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2001  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rant: I hate cellphones on: February 18, 2011, 10:31:21 PM
They seem to know stuff all about me, I just go straight to the page kartal mentions.

I guess that means that Adblock+ and OptimizeGoogle are working plus I don't allow 3rd party cookies or keep any cookies beyond the current session.
2002  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone understand the differences in the Western Digital drives? on: February 18, 2011, 06:08:40 PM
This Wikipedia articlew seems to indicate that you can switch the feature on/off in HDD firmware on even Consumer class drives because of the prevalence of chipset based RAID these days.

The article mentions a WD program to do it, WDTLER.EXE, and there's also WDIDLE.EXE if you want to change the Intellipark time.

I do wonder how important that really is as well because, as I said, I have 4 green drives operating in a RAID off a fairly decent RAID card for the last year with no problems (in a business environment).

It could be that the drives in the array have yet to experience an error severe enough that the RAID controllers error recovery is triggered.  Being a year old I would hope they're still reasonably reliable.

After having a search around various forums, it appears that WD, (don't know about Seagate ECR, Samsung CCTL, etc), have disabled the ability to toggle TLER in Consumer class drives from late 2009 - whether it's across the board, range or model specific I'm not sure.

Also that good RAID controllers seem to be able to handle Consumer class HDDs much better than cheaper RAID cards, I would also think any onboard based RAID controller is probably more tolerant of Consumer class drives.
2003  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Block/Unblock all network traffic button (one-click) on: February 18, 2011, 05:17:59 PM
Ah, I had it do it that once but could never get it to repeat it so wrote it off as some weird conflux of tongue position and astrological star positions.

EDIT: I think I found it - seems to happen if you initiate events too close together.  I've put a 5 second pause between event polling and it seems to have stopped it.

I'll try and get the RMB menu version up today, (that's my today, not yours), hopefully.
2004  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rant: I hate cellphones on: February 18, 2011, 12:22:00 PM

That explains it then, I've always selected to use my own security question on any account that gives you the option.

Maybe that also highlights how insecure the 'standard' security questions are.

<Slightly OT>
The Australian Governments' Medicare site asks for the answers to five (5) security questions which it will randomly ask for the answers to two of at random times as you access online.   Good idea except I can only remember the answers to 2 or 3 of them, so I have to keep refreshing pages occasionally until the right questions come up.  If they let me choose my own I'd have a better chance of remembering.
2005  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rant: I hate cellphones on: February 18, 2011, 10:55:37 AM
So it's been a while since I created a Gmail account. Lo and behold as soon as I hit the account creation menu it was asking for mobile phone number verification. Oh ****

I have a question: What account creation menu?

I just created a GMail account and it didn't ask for a mobile number.
2006  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Block/Unblock all network traffic button (one-click) on: February 18, 2011, 12:14:57 AM
Strange, I can't replicate the problem here.

Can you try it again on the unused port and before you have to kill it can you see if devcon.exe appears in Task Manager or just NICToggle.exe.

Also, have Network Connections open and see if you can see the connection toggling between Enabled and Disabled.

Oh, and the contents of the ini file thanks.
2007  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Block/Unblock all network traffic button (one-click) on: February 17, 2011, 11:38:53 PM
OK I just tried it.  First, I don't get an error anymore.  It seems to work fine, but it's a little unstable.  My computer has to local area connections.  I chose the first one and it was the one I wasn't using.  I clicked on the icon, and it turned red.  I clicked again, and nothing happened.  i right clicked, and it seemed to just be frozen.  i had to kill it.  Then I ran it again, I right clicked, changed to the other connection.  I clicked, it turned red, and my connection was off.  Great!  I clicked again and it was back on.  Great!  Then...I didn't know how to exit.  It needs an exit.  If I were you, I'd make the right click bring up a menu, that says:
Change Connection
Exit

That's about it.  There's some crashing, but it works overall...and add an exit.

To exit: Right-click to bring up the select connection window, then just close it, (not Save).

But I'll change it to a Config menu just to be a conformist  Sad   Wink

With the two connections:
Is the one that caused the lockup connected to a network, (ie. it has a cable and choose between networks to connect to) ?
Or, is it just an unused network port ?

I'll have to plug another NIC into my machine and have a play.
2008  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why am I having a frozen screen trying to install Windows 7? on: February 17, 2011, 11:00:59 PM
Once you know those two things then what I would do is:
1) BIOS settings for the particular ports should already be AHCI but it doesn't hurt to check.
2) Download the 7 x64 AHCI driver for the Intel SATA ports from ASUS and copy the contents of IMSM_V8901023\Driver\Disk to a flash drive.

Just on the odd chance that the directory structure has changed, make sure that there is a txtsetup.oem file as that is what Windows setup will be looking for.

Yep, txtsetup.oem in both the x86 and x64 directory  Thmbsup

DANG! Should mention that directory structure was for the current Intel archive for the P5Q.

(I'm sure SJ or f0dder will hit me if I screw up smiley ).
 ^--- See

Thanks so much.

