Thursday, October 29, 2009

Karmic Koala Server in a Virtual PC

Ubuntu 9.10 Server (64bit) - the notes on the WikiP page for MS Virtual server don't say that Linux is supported (in any form) by the MS Virtual-PC (the one that comes with Windows 7)

However, of the guest systems that are supported include 64 bit versions of Windows 7 (I guess you might want to virtualize a copy of Home Premium 64 bit or Home Basic 64 bit [not that it exists for the likes of me and you!] from Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and above).

Never-the-less I am downloading the server image and will try and set it up in a Virtual Machine.
I am really curious to see what the Cloud computing features are all about and I may want to set-up a LAMP server.

I will have to see what I think about the new version of Ubuntu - despite the posting earlier on ZDNet (Dana Blankenhorn - Ubuntu Karmic Koala launches)

It might not work (this is from the WikiP page):
".....no release has been able to virtualize a 64-bit guest; Microsoft has thus far reserved this functionality for Hyper-V, which runs only on 64-bit (x64) editions of Windows Server 2008."

Which is a pity, as I don't really want to spend that much time with Desktop version - Jaunty works well enough for my present needs.
Also I have a copy of Snow Leopard that I want to try as well!
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Acer Downloads

This was a list of Acer applications that I previously hosted on my website www.tempusfugit.ca - As my website is no longer on-line some of the content has been moved to this blog. The Acer downloads have not.

It was a complete list of all the Acer modules that were current at the time of attempting and completing successfully a dual boot with Windows Vista and XP.

It has been updated for drivers for the new AMD APUs including the integrated AMD Radeon HD graphics processor units (GPU) - including the HD 6250 and 6290 configurations.

If you require the links to these applications and drivers please send me a note and/or search this blog for other posts related to the module or application that you are interested in.

Unlocking your system UEFI/BIOS

When you buy a PC you often make the purchase decision based on the specifications of the components within that computer:

  • The processor, its speed, the number of cores and its ability to do things such as virtualization and be overclocked.
  • The amount of memory, it is enough for you needs and can it be increased, upgraded and overclocked.
  • The hard drive or SSD, can it be upgraded and switched from HDD to SSD and maintain/increase performance.
  • The graphics capabilities, can it be upgraded and overclocked.
To do all this you need to be able to control the pre-boot environment to allow you to configure all these items. You have probably made your purchase decision on some or all of the above specifications. You want to be able to overclock the computer to get better performance than the "stock" configuration. You may want to install OSX on it and make a Hackintosh. You may just even want to install an alternative operating system.

To do this you may feel that you need to unlock your computers Pre-Boot setup. When you enter the setup screens when you start your computer you do not see the features of the components that you made your purchase based  on. When you don't see a way to change the CPU or memory timings you feel cheated. The fact that you cannot turn on vt-x (or AMD SVM) is particularly irksome, especially when the processor supports this functionality.

You will not see the statement on forums that you are unlikely to be able to unlock your BIOS/EFI.

Friday, October 9, 2009

AMD Virtualization System Compatibility Check Utility

This post discusses the AMD utility to determine whether your computer and processor is capable of virtualization. Please follow the links at the foot of this post for more details and where to download the utility.


I have downloaded and evaluated the utility and these are my findings.

The AMD Utility:


AMD Virtualization™ Technology and Microsoft® Hyper-V™ System Compatibility Check Utility

Release Date 8/21/2009

However, when I disable Secure Virtual Machine (SVM) in system BIOS and re-run the check:



The text on the above report is not only wrong - it is also confusing!
This utility detected that a necessary BIOS patch in not installed -- WRONG!
Please contact your system vendor to determine whether a BIOS upgrade is available - this was NOT NECESSARY! (the computer that this utility was run has a processor that supports AMD-V) - you will get the same message even if your computer does not!
AMD's most current processors do not require a BIOS patch to run Hyper-V --- True I have two of them!
This utility detected that AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) Technology is not enabled in BIOS. --- again true, but doesn't this over-ride the first two messages?

For a utility that AMD that was released in August 2009 you would think that they would like to keep their customers better informed?

Links to other pages related to this utility:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Isohunt

IsoHunt is my preferred torrent tracker (well it was in 2009)

Apparently based in Canada, IsoHunt are not above the laws dictated by the US legal system. Canada, like the rest of the free world has obligations under ACTA, WIPO and the upcoming Bill C-32.


There is no point in repeating what IsoHunt have on their home page. They more than cover their situation with the US legal system. However, downloading from P2P networks remains to be largely an illegal activity even if there are legal uses for such a network. Let's face it - this is NOT why we use P2P networks!!!!


It looks like BTGuard are sponsors of Isohunt.

Some searches:
  • is isohunt legal in canada? - 26 Apr 2011, ccra-adrc.gc.ca - I think these people should be concentrating on our taxes, not worrying about stealing copyright material. Anything is illegal if you use it to download intellectual property.     

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

ERP systems not compatible with Windows 7

Quote from AMD w/s on Client-Side Virtualization

"Many companies will find XP Mode to be helpful - from smaller companies with custom developed inventory tracking applications to large enterprises that have implemented large ERP systems incompatible with Windows 7. "

Anyone know what these ERP systems are?

WebTVUnleashed

This in my opinion is a scam and just a business opportunity.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Updating and Modifying your BIOS

If you update your BIOS to the latest version your may be able to obtain greater functionality on your computer.

Some of the features that your hardware is capable of may not be available in the BIOS Set-up that came with your computer. OEMs will usually supply BIOS upgrades on their websites and there are third parties that will supply custom BIOS images that presumably unlock hidden menus and options.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Integration Features Fail to Load - Windows 7 XP-Mode

This was a post that I deleted from this blog as the topic was covered on my website (www.tempusfugit.ca). Seeing as the information is being migrated to this blog here it is (or will be) again.

There was a search or hit for the original page 1 May 2012.

The failure mode is that Integration features fail to load........


In addition once the Integration features fail to load you get a message that tells     you that the "Integration features have been disabled"


For details on how to fix this please send me a note. If I see that there is sufficient interest in this topic I may well re-post it - it is an early Windows 7 issue and we have probably moved well past that in May 2012.

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