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Netflix Error N8156-6003

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So here is a first for me.  Netflix telling me it can’t play DRM content but wait, I pay for the subscription, and yet I can’t watch videos.  The error tells me to call Netflix for help but here is a quick fix and save some heartache.

Currently Netflix uses SilverLight to stream and play content.  So first thing first, check the SilverLight properties.  In Windows 8, go to the Start Screen and start typing SilverLight.  Click on the logo.  In the SilverLight Configuration goto the Playback tab.

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Ensure the “Enable download & update to components required for … “ is checked.  Good idea to check the enable hardware acceleration too.  Next go to the Permissions tab and click delete all.  Ensure the “Enable application storage” is checked.

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Go to the Start screen and right-click on the IE logo and select “Run as Administrator”.  Now go to Netflix and launch a video stream.  You should be all set.

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Building a new PC, part one

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It was about time to create a new PC so naturally, I head over to my favorite websites to research components and then compile my list of products that I need.  

Here is that list:

Here’s all the pieces.  The Glenfiddich is very important
 
All new components

Motherboard – Went with the Asus Maximus V FormulaMotherboard

Hard Drive – Two hard drives – 1) – Samsung SSD 840 250GB – will be the primary C drive; 2) Western Digital Black 2TB for applications and data.

Memory – 32GB Corsair – cause why not.

Heat Sink – Cooler Master 812.. This thing is a beast.  Pour a drink before installing this item.

PowerSupply – Completely overkill but since I don’t plan on changing this once in, went with the Cooler MasterSilent Pro Gold – 1200W.

 Video Card – Besides the CPU, probably the other most improtant peice of hardware.  The challenge is finding one within the 
budget and still getting the most performance you can.  Went with the EVGA 660TI, single card for now.  

CPU – Intel i7 3770K Quad core 1155. Primarily as this can be overclocked to a much higher clock-speed.

Case

Assembly:

This is where the Glenfiddich comes in handy.  Now’s a good time to pour a drink.
Take the motherboard and place the Intel CPU into the slot.  You’ll need to take off the CPU cover that comes with the board.  The CPU
can only go in one way so align the arrows.   Put some of the coolant thermal paste on the CPU and then attach the heatsink. Next,
plug-in the memory.  These DIMMs can only go one way and should snap right into place.   

Putting the board in the case is a matter of placing the hosting screws in the case and then aligning the motherboard to these screws and 
tightening.  Place the motherboard plate into the large opening of the case – this should just snap in – and if you have any spefici wires, string
these through the plate.  For the Maximus motherboard, you’ll want to put the Wifi daughter board on, and attach the WiFi cables and then 
thread these through the plate.  Next is to install the video card.

Once all the components are in, next comes installing the hard drives.  Depending on your case, you’ll either have bays that are can be pulled
out or you need to install them directly.  Once these are in, attach the SATA cables and attach the other end onto the motherboard.  
If you have any optical drives, these should also go in.  Rule of thumb for all drives is 4 screws.  You don’t want any rattle.  

Now install the powersupply into the case and string the necessary power cables through.  The board will take one large set, as well as an
additional 8-pin.  The video card will need a 4-pin, and then each of the drives will require a connection.

 

Now comes the hard part.  If everythig is connected properly, the system should boot up and allow you to enter the BIOS.  If not, listen to the beeps and consult
the motherboard manual.

Installing your OS:

I installed Windows 8 from a USB disk.  After installation there are some minor changes that need to be made:

  • When installing Windows on a system with 1 drive only, partition the drive into two – C and D.  Ensure C has around 60 – 80 GB, if not more. This will be the primary OS drive.
  • After OS install, create a TEMP folder on the C drive and change the TEMP location for the USER and SYSTEM to be this new location (C:\TEMP).
  • Unless you are going to hiberante your desktop machine, launch COMMAND tool as administrator and turn off hibernation – type powercfg -h off at the command prompt.
  • Download latest motherboard drivers.  Start wtih the Intel Chipset drivers and then install other items as required.
  • Install a virusscan program.  A good free one is Avast.
  • Update the OS to the latest drivers.  

Re-Installing Lotus Notes

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Ah, gone are the days of Outlook and Exchange.

Instead, I have Notes.  <no comment>
Here is a quick list of items you need if you ever decide to reinstall Notes, or if you build a new machine and have to get Notes back up and running, or any other number of reasons why you need to get Notes back up.  Might be also good to back these items up regularly so you have them ready to go, just incase there’s a malfunction along the way.  You know, like your system crashes, thunder strikes, or some other unplanned event. Instructions below are for Windows.

These are my steps.  If anyone else has a more seamless process please share, as well if there are other files that are required to make this go smoothly.

1. Install Notes into your new machine/VM or other environment.

2. From your original install, grab the following files from the \data directory (ensure you have exited Notes first before copying):

– your notes ID file – i.e. name.id
– all files that end in .NSF (i.e. names.nsf, bookmark.nsf, perweb.nsf, log.nsf, etc…)
– desktop8.ndk
– your archive folder
– any Domino application folders
– mail2\ folder 

3. Copy the above files into your new Notes\Data location.

4. Start Notes.

5.  Replicate.

6. If you like, take your Notes Mail application offline.  Thus, when you replicate, you have a local copy that you can use incase the network ever decides to drop.

I am gettingt his down to a science now… that a major achievement by any regard.


Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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If you are like me, you tend to want to try out the latest and greatest software, devices, and the like.  None is greater than the Windows 8 Consumer preview – getting a glimpse at what will be coming in the next version of Windows – so you can plan your gadget plan accordingly.  A lot of improvements have been made since the Developer preview was released back in September – 2011.  Here’s the blog link where Steven Sinofsky outlines the preview.

Onto the consumer preview.  If you haven’t already downloaded your copy it, do so by going here –> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download.  While it’s downloading, read up on Windows 8 Consumer preview here –> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview

Once downloaded, it really depends on how you want to install it.  I used VMWare Workstation to get going so as not to cripple by productivity.  If you have a spare machine around, you could do a fresh install, or if you use VirtualBox (another virtualization software that is free) you could create a new VM and get going easily.

Steps for VMWorkstation are pretty easy.  Create a new VM with a blank HD (I used 60GB) and attach the ISO.  One thing to note is remove the floppy disk in the settings of the VM. 

If you are asked for a key, use –>DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

After the usual install and config, you’ll be asked to login.  Take a look around the new metro style windows and apps.  A sign of things to come!!

-pej


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