(11 replies, posted in News)

May have to try that next year, sounds wonderful.

If you really want to hear you arteries harden, try this

Deep fried butter goes on the menu in Edinburgh
An Edinburgh bar has put a calorific treat to rival the deep fried Mars Bar on its menu - deep fried butter balls.
The snack, already popular in the US, has been given a Scottish twist as it is cooked in Irn Bru batter.
The Fiddler's Elbow, in Picardy Place, is serving the pudding for what is thought to be the first time in Scotland.
The sticky dessert, called Braveheart Butter Bombs, is served with an Irn Bru ice cream and coulis.
A variation featuring deep fried whisky instead of Irn Bru will also be offered.
While critics have dubbed deep-fried butter a "coronary on a plate", the chefs said it should be all right in moderation.

Freezing balls (bad name choice !!)
The dishes have been devised by Simon Robertson, The Fiddler's Elbow head chef, with the help of Paul Fitchie, a former chef with Harvey Nichols.
Mr Robertson said: "We thought we would add a bit of fun to our menu of Scottish dishes and it's really got people talking.
"Some folk are saying it's a heart attack on a plate and, okay, it's not exactly health food but as long as you're not having it every day it shouldn't be any problem."
The dessert is made by freezing balls of butter before dipping them in batter soaked with Irn Bru.
They are then submerged in hot oil until browned.
Oliver Scott, who runs The Fiddler's Elbow, said: "It might not be too nutritious but it's definitely delicious.
"We've been trying it out on volunteers who are loving it. It actually tastes lighter than you'd expect, it's a bit like eating a banana fritter but nicer and obviously a bit naughtier.
"We hope it will help cheer people up in a time of gloom.
"We know that when things are tough economically people like to treat themselves to a little comfort food and this is the ultimate indulgence - so long as people don't overdo it."


(11 replies, posted in News)

mr_smartepants wrote:

Glædelig Jul og Godt Nytår
(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...in Danish).

Hope everyone will enjoy the festive season and precious time with friends and family.

This year we're stuffing our turkey with Scottish haggis and wrapped in a warm blanket of thick British bacon!  Yummy!

What time should we arrive for this wonderful feast !!!


(11 replies, posted in News)

A Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all of our users.

A major thanks to all the programmers and contributors
for making our lives and jobs easier with both XP and W7.

Enjoy your family, children and friends. Eat lots of yummy turkey and potatoes.

If you must drive over Christmas please take care of yourselves and loved ones.

For all our users who have to work over the holiday season to keep us warm and
our lights working, many, many thanks.

Enjoy and see you all next year.


(5 replies, posted in Other)

You are a gentleman and a scholar. I don't care what your wife says about you.

Thanks as always. You always seem to make my life easier.



(5 replies, posted in Other)

You got my interest with the batch files.

Any chance of sharing your knowledge ???



(5 replies, posted in Other)

Started to use Onepiece's DX WinNT6.x True Integrator and find it amazing. Integrate Hotfix's, Addons and was hoping drivers.
As suggested I did extract them all to separate folders and got errors of File Exists etc.
Any thought on this. Is anyone even using this program ???

An amazing piece of coding.

Question: What are the chances of being able to integrate drivers via DriverPacks, they are in RAR format.
It would be most helpful to be able to do this as we can get these files in one place and in 14 files for x64.
I did look at most of the posts and found very little mention of drivers.

(Nonno Fabio)
It should be rather simple: extract the driver packs in a temp folder and let Integrator point at its path.

However driver management has been improved in Vista/7 compared to XP so it's suggested to take updated drivers directly from MU or manufacturer's site. Process is the same: uncompress .cab or self-extracting .exe in a folder and show Integrator the path.

You can also integrate executable-only drivers: install them in a running system, then in Integrator go to Get Drivers Online section and take everything you need

When I talked to an Intel engineer last week he said W8 would only be available in 64 bit.


mr_smartepants wrote:

Pixie dust and happy thoughts! big_smile

You forgot the beer with whiskey chasers !!!

I got a tip from Overflow several months back. I use ESET and Dbase integration took 10 minutes +
Disabling my Anti-spyware temporally reduced it to a minute or so.

Hope this helps.


(9 replies, posted in News)

mr_smartepants wrote:

Welcome back Jaak!  Good to see you around again old friend. smile

Like and old Rock Star, you can never give up.

Nice to see you back.

