Fix for Droid Explorer ‘Unable to locate Android SDK directory’

October 3rd, 2012 b0ddu Posted in Android, fixes No Comments »

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Droid Explorer is a simple windows application designed to simplify the process of managing rooted Android devices. It provides a number of useful features which can be accessed on your PC to execute on your phone.

The program uses the Android SDK to allow viewing and organizing the device contents. In addition to this, you need to have the corresponding OEM drivers and Busybox installed and the USB debugging feature enabled on your rooted device.

You can download this application for here: Download Droid Explorer 0.8.8.7 Beta

The problem with this latest version is – Droid Explorer removed the option to install Android SDK automatically. Links for “Set up Android SDK for me” doesn’t seem to work except for downloading it. So, it has to be manually downloaded and install prior to installing Droid Explorer.

Droid Explorer - Android SDK path

If you’re getting the error :  "Unable to identify the specified path as a valid Android SDK directory", follow below simple steps to get it working.

  • Download and install Android SDK from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
  • Go to the installed directory ("C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\ ") and launch ”SDK Manager.exe" with admin rights. ( Select it ; Shift + Right Click and Select Run as Administrator )
  • In the next window ( below ) , select Tools>Android SDK Plaftform-tools and Android 4.1 (API16)>SDK Plaftform and install both.
  • Once done, now setup Droid Explorer and it’ll automatically detect the Android SDK on your computer.

Android SDK Manager for Droid Explorer


Fix for iPhone, iPad could not be restored. An unknown error occurred ( 3194 , 1015 )

April 24th, 2011 b0ddu Posted in fixes, How to, iPhone No Comments »

iphone error 3194 restore

This error 3194 occurs on any iPhone, iPad when trying to restore from higher firmware version to lower version. Apple started signing or authenticating the version of iOS being installed on the iPod or iPhone through iTunes. To stop people from jailbreaking the device or using older versions of iOS, Apple no more allows installing older versions of OS.  Below is more detailed and technical explanation via iphoneheat

When you try to restore an older firmware on the devices listed below, Apple won’t let you do that. Once you ‘upgrade’ they don’t let you downgrade. The way they stop you is basically by a simple response that iTunes receives when you try to restore the firmware of your choosing. See, the firmware is now signed for the below devices. It is signed with a unique id (ECID) that only your device has. Apple takes the firmware version files and combines them with your ECID and generates a hash that ONLY APPLE can generate. iTunes packages up this valuable information and sends it to your device. Your device checks the information and verifies the signature (making sure it really came from Apple because it CANNOT be forged as the encryption is very high). If the signature matches then the restore process can continue. If the signature does not match, the device raises an error and the restore process stops. Apple stops signing older firmwares once a new one is out.

TinyUmbrella is a useful app that can now save iOS 4 SHSH regardless of whether your iDevice [ iPhone, iPad, Touch ] is jailbroken. You can save SHSH blobs for iOS 4 even if you’re on OS 3.1.3 or older. TinyUmbrella saves the file locally AND sends the request to Cydia so Cydia will have the SHSH as well. If Cydia’s TSS server is down, your only option will be to use TinyUmbrella for restoring through iTunes. Download from iPhoneheat.

iREB is a tool for Windows that will put your device [ iPhone, iPad, Touch ] into a pwned state so that you can upload custom firmware to it. Download from ih8sn0w.com and watch this YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUC1t11JDMA

Or Simple, follow my earlier posts to jailbreak your device before Apple stops signing iOS 4.3.2Download latest Jailbreak iOS firmware 4.3.2–iPhone, iPad, Touch and Simple Clean Instructions to Jailbreak iOS 4.3.2 on all iPhone, iPad


Fix for unexpected installation error –203 Firefox addon

November 2nd, 2009 b0ddu Posted in browsers, fixes 2 Comments »

I have recently backed up the Firefox using MozBackup and restored it onto another profile. After the upgrade process, none of the add-ons are working and also wasn’t able to install any new extensions. It was failed because of firefox error code 203.

firefox error code 203

I did some research on firefox knowledge base and found this happens after a software update because of some corrupt extension files. Deleting them can fix a number of extension issues; they will be regenerated the next time you start Firefox.

  • Exit Firefox completely
  • Open your Firefox profile folder as mentioned below on different OS.
    • Windows Vista and Windows 7 – %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles
    • Windows 2000 and Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile folder>
    • Linux and Unix – ~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile folder>
    • MAC – ~/Library/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/<profile folder>  or ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/<profile folder>
  • Delete below three files or rename them.
    • extensions.ini
    • extensions.cache
    • extensions.rdf

And reopen your Firefox and the add on issue would have been resolved.


Google Chrome ‘History Index’ and ‘Thumbnails’ taking huge space

September 16th, 2009 b0ddu Posted in fixes, Tips and Tricks No Comments »

Yesterday, all of a sudden after my laptop restarted, I noticed the C drive was showing low space which had 15GB free space earlier. I ran a scan disk, restarted and then finally look at individual file sizes and noticed Index 2009-09 and History file located in Chrome user data folders ( C:\Users\Sankeerth\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default ) is taking 10GB and 7GB and thumbnails 2 GB. This happened after Chrome crashed and had to close.

 google chrome user data

What are these files

The History Index files are mainly used to store the text-based content of any webpage you visit. When you search your history for a word you remember from some webpage, it’ll look through all of the index ’till it finds it. Over time, that can really add-up.

The thumbnails file is a file that stores all your websites’ favicons, and page "snapshots". When you visit a site/page, a small thumbnail picture of it is saved. Again, this can also add-up over time. e.g., the top 9 websites on the New Tab pages get their thumbnails from the "Thumbnails" database file. In the old History viewer, you could see thumbnails of every page when you entered a search term. I just manually deleted these files form these locations. Sometimes uninstalling it from Control Panel > Add/Remove programs and reinstalling from the download page help too.