It’s been a while since the last time i update this blog. As you can see from the last post before this, I use Sony VAIO VPCEA16FG notebook for work and gaming. It’s performing great for 15 months now. But then, recently, the left part of the keyboard felt rather hot than it was.
So I download HWMonitor (64bit version) and checked the CPU temperature of my notebook. The result is 48 – 51 Celsius at 5 minutes after I start it up, and leave it idle. And after I run MS Flight Simulator for around 10 minutes, it jumps to 85 – 88 Celsius, and the fan starts roaring that reminds me of an airplane getting ready to take off. It’s trying it’s best to cool down the hot temperature by spinning faster. But it failed. The CPU temperature is still around 85 – 88 Celsius.
After googling here and there, I found that many people have this problem too. This is caused by thick dusts on the fan. Blocking the airflow that supposed to release the heat. The cure is, of course, by cleaning up the dusts. So I gathered my guts to disassemble my VPCEA16FG by myself, and took some pictures I to make a little documentation. I hope this guide can help people with their overheating VAIO notebook.
A few months ago, I was a happy Sony VAIO VPCEA16FG user. It has everything I want and need. One feature that I like is Battery Care. What this Battery Care does is limiting the battery charge to a certain level to extend the battery lifetime, and in the end will slow down the battery degradation. It comes with 2 presets. 80% if you usually use the computer with battery power, and 50% if you usually use the computer with the AC adapter. So basically if you set it on 80%, then whenever the battery charged to 80%, it will say it’s full. Same thing with 50%, it will say the battery is full whenever the battery charged to 50%.
This Battery Care can be found inside VAIO Control Center application. And after tons of VAIO software updates, windows updates, install / uninstall a lot of software, one day I found out that my battery says it has 100% power. What the…? It was supposed to be limited at 50% since I mostly use it while on AC adapter. So I opened up VAIO Control Center, and *boom*. I got this ugly window saying VAIO Control Center has stopped working.
I Googled it and got no solution at all. And after days of headache, I fixed it by myself. This is how I did it.
Once restarted, I can run the VAIO Control Center again to set the Battery Care feature on, and set it back to 50%. Now I’m happy once again…
I hope these steps may help you dealing with the VAIO Control Center has stopped working problem.
When MHP3rd game is started, it will randomly load 1 table from 15 charm (also known as talisman) tables available, and keep using it as long as we do not exit the game and return to PSP’s XMB. To keep the long story short, if the charm we want to get is in table no 1, and the game is loading table no 5, then we will unlikely to get it. The best way is to exit the game, return to PSP’s XMB, then restart the Monster Hunter Portable 3rd game, and pray the game will load the right table this time. But how to tell which table is loaded by the game? This is what MHP3rd Charm Mining Analyzer does. MHP3rd Charm Mining Analyzer is a software to analyze and determine if the game is currently loading the right table, that will eventually give us the charms we want to get. MHP3rd Charm Mining Analyzer will analyze the charms we obtained after mining at Volcano map (note: currently only supports High Rank Volcano charms), and give us advice whether we should exit the game to XMB and restart the MHP3rd, or just keep on mining until we get the charms we want.
(file password: thelivedevil.com)
There are some skills that have alias name. I’ll list them here:
Employees in my office, like most of us, use Yahoo Messenger (besides email) to communicate between each other. Especially to communicate between different buildings and cities. So, Yahoo Messenger is somehow a must in almost all computers in my office.
Today just like everyday at office with my routine activities. Sending files and giving IT support to the users. Suddenly one of the supervisor in Medan (north Sumatra) outlet sent me a message that looks like this picture.
As we already know, vampires most of the times have cool names. Browsed around and found a website where you can generate a vampire name from your real name. “A vampire name? I am not a vampire. What is it for?”, I hear you asked. Well… Here’s the answer quoted from the original website.
The Vampire Name Generator is designed to be used for gothic role playing games like White Wolf’s Vampire: The Requiem, and Vampire: The Masquerade, and also the Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG.
