# JPHiP Forum

## General => Akihabara => Topic started by: shadowstar on February 11, 2006, 07:29:06 AM

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on February 11, 2006, 07:29:06 AM
instead of asking for computer, game console, etc. help in the post-whoring thread, I thought it would be better if there was a thread specifically for tech-related problems where people can ask for and offer help.

my problem
I noticed that my PC hangs whenever my internet (DSL) messes up, or stops working momentarily, which forces me to reboot manually. it only started happening somewhat recently...does anyone know what's wrong and how to fix it?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on February 11, 2006, 07:41:54 AM
1st: scan for virus/trojan/spyware

(if you have been to mm-bbs.com the past week there was a trojan on it for a short period)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on February 11, 2006, 08:01:01 AM
Quote from: frblckstr1
1st: scan for virus/trojan/spyware

(if you have been to mm-bbs.com the past week there was a trojan on it for a short period)

scanning right now.

but, it only happens to IE (or Mozilla) users, doesn't it? I use Opera, and whenever I visited the forum, there wasn't any pop-up or anything prompting me to download something...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on February 11, 2006, 01:05:32 PM
That one was specific IE yes.
If you are not on Firefox 1.5.0.1(or something +) there is a exploid like the one for IE...
Opera uses an IE type rendeing engine, haven't actually kept up with it, but can't remember anything exploit related from the securitylists I'm on.

Also: do not believe one scanner. I just had a false positive myself from Microsofts AntiSpyware on Symantec AntiVirus (v9)  :evil: , definitions 5805 (from last night) are wrong, 5807 (from this morning) correct the problem.

Do not think 'I'm save because I use FireFox/Mozilla', the number of exploids are growing.
And don't think 'I'm save because I use a Mac', Apple has its dangerous open security bugs also.

Drive carefully...
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on February 11, 2006, 04:22:55 PM
Quote from: arian
I noticed that my PC hangs whenever my internet (DSL) messes up, or stops working momentarily, which forces me to reboot manually. it only started happening somewhat recently...does anyone know what's wrong and how to fix it?

What operating system are you using?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Foxy Brown on February 11, 2006, 06:31:11 PM
And what type of DSL modem do you have?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on February 12, 2006, 10:46:17 AM
Quote from: Boxy Brown
And what type of DSL modem do you have?

I'm running on Windows XP and I'm not sure how to describe my DSL modem, but it says "ZyXEL - PRESTIGE 600 SERIES"

I was thinking maybe it's because I'm low on memory? :shock: could that be a factor or something?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on February 12, 2006, 12:12:34 PM
Quote from: arian
Quote from: Boxy Brown
And what type of DSL modem do you have?

I'm running on Windows XP and I'm not sure how to describe my DSL modem, but it says "ZyXEL - PRESTIGE 600 SERIES"

I was thinking maybe it's because I'm low on memory? :shock: could that be a factor or something?
The way you described your problem its sounds like an autodialer virus that is dropping your ISP connection.
These things can also manifest themselves as memory hogs, cpu hogs etc.

How did the scan go (and what did you use?)
or MS AntiSPyware (beta)?

Do you shutdown/reboot your computer sometimes, of always hybernate?
(I maybe reboot my computer once a month, rest of the time I hybernate it)

But it can also be your ISP's line that has a problem (tried checking the modem?)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Dronak on March 12, 2006, 04:56:31 PM
I don't know exactly what your problem is; it could be on your ISP's side, as noted.  But I did want to expand a bit on the anti-spyware program choices.  There are four I know of that are seem to be in fairly common use:

* Lavasoft's Ad-Aware -- http://www.lavasoft.de/ (looks like it's the same site as in frblckstr1's link above)
* Spybot Search & Destroy -- http://www.safer-networking.org/ (choose a language here, or for English use http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html)
* Spywareblaster -- http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
* Microsoft's Windows Defender Beta (was Anti-spyware Beta) -- http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

The first two tend to complement each other, so running them both is a good idea.  Sometimes one detects things the other won't.  Spywareblaster is a TSR-type program; run it on boot, let it load, then close it, and it will monitor your system.  Microsoft's one can be set to do period scans automatically; I don't have this on my home computer because I still have WinME, but I've heard that it's also useful.  So my suggestion on the spyware issue is to get these four programs and run them regularly, updating the definitions regularly as well.  I do this and it's been a long time since I've seen any significant spyware on my system.

Along with the spyware scan, running some sort of virus scan regularly is also a good idea for general computer health.  I'll let you look into that yourself though, if you don't already have something.  A few makers I know of are Symantec/Norton, McAfee, F-Prot, and AVG.  There are some online scanners, too; Panda-something is one of them, I believe.

If you can get rid of spyware and viruses, that decreases the chance of the problem being something on your computer.  It could still be something else on your computer, but I'm not that big on networking, so I'm not sure I could help.  I hope the additional anti-spyware links are helpful though,
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tenkei on March 22, 2006, 08:38:52 AM
I updated XP on my desktop with service pack 2 and it ate over 2 of the 3 gbs left on my hdd... so i removed it thinking id get the space back... and now i have even LESS space :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:

is there a way to get all the space back that i had before i updated to SP2??

if not, my desktop is pretty much dead cus i have nothing to get rid of to free up space :cry:  :cry:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on March 22, 2006, 09:31:08 AM
Quote from: tenkei
I updated XP on my desktop with service pack 2 and it ate over 2 of the 3 gbs left on my hdd... so i removed it thinking id get the space back... and now i have even LESS space :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:

is there a way to get all the space back that i had before i updated to SP2??

if not, my desktop is pretty much dead cus i have nothing to get rid of to free up space :cry:  :cry:
0) re-install the SP2, you need the latest security settings/options/firewall
1) check your recycle bin, your 'deleted' files might have ended up there.
2) run a 'disk cleanup' (in the properties of the disk)
maybe) Go into the settings and remove some old system restore points (leave the last two or so)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on April 12, 2006, 11:50:49 AM
i have this software called love machine that will split a large file into small pieces and disguise them as image files to thwart nosy ISPs.  unfortunately it is not available in english.  anyone know of an english equivalent?

the reason?  i need to share porn from a certain anal-retentive ISP.  20 gigs of space just begging to be used.  help!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 12, 2006, 11:57:21 AM
lol I have love machine too.

I remember someone mentioning a similar program in IRC but I can't recall what it was called.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on April 12, 2006, 02:17:50 PM
That XXX splitter/joiner thing?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on April 12, 2006, 06:56:37 PM
^ hjspit you mean?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on April 12, 2006, 07:39:55 PM
Uh, not too sure. This one splits it into .xxx files.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on April 12, 2006, 08:15:39 PM
Quote from: Maliciel
Uh, not too sure. This one splits it into .xxx files.
hjsplit breaks a big file 'filename.avi' into filename.avi.001, filename.avi.002 etc so I think we are talking about the same thing.

You can rejoin them by the same program or:

copy filename.avi.*/b filename.avi
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on April 12, 2006, 09:19:52 PM
The Xxx splitter is what wota's use to upload split files to uploaders.
It splits a file up into a series of jpg files.  You use the same prog to extract the file, you can't just join them together like with hjsplit (although a coupla years ago I worked out a way of extracting the files by using a hex editor).
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on April 12, 2006, 09:54:26 PM
Quote from: ~Dan~
The Xxx splitter is what wota's use to upload split files to uploaders.
It splits a file up into a series of jpg files.  You use the same prog to extract the file, you can't just join them together like with hjsplit (although a coupla years ago I worked out a way of extracting the files by using a hex editor).
so does this xxx splitter come in english version?  and can you protect it with a password?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on April 12, 2006, 10:24:18 PM
Japanese version only, but it's real easy to use.  No passwords, but unless the "anal-retentive ISP" is Japanese they're not gonna have a clue where to find the prog needed to rejoin them.  It is kinda obvious that it's a split file though and someone determined enough could use a hex editor to see what's inside.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on April 12, 2006, 11:25:57 PM
Quote from: ~Dan~
Japanese version only, but it's real easy to use.  No passwords, but unless the "anal-retentive ISP" is Japanese they're not gonna have a clue where to find the prog needed to rejoin them.  It is kinda obvious that it's a split file though and someone determined enough could use a hex editor to see what's inside.
can you hook a brother up?  i gonna test this then. i'd prefer to use love machine but it ain't the easiest program to work with if you don't know the language.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on April 13, 2006, 12:13:08 AM
http://s58.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3GGPOVH98F58R35KZO30X4S352
It's so easy to use.  There's only 4 buttons, one at the top and 3 at the bottom.  The button at the top is to load a file.  Of the 3 buttons at the bottom, the one on the far left brings up a help page (in Japanese), the button at the far right is exit program, the button in the middle joins or splits the files.

To turn a file into a set of jpg's
Click the top button and load the file, enter the size in K, and click the bottom middle button.

To extract a file from a set of jpg's
Load any of the files, it doesnt have to be the first one. (Filenames don't matter, it can find all the parts whatever the filenames as long as they're all in the same folder).
Click the button.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on April 13, 2006, 05:09:10 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
http://s58.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3GGPOVH98F58R35KZO30X4S352
It's so easy to use.

(http://img145.imagevenue.com/loc1/th_97765_excellent.jpg)

gonna try it out, thanks man.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on April 13, 2006, 06:56:34 AM
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/ParserFunctions

Okay, so I'm trying to install that. All fine and dandy, but once i put

Code: [Select]
require_once( "IP/extensions/ParserFunctions/ParserFunctions.php" ); into LocalSettings.php, I get Code: [Select]  Fatal error: Call to undefined function: setfunctionhook() in /mounted-storage/home11/sub001/sc16774-IMKN/www/wiki/extensions/ParserFunctions/ParserFunctions.php on line 54 when I visit the wiki page. That makes me think it's a glitch in the code, but if so it wouldn't work for anyone else either. Which is not the case. Any suggestions? :( Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ohbahsan on April 13, 2006, 02:35:51 PM Quote from: Maliciel Code: [Select]  Fatal error: Call to undefined function: setfunctionhook() in /mounted-storage/home11/sub001/sc16774-IMKN/www/wiki/extensions/ParserFunctions/ParserFunctions.php on line 54 did you some how modify ParserFunctions.php when you uploaded it? there is no setfunctionhook() defined in the version of ParserFunctions.php that i downloaded, only setFunctionHook() Title: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on April 13, 2006, 04:12:22 PM I didn't modify it at all. I checked the ParserFunctions.php on my HDD, and it had setFunctionHook() as well. I'll try dling from my server to see if its the same thing. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: arun.yothin on April 21, 2006, 04:23:13 AM I'm making another OPV, and I have a question about de-interlacing. Do I de-interlace the video when I rip it from the DVD, or do I wait and then de-interlace when the OPV is all finished? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on April 21, 2006, 04:58:35 AM It all depends on the software you're using to make it. I made mine with Cyberlink PowerDirector and found it quite good cause you can import any file format with any size res and it deinterlaces the mpeg2's if they are interlaced all by itself. So yeah what software where you planning to use? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: arun.yothin on April 21, 2006, 05:12:28 AM I'm using Sony Vegas 6.0. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 21, 2006, 12:45:51 PM Quote from: Yoake.no.Senshi I'm making another OPV, and I have a question about de-interlacing. Do I de-interlace the video when I rip it from the DVD, or do I wait and then de-interlace when the OPV is all finished? Did you ever get around at fixing the aspect ration/interlace problems with 'Positive Genki'? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: arun.yothin on April 22, 2006, 04:50:29 AM Yeah, I did. Also, I forgot to ask about the aspect ratio before. To keep the aspect ratio without stretching the video, should I crop the video when I rip it or do it in Vegas? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on April 22, 2006, 07:58:59 AM I've never used Vegas so I'm not sure how well it handles video. I guess you could try doing one small video clip in Vegas first and if it doesn't work out then use virtualdub to process the video and get all the clips to the right resolution and ratio before importing them to Vegas. The only problem is if you use virtualdub to process the video you'll want to save the output files with a lossless codec (eg. huffyuv) or you'll lose too much quality in your final video. But then again using a lossless codec means the file is pretty big so you'll need LOTS of room free on your hdd to collect all the clips that you want ready to put them into Vegas. So basically if you can, try to do everything in Vegas so your final output video is the best quality it can possibly be. Sorry if I'm slow replying to stuff I've just moved house and I only have dialup while I wait for my adsl to be connected. :( Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on April 22, 2006, 03:37:46 PM Surely after you've finished editing and making the video in Vegas you have to save the finished product, yes? At this stage I'd expect it to allow you to choose the encoding properties such as aspect ratio and bitrate? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ohbahsan on April 29, 2006, 05:01:03 PM hey any one know how to edit .ts files? i don't necessarily want to convert them, just want to cut out the parts i don't want, thanks ^^ Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 29, 2006, 07:00:59 PM Quote from: ohbahsan hey any one know how to edit .ts files? i don't necessarily want to convert them, just want to cut out the parts i don't want, thanks ^^ VideoRedo, HDTVtoMPEG2 (never used them myself). ProjectX (have used it to convert at times, until I discovert that my SC200 can play them directly. doom9.org might have some more info. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: A1 on May 31, 2006, 08:51:52 AM I think this is a simple question: Well, I downloaded this concert which was separated into 3 RAR files(actually 6, but 3 for one file and 3 for another). How do extract them so I can get one video file? If that makes any sense. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on May 31, 2006, 12:41:45 PM ^ not really making any sense :) But when the file-names are correct winrar should see that they are related and extract the contents by using all parts. correct filenames include: filename.r00 filename.r01 filename.rar Double click the .rar to extract. filename.part1.rar filename.part2.rar filename.part3.rar Double click the part1.rar to extact Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on May 31, 2006, 03:40:49 PM And if you don't have winrar... http://download.oldversion.com/winrar300.exe Title: Tech-related problems Post by: arun.yothin on June 07, 2006, 07:02:30 AM I'm trying to rip some of my CDs to my computer, but I'm having trouble. MY avex CDs (Astromantic, HAL, etc, the ones that use the Midbar Tech player). So far, I've tried Audiograbber, Exact Audio Copy, iTunes, and some other program I tried but forget the name of. They could rip the song, but there would be little buzzes and other weird noises. Anyone know a program that will let me rip the songs at 320 kbps without getting the noises? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 07, 2006, 07:07:14 AM Umm, so I'm using the subtitle workshop to do some editing job right. And when I clicked one of the .srt file. It wont play with the video playing. I dont know why. To test if it works or not. I tried it again with a gal circle .srt file and the video played with it. But it wont work on the other .srt file even though I have the .avi video file with it. Anybody knows how to fix this? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on June 07, 2006, 07:29:56 AM It's a bit unclear, not sure what you really mean but are the file names the same? That's the main thing really, otherwise i'm not sure what your problem is other than it's not a valid srt file? Try opening it in notepad and see if it looks ok? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 07, 2006, 07:36:57 AM Yup, the file names are the same. And the subtitles works outside of subtitles workshop. Ok, let me rephrase my question. 1) I opened up a .srt file. Usually when u open it in the same location as the video file. Subtitles Workshop usually plays the video in it too right? 2) Well, it didn't happen. I got the text and all but no video played and the screen in SW is black. 3) To make sure my SW didn't messed up. I opened up another different .srt file from Gal Circle. And the video played in SW with the subtitles. 4) The problem is that the .srt file I originally open couldn't play the video file in SW with it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on June 07, 2006, 07:44:35 AM oooh ic, so the video is basically not working in subtitles workshop? Do you know what codec the video is using? perhaps subtitles workshop can't play all types of video. I guess try pick differences between the Gal Circle video and the one that's not working and that will be your answer? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 07, 2006, 08:00:33 AM 1) Exactly 2) No Idea about the one that doesnt work, but the one that works was a divx file though Quote from: ebc I guess try pick differences between the Gal Circle video and the one that's not working and that will be your answer? What do you mean? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on June 07, 2006, 08:06:07 AM Well just find out what the video codec of the file is that doesn't work and that might be the reason. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: idiotboy on June 07, 2006, 10:24:03 AM what about the name of the .srt file? is it the identical name to the .avi file? i can be a bit of an idiot but i've re-named or edited the file names of an .srt and then wondered why ii couldnt get the video and subs to lay together.. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on June 07, 2006, 04:56:20 PM Forget subtitle workshop for the moment and see if the subtitles appear when you play the video in media player (or whatever video player you normally use). Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 08, 2006, 01:30:56 AM it works with BSplayer. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on June 08, 2006, 02:09:50 AM Ah, in that case it must be a fault with subtitle workshop. I can't really think of anything. What about the file extension to the avi? If it's .AVI try changing to .avi as maybe subtitle workshop is case sensitive or something weird. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 08, 2006, 02:43:25 AM lol, doesnt work. Does anybody know any pro subtitlers forum where I can ask? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on June 08, 2006, 05:06:10 AM Maybe you could try a different editor http://www.free-codecs.com/download/SubEdit_Player.htm (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/SubEdit_Player.htm) (the installer is another language but when you run the program it asks you what language you want to use then choose english) If that doesn't work then it might be that, the way the video wants to be rendered is different to the way the subtitles are rendered in subtitle workshop and vobsub and so on. I'm not sure though because you never said what the codec for the video is yet Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 08, 2006, 06:24:13 AM thxs for that program. I didnt say anything because I dont know what codec that video file has hehe Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on June 08, 2006, 06:42:40 AM not sure but it could possibly be a trigger in the media player. when i have softsubs, i drag/drop the .avi and .srt together into vlc, and it works regardless of how i name the files... but, i do have to go to video > subtitles, and toggle track 1, otherwise .srt remains off by default. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: BakHamNoi on June 28, 2006, 09:03:00 PM how can i delete this list barre (jphip, mm-bbs.org, myspace.....) in google : (http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/9695/google9jz.jpg) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on June 28, 2006, 09:25:21 PM For Internet Explorer To clear the list. Click on the Tools menu Click on Internet Options... Click on the Content tab In the Personal information section, click on the AutoComplete button Click on the Clear Forms button, and answer Yes to the resulting confirmation If you want it to stop remembering stuff, while your there, untick "use autocomplete for... forms". Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on June 28, 2006, 09:26:31 PM Firefox > Tools > Options: (http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/1153/clearcache4nl.gif) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: BakHamNoi on June 28, 2006, 09:38:56 PM thanks ~Dan~ and thatguy :D Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on June 30, 2006, 12:54:00 PM Quote from: Tettekete how can i delete this list barre (jphip, mm-bbs.org, myspace.....) in google : (http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/9695/google9jz.jpg) Those searchs look pretty innocent to me... i wonder wich embarassing ones you really wanted to get rid off ??? mmm ???? naughty, naughty !!! :rolleyes: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ryuuga on July 01, 2006, 10:31:51 AM Hi guys. I need some help from you all. Recently I just started to collect H!P photobooks, by downloading those winrar/winzip files. However, whenever I wanted to extract the files, some error messages pop up and saying the file names are invalid. It seems that winzip/winrar cannot recognize those files which got unicode names, so it unable to extract the photobooks. This problem has bother me for these few days. Does anyone can help me to solve this problem?:o Btw, I am using XP windows. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on July 01, 2006, 03:54:52 PM You need to enable/install Japanese language support. I think that's what a lot of people here have done. If you don't wanna do that, try rightclicking the file in Winrar and choosing 'repair archive', then it'll create a new file called something like "_repaired"(can't remember the exact name) and that one sometimes unzips. Failing that, Winace was good at unzipping files with Japanese filenames when other things failed. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ryuuga on July 03, 2006, 06:50:21 AM Quote from: ~Dan~ You need to enable/install Japanese language support. I think that's what a lot of people here have done. Thanks ~Dan~! I noticed that my computer has the Japanese language support, but I never enable it coz I seldom download Japanese files. So the problem is solved now. Thanks for your advice.:D Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on July 06, 2006, 05:49:54 PM I have a lot of free time at the moment and was thinking about making animated gifs. What programs do you guys use and could you guys recommend good tutorial sites because the ones I googled were very confusing. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: aedon on July 06, 2006, 09:00:28 PM Akihabara, page 5 Animated gif tutorial (http://forum.jphip.com/showthread.php?t=1328) ^_^ Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on July 06, 2006, 10:16:30 PM I knew it was here somewhere! Thanks for pointing me to the right direction aedon! :yay: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on July 08, 2006, 07:36:32 AM Okay, so I have a question now. I quite recently (< 1 month) bought a Logitech LX7 wireless mouse for use at home. It uses dry cells, and I don't think it takes rechargables. But anyways, it's the slightly cheaper one, so it doesn't have a cradle to charge it. But that's besides the point. I encounter a certain problem of the mouse not being able to move/detect movement out of the blue. Like, I could be using it fine, but it could just, stop moving all of a sudden. I can't seem to find any sort of regular occurance that could be a problem for this. It's solved simply by unplugging and plugging the wireless receiver from the usb port. I checked, and I doubt it's the batteries. I connect it to a 4port USB 2.0 hub, using the extension that Logitech provided. However, I also encountered the problem when I wasn't using the extension, and just connected straight to the hub. Is that the problem, and should I move the receiver to a port on the mobo..? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 08, 2006, 08:39:02 AM Hubs have a history of creating problems, if you have a port free try it directly on the MB, this also ensure that it is detected from the BIOS start-up and not after the hub is powered-up (which might happen much later in the start-up process) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on July 12, 2006, 08:17:01 PM Does anyone here know how to subtitle? Can you tell me how and what i need and where I can get or how to get it? Thanks alot? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: BakHamNoi on July 13, 2006, 10:00:37 PM I can't access D-addicts anymore, when i tried to log-in, it says: Quote phpBB : Critical Error Could not locate valid language pack someone knows how to resolve this ? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on July 13, 2006, 10:19:07 PM Quote from: Tettekete I can't access D-addicts anymore, when i tried to log-in, it says: someone knows how to resolve this ? I don't think that's a problem from your side... It's more from the boards side, so i guess you can't fix it by yourself... Title: Tech-related problems Post by: BakHamNoi on July 13, 2006, 10:26:06 PM T_T how am i gonna do to grab my subs and drama T_T Title: Tech-related problems Post by: A1 on July 13, 2006, 11:23:15 PM I'm having a problem with firefox. Everytime I try to download something, the file will either: 1) Start downloading and then stops. 2) The file takes forever to actually start downloading. I did unistall the program and reinstall it. Also I went here (http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=360542&highlight=downloading+problem) for help. That didn't work either. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 14, 2006, 07:32:18 AM ^ use IE (if need to use IE7b3 even the Firefox programmers acknowledge is 'almost' on par :)) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on July 16, 2006, 03:06:55 AM does anybody know like a website or software that let u check how much bandwitdh u used in a month? my retarded ISP website didnt update my bw for the month of july yet -.- Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 16, 2006, 09:18:22 AM Quote from: Mugen does anybody know like a website or software that let u check how much bandwitdh u used in a month? my retarded ISP website didnt update my bw for the month of july yet -.- Luckely I have an unlimeted connection (buha, thinking of all the Solo DVD's downloading...) Searching with google: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=dumeter+free&btnG=Search (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=dumeter+free&btnG=Search) (seems dumeter what I was thinking off is not freeware) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on July 16, 2006, 09:33:12 AM what unlimited? how??! thxs for the link, i also got a few other website a friend told me about Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 16, 2006, 09:50:25 AM Quote from: Mugen what unlimited? how??! thxs for the link, i also got a few other website a friend told me about I have an ADSL connection 6Mbps down/768Kbps up, at 60 euro/month, no datalimit. I just checked: I used 315GB download (112GB upload) last month, 225GB down, 66GB up this month. Highst this year was 520GB download in may. (not much TV shows to watch in the summer :), yes I like my connection...) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on July 16, 2006, 09:56:33 AM i envy you:evil: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: A1 on July 16, 2006, 10:37:49 AM Quote from: frblckstr1 ^ use IE (if need to use IE7b3 even the Firefox programmers acknowledge is 'almost' on par :)) I will try that. Thank You. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: tivx on July 16, 2006, 02:37:44 PM is it common to try to burn 4GB and it crashes unless you burn at 6x? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 16, 2006, 06:21:13 PM Not really, but I at times do not burn at maximum speed (most at 4x) anyway although a DVD might say it is allowed, not all other DVD-readers will read it correctly. It might also have to do with how many other things you are doing on the same computer while burning. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on July 17, 2006, 12:20:55 AM Just wondering something, on my motherboard there are 3 slots for cards. One of them is now added with a network card, the other is with a ATI Radeon 9250 and the third slot is with a Creative 5:1 speaker card. The problem is when I get to Device Manageer it says there's a crash between my cards. I don't know what happened so just wondering if any of you know how to fix it. Thanks! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: tivx on July 17, 2006, 12:46:07 AM Quote from: frblckstr1 Not really, but I at times do not burn at maximum speed (most at 4x) anyway although a DVD might say it is allowed, not all other DVD-readers will read it correctly. It might also have to do with how many other things you are doing on the same computer while burning. ah thanks i'll remember that next time Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 17, 2006, 07:39:05 AM Quote from: JTRIX Just wondering something, on my motherboard there are 3 slots for cards. One of them is now added with a network card, the other is with a ATI Radeon 9250 and the third slot is with a Creative 5:1 speaker card. The problem is when I get to Device Manageer it says there's a crash between my cards. I don't know what happened so just wondering if any of you know how to fix it. Thanks! Sounds like an interrupt sharing problem, thought that did not happen anymore with the current motherboards?? If you added the network card last, check if that clashes with cards that where already there, the info on the device manager should actually yell you what the problem is. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: arun.yothin on July 20, 2006, 01:29:21 AM I need some help playing DVDs from other regions on my PC. I've been using DVD Region Killer for a while now, and everything was working fine. But it hasn't been working for me lately. My drive is still set to region 1. I tried reinstalling the program, but it still doesn't work. Does anyone know another way to play DDVDs from other regions? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 20, 2006, 07:37:35 AM Quote from: Yoake.no.Senshi Does anyone know another way to play DDVDs from other regions? Add another DVD drive? I always thought that to be the simplest way of doing it, never had the need to try it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on July 20, 2006, 11:29:09 AM Is there a way to burn a DVD to play on your DVD Player without having to create a menu so that it'll play automatically when I put it in? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 20, 2006, 12:40:10 PM There should be an 'auto play' option on your DVD menu editor you are using somewhere. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on July 22, 2006, 04:38:15 AM Hey guys, it seems that you could definitely solve my problem. I want to encode a subtitle file into a video file but i just don't know what software to use. U see, i have both the video file and the subtitle file and i could play it together using a codec pack, but what i really want is to learn how to encode the sub. and then save or "render as..." or whatever it is, into one video file. Can you guys help me? thanks a lot. I'm anxious to hear from you. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Janihan on July 22, 2006, 08:49:58 PM Quote from: bigdnm01 Hey guys, it seems that you could definitely solve my problem. I want to encode a subtitle file into a video file but i just don't know what software to use. U see, i have both the video file and the subtitle file and i could play it together using a codec pack, but what i really want is to learn how to encode the sub. and then save or "render as..." or whatever it is, into one video file. Can you guys help me? thanks a lot. I'm anxious to hear from you. I think the easy way to do this is to encode the whole video again with the subtitles "burned" in to the video. This way you'll have a new avi or mpg or whatever you want with the subtitles in it but the quality will suffer a bit since you'll have to reencode the video. Since you didn't mention anything about your operating system or about your experience with dealing with video encoding, I'll asume that you're using Windows and your experience is pretty minimal. I'd suggest you use this guide (http://www.divxland.org/permanentsubtitling.php) if the source file was an mpeg4 (most .avis are) or mpeg1 file. With a quick glance the guide seemed pretty decent and easy to understand. If the original file is a mpeg2 file you could try using VirtualDub-MPEG2 (http://fcchandler.home.comcast.net/stable/index.html) instead of the original VirtualDub and otherwise follow the guide. Another way you could combine the video and the subtitles is using a container that supports subtitles such as matroska (.mkv). Atleast I think you should be able to keep the original video so no quality loss but playing matroska files can be annoying because most video players don't support it by default. With a quick look I couldn't find a simple guide for doing this. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on July 22, 2006, 10:00:23 PM my MAC always shuts off when the battery drains (0%), obviously. thing is, now whenever it's still got 20% left in the battery meter, it just shuts down. is my battery messed up? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on July 23, 2006, 04:52:32 AM I think it's your battery meter that's fucked? Do you always charge it down to zero before charging, or what? Batteries face more wear when subjected to that, I believe. Title: Program name Post by: Saburo on July 23, 2006, 08:21:24 AM Not really a problem, but a query: what's the name of that program that scans a video and outputs a quick jpeg of video thumbnails? Everybody is using it and I wanna be part of it. Thanks for any leads! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ohbahsan on July 23, 2006, 08:24:37 AM Quote from: Saburo Not really a problem, but a query: what's the name of that program that scans a video and outputs a quick jpeg of video thumbnails? i use Image Grabber II (http://www45.brinkster.com/antworkz/) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Saburo on July 23, 2006, 08:34:21 AM Quote from: ohbahsan i use Image Grabber II (http://www45.brinkster.com/antworkz/) Thanks ohbahsan!! I'll check it out. I plan to upload something to the torrent page and want to have one of those thumbnail thingies to accompany the post. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on July 23, 2006, 11:18:42 AM Quote from: Maliciel I think it's your battery meter that's fucked? Do you always charge it down to zero before charging, or what? Batteries face more wear when subjected to that, I believe. most of the time, it tells me the battery is low when it's at around 10% or so and that's when i plug it in. but sometimes i forget to, and it reaches 0% and shuts down (therefore i charge it again and everything's okay). so you think its my battery meter that's messed? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 23, 2006, 12:28:32 PM Batteries these days (lion's that is) like to be charged above 60%, below that it counts as a 'charge cycle' and there are a limitted number of those it can handle (last number I know of is around 400). You can use a program like MobileMeter to check how you battery is doing: http://www.geocities.co.jp/SiliconValley-Oakland/8259/ (http://www.geocities.co.jp/SiliconValley-Oakland/8259/) Program download is here: http://www.geocities.co.jp/SiliconValley-Oakland/8259/release/0310/mm0310.zip (http://www.geocities.co.jp/SiliconValley-Oakland/8259/release/0310/mm0310.zip) Under options it has Battery information, it tells you about the capacity of the battery, and the 'Wear level'. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on July 23, 2006, 12:56:37 PM Quote from: frblckstr1 You can use a program like MobileMeter to check how you battery is doing: http://www.geocities.co.jp/SiliconValley-Oakland/8259/ (http://www.geocities.co.jp/SiliconValley-Oakland/8259/) But she has a mac, so I dunno if that will help. Arian, I'm not sure if you've tried updating your software? I've never used a mac so I really don't know how you go about doing that kind of thing but that would be the first thing to try. Also if possible even try updating the bios. But if that doesn't fix it then maybe take it to where you bought it and get them to replace the battery for you, which should be under warranty. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: idiotboy on July 23, 2006, 01:32:16 PM Quote from: arian most of the time, it tells me the battery is low when it's at around 10% or so and that's when i plug it in. but sometimes i forget to, and it reaches 0% and shuts down (therefore i charge it again and everything's okay). so you think its my battery meter that's messed? batteries have a memory, so if you re-charge them before they drain completely, they gradually 'remember' that the zero point is somewhat higher than zero. the way aruond this is to let it drain completely every now and again - this resets (more or less: batteries. like elephants, have very long memories!) the zero to be effectively zero (the only way to avoid the buildup of battery memory is to condition the battery correctly upon first purchase, and then always let it drain if you use it at all; prior to re-charging). my old laptop used to give me ~4.5 hours of life at normal usage; now i'm only getting ~3 hours. short of replacing the battery, there's not much i can do about it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on July 23, 2006, 02:40:24 PM Quote from: idiotboy batteries have a memory, so if you re-charge them before they drain completely, they gradually 'remember' that the zero point is somewhat higher than zero. the way aruond this is to let it drain completely every now and again - this resets (more or less: batteries. like elephants, have very long memories!) the zero to be effectively zero (the only way to avoid the buildup of battery memory is to condition the battery correctly upon first purchase, and then always let it drain if you use it at all; prior to re-charging). but...how can i let the battery drain if it always shuts off at 20%? :o it never completely drains anymore. hmm, if i have no other choice, i'll take it to the store. either that or go with ebc's other suggestion and update the entire software. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 23, 2006, 06:44:26 PM Quote from: idiotboy batteries have a memory, so if you re-charge them before they drain completely, they gradually 'remember' that the zero point is somewhat higher than zero. the way aruond this is to let it drain completely every now and again - this resets (more or less: batteries. like elephants, have very long memories!) the zero to be effectively zero (the only way to avoid the buildup of battery memory is to condition the battery correctly upon first purchase, and then always let it drain if you use it at all; prior to re-charging). my old laptop used to give me ~4.5 hours of life at normal usage; now i'm only getting ~3 hours. short of replacing the battery, there's not much i can do about it. Sorry this is NOT true for the new generation of batteries! (it was for the old Nicad/Nihi's from more then like 5 years back). The new type of batteries have no 'low charge memory', they do wear down by each charge cycle, hence the less time they can supply the machine with power e.g. over the years a battery will lose approx 1/3 of its capacity depending on how many times you fully recharge it (the more full recharges, the faster it wears down). And yes the only think you can do with the new style batteries is replace .The old one's you could try to 'revive' by putten then 'on ice' and then 'reformat' by several re-charge cycles, but that does not last long. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 23, 2006, 06:48:13 PM Quote from: arian but...how can i let the battery drain if it always shuts off at 20%? :o it never completely drains anymore. hmm, if i have no other choice, i'll take it to the store. either that or go with ebc's other suggestion and update the entire software. No need to drain to 0%, if you look in your power settings there will be probably 2 settings: warning at 20% and 'shutdown' (I use hibernate in my laptop) at around 5% (3% on my Sony). Its a safety buffer, because if it would run to 0% you would lose everything still in memory including open files... Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on July 23, 2006, 07:11:44 PM I have this file that I can't seem to delete. Everytime I try to, the "this file is used by another person or program warning" comes up. I only have one user on this PC and I even tried to delete it in safe mode! Any ideas guys? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on July 23, 2006, 07:15:13 PM Have a virus scanner? it might lock it while scanning. Or for avi files I have found that sometimes players keep a 'bad' file locked until the next reboot. Try deleting from the commandline, the windows explorer sometimes locks a file while determining which 'type' it is trick to try: - rename file - reboot - delete renamed file (via commandline). Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on July 23, 2006, 07:17:43 PM I assume you've tried rebooting, or renaming the file first, or opening notepad and saving a file over the problem file. If that all fails then I can be of help. Just last week I had a file that I couldn't delete, everything failed, then after an hour of googling I found a forum where someone else had a problem file and the solution was to use delinvfile (http://www.purgeie.com/delinv/dldelinv.htm) and that worked! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on July 24, 2006, 02:00:18 AM Thank for your suggestions guys! I used delinvfile and guess what? It worked! Thanks dan! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on July 24, 2006, 08:59:54 PM I was just wondering. The stock thermal pad on my cpu seems to be losing it's effectiveness (I'm idling at around 45C) so I was thinking of getting some arctic silver. I just want to know what the difference between arctic silver 5 and arctic silver ceramique is. I could save a few bucks by getting ceramique but I don't know if the couple dollars is worth it Or maybe I should get something else completely. Any suggestions would help. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on July 25, 2006, 01:09:11 AM Just get the AS5 normal (not ceramique), it's easy to use and does the job. When you apply this stuff though, make sure you really thoroughly clean both surfices of the heatsink and cpu from any previous crap. Also clean out your fans of dust and googlies that are in the way of good airflow. Other than that, if it's still getting hot it's probably just the weather and you'll have to wait till Winter again hehe. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on July 25, 2006, 03:38:29 AM Quote from: ebc Just get the AS5 normal (not ceramique), it's easy to use and does the job. When you apply this stuff though, make sure you really thoroughly clean both surfices of the heatsink and cpu from any previous crap. Also clean out your fans of dust and googlies that are in the way of good airflow. Other than that, if it's still getting hot it's probably just the weather and you'll have to wait till Winter again hehe. I was thinking it was the weather but according to sandra lite 07 the inside of my case is actually colder than my actual room :lol: it also says that I should get new thermal paste. I guess the weather could still effect how hot the cpu runs, but I think some new thermal protection wouldn't hurt. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Saburo on July 27, 2006, 06:05:33 AM What's the easiest (and hopefully free) way to convert a jpeg to a pdf file? Thanks for any tips! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ohbahsan on July 27, 2006, 06:31:22 AM Quote from: Saburo What's the easiest (and hopefully free) way to convert a jpeg to a pdf file? download cutepdf (http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp), it will install as a printer driver. open up the jpeg file and print, is that easy enough? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Saburo on July 27, 2006, 06:55:30 AM Thanks ohbahsan! I'm sure this is dummy-proof! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on August 09, 2006, 11:53:54 AM ok this problem is really weird. since the past few days i think ive been getting a weird looking cannot find server page http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/124/sdadatr3.jpg why does it have advertisement to go with it? and it randomly appears whenever i click on a new page. -.- is it a stupid spyware? cuz i ran my spyware for like 10 times already and i couldnt even get rid of it Title: Tech-related problems Post by: idiotboy on August 09, 2006, 12:29:49 PM Quote from: Mugen ok this problem is really weird. since the past few days i think ive been getting a weird looking cannot find server page http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/124/sdadatr3.jpg why does it have advertisement to go with it? and it randomly appears whenever i click on a new page. -.- is it a stupid spyware? cuz i ran my spyware for like 10 times already and i couldnt even get rid of it have you checked yr hosts files in yr system folder? cos it looks like something is redirecting you every time you attempt to access whichever page yr trying to access. the host file tells yr browser where to look: but in typical microsoft form, it's a: in plaintext (open it with notepad) and b: not read-only - so spyware can edit/ re-write it if you've not made it read-only or yr firewall/ anti-spyware/anti-virus software hasn't protected it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 09, 2006, 12:30:31 PM Sounds like someone/thing replaced your friendly 'cannot find website' page, Microsoft's AntiSpyware had something that monitored that for changes, can't actually find that in the new 'defender' version.... It should normally go the some msn search page. Maybe this KB article will help: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323869/en-us Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Janihan on August 09, 2006, 03:47:05 PM Have you tried multiple spyware detectors? Sometimes using a different one can help. Also have you tried if different browsers work normally? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on August 09, 2006, 04:50:31 PM It looks like a browse hijacker so you need to mainly work in safemode to remove it. The problem with the page being different to what it's meant to be is cause the hijacker's changed you hosts file. You need to get this program: http://www.majorgeeks.com/Hoster_d4626.html (http://www.majorgeeks.com/Hoster_d4626.html) to restore your hosts file (click restore MS original hosts file). But this might not completely fix the problem cause the hijacker will probably modify your hosts file again later so you need to really clean the hijacker for good which does get tricky. There is a HUGE step by step way of cleaning stuff here: http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407 (http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407) But basically you need to work in safe mode, and run pretty much as many spyware cleaners as you can. If you want to you can post your hijack this log here and I'll have a look. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: 18seconds on August 09, 2006, 06:12:47 PM I'd recommend a format. You can get your computer set up so it's easy to do. It might take a while the first time but once you've got everything backed up and know where all the programs you need are, it can be quite fast and easy. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: reine on August 09, 2006, 07:20:55 PM I think format is not a really a solution (what ebc said I think will work, and try using Firefox see if it only happens for IE), actually I think format is never a solution 99% of the time. Don't become a format addict ^.^ I haven't formatted my computer since I buy it (like 6 years ago) and it runs smooth as silk never crashes etc; as long as you do your homework, format is almost never necessary. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on August 09, 2006, 11:06:14 PM here's my logfile using hijack this http://hjt.thegreatchai.com/viewlog.php?log=1155157438_hijackthis.log imma try using some of the methods posted here to fix. i dont wanna format my comp because i have A LOT of files in here and I dont wanna lose them. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Janihan on August 10, 2006, 12:40:07 AM I don't have any prior experience with HijackThis but with a quick glance and some googleing I found 2 suspicious items. 1. O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Alcmtr] ALCMTR.EXE This probably isn't causing any problems but it seems to monitor your actions for Realtek. This was probably installed with something related to your sound card. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/ALCMTR.EXE-240.html 2. O2 - BHO: ohb - {5ED7D3DE-6DBE-4516-8712-01B1B64B7057} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\SearchTool\nse127.dll This one seems like spyware called SearchTool or something similar. Atleast the registy key (5ED7D3DE-6DBE-4516-8712-01B1B64B7057) is listed here (http://www.scanspyware.net/info/SWW_SearchTool.htm) and here (number 1105) (http://www.actualresearch.com/bholist-56.html) as spyware. Also as an extra I found an extremely similar case here (http://forums.techguy.org/web-email/485638-slow-browsing.html). The url that he is sent to (http://64.40.106.134/dns/?err=dns) is only one digit away from your url (http://64.40.106.133/dns/?err=dns). He even has the #2 suspicious thing. Even though the case isn't solved yet checking it for updates in the future might help. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on August 10, 2006, 01:01:12 AM Yeah as far as the HJT log goes, get rid of this: O2 - BHO: ohb - {5ED7D3DE-6DBE-4516-8712-01B1B64B7057} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\SearchTool\nse127.dll and also go in to windows\system32\ and delete that whole searchtool folder manually cause really things like that shouldn't ever put themselves in your sys32 dir. How'd it go with resetting that hosts file? did it fix anything? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on August 10, 2006, 01:23:21 AM so far that page didnt pop up yet so i guess it's fixed or it might come back again. ill post here again if that page pops up again. thanks for the help guys. really appreciate it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on August 10, 2006, 02:31:04 AM Quote from: ebc How'd it go with resetting that hosts file? did it fix anything? Any weirdness with the hosts file shows up in a hijackthis log, so it looks like the hosts file was fine. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 13, 2006, 06:41:40 PM Has anyone gotten the problem like this where an error msg box appears out of no where that says generic host process for win32 problem has occurred and when it happens I get disconnected from the net and cant connect until I restart. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Janihan on August 13, 2006, 07:18:16 PM Your post doesn't have much to go with but with a search I found someone who had a similar problem and solved it by manually updating using the Windows Updates website. (Post #13 at http://forums.speedguide.net/showthread.php?t=180853) If that doesn't work try the steps at this site posted by ebc a while ago: http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407. If you still have problems you could post your HijackThis log here. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 13, 2006, 08:19:39 PM Quote from: Rakko Has anyone gotten the problem like this where an error msg box appears out of no where that says generic host process for win32 problem has occurred and when it happens I get disconnected from the net and cant connect until I restart. Yup, means you haven't updated all parts of your network stack, this is an indication that someone tries to 'break in' and halfway succeeds. Like Janihan says, update your PC (via windows update) I would scan the PC for virus/trojans/spyware also. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 13, 2006, 08:48:25 PM well I have upgrade my anti-virus, did a scan came up with nothing, nothing on adaware and spybot either Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 13, 2006, 08:52:18 PM Another question, what exactly must I install for that specific problem error? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on August 13, 2006, 10:55:37 PM try ewido or kaspersky to scan for additional spyware. if it really is a piece of malware that has hijacked your computer (no matter to what extent), most scanners should at least be able to identify it. all the above suggestions are indeed good tips, but it seems odd to me that adaware and spybot have not been able to even detect it. most of the time, what you will do is identify the type of malware that it is, then google it, and there will be plenty of forum guides with step-by-step instructions on how to remove it. among tools that you need will be: hijackthis (already used for your registry log file), killbox, and dllcompare. technically adaware/spybot/ewido/kaspersky perform all the same actions that hijackthis/killbox/dllcompare do manually (clean the registry, and delete/quarantine bad files), but sometimes specific malware needs those to occure in a very specific order, otherwise it'll re-reference each other and reinitialize the infection. with that said, do try to identify the malware (the name of it should be reported by adaware/spybot/ewido/kaspersky): that will at the least get you pointed in the right direction. last suggestion: unplug the ethernet cable from your computer when you begin to clean out your computer. as you remove the infection, it will prevent malware from being able to re-download itself through IE security loopholes. (of course do this after you've already updated all windows updates and spyware definitions) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Janihan on August 13, 2006, 11:49:04 PM Did you try updating with Windows Update? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 14, 2006, 05:57:18 AM http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=894391 /me keeps fingers crossed Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 14, 2006, 07:38:24 AM Quote from: Rakko well I have upgrade my anti-virus, did a scan came up with nothing, nothing on adaware and spybot either The scan was more to prevent/check nothing had come thru, the message indicates an 'attack' from outside your computer (e.g. someone trying to breakin) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 14, 2006, 09:09:37 AM Exactly how does a hacker break into my pc? Via some program I installed or websites? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: suki* on August 14, 2006, 09:18:52 AM My Iomega Super DVD USB2.0 burner is giving me a headache. I've tried burning a DVD using both Nero and Roxio and all I got are errors that appear the minute the encoding's done and the program wants to start the burning. The error log that I got off my last attempt on Nero is here : http://www.box.net/public/mer878mged The unit is supposed to be 'plug and play' and I've tried changing USB ports already but it still won't burn DVDs. >_< Please don't tell me that I most probably have to get a new one? :cry: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on August 14, 2006, 12:41:14 PM @suki*: You can try upgrading the drive's firmware (see here (http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_firmware.php?download_id=1670) for example). You now have firmware A106 while A110 is the latest. During searching the net I found that several people have problems with Nero 7. Downgrading to Nero 6 might be a solution. There are even cleaning tools to remove Nero 7 completely from your system. One other thing I found is this: The Golden Rules of Burning (http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=49635). Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 14, 2006, 12:53:54 PM Quote from: Rakko Exactly how does a hacker break into my pc? Via some program I installed or websites? Installing program: yes that is possible. Websites: yes that is also possible, and via network connections (sample of that is that message that poped-up) without you having to doing anything, just being connected to the Internet is enough. There is not just 'one way' of how malicious programs can get a hold of your PC, some do not require you to do anything. Keeping up with patches (for ALL programs you use not just the OS) is the only defence. Do not think a program will protect you always, new bugs are found everyday and someone will probably find a way to exploit them to break into your computer. Allways 'drive carefully' on the 'Internet super highway' Title: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on August 14, 2006, 01:00:45 PM @Rakko: The solution to your problem might be on this page (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20867724.html). If you don't want to read all that you can try one (or all) of these: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=821690 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;819017 Title: Tech-related problems Post by: suki* on August 14, 2006, 04:47:17 PM Quote from: tiny @suki*: You can try upgrading the drive's firmware (see here (http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_firmware.php?download_id=1670) for example). You now have firmware A106 while A110 is the latest. During searching the net I found that several people have problems with Nero 7. Downgrading to Nero 6 might be a solution. There are even cleaning tools to remove Nero 7 completely from your system. One other thing I found is this: The Golden Rules of Burning (http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=49635). Thanks tiny!! :D So good that somebody understands something of the error log. >_< I can make neither head nor tail of the thing. >_< I'll go try your suggestions out and report back again. Sankkyu~!! :panda_kiss: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 14, 2006, 06:33:30 PM Quote from: tiny @Rakko: The solution to your problem might be on this page (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20867724.html). If you don't want to read all that you can try one (or all) of these: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=821690 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;819017 I tried installing the hotfix for windows but it didnt work. I was running out of ideas when I decided to do a scandisk for my C: and during which this showed up :Verifying file data stage 4 of 5 windows replaced bad clusters in file 6108 of name \WINDOWS\system32\oobe\html\isptype.htm. I reallllly hope this one fixed it Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 14, 2006, 06:48:59 PM Quote from: Rakko I tried installing the hotfix for windows but it didnt work. I was running out of ideas when I decided to do a scandisk for my C: and during which this showed up :Verifying file data stage 4 of 5 windows replaced bad clusters in file 6108 of name \WINDOWS\system32\oobe\html\isptype.htm. I reallllly hope this one fixed it I would be surprised if that fixes it, .htm files are mostly used for displaying info (of changing settings), unless you where actually busy doing that for the ISP this error will not fix the network stackk problem. What is possible is that your disk is failing that can lead to different problems on different times. BTW, have you tried windows-update yet?? (you said you tried the hotfix, not how you obtained it) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on August 14, 2006, 07:00:45 PM Quote from: Rakko I tried installing the hotfix for windows but it didnt work. I was running out of ideas when I decided to do a scandisk for my C: and during which this showed up :Verifying file data stage 4 of 5 windows replaced bad clusters in file 6108 of name \WINDOWS\system32\oobe\html\isptype.htm. I reallllly hope this one fixed it that doesn't sound good to me... oobe actually has nothing to do with spyware. it's part of windows' "welcome to windows" package (oobe: out of box experience), and includes utilities such as activation and tours. an htm file certainly is not an integral part of windows' functionality (and certainly wouldn't cause your problems). what i'm worried is that scandisk has found bad clusters on your hard drive. bad clusters would not be the cause of spyware-like activity on firefox or internet explorer, but it hints at a larger problem of a hard drive needing replacement. bad clusters can arise from any number of reasons (prolonged heat on the hard drive, extensive motor wear, damage during shipment, etc). windows has gotten pretty good about avoiding bad clusters, but it's unsure whether that particular bad cluster is the only one on the hard drive, or if more will pop up later (and it varies with every individual hard drive, no matter how new or old). generally speaking, scandisk isn't the best program to determine whether or not your hard drive needs replacing, and you may have to perform additional testing to make sure one way or another. i'm not saying this to try to scare you or anything, i just want to make sure you know exactly what's going on with your computer. the final word is: if you haven't noticed any major changes in windows (besides the spyware-like activity we've been trying to diagnose and fix), most likely this bad cluster incident is just a small isolated one. best practice: keep running scandisk regularly (a couple times a week), and tell us immediately if more bad cluster problems come up. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 14, 2006, 07:08:09 PM Quote from: frblckstr1 I would be surprised if that fixes it, .htm files are mostly used for displaying info (of changing settings), unless you where actually busy doing that for the ISP this error will not fix the network stackk problem. What is possible is that your disk is failing that can lead to different problems on different times. BTW, have you tried windows-update yet?? (you said you tried the hotfix, not how you obtained it) I cant do windows-update becoz my ver isnt legit C:DOCUME~1\Rakko\LOCALS~1\TEMP\WER9a61.dir00\svchost.exe.mdmp C:DOCUME~1\Rakko\LOCALS~1\TEMP\WER9a61.dir00\appcompat.txt The above are what I always get when the generic error msg pops up Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 14, 2006, 07:24:36 PM I would like to add some additional info on what I suspect caused me this sudden mess. For starters I reboot wkly btw 7-9days. On the last days of July I had encountered a problem with my IDE cables which caused my hdds (especially my 2nd drive) to become erratic, etc making weird noises after booting up from maintenance. At first I thought it was the drive and I was like gimme a break its only been 10mths still. For that period I just couldnt boot past a certain phrase of windows, and I was doing forced shutdowns very frequently in matter of mins or even seconds at one go. But after I managed to troubleshoot that the cause was faulty IDE cables the problem went away and I can startup windows again. So now the problem begins, its been running for 9days now and I decided to check my intel-monitor to see if maintenance for the heatsink fan was needed and guess what I doubleclicked on the icon and it just blinked (startup screen) but never fully loaded. So I decided to reboot but instead the whole screen just went blank but the drives were still running. So I did a forced powershut down, rebooted twice and let it ran as normal. And on the 8th day in the evening, out pops that accursed msg and thus began my troubles. And oh that generic process shit isnt the only msg that pops up, I've got one that says something abt a certain process not being able to connect to a server and asks me to either try again or switch processes. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 14, 2006, 08:05:33 PM Quote from: frblckstr1 Installing program: yes that is possible. Websites: yes that is also possible, and via network connections (sample of that is that message that poped-up) without you having to doing anything, just being connected to the Internet is enough. There is not just 'one way' of how malicious programs can get a hold of your PC, some do not require you to do anything. Keeping up with patches (for ALL programs you use not just the OS) is the only defence. Do not think a program will protect you always, new bugs are found everyday and someone will probably find a way to exploit them to break into your computer. Allways 'drive carefully' on the 'Internet super highway' So please advise, supposedly I cant update via windows coz my copy isnt legit, will zonealarm,anti-virus,adaware,spybot do? And could you explain how exactly via network connections do those pple find me? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on August 14, 2006, 10:12:29 PM Using Firefox you can update Windows XP with WindizUpdate (http://windowsupdate.62nds.com/). But first you should check for hardware problems. A failing hdd can cause some strange behaviour. Run chkdsk /f x: from a cmd prompt to check every drive for errors (/f means fix errors, replace x with the corresponding drive letter). It might complain that the volume is in use by an other process and give you the option to check the next time you restart your system. In that case answer yes and do so. You can also scan your hdd with a tool from the hdd manufacturer. Usually these require a DOS bootdisk. With these tools you can test a drive very rigorously. You can check your RAM with memtest (http://www.memtest.org/). Certain USB devices can also cause the "Generic Host Process for Win32 Services" error. Try disconnecting all USB devices. Keeping a USB mouse connected should be okay (mice are pretty dumb hardware anyway). Especially USB scanners and certain USB-DSL-modems cause problems (see one of the Microsoft links posted earlier). You can also try to disconnect any internal hardware you do not actually need to run your system. A very basic system would be cpu/memory/graphics card/harddrive you boot windows from and no CD/DVD drives, soundcards, network card etc. Then by trial and error determine if one of the components causes the error. Admittedly, this is not very workable if the error only pops up after 7 days or so... Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on August 15, 2006, 01:10:32 AM Quote from: tiny ... USB-DSL-modems ... gross XD just a thought, also remove any usb hubs you might have, and plug in your mouse and keyboard directly to the motherboard's usb ports. certain configurations (not many) have issues with routing certain hardware through a usb hub. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: lma282 on August 15, 2006, 05:38:08 AM Quote from: Rakko Has anyone gotten the problem like this where an error msg box appears out of no where that says generic host process for win32 problem has occurred and when it happens I get disconnected from the net and cant connect until I restart. seem that i also have the same problem with u . try to this http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2996b9b6-03ff-4636-861a-46b3eac7a305&DisplayLang=zh-tw (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2996b9b6-03ff-4636-861a-46b3eac7a305&DisplayLang=zh-tw) sorry for it's chinese link download the WindowsXP-KB921883-x86 english vesion open this exe , then restart your pc . Title: Tech-related problems Post by: suki* on August 15, 2006, 05:46:14 AM Update from me! :P Still a no-go even after the firmware update. I used Roxio 6 this time and even though the disc progress for the encode went to 100%, the disc burning itself stopped at 4%. The error that I got was : Quote E80041930 : Trackwrite error - wait failed - [T7123] Yappa time to get new burner ka... :ksad: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 15, 2006, 06:01:58 AM Ok, so far I've been connected for almost 12hrs. And here's what I did besides running scandisk on my C:, I did a system restore 12days earlier before the clash AND for the first time in 23mths turned on my XP firewall. I duno which did it but so far so good. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 15, 2006, 06:07:55 AM Quote from: lma282 seem that i also have the same problem with u . try to this http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2996b9b6-03ff-4636-861a-46b3eac7a305&DisplayLang=zh-tw (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2996b9b6-03ff-4636-861a-46b3eac7a305&DisplayLang=zh-tw) sorry for it's chinese link download the WindowsXP-KB921883-x86 english vesion open this exe , then restart your pc . Did it work for you? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 15, 2006, 07:17:23 AM Quote from: Rakko So please advise, supposedly I cant update via windows coz my copy isnt legit, will zonealarm,anti-virus,adaware,spybot do? And could you explain how exactly via network connections do those pple find me? Solution: get a legit version (key) so you can run via windows update... How people find you? They are not looking for you, they are probing all computers that are connected to the internet and try to break in. As soon as you connect you computer directly to the internet (e.g. without a thing like a ADSL *router*/firewall inbetween) you can be attacked by anyone of the thousends (maybe millions) of infected other computers on the internet. It takes just minutes for the first attacks to arrive. Update, and keep you firewall UP. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Janihan on August 15, 2006, 09:06:11 AM suki*: Have you tried using different DVD media? Sometimes bad media can cause bad problems. Even though the media you used atleast in the logged attempt should be high quality (SONY08D1) I'd suggest you try a different manufacturer. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: suki* on August 15, 2006, 10:30:45 AM Quote from: Janihan suki*: Have you tried using different DVD media? Sometimes bad media can cause bad problems. Even though the media you used atleast in the logged attempt should be high quality (SONY08D1) I'd suggest you try a different manufacturer. I was using my Benq discs, and when that didn't work, I bought and tried Imation. That didn't work too. So yeah, I've kinda tied different media, just that... It still refuses to burn... :ksad: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: lma282 on August 15, 2006, 12:36:32 PM Quote from: Rakko Did it work for you? yes . It work for me. My problem is like that : also can't connect network [FONT=標楷體]svchost．exe-應用程式錯誤 『應用程式發生例外 不明的軟體例外錯誤( 0xc0000409)於位置0x69a0a3c0[/FONT] Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on August 15, 2006, 01:54:47 PM Quote from: suki* Still a no-go even after the firmware update. I used Roxio 6 this time and even though the disc progress for the encode went to 100%, the disc burning itself stopped at 4%. Quote from: suki* I was using my Benq discs, and when that didn't work, I bought and tried Imation. That didn't work too. So yeah, I've kinda tied different media, just that... It still refuses to burn... :ksad: verbatim tends to be a good brand. i've also used memorex with good results. you maaay want to head to the store and pick up a couple of those discs to try it out. but to me it sounds more like a stream error. have you tried burning a regular cd at a low-speed (8x or below)? will that go through? or does it give you the same error? if the cd will burn fine but not a dvd, you may need to free up some system resources while you burn a dvd (or else we can help you figure out if some application is being a misfit). but if a cd also fails then maybe your dvdrw does indeed need to be replaced :cry: Quote from: Rakko Ok, so far I've been connected for almost 12hrs. And here's what I did besides running scandisk on my C:, I did a system restore 12days earlier before the clash AND for the first time in 23mths turned on my XP firewall. I duno which did it but so far so good. good to hear! Quote from: lma282 My problem is like that : also can't connect network [FONT=標楷體]svchost．exe-應用程式錯誤 『應用程式發生例外 不明的軟體例外錯誤( 0xc0000409)於位置0x69a0a3c0[/FONT] does not look good. svchost is a core utility used by windows to handle network policies (which determines pretty much all network connections windows wants to make). like rakko, you may want to try rolling back your windows state (using system restore), and incrementally testing that svchost works. if that doesn't work, we'll have to figure out if it's simply a memory allocation issue or if the svchost file was somehow corrupted. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Janihan on August 15, 2006, 02:24:34 PM Quote from: suki* I was using my Benq discs, and when that didn't work, I bought and tried Imation. That didn't work too. So yeah, I've kinda tied different media, just that... It still refuses to burn... :ksad: I though you were using Sony discs since according to your log the media ID was SONY08D1 which atleast I thought is only sold under the Sony brand. :confused: BenQ and Imation aren't exactly known for great quality. This guide (http://www.digitalfaq.com/media/dvdmedia.htm) has a decent overview of disc brands and manufacturers. BenQ discs are either 2nd or 4th class and Imation discs are 2nd or 3rd class. If you do get new discs good brands tend to be Verbatim and Sony. I wouldn't buy Memorex since some of their discs are manufactured by CMC. CMC discs suck. Also do you have USB2? I think the transfer rate for USB1 is only 1.5MB/s which is only enough for 1x burn (I think 1x burn = 1350 kB/s). Also if you have other USB devices disconnect them before trying to burn. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: A1 on August 16, 2006, 12:07:13 PM Okay I just install Image Grabber II. The program gives me an error when I tried to capture this file (http://www.sendspace.com/file/5gkcvq), saying "Classfactory cannot supply requested class" is there anyway I can fix it? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 17, 2006, 10:15:21 AM Ok so letting my firewall up has solved the generic error thing. Here's another one; Can XP interfere with bitcomet? I'm asking coz my system crashed right after I start up btc and the firewall asked me that its currently blocking some of the features of the program and asked me what I wanted to do. So I chose unblock and closed the window and the next thing I hear a click noise from the drive I was using bt to dl stuff to and the whole system just hung up. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 17, 2006, 12:53:19 PM Quote from: Rakko Ok so letting my firewall up has solved the generic error thing. Here's another one; Can XP interfere with bitcomet? I'm asking coz my system crashed right after I start up btc and the firewall asked me that its currently blocking some of the features of the program and asked me what I wanted to do. So I chose unblock and closed the window and the next thing I hear a click noise from the drive I was using bt to dl stuff to and the whole system just hung up. Yup the firewall helps, that 'unblock' thing for btc is also correct (if you do not unblock it would not be able to received data) That click noise to me normally indicates it does a 'head retrackt/reset' to re-allign because it had a read-error, this might indicate problems with the HD. If you have data on it, copy it off to somewhere else, then run a chkdsk. (some (new) disks make a clicking noise every x minutes because of thermal re-align, those are not a problem) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on August 17, 2006, 01:42:36 PM See the thing is, after I closed the firewall settings window and returned to the btc screen, I heard the noise and it hung on me. Its too much of a coincidence that it crashed right after the firewall settings thing, maybe its some bug or glitch. Title: Port Forwarding Post by: chera on August 20, 2006, 01:46:04 AM PORT FORWARDING @#@!u(i(#*(# Bit torrents &$%# up ^&*& Bill GATES ^&**evil (&* hate %^^%$$!!@*%^ IP &*&% router &#*%%stupid ^@*^#* Wanna cry &^#@#$$@ so damn hard *$&%*($& Don't work &$#*#(@&  AAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! (http://forum.jphip.com/images/icons/icon8.gif)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on August 20, 2006, 02:29:13 AM
Sorry about that... I had to get it out of my system.

I was using utorrent 1.5 and getting about 70 kBps down, without port forwarding.  I figure that upgrading to utorrent 1.6 might make things faster, but when I start it, my speed goes down to 5 kBps down, and the status of my favorite trackers is listed as offline, which they're not.

So I tell myself I might as well get port forwarding fixed up once and for all.  I go to portforward.com and follow the instructions to make my IP static.  Then I'm supposed to log in to my router (a Linksys BEFSR41v2) to change some settings.  I key in what is supposed to be the default IP (192.168.1.1), and can't get in!  ฺBoth Firefox and IE don't work.  This isn't my own router/network - I'm staying at my dad's place and he had one of his friends set things up for him.

So I'm in a jam; I can't complete the portforwarding procedure, and my BT capability is essentially gone.  Switching back to utorrent 1.5 doesn't help, I'm still down to <10kBps; screwing up with the IP settings messed up my computer big time.

Life is mean.... :-(
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 20, 2006, 03:33:26 AM
Go start>run> type cmd and hit ok

In command prompt type ipconfig and hit enter
If it doesn't work then you need to find the manual for the router and read it, it'll tell you everything you need to know.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on August 20, 2006, 03:57:42 AM
Quote from: ebc
Go start>run> type cmd and hit ok  In command prompt type ipconfig and hit enter Where it says your default gateway, that's the ip you need to enter in to your browser to log into the router.

Yippeeee!!! EBC, you just made my day.  I got things working again, portforwarding working and utorrent 1.5 is just fine again.  I'm not going to bother with utorrent 1.6 anymore...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on August 22, 2006, 08:23:10 AM
this isn't really a problem... well, in some way it is.

is it a probem if i've become a huge packrat over the past few years?

i just bought yet another hard drive. a 320gb, cause newegg has been dropping prices like no tomorrow (i got mine for $89.99!). so once it gets here on wednesday, i'll be running a total of 7 drives internal: 80gb, 120gb, 250gb, 250gb, 250gb, 320gb, and a new 320gb (total: 1590gb). doctor, please tell me... how much of a whore am i? XD Title: Tech-related problems Post by: suki* on August 22, 2006, 12:01:00 PM Have not reverted for a while for the want of stuff to burn into a CD, but now that I've tried that, I can finally report here once again. :P Quote from: thatguy have you tried burning a regular cd at a low-speed (8x or below)? will that go through? or does it give you the same error? if the cd will burn fine but not a dvd, you may need to free up some system resources while you burn a dvd (or else we can help you figure out if some application is being a misfit). but if a cd also fails then maybe your dvdrw does indeed need to be replaced :cry: I burn all my CDs and stuff at the speed of 4X only coz I'd been told that that's the most stable speed to burn at. But! Talking about burning CDs on that thing... *insert HUUUUUUUUUUGE LOOOOOOOOOONG sigh here* Quote from: Janihan I though you were using Sony discs since according to your log the media ID was SONY08D1 which atleast I thought is only sold under the Sony brand. :confused: I have no idea really as to what media it was that I used but the label on the pack said BenQ. >_< But really. What I tried this time was that I used the USB2 port on my PC with the burner and tried burning a CD this time. And I know the CDs are fine coz I've been writing on those with the internal CD-writer. I hate to say this, but it gave me the EXACT SAME error message as when I tried to burn a DVD. >_< The burn process was about to start when it got stuck, showed me the disc error message and the tray came out ejecting the disc. :cry: Silly thing is only a year and a half old!! :cry: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 22, 2006, 12:38:58 PM Quote from: suki* :cry: Silly thing is only a year and a half old!! :cry: 'Mean time between failure' means just that: mean time! e.g. some things will breakdown early... Title: Tech-related problems Post by: suki* on August 22, 2006, 04:40:00 PM Quote from: frblckstr1 'Mean time between failure' means just that: mean time! e.g. some things will breakdown early... >_< *sniffles* Any good external DVD-writer recommendations?? :P Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on August 22, 2006, 05:18:25 PM i loved my sony external dvdrw... right up until it broke :( actually it broke while i was bringing it home for the summer, so i dont know if i had packed it incorrectly, or if it was just being cheapo. now im back to my internal cdrw (and no dvd drive, so can't read any dvds! ack!), until i go to newegg and buy an internal dvdrw to replace it (considering how cheap they are.. ~$30)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: idiotboy on August 22, 2006, 05:22:23 PM
Quote from: suki*
>_< *sniffles*

Any good external DVD-writer recommendations?? :P
i'm using a Freecom Classic (http://www.computerwebstore.co.uk/productinfo.asp?ProductID=3497&Referrer=Froogle). i'm on my second one at the moment, the first one lasted a bit over three years. i've never had any trouble writing with it, or getting it to read anything (except when the first one died), and i thrash my external drive very hard (and cart it around the world, too).

the first one lasted longer than the external DVD drive that i bought with the laptop, that's for sure.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on August 23, 2006, 08:44:45 PM
Quote from: suki*
Any good external DVD-writer recommendations?? :P

I use an internal Lite-On DL DVD writer, placed on my desk, connected to my laptop using a USB-IDE cable.  No need for an enclosure.  Works perfectly.  Cheap, too.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on August 26, 2006, 07:48:18 AM
I downloaded this file which is a bout 650MBs and when I played it on MPC, it's only 24mins long, so I know that can't be right for a file of that size and the quality was not THAT great. So I played the same file with VLC and it said that the file was broken and I got the option to fix it. I fixed it and file played till the end (about 55mins).

