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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Android 4.4.4 Update For Moto E, Moto G and Moto X in India

UPDATE : Motorola India acknowledges the roll out of 4.4.4 for all three devices


UPDATE : Screenshots are here!
Rejoice! Indian Moto E variants start getting 4.4.4
Image Credit: Akil Kotawdekar


The much awaited 4.4.4 update for the Moto Devices in India is here! The rollout began with the Moto E (why?) getting the OTA Update. Moto G and X are expected to start getting the updates this week. Here's what @MotorolaSupport has to say -

The Moto G GPe got 4.4.4 directly. Moto devices in India will also skip 4.4.3

Why So Late?

Motorola released 4.4.3 to users in the US just the day after Google announced it. The rest of the world was deprived of the facilities given to fellow Moto owners in the States. But after 4.4.4 was released, people say that Motorola somehow already knew of the OpenSSL bug in 4.4.3 and had decided to roll 4.4.4 directly to rest of the world. 

It is quite interesting that they revealed that Moto G and Moto X should follow soon, because people usually got this -

They have this on their clipboards, ready to paste it as a reply to any tweet that questions them about future updates.

Anyways, good news is here. I haven't seen a screenshot of an Indian Moto E variant with 4.4.4 on the internet yet, but they'll be all over soon.


What's New?

The features Motorola promised in the latest update


  • Improved camera image quality for Moto X including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, and improved photos in low light conditions using front camera. 
  • For Moto X and Moto G, pausing for video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
  • Motorola Alert in this update for Moto X and Moto G users. This new app helps give peace of mind by sending periodic messages to the contacts you choose.


Did you get the update on your Moto? Look out here for more updates and news as Motorola rolls out 4.4.4 for the more devices.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

NVIDIA Graphics card, "display brightness not changing" issue Solved

(Note : It is recommended that in some cases, when the latest drivers don't solve the issue, the 314.21 driver should be installed and the registry tweak should be performed as given here. If this works, you might be able to update to the latest drivers without a problem)

For more than a year, I didn't download any NVIDIA Driver Update because I feared that it would initiate the brightness problem again. A few days back, I contacted them asking about the current status. They said that the bug had been fixed and I wouldn't have to visit my registry this time.

I updated to the 337.88 (https://goo.gl/DYa3XI) driver on my Windows 8.1 Lenovo G460 and Voila! It worked, and I happily sat there changing my screen brightness for a few minutes with the satisfaction that it had been fixed.

The link provided above is only for some Notebooks. Please check the "Supported Products" Tab before downloading the 333 MB update. If you don't see your GeForce model in the list of supported ones, you can visit this page to get the latest driver information.

If you don't know your device configuration or product information, open NVIDIA Control Panel, click on Help → System Information.

If you still aren't able to change your brightness, see this post.

Did this fix your problem? Are you facing any issues? Feel free to leave a comment and I'll be glad to help.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

NVidia Graphics card, display brightness not changing

UPDATE : The new drivers have fixed the issue. Please see this post for more Informaiton

Have an NVidia Graphics driver and cannot change your brightness? I also had the same problem after upgrading my Lenovo G460 to Windows 8 Pro. I have contacted NVidia and they have given me the solution. Here are the steps to follow to enable your brightness setting:

1) Download the latest 314.21 beta driver (haven't  tested this on the current driver) here: http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/59436 and perform a clean install.
2) check if "Enable adaptive brightness" option is enabled and if yes try turning it off to see if that will help. This option is located under the Windows 8 power options. You can access it via the Windows control panel > Power Options > Change plan settings (which ever plan is active) > Change advanced power settings > Display > Enable Adaptive Brightness.

3) Check if you are able to change your brightness.

3) If the "Enable adaptive brightness" option does not impact issue then try following the steps below to add a registry and see if that helps.

4) How to add registry key:

1. Make sure you are running the 314.21 driver.
2. Download the "DispRegEdit.exe" tool from http://goo.gl/f0wUt to your local system. This tool will take you directly to the registry location where all the graphics drivers registry entries are stored.
3. Run the "DispRegEdit.exe" tool. It should bring up the registry editor and take you directly to the location where all the NVIDIA driver settings are store.
4. Create a new key by right-clicking on the right-hand pan of the registry editor window and then select "New" > "DWORD (32-bit) Value".
5. Label the name of the new key as "RMBrightnessControlFlags".
6. Once key has been created, double click the new key and then add the "0x800" to Value data area. Click OK to save.
7. Restart Windows.
8. Check brightness control again

5) This solution is for selected laptop models. If this did not work for you, here's an extract from my Personal Assistance question -

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That should be fine but it may be best if the other users impacted by this problem submit a bug to NVIDIA. Again the registry key will be targeted for specific laptop models only so unless we know which laptop model is impacted it will not be added to our future drivers. Adding this registry key is more a temporary workaround until we can get this fixed in a future driver. Have other users submit a bug to the link below with "[For Ray]" in the subject so I can pick those up. Have user include the following information in the bug submission.

1. Brand/model of the laptop.
2. Run dxdiag.exe and save log. Upload the log with the submission.

http://nvidia-submit.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia_submit.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php


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6) My friend Ray will help you with your brightness problems or any other problems with your display drivers. Mine took a lot of time to be solved but don't worry, we now know the right solution for mostly all systems having an Nvidia graphics card.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Large Hadron Collision

Hey! This is my first post and after lot of thinking, I decided to write something about recent events..


The Large Hadron Collider

So. What is it? The biggest physics experiment ever, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The international project, whose design was approved in 1994, costs over $6 billion. Thousands of powerful magnets, cooled by tons of liquid helium to 1.9 Kelvin (just above absolute zero), guides two beams of protons as they travel in opposite directions around a 27-kilometer tunnel at close to the speed of light; then magnets at two locations pull the beams together for the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved. By identifying the products of these collisions, physicists tested the standard model of physics and discovered new subatomic particles which will be discussed in the next post.