Commodore 1581 build and repair log

Some years ago I bought a 1581 kit off eBay. The remaining bits after Commodore cannibalized 1581 drives to get floppy's for their Amiga computers. I acquired two Chinon FB-354 drives, but could not get the drive to work. After some years on the shelf I took some time to finally get it up and running. A friend printed me a new eject button for one of the drives, as it was missing it's button. Then I placed an order for a ZoomFloppy and a JiffyDOS ROM for the drive at Retro Innovations. The ZoomFloppy works great in Windows 10 after getting updated software and drivers. But I could not write disk images. The drive would not work in the C64 either. Giving drive not ready errors. Preparing a new disk did not produce the sounds it should, and the drive stopped spinning way to fast. So on to the troubleshooting.

C:\Program Files\opencbm>imgcopy.exe vandalismnews65.d81 10
[Warning] invalid imagetype for this drive type
[Warning] invalid imagetype for this drive type
[Fatal] invalid imagetype for this drive type

Running in verbose mode shows the drive is misdetected as a D80 drive. Possble due to the JiffyDOS ROM. Trying again with the parameter -d 1581 worked better.

C:\Program Files\opencbm>imgcopy.exe -v -v -v -d 1581 vandalismnews65.d81 10
[Debug] transfer mode is 0
[Debug] decided to use transfer mode 1
[Debug] imagetype D81 from file extension
[Debug] imagetype D81 from drive type
[Debug] block count: 3200
[Fatal] drive 10 (CBM-1581): 74,DRIVE NOT READY,40,00

After a quick Google I tried another disk, which I was almost certain should be good. NOS 3.5" MFD 135 TPI, Double Sided, Double Density, Japanese Media which my boss gave me. Got further, but still no cigar.

C:\Program Files\opencbm>imgcopy.exe -v -v -v -d 1581 vandalismnews65.d81 10
[Debug] transfer mode is 0
[Debug] decided to use transfer mode 1
[Debug] imagetype D81 from file extension
[Debug] imagetype D81 from drive type
[Debug] block count: 3200
[Fatal] drive 10 (CBM-1581): 27,READ ERROR,40,00

Trying to get the head to move

Strange. Google gave little results. So I pulled the drive apart and ran it naked. I noticed the drive head never moved. I cleaned the heads with isopropyl alcohol and jerked the rod and head movement mechanism. The grease was soft, but apparently the mechanism was stuck. I power cycled the floppy drive and tried again. And it worked!

100%  3200/3200[Info] finished imagecopy.
3200 blocks copied.

 

NextGenTel IPTV with pfSense

To get the most out of my fiber connection I run my own pfSense router instead of the cheap one provided by my ISP. To get the TV signals through you will need to to some changes to your network configuration:

NextTV NextGenTel Fiber TV IGMP Proxy settings

NextTV NextGenTel Fiber TV IGMP Proxy settings

  • Enable IGMP Proxy:
    • Add an upstream interface, your WAN interface. Add the network 195.249.120.0/23.
    • Add an downstream interface, your LAN interfaces. Add your LAN networks.
  • Add a firewall rule for your WAN interface. Pass IPv4 IGMP packages destined for the 224.0.0.0/4 network. Remember to check the box for Allow IP options.
  • Add a firewall rule for your WAN interface. Pass IPv4 TCP packages destined for the 224.0.0.0/4 network. Remember to check the box for Allow IP options.
  • Make sure you do not Block bogon networks or Block private networks and loopback addresses for your WAN interface.
NextTV NextGenTel Fiber TV Firewall openings

NextTV NextGenTel Fiber TV Firewall openings

Protip: You can watch several of the channels in VLC ;)

Onkyo receiver ingen lyd, NET virker ikke. Gratis reperasjon

Jeg har hatt en Onkyo TX-NR1010 siden tidlig 2013, og plutselig her en dag fikk jeg ingen lyd fra mine HDMI kilder. NET valget ga bare sort skjerm. Ved å skru av og på en del ganger kunne jeg kanskje være så heldig å få lyd. Under oppstart kunne det også stå HDMI startup... lengre periode enn normalt. Etter litt Googling fant jeg en melding som forklarer at problemene skyldes en produksjonsfeil hvor det er dårlig lodding på DTS dekoderchippen, og på nettverkschippen på HDMI datterkortet og at Onkyo gir hele 5 år utvidet garanti på receivere produsert 2009-2012.

