DD-WRT v24 Final is Out!

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компютри втора употреба finally out and only a matter of time before I post the “special versions” on this site.  I also have some v24 final versions with a script called AutoAP built-in.  It’s is very neat switch that will scan for open access points, connect to them, and re-broadcast them for your use.  Comes in handy – especially at hotels.

Stay tuned…

gateway m500 – no sound driver support in vista

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Gateway M500I recently installed Windows Vista Ultimate on my girlfriends fiancée’s Gateway M500. This process was flawless aside from an annoying sound driver issue. The sound card is a Sigmatel AC97 that only has support for Windows XP. There are no Vista drivers in sight. It seems Sigmatel sold off their audio division and the new owners decided against spending resources developing a Vista driver for the AC97 line.

Here’s how to get it working:

  1. Download the Windows XP driver from Gateway here.
  2. Extract the files. The files will end up in c:\cabs\9523099\
  3. Right click the file Setup and click on properties.
  4. Click on the Compatibility tab and allow the program to run in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode.
  5. Click OK and allow the program to install.
  6. That’s it. You should have your sound card up and running.

why can’t I rebrand dd-wrt and where is the source code?

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DD-WRT LogoI’m frustrated. I have been thinking about writing a post like this for a while, so here it is. I come and visit these forums from time to time and one subject that makes itself present on a consistent basis is the idea of donating to DD-WRT to persuade them to develop faster, add specific features or to simply support the DD-WRT cause.

Why should I have to do this? Give me the source and let me do it and if not I – someone else. Why does it seem to me that the core of DD-WRT development is only allowed by a handful of individuals? Everyone should have access to this source and if I so choose – make a fork of this project. After all DD-WRT wouldn’t exist had the lead developer not made a fork of the Alchemy Firmware. His feelings towards the Alchemy Firmware at that time currently reflect my feelings toward DD-WRT now. There are many reasons for this, but there are two that really get to me:

1. Where is the source code?
2. And why is development taking so long? The first binary of v24 beta according to the download page was 5/19/06 and as of today is still in beta RC3!

With the release of the source code there would be potentially hundreds of people willing to aid in advancing this project, hence a fork is needed.

I feel a fork needs to be created directly from DD-WRT’s software decision to start charging for their firmware and not releasing the source code, thus closing the door to open source.

The special versions of DD-WRT are also of much controversy as they represent the true final release of each version. Listed on the wiki in the special firmware section we can read, “Firmware releases customized to your corporate design are also available.”

Why can’t I or anyone do this without the aid of the DD-WRT team? Well, in the wiki under firmware modification we find this statement:

WARNING: Due to abuse by those re-branding DD-WRT and selling it, or pre-flashed routers with it on eBay, builds dated later than 08/04/2006 have some protections against re-branding the web UI.

On the contrary, the OpenWRT firmware not only provides the tools you need to modify the firmware, but there is detailed documents on how to do it.


I have my reasons for sticking with DD-WRT at this time and this is what brings about this frustration. This post is meant for the community – to advance the DD-WRT project. Nothing more.

dd-wrt v23 sp2 – special edition

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I am responding to an article written by db90h located here:

Here is my response:

UPDATE:  I removed the files for download.  Sorry.

Lenovo Laptop + Rescue and Recovery = Missing Hard Drive Space!

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PURPOSE: This post is meant to inform anyone that has a Lenovo laptop and has the program “Rescue and Recovery” installed.

Recently, I was visiting a friend in which we both discovered that there seemed to be 20GB completely missing from his 60GB hard drive. I selected everything in the c:\ folder to find that about 25GB of space was being used, yet Windows was reporting that there was only 2GB of free space.

My first thought: Well, there are some cache files or system restore points taking up all the space. I searched high and low for hidden files (system restore points, temp dir, internet cache, service partitions), but could not find the culprit. I did end up freeing up about 4GB of hard drive space during this maintanence, but it was all space that was accounted for. There was still a missing 20GB that just wouldn’t add up.

After a few more hours of looking I finally found the program called “Rescue and Recovery”. If I remember correctly the directory that the hidden files where in was c:\RRTemp. The problem now was that even with administrator rights I could not access the directory.

I had to access the program, which is located in the Lenovo directory on the start menu, run the program and delete the restore points within the program. This solved the problem and the missing 20GB was no longer an issue.

To all that are having this issue, I hope this helped. Good luck!