Sunday, July 10, 2016

ASUS update Dual Intellegent Processors 5 (DIP5) error loading appicon fix

  Asus recently released a new version of native software to overclock and to monitor their motherboards. Few words first. This software some users found buggy, other report not effective - preferring manual overclocking. IMHO this utility is worth trying especially if you are new to overclocking and afraid to burn the CPU or memory or other chips. Another reason to using it is ability to easy control Asus`s custom controllers - EPU and TPU those are using for better control stability and power consumption of your system. But this software really have some problems with Windows even though you can ignore most of this errors. For example,  in Win 8 and Windows 10 when system starts there is an error when  starting DIP power service and this leads to set your power mode every time when system starts - not serious  but a bit annoying.
 So that is why every update users wait and hope bugs will be fixed and it will  become more useful.

   This update , according to ASUS site description, addressed to make it compatible with Intel ITMB driver but in fact it appears to be a completely new version of DIP5 software. It have re-designed interface. Seems to me that Asus has been working on new version Ai3 suite while Intel has begun shipping its new CPU`s 6xxx series aka Broadwell-E.  It has new ITMB 3.0 version (you can read more about Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology ). Asus rushed to make this updated version  available for download and miss the other applications from this suite (Ai Charger+, USB Charger, USB 3.0 boost, Push Notice etc) And this leads users, who have previous version of Ai3 suite, got errors after installing this updates. 
Here is a simple fix of this image errors.

First solution is to remove previous version of Ai3 suite including all its components:
Ai Charger+, USB 3.0(1) boots, Push Notice, USB Charger, EZ Update, System Information.
Its good idea to reboot and do Ai Cleaner to remove any settings left after previous Ai3 suite.
Then install new DIP5 and enjoy life!   If you need any of those apps - at least USB 3.0 boost personally I found useful - you have to install them from previous Ai3 suite (when you start installer from old version of AI3 suite it will show that DIP5 already installed and you can continue installing only missing apps) but after that you will need to fix AppIcon error manually  as I described below or wait when Asus release completely new suite.

Second solution (if you want to keep all Ai3 suite apps, not only DIP5).
As I wrote in first solution - remove all old version of Ai3 (recommended) and install new DIP5 1.03.50 package. Then, start installer from previous Ai3 suite and check what else you want to install from this suite. After that you will need to put AppIcon.png file into applications directory where it searching for image. For example if error windows shows "Can not load image C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AI Suite III\EZ Update\res_gadget\AppIcon\appicon.png". Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AI Suite III\EZ Update\res_gadget\AppIcon\ and copy there  image file appicon.png
   I took one here "C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AI Suite III\Version\Resource\AppIcon\appicon.png").
     Or you can took one as template and draw your own icons ) After you put appicon.png to all location where error requester points.

Enjoy !

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

MotoMods are Moto Fail

A bit less then a week ago  Lenovo presented a new Moto(rola) model - Moto Z and Moto Z Force.
I am following the ex-Motorola Mobility`s life with a special interest. It looks like Lenovo has no idea how to deal with Motorola`s legacy. And , sad to say, seems that I was right. After 2015 year when they (Lenovo) made  just another  remake of the Moto X generation without any serious innovations - only one that is shutter proof screen - they decided to do something.  First was new Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus -I am going to skip talk about this models because there is nothing interesting to say about them. I note only that this models looks more like another - ZUK (Lenovo`s other brand) model. Hard to notice anything that will looks like Moto style design. Previous G models also had simple design but they looks much nicer.
     Now Moto Z - they try to repeat the success of Razr models, but if you had Razrs in your hand , you noticed that its not just about thickness! It is  also had unique , special , interesting design. While Moto Z more looks like a thin iPhone clone. And that is very sad!  And that fingerprint scanner that looks exactly like Samsung`s home button and makes front panel looks like Samsung's phones.
So many users on different forums and sites wrote about that nice dimple on the Moto phones back is just ideal for put there a fingerprint scanner. After all this years since Atrix released ! I have a very positive experience of using it and should say that put this sensor on back side (on power button) was extremely comfortable for user. Comfortable to unlock the phone with using just one hand. But it is not the worse part. Another strange thing is only one speaker  - obviously there is no place for loud speaker one front panel (because of fingerprint scanner) and on the back panel because of Moto Mods.
  Speaking about hardware - nothing special - such specifications i.e. processor, ram size. internal disk , screen , camera etc will be on most flagship phones from other companies. And I guess some companies will be able to make this hardware cheaper. About software - also nothing new - usual Android stuff + Moto Actions + few already standard   for Moto phones apps.  Lenovo claims that their connector on the backside opens fantastic possibilities  for third party hardware developers for making custom modules to "extend"   phone possibilities and there are many reviews already on the Internet telling about advantages of this. I am going to tell you why it is a bad idea and that it is a real mistake of Lenovo.
   At first lets try to imagine what kind of Mods (except decorative panels) we may need for the phone. Most of them has been shown in Lenovo`s  event video.
   1. Sound booster.   - Will you buy this mod, that working only with this particular phone, if you know that for the same price you can buy  JBL with Bluetooth that will work with any BT device including this phone ? Especially if you will know that in next year Lenovo `s next Moto phone will not be compatible with this mod ? I suppose your answer is "NO".
  2.  Projector - Do you really going to spend $300 for this mod that working with just this particular model and will not be compatible with  future Moto models  ?
   3. Photo camera mod - also doubtfully because of the price for this MotoMod and also I guess you prefer to buy stand alone camera that is able to send photos directly to your phone using WiFi or BT and that will work with any phone and plus , can work alone! 
   4. Power bank - well, this one is a good idea - to  add more power to your phone with just a simple thing, but then again - it will work only with this phone unless, of course , they will make  USB connector to connect other devices.
    5.  Decorate panels - good idea - its really good idea to make this panels easy swapable  but it does not need any connectors and having magnet in your pocket can make problems with credit cards etc.

  Also to be able to attach those modes you have to take a small bag to store those mods to be able to use them when ever you need. 
   But the future of this mods for me is unclear. Do Lenovo realize that to make current mods  compatible with future models of Moto phones they are lock to current phone design ? Next Moto phone should have the same size of back panel, same form of case, camera should be on the same place , no curves of the backside otherwise they will lose comparability of MotoMods and  it will turn to an expensive toy without serious intentions from third party companies. They will need to make MotoMods for Moto Z 2016, another for Moto Z 2017 etc. It is fine for decorative panels or cases because they are cheap and you will not care much about $5 stuff, but I think you will not buy projector for  $300 without being able to use it with next year model or any other phone - you will be lock with the phone model. Or even $60 JBL speakers ?

 Moto Z itself will be one among other Chinese phones (just very thin) and MotoMods will be forgotten very soon . Do you remember Atrix (2011) ? Docks, remote controls, Laptop docks ? where are they ? Motorola change connector position every year forcing  people to swap all this stuff with phone ! Looks like no one in Lenovo read Motorola Mobility`s history so they repeat Moto mistakes!

I liked Motorola`s phones - they were unique and I like Lenovo`s notebooks and tablets. I hope Lenovo will make a wise move and cancel MotoMods program before autumn , before release dates and will leave only Moto Z and Z force + decorative panels . It will be compromise before Moto will develope something serious. 

P.S.  To install Tango in to Moto Z Force will be much better idea then MotoMods.