Thursday 20 June 2024

How To Repair A Liquid Damaged Laptop


Obvisously, until you open up the laptop there is no way of knowing what kind of damage has been done and it's not always possible to repair a water damaged laptop, especially if it has been powered on after it has dried without it being professionally cleaned first...

The flowchart below details how to professionally clean a motherboard etc.

If the spill has recently occurred then grab a paper towel and dab the motherboard to remove the remaining liquid and then follow the flowchart below.

Required Items/Tools:

  1. Isopropyl Alcohol and/or Water
  2. Nylon Brush to do the cleaning with (a cheap toothbrush is ideal)
  3. If available, a hot air rework station

TOP TIP:  Use liquid Rosin Flux to prevent any further damage to any pins (on integrated circuits like SIO/Chipset) as if the pins are covered in Rosin then oxidisation (i.e. rusting) cannot occur.

Apply liquid Rosin Flux to affected chips/pins and then use hot air to remove the IPA in the liquid flux to just a leave a protective layer of Rosin on the pins.

Friday 22 March 2024

How To Remove OEM Branding From Windows Vista Welcome Screen

If you want to remove the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer - i.e. Dell or HP) logo then all you need to do is delete (or rename) the OOBE.XML file from the C:\Windows\System32\OOBE\Info folder.

If you want to change the OEM logo then you need to edit the OOBE.XML file and do a search for the term 'oemLogo' and then change the path/file to where you've saved your logo file.  Make sure it's a .png file though else it wont work.

Wednesday 20 March 2024

How To Mount An ISO File in Windows XP

Have you got one of more ISO files that contain things like driver files for a Retro Computing computer that you might only use the once?  Well you don't have to waste time burning endless CD/DVD discs, what you can do is use and Optical Disc Drive emulator and mount an ISO file so it will then appear in My Computer allowing you to install your software without the need for a blank CD/DVD!

WinCDEmu is a free tool that works on Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (including x64) - not sure if it works on Windows 11 but as that is based on Windows 10 I don't see why not.

I personally use the portable edition so there's no need for any installation as such, you just run the executable and the program begins:

On double-clicking the executable file you are prompted to (very) quickly install an optical disc driver:

Click on Yes to continue...

To mount an ISO image click on Mount image

Browse to where your ISO file is (I put mine on a USB memory stick) and then click on Open

Your ISO disc image will now be mounted and if Autorun is enabled that will start to work, if not then you'll need to open up My Computer etc.

As you can see the ISO I have mounted now shows up as an optical disc drive (in this example it is E: ).

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