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Solved: Avast Antivirus Installation Error 3

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Problem: When you try to install Avast Antivirus, this error occurs:
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An error 3 (00000003) has occured.
Last performed operation was:
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Cause:
This error occurs when you try to install a new Avast installation in a computer that has a corrupted installation of Avast Antivirus.

Solution:
1. Download Avast Uninstall Tool/Utility.
2. Start Windows in Safe Mode
3. Run the uninstall utility (aswclear.exe)

Please note: If you installed Avast antivirus in a different folder than the default, browse for it. Be careful though because the content of any folder you choose will be deleted.

4. Click REMOVE
5. Restart your computer.
6. You can now reinstall avast antivirus.

DareGlobal DB108 ADSL2+ Modem/Router Configuration

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PLDT MyDSL DareGlobal DB108 ADSL2+ Modem | Step-by-Step Routing Mode Configuration

Here's a step-by-step guide if you want to set your Dare Global DB 108 ADSL2+ PLDT MyDSL modem into routing/router mode:

1. Manually assign an IP address to your computer. You need to access the configuration page of your modem/router. The default IP address of DareGlobal DB 108 ADSL2+ modem is 192.169.1.1. So, click Start and then point to My Network Placesat the left side, click on View Network Connections. You can also double-click My Network Places in your desktop if it is present or go to Control Panel and then Network Connections.

2. Double Click Local Area Connection. A window will appear just like below.

3. Under This connection uses the following items, click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and then Properties.
4. Click Use the following IP address. Put 192.168.1.2 on IP address, Subnet mask will be automatically filled. On default gateway and preferred DNS server, input 192.168.1.1

5. Now click …

C-Media AC97 Audio Device - This Device Cannot Start. (Code 10)

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Error Message:

Cannot start this hardware.

There was a problem installing this hardware:
C-Media AC97 Audio Device
Symptoms:
There is no sound. When you open up Device Manager, there is a yellow exclamation mark on C-Media AC97 Audio Device. When you double click C-Media AC97 Audio Device, under device status, it says:
This device cannot start. (code 10)
Click troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device.
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Probable Cause:
This is a common problem when you have Realtek AC97 chipset. Somehow Windows XP recognize Realtek sound device as C-Media AC97 Audio Device.

Solution:
Download and install the latest version of Realtek AC97 driver and it should be fine. Here's a screenshot of a working one:

Sotec Winbook WV2150 - Audio and Video Driver WinXP/Vista

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Here's a little info for those people looking for drivers of Sotec Winbook WV2150. I wish this will help those people having problems with the correct drivers because they can't identified the correct name/manufacturer/model of the hardware.

I recently installed a new hard drive into a Sotec Winbook WV2150. After doing a fresh install of Windows XP, the the audio and video card drivers are missing.

I used driverforge along with driver packs to install the missing drivers, but driverforge or maybe Windows itself incorrectly identified the sound card as C-Media AC'97. The device could not start according to the device manager, so the sounds don't work. The VGA was fine though, it is Sis 650_651_M650_M652_740. After some research, I found out that he correct sound card/audio driver should be Realtek AC'97 Audio Driver.

Here's a screenshot of the device manager of a working Sotec Winbook WV2150:

Audio/Sound Card: Realtek AC'97 Audio
Video/VGA: Sis 650_651_M650_…

Google Chrome Offline Installer

Chrome is one of the best internet browser out there. If not for firefox extensions, Google chrome will be my main browser. Google Chrome is faster than Firefox (in my experience), and I like its tidy screen. I also like how it handle searches and url type-ins.

I usually install Google Chrome to my client's PC so they will have an option of faster internet browsing. One problem though is it needs an internet connection to install. Here's an offline installer for those people who wants to install Google Chrome without an internet connection:

OFFLINE INSTALLER LINK - Click Here

Front Panel Settings for Intel D845PT Socket 478 Motherboard

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I recently replaced the motherboard of a client PC. The replacement motherboard is Intel D845PT. Unfortunately, there is no diagram for the On/Off switch, reset, HDD and power LED for the front panel on the motherboard. Here's a simple diagram for those people who needs it:

Solution: Network Connections Folder is Empty

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Problems:

1. You can't connect to the internet
2. Network Connections folder is empty
3. Local Area Connections (LAN) icon on taskbar missing
4. Can't connect to Wireless connections (icon also missing)


Solution:
This thing happens when one of the three files below are missing on your computer:
1. netshell.dll
2. netcfgx.dll
3. netman.dllDownload those files if needed and place them on c:\windows\system32\ folder. After copying the files you need to register them. Click Start>Run>CMD and then type the following command (hit enter after each command).
regsvr32 netshell.dll
regsvr32 netcfgx.dll
regsvr32 netman.dll Your Network Connections will now be back to normal.

How to Install Windows XP using a USB Drive / Flash Drive the EASIEST way

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NOTE: I used Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 as a test machine in this post but this will also work to any laptop/netbook/pc that can recognize USB devices as a boot option. This also works if you want to use Windows Vista.

The owner of this Lenovo S10-2 tried to upgrade his operating system to Windows Vista. The problem is he had some problem while installing it and his machine refused to load the OS. He also accidentally deleted the recovery partition, so the one-key recovery won't work to restore to factory default. The owner now wanted to install Windows XP instead of Vista.

I usually use my external DVD Rom drive for this kind of work (it's the easier than USB method) but it broke down a couple of days ago. So I have no other choice but to install from a flash drive).

Fortunately, installing from a USB drive is now easier than it used to be. There are programs out there that handle all the work for you. Unlike before that you need to fire up command prompt and issue some commands to…

Disassembly Guide for Toshiba Portege 3010/3020CT

How to disassemble Toshiba Portege 3010 and 3020CT

Here's the field replaceable unit (FRU) documentation or service manual for Toshiba Portege 3010/3020CT. This will be of help for those people who needs to disassemble their Portege 3010 or 3020 CT.

Download link

How to Disassemble IBM ThinkPad T20 | IBM Thinkpad T20/T21/T22/T23 Disassembly

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Here's a step-by-step guide on how to disassemble an IBM Thinkpad T20 Laptop. This also applies to T21, T22, and T23 Series.

1. Remove the battery pack

2. Remove the CMOS battery
3. Open the LCD a little and then remove the hard disk drive. Note that the hard disk is attached to the cover.


4. Remove memory / DIMM

For the rest, you can download it here. <Download Link>