Software

Hard drive data recovery

This customer replaced his desktop computer as his older desktop died. He asked me if I could recover his files. This work is easier than it looks. It is a matter of accessing the hard drive and connecting it to a different computer. Of course if you don’t feel comfortable to do it yourself, please give me a ring and I’ll arrange that for you.

Asus VivoBook X5556U

Another work this week: reparing a keyboard of an Asus VivoBook which has some keys not responding. The customer admitted that water has been spilt on it. Investigation First things first, I checked whether it was a hardware or software issue, the second being cheaper. Unfortunately, the water must have done some damage. Let’s order a new keyboard. Less than £20 for a new one. This laptop, second hand, is worth more than £150 at the time of this post. Definitely worth changing. Replacement To access the keyboard, the laptop needs to be put apart. Once the motherboard is removed, the shell part with the keyboard and touchpad can be accessed. The keyboard is replaced with a new one then all the laptop is reassembled… Read More »Asus VivoBook X5556U

Upgrade, maintenance and cleaning of an HP Mini 210-1100

A friend needed help with her netbook. It became so slow that it was impossible to use. Also it was running with Windows 7. While this is a good Operating System, it won’t be supported by January 2020. Budget: £0. Challenge accepted! The upgrade After reviewing the capacity of the netbook, I understood why it was struggling so much. The 1GB RAM Memory with an Intel Atom N450 Processor at 1.66GHz won’t provide the best user experience after an upgrade to Windows 10. Sure it will meet the minimum specs, but it will be slow. My suggestion went onto install a light Operating System: xubuntu. It would require a bit a learning curve for my friend, but it will offer all the basics she needs:… Read More »Upgrade, maintenance and cleaning of an HP Mini 210-1100

Apache Config – Multi Domains

I learnt to use Apache by self teaching. While I managed to make it run and open few web applications, I never understood how it works to assign different URLs for different folders. Looking at this video, I admit I feel stupid now as it is really simple: Another ticked box in my path to web development.