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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:59:21 PM »
Don't take it personally :) such sensitivity

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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:49:37 PM »
Beware of permissions. <program files> folders have permissions where executables cannot be modified but by privileged users. That means some "malicious" application running without those privileges can't modify them. If you put executables in folder where everybody can write, someone or something with low privileges can change them, and wait for someone with high privileges run them. At that point, the whole system is compromised. If you care about your PC and data, be careful about that. You can install elsewhere, but the setup or you must be careful about setting the proper privileges. And that's also the reason why always running with user with high privileges is dangerous.

The easiest way to prevent most malicious attacks is to set up a User Account without Administrator priveleges. When you start up your computer the first time, your initial User Account has Admin Rights unless you tell it otherwise.

Then, when you surf the web using the User Account without Admin Rights, you will be prompted to input the Administrator Password- nothing executable will happen automatically. It can be a bit of a pain/inconvenience, but this stops a lot of stuff from happening automatically.

Also pay attention to homepage and search engine highjacks when downloading stuff- read the dialog boxes that pop up :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:42:13 PM »
Those folders are managed as "special" ones by the OS. Their position can be changed, but it needs to be done properly (it implies registry changes and so on). There are some tools that can do that. In 7, "libraries" are a much more versatile way to add different paths to those folders.
Music, Pictures, etc. are not true folder but "libraries" instead. Right click them, select Properties, and you will see which folders are in the library. You can add and remove the one you like.

Not correct.

"My Pictures" *is* a folder.

This folder can be included into a Library.

The "My Pictures" folder can be put anywhere you want, *without* registry edits. You can instantly restore the default location, too.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:31:58 PM »

Not necessarily, with the ntfs file system there's a fool-proof dumb method to move folders anywhere else (like another partition) w/o the operating system noticing: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx

For example to move all Adobe Programs from C:\ to somewhere else first move the folder with explorer, than from an admin command prompt: junction "C:\Program Files\Adobe" "X:\Where\You\Moved\It\Adobe"

I'm using this method to free my system partition since I chose a too small size on installation and don't want to go trough the hassle and risk of re-partitioning on the fly.

You can use a 3rd party program to modify partitions: Mini Tool Partition Wizard

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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:29:42 PM »
Now you tell me. Where where you a year ago when I needed this info, huh?

I was here :)

You can still do it after an install by "tricking" the OS during boot. Yes, there is a tutorial on it. It isn't easy.

I moved my User files by editing the registry, before any programs were installed.

Again, DO NOT move the "Public" Users folder. That will royally FUBAR file sharing.

Most of the stuff in this thread is well beyond the typical computer user. I would not attempt it without backing up what you have and while using a second computer to follow the instructions. If you mess up, be prepared to do a clean install.



Sure enough I did do something wrong, otherwise I'd be totally happy with the results. Do not follow my procedure, it fairly well stinks. That said, the goal I was after, had I achieved it, is delightful to work with, it worked great on 2K and XP.

You can move anything *except* the Users folders by right clicking on (example) the folder named "My Pictures">Properties>Location. If you have two Windows Explorer windows open, you can drag and drop. No need to do registry edits.

 
Here's some misunderstanding, I'll take my part of the blame for writing less than concisely, you can share some, unless of course I'm totally wrong.
 
Programs, by default Install to "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)", typically located on C:\, most always in a sub folder in Program Files.
Programs, once installed and running, by default, will then Save files created or modified by those programs to sub folders in My Documents.

Yes, you are mostly correct- a lack of specifics/clarity. You are usually able to specify the default save to location.


I have, in the past, used a Program Files installation location on other than the C:\ drive, seemed a clever thing at the time, long term there's no advantage I can see.
I now leave Program Files right in the root of C:\, exactly where Widows wants them.
Installing programs elsewhere keeps space available on the SSD. You should not fill the SSD to more than 75% capacity. There is no harm in installing programs onto another drive, as long as the software allows it during a "Custom" install. The problems start if you attempt to move an installed program elsewhere, later (yes, there is Steam Mover and registry edits and robocopy).

I do see many significant advantages to saving files I create to someplace other than C:\ such as a second drive. That's what I was after with My Documents on a second drive, should I have moved “User\me” instead?
No, you can move the entire "My Documents" folder to wherever you want it quite easily.

Either "drag and drop" or do it through the "properties" dialog.

When it is done properly, you will have the little icon next to the folder name.

