Facing Connection Issues With Tata Photon & Increase Lower Speed

I have received many comments on my previous tutorial Tata Photon Plus review and most of them are related to Photon connection issues and frequent disconnections from Internet. Majority of Tata Photon users are satisfied with the Internet connection speed and services but some users are not. This article covers the major reasons for getting slower connection speed from  products like Tata Photon Plus, Whiz, Photon 3G,  3G+ and Photon Max. In addition to the speed issues, some users get the error connection terminated when they connect Internet using  USB modem. Some users get other error messages with error codes like error 633, error 769, error 777, error 718 etc.

Reasons For Tata Photon Connection Issues
  1. No Coverage at Your area

  2. Having Obstacles like Buildings, Thick Walls etc

  3. Too many users at your area

  4. DNS Issues cut down the speed

  5. Issues on your computer like software conflicts, compatibility issues etc

  6. Long distance between you and Tata  tower

How to Solve Tata Photon Connection Problems
  1. Disconnect and Reconnect  USB Modem

  2. Clear Computer Cache and Temp files

    It is a good practice to clear cache and temp files on your PC when you face trouble with net connection.
    How to Delete Temp Files and Prefetch Files On Windows

  3. Signal Strength & Obstacles

    Make sure signal strength is good and have no physical obstacles like thick walls or building which blocks the signal.

  4. Check Preferred Network Mode

    Make sure you have selected the preferred network mode hybrid on modem settings.

  5. Check Speed Booster Status

    If you are subscribed to an unlimited package from them, you will get minimum speed only after completing the validity of speed booster. So you must check the current status of your connection on your account.
    How to Check Tata Mobile Broadband Account Status and Settings

  6. Change DNS Settings

    In many cases slower responding default DNS settings on modem slower the connection speed. To remedy it follow the instructions provided in the link below.
    How to Fix DNS Issues On Tata USB Modem

  7. Reboot your computer and check for the connection issues

  8. Check Compatibility

    Make sure the Tata broadband Dialer Installed on your computer supports the Operating System.

  9. Contact Technical support using the number: 1800 266 121

Photon Max Shows Full Signal Strength But Failed to Connect

Some Tata Photon users see full signal strength but having difficulties in connected to the network. In most cases the reason for connection failure is wireless interference or high number of users even though Photon Max is showing full signal strength on your computer.

Tata Photon Max Connection Error Codes & Solutions

Tata Photon Plus and Max shows error codes when USB modem fails to connect to the network. These error codes helps us to troubleshoot the issues and fix them. Some of the common Tata Mobile Broadband error codes and solutions are provided below.
  1. Error 777 :The Connection Attempt failed due to Remote Computer Out of Order

  2. Error 651 :The Modem (Connecting Device) has Reported an Error

  3. Error 619: A Connection to the Remote Computer Could not be Established

Getting Lower Speed From Tata Photon Max

Some users complain about getting lower speed from Tata Photon Max and Plus services. Even they says, Tata Max users might get minimum of 512 kbps and Photon Plus users must get minimum 256 kbps. It is valid for users with unlimited plan even after completing their speed booster plan. For example if the speed booster of an unlimited user is 5GB, he will get a speed of 256kbps for Photon Plus and 512 kbps for Max service. So to troubleshoot the lower speed from them, follow the steps below.
  1. Check whether your Speed Booster Pack is reached. If yes you will get slower connection.

  2. Make sure your computer with modem is not behind a thick wall

  3. Clear computer Cache and Temp files

  4. Make sure no other programs installed on your computer is consuming bandwidth. Eg: torrents, software updates etc

  5. Make sure your laptop is not infected

  6. System tweak to improve Tata mobile broadband speed. To perform it, visit the link.
    How to Improve Internet Speed On Your Computer

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Port Forwarding On Belkin Router & Fix Issues With Opening Ports

Belkin router has inbuilt firewall which protects the computers and other network devices connected to the router from external intrusions. However, certain applications like online games, FTP etc won't work properly with its inbuilt firewall. In that cases we need to forward certain port numbers to make sure these applications work properly. In this tutorial let us see how to open specific port numbers in it to avoid firewall blocking. This tutorial also explains the procedure with allowing certain blocked game with step by step instructions.

Belkin router Port Forwarding Tutorial
  1. Login

    Use the IP address to login setup page. To learn more about the procedure visit the link below.
    How to Login To Belkin Router & Configure It

  2. Click Virtual Servers under Firewall
    How to open an application on Belkin

  3. Forward Port Number

    Enter the numbers you want to forward on it and check enable. After entering the  details including  numbers, type of number (TCP or UDP) etc, click Apply Changes button.

Examples of Port Forwarding On Belkin Router

You can see a lot of preset port forwarding on it. You can select it from the drop down menu at Add.

