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by Omniman
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Print Job Eating Utility
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: Print Job Eating Utility

Exactly. So, the printer is supposed to be added via the print queue share on the machines not via IP. Windows 10 seems to allow users to add printers without admin rights and potential bring your own device policy. Unfortunately, changing the IP would cause a break down for special devices that can...
by Omniman
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Print Job Eating Utility
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Print Job Eating Utility

In my environment we use static IP'ed printers. The problem I run into is when someone decides to not add a printer through the print server share but via IP. This generally leads to someone either sending a weird print job possibly because they selected a wacky driver or they send thousands of prin...
by Omniman
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 6 Pin to 8 Pin Power Converter
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: 6 Pin to 8 Pin Power Converter

I was given an HP Z420 workstation for free and was hoping to make it into a second gaming workstation since I have a spare Geforce GTX1060. The downside is I noticed the Z420's power supply only has two 6 pin PCI-E power connectors and not the single 8 pin I need for the card. It's a 600 Watt powe...
by Omniman
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 6 Pin to 8 Pin Power Converter
Replies: 4
Views: 187

6 Pin to 8 Pin Power Converter

I was given an HP Z420 workstation for free and was hoping to make it into a second gaming workstation since I have a spare Geforce GTX1060. The downside is I noticed the Z420's power supply only has two 6 pin PCI-E power connectors and not the single 8 pin I need for the card. It's a 600 Watt power...
by Omniman
Wed May 22, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Build 1903
Replies: 20
Views: 1479

Windows 10 Build 1903

Looks like 1903 was officially released yesterday. I updated my machine and haven't had any issues so far. It seems like it updated faster then previous build updates but maybe it's a placebo effect.
by Omniman
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: USB Keyboard Support in Windows Boot Manager
Replies: 1
Views: 279

USB Keyboard Support in Windows Boot Manager

For legacy application purposes I have several HP 8300 desktops that are dual booting Windows 7 and Windows XP. The problem is Windows Boot Manager doesn't recognize the USB keyboard in order for users to hit up or down for the OS boot selection. I'm trying to dust off my brain on this because I cou...
by Omniman
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's a good vacuum?
Replies: 49
Views: 2817

Re: What's a good vacuum?

Captain Ned wrote:
Miele. There is no substitute. Yes, they're pricey, but they last forever (going on 15 years for mine). Also, canister will always be more versatile than an upright.


I agree! Miele is totally worth the investment.
by Omniman
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: List of Old LAN Games
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: List of Old LAN Games

Krogoth wrote:
A good number of them predate TCP/IP support and only worked with Novell's IPX/SPX. Fortunately, there's plenty of IPX/SPX to TCP/IP tunneling solutions out there.


Thankfully I have a couple of XP machines linked together with IPX/SPX enabled :D
by Omniman
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: List of Old LAN Games
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

List of Old LAN Games

I'm trying to come up with the ultimate list of older games that actually allow you to play them in old school local LAN matches. So far I've come up with the below list but please let me know ones I might be missing! I'm trying to expand my collection! Starcraft 1 Warcraft 2 Warcraft 3 + Expansion ...
by Omniman
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Customer Scheduling Software
Replies: 0
Views: 481

Customer Scheduling Software

The last time I purchased an appliance from Home Depot I noticed they're using a customer delivery scheduling system that looked pretty snazzy. When I saw that you can go in as the customer and see time slots that are still open and select them I thought it would be really helpful to have something ...
by Omniman
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cat 6 Cable Suppliers
Replies: 3
Views: 4250

Cat 6 Cable Suppliers

I need to buy a box of Cat 6 cable to wire up my house and I'm looking for recommendations on inexpensive but good quality brands to go with?
by Omniman
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: SFP Capabilities
Replies: 1
Views: 1155

SFP Capabilities

I'm used to identical SFP modules communicating with each other between switches. Lets say I want to toss a 10Gbps SFP into my Ubiquiti switch that will be communicating to an Intel fiber 10Gbps connection in a server. Am I going to have problems?
by Omniman
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Server Racks
Replies: 8
Views: 2219

Server Racks

I just bought a few servers off of eBay to start the next phase of my training lab at home. I'm looking for around an 18U rack preferably with locking wheels and I was just curious what a good place might be to get one on the inexpensive side?
by Omniman
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VMWare Question
Replies: 6
Views: 4541

