Fix for Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 Hibernate and Sleep Wake Restart Issue

So I have had a Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 for quite a while. It is a beast of a machine and you can read my review for Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 here

Since day 1 of owning this laptop, I had been observing that whenever I hibernate or put my laptop to sleep and try to wake it by hitting the power button, it pretty much does a restart and at times, I get a Blue Screen of Death with an error code video_dxgkrnl_fatal_error. There really haven’t been too many articles for Fix for Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 Hibernate and Sleep Wake Restart Issue

 

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the Dell Inspiron 5537 drivers from dell.com Website, refreshed and reset my Windows 8.1 and even go for a complete format and OS Reinstall. None of them seemed to have solved my problem

The problem I identified was that when I disable the AMD Graphics from the Manage Computer snap-in, I was able to Hibernate or Sleep and wake without any issues. However, with that, I lose the whole point of having 2GB of dedicated AMD graphics on my laptop and the fact that I could not change the screen brightness.

 

I have finally found a set of steps which seemed to have worked flawlessly for me.

  1. Uninstall the drivers using the AMD CleanUp Utility
  2. Restart the laptop.
  3. Install Driver Chipset. Do not restart the laptop here.
  4. Install Driver Intel Video card drivers. Windows 8.1 will complain that you already have newer drivers. Just overwrite the drivers and install the ones you just downloaded.
  5. Restart the laptop.
  6. Install the driver from AMD Video card drivers.
  7. Restart the laptop

 

I am sure this will solve the Windows 8.1 Hibernate or Sleep Wake up issue that you might be facing. Please feel free to drop by any comments and let us all know whether this fix worked for you or not

The above steps seemed to have given me a Fix for Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 Hibernate and Sleep Wake Restart Issue

Buy Moto E from Flipkart in India [Links live]

Motorola is all set to launch a new affordable smartphone targeting low to mid budget users. Moto E, what the the phone is supposedly called, is the watered down version of company’s incredible hit Moto G. The product is expected to launch globally on May 14, however, company has sent invites to Indian press for May 13th, so the product might get showcased there. Flipkart, leading e-commerce website which has exclusive rights to sell Moto G and Moto X will be selling the Moto E as well.

Click here to buy Moto E from Flipkart in India [WHITE] for Rs 6,999/-

Click here to buy Moto E from Flipkart in India [BLACK] for Rs 6,999/-

The reason why Moto E matters lies in company’s previous year smartphone, Moto G. And the reason why Moto G was a success lies in Motorola’s acquisition by Google. While things have changed slightly, as Lenovo bought Motorola from Google, the phone manufacturer has assured that it will keep up with the good work.Moto E

Technical Specification of Moto E

Moto E is the watered down version of Moto G, which in itself is a spec-rich phone.

Moto E sports a 4.3-inch scratch resistant touch screen of a screen resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM, the phone runs the latest version of Android, KitKat (4.4.2). On the connectivity front, you have support for 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and device’s 4GB internal memory, which is kind of a downer, can be expanded upto 32GB via microSD card.

A 5MP shooter at the back, with a minimal secondary camera, along with 1900mAh battery do make Moto E a feature and spec rich device for its price range, however, at this point, Motorola hasn’t revealed the price point, but we expect it to cost somewhere between Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000.

Why does Moto E (or any Motorola phone) matter

Google doesn’t make smartphones. It’s not a mobile hardware company. What it does is, roll out the software, Android to other mobile manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola etc. But then Google bought Motorola, and now with a hardware manufacture in house, it was believed that Motorola will get speedy software updates and some exclusive features. To a great extent, that is exactly what happened.

Quick Updates

There are several mobile OEMs (manufacturers), which take a lot of time to push Android’s new update to their handsets. Then there is an update cycle that all the mobile companies follow, under which, there is only a couple of updates a mobile is allowed to get.

Motorola got the KitKat update to its Moto X and Moto G phones within days after Google’s announcement. It beat any other company, especially Samsung, which is the biggest and most successful Android mobile manufacturer, at rolling out updates.

