Archive for September, 2015

BIOS update to Biostar K8M800 Micro AM2 bricked the motherboard

September 27, 2015

I had a weird issue where CPUs were shown as running too hot, so I figured a BIOS update might be worth a try.

It was this BIOS: 8M80M724.BS update CPU micro code. (Beta) 524288 2008-07-24

Installed using their motherboard’s BIOS update tool. The update went smoothly, but the motherboard was a brick afterward.

Be wary.

I was able to find a replacement BIOS CHIP from eBay for $14.03. It has to be shipped from the Netherlands. I will try to post an update once it arrives.

The board itself isn’t really worth it, but I use it to test AGP video cards.

UPDATE: The first BIOS shipped to me didn’t work. To their credit, the seller sent me another one. This one works. It takes forever to get stuff from the Netherlands, but it was nice to see the MB work again. Kudos to the seller!

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Finally, a fix for the BROKEN Windows Update version 7.6.7600.320!

September 19, 2015

Windows Update has a bug where once the latest version is installed (7.6.7600.320) all sort of problems may develop. Basically, it is broken for a lot of users. After two weeks of trying everything I could find on the Internet, I may have finally gotten a solution.

Here is a way I found to fix it if Windows 7 ever needs to be reinstalled.

1. Do a clean installation from the DVD. Set Windows Update to the Recommended settings.

2. Reboot a couple of times

3. Install the Windows Update Patch: Windows6.1-KB3050265

4. Reboot a couple of times

5. Wait a bit then run Windows Update. It should now work. Download all of the updates and install them (or let Windows do it when you shut down).

6. If you run into issues with .Net 4.5.2, then install it manually using the file: NPD452-KB2901907-x86-x64-AIIOS-ENU

7. Roboot.

8. If Windows Update starts acting up (taking too long to check for updates), then run MicrosoftFixit50123

Doing all of these things in this order fixed Microsoft Update 7.6.7600.320 on a Dell Optiplex 740 with Windows 7 Professional.

Getting rid of safesear.ch from Google Chrome

September 6, 2015

I took in a coworker’s computer that wouldn’t boot. I replaced a blown capacitor, power supply, and a video card.

However, I then noticed her machine seemed to be malware-infested. I got rid of most of it by sweeping it with the usual suspects of disinfectants like ComboFix, MalwareBytes, Hitman Pro, etc.

However, no matter what I tried I couldn’t get a search engine hijacker to be excised. It is the infamous safesear.ch malware, which can be a beast to remove.

Hours later, it looks like I finally have Google Chrome cleaned up.

Here is what finally did it:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/YTsjmFFCPn8

Thanks go to rfmanning (Bob). Here is the fix (quoting from the site):

rfmanning said:
I too had the misfortune of encountering the sear.ch default search hijacking. I tried everything. I even purchased SpyHunter2 which found some remnants I had I had missed. Search still hijacked.

Here’s what worked for me…

Finally, navigate to C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine (alternatively C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\User).

Look for Registry.pol or other .pol files that reference the extension ID. To do so, simply open the file with Notepad. If it’s the file you are looking for, delete it.

This killed the hijack and restored my ability to set my default browser in Chrome.

For those curious;

This is the contents of registr.pol, I found and deleted.

PReg [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e ; M e t r i c s R e p o r t i n g E n a b l e d ; ; ; ] [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e ; D e f a u l t S e a r c h P r o v i d e r E n a b l e d ; ; ; ] [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e ; D e f a u l t S e a r c h P r o v i d e r N a m e ; ; ; S a f e S e a r c h ] [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e ; D e f a u l t S e a r c h P r o v i d e r S e a r c h U R L ; ; z ; h t t p : / / w w w . s a f e s e a r . c h / w e b / ? t y p e = s s Рc h Рd s Рi x & q = { s e a r c h T e r m s } ] [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e ; D e f a u l t S e a r c h P r o v i d e r I c o n U R L ; ; T ; h t t p : / / w w w . s a f e s e a r . c h / i m a g e s / f a v i c o n . i c o ] [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e ; D e f a u l t S e a r c h P r o v i d e r S u g g e s t U R L ; ; Π; h t t p : / / f f . s e a r c h . y a h o o . c o m / g o s s i p ? o u t p u t = f x j s o n & c o m m a n d = { s e a r c h T e r m s } ] [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e ; D e f a u l t S e a r c h P r o v i d e r N e w T a b U R L ; ; F ; h t t p : / / w w w . s a f e s e a r . c h / ? t y p e = c h Рn t ] [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e \ R e c o m m e n d e d ; H o m e p a g e L o c a t i o n ; ; X ; h t t p : / / w w w . s a f e s e a r . c h / ? t y p e = 2 0 1 4 1 0 2 8 Рc h Рi x ] [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e \ R e c o m m e n d e d ; H o m e p a g e I s N e w T a b P a g e ; ; ; ] [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e \ R e c o m m e n d e d ; R e s t o r e O n S t a r t u p ; ; ; ] [ S o f t w a r e \ P o l i c i e s \ G o o g l e \ C h r o m e \ R e c o m m e n d e d \ R e s t o r e O n S t a r t u p U R L s ; 1 ; ; X ; h t t p : / / w w w . s a f e s e a r . c h / ? t y p e = 2 0 1 4 1 0 2 8 Рc h Рi x ]

Bob

All I can add is that (a) I tried it and it worked and (b) Bob deserves a salute!

Another epic fail of Windows Update (Windows 7)

September 1, 2015

I am trying to put Windows 7 on a Dell Latitude D830. Everything goes well, except Windows Update never finishes checking for updates.

I have spent two evening troubleshooting it and trying every potential fix found via Google. It is broken.

C’mom Microsoft, the one thing that simply HAS TO WORK on any version of Windows is the update feature.

If I eventually get it to work, I will try to post what I think finally did it.

UPDATE: I am still running into Windows Update nightmares on Windows 7. The latest is having it start a Windows 10 update and never being able to finish. It just keeps going on for hours saying it is downloading the installation file.