  1. How to Open FTP Port

    To open FTP port, enter the details like number 21, the private IP address of the computer for which we need to open FTP port. We must ensure that the private IP address mentioned here is static and will not change.
    How to forward FTP through Belkin

    Here the number 21 is forwarded for FTP. Static IP of the computer for which we forward FTP port is

  2. Port Forwarding On Belkin For Age of Empires Online Game

    Let us check another example where you need to open ports for the game Age of Empires. You can see the preset forward rule on it by opening drop down menu at Add. By pressing add button you can make changes to port entry. Click Apply Changes button after selecting the preset details and the IP address of the PC on which you are playing Age of Empires game.
    Forward Age of Empires online game port number through Belkin router

  3. Port Forward On Belkin Router For Xbox Live 360

    Xbox Live 360 is very popular among hardcore gamers. It might be shocking for a gamer to know Xbox is not working on his network and he is prohibited from playing his favorite online games. The number you need to forward on it if you are facing issues with Xbox Live 360 is 3074. You should select the protocol type both UDP&TCP.
    Open Ports for Xbox Live 360

Facing Issues With Port Forwarding On Belkin Router

Some users report they have issues with port forwarding. Most cases are from users with Xbox 360

  1. Belkin Router is Connected to Another Router or Modem

    In most cases users forwarded the necessary ports on Belkin router but the ISP provided modem (if it is in PPPoE mode) or another router in the network blocks the ports. In this case you need to open ports on all those devices too.

  2. Power Cycle the Device

    Sometimes you may need to power cycle the router after enabling port forwarding. Just power off it and wait for one minute. After one minute, reconnect the power. Visit the link below to get more details.
    How to Power Cycle a Network Device

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  2. How to Enable Wireless Security On Wireless AP

  3. How to Configure Teracom Modem With BSNL Broadband Connection

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How to Check If NAT Feature Failed On Router

Two essential features of a Small Office router is NAT and DHCP feature. NAT (Network Address Translation) feature converts single public IP address from Modem in to a number of private IP addresses and helps multiple computers connected to the router to access Internet. Yesterday one friend called me to check his LAN because only one computer connected to the router was able to access Internet. The reason for other computers failed to access Internet was the NAT failure on his Router. NAT feature on his router is no longer working and  it is no longer converting Public IP address provided from ISP to private IP addresses. All the computers in the LAN are getting unique IP addresses because of the DHCP feature but no more sharing of Internet connection.It can be tricky for an average user when all the computers are getting valid private IP address but just one computer is getting Internet access.

Verify Whether NAT Feature is Damaged On a Router

As I said before, it is difficult for a person who doesn't know basic networking to find the real reason if all computers are properly connected to the network and getting proper private IP address. If you are not an expert in networking, just check these two points to find whether Network Address Translation is working. Take your time to check these two facts on your LAN.
  1. Only one Device connected to the network can access Internet

  2. Getting Public IP address on Device which access Internet in LAN
In this case you can verify NAT is not working.

Troubleshoot If NAT is Not Working

There are some steps to check whether we can recover Network Address Translation feature back.
  1. Ensure that your router is not in bridge mode

  2. Login to setup page and ensure checkbox near NAT is checked

  3. Reset and Reconfigure the router
If still your router shows Network Address Translation issues, it is the time to replace your router. Having configure modem/router in bridge mode disable NAT feature. In bridge mode, the IP address modem receives transfer to the computer connected to the modem(with routing feature) without changing. To configure a modem in PPPoE mode or in bridge mode, follow the instructions provided in the link below.
Configure Linksys WRT54G in PPPoE

To learn more about how Network Address Translation is supported in PPPoE mode, visit the link below.
What Are The Differences Between PPPoE Mode and Bridge Mode

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Resolve Belkin Router DNS Issues By Changing DNS Settings

DNS (Domain Name System) address is very important in Internet because it translates domain names in to corresponding IP addresses. By default, Belkin router is receiving default ISP DNS settings. In most cases ISP Domain Name System works fine but rarely users face issues with less consistent service provided by their Internet Service Providers. In that case we must use more reliable Domain Name System settings on Belkin router to resolve all DNS related issues. In this tutorial you will learn how to change Domain Name System settings on it and fix any issues which prevent you from changing current settings in it.

