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2001  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Afterfall: Insanity $1(US) Pre-Order Benefits Amnesty International on: October 22, 2011, 05:10:27 AM
I just bought five copies.

Same here but I just noted on the receipt it says Quantity: 1  huh

I hope that's just a SNAFU on their part.
2002  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Alternative connections to the www on: October 22, 2011, 02:52:00 AM
Here's a simple, and I mean simple, connection failover done in AutoIt.

I've called it....... iFallover tongue

Single file executable, put it wherever you like.  When you run it the first time, two files will be extracted - devcon.exe and EULA.TXT - if you've run it previously, there will also be iFallover.ini.

What it does:
Every preset interval, (set in config), it tries to connect to one of the given web addresses, the next interval, the next address and so on - just cycling through the given three addresses.  After three consecutive connection attempts have failed it will disable that particular network connection and enable the other - then the process starts again.

So it could keep toggling between the two connections if they both happen to be SNAFU.

It uses devcon.exe to disable/enable the interfaces.  Devcon.exe causes a processor spike when it disables/enables things, so don't be surprised when the CPU shoots up to 30% if the connection needs to be swapped - it's only for a second or two.

The tray icon has three states:
0 = No network connection, you will only see this if the program starts and there is no internet connection at all.
1 = Currently using primary network connection.
2 = Currently using secondary network connection.

You can manually switch between the connections using the tray icon menu, (but it will switch them back after three failures if there is no internet connection).

The first time the program starts and there is no settings file it will open the config dialog where you can select your two network interfaces, the web addresses to use for testing and the interval between connection attempts.

NOTE: There is no input checking of either the Interval or the web addresses.  If you put a number in the web address or put letters for the Interval the program won't care.  There is very basic input checking: No empty fields and the two connections can't be the same.  Minimum interval is 15 seconds.  Consider yourself warned!

ANOTHER NOTE: This has only been tested on Windows 7 HP x64 and only by swapping a network cable between two NICs.  I've got no idea if it will work for wireless, (as in GSM/3G), but it should be fine switching between Ethernet and WiFi, (as in a laptop).

FINAL NOTE: Both the program and I assume the connections you want to switch between are already set up and work and that a simple enabling of them will establish a connection - that is all.  I won't be doing anything that requires setting connection parameters, dialling numbers, moving satellite dishes to new co-ordinates, etc - you're on your own in that case.
2003  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Suggestions for maximum-lockdown XP system on: October 22, 2011, 12:23:28 AM
As for rescuing the machine, I'd probably just schedule restore point creation daily or something like that.

Having never had any System Restore work on either XP or W7, (I have always had to do a full system recovery by installation or image restoration after using System Restore), I would heartily recommend you use some other program to do a full image backup of the OS.

Just one of the reasons why I always turn the useless piece of rubbish off, (or in the case of XP, nlite it out of existance).
2004  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Alternative connections to the www on: October 19, 2011, 10:57:09 PM
ZeroShell, (free), and WinRoute, (€199).

ZeroShell requires another PC since it's a Linux LiveCD which basically turns the PC into a super-router.  But it has the facility to provide connection failover, (switch to another when one fails).

A few hardware routers also allow for connection failover, mostly to another ADSL line or 3G wireless.

There might be a free proxy server available on Windows that will allow failover also.

I'm not saying it should be easy, (or even that I want to attempt it tongue ), but in theory you could write a program that periodically pings somewhere, (say Google DNS), then following three consecutive fails it toggles the connection by disabling the failing one and enabling the other.

Sh!t, that almost seems to be too easy....time to fire up AutoIt..... undecided
2005  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Where do i find the SATA Controller ! on: October 19, 2011, 10:00:48 PM
$OEM$ directory contains any OEM specific files for installing Windows, eg. specific interface drivers, extra programs, etc, etc.  These files are copied to the destination drive at installation time - where they're copied depends on the sub-directory they're in under the $OEM$ directory.

$OEM$\$1 = The root directory of the installation drive, eg. C:\
$OEM$\$$ = Windows directory, eg. C:\Windows

So, (assuming C: is the drive you're installing to):
\$OEM$\$$\INF = C:\Windows\Inf
\$OEM$\$1\drivers\IntelINF = C:\drivers\IntelINF

When W2K is installed, the files in the $OEM$ directories on the installation media, (CD, etc), will be copied into the corresponding directories on the destination drive.
The Intel .inf files are written to look for the driver files, (.sys, etc), in the \drivers\IntelINF on the destination drive when they are to be installed.  After the system is completely installed, that directory could be deleted.

The UNATTEND.TXT file tells the Windows setup program to look for and install the driver files contained in IntelINF before doing anything else - this is so necessary hardware is available when it comes to installing Windows.

In this case, the Intel SATA drivers will be installed before anything else - this should make any HDD connected to the SATA interface available for installing Windows on.

