March 27, 2008

Moving up to Hyper-V

Well, I'm flattening my Media Center virtual server and building it back up with Windows Server 2008 and the Hyper-V beta.  So far, the install was able to set up multi-boot quite easily.  Most of the drivers I need for 2008 seem to work, but since I did an upgrade install, it seems that Windows won't activate!

I'm also setting up Windows Home Server in a virtual machine.  The install itself went pretty well, but the big drawback is that there's no 64 bit client out yet, so I can't remote control my Windows 2008 host from the road.  I'm contemplating a couple of work-arounds to this issue, but more on that later. ;)

December 17, 2007

Update to Intel Driver problem

Just a quick update - the Intel Matrix Storage Drivers version 7.8 does indeed appear to have cleared up the random lock-up/rebooting problems from the previous post.  Cool

December 07, 2007

Problems with Intel Storage Drivers and Vista...

Well, it seems there's a problem with my new Media Center PC...  The system is sporratically locking up and it requires a physical reboot using the power button when it does this...

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December 06, 2007

Building my own Media Center PC

Well, my new job as a consultant pretty much requires that I set up my own test lab.  At my last company, the VMWare box I had cost ~$25,000 three years ago...  Here's the one I built for closer to $2,500.

Photos of the various parts are posted to

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December 03, 2007

Replacing a buggy AcctionTec router on Verizon FiOS

I've had FiOS from Verizon for about 4 months now.  It's blazing fast, but the one drawback was that the sub-par ActionTec MI424WR router Verizon bundled with the service would lock up about once a week.  The fix: Replace the router.

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