You're welcome.....now get your a**e over to the Block/Unblock network thread and tell me if it works.  cheesy
2009  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CPU Question: More Mhz per core or more cores? on: February 17, 2011, 09:23:21 PM
Could try this: Paragon Virtualization Manager 2010 FREE License Key

The registration page is still there.
2010  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why am I having a frozen screen trying to install Windows 7? on: February 17, 2011, 07:00:24 PM
Not really OT so may as well stay public, (I'm sure SJ or f0dder will hit me if I screw up smiley ).

Before you do anything, I would really recommend you do a HDD image or at least an image of the XP partition/MBR and make sure you have a bootable recovery disk for your imaging software AND that it works.

First off, specifically, which ASUS P5Q motherboard, ie. the 'P5Q', P5QL-EM, P5Q Deluxe, etc, and what SATA port is the system drive plugged into, eg. the P5Q has Intel hosted SATA ports (6) and Silicon Image hosted SATA ports (2).

Once you know those two things then what I would do is:
1) BIOS settings for the particular ports should already be AHCI but it doesn't hurt to check.
2) Download the 7 x64 AHCI driver for the Intel SATA ports from ASUS and copy the contents of IMSM_V8901023\Driver\Disk to a flash drive.

This part's from memory:
3) Leave the flash drive plugged in and boot the Win7 DVD, IIRC, when Setup sees it needs more drivers it will automatically scan attached media: flash drives, CD/DVD, floppy, etc.  Or if it's connected to the internet you'll be given the option to download any updated installation files, use that if you're not sure.
4) Select Custom installation so you can choose the partition to install on.
5) That should be it.

Windows will recognise the earlier installation of XP and you'll have an option in the boot menu to select it, Older Windows System or something like that.

If you find that the installation is taking more than an hour, (CPU/RAM/HDD speeds affect it but not too much), then it's likely that the AHCI driver wasn't loaded.

The Intel P45 chipset should be pretty well supported by drivers already on the DVD, it's been around a while.

If you want to check beforehand you could download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and run it under XP, it should highlight any problems with devices - it checks for both x86 and x64 compatibility.

EDIT: Dear God my grammar's getting bad....must be old age.
2011  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB 3.0 stick - anyone taken the plunge? on: February 17, 2011, 06:35:14 PM
It came formatted Fat32.
Bummer ohmy But that's not something you can't easily fix.

FAT32 is the base compatibility format, it'll work on Apple, PC, Linux, PVR, STB, Media Players, pretty much everything without doing anything - I've yet to see a flash drive that doesn't come formatted as FAT32.
2012  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone understand the differences in the Western Digital drives? on: February 17, 2011, 05:53:05 PM
Possibly a couple of other things to mention, (or maybe not if no-one's bothered smiley ), that differentiates Consumer from Enterprise:

Enterprise drives usually have higher IOPSw, (as you would hope if they're in a server environment), and a shorter error recovery time, (TLER).

Here's a WD document, (PDF), to explain the last bit: TLER

JavaJones: do you have any sensible information on the "dual cpu" thing that some WD drives have? I've seen it mentioned a few places, but haven't found anything on it, except it being used as fluffy marketing snake-oil.

This might help: Dual-Processor Hard Drives – All Good Or All Hype?
2013  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to make every app portable? on: February 17, 2011, 05:25:44 PM
Threads here which may be of interest:
Cameyo
JauntePE and others

I'd give Cameyo a try since JauntePE is no longer developedEDIT: My mistake, I really should keep up with these things.

Note, these are application virtualisation - if you want a completely portable application they have to be coded that way from the start AFAIK.

By the way, this has no right being a word:

Portablization

Damn straight!  It's Portablification.

 tongue
2014  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CPU Question: More Mhz per core or more cores? on: February 17, 2011, 04:58:34 PM
For disk imaging, I use Paragon's Virtualization Manager 2010 - it was cheap, and even handles converting between virtual machine disk images and The Real Deal, it can be v2p OS fixups, it can defragment disk images, partition resizing et cetera. Really nice piece of software smiley

Plus if Deo's handiwork dies she'll be able to run her system in a VM on a more reliable machine.

2015  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 3Tb Drives are Here! That's 500,000 songs. Enough yet? on: February 17, 2011, 04:51:35 PM
I've yet to see any of them do a successful restore...

I've done one sir!</Puts hand up>

...but it was when I used DVD-RAM for backups...nowadays it's to HDDs.

If they could design an optical equivalent to DVD-RAM, (ie. very reliable), with a much larger capacity then I might be tempted to use it again.
2016  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CPU Question: More Mhz per core or more cores? on: February 17, 2011, 05:30:43 AM
IF it helps any, the Rosewill PSU appears to be a rebranded SeaSonic PSU, ....

Here's a couple of rebranding lists, first from 2007, second updated to 2009:

PSU Rebranding Guide
Who made your power supply
How to Discover Your Power Supply Real Manufacturer

Whatever you do, don't get a Hairong, (if they even sell them there).

EDIT: My CoolerMaster iGreen 600W is really a Acbel PolyTech RS-620-ASAA-A1...who'd a thunk it smiley
2017  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why am I having a frozen screen trying to install Windows 7? on: February 17, 2011, 02:55:14 AM
FYI I just installed Win7 64-bit on a new PC while the OS drive was connected in AHCI mode and it took only perhaps 30 minutes to install.

