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  1. So I try to practice more imaging today (day 5 on a more powerful PC to rrun my astrolab). Last 5 days have been a ladder of success after success - telescope and dome slewing working, thermometers and two focusers working, two guide cameras working, filter wheel working, 250 star automated star run to create a detailed sky map versus scope pointing run done full automated yesterday. Started imaging a new spiral galaxy target (M83) and all going well yesterday. But sometime today I realise I must have banged a USB 3 cable going into my primary USB3 colour imaging camera - bummer! So I am down one of my three ZWO cameras (ASI071MC-c Pro) but I swap over the USB 3 data cable coming into my ZWO ASI 120MM-s and the ASI071MC-c is detected straight away - good news! I think oh well - it will only take a day or two to order in a new 2m USB 3 cable so I will guide off my spare guide camera - a QHY5L-II. But for the first time in ages it isn't detected? Then I notice my ZWO filter wheel connected to my ASI1600MM-c isn't detected, nor is either of two USB2 data keys in 2 different hubs, nor is my USB2 TemperHum Gold which always works. I have 4 USB3 hubs (two dual Mbeat USB3 /2 hubs) and two by other brands. None of my USB2 astro cameras connected to USB2 or USB3 hubs work at the moment (USB device unrecognised error under Windows 10 - device failed to set memory). I haven't ever seen that error before - I tried moving devices around, trying different cables and different hubs and different external power supplies to the USB3 hubs. I tried uninstalling the 3-4 unrecognised devices and scanning for changed hardware. I tried re-downloading the latest drivers. I scanned for hidden USB3 devices... I can't figure what this weird error is. Yesterday all my gear was working perfectly. Astro lab PC didn't shutdown overnight, no warnings at all until tonight when I decided to keep imaging M83. Any ideas folks? I will try my non detecting gear on a PC inside the house - unless 5 separate cables (4 USB 3 and 1 USB 2) failed, or 4 USB3 and 1 USB2 hubs failed only for USB2 devices I am at a loss for what just happened and how to simply fix it. I wonder if a Windows USB2 stack got corrupted somehow and if this can be detected and restored - cause that's what seems to be the common denominator at the moment. Many thanks, Matthew
  2. Googling correction suggestions past what I have done comes up with L2 support suggesting their is USB crap in the registry for this device - grab CCleaner and do some open heart surgery to remove all instances and reboot - seems legit and low risk...
  3. Nich - the stacking machine is inside - runs very nicely - upped it to 64 GB RAM and added a second 1TB fast M2 drive for scratch files. It chews through the stacking workload in a few minutes which is twenty times better than the old workhorse! Don't want to put my beast in the astro lab. The astro lab needs a minimum 4 core at 2.5 GHz machine with 4 USB 3 ports, 6 USB2 ports, 3 serial ports and ports for three monitors. It doesn't have to be too powerful - but it should be able to handle 3-5 semi taxing programs running concurrently. If it just won't play nice I mad spend a grand and swap to a 8 core AMD CPU with 16 GB RAM and just add cards for the serial ports! Master-Scythe - the trouble with adding any decent cards to an old motherboard - isn't the limited Motherboard connection options - its the cabling run to where all the gear sits. It's about 4 metres - which is just too long for USB3 cameras - they don't detect in Windows when connected to a USB3 add in card with a molex 4 pin powersupply in the card just to boost the power sent. I have to run 3m USB3 cables to powered hubs - and use 2m USB 3 cable from their to successfully connect all my gear. The distance and power required over USB3 is the kicker mate! Alternatively I cloud run LAN cables from a switch and convert IP to USB3 + power - but I didn't try that route yet. The final fall backs are either a mini PCs on the pier itself to run USB3 devices direct attached or a ZWO Alstair unit.
  4. Actually Rybags - my Silverstone USB 3.1 powered hub has Voltage and Ampage monitoring and readout on each of its ports! So update 2.0 - PC failed to boot today; after 10 minutes athe the Windows splash screen a MS Error - DPC critical error screen appears... arggh! Disconnected an old HD (third such in same PC) and connected my boot SSD from an add in card to direct to the motherboard - PC booted first thing. Majority of USB2 hubs and all the devices attached to them reconnected and initiated (minus the two USB2 ports on the back of my USB3 astro cameras - and one of these ports connects to the critical the filter wheel). But at least now I have a guide camera and a filter wheel back in action (once I swapped cables and connected it directly to a handy USB2 hub). So I try and run Troubleshooter and long story short find this release of Windows 10 has removed access to USB / hardware trouble shooter... arrgh! Then I find from a Administrator CMD I can run "msdt.exe -0id DeviceDiagnostic" which brings back the troubleshooter, but it doesn't manage to fix the problem. Another day - more fun with Windows!
