Category Archives: Computing

Grooveshark in your Steam browser

I got this idea from a post I saw on reddit and thought it was so cool that I wanted to share it here.

Grooveshark and Steam may seem like a weird combination to talk about at once, but if you are a big fan of both, like I am, there is a great application for these two programs that you may not have realized.

You can use the in-game Steam browser and load up Grooveshark.com and that way you can listen to and control your music without leaving the game! Even if you have dual monitors you may typically leave Grooveshark opened on one screen while playing on the other, but you have to Alt+Tab out of the game in order to get to the browser, sometimes minimizing the game. read more

WHS Redirect My Documents with Offline Sync

In this guide I will explain how to redirect the the My Documents folder to the User share on a Windows Home Server. Also, I will set up Offline File Syncing so the computer can be disconnected from the network and still maintain access to the files. Upon reconnecting to the network the changes will by automatically synchronized.

The individual User folders are automatically created when adding a user to the Windows Home Server and it is set so only the specific user has read/write access. This is a great way to manage your files if you are working on multiple computers and/or are using a laptop that is occasionally removed from the local network and you still need access to all of your files. read more

Hauppauge PVR-150 with 4 Gb of RAM

I installed my old Hauppauge PVR-150 analog tv tuner in my new primary desktop that I built a couple of months ago and for some reason I was seeing laggy/frozen video that was extremely blocky and had green blocks throughout like the screenshot I took below.

After doing some digging I found out that the older Hauppauge PVR-150 does not work with computers with over 3Gb of ram due to the hardware address lines on the card. So I set out to find a way to get this to work on my new system without having to cripple the computer and remove 2Gb of ram. read more

VMWare ESXi flash drive only 4Mb

If you were using a flash drive or external hard drive to install VMWare ESXi then you will notice that when you want to use that drive for something else, it only appears to Windows as ~4Mb.

You will probably try to format it inside of Windows but this will still only leave you with the 4Mb of usable space as if the max capacity of the drive has been reduced. Even in Windows Disk Management, you will be completely unable to remove the partitions that were created by ESXi

In order to return this drive to its original capacity you must use the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. Just format it with this program and then you will be all set. read more

Windows Home Server not Virtualized Benchmark

I tried bypassing the virtualization solution and wanted to see what kind of performance I could get running straight off the hardware kind of like a benchmark so I have something to compare WHS VM performance to. I installed WHS directly on my secondary PC and have seen pretty good results so far. File transfers have been generally ranging from 40-50MB/s and I was able to stream a 10Gb 1080p .MKV file with no stuttering and basically immediate response to FF/RW requests.

I did once see transfer speeds below 1MB/s but it worked fine before and after that. I am assuming the slow speeds in that instance were do to the storage balancer since it was shortly after I had turned on some folder duplication and it was likely moving large amounts of data. Although I have no proof, if it happens again I will try to track it down. read more

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe and VMWare ESXi

For anyone out there who may have the same motherboard as I do, the ASUS A8n-SLI Deluxe Socket 939, I wanted to let you know that it DOES in fact work with VMWare ESXi. Since their hardware compatibility list (HCL) is limited to commercial off-the-shelf servers I wanted to note that it is fully functional (except for that only 1 of the 2 NICs work).

I was able to attach a storage pool directly to the onboard SATA controller and 1 of the 2 gigabit NICs is supported by ESXi with no modifications necessary. read more

Install VMWare ESXi on a USB stick

Next I wanted to try to set up VMWare ESXi. I also read about how you can run ESXi off of a flash drive and I thought I would give this a try so I could dedicate the entire physical hard drive to running WHS.

I read that I could run through the installation normally and just tell it the installation destination is the USB stick, however this did not work for me as it said it was unable to find a location to install to. And after loading the installation files I was forced to restart and try again. read more