Samsung TV as a monitor for PC ( UE22D5003 )

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When using a Samsung TV , for example the 1080p budget UE22D5003, you will notice that the picture quality is mediocre to say the least. That’s because the monitor is acting as a television, applying all kinds of filters to the video, rather than passing the source “as is”, like a monitor does.

Here is an easy fix to put your “tv” in monitor modus:

Press the “Source” button on the remote and select the HDMI input where you have connected your pc. (Normally it is already selected)
Then select “Tools” on the remote. The select “Edit Name” from the menu and scroll down to “PC”. Press “OK” and your screen will refresh.

That’s is. The pricture should now be good.

Works for most Samsung LED TV’s.

Application blocked by Java Security

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After countless security issues, Oracle has decided that only applets that can present a valid certification can run. And there is no “opt out”. Well, I guess they just got fed up with being blamed of all sins in the world and made their security ridiculously strong. As such, many applets, especially those on small devices like cameras, switches, etc, won’t run at all.

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Application Blocked; Click for details. Your security settings have blocked an application signed with an expired or not-yet-valid certificate from running.

Until version 8, the solution was to put Java in “medium security” mode. But the slider is gone now and the only options are High and Very high.

Anyway. To make those applications run again you’ll need to add the URL of the application in the Exception Site List in the Java Control Panel. Here is how that works.

( 1 )First you need to know URL where the application runs. If you know it already, skip to section 2.

Open the page with the blocked application.

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Right click the application and choose “inspect element”. That will bring up the source code of the application.

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Look for codebase= and copy down that URL ( in this case http://10.0.0.182:8989/admin ). This is the URL we will use to put in the exception list.

( 2 ) Configure Java

Go to control panel and search for the Java configuration.

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Double click to open the Java Control Panel.

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Go to the tab Security and click the Edit Site List button.

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In the Exception Site List window click the Add button. There you can enter the URL of the application as you found it in section 1. Note that you need to add a slash to the end ( / ). The slash will tell java to allow execution of applications that run from there and all sub-directories.

Click ok.

Dismiss the security babbling by clicking Continue.

Click ok again to close the Java Control Panel.

Now KILL Chrome (or firefox or internet explorer), because the changed settings will only work if the browser is restarted.

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Note that just closing Chrome will not end the browser. It will still be running. Kill it in the task manager.

If you don’t want to kill them one by one, you can use following command from the DOS prompt.
taskkill /F /IM chrome.exe

Restart the browser and try again. It should work now.

Windows 7 install stuck on Asus N751JK UEFI

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If you bought a new Asus laptop and want to install windows 7, you’ll find that the installation will hang on starting windows and will not continue. This is because of UEFI ( Unified Extensible Firmware Interface ) which is meant as a replacement for the BIOS. You can read all about it on the Wikipedia page (link)

As it stands, only windows 8 setup can be booted from the DVD drive. If you want to boot a windows 7 DVD , you’ll need to disable UEFI’s secure boot.

On the newer ASUS laptops enter the BIOS. ( press escape continuously during boot until it asks you to go into setup ).
Select Enter Setup:

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Go to the SECURITY tab and select Secure Boot Control. Set Secure Boot Control to DISABLED.

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Then go to the BOOT tab and select Launch CSM. Set Launch CSM to ENABLED. (This will make booting backwards compatible)

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The select Launch PXE OpROM and set it to ENABLED.

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Then go to the Save & Setup tab. Select Save Changes and Exit. Choose YES in On the Save & Exit setup.

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Your laptop will now restart. And the setup of windows 7 will now continue past the point where it first hung.

Downgrade Hangouts to get swiping feature back

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With version 2.3 of Hangouts Google introduced some new features, but unfortunately also disable many good things like swiping. Before you could switch between hangout chats, archive chats or delete messages just by swiping. Until they bring back that feature you can downgrade to the last version that supported swiping: 3.1.317


++== Disclaimer ==++
I will explain how to go back to version 3.1.317, which normally is a very harmless process. However, if for whatever reason, things go south, I can’t be held responsible. Please proceed on your own risk. That being said, in 99,9% of all cases, your personal data, messages and settings will be preserved.

First you need to do is to uninstall “Hangouts updates”. That can be done in the Play Store or through settings. On my Samsung this action reversed the version to an old initial state that was shipped with the phone. It will disappear from your launcher or it may change icon. Do not run or click it.

Uninstall Hangouts in Play Store. Press Uninstall.

Uninstall Hangouts in Play Store. Press Uninstall.

Or uninstall updates in the Application Manager ( Settings - More - Application Manager )

Or uninstall updates in the Application Manager ( Settings – More – Application Manager )



Do not run or start the old version after you uninstalled the updates, because that can potentially do damage.

Now download the APK of version 3.1.317. It is located here: http://hangouts.en.uptodown.com/android/download/74129

After you have successfully downloaded it, move the APK file to your phone. Or, alternatively, surf to the download directly on your phone by scanning this QR code or type this short URL:
download_hangouts_21317 short link:
http://goo.gl/nOgtgl ( Mind the capitalization )


If everything went right, you’ll have version 2.1.317 of Hangouts. After some initial questions, like if you want to merge SMS with messaging, your old Hangouts icon will re-appear and you can run it as before.

Disable auto updates.
Unfortunately, Play Store will try and update the app again as soon as it does it’s regular update rounds. Go to Hangouts (in Play Store) and press the menu button (bottom left). A pop-up will show a setting “auto update” with a check-box that is checked. Try to disable it. For some reason I could not disable the check-box. Unless you want to repeat the above for every time Play Store does the update, you’ll need to disable automatic updates altogether. This means of-course that you need to update other apps manually. 🙁
You can do that in the settings of Play Store.

Go to settings in Play Store (icon top left)

Go to settings in Play Store (icon top left)

Disable automatic updates.

Disable automatic updates.


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