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1976  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Site improvements for https connections on: February 12, 2011, 04:57:41 PM
There is no reason that people should have to connect to donationcoder.com using https, ....

Maybe not have to but I had to while it was on the old server just so I could attach things to forum posts.

Something that seems to have been fixed in the migration to the new server but I still use https wherever possible.
1977  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... Disk Doctor equivalent & image analyzer/verifier ... on: February 12, 2011, 12:39:44 AM
Ah, I see, more a prophylactic measure then smiley

Forgot to mention the most obvious tools:
1) UBCD4Win
2) UBCD - seems to have a much better array than UBCD4Win
3) the various tools available on the HDD manufacturers sites, (pretty much all of which are on UBCD)
1978  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB 3.0 stick - anyone taken the plunge? on: February 11, 2011, 07:22:16 PM
btw where are you seeing these USB 2.0 60+ MB/s reads? Do you have USB on an addon card?

As I said above, the only time I have seen this kind of speed from any USB device is a 2.5" USB HDD connected to both my old nForce2 Ultra400 EPoX motherboard and a friends el-cheapo nForce2 Ultra400 motherboard.

They consistantly transferred at ~50-55MB/s using the onboard USB ports - I have not seen any USB device since perform as fast.

It almost made me want to swap my, (then), AM2+ machine for the nForce2 U400, (I gave it to the parents)........almost smiley

I've got a ASUS PCIe x4 USB3/SATA6 card plugged into the PC, just plugged my 2.5" USB2 HDD into it - still only managed ~31MB/s, (same drive that was giving me 50MB/s on the nForce2), another 2.5" USB HDD gave ~34MB/s.

Not a really good improvement considering the increased bandwidth of USB3, even though the HDD are USB2 I would have expected something better.

I really wish they had developed IEEE1394, (Firewire), as the standard for external storage, (50-60MB/s consistantly no matter what motherboard), and kept USB for mice, keyboards, fans, EL lights, missile launchers, etc.
1979  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... Disk Doctor equivalent & image analyzer/verifier ... on: February 11, 2011, 06:38:21 PM
But I'm still having trouble with the corruption part.  I know of three (3) different [software/activity] causes for that - likely there are more -
  • there's activity from other software while files are being written which could be from any number of TSRs/services that I wot not of
  • there's OS activity while files are being written maybe preventable, maybe not

If it's consistant, (ie. you can reliably recreate the problem), then running the system in Safe Mode should enable you to prove it into third party software or the OS by preventing almost all third party stuff from running - especially stuff that uses a driver.

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  • there're memory/cpu issues while files are being written - hardware related, but not HD related
    (and could include cables & transfer speeds).

You can use memtest86+ to check for RAM problems, and 'burn in' software to highlight possible CPU faults, (SiSoft Sandra, etc).

But if I was having this many problems, I'd go:
1) check the Event Log for Delayed Write Fail and similar problems;
2) power down and check all cable connections, (IMO, SATA connectors are one of the worst designed around), power, SATA, etc, (I'd replace any SATA cables also at this point);
3) reseat RAM by removing/replacing;
4) clean out the interior using a vacuum, (hold any fan blades so they don't spin), just in case it's an airflow problem;
5) check the fans are spinning freely, (power it up, don't happily spin them by hand), you should be able to spot any problem ones.

The above should take about 30 minutes or less and is a lot easier to start with than trying to isolate software related problems.

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(There's also the possibility of brown power or power fluctuations, but that/those can be filtered with a decent UPS.)

Hopefully any decent UPS would record power flucuations, since most have a USB connection these days the software might allow for such things.

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Granted, I'm probably being overly picky in the latter respect, but there seems to be cause:  three (3) different, widely - and successfully - used software packages seemed to fail me.  Under other circumstances, I'd be inclined to suspect hardware, but pending further investigation, other circumstance has pretty well obviated that element.

If it were my machine, I'd definitely be suspecting a hardware fault but one thing: are you only having problems to the one HDD?

If so, plug it into another SATA/IDE interface using a different interface cable and see what happens.
1980  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My New DVD is ALL Regions =D YAY~! on: February 10, 2011, 11:27:41 PM
(Very not happy at my Star Wars DVDs not being playable...)

 huh
Wait...you're in Australia aren't you?  One of the few countries where it's legal, (or I should probably say: 'not illegal'), to have/sell region free DVD players and you've got a region locked player?
1981  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... Disk Doctor equivalent & image analyzer/verifier ... on: February 10, 2011, 09:52:31 PM
As for the images, I've not found - prolly just me  embarassed - anything not vendor-specific.  If I get some mounting software, the MD5 thing sounds good, but a bit labour intensive?  I really don't know, as that one never occurred to me embarassed.

