Attempting to install Windows 11

Attempting to install Windows 11

Hi everyone,

Today, Windows 11 build 21996 got leaked, and the Windows 10 subreddit is already full of Windows 11 posts and comments. Thanks to it, I managed to grab a copy of the .iso image.

Windows 11 build 21996 leaked ISO

I then proceeded to burn it to a Blu-Ray Rewritable disc since the image size is 4.54GB. This is bigger than the maximum size of 4.37GB that a Single Layer DVD+RW disc can hold, and there are no Double Layer DVD+RW discs as that never came to be officially available.

Once the disc was burned, I attempted to run the setup on an old Lenovo laptop, but unfortunately, I was prompted with a message saying the PC is not compatible with Windows 11. It seems the requirements are different than that for Windows 10, and is surprising, given that the laptop has the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview version installed.

One thing that I noticed is that the Windows boot logo changed and is now 4 straight squares:

Attempting to install Windows 11 build 21996 1

It is also reflected in the first setup screen:

Attempting to install Windows 11 build 21996 2

This build seems to have been compiled on May 30th, 2021, as shown in the versions page:

Attempting to install Windows 11 build 21996 3

Unfortunately, after that we get a message saying that the laptop is not compatible:

Attempting to install Windows 11 build 21996 4

That’s alright. I then proceeded to try to upgrade the Windows 10 build, but I got the same message, and it didn’t explain the reason of why it cannot be upgraded:

Attempting to install Windows 11 build 21996 6

I then tried to upgrade my main media center PC, and in that PC, I got the reasons of why it cannot be upgraded. These requirements seem to be new, either to this particular build, or to Windows 11:

Attempting to install Windows 11 build 21996 5

This PC has an Intel i7-3610QM CPU and the motherboard does not have a Trusted Platform Module, so it’s clear I cannot install it there. I do have a laptop that satisfies these requirements, and tomorrow, I’ll attempt to upgrade it.

Are you excited about Windows 11?

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – June 15, 2021

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – June 15, 2021

Hi everyone,

Today is the third Tuesday of June 2021. This week, we got 5 movies on DVD, 2 in Blu-Ray, and 1 in 4K UHD. Let’s see them below:

Movies added

DVD

Blu-Ray

4K UHD

Also, on Friday, we Got Rogue Hostage on DVD and Blu-Ray

Movies that can no longer be reserved

DVD

  • Billionaire Boys Club
  • Broken Star
  • Dystopia
  • Ghostbusters (2016)
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Siberia
  • Silencer

Blu-Ray

  • Annabelle: Creation
  • Ghostbusters (2016)
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Movies Coming Soon

June 22nd

  • DVD: Night Of The Sicario
  • DVD: Batman: The Long Halloween Part 1
  • DVD: The Unholy
  • Blu-Ray: Nobody
  • 4K UHD: Nobody
  • DVD: Nobody

June 25th

  • Blu-Ray: Lansky
  • DVD: Lansky

June 29th

  • DVD: The Paper Tigers
  • DVD: Death in Texas
  • DVD: Meander

July 6th

  • DVD: Space Jam
  • DVD: Locked In
  • DVD: The Nest

July 13th

  • DVD: A Cinderella Story: Starstruck
  • DVD: Separation
  • Blu-Ray: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • DVD: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • 4K UHD: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • Blu-Ray: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • DVD: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • Blu-Ray: Wrath of Man
  • DVD: Wrath of Man

More upcoming releases

  • Blu-Ray: Spiral
  • DVD: Spiral
  • DVD: Joey & Ella
  • Blu-Ray: Midnight in the Switch Grass
  • DVD: Midnight in the Switch Grass
  • Blu-Ray: A Quiet Place Part II
  • 4K UHD: A Quiet Place Part II
  • DVD: A Quiet Place Part II
  • Blu-Ray: Those Who Wish Me Dead
  • DVD: Those Who Wish Me Dead
  • Blu-Ray: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  • 4K UHD: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  • DVD: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  • Blu-Ray: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • DVD: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • Blu-Ray: Spirit Untamed
  • DVD: Spirit Untamed
  • Blu-Ray: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
  • DVD: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Burning the SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB disc in the Optiarc AD-7561A drive

Burning the SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB disc in the Optiarc AD-7561A drive

Hi everyone,

Today, we will see how well a SmartBuy DVD+R DL disc burn in the Optiarc AD-7561A drive.

