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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fix a 8Gb Pen Drive

Never in my mind I thought that I would find a FAKE pendrive in my house. Here I am, holding one. My mom bought this like years ago and it broke just weeks after it was purchased. I knew something was wrong but never had the time to dig deeper. (Click on the picture for the actual size photo)

Our Main Guest today!

The gut of the flash drive. I even opened the casing to see the controller code. It was futile.

Today, I was searching for an answer for this. I thought it was just a simple corrupted sector or memory. Googled whole day, tried all sorts of formatting tools, from Windows built-in formatting tool to the HP format tool, but all were unable to complete the formatting. The Windows Formatting says that the disk drive is "Write-Protected", and changing the registry key of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies to 0 did not work at all.The Low Level Format Tool returned Device I/O Error  for Format Error Occurred at Offset 0 and so on for all 8Gb of memory location.

Then, I stumbled across the Chip Genius tool. It shows the chip and vendor information.

This is after I have fixed the drive. Before this it showed  something like "山寨黑盘" which means it might be a fake drive from China. Anyway, nothing can be worse, perhaps I can at least salvage what is left of it.

Google showed me AlcorMP, a software they used to program the controller of the USB disk before selling the disks. This is how they "fake" the memory size of the disk. ( do correct me if I am wrong, I'm not so sure about this myself)

Tried the first one, failed. Second one, failed as well. Turned out I need to find the one which will work with my Firmware. The info is listed as "F/W EF66" as shown in the picture.

Google pointed me to http://flashboot.ru/files/file/53/ , where the translation for the comments showed promising result for my firmware. But before that, I need to make sure AlcorMP recognise my disk.

Following the steps from Formating USB with Manufacturer Tool - USB Drive Format Utilities - reboot.pro , I added my VID and PID for IgnoreVIDPID and VIDPID , which in my particular disk is 00117788 into AlcorMP.ini file.

Run AlcorMP.exe as ADMIN ( this is very important as I could not load the driver without admin access) and this will pop up.

Click Start and it will start to scan for bad sectors and restore the disk to its default value.

Mine actually became 1.4GB only after the process.( verified using H2testw)
I hope this post will be useful for those who struggled to fix a broken or "possible Fake" flash drive. Until the next post, have a good day. :)

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Projects in USM

Twiss Programme

Last week was one busy week. My weekend was packed with activities and programmes!.
One of them was TWISS Programme. I don't have a clue what is the full name for TWISS ( I think TWISS is a short form, right? ), but it was meant to introduce to us, USM School of Electrical and Electronic First Year Student , the concept of Student Centred Study.

It was organised in Friday and Saturday, using almost two days, and we were required to build an electrical car!

I was totally stumped by this project as we don't even know how to use a breadboard to test our circuit, not to say building a complete circuit! Well, they provided us with some short training session... Personally, I feel that the training session is too short, I had to take out all the components even before I completed my circuit. But then, this is the first time they organised such programme... So, keep up the good work!

Anyway, this is my complete circuit board done by my team. We did it quite fast, way ahead of other groups and most importantly, it works!
Motor Car Circuit BoardMotor Car Circuit Board Working

But then, nothing is certain in this world.

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Friday, October 04, 2013

USM-Universiti Sains Malaysia

Wow, it has been quite a long time since the last time! Life is truly hectic here, with assignments, quizzes, and activities flying towards you, you’ll have to pick up some "manoeuvring” skill to avoid accidents with all those stuffs.

To cut it short, I am now taking Electrical Engineering in Universiti Sains Malaysia. One thing to note that I am now in the Engineering Campus, not the Main Campus. Feeling surprised? USM has 3 campuses, another one is Health Campus in Kelantan. Winking smile

Below are some of the photos around USM, courtesy of my friend’s handphone. My HTC Wildfire S has a weak camera, unfortunately.

View from my hostel room.
USM (2)
USM (3)

Random shot of the sky I guess? Rolling on the floor laughingUSM (4)

Pusat Pembangunan Siswa, or PUMA. Basically all the students’ activities are held here.
USM (6)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Some random updates.

Finally, I have my own desk now. Thanks Mum!

Still, I am a bad at organizing my stuff, so the desk is now full of rubbish, again. If any of you would offer some advice about organizing stuff on a desk, I would gladly accept it .:D

With a new chair as well :D

This is the 'interior' of my optical mouse. Last week it somehow broke down and the left click just would not work. A single click always result in a double click.

