Uses blat to send mail through the dude -- I tested and it worked perfectly fine w/an XP box w/the Dude.
Uses blat to send mail through the dude -- I tested and it worked perfectly fine w/an XP box w/the Dude.
From the CAPITALIZED subtitle, this post may seem more of a rant (against myself more than everything…).
Recently I was messing with the Microsoft Loopback adapter.
I needed it because I wished to extract VLAN IDs from Hyper-V Virtual network and manage those VLAN IDs internally.
So I successfully installed the Microsoft Loopback adapter and, as soon as I tried to configure an External Virtual Network based on the loopback adapter with Hyper-V (and the VLAN IDs enabled), I got the following error:
I thought about this issue and how to circumvent such a problem.
- The first thing I did was to search for an alternative (i.e.: non-Microsoft), Loopback adapter, but unfortunately I didn’t find any.
- The second (and the worst) thing I did, was to forcefully install a wrong (i.e.: bogus) driver inside Device Manager. What a PITA!
In the name of “documenting everything”, I will report the stupid steps I did while trying to do what I wanted to do (don’t do this, it’s just “plain wrong documentation published”, the only chance it could be useful to you is if:
I opened Device Manager, I did “Add Network Adapter Wizard” and selected “Intel® 82599 Virtual Function” (whatever that is…).
My Device Manager ended with a bogus driver signalling Error Code 31 and no way of removing it (I tried Right Click -> Uninstall; Open it and “uninstall”; Disable and “uninstall”, booting to Safe Mode and uninstall – no way!).
So I kept this exclamation mark on my Device Manager for some days until it started to become very annoying.
One day I got a GREAT idea: "Why try and remove it: Let’s just update it!".
I booted into Safe Mode and I simply updated the darn thing with the MS Loopback Adapter (this time it was useful!).
I received a dialog message telling me something like "the driver is not correct, etc.".
I told Windows to proceed anyway, so I ended up with a MS Loopback adapter with a yellow exclamation mark on it!
I then uninstalled this MS Loopback adapter and it disappeared as butter on hot toast!
I know, I know, this way you don't have to reinstall Windows, you're welcome!
Would you buy me a Coopers Stout now? Much appreciated!
If you're into Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Workstation (or if you're just a curious "Dreamspark" student…), you may wish to try and use this slick but crude and efficient Microsoft Server OS as a Workstation OS.
AND Microsoft Hyper-V is a welcome new entry to the virtualization market: rest assured it's gonna be lots of fun at the backoffice!
Where to install that spare copy of Windows Server 2008 R2? On your laptop, where else did you expect?!
Beware — MS Windows server with the Hyper-V role on a laptop is unsupported by Microsoft and what I'm documenting here is just a dirty hack.
There are inconveniences to be aware of, for one, if you enable the Hyper-V Role on your laptop, it will become "just another desktop", since Hyper-V messes with ACPI and disables the "Hybernation" & "Sleep" features (ie.your laptop won't sleep/hibernate anymore, not even after you try and enable it from the CLI).
That said, there's another hack which allows you to disable the Hypervisor at boot time (then you may manually launch it from inside Windows) -- but that's just another hack, isn't it!?
By playing with Hyper-V, your system "complexity" increases exponentially (ie. by adding VMs), so it's important you plan for backup to prevent a stupid "desktop" software to break your perfectly working config (that's exactly what happened to me recently!).
Digressing a lil' bit, someday I ended up installing my "Sony DSLR Original Drivers CD" on my Hyper-V laptop.
After a reboot, my system hung…I mean, "5#it happens", what do you do on those cases? Restore an ENTIRE Hypervisor OS from backups because of a flaky desktop application not designed for server OSs?
Clearly System Restore would've helped solve this silly little issue in a pinch (ie. by restoring the system to a previous state).
To enable System Restore on your MS Win Server 2008 R2 SP1, there are some extra precautions to be taken, follow me and I'll show you how to enable it step-by-step!
1) Enable the Windows Backup Feature and all the related sub-features then REBOOT your system.