This unit supports burning these discs at a speed of 2.4x and 4x. This post will focus on a disc burned at 4x.

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A ImgBurn 1

Burning the disc seem to have gone well:

While in the very first image I realized it doesn’t show the burning speed, it was actually burning at 2.4x. Same as the last image, since the drive burns in 2 zones, using the Z-CLV strategy. The rest of the discs burned at a constant 3.8x speed.

The disc verification was successful:

This is how the disc surface looks after burning:

SmartBuy DVD+R DL Burned Surface 4x Optiarc AD-7561A

You can see there are 2 visible zones in the disc, which are the 2.4x and 4x zones.

Quality Scans

We will now see some disc quality scans from the above disc. All of the scans are performed at a speed of 4x, except in the Optiarc AD-7561A and AD-7740H drives, and in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive.

LiteOn iHAS524 A

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A Quality Scan LiteOn iHAS524 4xPNG

This is a very good scan with only a few elevated numbers in the 2nd layer.

LiteOn iHBS112 2

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A Quality Scan LiteOn iHBS112 4xPNG

This drive always seem to scan the PIF correctly but reports a lot of error in the PIE.

LG WH16NS58

SmartBuy RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A LG WH16NS58

Numbers similar to the LiteOn iHAS524 drive, except the PIE are a bit higher by a few numbers.

Optiarc AD-7561A

This drive always reports elevated numbers.

Optiarc AD-7740H

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A Quality Scan Optiarc AD-7740H

Elevated PIE numbers here, but the PIF numbers appears to be fine.

Samsung SN-208AB

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A Quality Scan Samsung SN-208AB 4xPNG

Another good result.

Pioneer BDR-2212

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A Quality Scan Pioneer BDR-2212

Unfortunately, this drive is not suitable to scan DVD+R DL media, but the disc itself is readable. This drive always fails in the layer break when scanning this type of disc.

Conclusion

As we can see, the Optiarc AD-7561A is a great drive to burn these discs. It will do it without any issues and will verify correctly. The disc also scanned with good results in all drives when we take into account the PIF numbers. All of the drives reports different numbers for the PIE, especially in the 2nd layer. However, we can conclude that this is a good burn taking into account the PIF numbers alone.

You can buy these discs on Amazon at the following link:

The SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB 50 disc Spindle

The SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB 50 disc Spindle

Hi everyone,

Today, We’ll see the SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB 50-disc spindle. SmartBuy is a subsidiary of Ritek Corporation.

These discs can hold up to 8.5GB of data and can be burned at up to 8x. These have a logo top:

On the data side, they have a dark purple color:

SmartBuy DVD+R DL 7

The Media Code of these discs is RITEK-S04-66:

Smartbuy DVD+R DL RITEK-S04-66 Panasonic UJ-260 Burning 1

In some of my next few posts, we’ll see how these discs burn and scan on some of my drives. Look forward to them!

You can buy these discs on Amazon at the following link:

New CD-R and BD-RE Reviews and Unboxing Coming Soon!

New CD-R and BD-RE Reviews and Unboxing Coming Soon!

Hi everyone,

The past few days, I brought the following products:

New CD-R DA + BD-RE + BD-RE DL

I purchased the new PlexDisc CD-R Digital Audio discs that they mention are the best to store music. I’ll be reviewing it against the regular PlexDisc CD-R to see if they are really different, or are just the same but with the CD-R DA flag in them. Also, I’ll try them on my CD players to see if they do the initial seek faster.

