Category Archives: Tips

Windows 2012 Storage Spaces not mounting after reinstall

After reinstalling Windows 2012 R2 Server you may find that the Storage Spaces virtual disks will not show up automatically. In fact you won’t even see them in “Computer Management”. The reason for this is that the server is not configured to use the old storage space setup. Authorize server for read-write to storage spaces First… Read More »

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Should I defrag my SSD?

The answer is: “Yes!” and “No, never!” or somewhere between. SSD disks has overcome the physical limitations of traditional harddisks. It is actually not a harddisk any more because it doesn’t have a disk. Traditionally when you access a fragmented file the data is scattered around on the disk so the read heads has to… Read More »

.Net GUI thread crossing

In this article I thought I’d try to explain the exception: Cross-thread operation not valid: Control ‘someControl’ accessed from a thread other than the thread it was created on. This article is a simplification and applies to WinForm and WPF (though samples are for WinForm). What is the GUI thread? When an application starts the… Read More »

Disable Windows 7 Sound Card Jack Sensing

Windows attempts to auto detect any changes to the plugs in your sound card. That doesn’t work well with my sound card (X-Fi something) so the speakers keep falling in and out randomly. Solution: The sound card drivers are located under the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} Search for “EnableDynamicDevices” (located under GlobalSettings somewhere) and set it… Read More »

Slow YouTube

For the past 12-18 months YouTube has been slowing down dramatically for me. Around 18:00 I have to pause videos to let them download ahead, and around 20:00 there is no point in even trying. So I ran some speed tests that showed my ISP (www.get.no) to be throttling the bandwidth for YouTube. I’m not… Read More »