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Saturday
Oct022010

M-Audio hates Sleep & Hibernate

The unofficial official position from Avid is that they don't support sleep mode with their devices.

This is simple enough, if you're doing production work, you generally don't want your machine doing anything unexpected, and this is just an extension of that.

So, although you wont find any links through Avid or M-Audio that officially state that for reliable operation you should disable sleep and hibernate, the inside word is to avoid it.

How To Disable Sleep and Hibernate:

 

Thursday
Sep302010

New Facebook Link

Super awesome, after swapping a power supply to restore the Luxuria Music online stream, I got a fresh inrush of people to the Facebook page which qualifies us to get our own URL, triumph!

URL is Uniform Resource Locator, a long way of saying "website address".

Our Facebook page is now: www.facebook.com/computersbroken/

For those looking to do the same thing, the process isn't obvious at all; you need to visit the link: www.facebook.com/username/ after you log in to make a URL for your Profile or one of the Facebook Pages you manage.

Friday
Sep242010

Windows 7 and Windows Movie Maker

Windows 7 does not include Windows Movie Maker, it is now available as part of the Windows Live Essentials pack.

In my opinion this is a good thing, tying versions of value added software like Move Maker to the OS versions creates problems for users expecting to work with their files on any computer.  Previously, the Movie Maker version included in XP was incompatible with the version included in Vista.  Windows Live Essentials are available through Windows Update on any XP, Vista, or Windows 7 computer.

Tuesday
Sep212010

Fix blank desktop after XP Repair

After performing a Windows XP Repair Install, a computer we had in the shop would not boot to the desktop to allow activation, this was the case with Normal Startup, as well as Safe Mode With Networking, although normal Safe Mode (without Networking) would allow the system to boot, it would not activate outside of Normal Startup.

I found the following posts describing a similar senario, and in my case, the following command run from Safe Mode with Command Prompt resolved the issue and the system activated without further problems.

%windir%\ie8\spuninst\spuninst.exe

Monday
Sep202010

DMA vs PIO and Performance

DMA stands for Direct Memory Access, and it is a method for interfacing hard drives with the operating system, an alternative would be PIO, or Programmed Input/Output, a much older, and slower protocol.

I've run into several machines recently that had performance issues stemming from the fact that the drives were operating in PIO mode vs the newer DMA standard.

With Windows XP, this can happen with no actual hardware fault, and it will stay that way, causing severe system slowdown because of the limitations and overhead of the PIO transfer mode.

Common symptoms include: slow performance, skipping audio, stuttering video.

Simply resetting the DMA mode via the VBS script in this Windows Problem Solver solution fixed it for me in one case on an Asus EeePC 1000H, however on an Acer Aspire One D250-1165, the drive would "stick" in PIO mode, to fix I had to reinstall XP with the SATA disk connected in AHCI mode.