APN details for WinSim Germany

After some research on cheap mobile data plans in Germany I picked up a WinSIM 3G/LTE SIM card for my Nexus 5 – 3GB for 12,99 EUR, no contract – but couldn’t get a data connection. The APN guide on the WinSIM Services site is not intended for Android users.

Here’s the correct Access Point Name (APN) details:

  • APN: internet
  • Proxy: (empty)
  • Port: (empty)
  • Username: (empty)
  • Password: (empty)
  • Server: (empty)
  • MMSC: (empty)
  • MMS proxy: (empty)
  • MMS port: (empty)
  • MCC: 262
  • MNC: 07
  • Authorisation type: None
  • APN type: default,supl
  • APN protocol: IPv4
  • APN roaming protocol IPv4
  • Bearer: Unspecified
  • MVNO type: None

Fix for ASUS N61Jq not working in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10

I’ve upgraded one of my legacy laptops, the ASUS N61Jq, from the default Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 Home. Simple enough. Wrong.

I’d previously upgraded this laptop to Windows 8.1 and had to roll-back to Windows 7 due to consistent freezes during boot and at the login screen, this persisted even in Safe Mode (with Networking) but I never isolated the issue so back to Windows 7 Home Premium it went.

Roll forward to 2015 and I tried again. After using the Windows 10 updater to migrate my existing Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 Home everything seemed well, this experience continued for several weeks till the laptop would no longer boot up and then started exhibiting the same consistent freezes during boot and at the login screen.

Initially I thought the webcam drivers were responsible so disabled the device in Safe Mode and boot up started working, I now understand that both the webcam and wireless network adapter drivers were suspect.

Here’s how I got my ASUS N61Jq working with Windows 10 Home:

  1. Disable the on-board webcam (it’s upside down by default since ASUS stopped issuing patched webcam drivers so plug in a USB webcam)
  2. Ensure the Qualcomm Atheros AR8131 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30) driver is installed for the wired network adapter
  3. Download the Atheros WLAN driver (aka Atheros AR9285 and Dell Wireless 1506 802.11b/g/n) (mirror download)
  4. Install the Atheros WLAN driver manually using the Device Manager

Happy days, big thanks go out to emtunc for hosting the drivers (I have hosted a file mirror here for posterity) 🙂

Update: After several more days the BSOD came back in waves, disabling the wired ethernet controller resolved this.

Fix for “No MAV Data” on MinimOSD-Extra with 3DR Pixhawk

I’ve been battling the “No MAV Data” notice appearing on the MinimOSD video output after powering up my Pixhawk flight controlle, this has happened out of the box and persists after flashing the 4.0.1 MinimOSD-Extra firmware. Here’s the fix.

Background

  • I have a MinimOSD with KV Team Mod.
  • I have the MinimOSD connected to the Telem2 connector (known as SR2), a 3DR 400MHz radio is connected to Telem1 (known as SR1)
  • The MinimOSD board is powering the 5v FPV camera by bridging the UART and video pins.

The fix

  1. Open Mission Planner
  2. Connect to Pixhawk
  3. Open the Config/Tuning tab and expand the Full Parameter Tree
  4. From the Paramater tree expand SR2
  5. Set the following values if blank (or set to 0/zero):

    SR2_EXT_STAT, 2
    SR2_EXTRA1, 10
    SR2_EXTRA2, 10
    SR2_EXTRA3, 2
    SR2_PARAMS, 10
    SR2_POSITION, 3
    SR2_RAW_CTRL, 1
    SR2_RAW_SENS, 2
    SR2_RC_CHAN, 2

  6. Click Write Params

That’s it!

Check your MinimOSD video output as this is an immediate change and does not require re-powering your Pixhawk flight controller.

ASUS UX32VD VGA output not working in Windows 10

Update: NVIDIA Intel HD Graphics Control Panel was to blame, see the bottom steps of this post for more information.

