How to repair Windows 7 not booting after motherboard replacement with different chipset

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Computers need upgrades, and upgrades involve motherboards, and motherboards have chipsets, and chipsets require drivers, which drivers are chipset dependent. And computers also fail, requiring replacing parts. Upgrading or replacing a motherboard with different chipset in Windows Xp used to be both complicated and simple at the same time, requiring the well known repair install. But then Vista and later 7 were released and the repair install was no more.

Fortunately, there is still a way to keep your Windows 7 (and probably Vista, 8, 8.1 and perhaps even the upcoming 10) after switching to a motherboard with different chipset (and driver). Continue reading

Setting up guest wireless access on Tomato

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Guest wireless access is handy when you want to separate guest devices (your friends’ phones and laptops) from your own devices connected to the main network.

To get started, you need a router capable of guest wireless (not every router can do this) already set up and running either DD-WRT or Tomato. This tutorial explains how to set up a router running Tomato that is used only as access point (WAN is disabled/unplugged). Continue reading

Passwords/accounts don’t work after migrating Thunderbird profile from Linux to Windows

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The thing I love about Thunderbird (and its sibling Firefox) is that to transfer a wholly configured instance from one computer/system to another all one needs is to copy over the contents of the profile folder.

However, on the path of a Linux to Windows migration I discovered the oddity that Thunderbird will neither connect to mail server not prompt for password… Continue reading

Updating VirtualBox on CentOS 6

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After setting up a headless VirtualBox environment on your server, there comes a time when you realize you’ve been using the same old version for so long… that updating doesn’t sound so bad.

If you’ve installed VirtualBox from the repositories, you might enjoy an (almost) painless update procedure. Or not…

Start by making sure… Continue reading

How to recover saved wifi passwords in Android

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Be it your neighbour’s network or your friend’s (whom you visit once a year) wifi, those pesky twisted hard-to-remember passwords ask to be forgotten. But your trusty Android phone remembers them all.

Wouldn’t it be great if it could tell them to you? Well, if you have a rooted device, you’re in luck. You can quickly re-discover the password of all networks you’ve saved them for. Use your favourite file manager and… Continue reading