[Solved] Intel Compute Stick Wi-Fi broke after Windows 10 Creators Update!

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I currently manage a small cluster of 25 Intel Compute Sticks (STK1AW32SC) as a small part of my day job. I allowed Windows 10 to do its regular Windows Update as part of security best practice to protect my devices from unpatched vulnerabilities.

Windows 10 Creators Update came a little late for me, trickling in between July and August 2017. During this period, privacy review dialogues kept appearing on my machines’ displays. After I’m done with all these privacy reviews, the nightmares begun.

Upon reboot after the Windows 10 Creators Update, each and every Intel Compute Stick did not have internet connectivity!

Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

I checked and found that the wireless network adapter had disappeared from the Network Connections page!

Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

Going to Device Manager, I found that the wireless network adapter Intel Dual Band Wirelss AC 7265 has an error on it. On some sticks, the wireless network adapter is totally missing from Device Manager! For this, go to the end of the post to see how you can perform a Network Reset to get back the device entry. For those who can see the Intel Wireless AC 7265 with a yellow triangle, double click it and go to the Driver tab.

Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

Click Update Driver and then Browse my computer for driver software because you’ll want to rollback to the last version of the driver.

Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

Choose Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer since the older driver would still be on your computer. Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

When you get to this point, make sure you click on any older driver i.e. anything but the driver with the newest date.

Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

There you go! Wi-Fi fixed. You don’t (usually) need to even restart the PC!Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

As shared earlier, I encountered a strange situation on some of the sticks whereby the wireless network adapter cannot be found in the Device Manager. For such a situation, you will need to perform a Network Reset as shown in the following screenshot. Warning! You will lose ALL saved Wi-Fi networks/passwords. Once done, you will need to restart your computer and go back to Device Manager to do the driver rollback described above.

Intel Compute Stick Wireless AC 7265 can't start after Windows 10 Update

I’ve informed Intel about this but they kept referring me to Microsoft. I give up. Microsoft is NOT going to care about someone like me. What I can do is to share this fix on my blog to help as many people as I can. This is quite obviously a case of Microsoft bundling a faulty driver for this device as part of a major update! How careless!

Cheers!

Top up any amount to use your Qoo10 Cart Coupon

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Qoo10 has been giving out cart coupons every other day and I really enjoy using them to buy diapers, milk powder and other household items. There’s just one small problem. Sometimes I’m just short of 20 cents to hit the minimum cart amount. I definitely do not want to buy another tin of milk powder just to fulfill the 20 cents. Sometimes it could be 10 cents, 25 cents, 99 cents short, it doesn’t matter. All you have to do is to use a “Coupon Top Up” service. This coupon top up service allows you to add a dummy item to cart at whatever cost you want (minimum 10 cents). You will not get anything from them but you WILL be able to then easily proceed with your order quickly.

Here’s a simple guide using a real order I made just now:Qoo10 Tip for using cart coupon

As you can see, I was short of 20 cents to be eligible to use the $20 coupon!

Qoo10 Tip for using cart couponWith this special “fake item”, I was able to choose to add 20 cents to my cart total. The base amount is 10 cents so just add 2 of the item with option “None” (No top up). If you need 25 cents, simply add 1 item with None as option and another item with 5 cents option to give you a total of 25 cents.

Qoo10 Tip for using cart couponWith this, it just costs me 20 cents to enable to use of my $20 coupon.

 

Remove yellow background in Google Adsense Responsive Ads

If you have implemented the responsive Google Adsense code into your website or blog, you may notice that some ad formats introduces an unwanted yellow background to fill the area that is not covered by the ad.

Refer to the example on the right. The ad format is smaller than the width of my main blog column and Google decided to just fill it in with a strange yellow fill. Is there a way to get rid of it? Yes! And thankfully, WordPress made it really easy for you to do it by simply inserting a custom piece of CSS via the WordPress interface!

The first thing you’ll have to do is to log in to your wordpress. Mine is a self hosted WordPress instance but it shouldn’t differ too much. Once you are logged in, you should see the usual administrative black bar on top of your site. Click on “Customize”.

A sidebar will now appear. Somewhere near the bottom, there will be a menu item called “Additional CSS”. Clicking on that will produce a large edit box for you to insert custom CSS code. Paste the following code into it:

ins.adsbygoogle { background: transparent !important; }

The “!important” syntax tells the site to override the original CSS by Google. This will make the yellow background disappear. Good luck!

Oh, what if you are not using WordPress? Simply insert this into your html page’s header within <style> tags.