First day after upgrading from Windows 8.1 Home to Windows 10 Home on the ASUS UX32VD Ultrabook. First day, first problem: the VGA monitor output in Windows 10 isn’t working whilst the HDMI monitor output is in use; so this seems to be a driver issue.

Any other UX32VD users experiencing this? I’ll update this post as I troubleshoot (update NVIDIA GeForce software, reboot, uninstall/re-install drivers, reboot, etc.) and raise technical issues with ASUS Support.


Have updated to the latest NVIDIA GeForce drivers, rebooted, applied all Windows Updates, rebooted again.

At BIOS the VGA monitor comes alive then as Windows takes over the monitor powers down. Unplugging the HDMI connector from the UX32VD brings the VGA output back on – yay! – but re-connecting the HDMI output then powers the VGA output down again. Not yay…


Got it working! Blame the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel update that comes with Windows 10 that acts independent to the Windows system Display Settings.

Note: This fix may be limited to Intel HD Graphics 4000 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M users running Windows 10.

  1. Install the latest Intel HD Graphics Control Panel (as of August 2015) and NVIDIA Control Panel software packages
  2. Right click the Desktop and select Graphics Properties (with the Intel Control Panel icon)
  3. Once the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel window opens select the Display tab
  4. Next to the back arrow you should see Display with a down arrow beside it, click the Display title and select Multiple Displays. If you already have the Multiple Displays tab visible ignore this step
  5. From Select Display Mode select Extended Desktop to enable multiple monitors
  6. From Select One or More Active Displays use the drop-downs marked 1, 2, 3 to allocate the detected monitors; set the Primary Display as your main monitor
  7. Click Apply to save changes and enable the VGA output

That’s it! That third monitor should come to life and you can curse Intel for losing a morning’s productivity! Hope this helps someone. 🙂

Changing a business address (CVR) in Denmark

Online startup’s are transient so it’s crucial – in Denmark especially – to keep your business address up to date within the central business register. Virk.dk is the place to visit for non-tax related business activities, e.g. updating/changing your business address.

Ændre virksomhed (Changing Address in Dansk)

[1.2] 3D Robotics Distributor List

As of today there are 42 published 3D Robotics distributors on the list with 2 pending processing. Distributors are filtered by Region, Country (where they do most of their shipping) and Range (what they stock).

In the 1.2 build of the 3D Robotics Distributors list I’ve added:

  • moved the product search within 3D Robotics distributors to the Filter by Region page
  • changed the product search to be AJAX driven to get around CloudFlare timeout issues when live querying a large volume of stores (timeout is now 30 seconds)
  • product search results are sorted by relevance
  • product search results have their currency cleaned up (where possible)

I’ll continue to extend product search to support ordering by price, distance and include the product search element on other pages including the View All 3DR Distributors page and individual 3D Robotics Distributor profile page.

EasyCAP drivers for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10

Update: I’ve moved EasyCAP driver file hosting to Google Drive as Google Cloud billing hit $100 AUD per month, EasyCAP driver downloads were 638 Gigibytes for the month of November! All links have been updated. 🙂

The EasyCAP converts an RCA or S-video source into a USB video and audio capture device – known as a Sound, video and game controller device in Windows – the possibilities for connecting analog sources to a Windows machine are endless and it’s priced insanely cheap.

All of this positive feedback stops when you connect it to a Windows machine – XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and now 10 – and realise there are hundreds of variations of this device produced with drivers designed specific to each variant with no original manufacturer to provide drivers or compatibility… at this point most users bin it and go on with their lives… I almost gave up too…

After a fortnight of driver hunting, driver conflicts, BSOD’s from resource conflicts and even ‘Windows driver paywalls’ – where you have to pay to download drivers for the EasyCAP – I got ‘my’ EasyCAP working as a video and sound capture device in Windows 8.1 (and Windows 10)!

