Re-installing Vista on an Acer Aspire 7720 with no install disks

Posted by kypoth-Alex on Oct 12, 2009 in How To Fix ..., Software

I recently had a customer’s Acer Aspire 7720 which needed Vista Ultimate re-installing on it. As is the case with many new computers, he had no install media provided with the laptop.

Luckily, Acer do provide a factory default image on a hidden part of the hard disk on the computer. When you install this, your computer is returned to an out of the box condition. You can access the recovery partition in two different ways. Read more…


Kypoth and the environment

Posted by kypoth-Alex on Oct 12, 2009 in Environment, Kypoth

One of the things I feel strongly about is looking after the Earth we live on. We don’t like it when our houses are in a mess so why let the planet go the same way? Here are some of the things I do to help protect the environment from both a personal and a business point of view. Read more…


Puppies – The ultimate test for your fixing skills

Posted by kypoth-Alex on Oct 12, 2009 in How To Fix ...

In October 2008, I had several new additions to the family when my dog, Phoenix, a Hungarian Viszla, had 4 puppies. Read more…



Clearing blocked printheads on an hp Officejet d145

Posted by kypoth-Alex on Oct 11, 2009 in Hardware, How To Fix ...

If you’re getting streaky lines on your printouts and you’ve tried the cleaning routine several times to no avail, then it’s likely that ink has dried in some of the printhead nozzles (so preventing the ink from flowing through the entire surface of the printhead). The hp d145 has printheads that are separate from the ink cartridges and they can be easily removed for cleaning / unblocking. My magenta printhead partially blocks (must be dodgy ink) if I don’t use the printer for a week, so I do this all the time and can assure you it’s a quick and easy process. It probably applies to other hp models with removable printheads but you might have to ad-lib on the pictures. Read more…

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 not updating and internet / web pages not displaying

Posted by kypoth-Alex on Oct 3, 2009 in How To Fix ..., Online Security, Software

I have just fixed a problem with a client computer where a new install of Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 was not downloading any database updates and also web pages were not displaying (regardless of browser). DNS checks confirmed the internet was available so I was getting confused as to why Kaspersky wouldn’t connect to its update centre, reporting “Error connecting to update source, Task cannot be started”. Read more…

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