  5. The PC - is my old 2004 - 2008? Big rig - a Gigabtye P35 motherboard with a Conroe 2 Q9600 quad core 2.4 GHz CPU with a massive 8 GB of RAM, plus ePCI to 4 USB x 3 and PCI to 2 * serial ports and ePCI to 4 x USB 2.0 ports. I am puzzle why one day everything is fine and the next day kaput to stuff that should just simply work. All the powered USB 3 hubs are on 3 metre USB 3.0 cables. No idea why USB2 ports are all failing most basic detection under Windows 10 - a voltage or ampage issue (under / over supply)? Not sure how to fix four hubs that all say in Windows device manager they are all fine - but simply don't initiate the most simple USB 2.0 devices. To me that points to a definite Windows 10 issue - so I guess I need a USB2 port fixer program?
  6. HINfolks, After lunch today my high end workstation stopped connecting to our router or switch giving an invalid IP notification . Sure enough it had a 169.254 address instead of a 192.168.0. address. I tried the usual ipconfig /release renew, flush DNS, winsoc ip clear, changing cables and router and the switch ports, swapping cable into a new motherboard gigabit network port – then deleting the Ethernet devices and reinstalling them, then a system restore to yesterday's configuration. No joy at all, might buy a pcie gigabit Ethernet card tomorrow. Are there any other tests or restore options I could try? Windows troubleshooter also couldn't sort it. Hard coding the ip, subnet, gateway and DNS servers also didn't let it see the network or the router. Motherboard is a Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7 X299 with dual gigabit Ethernet slots onboard that have worked brilliantly for several years. Tried rebooting multiple times and reset router and even tried connecting wirelessly. Everything else in the house works fine – just my main pcs network ports stopped working around 1pm today. Many thanks, Matthew Matthew
  7. Avast generally does a pretty decent job – but once or year or so it can go totally bonkers – and it's hard to detect that it is the cause of all your problems. After literally trying everything – I just got creative and thought it is probably a corrupted software issue – what can block an operating systems repair and re-install drivers capability? I could think of only one thing with this potential – a corrupted Anti-virus update. Sure enough that is what most likely happened. I went to lunch – Avast tried to update it self but failed part way through, and left he network unreachable under its command. Worst Avast gave no avert notice it got itself muddled. Buried deep in its control pages was a check to update it – showing a release available but not yet applied. Try to execute this release failed because it itself blocked all IP addresses without revealing that it had. Turn off all shield and firewall rules and everything worked fine. Tried re-run the virus engine update and it went fine – rebooted and then everything back to normal. Glad that was sorted as the next step was likely a re-build / re-install of Windows 10 – a major pain in the arse!
  8. Added a new network card - no joy! However -solved the problem a few minutes ago - it was Avast Premium - virus and firewall must have updated over lunchtime and got itself totally stuffed! Turning off all shields allowed connectivity to return - which allowed the Avast update to work correctly. Stupid Avast!
  9. No new firewalls or virus protection - but will look at avast a bit more precisely next. system restore didn't work, added a new network card - it didn't work either. Wonder if Avast premium did something strange when I went for lunch that stuffed the network beyond belief...
  10. Often it fixes things - not this time though, not enough diagnostics to know what is wrong. Ponder if a driver got corrupted and the OS doesn't understand this?
  11. Hi folks, I am thinking of adding a 1-2 TB NVME drive to my main rig - mainly for large scratch files, that would be later off-loaded to either 500GB SSDs or 8 TB HDDs. I was toying with a few options without too much indepth knowledge and wonder if anyone has strong recommendations and the why. The options I am thinking of include: 1. Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 NVMe 2TB SSD - $659 from Scorptec 2. Samsung 970 PRO 1TB - $479 - Scorptec 3. Samsung 970 EVO 1TB - $339 - Scorptec 4. Samsung Firecuda 2TB - $599 - Scorptec I have had good experience with Samsung, my boot drive is a 960 Pro 512 GB Samsung. It's going into a Aorus Gaming G-7 Gigabyte motherboard with 3 NVME drive slots available. Many thanks, Matthew
  12. I was the @#$%$#@ Virus Scanner - doing a file scan on every copied file! I created a 10 GB RAMDrive and sawa 5.8 GB file copy in 4 seconds to and from it from either NVMe drive in but then I tired a 6.5 GB file and it took 4 seconds again to copy but 18 seconds to complete and I thought WTF! I tried a few other files in the 4.4 to 6.2 range - many went slow finalising the copying them to or from a RAM Drive. or to an NVMe drive. So I disabled Avast file protection scanner (which scans all files when they are moved apparently) for 10 minutes and some benchmarking show these drives can really fly - it was the trusty Virus scanner stuffing things up. So many thanks all - problem solved and a very happy me!