Steps To Change DNS Settings On Belkin Router
  1. Login  Setup Page

    You can login  setup page by using the IP address and by click on Submit button.
    Change DNS Settings on Belkin Router

  2. Click on DNS under Internet WAN

    You can find this link under Internet WAN on the left hand side of the page.
    I cannot change DNS value on Belkin router

  3. Uncheck check box near Automatic from ISP

  4. Enter the DNS address you want to set on Belkin router

    1. To enter Google Domain Name System address, use the data below.

      Primary Google Domain Name System  :
      Secondary Google Domain Name System :

    2. To set Open DNS, enter the Domain Name System addresses below.

      Primary Open Domain Name System  :
      Secondary Open Domain Name System :

    3. To enter Verizon global Domain Name System address , use the numbers below.

      Primary      :
      Secondary  :

  5. Click on Apply Changes button after entering the numbers.

Unable to Change the Current DNS Address On Belkin Router

Rarely some users complain about failure in DNS address changing on Belkin router. Here let us check how to troubleshoot it if you cannot change  Domain Name System settings on it. Some of the possible solutions to fix the issue are given below.
  1. Make sure the Checkbox near Automatic from ISP is unchecked

  2. Make sure your Belkin router is having latest version of firmware. If not, update the firmware on it and then you can update the DNS settings without further issues. To learn more about it, click the link below.
    How to Update Firmware

  3. Reset and reconfigure your router. To learn how to reset Belkin router, click the link below.
    How to Reset  Wireless AP

After resetting your router, you must reconfigure it with the correct DNS address you want to set. To learn how to configure it for a DSL broadband connection, visit the link below.
How to Configure Belkin Wireless Device With DSL Broadband Connection

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Check If Huawei Modem Is Connected To Internet & Setup Properly

Huawei is a popular brand which supplies modems and routers for many Internet Service Providers(ISP). It is currently the largest company which produce telecoms equipments. Configuration of Huawei modem varies with different ISPs but we can check whether it is configured properly and connected to Internet. In case if you cannot access Internet from a computer which is connected to it, first step is to ensure if the modem is connected to Internet. It is not hard to check, if you have the login details. To check if it is connected to Internet, follow the instructions below.

Check Whether Huawei Router Is Connected To Internet

  1. Login to Setup Page

    Type and type username and password as admin(if you have set different username and password, use that).
    Check if

    If you cannot login to the setup page using the above login IP address, you may want to find the correct login IP address. Many users forget the fact that they changed the default login details in past and try to access the setup page with default login information. To find the correct login IP address of your Huawei  router, click the link below.
    How to Find Login IP Address Of a Router

  2. Check The System Information

    On system information page check the IP address of the connection you have made. If you can see a public IP address from your ISP here, Huawei modem is configured correctly and connected to Internet.
    Huawei modem connected to ISP

    If it is connected to ISP and having valid IP address, then you can ensure the configuration you have made on it is correct. 

Huawei Modem Configuration Guides

In case if it is not getting IP address from your ISP, you need to reset the device and reconfigure it. We have some tutorials to configure certain Huawei models. I believe these model specific guides will help you better than giving a standard tutorial.
  1. How to Configure  MT880 CPE Router

Huawei Modem Is Getting Slower Internet Connection

Even if you have configured the modem correctly and getting IP address from ISP, your computer may face slower connection than expected. There are many reasons for it and you can fix some of them. In this case if the Huawei modem is getting slower connection than your ISP promised, I recommend you to follow the instructions provided in the link below.
How to Increase The Speed Of Your Internet Connection

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Create System Restart Shortcut Button On Windows Desktop

Would you like to restart your Windows computer without going start menu and select the option Restart in traditional way ? I am not talking about the keyboard shortcut but to create an icon which reboot your PC automatically. You can create system restart button and place it on desktop. When ever you need to reboot your computer, you can do it by simply using the custom button you have created. To create a custom restart shortcut button on your Windows desktop, follow the instructions provided below. The procedure is same for Windows 7 and  8.

Steps to Create Custom Restart Button On Windows Desktop
  1. Right Click On Desktop and select New
    reboot by icon

  2. Click Shortcut in the new menu

  3. Here we can select the location where you want to point by the icon. Here you must type shutdown.exe -r -t 00

    Click next to continue after entering the string.

  4. You must name the shortcut. Here I provide the name Restart for the newly created icon.

    By clicking finish button, a new shortcut button for restart will be displayed on desktop. Now onwards by simply using this icon, you can reboot your laptop

By simply creating a system restart shortcut button on your  desktop, you can simply reboot your computer by a nontraditional method. However, if your computer experience unexpected reboots, you must both check for the possible reasons for the event and fix it. To prevent unwanted restart on your computer, follow the instructions provided in the link below.
How to Disable Automatic System Reboot On PC Failure

The procedure to prevent unexpected reboot on a Windows computer is not a permanent solution for the issue. I recommend you to go for a thorough investigation and find the exact reason for the issue. Steps provided in the link below can help you to find the exact reason for the issue.
Reasons and Solution for Automatic Restarting Of Your Laptop

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What are the Advanatges of USB 3.0 Over USB 2.0 Devices

We cannot think about a computer without having USB(Universal Serial Bus) ports because of the nonparallel use of them. Age of USB 2.0 is over and most of the computer systems and devices have started migrating to USB 3.0 standard. Though both standards are backward compatible, USB 3.0 connector is physically different from 2.0 connector due to additional pins. We can connect a Universal Serial Bus 3.0 device with  2.0 connector but then you can expect only Universal Serial Bus 2.0 performance. Here let us check the major advantages of USB 3.0 over USB 2.0 devices. Major advantages of 3.0 version over  2.0 are higher speed, better Power efficiency, better data buffering etc. Let us check the differences between these two standards one by one.

