Archive for July, 2010

Finally Win 7 works like a charm

July 28, 2010

After my previous post which incited the SQM client service as the culprit of frequent freezing up of the Win 7 system, I did a little more tweaking, because the system still freezes when I was browsing with Firefox, or listening to music with Zune. I tried to block a few non-Microsoft services and startup programs, after updating the Asus motherboard bios.

I have to suspect that the frequent freezing of the system was caused by the bios. Before that, I had a lot of problems with it, like after I set up the CD-Rom as the first to boot from, still the system booted from the hard drive, even when I inserted the installation disc. Now everything is just okay, and I am so glad. A 5-day work. I hope that it will not ask for more time.

Here is a list of things to do if I need to assemble another PC.

1. Read the manual.

2. Update the motherboard bios whenever possible.

3. And also other hardware drivers.

4. Install software with a little patience. So when it hangs, just wait for a few more minutes.

F*$#king SQM client of Win 7

July 26, 2010

These days I have installing win7 64 bit on my new PC. I have not done so in years and I assumed, with the technological development in these years, the setup and configuration should be much easier compared to that 10 years ago.

It was true that the hardware setting was piece of a cake. All the computer case departments are well designed and easily assembled with new components. It did not take me long to complete everything, except that when trying to lighten it up, I forgot to attach the main power cable to the motherboard, therefore, I was unable to power it on, and thought that was because of the power unit failure. But that was just a small issue. I went to Bestbuy and got a new power supply unit, which came with a user manual (!!!), which provided me with the correct information on how to install it. (Did I ever install a power supply unit? Probably not, because previously when you buy a computer case, it always comes with a power supply unit and at that time, people don’t care much about the voltage of the power supply unit.)

Then came the nightmare. For about 4 days, I was doing nothing other than installing and uninstalling and then installing again Windows 7 64 bit and other software. It should not be a big problem for me, as I am quite familiar with Windows series and I installed it on a raw, clean hard drive. It just freezes so frequently, sometimes when starting up, sometimes when copying and pasting a large chunk of files, sometimes downloading updates. I rebooted frequently. Sometimes the reboot failed, and the system suggested to have a system repair, and I followed, and then it freezes again. Sometimes, when I chose to go into the normal startup, everything became alright, and soon froze again. I doubted if this was caused by hardware, so I tested; if caused by software, so I uninstalled and installed every other software; or the window services, and I was almost to undergo the systematic analysis of the services – that is, configure the booting processes, allow only half of the services, see if there will be any problem, locate the trouble maker in either section of the services, and then narrow it down. Suppose there are 256 services I need to analyze, and suppose they don’t interact, then I need to run 8 rounds of analysis. How long it will take? And in case if one mistakes, everything shall be done again.

So, I was pretty happy when finally, I came across this post that discussed the possible culprit, the SQM client service. What I did? Just search for “sqmclient” in registry editor, and remove every cluster with this phrase. Now it seems like okay, and I am still waiting to see whether this is the ultimate solution. Well, I know, for windows, there is never an ultimate solution. There will be problems all the time, even for the same symptom, each time the causing agent might be different. It’s just like life. There is no permanent solution before one dies.


July 7, 2010


有道是,踏破铁鞋无觅处,得来全不费功夫。那天是一个周日,天气热得邪门。早晨和一个朋友去了小半天,没有多少收获,只是几条小鱼。下午,朋友嫌天热不愿意再去了。我在公园里光着膀子,甩竿,收杆,想着把手头这些蚯蚓用完,哪怕没有收获也要回家了。陆陆续续的来了些人,有的是专门钓大鱼的,用了magic bait for catfish,竿子远远的甩出去就不管。一会儿功夫,看着那家伙就上了条大鲶鱼,可惜最后没拎起来,让鱼跑了。又过会功夫,我也上了条大鱼,瞅了眼要有5磅以上,可是收竿的时候一不小心,也让这鱼吞钩跑了。懊恼不已。然而没有别的好做,只有继续装饵,甩竿。蚯蚓用完,切了条早上抓的小鱼做饵。时间一点点过去,眼看着过了7点,离8点关门的时候不远了。这时候,突然就看见竿子被拽动,连忙收竿,然后叫别人帮忙,用网兜把鱼给兜了上来。拿到这鱼的时候,简直不敢相信自己的好运。后来杀鱼时,看到鱼肚子里还有一个鱼钩。前车之鉴不察,就引来杀身之祸啊。