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HDD Guardian S.M.A.R.T software for Windows

So I was looking for smartmontools for Windows to do HDD check on my harddisk which seems to start failing. On smartmontools‘ website I see a news that there is a project called HDD guardian that make GUI for smartctl command for Windows.

From HDD guardian website, it seems that it have complete feature that I’m looking for so I download it and test it.

HDD Guardian
Running an extended self-test

It’s easy to use and giving lots of information regarding my HDD health status. Unfortunately for me, my HDD has some error so I have to start making backup of my data before it fail completely.

Asus Smart Gesture Not Working After Sleep Mode on Windows 8

Recently i started to use the sleep mode often as i’m more and more working with my Asus UX32VD ultrabook. What i liked from sleep mode is i can left open the windows applications that i’m working with and continue later with it still opened, so i can quickly continue my work.

However i began noticing that randomly the touch pad of my ultrabook start to be activated although i already set it to be automatically disabled when i attach my bluetooth mouse.

When it does activated, strangely i can’t do scrolling with two fingers gesture or scrolling on the side of the touch pad. Wanting for quick solution of course i’ll just restart my ultrabook and the touchpad will work again. But then it happens quite often if i set my ultrabook on sleep mode again and again, which quite annoying.

After some times i noticed that when the problem happens i didn’t see the touchpad icon on my notification bar. Although i did saw Asus Smart Gesture Center on my running application on the Task Manager, but it seems to be hang, see below:

Asus Smart Gesture Center

The solution is to “end task” the Asus Smart Gesture Center and it will automatically restarted, afterwards the touch pad will work normally again. You’ll also see the touch pad icon again on the notification bar.

Virtualbox VT-x is not available error after upgrade to 4.3.4

I just upgraded my Virtualbox from 4.2.18 to 4.3.4 on my Windows 7 host, upgrade went smooth and without problem.

When i tried to start virtual machines i got VT-x is not available. (VERR_VMX_NO_VMX) error on all of my VMs.

My PC’s processor doesn’t have VT-x hence the “Acceleration” tab on VM’s Settings > System is greyed out so there is no way i can change it from GUI. Virtualbox does run well on version 4.2.8 so i find it strange that 4.3.4 give error that VT-x is not available.

To fix this i had to run commands from command prompt:

Change <vmname> with the name of your VMs from the list in Virtualbox.

Add More Tiles on Firefox’s New Tab Page

By default Firefox only have 9 tiles on its new tab page, say we want more tiles on it we have to edit manually the configuration by typing about:config on the address bar.


You’ll then get the “This might void your warranty warning“, click on “I’ll be careful I promise” button to continue (and you should be really careful as wrong edit might break your Firefox)

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Solution for Asus Zenbook UX32VD fan issue

I love my Asus Zenbook UX32VD because of its nice design, dedicated graphic card, full HD screen and upgradeable RAM and HDD. I have upgraded my UX32VD with additional RAM so it has 10GB of RAM, replace its HDD with a Samsung 830 SSD and do a fresh install of Windows 8.

Everything went perfect and smooth, Windows 8 installed fresh without problem. It took me several hours to figure out all drivers needed to be installed so there is no ‘unknown’ devices on Control Panel device management without the need of installing all Asus software crap.

Now, as many UX32VD owners I also had a problem with the fan goes “on off, on off” every 2 seconds or so. The fans goes on when the processor/GPU temperature reach on 50 celsius and goes off when the temperature reach around 45 celsius which is a very short range. 50 celsius is easily reached when you browse a website, then the fans kicks in and when your browser finished loading the page, the fans goes off.

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Solving Verbatim Store ‘n’ Save 3TB External HDD Showing 2 Devices

I got a Verbatim Store ‘n’ Save 3TB USB 3.0 External HDD which showing 2 devices on my PC, one with a capacity of 2TB and one with a capacity of 746GB. This cause the HDD to have 2 drive letters and I have to split data into 2 devices which of course annoying.

On the document it’s mentioned that the HDD purposely divided into 2 devices to maintain compatibility with older operating system. Since this are 2 devices (not partitions) hence I can’t modify it thru Windows 7 Disk Management.

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Solving WordPress Blank Visual Editor After Upgrade

After upgrading WordPress from 3.3 to 3.4 my WP installation is having problem with the visual editor. The visual editor’s icons didn’t shows up and it got stuck on HTML mode. The Visual and HTML becomes disabled (clicking it doesn’t do anything). When I try to edit an existing post, the text color are white which of course making it unreadable because the text area background color is also white.

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Minimum Install VNC Remote Desktop Server on Centos

I wrote an update for an article that i wrote a couple months ago here It’s a tutorial to install VNC on Linux Centos VPS. On that tutorial I was installing the group package of Gnome Desktop which will install all Gnome’s applications including Open Office. This of course requires a lot of space and RAM resources to be run on a VPS which most of the time we don’t need Open Office etc.

My self only use the VNC server that I installed in a VPS located in US datacenter to access some website which only available for US visitors. For browsing purposes I only need Gnome minimum install and Firefox browser and that is what I installed on this tutorial.

You can read my tutorial here: Minimum Install VNC Remote Desktop Server on Centos