Question: Is there a way to permanently fix the broken avi file? VLC only fixes it everytime I want play it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 26, 2006, 08:35:05 AM
^ try divfix
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on August 26, 2006, 11:37:22 AM
I've tried it and it seems to be working. Thanks!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on August 26, 2006, 02:20:47 PM
Here's a question. I'll probably need to add a PCI controller card to support my current HDDs. Is it worthwhile for me to switch over the optical drives to the PCI controller too?

Would there be any performance gained by moving all the IDE devices off the chipset?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 26, 2006, 03:11:10 PM
I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just put the harddrives you need on the controller.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: reine on August 26, 2006, 03:18:02 PM
I got a quick question, so I have like 4 -1gb sized ISO files- is it possible to merge it in one DVD and keep all the menu and chapters. Maybe add another menu of which DVD I want to open? or do I have to do it the hard way?

another noob question, can I add ac3 audio support to auto GK
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 26, 2006, 04:05:26 PM
I'm pretty sure you'll have to do it the hardway.
Haven't tried using AutoGK for ages but I'm thinking nope, it's AutoGK and it's only setup to do things the way it wants. You gotta use normal GK or another encoding tool to choose you're own audio stream.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on August 26, 2006, 05:06:55 PM
Quote from: Asmodai
Here's a question. I'll probably need to add a PCI controller card to support my current HDDs. Is it worthwhile for me to switch over the optical drives to the PCI controller too?

Would there be any performance gained by moving all the IDE devices off the chipset?

Quote from: ebc
I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just put the harddrives you need on the controller.

same as ebc said, just keep a couple things in mind: keep your optical drive on its own channel, you dont wanna burn a dvdiso from a hard drive that is attached to the same channel. and for the most part, you should just keep the optical on the onboard pata, because some PCI-pata cards dont offer the right DMA support to even run optical drives.

i have 2 onboard pata channels and 2 pci pata channels. onboard primary -> OS/boot hard drive, onboard secondary -> optical. both of my pci channels go to my secondary (aka storage) hard drives.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 26, 2006, 06:26:44 PM
Quote from: ebc
I'm pretty sure you'll have to do it the hardway.
Haven't tried using AutoGK for ages but I'm thinking nope, it's AutoGK and it's only setup to do things the way it wants. You gotta use normal GK or another encoding tool to choose you're own audio stream.
Although yes AutoGK does like to do things its way, you have under 'Advanced Settings' the option to keep the origional audio track (for example AC3) or re-encode to a bit rate you want.
But adding audio... haven't checked/tried/don't think you can actually.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on August 26, 2006, 06:39:57 PM
Quote from: reine
I got a quick question, so I have like 4 -1gb sized ISO files- is it possible to merge it in one DVD and keep all the menu and chapters. Maybe add another menu of which DVD I want to open? or do I have to do it the hard way?
It's very easy to do with DVDReMake Pro (http://www.dimadsoft.com/dvdremakepro/index.php). It will create it's own start menu (quite ugly), but changing it to something you've created isn't very hard.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: reine on August 26, 2006, 06:45:26 PM
thanks all, you guys rock ^.^
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on August 27, 2006, 02:15:13 AM
Does anyone know how to get rid of this Trojan virus with this file sstqo.dll?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on August 27, 2006, 02:26:27 AM
Never encountered it myself, but running a google search gives me this (http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=75463&pid=427990&st=0&#entry427990). I find the easiest way is to just search the offending filename, and you'll definitely find a fwe hits that are useful.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on August 27, 2006, 02:28:22 AM
I've tried the method in this site too, but somehow my computer crashes in the process. And I've used Spydoctor to scan my harddrive, it found the file but when I tried to locate it manually I can't find it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on August 27, 2006, 03:05:03 AM
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on August 27, 2006, 10:44:10 AM
I have finally cleaned the virus (by using the final method..... REINSTALL WINDOWS)

I just wonder what video codecs do I need. I only downloaded Divx codec.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on August 27, 2006, 10:51:50 AM
I'm in the boat actually. I'll be getting a new PC in under a week and I'm curious what codec pack would be best.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 27, 2006, 11:06:37 AM
Cole2k codec pack is ok if you're looking for a codec pack.

Otherwise depending on your needs you might find that just installing FFdshow and using mplayer classic or vlc is all you need for avi files and just add Powerdvd for playing mpeg2.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: orion on August 27, 2006, 11:26:44 AM
http://www.cccp-project.net/

the community combined codec pack does and supports anything relating to anything av
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on August 28, 2006, 07:54:24 AM
yeah, also dont forget qt and rm alternatives, for those pesky embedded/streaming files you'll encounter on teh intarwebs.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on August 28, 2006, 07:59:57 AM
Instead of a codec pack, I would suggest using Frenchkiss' wonderful little app "medialyser (http://medialyser.online.fr/)" to determine what codecs are needed for any files that don't play, and then grab the codec that's needed.

Unless of course, you actually want a shit load of different codecs on your system, most of which you'll never use.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on August 28, 2006, 08:05:14 AM
i don't install any codecs hehe.. i just use mplayer :thumbsup
(ok not so true.. i installed xvid so i can use GK for the pretty gui)
Post by: sayumi_fan on August 28, 2006, 02:25:58 PM
I've been experiencing a few problems lately with downloads from some of the filedumps etc in JPHiP, and wondered if the problems are at my end or within the forum / site...  There are two or three similar but different things, and would be grateful for any help whatever that anyone might be able to offer:

1) I don't seem to be able to download any of the PV files from the yuko server / domain - http://yuko.jphip.com, using DAP (similar to (3) below actually (which I wrote here first, I thought it was different)

3)  Downloading more recent Sabra files - such as Sabra 21 - I get a similar result to (2) above if I use DAP, but I can get the files ok with Download Express (which is not as good a program to use, though).  With the files which are like this one, it tells me it's downloading from that http://83.149.104.21/ site again and that it has completed.

I'm wondering if some bug or maybe even virus has crept into my DAP.

Anyone with any clues about any of this, I'll be eternally grateful for a solution!  Specially what is this http://83.149.104.21/deny.html  and the http://83.149.104.21/ serveer / domain?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on August 28, 2006, 03:03:01 PM
Quote from: ohbahsan
i don't install any codecs hehe.. i just use mplayer :thumbsup
(ok not so true.. i installed xvid so i can use GK for the pretty gui)

My mplayer chokes on .rm :(

@SF : Referrals set right? deny.html is what you get if you hotlink a file offsite (offsite being somewhere not on http://forum.jphip.com). I only get deny.html if I try to dl something on flashget without getting a link from the forum.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 28, 2006, 03:25:46 PM
I actually get that same problem when I simply rightclick and saveas the links here. (It didn't used to happen till just the other day) But I don't have a problem when I copy and paste shortcuts into Flashget and also put in a referral
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on August 28, 2006, 03:46:37 PM
yep like was already said make sure referrer is set (basically anything that has forum.jphip.com in the url). i also use flashget, and i installed the firefox flashgot extension. with it, you can right click -> flashgot a link, or select multiple links and flashget them all in one fell swoop. flashgot will also automatically put in the referrer into flashget, so you won't get nasty deny.html files popping up all over your download directory from filedump.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on August 28, 2006, 04:09:04 PM
Quote from: Maliciel
My mplayer chokes on .rm :(
really?  i use mplayer to play .rm too.

and yeah, i found out how people were getting around the hotlink protection so now even blank referers are rejected now.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on August 28, 2006, 05:24:51 PM
Quote from: Maliciel
My mplayer chokes on .rm :(

I use Tara realaudio/video plugin for winamp (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Audio_Input_Plugin_for_Winamp.htm) to play all my realaudio and video in winamp.  You do need to have realplayer installed so winamp can access the codecs but you never need use the crappy thing.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on August 29, 2006, 04:09:35 AM
Oh, wrong mplayer. It's this (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/news.html) one. I dl'ed the new release, maybe that'll help~
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on August 29, 2006, 05:23:30 AM
Quote from: Maliciel
Oh, wrong mplayer. It's this (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/news.html) one. I dl'ed the new release, maybe that'll help~
the new one much better, much more stable :thumbsup
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on August 29, 2006, 02:23:32 PM
Quote from: ebc
...(It didn't used to happen till just the other day) But I don't have a problem when I copy and paste shortcuts into Flashget and also put in a referral

Quote from: thatguy
yep like was already said make sure referrer is set (basically anything that has forum.jphip.com in the url)

Quote from: ohbahsan
... yeah, i found out how people were getting around the hotlink protection so now even blank referers are rejected now.

If I want to continue using DAP, how do I now go about it?  Or can't I?  Can I add this referrer thingy somehow, and is it difficult?

I'm not really whining cos you guys who run this show do a fantastic job - but was the fact that this change was taking place posted anywhere in the forum?  I hardly get enough time here, so I'm sure I miss heaps!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on August 29, 2006, 02:44:38 PM
i've never used DAP before, but see if this might help:

click on the More button at the bottom, and maybe something along the lines of referrer/referal is there.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on August 29, 2006, 04:37:09 PM
Quote from: sayumi_fan
If I want to continue using DAP, how do I now go about it?  Or can't I?  Can I add this referrer thingy somehow, and is it difficult?
in DAP go to Tools -> Options -> General

Check the "Make DAP my Default Download Manager", and check the "Integegrate with IE" or firefox or whatever browser you use, then click close.

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: BakHamNoi on August 29, 2006, 11:41:54 PM
I had an update with my windows who seems to not be the original.
And now, i have some annoying pop-ups and all.

Someone knows something about it ?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Cookie on August 30, 2006, 12:22:50 AM
^ Is it the one that says something like "Your windows is not genuine"? If so, you can remove the pop-up that keeps coming up: LINK (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkjK7vfREW9QAT8BXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE2ZmYyamtsBGNvbG8DdwRsA1dTMQRwb3MDMgRzZWMDc3IEdnRpZANPT1A1Xzgz/SIG=12uvg6257/EXP=1156976443/**http%3a//labnol.blogspot.com/2006/04/workarounds-to-disable-non-genuine.html)

OR

Is that what you are talking about?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: BakHamNoi on August 30, 2006, 12:42:29 AM
yeah it's that !

thanks a lor for your great help ^^

I will make it tomorrow
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ziggurat on August 30, 2006, 06:24:24 AM
WGA is always annoying.. even original copy can be mistakenly labeled pirated one..
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on August 30, 2006, 06:43:49 AM
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on August 30, 2006, 08:19:52 PM
Quote from: ~Dan~

hm i dunno if something's different about my windows, but i do those exact things (notify me, dont install, dont remind me), and it's been well over a month and i haven't gotten any other notifications to install WGA, among the other usual windows patches and hotfixes.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on August 30, 2006, 08:53:57 PM
Quote from: thatguy
hm i dunno if something's different about my windows, but i do those exact things (notify me, dont install, dont remind me), and it's been well over a month and i haven't gotten any other notifications to install WGA, among the other usual windows patches and hotfixes.

Yeah it hasn't asked me for a while.  Maybe they stopped doing it or changed the way they operate.
What was happening with me was I was getting the list of around 5 or 6 things to install each month, and WGA wasn't one of them, but then a few days later it asked to install WGA (and I said NO!). :P
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on August 30, 2006, 09:08:05 PM
WGA is actually pretty easy to get around.  there are 3 files you have to replace with the cracked version and that's it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 31, 2006, 07:37:00 AM
WGA was replaced sometime back because they changed the 'call home' interval from every day to every two weeks, anyway no problems here I am using a local WSUS server (that polls microsoft everyday) that then distributes the updates.
Works very fast for when I use test machines, no need to re-download the updates from the internet.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Shinora on August 31, 2006, 10:00:40 PM
hi! i have started using DC++ as advertised on the arsehole and i can't use any other settings besides "Passive, firewall".  however, the problem is that im pretty sure im not behind any firewall at all.  i've disabled the windows firewall, im pretty sure the antivirus i have doesn't include a firewall as well, so im not really sure what the problem is ><  is there a way to check if im actually behind a firewall or not?  as a sidenote, im using a router if that helps.  thx in advance
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on August 31, 2006, 10:06:25 PM
Quote from: Shinora
hi! i have started using DC++ as advertised on the arsehole and i can't use any other settings besides "Passive, firewall".  however, the problem is that im pretty sure im not behind any firewall at all.  i've disabled the windows firewall, im pretty sure the antivirus i have doesn't include a firewall as well, so im not really sure what the problem is ><  is there a way to check if im actually behind a firewall or not?  as a sidenote, im using a router if that helps.  thx in advance
in your case the router is the firewall.  you have to tell the router to open up the port for dc++.  how you do that is different depending on the router.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on September 01, 2006, 03:28:20 PM
I've been downloading a few of these W PVs from this post (http://forum.jphip.com/showpost.php?p=118217&postcount=1) and found playing problems with several so far.  I'm using both MPlayer and VLC Media Player and get the same result with each.  I'm grateful that they're available, but it's annoying when they won't play properly or at all.

Koi no Vacance (http://yuko.jphip.com/pv/w%20-%20koi%20no%20vacance.avi) (XVID 640x480 3:05 39mb)
This one won't play at all.

Aa Ii na! (http://yuko.jphip.com/pv/W%20-%20Aa%20Ii%20na.avi) {Yoake.no.Senshi} (XVID 608x448 4:00 69mb)
Robokiss (http://yuko.jphip.com/pv/W%20-%20Robo%20Kiss.avi) {Yoake.no.Senshi} (XVID 608x448 3:38 70mb)
These two play, but in a weird horizontally stretched-out presentation.

Any help much appreciated!  :lol:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on September 01, 2006, 03:32:21 PM
Quote from: ohbahsan
in DAP go to Tools -> Options -> General

Check the "Make DAP my Default Download Manager", and check the "Integegrate with IE" or firefox or whatever browser you use, then click close.

Ah, thanks for that, ohbahsan...  I did that, but it's still showing Download Express in the right-click menu rather than DAP.  Is it possible to have both show up, and then be able to choose, or do I need to somehow unset DE as the default in the menu to allow DAP to show up?  :lol:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: idiotboy on September 01, 2006, 03:51:50 PM
Quote from: sayumi_fan
Koi no Vacance (http://yuko.jphip.com/pv/w%20-%20koi%20no%20vacance.avi) (XVID 640x480 3:05 39mb)
This one won't play at all.

Aa Ii na! (http://yuko.jphip.com/pv/W%20-%20Aa%20Ii%20na.avi) {Yoake.no.Senshi} (XVID 608x448 4:00 69mb)

my (just downloaded) copy of koi no Vacance is 39MB (41719808 bytes) - what size is yrs? if it's a different size: then it's not downloading properly; if it's the same size: then for some reason yr machine can't play otherwise functioning files.

how is yr MPC configured? what versions of MPC and VLC are you using? what codecs do you have installed? and yr screen/ monitor resolution? Ai Ii na! uses a non-standard resolution: XVID 608x448. is it possible you've got MPC set up to force a specific resolution? or yr monitor is configured in such a way that it wouldnt be able to display?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on September 01, 2006, 06:06:56 PM
I downloaded all three, but I just tried the koi no vacance. Played fine for me. IIRC, mplayer usually gives some sort of error message if it can't play a file. Anything useful in those? Are you using any commandline switches, as well?

Or maybe you're using MPC, then disregard what I just said :lol:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on September 01, 2006, 06:40:50 PM
Quote from: sayumi_fan
Ah, thanks for that, ohbahsan...  I did that, but it's still showing Download Express in the right-click menu rather than DAP.  Is it possible to have both show up, and then be able to choose, or do I need to somehow unset DE as the default in the menu to allow DAP to show up?  :lol:
er.. this I'm not sure.  I usually use flashget but I downloaded DAP just to try it out and that's how I got it to show up on the right-click menu.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on September 02, 2006, 01:39:39 AM
Quote from: idiotboy
this mightn't be of much use to you, but i've just downloaded and played these two vids thru MPC, and they played perfectly normally.

Hah!  That's it!!  I'd forgotten about good ol' MPC, cos I'd had such good results with mplayer and with VLC MP...  I guess I got over-confident in those two, and must remember to go back to MPC sometimes.  Anyway, my MPC (ver. 6.4.9.0) plays just great the ones which were stretched out in the other players, so problem solved - thanks a heap!!

Quote from: idiotboy

Now, in this case, my downloaded file is 46 Mb (I thought it was weird that it said 39 Mb on the post, but figured it was an error).  Anyway, sounds like I need to download it again, maybe with a different method.  Thanks for that pointer too!

Quote from: Maliciel
I downloaded all three, but I just tried the koi no vacance. Played fine for me. IIRC, mplayer usually gives some sort of error message if it can't play a file. Anything useful in those? Are you using any commandline switches, as well?

Or maybe you're using MPC, then disregard what I just said :lol:

Looks like, as idiotboy suggested, there was an error with the d/l, so I'll try again...  thanks for the reply!  What did you end up playing the other two ok with?

Quote from: ohbahsan
er.. this I'm not sure.  I usually use flashget but I downloaded DAP just to try it out and that's how I got it to show up on the right-click menu.

Ah, looks like maybe I'll dispose of the others and try flashget...  seems a lot of pple are talking about it lately!  Thanks for the tip...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 02, 2006, 07:39:25 AM
Quote from: sayumi_fan
Ah, looks like maybe I'll dispose of the others and try flashget...  seems a lot of pple are talking about it lately!  Thanks for the tip...
The thing I currently like about flashget is, it lets me queue downloads by limiting the simultaneous parts to 1 and the simultaneous jobs to 1 (and I still get upto 300KB/s from jphip's server :thumbsup)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on September 02, 2006, 04:25:30 PM
Quote from: thatguy
yep like was already said make sure referrer is set (basically anything that has forum.jphip.com in the url). i also use flashget, and i installed the firefox flashgot extension. with it, you can right click -> flashgot a link, or select multiple links and flashget them all in one fell swoop. flashgot will also automatically put in the referrer into flashget, so you won't get nasty deny.html files popping up all over your download directory from filedump.

Hmmm...  now, I've installed both flashget and flashgot, I've got a bunch of new options in my right-click menus in Firefox, it's downloading a file as I write this...   So, great advice and thanks a heap!!    BUT - nothing I can do can seem to get me the Koi no Vacance file from here (http://yuko.jphip.com/pv/w%20-%20koi%20no%20vacance.avi)...  any clues, anyone?  What has anyone successfully got this one with?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on September 02, 2006, 04:31:55 PM
Quote from: sayumi_fan
What has anyone successfully got this one with?

I just rightclick and save as. :D
Works every time.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on September 02, 2006, 04:32:23 PM
Quote from: sayumi_fan
Hah!  That's it!!  I'd forgotten about good ol' MPC, cos I'd had such good results with mplayer and with VLC MP...  I guess I got over-confident in those two, and must remember to go back to MPC sometimes.  Anyway, my MPC (ver. 6.4.9.0) plays just great the ones which were stretched out in the other players, so problem solved - thanks a heap!!

Damn!  I spoke to soon!  When I went back to actually play them in MPC, the sound is out of sync with the picture.  I seem to have Xvid installed (at least, there's a folder in my Program Files called Xvid which has a bunch of stuff in it  :lol: )...  any ideas why I might still be experiencing this?  It was sound sync problems with other files that made me go for MPC in the first place, and I've not had this problem with it before - but those W PVs just don't seem to like it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Janihan on September 03, 2006, 01:19:06 PM
Atleast the Robokiss file stretches for me in MPlayer. For some reason the file seems to have an aspect ratio of 2.997515. Luckily this is pretty easily corrected by using -noaspect, to disable aspect ratio checking, or "-aspect 4/3", to force the aspect ratio 4:3.

For VLC try using "--aspect-ratio 4:3" as a command line option or using Preferences -> Video -> Source aspect ratio in the graphical interface.

If you want to use MPC you could try upgrading your XviD to a newer version. Old versions might have problems with newer files.

Koi no Vacance worked perfectly in MPlayer. I downloaded it with wget.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on September 04, 2006, 12:27:56 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
I just rightclick and save as. :D
Works every time.

Ah  :lol:  Yup, being a small file, I could get it that way too, even on my dialup...  never thought of that, doh!  Bit too obvious to even think of... so, thanks!  Dunno why it spat the dummy when the others didn't in flashget tho...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on September 04, 2006, 12:46:42 AM
Quote from: Janihan
For VLC try using "--aspect-ratio 4:3" as a command line option or using Preferences -> Video -> Source aspect ratio in the graphical interface.

Great!  Thanks for that...  bit of a pain to do, but I can play the vid, so wonderful!  If I was to create a VCD out of these (not that I have the software yet) would I have to do something to these files to prepare them differently than the others?

Also, I've seen a bunch of references lately to "using a command line"...  sorry for basic ignorance, but where can I learn something about this?

Quote from: Janihan
If you want to use MPC you could try upgrading your XviD to a newer version. Old versions might have problems with newer files.

Heh heh, just went to xvid.org and it seems that right here (http://www.xvid.org/downloads.html) they give it to you as source code  :lol:   Now, for someone who doesn't know about command lines, I'm obviously not gonna know what to do with that  :lol:   So, can I d/l a working version somewhere?  Also, how do I tell which version I have (like, there are bunch of different .exe files in the Xvid folder, so how do I know which one runs the program so I can look at the 'About' details...  or doesn't it work like that)?

Quote from: Janihan
Koi no Vacance worked perfectly in MPlayer. I downloaded it with wget.

Thanks, I've got that one working ok on the second try now...

Thanks for all your help, Janihan!!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Janihan on September 04, 2006, 12:53:49 PM
Quote from: sayumi_fan
Great!  Thanks for that...  bit of a pain to do, but I can play the vid, so wonderful!  If I was to create a VCD out of these (not that I have the software yet) would I have to do something to these files to prepare them differently than the others?

To make this less of a pain you could somehow rewrite the aspect ratio stored in the avi header. The easiest way to do this is probably doing a direct copy of the video and audio stream to a new avi with the aspect ratio you want. Also this way there is no quality loss.

In MEncoder I used the following command and it seemed to work.
mencoder  "W - Robo Kiss.avi" -ovc copy -oac copy -force-avi-aspect 4/3 -o "W - Robo Kiss2.avi"

NOTE: mencoder will most likely be mencoder.exe in Windows.

Quick explanation of the options just incase someone is interested:
-ovc copy = copy video stream
-oac copy = copy audio stream
-force-avi-aspect 4/3 = use the aspect 4:3
-o "W - Robo Kiss2.avi" = output to file named "W - Robo Kiss2.avi"

Now I'll make a guess that you're using Windows (:P ) and give some extra help on doing this. The MPlayer package for Windows should come with MEncoder. Atleast the package that I found on the official MPlayer site comes with it. (The zip from here. (http://www4.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/win32/))
1. Open a command line.
1b Type "cmd" in the box
1c Click OK[/INDENT]
2 Go to the your mplayer folder
[INDENT]2a type cd C:\path\to\mplayer[/INDENT]
3 Run the command
[INDENT]3a mencoder.exe  "C:\path\to\W - Robo Kiss.avi" -ovc copy -oac copy -force-avi-aspect 4/3 -o "C:\path\to\W - Robo Kiss2.avi"[/INDENT]

Quote from: sayumi_fan

Also, I've seen a bunch of references lately to "using a command line"...  sorry for basic ignorance, but where can I learn something about this?

What I just showed was some pretty basic usage. With a quick search with the term "command line windows" I found this guide (http://commandwindows.com/). I don't know if it's good. :|

Quote from: sayumi_fan

Heh heh, just went to xvid.org and it seems that right here (http://www.xvid.org/downloads.html) they give it to you as source code  :lol:   Now, for someone who doesn't know about command lines, I'm obviously not gonna know what to do with that  :lol:   So, can I d/l a working version somewhere?  Also, how do I tell which version I have (like, there are bunch of different .exe files in the Xvid folder, so how do I know which one runs the program so I can look at the 'About' details...  or doesn't it work like that)?

Someone suggested this site (http://www.koepi.org/) for XviD binaries. You could try them.

Quote from: sayumi_fan

Thanks for all your help, Janihan!!

No problem. Helping Sayumi's fans is always a worthy cause.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Janihan on September 04, 2006, 07:24:09 PM
I just realised that avis created the way I described in my last post only work properly with MPlayer. :o
Maybe the -force-avi-aspect option is broken or something because even the MPlayer/MEncoder FAQ (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/faq.html#id2545669) suggests the command I posted. :confused:

If you're interested you could try doing this with another program like VirtualDub or by reencoding the video stream with MEncoder.

On a related note I found an easier way to change the aspect ratio in VLC. After the video has started playing select Video -> Aspect-ratio -> 4:3. A lot less of a pain than changing your preferences. :D
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on September 06, 2006, 12:38:53 AM
Quote from: Janihan
On a related note I found an easier way to change the aspect ratio in VLC. After the video has started playing select Video -> Aspect-ratio -> 4:3. A lot less of a pain than changing your preferences. :D

Wow, Janihan, there's some pretty technical stuff there which I'm gonna need some time to digest and experiment with...  thanks for all that, I'll be copying it into a Word file where I keep such stuff for further reference, so your help is wonderful!

Thanks for that last tip which makes it much easier to adapt VLC to whatever I'm playing - just great!!!  I think I need to get into the habit of exploring the menus of new software a bit more...  it's just time and inexperience prevents me, but thanks to pple like you, I (and others) are learning all the time!!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on September 08, 2006, 10:19:55 AM
I was seeding a batch of PVs and after my seed ratio was 2.00, utorrent automatically stopped seeding it and as there were no more leechers at the time so I removed it from the list. After that, I deleted one of the files in the batch(as I replaced it with a better version) and I was wondering if there's a way for me to seed the rest of the files?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: idiotboy on September 08, 2006, 10:45:43 AM
Quote from: huggumwuggums
I was seeding a batch of PVs and after my seed ratio was 2.00, utorrent automatically stopped seeding it and as there were no more leechers at the time so I removed it from the list. After that, I deleted one of the files in the batch(as I replaced it with a better version) and I was wondering if there's a way for me to seed the rest of the files?

sure: load the incomplete torrent you wish to seed in utorrent; click the 'Files' tab in the bottom window of utorrent, right-click the files you don't want to seed, and select 'Don't Download' from the right-click menu. utorrent will ignore those files, and will happily seed the rest.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on September 08, 2006, 02:08:05 PM
^ Thanks idiotboy!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on September 09, 2006, 07:59:52 PM
My computer doesn't play any sound at all, and it says I don't have a sound codec installed. o__o  It's probably because I just reinstalled.. Someone help?

(http://www.fileupyours.com/files/53146/untitled.GIF)
(http://www.fileupyours.com/files/53146/untitled2.GIF)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Foxy Brown on September 09, 2006, 08:19:20 PM
Looks like you need drivers for your sound card. Do you know what model you have?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Janihan on September 09, 2006, 08:27:30 PM
If you don't know the model of your sound card, post the brand and model of your computer.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on September 09, 2006, 08:56:53 PM
I don't know the model of my sound card.

The brand is Compaq and the model is Presario 6000..
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Foxy Brown on September 09, 2006, 09:06:28 PM
If you have a 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, or 8000 series PC, you need to identify the correct model number of your PC using this document before locating product support information. (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/genericDocument?lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&os=228&product=240224&lang=en&docname=c00004461)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on September 09, 2006, 09:26:47 PM
6400nx nevermind, I'm smart, I figured it out

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?lc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=240109&dlc=en&sw_lang=8&os=228

right? xd
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: daigong on September 09, 2006, 10:06:51 PM
My connection seems to be dropping with streaming (radio) and Skype. HELP please :?

And I don't have a router either.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Foxy Brown on September 09, 2006, 10:55:12 PM
Quote from: agrayrainbow
6400nx nevermind, I'm smart, I figured it out

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?lc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=240109&dlc=en&sw_lang=8&os=228

right?

Did it work?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Janihan on September 09, 2006, 11:09:36 PM
Quote from: agrayrainbow
6400nx nevermind, I'm smart, I figured it out

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?lc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=240109&dlc=en&sw_lang=8&os=228

right? xd

The Realtek AC'97 Audio Driver Update probably should work even though it says it's an update. Did you try it?

Quote from: daigong
My connection seems to be dropping with streaming (radio) and Skype. HELP please :?

And I don't have a router either.

Could you tell a bit more about this? How do you connect to the internet? Does the connection just stop working for moment or does it stay down until you do something about it?

You could try going through this guide (http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407) just in case it's caused by malware.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on September 09, 2006, 11:46:17 PM
Yep, it worked!  Thank you guys^^
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on September 10, 2006, 05:14:56 AM
Hey daigong man, did you keep that 3com pci adsl modem cause you could try this driver and see if it works. http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/MODEM/OTHER-MODEM-DRIVERS/3Com-HomeConnect-ADSL-Modem-PCI-10.shtml (http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/MODEM/OTHER-MODEM-DRIVERS/3Com-HomeConnect-ADSL-Modem-PCI-10.shtml)
Or give me the model of the card and I'll try find an XP driver cause that "Ron" guy doesn't sound like he looked to hard. Usually 3com has pretty good driver support so you should be able to get the old card working with XP.

If it does then that might help with your connection problems.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: daigong on September 10, 2006, 05:15:03 AM
Quote from: Janihan
Could you tell a bit more about this? How do you connect to the internet? Does the connection just stop working for moment or does it stay down until you do something about it?

ADSL external modem. Connected through a ethernet card I installed theother day. Connection doesn't work for a moment. I do nothing, just let it connect again automatically.

Just having trouble sustaining a connection at times, uploading a file thru Rapidshare for instance resets after 5 - 10 MB.

Streaming radio buffers whether I'm listening or upstreaming. BT fluctuates up and down. Dropping from Skype and other IM programs like IRC.

ETA:

Quote from: ebc
Hey daigong man, did you keep that 3com pci adsl modem cause you could try this driver and see if it works. http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/MODEM/OTHER-MODEM-DRIVERS/3Com-HomeConnect-ADSL-Modem-PCI-10.shtml (http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/MODEM/OTHER-MODEM-DRIVERS/3Com-HomeConnect-ADSL-Modem-PCI-10.shtml)

If it does then that might help with your connection problems.

Nope ebc dude. Got a new external D-Link DSL 300G Generation II one :?

Whoa...cuz yeah man the 3COM drivers were like non-existent. I'll check that page out!! :sweatdrop:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on September 10, 2006, 05:25:33 AM
Yeah man try that driver or if you know the model number there's like a whole list of drivers here: http://www.nodevice.com/driver/company/3Com.html (http://www.nodevice.com/driver/company/3Com.html)

But I think that Dlink might be crap though, get a different brand like a netgear or something.
You need to get a real modem/router not just modem and also make sure it has upnp.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: daigong on September 10, 2006, 05:30:17 AM
LOL Thanks ebc! That lady there did call it a "rental" afterall :lol:

I was wondering if I plugged in my ethernet card properly, but it detected, eh? so I'll try that out :thumbsup

ETA:

Yeah man, this might be the trick...I'm looking up the Product # 3CP4224-TLS and it's just a specific one for my ISP Telus :doh:

Product itself is called "3COM ADSL Modem PCI" so who knows :?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on September 10, 2006, 08:21:58 AM
Hmm there's a driver here, give it a go:
http://support.3com.com/software/modems.htm (http://support.3com.com/software/modems.htm)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: daigong on September 10, 2006, 08:45:23 AM
nah...those didn't work. :( It's the exact disc I had with 98/ME/2K.

I tried changing slots but it's just dipping in and out like whoa.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on September 10, 2006, 08:57:06 AM
So like when you say it's dipping in and out?
Is the modem losing sync? like does the ADSL light go off?
And do any message's come up on the screen at all when it drops out?
Even try another cable between the modem and the NIC perhaps
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: brbr520 on September 10, 2006, 09:07:30 AM

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: daigong on September 10, 2006, 09:12:06 AM
XP lah. And I don't understand Chinese.

The modem lights remain on.

Check this out.

(http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/4258/seedinglu4.th.jpg) (http://img178.imageshack.us/my.php?image=seedinglu4.jpg)

I get no message, just things go from 80 kB/s down + 30 kb/s upload to like practically zero. Pages don't load, then things pick up again. It's been getting freakier and freakier all day.

I'll try finding some cables, straightening em. I'm tempted to reformat :lol:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 10, 2006, 09:17:55 AM
^ might it be your modem can't handle the number of connections, shuts the actives down and then they have to be re-connected by XP??

Edit: and there is a patch for XP somewhere about the number of (half) open connections, tried that?

(sorry if you tried that, late in the game :))
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on September 10, 2006, 09:23:45 AM
It's just the modem man, it's a Dlink and it's crap. You gotta try get another one somehow
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: daigong on September 10, 2006, 10:11:08 AM
lol yeah. I just broke off the bottom of the modem trying to get the damn ethernet cable out.

Thanks for the troubleshooting! Sure beats them chumps at my ISP! :D
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on September 10, 2006, 12:33:41 PM
My 30-day trial for CuteFTP (version 7) ran out and I need a crack...anyone want to be a good Samaritan for me, please? XD
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on September 10, 2006, 08:25:03 PM
Quote from: arian
My 30-day trial for CuteFTP (version 7) ran out and I need a crack...anyone want to be a good Samaritan for me, please? XD

I've got CuteFTP ver 3.5 if you want that?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on September 11, 2006, 04:30:30 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
I've got CuteFTP ver 3.5 if you want that?

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on September 11, 2006, 06:25:32 AM
Quote from: arian

Yeah it does everything you need.

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on September 11, 2006, 06:42:37 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
Yeah it does everything you need.

Could you possibly give me instructions on how to properly install it with the key? I don't want to mess up XD
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on September 11, 2006, 03:18:03 PM
Just install the prog, then make sure the prog isn't running and click on key.reg.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on September 11, 2006, 03:46:11 PM
Quote from: ~Dan~
Just install the prog, then make sure the prog isn't running and click on key.reg.

Thanks again! :inlove:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on September 14, 2006, 06:59:03 PM
Okay, so I'm getting my internets through a Thompson/Alcatel Speedtouch 585(i), which is a modem/router sorta deal. All fine and dandy, until I realize that Sahre drops all node connections because of port problems. I followed Port Forward (http://www.portforward.com/) and forwarded said Share port, but to no avail. I used some port checker thing, to check the ports, and the request just timed out. However, the port that utorrent uses is fine (I'm thinking its because uPnP is enabled). Does anyone know how to remedy this situation? :<

edit : Did i miss something while looking for the error..?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on September 14, 2006, 08:01:53 PM
Quote from: Maliciel
Okay, so I'm getting my internets through a Thompson/Alcatel Speedtouch 585(i), which is a modem/router sorta deal. All fine and dandy, until I realize that Sahre drops all node connections because of port problems.
You should just bypass the "router" part and connect directly.  These modem/router hybrids usually have really crappy implementations on the router side.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on September 14, 2006, 08:29:40 PM
How exactly am I supposed to do that D:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on September 14, 2006, 11:03:35 PM
currently when I download .wmv files online and watch it somehow there is a "out of sync" between the video and sound when I fastforward the movie. And sometimes the sound will be finish but the video will be playing, or the video will stop but sound will be playing.

How can I fix it?
Thanks!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Biggie578 on September 15, 2006, 07:14:23 AM
gahhh! cuteFTP really isnt good at all! Get filezilla!!!!

what media player are you using JTRIX? I have different results with different file types/media players (wmv causes the most trouble). Tryout MPlayer, The KMPlayer, Media Player Classic/Winamp with the appropriate codecs.

http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/news.html
http://www.winamp.com
http://free-codecs.com
http://www.kmplayer.com/forums/index.php
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/news.html
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 15, 2006, 07:48:47 AM
Quote from: ohbahsan
Quote from: malaciel
Originally Posted by Maliciel
Okay, so I'm getting my internets through a Thompson/Alcatel Speedtouch 585(i), which is a modem/router sorta deal. All fine and dandy, until I realize that Sahre drops all node connections because of port problems.
You should just bypass the "router" part and connect directly.  These modem/router hybrids usually have really crappy implementations on the router side.
I have one from the 500 series (the 510 unmodified, and one that can do ADSL2 also, but its on 'reserve') I actually like the thing, because it blocks everything from the outside by defualt that is not a response on something initiated from the inside.

The older one is a but picky about the port forwarding (I seem to be unable to have more then 23 ports forwarded) but I have the following config in the NAPT part:

Code: [Select]
Nr, Type, Inside address, Outside address, Prot, State   1   Temp   10.0.0.10:21   unspecified:21   tcp   NONE  2   Temp   10.0.0.10:8869   unspecified:8869   tcp   NONE  3   Temp   10.0.0.10:80   unspecified:80   tcp   NONE   4   Temp   10.0.0.10:6881   unspecified:6881   tcp   NONE   5   Temp   10.0.0.10:6882   unspecified:6882   tcp   NONE  6 ...12   Temp   10.0.0.10:6889   unspecified:6889   tcp   NONE 13   Temp   10.0.0.10:8861   unspecified:8861   tcp   NONE 14   Temp   10.0.0.10:8862   unspecified:8862   tcp   NONE 15 ...21   Temp   10.0.0.10:8868   unspecified:8868   tcp   NONE 22   Temp   10.0.0.10:11523   unspecified:11523   tcp   NONE  23   Temp   10.0.0.10:11523   unspecified:11523   udp   NONE
10.0.0.10 is the IP address of the DMZ part of my firewall, which then forwards these ports to the correct machine on the internal network.

YMMV...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on September 15, 2006, 08:05:20 AM
^ So you are using the same modem as maliciel?  Are you using the router part of it or bypassing it completely?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 15, 2006, 08:53:43 AM
Quote from: ohbahsan
^ So you are using the same modem as maliciel?  Are you using the router part of it or bypassing it completely?
With 'NAPT' as in the list above, I think I am using the 'router part', I actually had two computers at one point directly connected to the modem, redirecting some ports to one machine, some to another, effectifly creating a DMZ construction.
I do not do 'server publishing' only port forwarding, I also do not use the DHCP part, because the rest of my network is behind the firewall.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on September 15, 2006, 09:16:13 PM
Quote from: Biggie578
gahhh! cuteFTP really isnt good at all! Get filezilla!!!!

In what way isn't it any good.  It enables you to upload to (or download from) an ftp.  You can't ask for anything more from an ftp prog really. :D
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on September 16, 2006, 01:17:15 AM
Dudes, wtf. How come I cant send mails using hotmail to this company who's email address ends in blah@companyname.com? It says I have an error and it must be in the @hotmail.com format
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on September 16, 2006, 02:25:35 AM
Every video I play except for .mpg lags really badly in every player.  Can someone help?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Biggie578 on September 16, 2006, 04:33:38 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
In what way isn't it any good.  It enables you to upload to (or download from) an ftp.  You can't ask for anything more from an ftp prog really. :D

Well, lets just say that Filezilla is "better". its interface is great and its opensource!! Thats the one thing you can ask from cuteftp.

and angryrainbow, check your CPU usage and also try uninstalling codecs and try a player like VLC. A little time ago, i couldnt have anything open if i wanted to watch a video cuz the video would take 100% cpu. I uninstalled mad crap, deleted empty/useless(old program files) folders, defragged (with PerfectDisk) disabled stupid effects in windows that you dont even notice, and disabled a shitload of services that windows starts automatically. Also cleaned registry and all temp. and scanned for spyware/viruses. Now I can have 2 videos playing simultaneously with little lag.

usefull programs:
http://www.ccleaner.com/
http://www.raxco.com/products/perfectdisk2k/
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 16, 2006, 07:58:17 AM
Quote from: Mugen
Dudes, wtf. How come I cant send mails using hotmail to this company who's email address ends in blah@companyname.com? It says I have an error and it must be in the @hotmail.com format
the sample you give should be accaptable, but a simple check might be what is the last part after the last '.' ? is that a 'valid' top level domain for the internet?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on September 16, 2006, 09:11:10 AM
no idea. copy and paste wouldnt work and i tried typing the stuff in manually and it worked. lol
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on September 19, 2006, 12:58:09 AM
Another problem! I dled this game "fable" off the next and i tried to install it after i mount it but it says "1607: Unable to install InstallShield Scripting Runtme"

I thought it was corrupted. So I redled the whole thing again. and same thing happened. So its prolly something else.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 19, 2006, 07:44:55 AM
Quote from: Mugen
Another problem! I dled this game "fable" off the next and i tried to install it after i mount it but it says "1607: Unable to install InstallShield Scripting Runtme"

I thought it was corrupted. So I redled the whole thing again. and same thing happened. So its prolly something else.
First return on google for a search of this error points to:

http://consumer.installshield.com/kb.asp?id=Q108340

I would try that...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on September 22, 2006, 12:24:17 PM
I'm using utorrent, and find that when I set my DL max speed to unlimited and my UL max speed to unlimited, my DL speeds are low, about 80-100kBps.

But when I set DL max speed to unlimited and my UL max speed to 10kBps, my DL speeds are flaming fast, 400kBps.  This is the same speed that I can download stuff from the filedump if I don't have any other apps on, so its pretty much saturating my broadband DL connection.

But its also making do some very unsocial behavior, and is really screwin up my tracker ratios.  Any suggestions?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 22, 2006, 12:35:02 PM
Quote from: chera
I'm using utorrent, and find that when I set my DL max speed to unlimited and my UL max speed to unlimited, my DL speeds are low, about 80-100kBps.

But when I set DL max speed to unlimited and my UL max speed to 10kBps, my DL speeds are flaming fast, 400kBps.  This is the same speed that I can download stuff from the filedump if I don't have any other apps on, so its pretty much saturating my broadband DL connection.

But its also making do some very unsocial behavior, and is really screwin up my tracker ratios.  Any suggestions?
For upload speeds stay at least 20% below the maximum upload speed of your internet connection, it might take a bit longer to re-upload until you reach a 1.0+ ratio, but the downloads will stay fast.
Saturating the upload means the torrent program also can't send out requests for new packets, that is why the download slows when you upload at maximum.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Shinora on September 27, 2006, 12:28:34 AM
hiya, i have a tech problem that none of my friends to be able to solve.  so i hope one of you guys here will know the solution to my problem.  for one of my lectures, we have online videos thats seems to be streamed from the schools FTP or some other place onto our universities' intranet.  and i've been trying to figure out how to download these streamed videos cuz they'd make an excellent studying tool when it comes to the exams.  i've tried various methods such as "right clicking and save as", using multiple programs such as streambox and none of them seems to be working.  im guessing the problem is because the link to the video is .html.  btw, it seems to be possible b/c during one of my other lectures i saw this guy a couple rows below me download the files with a .rm (realmedia) as the extention thing instead of .html.  too bad i wasn't able to find him after class =(  hopefully someone here can help me in downloading these streamed videos.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on September 27, 2006, 12:41:16 AM
Quote from: frblckstr1
First return on google for a search of this error points to:

http://consumer.installshield.com/kb.asp?id=Q108340

I would try that...

thanks for that, i was able to run it after fiddling around for 30 minutes. good site.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on September 27, 2006, 12:54:24 AM
Quote from: Shinora
... and i've been trying to figure out how to download these streamed videos ...
You have a url we can look at?  Or copy/paste the html source of the page that contains the streaming video link?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Shinora on September 27, 2006, 12:57:14 AM
Quote from: ohbahsan
You have a url we can look at?  Or copy/paste the html source of the page that contains the streaming video link?

this is the site for all the videos til now
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/online.html

heres the source code for one of the videos

ECMA04 - Lecture 2 - Prof. Krashinsky

 autostart="true" backgroundcolor="black" center="true" console="realEMBED" controls="imagewindow,controlpanel,statusbar" maintainaspectratio="true" nojava="false" src="L2.rm" width="495" height="460" pluginspage="http://www.real.com/player/" type="audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin" align="middle" >

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Foxy Brown on September 27, 2006, 04:21:57 AM
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week1GC/L1.rm
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week1MK/L1.rm
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week1GC/L2.rm
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week1MK/L2.rm
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week2GC/L3m.rm
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week2MK/L3m.rm
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week2GC/L4m.rm
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week2MK/L4m.rm
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week3GC/L5m.rm
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week3MK/L5m.rm
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 27, 2006, 07:26:34 AM
Try:

http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ecma04/Week1GC/L1m.rm

(AARGH, Foxy! I should read the 'next page' the next time... :))
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: smoothee on September 27, 2006, 12:22:38 PM
i use DAP [download accelerator plus] for all my downloads but since yesterday.. whenever i open the porgram and click resume downloads it says 'error occured' and the whole thing shuts down.. does anyone have similiar problem? or can anyone reccoment another download accelerator program?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on September 27, 2006, 04:37:14 PM
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: idiotboy on September 27, 2006, 05:09:54 PM
Quote from: huggumwuggums

have you patched yr system recently: installed any microsoft updates or similar? MS limits the number of half-open connections to 10 - it tends to reset this limit each time you patch yr system. try running the Event ID 4226 Patcher (4226 fix) (http://www.lvllord.de/?lang=en&url=tools) and check that yr number of connections hasn't been reset to 10.

otherwise: has yr firewall recently patched or upgraded itself? my zonealarm pro always gets a bit funky with torrents after an upgrade.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on September 27, 2006, 06:58:15 PM
Yeah. I've done the Event ID thing a while back and I did it again to make sure, everything seems to be the way it used to be. I have a feeling my ISP has something to do with this.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: idiotboy on September 27, 2006, 07:21:53 PM
Quote from: huggumwuggums
Yeah. I've done the Event ID thing a while back and I did it again to make sure, everything seems to be the way it used to be. I have a feeling my ISP has something to do with this.

in which case, are you using a torrent client that supports encryption - utorrent or azureus, basically - and do you have encryption enabled?

i can speak from pesonal experience that with encryption enabled, yr ISP (or in my case, network admin) can't id yr packets as torrent packets. they can tell that yr upping/ downloading a stream of data, but not that the data is torrent activity.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on September 28, 2006, 09:19:55 PM
^ I'm currently using uTorrent and yeah, encryption is enabled but the problem still persists. A lot of other users around my area are also experiencing slow torrent downloads so I suspect that our ISP has something to do with it, and I say WE because almost 90%(maybe even more) of Malaysians who uses broadband uses the same ISP.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 28, 2006, 09:27:51 PM

I was wondering if anyone could help me with this problem:

Video Playback (http://www.nsaneproductions.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4324&st=0&gopid=23366&#entry23366)
^Posted link because of the multiple sites I asked, that one gave most input.

But anyway.. I was wondering if there is any way to either have a smoother playback, convert to .avi/.mpg without having to download too many programs.. as I googled this problem and it takes too many programs to fully convert a .ts to .avi... and meh... So yeah, I would appreciate any feedback upon this matter, and if you need more information do ask.

Thanks.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on September 28, 2006, 09:28:05 PM
^Have you tried switching ports, huggums?

ISP's tend to throttle traffic through the more common ports.

@SacredCultivator:

Have you tried Gordian Knot or AutoGK?
Your post intrigued me, so I'm running a .ts file I recently downloaded thru AutoGK to see what my end result will be.
Personally, I don't any trouble playing .ts files, but, I'm curious as to which file you're having trouble with.

After my encode is done, and I've checked it, I'll post back with the results.

Edit: Ok, both Gknot and AutoGK won't do it as it is, so I'll try to demux it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on September 28, 2006, 09:44:52 PM
Quote from: SacredCultivator
But anyway.. I was wondering if there is any way to either have a smoother playback, convert to .avi/.mpg without having to download too many programs.. as I googled this problem and it takes too many programs to fully convert a .ts to .avi... and meh... So yeah, I would appreciate any feedback upon this matter, and if you need more information do ask.
have you taken a look at mplayer/mencoder?  it can convert ts to avi, heck you don't even need to install any codecs.  Not for the faint of heart but it does the job.  It might even help you with smoother .ts playback.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 28, 2006, 09:56:42 PM
Alright

Well a test file can be tried at:
Morning Musume - Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari (2004.07.23 BS-hi Pop Jam) (http://mullemeck.serveftp.org/jps_beta/index.php?page=details&id=25203)

A few more test files:
As For One Day (http://mullemeck.serveftp.org/jps_beta/index.php?page=details&id=25400)

@L-San: never heard of either of those two =X, haha and yeah using K-Lite Mega Codecs Pack... tried I think it was called CoreAVC + CCCP, along with HDTVPump, a few players (VLC/GOM/BSPlayer).

@Ohbahsan: I do have a Converter, SUPER(c), but with as many different settings that I put on it.. the outcome shows too much.. 'Lines'(Interlacing) not sure of the term. That is why if I can find an easy converter(Without having to download so many programs) I am better off just converting rather than with thsi hassle of CHoppy Playbacks.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on September 28, 2006, 10:43:14 PM
Quote from: L-san
^Have you tried switching ports, huggums?

ISP's tend to throttle traffic through the more common ports.

Yeap. Tried that too. They did a research/investigation recently and found out that 70% of the bandwith are drained by only 17% of the users and all/most of them are P2P users. But the problem could only be from the congestion because not all users are experiencing the slowdown.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on September 28, 2006, 10:51:27 PM
Quote from: huggumwuggums
Yeap. Tried that too. They did a research/investigation recently and found out that 70% of the bandwith are drained by only 17% of the users and all/most of them are P2P users. But the problem could only be from the congestion because not all users are experiencing the slowdown.

Some isp's do something called "traffic shaping" to stop people using bittorrent.  If you use a bt prog that encrypts the data you might be able to get around it.

An isp I was on a few years ago moved all the "heavy downloaders" onto the same server so they were all slowing each other down and that left the other servers for the others.  They even used a statistic similar to your "70% of the bandwith are drained by only 17% of the users" as the reason why they did it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 29, 2006, 01:44:54 AM
I have tried a few players...

GOM- Played Video SMOOTHLY but no sound
MMP 10- Played Smoothly(After installing HDTVPump) but no sound
MPC- Choppy with sound(smooth)
BSPlayer- Played video choppy and with sound(smooth)
VLC- Choppy and with sound(smooth)

And yes I do have KLite Mega Codec 1.59 Installed.

Edit; Alright.. I tried out VLC again and just started messing around with allt he settings.. and somehow I got it to work lol.. but not my only MINOR complaint about it is... Is there anyway to make it SAVE settings. by means that whenever I play a file it will remember to set the window/video size to FILL the screen? rather than having me manually right click-> Aspect Ratio 4:3 everytime? because that is annoying.. And also even at 4:3 there are gaps on the top and bottom and I was wondering if that can be like MPC and stretch  to full screen?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Biggie578 on September 29, 2006, 03:26:27 AM
MPlayer. Amazing video player, only problem is that there is no GUI and if you have high CPU usage, the video lags and then it becomes unsynced with the sound.  Also give The K-MPlayer a try, also very awesome, but sometimes it forces widescreen videos to 4:3 aspect ratio.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on September 29, 2006, 04:11:56 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
Some isp's do something called "traffic shaping" to stop people using bittorrent.  If you use a bt prog that encrypts the data you might be able to get around it.

I tried using Azureus for this purpose and I've tried every encryption setting/combination it's still slow as heck.

Quote from: ~Dan~
An isp I was on a few years ago moved all the "heavy downloaders" onto the same server so they were all slowing each other down and that left the other servers for the others.  They even used a statistic similar to your "70% of the bandwith are drained by only 17% of the users" as the reason why they did it.

:doh:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 29, 2006, 07:09:22 AM
^ Just a comment about Morning Musume .ts files, they have a tendency not to be '.ts' in the sence I normally see them posted on newsgroups (mpeg2 transport streams).

Aside from a variaty of resolutions, they seem to use a lot of times use different audio codecs then 'just' MPEG2 (like AAC or even ogg), this throws off AutoGK and a lot of players. A lot of times they are also interlaced, which gives problems with VLC (you have to selected the de-interlace setting to match and that a lot of times requires more CPU to do)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 29, 2006, 07:12:18 AM
Well yeah that is true... Another kind person has helped me and I will try her method and see if it helps.. thanks.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on September 29, 2006, 07:17:15 AM
Two players I have found to play Japanese TS files: Media Player Classic and VLC. (American and European TS are slightly different.)

With MPC make sure to not use the internal MPEG2 decoder unless you have lots of processing power. Otherwise use an MPEG2 codec with support for hardware acceleration. Video cards have had hardware acceleration for MPEG2 for quite some time now, even my (relatively) old Radeon 9600 has it. Codecs that support hardware accelaration are for example the Intervideo and the Cyberlink MPEG2 codecs, which come respectively with Intervideo WinDVD and Cyberlink PowerDVD. The problem is that many programs install their own MPEG2 codec, such as Nero. The trick is to force MPC to load the codec of your choice. Look in the options of MPC for External Filters. There you can add filters to a list to block or prefer.

VLC also needs some configuration. In the preferences make sure to enable the deinterlace video filter. For the deinterlace mode I prefer the blend mode. It's a good trade off between performance and quality.
In the general video options set the overlay video output option. It should give better performance. You can also set to always use fullscreen video output or you can just press F during playback to switch (keyboard shortcuts can also be reconfigured).

The aspect ratio of TS videos is encoded in the video stream. The player should be able to determine the correct aspect ratio automaticly. MPC has the useful option "keep aspect ratio". Older versions of the Cyberlink MPEG2 codec had problems with the aspect ratio, an update from the Cyberlink website fixed that.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on September 29, 2006, 08:17:12 AM
Quote from: frblckstr1
^ Just a comment about Morning Musume .ts files, they have a tendency not to be '.ts' in the sence I normally see them posted on newsgroups (mpeg2 transport streams).

Aside from a variaty of resolutions, they seem to use a lot of times use different audio codecs then 'just' MPEG2 (like AAC or even ogg), this throws off AutoGK and a lot of players. A lot of times they are also interlaced, which gives problems with VLC (you have to selected the de-interlace setting to match and that a lot of times requires more CPU to do)
Yeah that's cause Japan uses aac in broadcasts. I dunno where you got the idea that a .ts HAS to be an mpeg2 stream but that's up to you (some countries even use mpeg4)

But yeah VLC is a software player and doesn't use dxva so that's the reason the cpu suffers so much. (also the reason I don't use vlc) But some people seem to find it's the only program that works for them.

Like Tiny said, the best way to play Japanese TS files is with MPC, IF you can get it to work propperly and force it to use a hardware decoder like the cyberlink one.

PowerDVD 7 actually does support aac now though and I've had no trouble playing Japanese .ts files with it but then other people I've talked to said PowerDVD was slow and terrible. I'm not sure what the issue was but everyone's computer is different so it's hard to make something work excellent on one computer the same as another.

There is a configuration that I've found works good though. If you have any of the latest nvidia graphics cards with the latest drivers. Then get PowerDVD 7 and turn on hardware acceleration. It should work well and do perfect hardware deinterlacing.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 29, 2006, 12:56:58 PM
Quote from: ebc
Yeah that's cause Japan uses aac in broadcasts. I dunno where you got the idea that a .ts HAS to be an mpeg2 stream but that's up to you (some countries even use mpeg4)
I didn't say it 'had to be mpeg2', I said 'compared to the newsgroup postings'.

Aside from that, MPEG2 (with DD, DD Pro or DD EX), is currently still a 'more compatible' format then mpeg4 (btw which mpeg4 :)), cards are now available that can do H264 in hardware, so that saves on raw CPU power needed, but hardware players are not available yet.  Sigma's 8630 series seems to support it, but haven't seen no players based on it yet.

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 29, 2006, 04:11:02 PM
Yaya the method the other person helped me with WORKED!!! I am sooo happy, and for future reference, the thread is: Problem (http://mullemeck.serveftp.org/jps_beta/forum/viewtopic.php?t=53592)

And although that doesn't go into specifics, it seems the problem in a sense was Codecs as I had to switch from K-Lite Mega Codec to Nvidia PureVideo Decoder + CCCP, and that seemed to solve the problem.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Janihan on September 29, 2006, 04:13:53 PM
I use MPlayer with vidix hardware acceleration for just about all videos. It has worked perfectly for all of the .ts I've played.

Quote from: Biggie578
MPlayer. Amazing video player, only problem is that there is no GUI and if you have high CPU usage, the video lags and then it becomes unsynced with the sound.  Also give The K-MPlayer a try, also very awesome, but sometimes it forces widescreen videos to 4:3 aspect ratio.

Have you tried turning framedropping on? I think it's disabled by default.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 30, 2006, 01:45:26 AM
UPDATE:

Okay I am stupid but my problem was fixed and I just had to update my Video Cards Driver to a Beta one and that is where my problem came in again..

Explanation: Fix: Used Nvidia PureVideo(Standalone) and CCCP and added the Nvidia Filters into MPC and then in my Properties->Settings->Video Card-> Full Screen Video-> Put Secondary Display(TV) on{As default is Off}. And there we go problem solved my videos didn't play all choppy and I didn't need to change my Resolution on Monitor (1280x1024) to see everything perfectly on my tv that plays at (1024x768) which in the past I had to change my Monitor res everytime I played via tv....

K and then I installed the dumb beta driver that features "Pure Video (http://www.nvidia.com/page/purevideo.html)" and that is when the problem came...

And after uninstalling it reinstalling it (The Standalone Nvidia PureVideo and the Driver) I am stuck at my problem...

Problem: When I watch my videos on TV.. there are Black Gaps.. Depending on Files Extension(.TS/.AVI). For .TS files the gaps would be at the top and bottom (Almost as if I am watching WideScreen), and for .AVI files, the gaps are on the left and right. Of course... If I usemy TV Remote and change the Format, .TS=>Expand, .AVI=>Zoom, then they look just fine but that is a hassle and I don't want to do that as I didn't have to before i installed the dumb beta driver... And the settings within MPC were unchanged so it isn't like I changed anything on that to make it this way as things stayed the same as when it worked just fine.

So I am left at... What might have caused this to happen? When I uninstalled/reinstalled the Video Card Drivers I used DriveCleaner Pro, so I am sure it rid the driver... Not too sure if anyone has a clue as to what my problem is.. but if you do your help is greatly appreciated thank you.

PS: If it makes any difference, this is my TV (http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/j/i/18326?cid=8). Just look at the Product Specifications (.PDF) if it helps.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 30, 2006, 08:18:09 AM
^ Sounds like a setting is overwritten still that gives the wrong info to the output driver.
Its like the videoplayer thinks its has a widescreen TV connected, but your TV input resolution is set to 1024x768 which is 4x3.
The output is 'scaled/zoomed' for 16x9 hence the black bars depending on input type.
More findling with options is required I think...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 30, 2006, 09:16:01 AM
Hmm possibly.. I messed around to the poitn I gave up and just went to default.. Where I change my res to 1024x768 before I watch via tv... and for .TS files I can only watch on Computer with MPC set at 'Overlay Mixer' which doesn't show up on tv >< hopefully I can get this fixed without having to format, which I won't do haha.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on September 30, 2006, 10:03:57 AM
Somewhere in your videocard settings should be an option to set the aspect ratio of your TV (16:9). I can't tell you where to look exactly because I've got a ATi Radeon.
If the aspect ratio of the display device is set, the videocard driver should 'know' how to stretch the video or add black bars if necessary.

To make the secondary display (your TV) display the overlay you should either make your TV the primary display (may not be convenient), or set your videocard in clone mode where everything sent to the primary display is also sent to the secondary display. My Radeon driver even has the option to always display videos in fullscreen on a secondary display. Extended desktop needs to be disabled for that. Perhaps you nVidia driver also has such an option.
Title: Sudden new sound problem - low volume & distortion
Post by: sayumi_fan on September 30, 2006, 01:02:41 PM
I've just in the last couple of days had a problem develop with the sound on my computer.  It was working fine...  I have a sneaking suspicion it started when I played a particular video file - it could have been the (PRESTIGE) Mira - First Time Experience Beautiful Girl Nakadashi 62 (CTD062).avi one downloaded from this forum (or it may have just been around that time the problem developed independently).

I get both low volume (you can hardly hear anything even with the speaker volume turned up full, but there is a low sound coming through);  AND what sound there is, is somewhat broken up / crackling / distorted.

I've checked the Windows XP Help & Support Centre - Fixing a Problem > Games, Sound and Video Problems > Sound Troubleshooter, and there's nothing showing up there.  I've tried to run a System Restore but for some reason there are no Restore Point dates available (and I didn't have System Restore turned off, but I've never used that before so I'm not sure how it's supposed to work).

I'm running Belarc Advisor so I can access any system info that might be helpful - for a start, it says I'm running SiS 7018 Audio Driver.

I'd be grateful for any suggestions.  Is it possibly a hardware problem? - I'm running an Athlon 1200 MHz processor and I think the motherboard has the sound card mounted on it (or is what I just said a load of garbage?... I'm pretty much at the limit of my technical knowledge here).
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on September 30, 2006, 01:44:53 PM
Quote from: sayumi_fan
it could have been the (PRESTIGE) Mira - First Time Experience Beautiful Girl Nakadashi 62 (CTD062).avi one

... errrr... I think I uploaded that file.  Have you tried:

- plugging in headphones?  It might be a problem with your speakers.
- seeing whether line output works OK?  Again, it might be a problem with your speakers.
- using a different application?  Changing applications (winamp, wmp, mpc, vlc, etc.) might do the trick.
- diverting sound to disk?  In winamp, there is an output plugin called Disk Writer that diverts audio output to a file.  If the sound in that file is distorted (check with an external MP3 player), its probably a SW problem, but not related to DirectSound.
- when your computer boots itself up, does it give a "beep"?  Does the beep sound OK?
- last but not least, have you checked to make sure your speaker cables are plugged in snugly?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 30, 2006, 03:45:35 PM
@Tiny: Emm actually my Nvidia Control Panel does have an option to set the resolution except.. I can't change it >< So I don't know about that. And also there is that Full Screen Video (Overlay) option which I did turn on but when I use MPC the res is still slightly off..
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on September 30, 2006, 05:15:02 PM
Does anyone have a souncard that has controls like this.

(http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/8910/soundmaxiconpn8.jpg) That's the icon in the taskbar.

And this is what it looks like when you open it.
(http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/9058/soundmaxzk7.jpg)

Because I have Japanese language support all the damn controls are in Japanese.  If anyone has the same soundcard controls can they tell me if there's an option in it to change what language it's are displayed in.  I don't dare click too many things in case I screw something up.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on September 30, 2006, 06:12:47 PM
@SacredCultivator: check your display properties (right click->properties on your desktop). Then on the settings tab click on the image of the second monitor (has a big 2 in it). The "extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor" should be disabled. If so, the aspect ratio controls for the second display should be available.

A work around is described here (http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=103419).
Quote
What you need to do is open Media Player Classic on your secondary display (or drag it's window there) and then open your video. Do not open video on primary display then drag the window to the secondary display.

For this to work "extend desktop" has to be enabled ofcourse.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 30, 2006, 07:49:53 PM
@Tiny: Emmm well for #2, I can change the resolution but then it goes back yo 640x480/Low Color (8-bit) whenever I try to put it at 1024x768, and then in Nvidia Control panal it is stuck at 1024x768..

As for that Workaround.. that confused me...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on September 30, 2006, 09:59:53 PM
Sorry Cultivator, that might have been a solution to an entirely different problem... :(
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 30, 2006, 10:11:46 PM
Hehe maybe, bah, now I am back to the old way as I can't find a 'fix'. Whenever watching something have to switch monitor to 1024x768 in order to watch on TV right.. And for .ts files.. I can only watch it on pc ><
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on September 30, 2006, 10:31:50 PM
You could try a tool like multires. It makes switching resolutions easier.

Otherwise, maybe take a look at: the official nVidia guide for their ForceWare Control Panel (http://download.nvidia.com/Windows/91.47/91.47_ForceWare_Classic_Control_Panel_User_Guide.pdf)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on September 30, 2006, 11:36:20 PM
I'll try Multires as that Guide didn't help at all.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on October 01, 2006, 12:14:07 AM
Quote from: chera
... errrr... I think I uploaded that file.  Have you tried:

- plugging in headphones?  It might be a problem with your speakers.
- seeing whether line output works OK?  Again, it might be a problem with your speakers.
- using a different application?  Changing applications (winamp, wmp, mpc, vlc, etc.) might do the trick.
- diverting sound to disk?  In winamp, there is an output plugin called Disk Writer that diverts audio output to a file.  If the sound in that file is distorted (check with an external MP3 player), its probably a SW problem, but not related to DirectSound.
- when your computer boots itself up, does it give a "beep"?  Does the beep sound OK?
- last but not least, have you checked to make sure your speaker cables are plugged in snugly?

Thanks for the quick reply on that - and very comprehensive too.  I checked out all of those things and nothing identified the problem.  Then someone here suggested trying the system volume controls - I hadn't bothered because it seemed more like something else, and I knew no-one had touched those on this comp.  But anyway, I was desperate so...  basic Volume Control looked ok, so I went into Adjust Audio Properties...  increased the slides on Device Volume and Speaker Volume by about 10% of the length of the slide (from about 70% to about 80%) ...  and the volume went from almost nothing + distorted, to apparently normal...  hmmmm...  It didn't seem enough to be likely, and yet...  it works    :)   Computers can be soooo weird sometimes.  Maybe this info will help someone else in the future, if they search this thread for the word sound - which is why I just wrote it, and then they'll get your tips too Chera!  Thanks again for your help...