Importør i Norge, og forselger Komplett lister Dalen's Elektronikkservice AS som godkjent servicepartner. Etter en kjapp telefonsamtale reiste jeg inn med receiveren og fakturakopi fra Komplett. Fikk estimert en ukes reperasjonstid, og etter en uke tikket det inn en SMS om at receiveren var reparert. En kollega kjørte meg opp og hentet den samme dag. Ny chip, godt merket. Ikke noe utlegg eller papirmølle. Alt i alt super service fra Dalen's og Onkyo!

Missing drivers - Windows 10 on older HP Elitebooks

HP does not provide Windows 10 driver packs for models earlier than their G1 lineup, and Windows 10 drivers for earlier models are scarce. After a deployment you will be left with some devices with missing drivers. The following drivers are found to be working on Windows 10 x64 1511 in our enviroment. We deploy our machines with newest BIOS, and set to run in UEFI mode with Secureboot (not available on all models). You will need the newest BIOS for Secureboot to work, as the 2011 and 2012 BIOS does not contain updated keys. The SoftPaqs can be modified to install automatically with HP SSM.


HP Elitebook 2570p

sp64135.exe - JMicron Media Card Reader Driver
(PCI\VEN_197B&DEV_2391&CC_0805 & PCI\VEN_197B&DEV_2392&CC_0880)
sp71714.exe - HP 3D DriveGuard 5
(ACPI\VEN_HPQ&DEV_6000)

HP Elitebook 2560p

sp66584.exe - HP hs2340 HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Module
(USB\VID_03F0&PID_3A1D)

HP Elitebook 8460p

sp65514.exe - Intel® Management Engine Components Driver
(PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C3D&CC_0700)

HP Elitebook 8560p

sp64144.exe - HP 3D DriveGuard Software
(ACPI\VEN_HPQ&DEV_0004)
sp65514.exe - Intel® Management Engine Components Driver
(PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C3D&CC_0700)
sp64135.exe - JMicron Media Card Reader Driver
(PCI\VEN_197B&DEV_2391&CC_0805 & PCI\VEN_197B&DEV_2392&CC_0880)
sp66915.exe - Validity Fingerprint Sensor Driver
(USB\VID_138A&PID_003C)

HP Elitebook 8570p

sp71714.exe - HP 3D DriveGuard 5
(ACPI\VEN_HPQ&DEV_6000)

HP Elitebook 840 G1

sp69923.exe - Intel (R) Smart Connect Technology Device
(ACPI\VEN_INT&DEV_33A0)

Unable to compile Sql CE script file during SCCM client install or upgrade

I've had issues with the SCCM client on our internet (IBCM) server. At first it was the issue with configuration manager software not on C-drive, and client patches failing to apply. Then with SCCM 1511 and 1602 client installs on the server resultet in

MSI: Setup was unable to compile Sql CE script file F:\SMS_CCM\StateMessageStore.sqlce.
The error code is 80004005.    ccmsetup.

This is due to the old Sql CE databases still being present. 

To fix this, uninstall all SCCM client components. Find the Windows Installer Code with this Powershell command.

(Get-WmiObject -Class CCM_InstalledProduct -Namespace "root\ccm").ProductCode

Then move the following files to a backup folder. These are the old client Sql CE database files. They are located in the client install folder %windir%\CCM\ or in the SMS_CCM folder).

  • CcmStore.sdf
  • CertEnrollmentStore.sdf
  • ComplRelayStore.sdf
  • InventoryStore.sdf
  • UserAffinityStore.sdf

Abort any running ccmsetup processes by stopping any ccmsetup services running, and then run the following command from you SCCM client install folder (or %windir%\ccmsetup):

ccmsetup.exe /uninstall

Then install the client as usual with ccmsetup.exe