How I Learned That Not All Hetzner Root Servers Are the Same!

A while back I installed VMWare ESXi 6.5 on some Root Servers from Hetzner. The majority that I setup were Hetzner EX41S-SSD builds but I also did a Hetzner PX91-SSD build.

The first few EX41S-SSD servers took VMWare ESXi 6.5 fine without problem – the only thing I’d suggest is having Hetzner put a 6.5 image on usb for you to use since loading a remote image through LARA Console doesn’t work too well.

Then I did a PX91-SSD server and had to downgrade to 5.5 in order to solve a Datastore connection issue. The PX91-SSD servers are in a different datacenter than the EX41S-SSD servers that I was used to, so this really isn’t surprising.

Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume on Datastore
Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume on Datastore
Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume - Windows Performance
Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume – Windows Performance
Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume - pfSense Performance
Hetzner PX91-SSD VMWare Lost Connection to Volume – pfSense Performance

The surprise came when I was setting up another EX41S-SSD server and I had to downgrade to 6.0 from the usual 6.5 because the NIC card in this EX41S-SSD wasn’t supported by 6.5 even though other EX41S-SSD servers run 6.5 just fine. I should note that I couldn’t get 6.0, or even 5.5, to work myself and was about to just install Windows and run VMWare Workstation when a Hetzner support specialist offered to get 6.0 working for me. I assume he used a custom ESXi 6.0 image that had the missing NIC drivers that the regular image was missing.

Hetzner EX41S-SSD VMWare ESXi 6.5 Unsupported NIC
Hetzner EX41S-SSD VMWare ESXi 6.5 Unsupported NIC

So.. in conclusion.. even though you may order two servers with the same name from Hetzner, you may not be getting two physically identical servers with the same hardware – especially with the EX server packages running residential grade hardware and Skylake/Haswell CPUs.

How use Python, or Any Program, via CMD Prompt without Full Path

For Windows 7/8/8.1/10:

  1. Right-click on “My Computer” or “This PC”.
  2. Select “Properties”.
  3. Click “Advanced System Settings”.
  4. Click “Environment Variables”.
  5. Under the “System Variables” sub-section select the Variable Path and click “Edit”.
  6. Append “;C:\Python27” to the existing path, click “Ok”, and “Ok” again.
  7. Restart CMD Prompt for the new path setting to take effect.

Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11287597/how-to-make-python-accessible-via-cmd-prompt-without-full-path

List of Proxy Server Affiliate Programs

A while back I needed good proxy server providers to recommend to some friends for game botting, and before that I needed to recommend some proxies for SEO program purposes. This lead to me to do a lot of research on the most popular shared, dedicated, and backconnect proxy providers around the web.

While I was doing my proxy research, I also took note of which proxy providers also offer an affiliate program to get paid for any sales referrals. Some of these proxy providers pay only 10% commission, some pay 50% or more!

List of Money-Making Proxy Provider Affiliate/Referral Programs:

Since not all of the proxy providers advertise their affiliate programs, the below links point to home pages.

For some, the affiliate link may be in the top navigation, for most it will be in the footer, and others you will have to register/sign-up to the site before you can access the affiliate program.

There are probably many other proxy affiliate programs out there. I will continue adding any new ones I find that look decent enough to even consider!

Feel free to comment below with any thoughts on the list or suggestions to be added!

Fix Remote Desktop Problem Windows 10 Faulting module name: vorbis.acm

I was having a problem recently with Remote Desktop connections not working, Remote Desktop would just exit without any error while trying to connect. I checked Event Viewer and saw this entry:

Faulting application name: mstsc.exe, version: 10.0.14393.447, time stamp: 0x5819bc5f
Faulting module name: vorbis.acm, version: 0.0.3.6, time stamp: 0x50a51541Exception code: 0xc0000005

So after searching for problems with RDP related to vorbis.acm I found this article discussing the same problem in Windows 8.1 x64.

It turns out that a recent install of FL Studio 12 introduced vorbis.acm to my system which is not compatible with mstsc.exe in 64-bit machines, which I found strange since the FL Studio 12 install from Image Line has both a 32-bit and 64-bit version.

So what was the fix to get Remote Desktop working again? Well, just rename the “vorbis.acm” file located in C:\Windows\System32 to “vorbis.acmBAK” and RDP will start working again! Sure, it’s a temporary work-around, but at least you can connect to remote machines!

