Archive for January, 2009

Lenovo SL500 continuous noisy loud fan after booting

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

I have just updated my Lenovo SL500 bios which ship with 1.07 bios version to the latest flash available on Lenovo support website that is v1.18. The update was smooth and the good news is I can switch off the Bluetooth by using Fn+F5 and it will keep the state when you reboot your laptop. It also keep the state of your screen brightness the next time you reboot in Windows XP. However, I didn’t realize that I have created big mess with the fan until recently.

I guess there is a bug on this new bios version relating to your fan speed control. The symptoms are if you have bios version 1.18 and you plug out the battery, few seconds after booting your laptop fan will go berserk creating high level of noise and air flow on the side of your laptop. By the way, when I use the battery with or without the main A/C adapter, it runs smoothly.

Well this is real bad situation for me, as I love to plug out my battery when I am not using it to prolong its life. Secondly, the fan noise is so disturbing so that you are barely can enjoy listening your music or watching movies.

What can we learn from this? Do not update if you live happily with your current system and do not need those extra feature which you can get from the new version. There are also some applications out there that I am aware of to control your laptop fan speed, but I strongly suggest to downgrade your bios to v1.16. Bios v1.14 and v1.16 are free from this loud fan bug. You can download this bios from lenovo support website and please select bootable cd method (it’s quicker and saver). Last word, Lenovo as a durable and business standard laptop provider should have published bug free drivers and software.

What’s new in ZenCart 2.0.0

Monday, January 12th, 2009

After a long time waiting, Zencart team will release the new Zen Cart v2.0.0. It was originally planned to be released at the end of 2008 but they will most likely to release the upcoming Zencart 2.0 release early this year. The following will cover what you can expect from new Zencart 2.0.0, which is a summary of what I got from Zencart forum (Comming soon Zencart 2.0.0).

Speed
An emphasis has been placed on improving performance by various methods, especially reducing the number of database queries required for processing pages.

Code
For the programmers, you’ll be happy to know that the code has been largely converted to a much more efficient OOP structure, which will ultimately end up making future growth much simpler.

Templating
Templating is much simpler, in that the complicated PHP blocks that used to make them so hard to read or follow or customize have been removed. Stylesheets are leaner. And there are some very easy-to-use admin-side layout controls to make setting your desired layouts *much* simpler.

Overrides
The same override system exists for templates and language files, meaning that those already familiar with that part of the directory structure will find it easy to continue using.

Languages
UTF-8 support is now native, and the more complicated language files have been simplified and split off into their own for easier management.

Written for PHP 5
Zen Cart 2.0 takes advantage of features specific to PHP 5.2 and MySQL 4.1, thus, those are the new minimum requirements for your hosting service to provide in order to run it. CURL is also highly recommended.

And Many More…

It’s time to move our system from Zencart 1.3.8 to Zencart 2.0.0 and for those who are planning to customize Zencart system, I would just recommend you to postpone it. So that you can implement the changes in Zencart 2.0.0 directly to reduce overhead cost.

Error Install MS SQL Server Express in Windows XP SP3 / MSXML6 SP2

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

If you are trying to install SQL Server 2005 Express edition in Windows SP3 environment, it will most likely fail unless Microsoft has done something to fix this. Read through this blog to find how to get around with this issue.

Symptoms include SQL Server Express edition installation return error and the error log mentioned MSXML 6 Service Pack 2 (KB954459) — Configuration failed. I am not really sure what the root cause is, but it looks like Windows XP SP3 or MSXML 6 Service Pack 2 protects the MSXML 6 configuration file from update and changes. As a result, the setup fail to continue.

There are some ways to solve this, including

  • Uninstall Service Pack 3, install Microsoft SQL Server Express edition, and reinstall SP3.
  • Disable the File system protection temporarily using regedit.

But, in my opinion the best way is

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Backup & Migration Microsoft Office Outlook to New system

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

If you have just bought new computer or reinstall your old machine and want to replicate your Microsoft Outlook profiles to the new system, this blog can answer your questions. This guide is based on my experience on Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.

First of all, there is no easy way to do this. I am amazed that Outlook 2007 does not provide account setting export tools. Thus, I believe that this is the simplest way to migrate your outlook to new system. Please be aware that you have to backup your old Microsoft Outlook before removing it and use this guide at your own risk.

  1. Backup your data from your old Outlook. There are several settings and data that you can export from your Outlook. I would recommend to copy your PST files and Outlook settings files. Guides to do this is available from Microsoft website http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q196492
  2. Install Microsoft Outlook in the new system
  3. Open Outlook and setup your email accounts as in your old system (yes you have to reenter every username, password, or even setup SMTP URL and port for advanced settings)
  4. By now you should already have the same account settings and Mail folders structure in your Outlook
  5. Finally, you can import your PST files from old system to your new Outlook. Select File > Import and export. Go through the wizard by opting to import PST files and in the final step choose the same folders for Import Items location

Please leave a comment if you need further guides or just to say thank you.