Installing Xerox Phaser 6110 / (N) in Windows 7!

UPDATE: meanwhile Xerox updated the promised Windows 7 32bit and 64bit drivers and are available for download from driver downloads

So since my old printer died (I have put it on sale including new ink carts! sale is on ebay, here.), I have decided to get a new one, and the new one is a Installing Xerox Phaser 6110 N as a friend suggested it to me.

Just one small problem: Windows 7 drivers are not available according to the database they are supposed to be released Q1 / 2010 but I question this since they recently decided to stop selling the printer!

And contact email support is a waste as they will send you no email back, and if you ask for a reply you get the answer “call our support hotline”.

Installing it on Windows 7 64bit was no problem as just running the setup prg in compatibility mode for Vista worked but when I wanted to install it on my Aspire One netbook this trick didn’t work for Windows 7 32bit! Unfortunately it’s still detecting that it isn’t Vista and denies installing! And the driver I downloaded had no inf file for installing manually. I have found out that on various places of Xerox’s hoempage you get the same driver versions but some packages contain the necessary files for installing the driver manually!

(Yes, network compatible!)

So if you are having the problem feel free to email me and I will send the file.

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ICQ7 is out!


ICQ 7 is out and it doesn’t look like being some kind of beta ! So for the first time since I am using ICQ; there is no public alpha/beta test this time, it seems.

It can be downloaded from ICQ’s public hp at http://icq.com/download.

It installs itself in a separated folder rather than doing and upgrade installation.

To import your complete message history from ICQ 6.5, you have to do it this way: Menu –> Contacts –> Message history. you can also import contacts separately by contact if you want within the contact’s message view.

Also you should check the prefered key for sending off messages in the settings as the good old ALT S doesn’t work anymore! (A SHAME!!! πŸ™ ).

You can see from the screenshot, ICQ Lifstream is included now (THe echo button on the top of the contact list), the notification system is back (now a red flagged box called “My Box”.

The ICQ Webcam message is now “ICQ Zones” as a little ‘Z’ icon on the right, same with the Xtraz came center being located above!

Things I don’t like is, that the contact list appears to be wider now and I still see no settings for webcam and audio devices.

It also has problems with ICQ clones as it cannot read umlauts from them, seems ICQ changed something in the protocol this time regarding unicode.

Maybe they will more be comming because as we know it, since 2003b they were able to remotely enable / disable functions and add/remove buttons from the GUI.

They also put a video showing all the new features here:

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How to install the ICQ Online Status app in Facebook

I finally found out how to get the ICQ Status Indicator to run in Facebook! So here is how:

The key is to know that the ICQ online status application in the Facebook application catalog is just like a dummy or placeholder. The application itself can be found here: http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/icq-online-status

You have to enter your ICQ number in the field on the right and then you connect Widgetbox with your Facebook account and then install the ICQ online status widget into your widgetbox. Then you can use the “status check link” posted onto your facebook wall to put it into your facebook profile, e.g. by using the application “Extended Info” from http://apps.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2374336051.

Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

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Review: FREETALK Wireless Headset – super wireless wideband for Skype

Shortly before the Christmas Session it arrived infront of my door, the FREETALK Wireless Headset.

Now you say we have seen this before? In fact the one tested by Skype Gear 2 years ago was a different model.

The new model (which is also called “iss-talk-5192-freetalk”) has the following technical data:

“*AvneraAudioTM radio chip for highest quality wireless audio clarity.



*Super wideband audio.



*Neodymium speakers for rich full range stereo sound 20Hz-20KHz.



*At least 5.5 hours of continuous use per charge.



*Charge and Talk.



*Innovative, light fold-flat design.



*Up to 15 metres effective range.



*Plug and Play instant use USB.



*Adjustable headband and microphone.



*Optimised for Skype – excellent for all internet calls.



*2m charging cable.



*PC and Mac compatible.



*Weighs 142g.”





Similarities to other headsets

The following features it has together with other wireless heasets:

-Charging cable

It’s just a normal mini USB cable, so you can extend it or replace it by a new one that is pretty neat.

-Plug and Play instant use USB

That’s what it has together with the others I have seen, so no biggie here.

-Adjustable headband and microphone.

Can be found on others too.

-You hear yourself when speaking

This is according to In Store, who sell it in the Skype Store a feature because on thick headsets you tend to have a problem hearing yourself.

The differences

-charging from the USB stick.

As mentioned above it’s using a mini-USB cable and that is connected between the stick and the headset itself for charging.

The battery life of 5.5 hours were met and even surpassed by a bit.

-fold it

You can fold it exactly like you know it from your beloved plane headphones which is pretty cool as it makes it less breakable if you sit on it by accident.

It comes with a bag to carry, even!

-super wideband audio. 20Hz-20KHz.

No other wireless headset sounded any better. there is no disturbance , distance is matched too and there is no sound difference between the wired ones.

-answer call button functions

According to the manual it can happen that this doesn’t work even if you enable key controls within skype which is unfortunately also the case for me. No solutions provided. That’s something I can just hope to see fixed some day by anybody.

(Probably not by Freetalk as this headset doesn’t come with extra drivers, it uses the ones shipped with Windows).

Summary:

Pros:

-light, foldable, you can carry around

-comes with a nice carry bag

-Audio quality surpasses the one of ANY other corded or cordless headset (it matches to the corded variant: the FREETALK Everyman headset)

-Uses normal mini usb for charging and this can be done while speaking!

Cons:

-Skype button functionality doesn’t work for everybody even if settings in Skype as in the manual.

-You could have to get used hearing yourself.

If I was a designer, I would make this optional by a button on a headset but nobody asked me.

All in all, it’s the best wireless USB headset I have ever owned and that is why I will sell my other which I used up today.

Thanks Freetalk for releasing another kicker and to In Store for fast shipping.

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