Category Archives: Laptops

Focuses on mainly HP Laptops fixes and latest drivers. Supports the first generation models like HP dv6-3000 and has posts on drivers for ATI 5650 + Intel switchable graphics, and fixes and updates to other various drivers.

Turn off Laptop Screen

Turn off Laptop Display with that useless calculator key

You’ve got a HP Laptop and you have quicklaunch keys (you know that email button you never use, and don’t forget that calculator now!) that you never use. What should you do? I had a Touchsmart key on my laptop that I never used. I decided to use that for turning off my laptop display. Here are the steps

1. First you need to remap that key. To do that first go on this website and get the approriate HP quicklaunch action key remapper, it does it for you so no hassle:

2. Now you got the remapper program for your specific HP model, next you need the get the .exe file to turn off your laptop display. This software (its a simple .exe file) attached will turn off your display. Don’t worry its not permanent nor does it put the laptop to sleep but turns off the display. Moving your mouse or touchpad will bring back your laptop. HP Turn off Display

3. Next open the quicklaunch remapper software from Step 1 and tick the action key you want to replace, and paste the location to the HPTurnoff Display program listed in Step 2. And check “Apply at startup” in the quicklaunch remapper software so it’ll startup again at your next boot.

OPTIONAL: If you don’t want to download a quicklaunch remapper program but want an alternative heres one

4. Simply download the .exe from Step 2, next find the location of the software that the action keys on your laptop launches. For me the Touchsmart key on my laptop lauched the SmartCenter program that was located here:

Note If you have another HP program poke around the Hewlett-Packard folder in Program Files you should find the software executable file that the action key launches.

5. So i renamed my downloaded .exe file from Step 2 to SmartCenter.exe, and I renamed the original SmartCenter.exe to BACKUPSmartCenter.exe just in case I need to undo later.

6. That’s it! Now try hitting the MediaCenter or TouchSmart key on your laptop, it should turn off your display.

Catalyst 12.11 Enduro 6/11/2012 UnifL for AMD+Intel Graphics

This is a mirror for leshcat’s 12.11 Enduro Release. No files have been modified.

Leshcat’s Catalyst 12.11 Enduro 11/06/2012 UnifL with plenty of new features is now online.

Main Changelog:

– Updated ATi Graphic Driver ( ver. 11/06/2012, ).

– Includes Intel HD Graphics ( ver. ).

– Includes Intel HD Graphics ( ver. ).

– Includes Intel HD Graphics ( ver. ).

– Includes optional ATi HDMI audio driver ( Win7: / Win8: ).

Minor Changelog:

– Configuration improvements due ticket requests. – New Menu “Brightness Resolver” available. – New Sony VAIO Video Playback patch available at “Issue Resolver” menu. – CHM manual updated till v1.1.0. 02.12.2012.

Download Locations:
(~350mb) – 12.11 Enduro UnifL Full Only – Superfast Mirror
Google Drive – 12.11 Enduro UnifL Full Only Mirror #2
Dropbox – 12.11 Enduro UnifL Full Only Mirror #3


Don’t forget to fully re-read manual regarding new tools that resides here:

Google Drive – Leshcat UnifL Manual for Leshcat drivers

And remember – if you didn’t read manual just because you are lazy to spend 10 minutes to resolve your issue – noone can help you.

Take care,


Catalyst 12.10 WHQL UnifL for AMD+Intel Graphics

Below is a mirror for leshcat’s Catalyst 12.10 WHQL UnifL for AMD+Intel Graphics. No files has been modified.

Yep, he is coming. And will be here very soon. Never the less, lets proceed to the main topic, shall we? 🙂

Leshcat’s Catalyst 12.10 WHQL UnifL is now online. Learn what’s new below.

Main Changelog:

– Updated ATi Graphic Driver ( ver. 09/27/2012 , 9.002 .0.0000 ).

– Includes Intel HD Graphics ( ver. ).

– Updated Intel HD Graphics ( ver. ).

– Includes optional ATi HDMI audio driver
( Win7: / Win8: ).