As for your file - thanks for that, I doubt it caused the problem, and it's a great vid!!!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on October 01, 2006, 02:05:45 AM
Freakin' Video Problems (So many):

1) every video I play is laggy.  When I open it in Windows Media Player, the music is out of sync with the video.  When I open it in VLC, it lags every two seconds, the video trying to catch up with the music.  This has never happened before so surely it's not my graphics card ( S3 Graphics ProSavage DDR ).
2) Whenever I try to burn an ISO with DVDDecrypter (something I've done before and it works fine) it says "Incompatible media" or something.  What?!  I've burned it to the same type of DVDs before the same exact way.  Also, I tried to use two different files, so it isn't a corrupted ISO.  And I can't watch it on my computer because of 1) (the playback is laggy).

Aaah..

BTW, my computer usage is 80% even when idle.  I've ran anti viruses and spybot: search and destroy and Adaware and nothing comes up. .  That was a month or so ago though, so I'll rerun them.  If anyone has any sort of solution for this problem PLEASE tell me.  I think it might be related to the lagginess.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 01, 2006, 02:21:59 AM
Quote from: agrayrainbow
BTW, my computer usage is 80% even when idle.  I've ran anti viruses and spybot: search and destroy and Adaware and nothing comes up.

I just helped someone else on another forum who had a smiliar problem.  Spybot etc found nothing but it turned out he had loads of trojans.
Download hijackthis (http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/programs.php) and do a scan and if you can't understand the readout, save a log and post it here and I can see if its found anything nasty which needs deleting.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on October 01, 2006, 02:35:12 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
I just helped someone else on another forum who had a smiliar problem.  Spybot etc found nothing but it turned out he had loads of trojans.
Download hijackthis (http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/programs.php) and do a scan and if you can't understand the readout, save a log and post it here and I can see if its found anything nasty which needs deleting.

(http://www.fileupyours.com/files/53146/Image1.gif)

Hijack This! logfile (http://www.fileupyours.com/files/53146/log.txt)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on October 01, 2006, 02:53:12 AM
@Tiny: Can you happen to teach me how to use MultiRes? Because when I use it... And set it to my Monitor Resolution and on my tv it showspretty much everything right BUT the bottom is cut off.. So in a sense.. for MultiRes would I have to set my Monitor Res to match the tv's? 1024x768? If so then haha MultiRes proved to be useless as I was able to do that before.. So not too sure what I am doing wrong...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 01, 2006, 03:48:36 AM
The hijackthis log is clean.
Quote from: agrayrainbow

Ad Aware is using 74% of your cpu.  Is it running all the time?  I only run ad aware once every few months.  It shouldn't be running all the time unless they brought out a new version I don't know about.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on October 01, 2006, 04:24:41 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
The hijackthis log is clean.

Ad Aware is using 74% of your cpu.  Is it running all the time?  I only run ad aware once every few months.  It shouldn't be running all the time unless they brought out a new version I don't know about.

No, that's how it is even when it's idle....

(http://www.fileupyours.com/files/53146/Imager5565.gif)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 01, 2006, 04:37:57 AM
Quote from: agrayrainbow
(http://www.fileupyours.com/files/53146/Imager5565.gif)

It was Ad Aware in the previous scan (which you must have been using at the time), this one is "System Idle Process".  That's how it's supposed to be.
93% idle means that only 7% of your cpu is being used, and the other 93% is... erm... idle. :P
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on October 01, 2006, 04:46:50 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
It was Ad Aware in the previous scan (which you must have been using at the time), this one is "System Idle Process".  That's how it's supposed to be.
93% idle means that only 7% of your cpu is being used, and the other 93% is... erm... idle. :P

But it's still at 61% usage.  It should not be at 61% usage when I'm not doing anything.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 01, 2006, 04:58:43 AM
System Idle Process isn't usage.  System Idle Process is the part of your cpu that's not being used.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on October 01, 2006, 05:10:05 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
System Idle Process isn't usage.  System Idle Process is the part of your cpu that's not being used.

Usage, NOT System Idle Process.  x____x  Please don't try to tell me usage is the part of the computer that is NOT being used, because it was at 100% when I was using Ad-Aware.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 01, 2006, 05:15:31 AM
Quote from: agrayrainbow
No, that's how it is even when it's idle....

(http://www.fileupyours.com/files/53146/Imager5565.gif)

Oh sorry, I never noticed the "cpu usage 61%" at the bottom.  I always subtract idle from 100  get the usage, I've honestly never noticed that before.  It's impossible to have 93% idle and 61% usage.  System Idle + Usage should = 100%.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on October 01, 2006, 05:51:53 AM
Quote from: ~Dan~
Oh sorry, I never noticed the "cpu usage 61%" at the bottom.  I always subtract idle from 100  get the usage, I've honestly never noticed that before.  It's impossible to have 93% idle and 61% usage.  System Idle + Usage should = 100%.

Apparently it's not impossible. o___o
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 01, 2006, 08:31:43 AM
^ Maybe because 'Show process from all users' is unchecked? then all services/programs not running under your name are not shown.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: taiyou on October 01, 2006, 08:49:21 AM
What's the best free/crack program for converting some clips to Moving GIFS, like you see some in the signatures? I could only find crappy ones. :evil:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on October 01, 2006, 06:31:34 PM
@Tiny: Can you happen to teach me how to use MultiRes? Because when I use it... And set it to my Monitor Resolution and on my tv it showspretty much everything right BUT the bottom is cut off.. So in a sense.. for MultiRes would I have to set my Monitor Res to match the tv's? 1024x768? If so then haha MultiRes proved to be useless as I was able to do that before.. So not too sure what I am doing wrong...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on October 02, 2006, 12:34:16 PM
@SacredCultivator: argh, I don't work much with multi display configurations and MultiRes. But in my experience MultiRes is a very simple program (it just sets the resolution), so there should not be much to teach (I hope).

Regarding the cut off bottom: analog TV has overscan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overscan), perhaps that's what your experiencing?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on October 02, 2006, 12:39:22 PM
@agrayrainbow: you could try ProcessExplorer (http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.html). It is like a better version of the windows task manager.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on October 02, 2006, 05:14:34 PM
@Tiny: Ehh lol I know that MultiRes is simplistic but when I used it.. ehh yeah... it did work sort of but then the bottom was cut off... and OverScan... dunno too much about htat =X
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on October 03, 2006, 06:08:44 AM
Do you guys have any idea what the .xxx entensions are and what should I change it to?

[url=http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs107&d=06402&f=hello.tc2.jpg](http://xs107.xs.to/xs107/06402/hello.tc2.jpg.xs.jpg) (http://xs.to)
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Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on October 03, 2006, 06:22:01 AM
Quote from: huggumwuggums
Do you guys have any idea what the .xxx entensions are and what should I change it to?

(http://xs107.xs.to/xs107/06402/hello.tc2.jpg.xs.jpg) (http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs107&d=06402&f=hello.tc2.jpg)
you gotta download all the .xxx parts and then join them with this program (http://filedump.jphip.com/romi/tools/xxx.rar).
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on October 03, 2006, 07:00:43 AM
Thank you so much ohbahsan!

EDIT: Can you please tell me how to use it? The tutorial is in Japanese.

UPDATE: I tried using it using but this error message comes out:
(http://xs107.xs.to/xs107/06402/warning.jpg) (http://xs.to)

What I did was click on the top right button, selected one of the files(they're both in the same folder) and clicked the middle button at the bottom.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 03, 2006, 04:32:58 PM
Quote from: huggumwuggums
What I did was click on the top right button, selected one of the files(they're both in the same folder) and clicked the middle button at the bottom.

You're doing it right.  I don't know what the error means.  Check both files are complete.  Also your pc needs to be able to have files with Japanese filenames.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on October 06, 2006, 07:47:01 AM
^ Yeah my PC is able to have Japanese filenames, I think the problem is that the program can't find the other part of the file. Should I rename the file? The current names are:

test2856.xxx
test2857.xxx
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 06, 2006, 01:09:24 PM
Erm, I'm not sure, I thought maybe it was because the file extension for these type of files is usually .jpg but I just did a test and it works when they're .xxx too.  As long as the two files are in the same folder as each other and are complete (you can rightclick & properties to check this) then it should work and the filenames don't matter, it finds them.

When I had win98 I had problems unpacking some files with Japanese filenames but with XP with Japanese language support I've never had a problem with it so I dunno what it could be.  We need someone to translate that error message.  Does the error appear immediately or does it start to unpack the file and bomb out halfway through?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on October 06, 2006, 02:21:41 PM
^ The downloads are complete(I think) and the message comes up as soon as I press the last button.

I really appreciate the time your spending troubleshooting this with me.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 06, 2006, 02:34:33 PM
Quote from: huggumwuggums

Rightclick each file and select properties and see if the size is the same as the size in the screenshot you posted on the previous page.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on October 06, 2006, 02:50:57 PM
I feel so silly now. I could've sworn the download was over. One of the files' size is not the same. I'll let you know how it goes once I've downloaded it. Thanks!

EDIT: I don't know what was wrong with my eyes but the sizes are actually the same..
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on October 06, 2006, 03:23:16 PM

My mouse (it's the one with the 'laser' not the ball under it) just suddenly stopped working yesterday. I thought my PC froze at first, but everything was fine, it was just my cursor that wasn't moving at all. I re-started my PC twice, and no effect. I'm just wondering what could have happened to it? The laser is still working and all, it's just that when I plug in the mouse, no movement from the cursor.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 06, 2006, 06:08:26 PM
Occasionally my keyboard stops working.  I unplug it and plug it back in and it works again.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on October 06, 2006, 06:19:18 PM
Quote from: ~Dan~
Occasionally my keyboard stops working.  I unplug it and plug it back in and it works again.

Yeah, I tried that too, but it didn't work :(
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 06, 2006, 06:26:30 PM
^sounds like you have two connected? unplug both and try again...

On a different note, for those with Mozilla(/Firefox) you need to update...
Here is a small sample of the (fixed only!)bugs just passing by on Friday:

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Package        : mozillaVulnerability  : severalProblem type   : remoteDebian-specific: noCVE IDs        : CVE-2006-2788 CVE-2006-4340 CVE-2006-4565 CVE-2006-4566                 CVE-2006-4568 CVE-2006-4570 CVE-2006-4571BugTraq ID     : 20042Several security related problems have been discovered in Mozilla and derived products.The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following vulnerabilities:CVE-2006-2788    Fernando Ribeiro discovered that a vulnerability in the getRawDER    functionallows remote attackers to cause a denial of service    (hang) and possibly execute arbitrary code.CVE-2006-4340    Daniel Bleichenbacher recently described an implementation error    in RSA signature verification that cause the application to    incorrectly trust SSL certificates.CVE-2006-4565, CVE-2006-4566    Priit Laes reported that that a JavaScript regular expression can    trigger a heap-based buffer overflow which allows remote attackers    to cause a denial of service and possibly execute arbitrary code.CVE-2006-4568    A vulnerability has been discovered that allows remote attackers    to bypass the security model and inject content into the sub-frame    of another site.CVE-2006-4570    Georgi Guninski demonstrated that even with JavaScript disabled in    mail (the default) an attacker can still execute JavaScript when a    mail message is viewed, replied to, or forwarded.CVE-2006-4571    Multiple unspecified vulnerabilities in Firefox, Thunderbird and    SeaMonkey allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service,    corrupt memory, and possibly execute arbitrary code.For the stable distribution (sarge) these problems have been fixed in version 1.7.8-1sarge7.3.1.We recommend that you upgrade your Mozilla package.One of these sure sounds like the Firefox bug talked about earlier this week.
I didn't save the fixes/bug reps passing by in the rest of the week.

And no new IE bugs came by this week, but several bugs about other MS programs.

Have a nice and save browsing weekend :)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: flamingmoe on October 06, 2006, 06:31:23 PM
Sometimes wireless devices lose the frequency connection with the base. Try pressing the small reset button underneath the mouse to see if it reconnects. Some models require that you hit the reset button on both the mouse and the base. If that doesn't work, try reloading the drivers for the mouse.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on October 06, 2006, 06:39:15 PM
Will try that, thanks a lot guys! :heart:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Happosai on October 06, 2006, 07:27:42 PM
Quote from: frblckstr1
...
On a different note, for those with Mozilla(/Firefox) you need to update...
Here is a small sample of the (fixed only!)bugs just passing by on Friday:...

Firefox can't find any updates, and it isn't on their web site... :confused:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: leonheartx on October 06, 2006, 11:44:09 PM
i know you said the laser is still working but did you try changing the batteries anyway? (if it uses batteries xD)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 07, 2006, 08:14:00 AM
Quote from: Happosai
Firefox can't find any updates, and it isn't on their web site... :confused:
Very possible they need to make a new package for Firefox (although most of the bugs above where really in Mozilla)

That is the problem with security lists, a lot of times you get to see the bug fixes before you know there was even a bug :)
Or you see a bug/possible exploit reported and have to wait and wait and wait ... for it it finally gets fixed.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on October 09, 2006, 09:36:25 AM
HURRAH! I found the solution to the problem I had with the .xxx files. It seems that the filenames needs to have X1 or X2 in them! XD
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 09, 2006, 02:46:40 PM
Thats really odd!  When I did a test it worked no matter what the files were titled as.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on October 09, 2006, 03:27:02 PM
okay, I've should have asked this here first. I wanted to d/l some stuff here, but I couldn't because my pop's computer said that it was running low on memory. I could d/l other stuff here and it works fine, but there have been a few concerts that I've wanted and I get that message.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on October 09, 2006, 04:15:00 PM
Check how much hard drive space is available. If you don't have a couple gigs free you won't be able to download movies. If you don't have space burn some of your older vids you don't watch much onto DVD's then delete them from your hard drive to save space.

It could also be a RAM issue - try rebooting and then seeing it things work better.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 09, 2006, 04:49:15 PM
Quote from: cool_kickin_dude
okay, I've should have asked this here first. I wanted to d/l some stuff here, but I couldn't because my pop's computer said that it was running low on memory. I could d/l other stuff here and it works fine, but there have been a few concerts that I've wanted and I get that message.

What were you trying to download?  Was it the Sukeban Deka wmv?  When I leftclick wmv they try and open in media player, and I get an error from media player telling me I'm out of memory.  Lots of streaming wmv always gives me this error.  Try rightclicking and save as - for this forum links it doesn't work in IE so you'll have to use Firefox or Opera.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: flamingmoe on October 09, 2006, 05:58:19 PM
IE also has the annoying habit of saving a file to a temp directory first and then copying it to the folder you want after the download is completed. You'll run into trouble if your C drive doesn't have enough space for it to do that.

Another problem is if your hard drive is formatted for FAT32, which can't handle files larger than 4 gigs. If you're trying to download a big concert dvd iso, you'll have to switch to NTFS formatting.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on October 09, 2006, 06:50:47 PM
Quote from: ~Dan~
What were you trying to download?  Was it the Sukeban Deka wmv?  When I leftclick wmv they try and open in media player, and I get an error from media player telling me I'm out of memory.  Lots of streaming wmv always gives me this error.  Try rightclicking and save as - for this forum links it doesn't work in IE so you'll have to use Firefox or Opera.
I tried rightclicking and save as for the wmv and it says deny for the filename. It did the same thing for the Wonderful Hearts concert.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 09, 2006, 06:52:41 PM
Quote from: cool_kickin_dude
I tried rightclicking and save as for the wmv and it says deny for the filename. It did the same thing for the Wonderful Hearts concert.
(the server has a leech protection activated these days)

(I need to save this to copy/paste the next time... or people need to learn to search for 'can not download get deny')
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on October 10, 2006, 12:49:02 AM
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 10, 2006, 07:15:16 AM
I use flashget with good results for jphip.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on October 10, 2006, 07:38:58 AM
Quote from: cool_kickin_dude

I use Free Download Manager and Flashgot, which work fine with Firefox.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on October 11, 2006, 05:45:56 AM
Oops.

I seem to have FUBARed by Microsoft Office Keyboard. It's four years old and I was cleaning it to give to my mother (since her MS Office Keyboard is even older and they're out of production).

I got some water inside which meant I need to open it to dry and one of the rubber pads came loose. I but it back into place but it's malfunctioning:

The shift key and the "A" key don't work together. I can type "F" using the shift key and another letter or "a" on its own, but not "A". Neither shift key works with A. The left shift key doesn't work with Q either, although the right shift key does.

So anyone know what's going on and how to fix it?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on October 11, 2006, 06:18:39 PM
Quote from: frblckstr1
(the server has a leech protection activated these days)

(I need to save this to copy/paste the next time... or people need to learn to search for 'can not download get deny')
I'm using Free Download Manager and I tried to d/l the movie and I still get a deny. What am I doing wrong?:(
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 11, 2006, 06:54:39 PM
^Sorry do not know that program, I suggest trying flashget? Works for me.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on October 11, 2006, 07:18:37 PM
no can do. flashget tried to get me a virus, I had it working on FDM last night and I can't remember how I got it to.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 11, 2006, 07:26:24 PM
Strange, I am using v1.72 build 128 and the only real 'warning' I received was that it tried to install a browser helper, which is not sirprising because it wants to integrate into the right-click menu.
No other things came up (I am using Symantec Antivirus v9 and Windows Defender)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on October 11, 2006, 07:33:33 PM
my pop's computer is like that. he won't let me do that sort of thing.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 12, 2006, 07:05:31 AM
Then let it not install the browserhelper, but only itself (or disable it after the install), that would require you 'copy the link' then start flashget, it will picup the shortcut from the copy buffer.
Sounds it might be easier for you to use FireFox, not sure how IE7 handles this, haven't gotten my hands on the release version yet, will try the beta later today.
Title: Busted drive?
Post by: chera on October 12, 2006, 10:32:48 AM
I'm having a very annoying problem trying to read one of my old 2.5" IDE hard drives.  I haven't touched it in months, but the last time I used it, it worked OK.  It hasn't gone through any obvious trauma.

When I plug all of my IDE-USB cables (I've used 2 cables from different manufacturers) and enclosures into it, the OS (Windows XP) refuses to identify it by a drive letter in explorer.  It also doesn't show up in Disk Manager.  However, when I click on "Safely Remove Hardware", it shows up as a USB Mass Storage Device.  So the drive is being detected, at some level, even though I can't access it.

I've double checked to make sure that thd IDE-USB cables are connected right-side-up.  And I've used both USB ports on my Thinkpad R52.  And I've tried rebooting.  It makes sounds when plugged in - nothing distressing though.  Just a low whir and some ticks now and then.  And the cables and enclosures work - at least with all my other 3.5" and 2.5" drives.

I don't want to ditch the drive, but I can't figure out how to salvage it.  Any suggestions?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 12, 2006, 12:19:54 PM
Quote from: chera
I'm having a very annoying problem trying to read one of my old 2.5" IDE hard drives.  I haven't touched it in months, but the last time I used it, it worked OK.  It hasn't gone through any obvious trauma.

When I plug all of my IDE-USB cables (I've used 2 cables from different manufacturers) and enclosures into it, the OS (Windows XP) refuses to identify it by a drive letter in explorer.  It also doesn't show up in Disk Manager.  However, when I click on "Safely Remove Hardware", it shows up as a USB Mass Storage Device.  So the drive is being detected, at some level, even though I can't access it.
'USB Mass Storage device': this means at least the controller is detected, does not also mean the disk is active.
If you 'browse' the USB devices, you can sometimes see 3 entries (including the disk) for an external drive.

You have rebooted, so XP should not have 'memorised' it being plugged-in (a very anoying feature also shared by W2003)
You say it does not show in the diskmanager, so you can't 'assign a drive letter'...

I'm thinking the disk is not actually running, or it can't read.
Maybe the heads are 'stuck'? try tapping it (on the desk), softly first! :)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on October 12, 2006, 11:38:09 PM
Quote from: frblckstr1
I'm thinking the disk is not actually running, or it can't read.
Maybe the heads are 'stuck'? try tapping it (on the desk), softly first! :)

Thanks for the tip, but that's not working either...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: reine on October 13, 2006, 06:17:29 PM
Heyas, does anyone know if there is some kind of program (or windows setting) that limit the ul/dl speed of a shared connection? I have one computer that connects through ethernet card to my computeer, and I'd like to limit the usage, thanks in advance :)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ohbahsan on October 13, 2006, 07:47:03 PM
Quote from: reine
Heyas, does anyone know if there is some kind of program (or windows setting) that limit the ul/dl speed of a shared connection? I have one computer that connects through ethernet card to my computeer, and I'd like to limit the usage, thanks in advance :)
The only one I know of is NetLimiter Pro.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on October 14, 2006, 03:38:07 AM
Er, not really a problem, but i found that
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mplayer -vo null -vc null -ao pcm input.avi allows me to rip a video's audio, but I can't seem to find anything on getting it from only a certain part of the video. Pray tell, is this possible?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Janihan on October 14, 2006, 01:07:01 PM
Quote from: Maliciel
Er, not really a problem, but i found that
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mplayer -vo null -vc null -ao pcm input.avi allows me to rip a video's audio, but I can't seem to find anything on getting it from only a certain part of the video. Pray tell, is this possible?

You can start playing the video from a specific point with -ss. For example -ss 45 to start at 45 seconds or -ss 3:45 to start at 3 min and 45 seconds.

Stopping at a specific point is done with -endpos. -endpos uses the same time format as -ss.

If you use them together the video will play will start from the position specified in -ss and play for the time specified in -endpos. If you wanted to play from 1:25 to 6:34 you'd use -ss 1:25 -endpos 5:09.

Atleast for me -endpos didn't work at all with -vc null but it might be because I use a development version. Dropping -vc null will only make the process a bit slower.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on October 14, 2006, 06:42:04 PM
@Maliciel:

You could always rip the full audio then use Audacity to cut out the part that you want or delete the parts that you don't want.  That's what I do.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Biggie578 on October 14, 2006, 06:53:29 PM
Quote from: agrayrainbow
@Maliciel:

You could always rip the full audio then use Audacity to cut out the part that you want or delete the parts that you don't want.  That's what I do.

but when you save it, it re-encodes it and doing so reduces the quality
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Janihan on October 14, 2006, 07:57:42 PM
Quote from: Biggie578
but when you save it, it re-encodes it and doing so reduces the quality

"-ao pcm" outputs a .wav file so he'll probably want to encode it anyway.

-dumpaudio outputs in the original audio format but I'm pretty sure you can't seek when using it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on October 15, 2006, 11:59:34 AM
Indeed. I tried using -dumpaudio, but I didn't know what to do with the resulting file, lol.

Anyways, the reason I use the commandline is so I could just rip a part without having to rip out all the audio. Clipping the audio in VDub takes too long to be worth the effort, and with mplayer I can just do a simple re-encode to mp3..
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Janihan on October 15, 2006, 12:23:31 PM
Quote from: Maliciel
Indeed. I tried using -dumpaudio, but I didn't know what to do with the resulting file, lol.

The resulting file is just the compressed audio stream from the video. If the video had mp3 audio then the resulting file will be a mp3 file. Just rename it to file.mp3 or whatever the format is.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on October 15, 2006, 06:10:26 PM
This is weird - Windows Media Player display videos with the colours over-saturated.

VLC works fine though and the problem goes away when I open the nVidia control panel and click on video settings - even if I don't touch anything.

Having to do so is annoying though. Suggestions?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Flyp on October 15, 2006, 06:37:34 PM
I had the same problem myself when i got my nvidia card.  The problem is in your overlay video card settings, they're not being reapplied when you reboot... Make sure the nvidia control panel taskbar program is set to run when Windows starts, and that should fix it
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on October 15, 2006, 08:41:49 PM
Quote
Make sure the nvidia control panel taskbar program is set to run when Windows starts, and that should fix it

How did you do that?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Flyp on October 15, 2006, 10:37:24 PM
Quote from: Asmodai
How did you do that?

first, Display Properties->Settings->Advanced->Geforce tab... this will take you to the nvidia control panel.

If you got the newest drivers, you'll just see two options on the left, "Launch Page" and "Control Panel User Interface."  The option you're looking for, I cant find on the new interface, so go to the Control Panel User Interface and set it to the Classic NVIDIA Control Panel, and then click Apply.

Under the Tools option on the left panel, check the box next to Enable Taskbar Icon and click Ok.  That *should* fix your problem
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on October 16, 2006, 03:10:22 AM
Already, checked. I unchecked it and rechecked it though. Hopefully it'll work.

EDIT: Nevermind. Googling revealed the fix is to go the overlays and change the settings to "Default"...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: bolivar on October 16, 2006, 03:42:45 AM
Is there a way i can optimise my RAM, Currently running 512mb DDR2 ram notebook. My notebook had been lagging like tortoise these days.Or should i free up the unwanted background program?(but i m not sure which one is critical)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on October 16, 2006, 07:17:38 AM
Quote from: bolivar
Is there a way i can optimise my RAM, Currently running 512mb DDR2 ram notebook. My notebook had been lagging like tortoise these days.Or should i free up the unwanted background program?(but i m not sure which one is critical)

The least hassle way would just be to buy more RAM.... A 1 gig stick of DDR2 can go for less than $75 these days, depending on the exact spec you need. Memory expansion slots on laptops tend to be a limited, so you might as well load up on 1 big stick rather than 2 small sticks. That being said, Firefox is a horrible memory hog. So are MS Outlook and iTunes. To check what is using the most ram, call up the Windows Task Manager: hit ctrl-alt-delete and then hit "T". In the processes tab, you can get a list of apps and the memory they use. Just choose the one you want to kill, make sure everything is saved, and hit "End process." Title: Tech-related problems Post by: bolivar on October 16, 2006, 08:02:47 AM Yes, Firefox is occupying almost 50% of my total memory. But i dun trust I.E, so gotta bear with it. My notebook only support max 1gb DDR SD RAM memory. Guess i will go & shop for 1 this weekend. :) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on October 16, 2006, 09:06:59 AM Quote from: bolivar Is there a way i can optimise my RAM, Currently running 512mb DDR2 ram notebook. My notebook had been lagging like tortoise these days.Or should i free up the unwanted background program?(but i m not sure which one is critical) Well you can manually play with your RAM timings in the BIOS - but I wouldn't recommend it unless you really know what you're doing. The performance gains would be negligible anyway. Check to see what background apps are running and if they're any you can clear out - pre-loaders like Quicktime, Real, Adobe Reader, etc. can start adding up when you've only got 512mb. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: bolivar on October 16, 2006, 09:12:56 AM I do not have any application running background except firefox. Anyway to reduce firefox usage of memory? Does defragging of HDD really improve system speed? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on October 16, 2006, 09:22:21 AM Defragging does give a noticeable boost - especially if you haven't done it in awhile. Don't know about Firefox. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ziggurat on October 16, 2006, 09:39:42 AM Quote from: bolivar Yes, Firefox is occupying almost 50% of my total memory. But i dun trust I.E, so gotta bear with it. My notebook only support max 1gb DDR SD RAM memory. Guess i will go & shop for 1 this weekend. :) maybe this will be handy for you.. i have try this and look great! http://element14.wordpress.com/2006/07/11/firefox-does-not-have-a-memory-bug-but-heres-how-you-improve-mem-usage/ Title: Tech-related problems Post by: bolivar on October 16, 2006, 10:16:02 AM Quote from: ziggurat maybe this will be handy for you.. i have try this and look great! http://element14.wordpress.com/2006/07/11/firefox-does-not-have-a-memory-bug-but-heres-how-you-improve-mem-usage/ (http://element14.wordpress.com/2006/07/11/firefox-does-not-have-a-memory-bug-but-heres-how-you-improve-mem-usage/) Thank you so much for the link. I restarted firefox & it takes only 50k memory usage instead of 230k memory before. I will defrag my HDD tonight. Its been months since the last time i had defragged cos i used up too much space storing videos. XD Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on October 16, 2006, 04:12:39 PM what happened? >< i brought my laptop over to my friend's place yesterday, and i connected to his wireless for internet, etc... but when i brought my laptop back home, i can't seem to be able to connect to my home network. i wasn't even really that sure how my laptop connected to my home network in the first place.... could someone please help me? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on October 16, 2006, 04:29:18 PM ^^ Maybe your PC did get a different IP from the DHCP at your friend's place... Try to release and renew your actual IP. The way to do that is different from one operating system to another. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 16, 2006, 06:46:16 PM In 85% of the cases it is the following two commands :) ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew But I would check if it can connect (see) your home network. Also: do you have a secured network? if not XP doesn't like to connect to that by default, you have to answer an extra 'yes please'. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on October 16, 2006, 10:16:11 PM Quote from: frblckstr1 In 85% of the cases it is the following two commands :) ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew When I was on win98 run->ipconfig used to bring up a little prog. With XP all that happens is a dos box appears for a nanosecond. Another way to do it is control panel->network connections. Click the icon to open it, support tab - repair. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on October 16, 2006, 10:49:52 PM Quote from: ~Dan~ When I was on win98 run->ipconfig used to bring up a little prog. With XP all that happens is a dos box appears for a nanosecond. Type "cmd" And then ipconfig once you get to the prompt. :) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on October 16, 2006, 11:24:45 PM Quote from: Asmodai Type "cmd" And then ipconfig once you get to the prompt. :) Ah ok, I'd not have thought of doing that. That looks a bit primitive compared to the neat little prog you got with win98. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on October 17, 2006, 01:30:09 AM err so i just bought Scarface. and when I tried to play teh game, so I tried and dled directx9c it says unable to install because im missing framedyn.dll how do i fix that Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on October 17, 2006, 02:00:42 AM I found this which might be a solution. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319114 Title: Tech-related problems Post by: bolivar on October 18, 2006, 10:57:15 AM Anyone could recommend me a good software to rip DVD ISO to avi? preferably with a guide too. Thanks in advance! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 18, 2006, 12:53:56 PM ISO: mount with your favorite ISO mounting software, then use AutoGK or the guide posted here in the forum. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on October 19, 2006, 10:17:11 PM Does anyone know if there's a program I can use to cut .wma files without re-encoding them? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on October 19, 2006, 10:23:29 PM Quote from: ~Dan~ Does anyone know if there's a program I can use to cut .wma files without re-encoding them? not sure if there are freeware ones, but how 'bout this ?? http://www.hifi-soft.com/mp3-wma-cutter.htm Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Tuffty on October 21, 2006, 06:08:13 PM As I've got my new laptop, I've been trying to download movies (yes you guessed what type :P) but Windows Media Player can't detect the necessary codes and only plays the audio. I've tried downloading various codec packs but none of them are working. Does anyone know the location of a codec pack that can help me? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 21, 2006, 06:14:04 PM ^ some thing k-lite codec pack maybe? http://www.free-codecs.com/reviews/K_Lite_Mega_Codec_Pack.htm Title: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on October 21, 2006, 08:14:23 PM Or try using the CCCP pack, which is smaller and probably messes up your system less than K-lite. I've found nothing that CCCP can't read. http://www.cccp-project.net/ p.s., make sure you uninstall your old codec packs Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Tuffty on October 21, 2006, 09:21:55 PM Thanks for the help guys! Really appreciate it. The CCCP pack works just as expected! :D Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on October 22, 2006, 07:04:27 AM hi, its me again w/ my tech problems >< just recently the power went off around my neighbourhood and seemed to have messed up the router. before hand, my desktop had the DCHP ip address of 192.168.0.1 and my laptop would have some other address. but now after the power failure, the 192.168.0.100 address seems to have been assigned to my laptop. i was wondering how i can switch back to my desktop cuz i use my desktop for BT downloading and now it keeps telling me that my connection is blocked. p.s: i've tried rebooting the router again in hopes of it fixing itself, but didn't work >< Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 22, 2006, 08:20:29 AM Quote from: Shinora hi, its me again w/ my tech problems >< just recently the power went off around my neighbourhood and seemed to have messed up the router. before hand, my desktop had the DCHP ip address of 192.168.0.1 and my laptop would have some other address. but now after the power failure, the 192.168.0.100 address seems to have been assigned to my laptop. i was wondering how i can switch back to my desktop cuz i use my desktop for BT downloading and now it keeps telling me that my connection is blocked. p.s: i've tried rebooting the router again in hopes of it fixing itself, but didn't work >< If this is wireless, I hope you are not connected to the neighbour :) Anyway, sounds like everything in the router got reset, check the manual on how to set the range for DHCP address in the router to start at 1 instead of 100. But DHCP IP numbers assignment is based on 'first come first serve' and the lease time (normally 3 days) To ensure you get the same address each time, you should 'reserve entries' (check the manual on how) based on the MAC address of your network card. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: bolivar on October 22, 2006, 01:23:52 PM A question about wireless, I suspect someone hacked into my home network leeching away part of my bandwith, if possible. Is it possible to disable him/her using p2p program like bitcomet? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 22, 2006, 06:45:12 PM Quote from: bolivar A question about wireless, I suspect someone hacked into my home network leeching away part of my bandwith, if possible. Is it possible to disable him/her using p2p program like bitcomet? If your wireless router is capable, allow only the MAC addresses of your own computers on the router. Also, I would change the password, and encryption method (go to WPA at least, WPA2 if possible) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on October 22, 2006, 07:15:59 PM Quote from: bolivar A question about wireless, I suspect someone hacked into my home network leeching away part of my bandwith, if possible. Is it possible to disable him/her using p2p program like bitcomet? The simple method is to add a password. If you wanna be sneaky you can make it so that for every webpage he tries to access he gets redirected to something else or messed up. I dunno how you'd do that but I saw a page once where someone did it. EDIT: Found the page! http://www.ex-parrot.com/~pete/upside-down-ternet.html Title: SmartFTP FTP transfers to Filedump not resuming Post by: chera on October 23, 2006, 12:31:17 AM I've been having trouble getting my FTP transfers to the filedump to resume after a loss in connection. I use SmartFTP and begin by throwing the file I want to transfer into the Temporary Queue. I then throw it onto the remote directory listing. The file appears in Transfer Queue and the connection status is shown in Connections. I was close to 90% on an upload when I had to unplug my network cable. When I replugged, it restarted at 0%. I've checked SmartFTP help, but it seems I'm dong everything correctly to get it to resume. Is this a problem with how I'm using SmartFTP, or with the filedump? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ohbahsan on October 23, 2006, 01:30:04 AM Quote from: frblckstr1 If your wireless router is capable, allow only the MAC addresses of your own computers on the router. Also, I would change the password, and encryption method (go to WPA at least, WPA2 if possible) I would not bother with the MAC address restriction, that's easily bypassed. Just encrypt your network using WPA/WPA2. Quote from: chera I was close to 90% on an upload when I had to unplug my network cable. When I replugged, it restarted at 0%. I've checked SmartFTP help, but it seems I'm dong everything correctly to get it to resume. Is this a problem with how I'm using SmartFTP, or with the filedump? It's the filedump ftp server. Files being uploaded are stored with a temporary filename, then when you finish the upload or the connection times out the server will rename the file to the proper filename. I know it's ghey but there is no option to turn off this temporary filename thingy. So if you gonna disconnect by unplugging your network cable, wait 5 minutes or so for the server to timeout your previous connection, then reconnect and you should be able to resume upload. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on October 23, 2006, 04:01:01 AM I've been trying to enlist online for my subjects at uni for the past 2 hours or so, but whenever I click on subjects I need, the window gives me this: (http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/1626/errorqq5.jpg) Is it the school's stupid website or is it my computer doing this? :evil: I've been tearing my hair out at this point (okay, not literally) because if it's just me, then all the good time slots will be taken! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Flyp on October 23, 2006, 05:01:00 AM arian: nah, not your problem, that's most certainly a server-side error. It should go away once a techie notices it and fixes it... hopefully Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on October 23, 2006, 05:59:34 AM Quote from: Flyp arian: nah, not your problem, that's most certainly a server-side error. It should go away once a techie notices it and fixes it... hopefully *phew* Thanks! They'd better get started on it soon, I don't want crappy evening classes :o Title: Tech-related problems Post by: JFC on October 23, 2006, 06:13:02 AM Yeah, evening classes are FTL. *speaks from experience. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 23, 2006, 07:06:11 AM ^^^ I hate that standard .NET error page, still need to replace that on our systems, gives to much 'info' to the user :) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on October 24, 2006, 10:26:31 AM Quote from: frblckstr1 ^^^ I hate that standard .NET error page, still need to replace that on our systems, gives to much 'info' to the user :) can be configured under IIS snap-in, under virtual server properties > home directory > application configuration > debugging depending on the flavor of .net (if at all) and version of IIS (namely, whether you're running the server on XP or 2K3), you can additionally configure error reporting to be displayed under localhost, with a more user-friendly for external host requests. imo, best practice under .net is to fall back to classic asp for error reporting, and script the page to fire off an email using [insert your favorite asp mail handler, eg: CDONTS, etc] to the admin, so really you should just be building a custom set of error pages. the fallback to classic asp is to bypass .net config errors, esp when loading globals (as .net tends to be a pain in this regard) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 24, 2006, 12:31:33 PM Quote from: thatguy the fallback to classic asp is to bypass .net config errors, esp when loading globals (as .net tends to be a pain in this regard) Sigh, yes :evil: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on October 27, 2006, 08:07:11 AM I try to create a new recording file in GoldWave ('File' > 'New'), but this error always pops up when I do. What's wrong and how do I fix it? :o (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/8711/erroreb2.jpg) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Masabi on October 27, 2006, 08:15:26 AM ^ It's obviously because you're using windows blinds and the style isn't working correctly. Try turning off windowsblinds or changing to a different theme and try again. "HDog" is most likely the name of the theme or the person who made it, and "Border style" is what's wrong with it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on October 27, 2006, 09:20:32 AM Quote from: agrayrainbow;222124 ^ It's obviously because you're using windows blinds and the style isn't working correctly. Try turning off windowsblinds or changing to a different theme and try again. "HDog" is most likely the name of the theme or the person who made it, and "Border style" is what's wrong with it. Yeah, I knew it had something to do with WindowBlinds, but I wasn't sure what to do specifically or what was the exact problem. But now I do and it works, thanks! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on October 28, 2006, 04:45:31 AM help! my .srt file wont show up with the .avi vid i play with! i renamed them the same name except the extension. Tried playing them with bsplayer, vlc and divx player and none worked! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 28, 2006, 07:46:09 AM ^ try re-saving in ANSI text (dropdown at the bottom of 'save file') Title: Tech-related problems Post by: leonheartx on October 28, 2006, 11:51:16 AM in vlc you can choose the subtitle file yourself. dont use quick open file, but use the normal open file and check the box for subtitle options. or try using Media Player Classic. the subs never show for me when i use WMP or winamp but it automatically finds it when I use MPC so you can try that. Its a standalone player so no installation needed, just download the player ( http://www.google.ca ) ;) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on October 28, 2006, 06:57:59 PM i don't know where else to put this besides startin a new thread and it seems kinda waste to do so.. i ordered ai-chan's new PB last nite off amazon.jp and today i recieved an email from them saying something about my credit card. i tried to altavista it and all it says is fix my CC's expiration date and i tried that and still got the same email a few minutes later. i was hoping if any of you guys know how to fix this problem >< this is what it says in the email: Amazon.co.jpからのお知らせです。 Amazon.co.jpをご利用いただきありがとうございます。 先日承りましたご注文 (#503-3558285-9311955) につきまして、今回お客様 よりご指定いただいたMastercard カード (有効期限： 2008/08 がクレ ジットカード会社より認証されていないことをご報告させていただきます。 お手数とは思いますが、ご登録のクレジットカード情報を当サイトのアカウ ントサービスにて今一度ご確認くださいますようお願いいたします。 なお、認証されない多くの原因のひとつとして、クレジットカードの有効期限 がございます。この有効期限が正しく入力されているか今一度ご確認いただけ れば幸いです。例：(06/02) 2002年6月が有効期限となります。 また、クレジットカード情報が正しくご入力されているお客様に関しまして は認証がおりていない原因を直接クレジットカード会社へお問い合わせいた だくか、当サイトの「アカウントサービス」にて別のクレジットカードをご 登録くださいますようお願いいたします。クレジットカード情報をサイト上 で変更するには下記をご参照ください。 先日承りましたご注文 (#503-3558285-9311955) について、支払期限が過ぎ て、お支払い番号が無効になりましたのでお知らせいたします。このご注文 は、別のお支払い方法を選択されるまで、一旦保留させていただいております。 1. Amazon.co.jpのサイトの右上にある「アカウントサービス」ボタンを クリックします (http://www.amazon.co.jp/your-account) 。 2.「最近の注文」の右「GO!」ボタンをクリックし、Ｅメールアドレスと パスワードを入力してサインインします。 3. 変更する注文の右「今すぐ修正する」ボタンをクリックします。 4. 次のページ上部にある「クレジットカード情報の変更」ボタンをクリック して、「別の支払い方法を選択」の欄にて現在指定しているクレジットカ ードの有効期限を更新できます。もしくは登録している別のクレジットカ ードを選択するか、新しいクレジットカード情報を入力します。 5. 変更後には、「確定」ボタンをクリックしてください。 なお、クレジットカード情報のご訂正はお電話でも承っております。 電話： 国内からは0120-999-373 携帯電話からは011-330-3000 海外からは 81-11-330-3000にご連絡ください。クレジットカード情報のご訂正は自動音声 システムにて24時間対応しております。 お電話の際は、以下の情報をご用意ください。 o 件名の行に記載されているご注文番号またはご登録のお電話番号 o 現在ご登録のクレジットカード番号下5桁 o 正しいクレジットカード番号全桁 o 正しいクレジットカードの有効期限 なお、現在ご登録のクレジットカードとは別のクレジットカード(名義人または 請求書送付先住所が異なるカード) を登録する場合はお電話にて承ることが できません。恐れ入りますが先にご案内いたしました手順にてサイト上より ご登録願います。 45 日以内にお支払い方法をご指定いただけない場合には、誠に申し訳ございま せんがお客様のご注文をキャンセルさせていただきますので、あらかじめご了承 ください。 お支払い方法の変更についてご不明な点がありましたら、Amazon.co.jpカスタ マーサービスまでご連絡ください。 このEメールアドレスは配信専用ですので、メッセージを返信しないよう お願いいたします。 Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 28, 2006, 07:02:44 PM ^ the mail is complaining about the experition date now being (able to be) veryfied now 08/08 you can't enter wrong, but they give a sample of entering the mont as 06/02 for June 2002... Anyway time for me to find that photobook on Amazon :) BTW, they have something like a 5 days expiration before you can change your order, maybe you have to wait?? Also: You can request a reply in english (is what I did when I accidentily specified money order and didn't know how to change it) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on October 28, 2006, 07:39:49 PM how do i request a reply in english? i tried re-entering my credit info as a new card and im still recievin the email >< i have like 8 copies of that email now =( sigh... this has never happened before... Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on October 28, 2006, 08:59:05 PM ty guys it works now Title: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on October 29, 2006, 01:16:25 AM @Shinora: I had the same problem you have several years ago. Then only a very small part of the site was in English. Luckily, now much more info is given in English, but not everything as you have noticed. What I did to solve my problem was send a message, in English, to Amazon via their webform (found it by comparing the amazon.com site with the amazon.co.jp site, they use(d) the same software). Since then, Amazon.jp sends me e-mails in English and the problem with the validation of my credit card was solved by sending a fax with the details. You can send a mesage to Amazon.co.jp via this page (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/help/contact-us/english-speaking-customer.html/). You have to choose a subject (Payment) and enter the order number. Describe the problem in the comment section, but don't submit any credit card numbers. That form is not a secure submission method! Amazon should contact you with instructions in English. Hope this helps. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on October 29, 2006, 02:36:33 AM thx mate, i'll try it rite now Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Masabi on October 29, 2006, 05:11:01 AM If you dont' find anything I can translate it for you. Title: Problems with new router Post by: chera on October 30, 2006, 10:12:47 PM I recently bought a cheapo Airnet AWR014G8 Wireless Router as an upgrade to a dependable wired Linksys router and have had a pain the ass trying to get it to get an internet connection. I'm connecting via Ethernet to the new router, and put the old router aside. The router IP address, subnet mask, DHCP settings are exactly the same as the old Linksys router. I've unplugged and then replugged everything on the Cable Modem. Cable company tech says that the modem and the internet connection are working fine. I've released and renewed DHCP. WAN settings from the Airnet Router show that I've got a new WAN IP, with the old WAN Gateway and DNS IPs. DHCP is enabled and my laptop is getting the same IP it always did. The new router's lights are on and blinking like normal. But still no internet connection. :evil: All the other PCs in the house also can't get a connection via the new router either. When plugging the old Linksys router back in, things work like normal. Would really appreciate any tips. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ohbahsan on October 30, 2006, 10:38:25 PM ^ Could it be that the firewall is set to deny all traffic? Maybe the default network on the new router is 192.168.1.0 and you changed it to 10.0.0.0 but the firewall is still configured to block all traffic except 192.168.1.0. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on October 30, 2006, 10:44:11 PM Quote from: ohbahsan;225041 ^ Could it be that the firewall is set to deny all traffic? Maybe the default network on the new router is 192.168.1.0 and you changed it to 10.0.0.0 but the firewall is still configured to block all traffic except 192.168.1.0. That doesn't seem like it. The LAN IP addresses of both the old and new router are 192.168.1.1. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 31, 2006, 06:58:04 AM ^You say you have a new WAN IP, is that because the ISP gives you those every x days, or maybe because if got the wrong one and now the ISP blocks traffic because the wrong IP is coming over the line? Can you ping sites, or just no HTTP? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on October 31, 2006, 10:12:53 AM Quote from: frblckstr1;225414 ^You say you have a new WAN IP, is that because the ISP gives you those every x days, or maybe because if got the wrong one and now the ISP blocks traffic because the wrong IP is coming over the line? Can you ping sites, or just no HTTP? I can't ping anything except the router itself. The cable ISP reassigned me a new IP via DHCP. When I switch back to the old wired router, it kept the new IP. Everything works fine with the old router, but not with the new router. The lady at the ISP suggested that the new router was somehow not doing any wrouting, but couldn't give any deets and refused to troubleshoot anything beyond the cable modem. The new router doesn't have an internal firewall. It's so cheap that the site for the maker (Airnet) doesn't even contain a FAQ. Got it for free ($49.99, with a $50 rebate). I guess you get what you pay for, but most reviews for this router say it works just fine... Title: Tech-related problems Post by: bolivar on October 31, 2006, 10:35:28 AM A question i like to ask, I love JPHIP radio! Is there a way i could podcast it on my PSP? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 31, 2006, 12:19:01 PM Quote from: chera;225500 The lady at the ISP suggested that the new router was somehow not doing any wrouting, but couldn't give any deets and refused to troubleshoot anything beyond the cable modem. The new router doesn't have an internal firewall. It's so cheap that the site for the maker (Airnet) doesn't even contain a FAQ. Got it for free ($49.99, with a $50 rebate). I guess you get what you pay for, but most reviews for this router say it works just fine... Hm, think the lady is correct :) Begs the question why 'upgrade' when it does less... But: if this thing has no firewall, it might also have no NAT which could mean it is just a router so you need IP numbers 'from the outside' on your internal network to get outside. Or maybe you need to activate the NAT part? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ohbahsan on October 31, 2006, 05:44:38 PM ^ Hmm.. You are getting this crap router just for the wireless right? Do what I do 1. keep your linksys router connected to the cable modem 2. hook up the wireless router to the linksys router (connect wireless LAN port to linksys LAN port) 3. for the wireless router disable DHCP/WAN port/firewall/NAT, basically turn off everything except for the wireless part and voila it should become just a regular wireless access point. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on November 01, 2006, 08:21:30 AM Quote from: ohbahsan;225686 ... and voila it should become just a regular wireless access point. :yay: Yipee! It worked. Thanks a bunch, ohbahsan! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on November 03, 2006, 02:59:47 AM the device, \device\cdrom0, has a bad block. Any one know what the heck this is? I happened to see it in my logs. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on November 03, 2006, 04:48:23 AM Quote from: Rakko;227254 the device, \device\cdrom0, has a bad block Try rebooting your computer in safe mode (hit F8 after it self-tests) and then unstall your optical drive drivers. Then reboot normally. The drive should be detected and drivers reinstalled. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 03, 2006, 07:30:08 AM ^^ It also might be you tried to read one of the new Copy protected DVD's that use bad-blocks for protection... compare the times. Also bad-blocks on CD/DVD's happen, they are corrected by the extra info on the CD. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on November 04, 2006, 04:34:05 AM Quote from: chera;227301 Try rebooting your computer in safe mode (hit F8 after it self-tests) and then unstall your optical drive drivers. Then reboot normally. The drive should be detected and drivers reinstalled. You mean the dvd burner'll automatically reinstall the drivers by itself after I uninstall it?!! And it's not that my pc wont detect the burner just the burning process that's bothering me. Quote from: frblckstr1;227371 ^^ It also might be you tried to read one of the new Copy protected DVD's that use bad-blocks for protection... compare the times. Also bad-blocks on CD/DVD's happen, they are corrected by the extra info on the CD. Yeh I happened to play one dvd in my burner the other day. Weird thing is the next time I happen to burn stuff the read buffer always drops to 7% at the 22min mark for every one of the 4 dvd-rs I burnt on at 4X (It's never happened before unless I burn at 8X which then it tends to drop at intervals). But it doesnt drop when I switch to a dvd+r which was the format I burnt the dvd to the other day when I popped it in to play!!! Somehow the dvd I played using the burner fucked it. How the hell did that happened?! And I've heard of the extra info thingy mind explaining what exactly that is? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 04, 2006, 08:24:55 AM Quote from: Rakko;227874 And I've heard of the extra info thingy mind explaining what exactly that is? 'exactly' I can't (never dived really deep into it), but in short: Its called error-correction. The data on the CD/DVD has a checksum and when what is read does not match, there where some smart minds that deviced an algorithm to correct the fault (up to a certain point determined by the amount of extra info and the algorithm). The same type of technicue is used with par (for 'parity') files on larger usenet postings. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on November 04, 2006, 08:31:01 AM Quote from: Rakko;227874 You mean the dvd burner'll automatically reinstall the drivers by itself after I uninstall it?!! And it's not that my pc wont detect the burner just the burning process that's bothering me. If might be a problem with your drivers. After you uninstall and then reboot, Windows will detect the presense of the plug 'n play DVD drive and should automatically reinstall the drivers for it. Best to have any installation CD that came with your drive handy. And also make sure you do a system backup/disk image before uninstalling. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on November 04, 2006, 03:19:33 PM A detected bad block on a CD or DVD could also result from dust or scratches on them. Read errors caused by a certain umount of dust and scratches can be detected and corrected, but there is a limit. Dust can be removed (carefully), scratches can't. Another cause, could be the afformentioned copy protection for DVD's. The drive tries to read a certain protected block (=a standard amount of bytes) from the disk but fails with a read error because the error-correction code on the disk is faulty. This is done on purpose to make copying more difficult. If the disk played normaly there's nothing to worry about. Reinstalling drivers is only neccaserry if there's a problem with them. You can see this in the Device Manager (accessible from the System Properties control panel). Tip 1: always let the burn software verify the CD or DVD you've burned. I've learned this the hard way (back-up unreadable - data gone - major bummer.) Tip 2: don't burn at the maximum speed of your drive or media. Burners make small mistakes while burning, usually these mistakes can be recovered through error-correction when reading the disk. At higher burn speeds more mistakes are made, so the chance of un unrecoverable error is bigger. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on November 04, 2006, 05:09:56 PM Quote from: Rakko;227254 the device, \device\cdrom0, has a bad block. Any one know what the heck this is? I happened to see it in my logs. I guess it depends if you were playing a disc or burning a disc. If you were playing a disc and didn't notice anything wrong then I'd forget about it. If you were burning a disc then you should set your cd burning software to verify after the burn. If it passes verification then you know everything should be ok. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on November 06, 2006, 05:18:03 AM hi, i was wonderin if theres a plugin to listen to WMP streamed radio files on winamp instead? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Masabi on November 12, 2006, 01:57:45 AM I have a serious problem. Whenever I try to search for things on my computer (Explorer) it closes out. And when I'm trying to upload a picture or something on firefox, it closes out of ALL my firefox windows because it shuts down. It only happens when there's thumbnails but it's a big problem because if I'm uploading a picture I obviously need to see the thumbnail. Argh. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on November 12, 2006, 03:40:58 AM Is it possible for you to find out if the problem is caused by a specific type of file? For instance, the problem is quite well known when it's a corrupt avi. When viewing avi's in thumbnail view, if there's one that's corrupt then explorer will crash. There's a simple way to fix this but from reading what you wrote I'm trying to work out if explorer is crashing on ALL thumbnails or a specific format. If it's crashing on jpg's and other pictures then it could be that you have some 3rd party program that is trying to handle the thumbnails and it's broken. But that's just a guess. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Masabi on November 12, 2006, 03:45:51 AM ^ It's crashing jpgs and other pictures as well. It does crash when I view some corrupted AVI's thumbnails as well though. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Guchi_Jnr on November 12, 2006, 04:15:06 AM I had this problem once before too. Follow this guide, and find/disable the shell extension that's causing your problem. http://www.helpwithwindows.com/techfiles/explorer-crashes.html Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on November 12, 2006, 04:25:31 AM Do you have Photoshop installed? Right click on a jpg and choose properties. Then go to the Photoshop Image tab and untick generate thumbnails. If you don't have that Photoshop Image tab. Then it must be some other program messing with your thumbnails. Try to think of when the problem first started and if you happened to install any image programs around that time. If so, uninstall them and see if that helps. With the problem where explorer crashes on avi files. Only do this if you are happy with Explorer not being able to show the first frame of video in thumbnail view. (This is what causes it to crash if it sees a corrupt one.) Go into regedit That's: Start>Run>type regedit >hit ok> In regedit expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT Scroll down to SystemFileAssociations, expand that Then find .avi, go into shellex then PropertyHandler. In PropertyHandler you'll see something like this: (http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/3201/clipboard01ww8.jpg) Select it and and delete it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Masabi on November 12, 2006, 04:27:29 AM ^ Thanks for the AVI help! I don't have photoshop installed but I do have PSP installed, but it didn't have a problem before that. I can't think of what could be causing it so I'll try the link above.  There, took off a bunch of shell extensions, but that didn't work. I guess I'll keep trying the rest of the suggestions in the article. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on November 16, 2006, 04:22:55 AM Ok so I was sleeping this morning when I suddenly heard my videocard fan spinning loudly all of a sudden. I decided to switch on my monitor and only to find my pc in a state of rebooting itself. Is it a hardware caused problem?!! This is a first for me on this machine. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 16, 2006, 07:29:03 AM ^ It might be hardware (e.g. the video card) reacting to a program. But it can also simply be your video card gone bad, keep an eye on it. BTW, there have been reports of nVidia drivers accessable from the outside (also for Linux) doing some bad things, if you are directly connected to the Internet and have an nVidia update your drivers. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on November 16, 2006, 07:54:54 AM Quote from: Rakko Woke up.....pc rebooting itself Maybe it was rebooting after doing an automatic update? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on November 16, 2006, 09:01:35 AM get a can of compressed air and clean out as much dust as you can, and all throughout your computer, not just the gpu. typically overheating on a gpu will cause your computer to lock up, not reboot. but it's possible it's somehow putting a strain on your psu. otherwise, you should check if you're leaving any particular apps running on your computer at night. before i knew the glories of utorrent, i would leave abc running, and lo-and-behold, its brilliant (read: terrible) memory allocation calls would crash my comp, and i'd find my comp restarted in the mornings. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on November 16, 2006, 09:30:56 AM I think most probably its my graphics card fan. It's been erratic in terms of spinning up especially during a fresh boot from a shutdown after maintenance. It'd always be making this irritating sound like its trying to get into full spin but it goes away when I run the tip of my finger through the fan while its spinning. I did a search and there're reports of reboots caused by gpu overheating. Coz I checked my system logs and the reboot occurred right after I was woken up by the loud fan noise so it might be just it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on November 16, 2006, 03:53:26 PM Quote from: ebc;236143 Maybe it was rebooting after doing an automatic update? That's possible. I had an automatic update yesterday. A few months ago after an update a friends computer kept popping up the little window asking to reboot, he kept cancelling it, and after about 3 times it rebooted anyway even though he didnt want it to! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: 00HB on November 16, 2006, 05:25:02 PM :ONfrustrated: Quote from: Rakko;236205 I think most probably its my graphics card fan. It's been erratic in terms of spinning up especially during a fresh boot from a shutdown after maintenance. It'd always be making this irritating sound like its trying to get into full spin but it goes away when I run the tip of my finger through the fan while its spinning. Hum... it seems that it or is starting to fail or has too much dust in it. Better clean with air, as was already said.:ONcool2: "tipping your finger" will help only in the beggining, but the tendency is to get worst.:ONtemper: Also (when you're cleanning) look out if there is any hair stuck in it. If you have long hair like me this could be a problem, as the fan can sucks in a single hair that felt and it can jam the spinning engine. Always clean your CPU.:ONomg: But as for the reboot part, sometimes whe just lock up of your cpu is not suficient the computer will reboot as a counter measure from the heat, to avoid damage to the processor.:ONfever: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on November 27, 2006, 10:37:23 PM hey guys, here's a psp question although I may figure it out. I tried to go online and it says the LAN switch is not turned on. any ideas? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: amuse on November 27, 2006, 11:08:31 PM Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;244871 hey guys, here's a psp question although I may figure it out. I tried to go online and it says the LAN switch is not turned on. any ideas? There's a switch on the left of your PSP to turn wifi on/off Title: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on November 28, 2006, 01:13:40 AM If I want to turn my computer monitor into a TV screen to play a console (PS2, Xbox360, Wii, etc) what do I need? I have a Samsung 19" Flatron monitor, with only analog output. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: amuse on November 28, 2006, 06:55:21 AM Quote from: JTRIX;244980 If I want to turn my computer monitor into a TV screen to play a console (PS2, Xbox360, Wii, etc) what do I need? I have a Samsung 19" Flatron monitor, with only analog output. You can either get a little box to input your console which converts the input into your monitor. There's many different products that do the same thing so just search for some reviews http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-86-49-en-15-vga%2Bbox-70-2cs.html Or you can get a capture card that supports composite/s-video/component inputs. Just don't get an ATI all-in-wonder piece of shit card cuz you'll go crazy trying to get it to work properly. I heard the newer ones are ok but you may still run into troubles with drivers and software. I stopped using my 9800pro AIW for console gaming cuz of too many problems with drivers and capture programs. If possible try to use component or s-video cables cuz using composite cables will look much worse than playing on a regular tv. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on November 28, 2006, 09:03:19 AM My Yahoo Messenger, the newest version, just suddenly quits everytime I'm in the middle of using it (particularly when I try to fix the settings), does anyone know what's wrong? I already re-installed it twice, and nothing's changed. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Paternoster on November 28, 2006, 10:17:22 PM Quote from: arian;245208 My Yahoo Messenger, the newest version, just suddenly quits everytime I'm in the middle of using it (particularly when I try to fix the settings), does anyone know what's wrong? I already re-installed it twice, and nothing's changed. Did you try installing it in another Directory, also dont forget to wipe everythink off your Registry, which looks like Yahoo. Take a look in the "DrWtsn32.log" in your Windows Directory, the Program "Dr Watson" stores there every program termination -- > http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb%3Ben-us%3B246084&x=10&y=17 Greets - Pater Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on November 29, 2006, 06:32:50 AM ^ No worries. I tried installing an older version, and it works now. I guess the latest 8.1 version still has some bugs that need fixing :o Thanks, though! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: trezor on November 29, 2006, 08:45:22 PM I know this has been asked 1 or 2 times already in this thread, but none of the links are working. Does anyone have a link to the XXX joiner/splitter thing? I need it to get Yaguchi Hitori out on H!O :( Edit: Nevermind. Found it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on November 30, 2006, 01:42:24 AM here's one. I'm trying to burn a dvd for the first time. My pop has a dvd drive, but I have last year's Nero and I'm a little confused on burning stuff. Can anybody tell me how to do it? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on November 30, 2006, 03:58:56 AM can anyone tell me how to make the Windows desktop change the wallpaper automatically? I think I heard of this before but don't know how to do it. Thanks so much! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on November 30, 2006, 04:13:43 AM Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;246533 here's one. I'm trying to burn a dvd for the first time. My pop has a dvd drive, but I have last year's Nero and I'm a little confused on burning stuff. Can anybody tell me how to do it? it entirely depends on what you are burning onto the dvd. im not sure which version of nero you have, but if its just normal data, its pretty much like how you would burn cds except there should be a button that indicates whether its in dvd mode or in cd mode. if your trying to burn image files/.iso files on the otherhand, i don't really know how to provide instructions cuz it depends on the version of nero you have. if you have 6 like me, there should be an additional software called "burning rom", from there, all you have to do is open the image file and it'll start burnin. sry i couldn't be more helpful :doh: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on November 30, 2006, 06:03:11 AM does anybody know a program or any methods to change ur ip address? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on November 30, 2006, 06:51:02 AM Quote from: JTRIX;246660 can anyone tell me how to make the Windows desktop change the wallpaper automatically? I think I heard of this before but don't know how to do it. Thanks so much! I don't think Windows has a feature to do that unless you download a program that does it for you. (careful of spyware though) Quote from: Mugen;246754 does anybody know a program or any methods to change ur ip address? I think you'll find you might need to find out a little more about how this stuff works first. There's not really a program to change your ip address and also it depends what ip address you're wanting to change. Say you have a home network or a computer that connects to the Internet via a router. You will private ip address on your computer and then your router will actually have the internet ip. If it's the internet ip you want to change then that's entirely up to your ISP you'd have to contact them about that. If your PC connects directly to the Internet via a modem or some sort then once again it's really up to the ISP on what IP you get. Basically though to change your computers LAN ip address follow these instructions: Go to Control panel > Network Connections In there should be your Local Area Connection. Right click it and choose properties. Then in the properties window is a scrolling box in the middle with different protocols and stuff with ticks next to them. Look for Internet Protocol TCP/IP which is usually at the bottom of the list and doubleclick it (make sure you don't untick it though) Here is where you change your LAN IP, it might be set to automatically obtain an address if so, I would probably read more about what you're doing before changing anything or you might lose your internet. Otherwise if you know what you want to change the ip too and also what ip your gateway is (the router) then this is where you do that. Also remember to set the DNS address, this is usually the same ip as the gateway but if you find that you can't browse then you might need to check with your ISP on what DNS to use. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on November 30, 2006, 08:18:13 AM ok when i choose default gateway, theres already a number in it? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on November 30, 2006, 09:02:51 AM Quote from: Mugen;246819 ok when i choose default gateway, theres already a number in it? What's the number? can you write it here? Also what IP are you going to give yourself? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on November 30, 2006, 04:33:02 PM Quote from: ebc;246772 I think you'll find you might need to find out a little more about how this stuff works first. There's not really a program to change your ip address and also it depends what ip address you're wanting to change. Say you have a home network or a computer that connects to the Internet via a router. You will private ip address on your computer and then your router will actually have the internet ip. If it's the internet ip you want to change then that's entirely up to your ISP you'd have to contact them about that. I'm assuming Mugen wants to change the external ip, as to change an internal one would serve no purpose. Back when everyone had dialup it was easy as you just disconnected and reconnected and had a new ip, so doing stuff like evading ip bans were easy. Now most people have a fixed ip. One thing you can do is start - run, type cmd and open a command box type ipconfig It'll tell you your current Ip Address (and 2 other numbers, I dunno what they are.) To try and change your ip address type ipconfig /release Wait until it's done that, then type ipconfig /renew After that type ipconfig again to see your current ip address and see if it's changed. It might not have. My ip address doesn't change when I do that but for some people it does. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on November 30, 2006, 05:15:40 PM For reference, the following addresses are for internal use (private addresses): 10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255 (10/8 prefix) 172.16.0.0 - 172.31.255.255 (172.16/12 prefix) 192.168.0.0 - 192.168.255.255 (192.168/16 prefix) Between brackets is the same address range but in prefix notation. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on November 30, 2006, 09:16:11 PM Quote from: ~Dan~;247010 After that type ipconfig again to see your current ip address and see if it's changed. It might not have. My ip address doesn't change when I do that but for some people it does. it depends on how you're connected to the internet. if you have a cable/dsl modem and a home router that is separate from your computer, you will often have to reset both of those (power off, wait, power on) in order to change your IP address--using windows ipconfig /release /renew won't change a thing. that's cause when you have a router, you get assigned a local IP address, not the IP address used to connect you to the internet. then again, some ISPs won't cycle IPs, so even resetting your cable/dsl modem won't do any good. if that's the case, your only option is to call them up and have them reset it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Saburo on December 03, 2006, 10:52:43 AM Is there a way to install Japanese language files in Win XP without inserting any damn CD, etc? I'm on my sister's computer and REALLY want to read my usual nihongo websites but I can't get Japanese on the IME in "Regional and Language Options." Any quick-fix solution here? Thanks for any suggestions. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: nonbon on December 03, 2006, 11:40:58 AM Hi, need help in seeking advise on which is the best software to rip dvd. I'm using DVDShrink and the quality is bad..... heard of xvid or avi....but i'm not sure of which software i am suppose to download to convert to xvid or avi. Please kindly provide me with which software to download...Thanx Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on December 03, 2006, 12:14:56 PM ^ check http://www.doom9.org for software. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on December 03, 2006, 03:10:54 PM Quote from: Saburo;249560 Is there a way to install Japanese language files in Win XP without inserting any damn CD, etc? I'm on my sister's computer and REALLY want to read my usual nihongo websites but I can't get Japanese on the IME in "Regional and Language Options." Any quick-fix solution here? Thanks for any suggestions. With my XP I didn't need a cd when I wanted to install Japanese language support, as all the files were already there. Sounds like that isn't working for you though. If you just want to read sites then you can just install Japanese fonts in your browser. Back when I was on win98, whenever I visited a site for the first time and I didn't have the right font, I got a popup telling me I didn't have the font and that it could download it, so I just clicked it and it downloaded the font. I dunno what browser you're using but you should be able to install different fonts for it. If you try and select the font (rightclick - encoding in IE) and try and select the font, if you don't have it you should be prompted to download it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: flamingmoe on December 03, 2006, 04:44:52 PM Quote from: Saburo;249560 Any quick-fix solution here? If you don't want to load up your sis's pc with a lot of stuff, you could try NJWin. It's a simple applet that converts crap into readable asian fonts. When you're done using it, you can uninstall it. http://www.njstar.com.au/njwin/ Title: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 04, 2006, 04:00:34 AM I have a PV that is on WMA and I like to download it onto my PSP, but I don't know how. Any ideas? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on December 04, 2006, 04:32:59 AM Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;250175 I have a PV that is on WMA and I like to download it onto my PSP, but I don't know how. Any ideas? confused. wma is an audio file, not video. do you mean wmv? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on December 04, 2006, 05:15:37 AM oppps sorry, i forgot i posted here. anyways, my ip is fixed. i have 3 different comps connected onto the same router. and when i checked each comp all of them have the same ip. Dan: I tried the ipconfig thing it doesnt work. it says 'ipconfig' is not recognized as an internal and external command, operable program or batch file Quote from: ebc;246833 What's the number? can you write it here? Also what IP are you going to give yourself? the ip it has is 192.168.0.1 Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on December 04, 2006, 06:04:08 AM Quote from: Mugen;250201 oppps sorry, i forgot i posted here. anyways, my ip is fixed. i have 3 different comps connected onto the same router. and when i checked each comp all of them have the same ip. Dan: I tried the ipconfig thing it doesnt work. it says 'ipconfig' is not recognized as an internal and external command, operable program or batch file the ip it has is 192.168.0.1 your router acts as a mediator between the IP you get from your ISP and the IPs used in your own network (your three computers). so resetting the internal/LAN IP addresses in your computers won't change the external/WAN IP address your router has (you'll always return to 192.168.x.x). thus ipconfig won't do you any good. you'll have to disconnect your cable/dsl modem, as well as the router--leaving them off for at least a few minutes. then power them back on, and hopefully your ISP will reassign you a new IP. to run ipconfig, you need to open up command prompt. Start > Run > "cmd" (hit enter), then you'll get command prompt (ie: C:\[...]> ). from there you'll be able to run ipconfig. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on December 04, 2006, 06:35:39 AM cool, ill try that method Title: Tech-related problems Post by: amuse on December 04, 2006, 07:29:42 AM Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;250175 I have a PV that is on WMA and I like to download it onto my PSP, but I don't know how. Any ideas? If you're talking about copying things over to your PSP, just connect the usb cable and load the usb connection inside the PSP menu. But if you want to play video files then it depends on the format of the file and what firmware you're using. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on December 04, 2006, 08:43:21 AM Another problem...regarding Ipod+Itune HELP! WEird provlem popped up when im updating my ipod. http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/8517/dsadath5.jpg If you still didnt notice, the space used is lower than the one in the grey. Also, all my songs are in my ipod. And when I t ried to update it, it still wont fix itself. All my artwork in my ipod are scarmbled while the ones in itunes are still the same. and when im charging my ipod. isntead of the battery icon, i get the do no disconnect icon. Also when i unplug my ipod and when i clicked shuffle songs on my pod, it skips several songs at the time when i only press once..WTF. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on December 04, 2006, 09:18:52 AM Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;250175 I have a PV that is on WMA and I like to download it onto my PSP, but I don't know how. Any ideas? Which file transcoding/transferring program are you currently using? I'm using PSP Video 9 (http://www.pspvideo9.com/) and I haven't had any trouble with WMVs (assuming that was what you meant to say) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on December 04, 2006, 09:07:58 PM Quote from: huggumwuggums;250346 Which file transcoding/transferring program are you currently using? I'm using PSP Video 9 (http://www.pspvideo9.com/) and I haven't had any trouble with WMVs (assuming that was what you meant to say) i've never tried this before, but if you have a fairly decent internet connection (or if the file is small), you may want to give this a shot: http://www.zamzar.com/ (http://www.zamzar.com/) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 04, 2006, 11:54:34 PM I'm using PSP Video 9 and I'm trying to get the video from Windows Media to go into the PSP. How do I do it? also, is there a way you can d/l files from youtube to psp? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on December 05, 2006, 04:24:32 AM Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;250783 I'm using PSP Video 9 and I'm trying to get the video from Windows Media to go into the PSP. How do I do it? also, is there a way you can d/l files from youtube to psp? Well just transcode it as you normally would with any other files, some of the readings will look crazy (eg:time left) but it'll be done. Test it out with a small WMV file. Testing an flv file at the moment. UPDATE: Yeap, it's the same with WMVs, the readings will look crazy, but it was transcoded. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on December 06, 2006, 07:23:47 AM In Microsoft Word, is there any way to select all the same words in a bunch of text at the same time and automatically change them to another word without having to take forever and do it all one by one? For example, highlighting/finding all the words that say "cat" in the Document and automatically changing them to "dog" without having to find every "cat" and manually changing them to "dog". Title: Tech-related problems Post by: arun.yothin on December 06, 2006, 07:50:29 AM ^In the bar at the top(I don't the 'real' name:P), go to "Edit", then "Replace". Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on December 06, 2006, 07:50:59 AM ^ start 'find and replace' (^H) type what to replace with what and then select 'replace all' Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on December 06, 2006, 08:16:13 AM ^ Thanks guys! That saved me hours of work, haha :D Title: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 08, 2006, 01:11:07 AM still trying to transfer the video to psp. I'm using zamzar now and I can't it to work. Are there any sites that have psp files of Morning Musume or H!P material? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on December 08, 2006, 05:15:47 AM ^ So PSP Video 9 doesn't work for you, at all? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 08, 2006, 07:12:12 PM ^I know I'm doing something wrong. Something probably simple Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on December 10, 2006, 08:02:49 AM hi, just now i accidently slammed a bunch of keys on the keyboard, and for some reason my thumbnails will no longer display the file name. so all i have is the image. i was wondering if anyone know the solution to this problem, its not life threatening or anything, its just terribly annoying now >< thx Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on December 10, 2006, 08:30:36 AM lol is it possible to take a screenshot and post it here so we can see what you mean? Is it just in windows explorer when viewing pictures in thumbnail view? Does it happen with all pictures or is it currently just one folder that's doing it? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on December 10, 2006, 01:48:45 PM Help me! I did this Shift+Alt+Prnt Screen thing that changes the theme to make it dark or something(to make it easier for the disabled) and when I changed it back, all the backrounds for pages became blank/white. (http://xs110.xs.to/xs110/06490/FunkyDesktop.JPG.xs.jpg) (http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs110&d=06490&f=FunkyDesktop.JPG) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on December 10, 2006, 02:09:54 PM try ctrl+f5 to refresh if that doesn't fix it um, lol i'm sorry i've never come across that problem? have you tried simply restarting your computer? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on December 10, 2006, 02:40:53 PM Thanks ebc, I tried restarting it and changed a few settings under Accessibilities and it's fine now~ It also seems that Firefox 2 had something to do with it not resetting correctly. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on December 10, 2006, 10:19:18 PM Quote from: ebc;255057 lol is it possible to take a screenshot and post it here so we can see what you mean? Is it just in windows explorer when viewing pictures in thumbnail view? Does it happen with all pictures or is it currently just one folder that's doing it? heres a printscreen of what happened, its only happening in this folder thou, so im not really sure whats going on >< (http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/5048/untitledaw8.th.jpg) (http://img175.imageshack.us/my.php?image=untitledaw8.jpg) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on December 12, 2006, 04:42:49 AM Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;253540 ^I know I'm doing something wrong. Something probably simple Oh, I just realized I forgot to ask you one thing: When you installed PSP Video 9, did you install Avisynth when you were asked to as well? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Masabi on December 12, 2006, 07:48:11 PM Not really a tech related question, but what plays 3'' discs (http://cgi.ebay.com/CD-SINGLE-3-MORNING-MUSUME-LOVE-MACHINE-JPOP-KARAOKE_W0QQitemZ4862281327QQihZ003QQcategoryZ307QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)? I can't seem to find anything about it on the internet but maybe that's because I don't know what to search for. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on December 12, 2006, 07:52:45 PM Quote from: Gray;256885 Not really a tech related question, but what plays 3'' discs (http://cgi.ebay.com/CD-SINGLE-3-MORNING-MUSUME-LOVE-MACHINE-JPOP-KARAOKE_W0QQitemZ4862281327QQihZ003QQcategoryZ307QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)? I can't seem to find anything about it on the internet but maybe that's because I don't know what to search for. Any standard CD-ROM or CD player with a tray should take it... Title: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on December 12, 2006, 09:10:54 PM Quote from: Happosai;256891 Any standard CD-ROM or CD player with a tray should take it... If you don't have a tray loading player, you can also find these round donut plastic thingies that you put the 3" disc in the middle of. One was included with my old Sony slot-fed Discman. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 12, 2006, 09:17:30 PM Quote from: huggumwuggums;256537 Oh, I just realized I forgot to ask you one thing: When you installed PSP Video 9, did you install Avisynth when you were asked to as well? that's probably what I didn't do. thanks for the heads up. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on December 13, 2006, 03:24:40 AM my ipod stopped showing up on itunes whenever u plug the usb cable in. how do u fix that? do i need to do a massive ipod restore again? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on December 13, 2006, 11:56:59 PM Today when I went to see computer parts to build a new computer, I saw this motherboard + CPU http://www.evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?pn=122-CK-NF68-AR plus a Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz (1066MHz) 2MB L2 Cache Socket 775 Processor the cost is$745 CAD (including tax)

