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1976  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: why is it so difficult to pick out a new computer? on: January 22, 2011, 09:45:49 PM
4wd.. your prices are Australian dollars, correct?

AU$421

Yes, as I said, just an FYI from our semi-nationwide discount computer parts store.

MSY - If you're interested, no where near the range of Newegg.
1977  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: why is it so difficult to pick out a new computer? on: January 22, 2011, 09:09:39 PM
I suppose it's "love" then?  ohmy

Up until you install Windows on it  tongue
1978  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: why is it so difficult to pick out a new computer? on: January 22, 2011, 08:54:58 PM
HP, Dell, etc have the benefit of volume, (purchase/sales/labour), in the case of PCs using All-in-one type motherboards.

For anything that requires more customisation than an AIO motherboard solution then you'll start saving your money but usually only if you don't count the labour.

It usually works out cheaper if:
a) You build it yourself, AND
b) you're building for yourself, (because you don't consider it labour smiley ).

Just FYI from MSY here:

Intel D55PJ                     - $89
i3-550                           - $129
PQI 4GB                         - $45
WD 1TB                         - $62
Coolermaster Elite RC-335 - $74  (The Antec you mentioned isn't avail., this looks decent.)
LG DVD-RW                    - $22
Total                             - AU$421

Do it even cheaper by going with a non-Intel board.
1979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: January 21, 2011, 06:31:20 PM
I suspect it might have had a bum receiver now that I'm thinking back. The keystroke light didn't flash as regularly as the instructions said it was supposed to.

This is why whenever I'm tempted to find a wireless device I always look for a Bluetooth version first.  At least I know it'll work with any Bluetooth receiver even if the one in the netbook packs it in, $3 will get me another.
1980  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: January 21, 2011, 06:09:52 PM
That's just a GUI for the DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES environment variable that Shades discussed earlier. It only for removing complete devices that are straggling about on the system.

I know, the reason I mentioned it is because I find it's interface easier than trawling through Device Manager.

But what about uninstalling the USB stack/driver?

EDIT: I just realised you might have thought I meant the USB driver for the device.  I meant the driver for the USB hardware, (motherboard), not the device.
1981  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB Madness With Cooked-Off Ports on: January 21, 2011, 04:55:51 PM
Can't say I've had this specific problem, closest I've had is where a device will no longer work in a specific port because of mechanical problems, (socket/plug contacts no longer have good contact).

You could try GhostBuster to show/remove the ghosted devices and then uninstall the USB driver so that Windows has to reinstall it on next boot.
1982  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Forum Themes on: January 20, 2011, 07:01:18 AM
Nice, thanks again Winkie!   Thmbsup
1983  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Unlocker punishes you for not installing toolbar. on: January 20, 2011, 05:20:24 AM
Update: after a little REing, I found it uses GetLocaleInfoA to detect if you're in GBR or USA and if so installs the bing bar, doing a 30 sec countdown with the delay.dll NSIS plugin, if not, just offers QuickStores with no delay whatsoever.

Wow!  So there's a benefit to living below the equator....cool!
1984  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why am I having a frozen screen trying to install Windows 7? on: January 19, 2011, 06:15:06 PM
If you're going to be hot-plugging SATA drives then you should enable AHCI mode because the ability to hot-plug correctly is provided in the AHCI driver.

There are some boards that can hot-plug without AHCI being enabled, (it all depends on the driver), like my old AsRock 939 board but it was an exception.

AHCI also enables NCQ, (Native Command Queuing), if the drive supports it - the benefits of which are dubious in a home type environment.  Staggered Spin-up is part of AHCI - some drives enable it via hardware, (eg. Samsung - no ground on SATA power connector pin 11 causes Staggered/Delayed Spin-up).

There's most likely other AHCI specific things but in your case the main one is hot-plugging.

You can grab the AHCI specs from Intel, if you're interested, here (1.2MB PDF).

Actually, you could leave the system drive connected to the purple ports in IDE Mode since you're not likely to ever want to hot-plug it, (I'm reasonably sure there won't be any performance hit but f0dder would probably be able tell us for sure). smiley
1985  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Forum Themes on: January 19, 2011, 05:59:05 PM
You haven't got something for the CODE boxes have you?

