Neo Basic B3362N audio driver


Anyone looking for the correct audio driver for the Neo Basic B3362N, it is this one and not the on the B3362N driver page of Neo (as of 2012-02-13):

http://www.neo.com.ph/fstrcntr00/B3375/Audio.zip

Its a Realtek driver and not Via HD which is the one now appearing in Neo’s driver page.  Worked for me on XP.  One can only wish Neo will correct the error of their support page.

Btw, the neo care contact is neocare.mail at neo.com.ph or 5311671

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Laptop fix work – Neo B3362N


Purchased a Neo B3362N last year, April 2011, and recently it developed an HDD problem.  Good thing, the Neo shop honored the warranty.  After 10 calendar days, I got the laptop back.  They replaced the 250 GB toshiba HDD with a 300 GB Samsung HDD.  More space.

But the new HDD had no OS.  The guy at the Neo shop allowed me to copy files off the old HDD  but did not let me keep it.  That’s ok, I thought.  I knew I had an image backup of the OS.  I will just try to restore.

Partition restore problem ensued.  Clonezilla does not seem to want to restore a partition if the sequence number on it is different from the target partition.  Also, Clonezilla will not create partitions if none already exist – this was easily fixed but I wish Clonezilla had the ability to offer the quick fix required.  The other concern on the partition sequence – I had to rename the saved image files to  “sda1” as that is the designation for the first partition–somehow my backup had “sda5” names on it.

After that, clonezilla happily obliged the partition restore.  I was not sure if I got the partition size exactly the same as it was before but the restore seems to have worked anyway.

Next issue – after booting – I get the error NTLDR is missing.  I thought simple to fix – just copy NTLDR again.  I used a bootable ubuntu installer because ubuntu knows how to mount NTFS.  And then, I copied into the C drive the NTLDR file.

That didn’t fix it.  Next issue after booting – I get NTLDR is compressed.  I believe I had my boot partition compressed, as I usually do.  Even if copied a new NTLDR file, it seems to be adopting the attribute of the parent drive.  What to do:

1. Tried using recovery console but it seems I don’t have the right administrator password.

2. Tried installing XP on a new partition but the new XP also can’t boot.

3. Tried installing Win7/XP on a new partition – also didn’t work.  XP won’t boot.

In the end had to reinstall.  I still don’t understand why the partition restore did not work – XP won’t boot.  The farthest XP got during boot is partly into the graphical screen for startup but after that it went into a blue screen.

In the future, it is possible to try setfattr to alter the C (compress) attribute.

 

Epson L200 review


Just bought the Epson L200 inktank printer.  Finally got it to work and print.  Had to call the Epson customer care at 7062609 (email customercare at epc.epson.com.ph) to clarify some issues I had.

Problems:

  1. The ink charging during setup did not start automatically after first restart after driver setup.  Had to repeatedly invoke “Printer Status Monitor 3” from the Maintenance Tab of the Printing preferences dialog.  It worked after another restart.
  2. The print nozzle had to be un-taped.  Open the flatbed scanner cover first and then above the button panel on the right is another small door – open that then remove the tape in there.
  3. There is a paper guide in the paper input feed area.  It has to be pinched in order to move it to the left side so paper can be inserted.
  4. The online registration does not work.

These items were never mentioned in any of the guides/docs that I saw that came with the printer.

Anyway, so far so good.  Other than the issues I mentioned, it seems ok.  It was P8,900 for cash at Villman.

 

2012-02-10

New issue:  printer does not print if paper is not loaded correctly – in my case it did not print when i pushed the paper in too far into the input feed area.  It seems like one should not push paper in when feeding in.  It should just be left as is in the paper input feed area even if it seems like too much paper is exposed.