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How to install Windows 7 on Sapphire Edge HD3 mini PC.

How to install Windows 7 on Sapphire Edge HD3 mini PC.

Sapphire Edge HD3 is a great little mini PC with decent power for a great price.

I had a little trouble getting Windows 7 installed. The BIOS will see the front USB 3.0 ports, but they cannot be easily used to install windows.  My solution was to connect a USB hub to one of the rear ports and connect keyboard and mouse cables to that hub and use the other port for the USB install media.

You can see a discussion of this at: http://www.sapphireforum.com/showthread.php?28122-How-to-install-Windows-7-Windows-8-on-your-Sapphire-Edge-Mini-PC&p=269225#post269225

My comments are currently at the bottom of the page.

New HP MicroServer

I am not sure how I missed it in December. Okay wait, I know it has something to do with the holidays.

In December HP finally released an update the the MicroServer line with some important new features:

2.2 GHz dual core processor

2 x PCI Express slots

It’s the same case, but with mild upgrades. It is still a great small server at a great price.

Now I do not have to choose between the Remote Access Card and the USB 3.0 card.

Get more info at:


A great case for Server 2012 Essentials. In fact I have mine all loaded up with an SSD and 2 x 2TB drives mirrored.


One correction, I could not get the USB 3.0 card to be stable. I ended up uninstalling it.


Disable comments on wordpress

Sorry, but I had to diable comments on my wordpress site due to spammers constantly trying to post “buy facebook fans” and such.  I don’t know if people can earn a living spamming wordpress sites, but they keep trying.

I used a plugin called “disable comments”, and that did it in seconds! Otherwise you have to edit php files all over the place.

If you have this problem on wordpress check it out at: