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sony vayo vpceh3s6e network driver

Posted: April 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: howto, idiots | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

If you downloaded the “Ethernet Driver” from Sony’s support page and you noticed that is not good at all, here is how I made it working.

Searching for the PCI ID found in Device driver list has ended in no useful stuff, only spam results.

Going back to the source of this driver at http://www.sony.ro/support/ro/product/VPCEH3S6E_W/downloads/REDETH_00247766_0042_5704 I have seen the version of the Realtek driver:

Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller, Version for Microsoft® Windows® 7

Searching for this sentence, I have found the HP page: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&softwareitem=ob-94199-1

On this page is the exact version that we need:

Released: 2011-05-06
File name: sp52799.exe [1/1, 5.72M]
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit)
Enjoy the fix.

Network driver update killed facebook

Posted: December 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: idiots | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I while ago I had met a strange issue.

I noticed that facebook is not loading in browser if accessed at work. We do not filter facebook, so, for this reason, the issue was more odd.

I could not find anything in our DNS, it returning correct results.

So, I gave up and stop using facebook. Until I have opened it accidentally while surfing over the wireless connection. Over wireless it was working.

In this conditions I got more interested in this issue. It was clear for me that the cause was on the laptop I am using. So, I have reinstalled the drivers. No luck.

After some days, I realized that I have updated the wired network driver via Windows Updates.  I went to the installed updates, uninstall the new version of the driver and… facebook WORKED!

Here is the culprit (winqual link is not working):

Realtek – Network – Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller

Download size: 272 KB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Optional

Realtek Network software update released in June, 2011

More information:

Help and Support:


It seems that winqual.microsoft.com was replaced with sysdev.microsoft.com.

Toshiba Tecra A8-PTA83E – Enable sound on Windows 7

Posted: May 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: idiots | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

After upgrading from Windows Vista or from Windows XP you will find out that the sound doesn’t work.

Like me, you have tried all the drivers available on the internet: XP sound drivers, Vista 32bit or Vista 64bit sound drivers. Still, no luck.

On a forum, I have found a post about a tool that enables the sound for Vista.

The name, obviously, is “Sound Utility to Turn Mute Off”.

The link to the tool:


Let me know if this helped you, it did worked for me in Windows 7 x64.


EDIT: The step was required only when I have first time installed Windows 7. Second time I have installed Windows 7, the sound was working from the first boot.

Windows XP, suddenly “USB device not recognized” message

Posted: September 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: howto, idiots | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

USB stopped working, suddenly! F#uck! Nothing on USB is working, but it did! WTF can you do?

On MS support the KB articles are not offering a straight to the point solution for this.

So, I have searched the internet and after a few searches I have found this article (Google PR 3 page):


The answer is:

UNPLUG YOUR COMPUTER FROM THE POWER SUPPLY!!! and wait a few minutes to have all residual power consumed.

So, I did it.

And, it worked.

I had a 3 m USB cable extension for a USB WIFI adapter and, after removing it, is all good. It works!!!

Later edit:

This is a bit extreme, it still works if you shutdown the computer, unplug the power cord, push the buttons of the computer a few times, plug-in USB devices and wait for a minute or so.

One cause of this may be the grounding of the appliances, high density of wireless devices, unshielded USB cable, or, a combination of these.

Office Word 2003/2007 mouse hourglassing (blinking)

Posted: June 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: howto, idiots | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

My buddy with the gmail account problems in Outlook 2007 said today that the Word’s behavior is odd and the mouse cursor is switching fast between edit vertical line (text select) and the hour glass.

Investigating and applying different solutions including complete reinstall, rename Normal.dot or delete Data and Options sections from registry, uninstalling using revo uninstaller didn’t fixed the problem.

So, I went back to forums and after half an hour of reading I have found that the default printer may cause this problem.

Setting (the) other printer as default one or uninstalling it fixed the problem.

Now I have to find other/better drivers because each time when he will need to print something from Word he will need to select another printer.

Of course OpenOffice has no problems at all 🙂