They're still glaringly white - like a smack in the face when you're sitting up in the night tongue
1986  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why am I having a frozen screen trying to install Windows 7? on: January 19, 2011, 05:45:23 PM
Why does this fix my problem, I'm just curious.  I do think you might be right about all this, because I remember dealing with those plugs and ahci stuff, etc, when i was adding all the drives.

It doesn't 'fix' your problem as such, it gets around a couple of problems that W7 throws up with AHCI drivers.

There are two main problems regarding the install of W7, wrt AHCI:
1) If you install W7 while the OS drive is connected in AHCI mode it will, literally, take hours for the installation.  Both times I've done it, it took 4-5 hours.
2) If you install W7 while all drives are connected in IDE mode, then the install will happen in an hour BUT you will be unable to change to AHCI, (not without a fair bit of trouble anyway), because the driver won't exist in the OS since it wasn't installed.  You'll get BSODs.

So the best way to get around these is to install W7 while the system drive is in IDE Mode, (for install speed), but the rest are in AHCI Mode, (to install the driver).

Gigabyte boards give you these two SATA ports where you can set a different mode on, (the purple ones), so what you can do is:
a) Set the purple ones to IDE Mode
b) Set the yellow ones to AHCI Mode
c) Put the system drive on the purple ports

The effect of this is:
1) The installation of W7 will happen at its normal rate, ie. it will take about an hour.  (This get around problem number 1.)
2) The AHCI driver is installed, so when you switch the system drive to AHCI, (you can do this by moving it back to a yellow port), W7 will just install the driver for it and ask to reboot.  (This gets around problem number 2.)

This is how I've previously installed both XP and W7 when I wanted AHCI enabled and it's worked without a problem.
1987  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Forum Themes on: January 19, 2011, 04:19:09 AM
This covers the links, change the #colours to suit.

Formatted for CSS with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. @namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);
  2.  
  3. @-moz-document domain("www.donationcoder.com") {
  4.  
  5. /* Outer background - works on complete DC site (without subdomains) */
  6. body, #topnavbar, .forumbodytop {
  7.  background-color: #444444 !important;
  8.  background-image: none !important;
  9. }
  10.  
  11. /* Content background */
  12. .windowbg, .post, .windowbgdc, .windowbgdc2b, .windowbg2,
  13. .windowbgdc2, .windowbgdc5, td.smalltext {
  14.  background-color: #666666 !important;
  15. }
  16.  
  17. /* Quotes, Recent posts */
  18. .quote, .orangemed, .orangesmall {
  19.  background-color: #aaaaaa !important;
  20.  border-color: #828181 !important;
  21. }
  22.  
  23. .nav:visited {
  24. color:#ff0000 !important;
  25. }
  26.  
  27. .nav:link {
  28. color:#ffff00 !important;
  29. text-decoration:none;
  30. }
  31.  
  32. a:link {
  33. color:#ffff00 !important;}
  34.  
  35. a:visited {
  36. color:#990000 !important;}
  37.  
  38. }
1988  Other Software / AutoHotkey / AutoIt instead of AHK for assignments OK? on: January 18, 2011, 07:27:42 PM
Since I have way too much time on my hands I thought I might as well start learning something again.

What I'd like to know is can I do the AHK assignments in AutoIt instead?
1989  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dual Booting Win XP and Win 7 on: January 18, 2011, 07:13:47 PM
Right. I was trying to diplomatically give HB some room to elaborate on why they wanted XP to be the primary OS (what is the reason driving that requirement) ...

Yeah, I realised that after I hit the Post button....ah well.

Never let it be said that I let a little thing like a Post button get in the way of something truly obvious to everyone else.    embarassed

Still, if nothing else, I have proved that SS2 runs like shit in a VM smiley
1990  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dual Booting Win XP and Win 7 on: January 18, 2011, 06:54:46 PM
Does hardware acceleration even work (properly) if you run Win7 in a VM? I know vmware supports "some" version of Direct3D, but iirc it was a relatively low version - and I bet there's a speed hit as well.

VirtualBox uses hardware acceleration, (still listed as experimental): DX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904) in my XP VM
The W7 VM says it's DX11 and Direct3D is enabled but there's no AGP Texture Acceleration.

I'm guessing with that disabled, any game is going to run pretty rough.