Differences Between USB 3.0 and USB 2.0

  1. Speed Difference Between USB 3.0 and USB 2.0

    Universal Serial Bus 3.0 is very much faster than  2.0. Data transfer speed of Universal Serial Bus 3.0 is about 4.8Gbps compared to 480 Mbps data transfer speed in 2.0 standard. So by comparing the difference in data transfer speed, we must say  3.0 is ten times faster than  2.0.

  2. Power Saving in USB 3.0 and USB 2.o Standards

    Power management of USB 3.0 is considerably better than in  2.0 standard. Universal Serial Bus 3.0 standard is capable to save energy when the system is in idle state. Technically speaking  2.0 uses power up to 500 mA and USB 3.0 uses up to 900 mA but the power efficiency of  3.0  standard is better than that in 2.0 standard.

  3. Duplex Settings in USB 3.0 and  2.0

    USB 2.0 devices can only handle one way traffic(half duplex) where  3.0 is able to send and receive data simultaneously(full duplex).

  4. Number of pins in USB 3.0 connector

    We cannot use USB 3.0 connector to connect 2.0 devices though the reverse is possible. It is because of the additional pins in Universal Serial Bus 3.0 connector. There are nine wires in Universal Serial Bus 3.0 connector cable and it is bigger compared to four wire  2.0 connector cable. USB 3.0 connector is physically bigger than  that of Universal Serial Bus 2.0 .

  5. Connector Colors Difference

    We can identify USB 2.0 connector and USB 3.0 connector by checking the color.  3.0 connector is big and blue where  2.0 connector is grey colored.
Here you have read the major differences between these two standards. We have seen the advantages of migrating from  2.0 to  3.0 standard. In case if you want to prevent users connecting Universal Serial Bus devices on your computer, just follow the instructions provided in the link below.
How to Disable or Enable  Ports from Registry On Computer

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Manually Sorting Emails In Gmail To Appropriate Tabs By Moving

With the new Gmail user interface, users are blessed with the auto-allocation of emails(according to the nature and sender) under appropriate tabs by Gmail. With the introduction of three tabs (with two additional disabled tabs)and automatic placement of emails under those tabs are very useful for Gmail users to select the important emails without opening them. All personal and important emails will come under primary tab and Social updates like Facebook, Twitter etc will come under Social and all promotional and ads comes under Promotion tab. We can always enable other two disabled tabs -updates and forums. I really like the new look and the user-interface provided by Gmail.

Now let us consider a scenario where automatic placement of emails by Gmail is not according to our taste. What can we do in this scenario ? Fortunately Gmail allows users to manually sort them under preferred tabs by moving each one with an option to follow the same settings for future too. Let us check how to do it.

Manually Put Emails From One Address Under Correct Tab

This step is required only if you feel the automatic allocation of emails by Google is not correct and you want to put every future electronic mails under correct tab.
  1. Right click on the email you want to move
    Promotions or Social category

  2. Select the option Move to tab and click the right tab from the menu.

  3. You will see a popup which let you set the current setting for future too.

    Click on Yes if you want to set the current settings valid for future too. By clicking Undo, you can reverse the change.

If you do not click Yes in this message, emails from the same address in future will not follow your current manual change. So if you want the future emails from the same sender comes under the tab you have manually set, you should click on Yes. As the part of forwarded mails from your friends you may receive so many with pictures. In case if you want to check the source of the images you have received in Gmail, visit the link below.
How to Conduct Reverse Image Search To Find Source Of a Picture

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How to Block Websites Using D-Link Router In Home & Office

If you want to block users accessing certain websites in your office or home, D-Link router can help you. D-Link router has website filter which can deny access to specified websites from all computers connected to it. This website filter feature of D-Link can help you prevent your kids in home or staffs in office from accessing unwanted or dangerous websites. Unwanted list includes  adult websites, Social network sites like Facebook or Twitter, Chat websites or even Google.

