How I Fixed android.process.acore Has Stopped on my LG G3 Part 3

As you can imagine I am quite annoyed with the Facebook App. After spending the better part of 4 hours updating my phone from Android 5.0.1 to Android 6.0 I now have Facebook working again.

How did I get there? Well, longer story long I did some research and found that some of the sites that repost previous versions of Android Apps listed the current version 146.x.x.x.x of Facebook requiring 4.0.3, however, previous ones required 5.0. This was odd to me so so I downloaded the APK files and 5.0 could recognize them as valid APK files until I got to the version which they claimed a minimum were 4.x.x versions at which time my phone would recognize the APK files.

So, was it that Facebook was releasing an App for Android 6.0 claiming it was compatible with 5.x? That’s what it appears to me. Looking back, this is probably what happened to my Facebook Messenger as well.

Needless to say I only found out after upgrade to 6.0 which took hours of my time while components were upgraded and apps were optimized x 3 because of the subsequent updates.

In the process I ran into a problem with the  “Google Play Services won’t run unless you update Google Play Services”. Yeah, okay. That’s a new one. Tons of research later and that problem is solved by doing the following (at least this worked for me).

Reboot/restart device.
Go to settings > storage > cached data > clear cached data.
Go to settings  > storage > apps > google play store>clear data.
Go to settings > storage > apps > download manager>clear data. 
Go to settings >security > scroll down to
Device administrators tap on this and see find my phone.
Next to this "uncheck" in the box
(Deactivate).
Go to settings > storage > apps > google play services > uninstall updates.
Open G+app or google map this prompts to update.
Tap on update button.
(Now you can supposedly leave the device for sometime connected to internet, and plugged the charger in. play services update automatically.)
Finishing this.
Settings > > > find my phone >activate.
Reboot/restart device.

How I Fixed android.process.acore Has Stopped on my LG G3 Part 2

It has been months since this little nasty issue has surfaced and then all of a sudden it came back this morning after I reset my Skype password. Go figure – another App that meddles with Contacts.

So I thought that since I do not really use Skype of my device I thought I would uninstall it to solve the problem like I did with Facebook Messenger. Well to my surprise the problem the problem did not resolve.

What are the odds, Skype is uninstalled and still having an issue. Let us direct our attention to Facebook products again. No I do not have Facebook Messenger installed only Facebook. I’ll uninstall it I figure – what is the worse that can happen, I’ll need to reinstall it right?

So uninstall you go Facebook. Wow, problem gone again. What is it with Facebook Apps that keep causing issues with my contacts. This is really frustrating and even worse I didn’t even touch Facebook this AM, only Skype!

How I Fixed android.process.acore Has Stopped on my LG G3 Device

So for the better part of a week now, at the worst possible time of course while I was 2 days into a week long vacation, I ran into “android.process.acore has stopped” error message on my LG G3 phone with Android version 5.0.1.

Here is what I experienced and to say it was a little annoying is an understatement. I noticed that every time something attempted to access any contacts a popup window would appear on my screen saying “android.process.acore has stopped”. This little dialog box, no matter what I was doing, would take focus away and keep me pretty much from doing anything other than dictating through Google Text related apps.

I tried All the “easy fixes” and “tricks” to solve this issue and yeah, nothing worked. I was one of the “difficult ones to fix” or so every reference that I found on the web to fix it stated.

I tried going to Settings > Apps > All Apps > Contacts and Contact Storage and did Clear Data, Force Stop and Clear Cache with no luck.

I tried Settings > Apps > three little dots, Tap on them and then selected Choose Reset App Preferences > Reset Apps. Yeah, still no luck.

Some people recommended removing Contacts but with my LG G3 it comes with the Stock ROM and I am unable remove it.

The final option I found was do a Factory Reset. I was not willing to do this yet as I had over 3 years of data and usage on my phone from Apps I use daily, to Photos and Music to worlds on Minecraft. I was not going to go down this road unless I had to.