Do you guys think it is worth it and do I need to get such high spec for my new computer (I'm going to use it for gaming + multimedia editing)? Is there are any other combination that will be enough for me with lower cost?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on December 14, 2006, 04:22:28 AM
I have the same CPU - it's worth every penny.

Not familiar with the motherboard - but I've been very happy with my EVGA video card.

That said, you can find perfectly serviceable motherboards for much, much cheaper. You only need an expensive one if you plan to overclock.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on December 14, 2006, 05:34:06 AM
Quote from: JTRIX;257773
Today when I went to see computer parts to build a new computer, I saw this motherboard + CPU

http://www.evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?pn=122-CK-NF68-AR
plus a Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz (1066MHz) 2MB L2 Cache Socket 775 Processor

the cost is $745 CAD (including tax) Do you guys think it is worth it and do I need to get such high spec for my new computer (I'm going to use it for gaming + multimedia editing)? Is there are any other combination that will be enough for me with lower cost? Is good mobo! and cpu is good. But what you need to realise is that it's an enthusiast board. It does sli and has features which you may probably never use but you would be paying for them. If you're just after a good stable, vanilla motherboard to suite a core 2 duo, just stick with an Intel 965 chipset board with no frills. (unless you wanna overclock, but then again even the vanilla boards do that ok) Other key things to remember is a good brand PSU and RAM. SLI is pretty pointless unless you're really into running games at highest possible settings but that comes at a price which to me, compared to what you're getting, it's not really worth it. For videocard, go for an 8800gts and you probably won't have to upgrade for another 2 years. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on December 14, 2006, 05:38:30 AM whoa nelly. that's a top-of-the-line motherboard you have there. it's most certainly an excellent configuration. but the nvidia 680i is a little overkill right now. if you think you'll be upgrading in the future to an SLi setup, it's certainly a good buy. but if you don't plan on upgrading your computer very much, then the mobo is a little overkill--you'll end up paying for a number of features you don't use. you can step it down and look for a mobo with the nvidia 590 chipset, or even an intel 965 or 975 chipset--they will be cheaper and will still do justice for the cpu. the criticisms that the 590/965/975's have been receiving are simply that there aren't so many bells and whistles (but then if you aren't going to use them, why get them?) --edit-- haha posted too slow, ebc said everything i wanted to say. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on December 14, 2006, 01:52:49 PM Thanks for the tips guys! ya... the reason that I'm holding back on buying it is because of the money, and the fact that the motherboard comes with SLI and good potential for overclock which I don't know if I ever need it (for example, getting 2 good video cards for SLI function is just too pricely!!! And the salesman at the point suggested me to buy this video card http://www.bfgtech.com/8800GTX_768_PCIe.html which is like freaking expensive...$715.99 CAD plus tax!!!)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on December 14, 2006, 07:12:02 PM
just as a quick note: the E6600 has a locked multiplier, so the only way you can overclock is to either push the FSB or increase the voltage (usually both in tandem). since you would be overclocking the FSB system-wide, that means you will need very good memory in order to hold a stable system, and not cheap/flaky memory.

on the other hand, if you paid for an X6800, you'll get the unlocked-multiplier version, which means you can overclock relatively easily without having to futz around with the FSB--which is great, because considering the low thermals of the core2, a lot of the overclocking can be done on stock heatsink+fan cooling.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on December 15, 2006, 07:51:07 AM
hope you dont mind me posting right after myself.

i have a question for anyone who has a UMPC. i've been looking at the form factor for a while now, and have been thinking that it will make a good on-the-go computer considering it runs a full OS--but importantly not being my main pc. there are a couple of ideas i've come up with on how i could use a UMPC:

1) i do a fair amount of photography, and with a usb cable, i can record pictures straight from the camera onto the UMPC hdd. of course, i wouldn't be doing this all of the time--mainly for times when i'm going to be composing difficult shots, ie: night shots, tripod-mounted, RAW format, while using the UMPC as storage and remote shutter release.

2) i actually have an old 20gb usb hdd (1.8" hdd) that i use to store every single one of my text documents, including papers, receipts, printouts, scans, copies of important documents, etc. but in order to access these, i'd need to have a computer to load them. with a UMPC, i could store them all on the PC and view them wherever and whenever--and this would be good timing too, since i'm running out of space on my 20gb.

so, my question is: for those of you that have UMPCs, have you found any other neat or convenient uses for your UMPC?

and yes, i know porta-porn is always wonderful, but i think everyone knows about that option!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 15, 2006, 07:57:24 AM
^ The current UMPC's (Samsung,  ASUS or eo, I have a R2H btw) should be able to do that, just do not expect high performance photo editing.
The 'full OS on the go' is the main reason I have it.

Other uses? I am using it for video playing on-the-go that my PDA can't.
If you want more uses try some on the online forums, I can post a few links if needed.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 16, 2006, 12:27:00 AM
here's something that's been bothering me for a while. For example, if you d/l a song or video, how do you change your media setting? like from Real to Windows Media? how do I do that?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on December 16, 2006, 12:39:19 AM
^ You have to change the file association.  Right click the file, click Open As.... and then a list of programs will come up.  Choose the program you want it to open with and then check the box "always use this program to open the file"
Post by: lifemuslim92 on December 16, 2006, 01:03:51 PM
help me bcuz ive card reader/writer problem,when i insert an MMC card into the card reader,then i insert the reader into the USB slot,it said that the usb is working but i cant find it in My Computer...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Blebekblebek on December 16, 2006, 03:31:16 PM
Quote from: lifemuslim92;260160
help me bcuz ive card reader/writer problem,when i insert an MMC card into the card reader,then i insert the reader into the USB slot,it said that the usb is working but i cant find it in My Computer...

try different usb slot
and don't plug the MMC before you connect the card reader to usb slot

sometimes my windows also can't recognize it, when it happens... I just need to restart my pc
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 16, 2006, 06:13:04 PM
Quote from: lifemuslim92;260160
help me bcuz ive card reader/writer problem,when i insert an MMC card into the card reader,then i insert the reader into the USB slot,it said that the usb is working but i cant find it in My Computer...

^^ Aside from a card-reader problem you have a English spelling problem.

Anyway, some technical background: for Windows to 'see' a card it needs an 'insert notification' like the one above says, first plugin the card-reader then the card.

Also, if it isn't seen, pull the card, wait a few seconds then try again.
If there was a problematic file on it, the card might get 'locked' and remove/insert doesn't give a 'insert notification' (because its still 'busy') then a reboot will help to unlock it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: lifemuslim92 on December 17, 2006, 03:18:56 AM
I think the problem is my computer bcuz i insert a thumbdrive and the comp can't recognize it too
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Blebekblebek on December 17, 2006, 07:34:20 AM
windows? XP?
Service Pack Installed?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on December 18, 2006, 08:45:10 AM
I'm trying to upgrade the hard drive of my ThinkPad R52 laptop.

The bare hard drive is connected with 4 screws to a metal grille with round holes on one side (you can't see the grille in the photo).  The screws allow the drive to snapped onto a cover.  The cover allows the drive to be easily pulled out of the bay.  See illustration:

(http://img284.imageshack.us/img284/71/driverz4.gif)

The problem is that the new drive (a Samsung 160GB bought OEM style - without a box or any documentation) didn't come with a metal grille or 4 screws on the sides.  Although I could try slipping the drive right into the bay, doing that without snapping the drive to the cover would make it difficult if not impossible to remove the drive.  But I can't remove the 4 screws from the old drive to place on the new one - the screws are impossibly tight.  In an hour, I've only managed to remove one screw, and now my hand is so cramped up I'm wondering if these screws weren't designed to be removed.

Am I doing something wrong here?  What documentation I've been able to find (http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:p4LG1Lykq_oJ:www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do%3Flndocid%3DMIGR-53176+%22hard+drive%22+ThinkPad+screws+R52&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=1&client=firefox-a) seems to assume that the new drive will have screws attached already.  And I can't reuse the screws from the old drive because they're too damn tight.  Any tips would be appreciated.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on December 18, 2006, 09:07:27 AM
^

the screws being tight is most likely a side-effect of the heating-up the hard drive does (if i'm not mistaken). they're most certainly removeable, however you must be careful, because if you're using a screwdriver with the wrong type of head (believe me, there are LOTS of different kinds of phillips heads), you will quickly strip the screws. this will happen particularly if you're using a screwdriver which has a head that is slightly too thick, so that the tip doesn't completely fit into the screw.

the threads themselves shouldn't actually have any problem in terms of tightness, so most likely, if you have the right screwdriver, you'll just need to turn it with enough force until you get a little "pop"--that is, getting the screw unstuck.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on December 18, 2006, 09:25:17 AM
Quote from: thatguy;261937
the screws being tight is most likely a side-effect of the heating-up the hard drive does (if i'm not mistaken).... if you have the right screwdriver, you'll just need to turn it with enough force until you get a little "pop"

Thanks a bunch for the tip!  I'll let the drive cool down for a few hours before trying again.  And if that doesn't work, I'll take the drive to a hardware store and ask for a screwdriver that fits the screws.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ferrar1 on December 18, 2006, 09:27:38 AM
Ive changed countless HDD for my lappy and i can assure you OEM's or not, off the shelf HDD doesn't come with any screws. Because you are supposed to re-use the screws from your old HDD. I had the same "screws too f*cking tight" HDD problem on my acer as well. I almost wanted to smash the grill + HDD. note that it took me 1 full day to finally take out the 4 screws, so i won't blame it on over heating.

*Note high risk involved
What i did is to use a thin flat screwdriver and insert it into the space between the screw and the grill. slightly and softly bend the metal grill and this should make the screw very much easier to take out.

1 other method i would recommend by looking at the above pictures is to get a bigger screw that should go right through the hole of the holder and straight to the HDD. Hoping that a big screw would help to fasten it to the holder. Of course this is if the final dimensions meant that you can secure the HDD properly. Good luck.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on December 18, 2006, 09:48:18 AM
Quote from: ferrar1;261948
Ive changed countless HDD for my lappy and i can assure you OEM's or not, off the shelf HDD doesn't come with any screws.

same here. actually, i've bought convertor cages (from 3.5" -> 2.5") and also external enclosures (2.5" -> USB), and spare HDD screws come with those, not the HDDs themselves XD
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frenchkiss on December 18, 2006, 09:56:13 AM
The screwdriver you'll need is most probably a Philips #1 head (and there are NOT a lot of different Philips heads, if it's different then it's not a Philips to begin with, the problem is with chinese manufactured screws they often have strange shapes that won't exactly fit ANY screwdriver head...) Using a decent screwdriver with rubber grip or a T-shaped handle would ease the operation a lot too... But if I were you I'd just go to the computer shop and get 4 new HDD screws, they are cheap anyway...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on December 18, 2006, 10:15:01 AM
Do the grille and the piece of plastic that seperate the grille from the bottom of the drive serve any purpose?

I'm afraid of buying screws and installing the drive without a grille.

p.s., the screw doesn't actually fasten the drive to the cover - it just provides something for the cover to snap on.

p.p.s., thanks for the comments, everybody!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on December 18, 2006, 10:25:09 AM
I use Audacity as my voice recording program.

But whenever I record my voice, I can hardly hear it, I have to turn the volume in the program (as well as my speakers) all the way up. Anyone know what I need to adjust to fix this problem?

I thought it was my mic at first, but even when I speak somewhat quietly on Skype with it, I could be heard well...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ferrar1 on December 18, 2006, 10:30:21 AM
The grille will help the HDD to sit nicely within the HDD bay and not move around. This will prevent the HDD from knocking into the sides when you are moving the laptop around.

Of course the best way would be to get similar sized screws to replace your old 4. but do try thatguy suggestions and in the meantime, don't risk spoiling the lines of the screws' head. Use a short, rubberised, thick handed screw driver for best results.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frenchkiss on December 18, 2006, 10:40:57 AM
Quote from: arian;261985
I use Audacity as my voice recording program.
But whenever I record my voice, I can hardly hear it, I have to turn the volume in the program (as well as my speakers) all the way up. Anyone know what I need to adjust to fix this problem?
I thought it was my mic at first, but even when I speak somewhat quietly on Skype with it, I could be heard well...

Skype automatically adjusts gain (which pisses me off quite often BTW) For other softwares you usually have to set your mic input level in the Windows sound control panel, and also check the mic boost option that is quite often necessary (usually you get it in the 'advanced' options under the mic input slider in the panel) Also don't forget that this panel has two sets of sliders, one for playback level and one for recording level, you have to switch between the sets manually from the panel options menu)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on December 18, 2006, 11:12:08 AM
Quote from: frenchkiss;261970
and there are NOT a lot of different Philips heads

heh i didn't intend to make it sound like there was a buffet of them. in retrospect most phillips will be fine, just as long as it's neither too large nor too small. i should've noted that it's best not to confuse phillips with a posidriv screwdriver--that's when you end up stripping the heads of your screws.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on December 18, 2006, 12:22:23 PM
ferrar1, thanks for the tip!  JPH!P is da best!!!!

frenchkiss, I agree with ferrar1.  if you want to see how your mike input sounds like "neutral", use a utility like Windows XP sound recorder.  This should be included as part of Windows XP (it's in Programs->Accesories->Entertainment).  A good quality mike does wonders, getting a consistent distance between your mouth and the mike makes a big difference, and getting the settings right also makes a difference.  Also, don't set gain too high, or else you'll overload things whenever you raise your voice.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ferrar1 on December 18, 2006, 02:02:08 PM
Quote from: chera
frenchkiss, I agree with ferrar1.

:confused: :o ;) XD
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on December 18, 2006, 04:06:15 PM
As you guys know that I want to build a new computer, however I'm a computer dumbass!
:lol:

Can someone tells me what's the difference between Pentium 4 and Pentium D? And when I look at online catalog for CPU I saw these 3 things.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6xxx
Intel Pentium 4 xxx
Intel Pentium D xxx
What are the differences?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on December 18, 2006, 06:18:21 PM
The Pentium D is superior to a Pentium 4. It's an early iteration of Dual-Core, but it's nowhere near as powerful as a Core 2 Duo

In order of increasing performance:

Pentium
Pentium MMX
Pentium Pro
Pentium II
Pentium III
Pentium 4
Pentium D
Core 2 Duo

If you can even remotely afford it, you want a Core 2 Duo - it's an entire generation ahead of any of the Pentium chips.

Otherwise, get a cheap Pentium D 965 to tide you by and start saving.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on December 19, 2006, 01:07:28 AM
About the HDD screws, I've tried waiting a few hours (for the drive to cool down), a new screwdriver set, spraying WD-40 on the screws, and all I've got to show for it are a bunch of blisters.  The screw heads don't seem stripped - yet.

Besides forcing the grille off, and other last ditch recommendations?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: kagaitensai on December 19, 2006, 02:23:57 AM
I am having problems viewing H.264 format video without glitches. The video will get stuck periodically while the sound continues. What aspects of my computer do I need to upgrade in order to fix this. I am currently running on a Pentium 4 2.4 GHZ with 512 MB ram and a NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420. The obvious would be  the video card. If this is the case any suggestions. The only requirements I have of a video card are that it needs to be a Dual Link DVI-D graphics card with TV output connections.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ferrar1 on December 19, 2006, 03:46:51 AM
^ IMO your ram, and CPU. Graphic cards doesnt help much unless its for gaming and editing. well i could be wrong :D

Chera: lol, that's what i experienced as well. You may want to get a bigger head screw and attach your HDD directly to the cover. It should be Screw -> cover -> HDD so that the screw hopefully will hold the HDD in place.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on December 19, 2006, 03:54:56 AM
Quote from: kagaitensai;262503
I am having problems viewing H.264 format video without glitches...

What prog are you using to play the videos?  If you haven't got Quicktime 7 then get it.  Even if you use a different prog to play the videos get it anyway for the codecs it brings with it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on December 19, 2006, 04:14:59 AM
I would disagree with the above comment and would say to get VLC player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) (which recently updated to support H.264) and/or Combined Community Codec Pack (http://www.cccp-project.net/).  I have not installed Quicktime 7 and they play fine for me with these two (Though I think VLC uses its own codecs, it doesn't hurt to have CCCP)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on December 19, 2006, 04:18:24 AM
MediaPlayerClassic + CoreAVC = fastest H.264 decoding available.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ferrar1 on December 19, 2006, 05:13:10 AM
For me VLC > MPC. The only problem is the scrolling and volume adjustment for VLC which forces me to use MPC 99% of the time. Only when i encounter strange encoded files or jerky files, then i will switch to VLC which plays 99.9% of all files.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 19, 2006, 07:15:07 AM
^ to all H264 above:

Just say No! (sorry had to do that:)) unless you have a hardware decoder (like some video cards from ATi and nVidia) you will need a CPU in the 2.8GHz+ range to get an OK playback experience for the higher resolution fast motion high detail videos.

I see a lot of H264 versions of HDTV come by in the newsgroups, and for now the quality doesn't way up to the size reduction (but people will still use the yardstick 'hey I can play H264 smooooothly on my machine')

Anyway, VLC or Quicktime alternative will play them for me on a 1.63GHz Pentium M without to much problems (about 2.5GHz equivalent).

Hoping for the VC-1 strandard to get more 'playtime'. From some tests it uses 50% less CPU then H264...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on December 19, 2006, 07:45:26 AM
My pc is an old piece of crap (Athlon 2100, 768meg & 32meg onboard video), and doesn't have a problem playing H264 at all. Just as smooth as smooth, and I play them on PowerDVD just like everything else. :P
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: kagaitensai on December 20, 2006, 07:42:59 AM
Thanks for all the feedback. I will try adding some more ram and maybe a more powerfull processor and see if that helps. I have been using TCMP with CCCP for most of my videos, but I also have VLC that I use for the rare few that TCMP can't accomodate. Only certain H264 encodes play with glitches, most play fine. But when they don't it is rather annoying. Thanks again.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on December 20, 2006, 09:10:06 AM
I've finally bought my new computer. However when I finish assemble everything (I didn't put in the floppy disk drive and DVD-ROM yet) somehow it won't boot up Windows. I'm using my old hard drive from my old computer as the primary hard drive.

how can I fix it?
Thanks!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 20, 2006, 12:15:54 PM
^ If you get something like a 'blue screen' the motherboard is not compatible with the 'previous' that the harddisk has remembered, you will need to do a repair or even a re-install of XP.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on December 20, 2006, 02:18:39 PM
Old install won't work with new hardware, just do a repair install.

On a side note, this isn't really a 'problem', but it pisses me off. Firefox 2.0.1 breaks my theme. Yes, buttons not working and shit. Someone recommend me a theme that doesn't look like shit and looks better than the default, because I can't take much of this.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on December 20, 2006, 06:14:04 PM
Quote from: Maliciel;263430
Someone recommend me a theme that doesn't look like shit and looks better than the default, because I can't take much of this.

Metal - iCe works for me:

(http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/7528/metallionbrushedicemk8.th.jpg) (http://img399.imageshack.us/my.php?image=metallionbrushedicemk8.jpg)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: BigDnm01 on December 20, 2006, 09:58:02 PM
Excuse me, but since u guys been talking about XP themes, i just wanna ask where can i download special custom made themes and how do i install it?  i actually have a couple of themes i want already but have no idea on how to install it.  could you help me out here?

There's another problem, u see i have movie files and also the subtitle file for it.  but i don't know how to encode, hardsub, Prerendered, or soft subs anything.  i really want to know how though.

so could anyone point me to the right direction.  i try to search the net but i don't know where to start, so i think asking those who knows about it here and even did themselves could truly help me out.  thanks, awaiting ur reply.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on December 20, 2006, 10:16:42 PM
Quote from: bigdnm01;263683
Excuse me, but since u guys been talking about XP themes, i just wanna ask where can i download special custom made themes and how do i install it?  i actually have a couple of themes i want already but have no idea on how to install it.  could you help me out here?

there are a couple ways. there are some programs like windowblinds [link (http://www.windowblinds.net/)] that you can install, and then download themes to use. the downside (in my opinion) to windowblinds is that it's an additional program, so it uses extra cpu. i tried windowblinds once long ago and it was very laggy, although i don't know if it's better now. also, it's shareware, so they'll nag you to buy a license.

the other way is to find a patch for the windows' uxtheme.dll. by default, microsoft's theme manager (when you right click your desktop > properties > appearance) will use uxtheme.dll to check if a theme is approved to use on windows. by patching uxtheme.dll, all themes (including custom ones) can be used. if you want to do this, i recommend you to download and install xpize [link (http://xpero.msfn.org/)], which is just a program that updates the old win95-looking icons, and has an option to patch uxtheme.dll. you can then use windows' own theme manager to use custom themes. most will come in a zip file, and you will have to extract the files and put them into your C:\Windows\Resources\Themes directory. check the readme's for specifics.

to download themes, i prefer using deviantart [link (http://www.deviantart.com)]. under categories, go to Customization > Skins & Themes > Windows Utilties, then WindowBlinds for those themes, or Visual Styles for windows native themes.

Quote from: bigdnm01;263683
There's another problem, u see i have movie files and also the subtitle file for it.  but i don't know how to encode, hardsub, Prerendered, or soft subs anything.  i really want to know how though.

people have mixed experiences with subs files. just fyi: if the subtitles come in a separate file, it's always referred to as softsubs--because the original video is left untouched. to play them, i just select both files, and drag-and-drop them onto VLC [link (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)]. sometimes in VLC you may have to go into the Video > Subtitles menu, and select the subtitle track. other people have also used BSplayer and MPC, so you may want to check them out.

some people have tried that before without success, so if that's the case, in VLC you will have to go to File > Open, and then check the box to load a subtitles file, and open them together.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on December 21, 2006, 03:46:55 AM
Firefox problem:

My browser seems to be "resetting" itself everytime I close it. For example, I'll changed certain options but the next time I open it, it'll all be at the default ones. The same goes for homepages.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Hazu on December 21, 2006, 08:56:10 AM
Hey guys, is it bad for me to leave my PC/Laptop turned on and rarely being turned off? If i need to turn off my fan/air conditioners, what do i need to keep the laptop cool?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on December 21, 2006, 09:18:47 AM
depends. desktops are generally ok to leave on all night (mine's been on non-stop for the past 4 months, and my server for the past 2 years)--but it's better to have a strong power supply. if you have a weak power supply in your desktop and you leave it running all the time, even if the computer's not doing anything, the power supply will be stressed and will wear out quickly.

for laptops, you generally should turn it off at night. there isn't much risk of wearing down the ac adapter, but laptops tend to get hot regardless of power-saving settings. that said, i've left my laptop on all night for several weeks at a time before, and had no serious problems. however, one thing you might run into (depending on your laptop) is that dust will continually be sucked into the fan, and you'll end up with a louder and less efficient fan sooner.

effective cooling varies for each laptop. just keep it in a well-venthilated area. if you feel adventurous, you can use a fan. if there are different performance settings, set it to low- or battery-mode.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ferrar1 on December 21, 2006, 09:37:45 AM
^ hehe my laptop has been running 24/7 with 1 day rest in between here and there. Basically for seeding torrents.

I sleep in an air-conditioned room so its ok at night, i don't open my window so there less dust, and most of all a laptop cooler is useful no matter what ppl says.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on December 22, 2006, 02:22:36 PM
so I have finally get my new computer working and reinstalled Windows XP Professional to get it work. However right now I keep getting the following message:

Message from SYSTEM is send to ALERT, at time xx : xx xx/xx/xxxx
STOP! WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.
Windows has found CRITICAL SYSTEM ERRORS.
To fix the errors please do the following:
FAILURE TO ACT NOW MAY LEAD TO DATA LOSS AND CORRUPTION!

I'm not sure if this is a real message from Windows but I have a feeling this is a spyware/adware and will cause me trouble if I do go to the site.

What can I do to delete the message?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on December 22, 2006, 02:41:40 PM
Oh, it's definately not Windows.
You need to turn your Windows firewall on. (or some kind of firewall)
It's just a company exploiting the Messenger Service that is running in the background. You can disable the service:
Rightclick MyComputer go Manage then look for Services and in there look for Messenger, double click it and choose disable.
I'd just put the Windows firewall on though.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on December 22, 2006, 05:42:43 PM
Yeah, disable Messenger.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 22, 2006, 06:17:38 PM
Quote from: JTRIX;264831
so I have finally get my new computer working and reinstalled Windows XP Professional to get it work. ...
What can I do to delete the message?
Yup
1) firewall up,
2) Install SP2,
3) get the latest updates after that.

(but actually you might already be (re)infected....)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on December 22, 2006, 08:40:22 PM
Quote from: ferrar1;263991
^ hehe my laptop has been running 24/7 with 1 day rest in between here and there. Basically for seeding torrents.

Same for me, but mine is leaching torrents XD

It's a ThinkPad R52.  Here's what I do at night to try to keep it cool:

- Turn off the screen
- Make sure that no CPU intensive process are on (goto Task Manager - Processes to figure out which processes are using up CPU cycles)
- Close down any processes that are using up lots of RAM, to minimize page file access (same as above)
- Place the computer a few inches over edge of the desk, so that the hard disk (which lies under the right palm rest) floats in the air rather than be in contact with the desk surface.  This helps cool down the hard disk a bit
- Take notice of your hard disk temperature.  I use a nifty utility called HDD Thermometer.  If it goes beyond 47C, then somethings wrong.  Ideally, it should be no more than 40-44 if the computer is just leaching, and in the high 30's if it's doing nothing at all.

Not related is the battery.  Laptop batteries have a usable lifetime of about 2-3 years, after which they're maximum charge will go down to 30-60 minutes.  Leaving your laptop on with power running through the battery degrades it.  Since I never move my laptop anywhere other than around my desk, I just take out the battery and tape the power connector to the power port to prevent any accidental unpluggings.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Hazu on December 23, 2006, 03:59:02 PM
Quote
- Turn off the screen
Is it through the screen saver thing?
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- Make sure that no CPU intensive process are on (goto Task Manager
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- Processes to figure out which processes are using up CPU cycles)
Mine usually is 00 accept for 99 on System Idle
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- Place the computer a few inches over edge of the desk, so that the hard disk (which lies under the right palm rest) floats in the air rather than be in contact with the desk surface.  This helps cool down the hard disk a bit
Like putting the cooler under the laptop?
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- Take notice of your hard disk temperature.  I use a nifty utility called HDD Thermometer.  If it goes beyond 47C, then somethings wrong.  Ideally, it should be no more than 40-44 if the computer is just leaching, and in the high 30's if it's doing nothing at all.
I'd love to have this.
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Not related is the battery.  Laptop batteries have a usable lifetime of about 2-3 years, after which they're maximum charge will go down to 30-60 minutes.  Leaving your laptop on with power running through the battery degrades it.  Since I never move my laptop anywhere other than around my desk, I just take out the battery and tape the power connector to the power port to prevent any accidental unpluggings.
I didn't know this could happen. What else is there?XD
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on December 23, 2006, 05:46:32 PM
Quote from: Hazu;265861
Is it through the screen saver thing?

Nope.  Most laptops and all desktops allow you to completely turn off the screen.  On a desktop monitor, just hit the power button.  On a laptop, the shortcut varies: In ThinkPads, it's Fn + F3.

Quote from: Hazu;265861
Like putting the cooler under the laptop?

A cooler is active cooling - it uses fans to pass air through the bottom of the laptop and cool it down.  My technique is passive cooling - it take advantage of the fact that air conveys heat better than the surface of my desk; thus, hanging the laptop over the edge of my desk should cool it more efficiently than just leaving on the desk.

Quote from: Hazu;265861
I'd love to have this.

Grab it here: http://www.rsdsoft.com/hdd-thermometer/ (http://www.rsdsoft.com/hdd-thermometer/)

Make sure you set up the emergency actions, e.g., if HDD exceeds 50C, then enter hibernate mode.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 25, 2006, 11:37:13 PM
silly question, but got an ipod for Christmas. probably have to charge it first, right?XD
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Ayabie on December 25, 2006, 11:43:40 PM
Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;267446
silly question, but got an ipod for Christmas. probably have to charge it first, right?XD

Yes. :lol:
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 25, 2006, 11:57:32 PM
here's another. what program should I use to play a .ogm file?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on December 26, 2006, 12:10:07 AM
I'm lazy so: Lazy Man's Guide to Ogg Media (OGM Files) (http://ld-anime.subforge.net/guide/ogm-en).
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 26, 2006, 07:50:51 AM
Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;267458
here's another. what program should I use to play a .ogm file?
To prevent further questions like that, try a search like this:

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on December 27, 2006, 12:59:52 PM
I use external USB drives (thumb drives and such) a lot, but when I want to unplug the drive, I hit Safely Remove Hardware and get a "The device can not be stopped now.  Try stopping the device against later" error.  Sometimes the culprit is a Windows Explorer window accessing the drive - shutting down explorer allows a safe removal.  But some times no applications seem to be running and yet the drive still refuses safe removal.  I'm cringe at just unplugging the drive for fear of loosing data.

So can anybody recommend a utility that identifies the location of files being accessed by running processes?  I've tried Process Explorer (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/ProcessExplorer.mspx), but that only locates DLL files that are being accessed.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on December 28, 2006, 09:30:53 AM
^ I experience the same thing. Usually if I wait a few seconds after the first error message I try again and the USB drive stops fine.

With Process Explorer you can search for Handles and DLLs. You should try the first. Alternatively there is the command line tool "Handle" which does the same.  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/Handle.mspx

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/ProcessExplorer.mspx
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on December 30, 2006, 02:54:27 PM
^
will just about identify and offer to unlock or kill any process or thread that's locked to the file or device in question.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on December 30, 2006, 08:22:21 PM
Okay.. So, Yahoo! Messenger won't let me call someone.  Whenever I try to use voice in chat it says I'm behind a firewall (I'm not) and whenever I try to call, she can hear me but I can't hear her???
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: reine on January 01, 2007, 04:18:30 AM
Anyone knows what I should do when I find that my HD has CRC error, whenever I try to write something the file (usually bigger than 1GB, stranglely smaller files seem to be ok) gets corrupted and gets CRC error. It happens with both downloaded files and local files. I tried chkdsk found some error and fixed it (just file system error, no bad sector), but the problem persists.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on January 01, 2007, 09:30:44 AM
^ That sounds like a temperature/ driver/ cable/ motherboard/ memory problem something gets corrupted.

When CRC errors do not happen in the same place, unless its an old drive its mostly not the drive itself.

If its in the same place: you can try a shortterm solution: rename the file with the error and move it to some unused place. Then the next writes will not hit that part of the disk.

But you should 'low level' check your drive (download a utility from the manufacturer and test it with that)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: reine on January 01, 2007, 02:00:30 PM
thanks frblckstr, turned out to be bad sector in the HD after all. I just forgot to type the /R parameter while doing chkdsk *doh* is it normal for a new HD to have bad sector already, I only had it for around 1.5 years. My old HD (6 years old) never had any problem, is it  because I put the HD in external storage device without fan?

edit: gah looks like I spoke too soon, no more CRC error but my HD writes realllly slow now, usually takes only a couple of sec to write 200-300mb of files now it takes 30 secs or more T.T. Defraging right now. only 32 hours to go T.T . But if anyone has any suggestion, I'd appreciate it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: NAzu on January 01, 2007, 05:16:15 PM
Quote from: reine;271909
thanks frblckstr, turned out to be bad sector in the HD after all. I just forgot to type the /R parameter while doing chkdsk *doh* is it normal for a new HD to have bad sector already, I only had it for around 1.5 years. My old HD (6 years old) never had any problem, is it  because I put the HD in external storage device without fan?

edit: gah looks like I spoke too soon, no more CRC error but my HD writes realllly slow now, usually takes only a couple of sec to write 200-300mb of files now it takes 30 secs or more T.T. Defraging right now. only 32 hours to go T.T . But if anyone has any suggestion, I'd appreciate it.

New HD's shouldn't have any bad sectors and I recommend that you RMA it. External storage device? You mean that it's outside the case in some kind of HD rack? Anyway it's good to have some kind of airflow around the HD that it doesn't overheat. You can feel it with your hand that if it's too hot also programs like Speedfan or Everest can show the temps of your HD. If your case doesn't have any free 3.5" slots I recommend buying a external usb case for the hd (quite cheap like 30-40$). edit. frblckstr1 mentioned the manufacturers own utilitys. Samsung has HUTIL, Maxtor has PowerMax, Seagate has SeaTools and Western Digital has Data Lifeguard Diagnostic. Use one of those and check if they find anything wrong with the HD. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: reine on January 01, 2007, 05:20:41 PM yeah I mean it's in external USB case but mine's without a fan. Oh it's not a brand new one but relatively new, so I can't return it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: NAzu on January 01, 2007, 05:34:37 PM Quote from: reine;271999 yeah I mean it's in external USB case but mine's without a fan. Oh it's not a brand new one but relatively new, so I can't return it. if the usb case doesn't have a fan then it is most certainly designed to work without one. Have you checked that it hasn't got warranty left? Most HD's have a 3 years warranty (Seagate has 5 years with it's newer models). Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on January 01, 2007, 06:21:05 PM Quote from: reine;271909 thanks frblckstr, turned out to be bad sector in the HD after all. I just forgot to type the /R parameter while doing chkdsk *doh* is it normal for a new HD to have bad sector already, I only had it for around 1.5 years. My old HD (6 years old) never had any problem, is it because I put the HD in external storage device without fan? edit: gah looks like I spoke too soon, no more CRC error but my HD writes realllly slow now, usually takes only a couple of sec to write 200-300mb of files now it takes 30 secs or more T.T. Defraging right now. only 32 hours to go T.T . But if anyone has any suggestion, I'd appreciate it. I have lots (last count is 25 :)) disks in external (USB) housings without fans, but I have a tendency not to run those for more then a few hours: just long enough to copy stuff on or off. If this is a Maxtor, it to me indicates its starting to fail, my experience is then it will fully fail within a week (e.g just enough time to copy off all data). Even new drives can develop failures/bad blocks, it is called a 'mean time between failure'. Defragging will not help (it might destroy your data even) Advice: copy all data off to another drive and use the manufacturers check utility (some are mentioned above) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on January 05, 2007, 08:04:37 AM Hi bros and siss, need some advice. For watching HD files as in 1080i or bigger, which of the below component of a lappy (or a pc ) is more important? I'm currently watching these files on my old ferrari with AMD XP 2800+, 128mb 9200 radeon and 1GB RAM and still find it very jerky. 1) Processor 2) Video Card 3) RAM or even HDD?? but i doubt 5200 rpm and 7200 rpm makes alot of difference during playback right? I only understand the latter opens my files and folders faster. Actually i'm thinking of getting the dell XPS M1210, but wonder whether should i go for the optional graphic cards. The only game i'm playing is dota and i played dota on my office lappy as well with on board graphiscs and found it playable, no lags no jerks. So please i need advice. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Biggie578 on January 05, 2007, 08:38:17 AM CPU all the way! its the biggest factor in PC preformance. And dont get the vid card, the prices are dropping fast so upgrade when you need it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on January 05, 2007, 08:44:39 AM ^ Thanks i'm getting a lappy so i probably cant change anything except for RAM and HDD. I don't see the need for the graphic card but if it helps alot in rendering the graphics then i might go for it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: NAzu on January 05, 2007, 09:22:23 AM When playing HD videos cpu power is the most important thing. More ram makes the computer smoother to use. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on January 05, 2007, 12:15:17 PM Ahum, sorry to disagree with the above 'CPU power' people, but the video card if it can do H264/MPEG2 in hardware is more important then the CPU. If it can't do hardware decode, then yes you will need CPU power to do the decoding/shuffling into video memory. For HDTV files that are MPEG2 I can use my 1.83GHz Laptop without problems, for H264 its a problem, might also have to do with the encoders :) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: NAzu on January 05, 2007, 03:07:46 PM 9200 doesn't support Ati's Avivo so raw processing power is needed. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ohbahsan on January 05, 2007, 04:26:20 PM Quote from: frblckstr1;275686 Ahum, sorry to disagree with the above 'CPU power' people, but the video card if it can do H264/MPEG2 in hardware is more important then the CPU. QFT. You better off getting a video card that can do hardware decoding. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on January 05, 2007, 08:11:12 PM ^ Sorry like ?? which series for ati or nvideo? and i'm getting a lappy not a pc so i think there's not much choices :) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: NAzu on January 05, 2007, 09:39:50 PM Quote from: ferrar1;275947 ^ Sorry like ?? which series for ati or nvideo? and i'm getting a lappy not a pc so i think there's not much choices :) From Ati X1xxx series supports Avivo (=hardware decoding) and for Nvidia there's Purevideo, for videocards that support it check this (http://www.nvidia.com/page/purevideo_support.html) :) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on January 06, 2007, 04:04:06 AM ^ Thank you noted :D Title: Tech-related problems Post by: reine on January 06, 2007, 05:05:26 AM so which type of video card can do decoding? :) and does it do deinterlacing on the fly as well or only CPU does that? I have problem playing 1900x1200 ts files and deinterlacing them on the fly. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on January 06, 2007, 07:52:07 AM Quote from: reine;276268 so which type of video card can do decoding? :) and does it do deinterlacing on the fly as well or only CPU does that? I have problem playing 1900x1200 ts files and deinterlacing them on the fly. NAzu just posted that info, and I do not think there are 1900x1200 ts files, the maximum defined resolution for .ts is 1920x1080. If you have problems de-interlacing, just use the 'drop' option, should help. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 06, 2007, 04:26:47 PM Quote from: reine;276268 so which type of video card can do decoding? :) and does it do deinterlacing on the fly as well or only CPU does that? I have problem playing 1900x1200 ts files and deinterlacing them on the fly. Just a question, what program are you using to play the ts files back? Mainly I ask because if it's vlc then it doesn't matter what videocard you have, all deinterlacing is done by software and you'll need a good CPU. That said, pretty much any videocard in laptops nowadays supports DXVA. Even the laptop I'm on now it's some Intel Extreme graphics 2 and it plays TS files perfectly fine using the latest PowerDVD with hardware acceleration (DXVA) turned on. IMO it depends mostly on the software you use to play the file. A lot of people like vlc cause it plays everything with no worrying about codecs but then I don't really like it cause it doesn't have proper hardware support for mpeg2 like PowerDVD etc. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on January 07, 2007, 07:11:33 AM just today i was checking my router and on the activity log, there was a bunch of "SYN Flood Attack Detect". this might explain why my dad's sent and recieved packets vary so much (sent in the gigs while recieved is in the 100000's) does this mean my connection is getting accessed by other ppl? can anyone please recommend a way to fix this a.s.a.p cuz this is quite annoying. p.s i tried reseting the modem to acquire a new address a while back, but apparently it doesn't work. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on January 07, 2007, 07:56:00 AM ^ "SYN Flooding" is an (old) way of trying to break into a computer, the newer TCP/IP stacks are hardened against it. There is not really anything you can do against it because it coming 'from the outside', you might checkup on the firmware of the router to see if is has a version that ignores them better. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on January 08, 2007, 10:09:02 AM Quote from: Wikipedia A SYN flood is a form of denial-of-service attack in which an attacker sends a succession of SYN requests to a target's system. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SYN_flood Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Masabi on January 08, 2007, 10:24:44 PM Graphics card help!? I have a Compaq Presario 6000 and I don't know what graphics cards will be compatible with my computer. I'm trying to find a really cheap one off of ebay for 20 dollars considering the one I have right now was in a bargain computer .. in 2003. So it's safe to assume ANYTHING I buy would be better than this piece of crap.. So, if you can help, link me to some compatible cards under$20 (including shipping) on ebay?  Primarily I'm looking for ones that fit these requirements (http://thesims2.ea.com/help/detail.php?help_id=259)[/url].

How can I find out what graphics cards are compatible?  Also, how do I install it myself?  Any and all help is appreciated.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: NAzu on January 08, 2007, 10:50:40 PM
Quote from: Gray;278120
Graphics card help!?

I have a Compaq Presario 6000 and I don't know what graphics cards will be compatible with my computer.  I'm trying to find a really cheap one off of ebay for 20 dollars considering the one I have right now was in a bargain computer .. in 2003.  So it's safe to assume ANYTHING I buy would be better than this piece of crap..

