Alexandar Tzanov's Personal Blog

Category: Technology

  • How to get the Windows drivers for Sony Inzone M9?

    For some reason the Windows drivers for the Sony Inzone M9 monitor are not showing under downloads on the Sony product support page. Without the drivers Windows simply shows the monitor as “generic display” and lists it as “HDR not certified”. To locate the drivers download page go to the Sony product support page and…

  • How to fix msvcp110.dll and msvcr110.dll error in Steam games?

    The msvcp110.dll and msvcr110.dll files are part of the Microsoft Visual C++ redistributable package for programs build in Visual Studio 2012. This package comes as two separate installers – one for 32-bit systems and one for 64-bit systems. In most cases Steam is supposed to check and install or prompt to install these packages, but…

  • How to disassemble Sony VGP-SP1 speakers?

    Recently I needed to disassemble my desktop speakers, model Sony Vaio VGP-SP1. I needed to clean the volume control potentiometer with contact cleaner. It turned out that removing the four screws at the back of the speakers was not enough. There was 3mm double-sided adhesive tape all the way around the front panel, adhering it…

  • Windows sees external microphone as headphones!

    Recently I was having a problem with both my laptop and Surface Dock 2 registering my external desktop microphone and Zoom F1 recorder as headphones. It was frustrating, because the technical specifications specify that the 3.5 audio jack on both devices can be used with a microphone. I had checked the sound settings and device…

  • Replacing the clock battery in my Nintendo GameCube.

    Replacing the clock battery in my Nintendo GameCube.

    My Nintendo GameCube clock battery was depleted. A hassle, because any electronics which are old, or I am not going to use for extended period of time I keep unplugged. This means I need to set the date and time on the console when I want to use it. I finally decided to replace the…

  • Language keyboard layout

    If you ever want to know the letter keys layout on a keyboard for a foreign language in Windows, you can search by language on the Windows Keyboard Layout website. For example, one of the languages I need a keyboard for is Bulgarian, which by the way has several different keyboard layouts! Because I need…

  • Sony vlog monitor for Xperia phones.

    I bought the Sony Vlog Monitor for Xperia phones. A very handy camera monitor. Useful when filming, though I wish the screen supported touch and some of the camera options were made available to control via the screen. When I use it, the image does not fill the whole screen, so there is plenty of…

  • Apple is not the first! OK?

    Since the iPhone 15 came out I have been seeing tech people on Twitter and on shows like TWiT make statements like “no other phone has this”. That’s just wrong. Couple examples – a dedicated camera button, well the Sony Xperia has had one of those for years. You can even half-press it to engage…

  • A filter mount for the Sony Xperia 1 V and 1 IV

    A filter mount for the Sony Xperia 1 V and 1 IV

    The Sony Xperia 1 series of phones are an awesome pro-photogramy mobile phones, but there is one caveat – beyond a protective case, no company makes accessories for them! if you look on the Reddit SonyXperia forum, a frequent question asks if there are any compatible filter mounts? Almost everyone either replies with a “no”…

  • How to factory reset an old HP laptop running Windows 10.

    I have an old HP laptop. How old? The original OS it was sold with was Windows Vista. When we bought it from Best Buy it came with a free Windows 7 upgrade CD-set in the box. When Windows 10 was release, I upgraded the OS, since the upgrade was free. Over the years and…