$4 Gas

I had my first $4/gal. purchase today, gas has come some ways since I arrived state side last January.

Still cheaper that the $4.569 USD/gal. I was paying in New Zealand when we left. Current NZ prices is $6.659 USD/gal. so $4/gal. still feels like a bargain.

WHEA-Logger Event ID 19 on Windows 7

I have been getting thousands of these events in my event log, and today I decided to do something about it.

Ran the Dell Diagnostic DOS tool (MpMemmory and DellDiag), and it spent 20 minutes testing memory, and was happy.

Rang Dell Support, the hardware guy ran Windows based tests and they passed so he declared it a software issue. The software support needed me to buy a support package. Wasn’t interested to pay $90 for what appears to be a hardware concern.

- <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
- <System>
  <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-WHEA-Logger" Guid="{C26C4F3C-3F66-4E99-8F8A-39405CFED220}" />
  <TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-03-13T22:04:12.439295800Z" />
  <Correlation ActivityID="{73695672-4BDB-4A1B-B301-BDD46B0B4C29}" />
  <Execution ProcessID="1480" ThreadID="656" />
  <Security UserID="S-1-5-19" />
- <EventData>
  <Data Name="ErrorSource">1</Data>
  <Data Name="ApicId">0</Data>
  <Data Name="MCABank">1</Data>
  <Data Name="MciStat">0x9400000000000151</Data>
  <Data Name="MciAddr">0xf960002757a0</Data>
  <Data Name="MciMisc">0x0</Data>
  <Data Name="ErrorType">9</Data>
  <Data Name="TransactionType">0</Data>
  <Data Name="Participation">256</Data>
  <Data Name="RequestType">5</Data>
  <Data Name="MemorIO">256</Data>
  <Data Name="MemHierarchyLvl">1</Data>
  <Data Name="Timeout">256</Data>
  <Data Name="OperationType">256</Data>
  <Data Name="Channel">256</Data>
  <Data Name="Length">928</Data>
  <Data Name="RawData">435045521002FFFFFFFF03000200000002000000A00300000B0416000D030B140000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000BDC407CF89B7184EB3C41F732CB57131B18BCE2DD7BD0E45B9AD9CF4EBD4F890392EA016F0E0CB0100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000058010000C00000000102000001000000ADCC7698B447DB4BB65E16F193C4F3DB0000000000000000000000000000000002000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000018020000800000000102000000000000B0A03EDC44A19747B95B53FA242B6E1D0000000000000000000000000000000002000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000098020000080100000102000000000000011D1E8AF94257459C33565E5CC3F7E8000000000000000000000000000000000200000000000000000000000000000000000000000000007F010000000000000002010300010000630F10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000007000000000000000000000000000000630F10000008020009208000FFFB8B170000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000F50157A5EFE3DE43AC72249B573FAD2C03000000000000009F00540000000000A057270060F900000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000100000002000000B1653B95CAE1CB010000000000000000000000000000000000000000010000005101000000000094A057270060F9000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000</Data>

Posted to Windows Client Tech Center Forum, not sure it’s the best place, but hopefully that might lead to some better guidance on how to proceed.

PC Spec’s:

  • Dell Insparon 570
  • AMD Athlon II X2 245
  • 2GB single dimm
  • Window 7 64 bit

[Update 28 Apr] Ran Prime95 over night in Thrash Test mode and the PC was happy and stable in the morning, CPU temp rose only a couple of degrees (from 41 to 47) C.

Not sure what to test next.

[Update 3 May] I installed the AMD Catalyst driver bundle, to see if it was some driver issue, and after rebooting I had 30 minutes of no warnings, until my 8pm video recording started. After the recording stopped the warnings were still occuring, but I’d notice 10 minutes gaps, that almost aligned to when I let the TighVNC session close/minimize.

So from here my plan is to remove the capture card, and turn off SageTV and see if the warnings persist.

Then try uninstalling TightVNC and see if the warnings persist. Because at that point the box is almost how it was out of the factory, and it would be nice to show it’s not those components causing the issue.

[Update 5 May] Last night ran the PC in Safe Mode for 1 hour and did not have any warnings, I was also running Prime95 and Windows Security Essentials (WSE) scanning to exercise the machine like under normal system operations.

I then ran the Dell Boot Daig memory check again, 30 minutes later it all passed.

Going back to normal Windows 7 I still had the warnings. So I progressively:

  • removed the TV capture card
  • removed the USB Wifi stick
  • turned off all non-Microsoft services (as per the Clean Boot instructions)
  • disabled all devices in Device Manager that where not the core system devices (CPU, hard disk, monitor, video)
  • uninstalled TightVNC
  • uninstalled WireShark/WinPcap

and the warnings continued.

I then rebooted into “Safe Mode with Networking” and left the machine overnight. This morning there were no warnings while in Safe Mode, but when I rebooted to normal Windows 7, there were 200 warnings in the first 2 seconds, which makes me wonder if the WHEA-Logger is not running in safe mode, thus the safe mode test was pointless. For perspective, I’ve only ever seen 2-3 warnings happen in the same second before. One reason to believe the WHEA-Logger is not working is the the Core Temp CPU heat testing application could not run in safe mode, and it queries the CPU, which is what the WHEA-Logger is also doing.

I have saved the first 75 of the events if there is a Dell, AMD or Microsoft employee interested, you can contact me directly at simeon.pilgrim@gmail.com.

USD Thinking

Now that I’m in the US I notice how all news is 100% US based in perspective, i.e. it all happens due to US based reasons.

Thus you see stock charts like these:

And it’s all about Trimble has done this, and Trimble did that. Or when you see some currency charts:

it generates US focused articles like this:

Which is funny, because in reality that article is the exact opposite of what’s happening. Currency is not a stock, it’s a ratio of strength, and those downward graphs are showing the amount of foreign dollars you get for each USD, which is the opposite of the stock chart, where you look at the USD cost per single stock, thus if you inverse the charts you’d see the cost of foreign dollars are rising.

Another way to notice this is the price of gold in USD, people are all “oh look at its growth” when it’s also an exchange ratio. Looking at it in AUD it’s not current higher than 2009 prices, thus is it gold or the USD that’s changing?

Also if you look at how the stock-market has grown, you then wonder is the value of everything going up, or is the value of the central currency the USD going down.

The latter is what you’d expect when the Fed has been busy over the last few years creating trillions of new dollars.

The Smurfs Village

I had been playing The Smurfs Village iPod game for a few weeks, mainly to compete with Jacob, but he had a head start, and the game is pretty linear, so catching him turned out not to be an option.

To being with it felt like a good Warcraft type game, but the interesting parts faded pretty quickly and then it was just a grind, with not much new things on the horizon.

I was planning to do some geeky breakdown of different crops, but I’ve stopped playing the game. My favourite crop was Brussels Sprouts, as it paid out x5 the gold (most only pay x4) and 50xp for two hours “work”. The two hours was a good time period for work, as I could check back in 2-4 hours and still not have the crop withering.

Only problem there is not enough to do with gold, vs. Smurf berries, which to have to be brought with really money if you want to do much beyond the basics.