Manual Setup Guide For D-Link Wireless Router

Enable Web Filter On D-Link Router To Block Facebook, Twitter etc

By simply enabling website filtering with exact domain name, you can block users connected to DLink Router from accessing any time wasting websites like Facebook, Twitter etc in your office. You can also use the same feature to secure your kids in home from accessing unwanted websites. Steps to enable website filtering on D-Link Router are:
  1. Login to D-Link Router by using the IP address and use admin as the username and leave password field blank.
    How to stop users accessing websites using d-link wireless router

  2. Click Advanced tab on the top of the page and click website filter. Make sure you have selected the option DENY computers access ONLY these sites.
    D-Link router to prevent accessing websites

  3. Type the website domain address and the name on the specific fields. For example if you want stop employees at your office to use Facebook, you simply add the Facebook address here. After saving the list, it will not allow anyone in your office to access Facebook.
    Prevent office staff using Facebook, Twitter, Orkut etc

    Do not forget to click on Save Settings button after adding the names and URLs of websites you want to block using D-Link router.
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Blocking social media sites and online chat in a company is always a herculean task for managers because it can reduce the efficiency of office staffs in work. For those office managers who want to stop staffs spending work time in social media sites, D-Link router is a great help. Also parents who want to prevent their kids from browsing unwanted websites too can be feel safe after enabling website filter on D-Link router. If you want to set different permissions to access websites for different computers in your LAN, you must enable Access Control and set new policy. That I will explain later.

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Recover Forgotten D-Link Router & Access Point Login Password

Today morning I received an email from one reader asking assistance to recover his lost D-Link Router login password. He was about to change wireless settings on his D-Link router but couldn't proceed further because of its lost password.

Hi Alex, my brother has a D-Link Wireless Router which is working fine and has so many custom configurations. Now we have a problem. We want to upgrade our wireless security enabled in the D-Link router from WEP to something more secure. Exact problem is we cannot login to wireless setup page because of authentication failure. He has no idea which password he set for the D-Link router and he completely forgotten it. Can you help me to recover the forgotten D-Link password and change our current wireless security settings.

Now the million dollar question, can we ever recover a forgotten  router login information ? The answer is no but we can follow a list of D-Link router password recovery procedure. This procedure is completely based on guess and trial methods. This procedure is valid for D-Link Access Point & Range Expander user logon information recovery.

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D-Link Router Password Recovery Procedure
  1. Try Factory default login username and password

    Enter admin as the username and leave password field blank. In case if you are trying to recover the password of D-Link Access Point, the default username and password is same. In many cases you might not change the default logon details and still the device is having the factory default settings. If it is true you can enter the setup page using the default logon information.

  2. Guess possible username and password

    If the default username and password combination is not working, it is the time to start guess for the possible combinations you may set for your Dlink router. Try any possible combination and also try refer your diary or other places where you may write down the logon details for future reference. It is better you refer the personal diary. It is also advised to check the possible numbers you prefer like your phone number or car number.

  3. Ask Assistance From D-Link Technical Support

    To get direct support from Dlink technical support team to recover your lost D-Link router password, visit the link below.

  4. Reset D-Link Router Password

    Here onwards it is no longer a login password procedure but password reset procedure. Since step 1 and 2 have failed, we have no other options other than reset the current password configured on D-Link router. Please note that by doing this step you will loose current configuration router and Access Point. To view instructions to reset  logon details, visit the link below.
    How to Hard Reset Username Set On a Router

Completed D-Link Router Password Reset Procedure. Now What ?

After completing D-Link Router password reset procedure, you will loose all your previous custom configuration. It is like a new router now. So we need to configure it again. To perform this visit the link below and follow the instructions provided there.
How to Configure  Wireless Device Manually

Steps of password recovery procedure to recover lost D-Link router and Access Point are same. If you follow the 4th step, all previously made custom configurations on Access Point too loose. So you need to configure the device again.
How to Configure D-Link Wireless Access Point


How to Reset BIOS Settings On Your Computer In 3 Different Ways

BIOS or Basic Input Output System is a built in software stored in motherboard performs POST (Power On Self Test) and Loading OS to boot computer. Traditionally BIOS was stored in ROM(Read Only Memory) but now it is stored in Flash Memory to make it possible to update BIOS. In this tutorial let us check different methods to reset current BIOS settings to factory defaults. It will help you to recover your computer from any faulty Basic Input Output System settings related issues by clearing current configuration.

Different Methods to Reset Current BIOS Settings to Factory Default

There are three manual methods to perform it. They are give below.

1. Soft Reset Using BIOS Setup Utility
  1. Restart your computer

  2. Press the key provided by your system vendor to access Basic Input Output System

    Eg: In most computer systems either [F2] or [Del] button is used to access BIOS. If you do not know the exact key to access Basic Input/Output System settings on your computer, you may need to refer your computer manual.

  3. Press the key provided in setup to reset the settings to factory default. You can see the key to reset BIOS settings on the bottom of the page.
    Soft reset factory default settings
2.Use Motherboard Jumpers To Clear Current BIOS Settings

To perform this step you must power off your computer and open cabinet. Next to CMOS battery you can find a set of jumpers and you can use it to clear the current BIOS settings by set the jumper to clear CMOS. It is recommended to read motherboard manual carefully before performing this step to reset/clear Basic Input/Output System settings.

