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Cloning HDD to SSD in ASUS S400CA and fixing windows 8 MBR

Its really a bad move from Asus that they didn't provide any recovery media or OEM windows 8 ISO to our purchased product. I wanted to speed up my laptop ( S400CA ) with SSD but due to the lack of recovery media above. Its a nightmare.

Long story short. Due to the reason above.

I have to clone my HDD(500GB)  to small size SSD ( 256GB)Normal cloning doesn't work as you will need sector by sector copy to avoid potential booting error. I'm using EaseUS todo Backup Free Edition which provide Partition to Partition copy with Sector alignment ( or sector by sector copy). P/S: I was surprise that this free edition is no way found in their main page but reachable by using google.  After cloning, in my case, I've hit into the mbr problem. To fix the mbr, I use the resolution in this link.
To be specific:
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /scanos
bootrec /rebuildbcd
Remember after you change to SSD, do not press F9 (recovery shortcut for asus) while booting. It will break the …

Google Hangout plugin is not installed due to windows updater error in windows 8

After upgrading my machine to SSD. I reset my windows and start everything from scratch.
I found out I haven't install "Google voice and video installer" and when I use the web-installer from

The download take me 2 sec ( 780+KB) but it take years to actually install the plugin. You just feel stagnant.
I tried all resolution including looking for offline package, I didn't install offline package because:

Version is old.Potential malware.

I occidentally found out that the Windows Update also having the same problem, using Wireshark didn't help but it did tell me there is no network activity when running updater. My instinct told me that they are related.

Lucky me, restart windows and run windows update again give me error below

code 80073718 - problem installing windows updates It turn out it is a problem with windows installer. The resolution is to reset the windows update component as mentioned in this blog. To be …

Free solution to sync your folder between PC and External HDD

Recently into photography and wish to backup all my photo. Store them in internal hdd seems very dangerous since my HDD is now 5 years old, it might spoil anytime. So the best is to keep at least a copy to external hdd. Manually copy and update them everytime is driving me to hell. 

So, a sync tool is definitely the way to go. 

My requirement is simple, it only require the do the following

Task that will pair between 2 folders, one in PC and one in External HDDSynchronization must be 2 way.If possible, free

After some research, I found one and it is coming from Microsoft. It seems promising. The Microsoft SyncToy.

I also found another free software call DirSync Pro, it give you more flexibility and more option, hence more complex. I installed it but haven't try it yet.

Right now  SyncToy seems doing pretty good. Will stick with it for now.

Installing Wifi Module for Dell Inspiron with Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 chipset

It was quite surprise that after installed linux Mint 14 Cinnamon edition, I'm having problem to connect to my home wifi. The Wifi Module is not working.

Wifi problem have long gone in Ubuntu ( at least for me) since I last manually installing them and I'm not even remember how should I configure them.

Anyway, to solve the wifi problem, first I need to know the wifi module chipset, then find the resolution via our mighty friend google.

Open terminal and type lspci.
Locate the network controller, in my case:

Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
After that, update the module package as suggested.

peiwei@linuxmint  ~ $ apt-get update  peiwei@linuxmint ~ $ sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer
Check Yes when asked for dependencies, restart and you are done.

Thanks nuno_nunes for his resolution.

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