To install W2K then you need to run: "WINNT.EXE /u:UNATTEND.TXT /s:<WIN2000 Setup
    Directory>" where <WIN2000 Setup Directory> is the location of the W2K setup files, (CD, etc), eg. D:\

For more on the $OEM$ folders, look here.
For more than you could ever wish for on unattended installation, MSFN forums are the place to go.
In your case: Unattended 2000/XP/2003


So, to answer the question, in steps:

1) Create an image of the W2K install CD, (using ImgBurn, etc), in ISO format.
2) Using UltraISO or similar, open the ISO and create the necessary directories: $OEM$\$$\Inf and $OEM\$1\drivers\IntelINF
3) Copy the appropriate files into each directory.
4) Create the UNATTEND.TXT file with the three lines given and then copy it into the root of the install media.
5) Save the modified ISO and then write it to a CD-RW, (saves wasting CDs if something went wrong).

I don't know how W2K is installed but you should be able to run the necessary command to start installation, (assuming D:\ is the CDROM drive):

winnt.exe /u:UNATTEND.TXT /s:D:\

On the CD, besides the normal Windows setup files, you should also have:
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2006  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Where do i find the SATA Controller ! on: October 19, 2011, 07:49:10 AM
You would probably be better off going into the BIOS and changing the SATA interface to IDE mode rather than trying to find SATA drivers for Windows 2000.

That will pretty much guarantee it works with Windows 2000 because it's extremely doubtful whether any of the advanced features of SATA, (NCQ, AHCI, etc), would be available in drivers that old.

Of course, that's assuming that the BIOS has that option:
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EDIT: These drivers supposedly work with Windows 2000.

Intel(R) 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller - 27C0

It's that one.
2007  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / [BARGAIN] GTA Complete Collection - US$12.49 on: October 18, 2011, 07:17:14 PM
Via OzBargain:

Complete GTA Collection for US$12.49 at GamersGate.

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And GTA Classics for US$7.49.

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2008  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A salty tale: Table salt multiplies hard disk space six times on: October 17, 2011, 06:15:06 PM
I'm going to hold out for bacterial hard drive storage. That way, the hard drive capacity just keeps growing exponentially!

He's not my identical twin, that's my cloned drive.
2009  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Local Area Network Connection on: October 15, 2011, 07:42:03 PM
There's also IP Switcher.
2010  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Suggestions for maximum-lockdown XP system on: October 13, 2011, 11:09:24 PM
SteadyState25.msi, 6.35MB, where do you want it?

I've stuck it here for the next week: SS25.msi NOTE: Now been removed.

Pretty sure there was a PDF associated with it but I can't see it on my drive atm.

Still on their download center here.
2011  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone got an iPad and like it? on: October 13, 2011, 08:18:45 PM
They are losing market shares quickly to Apple/Android tablets for very good reasons -- such neither here nor there devices are not really sought after.

Except by people who want them because they offer so much more than what a tablet can provide, eg. Capture, edit and encode video, (both DVB-T and DV), geotag/organise photos, (I'm not talking a couple of hundred, ~40,000 @ 116GB).

All of which I do using my lowly netbook - sure it takes a while to encode video but since I'm not about to drag my 20kg desktop, (plus monitor), overseas and the netbook, (and all the peripherals), weighs ~2kg it's a no-brainer.

For me, a netbook or notebook, (up to around 13"), will win every time.

Sure, if all I wanted to do was stare at email, browse the web and read a book then maybe I'd buy a tablet....but since I do all that on my Android phone, (as a bonus, it makes phone calls!), there's no reason for me to waste that much money on something that's more limited and cost a lot more than a netbook.

As with almost everything, it's all subjective.

I didn't see any of that when we bought it. Other plans we saw were idiotically expensive. The device was far more, and the plan was the same as regular phone plans. I gave up there.

Let's see, you only bought it a couple of months ago, IIRC, and I've been using that SIM for almost a year.........your Google-fu is weak  tongue

Phonechoice - Selection 16/17 below sponsors section.
2012  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: THQ deal week at Steam on: October 13, 2011, 07:55:21 PM
Oh yeah!  Steam ripping off the little fella again!   Angry

Because I'm obviously geographically-challenged:

Homefront - US$25
Red Faction (x) - Cheapest is US$6.66

4R53|-|0L35!!

Although I'm still not sure whether to bother with Homefront after reading the review which pointed out quite a few problems with single player.
2013  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Steve Jobs is dead. on: October 13, 2011, 06:13:23 AM
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Then it automatically activates the iAfterLife and you're transported to an apple wonderland paradise.

Shouldn't you mean the Garden of Eden where you can feast upon apples  Wink
2014  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone got an iPad and like it? on: October 13, 2011, 02:05:48 AM
We only use the iPad at home, so there's no point in having 3G when the telcos have no sane plans for light usage.

What do you class as 'light usage' ?

$1/month for 50MB, (150MB if you're with TPG - which you were), and 2.75cents per excess MB is hardly a deal-breaker - this is what I use in my Android phone when I want to look up something and don't have WiFi available.

TPG Budget Plan

And the phone/SMS charges are reasonable also.

It even says: Pay As You Go Plans - Recommended for your iPad  tongue
2015  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: THQ deal week at Steam on: October 12, 2011, 07:13:50 PM
75% off Red Faction franchise today.