  13. I am actually beginning to fear its the internal cache design between the EVO and Pro models - and that the sales person didn't understand when I said I need high "sustained" read and write speeds of large video files - that this might mean I must buy the PRO model. If I read it right teh EVO model has a triple cache of TLC NAND - and when this runs out it writes it to slower internal NAND. https://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Samsung-970-Pro-NVMe-PCIe-M2-1TB-vs-Samsung-970-Evo-Plus-NVMe-PCIe-M2-1TB/m497261vsm693540 Have written to Scorptec Technical support to ask further what is going on here - has what has been sold to me not really fit for clearly expressed purpose! * * * * * * * Interesting results when I transfer just one 7 GB file - speeds fly at 1-2 GB/sec - until the file gets to 99% complete - then with 0 bytes left to transfer - it halts for 5 - 10 seconds, then completes. Same results transferring from the EVO to the Pro or the Pro to the EVO. To me this definitely starting to look like a internal caching limitation!
  14. So I ended up just going for an 970 EVO Plus - for $319 from Scorptec. - issue one - tried the bottom of three slots - which disappeared two of my drives - an SSD and a 8 TB HDD. Shifted it to the middle slot and now all 10 drives appear okay. Synthetic benchmarks are all excellent - devices showing as using PCIe x4 lanes CrystalDiskInfo and achieving 3,500 MB/sec read write sequential speeds in CrystalDiskMark. Issue 2 - copy 4 x 5 GB video files - saw-tooth pattern - starts at 900 MB/sec - after 4 seconds goes down to 100 MB/sec - halts for a second or two - back up to 600 MB/sec - down to 200 - up to 400MB - wonder what is going on here? Real sawtooth pattern appearing. Tried copy 2,000 small image files ~ 600 GB - the thing flew - took 2 seconds. Any suggestions - on live chat to Samsung tech support who aren't getting very far so far.
  15. Just checked - looks like they of course do share lanes - suggests I should use the middle slot with the heat sink to keep all Sata ports actived. Noticed when I was reading the manual it suggests when you are installing RAM for a 44 or 28 PCIE lane CPU and you are only using 2 sticks it recommends using slots 6 and 8 - whereas Scorptec built mine using slots 2 and 4 - wonder if that has any performance impact?
  16. Nich - probably just filling one port for now - taskeing the drive as a large fast scratch file space this year - possible will add a second card next year if I wish to clone my boot drive to a larger NVMe drive. I have to go back to my motherboard manual - not sure if I lose any PCIE4 slot lanes - think the NVMe lanes are distinct - not shared, and might only be an issue if I was running multiple GPUs but I only use on GTX 1080Ti. Rybags - Seagate Firecuda is apparently a new line of NVMe drives - not sure how it fits in with the Evo and Pro series. Link here https://www.scorptec.com.au/product/Hard-Drives-&-SSDs/SSD-mSATA-&-m.2/77501-ZP2000GM30021?gclid=Cj0KCQiAkKnyBRDwARIsALtxe7iYWmDQUK7GXKVPM__Wa9NA_cWCutqj8pZzaINyYcYcpipw5aCspvgaAmGuEALw_wcB
  17. Hi Folks, happy 2020! My big rig PC has started to develop a strange behaviour. When I click on file explorer is take forever to load - well over a minute. I changed from open on my destktop to open on My PC - but it remains slow. I haven't changed any indexing option and have defragged all my disks (1 MV2, 4 SSD and 4 HDD). A green progress bar runs across the top whilst the file explorer shows only My desktop and This PC - but zero contents. If I left click on MY PC and select Open in new window - a new window appears and all the 9 drives appear sub second - really fast. Any idea of what has occurred and how to fix it? Many thanks, Matthew
  18. Still investigating this - but annoyingly (or not) problem went away with out me noticeably changing anything! All I can ponder is whether an obsolete network share might have botched things up... Thanks for all the help offered guys - much appreciated!
