Category: Windows


I’ve recently got a windows 7 64bit laptop and I decided to install in it my favorite game of all times: The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion. After completing the installation and copying a bunch of mods from my older installation (in a Windows 7 32Bits laptop) I tried to start the game and every single time I tried to run it crashed to the desktop (CTD) with the message that the process oblivion.exe had stopped working. After a bunch of attempts to get the game running, including compatibility mode, updating the drivers of the graphic card and others, I found a solution that worked.

The only way to solve this was to delete everything inside the folder documents/my games/oblivion The only thing I didn’t deleted was the game saves. After that the game started working.

So here is my advice for those with a similar problem, just delete the files that are inside that folder and you’ll be fine.

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About five days ago I started to have BSOD on my Asus Z53S Series boot. The laptop started, gets a BSOD, reboots and enters windows. It was getting a little (but just a little) annoying so I filmed the boot about 5 times until I got a perfect catch of the BSOD. I discovered it was from my graphic card – the culprit was acpi.sys. After several days of researching I found, on the NVidia site, the updated drivers for my graphic card and happily install it (103MB).

After that the pc stopped crashing on boot, to start crashing when I tried to check the proprieties of files or folders… this time the guilty was asdsm.sys – or Asus Data Security Manager. My first tough was, let me quick this ass out of my pc, run the uninstall sequence and puff… BSOD, reboot the laptop and tried again, just to be on the safe side, and BSOD again. Ok, I tough, if I can’t uninstall it them I’ll just update it to the latest version, and another epic travel trough the internet begun. I finally got a more recent version of the software and run the update and… BSOD!!! This time I boot the windows in safe mode, uninstalled the damn thing and hurrah!!! It did the uninstall correctly.

I happily restarted the computer and… windows didn’t started. Right before the welcome screen the computer just reboot, without error or anything, just reboots. I entered in safe mode and tried to install the latest version of the software, with success.

And so I tough my problems where over… that’s until I tried to shut-down my pc today and got a BSOD. This time the error was  PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA and the sys that was wxlslpzg.sys Already knowing that this was most likely to be a driver error I start browsing the internet for that specific file without any success, that’s right, for the first time on my life I got zero (0) results at a google search.

I was completely devastated. I didn’t want to reinstall windows. Than it it me, maybe there where other things that caused that type of crash (0x00000050) and so I searched for it and found this great topic at Bleeping Computer Forum. Thanks to a post there (kudos for usasma) I went to http://housecall.trendmicro.com run they’re free program and it finally found the damn wxlslpzg.sys , a trojan by the way, that removed from the computer. as I’m finishing this post the program is running for the second time. After it finishes I’ll shutdow my pc and see if the BSOD happens again or not.

Cheers

I’ve just started using Portable dropbox from http://greg.webhop.net/

After a long (and stupid fight) with the software I got it working and it’s simply great.

One of the greatest uses of dropbox is the possibility of having your files with you on the computers you use. The one disadvantages of the software is the usage of dropbox on computers that are not used just by you.

Now thanks to Greg and the guys at portableapps you can take, and use, dropbox on any computer that runs portableapps (have to try to run it on wine).

In order to use the great portable app you need to be a user of portableapps (of course) and download dropbox portable from Greg’s web site. Them  just install it as you would with any other portableapps application and just press next. After the application install start it from the portableapps menu, input your login information and press next (always next).

The syncs files will be on x:\portableapps\dropbox\my documents\my dropbox (or something like this) you cannot change the destination folder.

Wait for the files to sync and your good to go. Dropbox on any windows computer 🙂

Conclusion:

Pros:

  • It’s a portable dropbox… what else can I say?

Cons:

  • Can’t choose the destination folder

Classification: 9/10

Links

Greg’s Portable Dropbox

Portableapps

Technical sheet:

  • Review written on the web application via “Firefox” 3.6.3 for Windows Vista
  • Computer used: Asus Laptop (don’t recall model) running Windows Vista
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