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Problems connecting iPhone 6 iOS9 to Underground Tube Wifi

I hope this helps anyone who has difficulty connecting their iPhone to London Underground Wifi. I recently updated to iOS9.3 beta (but was unaware that this was actually the cause of the problem).

The issue I experienced was that whenever I connected to ‘VirginMedia Wifi’ the connection would drop straight off. No login screen, nothing.

I tried the usual things like hard reset, ‘forgetting’ the network, deleting cookies in Safari and finally resetting the network. I did NOT want to wipe my iPhone.

The fix was this – navigate to ‘Settings’ > ‘Cellular’ then scroll to the bottom of the list and toggle Wifi Assist off.

I also have ‘Settings’ – ‘Privacy’ – ‘Location Services’ – ‘(Scroll to bottom) ‘System Services’ – ‘Wi-Fi Networking’ turned OFF.

Hope this helps. Took me forever to fix.

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HTPC Part 1 – Hackintosh or Ubuntu? XBMC or Boxee?

XBMCAfter several solid years of hard use, my XBox displayed the red ring of death and refused to boot into XBMC, regardless of what keypad combination I tried, so it was time to scratch the itch and build the home theatre PC I’d been promising myself for so long.

Firstly, was I going to go with an out-of-the-box hardware solution, or a custom built HTPC? As I want the option to be able to add a satellite/TV card in the future, a custom built PC seemed to fit the bill very nicely, and also means I’ll be able to browse the web without some awful proprietary interface (Opera on the Wii anyone??).

I’ve been wondering which OS I should use for the past few months, but decided quite adamantly it was going to have to be Linux-based. I’ve been given a MacBook Pro at work and I’ve grown from being a staunch Mac-tolerator to be quite impressed with OSX. Recently I painlessly installed the iATKOS OSX 10.5.7 version onto my main home computer, a quad core with Gigabyte motherboard and an Nvidia GPU. By a huge, huge fluke this comination just happened to be the recommended hardware that plays nicely with OSX and has given me the confidence to actually build an HTPC with this OS in mind.

As for Ubuntu I’ve played with it several times over the past few years so thought that would also serve well as a contender. Needless to say support for this OS is a little more organised.

My next decision would be the HTPC software that would play my media. Obiously with Windows being crossed off the list I wouldn’t have to suffer the pain of using Windows Media Center or MediaPortal, both of which I had played with on HTPCs a few years ago. XBMC is the jaw-droppingly good, free, and most obvious choice. Recently Boxee have just released a beta of their media center front-end, based on XBMC, so regardless of which one I chose, XBMC would be in there somewhere.

So next I had to choose some hardware.

HTPC Part 2 – Gigabyte motherboard, NVidia GPU, Intel CPU

Gigabyte G41M-ES2HSo what hardware am I going to build my HTPC on? For maximum compatibility with the potential Hackintosh, Gigabyte motherboards are recommended by the OSX86 community. The last 4 motherboards I’ve bought have been Gigabytes and they’ve all worked flawlessly so brand was a no-brainer. Size had to be MiniITX so I could get a case small enough to fit under my TV, in the cupboard.

Lots of Gigabyte motherboards come with onboard VGA, but little did I know how little support there was for the on-board Intel X4500 GPU – this was a huge disappointment as the board I’d decided on, the G41M-ES2H, as it has VGA, DVI and HDMI video outputs.

NVIDIA MSI-N8400GS-D512HI ended up settling on the MSI N8400GS D512H graphics card, which was cheap at well under £30, is compatible with OSX (fully QE/CI compatible) and most importantly has no fan, which I’ve found to be one of the main contributors to noise in most PCs I’ve built.

Silverstone SG02B-F Evolution MicroFor the case I chose a Silverstone SG02B-F Evolution Micro in black. This is reasonably small and has space for 3 full-height PCI-E cards plus graphics card. Perfect if I want to bang in a satellite/TV card in the future. It’s not aluminium but there are plenty of vents around the case. Silverstone build quality has always been consistently good in all the cases I’ve ever had and at under £50 seemed to be just the job.

Other components I used were 2Gb of memory, an old SATA HDD, old DVD drive and an Akasa low-noise PSU, along with an Intel E7400 Core 2 Duo CPU. This belongs to the ageing S775 family but it was cheap and I have no intention of ever pushing this CPU past doing anything more than light HTPC duties.

I ordered the lot from Scan, who I’ve used religously since 2000, thoroughly recommended and have the best after-sales service for PC components I’ve ever come across. Do yourself a favour and shop here, you won’t be disappointed.