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· One min read

Want to lower the volume of your 56k Dial-up connection when connecting? You can adjust the modem options. Follow these instructions.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Modem or Phone & Modem Options
  4. Make sure you are in the General Tab, and choose Properties.
  5. Click Connections
  6. Click Advanced
  7. Insert the following strings, depending on what you want to do and press Ok.

M0 = Speaker always off

M1 = Speaker on during connection

M2 = Speaker always on (very noisy)

L0 = Lowest volume

L1 = Lowest volume (redundant)

L2 = Medium volume

L3 = Maximum volume

· 2 min read

Advpack.dll Not Found is only one version of the error messages that Advpack.dll can create – “”This application failed to start because advpack.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem” is another known error.

Although mainly occurring in the older versions of Windows I have seen this error occur from Windows XP through to Windows 7 and is mainly caused by installing the wrong .Net Framework for your computers architecture – for example attempting to install .Net Framework x86 on a 64 bit version of Windows.

Fixing this error in Windows 7

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Uninstall Programs and select “Turn Windows features on or off” on the top left.
  4. Click on “Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1”.
  5. Expand “Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1” and place a check mark on 2 options listed to enable.
  6. Restart the Computer.


Fixing this error in Windows XP

  1. Fixing this error in Windows XP is as usually as easy as downloading the correct one “here” and installing it.

· One min read

Getting the “AMD Data change…update new data to DMI” error? Try these fixes below.

  1. Press F1, or F2 to enter BIOs
  2. Due to the fact that all BIOs are different, look for ACPI options, usually in Power Management.
  3. Enable ACPI
  4. Make sure the Time/Date settings are correct, and if not correct them.
  5. Set HDD from SATA to IDE, in the Controller settings.
  6. Restart

If that didn’t work, you are looking at a BIOS/CMOs Upgrade/Flash. Look at the Motherboard’s manufacturers website for information on how to do this. Remember this is quite dangerous and if the wrong model or a power cut occurs during flashing, damage to the Motherboard may occur & make it worse.

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Having the problem where BearShare opens when you open a new Firefox tab even after removing BearShare? This is how I fixed it.

  1. Open My Computer (Double left click on Desktop icon, or go to Start, Computer)
  2. Navigate (using the left mouse button) to_ C:Program Files_
  3. Right click the Bearshare folder & Delete


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A few BOOTMGR Fixes for those having problems with Windows 7 /Vista startup.

BOOTMGR is compressed.

  1. Boot from the Vista DVD.
  2. Click ‘Repair my Computer
  3. At the prompt to select your OS installation, click the button that says ‘Load Drivers‘. This should bring up a explorer-style drive browser.
  4. Then just right-click on the drive you tried to compress, and deselect ‘Compress this Drive’ which should still be ticked on. Hit Apply & Apply to subfolders/files.
  5. Reboot

Fixing “BOOTMGR is missing” Error While Trying to Boot Windows 7 or Vista

  1. Press F8 at Windows start-up to get to the Safe Mode menu & select Startup Repair
  2. Open Command Prompt
  3. Type the following command: bootrec /fixboot
  4. Reboot