Grandpa's corner

grandpa's corner for 3D, programming and sweet memories

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Upgrading my PC

I have done a heavy upgrading lately. The mother board was a MSI type with an AM2+ processor socket, so I started up with buying a new AMD processor, AMD X4 Phenom II 3.4 GHz. The old motherboard (with AMD 2+) should support the new AMD 3 processor, right? Unfortunately not the one I bought, needed too much power 🙁

I am a retired programmer, not a millionaire, but after another month I could afford a new motherboard, ASUS Crosshair III Formula, and Corsair XMS 3 (DDR3) 1333 MHz memory, and Corsair Water cooling kit (processor only). This time I got 7.4 and 7.5 in Windows Experience Index (processor and memory) 🙂

My old hard disk showed 5.9 on the same speed index so after another month I bit the bullet and bought a SuperTalent SSD disk, PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 graphics card and CoolerMaster 1000W PS. This time I got (from top to bottom) the score 7.4, 7.5, 7.8, 7.8 and 7.1 in Windows Experience Index. WOW 🙂

I was still not quite satisfied, and after fiddling around with BIOS and Registry setting, I managed to increase the hard disk index to 7.3. Now I am satisfied 🙂

windows experience index

windows experience index



directory list
Looking at the directory list of my C-disk to the left, you might see some of the tools I’m using: Irrlicht, MinGW, Panda, Python and PyPE (free editor), QT (now Nokia), Watcom and Xampp.

You don’t see the Program File though :-), with tools like CodeBlocks, MSVC, Corel, Adobe, Lightwave, Blender, etc. etc. …

I need to take a break now, I think. It should be all-set and go, but using the tools is one thing, writing about them is another big beast. I used to be a teacher in math and data (high school), so I know.

I’m not satisfied with the layout of my site, but as I’ve said before, I’m a programmer, not designer. The layout have to wait a bit.

Game Engines

I re-installed 3 game engines today:

Gizmo SDK
Panda 3D

A few years back I tested two of them, Gizmo SDK and Irrlicht, and found them to suit me very well. They are not a “Point-and-click” type, you have to know programming to use them. But I’m not a VisualBasic type of programmer, so for me, being a C/C++ guy, this was just perfect.

If you have been looking into game engines and programming, you surely know Irrlicht, but what the heck is “Gizmo SDK”???

I can tell you it is a highly professional development kit released to the public (again), free for personal use. You could say it is a spin-off from Saab Training System AB, in Sweden. It is living here:

The 3rd one, Panda 3D, scared me a bit in the beginning, I got the impression that it was more like a tool for hobbyists, more like the VisualBasic school of programming. After returning to it yesterday, I changed my mind. As they say in the manual:

To successfully use Panda3D, you must be a skilled programmer. If you do not know what an “API” is, or if you don’t know what a “tree” is, you will probably find Panda3D overwhelming. This is no point-and-click game-maker: this is a tool for professionals.

I changed my mind and installed it.

edit 2010.02.11 – grandpa
I’m also looking into delta3D, but need more time.


Command Prompt Window

command-prompt windowAre you like me, tired of looking for the command-prompt window? Just make a short-cut on your desktop.

Goto (for W7 64 bits): All-Programs–>Accessories–>Command-Prompt, right-click and select “Send-to”–>Desktop.

Command window is for old-timers? If you are using languages like Python, you will need it several times a day, just take a look at my section about Panda Game Engine and Python (yet to come, feb. 2010).


My first real post

Reorganized the menubar, added “Tips & Tricks” and added a page “XP Boot Sequence”. That’s some info I found around 2004, but as far as I can see, this site is no longer on the air.
See page: XP Boot Sequence

– grandpa –

NextGen library problems solved

I was struggling with the NextGen Library earlier, everything worked except for Thumbnail generation.
My site is hosted at After discussing a few minutes with them we agreed upon the reason and the only solution to the problem, but they were not willing to do anything about it, for now.
The solution would have been to increase the PHP memory.
I got the error: exceed Memory limit. Require:24.98 MByte.
I asked for 32MByte, but they would not do it for the moment being.
If you are hosting your own site, you may do whatever you want on the server side, that’s why thumbnails generating was working on my localhost!

– grandpa –


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