If you have a single (or some more) question regarding any of the tech topics of this board and feel that it wouldn't justify creating an own thread just for that, feel free to post it in here.
If you know the answer to any of the questions in this thread, please help us out here! I am sure it's going to be appreciated.
Now, for my own question:
I want to take screenshots of videos with softsubs but cannot figure out how to do that. The subtitles just won't show up.
The only immediate answer I can think of is to use Virtualdub. Soft-Subs are rendered to a bitmap and sent directly to hardware to view, which means you can't "screencap" them. When they're inside virtualdub it draws them ontop of the video layers it uses, and at that point you can either PrntScr or you can Use Ctrl+1 to copy the image to clipboard.
Hm, thanks for that. It's still difficult, though, since the subtitler plugin for VirtualDub needs .ssa subtitle files and all I have is .srt.
Wait. This kind of works, but it's still a matter of pasting the clipboard content into an image I have to create in an image editor, seperately.
That's pretty much what I already managed to do with BSPlayer... orz
If worse comes to worse, you might just consider taking the un-subbed screenshot into an image editor and using its type tool to type in the subtitles manually. This would be a pain for more than one shot at a time, though...
Yeah, that's a pretty ... useless sugesstion, but thanks for trying.
I'll go second! On a college network, is there any chance of using BitTorrent at all?
It depends on the network. What ports can you access outside?
If you don't need a proxy to access web pages, chances are you'll be able to use torrents too. I don't know of many places restricting bandwidth based on layer 7 (although admittedly the last place I worked specialized in this...).
I don't think I need a proxy. Downloads haven't been successful, though. Healthily seeded torrents refuse to download with Azureus, despite toying with the incoming TCP listen port. I probably have no idea what I'm doing.
I´m searching for this tool that checks if you got any pictures twice in a folder (despite different size and name), but I forgot the name. Does anyone know this ap?
hello dear ghetto poster,
there are several of such programs, but i myself use dupdetector:
many thnx from teh ghetto
There's also Unique Filer: http://www.uniquefiler.com/
It has a better interface than DupDetector, particularly since you can do an unscaled side-to-side comparison, but it's also nagware.
Hi. I'm on a college residence connection and I can't get BitTorrent to work. It was fine a few weeks ago, but recently they were upgrading the line to fiber optics and now it's slow and unreliable. Does anyone have any tips to get BT working again? (Hopefully, the line will be back to 'normal' if they ever get finished... But I'm not hoping for much.)
Short Answer: University networks hate students using p2p and they'll do anything necessary to stop it, including packet shaping, closing ports etc.
One cool feature of XBMC on the XBOX is that when you hit the screenshot button, it screenshots exactly what you see. So if the subtitle is displaying, it will include it. However, subtitles get in the way of a screenshot anyway.
Usenet is piracy love. I don't bother with p2p unless I have no choice whatsoever.
I find it's funny that about every new P2P network gets targeted by the authorities and Usenet hasn't yet. I guess it's due to the fact that you won't get good access for free anymore these days...
No, supplying "everything" of usenet makes you a common carrier, and thus can not be prosecuted for harbouring warez monkeys. However if the said provider were to restrict certain groups, then they would loose their common carrier status and be open to prosecution.
Nearly every news server restricts which boards it carries, and always have.
Today I look at one of my (Windows XP) folders and there is an underlined "unspecified" there.
>>29 Huh? That's just the name of the folder. Like "StartUp" or "Accessories".
Right click, "Arrange Icons By", "Show In Groups."
Alright, I've decided to post my question here, since I can't find any other appropriate thread for such a question.
Does anyone know of a file and directory sorting program?
Is there a simulare free service for web developers like GOOGLE MAPS that covers europe better? The city I need a map of is Stavanger, Norway.
is there any decent swf player that will work on freebsd 6.0 amd64?
http://gplflash.sourceforge.net might work... but I've had little success on Linux/x86 and practically none on Linux/MIPS.
Have you tried using Linux Binary emulation? You should be able to run a Linux/x86 version of Firefox, and use Macromedia's plugin inside that?
gplflash is slow and i'm not getting any sound...
i haven't been able to get linux/x86 anything to work...
I have added a router (US Robotics) and since then, every time I power the computer, exactly 1 hour later I lose my net connection.
Weird thing is that the P2P stuff continues working, but browser/mail is gone until I do a "Repair TCP/IP". Then it's fine for the rest of the day.
ping work at all when the net connection stops functioning?
Have you tried running something like Ethereal during the outage to see if any packets are getting back to your machine?
>>41 Yes, ping works. Tracert as well.
Browsers don't work (Firefox, IE, Opera).
Sounds a bit like it's just DNS that dies. Any connections that are already open will work, but no host name lookups will. Try connecting to a site by IP after the hour has passed and see if that works. (Try it before too just to make sure the site isn't virtual hosted.)
Bittorrent will continue to work most likely under those circumstances, because it will be relying on the IP addresses of hosts (as many of them are other users downloading files).
Perhaps if it turns out to be DNS, it's worth setting up your own caching nameserver? BIND9 I've found makes a reliable workhorse for this task.
>>43 Yeah it connects to the site by IP. Well, the two IP I tried worked, maybe I should have tried more.
Weird thing: I can still go to the pages I have visited before the hour is up, even using another browser.
>>46 I see. There seem to be a bunch of these around.
I have tried to ping a few sites and most of them don't have the same IP as their site address.
Curiouser and curiouser.
After the hour was up today, I couldn't ping named addresses.
Then I pinged an IP number, it worked, then I tried browsing the named address, and it worked too. Now everything works normally, and I didn't have to do a "Repair TCP/IP".
>>48 ah, scratch that. It locked up 1 hour later again and pinging a number now doesn't fix anything, I had to repair.
Your router is breaking DNS requests for some unfathomable reason. However, your OS caches DNS lookups, so addresses that were looked up before the router went crazy may still work, because they're in the cache.
What IP address is your desktop using? Is it pointed at the modem, or at your ISP's IP number?
If it's the former, try looking up what your ISP's official DNS servers are, and enter those in instead of relying on the ones supplied via DHCP.
