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Living Room / Re: Sansa Clip+ and Rockbox
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:04 AM »
my main problem is... in order to transfer music to it, I have to start it with the original firmware, because the Rockbox USB isn't recognised. With a nearly-full 32Gb card (almost my entire collection!) when I boot it into Sansa-mode, it rebuilds the music library... and takes AGES.

Rockbox 3.11 has USB support, so this won't be an issue anymore.

In regedit, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and change NoSaveSettings to 00 00 00 00, then reboot.

It worked for me when explorer was not remembering its settings, though I didn't experience any similar problems with Opera or other programs.

General Software Discussion / Re: XPPro SP3
« on: May 20, 2008, 06:43 AM »
OEM validation is different to standard validation. You will need to use the code printed on the base of your computer (on an MS sticker) to install Windows and then you will need to call MS to get it to validate.

The code usually used to validate OEM is built into the BIOS and only works with the OEM disc supplied by the manufacturer.
-Carol Haynes (May 20, 2008, 06:34 AM)

IOW, I can't use the downloaded image, I must use my slipstreamed disc, made with my OEM CD and the SP3 executable, right?
At least that one allowed validation through the Internet, and since it seems I'll have the Quick Launch problem either way, it's one less thing to worry about.
This will be the third reinstall in three days, I already know my product key by heart  :)

General Software Discussion / Re: XPPro SP3
« on: May 20, 2008, 06:16 AM »
Worse still, the problem I described here regarding the Quick Launch bar and the folder windows not remembering their settings is back. And I haven't used system restore this time, so that's not the culprit.

Has anyone else experienced this before?

General Software Discussion / Re: XPPro SP3
« on: May 20, 2008, 05:49 AM »
My original Windows is XP Pro SP2 OEM. I downloaded the Pro Retail version since I only had two options and none of them was OEM.

General Software Discussion / Re: XPPro SP3
« on: May 19, 2008, 12:19 PM »
I downloaded the non VL version of Windows XP SP3 and I was able to successfully activate windows. So it all works.

I also downloaded the non-VL version from here, but now I can't activate it.
How did you do it? Did it accept your product key during the installation? Mine didn't, I tried again right after installing and it still doesn't, not even by phone.

Downloading it now, many thanks to all of you for the advice.  :Thmbsup:

I formatted my PC this morning, using an nLited Windows XP SP3 disc (made using an original SP2 CD and a slipstreamed SP3 exe file, no other customisation was made).

After spending the best part of the day slowly (yay for multiple reboots!) reinstalling and reconfiguring everything, I hit the first problem: the right-click context menu would freeze explorer indefinitely, forcing a ctrl-alt-del to kill the process.
The event logs reported nothing, even though it happened every single time I right-clicked a folder/file.

I decided to do a system restore to the most recent automatic restore point and see if that problem would go away, and it did. I began reinstalling everything again but I noticed something was wrong: now the folders wouldn't remember the window positioning and view settings (even though I have it checked in folder options of explorer). Every time I restarted the computer, the quick launch bar would rearrange itself. Then somehow it got even worse, and now it starts disabled by default...

Meanwhile, I discovered what was causing the original context menu problem, I (rather stupidly) had told Eraser to enable background entropy polling.

Now I don't know what to do: I thought about reverting to my original restore point (with the context menu problems, easy to "fix" by configuring Eraser correctly), but since it appears that my first restore operation caused all this mess with explorer's settings, I'm afraid of making things even worse.

Does anyone know how to fix this, or would I be better off reformatting everything?
I'd really like to avoid that given that I've wasted so many hours already, but if that's the best solution so be it. If so, should I reuse my nLited disc, or install plain vanilla SP2 and use Windows Update to install SP3?

Living Room / Re: Suck An Egg RIAA
« on: May 14, 2008, 03:50 PM »
Trent Reznor has made available a new set of the 24/96 wave files, and also a flac version of them. Apparently the original wavs were not really 24 bit, apart from 2 tracks.
For those interested, there's a thread at the Hydrogenaudio Forums with the details.

I haven't yet tested this, but I think that if you backup your photos to a CD or RAR archive in the Winter and erase them from your hard disk, then copy them again to the disk in the Summer, Windows will set the modified time equal to what it was in the Winter (which is the modified time when the files were backed up).
If you leave those files in the disk until the next hour change, Windows will then reduce the modified time by one hour.

Once again, I have no idea if this is the correct explanation for this problem, all I know is that I have a lot of pics with disagreeing dates even though I never modified them.

I've also noticed strange behaviour regarding EXIF shooting/modified times in my pics, but I believe it's a Windows problem (or feature?).

I may be completely wrong, but it appears that, let's say, I take a pic in December at 12:00:00 and store in my computer, the EXIF and Windows modified dates will be the same; however, once DST starts in March, it seems Windows changes the dates of all files, so the pic I took in December will still retain its EXIF shooting time, but the modified date will now be 13:00:00. Once the hour changes again, it will revert to the original 12:00:00.

