporary solutions are that you can use an USB keyboard (if you travel often, then this is not for you) or if you are on Windows, then you can use the On Screen Keyboard which can be found at: Start–> All Programs –> Accessories –> Accessibility –> On-Screen Keyboard (working on this keyboard will be extremely slow).

How Do I Delete / Remove HP Recovery Partition

HP Computers – Guidelines For Removing The Recovery Partition

Laptops, notebooks or desktop computers manufactured by HP are known to have a unique recovery partition that occupies quite a huge portion of the hard disk. The size of this partition is somewhere around 5 to 10 gigabytes. The Recovery Partition, normally placed in D:/ drive is hidden and contains diagnostic tools and recovery information.

This special Recovery Partition is an easy-to-use set of three utilities which help you restore individual programs and drivers or hard drive of any HP system to original factory condition in case a system failure occurs.

While trying to access HP Recovery Partition, you will get a warning message notifying that any alteration or deletion of the recovery files in the partition could lead to prevention of system recovery in future.

The only issue with keeping the recovery partition on the hard disk is that, it consumes a lot of disk space which could otherwise be used to store any other important data. You are anyhow not able to view the contents of this Recovery Partition since the information remains locked and hidden.

You may as well remove/delete the recovery partition to free disk space and maintain a Recovery DVD/CD instead, as the hard disk can get corrupt at times. HP offers a program known as “Recovery Manager” that helps you remove/delete the recovery partition. Once the partition is removed, you can redistribute or merge the recovered disk space to any of the other partitions.

HP Recovery partition contains a total record of all drivers and individual programs along with all software installed and shipped collectively with the system. It also contains images for MS Windows operating system.

You need to note that, with no recovery partition on the hard disk, you would be unable to recover individual drivers and applications unless you rebuild the entire system from scratch by reformatting the hard disk drive with the help of Recovery CD/DVD.

Hence, creating enough number of Recovery discs (to take care of disc failure or burning) before deleting/removing the recovery partition is of utmost importance. You need to follow the easy steps mentioned below so as to remove/delete the Recovery Partition.

  1. Connect the system to AC power adapter incase of notebook computer.
  2. Close all running applications as you will need to reboot the system.
  3. From the Start Menu, go to All Programs and check for System Recovery or Recovery Manager. Now run PC Recovery or Recovery Manager. Windows Vista users can alternatively type “Recovery” into the search option.
  4. Incase you are using Recovery Manager; click on it once it is listed in the searched items list.
  5. Incase you are using PC Recovery tool, select the option “PC Recovery” from the searched items list and click on Next. Wait till the computer restarts.

Now you will see a dialog box with a welcome message. Click on the OK button.

  1. Now click on Advanced Options button in the PC Recovery/ Recovery Manager Dialog box that appears.
  2. Select the radio button with the option “Remove recovery partition” (it will show “Delete Recovery Partition” in PC Recovery) and click on Next button.
  3. You will be prompted to verify deletion of the partition in Recovery Manager. Choose the option “Yes “and hit the Next button.
    A reminder message for creating recovery discs appears on the screen. If you are yet to create recovery discs, you may click on the “Click Here” button.

However, PC Recovery will not prompt for any confirmation of deletion.

  1. The process for removal/deletion will now start.
  2. As soon as the process of removing HP Recovery Partition is over, restart the PC.

IMPORTANT: Users who are using the older version of PC Recovery need to remember that the entire disk would be formatted on removal of recovery partition. Therefore, data back up needs to be taken before going ahead with the above mentioned process. Also, operating system along with the programs needs to be manually installed onto the hard drive.

Recovery partition can efficiently be removed without affecting any existing system partitions and data using the Recovery Manager tool. Disk Management tool present in Control Panel or third-party applications including Acronis Director Suite and Partition Magic may be used to merge the freed space with other existing partitions or create a new partition.

In a few models of HP, you will see “HP Backup & Recovery Manager” in “Add & Remove Program” or “Programs & Features” (in Vista) within the Control Panel. In such a case, you might remove the partition by just uninstalling “HP Backup & Recovery Manager”.

Third party applications such as Acronis Director Suite and Partition Magic or Disk Management tool can also be used to remove/delete the recovery partition. However by doing so, you will get a Partition Overlap error message every time you start your system.

Related reading:

1> Remove / Delete EISA Configuration Partition Utilities.

How To Solve “Partiton Overlaps System Recovery Partiton” In HP

Tips To Get Rid Of The Error Message Appearing After Deletion Of HP Recovery Partition

If you own a new desktop computer system or a notebook/laptop of Compaq or HP brand, you must be familiar with the recovery partition facility that it offers. This HP recovery partition allows you to restore your PC to its original default condition incase Windows BSOD fails to boot or gets corrupt.

There is an option that allows you to remove or delete this unique HP recovery partition. You can use Disk Manager or other disk management tools like Partition Magic to do so. However, when you remove this HP recovery partition using any of these tools, you get an error message or warning every time you start your system.

You may ignore the warning message of HP and press F10 to proceed. The moment you press F10, XP or Vista will boot normally. The merged partition and the recovered partitions will also function normally. If you create a new partition by freeing the hard drive space, that will function well too and will be visible in the disk manager.

Moreover, HP Recovery Manager and Backup tool cannot even be removed by using Add/Remove programs option in the Control Panel. The error message tends to appear every time you boot the system.

Probably, the warning message regarding recovery partition is placed in the Master Boot Record (MBR) by HP itself. This warning message can however be disabled or removed by using any of the two methods mentioned below:

>> In the first method, you will have to follow the proper process provided by HP while deleting or removing the recovery partition. You need to create the partition back, before you try to delete it again. For this, you need to install HP Recovery tool (Recovery Manager and HP Backup) back again.

You need to now create a recovery point, since it is required by the software to recreate the partition. Once you do it, the software can either be deleted or used to remove/delete the recovery partition.

The second method works by restoring the MBR to its original Windows state in order to clear the HP inserted code. You need to overwrite the Master Boot Record after you have deleted the HP_Recovery partition.

For overwriting the MBR, you need to create bootable system disk and copy fdisk.exe to it. Then boot into the DOS environment with the help of a bootable CD or floppy. At the command prompt, run fdisk /mbr.

As another option, you can possibly boot using Windows setup disk. Then type fixmbr at Recovery Console prompt. You may also optionally type fixboot.