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Sunday, June 02, 2013

In-Holiday Syndrome

Hi guys! I am now in a 4 months long holiday after my graduation from KMM. Since then, my Facebook is spammed with messages like ' I am bored to death' ,' What am I going to do now? So boring!' etc. You get it.

 Oh really?

Somehow, I am 'sparked' by these messages. They were the one who told me how eager they were for these holiday to come, what were their plannings and now, you are telling me you have nothing to do?

I had come across this situation a few times, since I had several 'short-term' holiday before this. Same thing happened. 'I am growing mushrooms on myself' appeared on my Facebook wall as well.

I don't know why would that lead myself to a confusion: what is the holiday for, in the first place?

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Opening a new door...

Recently, I got an offer to go for an interview for Electrical Engineering course in UM.

Initially, I wanted to reject the offer, seriously. I did not expect the offer, since I filled in the choice as the 3rd choice in my PU registration, it is not supposed to get an offer based on the instructions given. 

Hence, it caused some major changes in my plan, for the whole week. I am supposed to be travelling with my friends to Penang this week, and that has to be delayed, due to this 'sudden' interview.

Then, because of my dependence on my dad, my only transport is through my dad. Kinda sad huh?
But then, a thought flashed through my mind over and over again. Why not you go for the interview, and get some experience? That would not be bad in any way right? Ahh well, I got beaten by the thought and clicked the 'accept' button.

So, I am heading to UM tomorrow for Penilaian, some sort of a test I guess.

The next day, it is the real interview. I haven not really prepared anything for the interview really. My mind is so messed up right now.

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Wargeymon Papercraft

Hi guys!
Here I am, typing this post at the comfort of my home. Yes, I graduated from KMM. 
Kinda miss the smelly bed now, but life goes on anyways right? So, yeah, trying hard to get used to the original bed now.

Anyway, Wargreymon is finally done, after one whole Semester of work!.
Believe it or not, I was building this big guy in the final week of my exam. Can't blame the habit of 'distraction is much more interesting than studying' I guess? :D

Enjoy the photos ( courtesy of another friend who lent me his better phone)
or suffer the ugly views of the glueing tabs/ colour washes/ bending folds/ etc craps in the craft

p/s:  Wargreymon is now resting in its comfy home in Penang, probably enjoying its Curry Mee. 
Yes, It's a present.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

So long, Biology...

Just had my Biology exam this morning. 

Perhaps it'll be the last time I had any contact with this subject.

Since Form 4, I had always disliked Biology. 
I just could not get the points and facts right.

Who knows, but I think I am not suitable for this subject. 
Why didn't I drop this subject out during the First Semester??? Argh....

Anyway, the 'magnificent' views of the lecture notes of Biology, alone.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

First Time Trying Baju Melayu

My classmates asked me for countless times to wear Baju Melayu with them. However, since most of them have only one set of the outfit with them, and the one having extra does not fit with my size, the plan was soon forgotten, until this week.

It is the last week of having lectures for our lives in KMM.

One of my classmate got me a set of Baju Melayu from his home ( I think so? ), so I happily tried it out today. It feels good, just that I still feel uneasy with Songkok on my head. It's like something is 'clingy' on my hair.

Anyway, this might be the last post about my life in KMM. Gonna leave this place soon and I'll definitely miss it! ( no matter how old it is, haha!)

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

The Trinity knot

Nothing spectacular actually. Just want to share a new knot call The Trinity. Tutorial can be found easily on Youtube by searching 'How to tie a Trinity knot'.

Tonight is the dinner night of my hostel block, C3. 

Kinda low standard if compared with the functions done by the other hostel blocks, but considering the fact that we don't even give a damn to help out... I would say our leader has done his job, very very good. 

Thumbs up for Faiz!!!

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Monday, April 01, 2013

Eldredge knot

Tried a new tie knot today. Wasn't that eye catchy, but at least I like it :D

Here's the instrution on how to tie the know.

Will try out another new know called Trinity this Friday, so stay tuned :D

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Last Official Event

 Just a short update of the last official event in KMM. Majlis Apresiasi Pendidikan Moral.

My classmates got 'tricked' to perform the 1 Malaysia Song , with only 1 week to prepare. But that went out pretty well, and I think I'm starting to love the stage more, sadly it'll only become a memory, soon enough.

