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6826  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HELP >.... Some sort of IRQ conflict (I think) ... anyone andy ideas? on: November 19, 2005, 01:50:46 PM
Doesn't seem to be
6827  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HELP >.... Some sort of IRQ conflict (I think) ... anyone andy ideas? on: November 19, 2005, 11:55:31 AM
It's interesting reading about the mouse stuttering problems - but I am not sure that is what i am experiencing.

I don't seem to be getting audio dropout and 99.9% of the time the keyboard and mouse work fine. Just very occasionally the keyboard doesn't respond for a couple of seconds. The keystrokes are input intot he keyboard buffer however and appear when the 'freeze' ends. At the same time it doesn't accept mouse clicks, but again these seem to queue up and are acted on when it unfreezes.

Strange ...

Still seems to be happening (though perhaps not quite so frequently) with the new VIA drivers and the last Promise drivers produced for the Promis onboard controller/BIOS I have.

Doesn't seem to happen particularly when discs are being accessed - at the mo I am using BeyondComapare to do a byte-by-byte comparison of all files in a RAID partition with an IDE partition and I haven't expereiences the freeze for a few minutes ???
6828  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Needed ... MD5 checksum utility on: November 19, 2005, 11:28:43 AM
Thanks, I'm having a look at Beyond compare. It has a 30 day trial which is useful.

I also found http://www.fastsum.com/ which has a useful utility for this sort of thing. It will go through whole trees and produce MD5 values for individual files / folders - storing them in the folder. Then you can just run the utility and it will calculate and compare the MD5 for the current file and last MD5 calculation.

This is idea for future copying (since the MD5 values will be copied too) but not that easy at the mo to use.

Anyone got any idea how to copy all *.md5 files recursively from one tree to an identical tree on another disc ??
6829  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Needed ... MD5 checksum utility on: November 19, 2005, 10:07:49 AM
Ideally what I need is a utility that will take two folders and recursively calculate MD5 checksums (or similar) on both folders and compare them to check that two folders and their contents are identical.

Whn I upgraded my hard discs I copied all the partitions from my old discs using Partition Magic in DOS mode.

This seems to have worked fine but before I delete the old partitions I want to ensure that they are bit perfect.

What I need is:

Input HD/File/Folder1 HD/File/Folder 2
Compare on a file by file basis

files in one location and not in the other
compare files where they both appear and display warnings for files with different MD5 values

I have run CHKDSK on all my drives and there don't seem to be disc issues - but I am not sure if Partition Magic takes the manufacturers bad sector file into account when copying partition contents, and there doesn't seem to be any way in Windows to compare binary files easily (on a rang of files).
6830  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HELP >.... Some sort of IRQ conflict (I think) ... anyone andy ideas? on: November 19, 2005, 09:54:28 AM
I have updated to latest VIA drivers - reapplied the MSI BIOS update (hacked version) and installed the latest version of the Promise Drivers (from their site) which date from 2002 !!!

I'lll see how it goes.

Still not sure about this IRQ sharing though - it's very strange because some IRQ lines aren't being used at all, and others have three devices to manage ??? I know IRQ mapping in WinXP is virtual and so it probably doesn't make any difference but when you have high-resource impact devices sharing it seems to be a likely source of trouble.

I don't know how WinXP allocates its IRQ table - but sharing USB2 (potentially with multiple discs including hard discs/DVD burners/card readers/digital cameras etc), wireless network, RAID array drivers and Graphics card drivers seems pretty mad to me !

Re: RoboForm - I may have expressed myself badly. They quickly reset my account to allow me to reauthenticate. My argument is that changing a bad hard disc only (and installing all files from a backup) should not force reactivation in the first place. If they are going to tie the product to a single computer (which doesn't work anyway) they should use something more constant like network MAC value, CPU ID, IDE interface ID ... choosing something like a Hard Disc as a key seems plain daft as HDs are almost considered consumables these days!
6831  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HELP >.... Some sort of IRQ conflict (I think) ... anyone andy ideas? on: November 19, 2005, 03:48:12 AM
I suppose they would argue that they gave me quick easy access to reactivate again (even though their system said I had reactivated too many times). This is true.

I just feel that this reactivation lark is getting beyond a joke.

If it carries on this way it is going to take hours over days for people to get their systems up and running properly after a hardware change as they wade through dozens of apps that need to to be reactivated.