Just as a test I installed Serious Sam II, (original version, not HD - so not the latest in gaming requirements necessary), in a W7HPx86 VM, (2xCPU, 4GB), and besides the mouse interaction being hyper-sensitive the actual framerates were absolute crap - estimate at around 10fps (if you were lucky).

Note, this was running the VM on my W7x64 machine, so as SJ said, running it from XP is probably going to fare much worse.
1991  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Search Everything" with saved searches would be cool. on: January 18, 2011, 06:46:45 PM
Here ya go.
1992  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Forum Themes on: January 18, 2011, 06:16:02 PM
Thanks Winkie!

At last, DC for troglodytes!

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1993  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dual Booting Win XP and Win 7 on: January 18, 2011, 06:12:08 PM
Might help a bit if you expanded on why you want to stick with XP as a primary OS. Which would indeed be a substantial performance hit trying to VM 7.

Given he's already mentioned he wants W7 for games:

Some games doesn't work well in Win Xp, soon getting a 1GB Graphic card for this; hopefully those games will run in Win 7.

Using W7 in a VM to run games is pretty much a cr*p solution right from the start no matter what graphics card he has, considering the resource usage of W7 and then the resource usage of modern games on top of that.

Much better to do as both Carol and f0dder say, install W7, (use that for the games), and use XP in a VM, dual boot or use a removable drive caddy/cage.
1994  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Wireless sensor on: January 17, 2011, 03:44:20 AM
OK, I'm going to have to call 'uncle' on this.

I still cannot get the damn tooltip to reappear on the Windows logon screen after someone has logged off without the computer having to be restarted.

So despite all the help from SJ, (thanks again), the best I can still come up with is a tooltip on the initial Windows logon screen and a SysTray icon that'll appear whenever anyone logs in, (at least that part worked).

Here's my code so far, there's no need for a service since I can't get anything to work after a log off anyway.

Formatted for AutoIt with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. #NoTrayIcon
  2. #Region ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI ****
  3. #AutoIt3Wrapper_UseUpx=n
  4. #AutoIt3Wrapper_UseX64=n
  5. #AutoIt3Wrapper_Res_Icon_Add=On.ico
  6. #AutoIt3Wrapper_Res_Icon_Add=Off.ico
  7. #EndRegion ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI ****
  8.  
  9. Opt("TrayMenuMode", 1)
  10.  
  11. $loggedon = (ProcessExists("explorer.exe") > 0)
  12.  
  13. HotKeySet("^+!\", "_Exit")
  14.  
  15. If $loggedon Then TraySetState()
  16.  
  17. If (ProcessExists("explorer.exe") > 0 And Not $loggedon) Then ExitLoop
  18. $ret = DllCall("WinInet.dll","int","InternetGetConnectedState","int_ptr",0,"int",0)
  19. If $ret[0] then ; Connected
  20. If $loggedon Then
  21. TraySetToolTip("Network connected")
  22. ToolTip("Connected", 0, 0,"Network Status", 1, 5)
  23. Else            ; Not connected
  24. If $loggedon Then
  25. TraySetToolTip("Network disconnected!")
  26. ToolTip("Not Connected", 0, 0,"Network Status", 3, 5)
  27. Sleep(1000)
  28.  
  29. Func _Exit()

Attached is an archive containing the AutoIt3 code, executable and icons (used in the SysTray).

To work out whether there's a network connection all it does is ask Windows every second - this seems to work fine here whether it's wireless or wired.  So it'll know whether it's connected or not as soon as Windows knows (in theory).  It also means it doesn't need to call third party programs or need network access through a firewall.

You can exit the program by the hotkey combo: Control+Shift+Alt+\   (That should avoid any clashes smiley )
Or just kill it in Task Manager.

Set it up in the Group Policy editor as in this post EXCEPT when it comes to the User Logon script entry, it needs no parameters.

It needs no config file since the only thing configurable would be the hotkey, the executable is the only file required and can be copied to the same places as mentioned in the post.

Sorry I couldn't give you exactly what you wanted techidave, I'm actually still surprised that Windows allowed me to put anything on the initial logon screen.

