GearBest 5th Anniversary Sale

GearBest is having a 5th Anniversary Sale! Enjoy amazing deals on items ranging from mobile phones and consumer electronics to lifestyle and fashion. What’s more, new GearBest members get an additional USD 3 off when spending USD 50 or more. Check the GearBest store

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1. The Offer is valid from March 13, 2019 (06:00 UTC) to March 23, 2019 (06:00 UTC) on web & mobile sites and the GearBest app. Offer is valid only for the first paid order for new GearBest members; first order payment must be made with PayPal. The Offer requires a minimum net purchase of USD 50 (after applying any discounts). Limited redemptions apply.

March 13, 2019 (06:00 UTC) to March 19, 2018 (06:00 UTC): the Offer is strictly limited to the first 3000 orders per day meeting the above requirements. The discount will be automatically applied.
March 19, 2019 (06:00 UTC) to March 23, 2018 (06:00 UTC): the Offer is strictly limited to the first 4000 orders per day meeting the above requirements. The discount will be automatically applied.
Technical factors such as browser cache, slow Internet speed, and order settlement time may affect whether the discount is applied to order.
The Offer is not valid for repeat orders or first orders not paid for using PayPal.
Each eligible GearBest account can only benefit from the offer once. This offer cannot be used in combination with other PayPal related offers.
GearBest reserves the right to amend or cancel the offer at any time.
PayPal is not responsible for promotions offered by third parties and you should read the Terms & Conditions relevant to any promotion at the merchant’s website. PayPal reserves the right to amend or cancel this promotion at any time.

2. See here for eligibility and buyer protection limitations. This service is available only in Angola, Antarctica, Benin, Botswana, Bouvet Island, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Rep. of the Congo, Cook Islands, Côte d’lvoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greenland, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, St. Helena, Sudan, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

3. Eligibility requirements and country service availability apply. See here for the terms. This service is available only in South Africa.


Booting from USB on older computers

Booting up directly from a USB device on recent computers is very easy, not so with those older machines especially ones using older bios firmware. Being able to boot your computer from USB flash drive is an advantage because there are so many tools around that can be used to install or repair Windows. These may include such as Antivirus discs, and repair CD’s( blog) Having them on USB is easier and quicker than burning discs every time.

Installing Windows by running the setup files from a USB drive is also popular because it can be a good bit quicker than installing from a CD/DVD drive, even Windows 8 setup files can be downloaded and copied straight onto USB these days. It depends entirely on the computer’s BIOS as to whether USB booting is supported and some manufacturers may have provided a BIOS update to enable it. However, what if you encounter an old computer that doesn’t support booting from USB?

Thankfully, all is not lost because there is an excellent little tool called Plop Boot Manager which can do the impossible and allow you to boot the computer from USB even if the BIOS does not support it. Plop can boot different operating systems such as Windows or Linux from hard disk, floppy, CD/DVD or from USB.

Using Plop might be useful in two ways; firstly to be able to boot a USB device when you already have Windows installed, maybe loading a Live Linux or a rescue/antivirus disc etc. Another way is when you have no operating system currently loaded and perhaps would like to install one via USB. Here, we’ll show you both ways to install the Plop boot manager, one using the Windows Boot Menu and one from a bootable CD.

Adding Plop To The Windows Boot Menu

The easiest way to set up Plop to boot your USB flash drive is by adding it to the Windows boot menu so when you have the option to choose a Windows installation on boot, you will also have an entry to load the Plop Boot Manager and launch a USB boot.

This isn’t nearly as complicated as it used to be because to get the entries into the boot menu, you used to have to edit the XP boot.ini or manually use BCDEdit in Vista or 7. These days it’s far easier and only requires the execution of a batch file to get the Plop Boot Manager entry inserted into your windows boot menu.

1. Download Plop Boot Manager , then extract it to a folder.

2. Navigate into the plpbt-[version]Windows folder. Run the InstallToBootMenu.bat file. If you don’t have full admin rights already in Vista and 7, right click on the bat file and “Run as Administrator”.

3. When asked if you want to continue, just press Y and enter. The necessary files will be coped and the boot entry added to the menu.

Now when you boot your computer, the Plop Boot Manager entry will be there and you can now select it and boot from a USB flash drive.

Even though they have different boot menus, running the batch file will create the correct menu entry for both XP or Vista / 7 depending on which you’re using. For anyone who wants to rename the default “Plop Boot Manager” menu entry, open the InstallToBootMenu.bat, look for “set ENTRYNAME=Plop Boot Manager” and change it to what you want.

If your computer is old enough to not even have a boot from CD-ROM option, a floppy version of Plop can be downloaded from the website and it can be used to boot a CD in a similar way. When we tried tried Plop on a laptop that couldn’t boot from USB, it was able to boot up a Windows 7 or 8 setup from USB and install the operating system with no problems at all Download Plop boot manager