Category Archives: Techy Stuff

I Am A Geek! There – I’ve said it. So expect many of my posts to be in this category. :lol:

Pegatron A15 Motherboards and Windows 10

If you, like me, have a laptop using a Pegatron A15 motherboard (A15HC in my case) and you wish to upgrade to Windows 10, you might find the laptop screen stops working. If this is the case then check your BIOS revision. (CPU-Z is good for this). This is especially true if you have Intel HD 3000 graphics. An update to the BIOS may be needed to enable some function or feature (no idea what exactly) that Windows 10 requires to be able to “see” the laptop screen.

In my case I needed to update from AMI BIOS 212 to 303. After doing so everything worked just fine.

Now, you might do some searching and find various websites discussing this. You may also find some instructions in Turkish on how to do the BIOS update … unless Turkish is your native language then you might find the instructions somewhat difficult to understand. πŸ™‚ But don’t despair … there’s a site that gives the instructions in English and they are easy to follow. All you need is a spare USB pendrive, a PC that will allow boot from USB (most do), a couple of downloads and a leap of faith! πŸ˜€ is the website in question. πŸ™‚

Good luck!


Posted by on August 25, 2015 in Techy Stuff

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More Dickwads

This site is protected – find someone else to try and hack. πŸ˜›




Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Techy Stuff

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DGTeam Firmwares Revisited

I sometimes get emails from people asking for particular DGTeam firmwares. All I can say is – I don’t originate these firmwares and never have; I only show what I have found or have been sent by others.

What’s shown on my site is all that I have. If it’s not there, I don’t have it.

Sorry! πŸ™‚



Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Techy Stuff

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I Can Has A New Laptop!

I decided my 7 year old self-build desktop PC was showing its age, so I have invested in a new laptop. After conducting significant research (for specification versus price, as well as consumer reviews) I settled on making my purchase with Cyberpower Systems – a company based near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. This post is a summary of my experience.

Step 1 – Decide what you want.
Their website has a very good configuration utility that lets you compose a system (desktop or laptop) that fully meets your needs, using a wide variety of base systems as the starting point.

Step 2 – Place your order.
Again everything is done online, although you can phone them too. I did do so and got a discount code I could use – saved me 3% (not a massive discount, but better than nothing). πŸ™‚ That said, I still placed the order online.

Step 3 – Wait!
Yes – you have to wait for your new toy to arrive. At time of order (29th December 2011) I was told delivery would be 10-14 working days. My laptop arrived on 20th January 2012 – exactly 14 working days (bearing in mind the New Year holidays). You get an email advising you of the delivery (next day is standard – mine came via UKMail but they also use UPS). They also give you a call (before even the email) to let you know about delivery.

Step 4 – Unpack your new toy.
Be prepared for something akin to a Russian Doll – they send their goods very well packed! You can see my unpacking photos via the link below.

Step 5 – Enjoy!
That’s all you have to do – enjoy it. It comes supplied and ready to use. All you need to do is activate windows using the code on the COA sticker (assuming you buy an OS – you don’t have to).

So all-in-all a very consumer-friendly process, with a company who seem to hold customer delight in high regard. Would I buy from them again? Damn right I would.

That’s all folks! See you when I can next be bothered to post. πŸ™‚


Edited for a typo.


Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Techy Stuff

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Welcome to the new world

Well I’ve gone and done it. I’ve joined the world of the “cool kids”. πŸ˜‰ I’ve got myself an iPod Touch. πŸ™‚

And I love it! But I’m glad I waited until the 4G version. It really is cool. πŸ˜€

That’s all. πŸ™‚


PS – I’ve posted this from the iPod. πŸ˜‰


Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Techy Stuff

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Template Tweaking

I thought it was about time I started trying to tweak this themed WP template. So here’s my first attempt – adding a dark bubble-wrap background image. πŸ™‚

Go on – I dare you to not want to pop those bubbles! πŸ˜†



Posted by on November 15, 2010 in Techy Stuff

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DGTeam Firmwares – Part Deux

