This must be some new meaning of the word “Completely”.
This must be some new meaning of the word “Completely”.
Pygal is a python library for emitting SVG charts. It might do PNGs too; the documentation is… sparse. Okay, there’s no documentation, but they show you several ways to make bar charts, and figure you can follow on from there. Anyways, the installation instructions don’t work, not under cygwin.
Here’s what you should do:
cygwin$ pip install pygal
and you’re done. Getting pip into cygwin is a whole world of hurt, but you will need to go looking for a http (not https) source to download setuptools, then download and run ez_setup.py, followed by using pip to upgrade setuptools. Have fun with that; I know I did.
I’ve got two old Mac Pros, and on one of them, the Nvidia 8800GT video card suddenly started causing weird errors in Windows.
Then it started doing the blue screen of death repeatedly, a crash in nvlddmkm.sys.
I have no idea why it started happening now — the Nvidia drivers don’t appear to have been updated for months, and Windows Update hasn’t installed anything for almost a week.
Boot into Safe Mode With Networking
Download the latest drivers
Install with Clean Option on
Seems now to work, touch wood.
Update 2013-11-19 18:45 — No such luck. It seemed fine this morning, but later on started crashing like before. Investigations continue.
Update 2013-11-19 21:00 — After playing around disabling various things, and puzzling over what might have updated itself (since there was nothing recently installed or patched listed by Windows), I think I may have found the culprit: the Steam client beta (which I’m using to get the family sharing trial). Have disabled this, and Windows seems to be stable again. Will try it for a bit longer, then report findings to Steam.
Update 2013-11-20 — It couldn’t be that easy, of course. And I have dissed Steam without justification. The video card is still playing up — now so much so that:
The card is an NVidia GeForce 8800 GT, quite a nicely specced card. I suspect it’ll need replacing, dammit.
Update 28/11/2013: As per the comments I found another spare PCIe card (an ATI Radeon 3870) which works… in Windows. Not in OS X. Even the broken card partially works in Windows, but not at all in OS X.
Thankfully however this specific machine is mostly used for Windows-only, so there’s no tearing rush. In fact Windows performance index thingy rates the ATI card slightly higher than the nVidia one.
One option is to buy the official Apple-supported Mac Pro video upgrade kit, an ATI Radeon HD5770, which is A$299. Despite the Apple site claiming it requires a post-2010 Mac Pro, plenty of sources indicate it’s fine with a 2008.
Cathy and I are seeing increasing contention for the grunty computer in the house not dedicated to playing computer games. It’s used for a combination of recreational programming, web surfing and media encoding tasks. We decided to acquire a second, and after comparing the costs decided that the premium for laptop portability wasn’t too great (about $100; in fact that seems to be about the price of the OS we were forced to buy with the hardware). In out usage profile, “grunty” isn’t defined by CPU, but responsiveness which really comes down to how often an arm has to venture out across a spinning sheet of rust. Unfortunately, bottom-end systems (i3 class CPUs) can’t handle our base-level RAM requirement of 16Gb, so yet again a portable computer is the most powerful thing in the house – the new system’s specs are:
|Processor:||AMD Quad-Core Processor A6-5200 (2.0GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)|
25W of power consumption right there. Existing grunty computer pegs its CPU for about ten hours a year, in sustained encoding runs. We weren’t CPU bound, and yet the only way to get that RAM in an i3 lappy was to spend an extra $100 on a Toshiba with worse specs – so we got a quad core.
|Memory:||4GB DDR3 1600MHz (max support 16GB)|
That 4GB came straight out and was replaced by the most RAM that could be stuffed in there. Existing grunty machine had 8Gb and was paging a lot. Why are web browsers so memory hungry? This upgrade cost $160.
|Storage:||500GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive|
This came straight out before the machine was even powered up once. It was replaced by a Plextor M5-Pro 128GB SSD; this unit was selected for its fast random write speed, and the common-for-all-SSDs 0.1ms seek time. Back in the day (about ten years ago) I advocated that when building a machine, you should get drives with the fastest seek times and screw everything else, plus all the RAM you could afford – to use as disk cache. How little things change. This upgrade cost $129.
