Mario García

Mario García gelatus

Niner since 2010

Software developer in Austin, Texas.


  • Programming Windows with Charles Petzold

    That was one of the most embarrassing tech talks I have ever witnessed.

    I don't see what's embarrassing about it. I actually enjoyed the interview and I think Charles' book is great for learning Windows 8 programming. 

  • Defrag: Reporting Bugs, Upgrades and Keys, Boot from VHD

    @MagicAndre19​81 Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for.

  • Defrag: Reporting Bugs, Upgrades and Keys, Boot from VHD

    Hey Guys,

    Thank you for answering my question regarding a failing hard drive.

    I have a brand new HD ready to go. However, one thing I forgot to mention is that my system was upgraded from Windows 7 using the downloaded version of Windows 8 upgrade so I don't have the installation media.

    Is there a way to burn a Windows 8 DVD so that I can install from that, or do I have to reinstall the OEM version of Windows 7 and then apply the upgrade?



  • New feature: your own personal video queue

    This is great, thank you for adding this feature. Now please add support so that I can watch my channel 9 queue from my Xbox 360.

  • Defrag 004 - Battery Life, Slow Wake, Library Problems


    Mostly I run Office 2007 and Visual Studio 2010 at work.

    I ended up restoring the laptop using the OEM recovery disk. This put me back on Vista and I then applied all the available patches (running SP2 now). That fixed my problems with the sound and disk thrashing. I also noticed several missing features on the laptop are now working (special hot keys and external LED display are now functional).

    I think in some cases it is better to stick with what is supported by the manufacturer. Several ASUS drivers and utilities are only installed with the factory DVD. Some of these were not available in the driver support downloads section.

    I miss Windows7, but Vista with SP2 is not too bad. It is nice to have everything work 100% on my system. ASUS has a nifty utility for window management that provides similar functionality to Aero Snap.

    Thanks again for your help.

  • Defrag 004 - Battery Life, Slow Wake, Library Problems


    I forgot to mention the laptop has 4GB of RAM and physical memory usage is around 2GB according to Task Manager.

  • Defrag 004 - Battery Life, Slow Wake, Library Problems


    I looked, but the ASUS support site only has Vista drivers, not Windows 7. Should I try the Vista64 driver? Interestingly, the device was recognized by Windows 7 during install and it was configured as a Realtek device. Device Manager says the device is working properly, but there is no sound from the speakers. But why does it work fine with headphones? Isn't it the same audio device?

    The disk issue happens 2 or 3 times throught the day when I'm at work. Disk activity LED lights up, and machine freezes. It lasts from 10 to 15 seconds. When I am watching a movie it seems to happen more often (or maybe I just notice it more). During a 2 hour movie it will happen 3 or 4 times. What do you recommend for a readyboost drive? This laptop has a built-in SD card slot or I could use a USB key.

    Both problems started after I upgraded to Windows 7. Are there any logs or tools I could use to troubleshoot?


  • Defrag 004 - Battery Life, Slow Wake, Library Problems

    Hi Guys, I have a problem with my laptop that is driving me crazy. Originally, when I bought this laptop (ASUS G1-S) it came with Vista 32bit and everything worked great. Then I decided to do a clean install of Windows7 64bit since I love the new OS.

    The installation was smooth and didn't run into any problems. However once I am logged in I have noticed two nagging problems. I have tried many hours of troubleshooting and nothing seems to fix them.

    The first problem is that there is no sound from the laptop speakers. If I plug in headphones, then I get sound but not from the speakers. The strange thing is that when I first power up the laptop, I hear the ASUS bios startup sound from the speakers just fine. But once it is booted into Windows 7 there is no sound at all. I have tried reinstalling the sound driver from the Realtek site and that doesn't fix the problem.

    The second problem is that every once in a while, the computer will freeze up for several seconds and the Hard Drive activity LED will light up. During this time I can't do any I/O from the disk and if I am watching a movie it will just freeze and then resume after a few seconds. The problem seems intermittent and there are no errors in the even log or anywhere else that I can find. This is very annoying.

    I have considered downgrading back to the OEM version of Vista that came with the laptop but I hope you guys can shed some light on this. It seems to me to be driver related, but I don't know how to proceed in finding  a solution.


  • Defrag 003 - Win7 Shutdown Slowdowns, Prob Step Recorder, MSI Failures

    Hi Guys,

    Congrats for creating such a great show, I love it!

    Where can we submit questions for the next episode?



  • 3-min. Quickie: Compiling C++ Projects using only the Windows SDK and the Command Prompt

    Great video, thanks! As a developer with a UNIX background I appreciate being able to build from the command-line. My only nit is that the resolution of the video is too low res and it is hard to see what is going on. Please make the videos higher resolution.