This can be done through the CLI:
- Open an elevated command prompt (Win+R, cmd then CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER).
- type the following commands:
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:WindowsServerBackup
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:WindowsServerBackupCommandlet
The first two commands will enable the "Backup role", while the third one will reboot your system (if not already proposed by the last dism-command…).
2) Register to www.win2008r2worstationforum.com
3) Go to http://www.win2008workstation.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1321&sid=f63589f0435ec11abd4e4faf93328ae2&start=40 and Download "System Restore V2.zip" from page 5, then thank the author "halladayrules" for making this available — (alternatively you can get my copy of it: System Restore V2.zip).
4) Manually execute one by one the commands inside the "install.bat" script (i.e.: manually copy the files from folder to folder then run regsvr32 WITHOUT the /S(ilent) parameter).
5) [OPTIONAL] ONLY IF you have a DHCP SERVER ENABLED (I did!), there's a bug that needs to be taken care of.
This fix should be applied to the registry — basically you'll need to allow the "NETWORK SERVICE"-user "Full Control" permissions.
Open the registry with "regedit" then locate the "Diag" subkey (navigate through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS).
Now you should grant the "NETWORK SERVICE" FC permissions to the VSS key.
To grant the "NETWORK SERVICE" FC permissions, Right Click on the Diag subkey then selecet "Properties" and make sure the "NETWORK SERVICE"-User is present — for additional details, check this out: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsserver2008r2general/thread/589f71f3-5eb5-4b07-a3f1-4c8aec36736c
6) At this step, go to your %systemdrive%, look for the hidden folder "System Volume Information", Right Click on it then allow FC permissions to the "Administrators"-Group (if you get an error which says permissions couldn't be granted or similar, simply ignore).
7) Now Right Click on "Computer", Select "Properties", "Advanced Settings" and finally you'll find the ("missing") System Protection tab.
8) Configure it to your liking then test it by creating a new System Restore Point.
By following the procedure from start to end, you shouldn't encounter any problems, if you do, then Google is your friend, mate!
So…What's the "System Volume Information"-folder for? Now you know… :D
OK, so, I've sealed my old XP Install as said at a previous article (look here: XP clone & migrate (without reinstall) ). The following is a short summary: I then cloned the SATA HD connected to an nforce2 controller & AMD CPU to an IDE HD connected to an IDE controller by using Ubuntu and dd. Next I connected the IDE HD to a new intel C2D-based mobo on the JMB 368 IDE controller, and all went fine (all recognized and all): end of story. What I expected to do was to port my AMD CPU + nforce2 XP Install to another mobo, precisely a still good (and a bit old), Biostar P4M800 M7 A with an intel P4 Prescott 2.8Ghz HT EM64T, VIA PT890 Chipset + VT8237 SB & SATA (this is my spouse's pc -- for practical reasons she needed hers and I, mine, and since her data was on mine xp install…), practically is the description of an AMD to INTEL switch. So, just before connecting the IDE HD to the new mobo, I cloned It once again, this time to a different SATA HD. As soon as the cloning process finished, I suddenly took this HD and connected it to the Integrated VIA SATA Controller of the Biostar mobo. First boot, crap! It kept BSOD-ing continuously. I said: DaN, Why??? After some thinking I figured it out: the reason was the SATA port and the VIA Controller (yeah, I know: reading this does seem obvious, but while you are doing it it's another thing): there were no drivers before, so XP complained about it! I thought that, if XP was smart enough to search for SATA drivers on its own, were it would expect them to be, it'll have worked. So I searched the Via SATA Storage controller drivers. Best bet was manufacturer's website, in this case BIOSTAR, so I after some struggling I found what I was looking for: VRAID_DRIVER_V550B.ZIP SATA Drivers. I grabbed a copy and put another inside my flash drive. Next I booted my spouse's PC with Ubuntu live and accessed the flash drive were the driver resided. I opened the driver's zip file and searched through the folders, until I found what I was looking for:
From ubuntu I copied this file to:
Then rebooted the system with windows xp. To my surprise, I discovered It worked.