3. Disconnect CMOS Battery and Connect it back After Few Minutes

CMOS battery is used to power Basic Input/Output System and helps to keep the BIOS settings when you turn off your computer. Disconnecting CMOS battery resets the BIOS configuration. You can find CMOS battery on motherboard very easily because of its coin shape. You need to disconnect it from motherboard and keep it few minutes before reconnecting. It will erase all previous configurations on Basic Input Output System including password.

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Getting GOM Default Player Check Message When I Open Video Files

GOM Player is one of the leading media players which can run media files in various formats. Most common video formats like AVI, SVI, DIVX, ASX, ASF, WMX, WVX, WMV, MPEG, MPG, VOB, MP4,MKV, MOV etc can be played by it. Sometimes when you launch this program, you might receive a message to choose GOM Player as the default playback software for common video file formats. The message looks like Default Player Check: GOM Player can be set as the default playback software for common video file types.... You can click either yes or no buttons shows in this message. In case if you are OK with choosing it as the default media player on your computer you can click Yes and you will not receive this message no longer on your computer. If you do not want to set GOM Player as the default tool on your computer and find the continues alerts (Default Player check) as an annoying issue with it, you can disable it.

Look at the image below to see how this alert looks like. As long as this program is not set as default, you will receive this popup when ever you run videos using it.

Disable GOM Default Media Player Check

As we know, the popup described above can be very disturbing if you don't want to use this GOM software as primary tool. However, it is not very hard to disable this message once and for all on your laptop. So if this popup troubles you, you can disable it by following the steps below.
  1. Start GOM Player and click on Preferences

  2. Click Others button

    Uncheck the checkbox near Perform default player check at launch
Now onwards you will not get annoying default player check messages while you launch it on your computer. GOM Player plays most of the common video formats on your computer and the most important feature is its zero cost. However, you cannot edit or cut video files using this software. in case if you want to edit certain portion of the video file running on your PC, you can do that by following the steps provided in the link below.
How to Cut a Video File Using Free Video Cutter Avidemux

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Check Computer Memory Problems Using Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

It is always better check for any possible memory defects on your computers and laptops before showing Random Access Memory error symptoms. Windows has an inbuilt tool to detect any possible RAM issues on your computer. This inbuilt device is called Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool. It checks for possible Random Access Memory problems on your computer and which will help you to report the issue successfully to hardware manufacturers. In case if Windows detects any issues with RAM while running, it will automatically open Memory Diagnostic Tool and let the user to run it. You can also run this feature manually to ensure there is no problems with RAM modules on your PC.

How to Start Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool Manually

To run this feature manually to check possible RAM problems on your computer, follow the steps below.
  1. Go to Control Panel and select view by large icons

  2. Click Administrative Tool
    Check your system for any possible buffering problems

  3. Click Windows Memory Diagnostic
    Windows Diagnostic tool

  4. Double Click on it and now you will get an option to run Windows Diagnostic Tool to check for your computer RAM problems.
    Procedure to Open Microsoft Inbuilt tool

    1. Click Restart now and check for problems to start Windows Memory Diagnostic tool and check for issues with RAM on your computer. It may take a few minutes to complete the procedure and ensure that you have saved all current works on your computer.

    2. Click Check for problems the next time I start my computer if you do not have enough time to run the diagnostic tool now. Next time when you start your computer, it will start automatically.

Running Diagnostic Tool On Your Laptop

Windows Diagnostic Tool check RAM by two phase test. It may take a little bit time to complete the entire procedure and you will be notified in case OS detects any issues.
  1. Click F1 to get options and [Esc] to cancel the procedure.
    How do you know if your laptop has RAM problems

  2. In options you can set the tool to run in three different modes.
    i. Basic Memory Check
    ii. Standard Memory Check
    iii. Extended Memory check
    Check any RAM errors on your laptop

    Select the mode you want to check for memory errors and click [F10] to apply it.

By Windows Diagnostic tool we can test any possible memory corruption on a computer. What we will do in case we face issues with data stored on a disc ? In that case we may follow the steps provided in the link below.
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Check Computer Performance Using Windows Performance Monitor

I am sure you are interested to check how the software programs installed affect the overall performance of your computer. We can check it without installing any third party tools. You can check your computer real time performance using default Windows Performance Monitor. You can also check the past performance by checking its log details. This tutorial tells how to open Windows Performance Monitor and get log files to check current and past computer performance. It is one of the handy tools which helps a technician to understand your PC better once it is under servicing. This log file tells the activities of installed applications including past failures.

Open Windows Performance Monitor On Your Computer

To start this feature on your PC, follow the instructions provided below.
  1. Click Start and Go to Control Panel

  2. Click Administrative Tools
    How to check system activities

  3. Click Performance Monitor

  4. Select Performance Monitor from left hand menu
    Open efficiency

    Now you can view your computer's efficiency graph.