AFAICT, mounting the images using the vendors own software shouldn't be a problem since you're mainly interested in the file integrity within the image.

It should be relatively easy to create a script to recurse the directories in the mounted image providing a list of files with MD5 values, (there's probably a program that will do it already), let it run overnight.  Then take the same list of files, change the drive letter, (directory structure should be the same), and generate MD5 values for those.

An alternative is just mount the image and use Beyond Compare or WinMerge to do live comparison - which will take just as long but skips the intermediate creating MD5 hash step.

There is no quick way to do it unfortunately.

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See?  It's all your fault  Angry tongue Kiss.

I'll expect your MD5 comparison script shortly then cheesy
1982  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... Disk Doctor equivalent & image analyzer/verifier ... on: February 10, 2011, 06:56:04 PM
You haven't mentioned which ones you have tried, so:

HDDScan - Windows executable, reports S.M.A.R.T. and can do surface tests and S.M.A.R.T. tests.
MHDD - DOS, bootable images on site.
Victoria - Russian website, DOS version on site, Windows version available from MajorGeeks.  As well as normal surface tests in can start S.M.A.R.T. tests.
DiskTool - DOS, need to put on bootable media (from Bart, creator of PEbuilder).

For backup images, couldn't you mount them and then run a Windows based tester on them?
Or, generate a list of files with MD5 hashes and compare to live system file hashes?
1983  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CPU Question: More Mhz per core or more cores? on: February 10, 2011, 04:55:38 PM
Smart move on your part. When in doubt - punt! Thmbsup

+1 - Don't forget to mention that all repairs/service/software faults of the system will be handled by the manufacturer of the system.

 tongue
1984  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my computer hiccuping every few seconds? on: February 10, 2011, 04:30:18 AM
Look for places.last_vacuum
That is present - but is it related to the session state? smiley

Now see, that's what happens when you don't follow instructions:

Open up about:config and use a vacuum filter, (make sure it's HEPAw rated - wouldn't want any nasty bugs getting into Firefox):
1985  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my computer hiccuping every few seconds? on: February 10, 2011, 03:04:04 AM
4wd: there's no storage.vacuum settings in my 3.6.

Then you need a bigger closet.  smiley

It kind of invalidates Bamse' claim that they incorporated it in 3.5/3.6 - not that I set out to do that, just it seemed an easy way of checking whether it was enabled or not.

EDIT: I think my spell checker must be borked, it's letting some simple things through. undecided
1986  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All Hail...! on: February 10, 2011, 03:02:06 AM
Baron f0dder the Unready: Excrutiating Kephalonomancer of the Nether Regions!

But quite fitting, since the second half is contradictory it makes the first half valid smiley
1987  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All Hail...! on: February 10, 2011, 12:44:02 AM
 Grin

[attach=1]

What I want to know is how did it know I was wicked, I only found out yesterday....
1988  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my computer hiccuping every few seconds? on: February 09, 2011, 06:12:41 PM
Open up about:config and use a vacuum filter, (make sure it's HEPAw rated - wouldn't want any nasty bugs getting into Firefox):

[attach=1]

To convert from RBN1 to normal time, go here:

[attach=2]

That's the last time the database was vacuumed.

This is valid for Firefox 4 but may also be valid for 3.6.


1 Really Big Number
1989  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB 3.0 stick - anyone taken the plunge? on: February 09, 2011, 05:42:34 PM
I haven't seen a single usb2 pendrive that even comes near saturating the usb2 bandwidth.

I haven't seen a USB HDD that's come close to saturating USB2 bandwidth since the nForce2 Ultra400 days.  Used to get 50-60MB/s on those, on all the chipsets I've tried since, (Intel, ATI, nvidia, VIA), it's more like 20-30MB/s - where did they go wrong?
1990  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Drop target to move files to predefined folders on: February 09, 2011, 05:30:12 PM
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Does it have the capability of assigning to directories on flash drives where the drive letter may change? Be a terrific app for portable use if it did that.

