Category Archives: Hardware

Stop 0x00000133 on HP Z220 running Windows Server 2012

I recently had a Z220 delivered to use as a dev server for a Remote Desktop Session Host solution I’m designing. Windows Server 2012 installed ok, and the workstation was left powered on overnight. I checked it was running in the … Continue reading

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HTC One X – First Impressions

This is not meant to be a full review, just some points that I’ve noticed. Some background: I’ve had an HTC Desire for the last 23 months and been very happy with it apart from the lack of phone storage … Continue reading

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Windows 8 on Zoostorm SL8

As the only touchscreen x86 device I have, and also not being critical to my day-to-day life/job, this was ideal for being the first device to get Windows 8 running on. The SL8 is an 11.6″ Windows Tablet, it has … Continue reading

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VMware ESX 4.1 install onto Dell R720 via iDRAC 7 Enterprise

Bit of a fiddle as the ISO of ESX 4.1 update 2 does not contain any suitable network drivers for the R720. This causes it to fail. On other servers, at least the onboard NIC has been detected, so I’ve … Continue reading

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Just received new Dell R720 VMware hosts

Have just taken delivery of ten Dell R720 servers, spec as follows: 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2690 2.90GHz CPUs (8 core, 20M cache, 8GT/s) 192GB RAM (1600MHz RDIMMs, 12 x 16GB sticks so will run at full speed) Emulex LPe12002-E … Continue reading

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OCZ Synapse Cache with ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe

I bought a 128GB OCZ Synapse Cache SSD to speed up the disk performance on my ageing home PC, based around an ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard and running Windows 7 64-bit (upgraded from Windows Vista 64-bit). Initially the everything seemed to work fine, … Continue reading

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HP Folio 13 – 2000 RAM Upgrade to 8GB

The HP Folio 13-2000 ships with 4GB RAM, and officially this is the only amount supported. However, the memory controller is contained within the i5-2467M CPU and it allows the unit to support 8GB of RAM. Performing this upgrade will almost … Continue reading

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Suggestions for a decent small laptop anyone?

I write this as I’m fed up with not being able to find what I want at the price that I want. Requirements Display 1. I have had a Samsung NC10 netbook for quite a few years now but am … Continue reading

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Import Dell SNMP MIBs into HP Systems Insight Manager (HP SIM)

Download the latest “Dell MIBs for Poweredge” (currently v6.5) from Dell’s support website. Extract the files and copy the .mib files onto your HP SIM server, into the following folder: C:\Program Files\HP\Systems Insight Manager\mibs Open a command prompt (I used an … Continue reading

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Atheros Wireless 802.11n Windows 7 – unable to ping default gateway

This had me foxed for quite a while… I’m still not sure of the actual root cause, and this is only a workaround. So… Bought a Zoostorm SL8 Windows tablet for work. Got it connected to the WLAN at work … Continue reading

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