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Windows 10 Anniversary Update

12 June 2017 - 08:39 AM

Just a word of caution.  This weekend I figured it was time to recharge my personal laptop and let Windows 10 grab all the updates from the last several months.  It's probably been at least 3 months since I've had this particular laptop booted up.


Back when Win10 was still a free upgrade I installed Win10 Pro on my HTPC, Gaming Rig, wife's newer Asus laptop and this MSI laptop.  Things were going splendidly on all of those rigs until the Anniversary Update on my MSI laptop over the weekend.  


Windows did the update and afterwords it started taking my laptop 8-10 minutes to boot up.  I reinstalled all of my hardware drivers, did a rollback etc. but all attempts left my laptop in this constant startup delay.


Long story short, I got pissed off, formatted the hard drive and reinstalled Windows 7 Pro (using my original key by the way).  Had to contact MS Activation Server but that went without a hitch. 

Windows 10 Speaker Configuration

05 June 2017 - 07:32 AM

Here is my setup;



AMD HD5770 HDMI Out to;

Pioneer VSX-518-K AV/R

Pioneer VSX518 Out to 5.1 speaker configuration

Windows 10 Pro


My Pioneer has auto input detection and here are my various scenarios;


1. Windows 10 configure speaker setup as "stereo"

Windows 10 outputs two channel stereo via HDMI to my AV/R.  AV/R shows Dolby Digital input and outputs sound to all 5.1 channels regardless of source i.e. Netflix (via browser), Amazon video (via browser) or any other streaming type website.  It also does the same if I'm playing back movies from my movie library.  But my gut feel is that the surround is simulated and not true since the source is only two channel. Anyone know if that is a correct assumption?


2. Windows 10 configure speaker setup as "5.1"

Windows 10 outputs 2.0 or 5.1 audio via HDMI to my AV/R dependent on the original source material.  If the source is 2.0 then the playback is 2.0.  If the source is 5.1 then the playback is 5.1.  The strange thing in this configuration my AV/R detects input as PCM regardless of the source.  If I use the Windows 10 Netflix app, I get 5.1 channel playback if the source material has 5.1 or higher audio tracks.  If I use a browser for playback I only get stereo - my guess is that Netflix via browser doesn't support HTML 5 or Silverlight.  All Amazon video only plays back in two channel if I've got the speakers configured as 5.1. That is probably an Amazon video thing and might not have anything to do with the OS or hardware.


3. When playing bluray I use PowerDVD and have it configured to passthrough audio directly to the AV/R.  This results in my Pioneer AV/R detecting DTS or Dolby Digital depending on the source and passing the audio onto my speakers without interference.  Playback sounds perfect.


So for all you running HTPCs and Windows 10, how is your speaker setup configured in Windows 10?  Are you set to 2.0 Stereo or 5.1?  Does any of your gear exhibit the same behavior as mine or am I on a boat all alone?


IYHO what is the correct speaker setup configuration in Windows 10 when using an AV/R to decode and transmit the audio to your multi-channel speaker setup?

GTX 960 4Gb SLi Project

09 May 2017 - 11:12 AM

Back Story:

Last weekend I had another set of fans on my MSI GTX 670 PE OC go bad.  I have had two of these cards in SLI since 2013 and this is the second card that the fans have quit working.  The GTX 670s have MSI's TwinFrozr cooling systems on them.  I had to replace the fans on the first card last year and now I'm back at it again on card number 2.  In both instances I've had to order the fan replacements online and wait for their arrival.  In the meantime I've always just slapped a PCIe slot fan cooler in place as a temporary solution and waited for the replacements.


Since I was overly a bit frustrated dealing with this for a second time I figured I was going to start shopping for video cards.  I ran across a fairly decent deal on some Zotac GTX 960 4Gb Amp! Edition cards so I figured what the heck, added them to my cart and checked out.  I couldn't see plopping down the going prices for a single 1070 or 1080 and I haven't been a red team guy since I can't remember when.  (disclaimer - I do have an AMD card in my HTPC   :))


So I'm going to compare the performance of my GTX 670s in SLi to the new GTX 960s in SLi.  Power consumption should be way down, and at least the fans should work   :)   I hope.


Ran a few benchmarks on my 670s in the last week.



3DMark 11

Uningine Heaven 4.0


And I know exactly how the 670s perform in BF4.  It will be interesting to see if the new GTX 960 4Gb cards in SLi can hold a candle to the old guard GTX 670s.  


I only game at 1920 x 1080 but I am on a 144Hz monitor.

RANT: Facebook..........

05 April 2017 - 06:52 AM

So Traci (my better half) is a pretty avid FB user........... probably too avid if I say so myself.  Yesterday her account was suspended because she posted two of my air pellet rifles for sale in a closed group called NWA Yard Sales.


So apparently FB is suspending users who post anything related to the selling of pellet guns, bb guns, airsoft guns etc.  Since I was uneducated in the matter I did a little research this morning and apparently FB updated those policies back in early 2016.  


I know that FB is an optional / voluntary social platform, but this has gotten ridiculous IMHO.  People can post up pictures of naked women claiming it is art, people can live stream sexual assaults using the FB Live feature, but they suspend a 50 year old grandma's account for posting up pellet rifles for sale in a closed local yard sale group.


What is this world coming to?

Windows 10 Pro - UAC Oddity

19 May 2016 - 12:29 PM

So being down with a broken foot the last two weeks, I decided to upgrade the next to last Windows 7 PC on my home network. This is my primary use / gaming PC (originally running Windows 7 Pro).  OS installation was fresh (not an overwrite or upgrade) using one of my valid Windows 7 Pro keys from an obsolete installation.  Installation package extracted from Microsoft ISO download and the latest update released in November 2015 (rev 1511 if memory serves me correctly).  Electronic digital entitlement and activation went fine.  In fact every step of the change from Win7 Pro to Win10 Pro went off without a hitch.


I've worked through the minor System Event critical error notices (mostly DCOM related) and for the most part the machine is doing everything splendidly.  However, last night I was changing my UAC account control from "minimal interruption" to "no interruption" and the machine just hangs for 3-4 minutes not allowing me to select the "Yes" option to select the changed setting.  Eventually it will take, but I'd sure like to figure out what is causing the hiccup.


Wondering if anyone else has noticed similar behavior.  This is my sixth Windows 10 Pro installation and the only one that exhibits this behavior.