Windows 10 Upgrade Success.

I just spent the last three hours installing the Windows 10 upgrade on five of my PC's.

  • Late 2012 Mac Mini using Parallels 10
  • Late 2012 Mac Mini via Bootcamp
  • CyberPC stick
  • Dell Venue 8 Pro 8
  • Home built PC

I did not wait for the reserved install from Microsoft, instead I downloaded the MediaCreationTool from Microsoft and did an 'Upgrade this Machine' in place upgrade. No issues at all except I had to delete some stuff on the CyberPC stick to make room for the upgrade. I think that Windows 10 will be the best Windows yet. Happy

New Backup Drive

I purchased a new backup drive for the Mac mini, a Western Digital My Book Duo 4TB. Happy So far I’m very pleased with it. Drives are easy to replace. It is fast fast fast. It was easy to reformat for Mac and the WD Drives Utilities for Mac and PC is available on WD’s support site. Installation of this backup drive eliminated 5 1TB drives that I had in other enclosures.

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Activation Nightmare

Continuing computer nightmarish episode.

First a bit of a rant: I sure wish there was a ‘Ham Radio Station Operators Who Are Always Tweaking Something (HRSOWAATS) software activation category. A Ham Shack is an always evolving living environment. Very little remains the same for a week, let alone overnight. I buy the stuff I use. I do not condone software piracy at all. I am not trying to rip someone off. I have one PC, one Mac Mini, one MacBook, two Android tablets, and a Dell Venue Pro 8 just for kicks (sort of like mistaking a Klingon Pain Stick for a Firestick Antenna).

OK. Here’s the story. Somewhere on the web this week I read that the Ethernet port on my B75M-D3H v1.2 motherboard was not stable. I know that you’re not supposed to believe everything you see on the net. Guess that explains the purchase some years back of an Isotron 20m coax capacitive hat. Happy No insult intended. Anyhow.

I went into BIOS and disabled the onboard nic. Then I installed a Trendnet 10/100/1000 PCI card i found out in the garage. Booted her up and rebooted.

Windows 8.1 deactivated.
iTunes store deactivated.
Parallels deactivated.
Paragon HFS+ drivers deactivated

I got everything reactivated. Had to email Parallels - they were quick with a response contrary to what the forums said. Microsoft’s phone activation worked (again).

Guess what? Yep. Network card was glitchy. Think it is not supported well with Win8.1 or Mavericks. System was unresponsive. Finder would crash every time Google Drive attempted to upload a file.

To be continued. My fingers are killing me ATM.

Making a new computer

I’m going to build another PC. Not exactly sure if I will be running Windows 7 on it or making another Hac Pro to replaced the one I sold recently.

Here’s the grub:

Intel Core i3 2105 3.1 GHz Sandy Bridge CPU

Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory

Sony AD-72805-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD Burner

Corsair Builder Series 430 Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

I’ll post pictures of the build once I receive all the parts and put it all together.