Okay, I checked "Renew IP Forever Enable (Auto-reconnect)" and now it doesn't lock up anymore. Whee.
I hate how xterm scrolls half a page at a time when I press Shift+PgUp or Shift+PgDn, rather than a full page. It's so confusing and disorienting and stupid.
Is there a way to change this behavior and make it scroll a full page (or better yet, a full page less one line) at a time? I know there's a manpage, but it's tl;dr and I wasn't able to find anything relevant by searching it.
from the xterm manpage:
> It is possible to rebind keys (or sequences of keys) to arbitrary
Problem: the Finder (10.4.4) and all Open dialogs no longer list my Desktop as a folder in my home directory. I can only access it from the Terminal and the Sidebar. No other accounts on this computer display this problem, and restarting / repairing permissions doesn't help. Ideas?
Nevermind, fixed. Had to delete the Desktop folder in the Terminal then log out & in. Weird.
So how exactly do I change these resources? I can't find any hints in the manpage about what file to write them in or anything...
from the "FILES" section of the manpage:
Changing system-wide defaults is an awfully ugly way to adjust programs to my personal settings. There must be a command-line option "read resources from this file instead" somewhere..
does anyone know how to set up wine on freebsd amd64?
i've heard it's possible (using a linux x86 binary package), but i haven't been able to get it working. i use other linux binaries, so i know linux compat is working...
i tried searching on google, but haven't found anything useful...
Cedega only recently started working in 64 bit native, and that is only their drivers iirc. Are you talking about a 32-bit linux chroot or not?
I needed to run Share, so I got a friend to send me a vmware image of Windows XP. One problem though, how do I install japanese language pack without the XP CD?
On a related note, why do I need a CD for that?
I got it by downloading "Office XP Tool: Japanese Language Pack" even though I don't have MS Office.
i need to print 6 images on a page (2 columns 3 rows) such that when i cut the page into 6 and stack, the images overlap exactly. does anyone know an easy way to do this? i've tried doing it by calculating margins and manually plonking the images in word, but this seems somewhat imprecise. and i imagine doing a 6 slide per page thing isn't going to work cos you can't adjust the spacing between slides?
i'm not entirely sure what you're trying to do, but...
>also, i'm trying to get away with using small margins (0.5cm sides 1.35cm top/bottom) but word says the images will go outside the printable area; will these margins work on another printer?
Don't use Word. Use something that's actually meant for this kind of work. I'd suggest Adobe Illustrator, but that's fairly pricey unless you have it already, and if you're using Word, you probably don't. Corel and such would do, and maybe even some open-source program like Inkscape could handle it.
I need a good freeware or unrestricted shareware firewall. The one I use is old, and went pay only a couple of years ago.
google, do you use it?
pf -> second result -> http://www.openbsd.org/faq/pf/
ipfw -> second result -> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/handbook/firewalls-ipfw.html
He was obviously asking for one for Windows, genius.
But on that subject, what about personal firewalls for Mac OS X? I've only been able to find a single one, which is commercial. Aren't there any free ones? And no, ipfw is not up to the task. It's still focused on preventing incoming connections, when the bigger threat these days are outgoing connections.
I want to remove the "Documents" folder on the Start Menu, is there any way to do that? I don't care if I delete that folder permanently, I have never used it in my life, and I am tired of clearing it whenever I visit my (hidden) hentai pics folder.
Ok, here's something I just know I'll regret asking.
I have a phone that can do mail by POP3 and SMTP. I also have a Gmail account. However, the phone won't do SSL, and Gmail won't work without it. I also have a Mac OS X machine that is always on. So I'm thinking, couldn't the Mac relay my mail between my phone and Gmail?
I think the easiest, if not the most l33t, way to do it would be to use OS X's Mail client in combination with a little AppleScript. Set it up to access Gmail via POP http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=13275 , then set up a filter to have it send each incoming message to your phone.
No, that won't do at all. I don't want any program parsing and messing with my messages and headers, and I don't want to have to keep Mail running all the time.
>I really don't need any more than something that accepts connections and forwards them with SSL,
It only works with the XP-style Start menu...Is there any way to remove the Documents' Folder on the Classic-style menu? Because I don't really like the XP style..orz
i don't know of a way to do it with the classic-style menu...
why don't you like the xp-style one?
I don't like it because it is too wide, also it shows all the folders instead of hiding those which are rarely used
age because people aren't using this
repost from other thread:
I just bought a USB webcam thing, and it worked fine. Once. Now after disconnecting and reconnecting it, it's only detected as "Unknown Device" no matter how many times I uninstall and reinstall the drivers. Still works on my laptop, so I don't think the camera itself is the problem. Any ideas?
Are you plugging it into the same USB port or did you try different ports?
tried different ports. and all of the ports still work with other things.
Someone there had a similar problem, seems to have been caused by a spyware conflict. Do you have any files called vimicro.exe? Have you run virus/spyware checks recently?
nope, no signs of any such files, and i've run virus and spyware scans since the problem started.
Well, it works now. No idea why, I didn't actually do anything.
I have a kinda-tech question.
I moved and my new place has only two-holed grounded outlets. So to use my computer I installed a three-hole adapter and plugged its power strip into that.
No. If your computer was not getting enough power, it wouldn't start at all (if the low power was steady), or it would randomly restart (if the low power occurred in occasional "sags").
Besides, "three-holed" outlets don't put out any more power than "two-holed" outlets. The third hole just does grounding.
All the RAM is being read correctly, and everything in the box is firmly in its usual place. Seriously, absolutely nothing has changed with my system to make it become so incredibly slow.
Are both your clock and monitor plugged into the same power strip?
Your computer is haunted. Have a priest come and consecrate it.
Seriously, it's odd, but >>101 might be on to something. Can you move your computer to another room, or at least another outlet, and see if the weirdness continues?
If your other electronics are affected it might have something to do with the power coming out of your outlets. Surges or unstable voltage can cause buzzing in audio equipment and flickers in monitors. I don't know how it would make a computer run slower without it being forced to shut down or fry a part, however.
>Or your BIOS somehow set to use the wrong multiplier for CPU speed.
Macs don't have BIOS/CMOS.