 

Here’s the gotcha, ‘my’ EasyCAP – shown in packaging above but with labels on each cable – is sold on eBay, Amazon, etc. as the EasyCAP Capture USB 2.0 Video Adapter with Audio which is shared by every other variant out there but internally it is called the eMPIA Technology USB 2861 Device.

Unfortunately there is no way to tell what variant you have until you open the package and check the Device Properties for that Unknown Device showing within the Windows Device Manager and at that point you then can start looking for drivers that may be ‘compatible’ with – definitely not designed for – Windows 8, 8.1 or 10.

The eMPIA Technology USB 2861 Device has the following hardware details shown within the Windows Device Manager.

Screenshot from Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

screenshot-easycapw10
EasyCAP drivers working in Windows 10 connected using the RCA output of the EasyCAP device.

Manufacturer and Provider:

  • eMPIA Technology

Hardware IDs:

  • USB/VID_EB1A&PID_2861&REV_0100&MI=00
  • USB/VID_EB1A&PID_2861&MI=00

Below is a link to the Windows 7 drivers that were compatible with my EasyCAP device and further down a list of other EasyCAP drivers you can try. All of them require you to disable Windows Driver Signature from Advanced Startup; you can read about this from Sparkfun’s tutorial for Disabling Signed Driver Enforcement in Windows 8.

The driver package that worked in Windows 8.1 and now Windows 10:

I suspect this USB 2861 Device 5.8.306.0 – 3/6/2008 driver package hosted on the Microsoft Update Catalog is a newer driver release than the one I have working but I have not installed it so cannot confirm compatibility; in my mind, don’t fix something that ain’t broke…

Other driver packages and installers that might help other frustrated EasyCAP users (some are duplicates but different driver versions), good luck!

Note: Google Drive cannot scan ZIP archives over 85MB and EasyCAP_USBVID_1B71&PID_3002_FullCD.zip just happens to be 85MB. It’s clean just wanted to give you heads up. All other download files are ~4MB up to 34MB.

I will host these driver packages as long as I can and mirror them if the server load is too high. Yup we hit the $100 AUD per month billing limit for file hosting, the downloads links are now direct links to Google Drive. If you have a question ask here in the comments as other readers may help you.

Integral Fusion USB Flash Drive H2testw report

Here’s my H2testw report for the Integral Fusion 8GB USB Flash Drive. The report was run on a Windows 8.1 laptop with a Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series hard disk using an available USB 3.0 port with H2testw 1.4 configured to write and verify the entire contents of the drive.

integralfusion-h2testw

Here is the H2testw report in plain-text.

Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 4.91 MByte/s
Reading speed: 24.7 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

SanDisk Ultra microSDHDC UHS-I 16GB H2testw report

Here’s my H2testw report for the SanDisk Ultra microSDHDC UHS-I 16GB which is a Class 10/UHS-I class micro SD card. The report was run on a Windows 8.1 laptop with a Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series hard disk using the provided micro SD to SD adapter with H2testw 1.4 configured to write and verify the entire contents of the drive.

sandiskultra-h2testw

Here is the H2testw report in plain-text.

Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 14.0 MByte/s
Reading speed: 18.8 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

[1.1] 3D Robotics Distributor List

As of today there are 40 published 3D Robotics distributors on the list with 7 pending processing. Distributors are filtered by Region, Country (where they do most of their shipping) and Range (what they stock).

In the 1.1 build of the 3D Robotics Distributors list I’ve added:

  • a last modified date to distributor pages as an indicator of how accurate the data is.
  • added total distributors and total distributors per region counts to the ‘per Region’ and ‘3D Robotics Distributors’ page
  • added a site search for 3D Robotics distributors that provide site search that returns a list of matching Products and their price (where supported)

There’s still plenty of 3D Robotics distributors out there that haven’t made it onto the list, if you know one that is missing please submit it!

I’ll be extending the site search feature to search all 3D Robotics distributors and include filters by region. Happy flying!