The other products I got are Blu-Ray Rewritable media (BD-RE). A Spindle of SmartBuy Single Layer BD-RE spindle of 10 discs and a 10-pack Verbatim BD-RE DL media. These are my very first BD-RE media I got and will be testing them on my Panasonic UJ-260 writer and maybe on my Pioneer BDR-2212 drive.

Be also sure to be on the lookout on some other media I’ve yet to write that I currently have on the backlog. As of this moment, I’m still writing those articles with detailed images of the burning process and disc verification and quality scans. In the next few days, you’ll see those posts on my blog.

See you soon!

You can see and order the above items at the following links:

Unboxing Game Builder Garage for Nintendo Switch

Unboxing Game Builder Garage for Nintendo Switch

Hi everyone,

Today, I got the new Game Builder Garage game for the Nintendo Switch, thanks to Amazon’s Prime Release Day Delivery.

The box art is very yellowish in color.

Game Builder Garage Nintendo Switch 3

The same goes in the inside, where we also see the game cart.

Game Builder Garage Nintendo Switch 4

This is the image that pops in the Nintendo Switch when the game cart is inserted:

Game Builder Garage Nintendo Switch 5

Here goes another game to play later. I’ve been playing Ring Fit Adventure lately to keep myself exercised.

You can get this game on Amazon at the following link:

SmartBuy BD-R 25GB 50 Pack Review

SmartBuy BD-R 25GB 50 Pack Review

Hi everyone,

Today, we will be seeing the SmartBuy BD-R 25GB 50Pk Logo Top. These discs should be able to be burned at up to 6x. SmartBuy is a subsidiary of Ritek.

These discs have a blue Logo Top:

On the data side, they have a gold color:

SmartBuy BD-R 25GB 6x 6

A few years ago, I recall that some gold-colored discs became corrupted due to corrosion. Since these discs are gold-colored too, I’ll be checking them after a while to make sure its data is still fine.

I got these discs last year and I’m writing about them right now, altough these images and screenshots were taken last year, the disc quality scan is from this moment. This is also why the drive we will be using is the LG WH14NS40 crossflashed to the LG WH16NS60 firmware. This drive allows us to burn these discs at up to 8x. I’m no longer using this drive to burn discs due to some coasters it produced randomly and have since moved to using the Panasonic UJ260 or the Pioneer BDR-2212. Here are the details for these discs on the LG drive:

The drive was able to write the disc successfully:

And it was also able to verify correctly:

The burned disc surface looks like this:

SmartBuy BD-R 25GB 6x 7

The LiteOn iHBS112 problem

These discs will not burn correctly on the LiteOn iHBS112. They fail around the 18GB mark, and while the drive can scan the disc, it will also report a very high error count at that same mark. Here is a recent scan from the disc burned in the LG drive:

SmartBuy RITEK-BR2-000 Burned in LG 8x Scanned in LiteOn iHBS112

Here is another scan from another disc also burned in the LG drive and scanned in the LiteOn drive. This is a scan from last year:

Smart Buy BD-R RITEK-BR2-000

The disc, however, is completely readable on that drive. Something that contradicts the scans:

Smart Buy BD-R RITEK-BR2-000 ScanDisc

Here is an image of a failed burned disc in the LiteOn drive. Notice the right disc has some clouds in the burned surface and that the left disc surface seem to come lighter in color and then return to be dark:

SmartBuy BD-R 25GB 6x 8

A Year later

A year later the discs do not seem to have any visual defects in the surface. The discs can still be read. Here are the scans of 2 discs scanned in the LG WH16NS40 crossflashed to the LG WH16NS58 firmware:

The first image is from the disc we burned above. It still have excellent results. The second image is from a disc also burned last year but with the Panasonic UJ260.

You can see that neither of the images above have the 18GB spike that we had in the LiteOn drive. It seems that the LiteOn really doesn’t like this media. Altough it can be read fine, it will fail to burn, and if it succeed, it will fail to verify those sectors. This read issue does not happen if we read a disc burned with another drive, but the scan will still report the spike at 18GB.

