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by apertur3
Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Is anyone recording internet radio anymore?
Replies: 7
Views: 2149

Re: Is anyone recording internet radio anymore?

Back around 2005 I used to use Xoteck's RipCast. Pretty solid product but I think the company no longer exists, so you might not be able to buy a license. I think it could handle multiple shoutcast streams pretty easily, though. Had features to dump to separate files and auto-tag the MP3s.
by apertur3
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Low end gaming system.
Replies: 58
Views: 6514

Re: Low end gaming system.

If your friend REALLY wants to try Linux, but the primary purpose of this machine is for gaming, don't mess around with dual boot - just have them use a live CD/USB or do a persistent install in VirtualBox. A lot cleaner, especially if they end up deciding that Linux is not for them.
by apertur3
Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Final Upgrade
Replies: 41
Views: 3825

Re: Final Upgrade

we're at the point where 128GB SSDs are actually cheaper than the nastiest mechanical drives they can source, and a laptop bumped and jolted around is the very worst place for mechanical storage in terms of survival anyway. Exactly! And yet they continue to source junk 5400RPM, low-cache mechanical...
by apertur3
Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Final Upgrade
Replies: 41
Views: 3825

Re: Final Upgrade

I've found C2D/C2Q systems to be perfectly adequate recommendations for many of my generic-office-task-performing clientele. Any Wolfdale CPU combined with a cheap SSD can really hold its own against modern equivalents, and with the price of refurbed Win7 SFF systems these days it's a no brainer. OP...
by apertur3
Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: An alternative picture viewer to Windows 8.1
Replies: 7
Views: 1839

Re: An alternative picture viewer to Windows 8.1

+1 for IrfanView. Not sure why 64-bit really matters.
by apertur3
Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Do you use Blu-Ray on your PC?
Replies: 66
Views: 4841

Re: Do you use Blu-Ray on your PC?

Just a DVD-RW, and only because it's a legacy part from my old machine. Hardly ever use it for anything other than burning boot discs.
by apertur3
Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: DAC question
Replies: 49
Views: 6984

Re: DAC question

Just bought a Schiit Modi less than a month ago to drive some Paradigm Mini Monitors... absolutely loving it so far. I didn't have incredibly high expectations for the thing, but it sure makes my speakers sing - and that is all that I care about. Great investment.
by apertur3
Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:08 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

Well, I did it. New system is up and running smoothly. WHAT A DIFFERENCE from my old hardware. WOW!
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by apertur3
Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

another question: when you used PNPutil, you had obviously already applied the image - were you booted into WinPE when you were installing new drivers into the driver store?
by apertur3
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

Sorry to toss an anchor in here, but I want to thank you both/all for posting this history. I still have quite some time before I pull the trigger and begin to order hardware, and I have not yet thought about whether or not I might need to use this procedure, but it is nonetheless a very good timel...
by apertur3
Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

Uggh. Yeah, you can't /generalize that. I suspect HP did that by reusing that image multiple times. It is possible to have sysprep SkipRearm . You can find a handy guide here . SkipRearm was meant for situations where the hardware was the same. The retained activation status isn't going to be kept ...
by apertur3
Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

Here's another hunch as to what the problem may be: Has this image exceeded the rearm limit, because it was originally an OEM image?

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by apertur3
Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

Based on where you were in the setup the installation of hardware was complete. The image purged all installed instances of the hardware, but that doesn't mean it purges the drivers themselves. The drivers remain in the driver store and can be used to re-install the hardware during the hardware det...
by apertur3
Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

Good news: http://imageshack.us/a/img202/3493/img20121008113045.th.jpg A couple of the posts in this thread helped me, namely the ones about setting the GeneralizationState key in HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus to 7 (it was on 4), and navigating to the OOBE folder and running msoobe.exe. I c...
by apertur3
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

Error [0x0f0082] SYSPRP LaunchDll:Failure occurred while executing 'C:\Windows\system32\capisp.dll,CryptoSysPrep_Specialize', returned error code 5[gle=0x000003e5] Link I may have had several factors causing the problem, but the key for me was disabling Kaspersky's Self Defense prior to sysprepping...
by apertur3
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

In your instance setup has accessed the drive. A copy of Windows PE should be able to reach the location (\Windows\Panther) or even using a Windows DVD, choosing to repair the install and selecting the Command Prompt. OK. I used "start notepad setupact.log" to check the most common log fi...
by apertur3
Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

It is most likely a 3rd party background service that is causing the machine to hang. See if this link helps you find an error log that more clearly defines the issue and then return to us. :) Link and Link Thank you, Ryu. Can you tell me how I can access the "$windows.~bt\Sources\Panther"...
by apertur3
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