Here's hoping that if Homefront is put up, it will be cheaper than AU$15, (for physical product + AU$4.90 P&P) available at Mighty Ape until 10:00 AEST, Oct 14th.

Then again, given the review here I'm not sure I'm willing to even spring for $15....
2016  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Real life version of a Half Life 2 map on: October 11, 2011, 05:11:56 PM
That'd be great if they could put a bungee jump spanning it!
2017  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: THQ deal week at Steam on: October 11, 2011, 12:29:20 AM
I was seriously considering the Collection, (had it in the cart), but then thought I've already got STALKER, not really into RTS and ended up just getting Metro 2033.

Hope they put up Homefront for a really good price.
2018  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / THQ deal week at Steam on: October 10, 2011, 10:20:35 PM
Metro 2033 for $5.00 today or the THQ Collection for $49.99 during the week (Includes 15 items: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Titan Quest, Titan Quest - Immortal Throne, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Saints Row 2, Warhammer® 40,000™: Dawn of War® II, Red Faction Guerrilla, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® II Chaos Rising, Metro 2033, Darksiders™, Homefront, Red Faction®: Armageddon™, MX vs ATV Reflex, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution)

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2019  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: win7 wifi shows as disconnected when actually connected on: October 08, 2011, 06:16:17 PM
I've had kind of this problem, the network, (LAN), icon sits there with the spinning donut saying it's still trying to get an IP from the DHCP server, (never mind that it's manually assigned  Roll Eyes ).

It seems to revert to normal after a few system boots, (in the normal course of usage).

It's currently sitting there with an exclamation mark telling me the Unidentified Network, (VirtualBox), has no Internet access, (well duh...it's not running), yet other times it will look completely normal, (with VirtualBox not running).

I think it comes down to it just being borked....just like it's always been.
2020  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: win7 wifi shows as disconnected when actually connected on: October 07, 2011, 10:24:40 PM
If you've got CCleaner installed, you could try enabling Tray Notification Cache, like so:

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2021  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: October 06, 2011, 11:06:25 PM
Their Mitcham store is better, they have shelves/tables with the equipment, (MB, case, router, etc), stacked on so you can pick and choose, (not the RAM/CPU/SSD/HDD though).

So you can effectively browse the store?

Think Cash & Carry - almost all of the stuff is in its original box but at least you can touch the box smiley

Still a looonnngggg way from the likes of DSE where you can fondle the naked merchandise....besides that, lotus nicked all the NASs.
2022  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: October 06, 2011, 10:48:53 PM
Their cafeteria-style shops seemed a tad odd the first time I went in, but I've bought a truckload of stuff there and certainly saved over the few other stores that I'm familiar with here. (I probably know Georgetown better than I know Melbourne.)

Their Mitcham store is better, they have shelves/tables with the equipment, (MB, case, router, etc), stacked on so you can pick and choose, (not the RAM/CPU/SSD/HDD though).
2023  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: October 06, 2011, 10:26:29 PM
I updated my post with a little UMart info since just before your reply.

Re. UMart' website: yes, it does look like you did it, (  Grin ), but I've ordered things and specified pickup, they'll confirm stock and send an email when it's ready, I replied and said I'd send somebody to pick it up, (my sister who works near them), zero problems.

BTW, the list of stores is nowhere near conclusive nor are many of them even the cheapest but it's handy when I'm checking out who's got what and how much.

I'll always check StaticIce first but there are stores on there I won't go near purely because their P&P is ridiculously overpriced, (UMart could fall into this category but I only ever use them for pickup).
2024  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: October 06, 2011, 08:31:47 PM
4. Avoid Samsung drives at all costs, buy WD or Seagate

curious: why that?

Having just had a Samsung HD154UI 1.5TB, (that was 99% full), die due to head failure for no external mechanical reason within 3 months, (YouTube example)....I agree with him.
This seems to be a reasonably common problem among Samsung, enough to put me off them at least, AFAIAC.

I'm sticking to WD, (except their 3TB), for now....every single one of them I've ever bought is still working.
2025  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: October 06, 2011, 08:07:35 PM
As for stores:

MSY, CentreCom, CPL, UMart (order online for pickup), ScorpTec, Landmark Computers (for limited things if I happen to be in the area) and the stores within 100m of MSY (as lotus said).

Online (not the cheapest but I've used but have had zero problems): Stone Computers, Maco Technology (very good), PC Case Gear and Warcom.

Attached is a list of stores I keep handy.

DSE I use for nothing but the electronic components I can't get at JayCar.  JB HiFi are good for some things, (just got a WD TV Live from them but only because I had a gift card and couldn't find anything else to buy).

Re. UMart' website: yes, it does look like you did it, (  Grin ), but I've ordered things and specified pickup, they'll confirm stock and send an email when it's ready, I replied and said I'd send somebody to pick it up, (my sister who works near them), zero problems.

As for StaticIce -- first I've heard of it. I'll have a look...

Oh ye of short term memory loss.....why did I bother replying  tongue

Samsung Tablet thread

FYI (doesn't stop me from shopping there still):
I really don't know many stores around either. Everyone I've talked to says MSY is the best by far. (Just reporting -- I really don't know.)

Computer company fined $200,000
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