So, I tried to clear the stuff one last time and still no luck. Then I remembered reading something sometime that Contacts pull Facebook contacts. Not only that but I started thinking that I thought I had read something on an update the Facebook Messenger was now a “one stop messaging app with phone, sms and other features”. Could this be my problem?

So, I pulled the trigger and uninstalled Facebook Messenger and to my surprise, my nearly every 5-15 second popup dialog box stopped. Not only did that stop but I once again had access to Phone and Contacts which I had not been able to use in about a week.

Problem Solved! I was able to resync my contacts with my Google Contacts again and I’m back to normal – aside from now needing to set ALL my App Preferences again 8( … However, I would rather want to do just that than that ugly final option of a Factory Reset which a lot of others had to do – which, ironically uninstalled Facebook Messenger.

If you run into this problem, hopefully you have tried these items before the dreaded Factory Reset and it has helped.

SBW#8 – A Loose Bathroom Faucet Handle

I do not know about you but I noticed my bathroom faucet handle getting loose. It would rock back and forth like the top was pivoting on the handle riser.

So my first thought was to pop the cap on top and tighten the screw that would be found under there. To my surprise there was no screw. After doing some research I discovered you have to remove the entire handle assembly from the value body and tighten the screw from the underside of the handle.

As it turns out this is really only a 5 minute job if everything is cooperating with you. If not, then it may require you to get something like a rubber grip to get a good enough grasp on the riser to unscrew it. After all, if your faucet is much like mine water gets around the handle riser causing dirt and mineral buildup to “glue” it down.

Below is the video of how I tightened up my handle. Please give a thumbs up and do not forget to subscribe.

SBW#7 – Central Machinery Belt Sander Assembly and Review

Some time ago I purchased a Central Machinery 4″ x 36″ Belt and 6″ Disk Sander. For the longest time I had just clamped by 3″ wide portable belt sander upside down and used it like a stationary one but I found that as I used it with more projects I need a wider/longer table to do quality work.

As a result, I foray in this realm is with a bench top model from Harbor Freight. While I know most of the time their tools will not pass the longevity test, it made a good starter.

I unboxed it and started to assembly this unit and could already tell that would be the case.

One of the things I took notice of was the dust collection system on this device was not very robust. In fact, I am not sure how it even manages to work with a 1/2″ dust port on the disk sander dust guard definitely limits the cfm that you need to move dust. The port under the belt was better but certainly not what I was expecting. Perhaps this was designed to be hooked up to a small shopvac? I am not sure but my 4″ system could easily swallow the dust guards themselves.

The other thing that bothered me was the bed for the belt had a twist in it. It is one thing for the bed to be not square but with a twist in it, well, that will not necessarily make straight edges. I do believe though I can twist it back in shape but still I should not have to do that for a new piece of equipment.

Using the sander though was much nicer than my old setup. Even with the same grit sandpaper it seemed to easily take on the jobs I threw at it. Perhaps that is because the motor was just better than a portable one and therefore did not bog down as much. Plus, it comes with the added bonus of having lower decibels than my old portable Skill Belt Sander.

Overall, assembly was smooth minus some force needed to get the rubber feet on, overall stability is not great but good considering the price point. Longevity has yet to be determined. The two major downsides that I have found was the twist in the bed and dust collection – who needs one for a high dust creating device right?

Below is the video of the assembly. If you enjoy it, please give a thumbs up and do not forget to subscribe.

 

SBW #6 – ReadyNAS NV Power Supply Replacement

What happens when you add high BTU electronic components with cramped IC design? You get a dead power supply. No, this is a not a duplicate post but it is essentially the same problem as my other post about a ReadyNAS 1100.

This is what happened to my ReadyNAS NV a couple of weeks ago when I had to have some electrical work done I had to have the power shut off for an extended time so I had to power the unit down. When it was okay to power things back up this device would not power back on.

So based on the response I was getting when I hit the power button I suspected that the power supply had failed since I have had this unit do this before. I opened up the case and took a look at the PSU and I could only see one swollen capacitor so yes, more than likely the PSU had failed. In either case, a swollen capacitor or capacitors are ticking time bombs with electronics.

