Fixing Seagate/Maxtor HDDs with a Raspberry Pi: 0 LBA, BSY and CC erros

Just imagine this scenario: one day you turn off your pc and you try to turn it on the following day. And it doesn’t or, more precisely, your trustworthy Maxtor/Seagate HDD (Model No. STM3320614AS) is no longer detected during the boot or shows a size of 0GB. You get mad, you get angry. Then you try to figure out how to get your data back. It appears that, due to a firmware bug, some particular Maxtor and Seagate HDDs lock up their SATA port (BSY bug) or corrupt show as 0 sized (0 LBA)....

June 1, 2014 · 3 min · Alessio Placitelli

Google Calendar and Windows Mobile phones|Google Calendar e telefoni Windows Mobile

Did you know you could synchronize your Windows Mobile device with Google Calendar without using any third party application? Amazing, isn’t it? 🙂 Simply follow this link: Set Up your Windows Mobile Phone

September 4, 2009 · 1 min · Alessio Placitelli

Creative Zen: Sezione nel file INF non valida|Creative Zen: A section in the INF is invalid

Odio quando gli hard disk si rompono. Ok, ho il backup di tutto.. però che nervi reinstallare tutto. Spesso infatti, qualche periferica che funzionava senza problemi decide di piantarti in asso: è la cosa che mi è successa durante l’installazione dei driver del mio Creative Zen su Windows XP SP3. Se anche voi avete lo stesso problema, se Windows tenta di liquidarvi con un “Sezione del file INF non valida”, scaricate ed eseguite l’installazione di questo file:...

February 5, 2009 · 1 min · Alessio Placitelli

MSI Wind U100: problema tastiera|MSI Wind U100: keyboard problem

/Me OMFG Do you know someone on this planet who can manage to destroy a 399€ jewel in less than a hour? Now you do. I just tried to update the BIOS of my new, flaming, MSI Wind U100 Black when I found out power wasn’t plugged. So I thought “what’s the problem, let’s just plug it in”. I wish I had never done that: keyboard suddenly stopped working. I tried rebooting to Windows XP (a pure DOS environment is required for BIOS updates) but, sadly, nothing changed....

July 12, 2008 · 2 min · Alessio Placitelli

Polyglot: how to show both language name and flag

So here we go with tip #2 for this great plugin. I wanted to show both the flag and the name of available languages on my wordpress sidebar. The function responsible for checking available languages is polyglot_list_langs, which I had to modify a little bit to suit my needs. Ok, let’s stop talking and start coding 🙂 – Enter WordPress Administration Area – Edit Polyglot Plugin ( Plugins -> Polyglot -> Edit)....

December 30, 2007 · 2 min · Alessio Placitelli