After Linux Mint 12.04 Maya (LTS) was installed (consuming 6Gb) there was 110Gb free on the replacement device. Paging has been disabled due to the SSD write limitations, and tmpfs is used for various directories to further minimise our impact on the longevity of the drive.
|Graphics Card:||Onboard (Integrated)|
The contention for the memory bus is troubling, but at least there’s no extra juice being sucked down to power a fancy-pants GPU. This is not a gaming machine, 2D acceleration is useful, 3D not.
|Operating System:||Windows 8 64 Bit|
That went with the rotating media. We’re going to see if we can boot a desktop machine off of it and still have the OS believe everything is okay. The laptop didn’t like the new OS, saying “Selected boot image did not Authenticate. Press Enter to Continue”, but the solution was to disable Secure Boot.
|Screen:||15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366×768)|
It took some fiddling for Cathy to figure out how to dim the damn thing under Mint. Turned out the answer was to install the proprietary AMD drivers.
|Audio:||Dual Speakers Stereo DTS Sound+|
If you’re using a laptop for A/V reproduction, you’re doing it wrong.
|Connectivity:||Gigabit LAN (RJ-45 connector), 802.11b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth|
The Toshiba only had 100Mb, in this day and age! The Ralink wireless adapator wasn’t picked up automatically by the installer, so Cathy got down and followed the instructions off AskUbuntu
|Built-In Devices:||1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, SD/SDHC/SDxC Card reader|
USB3 was important in picking the unit, as I’ve seem just how much faster it is. HDMI is necessary for twin-monitor development; MSY had a 21.5″ Full HD IPS on sale for $118.
|Webcam:||HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated dual array digital microphone|
I’d just paint over it, but there’s a chance that we’ll have a use for videoconferencing. It stays, but it better mind it’s Ps and Qs or else it’s black electrical tape for it.
|Optical Drive:||DVD Burner|
Yeah, like that’s ever getting used.
I’m more used to computers that weigh 1Kg, not two and a half.
|Dimensions:||56cm (L) x 13cm (W) x 34.5cm (D)|
This thing has a widescreen display, it’s freaky big compared by my 10” netbook.
Other observations: the keyboard sucks balls, with the trackpad positioned such that you physically can’t touch-type on it because doing so places your palms on the trackpad, moving the mouse and screwing up your input (I think this is happening because gestures have been turned on; they might find themselves getting turned off again). For some messed up reason they’ve included a numeric keypad, so touch-typing is doubly hard – again with the palms. This thing’s going to find itself plugged into a USB hub with a real keyboard and mouse quite a lot I think.
Anyways, the HP Pavilion 15-E001AU was purchased from MLN for the low, low price of $500. Total system cost was $907, and at the end we had a 4GB lappy stick and a 500GB lappy drive laying around.
M's laptop got the above error after rebooting during a Windows Update.
The error itself appears just after entering the username and password. And the big problem is it then doesn’t logon, but just freezes up.
Doing a bit of Googling finds quite a few instances of this error, but usually on Windows 7. One notable thing: the problem means non-Admin users can’t logon, but Admin users can. But the other info around the place didn’t really seem relevant.
So I logged in as an Admin user, and while looking through the Event Log to try and find out what happened, I noticed Windows Update said there were 3 more Important Updates to go.
I let them go in, and then rebooted. Fixed.
Yeah I could keep digging to better identify the cause, but the problem’s resolved for now, and I’ve got better things to do.
So my conclusion (in the absence of any other information) is that this weekend’s Windows Updates somehow require an Admin user to logon to complete… and if not, they leave the SENS service unable to start, possibly as well as other issues that prevent non-Admin users logging on.
As I mentioned, my secondhand Mac Pro might very well be the best Windows computer I've ever owned. The hardware is just lovely, and it runs Windows really well.
Here's the thing: it seems to boot faster in Windows 7 than it is in OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Once it's running, OSX is very responsive, but the boot just seems to take ages.
What's going on here?
Perhaps being a 2008 Mac it doesn't run OSX 10.8 that well… though I'd have thought it is a pretty fast box (2 x 4 core Xeon 2.8 GHz, 8Gb RAM). It's true that Win7 is not the latest version of Windows — it appears Win8 is not supported on this Mac model under Boot Camp.