Then what on earth do you call the OpenBoot ROMs? Certainly it's not the BIOS on a PC system, but I'd say you're going a little far with that assertion there, kid.
On the topic of going a little too far, that parting remark is of dubious character.
You mean Open Firmware? Sure, Macs have firmware. But it's not called "BIOS" and it's not used the same way as BIOS/CMOS. Nor is it something that any more than a miniscule fraction of Mac users would ever have a use for. I know I've never used it…
Can we get back to the problem at hand? Where did Mr. 98 go?
I'm here, gonna switch outlets tonight and see what happens to the memory situation. (And I'll check out the fan too.)
I recently had a problem with my PC, in that it wouldn't boot at all - there was some HD activity for a few seconds, and all the fans and CD drives started up, but nothing on the monitor.
Now, where it was situated wasn't the most convenient place to dismantle it and try to figure out what's causing the problem, so I took it elsewhere and connected a spare keyboard, mouse and monitor, at which point it booted up just fine. So I took it back to where it was, plugged everything back in and once again it didn't work.
dammit, i could have sworn I enabled HTML.
Well, technically anything could be to blame... a PS/2 or USB mouse who's +5v and Ground pins are shorted (due to a dodgy plug or cable), will naturally cause the crobar circuit in the PSU to kick in, shutting off power to the whole system.
ah, but it didn't shut off power to the whole system. the fans and disk drives, at least, still had power. but seemingly the graphics card didn't.
Maybe some corruption in the mouse driver that crashes the system as it's loaded?
I'd suspect a shorted +5V and ground, too. Fans and drive motors running on +12V might still get power. It's hard to tell exactly what would happen.
you have a rodent problem
Is it possible to combine split RAR files without decompressing and recompressing them?
i just reinstalled XP on a system that had the same installed on it previously. main difference being i reformatted the HD i was installing it on in NTFS rather than FAT32. it installed and ran fine, but i now get this error on boot:
further to that last post, this is what appears at boot before the error:
Auto-Detecting Pri Master - IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting Pri Slave - IDE Hard Disk
just tried disconnecting the slave, i get a "Pri Master HDD error" instead. i can continue from this point and boot from a floppy or CD, but still. is my HD fucked? and if so, what fucked it?
It might be done for. Try to boot into a live CD system and check the drives SMART status, and/or download some drive checking tools from your hardware manufacturer and check with those. If they say your drive is broken, get a replacement (Your drive might still be under warranty so it might not even cost you that much). If they say everything is ok, try completeley deleting everything on the hard drive and reinstall after that.
it seems like it's a firmware issue (maxtor drive being misidentified by its factory ID, Ares in this case). there's software available to fix it, but it costs $400, which is about ten times as much as the drive is worth. might as well get a replacement, then.
by the way, this thread is why kareha needs stickies.
no. there is a notice board at the top of the page.
do the intel macs really run any windows program, or do they need to have windowz xp installed to do that?
no. there are some windows programs that windows xp won't run.
I bought a SATA hard drive and external USB enclosure recently, but it doesn't seem to power up at all. I assume the enclosure isn't working properly (it looks and feels like a cheap piece of crap) but I thought I'd just check here to see if there's any common issue that causes this to happen. Any jumpers I need to set, specifically? I've been out of the hardware loop for a while, all the HD's I've installed in the past were IDE, so I'm not overly familiar with SATA jumpers.
>> no. there are some windows programs that windows xp won't run.
do you mean that the intel macs will only run programs that run under windows xp, or that i do not need to have windows xp installed to run those programs?
no, i don't mean either of those things.
Compiled against a different OS. Unless you have some sort of multi-platform binary. Like a Java or .NET app.
Not a relevant answer, but true. 95/98 Compatability helps, but some things really assume a very different environment than the average XP machine provides. Usually games or VERY OLD apps.
When i'm installing a game, my cd rom keeps disapearing on me. I have to restart the computer and the cd rom comes back. but when i try installing again, the cd rom dissapears randomly, sometimes on the first disk, sometimes on the 3rd or whenever.
133 here, tried the drive in a different enclosure and it worked fine. I suppose the moral of the story there is if it looks like crap, and it feels like crap, and it was priced like crap, it probably is crap.
Vista has a feature that allows you to control the volume of different applications separately - is there any freeware equivalent to this for XP? I'm not really in a position to install Vista at the moment.
How come I can only use proxies on port 80?
I'm having problems visiting 2channel. I cannot view anything past the front page of any board. I am located in Australia and using Firefox 2 under winxp.
i'm a noob
i want subtitles. i have a .ass and a .avi or mkv. what the fuck do i do?
This is what I did watching Elfen Lied. Might not help at all. But whatever.
I used Winamp, with some pack of extensions called Community Codec Pack or something like that. The media was on .mkv files. Opened these with winamp. A couple of icons appeared in the right bit of the taskbar. One of these had a subtitle sub-menu item, right click to see what's there.
You can use mplayer ( http://www.mplayerhq.hu/ ), and call it via the command line like this (If you don't know how to use the windows command line, have a look here: http://www.sophos.com/support/knowledgebase/article/13195.html ):
Why do most of the Wall Mount Brackets for HDTVs all look the same? They all look like all HDTVs have the same mounting "holes".
Does that mean I can use whatever Wall Mount Bracket for whatever HDTV, as long as the Wall Mount can support it
standardization. not just for nuts and bolts.
Whoops, the second link is meant to be the Samsung PS42Q96HD. Curry's website doesn't allow copypasta links.
External hard drives. I want to buy one to store my media (video, CD images, eBooks)
Question: what should I worry about or look out for?
The reality that they fail after a while.
Well, damn. I ordered one, and it's coming tomorrow. I wanted it to last a lifetime :'(
They last quite a while though. I've got one that's been with me for 1 year now.
I got a maxtor 120 GB going for 5 years. With only 5 bad sectors. It's giving signals about it's imminent death though.
Hey. I bought a HDMI to DVI-D cable.
If my computer has a DVI slot like so:
You can use the HDTV as a monitor. You would need to get speakers.
I need a good, free video converter. I want to convert WMV to AVI.