Sortable Table of “Geek Tested: 17 Thermal Pastes Face Off” Comparison

This is a sortable table made from the info presented in the article “Geek Tested: 17 Thermal Pastes Face Off” at PCGamer.com. I will also be adding some of my own information inside additional columns such as ebay pricer-per-gram.

On an idling overclocked processor or a stock-clocked CPU, the differences between thermal pastes is minimal—we saw a spread of less than 4C between the best and worst thermal pastes in our roundup. At high temperatures—and we should reiterate that we overclocked the processor to 3.9GHz and used a custom thermal-stress utility to put an enormous thermal load on the CPU—we saw a spread of over 12C. Margin of error is plus or minus 2C to allow for ambient air temperature, which ranged from 23.8C to 25.4C throughout the testing procedure.

Of the seventeen thermal pastes in this roundup, Tuniq’s TX-4 scored the highest. Its burn temperature was 3C cooler than Arctic Silver 5’s. Eleven pastes earn our Geek Tested & Approved badge: Tuniq TX-4 and TX-2, Shin-Etsu MicroSI X23-7783D, Prolimatek PK-1, Arctic Cooling MX-4 and MX-2, Noctual NT-H1, Xigmatek PTI-G4512, ZeroTherm ZT-100, Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400, and good old Arctic Silver 5. We’d give pride of place to Tuniq’s TX-2, Arctic Cooling’s MX-2, and Prolimatech’s PK-1, because they’re slightly cheaper than some of the other premiere thermal interface materials.

So does thermal paste matter? Yes—there’s a big difference between thermal pastes when running a CPU at full burn. There’s a big difference between a thermal interface material that’s good for overclocking and those that aren’t, but with eleven great thermal pastes to choose from, you can’t go wrong with one of them.

(Click Column Headers to Sort)

Thermal Paste Idle Load Approved? Cheapest Price/g Quantities
Arctic Silver Lumiére 43.75 89 NO N/A N/A OEM
Noctua NT-H1 41 81.25 YES 7.99 2.29 1.4ml(3.49g)
Arctic Cooling MX-4 41 81 YES 6.80 1.70 2g, 4g, 20g
Tuniq TX-4 40* 79.5* YES 9.79 2.80 1ml(3.5g)
ZeroTherm ZT-100 41 81.5 YES N/A N/A OEM
Prolimatech PK-1 41.25 80.5 YES 12.49 2.50 1.5g, 5g, 30g
Rosewill RCX-TC090 Pro 41.75 85.5 NO N/A N/A OEM
Xigmatek PTI-G3606 42.25 84.5 NO 7.17 2.39 3g
Tuniq TX-2 41 80 YES 7.59 2.17 3.5g
Arctic Silver 5 41.5 82.5 YES 5.95 1.70 3.5g, 12g
Arctic Silver Alumina 42.75 85.5 NO 3.55 2.03 1.75g, 14g
Shin-Etsu MicroSI X23-7783D 40* 80.25 YES 6.15 3.08 .5g, 2g, 5g, 20g, 50g, 100g
BioStar Nano Diamond 43.25 89 NO N/A N/A OEM
Zalman ZMSTG1 43.25 89.25 NO 5.15 1.47 3.5g
Xigmatek PTI-G4512 40* 81.25 YES 8.12 2.03 4g
Arctic Cooling MX-2 40.75 81 YES 5.62 1.41 4g, 8g, 30g, 65g
Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400 41 81.75 YES 9.99 2.55 .16oz(3.92g)

Asterisk (*) denotes best score. All tests performed on an overclocked Core i7-975 @ 3.9GHz (burn) and 2.1GHz (idle) on an Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard with 6GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3, a Radeon HD 5850, and 850W Antec TruePower PSU. The CPU cooler used was a Thermaltake Frio OCK with its fans set to maximum speed. Temperatures recorded after 1 hour at idle and after 3 hours of full-burn testing using Intel’s internal Nehalem stress-testing utility. We use HWMonitor to determine core temperatures and TMonitor to keep an eye on clock speeds.

Note: “Cheapest” column denotes price for usual 2-5g quantity available on ebay in January 2017 that most users buy, small sizes less than 2g skipped. “Price/g” column denotes the price-per-gram of the ebay price in “Cheapest” column. “Quantities” column denotes all the sizes available to buy. Obviously, the price-per-gram will vary if you compare other sizes of thermal paste such 15g quantities, however most people aside from pc techs and builders don not buy thermal paste in such large quantities.

Table made sortable using the guide Make HTML Tables Sort-Able with Sorttable Javascript from right here at JSC.