23 Nov 2012

HP 2311x Monitor - Blurry / Fuzzy on HDMI from AMD radeon HD 7570

Quick one - hooked this 2nd monitor up to my new desktop on the HDMI port of the AMD Radeon HD 7570. The picture was very blurry. It took a while to find the right setting in Windows 7, which was:

  • Right click on desktop, go to Catalyst Control Center
  • Desktop and Displays > My Digital Flat-panels > Scaling Options
  • Turn Scaling down to 0%
  • Return to My Digital Flat-panels
  • Select Properties
  • Click Enable GPU Scaling
Done! What a crappy default!

2 Nov 2012

SQL Server Attach DB : failed to retrieve text for this error. Reason: 15105

Got this error in SSMS when trying to attach an old DB.

failed to retrieve text for this error. Reason: 15105

Quick answer - run Management Studio as Administrator. The error SSMS was giving on attach then displayed correctly, and in this case was a combination of two things:

  • Inadequate permission on the MDF and LDF files
  • Trying to attach a 2008 R2 DB on a plain 2008 server
If I helped you out today, you can buy me a beer below. Cheers!