If possible, WMV to MP3.
>>161 Errm... you do know that MP3 is not a video format?
I do know that! I want to just rip the music from the music video, you see?
what goes between MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 then?
MPEG-3 is the designation for a group of audio and video coding standards agreed upon by MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group). MPEG-3 was designed to handle HDTV signals in the range of 20 to 40 Mbit/s.
You could just record the audio as it plays from your speakers using Audiacity, just set it to "stereo mix" (or something similiar) and record.
WMV being a proprietary format, will be merry hell to try and disassemble. The ASX stream format is patented, thus most free/opensource programs won't touch it.
mencoder, which comes with mplayer (as suggested by >>166), can convert these files though... although there's a significant learning curve, and results can vary quite a bit due to the guesswork needed to parse the container format and decode the streams.
just me, or are all external HD enclosures shit? i've gone through three so far (all SATA -> USB):
I'm thinking of buying this sound system:
I have a hard drive that contains certain personal data of customers (previously belonged to a small business with which I was involved) - at this point I'm quite low on money so I'm planning to sell it as part of an unwanted PC. But I obviously don't want any unscrupulous types to recover such data from the drive, so I need to use some kind of software to erase and rewrite it, preferably only the unused space (it's got a fresh install of XP on it, just so I can sell to people who don't know shit about computers, and at this point i can't be arsed reinstalling it). Would cipher /w do the job, or do I need something else?
there's a reason why businesses sell/give away their computers without a hard drive. if you're really concerned about personal data, i would recommend that you either buy an empty drive or sell the computer sans hard drive.
If I use a cable that plugs into the [Audio Out (like where you plug in your headphones) of a computer] and goes to a 5.1 sound system via [Composite AV Audio], would I still get a 5.1 signal?
no. you'd still get two channels (assuming two channel audio output from the computer). you would need some sort of converter that changes the two channel signal into a 5.1 channel signal.
>>176 And where would this "converter" pull the other 3 channels from?
I'm not so sure that they're so trivial to derive from a stereo source -- I suspect you need to have a 5.1 channel signal to begin with before you will get a true 5.1 channel effect.
Actually, the upscaling converter does derive the 5.1 channels from the 2 channel signal. Obviously for best results, the audio signal should be already designed to playback at 5.1 channels. There are algorithms that seem to work well that can be used to make the upscaled 2.0 -> 5.1 sound a bit better than just duplicating the audio streams. These algorithms would fall into the field of psychoacoustics fyi.
Whenever I download any torrents, my computer will randomly reboot. When it does so, Windows XP will complain about some corruption on the file system. This happens regardless of the BT client I use, and the file that is corrupted is always either the file(s) the client uses for resuming downloads, or rarely a cache file of Mozilla's.
I assume you checked for viruses first? Random reboots + XP = does not compute. XP is very stable in my experience. It has to be some hardware problem, like some defective card/bad memory/overheating cpu/bad PSU/etc. If it happens during a download I would investigate the network card first.
>>180 I had the random reboots like you describe... the culprit turned out to be "Windows Update".
Is that after it's on for a while?
Perhaps check the BIOS configuration and make sure it's heat threshold for auto-shutdown isn't too low.
Do any of you know what program is used in this video?
Okay, so I downloaded the trial. How come it only rotates WHAT I'VE DRAWN, instead of THE ENTIRE CANVAS like in the video?
>>187 Press E, move the Wacom pen around to rotate the whole canvas.
Do external video cards exist? E.G it plugs in a VGA/DVI slot, and it has 2 or more VGA and/or DVI slots
If they do, what do you recommend?
I think what you want is a "VGA splitter."
On a Mac, < 3 shows up as a bar instead of a heart symbol. I get something that looks like |. Why? I want a heart to show up...
For some reason, in some programs, / shows up as a yen sign. I toggled something in the regional settings to japanese, is that related?
189 here, I googled VGA splitter and all I got were things that could mirror the image from the source onto other screens. I wanted something that lets me use 1 DVI/VGA slot for a multiple monitor display (each monitor being an extension of the desktop).
I am trying to enter traditional chinese using windows vista. in xp I was able to use pinyin with the taiwan chinese input. but the taiwan chinese no longer seems to have the option of entering via pinyin. The only use of the pinyin input method was under PRC chinese and unfortunately PRC is all simplified.
In that case, what you want is a graphics card with multiple outputs. Connecting one to the back of another card would just be silly, which is why the thing you asked about originally does not exist.
But I am trying to use it with a laptop.
Thank you very much! This is one of the reasons I enjoy coming here for help.
Hi guys does anyone have an invitation code fro DEMONOID.com
I REALLY REALLY REALLY want one -tear- but so do like ten million other people so help me out, ill send you nudes or something,lol
Can CDRs be repaired by those kits you can buy, or the various mail order services? I have an album on CDR with a couple of scratches that are seriously affecting playback of about three tracks, but I'm not sure if those sorts of things are safe to use on writeable media.
Those things you can buy, is that those who shave off a thin slice of the surface, and then applies a new one (or whatever they do)?
The writable layer is still on the other side, so in theory it should work. I'd be pretty damn careful and/or desperate before using them though.
I am using Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit. For some reason, my Sidebar doesn't start up in the start up when it should, because I set it to "Start in Startup". What's wrong with it?
Right click and there should be an option.
Right click and there should be an option.
I'm having problems with moving files with Japanese filenames between Windows XP and my GNU/Linux via FTP (both ways). I connect to my *nix box from Windows using FtpDrive (http://www.killprog.com/fdrve.html). No issues with "normal" files but the ones with Japanese names either don't copy at all (don't have the exact errors here, I can get them if you wish, but normally it's something like "can't read from file") or if they eventually do copy the filename looks like gibberish (doesn't matter which way).
I have a problem with downloading files in Firefox (22.214.171.124).
I am using Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit, normal (not true) admin account. When I click a link to download, most of the time after I confirm the download (what do you want to do with this file? save to disk/open with) it doesn't download it at all.
Can I plug in PCI-E cards in a PCI slot?
