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1901  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nasty NTFS issue ? on: January 14, 2012, 09:18:42 PM
Still, what troubles me is why this defect would be revealed by a chkdsk@boottime.  

Because at boot time there are files that aren't locked by the operating system and are therefore accessible for testing.  That's why it's always better to do an offline test and the main reason I always have some form of PE to boot from.
1902  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nasty NTFS issue ? on: January 13, 2012, 06:27:13 PM
This should work but I would lose 2 years of configurations of all the software I have added since I got it.

That shouldn't happen, about the only software I've had affected by a Repair install is Windows itself, (all updates are lost), possibly virtual network drivers will no longer work, (eg. OpenVPN), and AV software will no longer work.  Any time I've done it all my other software has kept working fine unless it specifically relied upon an update later than the install disc.

But I always do a full disk image before attempting the Repair install.

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I checked surface defects with HDD Regenerator : none found.  Didn't try safe mode, maybe because I considered that after the chkdsk, the system was anyway badly damaged so working in safe mode would not help repairing it (maybe I am wrong here).

Safe mode will help rule out any driver/program conflict problems.
1903  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Easy Remote access to another PC? on: January 13, 2012, 05:23:25 AM
I use UltraVNC also, the only problem with it and other VNC variants is I've yet to find one that can handle overlay video correctly.

Something which RDP seems to handle fine but then I have problems because it wants exclusive access to the audio even though I don't pass it through to the client.

As an example, when I was in the UK last year I was editing video back in Australia over RDP.  I had to start the edit using RDP over HTTP because the editing program, (VideoReDo), would complain it couldn't load the video because of no access to an audio decoder, (DirectX).  After the video was loaded into the program I could then switch to straight RDP to do the editing.
1904  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: [REQ] Disable sleep/hibernation one time to drain battery on: January 12, 2012, 09:25:35 PM
No visual output.....I'm a bit of a lazy coder cheesy

However, you should get aural feedback.  When my machines are switched to High performance/Always On the CPU fan goes into high gear Wink

I'll look at providing some kind of output window at the end.
1905  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: January 12, 2012, 09:23:33 PM
Another milestone......or should that be millstone?

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1906  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best USB/Bootable recovery and "utility" tools on: January 12, 2012, 09:16:27 PM
@Josh: Did you mean UBCD or UBCD4Win?

Driver Pack Solution 11 - DVD or copy the files to a flash drive.  Identify and, optionally, install/update drivers and other common programs, (eg. Firefox, µTorrent, etc).
D7 - Kind of a multi-tool.

Other than that I usually roll my own using WinBuilder, (over UBCD or BartPE), for the same reason 40hz said.

Everything installed on a ~30GB bootable FAT32 partition on a 2.5" external, (using SARDU) - I've found more computers are willing to boot off of a real USB HDD rather than a flash drive posing as a HDD.
1907  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: [REQ] Disable sleep/hibernation one time to drain battery on: January 12, 2012, 02:00:52 AM
Updated, see above - now reverts system on second run.
1908  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Detecting duplicate videos on: January 11, 2012, 05:48:28 PM
I suppose as a "cheap" way of doing it, you could:
1) Convert both clips into individual frame images.
2) Compare using an image comparison program, ideally one that would just output a report - if all the images in the shorter clip compare at, say, an 80+% match with some of the images in the other - chances are it's a clip cut from the other, (either it or its source).

Downside is it will be hugely resource intensive in terms of space, time and CPU/GPU.

Here's a script on Ubuntu, (and a link to a Ruby version in the last post), that will compare exact same video across different formats/framerate: Script to find duplicate videos based on content regardless of format. - it might give you some ideas.

There's also UQLIPS, (video upload/search link): A real-time near-duplicate video clip detection system (PDF paper) - who knows, they may be working on a standalone program.
1909  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Easy Remote access to another PC? on: January 08, 2012, 05:55:40 PM
Since it's only for the control of my computers, I don't consider the permanent installation of RDP/VNC software intrusive - how would I get the other end to click on the non-existent keyboard to download transient software anyway?

