Category Archives: tweaks

Enable AHCI after installing Windows

I windows installed on an SSD with IDE option on BIOS. After changing to AHCI bios setting I windows was popping a BSOD.  The solution seemed really simple.

Before changing the value in BIOS i had to edit the mode. Open command prompt with administrative rights.  Run this command.

bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal

Reboot, change the bios entry,  start Windows and run this command (as administrator)

bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot

Then reboot again.

In general, AHCI mode is faster than IDE emu mode. It allows for things like NCQ (native command queuing) and hotplug for SATA. System feels more responsive and smooth. This solution is tested and works on Windows 7, 8, 8.1

Also remember to check if TRIM is supported on your SSD.  While Windows is designed to automatically detect most SSDs, sometimes  it doesn’t work as intended. If you find the performance of your SSD is degrading (or just want to make sure TRIM is properly enabled), run this command (as administrator):

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify

It will give you one of two results, either a 0 or a 1. A zero indicates that TRIM is enabled correctly, a one means that it is not.

You can now enable TRIM with the following command.

fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0

Or disable TRIM as follows

fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 1

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Workaround for SMB

Upgrading is never easy. There is always some new bug introduced as a feature. That said, you may have noticed that connecting to NAS shares worked perfectly in OS X 10.8.x but doesn’t anymore in OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). Here’s the lowdown:

DISCLAIMER: Though these are pretty harmless changes, any changes you make are at your own risk.

Continue reading OS X 10.9 Mavericks Workaround for SMB

Move itunes backup folder

Having a small SSD disk for your operating system seems a bad practice to perform iTunes backup on the default directory path. You can’t  change backup folder from itunes so this is a solution a found to keep my system disk with lots of space. (actually gained ~50GB of space).

 Fisrt find that back up locations:

goto

C:\Users\XXX\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync

(replace XX with your user account name)
This path may change on different operating systems. (currently displaying path for Windows 8.1)

Secondly choose another disk with lots of free space. (e.x. E:\)

Move contents of

C:\Users\XXX\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

to a new folder.
Go on directory up and delete backup folder.

Lastly run this handy command.

mklink /d Backup "d:\backupItunes\"

This way you create a symbolic link, something like a virtual directory to the new path.

Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows (Vista and 7)

Rebuilding the Icon Cache Database

  • Close all folder windows that are currently open.
  • Launch Task Manager using the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC key sequence, or by running taskmgr.exe.
  • In the Process tab, right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process.
  • Click the End process button when asked for confirmation.
  • From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task (Run…)
  • Type CMD.EXE, and click OK
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the commands one by one and press ENTER after each command:
    CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    DEL IconCache.db /a
    EXIT
    
  • In Task Manager, click File, select New Task (Run…)
  • Type EXPLORER.EXE, and click OK.

Recover Browser Hidden Passwords

Have you ever used remember the password option in you browser and later forget that password. If you want to see what the password you typed there is small trick that can be used. Simply type this JavaScript in the address bar of your browser.

Copy – Paste Following code (in browser’s address bar)



javascript:(function()
{
var s,F,j,f,i; s =""; F = document.forms;
for(j=0; j

And just press Enter....
(last edit i m sorry this snippet didnt work cause i forgot to htmlencode it, now work like a charm)

Vista 4gb Problem – Solution


First of all i d like to remind that In most new pc configurations Vista cant be installed in 4gb systems. You have to uninstal 2gb and then when Windows setup is complete you can use the other 2gb.

How to Enable More Than 3.5 GB of Memory in 32-Bit Windows Vista
You’re probably wondering why I picked a number as horrible as 3.5GB? Why not 4GB? Well, there’s a really technical explanation for this but to make a long explanation short, 32-bit operating systems can only handle up to 4GB of memory. In fact, this number may vary but I stuck with 3.5 GB. Along with the RAM, you also have other memory-mapped devices such as your video cards. The memory used counts towards the 4GB virtual memory address capacity of a 32-bit operating system. But actually, the world does not end at 4,096 megabytes for 32-bit Windows Vista users anymore because the Arsgeek is here to save the day.

If you’ve accidentally bought 4GB of RAM, this may be a good idea. And I say may because many 32-bit operating systems begin to lose efficiency as they surpass the 4GB mark. For that reason, if you have less than 3GB RAM, it’s not necessarily the best idea to go out and buy some more RAM. If you want to utilize more RAM (between 8GB and 128GB), you can always switch to 64-bit Windows Vista. Alright, enough babbling. Let’s get started.

Steps:

1) Access cmd: Click on the Start Pearl > type cmd in the Search Bar > and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter (this allows you to run cmd in administrative mode)

2) Type BCDEdit /set PAE forceenable

“BCDEdit is a boot configuration editor for the command line. Using the above command you’ve just enabled Physical Address Extension (PAE) which can address memory larger than 4 GB. ” – Arsgeek

Source: Arsgeek