Moving the "My Documents" folder is a piece of cake. Moving your User folder is much more difficult. If relocation of the "My XXX" or "Download" folders will give you the space you need, leaving the User folder alone is suggested. Do not move the User folder(s) unless you understand why someone would want to do it.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 08:48:36 AM »
There is a tutorial on Seven Forums for the only correct way to set up a SSD + HDD and move the "User" folders off of the C: drive when the OS is installed.

Do not move the "Public" user folder.

Lots of *temp* files get saved in the User folder, and that is why people want to get it off of a SSD. Do your own research here.

All other folders (My Documents, My pictures, My Music, My Videos. My Downloads) can be easily relocated at any time to another HDD in W7, quickly and painlessly without registry edits or tricks during the OS install. You can install multiple HDD's and put "My Pictures" on a HDD all by itself if you want to. There are many places to find info on how to do this, including Seven Forums.

When the relocation is done properly, the folder locations will not be on the C: drive when you click "Properties" of the folder locations.

"tolusina" did something wrong, do not follow his/her advice. Programs do NOT save to "My Documents" by default. They save to a folder called "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)", typically located on C:. "x86" is the folder for 32 bit programs.

When you install a program, the dialog box will tell you the C: destination folder (Program Files with or without x86).

If you create folders labeled "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" on another HDD, you can install to that location- just look at the default C: drive folder chosen during install (but do not click install now yet) and then pick the same one on your other drive during a custom install. Not all programs will allow a "custom" install. Future updates will be automatically routed to the correct location. You can name the folders anything you want to, but sticking to established conventions makes it easier to find later.

Do not create these folders within another folder like "My Documents", put them on the root of the other HDD.

I would strongly suggest spending some time over here: http://www.sevenforums.com/ before taking much of the computer advice you are given on this forum. The Tutorial section alone will cover questions that you have and the ones that come up later- including the slipstream install and partitioning.

As far as backups go, multiple HDD's does not make it any easier. If you lose the OS, you still lose all of the links to the program files stored elsewhere. You need backup images of all HDD's to do a restore.

However, places like the "My Pictures" folder on another HDD can be accessed by using the HDD as a giant jump drive on another computer, as long as the drive itself didn't fail.

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There isn't a single BIOS on a motherboard made in the last 4-5 years that doesn't natively support USB mouse and keyboard natively (i.e. during POST).  The only situation where this would not be true is someone having disabled USB in the BIOS or a faulty device -- the latter of which would mean you weren't going to be doing anything anyway.  If the former is true, a simple reset will solve the problem.

The PS/2 port really just needs to be thrown on the techno trash heap with PCI, 15-pin VGA, and IDE to keep AGP, ISA, and IEEE 1284 ports company.

Well, I had problems with a USB keyboard working during POST, and nothing was disabled. Keyboard would not power up until after POST, and everything in BIOS was enabled to try and prevent the problem.

Internet searches to solve the problem led to others with similar issues.

It may not be common, but it does happen.

Yes, it could have been a keyboard compatibility issue. I didn't have another one to try out.

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What are the advantages of a PS/2 port these days?

You'll know when you can't get into BIOS with a USB keyboard :)

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P/S2 is a legacy wired mouse or keyboard connection.

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We're going to build one.   :D  I have a friend who is a bit of a geek and has been through it.  He's offered to help spec out the components and get stuff together.  In the weeks ahead, I hope to have it all together.

Thanks for all the input.

Cool. It's easy to get caught up in the "upgrade" mode and spend more money...

Lots of info over on Seven Forums- check it out.

A fast processor and SSD can get to the Windows splash screen faster than you can get into BIOS if there are issues with your build (even if you enable the features that are there to slow things down enough to get to BIOS). That said:

(1) Consider a motherboard with a legacy PS/2 port

(2) There may be a specific USB port that gets power first, read the MOBO manual

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Wow!  Obviously there are many of you out there with a ton of knowledge about operating systems.  I fell way behind the curve over the years.

In reading everything that has been posted on this thread, I have come to the conclusion that the first thing I need to do is address my computer needs soon.  Probably should be doing something about it now.

I am not about to take on a computer build myself due to lack of knowledge and will buy a pre-built, likely from Dell or HP.  It appears I can purchase a pretty high capacity machine for the price of a small lens.  The best processor with lots of memory.  I'll just go for their maximum available build.  i7 processor, 16mb memory, etc..  The remaining question for me is which operating system.  Dell still offers Win7 along with Win8.

I have heard many advise against Win8.  What is the problem people have with it?  Which should I be going with?

You guys are the experts.  I can use your help with this.