I also don't think it's intrusive for computers you have overall supervision, (or in the case of relatives, "Technical Support"), over across a WAN/VPN.

I do think it's intrusive if you have to rely on an internet connection, as you do with LogMeIn, TeamViewer and, as it now seems, SRD, etc to a an arbitration server not under your control, (this includes the assumption that you'll always have a connection to it), when it's not necessary.

So it's back to finding the perfect VNC server/client or read up a bit more on getting RDP via HTTP to co-exist peacefully with the other servers running.
1910  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Easy Remote access to another PC? on: January 07, 2012, 07:32:33 PM
But it's pretty intrusive, so I don't see setting that up for a remote connection that isn't your own.

Not quite sure what you mean by intrusive, anything that's not RDP, (for Windows anyway), is intrusive installation-wise, the same can be said for VNC.

At least the person on the remote computer can still see what you're doing and, (for me anyway), the fact that you don't have to rely on an arbitration server, (eg. LogMeIn, TeamViewer), in another country is a big bonus.

I'll have to do a little more testing though to see if it meets my needs but it does look promising.
1911  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows XP system clock losing (lots) of time. on: January 07, 2012, 05:59:37 PM
I did some checking, and it looks like it may be driver related. Especially the chipset. Any chance Windows Update decided it knew best when you weren't looking?

I don't have WU set to Auto on this machine, normally just Notify only.  But of course that doesn't preclude me from clicking OK in a burst of stupidity.

And as far as nVidia chipset drivers go, nothing would surprise me if that turns out to be the problem - one of the reasons I try to avoid their chipsets now. (Addendum: As if to prove a point their website won't even give me the XP drivers, it keeps sending the Vista/7 ones.)

Thanks for that, I'll download the latest from nVidia then remove the current ones with DriverCleaner and see what happens.  If that doesn't work then I'll go back to my previous regimen of nlitening the install and never updating past SP3.  It worked that way for years without a problem.

Tenacious 'R' Us  smiley

I'd never make any money doing repair work - I'd never know when to just say 'Screw it!' and give up. cheesy
1912  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows XP system clock losing (lots) of time. on: January 07, 2012, 12:31:52 AM
Found it!.......well almost.

Something locking up the networking on the machine which seems to stop:
1) the clock updating
2) any kind on RDP, VNC access
3) disk access

which necessitates me having to push the power button.  However, the various programs serving web pages still pump out pages when accessed but just fail to interact.

I'm starting to think I have a clash between the various servers running and the ports they're using.  Time for a bit of rationalisation and a completely fresh reinstall.
1913  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Easy Remote access to another PC? on: January 07, 2012, 12:08:56 AM
Adding another remote Desktop program to the mix: Splashtop Remote Desktop Free for personal use.

You install the Splashtop Streamer, (Windows or Mac), on the host computers and then use SRD to connect to it - including iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Kindle Fire and B&N Nook.

I don't think it uses an arbitration server either, it will automatically pick up computers on the LAN, (running Streamer), and add them to the connection list and you can add specific IPs for remote computers.

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1914  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... video configuration toggle software ... on: January 06, 2012, 09:05:01 PM
OT: Just had to look up ViDock to see what it was and I find VillageTronic...makes me want to fire up the A3000 with the PicassoIV + addons cheesy

OK, enough reminiscing...

Using DevCon and a bit of AutoIt magic, (or even a batch file), you could get DevCon to check for existence of the ViDock at boot, (using Startup batch command or registry Run entry), and have it disable the laptop graphics if found or enable if not found.
1915  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: [REQ] Disable sleep/hibernation one time to drain battery on: January 05, 2012, 10:02:37 PM
Attached is a small program called PowerMaxTemp, (or PMT for short), that will change the current power scheme to either Always On on XP, (and possibly 2003), or High performance for Vista/7.

