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Archive for January, 2010

ATi eyefinity: Farcry 2 Pics

Posted by essjae on January 28, 2010

I’ve got 3 identical monitors: Dell e248wfp (1920×1200), 1 ATi 5870, and 1  Accell DisplayPort to DVI adapter, two profiles with hotkeys to switch from 3 as 1 to 3 separate displays, and pictures of Far Cry 2 in 1920×1200 and 5760×1200, and a small box of Dramamine.


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Turning Aero back on in Win7

Posted by essjae on January 27, 2010

I have this cheapo web-cam that works great, but doesn’t get along with Aero in Vista or Win7.  When I forget and access it via IE on my Win7 box instead of a VM or via RDP on my server, it switches me back to the basic theme (yuck!).  Normally, all you need to do fix it is a) switch to another aero theme, then switch back, if that fails b) search “aero” and run the troubleshooter.  Both fixes failed me tonight.  I found the hack to enable Aero on a non-Aero system, but all I really need to do was:

net stop uxsms

net start uxsms

Bingo! Aero is back!  Original info from: Hack to force Aero

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Windows XP Mode + VPC 2007 = :-(

Posted by essjae on January 22, 2010

Update: I spoke with MS and they said that XP Mode is unsupported and won’t activate with VPC2007, although VMWare Player/Workstation will activate.

So no love for XPMode and VPC 2007

While this should work technically and legitimately for Win7P,E,U according the the info on the MS site, it doesn’t.  The issue is that you’re asked to activate but the MS supplied key for XP Mode won’t auto activate.  I haven’t called the MS activation line, but other have and have not had any positive results…yet.

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Missing Physical Adapters for WinVPC: Windows VPC and Kaspersky Anti-Virus NDIS 6 Filter

Posted by essjae on January 21, 2010

After working with someone in the TechNet forums for a week trying to figure out why she couldn’t get the physical NICs to appear in WinVPC, she was finally able to track down that it was the Kaspersky Anti-Virus NDIS 6 Filter blocking them.  “After unchecking it on my host’s Local Area Connection, the Settings for the Networking adapter on my VPC’s had the physical adapter available.”

Thanks Loretta!

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iSlate/iTab obsessions?

Posted by essjae on January 8, 2010

Is it just the Bay Area?  What is the obsession for this rumored tablet, people keep saying to me that they’re going to purchase it , and use it do this and that on it, etc., etc!  Jobs distortion field must really be expanding.

There’s no official announcement from Apple.  There are no specs on the CPU, RAM, etc, so how can you already have made a purchasing decision on vaporware?

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Co-op Console Gaming site

Posted by essjae on January 6, 2010

Just stumbled across this site:

Its got lists of co-op games for XB360 and PS3:

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VirtualBox 3.1.2 update released

Posted by essjae on January 6, 2010

Not exactly breaking news, but VBox 3.1.2 was released 12/17/2009.  Its a maintenance release with the following fixes:

