nVidia Graphic card not being detected and does not show up on the Device Manager

Hi,

Just today morning, my laptop had suddenly started acting weird. One of the graphic cards, nVidia, was not being detected. Each time I tried to reinstall the driver it kept saying that there was no nVidia GPU found on my laptop. It was too quite unreal for me because everything was just fine until yesterday. I went ahead and uninstalled all the programs and the driver that were related to nVidia. I then went to the Device Manager to check for the Graphic card, to my shock, there was nothing listed there. However when I checked if it was listed in the hidden devices option, surprisingly not just one but 2 graphic cards (not even the model that was installed on the laptop) were present. I deleted them all and tried to do a Scan Hardware change, but it didn’t fetch any result at all! By this time, I had completely sunk in thoughts about what had happened to my laptop in one night!

I then went to the nVidia website and tried to make it do an autodetect. It failed! The next stop was the manufacturer’s website and I downloaded the default driver from there. It still wasn’t working. I then started researching on the issue quite much. There was no answer until I stumbled upon a question that was posted on Microsoft forums by someone by the name DU. I read through it until my eyes got stuck on what this user had written on the 2nd page of this post. The link above takes you to the same page and not the first page. His laptop was an Asus and it had similar issues as mine. However when he contacted Asus regarding his problems after having gone through all the steps in the forum to resolve this issue, he got a very surprising yet a working solution! They asked him to do a “restore default BIOS”. I’m not sure how, but yes this worked for me after hours of breaking my brains over this issue. PS:This option may appear in different names with different brand of laptops. You will come to know why. Read through!

You can get into the BIOS settings of your laptop/desktop in different ways set by the manufacturer. You can try to run a google search if you do not know how to get to the BIOS settings of your laptop/desktop. However on my laptop which is a Lenovo Z400, you need to first shut it down. Once powered off completely there’s a small button to the left of the laptop (which is called Novo Key I suppose) just beside the power outlet. Just press this button for a few seconds and release it. This powers on the laptop once again but goes to a screen where it asks for a few options.

First Screen after Novo Press - Lenovo Z400

Scroll down and enter the BIOS Setup option.

Inside BIOS Settings - Lenovo Z400

Go to the last tab, Exit, and look for the option OS Optimized Defaults.

Restore Default Bios - Lenovo Z400

This on my laptop is the equivalent of “Restore Default Bios”. I got to know this by reading it’s description on the right hand side of the BIOS menu. Each menu had a description on what it does. No magic here! Just logic!

Once done, the PC boots back normally. Go to Device Manager, and you should find the graphic card listed back! I then tried to install the driver and this time it worked! It very well detected the graphic card and sanity was restored!

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Solved – You may not have permission to access this network resource

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Note: The below solution is considering the computer you wish to connect to is turned on; has sharing enabled, has the sufficient right active and you are able to ping to it

Solution (Applies to Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1)

  • It is most likely that this folder was accessed with a wrong password earlier
  • Open Control Panel – User Accounts
  • From the left panel – Click Manage your credentials

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  • For Windows 8 and 8.1 users the Web and Windows Credentials will show separately. Click Windows Credentials
  • Under Windows Credentials; the PC name or IP Address that you were trying to connect to must be listed

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  • Click Remove to delete the existing credential
  • Once done; try accessing the shared folder once again.

 

Error 1721 There is a problem with this Windows Installer Package – Windows 8.1

Error 1721.There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor

I had trouble uninstalling a program from Windows 8.1 and the above message showed. For a change I did not end up having to use any Third-Party tools to solve this problem. Microsoft has a useful tool which will help resolve Install and Uninstall issues related to Microsoft Installer

Using below link will guide you through

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

 

Strangely, Microsoft does not link the Error 1721 to this post. If it did, I wouldn’t have to write this post

Happy troubleshooting 🙂

Taking ownership of a folder in Windows 8.1

Hi,

I’ve been trying to find a way to take ownership of folder/folders in Windows 8.1. That’w when I happened to find the info given in this website to be quite helpful. Thought of sharing it with many of you who may be trying to find an easier way to add this option to the Menu rather typing scripts (no offense to those who love scripts).

Full credit goes to the website and the person who took the pain in making our lives easier.

PS: I do think that this will work for Windows Vista, Windows 7 too!

Start Menu for Windows 8.1

Get your Start Menu Back for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Personally, I thought I too would move on with the Microsoft trend and never get back to using the Start Menu again. After months of toiling with the crippling interface; I was done with it and needed my Start Menu back.

Class Shell is the perfect Start Menu solution for all the freebies available on the web. No ads; No unwanted mess; No promotion links; No tinkering with the registry settings. In short; its just gives you what you want. A perfectly working Start Menu that can actually make you start liking Windows 8.1 for what it is made for.

Though its a free tool; one wouldn’t shy away from donating for their effort

Download Link for Classic Shell

It can be used on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Shared printers going offline on Windows 8.1 desktops and laptops

Of late I have noticed that most of all the Windows 8.1 deivces that we had in our network had all their shared printers going offline very frequently. Until recently I had to restart the print spooler which solved the issue temporarily. However, I came to know lately that Microsoft had released a fix for this issue in the form of an update. The fix which can be downloaded and installed too, has managed to fix the issue with my laptop. I noticed that this update was installed on my laptop already and had fixed the issue which I’ve not faced for a long time.  But for all the new devices the issue still persists. I had installed this fix on one of the desktops 2 weeks back and so far the user has not come back with any issues.

Please try installing this fix and see if any of you are facing any issues.