As the name suggests Performance Monitor helps us to monitor and understand the productivity and efficiency of your laptop by checking how the programs run affect the total working. This tool helps us to analyze the computer productivity both in real time and by checking log of past events.This tool is handy when you add a new hardware or software to your PC. We can check how it affect's overall activities of your PC.

In many cases like malware infection you may be prevented from accessing Performance Monitor by disabling control panel access on your laptop. You may be blocked from accessing the tool even if you have removed the infection. It is due to the changes made by the malware on your PC while it was infected. In that cases you may want to follow the instructions provided in the link below.
Prevented From Accessing Control Panel On a PC

If you want to analyze its log files to check the efficiency problems of your computer, you can use a tool called Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool. It gives details in Graphical user Interface in an easy to understand way. This standalone tool can be installed on our PCs. It is a Microsoft tool and we can download it from their website. To learn more about this tool and download, visit the link below.

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Tell Packets to Don't Fragment While in Ping Test (ping -f)

While in Ping test if the packet size is higher than the size your network can handle, it will be fragmented and reassembled at receiver. So even if the packet size we specified is invalid, we will get reply from the destination. This situation is not good because it fails the actual objective of the ping by giving reply from destination though the packets we send are having invalid size. So it is important to disable fragmentation of packets send from your computer to ensure you are using optimum packet size. We can use ping -f syntax to stop fragmentation of ping packets.

How to Stop Ping Packet Fragmentation

Let us explain it by an example. Here we send packets to global DNS address with size 1480 bytes. See the difference with and without the ping syntax -f. By using this syntax, we prevent the packets from dividing and try to reach the destination address with actual size. To change the original packet size, you must use another ping syntax -l. Use of this syntax is explained at the end of the guide.

When we use the -f ping syntax, we received error message Packet Needs To Be Fragmented But DF Set instead of valid reply from the destination. Without -f syntax the packet is fragmented and reassembled at destination.

So now onwards in case if you want to send a packet to destination without fragmenting it, you must use the ping syntax ping -f. the same syntax helps you to find the optimum MTU size of your network. To learn more about this, visit the link below.
Ping Test to Determine Correct MTU Size of a Network

We must understand the use of each and every symbols we use in this command to learn its working. In this ping test you may note the use of another ping syntax -l. To learn more about it, visit the link below.
Use -l to Change Default Ping Packet Size

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Remove a Following Blog From Blogger Reading List to Stop Receiving Updates

Blogger has a feature to subscribe all our favorite blogs by adding them to blogger reading list. From it, we can read the feeds of our favorite blogs which we subscribed. Tastes of people changes over time and that applies to reading too. In case if you feel you have added too many in reading list or certain blogs are no longer your favorite blogs, you have the option to unfollow them. This guide tells you how to unfollow an already added entry in your blogger reading list.

How to Stop Following a Blog In Blogger Reading List
  1. Login to your account and click on settings wheel(gear wheel) opposite to Reading list
    Stop getting updates from unwanted websites

  2. Now you will be redirected to a page where you can manage all the blogs you have added. Here if you want to add a new entry, you can simply use the Add button and enter the domain name or feed address.
    Steps to delete unwanted domain from feeds

    Click on settings link opposite to the blog you want to delete.

  3. Select the account you have used.
    Avoid a site I have subscribed

  4. You may be asked to re-enter your password to proceed further.
    Alex Kureekkattu - Siju George

  5. Click on settings link opposite to the blog you want to stop following
    Stop seeing updates from websites you don't

    Click on Stop following this site link to unfollow the blog.

  6. You want to confirm the action to stop following the website/ blog.
    unfollow a website

    Click on Stop Following button to completely unfollow the blog.
Now onwards you will not get updates from the removed blog on blogger reading list. It will be disappeared from the list you have subscribed. There is no restrictions to add the same domain to your blogger reading list in future if you feel you want to subscribe it again. Better practice is to limit the number of domains you are following to make sure you can follow their updates properly. If you are following too many domains, you may not find enough time to read the latest story from all of them and gradually loose interest. So it is better keep the list short.

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Packet Needs To Be Fragmented But DF Set -Reason and Solution

While testing the correct MTU size of your current network, sometimes you may receive the error message "Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set". In this tutorial let us check the reason and solution for this error message. If the MTU size you have set on ping test is too high, you will get this message. Let us check this by an example. Here I am testing whether the MTU value 1480 is the proper value for my network. The ping command to perform this test is:

ping www.corenetworkz.com -f -l 1480

  1. Here www.corenetworkz.com is the ping test destination

  2. -l is used to switch the default ping packet size. You can learn more about it by following the link below.
    Use -l to Change Default Ping Packet Size

  3. -f ensures the packets send are not fragmented.