[UPDATE-2012-03-22]: Reviewed some grammar….
After cloning and migrating my xp install, I needed to access the "other" HDDs connected to my new PCs SATA II (for more info, see here: xp clone & migrate (without install) ). I have an IDE HD with XP installed, an IDE DVDRW connected on the same IDE channel, then 3 other SATA HDDs, connected to their SATA ports:
I use those disks for storage & backup purposes (& for Ubuntu of course [the Raptor]). I needed to access these HDDs from XP, but since the MB is the standard, non-raid version, ICH9, and I've checked from BIOS "AHCI Mode" for SATA HDDs, I was out. Not intel nor Gigabyte does ship a "AHCI ICH9 XP driver", shame to them; but we can solve applying a simple hack on the official intel driver. Get yours from intel -- the actual (and the one I am rerferring to) is iata78_enu.exe, but other versions should apply nicely. So, launch a shell and execute:
There you should see some files.
Create a new file, call it ahci.reg and put the following content inside it:
Infos taken and freely re-elaborated with my experience from Gigabyte support forum: http://188.8.131.52/cgi-bin/sbb/sbb.cgi?&a=show&forum=1&show=3792&start= (German).
A new MB doesn't always mean headaches … OK, OK, I know, I know, let's take this #### pill. I got this new super/ultra/cool/powerful ________ Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3 MB. It's intel P35 based. I come from XP and I am an usual (not MMOG addicted), gamer. So, all of my data stood inside a SATA WD Raptor X 150G, including my OS, XP. I needed to move this XP install from the good old glorious, powerful, full-featured, performing _______ ASUS A7N8X-Deluxe Rev 2 to this new Gigabyte. I proceeded this way:
All of this can seem daunting, a pain in the ass, but, seriously, it isn't. For me, everything went just fine but my SATA HDDs: they disappered!…Next arcticle is gonna show you how I managed to get my SATA HDDs working; I anticipate that I've the other SATA HDDs on "AHCI mode" from BIOS (for other reasons…soon I will tell why).
Here I'll expose some descriptive personal considerations from the --almost successful-- experiment, with mine MAC OS X + MSI EX700 laptop. INTRO My motivations for doing such an experiment, falls back in times when the most powerful PCs was the i386. At that time, I got my (father's…) very expensive) IBM 286. I found and installed platform games and learned IBM-DOS. I used to play "Lotus III" split-screen from DOS, at a friend's house. Then, my mum bought an IBM B&W laptop, a 386SX, but this laptop had a difference from my friend's PC: the IBM OS/2. Looking (and using) another OS, my curiousity grew up: there existed other OSes! Since I was a stubborn child, I wished to know how many OSes existed in the World; this way I discovered Amigas (another friend of mine had one), and Apple Macintoshes (never saw a real one, just magazines). Then came "BBS times". I suspected that out there, probably existed something different from the usual DOS+Windows, so I started digging for it; after some time, Slackware came to me. I used it for some time, dual booting with Windows (for games). Then I tried all the other, major distros, but found them unappealing and difficult (other that my hardware never worked as expected). Since Macs was soo expensive (and still they are…), I just left this wish untouched, enjoying my Windows + Linux life. Recently (and finally I must say), a dream come true! After all of this time, it seems that I have no more Operating Systems wishes…[not true: there is still the upcoming Open Solaris (as soon as I'll try it, I'll post something...)]. PHILOSOPHY… On my experience, I can tell that every Operating System does have a "feel" and do make you "feel" something (it's not very and clearly explainable, it's something between the rational and the irrational). I was thaugth that a man in life can make different choices: with head and with heart (well-tought and instinctive choices): wich of the two is the right one, only time and experience is going to tell. Today's Information Technology does seem very influenced by this "dualism philosophy" (1 or 0 any?). From reason-side I see Apple MAC OS X as a big, octopus-like Window Manager, that sits on top of a Darwin (FreeBSD) core, offering a smart and easy way of getting things done. On the heart-side it can be