Another not exclusively attribute changing program: Flexible Renamer (free).

Living Room / Re: How much RAM do you have on your PC?
« on: October 17, 2007, 09:43 AM »
On my 4GB system (well, 3.25GB) I've devoted 1.5 GB to disk cache.  End result is a ~2GB workstation with a really fast disk subsystem.

How exactly do you do that?  I'd like to have some ability to tune this on my system.

So would I. How does one devote a specific amount of RAM to filesystem cache?

Living Room / Re: How much RAM do you have on your PC?
« on: September 27, 2007, 02:17 AM »
For your peace of mind, MemTest86+ running a whole night could be a good idea.
I did what you suggested, and it reported no errors after 14 passes lasting more than 8 and a half hours. I had memory remap disabled, so I think it only tested 3008 MB, I'll enable it now and let it test the full 4 GB for another few hours.

Living Room / Re: How much RAM do you have on your PC?
« on: September 26, 2007, 01:31 PM »
I believe I have them in dual channe, in CPU-Z's Memory tab, Channels # indicates "Dual", and the reported latencies are equal to the slowest pair (5-5-5-18, whereas the new pair is rated 4-5-5-12).
I had the first pair in dual channel (on same coloured slots) prior to the purchase, so I added the new pair in the empty slots.

Living Room / Re: How much RAM do you have on your PC?
« on: September 26, 2007, 11:26 AM »
I should have RTFM
So should I: my motherboard is an ASUS P5B Deluxe, and not only the manual advises not to install more than 3 GB with XP 32 bit, it also states that I should have bought memory with the same CL. My old 2 GB are CL=5, whereas the newly acquired are CL=4.
I knew beforehand that XP wouldn't recognise all 4 GB, and I also knew that the faster memory would have too run at the same timings as the slower, but two 512 MB modules with CL=5 were only 25€ cheaper than the two 1 GB CL=4 modules I opted for, so I thought it would pay off to purchase the extra GB, since I'll probably move to 64 bit someday... I just hope I won't get into any stability problems because of this decision.

Living Room / Re: How much RAM do you have on your PC?
« on: September 25, 2007, 05:10 PM »
I remapped and now the motherboard sees all 4 GB, but XP only sees 2, instead of 2.93. Should I disable memory remap again?
In the General tab of the System Properties window opened when right-clicking the My Computer icon says "Physical Address Extension". Does this mean PAE mode is already enabled? Why then only 2 GB?

Living Room / Re: How much RAM do you have on your PC?
« on: September 25, 2007, 04:06 PM »
4 GB - though I'm on XP so only get 3.25. But at the prices these days why have less?

My thought exactly, though it was a little frustrating at the time of purchase :)
A bit OT:
I also have 4GB of RAM installed, and 32 bit XP only sees 2.93 GB. No surprises here, I suppose.

What's puzzling me is that when I go to the BIOS, the motherboard only sees 3008 MB as well. Shouldn't it see all 4 GB? Even if one the four 1 GB modules wasn't working correctly, I should have at least 3072 MB, right? Why only 3008?

Thanks for the suggestion, I haven't tried it because I think the limitation is in Robocopy, not in its GUIs; I used Robocopy through the command line and still couldn't keep folder timestamps.

Anyhow, my search has come to an end: the latest XYplorer beta does what I want through the Backup function, I've asked Don and he implemented this feature in no time.

Thanks, I'll look into it.

I did a few more tests, and I don't think Robocopy does it, it only keeps the timestamps of files, folders' dates are completely ignored. At least it is able to copy files recursively, so it's better than SafeCopy Free.

Does anyone know of other alternatives? If not, it looks like I'll just have to continue using WinRAR to preserve the timestamps when moving directories across partitions.

Thanks to everyone for your help.

Thanks for the suggestion. I don't think XXCOPY does what I want (see here:, scroll to the bottom of the page and read the last paragraph), and it's command line only, which I'd rather avoid.

I've also tried a couple of GUIs for Robocopy from MS but I can't get it to retain the folders' timestamps, but I'm not sure if it's a limitation of the program itself or if I'm doing something wrong.

SafeCopy Free!
I've already tried that one, see above (third post in this thread).

If moving to the same partition, Explorer will indeed keep both created and modified dates; however, when copying or moving to a different partition/physical disk, the creation date will be updated, I reckon it's because the files/folders are actually being rewritten, whereas when moving within the same partition they stay in the same clusters.

What I wanted was an app that could force the creation dates to stay the same regardless of where to I copy/move the files/folders.

EDIT: Actually, when MOVING between partitions, only the folders' creation date is updated, not the files'.

I've done a few quick tests and unfortunately that's not quite what I'm looking for. It doesn't copy files recursively, and it only keeps the creation date if the original file is not read-only.

Still, it's better than nothing at all and it can certainly help in some specific situations, so thanks for your effort.

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