Almost pure Android experience
The mobile partners often put some company’s applications and bloatwares on the phone. Motorola on the other hand is the closest you can get to see a clean and pure Android.

Value for money: Spec and feature rich phones
Motorola is onto something, it is making incredibly spec-rich devices at an unmatched affordable price point. Plus, its commitment to provide update cycle to its handsets is awe-inspiring.

Success of Moto G

Perhaps the best mid-level smartphone your money can buy, Moto G is company’s fastest and most successful device till date (sold over 6.5 million units in 2014). It has done incredibly well here in India as well.

Click here to buy Moto E from Flipkart in India [WHITE] for Rs 6,999/-

Click here to buy Moto E from Flipkart in India [BLACK] for Rs 6,999/-

 

[Source: nextbigwhat.com]

 

Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 Laptop Review [i7 / 8 GB RAM / 1 TB Hard Drive)

I’ve been a fan of Dell laptops right since the time I started using it. Infact, the only brand that comes to mind when it comes to laptops, is Dell.

I had used a Dell D620 and a Dell D630 when I started working while I was travelling to the States back in 2009 and 2010. They were solidly built – Sure, the plastic quality did not match up to the higher end HPs or even Apple, but they did serve me very well

Come 2011, with my new job at burrp.com, I was given an option to either use the company all-in-one desktop PC or get my own laptop within some pre-defined budget. A LOT of research later, I finalized on the Dell XPS 14 L401X purely for the very good build quality, the specs were top notch with the Intel i5 2nd gen processor and 4GB of RAM. A special mention goes to the XPS’ JBL speakers which were purely EPIC. Paired it with 2 years of additional warranty and I was all set.

Dell XPS 14 L401X

Dell XPS 14 L401X

Almost 3 years down the line, the speakers were replaced once, were about to get replaced the 2nd time, hard drive showed signs of dying (zero bad sectors in almost 3 years) and the daughter-board USB connector was replaced once. That’s pretty much it. The XPS was purely one of the best investments I had done in years

Dell stopped production and support for the XPS and during my last conversation with them regarding changing the speakers and hard drive, I was offered a brand new Dell Inspiron 15R top-of-the-line. How can one say no to that!?

Dell Inspiron 15R Touch 5537

Dell Inspiron 15R Touch 5537

Alright, here are my impressions of the Inspiron 15R

Specs:
Dell Inspiron 15R – 5537
Intel i7 4th gen processor HU-4500
8GB RAM
1TB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
AMD Radeon 8670M 2GB dedicated graphics card
Windows 8.1 Single Language 64-bit OS preinstalled
15.6″ touch-enabled LED screen
6 cell battery (which is actually a monster!)

The one I was given is the Moon Silver version which is actually a dark-ish gray brushed finished laptop. The build quality is excellent!

Dell Inspiron 15R Touch 5537

Dell Inspiron 15R Touch 5537

It is almost extremely thin when you compare it with laptops 2-3 years older. Infact, this is slightly thicker than the old White Macbooks, though a little on the heavier side

Dell Inspiron 15R Touch 5537

Dell Inspiron 15R Touch 5537

Pros:
1. The battery gives me backup for at least 4 hours of web browsing and video (XPS gave me 2 at best)
2. The screen is very vibrant and much more brighter than my older XPS
3. Absolutely no complaints about the 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. That’s pretty much the best you get
4. Build quality is great!
5. USB 3.0 ports

Cons:
1. The keyboard is the chiclet one, but the travel is too little. I usually end up skipping a couple of keys while typing Maybe I’ll get it right with time
2. There is some leak from the HDD, Power, Wifi and battery LED when looking at the laptop from the top
3. The upper-wrist rest area is kinda sharp
4. I sorely miss the eSATA port which let me charge my phone even when the laptop was turned off
5. I really miss the JBL speakers The speakers on the Inspiron 15R sound tinny, lack bass and are positioned very awkwardly at the bottom

Dell Inspiron 15R Touch 5537

Keyboard on the Dell Inspiron 15R 5537

At about 60k, I feel this is a very good buy. Get the latest ones with the 4th gen Intel Haswell processors which are extremely efficient and will give very good battery life.