Re: VMWare Question

Thank you both for the info! For my home test environment I'll go the route of one physical server for VCenter and then I'll have two or three beefier servers as hosts.
by Omniman
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VMWare Question
Replies: 6
Views: 4541

VMWare Question

I'm trying to better understand a standard VMWare ESXi production system. I'm wondering for the VCenter portion is this supposed to be installed on a physical server and then have your hosts tie into it or do people toss it on a guest VM which to me sounds like shooting yourself in the foot?
by Omniman
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommended NAS Devices
Replies: 38
Views: 7039

Recommended NAS Devices

I'm looking to start queuing up the replacement of my Windows Home Server 2011 server. I really only needed it for storage of my music and family pictures. Anyhow, I'm looking for a NAS that is a RAID1 or RAID5 that can allow for hot swapping if a drive starts to fail. Any recommendations?
by Omniman
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10-1709 not "snappy" SOLVED
Replies: 15
Views: 1918

Re: W10-1709 not "snappy"

Out of curiosity what's your hardware specs?
by Omniman
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 97
Views: 19380

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Blackberry Curve (I still miss it!) Galaxy Nexus (The best Android Phone I have had but the lack of the physical Qwerty keyboard was a little annoying) Samsung Galaxy S4 (It was ok but not as good as the Nexus) Samsung Galaxy S7 (This is my current and worst cell phone I have ever had. It's very uns...
by Omniman
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 3631

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

I gave it a test last night using a Windows 7 Ultimate key on my Hyper-V server and it activated Windows 10 Pro just fine.
by Omniman
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 3631

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

Good to hear. As for the activation I was really just curious on clean installs using Windows 7/8 keys instead of doing the software upgrades. Anyhow, anyone who has problems with the update assistant it seems the workaround is to put your browser into developer mode and make it act like a Linux or ...
by Omniman
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue
Replies: 12
Views: 5028

Re: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue

Just circling back to make note that after the December 2017 monthly patches the issue resolved itself for the multiple computers. It used to be I would get maybe 15 minutes out of the computers but I lost the functionality. Now I haven't seen it in weeks thankfully!
by Omniman
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 3631

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

I know it's only been two days since the free upgrade supposedly has finally come to a close. Has anyone still tried to get a free upgrade since the so called deadline of December 31st, 2017?
by Omniman
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: System not POSTing issue
Replies: 7
Views: 4021

Re: System not POSTing issue

That's never a good sign :( When I've seen that happen the board has gone brain dead.
by Omniman
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: System not POSTing issue
Replies: 7
Views: 4021

Re: System not POSTing issue

Are the system fans going full blast when you do power it up?
by Omniman
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Stupid and terrible software.
Replies: 82
Views: 10526

Re: Stupid and terrible software.

I think one of the worst applications I've had to deal with is LANDesk. I have never seen so many botched OS images and software pushes that turn OS's to swiss cheese.
by Omniman
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue
Replies: 12
Views: 5028

Re: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue

I'll give that a go. I'm also trying a clean build on a different thumb drive just to make sure the one I was using didn't have some odd corruption happening. It's the only other thing I can think of since I ran all sorts of diagnostics when it first started happening and everything was fine hardwar...
by Omniman
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue
Replies: 12
Views: 5028

Re: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue

I've been doing some digging around now that I have it happening on 3 computers which had clean installs of 1709. it appears when the start menu goes south the event log shows the windows shell experience is terminating due to a timeout. I tried a few things including a power shell command to re-in...
by Omniman
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue
Replies: 12
Views: 5028

Re: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue

I've been doing some digging around now that I have it happening on 3 computers which had clean installs of 1709. it appears when the start menu goes south the event log shows the windows shell experience is terminating due to a timeout. I tried a few things including a power shell command to re-ins...
by Omniman
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Robo Vacuum for Christmas
Replies: 28
Views: 6459

Re: Robo Vacuum for Christmas

I've got a Roomba and it works great. Unfortunately, I don't have any experience on any other brands :(
by Omniman
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue
Replies: 12
Views: 5028

Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue

I built up a Kaby Lake desktop recently and installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 x64 pro with the latest build 1709. At least once a day now I've noticed the start menu/Cortana search become completely unresponsive when clicked on. I've resorted to pinning Command Prompt to my task bar to run shutdo...
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