Normally both these schemes don't allow Standby/Hibernation, however if you've modified them then you'll just have to change them back now smiley
(HINT: If you have changed them, make a copy and call them something else.)

Before changing the power scheme it will determine the current power scheme and then write a command into the RunOnce registry keys, [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce], to change it back to the current scheme on the next (re)boot.

If you go into the registry editor after running it and look at the entry above you'll see a key similar to the following:

XP:          PMT           powercfg.exe /setactive "Minimal Power Management"
Vista/7:   PMT           powercfg.exe /setactive 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e

You can delete this key if you don't want it to execute on next boot.

The program will run from CLI or Desktop, there's a bit of error checking to see if powercfg.exe ran OK, it doesn't have any output, (unless there's an error), which I might add later.

It has been tested on my Win7HPx64 Desktop and XP Pro netbook and amazingly it worked.

Have fun.


Updated:
20120112 - Running it a second time reverts to the original power scheme and clears the RunOnce\pmt key.
20120120 - Outputs results into a window.
1916  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to obtain nearly complete anonymity while online on: January 03, 2012, 06:01:20 PM
Interesting. It didn't create a desktop shortcut nor did it make any links in the Start Menu. Maybe I need to re-run it as administrator to give it permission to make those links.

Maybe I should have mentioned that all my torrenting/Usenet is done on a headless XP Pro system so that's the only system that IPFilterUpdater is installed on.

It sounds like you're trying to install on W7, sorry, can't help you there smiley
1917  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to obtain nearly complete anonymity while online on: January 03, 2012, 05:10:45 AM
Also note, some BitTorrent software, (eg. ­­µTorrent), will allow you to use just the IP filter lists without having to run a separate filtering program.  The filter list can be updated by using IPFilterUpdater.

Is there a way to know if the IP filter is being used? I ran the IPFilterUpdater installer thingy and it extracted a bunch of files and then closed.

It would have installed the batch file with a link on your Start Menu called David Moore->IPFilterUpdater

When you run it, it'll connect to SourceForge for a list of mirrors and then you can choose one from the dropdown list and hit GO!

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But how do I know it's working? I do have IP Filtering enabled in uTorrent. Is that all I needed? How can I be sure?

Look at the log as it scrolls past, it will have lines like: IpFilter blocked peer at x.x.x.x  (If you want to check then look at the peers connected to your torrents, that blocked IP shouldn't appear.)

You also need to restart µTorrent to get it to load the new ipfilter.dat - NOTE: By default IPFilterUpdater puts the file in %APPDATA%\uTorrent, (or where ever it is), IF you run µTorrent as a portable program, (ie. the settings files are in the same directory as the executable), then the ipfilter.dat needs to be moved to that directory.

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Also note, there may be a 'gotcha' smiley  You may have to edit ipfilter.dat to allow any IP that you use to connect to µTorrent remotely, (eg. 192.168.x.x).
1918  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Upgrading RAM amount; please help me choose. on: January 03, 2012, 05:00:48 AM
Remember that if you change the motherboard, you will most likely have to reinstall Windows and everything else.  I have tried before to just update the drivers but haven't had much success in that area.

I've changed motherboards and CPUs a few times without having to reinstall Windows usually doing, (for XP):
1) Boot into Safe Mode and remove any motherboard/gfx drivers with DriverCleaner, (any hardware specific also sometimes, eg. SATA card)
2) Change the hardware.
3) Boot from the XP CD and perform a Repair-in-place.

System normally comes up afterwards and then the new motherboard/gfx/hardware drivers can be installed.

Last time was at the end of November going from an nVidia motherboard + integrated gfx + Athlon II 235e to an AMD 780 based motherboard + Radeon HD4850 + Athlon 7750 - it all worked perfectly afterwards.

With Windows 7 it's even easier since it carries all the basic drivers for most hardware with it, just uninstall any specific motherboard/gfx drivers, change the hardware and boot.

