I tried to do a BIOS update from Windows. Flashing finished without an error so I decided to reboot. The tablet shut down and… never turned on again. Nothing of what I tried had any effect, the tablet remained dead. Not A sign of life. So I decided the BIOS flash must have gone wrong. What now?
After some research I found that there were more people with the same problem, and some seemed to have successfully flashed their BIOS again. So I decided to give it a try.
First of all I needed some hardware. I searched online for a BIOS programmer, and found a cheap CH314A programmer that should do the job. It had TTL and 3.3V levels, I knew that the BIOS chip was 3.3V so it should work without frying my BIOS chip.
Next step was to find a way to program the chip without soldering. I knew that the chip was in SOP8 package, so I searched a test adapter for a SOP8 chip, and ordered one.
After about a week the hardware was in, and I could get to work. I found the correct BIOS and found a bin file in the download. Then I installed flashrom and connected all the hardware together.
First I made a backup of the current rom using flashrom: flashrom -p ch341a_spi --read backup.bin
After the backup it was time to flash:
After this, I disconnected the test adapter, disconnected the battery, reconnected the battery and tried to boot. And with success, the tablet booted straight up to Windows!
I’ve purchased a Windows 8 upgrade for my Windows 7 machine. While upgrading I ran into a problem.
The upgrade came to 100%, and then said “Your computer will reboot in a few moments”. After a few minutes it came up with a general error “Windows 8 Setup could not complete” and then it closed. My computer didn’t reboot, and Windows 7 just kept on running.
After removing some applications like my virus scanner (NOD32) and some other applications i tried again. After about an hour I got exactly the same error.
Then I found the following error: ConX::Setup::Media::CWorkerProc::SetupThreadProc: An error occurred while servicing the boot files from [C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Windows\BOOT]; status = [0x80070015][gle=0x00000015]
After a lot of searching I’ve found the following solution:
Add a drive letter to the 100MB system partition which resides at the beginning of your harddisk. I assigned the letter S.
After I did this, the setup continued where it previously stopped with an error, and Windows 8 was installed like it should.
When Windows 8 was completely installed, I removed the drive letter from the partition. After this, Windows 8 was running flawlessly.
I noticed a while ago that my Echofon toolbar button had dispapeared in Firefox. I couln’t find any information how to fix this, except that i should enable the add-on toolbar. But Echofon had Firefox toolbar support, so I souldn’t need the add-on bar.
I’ve found out how te re-enable the toolbar button, and decided to share it here.
Navigate in Firefox to about:config
Accept the warning notification:
Type or paste the following string in the filterfield: extensions.twitternotifier.toolbarButtonAdded
Doubleclick on the item which shows up, and make sure it is set to “false”.
Now the toolbar button should have reappeared.
Please leave a comment if this solution has worked for you!
Ever been in the situation that you had to copy a bunch of files, and later on wanted to copy only the added files by skipping the existing files?
You can do that with xcopy. Only not with the default paramaters.