Monday, February 25, 2013

Links of Android markets other than Google Play

If we want to download android apps from Google play market on android phones then we should have a working Google Play App installed on the phone (as google play apps could not be downloaded through browsers or through PC/Laptop). But some phones dont support google play. So in that case we have to install the .apk file manually from some other third party market sites (for this "allow installation of non market apps" should be checked in settings menu).
Links of Android markets other than Google Play:

There are many more android markets on the internet so please share the links in the comment section of this post.

Tether Drivers for Windows ( adb drivers ) for Android Devices

Tether Drivers for Windows

ADB refers to Android Debugging Bridge.

If you connect your Android mobile device with your PC/Laptop having Windows XP/Vista/7/8 then it may require adb (Android Debugging Bridge) drivers for  connectivity or USB Tethering so that u can  have internet access.

Usually the adb drivers come with the "pc suit" provided by the device vendor/manufacturer.
But some vendors dont provide any PC Suite or any driver related to their products. In that case it becomes very difficult to attach your android device with your PC/Lap. Even if you download the PC Suit, it  usually has a large file size.

So, you can  alternatively download particular adb driver for your android device  from the following website :

If you cant find proper driver for your vendor on this website the you can download a universal adb driver from the following website which works on most of the android devices:

for Samsung Android devices you can download :

The above download links are only for USB Tethering.

Alternatively, if you dont want to download any driver and want to do USB/Bluetooth/WiFi tethering then you can download and install PDANET on your PC/Laptop and on your phone from the following website:

But Pdanet is a trial software and it has some limitations.

You can even go to Google Play market and search for the keyword "tether" on the search bar for other  similar apps.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Super Grub2 Disk and Rescatux

Super Grub2 Disk

GRUB2 is a complete rewrite of GRUB, and Super GRUB2 Disk is a complete rewrite as well. As Super GRUB2 Disk uses GRUB2, the differences between GRUB Legacy and GRUB2 also apply to the different versions of Super GRUB Disk.
Perhaps the most notable difference between Super GRUB Disk based on grub legacy and Super GRUB2 Disk is that Super GRUB2 Disk does not write to the disk at all, and so cannot rewrite the MBR. Super GRUB2 Disk can only be used to boot a broken system, it cannot fix it directly. Though once a system is booted, re-installing grub is usually just a matter of running “grub-install /dev/sda”.
While there are some features of Super GRUB Disk based on GRUB legacy that will never be included in Super GRUB2 Disk, the opposite is also true. For instance, Super GRUB2 Disk supports booting OSX, loop booting from iso files, booting an OS from USB without USB support in the BIOS, and other features that are not possible with GRUB legacy.


Rescatux is a GNU/Linux rescue cd (and eventually also Windows) but it is not like other rescue disks. Rescatux comes with Rescapp. Rescapp is a nice wizard that will guide you through your rescue tasks.

About Rescatux and Super Grub(2) Disk

Super Grub Disk was a tool for fixing GRUB1 (version 0.9X) or booting into your system and it’s deprecated. You can still find its downloads although they are a bit hidden in Super Grub Disk page.
Super Grub2 Disk, contrary to Super Grub Disk, is not able to fix neither GRUB1 (version 0.9X) or GRUB2 (version 1.XX or 2.XX). However you can use it to boot into many systems including Windows, GRUB1 and GRUB2 based ones.
Rescatux is a Debian based live cd that lets you fix your GRUB1 and GRUB2 installations (as per Super Grub2 Disk lacks) but does much more.

Plop Boot Manager v5.0

Plop Boot Manager v5.0

he Plop Boot Manager is a small program to boot different operating systems. The boot manager has a built-in ide cdrom and usb driver to access that hardware without the help/need of a bios. You can boot the operating systems from hard diskfloppyCD/DVD or from USB. You can start the boot manager from floppy, CD, network and there are many more ways to start the boot manager. You can install the boot manager on your hard disk. There is no extra partition required for the boot manager.

If your PC or Laptop is old and  doesn't support USB Booting you can use this tool to boot and install OS from a bootable USB drive. 
If your old PC Bios supports  USB 1.0 or USB 1.1 and you are installing OS through a pendrive then the process will be very slow.  In other words if you have USB 2.0 hardware BUT a USB 1.1 BIOS, you may want to try PLoP. This also speeds up the BIOS USB speed on some computers. Some computers only run at USB 1.1 speed during the boot process even though they have USB 2.0 capability. But PLoP loads a USB 2.0 driver that is used instead of the USB 1.1.

  • USB boot without BIOS support (UHCI, OHCI and EHCI)
  • CD/DVD boot without BIOS support (IDE)
  • PCMCIA CardBus support to enable boot from USB PC-Cards
  • Floppy boot
  • Different profiles for operating systems
  • Define up to 16 partitions
  • No extra partition for the boot manager
  • Hidden boot, maybe you have a rescue system installed and the user should not see that there is another system installed
  • Boot countdown
  • Hide partitions
  • Password protection for the computer and the boot manager setup
  • Backup of partition table data
  • Textmode user interface 80x50
  • Graphical user interface 640x480, 800x600, 1024x786, 1280x1024
  • MBR partition table edit
  • Start of the boot manager from harddisk, floppy, USB, CD, DVD
  • Starting from Windows boot menu
  • Starting from LILO, GRUB, Syslinux, Isolinux, Pxelinux (network)
  • It can be used as PCI option ROM in your BIOS
  • Access the whole USB hard disk (up to 2TB) even when the bios has a 128 GiB limit
  • You can run the boot manager over the network
  • Start the networkcard bootrom from the boot manager to boot from the network

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There is also a tool which make use of Plop and can do the whole process more easily. Visit the following site for more details :

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