It is always better to do a full install in the long run though.
1919  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Upgrading RAM amount; please help me choose. on: January 02, 2012, 10:33:24 PM
TBH, I'd think it would be more cost effective for you to upgrade the CPU, MB and RAM.  You'd need to buy 4 x 4GB DDR2 RAM since you only have 4 RAM slots and that will not be cheap.

Here's the only 4GB modules, (single), I could see on Newegg, (apart from Registered Server which are even more expensive), under a $100:
G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

Now compare to 16GB of DDR3, (5 kits under US$100):
Newegg

RAM upgrade:
4 x 4GB DDR2 800, (slower than what you currently have) = ~US$280

Replacement CPU, RAM, MB:
CPU:                 Intel i5-2500K @ US$219
16GB DDR3 RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB @$US79
Motherboard:     GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 @ US$122
Total: ~US$421

You'll also get the benefit of SATA6, (debatable), and USB3, (definitely).....I know what I'd choose smiley

You could save a bit by using a slightly lower spec i5, eg. the i5-2300 @ US$185

According to Passmark CPU Lookup, the i5-2300 is about 1800 points higher, (5592), than your current Q9400, (3823), in pseudo-performance.
1920  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to obtain nearly complete anonymity while online on: January 02, 2012, 08:26:37 PM
Also note, some BitTorrent software, (eg. ­­µTorrent), will allow you to use just the IP filter lists without having to run a separate filtering program.  The filter list can be updated by using IPFilterUpdater.
1921  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to obtain nearly complete anonymity while online on: January 02, 2012, 06:28:40 PM
So PeerBlock is reputable? Anyone here running it? I'm considering doing so...

Millions of P2P pirates can't be wrong.......AARRGGGHHH me hearties!!!
1922  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Configuring Directory Opus for Fun and Profit on: January 02, 2012, 06:14:42 PM
I don't use anywhere near DOpus' full power on Windows machines.

But here's just a couple or so buttons I've found useful.

Mount & Dismount a Directory as a drive, (useful for installers that think they need to be in the root of a drive):

Display network groups available, (eg. WORKGROUP, MSHOME):
Ooppss!, I got that wrong - this will actually display the computers available in a the group you're in.  Add another 'Go Up' instruction to it to see the network groups.

Drive buttons, (yes pretty boring), left-click for left side, right-click for right side - it will put the lister into Dual pane if it isn't:
1923  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software install monitor. on: December 31, 2011, 10:06:35 PM
Fresh from BetaNews: 10 tools to remove stubborn Windows applications

#4: Comodo Programs Manager, (Download Crew link), might be suitable but take note they mention it may not run on x64.

Direct link to Comodo' site: Comodo Programs Manager
1924  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 - AU$32.99 on: December 31, 2011, 06:31:28 PM
This is RETAIL/BOX deal and for AU/NZ citizens only!

OK, 365games.co.uk is the same company, (the products on ozgameshop are delivered from the UK), it says in their FAQ:

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How much does postage cost?

Prices include standard delivery to the UK mainland, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. EU delivery is priced at £0.99 per item, rest of the world is £0.49 per item. If your country cannot be selected during the checkout process then we are unable to deliver to you.

So here it is from 365games.co.uk for £22.49: Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11
1925  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 - AU$32.99 AU/NZ or £22.49 UK/etc on: December 30, 2011, 06:35:59 PM
Via OzBargain again, if anyone is looking to get a really good video editing suite then I don't think there is any better for this price, (and that's including free software).

Having used or tried most of the Windows free software video editing programs over the years, I still revert to a really old copy of Vegas 5 when there's something more involved than basic edit/colour correction.

This is US$94.95 from Sony, so this is approx. 1/3 of the price.  Such a big reduction probably means there's a new version on the way - and it will probably be cheaper - anyhow, I took my chances and bought it Sad

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For the UK and possibly elsewhere: Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11


NOTE: They also have another version on the site priced at AU$42.99 with the box graphic for Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 11 Production Suite.  Apparently this is the same as the above just from a different supplier, ie. it is NOT the Production Suite version.
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