Conclusion

These discs seem to be reliable, except with the LiteOn drive. I was able to burn them fine with my Panasonic UJ260, where it can only burn them at 2x or 4x, but will always burn them at 2x regardless. I assume it has to do with the drive’s power calibration it performs before it writes.

The LG WH16NS40, crossflashed to the LG WH16NS60 firmware at that moment can also burn the discs fine. I do recall it failed to close the disc session sometimes, erroring out and therefore leaving the disc in an open state. The discs would still work and the data could be read just fine, with the exception that they remained open.

You can buy these discs on Amazon at the following link:

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – June 8, 2021

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – June 8, 2021

Hi everyone,

Today is the second Tuesday of June 2021. This week, we got 4 movies on DVD. Let’s see them below:

Movies added

DVD

Movies that can no longer be reserved

DVD

  • Distorted
  • Mission Possible
  • Monster Trucks
  • Ocean’s 8
  • Ouija Séance: The Final Game
  • Out of the Shadows
  • Redbad
  • Saf3
  • Scooby Doo and the Gourmet Ghost
  • SuperFly
  • The Watcher In The Woods

Blu-Ray

  • Ocean’s 8
  • SuperFly

4K UHD

  • Ocean’s 8

Movies Coming Soon

June 11th

  • Blu-Ray: Rogue Hostage
  • DVD: Rogue Hostage

June 15th

  • Blu-Ray: Voyagers
  • DVD: Voyagers
  • DVD: French Exit
  • DVD: Rock Dog 2: Rock Around The Park
  • DVD: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones
  • Blu-Ray: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • 4K UHD: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • DVD: Godzilla vs. Kong

June 22nd

  • DVD: Night Of The Sicario
  • DVD: Batman: The Long Halloween Part 1
  • DVD: The Unholy
  • Blu-Ray: Nobody
  • 4K UHD: Nobody
  • DVD: Nobody

June 25th

  • Blu-Ray: Lansky
  • DVD: Lansky

June 29th

  • DVD: The Paper Tigers
  • DVD: Death in Texas
  • DVD: Meander

July 6th

  • DVD: Space Jam
  • DVD: Locked In
  • DVD: The Nest

More upcoming releases

  • DVD: Separation
  • Blu-Ray: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • DVD: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • 4K UHD: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • Blu-Ray: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • DVD: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • Blu-Ray: Wrath of Man
  • DVD: Wrath of Man
  • Blu-Ray: Spiral
  • DVD: Spiral
  • Blu-Ray: Midnight in the Switch Grass
  • DVD: Midnight in the Switch Grass
  • Blu-Ray: A Quiet Place Part II
  • 4K UHD: A Quiet Place Part II
  • DVD: A Quiet Place Part II
  • Blu-Ray: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • DVD: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • Blu-Ray: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
  • DVD: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
  • Blu-Ray: Spirit Untamed
  • DVD: Spirit Untamed
Quick fix for Ubuntu WSL failing to update because of systemd

Quick fix for Ubuntu WSL failing to update because of systemd

Hi everyone,

I’m a user of the Windows 10 WSL feature, where I run the Ubuntu distribution and always install the latest versions. I like to keep my packages up to date. Unfortunately, the latest Ubuntu release, 21.04 was not installed correctly and whenever I tried to update the system packages, it would error out when setting up systemd.

WSL Fix systemd 1

The solution to this seem to be a quick one. Turns out, the file libsystemd-shared-247.so was there, in the /usr/lib/systemd folder:

WSL Fix systemd 2

It seems that we can get around this issue by copying that file to the previous folder (/usr/lib, so the following command should be used:

sudo cp /usr/lib/systemd/libsystemd-shared-247.so /usr/lib/

Now, go back to the previous folder and you should have it there:

WSL Fix systemd 3

Now you should be able to update your system packages without issues.

But now I’m getting this failure 😂:

WSL Fix systemd 4