So, if you can help, link me to some compatible cards under $20 (including shipping) on ebay? Primarily I'm looking for ones that fit these requirements (http://thesims2.ea.com/help/detail.php?help_id=259)[/url]. How can I find out what graphics cards are compatible? Also, how do I install it myself? Any and all help is appreciated. I'm pretty sure it has a AGP slot therefore you should look for AGP models of videocards. For that budget there isn't a lot to choose from, but check cards like Radeon 9500/9600 or GeForce TI4200. Installing videocard is easy. First uninstall the existing videocard driver's and maybe check with drivercleaner that there aren't any file's left from the drivers. Then you can remove the videocard from your motherboard. Take the sidepanel off-> remove the screw in the bracket that's holding the card in place -> remove the videocard from the agp slot check if there's a clip that holds the card on place if so make sure that's off->when the clip is unlocked from the videocard gently pull the card out of the motherboard. Here are few options: Radeon 9500 (http://computers.search.ebay.com/radeon-9500_Computers-Networking_W0QQcatrefZC6QQcoactionZcompareQQcoentrypageZsearchQQcopagenumZ1QQfposZQ5AIPQ2fPostalQQfromZR10QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQftrtZ1QQftrvZ1QQsacatZ58058QQsadisZ200QQsargnZQ2d1QQsaslcZ2QQsbrftogZ1QQsofocusZbs) Geforce TI4200 (http://computers.search.ebay.com/geforce-ti4200_Computers-Networking_W0QQcatrefZC6QQcoactionZcompareQQcoentrypageZsearchQQcopagenumZ1QQfposZQ5AIPQ2fPostalQQfromZR10QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQftrtZ1QQftrvZ1QQsacatZ58058QQsadisZ200QQsargnZQ2d1QQsaslcZ2QQsbrftogZ1QQsofocusZbs) edit. Double checked the pc. Yes it has AGP port. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Masabi on January 08, 2007, 11:16:21 PM ^ Thanks so much :heart: Might be hard finding a Buy it Now one for that cheap huh? *afraid of auctions- never seems to put in enough money* Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 10, 2007, 01:17:10 AM I wanted to scan the front/back cover of Mika Todd's album, but the pictures came out with a bunch of dots and speckles on it. What am I doing wrong? x_x (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/5346/scan0002cy2.th.jpg) (http://img187.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scan0002cy2.jpg) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 10, 2007, 04:15:54 AM Quote from: Lajonsky;279070 I wanted to scan the front/back cover of Mika Todd's album, but the pictures came out with a bunch of dots and speckles on it. What am I doing wrong? x_x (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/5346/scan0002cy2.th.jpg) (http://img187.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scan0002cy2.jpg) I think depending on your scanner, try using the wizard or easy mode rather than custom or manual mode. Otherwise you'll have to do a lot of trial and error troubleshooting to find out what different setting effects what. Different scanners have different features and call things differently so I can't tell you exactly what you need to do to fix it. Just try the easy mode and see if the scans come out ok. Otherwise drop the DPI to 150, cheap scanners can't usually do proper denoising/despeckle when you set the DPI to high. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 10, 2007, 04:50:43 AM Quote from: ebc;279201 I think depending on your scanner, try using the wizard or easy mode rather than custom or manual mode. Otherwise you'll have to do a lot of trial and error troubleshooting to find out what different setting effects what. Different scanners have different features and call things differently so I can't tell you exactly what you need to do to fix it. Just try the easy mode and see if the scans come out ok. Otherwise drop the DPI to 150, cheap scanners can't usually do proper denoising/despeckle when you set the DPI to high. Alright. I'm pretty sure it had the DPI set to 210 or something like that. I'll drop it down and make sure to turn off any advanced settings 'n such. Thanks. Update: 150DPI helped, but there's still quite a bit. I guess that'll be the best my scanner can do. x_x Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on January 12, 2007, 04:50:06 AM so, i was being an idiot and used this program called "ipshifter" and managed to change my ip address (64.59.144.23)...but heres when the problem comes in, the ip that i get is shared by EVERYONE else that also prolly uses the program. So now i realized that my bandwidth for like sendspace is being used by a third party and for some reason, my internet connection got slower. So how do i change my ip back to my original one? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on January 12, 2007, 05:42:40 AM I'm not sure if manually changing your IP to 64.59.144.23 would actually let you "recover your bandwidth" with metered download sites like sendspace. But whatever, to change your IP back to whatever your DHCP server sets for it, goto Settings:Network Connections: Properties of whatever network connection you're using: Internet Protocol Properties. Under "Use the following IP address" you should see 64.59.144.23. Click on "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server addresses automatically" and then click OK. That should do it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 12, 2007, 06:07:07 AM lol, it's possible you're actually using someone elses IP right now and the reason it's slow is cause websites are probably giving half their packets to another person. You're not actually meant to change your IP given to you by your ISP, that is completely up to the ISP for what IP you get (for home user connections anyway). If there's stuff you want to get from sendspace or anywhere I think the best thing you can do is just ask someone to be kind and download it and re-upload it to somewhere else. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on January 12, 2007, 06:29:39 AM Quote from: chera;280886 and "Obtain DNS server addresses automatically" and then click OK. That should do it. thanks. but they are already set in automatic and stuff. haha u know what guys, im just gonna pull the plug on the modem and my router tonight. and see if it switches back tomorrow:D Title: Tech-related problems Post by: reine on January 12, 2007, 07:21:31 AM Quote from: ebc;276561 Just a question, what program are you using to play the ts files back? Mainly I ask because if it's vlc then it doesn't matter what videocard you have, all deinterlacing is done by software and you'll need a good CPU. That said, pretty much any videocard in laptops nowadays supports DXVA. Even the laptop I'm on now it's some Intel Extreme graphics 2 and it plays TS files perfectly fine using the latest PowerDVD with hardware acceleration (DXVA) turned on. IMO it depends mostly on the software you use to play the file. A lot of people like vlc cause it plays everything with no worrying about codecs but then I don't really like it cause it doesn't have proper hardware support for mpeg2 like PowerDVD etc. yup I play with VLC, thanks for letting me know I'll give powerdvd a try. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: amuse on January 12, 2007, 10:51:57 AM Quote from: Mugen;280913 thanks. but they are already set in automatic and stuff. haha u know what guys, im just gonna pull the plug on the modem and my router tonight. and see if it switches back tomorrow:D Ya reset your modem and see what happens with the connection. Did you also try a quick ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew to see if it fixes the problem? enter it from start -> run -> "cmd" Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 12, 2007, 06:43:07 PM Quote from: Mugen;280855 so, i was being an idiot and used this program called "ipshifter" and managed to change my ip address (64.59.144.23)...but heres when the problem comes in, the ip that i get is shared by EVERYONE else that also prolly uses the program. So now i realized that my bandwidth for like sendspace is being used by a third party and for some reason, my internet connection got slower. So how do i change my ip back to my original one? It's imposible to "change your ip" like that. The program you used will be making you connect through a proxy. It'll be set in one of your browser settings. To unset it... Internet Explorer Tools - internet options - connections - lan settings - advanced (If there's any ip's in the white boxes there, delete them and click OK) Opera Tools - preferences - advanced - network - proxy servers (again, in the 5 boxes at the top half delete any ip info that's listed there) For another browser you'll have to find it yourself, I only use those 2. Even if you don't use IE, open it and check there anyway as IE often has priority when a proxy is set. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on January 13, 2007, 12:23:05 PM for some reason i can't connect to spacetronix, or even regular aim/icq servers. i am being given a connection through a router (192.168 local subnet), which then connects through asahi-net provider. anyone know what's up? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: nachdenki on January 13, 2007, 12:59:15 PM Quote from: thatguy;281883 for some reason i can't connect to spacetronix, or even regular aim/icq servers. i am being given a connection through a router (192.168 local subnet), which then connects through asahi-net provider. anyone know what's up? The router is probably blocking the ports. You can change that in the router menu (incoming/outgoing connections or something like this) if you have access to it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on January 13, 2007, 01:13:53 PM Quote from: nachdenki;281906 The router is probably blocking the ports. You can change that in the router menu (incoming/outgoing connections or something like this) if you have access to it. the problem is that i don't. and i'm not having any success getting a proxy to work. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 13, 2007, 04:33:36 PM It's most likely totally out of your hands dude, a lot of random people actually can't get to Spacetronix IRC server. In your case it's probably being blocked but some people just have no luck at all. (while other irc servers might work fine) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on January 13, 2007, 10:02:28 PM Quote from: amuse;281026 Ya reset your modem and see what happens with the connection. Did you also try a quick ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew to see if it fixes the problem? enter it from start -> run -> "cmd" i tried that. but it always say ipconfig is not recognizable as an internal and external command, operable program or batch file Title: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on January 16, 2007, 09:02:17 AM Ok.. So I have a Mediawiki. Hosting is gonna expire soon, and I wanna back it up locally. My hosting provider has an easy way to back MySQL dbs up. But! It has two options, one is 'backup' and the other one (which involves logging into phpmyadmin) is 'export' both give me .sql files of differing sizes..which one am i supposed to use to import..? I RTFM'ed, and I didn't get it. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on January 19, 2007, 07:42:47 AM Ok, I'm currently using Azureus for my torrent downloads. I've been using it for quite a while without any problems until one day when my downloads aren't downloading at all and my peers and seeds are 0. I seems that I can't to connect to any trackers and this was the error: "SocketException:Connection reset" Does anybody know what's going on?? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on January 19, 2007, 02:40:28 PM it's possible your ISP has blocked that port since it's getting a lot of traffic. try changing the port to something new. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on January 20, 2007, 07:16:02 AM Hi people need help. I created a simple photoslide file for my company using Photo Story 3(windows) and it only allows me to save it as a .wmv(windows media video) file. However when i try to use xilisoft video converter to try and convert it to other format, it always reaches around 33% before failing the task. I've tried converting it to .avi, .3gp, .rm, and with different encodings but still to no avail. I checked the original .wmv file but it plays perfectly. May i know what's probably the reason? i've uploaded the file here (http://download.yousendit.com/5270EE44502B3540) so if any tech experts are free, please help me take a look. TIA Edit: Sorry frblckstr1, re-uploaded Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on January 20, 2007, 07:39:18 AM Quote from: ferrar1;287529 Hi people need help. I created a simple photoslide file for my company using Photo Story 3(windows) and it allows me to save it as a .wmv(windows media video) file. However when i try to use xilisoft video converter to try and convert it to other format, it always reaches around 33% before failing the task. I've tried converting it to .avi, .3gp, .rm, and with different encodings but still to no avail. I checked the original .wmv file but it plays perfectly. May i know what's probably the reason? i've uploaded the file here (http://www.mediafire.com/?dzncnzo2otg) so if any tech experts are free, please help me take a look. I get an 'error file not available anymore'. Have you tried to re-save it, or save it in another format (like mpg)? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on January 20, 2007, 08:07:32 AM ^ Photo story only allows me to save it as .wmv since its a free windows program. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on January 20, 2007, 08:39:40 AM ^ it converted to MPEG2 with TMPenc without problems, but now its 126MB :) I can convert that again to 640x480 xvid .avi (with mplayer) if you want and then upload? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on January 20, 2007, 09:18:27 AM 126mb!! yes please, convert it to 640x480 .avi :bow: hehe btw did you run into any trouble directly encoding it into xvid avi file? because i couldn't do it. PS: only mediafire or yousendit works for me, thank you !! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on January 20, 2007, 09:49:08 AM Uploaded 64.5MB: http://download.yousendit.com/975078814713A4BF mplayer doesn't have a filter for .wmv (at least not what I have installed) AutoGK doesn't want to open .wmv's But TMPEnc lets me open 'any file' and most of the time by way of some standard codecs its able to open the .wmv. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 20, 2007, 10:10:11 AM I dunno if AutoGK supports opening .avs files but you could try it seeing as it basically works with avisynth anyway. Just go to notepad and put in this directshowsource("c:\yourfilepathname\file.wmv") then when you save it, save it as .avs extension not .txt Then open that in AutoGK or if you got VirtualDub it will open in that too. Just make sure you have the file path and names all correct. Oh, make sure you got Avisynth installed I guess or nothing will happen. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mikan on January 21, 2007, 09:52:37 AM Death To MSN!! - Im using MSN Live Version 8.0.0812.00 - Im on a laptop. - I would usually be using the internet at my friends house but after getting internet at home (ADSL) I use it mainly here and that's when the problems began. MSN would start cutting out. And at the same time any page I was searching to would come up with "This page cannot be displayed" - MSN sometimes won't sign in. Giving me the error of 80072ee7. - Ive check the firewall. It allows MSN. - I have AVG Free and have scanned with no found viruses. - I've watched my speed drop at low as 1.0 Mbps (its usual it 48) My friend used my network to see if the same happened to his. Mine signed out but his seemed to be still signed in. Ive done searches in forums which suggested check ur firewall and register this .dll file or something. Sorry, this forum is my last hope! Please help me out!! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 21, 2007, 11:06:34 AM So um, to put it more simply your Internet drops out on your PC and you can't get on msn and can't browse sometimes? When you say your speed drops to 1mbps and it's usually 4, can you be more specific on this? ADSL really shouldn't fluctuate in speed. If it does you will find your router or whatever device you're using lose sync and have to resync again until it finds a stable speed and then not move off that speed. But yeah if you can explain more about the speed dropping and where abouts you're reading the speed from, is it on your computer or is it on your router. Are you using bittorrent at all at the time your msn drops off? Are you using a wireless link to your adsl router? Oh, are you in Japan and what ISP are you with? If it's YahooBB then Fenrir has the same kind of problems with her msn and also while she is using bittorrent she cannot browse which I think is her router. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mikan on January 21, 2007, 01:49:24 PM Wow, lots a words Im not clear on the meaning here..umm.. Yes, I am using a wireless link to the router (if that is that little black box that sits under the table with the pretty flashing lights) And as it turns out Bittorret is running most of the time and I didnt even realise so Ive just uninstalled that (dont need it). I read my speed and stuff off the Wireless connection Status which is at the bottom right of my screen. I have a habit of just sitting there and watching as it says - Speed: 48.0 Mbps Signal Strength: Excellent And every now and again it slows or randomly speeds up to 52...(sorry in my last post that smiley next to the 4 isnt suppose to be there..I was trying to say '48mbps'...lol) How do I resync? Thanks for coming to my rescue so quickly aswell. It must be a real pain helping moronic noobs. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 21, 2007, 03:17:07 PM lol, it's ok you've said what I pretty much needed to know. One of the possible reasons for any disconnections is Bittorrent. If it's not setup properly it will make your router fallover and your msn will sign out and you won't be able to browse. Try finding where you can limit your upload speed and limit it to 20kbytes/s just to be safe. I'm not sure what your actual ADSL speed is but say if it's 1500/256 then you need to limit to something below 20kbytes/s. If it's any higher than that then you should be ok to limit it at 50-60kbytes/s. Remember though that your ADSL speed is not your wireless speed those are two different things. If you just try limit to 20k/s though you should be fine. Another reason for msn dropping out is the wireless connection itself, it can have random drop outs. One way to make your connection more stable is to limit your wireless network card in your laptop to 11mbit or 802.11b instead of 802.11g. The slower speed will be more stable and I don't think it will really effect your browsing or download speed. If you don't know how to choose between speeds, don't worry too much it's just something you could try if you knew how to. Don't worry about what I said about resyncing either that's something you don't really control but it's what the router does when you connect it to your phoneline. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on January 21, 2007, 04:53:09 PM wireless, eh? depending on the physical setup of your wireless network (obstructions like walls, etc), changing the channel of the access point might also help stop random disconnects. there are some theories that setting the channel too high (ie: ch11) begins to degrade the signal, so keeping it close to ch01 might help--although if there are other access points in your area, you might change it to ch03 or ch05 to prevent interference. it's worked for me in the past when i had an 802.11b router (back when wifi was relatively new), although some people have had mixed results. nowadays with my 802.11b/g card, i rarely toy around with channel settings, but then that could also be because im never more than a few meters away from my ap. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on January 21, 2007, 07:58:12 PM If your network drops or slows down, the first and easiest thing that I usually try is to unplug the router/modem and then plug it right back in again. Works most of the time. If you really want to figure out how much of your bandwidth is being utilized at any time, hit Ctrl-Alt-Del, choose Task Manager and go to the Networking tab. Then in the menu bar, hit View, Network Adapter History, and Bytes Total. The Task Manager will then chart your actual bandwidth utilization. (note: the actual utilization will almost always be much much much less than 100% - that's just natural) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Saburo on January 21, 2007, 11:22:22 PM Is there a place online where I can send a text message to a mobile phone freebie? (i.e. w/o having to use MY mobile and waste minutes...) Thanks for any links. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on January 21, 2007, 11:38:35 PM Hmm, you can use MSN for this is they have it set up for receiving messages on their account. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on January 22, 2007, 04:26:29 AM Question of my own - with the now version of Firefox it always starts in a vertical orientation on one side of the screen. Anyone to get it to default to something more sensible? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mikan on January 22, 2007, 04:28:42 AM Yeh. I used MSN for that and it was always handy. Some of the other places that offer the same service seemed a bit iffy.. --- Ok, I uninstalled Bittorrent and Im still getting these dropouts. I also downloaded a new antivirus (Antivir Guard) and searched again, still no virusus. I'll give the changing of speeds a shot. Sometimes I think it would be better just to return this laptop seeing as its under warrenty still. I got a pink screen of death last night. Lol. The whole screen was shaded pink and I couldnt get outta it. This is the second time its happened!! Thanks for your help so far, its been awesome. Where should I be looking for these settings though? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 22, 2007, 05:49:00 AM One way you could troubleshoot your problem is to connect your laptop directly to the router using a network cable rather than using the wireless. If you find it still drops out when it's on the cable then you definately know it's something like a faulty router which is unfortunately something that can happen. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: JFC on January 22, 2007, 07:43:09 AM Quote from: Asmodai;289574 Question of my own - with the now version of Firefox it always starts in a vertical orientation on one side of the screen. Anyone to get it to default to something more sensible? So when you start it up it covers only half of your screen? If so, what I did when I got the new FF was open up a window, maxmize it, then I opened up a second, separate window, and maximized that. I then closed the second window, and from that point on, if I opened up a new window or closed and re-started FF, the window would automatically be maximized. Hope that made sense. More importantly, hope it helps. :) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on January 22, 2007, 01:04:26 PM Quote from: Saburo;289346 Is there a place online where I can send a text message to a mobile phone freebie? (i.e. w/o having to use MY mobile and waste minutes...) Thanks for any links. there are quite a number, just google for them. the 3rd party ones tend to be unreliable, though. if you know the other person's carrier (eg: t-mobile, at&t, etc), you can search their website, which always has an area where you can send a text message free to one of their customers. also, some carriers will transfer emails to mobile phones. for instance, for a t-mobile customer with phone number 123-456-7890, you can send an email (a short one) to 1234567890@tmomail.net and it will be delivered to their phone. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 26, 2007, 11:02:53 AM A weird and somewhat random video problem I've been having. I only see this on videos with 4:3 aspect ratio, but it may be just because the sides of widescreen videos run to the end of my monitor. There's a weird line maybe 5-10 pixels wide on the right (always the right) of the video that displays weird colors and all. It'll do it for XviD videos, H.264 videos, etc.. so it's not the codec. It'll do it in Windows Media Player, VLC Player, and Media Player Classic.. so it's not the player. Any ideas? Here's some screenshots I took when I saw it happen (hardware accel at none, otherwise it won't show up on the screencaps I take with the player) (http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/251/funkybug2fl6.th.jpg) (http://img261.imageshack.us/my.php?image=funkybug2fl6.jpg) (http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9799/funkybugil8.th.jpg) (http://img220.imageshack.us/my.php?image=funkybugil8.jpg) As much as I watch videos on the computer at fullscreen, it's extremely annoying. Thanks for any help you guys can offer. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 26, 2007, 11:14:25 AM ^ what kind of videocard to you have? You could try updating or downgrading your videocard drivers to see if there's a change? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 26, 2007, 11:50:19 AM Quote from: ebc;293548 ^ what kind of videocard to you have? You could try updating or downgrading your videocard drivers to see if there's a change? Worth a shot. I'll try it after I get some sleep. My videocard is a GeForce 7800GTX PCI-E. Thanks! :D Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on January 26, 2007, 12:06:50 PM Quote from: Lajonsky;293544 ... (http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/251/funkybug2fl6.th.jpg) (http://img261.imageshack.us/my.php?image=funkybug2fl6.jpg) (http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9799/funkybugil8.th.jpg) (http://img220.imageshack.us/my.php?image=funkybugil8.jpg) ... That's from Ayu's "Fly High" PV !!! :w00t: ... do i win sumthin' ??? :embarrassed: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on January 26, 2007, 02:30:48 PM Lol happo go revive the "guess your idol" @ the pictures thread ! Title: VEOH - BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH! Post by: anythursday on January 26, 2007, 08:55:59 PM I'm not sure if this goes here - if not, please move it mods~ (sorry in advance) I seem to be having problems with the VEOH player. I've downloaded and installed it on two occassions and it gives me the "blue screen of death" - is there a bug or something? And if so, is there a way around it? Because lots of people seem to be using it alright... Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 26, 2007, 09:30:08 PM Quote from: anythursday;293974 I'm not sure if this goes here - if not, please move it mods~ (sorry in advance) I seem to be having problems with the VEOH player. I've downloaded and installed it on two occassions and it gives me the "blue screen of death" - is there a bug or something? And if so, is there a way around it? Because lots of people seem to be using it alright... Why do you need a veoh player? When you download a video off veoh using their weird little veoh downloader it downloads it as mpg or avi - you can play it with any video player. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: anythursday on January 26, 2007, 09:47:18 PM Quote from: ~Dan~;293995 Why do you need a veoh player? When you download a video off veoh using their weird little veoh downloader it downloads it as mpg or avi - you can play it with any video player. don't i need the player/client to download? because when i click the download button, it directs me to download the VEOH player (http://www.veoh.com/downloadFlow.html) - and thats the program that messes up~! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on January 26, 2007, 10:47:28 PM stupid question probably and it's probably been answered in a thread somewhere but what is the best place to put youtube videos onto psp? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 27, 2007, 01:33:35 AM Quote from: anythursday;294012 don't i need the player/client to download? because when i click the download button, it directs me to download the VEOH player (http://www.veoh.com/downloadFlow.html) - and thats the program that messes up~! Is it a player too? I dunno, I always install it then uninstall it after downloading a video cos the damn thing is like a virus. I couldn't get rid of it. Even after killing the task with task manager the damn thing kept opening back up all by itself. I dunno why you're having trouble getting it to work, sorry. The actual downloaded videos are mpg or avi and it downloads them to a folder, and you can play them with your usual media player. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 27, 2007, 02:45:39 AM Since I had the newest nVidia drivers, I went ahead and rolled back to drivers from a few months ago. Still the same problem. Any other ideas? :o Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 27, 2007, 02:51:52 AM Quote from: Lajonsky;294262 Since I had the newest nVidia drivers, I went ahead and rolled back to drivers from a few months ago. Still the same problem. Any other ideas? :o Assuming you've checked to make sure the video files aren't just faulty then it could be a codec problem. Have you installed anything video-related recently which might have started it off? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 27, 2007, 03:57:08 AM Do you know when it started happening? or has it always just happened? Also does it only happen when you go fullscreen or can you also see the line when the video is just in a window? Download this program, Graphedit http://www.stokebloke.com/video/wmv2avi.php Open it up and just drag and drop a video that you know has the problem, into it. It will make a kind of graph of the filters being used to render the video. If you hit the play button it will then play the video in a window using the current filters. It's possible (with a bit of trial and error) to change parts of the graph and force certain filters to be used instead of the default ones. You can't make changes while the video's playing but if you close the play window and then change a filter and then play again you'll see if it's going to work or not, otherwise you'll get an error. You can probably see the general idea of playing a video back just be looking at a graph. There's the first box indicating the file being played, that then goes to a splitter which splits the audio and video streams, your problem is going to one of the next 2 boxes on the video stream, either the codec (it's possibly the codec, xvid and h.264 are still both mpeg4 based) but I'm thinking it's something to do with the renderer and I'll just quickly guide you through how to swap it to see if it makes a difference. Go to Graph>Insert Filters, the filters you're looking for are in +DirectShow Filters, scroll down to the ones starting with Video and you'll see Video mixing renderer 9 (VMR 9) then there's 2 called Video Renderer, one of these will be VMR and the other will just be a plain renderer. You select them all and add them for now. Actually I forgot to ask, do you have anything currently sitting between your decoder and your renderer? Otherwise just select the current used renderer and hit delete button then just drag and drop your cursor between the Output of the decoder across to the Input of the renderer you want to try. If there was something in between your decoder and the renderer then try just deleting it altogether and hooking up the decoder directly to the renderer. That's what the default should look like anyway. Once you have everything hooked up ok you just hit the play button and see how it looks. I guess it's just a matter of trial and error to see if there's any changes. You can try adding an overlay mixer in between the decoder and the renderer although you can only do this if you use the plain Video Renderer you can't use a VMR one. You can even try changing the decoder, just make sure you select a valid one from the list. My default is ffdshow but I can change it to Xvid or Elecard or Nero or some other decoder and try that. None of the changes you take affect on the way things are played back on other players by default so you don't have to worry about screwing something up. This is just a method to find out where the problem is. If you don't find a solution using this method then I really don't know what else it could be, you could try reinstalling DirectX 9. Um other than that there's always the formatting and reinstalling Windows, if that doesn't fix it then you might have a faulty videocard? or Monitor? BTW graphedit is really handy for encoding things too. Using DirectShowSource("c:\yoursavedgraphfilehere.grf") you can make an avisynth script and stick that into vdub or gordianknot and encode a file the way YOU want it to be rendered. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: anythursday on January 27, 2007, 05:07:39 AM Quote from: ~Dan~;294208 Is it a player too? I dunno, I always install it then uninstall it after downloading a video cos the damn thing is like a virus. I couldn't get rid of it. Even after killing the task with task manager the damn thing kept opening back up all by itself. I dunno why you're having trouble getting it to work, sorry. The actual downloaded videos are mpg or avi and it downloads them to a folder, and you can play them with your usual media player. Yeah it's a player too! =) Oh you can actually get round to downloading? Lucky.... because almost immediately, I get the blue screen of death.... it's not cool. i can't even download the stuff! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 27, 2007, 05:11:42 AM Quote from: ebc;294323 Do you know when it started happening? or has it always just happened? Also does it only happen when you go fullscreen or can you also see the line when the video is just in a window? Download this program, Graphedit http://www.stokebloke.com/video/wmv2avi.php Open it up and just drag and drop a video that you know has the problem, into it. It will make a kind of graph of the filters being used to render the video. If you hit the play button it will then play the video in a window using the current filters. It's possible (with a bit of trial and error) to change parts of the graph and force certain filters to be used instead of the default ones. You can't make changes while the video's playing but if you close the play window and then change a filter and then play again you'll see if it's going to work or not, otherwise you'll get an error. You can probably see the general idea of playing a video back just be looking at a graph. There's the first box indicating the file being played, that then goes to a splitter which splits the audio and video streams, your problem is going to one of the next 2 boxes on the video stream, either the codec (it's possibly the codec, xvid and h.264 are still both mpeg4 based) but I'm thinking it's something to do with the renderer and I'll just quickly guide you through how to swap it to see if it makes a difference. Go to Graph>Insert Filters, the filters you're looking for are in +DirectShow Filters, scroll down to the ones starting with Video and you'll see Video mixing renderer 9 (VMR 9) then there's 2 called Video Renderer, one of these will be VMR and the other will just be a plain renderer. You select them all and add them for now. Actually I forgot to ask, do you have anything currently sitting between your decoder and your renderer? Otherwise just select the current used renderer and hit delete button then just drag and drop your cursor between the Output of the decoder across to the Input of the renderer you want to try. If there was something in between your decoder and the renderer then try just deleting it altogether and hooking up the decoder directly to the renderer. That's what the default should look like anyway. Once you have everything hooked up ok you just hit the play button and see how it looks. I guess it's just a matter of trial and error to see if there's any changes. You can try adding an overlay mixer in between the decoder and the renderer although you can only do this if you use the plain Video Renderer you can't use a VMR one. You can even try changing the decoder, just make sure you select a valid one from the list. My default is ffdshow but I can change it to Xvid or Elecard or Nero or some other decoder and try that. None of the changes you take affect on the way things are played back on other players by default so you don't have to worry about screwing something up. This is just a method to find out where the problem is. If you don't find a solution using this method then I really don't know what else it could be, you could try reinstalling DirectX 9. Um other than that there's always the formatting and reinstalling Windows, if that doesn't fix it then you might have a faulty videocard? or Monitor? BTW graphedit is really handy for encoding things too. Using DirectShowSource("c:\yoursavedgraphfilehere.grf") you can make an avisynth script and stick that into vdub or gordianknot and encode a file the way YOU want it to be rendered. Changing renders didn't do anything. The weird stuff still shows up even in windowed viewing, and for whatever reason the video was upside down when I viewed in that program of yours. Changing the decoder in that program I couldn't figure out how to, but I've messed around with it before between ffdshow and Meida Player Classic to no avail. System's getting a little sluggish so I might just go ahead and reformat in a while. Can't think of anything else to do. Thanks for all the help though. That looks like it too one hell of a long time to type out. x_x Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 28, 2007, 01:09:34 AM If all goes well, I'll be reformatting my computer in a few and that should get rid of the problem. I thought I'd take the chance to fraps what video looks like when I watch one that had the glitch in it. This is Ayumi Hamasaki - Fly High. It's easiest to see in full screen, and it'll appear on the right side. Mediafire Link (http://www.mediafire.com/?1zz1ommwmij) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 28, 2007, 08:22:07 AM Good news! Just reformatted and the problem is still ther! XD XD XD XD .......:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 28, 2007, 03:47:02 PM Still there? head>>desk Are you sure the videos aren't like that anyway? Could be a codec problem maybe. After the re-install what codecs did you install. I'd recommend NEVER using codec packs as they flood you with codecs and you can get 2 working at the same time causing a conflict. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Guchi_Jnr on January 28, 2007, 04:05:34 PM Just checked that sample, and I too have that line on the right, so I'd have to say it's the video itself. Does this happen on all videos, or just some, cause I know when I encode videos and manually trim the borders, that often happens, but if I auto trim the borders, they usual play clean, so at a guess I would say someone has trimmed this clip manually. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on January 28, 2007, 04:08:10 PM Does anyone know the address of that folder where you can see all the pictures you have seen on the internet? It like keeps a record of all the pictures you've seen and stores it somewhere on your PC... I don't think I'm crazy, I'm sure it exists XD Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 28, 2007, 06:15:34 PM Quote from: arian;295556 Does anyone know the address of that folder where you can see all the pictures you have seen on the internet? It like keeps a record of all the pictures you've seen and stores it somewhere on your PC... I don't think I'm crazy, I'm sure it exists XD For XP it's C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name.YOURNAME\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 Inside that is a bunch of about 8 folders with random names, and all your internet cache is in there. The "Your Name" part is whatever name you used when you registered your XP. EDIT: That's assuming you use IE. Other browsers might keep the cache somewhere else. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on January 28, 2007, 06:51:37 PM ^ Another way to access those IE files (and other things you browsed from the internet) is via: Menu: Tools/Internet Options, click 'Settings' under Browsing history, and then the button 'View Files'. Not everything is stored in the cache (a website can even request that something is not cached) and it has a limitted size. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Mikan on January 28, 2007, 08:19:46 PM Yes! Im back for more advice! I connected through the cable and it didnt cut out. My friend also connected wirelessly to my network and as far as we no, it didnt cut out at the times mine did. We didnt end up testing it for a long time though. So apart from a faulty router, what else could be wrong? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 28, 2007, 10:56:55 PM Possilbly just wireless network dropping out from interference or something and it might not be a faulty router at all. But if you can try to work out how to set your wireless network card to 11mbps (802.11b) rather than 54mbps (802.11g) then you might be able to make it more stable. I don't think the router is faulty though. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 28, 2007, 11:44:07 PM Quote from: Guchi_Jnr;295552 Just checked that sample, and I too have that line on the right, so I'd have to say it's the video itself. You misunderstand. That isn't a clip from the video, that's a capture of me watching the video on my computer via Fraps. So you're seeing what I see what I watch the video, not just the video itself. As far as codecs go, the only ones that are installed are the ones that came with the "Gordian Knot Codec Pack". DivX 3.1/DivX 5/XviD/x264/ffdshow/etc. Even though I'm going to go through and start removing some codecs, I don't think they're the problem. Just because if they were, they would affect all videos with that codec. But it's only in some XviD videos, only in some H.264 videos, only same DivX videos. Any other ideas? e_e Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 29, 2007, 01:52:22 AM When you load one of the videos into virtualdub and go frame by frame, do you still get the effect? --- Try running the video through virtualdub direct stream copy and see if the resulting video still has the problem. --- When the problem started, did it coincide with the addition of ANY new hardware? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 29, 2007, 02:19:00 AM Quote from: ~Dan~;296066 When you load one of the videos into virtualdub and go frame by frame, do you still get the effect? Yes. Quote from: ~Dan~;296066 Try running the video through virtualdub direct stream copy and see if the resulting video still has the problem. Still does. Quote from: ~Dan~;296066 When the problem started, did it coincide with the addition of ANY new hardware? Nope. I haven't added any hardware to this computer in the past year, but it's only started to happen that I've noticed in the past few months I guess. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 29, 2007, 03:57:51 AM Quote from: Lajonsky;296091 Quote from: ~Dan~;296066 When you load one of the videos into virtualdub and go frame by frame, do you still get the effect? [/I] Yes. Actually I should have asked that one first before getting you to go through all that mucking around with Graphedit, anyway lol it's definately codec related then. Vdub does software rendering so it can't be anything like that. Go into add/remove programs and remove Xvid, ffdshow and any other mpeg4 related codecs. Then download a fresh new copy of ffdshow http://www.free-codecs.com/download/FFDShow.htm and see if it fixes it. If not uninstall it again and try downloading and installing another Xvid codec http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Koepi_XviD.htm Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 29, 2007, 04:04:49 AM Quote from: ebc;296155 Actually I should have asked that one first before getting you to go through all that mucking around with Graphedit, anyway lol it's definately codec related then. Vdub does software rendering so it can't be anything like that. Go into add/remove programs and remove Xvid, ffdshow and any other mpeg4 related codecs. Then download a fresh new copy of ffdshow http://www.free-codecs.com/download/FFDShow.htm and see if it fixes it. If not uninstall it again and try downloading and installing another Xvid codec http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Koepi_XviD.htm Suuure thang. Right after I finish this oh-so-long encode of the Gackt Platinum Box ~VII~. e_e Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 29, 2007, 05:26:06 AM Yeah I'd agree with ebc. Remove all the codecs and add them one by one, playing one of the videos each time and see when the problem starts. From a standard install with just windows media player you'll be able to play mpg, so find an mpg that has the fault and use that as your test subject. Then add a codec and try again, and when the fault starts you should have found which one is to blame. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on January 29, 2007, 06:47:33 AM Took away all the codecs installed. Added in ffdshow that you linked and the problem was back. Uninstalled it and installed the XviD codec you linked and the problem was back. o.o Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on January 29, 2007, 10:56:23 AM Quote from: ~Dan~;295695 For XP it's C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name.YOURNAME\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 Inside that is a bunch of about 8 folders with random names, and all your internet cache is in there. The "Your Name" part is whatever name you used when you registered your XP. EDIT: That's assuming you use IE. Other browsers might keep the cache somewhere else. Quote from: frblckstr1;295714 ^ Another way to access those IE files (and other things you browsed from the internet) is via: Menu: Tools/Internet Options, click 'Settings' under Browsing history, and then the button 'View Files'. Not everything is stored in the cache (a website can even request that something is not cached) and it has a limitted size. Thanks guys! :D But for Firefox, does anyone know where they're stored? Also, sometimes that automatic thing pops up like when you're typing something to search on Google and words starting with that letter 'Z', for example, you typed in the past start popping up, is there anyway to remove that automatic thing? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: triber5566 on January 29, 2007, 11:33:34 AM my .exe files can't be used, all my application has been disabled like when u use safe mode, anyone here knows how to fix this problem? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Guchi_Jnr on January 29, 2007, 11:46:06 AM Quote from: Lajonsky;295917 You misunderstand. That isn't a clip from the video, that's a capture of me watching the video on my computer via Fraps. So you're seeing what I see what I watch the video, not just the video itself. Maybe so, but I still believe it's the clip itself and not a pc/codec problem. Can you post a part of the clip for us to check for ourselves. I'm encoding a DVD at the moment, but when it's done, I'll take some screenshots of what I was writing about before with the bad trimming causing that line. Quote from: arian;296383 Also, sometimes that automatic thing pops up like when you're typing something to search on Google and words starting with that letter 'Z', for example, you typed in the past start popping up, is there anyway to remove that automatic thing? Dude, have a look in "Tools" -> "Options" -> "Privacy" and there's a tickbox that says "Remember what I entered into forms and the search bar", and you know...untick it. :D Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 29, 2007, 12:02:42 PM Quote from: triber5566;296397 my .exe files can't be used, all my application has been disabled like when u use safe mode, anyone here knows how to fix this problem? Sorry dude, sounds like a virus and you're gonna have to format and reinstall Windows. If you back anything up, don't backup any exe files or the virus will come across to your new installation. You start though by getting at least a free antivirus program and seeing if it can help you but it doesn't look good. http://free.grisoft.com/ Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rick-e on January 29, 2007, 12:10:07 PM Quote from: arian;296383 Also, sometimes that automatic thing pops up like when you're typing something to search on Google and words starting with that letter 'Z', for example, you typed in the past start popping up, is there anyway to remove that automatic thing? just want to add.. the tools-privacy thing will make firefox stop remembering what you type in forms. but to be safe you should go to tools->clear private data, then tick the "saved forms" box, then ok. just in case it's still there ^_^ I have a question, anyone knows how to join a video file with a subtitle file (e.g. an avi file with an srt sub?) thanks ^^ Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Guchi_Jnr on January 29, 2007, 12:16:11 PM Quote from: Rick-e;296414 I have a question, anyone knows how to join a video file with a subtitle file (e.g. an avi file with an srt sub?) thanks ^^ You'll need to encode the whole video again if you want to embed the subs. You can use VirtualDub with a subtitle filter, and Gordian Knot also has an option to embed srt subs. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 29, 2007, 12:47:57 PM Quote from: Rick-e;296414 I have a question, anyone knows how to join a video file with a subtitle file (e.g. an avi file with an srt sub?) thanks ^^ If you're interested, you can actually mux the video and subtitles into one mkv file which doesn't need to be re-encoded at all. Using this tool. Just add the avi and the srt and the top bit then hit start muxing at the bottom. http://www.bunkus.org/videotools/mkvtoolnix/downloads.html#windows Although depending on what you use for playback. Some people do have trouble getting the subtitles to appear. If so, search for something called Haali Splitter and then in media player classic you need to disable the internal matroska filter and also in Output choose Haali's Video Renderer from the list. You only really need to tick that when you wanna do mkv with subs. Otherwise you can leave it as default. Um VLC might be able to do it a lot easier but yeah. MKV is an option without re-encoding that's all. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 29, 2007, 03:43:23 PM Quote from: ebc;296411 Sorry dude, sounds like a virus and you're gonna have to format and reinstall Windows. If you back anything up, don't backup any exe files or the virus will come across to your new installation. You start though by getting at least a free antivirus program and seeing if it can help you but it doesn't look good. http://free.grisoft.com/ Whoa not so fast! That's a rather drastic solution. Since he posted the message on here, and his browser is an exe, then all exe's can't be disabled. I'm assuming it's just downloaded exe's = installer files, in which case to install a new prog you need to be logged into XP as an administrator. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on January 29, 2007, 03:52:52 PM Quote from: ~Dan~;296493 Whoa not so fast! That's a rather drastic solution. Since he posted the message on here, and his browser is an exe, then all exe's can't be disabled. I'm assuming it's just downloaded exe's = installer files, in which case to install a new prog you need to be logged into XP as an administrator. lol, he could be using a different computer to post? But anyway, it's all cool whatever he wants to do is up to him. I did recommend he first try scanning with AVG cause it really does sound like something I see a lot of at work. :rolleyes: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 29, 2007, 05:02:12 PM As far as I know there are no viruses that disable exe's completely. There are some which attach themselves to exe's, so whenever you run the exe, it accesses the virus before allowing the exe to run. The exe files will continue to work (accessing the virus each time they're started), and the virus must be removed in the correct way. I've known people just go and delete the virus file, so when the exe tries to access the virus before it can run, it finds the virus file suddenly not there and the exe won't work. So never try and delete a virus manually unless you know what you're doing! Triber5566, if you had a virus and tried removing it and created the problem then it's still fixable, but you'd need to know what type of virus it was, otherwise if you didn't delete anything I'd say that's not the problem. I'm still thinking it's something to do with installer files and not being logged in as administrator though. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rick-e on January 29, 2007, 05:09:24 PM tried using virtualdub and installed the subtitle plugin. it works! now one more question, anyone knows how to make the video file smaller? i ended up with 1gb+ avi file after encoding... I tried tinkering with the settings but no luck :p I can't use mkv because i want to transfer this video to my psp >_< thanks a lot for the help! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on January 29, 2007, 07:33:30 PM Quote from: Rick-e;296549 i ended up with 1gb+ avi file after encoding... In the video menu select 'full processing mode', then again in the video menu select 'compression', choose your encoding method (probably divx or xvid), click 'configure' and choose a bitrate. As a rough guide, a minute of video is around 10mb at 1200 bitrate, 20mb at 2400, etc... In the audio menu select direct stream copy, unless it's an mpg in which case you'll have to re-encode the audio (audio-full processing mode, compression-lame mp3(install lame if you don't have it), select a bitrate). Title: Tech-related problems Post by: momo23 on January 29, 2007, 07:46:49 PM Quote from: arian;296383 Thanks guys! :D But for Firefox, does anyone know where they're stored? Also, sometimes that automatic thing pops up like when you're typing something to search on Google and words starting with that letter 'Z', for example, you typed in the past start popping up, is there anyway to remove that automatic thing? to get to firefox cache: it's C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\cache to disable autocomplete for firefox tools > options click the privacy tab uncheck "Remember what I enter in forms and the search bar" Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on January 30, 2007, 05:37:00 AM Quick question Does Initial seeding (on utorrent) = super seed ? If not how do i set to super seed on utorrent? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Fracture on January 30, 2007, 07:24:59 AM Quote from: ferrar1;297063 Quick question Does Initial seeding (on utorrent) = super seed ? If not how do i set to super seed on utorrent? Yup, 'initial seed' is the utorrent equivalent of super-seed mode. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rick-e on January 30, 2007, 12:33:21 PM Quote from: ~Dan~;296654 In the video menu select 'full processing mode', then again in the video menu select 'compression', choose your encoding method (probably divx or xvid), click 'configure' and choose a bitrate. As a rough guide, a minute of video is around 10mb at 1200 bitrate, 20mb at 2400, etc... In the audio menu select direct stream copy, unless it's an mpg in which case you'll have to re-encode the audio (audio-full processing mode, compression-lame mp3(install lame if you don't have it), select a bitrate). turns out i didn't have divx codec installed yet :p it works perfectly now. thanks! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ziggurat on January 31, 2007, 07:08:58 PM I got three files with jpeg/xxx extension from a japanese uploader.Last time daigong has sent me a software to use to combine this type of files together. My problem is I got error while trying to assemble the files. (http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/9307/errorbp2.th.jpg) (http://img167.imageshack.us/my.php?image=errorbp2.jpg) Can anybody point out the problem? Do I need to rename the files? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on February 01, 2007, 05:30:01 AM Quote from: ziggurat;298147 I got three files with jpeg/xxx extension from a japanese uploader.Last time daigong has sent me a software to use to combine this type of files together. My problem is I got error while trying to assemble the files. (http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/9307/errorbp2.th.jpg) (http://img167.imageshack.us/my.php?image=errorbp2.jpg) Can anybody point out the problem? Do I need to rename the files? I don't know what the message says, but check the size of the files to make sure they downloaded completely. The file extension is usually jpg but it shouldnt matter on the name, it should work as long as the 3 files are in the same folder together. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ziggurat on February 02, 2007, 07:21:23 AM I've check the files size and they seem to be correctly downloaded. Hmm, can you teach me how can I extract it with hex editor? The full size is 258.38MB and it seem like a wmv. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on February 02, 2007, 08:41:55 PM Quote from: ziggurat;299302 I've check the files size and they seem to be correctly downloaded. Hmm, can you teach me how can I extract it with hex editor? The full size is 258.38MB and it seem like a wmv. The only problem I can think of is that the files haven't all downloaded, check the size against the info on the uploader, check the first 2 files are exactly the same size, only the last file will be smaller. A problem I used to get on win98 was if the filename of the file it was trying to extract had a Japanese filename. Sometimes it gave me the chance to choose a new filename, sometimes it just refused. I assume nobody here would have that problem. To extract them with a hex editor, all you need to know is the actual file data starts at 0F20, so delete everything before that from the start of each file (the first 3872 bytes) then join the files. If it's an mpg then there'll probably be a slight glitch where the files are joined. If it's an avi you need to run it through virtualdub/direct stream copy, then it'll play perfect with no glitches. If it's wmv, hmm, I dunno, I've never had to do it for a wmv. It'll maybe play up until the join then stop. Wmv is quite a fussy filetype, you may need to repair the file with some prog afterwards (I recommend is Asftools or WM Recorder). Title: Tech-related problems Post by: anythursday on February 03, 2007, 04:28:42 AM I'm not sure if anyone here would know... but here goes: what's the program to use to make kareoke videos? you know the ones that JPHIP subs? and it has funky color coding for the romanizations? does anybody know what program does that? thanks a lot!~ Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ziggurat on February 03, 2007, 12:09:34 PM ^ anythursday, use aegisub (http://aegisub.cellosoft.com/). The colour coding need much more explanation but you can get it from the help in aegisub. Good luck! Quote from: ~Dan~;299703 To extract them with a hex editor, all you need to know is the actual file data starts at 0F20, so delete everything before that from the start of each file (the first 3872 bytes) then join the files. If it's an mpg then there'll probably be a slight glitch where the files are joined. If it's an avi you need to run it through virtualdub/direct stream copy, then it'll play perfect with no glitches. If it's wmv, hmm, I dunno, I've never had to do it for a wmv. It'll maybe play up until the join then stop. Wmv is quite a fussy filetype, you may need to repair the file with some prog afterwards (I recommend is Asftools or WM Recorder). Thank you Dan! I'm playing it right now and it stop after playing the first part.. I use asftools to recover the lost chunk and the result played to the end although after the first part, the sound going a little unsynchronized.. Thanks again! Title: Tech-related problems Post by: anythursday on February 03, 2007, 04:02:21 PM :D thanks so much ziggurat!~ Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on February 08, 2007, 05:40:22 AM Still no luck getting Firefox working. I only found one site dealing with the problem http://www-new.experts-exchange.com/Other/Miscellaneous/Q_22071904.html?qid=22071904&qid=22071904 and I'm sure as hell not going to pay them$10 to tell me the fix.

Alternatively, anyone know how to export Firefox bookmarks in an IE readable format?

I I can't fix this soon, I'll just go back. IE seems to leave a much smaller memory footprint anyway.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: JFC on February 08, 2007, 05:47:20 AM
In Firefox:

Bookmarks --> Organise Bookmarks.

Then File --> Export (it'll export them as an .htm file)

Then in IE, just import the .htm file and you should be set. :)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on February 08, 2007, 04:41:00 PM
I've tried that, but IE only imports the first 3 bookmarks than crashes and dies a painful death.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on February 08, 2007, 05:58:47 PM
Quote from: Asmodai;303281
Still no luck getting Firefox working.

Have you tried Opera?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on February 08, 2007, 06:42:22 PM
I tried it about 5 or 6 years ago, but it couldn't handle a lot of websites at the time. It's probably better now.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on February 08, 2007, 07:05:36 PM
^ 5 or 6 years in internet terms is about 3 generations ago :)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on February 09, 2007, 02:29:47 AM
Quote from: Asmodai;303656
I tried it about 5 or 6 years ago, but it couldn't handle a lot of websites at the time. It's probably better now.

It's way better now.  I started using it the end of 2005 when I installed XP and needed a browser I could trust not to infect me with viruses.  There were a small number of sites it couldn't handle (I use IE for a tiny amount of sites Opera can't manage).  I upgraded it again a few months ago and it was even better - many of the sites it had problems with work now.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on February 09, 2007, 07:51:31 AM
Quote from: Asmodai;303656
I tried it about 5 or 6 years ago, but it couldn't handle a lot of websites at the time. It's probably better now.

I used it about 6-7 years ago, it had this great function where you could turn off images with a single key combo (no need to dig in Tools|Options|etc.).  This was great for the vast majority of sites where all you want is info, and the extra graphics for navigation/ads just slowed things down.

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on February 09, 2007, 06:36:24 PM
Quote from: chera;304064
I used it about 6-7 years ago, it had this great function where you could turn off images with a single key combo (no need to dig in Tools|Options|etc.).

Yeah I like that, plus you can block things like scripting, java, ads on an individual site basis, for example some news sites are overloaded with ads/flash/java which use 100% cpu, it's insane!  All I want is news, so I can block all those.  Tabbed browsing is nice too.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on February 09, 2007, 06:58:20 PM
Quote from: chera;304064
I used it about 6-7 years ago, it had this great function where you could turn off images with a single key combo (no need to dig in Tools|Options|etc.).  This was great for the vast majority of sites where all you want is info, and the extra graphics for navigation/ads just slowed things down.

not integrated, but can be installed via extensions.
there are a number of local-proxy(-ish) extensions that can be configured to strip tags such as img, embed, etc.

perhaps a better one though is "stylish". it can be used to completely override any site's stylesheet, so for certain sites you can strip away images, or for other sites, you can completely change the appearance/layout. for example, i have a black theme applied for youtube via stylish, and another one that modifies the layout and fonts of digg to be more readable.

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: amuse on February 09, 2007, 07:15:51 PM
noscript works well
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on February 09, 2007, 09:21:21 PM
got a question: there are some wallpapers on here that I want to put on my PSP. do they have to be a certain size or what do I do?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: momo23 on February 09, 2007, 09:24:03 PM
Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;304378
got a question: there are some wallpapers on here that I want to put on my PSP. do they have to be a certain size or what do I do?
you need to crop them to 480x272 or equvilent.  you don't want to do it with 4:3 images because they come out stretched which would look weird at PSP resolution

do it with some 16:9 images and they should be fine
Title: iPod problem
Post by: Dizzy on February 10, 2007, 07:17:54 AM
So I'm trying to load on some songs to my iPod.  They appear in the listing, but when I click on them I immediately get sent back to the main screen.  There are 29 songs and ONLY the first song loads...they all appear in iTunes and work just fine, they just won't play on my iPod and I've even reset my iPod...same results.

Another problem is I had an entire album on iTunes and I decided to edit the ID3 tags.  After doing so, only 2 songs will appear when I try to add that folder...anyone have any idea WTF is going on?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Kei on February 10, 2007, 07:37:48 AM
I've had that problem before. Just delete them from the iPod and put them back on. It works for me. :D
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Dizzy on February 10, 2007, 10:50:26 AM
Tried that and it's still not working.  I click on the songs once they are added to the iPod and it just reverts to the main menu screen...(=___=);  This is bothering me.  Especially since the new ELLEGARDEN album WAS working until I changed the IDv3 tags and now only 2 songs will add to my iTunes...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on February 10, 2007, 05:08:43 PM
1) use winamp or foobar
2) use something besides ipod

lol jk. seriously though, a bunch of people have lots of problems with itunes. the only sure-fire way to resolve anything is to uninstall your ipod from your system, uninstall itunes, remove any trace of everything, and then re-install. it may sound extreme, but without more info, it's really anyone's guess what the problem (and fix) is.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Dizzy on February 10, 2007, 05:14:46 PM
Sadly I have formatted recently and the same problem with the ELLEGARDEN CD (not adding the songs period) persisted.  I was wondering if there were any 3rd party program that would force it onto my iPod.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on February 10, 2007, 05:45:04 PM
winamp 5.32 + ml_ipod plugin

winamp now has native ipod support, but when it first came out i found it a little buggy (on my friend's ipod). i find ml_ipod (a separately developed plugin, google it) to be more stable. so if you want to venture that route, when you install winamp, just be sure not to install the default ipod support plugin, and then to install ml_ipod separately.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Dizzy on February 10, 2007, 05:49:15 PM
I'll give that a shot tonight after work and see how it works out.  Thanx a ton!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on February 10, 2007, 06:04:07 PM
Quote from: Dizzy;304884
the new ELLEGARDEN album WAS working until I changed the IDv3 tags and now only 2 songs will add to my iTunes...
Can you say what you changed in the tags for the ones that aren't showing up anymore, or take a screenshot?

Also, do you have itunes syncing the music with your ipod automatically, or are you doing it manually?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Dizzy on February 10, 2007, 07:02:53 PM
Well I erased whatever was in there and added Track #, Title, Artist and Album.  That's all I ever add to the IDv3 2 tags (I don't bother with IDv3 1).  Note that I did this to ALL the tracks and only 2 appear out of the 11.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Misha on February 10, 2007, 07:18:03 PM
Actually i don add idv3 tags to my mp3 at all. I just rename the file and my player will display it as the same name
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ferrar1 on February 11, 2007, 09:49:15 AM
BIG problem !!!

My external HDD keeps giving me "delayed write failure, the information for h:\could not be saved bla bla bla"

This problem only happened recently, and i tried to google for some answers but i could only find tons of other people with the same problem but not much solutions. Even this page.

Pt 1 does not apply to me i think because mine is an IDE drive

Pt 2 i've tried other usb cables but still same problem

pt 3 what's scsi?

pt 4 my external enclosure houses 2 HDD and i don't think both are gone at the same time.

pt 5 - 8 i don't understand, noob here

Anyone can help?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on February 11, 2007, 10:04:27 AM
I've had that happen to me before.  If it happens from time to time, it might be that the USB cable isn't on tight, or that you unplugged the cable without stopping the drive.  If it happens a lot, either your drive itself is busted, the enclosure is no good, or your USB2 port is no good.  I used to use a PCCard USB2 card.  Horrible - my USB2 connections would drop off every few hours, but the laptop's USB port worked just fine.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on February 11, 2007, 10:09:05 AM
It could be a faulty hdd.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ferrar1 on February 11, 2007, 12:55:18 PM
^ Aghhh, damn i need to get new ones then. i better bring it back to the shop and have it checked. Thanks
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on February 11, 2007, 01:04:21 PM
Quote from: ferrar1;305673
pt 3 what's scsi?

Small Computer System Interface, except for glassfiber still the fastest way to connect losts of disks (and other devices).
Its a bus structure where you can daisy chain multiple disks/devices.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on February 12, 2007, 07:26:47 PM
I may have asked this question a long time ago, but what's a good program that will let me play .ogm files?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on February 12, 2007, 07:36:26 PM
Quote from: cool_kickin_dude;306887
I may have asked this question a long time ago, but what's a good program that will let me play .ogm files?

VLC Player should be able to handle it.  http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: takashi12 on February 14, 2007, 03:47:01 AM
Does anyone know how to make the Bittorrent programs (Utorrent/BitComet) have a faster speed?

- I've been downloading the same thing for a long time! It seems like it isnt working at all ><"
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Dizzy on February 14, 2007, 03:59:27 AM
uTorrent > Options > Preferences > Protocol Encryption Outgoing > Enabled.

That SHOULD help.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: JFC on February 14, 2007, 05:26:11 AM
Quote from: takashi12;308128
Does anyone know how to make the Bittorrent programs (Utorrent/BitComet) have a faster speed?

- I've been downloading the same thing for a long time! It seems like it isnt working at all ><"
How many seeders are there for the file(s) you're DL'ing? Torrent DLs go faster as the number of seeders increases.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Dizzy on February 14, 2007, 07:46:21 AM
Quote from: JFC;308189
How many seeders are there for the file(s) you're DL'ing? Torrent DLs go faster as the number of seeders increases.

Actually yeah you might wanna check that first, sometimes the most obvious thing is what you never seem to notice heh.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: takashi12 on February 14, 2007, 04:11:53 PM

That is slow right?

@ Dizzy:  Where can I find the option for "Protocol Encryption Outgoing"?

Im really clueless with computer stuff thanks for the help :)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: momo23 on February 14, 2007, 04:20:05 PM
there are seeders for the file

1st thing you have to do is to forward ports in your router for BT

if you do not forward ports, other users will not recognize you in a P2P environment

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on February 14, 2007, 04:28:34 PM
Quote from: takashi12;308507
that's where you're going wrong, you should just download it from here each week http://www.eyeballcancer.com/hellomorning2007/
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: takashi12 on February 14, 2007, 06:01:10 PM
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: JFC on February 15, 2007, 05:45:43 AM
^ And thus, problem solved. :D
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on February 16, 2007, 06:22:54 AM
Is there any way to not make IE your default browser when trying to access your inbox via MSN? :o

I want to use FF
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on February 16, 2007, 03:51:13 PM
So..i got a video ipod. How do you guys transcode videos? tell me plz.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on February 16, 2007, 04:07:00 PM
lol, why mal why? even after countless times of saying just get the zen
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on February 16, 2007, 04:09:57 PM
because im a filthy trendwhore :(

and..NOES
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on February 16, 2007, 04:14:54 PM
try this

http://arstechnica.com/guides/tweaks/ipod-video.ars/6
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on February 16, 2007, 04:42:03 PM
^ just note, the highest video bitrate with the H.264 codec is 768 and the biggest resolution is 320x240, which is the exact dimensions of the iPod’s screen.
MPEG-4 video on the otherhand, supports a bitrate of 2,500 with a resolution of 480x480 pixels high - three times as many pixels than your iPod’s screen is capable of displaying.

(http://www.plasticbugs.com/blogimg/videocompare.jpg)
plasticbugs.com (http://plasticbugs.com/?p=305)

Personally, I'm just using nero re-encode, and I'm more than happy with the output result.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Hazu on February 16, 2007, 04:57:39 PM
Anyone knows why my Windows Movie Maker exits on its own everytime i add more than 7 clips?
It's ver 2.0, before it was 1.1 and i had no problems with it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on February 17, 2007, 07:33:06 PM

EDIT: Lol forget it I going to just upgrade to Vista when I get the chance ^_^
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on February 17, 2007, 11:33:49 PM
Quote from: Maliciel;310258
So..i got a video ipod. How do you guys transcode videos? tell me plz.

ahahahahaha :ROFL
nice job mal.

i like my ipaq hx4700: tcpmp will read off any container and codec, and will auto-fit video size to screen. and with a handful of large SD and CF cards, i can just copy over what i want without worrying about transcoding~
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on February 18, 2007, 08:15:06 AM
^ same here, anything not HQ resolution will play, TCPMP even scales WMV's to full screen.

To bad they do not sell them anymore (and a WM6 version will probably never be done) there are some compatitors now (HTC's come to mind and the new Toshiba)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on February 18, 2007, 09:16:20 AM
i'm learning how to write batch files to facilitate my laziness in utilizing vlc to transcode. yay.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on February 20, 2007, 04:42:20 AM
New Question:

When I watch videos on my computer from my TV.. the Video shows up but the Subs don't.. And on my Computer I can see the subs (Hello MOrning) and yeah this didn't happen before when I didn't format...

And I am not too sure what the problem is... I know it has a little relevance to the SoftSubs as of course if I watch a HardSub they show... Any idea's?

---
Also sorry but again after format for my AIM... the Buddylist seems to be right but whenever I type/IM or view profiles the font is in 'ClearType' but I have my computer set at 'Standard' so I was wondering what the problem may be...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: arun.yothin on February 22, 2007, 02:46:24 AM
I'm trying to make an OPV an I need the files in avi, but I downloaded some videos that are h264 (like this: http://forum.jphip.com/showthread.php?t=8560). Anyone know what I can do to change them to avi? If it matters, I don't need the audio.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on February 22, 2007, 06:59:39 AM
^ I use mplayer (thanks to haposai if I remember correctly for the pointers :)) to convert, search the forums for mplayer and you should also find some commandline samples.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Happosai on February 22, 2007, 01:24:05 PM
You're welcome to thank me for anything you want, dude... but it wasn't me !! :P
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on February 23, 2007, 12:54:00 AM
You can also try using vlc to remux the mp4 file into a avi file directly. Another option is to first remux the mp4 into a mkv file with mkvtoolnix. Then you can try AVI-Mux GUI to remux into a avi file. h264 may not always work in a avi container though. It is better to work directly with the mp4 or mkv file if possible.

If you really want flexibility, you might want to take look at avisynth. But that is way more complex than simple remuxing.

Use google to find the tools mentioned.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on February 23, 2007, 01:30:56 AM
Quote from: arun.yothin;313958
I'm trying to make an OPV an I need the files in avi, but I downloaded some videos that are h264 (like this: http://forum.jphip.com/showthread.php?t=8560). Anyone know what I can do to change them to avi? If it matters, I don't need the audio.
What program do you need them to open in? as in what program are you using to make the OPV?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Sukebei on February 23, 2007, 01:47:39 AM
I can tell you right now extracting the raw video from my files and trying to put them in AVI won't work, it's not x264 VFW.  I haven't tried everything to try and get it in AVI without re-encoding, as I have no reason, but it's certainly not supposed to be in AVI., If you found a way it would probably be pretty messed up lol.  You'll most likely have to transcode the file to get it in AVI like others have said.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on February 23, 2007, 06:51:05 AM
There is a simple way, it's

directshowsource("pathtofilehere.mp4")

Put that in a text file and save as .avs and you can open that in virtualdub no problem. That's why I asked what program you were using to make the opv. Some programs are able to take avisynth scripts but others aren't.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: arun.yothin on February 23, 2007, 07:15:08 AM
Thanks for helping. I was doing some other stuff and forgot about this. I'm using Sony Vegas to make the OPV.

Quote from: ebc;315035
There is a simple way, it's

directshowsource("pathtofilehere.mp4")

Put that in a text file and save as .avs and you can open that in virtualdub no problem. That's why I asked what program you were using to make the opv. Some programs are able to take avisynth scripts but others aren't.
Does it matter where the .avs file is? I did what you said, but got an error saying

Avisynth open failure:
DirectShowSource: Could not open as video or audio

Video returned: DirectShowSource: the filter graph manager won't talk to me

I'm gonna be busy for a while so I won't be able to try anything out until tomorrow.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on February 23, 2007, 08:21:52 AM
Code: [Select]
directshowsource("pathtofilehere.mp4")

This is an example of a very simple Avisynth script.

You need several things:

- Avisynth
- a Directshow MP4 parser/splitter filter (try Haali Media Splitter)
- a Directshow AVC/h.264 decoder (try ffdshow)

Put the avs file in the same folder as the mp4 file, else you have to enter the full path. There's also an option to not open the audio from the mp4 file, see the Avisynth documentation.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on February 23, 2007, 08:47:12 AM
Quote from: arun.yothin;315050
I'm gonna be busy for a while so I won't be able to try anything out until tomorrow.
actually depending on the res you wanna use for the opv, one option is to just grab the xvids i uploaded
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: smoothee on February 26, 2007, 01:34:10 AM
not sure if this belongs here.. but i think it does so here goes.. how do i transfer a video from my computer to my phone? i got the file over but it wont play in my phone.. what am i supposed to do??
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: fullyinsane on February 26, 2007, 03:26:38 AM
what phone do u use? player name & version?...which software u used to convert the video in pc? probably u need to update the player in ur phone or use older converter in ur pc....

make sure u know ur phone will play the type of file...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: smoothee on February 26, 2007, 03:55:38 AM
ahhhh i see.. i dont know any of that stuff.. ahaha.. i just know that my phone is the sony ericsson w850i and i just transfered the files with the USB directly into the memory stick :P hmm i'll go ask around i guess.. thanks!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ferrar1 on February 26, 2007, 04:26:15 AM
if i remember correctly, w850i only plays .3gp video format.

So you have to convert the video file first before transferring to your phone. And remember to resize the video to your screen's resolution.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: smoothee on February 26, 2007, 08:00:50 AM
argh.. i dont know how to do any of that :( any websites that could help?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on February 26, 2007, 11:00:12 AM
^ if i am not mistaken, .3gp is just a new filename for quicktime .mov files. in other words, you should be able to simply take a quicktime file and rename it to .3gp, then it should play just fine on your phone. not sure about the resolution and/or scaling...

this trick works on many phones that support custom .3gp ringtones, where you take a standard .mp3 file and rename it to .3gp without any need to transcode the data.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on February 26, 2007, 11:43:08 AM
http://www.doom9.org is a good starting point for questions about video file formats.

Some googling quickly gives these results:

and
Converting Divx files to 3gp (http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=112857)

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on February 26, 2007, 12:03:55 PM
If you have Nero Recode, just use that, load the clip you want, click the "more" option and choose "Mobile". That will set the correct resolution and audio.
The resulting file will be .mp4 but just rename it to .3gp, and you should be good to go.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on February 26, 2007, 12:31:17 PM
^ http://www.doom9.org
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: smoothee on February 26, 2007, 01:12:09 PM
thanks very much everyone :)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: U.S.S. John E. Badass on February 26, 2007, 05:59:36 PM
Can anyone recommend a .ts muxer (or cutter) that works with AAC audio? I can demux and cut the streams, but don't have a program that can put them into a TS container again. Matroska is functionally identical, but I'd rather upload .ts files for the psychological effect.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on February 27, 2007, 12:45:52 AM

I haven't seen any TS or HDTV tools that explicitly support AAC audio, but I haven't looked in the Japanese websphere. Aren't there any hints among the Japanese HDTV sources?

Otherwise, try posting your question in the HDTV section of the Doom9 forum: http://forum.doom9.org/forumdisplay.php?f=64
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Shinora on March 02, 2007, 08:14:23 PM
once again i have network problems -____- this time computers that are hooked up onto the LAN suddenly dissapear.  Like one day u would be able to print from that computer and the day after u couldn't .  normally this could be easily fixed with ipconfig /release and /renew.  however this time it doesn't seem to be work.  does anyone have any ideas what could be wrong?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Happosai on March 02, 2007, 08:23:19 PM
^^ So, when trying out the IPCONFIG release/renew, you do get a renewed IP or you get an error message instead ???

Also, you can try re-booting the switch/hub the PC's are connected to...

Then today, i did receive 3 consecutive virus alert from Avertlabs :

W32/Sdbot.worm!678b37ba has been deemed Low-Profiled due to media attention at the following link:
http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/01/news/companies/virus/?postversion=2007030108

W32/Stration@MM has been deemed Low-Profiled due to media attention at the following link:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/28/warezov_skype_im_worm/

Uploader-AH has been deemed Low-Profiled due to media attention at the following link:
http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/10056/53

They were all low-profiled alerts, but 3 of them in just a few hours is quite rare... Maybe you git hit by one of those ???
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: StreakInTheSky on March 04, 2007, 12:43:53 AM
What's a good free HDD partitioner. I want to partition the harddrive on this old laptop I'm currently using, but my sister doesn't want me to reformat.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: amuse on March 04, 2007, 08:12:00 AM
Acronis Disc Director
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskdirector/

....or Partition Magic
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: bolivar on March 04, 2007, 02:10:17 PM
Anyone got any freeware recommendation for capturing macromedia flash videos displayed on various websites. (not those video sites like youtube with their individual video url.)
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: takashi12 on March 07, 2007, 09:20:31 PM

But whenever I click download with leechget wizard, the file automatically switches from the original file name to deny

Does anyone know why this happens and how to fix the problem so I can start downloading ?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on March 07, 2007, 09:23:35 PM
I use 'Orbit Downloader' without the Ext. for FireFox forget the name of it already.. and I just 'Right Click' and 'Download with Orbit' and that works for me... dunno about Leechget (Never heard of that program to be honest). So Not too sure what is wrong..
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: momo23 on March 07, 2007, 09:36:35 PM
Quote from: takashi12;324228

But whenever I click download with leechget wizard, the file automatically switches from the original file name to deny

Does anyone know why this happens and how to fix the problem so I can start downloading ?

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on March 07, 2007, 09:39:18 PM
Quote from: takashi12;324228

But whenever I click download with leechget wizard, the file automatically switches from the original file name to deny

Does anyone know why this happens and how to fix the problem so I can start downloading ?

Most of the time you get the deny error is when you don't have the correct referrer setup.  The file dump is setup so people who aren't downloading off of the forums can't download from it.  So when you use a download manager, and the referrer isn't the page you're downloading it from, the server will treat it like someone outside of the forums trying to get a file.

At least I think that's it.. :o
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: takashi12 on March 08, 2007, 12:07:30 AM
^ Thanks for all the info and help guys!!

Thanks a lot :D:D:D
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on March 08, 2007, 01:09:54 AM
Hehe yeah I am happy I found Orbit Downloader as well, not a bad program =P, although it can sure use a LOT of updates/features but it is still new.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on March 08, 2007, 10:26:57 AM
i think we need a new sticky/thread for the whole referrer problem... it keeps popping up in this thread all the time
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on March 08, 2007, 12:11:27 PM
Put it in ALL CAPS?
Have it jump up and down?
Display boobs in the subject?

I think the last one will work the best...
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on March 08, 2007, 02:10:58 PM

Although it is in the asshole, I'm pretty sure the majority of people downloading from this forum are in there anyway and if you're not? Well stuff aint always free, so go post a bit and use the forum like everyone else and you will be able to gain access no problem.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on March 09, 2007, 10:37:02 PM
Hey, all, I have a tech problem that I need some help with.

Basically, my comp froze/hanged/crashed, one of those.
This doesn't happen frequently, but when it does, its a pain.

Within the last week, I'd say it has happened about 3 times, at different intervals.
I wish I had a camera so I could have taken a pic of my monitor when it happened today.

When it does happen, there's lines that appear on screen from top to bottom.
I had updated my video drivers last week, thinking that was the the possible problem and solution, but it wasn't since it has still happened.

I can tell that its not a software conflict, so I believe that only leaves either a hardware or driver problem.........hopefully.

At the times that my comp did freeze up, I was:

1. Watching something.
2. Comp running overnight dling and one encode was going.
3. Today, was playing a game.
4. Previously, at times, it has also happened when I'm just browsing thru sites.

Now, I went to the site for my mobo and dled some drivers, but haven't installed them, yet, since I'm not too sure that if I do it'll solve this issue.

Here's some spec's if that'll help:

MB: Gigabyte i-DNA
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Ram: 2GB's of DDR
Video: On-Board GeForce 6100
Audio: On-Board Realtek HD Audio Drivers

Oh, none of this is BSOD related.

My comp is clean, no virus's or spyware, I keep my apps up to date.
I'll probably go ahead with installing the new drivers I dled, but I'll hold off for now until those with far more tech knowledge read my post and can hopefully suggest something to me on what I could do fix this issue.

Thanks.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Happosai on March 09, 2007, 10:42:29 PM
Quote from: L-san;325821
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When it does happen, there's lines that appear on screen from top to bottom...

A white vertical line in the middle of a blacked out screen ???
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on March 09, 2007, 10:44:40 PM
^No, my screen doesn't blackout.
The lines aren't white.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Happosai on March 09, 2007, 10:50:54 PM
Can't be 100% sure, but it looks more like an hardware issue than a driver or stuff...

i'd say defective RAM or something overheating on the mother board.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on March 09, 2007, 11:02:29 PM
^Is there a way to test RAM?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on March 09, 2007, 11:07:13 PM
Quote from: L-san;325830
^Is there a way to test RAM?

http://www.memtest.org/
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Happosai on March 09, 2007, 11:10:02 PM
^^ Wot he said! :P
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on March 09, 2007, 11:13:28 PM
^Thanks, Asmo.
So I just burn it to disc and boot the disc on startup?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on March 09, 2007, 11:17:46 PM
Yep. Use the bootable CD ISO.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on March 09, 2007, 11:21:40 PM
^Cool, thanks again, Asmo.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: arun.yothin on March 10, 2007, 05:39:24 AM
Something's not working with Image Grabber 'cause it ain't grabbin' images.:P I load the video, then do "Save..". After I do that, nothing happens. No error message or anything. Anyone know of another program I can use?
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on March 10, 2007, 07:32:30 AM
Quote from: Asmodai;325833
http://www.memtest.org/

Well, after letting this run for close to 4 hours and 4 test passes, no errors were reported with my RAM.

I went ahead and just updated some drivers for my mobo, but not really sure about what I'll do if it happens again.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on March 10, 2007, 07:35:38 AM
^ It still can be a heat related problem judging from your describtion, maybe a hair fracture in the video card or the motherboard, very difficult to test for.

You can try an old trick: re-seat all cables and cards, CPU will probably more difficult but I have seen CPU's without termal paste that should have it.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on March 10, 2007, 07:49:55 AM
^I'm gonna get some more of those air cans tomorrow.
Its very possible that after the last time I cleaned my comp of dust, that I might not have got all the dust from the heatsink.

Once I get into it tomorrow, I'll also try that re-seating you're talking about.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on March 10, 2007, 11:13:28 PM
HELP! when i srestarted my comp I got this!!

Quote
Windows cannot load the locally stored profile. Possible causes of this error include insufficient security rights or a corrupt local profile. If this problem persists, contact your network administrator.

DETAIL - An I/O operation initiated by the registry failed unrecoverably. The registry could not read in, or write out, or flush, one of the files that contain the system's image of the registry.

It couldnt load my profile now and im now on a temproray profile. and all of my files arnt here@!!!
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on March 10, 2007, 11:41:51 PM
Quote from: Mugen;326339
HELP! when i srestarted my comp I got this!!

It couldnt load my profile now and im now on a temproray profile. and all of my files arnt here@!!!

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/812339 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/812339)

If that doesn't help, then go through the different websites linked in the google search for the error message:

Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on March 11, 2007, 01:00:16 AM
Today I replaced my fan/heatsink with a Venus 7+ fan/heatsink.
Can't really say if this will fix my comp problem, but only time will tell.
Since its a brass heatsink, I was told that it'll deal with the cpu heat better.....here's hoping.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on March 11, 2007, 06:15:35 AM
I really hope it's not brass, do you mean copper?
Reason being:
Aluminium thermal conductivity 205
Copper thermal conductivity 385
Brass thermal conductivity 109

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/tables/thrcn.html
Although different tables vary in results they're all farely similar
But imagine a diamond heatsink :D
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on March 11, 2007, 06:43:12 AM
^Yea, its copper, my fault on that, just double checked it.
Haven't put any load on my cpu, like playing a game or encoding, with this new heatsink, yet.
I'll probably run an encode overnight to see how it goes.
Title: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on March 11, 2007, 07:20:20 AM
Quote from: ebc;326602
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/tables/thrcn.html
Although different tables vary in results they're all farely similar
But imagine a diamond heatsink :D

A silver heatsink would be quite doable though. It would be pricey, but I can't think of any technical obstacles to it.

