Samsung SSD Secure Erase Utility Scrambled Screen Fix

Samsung 860 EVO SSD Drive on Amazon

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Boot up the Samsung Secure erase utility either from CD or USB flash drive.
  2. When you get to the blue screen where you can’t make out the words, press the “Esc” key on your keyboard
  3. Wait until you see the command prompt window
  4. At the prompt type in the following: segui0 /s
  5. Note: that’s the number zero after the letter i above
  6. Press the “Enter” key on your keyboard
  7. Problem should now be fixed and you should now be able to read everything on the screen.
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The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error SOLUTION on Windows 10

The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error SOLUTION on Windows 10.  This may happen when you clone or image a hard drive and you stick the hard drive in a computer that is a different model that the original source computer.  This problem may also happen if something goes wrong with your Windows system such as when installing Windows updates.

 

Step-by-Step Instructions to Fix the Issue:

  1. Turn on the computer
  2. When you see the error message, Hold down the Shift Key and press the F10 key (Note: if you are on a laptop you may need to hold down Fn key and Shift Key together and then press the F10 key)
  3. Once the command prompt shows up, type: regedit
  4. Once the Registry Editor comes up you’ll want to go to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\ChildCompletion
  5. Once you are on the ChildCompletion key look on the right hand side and find setup.exe and double click on it
  6. Change the value data from its current value to 3 (Note: leave the Base as Hexadecimal)
  7. Click OK
  8. Then click OK on the error message so that Windows can restart
  9. After the computer reboots it should continue normally into the finalize settings phase and won’t run into the error anymore
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SSD Secure Erase – The selected drive is in a Frozen state

Samsung EVO 860 SSD Drive on Amazon

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Create the Samsung SSD Secure Erase Utility CD or USB using the Samsung Magician software
  2. Write down the serial number of your SSD drive that you want to erase, either using the Samsung Magician software or by physically looking at the bottom of the SSD drive.
  3. Keep your computer case open and make sure you have access to the power cable connected to the SSD drive
  4. Boot up from the Samsung SSD Secure Erase Utility CD or USB
  5. When you get to the disclaimer and warning message, press Y
  6. Drive scan will commence and may take a few minutes
  7. Once the scan is complete it will list all the drives it found
  8. Locate the drive number that contains the serial number for the drive you are trying to secure wipe and write down this number (e.g. 01, 02, 03)
  9. The program will then ask you for each drive in the list if you want to wipe it, if the drive displayed matches the serial number of the drive you want to secure wipe press Y, otherwise press N to continue through the list
  10. At this point if you pressed Y and you get the error message “The selected drive is in a Frozen state” you will need to follow the steps below, otherwise if the secure wipe completed successfully you are done
  11. To get passed the Frozen state error you will actually need to disconnect the SATA power cable from your SSD drive while the computer is on
  12. After you have disconnected the SATA power cable from the SSD drive go back to the program and press the Esc key
  13. Program will then proceed to ask you if you want to wipe any additional drives, just keep pressing N until you get passed the last drive
  14. Then it will take a few minutes and it will exit to a DOS command prompt window
  15. Once you see the black screen with the A:\SAMSUNG\SECERASE command prompt you will need to connect back the SATA power cable to the SSD drive (this unfreezes the drive) while your computer is still on (do not turn off your computer at any point)
  16. Now go back to the command prompt and type: dir
  17. The dir command will list the contents of the CD or USB drive
  18. At the bottom you should see a file named SEGUI0.EXE
  19. At the prompt you will need to type: SEGUI0.EXE /s and then press the Enter key
  20. Now repeat steps 5 through 10 again and this time the utility should be able to perform the secure erase on the drive without the Frozen drive warning
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How to Turn Off Dryer Buzzer

Step-by-Step Instructions For Disabling Dryer Buzzer on Kenmore Top-Down Washer Dryer:

  1. Disconnect your washer/dryer from the electrical outlet (very important to avoid getting electrical shock)
  2. Using a Phillips screwdriver remove the two large screws under the washer/dryer knob assembly
  3. As you are removing the 2nd screw make sure to hold the metal piece that the screws are keeping in place so that it doesn’t slam down
  4. After removing the two screws gently put down the outer metal piece exposing the inside of the dryer
  5. Next using the same Phillips screwdriver remove six additional screws that are now visible after removing the outer metal panel that are keeping the knob assembly in place
  6. After removing the screws hold the knob assembly from the bottom and slowly let the top portion come down towards you
  7. This will expose the washer/dryer controls and wires
  8. Clean up any dust and debris from the controls and wires with a compressed air canister or by hand.
  9. On the left hand side directly behind the dryer knob is where you want to look for the timer for the dryer
  10. On the timer control box you will see wires connected to terminals designated by a letter, you want to look for the terminal that is designated by the letter “H” towards the back of the control
  11. Go ahead and disconnect the black wire from the terminal labeled as “H” as this is the wire that is connected to the dryer buzzer which makes the annoying loud sound
  12. Next get a hold of some electrical tape and wrap the end of the wire with enough tape so that no metal is exposed and make sure that the wrap is nicely tight and secure
  13. Place the knob assembly back in place
  14. Screw the six screws back into the knob assembly screwing it on to the washer/dryer frame
  15. Lift the outer metal piece back up and then screw in the two larger screws
  16. You’re done.  No more annoying loud buzzer sound!!!
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American Home Shield ( Home Warranty ) Avoid at All Cost

In this video I talk about American Home Shield Home Warranty and how they are the worst company I have ever dealt with and why you should avoid them at all costs. Avoid home warranty cost and save your money for repairs instead.

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Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Unboxing and Full Review vs. Astro A50 headset

Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Unboxing and Full Review vs. Astro A50 headset

Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on Amazon

The Razer Tiamat 7.1 are a very expensive gaming headset.  It does have some premium features such as an external sound mixer with a large knob for adjusting the volume.  The audio mixer has three buttons on it and they perform the following functions: mute/unmute sound, switch between pc speakers and headphones, and a button to switch between stereo and 7.1 surround sound.  The last smaller knob on the audio mixer is a selector for choosing between adjustments for main volume, front, center, side, mic volume, sub, and rear.  The Razer Tiamat 7.1 is completely wired and requires you to have 7.1 audio connectors on your computer as opposed to the Astro A50’s which are wireless and instead relies on simulated 7.1 software based surround sound.  The earcups were a decent size, but I found them to be a little bit too small that they didn’t completely go over my ear so you do feel some discomfort on the ears after using these past an hour, the Astro A50’s on the other hand completely covered my ears.  Continue reading Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Unboxing and Full Review vs. Astro A50 headset

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