Does something in OSX need some optimisation perhaps? What's the OSX equivalent to running msconfig and turning off automatic startup for things you don't need?
OSX experts, any ideas?
For those who use RDP to reach Windows servers…
Event Viewer on the servers sometimes generates System Errors due to RDP sessions configured to try and connect printers… which don't exist on the servers.
Pretty silly, but it seems to often be the default for RDP, and it clogs up the Event Viewer with unnecessary errors, which slows you down when you go searching for actual errors.
It appears you can prevent this by configuring Remote Desktop to not try and use local printers in the session – eg under Remote Desktop, Options, Local Resources, switch off Printers.
You may need to configure this separately for each host you connect to… but those of us who have to look through Event Viewer for errors will save time, and thank you for it, if you do!
I’ve been delighted with the secondhand Mac Pro I got last year. It’s five years old, but probably the best Windows PC I’ve ever owned… we sometimes use OSX, and sometimes use Boot Camp to run Windows, and I did end up getting Parallels as well, which is able to boot the Boot Camp partition — this I think is nothing short of miraculous.
Anyway, our other Windows PC is due for replacement. I was thinking I’d wait and see what the next crop of Mac Minis were like, but it looks like I’ve again got the opportunity to pick up a used Mac Pro via the same workplace clearing more of them out. Same age, but (if my calculations are right) double the speed of the current Mac Mini. Given our usage patterns, this is a cheap easy upgrade… particularly if we put an SSD in it.
I’m now pondering: what’s the best TV tuner for it? That’s the main thing I miss about the HP desktop we had that died. (I did try and rip the tuner card out of that to try in the Mac under Windows. It didn’t work.)
So… Mac Pro TV tuners…
I’d prefer dual tuner. I’d want it to work with both OSX and Windows. In fact I’d go so far as to say that this second box will be mostly using Windows, and I’d want this to work with Windows Media Centre.
For a USB dual tuner, the Elgato EyeTV Diversity looks pretty good.
Asking around on Twitter, there was some good feedback:
@danielbowen I've been using the EyeTV diversity for two years now… works great, but the software is a little slow / bloated
— Matt Steadman (@matt_steadman) July 30, 2013
@danielbowen the USB dongle is a little fiddly, I found some messing about with the antenna lead in required.
— Ben Bligh (@peregrinari7) July 30, 2013
@danielbowen the mini antenna that comes with it is useless
— Ben Bligh (@peregrinari7) July 30, 2013
(Why does Twitter’s embed tweet with “Include parent Tweet” not seem to work?)
It’d be used with a proper connection to a roof antenna, so not concerned about the mini antenna.
But I think I’d actually prefer an internal card, since I really don’t need it to be portable… and installed internally might be more out of the way/better for longevity.
Any good options?
PS. This ancient page talks about some options. Not sure how relevant it is anymore though.
We were having issues rendering a reasonably complex but fairly short video using Sony Vegas 10 (32-bit) on a 64-bit machine (Win7 x64) with plenty of RAM and disk space free. After a few seconds each time, the rendering would stop dead with an Out Of Memory error.
I looked around on Google, where various discussion forums came to different conclusions about a fix (including changing the rendering thread and RAM options within Vegas) — and a 4-minute YouTube video claiming also to fix it — honestly, who has the time to watch something like that? — just give me the solution in words I can quickly scan and replicate.
I eventually found this:
I finally found the solution to Vegas giving me memory errors using CFF Explorer… This is what I did.
1) Using “CFF Explorer” I open the original “VegasMovieStudioPE100.exe” file.
2) Now go to “NT Header/File Header” and click “File Header”. There you will find a button labeled “click here”. Click it. And select the checkbox “App can handle> 2GB address space”
3) Now press the “ok”'s and when back on the main menu, click on the disk button and save the modified “.exe” file, overwrite the orginal one. (Note in Vista and 7 you must be running CFF Explorer in Administrator Mode).
Suddenly all my low memory errors were history and have been able to render all my movies with no issues.
Happily, this worked for us too. Hopefully repeating the fix here will help others find it more quickly. Thank you, “Lowlypawn” for posting your solution rather than just posting your problems like many do.
