This is my site for links to Genuine Free Stuff as well as some useful advice. I use most of these programs regularly. It's good gear. It's all worth having.

** April 2014. Major revamp and update for relevance happening, especially now that support for Windows XP has ended, and now that we all are addicted to our Android phones. A lot of old stuff is going.

This post in particular started this whole website...

I have been building and using computers since about the Ice Age, from DOS 3 through to Windows 7.
I have been mucking about with mobile phones for quite some time, using Symbian S60 and then Android.

Press F8 at boot to start in safe mode - Windows XP and 7
To see the details of you computer, download, install and run 'Speccy' - shows Operating System, Firewall, Anti-virus and hardware.
If you think you have a virus, start here 'Free Online Virus Scan'. Try any or all, and be patient.

April 20, 2016

How to Fix ExtSdCard Mount Issue on KitKat and Lollipop

Here's my latest find.

Please excuse the direct copy and paste but I wanted to save this for my own notes.
This post is a direct lift from here ...

Big, big thanks to ZiDroid for helping me with my write to SD card problem.

How to Fix ExtSdCard Mount Issue on KitKat and Lollipop

This is how to fix ExtSdCard Issue on Android KitKat, Lollipop and later for all android devices …
Requirements :
  • Rooted Android device running on Android KitKat or Lollipop update.
  • Installed ES File Manager or any root files explorer app.
Steps :

Learn how to put Root access on your phone, and do so.
See my post on How do I root My Phone at this link.
Open “ES File Explorer” and press on the top left icon.
Go to Tool > Root Explorer > Mount R/W
Change Path “/” and “/system” from RO to RW.

Go to Local > / Device > system > etc > permissions > and open platform.xml as text in “ES Note Editor”.

Find the following line:
android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE” permission

Change it from :
permission name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"
group gid="sdcard_r"
group gid="sdcard_rw"

permission name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"
group gid="sdcard_r"
group gid="sdcard_rw"
group gid="media_rw"

See this pic from ZiDroid that shows the exact format with brackets etc.

Save the changes to the file.
Check the file again and make sure that everything is OK.
After rebooting you will be able to write on the external SD card without any problem.

This has worked for me on my Huawei Mate 7. I like to use the Open Camera app but Android 4.4.2 wouldn't let this app save photos to the external SD card. After this fix, I can now save to the SD card.
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