Since people can make money selling $250 NIC's to the hardcore crowd, I'm sure there would be a market for it. Hmm. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on March 13, 2007, 01:06:18 AM Anyone want to explain to me how to use a 3 input NAND-gate as an inverter... I know you have to short one of the inputs but I have no idea how it works. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on March 13, 2007, 01:29:36 AM something like this? http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/gates.htm#not (http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/gates.htm#not) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on March 13, 2007, 07:26:38 AM Ahh I think I get it now... thanks for the link I could probably gather some more info from that site. I think missing that one lab fucked me up big time... I'm never skipping class again >_> Title: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on March 13, 2007, 08:30:43 AM :lol: Logic gates are pretty easy to figure out if you can do it in notation form o_O Title: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on March 13, 2007, 11:25:36 PM I can do most of the writing stuff easy... it's actually wiring the thing up that's giving me problems o_o Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Masabi on March 14, 2007, 12:31:09 AM k I have a ragnarok online question if anyone knows anything about that... pm me please o: (kro technical problem) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on March 14, 2007, 12:46:04 AM Quote from: StreakInTheSky;328607 I can do most of the writing stuff easy... it's actually wiring the thing up that's giving me problems o_o I've only ever done it with a breadboard..it was pretty shitty :( Title: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on March 14, 2007, 01:57:01 AM I'm using a breadboard too. I'm supposed to light an LED using this G=(A'+B)(A+B')(B'+C) using NOR gates. I have one 2 input IC and one 3 input IC. I converted the equation for NOR gates but when I wired it up it didn't work at all. I think I'm connecting the wires to the 3 input gate incorrectly. Or I converted the equation incorrectly... I got G=((A'+B)'+(A+B')'+(B'+C)')' Edit: I was connecting to the 3 input IC incorrectly... -___- Anyone want to check if the equation is correct? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on March 14, 2007, 02:00:40 AM Quote from: Maliciel;328657 I've only ever done it with a breadboard..it was pretty shitty :( Sounds like my sex life. :rolleyes: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on March 14, 2007, 06:19:46 AM Quote from: Asmodai;328729 Sounds like my sex life. :rolleyes: lucky, i dont even have a breadboard for my needs. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on March 15, 2007, 09:30:49 AM My PCs been infected by a virus/trojan/worm that makes the folder options disappear and I'm also unable to open my task manager and registry editor. I scanned my PC using Avira and AVG Free but nothing is coming up. Is there a manual way I can remove/delete it? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on March 15, 2007, 10:42:59 AM do you know which virus/trojan/worm it is? if you can pin-point its name, you can almost always google it and get either a norton utility or at least a forum guide on how to remove it. im willing to bet it's not actually a virus/trojan/worm, but rather a piece of malware that is simply attempting to hijack your computer (rather than corrupt it). you should get AVG spyware scanner, and also possibly adaware and spybot to do additional scans. depending on what those turn up, you may need to get a malware removal kit (hijackthis, dllcheck, etc)--although once i came across a piece of malware which i could easily remove by using some of AVG's (previously ewido) built in functions. in any case, the first few steps are the same. just scan with whatever scanning tools you can get your hands on, and try to find the name of this thing. then google it or come back here for the next steps. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on March 15, 2007, 11:27:34 AM I asked around and I've reason to belief that the problems are being caused by something called Brontok(?) I'll do searches to find out how to get rid of it and I hope the methods will work *crosses fingers* Thanks tg~ Title: Bittorrent help Post by: lopkiu on March 16, 2007, 02:48:34 PM Anyone know the setting of Bitcomet that will speed up the DL speed? I know there is one out there, but it was in chinese so i dunno how to set it Title: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on March 16, 2007, 04:25:24 PM Quote from: StreakInTheSky;328727 I converted the equation for NOR gates but when I wired it up it didn't work at all. I think I'm connecting the wires to the 3 input gate incorrectly. Or I converted the equation incorrectly... I got G=((A'+B)'+(A+B')'+(B'+C)')' i tried it and got something like lolwrongequation. Which if you have 2 2-input ICs, would be feasible, but not with 1 :( Title: Tech-related problems Post by: momo23 on March 16, 2007, 05:45:09 PM Quote from: lopkiu;330695 Anyone know the setting of Bitcomet that will speed up the DL speed? I know there is one out there, but it was in chinese so i dunno how to set it bittorrent is P2P, your speeds will vary depending on # of seeders and if they are seeding fast Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on March 16, 2007, 06:22:54 PM Quote from: lopkiu;330695 Anyone know the setting of Bitcomet that will speed up the DL speed? I know there is one out there, but it was in chinese so i dunno how to set it Quote from: momo23;330812 bittorrent is P2P, your speeds will vary depending on # of seeders and if they are seeding fast To add to that make sure if you are on a ADSL line that you do not max-out your upload speed, otherwise the download will suffer (e.g. goto like 70% of your maximum upload speed) And here is the start of the englsih FAQ: http://wiki.bitcomet.com/help/BitComet_FAQ Title: Tech-related problems Post by: RatBastich on March 17, 2007, 12:22:38 AM I don't have any tech problems, just a question: Should I un-install my on-board video drivers before I install a new video card? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on March 17, 2007, 12:38:38 AM Quote from: L-san;331079 I don't have any tech problems, just a question: Should I un-install my on-board video drivers before I install a new video card? Not mandatory, but the less unused shit is referenced in the windows registry, the better. ;) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: RatBastich on March 17, 2007, 12:48:21 AM ^Thanks, Happ. :D Title: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on March 17, 2007, 02:02:11 AM hey guys/gals, can you all compare these 2 d-cameras for me and see which one you think is better? 1. Casio Z1050 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2K (there is LX2 too, just that LX2K is the black version). Cause I'm considering getting a new d-camera since I've been using my Casio Z3 for quite a while (and I love my Z3). So just want you guys/gals to give me some opinions, or if you like suggest me another brand/model! :D Thanks Title: Tech-related problems Post by: RatBastich on March 17, 2007, 02:19:23 AM Can someone tell me what "Other PCI Bridge Device" is? The new hardware wizard is letting me know about this after I've already installed the drivers for my new video card and rebooted. The card is an ATI. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on March 17, 2007, 06:01:41 AM Shit i met this annoying error (which i believe its due to a virus) that's causing windows explorer to crash whenever i open some folders. At first i thought it was due to some corrupted files in the folder and i thought i managed to single it out and deleted it. It was alright for a couple of minutes till some other files was infected (i think). Then the problem came back again. I searched around and they say it might be due to conflicting codecs but i've never installed any recently. Anyone possibly encountered this situation before? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on March 17, 2007, 06:20:28 AM Never encountered the problem myself, but is thumbnail view enabled on said folders? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on March 17, 2007, 07:51:01 AM Quote from: ferrar1;331247 I searched around and they say it might be due to conflicting codecs but i've never installed any recently. Some codecs crash on bad input, as the explorer is using them to find-out how long a clip is (or generate a preview picture) they can then crash the explorer. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on March 17, 2007, 07:53:09 AM Quote from: L-san;331134 Can someone tell me what "Other PCI Bridge Device" is? The new hardware wizard is letting me know about this after I've already installed the drivers for my new video card and rebooted. The card is an ATI. If you uninstalled other drivers Windows might stil detect the device but not find drivers, try installing drivers for it (rigth-click install drivers, search) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: amuse on March 17, 2007, 08:09:52 AM Quote from: ferrar1;331247 Shit i met this annoying error (which i believe its due to a virus) that's causing windows explorer to crash whenever i open some folders. At first i thought it was due to some corrupted files in the folder and i thought i managed to single it out and deleted it. It was alright for a couple of minutes till some other files was infected (i think). Then the problem came back again. I searched around and they say it might be due to conflicting codecs but i've never installed any recently. Anyone possibly encountered this situation before? I had a similar problem before. I tried disabling explorer from loading a preview for pics and videos but it still crashed when I highlighted certain files. The problem was fixed when I reinstalled ffdshow :) So if disabling the preview doesn't help, try reinstalling codecs even if you didn't touch anything. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on March 17, 2007, 09:17:13 AM yeap, i got the errors if the files inside were shown in thumbnails format. I then googled for a similar error and found codecs incompatibility as 1 of the reason. I'll try re-installing my codec packs now. Edit: any recommendations of codec packs? i'm using K-lite codec pack 2.81 + real alternative 1.50 currently Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on March 17, 2007, 03:03:01 PM Quote from: ferrar1;331247 Shit i met this annoying error (which i believe its due to a virus) that's causing windows explorer to crash whenever i open some folders. If it's just certain folders it could be caused by a damaged, incomplete or non-standard video file. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: amuse on March 17, 2007, 05:16:08 PM for codecs just uninstall everything then install: ffdshow + real alternative + quicktime alternative ffdshow > * Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Ayabie on March 17, 2007, 06:39:10 PM Quote from: ferrar1;331342 any recommendations of codec packs? i'm using K-lite codec pack 2.81 + real alternative 1.50 currently CCCP http://www.cccp-project.net/ Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on March 17, 2007, 10:49:19 PM Quote from: JTRIX;331128 hey guys/gals, can you all compare these 2 d-cameras for me and see which one you think is better? 1. Casio Z1050 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2K (there is LX2 too, just that LX2K is the black version). depends what sort of photography you plan on doing. i have the Leica D-LUX3 (Leica equivalent of the DMC-LX2 (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasoniclx2/)), and while it has some shortcomings, it's a very good camera for the type of photography i do. the biggest difference is the image aspect ratio. the Casio is 4:3, while the Panasonic is 16:9. either way you could always crop the image to a different ratio, but depending on how often you want to take "standard" or "wide format" photos, one camera may be better than the other. many photographers consider the Panasonic to be an excellent 10mp 16:9 camera, and others to be excellent 10mp 4:3 cameras. in terms of actual usage, you should consider how often you shoot photographs indoors, and how often you will be carrying around a tripod. as tempting as wide-format sounds with the Panasonic, the image sensor is very noisy for anything above ISO100. this means that if you take photos indoors, you'll either have to take a blurry image (or use a tripod) in order to keep good image quality, or else give up image quality to get a clear shot. before you make any decisions, you should also know that if 16:9 wide-format isn't the most important choice, then you should also consider the Canon Powershot G7 (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canong7/) (albeit it's more expensive). it is considered by many photographers to be one of the best 10mp 4:3 cameras. besides superior image quality at up to ISO400 and above, the controls are much more refined, there's the possibility for attaching a flash unit, and much more. if you don't mind losing some pixels, this may end up being a better choice for you, since you can always crop your images down to 16:9. i can't find a professional review (from dpreview.com) for the Z1050, probably because it's relatively new, so i can't vouch for or against it at the moment. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on March 19, 2007, 12:09:16 PM Ok so I upgraded my internet plan and they took me down for a week, causing me withdrawal symptoms. I just set up my modem via ethernet card and as to be expected bt speeds are slooooow and even if I've remote peers my dl speeds still suck and I cant seem to upload to any of the peers cept download from'em. Weird thing is when I connect via usb I tend to connect to more remotes easily but with the ethernet it's the other way round. My modem is a SpeedTouch 536(i) v6 gateway modem. Can anyone with the same model or experience please tell me how to set up the bt options on the modem page? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on March 19, 2007, 02:41:37 PM Hmm, I have the same one. I posted about a problem here, I think. But anyways, have you tried forwarding ports for BT and the like? Although that makes no sense on the usb/ethernet stuff. How I solved my problem (i think it was Share not recognizing a port was open) was to dive into the manpages and do some crazy ninja shit involving a router console and lots of coffee. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Rakko on March 19, 2007, 05:06:27 PM Yeah I forwarded the ports under the game & application sharing and that's just about the only thing I touched. The thing is if you can connect to bt with remote peers you're generally fine cept the only thing I can think of is my isp's server hardware. I was unable to connect for almost a week because of that and they fixed it just this afternoon. I've had this sort of experience before with bt speeds suddenly becoming normal at 4am sharp in the morning and lasts 12hrs or so before they start to crawl then it repeats all over again for months until I think they get complaints. It's like they have a bandwidth conserving thingy going on. Title: Router help Post by: lopkiu on March 19, 2007, 06:14:21 PM For all those computer experts plz help me I bought a D-link DI-524 wireless router, but for some reason it keep on resetting itself over and over again, meaning it keep kicking me offline. I am trying to reseed the movie a song to the sun, but it take me a while to connect, n it keep kicking me off so i dun think there is much program for those who is dling. Plz help me solve this problem STOP IT FROM RESETTING ALL THE TIME Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on March 19, 2007, 06:19:06 PM Hmm. Could it be a power supply problem? Check to make sure the power cord is securely attached at both ends. Often routers use big transformers that are poorly weighted so they pull themselves partially out of the outlet. Try plugging your PC into a different port on the back. Browsing through the router settings in your browser might also turn up something useful. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: SacredCultivator on March 22, 2007, 04:00:32 AM Meh I am so sad to ask this question but matters took a turn and bleh got myself in a jiffy... Would anyone here by chance be well experienced with C++? As I am taking a class that I sort of regret but can't necessarily drop it... (Too Late) but I was wondering if anyone that does have experience can happen to pitch in their voice and hopefully we can chat via AIM/MSN as I don't want to do it publicly =X Thanks in advance... Hehe if you think you can help, I'll explain into details as to what my situation is and I just hope all is okay... Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on March 22, 2007, 08:03:02 AM if it's questions about code that you have, try Google Code Search (http://www.google.com/codesearch). Title: Tech-related problems Post by: SacredCultivator on March 22, 2007, 03:03:30 PM @Thatguy: Thanks for that reference shall have a look at that when I get the chance. Although if anyone else happens to know do let me know ^_^ EDIT: Hehe that Google Code thingy uses stuff that are absolutely foreign to me so doesn't help much >< Title: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on March 22, 2007, 03:57:27 PM I've only ever touched C99, but what I did was use google a lot and looked at loads of code examples. That doesn't help much I suppose, but yeah, sometimes you gotta start looking somewhere. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: SacredCultivator on March 22, 2007, 05:19:54 PM Yeah my first source was google and found a few but they didn't necessarily help due to the fact they used 'advanced' coding that I don't know existed (In terms of I am reading the book but the coding used on GOogle doens't match those I am learning about) bah... Title: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on March 22, 2007, 10:27:44 PM I have very basic knowledge of C++(but don't remember alot of it) maybe I can help a little :lol: I'm not home and don't have access to my textbook for reference so if you have time later tonight try IMing me on aim. I'll probably be home by around 6pm PST. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: SacredCultivator on March 22, 2007, 10:37:32 PM Alright any help is still help, so I shall have you added and chat with you when I have the time as well Title: Tech-related problems Post by: takashi12 on March 22, 2007, 11:43:50 PM Im trying out different games online and some which I have downloaded the demo version of needs a license key to unlock the game I was wondering if anyone knows key generators / ways to unlock games? Kind of cheap though but anywaysss :D Title: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on March 23, 2007, 02:41:47 AM I don't know much about games, but I know that if I'm looking for a keygen I just look for the program I need one for on some tracker and download the keygen or look at the comments for working keys Title: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on March 23, 2007, 04:53:38 AM Quote from: takashi12;335784 Im trying out different games online and some which I have downloaded the demo version of needs a license key to unlock the game I was wondering if anyone knows key generators / ways to unlock games? Kind of cheap though but anywaysss :D This isn't a 'warez' site so no one here can really answer your request. We really don't want to open ourselves to all the problems that people posting ways to get software cracks would cause. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on March 23, 2007, 06:58:49 AM ^ We do might add a warning to that though: there are a lot of keygen programs out there that actually install a trojan taking over your machine... Including the websites they are on are not always 'nice' either. 'Be carefull out there' Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on March 23, 2007, 10:57:04 AM ^ in the same way that the powers of good have congregated to create a community site for H!P here, there are similarly communities that exist for the sake of practicing "safe piracy". namely, nxsecure (http://www.nxsecure.org) Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on March 24, 2007, 12:24:21 PM This may be a stupid question, but... I downloaded Veoh player, and added a bunch of videos on it. Will deleting the original files delete the videos I stored in the player? Title: Tech-related problems Post by: NAzu on March 24, 2007, 12:49:00 PM You added videos to the playlist of the player? If so the original files will not be deleted when you delete the program. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on March 24, 2007, 12:50:50 PM ^ don't know the specifics about veoh player, but i'm inclined to believe that it plays from the original file, without making any duplicate files. so if you delete the video from your computer, the video is gone. if veoh keeps a record of it (in its own database, say), it might still be in veoh's list of videos, but if you were then to go and try to play the deleted video, it'd probably give you a message saying it could not find the file. if veoh is smart, it'll automatically double check which videos are still around, and clean up the ones that you deleted. Title: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on March 24, 2007, 04:11:43 PM Thanks for the help, guys! :heart: Title: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on March 24, 2007, 07:59:35 PM Quote from: arian;337118 This may be a stupid question, but... I downloaded Veoh player, and added a bunch of videos on it. Will deleting the original files delete the videos I stored in the player? I don't know anything about any veoh *player*, but last time I wanted to download a video from veoh I had to install a veoh *downloader*. The downloaded files went into a folder somewhere in program files/veoh (or whatever the name was), so if you're uninstalling veoh player/downloader/whatever then I'd make sure to copy the videos to another folder so you don't lose them. Incidentally after using veoh downloader I couldn't close it. In the end I had to kill the task and 5 minutes later the damn thing had restarted all by itself like some damn virus. I had to uninstall it to make it go away. Title: [HELP] MPC problem, help a tenkei out D: Post by: tenkei on April 04, 2007, 01:49:35 AM my MPC used to work perfectly, but within the last week it's been very laggy. After a video plays for about 2-4 mins, the video gets all jumpy and choppy, sometimes even freezes for a few seconds, while the audio continues on alright. I haven't DLed any new codecs or anything that i can foresee harming my video playback... anyone know whats up? anyone else have/had this problem? halp a tenkei out plx Title: Re: [HELP] MPC problem, help a tenkei out D: Post by: SacredCultivator on April 04, 2007, 01:51:23 AM How interesting... And nothing 'new' is running int he background that might hog all the resources right? As that has happened to me before but it was due to something running in the background... Other than that.. NOt to sure as I am sure it isn't the video file itself.. Do ALL your videos play like that? (Along with int he past those files worked perfectly to right?) Title: Re: [HELP] MPC problem, help a tenkei out D: Post by: ~Dan~ on April 04, 2007, 02:05:45 AM I haven't DLed any new codecs or anything that i can foresee harming my video playback... anyone know whats up? anyone else have/had this problem? Have you installed anything at all around the time the problem started? Title: Re: [HELP] MPC problem, help a tenkei out D: Post by: tenkei on April 04, 2007, 03:03:45 AM @ sacred: its MPC thats hogging all the resources, like 80%, and background shit running makes it 100%... and most of the videos do that... like 75%... @dan: the most recent thing i can think of is my ZUNE software... but i installed that on the 21st of march, and this just started like... 4 days ago? Title: Re: [HELP] MPC problem, help a tenkei out D: Post by: SacredCultivator on April 04, 2007, 03:16:32 AM Hmmm strange... Well I guess it is a given that MPC would be hogging it all as that would result in the lagging of video... But as to what is causing that I am out of ideas >< Title: Re: [HELP] MPC problem, help a tenkei out D: Post by: ~Dan~ on April 04, 2007, 03:24:48 AM I assume it's doing it with all videos, even ones that worked before, and not just some new ones (you're not trying to play a really large res video with 60 frames/sec or something are you?) It sounds like its something to do with codecs. It doesnt seem like it can be anything else, but if you've not installed anything then I dunno. Title: Re: [HELP] MPC problem, help a tenkei out D: Post by: JFC on April 04, 2007, 03:27:49 AM Why not try uninstalling MPC and your codecs, and then reinstalling everything? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on April 04, 2007, 03:55:00 AM Helping my friend's laptop out. Her cd/dvd drive apparently can't play any DVDs or VCDs be it legal or pirated ones. The video and audio will just turn out choppy and unwatchable. But the drive has no problem reading the contents of the DVDs or CDs, files can be copied out without any problems, discs can be burned normally using that drive. and she has no problems playing downloaded movies/video files. So can i assume it's her drive that is faulty, and get her to change a new one? Or is there a setting that she accidentally changed? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 04, 2007, 05:22:01 AM ^ If playing them is the problem I would look at the software used for playing the files first (and anything else on the system running while playing). Copy a fie to disk and see if it plays ok, if so it might be the drive, if is doesn't play correctly check the rest. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on April 04, 2007, 11:56:27 AM If the files are ok, and the drive is ok, maybe it's something to do with buffering. You could try increasing the buffer size in whatever player you're using, or try another player. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on April 04, 2007, 04:52:31 PM check if the usb port is running at 2.0 speeds Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: marqual on April 05, 2007, 07:28:06 AM I want to take screencaps from mkv file with h.264 codec what program can do that? for avi i use advanced avi splitter or PowerDVD Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on April 05, 2007, 07:34:01 AM Thanks for the advice, will copy out the .vob files out and try to play them I'm using both MPC and VCL and both are giving me the same problems. check if the usb port is running at 2.0 speeds is this an advice for me? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on April 05, 2007, 10:38:43 AM I want to take screencaps from mkv file with h.264 codec what program can do that? for avi i use advanced avi splitter or PowerDVD Media Player Classic can do that. Player, codec and splitter can be downloaded here: http://x264.nl/ Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on April 05, 2007, 11:46:43 AM is this an advice for me? yes. sorry, haven't gotten used to the quote button being on top. Title: Trying to encode some video for the tracker.. need help. Post by: ASSEMblerEX on April 07, 2007, 05:22:47 AM I was wondering if anyone can give me tips for encoding from dvd to divx or wmv. 1. Divx or wmv? I tried wmv and it took 12 frigging hours. Divx took 1.2 hours.. 2. Divx.. The config confuses me . I selelected the hd profile (3000bit). I know people here rip and encode, I need some pointers on what settings to use to make 1.2gigish files. I would like to have the dvd wind up 720x480 on the pc. Help me encode gods! Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 07, 2007, 06:25:10 AM I was wondering if anyone can give me tips for encoding from dvd to divx or wmv. 1. Divx or wmv? I tried wmv and it took 12 frigging hours. Divx took 1.2 hours.. 2. Divx.. The config confuses me . I selelected the hd profile (3000bit). I know people here rip and encode, I need some pointers on what settings to use to make 1.2gigish files. I would like to have the dvd wind up 720x480 on the pc. Help me encode gods! For best compatibility accross players machines I would use xvid (or divx, same difference). I use AutoGK when I want a certain target size (like 350MB or 700MB) I use mplayer when I want a certain resolution and/or bitrate. I use TMPGenc when I want MPEG2 at DVD size/birates 'DVD' is 'by definition' 720x480 (or 720x576 for PAL) and a maximum bitrate of 10Mbps Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ASSEMblerEX on April 07, 2007, 06:40:18 AM Ok. what divx settings do you use? 128bit? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 07, 2007, 07:34:40 AM Ok. what divx settings do you use? 128bit? Thats the bitrate for the audio track your are asking for? Yes I mostly use 128Kbit MP3 stereo. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 07, 2007, 08:01:15 AM there's a huge guide on how to encode to xvid/divx from DVD with gordion knot in the geek guides forum you know >_> Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: gocha on April 08, 2007, 05:42:46 AM I'm trying to download streaming audio into my hard drive using Power Audio Recorder, but it doesn't work for me. Anyone knows how to do it? Instructions will be helpful :) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on April 08, 2007, 12:44:47 PM I'm trying to download streaming audio into my hard drive using Power Audio Recorder, but it doesn't work for me. Anyone knows how to do it? Instructions will be helpful :) I use Net Transport. It seems to be able to download most if not all streamed files. (One thing I'd better mention about Net Transport is that you can open multiple transports (connections) so you download the file faster, but sometimes it's not a good idea to use this because some streams are varying bitrate and your downloaded video is all messed up, so if that happens just use 1 transport). Is the problem that you can't find the correct url of the streamed file? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Shinora on April 08, 2007, 11:26:00 PM i've had this problem for a while now, but i just haven't gotten around to looking for a fix for it til today. whenever i plug in the battery into my laptop, during start up, it would load up properly for the first couple of minutes, then it would give me the following error msg. (http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/6041/img0316cd2.th.jpg) (http://img443.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0316cd2.jpg) i took the picture in high rez so hopefully you guys can read it. if not, here it is. "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again. Follow these steps: Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacture for any windows updates you might need. If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable componets, restart you computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select safe mode. Technical Information: *** STOP: 0x00000000A (0xF76B6BC4, 0x00000007, 0x00000000, 0x8052AC8C) Beginning dump of physical memory Physical Memory dump complete. Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further assistence." phew, that was a long type. since the problem only occurs when the battery is plugged in, i don't think it has to do with any software problems( i could be wrong thou) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 09, 2007, 05:39:00 AM ^ Is this an upgraded computer? A search for 'stop 0x0000000a' gives this: http://support.microsoft.com/search/default.aspx?query=stop+0x00000000A&catalog=LCID%3D1033&spid=&qryWt=&mode=r&cus=False Which leads to a possible driver problem, I would check the battery (system) drivers for your machine. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: gocha on April 09, 2007, 11:53:57 PM I use Net Transport. It seems to be able to download most if not all streamed files. (One thing I'd better mention about Net Transport is that you can open multiple transports (connections) so you download the file faster, but sometimes it's not a good idea to use this because some streams are varying bitrate and your downloaded video is all messed up, so if that happens just use 1 transport). Is the problem that you can't find the correct url of the streamed file? I'm not sure if I have the URL correct. Here is one of the audio file that I want to download: http://streaming01.metroradio.com.hk/popup/showbiz/bananaclub/20070328a.wma After I use Net Transport to download, I have this 86kb .wma file and it can't be played with WMP Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: soveryshiny on April 10, 2007, 12:22:35 AM I use GetASFStream, just downloaded from that URL fine. ~55min long, ~9mb file. It's seekable, so seems to be complete. Took about 2.5 minutes, had to resume it after a connection hiccup in the middle but seems fine. http://cowscorpion.com/dl/GetASFStream.html grab the program there. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Kamui on April 10, 2007, 01:06:27 AM Hey guys, I was wondering if you could help me out with a problem I'm having with my laptop. I just got a Sandisk and a couple of Jump(or flash) drives but whenever I plug them into my USB ports the laptop doesn't recognize them, it asks me for the hardware disk or whatever though they don't come with CDs anyway. My friend suggested doing a Windows Update but that didnt fix it. The odd thing is that the USB ports recognize my Burner, External Harddrive and a separate Jump drive. Can anyone please tell me whats wrong or how to fix it? If it helps, I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop thats about a year and 3 months old. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 10, 2007, 05:04:15 AM ^ 'hardware disk'?? Driver disk I think you mean. Some machines do not recognize sizes above 1GB, try them on another machine to verify they actually work. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Kamui on April 10, 2007, 03:20:00 PM Well I get the Found New Hardware Wizard message, which asks for an installation CD, but I shouldn't be getting that. It should just automatically recognize the MP3 Player. Its just been so frustrating trying to figure out what to do. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 10, 2007, 04:24:06 PM ^If it asks it can't find it, so it needs a driver disk, simple as that. MP3 players are not 'standard', USB sticks are but not players. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 11, 2007, 05:49:25 AM anyone work with a 7447 BCD to 7 segment display driver? (I'm looking at you mal >_>) I can't seem to get this thing to work... someone tell me how to wire this thing up! -___- Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: gocha on April 11, 2007, 08:39:04 PM I use GetASFStream, just downloaded from that URL fine. ~55min long, ~9mb file. It's seekable, so seems to be complete. Took about 2.5 minutes, had to resume it after a connection hiccup in the middle but seems fine. http://cowscorpion.com/dl/GetASFStream.html grab the program there. How do you resume? Edit: Nevermind, I figured it out. Wow, this program is great. Thanks alot Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on April 14, 2007, 07:37:29 AM Is there any way to find out if someone is leeching off my WiFi? My internet seems to be running slower than normal... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 14, 2007, 04:28:15 PM Is there any way to find out if someone is leeching off my WiFi? My internet seems to be running slower than normal... Most routers have a admin page where you can see who is connected (the MAC address) if there is not one of yours (or multiple while you have only one machine) sombody else is on. You should protect your WiFi with a password anyway. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on April 14, 2007, 04:31:58 PM here's a question..I'm sending a letter to miki's radio show and i like to know what's the best translate program to use? i tried babelfish and when i write miki's name it translates to miki instead of it being in Japanese. any suggestions? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mikitty-saikou on April 15, 2007, 02:37:17 AM @_@ Before I begin, I'm using a Dell Inspiron 6000 ~ It's a year and a few months old. Lately, there have been these lines that have been appearing on the right side of my lcd - They're blue / pink / sometimes even red.. Two or three of them usually pop up when they do show. But if I tilt my screen a bit back and forth, they go away. But if I go to close the laptop and then reopen it, the lines comes back. :/ I opened up the top portion of my laptop to see if any of the connectors were loose or if somehow the wires were getting cut by something, but found nothing wrong. (it's easy to open up these new dell laptops; they're just snap and lock covers and two screws that hold the keyboard down.). I'm thinking it's a hardware problem.. I'll probably have to replace the lcd huh? But since I don't want to spend money on getting a new lcd at the moment.. is there a way to check or fix this? @_@ It's such a bother to look at if I'm viewing videos fullscreen or doing graphic work. :/ Thanks guys for any help! Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: maliciel on April 15, 2007, 03:06:42 AM anyone work with a 7447 BCD to 7 segment display driver? (I'm looking at you mal >_>) I can't seem to get this thing to work... someone tell me how to wire this thing up! -___- Lol, ask me on IRC man. I assume you're talking about this (http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/components/74series.htm#7447). Just connect up the ground and power, and connect the a-g outputs to your 7-seg (if you don't know, look up a datasheet, it usually has labels for it). As it says there, use a common anode 7-seg. Then, connect up ABCD inputs to a BCD counter (which I guess you'll be using, if not, just connect it up to some toggle switches). You can use the active low tests to check whether shit works. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 15, 2007, 06:35:57 AM Lately, there have been these lines that have been appearing on the right side of my lcd - They're blue / pink / sometimes even red.. Two or three of them usually pop up when they do show. But if I tilt my screen a bit back and forth, they go away. But if I go to close the laptop and then reopen it, the lines comes back. :/ Sure sounds like loose contacts for the LCD driver but in the screen itself (e.g. the side connectors that drive the vertical/horizontal lines) not so much in the video adapter to LCD connection. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 15, 2007, 11:59:02 AM Lol, ask me on IRC man. I assume you're talking about this (http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/components/74series.htm#7447). Just connect up the ground and power, and connect the a-g outputs to your 7-seg (if you don't know, look up a datasheet, it usually has labels for it). As it says there, use a common anode 7-seg. Then, connect up ABCD inputs to a BCD counter (which I guess you'll be using, if not, just connect it up to some toggle switches). You can use the active low tests to check whether shit works. lol I did that shit but it didn't work so I asked for help... turns out I had a common cathode display(fucking school bought kits) and had to invert all my outputs. I also had to put the ABCD inputs backwards or the numbers counted backwards. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Guchi_Jnr on April 15, 2007, 12:09:02 PM here's a question..I'm sending a letter to miki's radio show and i like to know what's the best translate program to use? i tried babelfish and when i write miki's name it translates to miki instead of it being in Japanese. any suggestions? Names are very hard to change from Romaji to Kanji, because so many different combinations of Kanji can be used for pretty much every name. You're best off just to manually replacing her name yourself. And just to note, if you've ever used a program to translate a sentence from Japanese to English, you would've noticed how it hardly makes and sense at all, well, the same thing goes for translating English to Japanese. :edit: Oops..didn't actually answer your question. Anyways, there's not a program made that can translate accurately between these 2 languages. The best ones around (also crazy expensive) are the ATLAS series from Fujitsu (http://www.fujitsu.com/global/services/software/translation/atlas/lineup/). I've used the double pack version, and asked my wife how good it translates to Japanese, and she said it was still crap. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 15, 2007, 12:23:25 PM The only way to translate from English to Japanese... Ask a friend who knows Japanese to do it for you. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on April 16, 2007, 01:23:50 AM here's a question..I'm sending a letter to miki's radio show and i like to know what's the best translate program to use? i tried babelfish and when i write miki's name it translates to miki instead of it being in Japanese. any suggestions? Translate one sentence at a time, and keep each sentence short and simple. When you've translated English to Japanese, take your Japanese text and paste it back in and translate it back to English just to see if it's still recognisable - that'll give you a clue when a word with more than one meaning gets translated to the wrong meaning, then you can go back and rephrase it. And yeah, I'd agree with Guchi_Jnr. Manually replace the names (look the names up on wiki.theppn.org). Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on April 17, 2007, 03:17:44 AM something seems to be wrong with my internet connection. truthfully, when downloading, my download speed seems to be limited to only 100kbps. i remember being able to download up to 500kbps before with a different internet connection. both times, i use Flashget download. i change whatever i could in the settings for best optimum performance. i don't think the flashget download software is the case though, cuz both times i have the same settings only different internet connection. i only i currently have (the limited one) is cable internet, it's setup with a wireless router and is security-enabled. the 500kbps wasn't security-enabled wireless router. i don't know what type of internet it was, whether cable, DSL or otherwise since i only been freely using it. it seems that both wireless router is 802.11g since both networks display 54MBps as it top speed. can anyone help me with this problem? at first i thought that the reason is the security-enabled network? but if i disabled it, then it would be a risk. btw, my current wireless router, the 100Kbps limited download rate one, is a D-link Wireless G 54 router (product id : DI-524). i hope this helps in any way. I really hope someone who knows more about networks could really help me with this problem. cuz downloading at 100kbps speed isn't as satisfying as download at around 500kbps ( mostly it was downloading at 380kbps but that is still way better than 100kbps). i only wish to utilize the internet speed to its full potential. i was also wondering since it the cable internet. if i were to upgrade my cable internet speed, would it do any better. and also which is faster, cable or DSL when it comes to wireless router networking? truly looking forward to ur help. any insights and opinions is greatly appreciated. i want to learn more about this anyway. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 17, 2007, 05:14:32 AM ^ Are you sure nothing is uploading 'at full speed' (like torrents) that severely limits the download speed, never upload above 70% of the maximum upload capacity. Encryption can reduce the download, but not with this much, there is something else in play. Maybe somebody closeby has also setup a wireless network and interferes? try a different channel. Also try: update the firmware of the D-link. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on April 17, 2007, 01:42:27 PM ^ Are you sure nothing is uploading 'at full speed' (like torrents) that severely limits the download speed, never upload above 70% of the maximum upload capacity. Encryption can reduce the download, but not with this much, there is something else in play. Maybe somebody closeby has also setup a wireless network and interferes? try a different channel. Also try: update the firmware of the D-link. i dunno know if the upload is at full speed, how do it limit it then, how much do i limit it to. but could it be the problem? when i use both network, i download it exactly the same, didn't really change anything. i could still try to limit it then. on flashget software that i'm using, i went to options and on BT, there something that say global max upload rate. rite now it's no limit, same with the global max download rate, should i limit those? on upload, maybe to 100-300? if it's an interferance problem, i'll try a different channel then. how do i update the firmware on the d-link exactly? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on April 17, 2007, 04:33:07 PM on BT, there something that say global max upload rate. rite now it's no limit, same with the global max download rate, should i limit those? on upload, maybe to 100-300? You will have to check the internet connection you are using and find out what the maximum upload is, then set 70% of that as the 'global maximum' for BT. Quote how do i update the firmware on the d-link exactly? For that check your manual. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on April 17, 2007, 05:41:58 PM i upgraded the firmware. but i still don't how to check my internet connection to find out what my maximum upload is. how do go and do that? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on April 17, 2007, 08:17:19 PM but i still don't how to check my internet connection to find out what my maximum upload is. how do go and do that? There's lots of speed tests on the net. I just found this one. http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/ Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on April 17, 2007, 08:47:31 PM thanks for the help, i'll try it out. okay i got my speed testing results. is there any way to improve it with the things u got by changing some settings or replacing the wireless router, cable modem or just upgrade ur internet service provider? i like to utilize my internet to it's full speed capabilities. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 17, 2007, 10:54:49 PM Unless you were uploading something when you were doing the test. That would be your max speed. The only way to get that higher is if your ISP offers a faster service or switching to an ISP that has one. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on April 18, 2007, 12:07:01 AM Oh yeah good point, I forgot to mention, when you do the speed test make sure you have nothing uploading or downloading or the results won't be as good as they should. Also do more than 1 speed test from different servers and take an average. There's no way of speeding up your internet. You get whatever speed you're paying for from your isp. If that's not fast enough then see if you can upgrade to a faster service. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on April 18, 2007, 12:13:19 AM okay, thanks for the info. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on April 19, 2007, 07:40:17 AM Is there anything going on with imageshack? it seems to be lagging recently Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: gocha on April 19, 2007, 08:36:33 PM If my motherboard only has SATA I hard drive ports, would I be able to use a SATA II hard drive? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 19, 2007, 09:05:05 PM sataII drives are backwards compatable with sata ports Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: gocha on April 20, 2007, 06:53:03 AM Ok thanks:) I'm thinking of getting Seagate 250G 7200RPM SATA for$88 CDN. Does that price sound reasonable?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on April 20, 2007, 03:02:26 PM
I've got a hauppauge tv card, but the video capture software that came with it isn't very good.
Can someone recommend some good, easy to use capture software?
I was recommended a prog called iuVCR but attempting to capture is a nightmare, I can't find the right combinations of settings and nothing works right.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: anythursday on April 21, 2007, 01:56:32 PM
hmm, apparently virtual dub won't allow you to rip videos that are xvid encoded? is there another program that can do that?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on April 21, 2007, 05:58:41 PM
@gocha: 88 CAD seems a reasonable price for a 250G Seagate SATA disk compared with prices in Europe.

@~Dan~: Maybe Virtual VCR (http://virtualvcr.sourceforge.net/) is something for you?

@anythursday: virtualdub should have no problem whatsoever with xvid encoded videos. Do you have the right codecs installed?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on April 21, 2007, 08:36:17 PM
One of my SATA HDD's is not being recognized, after installing a new power supply.
My other 5 HDD's are recognized, its just one that isn't.

First time this has happened.
It still receives power, but not recognized.
I checked my connections multiple times, and even tried it on a different SATA port, but no luck.

Its a 40GB HDD, and it has all my pics and anything that I have done with PS is also on that drive.
Might not seem like a big loss, but its still a pain in the ass.

If anyone might have a possible solution to this, it'll be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on April 22, 2007, 06:27:09 AM
^
- Check with the Disk manager if it maybe did not get a drive letter assigned (then assign one) this can happen.
- Get an external USB HD box and put it in there, if it is still not recognized, your very probably have a fried disk.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tenkei on April 22, 2007, 06:42:20 AM

about a month ago, my MPC started playing really choppy. audio would continue on fine, but video would skip and sometimes  just freeze altogether. checked my tskmngr and it seems MPC is using ass amounts of resources (like upinto the 90s) causing my comp to just lag like a beast. I deleted all my codec packs and such, hoping to help, and it worked for a while, but now its acting up again. so i switched to VLC (which i dont really like) and it works fine, but every once in a while, VLC will do the same damn thing, but its MUCH less frequent than MPC which does it on about 90% of videos. usually doesnt happen right after starting the comp, but builds up to it over time (like hours, not days).

Never used to happen, things used to play just fine, even with other crap open. Haven't installed anything that i can think of that would cause this to happen, never change any filter or codec settings in the players, etc. have newest versions of both players.

any help? :o
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 22, 2007, 10:27:43 AM
I'm thinking you just need a fresh install of windows and everything will be solved :P

But if you don't want to do that...
I'm too lazy to check if you answered this already but is there a specific file type that it does this on? Do videos that used to play fine do this now?

Maybe there's something wrong with your video card? Did you update your video drivers(maybe doing this can help if you didn't)? I'm not exactly sure about how certain vid types uses hardware so I'm not really sure this will do anything though.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tenkei on April 22, 2007, 05:29:19 PM
i havent tried updating my video drivers, ill give that a go. it pretty much does it on all files, though i noticed it takes longer for it to happen when watching anime... LA stuff like dorama, concerts, etc, make it happen a lot quicker.

i was thinking about reinstalling windows too... i dont have a boot disk though lulz...

EDIT
i already the latest drivers, but i reinstalled them for good measure. i'll see if that helps any~
anyone else have any ideas? where's TG? >.>
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on April 22, 2007, 10:00:01 PM
Hmm I forget who helped me with this last time.. I am thinking L-san but I can be wrong...

Well when I was trying to merge/ encode 4 vobs into an avi.. I was using ebc's guide and since i never used Gordian Knot I was shocked all at all the things it installed onto my computer and I assume a few of the things it installed overwrote my VDub Settings.. and I tried to load settings that i had saved but then when I checked it.. everything was set at 0, greyed out, etc... in other words not even default settings ><

And I remember in the past someone helped me out wiht the settings that can be used for every sort of encoding and am seeking those that have a lot of experience with using xVid with VDub as I want to get my settings back, and I can send them the settigns i had saved to see if maybe that is corrupt or not... Thank you.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on April 22, 2007, 10:13:21 PM
^With GKnot, you can select what to have installed, you don't have to install everything that cames with it, with the exception of installing either the Xvid or Divx that comes with it, or both the codecs.

I've had Gknot before, and its never done to me what its done to you with your VDub settings.
Curious about something, though, which 4 vobs are you trying to merge/encode?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on April 22, 2007, 10:33:51 PM
Hehe Sukeban Deka ^_^, and following ebc's guide I benefitted from getting all four vobs to 'merge' before encoding but now I just manually using Vdub to extract the audio files and using Audacity to merge those... But yeah I will probably uninstall Gnot + all the codecs and start 'anew' afterward, and maybe you could help me with the VdUb settings =X
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on April 22, 2007, 10:45:28 PM
^I'm guessing you dled the iso for that one from the H!O tracker.
I just re-installed trillian, so you can get me on there, and I'll see what help I can give you with your settings.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on April 22, 2007, 10:53:16 PM
Hmm what is your ScreenName for either MSN/AIM as I tried adding your MSN but it won't add ><, my info is on my profile so yeah.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on April 23, 2007, 10:17:32 AM
For DVD backup (e.g. conversion to xvid) I highly recommend DGIndex/DGDecode + Avisynth (+ VDub[Mod]). DGIndex is the tool to correctly decode and demux MPEG2/VOB.

Doom9 has the guides:
- DGIndex: http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/mpg/dgindex.htm
- DGDecode + Avisynth: http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/mpg/dgindex-frameserving.htm

More guides + info are linked from those pages.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on April 23, 2007, 11:13:11 AM
@SacredCultivator,
I followed the setting from this guide (http://www.rita.lt/guides/GKnot_DVDtoAVI.htm) (actually, I followed the whole guide for my rips), and everything works out sweet.  O0
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on April 23, 2007, 01:31:50 PM
Hmmm I had L-San guide me through and so I did it overnight and when the results came.. 1.17GB and the quality was lost a LOT and the audio was out of sync.. But note when I loaded the script into let's say MPC to preview it came out right.. along with when previewing in VDubMod it played right... If anyone has the .iso please let me know so I can send you my script + .d2v and you can just change the things around. And check if anything went wrong...

EDIT: Tried the Guides provided and that one failed as well out of sync yet again...
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on April 26, 2007, 08:38:27 AM
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on April 26, 2007, 11:25:39 AM

Yes, huggums, me too!  It's also been getting worse over the last few days...  I couldn't use DAP so I switched to Download Express, but now that won't work either.  It's only filedump - gocchin etc are fine.  I think it's that old 'referrer' problem again...  I've posted a request for it to be explained here (http://forum.jphip.com/index.php?topic=10514.0) as well.

i think we need a new sticky/thread for the whole referrer problem... it keeps popping up in this thread all the time

Please don't tell me to go use flashget / flashgot, cos I can't make that work either.  Surely we should be able to operate with popular download managers like DAP and Download Express...   I know we want to protect against leeching from outside the forum, but if we make things so hard for legitimate members, is that good?

Sorry to sound a bit crappy...  I really do appreciate all the work of the mods and the uploaders too, I'm just feeling a bit frustrated by things that change and seem to make us worse off than we were before.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on April 26, 2007, 08:37:07 PM
hmmm I am not sure what happened but whenever I do an encode and it is nearing 100% I get this:
(http://img386.imageshack.us/img386/8708/untitledvc4.th.jpg) (http://img386.imageshack.us/my.php?image=untitledvc4.jpg)

This occurs on anything I am trying to encode with MeGUI.

So not too sure if anyone knows what might be the problem... thanks.

PS: Also I can't seem to update my MeGUI to the latest CORE version... I update it and restart and well it is the same version again...
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on April 26, 2007, 08:52:19 PM
^Did you look at the log to see what it might tell you?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on April 26, 2007, 09:06:01 PM
Log:

Log for job job1

xvid_encraw - raw mpeg4 bitstream encoder written by Christoph Lampert 2002-2003

Trying to retrieve width and height from input header
Input colorspace is YV12
xvidcore build version: xvid-1.2.0-dev
Bitstream version: 1.2.-127
Detected CPU flags: ASM MMX MMXEXT SSE SSE2 3DNOW 3DNOWEXT TSC
Detected 1 cpus, using 1 threads.

Tot: enctime(ms) =1321395.00,               length(bytes) = 143152740
Avg: enctime(ms) = 194.92, fps =   5.13, length(bytes) =   21117
I frames:    567 frames, size =   42936/24344822, quants =  3 / 3.00 /  3
P frames:   1495 frames, size =   24345/36396592, quants =  3 / 3.00 /  3
B frames:   2889 frames, size =    9251/26727005, quants =  5 / 5.00 /  5
S frames:   1825 frames, size =   30511/55684321, quants =  3 / 3.00 /  3

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The current job contains errors. Skipping chained jobs

EDIT: Yesterday I was able to do encodes without any problems and I don't recall making any changes in terms of to the program settings/files only thing changed = scripts which all contain the same information just different file location.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on April 26, 2007, 09:26:15 PM
^That error you got with megui is one I've never gotten with it, and megui is the only encoder I use.
I don't encode with xvid, though, only H.264.

Don't know what your source material is, but have tried to encode anything else since getting this error message?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on April 26, 2007, 09:44:35 PM
Yup and same error, having someone help me right now so I shall report back if it works/ or not.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 26, 2007, 09:53:37 PM
That's a memory error.

I think you might have a messed up memory address in one of your sticks of memory
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on April 26, 2007, 09:55:38 PM
Hmm not too sure if that might be it.. as I can still encode via VDubMod =X

Nvm.. Find out the reason... It is due to it being a .avi, as .vob scrips work.
Example:
AVIFileSource("D:\Music Videos\Other\Maki Goto - Some Boys Touch.avi")
That is what I have for .AVI's (Made with AVSEdit)

So not too sure what to change it to, to allow me to process the .avi
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 27, 2007, 01:46:22 AM
I'm not really sure how the memory works, but I occasionally get an error like that, and I've confirmed that I do have some corrupt memory addresses in my memory. It doesn't prevent me from using my computer or using any programs, but it does show up every once in a while.

Have you gotten that same error before?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SacredCultivator on April 27, 2007, 02:22:40 AM
found out prblem but yeah need to fix this one now. as it had to do with the script coding used.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Shinora on April 27, 2007, 07:15:55 PM
hiya guys, for a while now everytime i open a file on mpc, my 'wave volume' would go down automatically.  im not entirely sure why this is happening and its becoming quite annoying.  does anyone know why this might be happening?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on April 27, 2007, 10:27:30 PM
hiya guys, for a while now everytime i open a file on mpc, my 'wave volume' would go down automatically.  im not entirely sure why this is happening and its becoming quite annoying.  does anyone know why this might be happening?
That used to happen to me.  I had "Real Alternative" which is some sort of addon to mpc to play realmedia files.  I got rid of Real Alternative and it stopped doing it.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on April 28, 2007, 05:56:09 AM
That used to happen to me.  I had "Real Alternative" which is some sort of addon to mpc to play realmedia files.  I got rid of Real Alternative and it stopped doing it.
I think is more that Media Player (classic) sets its 'remembered' volume.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ziggurat on April 28, 2007, 03:54:02 PM
I need some help too.. If anyone can shed some light to my problem..

I've two hdd, a 40GB ide seagate and 160GB sata seagate. Recently, the second hdd (160GB sata) will randomly die if it receive a high load and delayed write error message will pop up.. When it occurred, the cpu activity light will blinking rapidly, and error messages will pop up. Some other error message are:

Warning:ftdisk "The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption may occur."

Error:PlugPlayManager "The device 'ST3160827AS' (IDE\DiskST3160827AS_____________________________3.42____\5&138d40d1&0&0.0.0) disappeared from the system without first being prepared for removal."

Error:ntfs "{Delayed Write Failed} Windows was unable to save all the data for the file . The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere."

Error:disk "An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk1\D during a paging operation.
"

After a reboot, the hdd will function like normal. Last time, this problem occurred when i use a mp3 tagging software that scan for mp3s when I click a partition or folder from the software..

I just hope this isn't a sign that my hdd is dying..  Just for a note, my integrated network adapter and a pci slot have malfunction after a lightning strike.. So, I expect that some part of my mainboard also maybe broken.. But for now, all thing still works perfectly..

Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on April 28, 2007, 04:45:49 PM
I just hope this isn't a sign that my hdd is dying..  Just for a note, my integrated network adapter and a pci slot have malfunction after a lightning strike.. So, I expect that some part of my mainboard also maybe broken.. But for now, all thing still works perfectly..
I think a little more then just network and pci slot got fried from the lighting strike, backup your data as soon as possible!
It might be only the motherboard that is defective, but I would prepare for replacing the whole machine.
Heavy activity will bring possible future problems more to the surface (e.g. your tagging of mp3's)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on April 28, 2007, 04:48:38 PM
Could be a Windows glitch. With XP, SATA drives occassionally show up as removable drives.

Try switching your SATA cable to a different port on the motherboard. If your motherboard came with software, you should try reinstalling it.

It does sound like a mainboard issue.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ziggurat on April 28, 2007, 04:59:12 PM
I think a little more then just network and pci slot got fried from the lighting strike, backup your data as soon as possible!
It might be only the motherboard that is defective, but I would prepare for replacing the whole machine.
Heavy activity will bring possible future problems more to the surface (e.g. your tagging of mp3's)

Urghh, if that is the case, I'll do what you suggest.. T_T

Could be a Windows glitch. With XP, SATA drives occassionally show up as removable drives.

Try switching your SATA cable to a different port on the motherboard. If your motherboard came with software, you should try reinstalling it.

It does sound like a mainboard issue.

Actually it doesn't show up as removeable drive. It just the error showing that said about the plug and play thing..

Thanks for this quick reply, frblckstr1 and Asmodai. I'll be preparing something for now.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: gokuson86 on April 29, 2007, 07:39:32 AM
does your computer freeze when the internet stops working or just manually power off?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on April 30, 2007, 12:12:24 AM
you know when u enlarge a picture and u get those pixels right, how do you smooth out the picture (taking away the pixels) and make it high quality using photoshop?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: edhead999 on April 30, 2007, 08:15:51 AM
I've been having a problem with my iPod lately. One day, my whole library disappeared. As I plugged it into the computer, it said that there was 30 gigs of "orange" aka "other" x.x yeah. I've tried restoring it and resynchronizing my library completely, but around 66-70%, it'll give me a delayed write failed and the whole iPod needs to be restored again... I can up about 20 gigs safely, but after that, it just goes to hell.

Is there something I could do, or is my iPod done for?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on April 30, 2007, 10:23:15 AM
^ I think you get the idea why there are so many iPods sold
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: StreakInTheSky on April 30, 2007, 05:26:11 PM
hope you still have warranty lol
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on April 30, 2007, 08:45:03 PM
Assuming nothing is irreplaceable, try reformatting it.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on April 30, 2007, 08:48:13 PM
you know when u enlarge a picture and u get those pixels right, how do you smooth out the picture (taking away the pixels) and make it high quality using photoshop?

There's no way to improve the image resolution beyond the original source. You can try using the image sharpening functions included in Photoshop, but they may not work that well.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on May 01, 2007, 01:16:21 PM
there are many different techniques for enlarging photos, and none of them are very easy.
- you may want to begin with a simple resize technique, where you increase the size of your photo 10% for as many times until it's the size you like.
- sometimes you need to work with some brushes to help blur out some areas, like skin and tonal gradiants.
- if your original image was noisy (aka "grainy", by color or by luminocity), those differences will be heightened with the image resize. there are some good commercial products that can help reduce this, especially with photos that involve soft gradiants (like skin of a face, etc).
- if you need to enlarge a photo that has hair... there's no good technique for that.

the techniques go on and on, you can search google for them. every photo that is unique will have a unique way for upsampling, so you just have to spend time and try and see what you can get.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: nox_xie on May 01, 2007, 01:34:02 PM
wow.. u sure help a lot tg.. u got knowledge man.. i envy u man.. u sure read a lot..
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on May 01, 2007, 03:33:42 PM
you know when u enlarge a picture and u get those pixels right, how do you smooth out the picture (taking away the pixels) and make it high quality using photoshop?
When I resize an image (I use Paint Shop Pro) there's a dropdown menu with different resize methods, "smart size", "bicubic", "bilinear", "pixel resize", "weighted average".  Some resize better than others, some look more blocky than others.  If a resized image looks bad I try all the options and see which looks best.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: StreakInTheSky on May 01, 2007, 09:47:26 PM
wow.. u sure help a lot tg.. u got knowledge man.. i envy u man.. u sure read a lot..

lol tg is the go to guy for all your nerdy needs
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on May 03, 2007, 04:51:31 PM
ITT, how to securely delete files. Is there any program that can do that? Like, zero everything i've deleted? Actually there probably is, but I don't know what it is. I'm not talking about DBAN, where everything is deleted, but a per file basis?

I don't make sense.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on May 03, 2007, 04:54:14 PM
ITT, how to securely delete files. Is there any program that can do that? Like, zero everything i've deleted? Actually there probably is, but I don't know what it is. I'm not talking about DBAN, where everything is deleted, but a per file basis?

I don't make sense.
Yes you do :)

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/Security/SDelete.mspx
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on May 04, 2007, 05:47:09 PM
there's also shredder:
http://www.handybits.com/shredder.htm

and if you need per-file encryption:
http://www.axantum.com/AxCrypt/

and if you need per-volume encryption:
http://www.truecrypt.org/
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Shinora on May 13, 2007, 04:56:10 AM
hiya everyone, for some reason everything on firefox was wiped clean. my addons, bookmarks, etc... i was hoping if anyone knows how to get it back, cuz i had quite a lot of loaders on saved on my favourites and i no longer have access to any of it -___-
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on May 13, 2007, 05:46:37 AM
Look at C:\Documents and Settings\$yourname\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\ There should be backups of the your bookmarks there. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on May 14, 2007, 09:44:12 AM Hi hipsters, i wanna make an OPV (or any multi media presentation that involves pictures and clips). What are the tools/software that i need? Is there any easy to use program like photo story 3 (picture presentations) but that enables me to mix video as well? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on May 14, 2007, 10:26:24 AM i wanna make an OPV (or any multi media presentation that involves pictures and clips). What are the tools/software that i need? Look up little paduan: http://forum.jphip.com/index.php?topic=5042.0 Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ferrar1 on May 14, 2007, 12:15:14 PM ^ Yes Mi Lord :D Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: reine on May 18, 2007, 02:24:52 AM is there any way to move my current XP HD to another system and make it work (boot)? I don't feel like reinstalling 100s of apps on my new rig. Thanks in advance Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ~Dan~ on May 18, 2007, 02:46:20 AM is there any way to move my current XP HD to another system and make it work (boot)? I don't feel like reinstalling 100s of apps on my new rig. Thanks in advance It might work, it might not. If your new system has a different motherboard, different graphics card etc then some settings & drivers will be different. If it boots then it'd probably want to re-install some of the drivers. It'd probablly be better to install XP again on your new pc and put in your current HD as a slave drive so you'd still be able to access all your videos/music, etc. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: reine on May 18, 2007, 04:22:23 AM I already tried it, and it did not boot. As my new system had a diff mobo, processor and vid card. It's not the data (video/audio) files I'm worried about but rather the apps; cause I've lost many of the installer programs and it will be a pain to reinstall/redownload them all over again. So there's no work around so my old HD can boot in my new system? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on May 18, 2007, 06:15:22 AM I already tried it, and it did not boot. As my new system had a diff mobo, processor and vid card. It's not the data (video/audio) files I'm worried about but rather the apps; cause I've lost many of the installer programs and it will be a pain to reinstall/redownload them all over again. So there's no work around so my old HD can boot in my new system? It depends a bit on the XP license you have, if its locked to your origional PC you might have problems. What you can try is a 'repair install': In the new machine boot from the XP install CD, after it has found your current install select 'repair' and follow the procedure (you will need your XP license number!) Here is a Microsoft support link to get you started: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824125/en-us Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: RatBastich on May 18, 2007, 07:42:44 PM Can some one recommend a good freeware tag editor for ogg files? Edit: Nvm, I just found me found one that I like. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on May 20, 2007, 03:44:55 PM Does anyone know what this means? I got it when I tried to extract those .xxx/.jpeg files from Japanese uploaders. (http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/3606/errorsi4.jpg) (http://imageshack.us) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on May 21, 2007, 04:12:33 AM ^ "File Not Found" Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on May 21, 2007, 05:22:00 AM Thanks tg! Hmmm..that's weird, I have the files in the same directory. can anyone tell me the right way to extract the files? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ziggurat on May 21, 2007, 06:08:41 AM Huggum, looks like you have the same problem like me last time.. refer to this page... http://forum.jphip.com/index.php?topic=2392.msg298147#msg298147 Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on May 21, 2007, 06:50:28 AM Thanks zig! Well it's still not working for me and I can't seem to download the hex editor from the site. I think my download manager could be the one to blame, maybe it messed up the files while downloading it or something. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ziggurat on May 21, 2007, 08:37:19 AM I see. If the files mess up.. You need to re download it then... -_- Here a hex editor i found in my software folder.. http://www.sendspace.com/file/6lp3ji (http://www.sendspace.com/file/6lp3ji) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on May 21, 2007, 10:35:20 AM Thanks for that link ziggy. Now I can see the vid I downloaded! XD Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Tuffty on May 28, 2007, 05:25:29 PM Ugh this torrent downloading nonsense is doing my head in. With uTorrent, Azureus and BitComet, I've forwarded the appropriate port, set the appropriate download and upload speeds, switched Windows Firewall off and set them as exceptions in my other firewall. Yet with one torrent having a swarm of 1392 (171 seeds/1221 peers) and each torrent client saying everything is a-ok, I'm still getting speeds up to 2.0kB/s, connecting to 2-3 seeds and 44 peers. :banghead: Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on May 29, 2007, 05:27:13 AM ^ Are you actually uploading? Also: maybe when its 'the first time' your share-ratio limits the download speed/peers you actually get. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Tuffty on May 29, 2007, 09:28:16 AM Huzzah! It seems to be working reasonably well. It's still around 20kB/s but it's already 10x better than what it previously was. The problem I think was, that in my failed attempts to look at guidance from other sources, I was actually limiting my download/upload speed. I just set them all to 0 which gives it unlimited rates. I was starting to panic too because there was no upload speed at all for any torrents, which would affect my share ratio. I think I'll stop tampering with the client now! XD Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on May 29, 2007, 10:23:44 AM ^ If you are on an ADSL type line, I would limit the upload speed to 70% of the maximum up line speed (makes for better download speeds) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 01, 2007, 05:14:43 AM im wondering if i buy like a new ram or a graphic card from another country (going to vacation this summer to korea/hk/malaysia) will it work on my computer that im using in canada? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on June 01, 2007, 05:35:20 AM im wondering if i buy like a new ram or a graphic card from another country (going to vacation this summer to korea/hk/malaysia) will it work on my computer that im using in canada? Yes, the beauty of PC's! :) (only exception: TV-in/out which sometimes is still locked to NTSC/PAL only) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 01, 2007, 06:11:32 AM hahaha nice. guess ill have a tweaked out super comp when i get home O0 Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on June 01, 2007, 07:43:02 AM The only problem when buying in another country could be warranty. It's kinda hard to return to the shop you bought the stuff from if it's several thousand kilometers away... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 02, 2007, 06:12:30 AM thats true though im not really worry about that since the stuff over at other countries are cheaper than here anyways Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on June 02, 2007, 07:49:15 AM LOL. Well the warranties in Malaysia are crap anyways, so unless you go to those classy-ass, overpriced stores, it's no big loss. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 02, 2007, 06:19:59 PM ur from malaysia? cool. do they sell import cellphones from japan there? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on June 03, 2007, 03:04:53 AM ^ Not that I know of, at least not officially. I have a feeling that they do sell it somewhere, but they're either very hard to find or very expensive. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 03, 2007, 09:41:33 AM ahh ok damn. and i thought i could find some cheap cell phones there as well Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on June 06, 2007, 08:26:33 AM I had to reset my MBR, which messed up my partition tables. How do I edit/fix it? I think it's causing my computer to think I have more than one instance of windows installed and now it asks which one I want to use, one works and the other one doesn't. It's only my guess that the partition table is responsible though. Could it be something else? Also windows won't shut down completely, it shows the "windows is shutting down" screen and just hangs, so I have to manually shut it down. It's a fresh install of windows so I don't know what could be the problem. I googled it and a site says there's a fix in SP1, but I have SP2... I can't get online with it either cause there's something wrong with my onboard lan(sometimes it goes on for less than a second, but it's pretty much dead) So I'll probably have to buy a seperate card. Any recommendations? (I'll probably end up buying the cheapest one I can find) This sucks since I just bought more memory and a cpu, and can't even enjoy it -____- Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on June 06, 2007, 10:36:06 AM ^ That selection is presented from the boot.ini, not from the MBR It sounds like a second Windows install was done over an already existing one without doing an 'upgrade' or 'repair'. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on June 06, 2007, 10:59:39 AM So can I do something with boot.ini to fix anything? I formated the partition before I re-installed so I don't know why it's doing this. I've done this before, but this is the first time this happened. well my lan started working again... so not all is lost. edit: ok so I realized boot.ini and a bunch of other files are in a partiton that is not the one with windows in it. Is that cause that partition became drive C: ? Now I'm really regretting making all these partitions... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on June 06, 2007, 11:25:54 AM Question: What would be a good "cluster" name to use with Share EX2, to look for some "not-so-mainstream" japanese music ??? :? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on June 06, 2007, 04:10:49 PM ^^ you may want to check your ethernet cable. sometimes the contacts in the terminators will wear down, and if you bend it the wrong way it will drop the connection--not an issue with your onboard lan. worst case, just go out and buy a new cable. ^ "single": シングル "album": アルバム that's usually how files are listed under share, as far as music goes. but if you already have those under your cluster keywords, i'm not sure what else to suggest.. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on June 06, 2007, 04:16:06 PM "single": シングル "album": アルバム that's usually how files are listed under share, as far as music goes. but if you already have those under your cluster keywords, i'm not sure what else to suggest.. Nope, actually, i didn't have any of those... since i use it mainly to get some lolli stuff... :grin: Thanks thatguy, i'll add those two and check it! :) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on June 06, 2007, 04:28:37 PM edit: ok so I realized boot.ini and a bunch of other files are in a partiton that is not the one with windows in it. Is that cause that partition became drive C: ? The first 'active' partition' will become C:, so if you delete something 'before' your current D: (containing the boot.ini as you mention) then that very well could become C: on the next re-boot. !warning next advice might delete data! The simplest way to correct this is during the XP setup to delete all partitions and create one big C: on the first disk. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: nox_xie on June 07, 2007, 12:33:44 AM ^ Not that I know of, at least not officially. I have a feeling that they do sell it somewhere, but they're either very hard to find or very expensive. got lor but not all model.. some like lg and sharp got ler.. latest one .. oh ya, sony ericsson one also got.. but not all shop got lor.. need to find in kuala lumpur.. sungai wang plaza and lowyat plaza is the place to go if wanna buy.. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on June 07, 2007, 12:55:58 AM ok, recently bought a video iPod for my Dad on father's day. downloaded and installed the software iTunes. with iTunes, i could easily drag music into it's library and convert it to fit the iPod if necessary. but i have no idea how to import videos into iTunes library. i tried dragging it or importing various avi filesm, hoping it would convert as well. No luck there. so i think i have to convert it to mp4 format manually by myself, rite? so i'm wondering what's the best mp4 converter to use to convert avi, divx, Xvid into mp4? btw i think mpg work with iTunes and iPod, rite? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on June 07, 2007, 12:59:52 AM Quote got lor but not all model.. some like lg and sharp got ler.. latest one .. oh ya, sony ericsson one also got.. but not all shop got lor.. need to find in kuala lumpur.. sungai wang plaza and lowyat plaza is the place to go if wanna buy.. Oh, I didn't know LG, Sharp and Sony Ericsson are Japanese brands XD \ Gotta let Mugen know. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Guchi_Jnr on June 07, 2007, 02:36:38 AM ok, recently bought a video iPod for my Dad on father's day. downloaded and installed the software iTunes. with iTunes, i could easily drag music into it's library and convert it to fit the iPod if necessary. but i have no idea how to import videos into iTunes library. i tried dragging it or importing various avi filesm, hoping it would convert as well. No luck there. so i think i have to convert it to mp4 format manually by myself, rite? so i'm wondering what's the best mp4 converter to use to convert avi, divx, Xvid into mp4? btw i think mpg work with iTunes and iPod, rite? An mpg file will load into itunes straight away, and from there you can right click, and convert it for the ipod, so they are no probs. For other formats, I'm just using Nero Encode since it's a app I already had, and works fine. (http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/7941/recodehw6.th.jpg) (http://img471.imageshack.us/my.php?image=recodehw6.jpg) One of the set profiles is for "ipod video", so I just use that, but I also increase the recommended resolution back to standard video resolution, since the ipod can actually handle that. From there, it will go straight into itunes/ipod. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on June 07, 2007, 02:52:46 AM ^^ if you dont want to pay for nero (or find "alternate" ways to use it), you can use SUPER, which is a freeware program that converts to and from just about any format you can throw at it. Download SUPER (http://www.erightsoft.com/Superdc.html) once you download and install it, just open it up. select "iPod 5.5g" from the Output Containers, and everything else is pre-configured. then just drag/drop some files onto the program, and hit Encode. if you get a little lost, you can follow this tutorial: Ipod Video conversion tutorial (http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/449241) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on June 07, 2007, 06:48:02 PM thanks for the info, but i checked out the SUPER site and can't really find the download link. isn't there an easier way to download it? the entire site is confusing and i don't know where to go download. i really want this, it seems like such a great tool. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on June 07, 2007, 08:55:09 PM yeah.. their site is a little cluttered. the link is at the bottom of the page, but i'll hotlink the direct download: download @ bottom of the page (http://www.erightsoft.net/S6Kg1.html) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on June 09, 2007, 01:18:59 AM Question: What would be a good "cluster" name to use with Share EX2, to look for some "not-so-mainstream" japanese music ??? :? I just use the ones that tg said and the artist name. if you keep share open long enough it might show something. I recommend making a trigger for what you're looking for and check "add to DB only" and uncheck "delete matching query triggers." Do a search for the artist and just wait. I find that using share for less known artists doesn't work so well. I could sometimes find the artist I'm looking for on soulseek though. It works better when you do a search within a chatroom. and if all else fails you can just ask around. lol Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on June 09, 2007, 03:59:56 AM yeah.. their site is a little cluttered. the link is at the bottom of the page, but i'll hotlink the direct download: download @ bottom of the page (http://www.erightsoft.net/S6Kg1.html) thanks for the help, i'll try it out. :D Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on June 11, 2007, 11:38:32 AM ... I find that using share for less known artists doesn't work so well. I could sometimes find the artist I'm looking for on soulseek though... i gave up on Soulseek a long time ago... most of the guys int the JMR are a bunch of bloody anoying elitists!! :tama-mad: Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on June 11, 2007, 01:54:16 PM lol yeah, say the wrong thing in any room and the people in it will be on your ass. You just have to learn to get around that. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Kamui on June 17, 2007, 04:59:00 PM I have a problem with my PS2, I keep getting a Disc Read Error whenever I try to play my games, it doesn't happen with every gam* but its been happening a lot lately. I've had my PS2 since the summer of 2001 and have never had a problem with it until recently, and its in excellent condition so I don't think anything is broken I think. I don't know what to do anymore, its pretty frustrating and I don't want to borrow my roommates PS2. Is there anything other than sending it to sony that I can do? *For instance, I got Armored Core: Last Raven and Shin Megami Tensei:RvSA a couple of weeks ago, it plays AC fine each time I start the PS2 but it takes a few tries before it can play SMT sometimes. I bought two fairly old games, Chaos Legion and Prince of Persia, last night and it took around 30 minutes of trying before I could play either. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on June 17, 2007, 06:40:13 PM I think it might be the lens. 6 years is a pretty long time. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Kamui on June 17, 2007, 06:47:03 PM So do I just need to somehow clean the lens then? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on June 17, 2007, 07:49:09 PM yah, u can just try and go buy a lens cleaner for ur video game console. i had the same problem once before, and cleaning it really does help. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Kamui on June 17, 2007, 08:22:16 PM Alright thanks for the help. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 18, 2007, 05:30:03 AM im planning to buy a laptop off dell for my vacation so i can watch pOrno movies on the plane for 14 hours. can anybody help me pick a decent laptop for multimedia functions from the site that doesnt cost a lot of moolahs? http://www1.ca.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/notebooks?c=ca&cs=cadhs1&l=en&s=dhs Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on June 18, 2007, 10:16:22 AM ^ Any Core (2) Duo laptop with 1.6GHz or higher should be able to run any current type of video except maybe for the highest resolution 1080p So unless you have anything else you want to do with it, go for the cheapest. (Just make sure you have a power socket nearby and install the codecs) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on June 18, 2007, 11:01:59 AM ^^buy extra batteries lol Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on June 18, 2007, 11:45:32 AM ^ my pentium M plays just about all files fine, with the exception of high-bandwidth .TS files. of course, the new mobile core2duo processors supposedly use less power (ie: longer battery life), but depending on your budget that might not matter. also, be sure to check seatguru.com (http://www.seatguru.com/) to see if your seat has a power-port. if you're lucky, the new airbus A330 planes all have power plugs in the forward economy section (ie: free juice on an economy-priced ticket!), so try to reserve a good seat :) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 18, 2007, 08:02:23 PM im planing to get this one. http://www1.ca.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/xpsnb_m1210?c=ca&cs=cadhs1&l=en&s=dhs 12 inches of screen is good enough for me cuz my sister has 15 and its pretty damn huge. though the graphic card isnt that great but im not gonna use this for gaming. just movies and study for college and stuff. so this shiuld be good right Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on June 18, 2007, 08:35:52 PM the xps1210, imo, is dell's best laptop. go for it. 15inch laptops are usually for people on a budget and can't afford something smaller lol Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on June 19, 2007, 06:07:24 AM aight cool thxs Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on June 23, 2007, 11:56:20 AM is there anyway we can burn mkv files into DVD and watch it on a DVD player like a normal dvd? i dunno much about mkv, so that's why i'm asking... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on June 23, 2007, 01:14:29 PM MKV is just a container that holds standard content (such as divx or xvid video, mp3 audio, etc)--it just happens to be fairly sophisticated since it can also hold multiple video/audio tracks as well as subtitles and chapter info, whereas AVI is much more limited. The good news is that since the content inside is still standard, there's no technological barrier. But the trouble is that since MKV is really quite advanced, if your particular MKV file has a lot of features on it (beyond just one video and one audio), when converting it to burn onto DVD you'll lose those features, and the process might be a little tricky. In any case, Matroska's own website has some information as well as a couple links to the programs you'll be interested in. Check it out here (http://www.matroska.org/technical/guides/dvd/index.html). Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on June 23, 2007, 09:08:57 PM my thanks to *thatguy* for thatguy's help. (sorry bout the pun). hehe Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on June 23, 2007, 11:40:03 PM my thanks to *thatguy* for thatguy's help. (sorry bout the pun). hehe Don't be sorry, just don't post it XD Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on June 25, 2007, 11:47:23 AM Well it's not really a "tech-related problem", but I think it's a bit too technical for me to understand XD It's about my domain (which I bought in April). (http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/3021/223dc4.jpg) What are they saying in the thing I marked in red? What will they charge me for? Will they charge me in the first place? I just know I bought the domain, but are they just saying that they'll charge me every certain number of days if I go over a certain limit? I don't want "unexpected payments" showing up on my credit card statement, is all. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Genesis on June 25, 2007, 12:22:14 PM If you ever owe more than 9.23, then every 15 days they're going to bill you until they get that amount. But if you have a credit card setup and you pay off your card every month, you don't have anything to worry about. edit: lol, I noticed you bought a one year plan, so you really don't have anything to worry about because each month you'll always owe$0 until your year is up XD
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on June 25, 2007, 01:06:53 PM
If you ever owe more than 9.23, then every 15 days they're going to bill you until they get that amount. But if you have a credit card setup and you pay off your card every month, you don't have anything to worry about.

edit: lol, I noticed you bought a one year plan, so you really don't have anything to worry about because each month you'll always owe $0 until your year is up XD Ah, I see now, haha. Thanks a lot! Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on June 25, 2007, 01:32:14 PM ^ durr, you mean on the 16th of every month. such as January 16th, February 16th, etc. After your year has expired, your monthly expenses will accumulate until billing. For instance, if in one month you accumulate$5 in charges, you won't be billed that month. But if in the next you use another $5, then your total is$10 (ie: over $9.23), and then on the 16th of that month you'll be billed.$9.23 is a rather odd amount, but I imagine that it's how they have integrated pay-per-usage services into their system. I'm willing to bet that if you continue to make all of your payments on-time, that number will grow.

