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Old BR Theme ParamentWhilst making a small edit on my site, I managed to completely mess up the layout (theme) of the whole site. I took the opportunity to fix it and change the colours and layout (a little). I hope it’s now easier on the eye.

I’ve added a donation button. I hate ads. Many adverts contain fake news, viruses, or links to malicious downloads. They also advertise dubious software. Not on my site! Ads do provide revenue for site owners. This site actually costs me money to host, and time to update. If you want to show your support for my content, time and effort, please consider making a small donation and click the link on the right. The amount is unimportant really, it’s just nice to know you support me and my coffee habit 😉

I’ve also added links to my social media sites, Twitter (new for 2017) and Facebook. They’re in the bar on the right if you’re looking on a desktop or laptop. You can also…

Google Nexus 7 (2013) upgrade to Android Nougat 7.1.2 plus auto-rotation fix

 

Nexus 7 (2013)

I ordered my trusty Google Nexus 7 in 2013 so I could get it on the day of release. Google updated the Android OS (Operating System) for a couple of years before it went “out of support”. Since then I’ve had app updates, but no OS or security updates. After the recent reports of Android security vulnerabilities, I decided I needed to bring my N7 up to date by installing a newer version of Android.

 

In addition, my N7 has a common problem whereby the screen would not automatically rotate when the device was rotated. I had been using an app which allowed me to manually rotate it, but that wasn’t very convenient, so I decided to fix this problem before updating to a newer version of Android.

Nexus 7 disassemblyThe hardware fix involved separating the two halves of the device, disconnecting and reconnecting the component responsible for the failed screen rotation sensor, securing the component, then putting the device back together. I have done this fix previously on a Nexus 7, but it’s still pretty fiddly.

Then followed about two hours of very technical work to install Lineage OS, a version of Android created and maintained by enthusiasts. I have installed this before on many other devices, but each seems to have its own unique installation problems to solve.

 

Nexus 7 Android 7 Android N

However, I now have a brand new OS, with Android 7.1.2 (soon to be updated to Android 8 Oreo) with August 2017 security patches, and OS and security updates for the foreseeable future.

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Recent Jobs

This topic only gets occasional updates. Not every job I do is included here, but here are some of the recent things I’ve been working on.

Windows Updates. Lots of Windows Update problems. Lots! Windows 7 takes ages to search for updates, and often fails. Windows 8 and 8.1, and Windows 10 often have problems too. There doesn’t seem to be one fix that fixes all problems. If you need your Windows Updates looked at then please let me know. I have a way of doing Updates without having to use the “Check for Updates” feature that can often resolve the issue.

I recently did remote support to help a customer set up a YouTube account, a YouTube Chanel, and upload her first video.

Phone support for a “laptop won’t turn on”.

Phone support for a browser locked by a fake virus warning.

Telephone support for another browser locked with a fake warning, and the screen was turned sideways.

 

First full day back at the office today for three weeks.

Some of the jobs planned for today:

  • Remote support to solve a lost password problem
  • Reinstall Windows 7 after a virus (customer wants a fresh reinstall)
  • Complete Windows Updates on the above PC. That’s a long job in itself because Windows Updates have been very slow lately, but I can use technicians tools to speed up the process
  • Replace failing hard drive
  • Solve a “Windows Repair” loop problem
  • Reset an old Android tablet and install key apps to see if it’s still usable. Decommission if not
  • Transfer old phone contacts to Google Contacts on an old Samsung phone so the magically appear on the customer’s new phone, then decommission the phone for recycling

I have a few other jobs to do too if I have time.

Installing Service Pack 3 (SP3) on Windows XP


Had enough of ‘buy coins for real money’ to play Age of Empires II wannabe Android apps, so I dug out my c2004 Dell Win XP laptop, reinstalled Windows XP, found a genuine version of SP3 and I’m now installing that.

I need XP3 for some remote login software that might enable me to log in to my laptop from my Android tablet to play AoE II while mobile.

Shopping at Amazon? Please use my link.

If you shop at Amazon you can help support me by using this Amazon link (click here). Please bookmark it as a favourite.
If you use my Amazon link, you pay the same amount but a small percentage is paid to me as a “commission” every few months. This helps offset the cost of keeping my website online and ad-free.
If you already have an Amazon link in your favourites, on your desktop, or as a quick-launch icon (bottom row of your screen), then it’s likely to be the link provided by your computer manufacturer so they will be earning the commission. If you would rather I was earning the commission instead, then use my link please.
If you would like to log me in to add my Amazon link to your favourites and/or desktop and quick-launch icons, them please let me know. There is no charge for this, obviously.