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1901  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to become Admin' for real? on: March 15, 2012, 06:12:40 PM
"No room for more" means either that there are no more (SATA) connectors on your mainboard, your PC case has no room to fit another disk or your power supply cannot handle the load of an extra hard disk anymore.

My money would be on the first option.

I don't think you'll collect smiley

MS-7379VP = MSI G31 based motherboard which all have 4 SATA-II ports.

Being a mini-tower case it's more likely to be lack of space or the PSU doesn't have a spare SATA power plug, (which can be remedied).

The FUJITSU SIEMENS Scaleo Pi2680 shows as having two 5.25" bays, if only one is occupied then another HDD can be installed in the other using a pair of mounting adapters, then just plug it in and use it for the data drive.
1902  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: [REQ] Disable sleep/hibernation one time to drain battery on: March 15, 2012, 07:42:31 AM
Thanks, it shows that PMT is, (or trying to), switch from Power Saver to High Performance.

You didn't include the High Performance Advanced settings screengrab, could you please?

I'm running Win7 64x with "Balanced" power scheme.

The powercfg output shows you're running in the Power Saver scheme which is a bit more frugal than the Balanced scheme.

It also seems to indicate that there might be some form of power software installed by Dell, (only because I see a Dell power scheme there - AMD do the same thing if you run their Fusion software IIRC).

Thanks for your help!

No problem, it's just got me beat how it can be messing up your hibernation when all it does is swap power schemes, it doesn't change anything in those schemes.  It shouldn't even be going into Sleep/Hibernation when in High Performance, as you can see from my grab above, they're both set to Never by default.

You can also reset the power schemes to their default values by pressing the Restore Plan Defaults button under each schemes Advanced settings.

I've attached a small video of what happens when it runs - you can watch it change the power scheme each time it's run, (.7z because you can't attach .mp4 for some reason).

It's the equivalent of you typing in the following commands in a CLI, just as a matter of interest can you effect the same change from the CLI and does it do the same thing Hibernate-wise ?

powercfg /setactive 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c   (should set to High Performance)
powercfg /setactive a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a    (should set back to Power Saver)

Anyone else care to try it with a Win7 laptop and see what happens?
1903  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: [REQ] Disable sleep/hibernation one time to drain battery on: March 14, 2012, 07:41:11 PM
OK, I'm going to need some more information:

Is your operating system on an SSD or HDD?

The output of the powercfg list command, (see below):

C:\>powercfg list

Existing Power Schemes (* Active)
Power Scheme GUID: 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e  (Balanced) *
Power Scheme GUID: 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c  (High performance)
Power Scheme GUID: a1841308-3541-4fab-bc81-f71556f20b4a  (Power saver)
Power Scheme GUID: e12bd28e-68a8-4f90-b0a5-f76b2b523ca3  (AMD Fusion Utility Recovery Profile)

Can you do a screengrab of PMTs output window when you run it both the first and second time, (like I did here), and either PM them to me or attach to a post.

Can you do a screengrab of both the Balanced and High Performance Advanced settings of your Power Options, the default for both of them should look like this:

[attach=1] [attach=2]

Also, after running it once what is the value of the PMT key stored under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce (use regedit.exe) ?

What is it after running PMT a second time, (it shouldn't be there) ?
1904  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Quick Review: Collusion - Firefox "tracking" add-on on: March 12, 2012, 01:45:45 AM
Click the icon in the Addon tray:

1905  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Quick Review: Collusion - Firefox "tracking" add-on on: March 11, 2012, 08:05:51 PM
After a week of just general browsing and forgetting all about it:

1906  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Auto-Ping? on: March 10, 2012, 08:39:58 PM
OK, as Bullwinkle always said, 'This time for sure!'

The new improved version that seems to work.  Comes with a cast iron executable guarantee*.

It checks for the existence of a website by trying to retrieve the website page at set intervals and changes the SysTray icon accordingly.

If all is well then it will look like this:


If the website is down then, (in theory), you'll get a 5 second popup tooltip:


The icon will change to a red circle with cross and the tooltip will change to:


Explanation of the lines:
1) No connection to the website - this could be because the host machine has died or the webserver program on the host machine is not running.
2) A ping to Google was either OK or not - a failed ping to Google could indicate you have a network problem at your end, (since Google is up most of the time).  If this fails you won't get line 3 - not much point.
3) It passes the website address to http://www.checksite.us and displays the result, this will either be it's down for Everyone or Just You.



It'll open the first time the program is run or if you select it from the tray icon menu.

