Category Archives: computer tips

Windows 8 swipe from left problem on touchpad / laptop [solved]

Q. I have a brand new Asus laptop with all the latest drivers but one thing is DRIVING ME CRAZY! When I am dragging something around using the trackpad or even just scrolling sideways sometimes my laptop randomly switches apps 🙁 I am running Windows 8 and any help is appreciated!!! –Ambra D A. Thank you for your question Ambra, I believe I know what is happening and how to solve your problem: Your trackpad is inadvertently triggering the Windows 8 ‘swipe from

The difference between S200e and X202e and Q200e? [answered]

Q. What is the difference between the Asus S200e, X202e and Q200e VivoBooks? A. They are very similar laptops, but there are a few differences. Here is the relevant info, originally posted in my complete SSD performance upgrade guide for these models! Model listing: X202E (it even comes in pink now!),  S200E, Q200E UPDATED! They are all identical in basic construction, the differences are in the CPUs, bluetooth capabilities, and bundled accessories. Specifically: X202E +Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8 GHz, 3rd Generation Core Processor +Intel HD4000 Graphics

BCM20702A0 Lenovo drivers for Windows 7 & 8

Q. Hello, I have a Lenovo Thinkpad laptop with an Unknown Device that has ‘BCM20702A0’ listed on it… do you know what driver I should use to fix it? A. Here is the Lenovo driver that should solve your Thinkpad’s BCM20702A0 Unknown Device issue: [local mirror in progress], Lenovo dl link Win 7(x86 and x64), Lenovo dl link Win 8 (x86 and x64)   BCM20702A0 device driver installation screenshot: Supported Laptop/Notebook models: Software name: ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software ThinkPad L420,

Disable Network Boot in VMWare!

The VMWare PXE network boot screen can be rather annoying: Here are the steps for disabling network boot on a Windows 7 VM host (or Windows 8 host) and a Windows 7 guest OS: #0 Power off your virtual machine #1 Use notepad (or your favorite text editor) to edit your virtual machine’s .vmx file For example, my VMX file for this particular VM was located here: C:\Users\JD\Documents\Virtual Machines\01 Small Template, Windows 7 x64\01 Small Template, Windows 7 x64.vmx #2

List of MD5/SHA1 hashes for various Windows OS ISOs

Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 R2 Volume License (VL) English Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_server_en-us_VL-GRMSXVOL_EN_DVD.iso Size: 2,996,799,488 bytes SHA1: AD855EA913AAEC3F1D0E1833C1AEF7A0DE326B0A Windows 7 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit: Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso Other name: en_windows_7_ultimate_x64_dvd_X15-65922.iso MD5: F43D22E4FB07BF617D573ACD8785C028 SHA-1: 326327CC2FF9F05379F5058C41BE6BC5E004BAA7 CRC: 0x1F1257CA / CRC32: 1F1257CA Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit: Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x86fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULFRER_EN_DVD.iso Other name: en_windows_7_ultimate_x86_dvd_X15-65921.iso SHA-1: 5395DC4B38F7BDB1E005FF414DEEDFDB16DBF610 CRC: 0xC1C20F76 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit: Name: en_windows_7_professional_x64_dvd_x15-65805.iso SHA-1: 50127304441A793EE51B3F501289F6599A559E9F CRC: 502C42C1 Windows 7 Professional 32-bit: Name: en_windows_7_professional_x86_dvd_x15-65804.iso SHA-1: 697FA06554502FB21D30275273B25747299C020D CRC: 578725D1 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit: Name: en_windows_7_home_premium_x64_dvd_x15-65733.iso SHA-1: 336779EA6B65F63E11A609B4D021439C47AB315B CRC: 56D954E4

ASUS X202E hard drive upgrade instructions (replace w/SSD)

The X202E-DH31T is a very cool little laptop and for the price ($400-$500) it is definitely one of the best touchscreen options out there! Unfortunately, it is saddled with a relatively slow hard drive and the RAM is soldered in. 🙁 PERFORMANCE TIP: replace the slow hard drive with a fast SSD. 🙂 See instructions below! *Bloatware removal is of course recommended as well  🙂 After upgrading to a SSD, commenter RJ suggested putting the old hard drive in a

ASUS Sabertooth P67 back panel port selection

The Sabertooth P67 has the following ports on its back panel assembly: a PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo-port 8 USB 2.0 ports, from left to right: 2 black (below ps/2 connector), 2 red (above eSATA connector), 2 black (by themselves), 2 black (above firewire and green eSATA) 1 FireWire IEEE 1394 port 2 USB 3.0 ports (blue colored USB 3.0 style ports) 1 Intel GigE Ethernet port 2 e-SATA ports (red and green colored ports) and 6 analogue and S/PDIF optical audio output

ASUS S200E SSD Upgrade Guide

Here is a step-by-step photo tutorial for upgrading the S200E to utilize a fast SSD! 2016 UPDATE: My top SSD recommendation is the Samsung 850 EVO series. They start at around $70 for the 120GB version and they go all the way up to 2TB. Huge performance improvement vs the default HDD. RATING NOTE: while this upgrade is a little more difficult than some others, the new SSD still resulted in a HUGE performance improvement so I give this upgrade