Archive for January, 2010

Combo rearrangement part 2

January 14, 2010

ECS NForce4M-A + AMD X2 4200+
Gigabyte MA74GM-S2 + AMD 4850e
MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 + AMD LE-1640
Asus M3N78-VM + AMD Phenom II X2 550
MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 + AMD Sempron 140

ECS NForce4M-A + AMD LE-1640 (second DVR)
Gigabyte MA74GM-S2 + AMD Phenom II X2 550 (with BIOS flash, me)
MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 + AMD X2 4200+ (dad)
Asus M3N78-VM + AMD Sempron 140 (HTPC, hopefully works with BIOS flash)
MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 + AMD 4850e (sister)

Edit: I see quite an issue mixing these up. With AM3 you get some crazy HyperTransport stuff that will dramatically slow down if you don’t have the right combo.


Enter the world of backups

January 9, 2010

I’ve had my growing collection of documents, pictures, and music for a long time.. and I never really backed it up. I’ve only moved it from disk to disk as my needs increased.. I went from 250 to 500 to 1000 to 2000gb “my data” disks in the last few years. However, I had a bit of a scare when I switched to 2TB this summer. It seemed like the disk was clicking, though it wasn’t. I got my data back after a week of downtime (I bet the disk worked the entire time..) but it was scary. I didn’t want to lose all my stuff.

I considered RAID. I only thought about getting around disk crashes. It works. However my system wouldn’t be as green since I’d have two disks powered on at once when I only need one.

Then I considered putting it in my htpc (Win7) to use Windows Backup with. This way, I could use the 2tb for backup AND DVR storage. But after using Windows Backup locally, I decided to avoid the tool. I wanted incremental backups and all of my files intact as is (can care less about filesystem used and permissions, though I’d like timestamps. Just don’t give me broken permissions like Cygwin does), not archived .zip files.

Now I’m looking at an rsync-based solution. I used it a lot in the past but it (along with cygwin, wget, and SVN) has caused me a lot of headaches with regards to NTFS permissions. This way I can rsync locally to do my initial very very large backup, then move the disk to the other machine to do regular incremental backups. I can even move it to another system offsite in the future, if desired.

Please.. just work.. I don’t want to go scouring for another solution.

HD video acceleration in Windows 7

January 7, 2010

After weeks of simply not using it (and not googling for the answer), I decided to use Windows Media Player to display some .ts/.tp files. It looked like it was using hardware acceleration and the filter they used made for some really really smooth/nice deinterlacing. Unfortunately you cannot manually load subtitle files (as I use subtitle files from a different source and they aren’t named the same, so they’re not auto-loaded.)

In Media Player Classic Homecinema, set the output renderer to “EVR Custom Pres.” and in External Filters, add the “Microsoft DTV-DVD Video Decoder” filter and set it to Preferred. That’s really it. Now I have really nice HD acceleration and deinterlacing, with the ability to load subtitle files!