The first connection is attempted at the end of the first elapsed interval after program execution, so until then the SysTray icon will look like the executable icon.

You can put the executable anywhere you like, you can name it anything you like - the config file will be located in the same directory and have the same name, (except extension), as the executable.

Have one for each site and name them accordingly, eg. google.exe, donationcoder.exe, etc.exe

Source, executable, icons, etc in the archive.

* It'll work until the moment you execute it.

Updated: 20120312 - Fixed some typos and added an option for the popup to the config.
1907  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Auto-Ping? on: March 08, 2012, 10:28:05 PM
Try this, it's just a quick butcher of my iFallover script elsewhere.

OK, I've deleted it because it was a complete screwup, my brain certainly was dormant at the time  embarassed

However, I will have another up shortly...just one question:

Do you want to check for the existence of the website or the machine it's hosted on?

A ping will show the latter but won't tell you if the website is actually up.

Also, what do you consider necessary criteria for a website to be 'up', eg. Error 404 means a webserver is up but the page you were looking for isn't on it.
1908  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PDFZilla free for 20 days - Ends 14 March 2012 on: March 06, 2012, 07:38:44 PM
Godzilla - the biggest, most monstrous of them all.

Sorry to get off topic but my favorite too.  Have four Godzira movies in my collection.

I'm worse, I've got 29 Godzilla + 3 Mothra.  embarassed
1909  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Lets Spice Things Up! on: March 06, 2012, 07:23:05 PM
1910  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PDFZilla free for 20 days - Ends 14 March 2012 on: March 06, 2012, 07:12:17 PM
The zilla name come s from the excellent FTP Filezilla program.

I thought it originated with Godzilla - the biggest, most monstrous of them all.

Anything else is just a pale copy.
1911  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Need DC Input on: March 06, 2012, 02:56:20 AM
Hmmm - Primary vs Logical  undecided

Time for research!  Grin

The short version:
Primary partitions may contain a bootable operating system, you may have a maximum of four (4) primary partitions on one HDD.
Extended partitions aren't bootable and can contain as many Logical partitions as you like, (well you could run out of assigned volumes under Windows if you go berserk).  Each HDD can contain one (1) Extended partition.

In my screengrab below, HDDs marked D:, R:, E: & G: each contain one Extended partition, (it occupies the full HDD), which each have one Logical partition.
Drive U: has one Extended Partition which contains two (2) Logical partitions, one being U: the other being the one with the RAW filesystem, it's encrypted with TrueCrypt and as such is unrecognisable by Windows until mounted.
Drive C: contains two Primary partitions, the 100MB System Reserved that W7 creates and C: which contains the OS.

The drive with System Reserved and C: is the only drive with Primary partitions, hence it's the only one that shows up in BIOS as being bootable.

I do however, have external drives that have a Primary partition because they are bootable.  They boot into an environment that contains various recovery programs, etc.

1912  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HTPC - Revisited - Input requested on: March 05, 2012, 06:46:02 PM
I'll put forward a setup, maybe it can get you started tweaking it or discussion.  I'll point out now that I've used AMD APUs mainly because there is nothing that can compete with them for video decoding on a price/performance scale but I'm sure you can use an i5-2500 or higher to get the same performance.

For a Mini-ITX build:
$109 - LIAN LI PC-Q08B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case - Doesn't have the, (IMHO), ugly 5.25" bays on the side like their other small cases but does have an annoying blue LED in the fan - which I'm quite sure could be introduced to Mr Cutter or replaced entirely.  USB 3.0 ports, six 3.5" HDD bays, one 2.5" bay, takes a standard PSU,
$139 - ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard - WiFi 802.11b/g/n, HDMI, 7.1 audio, USB3, QWERTY remote, BlueTooth, up to 32GB of DDR3 - this covers most of the list of requirements.
$139 - AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D - The locked A3850 is $10 cheaper but why bother?
$39 - Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - You can get cheaper RAM but Kingston is well known and reliable.
$69 - PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply - Again, you can get a cheaper PSU, (and 400W is overkill for this build), but PPC make good quality PSUs.
$57 - ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - Supposedly one of, if not, the quietest BluRay combo drives around.

So that's $552 of your hard-earned money spent.

You could save money by using the following:
$99 - Fractal Design Arc Mini Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 - I have to say that I particular like Fractal Designs cases.
$64 - ASRock A75M-HVS FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX - After Gigabyte, ASRock would be my personal second choice even though they are a division of ASUS they seem to make boards that are more reliable than their parent company, at least in my experience.