A comment was made in the BE forum regarding this list of firmwares, as to whether it was worth worth setting up a download page with relevant notes. To that end, if anyone wishes to send me write-ups regarding any of the firmwares listed, please send them as text files and I’ll upload them. The text file name should be the same as the firmware ZIP file, except .zip is replaced by .txt. Example …

Firmware =
Text File = DG834GT_V1.02.16_DGTeam_0848.txt

My directory listing script is setup to look for the .txt file for each .zip file, and display the text file contents. I think this will be the easiest way to provide additional details about the firmwares listed. (I don’t know the details, hence I’m not able to provide them).

Note: I’ll be checking any submitted files for naughty code, so just plain text please. πŸ˜‰



Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Techy Stuff

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DGTeam Firmwares For Netgear Modem/Routers

If you’re a follower of the DGTeam firmwares for the Netgear series of modem/routers (such as the DG834G, DG834GT, DG834N, DGN2000 etc.) then you may have found that the project has come to an abrupt end. πŸ™

However all is not lost! Whilst there may be no further development of these firmwares, there is a resource wherefrom some of the firmwares can be obtained. The relevant link is and it contains links to ZIP files (hosted here on this domain) of various Images of DGTeam firmwares.

Hopefully additional firmwares will be added over time. To that end, if you have a version that is not currently hosted here then drop me a line attaching the image and I’ll add it to the collection.

I hope you find this beneficial. πŸ™‚



Posted by on November 8, 2010 in Techy Stuff

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Template Update

Morning all! πŸ™‚

I loaded this blog on another PC this morning and noticed that yesterday’s post didn’t appear until I did a Ctrl-F5 to force a refresh. This means the blog template wasn’t refreshing, so what was displayed came from the browser cache.

To that end I have update the header.php page of the template to add the following lines, so as to force the browser to retrieve the latest info rather than reading from cache. I hope others may find this useful.

<meta http-equiv=”Last-Modified” content=”<?php echo gmdate(“D, d M Y H:i:s”) . ” GMT”?>” />
<meta http-equiv=”Cache-Control” content=”no-cache, must-revalidate” />
<meta http-equiv=”Pragma” content=”no-cache” />

Posted by on November 5, 2010 in Techy Stuff

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Outlook 2007 – Cannot Save Free/Busy Information

Hands Up, Baby Hands Up!

Hands up anyone who has upgraded from Outlook 2003 (Office 2003) and suddenly finds that they get this β€œballoon” whenever they receive or send a meeting request or appointment. Yes? Well, you’re not alone. There areΒ approximately 145,000 Google search results relating to this issue! And if you’re like me you’ll have found that none of the suggested solutions actually work. πŸ™ Probably the most comprehensive to date is the series of posts at Wading Through but even they couldn’t help me.

Well worry no more – I have developed a workaround! πŸ™‚ Whilst it doesn’t actually stop the β€œballoon” from appearing, itΒ does allow your MS Exchange mailbox Calendar to contain the same items as your local Calendar in your PST file. This way other people can see your free/busy status when making meeting requests, whilst you retain a local copy of the requests. Result! (This was the most annoying aspect of this issue for me).

The workaround is surprisingly simple, and involves applying rules for appointments and meetings that are received and sent. In basic form, for every meeting or appointment that you receive or send, move a copy to the Calendar in your online (Exchange) mailbox. In detail, the rules are as below …

Copy Received meetings to Exchange Calendar
Received Meeting Request Rule

Copy Sent meetings to Exchange Calendar (client-only)
Sent Meeting Request Rule

There is one caveat to this suggestion – any meeting updates will appear as separate entries in your mailbox Calendar, so you’d need to delete the old ones. But hey-ho … we can’t get everything. Maybe one day M$ will actually do something about this. πŸ˜† (as if)

I hope you find this useful. πŸ™‚



Posted by on November 3, 2010 in Techy Stuff

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