2/17/2010

Installing VGA Drivers on MSi MS 7005 Motherboard

Today, I was installing VGA Drivers for MSi MS 7005 Motherboard with SiS Chipset. The exact matchg of the drivers was: Drivers for MainBoard - Intel Platform - Socket 478 (Intel P4) - SiS Chipset - SiS 650 - 650GM-L. After Googling for a while I found the correct drivers on:

http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=downloaddetail&type=driver&maincat_no=1&prod_no=560

After downloading the drivers, when I try to install them through "Update Drivers", Windows XP says nothing found and when I run the setup it too close with some error messages.

Solution

1. Right Click on My Computer - choose Properties
2. Click Hardware - Device Manager
3. Double Click - Video Controller
4. Click Driver tab and choose Update Driver
5. No, Not at this time when ask for connect to Windows Update
6. Choose "Install from a specific location (Advanced)
7. Select "Don't search. I will choose the driver to install".
8. Click "Have Disk" and click "Browse" button and choose the "WinXP_2K" from the folder where you have downloaded the drivers. The file was in compressed format. So you must extract it.
9. Select "sisgr" file and click Open and then click OK.
10. In my case, I selected "SiS 651 ..................." the first one in the list and clicked next.
11. Windows will give you a warning message that the drivers are not compatible click Yes to install the drivers.

This solution work in my case. However, installing an incompatible driver may cause some serious problems to your Windows.

2/16/2010

Removing NewFolder.exe Virus Manually

If you ask me about newfolder.exe virus then I will simply say that I love this virus. The infection it does to any PC is just amazing. I mean that the idea behind the virus programming is great. Creating a new folder of the same name in each folder the user visit with a Folder Icon shape but an application behind it. In these days, 90% of computers that comes to my office for repair has newfolder.exe virus infection. I used many anti-virus to check if they can remove it through scanning but none of them was 100% successful and the quality of virus is, if only a single infected folder leave behind the infection will spread again. It is like a loop. You reinstall windows, run a thorough check through your anti-virus and a few days later you notice that it is still in your PC.

Solution

You will not believe but it is too simple to remove this virus from your PC after a fresh install of windows without the help of any anti-virus.

1. After fresh installation - Open My Computer
2. Do not open any drive
3. Click the Search button (or press F3)
4. Click All Files and Folders
5. In the file name box type *.exe
6. Choose any single drive (like D:) in Look in box and click search and check "Search Hidden Files and Folders" in "More advance options"
7. Asusual it will show you all the available application on that drive.
8. Just watch for those applications that have a Folder Icon of yellow color. Yes, you guess it right.

That command is showing you all the application and what the folders are doing there? That means, those listed folders are a copy of new folder.exe virus.

Select them carefully and delete them. Do this process for each drive.

Your system will get clean.

2/10/2010

Windows XP Starts Slow

Today, a Pentium III PC came to my office for repair. The configuration of the PC was as follows:

Pentium III Processor 550MHz
256MB SDRAM
2 Hard Disk Drives [80GB and 6.5GB]
Windows XP Professional was installed on 80GB Hard Disk Drive.

Problem

The problem was: Windows XP was taking a very long time to start. Approximately 10 mintues from Boot process to Start menu. However, after the boot process, PC works fine.

Diagnostic

When I open up the Task Manager, I noticed that McAfee 8.5 was using around 52MB RAM and was using upto 95% of processor at the boot time causing the system to slow down.

Solution

I uninstall the McAfee and rebooted the system. As I was assuming it resolves the problem and cut the boot time to 4-5 minutes.

Note from Author

According to my experience, I have noticed many times that after installing McAfee it sometimes causes the system to slow down and it does not matter what actually your system configuration is. Even, sometimes it slow down the Pentium Dual Core PC with 2GB RAM.

2/05/2010

Windows XP Installation Hang on Pentium 3 PC

Real World Scenario

02 February 2009

Today, A Pentium III PC come to our office for Windows installation. However, the person already knew that how to install Windows XP but he was unable to do so because the installation was not gettting successful. PC configuration was as below:

Pentium III Processor - 733MHz with Intel 810 Motherboard
256MB RAM - 2 Modules of 128MB
20GB IDE Hard Disk Drive

When I tried to install, everything was going fine until the Windows XP installation freeze on last 4 minutes. It was a little bit strange because it never happen with me before. The procedure was as follows that I used to  resolve the problem:

First, I though that it might be happening because the user have changed some BIOS settings. So, I change the BIOS to default settings and restart the setup but the problem was still persist. Secondly, I uninstall both RAM modules and replace them with my own working 256MB SDRAM but that too didn't help either. I skip the Hard Disk Drive test become it seems to be working fine (being detected properly, was formatted properly and was not making any extra noices).

I thought to give a try to the Processor. However, the heat sincker and fan was working fine. But I still replace the Processor with an another Celeron 833Mhz processor and surprizingly it resolve the problem.

I always tell my students that there are only 1% chance when processor may cause this kind of problem and this was that 1%.