  19. I sometimes imagine I have the most long lived equipment of anyone here. I must have built over 20 PCs since right back when Atomic first started (or even well before actually). My current rig is still powered by a Conroe2 Quad core 2.4 Ghz chip, powering a 1070 GTX - which can still play games fluidly on my 30" Dell screen (plus I use 2 * 24" Screens in Portrait mode surrounding the Dell - but only for work purposes) - my priorities have been elsewhere for many, many years. But this year I would like to build a rig to handle astro-photography image processing workloads that can also handle games. Astro image processing can require stacking of 100s of shots per night - each shot could be 10 - 40MB - and there is a lot of mathematical processing (that no software that I know of off loads to the GPU). So I was pondering getting a 10 Core Intel beast and doing a rig built for Astro first and games second.... when a thought hit me that I first entertained a decade or two ago but never acted on... what about a dual CPU server board? Then a simple google and youtube search showed me several folk have gone down this path and got great results - at a fraction of the price I was expecting - simply because old Xeon chips sell for about $200 for a 8 core 2.4 GHz chip. Now I only remember high end Tyan motherboards (like the S7070) being dual cpu - but a simple search shows many people are using the Asus Z10PE-d16 https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z10PED16_WS/ - which surprisingly supports DDR4 RAM (16 slots - up to a Terabyte of RAM) and has 6 PCI-E Gen3 x16 slots and can support NVidia in 3 way SLI or AMD in 4 way cross fire. These boards sell in Australia for about $850 - or you might find dated rigs on Gumtree build on these boards (variant unknown) between $300 to $2000. So a check on youtube and gumtree shows folks selling old Xeon CPUs that are 8 core, 16 thread, meaning this sort of build will give you a 2.4 - 2.6 GHz CPus with 16 cores and 32 threads to handle workloads that like many core solutions. I am yet to see if anyone astronomer has used the programs I like Deep Sky Stacker (freeware) or CCDStack on a multi core monster - but DSS does seem to keep all 4 core on my (or my kids latest i7 quad core machines) maxed out. So my long winded question. What advice would folk have. I can guess that this rig could play games - but it would act much like a 4 core machine throttled at 2.4 - 2.8 Ghz even if it was running sat a pair of 1080s in SLI. I would have to check everything - OS (win10 x64 is supported) - memory types, Powersupplies, drivers - absolutely everything would work. Again there are folks building these rigs and they scream on 3d rendering that can use all the cores and they are decent at games (paired with a NVidia 980 or Titan card/s normally). Youtube has many examples of this working - e.g.: Will it be the build of a life time or will it end in tears? Interested in folks thoughts!
  20. Nich I haven't played with it in quite a while - will revisit it all. Stepping to the 64 bit version of DSS and running it on this big PC was many times faster than the older quad core PC running 32 bit software!
  21. g__day

    The Atomicans Discord

    Noted - will give it a try! Hi all and have a great 2020!
  22. g__day

    My mother died

    Condolences mate that is a horrible loss - really feel for you and hope your tomorrow's get steadily better once the shock and pain are one day less raw.
  23. g__day

    Electricity costs in Australia

    For all those that asked can you / is it easy to go off grid if you are in urban settings - my partially informed answer would be - probably not (power companies and councils don't want to make it easy to opt out) plus it may not be too economically desirable - but, soon one may be able to side step this by choosing a grid agnostic system (with or without batteries). All solar systems must shut down on detection of grid out of permitted frequency ranges or grid out. However islanding solutions where permitted allow a house to keep running off batteries and solar - I presume this is what a Solar plus Tesla Powerwall 2.0 solution does when the grid dies. This year Enphase will go one better releasing it's grid agnostic IQ8 mirco-inverter based solution - specifically designed for areas with poor to no grid. With or without batteries the IQ8 checks for grid presence and quality and if it's not there it simply islands the house (no idea if this has been checked and certified by Australia yet). If the grid isn't there the system simply powers up or down your solar to meet you current demand and or battery storage / output capabilities and needs. If you demand more power than can be supplied - it shuts everything down until you turn off your most power hungry box. So this may make economic sense when it is priced. Availability is due this quarter...
  24. HI folk, Interesting development I have noticed lately. If I flip through and watch a dozen or so stored video files - at some point my PC just hangs and becomes unresponsive beyond the mouse still moving. I have so far only noticed it in full screen video mode. Symptoms are the image will freeze whilst the sound will play on for a few more seconds then it's simply totally unresponsive and I have to power cycle it - so no dump log. Windows is fully up to date and so are all the Gigabyte drivers and Geforce (1080 Ti) drivers. Anyone got any ideas about why this may be occurring all of a sudden - stability has been rock solid for over six months now - so its a surprise to see things get a bit wobbly. In all other workloads, especially playing full screen games or watching full screen videos online the beast seems rock solid. But queue up a dozen or so .mp4 players and watch them thru WIndows 10 default Films and TV player and things have a maybe 1/3 chance of just dying somewhere randomly. Best regards, Matthew
  25. Thanks Jeruselem, when I try this I see no Help - but instead a Help with Playback - which if you selected it launches a browser that gives general information (link provided below). The Technical Support information doesn't offer much - so wondering if between my delayed seeing your suggestion and you offering it did the player change? https://www.bing.com/search?q=get+help+with+windows+media+player+in+windows+10&filters=guid:"4462432-en-dia" lang:"en"&form=T00032&ocid=HelpPane-BingIA