At some stage we'll upgrade to a newer (64-bit) video editing package. But it's nice to know this one can be cranked up to keep going for a bit longer.
It makes me wonder why (a) Sony hasn't issued their own information about this, and (b) something as incredibly useful as CFF Explorer isn't built into Windows.
Click through to read the full post, which includes feedback from Sony from when he contacted them about it.
I can’t help noticing that in the last couple of weeks, Microsoft’s security bulletin emails have been sent as PGP signed messages using a copy of PGP Desktop that is “not licensed for commercial use”.
... This newsletter was sent by: Microsoft Corporation 1 Microsoft Way Redmond, Washington, USA 98052 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: PGP Desktop 10.2.0 (Build 1950) - not licensed for commercial use: www.pgp.com Charset: utf-8 wsFVAwUBURwisxWqSyu+jsPhAQjyGQ//fj/k7Fb2zIr2gcINPs66n3SAEdNp41eO mvTuT/knbPdZNhECQaFcQulaTgOgUDMCIVPT+NWTWBBuoqaXUuMhPKMaro6Bv0Be ...
I suppose a small struggling startup company like Microsoft can be excused for not paying to update keep their commercial licence up to date.
Hey there Mac geeks: a question.
I’ve got BootCamp running on my Mac Pro, and can get the menu for OSX vs Windows… but only if I remember to hold down the Alt key while booting.
What’s the best way to get this to appear (with a timeout, preferably) automatically?
It doesn’t look like BootCamp will do it.
Two alternative boot menus appear to be
Any recommendations, or other suggestions?
(To clarify: I want to keep OSX as the default, but I want the computer to prompt — without having to hold down the Alt key at a specific time — to visibly allow the user to override it. Like Windows does with its boot menu when you have multiple operating systems installed.)
Update: Via Twitter, one vote for rEDInd, and a bunch of unhelpful comments asking me why I’d want to boot a Mac into Windows :-/
I’m trying to nail down a repeated Blue Screen Of Death on one of my PCs. It’s only happened in the past week or so, on my 3ish year old HP a6760a desktop, in both Win7 32-bit (which I’m phasing-out) and 64-bit (which I’m moving to).
The crashes seem to happen in a couple of places, but this one is typical (output of the dump file via NirSoft Blue Screen View, with a little re-arranging of its HTML output):
|Crash Time||29/12/2012 9:15:14 AM|
|Bug Check String||NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM|
|Bug Check Code||0×00000024|
|Caused By Driver||Ntfs.sys|
|Caused By Address||Ntfs.sys+b7820|
|Stack Address 1|
|Stack Address 2|
|Stack Address 3|
|Dump File Size||291,720|
I’ve tried ensuring all patches were in place; that didn’t help.
Then I tried rolling back using System Restore to before it was happening. That didn’t help either.
Now I’ve tried installing the latest BIOS patch, which HP does say can help with some Win7 BSODs (though not specifically what I’m getting).
So far so good, will see what happens from here.
Update 1/1/2013: Still getting crashes. Interestingly, most (possibly all) seem to occur when Chrome is running, and particularly on pages with Flash. I have removed Flash, but it seems Chrome has built-in Flash support. So… I’ve temporarily removed Chrome to see if it stops happening. (It was up to date: Version 23.0.1271.97 m).
Update 1/1/2013 10pm: Not sure that helped. I did do a full malware check using MSE, which found: OpenCandy adware — it reckoned it was in D:\Users\Daniel\Downloads\avc-free.exe — which I think is a free “Any Video Converter” product I was mucking about with recently (I don’t think it’s the one I settled on). It’s not clear to me that OpenCandy would be causing these crashes, especially as I don’t think it was even active. Have removed it anyway.
Update 2/1/2013 8pm: Well, this is entertaining. Still getting crashes, and now it’s not booting at all. In fact it’s not even getting to the BIOS startup screen. Obviously some serious hardware problem.
Update 2/1/2013 9:15pm: After trying many suggestions from the HP support web site, such as unplugging all devices and even disconnecting hard drives and removing RAM, no luck. The power goes on, the CPU and video fans spin, but no display at all, not even the customary single beep.
I’ve posted to the HP forum hoping someone there has some ideas.