Thursday, June 28, 2012

How to install Android ICS 4.04 to your Lenovo A1

My niece got a Lenovo Ideapad A1 as a gift last February 2012 but then, the machine was unstable as it keeps on rebooting by itself in random. My niece then after a month of usage did not bother to use it as she prefers to used her laptop than her tablet. She says that the tablet was unstable and it annoys her when the tablet reboots by itself when she is using it. Likewise, the buttons at the bottom of the tablet (ie. Menu, Home and Back) were only lit for a short while before it goes off again. You are left then to try and guess which area are you going to press in order to go to previous page or back to Home screen.

I tried to search the internet for the solution on the above mentioned problem and I came across a possible solution wherein you could upgrade the OS of Lenovo Ideapad A1 from Android version 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) to Android Version 4.04 (Ice Cream Sandwich). I then tried to download the ICS1.2 zip file and begin the upgrading process as detailed on ( with finger's crossed. After the upgrade process, voila, I was able to upgrade the OS to ICS 4.04. hahaha... The problem of rebooting was resolved and the problem of finding the menu, Home and Back buttons was resolved by the newly installed OS. Shown below are the steps that you need to do to upgrade your Lenovo A1. You are adviced to backup all your data before proceeding to upgrade your tablet's OS.

Steps to upgrade the OS of Lenovo A1 from Version 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) to 4.04 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

1. Download the file from here
Note: If the link above does not work, try to download the file here.

2. Rename the file from to

3. Copy the to a micro-SD card. Turn off your ideapad first. Push your micro-SD card into your Lenovo Ideapad.

4. Hold the Volume down (-) button and at the same time, press the Power button.

5. The ideapad will turn on and going into the update mode.

6. Wait for the update to complete. You should see a green triange at the end with a tick (to signify a successful update).

7. When the updating is completed, turn on your device and your device will do the setup process, WAIT for the device to show the main screen of ICS OS.

8. Connect to your wireless network and perform a system update.

9. Go to Settings -> About Tablet -> System Update and click OK.

10. Your device will now search for the latest update and will ask you whether you want to install the update or not.. Choose to update.

11. Follow the update instruction. This will be the original update from Lenovo, which is good thing.

12. Congratulations, you now have an ICS-based tablet.

Note : Please proceed with caution and at your own risk. Please also ensure to backup all your data first.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Shingles and Virgin Coconut Oil

My niece was diagnosed 3 years ago to have Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is the condition of having an abnormally low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) of unknown cause (idiopathic). Her platelet count drops whenever her immune system weakens. Whenever her platelet counts drop to around 10,000 level, she would always be rushed to hospital. Her doctor's prescribed steroids in order to boost her immune system and could help to increase her platelet counts. In 2 or 3 weeks time, her platelet count increases. But 2 or 3 months after, her platelet count drops again. She has been suffering from this sickness since she was in 4th year high school. Now she's in her 2nd year university studies and she still suffers from this condition every now and then.

Last week, her platelet count drops to around 11,000 again. Her doctor gave her steroids again. I adviced her to take Virgin Coconut Oil as I believe this oil could possibly help her to strengthen her immune system. I have read about the researched done by some doctors about using the VCO in treating patients with HIV and I believe, it could help my niece. So I have asked her to take 1 tablespoon of VCO in the morning and 1 tablespoon at night. My niece doesn't want to take it because she said that the taste of oil is yucky. But I insist that she try it. Yesterday, she went for a checkup again and with God's grace, her platelet count shoots up to 110,000 level. It's really a blessing and proven to be effective. Within 1 week of taking her VCO, her platelet count shoots up by more than 100,000. She sent an email to me this morning thanking me that my VCO works and that she's really very happy about it. I advice her to continue taking up VCO daily.

Now, I am a firm believer of the great health benefits of this Virgin Coconut Oil can give. I myself had benefitted from this VCO. I got shingles last October. The affected area of shingles on my body was somewhat painful and itchy. At first, I didn't know what was this red watery spot at my back and my sister-in-law said that it seems to be Shingles. I applied VCO to the affected area and immediately, I feel relief from pain and itchiness. I applied VCO daily on my back (affected area) and after 7 days, the shingles disappeared.

I am now an avid user of VCO.

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