I want to buy this product:
No it won't. PCI and PCI-X is the older versions of PCI, and PCI-E is the latest standard. Although PCI may fit into PCI-E.
i have a cheap flash based MP3 player that i've had for some time now, and the USB has stopped working completely - the player just switches off when it's plugged in to a computer. is there anything in particular that might cause that, or is it just generally fucked?
Sounds pretty fucked, unfortunately. But you can try another USB cable (they're generally replaceable, look at the picture on Wikipedia's USB article to see which cable you have).
Vista Ultimate 32bit user. For some reason, towards the end of a song being played in Windows Media Player, it starts to get cut off and "jumpy". I am using Intel Core2 Duo T7600 or something like that.
hey. for some reason my computer has started replacing my backslash key with the yen symbol. except it only does it with some programs. i cant log into some stuff because of it. does anyone know whats going on?
there's no cable, it's one of those with a usb connector on the actual player. probably fucked then. (and yes i've tried more than one computer)
let me rephrase that, Windows Media Player starts acting laggy towards the end of the song. i tried using other computers with the same file, but it's only my computer.
My first thought was that your linux box uses UTF-8, but your Windows box might use UCS2 encoded Unicode in filenames. But I don't know much about Windows, so that might not be it.
i have an ipod dock, through which i use an IR remote and connect it to my stereo. i usually keep my ipod in a case, however, which prevents it from fitting into the dock. now what i don't want to do is remove the ipod from its case every time i want to use the dock functions.
If I have 2 PCIe cards in my computer that do the same thing...
>>218 here, i've been looking at this...
there are a (very) few companies making this sort of thing, and they're ridiculously expensive! in these days when you can get a cheap chinese ipod dock for around 5£, why are the only companies making extension cables based in the US and charging apple-esque prices?
graphics does not works this way - amount of VRAM means little, graphics cards are not just memory dumps.
it's because you've set your local language to japanese in windows
Then you will have two graphics cards.
Just like plugging in two keyboards won't make you type twice as fast. (But you will have two keyboards.)
Nothing will happen other than perhaps device driver conflicts/game crashes/a useless card in the second PCI-E slot.
Ok, so this might be a pretty dumb question but...
I have an interview with one of the school districts in my town on Monday. Now, I've heard of data mining before, but is there anyway that they could (or would want to) be able to somehow get a hold of a list of websites that I've been to recently? I was talking with this guy I know, (who is pretty darn smart) and he was saying "yeah, I wouldn't want to go to that site, (talking about a xxx site) and then try and apply for a job!" So is there any truth to this? Can companies get a big list of websites that you've gone to? I know I didn't really format my questions very well, but could someone here shed some light on all of this?
no! christ that'd just be a massive breach of privacy. wouldn't it? i suppose you're probably in the US (are you?) where employers love to snoop into what people are doing in their own time, even if it has absolutely no effect on their productivity at work (hi drug testing) but its really not possible for them to get hold of a list of websites you visited, for all kinds of reasons. the only way visiting a website on your own computer at home would damage your job prospects is if it was something illegal and you got caught.
Help with Mail for OS X, please!
Why can't I delete these two emails? "Deleting" them just greys them out and doesn't remove them, and from there, all I can do is "Undelete" them. Help?
>>227 (OP here) It'd be a huge breach of privacy, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if they somehow did it. I do live in the U.S. and it seems like this kinda stuff happens all the time.
Hello, thanks for responding! Now after doing a few tests (inspired by your reply :)) I realized some of the stuff in my previous post was not completely correct/relevant.
the way i see it you have 3 options, all of which involve renaming some files:
(check link above)
Windows Vista Ultimate seems to replacing a lot of icons with these annoying red Xs.
>>232 here, the red X is also appearing in a lot of things.
For example the windows help and support center images.
I know this has probably already been asked a billion times but what's a good free firewall and antivirus?
I've already posted this on one of the other boards, but turns out I was supposed to post it here XD
Whenever I try to view one of the image boards on 4chan, the only thing that will display are the advertisements on the top of the page. I've tried deleting all of my internet history files and I also did a system recovery/restore, yet the problem persists. When I tried on an XP computer (using Vista now) this did not happen and I could see the whole board.
My MP3 player sometimes claims that MP3s are "dual channel" and that it's only going to play the first channel. Obviously they're meant to be stereo, but encoded wrong or something. Dammit. Any ideas how I can fix this?
ok 4ch do you know how to change this ugly external WD's hard drive icon the default icon for internal hard drives like D:
btw picture is in link.
what is causing certain video files to be always "in use" under XP, preventing me from moving/renaming/deleting them? (without using the command prompt anyway, which is a pain in the arse with long-named files in obscure directories) is there some useless microsoft process doing that that i can just terminate?
Can I make it so whenever I turn my bluetooth shit on that windows will automatically make it the default stereo for music?
Usually you have to edit the registry to change something like that. Not worth the risk if you don't know what you're doing.
Alternately, you could just find where that icon is stored, and overwrite it. Long ago I used Microangelo to edit icons stored in DLL libraries or executables.
If renaming and then deleting doesn't work, then this might.
Caveat: I haven't tested it.
Re-encode the file maybe.
Try Audacity, it's free, but it would even be worth paying $60 for it.
ok two things:
My LCD monitor won't turn on. A while before, it wouldn't turn off, but now it won't turn on. I'd give more details if I had them. :(
yeah, i tried googling as in no.2, got no worthwhile results...but there was an updated driver available for the sound hardware that fixed the problem. so that's all fine. i think.
did you check all the wires? just a basic question.
Or, is the button maybe broken? Try prodding it with a pencil or something.
I remember recently reading about a tool that will automatically download the required dependencies of a configure process that failed a dependency check. I don't remember the name but it was called apt-??? and it depended upon apt-get. Does anybody know what I am referring to?
I downloaded some mp3's, but they're in mojibake, and I don't know the actual artist name. I'm curious to find out, but is there anyway to fix it?
Try installing support for different languages OR just google the lyrics.
Could you mean apt-file? I don't know if it auto downloads packages or not though.
Ok, here's the problem, I tried to boot up my PC today and, despite my BIOS settings not having "Boot From CD" as a priority, it's trying to boot from fucking CD, and I don't even have one in the drive. I'm so damned frustrated, I saved my BIOS settings, checked them after I tried to boot again, but the same thing happens.
