Gigabit Wi-Fi: 802.11ac

It’s been about 5 years since 802.11n wireless routers and devices hit the market. I remember the first N draft routers. The performance was wonky. Unstable speeds and lost connections.

Even though 802.11ac specification won’t be finalized until sometime in 2013, Netgear will be selling an 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, the R6300, which will debut in May. Netgear boasts that it will be 3 times faster than 802.11n, backwards compatible and allow HD streaming goodness throughout your home.

802.11ac will run on the 5Ghz channel and uses wider channels to move more data. And there’s some question as to whether residential users will get very much at all out of .11ac, as home Internet connections (to say nothing of residential-class Ethernet switches and router ports) top out well below the 1.3Gbps that a three-stream, 40-MHz. .11ac product can nominally reach.


Realtek Network Controller Deep Sleep Mode: SOLVED

The Realtek Network Controller was not found. If Deep Sleep Mode is enabled Please Plug the Cable.

This just happened yesterday and we tried all the posted remedies. Pulling out the RAM chips for up to 10 minutes, unplugged the power supply to the motherboard, fiddled in the BIOS settings to disable/enable the on-board LAN, patted our heads and rubbing our belly. Nothing worked, same stupid error. (Sure, pulling out the RAM chips and such might work for some of you, but didn’t work for us)

Short of having to re-image the drive, we decided to strip out all the cards off the motherboard. Pulled off the USB card, video card, sound card, PCI Express card and the RAM chips. Cleared off the motherboard! (we left the power supply cables attached)

Put back in the RAM chips ONLY and booted it back up. Ok, the realtek network controller is now loading correctly. So we started adding back the cards to identify the culprit. (Which turned out to be The PCI-Express to PCI Adapter Card)

We were unable to reassign the IRQ for that device so we just left it out and VOILA! SOLVED.

Once you get it up and running again be sure to do the following:

Open Device Manager:
1. Go to Start
2. Click Control Panel
3. Choose System and Security
4. Click Device Manager (under System)
Open Network Controller properties:
1. Double-click Network adapters to expand it
2. Double-click the Realtek Network Controller
Turn off Deep Sleep mode:
1. Choose the Power Management tab
2. Untick “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”

Windows Repair Portable 1.7.0

Windows Repair is an all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions as well as issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Update, Windows Firewall and more. Malware and installed programs can modify your default settings. With – Windows Repair you can restore Windows original settings.

It’s portable, and oh it’s FREE!

Bye Bye Vista: End of Support

Tomorrow, April 10, 2012 –Windows Vista will exit Mainstream Support and enter Extended Support. This means that no free support, no further service packs will be created, nor will future IE versions (such as IE10) be available for Vista.

Also, no new non-security hotfixes will be created or be available without an Extended Hotfix Support Agreement (EHSA). This will last for 5 years before support for Vista completely ends in 2017.

Say bye bye to Vista and go get a new computer peeps!

Spring Theme for Windows 7

Here are some more Windows 7 Themes to get you in the spring spirit. (I like to dress up the computers and we think they like it too)

Baby ducks, bunnies and Easter eggs!

I even made my own Spring Time theme that has pretty flowers, an insect or two with some sounds of spring. Fun!

More Windows 7 Themes

Genetically Engineered Food: It’s What’s for Dinner!

New chemicals, new ingredients. How about a dash of an organism in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally? A second helping of plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.

Umm delicious! No?!

The Just Label It campaign was created to advocate for the labeling of GE foods. Simply label it so we know what we are consuming. Let us make the choice not to consume genetically engineered food.

Over one million people have contacted the FDA and told them we have a right to know what’s in our food. Become part of this growing movement and join them today. Sign this petition to the FDA and make sure your voice is heard!

FDA: Says OK to Radiating Spinach/Lettuce

FDA Did What?