Fix connection error when connecting Samsung Galaxy S2 with Kies

Samsung Galaxy S2 Kies VerbindungsproblemThe Samsung Galaxy S2 is a great device, with which I’m really full and satisfied. What I can’t say of Samsung’s software called Kies, which serves to synchronize and manage the Galaxy S2 with your PC.
There are always problems in connecting the smartphone to the PC or in special with Kies. If one is affected by the problem and googling a bit, so you will quickly find out that this problem does not occur only sporadically.
Therefore, today I want to show you three approaches that have helped me several times already when my Galaxy S2 won’t connect with Kies.
1) Reboot
Even if it sounds too simple. Often it is enough, to turn your Galaxy S2 once off and restart it. This is especially true when Windows indicates that the ‘Device’ could not be started. […]

How to re-enable the classic start menu in Windows 8

Stardock Start8 Website ScreenshotI have already written about how you can enable the classic start menu in Windows 8 again. In the last article I showed you a solution with the help of the program ViStart 7. Today I want to show you another way to re-enable the classic start menu in Windows 8. This time we will make use of the program Start8 by Stardock.
Start8 is, like ViStart, freeware, but does not simulate the classic Windows start menu on the contrary to ViStart 7, but is made up of components of Windows 8. How it looks, you can see in the screenshot below.
 
Windows 8 Startmen├╝ mit Start8
You can download Start 8 on the website of Stardock. However, there you have to enter your email […]

Show all drives in command prompt

windows cmdIf you work with the Windows command prompt and want to copy files from or to a USB flash drive, then you get a problem. So how to show all drives in the commandline (cmd) from Windows? Without a list of all the drives you won’t know the drive letter of the USB flash drive and without this you won’t be able to access it.
The cmd itself doesn’t provide a command for listing all available drives. However, you can get this task done by using wmic, a command line program, which provides you access to the WMI classes by command line. And so the solution to the question is quite simple.
To show all drives in the cmd use the following command:

wmic logicaldisk get deviceid, volumename, description

List all drives in cmd

How to create an ext4 partition on Windows

Today I’ve got a quick software tip for you. The tool that I like to show you is MiniTool’s Partition Wizard Home Edition. It is a freeware for partitioning and formatting hard disks and flash memory (memory cards, USB thumbdrives, etc.).
Why do I mention this tool here? Because it gives you the possibility to partitionate and format your drives into various Linux formats (ext2, ext3, ext4) directly on Windows. This can be very useful when, for example, a USB flash drive in ext4 format is needed, but you don’t have access to a Linux PC. (Certainly, you could load, burn and boot from a Linux live DVD, but I think to use Partion Wizard for Windows is smaller, faster and therefore easier in this case.
Create an ext4 USB flash drive on Windows
After you’ve downloaded and installed Mini Tools’ Partition Wizard, we can begin with our short tutorial. If you have […]

Download: Windows XP driver for ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

ati hd 5470 treiberSome time ago I wanted to play all the old PC games from my childhood, such as Star Wars pod racer, Need for Speed 2 and all the other great games. So I searched for the box with the old CD-ROMs, placed the first best into my laptop’s DVD drive and had to recognize that it neither run on Windows 7 nor on Windows 8. Not even in compatibility mode.
But as I did not want to give up so fast, I picked out my old Windows XP CD and installed it parallel to Windows 7 on my Acer Aspire 5740G. Unfortunately, I was reminded that you may forget to play with the standard Windows graphics drivers after the initial boot into XP.
So I started to search for […]