donderdag 2 november 2017

Firmware download for J9802A Switch (not able to download .img file) [Solved]

You can download the latest firmware for the J9802A switch here:

This location offers PL2.08 software version for J9802A (HP 1810-8G switch) but is is not a zip file containing a .img file for upgrading but it is a .gz file containing a .bin file (If you use Chrome)

In other words it is not possible to upgrade from a windows machine.
Note: PL.2.07 does provide a zip file which contains a .img file

Do not use Chrome but IE and Voila now from the same location a .img file can be downloaded

Strange but luckily solved by switching browser ..

Win 10 start unresponsive

Update 04 Jan 2018
Troubleshoot problems with the Start menu Win 10
Windows: The Start Menu in Windows 10 is useful, but it’s not perfect. Sometimes tiles go missing, or it won’t open at all when you click it or press the Windows key. Other times the tiles don’t refresh, or Cortana doesn’t respond. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Start Menu Repair Tool is here to help, and it’s free: startmenu.diagcab

After downloading, you can just doubleclick on the file and it will start the troubleshooter.
In my case it corrected the tiles database


You notice your start menu button is no longer responding
When you decide to do a restart or sign out you get:

Task Host Window
microsoft\windows\plug and play\device install reboot required

there is a temporary solution: log out as user, kill the Task host windows and log in again. Startmenu works again !

dinsdag 24 januari 2017

ASRock BIOS "Secure Flash check Fail" solved


I wanted to upgrade the firmware from the existing 1.20 to 1.50 as offered by Asrock from their website.
I am running this board with 8GB RAM and Win10 Pro x64 and according to Asrock for Win10 users the firmware upgrade preference is to use Instant Flash or Internet Flash in the UEFI setup.

I tried both options and always failed with a popup box stating "Secure Flash Check Fail" message.
Together with asrock support I tried several options to get either Instant Flash or Internet Flash to work.

Both to no avail. Internet flash did not detect internet and always asked to check my internet settings
and instant flash always complained "Secure Flash check Fail"

Solution: all done within Win10
I went to the AMI Megatrends Website to get:

unpacked the file and went to
\AMI\AMIBIOS_and_Aptio_AMI_Firmware_Update_Utility\amiflash\Aptio\afuwin\64\afuwin64\AfuWin64 and started AFUWINGUI.EXE

Flashed Asrock Bios from 1.20 to 1.50 using AMI Megatrends Aptio AFUWINGUI V.3.07.01 x64 with the following setup:

Tick the following boxes:
Program all Blocks
Main BIOS Image
Boot Block
Do not Check ROM ID

Bios 1.50 downloaded from Asrock site and renamed to Q1900TM150.ROM
After completion, shutdown PC
At next boot goto F2 Bios setup, F9 Load UEFI defaults, F10 Save and reboot again.

After that, get into updated BIOS using F2 and adjust  to your liking.
Hope it helps

dinsdag 20 september 2016

Crucial SSD utility reports


My crucial SSD utility reported that I should optimize my SSD performance by disabling 8.3 file name creation on all NTFS partitions. 

The use of 8.3 file names and directories for all long file names and directories on NTFS partitions may decrease directory enumeration performance. An 8.3-compliant file name refers to MS-DOS file-naming conventions. These conventions restrict file names to eight characters and optional extensions to three characters.

This article describes a method of disabling 8.3 file name creation on all NTFS partitions. 

Note: Although disabling 8.3 file name creation increases file performance under Windows, some applications (16-bit, 32-bit, or 64-bit) may not be able to find files and directories that have long file names.

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012

To disable 8.3 name creation on all NTFS partitions, type fsutil.exe behavior set disable8dot3 1 at an elevated command prompt, and then press Enter.

This operation takes effect immediately (no restart required).

When a volume is not specified, the operation updates the registry value:

  • 0 - Enable 8dot3 name creation on all volumes on the system
  • 1 - Disable 8dot3 name creation on all volumes on the system
  • 2 - Set 8dot3 name creation on a per volume basis
  • 3 - Disable 8dot3 name creation on all volumes except the system volume
When a volume is specified, the operation updates the individual volume's on disk flag. This operation is meaningful only if the registry value is set to 2.
  • 0 - Enable 8dot3 name creation on this volume
  • 1 - Disable 8dot3 name creation on this volume

For more information about FSUTIL.EXE 8dot3name, see the following TechNet article:

zondag 8 mei 2016

Lubuntu Remote XRDP and VNC blank desktop [Solved]

I installed xrdp and x11vnc on my Lubuntu 16.04LTS box
Trying to access my Lubuntu using XRDP  and vnc gave me a blank desktop on my win10x64 desktop (using mstsc.exe for rdp)

I read somewhere to install lxde-common, so i did (apt-get install lxde-common)
And yeah it worked for xrdp (the screen icons are a bit different but I can live with that)
(no tweaking done)

To fix the blank desktop using VNC you have to uncomment 2 lines which are commented by default after installation of x11vnc (below the setting where the 2 lines are uncommented which fixed the blank desktop)

root@ub:~/.vnc# more xstartup

# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
x-terminal-emulator -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
x-window-manager &

Strange is that I see some LXDE entries are added in the autostart which I have not done myself:

LUbuntu light-locker-settings didn't start (cannot activate screen dim)

Lubuntu based on Ubuntu 16.04LTS
When I click on Light locker settings it does not show the menu for light-locker and worse I noticed that my screen does not dim at all

In order to make Screen dim work I installed xscreensaver but did not work either: When i clicked on the screensaver icon in /usr/share/applications it said the following:

The XScreenSaver daemon doesn't seem to be running on ":0". Launch it now?

In order to launch it automatically  I added xscreensaver -nosplash   in
Preferences -> Default Applications for LXSession -> Autostart

Now it is automatically started and after I adjusted the timings for the screensaver it works as intended.

zaterdag 7 mei 2016

Deep sleep mode Nexus 5x and Whatsapp

I noticed that I did not receive whatsapp notifications on my phone while it was in sleep mode.

I'm going to see if disabling deep sleep for Whatsapp solves it.

You can turn this off per app. Go to:

Settings > Battery 
Touch the menu icon (three dots)
Touch Battery Optimization and touch the down arrow, followed by All apps
Tap on the app that you want to turn off optimization
Select Don't Optimize and touch Done.