Click here to buy the Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 Touch 

 

[SOLVED] Restore iPhone backup data after using iLEX Rat or SemiRestore

iTunes has always been a pain in the ass. Everyone knows it and will agree to this. Being on a jailbroken iPhone, every user will literally have sweat rolling down their brow when it comes to messing with their iPhone. I feel no differently.

itunes hate

My iPhone 4S had been sluggish for quite a while where Camera.app used to take about 12-15 seconds to launch (If I was lucky in case it did not crash first), Messages.app took anywhere between 12-15 seconds again.

I decided to finally restore my iPhone and it was a decision whether to do a SemiRestore or iLEX RAT. Both had their fair shares of raves and rants on Reddit and other forums. Even on YouTube, equal number of people kept recommending both of these softwares.  For the ease of use, iLEX Rat seemed to be the better option of the two and I decided to take the plunge

I backed up my iPhone on iCloud and on iTunes multiple times (you can never have enough backups) and I was sure that iTunes is going to screw me over.

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I installed iLEX Rat via the Cydia repo http://cydia.myrepospace.com/iLEXiNFO/ and I was in for a slight surprise. I got a UI based interaction instead of the CLI based installer. I went for the CLI based steps anyway

ilex-rat

The famous option 12 was what I chose and it did it’s magic and asked me to reboot to go back to ‘stock’, which again, did not fail me.

This is where the pain started. After rebooting, I got the Set Up Your iPhone screen and I went through the steps. On the last step, it asked me whether I’d like to set it up as a new iPhone, Restore from iTunes or Restore from iCloud. Realizing that my backup was ~10GB, I selected iTunes. I connected my iPhone and the process started.

Halfway in the restoration process, the progress bar seemed to be stuck and it was such for at least an hour. Tried changing USB cords, ports, rebooting, updating iTunes, etc. Nothing helped.

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Finally, the last option was to restore from iCloud. So once I was in the phone in the above steps, I turned off Photostream (which takes the maximum amount of time for your iPhone to be restored) from Settings.app.

iLEX Rat’d once again and restored from iCloud and after about 2 hours, I was back up and running.

iLEX Rat does what it says: Bring you back to Jailbroken Stock mode. However, you will still feel the pain that iTunes causes and you are better off with restoring from iCloud. This is how you restore iTunes backup on to your jailbroken iPhone or iPod

icloud

tl;dr

1. iLEX Rat Restore your phone (Restore option in UI or option 12 in CLI mode)

2. Set up iPhone initially

3. Restore from iCloud

4. Get inside your phone

5. [Optional] Use OpenBackup to restore your repos, packages and settings

iPhone IMEI permanent unlock service review

Disclaimer: Before you start reading this, please understand that I am in NO way associated with UnlockaniPhone.org. This is merely a review of the services I have received from them

 

I have been using a 16GB iPhone 4S locked to AT&T and using my Vodafone Mumbai SIM card using the Gevey chip. Post that, the infamous SAM unlock was leaked. I purchased a brand new SIM card from Vodafone Mumbai and quickly used the SAM unlock to unlock my iPhone with the new SIM.

Gevey was good, but had some issues in terms of power consumption. Other than that, there was really nothing else wrong with it. It was not intrusive and did the job. Got it for about $50 when the Gevey Ultra S was announced. All this while, since the SAM unlock was announced, my Gevey has been sitting idle in the corner of the desk drawer.

I’ve always preferred a stock unlocked phone. My Sony Ericsson K700i, Nokia E71, Google Nexus One were all stock unlocked. I always wanted to permanently unlock my phone since if in case anything goes wrong with the iPhone, I will have to arrange for an AT&T SIM card to activate the phone. Remember, iPhone 4S is not hactivate-able.

