May 14, 2019

Solved: Wpeinit during Win7 install [Administrator X Cmd Error)

I've encountered this issue when I am trying to reformat a second hand Toshiba Portege Dynabook Ax/940LS laptop from a desperate customer - actually the unit came from another shop but they couldn't fix it.

So, I check the unit..physically it looks fine but the specs are not accurate ( the label says 8GB RAM with 500GB HDD but the actual is 2GB, 40GB HDD) and the customer was shocked when I told him. Anyway, that's not the main issue I'm going to discuss here haha

I discovered the problem when I booted up the laptop for Windows 7 - at the early stage of the installation process a command line window will pop up and just stuck in there forever. You can't access the partition dialog or the point when you choose to format the hard disk. Below is the screenshot of the error.



I thought my installer was corrupt or the internal hard disk had bad sectors so I did the following workarounds:
  • Format the USB and create another bootable installer - same error
  • Used Windows 7 OEM DVD installer - still same error
  • Use Windows 10 / Windows XP USB installer - still same error
  • Run CheckDisk and SFC / Scannow (No error detected) - Still same error
  • Reset bios to default and check if HDD detected ( Yes, it's detected) - Still same error
  • Reseat SATA cable / hdd connector 
  • Disassemble and clean all the parts - Still, it didn't work and I'm burnout already.
I tried Google but to my surprise, nothing really came up relevant so, I parked the task to rest (after more than 8 hours of troubleshooting the shrakh).

The following day,  I open the laptop without the hard disk and I found out that the BIOS still detected the HDD - the moment I realized there must something with the BIOS. It can't properly detect the laptop hard disk that's why the installation gets stuck.

Solution:

1. I inserted back the internal hard disk and reboot the laptop with Windows 7 installer.

2. While Windows 7 files were loading, I removed the internal hard disk.

3. By then, I was able to enter the Language and other preferences and click the Next button.

4. Then, I click Install Now as normal.

5.  I re-inserted back the Internal Hard Disk.

6.  I accepted the license terms (put box check) and click Next.

7. And bingo! the hard disk was already detected then,  I was able to create a partition and finally installed Windows 7 successfully.


Mission accomplished. The customer was very happy.
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May 13, 2019

Adobe Illustrator Preference Folder Read Only Error Solution

Actually, I have encountered this issue when my laptop got infected by ransomware called GandCrab.What happened was every time I open AI CS5, an error message pops up like as shown below:


Alright, I tried the "More Info" button but Adobe's guide didn't work for me. Fortunately, I was able to fix the problem by recreating or deleting the x64 folder within AppData path.

Solution:


1. Navigate this path in your Windows 10 pc

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator 19 Settings\en_US

2.Type in %AppData% in the search box

3. Delete or rename the x64 folder (don't worry AI will recreate the folder) and run the AI again.

Hope this helps. Thanks for dropping by.
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Solved : Shadow of Mordor Not Saving on Windows 10 PC

If you're playing the cracked PC version of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, there's a high chance that you will encounter game-saving issue -like every time you restart your game you will lose your stats and items and that really sucks! But don't worry the fix is very easy. Just follow the steps below.

Solution:


1. Find the Shadow of Mordor icon in your desktop then, right click and choose Properties

2. Click the Compatibility tab and put a check on " Run this Program as Administrator" as shown in the screenshot:


3. Hit the apply button and restart the game. You're done!


Extra Tips:

If you want to back up your game data, you don't need a special tool to do that. You can manually backup your game data in just a few clicks away. Follow the steps below.

1. Right-click the Shadow of Mordor icon and click the Shortcut tab then, click the Open File Location

2. Open the Profile folder > ALI213 > Saves

3. Backup the GameData.sav to a safe location. Done!

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March 8, 2019

Ransomware Infected my Notepad++ Files, Corrupted [Null] - Solved

Last week, by accident, when I opened a torrent file, a malware infected my laptop. I was not sure then what kind of malware attacked my system files and registry, but I realized my Antivirus was off that time ( I uninstalled Avast due to printer spooler issues and I trusted Windows Defender Security Center to protect my system but failed!).

So what happened was, after I open the folder the malware automatically inject malicious keys into the registry, hacked my Internet Explorer and Chrome Add-ons (keep popping tabs!), sabotage my startup programs, and too late to notice that B.S also touched my precious unsaved Notepad++ files!


Now, thanks to heaven there's a tool called Ultra Virus Killer and Revo Uninstaller. Ok, just to share how I was able neutralized the threat, here are the things I did.