Rather than purchase an overpriced OEM replacement I purchased an ATX power supply with nearly the same specifications. No, I’m not getting any money from linking the power supply but in the event anyone wanted to know what I used, there it is. I had read in some ReadyNAS forum posts on how to convert the ATX power supply to the same pin out that ReadyNAS used and  things looked good. To do swap the pins I used another reference on how to make a pin puller using paperclips. These were the same paper clips I used prior but I had to flatten them out a little more for this unit.

After swapping around the pins to match the ReadyNAS specifications I was able to power up the NAS.

Additionally because the new ATX power supply had a fan in it I had to use my hole saw to cut a hole in the back of the bottom of the NAS chassis which holds the PSU so the fan could exhaust air out the back. I figured this was a little better “design” than before as the OEM unit did not have a fan in the PSU. Keeping the fan also forced me to keep the new PSU’s top cover which did not have clips for the air shield to mount on so I had to use some silicon that had the ability to handle high temperatures.

The following video shows the process I used. Hopefully if someone is in the same boat as I was this video will help out.

SBW #5 – ReadyNAS 1100 Power Supply Replacement

What happens when you add high BTU electronic components with cramped IC design? You get a dead power supply.

This is what happened to my ReadyNAS 1100 late last year. Replacing the power supply was on my to-do list for some time. Luckily I didn’t have anything urgently important on this device as it was merely one of several devices I use as backup storage. However, with another one of my NAS devices having a failure this to-do item had become more important.

So based on the response I was getting when I hit the power button I suspected that the power supply had failed. I opened up the case and took a look at the PSU and I could see scorch marks and swollen capacitors so yes, more than likely the PSU had fried.

Rather than purchase an overpriced OEM replacement I purchased an ATX power supply with nearly the same specifications. No, I’m not getting any money from linking the power supply but in the event anyone wanted to know what I used, there it is. I had read in some ReadyNAS forum posts on how to convert the ATX power supply to the same pin out that ReadyNAS used and  things looked good. To do swap the pins I used another reference on how to make a pin puller using paperclips.

After swapping around the pins to match the ReadyNAS specifications I was able to power up the NAS.

The following video shows the process I used. Hopefully if someone is in the same boat as I was this video will help out.

 

SSL Enabled – Well, Self-Signed

I have decided to enable SSL on my website not so much that others can access it via HTTPS but more so that when I log in remotely that I am not sending clear text username and passwords over the network. Plus, I wanted to use it as a learning experience on generating a Self-Signed Certificate. For years in the past I have dealt with CA purchased Certificates for work but not a Self-Signed one.

Unfortunately, I do not have all the spare change in the world to throw at whatever I want otherwise I would have purchased a SSL Certificate from a CA but those cost money, and cost money to continually renew them when the expire; plus, I wanted to learn a little SSL Self-Signing. So, since this is primarily for me (and anyone else that does not mind getting the ugly SSL warning) to use, I created a Self-Signed Certificate.

My site will continue to be accessible through HTTP connections so do not feel you need to start using HTTPS because HTTP is not going away.

 

SBW#4 – Slow Shower or Tub Drain

We have all been in this spot before and if you have not, then consider yourself lucky. So you are taking a shower and notice the water just is not going down the drain very fast and starting to pool up. How can you get clean while there is dirty water pooling around your feet right?

Well, slow draining of water in your shower or tub can be a real nuisance. There is no need to call a plumber when this is such a quick and easy fix that can be resolved in most cases under 15 minutes.

Generally, it is caused by hair built up on the drain crossbars beneath the drain stopper for those without a drain screen. This can easily be remedied by taking the drain stopper off and pulling the hair out.

I have tried those “hair puller sticks” and have not had good luck. This is why I chose to simply take the stopper off and clean it out with some needle pliers. Before forewarned though this is NOT for the faint of smelling as the smell can be pretty disturbing. Keeping in mind this is hair, body oils and bacteria that have been collecting for quiet sometime and smells pretty bad. Also because of this you should were latex or like gloves to avoid skin contact.

Take a look and watch this simple procedure and save yourself time, money and frustration over this problem.