I think it comes down to what drivers are already available on the Win7 installation DVD.  I know there aren't any for my ATI chipset, there most likely won't be any for the "G-SATA" ports on Gigabyte boards.

Intel chipsets are generally better supported, (I've found), through the default Windows installation DVD.

It also may depend whether or not the computer is connected to the internet at the time and you've allowed it to download updated install files.  I do all installs ex-net, just one less thing to worry about screwing it up.
2018  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CPU Question: More Mhz per core or more cores? on: February 17, 2011, 02:48:17 AM
What are some good tips for extending the life of the SSD? Should I disable the Windows Swapfile/Pagefile? Or move them to the HDD?

Disable the pagefile, you don't need it with 8GB, (unless you do some *really* heavy Photoshopping, etc), I run 8GB Win7x64 and never had a pagefile.  I've run out of memory exactly once over the past year and that was a beta build of Firefox suddenly deciding to gobble up the free memory, don't know why, hasn't happened since.

I don't think you can specify where the Hibernate file ends up, so that'll probably be on the SSD - which shouldn't be a problem since it's not a never-ending write operation like the pagefile.

Other than that, Win7 will disable the background defrag on the SSD and do other things to prolong it's life AFAIK.

As for partitioning, think about this: What is the backup strategy going to be, (file/folder/partition/drive level), and where/what type of medium are backups going to performed to/on?
2019  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CPU Question: More Mhz per core or more cores? on: February 16, 2011, 06:28:02 PM
Okay, so I finally got some specs to compare to. I ended up building my sister a better machine for about $300 less than what the other person was trying to sell her. Thmbsup

You do realise you've now lumbered yourself with the maintenance contract?

re: PSUs

I've never had a problem with CoolerMaster, (using two of them in the machines here, both >4 y.o.), ThermalTake or Antec.
2020  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The White House Asks: What's Blocking Innovation in America? Answer: IP Laws on: February 16, 2011, 06:17:41 PM
It's a broken system, but it won't change. There are very powerful vested interests that will make sure it stays broken.

There is no hope...

That is so negative.

Of course it will change, patent protection times will get longer and longer at the behest of patent lawyers and big corporations....oh...wait....
2021  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: February 16, 2011, 02:51:07 AM
Christ, 4wd, how'd that happen? smiley

He was towing it up his driveway but the rope broke and it rolled back and tipped over the edge.  He was lucky, it's resting on the roof of his shed and didn't go through it.  The roofrack on the Landcruiser also stopped it from completely flipping and continuing down the slope.

After I'd dragged it upright with my Landcruiser, small dent in rear quarter panel the only damage - they build these tough cheesy

[attachthumb=1]

Hand winched it sideways a couple of feet and then pulled it backwards to level ground.
2022  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: February 15, 2011, 11:26:59 PM
OK, something you don't see much outside my window - the neighbours attempt at rooftop parking.

[attachthumb=1]

I was planning to have a leisurely day of nothing but spent 5 hours helping put it rubber-side down and getting it level again.
2023  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Organize files into folders based on flename wildcard parsing on: February 13, 2011, 05:53:38 PM
Thanks, magician32!   Thmbsup

It obviously took it's toll on him smiley
2024  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Block/Unblock all network traffic button (one-click) on: February 12, 2011, 08:23:52 PM
i just tried the file listed above, and it works functionally, but it gives the following error dialog when toggling it on or off: (see attachment in previous post)
So I get that error when toggling the button on and off,

OK, that's a result of me not getting the syntax of DevCon correct - it's (en|dis)abling all matching interfaces instead of just the selected one.  I don't have a machine with two NICs with the same ID but different instances.  Plus not closing the STDIO handle after running DevCon.

The attached should fix that.

Quote
and sometimes the save nic dialog pops up again.

Are you sure you're not hitting the RMB, (that will bring up the interface selection window), on the icon instead of the LMB ?

LMB - Toggle
RMB - Config

There's only three ways to call the NIC Selector routine:
1) First run of the program will call it when it doesn't find NICToggle.ini in the same directory as the executable.
2) If you run the program and the previously saved NIC hardware ID instance, (has to match exactly), doesn't exist it will open the selector to pick another one, (eg. you're running it from a flash drive and plugged it into a new machine).
3) You click the right mouse button on the icon.

Next time it happens can you try and recreate and/or note the steps taken, state of NIC before/after, etc?

NOTES: There's an arbitrary limit of 10 physical NICs, (PCI or USB), I'm sure there's a reason to have more, I just couldn't think of it.

v0.2
  • Fixed - DevCon parameters NQR, was acting on all matching ID strings.
  • Fixed - Forgot to close STDIO after each DevCon execution.  wallbash
  • Added - Rescans available NICs when the config is called, (in case a USB NIC is plugged in).
To do:
  • Add back 'All interfaces' option, (should easy - FLW).
  • Add comments to source, (CYM).
UPDATED: See here.
2025  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.
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