How to remap / retasking Realtek onboard jacks / ports

If you’re using Realtek onboard soundcard and for whatever reasons wants to remap / retask the rear jacks or front panel jacks to anything you want hopefully you’ll find this useful

For example, in my case, because i’m not using a computer case (in other words, i just left my motherboard open) and i don’t have a standalone front panel and at the same time i want to connect my headphone to the rear grey jack / side speakers jack (by default headphone can be connected only to the front panel jack) while also connecting a 5.1 analog speakers setup to the rear jacks (green, black, and orange)

Anyway to make thing short, here’s the steps:

0. Download the latest driver available because there are differences between the pin numbers used if you’re using old drivers, uninstall the old driver, restart your system, install the new driver and then restart your system once again (at the time i write this, the latest version is R267, and so this post is based and tested using their R267 driver for the 64-bit systems)

How to boot Clonezilla and GParted from HDD on Windows

I’m pretty sure most of you already know about Clonezilla and GParted, and the usefulness of those two tools. And if you’ve been wondering on how to run Clonezilla and GParted directly from your HDD (frugal install) instead booting from a CD or a USB Flashdisk on Windows, perhaps this simple guide can help you with that

Before we get started, i have to mention that there are two ways to run Clonezilla and GParted on Windows although they both use the same thing, the first one is by installing / adding Grub4DOS manually and the other one is by using EasyBCD a GUI to install NeoGRUB / packaged Grub4DOS. And in this post i’ll focus on the later and that is using NeoGRUB

Prerequisite

  1. EasyBCD [download]
  2. Clonezilla Live [download]: You are free to choose between the ISO version or ZIP version. For me, i choose the AMD64-ISO version
  3. GParted Live [download]: Same goes here too, you are free to choose between ISO or ZIP
  4. 7-Zip / Winrar / etc: This is used to extract the file inside the ISO or ZIP

Boot Clonezilla and GParted with NeoGRUB / Grub4DOS

1. Install EasyBCD or Grub4DOS (instruction here if you prefer to use Grub4DOS rather than NeoGRUB), run and at the add new entry section choose NeoGRUB and install it

NeoGRUB

How to Install Squid Proxy on Windows

Back in 2006 or in the early days after i started this blog. I wrote about Installing Squid Cache on Windows. And i think i should rewrite it again because some parts in the old post is missing (back when this blog started, this blog is hosted at WordPress.com and when i moved to a self hosted solution there are some errors in the importing process and although i know about that since a long time ago i’m just too lazy to rewrite it again lol). But well … what’s done is done :)

Anyway, before we begin, make sure that you have downloaded Squid Windows Binary Package / Squid for Windows that can be downloaded from Acmeconsulting. And you have extracted it somewhere on your hard drive. In this post, i choose to extract it to “C:\Squid” due to hardcoded path and beside most people don’t like to read long post. So if you changed Squid location, make sure to adjust it accordingly. And don’t worry the actual installation process is fast. The other steps described here are optional unless you need it

And as a note, i wrote this post (tested) on Windows 7 x64 with UAC Enabled using Squid 2.7 Stable 8 and i’m pretty sure as it will work with earlier version of Windows as well. And No! you don’t need to turn off UAC because turning UAC off isn’t a good solution

And now let’s get started

How To: Realtime AC3 / Dolby Digital Encoding for Games

This simple how perhaps might be useful to those who are connecting their sound card to a receiver that doesn’t have analog input (like me for example) and using the Matrix Decoder on your receiver doesn’t sounds as good as using a Dolby Digital / AC3 encoded files. So what this simple how to trying to achieve is to do a realtime AC3 Encoding using software (in other word, using your CPU power to perform realtime Dolby Digital encoding) and then deliver that Dolby Digital / AC3 encoded material to your receiver. Although unfortunately it doesn’t come for free

Before i begin, please note that this tips is intended for use in Gaming only (or perhaps listening through your MP3/MP4s collection if you’re not using a music player that support realtime Dolby Digital Encoding from a plugin, like Winamp for example). Because for movie and music listening purpose the process is much simpler plus there’s no latency problem like this and you don’t need to spend money (unless you want to donate for the project) .. but i’m not going to describe the process for movie and music listening purpose here because as the title says this is for games :)