Even worse is that lots of apps now are trying to enforce one (or limited numbers) install only - this is true of things like Audible Manager, iTunes and biggies like Adobe Photoshop CS (I have not upgraded from version 7 for this reason) - in fact all Adobe products now  to name just a few.

Some (most) software doesn't have a deactivate function so that you can move it from one machine to another and for those that do - how does this help if you have a hardware fault that stops deactivation.

Strikes me that ultimately this is madness for everyone - legitimate users and software companies. Ultimately users are annoyed and alienated, and companies need to employ sufficient staff to man reactivation desks 24/7/365 to try and mitigate that irritation. Meanwhile anyone that wants to get a hacked version can find any numbers of copies with a couple of mouse clicks.
6832  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HELP >.... Some sort of IRQ conflict (I think) ... anyone andy ideas? on: November 19, 2005, 03:36:10 AM
Yes, I'll try the latest VIA drivers.

As for Promise Drivers ... it's difficult 'cos I have combined trouble here - the mobo is an MSI K7T266Pro2-RU which is otherwise excellent (if getting a bit long in the tooth now). Trouble is the RAID support os for Promise Lite - which is fine for what I want., however you can't use standard Promise drivers - you have to use MSI versions and they haven't been updated since 2001 !!!

I can update the mobo BIOS to release the 'full RAID' version (it is basically hobbled in software) but when I tried this a long time ago I got some disk write errors which were a bit of a mystery. There don't seem to be errors in the 'Lite' version so it could be a BIOS issue.

I also have an ATI Radeon AIW graphics card - and am using the latest 'recommended' version of their Catalyst drivers. The later versions will apparently work with my card but aren't recommended. I don't play games much (and none that require top notch graphics) so I can't see the point of upgrading the graphics card for the sake of it, but it doesn mean drivers are a bit static.

By the way interesting response to my Roboform reactivation issue. I complained that this sort of draconian protection really only affects customers ... here is what they said:

William replied (2005/11/19 12:30 am EST)   

if you do not want to reactivate often then do not reformat your disk.

our proctection scheme will not change -- eveb if you do not like it.

Hmmm ... so much for customer service.
6833  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: Translators Wanted on: November 18, 2005, 08:20:26 PM
barlog's post worked for me ...
6834  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SequoiaView on: November 18, 2005, 08:11:10 PM
FolderSizes and DiskView seem a bit on the pricy side for whatthey do ???
6835  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / HELP >.... Some sort of IRQ conflict (I think) ... anyone andy ideas? on: November 18, 2005, 07:49:40 PM
I bit the bullet following recent hard disc problesm and bought a new pair of WD Caviar 260 Gb EIDE drive. (I have set the old drives up as two single disk RAID arrays - that way i can still grab data from them if I need to).

I have spent the last 24 hours copying partitions from the old drives to the new (and kept the old drives as above in case of any data corruption in the process).

Whilst I had the box in bits I also added  a second 512Mb of memory. That tests OK, so shouldn't be a problem.

Trouble is I am runninging inot a glitch now ...

I am getting periodic pauses where mouse/keyboard don't respond for a few seconds and then play catch up when they become respsonsive again. It's really annoying and I suspect it is an IRQ setting problem.

Being Windows XP it doesn't seem possible to tweak the settings manually.

Anyone any idea how to fix this before I go barking mad ... ? (IRQ list below)

I know there are disabled devices (they are 1394/Firewire netwrok interfaces that I don't use).

No device on the system reports an IRQ conflict, but as you can see there are a number of IRQs which share 3 devices - and they are all hungry devices (RAID / Enhanced USB, aka USB2 / Wireless Network Card / Graphics card etc).

The other really annoying thing is that a number of bits of software are demanding to be reactivated - just beacuse I changed my hard disc:

RoboForm Pro

iTunes and Nitro both reactivated fine, but RoboForm have changed their activation system and it won't let me reactivate (says I have activated too many times). There is no option to deactivate RoboForm - so what do they expect you to do? Really pi****ed off with this sort of behaviour. Why is it that companies now seem to think that it is OK to bugger about with genuine users who have purchased their products, knowing full well that anyone who wants to a cracked version can do so without all this hassle!!

WindowsXP and MS Office both behaved perfectly - for once MS gets this right.

Anyway ... IRQ list:

6836  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: CCleaner / Crap Cleaner - easily remove Windows ballast on: November 17, 2005, 05:33:36 AM
Nice find ... I have been using DiskCleaner which is quick and easy to use, but this is a bit more customizable. DiskCleaner does clean some extra areas though so I shall probably keep both.