That's a lovely machine. Looks almost identical to my much-loved dc5800 SFFs. I work from observations and my gut, as opposed to Ryu's extensive documentation, so please feel free to disregard my comments... Generally when I see messages like that, it means that the preinstall OS and the bootloader...
by apertur3
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

Can you provide a little more detail about your situation? What is your imaging source and destination? Did you use sysprep (sounds like you did)? The models of the two PCs would be helpful as well. Is the source PC still intact? Sure. This is a brand new HP Compaq 6300 Pro small form factor system...
by apertur3
Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build
Replies: 47
Views: 17989

Re: Rawr: SB-E & x79 Build

I tried to follow this guide as closely as possible (thank you for so much detail, Ryu!) But after I apply the image to the new machine and reboot, I get a "windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware" dialog. then it wants to restart. Not sure exactly what...
by apertur3
Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Cyanogenmodding the phone, yes or no?
Replies: 41
Views: 11288

Re: Cyanogenmodding the phone, yes or no?

I CM7'd my Droid Incredible, and never looked back. It was leaps and bounds ahead of the stock HTC firmware in every aspect - and despite the quirks and steep learning curve, I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone dissatisfied with their stock phone.
by apertur3
Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 27" vs 30" Displays
Replies: 91
Views: 28436

Re: 27" vs 30" Displays

Have you tried your 2001FP in portrait mode beside it? Haha, no I have not, but the vertical pixels should match up perfectly. My wife has inherited the 2001FP until further notice, since it was a step up from what she was using and on top of that, my workspace can't accommodate an additional monit...
by apertur3
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 27" vs 30" Displays
Replies: 91
Views: 28436

Re: 27" vs 30" Displays

annnnnnnnnnnnd.... it came today! I love it!!!!!

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orig. size:
http://imgur.com/9vMd1
by apertur3
Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 27" vs 30" Displays
Replies: 91
Views: 28436

Re: 27" vs 30" Displays

I picked up the U3011 on Amazon today... the price keeps dropping, so... why not? Been looking forward to it a while. Will be upgrading from my 7+ year old Dell 2001FP. Love this old thing, but it's time to make all the Lightroom processing I do a bit easier on me... Not to mention League of Legends...
by apertur3
Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD advice: using junctions to move games/applications
Replies: 22
Views: 37805

Re: SSD advice: using junctions to move games/applications

I've been using mklink for a couple of years now since installing my first SSD in my home machine in order to make use of the secondary drive for my massive Steam collection - works wonderfully and is extremely easy to do. I usually use it in conjunction with robocopy to ensure everything is copied ...
by apertur3
Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: upgrading my wife's PC - FINALLY!
Replies: 12
Views: 2595

Re: upgrading my wife's PC - FINALLY!

Well, I finally had a chance to slap this thing together and it FLIES! I guess it wouldn't take much to notice a marked increase in performance from her old machine, but, wow. It boots up in probably less than 15 seconds and runs LoL like a champ. She's loading maps faster than my computer is now. :...
by apertur3
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: upgrading my wife's PC - FINALLY!
Replies: 12
Views: 2595

Re: upgrading my wife's PC - FINALLY!

I would say be prepared to be dissapointed with Intel HD2000 graphics for gaming. You would be well served by a Radeon HD7750 for the type of games you're talking about. Radeon HD7770 has been down in the $100AR range a few times. That's close enough to Radeon HD7750 pricing for me to recommend the...
by apertur3
Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: upgrading my wife's PC - FINALLY!
Replies: 12
Views: 2595

Re: upgrading my wife's PC - FINALLY!

ECS H61H2-M2(1.0) has official support for Ivy Bridge CPUs? I'm too lazy to look but i'd like a link for that tid bit of info. You can find it on this list here: http://www.ecs.com.tw/extra/22nmcpu/index.html @PSU It's old and never trusted Antec. Sure for the price of Free is ok but i'm saying i d...
by apertur3
Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: upgrading my wife's PC - FINALLY!
Replies: 12
Views: 2595

Re: upgrading my wife's PC - FINALLY!

My critique would be that you should have layed an upg path for the CPU and invested more (from the budget not over the budget) into a discrete video card (nothing fancy, like a 100-140 bucks card) since u get this system for gaming. I don't particularly agree with the choice of case and PSU but th...
by apertur3
Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: upgrading my wife's PC - FINALLY!
Replies: 12
Views: 2595

Re: upgrading my wife's PC - FINALLY!

Thanks for the feedback! I'm not quite sure what you mean by: layed an upg path for the CPU Since this motherboard supports both SB and IB, I can always upgrade the CPU later but again it was just a build to "bring her into the modern era" and even into the general reach of something that ...
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