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by hans
Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Fractal Node 304 4xSATA cabling
Replies: 1
Views: 1627

Fractal Node 304 4xSATA cabling

I'm putting together a Fractal build with an SSD and 4 SATA HD. Since the HD mount on their sides bottom out, the cable orientation fluctuates. One HD is power-plug-side down, the next is power-plug-side up. Anyone know of a PSU cable with 4 SATA power plugs with enough distance between plugs to acc...
by hans
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VirtualBox vs VMWare Player
Replies: 49
Views: 41505

Re: VirtualBox vs VMWare Player

One other feature (though it's entirely separate from Virtualbox) of VirtualBox is Vagrant. At the simplest definition, it's a CLI wrapper around vboxmanage commands. For example: vagrant init precise64 vagrant up vagrant ssh Those three lines will create a Ubuntu 12.04 VM (the exact label of the fi...
by hans
Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VirtualBox vs VMWare Player
Replies: 49
Views: 41505

Re: VirtualBox vs VMWare Player

Forge wrote:
... I don't know that VBox can even boot OSX guests or hosts at all yet.


It can.
by hans
Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Website/Server monitoring
Replies: 4
Views: 1371

Re: Website/Server monitoring

Pingdom covers this pretty well, with checks from many geographies. Free accounts cover the basic use case well. Tie it in with Pager Duty to handle oncall schedules/escalations. If you need more than just 'is it up', the real user monitoring can log in and perform actions. More than that and you ar...
by hans
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: What's your current home audio system?
Replies: 59
Views: 15222

Re: What's your current home audio system?

TV audio is going through the TV speakers (!) and computer audio is going through a 15-year old Yamaha receiver to 2 Klipsch ProMedia's (the sub/amp went wonky when I moved...last year). Needless to say, I've been shopping for a new setup, for over a year now. Every time I decide to pull the trigger...
by hans
Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: SITE SUGGESTIONS?
Replies: 15
Views: 1828

An honest wish

I know it's a huge amount of work but if we're wishlisting....a searchable, rated database of reviews. Not just a Google or index search. I'd like to see all reviews on topic X, and compare products against each other, **even if not in the same review. Like the charts at SmallNetBuilder. Use case: I...
by hans
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Looking for monitor recommendation
Replies: 22
Views: 2817

Re: Looking for monitor recommendation

There's a thread on Anandtech about 340 pages long full of reviews and recommendation on LCD's. If you have a couple days to read it, google for Anand LCD Buyer's Guide. The initial page used to be basic recommendations but it's been stale for a few years now. If you have more important things to do...
by hans
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Enter our Anomaly: Warzone Earth giveaway here
Replies: 161
Views: 16826

Re: Enter our Anomaly: Warzone Earth giveaway here

I've never tried these games, and free would be the best way to start.
by hans
Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon 7000 specs
Replies: 27
Views: 4526

Re: Radeon 7000 specs

If you were looking to upgrade from a 4850, with a budget of $250-300, would you wait?
by hans
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD advice: using junctions to move games/applications
Replies: 22
Views: 37799

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

There's a helpful tool if you use Steam, http://www.traynier.com/software/steammover. It doesn't move the Steam installation, it creates reparse points for the individual games on whatever drives you choose. It worked for me.
by hans
Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:58 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Enter our MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti giveaway here
Replies: 1004
Views: 44452

Re: Enter our MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti giveaway here

I should win because I'm up in the middle of the night monkeying around with finicky database nodes. That's gotta count for something.
by hans
Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Games fullscreen on secondary monitor?
Replies: 19
Views: 11235

Re: Games fullscreen on secondary monitor?

It's a big deal. Your icons get rearranged, you have to remember that the taskbar is on the other display now, and worst of all, it's simple enough to prevent, i.e. we shouldn't have to put up with this. It is, but if you're just changing it for games, then back when you're done, it doesn't seem to...
by hans
Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Games fullscreen on secondary monitor?
Replies: 19
Views: 11235

Re: Games fullscreen on secondary monitor?

Windows 7 makes it trivially easy to change the primary display. Right-click desktop, screen resolution, select display, make primary.

There might be a programmatic way to make the change, or you can use AutoHotkey.
by hans
Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Poll on how many displays, resolution, and graphics cards
Replies: 20
Views: 2135

Re: Poll on how many displays, resolution, and graphics card

2x 19" 1280x1024, 24" 1920x1080, 22" 1680x1050

Totals about 6.5 MP.