I myself don’t play any of the games mentioned above. But if you do, this might be useful for you. Or you can use it for your new alias in chat rooms. Some people that gets the same last vampire name (uhm… vampire family name) even create their own clans and social groups. Oh, by the way, this is my vampire name…
Lately I became addicted to papercraft. And a few weeks ago, I tried to join a Korean online papercraft community. I was surprised that my browser cannot display the Korean characters (Hangul CMIIW) properly. It only showed up as squares with small numbers. As far as I know, I already installed the files for East Asian languages. I tried to open some random Chinese and Japanese websites. They all showed up fine. My system only can’t display Korean characters properly! Although I can’t read any Korean character, at least I can tell the difference between words in that Korean web, if my browser can display them properly.
This of course troubled me a lot.
This is my first papermodel design. A 1:1 replica of “lem FOX STIK”. A PVAc base glue that many papermodelers in Indonesia use to build papermodel. The idea of modeling this glue container popped up in my head some times ago. There’s no particular reason though. I just think it’s not a complex form, and I think I can model it myself. I don’t think I should start with a mecha or a tank. I’ll just start from the simple one.
I have a plan to model all tools I use to build papermodel. But of course this plan depends on my spare time, courage, and willingness.
By the way, if you look carefully in the picture, my model is slightly different from the original one. It’s on purpose. I modify it that way, so it is easier to build. There’s no use to design a realistic model, but very very hard to build, right?
Anyway… I wish you enjoy building it as much as I enjoy designing it!
Whoa.. No update for several months. My job as an ‘all-in-one’ IT staff has kept me busy everyday. They really know how to keep me busy
Several weeks ago, I got a new activity, which shortly after that, becoming my new hobby . It’s called Papercraft or Papermodel.
Papercraft or papermodel is a replica or model of the real world (and or virtual) objects, such as vehicle, building, certain characters from video games or movie, etc, which is built by using paper as the material. There are various kinds of papercraft, from the simplest to the highly detailed one. From the unscaled miniature model, to the precisely scaled model.
These models are designed by skilled people which is called papercrafters or papermodelers. There are 2 methods in designing papercraft. One is called ‘Scratch and build’ (also known as SB in papercraft world), and the other is by using 3D softwares to design and unfold (transforming the 3D model to printable 2D patterns) the model. Both methods require some skills, creativities, and efforts to be able to design a good papermodel.
About 30 minutes ago, I was talking with my co-worker in my office room. Suddenly I heard cracking sounds. I said to my co-worker, “Earthquake!”. He was still not realized and said, “errr… what?”. I looked at the water dispenser. It was shaking quite hard. Immediately I locked up my room and rushing down to get out of my office.
Arrived outside of my office, there were a lot of people already got out of their office. The ground was still shaking that time. Making some of us felt dizzy. Heard in the TV news, it was 7.3 richter scale on the center of the earthquake, which located in Tasikmalaya, and probably may generate tsunami. But thanks God there’s nothing damaged here in the place I work. Called my dad, and other family members. Everyone’s alright. But still worried for more earthquake. I hope no earthquake any more, and of course… No tsunami please!
Most of us have heard about computer virus, computer worms, or trojans. They are simply a (usually) small sized computer program, specially designed to damage other people’s systems. Once this virus or worm successfully infects a system, it will try to spread out to other systems to create greater damages. They corrupt files, slows down the system, clone themselves as much as possible, steal data or password, etc. Scary! Millions of losses have been caused by these malwares. In this article, I’d like to share my tips and tricks to help preventing your system from getting infected, or worse, damaged by these malwares.
Malwares evolutes rapidly every day. They got more and more features to get more success rate infecting the target systems. The creators of these malwares also find more and more creative ways to increase the chance to spread around their malwares. One of them, is to trick users with little knowledge of computer systems. The trick is by arming their malwares with the innocent look. Yes, they made them looks like the files or directory people would click everyday. They will try to mime many common files found in everybody’s computer, ie. image files, spreadsheet files, directories or folders, etc. All by simply using the same icon the system used to display our files or directories. If people clicked these “innocent looked” malwares, then they are going to be executed in the system. Which will trigger the infection. But what if we can identify these impostors just by looking at them? It would be cool right? Errr… no?