Dell PC, Support and Warranty

I blog today over at Donna’s Nook in CoU blog about Dell PC, Support and Warranty because I purchased a new Dell PC and then I contacted their Support for replacement order and for replacement on parts.  You’ll read also about some installed crapplications that I removed and plan on keeping. Read about it (with not so attractive pictures πŸ˜› ) at http://www.calendarofupdates.com/updates/index.php?autocom=blog&blogid=2&showentry=235

Dell and Broadcom fixes BCM42RLY issue on Dell Wireless WLAN 1505/Vista

I blogged about the above subject on Jan. 20, 2009.  Today, I noticed they released a new software and driver version of Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card Desktops (coincidentally, it was released on the same date).  The new software version of Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card Desktops is now A23 which has v5.10.38.26 for its driver and v5.10.38.30 for the WLAN utility software.  It is compatible to the following Dell Computers  that has Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card: Dimension:DXC061, DXP061;  Inspiron Desktop:518, 519, 530, 530/530S, 530S, 531, 531S, 535, 535S, 541, 541s, 545, 545S, … Continue reading Dell and Broadcom fixes BCM42RLY issue on Dell Wireless WLAN 1505/Vista

SmileDock a solution to crapware on Windows PCs? No!

From http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;639901463;pp;1;fp;16;fpid;1 via Calendar of Updates discussion forum: Is this a solution to crapware on Windows PCs?DDNi’s SmileDock may be the industry-friendly answer I say no, it’ll never a solution to crapware because: 1.  Smiledock is another unwanted software by consumers. Why? It will offer crapware. Yes, not installed yet but it’ll be there as ads (e.g. Product A, Product B, click here to install or check this out!) 2.  Smiledock is another unwanted software by consumers IF the PC vendor will not provide option to users to have it or not when they order a new PC. 3.  It will … Continue reading SmileDock a solution to crapware on Windows PCs? No!

I do not need to remove antivirus before upgrading OS

One cool thing that I like now with Norton is I do not need to remove it to upgrade from XP to Vista or Vista to Windows 7 Beta. The only action I need to do before “upgrading” the OS is disable the malware/spyware/antiphishing protections by Norton then leave the Norton Firewall protection enabled. Next is to restart the system so those loaded protection engines by Norton will not load at all prior.  After the reboot, just upgrade the OS. I made a mistake on my first try to upgrade Vista SP1 to Windows 7 Beta, I disabled Norton protections … Continue reading I do not need to remove antivirus before upgrading OS

Microsoft Certifications Exam Offer for users in Malaysia

I am now a Microsoft Certified Professional and because I’m also MVP, I would like to participate to “Microsoft Certification Hero Campaign” which allow current MVPs to forward a certification offers.  Today, I learn that people who are in Malaysia (not limited to locals in Malaysia. If you are in Malaysia – whether you are a resident or not) who want to be certified as MCP for certification exams: MCTS, MCTIP or MCPD, you can take advantage of 10% discount on the said certification exams. To use this 10% discount, just follow this steps: 1.  Decide which exam to take: www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/default.mspx … Continue reading Microsoft Certifications Exam Offer for users in Malaysia

Dell and Broadcom need to fix this BCM42RLY issue on Vista system

The Vista Event Viewer here is flooded with below error event: Event ID:  7000 Source:  Service Control Manager Eventlog Provider Event details:  The BCM42RLY service failed to start due to the following error: The system cannot find the file specified. Dell need to fix the above by ensuring the driver package they provide will install only the required entries for the system.  The BCM42RLY.sys do NOT exist at all that is why Vista log it as it non-existing file.  This BCM42RLY.sys is a driver by Broadcom.  The temporary work-around that I applied today (to stop that error event in Event … Continue reading Dell and Broadcom need to fix this BCM42RLY issue on Vista system

Congratulations! You’re now an MCP!

Few weeks ago, I was browsing my unread and marked emails in Outlook.  One of these is an email containing my free Microsoft certification exam code that is going to expire next month, Feb. 28, 2009.  I received this free certification exam code/voucher after completing the Microsoft e-Learning/Academy Course last year.  In addition to the free voucher, I received an MS signed Completion Certificate.  I thought to not to waste the chance so I visited the Prometric.com website to register for an MCP exam.  It did not take long to register and find a Prometric test center that include exam certification by Microsoft.  So I … Continue reading Congratulations! You’re now an MCP!

Hooked but not stable; 2 Awards; SpyHunter and others

First of all a big Hi to all πŸ™‚ I able to hook my laptop, Dell XPS M1210 online but the connection is really slow.  Got my new toy – a wireless desktop by Dell XPS 420 (wireless because I configured it to have Dell WLAN 1505 wireless-n adapter and this thing came with WLAN antenna) but it’s awaiting for the right time to get the security updates and upgrades and all other program updates.  When is the right time? That is when I will have a stable and fast connection.  Slow connection can get the updates but if the … Continue reading Hooked but not stable; 2 Awards; SpyHunter and others