Mailbag 1st November 2010

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Missing Sound Drivers

Careless Asks:

My friend has a Toshiba Laptop and the sound driver has disappeared it gave a message of ”No Audio Output Device is installed”, I used to download ”Uniblue” the software which allows us to download the missing device drivers but this time it doesn’t work . .

I get these same problems a lot with branded computers as some of the hardware in them requires specific drivers that can only be obtained from the manufacturers themselves, worry not these drivers are almost always on their website. Try going to Toshibas support site here or go to, once there you will be able to enter your laptop model number, then you will be presented with all the available drivers for your laptop model including the audio drivers.

Moving my blog from to

My initial skeptical impressions of the move is that it would go fairly smoothly, I knew there would be some problems along the way, there always is when under taking something like this.

I am going to assume during this post that you are able and aware of how to setup WordPress on your own web hosting package and that you have a technical ability to complete what I am going to go through. If you do have any problems understanding anything please drop me an email and I will do my best to help.

There are some resources worth looking at before going through moving your blog below:

1. WordPress » Domain Mapping » Redirecting Your Blog Here.

2. WordPress » Domain Mapping » Map an Existing Domain Here.

3. » Here.

These 3 resources alone will get you through making the move; these are the resources I used during my move.

First thing I did was setup a sub domain on my new domain and then setup WordPress on it for testing purposes. As I had already been using my new domain name I wasn’t able to test directly on the new domain. Continue reading

Windows Vista Slow Network Problems

Maybe you have already encountered the strange behaviour that it takes much longer to copy large files in Windows Vista than in Windows XP. You thought that the change from XP to Vista would at least be not a disadvantage speed wise but Vista somehow seems to have a problem copying large files. This happens especially with mapped drives but it could also be that you witness network disconnects.

The problem is caused by a new feature called Auto Tuning which is by default enabled in Microsoft Windows Vista. What Auto Tuning does is that it reacts on changes in the network by tuning the receive windows size. The solution would be of course to disable Auto Tuning in Vista. Some users reported that disabling Auto Tuning had a positive effect on their ability to connect to services such as Windows Live Messenger which did not work before.

To disable Auto Tuning and speed up the copy process and avoid timeouts and disconnects do the following:

Open a command prompt and type the following: netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

once you receive the ok, restart to activate and you should notice a difference.

if for any strange reason you would like to re-activate it use the code below.

To turn it on again: netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal

Broadband Speedtest

The following diagnostic tests will help you test your internet connection of its download speed & provide additional information to our on site engineers if you are experiencing certain types of problems with your internet service.

Internet connection speed test

The following links allow you to test the speed at which you can download content over your internet connection. Click on a link below and save the file to disk when prompted by your browser.

File download size Minimum download time expected @ 500kbit/s
Small (5 Mbytes) 1 minute 45 seconds
Medium (10 Mbytes) 3 minutes
Large (15 Mbytes) 4 minutes 30 seconds

Broadband video streaming

From 1 April 2004, we will no longer be streaming video from our own servers. If you are interested in testing your broadband connection for video streaming, we recommend you visit which will allow you to test using the Real Media format.