In any case, payment shouldn't be an issue. You should receive an email once billed, and should be given a period (usually 1-2 weeks) before the payment is due. The purpose of scheduling it on the 16th is because that was when you opened the account, and it's used to keep track of the bandwidth you use. In other words, for the 1800+ GB of bandwidth you have, the meter gets reset on the 16th of every month. Not a big deal if you're not using it all, but if for instance you hosted lots of big files to share, it might make sense to post/share a new file on the 16th of the month, rather than the day before, so that you aren't charged for extra bandwidth.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on June 26, 2007, 09:19:07 AM
^ So basically, as long as I don't go over the bandwidth (and storage) limit, then I don't have to worry at all about anything? XD
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on June 26, 2007, 09:31:04 AM
^ yes, for the first year you paid for anyway.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on July 03, 2007, 07:04:35 AM
There's something wrong with one of my hard drives. Occasionally, when I play/copy/burn files from that drive, my PC would hang and I'd have to either wait for some write error fail message thing to come out or force reset it. I can't even defragment it past 12%. Is it dying and is there anything I can do to fix it?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 03, 2007, 07:23:49 AM
Yes, it has all the signs of bad/corrupt sectors. Try to backup as much of the data as you can, and don't write anything onto it.

I have other suggestions, but need to know which hard drive this is. Do you only have one, and is it your C: drive which has windows (or your OS)? Or is it something like an external hdd?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on July 03, 2007, 07:28:28 AM
Noooes D:

Well I guess it's a good thing that it's showing signs. My previous HDD died out of the blue. I've started backing up the files and haven't written anything on it since I noticed what was going on last week.

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I have other suggestions, but need to know which hard drive this is. Do you only have one, and is it your C: drive which has windows (or your OS)? Or is it something like an external hdd?

It's just one of my internal drives (I have 3), it's only 80Gb and it's not the one with the OS.

Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 03, 2007, 08:22:01 AM
Alright, then you should be able to back up the files without any problem. If it had the OS (which is always writing data) then you might have trouble. :P Since it's just 80gb I figure you won't have much of a problem backing it up, so I'll just leave it at that.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: arie on July 05, 2007, 07:47:08 AM
Maybe dumb question,
But is it possible when i'm listen to an mp-3 in mediaplayer/winamp/vlc that the single/album cover-photo will be visible?
And how does it work?
I prefer winamp.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: marktobias on July 05, 2007, 02:01:29 PM
I have a new motherboard, a new processor, a new stick of RAM, a new power supply. The only old thing I have is my audio card but I left that out on my most recent fresh Windows install and I've still had problems. I've tried with three different hard drives but every time I install Windows there are errors. Sometimes Zone Alarm doesn't load when I boot up, sometimes AVG doesn't load when I boot up, things are extremely slow (task manager says CPU is getting up to 80/90% when I'm just transferring a file or something and the cursor starts to be juddery). On my last install I tried making a reasonably large gif and the comp just completely froze up.

A brief history of conflicts would be that when we rebuilt my computer we tried to save some files on two corrupt (but still readable) hard drives and also in the end my graphics card kept causing everything not to run properly so we binned that.

I'm just trying to mention everything I can think of but I'm at a dead end really and am expecting this Windows install to die on me every time I boot up. The usual way it dies is by not being able to log me into my profile and loading a default one because it can't read some files or something (I'm on Windows 2000).

Luckily my Dad has a laptop that I can use whenever he's not. I just can't afford to spend any more money on this machine right now and it doesn't help that I can't eliminate what's wrong with it.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 05, 2007, 02:11:57 PM
@arie: as far as I know, winamp isn't configured to do this on its own. but there are a number of plugins you can search for that should get the job done.

@mark: can you provide specifics on your hardware? ZA and AVG can be resource-hogs at times, so it would help to know how fast your computer is. Also, though it should be relatively stable, Windows 2000 isn't by any means a very fast OS (it's actually the NT/server version of Win98, and is older than XP).
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: marktobias on July 05, 2007, 02:22:10 PM
Thanks for the fast response.

I know 2000 is slower but it's what I had installed before I had the new hardware. It's the errors that are the main sign something major is wrong. It was faster before all this new hardware was installed (it was all replaced because the PSU was dying and somehow killed the motherboard) and my motherboard and CPU are supposed to be upgrades.

My spec.

Windows:               Windows 2000 5.0 (Build 2195) Service Pack 4
Internet Explorer:     6.0.2800.1106
Memory (RAM):          504 MB
CPU:                   Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
CPU Speed:             2951.5 MHz
Sound card:            SB Audigy Audio [E400]
Display Adapters:      Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller | NetMeeting driver
Motherboard:           ASUSTeK Computer Inc. P5PE-VM
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 05, 2007, 02:28:01 PM
I know 2000 is slower but it's what I had installed before I had the new hardware

Do you mean you are using the same install of Windows from your last hardware? Everytime you install a major hardware component, you need to reinstall Windows. It's because of the way Windows configures its dependancies during the install. Part of the reason why a "carried over" copy of Windows is slow is because it's looking for all of your old hardware.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: marktobias on July 05, 2007, 02:42:20 PM
No, no. This is a complete fresh install. I've installed Windows too much recently :D it's painful.

My latest install was this week because I got a new hard drive to test it on to see if I still had the same problems.

I just meant I've had Windows 2000 installed before so I know how it behaves.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 05, 2007, 03:20:04 PM
Well, as far as I can tell, I don't see anything wrong with your hardware. Windows 2000 might not be working well with the drivers, however. XP will have all of the latest drivers, so if possible you might want to make the move to XP.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on July 05, 2007, 04:54:03 PM
Hm, grabbing at some old memory, I would check if the harddrives are running in PIO or DMA mode, if I remember correctly the default is PIO for W2000 and this comsumes a lot of CPU while doing disk I/O.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: marktobias on July 05, 2007, 11:15:21 PM
I can't afford to actually buy XP, especially if I'm not sure if it will work. I could use a crack for it but I'm not sure about doing that for an OS.

@frblckstr1 - How would I check whether my drives are running in PIO or DMA and how would I change it?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: StreakInTheSky on July 06, 2007, 12:42:43 AM
well you can install a cracked one and see if that works. If it does, to upgrade from win2000 to windows XP home edition is only around 100USD
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 06, 2007, 12:59:59 AM
Pirated versions of XP are very much functional now (and have been for several years). You can easily find XP Professional Corporate edition, which is just regular XP Pro, but without the activation requirement (WGA).

The only thing that WGA provides is that it allows you to download updates from Microsoft--which are pretty important for XP. But [AutoPatcher (http://www.autopatcher.com/)] does the exact same thing, only faster, more efficient, and free of any activation requirement. Plus with Autopatcher, you only have to reboot once to install -all- updates.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on July 06, 2007, 02:01:03 AM
The only thing that WGA provides is that it allows you to download updates from Microsoft--which are pretty important for XP. But [AutoPatcher (http://www.autopatcher.com/)] does the exact same thing, only faster, more efficient, and free of any activation requirement. Plus with Autopatcher, you only have to reboot once to install -all- updates.
You don't need to download updates from the microsoft site* because the automatic updates work and you don't need WGA for those.  Just remember to set it to not download and install the updates automatically, set it to "Notify me but don't download", then when there's updates available you can choose which ones you want, so you look through the list and choose not to install WGA.  It tries to install it once a month.

*One time I read about a way of downloading updates from the microsoft site without WGA, and after some hassle I got into the site and there was nothing I needed, so yeah, the automatic updates are all you need.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: marktobias on July 06, 2007, 02:22:50 AM
Would I be able to just borrow XP off a friend and update it using your methods? It wasn't me that installed it last time so I wouldn't even know how to go about cracking it. I usually just use guess work and online guides for that sort of thing :)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on July 06, 2007, 05:17:34 AM
Would I be able to just borrow XP off a friend and update it using your methods? It wasn't me that installed it last time so I wouldn't even know how to go about cracking it. I usually just use guess work and online guides for that sort of thing :)
To give some legal advice: just try Vista, you can install and try it out for 30 days and if everythings works buy a license.

For W2000: don't have a machine handy but check the properties of the harddisk controller, in one of the tabs there isa PIO mode dropdown/DMA.
If the DMA is dsiabled you need different drivers.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: marktobias on July 10, 2007, 02:39:55 AM
Thanks for the help guys. I've installed a copy of XP just to see how it behaves. The copy I have is Service Pack 2 so obviously I can't activate it but I can update using Auto Updates. There hasn't actually been errors so far which is already an improvement.

If nothing goes wrong in 30 days then I'll buy it because I'll have a job by then. What actually happens after 30 days anyway?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on July 10, 2007, 05:36:07 AM
If nothing goes wrong in 30 days then I'll buy it because I'll have a job by then. What actually happens after 30 days anyway?
For Vista: about the only thing you can do then is connect to the internet to activate it (if I remember correctly you have about an hour before it shuts down otherwise?)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: arie on July 10, 2007, 09:34:19 AM
@arie: as far as I know, winamp isn't configured to do this on its own. but there are a number of plugins you can search for that should get the job done.

I'm now using zingamp [plugin for winamp] easy to use and in Dutch :banana:
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 10, 2007, 02:06:51 PM
The penalty for non-activation on XP WGA is that you're locked out from your desktop. Any attempt to login will redirect you to the activation wizard, which you either have to do online or on the phone. The exact number of days varies whether or not you have a legal serial number.

I'm not sure what you mean about activation with regard to SP2. WGA (the activation component for XP) comes on all versions of XP (besides Corporate), not only XP-original or XP-SP1. If you want you could always apply a patch that gets rid of WGA, and you'll never have to worry about activating XP.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: nonbon on July 10, 2007, 02:42:38 PM
Hi! Can anyone tell me which MP4/h264 converter to download? Which is the easy to use software?
Are there any freeware of MP4 converter?

Thank you!
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 10, 2007, 03:03:28 PM
^ Check this post (http://forum.jphip.com/index.php?topic=2392.msg374308#msg374308) (which is just back one page)

It would help to know more specifically what you're converting. To or from h/x264? Etc. SUPER (in the link) will do just about all types of conversions, so that's your best bet.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: nonbon on July 10, 2007, 03:50:16 PM
Thank you! thatguy!
Thats the thing i need! :otomerika: :inlove:
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: nonbon on July 16, 2007, 07:05:27 AM
Hi guys !

SUPER work wonders!
DOes anyone know of any software that is able to cut mp3 sounds for handphone ringtones to the desired part  or mix serval songs together?

Thank you
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 16, 2007, 07:36:22 AM
^ Give Audacity a try, it seems to be what you're looking for: [Link (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/)]
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: nonbon on July 16, 2007, 02:52:32 PM
Thank you!
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Shinora on July 16, 2007, 10:22:52 PM
just recently whenever i click on a download link with firefox, it would not give me the option to open it with a certain program (ie.  torrent file with utorrent).  it only gives me the options to 1. Flashgot and 2. Save as file.  I was wondering if anyone knows how to solve this problem cuz its a hassle having to save the torrent file then open it from my desktop.  thanks.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 17, 2007, 01:13:16 AM
Sometimes an extension (like FlashGot) will override default preferences. Give this a shot:

1. Go to Tools > Options. Choose "Content" tab, and at the bottom click on "Manage" under File TYpes.
2. Search for "torrent" (no quotes)
3. You should be able to "Change Action" so that it opens with the default application.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on July 17, 2007, 01:23:13 AM
^^ That was happening to me as well a couple of days ago after I had some extensions do automatic updates.. There was yet another update, and now it's back to normal..
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Saburo on July 19, 2007, 02:18:53 AM
Can someone please direct me to a Japanese-language website that explains what is and how to use Bit Torrent?  I'm just toooo impatient to explain this stuff to my co-workers by myself.

Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 19, 2007, 02:56:38 AM
Japanese Wiki: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Saburo on July 19, 2007, 03:03:44 AM
Thanks plenty for the linkage.  I hope they "work"!
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on July 27, 2007, 03:59:04 PM
I've tried to play some video clips that I downloaded on the net, but when I use MPC to play they come out with blurry image (i.e. the colour of the video is not correct, giving me like a film negative colour).

I have K-Lite Codec pack full version and Real Alternative installed on my computer, what else do I need to fix this problem?
Thanks so much for helping!
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on July 27, 2007, 04:20:59 PM
^ A re-install of newest K-Lite might be in order.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on July 27, 2007, 04:24:34 PM
Use an app such as GSpot (http://www.headbands.com/gspot/) or Medialyser (http://medialyser.online.fr/) to determine what codecs are needed, and GSpot will report any errors it finds with your config.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: thatguy on July 27, 2007, 04:27:02 PM
If you can take a screenshot of what it looks like, that would help. A lot of different artifacts can look like "film negative", but without seeing what it looks like specifically, it's difficult to know if it's a decoder problem or if the video file is corrupt.

In any case you may also want to try using VLC player.

Personally, these are the only things I have installed:
MPC and VLC
Real and Quicktime Alternative
latest ffdshow (with h/x264 support)

And I've been able to view everything I've ever come across.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on July 27, 2007, 04:32:20 PM
Install the latest drivers for your graphics card, if you already have them try uninstalling and reinstalling or going back to a previous version if possible.

Ima take a guess but I think that the colour problem is an incorrect Hue setting when playing videos using overlay rendering. It has happened to me but that was quite a few years ago and I can't even remember what I did to fix it. But can I ask what your graphics card is?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on July 27, 2007, 04:33:24 PM
^ Thanks for all the help guys/gals! I'm going to see which one will work

My video card is X850 256 MB

Update: I've used GSpot to check the codec of the video, and it doesn't show anything, so I assume I do have the right codec for the video.
I've reinstalled my video card driver + K-Lite, still won't work.
Now I'm trying to use VLC --> which works!
XD
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on July 30, 2007, 12:48:26 AM
How do I know what kind of graphics card to buy?  I'm kind of stupid when it comes to computers but I know I need a graphics card, but I don't know which kind will work.  I have a compaq presario 6000, and a budget of $45. Can someone help me find some graphics cards that will be affordable and work well? (I'm thinking around 256mb, 128mb at the least..) I'm thinking about this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127269 Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: thatguy on July 30, 2007, 01:43:56 AM ^ First of all, you need to check what kind of hardware your Compaq's motherboard will support: Does it have a PCI-express slot, or an AGP slot? Or does it even have a GPU slot at all? A quick search for the general specs reveals that your computer uses integrated graphics, so I can't determine if you can add-on a graphics card. You should also see if there's enough space inside the case to fit a graphics card. Compaq is one of those companies that custom-designs their case to be perfect-fit, not leaving much room for additions. Once you figure out what you can add in, then you need to decide exactly what you want it for. If you have a fair amount of system memory (1gb+) and aren't looking for too much gaming performance, you can buy cards that have shared graphics memory, which will save you some money. Or else you might want to try to save up and get a new Geforce 8500 card--they run about$80 now, and will support next-gen DirectX10 games. If you're simply fed up with what you have now, then really any will do--just as long as you know you can install it into your computer.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on July 30, 2007, 01:58:28 AM
It may not be worth upgrading.

You still won't have great performance with a 6000 series from its general specs, and from what I've seen, the 6000 series doesn't even have an expansion slot for video cards.

I'd just save for a new PC.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on July 30, 2007, 08:15:50 AM
I have a compaq presario 6000, and a budget of $45. What kinda games are you looking at playing? You're probably gonna need an AGP card though, so your selection would be looking like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000048&Description=agp+video+card&name=Video+Cards If you bump your budget up to$50 you can get a 9600xt which will play the Sims 2 alright.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102043

Otherwise anything under that (around $40 mark) has pretty limited performance. Even though the 9600xt is a 2 year old card, they were pretty damn good when they were around and compared with other cards in their price range the still outperform them until you get to the Geforce 6800's which look to be up a bit more. Also don't worry about the videocard ram, anything with 128mb up is gonna be fine. I have a 6800 with 128mb of ram and it'll run Oblivion no probs. Ram is just there for high resolutions. If you save a bit more though I would get this one and pretty much double your speed. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121064 Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ziggurat on August 03, 2007, 07:32:36 AM Basic question here. I just buy a new 160GB WD IDE hard disk. The question is, can I format it properly using IDE to USB converter? Or do I need to format it using IDE by plug it in to my desktop? I'm not sure. Please enlighten me on this, thank you. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on August 03, 2007, 07:36:07 AM yeah formatting is exactly the same just leave it on the usb Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ziggurat on August 03, 2007, 07:38:15 AM So, if I format it using usb, I can't plug it to IDE later? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on August 03, 2007, 08:50:08 AM Connecting your drive with IDE or USB does not change the way how data on the drive is read/written. You should be able to plug it to IDE later. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ziggurat on August 03, 2007, 08:51:22 AM Alright, thanks ebc and tiny! I just need a confirmation from expert, lol. Don't want to screw up later. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 03, 2007, 10:21:30 AM Alright, thanks ebc and tiny! I just need a confirmation from expert, lol. Don't want to screw up later. That is always a possibility, even when you do it correct first :D Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on August 03, 2007, 05:06:44 PM Alright, thanks ebc and tiny! I just need a confirmation from expert, lol. Don't want to screw up later. I usually format my new hard disks using the USB cable - that way, if the HDD is faulty (which will show up in the format), it's relatively easy to unplug it and then send it back for returns. If you plugged it into your desktop, it will be more of a pain in the ass to reopen the case and unscrew it. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on August 08, 2007, 03:53:48 PM I'm looking into buying a tablet PC, I don't know much about tablet PC so I need you guys to suggest me what's good. My budget will be mid 1K. I'm thinking about the Asus models, any other recommendations? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 08, 2007, 04:21:41 PM ^ The new HP 2710 seems to be interesting. Try for some more info here: http://www.gottabemobile.com/ Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on August 10, 2007, 01:58:55 AM i downloaded torrent file alot, using Flashget. but whenever i do, my internet speed, and every comp in the network slow down tremendously. i think it have to do with the download/upload speed of torrent files. but i wonder is there anyway to fix this or change it. like: -if using a particular torrent software would help? other than flashget? -changing some settings on how the torrent is downloaded/uploaded, on flashget? -upgrading some hardware, like a better cable modem or a wireless router? -upgrading the internet service? i want to be able to download torrent file without greatly affecting the overall internet performance or my network. if anyone have any ideas, advices, etc. please, clue me in. thanks in advance. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on August 10, 2007, 04:18:17 AM Try reducing the number of connections, that's what causes most of the chugging. Reducing the number of peers to 10 or so will free up bandwidth. Your stuff will download slower though. Unless your router is really bad, I doubt that's the issue. Most are able to handle 4-8 100MB/s connections after all. Upgrading internet service is always helpful. It depends what you're own now. If you already have 4mb/s+, you're unlikely to notice a huge change. If you're below that, it's probably worthwhile. I have a 8mb/s connection at home, and I don't notice slowdowns even when downloading torrents at 800KB/s. Your comp slows down? Make sure that you have the router handling the gateway tasks, not a computer in your network. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: JFC on August 10, 2007, 04:58:28 AM What's the max upload rate you have your torrents set to? I've noticed that if the total upload rate is set too high, it slows down my connection. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 10, 2007, 05:15:33 AM As mentioned several times here (and in the readme's of most bittorrent clients) never use the maximum upload speed, stay at about 70% of the maximum upload KB/s your internet connection can handle. If your BT client can't handle a 'maximum upload per second for all connections' use one that can. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on August 10, 2007, 05:43:51 AM I recommend using utorrent for torrents, it has it's own lSpeed Guide where it lets you check your upload speed, and cap it accordingly. very helpful if you're new to all of it. I noticed flashget had support for torrents but since I prefer not to use it, I just installed an older version that should still be available in flashget's site. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on August 10, 2007, 11:07:35 AM wow... thanks for all the advice, guys. really appreciate it. i'll try it, thanks. hmm, let's see,i reduce my download speed and i'll try to mess with the other settings as well. and i'm thinking of upgrading the Internet anyway so we'll see how that goes. rite now i have the slowest package that my ISP provide. Your comp slows down? Make sure that you have the router handling the gateway tasks, not a computer in your network. no, it's not that my comp slows down, but the internet. it takes a long while for a webpage to load compare to when i'm not downloading bt. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Tuffty on August 10, 2007, 01:40:24 PM I'm lucky to even type this...Since Wed night my wireless internet has been slow and I mean SLOW, for no apparent reason, to the point where no pages will load at all. Sometimes if pages wouldn't load, I've restarted the system and pulled the plug out of the wireless router and re-inserted it, either of which fits the bill. But not this time. I started to suspect my laptop but checked on my sisters laptop and the PC, but they're all experiencing the same difficulty. I've scanned the laptop for any spyware, and, although finding several cookies and removing them, still no luck. Any advice? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on August 10, 2007, 02:21:54 PM Try using a cable instead of the wireless, if you find it's still slow then it might be a dodgy router. What brand is it? Try a firmware upgrade maybe. If it's not slow on the cable (the problem is related to just the wireless) then try changing the channel that your wireless access point is using. If the wireless access point supports b and g, try changing it down to just using b which is usually a more stable connection even though it's only 11mbit it should be fine for internet use. Silly question but, is your wireless secure? Try changing the encryption mode to a different one, and try re-entering a new key or even just briefly try it unsecured. (don't leave it like this though) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on August 12, 2007, 01:45:38 AM soo iim wondering i can hook up my ps3 on my pc monitor or not. my pc monitor is the lcd samsung syncmaster 710m. its a mediocre monitor that serve its purpose pretty much. not HD though but i dont really mind since i dont want to play my ps3 on my living room. so im wondering if its possible to hook up my ps3 to this monitor? if so, how? my monitor tech spec that i think might be informative. Input signals: Analog RGB Input connector/cable: 15-pin D-sub Plug and play: DDC 2B More detailed http://www.superwarehouse.com/Samsung_SyncMaster_710M_Silver_17_LCD_Monitor/710M/ps/407491 Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on August 12, 2007, 03:57:44 AM You'd have to get an adapter I think. Although I'm not sure how well it would work cause your monitor doesn't support 1080p and also to watch blu-ray movies you have no choice but to use an HDCP compliant TV. But you could try one of these: http://www.consolesandgadgets.co.uk/catalog/playstation-adapters-c-189_227.html This guy has written some specific instructions for doing what you want to do if you have trouble, actually it does look a bit strangely complicted like you can't just plug everything in and it works :s http://www.ps3hacks.net/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=3546 Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on August 12, 2007, 08:07:13 AM cool thxs for the site. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: chokkan 2 on August 12, 2007, 10:25:00 AM help >_<"" my computer keep automatically turn off (NOT shut down) after around 15 seconds I press the power button ..... I don't know what happened ...... I did RMA the CPU and Motherboard.... bought new RAM and new Powersupply....(so all of the main parts are NEW) ...... I also disconnected all the internal and external hardwares (including Harddisks and DVD Rom), but nothing works ..... no matter what I do, it still automatically turn off ...... is it possible that it's caused by a virus, if so what should I do ? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 12, 2007, 10:29:29 AM ^ 15 seconds? thats normally not enough to even boot a machine (unless you resume form sleep) And BIOS virus are very rare (only in labs a.f.a.i.k.) Is sounds like a short or maybe the ground wires not connected properly, or simple the power supply gone bad. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: chokkan 2 on August 12, 2007, 10:35:18 AM the power supply is new (the wires are also new) ... I even got a USP to make sure I got power ...... yeah, BIOS virus are very rare and my motherboard already RMA .........so ..... is it possible that one of my hardware is spreading a BIOS virus ?? Can it hide in my display card or my RAM ?? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on August 12, 2007, 10:49:41 AM Doesn't sound like a virus but a simple format and reinstall of Windows will fix any software probs. Sounds to me that's what it needs actually. By turn off do you mean that there are no power lights on the computer at all? or does it reboot by itself? The point at which it does this "automatic turn off" is it the same place each time and is it when Windows is booting or is it already in Windows? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: chokkan 2 on August 12, 2007, 10:57:17 AM there are power light, but the system itself just turn off ....... I have already disconnected all of my harddisks so it's impossible to be a software problem .... and it happened after around 15 seconds I press the power button ... just enough time to load the BIOS (so frblckstr1 is probably right, it's probably a BIOS virus) so what should I do ........... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Guchi_Jnr on August 12, 2007, 11:04:23 AM That was happening to me last year.. All mine ended up being, was the heat sink compound needed replacing, and it's been sweet ever since. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on August 12, 2007, 11:24:59 AM Yeah it's not a virus. I just didn't quite read that you had disconnected your hdds, my bad. Do what guchi_jr said and check that heatsink is actually making good contact with the cpu. What's the model of the motherboard btw? After that, I guess you've replaced pretty much everything else already so perhaps it's bad luck and you have another faulty part somewhere there. You'll just have to swap out parts until you get it working again, got any friends with similar hardware you can try? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on August 12, 2007, 04:41:48 PM there are power light, but the system itself just turn off ....... I have already disconnected all of my harddisks so it's impossible to be a software problem .... and it happened after around 15 seconds I press the power button ... just enough time to load the BIOS (so frblckstr1 is probably right, it's probably a BIOS virus) so what should I do ........... Hm, if you have additional cards in the system (like video cards) you might try and pull all those, then see if the systems stays on longer with only the motherboard, then one by one re-add the cards and see if one of them trips something. And yes a bad CPU heat sink can also 'shutdown' the computer because its overheating. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: chokkan 2 on August 12, 2007, 08:51:27 PM I don't have any additional card except my display card ...... I don't even use sound card (my motherboard is an all-in-one) hmm ..... I don't know about my CPU heat sink .... but how can it got overheat that fast ?? ........ what should I do to help it cool down ?? add some fans ?? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Genesis on August 12, 2007, 10:54:21 PM you mentioned you got new RAM.... make sure those RAM sticks are pushed in all the way and the side clips are securely on them I've had a PC that shut down as soon as it boot up, turns out I hadn't pushed in the RAM all the way :P Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on August 13, 2007, 12:09:51 AM a cpu can overheat the moment you turn it on I think. if you already have a heatsink/fan, just add some thermal compound like arctic silver or something. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Guchi_Jnr on August 13, 2007, 01:52:56 AM I totally pulled my pc apart to remove all the cat hair, and when I went to start it back up, it lasted about 30secs then just went OFF, and couldn't even turn it back on for about 10mins, which then lasted even less.. :? What had happened, was when I removed the cpu, I broke the seal with the thermal compound, so needed to replace that...$3
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 13, 2007, 05:04:14 AM
a cpu can overheat the moment you turn it on I think.
Not really, it takes a few seconds to get from room-temperature to its termal limit depending on what you do (new CPU's do not run 100% when thay have nothing to do so do not heat up that fast).
The BIOS a lot of times has a 'system heath' or 'status' page where you can see the temperature and CPU fan speed etc.
Depending on your CPU the 'normal' temperature can be from 45 to 90 C.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: BigDnm01 on August 17, 2007, 01:58:18 AM
i wonder what's the best software to ripped audios off of videos?... u know, mp3s or wmas out of AVI or MPG
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: JFC on August 17, 2007, 02:17:01 AM
^ VirtualDub works pretty decently.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: BigDnm01 on August 17, 2007, 05:45:57 PM
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on August 17, 2007, 06:33:06 PM
^
Virtualdubmod (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=65889&package_id=63653&release_id=352709)

Virtualdubmod would be a better selection, IMHO.
Its freeware, of course.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on August 17, 2007, 07:39:11 PM
I'm using LG Flatron L1950S 19" monitor, is it possible to play Xbox360 or PS3 on my monitor using the HD/VGA cable?
As well will it show HD, at what ratio?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 18, 2007, 05:39:27 AM
The Xbox360 is pretty good and you can get an official VGA cable for it that you can set to do normal VGA monitor resolutions.
http://hardware.teamxbox.com/reviews/xbox-360/40/Xbox-360-VGA-HD-AV-Cable/p1/

But PS3 you don't have much choice. You'll have to get a converter and it depends on the converter as to what res it does.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: JTRIX on August 18, 2007, 04:59:51 PM
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: BigDnm01 on August 21, 2007, 01:09:03 PM
ok i have a question:  i want to connect a SATA internal hard Drive to a computer that uses ATA/IDE hard drives.  is there like a IDE to SATA converter kit where u can hook up a SATA hard drive to a ATA/IDE supported computer?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 21, 2007, 01:37:45 PM
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Genesis on August 21, 2007, 04:09:28 PM
you could use a SATA PCI expansion card
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on August 21, 2007, 04:44:29 PM
I have a question: Will data/files be lost when changing a HDD from dynamic to basic?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 21, 2007, 04:48:55 PM
^hm, I know converting from FAT(32) to NTFS is no problem.

check this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309044/en-us

Why would you go from dynamic to basic?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on August 21, 2007, 04:53:29 PM
From the Windows XP help:
Quote
The disk must be empty before you can change it back to a basic disk. If you want to keep your data, back it up or move it to another volume before you convert the disk to a basic disk.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on August 21, 2007, 05:14:29 PM
^
I have 5 HDD's, 3 of which are SATA, and dynamic.
Recently, I had some errors with my largest one, so I moved all the files off of it.
I also found out it has or had a bad block, due to it showing up in my event viewer.
Ran chkdsk, it replaced some bad clusters, but it still showed up in the viewer.

I deleted the volume, and disconnected it, so it sat unused for a number of days.
Yesterday evening, I reconnected it, and put it through a full format, which ran overnight.....it took quite a bit of time for the format to run.

Checking my event viewer this morning, the HDD still showed up there, telling me it still has a bad block/errors.
I deleted the volume, then decided to change it to basic, and give it a quick format.
After that was done, in my disk management, the HDD no longer shows up as "Healthy(At Risk)", or "Online(Errors)".
That doesn't mean that I'm entirely convinced, but after a reboot, it hasn't shown up in my viewer.....yet.

Sorry for the long winded post, I was trying to cover as many of the bases as possible.

Another one of my SATA HDD's is also showing up "Healthy(At Risk)" and "Online(Errors)", but it has plenty of files on it which I don't want to lose, so I was thinking that I would change it from dynamic to basic.
I don't use any RAID, and my 2 HDD's that are IDE and basic haven't given me any problems to date.....knock on wood.

Maybe its a solution, maybe not, although I think its the latter.

The HDD is done, kaput, gave up the ghost............ah well.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: BigDnm01 on August 23, 2007, 01:23:48 AM
exactly how hard it is to change a microprocessor or CPU on a desktop computer?
i mean i heard that it's not like u take connect or disconnect it through a slot on the motherboard, instead u solder it onto the board and stuff rite?

btw, is it more difficult to do it on a laptop comp?

Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 23, 2007, 02:14:35 AM
Yeah you gotta solder all the contact points to your motherboard. (there is several hundred so it takes about a week)

It's why computer technicians are so highly paid, you have to be skilled and stuff. You should never try it at home!

PEOPLE HAVE DIED!
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 23, 2007, 02:47:18 AM
Sorry about previous post, I'm a little bored here at work so I've gone a bit crazy.

Changing a cpu is simple. There is no soldering involved, infact if there was then there would probably be a lot less computers being built by humans. XD
I just happened to have my camera at work and seeing as I'm bored I'll do a guide. :P

Here is a typical socket478 motherboard and cpu with heatsink etc.

You unclip the thingies on the top that lever the heatsink down.
(http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/thumb_IMG_0321.jpg) (http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/IMG_0321.jpg)
And use a screwdriver to lever off the 4 clips on either side that hold the heatsink on.

Then you just pull the heatsink directly upwards and off. With most socket cpu's, if the seal between the heatsink and cpu is really strong then the cpu will come off with the heatsink and be stuck to it. To lever it off the heatsink, use some kind of strong plastic lever cause anything metal can damage the edge of the cpu and that can kill it.

The one I did, I had already pulled off earlier so the cpu stayed in the socket.
Nowadays all the Intel cpu's are LGA775 so the pin's are actually on the motherboard and the cpu gets held into it with a little metal cover thing like this:
(http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/thumb_IMG_0335.jpg) (http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/IMG_0335.jpg)

But anyway for this one you just pull the lever up and the cpu can be lifted out with ease.
(http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/thumb_IMG_0325.jpg) (http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/IMG_0325.jpg)

If you're replacing the chip then you'll probably be using a new heatsink as well and you don't have to worry about re-applying any heat compound but if you are using a 2nd hand cpu and re-using the heatsink. You should always clean off the old heat compound.
(http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/thumb_IMG_0329.jpg) (http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/IMG_0329.jpg)
I just used a few tissues and rubbed it until it came off.

Apply new heat compound
(http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/thumb_IMG_0330.jpg) (http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/IMG_0330.jpg)
You don't need much, just a thin layer to cover the top of the cpu without it oozing over the sides. It's just there to fill in the gaps that you can't see and to form a tighter bond between the cpu and the heatsink so the heat transfers as best possible.

(http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/thumb_IMG_0332.jpg) (http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/IMG_0332.jpg)
The cpu is never perfectly flat, the corners are always lower but as long as the majority of the cpu is covered, especially the very middle which is where all the heat will come from, it will be fine.

Laptop motherboards can have similar sockets, some have levers and some have these little things that you twist with a screwdriver and it allows the cpu to come out.
I happened to have one in my stash of old crap.
(http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/thumb_IMG_0334.jpg) (http://www.eyeballcancer.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/IMG_0334.jpg)

All the AMD cpu's still have pins so they're similar to the socket 478.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 23, 2007, 05:05:56 AM
btw, is it more difficult to do it on a laptop comp?
Quote from: ebc
Changing a cpu is simple. There is no soldering involved, infact if there was then there would probably be a lot less computers being built by humans. XD
For most laptops its different, because of the space constraints they are either soldered to the motherboard or just not that easy to reach because of all the other things mounted around it.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 23, 2007, 05:18:56 AM
For most laptops its different, because of the space constraints they are either soldered to the motherboard or just not that easy to reach because of all the other things mounted around it.
It would be more like SOME laptops, not MOST laptops.
Take any basic laptop nowdays, they all use the same motherboard and have the ability to change the CPU easily.
This lowers the production cost and allows system builders to use different cpu's on similar model laptops.

The only devices that I can think of that would use embedded cpu's are pda's and other micro computers.
Show me a recent laptop with an embedded cpu and it will be a first for me.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 23, 2007, 05:25:36 AM
For most laptops its different, because of the space constraints they are either soldered to the motherboard or just not that easy to reach because of all the other things mounted around it.
It would be more like SOME laptops, not MOST laptops.
Take any basic laptop nowdays, they all use the same motherboard and have the ability to change the CPU easily.
This lowers the production cost and allows system builders to use different cpu's on similar model laptops.

The only devices that I can think of that would use embedded cpu's are pda's and other micro computers.
Show me a recent laptop with an embedded cpu and it will be a first for me.
I do think this has change the last year or so yes, I was surprised that my HP tx1020 has a replacable CPU. But if that CPU is mounted under other parts (e.g. not exposed by a simple to remove cover on the bottom for example) it will be easy on the designers but still problamatic for non professionals to replace because of having to 'dismantel' the laptop first.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: BigDnm01 on August 23, 2007, 11:13:23 AM
thanks for all the info from u guys.  i kinda understand it,  maybe.... i guess i'll have to experience it for myself in order to truly get the point,  i think it's gonna be fun.

but onto another problem i'd been having. first my wireless router is said to have an indoor range of 100 meters or 328ft.  but for some reason one of the comp in my house is getting a no or low signal internet connection.  i know that's it's within probably 100ft, so i should've gotten a connection, other comp that have about the same distance also is getting a good signal, just don't know why this one doesn't. i have a thought that it's the problem might be the usb adapter, and if it is so, i'm prepared to buy a new usb adapter, but i just don't want to buy one and it still won't work.

...i wonder if something else could be causing it.  would other electronics device or something could be blocking the internet signal?

i would like to have some advice and ideas from others, in the meantime i should conduct some experiments.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 23, 2007, 11:59:57 AM
Try and get a wireless adapter with an antenna. You really need to have an antenna to get a good signal.

The 100m's thing is just for marketing, chances are you can get a signal past 100m's if you're in direct line of site to the access point but no one ever is. There is always walls etc. which decrease the signal strength and even in an house you can have no signal if you're in a room on the opposite end or on a different floor because the signal just isn't strong enough and you don't have an antenna to pick up more of the signal.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: BigDnm01 on August 25, 2007, 02:32:59 PM
thanks i'll try to get one with an antenna then.  i was gonna buy another network adapter anyway, and i think i know just what to get.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on August 25, 2007, 10:25:14 PM
Just got our VerizonFIOS service yesterday, and everything is great with the exception of two problems.

1) Very few Counter-strike servers will load when I search them on the browser in steam, but if I connect to by manually putting in the IP then it works.  If I set the browser settings to CS and pinging less than 50, it would show 300+ servers when I was using road runner (brighthouse), and now it only shows 2-3, and only about 10 under 100 ping even though it's far from the truth.

2).  JPOPsuki will no longer load.  The RSS feed hangs at "Live Bookmark Loading" and I get a "The connection has timed out" error when I go to the website.  I asked a friend of mine who also goes there and he said it was loading just fine for him.  If it was some sorta setting in the router then you'd think it would affect more than just one website out of the 20+ I go to regularly.  I've also tried a different browser and a different computer on the same network as well with no results.

Any ideas? The server browser I can live without, but I get about 10+ shows off of JPOPsuki every week.  :cry:
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 26, 2007, 05:02:46 AM
What are your pings like to local sites, not CS but just websites in general?

Try rebooting all your network hardware and try jpopsuki again, also take away any unnecessary links or devices in the network to help troubleshoot.
You could be unlucky enough to have some kind of faulty device even though most sites work ok, the fault is similar to friend of mine had where yahoo wouldn't load or it was extremely slow even though other sites were ok. The problem was solved after rebooting her router though.

Try "ping jpopsuki.com -l 64000" and see if any packets time out.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on August 26, 2007, 10:06:53 AM
Try "ping jpopsuki.com -l 64000" and see if any packets time out.

Request Timed Out
Request Timed Out
Request Timed Out
Request Timed Out

Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% Loss)

Also, there are times when websites will suddenly take a lot longer to load, or even sometimes timeout completely like JPOPsuki.  But after a few seconds it goes back to normal. I'll try rebooting the router and seeing what they does.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on August 26, 2007, 10:19:52 AM
Just a thought, but have you tried using their backup page??
http://mullemeck.serveftp.org:8080/jps_beta/?page=browse
I read that a lot of the people who couldn't access their main page, could access that..
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on August 26, 2007, 10:25:38 AM
Just a thought, but have you tried using their backup page??
http://mullemeck.serveftp.org:8080/jps_beta/?page=browse
I read that a lot of the people who couldn't access their main page, could access that..

That link gives me the same error.  Reseting my router didn't do anything either.  You'd think it'd be something on the router though since I get the same error when accessing JPOPsuki from any computer in the house, but a guess a reset didn't air out the problem.  Stupid VerizonFIOS :'(

Do I actually need a particular port open that might be blocked when going to JPOPsuki?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 26, 2007, 10:43:17 AM
Can you tell me more about the setup? like what is the brand and model of the router etc. or any other devices that you're using.

I've just been reading on this site about a typical installion setup and that they supply you with a Dlink router.
http://www.bricklin.com/fiosinstall.htm

That's possibly where the problem is, you could try updating the firmware. Otherwise try plugging the connection from the box outside directly into your computer instead of going through the router and see if you can get to jpopsuki.com
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on August 26, 2007, 10:53:34 AM
^ Had a quick look at the JPS forum, and some people (using Rogers) say they are forced to use a proxy because their ISP has blocked JPS, so maybe your ISP is doing the same.

Also, if you want to ping the address, it's mullemeck.serveftp.org  jpopsuki.com is hosted elsewhere.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on August 26, 2007, 11:02:17 AM
Can you tell me more about the setup? like what is the brand and model of the router etc. or any other devices that you're using.

I've just been reading on this site about a typical installion setup and that they supply you with a Dlink router.
http://www.bricklin.com/fiosinstall.htm

That's possibly where the problem is, you could try updating the firmware. Otherwise try plugging the connection from the box outside directly into your computer instead of going through the router and see if you can get to jpopsuki.com

The router they've installed FIOS with is an Actiontec M1424WR (Wireless Broadband Router).  I'm hardwired directly into the router since the hub is in my room, and the other two computers in the house are connected to it wirelessly.

^ Had a quick look at the JPS forum, and some people (using Rogers) say they are forced to use a proxy because their ISP has blocked JPS, so maybe your ISP is doing the same.

Also, if you want to ping the address, it's mullemeck.serveftp.org  jpopsuki.com is hosted elsewhere.

Still got 4x Request Timed Out when pinging mullemeck.serveftp.org.  Wonder why places like isoHunt, PirateBay, or Mininova wouldn't be blocked but JPS is, if that's the case.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on August 26, 2007, 11:33:55 AM
Yeah I'm really not sure why they'd block it either, infact you could really call techsupport and ask them if it is possibly blocked, there's no reason for it to be.

You should give them a call and tell them about the random times when sites don't load as well.

One more thing to try, can you ping 85.17.58.22 or 65.98.8.121 which are the jpopsuki ip's, if you can ping them then it might just be a dns problem. If you can't ping them then I'm really not sure. If you can, ask a friend if you can borrow their router and see if it still has the problem.

Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on August 26, 2007, 11:38:07 AM
Yeah I'm really not sure why they'd block it either, infact you could really call techsupport and ask them if it is possibly blocked, there's no reason for it to be.

You should give them a call and tell them about the random times when sites don't load as well.

One more thing to try, can you ping 85.17.58.22 or 65.98.8.121 which are the jpopsuki ip's, if you can ping them then it might just be a dns problem. If you can't ping them then I'm really not sure. If you can, ask a friend if you can borrow their router and see if it still has the problem.

Same deal.  I went out and find one of those web proxies that you can use to get around filters at work/school and such, and I was able to get to JPOPsuki using that.  Doing a google search, I was able to see forum posts on JPS about other people using Verizon and also having JPS blocked.  Soooooooo lame x_x

As for Steam and server browsing, what do you guys think that would be?  There are plenty of servers that I can ping very well to, but they don't show up on the server list if I search for servers with less than 50 ping.  I can only get a few servers with less than 100 ping to even show up on the search, but if I go out and find the servers that I regularly go to that show up on the list, they ping 15-30 and I can still connect to them. o_O
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on August 26, 2007, 12:36:29 PM
I went out and find one of those web proxies that you can use to get around filters at work/school and such, and I was able to get to JPOPsuki using that.  Doing a google search, I was able to see forum posts on JPS about other people using Verizon and also having JPS blocked.

Here's a quote from the JPS Admin..
Quote from: mulux May 2005
Here's what I know about verizon users:

Earlier, they only blocked port 80. Then I set up a mirror port, 8080. They obviously noticed this and are now blocking both the tracker port (7531) and both www ports (80 and 8080). However, the DNS still resolve to the correct IP address (212.181.39.39 as we speak). I know some other ISP blocked the DNS, if that was the case, AuroraGB's suggestion about adding the mapping for mullemeck.serveftp.org would probably work (unless they really blocked the IP as well, but if you're able to ping it, the didn't).

Anyway, you should still be able to use a proxy both for the web, forum and the tracker! The tracker communicates with the client through regular HTTP requests, so what you need is a BitTorrent-client capable of connecting through a proxy! I'm not sure what clients support this, but I'm pretty sure Azureus does.

Looks like it has been a problem for Verizon users for some years..

:note: That IP address keeps changing, so don't bother..
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on August 27, 2007, 04:22:32 AM
^ Had a quick look at the JPS forum, and some people (using Rogers) say they are forced to use a proxy because their ISP has blocked JPS, so maybe your ISP is doing the same.

Also, if you want to ping the address, it's mullemeck.serveftp.org  jpopsuki.com is hosted elsewhere.

It might be blocked in your hosts file.  for XP it's a file called hosts located at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\
Open it in notepad and look for an entry for "mullemeck.serveftp.org" and if it's there delete it along with the 4-digit ip that'll be on the same line, then resave the file.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on August 27, 2007, 07:18:56 AM
It might be blocked in your hosts file.  for XP it's a file called hosts located at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\
Open it in notepad and look for an entry for "mullemeck.serveftp.org" and if it's there delete it along with the 4-digit ip that'll be on the same line, then resave the file.

No entry for JPS in that file.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Rick-e on August 27, 2007, 04:08:49 PM
Hi guys... I recently bought a toshiba laptop with vista installed in it... and it only took me a few days to find out that beneath all the pretty visual effects, vista is basically crap. So I'm really thinking to install XP in my laptop, but I have a few questions:

1. will all my device still work if I reformat my harddisk and install xp? like my webcam, wi-fi adapter, graphic card etc?

2. Does anyone know of a safe way to do this? even a link would be great!

thanks before :D
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 27, 2007, 04:35:55 PM
Hi guys... I recently bought a toshiba laptop with vista installed in it... and it only took me a few days to find out that beneath all the pretty visual effects, vista is basically crap.
I would give it a few more days, Vista 'under the covers' is better then  XP.
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So I'm really thinking to install XP in my laptop, but I have a few questions:

1. will all my device still work if I reformat my harddisk and install xp? like my webcam, wi-fi adapter, graphic card etc?
If the laptop is available in a XP version you can probably download the drivers from the Toshiba site.

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2. Does anyone know of a safe way to do this? even a link would be great!

Save way??

Put the XP CD into the CD/DVD drive, close it carefully, follow the prompts :D
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Rick-e on August 27, 2007, 05:21:07 PM
I would give it a few more days, Vista 'under the covers' is better then  XP.

well maybe calling it crap is a bit much... but It's just annoying how many program doesn't work with vista... and those that does work keep on shutting down at random times >_<

though when vista SP1 comes up I'll definitely give it another try.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 28, 2007, 05:09:33 AM
I would give it a few more days, Vista 'under the covers' is better then  XP.

well maybe calling it crap is a bit much... but It's just annoying how many program doesn't work with vista... and those that does work keep on shutting down at random times >_<

though when vista SP1 comes up I'll definitely give it another try.
So its more the programs then the OS you have a problem with.

Do not expect SP1 to make your programs behave better, by the sounds of it the 'better under the covers' part of Vista is working. If the program crashes its mainly the programs fault, as long as Vista manages to stay up-and-running you can restart it.

For me: I have a big problem with codecs and Media center, the thumbnail creation keeps crashing the interface, but restart MCE and we can continue, very annoying but Vista keeps running.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Rick-e on August 28, 2007, 09:41:33 AM
^ yeah... well specifically, It's adobe CS3. I had it installed once in vista, but it keeps freezing at random times. then one day when I tried to start premiere, a message pops up saying "this program has stopped working, you need to uninstall and reinstall it" or something. then I tried, but it keeps on failing (couldn't be the disc, I've only used it once). after that I tried installing it on my home PC, which has XP, and it works without problem >_<

Yeah I agree with you though, Vista has a lot of potential and many useful features that XP doesn't have, but the amount of trouble I go through to enjoy those features is just not worth it right now... that's why I'm thinking of moving to XP, for now at least.

I've actually had this kind of experience when XP was first released, I moved from 98 to XP but found so many compatibility issues that I reverted back to 98 for some time... then after XP stabilizes I moved to XP again.

now the only thing I'm worried about is whether I can still use my recovery DVD if I've installed XP. if I can then I'll definitely try to install XP, and if anything goes wrong I can just recover vista from the DVD... any ideas whether this is possible?

thanks for the replies btw :D
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 28, 2007, 10:17:48 AM
now the only thing I'm worried about is whether I can still use my recovery DVD if I've installed XP. if I can then I'll definitely try to install XP, and if anything goes wrong I can just recover vista from the DVD... any ideas whether this is possible?

thanks for the replies btw :D
If it is a bootable DVD that does not require a part on the harddisk, you should be able to fully restore the system by booting it.

Those kind of DVD's are meant to repair a system even after replacing the HD.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: sh15uya on August 28, 2007, 12:47:38 PM
I guess your BIOS has been tattoo-ed, so I don't know if it allows you to install another OS  :?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Rick-e on August 28, 2007, 03:17:41 PM
If it is a bootable DVD that does not require a part on the harddisk, you should be able to fully restore the system by booting it.

Those kind of DVD's are meant to repair a system even after replacing the HD.
yes it's a bootable disc :D so maybe I'll give it a try soon... hope it works!

I guess your BIOS has been tattoo-ed, so I don't know if it allows you to install another OS  :?
I dunno about this.. hopefully not :( we'll see. I got a good feeling I'll be able to though.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 28, 2007, 04:15:55 PM
I guess your BIOS has been tattoo-ed, so I don't know if it allows you to install another OS  :?

?? care to explain what you mean by this?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: sh15uya on August 28, 2007, 04:45:18 PM
manufacturers ( I don't know about toshiba ) use more and more tattoo on BIOS;
it's linked to the recovery CD/DVD ( which check the BIOS when booting ), so I don't know if you format and change the OS it alters the tattoo ...

I'm pretty sure that if you change your motherboard, the CD/DVD recovery won't work.

errrr... maybe I should ask the tech guy of my company because I'm not really aware about it xD

ohh, Rick-e, photoshop CS3 works fine on my Vista :)
you can check the Windows Vista RTM Software Compatibility List (http://www.iexbeta.com/wiki/index.php/Windows_Vista_Software_Compatibility_List) before installing a soft :3
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 29, 2007, 05:25:34 AM
manufacturers ( I don't know about toshiba ) use more and more tattoo on BIOS;
it's linked to the recovery CD/DVD ( which check the BIOS when booting ), so I don't know if you format and change the OS it alters the tattoo ...
Hm, never heard it described as 'tatooing' of the BIOS. What I think you are refering to is a kind of check (or 'fingerprinting') that the recovery DVD performs to not be usefull on other machines.
This is very common, has to do with licensing (and drivers/setup).

Anyway, the discussion was not about re-flashing the BIOS but about installing XP on the HD.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: sh15uya on August 29, 2007, 07:35:41 AM
I know I know
sorry to not be clear  :banghead: yeah it seems to be the same thing
my friend remind me that there is a hidden partition recovery which has the tattoo ( BOM numbers )

ok I prefer to stop here lol
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on August 29, 2007, 10:15:22 AM
my friend remind me that there is a hidden partition recovery which has the tattoo ( BOM numbers )
That is possible (and most of the time where the recovery DVD is created from) but I never have heard it referred to as 'the tattoo'.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: maliciel on September 01, 2007, 08:37:17 AM
Okay, this is pissing me off. My monitor just goes off for about 2 seconds at random times when I'm using the computer. I don't know why it happens, and the most recent change is adding some RAM. It has only happened after I did this. Nothing else changed. Advise?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 01, 2007, 04:22:51 PM
Okay, this is pissing me off. My monitor just goes off for about 2 seconds at random times when I'm using the computer. I don't know why it happens, and the most recent change is adding some RAM. It has only happened after I did this. Nothing else changed. Advise?
Pull the memory and see if the problem disappears, bad memory can have strange effects.

If you use Vista you can do a memory test (needs reboot) for XP there are test programs you can download.

Other option: if you needed to pull the video card (or touched it during) the RAM adding, maybe its needs to be redone because it has a bad contact (pulll card, put it back)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on September 03, 2007, 12:46:24 AM
Okay, this is pissing me off. My monitor just goes off for about 2 seconds at random times when I'm using the computer.

One of my monitors started doing this for a few weeks then it stopped working and I had to get a new one.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on September 03, 2007, 03:33:26 AM
Where's the file for Firefox bookmarks located?

I need to back it up, since I'll gonna do a reformat/re-install sometime soon.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on September 03, 2007, 03:47:16 AM
Where's the file for Firefox bookmarks located?

I need to back it up, since I'll gonna do a reformat/re-install sometime soon.

In Firefox, go to Bookmarks -> Organize Bookmarks.  File -> Export, and that file it saves is all your bookmarks.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on September 03, 2007, 03:54:41 AM
^
Coolness, thanks, LaJon. :thumbsup
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on September 03, 2007, 07:17:25 AM
^ Or use MozBackup (http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/), "a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles." I've used it and it works really well.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on September 08, 2007, 01:21:01 AM
im thinking of getting a HDMI cable for my ps3 that support pure 720p/1080i. does anyone know a good cheap one? does any HDMI works with ps3? or do i have to buy that expensive one that supposed to support solely on ps3 or some shit like that. i heard monster cables are good. but they're so expensive
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on September 08, 2007, 03:13:54 AM
Sony recommends a catergory 2 HDMI 1.3 cable, so try look for one of those.
However, people have used non cat2 cables and they've worked fine. Generally, the shorter the HDMI cable the less likely it is to get interference. So if you get a cheap cable, don't get one too long (under 3m) but if you need a long cable make sure it's cat2 and it should work.
Don't get a monster though.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on September 08, 2007, 09:55:39 AM
ok cool. whats wrong with the monster though?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on September 08, 2007, 10:20:19 AM
Like you said, they're expensive and there is no point in paying more for something when you can get the same thing for cheaper.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on September 09, 2007, 08:47:19 AM
ok cool
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: sayumi_fan on September 10, 2007, 10:05:39 PM
I have downloaded this video (http://www.filepulse.com/movies/04112.shtml) and my computer is too slow to play it in anything except mplayer;  but when it plays in mplayer the aspect ratio is all wrong.  Now, mplayer doesn't seem to have any controls but I came across this thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=2155655) which seems to give directions for modifying playback in mplayer.

Can anyone please tell me HOW I do stuff like that with mplayer?  Like, for example, how do you "Do man mplayer and check out -monitoraspect option." ??  how do I "do" ?   :)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SomethingWild on September 12, 2007, 10:06:50 AM
noob question; I have a .rmvb file and I can't play it because I don't have real player. What can I use to change it into a avi file or something? I tried "super" but it doesn't work.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on September 12, 2007, 10:16:29 AM
noob question; I have a .rmvb file and I can't play it because I don't have real player. What can I use to change it into a avi file or something? I tried "super" but it doesn't work.
Install real-alternative, then the media player will be able to play it directly.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SomethingWild on September 12, 2007, 10:52:13 AM
Sweet! That totally worked.. and so easy  XD Thanks a lot!
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: BigDnm01 on September 16, 2007, 03:14:43 PM
i'm having a problem with my laptop's dvd drive.  it can plays and reads CD fine, but nothing happens when i put a DVD in.  it won't even read a Data DVD disc.  anyone knows how i can fix this?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on September 16, 2007, 03:48:09 PM
I'm guessing you can't read the disks outside of Windows as well? You could try make a bootable DVD of some sort and see if you can boot from it. A Linux live dvd or even windows vista dvd, anything to test if the drive works outside of Windows.

Otherwise try find some updated firmware for your drive, look in device manager to find the model of it and just search that in google with firmware next to it.

Failing that, it's unfortunately a common problem for optical drives to stop reading certain disks. I've had some stop reading cd's but still read dvd's and also the same as your problem. All you can do then is replace the drive or just make do.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on September 16, 2007, 06:14:39 PM
@BigDnm01:

Are you sure it is a DVD drive? (the obvious question)

If so, try with a pre-recorded DVD-ROM are DVD Video first, recordables can be problematic. How does the drive respond? Endless seeking or no activity at all? Try software that bypasses the windows filesystem driver like DVDDecrypter or ISOBuster. DVDDecrypter also lets you search for firmware upgrades online easily.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: BigDnm01 on September 16, 2007, 11:17:54 PM
It's a DVD drive.  and i try using an authentic DVD and also a recorded DVD, but it won't read.  when i put a dvd disc in, it seems to be scanning it a little bit, but then there's no activity at all. but i'll definitely try to upgrade my dvd drive driver or firmware. i did thought that it's was the driver or software, like it's telling it that it can't read dvds or such.
what i'm afraid of is that my optical drive is messed up, and i checked the price for a replacement drive, it's $340.00. i hope that's not the case though, since it can still read CDs. i'm keeping a glimmer of hope... thanks for the info, ebc and tiny. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on September 17, 2007, 05:01:07 AM It's a DVD drive. If it worked before and not now, always look for what changed sinds when it did work (did you install something?) Smmething might simply intercept the 'DVD is inserted' like DVDdecyptor(s) or some burn software. New/reinstall driver is next, new/reflash firmware is a last resort. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on September 17, 2007, 07:48:12 PM ok thanks i'm gonna try to uninstall and reinstall my dvd drive. another question. how do we use Nero 7 software to burn videos file (i.e. .avi, .mpg, etc.) into DVD playable on DVD players and such? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on September 17, 2007, 10:10:04 PM ^ usually the video files have to be converted to DVD MPEG2 format. Videohelp.com has many guides (http://www.videohelp.com/convert). If you want to use Nero here is a specific guide: http://www.dvd-guides.com/content/view/125/59/ Some DVD players can also playback avi files from a regular data DVD. These often have a "DivX Cetified" logo somewhere on them (see http://www.divx.com/certification/). Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on September 23, 2007, 11:46:51 PM question about IE. u know when u click the down arrow on the address bar and whole bunch of links show up right? how do i get rid of those? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: flamingmoe on September 24, 2007, 01:08:57 AM ^ Go to options and hit "Clear History". Set the number of days to zero if you don't want to keep them. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on September 24, 2007, 04:24:02 AM thanks lol i feel like such a big noob XD Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on September 24, 2007, 05:15:18 AM Always a good idea before company uses your computer. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on September 26, 2007, 12:30:08 AM yea :lol: :grin: Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: redux on September 26, 2007, 12:37:58 AM It's a must have tool for the porn user on a shared computer eh? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Mugen on September 26, 2007, 04:22:55 AM nah my comp isnt shared. its in my room. but sometimes friends are over and like to go thru my porno when im outside gaming Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on September 26, 2007, 05:24:10 AM ^ external HD's for the win :) BTW, in advanced settings you can also have you cache/history cleared when you close it. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: sayumi_fan on September 27, 2007, 10:27:25 PM I have JUST (finally!) got on broadband, and so I'm starting to try to use torrents... I've got the BitTorrent client, and currently downloading my first d/l from H!O... a couple of queries: - I'm using Tiny Personal Firewall - I'm getting a lot of requests for outside pple to link to a component called DNA (which is part of BitTorrent, I think?)... Are all of these going to be legitimate requests that I should approve? - Windows Firewall asked if I wanted to continue blocking DNA. I said 'ask me later'. When it does, should I tell it not to block DNA any more? - How do I make sure that pple from H!O can leech from me so that I get a good ratio? Just leave stuff where it downloads? Do I need to leave my BitTorrent client open all the time so they can leech from me? Sorry if all this sounds dumb and basic - I know nuthin' really about this yet... And... now that I have broadband, I'm gonna be lookin' for ways I can help out and stuff I can share here more easily. Yay! I got a few ideas, work is kinda busy right now, but I'm gonna get to it soon... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: RatBastich on September 27, 2007, 10:38:36 PM Depends on which BT client you're using. There a number of clients which allow you set it so your upload, after your download is done, will continue either for a set time or to a specified ratio, and one example for that would be uTorrent. Also, make sure to set your upload speed to about 70% of your max upstream, at least thats how I remember it. Not sure about that DNA bit, since I don't believe I've ever seen it before, the bt client I use is uTorrent. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: StreakInTheSky on September 28, 2007, 01:59:56 AM I know some clients have this feature that can forward your router ports automatically so you don't have to go through the hassel of doing it yourself. And don't forget to allow access through any software firewalls. This should solve your problem of getting decent uploads(other than getting faster speed from your isp) I've never heard of the DNA thing so I can't comment about that either. I'm not sure about othe clients but I know utorrent helps you check your up speed and has recommended upload limits according to your speed. Also it has a thing that checks if you forwarded your ports correctly. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on September 28, 2007, 02:12:09 AM i'm thinking about getting a new internal hard drive for my laptop and just wanna know is there different type of hard drive like there is for desktop? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on September 28, 2007, 02:32:25 AM Depends on the model of your laptop, there is SATA 2.5" drives but you'll probably want normal ATA (PATA, whatever) After that there can be different speed drives, although most now are 5400rpm now I think. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on September 28, 2007, 05:25:50 AM Depends on the model of your laptop, there is SATA 2.5" drives but you'll probably want normal ATA (PATA, whatever) After that there can be different speed drives, although most now are 5400rpm now I think. It depends on the laptop also if you can use the higher speeds, they at times draw more power which some laptop motherboards do not like so the system might get unstable. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on September 29, 2007, 09:37:37 AM Where do I go again to find the folder where the PC stores pictures I've viewed with my browser? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on September 29, 2007, 04:14:39 PM ^ for IE: use the dropdown Tools/Internet options/Browser History bress the 'Settings' button. The next dialog has a 'View Files' button. It also tells you the 'current location' of the files. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on October 02, 2007, 05:25:32 AM Here's a bunch of really dumb questions from a guy who has used laptops for his entire computing life, but is now thinking of getting his first desktop PC: - In a PC with multiple internal HDDs, is there a way to shut down the power to individual drives using software or the OS? I want to keep a bunch of hard drives plugged in the internal bays, but don't want them spinning up until I actually need some files off of them. - To decode x264 and high-resolution HDTV video files, what matters more: CPU or video card? - For gaming, what's better: getting two cheap video cards and running them SLI, or getting a good video card that's twice as expensive? - If a motherboard says it supports RAID, does that mean I can configure a pair of drives to do RAID 0 and another pair of drives to do RAID 1 - at the same time? Or will I need a seperate RAID controller to do both RAID 0 and RAID 1? - When the specs of a motherboard says PATA 1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max, does that mean that just 1 PATA drive can be plugged in? - I'm going to be using a lot of USB devices. Is there any reason for me to choose a motherboard with a lot of USB ports, or is it OK if I just use hubs? - I'm thinking of getting a 1080p 50" DLP TV and using it as both a TV and as a general computer monitor. Assuming I can good seating distance for both uses, does this idea make sense? The TV has HDMI, DVI, VGA, and a bunch of other inputs. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 02, 2007, 05:38:15 AM - In a PC with multiple internal HDDs, is there a way to shut down the power to individual drives using software or the OS? I want to keep a bunch of hard drives plugged in the internal bays, but don't want them spinning up until I actually need some files off of them. Yes modern OS's can shutdown not used drives (some do it by default now even on desktops) Quote - To decode x264 and high-resolution HDTV video files, what matters more: CPU or video card? Video card if it has H264 support, CPU otherwise Quote - For gaming, what's better: getting two cheap video cards and running them SLI, or getting a good video card that's twice as expensive? No idea, I do not do high-end gaming. Quote - If a motherboard says it supports RAID, does that mean I can configure a pair of drives to do RAID 0 and another pair of drives to do RAID 1 - at the same time? Or will I need a seperate RAID controller to do both RAID 0 and RAID 1? That depends on the type of raid it says, but most motherboards will do stripe ('RAID'-0) or mirror (RAID-1) and do not have enough connections to do both. Quote - When the specs of a motherboard says PATA 1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max, does that mean that just 1 PATA drive can be plugged in? PATA can handle two drives on one cable. Quote - I'm going to be using a lot of USB devices. Is there any reason for me to choose a motherboard with a lot of USB ports, or is it OK if I just use hubs? IF by 'a lot' you mean like 6 (and not 30 like I have) take a motherboard with a lot of USB connectors, hubs slow everything down Quote - I'm thinking of getting a 1080p 50" DLP TV and using it as both a TV and as a general computer monitor. Assuming I can good seating distance for both uses, does this idea make sense? The TV has HDMI, DVI, VGA, and a bunch of other inputs. I would do that only if you can get hdmi output from the computer, DVI cables are to short I found out (I am still looking for something longer then 1.8m) Btw I am using a HP tx1020 laptop to play video's on my TV (with a VGA->DVI-D cable) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on October 02, 2007, 05:41:06 AM ^ for IE: use the dropdown Tools/Internet options/Browser History bress the 'Settings' button. The next dialog has a 'View Files' button. It also tells you the 'current location' of the files. Thanks! Does anyone know how to do it for FF too? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on October 02, 2007, 06:07:56 AM In reply to chera's post - I've never really looked into the harddrive power up/down thing. But I'm sure there is possibly some power management software around that can do this kinda thing. - With h264 videos. If you get any current Core 2 Duo/Quad cpu then playing these won't be a problem at all. Although any recent model videocard does help with decoding, I've played video's back on just onboard Intel graphics and the cpu usage was only 15%. - For games, get an 8800gts 320mb, this will beat any sli setup of the same price. If you are thinking of running all your games with full everything at 1920x1200 then you would probably wanna go the 640mb card or even a GTX but otherwise if you're only doing 1280x1024 or similar resolution you won't notice a difference in the speed between 320mb and 640mb version of the GTS. There is the option of Radeon 2900xt but I'm not really a fan of the ATI drivers. The cards do perform pretty good for the price though. - Don't do RAID, there's no speed benefit at all unless you're like a fileserver on a large network. And if you need redundancy, just copy doubles of your files to seperate hdd's. - Most motherboards nowadays only come with 1 PATA port but it's a normal 2 channel port and you can plug 2 drives into it as master and slave. - New boards out atm I've seen have up to 12 USB ports (6 on the back, 6 for front of case if needed). As long as the devices you plug into them aren't all bus powered then I doubt there'd be any problem with using all 12 at once. - All videocards now have DVI ports, you can get DVI to HDMI converters so it shouldn't be a problem. You can also get videocards with HDCP compliant DVI ports. (so you can watch bluray etc. if you ever get a drive) Or even videocards with an HDMI port on them. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on October 02, 2007, 03:38:08 PM Thanks a bunch for the tips, frblckstr1 and ebc! :) - Don't do RAID, there's no speed benefit at all unless you're like a fileserver on a large network. And if you need redundancy, just copy doubles of your files to seperate hdd's. I'm thinking of RAID 0'ing the drive I'll use for keeping in-progress bittorrents. At any point in time, I'm seeding and leaching two dozen torrents, and the drive is constantly being read and written too. In addition, I often (try to) watch movies while I'm seeding them. It's very difficult to do this with my current setup (a single drive laptop). If I upgrade to a desktop system, with a standalone drive devoted to BTs, do you think RAID 0 on that drive help with performance? I'd be using a pair of SATA 500GB 7200RPM drives. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on October 02, 2007, 04:05:15 PM I'm thinking of RAID 0'ing the drive I'll use for keeping in-progress bittorrents. At any point in time, I'm seeding and leaching two dozen torrents, and the drive is constantly being read and written too. In addition, I often (try to) watch movies while I'm seeding them. It's very difficult to do this with my current setup (a single drive laptop). If I upgrade to a desktop system, with a standalone drive devoted to BTs, do you think RAID 0 on that drive help with performance? I'd be using a pair of SATA 500GB 7200RPM drives. A single 7200rpm harddrive with like 16mb of cache can handle it no problem. From my fun with RAID 0 setups I've found that the only real benefit of it was for copying large files from one RAID volume to another. Otherwise there was no noticable difference, programs and games still loaded and ran at about the same speed maybe a second or two faster but it wasn't that much. The ideal setup for you I think would be simply to put your OS on one of the 500gig hdd's. Then have your bittorrent shared files etc stored on the second drive. This would be much faster than a RAID 0 setup and will keep your OS nice and fast because it's on it's own harddrive. You will benefit the most from having a lot of RAM though, so just go all out with the RAM, if you're going with Vista then be sure to get 4gig or something. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 02, 2007, 04:18:27 PM I'm thinking of RAID 0'ing the drive I'll use for keeping in-progress bittorrents. At any point in time, I'm seeding and leaching two dozen torrents, and the drive is constantly being read and written too. Using a small computer (like discussed here somewhere before) might help even more, I can do 20 torrents (10 active uploads) without problems on my 1GHz celeron. Using a seperate HD for the temporary torrent files will give you more room to play with then using a stripe set. You will benefit the most from having a lot of RAM though, so just go all out with the RAM, if you're going with Vista then be sure to get 4gig or something. chera: for 4GB, keep in mind 32bit systems can't address the full 4GB, 3.2GB is most of the time the limit. This is a hardware/software design limitation. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on October 02, 2007, 05:51:17 PM Can a free PHPBB forum (from miumiu.com to be specific) be hosted on a server of my own eventually? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on October 03, 2007, 09:12:23 PM Thanks for the tips! Another really dumb question. I've used an online calculator and seems I'll be needing quite a large PSU to handle the peak power consumption of all the stuff I'll be cramming into the case - probably a 750W unit. But if I don't have all the HDDs on all the time and don't run anything intensive, my actual power needs will be much less. If I get a 750W PSU, will it always suck in 750W from my mains, or will my power consumption fluctuate depending on actual needs? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on October 03, 2007, 11:39:55 PM Nah, it'll pretty much never use 750w. Only what the components drain from it. If you don't mind, can I ask what the specs of your new PC might be? :) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on October 04, 2007, 04:44:31 AM Weird, my school website www.uwo.ca won't load for me. It loads fine for other people, it worked fine a few hours ago, and the rest of the internet works great, but it won't load for me and I don't have a clue why. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 04, 2007, 05:11:23 AM Weird, my school website www.uwo.ca won't load for me. It loads even for me :) Clear your cookies/file chache and try again, something might have 'stuck'. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: chera on October 04, 2007, 05:43:23 AM If you don't mind, can I ask what the specs of your new PC might be? :) This is extremely tentative. The primary use of the machine will be to leach and seed BTs. Secondary as a gaming machine. Using a laptop for so long meant that I could only play strategy games, and I really miss FPSes. Thirdly as a media server. I have many terabytes of MP3s and crap, and I always dreamt of storing it all on a single machine where it would be available instantly. Case: Lian Li PC-2000A Plus II (http://www.lian-li.com/product/product06.php?pr_index=28&cl_index=1&sc_index=2&ss_index=6&type=a). This baby looks half-way like a Mac Pro, has 7x5.25" bays and 12x3.5" bays and has 3x120mm fans. I'd store 2 optical drives that I have lying around, a temperature monitor/fan controller (it just looks cool), and a card reader on the 5.25" bays, as well as maybe 3 HDDs on a hot swappable drive array. Monitor: Samsung HLT-5087S LED DLP 1080p HDTV (http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-HLT5087S-Slim-Engine-1080p/dp/B000N50RLO). This is the only thing that I've got on hand already. It's got a massive screen, but is sensitive to viewing angle - a few inches too high or low and the picture dims at the corners. I'd prefer an LCD or plasma for color and viewing angle, but this strikes a good compromise (and is quite cheap for a 1080p HDTV). I'd be using this as both my monitor and primary TV. It takes HDMI and composite, but not VGA and DVI. CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66Ghz 1333FSB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115029). This near top of the line Core 2 Duo CPU is the Ars Technica Hot Rod suggested CPU of 8/07 and Tom's Hardware has it as the highest ranking Intel CPUs in terms of price/performance (AMD takes the cake for the top 5 though). It also scores very highly on UT2003 and several other graphics metrics. Motherboard: Undecided. Any P35 motherboard should support the Core 2 Duo, and also allow room for upgrades to Core 2 Extreme and Quad Core. My must-haves for a mobo are lots of SATA ports (the max seems to be eight), WiFi (don't want to waste a PCI port for this, and I don't like USB Wifi solutions), and PCIex16 (since nobody makes good AGP cards anymore), and RAID 1 support for a pair of drives. My nice-to-haves are firewire (my mom's old iMac relies on a firewire external HDD), an ATA port, and dual PCIex16 (for SLI potential, someday). I don't overclock. Why RAID 1? I'm away from home many days a week and my computer will be on doing the BT thing. Since I use cheap HDDs, I'm afraid I'm gonna come home and find out that the drive housing my OS has been dead for a week and I've made no headway in downloading the complete HDTV version of Planet Earth, or whatever else is in my BT queue. So I'm planning on RAID 1'ing the drive holding my OS and core applications. Hard drives: Any 500GB 7200RPM SATA drives, the cheapest ones listed on Pricewatch. I've got 25 IDE and SATA HDDs ranging from 200GB to 500GB storing everything from MP3s to sports to porn to photos. Right now if I want to access a file, I do a search in Where Is It (thanks to all who recommended that utility), figure out which drive it's in, and plug the drive in a USB-SATA/IDE adapter. This is inconvenient, and I'd like to consolidate the most important of those files into about 5-10 HDDs in the internal bays of the computer for easy access. To ensure long life, the drives will be turned off until I actually want to pull out a file. The computer will be on 24/7 doing the BT thing, and there's no reason to have the drives spinning all that time. OS: I'd like to keep on using Win XP 32-bit, but if that means my performance is going to be bottlenecked to using just 3.xGB of RAM, I might upgrade to Win XP 64-bit. I'm afraid that my old apps won't work anymore though, since some of them are really old, like ACDSee 3.1 and Teleport Pro 1.41. So I might put XP 64 in another partition, and might even throw Vista in a partition just for the heck of it. RAM: 3GB DDR2 800, no specific brand. I'm one of the types of guys who has 80 tabs open in Firefox on at once, so I need as much RAM as I can get. 3GB, probably in 2GB + 1GB sticks if I'm still using XP 32. 4GB in 2GB+2GB if I use XP 64. PSU: 750W, no specific brand yet. It seems that a SATA HDD uses 27W of peak load power, so with 10 HDDs, I'll need well over 300W of peak load. Throw in the GPU and various other crap, and I think 600-700W should be safe. Graphics Card: 8800GTS 640MB, no specific brand. It seems that this is the minimum I'll need to fully utilize the 1080p monitor for gaming. What hurts me is that this will cost nearly$400 - twice as much as the CPU and nearly as much as a PS3!   I'm seriously thinking of getting a cheapo video card and getting a PS3.  Which wouldn't look nearly as good in 1080p as a 8800GTS, but would be more useful (I could conceivably lug the PS3 around with me when I'm not at home).

