Sunday, October 13, 2013

How to change Google Drive desktop app's language into English

I have just installed Google Drive desktop application on my computer. Then  I checked, it turns out the menu in Indonesian language (according to my settings in the Regional and Language). For some reason, I prefer to use English in the application menu.

Since there's no any option available to change the language in Google Drive, for changing the language on Google Drive desktop application, do following steps :

1. Open the Start Menu, type in the phrase "edit system environment variables" then choose the menu as shown below :


2. On System Properties dialog, choose Advanced tab, then click the Environment Variables... button. On Environment Variables dialog, create a new System Variable, named "LANG" and "en_US" on its value. Just follow the step-by-step as in the image below:



3. Turn off Google Drive desktop application, then restart it.

4. Should Google Drive desktop application menus are in English now.

Google Drive's menu in English

Try it yourself :-)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

HP Mini 210-1109TU : How to speed up boot time and fix the slow performance

HP Mini 201-1109TU
On this weekend , i got an order from Mr. Yul Alfian, which was he asked me to fixed some problems on his netbook, the HP Mini 201-1109TU . He was concerned about the sluggish performance and also the boot time is too slow.


OK, when i turned on this netbook for the first time impression, it does a very slow boot time ( almost 4+ minutes ), and the performance is very disresponsive and too much lag.

This netbook has an Intel Atom N470@1.83GHz processor (hyper-thread) , 1 GB of RAM , 250 GB on HDD and OS Windows 7 Starter. I know, the specifications is less powerfull , but hey .. This is a netbook right? Don't expect too much on it.

As usual , I always avoiding re-install the OS in every troubleshoot i did. In my opinion, that way is less smart . I believe i can boost up this netbook's performance into acceptable speed.

 I take the following steps to overcome the problem on the netbook :

1 . First , I immediately uninstalled the Norton Internet Security and Adobe Reader. No offense, but for all this time I am personally more happy with Avira Free Antivirus (download here) and Foxit Reader (download here) as a PDF file's reader . Both of the them are much lighter, especially on low-specs computers. Doing a full virus scan with Avira right after install it is also a good idea .

2 . Perform download and install updates from Windows Update. Also make sure that all the drivers have been installed properly and up to date. Get the HP Mini 210 drivers here

3 . Third , turn off all the effects that have an impact on performance. Go to Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings , on the Advanced tab select the Performance panel and press the Settings button . Determine the appropriate custom settings in the image below :

Win 7 Performance Options


4 . Next we have to change the Power Plan . Go to Control Panel > Power Options , select the High Performance power plan .

Win 7 Power Plans


5 . Go to Control Panel > Intel ( R ) GMA Driver for Mobile > Display Settings , then press the Power Settings . In the dialog that appears , drag the slider on the option Disable Power Savings.

Intel GMA Driver


6 . Turn On ClearType text. Go to Control Panel > Display > Adjust ClearType text . You can check the checkbox to Turn on the ClearType . You will do some calibrations here :




7 . The HP Mini 210 features HP QuickWeb. So for the  user does not have to wait for long  boot time , set the computer to boot into the Windows OS if inactive for 5 seconds . Go to Control Panel > HP QuickWeb Configuration Tool , do set it there .

HP QuickWeb


8 . Install HijackThis from TrendSecure (link) . Oh how I love HijackThis . With this tool we can remove the startup entry, malware, backdoors, trojans, etc . Well, I'm not going to explain more about HijackThis , you gotta explore it yourself. :-)

HijackThis


9 . Dispose of unnecessary applications running on your computer and waste services that are not necessary. I know, this steps can be a painful step, such as MsConfig, Registry Editor , blah .. blah ... But my recommendation, just go install Baidu PC Faster (download here). This application is very useful and well smart in diagnosing problems on your computer, while it also offering a solution or fixes. A very very recommended tool.


Baidu PC Faster

10 . Last but not least, defragment the hard drive! . I use Deffragler (link)



And now let's see the result after reboot. It was shocking !
Boot time decreased from 4+ minutes to just 55 seconds !
And the overall performance also feels much more responsive . Although sometimes there is still a little lag especially when we do multitasking tasks.

My advice? I strongly suggest to upgrade this netbook onto 2 GB of RAM for a smooth performance.

And here the following comparison of Task Manager , before tuning and after tuning ( idle condition ) :




Hopefully this post can help you whom with same performance issues on HP Mini 210-1109TU . Basically the above tricks can also be implemented on other notebook's brands .

At least we do not have to reinstall the OS, right ? :-)