This came as a surprise! I swear I didn't even read through the so-called ' notes'
OK, maybe a little ;D

But one of my classmates actually got the Pelajar Terbaik ( Best Student) Award. LOL

The gifts inside are pretty useful too. Especially the notebook.
 It'll soon become one of the member of my diaries family!

Me and my buddies. Hope they don't mind they are on the Internet now :D

One little thing that I regretted though. We ( my classmates) discussed to wear outfits of matching colours but we did not take a photo together, perhaps I should have insisted more, especially her...

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Outing and Ranting(s)

Another outing again, this time, it's with my fellow classmates.

Went for a bowling game. My score is horrible.

Then, we went to Tanjung Bidara beach. Such a wonderful place, with such a bad timing that we chose to go out this time. 

These 2 photos mean that " I am here"

Beautiful near sunset shot. Again, taken when I was not in a good mood.

And the RANT starts here....

All went smoothly until we reached the beach. Four of our group were going to return the rented car and were suppose to be back in one hour. But, they were back only after 2 hours and a half... 


It's expensive. Okay. We were sort of desperate. Could not care much.

It's old. Okay, as along as it can still move.

It has a super sensitive brake. One little push on the pedal can make the whole car go 'jumping'.

It has 4 'broken' windows, as in the pane windows can't be adjusted. Okay, can live with it.

Its doors are super hard to be unlocked after they are locked. Annoying.

Finally, the battery became dead when they were on the journey to return the car. SWEET.

And the one responsible for the car came very very late. 

The four people only joined our group after 3 hours. And we were about to go back since it's getting late. 

All because we rented a near-dead car...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Why go for an Outing?

Why you ask? I will answer you with , FOOD!
Being fed up with the foods available around you isn't definitely not a good thing, especialy if you don't want to much up on Maggie mee every now and then.
So, I went out of KMM on Saturday with a bunch of friends, to have a wonderful lunch of Laksa!

The Nyonya Laksa

Laksa Kahwin. Basically it's a mix of Laksa and Kari. If you like Santan you don't want to miss it!

Large varieties of 'dessert' to be chosen from.

Jonker 88 is one amazing place to have your favourite Laksa!

After the wonderful lunch, we went to Popular bookstore in Mahkota Parade to finish the book vouchers. (Not mine though XD)

RM 300 worth of items. LOL. Bringing it up to our room was a challenging task....

 And then, our dinner...

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Water Rocket

Hi there. Just to give everyone some insights about the activity(s) in KMM. 

Well, I participated in the Water Rocket Launching Competition. Things did not go very smoothly, but at least a 'rocket' is made. For me, it's already a miracle a rocket could be made, considering my team members are.... well.... not very enthusiastic at all....

Okay, time to move on and tadaa!
Surprise! An ugly 100 plus bottle with some lousy fins !
I didn't even want to test launch it when I had the opportunity to do so. 
Guess the reason.

 Did some major 'improvements' to the shape. Look at all these mess.

Repairing-in-progress. Did not even ask for his permission but heh, it's now on the web~

Papercraft alone would not even finish half of a bottle of the PVA glue. Now, it is only about 1/10th of its original amount...

 He. Asked. For. It.

Well, our final 'product'...
Made with 100% recyclable materials, masking tape ( a lot of them ! )
Our 'Mummy' is 100% environmentally friendly! Call 01-12345678 to get one today!

Compare with the picture below.... =.=

My rival, which won the Creativity Section of the competition... Truly amazing~


Okay, about the competition. Our rocket did well in the horizontal distance competition. It did not stand out, but at least it managed to pass through 3/4 of the field. Actually, we were surprised that it could fly that well. Really.

However, we were not that lucky in 'Parachute' section. Wrong design of the 'cap' with the wrong design of the parachute is equal to a non-functional parachute... The cap popped off, but the parachute is stuck inside the cap...

The competition actually was carried out in a rush, with problems almost everywhere in the planning, testing, and actual date of the competition itself. One main thing I strongly disagree is they decided that different rockets could be used to participate in different sections of the competition.

This means that 3 rockets could be made ( For horizontal distance, for parachute, and for the creativity contests) for the competition. I could not understand how can they allow this. The guidelines they distributed  earlier clearly prohibited this but they changed it last minute... The 'launchers' they modified from bicycle pumps work wonder, but then, only 1 is left out of 6 on the actual day of competition... So, the competition had to last longer than expected.

Well, this blog has to be inactive for about 2 weeks from now, since I have 3 projects unfinished on hands now. Until the next project, see ya!
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