Total now: $467

But you need to add a WiFi dongle/card - $15-$30 depending on brand.

I haven't mentioned TV Tuner cards because you didn't mention single/dual tuner, just DVB-T or Hybrid or DVB-T/Ananlog/Cable.  Also the US standard is different from here so I can't recommend anything specific but Hauppauge and AverMedia are usually reliable, (although even they have put out some dogs).

But I will say you don't need it to be a PCI(e) card, USB 2.0 is fine for Dual channel HD DVB-t reception.  I use a TinyTwin together with DNTV Scheduler Pro which is a commercial fork of TV Scheduler Pro, (now open source).  I'm not sure whether TVSP will work in an ATSC situation, (you may need to make your own stations xml file up), but I can say that DNTV SP will happily capture two HD DVB-T broadcasts over USB 2.0 without a problem, (more programs if they happen to be on the same stream - I've had five programs from two streams recording simultaneously).
CPU load is approximately 15% while capturing, (Athlon II 235e @800Mhz), and I've used it on my Atom 270 netbook without any frame drops - the reason is, it's actually two programs: a java frontend running the web server/EPG etc, and a dedicated executable to do the capture.

PM me and I'll send you the IP so you can wander around in it, (change anything and I will kill you)  Angry

Anyway, something to think about/discuss/ignore.

Addendum: Here's a program that's almost identical that will work in the USA: DV Scheduler

For a Micro-ATX build:
$99 - LIAN LI PC-A04B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower
$109 - Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0

$84 - ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX

CPU, PSU, RAM & Combo drive as above plus you need a WiFI dongle/card.

Or maybe you'd like to go a little retro Wink
1913  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is it so hard to find a decent image organizer? on: March 05, 2012, 05:39:06 PM
Daminion took a LONG time to import my pictures folder (about 34 GB in just over 8 hours) but it's been smooth since.

That seems excessive, here it took about an hour to do 115GB, (555 directories, 43515 photos).

  • No configuration at all.

It's beta software, it says the Preferences are coming.

  • For my 200MB cliparts folder it created 90MB hidden directory full of thumbnails.

The catalogue is 58.6MB but the ~Thumb directory is 2.29GB.

Some way to minimise the program while it's cataloguing would be nice.
1914  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Need DC Input on: March 05, 2012, 05:34:51 PM
I always used to use the old ptedit.exe to mark a partition inactive but Acronis Disk Director and Paragon HDM can do it from the context menu - so I got lazy Wink

Still, Clevercats external isn't marked as Active so the BIOS is just picking up it's a Primary partition.
1915  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Need DC Input on: March 05, 2012, 04:40:37 AM
Not active - oh well doesn't seem to be a problem so will take off boot list?

Interesting, then again, I try never to have any more than one Primary partition on the system, (hence all the drives being Logical above), so I don't normally see any other bootable drive option in the BIOS.
1916  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Need DC Input on: March 05, 2012, 12:33:07 AM
Not sure why my Seagate External is bootable?  huh

It's most likely because it has a Primary partition that is marked as Active.

You can open Windows Disk Manager and check it.

1917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Need DC Input on: March 05, 2012, 12:07:19 AM
Almost forgot  Grin

1918  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReImage: online Windows repair! on: March 04, 2012, 07:58:14 PM
Oh, it's too late for NASA. You may want to get a roll of tin foil while you're out to line your new hard hat. cheesy

If I get an aluminium one maybe I'll save money!

1919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Need DC Input on: March 04, 2012, 03:41:56 AM
Here's pics from Bios:- Everything works but.......... Maxtor doesn't appear as a bootable device (pic 2) and can't change? (pic 3)

Because you haven't set it as the bootable HDD in the first picture, you've set the Seagate as the bootable drive therefore that's the device you get in the third picture.

In the first picture, (Advanced Setup->Hard Disk Drives), you can reorder the drives by highlighting the Maxtor, (down arrow), and then pressing + on the number pad - this should move it up a place and make it the default boot HDD.

This will cause the third screen to display the Maxtor instead of the Seagate as a boot choice.

The instructions are on the bottom of the BIOS screen Wink

1920  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReImage: online Windows repair! on: March 04, 2012, 03:33:44 AM
... that damn Paragon program from a USB stick via command prompts, my old Vista would suddenly work again. Utopia?

I'd like to know why you and Innuendo both feel that Paragons program is to blame when, by your own admission:
a) your system has been unstable for 19+ months;
b) you blindly clicked remove in Revo Uninstaller, (a program which I've managed to trash a system with by not paying attention);
c) you seem to try almost every program available, (no offence meant but it really does look that way).