CCleaner is particularly nice because you can exclude some cookies - always a pain in DiskCleaner.
6837  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: JetPhoto - How come I've never heard of this before? on: November 16, 2005, 06:31:58 PM
Really nice flower shots tsaint ...

I have added a new gallery to mine of some photos taken on a Canoe trip in Northern Ontarion in the summer. I was particularly pleased with some of the lily shots.

Don't know why, but one of the thumbnails is missing ???

Anyway here it is ... http://www.lairdswood.com/jpserver
6838  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WARNING - Fake Windows XP Service pack in circulation on: November 16, 2005, 03:17:04 PM
It was sent as an email - probably just his standard sig ...
6839  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RSS Reader? on: November 16, 2005, 02:23:36 PM
Yes it is good but do you want to pay $20 a year just to use it?
6840  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted ... Photo to DVD archiving tool on: November 16, 2005, 02:21:36 PM
have a look at Imatch at http://www.photools.com/ if you're still in the market for some image management s/w

Hi tsaint,

I have been playing with Imatch over the last week and have given up on it.

The biggest problems I can see with the see witht he software are:

  • Not particularly intuitive interface
  • Manual isn't indexed and is massive to try and work through
  • Doesn't automatically display EXIF data for either of my digital cameras

I emailed the author who was quick to respond about the EXIF issue. He argues that Canon EXIF data isn't exif data but custom Canon data. Whilst this may be true all other packages I have tried that claim to support the camera manage to display the EXIF data as normal EXIF data. Add to that the same problem happens with the Kodak camera I have and it is not really much use to me compared to lots of other products.

He did point out that I can force the 'custom' data to be displayed, but it means editing a text file with dozens of  numbered fields manually, and I would have to do that for both cameras.

Strikes me if software claims to support a particular camera (in this case the Canon EOS Rebel/300D) then it should do the work - not expect me to do it all manually. Plus as I have two cameras I would have to set it up to display two lots of data which means the EXIF display would consist of 50% blank details which ever camera I use - a little irritating and not exactly friendly.

I have emailed back to explain why I am not going to use IMatch (at least not until some of the issues are sorted out).

Thanks for the idea though.
6841  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RSS Reader? on: November 16, 2005, 02:06:37 PM
Yes I got stung by this sell out. I set up the software and then a week later I when I tried to use it it wouldn't login because the authentication system had changed suring the buyout. I eventually got it working agan but I have lost confidence in it, and certainly don't want to pay a subscription for an essentially free service provided by other companies. I don't particularly like the free online service.

They do offer a plugin for Outlook and I tried it but quickly dumped it as I really don't want to be downloading and deleting hundreds of messages everyday.

I can't say I am using RSS extensively, but I find Maxthon's RSS reader facilities more than adequate and its free.
6842  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / WARNING - Fake Windows XP Service pack in circulation on: November 16, 2005, 11:58:42 AM
Just spotted this in the newsletter of www.experts-exchange.com:

It seems an "unofficial" Windows XP Service Pack has been made available on the Internet and anyone who installs it on their computers could be in trouble!

Here is one quote from Microsoft I have read:

"Anyone who installs this thinking they are getting SP3 (even as a preview) is being grossly mislead and is posing a significant potentially non-recoverable risk to their PC and data," wrote Mike Brannigan, an enterprise strategy and senior consultant at Microsoft.


...if you come across a link with a suggestion you download the software then AVOID it.

Microsoft has said that its priority is Windows Vista, the next major release of its operating system.

While the company does have plans to release XP SP3, it has not provided details on what the service pack will contain. Microsoft has issued a statement saying that the "content on the unofficial website(s) does not represent Microsoft's plans for Windows XP SP3."

Got a friend who uses Windows XP? Then why not send them a copy of this email...

Kind Regards

Marc Liron
Microsoft MVP
Windows Digital Media
6843  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / WindowsSecrets : Another Good Read - and it is donation based on: November 16, 2005, 11:52:03 AM
I have been meaning to mention this for a while but I subscribe to Windows Secrets, a regular newsletter by Brian Livingstone with regular contributors by people like Woody Leonard.

There is a free version of the newsletter and a subscription version (based on any donation).

the subscription version is a readlly good read. There is a really good debate in the current issue between Brian and Woody on the merits of dfragging your hard drive (Woody argues that with current drive technology defragging regularly has become unnecessary).