See the test result below.
Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Users\sijugk>ping www.corenetworkz.com -f -l 1480

Pinging ghs.l.google.com [] with 1480 bytes of data:
Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set.
Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set.
Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set.
Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set.

Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),


Reasons for the Message Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set

If the packet size you have entered is too high for your network, you will get the message Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set.

Solve the Error Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set

In order to solve the error Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set, visit the link below and follow the steps mentioned on the tutorial.
Testing Proper MTU Size Of Your Network

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Refers to Location That is Unavailable. It Could be On Hard Drive On Computer

Today after connecting my USB drive to my computer I faced issues with accessing files stored in it. I received an error message while trying to access it "I:\ refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location. " If you ever receive this message while accessing the USB storage connected to your PC, you can follow the steps below to resolve this issue and access the information stored in it.

Disconnect and Reconnect Drive

If you receive the error message I:\ refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network." while accessing a USB storage device connected to your laptop, first troubleshooting step is to disconnect the drive and reconnect. If the issue persists, follow other solutions provided in the tutorial.

Solve Drive Location Unavailable by Changing Drive Letter & Path

  1. Go to Control and click on Administrative Tools

  2. Double click on Computer Management and open Storage

  3. Open disk management to go to Computer Management

  4. Right Click on the USB drive (which you cannot access) and click on Change Drive Letter and Paths
    Refers to a Location That is Unavailabl

  5. Click on Change button
    Change DDR letter

  6. Select a different letter for the USB drive
    Not getting files
In most cases you will not see the error message "I:\ refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location. " after changing the drive letter. In case the issue is not resolved we should ensure the ownership of it. If the current user is not the owner, we must assign ownership of the storage device to current user. Assign the Current User Account as Owner of the Drive By assigning the current User Account as the owner, we will eliminate any chances of restrictions on accessing the information stored in it.
  1. Type diskmgmt.msc on Windows search and right click on Disk Management icon and select run as administrator.
    Laptop and flash memory

  2. Right click on the Drive and select properties

  3. Select Security tab and click on Advanced button
    change ownership

  4. Click on Owner tab
    Refers to Location That is Unavailable

    By pressing edit button we can change the ownership details of the drive.
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Change Laptop Low & Critical Battery Levels With New Power Plan

We are familiar with the low battery level alert on our laptops when the charge level reaches a particular limit. This critical level is set by the Operating system by default. If you feel the limit set on your laptop is too low or high, we can change the default value which initiates low battery alerts. Setting low battery level too low may not give you enough time to connect your laptop to power plug before initiating critical level action. Setting high level too will not help you. So it is better keep the low charge level the optimum in your ease. Second part of this tutorial explains how to create a new power plan with the custom settings.

Steps to Reduce or Increase Default Laptop Low Battery Level

To reduce or increase the default value set, follow the steps below.
  1. Go to Control panel and click on Power Options

    Make sure you set the Control Panel items view by large icons.

  2. Click on change plan settings near the power plan selected on your laptop.

  3. Click on Change advanced power settings
    How to reduce low

  4. Click on low batter level and select the On Battery(%) by clicking on it.

    After changing the percentage level here, you must click on apply.

How to Change Critical Battery Level

To change the laptop critical charge limit, follow steps 1,2 and 3. Then select critical battery level and change the value set on On Battery(%).
change critical value

When the charge meets the critical limit set on your laptop, critical battery level action initiates. It is important to note that the changes you have made on critical and Low Battery Levels are valid only for the currently selected  plan. If you activate any other power plan, you must repeat the same steps on there too. Many users make the mistake of setting the custom changes there and wonder why it is not working. So it is very important to select the currently using power plan.

How to Create Custom Power Plan and Settings

By default your laptop has three power plans Balanced, high performance and Power saver. For the optimum performance of your laptop it is recommended to select Balanced plan. High performance power plan let your laptop works in best performance but it drains more energy from your laptop battery. However, if you are not in a position to charge your laptop battery soon, it is better save the maximum possible charge. So Power saver would be the best option for you. In case if you are not happy with these three default plans, you can create a custom plan for your laptop by your self. While creating your custom energy plan, you can specify the timing of Dim the light, Turn off the display, time to sleep etc according to your criteria.
  1. Click on Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Click on Power Options
  4. Click on Create a Power Plan:

    Now you will see an option to pick one of the three options available.
    How to create a energy plan

    These options are:
    • Balanced
    • Power Saver
    • High performance
    After selecting the best suited option, you should give a name to your custom plan and click on next.
    Create a new option

  5. Choose the Sleep and Display settings:

    Here we can choose the sleep and display settings for the new plan. After choosing the settings click on Create.
    Change display, sleep, dim light settings in battery meter

    Now your laptop battery meter automatically select the new custom preference.

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