Apr 042013
  1. Connected OEM USB cable to PC and Axtrix 2
  2. PC may display Autoplay for installation of MotoHelper. Cancel/Close.
  3. On Atrix 2, select the Settings Button > System Settings > Storage > Settings Button > USB Computer Connection
  4. Select Connect As Mass Storage from the USB Computer Connection menu
  5. PC may display Autoplay for Atrix 2 mass storage partition, open folder to view files
    or open Windows Explorer and navigate to the removable drive for the Atrix 2 mass storage partition

MotoHelper is not required.

Mar 092013

via Morac @ http://forums.tivo.com/pe/action/forums/displaypost?postID=11071178#e11071178&channelID=10&portalPageId=10432560

I found a simple set and forget work around for this problem that doesn’t involve changing the clock on your PC.

There’s a curl.conf file in the TiVo Desktop settings folder (*). Make a backup of curl.conf and then edit it with a text editor and add the following line to the bottom of the file:

cookie = “sid=abc”

Or just use the attached curl.conf file.
(*) The folder is located in:
Windows XP = %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\TiVo Desktop
Windows Vista and up = %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\TiVo Desktop

First, when checking %userprofile%\appdata\local\tivo desktop I did not find a curl.conf file (even though I configured my Windows Explorer options to display system & hidden files). So, I downloaded Morac’s attached curl.conf, which looks like this:

user-agent = TivoDownloader/0.1
speed-time = 30
cookie = “sid=abc”

I then went to Transfer Status on Tivo Desktop and restarted several programs that were hung up. They immediately started. I didn’t even have to restart Tivo Desktop (or my PC).


I contacted Tivo Chat Support to advise them of the results of using this fix and despite the fact that I contacted them on Thursday and there was no patch or update, it appears that Tivo has released a patch on top of Tivo Desktop 2.8.3. However, I have Tivo Desktop 2.8.2 and the instructions to upgrade Tivo Desktop to the latest release involve a Tivo Desktop Cleaner utility. The last time I had to uninstall Tivo Desktop, I ended up being told that I had to re-install my OS because their uninstall/install process was pretty crappy… so I think I’ll stick with Morac’s workaround until it stops working.

I don’t relish the idea of having to reinstall my OS again to get Tivo Desktop to work… It’s enough to make me want to try installing Tivo Desktop in a virtual machine to see if I can get it to work that way. Then if I have to reinstall, it’s a simple virtual machine install.

Aug 162012

Lots of suggestions out there on scripting a mute toggle. In short:

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

While this looks really easy, there is something everyone forgot to mention for the Task Scheduler.

In order for this script to execute, it must be Run with the highest privileges.


Why am I interested in this? Well, my home office contains my work computer. Which is about 40 feet from my bedroom. The wife dislikes the chirping noise Microsoft Group Chat makes when people send messages during non-work hours. I sleep through them. She does not. Thusly, I needed a way to automate toggling mute. I wish it was context sensitive, because it would be nice to have a way to specifically mute/un-mute…

Aug 012012



cipher.exe /w:c: makes three passes over the unallocated sectors of a volume. All zeros, all ones and random numbers. It does not perform any wipe on the NTFS/FAT file allocation table. Even after performing a cipher wipe with the /w argument, it is still possible for experts to retrieve file names from the harddrive. And, of course, it might be possible for non-casual data forensics to recover some data. But, it’s highly unlikely. For the casual user, wiping purely personal information, three passes is more than sufficient to obscure your personal and financial data before recycling a harddrive.

Jul 152012

Playing around with my multi-monitor setup caused the multi-GPU (SLI) setting to disable. It all started when I was exploring whether it was possible to span a game across multiple monitors.

I have Dual-EVGA 590 GTX HydroCopper video adapters (which is effectively a quad-GPU setup). I’m running NVIDIA driver version 301.42 with DirectX 11. My motherboard is an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme with a Intel Core i7 2600K CPU (Sandy Bridge).

I selected NVIDIA Control Panel > Configure Multi-GPU, Surround, Phys-X > Span displays with Surround

It accepted the change, and then when I tried to run several games it didn’t work. (The reason is because my 3rd monitor is not the same size as all the others, which is an obvious requirement, but one I wasn’t aware of until I started researching that problem.)

When I changed back to Maximize 3D Performance, the computer BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) and my multi-hour recovery process began.

After figuring out how to uninstall the drivers cleanly, re-install, I was able to re-enable Multi-GPU support (so long as I only had a single monitor connected). As soon as I connected a second or third monitor, the computer would bluescreen. The fact that it happens on-demand means I should be able to get ahold of EVGA support and get them to diagnose the problem.

So, for now, if I want multi-monitor, I have to disable Multi-GPU support, then connect the monitors.

If I want Multi-GPU support, I have to disconnect all the monitors, then enable Multi-GPU.

Multi-GPU with multiple monitors results in BSOD.


Jul 132012

Windows 7 to officially support logon UI background customization Within Windows.