I guess NASA are going to feel pretty crap soon....maybe I should go out and buy a hardhat....
1921  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Need DC Input on: March 03, 2012, 05:39:29 AM
Drive letters messed up in Disk Management....

What do you mean by "messed up" ?

Whichever installation of Win7 you boot off will become drive C.

In your BIOS you need to set which drive to boot off normally.

BIOS->Advanced Setup->Hard Disk Drives and then move the drive you want it to boot from to the top of the list.

Is there any chance of a picture of the POST screen, (the one where it says 'Press Del to enter SETUP') ?
Also the Advanced Setup menu in BIOS would be nice, (I think you have a later version than what's shown in the manual).

You can set the BIOS to normally boot off the Seagate and then run EasyBCD and add an entry for the Win7 installation on the Maxtor:


As easy as:
1) Select Add New Entry
2) Select the drive letter for the Maxtor
3) Add Entry

EDIT: Dammit!  You replied before I could add the picture.
1922  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linus Torvalds on OpenSUSE on: March 03, 2012, 12:06:51 AM
Better, why should a user be able to change the system time on a computer; that's for the admin (owner) to do.

He's doesn't mention the system time at all, just the timezone - responses following his initial post muddle up the difference.
1923  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Daemon Tools - Spring Sale on: March 02, 2012, 06:16:08 PM
My original 5 year license, (from donating before it went commercial), runs out this year.

I thought that licenses from pre-commercial donations were supposed to be grandfathered in as lifetime?

Not that I know of, maybe I should go check the forum a bit.

Shows you how much I know smiley

Dear Community,

customers who got gifted DT Pro and therefore donated for DT, please send a message with the message that you have an old license and an Upgrade to a Lifetime License should be processed.

DT Team

Note 1: BTW please be patient as Financial department work days are Monday to Friday.

Note 2: This announcement cannot be applied to ALL customers with old licenses! It is about those customers who had purchased DTPro before it was released (pre-DTPro action).
1924  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Daemon Tools - Spring Sale on: March 02, 2012, 06:08:17 PM
Thanks!  My original 5 year license, (from donating before it went commercial), runs out this year.

It's even cheaper if you already have a license: €15.00 for Daemon Tools Pro Advanced
1925  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Agnitum Outpost Firewall - Lifetime License - $29.97 - Coming Soon on: March 02, 2012, 04:51:17 AM
Here's the development thread at Wilders for some info: another Windows Firewall Control

Also, there's one thing to watch out for: How are the notifications created and why they are sometimes so slow or missing ?


How are the notifications created and why they are sometimes so slow or missing ?

"Learning Mode" uses the Security Event log. It checks at every 0.3 seconds the last entry from this log. If the event recorded has the ID the number 5157, it means it found a blocked connection, and continues to analyze the message. It reads the content of the message recorded in the log file, it analyzes the message and extract the info needed to show in notification. If the direction is "Outbound" and the message is not older than three seconds, it displays the notification to the user.

All the things above are made 3 times a second. When you start your web browser and it attempts to make a connection, Windows Firewall writes a new entry in the security event log, with info about your web browser connection. Here takes place WFC to show you the notification. Usually, the last entry is generated by the last program you use to connect to the internet.

Things should be easy, but sometimes svchost.exe receives 30-40 inbound connections attempts in one second, also with the number ID 5157, but with direction "Inbound". These connections are also appended to the security event log, so if you start your web browser and then you receive 20 attempts of inbound connections to svchost.exe, the last entry would be for svchost.exe instead of your browser. WFC reads for 3 times in a second the last entry, but the last entry is from svchost.exe inbound connection.

The result is that you are not notified about your browser. In this case you must press on the refresh button to make the web browser to attempt a new connection, so it can be catched by WFC properly.

When svchost.exe stays quiet, the notifications are showed very prompt. When it starts with a blast of inbound connections it affects the performance of Learning Mode. Unfortunately there is no way to make the system not to log the inbound blocked connections, and this polutes the security event log with thousands garbage entries. And all these are readed by WFC in dozens of steps, for every entry.

Sometimes you need to make multiple connection attempts before it will pick up a program but I don't see that as a problem, at least they're not getting through.

Also one other thing to note, if you create a rule and tick the box saying you don't any more notifications for that program and then later delete that rule, you won't receive any future notifications for that program until you delete it from the Hidden Notifications list.


PS. Does this mean I get out of doing a mini-review?
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