Increasing view distance with raytracing enabled in Minecraft

One of the main reasons for getting a GeForce RTX 3080 last year was for Minecraft, so I can play with raytraced/RTX lighting enabled. I was expecting to take a substantial hit in draw distance - with RTX disabled I’d always play with at least a 64 chunk draw distance. Disappointingly the maximum view distance in Minecraft with raytracing enabled is only 24 chunks, at least as far as setting it in the user interface....

Sunday, 7 March 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Perseverance successfully lands on Mars

After traveling since July 2020, the new Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars. Hopefully it'll go on to be as successful as Pathfinder's Sojourner rover, Spirit, Opportunity and the still active Curiosity. First photos from Perseverance Only low-resolution images from its engineering cameras have been transmitted back, but they're enough to confirm its safely on the surface.

Thursday, 18 February 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

How to uninstall Adobe Flash

After twenty four years Adobe Flash today reached end-of-life, and the product is no longer supported. If you're using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or most other browsers, their respective developers have already released updates that disabled it. However if Adobe Flash has been installed manually, or pre-installed by your PC manufacturer its possible you'll get this prompt appear: Adobe Flash end-of-life It's probably worth checking in Settings - Apps and seaching in there for Adobe Flash and uninstalling it....

Friday, 1 January 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

New Ryzen 9 5900X desktop build

Back in November my aging i7 6700K system built back in 2016 got updated, the new system is built around: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X CPU Asus ROG Strix B550-F motherboard Crucial Ballistix MAX 32GB DDR 4000 RAM* Artic Liquid Freezer II 280 CPU All-in-One watercooler MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO NZXT H710 case NZXT C850 PSU It used my existing Sabrent 2TB NVME drive. *this was purchased prior to general availability and before difficulty in overclocking the FCLK became apparent....

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 · 1 min · Paul Smith

New Ryzen-based home server box

Back in May of this year I retired my old home server that I put together back in 2009. It was built around a small form factor Asus T3-P5G31 system with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 and 4GB of RAM. Running Microsoft’s original Windows Home Server and Small Business Server (running in a VM for Exchange), before being later upgraded to Windows Server 2012 Essentials. I decided this time I’d rather go for a more standard case for the new server, but I still wanted it small and compact, so I opted for a mini-ITX case (with 6 drive bays!...

Sunday, 29 November 2020 · 2 min · Paul Smith

Windows Server Essentials and HTTP Error 501.19

One of the issues I ran into this week involved Windows Server Essentials 2016, and the websites it creates as part of the Essentials role in IIS. All of which started returning an HTTP Error 501.19. This can also manifest as the connector software failing to connect, with the error "Cannot get information from 'servername'. Please contact your system administrator." Cannot get information from SERVER. This also coincided with WSUS being temporarily installed and removed from the server for unrelated testing....

Saturday, 21 November 2020 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Edge has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incomplete

An issue I’ve run into earlier this week involved the new Chromium-based Edge version 84 in this case. Edge was failing to launch when running via any shortcuts with the error message: The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incomplete. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail. If you navigate to the Edge install folder, on my system this is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\ and check for a new-msedge....

Sunday, 16 August 2020 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Windows 10 May Update not showing on Windows Update

A number of people have messaged me asking why the Windows 10 May 2019 update is not being shown on Windows Update, despite a lot of the technology press saying its been available for several weeks. It's being gradually rolled out, so not everyone can get it straight away. Learning lessons from the 1809 update which was broadly made available very rapidly and was actively being pushed to machines far faster than previous updates....

Thursday, 6 June 2019 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Using the ResetDRM tool on Windows 8

This guide will walk you through using the ResetDRM.exe tool successfully on Windows 8. Out of the box it isn't officially supported, but after re-installing Windows 8.1 a few weeks ago I noticed my Zune / Xbox Music pass music wasn't playing - not the stuff already downloaded nor streaming. So I had to find a way to get it working. Zune was throwing a couple of different errors codes including C00D11CD and C00D2721....

Tuesday, 3 February 2015 · 2 min · Paul Smith

Upgrading from Windows Home Server to Windows Server 2012 Essentials

A couple of weeks back I started the upgrade from Windows Home Server to Windows Server 2012 Essentials. I never bothered moving to Windows Home Server 2011, the lack of Drive Extender was the deal breaker for me. But with WHSv1 falling out of support, it had to be done, that plus all the drives were almost full, which was having a noticeable impact on performance sometimes, so time to do something about it....

Monday, 20 May 2013 · 4 min · Paul Smith