Some help for those with bricked WP7 Samsung handsets

February 24th, 2011

You might have heard that Microsoft first update for Windows Phone 7 is causing problems for Samsung Omnia (and possibly Focus) owners.

The problem seems to occur at stage 6 of 10 of the update process, where the handset reboots after the update. Users trying to install the update are faced with the following error message:

RESTORATION ERROR

An error prevented the restoration of your phone to its previous version.

Your phone can’t be used in its present condition and there are no restore points for it on this computer. The phone might restart and return to normal if you disconnect it. For further assistance, contact your mobile operator.

ERROR CODE
C101002E

Well, if you are affected there is hope ...

WinRumors has outlined a possible fix for the WP7 update handset bricking problem. It's long and convoluted, involved downloading firmware from untrusted sources and there are no guarantees ... but it could bring your bricked handset back to life.

Duke Nukem Forever – Launch trailer

February 9th, 2011

Here you go! Enjoy!

Duke Nukem Forever will launch on May 3 in the US, and May 6 elsewhere. Go, you know you want to pre-order it!

Does the BBC know something about the iPad 2 that Apple doesn’t want the rest of us to know?

February 8th, 2011

Do these tweets suggest that the BBC knows more about the iPad 2 than Apple would like the rest of us to know?

These tweets are by BBC Interactive Operations engineer Geoff Marshall. His tweets have now been set to private.

900 million Internet Explorer users hit by bug – How to protect yourself!

February 2nd, 2011

A very serious Internet Explorer bug has been uncovered that affects ALL Internet Explorer users on ALL versions of Windows.

Details here:

Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in all supported editions of Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to cause a victim to run malicious scripts when visiting various Web sites, resulting in information disclosure. This impact is similar to server-side cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. Microsoft is aware of published information and proof-of-concept code that attempts to exploit this vulnerability. At this time, Microsoft has not seen any indications of active exploitation of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability exists due to the way MHTML interprets MIME-formatted requests for content blocks within a document. It is possible under certain conditions for this vulnerability to allow an attacker to inject a client-side script in the response of a Web request run in the context of the victim’s Internet Explorer. The script could spoof content, disclose information, or take any action that the user could take on the affected Web site on behalf of the targeted user.

Microsoft has published a one-click “Fix it” workaround for the bug that involved locking down MHTML. This will prevent the launch of script in all zones within an MHTML document. Any application that uses MHTML will be affected by this workaround.

Driver Sweeper causes problems with Windows 7 SP1 installation

January 24th, 2011

Use Windows 7? Run Driver Sweeper on the system? Having problems now installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (seeing Error code 0x800f0826)? Here's a possible solution:

  • Download Driver Sweeper 2.8.5 here.
  • Go to the Backup item in the menu.
  • The latest removed driver will be automatically selected in the drop down, if this is not the item with the entries below you need to locate these by browsing through the items.
    One (or all) of the following parts should be in the list:
    • *.manifest
    • *FileRepository*
    • *winsxs*
  • Click on the Restore button and Driver Sweeper will restore the files and directories. This can take a while, don't close the application before you get a notification that the backup is restored.
  • Restart your system and you are done!

Might work, saving you from a reinstall ... or it might not ...