Fix the Touchpad 2 Finger Scroll Issue (Asus, Acer, Dell, HP…)

Along with lots of other ASUS laptop owners, I started having problems with my touchpads 2 finger scroll after updating to Windows 10.
I read on forums that some laptops from other companies like Lenovo, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, HP did also have the same kind of touchpad scrolling problem.

I tried to solve it by installing different ASUS touchpad drivers, messing around with config files and such, nothing worked. But then I found a solution that worked perfectly for me at least.

This fix didn’t work on all laptops but it’s worth a try!

Windows 10 Touchpad Scrolling Problems - FIXED!
The laptop I’m using is a ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501JW. I believe the ASUS ZenBook N501JW will work with this solution too.
If you’re having problems with the touchpad 2 finger scrolling but have another laptop model, I still think you should test this solution anyway.

(You’re following this tutorial on your own risk as always. Create a Restore Point.).

Lets start with Step #1.

Download these drivers from Microsoft:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/driver/drvs/2017/10/28775d92-bef5-48b3-a467-ac2bd18c0bac_e904792fef3ebfa8201af9bde1dca8876b067750.cab

Now you have to extract the content in the the CAB-file.
You can use 7-Zip for example or Windows builtin tools like the Command Promt or PowerShell to extract the CAB-file.

You need to run this command in the same folder as the CAB-file:
expand 28775d92-bef5-48b3-a467-ac2bd18c0bac_e904792fef3ebfa8201af9bde1dca8876b067750.cab -F:* C:\NewFolder123

(The “-F:*” stands for extracting all the files! Change the C:\NewFolder123 path to a folder you’ve created before running the command.)

Hopefully you have that folder filled with lots of files and some folders by now.

Step #2 – Uninstall the old Asus Touchpad Software & Drivers.

Open the “Device Manager”. Click on “Mice and other pointing devices” and uninstall the “Asus Precision Touchpad”.
(It might be called something else with the word “touchpad” or “Asus”. Just look around.)

Also uninstall the “ASUS Smart Gesture (Touchpad Driver)” if you have that installed.
I also uninstalled the “ATKPackage (ATKACPI driver and hotkey-related utilities)”, but I don’t know if this is necessary.

Step #3 – Install the New Drivers.

Rightclick and choose “Update drivers” on the touchpad you just uninstalled drivers for in the “Device Manager”.

Click on “Browse my computer for driver software.”. Then browse to the folder where you extracted the content from the CAB-file.
Select ETD.inf. If you cant see it, try typing “ETD.inf” in the filename textfield and press enter.

Let it install the drivers and then restart your PC.
Your mouse may not function that well yet, if it does, then just skip the next step.

Step #4 – Install the ELAN Miniport PTP Driver.

Some people have the touchpad working fine again after a reboot but I had to go into “Device Manager” again and then look under “Mice and other devices”, also under the “Human Interface Devices” and then update the driver for something with the word “Miniport…..”. (Cant remember the exact name but it had a small “yellow warning-icon” on it).
Rightclick on it, update drivers, click on “Browse my computer for driver software.”, browse to the same directory as before and choose the file “ETDMiniPTP.inf”.

Restart your PC.

Hopefully you’ll have it working by now.
If you want the scrolling the other way around, just change it in Windows 10 mouse settings.

I hope this small tutorial helped solving your touchpad scrolling issues.

Chrome & Vivaldi: Change the CACHE location & Size

This is mostly a note for myself but I’m sure some people will find it useful too.

If you want to change the cache location of where Chrome, Vivaldi and probably other browsers that use the same rendering engine, this is how you do it the easy way.
But this is only for the Shortcut, if some other application starts your browser for example, these parameters wouldn’t be used.
It’s a minor problem, at least for me… I just replace all the shortcuts to Vivaldi I have.

I use a free RamDisk for Windows because I work a lot with temporary files and it’s faster than any harddrive. So that’s where I also place the web browser cache.

1: Right-click on your Chrome/Vivaldi-shortcut and click on “Properties”.

2: Under the tab “Shortcut” you’ll see the field “Target”. Right at the end of the path to the “.exe” file is where you place the parameters for cache directory location and also how much space it should be able to use.

This is the shortcut I use for example. X: is the RamDisk, and 350000000 = 350 MB.

"C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\Vivaldi\Application\vivaldi.exe" --disk-cache-dir="x:\Temp" --disk-cache-size-350000000

I hope you find it useful!

Get Windows hardware info with this command

If you ever need to get some quick info about the Windows PC you’re using try the the following command in either “PowerShell” or the “Command Prompt”.

systeminfo

It will give you a output that looks similar to this among with more stuff if you scroll further.

This one should be easy to remember…systeminfo. Say it again, “Systeminfo”.

Move WordPress to new domain with full URL redirects

Disclaimer: If you break something, too bad. You’re responsible for your actions. This worked for me.
Take backups of your database and files for both domains!

It’s usually not recommended to switch domains since search engines might take some time or not index your moved stuff at all for some reason. Also, frequent visitors might stop visiting your site and old links might stop working after a while if you let the old domain expire…

But lets say you really want to move the domain.
First, it’s important that you use the same permalink settings on both sites otherwise this will not work.

Ok, lets begin, login to WP Admin.
Go to “Tools” and choose “export”.

Export everything and save it as a XML-file.
Don’t worry about the pictures and stuff, WordPress will download that later automatically.

Now, go to your new site and under “Tools” you’ll see “Import”.

Just import it, it might take a while if your site is huge. Don’t click the button twice.

Is the Import OK?
Good. If not… Well, Google and find out what’s wrong.

If it’s good, then login to SFTP/FTP or whatever and open your “.htaccess”-file on the old server and place this bit of code there:

# BEGIN WordPress

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.nordicnode\.com
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.nordicnode.com/$1 [R=301,L]

# END WordPress

Replace my domain name with yours by the way. 😉
Hopefully you got it working with the permanent redirects now!

How to create a Windows shortcut to lock the screen

How many times have you been thinking “all my programmer friends are here and I really need to go to the bath room but what if they see my lame code!?”.
And you really wish you could remember the command to lock the screen in Windows? It happens all the time, right?

You don’t have to worry anymore. With this simple shortcut you just need to double click it, or just click it once depending on where you put it and Windows will lock the screen instantly.
You can put the shortcut to lock the screen in you taskbar, startmenu, desktop…

And then when you’re back at your PC again, you just have to type your password to get back into the session right where you left off.
Here’s what’s working for Windows 10, it will probably work for earlier versions of Windows too.

How to create the lock screen shortcut
1: Right click on your Windows desktop to bring up the menu.

2: Hover over “New” and click on “Shortcut”.

3: If you have Windows installed under “C:\Windows” like most people do, just copy and paste the following line into the text field “Type the location of the item”.

C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

Press, “enter” or click the “Next” button and choose the coolest name you can think of for your new shortcut!
That’s pretty much it.

Well, I forgot one really important part. You can also choose icon for the otherwise ugly shortcut. Right-click on it and go to “Properties”. Under the “Shortcut” tab you’ll see a button that allow you to change the icon. You can download a ico-file from the Internet or use ones already on your system.

Bonus Tip: Lock the Windows screen with your keyboard

And here’s a little bonus tip that’s really handy. You can lock your screen within 1 second by pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL and then enter. So, after all you don’t really need a shortcut.