Minor Changelog:

  • Win7/Win8 improvements for Generation 1:

· H36 Series
· ACER Aspire TimeLineX 5820TG
· HP G62 Notebook PC
· HP dm4-1210tx
· HP TouchSmart tm2
· Lenovo y460/y560

  • Win7/Win8 improvements for Generation 3/4:

· Dell 3550 Series
· Alienware m17x R3
· Dell Inspiron 15
· Sony VPCCB490*
· Sony VPCCA16FG*
· Sony VPCZ21M9E*
· Sony VPCSA35GB*
· HP Dv6/dv7
· Envy 14/15/17 Series
· HP G6 series


  • General configuration improvements.
  • “CHM Manual” Updated till 1.0.5.
  • “Chatnoir’s Information Tool” is now added to “UnifL Tools”.
  • “My WCP Watermark Editor” is now added to “UnifL Tools” for Windows 8.
  • (You can reach it by: [D]SE Modifier/Installer->[M]anual. Show extended menu->[M]y WCP Watermark Editor).

Since some people do not have fast connections and unlimited traffic from now on UnifL will be released in 2 versions: Full (All the stuff) and Lite (AMD+Intel Drivers for win 7/8 + CCC Only). EDIT: I don’t have the Lite version only full sorry

Download Locations: – 12.10 WHQL UnifL Full Superfast mirror
Google Drive– 12.10 WHQL UnifL Full Mirror #2
Microsoft Skydrive – 12.10 WHQL Unifl – Full Mirror #3
Dropbox – 12.10 WHQL Unifl – Full Mirror #4


If you need help with anything download the latest manual below as well:

Google Drive – Leshcat UnifL Manual for Leshcat drivers

Take care,

Validity Driver for Windows 8

Validity Fingerprint Sensor Driver and HP SimplePass for Windows 8 and Windows 7

Dell Vostro 1310/1510 fingerprint reader












This post was originally from NBR Forums. This post has different steps and an additional driver.

If it’s not too much I recommend getting a very cheap external Fingerprint Scanner from Amazon with high reviews:

If you still want to stick with installing HP drivers, here’s the drivers and software you need to download:


  1. We’re gonna start by getting the latest driver from HP. I’ve tested and confirmed this working after updating to this version manually from HP’s 4.3.205 driver. HP’s release is the latest and has been tested and confirmed working on my Windows 7 x64 HP dv6-3000 VFS301 sensor. – Released May 5, 2012
    HP Validity Fingerprint Sensor Drive 4.3.304.0 with Validity WBF [sensors supported: VFS201,VFS300, VFS301, VFS451, VFS471, VFS5111, VFS5131, WBF_0018,WBF_0011,WBF_0010,WBF_0010,WBF_003c ] See Driver Info and See More Driver Info
  2. FOR WINDOWS 8, and Windows 8.1:
    Released Sept 7th , 2012
    HP Validity Fingerprint Sensor Drive with Validity WBF
    See Driver Infoand See More Driver Info


  1. HP SimplePass v6.0.100.252 by AuthenTec [supports Win7/Win8]


First uninstall the previous driver and fingerprint software from Control Panel -> Uninstall Program. Then reboot. After reboot, make sure that you have an unidentified device in Device Manager, under Biometric Devices, that means that Windows doesn’t have a proper driver for it. Then go back to Control Panel -> Uninstall a program and in the list, make sure that the uninstallation list there is no listing of the Validity DDK/WBF or its older versions .Note: If you’re laptop is automatically reinstalling validity sensor driver from stock swsetup folder when you reboot your laptop, you need to disable that. If you need directions on disabling automatic driver installation in Windows 7, click this link

  1. If you choose to install HP’s 4.3.304.0 sensor driver. Follow these steps. The steps for HP’s are similiar so follow the same directions, if you get lost, just ask in comments.
  2. Download the .exe file and open it and follow the instructions. In the case the driver does not update, you can manually update it bu going to Start -> Control Panel -> Device Manager -> Under Biometric Devices Right click on Validity Sensors -> Update Driver Software -> Browse my computer for driver software -> Next input the location for the driver, it’s usually in the HP setup files, so if you have VFS301 sensor you can find your driver file in the extracted setup folder as seen below: C:\SwSetup\sp56957\Drivers\WBF_301_DRVCheck
  3. Now tick the field that says “Include Subfolders” and hit next, that ought to update your driver to the latest HP version. Once again if you go to C:\SwSetup\sp56957\Drivers\ or wherever you’ve extracted your sp56957 has been extracted to, you can find your supported sensor folder. This latest driver has been tested and working on Windows 7 x64, HP dv6-3000.
  4. This step will mention software installation: first download HP SimplePass and run the exe file inside the zip file, it will work on both on Win7 and Win8. It’s great program that’ll allow you to not just enroll fingerprints, but logon to windows and websites, and much more!

Ask in comments if you have questions, hope this helps.