I have some .CPS files (created with Corel Photo House), is there any way to open or convert them without the original software? because i have no idea where the disc is, i haven't used it for about eight years.
I just can't really play any video files other than .avi very well.
(I'm watching anime)
On everything the audio just zooms ahead while I have to sit and line it up back in place.
Do I have the wrong codecs, the wrong players, is my computer just that sucky?
Download CCCP, it's the best codec pack around IMO. Try flashing the iPod and reinstalling the firmware.
I have CCCP and it still lags, might be my computer just sucks...
and the ipod doesn't connect to the computer anymore...
Hi, does anyone know if there's a realplayer compatible media player for linux that provides a firefox plugin, so I can watch embedded video streams?
mplayer can play realmedia, can't it?
I'm experiencing steadily dropping bitrates whenever I try to listen to BBC streaming radio on their website; it usually starts out around 100-110kbps, then levels out at about 67 for a while, but still slowly decreasing after this point; once it dips below 64 it starts to gets unlistenable. if I stop and reconnect to the stream it'll start over at 110ish again.
use vlc player it plays everything >_> no annoying codecs to worry about at all
Fuck you and your shitty player. MPlayer FTW.
I just started having this problem since yesterday, when I turn on my laptop the only thing that comes up is just my document folder and nothing else(no desktop or icons or start menu). Now I been fixing it by going into the window folder and starting explorer from there but is there anything I could do so I could have explorer starts up when the laptop is turn on without going into the window folder?
Are you sure you are really seeing the bitrate drop? I don't know how the BBC does things, but it seems more likely they would use a constant bitrate (yeah, or variable bitrate, just not consistently dropping). The "drop" could be because it buffers up data and the player reports a higher initial value.
It happens because its an RTP stream, and it's not getting packet statistics- so it's lowering the bitstream/quality to use less bandwidth.
Hi, does anyone know if 128x4 and 64x8 (ddr400) ram types are interchangeable? Would 128x8 work in a mobo that (currently) uses 64x8? =/.
Hi everyone, The portable hard drive I always use for my school work and installing temporary games stop working today. At first I thought it was the wires that was having trouble so I used an different wire but it still having trouble so does anyone have any ideas what happen? I just got the hard drive this year and have stuff on it that I need for school so I hope it's recoverable and able to be fixed.
put it in the fridge for a night inside a Tupperware box, then in the morning take it out, connect the cables and get everything off it before it heats back up
sure or not? It sounds weird...
magnets increase in strength when you cool them down
You sure it will work? I wont be messing up anything in the process?
It sometimes works, and it shouldn't hurt anything if you do it properly, but in my experience users who refer to cables as "wires" will always find a way to fuck things up.
I moved in to college a week or so ago, and noticed that the college network blocks torrent trackers and the such. I would ask my RCC but I'm too lazy, but apparently there is in fact a way to get around this. Does anyone have any idea? Thanks.
depends exactly what it blocks. ports or specific urls/ip addresses?
my college blocked everything except http traffic on port 80 via their own cache servers, and you had to use some slow as hell tunneling shit to get absolutely anything else working.
because your bios is old as FUCK
get a new computer NAOW
may be right
but i'm too fuckin' poor to buy a new computer
it costs like... 50$ to buy a new motherboard, should get you going again
My connection drops a lot when a page is loading (and show that the page is loading, but nothing would happen). for example, sometimes when I click on a link, the page will show as loading, but it would never actually load.
Does anybody have a working solution to that lol.hta script?
I miss my internets.
is there a decent freeware firewall for windows available? (one that isn't bundled with adware, toolbars, shitty anti-spyware or other crap). i'm not such a fan of zone alarm anymore. or should i just bite the bullet and turn on the windows firewall? i always assumed that since it came with xp-sp2 it would probably be restrictive, annoying and not very configurable, but i've never actually used the thing.
I clearly did a stupid thing by installing a fuckton of fonts on my Vista laptop. Now whenever I want to use the Text tool in Photoshop CS3, Photoshop just freezes and stops responding.
What's a good solution/workaround, or, what have I done wrong here?
I got fonts in numbers something like that but my Photoshop is still ok on my Vista anyway but do note that my PC has 4g DDR2 RAM installed on it so....Maybe it's your plugins messing around.
It's fine now. I had to wipe all the fonts I installed from the pack. Turns out my font count was 10,000+. Whoops. I'll just install the ones I really want. Thanks for the help anyway!
When using some programs and games, certain block of text in the program is very small and there is no setting in the program to fix it.
I know it's not supposed to be like this, but there's nothing in the program to increase the font size.
I solved this by changing my regional settings from Japanese to English, but now I can't run Japanese program with applocale and Windows has troubles displaying Asian characters.
is there any way to do something like this using htaccess..
make the directory index a script in one directory with the path passed to it as an argument.
htaccess is placed in dir "blah" along with a script say "list.cgi"
Ok I was wondering, ok my c drive is getting full, each time I uninstall a program it seem it take up more space in the drive. Why is this happening? Also as I was going through my folders on the c drive I found that there is this folder called Temp in the window folder and it has more than 10 gigs in it. Can I safely delete it to free space or will I end up messing up the computer like deleting System 32?
> Also as I was going through my folders on the c drive I found that there is this folder called Temp in the window folder and it has more than 10 gigs in it. Can I safely delete it to free space or will I end up messing up the computer like deleting System 32?
So it's alright to delete stuff inside the folder then? Ok thanks Anon.
How do I increased my laptop's virtual memory?
So I recently obtained a new computer as a present. It's a laptop. Anyways, when I turned it on, it won't work. It mentions something about PXE and 'media test failure' and 'exit PXE rom' when I boot it up. Also, it said something about 'insert new boot media'.
Your first step would be to go into the BIOS and see what the primary boot device is. Should be the hard drive.
Am a different anon here but having the same problem, so I could delete everything in that folder and the stuff that can't be delete will remain untouched and safe?