1. First, I didn't restart my laptop ( I suspect if I do it so, it can't boot anymore because of the criticality of the infection). I quit all the running programs at the desktop.
2. Install UVK
3. Opened the startup menu in the task manager and disable suspicious programs as follows:
RZOVqNXjWK9y0xcScUZiNp2TU2QFJ.vbs
nkfjyavk0q.exe
LBTETP5T6.exe
Polygen.exe
ZjdhYThjYWFlYjQwYjgz.exe
ktpdkwkry.kqpd
1bgwaz13uyl

4. After then, I run UVK Ultra Adware Killler. It scans all the programs in my system, autostart applications, and browser files. After scanning, it gave me a report in the Malware tab. I cleaned all the reported malware and review all the tabs - I disabled and deleted suspected entries.

5. Ok.Thanks to UVK.  I install Revo Uninstaller to start the last part of the cleaning process, the removal of the programs installed by the malware such as Polygen, Logic Camble & Whiteclick . I used Advance scan to remove all malware leftovers.

How I recovered my Corrupted Notepad++ files?


Yesterday, it was all of a sudden that I realized I have some very important files (including social security accounts) to recover from Notepad++. I found out that all my backup files stored at this path C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup can't be read when being open (it contain null characters or some Chinese text lols). As you can see in the screenshot below, most of the files got the "CIZEMOLTJ" extension which is not normal for Notepad++ text file (.TXT).

Ok so I searched the web to know about CIZEMOLTJ, but I am surprised nothing came out. I realized, the extension is familiar to me so checked my partitions to find some lead and viola,  a file named " CIZEMOLTJ-DECRYPT" caught my attention on drive C & D. I opened the text file and this what it reads:


---=    GANDCRAB V5.1    =---
***********************UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT DELETE THIS FILE, UNTIL ALL YOUR DATA IS RECOVERED***********************
*****FAILING TO DO SO, WILL RESULT IN YOUR SYSTEM CORRUPTION, IF THERE ARE DECRYPTION ERRORS*****
Attention!
All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important files are encrypted and have the extension: .CIZEMOLTJ 
The only method of recovering files is to purchase an unique private key. Only we can give you this key and only we can recover your files.

The server with your key is in a closed network TOR. You can get there by the following ways:
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| 0. Download Tor browser - https://www.torproject.org/
| 1. Install Tor browser
| 2. Open Tor Browser
| 3. Open link in TOR browser:   http://gandcrabmfe6mnef.onion/597858919eaabff8                     
| 4. Follow the instructions on this page
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                 
 
On our page, you will see instructions on payment and get the opportunity to decrypt 1 file for free.

ATTENTION!
IN ORDER TO PREVENT DATA DAMAGE:
* DO NOT MODIFY ENCRYPTED FILES
* DO NOT CHANGE DATA BELOW
---BEGIN GANDCRAB KEY---
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
---END GANDCRAB KEY---
---BEGIN PC DATA---
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
---END PC DATA---

Ok after reading the text thoroughly. I didn't panic at all. I realized, GANDCRAB ransomware infected my laptop and decrypt my files and the wicked want to get money in exchange for my file to get recovered. Pathetic!

How I was able to Decrypt and Recover my Files?


Knowing that its GANDCRAB infected my pc, I searched an updated anti-ransom tool that can decrypt and clean GANDCRAB-infected files. Then, I found BitDefender  Gandcrab Decryption tool ( Download Link ) and I download it. After 10 minutes of full system scan, I can freely open my files without any problem however, the infected files are still present so I deleted them.


Finally, I am back on my track, no more corrupt or null Notepadd++ files. Thanks to Defender  Gandcrab Decryption Tool!
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December 15, 2018

List of Pisonet Assemblers and Manufacturers in Mindanao

Looking for Pisonet manufacturers and parts retailer nearby your area? This list is for you! Below are some of the most well-known traders that offer Pisonet Machine packages in Mindanao.


COTABATO CITY

-to be updated..

DAVAO CITY

Wei Dynamic Davao
Location: #7, Nicasio Torres St., Agdao, D.C
Website / FB Page : https://www.facebook.com/weidavao
Email: weidynamic2009@gmail.com
Contact #s: 082-2242873 / 09270248744 / 09199996049 / 09177128707

Altech Computer Services Davao
Location: San Pedro Extn. Corner Quirino Ave.,Davao City
Website / FB Page : https://www.facebook.com/pg/altechcomputer
Contact #s: 082-3058989 / 0917 722 4896 / 0917-7182999 / 0917-7224896

Yannie Pisonet
Location : Iñigo street baryo Obrero ,davao city
Obrero, Davao City, Philippines
Contact #s : 09219246288 / 225-3787
FB : https://www.facebook.com/yanniepisonet/

GENSAN CITY

DTECH Gensan Pisonet Solution
Location: Pendatun Ave, General Santos City
Contact #s: (083) 305-1069 / 877-6641 / 09216768986

