How to fix the Firefox Sync Unkown Error in 3 Steps

Recently I’ve been getting an annoying error from Firefox 5.0 at the bottom of the browser saying: Sync encountered an error while syncing: Unknown error. Sync will automatically retry this action.

Solution to Firefox Sync Error Unknown

Don’t delete anything yet! Many people say you need to delete your FireFox Sync account and even reinstall the browser. But here’s the easier the solution that worked for me without the need for any re-installation and it’s all done online. Login, Clear your Sync data, Sync! You don’t even have to close your browser.

The “Before you do anything” solution:

Login to your Sync account online. After the log in, restart your Firefox browser. See if that did the trick. If that doesn’t work. Continue to this next part…

Solution #1 (in case that didn’t work – THIS solution worked for me)

  1. Login to your online Firefox sync account here
  2. Click Clear your Sync data and then click the button. Once you’ve done this you’ll get the confirmation message “Your data has been successfully removed from your sync cluster”.
  3. Now click the Sync button if the error bar is still showing in Firefox. If not, click on the orange Firefox drop-down and click Sync Now. If you’re using the Menu Bar, you can click on Tools then click Sync Now. (Don’t  know what I’m talking about? Click here to see the image if you’re new to FireFox.)

If that didn’t work, here are some more solutions you can try.

Solution #2 (in case that didn’t work)

For for this solution I’m using the regular menu, not the orange menu button. If you only see the orange button you can hit the “Alt” button on your keyboard and the old style menu will appear. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see a screenshot here.

  1. Backup your bookmarks to prevent any possible loss. Go the Firefox menu and click Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks > then click Import and Backup > Backup.
  2. Go to the sync tab in your firefox preferences. In the menu click Tools > Options > Sync. Uncheck everything except passwords and close.
  3. Now sync your data. Click Tools > Sync Now.
  4. Go back to the sync tab in your preferences and enable each box one by one (for whatever you want to sync) and do a sync in between.
  5. Restart your browser, see if that solves the problem!

Solution #3 (in case that didn’t work)

Contact Firefox support. You can do a live chat with them here. They might send you to this page “Firefox Sync is not working” but it didn’t solve my problem. Good luck!

Click this if you forgot your Firefox Sync key and want to know how to regenerate one. Click this to learn how to setup a new Firefox Sync account.

How to resize images in Windows 7 (image resizer powertoy)

When I made the switch from Windows XP to Windows 7 the thing I missed the most was being able to quickly resize images by right clicking on the image. Luckily there’s an add-on solution from a 3rd party website that fixes this problem. It’s a simple image resizer powertoy clone. Click here to visit the site, and here are some screen shots of the program in use.

Right click to resize images in Windows 7

Image Resizer for Windows 7. 32-bit and 64-bit available!

And here are some sample images that I used the Windows 7 right click resizing tool on.

Koh Samui Thailand Alligator Show

A crazy alligator (or crocodile) show in Thailand

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How to add more search engines to Google Chrome

Adding, editing, and removing search engines on Google Chrome is easy. I prefer the steps that I saw on the Google site. Here they are:

  1. To start adding searches on Google, simply click the wrench tool on the top right side of the Google browser.
  2. Then click the option tab
  3. Next is clicking the basic tab on the left upper side.
  4. Go to search and click the manage tab choosing google on the option.
  5. On the search engine, click the add bottom.
  6. Then from the bottom of the dialog, there’s a section that needs to be filled out.
  7. The form is asking for a name (name for the search engine), keyword (shortcut word for the search engine) and URL (the website for the search engine that you want to add).

Or you can go to Google search and simply type the words “how to add search engines on Google”. And there it is, you can now follow the instructions stated there.

How to Zip a file (and compress it)

First we need to know what is zipping a file. Zipping a file means compressing a large amount of file to make it smaller. So how can we zip a file? In my everyday work, I only use Winzip but there are other software that you can use to zip a file like the free 7zip.

Here are the steps:

  1. Winzip is one of the common zip file compressor. You need to find a zip file compressor like a Winzip. Install Winzip or 7zip if you don’t have a zip software installed already.
  2. Go to the folder of the items that you want to zip.
  3. Then right click and go to Winzip and click add zip to.
  4. Choose where archive that you will put your zip files.
  5. Then you need to click add so that the items to be zip will be placed and started to zip the file.
  6. It will take a little while to zip a file depending on the amount of the files that you want to zip.
  7. Then you can now see the zipped file on where archive you add it.

Zipping a file is a big help especially in emailing large amount of files such as images.

How to activate iPhone 4

I just bought an iPhone 4 but at first I didn’t notice that I need to activate it before I can use it. My question was how I can do that? I’ve done a little research and to my surprise, it’s really simple and easy. There’s software that you can use to activate your iPhone. Just follow the simple rules found in the iPhone 4 software.