It's going to take the likes of mouser or f0dder to solve this problem tongue
1995  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Word Processor OS on: January 16, 2011, 06:04:40 PM
Thanks guys  embarassed

If anyone is interested, Wikipedia was my jump point when I was looking for an alternative to an "in BIOS" Instant Onw OS, (the most common one is the rebranded SplashTop OS, eg. ASUS ExpressGate, etc).

xPUD was free but there's also Mandriva's InstantOn - (€9.9015 when you go to buy it), HyperSpace - (now owned by HP), Ubuntu and a few others.

I dare say most of the main Linux distros will probably have some form of 'Instant On' type sub-distro by now but they're all kind of aimed at getting you on the net as fast as possible and not what the OP wanted - still, xPUD at least provides a text editor smiley

EDIT: Update Mandriva price and it's only 4:3 resolutions - a bit of narrow thinking.

Addendum: You can grab more opt packages for xPUD here.  Be warned, they are test versions.
And for those interested, Redo Backup & Recovery is based on xPUD.
1996  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Word Processor OS on: January 16, 2011, 05:10:31 AM
TinyCore also has Cloud functionality in mind, so that's still an option.
The only drawback is you'd need net access, but that might not be such a hurdle these days.
And as long as we're talking about doing it on the net, how about using something like Dropbox as the write folder?
Just boot, type your manifesto, save it to your dropbox folder, retrieve at will.

Perhaps you might want to check out xPUD then.

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You can run it from USB or install to your Windows netbook, it will then give you the option to boot into it, (the default is Windows after 30s).  It boots in about 20s on my Aspire One.
They state that optimum hardware is basically the early netbooks: Atom CPU, Intel chipset/integrated gfx, etc.

Option packs add DropBox, OpenOffice, more drivers, codecs, Skype and Extras (which includes the geany text editor).

Just a note: I couldn't get it to install to Flash drive using the unetbootin program, (it didn't download the image), but you can do it by downloading the ISO and telling unetbootin to use that as the source.

You can also wizard up your own xPUD using the mkxpud program on a working Ubuntu 9.10 system - so you can trim out anything you don't want.
1997  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: Problems with attaching an attachment to a post... on: January 15, 2011, 06:59:03 PM
Seems to indicate there's a timing issue somewhere with the database or a script. Does a new message entry tombstone out if it says open too long before being committed?

If it were a problem with the DC server side of things, (database access, scripts, etc), then I would have expected that I'd keep getting the same problem even after I switched to SSL.......but I don't, after going to SSL I have yet to have even one problem.

To me that seemed to indicate that there was a proxy/server my connection was passing through that was causing lost packets or doing some strange filtering.

I might switch back to non-SSL and see if the problem still exists for me, it was fairly consistant, almost any attachment over ~100k would cause it to time out after a loonggg period, (>20min in some cases).

Of course, I have changed ISP and router since those times and currently the uploading of three ~3MB pics seems to be going smoothly.
I wish I'd kept a tracert from when I was having trouble.

I made an initial post regarding the problems I was having some time ago, I'll see if I can search it out - if nothing else it should give you a rough timeframe of when this problem started, (at least for me), and you could check to see what site changes were done in the temporal vicinity.

EDIT: Found it here - first time I noticed problems with trying to attach things, 2010-09-07.
1998  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: Problems with attaching an attachment to a post... on: January 15, 2011, 10:17:59 AM
But attaching files larger than about 100 kB doesn't always work for me in one go.
If* I encounter the above error and go back to the post (not in editing mode) and then click modify again and attach the file than it does work.

* 9 out of 10 trying to attach a file for the first time.

This is the same problem I was having with the site even before the server switch, anything over approx. 100k whether in one or multiple attachments - my solution was simple.

Switch to HTTPS - problem solved.

As I mentioned back here.
1999  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Do You Think About ANONYMOUS? on: January 15, 2011, 10:06:59 AM
I'm curious to see what form their "series of global protests" will take.

They seem to be more about actual protests there than DDOS. But we'll see.

If you look at their events archive, the highest number of attendees at an event to date was in Bucharest.

Total: 9

Possibly the map seeming to be the USA led to low attendance figures?
2000  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remove objects from photos on: January 14, 2011, 06:21:53 PM
Who wants to stick the wedding couple in the swan  tongue

The location is the Urosw peoples floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca.

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