You could always go for a Xeon processor :)

Storebought stuff is fine as long as you do not venture too far out of the mainstream. Then, you have to know what you are looking for.

Options add up quick.

You may get a fast processor, but a small or slow L1 cache.

Slow (RPM or SATA) HDD.

The really inexpensive computers are set up to meet a price point. These machines are more than good enough for surfing the web and email, but may not do so well for photo processing.

Business class hardware from Dell or HP is in another league, and you could configure it pretty much how you want it, if you want to go that route.

Future add-ons (not replacement upgrades) for many pre-configured major OEM machines will be difficult to impossible. That is one major difference between getting your own motherboard and building a system vs buying one at a consumer price point. The extra stuff on OEM motherboards does not get installed, neither do the connectors. There won't be any extra wires or headroom in the power supply, either.

If you choose to buy a system and want the SSD+HDD setup, make sure you order it that way. You can upgrade the SSD or HDD components yourself later, but configuring the SSD+HDD system on your own from just a single HDD or single SSD is challenging.

A discrete graphics card can make a difference. Check the Adobe site for compatible cards.

Watch the software licensing and feature level. If the license is keyed to a single HDD or motherboard, you cannot upgrade without obtaining a new license. You may want to read up on the different licenses and product levels at the Microsoft website.

W8 operates differently on a touchscreen enabled computer vs a non-touch laptop.

W8 is different, that's about it. I like it on a touch enabled device, I do not have it on a non-touch device.

You may want to head to a store to see if any non-touch W8 devices are available to mess with. I wouldn't consider W8 a dealbreaker, it just takes a bit to familiarize yourself with it. The computer OEM's had to offer a choice to preserve sales.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 13, 2014, 08:49:14 PM »
Using a Nikon 105 DC and a Kenko 20mm tube

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You can go from Vista to 7 without a clean install.

There is a lot of bellyaching about 8/8.1, but there is nothing wrong with it. W8 is pretty slick if you give it a chance.

Compatibility mode addresses many software issues.

Putting the OS on a SSD and everything else on a HDD (one or multiples), including the user files, CORRECTLY, can be done in W7. The MS approved method requires a clean install. There are tricks to do it later.There are registry mods. For those that do not like to venture into the bowels of the OS, buying a machine configured this way is the easiest way.

If the multiple drives and user file locations are not set up properly, an in place upgrade to 8 from 7 is a problem.

I have many program files on a drive other than C: and it works just fine, no issues with any Windows updates.

Yes, some old/ancient software or peripherals may not work. Drivers can be an issue if the manufacturer does not support the latest OS.

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The camera is old and cheap now: Canon 1D (MK I)- easy to find these for about $300 or less (mine is a well cared for survivor). The lens is not old or "cheap": Canon 100L Macro.

Pretty good for 4.2mp :) Yeah, focus isn't on the eyes of the bee. Operator error.

This is pretty much straight out of the camera. I have noticed that the 1D files respond very well to a little bit of sharpening, at least with Canon's DPP. The 1D RAW files are not coded correctly, so 3rd party software will not recognize them unless you change the file extension, and then the RAW files are not read by DPP...

I could dig out some pictures taken with a Power Shot G2 that I purchased new for like $800 at the time- certainly not cheap then. I still have it. The 1D was like 10X that back then, and less than 1/2 of that today...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 09, 2014, 05:45:47 AM »
The file sizes from a Sigma DP2 Merrill are much larger than even a Canon 5DIII, and the Sigma DP2 is "15 MP".

The X3F files (RAW) are about 45 MB each at full resolution. Nothing but the Sigma software reads them, as far as I know.

They also take a bit of time to even open up on a computer once the Sigma ProPhoto software kicks in. I don't have a USB3 reader or the fastest SD card though.

Writing the image files in-camera to the SD card also takes a while. It is certainly 2 or 3 seconds from pressing the shutter to being able to review the image on the camera screen, which is an eternity compared to current Canon cameras. It is entirely comparable to the Canon 1Ds MK 1 though.

For color, ISO 100 or 200 is pretty much it. Monochrome is something else.

Battery life is abysmal on the DP2 Merrill cameras. Upside is the batteries are inexpensive.

I have not used the "pro" Sigma Foveon cameras.

Canon would have an enormous amount of work to make the Sigma DP2/DP3 process acceptably close to even 5DII operational standards, exclusive of high ISO (5DII high ISO- 1DX high ISO would be amazing).

When you get a keeper with a Merrill, it's a good one though. 


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