Nvidia Quadro FX 370

Have this video card on my main CAD workstation (Q8200 2.33Ghz Quad-core 8Gb RAM Vista 64bit).
Updated the video driver to a nvidia 182.08 windows Vista 64 release after some windows vista problems with the 182.20 release. Seems to be working great.
Ran POV-RAY 3.6.1 Benchmark version 1.02
Results
Render averaged 103.58 PPS over 147456 pixels, in a total time of 1423.63 seconds.
Boinc manager benchmark results:
2344 FP MIPS (whetstone) per CPU
6656 Integer MIPS (dhrystone) per CPU
2-28-2009-11-27-34-pm

My Workstation Cinebench R10 benchmark results: 5/15/2009

Intel Quad Q8200 64bit Vista Ultimate 8Gb DDR2

OpenGL = 2417, i CPU = 2641, Multi-CPU=8879

The HP xw8600 which uses the Xeon 5400 processor, has this specs 3888 (1 cpu) , 23,445 (multi-cpu) and 6571 for opengl

5-14-2009-9-15-57-am

Vista Tips, Issues, Fixes…..

How to resize your vista partition See: http://www.vistarewired.com/2007/02/16/how-to-resize-a-partition-in-windows-vista

I may have to do this and install XP 64, then  Vista ultimate on the next partition on my 1 Terabyte sata drive, since l keep getting a never ending nvidia driver/vista conflict problem which seems to be vista related. 
Error: “Display Driver nvlddmkm stopped responding”   
First l try this solution and see if it works for me and let you all know – http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/29415832/display-driver-nvlddmkm-s.aspx  I’m also going to try omegadrivers found at http://www.omegadrivers.net/nvidia_vista64.php

Windows Tech Notes

Virtual PC 2007

Using Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, selecting other allows you to install Windows 2008 Server as l have successfully done on a Microsoft Vista Ultimate workstation and a Windows XP workstation. To add the essential Virtual Machine Additons under the action menu, make sure you are logged into the Virtual Operating System. After this, you can now go to the Edit menu/Settings and add say Shared Folders.

Installing SQL Server 2008

On server configuration, when you get this error message ” Must provide AGTSVCACCOUNT parameter” – heres what worked for me. Set sql server agent, sql server (MSSQL), sql server analysis, SSRS, SSIS with blank passwords, but NT_AUTHORITYNETWORK SERVICE as username. For SQL Server Browser – it defaults to NT AUTHORITYLOCAL SERVICE.

Windows Server 2008

Heres the error l get trying to log into my Windows 2008 server remotely.

” To log on to this remote computer, you must be granted the allow log on through terminal services right. By default, members of the remote desktop users group have this right. If you are not a member of the remote desktop users group or another group that has this right, or if the remote desktop user group does not have this right, you must be granted this right manually”

To get Remote Desktop to work, add the user as a menber of the Remote Desktop users group AND also, go to the local security policy, Local policies branch, right click on Allow log on through terminal services properties,  and add the Remote Desktop Users group.  You do not need to install Terminal Services Server to get this to work.

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.