Here are the steps on how to activate your iPhone 4:

  1. To get started in using your iPhone 4, you should register and get an iTunes store account. iTunes will recognize the iPhone. Then you will be able to add your contacts, music, etc on your iPhone.
  2. You will now have to transfer your existing contact numbers to your iPhone 4.
  3. Then you will be ask if you are an AT&T existing costumer, if not just click the button, just new to AT&T. Then you will be asking to transfer your existing. If you don’t have one just skip and then continue.
  4. Then you need to select a plan for you new iPhone 4.
  5. The software will ask for your Apple ID, enter it and it will be confirmed.
  6. Fill up all the necessary questions.
  7. Read the iPhone terms and condition and accept it. And then the AT&T service agreement.
  8. Then your application will be process by AT&T.
  9. An activation note will flash your screen and welcome your iPhone to AT&T.
  10. Now, you will be given a new phone number, since you don’t have existing AT&T account. But if you have one, you can use it to transfer to your iPhone.
  11. Now your phone will light up and you will see on the screen that it is in activation process.
  12. Then, set up your iPhone. Then you will be introduced on sync screen of your iPhone. Sync your iPhone 4, it may take you up to 25 minutes to wait for the process to finish.
  13. Now you can use your iPhone 4 and enjoy.

How to set up a Firefox Sync Account

You create an account online, but here’s how to set up your Firefox Sync account in your Firefox browser. Also if you already have an account but lost the  key, here’s how you can get a new one if you lost the Firefox Sync key.

Firefox Easy Navigation to Options

Click on the orange Firefox menu button. Click on Tools. Click Options.

Firefox Tools Menu and click Options

OR... if you hit the Alt keyboard key, or if you have the menu in Firefox that looks like this. Click Tools and then click Options.

Options screen click Sync and Setup Firefox Sync

In the options screen click on Sync and then click Setup Firefox Sync. Follow the instructions they give you after that.

How to stop full screen video on a second monitor

I have a Dell Inspiron with a Nvidia 6800 video card. I hooked it up to an external monitor and whenever I view video it takes over my entire 2nd monitor and shows it in full screen mode. So to stop the video from autoplaying and displaying fullscreen on my second monitor I went into the GeForce settings, “Full Screen Video” and changed “Full Screen Device” to disable instead of the default Auto-select.

So there you have it. If you have the same full screen video problem I hope this helped you. If you have another solution I’d like to hear about it in the comments section.

How to fix Windows logon interface error

The Default Windows Logon Interface May Not Appear After Installing Third-Party Programs in windows. Also there might be errors with the shutdown screen. Here’s how to restore the fancy windows xp logon screen:

Fix Logon/Restore Welcome Screen:
Click this link for details

This should reset the default GINA in registry. To set it manually, see the following KB article:

The Default Windows Logon Interface May Not Appear After Installing Third-Party Program
Click this link for details

Note that you will need to delete the “GinaDLL” entry rather than assigning a blank data to it.

How to use System Restore to save you from spyware

A friend of mine installed some software the other day which included some nasty spyware. We couldn’t figure out what was going on and why the computer had popups and issues with internet. Our last option was Windows System Restore. Do you know about it? I learned that a lot of people don’t! Well here’s a summary of what it is, what it can do, and how to use it.

I found the following from Microsoft’s site under Using Windows XP called: Use System Restore to Undo Changes if Problems Occur

Every time you download or install a new game, application, or software update, you make changes to your computer. Sometimes that change may make your system unstable. Have you ever wanted to go back to the way it was? With System Restore, you can.

System Restore works a lot like the Undo command in Microsoft Word. You can use System Restore to remove any system changes that were made since the last time you remember your computer working correctly. System Restore does not affect your personal data files (such as Microsoft Word documents, browsing history, drawings, favorites, or e-mail) so you won’t lose changes made to these files.

How does System restore work?

Windows XP periodically records a snapshot of your computer. These snapshots are called restore points. Windows XP also creates restore points at the time of significant system events (such as when an application or driver is installed) or you can create and name your own restore points at any time. If you’ve installed a program that has made your computer unstable, you can open system restore, choose a restore point, and return your computer to its previous stable state.

When you run System Restore, a calendar is displayed to help you find restore points. If you don’t use your computer every day, some days might not have any restore points. If you use your computer frequently, you might have restore points almost every day, and some days might have several restore points.

Use System Restore to undo changes you’ve made to your computer

Before you open the System Restore console, you may want to save your work and close all programs since System Restore requires you to restart your computer.

There are two ways to access System Restore > through Help and Support or through your All Programs folder.

  1. Through Help and Support:
  2. Click Start, and then click Help and Support.
  3. Under Pick a Task, click Undo changes to your computer with System Restore.
  4. Follow the instructions on the wizard.

Through the All Programs menu:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Point to All Programs.
  3. Point to Accessories.
  4. Point to System Tools.
  5. Click System Restore.
  6. Follow the instructions on the wizard.

Creating a restore point can be useful any time you anticipate making changes to your computer that are risky or might make your computer unstable. If something goes wrong, you select the restore point you just created and Windows XP undoes any system changes made since that time.

  1. Create a Restore Point
  2. Open System Restore. (See step-by-step instructions above.)
  3. Click Create a restore point, and then click Next.

In the Restore point description box, type a name to identify this restore point as seen in Figure 1 below. System Restore automatically adds the date and time that this Restore Point is created.

Read the rest, see screen shots, or bookmark Microsoft’s help pages Right Here!