If you have a PC's with modern (later) cards then the 5xxx range covers older to the latest cards,
it is a universal driver set, I just like to choose that series.

If you have an x1200 or X1300 then ATI recommends 10.2 which will BSOD.

In Device Manager right click the video device and choose UNINSTALL.

mr_smartepants always adds the latest possible driver and cannot test for BSOD's that may occur later.

The "ati2dvag" is obviously an ATI error and can be fixed by visiting the ATI web site and downloading the latest version 11.2 (choose 5xxx series)
I saved a copy of all the versions to a flash drive to have them available when needed (XP, W7, 32 & 64 bit).

Remove the existing ATI programs and drivers first and reboot, then install the new drivers.

This has fixed all the BSOD's on the PC's I have worked on.

This forum is for Drivers only.

Try http://www.ryanvm.net/forum/

Do a search for .NET and use Nlite to integrate.


(7 replies, posted in News)

A great year for DriverPacks with all new Packs in November and more this month.
It's nice to see a section on Windows 7 and the great work the members have done with that.

Great thanks to the programmers, testers and all other members who helped.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Drive carefully so you will be able to enjoy the new technology that 2011 will bring.

A few interesting quotes:

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
Norman Vincent Peale

"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."
Harlan Miller

"The one thing women don't want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband."
Joan Rivers.


(1 replies, posted in News)

Eat plenty of turkey
Eat plenty of dressing
Eat plenty of cranberry
Eat plenty of potatoes
Eat plenty of peas & beans
Eat plenty of pumpkin pie

Please don't drink and drive and die.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving

Just a cosmetic issue. Could you make the Finisher box a little wider as B14 reads B1, cutting off the last digit.

Looking forward to the new versions with 7z 9.2.



(8 replies, posted in DriverPack Mass Storage)



Which of these is the latest ??

Not to complain but it would be nice to have a naming convention for the Beta users that has the full date in it i.e.

We know if its named wnt5 that means its x86-32.
How about:

DP_MassStorage_wnt5_10310b1 or rc1 etc.

We then know the file is Oct 31 2010  --  103110

Just a thought.



(4 replies, posted in Software)

This the only time we will help on a non DriverPack related question.

Read the tutorial and create a DVD with DriverPacks integrated.

http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/dow … Down=false

mr_smartepants wrote:

We are still devising a plan, but it's possible that we may move to a split distribution where the torrents would be free, but the CDN would be available to paid users.  This would help subsidize our costs and give users a tiered service.  It's just an idea.

What do you propose as the paid CDN price range ???

My checkbook is ready.


OverFlow wrote:

... charging for our service(s) in some fashion. The reality of it is the fee can be ridiculously small. since we have a million downloads a week and ten packs that represents 100,000 users a week. The fee could be a dollar a year per person (heck, it could be a measly ten cents)... It's almost a joke that we should have to make donating a dollar mandatory but obviously the honor system won't ever work. It's truly a very sad day for DriverPacks.

I have to agree with the idea and if it's put to a vote the general populace would mostly agree, whether they would pay is a different story.
Pay to Use analysis says that only 1 in 5 will pay and if it's only $1 most would say it's not worth sending money or to use Paypal etc.
If the price was $5 per year then the 1 in 5 scenario works as an average. Small price to pay for the ease of use they gain.
It seems people are more willing to spend $5 than $1.

Most of the people using DP are techies or people who reload a lot and I'm sure they would realize that they have to pay the piper at some point or it all comes to a screeching halt.

Another option is Rapidshare as we have been using for the nightlies but they would probably complain after a couple of weeks.

Just my 2 cents worth or is that $1.


Beginning to feel like Homer Simpson


This is the link.

Check the date.

http://3rdpartydriverpacks.thesneaky.co … 2/?C=M;O=A

Glad that helped you out.

Thanks for posting the location of the files, hopefully the programmers will pick those up and add them in.

Nice to see someone helping out by finding files.

The driver CD that comes with the motherboard has the drivers on it and will auto install when placed in the DVD/CD drive.

If you are asking are they going to be in a DriverPack then you need to find the driver on the Net and post the location for the programmers.

Hope this helps.


(8 replies, posted in Other)

Overflow once gave me a tip regarding my Antivirus/Antispyware. I use ESET and when I it was turned ON my integration would take 9 minutes, when it was turned OFF it took just over 1 minute. (Avast gives a SIF in use error).

You may want to retry with it off or disabled as a test. Don't forget to turn it on again when you are finished.