graphics

Essential lighting…

Working on mastering lighting in 3Ds max. Seems photometric lights placed around the object like a halo is very crucial. Playing/learning graphics meets a “balancing the use of both sides of ones brain” goal in me.
See below images. First shows the setup l now have in 3ds max. Next was the original render using mental ray. Then better lighting, then came photometric lights placed at a reasonable distance above the curve of the beamer [bmw].
3dmax_car_setup

bmw_light001a_400

bmw_light001_400

bmw_light002_400

Computers

Windows Vista

Finally got fed up with software compatibility issues and slow response with Vista premium that came pre-loaded on my Hp 6626us laptop compared to windows XP. Now the pain, uninstalling /downgrading to Windows XP. First – l tried copying the c:users folder to my western digital MyBook external usb drive as advised in PC Magazine issue for 5/2008. Kept getting Low memory error while doing this. Googled for help, and found out theres a Memory leak error known to Microsoft and l can only get the hotfix by registering for this on their website and waiting for a reply within about 8 business days. Finally decided to try xcopy from the command line. Vista kept suggesting l used the robocopy new command. I found this fails due to permissions for certain files. finally used xcopy with options for continue on error, copy all files and subdirectories. After about an hour, l had a 28Gb copy of my crucial filess. Next step, rebooting with my original XP CD. Problem – cant get into the recovery mode without the administrator password which the command lusrmgr.msc doesnt bring up. Now l find this out from the hp solutions section for their pavilion laptops:

“To logon as the Administrator, the Administrator account must be activated in Vista. By default, in Windows Vista, the Administator account is created but is not enabled.

  • In the Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, and Windows Vista Home Premium editions, you cannot access or change the Administrator account.

  • In the Windows Vista Ultimate editions you can access and change the Administrator account.”

So, how can l run the following commands for preparing the laptop hard drive for XP: fixboot fixmbr cd ren windows winvista exit, from the Recovery console command prompt when l dont have access to the administrator account under Vista premium? Will let you all know how l resolve this.

Good link on installing XP on the HP pavilion 6626us

Link on resolving XP installation cannot find any hard drives due to lack of hardware support.

Update – Finally decided to upgrade my Windows Vista Premium to Vista Ultimate, which has most administrative functionality l’m used to from Windows XP. Plus l can run VPC2007 – Virtual PC 2007. Note – If you use 3DSMax 9 and have issues/errors running this under Windows Vista, simply go to the Autodesk website, support section and install SP1, then SP2. Now l;ve got to find the solution to the annoying clicking sound problem which seems to be related to a soundcard driver issue with Vista.

Changing the OEM Settings and logo in Vista:
Simply run regedit, and go to

ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionOEMInformation
You can create your own logo, as l did, simply create a 120×120 pixels BMP file and upload to c:windowssystem32oobe

If you try to install SQL Server 2005 SSRS – Reporting Services on Vista and it keeps failing saying IIS not found, follow this article – installing IIS7 on Vista. Apparently, when you install IIS 7 from the control panel, not all features are installed if a blue box shows, you need to see a check mark on the box next to IIS components for a full installation. Once this is done, the SQL Server 2005 install will allow you to install all components, especially sql server reporting services.