If I've got it right, 40hz is talking about using paths that occur on the drive Drop Zone is running from, so when the initial setup is done couldn't the path for those directories be stored as relative paths?

You only need compare the selected path against the executable path to see if the drive matches, if it does replace the drive designation with sufficient dots and slashes, (morse code for paths smiley ), to make it relative to the Drop Zone path.

Then the drive letter becomes irrelevant if it changes.

EDIT: Muddled timns with 40hz, sorry guys you both look like a bunch of electrons from this distance.
1991  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Drop target to move files to predefined folders on: February 09, 2011, 11:23:57 AM
Wouldn't that just either 'work or fail' - how does one then get the new letter? Well, without WMI...

Cycle through available drives.

Or you could use a marker file, (ie. a file with an uncommon name), and just check for existance on all drives.  The one it appears on gives you the drive letter, used to do this for batch files.  Has the advantage of not using external commands.
1992  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my computer hiccuping every few seconds? on: February 09, 2011, 11:17:45 AM
Edit: Looks like 4wd got it in ahead of me. And with a link too, the Wanker! Grin

That's Mr. Wanker! to you! tongue
1993  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my computer hiccuping every few seconds? on: February 09, 2011, 11:09:20 AM
We had a discussion about ramdisksw back here.

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A RAM disk or RAM drive is a block of RAM (primary storage or volatile memory) that a computer's software is treating as if the memory were a disk drive (secondary storage). It is sometimes referred to as a "virtual RAM drive" or "software RAM drive" to distinguish it from a "hardware RAM drive" that uses separate hardware containing RAM, which is a type of solid-state drive.
1994  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Drop target to move files to predefined folders on: February 09, 2011, 11:02:25 AM
Off the top of my head, use dir to determine if a matching Volume Serial Number for the flash drive exists?

ie. User selects a directory on a flash drive, program calls dir to get the VSN and then can check for existance on subsequent copy/move operations.
1995  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my computer hiccuping every few seconds? on: February 09, 2011, 10:02:29 AM
Does the same thing as CCleaner, if you have CCleaner just turn it on (as mentioned here):

[attach=1]

Also, a couple of others I mentioned in the following post here.

EDIT: Dang it! f0dder snuck in between edits again.
1996  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my computer hiccuping every few seconds? on: February 08, 2011, 11:34:50 PM
Just for interests sake, what version of Firefox are you using?

I'm running the nightly build of v4 and I can't say I've ever noticed anything like that.
1997  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NoteSlate - mono color tablet, nice price on: February 08, 2011, 11:25:26 PM
If this product doesn't turn out to be vaporware, I'll pre-order at first opportunity.

Heck, wait until nudone buys it, ('cause he buys all new gadgets, even if they don't work), and then read his review.


 tongue
1998  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my computer hiccuping every few seconds? on: February 08, 2011, 08:57:27 PM
Well, my interpretation is:

Task Manager: Simple overall view of the current system/program status allowing you to do simple things, eg. kill/start a task.

Resource Monitor: More indepth view of what processes are doing on the system, eg. processes are broken down into CPU usage, threads, Disk usage, Memory usage, etc while still allowing you to do things such as kill them.

Process Explorer: Kind of a love child between the two above smiley but doesn't include things like Disk usage/calls.

Interesting...I didn't think I had Windows Defender installed, but it is.  Furthermore, it is disabled, yet the process MsMpEng.exe is on with 34 threads going.  I looked it up and that exe is attributed to Windows Defender.  I checked again, and yes, it is disabled, so I don't get it.  i do have Microsoft Security Essentials, but that shouldn't include Defender, does it?

Once you install MSE, Defender kind of gets seconded into it and as such ceases to exist as a separate entity.  FWIW, here it has anywhere around 35 threads but 0 CPU.  If you open up MSE and turn off Real Time Protection you'll see the number of threads against MsMpEng.exe drop by about 10.
1999  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my computer hiccuping every few seconds? on: February 08, 2011, 08:29:55 PM
You could try running the Resource Monitor, (perfmon.exe /res), and see if there is any annomalies in Disk Response time, which might give you a process and/or file to look at.

[attachthumb=1]

Also ensure you're running the latest motherboard drivers and check to see if there is a later motherboard BIOS.
2000  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Movie Mode on: February 08, 2011, 07:55:20 PM
Thanks April, source added to post above.
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