Friday, August 31, 2012
If you don't know what Peerblock is, go to this link.
But there is a way to get it to launch at startup. You use Task Scheduler. There is a trigger to run a task at startup, and what's different about this and the normal startup routine is that you can run a task as an Admin. Hence the UAC elevation thingy does not become a problem in this case.
The exact steps are actually given on their website. There is no need to post this problem in the forums.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
If you measure the DPC Latency using LatencyMon, Windows 8 has a very high DPC (Deferred Procedure Call ) latency. In Windows 7, the same PC would have had about 100us of DPC Latency. Is this a problem?
If you do not know what DPC latency is, read the part: "Background information: Why drop-outs occur", at the bottom of this link.
Basically, what it says is that if the DPC latency is high, you will get pauses in real-time operations, such as listening to music and playing a video. Lower the DPC latency, the better. Most of the time, a high DPC latency is caused by bad drivers which spend too much time in the DPC routines. The drivers have to wait for their DPC routine until the one before them finishes with its DPC routine. When these waits become too long, you will get pauses or drop-outs in real-time operations.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
I had been having this problem from the Release Preview days, but I thought Microsoft would fix it in the RTM. Windows would bootup fast and quickly go into the Metro environment, but the legacy system tray apps would load very slowly. Much much slowly compared to Windows 7. I even disabled few to make it quicker.
Apparently they haven’t fixed it in the RTM either. Maybe they are transferring the blame onto the app makers.
Biggest issue is, AutoHotKey would not start quickly. That is what I use for shortcut keys to launch apps because I do not wanna visit the start screen.
Note: Did you notice there are hardly any Metro apps present in my PC? LOL
Sunday, August 26, 2012
At work, I have two PCs. One for development. One for documentation work. (basically, non-development related work.) Since the displays that are connected to both of those PCs have pretty small resolution for today's standards - 1280x1024, I have connected both if them to the development PC. Thus the general purpose PC does not have a display.
You must be wondering, how do I do any work on the general purpose PC. I simply remote login to that PC from the development PC using inbuilt Remote Desktop Connection.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Finally Windows 8 RTM came out on 15th of August on the dev channels, and ,to everyone’s surprise, along with a downloadable public trial of Enterprise version. Too bad you cannot simply upgrade it when the retail versions hit the market. Doesn’t really matter to me because I managed to grab the Pro version and got myself activated. :)
TBH, I was expecting a much larger change from Release Preview, other than disabling of Aero transparency and smaller text/larger icon of Metro apps. I’m sure there are a lot of under the hood changes, but in the end of the day, we only can see what we only can see.
Just to try out my new USB drive, I went around installing it via the USB drive. I used the tool that was meant for Windows 7. It went in pretty well. Installed pretty quickly too. Activated fine. But, just like OSX Mountain Lion, it didn’t have the oomph factor which was there from Windows XP to Windows Vista. Instead, I felt as if it came with a lot of bloat-ware that I would not use, but could not get rid of either.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Logitech now has Windows 8 drivers for C910 webcam. You don't have to follow the guide any more. You can download the Windows 8 drivers from HERE.
To the original post then...
If you have a Logitech C910 webcam (maybe it applies to other Logitech models as well) and if you are trying out Windows 8, be it Release Preview or RTM, you might be having trouble getting your webcam to work. Logitech does not yet have a driver for Windows 8. (You can check for C910 drivers here.)
Sorry, this software is not compatible with your operating system. Please visit the Logitech website to download a compatible version.
WorkaroundGo to Logitech website and download the full Windows 7 drivers first. (You can either download the “Full Installer” or the “Smart Installer”. Now you can simply run the installer under Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode. (Windows 7) The drivers will install just fine.
Here is a video if you are unsure about anything.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Enabling or disabling fast start
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
|Component||Suggested part||Price (US$)|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 3770K||339.99|
|CPU Cooler||Thermalright Silver Arrow||84.09|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH||249.99|
|RAM||Samsung MV-3V4G3D 2x4GB kit (x2)||89.98|
|Video Card||Gigabyte GTX670 2GB Windforce3||399.99|
|Sound Card||Asus Xonar Phoebus||199.99|
|Hard Drives||Samsung 830 series 256GB||229.99|
|Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB (data)||179.99|
|Western Digital Caviar Red 3TB (backup)||219.00|
|Case||Coolermaster Storm Trooper||139.99|
|Power Supply||Corsair AX750||169.99|
|Display||Samsung 27” S27A950D||609.99|
|Mouse Pad||Razer Sphex||14.99|
|Headset||Corsair Vengeance 2000 (wireless)||119.99|
Ok, I do agree that is a looooot of money. Where can we improve on?
- CPU Cooler (pretty much the highest-end air cooler)
- RAM (yes they are CL11, but you can overclock and overvolt the heck out of them)
- Video Card (pretty much the best graphics card with best bang for buck in the higher end)
- Case (pretty much the best, feature rich case for the price)
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Palit GTX670 JetStream
Thursday, August 9, 2012
If you have installed Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers in Windows 8 (doesn’t have to be RTM I suppose) or any other Windows version and you are getting the following error message when you try to launch the RST control panel, you have come to the right place. Because there is a FIX.
Intel Rapid Storage Technology is trying to connect to the service.
You get this error message because the Intel RST DM Service wasn’t created when you installed the driver. You have to register the service and start it before you can launch the control panel. Apparently the current drivers are not completely compatible with Windows 8.
Here’s how you add the service to the services list.
First launch command prompt as Admin and change current directory to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology”.