A ton of websites claiming they do IMEI unlocks ranging anywhere between $85 to $150, but they all had mixed reviews. A new service called UnlockAniPhone.org was the new boy in town and decided to take a shot. They do IMEI unlocks and sell authentic Gevey SIMs as well. UnlockAniPhone.org lets you unlock phones from various carriers in the world like AT&T USA, O2, Orange, 3 from the UK, quite a few carriers from Europe, Australia and South America.

My concerns were:

1. Will my phone really be unlocked?

2. Will the unlock stay?

3. Will I need an AT&T SIM for activation?

 

After 4 days, I got a confirmation that the iPhone 4S has been unlocked and I tried frantically for websites that let you check lock status of your phone and they all gave me a mixed set of results – most of them saying the device is locked and pay them to unlock it. Sneaky!

Plugged in my 5.0.1 iPhone 4S  (BB 1.0.13) to iTunes and sync’d it. Did a Shift + restore to 5.1.1 and that’s it!

 

After the software got installed, I was surprised NOT to see the Activation screen and I was so relieved at seeing the iPhone finally being permanently unlocked. Tried out a different SIM and it did work.

A final wrap up:

Again, I am in no way associated with UnlockAniPhone.org and I am merely one of their customers. This is a legitimate and a genuine iPhone unlock service  and you will not be scammed off your money.

So if you would like to unlock iPhone 3GS, or unlock your iPhone 4 (4.08.11 and above) or unlock you iPhone 4S (5.0.1 or 5.1.1), look no further.

Boost your WiFi signal for almost free!

In the new age of computer networking, the most basic things that people have switched to is Wireless internet (Wifi).

People say that once you get hooked on to Wifi, it is quite difficult to get off the addiction of trying to search for a wifi network around.

Now that I have moved to a new house (2 storeyed penthouse) in New Bombay, the very first thing I did after subscribing for an internet connection was to put together a Wireless access point.

I have bought quite a few gadgets that support wifi. The wifi-enabled devices at home I have are:
1. My Nokia E71
2. My Dell Latitude D620 laptop
3. Dad’s Lenovo C300 laptop
4. Mom’s Dell Latitude D620 laptop
5. My new gift to dad – A Blackberry 8520
6. Mom and sister’s iPod Touch 2G 8GB

The general problem with Internet connections these days are that the ISP guys pull a wire from outside the window and you are forced to keep your router/modem right next to it. i.e. No wifi connection throughout the house.

I searched quite a bit on the internet on extending the wireless signals right from stock additional antennaes, buying a new router to be added as an access point, upgrading my router firmware to DD-WRT or Tomato with a high amount of risk of bricking my router, etc.

I was in no mood to buy such expensive devices just to get the extra strength, so I thought of a DIY (Do It Yourself) method, which is EXTREMELY cheap, components can be found easily in the house, etc and WORKS wonders!

This DIY method for wifi booster DOES work, and the signal strength from the opposite corner of the house went up from 40% to 90%

The trick is to bounce off the wireless signals inside the house instead of letting the router send out signals out of the window (quite literally!)

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There are 2 parts to the Wifi booster. One is the reflector surface (wedding card with tin foil on it) and the other makes the parabolic shape (the template)

What you need:

1. Old wedding card

2. Glue

3. Pair of scissors and a cutter blade (be careful while handling)

4. The will to DIY! :)

The How-To:

Download the template by clicking on this link

Print it out (I prefer increasing the size to 200% of the original) – Make sure you do NOT mess up the aspect ratio of the image

Glue it to the back of a thin (flexible) cardboard (I prefer an old wedding invitation card)

Trim the cardboard

Cut out the slots pointed out

Glue tin foil to the back of the reflector surface (Aluminium foil) – Ask your mom, she should have some in stock in the kitchen. Keep it under the bed for a while to let it dry (I prefer 2 layers of tin foil)

Use more glue to stick the curve the reflector surface to the parabolic template