Ok, so I just got back from /b/ over at 4chan and there was a small CP flood over there. My question is...is there a way to securely erase my cache? I (of course) didn't click on any of the pictures, or even go into the thread, but it still gets saved to your browser cache, right? And is there anything else I need to do?
>>296 Try pouring some cold water on the laptop especially on the keyboard. This works most of the times.
I've got a problem with my IP address. My modem is connected to my router and my router is connected to the other computers including my own and they all share the same IP address. How would I assign different IPs to the computers (2).
If you want unique IPs for each box, you need to to purchase a subnet block (usually a /29) from your ISP then reconfigure your router. Having an ISP that doesn't suck and some networking knowledge is a start.
Total noob/dumb question here:
I have Firefox clear my cache and cookies automatically every time I close Firefox. I also use CCleaner; which I have set to clean everything 7 times over. My question is, since I have Firefox clearing my cache every time I close it, does CCleaner still clean the cache and cookies from FF too? Or should I turn the function off in FF so CCleaner can clean everything 7 times.
I have a tv hardware question here(It would really help if anyone who answers was a Chicagoan like me), anyway I got a new HDTV along with a antenna for local HDTV and digital channels. Anyway about a month ago one of the station finally went HD after moving in a new building(for the Chicago users it's channel 2). But for some reason my tv can't get the HD/digital signal. Is something wrong or somthing that I could do to fix it?
Does anyone know of a good open source BT tracker (not software, an actual tracker) that's reliable? I'd like to create a few torrents for an open source project, and would rather not track them on TPB.
Thank you, that is exactly what I was looking for.
let me see if i can explain this right...
i've got 2 160 gb hdds in my computer. i recently backed up my info from my old setup on one hdd, and i copied all of the info from that hdd to the hdd i'm using now. my question is, is there a way to back up the new info that i've got on my main hd to the other one? i dont want to backup everything, just the stuff i've downloaded recently on my main hdd (e.g. music, pictures, ect...)
iTerm fixed all of the problems in >>311 but one. I still can't use the home and end keys (or stuff like Ctrl+Arrow, Ctrl+Shift+Arrow) on my PC-104 properly in any os x app besides iTerm >_<.
I think what I really need is a windows/linux to os x transition cheat-sheet. Anybody know of a good one?
This just started happening the other day...
Every time I play music on my computer, (it doesn't matter what media player I use) and click on something else on my computer (pictures, or actually click out of my media player) I always here what sounds small skips in the song. The more I click on something, the worse it gets. It doesn't happen when I'm on the Net; I can click all over the place and nothing happens. I also just reformatted a few weeks back, so nothing is really taking up system resources. I've scanned for spyware, and viruses, but nothing comes up. Anyone have any ideas?
I keep gettin popups even though I'm not on websites that usually bring up popups.
I also get popups when I'm not using the internet(it just opens firefox by itself and starts poppin up ads from interplus click or something.)
wondering if someone could help me here...every once in a while, this error message pops up in windows. it usually happens when i click on a song. i know when its about to happen, cause the system lags for a bit, finally plays the song, then the message pops up.
>>315 It's probably explorer trying to pull the metadata out of the mp3 and failing horribly (bad plugin/extension maybe?)
Is anyone experienced with repairing AVI files? If so, how would I do that.
strange question here...
when i watch a video on my web browser the sound is very muddled and distorted. but when i open a new tab and do something else, the sound gets better. and as soon as i switch back, it gets bad again. also, when i scroll a webpage down, it makes the same sound. any thoughts? thanks!
Sounds like your browser's hijacked. Unfortunately I'm not sure what to do about that. I'm actually on a hijacked browser myself at a friends house right now...
Eurofag here. I'm looking for a virtual server hosting provider in the US which accepts paypal payment. Any recommendations?
Not really sure what the issue is, but about 4 images I've downloaded through torrents recently have been corrupted. I've never had this issue before, and it all seems to have started after this install of windows... I'm even downloading torrents that I'd already downloaded before and finding the images corrupted, or something. Anyone know what's up?
I would like to play music (mp3) on a drive that's connected via wifi to my PSP on my PSP. What would be the best way to do this? on a related note, how hard would it be to do the same with images?
i'm having a problem with usb hubs - devices plugged into the hub before the system is powered on arent recognised. but after unplugging and plugging them back in they work fine. this happens on my desktop with two separate hubs, yet i dont experience the issue on my laptop with the same hubs. anyone know what the problem is?
Ive found TVersity to work well for all of my streaming needs. After setting it up and navigating to your media server, click the RSS button at the top of the screen. this will save it as a feed with which you can access via the psp. As for pictures, navigate to the server and click a pic to d/l it. I was doing this earlier before coming here to post. psp sucks unless you are tech savvy.
I remember looking at openhosting.com, looked reasonable and they do accept PayPal.
quick question, im a noob to the computer world, well the hardware aspect of it at least, so does anybody know a good website with really understandable wording that could tell me what every piece does prosseser, graphics card etc. does and whats the best one on the market is? Ive read a lot of magazines on the topic but they were really confusing and i could only get the base info out of them.
Processor does math.
Graphics card does pictures.
>>327 did a pretty good job of summarizing it.
There are alot of standards, types and derivatives of most computer parts (SATA vs. ATA; DIMM vs. 184pinDDR2SDRAM vs. 240pin DDR2SDRAM; ect). It is also quite unrealistic to expect to get 'the best one on the market' unless you have a shitload of discretionary money, and assuming you did, it would be best to pay an IT guy to do it for you. If not, buy or P2P a "Computer Hardware for Dummys" type of book.
Whoops, wrong tripcode, but I guess the ID points it out.
Okay, so I'm trying to fix this guy's vista laptop. First off, one day he just can't seem to boot it up. eventually, he gets it to the login screen, but it won't go pas it. I get it from there and notice the same thing. I run vista's own system checking doohickeys - recovers from some severe filesystem errors. Basically, now, the laptop SEEMS to be fixed. It loads up really fast, no glitches anywhere, BUT... the password he used to use doesn't work anymore... no password works.
