Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R with Kingston HyperX

29. December, 2007

If you plan to buy yourself 2GB of Kingston HyperX RAM (KHX8500D2K2/2GN to be precise) for a Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R (BIOS Rev. mainboard, beware: I couldn’t get it to work. I tried:

  • DDR2-1066/PC-8500 and DDR2-800/PC-6400 settings
  • 1.8V and 2.2V
  • Installing both modules in bank 1 and 2 (instead of 1 and 3)

With DDR2-800/PC-6400 settings and 1.8V, the RAM would pass MemTest+ V1.70 but some applications would crash reliably (comix, for example, when opening the third file).

I’ve now replaced the modules with 2*2GB from G.Skill and the board is rock solid.

Weird Path Twist in Blender

29. December, 2007

If you ever ran into the “Weird Path Twist” (a.k.a Z-Twist or curve singularity twist) in Blender, I’ve opened a bug against it: [#8022] Some operations on control points can introduce weird twists in paths

If you don’t know Blender, here is what I did in two days:

It’s the entrance to a public bath on the TAURUS. Since the corridor outside is perpendicular to the bath’s ground, it’s a gravity lock; in the center of the circular walkway, you can see the floor make a 90° turn downwards to align visitors with the gravity field of the bath. If you want to gaze, you can stay on the circular walkway and have a great view of the bath without craning your neck.