If you’re currently using below setup, then chances are you don’t need to spend $30 USD to get a realtime AC3 Encoder / Dolby Digital Encoder. But i haven’t tested it yet because i don’t have the required hardware

  • If your sound card belong to the Creative Audigy Series

    Then you can try using redocneXk combined with Creative ASIO Driver or KX Driver. As the documentation itself can be found here
  • If you have the new Creative X-Fi Series (a much better option for X-Fi series)

    Then you can spend $4.72 USD, and get the Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect Pack from Creative Store

Otherwise, if your setup doesn’t match above configuration then unfortunately you’ll need to spend $30 USD for a software that is required for this purpose BUT if you don’t mind on spending more money and prefer to skip all this together, you can just buy Diamond Multimedia Xtreme Sound 7.1 DDL (equipped with Dolby Digital Live feature, which is unfortunately not available on where i live because there are no distributor for it here according to the official website) if you prefer a cheaper alternative to X-Fi (at least for me)

How to Install Apache, PHP and MySQL on Windows Vista / Windows 7

This is a guide about Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Windows Vista or Windows 7. Although setting up Apache, PHP and MySQL on Windows Vista / 7 is pretty much the same like setting up Apache, PHP and MySQL on Windows XP, it seems some people are having problem with it, although the only difference between those two is just there is User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista that basically prevent you from writing / editing files inside Program Files directory if you aren’t opening that files with Admin priviledge even if your account is in Administrator group. And this guide tells you how to configure Apache, PHP, and MySQL even when you installed it to Program Files directory without disabling UAC

Before we begin … this guide is compatible and has been tested with Windows 7 although the screenshots used here is showing the installation process under Windows Vista but that’s because back when i write this i’m still using Vista

Also it doesn’t matter whether you have x86 or x64 version of Vista / 7 installed. The only difference in this case is, if you’re running the x64 version, the Program Files directory for 32-bit program is called Program Files (x86)

And here goes the guide…

How to install Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Windows XP

So basically this is a rewrite of my previous guide but with a more proper method and beside you can find all the information you need on installing Apache, MySQL and PHP on a single page without going to another page unless you’re running Windows Vista / 7 of course

Anyway to make things short, let’s begin the guide on Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Windows XP so i don’t waste your precious time ;)

Prerequisite

Apache HTTP ServerDownload Apache – See the update right below this before downloading

PHP for WindowsDownload PHP – See the update right below this before downloading
Make sure to download the Thread Safe version

How to Configure PCSX2 (PS2 Emulator)

So basically because there are still some people reading my old post about pcsx2, so i guess it’s better for me to rewrite it to reflect the new changes although actually there are almost next to no changes but since most people trying to use my sample configuration directly without adjusting it first, i think it’s better to write a new post that shows you directly on which plugins you should be using (note: this is intended for general purpose)

PCSX2 Main Window

But obviously, credits should be given to the PCSX2 Team for making such wonderful program available for free to anyone

And so, let’s begin

How to cheat on PCSX2

Ever wondered how to use cheat codes such as Codebreaker or Armax on pcsx2?. Maybe this simple guide can help you on how to cheat on pcsx2.

PCSX2 Mana Khemia

Before i get started, i just want to let you know that there are three methods that you can use to cheat on pcsx2. And that three methods are:

1. Using External Memory Editing program
2. Using internal PCSX2 patch finder function
3. Using RAW Codes that is available freely on the internet such as Codetwink, and many other site as well

Set up Caching Nameserver on Windows using BIND

I think most of you who are running Linux already knew that you can set up a caching nameserver on your home computer in order to speed up dns queries (a proper word for this is forwarding caching resolver according to Necromancer at the comment below). But what if you’re on Windows and want to achieve the same thing (cache dns request)? Well thanks to BIND port for Windows, now you can also set up your own DNS Server on Windows easily

And to make things short, let’s get straight to the point ;)

1. First you’ll need to grab Bind from the ISC homepage (grab the Windows version of course), and at the time i wrote this, the latest Bind / Named version is 9.5.0–P1

2. When you’ve finished downloading BIND, now just you need to extract it somewhere on your harddrive and then followed by running BINDInstall.exe to install BIND. But first as a note, in this example i choose to Install BIND into C:\BIND