NM, turns out the guy had changed his pass without telling anyone. yeesh
Is there a way to easily change the default names assigned to drive letters in vista?
eg. i used to have a USB 4-in-1 card reader which I always had plugged in, and all its slots showed up as "removable disk" so i renamed them to "SD Reader", "CF Reader" etc for ease of identification.
actually nevermind, worked it out. i just searched the registry for one of the changed names, deleted the "DefaultLabel" key under the respective drive letters. works. yay.
your post contains neither a single question, nor help. i think you're in the wrong thread.
How can you prove that someone is spamming you via Yahoo chat?
Hey guys, I have a really annoying problem on my home network. When ever my little brother is playing a MMO and I'm watching videos on YouTube or something similar it lags him really bad. He uses windows xp and I have a MacBook running OS X 10.5. When ever him and our mom are online and shes doing something similar theres no problem. When him and a friend play this game there are no problems. They've had as many as three people on our network playing the game at the same time. It only lags when I'm on. I've tried turning EVERYTHING off. He only lags when I'M downloading or streaming a video or something. What should I do? Is OS X just a bandwidth hog? Honestly I think hes lying but just in case I'm wrong does anyone know what might be going on???
My question is how to get my C: directory to show up as a subfolder menu within the my Quick Launch toolbar in Vista (yeah, yeah, I know...) after clicking the ">>" icon. I've tried several things, but each attempt usually ended up as a link to the directory as opposed to a menu and would just open in a different window. I've tried googling some potential solutions, but they all say the same thing and none of them work. I know this is possible (somehow), as I've done it prior to reinstalling (again, somehow); I just don't remember what I did, or if I did anything special to begin with. I thought it might be some kind of hidden option that I haven't tinkered with yet. Any suggestions?
Does anyone know how to set up a vanilla LaTeX distribution to properly typeset Japanese documents made in PLatex2e? Or would it be better to just switch to PLatex2e entirely for Japanese documents? In that case, is there a decent English tutorial for using PLatex2e?
If you're on Windows, you could try MiKTeX. It downloads packages when you need them.
I'm already using MiKTeX. The problem is that the packages written for PLatex2e seem to be either partially incompatible with MiKTeX's LaTeX implementation, or impossible to find the right version of. I am still quite inexperienced with LaTeX, and for now I'd be happy even just to know what kind of packages and fonts are best to use for setting Japanese text. Later on I'd like e.g. support for vertical writing as well --- not sure if that's easily done in LaTeX.
If I'm setting up a home server with Debian, and I need to have a static IP address, what values do I plug in to my /etc/network/interfaces file and how do I find them? For example, what values should I use for address, netmask, network, gateway and broadcast?
Are there any guides or manuals that explain this? I haven't found one. They all explain how to format them, but I have no clue what values to use or how to find them.
It's pretty simple after you've done it a couple of times, just like building the Linux kernel as a beginner.
For starters, remember that the IP you'd configure in /etc/network/interfaces is your LAN IP, i.e. 192.168.0.2, not your WAN IP.
Is there a PPA or repo that always contains the absolute latest version of stable, non-beta, Firefox for any general Debian/.deb based distros? Ubuntu, Crunchbang, Trisquel, that sort?
I'm tired of any of my systems getting left behind with older versions of Firefox because I don't feel that I should have to upgrade the whole OS to get one program.
Thank you for your reply.
The output of ifconfig gives me values for "inet addr," "Bcast," and "Mask." So I guess I can assume those values are the current LAN address, the Broadcast and the Netmask? Should the broadcast number look something like 255.255.255.255? I know the mask should look like that, but other guides say that the broadcast should be the last address in your network's range, like, for your example, "192.168.0.255," so the output confuses me a little.
Does iTunes for Windows do anything to your music files at all?
As in, does it have any sort of deal where when you add your giantass folder of music to its library, it renames all the music files to random alphanumeric things like "HH23X9.mp3 and then places them in a folder tree with names much similar to that? Or does it add some sort of code to your files that only allows them to be played back from within iTunes?
I only used it briefly, but I think it stores its own metadata without actually touching your files. That would create problems for a lot of people.
I use Debian wheezy and the official Firefox binaries.
Just go to the Firefox website and hit the download button. It'll give you a .tar.bz2 with
firefox/ inside. Extract that somewhere you have read/write access to--I used
/opt/firefox/. After that, add that directory to your
$PATH (e.g. open up
~/.profile and add something like
PATH="/opt/firefox:$PATH"). Firefox's own updater should be able to update the software with no problems. Setting up any sort of desktop or menu shortcut shouldn't be difficult, just set it to run
firefox (or the full pathname) and to use the icon in the
How do I define my own keyboard shortcuts in Firefox under Linux? Make whatever keys I want perform whatever action I want and whatnot?
Running Debian 64-bit. Tried to enable multiarch to install Wine 32bit. I was suggested these commands by the "wine64-bin helper package." I ran these commands as root:
# dpkg --add-architecture i386
Same idiot again. I'm going to go ahead and just backup and reinstall, but if anyone has had this happen before and got it fixed, you can post it. I imagine I'm not the only one, even if it seems like it from the google results I got.
I need Java for homework. I installed it and this is the error I keep getting http://tinypic.com/r/2ir2kjq/
Disabling this is not an option, I must have it or I cannot do my homework. What am I supposed to do?
seems that link does not work, here's a more direct link? I can only hope
ubuntuzilla is a repository containing the latest stable versions of mozilla's three programs.
currently hosted at sourceforge.
I recently bought a Gateway DX4375-UR22. It came with a 1 terabyte hard drive. I turned it on, and it booted up using Ubuntu. Me being me, I stupidly decided to take it apart. I put it back together, and now there is a problem with the hard drive. Everything else works fine, except for the hard drive. The drive is a Seagate Barracuda 1000 Gigabyte. I decided to try it in another computer, but the other one does not recognize it as a drive. I tried putting a hard drive from another computer into the Gateway to see if it would boot, but no luck. The seagate drive spins, but it is not transferring data or being recognized. Can I save the drive? How can I boot up the computer?
You didn't take the fucking drive itself apart, did you? If so it's fucked, buy a new one.
If I'm reading you wrong, then I guess the chances are you didn't plug it in properly. It's getting power fine, but are you sure there's any actual data connection?