Radeon 4850 & Nvidia 8400.
by hans
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Max playable res for Radeon 4850
Replies: 4
Views: 1172

Re: Max playable res for Radeon 4850

I think similarly. Grips/seat/shorts on my bike. Keyboard/mouse/monitor on the computer. $740 for the 27" + $250 for a new card is a bit of a spoil. Versus $200 to add another 22" or maybe $300 for a 24" when I find a deal. I currently have a 19" 4:3 1280x1024 at each side of the...
by hans
Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Max playable res for Radeon 4850
Replies: 4
Views: 1172

Max playable res for Radeon 4850

I have a 4850 that works well on my 22" 1680x1050 LCD. I've been wanting to upgrade to a 24" but am tempted by the 27" and 30" Dell's on sale now. Since the GPU is a couple years old, I haven't seen it benched against current games like MOH & COD. Is anyone playing recent gam...
by hans
Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Win one of three Asus Xonar sound cards
Replies: 137
Views: 38665

Re: Win one of three Asus Xonar sound cards

Gigabyte p35 ds3's onboard Realtek. It's the first time I've used onboard audio and it's not bad to my admittedly damaged ears. A Xonar card has been on the list, waiting to find an awesome deal. Speakers are old but wonderful Klipsch ProMedia's. Unfortunately the rear channel blew on the amp some t...
by hans
Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon driver crashes during setup, remove, and after RDP
Replies: 4
Views: 2237

Re: Radeon driver crashes during setup, remove, and after RDP

Sweet baby jesus, I think this is fixed. Installing Visual Studio (or SQL Server Studio, in my case) changes the version of a DLL. Through the magic of this post -- http://forums.amd.com/game/messageview.cfm?catid=279&threadid=107672&STARTPAGE=1&FTVAR_FORUMVIEWTMP=Linear -- I found an MS...
by hans
Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon driver crashes during setup, remove, and after RDP
Replies: 4
Views: 2237

Re: Radeon driver crashes during setup, remove, and after RDP

Does ATI even offer tech support any more? support.amd.com has no useful links for contacting TS. Half the pages look thrown together or go to dead Sharepoint links. I submitted a detailed report which was rejected with: subject AMD Service notice: Email Blocked hide details Sep 24 (5 days ago) This...
by hans
Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon driver crashes during setup, remove, and after RDP
Replies: 4
Views: 2237

Re: Radeon driver crashes during setup, remove, and after RDP

Well, Catalyst doesn't appears in Revo or Add/Remove, and the setup routine will always crash. I submitted a long, detailed report to ATI support and the response I received said my submission was deleted because my email address was not matched. Both monitors are connected via DVI. Neither monitor ...
by hans
Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon driver crashes during setup, remove, and after RDP
Replies: 4
Views: 2237

Radeon driver crashes during setup, remove, and after RDP

Last fall I purchased a Radeon 4850 and have had continual problems with the drivers. I was replacing an nVidia card. I removed all the older drivers with a driver cleaner, searched the registry, files, everything. The ATI driver setup would continually crash. After many attempts, the driver finally...
by hans
Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Online backup services
Replies: 4
Views: 3368

Re: Online backup services

I use Mozy. $5/month for unlimited space. I've pushed up over 100GB. The quick restore testing I did was fine, though obviously downloading many GB will be slow with any online restore. The software works alright and is unobtrusive. I use MozyPro for cheap offsite for one client, and that offers mor...
by hans
Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: HTPC Upgraded - tiny review inside
Replies: 15
Views: 11260

Re: HTPC Upgraded - tiny review inside

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Congratulations. I've been having a heck of time with my M3A78-EM.


Could you elaborate? I'm considering hopping on the Newegg combo deal for a dedicated Linux box. This board w/ Phenom 9850 Quad for $160.
by hans
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: HTC Touch Pro?
Replies: 0
Views: 919

HTC Touch Pro?

Current phone: Verizon LG 8300 - plain flip, no media or data packages. I text and play Mahjong. I'm considering the HTC Touch Pro on AT&T - reasons being 1) Mobile browsing 2) Better PIM 3) Data sync (especially w/ Outlook) 4) OneNote mobile (haven't used it but I use OneNote heavily on my PC) ...
by hans
Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:15 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Running Windows in a VM legally
Replies: 21
Views: 1073

Re: Running Windows in a VM legally

I personally am currently working with nLite to make an ultra-minimal XP install specifically for this type of scenario. I'm actually surprised how much of XP I can turn off without impacting gaming performance and ability. I've got an ultra-minimal 2K install that I ginned up for these purposes qu...
by hans
Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:04 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Far Cry 2
Replies: 92
Views: 7930

Re: Far Cry 2

I uninstalled the ATI driver, Catalyst, & the hotfix, and only installed the driver (8.10). Seems to be working.

My first impressions are a little disappointing but I played for less than an hour after spending 2 hours getting it to work.
by hans
Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Far Cry 2
Replies: 92
Views: 7930

Re: Far Cry 2

I still can't get FC2 to run. Vista x64, Q6600, 4GB RAM, Gigabyte P35, Radeon 4850 w/ 8.10 driver & FC2 hotfix. When launched from Steam or shortcut, the splash screens show. After the on-fire fc2 logo, the screen goes black. I can hear the sounds as I move the arrows among the menu options. If ...
by hans
Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Far Cry 2
Replies: 92
Views: 7930

Far Cry Fail

I logged into my PC from work to kick off the Steam download so it'd be ready when I got home tonight. Last night I updated the ATI drivers & applied the FC2 hotfix. Launch the game, see the burning FC2 logo, hit enter....blackness. The music continues, I can hear the sounds when I move the curs...
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