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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.

OpenWrt, limit the access to the internet

Posted: September 3rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: howto, linux | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

I just tried a Linksys WRT54GL. It’s nice, but what if you have to add hotspot services on it.
I have installed Coova for fun.
A common scenario is to have anonymous clients accessing it with all kind of systems, all kind of software and, of-course, viruses trojans.
So, just to be prepared you want to allow access only to a few ports: 80 (http), 443 (https), 5222 (jabber), 5050 (yahoo messenger), 1863 (MSN), etc.

All you have to do is to add the following two lines in /etc/firewall.user below “Allow SSH on the WAN interface” section:
iptables -A forwarding_rule -i br0 -m multiport --dports 80,443,5222,5050,1863 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A forwarding_rule -i br0 -j DROP

Now restart the firewall:
/etc/init.d/S35firewall restart

That’s all.

How to use both video cards you have, on board and PCIe video card

Posted: March 20th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: fun, howto | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

This can be a bullshit. It might not work for you, but it worth to try this.

When you are in a hurry and you don’t have time, or simply you don’t want to buy a DVI-VGA adapter, just try to use the on board card. It could work.

Here is how.

Go to BIOS and try to enable the on board video card. Some motherboards can do this, some not. Try to allocate some memory to it.
Connect a second monitor or a video projector to it, just to be sure you get some image on it.
Reboot in windows and check what you can get.
Verify in Device Manager and if you have two video cards you are close to get some image on both displays.
I got both there but i got an “Error 10” regarding missing IRQ.
One of my colleagues suggested to set it as primary display in BIOS.
After it was set as primary it worked just fine.

The bad:
– the driver in use is the driver from the on board video card
– you cannot span the image over displays

Tested with an asrock motherboard (intel based video card) and a nvidia based video card.

Just try it and give me some feedback.

BIOS update failed?

Posted: March 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: fun, howto, idiots | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Disclaimer: this information is only for advanced users. I cannot be made resposible for any damage may result by using information from this post. Read your manual and the producer’s website before doing anything.

Sometimes, you have to (and I don’t know why) do a BIOS update. The reason could be one of the following: MB problems, new feaures added, you are just bore.

You have downloaded (and you are sure about this) the proper BIOS version (the last stable version) for you MB. But, after reboot the computer doesn’t want to start.

Now, there are four possibilities to recover:

  • Do a short clear CMOS as described in the MB’s manual;
  • Do a long clear CMOS (I read that it might help), I not so sure about this, but, anyway: unplug the power, remove all unneeded hardware (video card, HDD, FDD, etc) put the jumper in the clear CMOS position, remove the battery and wait at least 12 hours;
  • Remove unneeded hardware, replace RAM with the newest you have (533MHz with 667MHz, e.g.), this tend to be so common;
  • Buy another one, because the new MB have the BISO chip soldered and it cannot be removed to be rewriten.

You are lucky if you MB give sound alerts or it has LEDs. Try to interpret this information using the Troubleshooting section in your manual.

As a backup measure you verify if your MB have dual BIOS or quad BIOS feature enabled (as gigabyte have), or something similar.

Good luck, you need it.