KORONADAL CITY

PC Byte Marbel
FB : https://www.facebook.com/pcbyte.marbel

*GENSAN BRANCH
LOWER GROUND FLOOR GAISANO MALL GENERAL SANTOS CITY
(083) 305-0451/ 09292050994-ERIC
*MARBEL BRANCH
149 E. SALANGA BLDG. MORALES AVE. KORONADAL CITY
(083) 310-0792/09307290444 –RAY
*PANABO BRANCH
BRGY. STO. NIÑO FRONTING GV APPLIANCE PANABO CITY
(084) 309-0029/09083811343-JANETTE
*TAGUM BRANCH
OSMEÑA ST. TAGUM CITY
(084)-308-1045/09175891017-GLENN
*BUTUAN BRANCH
609 MONTILLA BLVD. BUTUAN CITY
(085) 300-0562/09175919682-JHONG
https://www.facebook.com/pclifemarketing/

TACURONG CITY

Essenxia Computer Center
Location: Door#1 ONG Bldg., Osmeña Street
Koronadal, South Cotabato
Website / FB Page : https://www.facebook.com/essenxiatacurong
Contact #s: 0947 318 4818

ECSoft Computer Works
Location: Gen. Luna Ext., Purok 9 Blk 1, Poblacion, Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat
Email: ecsoft_computers@yahoo.com
Contact #s: (064) -200-4486 / 200-5253

ISULAN

Arnold Ramirez Pisonet Assembler
Contact #: 09067120172
..
Do you want us to include your business on the list? Pm us with your business details and shop photos.

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How to Fix Can't find fmodex.dll in Rules of Survival

Sometime in November 2018, RoS released an update and that's when numerous end users had started to encounter the " Can't find fmodex.dll " bug after they avail the update. In fact, you can find a thread here about this bug.

As well, you may notice that this bug is also related to can't find fmod_event.dd and fmod_event.dll and which is quite common on Windows 7 PCs.


The error message starts to appear after you updated the latest Rules of Survival installation and it won't get fixed even you reinstall the game or add the fmodex.dll in RoS directory or repair client.

If you're having the same issue now, I hope my guide below will give you direction on how to fix "Can't find fmodex.dll".

1. Check your PC from Viruses

Make sure the unit where ROS is installed is free from any malware and viruses. Scan your PC with updated Antivirus software. Double check ROS installer as well. Clean your flash drives.

2. Update Graphics Driver

This didn't work for me but someone pointed from a thread that outdated graphics driver may also the culprit of fmodex.dll error. I recommend you use the following tools to help you get the right driver for your graphics:

3. Re-install RoS to Different Path

If you have not tried, reinstall ROS to another directory in your local drive and see if it works after update.


4. Use Portable RoS

Without uninstalling the existing ROS, try copying a running ROS installer from another PC. Put the copied the ROS files into another path and test when an update is finished.

5. Switch to Windows 10 OS

If step 1 to 4 not working for you, then your last option is to install ROS to Windows 10 and this method worked for me. I found out that ROS works without any issue on my Windows 10 laptop so, I ended up reformating my client's pisonet machines and put back all the software overnight.
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October 23, 2018

Solved: Bluestack Hyper V issue on Windows 10 Home

Let's get this guide straightforward!

Alright, the scenario is you have been running Bluestack for a long time with your Windows 10 laptop or desktop but lately it suddenly stop and showing an error message like below?



As per error message above, the cause of the problem is the enabled Microsoft Hyper-V in your system and Bluestack provided a thorough guide on how to disable Hyper V thru here: https://goo.gl/hM1YauT . BlueStacks uses virtualization technology and when other hypervisors like Hyper-V, VirtualBox or VMWare are running, it may impair its ability to run optimally.

But upon checking, contrary to the guide, when you go to Windows Features the Hyper-V is nowhere can be found. Hyper-V option is not available or can't be used in Windows 10 Home. Hyper V feature is only available to Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education version of Windows OS. So, if no Hyper V who is the other suspects? 

First, you need to check if you have VirtualBox or VMWare installed in your system. You must disable them if want BlueStack running back.

Your next step is to check your Windows Defender Security Center settings. Under Device Security go to Core Isolation, turn off your Memory Integrity. What is this security feature all about? The Memory integrity use virtualization-based security to protect your core operating system high-security processes against malicious code attacks. 

How to Disable Memory Integrity

1. Open Windows Defender  Security Center or just open the Windows 10 search bar and type in Core Isolation

2. Go to Device Security and click Core Isolation

3. Turn off Memory Integrity and Restart your computer.


You're done! Now, run your Bluestack and it should be alright.
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