How to set Windows 8 Mail App as default to avoid “There is no email program associated to perform the requested action…” error.

Have you ever tried to use the right click/Send option in order to send a file via Email? Have you ever got this error: There is no email program associated to perform the requested action. Please install an email program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel. Read More

0x0000001A Blue Screen: Memory Management Error

A friend of mine asked me today to support him with an error. First, he notice frequent errors using the web browser (Chrome in his case):

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Second, in some cases, when this error is generated, the Windows is also rebooting/restarting.

Having this facts to work with I started with:

1. Reinstall Chrome, clear windows registry, system file checker – same behaviour. Read More

Headphones not working on your laptop? A strange solution that is actually working.

Today, I ran into some trouble connecting my headphones with my laptop. Normally, when you connect some headphones to the 3.5mm jack, the sound switch automatically from speakers to headphones. But not today.

I tried with 2 different pair of headphones and nothing. I restart my computer and nothing. I even restarted with the headphones connected and didn’t work. I started to search internet for solution (like sound drivers or so) but I found a different approach of the problem.

Strange but the first thing to try and I really expected to work was this idea: on kioskea, a guy recommended to turn your pc off and remote power supply and battery and press the power button (like nothing is happening). And yes, it works :)

It is strange but basically doing that is somehow set your the entire electrical circuit to a hardware reset state. So if you have some static electrical charges that have no load -to discharge- (some switched off/floating capacitors) that keeps your system into a strange state, then is not working if you just reset your PC. You need to do this kinda strange trick to put your PC to a “real” switched off state.

If you do this and but battery/plug-in back then you’ll have a nice sound on your headphones :)

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USB Memory only 1GB from 16GB, 8GB, 4GB, 2GB

So … yesterday I just installed Ubuntu (linux) alongside Windows and I used my 16GB usb memory through the process. I simply performed a format to the USB memory and transform it into an bootable device with Ubuntu. All things went perfect until I returned to Windows and wanted to use my memory for something else.

The surprise was when I just saw that my Memory has only 1GB (0.98 MB to be more accurate) instead of my usually 16GB (14.67 GB actually). I tried to format the device couple of time and no success in bringing back the entire capacity. After a couple more minutes I went to Disk Management (Right click on Computer and select Manage to go to Computer Management) and found this:

1gb after formatSo, my Disk 2 (USB memory) has an Unallocated space and is using only those 1006 MB. So, what can you do about this? How can I restore my USB device to its original settings?

The solution is quite simple and requires a Windows tools called DISKPART while the formal right click and shrink or extend options are not available for Removable devices like an USB Memory. So, let’s start:

1. Open the Command Prompt window (go to run and type cmd)

2. Type DISKPART in Command Prompt and run it as Administrator (you will be asked about this if your cmd processes is opened with normal user)

3. Type list disk in diskpart. You should see something similar to this window:

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4. Locate your USB memory number (in my case is disk 2) and type select disk 2 (change 2 with your disk number).

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5. After you get the messege: “Disk 2 is now selected disk.” just type clean

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6. After you get “DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.” message type create partition primary

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7. Now type select partition 1

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8. Type Active

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9. And that’s all. Type exit to close the DISKPART tool.

Go back to Disk Management and you will see that the Memory capacity is back to normal: one big piece of 14.67 GB :)

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The only need to do is to format again your drive (you will be asked about this when you try to access it). Just make a quick format and enjoy!

My keyboard is opening different tasks. E open Explorer, F opens search, D showing Desktop

Today I had a quite strange experience with my computer (laptop). While I was playing Starcraft II my commands started to be quite crazy… suddenly when I was selecting individual buildings or made individual tasks, the game started to select all the stuff around and do tasks after tasks with all the selected parts. It was clear for me that somehow my keyboard was stuck (the behavior was like the Shift key is always pressed). I immediately pressed Windows Key + D to show my desktop and the same behavior was performed with my desktop icons. Each time I tried to select something (like click) it was added to my selected stuff.

To unblock the keyboard I simply pressed shift keys, then ctrl keys and after pressing all 4 of them my computer seemed to work fine. So I return to my “peaceful” game.

The strange behavior was actually started when I needed to press different keys. So, when I start typing something into a conversation everything was started to be strange. Different Explorer windows oped-up, search activated, maximize and minimize the game and a suddenly log off. To be honest, my first thought was that I have a virus, something like a RAT software and someone is commanding my computer. But after a moment of fear I had the revelation that all those commands were done by me while the Windows key was somehow blocked. There are a lot of shortcuts in Windows that can trigger those commands. So I pressed the Windows key a couple of times and in that point my computer returned to normal operation.

I can’t explain how can my keyboard got stuck on a couple of buttons at the same time. This was my first and the last time when it happens.

With friendship,Alex

featured image via Andy

iTunes – Package installation problem

It can happen when you try to install iTunes on a Windows PC to get this error:

There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A DLL required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.

The solution is simple, just right click on the installer and choose “Run as administrator“.

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And this should fix the error. If any further problems just let me know ;)