Keyboard and mouse: IBM Trackpoint USB keyboard.  I can't imagine using anything else.

Crazy?  Absurd?  Just plain dumb?  Comments and suggestions most appreciated.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on October 04, 2007, 06:37:26 AM
^ comments in no particular order.

1. For compatibility issues regarding Windows XP Pro 64 see Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP_Professional_x64_Edition

2. Peak power consumption for HDDs is at startup. Many (expensive) SCSI HDDs have a delayed spin-up setting as to avoid overloading the power supply at boot time. Graphics cards are slowly taking over from the CPU as most power demanding part of a PC. For SLI you need a PSU with the correct leads.

3. RAM: Whatever brand you buy, buy them in pairs and among the pairs look for sticks with the same timings. (For dual channel operation)

4. Re: many HDDs: have you ever thought about NAS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network-attached_storage) as a storage solution? Bare bones NAS cases exist which can take PATA or SATA drives.

5. Motherboard: carefully consider how many PCI slots you need. Many mobos have maybe 3 slots where only 2 slots are usable if the PCIex16 is used with a large profile graphics card (heatsink/fan sticks out). I found this out the hard way.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on October 04, 2007, 06:43:52 AM
Crazy?  Absurd?  Just plain dumb?  Comments and suggestions most appreciated.

Get a sound card. :D
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on October 04, 2007, 08:26:52 AM
Crazy?  Absurd?  Just plain dumb?  Comments and suggestions most appreciated.

Get a sound card. :D

hehe +1 for this.

The specs look pretty good, I actually have the Lian Li v2100b (http://www.lian-li.com/product/product06.php?pr_index=29&cl_index=1&sc_index=2&ss_index=7&type=b)
They're a really nice case.

With the RAM, just get 2gig cause you're only using XP, the thing to remember with ram is that you'll wanna run your sticks in dual channel to get the most performance out of it so ideally you will want to get match paired sticks of ram. 2gig is really plenty for XP, if you were going Vista then I would have advised a 2x 2gig kits mainly because Vista likes to use as much ram as it can. So even though there is the whole "omg 32bit systems won't see 4gig of ram" deal, that's not the point of getting 4gig of ram. Getting matched pairs of ram (2x 2gig or 4x 1gig sticks) is the reason for it.

If you're not sure about getting the 8800gts 640mb videocard, that's fine. You can get the 320mb version they're about $100 cheaper and should still be fine for playing games at high resolutions. If you wanted you could even get by with a cheaper 8600gt 256mb. I have one of these and it is really quite a decent card. I run games at 1600x1200 no problems. Although Bioshock is pushing it hehe but I am kinda fussy when it comes to framerate. I have a feeling nvidia is about to release a new range of cards in November though so keep an eye out I've heard rumours of a Geforce 8700 which might be ideal for you. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on October 04, 2007, 10:26:44 AM This is extremely tentative. The primary use of the machine will be to leach and seed BTs. Secondary as a gaming machine. Using a laptop for so long meant that I could only play strategy games, and I really miss FPSes. Thirdly as a media server. I have many terabytes of MP3s and crap, and I always dreamt of storing it all on a single machine where it would be available instantly. ...snip... I have done single machine 'all singing all dancing' setups and am now going a bit back from them. I find 'storage should be in the network' (e.g. NAS devices like ebc mentions or just a 'older' machine with drives attached) there is currently nothing (unless you have multiple people streaming high bitrate videos at the same time) that requires even a 100Mbit network, let alone 1Gbit. (BTW Vista has a very annoying 'feature' that it throttles the network in favor of sound, which makes it that you can't play high bitrate videos like 1920x1080 .ts from the network (1280x720 h264 is no problem) Very stupid design 'feature' not sure they corrected it for SP1, not going to try the beta on my Vista MCE machine :) ) There are even NAS devices that can do BT's themselves (and use like only 30W of power) For games you need the machine (close to the screen) for video I am looking again to extenders (like the new v2 MCE extender from linksys) because of the fan noise, the laptop is currently doing ok, so no real need to replace in the next year or so. I have used a DLP beamer (lamp crapped out on me, haven't bought a new one yet) to produce a 65" screen (4:3), makes for a BIG display of some old MM videos :D Having such a big machine 24/7 on might surprise you in the amount of power is draws compared to some simple small machines/devices. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on October 04, 2007, 01:38:04 PM Weird, my school website www.uwo.ca won't load for me. It loads even for me :) Clear your cookies/file chache and try again, something might have 'stuck'. Turns out that rebooting my modem and router solved the problem. Should have tried that first. I figured it out when my laptop wouldn't load the page either. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: ebc on October 04, 2007, 02:46:52 PM I find 'storage should be in the network' (e.g. NAS devices like ebc mentions or just a 'older' machine with drives attached) there is currently nothing (unless you have multiple people streaming high bitrate videos at the same time) that requires even a 100Mbit network, let alone 1Gbit. Actually that was tiny who mentioned the NAS. Though I have a dedicated Intel NAS... I regret it T_T Even though it has 2 gigabit ports it barely handled 100mbit, it's now sitting in it's box unused. But nevermind that, it's kinda complicated to explain why it was slow. So yeah that was the worst$600 I've ever spent, I should have just built a low spec machine with a tonne of sata controllers and a gigabit port, stuck XP on it and it would have been great.

If you just want to have everything in one machine then I say go for it, there's nothing wrong with having tonnes of harddrives all on hand for instant use. You would just need a tonne of controllers to plug the drives into.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on October 04, 2007, 09:29:22 PM
The idea of using my planned dream machine as a BT leach box is now at risk....

This is just the first month of using Comcast cable broadband 8 Mbps in Chicago, and I just got a call today (4 Oct) from the Comcast abuse guy warning of potential account termination for 12 months.

He told me that they do an audit monthly, and that over the past month I had downloaded 500GB, which puts me in the top .1% of Comcast's 12 million customers and the target for a warning phone call. He said that this was the reason he couldn't give me a specific number for how large the limit is - because the usage of the top .1% changes every month (presumably goes up).

On a slightly unrelated point, he also said that I was using over 300x more bandwidth than the average user, which means that the average user only downloads about 1.7GB a month. Given that even a 56k modem user could, if saturating a phone line 24/7, dowload about 18GB a month, it seems that most average users are massively underutilizing their bandwidth.  BT via dialup, anyone?  :lol:  Unfortunately, Comcast is the only broadband provider in my building, so I'll have to figure out some way to deal with this.

Since they do their audit once a month, would canceling my service near the end of each month (before they do their audit) and then restarting my service after the first week of the next month (after they've given their monthly warning calls) solve the problem?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on October 05, 2007, 01:30:56 AM
Probably not.

500GB is pretty incredible honestly. Of course, I have no idea how much bandwidth I use; Rogers' bandwidth tracking tool is broken.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Genesis on October 05, 2007, 01:45:17 AM
NetMeter is a great little program that records your bandwidth usage and statistics

Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 05, 2007, 05:03:16 AM
over the past month I had downloaded 500GB, which puts me in the top .1% of Comcast's 12 million customers and the target for a warning phone call.
Wow 500GB, and I thought I was a rather heavy user with 400GB/month down (and 130GB up) which means that I do about 100GB in torrents/month.

Ok US series season is just starting and I'm going for the 720p versions now (1.1GB/episode) so the download will increase starting this month...
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on October 05, 2007, 05:20:50 AM
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: chera on October 05, 2007, 05:34:28 AM
I think what killed me was downloading every episode of the documentary Planet Earth in 720p, while at the same time my favorite tracker giving "free leech" weekend.  I sucked down close to 200GB in just three days, which is way more than I'm used to.  What really sucks is that my ISP wont tell me their threshold for terminating my service, so I have no idea what I should be throttling myself to....   :cry:
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 05, 2007, 05:45:59 AM
^ Just geussing but there 'not fair use anymore' seems to start at about 300-400GB/month and it will probably depend on if you do it every month or not.

You could ask it they warn a second time or not, if not you have a problem trying to figure out what 'heavy use but no warning' is.

ALso it might make a difference if the traffic is local (meaning to there news server) or outside (meaning out-of-the-country) they might have different limits for that (because of cost/GB)

Yay for me having a ISP that is an old school hacker group which have not warned me in all the years I am connected (and I have gone up to 600GB/month at times)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SomethingWild on October 06, 2007, 09:54:23 AM
My PC can't display Japanese characters, I get squares on screen instead. Is there some sort of add-on I could download to fix this?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on October 06, 2007, 02:26:48 PM
^ on Windows XP (English): Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Languages tab. Make sure the check box before "Install files for East Asian languages" is checked. A Windows XP CD is required for the additional files to be installed.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on October 06, 2007, 04:40:31 PM
I also recommend downloading the Japanese IME from Microsoft's site in case you want to be able to input characters yourself.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on October 06, 2007, 05:41:25 PM
The Japanese IME is included with Windows XP and can be installed with the instructions I provided above.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: SomethingWild on October 06, 2007, 05:43:43 PM
It was a little different on this computer but I found it. It works perfectly, thanks!  :)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on October 10, 2007, 02:42:46 AM
I just installed the October 9 Windows Security Updates.

I can no longer connect to the internet through my router. I can connect fine when my PC is directly connected to the modem, but not when it's connected to the modem through the router.

It worked fine before the update and the problem appeared when I rebooted to install the updates.

Suggestions?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Genesis on October 10, 2007, 04:11:04 AM
Was it on XP? I haven't gotten any updates today, but I shall be wary of them if they pop-up.

If you go to Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, you can see all the Windows updates sorted by the dates they were installed. From there, you can get a link to Microsoft's site and see in detail what the update did.

Sorry I can't be of much more help. Also, if you know how to setup your home network, I suggest physically resetting the router to factory settings (via the pinhole reset button on the hardware) and try setting up the network again from scratch.

***

I just checked my Add/Remove Programs and the last update I got was on 8/29.

***

EDIT: lol... not a minute since posting this, and I get the pop-up for new updates :lol:
IE6 Security Update (KB939653)
Outlook Express Security Update (KB941202)
XP Security Update (KB933729)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830)

so here I am, trying to decide to install these or not XD

EDIT2: after reading frblckstr1's post below, I decided to install all the updates and so far everything looks good =D
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 10, 2007, 05:16:21 AM
^ I have just installed without problems (on two machines).

@Asmodai : it might be unrelated to the patches, but just to the reboot. Maybe the router doesn't like something (new ip number?)
You can try to uninstall via the control panel as Genesis suggest, or try the system restore point created before updates where applied (update makes one every time unless you disabled that)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: RatBastich on October 13, 2007, 05:58:31 PM
I have a lil problem which just surfaced today.

My comp is pausing, freezing, hanging, whatever you might want to call it.
Its very random, and can last, say, 3 to 8 seconds, thats just a guess, though.
It just started this today, and I as recently as a few days ago went thru a reformat and re-install.

Now, I already did a spyware and virus scan with clean results, but the pausing my comp was doing made the scans take longer than they should've taken.
I also ran a checkdisc on my C drive, and the results were good, nothing wrong there.

After the reboot, I did have a pause once again, but while doing this post I didn't have any pauses.
Just wondering if anyone can shed some light on this lil problem.

Edit:

Ok, its possible that my probs might have been related to a driver issue with a new ide controller card I got recently.
It kept popping up in my event log, so I updated the driver and will monitor my event log.
Here's really hoping that was the problem.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 14, 2007, 05:34:44 AM
^ Bad drivers can have strange effects, if the 'pause' is mainly during disk activity its very probable you have the culprit.
Other cause can be loose cables/heat but assuming your 'reformat' did not involve changing hardware that will probably not be it.

(I hate rebuilding machines, I keep putting off updating my desktop...)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on October 14, 2007, 07:16:46 AM
The idea of using my planned dream machine as a BT leach box is now at risk....

This is just the first month of using Comcast cable broadband 8 Mbps in Chicago, and I just got a call today (4 Oct) from the Comcast abuse guy warning of potential account termination for 12 months.

He told me that they do an audit monthly, and that over the past month I had downloaded 500GB, which puts me in the top .1% of Comcast's 12 million customers and the target for a warning phone call. He said that this was the reason he couldn't give me a specific number for how large the limit is - because the usage of the top .1% changes every month (presumably goes up).

On a slightly unrelated point, he also said that I was using over 300x more bandwidth than the average user, which means that the average user only downloads about 1.7GB a month. Given that even a 56k modem user could, if saturating a phone line 24/7, dowload about 18GB a month, it seems that most average users are massively underutilizing their bandwidth.  BT via dialup, anyone?  :lol:  Unfortunately, Comcast is the only broadband provider in my building, so I'll have to figure out some way to deal with this.

Since they do their audit once a month, would canceling my service near the end of each month (before they do their audit) and then restarting my service after the first week of the next month (after they've given their monthly warning calls) solve the problem?

They lied to you, basically. (http://consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/08/comcast_ban.html?imw=Y)  The guy says he wasn't even using 50gb, and people down the block got the same message, so ".001%" is a little inaccurate.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Saburo on October 15, 2007, 02:41:07 AM
Anyone output PC media to TV?  My folks have a Vizio 1080p LCD and we got some problems on watching stuff on VLC and Media Player Classic.  The connection is a DVI-to-HDMI adapter.  The Windows desktop displays OK (albeit stretched from 4:3 to 16:9) but anything played by the VLC media player displays nothing but a black screen (Tried watching the 1080i Music Fair program).  Is there some software setting that needs to be tweaked?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Genesis on October 15, 2007, 03:12:27 AM
Try using a no overlay setting. In MPC, it's under Options, Playback, Output. Either of the VMR9 choices should work. Don't use VMR7 (renderless), it'll eat up all of your CPU usage.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ebc on October 15, 2007, 03:13:58 AM
Anyone output PC media to TV?  My folks have a Vizio 1080p LCD and we got some problems on watching stuff on VLC and Media Player Classic.  The connection is a DVI-to-HDMI adapter.  The Windows desktop displays OK (albeit stretched from 4:3 to 16:9) but anything played by the VLC media player displays nothing but a black screen (Tried watching the 1080i Music Fair program).  Is there some software setting that needs to be tweaked?
What kind of graphics card are you using? basically the problem is that the video is using hardware overlay which will only output to one display at a time unless it is told to overlay itself onto the secondary screen as well. This can be done in your graphics adapater's control panel. Usually you can get to it via display properties > settings > advanced button. Then there'll be a tab which is different from the others, and it will depend on which graphics card you have as to what is written on it but you should see it. Once you have found it, look for anything to do with video overlay and I guess just change whatever settings are listed here to see if you can get it working.

The other way is if you are running the TV as the secondary monitor. Try changing it to the primary one by going to display properties > settings and then ticking the box that enables it to be primary. This will then move the start bar and icons over to the tv but you will be able to watch videos properly.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 15, 2007, 05:24:17 AM
Anyone output PC media to TV?

I'm running my LCD TV as 'secondary monitor' from my laptop via VGA to DVI (@1280x720)

The other way is if you are running the TV as the secondary monitor. Try changing it to the primary one by going to display properties > settings and then ticking the box that enables it to be primary. This will then move the start bar and icons over to the tv but you will be able to watch videos properly.
I set it to be the left display (drag and drop it in the display settings).
This way MCE (Vista's version) runs on it, but I still have the taskbar and icons on the main display.
The only think to consider is turning on the TV before the laptop otherwise Vista in combination with the nVidia adapter has the 'nice' habbit of moving it to right display position (making MCE appear on the laptop screen).
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Saburo on October 16, 2007, 02:59:23 AM
Thanks all for the responses!  I'll try tweak the settings in those places.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Rick-e on October 16, 2007, 03:25:04 PM
I just installed the October 9 Windows Security Updates.

I can no longer connect to the internet through my router. I can connect fine when my PC is directly connected to the modem, but not when it's connected to the modem through the router.

It worked fine before the update and the problem appeared when I rebooted to install the updates.

Suggestions?

I have the same problem! my notebook can't connect to the internet using my office's wireless router after that october 9 update :( I tried uninstalling it but no luck...

the weird thing is that It shows me as connected to the router, and I can ping the router, and even external site! (I tried pinging yahoo, google and wiki) but I just can't seem to access the internet.

if anyone knows how to fix it It would be great! thanks...
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on October 17, 2007, 08:11:40 AM
Can someone teach me how to rip chapters of DVDs using 'vStrip'?

I totally forgot how (and keep getting this 'not authenticated' error, even though my DVD isn't a bootleg)...  :(
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on October 17, 2007, 08:27:56 AM
^
The 'not authenticated' problem can be solved by first playing the DVD with a software player.

For chapter ripping I personaly use two programs depending on the situation. For DVD files on the HD I use vStrip GUI, for a DVD or mounted ISO I use DVD Decrypter. Guides and software cat be found at Doom9 (http://www.doom9.net/). The split option for vStrip GUI is on the "3 Output" tab. For DVD Decrypter see the settings window on the "IFO Mode" tab.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on October 17, 2007, 09:47:45 AM
Can someone teach me how to rip chapters of DVDs using 'vStrip'?

I totally forgot how (and keep getting this 'not authenticated' error, even though my DVD isn't a bootleg)...  :(

Meh, I would suggest using DVDDecrypter, a lot easier.  (though it only rips vobs)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on October 17, 2007, 01:24:53 PM
Thanks guys! :heart:
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Genesis on October 18, 2007, 01:20:04 AM
I use a fairly simple program called VobBlanker (http://jsoto.posunplugged.com/vobblanker.htm)

(http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/5931/screen1pv3.th.png) (http://img528.imageshack.us/my.php?image=screen1pv3.png) (http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/2986/screen2ri4.th.png) (http://img152.imageshack.us/my.php?image=screen2ri4.png)

Open the VIDEO_TS.IFO file of the DVD.
Select the TitleSet.
Select a PGC in the TitleSet.
Click the Cells button.
Select the chapter you want and click Extract.

* ExtractAll will extract the entire PGC into one VOB file.
* ExtAll Mult will extract the entire PGC into separate chapter VOB files.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on October 20, 2007, 12:41:20 AM
I know this has been asked all the time, but how do i d/l youtube files to psp? what are the best sites to do it?

I think this question needs to be stickied for anybody who needs it next time. Thanks again!
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Asmodai on October 20, 2007, 03:11:10 AM
I just installed the October 9 Windows Security Updates.

I can no longer connect to the internet through my router. I can connect fine when my PC is directly connected to the modem, but not when it's connected to the modem through the router.

It worked fine before the update and the problem appeared when I rebooted to install the updates.

Suggestions?

I have the same problem! my notebook can't connect to the internet using my office's wireless router after that october 9 update :( I tried uninstalling it but no luck...

the weird thing is that It shows me as connected to the router, and I can ping the router, and even external site! (I tried pinging yahoo, google and wiki) but I just can't seem to access the internet.

if anyone knows how to fix it It would be great! thanks...

Doing a hard reset of my router to factory settings seems to have solved the problem. Unfortunately, that probably isn't available to you at work.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Rick-e on October 20, 2007, 11:16:59 AM
^yeah :( can't do that T_T ah well... I can still use my friend's pc and just run flashget on background xD
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Masabi on October 20, 2007, 11:42:07 AM
I know this has been asked all the time, but how do i d/l youtube files to psp? what are the best sites to do it?

I think this question needs to be stickied for anybody who needs it next time. Thanks again!
2) get a flv to avi using this thingie (http://www.rivavx.com/index.php?encoder&L=3)
3) put in psp folder
4) ????
5) profit
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Genesis on October 20, 2007, 03:26:38 PM
^ :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

:heart: underpants gnomes~
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ferrar1 on October 22, 2007, 06:12:27 AM
Hiya guys.

I badly need help in hooking up 2 computers (1 PC, 1 laptop) for them to access each other remotely. Previously both was using Win XP and i had no problem using a small program called remote admin. Now my PC is running on Vista after an upgrade and i can't find a good program to link the 2 computers up. Any recommendation for a good and small program or any other easier ways to connect both PCs together?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on October 22, 2007, 10:20:17 AM
I badly need help in hooking up 2 computers (1 PC, 1 laptop) for them to access each other remotely. Previously both was using Win XP and i had no problem using a small program called remote admin. Now my PC is running on Vista after an upgrade and i can't find a good program to link the 2 computers up. Any recommendation for a good and small program or any other easier ways to connect both PCs together?
'remote admin' sounds like 'remote desktop' under Vista (under 'accessories')

BTW if you are connecting from Vista to XP you might want to turn of the warning under advanced options/authentication options.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on October 27, 2007, 06:39:08 AM
HELP!!! I got a worm netsky on my main comp!!! how do i fix it??!! i also get the red biohazard screen on it!!!

so far i used spybot to remove some of the viruses but the worm is still there!!!!

OMFG!!!!!! does system restore work??
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on October 27, 2007, 07:14:39 AM
^ you need a virus scanner or a netsky removal tool.
See for example: http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2004-021816-1759-99
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on October 28, 2007, 03:34:30 PM
I bought a new PS2 and the CSI game for it, but during the 'movie clips' part of it, it always hangs for a long time or lags. Is it because I need a bigger memory card or what?

(Mine is 8mb)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Happosai on October 29, 2007, 02:02:06 PM
...Is it because I need a bigger memory card or what? (Mine is 8mb)

Your memory card is just used to save your games/profile... This memory amount isn't used by the system to run the game.
Check if the game disc isn't scratched or dirty, or maybe try to use the PS2 on the side or on the back...

huuuh... i mean the PS2 sides or back... not yours...  ;)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on October 29, 2007, 02:18:52 PM
...Is it because I need a bigger memory card or what? (Mine is 8mb)

Your memory card is just used to save your games/profile... This memory amount isn't used by the system to run the game.
Check if the game disc isn't scratched or dirty, or mayber try to use the PS2 on the side or on the back...

huuuh... i mean the PS2 sides or back... not yours...  ;)

I shall try that then  XD Thanks!
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on October 29, 2007, 02:47:31 PM
Just don't adjust the position of the PS2 (on it's side or back or whatever) while it has a CD in because I've known people do that and it scratched the CD very badly.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: shadowstar on October 29, 2007, 02:49:57 PM
Just don't adjust the position of the PS2 (on it's side or back or whatever) while it has a CD in because I've known people do that and it scratched the CD very badly.

Yeah, my friend did that before and it screwed up a few of his games, so I learned from him.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Genesis on October 30, 2007, 05:12:05 AM
I have a 3 year old Thermaltake Silent Boost K8 Fan/Heatsink sitting on Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound sitting on an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Socket 754 Processor.

This amazing silent fan has begun to show its wear and is now making a low yet annoying whirrr~ noise like an electric razor. I'm wondering if it's easy to remove and replace the fan that came attached to the heatsink. If not, I'm trying to decide if replacing the entire thing just for the noise is worth the hassle of trying to tear off the sink from the processor >.>

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tiny on October 30, 2007, 07:09:09 AM
Is it this one: http://www.techtastic.ca/reviews2/silent-boostk8.html ?
If so, it looks like you should be able to remove the fan and replace it with a standard size 80x80x25mm fan.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Maxis on November 02, 2007, 09:19:44 AM
hello all .. how do i do screen capture on mkv or mp4 files ?
i'm using k-lite with mpc .. its fairly easy with avi i just need to switch of overlay mix to vmr7/9 ..
but it wont work for mkv or mp4 files :(
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on November 02, 2007, 10:26:19 AM
^ Isn't there a 'snapshot' feature in MPC (= Media player classic?) somewhere in the menu's there should be.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: sh15uya on November 02, 2007, 10:32:35 AM
^
F5
( saved in the $user\My documents\Pictures I think ) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Maxis on November 02, 2007, 06:00:38 PM ^both of you dont seems like using media player classic .. what player you lads use to play video media ? just askiing .. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: sh15uya on November 02, 2007, 06:04:25 PM ^ media player classic 6.4.9 ....... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: JFC on November 02, 2007, 06:07:39 PM For MPC, in the Menu bar, to take a screencap it's something like: File --> save snapshot Don't remember if that's how it's actually listed (I'm at work right now, and this computer does not have MPC like my computer at home does). But yeah, it's a really simple procedure to take a screencap with it. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: RatBastich on November 02, 2007, 06:13:39 PM File -> Save Image with MPC. It saves as a bitmap image. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 03, 2007, 05:34:07 AM ^both of you dont seems like using media player classic .. what player you lads use to play video media ? just askiing .. Mostly zoomplayer, when it doesn't want to make a screengrab sometimes vlc (zoomplayer doesn't do it for wmv files) Old habbits die hart, it did (does?) a better job of scaling to screen then MediaPlayer with wrong sized inputs. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on November 05, 2007, 07:34:30 AM Okay, what's up with my FF? It automatically logs me off particular forums for some reason, and just seconds after I do, it tells me to do it again. I enabled the "Remember Me" option ages ago. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: JFC on November 05, 2007, 11:36:26 PM Maybe try clearing your cookies for those forums and "start over"? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on November 06, 2007, 08:23:13 AM Okay, what's up with my FF? It automatically logs me off particular forums for some reason... It probably hates you because you changed your nick? :grin: Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Shumatsu Samurai on November 06, 2007, 09:50:29 AM I have two, probably related problems and I suck at explaining. I've installed two operating systems, the one I'm mainly using at the moment being Windows XP SP2 on drive D. The other one is also Windows XP but a japanese version (SP1), on drive C. With the one I'm using mostly, I have the problem that it will "forget" that it's supposed to use autologon after full reboot. I'm the only user so I disabled the welcome screen and used TweakUI to set autologon. If I tell Windows to reboot, this will work fine, but after shutting down and starting again, it will ask for my password again. Could this be linked to the fact that there's a bootmenu that will ask me for the OS I would like to start? Any suggestions what I could do? The other problem is somewhat similar. I have an entry on my start menu for PowerDVD that will just not go away. If I move it, it will be back in it's original position after reboot. Deleting it does not help and even uninstalling, removing it and re-installing the software does not work. What's strange is, that I have no problems with other entries, no matter whether I installed the other programs before or after PowerDVD. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Asmodai on November 06, 2007, 10:53:50 AM I've installed two operating systems, the one I'm mainly using at the moment being Windows XP SP2 on drive D. The other one is also Windows XP but a japanese version (SP1), on drive C. With the one I'm using mostly, I have the problem that it will "forget" that it's supposed to use autologon after full reboot. I'm the only user so I disabled the welcome screen and used TweakUI to set autologon. If I tell Windows to reboot, this will work fine, but after shutting down and starting again, it will ask for my password again. Could this be linked to the fact that there's a bootmenu that will ask me for the OS I would like to start? Any suggestions what I could do? Check your User Accounts settings. Sometimes programs create 'ghost' accounts that mess up autologin. You can delete them safely. I know Nero and Adobe can do this sometimes. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Shumatsu Samurai on November 07, 2007, 07:28:10 AM ^ Thanks, but unfortunately there's only me and the (inactive) guest account, so I can't do anything... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on November 07, 2007, 08:01:06 AM How to turn on automatic logon in Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315231 Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Shumatsu Samurai on November 08, 2007, 05:45:18 AM Looks like it's working, thanks! One down, one to go... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on November 10, 2007, 01:20:54 AM I want to ask if anyone knows how to burn videos files such as .avi or .mpg onto a DVD disc where it'll play like a VCD? so u can like have 5 or 6 100mb-200mb file on one DVD disc. someone did that before so i think it's possible, i just haven't figure it out yet... i also wanna know if it's possible with Nero? if not, what software tool can i use? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 10, 2007, 05:45:34 AM ^ You need to 'author' the files into a DVD-video 'movie' and burn the result to disk, but DVD-Video normally takes up more room then .avi's so you need to reduce quality to make them into a 'DVD'. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on November 12, 2007, 04:45:58 PM What size should I make a picture I want to use as a wallpaper on my Motorola Razr V3 (fit-to-screen option) so that it fits perfectly? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Happosai on November 12, 2007, 05:03:34 PM What size should I make a picture I want to use as a wallpaper on my Motorola Razr V3 (fit-to-screen option) so that it fits perfectly? 240 x 320 (or 320 x 240). :) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on November 12, 2007, 05:12:36 PM Awesome~ :heart: Thanks Happosai!! Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on November 19, 2007, 04:01:18 AM Guys and Gals, can anyone recommend a good 32" LCD TV? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on November 23, 2007, 03:37:32 AM ok so i'm thinking of upgrading my laptop computer. but i was wondering about a couple of stuff... 1) is there a limit on how much the internal hard drive (for laptops)? i currently have a 80GB 5400RPM w/ ATA-5 interface. i find some 120GB, 160GB and even 250GB hard drive with ATA-6 interface. is that compatible? 2) i would also want to upgrade the laptop's memory. my comp specs is DDR synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) at 333 MHz, DDR-SDRAM (DDRRAM), or something like PC2700 or something. but instead of DDR-SDRAM, i found mostly SO-DIMM. would that work? it did mentioned that it's DDR 333 (PC2700) and something about 200-pin but i dunno about that... anyway this is my problems rite now and i'm also want to buy it as soon as i can. but i just don't know about this, so i'm asking questions before i'm buying. if anyone here is good enough and know enough about computer hardware to help me, please do, i'd really appreciate the help. thanks and waiting for your response. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on November 23, 2007, 03:45:10 AM 2) i would also want to upgrade the laptop's memory. my comp specs is DDR synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) at 333 MHz, DDR-SDRAM (DDRRAM), or something like PC2700 or something. but instead of DDR-SDRAM, i found mostly SO-DIMM. would that work? it did mentioned that it's DDR 333 (PC2700) and something about 200-pin but i dunno about that... SO-DIMM just means that it's laptop memory, not that's a different type from DDR/SDRAM Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on November 23, 2007, 04:45:52 AM ok thanks for that. now what about hard drive capacity limit? does it matter? or can any size work? and can i buy an ata-6 hard drive for my laptop that supposedly used ata-5? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 23, 2007, 05:03:37 AM ok thanks for that. now what about hard drive capacity limit? does it matter? or can any size work? and can i buy an ata-6 hard drive for my laptop that supposedly used ata-5? ATA-6 and ATA-5 are compatible, it just the transfere speed that is different. Unless your laptop BIOS has a 127GB limit (probably not because of the SATA interface) the bigger drives should fit. The only problem might be the power requirements of the new drive, if they are to high the system might get unstable. e.g. higher speed drives (7200rpm) mostly need more power to get upto speed which might give a problem for a system configured to run max 5400rpm drives. Labtop memory has different pins/size for the memory cards (they are smaller) hence SO-DIMM. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on November 23, 2007, 05:33:44 AM so do that mean i shouldn't get a 7200 RPM hard drive and should get a 5400 RPM instead just in case rite? i do want to get a 250GB that's 5400rpm, but i don't know if my BIOS have a limit or not. is there any way to find out? also what's a good brand for memory? i don't which company have better memory. looking at the memory rite now, i see several brand, kingston, corsair, g skill, a-data, pny, etc... isn't kingston a good brand? as for hard drive, i think Western Digital is a good one, so is Seagate... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on November 23, 2007, 07:12:54 AM ATA-5 vs ATA-6: ATA-5 has a disk size limit of 137 GB. This is a limit of the BIOS usually. To make sure you have a compatible BIOS look for "48-bit LBA" in the specs. Or look for "UDMA 5" aka "UDMA/100", as this transfer mode was added with the ATA-6 standard. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT_Attachment PATA vs SATA: PATA and SATA are not compatible. ATA-5 or ATA-6 standard drives are PATA. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA SO-DIMM: a 200-pin memory module is a SO-DIMM. DDR 333 (PC2700) is an indication of the speed. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SO-DIMM Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 23, 2007, 10:20:14 AM ^ tiny you are correct about the ATA-5/6, I actually miss read that for (P/S)ATA why the heck can;t they call it IDE and SATA only :) @BigDnm01: You will have to readup in the manual what your machine can handle. Kingston is good, WD/Seagate are good. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on November 23, 2007, 05:06:34 PM I have this video that was downloading via torrent and suddenly my client crashes at 98%. I tried downloading it using another client but the same thing happened, they just crashed, failing to download anything more than 98%. The thing is, I'd be happy enough if the video was playable, but it's just not, I tried running it through DivFix but it said " This is not an AVI file". Any idea why my clients are crashing and are there ways for me to salvage the file? It'll be a bitch to download it all over again only for the same thing to happen :/ Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 23, 2007, 05:20:52 PM ^ drop it into vlc and see what happens, if its the first 2% that has the problem you are out-of-luck. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on November 23, 2007, 05:29:30 PM Yeah, I tried running it through VLC. Nothing happened ;_; Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: flamingmoe on November 23, 2007, 10:04:26 PM ^ How big is the file supposed to be? Hard drives formatted with FAT32 can't handle files over 4gb, so that could prevent any client from getting the last 2% if the file is over the limit. Or maybe you have bad sectors on your drive? You can try copying the file to a different drive and resuming the torrent from there. Your client should be able to run a hash check and resume if nothing is corrupted. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on November 24, 2007, 01:07:06 AM Thanks for the suggestions flamingmoe. My hardisk is formatted NTFS so I don't think it's the first one. I'll check out my hardisk for bad sectors. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: shadowstar on November 24, 2007, 09:09:55 AM I had this old Angelfire website years ago, and it was a blog. When I Google my full name, a link for it pops up and now I'm wondering if there's any way to get rid of the site? Like I said, it was years ago and I don't remember my password and username for it anymore... Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on November 25, 2007, 09:48:21 PM got a question guys. I just bought my new laptop and it says that i'm running out of disc space on D drive. It's impossible, since I have dial-up in my house and haven't done anything to it. What do you think could be the problem? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on November 26, 2007, 02:55:05 AM i try to delete a folder, that is empty btw, and it says: [cannot delete file: cannot read from the source or disk] the folder is empty and i even try to restart my computer then try to delete it once again. no luck. anyone knows what the problem is or at least how to delete it. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 26, 2007, 05:02:17 AM ^^ and ^ you both checked for virusus and back sectors on the disk? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on November 26, 2007, 09:37:32 PM yep, checked for viruses, not sure on the back sectors though..how do i do that? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on November 27, 2007, 04:57:16 AM I think he means bad sectors :P Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Reanimation on November 27, 2007, 04:58:59 AM i try to delete a folder, that is empty btw, and it says: [cannot delete file: cannot read from the source or disk] the folder is empty and i even try to restart my computer then try to delete it once again. no luck. anyone knows what the problem is or at least how to delete it. i have this problem once in awhile. download a program called unlocker. unlock the folder, then delete it. http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Unlocker.shtml Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: Masabi on November 29, 2007, 05:33:50 PM I had this old Angelfire website years ago, and it was a blog. When I Google my full name, a link for it pops up and now I'm wondering if there's any way to get rid of the site? Like I said, it was years ago and I don't remember my password and username for it anymore... Nope. You can't remove it from google unless it fetches a 404 now (they'll remove archived versions). You might be able to remove it from angelfire itself, I'm not sure. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on November 30, 2007, 05:17:44 AM Does anyone know how I can connect the sound source for Xbox 360 on my computer? My computer's video card and TV-tuner card both have a S-video slot, so I can get a S-video cable for Xbox 360 and plug it in. But I have no idea what to do with the sound souce. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 30, 2007, 05:20:54 AM ^ Why connect it to your computer? DO you want to record a game or something? The audio cable that goes from the Xbox 360 to your amp/speakers you should be able to plug into your soundcard. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on November 30, 2007, 05:26:59 AM I don't have a LCD TV or even a CRT TV, and living by myself = no money to afford anything. So... I gonna use what I have on hands oh ya? but do I need a converter or something for the sound plug? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 30, 2007, 05:32:09 AM I don't have a LCD TV or even a CRT TV, and living by myself = no money to afford anything. So... I gonna use what I have on hands oh ya? but do I need a converter or something for the sound plug? That depends on the current cables you have. In europe I would say use the SCART cable to connect the Xbox to the TV. You might actually have enough inputs on your CRT TV to connect the XBox directly. I use a amp with multiple inputs to switch between DVD-player(s) and the Computer output. Some more info about your current setup will give (us here) a better idea about what should be possible. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on November 30, 2007, 05:41:28 AM well again, I don't have a TV so I really can't do much with the TV part. For my computer, I have a TV-Tuner card which has a S-Video + tri-colour (white + red + yellow) input, it also has a sound input plug that connects to the sound card on my computer. For the monitor, I"m using an 19" analog LCD monitor (LG Flatron L1950S) again like I said before, I think I can get the S-Video cable for Xbox 360 and plug that into the S-Video input of the TV-Tuner. But I don't know about the sound part. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on November 30, 2007, 05:59:22 AM well again, I don't have a TV so I really can't do much with the TV part. For my computer, I have a TV-Tuner card which has a S-Video + tri-colour (white + red + yellow) input, it also has a sound input plug that connects to the sound card on my computer. For the monitor, I"m using an 19" analog LCD monitor (LG Flatron L1950S) again like I said before, I think I can get the S-Video cable for Xbox 360 and plug that into the S-Video input of the TV-Tuner. But I don't know about the sound part. 'CRT TV' to mean 'TV' not 'computer monitor' :) This monitor has only one 15pin input it looks like. There is probably a same style input plug on the soundcard as where you connected the TV-card you need to find a cable that can plug in there from the Xbox, otherwise unplug the tv-card cable and plug that into/use for the xbox. (edit: effing typos) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: JTRIX on November 30, 2007, 07:06:21 AM ok I'll take a look into that and do more research online. Thanks bud! Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 01, 2007, 12:40:03 AM what are .srt files? i have them and they don't play. what do i do with them? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on December 01, 2007, 12:58:46 AM what are .srt files? i have them and they don't play. what do i do with them? They're softsub files that are played with a corresponding video file (instead of encoding the video with the subs) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 01, 2007, 01:27:44 AM how do i play them? i got some H!M episodes that have them and have been scratching my head over it Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: doinkies on December 01, 2007, 02:04:50 AM To play .srt files with videos, you need a program called VobSub. The CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack) has VobSub included: http://www.cccp-project.net/ It can play just about any video codec that's commonly used too. doinkies recommends it. Also, both the srt file and the video need to have the same filename. For instance, if I had a video called doink.avi and a subtitle file that said doink1.srt, I would rename the srt file to doink.srt and then put both the video and srt file in the same folder. Then open the video in your favorite media player and the subtitle should show up automatically. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on December 03, 2007, 10:33:46 PM i have a .rmvb file and there is also a sub file (.srt) that comes with. but for some reason it doesn't play the subs. can Rmvb files actually play with subs file? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: doinkies on December 04, 2007, 06:29:30 AM Yes they can (doinkies has tried this). Again, check to see if the sub file and video file have the same exact filename (but not the same exact file extension), that they're in the same folder, and that you have VobSub so that the subtitle will play. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on December 04, 2007, 11:15:42 AM i does have the same file name, in the same folder, yet it's still isn't playing the subs. i install a k-lite codec pack and it came with a directvobsub. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on December 04, 2007, 11:20:25 AM Did you use a DirectShow video player like Media Player Classic? Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: AzN_DreaMerS on December 04, 2007, 08:13:43 PM Hello, i found subtitles for a movie but i can't read it. The movie is in .iso and subtitles are in .srt. (when i use the subtitles with another video, it works well but when i use it with the movie .iso, it wont work). So my question is how to use .srt file in a .iso video ? thanks in advance for the reply;. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: flamingmoe on December 04, 2007, 10:01:17 PM An iso can be viewed with VLC player which can display subs, but I don't think that's going to work for you. An iso is an image file that's meant to be burned to a cdr/dvdr and if it has a menu, that will mess up the timing of the subs. You can use programs like WinRAR, Ultra ISO, DVD Decryptor, or DVD Shrink to extract the contents of the iso and rename the appropriate files to play with the .srt. For example, if the iso is a big dvd movie, you can open it with DVD Shrink, choose Re-author, and keep only the main movie (without menus). If the movie is over 1 gig, go to Edit->Preferences->Output Files and uncheck "Split VOB files into 1gb chunks". Hit "Backup" and the folder you save it to will have one big uninterrupted .vob file that you can rename to use with the .srt. (Oh, and before "Backup" make sure to select "no compression" under Compression Settings since you only want to view it and not shrink it) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: AzN_DreaMerS on December 05, 2007, 02:02:08 PM An iso can be viewed with VLC player which can display subs, but I don't think that's going to work for you. An iso is an image file that's meant to be burned to a cdr/dvdr and if it has a menu, that will mess up the timing of the subs. thanks for the reply, the .iso video has no menu and it fits perfectly with the subs timing. :/ i'll try your manip thanks. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: BigDnm01 on December 05, 2007, 11:07:48 PM Did you use a DirectShow video player like Media Player Classic? i tried using Media player classic but it doesn't seem to work. i mean, it loads up but doesn't play correctly, or not at all. i can skip and see the stills of it. but even with it in play mode, it freezes. i was wondering should i install something else in addition to k-lite codec pack 3.5.3 full. something that will help me play it. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: JFC on December 06, 2007, 12:03:26 AM The K-Lite should have been able taken care of it with no problems. Check and make sure that your MPC is set to show the subs (sometimes it comes with it switched off for some reason). (http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/6348/clipboard01bu1.jpg) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: huggumwuggums on December 06, 2007, 06:54:15 AM Is there a way to limit the bandwith on certain computers using a router? My PC seems to be hogging the line. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tiny on December 06, 2007, 09:59:23 AM @BigDnm01: you'll also need Real Alternative (http://www.codecguide.com/about_real.htm) or use a codec pack like K-Lite (http://www.codecguide.com/about_kl.htm). (rmvb = Real Media video) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: frblckstr1 on December 06, 2007, 10:44:22 AM Is there a way to limit the bandwith on certain computers using a router? My PC seems to be hogging the line. If that is because of torrents, you BT client should have a limit upload and/or download speed (KB/second) option. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tenkei on December 06, 2007, 11:24:13 PM just got FiOS and apparently my ISP blocks jpopsuki... anyone know how to run utorrent through a proxy so i can still DL mah shit? D: Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on December 06, 2007, 11:36:49 PM just got FiOS and apparently my ISP blocks jpopsuki... anyone know how to run utorrent through a proxy so i can still DL mah shit? D: Welcome to the club!!! :D If you can use a proxy to get to their website, the torrents will usually download without having to go through a proxy themselves. A simple web proxy like hidemyass will you get you there just fine. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tenkei on December 07, 2007, 12:03:57 AM yeah i can get to the site through web proxy and dl the .torrent, but when i load it up in utorrent it stays red and DLs really slow. tracker status says offline (timed out) Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: soveryshiny on December 07, 2007, 12:39:24 AM It's not your ISP blocking it, it's the IP range of the IP they gave you. There are several threads about it in the forums, I just explained it the other day in this one: http://mullemeck.serveftp.org/jps_beta/forum/viewtopic.php?t=80310 The problem is that there's only one admin that can fix the problem and he's permanently MIA these days. You can use DHT like LaJon said, but if you want to connect directly you'll have to use a proxy service like http://www.http-tunnel.com/html/solutions/http_tunnel/client.asp or similar. Or fly to Sweden and get ahold of yespa long enough so he can fix some things. Is there a way to limit the bandwith on certain computers using a router? My PC seems to be hogging the line. Not with most routers. There are a number of linksys ones that you can load a third party firmware based off linux onto. It adds a bunch of features including good QoS for limiting by port/mac address/IP/service/etc. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on December 07, 2007, 12:50:25 AM yeah i can get to the site through web proxy and dl the .torrent, but when i load it up in utorrent it stays red and DLs really slow. tracker status says offline (timed out) About 90% of the torrents I get from JPS work and at full speed, but it'll say the tracker is offline. Other torrents, like Gakkou e Ikkou MAX! never seem to work for me through uTorrent. On the other hand, if you use the download manager FlashGet, you can download torrents off of JPS just like normal, but that program uses as much memory as a friggin video game, so I try to stay away from using it. x_x I hope the issue gets fixed someday, cause I hate having to go through some ghetto web proxy with pop-ups and ads all over the place. Also been a lot of things I'd like to post there, but I doubt it'd work, or not work well. e_e Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tenkei on December 07, 2007, 01:03:18 AM thanks for all the info svs and lajon! hopefully that admin returns someday XD Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: soveryshiny on December 07, 2007, 10:04:49 AM About 90% of the torrents I get from JPS work and at full speed, but it'll say the tracker is offline. Other torrents, like Gakkou e Ikkou MAX! never seem to work for me through uTorrent. On the other hand, if you use the download manager FlashGet, you can download torrents off of JPS just like normal, but that program uses as much memory as a friggin video game, so I try to stay away from using it. x_x Nermal makes her torrents as private ones, so you can't use DHT with them. If FlashGet lets you use DHT with them anyways then it's a bad client and doing something it's not supposed to -_- Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: LaJon on December 07, 2007, 01:41:07 PM About 90% of the torrents I get from JPS work and at full speed, but it'll say the tracker is offline. Other torrents, like Gakkou e Ikkou MAX! never seem to work for me through uTorrent. On the other hand, if you use the download manager FlashGet, you can download torrents off of JPS just like normal, but that program uses as much memory as a friggin video game, so I try to stay away from using it. x_x Nermal makes her torrents as private ones, so you can't use DHT with them. If FlashGet lets you use DHT with them anyways then it's a bad client and doing something it's not supposed to -_- Yeah, I never understood how I was able to do it with FlashGet and not with uTorrent. Shame too, cause Gakkou e Ikkou MAX! was one of my favorite shows to download, and I haven't been able to watch it in so long. If it was the same with other shows like Utaban or Mechaike then I'd have to get friends to download it for me to keep my sanity. e_e Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: doinkies on December 07, 2007, 05:37:35 PM This is weird...I've never had these problems with JPS before and I use uTorrent. Then again I don't think my IP is blocked. Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: tenkei on December 07, 2007, 10:55:52 PM lajon, when you let the torrents run anyway, does it upload at all? i'd like to keep my ratio and the only thing id still need to get from jps is musicstation... i usually seed it for a long time Title: Re: Tech-related problems Post by: soveryshiny on December 07, 2007, 11:26:51 PM This is weird...I've never had these problems with JPS before and I use uTorrent. Then again I don't think my IP is blocked. Verizon FIOS, some Rogers Cable (mostly in Toronto), and some Hong Kong (or possibly Singapore, I forget now) users are the only people that have come up as being affected so far. If it's worth money to you then http://www.http-tunnel.com/html/solutions/http_tunnel/client.asp will fix it for 5$/month or less.  The really cool kids split a dedicated linux server and use that for all their torrenting, which also avoids it nicely.

Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 08, 2007, 12:19:37 AM
I downloaded the CCCP package and have no idea what I should next to get my .srt files to work even though they are on a dvd. can someone please help me:(
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: tenkei on December 08, 2007, 02:21:59 AM
thanks svs, i guess ill just have to get ms through flashget

EDIT
on 2nd thought forget, flashget was slow as fuck... ill guess ill jsut learn to live w/o music station D:
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: JFC on December 08, 2007, 03:39:03 AM
I downloaded the CCCP package and have no idea what I should next to get my .srt files to work even though they are on a dvd. can someone please help me:(
What format is the video? ISO? DVD rip (i.e. .AVI)? An actual DVD disc?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 08, 2007, 03:57:00 AM
^^ it's on .avi format, but the episodes are burned onto a disc
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: JFC on December 08, 2007, 04:03:37 AM
^^ it's on .avi format, but the episodes are burned onto a disc
Ah. So the .AVI files are on a disc, but the .SRT files are on your computer? If that's the case I don't think that they'll show, since you won't have both files in the same starting location. In order to show the subs both files must be together in the same directory. Since you already have the videos burned you want to keep them right? In that case you might as well just copy the videos back onto your computer, and then re-burn them AND the .SRT onto a new disc (again, making sure that the video and SRT file both have exactly the same filename).
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on December 08, 2007, 10:24:52 AM
^ Sorry dude, but that's not true..

You can just keep the subs on the PC, and direct VobSub to that directory.. (or directories in my case)
(http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/1848/subsrw1.jpg)
Just make sure to rename the .srt files to match the .avi ones..
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 08, 2007, 10:55:05 AM
actually, both file types are on the burned disc. sorry for not saying that sooner.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on December 08, 2007, 11:06:16 AM
^ what app are you using to view the .avi files?? vlc, window media player, powerdvd..etc..

Apps such as vlc won't use VobSub to display the .srt subs, and need to be loaded within vlc itself..
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 08, 2007, 05:45:28 PM
I watch the .avi files on windows media
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on December 09, 2007, 01:18:59 AM
In that case "Direct VobSub" should work fine..
Question though, do you have "Direct VobSub" installed?? I have no idea what was installed on your system when you installed CCCP..

If you want DirectVobSub, you can grab it here
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: JFC on December 09, 2007, 01:39:24 AM
^ Sorry dude, but that's not true..

You can just keep the subs on the PC, and direct VobSub to that directory.. (or directories in my case)
http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/1848/subsrw1.jpg (http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/1848/subsrw1.jpg)
Just make sure to rename the .srt files to match the .avi ones..
Ah, you learn something new everyday. :thumbsup
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 09, 2007, 05:47:38 AM
^ Sorry dude, but that's not true..

You can just keep the subs on the PC, and direct VobSub to that directory.. (or directories in my case)
http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/1848/subsrw1.jpg (http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/1848/subsrw1.jpg)
Just make sure to rename the .srt files to match the .avi ones..
Ah, you learn something new everyday. :thumbsup
Users, never check all available options! :angry:

(Says one who goes, and checks out this dialog box he didn' t know about either... ;) )
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: glcorps2002 on December 12, 2007, 07:58:49 PM

In August I've been having connection problems with my Verizon DSL. In mid-August I couldn't connect to the net from this computer, even with Dial-Up. By September I had my computer fixed. He said that it was missing a net component and couldn't reinstall normally. The symptom was the connection speed kept changing. The highest it normally would be is 190kB/s but with this problem it bounces around to 39kB/s and everything in between, around the lower numbers mostly. Could someone tell me the problem or how to fix it without having to wipe out my hard drive?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 13, 2007, 05:33:36 AM
Is your computer directly connected to the DSL or is there a (ADSL) modem (from verizon?) in between?

And: which OS? and which component are you missing according to them?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: glcorps2002 on December 13, 2007, 10:49:09 PM
Is your computer directly connected to the DSL or is there a (ADSL) modem (from verizon?) in between?

And: which OS? and which component are you missing according to them?
Phone line to modem(Westell Model # 2200) to computer. The operating system is Windows XP 2. There has been no mention of any lost component at all.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: soveryshiny on December 14, 2007, 12:16:59 AM
He said that it was missing a net component and couldn't reinstall normally.
There has been no mention of any lost component at all.
Anyway, I would normally try a shotgun approach to a problem like that by running:
sfc /purgecache
sfc /scannow
to make sure none of your Windows files are corrupt.  Then follow it with winsockfix http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4372.html and then dial-a-fix http://wiki.djlizard.net/Dial-a-fix with all options checked (except the time/date one.)  That will take care of a lot of random system/internet problems.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: ~Dan~ on December 14, 2007, 02:13:48 AM

In August I've been having connection problems with my Verizon DSL. In mid-August I couldn't connect to the net from this computer, even with Dial-Up. By September I had my computer fixed. He said that it was missing a net component and couldn't reinstall normally. The symptom was the connection speed kept changing. The highest it normally would be is 190kB/s but with this problem it bounces around to 39kB/s and everything in between, around the lower numbers mostly. Could someone tell me the problem or how to fix it without having to wipe out my hard drive?

It might not be your computer.  Verizon are limiting people's bandwidth for those that exceed 5GB in each billing period.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: glcorps2002 on December 14, 2007, 11:52:18 AM
Phone line to modem(Westell Model # 2200) to computer. The operating system is Windows XP 2. There has been no mention of any lost component at all.
Sorry, I meant the computer never mentioned the missing component. I can't remember the name of the component itself.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 15, 2007, 02:32:29 AM
I still can't Direct VOB sub to work and still can't get the srt files to work, nor can i watch the show either..I NEED HELP!!

plus, with the files burned onto a disc, I can't change the file names at all.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 15, 2007, 05:42:05 AM
plus, with the files burned onto a disc, I can't change the file names at all.
Surprise!

Copy the files to your harddisk, change the filesnames to match and try again.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Rick-e on December 15, 2007, 03:17:04 PM
Hey guys, Do any of you know a good (and free) uneraser program? I accidentally deleted this one word file, and it's kinda important >_<
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 15, 2007, 04:32:47 PM
^ You did check the recycle bin??

Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Rick-e on December 15, 2007, 08:14:01 PM
I have this habit of deleting file directly (shift+delete) T_T

but thanks for the link! I found some freeware, and will try installing them tommorow.
edit: recovered it! phew ^_^ thanks for the help. I really have to change my habit and start using the recycle bin :p
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 17, 2007, 12:04:17 AM
hate to ask, but are there any other sites besides VOB sub that I could use? it's killing me installing and suck on my harddrive
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Guchi_Jnr on December 17, 2007, 03:39:15 AM
^

(http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/8539/classicba4.jpg)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: cool_kickin_dude on December 20, 2007, 10:26:11 PM
^ thanks(luckily I bought Maximum PC magazine which had appliactions such as Media Classic, Divx and Winamp). One last thing, with the .srt files, which application will read the subtitles? Adobe wouldn't work, not sure if either Wordpad or Notepad had it..
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: LaJon on December 20, 2007, 11:07:39 PM
^ thanks(luckily I bought Maximum PC magazine which had appliactions such as Media Classic, Divx and Winamp). One last thing, with the .srt files, which application will read the subtitles? Adobe wouldn't work, not sure if either Wordpad or Notepad had it..

Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: xerony on December 22, 2007, 05:25:19 PM
I was installing some updates on my brothers PC today. After finishing those 90 updates i did a reboot.
And after that reboot windows didn't boot properly anymore. it even gave a bluescreen
So I went back to safe mode and restore it back. I found it rather strange

(the windows xp was installed only this week)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 22, 2007, 05:30:50 PM
Not much info to go on, don't have any problems with my XP machines, but there where some reports of problems with the latest IE6 update, there is a newer version of that.

Maybe try again and not install everything in one go?

It could als be you have some bad memory/bad harddisk in the machine, or anything else that can produce a bluescreen (there should be a code on it, probably a driver failed?)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on December 23, 2007, 03:55:16 AM
I created an ISO file from a movie that I want to burn and watch on TV. I used DVD Flick and once it was done I played it but the audio is out of sync with the video. Any idea why this is happening?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: flamingmoe on December 23, 2007, 05:20:34 AM
^ I've never used DVD Flick before, but some possible reasons :

a) Your source file has VBR audio while the video is CBR.

b) You're converting a PAL file to NTSC or vice-versa. The two formats have different frame rates.

c) There are some corrupted frames somewhere that are causing a glitch during the encoding.

d) Your pc is too slow to encode the file quickly enough.

See if DVD Flick has an audio delay feature. If the delay is constant, like by 5 seconds throughout, you might be able to fix it. But if the delay varies, then you're out of luck.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 23, 2007, 05:51:06 AM
d) Your pc is too slow to encode the file quickly enough.

I see no reason why this would cause problems during encoding, playing maybe but encoding? it will just take longer.
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: huggumwuggums on December 23, 2007, 06:12:24 AM
^
^ Thanks for the suggestions. I'll go through all of them to make sure. You guys have recommendations for a good software?
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on December 25, 2007, 09:51:18 PM
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26580&vpn=G2400W&manufacture=BENQ&promoid=1087
Im thinking of getting this on boxing day. Since it's HDMI supported.

But my friend said that there wont be any sound cuz this monitor doesnt have internal sound?? and that I need extra cables to use sound. But HDMI cable is video/audio supported but he said it wouldnt work. Do u guys know how to hook up audio for my ps3 on the monitor? what kind of audio cable thing do i need to make the sound work while on the ps3/monitor

im planning to get this as well but i dont know if its gonna work or not
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=25869&vpn=970285-0403&manufacture=Logitech
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 26, 2007, 06:25:50 AM
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26580&vpn=G2400W&manufacture=BENQ&promoid=1087
Im thinking of getting this on boxing day. Since it's HDMI supported.

But my friend said that there wont be any sound cuz this monitor doesnt have internal sound?? and that I need extra cables to use sound. But HDMI cable is video/audio supported but he said it wouldnt work. Do u guys know how to hook up audio for my ps3 on the monitor? what kind of audio cable thing do i need to make the sound work while on the ps3/monitor
Looks like the monitor has no internal speakers, so your friend is correct, no speakers no sound.
Eventough HDMI *can* transport sound, doesn't mean everything that is 'HDMI' has to use it.
The PS3 has optical out for sound, you can connect that to an amp (or maybe your below mentioned speakers)

I'm thinking of getting the 'iiyama 24" B2403WS-B1 TFT Wide', has HDMI in (and speakers, not that I want to use those actually).

Quote from: Mugen
im planning to get this as well but i dont know if its gonna work or not
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=25869&vpn=970285-0403&manufacture=Logitech
It has 'iPod in' which means it probably will to digital optical (that page you linked to gives no indication if is does s/pdif directly or not)
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: Mugen on December 27, 2007, 10:54:05 AM
thanks frblck, i got a 32 LG tv instead.

so I got an new question, can I use the speaker system that I linked earlier and use it for sound for this tv?

this is the tv i bought and its spec
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/lg-32lc7d/4507-6482_7-32385735.html?tag=sub
Title: Re: Tech-related problems
Post by: frblckstr1 on December 27, 2007, 04:56:14 PM
^ 'same difference', although this TV is not full HD (e.g. no