The current free version is available here and if you would like to make a donation and receive the subscribers version follow this link. Either way it is worth signing up for this.
6844  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: JetPhoto - How come I've never heard of this before? on: November 16, 2005, 09:00:16 AM
Looks really cool - shame I can't get it to work Sad
6845  DonationCoder.com Software / FlipSuite and Flipbook Printer / Re: what's this? on: November 16, 2005, 08:36:57 AM
FFMM = Fast Fun Mincing with Mouser ???

Am I right ?
6846  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: JetPhoto - How come I've never heard of this before? on: November 16, 2005, 06:31:48 AM
OK I have been having a bit more of a look at the Windows App.

It really is just a photo album designer.

When you install it it creates a folder in My Documents called My Photo Albums. Each album you create generates a subfolder in there with formated versions of you files. The originals are not stored. You can publish these albumbs to JetPhoto web server where you set it up.

Links are stored to the original files (so you can find them easily again) but these are always stored as JPG files. My originals were BMP files so they were converted (without asking me). My original files were left in tac, but these aren't the originals according to JetPhoto - the JPG versions are, and they are stored as part of the album setup.

All this means that JetPhoto is good at what it does, but it isn't a photo management tool for Windows (to replace Picassa, ACDSee etc). It also generates lots of extra data on your disc if you generate webalbums.
6847  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: By request - Discussing my experiences with PublishAmerica on: November 16, 2005, 06:18:36 AM
Interesting ...

I had a look at your webpage and out of curiosity jumped to Amazon.com ... you need to fix the link so it jumps to your book ...

Did you know it is now available (despite not being published) ??? According to Amazon they have stock !!!

Congratulations ... (and welcome to DC)
6848  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Freebie quality GIF animations on: November 16, 2005, 05:17:22 AM
Actually I think Animation factory have shot themselves in the foot a bit with this sample collection as they really aren't their best.

The website is great (if you are a member) as all the animations are rendered at different sizes, with white, black or transparent backgrounds. They even have an online tool to customize the graphic to your likeing before you download it.

Whilst they aren't pixel perfect (slightly 'cheap' point noted) they do what they aim to do well and have a HUGE library.

From my point of view one of the best things is the file size - it's all very well having beautiful pixel perfect animations but if they take 5 minutes to load on dial up ...

Here is an example of the range from their site to give an idea. The first picture is part of the download page for one graphic, the second is a sample from the online editing/customisation utility, and then the last two are the extremes of the downloads available (both on transparent backgrounds):

6849  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: JetPhoto - How come I've never heard of this before? on: November 16, 2005, 04:59:19 AM
Hey you're right it looks great ....

I think I'll install the server software to have a play ... I'll give you the link when it is setup and you can drop by to have a look ...

actually you don't have to wait for me they have a demo site ... http://www.jetphotosoft.c...emo/web/default/index.php

Looks really slick if you want an easy to use photo gallery on your website.

OK I have had a bash ...

Here is a simple website - created entirely with JetPhoto ...


(the birdies are in my garden)

The windows app creates albums by dropping photo files on to the window but doesn't include the original files (at least not by default).

I haven't played with it long enough to see what it is capable of but I get the impression its primary purpose is to create nice looking websites with slide shows. To that end it succeeds very well and is really simple to use and configure.

To set up the server side stuff I simply uploaded the files to the server and pojnted my brower at the folder ... it then siad 'configured'. That was it!!!

The Windows software installed simply, and it is dead simple to build albums. Enter your ftp loging details and sync your albums with the website (single mouse click) and you have a photogallery ...

Can't see how it could possibly be simpler.

Presumably it isn't that easy to set this up as a multi user system? You could give other people an FTP account to upload photos but I suspect everytime someone syncs it will sync with their machine - they could however email their albums to you for inclusion.
6850  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Ideas i want to bounce off you guys on: November 16, 2005, 04:54:56 AM
A big difference here is that a single donation of any amount covers not just one, but several programs, AND from time to time gets you discounts on shareware.  If any of the software included is even modestly appealing, $20 or even more starts to look like a good deal.

I agree absolutely - but I was thinking back to the first time I visited the site (based on Fred Langa recommending Fin&Run).

The trouble with the internet is that you become suspicious of practically every site you visit - and most people's motivation.

Glad to say DC is a site the restores a bit of faith in the www 'community' - and individual motivations.
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