  • VMM: fixed SMP stability regression
  • USB: fixed USB related host crashes on 64 bits Windows hosts (#5237)
  • Main: wrong default HWVirtExExclusive value for new VMs (bug #5664)
  • Main: DVD passthrough setting was lost (bug #5681)
  • VBoxManage: iSCSI disks do not support adding a comment (bug #4460)
  • VBoxManage: added missing –cpus and –memory options to OVF –import
  • GUI: fixed VBox URL in update dialog for German and Dutch languages
  • GUI: NLS updates
  • OVF: fixed export of non standard storage controller names (bug #5643)
  • Solaris hosts: several USB fixes (including support for Apple iPhone)
  • Mac OS X hosts: several fixes for the 3D support
  • Mac OS X hosts: re-enabled CMD+Key combinations, even if the Host-Key isn’t CMD (bug #5684)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed to fast scrolling if the mouse wheel is used inside the guest (bug #5672)
  • Mac OS X hosts: dock & menubar don’t disappear in fullscreen when the VM is not running on the primary display (bug #1762)
  • Mac OS X hosts: added an option for enabling “Auto show Dock & Menubar in fullscreen” (bug #5636)
  • Windows host installer: fixed starting VBox with wrong privileges right after installation (bug #4162)
  • Host interface and host-only networking: prevent driver from unloading while a VM is still active (Windows host only)
  • Host-only networking: fixed host-only interface creation (Windows host only) (bug #5708)
  • Virtio-net: don’t crash without an attached network
  • Virtio-net: fixed the issue with intermittent network in VM with several virtual CPU cores.
  • NAT: fixed port-forwarding regressions (bug #5666)
  • NAT: fixed crash under certain conditions (bug #5427)
  • NAT: fixed resolving of names containing a slash or underscore when using the host resolver DNS proxy (bug #5698)
  • ATA: fixed sporadic crash when resuming after a VM was forcefully paused (e.g. due to iSCSI target being unavailable)
  • SATA: fixed raw vmdk disks (bug #5724)
  • Linux guests: increased the default memory for Redhat and Fedora guests
  • Linux Guest Additions: fixed installation on RHEL 3.9 guests and on some 64bit guests
  • Linux Guest Additions: prevent SELinux warnings concerning text relocations in (bug #5690)
  • X11 guests: fixed mouse support for some Xorg 1.4 guests (openSUSE 11.0)
  • X11 guests: fixed xorg.conf modification for some older Xorg releases (openSUSE 11.1)
  • Windows guests: fixed some VBoxService shutdown issues
  • Windows guests: fixed VBoxVideo spinlock issues on NT4
  • Windows Guest Additions: fixed uninstallation issues of NT4
  • Shared folders: fixed resolving of symlink target (bug #5631)
  • 2D Video acceleration: delay loading of OpenGL dlls for Windows hosts to avoid GUI crashes on misconfigured systems
  • 2D Video acceleration: fixed issues with video picture not displayed on playback
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    Mobile Apps: iPhone >> WinMo ?

    Posted by essjae on January 5, 2010

    I’m am always surprised at the perceptions about iPhone apps?  Really?  Didn’t Windows Mobile phones have apps 8-9 years ago?  Are there really less than 100,000 Windows Mobile apps after what nine years?  Handango lists 6247 “apps”, PocketGear lists 9201…but what about all the little guys that have some random “app” like the “flashlight”, “lightsaber,” and thousands of other freeware WM apps, SonicWall WinMo only VPN client, ViewCommander WinMo only app, etc? 

    Can we ever know?  There’s no central place for WinMo apps…but googling for a specific function almost always yields a WinMo app.

    One iPhone app I’d really like to see on Windows Mobile is AT&T’s app for no coverage.

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    ODIR – Outlook Duplicate Items Remover

    Posted by essjae on January 5, 2010

    Despite it’s name, this little app doesn’t stink.  I just used it to clean up my PST file that had gotten duplicate and triplicate emails from moving my PST to a new profile under Outlook.  ODIR successfully removed 357 duplicate emails from my POP account’s PST file.

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    Google Apps Sync for Outlook gsync.dll error on x64 system

    Posted by essjae on January 4, 2010

    Anyway, my company just moved to Google Apps Premier for their email solution, sorry MS.  I’d been using the IMAP client for quite a while, but now that we’re Premier we get access to this new tool to sync your Outlook info with Google, which I then sync to my phone.

    But, after importing 1GB of email I closed Outlook to come home, upon restarting Outlook, I got a gsync.dll error.


    Fortunately, the solution is simple.  I copied the “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google Apps Sync” folder to “C:\Program Files\Google\Google Apps Sync” and added this path, “C:\Program Files\Google\Google Apps Sync,” to the system environment variables.  Note that the path for the (x86) folder was in the path, apparently Google Sync just doesn’t like 64 bits.

    Thanks to the Google forums for the pieces of info I needed for this.

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