Give Life to the Touch Pad with Controls

Two weeks ago, I noticed that the touch pad containing volume control and WiFi have stopped working and I would like to share how I managed to fix it with my readers who have become victims of the same cause.

Figure : HP Pavilion DV6 2190us touch pad controls [1]
Figure 1 : HP Pavilion DV6 2190us touch pad controls [1]

First step was software approach, which involved downloading and updating the necessary drivers via the official HP website : http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-Pavilion-dv6-Entertainment-Notebook-PC-series/4041735/model/4121248

(Please note that my laptop runs Microsoft Windows 7, so choose the appropriate operating system from the website).

After upgrading all the drivers, the problem seemed to persist. I had to do some research on the problem and found out that it was an issue with hardware. Alright, don’t be frightened now as the steps to fix the problem are quite easy. Please follow the procedure given below :

  1. Shut down the laptop if it is on.
  2. Remove any peripherals and the power cord attached to the laptop.
  3. Eject the battery of the laptop as shown in Figure 2 given below (Please note that the figure contains a DV6 1245 dx laptop but the position of the battery would be the same).
  4. Press and hold the power button of the laptop for 30 seconds.
  5. Replace the battery and boot the laptop up.
Figure 2 : HP Pavilion DV6 1245 dx battery [2]
Figure 2 : HP Pavilion DV6 1245 dx battery removal [2]

Finally, the touch pad containing volume and WiFi controls came back to life. Hope this helps.

References

[1] HP Pavlion DV6 2190us touchpad containing volume controls. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71-jUupoh%2BL._SL1500_.jpg. [Accessed 15 September 2015].

[2] HP Pavilion DV6 1245 dx battery. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/NJZZruvHdEkReI6l.medium. [Accessed 15 September 2015].

A Week with Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro

Since 29th of July, I had been checking for the Windows update to download Windows 10 to my laptop and a week ago, I was finally able to receive it. The update process took about 45 minutes and it was worth the wait. I would like to share my experience of the latest operating system by Microsoft.

Figure 1 : Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro
Figure 1 : Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro

Looks good, right? I love the all new dark theme as it matches well with my wallpaper. The Start menu is back. Yay !! Alright, let me walk you through the update process. if you have been using Windows 8.1 via BootCamp in your Mac and have registered your free upgrade, just search for new updates on Windows Update. You don’t have to fear of losing data on either partition as I did not lose any of mine but it would be better to back up at least the important files before you start the upgrade process. Once the update is ready, start the download and the update process will start automatically. Remember that your laptop will restart for a few times, so every time it restarts, remember to press the alt (Option) key on the keyboard and select “Windows”. Once Windows 10 has been installed in your Mac and if you have the latest drivers for BootCamp , simply reinstall them because I think they get erased during the update process. If not, download the latest drivers from BootCamp utility in Mac OS X. As you can see in Figure 1 given above, most of your applications that ran on Windows 8.1 will be compatible with Windows 10 (for example, Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 3 in my case). You might realise that a lot of disk space has been used up by the system when the new OS has been installed, so perform a disk clean-up according to the procedure given below :

  1. Click on Start icon on the taskbar and type “Disk” and Disk Clean-up should appear. Click on that.
  2. After the process of scanning files, click the “Clean up system files” button to switch the Disk Cleanup tool to extended mode.
  3. Find and check the “Previous Windows installation(s)” item. If you need more space, check on items which state “Temporary…”
  4. Click OK.

Since I only use Windows for games, I’m not going to explain about the personal assistant “Cortana”, so apologies in advance. Now let’s look at the new web browser in this operating system.

Figure 2 : Microsoft Edge
Figure 2 : Microsoft Edge

The new browser is called “Microsoft Edge” and is shown in Figure 2. It is quite fast and does not crash as its predecessor, Internet Explorer. However, the disadvantage is that add-ons and extensions such as Adblock Plus are still not compatible with Edge. However, Internet Explorer can still be used if this is an issue by simply clicking on the three dots at the top right corner and then selecting “Open with Internet Explorer”. Alternatively follow the procedure given below:

  1. Click on Start icon on the taskbar and select “All Apps”.
  2. Select “Windows Accessories”.
  3. Select “Internet Explorer”.
Internet Explorer on Start Menu
Figure 3 : How to load Internet Explorer from Start Menu

You can also click on Start icon and then type “Internet Explorer” and click on it.

I hope this post was helpful and enjoy Windows 10 on your computer (Mac or PC).

Two Pills Prescribed by the Doctor. The Choice is Yours.

Summer is here and it is time to enjoy the sun. There is a slight problem. Your speakers are wired. How can you enjoy some decent music without wearing earphones or a headset? Fortunately, there are portable speakers, two of which have been introduced by Beats Electronics, namely Pill and Pill XL. Both of these have the capability to play music via bluetooth and NFC (Near-Field Communication) technologies. This blog post will help you to decide which speaker best suits your needs.

Beats Pills

Figure : Beats Pill XL (Black) and Beats Pill 2.0 (Blue) [1]

Battery

Beats Pill 2.0 (successor of Pill) is equipped with a 7 hour rechargeable battery while Pill XL is equipped with a rechargeable battery which lasts for 15 hours. If your evening BBQ extends to a party at night, your music will never stop.

Sound Quality

Here is the most important thing. A speaker is useless if it does not produce the sound to your heart’s content. I had the opportunity to compare the sound quality of Pill 2.0 and Pill XL. The quality of sound produced from 2.0 was very poor. The reason for this can be that the drivers of 2.0 are very small and hence the power produced is very limited. The Pill XL, on the other hand, does a pretty awesome job. It consists of “forward-firing 3-inch woofers and 1.25-inch tweeters and also a roughly 3 x 3-inch passive radiator in back for bass reinforcement” [2]. I think what the designers had in mind was portability and they did not concentrate enough on the key factor, which is sound quality.

Price

The retail price of Pill 2.0 is £169.95 and that of Pill XL is £269.95 (i.e. $199.95 and $299.95, respectively). In my opinion, paying £169.95 for a speaker that does not produce enough sound is absolutely pointless. Also, Pill XL should be sold at a reasonable price such as £80.00.

Do not take my word for it, give them a try. Comments on your opinion are welcome.

References

[1] Beats Pill and Pill XL. 2014. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://0.tqn.com/y/stereos/1/S/5/C/-/-/small-large.jpg. [Accessed 28 December 2014].

[2] Beats Pill XL. 2014. [ONLINE] Available at:http://stereos.about.com/od/Audio-Shows/ss/CES-2014-New-Bluetooth-Speakers-A-G_6.htm. [Accessed 16 June 2014].