seen as "beautiful, emotional, detailed, user-centric" and all the feminine things that comes to my mind. I can say I felt very good with my Mac OS X experience, but, since Apple does not allow Clone Hardware installs, I see it as "Illegal". And the feeling of "Illegal" is not good (for who cares). If someday all of my Hardware will work, I'll buy a regular license (yes, my wife doesn't want Vista back…). CONCLUSION "Don't be fucking moron by using this Apple MAC OS X Hacked version everyday/everytime/everywhere if everything for you works", instead, "Buy a licence if all of your hardware has been recognized (I know it is still illegal, but it's gonna show Apple Inc. that there is money out there)" else, "Contribute your efforts by making stuff compatible and share your knowledge with other people on the INSANELYMAC FORUM, we all need a new monopolist's competitor, to help innovation on the X86 market (since more competition should bring more innovation)". Who knows? Maybe someday Apple will choose to become more "Software Oriented" and open compatibility up to grey-pcs. My hope is that, someday, Apple will recognize that all the work made from Linus Torvalds & company is better than their actual (core) and adopt it! All of this is my personal point of view, you are not incited to do as me, that's my attitude! …power to the users and have fun! Andrea Matesi
Hello, new ones, I suggest you read my previous intro post, here: My MSI EX700 MAC OSX86 Hackintosh Part 1/3 -- the laptop. For who was following me, here I continue my quest, showing you what hardware from the laptop MSI EX700 worked OOB and what not:
/System/Library/Extensions.kextcache with rm,make a backup copy of your original kext; cp yourkext.kext /System/Library/Extensions, fix permissions with "sudo chmod -R 755 yourkext.kext && sudo chown -R root:wheel yourkext.kext" then reboot -- for more info ask or search google or the insanelymac forum). Beware: no integrated mic working. To use the mic, you should plug an external one to the dedicated (red) port.
Congrats, now you have a 90% working cheap-mac. On next article I'll group some personal considerations.
Under christmas I gifted my gracious wife with a new laptop. I wished her a brand new Apple Macbook Pro, but bince I ain't rich, opted for a cheaper one; enter MSI EX700. You can find various editions of the so-called laptop, mine has the following specs:
I took it for €. 700,00 -- almost $. 980,00 …Well, kind of cheap, uh?? bundled CDs: no Full Vista disc (as expected), so I got that 10Gb partitioned space were Vista Recovery resided. In case of failures what to do? Call MS! And that's just what I did: I ordered an upgrade to Vista Ultimate 32 (just in case…) for the amazing price of €. 5.76 (but that's another story). I cleaned the HD from every partition and every data. Then I took (from known torrent sources), iAtkos 1.0i & Kalyway Mac OSX 86 10.5.1 Hacked distros. First I tried with iAtkos: no way. The installer get stuck @ boot time. So I switched to Kalyway 10.5.1. Amazing: install process worked perfectly. I choose not to install anything special, just bare (no NVinject et all) & MBR. First boot was good (but damn slow gfx, as expected, since no drivers for mine 8400GS). So I started to digg around (being it my first contact with MAC world…), in search of ins & outs. After getting a bit acquainted (I learned the OS in no time, it feels very natural), I wanted to know if and how my hardware was recognized. To my surprise, many things worked, other needed hacks. Just for reference, I suspect that this notebook uses the same kind of MS-1719 Motherboard that can be found on the higher level MSI GX700 Gaming Series laptop, and I suspect it can be also custom built, as a bare bone laptop, from a 3rd party Reseller like RKCOMPUTERS (http://www.rkcomputers.net/rkcnotebooks/). Part 2 will follow, with the hacks I had to implement to make stuff work better. I here anticipate that actually not everything is working correctly, but there is chances that in the near future, everything is going to work (then I'll decide to buy my original license, for now this is just a test experience). P.S.: All the things described here and after are fruit of my personal research & testing, no warranty given that it'll work too for you. For more info please register at forum.insanelymac.com